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Indian man jailed for three years on robbery charges in Singapore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 53-year-old Indian in Singapore has been jailed for over three years for robbing a compatriot jeweller of cash and valuables to the tune of $31,910, media reports said.Yelchur Sreenivas, 51, was robbed by Srinath Bari Ramdeo Bari and his two accomplices near Towner Road as he was returning home on May 25 last year.Srinath along with his two accomplices repeatedly hit Sreenivas with a wooden pole and robbed him of cash and valuables worth about 43,000 Singapore dollars (USD 31,910), The Straits Times reported.Srinath also pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to report for a urine test (for drug checks) and was given a six month jail term on each charge, the report said.A fourth charge of failing to report for his test was considered during his sentencing, it said In lieu of the mandatory 12 strokes of the cane, Srinath, who is above 50 and cannot be caned, was given an additional jail term of 20 weeks, the report said.District Judge Jasvender Kaur ordered the sentence for the robbery and one of the urine tests to run consecutively, making a total of four years and 20 weeks in jail, it said.She backdated his sentence to September 23 last year.The robbery’s mastermind Venkatachalapathy, 48, was sentenced to four years and three months’ jail and 12 strokes of the cane on November 2.The third accomplice, Hassan, 36, who goes by one name, has claimed trial.Deputy Public Prosecutor Zulhafni Zulkeflee said Venkatachalapathy knew the victim was involved in the jewellery business and roped in Srinath and Hassan for the robbery.Yelchur was carrying a haversack containing cash and jewellery samples while walking along Towner road at midnight when he felt somebody pulling it from behind.He turned around and saw Venkatachalapathy, who shoved him to the ground.Venkatachalapathy tried to snatch the haversack but failed. He then ran away.Yelchur was getting up when Srinath came from behind and struck his shoulder a few times with a pole. Just then, Venkatachalapathy came back, grabbed the haversack, and fled with Srinath.The bag had cash and valuables totalling 42,775 dollars.When Venkatachalapathy was arrested the next day, the police recovered cash and valuables amounting to 36,175 dollars. Srinath, arrested in August last year, could have been jailed for up to 14 years for robbery.For failing to report for a urine test, the maximum penalty is a 10,000 dollars fine and four years’ jail.

Press doesn’t have exclusive right to criticise anyone: Delhi Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Press does not have any exclusive right or special privilege to comment, criticise or make imputations or allegations which are sufficient to ruin a citizen’s reputation, a Delhi court has said.Further, journalists do not have greater freedom than others, it has said while reminding that the responsibility of the scribes was higher as they have power to disseminate information.The court’s order came as it restrained the managing editor of a magazine from publishing any libellous articles against a man who has alleged that he was defamed.It also directed the magazine editor and another person to pay Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively to the man as “symbolic damages”.”Further, journalists are in no better position than any other person. The press does not enjoy any exclusive rights under our Constitution, apart from those enjoyed by a citizen as a concomitant of the freedom of speech and rights against unlawful deprivation of life and liberty guaranteed under Articles 19 and 21 of the Constitution,” Additional District Judge Raj Kapoor said.The court said the press enjoys no special privileges to comment, criticise or even to investigate the facts of any case and rights of press persons are not higher than that of the common man.”In fact the responsibilities of a journalist are higher. The common man has limited means and reach in which he acts.”A journalist on the other hand has a wider reach and power to disseminate information and therefore such power has the potential to cause irreparable damage to a matter under enquiry in a court of law or in a given case has greater propensity to scandalise … the dignity, majesty or reputation of an individual or an institution,” it said.The man, a share broker and member of a housing society, had alleged that an article was published in the magazine in December 2007 to tarnish his image by using defamatory words.He said when he issued a legal notice to the defendants, instead of apologising, they again defamed him by writing defamatory words against him to government agencies.However, the founder and managing editor of the magazine claimed before the court that there was no defamatory article naming the man and that the magazine was not distributed among the business or connected circle of the man.The second defendant, the then president and a resident of the same housing society, alleged that the man was indulging in unlawful activities in the society and he had filed a civil suit for removal of unauthorized encroachment there.The court, however, said the two defendants had connived and published the articles in the magazine which were defamatory in nature and harmed the reputation of the man.

Dowry death: Three of family sentenced for 10 years in jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man and his parents have been sentenced to 10-year imprisonment by a Mathura court in a dowry death case. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 5000 each on the convicts, district counsel Neeraj Yadav said. Additional District Judge Mahendra Nath sentenced Braj Mohan and his parents Patiram and Induvati for the death of the woman. According to the prosecution, Prem Lata was married to Brij Mohan on April 20, 2016 and was constantly harassed for dowry.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court sentences man to 10 years imprisonment for raping girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district today sentenced a man to 10-years rigorous imprisonment after convicting him for raping a minor girl. Additional District Judge Mayurbhanj, Ajit Kumar Singh convicted Srikant Soren (23) under POCSO (The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act, 2012. The convicted person was sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment and a penalty of Rs 20,000 was imposed on him. On default in payment of the penalty, the convict shall undergo one more year of imprisonment, the court order said. Soren had raped a 13-year-old girl at Jolanda village under Barasahi police station limit on May 28, 2014. The girl was raped after she was forcibly taken to a paddy field by Soren. She was returning home after working at a manufacturing unit. Besides the victim, the court recorded the statement of 12 witnesses before pronouncing the judgement.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian convicted for using fake identity to obtain US citizenship

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Indian man, who was ordered deported, has been convicted for using fake identity to obtain American citizenship, an acting US attorney has said.Balbir Singh aka Ranjit Singh, 50, faces up to 10 years in federal prison, a maximum USD 250,000 possible fine, revocation of his citizenship and enforcement of his outstanding deportation order.According to Acting US Attorney, Abe Martinez, Balbir Singh had previously attempted to obtain asylum under false pretences. When that attempt failed, an immigration judge then ordered his deportation from the United States, thus making him ineligible to ever become a naturalized citizen.A resident of Houston, Singh, instead of leaving the country, changed his name, date of birth, the manner in which he entered the United States and his familial history so that he could obtain lawful immigration status, and later naturalization, based on a marriage to a United States citizen.In the process of obtaining the citizenship, he denied ever being ordered deported, seeking asylum or using a different identity.”In addition, Singh sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2013. In it, he complained about the anxiety and frustration he experienced in having to wait for an extended period at the airport every time he returned from an international trip due to discrepancies in his biometric information. He requested DHS clear these discrepancies,” the Justice Department said.After obtaining the citizenship, a fingerprint comparison established the man previously ordered deported from the United States (Balbir Singh) and the man who later became a naturalized citizen (Ranjit Singh) were one and the same.Accepting the plea, US District Judge, Ewing Werlein, set sentencing for October 13.

U.S. judge allows Twitter lawsuit over surveillance to move forward

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A U.S. judge ruled on Thursday that a lawsuit filed by Twitter Inc seeking the right to reveal the extent of U.S. government surveillance requests could move forward. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said in a written order that the U.S. government had failed to show the kind of “clear and present danger” that could possibly justify restrictions on the right of Twitter to talk about the requests it receives.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court acquits woman of charge of abetting husband’s suicide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman, accused of abetting the suicide of her husband who was found dead on a railway track nine years ago, has been acquitted by a Delhi court which said there was no evidence that she had provoked him to take the extreme step. Allegations that the Noida resident, who had been married to the man for 20 years and was his second wife, would beat him, threaten him and had made his life a living hell were not sufficient to hold her guilty of the offence of abetting his suicide, the court said. “It is nowhere in the evidence that the accused (woman) committed any act which was the proximate cause of the suicide by the deceased (man) nor the accused was, admittedly, present at the spot where the suicide was committed,” District Judge Rakesh Tiwari said while acquitting the Noida resident earlier this month. The case was lodged in 2008 on the complaint of the man’s son from his first wife. The woman, in turn, blamed the son for his suicide saying he wanted property. The body of the man, who was working as a superintendent in Custom and Central Excise Department, was found on a railway track in east Delhi’s Preet Vihar on April 3, 2008. The court also said that from the contents of the man’s suicide note and the complaint lodged by his son, it cannot be said that the woman had provoked him to commit suicide. There was no material on record to show that ingredients of offence of abetment stands proved. The man had married the woman after the death of his first wife and was living with her in Noida. The man’s son had alleged that the woman threatened and beat his father who was fed up of her cruel behaviour. He also said that she was having an affair with her landlord. When his father got to know about it, he left the house and started living with him in Mandawali area in east Delhi, the son alleged. In the suicide note purportedly written by the man, he had blamed the woman responsible for his suicide. During the trial, the woman had denied the allegations levelled against her. She claimed that her husband had been living with her for 20 years and there were no problems ther than minor altercations. She also said her husband’s son had insisted that he stay with his family for few days. Thereafter, the man executed a will in his son’s favour, giving him the entire property and other benefits. There were frequent fights between father and son, she alleged. He wanted to change his will and it was the complainant who made the victim take the extreme step of ending his life.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Saket Distt Judge asks court staffers to be punctual at work

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The District Judge at Saket court has asked staffers to report at sharp 10 am everyday and remain present either up to 5 pm or till the time proceedings are on, a directive which comes close on the heels of a woman stenographer creating a scene and leaving proceedings midway. The circular of the district and sessions judge of Saket Courts on May 31 comes in the backdrop of a peculiar incident, when the stenographer walked out to catch her cab when the special court at Tis Hazari was recording evidence through live video-conferencing. In a stern message, the district judge has asked court staffers to remain present at 10 am sharp and not leave court premises before 5 pm or till the presiding officer is present, whichever is later. In a circular, District Judge (south east district) Girish Kathpalia issued certain instructions, on account of shortage of court staff and ordered its strict compliance. The failure to comply with directions would be treated as “deliberate dereliction of duties” and shall entail strict disciplinary action, it said. The incident at Tis Hazari courts had prompted the judge, to refer the incident to the district and sessions judge for action against the stenographer. The Saket court’s district judge made it clear that the staff has to mandatorily carry identity cards daily and shall be present in the court at sharp 10 am without failure. “No staff official shall leave the court premises before 5 pm or till the presiding officer of the court is present, whichever is later. However, subject to permission of the presiding officer, lady officials may leave office at 5 pm,” the circular said. It said that any staff official intending to be on leave on a particular day shall give written intimation latest by 10:15 am, failing which he or she shall be treated as “absent unauthorisedly”. In courts where two stenographers are posted, only one would be permitted to take leave at a time so that judicial work does not suffer, it said. Further, the circular said that in courts where there is only one stenographer and is on leave, the assistant ahlmad (record keeper) shall substitute him as stenographer. In case, where no assistant stenographer has been posted or is on leave, the ahlmad shall work as full time stenographer. Having faced the perplexing situation, the Tis Hazari court judge had described the scene created by the stenographer as a “very sorry state of affairs” and said she had “hijacked” the live video conference proceedings in the presence of several lawyers, giving a “very shabby impression” to the public at large present there. The presiding officer had termed the stenographer’s act as a “gross misconduct” amounting to dereliction of duty, and said it also led to undermining the authority of the court and disrespect to the chair. The judge, while warning the staff of initiating contempt action, had referred the matter to the District and Sessions Judge (Headquarters), the head of lower judiciary, for taking appropriate action against the “delinquent” staff.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ex-UP min R K Arya gets life sentence in 23-yr-old murder case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Uttar Pradesh minister Ram Karan Arya was today awarded life sentence by a local court in connection with a 23-year-old murder case. District Judge Anil Kumar Pundeer also imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on him. Arya, who was minister in the Akhilesh Yadav government, was awarded life sentence for killing Shambhu Pal, nephew of BJP MP from Domariyaganj Jagdambika Pal in November 1993 in Bharwalia village in Lalganj area here. An FIR in this regard was registered against 10 persons including Arya. One person died during trial while the court set the eight others free while awarding lifer to Arya.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Alleged ISIS operatives say they are remorseful, plead guilty

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons accused of criminal conspiracy to raise funds for the ISIS and recruiting people for the terror outfit today approached a special court pleading guilty, saying they are remorseful and want to join the mainstream. The accused – Azhar-ul-Islam (24) from Jammu and Kashmir and Mohammed Farhan Shaikh (25) from Maharashtra did the U-turn more than a month after the court had framed charges against them. District Judge Amar Nath issued notice to the NIA and sought a reply by April 10. The application moved through advocate M S Khan said that the “accused are remorseful of the acts alleged against them. There is no prior criminal record against them and they want to join the mainstream and want to be productive for the society and want to rehabilitate themselves”. “The applicants are pleading guilty without any pressure, threat, coercion or undue influence,” the plea said. The court had last month framed charges against both the accused and 36-year-old Adnan Hassan for allegedly hatching a criminal conspiracy to raise funds for the ISIS and recruiting people for the terror outfit.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MP train blast: Three accused get ATS custody till Mar 23

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A local court today remanded in police custody three accused arrested in connection with the Bhopal-Ujjain train bomb explosion case, till March 23. Additional District Judge (ADJ) Girish Dixit sent the three accused from Uttar Pradesh– Mohammad Danish (27) and Mohammad Atif Muzaffar (22) both from Kanpur, and Sayyed Meer Husain (19) from Kannauj district– in police custody till March 23 after the state Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) sought their remand for questioning. The trio was yesterday arrested from MP’s Hoshangabad district in connection with the train bomb blast. The ATS prayed that it needed to grill the accused as according to initial investigation, they were linked to terror outfit ISIS and SIMI. The ATS told the court that the trio needed to be questioned “in order to reach to the bottom of their network for dismantling it for good”. It also told the court that it needed to question the trio to know whether they were involved in acts of violence in the past and also want to get information about their further plans. The ATS said that it has to gather evidence connected to commissioning of the act. At least 10 people were injured, three of them seriously, in the IED blast in the train near Jabri station in Shajapur district of Madhya Pradesh yesterday.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian gets 15 years for plotting terror attacks in India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Indian citizen has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiring to support terrorist attacks in India, including assassination of an Indian government official, as part of the Khalistan movement to create an independent Sikh state. 42-year-old Balwinder Singh was sentenced yesterday by US District Judge Larry Hicks in Reno to 180 months in prison for conspiracy to provide material support and resources to terrorists for the movement to create the independent Sikh state, US Attorney Daniel Bogden for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Aaron C Rouse for the FBI’s Las Vegas Division said. Bogden said, Singh, a Reno resident, was a member of two terrorist groups and provided material support to “intimidate” the Indian government and to harm persons who were not supporting the terrorism groups’ cause. “This case is an example of multi-law enforcement agencies working collaboratively together to protect the United States and our foreign allies from a terrorist act,” Bogden added. Singh, who also went by the alias Jhaji and Baljit Singh is a citizen of India and a permanent US resident. He had pleaded guilty in November last year. According to court documents, between September and December 2013, Singh conspired with others to support terrorist attacks in India as part of the Khalistan movement to create an independent Sikh state in the Punjab region. Singh agreed to provide “material support” by helping facilitate a co-conspirator’s travel to and within South Asia; to provide necessary funding; and to provide materials necessary to carry out the attack. On occasions, Singh travelled from Reno to California to meet a co-conspirator in person. In October 2013, Singh and his co-conspirators agreed that one of them would travel to India and carry out a terror attack likely an assassination or maiming of an Indian governmental official. The final target was to be determined after the co-conspirator arrived in South Asia. In November 2013, Singh purchased two sets of night vision goggles and a laptop computer and provided these items to a co-conspirator who was going to carry out the planned terror attack. The co-conspirator attempted to board a flight from the San Francisco International Airport to Bangkok in December 2013 in order to carry out the terror attack but US law enforcement prevented the co-conspirator from boarding that flight, thwarting the planned terror attack. After these events, Singh and his co-conspirators continued to discuss and plan the terror attack in India until Singh’s arrest in December 2013.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court frames charges against 3 alleged ISIS operatives

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special court today framed charges against three persons for allegedly hatching a criminal conspiracy to raise funds for the ISIS and recruiting people for the terror outfit. District Judge Amar Nath put on trial Sheikh Azhar-ul- Islam (24), Adnan Hassan (36) and Mohammed Farhan Shaikh (25), for alleged offences of criminal conspiracy (section 120B of IPC) and under provisions of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The court listed the matter further hearing on March 29. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had registered a case against the three accused on January 28 last year. They were arrested the next day on arrival here from Abu Dhabi. According to the probe agency, Hassan and Shaikh had been frequently visiting the UAE in connection with job since 2008 and 2012 respectively, while Islam had gone to join them in the UAE in July, 2015. Hassan was earlier allegedly affiliated to the Indian Mujahideen and later got inclined towards ISIS, it alleged. The charge sheet filed by NIA had claimed that the accused persons, in connivance with other known and unknown associates, had hatched a criminal conspiracy to propagate ideology, recruit persons, raise funds and facilitate the travel of the recruited persons to Syria to join the ISIS and further its activities. (More)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Enthusiasm among voters on polling day in Uttarakhand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The election day in Uttarakhand saw people from all walks of life coming to perform their duty as voters. The fervour was such that by 11 AM Nainital witnessed 23 per cent polling, Kaladhungi 16.82, Haldwani 17, Bhimtal 9, Lalkuan 26 and Ramnagar 24 per cent respectively. Prominent among those who voted in the early hours were, Justice High Court S K Gupta, SSP Janmejay Khanduri, DM Deepak Rawat, District Judge Kumkum Rani, contestant and MLA Sarita Arya, Hem Arya. The voters seemed to be in high spirits, reaching the polling stations with much enthusiasm. While Umesh Pande carried his old father on his shoulders to reach the polling station at Jeolikote, another man carried 92-year-old Lal Singh to the station. 96-year-old Pan Singh came to caste his vote walking with a stick. While first-time voter Kavita reached the booth with her grandmother, Bhawna Bhatt Tiwari of Haldwani caste her vote with her husband immediately after her ‘vidai’ ceremony.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA evidence exonerates dog from death sentence in US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A gentle service dog, facing euthanisation after being declared a “dangerous animal” for killing a Pomeranian, has walked free from an animal control centre in the US after a DNA test acquitted him. Jeb, a two-year-old Belgian Malinois, was the service dog for Kenneth Job, 79, an Air Force veteran with neurodegenerative disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth who uses Jed to help him stand and walk. But Jeb’s owners, Penny and Job, of St Clair, Michigan, knew there was no way their much-loved dog was a murderer, and were determined to have him exonerated. So the family used a forensic technique often used for human defendants to save their dog from death row, CNN reported. According to court testimony, on the morning of August 24, the Jobs’ neighbour, Christopher Sawa, saw Jeb standing over the lifeless body of his Pomeranian dog, Vlad. Sawa tried to give Vlad mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but it was too late. Sawa called animal control and blamed Jeb. Animal control took the big dog into custody. District Judge Michael Hulewicz ruled in September that Jeb was a “dangerous dog” and ordered him to be euthanized. On September 19, the judge said Jeb met the legal definition of a dangerous animal, ruling that the dog should be “destroyed.” That was when the Job family asked to have testing done to see whether Jeb’s DNA matched the DNA in Vlad’s wound. In a stroke of good luck for Jeb, it came out that Vlad’s body was still kept in a freezer by the grieving Sawa family. The Jobs family then arranged to have swabs taken from Vlad’s wound and the inside of Jeb’s cheek. On October 24, exactly two months after Jeb was taken into custody, AnnMarie Clark, a forensic DNA analyst at the Maples Center for Forensic Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine, sent in her findings: The DNA in the wound did not match Jeb’s DNA. “Jeb is not the dog that killed (Vlad),” Clark wrote. “We were relieved. We were absolutely relieved,” said Penny, Ken’s wife. Jeb was allowed to go home the week after the DNA results came in. Jobs say Jeb came home a very different dog. They say that during his nine weeks in animal control, he went from 41 to 34 kilogrammes, and he became scared and skittish. Meanwhile, Vlad’s real killer is still on the loose, officials in Michigan were quoted as saying by local media.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Post-Godhra riots case: 28 accused acquitted by Kalol court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All 28 accused in a post-Godhra riots case have been acquitted by a Gandhinagar court which cited lack of substantial evidence against them. Those who have been acquitted by the court include present chairman of the Kalol Nagrik Sahkari Bank, Govind Patel. All the accused were already on bail since long. The 28 persons were accused of arson, rioting and damaging property of minority community at Paliyad village in Kalol taluka of Gandhinagar district on February 28, 2002, a day after the train burning incident at Godhra railway station. Apart from damaging property, they were also accused of damaging some portion of a dargah in Paliyad during an attack by a mob of around 250 locals of that village, including the 28 accused named by police in their FIR. While pronouncing the judgement on January 31, Additional District Judge in Kalol, B D Patel, noted that not enough evidence against the accused is available as all the the witnesses turned hostile by claiming that they were unable to identify the accused, who were part of a mob. In addition, these witnesses told the court that they are not having any grudge against anyone at present as they have already struck a compromise with the accused. During the previous arguments, defence lawyer Bhavesh Raval informed the court that the accused have already paid for the damages incurred by the minority community under the compromise formula to establish harmony. About 58 persons lost their lives when the S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express was torched at Godhra Railway Station on February 27, 2002. The incident had triggered large scale riots in Gujarat in which around 1,000 people, mostly of minority community, were killed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Singapore court sentences Saudi diplomat for molestation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Singapore court today sentenced a Saudi Arabian diplomat to 26 months and one week in jail and four strokes of cane for twice molesting a young hotel intern and using criminal force on her. Bander Yahya A Alzahran, a father of three, was on a holiday here with his family when the offences were committed at a hotel on the Sentosa resort island in August last year. The 39-year-old, who is attached to the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Beijing, is appealing against his conviction and sentence, The Straits Times reported. Alzahran was found guilty on Wednesday after an eight-day trial of kissing the 20-year-old on her neck and hugging her while wrongfully restraining her inside the hotel room. He was also found guilty of kissing the victim’s neck a second time, touching her improperly and forcing her to touch him in return. District Judge Lee Poh Choo had found him “unusually convincing”. She rejected the defence assertion that the whole incident was a set-up and that the victim conspired with other staff to level false allegations against Alzahrani to extort money from him. The victim had been reluctant to divulge anything as she was “confused” and did not know what to do. She had said to a colleague, who had noticed the victim’s distress and unusual behaviour, that the guest had told her this was a “top secret” between them. Cajoled for hours by her colleagues, the victim eventually told and demonstrated her version of events to various persons, including the front office manager and a security executive, at different times that day. The maximum penalty for aggravated molestation is between two and 10 years in addition to caning on each charge. For using criminal force, the maximum penalty is three months’ jail and a Singapore dollar 1,500 fine.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court directs lawyers not to put up posters ahead of Bar polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lawyers, who are contesting the upcoming Bar polls in Karkardooma Court here, have been asked not to put up any poster or banner in the court complex and advocates chamber blocks, failing which they would be liable to be disqualified. The direction was issued by Additional District Judge Anurag Sain, who is also the chairman of the election committee of the Shahdara Bar Association, in pursuance to the Delhi High Court’s January 11 order which had expressed disapproval over lawyers putting up posters and defacing courts complex building walls prior to Bar election. “It is brought to the notice of all the contestants to the governing body of the Shahdara Bar Association that they shall refrain themselves from putting up/pasting any poster, banner or canvasing material on staircases, lifts, corridors, main court building, chamber blocks…all walls in court complex and pheriphery wall and defacing building of court complex in any manner whatsoever after February 5. Any material already pasted be removed by February 5,” the notice said. It said that if the contestants themselves or their supporters violate these directions, the contestant concerned shall be deemed to be disqualified from contesting forthcoming election of governing body of the Shahdara Bar Association which is scheduled to be held on March 18. Advocate Manish Bhadauria said, “As per provision of the Advocates Act, no lawyer should advertise about himself at any point of time including Bar election. Those who do are liable for contempt and disqualification.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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