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Lok Sabha adjourned till noon on Lalit Modi issue



New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Wednesday was adjourned till noon after the Congress-led opposition created a ruckus in the house on BJP leaders’ links with former IPL chief Lalit Modi.

As soon as the house assembled for the day, the opposition shouted slogans against the NDA government on the Modi issue and the Vyapam recruitment scam in Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Madhya Pradesh.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and Veerappa Moily moved an adjournment motion in the house on the Lalit Modi issue.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had earlier said a senior Congress leader had pressed her hard to give diplomatic passport to a scam accused Congress leader.

“A senior congress leader was pressing me hard to give diplomatic passport to the coal scam accused Santosh Bagrodia,” Swaraj Swaraj tweeted, hours before the proceedings began on the second day of parliament’s monsoon session.

“I will disclose the name of the leader on the floor of the house,” she said in another tweet.


Nirbhaya convicts to be hanged on March 3 at 6 a.m.




New Delhi: The four death-row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case will now be hanged on March 3 at 6 a.m., a local court announced here on Monday.

Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana pronounced the order on a petition seeking issuance of fresh date for the execution of death warrants in the case pertaining to the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in the national capital in December 2012.

Expressing satisfaction over the latest court order, Nirbhaya’s mother said, “I’m satisfied and happy. I hope the convicts will finally be hanged on March 3,” Asha Devi told mediapersons.

The case pertains to the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old girl in the national capital in December 2012.

On January 31, a trial court had stayed “till further order” the execution of the four convicts — Mukesh Kumar Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Kumar Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar (31).

Of the four convicts, Pawan has not yet availed the remedy of either curative petition or mercy plea.

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