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Dadri lynching: Name of BJP leader’s son figures prominently in charge sheet, says police

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A murder case under section 302 of IPC was registered in connection with the lynching incident in which 51-year-old Akhlaq was dragged by a mob out of his house and beaten to death over rumours of beef storage in his house and consumption

Mohammad Akhlaq

The forensic lab report on the controversial meat whose consumption led to the Dadri lynching incident is yet to come and the name of the son of a local BJP leader “figures prominently” in the charge sheet filed on Wednesday, police said on Thursday.Greater Noida Superintendent of Police Sanjay Singh said the forensic report is yet to be received to ascertain whether the meat sample taken from the fridge of deceased Akhlaq s house at Bishada village was that of goat or cow. “The lab report hasn’t come. Whenever it comes, we will let you know,” he said. He said the name of Vishal Rana, son of BJP leader Sanjay Rana, “figures prominently” in the charge sheet while others named in the document “are involved in rioting.” The charge sheet in the case filed in a magistrate court here yesterday names 15 persons including Vishal.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A murder case under section 302 of IPC was registered in connection with the lynching incident in which 51-year-old Akhlaq was dragged by a mob out of his house and beaten to death over rumours of beef storage in his house and consumption. His son Danish was seriously wounded in the attack. The victim’s advocate Yusuf Saifi said today that January 4 has been fixed for committing the case to a sessions judge for trial and other proceedings.”All the 15 accused will be produced before the court on that day and then the case will proceed further for evidence and other proceedings,” said Saifi. The charge sheet has been filed in the court by police on the basis of statement recorded by deceased s daughter Shaista and other investigations, he said. According to Saifi, in the accused list, two had claimed to be juveniles. “In one case, the age-proof certificate produced showed his age of 16 while his actual age was 20.Another accused s age proof is being further verified,” he added. Police have arrested two accused and the rest would be arrested soon by police, said Saifi adding Danish’s statement has been recorded by police but there is no need at present to produce it before the court.Meanwhile, notice was yet to be given by the court in the case relating to another BJP leader Sangeet Som who has been accused of violating prohibitory orders in Bishada village. Senior Prosecution Officer officer Daya Shankar Ram Tripathi said “notice is yet to be sent from the court.”

CBI questions Vijay Mallya on Rs 900 crore Kingfisher loan

The case involves some senior level officials of the IDBI bank, who are accused of colluding with the Mallya to get the massive loan for his company despite his airline’s negative credit ratings and net worth.

Vijay Mallya

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday questioned liquor baron Vijay Mallya for his role in the sanctioning of Rs 900 crore loan in favour of Kingfisher Airlines, which was in violation of banking norms.The case involves some senior level officials of the IDBI bank, who are accused of colluding with the Mallya to get the massive loan for his company despite his airline’s negative credit ratings and net worth.According to officials, Mallya, who is also the chairman of the UB group and a Rajya Sabha member, landed in Delhi for the investigation, and was grilled by CBI sleuths at the Lodhi road headquarters of the agency for several hours.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sources told dna that investigators are keen on getting to IDBI officials to question them for their alleged role in loan defaults of the Kingfisher Airlines, which caused a massive loss of approximately Rs 900 crore to the bank.Mallya, who was the director of the now defunct airline, was named as an accused in the case along with A Raghunathan, the CFO of Kingfisher Airlines. According to CBI, an internal report had recommended against granting of loan while questioning the credit worthiness and net worth of the airlines, which eventually went down under.In October, CBI registered a case against the two and some unknown officials of the IDBI bank and booked them under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) of Indian Penal Code and under appropriate sections of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988.The probe agency had conducted searches on Mallya’s residences and his offices across India and claimed to have recovered incriminating documents.”It is alleged that officials of IDBI colluded with the promoters/directors and CFO of Kingfisher Airlines and sanctioned credit limits of 900 crore rupees in violation of banking norms, thereby causing loss to the said bank by such fraudulent act,” CBI officials said.According to the agency, Raghunathan might be the next in line for questioning, following which CBI would approach IDBI banks to question officials that are under scanner for their alleged role in the case.

2002 hit-and-run case: Fans rejoice Salman Khan’s acquittal

“It’s a big reason for happiness for us. He is an honest person. We are happy for him. Our prayers are with him,” added another fan.

Salman Khan’s fans on Thursday expressed their delight over the Bombay High Court’s decision to quash all the charges against him in the 2002 hit-and-run case and described the Bollywood actor as a very good ‘human being’.”Salman Khan is a very good human being. It’s good that he got acquitted. I watch his movies. I am waiting in front of his house to see him. I am very happy that he got acquitted,” said one of his fans.”It’s a big reason for happiness for us. He is an honest person. We are happy for him. Our prayers are with him,” added another fan.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, scores of fans of the ‘Dabangg’ actor have gathered outside his Galaxy apartment in Mumbai to celebrate his acquittal.The Bombay High Court earlier quashed all the charges against Salman in this case.The High Court said that on basis of evidences produced by the prosecution, the appellant cannot be convicted, no matter how differently the common man thinks.Pronouncing the verdict, Justice AR Joshi observed that the prosecution has failed to establish the case against Salman.The High Court also observed that appreciation of evidence by trial court is not proper according to principles of jurisprudence. There has been a faulty manner to establish procedure for connecting chain of evidence with regard to biological evidence, the High Court added.The actor was convicted of all charges by a sessions court earlier this year in the case relating to 2002 when Salman’s Toyota Land Cruiser had crashed into five men sleeping outside a bakery on Hill Road in Bandra in the early hours of September 28. One person was killed and four others were injured.

Coalscam: Court reserves order on plea to call former PM Manmohan Singh as witness

Rungta’s counsel, who also sought summoning of various documents, argued that these two witnesses would depose about the genuineness of the documents brought from their respective offices that is the Prime Minister Office (PMO) and Ministry of Coal.
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A special court on Tuesday reserved for December 19 its order on an application by Jharkhand Ispat Pvt Ltd (JIPL) Director R S Rungta, an accused in a coal block allocation scam case, seeking to summon former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as a witness in his defence.Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar fixed the matter for pronouncement of the order on the application which also seeks to summon former Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao as a defence witness. Rungta’s counsel, who also sought summoning of various documents, argued that these two witnesses would depose about the genuineness of the documents brought from their respective offices that is the Prime Minister Office (PMO) and Ministry of Coal.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>During the arguments, the court asked the defence counsel to explain why it was relevant to summon Singh and Rao as defence witnesses in the case. The counsel argued that these witnesses would also depose about the constitution of screening committee, which had dealt with JIPL’s application seeking coal block allocation, and its power.”These files, which I seek to summon in my defence, will tell about the power of screening committee and how it was constituted,” he said.Regarding Singh, the accused has said in his plea, “He will prove the record of the Coal Ministry and the decision taken by him about constitution of screening committee and its functions and powers and would also prove the corresponding record of the Ministry of Coal.””Further, the two witnesses (Singh and Rao) named above may also be directed to be summoned to depose about genuineness of the documents being produced from their respective office (as they were holding at the relevant point of time),” the plea has said.Besides R S Rungta, the other two accused in the case are JIPL and its director R C Rungta. The court has fixed the case for recording of defence evidence on December 19. The case pertains to allotment of North Dhadu coal block in Jharkhand to Jharkhand Ispat Pvt Ltd allegedly on the basis of false and forged documents. The court had on November 21 concluded the recording of statements of accused in the case.JIPL and both the Rungtas were earlier put on trial by the court which had framed charges against them for securing allotment of the coal block allegedly on the basis of false and forged documents. The court had framed charges against the three accused for alleged offences punishable under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating) and 471 (using a forged document as genuine) of the IPC.All the accused had pleaded not guilty and claimed trial while refuting the allegations levelled against them by the CBI. In its charge sheet, CBI had alleged that it had found in the probe that JIPL had “grossly misrepresented” a number of aspects before Ministry of Steel (MoS) and Ministry of Coal (MoC) to inflate their claim, thereby inducing MoC officers and the screening committee to allocate the coal block to them.

Congress trying to divert attention, government has no role in Herald case: Union MInister Venkaiah Naidu

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Naidu said it was “totally unethical, unfair and undemocratic on the part of the Congress party to obstruct Parliament’s functioning on account of the case which has been taken up by the judiciary, where the government has no role to play at all.”

Union MInister Venkaiah Naidu

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Hitting out at Congress for disrupting proceedings in Parliament, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, on Tuesday, said the government had no role to play at all in the National Herald case in which Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul have been summoned to appear by the court.”They should contest it in court. How can you hold the government responsible? It is totally unfair and irresponsible to fix it on the government as they could not face the truth.They are now trying to blame the government,” he told reporters outside Parliament.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress members, upset over the National Herald case, on Tuesday, paralysed Parliament protesting against alleged “vendetta politics” leading to repeated adjournments in Lok Sabha as well as Rajya Sabha.Parliamentary Affairs Minister Naidu said it was “totally unethical, unfair and undemocratic on the part of the Congress party to obstruct Parliament’s functioning on account of the case which has been taken up by the judiciary, where the government has no role to play at all.”He said there is no political vendetta on the part of the government and it is steadfast focussing its attention on the issues of development, repairing the economy, bringing back administration and providing good governance.Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the case was completely in the domain of the courts. By giving it the dimension that it is political vendetta, “Are they (Congress) suggesting that the courts are now playing politics? What a shame Congress party,” she said. Accusing the government of trying to malign his party, Congress leader Oscar Fernandez, one of the persons summoned by the court in the Herald case, said the case will be fought legally.”So many legal remedies are present before you. We will be legally fighting the case,” he said.Asked why Congress felt that there was political vendetta, Fernandez alleged that the government has not been able to fulfill any of the promises and the people were seeing failures.”They are scared of the public opinion going against them. We have seen the mandate in Bihar, Jhabua by-election and the results in Gujarat (local body polls). Fearing these things, they are trying to do everything possible to harm, to malign, to damage the Congress party but it is recoiling on them,” he said.Sitharaman said the matter related to money being allegedly collected for a political party which was used for commercial business which itself was violative of certain penal provisions.”If this has happened and if the courts find it fit that it has to be heard, it is completely in the domain of the courts.”A matured party cannot even by remote suggestion indicate that the courts are probably now playing politics. It does not go well for our country. I would rather think be you howsoever high, the law is above you,” she said.On Congress leader and lawyer Abhishek Many Singhvi’s charge that the present case is a “proxy litigation”, used as a “political vendetta” by BJP to attack senior Congress persons, Sitharaman said he wants the public to believe that the courts were yielding to political pressure which is nonexistent.

26/11 Mumbai attacks: Trial delayed in Islamabad court as judge hearing case ‘busy’

This was the third consecutive time when hearing in the case could not be held.

Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi is currently out on bail and living at an undisclosed location.
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Hearing in the trial of seven Mumbai terrorist attack accused, including mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, could not be held in a Pakistani anti-terrorism court as the judge was “busy” hearing another case on Wednesday.”The judge of the Anti-Terrorism Court Islamabad did not attend today’s hearing at the Adiala Jail Rawalpindi as he was busy in other case proceedings,” a court official said. He said the court office adjourned the hearing till December 9.This was the third consecutive time when hearing in the case could not be held. Earlier, hearings on November 18 and 25 were not held as either the official witnesses summoned did not turn up in the court or the judge was on leave.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The trial of LeT operations commander Lakhvi, and Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Sadiq, Shahid Jamil, Jamil Ahmed and Younas Anjum has been underway since 2009 for their alleged role in the Mumbai terror attacks that killed 166 people and injured more than 300.Lakhvi secured bail in December last year and was subsequently released from the Adiala Jail this April after the Lahore High Court set aside the government’s order to detain him under the Public Security Act. He is currently out on bail and living at an undisclosed location.

Delhi: Cash van driver who decamped with Rs 22.5 crore arrested

“The driver has been arrested in the wee hours from a godown in Okhla area where he was hiding. So far, he has turned out to be the only accused in the case,” said a police official a day after the heist.

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In a breakthrough in the biggest cash van heist reported in the national capital, the accused driver of the vehicle has been arrested and the stolen cash recovered from a godown in the wee hours on Friday, police said.”The driver has been arrested in the wee hours from a godown in Okhla area where he was hiding. So far, he has turned out to be the only accused in the case,” said a police official a day after the heist.”The stolen cash has also been recovered but the final evaluation is yet to be done,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Identified as Pradeep Shukla, the accused driver of the cash transit van allegedly fled with around Rs 22.5 crore from southeast Delhi’s Govindpuri area last evening.The incident was reported when the armed guard accompanying the van asked the driver to stop the vehicle near Govindpuri Metro station so that he could relieve himself by the roadside, police said.

Sheena Bora murder: Rahul Mukerjea reaches CBI office, furnishes Sheena’s documents

Meanwhile, Peter’s interrogation would end on Monday and to seek further remand, the CBI officials have called Rahul to reveal more facts in the case against him.

Sheena Bora

Rahul Mukerjea, son of accused Peter Mukerjea in the Sheena Bora murder case, today reached the CBI office here and handed over several documents belonging to Sheena, CBI officials said.A CBI source, requesting anonymity, said, “Rahul Mukerjea is an important link in the murder of Sheena Bora as he has provided several important materials to the investigators against the accused in the case.” Rahul provided several documents of Sheena Bora to the CBI officials, the officer said, adding that those are the documents with which she was blackmailing Indrani Mukerjea.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to investigators, Sheena was blackmailing Indrani that if she did not give her a 3 BHK flat in the city, she would expose her by telling people that she was Indrani’s daughter, and not sister, as the latter had claimed.Meanwhile, Peter’s interrogation would end on Monday and to seek further remand, the CBI officials have called Rahul to reveal more facts in the case against him, the officer added. Peter was arrested by the CBI on Thursday in connection with the sensational murder case. On Friday, he was charged with murder and criminal conspiracy by the CBI, which said he had played an active role in the killing.The other prime accused, Indrani Mukerjea, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and former driver Shyamvar Rai, have been remanded to judicial custody till December 3, police said.

CBI charges Peter Mukerjea in Sheena Bora murder case: Is this direct indictment of Mumbai police or Rakesh Maria?

Media baron Peter Mukerjea was charged with murder and criminal conspiracy in the Sheena Bora murder case. Peter now faces the same charges as wife Indrani Mukerjea, who was arrested by the Mumbai Police in August after the remains of her daughter Sheena were found in a jungle, 80 kilometres from Mumbai.

Peter was arrested on Thursday night and was booked under Section 201 of the Indian Penal Code, which relates to causing the disappearance of evidence of offence, or providing false information. It is interesting to note that since CBI took over the murky murder case in September, Peter went from being a person who was merely questioned by the Mumbai police to being the prime accused in the case.

After taking over the case under acrimonious circumstances, the CBI on Thursday filed a ‘1,000-page’ chargesheet in the case against Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamvar Rai. It was the latter’s statement that as per Times Now reported, ‘nailed Peter’.

Former police commissioner Rakesh Maria and media tycoon Peter Mukerjea. Image courtesy: IBNLiveFormer police commissioner Rakesh Maria and media tycoon Peter Mukerjea. Image courtesy: IBNLive

Former police commissioner Rakesh Maria and media tycoon Peter Mukerjea. Image courtesy: IBNLive

Peter had been ‘evasive’ when CBI started investigating the case, which eventually led to his arrest, sources were quoted as saying by The Economic Times. The CBI suspected Peter’s involvement after its investigators they figured that the media baron was giving contradictory responses on Sheena’s murder. The Indian Express quotes a CBI official as saying, “She has given enough indications… he knew of the murder.”

This also brings us to a crucial question. Is the CBI arrest of Peter a direct indictment of Mumbai Police and former police commissioner Rakesh Maria? Let’s take a look at how things changed from the time former top cop Rakesh Maria was pulled off the investigation, till Friday when the media tycoon was arrested and charged for murder.

Rakesh Maria’s sudden and swift removal from the post of police commissioner of Mumbai under the guise of him being promoted to the post of the Director General of Home Guards, raised more questions than answers in early September.

As Firstpost reported earlier, a key reason for the ouster, had seemed to be Maria’s overzealous and overprotective investigation into the Sheena Bora murder case that has been making headlines for the past two weeks and which rubbed the Mumbai Crime Branch on the wrong side.

According to sources, joint commissioner of police, Crime Branch, Atul Kulkarni, was miffed at being left out of what would have been a bread-and-butter case for his team.

This disaffection in the crack investigation arm of the city police, apparently led Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to order a discreet enquiry by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) KP Bakshi. The Crime Branch expressed its surprise over the way the case was literally hijacked by the chief. In normal course, this case would have landed up on Kulkarni’s desk within a few days. This is usually done to keep the police stations free from the burden of intricate investigations so as to look after normal law and order duties.

This convention was clearly violated in the Sheena Bora murder case. Maria took personal interest in interrogating the prime accused at the Khar police station thrice. There was heavy speculation that Maria knew Peter and Indrani from earlier, an allegation that was vehemently refuted by the former top cop. Meanwhile, former Mumbai police chief Satyapal Singh had then added meat to the speculation when he told CNN-IBN, “There has to be something, why else the transfer? I have heard he was close to Peter Mukerjea.”

Following the discreet enquiry, which need not have been discreet at all considering that Maria was making no bones of the fact that he had taken over this case, the chief minister chided Maria, in a roundabout way, of course, that he wished the police took such interest in solving all crimes.

“Police have shown a lot of involvement and attention in a case which is in the media spotlight. It should pay similar attention to other cases which do not get media focus,” Fadnavis had told the media.

Maria had himself interrogated the accused, including Indrani Mukerjea and Sanjeev Khanna, which was unusual. As an NDTV report in September 2015 said, Maria was also regularly holding press conferences about the case despite not having given any interview since he was made Mumbai Police chief.

Bar bribery: Conspiracy hatched at CPI(M) MLA’s house, says Excise minister

Babu claimed that those who have levelled bribe allegations against him have given “contradictory statements” to the probe agency Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau which exonerated him after the preliminary investigation into the case.

Babu, a Congress minister, said Mani is a senior leader and he would never make any attempt to weaken the Congress-led UDF government in the state. (Auguistus Binoo)

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Kerala’s Excise Minister K Babu, who is facing heat over bar bribery scandal, on Friday alleged that a “political conspiracy” was hatched at a CPI(M) MLA’s residence last December to target the UDF government over the issue. “A deliberate political conspiracy was hatched at a CPI (M) MLA’s residence on December 15 last year (to target the UDF government) over the bar bribery episode,” Babu told a TV channel here.The Minister, however, did not disclose who were involved in the conspiracy against the UDF government. Babu, a close confidant of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, also said he was not “scared” of Kerala Congress (M) chief K M Mani, who yesterday claimed that the allegation against Babu in the bar bribery matter was direct, while in his case it was “hearsay”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Babu, a Congress minister, said Mani is a senior leader and he would never make any attempt to weaken the Congress-led UDF government in the state. Babu claimed that those who have levelled bribe allegations against him have given “contradictory statements” to the probe agency Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau which exonerated him after the preliminary investigation into the case. Mani, who had tendered his resignation on Tuesday after pressure mounted from UDF for his stepping down in the bar bribery scandal, had said “the allegation against me was hearsay. But in this case, he (Kerala Bar Hotel Owners Association Working President Biju Ramesh) said he has directly given the money. I cannot make any comment about that.”Mani’s remarks targeting Babu came yesterday after the hotelier had come out saying that he was prepared to furnish evidence of bribery charges against the Excise Minister. Asked whether he was scared of Mani, Babu shot back, saying, “Why should I be scared of Mani? … Mani has clearly said he would never make any attempt to weaken the UDF.” Babu also noted that Mani himself had said that he had not said anything against him. Biju Ramesh, who had first raised the allegations of bribery charges against Mani, finally culminating in his resignation, has trained his guns on Babu renewing his charge that Rs 10 crore was given to the Excise Minister for renewal of licences of liquor bars.

Jammu and Kashmir: Two more held in Udhampur terror attack case

With the arrest of these two, the number of people nabbed in this case has gone up to five.

Two more persons have been arrested in connection with the terror attack on a BSF convoy in Udhampur in August, taking to five the number of those held in the case being probed by the NIA. Khursheed Ahmed Ittoo and Fayaz Ahmed Ittoo were arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police over the last two days and handed over to the NIA, the investigating agency said. They were arrested after their names surfaced during the investigation in the terror attack in which two BSF personnel were killed and a number of others injured on August 5, NIA said.With the arrest of these two, the number of people nabbed in this case has gone up to five. This includes Pakistani terrorist of banned Lashker-e-Taiba Mohammed Naved, one of the two attackers overpowered by locals after the terror strike. His associate was killed in the return fire by BSF. NIA alleged that Khursheed used his car as pilot vehicle for the truck in which Naved and his accomplice Mohammed Noman travelled from the Kashmir valley to Udhampur for executing the attack at Samroli in Udhampur.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Khursheed is alleged to be in constant touch with the truck driver Fayaz Ahmed Ashwar and he coordinated with the militants regarding the place of attack and other logistics, the NIA said in a release. The entire conspiracy of Udhampur terrorist attack was executed in the house of Fayaz in Kudwani of South Kashmir. NIA had announced a cash reward of Rs two lakh on information leading to his arrest. The two arrested accused will be produced before the Special NIA court. The NIA is expected to seek their custody for interrogation.A group of four LeT terrorists Mohammad Naved Yakub, Zhargham alias Mohammed Bhai, Abu Okasa and Noman had entered India from Baba Reshi in Baramulla district to south Kashmir. The group split into two. One group attacked BSF convoy in Udhampur on August 5, during which Naved was arrested and his associate Mohammed Noman alias Momin was killed. The main conspirator of the case Abu Qassim, the Lashker’s terror group’s top commander, was killed last month during an encounter at Kulgam.The NIA had already arrested Showkat Ahmed Bhat and Khursheed Ahmed who were also involved in the alleged transportation of the terrorists in Kashmir.

Chhota Rajan’s arrest is exaggerated beyond proportion: YP Singh

“The cases are handed over to CBI under very very strict conditions. The first condition is that the state government is indulging in nepotism, favoritism in order to save an accused then the case is handed over or the case is so difficult that it is not possible for the state police to handle it,” said Singh.

Former IPS officer YP Singh on Friday said the arrest of underworld don Chhota Rajan is a routine step which is being exaggerated beyond proportionSingh said Chhota Rajan is now not a very formidable entity and added that his gang has become weak over the decades.”His gang has been disintegrated, most of the people have been arrested or they have left the gang and many of them have been killed in encounters. So, when a weak and shattered person is arrested and put forward for trial in cases, which are routine cases of the underworld and not linked to terrorism. So, I do not think that bringing of Chhota Rajan is very very monumental in nature which the government feels, it is purely a routine step which is being exaggerated beyond proportion,” Singh told ANI here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The former top cop also welcomed the decision to shift Rajan’s case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).”The cases are handed over to CBI under very very strict conditions. The first condition is that the state government is indulging in nepotism, favoritism in order to save an accused then the case is handed over or the case is so difficult that it is not possible for the state police to handle it,” said Singh.”These circumstances do not exist in the Chhota Rajan matter. The cases are simple, most of them have been investigated, are under trial. They have not been any complains that police have been favoring Chhota Rajan and the entire set up of the officers now, they are new and absolutely clear and efficient officers who are good,” he added.Rajan, who was brought to New Delhi this morning in a special aircraft after being deported from Indonesia, is currently under the custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Interpol.In a surprise move, the Maharashtra Government has transferred all cases related to the gangster to the CBI.Rajan is wanted for over 70 cases of murder, extortion and drug trafficking in Mumbai, the most prominent among them being the case related to the murder of journalist Jyotirmoy Dey and Pakmodia Street firing case.

Supreme Court transfers Virbhadra’s DA case from HP to Delhi High Court

The Supreme Court on Thursday transferred the disproportionate assets (DA) case against Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh to Delhi High Court from the state saying the transfer was necessary “to protect the judiciary from embarrassment”.The court, however, did not pass any order to modify the Himachal High Court order which had restrained the CBI from arresting Singh in the case.The bench, comprising justices FMI Kalifulla and U U Lalit, rejected Singh’s argument that transfer of case means lack of trust in Himachal judges, and said “we are not expressing any opinion on the merits of the case but simply transferring the petition to the Delhi High Court in the interest of justice and parties and to save the institution (judiciary) from any embarrassment.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for CBI, had questioned the order granting relief to the CM asserting that one of the judges of the high court bench had recused from hearing a case involving the leader on the ground that he (leader) was once his client.Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Congress leader, opposed the plea of the AG, and said it would show the state high court in poor light and a litigant cannot be allowed to get its matter transferred.”This would cast aspersion on the high court. Does it mean no judge is fit enough to hear this matter?….Sibal argued but later agreed for the transfer of the case. Singh and his wife are facing a case registered by CBI, under Sections 13 (2) and 13(1) (e) of Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 109 of IPC by CBI on September 23 .The Delhi High Court is also hearing a PIL filed by NGO, Common Cause through advocate Prashant Bhushan, alleging that Singh had received unaccounted money to the tune of nearly Rs 5 crore.It also referred to his revised IT returns for 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 and claimed that it showed an increase in agricultural income to the tune of Rs 6.10 crore.The IT department, in its status report filed in the Delhi High Court, had contended that it had the locus standi to probe the matter as the properties under question were also located in the national capital.

Coalgate: Awaiting sanction to try two govt servants, says CBI

The court had on August 5 directed the agency to conduct further probe in the case allegedly involving Vikash Metal and Power Ltd (VMPL)

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CBI on Tuesday told a special court that it has not received any communication from the competent authority on the issue of grant of sanction to prosecute two senior public servants in a coal block allocation scam case.Senior public prosecutor Sanjay Kumar told the court that CBI had sent necessary records to the competent authority on August 31 for considering according sanction to prosecute two government servants, K S Kropha, then joint secretary in the Ministry of Coal (MoC), and K C Samria, then Director (CA-I), MoC for alleged offences under Prevention of Corruption Act. “It has been submitted that necessary records have been sent to the competent authority for considering according of sanction to prosecute two public servants K S Kropha and K C Samria. No communication has been received on the same yet,” Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar noted in his order.”Put up the matter for filing of progress report of further investigation on January 6, 2016,” the court said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court had on August 5 directed the agency to conduct further probe in the case allegedly involving Vikash Metal and Power Ltd (VMPL). It had asked CBI to conduct further probe in the case saying prima facie “active collusion” was found on part of the public servants for not verifying the claims made by the firm. The court’s order had come in the case in which CBI had filed a supplementary final report on April 7, this year after the court had last year refused to accept the closure report and directed the agency to further investigate the matter.The case pertains to alleged irregularities in allocation of Moira and Madhujore (North and South) coal blocks in West Bengal to VMPL. In the supplementary final report, CBI had chargesheeted Vikash Patni, Managing Director of VMPL, Anand Mallick, its authorised signatory and the company for alleged offences under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) of IPC.Regarding other directors of the firm or public servants involved in coal block allocation to VMPL, it was stated by CBI that no offence was found to have been committed by them. CBI had said though lapses were found on Kropha’s part, no criminality was found to have been committed by him and thus regular departmental action (RDA) for major penalty has been recommended by it.Regarding H C Gupta, then Coal Secretary, CBI had said lapses in processing the application were found on his part also but since he had retired from government service, no action was being recommended. The case involved VMPL and its officials in which they are accused of making false claims relating to land allocation to get undue advantage in coal block allocation. The FIR in the case was registered in September 2012.CBI, in its FIR, had alleged that VMPL had wrongly claimed that it had been allocated 300 acres of land in Begusarai in Bihar by the Bihar Area Development Authority. It had found that land was de-allocated and directors of the firm had failed to inform the screening committee members about it, CBI had claimed.

2G scam: Supreme Court dismisses Kanimozhi’s plea

While dismissing the petition, the apex court modified its 2011 order where it had restrained all other courts to entertain plea of any accused in the case.

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In a major setback to DMK leader Kanimozhi, the Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed her plea which sought quashing of the charges against her in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.While dismissing the petition, the apex court modified its 2011 order where it had restrained all other courts to entertain plea of any accused in the case. The 2G case can now approach the Delhi High Court against the judgement of the special court. The court also rejected the plea of another accused Shahid Balwa in the case. (ANI)

Indrani Mukerjea to be produced in Mumbai court today

Mumbai:  A Mumbai court has ordered Indrani Mukerjea, the main accused in the murder of her daughter Sheena Bora, on Wednesday for obtaining her consent to get her voice sample.

Indrani Mukerjea. PTIIndrani Mukerjea. PTI

Indrani Mukerjea. PTI

The CBI, which is probing the sensational murder, has petitioned the Metropolitan Magistrate’s court for Ms Mukerjea’s voice sample.

The central probe agency had told the court yesterday that it had got hold of some call recordings which purportedly featured her voice, and therefore it wanted her voice sample for verification.

All three accused in the case – Ms Mukerjea, her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and former driver Shyamvar Rai – are in judicial custody in the case.

Sheena Bora was murdered in April 2012 in Mumbai and her body disposed of in a forest in neighbouring Raigad district.

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Uber rape case: Court defers hearing on sentence

Police officials have been deputed in connection with the summit till October 30 and no prisoner would be produced to courts from jail till then.

Yadav, who was arrested from Mathura on December 7, 2014, two days after the incident, is currently in judicial custody.

A Delhi court on Friday deferred to November 3 the hearing on arguments and pronouncement of quantum of sentence in the sensational Uber cab rape case in which the driver has been convicted of raping a 25-year-old woman executive in his taxi. The arguments could not be heard by the court on Thursday as the jail authorities failed to produce the driver from prison on the ground that police officials were busy in the security arrangements for the Afro-Indian summit.As soon as the case was called for hearing, Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja was informed by special public prosecutor Atul Shrivastava that the police officials have been deputed in connection with the summit till October 30 and no prisoner would be produced to courts from jail till then. “There is a circular by Chief Metropolitan Magistrate that under trials cannot be produced in court from October 23 till October 30 due to the Afro-Indian summit and police officials are not available. “Due to this reason Shiv Kumar Yadav (convict) has not been brought to court,” the prosecutor told the court. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court fixed November 3 for hearing arguments on quantum of sentence in the case. The court had on October 20 held the 32-year-old driver guilty of raping the 25-year-old woman executive in his taxi in December last year and endangering her life. It had convicted him for the offences under sections 376 (2)(m) (while committing rape causes grievous bodily harm or disfigures or endangers life of a woman), 366 (abducting with an intent to compel her for marriage), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 323 (causing hurt) of the IPC and had fixed the case for today for hearing arguments and pronouncing the punishment. Shrivastava, appointed for conducting proceedings in the case, has said he would demand maximum punishment of life imprisonment which under the relevant provision of the amended rape law means jail term till the convict’s remaining natural life. The court would pronounce the order after hearing arguments on quantum of sentence. According to the prosecution, the incident took place on the night of December 5, last year when the victim, a finance executive working in Gurgaon, was heading back to her house at Inderlok in north west Delhi. It had told the court that Yadav had slapped her several times and pressed her neck. The prosecutor had said that as per the doctor, the scratch marks on the victim’s neck were suggestive of an attempt to strangulate her. The offence of endangering woman’s life while raping her entails a minimum of 10 years rigorous imprisonment and a maximum of life term.Yadav, who was arrested from Mathura on December 7, 2014, two days after the incident, is currently in judicial custody. Yadav, however, has denied the allegations levelled against him terming them as “false”.

Desecration of holy book: Police team booked for murder

The firing took place after a clash between protesting Sikhs and police in Behbal Kalan village of Faridkot.

The case will be probed under the supervision of the SIT headed by Sahota, the spokesman said. (File Photo)

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A case of murder and Arms act was registered on Wednesday against unidentified personnel of a police team in connection with the October 14 firing in Faridkot in which two Sikhs were killed and over 70 others were injured. “A case under various sections of IPC including murder and Arms Act has been registered against the police team,” an official spokesman said. “The case had been registered against unidentified police personnel. The police team was headed by Charanjit Singh, the then SSP Moga,” the spokesman said.The firing took place after a clash between protesting Sikhs and police in Behbal Kalan village of Faridkot. Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota, ADGP-cum-Director, Bureau of Investigation has ordered the registration of a case, he said.The case, registered at Bajakhana police station, will be probed under the supervision of the SIT headed by Sahota, the spokesman said. “The SIT headed by Sahota will supervise the probe of the case to ensure that the guilty are brought to the book,” the spokesman said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At Behbal Kalan, Sikhs were protesting against desecration of holy book at Bargari village of Faridkot district. After the incident, Sikhs took to the streets across Punjab demanding action against guilty policemen and those behind sacrilege of holy book.Police have arrested six persons, including two granthis (priests) in connection with five out of total seven incidents of sacrilege in different districts of the state. Police claimed “foreign hands, including of persons from Australia and Dubai” in the incident after tracing the calls of two accused with their contacts abroad.

Sheena Bora murder case: CBI to look into Indrani Mukerjea’s hospitalisation

Sources said the agency which has taken over the murder case probe has asked Maharashtra Government to preserve samples of stomach wash, urine and blood of Mukerjea which were collected during her recent hospitalisation

CBI will look into the recent episode of hospitalisation of Indrani Mukerjea, arrested in her daughter Sheena Bora’s murder case, and has asked the Maharashtra authorities to preserve her body fluid samples and provide the reports on the incident.Sources said the agency which has taken over the murder case probe has asked Maharashtra Government to preserve samples of stomach wash, urine and blood of Mukerjea which were collected during her recent hospitalisation. The agency has also asked the state government to provide it with inquiry report of Byculla prison and any other report prepared by other authorities and action taken with regard to the incident.They said the agency is already planning to question the three accused in prison for which it has got permission till October 19.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indrani, who is currently in jail, was admitted to state-run J J Hospital here on October 2 after she complained of “uneasiness”. She was discharged four days later on October 6. After Indrani’s hospitalisation, conflicting reports had emerged on suspected drug overdose in prison. While one report showed she had overdosed on anti-depressant pills, the other found no such thing. Maharashtra government had ordered probe in the incident under IG (Prison) Bipin Kumar Singh.Indrani was arrested on August 25 this year for her alleged role in the murder of Sheena, her 25-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, on 24 April, 2012. Sheena was killed and her body burnt and disposed of in a forest in Raigad district the next day. The two other accused in the case are Shyamvar Rai, Indrani’s former driver and her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna. The sources said DIG Lata Vijay Kumar who is supervising the probe has asked the team to minutely scan all documents provided by Mumbai Police, which was probing the matter, before the questioning session can begin in the prison.They said the agency during the course of its probe will examine the role of all the actors including the brother of Sheena, her friend Rahul and husband Peter Mukerjea. At present CBI is trying to detect if there any loose ends in the findings of Mumbai Police which need to be probed for make a watertight case “following which all aspects of motive which could be behind the killing will be examined”, the sources said.After Maharashtra Government announced handing over the probe to the agency 10 days back, CBI’s Special Crime Branch lodged a case in the designated court here against Indrani, Sanjay Khanna and Rai. The CBI filed the case under various sections of Indian Penal Code including criminal conspiracy, murder, abduction, destruction of evidence, causing hurt by giving poison and Arms Act.CBI took over the investigation of the case which was earlier registered by Mumbai Police alleging that the three arrested hatched a criminal conspiracy to murder Sheena. In pursuance of this conspiracy, the accused allegedly abducted Sheena, murdered her and disposed of her body, agency spokesperson had said in a statement.The decision to handover the probe to CBI came after days of uncertainty on the supervisory role of former Mumbai police chief Rakesh Maria who was shunted out in the midst of the inquiry that he had helmed proactively. The decision was taken by the state government after Maharashtra Director General of Police Sanjeev Dayal submitted a status report on the case which had concluded that the case is not limited to murder alone, but there are many questions on financial dealings that remain unanswered.

Dowry Harassment case: Controversial godwoman Radhe Maa gets anticipatory bail

On August 14, the court had granted Radhe Maa alias Sukhvinder Kaur interim protection from arrest while hearing her plea
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In a relief for controversial self-styled godwoman Radhe Maa, the Bombay High Court on Thursday granted her pre-arrest bail in a dowry harassment case.The bail was granted by Justice Revati Mohite Dere after hearing arguments from the lawyers of Radhe Maa, Mumbai Police and the housewife who had filed complaint against the godwoman. The court has asked Radhe Maa to appear as and when required by Kandivali Police, which is probing the complaint against her.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On August 14, the court had granted Radhe Maa alias Sukhvinder Kaur interim protection from arrest while hearing her plea. Radhe Maa, who apprehended arrest in the case, had moved the High Court after a sessions court had rejected her anticipatory bail petition on August 13. Mumbai Police had filed a case against her on August 5 for allegedly instigating the in-laws of a 32-year-old housewife to harass her for dowry.The case was filed after a Borivali Magistrate had ordered a probe by police under section 156(3) of CrPc into allegations of dowry harassment against her on the complaint filed by the housewife.The housewife’s counsel Girish Kulkarni had earlier argued that the in-laws of the complainant were disciples of Radhe Maa. The godwoman had complete control over the family and at her instance they had allegedly taken dowry from the housewife.Radhe Maa’s counsel Abad Ponda had argued in the HC that all the six accused in the dowry case, including the husband of the complainant (housewife), had been given protection by the trial court, except Radhe Maa. He had also argued that the allegation against Radhe Maa of instigating the family to extract dowry from the complainant was an ‘afterthought’ and an improvement in the case, because such an accusation was not made during the proceedings filed in the family court two years ago.In her petition, Radhe Maa had denied all the allegations, saying she had never instigated the family members and that she was being dragged into the case only because the complainant’s in-laws were her devotees. The self-styled godwoman had further alleged that the complainant had levelled allegations against her only to secure a favourable order from the family court in the dowry case filed by her against in-laws. She alleged that she was being “framed up” by the complainant.

7/11 Mumbai blasts: MCOCA relies on confessional statements recorded by convicts

he 1,839-paged-order copy speaks volumes about convict Faisal Shaikh, first going to Pakistan then seeking the military training and then asking the travel agents to arrange for few more Muslim youths in order to indoctrinate them with the anti-national training.

The special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act court (MCOCA) which awarded five of the 12 convicts with death penalty for their role in 2006 train serial blast case, has completely relied on the confessional statements recorded by the convicts. Apart from the evidence from several eye witnesses, like several passengers, taxi driver, passport agents, the court has mainly stressed on the confessional statements to hold the prosecution’s case as true.The 1,839-paged-order copy speaks volumes about convict Faisal Shaikh, first going to Pakistan then seeking the military training and then asking the travel agents to arrange for few more Muslim youths in order to indoctrinate them with the anti-national training. The confessional statement also speaks about the convicts using Ziarat visa’s, a pilgrimage place in Iran, as a camouflage to enter Iran and later enter the Pakistan border illegally with the help of local guides. The confessional statements also said that it was a very easy job for the wanted Pakistani men to execute the blast which went off int the city in a very easy and smooth way.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Further the court maintains of the defence claim that the arrested men were not behind the blast, but it was Indian Mujaheedin, the banned group, which was responsible for the blast. This theory was based on the confessional statement of accused Sadiq Sheikh, who was arrested in 2008 IM blast case. The court held that the modus operandi of the terror blast is of sending of e-mails after the blast, thus owing up the responsibility of committing the blast, however no such technique was used in this case, thus this is a technique used by the mischievous groups to create a confusion in the minds of the investigating agency as to who would be the actual culprit in the case.The court while awarding the judgment has claimed that there is no iota of doubt that the case does fall in the ambit of rarest of rare case and thus sentenced five with death penalty. The court in its verdict held, “These accused are not like hardened criminals, in the sense the criminals whose source of livelihood is crime. They are terrorists with a particular mindset and followers of an ideology that is adverse to the society and the democratically established government. They have been shouting at the top of their voices that they are innocent. To my mind, it is but natural. No criminal will say that he is guilty for having committed any crime. The accused in this case thought that they can outsmart the inelegance and investigating agencies and therefore developed new stories every time and adopted various tactics.””Law is well settled that the court has to do justice not only to the accused but also to the victim and the society at large. As held by the apex court itself, undue sympathy to impose inadequate sentence would do more harm to the justice system and would undermine the public confidence in the efficacy of law and society would no long endure such serious threats. Therefore, it is the duty of this court to award proper sentence having regard to the nature of offence and the manner in which it was executed,”added the court

Did not influence anyone to give coal block to Birla, says former PM Manmohan Singh

“On being asked, I state that I do not recall having told anyone in PMO to issue reminders, other than the noting of my PS. It is a routine administrative matter. The PM does not go into these issues. Anyway, I had already stated that I did not try to influence anybody and that there was no undue haste in arriving at the decision,” he said.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told CBI that he did not try to “influence” anybody, nor was there “any undue haste” in awarding the Talabira-II coal block to HINDALCO which was initially refused.He also told CBI, investigating the case, that he had neither promised, nor gave any assurance to industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla about allocation of the block in Odisha to his firm HINDALCO.Singh, who was holding the portfolio of the Coal Ministry in 2005, said he only forwarded the letters of Birla and Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik in this regard to the Ministry for careful examination.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”On being asked, I state that I do not recall having told anyone in PMO to issue reminders, other than the noting of my PS. It is a routine administrative matter. The PM does not go into these issues. Anyway, I had already stated that I did not try to influence anybody and that there was no undue haste in arriving at the decision,” he said.While Birla had written letters requesting the Government to “change the decision” of not considering HINDALCO for the coal block, Patnaik had requested a review of the decision.Singh, who has been summoned as accused by a special CBI court in the case, in a statement to the agency has said that recommendation of the Ministry to accommodate HINDALCO was approved by him.There was no “undue haste” in arriving at the decision to allocate the block to HINDALCO, he maintained.The Supreme Court had on April 1 stayed the trial court’s order summoning Singh and others, including Birla and ex-Coal Secretary P C Parakh, as accused in the case.In his statement recorded before CBI, which is probing the alleged scam in allotting a coal block to HINDALCO, Singh said he had received a May 7, 2005, letter from Birla urging the government to allocate Talabira-II block to his firm as it would enable them to set up a large aluminium plant in Odisha.”I knew of the decision that I had already given the approval to the Secretary (Coal) to approve the minutes of the 25th SC (screening committee) at his level. The letter of Mr Birla was merely forwarded to the MoC (Ministry of Coal) with instructions to get a report,” he told the CBI.”I gave no promise or assurance to Mr Birla that coal block would be allocated. The request of Mr Birla was to change the decision and matter was whether or not the matter should be re-opened or not,” Singh said in his statement which has been placed on record before the court by CBI.As per the 25th screening committee, the case of number of companies, including HINDALCO, was not considered favourable and it had decided to allocate the Talabira-II coal block to Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd (NLC).Singh also told CBI that Birla had written two letters in support of his request which he had asked the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to send to the Coal Ministry for a report.”It is thus clear that as Coal Minister and PM, I did nothing more than merely forwarding the letters of Kumar Mangalam Birla for examination by the Coal Ministry. Kumar Mangalam Birla had requested for allocation of a coal block,” he said.”It was only fair that his representation on the matter be carefully examined. I did no more than this. I repeat that I did not seek to influence the assessment and report of the Coal Ministry in processing Birla’s representation at any stage,” Singh told the investigating officer.Regarding Birla’s letter, Singh said the industrialist had mentioned about aluminium project in Odisha and emphasised on the need for Talabira-II coal block to set up a globally competitive aluminium smelter which had employment and revenue generation potential in the state.Singh also said that a letter was received from the Chief Minister of Odisha in this regard and it was sent to the Ministry of Coal with a request to take it on record, re- examine the matter and re-submit the file.”On being asked, I state that I was aware of the fact that Jawed Usmani, the then Joint Secretary, PMO, mentioned in his note dated September 26, 2005… that the screening committee had already recommended the allocation of Talabira-II block to NLC, a PSU, and that this recommendation and its approval by PM was in public domain,” he said.”What is to be understood is that the letter of Birla and the letter of CM of Odisha requested a review of the decision of the SC. It was for the Ministry of Coal to come up with a report.”Finally, the recommendation of the MoC was approved by me as it was brought out in the notings of Secretary (Coal) and the PMO officials that it was possible to take care of the interests of both NLC and HINDALCO,” he explained.The former Prime Minister has also said that he had “many other issues to worry” about being at the helm of the government and it was practically not possible for him to know and recollect every guideline on coal-block allocation.The special court had summoned Singh, Birla, Parakh and others as accused in the case while refusing to accept CBI’s closure report filed in the case.They have all denied any wrongdoing in the case.

Sheena Bora murder case: CBI lodges FIR against Indrani Mukerjea, two others

New Delhi: CBI on Tuesday took over the probe in the high-profile murder case of Sheena Bora and registered a case in New Delhi against her mother Indrani Mukerjea and two others for allegedly hatching a criminal conspiracy to kill her.

CBI filed FIR in the Sheena Bora murder case. PTI

CBI filed FIR in the Sheena Bora murder case. PTI

After Maharashtra Government announced handing over the probe to the agency 10 days back, CBI’s’s Special Crime Branch lodged a case in the designated court here against Indrani, her former husband and Sanjay Khanna and former driver Shyamvar Pinturam Rai.

The CBI filed the case under various sections of Indian Penal Code including criminal conspiracy, murder, abduction, destruction of evidence, causing hurt by giving poison and Arms Act.

CBI took over the investigation of the case which was earlier registered by Mumbai Police on the allegations that the accused persons hatched a criminal conspiracy to murder Sheena.

In pursuance of this conspiracy, the accused allegedly abducted Sheena, murdered her and disposed off her body, agency spokesperson said in a statement.

The decision to handover the probe to CBI came after days of uncertainty on the supervisory role of former Mumbai police chief Rakesh Maria who was shunted out in the midst of the inquiry that he had helmed proactively.

The decision was taken by the state government after Maharashtra Director General of Police Sanjeev Dayal submitted a status report on the case which had concluded that the case is not limited to murder alone, but there are many questions on financial dealings that remain unanswered.

25-year-old Sheena was murdered on 24 April, 2012, and her body was burnt and disposed off in a forest in Raigad district the next day.

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Hello, this is Yuvaraj speaking: Murder accused taunts Tamil Nadu cops as they frantically hunt for him

By Sandhya Ravishankar

The phone rings.

“Hello?” says a man’s voice. “Are you well?”

“Who is this?” asks a woman’s voice at the other end. A chuckle.

“I am the one you have cast a net out for and are searching for so frantically,” the man laughs. This is Yuvaraj speaking.”

Yuvaraj is a wanted man. Key accused in the caste-related murder of young Dalit student Gokulraj in Tiruchengode, Namakkal, in June this year, he has been on the run ever since. The lady’s voice, allegedly, is that of the investigating officer in the murder case. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Vishnupriya, all of 27 years of age, was found hanging in her quarters on 18 September. A note nearby, purportedly written by her, was an outpouring of guilt for taking the extreme step but provided no clues as to the reasons for her suicide.

On Sunday, Yuvaraj released a phone recording via WhatsApp, allegedly of a phone conversation with the late DSP which took place a few days before her death. He had sought the transfer and suspension of a few police officers, who he claims harassed Vishnupriya into taking her own life. He claims to have proved, through his phone conversation with her, that she was distressed at being forced to foist false cases on his aides.

Vishnupriya: “I am fighting to ensure that Goondas Act is not imposed on six people. I am under pressure, there is tremendous mental tension due to this case. What is your problem? You are a law graduate, you know the law. You come and surrender, face the case.”

Yuvaraj: You assure me that you will be able to take action as per law. I was prepared to surrender but in-between two people got arrested on foisted cases so I decided not to.

Vishnupriya: It is because we are not getting hold of you that we’re having to make so many arrests. Do you know how much pressure policemen are facing? I am a new entrant to the department.

DSP Vishnupriya. Image courtesy: FacebookDSP Vishnupriya. Image courtesy: Facebook

DSP Vishnupriya. Image courtesy: Facebook

Yuvaraj: If you had left me alone for one week, I would have surrendered. But there was too much pressure building.

Vishnupriya: I guarantee the law will be followed. You come and surrender. I will give you an assurance. I will cancel all the Goondas cases filed on everyone so far.” Whether the voices on the recording actually belong to Yuvaraj and Vishnupriya will be probed and settled by the Crime Branch-Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) which is now saddled with the case.

But the sheer audacity of a wanted man cocking a snook at the police and establishment, taunting and challenging them, is what Tamil Nadu is abuzz about. Assuming the recording is actually that of a conversation between Yuvaraj and Vishnupriya, a few facts stand out. Yuvaraj, utterly self-assured, almost bordering on arrogance, laughs heartily at the investigating officer’s desperate pleas to surrender. The wanted, strangely enough, appears to be in a position of power over the protector of the law, throughout the conversation.

Yuvaraj: I am aware of every single move taking place within the police. You do not know who is informing me and their identities will never come to your knowledge.

Vishnupriya: For one person – you – so many people are suffering.

Yuvaraj: When you are fighting for your community, these sacrifices must be made.

Vishnupriya: You can make sacrifices for a freedom struggle, will you do so for a murder case? You are creating the problem Yuvaraj and the police are reacting. You should just come and surrender and once we catch you, the case is closed. I assure you, I will ensure everything is done legally.”

This is not the first audio recording released by Yuvaraj. Ever since he went absconding, he has frequently been sending addresses to his fellow “community members” of the Kongu Vellala Gounder caste, exhorting them to work to uphold the cause of protecting members of their caste. He issues instructions to them on banal functions via recorded WhatsApp messages. The police, meanwhile, struggle to find this man who has become a political hotpot.

“It is a sheer shame on democracy and on the society,” said C Lakshmanan, Associate Professor of the Madras Institute of Development Studies in Chennai, an expert in Dalit studies. “It is ridiculous to claim that there is a rule of law in this state,” he said.

Tamil Nadu police have prided itself on being akin to the Scotland Yard. With allegations surfacing, of murky political connections, illegal arrests and embarrassing floundering in a sensitive murder case, a much lauded force is threatened with imminent loss of face and faith. Politicians in the state have not displayed any redeeming qualities in this issue either, according to experts.

“All political parties except the ruling party have issued statements after the death of Vishnupriya, there is no denying that,” said Stalin Rajangam, author and Dalit expert. “Has anyone released any statements demanding the arrest of the absconding Yuvaraj? The reason this has not happened is that no political party has the guts to speak out against the dominant caste. They are worried that it will affect them in the elections.”

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa took to defending her force at the Tamil Nadu Assembly on September 22, while responding to charges by arch rival Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief Karunanidhi, on another issue relating to the police. She holds the Law portfolio and is entitled to a spirited defence.

But a theatre of the absurd is playing out in an almost macabre manner in the state with a murder accused on the run demanding action against senior police officers, giving them deadlines to solve the case and find out causes for the DSP’s death. At the end of the audio recording, Yuvaraj is heard stating that if the CB-CID does not crack the case within a week, he would move the Madras High Court to ensure the late DSP gets justice!

An incredulous public is watching. It is high time the police put criminals in their place, mindless of their caste affiliations and political connections.

Coal scam: Manmohan Singh’s colleague Santosh Bagrodia seeks parity in SC

The 75-year-old Congress leader, who was junior minister to Singh in the coal ministry from April 2008 to May 2009, said he was entitled for the same relief the apex court gave to the then Prime Minister on April 1 by staying the order of the trial court summoning him as an accused in another case arising out of the coalgate.
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Former Union Minister Santosh Bagrodia on Monday sought parity with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for staying of criminal proceedings against him in a trial court in a coal block allocation case.The 75-year-old Congress leader, who was junior minister to Singh in the coal ministry from April 2008 to May 2009, said he was entitled for the same relief the apex court gave to the then Prime Minister on April 1 by staying the order of the trial court summoning him as an accused in another case arising out of the coalgate.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Am I not entitled on equity to the same relief as done in the case of Manmohan Singh,” Bagrodia’s counsel and senior advocate K K Venugopal submitted before a bench headed by Justice M B Lokur.He said if his appeal against the special court order was not admitted and the trial court proceeding was not stayed like that of Singh, then he would say that justice had not been done in the case.”There is only one Supreme Court of India though you sit in different benches,” Venugopal said, adding he was asking for the same order as was given by another bench to Singh.”Why should I (Bagrodia) be placed on different footing? My case is also of summoning like Singh,” the senior advocate said before the bench, which also comprised Justices Kurian Joseph and A K Sikri.When Bagrodia sought exemption from personal appearance before the trial court where he has to be present on September 29, the bench, which was at first reluctant to grant relief, accepted the plea of his counsel.”You move an application for exemption from personal appearance before the trial court which will consider your plea,” the bench said while posting the matter for further hearing on September 29.CBI counsel and senior advocate Amarender Sharan opposed the plea of former union minister for stay of proceeding against him saying their was alleged motive on his part and his role cannot be denied. Bagrodia, former Minister of State for Coal in Singh’s cabinet has been summoned as accused by special CBI court in a case concerning allocation of Maharashtra’s Bander coal block to AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd.On September 7, the bench had refused to grant him any relief saying that Singh’s matter will come for hearing within 10 to 12 days. However, when Singh’s case came for hearing on September 15 before a bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu, it ordered its deletion from list of business of September 21.The apex court on April 1 had stayed the trial court order summoning Singh as accused in a case pertaining to grant of Talabira-II coal block in Odisha in 2005 to Aditya Birla group company Hindalco. The order also applied to Hindalco Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla, former Coal Secretary P C Parakh and three others — Hindalco, Shubhendu Amitabh and D Bhattacharya, its officials.Along with Bagrodia, ex-Coal Secretary H C Gupta and retired public servant L S Janoti were summoned as accused in the case. The trial court has taken cognisance of alleged offences under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) under the IPC and under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act. These three accused were summoned as accused in the case in which the CBI had earlier chargesheeted Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda, his son Devendra Darda, AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd and its Director Manoj Jayaswal as accused. Bagrodia was granted bail by the trial court on September 8.Meanwhile, in another coal scam case, the apex court sought response from CBI on a plea challenging validity of section 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act dealing with the abuse of position by public servant.The petition in this regard was filed by Basant Kumar Bhattacharya and Bipin Bihari Singh who are accused in the case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of Rajhara North (Central and Eastern) coal block in Jharkhand to Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd (VISUL). Bhattacharya was the then section officer in Department of Mines of Jharkhand, while Bipin Bihari Singh was then Director Mines in the state. The court, however, dismissed their appeal challenging the order of trial court going ahead with the proceedings.The then Chief Minister of Jharkhand Madhu Koda and ex-Coal Secretary H C Gupta are also accused along with then Chief Secretary Ashok Kumar Basu, VISUL, its director Vaibhav Tulsyan, Koda’s alleged close aide Vijay Joshi and chartered accountant Navin Kumar Tulsyan in the case.

Supporting plea to summon Manmohan Singh: Ex-MoS Coal Dasari Narayan Rao tells Court

Senior advocate S V Raju, who appeared for former MP and industrialist Naveen Jindal, told the court that he neither supported nor opposed Koda’s plea to summon Manmohan Singh and two others as additional accused in the case.

Former Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao on Monday sought summoning of Manmohan Singh, claiming in a Special Court that the office of the then Prime Minister had allocated a coal block to Jindal group after examining and re-examining the matter.Supporting ex-Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda’s plea seeking summoning of Singh as additional accused in a coal block allocation scam case, Rao’s counsel told Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar that Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand was allotted to Naveen Jindal Group firms and the decision was taken by the then Prime Minister who was also the Coal Minister at that time.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I am supporting the (Koda’s) application,” Rao’s counsel Satish Maneshinde told the court.He said it was the Prime Minister’s Office which had examined and re-examined the issue of allocation of coal block and then decided to allocate it to the Jindal Group firms.Senior advocate S V Raju, who appeared for former MP and industrialist Naveen Jindal, told the court that he neither supported nor opposed Koda’s plea to summon Manmohan Singh and two others as additional accused in the case.He, however, said that any order passed by the court on Koda’s application should not prejudice the rights of the accused to seek discharge from the case.”However, it is submitted that any order passed in the present application should not prejudice the rights of accused no. 7 (Jindal) including his right to seek discharge at the time of arguments on charge,” the brief written submission filed by Raju said.Similarly, most of the co-accused in the case adopted the arguments advanced by Jindal’s counsel.Special Public Prosecutor R S Cheema told the court that he would advance arguments on Koda’s plea tomorrow.The case pertains to alleged irregularities in allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block to Jindal group firms — Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and Gagan Sponge Iron Pvt Ltd (GSIPL).Koda, who is one of the 15 accused in the case, had moved an application seeking to summon Manmohan Singh and two others — Anand Swaroop, then Secretary (Energy), and Jai Shankar Tiwari, then Secretary (Mines and Geology)– as additional accused in the case.

‘Govt wants probe without prejudice’: Maharashtra transfers Sheena Bora murder case to CBI

The Maharashtra government has decided to transfer the controversial Sheena Bora murder case to the CBI.

In a press conference on Friday, KP Bakshi, Maharashtra Additional Chief Secretary (Home), said that the state government will hand over the case to CBI. “Maharashtra government will hand over Sheena Bora murder case to CBI,” he said. “Government wants the investigations to be done without any prejudice and interference by local police or state government officers,” he added.

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“Formalities have been completed. We have contacted the central government officials. The decision of the Centre will be accepted by the state,” Bakshi said.

Bakshi also said that the government did not see this case a “high-profile murder”. “There is no such thing as a low or high profile murder. A murder is a murder,” he said.

He also said that former Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria’s promotion had nothing to do with the case. “There is no link between Rakesh Maria’s transfer and the Sheena Bora case,” he said.

Transfer of Maria had left a question mark over his continued role in the probe.

Though the government, within hours of shunting him out as Mumbai Police Commissioner, had said that Maria would continue to supervise the probe after the decision generated much heat in media and political circles, ambguity persisted on the actual role.

“The government believes there may be some financial links to the case also,” Bakshi said, adding that the investigation of the case should not be limited to just the murder.

ANI also reported that it was the current Mumbai Police Commissioner Ahmed Javed who had suggested that the Sheena Bora case be transferred to the CBI.

This development in the infamous murder case comes merely a day after a Maharashtra police officer alleged that he was stopped by his senior from filing an FIR when Sheena Bora’s body was found in the forests of Raigad near Mumbai in 2012.

Police inspector Subhash Mirge’s statement was recorded in an inquiry which found that police failed to register an offence when Sheena Bora’s body was found in May 2012.

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Sheena Bora murder case: Maharashtra govt transfers case to CBI

On September 8, senior IPS Rakesh Maria, who was investigating the case, was promoted as the Director General (Home Guards) and Ahmed Javed was made the new Mumbai Police Commissioner. Maria was sent a letter to carry on a ‘supervisory role’ in the case.

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The high-profile murder case of Sheena Bora in which media baron Peter Mukerjea’s wife Indrani, her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna are accused has been transferred to the CBI on Friday. “Maharashtra government to handover Sheena Bora murder case to CBI. Government wants the investigations to be done without any prejudice and interference by local police or state government officers,” Additional Chief Secretary, Home, K P Bakshi.He also said that the financial angle in the case cannot be ruled out. “Different angles other than murder in this case, financial angle cannot be ruled out,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”There is no such thing as a “low or high profile murder”. Murder is a murder. There is no link between Rakesh Maria’s transfer and Sheena Bora case,” Bakshi added.Earlier, the current Mumbai Police Commissioner Ahmed Javed had suggested the case to be transferred to the CBI. On September 8, senior IPS Rakesh Maria, who was investigating the case, was promoted as the Director General (Home Guards) and Ahmed Javed was made the new Mumbai Police Commissioner. Maria was sent a letter to carry on a ‘supervisory role’ in the case. Indrani, her former husband Sanjiv Khanna and driver Shyamvar Rai haave been arrested on charges of murdering her daughter Sheena Bora and disposing of the body at Pen forest in Maharashtra’s Raigad district in April 2012.

2008 cash-for-vote scam: Rs 1 crore seized from scam to go to PM Relief Fund

The cash-for-vote scam pertains to the BJP MPs displaying wads of currency notes on the floor of the Lok Sabha during the July 22, 2008 trust vote after the Left parties withdrew support to the UPA-I government over the Indo-US nuclear deal.

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Cash worth Rs 1 crore seized from the accused in the 2008 ‘cash-for-vote’ scam, in which ex-Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, three former BJP MPs and three others were discharged, should be deposited in PM’s Relief Fund, a city court directed the police on Monday. The court also said that the cash should be forfeited by the State as there was no claimant.According to the prosecution, Amar Singh’s former aide Sanjeev Saxena was the one who had allegedly delivered the amount at the residence of then BJP MP Ashok Argal. The court noted that all the seven accused who were chargesheeted stood discharged and nothing relating to the case was pending. It said the Delhi High Court in its May 15 order discharging Saxena, the last accused, has not passed any direction regarding disposal of the case property.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Thus, this court is within its competence to pass order on disposal of the aforesaid amount. I am of the considered opinion that in the absence of any claimant, the amount should be forfeited to the State. It is, accordingly, ordered that the amount of Rs one crore, which was the case property of the case, is forfeited. Investigating Officer (IO) is directed to deposit the amount in Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and submit a copy of the receipt to this court,” Special Judge Narottam Kaushal said.The cash-for-vote scam pertains to the BJP MPs displaying wads of currency notes on the floor of the Lok Sabha during the July 22, 2008 trust vote after the Left parties withdrew support to the UPA-I government over the Indo-US nuclear deal. The court passed the order disposing of a plea by the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch seeking disposal of case property.”As per the charge sheet submitted in the case, the trail of money has not been established. IO has been unable to find out the person who had sent the aforesaid money to the house of Ashok Argal, the then BJP MP. The person who had carried the amount has declined any interest or claim therein. Ashok Argal, or the other MPs, BJP, of course, who were also discharged in the case, had never stated any claim to this amount,” the court noted.

18-year-old rape victim shot dead in Uttar Pradesh

An 18-year-old rape victim was on Sunday shot dead allegedly by bike-borne youths in Baijapur village in Dakshintola area, two days before she had to appear in a court as witness in the case, police said.

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An 18-year-old rape victim was on Sunday shot dead allegedly by bike-borne youths in Baijapur village in Dakshintola area, two days before she had to appear in a court as witness in the case, police said.The incident occurred when the girl along with her brother was going to visit a doctor, and died of bullet injuries on the spot, they said.The girl was allegedly raped on June 6, 2011 by one BK Singh, Manager of a college, police said, adding the case was going on in the local court, where she had to appear as witness after two days, they said.The victim’s family members have alleged that she was killed upon the directions of the rape accused, they said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police is trying to workout the case and the guilty will not be spared, Additional Superintendent of Police Sunil Kumar Singh said.

Saudi diplomat case: Gurgaon Police Commissioner cuts short his leave to pursue probe

The five-day leave – comprising three days casual leave and two day ‘station’ leave – to Virk was sanctioned on September 3, which is four days before the two women were rescued by the cops, said Chechi.

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A day after proceeding on leave, Gurgaon Police Commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk was back to work on Friday, cutting short his five-day leave, to pursue investigations into the alleged rape and torture of two Nepalese women by a Saudi diplomat. Virk had gone on leave yesterday, a day after he filed a “detailed” report into the case to the Ministry of External Affairs, leading to questions and speculation. “The Police Commissioner joined duty today and he shall continue to head the probe in this case,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rajesh Chechi, who is also spokesperson for Gurgaon Police said. Gurgaon Police has said that the leave sanctioned to the Police Commissioner had nothing to do with the case.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The five-day leave – comprising three days casual leave and two day ‘station’ leave – to Virk was sanctioned on September 3, which is four days before the two women were rescued by the cops, said Chechi. The report sent to the ministry also included the result of second medical examination of the victims, which confirmed rape and sodomy. Earlier in the day, the hard disk of digital video recorder connected to around six CCTV cameras covering crucial spots outside the diplomat’s residence turned out to be corrupt. It has now been sent to the State Forensic Science Laboratory in Madhubani, said a police official. The two Nepalese women were rescued from the diplomat’s house in Gurgaon by the police after receiving a complaint from an NGO. The External Affairs Ministry yesterday asked the Saudi Embassy to direct the diplomat to cooperate in the investigation into the case.

Woman gang-raped after being drugged in Gurgaon

As per the woman, three people drugged her in the absence of her husband and raped her on September 8

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A woman has alleged of being gang-raped after being drugged in Badshahpur area of Gurgaon.As per the woman, three people drugged her in the absence of her husband and raped her on September 8. The case has been registered by the police and they are investigating the matter.

Nepalese women rape case: India asks Saudi embassy to present accused diplomat before police

The MEA called in the Saudi envoy, a day after it received a “detailed report” about the case from Gurgaon Police.

It is learnt that the diplomat along with his family has shifted to the Saudi Embassy while the two Nepalese women have left for Nepal earlier in the day.

India on Thursday asked Saudi Arabia to present its diplomat, accused of rape and torture of two Nepalese women, before investigators and cooperate with the probe in the case that has triggered outrage. Saudi Arabian Ambassador Saud Mohammed Alsati was called to the External Affairs Ministry and told that the accused diplomat should give a statement to the Gurgaon police probing the case. “MEA Chief of Protocol called in Saudi Ambassador today and conveyed request of Haryana Police for cooperation of Embassy in the case of two Nepali citizens,” Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It is learnt that the diplomat along with his family has shifted to the Saudi Embassy while the two Nepalese women have left for Nepal earlier in the day. The MEA called in the Saudi envoy, a day after it received a “detailed report” about the case from Gurgaon Police. The report was sent to MEA hours after a second medical examination of the two women confirmed rape and sodomy, said Rajesh Chechi, ACP (Crime) of Gurgaon Police.Asked whether Saudi Arabia has invoked diplomatic immunity of the diplomat, accused of confining and raping the women at his house in Gurgaon, to enable him escape prosecution, sources said India has not been informed about any such move.The two women were rescued from the diplomat’s house in Gurgaon on Monday by police. Sources said Nepal government has requested India to take action against the Saudi diplomat and ensure justice to the victim women. The option for Saudi Arabia include shifting the diplomat out of India, while New Delhi has the option of declaring him persona non grata if he does not cooperate with the investigation.The Saudi Embassy had issued a statement yesterday terming the allegations as “false” and said it has protested police “intrusion” into a diplomat’s house against “all diplomatic conventions”.The Saudi Ambassador along with some embassy officials had also met senior MEA officials on Wednesday to register their protest. Meanwhile, a group of women rights activists held a protest outside Saudi Embassy demanding action against the diplomat. They demanded that no diplomatic immunity be extended to him.

MEA seeks cooperation from Saudi Embassy in alleged rape case

Gurgaon Police on Thursday night had sent a “detailed” report to the ministry on their investigation into the case.

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India asked Saudi Arabia to cooperate with the investigation against its Delhi-based diplomat, who has been accused of rape and torture by two Nepalese women working at his house in Gurgaon on the outskirts of the national capital. Saudi Ambassador Saud Mohammed Alsati was called in by the External Affairs Ministry and told that the Haryana police is seeking cooperation in the case, a day after the ministry received a report about the case from police. “MEA Chief of Protocol called in Saudi Ambassador on Thursday and conveyed request of Haryana Police for cooperation of Embassy in the case of 2 Nepali citizens,” Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Gurgaon Police on Thursday night had sent a “detailed” report to the ministry on their investigation into the case. The report was sent hours after a second medical examination of the two women confirmed rape and sodomy, said Rajesh Chechi, ACP (Crime) of Gurgaon Police. The Saudi Embassy had issued a statement on Wednesday terming the allegations “false” and said it has protested the police “intrusion” into a diplomat’s house against “all diplomatic conventions”. The Saudi Ambassador along with some embassy officials had also met senior MEA officials on Wednesday to register their protest. Meanwhile a group of women rights activists held a protest outside Saudi Embassy demanding action against the diplomat. They demanded that no diplomatic immunity be extended to him.

Uber rape case: Supreme Court sets aside HC order allowing recall of 13 witnesses

Suprme Court had earlier too reprimanded the Uber cab rape case accused Shiv Kumar Yadav for seeking recall of witnesses including the victim.

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The Supreme Court has set aside High Court’s order of allowing the recall of 13 witnesses, including the victim, in the case.Suprme Court had earlier too reprimanded the Uber cab rape case accused Shiv Kumar Yadav for seeking recall of witnesses including the victim to examine them afresh in the trial court,and has said “if the court agrees with your suggestion, the entire criminal justice system will be destroyed.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“She (victim) was called for cross-examination. You humiliated her, insulted her and embarrassed her for three days and again you want she should undergo the same,” a bench headed by Justice J S Khehar said and reserved the order on victim’s plea that she should not be put to torturous experience by being cross examined again in the case.The court had asked Yadav’s lawyer to show the law which allows the accused to claim his right to re-call the victim on the ground that the he has engaged a new counsel for the trial of his case.Even countering the arguments placed by Yadav’s counsel to defend his client, the bench had said, “You are making it impossible to convict the guilty. You can’t go on endlessly. You are in a way suggesting us to destroy the entire judicial system.”

Nepal Embassy in touch with MEA over Saudi diplomat case

New Delhi: The Nepal Embassy here is in touch with the Indian external affairs ministry and police authorities to seek a detailed report on the alleged rape and gang-rape of two Nepalese women in a Gurgaon flat by a Saudi Arabian diplomat and his friends.

“The Nepal Embassy is in touch with the MEA and local police authorities… we don’t know officially whether he (the accused) is a diplomat or not,” Nepal Ambassador Deep Upadhyay told the media here on Wednesday. He said a parallel investigation was being conducted in Nepal.

Upadhyay refused to give details, saying the case was still under investigation.

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File photo of Nepali Ambassador to India Deep Upadhyay. Image Courtesy Embassy of Nepal in India

“The (police) investigation is on; local police authorities are framing and establishing the case. Until the police finalise the case, it would not be good to say anything more,” Upadhyay said.

“Upon learning of the case from the local police, the Nepal Embassy sought the help of MEA for the rescue (of the two women) and necessary investigation in the case,” the Nepali diplomat added.

One of the women rescued in Gurgaon told media that the two of them were regularly beaten and were attacked with a knife. With her face covered, she showed an injury on her forearm saying that’s where she was hit with the knife. She also said that security guards of the diplomat had beaten up police personnel when they went to the Gurgaon house.

An unnamed Saudi diplomat, reported to be of First Secretary rank, and some of his friends and guests were booked on charge of rape and gang-rape of two Nepali women, who were rescued on Monday. His wife and daughter were booked for the alleged torture of domestic helps in Gurgaon, Haryana.

Meanwhile, official sources said the external affairs ministry will get into the picture in case the police file charges and need to interrogate the person.

On the other hand, Saudi Arabia’s Embassy dismissed the charges against the diplomat as “completely false” and “contrary to facts in our possession”, and said they would wait for the Indian government to clarify the matter as per the diplomatic norms.

The Gurgaon police have registered cases against the diplomat and “unknown people” on Tuesday at the DLF-2 police station on charges of gang rape (section 376-D), rape (376), unnatural sex (377), and sections 342, 323 and 120-B (conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.

However, no arrests have been made so far.

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Coal Scam: Manmohan Singh knew everything on Jindal firm, says Madhu Koda

The lawyer also argued that Singh cannot take the defence that he was kept in the dark in this case as he was aware of the entire process, which led to the allocation of the coal block to Jindal group firm.
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Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was “aware of everything” in the process of allocating a coal block to Naveen Jindal group firm, ex-Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda told a special court on Wednesday.Koda, who sought summoning of Manmohan Singh as an accused, said if there was any conspiracy to allocate the Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand to Jindal group firm, it could not have been without the knowledge of the then Prime Minister who was also the coal minister at that time.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The coal minister (Singh) was aware of everything and if at all there was a conspiracy, as CBI says, it cannot be complete without the knowledge of the coal minister,” Koda’s counsel told Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar.The lawyer also argued that Singh cannot take the defence that he was kept in the dark in this case as he was aware of the entire process, which led to the allocation of the coal block to Jindal group firm. He said that according to CBI, then minister of state for coal Dasari Narayan Rao, who is also an accused in the case, wanted the coal block to be allocated to Jindal group but “actually the man behind this was the Prime Minister who approved it”.Koda’s counsel concluded his arguments on the plea after which senior public prosecutor V K Sharma said he would respond to it on Thursday. Koda, in his plea, has sought to summon Singh as an accused along with Anand Swaroop, the then Secretary (Energy), and Jai Shankar Tiwari, the then Secretary(Mines and Geology), contending that CBI’s theory of conspiracy remains incomplete without the involvement of the then Prime Minister who was also holding the portfolio of Coal Ministry. He said Singh being the final authority to allocate coal blocks, cannot escape from the consequences of his decision.The case pertains to alleged irregularities in allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block to two Jindal group companies, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and Gagan Sponge Iron Pvt Ltd (GSIPL).Koda, Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal and 13 others were chargesheeted by the CBI in the case earlier.In his plea, Koda said, “the materials placed by CBI shows that the said conspiracy, if any, cannot be complete without the involvement of the Coal Minister (Singh) who had the final say in the entire allotment.” The materials on record show that the Coal Minister was aware of the facts of the case and had taken the decision consciously with full application of mind to allot coal block to JSPL and GSIPL…which according to the CBI is the result of conspiracy and is illegal. Hence, he (Singh) is also required to be summoned.”It further said that the court is required to consider that the case of all the other accused “stand on a better footing as compared to Dr Manmohan Singh” who has taken the “ultimate and final decision” to allot the coal block to the two Jindal companies.Noting that the charge sheet said that the allocation has been made wrongly and was not in public interest”, the application said hence “the ultimate final authority who made the allotment cannot be allowed to go scot-free without even facing the trial.”Referring to the facts of the case and a Delhi High Court verdict, Koda said in his plea “it is clear that Dr Manmohan Singh as Coal Minister has allotted the coal block without public interest and there is sufficient evidence on record warranting this court to summon him for facing trial” if CBI’s contention was accepted that the allotment was illegal.The plea further said, “It is not possible to obtain the final allotment in favour of M/s GSIPL against public interest without the involvement of the final allotting authority, namely the Coal Minister.” It also said it would be “discriminatory and illegal” to charge one set of accused for having taken decision against public interest by recommending GSIPL’s name and, on the other hand, other set of officials, under whose signature the final allotment has taken place, are being allowed to go scot-free.Koda alleged that the “whole and sole responsibility” of coal block allocation rests with the Coal Minister as he was the final authority to take decision.Regarding Swaroop and Tiwari, Koda said they were part of the three-member sub-group formed by Jharkhand Government to evaluate the pleas of firms and suggest suitable application for recommendation by the state.

Kalburgi murder: Rationalist’s cold blooded killing shocks Karnataka’s literary capital

By Aravind S Kamal

Dr. MM. Kalburgi (78), renowned Kannada writer, research scholar and rationalist has entered the history books as the first litterateur from Karnataka to be shot dead allegedly for his views on idol worship and Hindu rituals. Though no group or persons have claimed responsibility for shooting Dr. Kalburgi at point blank range at his home on Sunday morning, initial reports suggest that right wing activists might be involved.

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People and political leaders in Dharwad, the literary capital of Karnataka that has produced the highest number of Jnanpith awardees in Kannada, are still in a state of shock and disgust. For, this kind of cold-blooded murder targeting litterateurs was unheard of Karnataka till date.

Born in Vijayapura (Bijapur) district in 1938, Dr. Kalburgi studied Kannada literature and taught at the Department of Kannada, Karnatak University, Dharwad, one of the oldest universities in Karnataka. He was also the vice-chancellor of the Kannada University, Hampi, Ballari (Bellary) district. He had won several important awards, including those from Central Sahitya Academy, Karnataka Sahitya Academy, Pampa Award, Nadoja Award and Nrupathunga Award.

He had authored over 100 books in Kannada and was a natural orator too. He was considered an authority on Vachana literature (propagated by the 12th century philosopher and social reformer Basavanna). In fact, Basavanna was opposed to religion, religious practices and Brahminical rituals. Followers of Basavanna are called Lingayats in Karnataka and Dr. Kalburgi belonged to the same community. Of late, Dr. Kalburgi had developed a penchant for such subjects and they reflected in his public speeches, which led to anger among a section of society.

Last year, the police had filed a case against him for allegedly hurting the sentiments of Hindus after he criticized idol worship quoting a literary work of another celebrated writer and Jnanpith awardee late Dr. UR. Ananthamurthy. Not to be cowed down by such intimidations, Dr. Kalburgi continued his campaign against idol worship and Brahminical rituals.

His home in Dharwad town was targeted by miscreants, who pelted stones and bottles. In another instance, activists disturbed his public speech when he raised the issue of idol worship. For the last eight months, the police had deployed personnel outside his home and they also accompanied him wherever he went, as he faced threats because of his comments. The litterateur had never revealed in public whether he received any threats directly or indirectly.

Only 15 days ago, he requested the police to withdraw the special protection given to him. On Sunday morning, around 7:40 am, two youths knocked his door and his unsuspecting wife ushered them in. Introducing themselves as students of the professor, they entered his room and shot him twice in his forehead. Before Dr. Kalburgi’s wife could come to her senses, the youths had fled on their motorbike.

While the circumstances leading to his death suggest that some rabid elements could be behind the incident, the police have not issued any official statement because they do not have any clues as of now. That a litterateur has been targeted in Karnataka for his sharp criticism of idol worship is something that has bewildered the police. Dr. Kalburgi led a content life with all his children pursuing different professions. There was absolutely no family feuds or property disputes that can provide different motives to the murder.

The police have to start probing the case from the scratch. Another hurdle for the police is that there were no official complaints or incidents involving right wing activists against Dr. Kalburgi in the last six months. Establishing a motive for the murder will be a major challenge. The police have to rely on the description of the killers to be provided by Dr. Kalburgi’s wife, who is still in a shock. If the police do not get it right from the beginning, this case in all likelihood will remain an unsolved mystery!

The gruesome killing of Dr. Kalburgi has already sparked widespread protests across Karnataka with the police bringing the situation under control. Now, there are calls to observe bandh in North Karnataka district to condemn the killing.

Wife of ex-Star India CEO Indrani Mukherjea arrested for alleged role in her sister’s murder

Mumbai: The wife of former Star India CEO Peter Mukherjea was on Tuesday detained by police for her alleged role in her sister’s murder in 2012.

Indrani Mukherjea was detained by suburban Khar police, DCP (Detection) Dhananjay Kulkarni said without elaborating.

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“Cannot comment anything regarding her detention as the police are still probing the case,” he said.

The case dates back to 2012 when Raigad police had found the remains of Indrani’s sister, following which a murder case was registered against unidentified persons.

Indrani is being questioned in Khar police station.

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Italian marines case: UN tribunal order a setback for Italy, claims India

A UN Tribunal hearing the case related to the killing of two Kerala fishermen on Monday did not allow an accused Italian marine go home from Indian custody despite the European country’s fervent plea for the relief to him, Home Ministry officials said.

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A UN Tribunal hearing the case related to the killing of two Kerala fishermen on Monday did not allow an accused Italian marine go home from Indian custody despite the European country’s fervent plea for the relief to him, Home Ministry officials said.Italy has been stressing for a long time that marine Salvatore Girone, one of the two accused who is still in India, should be allowed to go back home till the case is finally disposed off and the criminal proceedings against them should be suspended.”The Tribunal asked both India and Italy to suspend all court proceedings but kept mum on Italy’s plea to allow him go back home. It is a clear setback for Italy. Marine Girone will stay back in India until jurisdiction of the case is decided,” a senior Home Ministry official said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The other accused marine Massimiliano Latorre is already in Italy and allowed to stay back home by the Supreme Court due to medical reasons.Home Ministry officials said that the case will now be decided by the Annexe-7 Tribunal, the apex body of the International Tribunal on Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg in Germany.The UN Tribunal’s call for stay of the Italian marines case proceedings in the Supreme Court makes little difference as the hearing in the case has already been suspended, the official said.The Tribunal on Monday asked both India and Italy to “suspend” all court proceedings involving two Italian marines charged with the killing of two fishermen off Kerala coast in 2012 and also refrain from initiating new ones that might “aggravate or extend” the dispute.The question of the status of the two marines relates to the issue of jurisdiction and cannot be decided by the Tribunal at the stage of provisional measures, it said. The Tribunal said it was aware of the grief and suffering of the families of the two Indian fishermen who were killed and also the consequences that lengthy restrictions on liberty entail for the two marines and their families.

Arvind Kejriwal blames PM Modi for MLA Surender Singh’s arrest, asks what he is trying to achieve

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the arrest of AAP MLA Surender Singh.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the arrest of AAP MLA Surender Singh.Taking to micro blogging site, Kejriwal tweeted, “Modi govt gets Commando Surinder arrested. In less than 24 hrs, he gets bail. What is Modiji trying to achieve?”AAP MLA Surender Singh, arrested for allegedly assaulting an NDMC worker, was on Saturday granted bail by a local court, with the legislator alleging that the case was motivated by political vendetta to “stifle and embarrass the ruling party of Delhi”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court turned down police’s plea for judicial custody of the accused and granted them bail observing that none of the offences for which they have been booked were punishable with jail term for more than seven years and there was no chance of their absconding or fleeing from justice.”Further, the statements of the witnesses under section 164 CrPC have already been recorded. Also, the accused are not required for the purpose of custodial interrogation or for the purpose of effecting any recovery.”Furthermore, it has been averred that this case is actuated by political vendetta. Thus, no prejudice is likely to be caused to the prosecution in case the accused persons are admitted to bail,” the court said.During the hearing, special public prosecutor Anupam S Sharma said that the accused were trying to fabricate evidence and threats have also been extended to victim Mukesh.Senior advocate Ramesh Gupta, appearing for Surender, said, “There is a cold war between AAP and the party which is in power (in Centre).He (Surender) is the member of the party which is in power in Delhi while the other party is in control of Delhi Police.” He said the case was motivated by a political vendetta only to “stifle and embarrass the ruling party of Delhi”.Gupta also said fair investigation was not conducted in the case and if the accused have passed any alleged derogatory or casteist remarks, it was a matter of trial.

Malegaon blasts: PIL in Supreme Court accuses NDA govt of influencing trial

Accusing the NDA government of trying to interfere with the functioning of the prosecutor in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case by exerting “pressure” on her to “go soft” on the accused, an activist on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court seeking a fair trial “as the executive is attempting to influence the judicial system”.

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Accusing the NDA government of trying to interfere with the functioning of the prosecutor in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case by exerting “pressure” on her to “go soft” on the accused, an activist on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court seeking a fair trial “as the executive is attempting to influence the judicial system”.The PIL filed by Harsh Mander alleged that National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials had pressured erstwhile Special Public Prosecutor in the case Rohini Salian to “go soft” on the accused “presumably” under instructions from their “political masters”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The petition, filed through senior counsel Indira Jaising, has alleged that Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which is the controlling Ministry of NIA, “have been allegedly trying to influence/pressurize an honest Public Prosecutor to go soft on the accused persons”.The petitioner has sought the apex court’s intervention to ensure a fair trial as there were reasons to “credibly fear” that “executive is attempting to influence the judicial system to cave in to the pressure exerted by it in all matters, including affording protection to right wing extremists who sympathize with its ideology”.Salian, who was SPP in the case, had recently stirred a controversy when she alleged an NIA officer had told her to “go soft” on the accused, a charge denied by the anti-terror agency. She also claimed the same officer had told her that she would be replaced. Salian is no longer on NIA’s panel of lawyers.”That the factual conspectus afore-stated goes a long way in showing that the government of the day has tried to interfere with the functioning of special public prosecutor, treating the post as if it is under the Government in utter disregard to the principle laid down by this Court…,” the PIL said.It sought a direction to the Centre to appoint a SPP to conduct “fair” trial and constitute a Special Investigating Team of CBI to probe alleged actions of NIA officials who allegedly pressured Salian.The PIL said pressure exerted on Salian by NIA officials seriously compromised a fair and transparent trial in the case.”If there is credible reason to fear that public prosecutors are made to succumb to the wishes of their political masters, it is submitted that public faith in the entire edifice on which the free, fair and transparent trial is based would crumble,” it said.Referring to Salian’s interview to media, the plea alleged that she had made “startling revelations” regarding “hidden hands allegedly nudging the judicial system to free the accused in the 2008 Malegaon case.” The petition said the case involves people from “right wing extremist fringes of the society whom the present day Government is allegedly seeking to shield by diluting their stance in the prosecution of the case.”It claimed the government was trying to soften their stance “which inevitablely would result in favouring of the accused, who belong to the majority community and thus strike a blow to the secular ethos of the Constitution and its mandate of protecting the interests of vulnerable minority.” “This is a case where the systematic victimization based on pre-existing prejudices is writ large and ultimately the fair conduct of the trial would be a very important factor in order to restore the confidence of the minority who have been demoralized to a great extent,” the PIL said.It said that SPP’s hallmark of being independent from government influence has been “severely compromised” in the case as was obvious from Salian’s statement.”This is also supported by the fact the NIA since it has taken over the investigation from the Maharashtra ATS has not added any new evidence in the present matter despite strong evidence being available to it,” it claimed.It said unless the apex court steps in, the victims of the Malegaon blasts cannot expect justice in the current scenario due to the “brazen illegalities” allegedly committed by the government.The high-profile accused in the case include Lt Col S P Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur.The 4,000-page charge sheet had alleged that Malegaon was selected for the blasts because of its sizeable Muslim population. It named Pragya Singh Thakur, Purohit and another accused, Swami Dayanand Pandey, as the key conspirators.The charge sheet had alleged it was Pandey who had instructed Purohit to arrange for RDX, while Pragya owned the motorcycle which was used in the blast.Ajay Rahirkar, another accused, allegedly organised funds for the terror act, while conspiracy meetings were held at Bhonsala Military School in Nasik, according to the charge sheet. Rakesh Dhawde, Ramesh Upadhyay, Shyamlal Sahu, Shivnarain Kalsangra, Sudhakar Chaturvedi, Jagdish Mhatre and Sameer Kulkarni were the other accused.The blast on September 29, 2008 had left four dead and nearly 80 injured.

Party’s Over: Radhe Maa to face police interrogation

Police will record the statement of self-styled godwoman Radhe Maa in connection with a dowry harassment case only after recording the statements of other accused against whom summons was issued today. Summons was issued against six persons, excluding Radhe Maa, who are accused in the case, a senior police officer said.

Police will record the statement of self-styled godwoman Radhe Maa in connection with a dowry harassment case only after recording the statements of other accused against whom summons was issued on Saturday. Summons was issued against six persons, excluding Radhe Maa, who are accused in the case, a senior police officer said.Pointing out that summons was not served on the godwoman, senior inspector of Borivali police station, Mukund Pawar said, “We have not issued any summons or have not initiated any kind of police procedure regarding the godwoman.” (Read: All you need to know about Radhe Maa) <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Once the statements of the six accused are recorded by police, the police will call Maa for (recording of) her statement,” he said, adding that statement of the six accused will be recorded from Monday.The summons was issued after police registered an FIR against Radhe Maa and others earlier this week, including in-laws of the 32-year-old complainant who has accused them of “mental and physical harassment for dowry”.In her complaint, the woman has accused Radhe Maa of instigating her in-laws, who are her followers for many years, in demanding dowry from her.

US bribery case: Goa cops on track in the case, no need for a CBI probe, says CM Laxmikant Parsekar

Opposition Congress has demanded that the case be given to CBI and accused Crime Branch of “acting selectively” in the matter.

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Hailing Goa Police’s probe into the Louis Berger bribery scandal, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Saturday said the probe is heading in right direction and there was no need to hand over the case to CBI.”The case should be handled by Goa Police and chargesheet be filed in the state itself,” Parsekar said on the sidelines of a function organised to flag off a train.Goa Police’s Crime Branch is probing the high-profile case in which four persons, including former PWD Minister Churchill Alemao and an ex-executive of US-based management consultancy firm Louis Berger, have been arrested till now.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition Congress has demanded that the case be given to CBI and accused Crime Branch of “acting selectively” in the matter. Parsekar himself had earlier indicated that the Central agency will take over the matter after preliminary probe by Crime Branch.”I had given the case to Crime Branch so that they can make a base for further investigations by CBI. But the way they (Crime Branch) are investigating, I salute them,” the Chief Minister said.Crime Branch has also twice questioned former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, during whose tenure the bribery scandal took place. Fearing arrest, the Congress leader has moved a local court for anticipatory bail.”Crime Branch is moving in the right direction in the case. I am not going to interfere with them. There is no point in handing it over to CBI,” he said. Parsekar said successful investigations in the case will send a strong signal to corrupt politicians and bureaucrats.”This case will create fear in the minds of (corrupt) people. You come to politics, you get yourself elected, you become Minister and do anything – this has become the mindset of some people. This mindset has to be changed,” he said.Asked whether more corruption-related cases will be taken up for investigation, Parsekar said “I don’t want to create fear in the state but sins of many people have come to the fore.”The scandal involves Louis Berger allegedly doling out bribes in India in 2010 to win the consultancy contract for a mega water and sewerage project being implemented in Goa with Japanese assistance.

FEMA violation case: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan grilled by enforcement directorate for 10 hours

New Delhi: Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was on Thursday questioned for close to 10 hours by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) here in connection with an alleged forex violations case against him.

Officials said the Sufi singer presented himself before the authorities in the Delhi zonal office of the agency a little after 10 am and he left before 9 pm. Dressed in grey-coloured coat and dark pant, the popular singer arrived in a black Mercedes and was accompanied by a team of his lawyers, who kept waiting outside the ED office during the entire questioning period.

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Singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Agencies

Investigators said that he “satisfactorily” replied to all the questions and helped them with detailed replies about the transactions under scanner. Apart from providing investigators the documents of the case, Khan also recorded his version about the incident under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).

The singer had been summoned for a “personal appearance” and questioning by the agency since last year and he deposed before them finally today. The case pertains to the probe agency initiating a FEMA investigation against him and his associates in 2014 after the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), in 2011, intercepted Khan and his manager, Marrouf Ali Khan, at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here for allegedly carrying an undeclared amount of USD 1.24 lakh and some other instruments in foreign currency.

The ED, which is the central agency to probe such forex contraventions under the FEMA, took over the case after this episode. The ED had initiated the step after working on the case for over-an-year and after obtaining records of the said cash from RBI.

The Pakistani singer had deputed a team of lawyers to interact with the agency here but the investigation, sources said, required Khan’s personal appearance. Khan, during his earlier statements on the subject, had said he had done nothing wrong and they were carrying the large amount of cash because they were travelling in a group and the act was inadvertent.

The singer’s lawyers had earlier submitted the details, to the ED, of the shows and events to show the said amount was accumulated by him in 2011. The Sufi singer had won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer in 2011 for the song ‘Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji’ from the movie ‘Ishqiya’ and many of his renditions are popular chartbusters in Hindi movies and also in Pakistan.

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Prime accused in Malvani hooch tragedy arrested in Ahmedabad

“Patel is a prime accused who used to buy chemicals illegally from trucks and tankers and then sell the material to other accused who have been earlier arrested in this case by police,” DCP (Detection) Dhananjay Kulkarni said.

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A key accused in Malvani hooch tragedy, which claimed over a hundred lives, was arrested by Ahmedabad police.After his arrest yesterday based on a tip-off by Mumbai police, the accused Bharat Patel (42) was brought to Mumbai today, police said.”Patel is a prime accused who used to buy chemicals illegally from trucks and tankers and then sell the material to other accused who have been earlier arrested in this case by police,” DCP (Detection) Dhananjay Kulkarni said.According to the officer, the Mumbai crime branch passed on the information about Patel yesterday to Ahmedabad police.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We informed about the exact location of Patel to Ahmedabad police who arrested him yesterday from Chand Lodhia area in Ahmedabad,” Kulkarni said.Patel was produced in a local court that remanded him in police custody.With his arrest, the total number of accused held in the case has gone up to 14.At least 102 people had died after consuming spurious liquor consumption at Malvani area in Malad.

SC for winding up proceedings in Gujarat riots case in 3 months

A bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu declined to give bail to the accused who had sought the relief on the ground that since trial of the case has been dragging, they are entitled to be released from jail.

The high court had said state authorities or the SIT could move a plea for cancellation of bail to any of the accused if there was breach of any condition.

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted an extension of another three months to an Ahmedabad trial court to wind up the proceedings in 2002 Gulberg Society massacre in which former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri and 67 others were killed. However, a bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu declined to give bail to the accused who had sought the relief on the ground that since trial of the case has been dragging, they are entitled to be released from jail.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While District Judge P B Desai had requested the apex court to grant three more months to complete the trial in the case, the accused persons had written to it that due to delay in completing the proceedings they should be granted bail as they have been in jail for 10 years. The apex court bench, also comprising Justices M B Lokur and M Y Eqbal, refused to interfere with the Gujarat High Court order of December 23, 2013 granting conditional bail to all 21 people who were convicted and sent to life term in a case relating to the 2002 Deepda Darwaza riots in which 11 persons of a family were killed.The appeal of the convicts in the case is pending. It said that the relative of the victim who has filed an appeal in the apex court can approach the high court seeking early hearing of the matter for cancellation of bail. However, it declined to direct the high court to consider the matter on priority basis saying “it would not be proper” to pass such a direction.The high court had said state authorities or the SIT could move a plea for cancellation of bail to any of the accused if there was breach of any condition.

Louis Berger case: No immediate arrests, says Goa DGP

“At present, I don’t think there will be much more arrests,” DGP said ruling out immediate arrest in connection with the case wherein Kamat and Alemao were separately questionned by Crime Branch.

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Goa DGP T N Mohan today ruled out any fresh arrests in the Louis Berger bribery case being probed by Crime Branch, in the backdrop of a speculation that former chief minister Digambar Kamat and ex-minister Churchill Alemao could be taken into custody. Ruling out any immediate arrest in connection with the case wherein Kamat and Alemao were separately questionned by Crime Branch, the DGP said, “Not presently. Depends on how evidence leads. At present, I don’t think there will be much more arrests.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The top cop also said that a Letter Rogatory (LR) has been sent to the US government seeking details of the case, being prosecuted in a court in that country. He said the LR had been sent (through court) to the US government seeking details of the case. Crime Branch has separately arrested former director of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Anand Wachasunder and ex vice-president of Louis Berger Satyakam Mohanty in this regard.Officials of the US-based firm had already admitted in court of doling out bribe to an Indian minister and officials to win consultancy for two water projects under Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Goa and Guwahati.

Self-styled godman Asaram’s rape case trial to be held in prison premises

Asaram was arrested after a 16-year-old girl lodged a police complaint, alleging that the self-styled godman sexually assaulted her at his ashram in Jodhpur.

Asaram is in jail since August 2013 on charges of sexual assault.
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Taking note of security concerns, a Jodhpur court has ordered that the trial of self-styled godman Asaram, who is lodged in the central jail in connection with a rape case, will be held in jail premises from Wednesday. District and Session Court Judge Manoj Kumar Vyas said that considering the law and order situation, and the security of the court staff, counsels and Asaram himself, it would be appropriate to conduct the trial of the case in the jail premises.Asaram is in jail since August 2013 on charges of sexual assault. He was arrested after a 16-year-old girl lodged a police complaint, alleging that the self-styled godman sexually assaulted her at his ashram in Jodhpur. Counsel of the victim, P C Solanki said that on August 1, the Registrar General (Administration) of the Rajasthan High Court had written a letter to the court, requesting that the trial should be conducted in jail itself following consultation with the police and counsels of the case.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”In pursuance of this letter, the trial court issued an order to the effect that the trial of the case would be held in the court from August 5 at 2 PM,” he said.In view of frequent attacks on witnesses in the case and the presence of his followers on the stretch between the jail and the court, the jail administration had also written to the police demanding enhanced security for Asaram during his court appearances.In November 2013, the prosecution had prayed for hearing of the case through video-conferencing from jail, but the court had rejected this plea on strong protest of the defence. All the 43 prosecution witnesses have deposed in court since the trial of the case started in March 2014.

Immolated UP scribe’s son says minister ‘innocent’

The volte face comes as a big surprise as the family members had recently sat on a dharna in Shahjahanpur demanding a CBI inquiry into the case.

In a startling turnaround in the immolation of Shahjahanpur-based journalist Jagendra Singh, allegedly by cops at the behest of a minister, his son has pronounced the minister accused of the murder “innocent”. He has also said that his family would withdraw the petition in the Supreme Court praying for a CBI inquiry into the matter.The volte face comes as a big surprise as the family members had recently sat on a dharna in Shahjahanpur demanding a CBI inquiry into the case. They had also met UP CM Akhilesh Yadav with this demand. There are reports that the accused minister had managed to allure the family members with some tempting offer.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Earlier I was not aware of the facts. Now, I have come to know that my father had got involved with some bad elements who were hatching a conspiracy against the minister. Now I feel that the minister is innocent, and we don’t want the CBI inquiry anymore,” Jagendra’s son Rahul (17) told reporters on Saturday. He also said that his father had set himself afire, though he was not present in the house at the time of the incident.Before Rahul, Jagendra’s lady friend Shalini, who is the lone witness of the scribe’s immolation, had also reneged on her original stand to say that the journalist had immolated himself when the cops came to arrest him on June 1 in an old case. She also said that she had lodged a false rape case against the minister at Jagendra’s instigation. The case has since been withdrawn.The statements of the two important parties in the case fly in the face of Jagendra’s videotaped dying declaration wherein he had said that the cops had poured petrol over him and set him afire at his house at the behest of minister Ram Murti Singh Verma.The journalist had been running a vicious campaign against the minister on Facebook, apparently in concert with the minister’s political rivals. Initially, this was said to be the main reason behind the minister conspiring to eliminate him. However, in a queer turn of events, the story has now turned upside down with the deceased himself becoming the accused.

Hurriyat constituents slam Yakub Memon’s hanging

“The hanging is against all humanitarian norms and principals of fair play of justice. Ignoring the real and actual facts about the case, a person about whom there reportedly was no strong and credible evidence of having direct involvement in the supposed case has been put to death,” a Hurriyat spokesman said here

Both the factions of Hurriyat Conference on Thursday criticised the hanging of Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon and alleged that established norms of justice were “blatantly” ignored in the case.”The hanging is against all humanitarian norms and principals of fair play of justice. Ignoring the real and actual facts about the case, a person about whom there reportedly was no strong and credible evidence of having direct involvement in the supposed case has been put to death,” a Hurriyat spokesman said here. Moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the established norms of justice were blatantly ignored in the case.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hardline Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani has expressed deep sorrow and grief over the hanging of Memon. He said that intelligence officers interrogating Memon had recommended that he should not be given capital punishment. “If Indian Judiciary is providing justice on the base of equality, then the criminals involved in the bloodshed of Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and Malegaon blasts and Gujarat like incidents should also be hanged,” the amalgam said.Hurriyat appealed the Kashmiri people to organise special prayers for Memon. Meanwhile, president of Dukhtaran e-Millat, Syedah Aasiyeh Andrabi, said, “Indian jails are filled with criminals. Even those who killed Indian prime minister have since been awarded a capital punishment but that is not being implemented on one or the other weak pretext. But on the other hand, Memon was hanged despite many voices being raised even within India”.

Gujarat HC begins final hearing in Naroda Patiya riot case

A two-judge bench of the high court, comprising Justice Mohinder Pal and Justice R D Kothari, heard the submissions made by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) which probed the riot case on the directions of the Supreme Court.

A division bench comprising justice M R Shah and Justice K S Jhaveri had on July 15 recused themselves from hearing the appeals of the case and said they were approached by some of the accused persons.
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The Gujarat High court began final hearing on appeals in the Naroda Patiya riot case on Tuesday, in which 97 people, mostly from minority community, were killed in 2002.A two-judge bench of the high court, comprising Justice Mohinder Pal and Justice R D Kothari, heard the submissions made by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) which probed the riot case on the directions of the Supreme Court.Special Public Prosecutor for SIT Prashant Desai on Tuesday made a submission before the bench about the role of the apex court-appointed probe agency. Desai read out the apex court judgement which directed to form the SIT and said before the court how the SIT was constituted to probe the Naroda Patiya case. Tomorrow, Desai will read the FIR of the case before the high court.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In this case, cross appeals have also been filed by the convicts, survivors and the prosecution agency SIT on the issue of enhancement of the sentence or for challenging the punishment awarded by the special trial court.A division bench comprising justice M R Shah and Justice K S Jhaveri had on July 15 recused themselves from hearing the appeals of the case and said they were approached by some of the accused persons.A special trial court had, in August 2012, convicted 31 persons and awarded life term to 30, including an ex-state minister Maya Kodnani for killings and criminal conspiracy, while it had also awarded ‘imprisonment till death’ to former VHP leader Babu Bajrangi.Two convicts, including Kodnani and Kirpalsingh Chhabra, were granted bail in this case. Kodnani was released last year by the high court division bench comprising justice V M Sahai and justice R P Dholaria.The hearing was earlier conducted before a division bench headed by justice Ravi Tripathi. However, the survivors of the case pleaded before the Supreme Court to not allow the final hearing to be conducted before the bench.Meanwhile, justice Tripathi retired on May 6 and the case went before another division bench. The Naroda Patiya riot incident had taken place a day after the Godhra train burning incident of February 27, 2002.Earlier, Kodnani’s advocate Nirupam Nanavati told the court that her appeal against the conviction should be given priority and said that her name was not there in the first FIR of the case. On this, the high court said that it would not give priority to anybody and will conduct hearing step by step.

Gulberg Society case: Two accused want to undergo narco test

The application says they are innocent and were not present at Gulberg Society on February 28, 2002, the day of the incident. Giving their whereabouts on the day in detail, they say they were out from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm.

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Two accused in the 2002 Gulberg Society riot case on Thursday filed an application before the special trial court here, seeking to undergo narco-analysis and bran-mapping tests to prove their innocence. The case relates to massacre at Gulberg Society here during the post-Godhra riots. As many as 69 persons, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, were killed in the incident. “We want to undergo narco and brain mapping test with our own consent and without being in fear or under pressure of any other persons,” said the application filed by Babu Rathod alias Babu Marvadi and Naran Tank alias Naran Channelvala before judge P B Desai.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The application says they are innocent and were not present at Gulberg Society on February 28, 2002, the day of the incident. Giving their whereabouts on the day in detail, they say they were out from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm. Terming the investigation as biased, the two accused contend that they were framed up. The application also says that they may file a petition for further investigation in the case as per the direction of the High Court.The court, which is conducting final hearing in the case, is likely to hear the application next week.The Gulberg Society case is one of the nine cases of the 2002 Gujarat riots probed by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team. There are 66 accused in the case.

Supreme Court adjourns hearing on Teesta Setlavad’s bail plea till July 24

On Monday, Teesta had recorded her statement before the CBI in connection with the case.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing on the anticipatory bail plea of activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand till July 24 in connection with the case against her firm for allegedly receiving foreign donations in violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).On Monday, Teesta had recorded her statement before the CBI in connection with the case. The investigating agency had earlier registered a case against Setalvad for allegedly receiving funds from foreign entities without prior permission from the government. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Coal scam: Former minister Bagrodia, ex-secretary Gupta summoned by court

New Delhi: Former Minister of State for Coal Santosh Bagrodia, ex-Coal Secretary H C Gupta and retired public servant L S Janoti, were on Tuesday summoned as accused by a Special Court in connection with a coal scam case.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar took cognisance of CBI’s final report in the case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of Bander coal block in Maharashtra to accused firm AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd.

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The court summoned the accused for the alleged offences under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) read with 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) under IPC and under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act.

It summoned them for 18 August in the case in which CBI had earlier charge sheeted Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda, his son Devendra Darda, AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd and its Director Manoj Jayaswal as accused in the case.

The court, in its 30 January order, had observed that Bagrodia, Gupta and Janoti allegedly committed criminal misconduct and facilitated AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd to unlawfully obtain the coal block.

It had also directed CBI to probe further in the case and had asked the agency to place relevant records of the matter before the sanctioning authority to consider according of the sanction to prosecute Janoti under the PC Act as he was then an active public servant.

Janoti, who was earlier posted in Ministry of Coal, retired as Under Secretary in Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

CBI had earlier told the court that the issue of grant of sanction to prosecute Janoti was still pending before the competent authority and since more than four months have elapsed, it should be deemed that the sanction to try him was granted.

The court had earlier granted bail to Vijay Darda, Devendra and Jayaswal after they had appeared before it. Vijay Darda had denied the allegations against him.

Regarding Janoti, the court had observed that he had allegedly prepared a “misleading note” on the issue relating to coal block allocation which, in the overall facts and circumstances, appeared to be a deliberate move on his part to benefit AMR and its directors.

The charge sheet was filed against the accused on May 27 last year for alleged offences under IPC and PC Act.

Regarding AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd, CBI had claimed in its FIR that the firm, in its application form for allocation of coal blocks, had “fraudulently” concealed the fact that its group firms had previously been allocated five coal blocks.

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Vyapam scam: CBI files first murder case in Namrata Damor death

The case was highlighted again this year when Akshay Singh, a Delhi based journalist, died mysteriously while interviewing Namrata’s father in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh.

The Central Bureau of Investigation, which is probing the Vyapam Scam as well as the deaths allegedly related to the massive recruitment fraud, on Friday registered the first murder case that of Namrata Damor whose body was found on a railway track in Ujjain, three years ago. The 19-year-old girl’s case was declared that of a suicide and police in 2013 had filed a closure report of the same.The case was highlighted again this year when Akshay Singh, a Delhi based journalist, died mysteriously while interviewing Namrata’s father in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh. Officials later told dna that the probe agency had registered a ‘preliminary enquiry’ into the suspicious death of Akshay and the investigation of the same case has been taken over by the CBI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dr Anand Rai, one of the three whistleblowers of the Vyapam scam, had been advocating the case of Namrata for quite sometime now and told dna that he was hopeful that the truth in to her death will emerge. Dr Rai also mentioned about the last conversation he had with journalist Akshay Singh before his untimely death. “He (Akshay) had asked my opinion that on deaths related to Vyapam and which ones were the most suspicions. I mentioned three and Namrata was one of them. It was only after a few days that i came to know about his death through news,” said Dr Rai.Rai said that Namrata’s case was a proof of how authorities aided the culprits to escape from being punished. “The fact that samples of semen were found over the body of deceased and first autopsy results which said that she died due smothering clearly indicate that she was assaulted sexually. She had nail marks on her face and body yet police did not file a case of murder or suspected rape,” Dr Rai said.Namrata had undergone an autopsy in which the surgeons declared that it was a case of homicide. “The panel of doctors that conducted the postmortem has never mentioned in their postmortem reports that it was a case of suicide. We also found nail injuries at three places on her face,” said Dr BB Purohit, who had conducted the autopsy on Namrata along with Dr OP Gupta (medical officer) and Dr Anita Joshi (gynaecologist).However after police sought a second opinion from Medico-Legal Institute whose director Dr DS Badkur had inspected the spot on February 7 the same year and submitted his report in March rejecting the opinion of autopsy surgeon that Namrata death was homicidal. In its report the Medico-Legal Institute also questioned the competency of the team of surgeons which had done autopsy on Namrata.The opinion by the institute had aggressively discredited not only the autopsy surgeons but also very firmly suggested that Namrata might have taken her life after facing ‘disappointment in love and intimate relationship’.”There is always some reason to commit suicide… in this case disappointment in love and intimate relationship and annoyance of parents, as evident from the statement of a friend of the deceased and presence of human spermatozoa,” reads the report. The report further says that since the deceased was unmarried and vaginal smear was found with human spermatozoa, “all possible attempts should be made to identify the person who had sexual intercourse with her.” The police maintained that it found no involvement of five ‘suspected’ accused in the case. The names included, Yash Disawal, Vishal Verma, Dev Sisodia, Shraddha Kesarwani and Alekh Dave.One of the accused, Vishal, is currently under arrest for his alleged role in the scam.

Kerala Bar owners’ case: CM Chandy to write to PM Modi against Mukul Rohatgi’s involvement in the case

The presence of AG in the case had triggered a debate in the state as the highest legal officer of the Centre was appearing for bar owners against the state’s liquor policy.
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Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday said he would be writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi against the appearance of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi in a case challenging the state’s liquor policy in Supreme Court.Taking strong exception to Rohatgi’s appearance in the case on Friday for some four star bar owners, who had approached the Supreme Court, Chandy said he would convey to the Prime Minister the state’s “strong resentment” against the AG’s act.The bar owners had approached the apex court challenging the Kerala High Court verdict upholding the state’s liquor policy as per which bars will be permitted in only five star hotels. The presence of AG in the case had triggered a debate in the state as the highest legal officer of the Centre was appearing for bar owners against the state’s liquor policy.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chandy urged Modi to ensure that when the case is taken up before the apex court bench at its next sitting on July 28, this should not be repeated by the AG under any circumstances, a government release said. It had been stated that the AG had appeared in the case after taking the Centre’s permission. This was shocking, he said.”This was a serious issue and the Prime Minister should make the Centre’s stand clear,” Chandy said adding the Union Government has the responsibility to give full support to the state’s decision to implement its liquor policy, which aims at total prohibition in a phased manner.”If the centre has any commitment towards the country and the people, it should strongly back the state on the issue,” he said.Despite the apex court raising the issue about his appearance in the case, AG had gone ahead, which was injustice to Kerala, Chandy added.

AAP MLA Manoj Kumar quizzed by police in land grabbing case

AAP’s Kondli MLA Manoj Kumar was today questioned by police in an over a month old case of alleged land grabbing. A senior police official said Kumar was called to New Ashok Nagar Police station in East Delhi for questioning in the case.

AAP’s Kondli MLA Manoj Kumar was today questioned by police in an over a month old case of alleged land grabbing. A senior police official said Kumar was called to New Ashok Nagar Police station in East Delhi for questioning in the case.Around a month back, a case of cheating was registered against Kumar following allegations that he duped his business partner of Rs 6 lakh. “This is an old matter related to land fraud. Questioning of Kumar is on as of now,” Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said this afternoon. Vinod Kumar had alleged in his complaint to the police that Manoj used to work as a property dealer before venturing into politics.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vinod claimed that he was Manoj’s business partner and had given Rs six lakh to him to purchase a plot in November 2012 but he did not repay the amount.

Vyapam scam: MP govt left with egg on face after u-turn on Namrata Damor case reopening

Nineteen-year old Namrata had undergone an autopsy after which the surgeons declared that it was a case of homicide.

The Madhya Pradesh government, yet again, found itself in a tight spot after investigations into the death of MBBS student Namrata Damor, whose body was found near the railway track in 2012 after her name figured in the Vyapam scam, were ‘called off’ by Ujjain police barely a day after announcing that the case would be reopened. Earlier, immediately after her death, police had registered a “murder” case in this regard and later termed the incident as a “suicide” and closed the case. Nineteen-year old Namrata had undergone an autopsy after which the surgeons declared that it was a case of homicide. A re-examination by the Medico-Legal Institution in Bhopal, after MP police sought their opinion, however, suggested that she might have taken her own life. Police on Wednesday cited the same strong-worded opinion given by the Medico-Legal Institution after it had examined the case of Namrata and had raised serious questions on the competency of the autopsy surgeons by accusing them of being opinionated.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Filing the closure report on Namrata’s case, police had preferred the same opinion while carrying out the investigation instead of the original post-mortem report which had suggested that Namrata might have been murdered. Police had registered a “murder” case in this regard and later termed it a suicide case, contradicting the autopsy report that said Namrata died because of “violent asphyxia as a result of smothering”. “The panel of doctors that conducted the post-mortem has never mentioned in their postmortem reports that it was a case of suicide. We also found nail injuries at three places on her face,” said Dr BB Purohit, who had conducted the autopsy on Namrata along with Dr OP Gupta (medical officer) and Dr Anita Joshi (gynaecologist). Medico-Legal Institute director Dr DS Badkur had inspected the spot on February 7 the same year and submitted his report in March rejecting the opinion of autopsy surgeon that Namrata death was homicidal. Speaking to dna, Dr Badkur said given the sensitivity of the case he would not like to comment about it now especially after there are chances that the case might be investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation. The opinion by his institute had aggressively discredited not only the autopsy surgeons but also very firmly suggested that Namrata might have taken her life after facing ‘disappointment in love and intimate relationship’. “There is always some reason to commit suicide… in this case disappointment in love and intimate relationship and annoyance of parents, as evident from the statement of a friend of the deceased and presence of human spermatozoa,” reads the report. The report further says that since the deceased was unmarried and vaginal smear was found with human spermatozoa, “all possible attempts should be made to identify the person who had sexual intercourse with her.” Police had not found any involvement of five ‘suspected’ accused in the case, one of whom is under arrest for his involvement in the Vyapam scam. Manohar Varma, superintendent of police (Ujjain), who had ordered the reopening of Namrata’s case, remained unavailable for comment throughout the day despite several attempts by dna to reach him. Instead, a text message was delivered on the mobile phone of this corresponent which read, “Sorry, I can’t talk right now.”

Vyapam Scam: My leadership trusts me fully, says Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Chouhan, who is on a brief visit to the capital on some official work, said he still believes the Special Task Force (STF) probing the case, under the supervision of the Special Investigation Team and overall monitoring of the Madhya Pradesh High Court (HC), did a “good” job adding the truth of the case will “remain the same” irrespective of whatever is being said.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan comes out of Jawahar Bhawan after meeting External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, in New Delhi on Wednesday.

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Beleaguered Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday claimed that none in the party brass told him to ask for a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam. He also maintained said he took the decision too seek a CBI inquiry on his own as an “air of suspicion” and suspense was being created to say a number of deaths are happening due to the scam in his state.”Only the media is saying this. My leadership trusts me fully and that is something I am proud of. No one told me that you should request for a CBI probe. I felt it myself. Earlier I did not ask for a CBI probe as court was monitoring the probe…so what was the need? But when a perception was created in the last 2-3 days and an air of suspicion was created that something is wrong somewhere and the deaths are happening due to Vyapam…and a wrong picture was being created, I thought this can be cleared only by a CBI probe,” he told PTI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chouhan, who is on a brief visit to the capital on some official work, said he still believes the Special Task Force (STF) probing the case, under the supervision of the Special Investigation Team and overall monitoring of the Madhya Pradesh High Court (HC), did a “good” job adding the truth of the case will “remain the same” irrespective of whatever is being said.”I will tell you the truth and that is that the facts and the truth of the case are these only what I have been saying and whosoever probes it whether CBI or anyone else….I only first ordered a probe into this entire thing in 2013,” he said.The Chief Minister said he will request the Supreme Court in a similar manner as he made a plea to the MP High Court that the case should be investigated by the CBI.”I could not have ordered for a CBI probe straightaway as that would have amounted to contempt of court. We talked to legal experts and then we requested the court (HC). We will request the same to Supreme Court now,” he said.Asked why his name was being dragged into the scam, Chouhan slammed the Congress party saying it is because he has become an “eyesore” (kaanta) in the eyes of the opposition in the state as he is not allowing them to win any election.”I defeated Congress in every election in the state. (Congress maidan mein kahin tik nahi payi Shivraj ke saameny) Congress party was no match for me in MP,” he said.Chouhan said when he took over as the CM he got to know that people could get a job in the state by just getting it written from the CM or someone on a mere “cigarette wrapper” and then he brought in transparent systems by introducing technology driven protocols in these recruitments made in state services and admissions in government institutes.He said what he saw happening in these recruitments when he took over was nothing short of “organised crime.””People who would know politicians or some higher ups would get a job (in the state government). There was no transparency. I brought in transparency,” he said.”Hence, you see close to 2,000 arrests made by STF in this case alone when I ordered a probe. We made an honest effort to nab the wrongdoers. I exposed this scam,” he said.Chouhan claimed he was being targeted as Madhya Pradesh was becoming a very progressive state.”To ruin me, they (opposition) are doing the sin of ruining the states’ image,” he said.The Chief Minister also expressed apprehensions over the integrity of some whistleblowers in this case.”I wouldn’t talk about them. I would not take their names. One of them, I am told, has a case pending since 2001 when Digvijay Singh was CM…there are so many cases like these,” he said without elaborating.He also refused to be drawn into making any comments with regard to the name of Governor Ram Naresh Yadav and his family cropping up in the case.”I wouldn’t like to talk about someone holding a constitutional and high office,” he said.Chouhan replied in the negative when he was asked if this was the most difficult time of his career at the helm of the state.”No, I don’t think so. I am pained by some of the unfortunate deaths which have taken place including that of journalist Akshay Singh. And when I have done nothing wrong what is the difficulty. Falsehood can be there for only a few days,” he said.Talking about the controversy over the exact reasons of the death of Jhabua-based Namrata Damor, he said she was recruited years before the probe in the scam began.”However, once there is CBI probe the agency will probe each and every death,” he said.