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Dhankhar directs action against Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee over his ‘anti-judiciary’ remarks

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West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday said that he has instructed the state chief secretary to initiate action against Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha MP from Diamond Harbour Abhishek Banerjee over his anti-judiciary comments on May 28.

The Governor has asked Chief Secretary H.K. Dwivedia to initiate action and submit all necessary updates on this count by June 6.

“Chief secretary is called upon to initiate all expected action and update by June 6, 2022 as regards public targeting of judiciary by Diamond Harbour MP (over judiciary entrusting investigation to CBI in cases, including in the infamous unprecedented SSC recruitment scam), prominently reflected in credible public domain, that can neither be overlooked nor countenanced,” Dhankhar tweeted.

The governor also observed that the MP’s accusing and targeting the judiciary interferes with the due course of justice process and reflects scant respect for the rule of law. “The obvious intent of such an attack is to browbeat the judiciary, apart from signaling law of ruler and not rule of law holding the field. Such attacks on judiciary are worrisome as those sound death knell of democracy. Such pernicious stance seeks to undermine the rule of law and propagates ‘Law of the Ruler’,” he said in his Twitter message.

On May 28, while addressing a public rally at the industrial township of Haldia in East Midnapore district of the state, Abhishek Banerjee, also the party’s national general secretary, launched a scathing attack against a section of the judiciary in the backdrop of consecutive orders of Calcutta High Court for CBI probe that have gone against the state government.

“I feel bad to say that a couple of members of the judiciary are acting at the behest of others and as agents. They are ordering for CBI verdicts in petty cases. They are putting a stay in murder cases. This is unthinkable,” Banerjee said at a public rally in Haldia.

He also said that he is aware that he can be legally pulled up by the judiciary for such comments. “Some people might take offence. There can be legal suits against me as well. But I am not scared to speak the truth. I will say the same thing in future as well,” he said.

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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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