LIVE UPDATES: Sachin Pilot sends legal notice to Congress MLA Giriraj Malinga over Rs 35 crore bribe allegations| Prashant Bhushan faces contempt in Supreme Court| BJP MLA dies of COVID-19

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Former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot has sent a legal notice to Congress MLA Giriraj Malinga over horse-trading charge, reported news agency PTI. Malinga had alleged that Pilot offered him Rs 35 crore to topple the government headed by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

Sachin Pilot

MLA from Bari constituency. Speaking at Rajasthan capital Jaipur, Malinga said he had informed Chief Minister As, Malinga was quoted as saying. “I, too, had offers but I refused. I had spoken to Sachin ji, he asked me to switch sides and I refused. This is a wrong thing, I will not do it for money.”

Gehlot on Monday ahd called Pilot nikamma and naakara adding that the former deputy chief minister did not work and only created fissured among people.

For more LIVE updates, read below:

18:11 PM: Whenever the BJP goes all out for horse trading, the central agencies appear out of nowhere. Horse trading & raiding now go hand in hand. First it was seen in Karnataka and now in Rajasthan. Sir ji, the script is now getting boring: Congress leader KC Venugopal

17:52 PM: 24 people, including 6 BSF personnel, test positive for #COVID19 in Meghalaya, 7 patients recover; active case count 433; reports news agency PTI quoting officials.

16:33 PM: ED files money laundering complaint in Kerala gold smuggling case, reports news agency PTI quoting officials.

16:04 PM: Media bodies condemn attack on Ghaziabad-based journalist Vikram Joshi, who succumbed to injuries during treatment, demand judicial probe into it as well as other incidents of assault on scribes in Uttar Pradesh; reports news agency PTI.

15:55 PM: Centre should play role of guardian but BJP-led NDA regime is “making all efforts” to topple Congress government in Rajasthan, says state’s Transport Minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas. (PTI)

15:13 PM: Huge blast near OIL’s Baghjan well in Assam where fire is raging since June 9 after gas blowout, reports news agency PTI quoting officials.

15:10 PM: The #UttarPradesh Secondary Education Board (#UPSEB) has knocked William Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” off from the Class 12 syllabus. This is a part of an exercise to cut the annual syllabus by 30% in view of the disruptions in the academic session due to the pandemic; reported news agency IANS

15:01 PM: All 11 ex-cops convicted in Bharatpur’s Raja Man Singh murder case given life sentences, reports news agency PTI.

14:18 PM The Supreme Court on Tuesday initiated a contempt proceeding against noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan and listed the hearing for tomorrow (22 July). The Supreme Court comprising Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari will hear a suo motu against Bhushan. Read full details here

14:09 PM 27-year-old man, who had attempted suicide in front of Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel’s residence in Raipur last month, succumbs to injuries at a private hospital; reports news agency PTI quoting police

14:00 PM Supreme Court has set up a commission headed by former SC Judge Justice B S Chauhan to investigate Vikas Dubey’s ‘encounter’ by Uttar Pradesh Police

12:42 PM: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attacks BJP government over killing of Journalist Vikram Joshi, says people were promised ‘Ram Raj’ but got ‘Gundaraj’ instead.

12:02 PM: ED raids at premises of Rajasthan CM’s brother, other places across country in money laundering case linked to fertiliser scam; reports news agency PTI quoting officials.

11:50 AM: A woman, who had set herself on fire in front of CM Yogi Adityanath’s office in Lucknow on July 17 over alleged police inaction in a land dispute case in Amethi district, dies at hospital; reports news agency PTI quoting officials

11:30 AM: Muzaffarpur Shelter Home case: Delhi HC has issued notice in appeal filed by Brajesh Thakur against his conviction by trial court, reports Live Law. Brajesh Thakur was sentenced to life imprisonment for committing gang rape of minor girls.

11:15 AM: Single-day spike of 37,724 COVID-19 cases, 648 deaths pushes India’s virus caseload to 11,92,915, death toll to 28,732: Union Health Ministry

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10:55 AM: Karnataka High Court directs the State government to file proper supplementary statements in the matter seeking directions to #Isha foundation from not to collect any funds from the public for the project #cauverycalling. (Live Law)

10:25 AM: Congratulations to our nuclear scientists for achieving criticality of Kakrapar Atomic Power Plant-3. This indigenously designed 700 MWe KAPP-3 reactor is a shining example of ‘Make in India’. And a trailblazer for many such future achievements: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

09:55 AM: Army man’s father hacked to death, his pregnant wife thrashed over land dispute in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi; reports news agency PTI.

09:30 AM: Rajasthan Speaker to file petition in Supreme Court over HC direction to defer action on disqualification notices, reports news agency PTI.

08:44 AM: President #DonaldTrump has warned that the US pandemic will probably “get worse before it gets better”, as he revived his #coronavirus briefings, reports news agency IANS.

06:24 AM: We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm. In line with this approach, this week we are taking further action on so-called ‘QAnon’ activity across the service: Twitter says in a statement

It reads, “We will permanently suspend accounts Tweeting about these topics that we know are engaged in violations of our multi-account policy, coordinating abuse around individual victims, or are attempting to evade a previous suspension — something we’ve seen more of in recent weeks. In addition, we will: Keycap digit one No longer serve content and accounts associated with QAnon in Trends and recommendations. Keycap digit two Work to ensure we’re not highlighting this activity in search and conversations
Keycap digit three Block URLs associated with QAnon from being shared on Twitter.

These actions will be rolled out comprehensively this week. We will continue to review this activity across our service and update our rules and enforcement approach again if necessary. As we work at scale to protect the public conversation in the face of evolving threats, we’ll continue to lead with transparency and offer more context on our efforts.

06:07 AM: Film critic Rajeev Masand grilled by Mumbai Police in Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide case. The controversial critic is accused of giving negative reviews for Sushant’s films and writing blind items against 34-year-old actor from Bihar

02:30 AM: CPD Calicut team seized 908 gm of compound gold from a passenger who arrived from Dubai by flight FZ8911. The compound was concealed in three capsule-shaped packets and a plastic pouch kept in a cotton cloth belt worn around the waist.

02:22 AM: AIU Kozhikode seized crude gold chains of 24K weighing 233 gms from a female passenger travelling in Flight No. OV1553 from Muscat

00.39 AM: Ukraine stand-off ends as police storm bus and free all gunman’s hostages after hours of negotiations, reports BBC. Bus siege ended after president complied with hostage-taker’s demand to tell people to watch animal-rights documentary Earthlings.

00:26 AM : Bihar BJP MLC Sunil Kumar Singh dies of #COVID19 at AIIMS Patna, reports news agency PTI quoting officials. He died of a heart attack on Tuesday evening.

BJP MLC Sunil Kumar Singh

00.05 AM: It’s not clear what triggered the Supreme Court to initiate contempt proceedings against senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan. The noted lawyer had tweeted on 29 June, “CJI rides a 50 Lakh motorcycle belonging to a BJP leader at Raj Bhavan Nagpur, without a mask or helmet, at a time when he keeps the SC in Lockdown mode denying citizens their fundamental right to access Justice!.”

00.01 AM: Important quarantine guidelines for Delhi Airport passengers: As per the government mandate, all passengers arriving by international flight at Delhi Airport must undergo 7 days institutional quarantine at their own cost (an undertaking that passengers accept this obligation is signed by the individual or head of the family and retained by the overseas mission/embassy before the booking is confirmed), followed by 7 days of home quarantine. For details click here. 

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