News Wrap: Kejriwal under fire; BJP boycotts JPC

- The top story today is Arvind Kejriwal again. This time though, he's not the one accusing someone... it's the other way round. Lawyer YP Singh, who has fought cases related to corruption and involving the state government in the past, has accused Kejriwal of focussing on the wrong scam by speaking about BJP president Nitin Gadkari instead of agriculture minister Sharad Pawar.

Singh today presented documents which he said showed the complicity of
Pawar, his nephew and former deputy chief minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar and his daughter Supriya Sule in allowing the building of the Lavasa township near Pune city.

101 hectares of land were sanctioned by Ajit Pawar to Lake city corporation that developed Lavasa. Singh also alleged that Sule and her husband then offloaded their stake in the company to Lavasa Corporation, a subsidiary of construction firm HCC, at a higher valuation for profit.

 News Wrap: Kejriwal under fire; BJP boycotts JPC

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Meanwhile, The wife of the Vidarbha farmer, Gajanan Gadge, named by India Against Corruption while bringing out its revelations against BJP President Nitin Gadkari, has told CNN-IBN that her husband has been missing since the revelation...

Check out the bulletin for the interview.

- 2G scam: The BJP increased pressure on JPC Chairman PC Chacko, by boycotting a committee meet investigating the scam. The party is demanding that Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh be summoned before the committee to answer questions on their role in allocating 2G spectrum to telecom companies.

Former Cabinet Secretary KM Chandrashekhar deposed before the committee and said he saw the note that said Chidambaram could've stopped the 2G scam from happening.

We have a report in the bulletin.

- In world news, most of the girls enrolled at the school run by Pakistani teenage rights activist Malala Yousufzai’s father have stopped attending classes. This is due to threats against the school and follows an attempt on Malala's life by the Taliban.

- In sport, cyclist Lance Armstrong's doping controversy has shaken up the sport. He quit as chairman of cancer foundation Livestrong and all his sponsors, including Nike have dropped him. The fallout also sees Team Sky, which includes Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins issue an ultimatum to their members. They have to sign a document confirming they have never doped and if they don't, they face the sack. Another report which resurfaced is Nike paying $500,000 to cover up Armstrong's failed drug test. Nike has denied the allegation.

- And finally, a 37-year-old US man injured in a 1997 gun accident has been given a new face, teeth, tongue and jaw in what doctors say is the most extensive face transplant ever performed.

Updated Date: Oct 18, 2012 19:04:53 IST