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Rajya Sabha Chairman accepts Mallya's fresh resignation

New Delhi, May 4 (PTI) Liquor baron Vijay Mallya's tenure in the Rajya Sabha came to an end today with Chairman Hamid Ansari accepting his resignation after he sent a fresh letter under his signature, a day after his scanned offer was rejected on procedural grounds.

Announcing the decision in the House, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said a resignation letter of Mallya dated May 3 was received by the Chairman.

"He has accepted his resignation effective from today, May 4," Kurien said about the independent member from Karnataka who faces a case of loan default of over Rs 9,400 crore.

The decision came on a day the Ethics Committee of Rajya Sabha, headed by Congress leader Karan Singh, submitted its report to the Upper House recommending the expulsion of Mallya with immediate effect, rejecting his defence on the matter and dismissing his resignation.

The tenure of Mallya's second term was scheduled to end on July 1.

Ansari's OSD Gurdeep Singh Sappal said on Twitter "Hamid Ansari, Chairman Rajya Sabha, accepts resignation of Vijay Mallya, resubmitted unconditionally & as per correct procedure."

In other tweets he said that "After SG, Rajya Sabha wrote to Vijay Mallya yesterday informing the rejection on procedural grounds, a fresh resignation was sent again today.

"2nd resignation letter was sent in original. SG confirmed from Sh. Mallya that resignation tendered was genuine, voluntary & unconditional."

In his first resignation letter to Ansari yesterday, Mallya had said that he did not want his "name and reputation to be further dragged in the mud".

"And since recent events suggest that I will not get a fair trial or justice, I am hereby resigning as a member of the Rajya Sabha with immediate effect," Mallya had said a day before the Ethics panel which was all set to recommend his explusion.

Ansari had yesterday declined to accept his resignation as it was observged that the letter did not conform to prescribed procedures and did not bear signature in original.

The Ethics panel also rejected the resignation letter on proceedural grounds in its meeting yesterday while its report today, the panel dismissed Mallya's defence on the loan default case.

Making the recommendation, the panel said "the Committee hopes that by taking such stern action, a message would reach the general public that parliament is committed to taking such steps as are necessary against erring members to uphold the dignity and prestige of this great institution.

Builder shot dead in north-east Delhi

New Delhi, May 3 (PTI) A 37yearold builder was shot dead outside his office in northeast Delhi's Welcome area by two unidentified persons, police said today.

Mahender Chand, who was also involved in property dealing, was in his office late last night when two assailants came and pumped four bullets into his head, chest and abdomen, a senior police officer said adding the incident could be a fallout of businessrelated disputes.

When locals tried to intervene, the attackers threatened them with their arms and fled away from the spot. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead.

He was involved in property dealings and dispute over some property has come to light which is being investigated, police said.

Mahender is survived by his wife and two children.

Police is examining footage of nearby CCTV cameras to obtain clues about the assailants.

Pre-monsoon showers likely in Delhi, elsewhere

New Delhi, May 3 (PTI) Several parts of the country are likely to get some respite from severe heatwave with the MeT department predicting scattered premonsoon showers over the next two days.

Also, the weatherman has not issued any heatwave warning for May 4 and 5.

"Because of the increase in the temperature, there is some moisture in the air. This has led to cloud formation, which will result in light rains," S D Pai, a scientist with IMD, said.

He said a western disturbance will also trigger rains in some parts of northwest India, bringing down the soaring temperatures. "These are premonsoon showers. The heat will intensify thereafter," he said.

Delhi may also witness some premonsoon showers over the next two days.

"We can expect premonsoon activity in terms of thundershowers and thunderstorm or dust storm from May 3 to May 5. Light rain along with strong winds is also a possibility.

"Though the activity will be patchy in nature but on and off rain will keep the temperatures under check, preventing them from reaching to such high levels so early in the month," Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency said.

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