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Jan Lokpal Bill tabled in Delhi assembly amid protests


New Delhi: Amid protests by Swaraj Abhiyan leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, the Delhi government on Monday tabled the anti-corruption legislation, the Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill, in the assembly.

Tabling it, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said it was a “historic” bill and no such bill was as effective as this one.

There was thumping of desks by members of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party who also raised slogans in its support. The Bharatiya Janata Party members in the assembly were not present.

According to the bill, a person involved in corruption will face life imprisonment and the fine imposed will be five times the loss caused to the public exchequer.

Meanwhile, hours before AAP’s 2015 Jan Lokpal bill was tabled in Delhi Assembly, Opposition BJP’s two MLAs were evicted out of the House and Bhushan and Yadav detained by police allegedly on the orders of the Speaker.

Vijender Gupta, the BJP MLA who was evicted from the House, alleged that he was beaten up by the Marshals and abused by the AAP MLAs while protesting against the suspension of the party MLA OP Sharma.

“I was attacked in the Assembly by the Marshals over the orders of the Speaker. The AAP MLAs also hurled abuses at me,” Gupta told a news channel.

Having termed ruling AAP’s 2015 ombudsman bill “mahajokepal”, the Swaraj Abhiyan on Sunday challenged Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to a public debate on the Jan Lokpal Bill.

“Swaraj Abhiyan challenges the Delhi chief minister for an open debate with Prashant Bhushan on their Jan Lokpal Bill,” Swaraj Abhiyan, founded by former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, said in a statement.

“We hope that Arvind Kejriwal stops misguiding the common people through lies and false propaganda and accepts the challenge for a healthy debate in the interest of transparency and common people of Delhi,” it added.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Khaleda Zia granted bail in 2008 corruption case

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06

Khaleeda Zia granted 64 months bail. IANS

Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, convicted in a corruption case, was granted bail on Monday.

BNP leader Zia secured a four-month bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case in which she was handed five years of imprisonment by a Bangladesh court.

“Now, there is no legal bar to let Khaleda walk out of prison on bail,” Bangladesh Daily Star quoted BNP Advocate Sagir Hossain Leon as saying.

Earlier today, a bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim passed the bail order in response to a petition moved by Khaleda before a high court back in February.

Her bail was considered on four grounds, including her health condition.

Further, the high court directed the concerned authority to prepare the paper book of the case within the next four months for hearing the appeal she filed against her conviction in the case.

The high court sentenced Zia’s eldest son and Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and four others for at least 10 years with a fine of 2.10 crore Bangladeshi takas (Tk).

The Anti-Corruption Commission had earlier filed a case in 2008 with Ramna Police Station, accusing six persons including Khaleda and her son Tarique.

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06.

In a political career spanning almost four decades, Khaleda went to the jail several times but was never convicted. She was detained several times during the anti-Ershad movement between the 1980s and 1990s.

In March 1983, she was made vice-chairperson of BNP after her husband and former Bangladesh President Ziaur was assassinated.

She went on to become the party’s chairperson in 1984, a position which she holds today. May 10, 1984.

Since the last three decades, Bangladeshi politics have been dominated by Zia and current Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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