Mumbai News Live Updates: Thackeray expresses concern over slow pace of covid vaccinations; Over 16k active cases in Maha

Mumbai News Live Updates: Thackeray also said vaccine hesitancy was also an issue besides the unavailability of vaccines and asked more and more people to shed their inhibitions and get vaccinated.

Mumbai News Live Updates: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday expressed concern over a “slow pace” of covid-19 vaccine administration in the state, adding he will take up the issue during an interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi next week. Thackeray also said vaccine hesitancy was also an issue besides the unavailability of vaccines and asked more and more people to shed their inhibitions and get vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the CBI has arrested an alleged middleman, Santosh Shankar Jagtap, in connection with its probe into the alleged bribery and corruption charges against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. The CBI is probing Deshmukh for exercising “undue influence” over the transfer and posting of police officials as alleged by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh.

In another development in the Aryan Khan case, former General Secretary of BJP Mumbai, Mohit Bharatiya (Kamboj) filed a Rs 100 crore defamation suit against NCP minister Nawab Malik for dragging him and his family members in the Mumbai cruise drug case.

On the virus front, Maharashtra on Sunday reported 1,172 new cases, which raised the infection tally to 66,11,078, while the death of 20 patients pushed the toll to 1,40,216. There are 16,658 active cases in Maharashtra at present. The state’s covid recovery rate is 97.57 per cent and fatality rate is 2.12 per cent.

Mumbai Live Updates: Uddhav Thackeray expresses concern over slow pace of covid vaccinations; Nawab Malik gets 100 crore defamation suit; 1,172 new cases, 20 deaths in Maharashtra

Phone chats not proof enough that accused supplied drugs: Court

In its detailed order granting bail to 22-year-old Aachit Kumar, arrested in the cruise ship drug raid case by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), a special court has said that merely on the basis of WhatsApp chats, it cannot be gathered that he was a supplier to Aryan Khan and his friend Arbaaz Merchant.

“…it is pertinent to note that though respondent (NCB) claimed that applicant (Kumar) is a supplier, respondent failed to bring on record specific evidence to show that applicant is dealing in the business of supplying the contraband. Except WhatsApp chats with accused no. 1 (Khan), there is no other evidence to show that the applicant was indulging in such activity. Merely on the basis of WhatsApp chats, it cannot be gathered that applicant used to supply contraband to accused nos. 1 & 2 (Merchant), especially when the accused no. 1, with whom there are WhatsApp chats of (the) applicant, is granted bail by Hon’ble High Court,” the special court said in its order made available on Sunday.

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