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Congress MP’s move adjournment notices in RS, LS over ED ‘misuse’

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On a day of questioning of Sonia Gandhi by the Enforcement Directorate in the National Herald case, the Congress MPs moved adjournment notices in both Houses of Parliament over the ‘misuse of agencies against the opponents’.

In Lok Sabha, the notice was given by Gaurav Gogoi and Manickam Tagore.

Congress MP K.C. Venugopal gave a suspension of business notice in the Rajya Sabha, citing the “misuse of central agencies in the country which includes the ED, CBI and I-T department to target political leaders by the ruling party.”

In a joint move, the floor leaders of the opposition will also meet to chalk out an agenda regarding the session.

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, who had been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to join the investigation in connection with the National Herald case, is likely to reach ED Headquarters by 11 a.m.

She will be questioned by a team of joint director level officials, including a woman.

ED sources suggested that she will be asked the same set of questions which were asked to Rahul Gandhi during his five-day questioning.

Her questioning, which was scheduled to take place on June 23, was postponed on her request as she was not well.

As per the sources, the ED would ask Sonia Gandhi about her role in the deal between Young India (YI) and Associated Journal Ltd (AJL).

Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had said that late Motilal Vora was looking after all these sorts of affairs. Vora held 12 per cent stakes in YI whereas Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi held 76 per cent stakes in it.

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BJP claims better performance than UPA govt in economic domain

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The political tussle between Congress and BJP has intensified with respect to the ‘politics of performance’. While Congress is constantly trying to put the Modi government in the dock regarding the economic condition of the country and rising inflation, BJP claims that their government has fared much better in the domain of economy.

Comparing the size of the country’s economy in the tenures of UPA and NDA governments, BJP expressed on twitter that during 10 years of the UPA government, India moved up just one notch as the world’s largest economy. On the other hand, the Indian economy has climbed up five places to become the world’s fifth largest economy in just eight-and-a-half years of under Modi.

India moved from 11th to 10th largest economy in ten years of UPA while India has moved from 10th to 5th largest economy in eight and half years of BJP-led NDA.

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Mumbai Police takes underworld don Chhota Shakeel’s relative Salim Fruit’s custody

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The Anti extortion cell (AEC) of the Mumbai Police on Tuesday said that it has arrested Underworld gangster and Dawood Ibrahim’s close aide Chhota Shakeel’s relative Salim Qureshi alias Salim Fruit in a fresh case of land grabbing.

The police said a family based in South Africa had filed a complaint saying that their property in the Umerkhadi area of South Mumbai was allegedly grabbed by preparing fake documents. A case under relevant sections of the IPC was registered by the Economic Offence Wing of the city police and it was later transferred to the AEC.

Initial investigations revealed the involvement of five people including Salim Fruit in the matter following which the police arrested the suspects, an official said.

The police said the complainant had said that his property which is worth over Rs 25 crore was grabbed by making fake documents. The property was originally owned by his father.

“Salim Fruit was lodged in jail. He had been arrested by the NIA in a previous case. With the court’s permission, we have taken him into our custody and he is arrested in the matter,” said DCP Prashant Kadam.

The police said the arrested suspects were produced before a court that sent them to police custody. Further investigations into the matter are going on.

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Maharashtra: Shinde-Fadnavis government launches Disability Welfare Department

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The Maharashtra government of Shinde Fadnavis established a separate Disability Welfare Department for the holistic development of the disabled. The department will be operational beginning December 3.

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