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People are against corruption, want progress: Modi

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday thanked voters for reposing faith in the BJP after it fared well in different polls across the country and said the results suggest that people want “progress” and are against “corruption”. “Over the last few days, we have seen the results of various polls — parliamentary, assembly and civic polls — across India,” Modi said in a series of tweets.

“Be it the Northeast, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat… the BJP has performed very well. I thank the people,” he said. “These results across India suggest that people want all-round progress of the nation and will not tolerate corruption and misgovernance,” Modi said.

Modi’s remarks came after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won maximum seats in the Maharashtra and Gujarat municipal council polls. In the first elections after the government’s demonetisation decision, the BJP won by-polls in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The by-elections for 10 assembly and four Lok Sabha constituencies in five states and a Union Territory — Puducherry — were held on November 19.

 

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P Chidambaram gets bail in INX Media Case

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New Delhi: Supreme Court granted former finance minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram bail in the INX Media case being investigated by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), almost two months after he was arrested. However, the bail remains partial because the apex court has granted him bail only in the CBI case, but he will continue to be in the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) custody, which is investigating financial aspects of the alleged scam. His ED custody is scheduled to end on 24 October 2019.

The Congress leader “can be released if he is not required in any other case”, the top court said, adding that he will have to give a bond of Rs. 1 lakh, the top court said today. A three-judge bench headed by Justice R Banumathi set aside the Delhi High Court’s September 30 order denying him bail in the corruption case.

The bench made it clear that Chidambaram will not leave the country without prior permission of the court and make himself available for interrogation as and when called by the probe agency.

The bench clarified that its observation in the order granting bail to Chidambaram in the INX media corruption case would not have any bearing in other pending cases against him.

Mr Chidambaram was arrested on August 21 by the CBI, which has chargesheeted him, his son Karti and several other bureaucrats for “causing loss to the exchequer” by allegedly committing offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code.

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