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UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, wife stuck in lift for 24 minutes

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The officials waited with bated breath for an agonizing 24 minutes as Akhilesh and Dimple got stuck when the lift doors did not open automatically on reaching the ground floor. The power couple was finally rescued after cutting through the lift door.

Officials in the security of UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav went into a tizzy on Friday afternoon as the CM and his wife and MP Dimple Yadav got stuck in a lift in the UP Legislature building.The officials waited with bated breath for an agonizing 24 minutes as Akhilesh and Dimple got stuck when the lift doors did not open automatically on reaching the ground floor. The power couple was finally rescued after cutting through the lift door.Three engineers who were supposed to on duty were all found absent, and have been suspended. A high-level inquiry has been set up to nail those responsible for the maintenance of lifts in the UP Legislature complex. An FIR has been lodged against the lift manufacturer, too.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The incident has exposed chinks in the CM’s security. Akhilesh has an elaborate NSG cover as he is a Z-plus protectee, and his route is checked twice before he goes anywhere. Still, the CM and his wife were caught unawares, clearly due to negligence of the officials responsible for ensuring his safe passage.”The incident is shocking. Though it was a technical glitch, it has necessitated a complete assessment of the CM’s security afresh,” said Lucknow SSP Rajesh Pande, answering reporters’ queries regarding the incident.

The man who refused to vote for his mother

Why this man refused to vote for his mother

Hoax bomb call on August Kranti Rajdhani Express

A phone call informing that bombs were allegedly being planted in Mumbai-bound August Kranti Rajdhani Express sent security agencies here into a tizzy, who later found the call to be a hoax.

A phone call informing that bombs were allegedly being planted in Mumbai-bound August Kranti Rajdhani Express sent security agencies here into a tizzy, who later found the call to be a hoax.Government Railway Police, Railway Protection Force and local police on Wednesday evening conducted a thorough search of the train on platform no 5 of Mathura junction station for about an hour but no suspicious material was found, Area Manager N P Singh said.Agra control room had informed officials of Mathura junction station about the bomb around 6 pm yesterday, and they in turn informed the district administration and police, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”After a thorough check, it was found that the call was hoax. We are trying to locate the caller by surveillance,” Mathura District Magistrate Rajesh Kumar said.The passengers breathed a sigh of relief when nothing was found, Singh said.”I also appreciate the cooperation that we received from the passengers,” the Area Manager added.

Aarushi Talwar murder case: Was CBI provided edited footage of Krishna’s narco test?

A new video purportedly of the test conducted on Krishna has surfaced on social networking site YouTube which is 58.55- minute long.
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In a new twist to Aarushi-Hemraj murder case, it has emerged that CBI does not have complete raw footage of narco-analysis conducted on Krishna, assistant of Rajesh Talwar, in its records.A new video purportedly of the test conducted on Krishna has surfaced on social networking site YouTube which is 58.55- minute long. CBI sources claimed the agency, in its records, has only about 45 minutes of video of the test conducted on Krishna at Forensic Science Laboratory, Bangalore. A source, who had been privy to the probe, said the new footage on social media appeared to be genuine.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The narco tests were conducted on servants, including Krishna, by the first team of CBI under the then Joint Director Arun Kumar which suspected their involvement but could not produce any legally admissible evidence against them. The new video which has been posted on the YouTube on October 22 has a length of 58.55 minutes with the person, who posted the video, claiming that another part will be made public soon.The sources said a Forensic Science Laboratory is supposed to provide whatever information it could gather to the investigation agency. The agency is clueless who edited the video, whether it was the doctors who did the tests, the person who created the CDs or officers of their own investigation team. The video which has been posted on CBI record is much smaller in length than the video on YouTube, said a source requesting anonymity. Narco analysis is not an admissible evidence in court. Dr S Malini, who did the test on Krishna, was removed from FSL Bangalore following allegations of irregularities in 2009. However, in 2013, the Karnataka High Court had struck down her discharge from service.The apparently raw footage of the tests which has emerged now shows Krishna claiming that Arun Kumar had asked him to own the crime on the promise of a reduced sentence. Kumar had said the “original” footage did not have that portion.When asked what was the length of the video footage on the narco-test conducted on Krishna, which is part of CBI record, Kumar told PTI he cannot recollect the duration of the video.”I do not recall. It was sent from the FSL to CBI, the CD. I do not remember the minutes…. Any authorisation can come either from the organisation or the lab. Custodian of the video is FSL Bangalore. If there is a requirement they can come out with it,” Kumar told PTI over phone.Kumar, now an Inspector General of Police in CRPF, said that if CBI has made public all the court orders they should bring the video and narco analysis too in the public domain even if they do not have evidence value.When asked whether the agency has only “edited” version of the narco analysis test done on Krishna, CBI spokesperson refused to comment saying the matter is sub-judice.A 1985-batch IPS officer, Kumar was present in Bangalore when the narco test was conducted on Krishna. Kumar was only supposed to monitor the probe as investigation is domain of Investigation Officer who was the then Superintendent of Police Vijay Kumar, the sources said.Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar have been convicted of murdering their 14-year old daughter Aarushi and their domestic servant Hemraj on the intervening night of May 15-16, 2008 and have been sentenced to serve life term.The first team led of CBI led by Kumar had suspected that servants would have committed the crime but the then Director CBI Ashwani Kumar did not agree with the findings because of lack of evidence. The second team filed a closure report citing possible chain of events which might have taken place on the crime scene indicating role of Talwars but could not produce any forensic evidence suggesting involvement of the dentist couple.The report was rejected by Magistrate Preeti Singh who said there was ample circumstantial evidence for Rajesh and Nupur Talwar to face murder charges in the case. The decision was upheld by the Allahabad High Court and Supreme Court.After the trial, Additional Sessions Judge Shyam Lal found the parents guilty of murder and sentenced them to life imprisonment. During the trial, Rajesh and Nupur Talwars wanted that narco tests should be placed on record but Allahabad High Court as well as Supreme Court rejected their demand.The Supreme Court had said they were “adopting dilatory tactics on every moment”. Watch the video in question here:

Aarushi Talwar murder case: Discharged accused Krishna says CBI pressured him to confess

An hour-long video that had surfaced on Thursday on social media website YouTube shows Krishna, Aarushi’s father Rajesh Talwar’s assistant, purportedly saying that the then CBI Joint Director Arun Kumar asked him to own up the crime on the promise of getting his sentence reduced.

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The controversy over the investigation in the Aarushi Talwar double murder case took a new turn with the surfacing of a video of a purported narco test being conducted on a discharged accused who claimed that a top CBI official had put pressure on him to own up the crime.An hour-long video that had surfaced on Thursday on social media website YouTube shows Krishna, Aarushi’s father Rajesh Talwar’s assistant, purportedly saying that the then CBI Joint Director Arun Kumar asked him to own up the crime on the promise of getting his sentence reduced.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The plea of the now-convicted dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, parents of Aarushi, demanding videos of narco tests, conducted on servants, was struck down by the Supreme Court on the grounds that they were not an admissible piece of evidence.”I will never run from here. Why will I run? I have not committed any crime. I had told them first time when they had asked me to take allegations on myself,” Krishna, who used to assist Rajesh in his clinic, is seen telling the doctor.When the doctor asks him who had asked him to take allegations on himself, Krishna says IG saab. When further probed as to who asked him to take allegations on himself, Krishna says,”IG Kumar” and also pleads that please don’t say in front of him.Joint Director Arun Kumar, a 1985-batch IPS officer, led the probe of the first team of CBI but its findings allegedly implicating servants-Krishna, Rajkumar and Vijay Mondal– in the murders were dismissed by Director CBI Ashwani Kumar.When contacted, Arun Kumar, now Inspector General of CRPF, Patna said the video concerned was not from an authentic source. Asked whether he feels it could have been doctored, Kumar said he cannot comment on that.”It was shown on TV channels. I need not see that. Original narco is not there. What you are seeing is not original. It is not original. It is not from authentic source. Please get the CD from the lab or the CBI or from the accused persons whom it is authentically given. It’s (these allegations) not there in original CD,” Kumar told PTI over phone. To a question whether he meant that the video was doctored, Kumar said, “that I do not want to say. That I do not want to comment. This is not the authentic one. This is not from the authentic source”.After the trial, Ghaziabad court found Rajesh and Nupur Talwar guilty of killing their 14-year old daughter Aarushi and domestic servant Hemraj on the intervening night of May 15-16, 2008 and sentenced them to life imprisonment.

Author who returned Sahitya Akademi calls Chetan Bhagat a BJP spokesperson

Eminent author Rajesh Joshi who has returned Sahitya Akademi citing growing intolerance in the country has reacted sharply to Chetan’s jibes.

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Chetan Bhagat after getting trolled in social media for his jibe at authors returning Sahitya Akademi award is now getting flak from intellectuals. Eminent author Rajesh Joshi who returned Sahitya Akademi citing growing intolerance in the country has reacted sharply to Chetan’s jibes. Speaking to a leading daily, Joshi accused Bhagat of being a BJP spokesperson. He also cast aspersions on Bhagat’s literary abilities, branding him a ‘pulp writer’ and not a Vikram Seth or Salman Rushdie. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier Bhagat had tweeted,According to Joshi, Bhagat has defended the Modi government on ‘indefensible’ issues and questioned his stance on death of MM Kalburgi and Govind Pansare.

Dadri lynching: SDM barred entry into village after Akhlaq’s murder

The entry of the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Dadri, Rajesh Kumar, into a village where a recent lynching had taken place, was barred on Friday by its inhabitants, some of whom stretched themselves in front of his car alleging that he had issued a threat to the victim’s family.

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The entry of the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Dadri, Rajesh Kumar, into a village where a recent lynching had taken place, was barred on Friday by its inhabitants, some of whom stretched themselves in front of his car alleging that he had issued a threat to the victim’s family. The victim, Mohammad Akhlaq’s elder brother, Jameel, however, clarified that no such threat had been made. Condemning the brutal killing of Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh over alleged rumours that his family consumed and stored beef in their house, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism Mahesh Sharma today said it was not a pre-planned event and no politics should be played over it.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Fifty-year-old Akhlaq, the father of an Indian Air Force personnel, was beaten to death by the mob on Monday night, over alleged rumours that his family consumed and stored beef in their house. The family has maintained that the meat stored in their fridge was mutton and not beef. Meanwhile, officials have sent the meat samples for a forensic test.Also Read: Union Minister Mahesh Sharma meets victim’s family

Saudi diplomat booked for allegedly raping two Nepali women, Embassy in touch with MEA

Sometime back they were taken to Gurgaon flat where even guests of the family also raped them, he said, adding the flat had been taken on rent by the Saudi Embassy based in Delhi.

A Saudi diplomat has been booked here for allegedly raping two Nepali women, police said.The women, aged around 30, have alleged that they were abducted and raped by the diplomat repeatedly in a flat here, on the outskirts of Delhi.The victims have alleged that they were first taken to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia where they were made to perform household chores and were raped there, ACP Rajesh said.Sometime back they were taken to Gurgaon flat where even guests of the family also raped them, he said, adding the flat had been taken on rent by the Saudi Embassy based in Delhi.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”One new maid visited the flat and witnessed the miseries of these two women and left the house. That maid reported the matter to an NGO, which informed the police,” Rajesh said.Gurgaon police raided the flat in DLF Phase-II and rescued the two women.An FIR has been filed under various sections of IPC. No arrest has been made so far.Gurgaon police has contacted the Nepal Embassy for assistance.”We have sought a report from local police,” MEA spokesperson while commenting on the matter.The Saudi Embassy is in touch with External Affairs Ministry regarding the matter.

Millions strike to protest against Modi’s labour reforms | Reuters

KOLKATA, India Protesters wielding Communist flags clashed with police in Kolkata on Wednesday as millions of workers across India went on strike, the latest display of opposition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s economic reform package.

Modi’s plan for reviving India’s slowing economy has met with fierce protest and Wednesday’s strike came days after the premier abandoned a pro-industry land reform which the opposition had said would hurt India’s farmers.

Unions called the one-day action against Modi’s plans to loosen rigid labour laws, which they say will put jobs at risk.

Nearly 150 million workers in banking, manufacturing and construction, backed by 10 major unions, stayed away from work. Taxi and rickshaw drivers stayed off the streets in Delhi, and shops and banks closed in left-wing stronghold Kerala in the south.

In Modi’s home state of Gujarat, banking services were hit. Industry group ASSOCHAM estimated the strike cost the economy $3.7 billion.

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Modi plans to launch the biggest overhaul of labour laws in decades, giving companies greater flexibility in hiring and firing workers – reforms that economists and businesses say will help job creation and unleash more economic growth.

These changes would make it tougher for employees to form unions or to go on strike, but include measures to expand the social security net to the huge unorganised sector, which refers to India’s millions of small, privately-owned businesses with uncertain legal status.

In Kolkata, a city with a strong socialist tradition, protesters said they were attacked by police, but police officials said 30 arrests were made after the strike threatened to turn violent.

TV images showed union members using the poles of hammer and sickle Communist flags as weapons in clashes with other political parties. Shops and schools were closed, and trains services disrupted.

Economists say India urgently needs to liberalise land and labour markets to speed up economic growth that slipped to 7 percent in the June quarter, raising worries that the full-year figure could undershoot the official target of 8-8.5 percent.

The proposed labour revamp did not reach parliament in the session that ended last month due to fears it would cause a political backlash, and unless unions back down, may not do so in the winter session.

Opposition parties already blocked Modi’s reform agenda in parliament, delaying the introduction of a uniform goods-and-services tax aimed at making it easier to do business in India.

“We are determined to go ahead with reforms,” said a senior government official. “But politics will determine the timing.”

(Writing by Rajesh Kumar Singh; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel and Raissa Kasolowsky)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Five controversial murders that shocked India before Indrani Mukerjea’s arrest

In a crazy plot that is bound to confound you, more than three years after Mumbai resident Sheena Bora went missing, Indrani Mukerjea, the wife of former Star TV CEO Peter Mukherjea, has been arrested by the city police for homicide.

Although initial reports had said that Sheena was Indrani’s sister, subsequent reports say that Sheena is actually her daughter. Indrani has reportedly confessed to police that Sheena Bora was her daughter. Times Now also spoke to Mikhail Bora, Sheena’s brother, who confirmed the fact that Indrani was their mother.

The duo was brought up by their maternal grandparents.

Indrani (43) was arrested on Tuesday from her home in Mumbai, after her driver confessed that he killed Sheena following his employer’s orders.

Here are some of the other murder cases that have shocked India.

Sandhya Pandit case

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Sandhya (50) had gone missing since 13 December 2012, when she went to a bank in Nerul carrying jewellery worth around Rs 20 lakh with her, police said. Two days later, her son Raghuveer Singh registered a missing person’s complaint with the NRI police station in Navi Mumbai.

In January 2013, skull and bones were found at a patch of marshy land near an elite Nerul school. A forensic report on these skeletal remains stated that these belonged to Sandhya, after which the Navi Mumbai police registered a case of murder.

The forensic report received indicated that injuries were inflicted on Sandhya before her death, police said. “This means, her murderers injured her skull and she bled before being dumped near the school,” the officer had told PTI.

“One more forensic report has been received by us and it suggests that injuries on Singh were ante-mortem,” a Mumbai police crime branch official probing the high profile case had told PTI.

The police had later concluded that Raghuveer alias Bhola was the prime suspect in his mother’s gruesome murder. Raghuveer, according to The Times of India, was a drug addict and used to steal money from home to fund his habit. People in the neighbourhood, including two maids, had told the police that Raghuveer was a drug addict who often fought with his mother over money.

Raghuveer was arrested on 16 December 2013 for allegedly murdering his mother Sandhya by strangling her and cutting her body into pieces. Her remains had been then disposed off in a marshy area in Navi Mumbai. However in May this year, the Bombay High Court granted bail to Raghuveer after the court ruled that there was no “clinching” evidence against him. The judge had also observed that the prosecution’s case against him was based entirely on circumstantial evidence which was not sufficient, according to a DNA report.

Arushi Talwar – Hemraj murder case

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Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were in 2013 convicted for the killing of their daughter Aarushi and domestic Hemraj at their residence in Noida in 2008. On 16 May, Aarushi Talwar was found dead with her throat slit in the bedroom of her Noida home. Domestic help Hemraj, a Nepali, was suspected of murder initially. However, in a dramatic turn of events, the next day, Hemraj’s body was found on the terrace of the Talwar residence.

Police had suspected this was an inside job as the murders were done with surgical precision. The Talwar’s former Nepali domestic help Vishnu Sharma had also been named as suspect. But the police continued to suspect the family and began to look into the honour killing angle. The police had also quizzed Aarushi’s close friend whom she spoke to 688 times in the 45 days preceding her murder. As the investigations progressed, Aarushi’s father Rajesh Talwar was arrested for the twin murders on 23 May 2013.

Rajesh Talwar had reportedly registered a wrong FIR against domestic help Hemraj, despite knowing about his death with an aim to mislead the investigators, the CBI had claimed. According to the CBI, Rajesh had lodged a complaint at Noida’s Sector 20 police station at 7.10 am on 16 May 2008, stating that he, his wife Nupur and 14-year-old daughter Aarushi resided at his house while Hemraj who also “lived” there and fled away after murdering his daughter.

The dentist couple were sentenced to life term by a CBI court in 2013 after they were convicted of killing their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj five-and-a-half years ago. Read all the twists and turns of the case here.

Laila Khan case

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Laila Khan, a Pakistan born actress, best known for her role opposite Rajesh Khanna in the 2008 Bollywood movie Wafa: A Deadly Love Story was killed along with her family in a forested area around 150 km out of Mumbai in 2012. Later, police found that besides Laila, six other family members, including her mother Shelina Patel, elder sister Hazmina, twin siblings Zara and Imran, stepfather Asif Sheikh and family friend Parvez Iqbal Tak went missing too.

On 3 July, Nadir Patel, the biological father of Laila Khan, registered a case of kidnapping at the Oshiwara police station, reports DNA.

Laila Khan’s stepfather Parvez Tak confessed to killing her and her siblings, the Mumbai Police had claimed in 2012. Tak had reportedly told the police that he killed Laila’s mother, Celina, in a fit of rage and then killed the others as they had witnessed the murder.

Six bodies had been found carefully buried in a pit at the farmhouse owned by Laila in Igatpuri near Mumbai. Detailing the find, the Mumbai police had told NDTV , “three bodies were placed at the bottom of a 12 feet by eight feet pit, which was about six feet deep. The pit, covered first with mattresses and pillows and then with stone; then, three more bodies were placed and similarly covered and finally, the pit was covered with mud. The stones were used to keep wild animals away.”

Neeraj Grover case

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Neeraj Grover was killed in Maria Susairaj’s apartment in suburban Mumbai in May 2008 by her former fiancé, Emile Jerome Mathew, a Navy Lieutenant, and his body was allegedly chopped into several pieces, put into two bags by Mathew and Susairaj, who then drove to Manor in neighbouring Thane district, where they burnt the body to dispose it.

The judge ruled in 2011 that Mathew had killed Neeraj in a fit of jealousy after finding him at Susairaj’s flat. But it was not a pre-planned murder, and so Mathew was indicted for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and of destroying evidence. Susairaj, the court had said, had been proven guilty of destruction of evidence. While Mathew was given a ten year sentence, Susairaj was given a three-year sentence which she had already served.

Nithari killings

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Surinder Koli was sentenced to death for rape and murder of a girl called Rimpa Haldar from Nithari village in February 2006. Koli, along with his employer Moninder Singh Pandher, was arrested on 29 December 2006, after the police recovered skeletons and other belongings of missing girls from the drain outside Pnadher’s house in Noida on the outskirts of the national capital.

Koli had allegedly killed several girls, chopping their bodies to pieces before throwing them in the backyard and in the drain. The Supreme Court in June 2015 agreed to hear Uttar Pradesh government’s plea against commutation of death sentence of Surender Koli, convicted in 2006 Nithari serial killings case and issued a notice to the convict.

Earlier in January this year, the death sentence of Surender Koli was commuted to life imprisonment by the Allahabad high court on the ground of “inordinate delay” in deciding his mercy petition.

Murderous machine: Man killed by robot at factory in India

In a scene straight out of Terminator, a machine killed a man in a factory. But this time the factory was in Manesar and not Los Angeles.

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According to The Times of India, Ramji Lal, a 24-year-old worker working at the leading unit in SKH Metals, located at the Industrial Model Township (IMT) Manesar, was killed after he accidentally stepped in front of the robot.

The robot  in the factory was pre-programmed to weld metal sheets. When one of the sheets got dislodged, Lal reached to adjust the machine and that’s when the “welding sticks attached to the pre-programmed device pierced Lal’s abdomen,” a worker told the newspaper.

However, IANS is reporting that  that the man died from an electric shock after he came in contact with the robot.

“The company management and the contractor have been booked on charges of causing death due to negligence,” Assistant Commissioner of Police Rajesh Kuwar told IANS.

The police are currently looking at CCTV footage and gathering information from workers and the company.

In July, a worker was killed in a Volkswagen plant in Germany after the robot grabbed him and thrusted him against a metal plate. The Financial Times journalist who tweeted the story found herself in the spotlight as well.

The woman in question, is named Sarah O’Connor and she was talking about a killer machine. Sound familiar?

Uttar Pradesh: Clashes in Sitapur after woman hangs self at police station hours after suicide bid

The woman’s family has alleged foul play on the part of the police.

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A 28-year-old woman on Monday allegedly hanged herself at a police station here hours after she was prevented from committing suicide by a forest guard, leading to violent protests by her family members in which four policemen, including a Superintendent of Police, were injured. Jeenat hanged herself in the washroom of Mehmoodabad Kotwali police station, where she had been brought by the forest guard who had prevented her from jumping into a canal. “Following a family dispute, the woman first tried to commit suicide by jumping into a canal but was prevented from doing so by a forest guard who noticed her just on time. She later hanged herself at the police station’s washroom using a dupatta,” SP Rajesh Krishna said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The woman’s family, however, has alleged foul play on the part of the police.Agitated over the incident, Jeenat’s family blocked the Kotwali road demanding an inquiry into her death, a police official said, adding that the agitation later turned violent as the protesters indulged in brick-batting and firing. The police fired in air and used tear gas to disperse the protesters, the official said, adding, the mob also set a police jeep on fire.According to Deputy SP Vijay Bahadur Singh, four cops, including SP Krishna, were injured in the clash. Though it was not confirmed by the authorities, the protesters claimed that a youth was hit by a bullet and is at present undergoing treatment at a hospital.In Lucknow, IG (law and order) A Satish Ganesh said only mild force was used to disperse the unruly mob. “IG Lucknow zone Zaki Ahmad has been rushed to the spot,” the officer added.

DU’s dubious distinction: Only university with 6 undergraduate programmes

This is the third consecutive year that Delhi varsity has offered a different undergraduate programme to its students

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Two weeks into the new session at Delhi University, the clouds of confusion surrounding India’s premier higher education destination persist with undergraduate students divided into six different programmes and teachers and students equally bewildered at the many rapid changes in format. The latest has been the introduction of the choice based credit system (CBCS), which gives Delhi University the dubious distinction of being the only one in the country to offer undergraduate degrees under six different programmes. This is the third consecutive year that Delhi University has offered a different undergraduate programme to its students.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>So, as it stands now, first year students will be under CBCS, second year students are in the semester system and third year students are still bearing the brunt of the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP), which has now been scrapped. Add to this the students who entered college in 2009-10, before the introduction of the semester system when undergraduate examinations were conducted annually, but still need to clear their papers in the original format, the School of Open Learning (SOL) and the non-collegiate courses that continue to teach in the original three-year mode.This platter of undergraduate courses is not an effort at giving students diverse options but is the result of chaos and experiments carried out by the university and the human resource development ministry year after year.With 67 affiliated colleges and 3.5 lakh undergraduate students (including the SOL, the non-collegiate courses and all the professional courses being offered) in undergraduate programmes alone, the examination department which has been conducting examination for a new undergraduate pattern each year faces an uphill task. “There will have to be six different types of question papers, different examination schedules and separate examiners and then the declaration of results,” said a senior official of the examination department.With CBCS, he added, the department still did not know which colleges had opted for which paper. With the variation in the teaching pattern, subjects on offer and examination pattern each year, both students and faculty are equally at loss. The new academic session that started last month opened with confusion and lack of clarity for both teachers and students. “We have been admitted in CBSC. But we do not know how to choose courses. Even the teachers were not aware. We have been asked to wait for a few days,” said Vaibhavi Sharma, a first year student at Maitreyi College. With each batch studying under a different pattern of education with a different syllabus, each batch is isolated with little in common in terms of syllabus. “We cannot look up to our seniors for any kind of guidance. We are all studying in isolation,” added Vaishnavi Vats, a second year student at ARSD college.Confusion confoundedBefore introduction of the semester system in 2009-10, undergraduate examinations were conducted annually. Two years later in 2013, before the first batch of undergraduates under semester mode could pass out, the university introduced FYUP.The programme, aiming to implement a system similar to US universities, gave students the option of exiting after two years with a diploma degree, after three years with a graduation degree and after four years with an honours degree. FYUP had a controversial end with the BJP government scrapping it soon after it came to power in May 2014. Undergraduate students who were admitted under FYUP were put into a three year re-structured course. Under CBCS, implemented in the current academic session, all central universities now have the same syllabus developed by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The system has been introduced across central universities and allows students to choose papers from the buffet offered by various colleges.Losing jobsThe hurriedly implemented CBCS could lead to about 1,000 teachers losing their jobs. “The colleges are now aware about the number of students they are going to have for each paper. If students do not opt for a particular paper, the teachers teaching that paper will be left without work and will be shunted out. Ad-hoc and temporary teachers are looking at an uncertain future,” said Prof Rajesh Jha, of Rajdhani College. He is also the spokesperson of Academics for Action and Development (AAD), a teachers’ body at Delhi University.Delhi University has about 4,500 ad hoc teachers and many of them have already been shown the door. “I have been teaching in Delhi University for six years. But now I am told that my services are not required because there is not enough workload. CBCS has left me unemployed,” said Manisha, who was working as an assistant professor of chemistry with Keshav Mahavidyalaya. About 150 teachers in chemistry department alone have been left without a job.The AAD continues to demand rolling back of CBCS. Its members along with senior leaders from the Congress including Ajay Maken and Randeep Surjewala have extended support to the anti CBCS movement.

Bihar Polls: Nitish Kumar to make denial of special status a major poll plank

“There is no proposal as of now to grant special status to any state. There is a proposal to give special package,” Minister of State for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh had told the Lok Sabha while replying to a question by Bihar MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav.

Crying “betrayal”, Nitish Kumar-led JD(U)-RJD alliance will flag in a big way in the upcoming Bihar assembly elections the denial by the Centre of special category status to the state.JD(U) Secretary General and MP K C Tyagi said the Union government’s stand amounted to “betrayal” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who made “big” assurances to the state during his campaign for the Lok Sabha elections last year.Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will make it into a major issue as it has exposed BJP’s “double standards”, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ruling out special category status to Bihar that would have led to increased central assistance, the government had on Friday said there was no such proposal.”There is no proposal as of now to grant special status to any state. There is a proposal to give special package,” Minister of State for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh had told the Lok Sabha while replying to a question by Bihar MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav.Kumar has been pitching for special category status for Bihar for a long time and BJP had supported his demand when it was in alliance with him.A special category status will render the backward state a host of financial incentives which, Kumar has argued, was necessary to turn around Bihar economically.In Bihar on July 25 to kick off his party’s campaign, Modi had promised to give it a package “bigger” than Rs 50,000 crore which he had announced earlier. Modi has said he would make an announcement at an appropriate time.

No special status to Bihar: Centre in Lok Sabha

Government on Friday ruled out granting special category status to Bihar for increased central assistance, though there was a proposal to provide the state a special package.

Government on Friday ruled out granting special category status to Bihar for increased central assistance, though there was a proposal to provide the state a special package.”There is no proposal as of now to grant special status to any state. There is a proposal to give special package,” Minister of State for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh said in Lok Sabha during question. He was replying to a supplementary question posed by Bihar MP Rajesh Ranjan.Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been pressing for granting special category status to Bihar for a long time. The demand has also been supported by JD-U, BJP and its ally LJP in the past. Replying to another question, Singh said if Rajasthan government sends a proposal to provide special package, the central government may consider it.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Special category states are provided special plan assistance for projects (90 per cent grant) and special central assistance grants. Assistance for externally-aided projects flows to special category states as 90 per cent grant whereas for general category states, it flows as back-to-back loans, he said.”Special packages for different sectors have been sought by some states in past. In 2015-16, Bihar and Odisha have sought special packages for their overall socio-economic development for different sectors,” he said.

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Indore: Man gets life imprisonment for repeatedly raping his own minor daughters

A 53-year-old man was awarded life imprisonment by a local court in Indore on Tuesday after it found him guilty of raping his two minor daughters for six months.

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A 53-year-old man was awarded life imprisonment by a local court in Indore on Tuesday after it found him guilty of raping his two minor daughters for six months.Additional Sessions Judge Rajesh Kumar Gupta sent Sheikh Ahmed to prison for life after convicting him under Section 376 (rape) and other sections of Indian Penal Code.”The court observed that Ahmed should breathe his last in prison. The prosecution produced nine witnesses to prove its point,” government lawyer Santosh Chourasia told reporters.He said that Ahmed had even tried to dodge the court during trial claiming that he was 64 which was proved wrong after examination of his documents which put his age at 53 years.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Advocate Chourasia said that Ahmed, was convicted for threatening and raping his two daughters aged 11 and 12 years old for six months.He said that Ahmed”s daughters kept quiet due to fear for a long time but managed to gather courage one day and narrate their ordeal to their mother.She lodged a complaint with the police against Ahmed on December 26, 2013.

Online shopping fraud racket in Odisha busted

Odisha police caught three people running an online shopping fraud racket.
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With the arrest of three persons, police claimed on Saturday to have unearthed an online shopping fraud racket in south Odisha.During a raid on a shop and a house in Gahesh Nagar and Shastri Nagar respectively, police seized nine laptops, over 1000 SIM cards, 40 mobile phones, one Tablet, 7 savings pass-books of different banks, four cheque books, 8 ATM cards, five dongles and other articles, police said.Those arrested were identified as V Shankar Rao (28), main accused in the fraud; his employee and business partner Kalia Sahu (21) and B Rajesh Kumar, respectively. “We have frozen at least six bank accounts, on which he was doing transaction and seized the mobile shop and rented house of the main accused who was doing the online shopping business,” Superintendent of Police (Berhampur) Sarthak Sarangi said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the accused person did online business with different electronic companies of around Rs 3.50 crore in the last six months, he had received around Rs 20.80 lakh in fraudulent manner by using around 5000 e-mail IDs and different bank accounts, the SP said. As per the modus operandi, the accused used to complain to the particular company that its supplies were wrong and wanted refund of money. In order to get back the money, he would return inferior quality products having no market value, instead of the genuine ones. He then marketed the genuine products with lower prices in the market, police said.”As one person can market only one product through online business, he allegedly created around 5000 fake e-mail IDs and used different SIMs to book orders,” said SP. He employed at least ten persons to book online products from different companies. Each employee was getting Rs 6000 per month, he said.The fraud came to light when a representative of an online electronics business organisation complained against Rao about the forgery. He complained about forgery of around Rs 10 lakh, but when we searched, it came to over Rs 20 lakh” Sarangi said. “We are now verifying the business with other online companies,” he added.

Audio tape row: Congress demands MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s resignation

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh had earlier released an audio tape on his social media account, accusing Chouhan of seeking favours from BJP leader Rajesh Chaudhary in lieu of a better post following the Garoth Vidhan Sabha polls.

Congress leader Manak Agarwal on Friday said that his party would file a complaint with the Election Commission and demand strict action against Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over his alleged audio tape. “This is highly condemnable, the Election Commission (EC) must take note of this. Congress will file a complaint with the EC and demand that strict action be taken against Shivraj Singh Chouhan,” said Agarwal. Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh had earlier released an audio tape on his social media account, accusing Chouhan of seeking favours from BJP leader Rajesh Chaudhary in lieu of a better post following the Garoth Vidhan Sabha polls.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Digvijay also demanded Chouhan’s resignation over the matter. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), however, was swift to deny the allegations. “It is a non-issue, just a part of Digvijay Singh ji’s dirty politics. Congress makes efforts to malign image of Shivraj Singh Chouhan before every election,” said BJP leader Vishwas Sarang.

Congress files complaint with Election Commission on PM Modi’s poll expenses

Congress on Tuesday filed a complaint with the Election Commission alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi incurred more expenses than the prescribed limit in Varanasi in the Lok Sabha polls and is liable to be disqualified.

Congress on Tuesday filed a complaint with the Election Commission alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi incurred more expenses than the prescribed limit in Varanasi in the Lok Sabha polls and is liable to be disqualified.The complaint was filed by AICC legal cell Secretary KC Mittal on behalf of local party leaders Rajesh Mishra, a former MP, and city party chief Praja Nath Sharma.Mittal said that a Congress delegation made a representation to the full Election Commission which assured it that it will look into the matter.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The complainants alleged that Modi “failed” to give “true and correct” account of election expenses to the EC and that he undertook an “opulent” campaign through a “swanky” election office.”According to an estimate, the cost of the high tech renovation of his election office was approximately Rs two crore and the same shall be counted in his election expenses,” they claimed adding that Modi had taken a 14-storey posh building as his poll office.The complainants also wanted all expenses incurred by RSS volunteers in Modi’s campaign to be added in his poll expenses as “RSS is not a body registered as a Society or an association, nor as a registered political party and is not an official constituent of BJP”.Congress also accused Modi of not submitting his travel expenses individually or along with other star campaigners. The complainants wanted notice to be issued to Modi for his comments and all records may also be called for further inquiry.”We request that the matter may be proceeded further and necessary action may be taken to disqualify him,” they added.

Maharashtra: Rahul Gandhi to appear in Bhiwandi Court to ‘honour commitment’, despite exemption

“RG will be in Bhiwandi this morning to honour commitment to the trial court,” said a tweet from his new twitter handle @OfficeOfRG

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will on Friday appear in a court in Bhiwandi in Thane district of Maharashtra for a hearing in a defamation case against him.”RG will be in Bhiwandi this morning to honour commitment to the trial court,” said a tweet from his new twitter handle @OfficeOfRGRahul Gandhi is appearing in the court even though the Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the proceedings against him.”There shall be stay of further proceedings in a case pending before the trial court till the next date of hearing,” a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and PC Pant said.Gandhi has been sued by an RSS activist Rajesh Kunte for allegedly blaming RSS for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. The activist has alleged that the Congress leader had said at a rally during last year’s Lok Sabha poll that a worker of the saffron outfit killed Mahatma Gandhi.Earlier, Gandhi’s plea seeking to quash the complaint filed by RSS activist Rajesh Kunte before a magisterial court in Bhiwandi in Thane district of Maharashtra was rejected by the Bombay High Court on March 10.The apex court also issued notices to the Centre and an RSS activist who had filed the complaint seeking their reply within four weeks and posted the matter for hearing on July 8.The bench also made it clear that it will not go into the merits of any of the defamation cases filed against these persons and only examine the legality of the penal provisions.”We are not going to touch upon the merits of these cases.We are not going to address merits in these cases. We are only on the constitutional validity of sections 499 and 500 of IPC,” the bench said.

India relaxes rules for foreign investment in real estate | Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The cabinet on Wednesday relaxed rules to allow foreign funds to invest in real estate investment trusts (REITs), a move designed to revive the country’s capital-starved property sector.

The government introduced REITs last year to pool in capital from overseas and help developers reduce their debt.

But provisions in the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) have, thus far, prevented actual investment flows.

The FEMA governs cross-border transactions.

“The approval is expected to enable foreign investment inflows into the completed rent-yielding real estate projects, which is, as of now, prohibited,” the government said in a statement.

(Reporting by Rajesh Kumar Singh; editing by John Stonestreet)

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Jaitley tries to buy peace with RBI, foreign investors | Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sought to placate the Reserve bank of India (RBI) and foreign investors on Thursday by putting on hold a major overhaul of financial regulation and offering tax concessions on stocks and bonds.

Jaitley’s plans, announced in the annual budget in February, would have stripped the RBI of authority to regulate the government bond market and manage public debt.

U.S. and European investor groups had also been pressing the government, which is more supportive of business than its predecessor, to clarify its tax regime after inspectors tried to claw back money they say is owned on years of previously untaxed gains.

Jaitley, a moderate in Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s government, has signed an agreement with the RBI to bring down inflation, and is trying to accelerate economic growth through tax and financial reforms.

He offered to exempt foreign investors from minimum alternative tax (MAT) of about 20 percent on income from securities transactions, royalties and technical services. Tax experts said the move would take effect from this month.

“This will bring relief to debt funds… but unfortunately the finance minister has not provided any relief for the past period,” said Rajesh H Gandhi, partner, Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP.

In India, foreign investors have so far paid 15 percent on short-term listed equity gains, 5 percent on gains from bonds, and nothing on long-term gains, but from late last year many firms received tax notices requiring them to pay MAT.

Jaitley said investors would have to wait for a court decision on the tax notices. In an attempt to spur the construction sector, he eased MAT rules for real estate investment trusts.

Winding up the debate on 2015/16 tax proposals in the lower house of parliament, he told lawmakers that the government would seek to spur economic growth to near 9 percent in coming years with measures such as easing goods and services tax.

Asia’s third largest economy is expected to grow around 8 percent in 2015/16 fiscal year, which would outpace China’s growth rate of around 7 percent in 2015.

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On the issue of setting up an independent public debt management agency, Jaitley said the government would now consult the RBI and come up with a detailed roadmap, but declined to give any timeline.

The climbdown marks a victory for the RBI, which said the changes could interfere with its monetary policy objectives.

A group of RBI officials wrote to lawmakers and state chief ministers expressing concern over the changes before a vote in parliament on Thursday, media have reported.

(Reporting by Rajesh Kumar Singh; Editing by Malini Menon/Ruth Pitchford)

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BSF jawan cremated a week after demise under UN duty in Congo

Gorakhpur: The distraught family of a deceased BSF jawan could get to see the body and cremate their lone bread-winner almost after a week he died, as “procedures” held up an immediate air-dispatch of his mortal remains from a UN mission in Congo.

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The tragic case pertains to 45-year-old Border Security Force head constable late Shubh Karan Yadav who was part of an Indian security contingent which was deployed in Congo in the middle of last year under the United Nations (UN) emblem.

The trooper, officials said, suffered a “severe brain haemorrhage” on 14 April at his remote base in the war-torn country and was airlifted the next day to country’s capital Kinshasa. He was operated but could not survive.

“The post-death procedures including a post-mortem were conducted under the United Nations procedures and his body finally arrived in the evening hours of 22 April in Delhi. It was immediately dispatched to Yadav’s native village Baidauli Babu in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur which reached his family the next day,” a senior BSF officer coordinating the task in Delhi said.

“We cremated him yesterday evening with full military honours. It was a terrible time for our family as the body reached us almost after a week we got the news of his death. But BSF officers and other seniors were in constant touch with us even as they assured us that they were doing their best,” Yadav’s relative Rajesh told PTI.

Yadav is survived by his wife and four children including three unmarried daughters.

“The eldest daughter had been married sometime back but according to our rituals she was to be sent to her in-laws place after the ‘gauna’ ceremony which we had planned after he came back from the UN duty in Congo by early next year,” Rajesh said.

Officials said this sort of time delay was usual as the UN and its agencies take time to send a body home as all the troops and contingents work under UN rules and charter.

BSF has been sending its contingent every year for civil police duties, as part of the UN charter, to this African nation for many years now.

Yadav, who joined the force in 1988 as a constable, belonged to the 45th battalion of the border guarding force based in Jammu and his combat unit is at present deployed in Chhattisgarh for anti-Naxal operations.

“This is yet another example which displays how troops who serve the country are faced with challenges and troubles during their duties and even after death,” a senior officer commanding Yadav’s unit said.

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Youth misbehaves with AAP MLA Alka Lamba, claims to be ‘mentally unstable’

New Delhi: A youth, who claimed to be mentally unstable, was slapped by AAP MLA Alka Lamba when he allegedly tried to misbehave with her while she was inspecting heritage mansion of renowned poet Mirza Ghalib in New Delhi on Thursday.

AAP MLA Alka Lamba. PTI

AAP MLA Alka Lamba. PTI

The youth, in his early 20s, was handed over to Kotwali Police by AAP volunteers.

“He winked at me. He was looking at me in an inappropriate way. He also approached me near town hall, after which I slapped him. Following this, he started running. AAP volunteers who were there with me, chased him and handed him over to Kotwali Police.

“He claimed he was mentally unstable but even by evening his family could not produce any satisfactory evidence that he was undergoing medical treatment,” Lamba, who is Delhi Government’s Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, said adding that she had asked the police to take necessary action.

The MLA shared detail of the incident on Twitter and also posted the photographs of the youth.

“Is manchale ko bhi nahi pata chala ki main kaun hoon, pehale muskuraya, phir aankh maari, phir kandha, phir mera kas kar chata, ab jail..” she tweeted.

Meanwhile, police said the accused was identified as Rajesh, a resident of Baljeet Nagar area.

“A written complaint has been made to us in this regard and we are looking into the matter,” a police officer said.

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Delhi’s most wanted gangster Neeraj Bawana arrested by police

New Delhi: Delhi’s most wanted gangster Neeraj Bawana, who has dozens of cases of murder, attempt to murder and extortion against him, was arrested in the wee hours on Tuesday by the Special Cell of Delhi Police.

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Police forces of several states were on the look out for him.

Special Commissioner (Special Cell) SN Shrivastava said, “We have arrested Neeraj Bawana early this morning. He was arrested around 3:45 AM from Munda road following a tip off.”

Police said that Bawana is one of Delhi’s most wanted gangster.

Bawana allegedly runs an extortion racket in outer, north west and west Delhi. His brother Rajesh Bawana was arrested last year while his mother and another brother were recently arrested from IGI Airport while carrying illegal ammunition.

His gang had allegedly played a part in the escape of Amit alias Bhura, who was freed from the custody of Uttarakhand Police while he was being produced at Baghpat court.

Bhura was arrested a couple of days ago by Patiala Police.

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More than 80,000 lawyers abstain from work in Gujarat

Over 80,000 lawyers across Gujarat abstained from work today in response to a call given by the Bar Council of India (BCI) to protest against the recent killing of an advocate by police in Allahabad court premises.

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Over 80,000 lawyers across Gujarat abstained from work today in response to a call given by the Bar Council of India (BCI) to protest against the recent killing of an advocate by police in Allahabad court premises.Around 1,600 lawyers practise in the Gujarat High Court while more than 15,000 lawyers in the city are affiliated to five different bar associations of lower courts.”To support the BCI’s call and to condemn the ghastly killing of a lawyer in Allahabad, all 1,600 regular lawyers of the Gujarat High Court abstained from work today. Similarly, around 15,000 lawyers of lower courts in the city and around 80,000 lawyers across the entire state of Gujarat stayed away from courts,” senior High Court lawyer Yatin Oza said.As part of the protest, lawyers of the Ahmedabad Rural Court burned an effigy of the cop who allegedly killed the lawyer in Allahabad, the president of the Ahmedabad District Bar Association Rajesh Parekh said.

Allahabad: Fired in ‘self-defence’ after lawyers attacked me, says sub-inspector

Allahabad: The sub-inspector of police who had shot dead a lawyer inside the district court premises in Allahabad on Wednesday, triggering violent protests across the city, has claimed that he had fired in “self defence” after being physically assaulted by some advocates. He also said he had fled the spot and remained in hiding for two days to save his life.

Sub-inspector (SI) Shailendra Kumar Singh, who was arrested last evening at Prayag railway station and has been kept at the Naini Central Prison on the outskirts of the city, gave a statement in front of Additional SP (City) Rajesh Kumar Yadav late last night.

According to Yadav, Singh has claimed that he had fired “in self-defence” after he was “attacked by a group of unruly advocates” with whom he had “an argument over a minor issue”.

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Singh has alleged that “violence was initiated by the lawyers” who “kicked and punched me and hit me with a stick and even tried to snatch away my service revolver”.

The SI has claimed that he had “intended to fire in the air to scare away the attackers but unfortunately one of the advocates got hit by the bullet”.

He defended his fleeing the spot saying “had I stayed on the court premises, where I had come in connection with a case I am investigating, I would have been lynched by the mob.

“Nevertheless, I returned to the Nari Bari outpost where I was posted and submitted my revolver before leaving for Lucknow where I stayed at my nephew’s place waiting for tempers to calm down”.

Meanwhile, after meeting the accused sub-inspector at the jail, his wife Sapna has written to the in-charge of Colonelganj police station, under which the site of the incident falls, requesting that an FIR be lodged against the advocates who had “made an attempt on the life” of her husband under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.

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How AIIMS report on Sunanda Pushkar affects Shashi Tharoor

As the Delhi police registered a case of murder in Sunanda Pushkar’s death, her husband Shashi Tharoor, a former union minister and Congress MP, may be asked to join investigations soon.The Delhi police, which almost took a year before registering the case on Monday claimed that the latest medical report from AIIMS states that it was an ‘unnatural death due to poisoning.’ Until now, the police were focusing on the suicide theory in the wake of the couple’s strained relationship.Delhi police commissioner B S Bassi told reporters that, “the latest medical report from AIIMS states that it was not a natural death. She died due to poisoning. Whether the poison was given orally or injected into her body is being investigated.” The police received the AIIMS report on December 29 and would send her viscera abroad for further examination.The report once again brings to focus ‘injury number 10 — an unexplained injection mark’ found on the right wrist of Sunanda. dna was the first to report about the mysterious injury in February last year.Normally, in the case of unnatural death within seven years of marriage, the husband is arrested on dowry demand ground. “However, dowry case can’t be invoked in the case of Tharoor as no one has filed such a complaint. So, he cannot be arrested on this ground as of now,” senior Supreme Court lawyer Kamini Jaiswal told dna.However, family members of Pushkar in Jammu reiterated the allegation that Tharoor could be involved in the murder. “We already knew it wasn’t a natural death. We have been asking for a CBI probe. It was all planned. Why would Tharoor go for a meeting when she wasn’t feeling well? Even cameras weren’t working in such a big hotel,” Ashok Kumar, maternal cousin of Pushkar, told dna over phone from Jammu.He further stated he was amazed “why Pushkar’s immediate brother Rajesh was not raising the issue?”The needle of suspicion, thus, continues to hang on Tharoor’s head, as alleged by senior BJP leader Subramanyam Swami, who, from the day of the incident, has been saying that it’s a murder case.”It was not even an ordinary murder. She was capable of hurting reputations of persons at very higher places. She could have exposed the whole illegal mess in IPL,” Swami had said. While the police are yet to detail the kind of poisoning, many believe that ‘air embolism could have resulted in her death.’ In this process, an air bubble may have been injected into her vein, which could prove fatal if ‘more than 100 ml of air is injected into the venous system at rates greater than 100 ml/s.’Sunanda, 52, was found dead in her room at a five-star hotel in south Delhi on January 17, 2014. Tharoor was then minister of state for human resource development in UPA-II government. Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi named Tharoor as one of the ambassadors of ‘Clean India Campaign.’Meanwhile, Tharoor, in a statement, said that he was stunned to find out that his wife was poisoned and a case of murder was registered.”Needless to say, I am anxious to see that this case is investigated thoroughly and assure the police my full cooperation. Although we never thought of any foul play in the death of my wife, we all want a comprehensive investigation and unvarnished truth should come out,” he said.He added that he and all members of Pushkar’s family wanted access to all the information on the basis of which the Delhi police had concluded that she was poisoned to death.”We have not been provided copies of the post-mortem report and other reports of the inquiry like the CFSL report till date. We repeat our request for a copy of these reports to be provided to us immediately,” said Tharoor.Earlier in October, the Delhi police had stated that the forensic report from AIIMS claiming that Pushkar died of poisoning was ‘not conclusive’ and investigations would continue.The first autopsy report, submitted to the sub-divisional magistrate in January had stated that Pushkar had died of ‘drug overdose.’ The report also said that a mild, foul-smelling gas emanated from her body during dissection. Sunanda’s body had 15 injuries, caused in 12 hours before her death. Injury number 12 was caused by a teeth bite.Dr Sudhir Kumar Gupta, who was the head of the forensic team that conducted the post-mortem, had also alleged that he was under pressure to show that Pushkar’s death was “natural.” The allegation was denied by AIIMS. At that time, Gupta was the head of AIIMS forensic department. He was removed from the post later.

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