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‘Uncaring Govt’ Must Immediately Remove CM Biren Singh: Kapil Sibal on Manipur Situation

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A fresh bout of violence broke out in Imphal on Tuesday, a day after photographs of the bodies of two youths — a man and a girl — who went missing in July were widely circulated on social media

Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal on Saturday hit out at the Centre over the situation in Manipur and said the “uncaring government” must immediately remove Chief Minister N Buren Singh and not let the state “burn” anymore.

A fresh bout of violence broke out in Imphal on Tuesday, a day after photographs of the bodies of two youths — a man and a girl — who went missing in July were widely circulated on social media.

A CBI team is currently investigating the killings in the northeastern state, which has been witnessing ethnic strife for nearly five months.

In a post on X, Sibal said, “Manipur: An uncaring government must immediately remove CM Biren (Singh) and not let Manipur burn any more.” “Shutters down on the Internet is no solution. Stop campaigning and deal with Manipur now!” he said.

Sibal, a Union minister during UPA I and II, quit the Congress in May last year and was elected to the Rajya Sabha as an Independent member with the Samajwadi Party’s support. He has floated a non-electoral platform ‘Insaaf’, aimed at fighting injustice.

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Former Hyderabad DCP Confesses To Phone Tapping During Telangana BRS Govt: Report

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As per police sources, Radhakishan Rao confessed to surveilling politicians and others under the instructions of then Telangana’s Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB) T Prabhakar Rao

Former Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of Hyderabad Police Task Force, P Radhakishan Rao, admitted to being part of phone tapping by some officers in the Telangana Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB) during the BRS government in the state.

As per police sources, Radhakishan Rao confessed to surveilling politicians and others under the instructions of then Telangana’s Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB) T Prabhakar Rao.

T Prabhakar Rao was identified as the main suspect in a phone tapping scandal in the state. He allegedly failed to “draw the line” when executing orders from the ruling party.

The Hyderabad Police, investigating claims of phone tapping of politicians, officials, activists, and others during the BRS regime, attached Radhakishan Rao’s confession statement to other documents submitted to the Nampally Criminal Court, according to The Indian Express report.

As reported by the publication, Radhakishan Rao informed investigators that those who criticised the K Chandrashekar Rao-led government or were seen as a threat to the party were extensively monitored electronically.

It’s said that instructions regarding political leaders, both from BRS and the opposition, who needed surveillance, were given to former SIB Deputy Superintendent of Police D Praneeth Rao, who was arrested in March in the case.

Praneeth Rao allegedly profiled them and led operations to tap their phones for constant monitoring, the source added.

Among those under surveillance were former IPS officer RS Praveen Kumar, who had joined political parties like BSP and more recently BRS; former BRS leader and MLA Kadiam Srihari, now in Congress; former BRS minister T Rajaiah; former Tandur MLA Patnam Mahender Reddy, now a critic of BRS and recently joined Congress; Congress leader K Jana Reddy and his sons; and several district-level Congress leaders.

Additionally, sources further revealed movements of industrialists, builders, businessmen, journalists, and bureaucrats were monitored to track their communications. When it was found that many were using encrypted platforms like WhatsApp or Snapchat, then SIB chief Prabhakar Rao allegedly ordered the team to track calls using Internet Protocol Data Records.

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‘Told Him Not To Succumb To Political Pressure’: What Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar Told Pune Top Cop After Porsche Crash

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The deputy CM said he has instructed officials to take strict action in the “Pune, Jalgaon and Nagpur incidents”. (File image: X)

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, also the guardian minister of Pune district, was speaking to reporters after attending a meeting of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Monday blamed the parents of the teenager allegedly involved in the Pune car crash saying they ignored his behaviour which resulted in the death of two young professionals.

Pawar, also the guardian minister of Pune district, was speaking to reporters after attending a meeting of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

“The minor’s conduct in the Pune accident is highly irresponsible. It happened because the teenager’s parents ignored his behaviour. The son is in an observation home and his father and grandfather have been arrested,” he said.

The deputy CM said he has instructed officials to take strict action in the “Pune, Jalgaon and Nagpur incidents”.

A day before a Porsche allegedly driven by the Pune teenager, son of builder Vishal Agarwal, hit a motorcycle, leaving two techies dead in the city on May 19, one woman and three children were killed in Jalgaon after a car carrying four young men dashed a two-wheeler.

On May 24, an intoxicated person driving a car crashed into pedestrians and two-wheelers in Nagpur, injuring seven persons, including a three-month-old baby.

Anjali Damania, a social activist, had claimed that Ajit Pawar had called the Pune police commissioner after the Porsche accident.

Asked about her claim, Pawar said, “As a people’s representative, we receive calls regarding such accidents. I police commissioner and told him that the accused boy was from a wealthy family and there was a chance police might be pressured. I told him not to succumb to any political pressure.” Pawar said CM Eknath Shinde and his peer Devendra Fadnavis have already clarified their positions in this matter.

About the opposition alleging political pressure in the Pune case, Pawar said when someone is in opposition they allege political pressure behind every probe.

He said, “A ‘responsible’ MLA has accused the Pune police commissioner of accepting bribes from bar operators in the city. He should give proof…if proof is given the state will definitely probe into it.” Asked about his party MLA Sunil Tingare, who had visited Pune’s Yerawada police station hours after the accident in the Kalyani Nagar area, Pawar said, “Tingare himself has clarified his stand. He later met me in Pune and presented his version. I have asked top police officials to take strict action against cops or doctors who tried to dilute the probe.” Meanwhile, Deputy CM Fadnavis said in Nagpur that the police won’t stop until they get to the bottom of the Pune car crash case.

The police on Monday arrested two doctors and an employee of Sassoon General Hospital over alleged manipulation of blood samples and destruction of evidence in the case.

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‘Many of Us Felt Bhujbal Deserved to Be CM’: Ajit Pawar Counters Sharad Pawar’s Remarks on 2004 Deal with Congress

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Had the NCP taken the Maharashtra chief minister’s post in 2004, it would have maintained that position throughout its coalition with the Congress, Ajit Pawar added

Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar in a recent statement strongly contested Nationalist Congress Party founder Sharad Pawar’s claim regarding the 2004 assembly elections. Despite the NCP securing 71 seats and the Congress 69, the chief ministerial post was given to the latter. Ajit Pawar stated the “underlying reasons” behind this decision, shedding light on the then internal party dynamics.

Reflecting on Sharad Pawar’s comments, Ajit Pawar said, “A few days ago, Sharad Pawar remarked that had the NCP taken the chief minister’s position in 2004, the party would have split. This statement is entirely false. During discussions with Sharad Pawar at the time, senior leaders like Chhagan Bhujbal, Praful Patel, and Sunil Tatkare were present. We all believed that the chief minister should be from our party. Personally, I was not interested in the position then; I thought Chhagan Bhujbal should be the chief minister because he played a crucial role in expanding our party across Maharashtra. None of us could deny his contribution.”

Ajit Pawar then spoke on why Chhagan Bhujbal was not picked. “Many of us felt Bhujbal deserved to be the chief minister. However, I have a different understanding of why Sharad Pawar did not make him the chief minister. According to my reliable information, after making Sudhakarrao Naik the chief minister, Naik stopped listening to Sharad Pawar within a year. Naik even made bold statements, implying that he could handle any challenges independently. This led to the removal of 17 leaders, including Bhujbal, from the cabinet. Vijay Singh Mohite-Patil informed us at the time that we were being excluded from the cabinet, sparking a series of disruptions,” he said.

Had the NCP taken the chief minister’s post in 2004, it would have maintained that position throughout its coalition with the Congress, the deputy CM added. “Any leader from our party could have become the chief minister, potentially Bhujbal, followed by leaders like RR Patil,” he said.

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