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BJP MP Satyapal Singh hid government dues from EC, alleges RTI activist
Mumbai : BJP MP from Baghpat had allegedly concealed information about unpaid dues to the city collector in his election affidavit, an RTI activist said here on Saturday.
 
As per a reply under RTI received by Anil Galgali, Singh, a former Mumbai police commissioner of the Indian Police Service, had reportedly withheld information about unpaid dues of a penalty of Rs.48,420 imposed on him by Mumbai Suburban District collectorate in January 2013.
 
"The penalty was for renting out his flat in Patliputra Society, Andheri without taking proper permission from the collector as required under the laws," Galgali said.
 
This is because the building is constructed on government subsidised land meant for housing top government officials, mandating permission from the collector after paying the prescribed fees.
 
"The collectorate had served a notice on January 28, 2013 to Singh, who was Mumbai Police Commissioner at that time, but he chose to ignore it and even the subsequent reminders," Galgali added.
 
Later, Singh, 60, -- who earlier served as Nagpur and Pune police commissioner -- quit the coveted post (of Mumbai Police Commissioner) to contest the Lok Sabha elections on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket and won the Baghpat seat in Uttar Pradesh.
 
It has now come to light that Singh -- who defeated Baghpat strongman, Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Ajit Singh in the polls -- reportedly failed to mention this outstanding 'government dues' in his election affidavit as required by the EC rules.
 
According to EC provisions, a candidate is bound to reveal details of his criminal conviction, pending cases, assets, government liabilities and educational qualifications in the affidavit filed before the Election Officer.
 
The relevant EC Rule 4 (3) prescribes that the candidate reveal -- 'Laibilities if any, particularly whether there are any old dues of any financial institution or government dues', Galgali explained.
 
Interestingly, in June 2014, Singh faced major embarrassment when police busted an alleged prostitution racket being run from his 10th floor flat which was leased out to a private company.
 
Now, Galgali has written to the EC, Lok Sabha Speaker and Prime Minister's Office demanding that Singh be stripped of his Lok Sabha membership for violating and defying EC rules.
 
The MP could not be immediately contacted.
 
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Uber yet to obtain two-wheeler taxi permit
Bengaluru : App-based cab aggregator Uber still does not have the requisite permission to offer two-wheeler taxi service uberMOTO and did not consult the government, said Karnataka transport commissioner Rame Gowda on Saturday.
 
"Why you (Uber) are not going to RTA and getting permission and the license, without that you are operating," Gowda told IANS.
 
Interestingly, Uber disseminated a statement saying it held discussions with the relevant authorities without giving the exact department name and details of the officials it met, which Gowda contended.
 
"In the spirit of collaborating with the government, we had extensive discussions with the relevant authorities over the past few days as we have made some modifications to our ongoing pilot service with a commitment to operate within the existing framework," said Uber in a statement.
 
Further clarifying its two-wheeler taxi service model, Uber said the service was launched to operate at cost only without any service fee during the pilot period.
 
"Cost, free or charity, we have to follow the rule. Where is the classified bike taxi which is under the category of commercial vehicle," refuted Gowda.
 
The cab hailing company is planning to prepare a key findings report after the pilot service ends to address the feasibility of uberMOTO and its ability to augment Bengaluru's urban mobility needs.
 
On being asked how the transport department identified Uber two-wheeler taxis as most of them do not bear any insignia, Gowda said they are using the company's app to order the service and later seize the vehicles.
 
An IANS reporter managed to book an uberMOTO on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. after slight difficulty as they are not abundantly available.
 
Uber and Ola launched pilot on-demand two-wheeler taxi services uberMOTO and Ola Bike, respectively, on March 3. Ola Bike later stopped its services and even removed the option to book a bike taxi on its app.
 
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Two Indians among those killed in Russia plane crash
New Delhi : Two Indians are among those killed in the FlyDubai plane crash in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Vikas Swarup said on Saturday.
 
He said the Indian embassy in Moscow got this information from the list put out by the Russian authorities.
 
Swarup said the two Indians that appear on the list are Anju Kathirvel Aiyappan and Mohan Shyam.
 
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