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PRO leaked HP High Court orders in Priyanka Vadra land deal case prior to official announcement, alleges RTI activist 

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The activist raised a question asking why Himachal can’t provide the details of the permission given to Gandhi family including Priyanka Vadra to purchase land in Shimla when Delhi could do it despite all these being SPG protectees? 

SHIMLA– The high-profile case of land-purchase deal in Priyanka Vadra case has once again in news due to alleged prior leak of HP High Court orders.

Also Read: Why Priyanka Gandhi doesn’t want her property details to be divulged?

In a letter to the Chief Justice of HP High Court, Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Chief Justice of India, RTI activist Dev Ashish Bhattacharya, who had filed RTI seeking file notings and details of Priyanka Vadra land purchase deal in 2014, had alleged the Public Relation Officer of Himachal Pradesh High Court of leaking court orders before official announcement by Honorable Justice Tarlok Chauhan.  He urged the court to take serious note of it and initiate a high power inquiry into the matter.

Also Read: RTI on Priyanka Vadra’s Shimla land deal wrongly rejected, disclose details within 10 days: HP Information Commission

Mr. Bhattacharya also released copy of the order passed in hearing of Civil Writ Petition (CWP -3144/2015) on July 28 in which his plea to place some documents on record in ongoing case of Priyanka land purchase deal in Charabra, Shimla. However, details of the e-mail containing copies of HC orders revealed that it was sent to several newspapers, journalists, and individuals on July 27.

Also Read: ‘Don’t disclose my property details’ requests Priyanka to HP Govt

He also informed how prior leak of orders by the PRO resulted in misinterpretations of orders by various national newspapers , some of them even stated that the court had rejected the plea of the activist seeking information of the land deal. The Hindu, Bhattacharya said, even went on writing “Priyanka Need Not Reveal Land Details: HC.”

Priyanka Vadra Shimla Land purchase

However, the PRO claimed it to be a technical glitch, which, he said, would be explained later. With this explanation, PRO tried to wash his hands, but technical glitch is hardly justified, claimed the activist.

The time and date is picked up from the server of the Google in G-Mails and cannot be tampered with. Even if the time and date of the computer is changed the server of the Google will indicate its own (correct) time and date. What explanation does the PRO have to defend him on this issue?,

asked the activist in the letter.

In case the batteries of any computer go waste then it will revert to the time and date of manufacturing of the computer by default,

he further explained.

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Screen-Shot: E-Mail Sent By HP High Court PRO

Also Read: Priyanka Vadra listed among 881 non-agriculturists permitted to buy land in Himachal

Mr. Bhattacharya also made it clear that the court had dismissed only one of the two CMPs urging to put some additional documents on record, and that court did not said that Priyanka Vadra need not to reveal her land details.

It (order) was e-mailed to several people by the Public Relation Officer of the High Court on 27th July, 2016 at 10:26 PM from his official e-mail ID ([email protected]),

said the activist in the letter.

Also Read: HP High Court notice to Priyanka over details of Shimla land deal

It is a matter of surprise and concern that the order of the Hon’ble HP High Court, which was announced in the court No. 4 by Hon’ble Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan on 28th July, 2016 was supplied to the public domain by the Public Relation Officer of the Hp High Court on 27th July, 2016 at 10:26 pm,

he further expressed his astonishment.

If Delhi Can Provide Information, Then Why Not Himachal?

In CMP No. 2987/2016 the documents he had pleaded to put on records contain residential information of Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Vadra, and Rahul Gandhi in Delhi, which he was provided by the Delhi Directorate of Estate. The information was easily provided despite the fact that these three are permanent residents of Delhi and are SPG Protectees. However,  in Himachal, Priyanka had filed a CWP (No. 3144/2015)  challenging the order of the of the full bench of the HP Information Commission claiming it to be a breach of safety and security by making the location of her residence in Shimla public. The activist raised a question asking why Himachal can’t provide the details of the permission given to Priyanka Vadra to purchase land in Shimla when Delhi could do it.

Also Read : Rules bent for construction of Priyanka’s house in Shimla, alleges Suresh Bhardwaj

The activist had also obtained documents from SIT (Solan) containing information regarding investigation in violation of Section 118 of the HP Land and Tenancy Act, 1972.  In CMP No. 6055/2016 he had urged the honorable court to put these documents on record as well. However, the court dismissed it (only CMP No. 6055/2016) saying these documents do not relate or link to the original petition filed.

Also Read: Priyanka Vadra Shimla land deal: Now, RTI activist after her income source, files complaint in ED

However, the CMP No. 2987/2016 is still alive. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for September 9, 2016. It would be a grieve damage to the dignity of the Honorable HP High Court if the allegations are proved right.

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 7 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Will deliver Rs. 1351 crore Bilaspur AIIMS in 2 years: CM Jairam

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Bilaspur AIIMS Construction Progress

 Bilaspur-Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda performed the ground-breaking ceremony (Bhoomi Pujan) of AIIMS at Kothipura in Bilaspur district today.

Jai Ram Thakur said that this Rs. 1351 crore AIIMS would be completed within a period of two years and would have a bed capacity of 750 beds, out of which 300 beds would be for super speciality. There would be 100 MBBS seats and 60 nursing seats in the institute.

He blamed the previous State Government of causing an unnecessary delay in transferring the land for this institution.

Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said that the institute would have Affordable Medicine and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) outlets and Jan Aushadhi Kendra where medicine would be provided at highly discounted rates to the poor and needy.

He informed that the project would be executed by NBCC Ltd. and would have 15 operation theatres and 20 speciality and super speciality departments.  In addition, it would also have an AYUSH Department with 30 beds for providing treatment facilities in the traditional system of medicine.

Further, the Chief Minister announced shifting of PWD Division Number-II from Bilaspur to Kothipura, besides shifting Division Number -II of Shri Naina Devi Ji.

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Nauni Varsity Admissions Open for Diploma in Fruit, Vegetable Processing & Bakery products

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Nauni varsity admissions for diploma

Solan-The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has invited applications for its one-year Diploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and Bakery products. The diploma will be run by the Department of Food Science and Technology of the university.

This year, the university has also reduced the fee charged for the diploma to Rs 5000. Earlier, the fee for this diploma was Rs 20,000. The decision was taken to ensure that more and more people can apply for the programme.

In addition, the programme has also been linked to the Skill Development Allowance scheme of the Government of Himachal Pradesh. Any person enrolled in the programme can also apply for this allowance.

The minimum educational qualification for this diploma programme is Class 10+2 with at least 40 per cent with no age cap for admission. The last date of application is 17 January 2019 and the counselling will be held on 19 January.

A total of 35 seats are available in the programme. Prospectus and application form can be downloaded from the university website(www.yspuniversity.ac.in).

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234 Ambulance Roads in Shimla City Declared ‘No Parking Zones’, Parking woes to Intensify

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List of ambulance roads in Shimla City declared no parking zones

Shimla- The parking woes have intensified in Shimla City as the District Magistrate of Shimla, Amit Kashyap, issued an official notification on December 19, 2018, in which 234 ambulance roads in Shimla city were declared as “No Parking Zones.

As per the notification, based on the report received from the Superintendent of Police, Shimla, it was found that the residents, as well as outsiders, had turned link roads into unauthorized parking spaces, which results into huge traffic jam and inconvenience to the smooth passage of ambulances carrying patients along with the general the public.

Therefore, the District Magistrate declared all the following 234 ambulance roads as “No Parking Zones”:


He said the decision was taken keeping in view the necessity of smooth flow of traffic and passage to ambulances on ambulance roads in Shimla City.

As per the notification, the matter was highlighted as the local residents of the Middle Cemetery, upper Gahan, Bhatttakufar, Dhingu Bawari, Frud, Lower Gahan, and Nerridhar had requested to declare the ambulance roads leading from Dhigu Bawari to Lower Gahan and From PWD Workshop Bhattakuffer to Jai Moti Bhawan (Cemetary) as “No Parking Zone” as some of the people park their vehicles on these roads resulting in traffic jams and obstruct ambulances.

While the government has a policy to allow buying vehicles only if an applicant could provide evidence of having a parking space, there are a large number of cars which were either bought before the formation of this policy or are registered in other districts of the State.

A section of vehicle owners have expressed unrest against this decision and argued that it was not fair, as the government did not provide sufficient authorized parking spaces in localities.

Having a personal parking space doesn’t matter as soon as an individual drives to other parts of the city. Sufficient parking spaces based on the required capacity of a particular Ward or locality are needed to fix this problem, and it is apparently the government’s job

said a resident of Khalini, Shimla.

On the other hand, the majority of the general public has supported the decision expecting that it would make these roads more convenient and smoother for traffic.

However, the district police is likely to face a lot of resistance from local residents while ensuring compliance with the orders passed.

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