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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.

 

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  • Vijay Jain

    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.

  • Vijay Jain

    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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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

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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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