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Sushma Swaraj’s speech in Rajya Sabha on Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family: Full text

India today slammed Pakistan for making “absurd” charges of a chip, camera or a recorder being installed in the footwear of the wife of imprisoned Indian Kulbhushan Jadhav and said Islambad was on to a mischief after showing discourtesy towards his family.Making a statement on the meeting of Jadhav with his wife and mother in Islamabad earlier this week, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said it came after 22 months and was “misused by Pakistan as an instrument to further its propaganda.”Here’s full text of her Rajya Sabha speech:STATEMENT BY EAM IN LOK SABHA ON THE MEETING OF THE FAMILY OF Mr KULBHUSHAN JADHAV WITH HIM AND THE SITUATION ARISING FROM THEREMadam Speaker,I rise to apprise the House of recent developments pertaining to Shri Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian national in the illegal custody of Pakistan. As the House is aware, his mother and wife met him on 25 December 2017 in Islamabad. The meeting was arranged through diplomatic channels.2.In April 2017, I had made a statement in this House underlining the Government’s determination to do everything possible to ensure Shri Jadhav’s well-being and secure his release from illegal detention. Since then, the House is aware that we approached the International Court of Justice and obtained provisional measures that stayed the execution of the death sentence that was passed on Shri Jadhav through a farcical Pakistani military court process. While the imminent threat to Shri Jadhav’s safety was averted as a result, we are now engaged in seeking a permanent relief, based on stronger arguments, through the legal avenue offered by the International Court of Justice.Madam Speaker,3: I had also conveyed that we were in constant touch with the family at this difficult time. It was, therefore, natural that we took up the cause of family members who sought access to Shri Jadhav with a view to ascertaining his well-being for themselves. These efforts were pursued persistently through diplomatic channels. As a result, this month, the Pakistani authorities consented to a meeting between Shri Jadhav and his mother and wife.4.While the meeting could have been a step forward, it is a matter of great concern that there was departure from the agreed understandings between the two countries in the conduct of this meeting. The emotional moment between a mother and her son, and a wife and her husband after a period of 22 months, was misused by Pakistan as an instrument to further its propaganda. The Ministry of External Affairs has stated our position in this regard publicly day before yesterday. Our concerns arising from this meeting were conveyed to Pakistan through diplomatic channels yesterday. I would like to highlight a few of them in this House:There was a clear agreement that the media would not be allowed close access to the mother and wife of Shri Jadhav. However, not only the Pakistani press was allowed to approach family members closely, but the family members were also harassed through use of offensive language by the media. The Pakistani media hurled false and motivated accusations about Shri Jadhav;Under the pretext of security precautions, even the attire of the family members was changed. Mr Jadhav’s mother, who wears a Sari only, was instead given Salwar and Kurta to wear. Bindi, bangles and mangal sutra of the wife were removed; The mother of Shri Jadhav wanted to talk to her son in mother tongue Marathi, as this is clearly the natural medium of communication between a mother and son. However, the mother of Shri Jadhav was not allowed to speak in Marathi. While doing so, she was repeatedly interrupted by the two Pakistani officials present in the meeting. When she persisted, the intercom was closed and she was prevented from proceeding further with the conversation in Marathi; The family members were taken for the meeting through a separate door without informing the Deputy High Commissioner of India, who had accompanied the family members for this meeting. Consequently, he could not see that the family members were being taken for the meeting after changing their attire and removing their bindi, bangles and mangal sutra. Otherwise he would have objected then and there. The meeting was started without his presence and he could join only after pressing the matter with concerned officials;The car for the family of Mr Jadhav and accompanying Indian diplomat was delayed after the meeting so as to give another opportunity to the media to harass them;The shoes of the wife of Shri Jadhav were removed before the meeting and she was given slippers to wear to the meeting. The shoes were not returned to her despite her repeated requests after the meeting. The Pakistan authorities have been cautioned against any mischievous intent in this regard through a Note Verbale yesterday. 5.The mother and wife, after their return, conveyed to me that Shri Kulbhushan Jadhav appeared under considerable stress and was speaking in an atmosphere of coercion. As the meeting evolved, it was clear to them that his remarks were tutored by his captors and designed to perpetuate the false narrative of his alleged activities. His appearance also raised questions of his health and well being.Madam Speaker,6.The meeting of Mr. Kulbhushan Jadhav with his mother and wife was portrayed by Pakistan as a humanitarian gesture. However, the truth is that both humanity and compassion were missing during the meeting that was arranged on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. There was a serious and gross violation of human rights of the family members of Shri Jadhav and an intimidating atmosphere was created for them during this meeting. There are not enough words to condemn the same.Madam Speaker,7. I am fully confident that this entire House and through this House, the people of India, strongly condemns, in one voice, the obnoxious behaviour of Pakistan and affirm their solidarity with the Jadhav family.

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Live updates: Sushma Swaraj speaks on Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case in Rajya Sabha

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is making a statement on Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case and the treatment meted out to his family in Pakistan. Jadhav, 47, was allowed to meet his mother Avanti and wife Chetana Jadhav across a glass screen on Monday. India has maintained he was kidnapped and implicated. On Wednesday, political leaders cutting across party lines in Parliament condemned Pakistan’s mistreatment of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family in Islamabad and demanded efforts to bring back the former Indian Naval officer who has been captured and sentenced to death on charges of espionage and terror. Here are the Live Updates:11: 25 am : It was nothing like a humanitarian gesture. Human rights of the family members were violated again and again & an environment of fear was created for them: Sushma Swaraj​11: 23 am: Even after her repeated attempts, the shoes of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife were not returned. Pakistan says there was a camera or a recorder in the shoes, nothing can be more absurd than this as she traveled in 2 flights with those shoes on. It is an absurdity beyond measure: Sushma Swaraj11: 20 am : Not just his wife but bindi and mangalsutra of his mother were also removed: Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha​It was nothing like a humanitarian gesture. Human rights of the family members were violated again and again & an environment of fear was created for them: Sushma Swaraj

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Kulbhushan Jadhav | Parliament condemns humiliating treatment of family, Sushma Swaraj to make statement tomorrow

Parliament on Wednesday witnessed protests across all party lines condemning the way Pakistan humiliated the family of jailed Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav in Islamabad.Lawmakers of every single party not only slammed Islamabad for the farce meeting but also demanded that India must do all it can to bring back Jadhav.“We condemn the way Kulbhushan Jadhav ‘s mother and wife were treated in Pakistan. Kulbhushan Jadhav should be brought back to the country,” senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said in the Lok Sabha. “We can’t expect anything better from Pakistan. The way Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife were treated was shameful,”Kapil Sibal, another senior Congress leader, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.Amid uproar over the issue, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that she will be making a statement in the House on this issue tomorrow. Also readTreatment to Jadhav’s kin like ‘Draupadi’s Vastra-haran’, Pak should be broken to four parts: Subramanian SwamySwaraj is scheduled to give a statement in the Rajya Sabha at 11 am tomorrow and at 12 noon in the Lok Sabha.On Tuesday, a day after the Jadhav’s family met him in Islamabad, New Delhi ripped apart Islamabad’s PR stunt by giving the details of the 30-minute meeting.Also readKulbhushan Jadhav’s family was harassed; wife had to remove mangal sutra, bindi: India exposes Pakistan’s PR showFrom removing bangles, bindi and mangal sutra of Jadhav’s wife to preventing his mother to speak in her mother tongue, Pakistani officials and the local media continued to harass the two during their short stay in Pakistani capital.Narrating sequence of events, the MEA statement said that prior to the meeting the two countries through diplomatic channels had worked out modalities and format of the meeting. “There were clear understandings between the two sides and the Indian side scrupulously abided by all its commitments,” it said. The MEA noted with regret that the Pakistani side conducted the meeting in a manner which violated the letter and spirit of our understandings.

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Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family was harassed; wife had to remove mangal sutra, bindi: India exposes Pakistan’s PR show

A day after Kulbhushan Jadhav met his family from behind a glass partition, India in a terse reply, exposed Pakistan’s PR show.In a detailed response, Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said, “Prior to the meeting, the two governments were in touch through diplomatic channels to work out its modalities and format. There were clear understandings between the two sides and the Indian side scrupulously abided by all its commitments.”“However, we note with regret that the Pakistani side conducted the meeting in a manner which violated the letter and spirit of our understandings,” he said. Also readDay after meeting Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan, wife, mother meet Sushma Swaraj Exposing Islamabad’s farce, New Delhi revealed that, “the Pakistani press was allowed on multiple occasions to approach family members closely, harass and hector them and hurl false and motivated accusations about Jadhav. This was despite a clear agreement that the media would not be allowed close access.”In blatant disregard to cultural sensibilities, Pakistani officials asked Jadhav’s wife to remove her mangal sutra and bindi. “Under the pretext of security precautions, the cultural and religious sensibilities of family members were disregarded. This included removal of mangal sutra, bangles and bindi, as well as a change in attire that was not warranted by security,” the MEA statement said.Also readKulbhushan Jadhav meets wife, mother from behind glass screen; not the last meeting, says Pakistan “The mother of Jadhav was prevented from talking in their mother tongue, although this was clearly the natural medium of communication. She was repeatedly interrupted while doing so and eventually prevented from proceeding further in this regard,” Kumar added.“Deputy High Commissioner was initially separated from family members who were taken to the meeting without informing him. The meeting was started without his presence and he could join only after pressing the matter with concerned officials. Even then, he was kept behind an additional partition that did not allow him access to the meeting as agreed,” the statement said.Also readKulbhushan Jadhav meets wife, mother for 40 minutes; thanks Pak govt for ‘grand gesture’“For some inexplicable reason, despite her repeated requests, the shoes of the wife of Shri Jadhav were not returned to her after the meeting. We would caution against any mischievous intent in this regard,” Kumar said.“From the feedback we have received of the meeting, it appears that Jadhav was under considerable stress and speaking in an atmosphere of coercion. Most of his remarks were clearly tutored and designed to perpetuate the false narrative of his alleged activities in Pakistan. His appearance also raises questions of his health and well being,” MEA said.“We also regret that contrary to assurances, the overall atmosphere of the meeting was intimidating insofar as family members were concerned. Family members, however, handled the situation with great courage and fortitude. The manner in which the meeting was conducted and its aftermath was clearly an attempt to bolster a false and unsubstantiated narrative of Jadhav’s alleged activities,” the statement added.

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Day after meeting Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan, wife, mother meet Sushma Swaraj

A day after meeting ‘convicted’ ex-Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav in Islamabad, his family met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on Tuesday.Jadhav’s father along with his mother and wife met Swaraj at her New Delhi residence. Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh, who went to Islamabad with the family, also accompanying them. Foreign Secretary Jaishankar also attended the brief meeting.Jadhav’s meeting with his family members was not any ordinary meeting as they were separated by a glass barrier.Also readKulbhushan Jadhav meets his mother, wife from behind Pak smokescreenThe Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), to this end, clarified that the screen was placed due to security reasons and that Jadhav already knew this would be the setting.”It was there due to security reasons. We had already told them that you will be able to meet him but a security barrier would be there,” Dr Mohammed Faisal, Pakistan Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, replied to a poser by ANI, in a press briefing in Islamabad.Also readFeel ashamed for acts against Pakistan and its people: Kulbhushan Jadhav in new ‘confessional’ videoFaisal substantiated his stance by adding that Islamabad considered Jadhav as “the face of Indian terrorism, especially in Pakistan.”In addition to this, the MoFA released another ‘confessional’ video of Jadhav’s, in which the convicted alleged spy was seen confessing that he did cross from Iran to Pakistan two years back.Also readKulbhushan Jadhav meets wife, mother for 40 minutes; thanks Pak govt for ‘grand gesture’Jadhav, in the video that was apparently shot before he got to meet his kin, also said that he had requested to meet his family members and that he was grateful to the Pakistan Government for letting that happen.Jadhav’s wife and mother, before meeting him, had visited the Indian High Commission in the Pakistani capital, after which they moved to the MoFA building.Indian Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad JP Singh was also present during the meeting.Pakistan had agreed to facilitate the visit of Jadhav’s family and also assured their safety, security, and freedom of movement in the country.Jadhav was arrested in March this year, in Balochistan, Pakistan, over charges of alleged involvement in ‘espionage and subversive activities for India’s intelligence agency – the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).’India, however, maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.(With ANI inputs)

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Kulbhushan Jadhav LIVE updates | No consular access for ex-Indian Navy official, reports Pak media

13:18 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: Jadhav’s wife and mother will first visit the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. The meeting is expected to take place at 1pm (Pak time).12:55 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: Elaborate security arrangements are in place around Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From Pakistan Rangers to Anti-Terrorism squads and sharp shooters have been deployed on roof tops.12:48 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: The Pakistani media has started to gather outside Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad.12:38 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: Latest media reports from Islamabad say that Kulbhushan Jadhav has not been granted any consular access. 12:36 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: Dr Mohammad Faisal, spokesperson Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan, took to Twitter and said that the meeting between Jadhav and his family has been allowed as a ‘humanitarian gesture’ on the birthday of ‘Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’12:33 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: There are conflicting reports over consular access being granted to Kulbhushan Jadhav. While Pakistan claims to have finally granted the access, India has downplayed the news and said that the Indian diplomat accompanying the wife and mother of Jadhav can’t be seen as consular access.12:32 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: Wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav have reached Islamabad.

Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family lands in Islamabad, to meet him shortly; Confusion over consular access

After 19 months of captivity in Pakistani jail, former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav is scheduled to meet his family in Islamabad today.According to latest reports, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has confirmed that Islamabad has ‘finally granted consular access’ toJadhav.New Delhi, however, has downplayed the development and said that Indian diplomat accompanying Jadhav’s mother and wife can’t be seen as consular access.In preparation for the meeting, Pakistan has deployed heavy security and traffic personnel within and outside their Foreign Office. Pakistani diplomatic sources said the meeting will last for an hour. Pakistan has offered to arrange media presence, if Jadhav’s mother and wife want to speak to media. But the offer has been rejected by India, reports said.Pakistani sources indicated that the meeting between Jadhav and his family members will not be the last, raising hopes that his death sentence may be deferred. The Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi had issued visas to Jadhav’s mother and wife earlier in the week. The visas were issued after Pakistan decided to allow Jadhav’s wife to visit him. But later, it agreed to allow his mother to join, who had originally applied for the visa. Pakistan later agreed to Indian condition — to allow an Indian diplomat to accompany the two women and also to provide a sovereign guarantee to their security and safety. After extensive deliberations, the Indian request was allowed and December 25 was proposed last week as the meeting date.Also readKulbhushan Jadhav to meet his mother and wife today in PakistanJadhav, who was reportedly captured by Pakistani security forces on March 3, 2016, in Balochistan, was sentenced to death by a military tribunal earlier this year for his involvement in terrorism and espionage. His appeals against the conviction have been rejected by the military appellate court and his mercy petition has been lying with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.India has challenged Pakistan’s refusal to grant consular access in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The ICJ is hearing the case and has restrained the Pakistan government from executing Jadhav till it decides the case. Pakistan had earlier repeatedly rejected India’s plea for consular access to Jadhav. India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the navy.

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Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his mom and wife today

The Pakistan government has thrown a security blanket around the Constitutional Avenue hosting its Foreign Office and other top government offices in the wake of the arrival of Indian prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife in in Islamabad on Monday.Both women are arriving in Pakistan via Dubai on a commercial flight on Monday morning and will leave the country the same evening after meeting Jadhav. The meeting will take place at the Pakistan Foreign Office and not in prison. India’s deputy high commissioner in Islamabad J P Singh will accompany them to the meeting.A Pakistan Foreign Office official will also be present during this time, as per the agreement between the two countries through diplomatic channels. India conveyed the itinerary on Saturday after Pakistan gave the deadline of Sunday to provide the requisite information about the family members’ visit or risk the meeting being deferred or cancelled.Sources said Pakistan had said they needed to put in place elaborate security arrangements for transporting Jadhav from jail to Islamabad and also for the meeting. Pakistani media reported that while Pakistan had completed the preparations to arrange the meeting India was delaying providing relevant information about the itinerary. The Indian High Commission was informed about the issuance of the deadline, the reports said. They said Pakistan needed time to bring Jadhav to the Foreign Office and for other security-related matters.In preparation for the meeting, Pakistan has deployed heavy security and traffic personnel within and outside their Foreign Office. Pakistani diplomatic sources said the meeting will last for an hour. Pakistan has offered to arrange media presence, if Jadhav’s mother and wife want to speak to media. But the offer has been rejected by India, reports said.Pakistani sources indicated that the meeting between Jadhav and his family members will not be the last, raising hopes that his death sentence may be deferred. The Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi had issued visas to Jadhav’s mother and wife earlier in the week. The visas were issued after Pakistan decided to allow Jadhav’s wife to visit him. But later, it agreed to allow his mother to join, who had originally applied for the visa. Pakistan later agreed to Indian condition — to allow an Indian diplomat to accompany the two women and also to provide a sovereign guarantee to their security and safety. After extensive deliberations, the Indian request was allowed and December 25 was proposed last week as the meeting date.Jadhav, who was reportedly captured by Pakistani security forces on March 3, 2016, in Balochistan, was sentenced to death by a military tribunal earlier this year for his involvement in terrorism and espionage. His appeals against the conviction have been rejected by the military appellate court and his mercy petition has been lying with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.India has challenged Pakistan’s refusal to grant consular access in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The ICJ is hearing the case and has restrained the Pakistan government from executing Jadhav till it decides the case. Pakistan had earlier repeatedly rejected India’s plea for consular access to Jadhav. India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the navy.

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Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife, mother to visit Pakistan tomorrow, says Foreign Office

Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife and mother will arrive here on Monday to meet the Indian prisoner on death row, the Pakistan Foreign Office has said.They will arrive in Islamabad by a commercial flight and leave the same day after the meeting, it added.India’s Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh will accompany the visitors to the meeting.”India informs that the mother and wife of Commander Jadhav will arrive by commercial flight on 25 Dec and leave the same day. Indian DHC in Islamabad will be the accompanying diplomat,” Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal tweeted last night.Earlier, media reports said that Pakistan had asked India to convey the plan of Jadhav’s family at the earliest otherwise it would be difficult to arrange the meeting.Separately, Faisal had said that the meeting would take place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its photo and video footage would be issued.The mother and wife of Jadhav were being provided with a meeting with him in the light of “Islamic traditions and based on purely humanitarian grounds,” he had said.Pakistan on December 20 issued visa to Jadhav’s wife and mother to visit Islamabad to meet him.Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April, following which India moved the ICJ in May. The ICJ halted his execution on India’s appeal pending the final verdict by it.Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies.It said that Jadhav is not an ordinary person as he had entered the country with the intent of spying and carrying out sabotage activities.Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran.India, however, maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

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Hope Maldives will be sensitive to our concerns, says India

India said on Thursday that it attaches a lot of importance to its ties with the Maldives and hoped that the country will be sensitive to its concerns.Replying to questions on an anti-India editorial in a Maldivian newspaper, Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry Raveesh Kumar said it should not be taken seriously.The Maldives recently signed a free trade agreement with China, which is seen as Beijing’s growing influence over the island nation.”We have to see our relationship with Maldives in a broader perspective. It is an important country. We do attach lot of importance to our relationship with the country,” Kumar said.At the same time, he said India expects and hopes that the Maldives will be sensitive to New Delhi’s concerns.Also readMaldives to restore death penalty after 60 years – officialOn the FTA between China and the Maldives, he said India was trying to understand its implications.”We should look beyond these developments and we should have diplomatic discussions between the two sides to address any issue between the two countries,” said the MEA spokesperson.He said much attention should not be paid to things which are going around.Kumar also referred to a tweet by Maldivian Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim few days back in which he called the India-Maldives ties time-tested.”Relations with #India is time-tested and is based on people to people contact & cooperation in several sectors. We remain committed to further enhancing and strengthening existing ties,” Asim had tweeted.Meanwhile, asked about the the visit of the mother and wife of Indian death row convict Kulbhushan Jadhav to Pakistan to meet him, Kumar said the modalities of the trip were being worked out.”The modalities of the meeting are being worked out and who goes when, how do they go, how the meeting takes place, I think this is something the two countries are engaged in discussion,” said Kumar when asked about media reports quoting Pakistani officials that the mother and wife of Jadhav will be flying to Islamabad than taking the road trip via Wagah.Asked about the comment of a Pakistani official that Islamabad may allow the two women to interact with media if India does not have any objection, Kumar did not give a direct reply, saying, “We will see.”To a separate question, Kumar said Pakistan is under international obligation to protect the minorities in the country.On Tuesday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said that India will take up at the highest level in the Pakistan government reports of Sikhs being forced to convert to Islam by a government official in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).Her reaction came after leading Pakistan daily The Express Tribune published a news story about the Sikh community raising serious concerns after being forced to convert to Islam by the government official in the Hangu district of K-P.

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Fingerprint, iris issues affect Aadhaar work, impact salaries

Hansa Jadhav from the B ward of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) did not receive her November salary as her fingerprints were of poor quality and could not mark her attendance in the biometric machine introduced by the BMC about two months ago.The BMC has made biometric attendance compulsory for all employees and even declared salary cut for those who fail to clock biometric attendance in their respective office.In December, the BMC administration decided to cut the salary of around 4,000 employees for not marking attendance in biometric systems. “I used to get my salary by first week of every month. But, till December 20, I did not receive my salary for November ,” said Jadhav.Udaykumar Shiroorkar, assistant commissioner of B ward took the matter to administrative department and Human Resource departments of the BMC.”Jadhav’s fingerprints are poor and it was not recorded when Aadhaar was being generated. So, she could not mark her attendance through the biometric machine,” said Shiroorkar. He added that she, however, had come to office all working days. Surprisingly, the BMC had stopped providing stationery for muster attendance soon after it introduced biometric attendance.In another case, Arun Karkhanis, 73, did not receive his pension for the last six months. The reason quoted was that the biometric machine couldn’t read his finger print. “Now, the bank has asked me to update my Aadhar as my finger prints do not come,” said Karkhanis. He added that the bank or his office from where he retired is unwilling to accept any other documents. “It is not possible to for me to go Aadhaar centre at 3 am to stand in queue to get my Aadhaar upadate,” said Karkhanis. He added that his office has agreed to pay pension till December but I have to submit my updated Aadhaar by January to continue to get pension.Sudhir Naik, deputy municipal commissioner said that there are around 140 employees in BMC who have such problems and now, the civic administration will not push them for biometric attendance.FOR THE RECORDAadhaar records finger prints, iris and face information while registering. However, if any person is having problem in finger print, it is mentioned in the acknowledgment copy whether the finger quality is good. In such cases, the Aadhaar operator mentions these while registering which appear in the acknowledgment copy.

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BJP MLA wants probe into Mumbadevi temple’s finances

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Colaba Raj Purohit has called upon the State Charity Commissioner to conduct an inquiry into Mumbadevi temple’s income and expenditure of last five years, the use of funds and violations, if any, of the Indian Trusts Act.Purohit, who had made an oral representation to the Charity Commissioner, will make a written submission soon demanding an inquiry into the functioning of the temple’s administration. The Mumbadevi temple, which was built in 1675, is an important landmark in south Mumbai as it is dedicated to Mumbadevi. “I will soon send a detailed communication to the Charity Commissioner demanding an investigation into the functioning of the temple’s administration in general. I will also seek papers with regards to the minutes of the temple trust and a probe into the use of funds and the services provided to devotees,” Purohit told DNA, adding that the Charity Commissioner should initiate action against the temple if the probe reveals irregularities.This comes after Purohit said that he had received complaints of the absence of facilities for devotees at the temple.When contacted, Mumbadevi temple manager Hemant Jadhav declined to comment citing that he has yet to receive communication from the government.Purohit’s demand comes just two days after the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that the government will bring in a new legislation for the appointment of a trustee by the government at Mumbadevi temple along the lines of Pandharpur and Siddhivinayak temples. Fadnavis also assured that the government would bring in the system at Mumbadevi temple so that devotees are provided with all necessary facilities.

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Kulbhushan Jadhav case: At ICJ, Pak rejects India’s request for consular access

Pakistan today rejected India’s plea for consular access to death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav at the ICJ, claiming that New Delhi wants the access to get the information gathered by its “spy”.In its counter-memorial submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Pakistan said the provision of such an access under the Vienna Convention is only for legitimate visitors and not for spies, the Express Tribune reported. Pakistan said that Jadhav is not an ordinary person as he had entered the country with the intent of spying and carrying out sabotage activities.Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April, following which India moved the ICJ in May. The ICJ halted his execution on India’s appeal pending the final verdict by it. Citing its sources, the paper said Pakistan has stated that “the Indians have not denied that Jadhav was travelling on a passport with an assumed Muslim name.” “Lack of explanation on how a serving naval commander was operating under secondment to Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was travelling under an assumed name leads to only one conclusion that India wanted consular access to the information he had gathered,” said the counter memorial submitted by Pakistan, according to the paper.Also readKulbhushan Jadhav’s friends celebrate after Pakistan grants visa to his mother and wifeThe reply encompasses the charge-sheet against Jadhav and narrates Pakistan’s stance in a comprehensive manner.Sources said it took several weeks to prepare the response which was approved by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi last week in a special meeting. Official sources said that the reply was jointly prepared by the attorney general, legal team in the case, and officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and submitted in ICJ at The Hague by the Foreign Office’s Director India, Fariha Bugti.Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel from restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. India, however, maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.”Only a state which adheres to legitimate actions can request the court to intervene in a matter between two states,” Pakistan has stated in the ICJ.Also readPakistan allows Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family to meet him in jail on December 25Citing its sources, the paper said Pakistan will argue that sending Jadhav for espionage, funding terrorist activities are some of the reasons that dis-entitle India from invoking the jurisdiction of the ICJ. The international court will now decide whether to take the case forward for hearing or ask both India and Pakistan to submit more documents. Talking to Geo News earlier, Pakistan Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali had said he thinks the case would be taken up for hearing around April-May.Last week, Pakistan granted permission to the mother and wife of Jadhav to meet him on December 25. A diplomat from the Indian high commission in Islamabad would be allowed to accompany the visitors.

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Restoration work at historic Raigad Fort to begin on December 15

The Historic fort of Raigad will soon have a new look as the actual work for the proposed restoration of the fort commences from December 15. The divisional commissioner Jagdish Patil visited Raigad Fort last week and reviewed the progress of the conservation plans for the fort. He directed the officials to complete the time bound action plan for the four sanctioned works out of total 19 works on the fort.Fort Raigad is around 160 kms from Mumbai and falls in Raigad district located off Mumbai-Goa highway near Mahad. It is considered as Gibralter of the East and built in 1030 AD by Chandrarao More. It was made Capital of Maratha empire by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj who had his coronation at this Fort in 1674.After coming to power in October 2014, the present Devendra Fadnavis government ad prepared a detailed plan for the conservation of Raigad Fort. The state government has sanctioned a plan of Rs 600 crore for conservation and beautification of the fort.The review meeting chaired by Patil was attended by district collector Vijay Suryavansi, district planning officer Sunil Jadhav and other officials. The circumambulation or Parikrama Marg of 13 Kilometers made of stones would be prepared under the sanctioned four works which would be completed by March 2018. In addition to Parikrama Marg, desilting of 13 lakes on the fort would also be undertaken. Displaying the boards providing information in detail on the fort at various places along with history of the places is also included in first four works to be undertaken. The district administration already has received Rs. 59 crores for the first phase of work. Jadhav informed that the first phase of work would be completed by March 2018.
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‘Considering’ India’s request to let Jadhav meet mother: Pak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan today said it is “considering” India’s request to let Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother meet him, apart from his wife who has already received permission to visit the Indian death row prisoner.Last week, Pakistan said it had offered to arrange a meeting between 46-year-old Jadhav and his wife, months after India had requested it to grant a visa to his mother on humanitarian grounds.Foreign Office (FO) sources here said India in response has again asked Pakistan to issue a visa to Jadhav’s mother so she can also visit her detained son.FO spokesman Mohammad Faisal confirmed that India has responded to Pakistan’s offer.”Indian reply to Pakistan’s humanitarian offer for Commander Jadhav received & is being considered,” he tweeted.Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April on charges of espionage and terrorism. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May halted his execution on India’s appeal.Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies.Some media reports have linked Pakistan’s latest offer to quiet efforts by the US. Pakistan, however, insisted that its offer was made purely on humanitarian grounds.Jadhav has filed an appeal with Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa to seek clemency, which is still pending.Last month, the Pakistan Army had said it is close to a decision on the mercy petition of Jadhav.Pakistan claims its security forces arrested him from restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered the country from Iran.However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.Jadhav’s sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India.After India approached the ICJ, a 10-member bench on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.The ICJ has asked Pakistan to submit its response or memorial by December 13 before the court could start further proceedings in the case.

India’s reply to offer for Jadhav to meet his wife being considered: Pakistan Foreign Office

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Saturday, the Pakistan Foreign Office said that India’s reply to Pakistan’s offer for Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife to meet him had been received and was being considered. Pakistan recently said it will allow 46-year-old Jadhav to meet his wife, months after India had requested Islamabad to grant a visa to his mother on humanitarian grounds. During his weekly media briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said Pakistan was awaiting India’s response on the offer. Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April on charges of espionage and terrorism. The International Court of Justice in May halted his execution on India’s appeal. Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies.Some media reports have linked Pakistan’s offer to the quiet efforts by the US.Pakistan, however, insisted that the offer was made purely on the humanitarian grounds. Jadhav has filed an appeal with Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa to seek clemency, which is still pending. Last month, the Pakistan Army had said it is close to a decision on the mercy petition of Jadhav. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested him from restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.Jadhav’s sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India. After India approached the ICJ, a 10-member bench on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case. The ICJ has asked Pakistan to submit its response or memorial by December 13 before the court could start further proceedings in the case.

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: After Pakistan blinks, Nirmala Sitharaman says, ‘his meeting with wife will be morale booster’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Pakistan allowed former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife in jail across border, Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that India is continuously trying for his release and that in case this meeting happens, it would help Jadhav to stay strong.Sitharaman, who is in Gujarat for BJP’s election campaign, said that ‘we are trying our best for his release.’When asked about the Pakistan’s offer, the Defence Minister said that while we are trying for his release, in case the meeting happen, it will be a morale booster for Jadhav.The 46-year-old was arrested in March last year on charges on espionage. The Pakistan authorities alleged that Jadhav was working with RA&W and was involved in terrorist activities in strife-torn Balochistan region.After nearly four months of trail termed as ‘farcical’ trial, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a military court. But, India moved to International Court of Justice and in major victory, the ICJ stayed Jadhav’s death sentence in May this year.

BMC initiates survey of SoBo cemeteries

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has initiated a table survey of the two biggest cemeteries in south Mumbai along with other small ones. It will include boundary wall, total area measurement of the cemetery, number of people buried, safety of walls, washrooms and other aspects.Samajwadi Party corporator from south Mumbai, Rais Shaikh, and leader of the house in BMC, Yashwant Jadhav, along with BMC officials recently had a meeting about the survey.According to Shaikh, the BMC didn’t have details on the cemeteries in Mumbai until two years ago, hence work on preparing a list with all the details was initiated. “Barring one or two cemeteries, the remaining are with private parties. After this table survey, providing required facilities to the cemeteries will be smoother.” “We have two big cemeteries — bada kabrastan and nariyalwadi kabrastan — in south Mumbai. There are small cemeteries too and many of them are illegally encroached. Other issues such as light and water supply, boundary walls will also be understood once the table survey is done. The process has begun in Nariyalwadi kabrastan,” added Shaikh.It is not known how long the process will take.

Woman files complaint against Salman’s bodyguard

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 31-year-old woman has registered a complaint with Khar police station against a person who she claims to be Shera, actor Salman Khan’s bodyguard. As per the complainant’s allegations, the caller introduced himself as the actor’s bodyguard.Khar police have registered an FIR in the matter and say they are verifying the claims. The woman has alleged that Shera threatened her with gang-rape and abused her over the phone.According to police, on October 20, the woman, Shabnam Abdul Hamid Sheikh, 31, has claimed that when she told the accused that she didn’t know him, he replied saying that he was Salman Khan’s bodyguard and further added, “Aap Bhai ko kyon takleef de rahi ho, jo hai aapas mein settle karlo” (Why are you bothering Bhai? Why don’t you settle the matter amicably instead?)Shabnam has alleged that Shera asked her to settle the Big Boss contestant Zubair Khan’s case. “We are verifying the number from which the complainant received the call. We have taken the recording from the complainant and our probe is on,” said Ramchandra Jadhav, senior police inspector, Khar police station.A case has been registered under section 509 (insulting modesty of woman) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Police have begun an investigation into the matter.The woman has been a resident of Bandra for the last five years, and is a garment shop owner, and director of security company CWC Enterprise in Mumbai.

Salman Khan’s ‘bodyguard’ allegedly threatens a woman with gangrape

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 31-year-old woman was allegedly threatened with gangrape over her mobile phone by a caller, who claimed himself to be the bodyguard of Bollywood actor Salman Khan at Bandra here, police said on Saturday.Based on the complaint filed by the woman, Khar police registered an offence under IPC section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), senior police inspector Ramchandra Jadhav of Khar Police said.”As per the complaint, the victim, who runs a non-profit organisation (NGO), received the call on her mobile phone on Friday afternoon by a person, who claimed himself to be the bodyguard of actor Salman Khan, and threatened her with gangrape,” senior police inspector Ramchandra Jadhav said.According to the woman, the caller also used abusive language against her, he said.”We are investigating from which number the victim received the threat call and also verifying, who is using that number,” he said.So far, nobody has been arrested, Jadhav said adding that further investigation into the case is on.

Panel suggests hike in auto, taxi fares

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There may be some bad news for the 45-lakh people using autos and taxis everyday. Sources said the four-member Khatau Committee has suggested fare hike for these modes of transport in their report submitted to the state government late on Monday.The report was given to state Transport Minister Diwakar Raote and Principal Secretary (Transport) Manoj Saunik.”I have received the report but yet to read it. We will check the suggestions and then decide on its implementation,” said Raote.Sources said the committee has suggested marginal hike in fares of both taxis and autos, though they remained mum on the exact increase.The panel was headed by BC Khatau, Director, Mumbai Transformation Support Unit and comprised DG Jadhav, former Transport Commissioner, Girish Godbole and Nitin Doshi. The panel was appointed on October 10, 2016 and was supposed to submit the report within 3 months, but it took 365 days to submit the 224-page report.

Kulbhushan Jadhav trial: India rubbishes Pakistan’s claim that it had suggested swapping a terrorist to bring Navy officer home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India on Friday cited Afghanistan NSA’s statement rejecting Pakistan’s claim that it had received a proposal to swap Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav for a terrorist, to assert that it was another addition to Islamabad’s “imaginary lies”.The reaction came after Pakistan Foreign Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif suggested that he received the proposal to swap Jadhav with the terrorist, lodged in an Afghan jail, during his meeting with an NSA. However, Khwaja did not identify the NSA or the terrorist who was to be swapped.Contradicting Asif’s claim, the office of the Afghan National Security Adviser Mohammad Haneef Atmar issued a statement saying there was no mention or reference of India or an Indian citizen during his meeting with the Pakistani foreign minister on September 21 in New York.Asif had told a gathering at the Asia Society in New York on September 26 that Pakistan received a proposal to swap Jadhav for a terrorist who carried out the horrific 2014 Peshawar school attack and is now jailed in Afghanistan.Reacting strongly, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the statement by the office of the Afghan NSA suggested that the claim by Asif was one more addition to the long list of “imaginary lies” by Pakistani establishment.The statement by Atmar’s office said the two sides, during the meeting, had detailed discussions on variety of issues including bilateral cooperation.”The two sides also discussed sanctuaries in Pakistan and exchange of the top five Taliban leaders detained in Pakistan.There was no mention or reference of India or an Indian citizen,” it said, adding Atmar was hopeful that the record of the meetings are reported accurately and facts are not “misconstrued”.The MEA spokesperson also referred to Pakistan’s use of a “fake picture” in the United Nations General Assembly recently, adding the Pakistan Foreign Minister’s claim was another lie.”If you have gone through the press release (issued by Afghan NSA’s office), it seems this is one more addition to the long list of imaginary lies as stories which have been created by Pakistani establishment,” said Kumar.Jadhav, a 46-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was in April sentenced to death by Pakistan’s Field General Court Martial on charges of his alleged “involvement in espionage and sabotage activities” against Pakistan.In a hearing of the case on May 18, a 10-member bench of the International Court of Justice had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav.The Pakistan Taliban had claimed responsibility for the gruesome Peshawar school attack in 2014 in which nearly 150 people, mostly school children, were killed.

Proposal made to swap Kulbhushan Jadav for terrorist, claims Pakistan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan Foreign Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif has claimed that Islamabad has received a proposal to swap Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav for a terrorist who carried out the horrific 2014 Peshawar school attack and is now jailed in Afghanistan.Jadhav has been sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court for allegedly spying for India. Pakistan has also denied consular access to him on 16 different occasions, a point highlighted by the Indian team during the hearing before the ICJ bench.The Foreign Minister has not specified a name of the terrorist and the National Security Advisor who had made the proposal.”The terrorist who killed children in APS (Army Public School) in Peshawar is in Afghan custody. The National Security Advisor (NSA) told me that we can exchange that terrorist with the terrorist you have, which is Kulbhushan Jadhav,” Asif told the audience after his speech at the Asia Society.Asif also discussed Pakistan’s vision and approach towards regional peace and development during his conversion with author and journalist Steve Coll.Over a fortnight ago, Pakistan had accused India of trying to highlight the ‘humanitarian’ aspect of Kulbhushan Jadhav case in the International Court of Justice to cover up its alleged ‘subversive activities’ in the country.Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria has claimed that Kulbhushan Jadhav has been providing “crucial intelligence” on recent terrorist attacks that have taken place in the country.Jadhav’s execution, however, has been stayed by The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ).

State body issues notice to blood bank over wastage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a complaint filed on September 11 by RTI activist Chetan Kothari with the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) about the negligence and wastage on the part of Ambedkar Hospital’s blood bank, MMC issued a notice to Dr Navnath Jadhav, the BMC doctor who is in charge of the blood bank.According to the complaint, blood wastage accounts to medical negligence on the part of the blood bank in Kandivali. The RTI reply reveals that there was wastage of 2,446 units of blood bags, that is, 856.1 litre of blood from 2009 to 2016.Speaking about why the complaint was filed, Kothari said, “There has been discrepancy in blood storage records with the blood banks and Mumbai District Aids Control Society (MDACS). The records are manipulated. There is also an unavailability of pathological services at the hospital giving rise to the cut practice.”As per the RTI reply received, in eight years from 2009 to 2016, according to MDACS records, total blood collection in this blood bank was 19,613 units of which 2,446 units have been expired. And during the same period, as per blood bank’s record, hospital had collected 21,735 units of blood of which 1,300 units are expired. The MMC has issued a notice to Dr Jadhav, stating that a detailed remark along with proof must be submitted. Chetan Kothari said, “MMC should decide on the punishment to be given to the doctor for medical negligence in the blood bank. The punishment will prevent re-occurrence of the incident in future.”

Kolis demand handover of Mumbadevi temple

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The original inhabitants of the city, the Koli community, are up in arms against the Mumbadevi temple management and are demanding that it be handed over to them since Mumbadevi is originally their deity. The Koli Mahasangh, an umbrella body of all Koli organisations, has put forward this demand.However, the demand has not been made through any written representation to the government, charity commission or those presently handling the affairs of the temple, but has been made through the media.The demand comes shortly after BJP leader Raj Purohit had levelled allegations of mismanagement, which include funds and temple’s resources, by the Mumbadevi Temple trust.”We want the government to take over the trust like it did in the case of Shirdi and Pandharpur and give it to us. Slowly, our identity is being erased and we want it back. Even in case of Banganga, the governor threw us out when he arrived,” said Rajhans Tapke, general secretary of Koli Mahasangh.”Until now, we haven’t recieved any letter and have only seen their demands being made in the media. Those who have such demands should also write to us,” said Hemant Jadhav, manager at Mumbadevi temple. Tapke added that they plan on meeting the chief minister with their demands and around 100 members of the community will also visit the temple on Sunday in their traditional attire.

Cong, BJP stage walkout over waste mgmt notice

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The civic body’s circular on waste segregation and composting being made mandatory for housing societies and bulk generators from October 2 led to arguments at the BMC general body meeting on Monday.Members of all parties slammed the civic administration for not consulting them before taking the move. Besides, members of the Congress and the BJP staged a walkout, claiming they were not allowed to air their views.During the meeting, the ruling Shiv Sena alleged that the administration again insulted Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar by not taking him into confidence while taking the decision.Yashwant Jadhav, a Shiv Sena corporator and leader of House at BMC, alleged that the administration has insulted Mumbai as it did not discuss the issue with city’s first citizen. “Insulting a mayor is nothing but insulting Mumbaikars as the mayor represents the whole city,” said Jadhav.Earlier, BMC’s leader of opposition Ravi Raja submitted a statement opposing the civic administration move to make waste segregation and composting from October 2. Raja cited Section 61 (C) of Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888, which makes lifting and managing waste is an obligatory duty of BMC.All political parties supported the statement made by Raja and sought Mayor to take a decision against civic administration’s move. BJP group leader Manoj Kotak said, “The responsibility of collecting garbage and composting lie with the BMC as the agency collects tax from residents.” He added that by issuing such kind of circular, the civic administration is trying to create havoc among residents.

Kulbhushan Jadhav trial: India submits written plea to ICJ as case resumes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India on Wednesday submitted written pleadings to the International Court of Justice in the case involving Kulbhushan Jadhav.“India has written pleadings to ICJ in Jadhav case involving egregious violation of Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by Pakistan. This is in furtherance of our Application filed before Court on 8 May,” the MEA said in a statement after submitting its plea before the ICJ.India had approached the world court demanding immediate suspension of the death sentence given to its former Navy officer by a Pakistan military court.India, whose request for consular access to Jadhav was turned down several times, had approached the ICJ on May 8, accusing Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention and conducting a “farcical trial” for convicting Jadhav without a “shred of evidence” following which the court had stayed his execution.On its part, Pakistan told the ICJ that Vienna Convention provisions on consular access were not intended for a “spy” involved in terror activities and charged India with using the world body as a stage for “political theatre” in the Jadhav case.Jadhav was sentenced to death by a court in Pakistan earlier this year on charges of being an Indian spy.

Lalbaugcha Raja gets Rs 1.10L in demonetized notes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While most devotees shower Mumbai’s favourite Ganpati, Lalbaugcha Raja, with gold and silver, this year a few of them showered him with demonetized currency.Banned currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 worth Rs 1.10 lakh were found when the mandal volunteers started counting cash offered at the feet of Lalbaugcha Raja on Friday.Mandal office-bearers are now in a fix over what to do with the notes that, in reality, are just piece of paper. Even more, possessing such notes is also a crime, as per the notification issued by the Center after the demonetization exercise last year. “We will try and deposit them in the Reserve Bank of India, but we aren’t sure if they will accept it,” said Balasaheb Kamble, president of the ganesh mandal.Demonetization has also hit offerings in other ways as the Raja received Rs 5.9 crore in offerings this year, as compared to Rs 6.6 crore in 2016.No vehicles were donated either. Devotees have offered 5.5 kg of gold worth Rs 1.70 crore and silver worth Rs 40 lakhs.The Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal will organise an auction on Saturday of the gold and silver offerings. Unlike last year, when the auction was spread over three days, this time it will be wrapped up in one day.Mahesh Jadhav, treasurer of the mandal, said, “Demonetization and the deluge on the fifth day affected offerings this year. The money collected through the auction is used for social welfare activities.”

Video of man falling from Ganesh pandal in Pune goes viral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While Pune city has been drenched in the mood of the Ganesh festival, a video of the city’s famous Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Mandal has surfaced where a man is seen falling from the topmost height of the pandal while removing the dome of the decoration.Mandal office bearers have also given a confirmation of the incident stating that it was a mishap that took place a few days ago. The man seen falling from a height and landing on the ground is claimed to be out of danger and is currently undergoing treatment.The 2.25 minute long video went viral on social media on Sunday where a crane operater is seen trying to remove the dome of the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati mandal’s decoration while another man is seen standing at the top of the pandal helping the operator remove the dome. In the process, somehow, the top is seen tumbling onto the ground.When DNA contacted Mahesh Suryavanshi, treasurer of Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati trust, he confirmed saying, “The incident took place a couple of days back. The decoration was being removed in order to give clear passage to the upcoming immersion procession,.””Work had been ongoing between 3 and 4 am late night. While the crane operator was pulling down the dome, the rope attached to the crane got tangled in the other man’s leg, and he fell down,” Suryavanshi added.The person, identified as Vasant Jadhav, was immediately rushed to a private hospital where is reportedly out of danger. When DNA contacted Sanjay Pathare, director, medical services, Ruby Hall Clinic, he said, “The person was admitted on Saturday. He has sustained a head injury and his leg is also fractured. However, he is out of danger and is responding to the treatment.”Suryavanshi has stated that the Ganpati trust will be bearing all the medical expense of Jadhav.

No communication from Pak on ad-hoc judge for Kulbhushan Jadhav case, says MEA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The external affairs ministry on Friday said it has not received any communication from Pakistan about launch of a consultation process by it to nominate an ad-hoc judge for the Kulbhushan Jadhav case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).”We have seen reports in the media about the issue. We have not been informed officially about this process by relevant authorities,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters, replying to a question on the issue. According to a Pakistani media report, Islamabad has begun consultations over the nomination of an ad-hoc judge for the Jadhav case and that an ex-attorney general and a former Jordanian premier have emerged as the top contenders.India had moved the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) against the death penalty handed down to Jadhav by a Pakistani military court. The ICJ had on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing the death sentence. During the tenure of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, former Supreme Court judge Khalilur Rehman Ramday was approached, but he declined the nomination, the report by Express Tribune said.Sources were quoted by the daily as saying that the Attorney General for Pakistan’s (AGP) office has recommended the names of senior lawyer Makhdoom Ali Khan and former Jordanian prime minister Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh to the Prime Minister’s Office. Khasawneh served as an ICJ judge for over a decade, while Khan, a former Attorney General who is seen as the favourite for the job, also has experience in international arbitration cases, having represented eight different countries in international courts.

Constable, police naik booked for demanding bribe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane Anti-Corruption Bureau unit has booked two policemen in neighbouring Palghar for allegedly demanding bribe for favouring an accused in a case. Constable Suganad Narsule (53) and police naik Manik Jadhav (42) demanded Rs 10,000 as bribe from the complainant, against whose brother a complaint was registered with Dahanu police station, a press note issued by Thane ACB today said. They made the bribe demand for going soft in the case and ensure while filing of the charge sheet in the court that the case is not of serious nature. The aggrieved later filed a complaint with the Thane ACB, which verified the allegations and registered a case against the duo yesterday, under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, the release said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Won’t take coercive action against Ola, Uber: Govt to HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The State government on Thursday informed the Bombay High Court that it would not take any coercive action against cab aggregator companies Ola and Uber until September 18. The assurance was given as by then it expects a decision by the fare fixation committee.A division bench of Justice R M Sawant and Justice Sadhana Jadhav while allowing the matter to be adjourned observed that the policy should be rational and not discriminate between the varied players.The bench was hearing petitions filed by Uber India Ltd, Ola Ltd and six drivers plying cabs with these two companies challenging the Maharashtra City Taxi Rules implemented by the state government this year.Advocate G W Mattos sought time to file affidavit in the matter and said the committee set up by the government to look into the aspect of fare structure fixation has still not submitted its report. “Till we file the affidavit the government will not take any coercive steps in furtherance of the Rules,” he added.Petitions were filed against the new government rules by Ola and Uber drivers stating that according to the Rules, app-based taxis will not be allowed to ply within Mumbai Metropolitan Region on a national tourist permit. The drivers will have to obtain local permits and will not be allowed to ply on their national tourist permits.”We are encouraged by the Honourable Bombay High Court’s observations on certain provisions of Maharashtra City Taxi Rules 2017 that can potentially have an adverse impact on drivers, riders and the entire ridesharing industry. Last month we had filed our petition highlighting the concerns raised by drivers, and we are committed to continue engaging with the government on the matter and find solutions that can help keep drivers, riders and the city moving,” said an Uber spokesperson.Ola on the other hand refused to comment on the issue.

Jadhav no ‘ordinary citizen’, was convicted of ‘espionage’: Abdul Basit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Calling on New Delhi to understand that alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav is no ordinary Indian citizen, outgoing Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Tuesday informed that since the former’s arrest, he has provided a lot of useful information leading to the busting of several sleeper cells.Speaking to ANI, Basit said, ‘There is a process involved and currently his (Kulbhushan’s) mercy petition is pending with Army Chief. A decision has to be taken in this matter. It’s not an ordinary case; and we will wait to see how law takes its course with time. My Indian friends need to understand that Kulbhushan is not ordinary citizen of India; he was convicted for espionage and subversive activity so the charge is very serious’.Basit further informed that a mercy petition has been filed and the Army court will take a decision on it soon.’He (Jadhav) had also provided Pakistani authorities a lot of information. Since his arrest, we have arrested hundred operatives in Pakistan and busted several sleeper cells,’ he said.The Pakistan government had earlier accepted the request of Abdul Basit to resign from the foreign service after he was passed over for the post of foreign secretary earlier this year.Basit was to retire in April 2018, but he opted for an early retirement and sent his resignation letter to former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif.India-Pakistan relations have been strained ever since death sentence was awarded to former Indian Naval officer Jadhav.India even moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to seek justice for Jadhav that stayed the death sentence till its final decision.When asked about the future of the downhill relations, the outgoing envoy said, “Never give up. Keep trying; things will get better.”Jadhav was sentenced to death on April 10 this year after being accused of espionage and working for the India’s external intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW). He was arrested from Balochistan on March 3 last year.Meanwhile, Sohail Mahmood, currently Pakistan’s envoy to Turkey, has been named the next High Commissioner to India.Mahmood, a 55-year-old career diplomat, is expected to take up his responsibilities in New Delhi next month.

Sans Sharif, Pak may be difficult to deal with

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nawaz Sharif’s ouster means fresh security complications for India as political instability will result in an even greater role for Pakistan’s Army, which has been calling the shots anyway.Sharif’s brother and current Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who is expected to replace him, might be severely constrained once he takes over, diplomatic sources told DNA here on Friday.Foreign policy expert Shashadari Chari says Friday’s court order will further embolden the Pakistan Army. As is evident from Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case, Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa has already begun asserting himself against the political class.Former High Commissioner of India to Pakistan TCA Raghavan believes there will be complete chaos in Pakistan. “There is going to be internal instability there and this will impact India as well. An unpredictable condition cannot be ruled out,” he says.Another former envoy, G Parthasarathy, also agrees that ties will become more turbulent. “It may add a period of volatility within Pakistan and, therefore, greater risks in relations between India and Pakistan,” he said.The ousted PM’s Pakistan Muslim League (PML) has always been a better bet for India vis-à-vis its rival Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) led by the Bhuttos.There was little chance of Sharif making any move to improve ties with India independent of the military. But his presence was still a big hope that Pakistan would slowly emerge as a stable democracy.Ahead of the 2013 general elections, Sharif was sending messages of peace and friendship to India, promising to start from where he had left off in 1999, when he was unceremoniously thrown out of power by General Pervez Musharraf.Even though regarded as secular, PPP sends friendly vibes to India only when in Opposition, but changes track when it assumes power, a former top security official told dna.Former PMs Inder Kumar Gujral and Atal Bihari Vajpayee heavily banked on Sharif to keep India-Pakistan relations on track. Sharif was an anchor of Gujral’s 1997 initiative that had led to the setting up of eight working groups and a composite dialogue process and then to the 1999 Lahore Accord, when Vajpayee undertook a historic bus journey, which was soon followed by the Kargil conflict.In a similar way, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also pinned hopes on Sharif to reverse battering relations. Sharif arrived with other SAARC leaders in May 2014 for Modi’s swearing-in. On December 25, 2015, on his way back from Kabul, Modi also dropped in to greet him on his birthday in Lahore and took part in the wedding of his granddaughter. But soon an attack on an Indian Army camp in Kashmir’s Uri killing 18 soldiers reversed the bonhomie.When Sharif was elected, there were hopes in New Delhi that under him, relations would improve and he would crack down on terrorism, reform economy, as he was seen a proponent of South Asian connectivity. Sharif’s tenure and his rant on Kashmir didn’t help in improving relations, but his exit has left India concerned.Ever since the attack in Uri last year, India-Pakistan relations deteriorated. India national Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case further worsened the ties.Congress leader and India’s former consulate general in the now-defunct Karachi consulate, Mani Shankar Aiyar, however, said since there has been a smooth transition of power from Nawaz to Shahbaz, he doesn’t foresee any crises. “If Nawaz had dug his heels to reject the court order, then the Army would have intervened and complicated the situation. I don’t think the new arrangement will affect relations with India. The Army in Pakistan is already a major political force,” he said.Though Sharif never challenged the Army, there were indications that the political establishment in Pakistan was trying to assert itself. Last year in October, a Pakistani media report about a closed-door meeting between the government and the Army disclosed “an extraordinary verbal confrontation” between Shahbaz and the ISI DG. “In a blunt, orchestrated and unprecedented warning, the civilian government has informed the military leadership of a growing international isolation of Pakistan and sought consensus on several key actions by the state,” a report in Dawn had stated.The road aheadForeign policy expert Shashadari Chari says the court order will further embolden the Pakistan Army.Sharif’s tenure and his rant on Kashmir didn’t improve relations, but his exit has left India concerned.

No information on Pakistan providing visa to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother: MEA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has no official information on Pakistan’s position on providing visa to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother, the external affairs ministry said today.There has not been any reply from Pakistan either to the request handed over by the High Commissioner or the letter written by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to her Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz for grant of visa to Jadhav’s mother, Avantika, the ministry’s spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.”We have no official information on the change of status of the request made to grant the visa to Jadhav’s mother,” he said when asked if there was any formal communication from Pakistan on India’s request for a visa for Avantika to meet her son.India has moved the ICJ against Jadhav’s death penalty by a Pakistan military court. The ICJ had on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing the death sentence.While Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran, India maintains that he was abducted from Iran where he had legitimate business interests.

Send Sanjay Dutt back to jail if you feel we made a mistake: Maha govt tells HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government today told the Bombay High Court that it can direct Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt to go back to jail if it is of the view that the state had erred in granting him early remission.The state government made this submission when it was asked by the court how Dutt, 58, was granted parole and furlough in quick succession and within two months of surrendering to serve his five-year sentence in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.The court also sought to know how is the good conduct and behaviour of a convict ascertained, and on what basis and criteria the actor was granted early remission.A division bench of Justices R M Savant and Sadhana Jadhav noted that Dutt surrendered in May 2013 and in July he filed applications seeking to be released on furlough and parole.”On July 8, 2013, he (Dutt) filed for furlough and then on July 25 he sought to be released on parole. Both the applications were allowed and that too concurrently,” Justice Jadhav said.”How did the jail authorities ascertain good behaviour and conduct within two months of the convict surrendering? Normally the superintendent of jail would not even forward the applications. The authorities would throw out the application,” Justice Jadhav said.Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbakoni told the court that Dutt was not given any preferential treatment, but if the court feels and comes to the conclusion that the state government has erred in granting him early remission, it can direct Dutt to go back to jail.”We do not want to set the clock back in time. We are not for a moment suggesting that he (Dutt) go back to jail.But we only want such issues to be streamlined so that in future no questions are raised,” Justice Savant said.”We only want to know on what basis and criteria he (Dutt) was granted early remission on good conduct? How is this good conduct and behaviour ascertained? Our conscience has to be satisfied that all this was done in accordance with law,” the judge said.The court said it has observed that in several cases furlough and parole are not given even when the mother or father of the convict is on death bed.”Dutt got furlough first for his wife’s illness, then parole on grounds of his daughter’s illness. We have seen cases where the convict’s mother is ill and on her death bed but still parole or furlough is not given,” Justice Jadhav said.The bench has directed the Maharashtra government to file a detailed affidavit within two weeks.The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by city resident Pradeep Bhalekar, questioning the regular paroles and furloughs granted to Dutt when he was serving his sentence.In his petition, Bhalekar alleged Dutt was given undue favour by the prisons department by granting him remission.The state government had earlier this month submitted a report to the high court saying no special treatment was meted to the actor.The government had said Dutt was granted remission on account of his “good behaviour, discipline and participation in various institutional activities such as physical training, educational programmes and for performing the allotted work.” “The Maharashtra Prisons (Remission System) Rules provide for remission of up to three days per month for good behaviour, discipline and so on. In the present matter at hand, as per the rules, the accused (Dutt) is entitled for 256 days remission which comes to eight months and 16 days,” the report said.During the investigation and the marathon trial, Dutt spent 18 months in jail.On July 31, 2007 the TADA court in Mumbai sentenced him to six years rigorous imprisonment under the Arms Act and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000.In 2013, the Supreme Court upheld the ruling but reduced the sentence to five years following which he surrendered to serve the remainder of his sentence.During his imprisonment, he was granted parole of 90 days in December 2013 and again for 30 days later.

Ensure no minor hurt himself in Muharram procession:HC to cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seeking to strike a fine balance between religious rituals and safety measures, the Bombay High Court today asked the city police to ensure that no minor carries sharp weapons and hurt themselves during the annual Muharram procession. A bench of justices R M Savant and Sadhana Jadhav gave the direction to the police while examining the issue suo moto (on its own), based on a December 2014 police circular, dealing with the safety measures for minors during the ritual. The circular mandated senior police officials of various police stations to hold meetings with Mohalla Committees prior to Muharram to ensure that children do not participate in the ritual, they use no sharp weapons in the procession and the entire procession be video-graphed. The police today told the court that they had held a meeting with several community leaders who gave an undertaking that children would not use or carry weapons and sharp objects during the procession and that they would not hurt themselves. “Minors taking part in the Muharram procession shall not be forced to injure themselves. Minors will not be allowed to inflict injuries on themselves and no one else would be permitted to injure the minors. The procession will be video- graphed,” said a report submitted by Additional Commissioner of Police (South region) Pravin Padval. The court after perusing the report asked the organisers of the procession to give an undertaking that the conditions imposed by the police would be complied with. “We care about religions and its practises but we also want compliance of the conditions imposed. A fine balance has to be drawn on the practises and safety of children,” the court said. The bench has directed the additional commissioner of police (South) to personally supervise the procession to be held in south Mumbai in September and ensure that the conditions are complied with. Muharram marks the anniversary of the battle of Karbala in which Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was killed. To mourn his killing, participants flagellate themselves with sharp objects.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC raps police over probe in Byculla Jail inmate’s death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court today expressed unhappiness over the probe into the death of an inmate of Byculla prison here, saying the Mumbai Police’s crime branch is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that it is seen as an “accidental death”. Manju Shette (45), an inmate of the Byculla women’s prison, who was serving a life sentence, died at the government-run J J Hospital on June 23 night, sparking off a huge protest by over 200 inmates of the prison. While the inmates alleged that she was assaulted by jail officials, the prison authorities today informed the high court that she died after falling in the toilet. “Till date, you (crime branch) have left no stone unturned to see to it that it is seen as an accidental death. How can you treat this as accidental death? We have no words to say about your carelessness,” a division bench of Justices R M Savant and Sadhana Jadhav said. The high court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Pune resident Pradeep Bhalekar, who has sought that the probe into the death be transferred to an independent agency. The court was also irked with differences in the post-mortem report and death information certificate issued by a doctor of the JJ Hospital. “The post-mortem report observed injuries on the body of the victim. But the certificate issued by one Vishwesh Rote, doctor of JJ hospital, says ‘no obvious external injuries noted’,” the bench noted. “Prima facie we find that the postmortem report and the certificate do not gel. The crime branch should immediately record the statement of the doctors to get a clearer picture,” Justice Savant said. The court, after perusing affidavits filed by the police and jail authorities, said it was not satisfied with the manner and the direction in which the investigation was moving. “We are not at all happy with the investigation. You (crime branch) should be taking it seriously. Are you shielding someone? Is this how you treat all other cases too?” Justice Jadhav said. “This is not just about the death of one person. It is in the larger interest of the society. People are losing faith in the authorities,” the judge observed. The bench directed the crime branch to complete the recording of statement of witnesses and doctors concerned expeditiously and file a status report on July 31, when the matter will be heard again.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Father, tempo driver asked to pay woman Rs 3.9L for accident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An accident claims tribunal has ordered that a woman be paid compensation of about Rs 3.9 lakh by her father, the owner and driver of a tempo and an insurance company for injuries suffered by her in an accident in 2012. The claimant, Sujata Maruti Jadhav, told the Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) that she was riding pillion on her father’s motorcycle driven by her brother on October 15, 2012. The bike brushed against a tempo and her dress got entangled in a hook on the rear side of the three-wheeler. As the tempo started moving, she slipped from the bike, got dragged on the road and sustained multiple grievous injuries, the woman said in her petition. She alleged that the accident occurred due to negligence on the part of her brother and the tempo driver as they were driving their vehicles at high speed and in a rash and negligent manner. The woman said that after the accident, she was admitted to a hospital for several days and had to be operated upon for her injuries. She said despite spending a huge amount of money on medical treatment, her injuries were not cured and that she suffered from permanent disability. At the time of accident, the woman was working as a nurse at a hospital in Thane and earning Rs 10,500 per month. She said she also earned Rs 3,000 a month by working part time as a beautician. However, due to the injuries sustained in the accident, she was unable to do any work. The woman claimed a compensation of Rs 8 lakh from five respondents – the tempo driver, Zakir Salim Beg; the three- wheeler’s owner, Kishor Ramuji Rathod; its insurer IFFCO Tokio General Insurance Company Ltd, her father Maruti Bala Jadhav (who owned the motorcycle) and the bike’s insurer ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Ltd. The tempo’s driver and the owner did not appear before the tribunal and the case was decided ex-parte against them. However, the tempo’s insurer contested the claim and told the tribunal that the vehicle was not insured with the company at the time of the accident and hence, it was not liable to pay any compensation. MACT member and district judge K D Vadane observed that the disability certificates issued by two doctors to the woman “appeared doubtful”. He said it has come in the evidence that the applicant has a job as on date, which shows that the injuries and the disability caused to her have not in any way affected her working and earning capacity. Thus, the applicant is not entitled for any compensation under the “future loss of income” category, he said. The judge also noted that the FIR in the case reveals that the tempo driver, without taking into consideration the other vehicles which were present on road, moved his three-wheeler towards left, because of which the woman’s dress got entangled in the hook and she got dragged. This act on the part of the tempo driver amounts to carelessness and negligence, the judge observed. He said the contents of the FIR also reveal that the woman’s brother was driving the motorcycle in a narrow passage between the tempo and a truck which resulted in the accident, and this also amounts to carelessness and negligence. “Taking into consideration all these facts and circumstances, the impugned accident occurred due to composite negligence to the extent of 50 per cent each on the part of tempo driver and the motorcycle driver,” judge Vadane said in an order last week. Hence, the tempo driver, its owner, the motorcycle’s owner (the woman’s father) and the bike’s insurer were jointly and severally responsible for the accident and share the compensation equally, he said. The judge directed them to pay the woman Rs 3,90,220 along with an interest at eight per cent per annum from the date of filing the claim with the MACT. The tribunal absolved the IFFCO Tokio General Insurance Company of its liability in the case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

How is Dahi Handi an adventure sport? HC asks Maha govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court today asked the Maharashtra government to clarify the grounds for classifying ‘Dahi Handi’ as an adventure sport in 2015 and permitting minors to participate in the festival. A division bench of Justices R M Savant and Sadhana Jadhav raised the query while hearing a petition seeking contempt action against BJP leader Ashish Shelar and others for flouting conditions and restrictions laid down by the high court for the Dahi Handi festival in 2015. Apart from Shelar, the petition also sought contempt action against former Mumbai BJP’s youth wing president Ganesh Pandey and the then principal secretary of the state government The petitioner today informed the bench that after the high court laid down the restrictions in its order in 2015, the state government issued a resolution on August 11 the same year declaring Dahi Handi as an adventure sport. In its 2015 order, the high court had said the human pyramids formed during the festival shall not exceed the height of 20 feet and no minor shall be permitted to participate in its formation. Under the resolution, the government permitted minors above the age of 11 years to participate in the festival but with a letter from their parents. Referring to the resolution, Justice Jadhav today said, “Is Dahi Handi an adventure sport? Are our orders being flouted under the garb of it being an adventure sport? How can minors take part in such adventure sports? Explain it to us.” The bench directed the government to respond to its queries and posted the matter for further hearing on August 4. The court also noted that political leaders like Ashish Shelar, who is head of the Dahi Handi Samiti set up by the state government in February 2015, should abstain from organising or even attending such festivals where court orders are being flouted. The Samiti was set up following a direction from the HC and its mandate was to implement the court’s guidelines during the Dahi Handi festivities.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak Army chief ‘analysing’ evidence against Jadhav: spokesman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa is “analysing” the evidence against Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a military court, and will decide his appeal on merit, the Army said here today.Jadhav filed a mercy petition before Gen Bajwa last month, according to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement issued on June 22. The statement said the former Indian Navy officer had filed the petition after the Military Appellate Court rejected his appeal.Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor told reporters today that Gen Bajwa was “analysing the evidence against Jadhav. The Army chief will decide on Jadhav’s appeal on merit.” Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April for his alleged involvement in espionage and terrorist activities. The International Court of Justice in The Hague in May halted his execution on India’s appeal.Pakistan claims to have arrested Jadhav from Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.

Jadhav’s mother should be granted Visa on humanitarian grounds-Pak daily

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A leading Pakistani daily has voiced its support in favour of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav?s mother, saying that she should be granted Visa to visit Pakistan on ‘humanitarian grounds.’ The Dawn, in an editorial, said that a Visa application by the mother of convicted Jadhav is the latest opportunity for India and Pakistan to back away from an increasingly confrontational stance against each other. ?The reasons for Jadhav?s conviction and incarceration suggest that Pakistan may not be legally required to allow his mother to visit him or indeed grant her a Visa at all, but it ought to be considered on humanitarian grounds,? the editorial read. The daily said a meeting between mother and son would be humane and in no way undermine Pakistan?s case against him. The Visa application of Jadhav?s mother to visit Pakistan to see her son is pending with the authorities for approval. ?A meeting between mother and son is very different to granting consular access, which is any case being litigated by India in the International Court of Justice,? it said. The daily sees granting of Visa to Jadhav?s mother as a small gesture which can lower the temperature in the overall relationship between India and Pakistan and opening the door to further sensible measures. India, in April this year, had requested Islamabad to facilitate Pakistan visas for Jadhav’s family to meet him. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, earlier on Monday, castigated Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz for not entertaining the request for visa to the mother of former naval officer Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage. Following this, Pakistani Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said they were considering granting a Visa to Jadhav’s mother on Sushma Swaraj’s request. Jadhav was arrested on March 3 last year from Balochistan allegedly for espionage attributes. He was later awarded death sentence by a Pakistani military court. India had then moved the International Court of Justice against the death penalty, which, in its verdict on May 18, had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Considering visa application of Jadhav’s mother: Pak FO

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan said today that it was considering a visa application of the mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav for a visit to meet her son who was sentenced to death by a military court. India had requested Pakistan to allow Avantika Jadhav to meet her son. “Pakistan is considering the Indian request for the grant of visa to the mother of Kulbushan Yadav,” Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria was quoted as saying by state-run Radio Pakistan. Zakaria’s remarks came two days after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi said that she had written a “personal letter” to Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz asking for approval of Avantika s visa application so that she may travel to Pakistan. She also said that Aziz did not even respond to her letter. “I wrote a personal letter to Mr Sartaj Aziz for the grant of her visa to Pakistan. However, Mr Aziz has not shown the courtesy even to acknowledge my letter,” she had tweeted. However, Zakaria said that asking for recommendations from Aziz to grant visas was against “diplomatic norms”, Dawn newspaper reported. Zakaria also accused India of imposing “conditions” for the approval of medical visas of Pakistani patients seeking medical treatment in the country. Jadhav, 46, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military tribunal in April on charges of espionage and terrorism. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested him from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy. Pakistan has dismissed India’s consular access request to Jadhav more than 15 times. India has accused Pakistan of repeatedly violating the Vienna Convention by doing so. India had approached the International Court of Justice in May seeking provisional stay to execution of Jadhav which was granted.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Don’t just install VC facility, maintain it too: HC to govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court today asked the Maharashtra government to not only install video conferencing facilities between courts and prisons but also maintain them for use in case of need. A bench of justices R M Savant and Sadhana Jadhav gave the direction while hearing a plea by an Aurangabad arms haul case accused Shaikh Abdul Naeem, who claimed that he was not being produced in the court due to lack of escort police. In December 2016, the high court had directed the state government’s home department to ensure that all courts in the state have video conferencing facilities by March this year. In February this year, the time given to the government was extended till October. Additional Public Prosecutor Mankuwar Deshmukh today told the court that the process was on and would be completed by the stipulated time. “It is not sufficient to just install video conference facilities but it has to be maintained also. If the installed VCs are not working due to lack of maintenance, what is the point in having the facility?” Justice Savant asked. The court pointed out that out of 583 VCs installed till now only 63 are functional. “Give us a map or a chart which the state government would follow in the matter,” the court said. “The government will have to complete the process within the given time frame. So many undertrials are languishing in jails because they are not produced in the court for their case hearings due to lack of escort security guards,” Justice Jadhav said. The bench has directed the inspector general of prisons or his sub-ordinate to file an affidavit within two weeks.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Review GR on prosecution of govt servants

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Monday asked the State government to review an earlier resolution issued by it, that allows a period of six months for carrying out an open inquiry into criminal cases against public servants, and seek extension for sanctioning prosecution from the home department.A division bench of Justice RM Sawant and Justice Sadhana Jadhav said, “Open inquiries are pending for over five years in some cases, so are proposals for getting sanctions to prosecute. It has to be done in a time bound manner or else the entire purpose is defeated.”The court made this suggestion while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Ankur Patil challenging a government circular which mandated the government’s nod to prosecute public servants. The PIL claimed that the anti-corruption bureau cannot prosecute such cases in the absence of a sanction and pointed out that there are at least 50 pending cases.

Sanction to prosecute govt servants should come quicker: HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court today asked the Maharashtra government to review the rule that gives it up to nine months to decide on granting sanction to prosecute a public servant and make the period shorter. The period should be shorter, observed a division bench of justices R M Savant and Sadhana Jadhav while seeking the government’s stand on a plea by social activist Ankur Patil, challenging the government’s circular which makes it compulsory for the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) to get government’s nod to prosecute `public servants.’ As the ACB cannot try officials without the sanction, several cases are pending, pointed out Patil’s plea. Additional Public Prosecutor Prajakta Shinde said as per a 1996 government resolution (GR), a proposal seeking sanction to prosecute must be decided within six months. The period can be extended by another three months, if needed. Shinde also pointed out a case which is pending for sanction since 2002. “The time has come for the state government to review the policy. Otherwise all this seems like a farce,” the court said. “By now the public servant against whom sanction was sought must have retired. The government will have to fix a shorter time-frame to decide such proposals,” the court said. The concerned official from the home department should file an affidavit in reply to the plea in three weeks, the HC said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Swaraj takes on Aziz for not ‘acknowledging’ visa request of Jadhav’s mother

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday took on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif?s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, for not entertaining a request for visa to the mother of former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death for alleged espionage. Responding to a plea by a Pakistani cancer patient asking for a medical visa, Swaraj said Aziz?s recommendation is required for the same. In a series of tweets, Swaraj appeared to mock Aziz, but at the same time said she would do her best to facilitate grant of a medical visa to the cancer patient. Pointing to Aziz for not showing ?courtesy? in acknowledging her letter, Swaraj, however, assured that India will issue a medical visa immediately to those seeking it as soon as Aziz issues recommendations. ?We also have a visa application pending for an Indian national Mrs.Avantika Jadhav who wants to meet her son in Pakistan /5,? Swaraj tweeted. ?I wrote a personal letter to Mr.Sartaj Aziz for the grant of her visa to Pakistan. /7,? she tweeted. ?However, Mr.Aziz has not shown the courtesy even to acknowledge my letter. /8? she further said. Swaraj?s response comes in the backdrop of a Pakistani woman, suffering from cancer, writing to her asking for her assistance in getting a visa to India. Faiza Tanveer, who is suffering from ameloblastoma, an oral tumour, had submitted a medical visa application which was denied by the Indian Embassy in Islamabad. Things came to light when Tanveer commented on Swaraj’s ‘Eid Mubarak’ tweet, by posting a video of her, highlighting the part of her mouth suffering from cancer. She then tweeted Swaraj asking her to ‘save her life’, as she had already made half of the payment, but was unable to get a medical visa.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Swaraj’s request to Aziz over visa for Jadhav’s mother gets no

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today expressed dismay over lack of courtesy shown by her Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz, who has not even acknowledged her personal letter requesting for a Pakistani visa for Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother. However, she assured Aziz that any Pakistani national seeking a medical visa to travel to India with his recommendation will be given the visa immediately. In a series of tweets, Swaraj said, “I have my sympathies for all Pakistan nationals seeking medical visa for their treatment in India. All that we require is his recommendation for the grant of medical visa to Pakistan nationals.” She said a visa application was pending for Indian national Avantika Jadhav who wants to meet her son in Pakistan. “I wrote a personal letter to Mr Sartaj Aziz for the grant of her visa to Pakistan. However, Mr Aziz has not shown the courtesy even to acknowledge my letter,” she tweeted. Jadhav, 46, was allegedly arrested by Pakistan in the restive Balochistan province last year. He has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Petition wants court to refrain Pak govt from pardoning Jadhav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Lahore High Court today held hearing on a petition seeking a court order for stopping the Pakistan government from “pardoning or reducing the sentence” of Indian prisoner on death row Kulbhushan Jadhav. Petitioner Mahmood Ahmed Naqvi also pleaded the court to order hanging 46-year-old Jadhav without any further delay, saying that the convict had confessed his involvement in subversive activities in Pakistan. “Kulbhushan Jadhav is a RAW agent and his confession that he had committed terrorism in Pakistan leaves no room for any concession to him,” he said and requested the court to issue an order stopping the Nawaz government from giving any concession like pardoning or reducing his sentence. Justice Shahid Karim sent the petition to the chief justice for constitution of another bench to hear it as he (judge) was going on leave. On June 22, Jadhav had filed a mercy petition before Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. In a statement, the Inter Services Public Relations, media wing of Pakistan military, has claimed that Jadhav has admitted to his involvement in espionage, terrorist and subversive activities in Pakistan and expressed remorse at the resultant loss of many precious innocent lives and extensive damage to property due to his actions. “Jadhav is seeking forgiveness for his actions and he has requested the Chief of Army Staff to spare his life on compassionate grounds,” it said. Jadhav had earlier filed an appeal to the Military Appellate Court, which was rejected. His mercy petition to military appellate court was also rejected. He had been sentenced to death by a military court in April for espionage and terrorism. International Court of Justice in May halted the execution on India’s appeal. In a hearing of the case on May 18, a 10-member bench of the International Court of Justice restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav. Pakistan claims it arrested Jadhav from restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak again denies consular access to Jadhav, says not civilian

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan today again rejected India’s demand for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav handed down the death penalty by a military court, saying it would be a “travesty of logic” to link his case with Indian civilian prisoners languishing in Pakistani jails. India yesterday had sought consular access to the 46- year-old Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer sentenced to death in April by Pakistan’s Field General Court Martial for “involvement in espionage and sabotage activities.” Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement today that “the Indian attempt to equate Commander Jadhav’s case with civilian prisoners and fishermen is a travesty of logic.” It claimed Jadhav was a serving Indian Navy officer “and was sent to Pakistan by its intelligence agency RAW for espionage, terrorism and subversive activities which resulted in loss of many innocent lives and damage to property.” Pakistan has dismissed India’s consular access request to Jadhav more than 15 times. And India has accused Pakistan of repeatedly violating the Vienna Convention by doing so. India moved the International Court of Justice against Jadhav’s death penalty and the ICJ on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing the death sentence. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he was dealing with his business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy. The denial for consular access came a day after India and Pakistan exchanged a list of prisoners lodged in each other’s jails. According to the list Pakistan shared with India, at least 546 Indian nationals are lodged in its jails. The lists were exchanged as per the provisions of the bilateral agreement on consular access signed on May 21, 2008. As per the pact, such lists have to be exchanged twice a year, on January 1 and July 1. The Foreign Office also said that Pakistan is committed to implement the 2008 agreement and ensure that humanitarian cases are not held hostage to politics. “We expect India to reciprocate through action rather than rhetoric.” It said five Indian nationals, who had completed their sentences, were repatriated on June 22. “In contrast, 20 Pakistani civilian prisoners who have completed their sentence still await repatriation, while consular access to 107 Pakistani fishermen and 85 civilian Pakistani prisoners is also pending,” it said. “Indian humanitarian claims appear contrary to reality in view of the impossible conditions imposed for medical visas for Pakistani patients,” it claimed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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‘Kulbhushan not ordinary prisoner’: Pakistan denies consular access for 18th time

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Pakistan Foreign Office on Sunday rejected India’s demand for consular access to Indian businessman Kulbhushan Jadhav for the 18th time, saying New Delhi is trying to deny the facts by calling Jadhav an ordinary prisoner.A statement by the Pakistan FO affirmed that Jadhav was sent to Pakistan by Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), and many innocent Pakistanis were killed by him. The Foreign Office further asked India to act upon the bilateral agreement on consular access instead of leveling accusations on Pakistan, Dunya News reported.India on Saturday asked Pakistan to grant consular access to its national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and sabotage activities. India had moved the International court of Justice against the death penalty and the ICJ in its verdict on May 18 had restrained Pakistan for executing Jadhav. Meanwhile, India argued that Pakistan had not granted India consular access, nor had accepted his family’s appeals.
ALSO READ Pak releases Kulbhushan Jadhav’s confessional video; India terms it attempt to influence ICJ through false propaganda The court has asked India to make its submission in the case by September 13 and Pakistan by December 13. Pakistan had also earlier said that Jadhav will not be executed till he “exhausts all his mercy appeals.”Both countries also exchanged lists of nationals lodged in the jails of the other country, in consistent with the provisions of the Agreement on Consular Access between both the neighbouring countries.
ALSO READ WATCH: Kulbhushan Jadhav’s seeks ‘forgiveness’ his actionsThe Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in this statement stated that, “India remains committed to addressing on priority all humanitarian matters with Pakistan, including those pertaining to prisoners and fishermen. In this context, we await from Pakistan confirmation of nationality of those in India’s custody who are otherwise eligible for release and repatriation.”

‘Travesty of logic’ to link Jadhav with civilian prisoners:Pak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan today said that it was “travesty of logic” to link the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav with civilian prisoners, a day after India sought early consular access to its national sentenced to death by a military court. “Indian attempt to equate Commander Jadhav’s case with civilian prisoners and fishermen is a travesty of logic,” the Foreign Office said in a statement here. The FO remarks came a day after the two countries exchanged a list of prisoners lodged in each other’s jails. According to the list Pakistan shared with India, at least 546 Indian nationals, including nearly 500 fishermen, are languishing in jails in that country. “Commander Jadhav is a serving Indian Naval officer and sent to Pakistan by its intelligence agency RAW for espionage, terrorism and subversive activities which resulted in loss of many innocent lives and damage to property,” the FO said. It said Pakistan remains committed to the implementation of the 2008 Agreement on Consular access, which stipulates the exchange of comprehensive lists of nationals of each country in the other country’s jails twice a year on January 1 and July 1. Pakistan has implemented the bilateral consular agreement in letter and spirit and is committed to ensuring that humanitarian cases are not held hostage to politics, it added. “We expect India to reciprocate through action rather than rhetoric,” it said. The Foreign Office said that five Indian nationals who completed their sentence were repatriated on June 22. “In contrast, 20 Pakistani civilian prisoners who have completed their sentence still await repatriation, while consular access to 107 Pakistani fishermen and 85 civilian Pakistani prisoners is also pending,” it said. It said that two juvenile Pakistanis – Ali Raza and Babar Ali – who inadvertently crossed the border in July 2016, despite orders of the Indian courts, were repatriated after a year s delay on June 5, 2017. “Indian humanitarian claims appear contrary to reality in view of the impossible conditions imposed for medical visas for Pakistani patients,” it claimed. Under the directive of the Prime Minister, arrangements are being made for such treatments/operations to be carried out in Pakistan, it added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pakistan violates ceasefire twice, Indian Army destroys one post in retaliatory fire

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In the second ceasefire violation today, Pakistani troops today resorted to firing from automatic weapons and shelling mortars along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district.In the latest violation, the Pakistan army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from small arms, automatic weapons and mortars from 5.50 pm on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Naushera sector, a defence spokesman said, adding, the Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively.As per reports, one Pakistani post was destroyed in the Indian Army’s retaliatory action. Pakistan has now violated the ceasefire thrice in the past 27 hours, targeting forward posts and civilian areas with mortar bombs and automatic weapons. Earlier today, Pakistani troops had opened unprovoked fire from 6.30 am to 9.30 am on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Naushera sector, even as Indian troops returned fire.Yesterday also the Pakistan army had initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from small arms, automatic weapons and mortars from 1130 hours to 1410 hours on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Poonch sector.Today’s violations came just days after an attack by a Pakistani special forces team that sneaked across the LoC into Poonch under cover of heavy fire and killed two jawans while losing one of their men.On Thursday, in the third such attack this year, a team of Pakistani special forces men sneaked 600 metres across the LoC into the Poonch sector and killed two Indian jawans and lost one Border Action Team (BAT) member in retaliatory action by the Indian Army.The BAT comprises special forces personnel of the Pakistan army and terrorists.It had carried out the attack on an Indian Army patrol party in the Gulpur belt of Poonch on June 22 under heavy cover fire by Pakistani troops.In the firefight, two Indian soldiers – 34-year-old Naik Jadhav Sandip of Aurangabad and 24-year-old Sepoy Mane Savan Balku of Kolhapur – were killed.The Pakistani BAT members were armed with headband cameras to record the attack on the Indian Army patrol.Earlier, on June 16, Pakistan violated the ceasefire by firing on forward posts along the LoC in Naushera sector of Rajouri district of J&K, killing an Indian Army jawan.There have been 19 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the international border in Jammu region in June in which one civilian also lost his life while seven others were injured.

Two jawans, killed in firefight along LoC, cremated

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Naik Sandip Jadhav had promised to return home in time for his son’s first birthday today. All that came back was his coffin. A day of celebration turned into one of profound grief for the family of the soldier, killed in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, as he was cremated in his native village in Maharastra. In another village in the state, a retired armyman had to witness the last rites of his younger son, who too was slain on that fateful day at the frontier. Jadhav and his fellow solider from 15 Maratha Light Infantry, Sepoy Shravan Balku Mane, were killed in an attack by Pakistani special forces along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. There were no smiles on one-year-old Shivam’s landmark day, only eyes misting over with tears, as his 34-year-old father’s mortal remains were consigned to flames with full military honours at Kelgaon in central Maharashtra’s Sillod taluka, about 230 km from Pune. People converged at his home in large numbers to mourn the loss of the braveheart, chanting slogans like ‘Sandip Jadhav amar rahe’ and ‘Jab tak suraj chand rahega, Sandip tera naam rahega’ as his body was taken out of the house for the last time. Besides the toddler son, Jadhav is survived by his wife, a three-year-old daughter, his parents and a brother. Congress MLA from Sillod Abdul Sattar and Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagade were among those present at the cremation. Similar heart-rending scenes unfolded at Gogave village in Shahuwadi tehsil of Kolhapur district, where 24-year-old Sepoy Mane was cremated with full military honours this afternoon. The body had been flown in to Kolhapur by a military helicopter. Army personnel, relatives and a large number of people from the area attended the cremation. Sagar Mane, the slain sepoy’s elder brother and an army man himself, lit the pyre. Their father, who had retired from the Army several years ago, watched on.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mortal remains of soldier Sandeep Jadhav brought to his

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The mortal remains of army soldier Sandeep Jadhav, who lost his life in an attack by the Pakistan Border Action Team (BAT) a couple of days ago, was brought to his village in Maharashtra?s Aurangabad district on Saturday for his last rites. Jadhav and sepoy Sawan Mane lost their lives during an operation in Jammu and Kashmir?s Poonch district along the Line of Control on June 22. The army killed two terrorists in retaliation. The Pakistan BAT team violated the sanctity of the (LoC) at around 2 p.m., when it entered 600 meters inside the Indian territory and attacked an area domination patrol of the Indian Army. BAT is a mix of Pakistani Special Forces and Jihadis who are used as force multipliers by the Pakistan Army on the LoC. This was the third BAT attack in the Poonch sector this year. On May 1 Pakistan army’s BAT badly mutilated the bodies of two soldiers — head constable Prem Sagar of Border Security Force and Naib Subaidar Paramjit Singh of the army on of the Line of Control (LoC) at Krishna Ghati sub-sector of Poonch district in Jammu division.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kulbhushan Jadhav: Pakistan says Indian ‘spy’ files mercy petition

India has dismissed the mercy petition and a “confessional video” by Mr Jadhav.

MEA-on-Kulbhushan-doctored-video @ 6/23/2017 9:20:14 AM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Hours after Pakistan’s Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) released a statement in which it said that a mercy petition has been filed by alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa against his death sentence, India has said that it brings out the lack of transparency and farcical nature of proceedings against the Indian national on concocted charges. Issuing a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, “The developments bring out once again the lack of transparency and farcical nature of proceedings against Mr. Jadhav on concocted charges, continued violation of his legal and consular rights and an attempt to introduce prejudice in the proceedings in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).? ?Pakistan has never disclosed even to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Jadhav’s purported appeal to a military tribunal in Pakistan and has effectively prevented his parents from pursuing the appeal and the petition filed by Jadhav’s mother,? it added. New Delhi also raised its doubts over the existence of the ?so-called? mercy petition filed by Jadhav. ?The details and circumstances of the alleged mercy petition by Jadhav are not clear and even the fact of its existence is doubtful, shrouded as the proceedings against Jadhav have been in opacity,? it read. The government had, earlier this week, once again demanded consular access to Jadhav and reiterated his family?s request for visas. ?Manufactured facts cannot alter the reality, and do not detract from the fact that Pakistan is in violation of its international obligation to India and Jadhav. We expect Pakistan to abide by the order of ICJ staying Jadhav?s execution and desist from attempting to influence the ICJ proceedings through false propaganda,? the statement said. ?India is determined to pursue the matter in ICJ and is confident that justice will be done without being affected in any manner by these unwarranted and misleading steps taken by Pakistan,? it added. According to a statement released by Pakistan’s ISPR, the alleged Indian spy has admitted to charges of espionage, terrorism and subversive activities in the state. Meanwhile, the case is underway in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) after India in May appealed against the death sentence to Jadhav, saying Pakistan had not granted India consular access, nor had accepted his family’s appeals. The court has asked India to make its submission in the case by September 13 and Pakistan by December 13. Pakistan had also earlier said that Jadhav will not be executed till he “exhausts all his mercy appeals”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: India dismisses fresh ‘confessional video’ as Pakistan’s ‘false propaganda’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has described as propaganda Pakistan’s fresh claims of evidence against former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav — sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court — after he filed a mercy petition with Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwa.Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) released a new video claiming it to be Jadhav’s confession.Officials in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, “Confessions under duress have no meaning.” Pakistan has failed to give consular access to Jadhav, they said.Jadhav was convicted of espionage and terrorism in April this year. He was arrested in March 2016 in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province. The case has become a rallying point in India, spurring calls for action to save Jadhav who New Delhi says was carrying out legal businesses when kidnapped and implicated by Pakistan in an unfair trial.”Seeking forgiveness for his actions he has requested the Chief of Army Staff to spare his life on compassionate grounds,” the ISPR statement said.Pakistan’s decision to release another video when Jadhav filed a mercy petition after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed his execution is being seen as another propaganda campaign by Islamabad in the case.India earlier moved The Hague-based court, seeking a stay on his execution on grounds that procedures were not followed under international law and Jadhav did not get consular access. It’s a rare contest by the two nuclear-armed rivals at the top UN legal body whose rulings are binding, but occasionally flouted.The court has put the death sentence on hold till the case is conclusively heard, and directed Pakistan to ensure and inform the bench of all measures taken to ensure that the execution does not take place.

Pak releases Kulbhushan Jadhav’s confessional video; India terms it attempt to influence ICJ through false propaganda

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In response to a query regarding the so-called confessional video of Kulbhushan Jadhav and a press release by Pakistan in the matter today, India said that the developments bring out once again the lack of transparency and farcical nature of proceedings against Jadhav on concocted charges, continued violation of his legal and consular rights and an attempt to introduce prejudice in the proceedings in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). “Pakistan has never disclosed even to the ICJ Jadhav’s purported appeal to a military tribunal in Pakistan and has effectively prevented his parents from pursuing the appeal and the petition filed by Jadhav’s mother. The details and circumstances of the alleged mercy petition by Jadhav are not clear and even the fact of its existence is doubtful, shrouded as the proceedings against Jadhav have been in opacity,” the government said in a statement.The government added that it had once again demanded earlier this week Consular Access to Mr. Jadhav and reiterated his family’s request for visas.
ALSO READ Full text of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s second confessional video“Manufactured facts cannot alter the reality, and do not detract from the fact that Pakistan is in violation of its international obligation to India and Jadhav. We expect Pakistan to abide by the order of ICJ staying Jadhav’s execution and desist from attempting to influence the ICJ proceedings through false propaganda.India is determined to pursue the matter in ICJ and is confident that justice will be done without being affected in any manner by these unwarranted and misleading steps taken by Pakistan.”
ALSO READ WATCH: Kulbhushan Jadhav’s seeks ‘forgiveness’ his actionsEarlier, Jadhav had submitted second mercy plea to Pakistan Army chief, claimed ISPR. It has also released a confessional video where Kulbhushan Jadhav describes how he was a covert RAW agent and undertook several operations for it. In the video, it is seen that Jadhav confesses to his ‘crimes’ and asks for mercy on compassionate ground. Earlier Jadhav had sent mercy petition to military appellate court which was rejected.The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), in a statement, claimed that in his plea, Jadhav has “admitted his involvement in espionage, terrorist and subversive activities” in Pakistan and “expressed remorse” at the resultant loss of lives and extensive damage to property. “Seeking forgiveness for his actions he has requested the Chief of Army Staff to spare his life on compassionate grounds,” the ISPR said. The statement said that Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, had earlier appealed to the Military Appellate Court which was rejected.Under the law he is eligible to appeal for clemency to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and if rejected, subsequently to the Pakistan President. The military also released a “second confessional video”, in which purportedly Jadhav can be seen “accepting his acts of terrorism and espionage”. The Army said it released the video “so that the world should know what India has done and continues to do against Pakistan.”

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