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Kamala Mills Fire: As 1 Above’s owners go into hiding, police to issue LOC

NM Joshi police are on the lookout for three partners of pub 1 Above after they allegedly went into hiding following a massive fire that broke out in their premises in the wee hours of Friday. The police are trying to gather CCTV footage of 1 Above and adjacent Mojo’s Bistro to get more clues as to how the fire occurred. The police had also initiated process of issuing Lookout Circular against those named in the First Information Report (FIR).According to the police, around 12.27 am, fire occurred at 1 Above and soon spread to the adjacent’s Mojo’s Bistro. “We have booked Byculla residents Kripesh Sanghvi, Jigar Sanghvi and Abhijeet Mankar who are owners and partners in Sigrid Ospitalita and Entertainment LLP that runs 1 Above in the said case, among others,” said Senior Police Inspector Ahmad Pathan of NM Joshi Marg Police Station.In their FIR, the police had alleged that C-Grade Hospitality and Entertainment LLP, 1 Above establishment’s manager and other staffers had not taken required fire safety measures for its patrons which led to the mishap.“The accused persons had knowingly and negligently put up obstacles at the emergency exit door of the establishment due to which the patrons who had visited the premises had suffered injuries in the fire, while some of them even succumbed. The accused persons did not provided any help to the patrons and fled from the spot,” the FIR notes.“We have recorded statement of at least 20 witnesses and as per them the fire started from 1 Above and spread ahead. As of now we have not been able to establish contact with any of the owners and staffer from 1 Above. We have put their mobile numbers on surveillance and are in the process of issuing Lookout Circular against them. Late on Friday evening, we had questioned some of the family members of the accuse persons to inquire about their whereabouts,” said a senior police officer, privy to the investigation.Separately, it has emerged that noted singer Shankar Mahadevan’s son Siddharth and former Director General of Police KK Pathak’s son Yug had invested in Mojo’s Bistro.IPC applied304 – Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder 337 – Causing hurt by endangering life or safety of others 34 – Common intention

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CBI files graft case in phone interception system purchase

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a corruption case in the procurement of phone interception systems worth Rs 41 crore from a German firm for investigation agencies of the country. The procurements were made by Electronic Corporation of India Limited (ECIL).The agency has now registered a corruption case against five former senior officials of ECIL; the German firm and an ex-army middleman.According to an FIR, the ECIL procured 12 interception and monitoring systems for GSM phones from a German company — ELD Industries — for Rs 41 crore between 2004 and 2010. The vigilance officer of ECIL found some irregularities in the deal and an inquiry was initiated.”Vigilance inquiry inputs also led to the issue of genuineness of the existence of ELD Industries in Germany. Further, the said CVO, prima facie, suspected commission of criminal fraud, forgery, cheating etc,” the FIR stated.Based on the report, the CBI conducted a preliminary inquiry and finally, registered a case on Wednesday. The inquiry stated that forged documents were used to purchase GSM interception and monitoring system from an unqualified supplier instead of original equipment manufacturer.The chargesThe ECIL procured 12 interception and monitoring systems for GSM phones from ELD Industries — for Rs 41 crore between 2004-10

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Torchlight surgeries: UP govt files FIR against erring surgeon and NGO

AN FIR has been lodged against Additional Chief Medical Officer (ACMO) Auraiyya district K.K. Srivastava who conducted the shocking cataract surgeries on 32 patients under torchlights at the Community Health Centre (CHC) Nawabganj in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh.On the direction of the Yogi Adityanath government, Atul Mishra, a senior officer of the health department, has lodged an FIR against Dr K.K. Srivastava and others and also against the NGO on whose behalf these surgeries were conducted free of cost at the Nawabganj police station in Unnao on Wednesday. Dr Srivastava is yet to be arrested.Preliminary enquiry revealed that Dr Srivastava used the name of Dr Nutan Saxena to conduct cataract operations on behalf of her wife NGO’s Jai Jagdamba Sewa Samiti free of cost. Who allowed Dr Srivastava to perform these surgeries and who were the other two surgeons assisted him during operations under torchlights is being investigated.Also readUnnao: Cataract surgery on 32 patients done under torchlight; CMO suspendedAfter the gross medical negligence, the Health Minister Dr Siddharth Nath Singh had suspended the Nawabganj CHC Incharge Dr Dinesh Dass and shunted the Unnao CMO Dr Rajendra Prasad.A two-member committee, comprising Joint Magistrate Manish Bansal and ACMO Unnao Dr R.K. Gautam, has been formed by the Yogi Adityanath government to probe the incident and recommend action against those responsible for the medical negligence.Dr Srivastava along with two other surgeons performed cataract operations on 32 patients on Monday under torchlights when there was no light at the CHC Nawabganj. After the surgeries, patients were forced to lie down on floors in chilling cold.Ironically, the five-bed CHC Nawabganj is not equipped with the eye surgeries and there were no availability of intraocular lenses (OPL) at the CHC. The CHC has a generator but it was inoperative. Many of them had complained of severe itching and burning sensation in their eyes. They were provided no antibiotics, eye drops or other medicines either after the surgery by the NGO. The District Magistrate Unnao Ravi Kumar had rushed a team of doctors from Unnao to Nawabganj to attend them. A few were later shifted to Unnao and Kanpur district hospitals for further check up.

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Cops register FIRs against fringe group protesting inter-faith marriage

The Ghaziabad police have registered two First Information Reports (FIRs) against right-wing leaders, including Bharatiya Janata Party city president Ajay Sharma, for creating a ruckus at an inter-religious wedding reception venue in Kavi Nagar on Saturday.Accrording to police, the first FIR has been registered against 60 unknown people after the bride’s father gave a written complaint alleging that a mob tried to enter his house forcibly and interrupt the function going on at his home on Friday evening.”In the complaint, the father of the bride stated that his family now fears for their safety in the wake of the incident. The second complaint has been lodged by the police on their own in which 13 named and 100 unknown people have been made accused. We are investigating the matter,”said HN Singh, Senior Superintendent Of Police, Ghaziabad.Singh assured the protesters that he would write to the district magistrate for a magisterial inquiry. “The bride and the groom are adults and have a right to marry whoever they want. If needed, an FIR or other legal action will only be taken after the inquiry is completed,” he said.According to the bride’s father, he had called the groom’s family and relatives for a small reception after the marriage. But there have been protests outside his house since Friday morning.”Due to the entire scene, my guests were fearful, and we asked them to leave because of safety issues. I had been getting calls from several people who wanted us to call the marriage off for past two days,”said the bride’s father.The father added that the marriage was performed under the provisions of the Special Marriage Act on Friday and the bride and the groom signed the documents at the court. “There is no pressure whatsoever on my daughter to convert,”he saidOn Friday afternoon, hundreds of protesters, including those from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and right-wing organisations, protested outside the home calling the marriage an “anti-national act and a case of love jihad.”Protesters, led by BJP’s city unit, raised slogans and tried to barge inside the house but were stopped by the police who had to lathi-charge them to maintain order.WEDDING PROTESTEDAccording to the bride’s father, he had called the groom’s family and relatives for a small reception after the marriage. But there have been protests outside his house since Friday.

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CBI files graft charges against NBCC chief

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday filed corruption charges against NBCC (India) Ltd chairman and managing director Anoop Kumar Mittal, among others, and arrested a public servant Pradeep Kumar Mishra and one Akashdeep Chauhan in connection with a deal for a sub-contract for re-development of Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.The FIR was lodged on December 22, 2017 against the NBCC CMD on a day when a foundation stone was laid on the redevelopment project of ITPO, Pragati Maidan by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.Mishra and Chauhan, who works for Mumbai-based Capacite Structures’ MD Sanjay Kulkarni, were sent to 4-day police custody by a special CBI court on Saturday.Mishra, a government official, allegedly demanded a Royal Enfield from Capacite Structures for facilitating an introduction to Mittal for a sub-contract in the multi-crore project.The CBI also carried out searches in Ghaziabad, Delhi and Mumbai; however, Mittal’s home and office premises were not searchedThe agency arrested Mishra while he was allegedly receiving the promised bike as illegal gratification from Chauhan, CBI sources said.Kulkarni allegedly approached a middleman, Rishabh Agrawal, for getting the sub-contract. Agrawal is then said to have approached Mishra, who assured him the sub-contract would go to Capacite if he was given a new Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle.The contract was related to the re-development project of ITPO Complex at Pragati Maidan. The agency has alleged that a contract was awarded to Shapoorji Pallonji and Co (p) Ltd- Shapoorji Pallonji Qatar WLL (JV) – for Rs 2149.93 crore by NBCC and that one Mumbai-based Capacite Structures was trying to get that work from Shapoorji Pallonji on a sub-contract basis.”Under the influence of Mishra, Anoop Kumar Mittal, CMD, NBCC (India) Ltd. strongly directed Rakesh Gupta, Executive Director, NBCC (India) Ltd. to settle this matter in favour of M/s Capacite Structures Limited. In furtherance to the above-said conspiracy, a meeting was held on December 15, 2017, between Kulkarni, representative of M/s Shapoorji Pallonji including Sh. Sanjay Kharkhanis and some senior level officers of NBCC including Gupta. After this meeting, Mittal assured Kulkarni and Mishra about getting the work from Shapoorji Pallonji to the company of Kulkarni,” the FIR alleged.”Mittal further assured Mishra and Kulkarni that if the work was not given to /s Capacite Structures Limited, he would ensure that it would not be given to anyone else,” the FIR read.The CBI has registered a case under 120-B IPC and Section 9 & 10 of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 against Mishra, Mittal, Kulkarni, Agrawal, Chouhan and other unknown public servants and private persons.

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2 held for Robert Vadra-linked Bikaner land scam case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) took into custody two persons, one of them with connections to Skylight Hospitality, a company linked to Congress leader Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, in the Bikaner 374 hectare land scam case on Friday. The two persons — Jaiprakash Bagarwa and Ashok Kumar — were arrested from Kolayat in Bikaner late on Thursday under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The land scam case was registered in 2015. Confirming the arrests, sources in the ED said Ashok Kumar is a close associate of Mahesh Nagar the authorised representative of Skylight Hospitality that purchased 69.55 hectares of land for Rs 72 lakh.It then sold it for Rs 5.15 crore to Allegeny Finlease, earning massive profits. Bagarwa and Kumar allegedly knew about the fraudulent nature of the land deals. Kumar is also an accused in cases filed by the Rajasthan government.The duo were first taken to the PMLA court where the judge was absent and hence were further referred to a special court.The ED told the court that the two had not been cooperating with the investigators despite being served with several notices. It sought a 10-day remand, but the court granted them eight days’ custody, till December 30.The ED also told the court that the two have the power of attorney of many lands whose ownership is being investigated. Many lands have been transferred several times to many fictitious persons. Many people who have supposedly bought the lands do not have the financial status to do so, the agency informed the court.It also said that in many cases, money had been transferred many months and, in some cases, several years before the transfer of titles.In 2015, the ED registered a case under the PMLA after taking cognizance of an FIR lodged by a local tehsildar on alleged forgery. The agency also attached assets worth Rs 1.18 crore belonging to government employees.The ED had issued notices to the firm associated with Vadra, but had not mentioned Vadra or any company associated with him in the FIR.The Rajasthan government had in January 2015 cancelled the mutation (transfer of land) of 374.44 hectares of land, after the revenue department claimed to have found fraudulent allotments in the name of illegal persons.The case filed by the Rajasthan government relates to the land across 34 villages of Bikaner that was to be given to persons whose land was acquired for the expansion of Army’s firing range. Instead of the beneficiaries, the land was grabbed by illegal persons through forged documents. This was then purchased by firms linked to Vadra and later sold at huge profit.

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Journalist files sexual harassment case against former colleague

A female scribe has filed a complaint in MRA Marg police station on Monday against her former senior colleague for alleged sexually harassment at her workplace.According to the police, the woman was working with a daily Marathi newspaper as a scribe, where her colleague allegedly sexually harassed her. The police added that this is the second FIR against the accused, and the said incident was committed four years ago. The woman had immediately left the job but did not have the courage to file the case.”We have registered a case and our probe is on to ascertain the exact facts.We are now gathering facts to verify the claims made by the victim,” said a senior police officer from MRA Marg Police Station.Vishal Saxena, lawyer of the victim said,”The woman had recently read the news about the sexual harassment case by the accused following which she shared her ordeal with her family. The family then helped her to gather courage and file a complaint against the accused,”A case has been registered under sections 354(outraging modesty of woman), 354(a)(sexual harassment), 354(d)(stalking) of the Indian Penal Code(IPC).

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FIR registered against Hardik Patel for holding roadshow in Gujarat without permission

An FIR was registered on Wednesday against Patidar quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel and around 50 of his supporters for holding a roadshow on the city outskirts on December 11 without permission, police said.The Ahmedabad Police registered the case in connection with the roadshow held in Bopal area.”Hardik, who heads the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), and his supporters were booked under IPC section 188 for disobeying the police order,” Bopal Police Inspector I H Gohil said.Hardik and his supporters, who were on their bikes, had organised a roadshow on December 11, despite being denied permission by the district authorities, he said.”Today, we have lodged an FIR against him and 50 other bikers for disobeying the police notification,” Gohil said.This is the first FIR against Hardik after the state Assembly elections.Three days before the second phase of Gujarat Assembly polls, the rally-cum-roadshow on motorcycles and cars was organised, which started from Bopal and culminated at Nikol area on the other end of the city, covering a distance of around 15 km.While Bopal area falls under the jurisdiction of rural police, Nikol area is under the city police limits.After the roadshow, Police Commissioner A K Singh had expressed displeasure over Patel’s move and said that legal action would be taken for holding the event without permission.Singh had denied permission to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to hold roadshows in the city during the campaign which the leaders of the two parties had obeyed.

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No one wants to join a probe, independent witnesses are rare commodity: Court

Independent witnesses are a rare commodity as no one wants to join a probe, fearing the inconvenience they will suffer in attending the hearings, a Delhi court has observed.The court’s observation came while quashing an order, acquitting a couple found possessing illicit liquor in 2014.Additional Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jain directed the magisterial court, which had acquitted the couple on October 17 this year, to hear the matter afresh by allowing the prosecution to examine all the vital witnesses.The sessions court also noted that the trial court had acquitted the couple of the offences under the Delhi Excise Act as no independent witness was examined during the trial.”It is not the case that no effort was made to join the public persons at the time of the raid. The possibility and availability of a public witness for joining the investigation is a fanciful myth like the meeting of the sky at the horizon.The near you go, the far it becomes and the ultimate meeting point never reaches.”A public witness nowadays has become a rare commodity.No one is ready to join the police investigation either because of the fear of the accused or because of the inconvenience to be suffered in attending the courts,” the judge observed.The court noted that the order of acquittal was passed solely on the basis of the testimony of a police constable, without giving an opportunity to the prosecution to examine all the important witnesses.”The trial court should have given a sufficient opportunity to the prosecution to examine the witnesses and recorded the findings on merits,” it said.According to the prosecution, the accused couple — Seema and Ravi — were on September 17, 2014 found in possession of 12 plastic bags containing illicit liquor, which were kept in a car for sale without any permit or licence near the BRT corridor in south Delhi.The car belonged to Seema.An FIR was lodged and after the completion of the probe, the chargesheet was filed against the couple under the relevant provisions of the Delhi Excise Act.During the trial, the accused had denied the allegations and claimed that they were falsely implicated in the case.The trial court had acquitted them on the grounds of absence of independent witnesses and chances of fabrication of the case property — the liquor bottles.

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Man dies in crossfire, protests rock Valley

Massive protests rocked Kupwara in north Kashmir on Sunday after a 28-year-old taxi driver was shot dead at the Thandipora village of Kralpora in the border district on Saturday night.While family and locals accused the Army troops of killing Asif Iqbal Bhat, the Army spokesperson maintained that he was killed in crossfire. The police have filed an FIR ans the J&K government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident, in an apparent bid to calm the tempers.Meanwhile, Sajid Iqbal, brother of the slain taxi driver, said: “A passenger called us, requesting Asif to pick him up from the Batpora Road. Then my brother said he was leaving. I was in my room when I heard the gunshots. In a minute, my parents and sisters rushed to my room and said Asif has been killed. We went out to figure out who fired the shots but somebody fired at us as well.”According to the police, Asif got seriously injured after being hit by a bullet at Thandipora.”He was shifted to the sub-district hospital in Kralpora for treatment, from where he was referred to the Srinagar hospital for better treatment, but he succumbed to his injuries,” a police spokesman said.Senior superintendent of police, Kupwara, Shamsheer Hussain said it was an unfortunate incident and they have set up inquiry commission to investigate the circumstances in which the firing took place. “We will go to the bottom of this case. Locals are alleging that an Army party opened fire. Nobody is above law. We will investigate it thoroughly,” he said.When queried, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar, said the Army had placed ambushes in the Thandipora village to maintain surveillance over the area after receiving information about the presence of terrorists there on Saturday night.”At 10.55 pm, an ambush party observed suspicious movement of three persons near the Nallah in Thandipora village. The individuals were challenged by the troops but they did not respond. Thereafter, the terrorists opened fire at the ambush party, which was returned. In the crossfire, Asif Iqbal Bhat was killed due to a gunshot wound. It has been learnt that he was a Sumo taxi driver. Investigation is in progress,” Colonel Kalia said.Massive protests then rocked the village, with hundreds of people taking to the streets, raising pro-freedom slogans, blocking the roads, and clashing with the police. Sensing trouble, Kuopwara district commissioner Khalid Jahangir ordered a magisterial inquiry and asked the inquiry officer to submit a report within three weeks.Expressing grief over the incident, J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti directed the district administration to speed up the probe and punish the culprits. The main Opposition, National Conference, too, condemned the killing and demanded a thorough investigation into the incident. “The FIR registered by the police must be taken to its logical conclusion. Being killed in a crossfire can’t be a justification for Asif Iqbal’s death,” tweeted Omar Abdullah, former J&K CM.Separatists also jumped on to the bandwagon to lash out against the government. While addressing the mourners over phone, Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani used the occasion to call for an election boycott.WHAT HAPPENEDAsif Iqbal Bhat was shot dead at Thandipora village of Kralpora on Saturday night. The victim’s family and locals accused the Army troops of killing him.

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PMLA case: Enforcement Directorate attaches properties worth Rs 245 cr

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached properties worth Rs 244.89 crore of Balasore Alloys Ltd in lieu of the proportionate share of Pramod Kumar Mittal and Global Steel Holding Ltd (GSHL) in the company in a money laundering case related to defrauding State Trading Corporation (STC).Earlier on the basis of an FIR registered by CBI, STC had agreed to finance GHSL without checking the financial health of the company when it sought financing facility. GSHL availed the financing facility for purchase of raw material for their Philippine-based steel plants on cash and carry basis.”As per the agreement, raw material had to be lifted only upon payments to STC whereas raw material was supplied despite payments not being made. Thus GSHPL was favoured by violating RBI guidelines and STC exposed itself to financial risk,” the ED said in a statement.The total default mounted up to Rs 2,112 crore.An FIR was accordingly registered in March this year and thereafter a case of money laundering was registered in ED against Pramod Kumar Mittal, Global Steel Holdings Limited and STC officials.Following preliminary investigations 87,47,285 shares of Balasore Alloys Ltd having face value of Rs 4,37,36,423 (market value of Rs 62.10 crore pertaining to Mittal and GHSL) were frozen in May 2017.Investigations have revealed that Mittal and GHSL are holding 30.35 percent of the shareholding of Balasore Alloys Ltd through various Indian and foreign promoter and investment companies and thus have proportionate share of 30.35 percent in the fixed assets of the company.”Accordingly proportionate share of Mittal and his company GHSL in Balasore Alloys Ltd which includes building, plant and machinery valued at Rs 244.89 crore has been attached in lieu of the proceeds of crime,” the agency stated.MONEY LAUNDEREDSTC had agreed to fund GHSL without checking its financial health. GHSL used the money to buy raw material but didn’t make the payments leading to a default of Rs 2,112 crore.

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Uttar Pradesh: 15 BJP members booked for allegedly manhandling BSP corporator Musharraf Husain

An FIR on Saturday was registered against 15 unidentified BJP members for allegedly manhandling BSP corporator Musharraf Husain during the oath taking ceremony of Aligarh Municipal Corporation members earlier this week, police said today.The case was filed at the Banna Devi police station under relevant sections of IPC, four days after the BSP corporator filed a complaint with the police.The FIR against BJP members comes in the wake of mounting pressure by opposition parties alleging that the police was taking one-sided view of the entire episode.SSP Rajesh Pandey told PTI that those responsible for the unsavoury incident would be identified on the basis of video recording of the oath taking ceremony.He clarified that earlier a case was filed against the BSP corporator on the basis of a complaint filed by a BJP corporator, charging the former of trying to disrupt communal peace of the city during the ceremony.The police officer also refuted allegations that Hussain was earlier booked because he took oath in Urdu.”It is his constitutional right and there is no question of having booked him on that point,” Pandey said.Meanwhile, Congress leader Yogesh Dikshit has demanded Z+ security for the newly elected mayor Mohammed Furqan in the wake of “serious threat to his life”.Furqan of BSP had won the mayoral post in the just concluded civic body elections, upsetting the BJP’s applecart.On Tuesday, unpleasant scenes had marred the swearing-in function of members of the Aligarh Municipal Corporation, with the BJP corporators allegedly creating ruckus after the lone BSP corporator, Musharraf Husain, insisted on taking oath in Urdu.Husain, who was allegedly beaten up, had told media later that there was a conspiracy to kill him.

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Delhi cop out at crime scene

The rate of registration of crimes in the national Capital has gone up fourfold in the last seven years. Cases of theft that have jumped by a whopping 1,530 per cent — from 6,313 in 2011 to 1,02,954 in 2017. Burglaries saw a tenfold increase till 2016, but dipped this year, latest police data shows. Vehicle thefts have also more than doubled during this period. As for heinous crimes, they rose steadily from 2011 to 2015, but came down in 2016. But non-heinous crimes have continued to spike since 2000.In 2011, the total number of cases registered was 53,353. It was 54,287 in 2012 that grew to 80,184 in 2013. The number further grew to 1,55,654 in 2014, and 2015 recorded 1,91,377 cases. In 2016 a total of 2,09,519 crimes were registered. This year, till November, the figure was 2,13,151. Officials say that the rising numbers are because of better reporting of cases and do not reflect poor law and order. A number of initiatives have been taken by the Delhi police to encourage registration, they say.”People in Delhi have good access to the police. If one wants to report a crime, it won’t remain unreported. We have zero-tolerance towards non-registration of crimes. Moreover, facilities like online registration of FIRs through mobile phone apps have made the task hassle free and less time consuming. We must appreciate more registration of crimes so that no crime goes unreported. Citizens must become the eyes and ears of police to help eradicate every form of crime in society,” a senior police officer said.Take the case of Param Srivastava, an IT professional. He had his mobile phone stolen from a market near his residence in East Delhi. Having a hectic work schedule from 10 am to about midnight, what he could do best was to file an e-FIR and let the matter rest with the police for investigation.”I was not aware of this system. To get a new SIM card of the same number I needed to file an FIR and filing it online saved me a lot of time and energy. Even if the phone could not be recovered, my work did not get affected. However, the police also needs to take these FIRs as seriously as the ones registered by complainants physically, in police stations,” he said.The police says that such measures from the force encourage people and victims of crimes to come forward and raise their voice. “Registration of a crime is the first step towards raising your voice. It also allows the police to probe and ensure justice. Such measures have also encouraged women and girls to come forward and report,” he added.”One can simply go to the Delhi police’s website and lodge a complaint. That complaint is then turned into an e-FIR and a receipt is generated for the user, for future reference. Moreover, one can even check the status of her complaint on the website. Apart from these, policing apps are available on cell phones and women safety apps have also been launched to make police accessible anywhere and everywhere,” he said.About three months ago, Isha, who works as a content producer at a private firm, got her laptop stolen from her house. “My residence where I live as a paying guest with two other women, is quite a public place. It is not easy to find a suspect. The ability to solve a crime is a different debate altogether, but I found reporting the theft a very easy and time-saving process. My parents might have otherwise not liked the idea of my visiting a police station at odd hours,” she said. However, increasing street crimes cannot be ignored and vigil needs to be stepped up at a number of stretches in Delhi, she said.Rising CrimesBut heinous crimes are the biggest worry. Delhi accounts for the maximum number of rape cases among 19 major cities at 40 per cent, besides the highest crime rate in 2016, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data. The national Capital has got the dubious distinction of topping the list in cases of murder, kidnapping and abduction, juveniles bring in conflict and economic offences. Delhi reported 33 per cent (13,803 cases out of total 41,761 cases in 19 cities) of total crimes against women, followed by Mumbai at 12.3 per cent (5,128 cases) last year among the 19 cities with population above two million.The national Capital reported nearly 40 per cent of rape cases and nearly 29 per cent of each of cruelty by husband and his relatives and dowry deaths, the NCRB data said. Delhi accounted for 38.8 per cent of total IPC crime reported in 19 cities, followed by Bengaluru (8.9 per cent) and Mumbai at 7. 7 per cent. The national Capital recorded the highest crime rate—182.1 compared to the national average of 77.2. Delhi reported the highest number of kidnapping and abduction—5,453 cases (48.3 per cent) followed by Mumbai with 1,876 cases (16.6 per cent) and Bengaluru with 879 cases (7.8 per cent) during 2016.The city reported the highest number of murders— 479 out of 2,194 cases (21.8 per cent)—followed by Bengaluru at 10.4 per cent (229 cases) and Patna at 8.9 per cent (195 cases). The highest number of cases—at 35.6 per cent (2,368 cases out of 6,645)—of juveniles in conflict with law were reported in Delhi among the 19 cities during 2016.Delhi has reported the maximum number of cases under economic offences—5,942 cases (19.3 per cent)—followed by Jaipur (4,742 cases) and Mumbai (4,191 cases), accounting for 15.4 per cent and 13.6 per cent respectively during 2016. In cybercrimes, Mumbai reported the highest number of cases—980 (23.5 per cent) out of 4,172 cases in 19 major cities in 2016.The crime scenario in Delhi cannot be compared with other metros because the city has different policing requirements, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik said recently. “In terms of policing requirements, since it is the national Capital, Delhi has got VIP security, law and order arrangements which are typical to Delhi. The city is a separate class in itself and it can only be compared to Delhi of the previous year,” Patnaik told PTI.Poor Strike RateBut the data also shows that cops are struggling to crack cases. The Delhi police’s average crime solving percentage across all its administrative districts till November 19 this year was low as 33.37 per cent. This is when the NCRB has ranked the city as the worst in increasing crime cases. Confidential police documents accessed and reported by DNA recently showed that the force has been struggling to clear case backlogs.The New Delhi district is the worst despite having the biggest police deployment. It managed to solve only 23 per cent of the 3,120 cases. Then comes Rohini that could solve 26 per cent of the total 18,046 cases. The North district achieved a rate of only 29 per cent. It registered 9,513 cases. It is followed by the Southeast that could solve 30 per cent of the 20,549 cases.The East district scored 31 per cent. It registered 15,659 cases. The outer district managed to solve 33 per cent of the 14,961 cases. The Northwest also clocked 33 per cent. It recorded 19,400 cases. The police in West, Southwest and Northeast districts have solved 36 per cent of the 16,105, 14,474 and 15,613 cases, respectively. The Central district recorded 9,564 cases and solved a 37 per cent of them. The Shahdara district performed better and scored 41 per cent. It recorded 12,798 cases. The South district has fared the best. It solved 44 per cent of the 19,786 cases.The IGI airport police, which does not usually witness heinous crimes at it falls in a sensitive zone and has round-the-clock security by the CISF, solved 56 per cent of the 577 cases that included only one murder and a rape as heinous crimes. Railways and Delhi Metro, however, were the worst in non-major police pockets. Both solved 21 per cent and 22 per cent cases, respectively. The Railways recorded 3,683 cases, while the Metro saw 11,872.Police ClaimsOfficers say a number of measures have been taken for crime control. These include more participation of the public in assisting cops in monitoring large areas. “Certain steps which have been of major help are integrated patrolling with traffic police and the police control room, regular bike patrolling to ensure visibility and group patrolling in areas more prone to criminal activities,” a senior official said. Further, initiatives which demand public participation are like Sashakti self-defence training camps, anti-snatching teams and use of local area security guards to assist beat constables and act as force multipliers and Prahari schemes, he said, also mentioning area-wise crime mapping, identification of vulnerable and escape routes used by local criminals, picket checking at crime prone stretches.

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Supreme Court won’t interfere in Gujarat counting

The Supreme Court rejected on Friday a Congress petition that had sought directions to the Election Commission to match 25 per cent of all EVM ballots with voter slips printed by Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines used in the Gujarat Assembly elections. Counting of votes will be taken up in the state on Monday.A bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra found no merit in the plea by Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal who represented the Congress.The bench, also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, observed that it could not interfere with the poll panel’s exercise of power. Electoral process in a democracy is of utmost importance and could not be interfered with to simply allay apprehensions of a party, the bench noted.Singhvi said that plea was not against EVMs per se. “…but now that you have VVPAT with all machines, we want the sampling of voting on EVMs with the VVPAt trail be done in at least 10-15% cases if not 25%.”The top court’s move comes a day after the Congress accused the poll panel of being the “puppet” of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). A day before the final phase of polling in Gujarat, the Election Commission cracked the whip on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and certain television channels on Wednesday. They had aired his interviews even after the end of campaigning.The BJP and the Congress traded charges against each other for trying to influence the voters in the mandatory no-campaign period.Within hours of the filing of three complaints by the BJP, the EC served a showcase notice to Rahul and ordered FIR against certain Gujarati television channels.The EC asked Rahul to explain by December 18 why he violated the poll code of no campaign within 48 hours of the conclusion of the final day of polling.The EC also instructed the Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) to stop the display of such matter in districts going to the polls on December 14.Following the EC’s step, the Congress reacted sharply and called it partisan. The party demanded from the EC that an FIR be filed against BJP leaders. At the EC’s doorstep, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala described it as an attempt to strangle the press.”In 2014 Mr Modi had given a television interview just a day before the polling, and on the day of polling, he had even displayed the BJP symbol, but EC did not act then. On December 8, a day before the first phase, the BJP finance minister released the manifesto but EC did not issue a show cause,” he said.In his first interview, Rahul said the “BJP is not scared of him but of the voice of Gujarat.””In the last three months, I have just raised the voice of Gujarat. They are not scared of me. They are scared of the voice of Gujarat. This election is not about Rahul Gandhi or Narendra Modi. This is about the voice of Gujarat,” Rahul told TV channels.He also accused the BJP of distorting his image by putting huge money.”There was no (image) makeover. BJP workers used money to distort the reality of Rahul Gandhi… a lot of money was put into this,” said Rahul.

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Mumbai cop turns thief, walks away with ammunition

In a major embarrassment to the Mumbai police, ammunition from the artillery of Local Arms (LA) Unit 3, was stolen on Saturday by a suspended police constable, allegedly with the help of four other on-duty constables from the unit. Fortunately, it was recovered within an hour.The process for the suspension of the four police constables has been initiated and a report is being prepared by a senior police officer, sources from the department told DNA.Sixty bullets were stolen from LA unit 3, situated at Worli police headquarters. All the ammunition and other items needed for police bandobast are kept in the storeroom of the unit. The four policemen were deployed there for security.According to sources, at around 8 pm on Saturday, the suspended constable was chatting with the four cops on duty. He suddenly picked up a belt of cartridges and walked away with it inside a carry bag.While he was going outside, a policeman spotted him and immediately informed senior officers.A wireless message was immediately sent to all policemen in the city to track him down and recover the cartridges and, a dog squad was also deployed. Within an hour, the constable was traced to Dadar and the ammunition was restored to the Worli unit.Though Dadar and Worli police were informed, no complaint was registered with them and neither did the Worli police initiate an FIR in the matter. “The ammunition was recovered safely, hence the senior police officers decided not to register an FIR,” said a police officer.”No offence has been registered yet,” said S Jaikumar, Additional Commissioner of Police (Central region), adding, “But an inquiry has been initiated against the policemen. Soon, action will be taken against all of them. The on-duty policemen did not do follow their duty by acting swiftly.”A senior police officer confirmed that the four constables will be suspended.

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Motor vehicle tax evasion: Actor Suresh Gopi files anticipatory bail plea

Malayalam actor and Rajya Sabha MP Suresh Gopi today filed an anticipatory bail plea in the Kerala High Court with regard to a case of allegedly forging documents to get his two luxury vehicles registered in Puducherry to evade motor vehicle (MV) tax in Kerala.Police had registered an FIR against the actor on December 5, charging him with falsifying and fabricating documents by showing an address in the Union Territory of Puducherry and getting the vehicles registered there, causing revenue loss to the Kerala government.The FIR is pending before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court, Thiruvananthapuram.Also readBJP MP Suresh Gopi booked for forging documents to evade Motor Vehicle TaxIn his anticipatory bail plea, Gopi said the allegations prima facie were false.He said that he had chosen to register the two vehicles at Puducherry, where he has tenanted a premise since 2009.The BJP MP said he owns agricultural land around Puducherry, which was being looked after by family members, including his brothers.He said he has a house at Bengaluru and his brothers have residences at Coimbatore and Tuticorin, so the vehicles were frequently used to ply within these states.Gopi said the charges had caused great insult and annoyance to him, and this would be further eroded and worsened if he was arrested.He said he was prepared to fully cooperate with the investigation team and at any time they wished to interrogate him.Police have said the actor-turned-politician used a fake residential address to register his luxury vehicles in the Union territory to evade the 20 per cent tax in Kerala on luxury cars costing Rs 20 lakh and above.

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French tourists assaulted in Mirzapur: Sushma Swaraj seeks report from UP government

Minister of External Affairs (MEA) Sushma Swaraj on Monday sought a report from the Uttar Pradesh government on thethrashing of French tourists in state’s Mirzapur district.”I have asked for a report from Government of Uttar Pradesh,” Swaraj tweeted.Earlier on Sunday, eight people were arrested in connection with the thrashing of French tourists. A group of foreign tourists from France were allegedly beaten up and molested in Ahraura area of Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh by a group of local boys. About a dozen French tourists had come to visit Varanasi. On Saturday, they visited a natural waterfall in Lekhania Dari under Ahraura police station in Mirzapur along with an Indian friend. While they were enjoying their visit, three local guys passed lewd remarks on girls and abused them.When French nationals objected, it led to an argument and soon tuned into a fight. Since the locals were less in numbers they left and again returned with 10 more local guys who thrashed French tourists. In the fight a French tourist sustained injuries on his hands, face and neck. The French nationals’ Indian friend told mediapersons that she was also abused, molested and beaten when she tried to stop them from attacking foreign tourists. She alleged that the attackers used sticks to beat them. They were taken to the hospital and given first aid.Also readUttar Pradesh: French tourists molested, thrashed in Mirzapur, eight accused nabbed The SHO Ahraura Police Station Praveen Singh said that an FIR has been registered against 13 people and they have already arrested eight He, however, denied that anyone was seriously injured in the attack. “Only one of them sustained minor bruises and scratches and was given first aid at the Mirzapur Hospital,” clarified the SHO.The DGP Sulkhan Singh has directed the Mirzapur police to arrest remaining accused and take strict action against them. A few months ago, the DGP had suggested CCTV cameras at tourist spots to check such incidents but no headway has been made so far. A German national was thrashed by a railway contractor at Sonebhadra Railway station on November 6 when he ignored greetings of the contractor. The accused was immediately arrested by the police.A Swiss couple was attacked in Fatehpur Sikri in Agra about two months ago by a group of local touts pressing for photographs. The Swiss man had suffered fractures in the attack and couple was treated at Delhi’s Apollo Hospital. Police rounded up about 50 touts and arrested a couple of them involved in the attack after public outrage over the incident. A Russian woman was allegedly raped by a bank manager in Vrindavan in Mathura in October. The bank manager was arrested after she lodged an FIR with the Mathura Police.

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Victim’s father files FIR, says Fortis Hospital man tried to bribe him

After losing his seven-year-old daughter Adya Singh allegedly at the hands of Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), bereaved father Jayant Singh filed a police complaint alleging culpable homicide as well as forgery and destruction of evidence by the accused hospital management at Sushant Lok police station in Gurugram. In his FIR, Singh also stated that on November 23, a senior management member of Fortis Hospital, Jasbir Grewal, met him at a coffee shop in Gurugram on the pretext of discussing Adya’s case, where Grewal offered Singh a cheque of Rs 10,37,889. The proof can be corroborated in the hotel’s CCTV footage, stated the FIR. “He also made a verbal offer of Rs 25 lakh and asked me to remain shut about the case,” Singh told DNA. “When I refused, Grewal warned me that this was their best offer as the government’s medical report would come in favour of the hospital,” stated the FIR filed by Singh. However, the report released by the Haryana government has nailed FMRI on several unethical practices.Singh has alleged that FMRI was criminally negligent while treating baby Adya and also indulged in forgery, cheating and dishonest inducement of monies. “They have not only bribed me but have also destroyed, modified and altered evidence,” he told DNA. The FIR alleges that Adya died a painful death on September 15 as Dr Vikas Varma from Fortis Hospital switched off the ventilator pipes and the Ambu bag attached to the deceased when she was taken in the private ambulance. A probe instituted by a special investigative committee in Adya’s case by Haryana government has stated in its report that it was unethical on FMRI’s part to pull her off life support. The report says that withdrawal of life support by the hospital staff in the ambulance amounts to negligence and is against the law of the land. “Leave against medical advice does not mean that hospital disowns the patient completely. They must ensure all facilities for transfer/transport to home or other hospitals,” said the report. Once the treating doctors realised that the patient is about to “check out,” and is thus of no profitability value to them they pulled off the ventilator states the FIR. “This is calculated murder,” said Singh. The FIR has been registered against nine persons from Fortis Management team including Malwinder Singh, FMRI Chairman and Shivinder Mohan Singh, Executive Vice Chairman of Fortis Health Care and additionally nine treating doctors.

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Gurgaon: Woman allegedly molested, thrown out of a moving cab

A woman has alleged that she was molested and thrown out of a moving cab by three men on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway here but the police ‘forced’ her to file a case of robbery only.However, Gurgaon Police Chief PRO Manish Sehgal, while reacting to the allegation, said the woman had only filed a complaint related to robbery and there was no mention of rape attempt and molestation.An SHO and a woman counsellor have approached the complainant again to know the details of the incident, the PRO said.The woman (30), a native of Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district who works, said the incident took place on Thursday around 8 pm after she left office and took a private cab from busy Shankar Chowk of neighbouring Gurgaon for Hero Honda Chowk.”While I was waiting for a cab, a taxi stopped near me. I asked the cab driver to drop me at Hero Honda Chowk. I didn’t suspect on the intention of two persons already sitting in it as they appeared as passengers,” She said.”Near Jharsa Chowk, the three men, including the driver, started molesting me. When I resisted their attempts and tried to raise alarm, they tied my hands and legs and choked me,” the woman who works as an executive said.They attempted to rape her too, she said.”In the meantime, two bike-borne police personnel appeared near the spot. After which the trio panicked and sped towards Rajiv Chowk. They then snatched my phone and wallet and threw me out of the moving cab near Rajiv Chowk. They then escaped from the spot,” the victim said.With the help of a passerby, she informed her husband and the couple later approached the Sector-40 police station.”Initially, the police officers did not file FIR of molestation and relevant charges and tried to hush-up the matter by saying that they will visit the spot,” the victim said.”They made us to wait for nearly two hours at the police station and asked to show evidence of molestation. They then forced us to give a complaint of robbery and registered an FIR on the basis of it,” she added.ACP Manish Sehgal told PTI, “The couple gave complaint of mobile and cash theft and we have registered the FIR accordingly. They are satisfied with the police probe.He claimed that the couple in the complaint did not mention any use of force, molestation, rape attempt by the accused.”We have no knowledge of use of any force or molestation.The SHO and woman counsellor also approached and counselled her today asking her to narrate if she was molested.”We are investigating all the angles of the case,” the ACP said.

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Tree fall death: No FIR filed yet

The mother and three kids of Sharda Ghodeswar, 45, who died on Thursday after a tree fell upon her were inconsolable, as her body was brought home after the postmortem. Ghodeswar, who was the only bread earner of the family died instantly when a 40 feet tree fell upon the garden bench that she was sitting on.Following the incident, the Ghodeswar family and residents of Chembur have been demanding FIR against the gardens department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for their negligence. However, the police and BMC have both brushed away their responsibilities. The Chembur Resident’s Group (CRG) met officials of the Govandi police station and urged to file an FIR against BMC’s Superintendent of Gardens for criminal negligence.However, the police refused to file an FIR saying that the investigation was still on. Deputy Municipal Commissioner, Bharat Marathe said, “The death is due to natural calamity and garden’s department has promised Rs 1 lakh as compensation to the family of deceased in ten days time.”Chembur citizens have urged BMC in a written correspondence that it does not have any mechanism to check the health of the tree and the officers just leave at a cursory survey of the trees.”How can the officer know if the tree is healthy by just looking at it. In July, after the death of another Chembur resident Kanchan Nath, who died after a tree fell on her, the Gardens officer promised to inspect the trees in Chembur.This is still pending,” said Manish Gangurde from CRG.

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23 complaints made against Max hospitals in 2017

The Delhi Medical Council (DMC), in 2017, received as many as 23 complaints against various Max hospitals in the Capital. Of these, six were against the Shalimar Bagh branch, which is currently under scanner for mistakenly declaring a newborn baby dead.”As many as 11 cases are still pending and we are investigating them. Most of these cases pertain to medical negligence by doctors. During an investigation, a team of experts questions the accused doctors and nurses, and then listens to the complainant as well. After a rigorous discussion, the matter is moved to the higher authorities,”Dr Girish Tyagi, registrar, DMC, said.According to the data, the highest number of complaints were against the Max hospital in Saket, followed by the one in Shalimar Bagh. Five case were reported from Patparganj and one each from Pitampura and Panchsheel Park. “All these complaints were made by patients or attendants,” Dr Tyagi added.As per the official process, if a person reports a matter to the DMC, the council issues a showcause notice to the doctor and the hospital concerned. If he or she is found guilty, the council registers a complaint with the police. Thereafter, the police have to register an FIR, after which the matter is taken to court.Recently, the council served a notice to the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh for medical negligence. Even after repeated calls and messages, the Max authorities did not respond to the queries sent by DNA.In 2017, the council received a total of 234 complaints against various hospitals in the Capital, of which 82 were moved to the disciplinary committee for action.
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Aligarh Civic Polls: BJP workers stage protests, demand FIR against District Magistrate for party’s loss

Hundreds of BJP workers staged a dharna at the Civil Lines police station here, seeking an FIR against District Magistrate Hrishikesh Bhaskar Yashod, while holding him responsible for the party’s defeat in the just-concluded mayoral polls in Aligarh.While the saffron party had swept the urban local body polls in Uttar Pradesh, winning 14 of the 16 mayoral posts on offer, Aligarh was one of the two seats where it lost.Angered by the defeat of their candidate from this “BJP bastion”, the irate workers of the party blamed the district authorities for the names of nearly 90,000 voters allegedly missing from the list and staged the protest last night.Also readUP civic polls 2017: BJP’s Sanyukta Bhatia creates history, becomes Lucknow’s first woman mayor in 100 yearsBJP leader Manav Mahajan said the city unit chief of the party, Vivek Saraswat, had given an application for lodging a report at the Civil Lines police station on November 29 in this connection and also apprised Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the state election commissioner of the matter.For nearly five hours, the protesting BJP leaders were involved in a heated exchange with senior district officers at the police station, after Station House Officer Javed Khan expressed his inability to file an FIR against the DM and ADM (city).Also readUP civic poll win a prelude to 2019 Lok Sabha elections: Yogi AdityanathOn December 1, the day the votes polled in the urban local body elections were counted, BJP leaders had demanded a recounting after it became clear that party nominee Rajeev Kumar was going to lose by a margin of over 10,000 votes from Aligarh.The DM, however, had refused to concede to the demand and BSP candidate Mohammed Furqan was declared elected.Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rajesh Pandey said there was no provision for filing an FIR against the DM in such matters and added that the complaint of the BJP leaders was forwarded to the district election officer and State Election Commission.
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Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, booked for alleged "cheating"

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An FIR has been lodged against e-commerce giant Flipkart’s founders and a few other company officials for allegedly “cheating” a businessman to the tune of Rs 9.96 crore, police said.The case pertains to non-payment of dues by Flipkart to C-Store Company for laptops it supplied, officials at the Indiranagar police station here said.They said an FIR has been registered against Flipkart’s Sachin Bansal, Binny Bansal and a couple of company officials, based on the complaint by C-Store Company’s Naveen Kumar.According to the complaint, C-Store had entered into a contract with Flipkart for supply of laptops along with other electronic goods for its sale, and had supplied about 14,000 laptops, police said.Flipkart, which returned about 1,480 units, did not pay for the remaining, the complainant said, adding that the other charges, including shipping had also not been paid.
ALSO READ Businessman files FIR against Flipkart founders, employees over not clearing dues worth Rs 9.96 croreThe complaint alleges that there has been cheating to the tune of Rs 9.96 crore, police said.A case has been booked under different sections of IPC, including cheating and criminal breach of trust, an official involved in the investigation said.
ALSO READ Flipkart to launch its own smartphone under its Billion brandWhen contacted for it’s reaction, Flipkart said it did not wish to respond for now.

Fired up kin want action

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday afternoon, Chetan’s relatives and neighbours went on a hyper drive and blocked the thoroughfare at Mount Road.They wanted the police to register the “unnamed” FIR filed in context of the incident which states that Chetan was murdered. They requested the officials to do a detailed enquiry of the incident before taking a final call and declaring it as a “suicide.”In addition to this, the crowd also demanded judicial custody of the ‘murderer’. However, there was no scuffle during the blockade.Earlier, in the evening, Neetu Saini, Chetan’s wife, demanded a CBI investigation. While breaking her silence, Neetu said that she was absolutely sure that Chetan did not commit suicide.“Police are simply telling us that investigation is going on but have not registed an FIR till now. I want it to be registered as a murder under Section 302 of the IPC. I demand an investigation from CBI and justice for my family,” Neetu said.She further informed that Chetan was not under any financial obligation.“The police are making unnecessary assumptions. My husband was in no way related to Padmavati controversy. He never even watched films. Whenever there is an incident on someone hanging anywhere in the city, it finally turns out to be a murder. Same has happened here,” Neetu added.She urged the police not to close the case just by ‘assuming’ that it is a case of suicide.

Supreme Court reserves order on plea challenging Rakesh Asthana as CBI special director

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court today said it will pass order on November 28 on a plea challenging the appointment of Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as a special director of the CBI.A bench of Justices R K Agrawal and A M Sapre reserved its verdict after hearing the arguments of petitioner NGO Common Cause and Attorney General K K Vengugopal, who opposed the plea. Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the NGO, said Asthana’s appointment was illegal as his name had surfaced in a diary recovered during a raid conducted by the Income Tax department. He said the diary showed the name of Asthana as having received an illegal gratification from a company and CBI has recently registered an FIR for money laundering against the accused firm and some public servants.Attorney General opposed the plea and said the CBI has not named him in the FIR and Asthana has an outstanding career. He said Asthana, who was earlier an additional director in CBI, was looking after eleven zones and supervising high- profile scams including that of AgustaWestland, Kingfisher, Moin Qureshi and Hassan Ali. The bench, after hearing the arguments of both the sides, said it will pass the order.Demanding quashing of Asthana’s appointment, the petitioner has also sought a direction to the Centre to transfer him out of the agency during the pendency of investigation.It has alleged that the decision to appoint Asthana was “illegal” and “arbitrary”. The petitioner has claimed that the government and the selection committee had overruled the opinion of the CBI Director while appointing Asthana “in violation of the law”. While seeking Asthana’s ouster, the plea noted the special director was the second in command in the CBI after the director and supervised almost all important cases being handled by the agency. ​

Principal didn’t take my calls, says mother of ‘raped’ four-year-old

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expressing her outrage in her complaint given to Delhi Police, the mother of the four-year-old Dwarka school rape victim, said it had been a restless night for her and her child, who kept on narrating the gruesome ordeal she had undergone.The woman has demanded action against the school administration alleging that it was their “negligence” that had led to the crime.It was on Friday when the child had reported pain in her private parts to her mother, which was initially overlooked by the woman. However, later on, when she noticed injuries in the girl’s private parts, the woman approached police and a medical examination confirmed rape. The child had also hinted to her mother that she was sexually assaulted in school, after which the parents gave a written complaint at Dwarka south police station and an FIR was registered.Talking about the alleged negligence on the school’s part, the woman said, “At night I sent a message to her school teacher informing her of the incident. In the morning, I asked the teacher and the school coordinator, but they did not take any interest in the matter. I spoke to the principal but she did not bother to answer my calls in the morning and even did not respond to my emails. She instead passed on the number to the school counsellor,” the mother said.Talking to DNA, the woman also said CCTV footage points out that her child’s teacher left the class to the ayah (woman help) and that the victim was the last one to walk out of the class because she could not put on the hook of her pants that the boy had opened. The mother also alleged that since the school is an “upmarket school”, it is not being booked for any negligence by the police.”The police are apparently going after the classmate, but the school is allowed to go scot free. How could it happen in the first place? If that boy has been booked under POCSO, why can’t this so-called upmarket school be booked for criminal negligence?””Police is all out to defend the school knowing well the boy is a juvenile. But the school’s criminality needs to be established. The school should be booked for scarring my innocent child for no fault of hers and letting something like this to happen in the classroom,” she said.The mother further asked that when she had brought it to the notice of the school, why the authorities didn’t call the police or hospital?”They didn’t try to meet the child or me when my child was being medically examined at a hospital and from there taken to a police station to file an FIR. How convenient for the school to pass the buck of this gross negligence to the boy and his upbringing,” the mother said.UNSAFE SCHOOLSOn Friday, the child reported pain in her private parts to her mother.
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She approached police, a medical test confirmed rape.
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Shocking: Army jawan in Rajasthan drowns three-day-old daughter in a bucket of water

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Army jawan allegedly drowned his three-day-old daughter in a bucket of water in a village in Rajasthan’s Churu district, police said today.The accused Ashok Jat allegedly drowned the infant yesterday inside his house in Ghasla Aguna village and buried her body, a police official said.The infant was born on Tuesday to the couple who have another daughter, the official said. “Jat’s wife Priyanka informed us about the incident following which an FIR was registered. The body was exhumed in the presence of the SDM for post-mortem yesterday,” Ramchadra, SHO Tara Nagar police station, said.No arrest has been made so far and the matter is under investigation, the SHO said.

SC seeks explanation on Tej Pratap photo with slain scribe’s ‘killer’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file a report within four weeks on photographs in which former Bihar health minister Tej Pratap Singh was seen with the accused in the Rajdeo Ranjan murder case.The bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra passed the orders on the plea filed by Asha Ranjan, wife of the slain journalist Rajdeo Ranjan. The slain journalist’s widow had demanded an FIR against Tej Pratap for “conspiracy and harbouring and sheltering the proclaimed offenders” in the murder case.Ranjan, a journalist with a Hindi daily was shot dead in May 2016, allegedly at the behest of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Mohammad Shahabuddin.The photograph in question shows Mohammed Kaif, another accused in Ranjan’s murder along with Tej Pratap — son of former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav. Kaif, alleged to be the sharpshooter for Shahabuddin, was absconding when the photographs surfaced.The Bench, that also comprised Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, directed the probe agency to find out the progress made by the police in its investigation into the photos.The court further ordered advocate ARM Pandey, Ranjan’s counsel, to give the CBI copies of the transcript of the news conference held by the Siwan police chief where he has assured an investigation into the photographs.”It was expedient on the part of the Siwan Superintendent of Police to file an FIR… he miserably failed to take action. Kaif is now on bail… Both Kaif and Javed (another accused in the Ranjan case) were remanded only after the writ petition was filed in the SC,” Pandey submitted.Pander said serious action should be taken against Tej Pratap for “harbouring and screening” offenders. However, responding to the submissions, Tej Pratap’s counsel submitted that his client was attending a public function where a “man came up and gave me a bouquet of flowers.”Representing the probe agency, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said, “investigation is yet to begin.” He further added that “the moment I (meaning Yadav) came to know, I should have informed the police. I will have to investigate harbouring.”To this, Tej Pratap’s counsel responded: “Nobody says that I was seen with Kaif prior to the murder.”Tej submissionResponding to the submissions, Tej Pratap’s counsel submitted that his client was attending a public function where a “man came up and gave him a bouquet of flowers.”

Madras HC stays further proceedings against cartoonist Bala

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court today stayed further proceedings on an FIR registered against cartoonist Bala alias Balamurgan over a caricature depicting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami allegedly in a distasteful manner over a family suicide related to usury.Passing the interim order on a petition by Bala seeking to quash the proceedings against him, Justice S S Sundar directed the state government to file its counter.The freelance cartoonist was arrested on November 5 on the basis of a complaint filed by Tirunelveli District Collector Sandeep Nanduri and released on bail by a court a day later.A case was registered on November 1 under Indian Penal Code Section 501 (printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory) and under the Information Technology Act.Sandeep Nanduri and Tirunelveli city police Commissioner Kapil Kumar Sarathkar were also caricatured. The caricature which was uploaded on Bala’s Facebook page on October 26.The petitioner contended that the FIR clearly showed that there was no criminal offence. He also claimed that the police had no jurisdiction to proceed with the probe without prior permission of the court concerned.The FIR was also against various Supreme Court rulings, he submitted.The cartoon was uploaded days after a man and his wife set themselves and their two kids afire at the Tirunelveli Collectorate complex allegedly due to harassment by a money-lender.While the woman and her two children died on the day of the incident on October 23, the man succumbed to injuries later.

Watch: Asked to follow traffic rules, biker slaps traffic constable in Navi Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Navi Mumbai police have arrested a 21-year-old biker for allegedly slapping a on duty traffic constable on Monday near Kopar Khairane. The biker was enraged as the traffic cop asked him to follow traffic rules.The accused has been identified as Danish Shaikh a resident of Navi Mumbai.A video of the incident has been also surfaced wherein Shaikh can be seen parking the vehicle on road, arguing with the cop and hitting him.According to the police, the incident took place on Monday evening when Shaikh came on bike and parked it on a road and was chatting his friend on the road. When traffic constable,Tanaji Patil then asked him to vehicle. The police said Patil asked him to remove the bike as it was creating hurdle in traffic, but Shaikh did not budge and instead started arguing with him. Patil then threatened him with legal action against him when Shaikh got furious and slapped him on his face. “Patil then immediately informed police control room and lodge complaint with us. After registering an FIR we arrested him on Tuesday,” said a police officer from Kopar Khairane police station.

No FIR can be filed against a judge: Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>SC bench headed by Arun J Misra in their judgment have said, “There cannot be registration of any FIR against a High Court Judge or Chief Justice of the High Court or the Supreme Court Judge without the consultation of the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India and, in case there is an allegation against Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, the decision has to be taken by the Hon’ble President, in accordance with the procedure prescribed” It all started when the matter pertaining to an alleged bribery scam in which retired Orissa High Court Judge IM Quddusi was arrested, among others, and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) lodged an FIR. The FIR said, Quddusi allegedly used his influence to help Uttar Pradesh-based Prasad Education Trust in “settling” a matter involving their plea to set up medical colleges pending in the Supreme Court.The Trust owned one of the 46 medical colleges barred by the central government from admitting students. The accused were subsequently granted bail, but the same was not challenged by CBI. Following granting of the bail, two parties (advocate Kamini Jaiswal and the NGO Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms represented by Bhushan) filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court seeking the constitution of an SIT to investigate the allegations, with a retired judge monitoring the same.On Thursday, a Supreme Court bench, consisting of Justices J Chelameshwar and Abdul Nazeer, referred the Public Interest Litigation, in the matter, to a five-judge bench, scheduled to conduct a hearing on Monday. However, the case took an interesting turn on Friday, when another Supreme Court bench comprising the current CJI Deepak Misra, pronounced the order by Justice J Chelameswar null and void. The matter was then heard by a three judge bench comprising of Justices A K Agarwal, A M Khanwilkar and Arun Mishra, where the petitioners refused to argue on the merits of the case, citing the presence of Justice AM Khanwilkar on the Bench, since he was one of the judges who had heard the controversial medical college case. More drama unfolded as the matter was being heard by the bench and they raised questions on propriety and “forum shopping” by the petitioners. However, some key highlights of the judgment passed today cast a shadow of doubt in our minds. SC says, “There cannot be registration of any FIR against a High Court Judge or Chief Justice of the High Court or the Supreme Court Judge without the consultation of the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India and that independence of judiciary cannot be left at the mercy of the CBI or that of the police is a red herring.” Further more Justice Arun Mishra left no stone unturned while pronouncing the judgment, he said, ” The FIR is not against any judge in SC and neither is it possible to register FIR against a judge. The senior councils attempted forum shopping to seek a favourable order and it was unethical of them to do so. They did not verify the position of law and unnecessary doubt was raised on this institution. Proper verification of facts were not made before filing this petition. We expect that good shall prevail in this institution. Let us unite and work together for the welfare of this great institution. We are not initiating contempt procedure and the matter should stop at this.We have also observed that even we are not above law”. Refuting special investigation team (SIT) probe in the medical college bribery matter, SC has defended itself completely and has questioned the basis of the allegations, SC said, “No Judge can be held responsible for what may, or has happened in the corridors, or for ‘who purports to sell whom’. The alleged actions of a retired Judge of a High Court, allegedly assuring and promising, a ‘favourable’ decision in the aforesaid circumstances of the case which was then pending before this Court, in the aforesaid circumstances and has assured favourable orders, begs the question, and we wonder, as to what favourable orders have been passed. As is apparent from the aforesaid narration of facts, there was no favourable order granted by this Court in favour of the medical college for the current academic session 2017-18, rather its inspection for considering confirmation of letter of permission for the next yearn 2018-19 had been ordered”. The issue related to “Conflict of Interest ” which questioned the CJI’s involvement in the case was also lucidly clarified, SC said, “There is no conflict of interest in such a matter. In case Judge is hearing a matter and if he comes to know that any party is unscrupulously trying to influence the decision making or indulging in malpractices, it is incumbent upon the Judge to take cognizance of such a matter under Contempt of Courts Act and to deal with and punish such person in accordance with law as that is not the conflict of interest but the purpose for which the entire system exists. Such things cannot be ignored and recusal of a Judge cannot be asked on the ground of conflict of interest, it would be the saddest day for the judicial system of this country to ignore such aspects on the unfounded allegations and materials. It was highly improper for the petitioner to allege conflict of interest in the petition filed that the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India should not hear on judicial side or allocate the matter on the administrative side” Judge Vs Judge and the contest of intra-judicial authority seems to have gone back to the dark cave. This showdown in the apex court has now received its happy ending or as some may call it good riddance from high voltage drama.

EC’s response to Kejri’s plea, challenging its order, sought

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A notice was sent to the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday, seeking its response on a plea filed by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who challenged the ECI order to lodge an FIR against him on charges of bribery during the Goa Assembly polls.Justice Indermeet Kaur sought the reply on the petition, which alleged that the CM’s right to free speech was being curtailed due to the ECI order, passed on January 29. While listing the matter for February 2 next year, the court said Kejriwal had approached the court very late.During the proceedings, the counsel appearing for the poll panel said the FIR was registered on January 30, as per the EC directions.The incident allegedly took place during campaigning for the Goa Assembly elections. In a series of rallies between January 7-8, Kejriwal appealed to the voters to “accept money from Congress and BJP candidates, but vote for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)”.Following this, Satish Upadhayay, former president of Delhi BJP, registered a complaint to the EC, accusing the CM of violation of Model Code of Conduct. Thereafter, the poll panel directed that a complaint be lodged against the AAP leader, under the provisions of the Representation of the People Act, dealing with bribing voters, and relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).In the plea, Kejriwal said the statements made by him were largely misinterpreted. He also said the EC’s direction was like a gag order against him.Earlier, the Commission had censured Kejriwal for violating the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct, he said.”The order infringes upon the Petitioner’s Fundamental Right of speech and expression, as promised under Article 19 of the Indian Constitution. The petitioner, being a political activist, censuring him made him incur a huge setback because of his inability to take part in political rallies and thereby hindering his bonafide activism towards a bribe-free and corruption-free society,” the petition said.

Cow vigilantes murder cattle trader in Alwar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A murder that was reported a few days ago in Alwar, Rajasthan, is taking one bizarre turn after another. While the body of the deceased was found near railway tracks in an area under the jurisdiction of the Ramgarh police, family members who have identified the deceased man has alleged the role of cow vigilantes in the murder.The police registered an FIR on Sunday. “The deceased could not be identified first and we kept the body in a mortuary. On Saturday evening, some family members approached the Alwar police and identified the deceased as one Ummar Khan. When asked about their relationship with the deceased, the family members said the deceased used to transport cattle, mostly to Bharatpur from Mewat in Haryana.According to police, the men who accompanied Ummar — Gaffar and Tahir — informed the family about his death, after which the family approached the police. “The kin have accused Gaffar and Tahir of murdering Ummar,” said Ajit Singh, Inspector, Ramgarh Police Station.However, on Sunday, the family members approached the police with another story. “They alleged that the trio were fired upon near Fahari village in Govindgarh area of the district. Since the incident occurred under Govindgarh police station area, an FIR was registered there,” Singh added.Interestingly, the police said that the two men who had accompanied Ummar had a criminal record.”Tahir is wanted in three cases — two by Pahadi police in Bharatpur and one in Dausa. He is also wanted by Jurhura police,” Singh said.The day the dead body was found, police had also found an abandoned pick-up jeep with bovine, one which was dead. “There was no bullet marks on the jeep which suggests no fire hit the jeep. We are investigating the case. The allegations made by Ummar’s family will be looked into,” police sources said.

FIR registered against Air India’s former ED for stealing Jatin Das painting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An FIR has been registered against a former executive director of Air India for allegedly stealing a painting by renowned artist Jatin Das which was part of the airline’s collection,the police said.The FIR follows an internal inquiry conducted by Air India, which found that former executive director (ED) Rohita Jaidka removed the painting from Air India’s possession between 2004 and 2009.”The airline approached the police and an FIR was registered on November 11 against Jaidka and other unidentified persons,” the police said.The issue of the stolen painting came to light when Das, a Padma Bhushan awardee, wrote to the airline in June claiming that one of his paintings had gone missing and was available in the open market. The letter prompted Air India to launch an internal probe.The horizontal oil painting is titled ‘Flying Apsara’. It was commissioned in 1991 by Air India.After the incident came to light, the painting was returned to the airline headquarters “in a torn condition” from a fake address in Noida.Air India in its complaint also pegs the value of the painting at Rs 25,00,000 “as per evaluations by an art historian”.Jatin Das has himself refused to attach a value to the piece of art.

Mayawati’s sugar mills deal in trouble

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a blow to BSP supremo Mayawati, the Yogi Adityanath government has filed an FIR against two bogus companies accused of buying seven out of 21 government sugar mills sold by former chief minister during her regime in 2010-11.After assuming power, Adityanath had ordered a probe into the sale of 21 government sugar mills by Mayawati on the basis of the CAG audit report, which had indicted the former CM for selling these state-owned mills at a loss of Rs 1179 crore to the state exchequer.Of 21 mills, 10 were operational, while the others were already shut down. Besides machinery, these mills were built on an area of over 500 hectares worth Rs 2000 crore in today’s market value. Previously, in 2004-05, the Mulayam Singh government also attempted to sell 24 sugar mills, but it was stalled due to an intervention by the High Court.During the probe, it was found that bogus companies — Namrata Marketing Private Limited and Giriyasho Private Limited — were created to buy seven mills in Bareilly, Hardoi, Deoria, Lakshmiganj, Bara Bank, Chitauni and Ramkola.On verification of their papers, it was found that both the companies were bogus and created using forged signatures of fictitious directors on fake addresses. Directors of the companies have stated to the investigating officer that they never had anything to do with these two companies.On the basis of the inquiry report, the UP State Sugar Corporation Limited managing director, SK Mehra lodged an FIR at the Gomtinagar Police Station late Thursday night against owners and directors of these two bogus companies.Sugarcane Minister Suresh Rana said, “Going by the volume of fraud in the sale of 21 sugar mills, the government may hand over further probe to the CBI to ascertain bigwigs, including politicians, involved in the sugar mill scam.”The FIR has been registered against Namrata directors Rakesh Sharma, Dharmendra Gupta, Saurabh Mukund and Mohd Javed. On the basis of the FIRs, the Gomtinagar police is conducting further investigation to dig out names of those behind over 1200 crore sugar mill scam.Interestingly, despite the CAG report, then Akhilesh government did not initiate any probe into the sugar mill scam. Then sugarcane minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui washed off his hands from the murky deal saying that he has nothing to do with the scam, as all the 21 sugar mills were sold out on the instructions of then CM Mayawati and BSP General Secretary Satish Chandra Mishra.One of the beneficiaries was liquor baron, late Ponty Chadha, whose companies had bought five prime sugar mills for a paltry Rs 206 crores while the land value of these mills was over Rs 1000 crore.

High drama in Supreme Court, CJI Misra overturns order to hear graft case involving judges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The tussle within top judiciary today came to the fore with the Supreme Court overturning the order of a two-judge bench to set up a larger bench to hear a graft case allegedly involving judges, asserting that Chief Justice of India was the “master of the roster”.The showdown was over the issue of supremacy of constituting a bench in which the authority of Chief Justice Dipak Misra was allegedly undermined by a bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer, which had yesterday set up a five-judge bench to hear a case of alleged bribery of judges in which a retired judge of Orissa High Court, Justice Ishrat Masroor Quddusi, is an accused.Justice Chelameswar, who is the senior-most judge after the CJI, had ordered setting up of the five-judge bench of top judges of the apex court as a petition by an NGO and an advocate had claimed there were allegations against Justice Misra.However, in a dramatic development, the CJI today set up a five-judge bench headed by him and overturned yesterday’s order of the two-judge bench, saying the Chief Justice had the sole prerogative of setting up a bench and allocating matters.In fast-paced events, the five-judge bench, also comprising Justices R K Agrawal, Arun Mishra, Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar, assembled at 3 PM and commenced an urgent hearing on the question as to who can direct the setting up of a bench of specific judges to hear a particular matter.”There cannot be a command or an order directing the CJI to constitute a bench of specific strength,” the bench said while making it clear that neither a two-judge, nor a three- judge bench can direct the CJI to constitute a specific bench.”Needless to emphasis that no judge can take up a matter on its own unless allocated by the CJI as the CJI is master of the court,” the bench said and annulled the decision of the two-judge bench, in the hearing which witnessed heated exchange of words between the judges and advocate Prashant Bhushan, representing the petitioners.”Any order passed contrary to this order (by the constitution bench) should not hold the field and shall be treated to be annulled,” the CJI said in hard-hitting remarks while refusing the request of a lawyer to bar the media from reporting the case, saying he believed in “freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of press”.The bench said if the principle of law, judicial discipline and decorum of the court was not followed, there would be “anarchy” and “chaos” in the administration of justice as well as the functioning of the institution.Perturbed by yesterday’s order, the CJI, without taking names of the concerned judges, said there were hundreds of matters listed in the court daily and if the orders were passed like this, then the court cannot function.Members of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), including its President R S Suri, vice-president Ajit Sinha, Secretary Gaurav Bhatia and several senior advocates including Ashok Bhan, Aman Sinha and others strongly countered the allegations levelled in the petitions and said strong action should be taken against any attempt to “browbeat” the judges.”Getting orders by terrorism should not be tolerated by this court. Strong action needs to be taken against any such attempt,” SCBA members said while requesting the bench to initiate contempt proceedings in the matter.The hearing in the jampacked courtroom saw allegations flying thick and fast with Bhushan even raising his pitch while asking the CJI to recuse himself from hearing the matter as his name has allegedly figured in the CBI’s FIR.The CJI retorted by asking Bhushan, who was accompanied by advocate Kamini Jaiswal, one of the petitioners, to read the contents of the FIR and warned against losing his temper.”We have been giving you indulgence and you cannot deny that, despite you levelling wild allegations against me. You can afford to lose your temper but we cannot”, the CJI said.Bhushan, who was representing an NGO ‘Campaign for Judicial Accountability’ and Jaiswal, seeking constitution of an SIT to probe the corruption case allegedly involving judges, said the CJI’s name features in it.”What FIR against me? It is nonsense. There is not a word in the FIR naming me. Read our orders first. I feel sorry. You are liable for contempt now,” the CJI said.Bhushan dared the bench to issue a contempt notice to him and said the hearing cannot be conducted in this manner without allowing him to speak.The activist advocate was also rebuked by Justice Arun Mishra, who observed that FIR cannot be lodged against sitting judicial officer of lower courts, judges of the higher judiciary, the Vice President of India or the President of India because they have immunity.He said the contents of the petition filed before it was per se contemptuous.Bhushan left the court in a huff midway during the hearing, alleging that he was not being allowed to speak while the court has heard “all and sundry”. He was seen apparently being pushed and jostled while he was leaving the courtroom.The CJI also said he had set up the five-judge constitution bench as a two-judge bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, while hearing a separate plea with similar allegations of bribery earlier in the day, had said that the matter should be placed before the CJI for passing an appropriate order.At the fag end of the hearing, one of the bar members requested the bench to pass an order gagging the media from reporting the case, claiming it would tarnish the image of the institution which is a “temple of justice”.The CJI refused to accept the oral submission, saying “I believe in freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of press”.”Prime facie, I am always of the view that freedom of speech and expression should be respected. I am not going to pass any order restraining the press,” CJI Misra said.The constitution bench also made it clear that the pleas regarding alleged bribes taken in the names of judges would be taken up by an appropriate bench after two weeks.The CBI, in its FIR, has named several persons, including former Orissa High Court judge Ishrat Masroor Quddusi, as accused in the alleged corruption case.

‘They touched me inappropriately’, woman alleges Air Asia staff of mid-air sexual harassment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after Indigo misbehaviour incident, a woman has alleged that three male Air Asia staffers molested her in Bengaluru airport.The 28-year-old, who boarded a Ranchi-Bengaluru flight on November 3, has filed an FIR against the Air Asia staff for misbehaviour and sexual harassment. “The cabin steward scolded & touched me inappropriately,” the victim told ANI.According to the victim, the alleged staff members harassed her onboard as well in the Bengaluru airport runway. She said after complaining about the unhygienic condition of the aircraft’s washroom, the Air Asia staff misbehaved with her and threatened to deboard her.”I found toilet of the aircraft dirty & complained. The cabin steward scolded & touched me inappropriately. He also threatened to deboard me. Air Asia staff at Hyderabad supported him. They even humiliated me before the police,” the victim said.The incident comes days after ground staff of IndiGo Airlines were caught on camera assaulting a senior citizen on the tarmac of Delhi Airport.The incident that took place on October 15 came to limelight after the 80-second long video clip surfaced online. The footage shows that staff and the passenger, who has now been identified as Rajiv Katyal, arguing over Katyal boarding the bus on the tarmac.

CJI Dipak Misra’s bench annuls order passed by Justice Chelameswar into PIL regarding judicial accountability

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an unprecedented move, a 5-judge panel headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Mishra annulled an order passed by Justice Jasti Chelameswar into allegations of judicial corruption.On Thursday, Justice Chelameswar had ordered setting up a 5-judge bench excluding the CJI to probe allegations of bribery to allegedly influence outcome of cases.Another petition on the same issue came up for hearing and were set to be heard on Monday.However, at 3 PM today, CJI Misra constituted a seven-judge bench to review the decision of Justice Chelameswar’s order for a probe yesterday. But, two judges recused themselves, making it a five-man panel.Around 4PM, the 5-member bench panel headed by CJI Misra took the decision to annul the order passed by Justice Chelameswar ordering a probe into allegations of judicial corruption. A five-judge bench declares CJI to be the master of the roster. Any judicial order passed by any other judge to set up a bench will be “ineffective and not binding,” rules the Constitution Bench.Order passed a day ago by Justice J Chelameswar’s bench indirectly annulled.The bench by the CJI didn’t include Justice Chelameswar who is the second senior-most judge in the Supreme Court.The CJI, meanwhile, deemed that he was the only one who can set up benches to look into cases, and no other judge, no matter how senior, could order a formation of a constitutional bench.Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan reportedly stormed out of the court of CJI after he refused to hear his plea. Bhushan claimed he had not been allowed to speak by the bench headed by CJI Misra.HOW IT ALL STARTEDIt all began on Thursday when the Supreme Court on Thursday referred to a constitution bench, comprising five senior-most judges, a plea claiming that alleged bribes were being taken using the names of apex court judges promising to secure favourable settlement of a case.Terming as “disturbing” the allegations levelled in CBI’s FIR that also made former Orissa High Court judge Ishrat Masroor Quddusi as one of the accused, the top court said the plea would come up for hearing before the constitution bench on November 13.The decision that the five senior-most judges would be part of the constitution bench assumes significance in the wake of senior advocate Dushyant Dave’s submission that the medical admission matter, the genesis of CBI FIR, was being heard by the bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and hence, he should not be involved with it either on the judicial or on the administrative side.A bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer issued notices to the Centre and the CBI on the plea seeking setting up of a special investigation team (SIT), to be headed by a retired Chief Justice of India, to probe the matter.”Having regard to the totality of the circumstances, we deem it appropriate that this matter be heard by the constitution bench of the first five judges in the order of seniority of this court,” the court said in its order.Dave, appearing for petitioner lawyer Kamini Jaiswal, referred to the CBI FIR on the basis of which Justice (Retd) Quddusi was arrested and subsequently granted bail.He argued that the facts of the case as alleged by CBI were “disturbing”, as according to the probe agency, a conspiracy was hatched and huge illegal gratification demanded for procuring a favourable order in a matter relating to medical college admissions pending before the top court.Asserting that the matter relates to the “integrity” of the highest judicial fora in the country, Dave told the bench that several incriminating documents were seized by CBI during investigation in the graft case and there was apprehension that these materials could be misused.He sought the passage of an interim order to direct the CBI to hand over these documents, including the case diary, in a sealed cover to the registrar of the court.”We deem it appropriate to direct the second respondent (CBI) to produce the entire material collected by the CBI in the course of investigation of the crime and keep it in a sealed cover and produce the same before the constitution bench on Monday, the November 13,” the bench said.Dave said the medical admission matter, on which the case was lodged by the CBI, was being heard in the apex court by a bench headed by Chief Justice Misra and hence the CJI should not be a part of the constitution bench.The bench was, however, non-committal on this submission.”This matter cannot be heard by the CJI, neither in administrative side, nor in judicial side,” Dave said while urging the apex court to mention in its order that the constitution bench would not comprise the CJI.He said Quddusi, along with some other accused, was arrested in connection with the case and granted bail but the CBI has not appealed against the order enlarging him on bail.Dave also said that besides the six accused named in the FIR, CBI has also mentioned other unknown public servants and private persons alleging they had demanded huge gratification to induce public functionaries by corrupt and illegal means.He claimed that the CBI had allegedly seized Rs two crore cash from an alleged aide of the retired judge and the money was to be given to a hawala operator.”My first concern is that, has the CBI deliberately filed a false case so as to discredit and pressurise this great institution or is there something more to it? This needs a thorough and detailed investigation and truth needs to come out. I pray to the almighty that allegations levelled against this great institution are false,” the senior lawyer said.”People are arrested. They get bail in next 48 hours and then you (CBI) forget about it,” he said.Regarding the materials seized by CBI, Dave said an order should be passed for preservation and protection of these “extremely incriminating materials” and the court could direct the CBI Director to ensure its safe custody or hand it over in a sealed cover to the apex court registrar.Initially, the matter was mentioned in the morning before the bench headed by Justice Chelameswar for an urgent listing of the petition today itself.The court said the matter would come up for hearing before it at 12.45 pm after Dave said it should be heard today itself as the FIR contained serious allegations.”The FIR contained certain allegations which are disturbing. The allegations pertain to the functioning of this court. On perusal of the FIR which was placed before us in the morning, we thought it necessary and proper to take up the matter immediately,” the bench observed.During the hearing, an officer of the apex court registry was spotted in the court room by Justice Chelameswar who asked him about the purpose of his visit.The registry official handed to the bench a photocopy of a note purportedly issued by the CJI’s office which was taken on record by the bench as annexure of its order.”At the same time, we are also duty bound to place the developments that when the hearing of the matter was in progress, the officer of the Registry placed a xerox copy of the proceedings purportedly issued by the Chief Justice of India, a copy of which is annexed to this order,” it noted.Quddusi, who had also served as a judge in Chhattisgarh High Court, was arrested along with Lucknow-based Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences’ chairman B P Yadav, his son Palash Yadav and three others, for allegedly trying to settle a matter relating to a medical college barred from admitting new students.With inputs from PTI

Plea for FIR in Ramjas College case rejected

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court on Tuesday rejected a plea that had sought directions to the Delhi Police to register an FIR in the incident of alleged anti-national sloganeering at Delhi University’s Ramjas College in February this year.Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra said there was already an FIR into the incident and there was no need for duplication.The court’s directions came after a complaint was filed by advocate Vivek Garg, seeking lodging of an FIR against those who allegedly raised anti-national slogans at the campus on February 21 and 22. In his plea, Garg alleged that slogans were raised by members of students groups All India Students Association (AISA) and Students’ Federation of India (SFI).“Serious allegations of seditious sloganeering by unknown persons have been made. Complaint is relying upon an unauthenticated audio-video footage, stated to have been obtained by him from social media, wherein the alleged seditious slogans have been recorded.

Rajasthan High Court unites couple, ensures extra cover

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajasthan High Court, Jodhpur, has sent 22-year-old Payal Sanghvi, to live with her husband Faiz Mohammad. She has also been provided police protection as she told the court she feared for their safety. The case filed by Payal’s family has been in limelight. Payal’s family had alleged that Faiz had kidnapped her forged the nikahnama.The case was listed for hearing on Tuesday and the girl told the court she wanted to live with her husband Faiz Mohammad. She told the court that she was not under any pressure and wanted to go to her husband with her own free will. Incidentally, Payal had been living in the government-run nari niketan for the last one week. The court had sent her there after the previous hearing. Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered against Payal’s husband Faiz that will been investigated by a senior official of the rank of an Ad SP.Speaking to DNA after the court order, Mahesh Bora, advocate for Faiz Modi said, “The court on Tuesday heard the issue and asked Payal what she wanted. She told the court she wanted to live with her husband Faiz and court had ordered that she be sent there and also be provided protection. Other issues related to conversion and authenticity of marriage certificate could probably be scheduled for hearing tomorrow.”Payal’s father Narpat sounded crestfallen at the turn of events and said, “The two know each other since school days, but it was not a love relation. We still feel they have done some jadu tona on our daughter to get her under their control.” expressed disappointment Speaking to DNA an emotional Aijaz Modi, Faiz’s father said “I am satisfied with the turn of events on Tuesday. My son’s wife has come home. The last few days had been very tense for us.”Speaking to DNA Faiz said, “I am happy to get my wife back after the court’s intervention. I have known her for 10 years and we love each other. We are both major and have married as per our will. The police can investigate all they want. I am sure to get justice. The court cases will also end soon.”Payal had gone missing from her home on October 25 and her brother had filed a habeas corpus. He had accused the police of not registering his FIR.The court had heard the matter and asked the police to lodge an FIR and investigate the matter. Judges Gopal Krishna Vyas and Manoj Kumar Garg had on the last hearing also sought a reply from the state government on its handling of religious conversions and asked whether there is any law regulating conversions in Rajasthan.Payal had appeared in court in a burqa on that hearing on November 1 and told the court that she had married Faiz on her own free will in April this year. The court had sent her to a government run nari niketan till the case came up for hearing on Tuesday.Payal’s family had alleged that she had been kidnapped and blackmailed. They had also alleged that her marriage certificate was forged. He brother Chirag Sanghvi moved court and acccused the police of refusing to lodge his case. He said the police had told him that his sister had given in writing that she had married one Faiz Mohammad on April 14 this year.

Rajasthan HC spurns love jihad claims, lets ‘converted’ woman go with her husband

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A 22-year-old woman, who was sent to a state-run shelter last week after her brother alleged that she was forcibly converted to Islam and married, today went back to her husband after the Rajasthan High Court set her free.The woman Payal Singhvi alias Aarifa Modi was produced in the court during the hearing of the case and refused to go to the Nari Niketan, the counsel for her brother, Gokulesh Bohra, said.The woman’s counsel objected to her being kept at the shelter and contended that as she was a major, she should be free to exercise her will.”The court asked her and she said she did not wish to go to Nari Niketan. The court said she was free after which she preferred to go with her husband (Faiz Modi),” Bohra said.Meanwhile, Additional Advocate General (AAG) Rajesh Panwar submitted documents pertaining to conversion provisions in the state as directed by the court.The court then listed the matter for hearing tomorrow.Pulling up the state police over its handling of the case, the high court had last Wednesday directed it to register an FIR and submit a report after the woman’s brother claimed that it was an instance of ‘love jihad’.A bench of justices GK Vyas and MK Garg had directed the state government to file a reply clarifying the legal provisions pertaining to religious conversion in the state.Hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by the woman’s brother, the bench had expressed anger over the “negligence” of the police, which allegedly refused to file an FIR on her family’s complaint.The court questioned as to how the police could assume that the girl’s conversion was legal “just by way of an affidavit over a stamp paper of Rs 10″, when there was no provision in law in this regard.In his petition, the brother claimed that Faiz Modi had been harassing his sister for long and abducted her while she was going to college.She was made to sign some papers by him and fake marriage documents were prepared, he alleged.When the family members could not find her, they approached the police which refused to file an FIR stating that Faiz Modi had already produced proof of marriage and an affidavit of religious conversion by the woman dated April 14, the brother had alleged.He alleged that she was blackmailed by the accused with objectionable pictures and forced to convert to Islam and marry him.”This is a clear case of ‘love jihad’ and over half a dozen such cases have already been reported in the city in the past some time due to the disinterest shown by the police in investigating these cases,” the petitioner’s lawyer Gokulesh Bohra had said.The court had directed that the woman be sent to Nari Niketan (women shelter) for seven days and instructed the police to ensure that no one meets her there.Police had filed an FIR on the direction of the court.The matter came in the backdrop of the controversy over a case of a Kerala Hindu woman, who had converted to Islam before marrying a Muslim man, Shafin Jahan.The Kerala High Court had annulled his marriage and described it as an instance of ‘love jihad’, which was challenged by Jahan.It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State’s mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge.Ashokan K M, the father of the woman, had alleged that there was a “well-oiled systematic mechanism” for conversion and Islamic radicalisation.Jahan had on September 20 approached the apex court seeking recall of its August 16 order directing the NIA to investigate the controversial case.The matter is now before the apex court.

Police take six months to lodge FIR against diplomat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman and her daughter had to run from pillar to post for six long months, just to get an FIR registered against a diplomat with the south Delhi Police. The car of a Philippines diplomat had brushed past their car in March. Instead of apologising, the diplomat filed a case against them.After that, the two women spent the next six months making rounds of the court and trying to get an FIR registered. The incident has laid bare the Delhi Police claims about helping women.Priya (name changed), 25, had stepped out of her Rajouri Garden home with her mother to go to the DLF mall in Vasant Kunj on March 2. “Around 7.30 pm, when we reached the Moti Bagh red light, a speeding Red Mercedes with two male occupants came and brushed past our car. Our car’s rear view mirror touched their mirror. One of the men then got out the car and started accusing us of damaging their mirror. As we tried to talk to them, the argument turned ugly and the men started abusing and threatening us,” Priya said.The women made PCR calls, but the police team kept giving the excuse that they were stuck in traffic. Meanwhile, a huge crowd had gathered around the spot. As the two men kept abusing the women, some people in the crowd got annoyed and damaged the diplomat’s car further. Somehow, the women managed to get out of the area and return home.”The police did not come on time and did not help us in any way even after reaching. After five days, we received a call from the South Campus police station, informing us that those men had registered a case against us. We rushed to the police station with our lawyer and narrated our ordeal, but the Station House Officer refused to file a case, stating that his hands were tied,” the victim said.The family then approached the court and after a battle that went on for months, the court directed the police to register an FIR against the accused.”The funniest thing is when we approached the court, it asked the police to submit a status report, in which they mentioned that they had registered a cross FIRs. My client has denied that,” said their lawyer Puneet Dhir.BACKGROUNDPriya had stepped out of her home with her mother to go to the DLF mall in Vasant Kunj on March 2. When they reached the Moti Bagh red light, a speeding Red Mercedes with two male occupants came and brushed past their car. One of the men got out the car and started accusing them of damaging their mirror

Man absolved of son’s sodomy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court has acquitted a man accused of getting his nine-month-old child sodomised by transgenders. The court observed that the man was falsely implicated by his wife.Also, deciding to not initiate a criminal case of perjury against the woman, Additional Sessions Judge Ashwini Kumar Sarpal cautioned her.According to the prosecution, the woman registered a complaint on February 17 this year, claiming that she saw blood coming out of the anus of infant. Following this, she took the child to the hospital, where doctors reportedly told her that he might have been sodomised.According to the complaint, the woman said the accused had taken the child to the transgenders in Khichripur two-three months ago, where he was kept for a week. Following this, an FIR was registered under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).Since the child was an infant, his mother’s statement was recorded before the Magistrate. Later, however, she turned hostile and deposed that she had falsely implicated her husband as they had been quarrelling.”She admitted that she saw blood coming out of the child’s anus and took him to the hospital, where doctor suspected sodomy but she also said that she falsely implicated her husband as he was fighting with her and not living with her,” the court stated.It also held that the complainant did not witness the incident herself. “The complainant has totally exonerated the accused and accepted that whatever she told to anyone about the incident was told at the instance of the police as well as due to her own anger,” the judge said.The judge further said: “During cross examination, she denied seeing or meeting the accused for 6-7 months before the day she saw the victim bleeding. Thus, another allegation made in the FIR, that she saw the accused taking the victim with him to the transgenders, was found to be false.”The court held that the complaint amounted to perjury but considering that the accused was now taking care of his wife and children and did not want any action against her, she was let off with warning.”The accused does not want any action against his wife. Also, the complainant also less than 18 years of age when she was examined in the court. She has to look after her minor child. So, in the interest of justice, I do not propose to take any criminal action against her,” the court stated.

Vrindavan: Bank manager arrested for repeatedly raping Russian national

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The branch manager of a nationalised bank was arrested for allegedly raping a 20-year-old Russian woman repeatedly since she came to India in September after they forged a friendship on Facebook, a senior police officer said.”The manager of UCO Bank’s Vrindavan branch, Mahendra Prasad Singh, has been arrested based on a complaint filed by the woman,” Deputy Superintendent of Police Vijay Shanker Mishra said on Friday.The woman has been sent for medical examination.In her complaint, the woman alleged that the banker “threatened me with dire consequences” if she disclosed his act to anyone.However, Singh has claimed that she filed the complaint after he refused to give her money.According to the FIR, she came into contact with Singh through Facebook on November, 2016.They had frequent conversations afterwards. On his advice, she came to India on September 17 and stayed in the temple town of Vrindaban, according to the FIR.She alleged that on September 22 she was taken to a house, where she was raped and that her ordeal continued since then.She said that the complaint was filed after she met another Russian woman who counselled her to do so.

Pratap Nagar police stn asked to submit report in ‘Love Jihad’ case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan High Court has asked Pratap Nagar police to investigate and submit report in a matter of alleged ‘Love Jihad’. The court directed the police to first register an FIR and submit a report on Wednesday. The division bench of Justice GK Vyas and Justice Manoj Garg issued the order on a habeas corpus petition filed by Chirag Singhvi, a resident of Pal Road.Counsels for the petitioner Neelkamal Bohra and Gokulesh Bohra questioned the legality of the marriage and the girl’s conversion to other religion. They alleged that the matter reeks of ‘Love Jihad’ but the police did not even register an FIR. According to them, already seven to eight such cases have been witnessed and are on rise because of indifference of the police.On the other hand, circle inspector Achal Singh represented by additional advocate general Shivkumar Vyas said that the girl alleged to have been missing, in fact converted and married a Muslim boy Faiz Modi on April 14, 2017. She even met the police commissioner and pleaded for protection, which is why the FIR was not registered.The court then asked the police if they had properly investigated the case. Meanwhile, senior lawyer MR Singhvi also raised question over police investigation.LEGALITY QUESTIONEDCounsels for the petitioner Neelkamal Bohra and Gokulesh Bohra questioned the legality of the marriage and the girl’s conversion to other religion. As per them, already 7 to 8 such cases have been witnessed and are on rise because of indifference of the police. On the other hand, circle inspector Achal Singh represented by additional advocate general Shivkumar Vyas said that the girl alleged to have been missing, in fact converted and married a Muslim boy Faiz Modi on April 14, 2017.

WB govt conspiring to kill GJM chief, say posters in Darjeeling

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung shelved his plan to come to Darjeeling on Monday, posters have appeared at different places in the hill station, saying the state government is conspiring to kill Gurung.The handwritten poster in Nepalese language, which says it is the voice of ‘Janata’ also says as long as Gurung is alive the demand for Gorkhaland is also alive. ‘Wherever he is, may he live well’, it reads.A few days earlier, another poster at the hills called expelled GJM leader Binay Tamang as ‘gaddar’ or betrayer.Gurung had announced that he would come out in the open on October 30 but later GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said it would not be advisable for Gurung to come out in the open now as the Centre had assured a tripartite talk, while the state was trying to capture Gurung and put him behind bars to put an end to the movement in demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland.“It is the conspiracy of the Bengal government and unfortunately some of our turncoat leaders have joined them. The state government is trying to suppress the movement but we will fight it to the finish,” said a senior GJM leader.Interestingly, the FIR (DNA has access to a copy) which was filed on June 9, 2017, at Sadar Police Station in Darjeeling named 36 persons; Binay Tamang’s name was at number 6. “Tamang has joined hands with CM Mamata Banerjee and is trying to thwart the movement,” the GJM leader alleged.BJP MP from Darjeeling, SS Ahluwalia, said, “If Tamang has been named in the FIR, why isn’t he arrested or called for questioning while others have been charged with UA(P)A as well? Besides, as against other FIRs where ‘other unknown persons’ is mentioned in case names are not known, in this case, the phrase used is ‘5000 to 7000 other members & supporters of GJMM’, which is very unnatural.”Police authorities kept on passing the buck to one another. Officials of Sadar PS said it was not unnatural to name so many people in the FIR. However, he admitted that they were not investigating the matter as it had been taken up by the CID, West Bengal.ADG North Bengal, Siddhinath Gupta, told DNA, “The case is being investigated by the CID but as far as I know, Tamang has not been called for questioning.”

Ramjas ruckus: Delhi court reserves order on plea seeking FIR against ‘anti-national’ sloganeering

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court has reserved its order on a plea seeking an FIR in a case of alleged anti- national sloganeering at the Ramjas College by some students’ groups in February this year.Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra reserved the order after hearing arguments of complainant advocate Vivek Garg and the Delhi Police, and posted it for next week.The court had earlier warned Garg against mixing this incident with the JNU case in which sedition charge was slapped against some students. In February 2016, JNU had hogged the limelight after the arrest of its student leaders, including then JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar.The Ramjas college case involved the raising of slogans and a clash between students owing allegiance to the ABVP and Left organisations, AISA and SFI.On February 21, members of the RSS student wing ABVP had gathered outside the college and shouted slogans in protest against a seminar for which JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid were invited.The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members allegedly pelted stones, vandalised the venue and disrupted the seminar.The next day violent clashes had erupted between the students of All India Students Association (AISA) and Students Federation of India (SFI) and the ABVP students, which left several of them and three teachers injured.The court had on August 29 observed that sedition charges could not be pressed on the basis of an unauthenticated and unreliable video, after it was shown so-called footage of the alleged “anti-national” sloganeering in the college.The plea, which sought registration of an FIR for alleged offences of sedition, criminal conspiracy, waging war against the State and defamation under the IPC, also demanded action against the Delhi Police officials for not lodging the complaint.The police had on August 3 submitted an action taken report in the matter and said it was examining students and teachers to identify the culprits involved in the Ramjas College clashes.In the report, the police had said they had lodged an FIR at the Maurice Nagar police station on February 22 for the alleged offences or rioting and obstruction, causing hurt and assault to deter public servant from discharging duty However, the complaint had alleged that “anti-national slogans/activities were being carried out by leaders/students of AISA/SFI in Ramjas College, shamelessly and openly which supported India’s enemy Pakistan. The criminal acts of accused were also boosting the morale of terrorists against our country”.

Cops look out for man who flashed at woman in Andheri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the 28-year-old woman complained that an unknown man flashed her at on the Airport Road Metro Station on Thursday evening, the Andheri police has now registered a case of sexual harassment and on the lookout of the accused.According to the police, they have retrieved a CCTV footage and are on the lookout for the accused. The incident is said to have taken place somewhere near the entry/exit of Airport Metro Station which generally doesn’t witness much footfall. The incident came to light when the woman took to twitter sharing the incident. The MMOPL acknowledged the tweet and responded, “We have taken note of your complaint and are in the process of implementing various measures to ensure that such incidents are not repeated. We request you to file police complaint, in order to take this to a logical conclusion.”The woman then filed an FIR under section 354 A against unknown accused in Andheri police station.

FIR registered against Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel, Vinod Verma in Chhattisgarh Sex CD case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> An FIR was lodged against the President of state Congress Committee Bhupesh Baghel and journalist Vinod Verma in state minister sex CD case by the Chattisgarh Police on SaturdayThe FIR was registered under relevant sections of IT act.Journalist Vinod Verma was arrested by the Chhattisgarh Police from his Ghaziabad on Friday for suspected blackmail and extortion related to a ‘sex CD’ allegedly involving a state minister, who called it ‘fake’ and an attempt at character assassination.Verma, who earlier worked with BBC Hindi service and Amar Ujala, was denied bail and Chhattisgarh police was given his transit remand till October 30 after he was produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Archna in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. Verma is also a member of Editors Guild of India.Raipur Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Shukla claimed that about 500 ‘porn’ CDs, Rs 2 lakh in cash, a pen drive, a laptop and a diary were seized from the journalist’s residence, who was picked up at 3.30 am from Mahagun Mansion Apartments in Indirapuram by a team of the Chhattisgarh Police with the help of the Ghaziabad Police.The SP said that Verma has been booked under Section 67 (A) Information Technology (IT) Act for possessing pornographic material.As Verma was being escorted by police, he claimed that the Chhattisgarh government was not happy with him as it suspected that he had a ‘sex CD of Chhattisgarh PWD minister Rajesh Munot’ and suggested he was being framed.Chhattisgarh BJP spokesperson Shivratan Sharma had alleged that state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel was part of the ‘conspiracy’ involving the ‘fake CD’.(With agency inputs)

PM’s name used in fake loan schemes to con people, again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another instance of misusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name, the CBI registered a case against unidentified persons over a loan scheme.The case has been registered for allegedly using the Prime Minister’s name to con people through a purported loan scheme. The investigation agency had received a complaint from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) nearly 11 months ago alleging that the scheme had misused the name of the Prime Minister.The perpetrators had allegedly given a misleading advertisement in a leading national daily on July 11 last year, offering loans under the ‘Pradhanmantri Jan Kalyan Yojna’ with no file charge, no guarantor, zero per cent interest, 60 per cent rebate within 12 hours by logging on www.satyamgroup.org, the complaint read.”This appears to be a clear case of forgery/impersonation wherein the name of PM has been misused,” it stated.This is not the first time that such a ponzi scheme has come to light. Earlier, in May this year, the CBI had registered another FIR in a similar case after the PMO had been approached by a person from Himachal Pradesh who claimed he had been duped by a loan scheme agent who claimed the scheme was launched by the PM.Post demonetisation, such cases had surfaced where fake mobile recharge websites were floated as also several imitating government websites that carried the name and photo of the PM and the links to these fake websites were floated on social media sites.

Gujarat court sends two suspected ISIS terrorists to 10-day custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court in Gujarat’s Bharuch district today remanded two suspected ISIS operatives in the custody of Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad for 10 days.While the ATS had sought a 14-day custody of Mohammad Kasim Stimberwala and Ubed Ahmed Mirza, Chief Judicial Magistrate R D Mehta granted it custody till November 6.ATS officials held Stimberwala from Ankleshwar while Mirza was arrested from Surat yesterday.They are accused of conspiring to spread terror in Gujarat and rest of the country through ‘lone wolf’ attacks.They have been booked under IPC sections 120-b (criminal conspiracy), 121-a (waging war against government of India) and 125 (waging war against any Asiatic power in alliance with government of India).They were also booked under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.In the FIR, the ATS alleged that the duo were planning to attack a synagogue in Khadia area of Ahmedabad.While Stimberwala worked as a laboratory technician at a hospital in Ankleshwar, Mirza, a lawyer, practised in the Surat district court. He also owns a hotel in Surat.Both are “highly radicalised by the fundamentalist ideology of the Islamic State (ISIS) for last many years and (were) actively planning to cause terrorist acts”, the ATS said in the FIR.They were influenced by Abdullah el-Faisal, a radical preacher deported from the UK to Jamaica. Recently, el-Faisal was detained in Jamaica on the charges of urging youths to travel to Syria and take part in ‘jihad’, said the FIR.Stimberwala was in regular touch with el-Faisal through social media, it said.Monitoring of their social media accounts revealed that Stimberwala and Mirza were attracted to the extremist ideology for the last three-four years, said the FIR.Both were making “intensive efforts to radicalise other youths in India”, the ATS said. PTI PJT PD KRK ZMN

DSP MK Ganpathy suicide: Karnataka minister KJ George named as accused in FIR filed by CBI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a move that is likely to upset the Congress government in Karnataka, a state minister has named as an accused in the alleged suicide of DSP MK Ganpathy who died under mysterious circumstances in July last year.In an FIR filed by CBI, Karnataka Minister for Bengaluru Development and Planning, KJ George has been named as accused number oen. Others who are named in the FIR are Bengaluru IGP lokayuktha Pranov Mohanty and ADGP State Intelligence.Reacting to the CBI FIR, BJP Karnataka president BS Yeddyruppa demanded that KJ George be immediately removed from the cabinet, threatening a state-wide agitation if action was not taken. Yeddyurappa added that if George was part of the government, then it would be difficult to have a fair probe. Former Karnataka Minister K J George was reinducted into the Siddaramaiah ministry on September 26, 2016, close on the heels of being given a clean chit by the CID in a case related to the alleged suicide of a Deputy Superintendent of Police. George, a close confidant of the Chief Minister, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Vajubhai Vala at a ceremony held in Raj Bhavan.George had resigned on July 18, soon after a court in Madikeri in Kodagu district directed police to register an FIR against him and two police officers in connection with the suicide of 51-year-old M K Ganapathy.Ganapathy was found hanging from a ceiling fan in a room at a lodge in Madikeri on July 7, prior to which he gave an interview to a local TV channel saying the Minister and AM Prasad (now Commissioner for Traffic and Road Safety) and Pranab Mohanty (now on central deputation as Additional Deputy Director General of UIDAI) would be responsible “if anything happens to me.”The court had issued directions based on a private criminal complaint by Ganapathy’s son, Nehal, requesting it to direct police to take up investigation against the minister and the officers for allegedly abetting his father’s suicide.Karnataka CID, which investigated the case, on September 17 gave a clean chit to George and two senior police officers in its ‘B’ report, filed in a court in Madikeri.With inputs from PTI

Civil society collective releases report; highlights lapses in police’s investigation in Pehlu Khan’s murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Months after Rajasthan dairy farmer Pehlu Khan was lynched in Alwar by cow vigilantes, a civil society collective on Thursday released a report highlighting several loopholes in the Behror police’s investigation in the case. The lapses –the report states –allegedly weakened the case against the accused and also let them go scot-free after the alleged murder.In April this year, Khan was attacked by a mob of 200 people while he was on his way home. Before dying two days later at a private hospital, he named six of his attackers in a statement given to the police.However, none of them were arrested. As per the report, in September, the police instead concluded that none of those named was involved in the attack. Those arrested were not named either in Khan’s statement or in the First Information Report (FIR). They got bail despite being charged with murder.The independent report states the police did not book the accused under the stringent, relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, despite clinching evidence of their involvement in the case and also delayed the filing of the FIR. It states the sabotage began with the FIR. For instance, while the lynching took place between 7pm and 10pm on April 1, the FIR was unnecessary delayed and filed at 4.24am, even though the attack site was only two km away from the police station, the report states. Moreover, despite Khan’s statement, he was not named as the complainant in the FIR. Even the names of the policemen present at the attack site were not named in the FIR. The report states that even though Khan’s severe beating led to his death, the FIR does not invoke Sec 307 of the IPC for the offence of “attempt to murder” which provides for imprisonment of 10 years to life. “Instead, the FIR invokes Sec 308, which only takes cognisance of “attempt to culpable homicide not amounting to murder”, prescribing imprisonment of three to seven years, the report states. It added that despite section 308 non bailable and section 302 added in the charge sheet being non bailable as well, the arrested accused secured bail as the prosecution failed to defend the charges and the arrests at the Rajasthan High Court. The report states that several sections like 120B dealing with criminal conspiracy, 204 on destruction of evidence and 153A dealing with promoting enmity on grounds of religion and section 148 dealing with rioting with weapon, among other important sections were ignored in the FIR and charge sheet filed by the police. This is despite availability of relevant evidences for the sections to be invoked including finding of lathis and destruction of receipts available with Khan for the cattle he bought.The report states that despite four of the six people named by Khan in his dying declaration, the police could not trace the named accused for five months after the incident. “First, they failed to arrest the men even though a police officer had recorded Mr. Khan’s statement at 11.50 p.m. on April 1, less than two hours after the attack. Second, apart from announcing a reward of Rs. 5,000 for information on their whereabouts, the police made no efforts to trace the six and arrest them,” the report states, adding that it is not known if the police conducted any raids, not only at the residences of these accused but also at those of their relatives and friends, as well as at their other likely hideouts.It further mentions that more than five months after the attack, the police not only exonerated every one of the six accused that Khan had named in a sudden move, but also questions why the appropriate legal provisions were not invoked, including attaching their properties and freezing their bank accounts, to force the surrender of the accused. “The police did not even move court for the issuance of warrants of arrest against the men, nor ask the court to order them to surrender before it, remedies available under Sections 82 and 83 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC),” it states.It also states that the police the police and the prosecution tried to negate the Khan’s post mortem report with statements from doctors at the private Kailash Hospital in Behror where he had passed away, who said his death could have been because of a weak heart and also pointed to an X-ray and a USG ultra-sonography revealed that the chest, lungs and abdomen of Khan were normal with no injuries.”The records establish that the police and the prosecution have, through acts of commission and omission, worked from the day of the attack to diminish the enormity of the crime, weakening the case against the accused,” the report alleged.

Hawker union leaders meet police chief demanding action against MNS workers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A delegation of 10 hawkers union leaders led by Congress leader Naseem Khan met Mumbai Commissioner of Police, Datta Padsalgikar on Tuesday afternoon to demand action against the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers for allegedly evicting hawkers forcefully.The delegation submitted a written application to the CP demanding action against the hooliganism of MNS workers who are forcefully evicting the hawkers from roads and vandalising the stalls.Naseem Khan and the other hawker leaders requested the Mumbai police chief to take action and stop the hooliganism of the MNS workers. A letter given to the police chief stated, “According to the orders of honorable Supreme Court and High Court, those hawkers doing business since May 1, 2014 are all protected. But the MNS workers are violating the orders by evicting them and somehow the police are also becoming part in the violation. The instances in the Western suburbs and eastern suburbs are example of it hence we are requesting you to take action against the violators.””We are not protecting or standing behind the illegal hawkers, a strict action should be taken against them but the action should be taken by the appropriate authorities and not MNS hooligans. We have met CP Padsalgikar and they have ensured us that they will not allow anyone to take law in their hands and the appropriate action would be taken against the violators and the orders have been given to the register an FIR in cases of forceful eviction,” said Naseem Khan.

Delhi High Court stays proceedings against DCW chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a relief for Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal, the Delhi High Court on Friday stayed the proceedings against her in a case of allegedly disclosing the identity of a 14-year-old Dalit rape victim who had succumbed to injuries.Justice Ashutosh Kumar granted interim relief to Maliwal who was summoned by the trial court to appear before it on October 23 in the case.The court asked the Delhi Police, represented through standing counsel Richa Kapoor, to file a status report in the matter and listed it for hearing on December 19.Senior advocate R S Cheema, appearing for the DCW, said that the commission had earlier issued a notice to the police asking the reasons for not arresting the accused and the “botched probe” in the matter after which the accused was arrested.”However, exhibiting an instance of flagrant abuse of power, the police lodged an FIR under the IPC against the DCW chairperson on frivolous allegations that under authority of the chairperson, its functionaries had sent the copy of the notice of July 22, 2016, on a WhatsApp group of DCW and media persons, thereby revealing the name of the victim,” he argued.The police had earlier told the high court that they have invoked provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act against Maliwal.It had said that it has dropped the charge of disclosure of the identity of the victim against Maliwal under the IPC but the case under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act still stands.A charge-sheet was earlier filed in the trial court after which Maliwal was summoned.The court was hearing a plea by the DCW for quashing the FIR lodged against its chief for allegedly revealing the identity of the minor rape victim.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s car stolen

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, Delhi CM and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal’s iconic blue Wagon- R car has been stolen. Currently, an AAP volunteer Vandana belonging to party’s media cell was using the car, according to DCP(Central Delhi). The car has been stolen from near the Delhi Secretariat. It was stolen at around 2 PM on Thursday. A formal complaint regarding car stealing has been filed with the IP Estate police station and police have lodged an FIR. Delhi CM had received the car as a gift. According to reports, CCTV footage regarding stolen Wagon- R has been received but the quality is blurred. It remains to be seen if this incident will be projected by AAP as an example of failing law and order situation in the capital, which is under the purview of the central government. Further details awaited

Manganiyar families flee village in fear

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 20 Manganiyar families in Jaisalmer have been forced to leave their village after receiving threat followed by the killing of a family member who was also a folk singer. Now, nearly 80-100 members of these families from Dantal village of the district are living in Jaisalmer district headquarter at Rain Basera (shelter) run by Nagar Palika while some other families are living at their relatives’ house in Balad village. The deceased, Aamad Khan, was a Manganiyar singer who used to sing Bhajans in temples. He was found dead in the village. After four days of his death, Khan’s relatives filed an FIR at Falsund police station alleging that on September 27, one Ramesh Suthar, who used to practice as deity comes in him, asked Aamad to sing a particular Raaga. Failing which Ramesh with his two brothers picked Khan when he was on his way back home and beat him up. It is said in FIR that due to injuries Aamad Khan received during beating caused him to death. The police of Phulsund Thana arrested the main accused Ramesh and but two other accused are still out of clutches. Meanwhile, around 20 families of Manganiyars reached Jaisalmer district headquarters. Chhuge Khan, brother of deceased said that some people threatened to kill their family members as they dared to register FIR. “Proper police guard have been deployed at Dantal as well as Balad villages for their protection but despite of assurance these people are not going back.” Gaurav Yadav, District SP, Jaisalmer said.

Former Bihar CM Rabri Devi skips ED summons

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi today skipped her scheduled appearance before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with its money laundering probe in the railway hotels allotment corruption case, officials said.The central probe agency, they said, has now asked her to appear on October 16. Rabri Devi, the wife of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, has earlier twice skipped the ED summonses in this case. It was not immediately clear if she furnished any reason for her absence today. The ED had yesterday questioned her son and former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav for about nine hours in connection with this case. The CBI has also recently recorded the statement of Tejashwi Yadav and Lalu Prasad in this case.The ED had registered a criminal case against the Lalu Prasad family members and others under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) sometime back. It had earlier questioned a few people in this case including the wife of former UPA minister P C Gupta. The agency had taken cognisance of a CBI FIR in this regard to initiate its own criminal complaint. In July, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered a criminal FIR (first information report) and conducted multiple searches against former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad and others.The ED will investigate the alleged “proceeds of crime” generated by the accused, purportedly through shell companies, officials had said. Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav and others will be probed by the agency under charges filed in the Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), the ED equivalent of a police FIR. The case dates back to the time when Lalu was the railway minister in the UPA government.Others named in the CBI FIR include Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar (both directors of Sujata Hotels), Delight Marketing company, now known as Lara Projects, and the then IRCTC managing director P K Goel. The CBI FIR alleges that Prasad, as railway minister, handed over the maintenance of two IRCTC hotels to a company after receiving a bribe in the form of prime land in Patna through a ‘benami’ company owned by Sarla Gupta.The FIR was registered on July 5 in connection with favours allegedly extended to Sujata Hotels in awarding a contract for the upkeep of the hotels in Ranchi and Puri and receiving premium land as ‘quid pro quo’.The ED, under the PMLA, has powers to attach and confiscate tainted assets and it is expected that the agency will initiate such a move once it makes progress in the case.

Lost your chappals? Pune rural cops will probe if case serious enough

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While many of us might have experienced a situation wherein police delay registering a genuine complaint of theft or robbery, Pune rural police have proved to be an exception to this.The cops have found it serious enough to entertain a case of a missing sandal of a person.In a quirky instance, one Vishal Kalekar, a resident of Rakshewadi in Khed tahsil of Pune district, had on October 3 walked to the police station to report that his brand new sandal was stolen from outside his apartment and insisted on filing an FIR.And the Khed police registered a case of theft under section 379 of IPC against unidentified persons after the 36-year-old Kalekar insisted on doing so, a police official said.Kalekar lives on the third floor of Palash Residency apartment on the Takalkarwadi Road in Khed, the official added.”We have registered an offence of theft in this case and our probe is on,” Pradeep Jadhav, Inspector of Khed police station told PTI over phone today.Asked whether he had faced such instances in the past, the official said one can’t say who will come with what type of complaint.”As of now we only can say that an offence of theft has been registered against unidentified persons and nobody has been arrested yet,” he said.As per the complaint, the incident occurred in the wee hours of October 3, between 3 am and 8 am, when some unidentified persons came inside the building and allegedly took away his new black sandal worth Rs 425, an official said.After Kalekar approached the police, onduty police Y M Gaikwad registered an offence of theft and he was given the copy of the first information report (FIR).The Khed station officials today confirmed that police Naik S M Dhole is investigating the case.

Haryana: 18 farmers booked in Karnal for stubble burning; harming the environment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An FIR has been registered against 18 farmers in Haryana’s Karnal district after they were caught burning stubble resulting in high smoke levels and pollution in the area.”Strict action is being taken against those involved in stubble burning. A fine is also being imposed,” said Dr. Aditya Dahiya, the Deputy Commissioner of Karnal.Stubble burning has harmful effects on environment, human health and productivity have raised serious concern. For many years, the Punjab and Haryana governments have been trying to curb the illegal bi-annual practice, but their efforts have been dwarfed by the enormity of the problem so far.In April, satellite images of fire incidents is helping authorities in Punjab tackle stubble burning in the state, putting a check on the banned practice that causes air pollution and adversely affects human health.

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