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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.”

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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 (pro.hphighcourt@gmail.com),

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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Corona Curfew in Himachal Pradesh From May 7, Public Transport to Remain Operational, Educational Institutes Closed Till May 31

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Shimla-A corona curfew in Himachal Pradesh would be imposed from May 7, the State Government decided today in a meeting of HP Cabinet held today.

The state government said that in order to break the virus chain, the Cabinet decided to impose Corona curfew in the whole State.

“All the government and private offices/ establishments would remain closed from 7 May, 2021 to midnight of 16 May, 2021. It was also decided that all essential services such as health, electricity, telecommunication, water supply, sanitation etc. would remain open,” the government said.

The Cabinet decided that work would continue at civil work sites, horticultural/agricultural and other project sites. Educational institutions in the State would remain closed till 31 May, 2021. All government and private transport would ply at 50 percent of occupancy and inter-state transport would continue. Industrial establishments would work as per the guidelines issued by the State Government.

The government said that detailed SOPs would be issued by today evening. 

Also Read: Situation Grim in Himachal With Record 48 Deaths in a Day, Senior Leader Shanta Kumar Advises Govt to Impose Lockdown

Keeping in view the sharp surge of covid-19 cases in the State, it was also decided in the meeting that the annual examination of 10th standard of Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education would stand cancelled. All the students would be promoted to 11th class by the Board as per the norms suggested by CBSE for its students for the 10th standard examination. It was also decided that 12th standard examination of Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education and annual examination of colleges would also remain suspended till further orders. 

For the department of Excise and Taxation that handles work related to collection of the revenue, which form major part of revenue earned by the State and to properly administer and regulate, the various tax laws in the State, the Cabinet gave its nod to create a specialized and dedicated separate service in the State ‘H.P. Revenue (State Taxes and Excise) Services in place of existing posts of the officers in the department.

The Cabinet gave its approval to upgrade regional hospital Una as 300 bedded regional hospital along-with creation of 76 posts of different categories to ensure better health care facilities hospital to the people of the area.

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Situation Grim in Himachal With Record 48 Deaths in a Day, Senior Leader Shanta Kumar Advises Govt to Impose Lockdown

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Shimla- While the state government remains indecisive over imposing more restrictive measures to check the COVID-19 spread, the state lost 48 more lives – the highest in a day so far. On Tuesday, with the increase in sampling to 15954 from 8511 on Monday, the number of daily cases also jumped to 3824 in the state. According to the official statistics of the state health department, Kangra districts reported the highest 877 cases and 16 fatalities. Solan district reported 11 fatalities and 411 new infections.  Mandi district reported  807 cases and one fatality. (Scroll down to view all details of deceased)

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 4, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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Pertinent to mention that Himachal Watcher had been raising questions over a very low sampling in the state when the fatality rate has reached an alarming level. The sampling was decreased from 14649 on April 29 to 8511 on May 3 while the fatality rate rose continuously. Also, the state government didn’t provide any clarification over this decreasing number of sampling. But health experts believe that sampling needs to be boosted further to assess the true scale of the spread.

Also Read:  Testing Increases in Govt’s Statements Only

Speaking on the worsening situation in the state, especially Kangra district, former Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar has advised the state government to impose a lockdown.

Meanwhile, some reports of mismanagement and unpreparedness of the COVID are hospitals are appearing on various media platforms, especially on social media. A citizen in Shimla yesterday complained that the Ayurvedic Hospital, Chotta Shimla, did not admit his mother who needed immediate oxygen support.

A 53-year-old woman in Ramshahar, Solan district, died as she failed to receive ventilator support. According to a report in a daily, the patient was referred to the government hospital in Katha where ventilators were available but weren’t operational. Chief Medical Officer said that there is a shortage of staff, regarding which higher officials had been informed, the report said.

Claims of contact tracing also proved to be empty as a report appeared which said a bus conductor (HRTC) was on duty when he received information that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Questions are being raised as to how the conductor was allowed to carry on with his duty in a bus and why he wasn’t isolated after his sample was taken.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deaths for May 4, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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Himachal’s Current Bed Capacity 3346, Daily Oxygen Availability 53 MT, Says HP Govt, But No Clarification on Low Testing

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Shimla- A Spokesperson of the state government said here today that there was no shortage of oxygen supply and beds in the hospitals and efforts were being made to enhance the bed capacity and oxygen supply day by day. As of now, 3346 beds were available in various health institutes of the state.

He said that keeping in view the increasing cases of Covid-19, the state government has increased the number of beds to 1924 in various Covid dedicated health institutes, hospitals and Covid centres. He said that 1422 beds were available in various Covid hospitals in the state on 21 April 2021 while presently the bed capacity has been enhanced to 3346.

The Spokesperson said that the per day availability of oxygen in the hospitals was 53 MT while the requirement was 23 MT. The PSA plant would be made functional in Chamba Medical College within a week which would meet the oxygen requirement in the Chamba district, he said.

Also Read: Himachal: 115 COVID-19 Fatalities in 3 Days, Testing Increases in Govt’s Statements Only

The state government, however, did not clarified on the low number of sampling/testing. Pertinent to mention that while the fatality rate has witnessed a massive surge, the sampling in the state had fallen to below 8000 on Monday. The rate of daily sampling has come down continuously with the surge in deaths. On April 29, according to the official data, 14649 samples were taken, on April 30 it dropped to 13715, to 10804 on May 1st, to 9684 on May 2, and to 8511 on May 3.

Also Read: Himachal Sees 44 Deaths in 24 Hours, Sampling Drops as COVID-19 Fatality Rate Rises  

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been issuing repeated directions to increase testing in statements, but according to the government’s statistics, the reality is contrary to them.

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