Supreme Court Declines Kejriwal's Plea, Sharif Admits Pact Violation

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Supreme Court Declines Kejriwal's Plea, Sharif Admits Pact Violation

The Supreme Court registry declined to urgently list Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's plea seeking an extension of his interim bail for seven days to undergo medical tests. The registry refused to accept the application, stating that since Kejriwal was given the liberty to move the trial court for regular bail, the plea was not maintainable.

Five shops were damaged in a fire that broke out in the Chandni Chowk area on Tuesday morning. No one was injured in the incident. Five shops located near Fatehpuri Masjid caught fire, according to a Delhi Fire Service (DFS) official. A call regarding the blaze was received at 3.12 am, and eight fire tenders were pressed into service. The fire was doused by 5 am.

In another incident, 17 cars were gutted by fire that broke out at a parking lot in east Delhi's Madhu Vihar area around midnight.

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif conceded that Islamabad had "violated" a pact with India signed by him and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1999, in an apparent reference to the Kargil intrusion by General Pervez Musharraf. "On May 28, 1998, Pakistan carried out five nuclear tests. After that Vajpayee Saheb came here and made an agreement with us. But we violated that agreement...it was our fault," Sharif told a meeting of the PML-N general council. Sharif elected him president of the ruling party six years after he was disqualified by the Supreme Court.

Nawaz Sharif and Ata Bihari Vajpayee signed the Lahore Declaration on February 21, 1999, which talked about a vision of peace and stability between the two countries. A few months later, Pakistani intrusion in the Kargil district in Jammu and Kashmir fomented the Kargil conflict.

One of the owners of TRP Gamezone in Gujarat's Rajkot, Prakash Hiran, was also killed in the massive blaze, in which 27 people, including children, died. The CCTV footage showed Hiran at the scene, confirming his presence at the spot during the blaze. Hiran's car was also found at the fire site.

India is scheduled to start discussion with France this week for acquiring 26 Rafale Marine aircraft for the country's first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant. The negotiations between the two sides will start on May 30 after a French delegation arrives in the country. In July 2023, India's defence acquisition council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, gave the nod to the Indian Navy's proposal to acquire 26 Rafale M fighters to sharpen its operational capabilities.