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Children defenseless under new law, say experts

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Child rights lawyer Anant Asthana pointed at the implausibility of the children defending themselves who will be booked under the new law. “Till the time the case reaches the juvenile justice board, the child will be inside the jail. What defence will he or she have,” he said. “Apart from the FIR, the Bill does not mention any other material that the Board can refer to while making its decision.”

As the Rajya Sabha passed the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) of Children Bill, 2000 making it a law to punish children below 18 years committing heinous crimes as adults, experts pointed at the several fallouts of the newest law of the Indian Constitution.Child rights lawyer Anant Asthana pointed at the implausibility of the children defending themselves who will be booked under the new law. “Till the time the case reaches the juvenile justice board, the child will be inside the jail. What defence will he or she have,” he said. “Apart from the FIR, the Bill does not mention any other material that the Board can refer to while making its decision.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Experts also said that in cases of consensual sex involving children above 16, the child will now go to jail and not a child care facility. “When the parents of a girl press charges against a boy, usually the FIR has charges of rape and kidnapping,” added Asthana. Enakshi Ganguly of HAQ: Centre for Child Rights said that she was devastated. “The lynch mob mentality has won, and all these political parties have bought peace at the cost of our children,”she said. She added that it was unfortunate that the minister choose to ignore the recommendations of the Justice Verma Committee, recommendations of the Standing Committee, and two Supreme Court judgements. As per the new law, children who will be convicted will be disqualified for employment. And, a financial assistance will now be limited to once. Under the previous law, the state took responsibility of the child till he or she turns 21, with the state providing financial assistance more than once. “The state has totally abjugated its responsibility, and passed responsibility on the child. This is unfortunate,” he said.Lawyer Vrinda Grover said that with the passing of the law, India has given up its commitments to the several international treaties it is signatory to. “Scientific studies have time and again proved that the focus of juvenile justice should be on reform not punitive action. The ministry should come up with a committee and study the effects and publish it after a year of the law’s passing,” said Grover. Grover also added that the state does not have the resources to support the law. “The juvenile justice boards do not have the capacity to carry out the necessary actions. And the act of deciding whether a crime or situation should be pushed for punishment needs skilled people; it is open to abuse,” said Grover.

10 killed as BSF aircraft crashes in Delhi

A piece of the plane’s wreckage is lifted with a crane at the crash site in New Delhi on Tuesday
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A Border Security Force (BSF) plane crashed on the boundary walls of the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport here on Tuesday morning, killing all 10 people on board, including the two pilots, and injuring two labourers on the ground who were hit by debris.Even as an inquiry has been ordered into the incident, eyewitnesses said the aircraft narrowly missed the densely populated localities nearby, including a train, that passed on the Delhi-Jaipur line, seconds before the crash just about 50 metres from it, thus, avoiding a large collateral damage.The pilot, after detecting a snag, had contacted the Air Traffic Control and had sought permission for an emergency landing at the nearest runway but crashed in the process, a source said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“At 9.45 am, a phone call from monitoring station was received at BSF Air Wing control Room, Palam about some mishap with the VT-BSA, Superking B-200 plane. At 9.45 am, ATC, Palam airport, informed that it had crashed.The aircraft was totally burnt and all personnel were charred to death in the crash,” BSF said.The aircraft had taken flight from Palam Technical Airport at 9.40 am and plunged within five minutes, officials said. The flight was on way to Ranchi ferrying six technicians to repair an Mi-17 BSF chopper stationed there.Commanded by Captain Bhagwati Prasad Bhatt and co-pilot Captain Rajesh Shivrain, the aircraft was returning to the runway number 10 after developing a snag from the Dwarka locality side when it got entangled into tree branches just about 20 metres outside the airport boundary and finally crashed into a sewage treatment plant inside the airport.Eyewitnesses’accounts said the aircraft veered off over the Delhi-Rewari-Jaipur main railway line which is just about 50 metres from the accident site. “I saw the plane just above the tracks and veering left before a tall flame rose at the airport boundary,” said railway gateman Pramod Kumar who claimed to witness the accident from his elevated cabin at the Shahbad Mohammadpur railway crossing, less than 500 metres from the crash site. “The flames continued for over 20 minutes before I heard the police and ambulance sirens, he said adding the average frequency of trains passing the line is less than 10 minutes here.Another eyewitness who identified himself as Naresh Bharal said, “If the plane had crashed in the Baghdola village, which is less than 500 metres across the railway tracks or on the railway crossing where road vehicular traffic is high during the day, the damage could have been bigger.” Bharal said he was shaken after seeing the crash from such close quarters, a feeling expressed by several local residents who said they were lucky to have escaped the plane crashing on their homes.While emergency services were launched after the crash, air and rail traffic were not affected due to it.The bodies of three personnel were found charred in the burnt cockpit while the remaining seven were found entangled with the remains of the aircraft fuselage. The turbine multi-engine aircraft weighing 5,669 kg and with a seating capacity of 10 , plus two crew members, was registered with the BSF in 1995. Based at IGI airport itself. Deputy Commandant D Kumar, Inspector RP Yadav, Inspector SN Sharma, Sub Inspectors Ravindra Kumar, Sunder Singh and Chotte Lal, Assistant Sub Inspector DP Chouhan and a Constable K Rawat were those killed besides the two pilots.Meanwhile, Delhi Police has registered an FIR under section 304 A (death due to negligence) 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others), and 337 (Causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of Indian Penal Code.The FIR, according to a senior police officer, was registered against unknown persons. ” We will proceed further once we receive the Director General of Civil Aviation report. The black-box has been recovered from the spot,” the officer told dna.

BSF plane crash: Delhi Police register FIR

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All the 10 persons on board a small Ranchi-bound BSF plane carrying technical personnel were killed when it crashed near Dwarka and burst into flames just outside the IGI airport here shortly after takeoff, following which the Civil Aviation Ministry ordered an enquiry.

Delhi Police have registered a case in connection with the crash of a Ranchi-bound BSF plane shortly after it took off from IGI Airport in Delhi on Tuesday, killing all 10 persons on board.”We have registered an FIR under Sections 304 A (causing death by negligence), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of IPC and investigation has been taken up,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI Airport) D K Gupta. The FIR, against unnamed persons, was registered at the police station in IGI Airport this evening. The matter is being probed by a team supervised by Gupta himself, a senior official said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All the 10 persons on board a small Ranchi-bound BSF plane carrying technical personnel were killed when it crashed near Dwarka and burst into flames just outside the IGI airport here shortly after takeoff, following which the Civil Aviation Ministry ordered an enquiry. Following the incident, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh briefed the Prime Minister about the crash and rushed to the site, which was also inspected by Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi.Aviation sources said the accident happened at around 9.50 am when the twin-engine Superking plane crashed into the airport boundary wall near a railway track and landed in a sewage treatment plant while returning back apparently due to a technical problem five minutes after it took off for Ranchi. The aircraft lost contact with the Air Traffic Control, at 9.50 am, they said. The 10 persons onboard the ill-fated aircraft comprised the pilot, who was a second-in-command rank officer of SIB, the co-pilot, who is a Deputy Commandant, six technicians, one engineer and one crew member.

Panchkula plot case: BJP looking for black cat in black bag, says former CM Bhupinder Hooda

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Haryana Vigilance department on Saturday registered an FIR against former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and three others in Panchkula Industrial Plot case on orders of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

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Haryana’s former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday said allegations of corruption in Panchkula Industrial Plot case against him is a case of political vendetta as the BJP government is behaving like a blind man looking for a black cat.”It is a complete case of political vendetta and witch hunting. This government has failed on every front and trying to divert the attention from their corruption cases. They are behaving like a blind man looking for black cat in black bag in dark night which is not there,” Hooda told ANI here. Haryana Vigilance department on Saturday registered an FIR against former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and three others in Panchkula Industrial Plot case on orders of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana government has also recommended a CBI inquiry into the case. The three others, against whom the case has been registered are former Chief Administrator of Haryana Urban Development Authority DPS Nagal, former Chief Finance Officer S.C. Kansal and another former officer of HUDA B. B. Taneja. Chief Minister Manohar lal has said that there were allegations of nepotism and favoritism and cheating in the allotment of 14 industrial plots by HUDA in Panchkula.

Youth rapes 5-year-old in Pratapgarh

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A five-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a youth in Raniganj area here, police said on Sunday. The girl’s neighbour, Deepak (20) took her to a secluded place and raped her last night, they said. The accused also threatened the girl of dire consequences if she narrated the incident to her family members, police further said.However, when the minor returned home and her family members saw her condition, she narrated the incident to them, they said. Police said an FIR was registered thereafter and the accused was later arrested.

Hardik Patel denied bail in sedition case by Surat court

The Surat police had arrested Hardik in October on charges of sedition for allegedly inciting a fellow activist Vipul Desai ‘to kill policemen instead of committing suicide’.

Hardik Patel

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The bail plea of Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel, who is behind bars in a sedition case for allegedly inciting a fellow activist to kill policemen instead of committing suicide, was on Thursday rejected by a district and sessions court here.Principal District Judge Geeta Gopi dismissed the bail plea of the 22-year-old firebrand leader, who spearheaded the agitation demanding reservation for the Patel community under the OBC category. Two sedition complaints were filed against Hardik, the first one in Surat and another in Ahmedabad. On November 16, Hardik, who is lodged in Lajpore jail here, moved his bail plea before the sessions court, claiming that he was booked under false charges, as mere spoken words do not amount to sedition.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The plea said the state government deliberately slapped false charges on him to keep him away from the recently-held local bodies polls across the state. The Surat police had arrested Hardik in October on charges of sedition for allegedly inciting a fellow activist Vipul Desai ‘to kill policemen instead of committing suicide’.Later, Ahmedabad crime branch also invoked sedition charge against him through a separate FIR filed on October 21 for allegedly inciting Patel youths to resort to violence in order to destabilise the state government. During the arguments on December 7, the Surat city police had opposed bail to Hardik, claiming that he may tamper with evidence if released on bail when the investigation is still on against him.The prosecution also argued that there is high possibility that Hardik will not cooperate in investigation once released on bail. Hardik has also filed a bail plea before an Ahmedabad court in the second sedition case filed against him, where the order is likely to be pronounced tomorrow.In the second case filed in Ahmedabad, the Gujarat High Court had recently dropped IPC sections 121 – pertaining to waging war against the government, 153(A) – promoting enmity between different communities and 153 (B) – assertions pre-judicial to national integrity, on the FIR against Hardik while retaining the charge of sedition.

Dog remark: Delhi Court notice to police’s plea to dismiss criminal complaint against VK Singh

The magisterial court had on December 7 dismissed his plea observing that no criminal offence was “ex-facie” made out against the former Army chief.

A court on Wednesday issued notice to Delhi Police on a revision petition challenging an order dismissing a criminal complaint seeking registration of FIR against Union Minister VK Singh for his alleged “dog” remarks in the aftermath of burning of two Dalit children in Haryana. Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Gupta admitted the revision petition filed by an advocate and fixed the matter for final arguments on December 16. The court has also called for trial court record in the matter.The revision petition was filed yesterday by complainant, advocate Satya Prakash Gautam, who has challenged the trial court’s order alleging that magistrate “has only desperately tried to shield the proposed accused under various pretexts including those not even on record, like the intention of the proposed accused while making impugned statements which were the basis of filing the present complaint.” “It is clear…that the Metropolitan Magistrate has tried to step into the shoes of the counsel of the proposed accused to defend him. Thus, the impugned order deserves to be set aside on this ground alone,” he has alleged. The magisterial court had on December 7 dismissed his plea observing that no criminal offence was “ex-facie” made out against the former Army chief.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court had said that for no reason Singh’s statement can be seen as a remark made to demean any caste or creed and it does not see the comment as an “analogy drawn between the dog (as an animal) and humans (of a caste or creed)”. The complainant had alleged that Singh, the Minister of State for External Affairs, had hurt the sentiments of the Dalit community with such remarks. Singh had kicked up a storm with his alleged remarks in connection with the Faridabad incident, that the government cannot be blamed if anyone throws a stone at a dog.The court had on October 29 directed the police to file an action taken report (ATR) on the complaint seeking lodging of FIR against Singh under provisions of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Information Technology Act and IPC. The police, in its ATR, had earlier told the court that Singh had not made any “specific derogatory and humiliating statement” warranting his prosecution on the complaint for his alleged “dog” remark. The report had said that no cognisable offence was made out against Singh for his alleged remarks on October 21.

Good Samaritan comes to aid of woman whose hearing aid was stolen

Unable to cope with the sudden loss of hearing and also unable to mop up the required money for a replacement, Prerna was looking at a bleak time ahead. Thankfully that is about to change.

There is good news for Prerna Bamne (46), whose cochlear implant device’s sound processor, costing Rs 2.5 lakh, was stolen from her residence in a small chawl in Andheri on Friday. Unable to cope with the sudden loss of hearing and also unable to mop up the required money for a replacement, Prerna was looking at a bleak time ahead. Thankfully that is about to change. After reading dna report on Prerna’s predicament, and her husband registering an FIR over the issue with DN Nagar police station, a Good Samaritan has come forward to donate Rs 2.5 lakh to make good the stolen device.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Prerna had lead a normal life till 2011. She suffered hearing loss in 2012, after which she started talking loudly with the family members. Repeated tests too failed to give any hope in reviving her condition. It was after running from pillar to post that some NGOs came forward to fund her cochlear implant surgery, which cost around Rs 5.8 lakh. But the theft in her house in April 2015 again left her deaf. She had kept the implant in dry box at night to get it rid of moisture. “I really admire Rustom Hormazdiyar, an 88-year-old retired general manager and company secretary of a chemical manufacturing company who has come forward to help Prerna,” said Prerna.

28-day-old baby allegedly raped in Uttar Pradesh

It was reported on Monday that the infant was profusely bleeding and taken to government hospital Khurja by the parents where doctors seeing her condition referred to higher care centre, police said.

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An infant was allegedly raped by a 25-year-old man in village Asif Nagla, under Khurja Dehat Police Station here.The incident took place on Sunday when parents of the 28-days-old girl child had gone to cast their vote for Gram Pradhan elections, SP (Rural) Pankaj Pandey said.It was reported on Monday that the infant was profusely bleeding and taken to government hospital Khurja by the parents where doctors seeing her condition referred to higher care centre, police said.An FIR against one Namino (25) of the same village has been lodged by the infant’s father, Mukesh, police said adding that the accused is absconding.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

LeT operatives planning suicide attacks in Delhi: Police

According to the complaint, LeT is conspiring to carry out terrorist attacks in Delhi and other places in the country, for which alleged handlers have infiltrated operatives in India.

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Delhi Police is searching for two suspected LeT operatives who have allegedly hatched a conspiracy to carry out “suicide attacks” in the national capital targeting “high profile personalities”. The conspiracy was unearthed when the Special Cell of Delhi Police received an intelligence input about two suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives, identified as Dujana and Ukasha, who allegedly infiltrated in Jammu and Kashmir through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, following which an FIR was registered, said a police source.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The FIR was registered on December 1 at the Special Cell office in Lodhi Colony here under Section 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and doesn’t name any suspects. It was submitted at the concerned anti-terror court, said the source. According to the complaint, LeT is conspiring to carry out terrorist attacks in Delhi and other places in the country, for which alleged handlers have infiltrated operatives in India through Jammu and Kashmir and other international borders, said the police source. “Two of them, identified as Dujana and Ukasha, have been reported to be based in the Kashmir Valley for quite long and are allegedly conspiring to target high profile personalities in Delhi by carrying out ‘fidayeen’ (suicide attacks) or grenade attacks either themselves or through their cadres,” said the police source. The cadres are believed to be using code names like Noman, Zaid and Khursheed. They are also suspected to be targeting particularly crowded areas in the city, said the source.Following the registration of the FIR, senior officials directed the Special Cell to deploy sources to collect information about LeT sympathisers, mount technical surveillance and take all possible measures to track down the threat as the earliest, the source added. In July, the Special Cell had registered an FIR against unknown persons suspected to be associated with the ISIS and allegedly conspiring terror attacks in the national capital and other cities.

Intel note calls Kafaitullah a notorious criminal

As the espionage network prevalent in the Indian armed forces widened with the arrest of Munawwar Ahmad Mir, a retired Rashtriya Rifles constable from Jammu and Kashmir, the family of the two main accused seems to be in denial, claiming that two main accused are innocent.Relatives of the two Rajouri men, identified as Kafaitullah Khan and BSF head constable Abdul Rasheed, arrested on charges of spying for Pakistan, told dna on Friday that the duo had a ‘long family history’ of serving in the Indian armed forces and would not dare to collaborate with Pakistani Intelligence operatives.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An intelligence note consisting of a profile of the duo, also mentions their family history and current socio-economic status. The note accessed by dna states that siblings of the two accused, are currently serving in the Territorial Army and BSF respectively.”After verification, Kafaitullah Khan S/O Qudratullah Khan caste Doman, age 35 years, is a resident of village Kalai. His brother is serving in the Army (TA),” the profile reads. An intelligence official told dna that Kafaitullah’s father has expired and that he has mother, wife and four children. The note also mentions Kafaitullah as a notorious criminal against whom case FIR No. 13/2012 under section 363, 109 and case FIR No. 101/2014 under section 307 of the Ranbir Penal code stand registered.However, Mohamad Amin, brother-in-law of Kafaitullah claimed otherwise. While speaking to dna, Amin said that Kafaitullah was getting only Rs 4,000 in salary as the bulk of it would get deducted as he had taken to build a house. “His brother is in the army as well. He had been selected for BSF but decided not to join due to personal issues faced by the family. The cases against him are false,” said Amin.Both Kafaitullah and his cousin Rasheed were arrested by the Crime Branch for sending documents related to security deployment to a Pakistani intelligence operative. A senior police official told dna that Crime Branch recovered incriminating documents at the residence of Kafaitullah, yet his family claimed that no such documents were recovered.However, the intelligence note profiling the accused states,”The subject (Kafaitullah) was arrested by Crime Branch on November 26, at railway station Delhi and was brought to his native village Manjakote, on his disclosure some documents, including one identity card issued by Education department was recovered from his house”.”We can’t travel all the way to Delhi so we don’t know what is happening with his case. Through media reports we are getting to know about. We are sure he will be released soon as he is innocent,” Amin said.Similarly, Rasheed’s brother too is currently serving in the BSF. Rasheed had also joined the BSF in 1990 and now stands accused of procuring secret documents and sending them to Kafaitullah and a PIO identified as Faizal.”The duo had sent the documents through whatsapp and deleted the conversation they were having with PIO’s. We cant disclose the nature of other documents recovered from the duo,” said a senior police officer.Meanwhile Tahzeem Akhtar, wife of Rasheed, while speaking to dna said, “There are many soldiers in our family and this is a conspiracy against us. My husband has been in army for 25 years and his record is clean. So how so suddenly does all this evidence comes up. Someone in the village did not like to see us serving the nation.”She added that, her husband would be released soon ‘as all of this was a misunderstanding’. But not according to the Crime Branch whose investigators are now looking at a wide network of espionage.”Many more arrests will follow,” said an officer adding that at least four new names have cropped up during the investigation so far.Munawwar Ahmad Mir, joined the Indian Army in 1995 and took retirement in 2011 after serving in J&K Light Infantry, Rashtriya Rifles at various places in India was arrested by the Crime Branch.

Salman Khan hit and run case: Bombay High Court to decide actor’s fate soon

Khan has been convicted under charges of drunk and driving and causing the death of one person and injuring three others in 2002.

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The Bombay High Court will from December 7 start dictating its order in the appeal filed by actor Salman Khan challenging the five-year sentence imposed on him in the 2002 hit and run case in which one person died and four were injured.The defense on Friday completed its rejoinder arguments in the appeal and the court has now reserved its order for Monday. Counsel Amit Desai appearing for Khan stressed that Ashok Singh was not a “got up witness”, and the trial court had wrongly discarded his evidence.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Singh had appeared as a defence witness after the statement of Khan was recorded under section 313 of Criminal Procedure Code by Additional Sessions Judge DW Deshpande, who had conducted the trial. According to him, there have been several gaps in the statement of police constable Ravindra Patil, the police bodyguard of Khan, who was the first information and registered the FIR. “The FIR does not mention about alcohol and there has been subsequent improvements in his supplementary statement,” he said.Reiterating that Khan’s family friend and actor-singer Kamaal Khan, who was a co-occupant in the car, should have been put into the box, he said: “He is an available witness, his address in London and telephone numbers remains unchanged…he is a material witness, he is a cited witness….if he would have been examined facts in the issue and best evidence would have come to light.”The prosecution though has argued that the conviction has been correct and the evidence adduced before the trial court has been properly appreciated by the trial court.Khan has been convicted under charges of drunk and driving and causing the death of one person and injuring three others in 2002. He has been sentenced to suffer five years imprisonment and is presently out on bail granted by the high court.

2014 rally case: Bombay HC denies Arvind Kejriwal exemption from appearance

The bench asked Desai to withdraw the petition and seek discharge from the case before the magistrate.

The Bombay High Court on Friday refused to exempt Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from appearing before a magistrate court here tomorrow on a complaint lodged against him in connection with a rally last year. In March last year, the complaint was lodged against Kejriwal for holding a rally in suburban Mankhurd here without prior and requisite permissions from traffic police. Kejriwal had approached the high court seeking quashing of the FIR and exemption from appearing before the Kurla metropolitan magistrate court.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>His lawyer Mihir Desai argued that Kejriwal had nothing to do with taking permissions and FIR can be registered against the local party member concerned. A division bench of justices R V More and V L Achiliya, however, observed that as the Aam Aadmi Party’s chairperson, Kejriwal also held responsibility. The bench asked Desai to withdraw the petition and seek discharge from the case before the magistrate. Desai, however, said he would have to take instructions from the applicant (Kejriwal) on this and sought the court to at least exempt Kejriwal from appearing before the magistrate court tomorrow. “Let him (Kejriwal) appear tomorrow before the magistrate and take permanent exemption from appearance,” the court said while adjourning the petition for hearing till December 11.

Suspended Maharashtra police officer Sunil Paraskar discharged in model rape case

In the bail order, the court had also said jealousy could be a possible motive behind the complaint against Paraskar.

Suspended Maharashtra Deputy Inspector General of Police Sunil Paraskar, accused of molesting and raping a city-based model, was on Friday discharged by a sessions court here. “The court has discharged Paraskar from the (2014) case,” said Special Public Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat. Gharat also said that he will file an appeal in the Bombay High Court, challenging the order. The IPS officer had moved the discharge plea after the Mumbai police filed a 724-page charge sheet against him in May this year.Last year in July 2014, a first information report (FIR) was registered against Paraskar by the suburban Malwani police under sections 376(2) (rape by a police officer), 376 C (intercourse by Superintendent of Jail, remand home, etc) and 354(D) (stalking) of Indian Penal Code. The complainant, a 25-year-old model, had alleged that Paraskar (57) molested and sexually assaulted her on two occasions in December 2013.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to her, she had met Paraskar first in 2012, when he was an Additional Commissioner of Police, regarding a case. Soon after the FIR, the senior police officer had filed an anticipatory bail plea. Subsequently, in August 2014, a special court for women’s cases had granted Paraskar a pre-arrest bail observing that “it appears from the behaviour of the complainant and her e-mails that the act must be committed with consent.”In the bail order, the court had also said jealousy could be a possible motive behind the complaint against Paraskar. It also noted that even after the alleged offence, the complainant’s behaviour towards him was normal. After Paraskar’s suspension in August 2014, a preliminary enquiry (PE) by the Mumbai police in November had found professional lapses on his part while dealing with the victim before she filed a police complaint in the case.The officer was accused of having violated Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules and his behaviour amounted to belittling the image of All-India Service Officers.According to police, Paraskar travelled with the model beyond his jurisdiction (to Navi Mumbai) and took expensive gifts from her without prior permission of his seniors. There were also regular conversations between them.

Six accused in Dadri case ‘untraceable’

When dna asked the SSP to confirm if a veterinarian was among the people named by Shaista he said, “I cannot confirm or deny the possibility if such a person being named by the victim family. It will interfere with our investigation”. Sources said that the veterinarian was known to UP state politicians as well.

After Shaista Saifi named six more persons allegedly responsible for murdering her father Mohamad Akhlaq in Bisara, Dadri, local police told dna that the men named by her had not been seen in the village. The police said they will be called in for questioning once traced. In fact, a senior police officer said that not only had these six men ‘disappeared’, most of the ‘young men’ of Dadri’s Bisara village have not been spotted by local police since Akhlaq was beaten to death by a mob suspecting him of eating beef.Sources privy to the investigation also told dna that among the persons named by Shaista is a local veterinarian who allegedly had given his ‘expert view’ on whether the meat found by Vishal Rana was beef or mutton. The veterinarian was shown the meat allegedly thrown by Akhlaq on the roadside on the night of September 28. The same group of people, allegedly led by Vishal, son a local BJP leader, went on to declare from a temple loudspeaker that a calf had been slaughtered. The group appealed to the residents to gather outside Akhlaq’s home.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”If anyone is not to be found in the village, they will be brought in to join the investigation. For now police teams monitoring Bisara have not seen many men, especially the younger ones,” said a police officer posted in the area.When asked about the supposedly missing men, Kiren S, SSP Noida, said, “The persons named by the victims’ family will be investigated and if enough evidence is found against them we will take action as per the law. It won’t matter where they are hiding.”When dna asked the SSP to confirm if a veterinarian was among the people named by Shaista he said, “I cannot confirm or deny the possibility if such a person being named by the victim family. It will interfere with our investigation”. Sources said that the veterinarian was known to UP state politicians as well.The FIR had named 10 persons, including Vishal Rana and his cousin Shivam. A juvenile was also named along with five other people were also mentioned in the FIR as unknown suspects. UP police has so far taken all those named in the FIR into custody.

Patel Quota Row: Gujarat HC drops ‘waging war against govt’ charge against Hardik Patel and co

Justice J B Pardiwala, after hearing the arguments, ordered the removal of three IPC sections in the FIR – section 121 (waging war against government), 153-A (promoting enmity between different communities) and 153-B (assertions prejudicial to national integrity) – against Hardik and his aides.

Hardik Patel

In a partial relief to Patel quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel, the Gujarat High Court today dropped the charge of ‘waging war against government’ against him and his five aides but upheld the stringent sedition clause against them. Justice J B Pardiwala, after hearing the arguments, ordered the removal of three IPC sections in the FIR – section 121 (waging war against government), 153-A (promoting enmity between different communities) and 153-B (assertions prejudicial to national integrity) – against Hardik and his aides.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court, however, refused to drop IPC sections 124 (sedition) and 121-A (conspiracy to wage war against government), which attract punishment of life imprisonment or up to 10 years.In October, the city Crime Branch had lodged an FIR against 22-year-old Hardik and five of his close aides under charges of sedition and waging war against the government.Later, Hardik, Chirag Patel, Dinesh Bambhaniya and Ketan Patel were arrested. They are currently behind bars. Two other aides of Hardik – Amrish Patel and Alpesh Kathiriya – were not arrested as the high court had granted them interim protection. In another development, the high court today extended their interim relief from arrest for another 15 days. This was the second sedition complaint against Hardik after he was booked under the same charge by Surat Police.In November, Hardik and others moved the high court to set aside the FIR against them, claiming that their protest to seek reservation for Patel community does not amount to “sedition or waging war against government”.During the arguments on November 2, public prosecutor Mitesh Amin had strongly defended the stand of Crime Branch for slapping stringent charges against the Patel leaders, stating that the FIR is based on the call interceptions made by it.

Court reserves order on plea against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Metropolitan Magistrate Babru Bhan fixed the matter for pronouncing order on the plea on December 19 after hearing arguments from complainant advocate Ikrant Sharma

A local court on Monday reserved its order on a criminal complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal seeking his prosecution for allegedly exhorting voters to take bribe from Congress and BJP and vote for AAP in the last assembly elections.Metropolitan Magistrate Babru Bhan fixed the matter for pronouncing order on the plea on December 19 after hearing arguments from complainant advocate Ikrant Sharma. During the hearing, the counsel argued that Kejriwal had allegedly made the statements during his election rallies thrice and even Election Commission has issued notice to him for this. Earlier, the officials of Sabzi Mandi Police Station had said in their action taken report, filed in pursuance to a court order, that remarks were allegedly made by Kejriwal at a public rally in Uttam Nagar area of West Delhi which does not fall in its jurisdiction and complaint has been transferred to Uttam Nagar Police Station.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On this, the complainant argued that the police has not gone into any other aspect and it has just said no offence is made out in the jurisdiction of Sabzi Mandi Police Station. In his plea, Sharma has sought lodging of an FIR against Kejriwal for alleged offences including abetment, offering or accepting bribe and punishment for bribery under the IPC.The court had on February 3 directed SHO of Subzi Mandi Police Station to file ATR on several issues, including on whether they have received any such complaint and what action they have taken. On Sharma’s complaint, the court had asked the police to enquire whether any cognisable offence was made out against Kejriwal and if so, whether any FIR has been registered. The court had also asked them to inform it about the status of its investigation.The report has said the police had received a complaint in this regard and no FIR was registered.

Court says AAP MLA Akhilesh Tripathi misused liberty of bail

The court had on November 23 issued non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Tripathi, the fifth lawmaker of the ruling party to be arrested, for his non-appearance and he was sent to jail till November 28.

Akhilesh Tripathi

AAP MLA Akhilesh Tripathi misused the liberty of bail and has no respect for court orders, a Delhi court today said while sending him to judicial custody in a 2013 case of rioting and criminal intimidation.The court ordered that the legislator from Model Town constituency be taken into custody so that his appearance could be secured and the case be tried expeditiously as per the Supreme Court’s directions as it relates to a sitting MLA. “The conduct of accused Akhilesh Tripathi made it clear that he wants to delay the present case and same was mentioned in the last date of hearing also in the order sheet. The conduct of Tripathi makes it clear that he has no concern or respect to the orders of this court and has no respect for the directions of Supreme Court and is not prepare to cooperate with the court. Due to his non appearance, a public witness has been discharged twice by this court,” Metropolitan Magistrate Kapil Kumar said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”In these circumstances, there is no option for this court but to take accused Akhilesh Tripathi in the judicial custody till next date of hearing so that his appearance could be secured and the present case be tried as per the directions of the Supreme Court,” the court said. The court had on November 23 issued non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Tripathi, the fifth lawmaker of the ruling party to be arrested, for his non-appearance and he was sent to jail till November 28.The court said the record revealed that Tripathi misused the liberty given to him by virtue of bail several times and earlier also NBWs were issued against him on October 9. He was arrested by police but was released on bail afresh by the court considering that he is a sitting MLA and he undertook that he will appear on every date of hearing. It also noted that the legislator had moved several exemption applications, including he wanted to go to Bihar to attend oath ceremony of chief minister, which were allowed.”It is within the knowledge of Tripathi and other accused persons that directions have been received to this court to expedite the present case as the matter is related to sitting MLA. These directions are of Supreme Court and the same were communicated to this court vide circular… “Many times warnings have been given to Tripathi not to send exemptions and to appear on time, but the conduct of Tripathi makes it clear that warnings of this court have no effect on him,” the magistrate said.In 2013, an FIR was registered against Tripathi, Rahul Kumar, Vikas Mandal, Inder Vikram Singh and Kanhaiya Kumar Jha for alleged offences under Sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 323 (causing simple hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.According to police, a case was lodged against Tripathi and four other accused on March 9, 2013 following allegations that on March 8, 2013, they along with other AAP supporters had gathered at G T Karnal Road near Lal Bagh Azadpur and entered into a quarrel with complainant Bittu Jha. The FIR registered at Adarsh Nagar Police Station in north west Delhi said that during the altercation, the accused allegedly assaulted the complainant in which he sustained injuries.

CIC chides UGC for withholding info on unrecognised degrees

Acharyulu said it appears that the UGC office has simply acted as “post office” to transfer letters to the University.

The University also did not respond to any of the letters written by the UGC,” the Information Commissioner said.

The CIC has pulled up the UGC for not sharing complete information about a case of cheating against a deemed University, chided it for being a “post office” and “vehemently defending” the institution facing allegations of invalid medical degrees. Issuing showcause notice to explain why maximum penalty of Rs 25,000 was not imposed on their officials for withholding information sought by RTI applicant, Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu noted that the CPIO of the UGC was defending the University as if he was its “hired counsel”. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Acharyulu said it appears that the UGC office has simply acted as “post office” to transfer letters to the University. “The Commission noticed that there was no action on the complaints raised by the appellant regarding non-recognition of the degree, sufferings of 42 students, collection of Rs 40 lakh from each student as against declared fee of Rs 3.5 lakh, the cheating case registered by a student, etc. The University also did not respond to any of the letters written by the UGC,” the Information Commissioner said. Acharyulu said it is strange that CPIO of the regulatory authority was arguing on behalf of the deemed to be University instead of explaining measures taken by UGC against varsity as per guidelines and recommendations of Tandon Committee. “The Commission finds it highly unreasonable that the CPIO was vehemently defending the VMRF University, as if he was hired counsel for that University, citing that the deemed universities have challenged the Tandon Committee report in the court of law,” he noted. The case relates to petition given by one R Natarajan who wanted to know if a complaint has been received by the UGC against Salem-based Vinayaka Missions University about alleged “invalid” medical degrees given to the students. The UGC claimed in its response that no such complaint was received from Selva Kumar. The First Appellate Authority in the UGC forwarded the appeal against the decision to the ‘deemed’ University. “The inaction of the respondent authority is glaring and there was no effort to use regulatory power to take corrective measures or to get the information sought. The appellant and students are left to their fate to be the victims of the actions of the VMRF University,” he said.During the hearing, Acharyulu noted that, in fact, an FIR was registered by Selva Kumar against the authorities of Vinayaka Missions Research Foundation under sections 406, 465, 468, 471 and 420 IPC and violation of Information Technology Act, a copy of which was sent by the applicant. “The issue is very serious as the medicos complained that their degree of Bachelor in Medicine has not been recognised after they studied it for four years paying huge fee. “They also complained that the medical graduates from this University were not being admitted in higher education courses off shore in different countries,” Acharyulu pointed out. Acharyulu said the RTI application, number of letters written by the appellant and the FIR reveal several serious issues which the UGC should have taken cognisacne of and acted promptly.

Peter Mukerjea not booked under any sections: CBI

While the agency seems to have made use of provisions established in Indian law, officials sources told dna that the decision to arrest Peter was taken keeping in mind Indrani Mukerjea who will be eligible for bail this week.

Peter Mukerjea

In yet another twist to investigation into Sheena Bora murder case, officials of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday revealed that Peter Mukerjea had not been booked under any sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as yet. According to the officials, Peter’s arrest was requested with an intention to conduct his custodial interrogation as he was allegedly not cooperating with the investigators. “The accused has been arrested in the same case but no sections of the IPC have been invoked,” said a CBI spokesperson. The development comes after media reports that Peter had been booked under IPC Section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence, or giving false information to screen offender) as well as other sections of the IPC, which include murder and abduction.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> While the agency seems to have made use of provisions established in Indian law, officials sources told dna that the decision to arrest Peter was taken keeping in mind Indrani Mukerjea who will be eligible for bail this week. Indrani was arrested on August 25 for allegedly conspiring with her driver and ex-husband to murder her daughter Sheena Bora. The Mumbai police had filed an FIR naming the three accused for allegedly abducting and murdering Sheena Bora in April 2012 and the case was finally transferred to the CBI in September. The law prescribes that if the probing agency, in this case the CBI, is not able to file a chargesheet within 90 days of registering an FIR, the accused are eligible for getting bail. Agency sources said that while it was the court’s discretion to grant bail to any accused, the fact that the CBI arrested Peter citing that he wasn’t cooperating with investigators will help the agency to get more valuable time to investigate a case as complex as this. “Mr Peter during questioning gave many conflicting answers. When confronted about the same, he did not cooperate with the investigators, thus making it imperative for the agency to request the honourable court for a custodial interrogation,” the source added. CBI officials confirmed on Tuesday that in fact Peter was not booked under any sections of the IPC and would be charged on the basis of evidence emerging from his custodial interrogation. Officials also told dna that while the chargesheet does not specify to what level Peter was involved in the alleged murder, a supplementary chargesheet that the agency is supposed to file will shed light on the former media baron’s involvement. Peter was on Monday night brought to the national capital and is currently being held at the CBI headquarters. According to the agency, the purpose of bringing him to Delhi is to further investigate the financial angle of the alleged murder. The agency did not specify on the ‘financial angle’ they are probing. According to sources, Rahul, Peter’s son, had travelled all the way to Delhi even though the agency had not called him here for questioning.

Asaram’s daughter-in-law records statement against him

She levelled the charge against her father-in-law and husband, currently in jail in separate rape cases, while recording a statement before the police

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The daughter-in-law of self- styled ‘godman’ Asaram Bapu on Tuesday once again accused him and his son Narayan Sai of harassing her.She levelled the charge against her father-in-law and husband, currently in jail in separate rape cases, while recording a statement before the police here. No FIR has been registered yet. A senior officer of Khajurana Police Station said Janaki, Narayan’s wife, had on September 19 lodged a complaint and the police called her today to record her statement in which she reiterated the harassment charge.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Janaki’s lawyer Rohit Yadav said she handed over wedding photographs and some documents to the police.The 38-year-old, in her complaint, alleged her husband Narayan Harpalani (his real name) had illegitimate relations with a lady disciple at his ashram, and when the woman allegedly became pregnant, Narayan said he wanted to marry her.Janaki told her husband he can marry the disciple after divorcing her. Narayan allegedly tied the knot with her in Rajasthan keeping Janaki in the dark, the complaint said. Janaki also alleged that under Asaram’s pressure and influence, her father Devraj Krishnani donated his valuable property to the godman’s Bhopal ashram.According to Janaki, she married Narayan on May 22, 1997. Both Asaram and Narayan are in jail, in Jodhpur and Surat, respectively, in connection with separate rape cases.

DCW’s Swati Maliwal shocked by BJP MLA OP Sharma’s comments about AAP’s Alka Lamba

The DCW had earlier recommended registration of FIR against Sharma for calling the AAP legislator a “drug addict” in August this year. “Shocked at Sharma’s comments on lady MLA Alka Lamba…

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Delhi Commission for Women (DWC) chairperson Swati Maliwal expressed shock over BJP MLA OP Sharma’s derogatory remarks against AAP legislator Alka Lamba, and assured the latter of support. Dubbing Sharma as a “habitual offender” and one lacking respect for women, Maliwal said the DCW had recommended registration of FIR against Sharma in another case earlier, but the absence of police action has emboldened the BJP leader to “repeat” such offence. The DCW had earlier recommended registration of FIR against Sharma for calling the AAP legislator a “drug addict” in August this year. “Shocked at Sharma’s comments on lady MLA Alka Lamba…He appears to be a habitual offender and lacks respect for women. I had recommended registration of FIR against Sharma to police. Sad no FIR was registered. That’s why he got the courage to repeat such offence,” she said.”MLA Sharma been elected by Delhi to protect women and work towards making Delhi safe for them. Not for sexist comments n threatening them. DCW will now support MLA Alka Lamba to take this battle to court. No man should get away with misbehaving with a woman (sic),” Maliwal tweeted.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sharma made the remarks during a discussion in assembly on homeless people and night shelters in the city, initiated through a calling attention motion by BJP’s Vijender Gupta. Gupta said this year 402 deaths of homeless persons were reported till date, under Kashmiri Gate police station area in the city, while the number was 221 last year and alleged that the AAP government was not serious about this matter. Alka LambaLamba intervened in the discussion saying that the deaths were not due to cold but due to “use of drugs”. This prompted Sharma to counter Alka and make a personal derogatory comment against her. AAP MLAs immediately voiced their protest over the remarks and rushed into the well of the House shouting slogans and demanding his expulsion.The Speaker expressed his regret over the incident and suspended Sharma till Thursday.

Uttar Pradesh: Dalit family beaten up for touching idols at temple

A Dalit couple and their relatives were beaten up, abused and issued life threats for allegedly touching idols at a temple in Chitrakoot.

A Dalit couple and their relatives were beaten up, abused and issued life threats for allegedly touching idols at a temple in Chitrakoot. The police have registered FIR against the culprits. However, no arrests have been made so far. The Dalits in Rajapur town have announced a march on Sunday if the accused are not arrested by then. National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) chairman P.L. Punia on Saturday said the commission will take action against culprits involved in the beating up of a Dalit family for allegedly touching idols at a temple in Chitrakoot district of Uttar Pradesh. “The National Commission for Scheduled Castes has taken its cognizance and there will be probe against them,” Punia said. “Whenever these kinds of incidences take place, the commission intervenes and ensures that probe is done against the culprits,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Singer Kovan moves Madras HC seeking to quash FIR registered against him

The singer of Leftist arts and literary outfit ‘Makkal Kalai Ilakkiya Kazhagam’ submitted that he was engaged in building up a movement among the people on various issues faced by them and has sung a number of songs and done a number of roadshows.

Folk singer Kovan

Ultra-Left propagandist singer Kovan, facing sedition charge, has moved the Madras High Court seeking to quash the FIR registered against him. When the matter came up for hearing, Justice R Subbiah ordered notice to police and adjourned it to December 1.Kovan was arrested on October 30 for alleged sedition, uploading “defamatory” electronic content against Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and “disturbing” public peace. He was granted bail by the high court later.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The singer of Leftist arts and literary outfit ‘Makkal Kalai Ilakkiya Kazhagam’ submitted that he was engaged in building up a movement among the people on various issues faced by them and has sung a number of songs and done a number of roadshows.Claiming that so far not a single allegation had been raised against him or his songs, he alleged a “false case” was registered against him by the City Crime Branch for singing a song shutdown Tasmac liquor shop . The case was registered after seeing the song on a website. There was no material evidence and still police arrested him, Kovan alleged.The arrest was made in violation of the Constitution, human rights and other laws, he contended and sought quashing of the FIR.

Rahul meets President Mukherjee, seeks judicial probe into police firing in Punjab

Raising the demand for a probe by a sitting Supreme Court judge in a meeting with the President, the Congress leaders rejected the CBI probe ordered by Punjab government, saying its terms of reference did not include the role of police whose action left two people dead while injuring several others

Rahul Gandhi

A delegation of Punjab Congress led by Rahul Gandhi on Thursday petitioned President Pranab Mukherjee for a judicial probe into the killing of two persons in police firing during recent protests in the state over alleged desecration of Guru Granth Sahib.Raising the demand for a probe by a sitting Supreme Court judge in a meeting with the President, the Congress leaders rejected the CBI probe ordered by Punjab government, saying its terms of reference did not include the role of police whose action left two people dead while injuring several others. Gandhi told reporters later that it was not a question of ensuring justice for the two families but of restoring peace in Punjab and giving justice to the state.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I went to Punjab and met the families of the victims. We feel that the Punjab government is unable to provide justice to them. That is why I came with Congress leaders from Punjab and the President gave us a patient hearing.”It is not a question of giving justice to two families. It is a question of giving justice to Punjab. That is why the Congress party has come here. The Chief Minister there should provide justice to Punjab quickly,” said the Congress Vice President.A memorandum submitted by the delegation to the President said, “We request you to intervene urgently and ensure that a judicial inquiry be ordered by a sitting Judge of the Supreme Court of India and that the inquiry be completed in a time- bound manner.” Congress deputy leader in Lok Sabha, Amarinder Singh, claimed that the terms of reference for that inquiry does not include the police’s role.”There is an FIR without any names in it and that is not going to get us anywhere, neither is the CBI inquiry, unless the terms of reference are specified,” he said. To a question on whether there was the involvement of a foreign hand, as claimed by the ruling SAD in Punjab, Singh said that deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal finds a foreign hand in everything, “there is nothing new in this”.Punjab Congress chief Pratap Singh Bajwa charged, “It is cold-blooded murder and the FIR is left open with no names of the accused. A lethal weapon like AK-47 was fired at innocent protesters. that is why we have demanded a judicial probe into the firing.” The memorandum further added that the demand for a judicial inquiry comes in the wake of concerns that Punjab’s development is being “thwarted by the Badal government”.”In such a serious situation, it is crucial that justice is upheld and the rule of law is restored,” it said.The delegation included senior Congress leaders Ambika Soni and Shakeel Ahmed, besides leaders from Punjab.

Enforcement Directorate registers money laundering case against Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh

The agency will work to investigate the allegation that Singh and his family members allegedly amassed wealth of Rs 6.1 crore between 2009-11, disproportionate to his known sources of income, while serving as the Union Minister of Steel.

In fresh trouble for Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a money laundering case against him.The agency has filed the case under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after taking cognisance of a criminal complaint filed by the CBI in this regard in September.Agency sources said investigators have gathered some “important” documents to probe and detect the “proceeds of crime” allegedly channelled by Singh and his associates by using purported illegal funds.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ED investigators are also expected to question Singh and his other associates soon.The agency will work to investigate the allegation that Singh and his family members allegedly amassed wealth of Rs 6.1 crore between 2009-11, disproportionate to his known sources of income, while serving as the Union Minister of Steel.”The ED will also carry out the stipulated action of attachment of assets after investigations reach a proper stage,” a source said.The CBI FIR had named Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh, LIC agent Anand Chauhan and Chauhan’s brother C L Chauhan and they were charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act.CBI suspects that during the 2009-11 period, Singh allegedly invested Rs 6.1 crore in life insurance policies in his and his family members’ names through LIC agent Chauhan claiming this money to be his agricultural income.It alleged Singh attempted to legitimize the same as agricultural income by filing revised Income Tax returns in 2012.”The agricultural income as claimed by him in his revised ITRs was not found to be tenable. The then Union minister had allegedly accumulated other assets disproportionate to known sources of income,” CBI had alleged.CBI had also carried out searches at various premises belonging to Singh and family immediately after filing the FIR and the Congress party had then termed the action as “highly vindictive”.The sources said the ED office in state capital Shimla will handle the case with assistance from the headquarters of the agency in Delhi.

Bar bribery case: Will discuss sacking of KM Mani with leaders, says Kerala CM Oommen Chandy

In a setback to the state government, the Kerala High Court on Monday upheld further investigation ordered by a vigilance court in the bar bribery scam in which an FIR has been filed against Finance Minister K M Mani.

Senior Supreme Court advocate and former Union minister Kapil Sibal appeared in the court for the vigilance department this morning.

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CM Oommen Chandy on Monday said he would discuss the matter of sacking of state FM KM Mani with leaders of the state, reports NDTV. Congress leadership had demanded that the Kerala Finance Minister be sacked after the High Court upheld court order on further probe against him in bar bribery case. In a setback to the state government, the Kerala High Court on Monday upheld further investigation ordered by a vigilance court in the bar bribery scam in which an FIR has been filed against Finance Minister K M Mani. Delivering the judgement on a petition by the vigilance additional DGP seeking a stay on the vigilance court order of October 29, Justice B Kemal Pasha said, “Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion.” The court expunged the adverse remarks against vigilance director Vinson M Paul and justified the further probe ordered by the vigilance court.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Supreme Court advocate and former Union minister Kapil Sibal appeared in the court for the vigilance department this morning. The Vigilance Court, Thiruvananthapuram, while ordering further probe into the bar bribery case, had observed that there are “sufficient materials for making out a prima facie case”. Special Judge John K Illekadan had passed the order for further investigation while rejecting the final report of the Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau to close the case against Mani.”From an overall analysis of the materials available on records and from the events which followed in quick succession in the case, it can be seen that there are sufficient materials for making out a prima facie case in respect to the alleged incident,” the judge had observed.The FIR had been filed against Mani in Thiruvananthapuram court last year after a ‘quick verification’ by the vigilance department on the charge by Kerala State Bar Hotel Owners’ Association Working President Biju Ramesh that the minister had accepted Rs one crore as bribe for renewal of licences to 470 Indian Made Foreign Liquor bars in the state.

Man shoots sister dead in suspected case of honour killing

In a suspected case of honour killing, a brother shot his sister dead after coming to know about her love affair, police said.

In a suspected case of honour killing, a brother shot his sister dead after coming to know about her love affair, police said.The incident took place in Darkawada village in Binauli area yesterday when Jabbar shot his sister Rizwana (19) killing her on the spot, they said.Jabbar was stated to be upset with her sister’s affair with a youth of his village and after his repeated warnings was ignored by his sister, he shot her.Police lodged an FIR in this connection and launched a hunt to nab the accused.

Disproportionate Assets case: Court to hear Virbhadra Singh’s plea on November 9

The matter, which was scheduled to be heard on Friday, was deferred as Special CBI Judge Vinod Kumar was away attending a training programme. In an application filed before the court, 81-year-old Singh has said that CBI agency should be directed to file the complete copy of the First Information Report in the court

Virbhadra Singh

A plea filed by Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in which he has accused CBI of not furnishing the complete copy of FIR registered against him and others in a case, would come up for hearing before a Delhi court on Monday.The matter, which was scheduled to be heard on Friday, was deferred as Special CBI Judge Vinod Kumar was away attending a training programme. In an application filed before the court, 81-year-old Singh has said that CBI agency should be directed to file the complete copy of the First Information Report in the court. CBI had registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE), which was converted into a regular case this September, against Singh and his family members for allegedly amassing wealth of Rs 6.1 crore, alleging it was disproportionate to their known sources of income during 2009-11 when he was serving as Union Minister of Steel in the UPA government.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CBI had lodged the FIR under the Prevention of Corruption Act, naming Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh, LIC agent Anand Chauhan and Chunni Lal Chauhan. The agency has claimed that during this period, Singh, a six-time Chief Minister, had invested Rs 6.1 crore in life insurance policies in his and his family members’ names through Chauhan.In an unprecedented action on a serving Chief Minister, CBI had on September 26 searched his official residence and 10 other places in connection with the case, the day of the marriage of his daughter. Searches were also carried out at his official residence in Delhi, his two houses in Shimla and Rampur and a farm house in Mehrauli in South Delhi which is in the name of his son Vikramaditya Singh.

LG Najeeb Jung threatened to file FIR against me when I raised land issue: Somnath Bharti

“They are showing AAP legislators and workers the threat of police to shut our mouth,” Bharti said.

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AAP MLA Somnath Bharti alleged that Lt Governor Najeeb Jung had “threatened” to register an FIR against him after he raised the issue of change of land use of a plot from a nursery school to a BJP office at DDA meeting on Thursday, a charge strongly rubbished by the LG’s office.Bharti claimed Jung threatened to register a police case against him during the meeting of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) today. The meeting took place at the Raj Niwas to “confirm” the minutes of the previous meet held on September 23, in which Bharti was “not present”. “…the Delhi government had given several requests for land for schools and hospitals.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nothing is happening on that end and here land is being given to the BJP for political purpose, which was earlier alloted for building a nursery school. They were not ready to discuss the issue. “I wanted to know if any study had been done to ascertain whether people want a school or not. They were not responding to my questions, but I kept on asking about it. I also furnished all letters from Delhi government demanding land for school and hospital… the LG said he will see to that an FIR is registered against me,” Bharti told reporters, adding that Jung ended the meeting abruptly. Bharti also claimed that Jung had also asked whether anyone was recording the meeting.The LG’s office, however, denied the charges made by Bharti​. “There was some argument between BJP leaders and Somnath Bharti. He was creating ruckus in the meeting. His charge of LG threatening is totally baseless and LG’s office strongly rubbishes the charge,” an official at the LG secretariat said. The Malviya Nagar MLA and former Law Minister claimed that BJP legislator OP Sharma, BJP’s Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay also “badmouthed” him. “They said, I was better in jail. This shows the BJP is misusing the police. They are showing AAP legislators and workers the threat of police to shut our mouth,” Bharti said.Apart from Bharti, Sharma, Upadhyaya, AAP’s Krishna Nagar MLA S K Bagga is also a member of DDA. Meanwhile, the DDA said Bharti created a “situation” saying, “He (Bharti) was not present in the last meeting when the decision was taken to move the proposal to public objections and suggestion phase. And, in today’s meeting he wanted that decision to be reverted,” the official said. “The Minutes of Meeting once done cannot be changed, as they reflect the decision taken. And, since he was not present in the previous meeting, how can he asked for the decision to be reverted,” he said. The decision to “change” the land use of a nursery plot in central Delhi to that of a plot for a BJP office has kicked up a row between the AAP government and the DDA, headed by the Lt Governor, who is its chairman.DDA, in a statement released yesterday, had said that the change in land use was done upon the request of L&DO, which owns the plot, in accordance with the DDA Act. In a two-page letter earlier to Jung, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had accused him of allotting the plot to BJP for building a party office and wondered what had “forced” the LG to take such a step.

DA case: Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh accuses CBI of not furnishing complete FIR

The copy of his application was supplied to CBI and the court fixed the matter for hearing tomorrow.

The agency has claimed that during this period, Singh, a six-time Chief Minister, had invested Rs 6.1 crore in life insurance policies in his and his family members’ names through Chauhan.

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Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has moved a Delhi court accusing the CBI of not furnishing before it the complete copy of the FIR registered against him and others in a disproportionate assets case. In an application moved before Special Judge Vinod Kumar, 81-year-old Singh has said the agency should be directed to file the complete copy of the First Information Report in the court. The copy of his application was supplied to CBI and the court fixed the matter for hearing tomorrow. “An application has been moved on behalf of applicant Virbhadra Singh praying that annexures, as mentioned in para five of the FIR, were not sent to this court along with the copy of FIR,” the court noted in its order.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Hence, it is prayed that directions may be issued to CBI to file complete copy of the FIR to the applicant. Copy of the application is supplied. To come up for further proceedings on November 6,” the judge said.CBI had registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE), which was converted into a regular case this September, against Singh and his family members for allegedly amassing wealth of Rs 6.1 crore, alleging it was disproportionate to their known sources of income during 2009-11 when he was serving as Union Minister of Steel in the UPA government. CBI had lodged the FIR under Prevention of Corruption Act, naming Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh, LIC agent Anand Chauhan and Chunni Lal Chauhan.The agency has claimed that during this period, Singh, a six-time Chief Minister, had invested Rs 6.1 crore in life insurance policies in his and his family members’ names through Chauhan. In an unprecedented action on a serving Chief Minister, CBI had on September 26 searched his official residence and 10 other places in connection with the case, the day of the marriage of his daughter.Searches were also carried out at his official residence in Delhi, his two houses in Shimla and Rampur and a farm house in Mehrauli in South Delhi which is in the name of his son Vikramaditya Singh.

TERI official who accused RK Pachauri resigns, alleges ‘worst possible’ treatment in letter

New Delhi: The complainant in the sexual harassment case against climate scientist RK Pachauri has resigned from TERI alleging that the organisation treated her in the “worst possible manner” and harmed her “mentally, professionally and economically”.

In her resignation letter to TERI HR Director Dinesh Verma, the complainant, a research analyst, has said that despite the enquiry committee finding Pachauri guilty of misconduct, the organisation has “failed” to do the “bare minimum” to ensure that she is not impacted.

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The woman had registered a complaint against Pachauri for sexual harassment at the workplace earlier this year. On February 13, an FIR was registered against Pachauri on charges of sexual harassment under IPC sections including 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354 (d)(molestation) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

The court had granted him anticipatory bail while imposing the conditions that he will join the probe as and when called and not enter the TERI office premises.

In the place of Pachauri, TERI governing council had on 23 July appointed Ajay Mathur as its Director General.

Pachauri had also stepped down from the United Nations’ IPCC and the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change.

The full text of the complainant’s resignation letter is below (emphasis hers):

Dear Mr. Verma,
This is in reference to my ICC complaint against R K Pachauri for sexual harassment at the workplace and my subsequent FIR with Delhi Police in Feb 2015. The inquiry committee did hold R K Pachauri guilty of misconduct and TERI failed to do the bare minimum in order to ensure that I am not impacted.

Your organisation has treated me in the worst possible manner. TERI failed to uphold my interests as an employee, let alone protecting them. The organisation has instead protected R K Pachauri and provided him with full immunity, despite being held guilty of sexual harassment at the work place by your own inquiry committee. The Governing Council too let me down in an unprecedented way. The council could not even suspend a man pending inquiry and took NO ACTION despite the indictment. You also created a hostile environment for me which has only escalated and showed no signs of subsiding whatsoever. It is becoming clear that the Governing Council works for the DG and under his instructions. There has been no changeover in the DG as well as stated on 23 July, 2015.

I am tendering my resignation from TERI with IMMEDIATE EFFECT.

You changed my work profile and played deaf to my requests for not doing so. I was given ZERO EXPLANATION of taking such an action and none of my emails/requests were heeded to. I only got vague responses. I refuse to be associated with an organisation such as yours for the way you have mistreated me, for not standing by the law, for not having respect for my capabilities, for doing NOTHING to ensure that my career is not harmed and instead harmed me mentally, professionally and economically.

I tender my resignation without any prejudice to my rights to claim my salary, damages and other dues/costs for the gross misconduct and mental torture meted out to me at the work place, apart from taking all pending litigation to their logical conclusion.
Best,

 With inputs from PTI

Gujarat HC reserves order on second sedition FIR against Hardik Patel

During the arguments in the court of Justice J B Pardiwala, public prosecutor Mitesh Amin strongly defended the stand of Crime Branch in slapping stringent charges against Hardik and five other quota leaders — Ketan Patel, Chirag Patel, Dinesh Patel, Alpesh Kathiriya and Amrish Patel.
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The Gujarat High Court on Monday reserved its order after hearing arguments on a plea of Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel and five others seeking quashing of FIR against them by city Crime Branch on stringent charges of sedition and waging war against government.During the arguments in the court of Justice J B Pardiwala, public prosecutor Mitesh Amin strongly defended the stand of Crime Branch in slapping stringent charges against Hardik and five other quota leaders — Ketan Patel, Chirag Patel, Dinesh Patel, Alpesh Kathiriya and Amrish Patel.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to Amin, the FIR against them is based on call interceptions made by Crime Branch. In all, the Crime Branch has recorded more than 200 such calls made by these Patel leaders between July and September this year, he said.Amin alleged that the conversations were of “very caustic” in nature, such as the accused could be heard asking their supporters to torch police chowkies, dislodge railway tracks and murder policemen. These conversations were made as part of an attempt to topple the government, the prosecutor argued.Apart from the calls, police learnt that as many as 35 lakh messages, urging the community to resort to violence, were sent using social media platform immediately after Hardik was detained by police on the night of August 25. Amin submitted that the fallout of such communication was the statewide violence, which claimed seven lives, including that of a policeman.In the FIR filed on October 21, Patel leaders are charged under IPC sections 121 (waging war against the government), 124 (sedition — bringing hatred, contempt or disaffection towards the government), 153-A (promoting enmity between different communities) and 153-B (assertions prejudicial to national integrity).Countering the prosecution’s arguments, Hardik’s lawyer B M Mangukiya said that people have all the right to express their dissent against the government, as it is a fundamental right in a democracy. He said that even if people get aggressive in their expression, it does not amount to sedition or waging of war against the government.According to him, dislodging railway tracks does not amount to sedition or waging war, as such protests take place across India frequently, yet no one is booked under such stringent charges. He also argued that the protests, though may be violent, were against the elected government run by the ruling party (BJP), and not against sovereignty of the government.After the conclusion of the arguments, Justice Pardiwala reserved the order. This is the second case of sedition against Hardik.The first case was filed by Surat Police on October 19 against him for allegedly advising a Patel youth “to kill policemen rather than commit suicide”. The 22-year-old firebrand leader is in the custody of Crime Branch in connection with the second sedition case till on Tuesday. The other two accused — Chirag Patel and Ketan Patel — are in the custody of the city’s Special Operations Group.Another accused Dinesh Patel is in the custody of Mehsana Police, while Alpesh Kathiriya and Amrish Patel were earlier granted interim relief from arrest by the high court.

No laughing matter: Lawyer seeking Santa Banta ban also blames Khushwant Singh for ‘disservice’ to Sikhs

They are goofy, slightly confused about everyday realities, and they utter with silly abandon what regular intelligent people would stay clear of. Hilarious, innocent, chaotic and idiotic at the same time, Santa and Banta have made us laugh for generations. But the lovable sardar duo may go out of circulation soon if Harvinder Chowdhury has her way. The 52-year old lawyer has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking a ban on the duo’s antics. She feels sardarji jokes are giving a bad name to the community across the world.

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Harvinder Chowdhury. Image Credit: Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

A two-judge bench of the apex court has agreed for a possible hearing on the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by her a month later from now.

Chowdhury, a senior standing counsel in the Supreme Court, did her Masters in Law from Liverpool and had also worked as a legal correspondent for a national English daily during her initial days. Besides pursuing her legal career, this mother of three grown-up children is also writing two books. In a free-wheeling chat, Chowdhury speaks to Firstpost about her PIL and circumstances that compelled her to ask for a ban on Santa and Banta.

The Sikhs in India are known for their sense of humour and wit. They are a self-assured community which can take a joke on themselves. They have even scripted jokes on themselves. There never has been an objection. What made you take the legal route on this issue?
It’s wrong that objection wasn’t raised against jokes on sardars. A large numbers of jokes aimed at Sikhs (sardars) is not done innocently, but is a deliberate attempt to project them as unintelligent, stupid, idiot, foolish, naïve and inept. The fact that the characters are not well-versed in the English language is seen as a mark of foolishness and stupidity. The Sikhs are recognised by their turban (headgear). Now there are websites of jokes on sardars, which ridicule sardars wearing turbans as people with low intellect. As a result, several Sikh students are racially targetted abroad. For example, they say Iske to 12 baj gaye…12 baje sardar pagla jayega (He is a gone case…at 12 noon sardar will go mad). To stop this nuisance, I filed this PIL.

Why now?
Better late than never. It’s high time that we came out strongly against the wrong portrayal of the Sikhs through Santa Banta kind of jokes. Many of the jokes are highly objectionable and have pornographic content. I have been contemplating for quite some time, but it got little delayed as I had to deal with several other problems in work and life. In between, I had been gathering evidences on this issue.

How can jokes on sardars demean the Sikhs and what are its repercussions?
My children ask me — in fact, many in our community do so — that as Sikhs, do they have some problem in their DNA that all sardars are ridiculed and jokes are cracked on them. Do we have any answer for this? For centuries, Sikhs have made major contributions in every field, agriculture, sports, defence services, etc. Sikhs are present in 170 countries and have contributed to the nations’ economies. They played an important role during India’s freedom struggle, but why are they selectively tragetted through jokes? Till now, people didn’t have realisation about this issue. Due to this, a large number of Sikhs have given up wearing turbans and dropped Kaur and Singh from their surnames. This is a violation of our Right to Freedom of Religion and our expression of faith. They face racial discrimination abroad and have even faced physical assault.

Did you personally face any insult that made you firm on taking this issue head on?
Yes, personally I’ve been facing this pinch — even today, despite being a senior lawyer. Even on the day when I filed my PIL before the bench, a lawyer sitting behind in the courtroom (in the Supreme Court) sarcastically remarked “Yeh sardarwala petition sirf ek sardarni hi file kar sakti hai” (This typically sardar-type petition could be filed only by a sardarni). Can you imagine the audacity of that lawyer? In August, in the Bar-room we were discussing an amendment in a case related to rape. A lawyer passed a comment at me and the time was noon. “Inke to barah baj gaye” (literally means she’s a gone case). Even at market places, I’ve faced comments like “Aap ne to sardar wali baat kar di”, which means you’ve talked like an idiot (sardar). During the Sikh riots, I lost members of my family, and my hair and hands were burnt, because outside my house the name plate displayed that it was a Sikh family’s residence.

What is your plea before the court?
We’ve sought mandamus through the Ministry of Information Technology (IT) to ban websites portraying the Sikhs as fools and to install web-filters so as to filter websites which target the Sikh community through objectionable content. It’s violation of sections 153A and 153B of IPC.

What the apex court has asked from you after the PIL was filed?
The court was very sensitive and took note of this issue. It has asked me to provide documents to prove how these websites on jokes have been perpetually causing injury to the sentiments of the Sikh community, violating secularism and national integration, and crossing the level of amusement by creating absurdity. The court has also wanted to know whether or not websites on sardar jokes violate the Fundamental Right of Life and to live with dignity guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution, by projecting the Sikhs as stupid, idiot, foolish and of low intellect.

Have you demanded any compensation?
Yes, I’ve demanded it for the damages incurred to Sikhs due to derogatory language used to portray them through jokes. I don’t want it should go to the National Legal Aid Committee for a social cause.

What will be your next move?
I’m contemplating an FIR against these websites. There are more than 5,000 websites on sardar jokes. And, I’m told that the Santa Banta joke website’s revenue is more than Rs 500 crore! The Ministry of IT, Cyber Law Cell has asked us to file FIR against these websites for further action. There should be an act in the IPC to stop this public nuisance.

Are you getting support from any organisation?
We’ve undertaken a signature campaign and obtained 10,000 signatures. The World Sikh Association and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Managing Committee have joined this movement. More than anything, it’s the common man coming forward to fight for the cause. We’re working towards making it a big movement.

Noted journalist, columnist and writer Khushwant Singh, one of the most well-known and respected Sikhs, neither shied away from writing and cracking jokes on sardars nor did he object to any being circulated by anybody else. What is your take?
Though he never cracked filthy jokes related to sardars, he did disservice to Sikh community by encouraging jokes on them and not objecting to those created by others.

Khirki Midnight Raid: Court dismisses Somnath Bharti’s plea for further probe

A Delhi court dismissed the plea of controversial AAP MLA Somnath Bharti seeking further probe in the case of alleged molestation of some African women during his purported midnight raid last year. Additional Sessions Judge Bhupesh Kumar dismissed Bharti’s revision plea, filed after a magisterial court had dismissed his similar application for further probe in the case.

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A Delhi court dismissed the plea of controversial AAP MLA Somnath Bharti seeking further probe in the case of alleged molestation of some African women during his purported midnight raid last year. Additional Sessions Judge Bhupesh Kumar dismissed Bharti’s revision plea, filed after a magisterial court had dismissed his similar application for further probe in the case. Earlier, during the hearing, on the matter, the Delhi Police had questioned the maintainability of Bharti’s plea saying cognizance of the charge sheet filed against him has not been taken yet by the magistrate. The police, through special public prosecutor Atul Shrivastava had also informed the court that necessary prosecution sanction against Bharti in the case has been accorded by the competent authority. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Besides this plea, Bharti has filed another revision petition before a sessions court against the dismissal of his application seeking lodging of FIR against police personnel, hearing of which has already been deferred. On November 10 last year, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate had dismissed Bharti’s plea for lodging of an FIR against unnamed police personnel for allegedly implicating him in the case saying “without sanction of central or state government, no cognizance of offence can be taken”.In his plea, Bharti had alleged that police has suppressed crucial facts, statements of several witnesses and a video recording, which were not taken into account when the charge sheet against him was filed.Delhi Police had filed a final report against Bharti and 17 other accused and chargesheeted them for various offences under the IPC, including sections 354 (outraging women’s modesty), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 147 (rioting).The police had arrayed more than 40 persons as witnesses in the case, including nine Ugandan women who were allegedly beaten up and molested by the mob led by Bharti on intervening night of January 15-16 last year.The FIR was lodged on January 19 last year on the court’s direction after an Ugandan woman had approached it seeking a direction to police to file a criminal case against unnamed persons.

Hardik Patel moves Gujarat HC against phone tapping by cops

Hardik’s father Bharat Patel filed the petition on his behalf as Hardik himself is in the custody of police here.

The Patel leaders and members of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti conspired to topple the state government, FIR against Hardik says.

Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel today moved the Gujarat High Court challenging the interception of his and his associates’ phone calls by the police and seeking an independent inquiry into it. “The petitioner challenges the legality…of unlawfully tapping telephones not only of the petitioner but of several thousands persons of the Patidar community…which they (police) have admitted in the FIR against the petitioner,” said his plea calling it the “grossest violation of personal liberty”. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hardik’s father Bharat Patel filed the petition on his behalf as Hardik himself is in the custody of police here. The city crime branch had on October 21 registered an FIR against Hardik and his aides Chirag Patel, Ketan Patel, Dinesh Patel, Alpesh Kathiria and Amrish Patel on charges of sedition and waging war against the government. The FIR mentions details of call interceptions of the Patel leaders. The Patel leaders and members of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti conspired to topple the state government, it alleges.When Hardik was produced before a magistrate, it was revealed that the police had started tapping the phones in August, though the permission for it was obtained only on October 3. Hardik’s petition, filed through his lawyer B M Mangukia, is likely to be heard on November 2. The 22-year-old firebrand leader is also facing a sedition case in Surat for allegedly advising a Patel youth “to kill policemen rather than committing suicide”.Meanwhile, Chirag Patel’s father today wrote to the city Police Commissioner Shivanand Jha alleging that the crime branch official tried to pressurise him to make his son withdraw a habeas corpus petition before the High Court charging Hardik was abducted by some people last month.

Dalit children burnt alive case: CBI registers case against 11 people

A team of agency officials reached the crime scene on Thursday and collected forensic evidence. The team headed by a DIG level officer is in the process of understanding the circumstances of the incident.

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CBI has registered a case of murder against 11 persons in connection with the killing of two infants of a Dalit family in an alleged arson attack in Sunped village in Haryana on October 20. CBI sources said as per the laid down procedure, the agency has taken over the investigation in the FIR registered by the local police which had named 11 persons in the case.A team of agency officials reached the crime scene on Thursday and collected forensic evidence. The team headed by a DIG level officer is in the process of understanding the circumstances of the incident.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wee hours of October 20, some upper caste persons had allegedly poured petrol from the window and set ablaze the house of Jitender, a dalit, in which his wife Rekha, 28, suffered serious burn injuries while Vaibhav, who was two-and-a-half years old, and his sister, 11-month-old Divya, perished in the fire. Jitender, 31, also received injuries while trying to save them, the sources said. The woman is still in critical condition in Safdarjang Hospital in Delhi.The local police has registered a case against Sunped resident Balwant and his son Dharm Singh besides nine others under IPC sections 302 (murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 149 (Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object). Others named in the FIR include Jagat, Edal, Naunihal, Joginder, Sooraj, Akash, Aman, Sanjay, and Desh Raj of the same village.An SIT was constituted by the district administration under DCP PC Pawar. As the incident sparked outrage in the country, Haryana Government decided to go for a CBI probe.The CBI team was accompanied by DCP Pawar, ACP Vishnu Dayal and ACP Gajendra Singh.

Nobody has the right to touch a woman without her consent: Court

The court’s observation came while dismissing the appeal of convict Ashok Kumar, who was working as a stenographer in the hospital, against a magisterial court’s last month order sentencing him to jail and imposing a fine of Rs 5,000 on him.
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Nobody has a right to touch a woman’s body without her consent, a Delhi court has observed while upholding the six-month jail term of an army hospital employee for molesting a woman medical student in his chamber.”Nobody has a right to touch a woman’s body without her consent… In the instant case, it is evident that appellant (convict) had pulled the prosecutrix towards his chamber with the intention to sexually assault her and therefore, committed offence of outraging her modesty under section 354 of IPC,” Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhatt said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court’s observation came while dismissing the appeal of convict Ashok Kumar, who was working as a stenographer in the hospital, against a magisterial court’s last month order sentencing him to jail and imposing a fine of Rs 5,000 on him.While relying on testimony of the victim, a second year student of Department of Nuclear Medicine, the judge said, “I find that the testimony of the prosecutrix is consistent with her written complaint submitted in the police station and the statements recorded during the course of investigation.”According to the prosecution, on February 2, 2011 an FIR was lodged at Dhaula Kuan Police Station on the complaint of the medical student that Kumar molested her when she was working in CT centre at the hospital around 1 PM. It was alleged that she had gone to Kumar’s chamber to check leave register when he suddenly pulled her and tried to sexually assault her, after which she stormed out of the room and telephoned her husband, who is also a doctor.The court, while upholding the sentence, accepted the contention of the victim’s husband who said that the FIR was lodged a day after the incident as the army rules require that the complaint first be made to the Commandant. Kumar, in his appeal, had contended that trial court had erred in convicting and sentencing him and that he was falsely implicated by the woman and her husband.The court, however, dismissed his plea saying he has no defence to accusations levelled against him and he was “trying to create one.”

Prima facie sedition case has been made out against Hardik Patel: Gujarat High Court

The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday held that “a prima facie case of sedition” was made out against the Patel quota agitation’s leader Hardik Patel booked by Surat police for advising a youth to “kill the police rather than committing suicide.”

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The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday held that “a prima facie case of sedition” was made out against the Patel quota agitation’s leader Hardik Patel booked by Surat police for advising a youth to “kill the police rather than committing suicide.””Prima facie, it could be said that the words spoken or the statement alleged to have been made by the applicant in the presence of the media…would amount to exhortation to the public,” Justice J B Pardiwala said.”…more particularly (it would amount to an exhortation to) the members of Patel community to resort to violence or create public disorder with a view to subverting the government by law established in the state of Gujarat,” the HC said refusing to entertain a plea seeking quashing of the FIR.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The applicant may not have stated in so many words that the members of Patel community should overthrow the lawfully established government of Gujarat by force or violence, but when the attack is on the police force which is one of the most important agencies of the state government, then a prima facie case under section 124-A of IPC could be said to be made out,” the order said.Hardik’s father Bharat Patel had filed a petition seeking to quash the FIR filed against his son.”The demand for reservation for the members of the Patel community by itself is not an offence. It is open to the members of the Patel community to seek reservation, if available in law or if the state government, by way of a policy decision, deems fit to provide,” said the HC.”It is also open to demand reservation by peaceful means, ceaselessly fighting public opinion that might be against them and opposing those who desired the continuance of the existing order of the society and the government,” added the HC order.”What is not permissible…is any act which has the effect of bringing or which attempts to bring into hatredness or contempt or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the government established by law,” the HC held.Surat police had also invoked the charges under sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups), 505-2 (to incite one community against another) and 506 (criminal intimidation) under IPC. However, the High Court today quashed these three offences, holding that the police force cannot be termed as ‘community’, as submitted by the prosecution.”Although it could be said that the members of the Patel community have been provoked, but such provocation has nothing to do with any other religion, race or linguistic or regional group or community. The police force of the state cannot be brought within the purview of the term community,” the judge said.On Hardik’s defence that his statement at best reflected his injured feelings towards the police force, the HC noted that the law and order situation had deteriorated to a considerable extent due to the agitators and “many innocent persons lost their lives which included a police officer”.”Many police stations, public buses, were set on fire. Extensive damage was caused to the government properties. In this background, it would be appropriate to infer at this primary stage from the words spoken by the applicant that the same was intended and it did bring the government in the contempt with likelihood of eruption of violence and public disorder,” said the HC.Hardik, the 22-year-old Patel leader, had on October 3 allegedly advised a Surat-based youth from his community to kill the policemen rather than ending his own life.”If you have so much courage…then go and kill a couple of policemen. Patels never commit suicide,” Hardik allegedly told Vipul Desai who had announced that he would commit suicide in support of the quota agitation.Hardik had visited Desai’s house accompanied by a team of a news channel which broadcast the conversation later. The sedition case was filed by Surat police almost 15 days after his controversial statement. Ahmedabad police too have filed a sedition case against Hardik and he is now in the custody of city crime branch.

Sedition charges against Hardik Patel upheld by Gujarat HC

In a setback for Hardik Patel, Gujarat High Court on Tuesday rejected Hardik Patel’s petition challenging sedition complaint against him.

In a setback for Hardik Patel, Gujarat High Court on Tuesday rejected Hardik Patel’s petition challenging sedition complaint against him.Gujarat High Court has upheld sedition charges against the Patel quota agitation leader. Hardik was arrested by the city crime branch on the charges of sedition and waging war against the government.Hardik had on Monday filed a plea in the Gujarat High Court seeking to have the FIR against him quashed.The petition, filed by his lawyer B M Mangukia, said the First Information Report was vague and was only aimed at suppressing the agitation of the Patel community for reservation in OBC category. His actions did not amount to sedition or waging war against the government, it said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This is the second FIR against Hardik where he has been accused of sedition (under section 124-A of IPC).Earlier, Surat police had booked him for sedition for allegedly advising a Patel youth to kill policemen rather than committing suicide. His petition seeking to scrap that FIR is already before the High Court.Ahmedabad police’s crime branch filed a fresh FIR for sedition against Hardik and five of his associates after taking his custody from Surat police.

Akbaruddin Owaisi denied permission to hold rally in Pune ahead of civic polls

Akbaruddin Owaisi is known to make controversial remarks, especially on issues concerning minorities.

An FIR was lodged against Owaisi by the Kishanganj District administration for allegedly making an inflammatory speech at an election rally.

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The Pune Police on Saturday denied permission to AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi for holding a rally at Kondhwa region on October 26 ahead of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) polls. The police have reportedly denied permission to prevent any untoward incident during the Kondhwa by-election, which is scheduled to be held on November. Akbaruddin Owaisi is known to make controversial remarks, especially on issues concerning minorities.Earlier this month, an FIR was lodged against Owaisi by the Kishanganj District administration for allegedly making an inflammatory speech at an election rally. According to reports, Owaisi’s speech had violated provisions of Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CRPC) and an FIR has been lodged under Sections 153A and 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Kochadhaman police station.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He had allegedly used abusive language against all members of parliament except his elder brother Asaduddin Owaisi, who is the AIMIM chief and an MP from Hyderabad. He also allegedly made provocative remarks against BJP leaders.

AgustaWestland chopper deal: Open non-bailable warrant issued against UK national accused

The court’s order came on a plea filed by the ED seeking issuance of open NBW against James, who is presently in Dubai, claiming that Agusta Westland had allegedly paid a “kickback” of around 70 million Euro out of which around 30 million Euros was paid to James and his firm Global Services FZE, Dubai.
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A Delhi court on Friday issued an open non-bailable warrant (NBW) against British national Christian Michel James, an alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal case, after Enforcement Directorate said that his questioning was needed to ascertain key aspects of the matter.”In view of the above submissions open-ended non-bailable warrant be issued against the accused Christian Michel James,” Special CBI Judge Ajay Kumar Jain said.The court’s order came on a plea filed by the ED seeking issuance of open NBW against James, who is presently in Dubai, claiming that Agusta Westland had allegedly paid a “kickback” of around 70 million Euro out of which around 30 million Euros was paid to James and his firm Global Services FZE, Dubai.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The agency claimed, “the investigations revealed that kick backs received by Christian Michel James in his company M/s Global Services, FZE, Dubai in the guise of two agreements from M/s Agusta Westland, were nothing other than that of the kickback which is thus a proceeds of crime.”ED’s prosecutor N K Matta told the court that sustained custodial examination of James was essential for furtherance of investigation in the case to know about the role played by him in the procurement of 12 VVIP helicopter deal and also to identify his accomplices and associates.Matta also informed the court that interrogation of James was necessary to know about the quantum of proceeds of crime he had received as commission for this deal from these firms, details of movable/immovable properties on which the proceeds of crime was invested and allegedly laundered by him and also for “decoding” the names of various persons figuring in the documents recovered during the probe.”It is also relevant to know that where he had parked the commission amount i.e. proceeds of crime, how he had secured the influence of various persons in India for the said procurement and how he was sending the progress report to officials and other private persons involved in the deal from M/s Agusta Westland etc,” the agency claimed.On September 24, the court had issued an open NBW against James on an application by CBI which is also running a parallel probe in the matter.During the hearing on ED’s plea, the agency told the court that based on the open NBW, Interpol India would be requested to issue a red corner notice against James. ED had in July 2014 lodged a case under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against several persons who were named in the FIR registered earlier by the CBI.In November last year, ED had filed a charge sheet in the case against businessman Gautam Khaitan and others, including two Italian men Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke. CBI had named various persons in its FIR in the case which also includes former Indian Air Force chief S P Tyagi. Tyagi, and others, including European alleged middlemen Gerosa, Christian Michel James and Haschke are among the 13 individuals named as accused in CBI’s FIR. Six companies including Italy-based Finmeccanica, Agusta Westland, Mohali-based IDS Infotech, Aeromatrix, IDS Tunisia and IDS Mauritius have also been named by CBI in its FIR.CBI has alleged that during his tenure as IAF Chief, Tyagi and “with his approval”, the Air Force had “conceded to reduce the service ceiling for VVIP helicopters from 6000 metres to 4500 metres as mandatory” to which it was opposing vehemently on the grounds of security constraints and other related reasons.It had alleged reduction of service ceiling — maximum height at which a helicopter can perform normally — allowed UK-based AgustaWestland to get into the fray as, otherwise, its choppers were not qualified for submission of bids.CBI had also alleged Agusta Westland managed to introduce a comparative flight trial with non-functional engine and eventually succeeded in getting the contract for supply of 12 AW-101 VVIP helicopters from the Defence Ministry mainly due to softening of the IAF on service ceiling, after Tyagi took over as its chief.

Hardik Patel’s aides approach Gujarat HC against sedition FIR

The petitioners were arrested outside the high court on October 21, when they had come to the court in connection with a habeas corpus petition alleging that Hardik Patel had been abducted by some people who looked like policemen last month.
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Three close aides of Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel on Friday moved the Gujarat High Court seeking to quash the charges of sedition and “waging war against the government” invoked against them by the city crime branch. The ruling on Hardik’s own petition against another FIR, filed by Surat police, which also includes the grave charge of sedition, is likely to be pronounced on October 27.Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) members Chirag Patel, Ketan Patel and Dinesh Patel filed the petitions through advocate B M Mangukiya. Justice J B Pardiwala is likely to hear them on Monday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The petitioners were arrested outside the high court on October 21, when they had come to the court in connection with a habeas corpus petition alleging that Hardik Patel had been abducted by some people who looked like policemen last month. The three were produced before a metropolitan court which sent them to the custody of the crime branch for a week.The FIR names six persons: Hardik Patel, Ketan Patel, Chirag Patel, Dinesh Patel, Alpesh Kathiria and Amrish Patel. They are charged under IPC sections 121 (waging war against the government), 124 (sedition – bringing hatred, contempt or disaffection towards the government), 153-A (promoting enmity between different communities) and 153-B (assertions prejudicial to the national integrity).The FIR, lodged by ACP K N Patel, claims that Hardik and his aides instigated the community to adopt violent means to “wage war” against the Gujarat government, and relies on transcripts of telephonic conversations and speeches of PAAS members, allegedly instigating violence, on August 25-26 and later.

Hardik Patel asked his aides to block roads if he was arrested before India-SA ODI

The FIR filed on Wednesday which has slapped the serious charge of sedition against Hardik, has transcripts of his telephonic conversations with one Kuldip
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Hardik Patel, who is spearheading the Patel quota agitation, had asked his aides to block all highways of Gujarat if he was held by police ahead of the India-South Africa ODI match in Rajkot on October 18 which he had threatened to disrupt, according to an FIR filed by the city police.The FIR filed on Wednesday which has slapped the serious charge of sedition against Hardik, has transcripts of his telephonic conversations with one Kuldip. In the discussions, Hardik is heard asking him if he would be able to block a highway near Sayla town linking Surendranagar and Rajkot districts anytime it was needed.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another conversation with Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener of Surat, Alpesh Kathiria, that took place on October 17, Hardik had allegedly asked him not to forget to block the highways on October 18, the day of the match.”Do not forget… you will have to block the Kamrej highway (in Surat)…All the highways of Gujarat must be blocked…none would be spared,” Hardik was quoted telling Kathiria.In another conversation on the same day with Kuldip, Hardik had asked the latter to keep watching TV and start their programme when the news of his arrest comes ahead of the cricket match.”Tomorrow…everything must go into right way as and when news of our arrest comes…keep watching the TV…Do not forget it…almost at nine’o clock tomorrow…roads should be blocked…watch carefully…you will have to start that as and when news of our arrest comes,” Hardik told Kuldip.The FIR also has transcripts of his close aide, Dinesh Patel’s telephonic conversation where in he asked an unknown member of PAAS to start riots outside the Rajkot cricket stadium and also to ‘gherao’ cricketers if Hardik is arrested.Hardik, who was detained by Rajkot rural police ahead of the India-South Africa One-Day International as he had threatened to disrupt the match, was arrested by the Rajkot rural police for allegedly insulting the national flag on October 19.Soon after Hardik was granted bail on the same day by a local court, Surat police arrested him in connection with the sedition complaint filed against him for allegedly instigating a Patel youth to kill policemen.A case of sedition under IPC section 124 (sedition) was registered against him in Amroli police station of Surat. Yesterday, the city crime branch had filed second case of sedition against the 22-year-old Patel leader for “waging war against the Gujarat government.”In the second case against Hardik and five others, they were charged under IPC sections 121 (waging war against government), 124 (Sedition), 153-A (promoting enmity between different communities) and 153-B (Assertions prejudicial to national integrity). Others who have been charged include Chirag Patel, Dinesh Patel, Ketan Patel, Amrish Patel and Alepsh Kathiria.

After Rajkot Police grants bail to Hardik Patel, Surat Police arrests him

Hardik was arrested by Rajkot Police for insulting national flag and was slapped with sedition charges by Surat police.
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On Monday evening, Patel agitation leader Hardik Patel, who was arrested by Rajkot Police, for insulting national flag, was released on bail. Soon after being released on bail, Surat Police arrested him on charges of sedition for his alleged controversial remarks instigating a community youth to kill policemen instead of committing suicide. Rajkot Police granted him bail on a bail bond of Rs 10,000.Hardik, who was detained on Sunday by Rajkot rural police ahead of the India-South Africa One-Day International as he had threatened to disrupt the match, was arrested by the rural police for allegedly insulting the national flag.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We have checked all the video footage, which clearly suggested that Hardik did commit an offence of insulting the national flag. Thus, police have lodged an FIR against Hardik at Paddhari Police Station today after which, we have arrested Hardik,” Rajkot-Rural Superintendent of Police Gagandeep Gambhir said.The sedition case has been filed under section 124(A) of IPC at Amroli Police Station in Surat under which any accused, if convicted, can be sentenced to maximum of life imprisonment, while the minimum sentence is of three years. Other IPC sections included in the FIR against Hardik are section 115 (Abetment of offence), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups, 505-2 (incite one community against another) and 506 (criminal intimidation).The 22-year-old fiery leader had allegedly advised a youth from his community to kill cops rather than ending his life.”If you have so much courage…then go and kill a couple of policemen. Patels never commit suicide,” Hardik had allegedly told the youth Vipul Desai, who had announced that he would commit suicide in support of the agitation. (With Agency Inputs)

Rajkot Police to file FIR against Hardik Patel for ‘insulting’ national flag

Hardik’s feet reportedly touched the national flag which he was carrying as he jumped on a car in an attempt to talk to the media when he was stopped by the police at Madhapar crossroads in Rajkot on Sunday afternoon.
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Rajkot district superintendent of police Gagandeep Gambhir said this evening that the police would be registering an FIR against the Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel for “insulting” the national flag.According to Gambhir, Hardik’s feet touched the national flag which he was carrying as he jumped on a car in an attempt to talk to the media when he was stopped by the police at Madhapar crossroads in Rajkot on Sunday afternoon. “Hardik always tries to be in media…when he was stopped by police, he suddenly jumped on the roof of his car with the national flag. While doing so, the flag touched his feet, which is against the dignity of the tricolor,” said the SP.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Whatever he has done is not allowed as per the law. So we will file an FIR for disrespecting the national flag.” Hardik was detained by police on his way to Khandheri cricket stadium in Rajkot ahead of the India-South Africa One Day International. He had threatened to stage a protest at the stadium.Also read- Patel agitation: Hardik Patel’s detention sparks sporadic protests in GujaratGambhir said that action will also be taken against the driver of the car in which Hardik was travelling.”We have also seized the car as the occupants failed to produce any document related to the vehicle. The person who was driving did not have driving license,” he said.

FIR registered against Maoists who attacked police

An FIR was registered on Sunday against five Maoists, including a woman, who fired at police engaged in combing operations in a forest area at Kadkumanna in Agali, a remote tribal belt in Palakkad district.

An FIR was registered on Sunday against five Maoists, including a woman, who fired at police engaged in combing operations in a forest area at Kadkumanna in Agali, a remote tribal belt in Palakkad district.The Maoists armed with guns had attacked two police teams, including ‘Thunderbolt’, a special commando wing under Kerala Police, while they were engaged in routine combing operations inside the forests around 11:30 am on Saturday, police said.When the police retaliated, the Maoists escaped into the deep forests, abandoning two plastic bags and a sack. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Soman from Wayanad and Ayyapan are the first and second accused respectively in the case, police said.Cases have been registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Indian Arms Act besides the UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act).More police have been deployed from neighbouring districts for combing operations in the area, police added.

Bihar Polls: Election Commission ‘cautions’ Sushil Kumar Modi for offering freebies to voters

An FIR has already been lodged against the former Bihar deputy chief minister for allegedly inducing voters by promising colour TVs to ‘dalits’ and ‘mahadalits’, laptops to students and money to buy dhoti-saris to the poor.
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BJP leader Sushil Modi was on Saturday found guilty of violating the model code by Election Commission for allegedly offering freebies to voters in Bihar but was let off with a light rap by the poll panel which asked him to be “cautious” in future.”…the Commission has considered your reply carefully and has observed that you have not denied having made the impugned statements…the Commission has, therefore, held that you have violated the provisions of…Model Code of Conduct. The Commission cautions you to abide by the provisions of MCC in letter and spirit and be more careful in future,” the order said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While issuing the order, the Commission made it clear that as the BJP’s vision document for Bihar was formally issued after his remarks, his statement at an election rally in Bhabua on September 28 is not covered under a section of the Representation of the People Act which states that a declaration of public policy, or a promise of public action will not be deemed to be interference within the meaning of influencing voters.An FIR has already been lodged against the former Bihar deputy chief minister for allegedly inducing voters by promising colour TVs to ‘dalits’ and ‘mahadalits’, laptops to students and money to buy dhoti-saris to the poor.

Noida school girl commits suicide after being harassed by three men

A class 11 girl student on Thursday committed suicide by hanging herself after she was allegedly stalked and harassed by three men.

A class 11 girl student of Noida committed suicide by hanging herself on Thursday after she was allegedly stalked and harassed by three men.”The girl complained about harassment in phase- 3 police station where an FIR was registered under Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty). We have recovered a suicide note from the bag of the deceased in which she has mentioned about being harassed,” Dinesh Yadav, ACP city said.The family members of the deceased girl however alleged that the police didn’t act on their complaint earlier, when the girl had written a suicide note a few days stating that she was very disturbed.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We went to police late at night but they didn’t initiate any action against the accused,” brother of victim said.

Amitabh Thakur submits CD containing alleged threat call by Mulayam Singh Yadav

Earlier on October 13, vigilance officials had also conducted searches at his house.

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Suspended IPS officer Amitabh Thakur on Thursday submitted to the investigating officer a copy of a CD containing the alleged threat call made by SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, in compliance with the order of CJM Lucknow.An FIR under IPC section 506 (criminal intimidation) was registered against Mulayam for allegedly threatening Thakur on July 10 and its CD was submitted to Investigating Officer K N Tewari today on the orders of CJM Lucknow Som Prabha Mishra, Thakur said. Meanwhile, the bank locker of his wife, Nutan Thakur, was seized today following the directions of vigilance officers in connection with an FIR registered against Thakur in the disproportionate assets case.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier on October 13, vigilance officials had also conducted searches at his house.

Lalu Prasad’s remarks violative of Model Code of Conduct: Election Commission

An FIR has already been lodged against Lalu recently in Bihar for allegedly making casteist remarks.
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The Election Commission on Thursday cautioned RJD chief Lalu Prasad for his reported castiest remarks which it said were violative of the model code and asked him to be “more careful” in public utterances during election campaigns in future.”…the Commission has considered your reply carefully and has observed that you have not denied having made the impugned statements…the explanations furnished by you in support of justifying those statements have not been found convincing by the Commission,” the EC said in its order.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It reminded Lalu that the statements can aggravate the differences between different sections of society and also inciting them on grounds of caste and religion.”…the Commission is, thus of the considered opinion that you have violated the provisions…of Model Code of Conduct…now, therefore, the Commission cautions you to abide by the provisions of MCC in letter and spirit and be more careful in public utterances during election campaigns in future,” the poll watchdog said.Related read: EC issues show cause notice to Sharad Yadav over controversial remarksAn FIR has already been lodged against Lalu recently in Bihar for allegedly making casteist remarks. Launching his campaign from Raghopur, the RJD supremo had described the assembly elections as a direct fight between “the backward castes and forward castes” and gave a call to Yadavs and other backward castes to rally behind the secular alliance to defeat BJP-led NDA.Earlier, while issuing the notice, the EC reminded him that “promoting feelings of enmity or hatred between different classes of citizens on the ground of religion, race, caste, community or language” is an electoral offence under section 125 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and also an offence under section 153A and section 505(2) of the IPC.

Centre urges states not to discriminate against minorities while registering FIRs

The Home Ministry said, as per the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), a police officer is duty-bound to register a case on the basis of any information disclosing a cognisable offence and an FIR has to be registered irrespective of territorial jurisdiction.

Family of Mohammad Akhlaq, who was killed in Dadri

Centre has asked all the states and union territories not to discriminate against minorities while registering an FIR as timely filing of chargesheet and speedy trial will restore the faith of different communities.The Home Ministry said, as per the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), a police officer is duty-bound to register a case on the basis of any information disclosing a cognisable offence and an FIR has to be registered irrespective of territorial jurisdiction.The Ministry has asked the state governments to ensure that the instructions are circulated amongst all concerned departments, organisations and others for strict compliance. The advisory, which was sent on Monday, comes in the backdrop of lynching of a Muslim man over rumours of eating beef in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Contrary to PM Modi’s promise, money has gone out of country, claims Congress

Congress had, on Saturday, questioned Modi’s commitment on the black money issue, asking him why no FIR had been filed against Bank of Baroda officials for illegally transferring a whopping Rs 6,172 crore in foreign exchange.

Congress on Wednesday took pot shots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rs 6100-crore remittance case, saying money has gone out of the country contrary to his promise of bringing back black money stashed abroad.”If such a huge amount of black money goes from one bank, one wonders whether such bank accounts have been opened to send black money abroad after NDA government came to power,” Congress spokesperson RPN Singh told reporters. Claiming that the Government got an FIR lodged against the bank officials after Congress raised the issue, Singh made a fresh “revelation” alleging that a company named Star Exim belonging to a person living in Chaibasa in Jharkhand transferred Rs 6000 crore between August 2014 and August 2015.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He also wondered “is there any connection between this and Bihar polls” as Chaibasa falls in the neighbouring Jharkhand. “It is for the newsmen to find out who is this person and to which party he belongs. Since the NDA government has come to power, money has only gone out of the country contrary to Modi’s promise of bringing back black money stashed abroad,” Singh said.According to media reports that Star Exim Limited has its address registered in one of the upscale suites in the famous Tsim Sha Tsui locality of Hong Kong’s famous Kowloon urban area and the owner of this company is a relatively obscure man who lives in the naxal-affected West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand. Congress had, on Saturday, questioned Modi’s commitment on the black money issue, asking him why no FIR had been filed against Bank of Baroda officials for illegally transferring a whopping Rs 6,172 crore in foreign exchange.CBI and Enforcement Directorate arrested six persons including two officials of a Bank of Baroda branch here in connection with Rs 6,172 crore alleged illegal remittances to Hong Kong through the bank.

Dadri lynching: Uttar Pradesh police calls arrested BJP leader’s son ‘innocent’

“CJM after hearing the argument granted police a nine-hour remand. We want to question the accused further as 4-5 people whom we suspect of being part of the mob have not been identified yet,” said a police officer.

Uttar Pradesh Police on Wednesday while seeking custody of two of the prime accused in Mohamad Akhlaq lynching case told the chief judicial magistrate that the accused were ‘innocent children’ and that the main culprits behind the killing are yet to be found. The accused included local BJP leader Sanjay Rana’s son Vishal and his cousin Shivam, both of whom were arrested by UP police last week. The accused had been sent to judicial custody after being produced in the magistrates court following which UP police had moved an application to request custody of the two accused on Tuesday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While seeking police custody of the accused, the prosecution said, “They (accused) are seedhe sadhe bachche (innocent children). Investigations have shown that they gathered outside the deceased’s residence after an announcement was made from a temple loudspeaker. These kids got swayed by the announcement. The main culprits are yet to be found and police need the custody of these two to ascertain the identities of the other accused,” said advocate Vijay Bahadur. The case was being heard by chief judicial magistrate (CJM) Nirmal Chandra Semwal. The counsel for the accused opposed the application stating that onus of identifying the accused was on Uttar Pradesh police. The counsel argued that identification of other absconding accused by those currently under arrest will not be credible. Around 4-5 people who are not yet identified, were mentioned in the FIR. “CJM after hearing the argument granted police a nine-hour remand. We want to question the accused further as 4-5 people whom we suspect of being part of the mob have not been identified yet,” said a police officer. Both the accused told the CJM that they came to know about the killing through their family who told them that they were named in the FIR. They told the CJM that they were in Noida when they were told their Akhlaq’s family had named them as accused in the murder case. Earlier senior police officers had told dna that Vishal Rana was among the people to have entered the village temple and announced from a loudspeaker that a calf had been slaughtered by Mohamad Akhlaq. Rana had also allegedly requested people to gather outside Akhlaq’s home in Bisara village following which a mob killed Akhlaq and inflicted serious injuries on his son Danish. In subsequent police action, six persons were arrested and booked under Sections 147,148,149,302,307, 427,458, 504 and 506 of IPC after the family identified 10 persons who were part of the mob that killed Akhlaq. Vishal and Shivam, who were also named in the FIR along with eight others, were arrested after a five-day manhunt. Their arrest had led to a scathing attack on the BJP by the Opposition which accused the party of spreading communal tension across the country. This was after it was revealed that Vishal’s father was a BJP functionary. Controversial BJP MLA Sangeet Som who held a Sabha in Bisara , had said, “Sanjay Rana was, is and will be a BJP worker”.

Juvenile held for murder was a student of Mohamad Akhlaq’s younger son, reveals police investigation

The juvenile during his questioning told investigators that 22-year-old Danish had served as his private tutor for several years and that he was very close to him. The juvenile was supposed to appear for his 12th standard examination next year.

Mohamad Akhlaq son Danish undergoing treatment

The juvenile accused of being part of the mob that lynched Mohamad Akhlaq was a student of Danish Saifi, the younger son of the deceased, who like his father, was ruthlessly attacked on suspicions of cow slaughter last month.The juvenile during his questioning told investigators that 22-year-old Danish had served as his private tutor for several years and that he was very close to him. The juvenile was supposed to appear for his 12th standard examination next year.The 17-year-old, who is accused number 3 in the FIR, was among the 10 persons who were identified by Akhlaq’s wife. He was the ninth person to have been arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police on the charges of murdering Akhlaq.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to police records accessed by dna, the minor told investigators that Danish had always helped him with his studies and was quite popular among the other kids of the village. Danish, who was aspiring to join the Indian Air Force like his elder brother Sartaj, was grievously injured in the attack and is now undergoing treatment at an army hospital in Delhi.The accused juvenile had been planning to leave Uttar Pradesh via Delhi after he came to know that the police had been looking for him. He is now booked under Sections 147,148,149,302,307, 427,458, 504 and 506 of IPC.Investigation so far has revealed that all the accused had gathered outside Akhlaq’s home in Bisara village of Dadri following an announcement made from loudspeaker of a temple. The announcement, according to police sources, was made by Vishal Rana, the son of a local BJP leader, who was arrested along with his cousin Shivam.Interestingly, police records show the announcement from the temple as extra evidence gathered while questioning possible witnesses. The investigation into Akhlaq’s murder starts with the mob entering his home and beating him. The FIR too has no mention of the announcement made from the temple.The word ‘beef’ or cow meat also finds no mention in the FIR but has come up during questioning of the accused who have told police that they had gathered outside Akhlaq’s home after they heard that he had slaughtered a calf.Vishal, Shivam, Saurabh and Rupendra are said to have led the mob and checked the refrigerators for meat. Soon after the accused found meat, they started beating Akhlaq as well as Danish who had come to the rescue of his father. The rest of the accused joined in when Akhlaq was dragged out of the home.While police officials maintained that the murder took place in a span of 25 minutes and did not seem like a premeditated plan, material evidence gathered by police suggests that the lynching of Akhlaq to some extent was organised. The material evidence includes sticks, iron rods and a spear-like weapon used to inflict injuries.Among other material evidence gathered by the police is samples of Akhlaq’s blood and mud from the scene of crime. The last identified accused in the murder is Hari Om who has managed to evade arrest so far. Four to five more persons involved in the gruesome murder are yet to be identified by the police.

Suspended IPS officer Amitabh Thakur moves court against Vigilance raid

In his complaint, Thakur alleged while the Vigilance officers falsely framed him in the disproportionate assets case after SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s complaint, yesterday’s search was conducted after his complaint against Vigilance Director Bhanu Pratap Singh.
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Suspended IPS officer Amitabh Thakur on Wednesday filed a complaint in a local court alleging gross irregularities in the Vigilance establishment’s search carried out at his residence in Gomti Nagar area in Lucknow on Tuesday.Special Judge Anand Prakash sought from investigating officer Daddan Chaube to file a written reply on the complaint by October 16, Thakur said.In his complaint, Thakur alleged while the Vigilance officers falsely framed him in the disproportionate assets case after SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s complaint, yesterday’s search was conducted after his complaint against Vigilance Director Bhanu Pratap Singh. He charged the raid was conducted in “a most arbitrary manner” where despite requests by him and social activist wife Nutan Thakur, their house was searched half-heartedly and his wife’s locker was not searched despite having taken a search warrant from the court.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The most serious thing was that the Vigilance team did not even provide him a copy of the search list which is legally mandatory, he alleged. Thakur prayed for providing him the original search list. He also prayed for the case to be investigated under the direct monitoring of the court.Thakur has last week given a complaint at Vibhuti Khand police station, seeking registration of FIR against the Vigilance Director and others for alleged misrepresentation of facts in their inquiry report against him.The Vigilance Department had lodged an FIR against Thakur last month charging him with possessing assets disproportionate to known sources of his income. He was suspended in July after he lodged a police complaint against Mulayam, accusing him of threatening him over phone and attached to the Director General of Police (Headquarters).

FTII row: Pune court denies bail plea of 12 students

The students were out on anticipatory bail since August 19.

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Twelve students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), who were booked in August for forcefully confining institute director Prashant Pathrabe to his office for several hours, were produced in magisterial court on Monday where they applied for a bail.A magisterial court on Monday denied bail to twelve students from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) who were arrested for forcefully gheraoing director Prashant Pathrabe have been denied bail. The students were out on anticipatory bail since August 19. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 50 students were booked by police after Pathrabe filed an FIR against them. While arrests warrant were issued against 15, five were taken by the cops that night.The five students were released on bail by a magisterial court, and 12 others who had approached the court had got anticipatory bail. But the bail period exhausted, after which they were produced before the Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Rajesh Tiwari where they applied for a bail.

Varanasi Violence: BJP leader warns UP government against arresting any saint

Demanding withdrawal of the “false cases” lodged against seers and local people, they warned the UP government that if police would arrest any innocent seer then for saving the dignity of seers, they would go to any extent.

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BJP leaders on Thursday warned the Uttar Pradesh government against arresting any saint in connection with Monday’s violence in the city, claiming police have “falsely implicated” them in the FIR. If police would arrest any saint in connection with the violence, then the partymen would court their arrest, they said.BJP MLC Laxman Acharya and MLAs Shyam Deo Roy Chaudhary and Jyotsana Srivastava along with party’s media in-charge Sanjay Bhardwaj in a joint press conference alleged that the saints who were taking out a protest march ‘Pratikar Yatra’ on October 5 from Townhall to Dashashwmedh ghat have been “falsely implicated in the FIR lodged by UP police” .<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Demanding withdrawal of the “false cases” lodged against seers and local people, they warned the UP government that if police would arrest any innocent seer then for saving the dignity of seers, they would go to any extent.BJP leaders alleged that police has booked Swami Avimukteshwaranand, who led the protest march along with thousands of people including seers and political leaders.They caimed that “police is also preparing to arest the Swami”, and BJP will not let this happen, adding that partymen “will give their own arrest if this happens”.Along with Avimukteshwaranand, police has also booked Mahant Balak Das and Mahant Santosh Das along with others.The BJP leaders also demanded a judicial inquiry into the violent incident here at Godowlia crossing so that the real culprits would be brought to book.Violence erupted here on October 5 during a march by seers and some other locals, when some people in the crowd resorted to stone-pelting.Thousands of people, including seers and locals, were taking out the protest march from Townhall to Dashashwamed Ghat against the incident of lathicharge on them during their dharna staged between September 21 and 23 for preventing them from immersing Ganesha idols in Ganga.On Tuesday Congress MLA Ajay Rai was arrested along with 50 others in connection with violence and arson in Varanasi.Yesterday, Congress also demanded a judicial probe into the Varanasi arson and slammed the arrest of its MLA Rai, who the party claimed was trying to maintain “peace and order” as the violence erupted.

CBI raids 12 locations related to Yadav Singh

Sources told dna that CBI raided the Delhi residence of directors of NKG Infrastructure Pvt Ltd and JSP Constructions Ltd. Other locations to be searched were in Ghaziabad and Noida

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday conducted searches at 12 locations spread across Delhi and NCR in connection with a probe against former chief engineer Yadav Singh who is being investigated for an alleged scam worth Rs 950 crore.The probe agency said that teams of CBI officials searched both residences and offices of four firms in Ghaziabad and Noida and its directors. The directors, according to the agency, were allegedly involved in the execution of a project. In addition, search has also been conducted in the office of a hotel at NOIDA which is a joint venture of two firms.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to sources, the firms that were raided include NKG Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, Anand Builtech Pvt Ltd, Tirupati Constructions, JSP Constructions Ltd and a hotel in Noida named Gold Link Hospitality. The hotel is a joint venture of NKG Infrastructure Pvt Ltd and Anand Builtech Pvt Ltd.Sources told dna that CBI raided the Delhi residence of directors of NKG Infrastructure Pvt Ltd and JSP Constructions Ltd. Other locations to be searched were in Ghaziabad and Noida”The relevant files and documents of the case; laptops; iPads? and computers from the office premises recovered during searches, are being scrutinised,” said a CBI official.CBI had registered a case against the then chief engineer of Noida, Greater Noida and the Yamuna Expressway Authorities (UP) and unknown others under various sections of IPC and of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 on the allegations of executing engineering work between December 14 and December 23, 2011, in which agreement bonds for Rs 954.38 crore (approx) were executed by Engineering Department of NOIDA (UP).The Uttar Pradesh police has already registered an FIR against then chief engineer. The allegations levelled in the FIR were that the then chief engineer, NOIDA, Greater NOIDA and the Yamuna Expressway Authorities (UP) entered into criminal conspiracy with unknown private persons, firms and awarded various contracts without following the laid down procedures and thereby caused undue pecuniary gains to the tune of crores of rupees to private firms and to himself. After investigation, the local police submitted closure report which was accepted on April 27,2014 by the court of special judge, Gautam Budha Nagar (UP).

BJP members thrash MLA over beef row in J&K House

Rashid was punched, kicked and abused by the MLAs as soon as he took his seat in the House on Thursday morning. A group of BJP legislators led by MLA Nowshera and president of Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha Ravinder Raina pounced on Rashid and caught him by the neck trying to pull him down.

National Conference legislators come to the aid of Engineer Rashid in the J&K assembly

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A group of BJP MLAs physically assaulted the independent lawmaker from Langate Sheikh Abdul Rashid aka Engineer Rashid in the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly for hosting the beef party in MLAs hostel lawns on Wednesday evening.Rashid was punched, kicked and abused by the MLAs as soon as he took his seat in the House on Thursday morning. A group of BJP legislators led by MLA Nowshera and president of Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha Ravinder Raina pounced on Rashid and caught him by the neck trying to pull him down.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, National Conference and Congress members and independents immediately swung into action and saved Rashid from the clutches of the BJP MLAs who were unrepentant about their behaviour.”They tried to kill me. They kicked and hit me on my chest. I fell unconscious for a moment and did not know what was going on. Education minister Naeem Akthar had a few days ago said they will sacrifice me and today they put the plan in action. If this is democracy, then shame on Indian democracy,” Rashid said.Rashid, who heads Awami Ithaad Party, said he was consulting the legal experts about lodging an FIR against the BJP MLA for assault on him. “I am in touch with my legal team to find out whether an FIR could be lodged. If the law permits, I will lodge an FIR for murderous assault on me,” he later told dna.Chaos and confusion reigned supreme in the House after BJP members thrashed Rashid. Slogans rent the air with opposition walking out in protest against the unruly behaviour of BJP members in the House.Leading the charge was NC working president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah who asked the chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to stand up and condemn the behaviour of the members of alliance partner.”What Rashid did after Supreme Court order is not illegal. He has not broken any law. so why punish him,” he said.Under fire, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed strongly condemned the incident and urged his deputy and BJP leader Nirmal Singh to make a statement and admit that mistake has been committed (by members of his party).”What happened today is highly unfortunate. The sanctity of the House should be maintained and it should not be reduced to a wrestling ring where blows are exchanged. Legislative assembly is a sacred forum where laws are made and matters of public importance are raised and deliberated upon,” Mufti said. Deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh condemned the incident but with a rider that the hosting of beef party by Rashid in the MLA hostel too had hurt the sentiments of the people. “I condemn the incident in the House. The hosting of beef party by Rashid also hurt the sentiments of the people,” he said.However, the BJP members involved in the attack remained defiant saying cow is their mother and nobody has right to hurt their sentiments.”Cow slaughter or sale of cow beef is banned under section 298 of Ranbir Penal Code. Hindus all over the world consider cow as their mother. However Rashid provoked us when he entered the House by saying he would host thousands of beef parties in every nook and corner of the valley,” said Ravinder Raina, BJP MLA from Nowhsera.Raina said he has filed a formal complaint before the police to lodge an FIR against Rashid for hosting the beef party. “I have talked to the director general of police. I have also moved an application before the police station Kothi Bagh for registering a case against Rashid, but no action has been taken so far,” he said.Meanwhile, authorities on Thursday suspended the manager and deputy manager of the MLA hostel pending enquiry into the hosting of beef party by lawmaker from Langate Engineer Rashid.