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DDCA to file defamation case against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Kirti Azad

The party released two letters, purportedly written by Jaitley, to former Delhi Police Commissioner B K Gupta and then Special Commissioner Ranjit Narayan, requesting them to “fairly” deal with the matter and “close” the case since “DDCA has done no wrong”.

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Road clear for ULFA leader Anup Chetia’s release from jail

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ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia was granted bail on Wednesday in the last of the four cases registered against him.

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ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia was granted bail on Wednesday in the last of the four cases registered against him, paving the way for his release from jail. Chetia’s counsel Bijon Mahajan told reporters quoting the CBI investigation officer as saying that the investigating agency does not have any objection if Chetia is granted bail.Before granting bail, the Additional Sessions Judge also went through the case diary. Chetia, lodged in the Guwahati Central Jail, was granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 30,000 and a surety from one individual, Mahajan said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The court, however, granted the bail with conditions that Chetia cannot hamper the process of investigation and he cannot leave the jurisdiction of the Special Judicial Magistrate without prior permission,” the senior advocate said.Chetia had earlier been granted bail in three cases out of the four that were registered after his deportation to India from Bangladesh. On Tuesday, Chetia secured bail from the Additional Sessions Judge in one of the cases.On December 17, the designated court here had allowed the ULFA leader to be on bail in two TADA cases for facilitating his trial and for him to participate in the ongoing peace process.Chetia was handed over to India by Bangladesh where he was in jail since his arrest by the country’s police in 1997 on charges of cross-border intrusion, carrying fake passports and illegally keeping foreign currencies.

442 people convicted for 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi: Government

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Chaudhary said the rehabilitation package of 2006 provided ex-gratia payment in case of death, injury, damaged residential properties and damaged uninsured commercial, industrial properties and other assistance to the victims of 1984 riots.

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442 people have been convicted so far by various courts of Delhi in connection with the anti-Sikh riots of 1984, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said the Home Ministry has constituted a Special Investigation Team to re-investigate serious criminal cases which were filed in the National Capital Territory of Delhi in connection with the 1984 riots and have since been closed.SIT will examine the records of such cases afresh, he said.Chaudhary said the rehabilitation package of 2006 provided ex-gratia payment in case of death, injury, damaged residential properties and damaged uninsured commercial, industrial properties and other assistance to the victims of 1984 riots.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>So far, the Home Ministry has reimbursed an amount of Rs 154.54 crore to the government of NCT of Delhi under this package, he said.The Minister said the central government has also sanctioned additional compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of those who were killed in the 1984 riots.The Government of NCT has reported that they have distributed an amount of Rs 73,53,24,000 to the families of victims, he said.

Rajya Sabha passes SC/ST Bill unanimously through voice vote

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After seeing several days of adjournments, the Rajya Sabha on Monday unanimously passed Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment bill in a matter of minutes and that too through a voice vote and without any debate.

After seeing several days of adjournments, the Rajya Sabha on Monday unanimously passed Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment bill in a matter of minutes and that too through a voice vote and without any debate.The BJP was keen to get the bill through, especially to undo the damage done by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks given during Bihar polls that were dubbed as anti-Dalit quota by the opposition. The party also thinks that the passage of the bill would improve its image among Dalits that in turn could brighten its prospects during the UP state assembly elections due in 2017.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Of late BJP has been taking lot of brickbats for being intolerant and insensitive towards Dalits, especially after union minister V K Singh’s remarks given on the purported killing of two Dalit girls in Haryana recently.Deputy Chairman P J Kurien took up the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2015 that aims to prohibit the commission of offences against members of the SCs and STs and adds provisions for establishing special courts for the trial cases of such offences and the rehabilitation of victims, in the second half of day.The sudden change in the atmosphere of the upper house that until recently failed to transact any business because of frequent pandemonium, prompted the deputy chairman Kurien to observe, “There is perfect calm and tranquility. Everybody is cool. A cool breeze is blowing. I don’t know where this breeze is coming from.”The amended bill adds new categories of actions to be treated as offences committed by non SCs and STs and amends certain existing categories. Impeding certain activities related to voting especially vote or not vote for a particular candidate will also be considered an offence.The new offences include – Garlanding SCs and STs with footwear; Compelling to do manual scavenging or dispose carry animal or human carcasses; Abusing SCs/STs in public by caste name; Disrespecting any deceased SCs/STs person held in high esteem or attempting to promote feelings of ill-will against SCs/STs and threatening or imposing economic and social boycott.The offences in case of sexual exploiting of SC or ST woman would include – Using acts, words or gestures of a sexual nature against SC/ST woman; Touching an SC/ST woman intentionally in a sexual manner without her consent; Practice of dedicating an SC/ST woman as a devadasi to a temple.Other actions that will be considered as an offence are Preventing SCs/STs using common property resources, entering any places of public worship that is open to the public, and entering an education or health institution.In case of any violation of any provisions mentioned in this act the courts will presume that the accused non SC/ST person was aware of the caste or tribal identity of the victim, unless it is proved.The bill also adds provision specifying duties of public servants which includes, registering a FIR or complaint, public servant must read out the information given oral complaint by SC/ST person before taking the signature of the victim and giving copy of this information to the victim. It should be noted that parent Act has provision mentioning that public servant (non SC/ST) neglecting his duties related to SCs/STs will be punished with imprisonment for a term of 6 months to 1 year.The Bill adds provision specifying establishment of exclusive Special Court and Special Court at the district level to try offences mentioned under this Act. Exclusive Public Prosecutor and Public Prosecutor will be appointed for every Exclusive Special Court and Special Court.A new chapter added to the bill dealing with the rights of victims and witness mentions that it shall be the duty of the state to make arrangements for the protection of victims and their dependents and the witnesses. It also mentions that state should specify a scheme to ensure the implementation of rights of victims and witnesses.

Delhi cabinet calls special assembly session to discuss DDCA; opposition cries political gimmick

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Delhi cabinet resolves to set up Commission of Enquiry on DDCA scam. Special session of assembly tomorrow to discuss DDCA scam and CBI raids on Delhi Secretariat, Kejriwal tweeted.

Taking ahead its fight against finance minister Arun Jaitley, the Delhi cabinet headed by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday decided to call a special session of Delhi Assembly on Tuesday to discuss alleged irregularities in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and the CBI raid at the Delhi secretariat last week.The cabinet also approved setting up of a one member commission of inquiry under former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium to probe alleged irregularities in the DDCA during Jaitley’s 13-year tenure as its head. Jaitley has strongly rubbished the allegations.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Delhi cabinet resolves to set up Commission of Enquiry on DDCA scam. Special session of assembly tomorrow to discuss DDCA scam and CBI raids on Delhi Secretariat,” Kejriwal tweeted.Meanwhile, the leader of opposition at the Delhi assembly alleged that the special session has been called by the government to malign the central government and Jaitley and has been ignoring other problems of Delhi.”We will present a resolution in the House to approve setting up of the Commission of Inquiry,” said deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia.Following a CBI raid in Delhi secretariat, AAP has alleged that the CBI carried out the searches to target the AAP chief and was looking for DDCA’s file. The party has also demanded resignation of Jaitley from the Union cabinet.A month ago, an AAP government-appointed probe committee recommended immediate suspension of DDCA by the BCCI for alleged financial irregularities.The Delhi government panel had suggested that an interim committee of professional cricketers should manage affairs of the game in the capital.The committee had also recommended to the government to appoint a Commission of Inquiry under the Commission of Enquiries Act.BJP MP Kirti Azad, who has been campaigning against alleged corruption in Delhi’s cricket body on Monday demanded an ED and DRI probe into the affairs of DDCA.

Nirbhaya case: SC declines DCW appeal for urgent hearing to stop juvenile from walking free

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The Special Leave Petition filed by DCW against the order of the Delhi High Court, which refused to restrain the release of the convict, was referred by the Chief Justice of India TS Thakur before the vacation bench.

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The juvenile offender of the horrific December 16 gangrape case is all set to walk free on Sunday as the Supreme Court refused the dramatic post-midnight move of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) to stay his release by giving an urgent hearing.A vacation bench comprising Justices AK Goel and UU Lalit in their order pronounced at 2 am, posted the matter for hearing on Monday.However, DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal and the lawyers of the women’s panel hoped that since the matter has become sub judice, the government and Delhi Police will not release the juvenile offender. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Related Read: Nirbhaya’s parents and 40 students released after short detention by Delhi Police”The matter has been posted for hearing on Monday as item number 3. The matter has now become sub judice. I hope that government and the Delhi Police will wait for one day and not release him,” Maliwal told reporters outside the residence of Justice Goel.The Special Leave Petition filed by DCW against the order of the Delhi High Court, which refused to restrain the release of the convict, was referred by the Chief Justice of India TS Thakur before the vacation bench.Lawyers associated with the case, including senior advocate Guru Krishna Kumar and Devdutt Kamath, had rushed to Justice Goel’s residence at around 1.30 am after Maliwal was told by the Registrar that the matter has been assigned to the vacation bench.”CJI had refferred matter to Vacation Bench. Registrar General taken our case to Judge. On our way dere. Appeal for case to be heard tonight,” Maliwal had tweeted earlier. The grounds which has been taken in the appeal against the High Court order says that no mental assessment of the state of mind of the juvenile offender has been taken into account for his release.Advocate Kamath said that there are intelligence reports that even during his stay in the provision home, the convict was unremorseful of his action and he has been further radicalised. So at this stage, it cannot be said that he is not a threat to the society.The SLP has also stated that though the High Court was of the view that there was a need for mental assessment of the convict, there was no direction that before his release the authorities should go for a health and mental assessment of the offender.Further, it is submitted in the petition that there is also likely to be threat to his own life as reports are appearing that there is anger and tension between two groups in his own village. “Therefore it is also in his own interest and for the protection of his life that he should not be dumped and left unprotected,” it said.In the petition, Kamath said there are other legal points raised to challenge the High Court order. Guru Krishna Kumar is to appear for DCW in the case. The High Court had yesterday refused to restrain the convict’s release citing that there is no legal provision for the action.Maliwal reached the Chief Justice of India’s residence around midnight and later arrived at the Registrar’s office in the apex court premises. A day before his scheduled release, the juvenile convict was moved out of Delhi today even as distraught parents of the victim were detained today after they held a protest against allowing him to walk free.The convict, who is now 20 years old and was known to be the most brutal of the attackers, has been taken to an undisclosed location from a correction home in North Delhi amid concerns that there was a threat to his life.Sources said the juvenile has been kept under observation of an NGO under the protection of Delhi Police. The parents of the gangrape victim, along with 40 Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU) students, were detained by the police as they staged a protest against the release of the juvenile convict. The police action was condemned by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.”I am shocked to learn that Nirbhaya’s parents have been detained. They shud immediately be released. Police action against Nirbhaya’s parents is unacceptable. I have asked Chief Secretary to talk to Police Commissioner and get them released,” Kejriwal tweeted.

December 16 gangrape case: Juvenile convict moved to undisclosed location ahead of his release tomorrow

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Brushing aside the public outcry against his release, High court on Friday had said BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s plea seeking stay on the release of juvenile convict cannot be allowed as the statutory and existing law was coming in its way.

The juvenile convict in Nirbhaya rape case is set to be released tomorrow.
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The juvenile convict in the December 16 gangrape case was shifted from remand home to an undisclosed location on Saturday. The juvenile is scheduled to be released on Sunday as he has completed his 3 years jail term. The convict, who is now 20 years old, has been sent to an undisclosed location amid concerns that there was threat to his life, and several agencies are keeping an eye on the matter, said a highly-placed source.Brushing aside the public outcry against his release, Delhi High court on Friday had said BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s plea seeking stay on the release of juvenile convict cannot be allowed as the statutory and existing law was coming in its way. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Saturday, the victim’s parents with several other activists was seen protesting outside the remand home. “Having regard to the fact that the maximum stay that can be directed in the Special Home under Section 15(1) of the Act is three years and that the respondent No.1 (convict) would be completing the period of three years by December 20, 2015, there cannot be any direction to continue his stay in the Special Home beyond December 20, 2015. Hence, we decline to issue any direction as prayed by the petitioner,” a bench headed by Chief Justice G Rohini said.”Crime has won and we have lost (jurm jeet gaya, hum haar gaye). Although we haven’t seen him, nor met him, but despite all our efforts, a criminal will walk free,” said a dejected Asha Devi, mother of the victim on Friday.The mother, who waited for the order alongwith her husband Badri Singh Pandey, in the court, said, “Despite all our efforts for three years, our government and our courts have released a criminal.”The assurance we were given was that we will get justice but that has not been delivered. We are very disappointed,” she had said about the order of the Bench which also directed the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) to interact with the convict, his parents and concerned officials of Department of Women and Child Development regarding his “rehabilitation and social mainstreaming”.Delhi government has said it had submitted a rehabilitation plan for the juvenile convict in December 16 gangrape case.The government said that as per the plan, a one-time financial grant of Rs 10,000 will be given to the youth and a sewing machine will be arranged for him so that he can rent a tailor shop.The convict, who is now 21, is to release on December 20 after his three years stay in the observation home as part of the sentence for the offence of rape.

What’s al Qaeda, ask kin of AQIS leaders

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The rebellion by Sanaul began in late teens when he became obsessed with the idea of studying in Medina university in Saudi Arabia.

Tucked away in the lanes and alleys of mohalla Deepa Sarai — one of the 32 puras and 52 sarais which make Sambhal constituency of Moradabad district in Uttar Pradesh — the Haque family has lived all their life devoid of any television, radio or newspaper in the ancestral house. News from current affairs, politics, entertainment or crime is hard to come by, unless it’s the neighbouing buffalo which goes missing or family feuds come to the fore.Naturally, when Ayman al-Zawahiri, head of core al Qaeda, last September announced the formation of a new division of the global terror franchise with focus on India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar to be led by Maulana Asim Umar or when the Delhi Special cell claimed to have achieved a major breakthrough by busting the Indian module of al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) the Haque family was alien to these news. This was until Wednesday when security agencies confirmed that Asim Umar was a native of Deepa Sarai and a member of the Haque family.”He left 20 years ago and until a couple of years ago when the police came to inquire about him, we had no idea about his whereabouts or what he does,” Irfan ul Haque, the 80-year-old father of elsuive head of AQIS Asim Umar alias Sanaul Haque said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The rebellion by Sanaul began in late teens when he became obsessed with the idea of studying in Medina university in Saudi Arabia. The family which has lived all its life in Sambhal and lived off the goodwill and farmland of their ancestors were not financially stable to send their son abroad. The two elder brothers were busy in completing studies to be an engineer and a teacher respectively, two more daughters were to be married. “There were so many responsibilities on our head. We told him we have no money but to wait till his sisters are married. He didn’t worry about any of this.”There were small clashes in the family as the older uncle and relatives stepped in to make Sanaul give up his plan and even slapped him. But no one knew he would leave the house. A devoted student of religious studies, Sanaul was a hafiz and knew Quran by heart. He is later understood to have moved to Deoband in west UP and later to a seminary in Karachi.It’s in Pakistan that Sanaul is believed to have come in touch with the jihadist network first with Harkat ul Mujaheedin and later with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, an ally of al Qaeda. The rise of this UP native through the regimental hierarchy to the top echeleons of al Qaeda annointed by Zawahiri himself is hard to be believed by the residents of Sambhal.”Yeh kya cheez hai al Qaeda?,” asks the frail and old Ruqaiyya, Sanaul’s mother. Words like jihad and terrorism have no space in this house; the family spends its time in offering namaz five times, reciting the Quran and learning good deeds. But sitting somewhere in the porous Afghanistan-Pakistan region, as the head of AQIS, Sanaul, has demanded the Muslim youth in India to rise against their government and wage a jihad, he has chided them in a video asking, ‘Why there is no storm in your ocean,’ reference to the jihad fought from Afghanistan to Iraq but not in the subcontinent.Both Ruqaiyya and Irfan, while claiming they had village magistrates, freedom fighters in their family, are of their lineage. They say they have nothing to do with Sanaul or his activities. “We live here in Hindustan and we will die here. Agar usne Hindustan ke saath bagawat ki hai to use saja honi chahiye (if he has betrayed the country, he should be punished).”A few metres away in another lane, Afiya Faradh, wife of Mohammad Asif an alleged deputy of Asim Umar who was arrested by the Special Cell on Wednesday allegedly on the charges of heading and recruiting for the Indian wing of AQIS, can’t believe her husband can be a leader of terror group. “He had a kidney infection a few years back and can’t even lift heavy weights. How is it possible that he was given training by al Qaeda. He doesn’t even speak Arabic.”Officials from the special cell have claimed that Mohd Asif met Asim Umar alias Sanaul in Waziristan where he received intense Deeni training as he was to act as the principal ideologue of AQIS upon his return. Faradh says Asif had been to Saudi Arabia in June 2013 and returned back in October 2014 and the whole time her husband called back home to check on the family. Since Asif is back the family is in debt — of Rs 80,000 and even had to drop older son from english medium school as they can’t afford fees.Officials have also said that Asif came in touch with another Deepa Sarai native Assad alias Qasim a member of AQIS through social media. “We don’t have computer or internet. He has studied till class eight. How will he use then?,” asks Faradh. “We just wanted to earn enough money to complete the construction of our own house. He just wanted to set up a shop here selling old electronics and mobiles. The police caught him when he went to buy these in Delhi.”

Delhi police draw flak in al Qaida case, families of accused claim innocence

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Time will tell: Special Cell on their part maintained that the matter was under investigation and more facts will be revealed with time

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Even though the Special Cell of Delhi police claimed that Mohamad Asif, an alleged operative of al Qaida in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), was given the responsibility of recruiting Indians, parents of the 41-year-old accused have come out in support of their son accusing the police of fabricating the case against him.Special Cell also received flak from Jamia Milia Islamia university after investigators had told dna that Asif had claimed he allegedly helped two youngsters (former Jamia students) to cross over to Af-Pak region, where they are currently fighting alongside al Qaida fighters.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jamia management on Friday accused vested interests of giving a bad name to a ‘university which has been at the forefront of nation-building’. ” Several of our alumina have contributed greatly towards the development of our nation. It is preposterous that people have started raising fingers at a nationalist university from which thousands of students have proven to be instruments of change and progress,” said Dr Mukesh Ranjan, the media coordinator of Jamia. “Earlier this year some persons arrested for dacoity in Meerut told police were from Jamia. When we verified the same it turned out to be a fabrication,” Ranjan added.The cell on Thursday told dna that two boys, identified as Sharjeel and Rehan, from Sambhal and Delhi respectively, had joined al Qaida in 2013, as claimed by Asif during his custodial interrogation.Police had claimed Zaffar Maqsood, who was also arrested from Sambhal on charges of being part of the AQIS module, was Sharjeel’s uncle. Not only has Zaffar Maqsood’s wife, Intiqab Begum, denied that they have nephew by the name of Sharjeel, she also told dna that Zaffar was arrested by Special Cell when he had gone to attend a marriage function in Muradabad. Zaffar according to her, owns a private transport business and has four siblings who work in different parts of UP.The Special Cell on their part maintained that the matter was under investigation and more facts will be revealed with time. “Asif during his interrogation has told us that he had on multiple occasions spoken to the two youth about atrocities committed on Indian Muslims. This might have led to their radicalisation. We are trying to find more details about the two youth,”said a senior police officials of the Special Cell.He added that one of the youth, named Rehaan, belonged to Welcome area of Delhi. When local police was contacted to know more about the identity of Rehaan, officials said that they were not aware of anyone by that name gone missing since 2013. Special Cell had claimed that both Rehaan and Sharjeel were taken to North Waziristan in Pakistan via Iran by accused Asif.”The Special Cell has a notorious record of helping to stereotype a particular community and make them look suspicious in front of the world. Jamia students have been at the receiving end of the state police for decades now,” said Manisha Sethi of the Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association. Her organisation had complied a report titled ‘Framed, Damned, Acquitted’, examines court documents and judgments 24 persons accused of terror related charges who were acquitted by court due to “fabricated” and “planted” evidence, procedural lapses and false cases.Receiving end “The Special Cell has a notorious record of helping to stereotype a particular community and make them look suspicious in front of the world. Jamia students have been at the receiving end of the state police for decades now,” said Manisha Sethi of the Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association. Her organisation had complied a report titled ‘Framed, Damned, Acquitted’, examines court documents and judgments 24 persons accused of terror related charges who were acquitted by court due to “fabricated” and “planted” evidence, procedural lapses and false cases.

Two Jamia students join Al Qaida, last known location is North Waziristan: Delhi Police

According to the Special Cell, the two youth, Rehan and Sharjeel, are from the national capital’s Welcome area and Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh respectively. Sharjeel’s uncle, Zaffar Masood, the latest arrest in the alleged AQIS module, also hails from Sambhal.

Mohamad Asif was arrested on Wednesday

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Two youth, who were supposedly radicalised and sent over to Af-Pak region as recruits for Al Qaida by Mohamad Asif, an alleged operative of Al Qaida in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), were students of country’s premier Jamia Millia Islamia University.The claim was recorded in interrogation report of Asif (41), who was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police on December 14. Furthermore, the third person arrested from UP’s Sambhal district on Wednesday evening, is an uncle of one of the youths, who are now believed to be fighting as mid-level soldiers in AQIS, after they successfully crossed over to Pakistan through Iran in 2013.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to the Special Cell, the two youth, Rehan and Sharjeel, are from the national capital’s Welcome area and Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh respectively. Sharjeel’s uncle, Zaffar Masood, the latest arrest in the alleged AQIS module, also hails from Sambhal.Earlier it had come to fore that Maulana Asim Umar, who was in September 2014 chosen to be the Amir (head) of AQIS by Al Qaida chief Ayman al Zawahiri, was a resident of Sambhal. Umar crossed over to Pakistan in 1995 and had fought alongside Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, a group originally formed in 1985 after breaking out from Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (HUJI). In 1993, the group merged with HUJI to form Harkat-ul-Ansar under the leadership of Abdelkader Mokhtari, an Algerian commander who later came to be known for his participation in the Bosnian war.”Zaffar, the uncle of one of the youths, has told us that the claims made by Asif might have credibility as his nephew had spent quite a time in Delhi as a student,” said a senior police officer. Local police in Welcome when contacted by dna said, “We are not aware of the whereabouts of anyone by the name of Rehan”. The Special Cell said that their investigators are figuring out the addresses of the youth. Officials did not specify whether they had any fresh information about the two youth.Asif, along with Sharjeel and Rehan, is said to have entered into Pakistan through Iran in June 2013 after procuring travellers’ visa on the pretext of performing ziyarat at the shrine of the late Grand Ayatollah Khomaini in Tehran. “Asif was in touch with Zaffar who introduced him to Sharjeel. Asif motivated Sharjeel to join AQIS who in return persuaded Rehaan to do the same,” said a senior police officer.A person code named Qasim was Asif’s main contact and also facilitated his travel after the duo got in touch through social media in 2012.”After landing in Tehran, Asif is said to have contacted Qasim who approached them at the hotel where they were staying . The three then travelled from Zahedan, to Sarwan where they were picked up by another contact of Qasim. From Sarawan, they reached the Iran-Pakistan border and crossed it over foot,” said Arvind Deep, Special Commissioner, Special Cell. The three reached North Waziristan after crossing Quetta, Ghazni and South Waziristan.Asif, after dropping Sharjeel and Rehan in North Waziristan, is said to have returned by the same route in September, 2014 but was apprehended by Iranian Security agencies on his way.The contacts of Al Qaeda ensured that he was transited to Turkey and after some days, accused Asif approached Indian embassy where he told the officials there that he had lost his passport. He was sent back to India on emergency certificate. Police custodyMeanwhile, Zaffar and Abdul Rehman (37), were remanded to 12-day police custody by a Delhi court. Rahman, who was arrested from Jagatpur area of Cuttack in Odisha, runs a Madrasa. Rahman, according to the Special cell is the brother of one Tariq Ali who was arrested after 2001 bombing of American cultural centre in Kolkata.

Alleged al-Qaeda financier held in New Delhi

Masood had allegedly financed Mohammed Asif (41), who was arrested by Special Cell from northeast Delhi’s Seelampur on Monday, and his own nephew, Serjil (22), who is reported to be in al-Qaeda’s training camp in Af-Pak region, an official privy to the investigation said.
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A 39-year-old man has been arrested by Delhi Police for allegedly acting as a financier to al-Qaeda’s Indian sub-continent (AQIS) module busted in New Delhi, the third arrest in the case, police said on Thursday.Zafar Masood was arrested from mohalla Deepa Sarai in UP’s Sambhal district last night after being booked under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, said Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Arvind Deep. Masood had allegedly financed Mohammed Asif (41), who was arrested by Special Cell from northeast Delhi’s Seelampur on Monday, and his own nephew, Serjil (22), who is reported to be in al-Qaeda’s training camp in Af-Pak region, an official privy to the investigation said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Masood was alleged to have paid the duo around USD 500 in two instalments for a trip to Pakistan. The two, besides another youth, identified as Rehan (26), had gone to Pakistan via Tehran and Afghanistan in June 2013 for training, the official said. Masood’s arrest follows that of Mohammed Asif, also a native of Sambhal, and Abdul Rahman, a madrasa teacher in Jagatpur in Odisha’s Cuttack district. Both Rahman and Masood were brought here on transit remand and produced before a court, which sent them to 12-days’ police custody starting today, police said.During interrogation, it emerged that Rahman has “connections” from Jharkhand to Saudi Arabia and Glasgow in Britain. He frequently visited Bangalore and met people, whose names police did not disclose, for which a team of Special Cell is likely to be rushed to Karnataka, said a police source. It has also emerged that his brother Tahir Ali, who was arrested in 2002 in connection with the terrorist attack on American Cultural Center in Kolkata, had taken shelter at his residence before his arrest. However, such details are to be cross-checked with old records of the police department in Kolkata, the source added.On the other hand, Masood, alleged to be a former operative of Harkat-ul-Mujahidin (HuM) trained in explosives and handling Kalashnikovs, is a neighbour of Asif, and a former student of a prominent university in the national capital, said an official. After finishing a diploma course in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning certification from the university here in 1994, Masood went to Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, where he worked in an AC company for 950 Riyal a month, the official said.He returned to India around three years later and rented a room at Batla House in Delhi with his friend, Usman, also a native of Sambhal. During his stay there, they met Saeed Akhtar alias Qasim, who is believed to be the deputy to AQIS chief (Amir) Maulana Asim Umar, said the official. Umar and Qasim are also natives of Sambhal. It was Qasim who allegedly radicalised the two and convinced them to leave for Pakistan in 1999, while he himself left for Mumbai, he said.Masood and Usman received training in a group of around 70 youths at Mansehra in the Hazara division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, which was the former training ground of HuM militants. They were specially trained in explosives by one Ustad Noman and in handling AK 47 by one Ustad Danial, said a source in Special Cell.When Masood met Maulana Asim Umar, who was allegedly a senior HuM operative then, at the training ground, Umar turned out to be his “best friend” during school days, Sanaul Haq, whom he had not seen for several years. It was Umar who advised Masood and Usman to return to India, the source said. Soon after his return to Sambhal, Masood was contacted by Qasim, who informed him that he had gone for ‘Deeni’ and ‘Asgari’ trainings at Mansehra and also instructed him to facilitate the travel of two more villagers from Sambhal to Pakistan.These two villagers later became accused in a case registered under Explosives Act, Foreigners Act and Sections 121 and 121 A (related to conspiracy in connection with Waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India) of IPC at Delhi’s New Friends Colony police station in September 2001. However, they were acquitted of all charges in around eight years, following which they were never heard of, the source said.Masood also allegedly facilitated the stay of two Pakistan nationals, identified as Maqsood Ahmed alias Ali and Sayed Mohammed alias Hamza, who had arrived in India in 2001. They were reported to have stayed in Faridabad and Lucknow, following which they were arrested by Delhi Police, said the source.Masood later went to Saudi Arabia at least thrice — in 2003 (to Dammam), 2005 (to Riyadh), and once in the past one year — for work. He also got married in 2009 and has a five-year-old daughter and a three-year-old son. He had lately opened his own enterprise, filing sales tax returns for businessman, the source said. It was in early 2012, that Masood claimed to have realised that his nephew Serjil and neighbour Asif were radicalised by Usman. While the former were planning to leave for Pakistan for training, Usman, who later came to be known as Assad, left for the training camp in Af-Pak region in July within a few months, said the source.In 2013, Qasim called up old associate Masood one day and asked him to contact him through video chat, which was finally arranged through Asif’s laptop, he said.Qasim allegedly instructed Masood to pay them money and facilitate their travel to Pakistan. Masood paid the first instalment after which Asif and Serjil left for Delhi. A few months later, Serjil called up Masood asking for the balance amount and informed him that the duo, along with another youth from Delhi, would go to Pakistan via Iran capital Tehran and Afghanistan.Masood allegedly paid the balance and claimed that he never came in touch with them again until he saw Asif return to Sambhal, having left his nephew and the Delhi youth at a training camp in north Waziristan, in September 2014, the source said. At the training camp Asif, who later became the Indian Head of AQIS’s Indian Head for the motivation, recruitment and training, also met one Umar Hyderabadi, who turned out to be a recruit sent there by Abdul Rahman.Rahman and Hyderabadi, a youth from Hyderabad whose actual name has yet not been disclosed, are so far the only non-Sambhal links the police have found in connection with the AQIS module, said a Special Cell official. AQIS was floated by al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahari himself in September 2014, following a meeting somewhere in Af-Pak region which reportedly had in its quorum the entire Grand Council (Arabian Shura) of al-Qaeda, including al-Zawahiri’s son in law.Despite several Indians being present at the training camp, Maulana Umar and Asif are believed to be the only Indians present in the council, the official said. After Umar was anointed the chief, it is believed that some “unexpected visitors” met him, including Indian Mujahideen chief Riyaz Bhatkal, who is still at large, and other senior IM commanders like Baba Sajid, who was recently reported to have been killed in Syria, police said.Asif was Umar’s chosen candidate and, with the help of his deputy Qasim, Umar had contacted Asif through a social networking site, a year before he left for Tehran on a ‘ziyarat’ visa, exclusively meant for visiting a holy shrine in Tehran. Qasim also ensured that the trip was financed by someone in his own locality here, police said. The financier later turned out to be Zafar Masood, police added.

Bribery case: Delhi Court sends IAS officer Sanjay Pratap Singh to judicial custody

Singh, a 1984-batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre, and his personal assistant Ramesh were produced before Special Judge Anju Bajaj Chandna after expiry of their seven-day police remand and the CBI moved an application requesting the court to send them in judicial custody.

Arrested principal secretary of Delhi government Sanjay Pratap Singh (centre) in New Delhi.
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IAS officer Sanjay Pratap Singh and his personal assistant, arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 2.2 lakh, were remanded on Thursday to judicial custody till December 23 by a Delhi court after the CBI said they were not required for further custodial interrogation.Singh, a 1984-batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre, and his personal assistant Ramesh were produced before Special Judge Anju Bajaj Chandna after expiry of their seven-day police remand and the CBI moved an application requesting the court to send them in judicial custody. Singh, who was holding the post of Principal Secretary in Department of SC, ST and Minorities, has been suspended by the Delhi government.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CBI had earlier told the court that they would examine the bank lockers of Singh during the police custody and he was also required to be interrogated regarding the property papers recovered during the searches. It had alleged that the accused had demanded a bribe of Rs 2.2 lakh from the complainant and Singh had instructed that the money be delivered to his PA. CBI had alleged that out of Rs 2.2 lakh, Singh’s PA pocketed Rs 20,000.According to CBI, Singh had allegedly demanded the bribe from the owner of a firm that supplies security guards and other manpower for clearing pending bills. The two accused were arrested after the complainant had approached Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s office.CBI had alleged that the businessman, whose firm supplies peons, security guards and other staff for sundry works to various agencies, had accused Singh of demanding Rs 2.2 lakh as bribe for clearing bills for services rendered by the firm.”The complainant had recently approached Chief Minister’s Office. The CM’s office then guided the complainant in trapping the official and got S P Singh arrested by CBI red handed. CBI acted on the complaint received from CM Office,” a Delhi government spokesperson had said.Both the accused have denied all the allegations.

Arrested AQIS operative speaks of an arrangement between Al Qaida and Iranian security agencies

The arrest of Mohamad Asif, an alleged operative of Al Qaida in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), has brought to fore several revelations which are going to keep Indian intelligence agencies on their toes. Among some of the alarming claims made by Asif during his interrogation is perhaps the safe passage given to him for travelling to Turkey from Iran where he was caught by Iranian security agencies. The special cell claimed that it was Al Qaida that ensured that their operative travels to Turkey instead of being deported to India or out under arrest by Iranian authorities. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a statement released to the media on Wednesday, the Special Cell said, “When accused Mohamad Asif reached Iran following the same route and modus operandi through which he had entered Pakistan, he was caught by Iranian security agency at the Mehriyaz border. However, the contacts of Al Qaeda ensured that he was transited to Turkey and after some days, accused Asif found himself in the company of Uighur AQ operatives, who had a base in Istanbul.”Since his travel visa for Iran had long expired and he had overstayed it by almost 13 months, as advised by his handlers, he approached the Indian embassy at Istanbul and pleaded that he had lost his Indian passport and was sent back to India on an emergency certificate. Accused Mohd Asif landed in Delhi in September 2014 and since then was deeply involved in the expansion of AQIS in India,” the statement read. While senior officials of the special cell did not delve into details of what, they said, looks like an arrangement between Iranian security agencies and Al Qaida, it is likely that Asif’s interrogation can prompt intel agencies to notify their counterparts in Tehran. Among other revelations are the fresh details on Maulana Asim Umar, who was appointed the Amir(head) of AQIS by AQ chief Aymin-al-Zawahiri. The wide network starting from Uttar Pradesh and covering Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey and Pakistan is something the investigators will now be looking into. “Asif along with the two youths radicalised by him procured travelers’ VISA for Iran on the pretext that they had to perform ‘ziyarat’ at the shrine of the late Grand Ayatollah Khomaini in Teheran, said Arvind Deep, Special CP, Special Cell.After landing in Tehran, Asif is said to have called up Qasim to inform him of their arrival. In a few days, a contact of Qasim approached them at the hotel where they were staying and got them their tickets for traveling up to Zahedan, the capital city of Sistan and Baluchestan province of Iran.From Zahedan, they went to Sarwan where they were picked up by another contact of Qasim. From Sarawan, they reached the Iran-Pakistan border and crossed it over foot. The contact of Qasim ensured that there was no difficulty in crossing over the border. Once in Pakistan, the contact sent by Qasim got them board a car which took them to Quetta. From Quetta, they were taken on motor cycles to Ghazni in Afghanistan, crossing hostile mountainous terrain which is a hotbed of terrorist activity. From Ghazni, they went to Junubi Waziristan or South Waziristan in Pakistan and from there, to Sumali or North Waziristan. In Sumali Waziristan, accused Asif met his long emigrated Indian friend, who was using the code name of Assad. Assad has been identified as Usman a resident of Sambhal, UP. “Finding Usman was a moment of extreme joy for Asif as he knew that he had landed amongst his kin. Usman further took the trio to Miran Shah where they met Qasim, identified as Sayed Akhtar also a resident of Sambhal, who was the local assistant to the elusive Maulana Asim Umar, ” said the senior officer.”Sayed and Usman briefed Asif and the young terrorists accompanying him about Al Qaeda, its structure, objectives and what was in store for these jehadis on their path to the ultimate glory. Accused Asif was especially chosen to meet Maulana Asim Umar as he had to shoulder greater responsibilities, ” the senior officer added.

Critical for Pakistan to improve ties with India: US

Olson also said, “We hope the high-level talks between Indian and Pakistani officials will be used to increase ties between the two nations.”

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It is critical for Pakistan to improve its relations with India, and the entire region will benefit substantially from increased economic cooperation between the two neighbours, a top Obama Administration official told lawmakers on Wednesday. “It is also critical that Pakistan improve relations with its other neighbour India,” Richard G. Olson, Special US Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing on Pakistan. “We hope the recent high-level talks between Indian and Pakistani officials and the announcement of the resumption of formal dialogue will be used to reduce tensions and increase ties between the two nations,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “More broadly, the entire region stands to benefit substantially from increased economic integration,” Olson said in his testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The hearing on Pakistan was chaired by Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Mumbai double murder: Police launch hunt for ‘main accused’ in the case

The investigators zeroed in on Vidyasagar as the main culprit following sustained questioning of the four persons detained in connection with the murders of Hema Upadhyaya (43) and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani (65).

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The Mumbai police on Monday hunted for Vidyasagar Rajbhar, who they identified as the “main accused” in the double murder of installation artist Hema Upadhyaya and her lawyer, two days after their bodies were found in a drain packed in cardboard boxes.The investigators zeroed in on Vidyasagar as the main culprit following sustained questioning of the four persons detained in connection with the murders of Hema Upadhyaya (43) and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani (65).”The questioning of the four detainees, including the one held today in Varanasi, led to the information that the murder took place at the behest of a person called Vidyasagar Rajbhar,” a senior police officer, who is part of the probe team, said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have now launched a manhunt for Vidyasagar, who is a resident of Shamsi Housing Society in suburban Kandivali (West), he said.On Saturday night, the day they were believed to have been killed, it was Vidyasagar who had called Hema on her mobile at 7.30 pm, the officer said.Vidyasagar’s arrest will help the police join the missing dots, he added.Shivkumar Rajbhar alias Sadhu, who was on Monday detained by the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force in Varanasi following a request by the Mumbai police, went public with the claim that the two were killed under instructions from Vidyasagar.”We killed them under orders of Vidya,” he told a TV channel while seated in a police vehicle upon his detention. Asked how the killings were executed, he said, “We used handkerchiefs soaked in a chemical.”

Demolition of slums triggers face-off between Delhi & Centre; Kejriwal to take up the issue with Prabhu

Arvind Kejriwal will take up the issue and death of a baby at the site with Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu as he was not satisfied with the ministry officials’ response.

A fresh face-off between the Delhi government and the Centre erupted on Sunday over demolition of a slum cluster by railways to clear “encroachments” and death of a baby at the site.The demolition of 1200 slum units at Shakur Basti in West Delhi was carried out, with the railways saying the action was necessary for expanding the infrastructure.The railways said the demolition was carried out after three notices, the first one with the March 14, 2015 deadline.Arvind Kejriwal will take up the issue and death of a baby at the site with Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu as he was not satisfied with the ministry officials’ response.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”In the meeting, Railway officials told the CM said that there is no rehabilitation scheme before demolition. The Chief Minister completely rejected the claims of the Railways,” said a Delhi Government official. After meeting the evicted dwellers, Kejriwal said that those people had been living there since 1992-94, but in one moment, Railway demolished the shanties. “Those who have done this (demolition of shanties) are not humans, instead they are animals and bestial,” Kejriwal said.Sources said that the Railway officials failed to give satisfactory response in the meeting with the Delhi CM. “Railway officials failed to give satisfactory response as to why demolition drive was carried out when asked whether it was an emergency project,” sources said. They added when Kejriwal asked why proper rehabilitation measure was not taken before demolition, Railway officials said they will inform the their Board and Ministry about it.”CM was not happy with the Railway officials’ response and he would take up the matter with Railway Minister,” sources also said.The Delhi government ordered a magisterial probe into the demolition of 1200 slum units at Shakur Basti in West Delhi and planned to move court seeking FIR against those who ordered the action citing the Special Provision Act according to which no demolition can be carried out until government needs land urgently.The railways, on its part, said the removal of “fresh encroachment” was necessary for expanding the infrastructure and that the action had been taken after three notices, the first one with the March 14, 2015 deadline.The baby’s grandmother, however, said it was wrong on the part of the railways to deny any connection of the demolition drive with the death of the child, saying “the officials never informed us in advance”.

Two senior ED officials seek repatriation to parent cadres

Special director Sajjad Wasi Naqvi and additional director Virendra Oza have sent a ‘repatriation request to ED’s headquarters in Delhi.

Two senior Enforcement Directorate officials overseeing important cases have sought repatriation to their parent cadre. Special director Sajjad Wasi Naqvi and additional director Virendra Oza have sent a ‘repatriation request to ED’s headquarters in Delhi, a source in the department with direct knowledge told dna. According to sources, both have been slapped with serious charges like ineffective supervision and meeting accused persons. However, sources alleged that the officers are seeking transfer due to their inability to toe political lines. A 1990-batch Madhya Pradesh cadre IPS officer Naqvi was in charge of Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat regions. He was solely responsible for crucial cases like IPL team forex violation, Lalit Modi deportation, Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians forex violation, betting scam, Maharashtra Sadan scam, Louis Berger Goa scam, and few others.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Sources said ED director Karnal Singh and the government were not satisfied with the ongoing investigations Naqvi’s supervision. In fact both ED officials were in Delhi last week to sort out the issues, but in vain. Queries sent to both officials remained unanswered. “The decision by the two officials was believed to be influenced by Ahmedabad bribery case –in which CBI filed a bribery case in October against three ED officials including the joint director J P Singh for taking bribery amount of Rs 15 crore,” a source with the direct knowledge of the matter said. The investigation on Singh started on September 23, with the CBI searching his residence. The CBI had launched the probe on the basis of the complaint filed by betting scam accused –Dulraj Jain, Anil Jaisinghani, Mansukh Jain, Mukesh Sharma and Afroz Fatta. All five allegedly are bookies and the complaint was that Singh had taken bribes from them for the betting case to be dropped. However, till now CBI has not been able to establish the allegation against Singh. Sources said officially both these senior officials are facing serious allegations of inefficiency and meeting accused persons on various occasions. For instance, there is a talk in the enforcement department that Naqvi has had an informal conversation with Shah Rukh Khan during his visit to ED office for questioning in connection with alleged forex violation in November.

Park Street rape case: Special Public Prosecutor removed after not pressing for maximum punishment of convicts

Sharbani Ray has expressed her anguish over the state’s move.

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Hours after the Special Public Prosecutor Sharbani Ray did not press for maximum punishment for the three convicts – Nasir Khan, Ruman Khan and Sumit Bajaj, in the Park Street rape case, she was removed from the state’s panel of prosecutors.”We demanded maximum punishment for the convicts. The Public Prosecutors should have pressed for life sentence. We are removing Sharbani Ray from our state’s panel of Prosecutors,” Chandrima Bhattacharya, state law minister told Zee 24 Ghanta over a telephonic conversation.Ray expressed her anguish over the state’s move. “I am deeply saddened by what the state has done. It is saddening because the state’s representatives are talking about my removal on television, but nothing officially has been communicated to me,” said Ray, adding, “I never prayed for any position in the state’s panel of prosecutors. I was appointed by the Governor to play the role of Special Public Prosecutor in this case. Hence, the state is not in a position to remove or appoint me.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ray’s role was questioned minutes after the judge at the Sessions Court, Kolkata, Chiranjib Bhattacharya pronounced a sentence of ten years for the three convicts. The Special Public Prosecutor did not press for maximum punishment and said that the three convicts were ‘not directly involved’ in the case.Even after her removal, she stood by her words and maintained that the three convicts were ‘not directly involved’. “I need not consult anyone as far as my case is concerned. I am associated with the case right from the first day. The prime accused, Kader Khan and Md. Ali are still at large. The three behind bars were not directly involved. The crime was committed by one, Kader Khan. The three convicted did not sexually assault the victim. Hence, maximum punishment was not required,” Ray said.Also Read: All you need to know about the Park Street rape case

Gujarat model has failed, Modi can only give speeches: Rahul Gandhi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi can only give speeches, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said on Friday, while asserting that the former’s Gujarat model of development has failed, as proven by the victory of his party in the state’s local poll.”Modi can only give speeches…like a balloon which only bounces. The Gujarat model has failed. Congress was victorious in the (local) elections there,” Gandhi said addressing a meeting of block and district level party leaders here, in the run-up to the 2016 Assam Assembly election. “It is because Narendra Modi’s model has failed that a big agitation has been launched by a community (Patels) in Gujarat,” he asserted.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”India thought ‘acche din’ (good days) will come as promised by Modi before the elections, but after losing the Bihar poll, he does not mention a word about it,” Gandhi observed. The Congress leader said that during Modi’s poll campaign in Bihar, the Prime Minister had called Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar ‘bewakuf’ (foolish), Rahul reminded those present at the meeting and wondered “are we bewakufs too?” The Gandhi scion also accused Modi of removing the Special Category State status given by the earlier Congress central government to Assam, whereby 90 per cent of central funds were given as grants and rest 10 per cent state funds.”Bihar will be repeated in Assam,” he asserted, saying Tarun Gogoi and Congress had worked real hard. The leader also had an interaction with the women representatives of Self Help Groups (SHGs) in Assam, listening to their problems and assuring them that their issues would be taken up with the government.”The SHGs is a fantastic programme. It empowers women in Assam. I am satisfied with the action taken by Tarun Gogoi,” Gandhi added.

ISIS flag hoisting in Kashmir bid to portray contradictory picture: CRPF

CRPF Special DG Bhagat said radicalisation of Kashmiri youths was a “critical issue” which posed much wider threat.

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The CRPF on Friday said the incidents of hoisting of ISIS and Pakistani flags in parts of Kashmir were an attempt to portray a contradictory picture of patriotic Kashmiris, and described the radicalisation of youths as a “critical issue”.”There are reported incidents of waving of Pakistani and ISIS flags, but I would rather like to submit that these could just be an attempt by some people, perhaps, to sway it otherwise. “Otherwise, I can always say the people of Kashmir are as patriotic and as heroic as anybody else from the country can be,” CRPF Special DG S K Bhagat told reporters here. Bhagat said radicalisation of Kashmiri youths was a “critical issue” which posed much wider threat.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The situation of the Valley is a bit complex. There are foreign militants and then there are militants who get the local support. So in that situation, especially, there is an attempt from across the border to put in militants who could disrupt the situation which is day-by-day improving,” he said. “One thing which I think is very very important is that apart from the challenge of militancy, the radicalisation of youths becomes a critical issue. Perhaps this radicalisation poses a much wider and a much diverse threat viz-a-viz the militancy situation,” he said.The CRPF Special DG, however, said that radicalisation was not religion specific. “That is not the issue. We are not hinting at religion as such because that interpretation is wrong,” he said. He said that radicalised youths could be some people who could be “misguided” but there was a need to look into what the people at large want.”They want a good life, they want a secure life. They want a life in which they can prosper and their aspirations can be met. They can have a grand life. They can actualise what they aspire for.”So, those issues are very important and radicalisation is one thing that is a challenge not only for the country…but has international dimensions also,” Bhagat said. Bhagat said the state government faces many challenges in terms of development, education, better networking facilities and also in terms of meeting the aspirations of the people. “The more it is able to do, the better the situation shall be…it is only through the process of development, education, outreach and other things that you are able to take care of these issues which are coming up in large numbers,” the senior CRPF officer said.He said nobody should think the security forces feel that the citizens of Kashmir were different from the citizens from the rest of the country.”That is just not the issue. Not just the CRPF, the Army, the BSF have taken a sizeable number of people from here into the forces, including some ex-militants also, but there has been no complaint. When we have no complaints from them, including the ex-militants, why should we have complaints from the citizens? he asked.The officer was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a passing-out parade of CRPF where 648 new recruits joined the force.

Indian Oil Corporation marketing manager arrested for ISIS links

“The accused was also active in flaring up and encouraging Muslim youths for (joining) ISIS activities,” Tripathi said.

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A senior official of state-run Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) was arrested on Thursday for alleged links with terror organisation ISIS, police said. The Special Operation Group (SOG) and ATS of Rajasthan Police arrested Mohd Sirazudin, the marketing manager of IOC in Jaipur.”Sirazudin, hailing from Gulbarga in Karnataka,… was arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for his alleged involvement in (activities of) international terrorist organisation ISIS, supplying official inputs and recruiting organisation members in the country,” Alok Tripathi, Additional DGP (ATS and SOG), said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The accused was also active in flaring up and encouraging Muslim youths for (joining) ISIS activities,” Tripathi said.On a complaint, SOG and ATS teams verified antecedents of the accused, and checked his WhatsApp and Facebook accounts. Objectionable materials were seized from his residence in Jaipur, the ADG said, adding he used to contact youths through social media.A number of issues of ISIS’ online magazine “Dabik”, pictures, and video were also recovered from him, he said. Further investigation was on, he said.

PM Narendra Modi puts top cops on the mat!

The itinerary has made the top cops – Director Generals and Inspector Generals of state police and paramilitary forces – are a worried lot as many of them have no idea of Yoga and can hardly bend their waist.

All top cops of the country are gearing up for grueling sessions at upcoming annual three day meet on internal security. Not only Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is often blamed for spending most of his time on foreign tours, will be present in all the sessions on all the there days at conclave’s venue in Runn of Kuchh, Gujarat, he would also be joining in yoga sessions that will held every morning.The itinerary has made the top cops – Director Generals and Inspector Generals of state police and paramilitary forces – are a worried lot as many of them have no idea of Yoga and can hardly bend their waist. They are soon expected to receive a detailed letter by the IB asking them to pack their track suits and band-galla jackets and strictly stick to the dress code. The instruction cum invitation letter that about to be sent by the IB is expected to have sari as the dress code for women top cops.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The meet held under the aegis of Intelligence Bureau every year has kept the media totally out of bounds and the press will not even be allowed to cover the Prime Minister and Home Minister’s speeches that has been the usual practice all through the years. Such is the clamp down that not even media of the home state will be allowed to cover any of the sessions.”It is good for us in a way as otherwise you all will make a joke of our Yoga and dress code,” said a senior officer in good humour.The sessions spread across three days from January 18 to 20 in the picturesque Runn of Kuchh will be held in camps constructed for the tourist festival. Special big Pandals are being constructed to hold the grand meet. Some officers are mortified with the thought that they will have to stay put in tents for all three days and be attentive during all the sessions because of the presence of PM Modi.Those who are in habit of spending colourful evenings are more put off as Gujarat is strictly a prohibited state and there are not chances of getting the colour inside the venue.

26/11 trial: Mumbai court pardons David Headley, makes him approver

Earlier, the sessions’ court had reserved its order on Mumbai Police’s plea seeking Headley to be made as an accused in the case

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Responding positively to plea of one of the main accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case David Coleman Headley, a Mumbai Special Court granted pardon to him. He has been accepted as a prosecution witness. The court agreed to Headley’s plea in return for pardon while imposing certain conditions on him.Earlier, David Coleman Headley, the Pakistani -American LeT terrorist serving prison sentence in the US, on Thursday told a court here that he was ready to depose and turn approver in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack trial if he was given pardon.Headley appeared before the sessions court here through a video link from an undisclosed location in the US. Ujjwal Nikam, the special public prosecutor, told the judge G A Sanap that Headley was ready to turn “approver” if given pardon.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Headley, one of the key conspirators of the 26/11 case accepted the charges in the court. Headley said, ” I accept the responsibility for my role in these offences. I also agree to be available as a witness in this court.” He further told the court, “I appeared here, I am ready to answer to questions regarding this event if I receive a pardon from this court”. Earlier, the sessions’ court had reserved its order on Mumbai Police’s plea seeking Headley to be made as an accused in the case. On October 8, Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam had filed an application before special judge G.A. Sanap, presiding over the trial of Lashkar operative Abu Jundal, that Headley should be tried along with Jundal. Headley, who confessed to his role in the 26/11 attacks to the US authorities, was sentenced to 35 years’ imprisonment by a US court.Headley, accused of conducting a special reconnaissance of targets before the Mumbai terror attack, was sentenced to 35 years’ imprisonment by the US court. He had entered into a plea bargaining agreement with the US government. The horrific Mumbai terrorist attacks on November 26, 2008 had killed as many as 166 persons. With ANI inputs

Tiger conservationist Hans Dalal aims to reduce conflict between man and animal

After working with various NGOs for three years, Hans, along with his wife Avantika Chandra, decided to start their own NGO called Prowl.

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“I love tigers,” he says when asked to describe himself. Hans Dalal, a tiger conservationist, says that passion is all you need to work in this field.A sound engineer by profession, Hans first saw a tiger in 2007 when he was on a forest safari at the Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh. “The moment I saw the handsome animal, I fell in love and wanted to pursue a life around it. But I had my own music studio back in Mumbai then and needed to sort that out first. So I returned to Mumbai and in a year’s time, shut the studio with help from my wife,” Hans tells iamin.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He then took up a course in wildlife conservation with Tiger Watch, an NGO at Ranthambore and volunteered with a few other such NGOs post completing the seven-week course. “You meet a lot of like-minded people at the course. They acclimatize you with wildlife and its conservation at the course and that’s all you need. What is important is your passion for working in this area,” says Hans, who always had an interest in the outdoors, even as a child, when he was involved in a number of treks and expeditions.Hans, who has also been battling cerebral palsy, initially worked as a community conservation officer in Ranthambore. As a part of his job, he worked with villagers living close to the forests. “The nearby villages are highly affected by wildlife and vice versa. We work with these villagers in terms of educating them about the importance of conserving wildlife. There are many poachers among these villagers since that is their livelihood. We rehabilitated these poachers in different jobs. Some of them I also pulled into the music industry after stumbling upon a few singers among them. I thus combined my two passions – music and tiger conservation,” he says.Hans also went on to shoot a music video with some of these villagers and later made a 20-minute long documentary ‘With a little help’ on their life and work.After working with various NGOs for three years, Hans, along with his wife Avantika Chandra, decided to start their own NGO called Prowl. It was his wife’s dream to start their own venture and it was done in 2013. Prowl which tracks the movement of tigers with the help of camera traps between Maharashtra and Telangana and trace conflict tigers for the Maharashtra forest department. In coordination with local NGOs, it also conducts training programmes for forest guards as well as for villagers.“We teach the villagers about composting for manure and have recently also begun to tell them about organic farming so that they end up improving the soil quality in their locality. We want to reduce their forest dependence. They go to the forests for almost everything – from wood to food. We want to minimise man-animal conflicts,” said Hans, adding that the aim of Prowl is to involve local communities in tiger conservation.Hans narrates an incident he experienced in a forest in Maharashtra earlier this year. “It was right there, in front of me – a giant living tiger. I was on my feet and so was he. For the first couple of minutes I was blank – scared, numb, shocked and elated for being in such close proximity with him,” he recounts.“After a while, once I was stable, I told the others not to run,” he describes, adding that they were almost 18 of them including a team of the Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF), one of whom then fired a couple of shots in the air and the tiger ran away.“It was one amazing experience,” exclaims Hans, who doesn’t sound like he is anywhere close to regretting choosing this way of life.Prowl is funded by donations from wildlife lovers and enthusiasts. But that is not enough, he says. “We are therefore building a resort near the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Chandrapur, Maharashtra. That way we will be able to live in the forests, continue to work for tiger conservation and at the same time have a source of income,” he said.(Hans Dalal will be speaking at the TEDxGateway, Mumbai, on December 5, 2015 at NCPA)
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Kolkata Police STF arrests 3 suspected ISI agents with strong links to Trinamool Congress

Special Task Force of Kolkata Police arrests three suspected ISI agents with strong Trinamool Congress links

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The Special Task Force of Kolkata Police arrested three suspected ISI agents—Irshad Ansari, Ashfaque Ansari and Md. Jahangir—on Sunday. According to sources, all three suspected ISI agents have strong links with the ruling party, Trinamool Congress. Irshad Ansari is the leader in the Trinamool Congress-led union at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd, Md. Jahangir is known as the local Trinamool Congress leader and Ashfaque Ansari is the former general secretary of Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) at the Harimohan Ghosh College.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“We have arrested three and suspect they have strong links with the ISI. We have seized fake currency from their possession. We have also seized hand-drawn maps of the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd. and Netaji Subhas dock’s maps along with other incriminating documents,” said Rajeev Mishra, Special Additional and Joint Commissioner of Kolkata Police (Headquarters).A day ago, Uttar Pradesh police said that the ISI agent Mohammad Eizaz arrested by its Special Task Force on Friday was given shelter by the Ansaris. Eizaz started working as a contractual labour at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd. with the help of Irshad Ansari, who still works with the shipbuilders. Meanwhile, the Kolkata Police’s STF has contacted Uttar Pradesh’s STF to establish further links and unearth the modus operandi of the agents. The three accused will be produced before the court here on Monday.Also read: Uttar Pradesh- Suspected ISI agent remanded in 14 days’ judicial custody

Kolkata: American tourist held for sexually harassing 14-year-old boy

The boy was allegedly harassed in the tourist’s hotel room.
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A middle-aged American tourist was arrested for allegedly sexually harassing a 14-year-old local boy inside his room at a five-star hotel, police said on Saturday.Following a complaint by the general manager of the hotel, Bidhannagar Police arrested 51-year-old Leslie A Powell on Friday. The complaint was based on the statement of the victim, who had befriended the accused through Facebook.”The accused is a tourist but how he became a friend with the boy through Facebook is still unclear. We are looking into the details,” a senior officer of Bidhannagar Police said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Powell gifted the boy a pair of football boots and a sports bag and also promised to give him a bicycle, he said. Police were looking into the CCTV footages of the hotel as part of the investigation.Powell was remanded on Saturday to jail custody and will be produced before the Barasat Special Court on Monday.

Saradha scam: CBI might shift Madan Mitra to another state

The source said that if CBI at all decided to shift Mitra from West Bengal, then that would be for getting more disclosures about his alleged involvement in the scam.

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Trinamool Congress MLA and former minister Madan Mitra might be shifted to another state by the Special Crime branch of CBI probing the multi-crore Saradha ponzi scam.”We may decide to shift Madan Mitra to another state. A decision which is yet to be taken,” a CBI source investigating the scam told PTI. Mitra, who was arrested by the agency last December, is currently lodged in Alipore central correctional home after his bail was rejected by Calcutta High Court recently. To a query, he said “it is not a question whether we are happy or not happy by keeping Mitra here. We are very professional in our approach and do what is required as per law”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We were not happy when Mitra was granted bail by a lower court for which the high court was moved instantly,” he said. During his confinement since December, Mitra spent most of the time in a state-run hospital before his short-lived bail citing various ailments. However, doubts were raised about his illness as he was discharged the next day after he got the bail and declared medically fit by the hospital authorities.The source said that if CBI at all decided to shift Mitra from West Bengal, then that would be for getting more disclosures about his alleged involvement in the scam. CBI had also named Mitra as a major beneficiary in the supplementary chargesheet which it had submitted in the court. Meanwhile, CBI has summoned Trinamool Congress state general secretary Shankudeb Panda for interrogation regarding the Saradha scam tomorrow.

Report says combination of errors led to U.S. bombing of MSF hospital – NYT | Reuters

WASHINGTON A U.S. air strike that destroyed a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz last month resulted from “human errors, failures in procedure and technical malfunctions,” the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing military officials briefed on an internal investigation.

The Oct. 3 attack, condemned by the medical charity as a war crime, killed 30 people and wounded at least 37. The findings of a U.S. military investigation into the incident will be made public on Wednesday, the Pentagon said.

“It’s a combination of factors,” the Times quoted an unnamed senior Defense Department official as saying, describing the findings in what it said was a 3,000-page investigative file.

Two other military officials said the Air Force AC130 gunship that attacked the hospital was intended to target a different compound several hundred feet (metres) away that was believed to be a Taliban base of operations, the paper reported.

The “crew had been unable to rely on the aircraft’s instruments to find the target. Instead, they relied on verbal descriptions of the location that were being relayed by troops on the ground, a mix of American and Afghan Special Forces,” the Times said.

President Barack Obama apologised for the bombing of the hospital. MSF, or Doctors Without Borders, has demanded an international humanitarian commission to investigate the attack.

(Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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An Indian born in Pakistan: Meet and chat with Tarek Fatah at Firstpost Salon this Thursday

Tarek Fatah will be the featured guest for the fourth Firstpost Salon, a series of conversations with the sharpest minds and biggest names.

From a leftist student twice imprisoned by military dictators in Pakistan to a popular journalist in Canada, Tarek Fatah has not lost his feistiness. After the 11 September, 2001, attacks shocked the world, Tarek founded the Muslim Canadian Congress, a platform for Muslims who denounce armed jihad to express their views. He has always spoken out in favour of a more liberal form of Islam by supporting gay rights, denouncing Sharia laws and supporting the ban on the burqa and the niqab. He has also spoken out against the US occupation of Iraq.

File image of Tarek Fatah. IBN-Live

File image of Tarek Fatah. IBN-Live

An author, columnist and broadcaster, Fatah was born in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1949. He later moved to Saudi Arabia and then emigrated to Canada in 1987. He has hosted several television shows including Muslim Chronicle, The Agenda, Strong Opinions Show, Friendly Fire and The Tarek Fatah Show. He writes a column for The Toronto Sun.

Tarek describes himself on his website tarekfatah.com as being “an Indian born in Pakistan, a Punjabi born in Islam; an immigrant in Canada with a Muslim consciousness, grounded in a Marxist youth…I write as a Muslim whose ancestors were Hindu. My religion, Islam, is rooted in Judaism, while my Punjabi culture is tied to that of the Sikhs. Yet I am told by Islamists that without shedding this multifaceted heritage, if not outrightly rejecting it, I cannot be considered a true Muslim.”

In 2008, he released his first book, Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State, in which he states his belief that the Islamic state (not to be confused with the terrorist organisation Islamic State) is an unattainable goal that Muslims have been chasing for a millennium. The book was a finalist for the 2008 Donner Prize. Two years later, his second book The Jew is Not My Enemy won the Helen and Stan Vine Award.

Raghu Raman, former CEO of Natgrid and an expert on security and defence matters and himself a TEDx India regular, will engage Tarek Fatah in conversation on Thursday, 26 November. We will be live-streaming from 6 pm. Do tune in and don’t forget to send us your questions for Tarek on Twitter (@firstpost) or on Facebook so we can include them in the conversation.

Seven years after Tarek’s first book and two weeks after the deadly Paris attacks that announced the arrival of the IS beyond Syria, Iraq and the Middle East, it is time to reflect if the ‘illusion’ of an Islamic State is getting dangerously closer to reality? Has radicalisation of Muslim youth taken firm roots? Why? How will the world, Muslim and the rest, deal with this clear and present danger? Is the combined military might of the global powers enough to stamp out the IS? Or does the solution lie elsewhere?

Is there a solution at all?

These are some of the questions that will be asked of Tarek, one of the most outspoken critics of the very idea of an Islamic State.

The good news this time is that the Fourth FP Salon is being thrown open to a limited number of Firstpost readers.

All you have to do to get that Special Invitation is to answer this simple question:

Why did Tarek Fateh do a mixture of the lungi dance and bhangra on 28 August 28?

Rush your answer with your contact number to [email protected]. The first 20 persons to provide the right answer will be invited as Special Guests.

Mumbai-based winners can attend the event in person. Those living outside Mumbai will have their questions answered by Tarek.

Hindu woman, Christian man’s marriage not valid if either does not convert: Madras HC

The woman, who was produced in court by police after the petition was filed, told the judges that she had got married in a temple at Palani, to which they asked how the marriage was valid as per Hindu law if the man did not convert

Marriage between a Hindu woman and a Christian man is not legally valid if either of them does not convert, the Madras High Court said on Thursday.Dismissing a Habeas Corpus petition filed by the woman’s parents, justices P R Shivakumar and V S Ravi said if the couple wanted to solemnise the marriage as per Hindu custom, the man should have converted to Hinduism or she should have converted to Christianity if she wanted to do so as per Christian custom. In the alternative, their marriage should have been registered under the Special Marriage Act, 1954, if they preferred to follow their religions without conversion.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The woman, who was produced in court by police after the petition was filed, told the judges that she had got married in a temple at Palani, to which they asked how the marriage was valid as per Hindu law if the man did not convert. The woman, however, remained steadfast in her decision to go with him, which they did as she was a major.”As she is a major she can go anywhere she likes, though they had not married as per law,” the bench here said. The judges said that the girl became a major on May 29 and she was free to go to any place at her will. As per law, she did not need care and protection.

Court remands ULFA leader Anup Chetia to CBI custody for five days

Guwahati: Deported ULFA leader Anup Chetia was remanded in five days CBI custody by the Special Judicial Magistrate CBI, Assam, in connection with a 1998 murder case after he was brought to Guwahati on Wednesday.

Chetia’s lawyer Bijon Mahajan told reporters in the court premises, “The CBI lawyers had asked for 14 days custody. We presented our side. The court forwarded Golap Baruah (alias Anup Chetia) to five days CBI custody.”

Ulfa leader Anup Kumar Chetia. AFPUlfa leader Anup Kumar Chetia. AFP

Ulfa leader Anup Kumar Chetia. AFP

He said, “Baruah was arrested under CBI RC (Regular Case) No. 4(S)/88 in connection with a murder incident in 1998 in Golaghat (Assam).”

After he was handed over to India by Bangladesh, where he spent 18 years in jail, and brought to Delhi on 11 November, Chetia was arrested the next day by CBI which took a six-day transit remand there, the lawyer said.

At the end of the transit remand on Tuesday, CBI brought Chetia to Guwahati by a special aircraft and produced him in the court on Wednesday, Mahajan said.

The lawyer said, “He (Chetia) is not well. CBI has provided medical care to him.”

The court also ordered that during his custody period, Chetia be provided with good healthcare, go through a medical check-up every 24 hours and the report submitted to the court, and be given good food.

It directed that Chetia’s lawyer be facilitated to meet his client during his five-day custody and be present during his interrogation.

Asked where was Chetia taken to from the court, Mahajan said, “It will not be lawful for me to say where he has been taken. He will be taken to a place as per the legal procedures.”

Coming out of the court, a smiling Chetia waved at the people present before being whisked away to an undisclosed destination.

The ULFA leader, who has one of his front teeth missing, was dressed in a blue full sleeved shirt and fawn coloured trousers with his hair dyed in a reddish hue.

Talking to reporters after meeting her husband in the court premises, Chetia’s wife Monika Baruah said, “He could not recognise me immediately. Then we talked about domestic matters.”

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Delhi Police clueless about motive of ACP’s suicide

Grieving relatives of ACP Amit Singh at Noida on Tuesday

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Senior officials of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi Police are puzzled and shocked, after an assistant commissioner of police allegedly committed suicide at his residence in Noida area of National Capital Region.According to the investigation so far, the ACP shot himself following an argument with his wife who after seeing her husband die right in front of her eyes jumped from the fourth floor of the apartment building. She is currently undergoing treatment and is said to be in a critical condition.Initially, Delhi Police was speculating that the ACP, identified as Amit Singh (30), might have been having issues with his wife Sarita. But the subsequent investigation so far has revealed that the couple was not facing any marital discord. In fact officials told dna that the couple had recently gone for a holiday in Uttar Pradesh and visited Sarita’s parents as well. Another senior police officer of special cell even told dna that cop had met him the same morning and ‘was in a very good mood’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The parents of the couple, who had arrived in Delhi for the cremation, told police that not even once had the couple fought during their three years of marriage. Sarita’s parents have even told cops that they were not only close to Singh but also his family. Singh, who was posted with the special cell of Delhi Police, had recently purchased the flat in Noida sector 100 and had moved in with his wife and 18-month-old girl on Saturday.”We are absolutely shocked to learn about the incident. We have questioned his colleagues and they also said that Amit never showed any signs of being worked up or stressed. It appears the argument that took place between the couple was very sudden and so was the reaction,” said Arvind Deep, Special CP, Special Cell.Late on Monday night, Amit Singh had a brief argument with his wife following which he went for a drive. Once he was back at his residence, he took out his service revolver and shot himself. The wife is suspected to have jumped soon after leaving behind the 18-month-old girl at home. The girl was later taken into preventive care by the UP police. Investigators are now waiting for Sarita to recover so that her statement could be recorded.Amit, had been posted as an ACP in Eastern Delhi and was transferred to the Special Cell in 2014. The unit is considered one of the most elite part of the Delhi police force and specialises in counter terrorism. While it is yet to be known what led Amit to take this extreme step, senior police officials of Delhi police told dna that work pressure coupled with domestic issues can sometimes be too much for cops who often find themselves working overtime and under harsh conditions. No in-house counsellorsA senior police officer also said that every year nearly 2-3 lower ranking police officials take their lives due to varied reasons but Amit’s case was the second time that a senior official had done so. “We do not have in-house counsellors or government designated therapists who could talk to police officials. Police operates in a harsh environment and sometimes this can get to them. On top of this, the masculinity and posturing attached with being a cop often deters police officials from approaching us with their problems. This is a real problem,” said a senior police official.

Colonel dies, policeman injured in Kashmir operation to flush out militants

Srinagar: An Army Colonel of the elite Para Commando force was on Tuesday killed and a policeman injured after coming under fire from militants in a forest area of Kashmir where the officer was leading a search party to flush out the hiding ultras.

39-year-old Colonel Santosh Mahadik, Commanding Officer of 41 Rashtriya Rifles, was critically injured during the operation in the Haji Naka forest area of Kupwara near the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, officials said.

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He was immediately evacuated to a hospital but he succumbed to injuries, the officials said.

A police constable was also injured in the firing and was undergoing treatment.

Santosh, who hailed from Maharashtra and was commissioned in the Army in 1998, was originally from the Special Forces. He had received Sena Medal for exhibiting gallantry and leadership in counter terrorist operations, Defence spokesman said.

The operation to track down the militants was continuing when last reports were received, the officials said.

The party of army and police came under fire when it was conducting searches as part of an operation started on November 13 to flush out terrorists hiding in the forest area on the basis of a specific information.

An Army jawan was injured on the first day of the operation.

After the initial contact on November 13, the militants fled deep into the forests and the security forces continued the chase them, leading to fresh contact today, the officials said.

Col Santosh leaves behind wife and two children, aged 11 and five years, the defence spokesman said, adding the Army is committed to providing all support to the family in this hour of grief.

The spokesman said the Colonel was a true soldier and had conducted many successful counter-terrorist operations.

General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Northern Command Lt Gen DS Hooda has expressed deep condolences on the loss of this brave Commanding Officer.

“We owe a deep debt of gratitude to officers like Santosh who lead from the front and are willing to pay the ultimate price in the fight against terrorism,” Lt Gen Hooda said.

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Brother of suspected ISI agent arrested in Kolkata

Kolkata: The brother of suspected ISI agent Akhtar Khan, now in police custody, was arrested on Monday also for his alleged links with the Pakistani spy agency, a senior Kolkata Police officer said.

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The Special Task Force unit of the Kolkata Police arrested Zafar Khan from his Collin Lane residence in central part of the city this afternoon.

Zafar also travelled to Pakistan along with Akhtar in 1980s, the officer said.

Akhtar Khan (51), who had returned from Pakistan in 2008, was arrested by STF in the city on November 14 and various documents and fake Indian currency with a face value of Rs 1,72,500 were seized from him. He is now in police custody.

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Suspected ISI agent caught in Kolkata, sent to police custody

Kolkata: A city court on Sunday remanded suspected ISI agent Akhtar Khan in police custody till 29 November. He was nabbed by Special Task Force (STF) of police on Saturday evening from the city’s CR Avenue area.

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Akhtar Khan was presented before a city court, which granted the prosecution’s plea and remanded him in police custody for 14 days.

Khan, from whose possession several forged documents and fake Indian currency notes of the face value exceeding Rs.1.72 lakh were seized, has been booked under for waging war against India and several other offences.

According to police, Khan who used several aliases, was employed as a bartender in the city but worked as a spy for Pakistan. He is believed to have lived in Karachi from 1985 before coming to India in 2008.

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Police arrest suspected ISI agent in Kolkata

The police are trying to verify his network across the city and apprehend other members related to the case.

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Acting on a tip-off, the Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police arrested one suspected ISI agent over espionage on Saturday. The suspect, Akhtar Khan alias Raju was intercepted and arrested at Colootola in Central Kolkata with fake currency and several passports of different nations. “We arrested him from Central Kolkata with several incriminating documents and fake currency amounting to Rs.1,72,500. We are verifying whether he is an ISI agent or not,” said Rajeev Mishra, Special Additional and Joint Commissioner of Kolkata Police (Headquarters). <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to sources, Khan is believed to be an Indian national who used to shuttle often between India and Pakistan. Khan used to travel often to neighbouring countries like – Bangladesh and Nepal. Sources also add, that he went to Pakistan in the year 1985 and returned to India in 2008. The police are trying to verify his network across the city and apprehend other members related to the case. Meanwhile, the police have registered a case against him and slapped charges under sections 120 B, 121, 121 A, 122, 489 B, 489 C of the IPC. He will be produced before the Bankshall court on Sunday afternoon.

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

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

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

Can’t share details of FBI report on Sunanda Pushkar’s death until submission in court: Delhi Police

Radiation levels in the viscera samples of Pushkar, the wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, were “within the standard safety norms”, Delhi Police had said on Tuesday as they shared the findings of the FBI report

Sunanda Pushkar

The details of the FBI report that has virtually ruled out ‘polonium poisoning’ as the cause of Sunanda Pushkar’s death cannot be made public before its submission in court, Delhi Police said on Wednesday.”The report cannot be made public at least till the time we send it to the court,” said Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi. Even as the report was reviewed by a panel of the senior- most police officials today, Bassi added that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that has been set up to probe the case has not yet been handed over the report for analysis. Analysis of the report shall take time and, even after submission in court, it shall only be shared once all the legal issues connected with it have been studied, the top cop said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Radiation levels in the viscera samples of Pushkar, the wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, were “within the standard safety norms”, Delhi Police had said on Tuesday as they shared the findings of the FBI report. Bassi had said that the report from the Washington D.C.- based laboratory would be soon handed over to a medical board for examination before further action is taken in the case.Sources in police had said that SIT is likely to summon Tharoor again for questioning. They are also likely to seek court’s permission to conduct a polygraph test (lie detector test) on the former Union minister.Investigators have so far conducted polygraph tests on six persons, all prime witnesses in the case, including Tharoor’s domestic help Narayan Singh and driver Bajrangi and Sanjay Dewan, a close friend of the couple. Tharoor was not subjected to the test but was questioned.According to sources, the eight-page FBI report, received via e-mail around nine months after the samples were sent for examination, has named the alleged poison that led to Sunanda’s death two years ago. The viscera samples were sent to the FBI lab in February to determine the kind of poison that may have killed her after an AIIMS medical board identified poisoning as the reason behind her death but did not mention any specific substance.Reacting to the development, AIIMS forensic head Sudhir Gupta stuck to his opinion that poisoning was the cause of death. However, he said that the “domain is much more large”, when specifically asked whether Polonium-210, a radioactive isotope, had caused Pushkar’s death.

Sunanda Pushkar did not die of radioactive poisoning, says FBI report

The reports confirm that no polonium was used in poisoning Pushkar, but also provide the police the name of the poison.

Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Shashi Tharoor

FBI lab reports of Sunanda Pushkar’s viscera sample have ruled death by polonium or any other radioactive substance, reports the Hindu. Reports sent to Indian authorities have hinted that the radioactive substance present in the body had not reached toxic levels, which could have resulted in a fatal consequence.Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi told the Hindu that “some facts related to the case” would be disclosed soon. The reports confirm that no polonium was used in poisoning Pushkar, but also provide the police the name of the poison used, says the Hindu.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The name of the poison would now take the Special investigating team, which is probing the alleged murder, to its procurement as well as how it was administered into the body of Sunanda.Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, was found dead in hotel Leela Palace on January 17, 2014. She along with her husband and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor had checked into the hotel a couple of days before her death. The couple had been having major arguments in the days leading to her death. Sunanda had also given an interview to news channels, and exchanged in a Twitter war with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar, via her husband’s account.The post mortem report hinted at the presence of isotopes in the body but the nature could not be detected at Indian labs forcing the authorities to send the samples abroad nine months ago.

Mumbai police team was never given access to Chhota Rajan in Bali, say officials

Rajan was arrested on the basis of an Interpol Red Corner notice at Bali airport on October 25 after he reached Bali from Australia.

The team of Mumbai police which had gone to Bali, Indonesia, to secure deportation of Chhota Rajan was not allowed to meet the gangster even once, an official on Saturday said. “Our team did not have any access to Rajan, all the communication they received was through the (Indian) consulate official in Bali,” said a senior crime branch official here. The police team, which had left Mumbai on October 30, had only a glimpse of Rajan four days later, on November 3.Rajan was arrested on the basis of an Interpol Red Corner notice at Bali airport on October 25 after he reached Bali from Australia. The senior official also said that this was Rajan’s first visit to Indonesia and he had planned to spend at least 15 days there on a “vacation”. Even during the flight back to Delhi, the Mumbai police team couldn’t speak to Rajan. “It was a 10-hour flight from Bali to Mumbai. Most of the time Rajan was sleeping. A team of seven officials, comprising men from Mumbai police, CBI and Delhi Special Cell, accompanied him,” the official said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He also said that contrary to past media reports, Rajan doesn’t have any kidney ailment, though he has had a heart bypass surgery. A day before Rajan landed in Delhi, Maharashtra government, in a surprise move, decided to transfer all the cases against him to CBI. Rajan had earlier told mediapersons that some police officers in Mumbai were on the payroll of his rival and fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim. Mumbai police had till now not shared any documents pertaining to cases against the gangster with CBI as they were awaiting notification from the state government, the crime branch official said.

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

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

Virbhadra Singh

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

3 naxals killed in encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh

A joint team of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA)- an elite wing of CRPF, Special Task Force (STF) and the state’s District Reserve Group (DRG) was out on an anti-naxal operation since this morning in the region, located around 500 kms away from the state capital.
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Three naxals were killed in a gunbattle with security forces on Tuesday in Chhattisgarh’s worst insurgency-hit Sukma district.The skirmish took place between a joint squad of security forces and ultras in the forests of Arnampalli village under Polampalli police station limits, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh told PTI.A joint team of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA)- an elite wing of CRPF, Special Task Force (STF) and the state’s District Reserve Group (DRG) was out on an anti-naxal operation since this morning in the region, located around 500 kms away from the state capital.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While they were cordoning off a forest axis between Arnampalli and Palamargu villages, a group of armed rebels opened indiscriminate firing on them following which they retaliated, the ASP said. Rebels fled to the core forest after a gunfight that lasted for around two hours, he said.Later during searches at the spot, bodies of three ultras, two of them in ‘uniforms’, besides two weapons were recovered, he said. Further details of the incident would be known once the security forces return to their camp, he added.

CBI team arrives at don Chhota Rajan’s detention centre in Bali

The CBI team has reached the criminal unit of Bali Police headquarters in Bali, Indonesia.

Underworld don Chhota Rajan

A CBI team has arrived at Chhota Rajan’s detention Centre in Bali, to enable early deportation of the underworld don to India, said India Today and ANI. The First Secretary of Indian embassy in Jakarta Sanjeev Agrawal has also reached the detention centre. The CBI team has reached the criminal unit of Bali Police headquarters in Bali, Indonesia.An Indian police team arrived in Bali on Sunday to seek early deportation of arrested underworld don Chhota Rajan who received consular access with an Indian diplomat meeting him at an Indonesian police detention centre in Bali. The visit of the joint team of CBI and Mumbai and Delhi police officers came two days after India wrote a letter to the Indonesian authorities for 55-year-old Rajan’s return to face trial in various criminal cases registered against him. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Related Read: Underworld don Chhota Rajan gets consular access, meets Indian envoyRajan was nabbed at Bali airport on his arrival from Australia on October 25. The team, which had left India in the wee hours today, has been provided security by Indonesian and Delhi Police commandos. Earlier on Sunday, First Secretary (Consular) Sanjeev Kumar Agrawal at the Indian embassy in Jakarta met Rajan for nearly half-an-hour at the detention centre. This is for the first time an Indian official met him in prison. Agrawal flew this morning to Bali from Jakarta and drove straight to the police centre for his meeting with Rajan, one of India’s most-wanted criminals.The consular access to Rajan comes two days after the Indonesian police submitted a report to the Indian Embassy about Rajan’s detention. “I am fighting against terrorism and will continue to do so,” Rajan told a TV channel while being escorted by the Indonesian police. When Rajan was arrested at the Bali airport, he was carrying an Indian passport with the assumed name Mohan Kumar.Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Gurjit Singh had said on Friday that the process relating to Rajan’s deportation to India has already begun but there is no deadline for it. Security of the Indian officals as well as that Rajan has been enhanced due to the high threat perception to Rajan from rival gangs, most notably of Dawood Ibrahim.The Indian team is also accompanied by elite commandos of Special Cell of Delhi Police.

Had guilty been punished for 1984, there would have been no Gujarat, Dadri incidents: Arvind Kejriwal

He claimed that the Centre ordered constitution of Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the riots because it was “afraid” that once his government takes charge the guilty will be brought to book.

Delhi Government has estimated an expenditure of around Rs 130 crore on compensation for around 2,600 families of ant-Sikh riot victims.

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Had the guilty been punished after the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, incidents like in Gujarat and Dadri would not have happened and “such intolerance” would not have spread, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday. The Chief Minister along with his Deputy Manish Sisodia distributed the enhanced compensation cheques of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of each of the 1,300 people killed in the violence and paid homage to the victims on the 31st anniversary of the riots. “If those guilty in the 1984 riots were punished in the past 31 years, then incidents like those in Gujarat and Dadri would not have happened. No one would have dared to spread hatred among people on basis of religion and such intolerance would not have spread in the country,” the Chief Minister said after distributing the cheques in West Delhi’s Tilak Vihar here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Chief Minister also claimed that “intolerance and hatred is thriving because those perpetrating it know that those in power will protect them”.He claimed that the Centre ordered constitution of Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the riots because it was “afraid” that once his government takes charge the guilty will be brought to book.Kejriwal also said that he will get it legally examined if the Centre was within its rights to constitute the SIT in this matter. “In these 31 years, almost every party formed government in Delhi as well as at the Centre. BJP and Congress formed governments in Delhi, NDA and Congress formed government in Centre and every party and government kept on saying that Sikhs should be given justice. But who else will ensure justice if the government doesn’t?”During our 49-day regime we had ordered the constitution of SIT which wasn’t formed in 30 years. But when we had resigned from the government, it was cancelled.”However, when we formed government again on February 14, just a day before that the central government constituted an SIT because they were scared that when Arvind will come to power, all those who are guilty will be booked,” he added.The Chief Minister said “the intolerance in the country has reached so high that even the President has raised concern on the same four times during this month”.In October last year, a hike in compensation to Rs five lakh had been announced by the central government, five months after the BJP had formed its government at the Centre. In August this year, the Delhi Cabinet decided to distribute enhanced compensation cheques as announced by the central government to the kin of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims. Delhi Government has estimated an expenditure of around Rs 130 crore on compensation for around 2,600 families of ant-Sikh riot victims. The Centre will later refund the compensation amount to the Delhi Government.

Maharashtra farmer sells land to make film on draught in Nashik

Now, after a year, the Marathi film Khwada has won several accolades and awards for its sensitive depiction of the pain and struggle of the draught-hit farmers.

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A farmer from the draught-hit Shrigonda taluka of Ahmednagar district sold his land to raise Rs 85 lakh to produce a Marathi movie on the ordeal of the farmers. Everyone in his family was shocked at the idea but Bhaurav Karade managed to influence his family members.Now, after a year, the Marathi film Khwada has won several accolades and awards for its sensitive depiction of the pain and struggle of the draught-hit farmers. Khwada which means obstacles in Marathi was released on Friday and was entirely shot in Karade’s native Ahmednagar district, even the actors of the film were from surrounding rural areas, an English daily reported.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Talking about his determination to come up with such a film, the 35-year-old debutant Bhaurav said, “I suggested to my family that instead of holding onto the land and committing suicide later due to debt, we should sell it off and make a movie. I told them let’s do something creative, something that could bring better days in our life.” Khwada has won accolades and recognition in several platforms including national and international. The movie also won the Special Jury mention and Sync Sound Award at the 62nd National Film Awards. The movie has also won five state awards which includes best movie (rura) and best direction. It was also given a special mention in the Pune Film Festival, ‘Prabhat 2015’.

Three policemen arrested in Tamil Nadu in connection with custodial rape

Coimbatore: Three policemen, arrested in connection with the alleged custodial torture and sexual assault of a woman in Udumalpet, were remanded and lodged in the Central Jail in Coimbatore on Tuesday.

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The sleuths of CBI Special Crime Branch had arrested Sub-Inspector, Vijay Kumar and constables Tilak Kumar and Ranganayagam, attached to Udumalpet police station in nearby Tirupur District on Monday night.

After interrogating 10 police officials, three were arrested, in connection with the case, in which a woman, suspected to have murdered her land lady, was arrested in August 2014.

Though the woman was taken into custody on the night of 11 August, 2014, the arrest was shown after three days, during which she was reportedly tortured and raped, by some policemen in the station.

The case was handed over to CBI by the Madras High Court, after the woman’s daughter filed a petition there.

CBI had registered a case of custodial rape against seven police personnel in October last year.

The accused were produced before the Judicial Magistrate Court and remanded to custody, till 11 November.

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Uber cab rape case: Will appeal for life imprisonment, says prosecutor

Special Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava on Tuesday said that he will be appealing for the maximum punishment that is life imprisonment for the accused Shiv Kumar Yadav in the Uber rape case.

Special Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava on Tuesday said that he will be appealing for the maximum punishment that is life imprisonment for the accused Shiv Kumar Yadav in the Uber rape case.”Oral evidence, medical evidence and scientific evidence was considered during the judgement. I would be asking for maximum punishment that is under section 376 (2)(M) life imprisonment for the accused,” Shrivastava told the media here.A Delhi court on Tuesday pronounced Uber rape cab case accused Shiv Kumar Yadav guilty of raping a 25-year-old woman in his taxi on December 5, 2014.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The argument on quantum of punishment will be heard on the October 23.The rape occurred on the night of December 5 last year, when the survivor, a finance executive working in Gurgaon, was returning to her house in Inderlok after work.The accused driver Shiv Kumar Yadav was arrested on December 7 from Mathura and is currently in judicial custody.The lawyer of the accused, Dharmendra Kumar Mishra, said that his client has been convicted in all the charges filed against him.”Court has convicted him of all the charges for which he has been charged. Accused Shiv Kumar Yadav has been convicted under various sections like 366, 323,” Mishra told the media here.The Supreme Court had earlier set aside the Delhi High Court order allowing the accused to re-examine 13 prosecution witnesses, including the victim.The woman and the Delhi Police had moved the apex court against the High Court order. The proceedings in the case were stayed by the apex court for six months from March 10 to September 10.The trial court had framed charges against Yadav for the alleged offences of endangering a woman’s life while raping her, abduction with intent to compel her for marriage and criminally intimidating and causing hurt.

Who is that pilot, angry security guards of PM Narendra Modi asks city ATC

SPG wants identity of pilot who made a remark about the delay caused by Modi’s jet * ATC unable to trace him

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The Prime Minister’s elite security guards, the Black Cats, are on the look-out for a pilot at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA). On Sunday, the ‘anonymous’ aircraft pilot vented out his frustration over the delay in take-off caused by the movement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s jet.”This delay should be recorded with the PM,” the pilot is reported to have said from his cockpit. This was not music to ears for the Special Protection Group (SPG). The SPG, mandated with providing security cover to the PM, found it ‘serious’ enough for an investigation.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Out went an order to the Air Traffic Control (ATC) division of the airport: identify the pilot. The ATC was caught in a spot. Pilots usually communicate using their call sign (which means the registration number of the plane they are flying). Since the pilot in question did not use his call sign while making the remark, the ATC has not been able to identify him so far.Airport sources aware about the incident said that the ‘VIP culture’ for which vehicular traffic is frequently brought to a halt has infuriated common citizens. “In this case, the pilot may be just showing his displeasure over the delay caused due to VIP movement,” they said.Sources said that the incident happened around 7 pm when Modi was about to leave from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) after attending a handful of functions in the city, including the inauguration of two Metro routes and laying the foundation stone for an Ambedkar memorial at the Indu Mills compound.Air navigation department sources said that, as with any other VVIP movement, dozens of arriving and departing flights got delayed on Sunday also as they are asked to wait till further orders. The average delay was about 30 minutes at the CSIA at that point of time.Since no one dare question the exact time of VVIP’s jet movement or subsequent delays, it adds to the confusion and chaos, airport sources said. “Modi’s Sunday visit was no different in that sense” said an ATC insider.Last heard, ATC officials finally mustered courage and informed the SPG about its inability to trace the caller.The SPG reaction is not known. PM Modi’s reaction, too, is not known. But it’s safe to assume he just forgive the pilot. For, it’s a Make in India opportunity for companies making devices that can identify pilots who talk too much, even without call signs.

2008 Malegaon bomb: Sadhvi Pragya, Prasad Purohit, 2 other accused refused bail

National Investigation Agency (NIA) opposed their bail, saying there were evidences against them in the terror attack.

Six persons were killed and 100 others injured in the explosion (File photo of Malegaon blasts)

A Special NIA court on Monday rejected the bail petitions of Prasad Purohit and three other accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case. Besides Purohit, who is in jail since his arrest in late 2008, the other accused whose bail pleas were rejected were Dyanand Pandey alias Swami Amritanand Dev, Rakesh Dhawade and Major (retd) Ramesh Upadhayay. Special Public Prosecutor Prakash Rasal confirmed the development but declined to provide further details as the court passed the order during an in-camera hearing.The accused, in their bail applications, had told the court that they were innocent and incarcerated for the past seven years without the trial taking off. However, National Investigation Agency (NIA) opposed their bail, saying there were evidences against them in the terror attack. Twelve persons, including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Purohit, were arrested for alleged involvement in the September 29, 2008 blast in Malegaon, a powerloom town in North Maharashtra district of Nashik, about 200km from here. Six persons were killed and 100 others injured in the explosion.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The accused were booked under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, Indian Penal Code and other relevant laws. Following a Supreme Court order, a special court has been constituted to hear the case. Sadhvi is also an accused in the murder of RSS activist Sunil Joshi in Madhya Pradesh.

Home Ministry seeks report on Jammu and Kashmir High Court order on Article 370

BJP has been demanding for long repeal of Article 370 (File Photo of Home Minister Rajnath Singh)

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The Home Ministry on Monday sought a report from the Jammu and Kashmir government on the state High Court’s order that Article 370, which grants special status to the state, is beyond amendment, repeal or abrogation.In a communication, the Home Ministry sought a copy of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court order from the state government as early as possible, explaining the grounds in which the order was issued, official sources said. The state law department is expected to forward the copy of the High Court ruling to the central government.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir High Court has ruled that Article 370, has assumed place of permanence in the Constitution and the feature is beyond amendment, repeal or abrogation. The Court also said that Article 35A gives “protection” to existing laws in force in the State. “Article 370 though titled as ‘Temporary Provision’ and included in Para XXI titled ‘Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions’ has assumed place of permanence in the Constitution,” a division bench of justices Hasnain Masoodi and Janak Raj Kotwal ruled in a 60-page judgement.Also read: Article 370 of constitution is permanent, rules Jammu and Kashmir High Court”It is beyond amendment, repeal or abrogation, in as much as Constituent Assembly of the State before its dissolution did not recommend its Amendment or repeal,” the bench ruled. The BJP has been demanding for long repeal of Article 370.

Vyapam: Police file charge sheet against prime accused Pankaj Trivedi

On January 29 last year, Lokayukta police had raided his place in Indore and Bhopal and found wealth allegedly amassed by him disproportionate to known sources of his income. Following this, he was booked under Prevention of Corruption Act.

Lokayukta police on Thursay filed a charge sheet in a special court against Pankaj Trivedi, one of the prime accused in the Vyapam scam. Trivedi is a fomer controller of examination of Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal (Vyapam).The special court also served a production warrant against Trivedi to facilitate his personal appearance before it on October 19. Special Judge B K Paloda accepted the plea of Lokayukta police stating that personal appearance of Trivedi, who is currently lodged in Bhopal jail, in the court, will expedite his prosecution. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On January 29 last year, Lokayukta police had raided his place in Indore and Bhopal and found wealth allegedly amassed by him disproportionate to known sources of his income. Following this, he was booked under Prevention of Corruption Act.According to a prosecution officer, he had accummulated wealth to the tune of around Rs 84 lakh which include movable and immovable properties. Trivedi, along with others, had allegedly pocketed huge money as bribes from hundreds of students and people for helping them to crack the Pre Medical Tests (PMTs) and other recruitment tests conducted by Vyapam or MP Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) unlawfully.Trivedi, along with others, had allegedly rigged many PMT and recruitment tests under Vyapam scam. The much-talked about Vyapam scam is being investigated by CBI following an apex court s order.

New report exposes how Delhi Police targets Muslim, north-eastern youths in terror cases

The new edition of ‘Framed, Damned, Acquitted’ once again minutely examining court documents and judgments to show how exactly these trails in cases of terrorism accused fall apart under scrutiny.

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Hardly in the spotlight for good reason, the Delhi Police’s Special Cell has been damned again in a new report that exhaustively investigates and details the cases of the many young men, mostly Muslim, detained by the agency on charges of terrorism only to be acquitted by court due to “fabricated” and “planted” evidence, procedural lapses and false cases. The Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association released the second edition of Framed, Damned, Acquitted, in New Delhi on Wednesday, where the organisation pointed out the blatant communal agenda of the police, which caused several young men to lose years of their lives; most of them from Kashmir, a few from the north eastern states.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The first edition of the report was released in 2012, with 16 cases documented. The new edition takes the cases up to 24, once again minutely examining court documents and judgments to show how exactly these trails in cases of terrorism accused fall apart under scrutiny. Take for example, case number 22 of the report, State versus Md. Ameen Wani alias Khalid and Luthfur Rahman alias Haroon, in which the police claimed to have seized 1.5 kg of PETN, a highly explosive substance and stored it in their malkhana. The PETN was the crucial piece of evidence on which the accused guilt or innocence depended. When the court asked for it to be produced as evidence, the Special Cell replied that the malkhana had caught fire and in this fire, this material, one of the most powerful explosives known, had evaporated.In case number 20, of Pervez Ahmed Radoo, a graduate in chemistry lost seven years to jail just when he was about to start his Ph.D. The police failed to present any mobile phone usage or call detail records during the time he was put under surveillance on the suspicion of being a Jaish-e-Mohammad member. Witnesses for the prosecution have repeatedly failed to back up their stories under cross examination, with many later admitting the police made them sign blank sheets of paper, or that they had never seen the accused in the first place, as in case number 22, State versus Mohd. Iqbal and Mushtaq Ahmad Kallo.When the first report came out in 2012, the police responded to the scathing attack on its competence and objectivity by saying that it was tough to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt in such cases, public witnesses did not come forward, and still the rate of conviction was high. This report demolishes these claims, by using court documents that have time and again indicted the Special Cell, saying that any effort to enlist independent witnesses “was omitted by the police deliberately”It also pointed out that rarely were convictions under charges of terrorism. Sentences handed out by sessions courts, even for the death penalty had been overthrown by higher courts, and convictions, if at all, happened under other laws pertaining to, say, the Explosives Substances Act.Speaking at the release, Bombay based advocate Yug Mohit Chaudhary pointed out that this behaviour was not limited to Delhi. The Mumbai police ATS, too, behaved similarly with young Muslim men arrested for Malegaon blasts and the 2006 train blasts. In the latter case, the CDR was a crucial bit of evidence that the police refused to present, until the High Court ordered it. Then it claimed to have destroyed the data. Chaudhary also pointed out the systematic hunting down of these men, as two of the boys who had been let off for Malegaon case, were picked up against by the same officer for the train blasts.Human rights activist Ravi Nair and legal scholar Upendra Baxi too denounced the “communal and politicised” nature of the police, as the panelists pointed out the insidious section 197 of the CrPc, that protect these policemen from prosecution.The Special Cell members have, therefore, been safe from the consequences of their punitive reign, while their victims, who leave prison after years of physical and psychological damage, often in dire financial condition have never even been offered compensation by the state.

Special train between Nanded and Pune to ease festival rush

The special train between Nanded and Pune will run every Thursday.
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The Railway will run seasonal Special train between Nanded and Pune to ease the extra rush during upcoming Dussehra and Diwali festivals from tomorrow till December 4.Nanded-Pune special express (train number 07622) will run on every Thursday and depart Hazur Saheb Nanded station at 9:20 PM evening and will arrive at Pune next morning at 11:00 AM. It will reach Parli Vaijnath at 12:10 AM.Train number 07621 Pune-Nanded special express will run on all Friday (upto December 4, 2015). It will depart from Pune station at 7:55 PM and reach Nanded station on Saturday morning at 9:25 AM. The train, on the route, will arrive at Parli station at 5:40 AM. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Tuesday, Central Railways had announced 28 air-conditioned superfast bi-weekly special trains between Manmad and Hazrat Nizamuddin to clear the extra rush of passengers during festival season. Bookings for these trains on special charges will open from October 8, 2015. Also read: Ahead of festival rush, Central Railways to run special superfast AC trains

Louis Berger case: Prosecutor accuses Churchill Alemao’s daughter of threatening him

Alemao’s daughter Sharon Alemao however denied the allegations.
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Rajiv Gomes, the special public prosecutor in the Louis Berger bribery case, on Tuesday alleged that Sharon Alemao, the daughter of former Goa PWD minister Churchill Alemao, threatened him outside the court.Alemao who has been charge-sheeted in the case is in judicial custody. He has filed a fresh bail application before the special anti-corruption court in Panaji.Gomes, appointed as the special prosecutor in the case, said the incident took place after today’s hearing.”One lady who was sitting in the co-driver’s seat (of an SUV) who I recognised as Sharon Alemao…pointed a finger at me and said: ‘I will take care of this guy’,” Gomes said in his complaint.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It appears that the said statement was made to me in order to instill fear in me not to discharge my duty freely,” Gomes said, adding, his assistants had witnessed the incident.The Panaji police, however, are yet to register a case. Inspector Siddhanth Shirodkar said they were still examining the complaint. When contacted, Sharon Alemao said the accusation was false and intended to tarnish her image. She had no occasion to run into Gomes anytime during the day, she said.

AFSPA causing hardship to Manipur’s people: Irom Sharmila tells court

Manipuri rights activist Irom Sharmila on Tuesday told a Delhi court that the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) should be scrapped as it has caused “immense hardship” to the people of the state and thousands of innocent persons have been killed over the years.

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Manipuri rights activist Irom Sharmila on Tuesday told a Delhi court that the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) should be scrapped as it has caused “immense hardship” to the people of the state and thousands of innocent persons have been killed over the years.In her statement recorded before the court in a case in which she is facing trial for allegedly trying to commit suicide while undertaking fast-unto-death at Jantar Mantar in 2006, Sharmila said police had violated her fundamental rights and implicated her in a false case.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>42-year-old Sharmila, who is on a fast for around 15 years in Manipur demanding repeal of AFSPA, broke down in the court while recording her statement.She told Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain that she had sat on a fast at Jantar Mantar here on October 4, 2006 but she was forcibly removed by the police from there.”It is correct that I had sat on fast at Jantar Mantar on October 4, 2006 but I have been fasting since 2000 and same has not affected my health and I have never refused medical check up…,” she told the court.”I have been demanding that AFSPA be repealed or lifted from Manipur as the same has caused immense hardship to the common man of Manipur. Thousands of innocent people have been killed, hundreds of rapes have taken place on Manipur’s women.No action has been taken under the garb of AFSPA,” she said. Sharmila, who is fed through a nasal tube, also told the court that she has been continuing her struggle against AFSPA and as the issue was attaining attention worldwide, the police violated her fundamental rights and forcibly removed her from Jantar Mantar during her fast in 2006.The court concluded the recording of Sharmila’s statement during which she said that she wants to examine witnesses in her defence. The court has now fixed the matter for tomorrow when Sharmila’s lawyer would file a list of defence witness. The court had on June 6 this year concluded recording of prosecution evidence and had fixed the case for recording of Sharmila’s statement under section 313 of CrPC. Sharmila had earlier told the court that she was very much eager to eat if she got the assurance that the “draconian” act will be revoked.Widespread discrimination was being done with the people from northeast, she had alleged, adding she never intended to commit suicide and it was just a protest against AFSPA. The court had on March 4, 2013, put her on trial after she had refused to plead guilty to the charge of attempting to commit suicide (section 309 of IPC).If convicted, Sharmila, who is out on bail in this case, faces a maximum jail term of one year. She is in judicial custody in some other case lodged in Manipur. Known as the ‘Iron Lady’, Sharmila had earlier told the court that her protest was non-violent.

Ex-CBI chief Ranjit Sinha can object to demand of visitors’ diary copy: SC

Ranjit Singh said the objection will be raised before another bench which is hearing the coal block allocation scam matters.

Ranjit Sinha

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The Supreme Court on Monday left it open for Ranjit Sinha to raise objection to the demand for a copy of original visitors’ diary of his official residence during his tenure as CBI Director, by former Special Director of the agency, M L Sharma, to inquire into the allegation against him for scuttling the coalgate probe.When the matter came up for hearing before a bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Amitava Roy, the objection was raised by Sinha’s senior advocate Vikas Singh, who said the original diary was taken into the safe custody of the apex court in connection with the 2G spectrum scam matter.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Singh said the objection will be raised before another bench which is hearing the coal block allocation scam matters.A bench comprising Justices M B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and A K Sikri, which is hearing coal block cases, had referred the plea of the special probe team to the bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu on the ground that the visitors’ diary, submitted by advocate Prashant Bhushan, has been kept in a sealed cover in pursuance of the order of CJI bench.Taking note of the submissions, the CJI said Sinha’s counsel can raise the objection before another bench on the issue.”You can say that the diary was for the 2G case and not for the coal scam cases,” the bench said while posting the matter for Thursday.The bench, while hearing the coal matter on September 30, had observed “we realise that this document is important.” The diary allegedly contains names of persons, including those facing court cases in the 2G and coalgate scams who had visited Sinha’s official residence during his tenure as the CBI Director.The apex court had on September 14, entrusted M L Sharma with the power to summon any person in his inquiry against Sinha, accused of scuttling probe in the coal block scam as the agency’s chief.It had also ordered that Sharma will have access to all documents required by him for his probe and asked him to submit the report of inquiry in three months.Sharma, who had emerged as the first choice of the apex court, had given his consent to assist the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in its probe against Sinha.The court had on September 7 said the scope of inquiry was limited to recording the statements of persons accused in the coal allocation scam to draw an inference whether the probe into the cases were in any way influenced or interfered with, as suggested by the CVC.

DA case: Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh moves HC seeking quashing of FIR

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday filed a petition in the High Court, seeking quashing of the FIR in disproportionate assets case against him and his wife and challenging the jurisdiction of CBI in it.

In his petition which would be heard by a division bench of the High Court comprising Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Sureshwar Singh Thakur, Singh has pleaded that the inquiry against him and his wife falls under Income Tax and not CBI and the matter was already under probe by Income Tax department and consideration of the High Court.

Virbhadra Singh. PTIVirbhadra Singh. PTI

Virbhadra Singh. PTI

He said that he was Chief Minister of the state and as such it was imperative for CBI to seek permission of the government for filing a criminal case and without sanction of prosecution, raids By CBI at his residences or other places could not be conducted.

The preliminary enquiry in the matter and the FIR registered on its basis suffered from legal infirmities and was against section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act and should be quashed, the petitioners pleaded.

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7/11 Mumbai blast verdict: Five convicts sentenced to death, seven awarded life imprisonment

The special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court on Wednesday sentenced five convicts to death for their involvement in Mumbai train serial blast case that took place on July 11, 2006.

Nine years after a series of bomb blasts in suburban trains rattled the metropolis killing 188 people, a special MCOCA court on Wednesday sentenced five of the 12 convicted in the case to death while the remaining were awarded life imprisonment.Delivering the verdict, Special Judge Yatin D Shinde pronounced capital punishment for Kamal Ahamed Ansari (37), Mohd Faisal Shaikh (36), Ehtesham Siddiqui (30), Naveed Hussain Khan (30) and Asif Khan (38), all of them bomb planters.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The remaining seven, who were spared the noose, are Tanvir Ahmed Ansari (37), Mohammad Majid Shafi (32), Shaikh Alam Shaikh (41), Mohd Sajid Ansari (34), Muzzammil Shaikh (27), Soheil Mehmood Shaikh (43) and Zamir Ahmad Shaikh (36).The blasts had ripped the suburban trains within a span of 10 minutes between Khar Road-Santacruz, Bandra-Khar Road, Jogeshwari-Mahim Junction, Mira Road- Bhayander, Matunga- Mahim Junction and Borivali.Designated Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Judge Yatin D Shinde had on September 11 held them guilty of complicity in the crime while acquitting 34-year-old Abdul Wahid Shaikh, also an accused, in the case.The court had held the accused guilty of many charges under IPC, Explosives Act, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act and Indian Railway Act. They were found guilty of planting bombs in local trains which exploded at various stations during peak hours causing panic among the commuters returning home from work.Seven RDX bombs had exploded within a span of 10 minutes in the first class coaches of Mumbai’s suburban trains on July 11, 2006. ​All the 12 convicts had earlier requested the trial court to not award them death sentence on humanitarian grounds as arguments started on the quantum of punishment for one of the deadliest terror attacks on Indian soil.As many as 188 people were killed and many others injured when a series of powerful bombs.

Top Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy granted three months bail

The court said that 65-year-old Ghandy, who is in custody in this case since September 2009, was suffering from various ailments and his condition has “visibly deteriorated” during the period of trial.
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Top Maoist ideologue Kobad Ghandy, accused of trying to set up a base for banned outfit CPI (Maoist) in New Delhi, has been granted interim bail for three months by a Delhi court on health grounds.The court said that 65-year-old Ghandy, who is in custody in this case since September 2009, was suffering from various ailments and his condition has “visibly deteriorated” during the period of trial.”In these facts and circumstances, I admit accused Kobad Ghandy to interim bail for a period of three months on his furnishing a personal bond in the sum of Rs one lakh and two sureties of the like amount,” Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Reetesh Singh said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court is currently recording prosecution evidence in the case in which Ghandy along with co-accused Rajender Kumar alias Arvind Joshi is facing trial. Ghandy is facing trial for alleged offences punishable under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act(UAPA) and various provisions of the IPC. The court had framed charges against Rajender Kumar under several IPC sections.During arguments on bail plea, Ghandy’s counsel told the court that his client was suffering from multiple ailments for which he required constant medical treatment which was not properly provided in the jail.The court had called for a report from the superintendent of Tihar jail regarding Ghandy’s medical condition and after perusing it, the judge said, “it is apparent that Kobad Ghandy is suffering from a host of medical ailments”.”He (Ghandy) is aged about 65 years. His condition has visibly deteriorated during the period the trial of this case has progressed before this court,” the court said. Ghandy, an alumnus of the prestigious Doon School and St Xavier’s College Mumbai, is facing prosecution in around 20 criminal and terror cases in different parts of the country.According to the police, he was said to be part of the top leadership of erstwhile CPI-ML (People’s War Group) since 1981. He allegedly continued as a Central Committee member in CPI (Maoist) after the merger with People’s War Group and elected to the Maoist Politburo in 2007. Ghandy was arrested by Special Cell of Delhi Police for allegedly trying to set up a base for CPI (Maoist) in Delhi.The court had on July 16, 2012 framed charges against him for allegedly being a member of a banned terror group and furthering its activities in violation of the UAPA. He was charged under sections 20 and 38 of UAPA relating to membership of the banned CPI (Maoist) and furthering its activities.The court had also framed charges against Rajender Kumar for the alleged offences of cheating, forgery for the purpose of cheating, criminal conspiracy and cheating by impersonation of IPC. Ghandy was earlier absolved by the court of terror charges due to want of proper sanction and later, a fresh charge sheet was filed by the special cell with another sanction for his prosecution under the provisions of UAPA.Thereafter, he was charged with the offences under UAPA. He is also facing trial for allegedly committing forgery, cheating and impersonation.