Delhi HC Sets Aside Centre's Notification Disqualifying 20 AAP MLAs

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday set aside the Centre's notification disqualifying 20 AAP MLAs in the office-of-profit case.

The bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar remanded the plea of AAP MLAs back to the Election Commission which will hear it afresh.

Terming the Election Commission's recommendation on disqualification as vitiated, the bench said, there was a violation of natural justice and no oral hearing was given to the MLAs before disqualifying them as legislators of the Delhi Assembly.


Delhi High Court Grants Bail To Karti Chidambaram In INX Media Case

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday granted bail to Karti Chidambaram, son of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, in the INX Media corruption case.

The court directed Karti to furnish a surety of 10 lakh rupees and imposed additional conditions including that he will seek prior permission of the CBI if he wants to leave the country. His passport is already deposited with the authorities.

The court also said that while out on bail, Karti will not tamper with any evidence in the case.

Karti was arrested on 28th of last month from Chennai by the CBI on his return from the United Kingdom. His 12-day judicial custody was to expire tomorrow in the case.


Agricultural Credit Target For FY 2018-19 Up To Rs 11 Lakh Crore

New Delhi: The government has fixed the agriculture credit target of 11 lakh crore rupees for the year 2018-19 against last year’s target of 10 lakh crore rupees. In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on Friday, Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla said, the government fixes agriculture credit disbursement targets for the banking sector every year and banks have consistently surpassed these targets. 

He said, with a view to ensuring agriculture credit at a reduced interest rate of 7 per cent per annum to farmers, the government is implementing an interest subvention scheme for short-term crop loans up to three lakh rupees. He said the scheme provides interest subvention of two per cent per annum to banks on use of their own resources. Mr Shukla said, besides, additional three per cent incentive is being given to the farmers for prompt repayment of the loan thereby reducing the effective rate of interest to four per cent


Polling For 26 Rajya Sabha Seats In Seven States Today

New Delhi: Polling for 26 Rajya Sabha seats in seven states will begin at 9 on Friday morning. It will continue till 4 PM. The states are Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Kerala. The counting of votes will be taken up after the voting ends. 

In Uttar Pradesh, 11 candidates are contesting 10 seats. The ruling BJP has fielded nine candidates, including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have one candidate each. 

In West Bengal, six candidates, including Congress nominee Abhisek Manu Singhvi, are in the fray for 5 seats. Three candidates are in the fray for two seats in Jharkhand while five candidates are in the field in Karnataka for four seats. 


President, PM Pay Tributes To Dr Ram Manohar Lohia On Birth Anniversary

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have paid tributes to Dr Ram Manohar Lohia on his birth anniversary on Friday. 

In a tweet, Mr Kovind said, Dr Lohia dedicated his life to quest for a just, fair and egalitarian society and he remains an inspiration for welfare-oriented governance. 

Mr Modi described Dr Ram Manohar Lohia as one of the most remarkable personalities of the 20th century.