Defamation case: LIP’s Bains appears in court after non-bailable warrants, gets bail
Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) president and Atam Nagar MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains on Tuesday appeared in a Patiala court after he was issued non-bailable warrants in a defamation case filed by Punjab local bodies minister Brahm Mohindra.
The court of judicial magistrate Nidhi Saini granted bail to the MLA and fixed March 6 as the next date of hearing.
Saini had issued summons to Bains on February 14 after recording Mohindra’s statement.
On August 1, 2018, Mohindra had filed a defamation suit against the LIP leader. In a press conference, Bains had levelled allegations of a scam against Mohindra in the purchase of medicines during his tenure as state health minister besides claiming he owned a pharmaceutical company.
In July last year, Bains had written to chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Congress president Rahul Gandhi demanding Mohindra’s removal from the state cabinet and a CBI probe into allegations that the then health minister was pressuring drug de-addiction centres to purchase a particular medicine at exorbitant rates. He had also alleged that certain tender terms and conditions were introduced to benefit some multinational drug firms.
Since filing of the case, Mohindra has deposed in the court a number of times. The criminal defamation case was filed under Sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code.
After getting bail on Tuesday, Bains said he would prove the charges he levelled against Mohindra since he has documentary proof of his favoring particular firms in the purchase of medicines.
“I didn’t appear in the court since he didn’t get any summons. After getting to know through the media that warrants were issued against me, I presented myself in the court. I will not be cowed even as Mohindra is using the government machinery to hound me,” he said.
The India Meteorological Department issued a red alert for Pune, Satara and Kolhapur districts of western Maharashtra on Wednesday indicating extremely heavy rainfall and an orange alert for Mumbai till July 10, after heavy rains lashed various parts of the state. The low-pressure area now lies over Kutch and neighbourhood with the associated cyclonic circulation extending up to mid tropospheric levels tilting south westwards with height.
Raising hue and cry over erratic water supply and unscheduled power cuts, residents of Ambedkar Nagar in ward number 29 staged a protest outside councillor Prabhjot Kaur's office on Wednesday. As per the information, the residents at first went to protest outside the office of MLA (Ludhiana South) Rajinder Pal Kaur Chhina and then moved to the office of councillor stating that the municipal corporation has failed to resolve the issue despite repeated complaints.
Agra police arrested three lawyers and a woman allegedly involved in extorting money by lodging a fake rape case against a man. Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, the superintendent of police Vikas Kumar said that a complaint was lodged on June 24 at Hari Parvat police station by a woman, posing as a rape victim, against the accused Rahul Kumar. Rahul and his family members also threatened her.
The installation of water meters has seen 20% opposition from various housing societies and bungalow owners. During the sampling audit in Pashan, Aundhgaon, Susgaon, Sutarwadi, Ganeshkhind road and Shivajinagar, it has also been found that more than 700 homes are wasting water up to 12,000 litre per capita per day (LPCD) as against the permissible limit of 150 LPCD.
With an aim to spread awareness among masses and promote cleanliness, the municipal corporation has prepared a 'City Sanitation Plan' wherein all the branches of the MC will organise coordinated drive in a particular area in a day and take up all the works in one go. The drive will be organised for one day in each of the four zones during a week and will continue for a few months.