Parliament Budget Session LIVE Updates: At least 1922 people have been identified as "culprits" for the riots in Delhi last month, said Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday.
Shah told Rajya Sabha government agencies had information about the conspiracy behind riots, insisting the government was committed to "a scientific and impartial investigation". "There will be no discrimination based on religion or caste," he said a day after speaking about the violence in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
The opposition, during the Lok Sabha debate, had asked for Shah's resignation but the treasury side said he had been "pro-active" in containing the violence.
Opposition demands judicial probe, condemns delay in action
Opposition parties on Thursday panned the government as well as the police over the Delhi violence last month that claimed over 50 lives, and warned that the spread of the "communal virus" would eventually pose to a threat to democracy. Taking part in a short-duration debate in Rajya Sabha on the recent law and order situation in some parts of Delhi, some Opposition members said the "communal virus" being unleashed by the BJP was "no less harmful" than the coronavirus. If the "virus" is spread among the youth, democracy will be destroyed, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said, initiating the discussion.
76% people killed in riots are from Congress ruled states: Amit Shah
Amit Shah says it is absurd to relate the BJP with violence adding that we are not ones to conduct riots instead we check and end them. Shah is reading the places where riots have taken place in the country adding 76 per cent people killed in riots are from Congress ruled states.
Transfer of Justice Muralidhar done on recommendation of Collegium
On the transfer of Justice Muralidhar a day after his orders on Delhi violence, Amit Shah said that the order is issued by the government on the recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium. it is not related to the Delhi violence case. What sort of mindset is that an individual judge can only do justice and others can't? Shah asks in Rajya Sabha.
Citizenship Act will not be used against Muslims: Shah
Want to assure nation that nothing will be done to give any relief to any guilty of Delhi riots. Hate speeches started after CAA came; Muslims being mislead, no one's citizenship is being taken away. On the provision of 'doubtful' in the NPR form, Shah said that it will not be done. He reiterated that Citizenship Act will not be used against Muslims.
Those responsible for riots will be brought to book: Shah
"Those responsible for riots irrespective of their political, religious affiliation will be brought to book. We had information prior to Feb 24 that foreign money had been distributed; 5 persons have been arrested for the crime. More than 40 special teams constituted to arrest those identified for Delhi communal riots. 50 serious cases of murder, attacks on religious places, hospitals, and educational institutions being handed over to 3 SITs," the home minister said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah during the ongoing Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi | PTI photo
Shah rebukes Kejriwal over councilor's arrest
Amit Shah says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal never asked about calling Army to control the situation during the meeting, instead he said it on February 26. The Home Minister said that a lot of material have been recovered from his councillor's house and the opposition is politicising the issue.
Shah pats Delhi Police for limiting riots
Delhi Police managed to limit the riots in 4 per cent area of Delhi affecting 13 per cent population, said Amit Shah adding that it is important for the morale of the Delhi Police.
Shah backs Delhi Police says killers of Ratan Lal, IB staffer arrested
Terming the violence a conspiracy, Amit Shah said that material from ISIS have been found and numerous social media accounts have been shut. He said that the people responsible for killing Head Constable Ratan Lal and IB staffer Ankit Saxena have been arrested by the Delhi Police. The Home Minister said that the government has also moved a proposal to collect compensation from rioters for damaging properties. The Modi government is moving ahead on the investigation in a speedy manner, Shah told Rajya Sabha.
Right to privacy not being breached in investigation: Amti Shah
The Delhi Police is taking a scientific approach and scrutinizing video footage on 25 computers to identify the culprits, said the Home Minister. He added that Aadhaar data is not being used and we respect the right to privacy. He said that the Police should have the right to identify the culprits and punish them. 1922 people have been identified.
Amit Shah defends Delhi Police says over 700 FIRs lodged
Amit Shah defending the Delhi Police said that over 700 FIRs have been lodged over the violence and a special public prosectors have been appointed.
BJP unleashing 'communal virus': Kapil Sibal
Accusing the ruling BJP of unleashing a "communal virus" in India that wreaked havoc, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday asked Union Home Minister Amit Shah why registration of FIRs was delayed against perpetrators of hate speeches which he claimed amounted to "a licence to kill". Initiating a short-duration debate in Rajya Sabha on the recent law and order situation in some parts of Delhi, Sibal alleged that while the national capital was burning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was silent on the matter for 70 hours and the police machinery was busy destroying evidences and supporting violence or rioters.
Amit Shah speaking in Rajya Sabha
Home MInister Amit Shah is speaking in the Rajya Sabha over the violence in Delhi. He said that there was no question of the government running away from the issue but the date for debate was fixed for today because we wanted to give the Police to work properly.
Economy suffering from 'coronavirus', PM must give statement in Parliament
The Indian economy was suffering from "coronavirus", the Congress said on Thursday and demanded a detailed statement in Parliament from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the economic decline of the country. The opposition party also alleged that the State Bank of India's (SBI) slashing of interest rates on savings bank accounts and fixed deposits was aimed at funding the revival of Yes Bank which was reeling under loan defaults by "friends of Prime Minister Narendra Modi".
BJD seeks thermal imaging cameras at Parliament
BJD member Pinaki Misra demanded thermal imaging cameras be installed in Parliament complex in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.
Health Minister briefs Lok Sabha on Coronavirus
We have started 15 new testing labs in the country, says Health Minister
Parliament passes IBC Amendment Bill
Parliament passed amendments to the insolvency law that will help ring-fence successful bidders of insolvent companies from risk of criminal proceedings for offences committed by previous promoters.
6000 Indians stranded in Iran
6000 Indians stranded in Iran including 1,100 pilgrims from Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir and 300 students: Jaishankar
Exceptional situations that require exceptional response. At this time, travel in itself is not recommended as it only heightens risks, says External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar
Rajya Sabha to discuss Delhi riots today
The Rajya Sabha is expected to begin its debate on Delhi Violence today. Home Minister Amit Shah's reply to follow
No proposal to adjourn Parliament sine die in the wake of Coronavirus: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla
Lok Sabha Speaker, others pay tribute to Shivaji
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Parliamentary Affairs minister Pralhad Joshi and Shiv Sena MPs pay tribute to Chhatrapati Shivaji at the Parliament
BJP MP Subramanian Swamy gives Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha
BJP MP Subramanian Swamy gives Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha over the "impact of high aviation fuel prices and coronavirus on the domestic air services."
451 under detention in J&K, over 7000 in preventive custody since Aug: Govt
A total of 451 people are under detention in Jammu and Kashmir, including 396 slapped with the Public Safety Act, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. Authorities had taken 7,357 persons in preventive custody since August, 2019: MoS for Home G Kishan Reddy. READ MORE
Delhi riots sign of 'tsunami of Hindutva hate': Owaisi in Parliament
Participating in a Lok Sabha discussion on Delhi violence, he urged Hindus to "save the soul" of the country and claimed that around 1,100 Muslims are under illegal detention. READ MORE
Delhi riots were pre-planned, culprits will not be spared: Shah
"We did not take the riots casually. Prima facie, I believe that the riots were pre-planned. I assured families of the riot victims that the culprits will not be spared no matter which religion, caste or political party they belong to" :Home Minister Amit Shah
Govt wants to avoid serious discussion on Delhi riots: Congress
"It is very clear that the government is not serious. It wants to avoid a serious discussion on the worst communal riots in Delhi's history. It is a very sad depiction of our democracy and our Parliament that we have not given a message to assure the people of Delhi and the country": MP Anand Sharma of INC
Fake social media accounts created to incite hate: Shah
Around 60 social media accounts were created on 22nd February and were closed down on 26th February. Police will find those behind them. Social media was used to incite hate: Shah
Key takeaways from Amit Shah's speech
> Analysing CCTV footage using face identification software
> Will not discriminate on basis of religion or clothes
> NSA Ajit Doval visited riot-affected areas on my request to raise morale of Delhi police
> I didn't attend events in Delhi during US President Trump's visit as I was sitting with Delhi police to control violence
> We wanted discussion on Delhi violence after Holi to avoid communal flare up during festival time
'52 Indians died in Delhi riots — I won't give a split based on religion': Amit Shah.
Spread of riots on such a big scale is not possible without conspiracy: Shah
"The spread of riots on such a big scale in such a short time is not possible without a conspiracy. We have registered a case of conspiracy to probe this angle. Three people have been arrested for financing the violence in North East Delhi," the Home Minister said
Those who caused violence will not escape, analysing CCTV footage for identification: Shah on Delhi riots
Analysing CCTV footage using face identification software to identify the miscreants, it (the software) does not discriminate on basis of religion or clothes. All those who caused the violence will not be able to escape the law: Amit Shah
49 cases of Arms Act registered, 153 arms recovered: Shah
We are ensuring that no action is taken against any innocent person. 49 cases of Arms Act have been registered & 153 arms have been recovered. Over 650 meeting of peace committee have taken place since February 25: Amit Shah
700 FIRs registered till date, none arrested without 'staunch evidence': Shah on Delhi Riots
A total of 700 FIRs regarding Delhi Riots have been registered since 27 February. We are making sure no innocent people get arrested during the enquiry, they might be called in for questions. I will make sure that nobody will be arrested without 'staunch evidence': HM Shah
Didn't want police to divert resources towards my security arrangements: Shah
US President's program was pre-scheduled, it was in my constituency, my visit there was pre-scheduled. The next day the President visited Delhi but I wasn't present at any event. I was sitting with Police officials and requested NSA to visit the area. Didn't want police to divert resources towards my security arrangements: Amit Shah in Lok Sabha
Shah applauds Delhi Police for containing Delhi riots within 36 hours
Home Minister Amit Shah applauds Delhi Police for containing the riots within 36 hours.
"Questions have been asked about what the Delhi Police was doing. Police were on the ground then, police will also probe and submit a report in coming days. I would like to praise the Delhi Police for not allowing the riots to spread to other areas," he said.
No incidents of riot after February 25: Shah
"I would like to place on record that no incident of rioting took place after 25th February. There have been attempts to politicise these riots," says HM Amit Shah in Lok Sabha on Delhi violence.
WATCH| Amit Shah addressing Lok Sabha LIVE
Amit Shah addresses Parliament on Delhi Violence
Amit Shah addresses Parliament on Delhi Violence. The Home Minister pays tribute to all those who lost their lives in Delhi riots and offers condolences to the family of the deceased.
Delhi violence is a pogrom, says Owaisi, demands enquiry
As the lower house of parliament debates Delhi Violence, Asauddin Owaisi said, "To call it a communal riot will be a joke. It was a pogrom. This is not a question of Hindu or Muslim, this is about whether you (Govt) will rise up to your Constitutional duty. I demand an inquiry by a sitting SC or High Court judge."
Minerals Laws, IBC Bill to be taken up for debate in RS, BJP issues whip
BJP has issued a whip to its Rajya Sabha MPs to be present in House tomorrow. The Minerals Laws (Amendment) Bill 2020 and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019, will be taken up for discussion and passing the House.
132 scientists left DRDO on personal grounds in last 5 years: Govt
A total of 132 scientists left the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) in the last five years on personal grounds, the government informed the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
In a written reply, Shripad Naik, MoS for Defence, said in 2015, 37 scientists quit the organisation, followed by 38 in 2016, 22 in 2017, 17 in 2018 and 18 in 2019. "Financial incentives have been increased to arrest brain drain and make the career of scientists in DRDO more lucrative," he added.
It is time to re-think CAA: BJD MP Pinaki Misra
On CAA, BJD MP Pinaki Misra said, "We've supported CAA. Women in their mid-80s are sitting in protest at Shaheen Bagh. Perhaps this is time to think of including Muslims from countries in this region where they are in a minority. This will give them a feeling that Govt cares for them."
As many as 1,487 Indian prisoners lodged in jails of Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka: MEA
Responding to a question in the Lok Sabha, MoS External Affairs V Muraleedharan said 83 missing Indian defence personnel, including prisoners of war, are believed to be in Pakistan's custody.
"The government has consistently taken up the matter with Pakistan. However, so far, Pakistan has not acknowledged the presence of these missing Indian defence personnel in its custody," he said in the written reply.
Rajya Sabha has been adjourned
Rajya Sabha wasadjourned for the day after the government and the opposition agreed to discuss the recent communal violence in Delhi on Thursday.
Over 1 lakh candidates recruited in Railways' Group C posts in last 3 yrs: Govt
"During the last three years, from 2017-2018 to 2019-2020 (up to March 5), a total number of 1,47,620 candidates have been empanelled for various Group 'C' posts (including Level-1) by Railways through Railway Recruitment Boards and Railway Recruitment Cells," Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said in Parliament.
In a written reply he said that three recruitment examinations are in process to be conducted in the coming months.
Govt gets Rs 25,900 cr in AGR dues; asks telcos to make full payment
The government has received part payment of about Rs 25,900 cr from telecom operators towards statutory dues and has again directed telcos to make full payments, MoS for Communications Sanjay Dhotre Parliament informed today.
The minister said the government has "again" directed the operators to make full payments in a letter dated March 4, 2020. Read More.
BJP controlled Delhi violence in less than 36 hrs: Meenakshi Lekhi
Hitting out at the Opposition, Lekhi said, "Some people have history of setting things ablaze, I have data which shows who was responsible whenever violence breaks out in the country." She further added that, the violence was brought under control within 36 hrs.
Lekhi also backed Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma saying, "Anurag & Verma made comments on Jan 20 & Jan 28 respectively, while the violence started on Feb 23. Kapil Mishra was held responsible for acts of Amanatullah Khan, Sharjeel Imam and Tahir Hussain."
Rs 5,275 cr remains unspent under MPLAD scheme: Govt
Govt said Rs 5,275.24 cr remained unspent under Members of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) scheme as on March 4, 2020. The government released Rs 53,704.75 crore under MPLAD scheme out of which Rs 51,267.75 cr was spent, Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh said in a written reply to the LS.
Under MPLAD scheme, each MP has the choice to suggest to the District Collector for development works to the tune of Rs 5 crore per annum to be taken up in his/her constituency. Rajya Sabha MPs can recommend works in one or more districts in the State from where he/she has been elected.
Congress leader Adhir Chowdhury slams Amit Shah on Delhi violence
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury slammed Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday for Delhi Violence. "The fact is that humanity was defeated," he said, and asked for an explanation from Shah on why the violence continued for three days.
6 Indian health officials in Iran to set up testing facilities
6 Indian health officials are deputed in Iran to set up sampling & testing facilities there. 108 samples were received in India on March 7. People who tested negative were brought back yesterday. Samples of 529 more Indians are being tested in NIV Pune, Foreign Minister Jaishankar tells Parliament
802 people put in detention centres in Assam
As of March 6, 2020, a total of 802 people are kept in detention centres in Assam: MoS for Home, Nityanand Rai tells Rajya Sabha
Suspension of 7 Congress MPs has been revoked
Sources: Suspension of seven Congress Lok Sabha MPs has been revoked by Speaker Om Birla. They had been suspended on charges of gross misconduct in the House. pic.twitter.com/lmQNt8WLcN
The Centre is ready to discuss the Delhi violence in Parliament, provided the opposition allows the discussion, even as the Speaker was holding a meeting with regard to the suspension of the seven Congress MPs to break the House logjam, according to news agency PTI
As Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrived in Parliament, sources said he was ready to discuss the issue of Delhi riots in the House.
All-Party meet underway in Parliament
All-party meeting being chaired by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla underway in Parliament, over smooth functioning of the House
Anurag Thakur faces opposition attack in Rajya Sabha
Union Minister Anurag Thakur, who had allegedly made provocative speeches in the run up to the Delhi Assembly polls, was booed by opposition members in Rajya Sabha when he rose to present a listed paper.
When Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu called Thakur to present the second supplementary demands for grants for 2019-20 in place of his senior colleague and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, opposition benches started booing him.
Thakur, who is the Minister of State for Finance, continued to present the demands, which had been presented in Lok Sabha last week.
AAP MPs stage protest in the Parliament over YES Bank crisis
AAP MPs today staged a protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in the #Parliament complex over #yesbankcrisis. They alleged that bank has provided huge loans to big corporate houses in the country.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury gives adjournment notice in Lok Sabha
The notice was submitted over 'revocation of the suspension of 7 Congress MPs'
Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over 'revocation of the suspension of 7 Congress MPs' pic.twitter.com/pTYrGjJ9S4
Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma give suspension of Business Notice in Rajya Sabha
Congress MPs Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma have given Suspension of Business Notice in Rajya Sabha over 'need to provide relief to riot-affected families in Delhi & setting up of an independent inquiry commission'
Rajya Sabha to see fiery Wednesday after Madhya Pradesh political turmoil
Lok Sabha to discuss Delhi Violence in the house today
Discussion to be taken under rule 193 immediately after question hour
AAP MP Sanjay Singh gives Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha, over 'YES Bank crisis'
Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh gives Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha, over 'Yes Bank crisis.' (File pic) pic.twitter.com/D72lNn7vuA