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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.

Hp High Court PRO Leaks orders

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 9 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 the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Himachal: Seven COVID-19 Deaths, 395 New Cases in a Day

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Shimla-On Thursday, Himachal Pradesh reported 395 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection. Seven fresh casualties were reported, taking the COVID-19 death tally in the state to 96. According to the official Bulletin released by the Health Department for September 17, 2020 (9 PM), the total for the state has risen to 11190, of which 4145 are active cases and 6919 had recovered.  

Seven fatalities also included a 14-year-old male from Shimla. He was a patient of Burkitt’s Lymphoma. Remaining six aged between 50-82 years.  As per the Health Department’s official Bulletin, all seven patients had pre-existing medical conditions like Diabetes Mellitus, severe Sepsis, severe ARDS, Hypertension etc.  

Details of COVID-19 Fatalities on September 17 (till 9 PM)

covid-19 deaths in himachal pradesh on september 17, 2020-

Among Thursday’s cases, Sirmaur reported the highest 82 cases, followed by Kangra (76), Mandi (70), Solan (49), Una (38), Shimla (30), Lahaul-Spiti (15), Kullu (13), Bilaspur (12), Chamba (7), and Hamirpur (3).

Further, Solan has reported the highest number of cases (2525), and Kangra district has reported the highest number of casualties (20), followed by Solan (18), and Shimla (17).

For more statistics from all districts, view the table given below:

Himachal Pradesh-september 17, 2020, covid-19 update

Several media persons complained that the Health Officials have even stopped taking their calls and release required information. The Chief Minister, in today’s Vidhan Sabha session, compared fatality rate of Himachal Pradesh (0.8%) with the national rate (1.64%) and states having larger population like Punjab (2.8%). He claimed the state government was comfortable with the situation and rising number of cases. He said five make-shift COVID-19 hospitals, which are yet to be established, would take care of the rise in cases.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur today patted his own back by releasing an e-book “Sewa Hi Sangathan” brought out by the State BJP.

In this book, BJP has claimed that various initiatives and steps were taken by the party to effectively tacking the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief Minister also termed the “Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” as a success and went on to say that it has stabilized rural economy of the country and the State during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Defending the decision to lift all restrictions on inter-state movement of people, including tourists, amid a community spread, he termed it a necessary step to revive the state economy. In a way, the government has made it clear that the people would have to learn to live with COVID-19.

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Himachal: 460 New COVID-19 Cases with One More Death, Situation to Worsen as State Borders Open for All

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday reported a single-day spike of 460 COVID-19 cases with one death, confirmed the state Health Department. According to the latest update (9 PM), Solan district (117) had reported the highest number of cases. Remaining cases were reported from Kangra (92), Mandi (58), Shimla (51), Lahaul-Spiti (46), Una (31), Kinnaur (14), Sirmaur (14), Bilaspur (13), Chamba (12), Kullu (8), and Hamirpur (4).

The COVID-19 tally has now reached 10795, of which 4146 are active, 6531 recovered, and 89 died.

HP Health Department’s COVID-19 Bulletin for September 15, 2020 (9 PM)

Himachal Pradesh daily covid19 update september 16

The number is likely to witness a huge surge as the state government has removed all restrictions on the inter-state movement of people. No permission or registration of any sorts is required to enter the state. Tourists won’t need to present a COVID-19 report and advance booking to enter the state. At the time of the writing, a large number of tourists and other people had already entered the state as the borders were opened today evening.

Also Read: No E-Pass, No COVID-19 Negative Report, No Registration Needed to Enter State

Tourists are happy with the decision. According to a media report, earlier tourists reaching state borders without registration were being tricked to pay Rs. 300 to register and enter the state.  It was later that they found out that registration process was free of any charges. 

Inter-state bus services are also expected to resume operation soon.

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Himachal: No E-Pass, No COVID-19 Negative Report, No Registration Needed to Enter State

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Tourist entry in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla-Borders of Himachal Pradesh are now open to all including tourists without any restriction at all. The state government has issued a notification today regarding the same. The decision has been taken in a time when the state has already entered in the ‘community spread phase’ and both the number of positive cases, as well as, the mortality rate is rising at an alarming rate.

As per the notification,

“There shall be no requirement of registration for inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/approval/e-permit will be required for such movements. However, inter-state movement of public transport buses shall be operated only as per the SOPs to be issued by the Department of Transport, Himachal Pradesh, after ensuring full readiness to comply with the SOPs.”

The notification came following the decision taken in a meeting of the state Cabinet on September 15, 2020. At the same time, the government maintained that the quarantine rules would still apply except for those carrying COVID-19 negative report. 

The government said the step was taken on repeated appeals of the Centre government and several sections of the people. This step would boost economic activities, the government said.

The government has also changed the ‘discharge policy’ for COVID-19 patients. The government said that it would now implement ‘Discharge Policy framed by the ICMR and the Centre government. Now, those patients who would be found asymptomatic after 10 days, would be discharged without any test. They’ll be asked to home-quarantine for seven days.    

The government said make-shift hospitals would be established at five places – Shimla, Tanda, Nalagarh Una, and Nahan. Each hospital would have a capacity of 50 beds.

Changes have also been approved in the policy for allowing opening of new nursing institute in the state. Only institutes having a hospital (100 bed) would be permitted to open nursing colleges. The GNM course would be discontinued after the 2020-21 session. Already running institutes would need to apply for conversion of this course into B.Sc Nursing. The government also decided that except for M.Sc nursing courses, no other course would be granted fresh attachment to government hospitals.

Meanwhile, during today’s session of the state Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Jairam said that the rise in COVID-19 cases was inevitable with the steps taken by the government to revive economic activities.

He claimed the government has taken all necessary steps to contain the spread of coronavirus. He claimed that the government is well-prepared to deal with the rising number of cases. ICU beds, oxygen, supporting beds and other equipment in sufficient quantities.

The Chief Minister compared the situation of the state to bigger states/union territories like Maharashtra, Delhi, Rajasthan etc. in a failed attempt to convince the opposition during the session that the state government was doing better than others. The opposition commented that the government has left the people of the state on their own.

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