A special CBI court on Saturday convicted former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and 14 others in the high-profile fodder scam case. The quantum of sentence will be announced on January 3 next year.However, another former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra was found innocent along with six others.The fodder scam case has been at the center of Bihar politics and have rocked Lalu Prasad’s political career.The case pertains to an alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994. Here is a brief timeline of the case: 23 December 2017: Special CBI court in Ranchi announces verdict on fodder scam. Lalu Prasad Yadav found guilty in the fodder scam case along with 14 others. The quantum of sentence will be announced on January 3, 2018.8 May 2017: The SC ruled criminal conspiracy charges against Lalu Prasad in connection to the two-decade old fodder scam.November 2014: Lalu Yadav moved Jharkhand HC challenging the CBI court’s 2006 verdict that named him in six cases within the fodder scam. The HC ruled that the proceedings would continue under IPC Sections 201 and 511. Other charges were dropped on grounds that a person once convicted or acquitted cannot be tried for the same offence.30 September 2013: The CBI court convicted Lalu and 44 others in the fodder scam. This made him ineligible to stand in elections for six years. The former CM stood disqualified as a member of Lok Sabha.13 August 2013: Lalu Prasad’s plea to transfer the trail court judge was rejected by SC.1 March 2012: Charges were framed against Lalu Yadav, Jagannath Mishra, Jagdish Sharma and 31 others for fraudulent withdrawal of 46 lakhs from the treasuries of Banka and Bhagalpur against forged bills.2 April 2010: The SC ruled that a state government “is not a competent authority” for a plea by the state government to the Patna High court challenging the CBI’s 2006 verdict on disproportionate asset case.31 May 2007: 58 people, including Lalu’s nephews, two former regional directors of the Animal Husbandry Department, and four suppliers were all given 5-6 years in prison.18 December 2006: Lalu, and his wife Rabri were acquitted of charges in the disproportionate assets case filed against them by the CBI seven years ago in the special CBI court.February 2002: The trial began in a special CBI court in Ranchi.5 October 2001: The creation of new state forced the case to be transferred to the Jharkhand High Court.9 June 2000: Charges were framed against Yadav in court.10 May 2000: Patna High Court granted provisional bail to Lalu. It will be extended on 25 occasions.5 April 2000: Both Yadav and Devi surrendered to CBI court. While Rabri Devi was granted bail, Lalu Prasad was sent to jail as judge dismissed his bail plea.4 April 2000: A charge sheet was filed against Lalu Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi.19 August 1998: A case of disproportionate assets was registered against Lalu and his wife Rabri Devi.30 July 1997: After stepping down as the Bihar chief minister, the RJD chief surrendered before a court.23 June 1997: 56 people, including Yadav were accused in charge sheets filed by CBI. The charges included IPC 420 (forgery) and 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy) and Section 13 (b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.17 June 1997: The Governor of Bihar gave his approval for the prosecution.10 May 1997: The CBI issued a formal request to Governor of Bihar to prosecute Yadav.March 19 1996: A two member bench was appointed by the SC to examine the development of the investigation.11 March 1996: The Patna High Court directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe into the case.27 January 1996: The Rs. 1000 crore fodder scam surfaced after conducting a raid in the Animal Husbandry department. The large scale embezzlement took funds from government and supplied it to non-existent companies for purchase and supply of cattle fodder in Bihar in the 1990s.(With inputs from ANI)
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Advocate Ujjwal Nikam on Saturday successfully added one more feather to his cap after the Sessions court of Ahmednagar held the three men arrested in the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in Kopardi village of Ahmednagar guilty.Till date, Nikam has been successful in attracting as many as 635 life imprisonments and 41 death penalties for accused in his career as a special public prosecutor.While speaking about the matter, Nikam said that it was a very tough case as there was no direct evidence in the case, and was entirely based on circumstantial evidence.”The prosecution was successful in proving the chain of circumstances which resulted in the conviction of the accused,” Nikam said.Initially, the police had not slapped the accused with conspiracy charges. It was the prosecution who made a plea to include the charges in the court and was successful in proving it along with other charges.Nikam said that the matter was closely followed by people across strata. However, he still managed not to distract himself and was successful in completing the trial in five months.”The evidence provided by the police was also very strong. There was a disclosure about the statement of the deceased which helped the case. There were total 31 witnesses in the case, who were examined by the prosecution and all supported the case,” said Nikam.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a 100-year-old woman has died after being raped by a drunk youth in Uttar Pradesh. The incident happened in Jaani village of Meerut district of the state. The lady passed away on Monday morning. The attacker was drunken when he brutally raped the lady. He was nabbed while trying to give a slip after committing the crime. He was nabbed when the lady’s distress call alerted her brother and neighbours. The police is going to press murder charges against the accused, Ankit Punia. The accused has denied the charges so far.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twenty four years after 12 blasts rocked Mumbai on March 12, 1993 claiming 257 lives, a special TADA court here today awarded death sentence to two persons and life imprisonment to two others, including Abu Salem, in the second phase of the trial in the case.Following is the chronology of events in the case in which the main trial ended in 2007. The trial of seven accused in the case was separated, out of which six were held guilty on June 16.March 12, 1993: 12 explosions rock Mumbai resulting in 257 fatalities and injuries to 713 others.April 19, 1993: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt (accused number 117) arrested.November 4, 1993: Over 10,000 page-long primary charge sheet filed against 189 accused, including Dutt.November 19, 1993: Case handed over to CBI.April 10, 1995: 26 accused discharged by TADA court.Charges framed against the remaining accused.Supreme Court discharges two more accused travel agent Abu Asim Azmi (Samajwadi Party leader) and Amjed Meher Baux.April 19, 1995: First leg of trial commences.September 18, 2002: Abu Salem detained in Lisbon, Portugal.March 20, 2003: Accused Mustafa Dossa arrested by CBI at IGI Airport, New Delhi on his arrival from Dubai.September 2003: Main trial ends. TADA court in Mumbai reserves judgement.January 9, 2004: Charges framed against Dossa.November 11, 2005: Salem extradited to India.December 9, 2005: Charges framed against Salem.June 13, 2006: Abu Salem’s trial separated.September 12, 2006: TADA court judge P D Kode starts delivering the judgement, pronounces four members of the Memon family guilty, and acquits three. Later, 12 convicts were awarded death penalty while 20 were given life sentence. Other convicts were handed over different sentences.February 2007: Main trial concludes. Second leg involving seven accused begins.March 16, 2013 : Sanjay Dutt surrenders before court after SC upholds conviction.March 21, 2013: Supreme Court upholds death sentence of convict Yakub Memon, brother of Tiger Memon, and commutes death sentence of 10 convicts to life term. Life imprisonment of 16 out of 18 convicts also upheld.August 13, 2013: TADA court drops certain charges againt Salem which violated the extradition treaty with Portugal.July 30, 2015: Key conspirator and lone death row convict in the case, Yakub Memon hanged.December 7, 2015: Final arguments of the second phase of the trial start.June 8, 2016: Court rejects plea of accused Firoz Abdul Rashid in which he said he wants to become an approver.March 2017: Trial concludes.June 16, 2017: TADA court judge G A Sanap convicts six accused, including Dossa and Salem, and acquits one.June 28, 2017: Dossa dies of cardiac arrest in Mumbai hospital.September 7, 2017: Court awards death sentence to Tahir Merchant and Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan, life imprisonment to Abu Salem and Karimullah Khan and 10 years imprisonment to Riyaz Siddiqui.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On September 28, a Goa court is going to decide whether former Editor-in-Chief of Tehelka magazine Tarun Tejpal will face trial in connection with the 2013 rape case or not. According to news agency ANI, Goa’s Mapusa court has fixed the hearing for September 28th on the order of framing of charges in the case.However, Tejpal’s lawyer Pramod Dubey said that the final charges are 354 (A), 354 (B), 341,342,376(2)F,376(2)K. He said 376 is not there.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The high-voltage drama that started from Dera Sacha Sauda’s Sirsa headquarters ended at the CBI Court in Panchkula with conviction of powerful sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.Earlier during the day, legions of ardent devotees tried to stop his motorcade in the five hour journey to the court. Reports said that there were over 800 vehicles in the cavalcade. Despite the followers’ appeal that their ‘Guru’ was innocent, the self-styled Godman has been found guilty and sent to the Rohtak jail. The court will decide the quantum of punishment on August 28.There are reports that police fired tear gas in Panchkula’s Sector 2 where many Dera supporters have been camping.Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has directed the Chandigarh administration to provide free medical service, counselling and necessary help to the girl who had accused sexual assault by Ram Rahim in 2002. The top court has said that all necessary steps must be taken to protect her identity. The apex court has also ordered to make a fixed deposit of Rs 9 Lakh for the rape survivor and asked hospital to keep her medical records in a sealed cover. Here are the details of the case:Charges against Gurmeet Ram RahimThe sexual exploitation case was registered against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in 2002 by the CBI on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.Anonymous letters lead to the FIRThe rape allegations came to light when anonymous letters were circulated about the alleged sexual exploitation of two “Sadhvis” (female followers) by Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim inside the Dera campus on the outskirts of Sirsa town in Haryana.TrialDera chief was charged in 2007 and the trial began the following year after the CBI took the testimonies of the two women. The CBI submitted a charge sheet on July 30, 2007. The court framed charges against Singh under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code on September 6, 2008. With the verdict on August 25, 2017, the court will decide the quantum of punishment on Monday.Dera chief on allegationsGurmeet Ram Rahim Singh had denied these charges.The Dera had described itself as a ‘social welfare and spiritual organization’. Gurmeet Ram Rahim claimed to have 50 million followers and runs a spiritual empire.Thousands of Dera followers are expected to gather at Panchkula for the verdict by a CBI court.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court here today extended till August 31 the custody of alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrasekhar in connection with a case of cheating a kitchen equipment dealer here seven years ago. Sukesh, now lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail in connection with the “Two Leaves” symbol case, involving AIADMK (Amma) leader T T V Dhinakaran was brought here by Delhi Police early today. One Rajavelu had lodged a complaint that Sukesh had allegedly cheated him in 2010 of Rs 2.43 lakh on the promise of helping secure a tender from the Karnataka government. Charges under Section 420 were framed against Sukesh and his father on July 20. Sukesh was produced before 2nd Judicial Magistrate Rajkumar, who extended the custody till August 31. He was taken to Delhi by train amid tight security.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate has sought dismissal of the plea filed by AIADMK (Amma) leader TTV Dhinakaran in the Madras High Court for staying the order of framing of charges by a lower court in a case filed by the ED alleging Foreign Exchange Regulation Act violations. On July 7, the high court had granted interim stay on all further proceedings in an Economic Offences Court against Dhinakaran in the FERA violation case. Justice M S Ramesh had said, “On the face of the records, reasonable opportunities have not been extended to the petitioner during the course of hearing. Notice to respondent (Enforcement Directorate) returnable by July 17. Private notice permitted.” Additional Solicitor General G. Rajagopalan, who argued on the counter affidavit filed by the ED yesterday, said Dhinakaran’s plea for setting aside the order of framing of charges by the trial court was not all maintainable. The case against Dhinakaran is pending from 1996 and ample opportunities had been given to him on the basis of natural justice, the ASG said and sought for vacating the interim stay. After hearing the arguments, Justice Ramesh reserved orders. Dhinakaran had filed a petition for staying the order on framing of charges by the Economic Offences Court (I) at Egmore on April 19 in the case filed by the ED alleging Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) violations. In its counter, the ED said the petition was filed only to drag the proceedings pending before the economic offences court. The ASG submitted that the stage of framing charges in the case, pending from 1996, was reached only April 19 this year, that too after 21 years after so many adjournments by the petitioner. He said the ED had filed a memo before the lower court for conducting the trial on a day-to-day basis hence it was not fair on the part of the petitioner to say that he was not afforded opportunity of hearing before framing of charges. He said the counsel for the petitioner was present for every hearing and it “can be presumed that ample opportunity was given on the basis of natural justice”. In the counter affidavit, the ED also said that before framing of charges, the trial court had examined all the documents furnished and applied its “judicial mind and followed the principles of natural justice”. It sought dismissal of the petition filed by Dhinakaran for granting stay on the order of framing charges by the trial court. Dhinakaran had said the additional chief metropolitan magistrate did not hear his counsel before framing the charges and pleaded that the order be set aside. The ED case was that as the sole director of M/s Dipper Investments Limited Company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands, Dhinakaran had transferred over USD 10 million without RBI permission. The ED said the company maintained an account with a UK- based bank and alleged that in 1994 issued 21 cheques having a total value of USD 1,04,93,313 which were deposited in the account of M/s Dipper Investments. It alleged the money was transferred through a person who was not an authorised dealer in foreign exchange and without general or special permission of the RBI. A total of six charges were framed against Dhinakaran for alleged violation of various sections of the FERA, which has been repealed. Though registered in 1996, the ED could not proceed ahead with the case due to several rounds of litigation. Dhinakaran was also discharged from the case, but on February 1 this year, Justice G Chockalingam allowed a revision petition filed by the ED and set aside Dhinakaran s discharge. It paved the way for resumption of the case and led to framing of charges on April 19. A court frames charges against an accused after it finds sufficient prima facie evidence against him to put him on formal trial in the case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Calcutta High Court today disposed of as infructuous an anticipatory bail prayer by actor Vikram Chatterjee, arrested in connection with the death of model Sonika Chauhan. A division bench of justices Dipankar Dutta and D P Dey observed that the state has done its duty in accordance with the law in arresting the accused and said that it was not an exceptional case. It disposed of as infructuous the bail of Vikram, who has been slapped with culpable homicide charge, since he has already been arrested. The court also cautioned against media trial in connection with the case, which has received wide publicity. The bail prayer, filed in early June, was mentioned by Vikram’s lawyers before the division bench on July 7, when the court fixed the date of hearing on July 13. Charges against the actor had been changed from that of causing death by negligence, a bailable charge, to that of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which is a non- bailable charge offence, following which the anticipatory bail prayer was filed before the high court. Kolkata Police officials, however, arrested Vikram on the night of July 6 from a place near his residence at Kasba in the southern part of the city. Vikram’s counsels had moved the division bench the day after, complaining that the police arrested him during pendency of his anticipatory bail prayer. Vikram was driving Sonika home after a party on April 29 when the car crashed into a pillar on the footpath of Rash Behari Avenue in south Kolkata. The actor is at present in judicial custody following a three-day police remand.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police cover around any individual or event which is said to indicate its threat perception has dropped to over 10 per cent in recent years in case of Indian Premier League season matches that are held in city. The details of steep fall was provided under the Right to Information to the DNA newspaper.According to information provided, the most security cover was provided in the year 2015 when 28,047 personnel (not for each match) of different ranks were securing 11 matches in city. The total bill raised for giving the security cover was Rs 8 crore. It was also the year after which the security cover saw a drastic fall.From 28,087 police personnel for 11 matches, the figure was down to a mere 899 police personnel for four matches in the year 2016. Year 2016 was also the year when the bill raised for security cover provided was the least in last five years at Rs 2.40 crore. From 2013-2017, the total bill raised for providing security cover stood at Rs 26.78 crore for 60,180 police personnel that were deployed for a total of 38 matches. Police personnel deputed for security cover were from ranks deputy commissioner of police and below including women constables.After 2015, other years that saw more than 10,000 police personnel deployed for security cover were years 2013 which saw 18,099 policemen for eight matches, and 12,048 policemen in 2014 for seven matches. Years 2016 and 2017 which saw the least number of police personnel deployed for security saw 899 and 1,087 police personnel on duty respectively for four and eight matches.In all the matches, an average of 16 DCPs were posted for duty while the maximum number was of police constables which was maximum in the years 2015 at 17,565.As per the reply, in none of the years did the police have to take any prosecution action or levy any penalty due to non-payment of charges by the organisers of the IPL who had requested security cover. In March 2016, the government decided to fix a flat rate for providing security for matches for the period March 2016 to March 2017, which was revised marginally in June 2017 as per a government GR. IPL matches of 2016 were charged as per earlier rate. As per letter of former home secretary, the charges fixed for T-20 and one day matches in Mumbai was Rs 60 lakhs. It was revised to Rs 66 lakhs in government GR of 2017. For a test match, the cost of providing security was set at Rs 50 lakhs which was revised to Rs 55 lakhs.Charges for other cities like Nagpur, Pune and Navi Mumbai are different. For T-20, one day and test match, the charges that were fixed by home secretary at Rs 40 lakhs for first two and Rs 35 lakhs for test match. This was also revised to Rs 44 lakhs for the first two and Rs 38.50 lakhs. It was decided that the amount charged for security would go to Maharashtra Police Housing and Welfare Corporation Ltd. which takes up housing and other welfare activities. Expenses of food for the force on the day of security would also be given by the corporation. Decision also stated that in case of exceptional circumstances when extra security cover was required due to security threat, the charges should not exceed 25 percent of the flat rates decided after clearance from director general of police.When contacted, a senior officer from Mumbai police said, “Threat perception is not the only factor taken into consideration while providing security. There are various factors taken into consideration and we rationalise the whole process for matches. Taking requirement and ground situation into consideration, we put bandobast. We can always take a review of the number of people put on security.”
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a development indicating trouble for the private airline, Jet Airways vice president Col. Avneet Singh Bedi was arrested by the Sahibabad police on the charges of land grabbing in Delhi in the wee hours on Sunday morning.The land, which belongs to the municipal corporation, was worth crores.The police investigation in the case is in process.More details awaited.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Minister Rao Narbir Singh today alleged that the previous Congress government only gave licenses and collected Internal Development Charges (IDC) and External Development Charges (EDC) from private builders but did not make provision for a path for the construction of multi-storey buildings. “Taking care of the interest of those home buyers who have spent their hard earned money of their entire life to fulfill the dream of having a home in Gurugram, the present BJP government had to pay very high compensation of Rs 11 crore per acre for providing path to them; otherwise a complex situation would have arisen,” he said. Singh, who is minister for Public Works Department (Building & Roads), was addressing people as he visited six villages of Badshahpur Assembly segment and laid foundation stones of various development works there. He said Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has a clear vision and he wants to do “something worthwhile” for the Ahirwal region, where the BJP won all the assembly seats in the 2014 election, right from Dundahera in district Gurgaon to Nangal Chaudhry in district Mahendergarh. Attacking Congress, Singh claimed that the party only made “tall promises but did not fulfill any of them”. “Chief Minister Khattar is a man of words and he makes announcement only after checking the feasibility of the demand,” he said. The minister also talked about how he “convinced” the Chief Minister to approve the award of the land for path to high-rise buildings built during the previous Congress regime. “The Chief Minister had initially refused the award of Rs 11 crore per acre in village Shikohpur but agreed when I told him that the procedure for next award will take another two years and till then the flat buyers in these buildings will have to suffer, because they won’t have path or road for going into those buildings,” he said according to an official release. Talking about the efforts of the government to streamline traffic in Gurgoan, Singh said works of nearly Rs 5,000 crore would be initiated in the city during the current year. Some works have started, some more would be started soon, he said. He also said that the KMP Expressway will be completed by December. Singh also added that an elevated highway from Subhash Chowk on Gurgoan-Alwar road up to Badshahpur village would be constructed at a cost of nearly Rs 1,897 crore. Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari would lay its foundation stone sometime in July, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A crowd snaked outside the Kala Ghoda court Friday morning as each person looking to enter the premises was checked thoroughly by an unusually strong security bandobast. Inside, Courtroom No 54 was packed to the rafters with lawyers, mediapersons, and police officers in anticipation of Judge Govind Sanap’s verdict in Part-B of the 24-year-old Mumbai serial blasts case.The first of the accused, the ones who had been housed in the iconic Arthur Road Jail, arrived at 10.40 a.m., while a second group from Taloja Jail reached the court at 1130 a,m.Justice Sanap, who has been hearing the case since 2011, started passing his order at about 12.20 p.m., finally bringing some sense of closure to an event that sharply delineated communal fault lines in what was ostensibly the country’s most cosmopolitan city.Although the accused were initially calm, that veneer started to crumble as the court started naming each of them and the verdict against them. Riyaz Siddique, who was charged with arranging hollowed-out vehicles for transporting the bombs, was chanting verses quietly. Of the seven accused, five were held guilty under the stringent TADA Act, along with conspiracy charges; one was acquitted of conspiracy, while another was acquitted of all charges.Initially unable to express his feelings openly among his fellow accused, Qayoom Karim Shaikh was happy when he got a chance to speak to the reporters. “Aap ko chai pe bulaunga (I will invite you to tea),” he told a gaggle of mediapersons.While the other accused were upset, they maintained their composure, except Mustafa Dossa, who was clearly fuming with anger. When a DNA correspondent asked Dossa for his reaction, he snapped that he did not wish to talk.Siddique, free from the fear of the noose. Said he has trust in Allah, even though he was unhappy about the blot that remains on his name.The relatives of those acquitted were obviously a relieved lot. Qayoom’s brother lauded his brother’s acquittal, saying “It’s a good decision and we are happy with it. Our faith in our judiciary has been restored. We are preparing ourselves for his release.”Siddique’s son Fawad said “We are happy that, the court has acquitted him of one charge but we are hoping for the best, My father has already spent almost 12 years in jail. We shall appeal against the Sessions court’s decision before the Bombay High Court.”Meanwhile, the wife of Feroz Khan, who was also charged with conspiracy, said, “I am not able to understand anything. It is a really difficult situation for us, I have kept our children at home as I don’t want them to witness this. They would be shocked. However we will appeal against the orders.”Her husband, meanwhile, told DNA that the judgment was a mockery of justice.Mustafa Dossa’s son Shahnawaz was seen crying bitterly outside the court. “My life is finished. What will I do without Abbu?” he cried aloud.Following the family meet, which the court had permitted after passing its orders, all the family members were asked to leave the court, as all the accused had to be driven back to their jail cells. However after the accused left the court, Mustafa Dossa came running back as he had left his packet of cigarettes under the chair of the security guard posted at the door of the courtroom. How he got cigarettes inside the jail, of course, anyone’s guess.HIGH ON EMOTIONThe first of the accused, the ones who had been housed in the iconic Arthur Road Jail, arrived at 10.40 a.m., while a second group from Taloja Jail reached the court at 1130 am.
Justice Sanap, who has been hearing the case since 2011, started passing his order at about 12.20 p.m., bringing closure to an event that sharply delineated communal fault lines in the country’s most cosmopolitan city. TIMELINEMarch 12, 1993
A series of 12 explosions rock Mumbai resulting in 257 fatalities and injuries to 713 others.
March 14, 1993
The breakthrough in the investigation is achieved with the recovery of an RDX-laden Maruti van registered in the name of Tiger Memon’s sister-in-law.
April 19, 1993
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt (accused number 117) arrested.
November 4, 1993
Over 10,000 page-long primary charge sheet filed against 189 accused, including Dutt.
April 10, 1995
26 accused discharged by the TADA court. Charges framed against the remaining accused. Supreme Court discharges two more accused – travel agent Abu Asim Azmi (Samajwadi Party leader) and Amjed Meher Baux.
April 19, 1995
First leg of trial commences.
September 18, 2002
Abu Salem detained in Lisbon, Portugal.
November 11, 2005
Salem extradited to India.
December 9, 2005
Charges framed against Salem.
June 13, 2006
Abu Salem’s trial separated.
May 9, 2007
Court formally acquits 23 accused
July 18, 2007
First death penalties in the case for Parvez Nazir Shaikh, Mushtaq Tarani and Abdul Gani Turk pronounced
July 31, 2007
Epic trial ends. Justice PD Kode wraps up the 14 year long case. Dutt six years RI.
July 30, 2015
Yakub Memon is hanged. 24 years later, witnesses speak outCentury BazaarWitness: Girijashankar DubeyAge: 48Occupation: Taxi DriverI was half a kilometer away from the site of the blast. People were running helter-skelter and there was utter confusion. I was devastated, so much so that the sound still continues to linger in my mind. The verdict should have been given earlier, there was no point in dragging the case for two decades.Bombay Stock Exchange BuildingWitness: Vinod ZaveriAge: 75Occupation: Machinery TradingThe glass of the BSE building shattered and the sound was deafening. At first, I didn’t quite understand what had happened. The site of the dead bodies was traumatic. It comes as no surprise that the case had been dragged for so long.Witness: Shivdut DhuryaAge: 42Occupation: DriverI was young. A fatal injury would have altered the course of my life. Thankfully, I suffered only minor injuries. Others around me weren’t that lucky, some died and others were badly injuredZaveri BazaarWitness: Harshad RaiAge: 76Occupation: ShopkeeperJustice although delayed, has been served. I support of the court’s decision. We’ll pray for them to be hanged. Only then will we get closure.Witness: Praful MehtaAge: 71Occupation: ShopkeeperI was present during both terror attacks at Zaveri Bazaar. We had to rush people to GT and Saifee hospitals because the ambulance and the police had arrived 30 minutes late. Many lost their lives in the attack. So, justice was needed.Fisherman’s Colony, MahimWitness: Fakruddin ShaikhAge: 46Occupation: ShopkeeperA few of my near and dear ones were affected by the blasts. The city came to a standstill. I get chills when I think about the devastation the blasts had caused.Witness: Nandakumar KennyAge: 48Occupation: Railway TechnicianWithin a few hours, the city was brought to a halt. I was distraught, but time has been a great healer. The convicts should be hanged, because they have robbed families of their loved ones.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Goa court today barred the media from covering the trial of senior journalist Tarun Tejpal, who is facing charges of rape, a defence lawyer said. Tejpal, who is out on bail, today attended the court in Mapusa which is hearing arguments before the framing of charges, a stage before the start of trial. A woman journalist working with Tehelka magazine, of which Tejpal was editor-in-chief, had accused him of raping her during an event in Goa in 2013.Tejpal’s lawyers had filed an application under section 327 (3) of Criminal Procedure Code (which provides for in-camera trial of rape cases) seeking to bar the media from covering the trial.Judge Vijaya Pol today allowed the application. As a result, all reporters were asked to leave the courtroom. The media will not be allowed to cover the proceedings hereafter, said advocate Raju Gomes who is a part of Tejpal’s defence team. Arguments on framing of charges would continue tomorrow.Goa crime branch had filed charge sheet in the case in 2014. Tejpal, a high-profile journalist, has been charged under IPC sections 354-A (sexual harassment), 341 and 342 (wrongful restraint) and 376 (rape), among others.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twenty four years after 12 co-ordinated blasts rocked Mumbai on March 12, 1993, claiming 257 lives and injuring over 700, a special TADA court here today convicted six persons and acquitted one accused in the second leg of the trial in the case. Following is the chronology of events in the case in which the main trial ended in 2007. The trial of seven accused in the case was separated, out of which six were held guilty today. *March 12, 1993: A series of 12 explosions rock Mumbai resulting in 257 fatalities and injuries to 713 others. * April 19, 1993: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt (accused number 117) arrested. * November 4, 1993: Over 10,000 page-long primary charge sheet filed against 189 accused, including Dutt. * November 19, 1993: Case handed over to CBI. * April 10, 1995: 26 accused discharged by the TADA court. Charges framed against the remaining accused. Supreme Court discharges two more accused travel agent Abu Asim Azmi (Samajwadi Party leader) and Amjed Meher Baux. * April 19, 1995: First leg of trial commences. * June 30, 1995: Two accused, Mohammed Jameel and Usman Jhankanan, turn approvers in the case. * October 14, 1995: Dutt granted bail by SC. * October 2000: Examination of 684 prosecution witnesses (in first leg of trial) ends. * March 9-July 18, 2001: Accused record their statements. *August 9, 2001 to August 22, 2002: Prosecution and defence arguments take place. *September 18, 2002: Abu Salem detained in Lisbon, Portugal. *March 20, 2003: Accused Mustafa Dossa arrested by CBI at IGI Airport, New Delhi on his arrival from Dubai. * September 2003: Main trial ends. TADA court in Mumbai reserves judgement. *January 9, 2004: Charges framed against Dossa. *November 11, 2005: Salem extradited to India. * December 9, 2005: Charges framed against Salem. * June 13, 2006: Abu Salem s trial separated. * August 10, 2006: Judge P D Kode says judgement will be pronounced on September 12. * September 12, 2006: Court starts delivering the judgement, pronounces four members of the Memon family guilty, and acquits three. Later, 12 convicts were awarded death penalty while 20 were given life sentence. Other convicts were handed over different sentences. *February 2007: Main trial concludes. Second leg involving seven accused begins. *July 25, 2010: Salem attacked by Dossa inside Arthur Road jail. * November 1, 2011: Supreme Court begins hearing on appeals filed by 100 convicts as well as the state in the case. * August 29, 2012: Supreme Court reserves its order on the appeals. * March 16, 2013 : Sanjay Dutt surrenders before court after SC upholds conviction. * March 21, 2013: Supreme Court upholds death sentence of convict Yakub Memon, brother of Tiger Memon, and commutes death sentence of 10 convicts to life term. Life imprisonment of 16 out of 18 convicts also upheld. *June 28, 2013: Salem shot at in Taloja Central jail in Navi Mumbai allegedly by gangster Devendra Jagtap alias JD, an accused in the murder case of advocate Shahid Azmi, who had represented a 26/11 Mumbai attack accused. *August 13, 2013: TADA court drops certain charges againt Salem. *February 25, 2015: Salem sentenced to life imprisonment in connection with murder of city based builder Pradeep Jain. *July 30, 2015 Key conspirator and lone death row convict in the case, Yakub Memon hanged. *December 7, 2015 The court ends recording of the statement of the (seven) accused and starts hearing final arguments in the case. *February 25, 2016 Dutt released from Yerwada jail. *June 8, 2016 Court rejects plea of accused Firoz Abdul Rashid in which he said that he wants to become an approver. *March 2017 – Trial concludes and case reserved for judgement. *June 16, 2017- TADA court in Mumbai convicts six accused including Dossa and Salem in second leg of trial in the blasts case; acquits one.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Siddharth Luthra said that his client had been appearing in the case and that there was no need for the complainant’s presence while framing of charges in the case. Outside the court premises, Chaddha said he would file an FIR in connection with today’s incident while Ashutosh said that “if the proceedings in a case filed by the Union finance minister and the defence minister witnesses such a ruckus, it as a matter of serious concern”. On January 30, the court had dismissed Kejriwal’s plea seeking to be heard on the point of framing of notice.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday said the statements of the witnesses and the recovery of women’s undergarments showed that the gang-rape in Murthal during the Jat quota protests had taken place, reports the Times of India.The HC observed that the two witnesses, including a taxi driver, said that the women were dragged out of his cab. This showed that rapes had taken place, the HC said..The court stayed framing of charges in the rape case being heard in the trial court in Sonipat. It also asked the SIT to file an affidavit before the trial court to say that the charges were not dropped and the case was under investigation. The police had dropped the charges against the five held in the case as their DNA didn’t match the samples from the undergarments.The HC observation came after a senior advocate and amicus curiae in the case, Anupam Gupta, accused the SIT of being unprofessional and ‘working in lack of good faith’. He also said that the SIT was working as a defence and tried to drop the charges. Gupta said that the SIT would have closed the case had the trial court judge not told HC about dropping of the charges. He also asked the HC to give the case to the CBI. The CBI said that it was overburdened but will follow court orders.The lawyer for the state government said that the SIT was probing the case.
Mumbai: Former media baron Peter Mukerjea, arrested in the murder case of his step daughter Sheena Bora, told a special court on Wednesday that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was trying to malign his image.
Mukerjea’s lawyer Mihir Gheewala argued on framing of charges. Special judge for CBI cases, HS Mahajan, is likely to frame charges in the case — paving the way for a trial — on 17 January. Advocate Gheewala alleged that CBI wanted to malign Mukerjea’s image. Charges of attempt to murder, cheating, forgery, etc were not made out against Peter, he said.
The chargesheet said there was also an attempt to kill Sheena’s brother Mikhail, but Mukerjea was not in the country at the time and still he was implicated in conspiracy, he said. Mikhail himself had never said that Peter was involved in an attempt to kill him, the lawyer said. The CBI had not attributed any motive to Peter for this either, he said.
As for forgery, the witnesses did not claim that Mukerjea was aware of Sheena’s resignation letter (which Indrani allegedly forged after her murder), the lawyer said.
The CBI, India’s premier investigating agency, was pursuing an “agenda” to defame Peter Mukerjea, the lawyer alleged. Advocates Niranjan Mundergi and Shreyansh Mithare, appearing for the co-accused and Indrani’s former husband Sanjeev Khanna, said section 66A of the Information Technology Act had been quashed by the Supreme Court, but CBI still pressed
it. There was no material evidence to support allegations of murder and conspiracy, they said.
Indrani, Khanna and her former driver Shyamvar Rai allegedly strangled Sheena Bora (24), Indrani’s daughter from an earlier relationship, inside a car here in April 2012. Mukerjea is charged with being party to the conspiracy.
First Published On : Jan 4, 2017 21:27 IST