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Supreme Court pulls up CBI for delay in coal scam cases

Expressing unhappiness over the “prolonged delay” in the investigation of coal scam-related cases by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Supreme Court on Monday said, “it could not be an unending affair.””Something has to be done. It can’t go on like this,” said a bench of Justice Madan B Lokur, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice A K Sikri reminding the investigating agency that it was supposed to wrap up all the investigations by December 31, 2014 and that now 2015 is going to end.Noting that a “considerable time has already been taken”, the court granted the CBI time till March 31, 2016 and asked it to complete the investigation as early as possible.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court observation came after the investigating agency sought its nod for relieving one of its senior officers, who is supervising investigations into coal scam-related cases, upon his “prestigious” appointment to the National Defence College.The court said that such movement of officers from the investigating agency delays the investigation after CBI’s counsel Amarendra Sharan tried to impress upon the court that movement of the senior ranking officer for another posting may not affect the pace of investigations.”It can’t go on like this. We are very clear about it. You have to be clear as well,” the court the CBI.Sharan said the investigation was not into the old cases but in the 15 new cases that were taken up later, adding the probe into these case was “very fast”.Meanwhile, the bench was also unhappy with the Directorate of Enforcement’s provisional orders for the attachments of properties worth Rs186 crore, Rs 24.5 crore and Rs 2 crore but no complaint has been filed so far in two cases wherein the investigating agency in its progress report till September 11 had said that it would be filing “complaint shortly”.In the third case also it failed to file the complaint.Sharan told the court that in the first two cases, the complaints was with the special public prosecutor R S Cheema who is heading the prosecution of the coal scam cases by the CBI. He also sought time till end of this month to file a fresh status report.

Gujarat High Court rejects poll code breach plea against PM Modi

On April 30, 2014, when the voting was underway in 26 Lok Sabha seats of Gujarat, Modi, the then Prime Ministerial candidate of BJP, had addressed a press conference immediately after he voted in a school at Ranip area of Ahmedabad and displayed his party’s symbol lotus

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The Gujarat High Court on Thursday rejected a petition filed by an AAP worker against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for alleged poll code breach relating to taking of a selfie and displaying the BJP symbol lotus after voting in the Lok Sabha poll here in April 2014.Upholding a lower court order in the matter, Justice J B Pardiwala said “I am not impressed with your submission that the magistrate did not follow proper procedure while dismissing your petition.” “As per my interpretation, the magistrate has the power to reject and it was done in an appropriate manner. So, I hereby reject it (the petition),” Justice Pardiwala said. The petition was filed by Aam Aadmi Party worker Nishant Verma against the local court verdict which had in May last dismissed his plea seeking legal action against Modi for allegedly breaching the poll code last year.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On April 30, 2014, when the voting was underway in 26 Lok Sabha seats of Gujarat, Modi, the then Prime Ministerial candidate of BJP, had addressed a press conference immediately after he voted in a school at Ranip area of Ahmedabad and displayed his party’s symbol lotus, according to the petition. Modi also took a selfie from his mobile phone while holding a replica of the saffron party’s symbol, it said.Verma had moved the High Court against the order of Chief Judicial Magistrate of Ahmedabad Rural Court S R Sinh who rejected his plea by holding that a probe by the Crime Branch, which had filed a closure report giving a clean chit to Modi in the matter, was just and proper. During arguments before the HC, K R Koshti, advocate for the petitioner, submitted that the police had investigated the matter in a manner as if it was under the influence of the opponent (Modi) who was then Chief Minister of the state.Koshti said Modi was conscious that the entire media was there and his showing of party symbol would go as a message to the entire country. Koshti contended that the Investigating Officer of the case had neither informed the Election Commission — which had directed filing of an FIR — nor the petitioner about the submission of a closure report giving a clean chit to Modi.The HC asked Koshti why a private complaint was filed even when the EC had directed the police to file an FIR in the case. Responding to this, Koshti said the police did not file a “proper” FIR in the case of alleged poll code breach.Appearing for the government, Advocate General Kamal Trivedi opposed the plea and said the petitioner had not even once appeared before the Investigating officer of the case. Trivedi said during the proceeding in the lower court there were 12 adjournments, but the petitioner did not produce any witness when the case was being heard there.

Absconding accused in 2002 Godhra train burning arrested

Ahmedabad: An accused in Sabarmati Express train burning incident who was absconding since 2002 was arrested by the Godhra Local Crime Branch (LCB) in Gujarat’s Panchmahal district on Friday, police said.

Farookh Mohammad Dhantiya (45) was nabbed by the LCB on a specific tip off from his residence near Issac mosque in Signal Falia area near Godhra railway station this morning, sub-inspector of Godhra LCB, HB Zala, said.

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“Dhantiya has been on the run after the incident that took place on 27 February, 2002. Recently, we learnt that he is living at Signal Falia in Godhra and was nabbed this morning. He will be handed over to the Special Investigating Team (SIT), formed to investigate the incident for further probe,” said Zala.

Dhantiya is the third ‘wanted accused’ in the case to be arrested by the Godhra LCB in the recent past.

Earlier, on 16 July, LCB had nabbed one Kadir Abdul Gani from Godhra town and handed him over to SIT, while one Hussain Suleman Mohan (35) was held from Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh on 23 July.

As many as 58 people had died when the S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express was torched at Godhra railway station on 27 February, 2002. The incident had triggered large scale riots in the state in which around 1,000 people, mostly of a minority community, were killed.

A court in February 2011 had convicted 31 persons in connection with the incident. Out of the 31, 11 were awarded death penalty, while 20 were sentenced to life term.

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Jail authorities reject drug overdose, attempt to murder theories for Indrani’s hospitalisation

Mumbai: Jail authorities have ruled out drug overdose and “attempt to murder” angles in the Sheena Bora murder case accused Indrani Mukerjea’s sudden collapse in prison last week and are now focusing on a “new angle”, a senior Home Department official said on Thursday.

Indrani Mukerjea. PTI

Indrani Mukerjea. PTI

The official, privy to probe into the last Friday’s episode at Byculla Women’s Prison, where she fell unconscious, said focus on altogether a different angle has led authorities to defer submission of their report by a few days. The report was to be submitted this week.

He, however, declined to elaborate on the angle authorities are focusing on.

Indrani was rushed to state-run JJ Hospital after she fell unconscious. The 43-year-old was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday last.

“Going by the information gathered till now, it seems highly unlikely that Indrani could attempt suicide. She has denied attempting suicide and anti-anxiety medicines were being given to her in presence of a jail doctor. Also, she had no place to hide medicines in her cell,” the official said.

“Attempt to murder” theory has been discarded because the food provided to her is cooked by inmates themselves, he said.

“If somebody wanted to murder her, there would have been a long chain to follow. This could not have been possible without the support of other inmates. The Investigating Officer has taken statements of people who have come in contact with Indrani in the prison. Nobody seems to have been involved in assisting a third party in trying to kill her.”

“Once these two theories are discarded, the Investigating Officer is now working on a new angle. The findings of this, coupled with evidence collected till now and the JJ Hospital report will then be scrutinised and a report will be submitted by either Monday or Tuesday,” he said.

Newly-appointed IG (Prisons) Bipin Kumar Singh is heading the probe into the episode.

After Indrani’s hospitalisation, conflicting reports had emerged on suspected drug overdose in prison. While one report showed she had overdosed on anti-depressant pills, the other found no such thing.

Meanwhile, Principal Secretary Home (Appeal & Security) Satbir Singh said that the British Consulate has given an application to the Centre to allow its officials to meet Indrani in the Jail premises.

“The Centre had granted the required permission. It is now up to British Consulate to write to Jail authority whenever they want to meet Indrani,” Singh said.

Indrani and the two other accused – her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyam Rai – were arrested in August-end on the charge of murdering her daughter Sheena and disposing the body in a forest in Raigad district, about 84 km from here, in April 2012.

The case, initially with Mumbai Police, is now being handled by CBI.

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Report on Indrani Mukerjea jail episode delayed; focus now on new angle

The suicide as well as murder motive have been rejected.

Jail authorities have ruled out drug overdose and “attempt to murder” angles in the Sheena Bora murder case accused Indrani Mukerjea’s sudden collapse in prison last week and are now focusing on a “new angle”, a senior Home Department official said on Thursday. The official, privy to probe into the last Friday’s episode at Byculla Women’s Prison, where she fell unconscious, said focus on altogether a different angle has led authorities to defer submission of their report by a few days. The report was to be submitted this week. He, however, declined to elaborate on the angle authorities are focusing on.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indrani was rushed to state-run JJ Hospital after she fell unconscious. The 43-year-old was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday last. “Going by the information gathered till now, it seems highly unlikely that Indrani could attempt suicide. She has denied attempting suicide and anti-anxiety medicines were being given to her in presence of a jail doctor. Also, she had no place to hide medicines in her cell,” the official said. “Attempt to murder” theory has been discarded because the food provided to her is cooked by inmates themselves, he said. “If somebody wanted to murder her, there would have been a long chain to follow. This could not have been possible without the support of other inmates. The Investigating Officer has taken statements of people who have come in contact with Indrani in the prison. Nobody seems to have been involved in assisting a third party in trying to kill her. Once these two theories are discarded, the Investigating Officer is now working on a new angle.”The findings of this, coupled with evidence collected till now and the JJ Hospital report will then be scrutinised and a report will be submitted by either Monday or Tuesday,” he said. Newly-appointed IG (Prisons) Bipin Kumar Singh is heading the probe into the episode. After Indrani’s hospitalisation, conflicting reports had emerged on suspected drug overdose in prison. While one report showed she had overdosed on anti-depressant pills, the other found no such thing. Meanwhile, Principal Secretary Home (Appeal & Security) Satbir Singh said that the British Consulate has given an application to the Centre to allow its officials to meet Indrani in the Jail premises. “The Centre had granted the required permission. It is now up to British Consulate to write to Jail authority whenever they want to meet Indrani,” Singh said.Indrani and the two other accused – her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyam Rai – were arrested in August- end on the charge of murdering her daughter Sheena and disposing the body in a forest in Raigad district, about 84 km from here, in April 2012. The case, initially with Mumbai Police, is now being handled by CBI.

Govind Pansare murder case: Bombay HC asks SIT what steps have been taken to nab suspect

The bench was hearing petitions filed by the kin of Dabholkar and Pansare seeking the High Court to monitor the probe.

Pansare was shot dead outside his residence in Kolhapur in February this year.
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The Bombay High Court on Wednesday sought to know from a Special Investigating Team (SIT) of state CID what steps it has taken to arrest 2009 Goa blast accused Rudra Patil, an alleged member of right wing group Sanatan Sanstha and prime suspect in the murder of social activist Govind Pansare.A division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Rajesh Ketkar directed the SIT to file a report stating steps taken by it to apprehend Patil by October 20. The direction was passed after the bench was informed that Sameer Gaikwad of Sanatan Sanstha, who was arrested recently in the Pansare murder case, was a friend of Patil. The court also directed CBI, which is probing the murder of another rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, to submit its investigation report by October 20.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bench was hearing petitions filed by the kin of Dabholkar and Pansare seeking the High Court to monitor the probe. Both the agencies today submitted confidential reports to the court. After perusing the SIT’s report, Justice More said “the report is silent on what steps have been taken to arrest Rudra Patil.”The court also expressed displeasure over the state’s failure to appoint a special public prosecutor in the case and said “it is really sorry state of affairs that in such sensitive cases special public prosecutors are not appointed.” Calling for fresh probe reports by October 20, the bench said “we want to satisfy ourselves that investigation is moving in the proper direction.”The High Court had in May last year transferred the probe in Dabholkar murder case to CBI from state police after his family petitioned the High Court. Dabholkar was shot dead in Pune on August 20, 2013.Pansare was shot dead outside his residence in Kolhapur in February this year.

Black money SIT wants list of companies registered on single address

The SIT is set to file its third report on black money before the apex court on Wednesday (today).

To tighten the noose against companies flouting laws to stash away black money, the Supreme Court (SC)-appointed Special Investigating Team (SIT) has asked the corporate affairs ministry to furnish a list detailing the number of companies registered on a single address.The SIT is set to file its third report on black money before the apex court on Wednesday (today).A government source told dna that the SIT has also sought details of how many persons are directors in more than 20 companies. Under the Companies Act, one person is allowed to be director in 20 companies. If a person exceeds this number, there is a grace period of one year. If he does not resign after the expiry of this grace period, a penalty ranging from Rs 5,000 to 25,000 per day can be imposed.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a recent SIT meeting, attended by vice-chairman Justice Arijit Pasayat and other members, including the senior officers from Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Income-Tax (I-T), the possible hawala transactions taking place in these company addresses, apparently not genuine, were discussed. Declared unaccounted wealth of companies by September 30 and the number of people on company boards were also discussed.The SIT asked the ED and I-T officials to act against these companies and the directors.The SC had set up the SIT on June 2011 to to bring back black money stashed away by Indians in various banks abroad, following a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) by noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani.As per the finance ministry, unaccounted money worth Rs 4,147 were declared by September 30, the last day of a compliance window to declare black money salted away overseas.The individuals who declared this money include doctors, engineers and former senior managers who used to work overseas. These professionals formed the biggest chunk of those who declared unaccounted money.

Indrani Mukerjea’s statement on jail episode to be recorded tonight

Whatever Indrani tells authorities will be included in the report that is to be sent to the state Home Ministry, said an official.

Indrani has completely recovered now and is safe and sound (File Photo)

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As Indrani Mukerjea, key accused in Sheena Bora murder case, returned to jail after being discharged from hospital on Tuesday, the stage is set for recording her statement about the circumstances under which she fell unconscious last Friday. The former media executive is mentally and physically fit now and her statement will be recorded either by tonight or tomorrow morning, said Vijay Satbir Singh, Principal Secretary (Appeals and Security). Newly-appointed IG (Prisons) Bipin Kumar Singh is heading the probe into the circumstances under which Indrani collapsed in Byculla Women’s Prison, where she is lodged under judicial custody, and rushed to J J Hospital five days ago. It is suspected that the 43-year-old had overdose of anti-depressant pills.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vijay Singh said prison officials were unable to record her statement while she was in the hospital as they thought she was not in a proper frame of mind. “She has completely recovered now and is safe and sound. The crisis is over. It is now for the inquiry officer to record her statement at his convenience. Whatever she tells authorities will be included in the report that is to be sent to the state Home Ministry,” Vijay Singh said. After Indrani’s hospitalisation, government’s top priority was to save her life and provide her with proper treatment, the senior bureaucrat said. “Now that she is well, inquiry can start anytime now – either by tonight or tomorrow morning. The Investigating Officer (Bipin) was in Pune to take charge of his new posting.He may send a subordinate to record Indrani’s statement.” “We did not collect any information while she was in hospital because, though she was talking to doctors, she was drowsy and thus could have given incorrect answers that would have mislead the investigation. “She was not in proper senses then. She is physically and mentally competent now and thus it is for the IO to collect information at the earliest possible time,” he said.

Somnath Bharti moves court seeking monitoring of probe in domestic violence case

New Delhi: Former Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti on Wednesday moved a city court seeking monitoring of probe in a domestic violence and attempt to murder case filed by his wife and sought cancellation of the non-bailable warrant (NBW) issued against him.

Denying allegation that he had unleashed his dog on his wife Lipika, Bharti said he was ready to have the dog examined by the Investigating Officer(IO) or an expert.

In his petition, Bharti said “it is submitted that experts say that a family dog can never be forced against one family member by another. Further, the said dog was a Labrador, and Labradors by the very nature are peaceful animals.”

The plea was moved before Metropolitan Magistrate Manika, who had issued NBW against Bharti last Monday, would come up for hearing on 18 September.

File photo of Somnath Bharti. Image Credit: Facebook

File photo of Somnath Bharti. Image Credit: Facebook

In his application, Bharti has claimed that invocation of section 307 (attempt to murder) of IPC in the FIR was “politically motivated” to somehow arrest him and alleged that it was done under the dictates of the central government “which is disgruntled due to the recent loss in Delhi elections and is taking revenge by targeting (AAP) leaders.”

In the applications moved through advocate Vijay Aggarwal, Bharti said he has joined investigation on three occasions and also claimed that the police was prejudiced against him due to issuance of notice to Commissioner of Police in a separate matter which has “led to the malicious and vindictive conduct of the Commissioner in the case in order to frame and persecute him.”

It said that as he was the Chairman of the Privileges Committee of the State Assembly, Bharti was tasked to issue notice to the Police Commissioner for breach of privilege in a matter.

Seeking cancellation of the NBW issued against him, Bharti said it had no purpose as he was not absconding from the law.

The NBW was issued on an application moved by the Delhi Police which had contended that Bharti was not cooperating in the probe and had failed to appear for interrogation despite three summons issued to him.

Regarding allegations made by Lipika under section 313 IPC (causing miscarriage without woman’s consent) against Bharti that he had forced her to get an abortion done, Bharti claimed he was in possession of various audio conversations, which make it clear that the allegations are false.

“In the conversation, the Complainant (Lipika) herself told the Applicant (Bharti) that there is no need for the Applicant to accompany the complainant for the abortion. The copy of the CDs of the audio conversations between complainant and applicant falsify the allegations of commission of offence under section 313 IPC,” the plea said.

Lipika had filed a complaint of domestic violence with the Delhi Commission for Women on 10 June alleging that her husband had been abusing her since their marriage in 2010. She had also given a complaint to police in this regard.

The Delhi Police has registered an FIR against Bharti under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 498A(cruelty towards partner in marriage), 324(voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 313 read with 511 (attempt to cause miscarriage without woman’s consent), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC.

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Delhi Court allows RK Pachauri to travel Kazakhstan to meet its President

Prosecution alleged that Pachauri who has “high connections” may seek political asylum from the Kazakhstan government.

TERI Director General RK Pachauri, facing sexual harassment charges from a woman employee, was on Tuesday allowed by a Delhi court to travel to Kazakhstan for a conference on climate change. Metropolitan Magistrate Vandana Jain allowed Pachauri to travel to Kazakhstan from September 16 to September 19 and asked him to intimate about his arrival back to India to the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case and the court. “Till date, he (Pachauri) has not violated any condition laid down by the sessions court while passing order on anticipatory bail. I do not feel any reason to decline the relief sought in the present application. Application is hereby allowed,” the court said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>During brief arguments, Pachauri’s counsel said at the invitation of Kazakhstan government, his client has to give a presentation on the impact of climate change in which others scientists are also participating. He said the court had earlier too allowed Pachauri to visit China and Japan and no condition was defaulted. Advocate Prashant Mendirata, appearing for the complainant, opposed Pachauri’s plea saying a petition seeking cancellation of anticipatory bail granted to the accused was pending before the High Court and there was a possiblity that he may leave the country and never return.Maintaining that the petition before the High Court will come up for hearing on September 30, he alleged that Pachauri who has “high connections” may seek political asylum from the Kazakhstan government. Pachauri’s counsel however rebutted the claim saying that political asylum was a “far-fetched” idea and if fundamental principles of track record is followed, then it can be seen that he has cooperated with the police and investigation and followed all conditions imposed by the court.On February 13, an FIR was registered against Pachauri on charges of sexual harassment under IPC sections 354, 354 (a), 354(d) (molestation) and 506 (criminal intimidation). TERI governing council had on July 23 appointed Dr Ajay Mathur, currently the director general of Bureau of Energy Efficiency, as its Director General. Pachauri had stepped down from United Nations’ IPCC and the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change.

Coal scam: Ex-CBI officer empowered to summon in probe against Ranjit Sinha, says Supreme Court

Sharma, who was present in the court, informed through Attorney General (AG) that he required three retired officers, a sub-inspector from Economic Offence Wing (EOW), Mumbai and two stenos to start with his assignment entrusted by the court.

Former CBI special director ML Sharma on Monday told the Supreme Court that he will start the inquiry against ex-director Ranjit Sinha for his meeting with the accused persons in the coal block cases.Sharma, who was present in the court, informed through Attorney General (AG) that he required three retired officers, a sub-inspector from Economic Offence Wing (EOW), Mumbai and two stenos to start with his assignment entrusted by the court.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special bench of justices Madan B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and A K Sikri allowed his submission saying “we make it clear that Mr Sharma is entitled to summon any person in the inquiry.”The bench also allowed that he will have access to all documents required by him for his probe.Directing CBI to provide office space, transportation, accommodation for the officers, who will assist him, and infrastructure within a week time, the bench asked Sharma to submit the report of inquiry in three months.The court, which has been monitoring the probe in coal blocks allocation, had chosen Sharma to lead the enquiry team against Sinha.On May 14, indicting Sinha, the bench had held that it was completely “inappropriate” for Sharma to have met coal case accused in the absence of any Investigating Officer (IO) and directed the CVC’s assistance.The NGO Common Cause, which is the petitioner in the coal block allocation scam, through its advocate Prashant Bhushan, has filed a plea for a thorough probe against Sinha and sought for SIT probe.In an expose by dna, which had access to guests register of Sinha’s then official residence 2 Janpath in Delhi, had reported series of stories of his meeting with several accused persons in the high profile cases including that of 2G spectrum scam, coal block allocation including a former union minister, an MP and also meeting with controversial meet exporter Moin Qureshi.dna had highlighted that Qureshi is a friend of Sinha’s predecessor AP Singh and he is equally friendly with Sinha. The guests’ diary detail disclosed that Qureshi had visited Sinha’s residence at least 90 times.Sinha, retired from service on December 2 last year, had admitted of his meeting accused while claiming that “it was part of his jobs as a supervisory officer to meet the accused and meeting was not illegal.”

Teesta Setalvad’s controversial tweet: Gujarat HC issues notices to state govt, complainant

After Teesta Setalvad was filed with an FIR for uploading objectionable images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses on Twitter, she is seeking for it to be taken down.

Writer and activist Teesta Setalvad
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The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the state government and a complainant on a plea by social activist Teesta Setalvad seeking quashing of an FIR in a case in which she is accused of putting objectionable pictures of Hindu deities on a popular social networking site.Justice J B Pardiwala issued notices to government and Raju Patel, the complainant, over Setalvad’s plea to quash the FIR against her registered at Gathlodia Police Station in Ahmedabad. The HC also asked the Investigating Officer in the case to remain present before it on September 30, the next date of hearing.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The FIR was filed in August last year on a complaint by Patel who said Setalvad had uploaded objectionable images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses on her account on Twitter, thus hurting the majority community’s religious sentiments. She was booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 153(a) (promoting enmity between two religious groups) and section 205(a) (committing a deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings by insulting religion or religious beliefs) along with IT Act.The 53-year-old activist had later apologised and removed the images from her Twitter account.

Udhampur attack: NIA arrests man who helped LeT terrorists enter India from PoK

Showkat had helped Naved and 3 other LeT terrorists transport from Baramulla soon after which they infiltrated into India from PoK.
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The National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Tuesday arrested Showkat Ahmed Bhat who played a major role in helping 4 LeT terrorists get transported into India from PoK before the Udhampur attack. Mohammad Naved Yakub, who reportedly came to India to avenge the atrocities inflicted on Kashmiris, had attacked a BSF bus on August 5 at Narsu nallah in Udhampur district, killing two troopers and injuring 11 others. Naved was caught alive by villagers after the militant attack. (Read: Pakistan Exposed Again; After Naved, another terrorist caught alive)<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Related read: Showkat had helped Naved and 3 other LeT terrorists transport from Baramulla soon after which they infiltrated into India from PoK. Last month, Naved was subjected to a lie-detector test. According to media reports, during the test he had admitted that he was from Pakistan. Also Read: Terrorist Naved Yakub wants to go back to Pakistan to kill LeT handlers, says report

Malegaon blasts case: PIL in SC accuses NDA of going soft on accused

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

The PIL filed by Harsh Mander alleged that National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials had pressured erstwhile Special Public Prosecutor in the case Rohini Salian to “go soft” on the accused “presumably” under instructions from their “political masters”.

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The petition, filed through senior counsel Indira Jaising, has alleged that Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which is the controlling Ministry of NIA, “have been allegedly trying to influence/pressurize an honest Public Prosecutor to go soft on the accused persons”.

The petitioner has sought the apex court’s intervention to ensure a fair trial as there were reasons to “credibly fear” that “executive is attempting to influence the judicial system to cave in to the pressure exerted by it in all matters, including affording protection to right wing extremists who sympathize with its ideology”.

Salian, who was SPP in the case, had recently stirred a controversy when she alleged an NIA officer had told her to “go soft” on the accused, a charge denied by the anti-terror agency. She also claimed the same officer had told her that she would be replaced. Salian is no longer on NIA’s panel of lawyers.

“That the factual conspectus afore-stated goes a long way in showing that the government of the day has tried to interfere with the functioning of special public prosecutor, treating the post as if it is under the Government in utter disregard to the principle laid down by this Court…,” the PIL said.

It sought a direction to the Centre to appoint a SPP to conduct “fair” trial and constitute a Special Investigating Team of CBI to probe alleged actions of NIA officials who allegedly pressured Salian.

The PIL said pressure exerted on Salian by NIA officials seriously compromised a fair and transparent trial in the case.

“If there is credible reason to fear that public prosecutors are made to succumb to the wishes of their political masters, it is submitted that public faith in the entire edifice on which the free, fair and transparent trial is based would crumble,” it said.

Referring to Salian’s interview to media, the plea alleged that she had made “startling revelations” regarding “hidden hands allegedly nudging the judicial system to free the accused in the 2008 Malegaon case.”

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‘Unfortunate father’ knew about arms training, Naved reveals to interrogators

Less than a week after the arrest of Mohammed Naved following the terror attack in Udhampur, details have already emerged from his interrogation, and made their way to the media. Even as Islamabad denies that Naved was of Pakistani-origin, he has reportedly detailed his journey of terror from Faisalabad to Udhampur to investigators.

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An Indian Express report on Monday has provided several details of his interrogation. Naved was said to be in his teens when he was contacted by the Lashkar-e-Taiba in 2011. According to an interrogation report, he was motivated by a man named Bashir to join the organisation. He later underwent 21 days of training, and then went back home.

While Naved’s father was reported to have rued that he was an “unfortunate father”, it appears that Naved had informed his parents about the training he received when he got back home. Later, in March 2015, Naved was summoned for the operation in Jammu and Kashmir. Four men were sent across the border, and Naved said that he knew his accomplices by their code names.

After crossing the LoC, they are said to have travelled in a truck to Chursoo as part of their jouney. In fact, the police later arrested the truck driver, Showkat and questioned him, but he denied his involvement. The Indian Express quoted a police officer saying that with Naved’s revelations, his involvement was confirmed.

Furthermore, The Hindustan Times has quoted a man from Pakistan saying that he is Naved’s father and that the Lashkar-e-Taiba wanted him dead and not captured alive. However, even as Naved’s interrogation and a statement from his family indicate that he crossed the border to carry out the attack, Pakistan has dismissed India’s claims as “baseless”, as reported by Dawn.

Ajmal Kasab, who was captured during the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, also appeared to know very little about his accomplices. In December last year, India Today published excerpts from the transcripts of Kasab’s interrogation. He is said to have told interrogators that the attackers were not allowed to know about each other, even that he was blindfolded when he came to Mumbai on a ship.

While Kasab is said to have received training in a district named Mansehra in the Khyber-Pakhtunwa province, Naved reportedly underwent training in a camp in Shavai Nallah in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

On 3 August, a former of chief of Pakistan’s Federal Investigating Agency had written an op-ed in the newspaper Dawn, in which he said that the 26/11 attacks were indeed planned in Pakistan and had called for ending the distinction between “good Taliban and bad Taliban”. You can read the article here.

26/11 attack launched from Pak soil, Kasab was LeT terrorist, admits former Chief of Pak Probe Agency

Highlighting the facts which show Pakistan’s link to the 2008 Mumbai attack, Khosa said, “Pakistan has to deal with the Mumbai mayhem, planned and launched from its soil. This requires facing the truth and admitting mistakes. The entire state security apparatus must ensure that the perpetrators and masterminds of the ghastly terror attacks are brought to justice.”

In a major revelation, former Director General of Pakistan’s Federal Investigating Agency Tariq Khosa has claimed that 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab was a Pakistan national and Lashkar-e-Toiba trained all the 10 terrorists involved in camps in Thatta, Sindh.In an article written for Pakistani news website Dawn, Khosa said that the casings of the explosive devices used in Mumbai were recovered from this training camp and duly matched.Highlighting the facts which show Pakistan’s link to the 2008 Mumbai attack, Khosa said, “Pakistan has to deal with the Mumbai mayhem, planned and launched from its soil. This requires facing the truth and admitting mistakes. The entire state security apparatus must ensure that the perpetrators and masterminds of the ghastly terror attacks are brought to justice.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stating that these facts are pertinent, Khosa wrote:- First, Ajmal Kasab was a Pakistani national, whose place of residence and initial schooling as well as his joining a banned militant organisation was established by the investigators.- Second, the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists were imparted training near Thatta, Sindh and launched by sea from there. The training camp was identified and secured by the investigators. The casings of the explosive devices used in Mumbai were recovered from this training camp and duly matched.Also read: Pakistani company sold 8 Yamaha engines to 26/11 Mumbai attack facilitator- Third, the fishing trawler used by the terrorists for hijacking an Indian trawler in which they sailed to Mumbai, was brought back to harbour, then painted and concealed. It was recovered by the investigators and connected to the accused.- Fourth, the engine of the dinghy abandoned by the terrorists near Mumbai harbour contained a patent number through which the investigators traced its import from Japan to Lahore and then to a Karachi sports shop from where an LeT-linked militant purchased it along with the dinghy. The money trail was followed and linked to the accused who was arrested.Khos also said that the ops room in Karachi, from where the operation was directed, was also identified and secured by the investigators. He said, “The communications through Voice over Internet Protocol were unearthed. Sixth, the alleged commander and his deputies were identified and arrested. Seventh, a couple of foreign-based financiers and facilitators were arrested and brought to face trial.”Khosa also stated that this case will not be over soon and also questioned, “Are we as a nation prepared to muster the courage to face uncomfortable truths and combat the demons of militancy that haunt our land?”Despite the recent talks between PM Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif on co-operating on counter-terror mechanisms, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi’s lawyer said that he would not give his voice sample to India for further investigation. The trial of the 26/11 accused has been moving at a snail’s pace in Pakistan. While 55-year-old Lakhvi has been released on bail, six other accused have been lodged in jail for nearly six years for planning and executing the Mumbai attack in November, 2008 that killed 166 people.

Hizbul Mujahideen sleeper cell busted in Kashmir: Police arrest UK-based physiotherapist

A Special Investigating Team of Jammu and Kashmir Police arrested a physiotherapist minutes before he was going to board a flight to London via Delhi. According to the police, 33-year-old Mohammad Shaheen Baba, a resident of Charar-e-Shareef in Budgam district in central Kashmir, has been running a sleeper cell for the militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen.

Baba has been living in London for the past ten years and is married to an American citizen of Pakistani origin. Apart from Shaheen Baba, the SIT arrested seven others with alleged militant links in Kashmir.

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“Mohammad Shaheen Baba was working in UK as a physiotherapist and has been living in London since 2006. He married an American citizen of Pakistani origin. He visited Pakistan, where he got in touch with HM Commanders and on their directions established the sleeper cell,” a police statement on Sunday said. “During preliminary investigation, it surfaced that they (the arrested persons including the doctor) had planned to carry out sensational acts of terror by way of IED blasts.”

Shaheen Baba came to Kashmir three months back for his younger sister’s wedding and was leaving for London on Sunday afternoon when the police intercepted and arrested him.

Police sources also revealed that the physiotherapist had provided sim cards and Rs 10 lakh in cash to activate the sleeper cells for carrying out attacks in the valley.

The police said, “One Chinese pistol with magazine, 25 live rounds, incriminating documents and a mobile phone was recovered from the cell members.”    The police further claimed that Shaheen was in Pakistan where he met Hizb commanders and on their orders established the sleeper cell. “The group was planning to carry out IED blasts in the valley especially in Srinagar city,” the official added.

The police have identified other members of the group as Mudasir Ahmad Baba, Basharat Hussain Baba, Uqab Ahmad Wazir and Manzoor Ahmad. According to a senior police official as many as 20 youths, mostly in their mid-20s, have been detained for questioning.

Further investigations are going on.

Runaway teenagers in Bihar tell court they are lesbians in love

When two teenage girls, students of Class VIII and IX, went missing about three months ago in Bagaha, Bihar, a case of kidnapping was lodged.

However, it turns out that these two girls had actually eloped and were apparently married in a temple and living together, according to a report in The Telegraph. The two schoolgirls were presented in an open court in Bagaha on Monday and said that they were in a relationship and wished to live together as a couple, the report further adds.

The case of the two girls, whose names have been withheld as they are minors, is  possibly the first open admission of lesbian relationship in Bihar. Add to that the fact they are essentially from a rural part of the state is what makes this case so unusual.

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However, the court results weren’t very positive as one of them had been arrested on charges of kidnapping the other. The class VIII student was handed over to her parents while the other girl was sent to jail on charges of kidnapping. If proven guilty, the older girl can get a maximum sentence of 10 years for kidnapping. Investigating officer Raj Kishore told Telegraph that since the younger girl was a minor, a kidnapping case under Section 364A was lodged and victim’s statement has been recorded under Section 164 of CrPC.

This is not the first case of lesbian couples that have claimed to be married. The first was the 2011 case of lesbians Beena and Savita who eloped fearing honour killing and their marriage was considered legal. Back then, a Gurgaon court had effectively recognized a marriage between two women which was touted to be India’s fist same-sex marriage. Their case grabbed headlines when the two were given police protection after they said that they were married to each other and feared for their lives.

While the outcome of the case is yet to be decided, it will be interesting to see the court’s response to the same sex relationship.

After 13 years, Godhra carnage accused held in Madhya Pradesh

Hussain Suleman Mohan (35) was arrested by LCB from Jhabua on Wednesday based on a specific tip-off, Police Inspector of Godhra LCB D J Chavda said.

An accused in the 2002 Sabarmati Express train burning incident has been arrested from Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh by the Godhra Local Crime Branch (LCB).Hussain Suleman Mohan (35) was arrested by LCB from Jhabua on Wednesday based on a specific tip-off, Police Inspector of Godhra LCB D J Chavda said. “Suleman has been on the run after the 2002 Godhra train burning incident. Recently, we learnt that he is hiding in Jhabua, where he has settled and become an auto driver. We nabbed him yesterday and handed him over to the Special Investigating Team (SIT) here today,” Chavda said on Thursday. This is the second wanted accused of train carnage case who has been nabbed by the Godhra LCB within a week.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On July 16, the LCB had nabbed Kadir Abdul Gani from Godhra town and handed him over to SIT, he said. Fifty-nine persons had lost their lives when the S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express was torched at Godhra Railway Station on February 27, 2002. The incident had triggered large scale riots in the state in which around 1,000 people, mostly of minority community, were killed.In February 2011, a special court had convicted 31 persons for the train burning incident. Out of the 31, eleven were awarded death penalty, while 20 were given life term.

2002 Godhra carnage accused held in Madhya Pradesh

Hussain Suleman Mohan (35) was arrested by LCB from Jhabua yesterday based on a specific tip-off, Police Inspector of Godhra LCB D J Chavda said.
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An accused in the 2002 Sabarmati Express train burning incident has been arrested from Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh by the Godhra Local Crime Branch (LCB).Hussain Suleman Mohan (35) was arrested by LCB from Jhabua yesterday based on a specific tip-off, Police Inspector of Godhra LCB D J Chavda said.”Suleman has been on the run after the 2002 Godhra train burning incident. Recently, we learnt that he is hiding in Jhabua, where he has settled and become an auto driver. We nabbed him yesterday and handed him over to the Special Investigating Team (SIT) here today,” Chavda said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This is the second wanted accused of train carnage case who has been nabbed by the Godhra LCB within a week.On July 16, the LCB had nabbed Kadir Abdul Gani from Godhra town and handed him over to SIT, he said.Fifty-nine persons had lost their lives when the S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express was torched at Godhra Railway Station on February 27, 2002. The incident had triggered large scale riots in the state in which around 1,000 people, mostly of minority community, were killed.In February 2011, a special court had convicted 31 persons for the train burning incident. Out of the 31, eleven were awarded death penalty, while 20 were given life term.

Former CBI official to probe ex-chief Ranjit Sinha’s meeting with coal-scam accused

The bench, which has been monitoring the probe in coal blocks allocation scam, granted time and listed the matter for hearing on August 10.

Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) former special director M L Sharma on Monday gave his consent to the Supreme Court to probe into the allegations against CBI’s ex-chief Ranjit Sinha for meeting several accused in the illegal coal block allocation cases at his official residence and alleged attempts to scuttle the investigation. The apex court had suggested Sharma’s name for his impeccable integrity and good reputation and said Sharma can choose other members in his team – either serving or retired officers from the CBI, Enforcement Directorate or any other agency – to assist the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Appearing before the bench headed by Justice M B Lokur, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the court that Sharma has given his consent to probe, but he wanted more time to choose the officers. The bench, which has been monitoring the probe in coal blocks allocation scam, granted time and listed the matter for hearing on August 10. On May 14, indicting Sinha, the bench, which is monitoring the case, had held that it was completely “inappropriate” for him to have met the coal case accused in the absence of any Investigating Officer (IO) and directed the CVC’s assistance. The bench had noted that Sinha met several accused including Rajya Sabha MP and industrialist Vijay Darda. It said it was not necessary to examine whether the probe into the case of the Dardas was in any manner influenced by him at any point of time. However, the CVC had informed the court that the corruption watchdog does not have its own team to probe. NGO Common Cause, which is the petitioner in the coal block allocation scam, through its advocate Prashant Bhushan, has filed a plea for a thorough probe against Sinha and sought an SIT probe. In an expose, dna, which accessed the guests register at Sinha’s official residence 2 Janpath, had carried a series of reports on his meetings with several accused persons in the high profile cases, including the 2G spectrum and coal block allocation scams, including a former union minister, an MP and controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi. dna had highlighted that Qureshi is a friend of of both Sinha and his predecessor AP Singh. The guests diary details disclosed that Qureshi had visited Sinha’s residence at least 90 times. This is for the second time that the court took exception to Sinha’s meeting with accused persons. In November last year, the bench had restrained Sinha from interfering in the probe pertaining to the 2G cases. During the course of hearing, Sinha, who retired from service on December 2 last year, had admitted meeting coal case accused while claiming “it was one of the jobs of a supervisory officer to meet the accused and his meeting is not illegal.”

Now, anonymous threats to women police officers investigating rape case against Asaram

Ahmedabad: A letter has appeared here threatening two women police officers who had investigated the rape case against self-styled godman Asaram.

Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu. Image courtesy- PTISelf-styled godman Asaram Bapu. Image courtesy- PTI

Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu. Image courtesy- PTI

The city crime branch has started an investigation to find out the truth behind the letter, which was sent by an unidentified person.

According to a release on Wednesday night by the Ahmedabad crime branch, the city’s women’s police station received a letter two days back in which the sender had threatened woman police inspector Divya Raviya and ACP, Kanan Desai.

As per the release, the sender has written ‘Sant Asaram Ashram’ on top of it and threatened the two women officers with dire consequences. Raviya was the Investigating officer (IO) in the sexual assault case against Asaram while Desai was her superior officer when the charge-sheet was filed against him last year.

Security has been provided to the two women officers, police said, adding that two armed personnel have been deployed to ensure round-the-clock cover for the two officers.

Asaram was accused of repeated sexual assault by one of two Surat based sisters during her stay at his ashram in the Motera area of the city.

The younger sister had accused Asaram’s son Narayan Sai of repeated sexual assault during her stay at their Surat ashram.

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Madras HC gives bail to cop allegedly involved in red sanders

In the course of investigation, it came to light that Thangavelu was also allegedly involved in the smuggling of red sanders from the house of Chinnappan.
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The Madras High Court today granted bail to a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) allegedly involved in red sanders smuggling case.Justice R. Subbaiah, before whom the bail petition filed by Thangavelu DSP of Prohibition Enforcement wing(PEW) who was arrested more than a month ago, came up, granted the relief and directed him to appear before the Investigating Officer before whom the murder case is pending investigation.The matter relates to the murder of one Chinnappan Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) cadre of Vellore district in Tamil Nadu in May this year. The investigation showed that the murder was in connection with the smuggling of red sanders. Several other persons allegedly involved in the smuggling of red sanders were also arrested.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the course of investigation, it came to light that Thangavelu was also allegedly involved in the smuggling of red sanders from the house of Chinnappan.Today Thangavelu submitted before the Court that the investigating team has not recovered any material from the house of DSP to substantiate the crime and hence he be granted bail.

Steps taken to make churches safe in Delhi: Centre to HC

A bench headed by Chief Justice G Rohini was told through a common status report filed by Ministry of Home Affairs and Delhi Police that every church and minority-run schools and educational institutes have been provided round the clock security through “dedicated deployment”.

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Steps to secure the safety of churches and minority-run institutions in the national capital have been taken, the Centre told the Delhi High Court on Wednesday. A bench headed by Chief Justice G Rohini was told through a common status report filed by Ministry of Home Affairs and Delhi Police that every church and minority-run schools and educational institutes have been provided round the clock security through “dedicated deployment”. “All the concerned officers specially DCPs and SHOs concerned have been directed to take care of security of these installations/places.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It is being ensured that PCR vans, Emergency Response Vehicle and motorcycle patrol around churches/missionary schools for enhanced security. At all vulnerable locations, static deployment is made during night hours,” the ministry said in its report. The ministry and the Delhi police filed the status report in pursuance to the court’s April 29 order on a PIL seeking protection of religious rights of Christians.The PIL filed by advocate Reegan S Bell, had also sought a status report from the Centre, Delhi government and police on action taken by them regarding the attacks and efforts made by them to secure these places against such incidents in future. Central government’s Standing Counsel Anil Soni, appearing for the MHA, informed in an affidavit that “steps have been taken for the security and safety of the churches and minority run institutions through wide publicity including media with an aim to reach the masses”.On April 24, a single judge bench of the high court had turned down the request for a probe by a Special Investigating Team (SIT), saying it cannot be ordered by the bench and referred the matter to the division bench headed by the Chief Justice, which adjudicates on public interest litigation. The court had also observed that “whether it’s a church, temple, gurdwara, mosque, we have to make sure all religious places are equally saved.”The plea had said that since December last year, five churches in Delhi have been vandalised but till date no arrests have been made except in one case, while no case have been solved yet. The government has failed to prevent such attacks, it had alleged.

Vyapam scam: Yet another accused dies under mysterious circumstances in Indore jail

Bhopal: Narendra Singh Tomar, an accused in the high-profile MPPEB scam, has died under mysterious circumstances in an Indore jail, adding another murky chapter to the scandal in which 24 accused and witnesses have died so far.

29-year-old Tomar, a veterinarian, complained of chest pain last night and was rushed to Maharaja Yashwant Rao Hospital where he was declared brought dead, official sources said on Sunday.

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City Superintendent of Police Ajay Jain said a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the death of Tomar, who was posted as Assistant Veterinary Officer at Raisen before being embroiled in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, also known as Vyapam scam.

He was an accused in the Pre-Medical Test conducted by MPPEB in 2009. Tomar was said to have arranged for imposters who had written the papers in place of genuine aspirants.

Tomar’s is the 24 death of those named as accused or witnesses in connection with a plethora of criminal cases registered in connection with the scam.

The Special Investigating Team (SIT) probing the scandal had recently submitted a list of 23 deceased to the Madhya Pradesh High Court. Some reports have claimed 40 such deaths.

The most high-profile death was that of Shailesh Yadav, son of Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav. Shailesh, 50, was found dead at his father’s residence in Mall Avenue area of Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow on March 25 this year.

Ram Naresh Yadav, also a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, was himself made an accused in the MPPEB scam before getting relief from the court.

Shailesh’s name had cropped up in the multi-crore scam for allegedly fixing the recruitment of 10 candidates as Grade III teachers.

An FIR was registered against Ram Naresh Yadav, 88, by the SIT for his alleged complicity in irregularities in recruitment of forest guards by MPPEB.

However, the High Court later quashed it, holding he enjoyed immunity while in office.

Vyapam scam is a massive admission and recruitment scandal involving politicians, bureaucrats and middlemen. Several politicians including former education minister Laxmikant Sharma, a host of officials and scores of aspirants have been arrested in the case.

Congress has even accused Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan of complicity in the scam.

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Yet another Vyapam scam accused dies under mysterious circumstances in Indore jail

Bhopal: Narendra Singh Tomar, an accused in the high-profile MPPEB scam, has died under mysterious circumstances in an Indore jail, adding another murky chapter to the scandal in which 24 accused and witnesses have died so far.

29-year-old Tomar, a veterinarian, complained of chest pain last night and was rushed to Maharaja Yashwant Rao Hospital where he was declared brought dead, official sources said on Sunday.

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City Superintendent of Police Ajay Jain said a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the death of Tomar, who was posted as Assistant Veterinary Officer at Raisen before being embroiled in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, also known as Vyapam scam.

He was an accused in the Pre-Medical Test conducted by MPPEB in 2009. Tomar was said to have arranged for imposters who had written the papers in place of genuine aspirants.

Tomar’s is the 24 death of those named as accused or witnesses in connection with a plethora of criminal cases registered in connection with the scam.

The Special Investigating Team (SIT) probing the scandal had recently submitted a list of 23 deceased to the Madhya Pradesh High Court. Some reports have claimed 40 such deaths.

The most high-profile death was that of Shailesh Yadav, son of Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav. Shailesh, 50, was found dead at his father’s residence in Mall Avenue area of Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow on March 25 this year.

Ram Naresh Yadav, also a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, was himself made an accused in the MPPEB scam before getting relief from the court.

Shailesh’s name had cropped up in the multi-crore scam for allegedly fixing the recruitment of 10 candidates as Grade III teachers.

An FIR was registered against Ram Naresh Yadav, 88, by the SIT for his alleged complicity in irregularities in recruitment of forest guards by MPPEB.

However, the High Court later quashed it, holding he enjoyed immunity while in office.

Vyapam scam is a massive admission and recruitment scandal involving politicians, bureaucrats and middlemen. Several politicians including former education minister Laxmikant Sharma, a host of officials and scores of aspirants have been arrested in the case.

Congress has even accused Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan of complicity in the scam.

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Airport clash: 4 CISF personnel arrested

CCTV footage had shown CISF personnel going on a rampage and damaging property at the airport, apparently after hearing of the death of their colleague, he said.

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Kerala Police on Sunday arrested four CISF personnel in connection with destruction of property during the June 10 clash at Karipur airport between central armed police personnel and Airports Authority of India officials, leading to the death of a jawan.Kondotty Circle Inspector B Santosh, the Investigating Officer in the case, said the four were identified after review of CCTV footage of the incident.The arrests followed a complaint by AAI with regard to damage to airport property.CCTV footage had shown CISF personnel going on a rampage and damaging property at the airport, apparently after hearing of the death of their colleague, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Additional Director General of CISF Pachnanda is expected to visit the city to take stock of the situation.Yesterday, police had registered a case against a Sub Inspector of the force S S Choudhary and 100 CISF personnel in connection with the clash.A bullet from Choudhary’s firearm had accidentally hit the jawan, causing his death, according to the police. The SI had suffered injuries in his left palm during the incident and is being treated.Police had earlier arrested nine AAI officials on a complaint from CISF commander Biju. They were produced in court yesterday and remanded in judicial custody till June 27.A dispute over a CISF personnel who insisted that an official of the Fire Force department of AAI undergo security clearance led to a verbal duel between the two and in the ensuing melee the jawan received fatal gunshot injuries.After the violence, the airport was temporarily closed and flights were diverted to Nedumbassery Airport in Kochi that night. Flight operations resumed the next day.

In a first cross-border strike, Indian Army kills 20 NE insurgents in Myanmar

In an early morning operation, elite commandos of the army went a few kilometers inside the Myanmar territory to destroy two camps of insurgents hiding there after their attacks in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh last week by NSCN(K) and KYKL outfits.

Soldiers pay tribute to their colleague Randeep Singh, who was killed in an ambush in Manipur on June 4

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In the first such cross-border operation, special forces of the army in coordination with the air force on Tuesday carried out a surgical strike inside Myanmar, killing nearly 20 insurgents of the groups believed to be responsible for the deadly ambush in Manipur that killed 18 soldiers.In an early morning operation, elite commandos of the army went a few kilometers inside the Myanmar territory to destroy two camps of insurgents hiding there after their attacks in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh last week by NSCN(K) and KYKL outfits.The operation was guided by “specific and precise” intelligence input, highly placed sources said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>About 15 to 20 insurgents were killed in the assault, the sources said, adding there were no casualties among the Indian soldiers.Commenting on the operation, minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, a former colonel, said, “We crossed over to the Myanmar territory. We have good relations with them and we carried out the strike.”Earlier, Indian Army on Tuesday said it neutralised a high number of insurgents on the Indo-Myanmar border in response to the killing of its 18 soldiers in Manipur’s Chandel district last week.Earlier additional director general of military operations, Major General Ranveer Singh, told reporters here that “in the course of the last few days, credible and specific intelligence was received about further attacks that were being planned within our territory. These attacks were to be carried out by some of the groups involved in earlier attacks on our security personnel and their allies”.”Army engaged two separate groups of insurgents along the Indo-Myanmar border at two locations. Significant casualties have been inflicted on them. As a result, threats to our civilian population and security forces were averted,” said Singh adding that more such operations, in cooperation with Myanmar authority can be planned in future.On June 6, dna reported that a day after 18 soldiers of 6 Dogra Regiment were killed in an ambush, Army had launched a massive ‘trace-and-hunt’ operation to avenge the killing coinciding with army chief General Dalbir SIngh Suhag’s visit there in the aftermath of the attack.Security forces on foot and aided by military choppers had been combing the area in the remote mountainous forests along the Indo-Myanmar border. The ambush was carried out with land mines, rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons, suspected to be belonging to Manipur rebel outfits, National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) or NSCN(K), Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) and Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP). Questions have come to haunt the Army intelligence on its failure to detect such a threat despite the incident happening close to the regimental centre and whether the standard operating procedure was followed by sanitising the road that the convoy took. In Tuesday’s media brief by the Army, officials didn’t take any questions from a group of reporters present there. The National Investigating Agency (NIA) is probing the attack.

SC to pass verdict on plea for SIT probe against ex-CBI chief Ranjit Sinha

New Delhi: The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce its verdict on Thursday on a plea filed by an NGO seeking a probe by a Special Investigating Team (SIT) against former CBI Director Ranjit Sinha for allegedly scuttling the probe into a coal block allocation scam case.

Former CBI chief Ranjit Sinha. PTIFormer CBI chief Ranjit Sinha. PTI

Former CBI chief Ranjit Sinha. PTI

A bench, comprising Justices MB Lokur, Kurian Joseph and AK Sikri, had reserved its judgement on 13 April in the matter in which Sinha had claimed that a “hidden hand” was the “controlling mind” of lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who has filed the petition on behalf of the NGO, and has accused him of interfering and scuttling the probe into the coal scam.

In the plea, NGO Common Cause, has alleged that entries in the visitors’ register of the former CBI Director had made it clear that he was meeting the high-profile accused and those associated with coal block allocation former Union Minister Subodh Kant Sahay.

The plea had also said there was a need for a court-monitored SIT investigation to ascertain “whether any consideration exchanged hands”.

The NGO, in its application, had submitted that since the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Delhi Police has not lodged an FIR on its 25 November, 2014 complaint, there was a need for a court-monitored probe for alleged abuse of authority by Sinha as the then director of CBI.

However, Sinha has rejected the NGO’s claim that he and a few other senior officers of the level of Joint Director repeatedly overruled the investigating officers (IOs) and forced them not to register FIRs/RCs in cases where Preliminary Enquiries had been registered and directed closure of the cases.

The bench is also hearing the application filed by Sinha accusing the NGO and its counsel Bhushan of perjury.

In the plea for perjury against the NGO and Bhushan, Sinha’s counsel had said “there is not a single case in which Sinha overruled the unanimous opinion of the officers working under him with regard to recommending closure in which they have recommended conversion to a regular case. Thus, the falsity of the statement made before this Court is evident from this count alone.”

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Sexual assault case: Delhi court extends Pachauri’s anticipatory bail

New Delhi: TERI Director-General RK Pachauri, who is facing sexual harassment allegations from a woman employee, was on Saturday granted anticipatory bail by a Delhi court which rejected the request of police for his custody.

While extending the relief, the court said it was on a condition that he will join the investigation as and when called and also follow previous directions like not entering the TERI office premises.

TERI chief RK Pachauri.TERI chief RK Pachauri.

TERI chief RK Pachauri.

During the hearing, Delhi Police, which moved an application seeking recall of court’s order granting protection from arrest to Pachauri, alleged that he is misusing the liberty granted to him and influencing the witnesses.

“Arguments heard from all the parties. There is no substance in the plea of prosecution for recall of earlier order to grant interim protection to the accused. Anticipatory bail is granted to the accused with a condition that he will join the investigation as and when called by the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case,” Additional Sessions Judge Raj Kumar Tripathi said.

Additional public prosecutor M Zafar Khan said that when statements of an assistant to Pachauri was recorded it was disclosed that he has met him in hospital and had dictated a version to be given to police.

Public prosecutor also alleged that he is not joining the investigation and under his influence even TERI officials are not cooperating with the police.

“We need his custodial interrogation to corroborate the evidence and to stop him from influencing the witnesses,” Khan said.

He also added that two officials who came to Lodhi colony police station yesterday to submit Pachauri’s two laptops had tried to video record the conversations between SHO and them.

“When the photographer was questioned, he said TERI officials have asked him to video record the conversations to help Pachauri in the case,” Khan said.

He added IT experts are not being allowed to enter TERI offices and even if allowed inside, no cooperation is extended to them and they are deliberately being made to wait.

The court maintained that the earlier conditions imposed on Pachauri like he will not enter the TERI office premises and he will not intimidate or threaten the complainant and the witnesses of the case will continue.

Earlier, on February 23, the court had issued notice to the IO of the case and sought his response on Pachauri’s anticipatory bail application.

On 13 February, an FIR was registered against Pachauri for the offence of sexual harassment under sections 354 A and 354 D and for criminal intimidation under section 506 IPC at Lodhi Colony Police Station.

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