Sullia: Sullia court has issued a warrant against KPCC President D. K. Shivakumar for not complying with previous summons orders related to a case that was made against the Congress leader when he was the Energy Minister. During his tenure as the Minister for Energy DK Shivakumar had gotten into a conflict with a man from Ballary, who had contacted him regarding energy-related issues. He had been issued several summonses related to the case but the Congress leader had been a no-show, it is learned.

The Judge has declared the case of miss-attendance to the court summons by DK Shivakumar as a serious matter and also sent an order to the IGP and DIGP to present him before the courts. The next session of the court has been scheduled for September 29. 

On February 28th of 2016, the former President of Ballary’s Association of Traders Sai Giridhar had phoned D. K. Shivakumar who was the Minister of Energy during the time, to relay about the relentless power cuts happening in the region. It is learned that a war of words had ensued between the two and that some unsavoury words were also used in the altercation. Concerning this, Energy Minister D. K. Shivakumar had facilitated the MESCOM MD through the then Sulya Mescom’s A.E.E Harish Naik to register a complaint with the police against Sai Giridhar. The police who had registered the complaint against Giridhar had then arrested him. 

In this case, DK Shivakumar had been a witness but he had not attended the court session to give his witness statement, it is learned. Three summons had been issued for his attendance in this regard and a warrant had also been issued. However, he had still not presented himself before the court. Now, the newly appointed judge has issued an order for D. K. Shivakumar to present himself before the court.

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Chandigarh, Sep 20: Congress leader Sunil Jakhar on Monday questioned AICC general secretary Harish Rawat's reported statement that the upcoming state elections would be fought under the leadership of Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.

Jakhar, who is also the former Punjab Congress chief, dubbed Rawat's statement as baffling, saying it is likely to undermine the authority of the chief minister.

On the swearing-in day of Sh @Charnjit_channi as Chief Minister, Mr Rawats's statement that 'elections will be fought under Sidhu', is baffling. It's likely to undermine CM's authority but also negate the very 'raison d' tre' of his selection for this position, said Jakhar in a tweet.

Rawat had reportedly said that the Punjab Assembly polls next year will be fought under Sidhu.

Jakhar was one of the frontrunners for the post of new Congress Legislative Party leader after Amarinder Singh was nudged into quitting ostensibly over his failure to fulfil the promises made by the party in the 2017 assembly polls.

However, the Congress finally picked Channi for the post and it was learnt that Sidhu backed it.

Reacting to Jakhar's tweet, BJP leader Amit Malviya called it as huge insult to the Dalit community.

This is a huge insult to the entire Dalit community if Charanjit Singh Channi has been made the CM, only to hold the seat for Navjot Singh Sidhu, the chosen Gandhi family loyalist. This completely undermines the Dalit empowerment narrative being peddled by the Congress. Shame, said Malviya in a tweet.