Delhi News Highlights: Arrested AAP ministers Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain resign from Delhi cabinet – The Indian Express

Delhi News Highlights:  Delhi ministers Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain have tendered their resignation from the cabinet. CM Arvind Kejriwal has accepted their resignations.
The resignations came shortly after a Supreme Court Bench led by Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud refused to intervene in Manish Sisodia’s arrest “at this stage.” The apex court asked Sisodia to “avail alternative remedies”. This would mean he would have to move the High Court first. The Dy CM had moved the apex court against his arrest by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the Delhi excise policy case.
Sisodia is currently on a five-day CBI remand in the case. A special Delhi court said this was to allow the agency to get “genuine and legitimate” answers to questions being put to him for “a proper and fair investigation”.
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“Two new ministers will be inducted in Delhi Cabinet after resignations are accepted. Work will not be allowed to suffer,” AAP national spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj tweeted.
Two new ministers will be inducted in Delhi Cabinet after resignations are accepted. Work will not be allowed to suffer.
A fire broke out inside Jawaharlal Nehru University’s chemistry lab Tuesday morning. Police said a short circuit led to the fire. Nobody was injured and the students were evacuated in time. The fire was doused by the staffers present there. Fire department wasn’t called.
Delhi BJP to hit the streets to demand Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation tomorrow, will demonstrate at all prominent traffic junctions in the capital from 10:30 am to 12 noon.
In a surprise move on Tuesday evening, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and jailed minister Satyendar Jain tendered their resignations to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who accepted both. The resignations have been sent to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, from where they will be forwarded to the President. Read the full text of Sisodia’s resignation here
“You would be aware that two of Delhi’s respected and senior ministers are in jail because of BJP’s conspiracies. They have resigned from their posts. This is unfortunate for the whole of India, because both of them were known for their work in not just Delhi, not just India, but the world.
The Centre harassed them and has trapped them in false cases. The message is going out that the Centre is gunning for the ministers who work the most. 
Both our ministers are dedicating their lives to Delhi and the country and to the service of people with integrity. 
The CM has accepted their resignation. They resigned because they do not work to stop and people to suffer. 
Two new people will be appointed to the cabinet. The process to appoint them will start. There is no timeline for this. 
This is a situation that needs to be tackled practically. When Satyendar Jain ji was not here, Manish Sisodia was given charge of his departments and he worked hard to keep going. He had 18 key departments. Now that he has been jailed in a false conspiracy, a practical decision has been taken so that work can go on,” said AAP national spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj.
No new ministers will be appointed to the Delhi cabinet. Ministers Kailash Gahlot and Raaj Kumar Anand will take over portfolios held by Manish Sisodia.
A Delhi court granted bail to five accused including two former Excise Department officials in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) case of the irregularities in the now scrapped excise policy case, lawyers for the accused said.
Reacting to the resignations of AAP leaders Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain, Delhi BJP working president Virendra Sachdeva said, “Finally, the BJP’s struggle has borne fruit; for months, we had been saying that Satyendar Jain and Manish Sisodia will have to go jail as well as tender their resignations. Today, out of sheer embarrassment, Arvind Kejriwal had to accept their resignations. This is a victory for BJP karyakartas and of the truth. Today, I want to tell the facilitator of the excise scam, the person behind the fixing of profit rates in the scam, Arvind Kejriwal, that you too will have to resign because this fight has not ceased. The liquor scam has unfolded with your concurrence below your nose, you are responsible for it. The struggle to obtain your resignation will continue”.
AAP leaders Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain have tendered their resignations from the Delhi cabinet. CM Arvind Kejriwal has accepted their resignations.
The BJP opposition had, since Sunday, gradually upped the pressure on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the AAP Delhi government to drop both Jain and Sisodia from the Cabinet.
Government sources said the resignations had been sent to The Office of the Lieutenant Governor, from where they will be forwarded to the President. The names of their respective replacements are likely to be announced tomorrow.
A Supreme Court Bench comprising CJI D Y Chandrachud and Justice P S Narasimha Tuesday refused to intervene in the Manish Sisodia case. 
“We are not inclined to entertain the petition under Article 32 at this stage,” the Bench said. Sisodia’s lawyer A M Singhvi withdrew the plea after this.
The bench earlier observed that just because the incident has happened in Delhi, Sisodia cannot come to the apex court directly as he has his remedies before the trial court concerned as well as the Delhi High Court.
Senior advocate Singhvi, appearing for Sisodia, questioned the need of arresting the AAP leader saying policy decisions were taken at different rung and moreover, no money was recovered.
He also said that the Lieutenant Governor was also part of the policy decision in the excise policy.
Appearing for Manish Sisodia, lawyer A M Singhvi told the court, “Policy decisions were taken at different rung and no money was recovered.”
He was referring to the alleged Delhi excise policy scam. 
“Just because incident happened in Delhi, you cannot come here; you have your remedies,” Supreme Court told arrested Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia during the hearing.
“The question that arises now is whether 18 Delhi government departments will be administered from behind bars? You used to set the standards of morality… Today, what you (Arvind Kejriwal) need to answer is when you will drop Sisodia from your cabinet. I am reiterating that the heat of this investigation will soon reach you as well, beacause the real mastermind of the Excise Scam is you, Arvind Kejriwal”, Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana says after Supreme Court hearing on Sisodia.
“Satyameva Jayate… No relief from Supreme Court. The Liquor Minister will reveal all the secrets, and the heat of the investigation will soon reach the mastermind as well”: North east Delhi BJP MP Manoj Tiwari on the SC hearing in the Sisodia matter
सत्यमेव जयते …
सुप्रीम कोर्ट से नही मिली राहत…

शराब मंत्री सारे राज उगलेगा , और जाँच की आँच जल्द मास्टरमाइंड तक भी जाएगी #DelhiLiquorScam #ManishSisodia
— Manoj Tiwari 🇮🇳 (@ManojTiwariMP) February 28, 2023
“Manish Sisodia was the flag-bearer of transformation in politics; but he made Delhi a city of drunkenness. He tripled the number of liquor shops and lowered the number of dry days,” Delhi BJP working president Virendra Sachdeva said.
‘A party that used to claim that it has arrived to bring a new variety of politics to the country did not hesitate to throw the youth of Delhi into drunkenness for the sake of its political corruption,’ BJP national spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said in a press conference on Tuesday.
‘You must not have seen any example of any government giving one bottle of liquor free per every bottle being sold. You must also not have seen any example of the education minister being the liquor minister, too. This is their politics,’ he added.
“We will not let the people of Delhi drown in liquor…they will have to answer for this,” Trivedi said.
A 22-year-old man sustained multiple gunshot injuries after two men entered a cable television office in Outer Delhi’s Ranhola and fired three rounds at him Monday afternoon, said the police.
The police identified the victim as Hitesh, who was being treated at a hospital. The incident was captured on CCTV camera and the police confirmed the authenticity of the visuals. Read more
Watch | Men barge into cable TV office in Outer Delhi, open fire; youth injured

Hitting out at Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikram Singh Majithia on Tuesday demanded that the ambit of the ongoing CBI probe into the alleged Delhi liquor policy scam be extended to neighbouring Punjab, saying that the former was also the “architect” of Punjab’s excise policy.
The SAD leader’s remark comes a day after the special CBI court on Monday granted 5 days remand of Sisodia to the central probe agency till March 4, to interrogate him in connection with the excise policy case.
“(The) CBI inquiry into Delhi excise scam should be extended to Punjab. As in the case of Delhi, Deputy CM @msisodia was the architect of the Punjab excise policy also which caused losses of hundreds of crores to the State exchequer,” tweeted Majithia. He further added that a separate Enforcement Directorate inquiry should also be conducted into charges of money laundering in the matter. (ANI)
A 45-year-old woman was robbed of around Rs five lakh and some jewellery by unidentified people in Delhi’s Aman Vihar, police said on Tuesday.
The complainant, Ghazala Shaheen, claimed that on Monday evening, some people impersonating as electricians came to her house where some electrical work was going on.
Two of them asked for water and later, barged inside and ransacked the house. The accused took away around Rs five lakh and four rings, an officer said.
A case under section 392 (punishment for robbery), 397 (robbery, or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) and 34 (common intension) of the Indian Penal Code was registered, police said. (PTI)
The Delhi Police’s cyber cell on Monday arrested an animation artist from Pune for allegedly cheating multiple businessmen on the IndiaMart portal. Posing as a seller of puja items and idols at low market prices, the accused cheated wholesalers and retailers of Rs 1.5-Rs 1.7 lahks each, the police said.
The police identified the accused as Piyush Sharma and said the matter came to light after a wholesaler in Delhi’s Sadar Bazaar approached them saying he had been cheated of Rs 1.7 lakh. Read more
The Delhi High Court Tuesday asked the Centre to file a proper response to Vice News journalist Angad Singh’s plea challenging his “blacklisting” and his plea against the Centre’s refusal to allow him to enter India in August last year.
In the last hearing on January 27, the Centre submitted before a single-judge bench of Prathiba Singh that the journalist was blacklisted at the instance of the consulate general of India, who said Angad should not be permitted to enter India. The high court had asked the Centre’s advocate, Anurag Ahluwalia, to seek instructions from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) “whether any show cause notice or any proceedings have been commenced” against Singh for cancellation of the OCI card. Read more
A day after Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was arrested in the excise policy case, the Delhi BJP was strategising for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. At an organisational meeting on Monday, the party’s state unit was tasked with expanding its social media footprint manifold in the run-up to next year’s polls.
The appointment of over 3,000 social media pramukhs, or in-charges, is part of the plan alongside five media groups in each of the 14 districts which the party has traditionally divided Delhi into. “These social media pramukhs will expand the party’s footprint online just like our panch pramukhs do so at each polling booth in the city offline,” said a senior party leader who was part of the meeting. Read more

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Tuesday moved the Supreme Court seeking bail in the excise policy case.
A bench headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud took note of the submissions of senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for Sisodia who is presently in CBI’s custody, and agreed to hear the plea today itself at 3.50 PM. The top court initially observed that the jailed AAP leader has remedies under Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to move the Delhi High Court for bail and seeking the quashing of the FIR.
A special Delhi court on Monday sent Sisodia to five-day CBI remand in the excise policy case to allow the agency to get “genuine and legitimate” answers to questions being put to him for “a proper and fair investigation”. (PTI)
The Delhi High Court has issued notice to the Delhi police on the bail plea of former Congress MLA Asif Mohd Khan. A case of alleged abuse to police personnel has been registered against him. (ANI)
Soon after Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia approached the Supreme Court challenging his arrest by CBI in the excise policy case, BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana Tuesday said: “This is the same Arvind Kejriwal who, in 2013, used to say that investigation should be allowed to take time but resignations should happen as soon as public functionaries are accused of graft. Today, one of his ministers has been behind bars for 8 months while another is in police remand. Today, allegations of graft have been levelled against your ministers and MLAs in Punjab. Where did your morality go? If you have any of it left, you should make both Satyendar Jain and Sisodia resign. Will almost 20 Delhi departments run from behind bars now? This seems to be the beginning of a constitutional crisis in Delhi.”
On July 8 last year, the Delhi Chief Secretary sent a five-page report to Lieutenant Governor (LG) Vinai Kumar Saxena and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, flagging “deviations” from laid-down procedures in the formulation of the (now withdrawn) Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22.
Based on the Chief Secretary’s note, the LG asked for a detailed report by the Vigilance Department. The report, submitted on July 20, alleged that “arbitrary and unilateral decisions” by Manish Sisodia in his capacity as Excise Minister had resulted in “huge financial losses to the exchequer”, and that “kickbacks…received by the AAP Delhi government and AAP leaders” were used to “influence” the Assembly elections in Punjab and Goa in early 2022. Read full Explainer here
It was a sunny and pleasant morning in the national capital on Tuesday with the mercury settling at 13.5 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal. Delhi on Monday recorded a maximum temperature of 32.3 degrees Celsius, seven notches above normal. On Tuesday, the relative humidity was recorded at 76 per cent, according to the IMD data.
Delhi on Monday had registered a low of 14.1 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average. The weatherman has forecast party cloudy sky during day time. Meanwhile, Delhi’s air quality stood in the ‘poor’ category as the air quality index (AQI) read 226.
An AQI between zero and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’. (PTI)
The arrest of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia by the CBI Sunday comes in the case of a liquor policy seen to be controversial in the national capital at least since last July.
That was when Delhi’s chief secretary submitted a report to the L-G office alleging procedural lapses and the L-G wrote to the Union Home Ministry recommending a CBI inquiry — the month ended with the policy being summarily rolled back and a return to the old excise policy by the Arvind Kejriwal government.
Certainly, the CBI must investigate allegations of wrongdoing in, for instance, an increase in the profit margin for wholesalers from 6 per cent to 12 per cent from the old policy to the new. Read full Editorial here
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has approached the Supreme Court challenging his arrest by CBI in the excise policy case. After senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi mentioned the petition, the apex court agreed to take up the plea at 3.50 pm today.
When the Delhi excise policy was first announced in 2021, the BJP was not sure it was an issue potent enough to dent the AAP or the Delhi government’s public image, party insiders say.
“When the policy was announced in March 2021, there was lack of consensus within the party regarding how potent it could actually prove as a political issue; the city was reopening in phases (after the Covid lockdown) and the announcement of the policy by the government was timed in such a way that it was bound to seem progressive after several phases of lockdown strictly regulating the availability and sale of liquor in Delhi,” a party source said. Read more
The Delhi Police has arrested an 18-year-old man for allegedly snatching mobile phones, which he then sold to buy gifts to impress his girlfriend, officers said.
Police said that on February 23 around 10 am, when the complainant Vaibhav Jha, a resident of West Rohtash Nagar, was talking on the phone in the Shahdara area, two boys came on a scooter and snatched his phone, before fleeing the spot.
Subsequently, several CCTVs were scanned and the accused persons were identified. Police got a tip-off that the accused will arrive in Shahdara to carry out a snatching. A trap was laid and the accused were arrested on their two-wheeler. Read more
A 24-year-old man was arrested for alleged kidnapping, sexually assaulting and murdering a minor boy in Gurgaon, said police on Monday.
Police said on Sunday, they received a complaint from the boy’s family stating that he had gone to play around 5.30 pm but did not return. Police said the family alleged that two hours later, they received a ransom call from a person, who allegedly demanded Rs 2 lakh. Read more
A day after a 38-year-old man allegedly killed his wife and two sons before attempting suicide in Dwarka, police suspect the murder was pre-planned as the accused had purportedly purchased three knifes from an e-commerce platform.
Under financial stress, Rajesh (38) had allegedly stabbed his wife and their two sons before slitting his wrist on Sunday. Police said Rajesh is undergoing treatment at the hospital and will be arrested once he is discharged. Read more
The Jammu province unit of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday held a demonstration outside J&K BJP headquarters here in Trikuta Nagar in protest against the arrest of Delhi’s Education Minister Manish Sisodia.
Raising slogans against the BJP government at the Centre, the protestors alleged that the Central government was trying to gag Opposition voices by arresting their leaders in false cases, while those really involved in scams are the BJP’s friends. They also accused BJP leaders of being arrogant, adding that the AAP will intensify its movement in the coming days. 

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan slammed the BJP over Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia’s arrest, and said the Central agencies were being used to “intimidate the opposition parties” and termed it as “an attack on democracy”.
The arrest of @msisodia by CBI is another example of how @BJP4India misuses the Union Government’s agencies to intimidate the opposition. It’s a blatant abuse of power and an attack on democracy. Such repression undermines the very foundation of our nation and should be resisted.
“The arrest of @msisodia by CBI is another example of how @BJP4India misuses the Union Government’s agencies to intimidate the opposition. It’s a blatant abuse of power and an attack on democracy. Such repression undermines the very foundation of our nation and should be resisted,” Vijayan tweeted.
“They don’t want an exemplary government to run. The US President’s wife comes to India and says she wants to see Arvind Kejriwal’s schools, schools built by Manish Sisodia. The problem is the Delhi government’s popularity,” AAP MP Sanjay Singh said.
“Modi ji, this dictatorship will end for sure. Th whole country is watching that one one side there is your friend Adani who had looted lakhs of crores, on whom CBI, ED, IT, NCB and SEBI are silent; on the other hand there this Manish Sisodia who has built bright futures for lakhs of children. People will ensure justice, this is a democracy,” he added.
“You are trying to scare us with cases? We were born from the womb of an agitation. We are not scared of Adani’s servants,” he said.
“You are trying to scare us though jail, FIR and cases. AAP will tell everyone of your scams,” the Rajya Sabha MP said.
AAP MP Sanjay Singh said, ‘A dictatorial government has jailed the best education minister, a minister who has worked to give the children in Delhi a brighter future, Manish Sisodia. They found no proof against him, they raided his house and office, they went to his village, checked his bank locker but couldn’t find anything.’
‘The charges of corruption against him of of Rs 10,000 crore. They would have found something if this was the case. He had been jailed by the Narendra Modi government only for political reasons and to cover-up their own scams,’ he added.
“The Modi government that works for Adani, which is stuck in scams of lakhs of crores, had done this to divert attention from their scams. What is the timing of this action? When there was a demand for a JPC in Parliament to probe Adani. They wanted to divert attention from that… Adani, who was given coal, gas, power, water, roads, sea ports, cement airports by the Modi government, who had been given everything right from the sky to land, Rs 2.5  lakh crore loans, has opened six companies on the same  address in Mauritius and pumped in thousands of crores in his companies through these firms,” he said.
“Who does this black money belong to? it is BJP’s, Modi ji’s, your officials or that of terrorists?” Singh asked. “If this is investigated, Modi ji will be unmasked,” he added.
“Arvind Kejriwal’s government, which is doing some of the best work in the country. The government that is giving people free power, education, free healthcare, free teerth yatra for senior citizens, and is presenting a surplus budget, is their real problem,” he said.
Around 100 AAP protesters detained from DDU Marg protest and sent to police stations in different districts.

Court has reserved its order in today’s hearing of the Manish Sisodia case.
“We are allowed to obtain custodial interrogation. He has to explain, we don’t want confession”: CBI prosecutor ends arguments. 
Senior advocate Mohit Mathur also for Sisodia said, “Suggestions were given by LG and incorporated in policy. It was an aspect which required discussion and deliberation and under such circumstances there is no room for conspiracy”.
“Expert committee report places on public domain on orders on Manish Sisodia. So anything good i am doing should be buried under the carpet. Subjective satisfaction i have to explain. Every order then with discretion will become vulnerable. It not not have malice behind them. I am contemplating a policy and bring it out in the open, this reached a finale at the LG office,” he said.
“This was a subject of state government. We still transferred to LG  Today an IO wants to go behind what a elective government wants to do and a constitutional functionary approves it,” he added.
“Two years back prior to when the file was sent to the LG they want me to explain that,” he said.
“Remand is not to be done in a mechanical fashion. Non cooperation is their common refrain. In chargesheet you did not find anything and now you want people to be added in the supplementary chargesheet,” Mathur added.
Senior Advocate Krishnan, appearing for Sisodia said, “There is a presumption of innocence. There cannot be self remand on this is a travesty. Somebody is not answering to your satisfaction.”
“All the notices for appearance we appeared. He took a week last time, he was finalising the budget,” he added.
“No stretch of imagination can the grounds mentioned in application can be a ground for remand,” Krishnan said.
CBI told the court Manish Sisodia is ‘not cooperating with investigation and concealing true facts even after being confronted with evidence.’
The CBI has argued that Sisodia has changed his phone multiple times. “He is not cooperating with investigation and concealing true facts even after being confronted with evidence,” the CBI told the court. 
The agency has claimed that Sisodia has not been able to explain the increase in profit margin from 5 percent to 12 percent and in the excise policy drafts. 
Senior advocate Dayan Krishnan has opposed the CBI remand stating that everything discussed by the CBI was prior to when the  policy was cleared. Krishnan argued that LG had cleared the file in May, 2021. 
“They say I changed my phone, when I give up a phone and change my phone and explain it….am I supposed to anticipate a case against me in future.” 
On CBI submissions that in this case AAP communication incharge Vijay Nair met some liquor manufacturers in a hotel based in Delhi and that the ‘south group’had visited Delhi 2-3 times to discuss and tweak the excise policy, Krishnan told the court, “They say Vijay Nair was having meeting with liquor manufacturers. WhatsApp chats recovered from south group made visits for tweaking the policy. Which messages, what meeting is related to am I in this ?”
The CBI on Monday produced Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, arrested in a corruption case related to the excise policy, before a city court. There was a heavy security presence in and outside the Rouse Avenue Courts premises. The agency produced Sisodia before special judge M K Nagpal and has sought a 5-day custody

Addressing party workers, AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj said, ‘Friends today, the central government has blocked several roads. They have house arrested our leaders and detained our workers who were protesting. But, thousands of protesters will continue to protest here. All these constables and head constables here know that there are children will become IPS officer and engineers because of Sisodia. They also know that their children are getting education due to Manish Sisodia’
“Delhi Police staff laathi charged on our women protesters, they hit women and broke out workers head and teeth and packed them in the buses. You cannot stop the Aam Aadmi Party. You cannot stop every Aam aadmi…. Aam Aadmi chup nahi rahega,” he added.

The Aam Aadmi Party has alleged that 80 per cent of its leaders were arrested by Delhi Police since Sunday, and questioned whether anyone can be detained for more than 24 hours.
The CBI on Sunday arrested Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in connection with alleged corruption in the now-scrapped excise policy while police detained 50 people, including AAP MP Sanjay Singh and minister Gopal Rai, who were protesting near the CBI office where Sisodia was being questioned. According to police, the leaders detained on Sunday were being released today.
Addressing a press conference, AAP national spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said the long detention was illegal and drew a parallel between former prime minister Indira Gandhi’s emergency era and the present.
“Since yesterday, the Aam Aadmi Party has been repeatedly saying that not only has Manish Sisodia ji been arrested, but almost 80 per cent of the leadership of the party has been arrested by the police. When asked, the central government is saying that they have only been detained,” he said.
“I want to know whether the detention is of one hour, two hours or three hours. Now it will be 24 hours, can police detain such big leaders for 24 hours? There is no such provision in the law,” he opined. (PTI)
Dy. CM @msisodia जी की फ़र्ज़ी गिरफ़्तारी के ख़िलाफ़ आम आदमी पार्टी का BJP कार्यालय पर प्रदर्शन । LIVE
🔥 @AAPOdisha Protests against the arrest of India’s Finest Education Minister, @msisodia by PM Modi’s CBI 🔥

The clear question is why punish honest work, when there is an internationally known corrupt like Adani lurking around free?
शिक्षा क्रांति के जनक @msisodia जी की Fake Case में गिरफ़्तारी केवल केजरीवाल जी के शिक्षा-स्वास्थ्य मॉडल को देशभर में फ़ैलने से रोकने के लिए की गई है।

जिसके विरोध में @AAPHaryana के कार्यकर्ताओं ने BJP मुख्यालय पर जोरदार विरोध प्रदर्शन किया। 🔥
झूठे केस में @msisodia की गिरफ़्तारी के ख़िलाफ़ Rajkot में @AAPGujarat के कार्यकर्ताओं का BJP मुख्यालय के बाहर विरोध प्रदर्शन।

मोदी की तानाशाह पुलिस ने गुजरात में भी AAP कार्यकर्ताओं को हिरासत में लिया।
मोदी जी द्वारा फ़र्ज़ी Case में Delhi के शिक्षा मंत्री @msisodia की गिरफ़्तारी के ख़िलाफ़ @AAP4Assam के कार्यकर्ताओं द्वारा BJP मुख्यालय के बाहर ज़बरदस्त विरोध प्रदर्शन।🔥

Modi जब भी डरता है, फ़र्ज़ी Case में गिरफ़्तारी करता है।
दिल्ली के उपमुख्यमंत्री @msisodia जी की गिरफ़्तारी के ख़िलाफ़ भोपाल में @AAPMPOfficial का जोरदार प्रदर्शन। 💥

जब-जब ज़ुल्मी ज़ुल्म करेगा सत्ता के गलियारों से,
चप्पा-चप्पा गूंज उठेगा इंकलाब के नारों से।
Huge protest in Bangalore by @AAPKarnataka against illegal and immoral arrest of @msisodia by BJP’s CBI.

People of India know what value is of free quality education for the rise of India.

Why put CBI after Dy. CM @msisodia and not after Adani?
#WATCH | Aam Aadmi Party workers protest against the arrest of Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia in connection with liquor policy case in Delhi
The CPI(M) on Monday condemned the arrest of AAP leader Manish Sisodia, accusing the government of using central agencies to target the opposition in an attempt to divert attention from the Adani issue.
In a statement, the Left party charged, “His arrest is part of the Modi government project to weaponise central investigative agencies to target opposition party leaders. In almost every state where the government is run by an opposition party, cases are filed against leaders, arrests are made so as to destabilise the governments being run by opposition parties”.
“Having failed to win elections by democratic means the Modi regime is using central agencies to undermine democracy in India targeting the opposition,” it charged. It also alleged that the attack on opposition leaders is also to “divert attention from the increasing questions being raised about the nature of the relationship between the prime minister, the ruling party and its ‘favoured’ big business houses like Adani.” (PTI)
Several AAP supporters have been detained after they clashed with security forces outside BJP headquarters at Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU).
Several AAP supporters have been detained after they clashed with security forces outside BJP headquarters

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After the protesters clashed with paramilitary forces, the personnel resorted to lathicharge to disburse them

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AAP begins its protest outside BJP headquarters at Deen Dayal Upadhyay.

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Launching a scathing attack on Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi Monday said: “Don’t use Bhagat Singh’s name to hide your sins. They (AAP) definitely formed the government in the name of honesty, but these people have proved to be the most dishonest. Children of Delhi have suffered because of this and the previous governments.”
“In the name of skill training, scams were done. The central agencies do not work on someone’s saying. If they would have worked on BJP’s saying, then AAP leaders would have been arrested before the elections. But CBI arrested him after finding the evidence,” she added.

AAP vs BJP in posters (Express Photo)
A day after raining blows on each other on the floor of the MCD House, the AAP and BJP found themselves in the midst of a perception brawl — through Bollywood-inspired posters. On Saturday morning, the posters, ostensibly intended to provoke each other, were posted by each party on their social media handles. These sported images of leaders from the opposing camp photoshopped onto them.
While the BJP’s weapon of choice was 1993 Jeetendra and Jaya Prada-starrer Khalnayika, the AAP was quick to retaliate with its rendition of 1974 Shashi Kapoor and Mumtaz starrer Chor Machaye Shor.
Annie Ernaux is the the first French woman to receive Nobel Prize for Literature. (Express Photo by Amit Mehra)
In 2021, a year before she won the Nobel Prize for Literature, the rumour mills had been on overdrive about Annie Ernaux’s odds of being conferred literature’s top prize. Ernaux, who had recently turned 81, was filled with disquiet about the speculation. “I thought they are going to take away my old age from me now,” says the writer, with a little laugh.
A year later, when she became the first French woman to receive the prize, nothing changed and yet everything did. For one, it afforded her less time to spend with her writing — “In a few months, I think I will try and forget that I got the Nobel Prize”.
Burnt shops and vehicle after clash between pro and anti CAA protesters during the riots at Yamuna Vihar in New Delhi. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)
Three years into the New Delhi riots, in which 53 were killed and over 700 injured, the wheels of justice are moving — slowly. The Northeast district of the Delhi Police filed 695 cases of rioting and arson in the Karkardooma court. Until February 20 this year, verdicts have come in 47 cases. Of these, 36 have ended in acquittals.
All these 695 cases were filed under Sections 147 (punishment for rioting; two-year prison term); 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon; three-year prison term); 149 (unlawful assembly); and 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house, etc; life term), among others.
The boundary walls and ceilings of a temple and a mosque situated at Central Delhi’s ITO were demolished by the Delhi government’s Public Works Department as part of an anti-encroachment drive Saturday. The development came after a single judge bench of the Delhi High Court comprising Justice Prathiba Singh directed the PWD to carry out construction to make a pedestrian pathway at Jheel Ka Piao at Mathura Road and ITO.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has been sent to CBI custody till March 4. He was produced before a local court today in the Delhi excise policy case. There was a heavy security presence in and outside the Rouse Avenue Courts premises when Sisodia was presented. Special judge M K Nagpal has of now reserved the order.
AAP supporters held nationwide protests against the arrest of Sisodia. Several AAP supporters were detained after they clashed with paramilitary forces during the protest outside the BJP headquarters at Delhi’s Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Marg. Security personnel resorted to lathicharge to disperse them.
The CBI is acting against Sisodia in a case of corruption connected to Delhi’s now-scrapped excise policy. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the investigating officers were acting under political presssure. “I am told that most CBI officers were against Manish’s arrest. All of them have huge respect for him and there is no evidence against him. But the political pressure to arrest him was so high that they had to obey their political masters,” Kejriwal said.
The national capital witnessed tense scenes Monday after as many as 200 AAP supporters took to the streets carrying placards and wearing handcuffs and black bands and staged a protest outside the BJP’s DDU Marg office against the arrest of the Delhi Deputy Chief Minister. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao and his Jharkhand counterpart Hemant Soren rallied behind Sisodia Monday and lashed out at the BJP for “intimidating opposition parties”. The Congress, however, is conspicuously quiet.


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