As the controversy over the death of Sushant Singh Rajput dominates media coverage in India, the Congress has raised questions on the late actor’s ‘friend’ Sandeep Ssingh’s close ties with the BJP. Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) spokesperson Manish Doshi , according to Indian Express, has sensationally alleged that Gujarat’s BJP government entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) of Rs 177 crore with Sandip Ssingh in 2019 due to their “close relationship”.
Ssingh, who has recently faced grilling by the CBI into the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, was also the producer of the biopic made on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which courted controversy due to its timing of the release coinciding the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Meanwhile, news agency PTI has reported that pro-BJP actress Kangana Ranaut, who was given Y-plus security cover by Union Home Ministry headed by Amit Shah, has become the first Bollywood celebrity to be guarded by a posse of elite commandos of CRPF.
In other news, an incident of firing reportedly took place on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Eastern Ladakh sector where troops of India and China have been engaged in a stand-off for over three months, reported news agency ANI.
LIVE UPDATES on these and other big news stories of the day will appear below:
18:07 PM: Two tribal sisters, both minors, allegedly gang-raped in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district, following which they consumed poison in a bid to end their lives. One dies while the other is fighting for life at a hospital; three people arrested: Police. (PTI)
17:27 PM: A team of police and Rashtriya Rifles arrested three alleged overground workers (OGWs) of the Lashkar-e-Toiba in #Bandipora district of #JammuandKashmir on Tuesday. (IANS)
China's PLA has responded to the hotline message sent by Indian Army. They have confirmed that the missing youths from Arunachal Pradesh have been found by their side. Further modalities to handover the persons to our authority is being worked out.
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) September 8, 2020
16:12 PM: The #UttarPradesh government on Tuesday revoked the Sunday restrictions and markets will now follow their weekly arrangements as per the earlier practice. (IANS)
15:37 PM: Court in Mumbai remands Deepak Kochhar, husband of former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar, in ED custody till September 19. (PTI)
14:43 PM: The #UttarPradesh police, along with excise officials, have recovered huge quantities of spurious liquor & raw material in raids conducted on the outskirts of the #Jhansi district. The police took the help of drone cameras and JCB machines in the raids that took place on Monday. (IANS)
13:46 PM: The Central Bureau of Investigation (#CBI) team probing the #Unnao rape case in which former BJP MLA #KuldeepSinghSengar is an accused, has written to the #UttarPradesh chief secretary, seeking action against one IAS and two IPS officers. (IANS)
13:05 PM: As part of the on-going war against drug menace in #Karnataka, the City Crime Branch (CCB) Police conducted its raid at Kannada actress #SanjjanaGalrani’s residence in the upmarket Indira Nagar area early Tuesday. (IANS)
12:23 PM: Shiv Sena appoints Sanjay Raut as its chief spokesperson: Party statement. (PTI)
11:56 AM: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation pastes notice at Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut’s Pali Hill bungalow, pointing out many alterations undertaken there without the civic body’s approval: Official. (PTI)
11:04 AM: PLA soldiers fired a few rounds in air in an attempt to intimidate Indian troops: Indian Army on Monday’s incident in eastern Ladakh. (PTI)
10:37 AM: India’s COVID-19 death toll rises to 72,775 with record 1,133 new fatalities, caseload rises to 42,80,422 with 75,809 fresh cases: Govt. (PTI)
10:15 AM: The parliamentary board of the Lok Janshakti Party has told its national president #ChiragPaswan that it wants to contest in 143 of the total 243 seats in the upcoming #Bihar Assembly elections. (IANS)
09:23 AM: The overall number of global #coronavirus cases has topped 27.2 million, while the deaths have increased to over 891,000, according to #JohnsHopkinsUniversity. (IANS)
08:05 AM: Actress Rhea Chakraborty files a complaint with Mumbai Police, accusing Sushant Singh Rajput’s sister Priyanka Singh and a Delhi-based doctor of forgery and prescribing fake medicines for anxiety to Rajput. (Livelaw)
07:07 AM: World No. 1 Ash Barty of Australia has said that she will not travel to France to f=defend her French Open title due to COVID-19 pandemic. She said, “It has been a difficult decision to make but unfortunately I will not be competing in Europe this year. Last year’s French Open was the most special tournament of my career so this is not a decision I have made lightly.”