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Kejriwal questioned over AAP MLA’s illegal construction


BY-NewsGram News Desk

New Delhi: A building allegedly owned by AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya was demolished on Monday for an illegal construction of two floors. The demolition took place on a High Court order after a petition was filed that the structure was illegal.

The Aam Aadmi Party, which propagates fighting corruption as their prime agenda and assures none of their party members would ever indulge in illegal activities, is facing these allegations due to party member Mohaniya, who is also the vice-chairman of Delhi Jal Board. AAP took significant steps last month against internal corruption issues, expelling Matia Mahal MLA Asim Khan over allegation of bribery. However this time, the party seems to be maintaining a stoic silence over the demolition carried out at Mohaniya’s alleged residence.

Vouching for the MLA’s integrity, AAP leaders said that the demolished building situated at Shiv Park, Khanpur, did not belong to the legislative assembly member while giving clean chit to the Sangam Vihar MLA.

“If someone in his family illegally added floors, how is he responsible? He did not construct the house,” said a party spokesperson.

The factual credibility of the party spokesperson can be questioned as Mohaniya, in his election affidavit, had given the same address as his residence.

He further added that no directions from the party leadership were sent out to other MLAs post the demolition. “Our MLAs know of the consequences of corruption and we have faith in them.”

The AAP leaders asserted it wasn’t a party problem and his personal actions have no links with his relations with the fledgling outfit. “It doesn’t call for any action within the party against him.”

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal last month, at a function organised at his residence, asked all his MLAs to remain honest and remember the movement they evolved from. He also requested their families to support the legislators against corruption.

The opposition, however, reprimanded AAP over their ‘dishonesty’ and ‘tolerance to corruption’.

Opposition leader in the Delhi Assembly, Vijender Gupta asked the Chief Minister to clear the air over this act of corruption by his party member.

“Mr Mohaniya was hastily constructing a six-storey high unauthorised building at Shiv Park, Khanpur, which has been demolished by the MCD after a High Court order. The CM must come clean whether he considers this an act of vengeance against his party MLAs or a rightful act to implement the rule of law which his MLA was openly flouting.”

Gupta, BJP’s Rohini MLA, also demanded that Kejriwal should answer these five questions.

“Was Delhi CM aware of this act of his MLA? Why was Deputy CM Manish Sisodia defending the illegal act of his party MLA and pressuring the MCD not to take any action? If Delhi CM was aware of it, why did he not stop his MLA from constructing unauthorised building?” asked the BJP leader.



  1. A few from 67 may turn bad and Kejriwal is surely going to show them doors. But the nation is witnessing a contrast. On one hand Arvind is going to the extent of chucking out minister on internal information and on the other hand Modiji has inducted 14 such people in his cabinet.


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Muhammad Safdar, husband of Maryam Nawaz, daughter of ousted Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif, waves from a a vehicle as he arrives at an accountability court in Islamabad. VOA

Islamabad, October 19: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been indicted on corruption charges stemming from information taken from the so-called “Panama Papers.”

The country’s anti-corruption court indicted the 67-year-old Sharif during a hearing Thursday in Islamabad. His daughter Maryam and son-in-law Mohammed Safdar were also indicted. Maryam Sharif and Mohammed Safdar appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A lawyer for the elder Sharif, who is in London with his wife as she undergoes cancer treatment, entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Maryam Sharif angrily dismissed the allegations as “baseless.”

Sharif was disqualified by Pakistan’s Supreme Court and removed from office in July after leaked documents last year from a Panama-based law firm revealed the family held a number of unreported overseas assets.(VOA)

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Daphne Caruana Galizia died on Monday when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device. (Representative image) Pixabay

Valletta, October 17, 2017 : A journalist who led the Panama Papers probe into corruption in Malta was killed on Monday in a car bomb near her residence, the media reported.

Daphne Caruana Galizia died on Monday when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device, reports the Guardian.

A blogger whose posts often attracted more readers than the combined circulation of the country’s newspapers, Caruana Galizia was recently described by the American news outlet Politico as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”.

Her latest revelations accused Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and two of his closest aides, connecting offshore companies linked to the three men with the sale of Maltese passports and payments from the government of Azerbaijan.

No group or individual claimed responsibility for the attack, the Guardian reported.

Malta’s President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, called for calm. “In these moments, when the country is shocked by such a vicious attack, I call on everyone to measure their words, to not pass judgement and to show solidarity.”

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In a statement, Muscat condemned the “barbaric attack”.

“Everyone knows Caruana Galizia was a harsh critic of mine,” said Muscat, adding “Both politically and personally, but nobody can justify this barbaric act in any way.”

He announced in parliament later on Monday that Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officers were on their way to Malta to assist with the investigation, following his request for help from the US government.

According to local media reports, Caruana Galizia filed a police report 15 days ago to say that she had been receiving death threats.

The journalist posted her final blog on her Running Commentary website at 2.35 p.m. on Monday, and the explosion, which occurred near her home, was reported to police just after 3 p.m.

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Amit Shah Rejects Allegation of Money Laundering on Son Jay Shah

"Where has money laundering been done? All the transactions happened through cheques and banks," claimed Amit Shah at an event.

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Amit Shah, BJP National President. Wikimedia

Ahmedabad, October 13, 2017 : Breaking his silence, BJP president Amit Shah rejected allegations of money laundering against his son Jay Shah whose company had reportedly recorded an extraordinary spike in business after the BJP came to power at the Centre, and asserted that it had not done any business with the government nor taken any kickbacks.

He also said that unlike the Congress, which had faced many corruption charges in the past, his son has shown courage to file a civil and criminal defamation suit on the allegations levelled against him and “invited a probe against himself” by this step.

“There is no money laundering involved in Jay’s company. This company is completely in commodity business, where turnover is more while the profit is less. We have exported bajra, corn and rice while coriander was imported. And after doing a turnover of Rs 80 crore, they don’t tell how much they made profit,” Amit Shah said at an “India Today” event “Gujarat Panchayat”.

Answering questions, he said that after making a turnover of Rs 80 crore, Jay made a loss of Rs 1.5 crore. “Where has money laundering been done? All the transactions happened through cheques and banks,” he said.

Asked about Jay Shah filing a defamation suit against the publication, Shah said: “Before answering your question I would like to ask you one thing. After Independence, how many corruption charges have been made against the Congress?

“Please understand this is not corruption. Many allegations of corruption were made against the Congress. Did it ever file a civil suit or defamation suit? No. Why they lacked such courage? Today Jay has filed a defamation as well as civil suit and is demanding a probe himself. Those who have the evidence can submit it to the court, and then the court will decide,” the BJP president said.

He said: “We have ourselves invited a probe and on the company issue I want to clarify that it has not done business with the government of even Re 1 nor taken any government land or tender. Neither has it received kickbacks as in the case of Bofors.”

When asked about Jay’s company securing unsecured loans, Shah said it was not unsecured loans. “It was a line of credit,” he added. (IANS)