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Cross-examination Over Disqualification Pleas of Sena MLAs to Take Place from Nov 23

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As per the schedule issued by Maharashtra legislative assembly speaker Rahul Narwekar, the cross-examination will be conducted twice a week. (Image: PTI/File)

As per the schedule issued by Maharashtra legislative assembly speaker Rahul Narwekar, the cross-examination will be conducted twice a week. (Image: PTI/File)

The schedule issued by Maharashtra assembly speaker Rahul Narwekar was dubbed as a delaying tactic by the Shiv Sena (UBT)

The cross-examination in connection with the disqualification petitions filed by Shiv Sena MLAs will start from November 23, according to a schedule issued by Maharashtra assembly speaker Rahul Narwekar, a move dubbed a delaying tactic by the Shiv Sena (UBT).

As per the schedule, the cross-examination will be conducted twice a week. Last week, the Supreme Court directed Narwekar to spell out the timeline within a week for adjudication of the disqualification petitions filed against Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Shiv Sena MLAs loyal to him, saying apparently nothing has been done so far despite its direction for deciding the pleas within a reasonable time.

Two rival factions of Sena had filed disqualification pleas against each other after Shinde and 39 MLAs broke away from the original party last year. The breakaway faction under Shinde then tied up with the BJP to form a new government in June 2022.

The schedule drawn up by the speaker has invited sharp criticism from the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena (UBT). Sena (UBT) leader and former minister Anil Parab called it a delaying tactic and said the speaker could finish the hearing of the disqualification pleas within a month.

Parab said many developments in the case are “admitted facts” so there is no reason to delay the hearing. “The matter should end in a month. This is our request. Whenever this schedule is placed before the Supreme Court, we will put forth views,” he said.

After November 23, he said, there will be a winter session of the state legislature. So, hearings will not take place during that time as well, he added.

MLA Sunil Prabhu, in his capacity as chief whip of the undivided Shiv Sena, had filed the disqualification petitions last year against Shinde and 15 MLAs loyal to him after the split in the original party in June 2022.

On May 11 this year, the Supreme Court ruled that Shinde would continue to be the chief minister of Maharashtra. It also said that it cannot reinstate the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government headed by Uddhav Thackeray as the latter chose to resign without facing a floor test in the wake of Shinde’s rebellion.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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Row Over MUDA Scam Intensifies In Karnataka As BJP Leaders Detained On ‘Way to Protest’, CM Siddaramaiah Claims Conspiracy

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Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah speaks to the media on MUDA scam, in Mysuru.

The MUDA scam case pertains to the government’s fraudulent allotment of sites to land losers. It also involves plots given to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s wife

Several BJP leaders including the party’s Karnataka unit chief B Y Vijayendra were detained on Friday when they were on their way to Mysuru to stage a protest against the alleged fraudulent activities of the Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA).

Vijayendra and other BJP leaders were whisked away in a bus on the Mysuru Road shortly before they were scheduled to attend a protest rally.

The MUDA scam case pertains to the government’s fraudulent allotment of sites to land losers. It also involves plots given to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s wife.

What Is MUDA Land Scam?

The Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) scam relates to the allegations of irregularities in site allotment by the MUDA involving land losses amounting to thousands of crores of rupees. The controversy intensified with the claims that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s wife, Parvathi, benefited from these irregularities.

The MUDA allegedly allotted plots to Parvathi under a 50:50 ratio scheme in lieu of 3.16 acres of her land, where MUDA developed a residential layout.

The controversial scheme envisages allotting 50 per cent of developed land to the person losing the property instead of undeveloped land acquired for forming layouts.

Siddaramaiah’s Defence

Denying the allegations, Siddaramaiah on Thursday alleged that he was unnecessarily being targeted in the case.

Claiming that a conspiracy is being hatched against him out of heartburn as he belongs to a backward class community and has become the Chief Minister for a second time, Siddarmaiaah had asserted that he won’t fear such moves by the BJP.

Siddaramaiah’s Defence is ‘Dishonest’, Says BJP

BJP leader CT Ravi termed as “dishonest” Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s defence in connection with alleged fraudulent allotment of sites to land losers by MUDA.

The MLC also alleged that the CM seems to be “recklessly defending the corruption.”

“The Chief Minister’s conduct in response to allegations of MUDA sites is of intelligent defence and not honesty. This is a case involving CM’s wife, the allegation is against CM and his wife,” Ravi said.

CM Rejects BJP’s Demand for CBI Probe

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday rejected the BJP’s demand for a CBI probe into the alleged fraudulent allotment of sites by MUDA.

He accused the BJP of politicising a “non-issue.” The Chief Minister was reacting to BJP state President B Y Vijayendra announcing earlier in the day that a “mega” protest would be staged in Mysuru — Siddaramaiah’s home district — on July 12 in connection with the alleged “scam”.

BJP Stages Massive Protest, Leaders Detained

Karnataka BJP President B Y Vijayendra and several other party leaders were detained here on Friday when they were on their way to Mysuru to stage a protest against the alleged fraudulent allotment of sites to land losers by MUDA, which involves plots given to the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s wife.

They were scheduled to attend a protest rally in Mysuru — the Chief Minister’s home district- and lay a siege to the Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) office there.



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Former Andhra CM Jagan Mohan Booked In ‘Attempt To Murder’ Case, Accused Of ‘Criminal Conspiracy’

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The TDP MLA also stated that he was beaten by the two officers at the behest of then AP CM Jagan Mohan. (File Image)

In an FIR registered at Nagarampalem in Guntur against Jagan Mohan and two IPS officers, the TDP MLA accused the former AP CM of “plotting” a criminal “conspiracy” against him

An ‘attempt to murder’ case was filed against former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy and two India Police Service (IPS) officers by K Raghurama Krishna Raju, an MLA of the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

In an FIR registered at Nagarampalem in Guntur against Jagan Mohan and two IPS officers, the TDP MLA accused the former AP CM of “plotting” a criminal “conspiracy” against him.

Krishna Raju alleged in the FIR that CB-CID officers arrested him from Hyderabad on 14 May 2021 and taken to Guntur without being produced before a court. The TDP MLA also stated that he was beaten by the two officers at the behest of then AP CM Jagan Mohan.

“A false case was filed against me by the CB-CID of the Andhra Pradesh government. On May 14, 2021, I was arrested without due process, I was bullied, unlawfully physically pulled inside the police vehicle, and forcibly taken to Guntur the same night,” Krishna Raju alleged in the police complaint.

The two IPS officers named in the alleged attempt to murder conspiracy are PV Sunil Kumar and PSR Sitaramanjaneyulu. Two more accused are retired police officer R Vijay Paul and former Guntur Government General Hospital superintendent G Prabhavat.

“Raju sent his police complaint through mail one month ago and after taking legal opinion, I registered a case at 7 pm on Thursday against the former chief minister and others,” a police officer was quoted by PTI as saying.

The TDP MLA also claimed that he was subjected to “custodial torture”.

Krishna Raju said he was threatened for life for “criticising the chief minister (Jagan).”

“I was arrested without due process, including the absence of a medical examination or adherence to proper legal procedures… I was kept in the CB-CID office, Guntur from 9:30 pm onwards (May 14, 2021). I was not given my medicine despite having had an open heart bypass surgery,” said Raju.

The TDP MLA further Raju alleged that when the magistrate sent him to Guntur Government General Hospital, the then superintendent of the hospital, Prabhavathi, colluded with Sunil Kumar to create false medical reports that no injuries were inflicted on his person.

“Due to police brutality, I was shifted from Guntur to Secunderabad Army Hospital by the orders of the Supreme Court and thereafter I was granted bail by the Supreme Court,” Raju added.

All the five accused in the case were charged under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) since the allegations stem from a case that happened three years ago.



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‘KCR Brought BRS’ Downfall’: Telangana MLA Says Pink Party To Merge With Congress Amid Defection Row

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Danam Nagender has been in the eye of defection storm after he won Khairatabad seat on the BRS ticket but later joined the Congress.

BRS will see a split, and a majority of its leaders will join the Congress, Telangana Congress MLA Danam Nagender told media

Amid speculation that Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leaders visited New Delhi recently to strategise with the BJP, Congress MLA Danam Nagender said on Friday that the ‘pink party’ will be merged with Congress soon.

“The BRS is going to see a split within the party, and the majority of leaders will join the Congress. Only a handful of leaders will stay back,” Nagender’s said after a programme in Khairatabad.

The BRS has seen a steady defection to the Congress after the latter came to power last December.

Nagender has been in the eye of storm after he won Khairatabad seat on the BRS ticket but later joined the Congress. He was also the Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Secunderabad. After Nagender left their party, BRS had approached Telangana Legislative Assembly Speaker, Gaddam Prasad Kumar, to disqualify him. Former minister KT Rama Rao has been protesting against the defections and have called them unconstitutional.

Lashing out at the BRS, Nagender said the party runs like a corporate. “Even the MLAs can’t get to meet K Chandrasekhar Rao. They did not have any value or respect. It was KCR’s style of functioning which brought the party’s downfall. His arrogance and inaccessibility alienated him from elected representatives and the public. However, the case is opposite in the Congress. We enjoy a lot of freedom and we are valued. This is why, everyone is making a beeline to join the grand old party,” Nagender said.

He also accused the BRS leaders of indulging in corruption to the tune of crores of rupees.

BRS leaders KTR and Harish Rao were in Delhi recently to expose the “unethical” practices of the Congress. “The Congress mourns party defections in Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Haryana. However, in Telangana, they do not hesitate to induct BRS leaders. Where is their ethics? On the one hand, they claim that they are protecting the Constitution. On the other hand, they are acting in a way that insults the book,” KTR had said.

However, some reports have claimed that they were in Delhi to engineer a merger with the BJP and find a way to get their leader, K Kavitha, out of prison.



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