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Lok Sabha passes ‘historic’ triple talaq Bill

The Lok Sabha passed a Bill that proposes to make instant triple talaq a non-bailable offence with a three-year jail term for guilty husbands, a move that was hailed as “historic” by the Narendra Modi government. The Opposition Congress also welcomed the passage and called it the first step towards protection of Muslim women’s rights. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, was passed after an intense debate. The House rejected amendments proposed by AMIM, Congress and BJD. The Bill will now be sent to the Rajya Sabha for passage before it is forwarded to the President for his assent. The Bill is likely to sail through the Rajya Sabha, given the Congress’ stated support to the proposed law. Turn to P4In August, the Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional the controversial Islamic practice that allows Muslim men to divorce their wives simply by uttering the word talaq thrice. But instances of instant triple talaq have continued. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who introduced the Bill, called it a “historic” move that would ensure gender justice for Muslim women. He said Parliament cannot remain silent when the fundamental rights of women were being trampled upon. He said the Bill was “not about any religion or community.”“Even today such an incident took place in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh,” he said adding, the husband divorced his wife simply because she overslept. The Bill would empower women to seek remedial measures for herself and her children, said Prasad. Under the law, instant triple talaq in any form — spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp — would be illegal.Trying to score political points, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told reporters that his was the first political party to welcome the Apex Court’s decision. “We welcome the move. It is a firm step towards protection of women’s rights,” he said. However, members of RJD, AIMIM, BJD, AIADMK and Indian Union Muslim League opposed the Bill, calling it a faulty and arbitrary in nature. AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi termed the Bill “bad in law” and said its introduction would further alienate the minority. NCP leader Supriya Sule supported the Bill, with riders. She asked for removal of the three-year prison term provision. She suggested remedial action in the form of counselling. Muslim League’s ET Mohammed Bashir said the proposed law violated personal laws and was a politically motivated move by the BJP government. BJD’s B Mahtab said that he would not delve into the merits of the Bill and called the framing ‘faulty and flawed’.The government has said the Bill “empowers” Indian Muslim women by giving them a larger say in dissolving marriages, custody of minor children and the right to seek maintenance from their estranged husbands. Once the law is in place, victims will have the option of approaching the police and the legal system.

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Muslim Board opposes triple talaq bill, Centre questions its existence

While All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) opposed the triple talaq bill, government questioned the very existence of the board and also their credibility on Thursday. Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar questioned how the body became representative of the community. The minister also connoted them as jaahil (ignorant) men on the issue of Muslim Women (Protection Of Rights On Marriage) Bill which makes instant triple ban illegal and a punishable offence.Even before the bill was introduced, Zafaryab Jilani, an AIMPLB member, termed it as government’s attempt to make political gains. “The Central government’s approach is based on their political interests. They don’t have anything to do with Muslim women; they are only doing it for political gains,” Jilani said.During the discussion on the bill in Lok Sabha, Akbar questioned, “What is the credibility of All India Muslim Personal Law Board? Who chose them to be community representatives?” While backing the bill, he said that the law is not against talaq, but against instant talaq or talaq-e-biddat.The board has opposed the bill and had written a letter to the Prime Minister urging him to withdraw the bill. In the letter, AIMPLB stated that it is “against the welfare of Muslim women at large, and it shall harm the interest of Muslim Women and the family”.Akbar also cited Quran to emphasise that women’s rights are important. He said it is stated in Quran that there will be no atrocities on women in the name of God, and added “but even 1,400 years later, some jaahil men continue to do so.””I’m speaking as a Muslim. There is poison being spread that Islam is in danger. There is nothing that is in danger. Only a few Muslim men are feeling vulnerable. A true Muslim will never believe that Islam is in danger,” he said.Earlier in the day, the Bill which seeks to criminalise the practice of instant triple talaq was tabled in Lok Sabha by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.Prasad said the proposed law is for women’s rights and justice and not regarding any prayer, ritual or religion.Reacting to it, Jilani said the parliamentarian was “misleading the Parliament” citing that apart from prayer, and ritual, the divorce law is also protected by Article 25 of the Constitution.”Supreme Court has said in its judgment that divorce law too is an integral part of Muslim personal law, which is protected by Article 25. What he (Prasad) is saying is against the order of the Supreme Court,” Jilani said.

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Centre tables Triple Talaq Bill in Lok Sabha; support Bill, but needs strengthing, says Congress

The Congress said it supports the triple talaq bill introduced in the Lok Sabha but wants it to be strengthened to safeguard the rights of divorced Muslim women so they live a life of dignity with adequate subsistence allowance.Earlier, the bill to make instant triple talaq illegal and void and awarding a jail term of up to three years to the husband, was introduced in the Lok Sabha amid protests by several opposition parties.Introducing the bill, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said it was a “historic day”.But before he introduced the legislation, several opposition parties opposed its introduction saying it was arbitrary in nature and a faulty proposal.Members from RJD, AIMIM, BJD, Indian Union Muslim League and AIADMK, who had given notice to oppose its introduction spoke against the measure. But members from the Congress and the Left, who were also opposing it from their benches, were not allowed to speak as they had not given notice. SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav was also seen opposing the bill.The TMC, which had opposed the draft bill earlier, was silent.Activists of ANHAD (Act Now for Harmony and Democracy), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), offer sweets to each other as they celebrate the tabling of the Muslim women bill – ReutersWhile JPN Yadav of RJD questioned the proposed three-year jail term, AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi said Parliament lacks the legislative competence to pass the law as it violated fundamental rights.He said while the bill talks only about Muslim women being abandoned, the government should also worry about nearly 20 lakh women of various religions who are abandoned by their husbands, “including our bhabhi from Gujarat”.Muslim League’s E T Mohammed Bashir said the proposed law was violative of personal laws and was a politically motivated move.B Mahtab (BJD) said while he would not talk about the merits of the bill, its framing was “faulty and “flawed”. He said if the proposed law makes the practice of instant triple talaq illegal and void, how can a person be jailed for pronouncing ‘talaq-e-biddat’.A Anwar Raja of the AIADMK opposed the bill.Maulana Rabe Hasani Nadvi, President of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), General Secretary Wali Rahmani, Khalid Saifullaha Rahmani Assistant General Secretary, Fazlurrahman, Secretary and senior member Zafaryab Jjilani, AIMIM President Assaduddin Owaisi during a meeting on issue of Triple Talaq in Lucknow on Sunday – PTISoon after the introduction of the bill was approved, Prasad wondered whether Parliament can remain silent if the fundamental rights of women were being trampled upon.He said the legislation was not aimed against any religion but was framed to provide a sense of justice, security and honour to women.He said the law was required as even after the Supreme Court had struck down the practice of ‘talaq-e-biddat’ in August, it was continuing. He claimed that as recently as today, a woman in Rampur was given instant triple talaq by her husband for getting up late.Parliament has to decide whether the victims of triple talaq have fundamental rights or not, he said after some opposition members claimed it violated the fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution.”It is a historic day. We are making history today,” Prasad said.The proposed law would only be applicable on instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e-biddat’ and give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children.The woman can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate who will take a final call on the issue.Under the law, instant triple talaq in any form — spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp — would be bad or illegal and void.According to the proposed law which would be applicable to the entire country except in Jammu and Kashmir, giving instant talaq would attract a jail term of upto three years and a fine. It would be a cognisable, non-bailable offence.LAW WILL BE AN INTRUSION INTO PERSONAL LIVES: KURSHIDAlthough the Congress backed the bill and asked for a few changes, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid, a former union law minister, struck a discordant note, insisting the proposed law will be an “intrusion” into the personal lives of individuals and bring divorce, a civil issue, into the realm of criminal law.Among other things, the ‘Muslim women Protection of Rights on Marriage’ Bill provides for a 3-year jail term to those found guilty of pronouncing instant triple talaq to their wives.Congress’s communications department incharge Randeep Surjewala said Parliament must ensure the protection of rights of Muslim women and children under all circumstances.He said the Congress was the first political party to welcome the Supreme Court verdict banning triple talaq, and had hailed it as a decisive step towards women empowerment and victory for the rights of muslim women.”The Congress has always believed that the issue of instant triple talaq ‘Talaq-e-biddat’ is about gender justice and gender equity. The Congress will support any and every law abolishing instant triple talaq.”The present bill needs to be strengthened to safeguard the rights of women to a life of dignity with adequate subsistence allowance. Parliament must ensure protection of rights of Muslim women and children under all circumstances,” he said.Khurshid, however, said,”It is an instrusion into the personal lives of individuals. Taking criminal law into the family, you have to be careful. To make divorce in any form a criminal matter is unacceptable anywhere in the world.” Khurshid, also a Supreme Court lawyer, said divorce or consequences of divorce, are areas of civil law and not criminal law, which comes in only when there is violence.”Criminal law is kept out of family as far as possible, which is a general policy everywhere. Why are we bringing criminal law into something which is a non-existing factor? Triple talaq is no institution or institutional fact of life, the Supreme Court has made it very clear,” he said.Surjewala said Section 5 of the bill merely states that Muslim women are entitled to subsistence allowance without defining subsistence allowance and explaining the method of calculating it.It also does not clarify whether the maintenance awarded to a Muslim woman under Sections 3 and 4 of ‘The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986’ will be deducted from the proposed subsistence allowance or will it be in addition to that. He said there was no clarity on whether a divorced Muslim woman be entitled to one of the two.”Why should onus of proving instant triple talaq be on women? Like in every other law, the onus of proving the pronouncement of instant triple talaq would be on the victim.”Why can’t this law then envisage a presumption in favour of the woman, putting the onus of proof on the husband to establish that instant triple talaq was not pronounced by him,” he said.Surjewala said the bill should ensure payment of maintenance and/or subsistence allowance to women and children if the husband is in jail for 3 years, as evisaged under the proposed law.All Muslim women’s groups have asked an obvious question as to who will pay the maintenance and subsistence allowance once the husband is in jail, he said.The Congress leader also asked whether such a woman and her children would have the right to proceed against the estate–movable and immovable property of the husband, as the proposed law does not provide for it.”Where no such property exists or the property is owned by more than one stakeholder or is under mortgage/charge, does it mean that women and children would then have no maintenance?” he asked.Terming the bill as “very important” and “significant”, Congress spokesperson Sushmita Dev said her party will work with the government to bolster the rights of muslim women.She said the Congress party will stand by any progressive legislation that adds to empowerment of women. “But the bill needs to be watertight when it comes to the financial security and dignity of women,” she said.Dev also wondered whether under the proposed law the burden of proof that instant triple talaq has been granted be on women and whether they be able to prove the charge before a magistrate.This bill is silent on how to arrive at a maintenance allowance, she said.

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Malegaon blast: Relieved that MCOCA dropped, says Col Purohit’s wife after partial relief

After the special NIA court dropped MCOCA charges against 2008 Malegaon blast case accused Lt Col Prasad Purohit, his wife Aparna stated that decision has come as a huge relief for Purohit family. “Due to the MCOCA, he (Purohit) had to spent nine years in jail. Now we are happy that finally the MCOCA charges are dropped,” Aparna told DNA. Though the court has dropped MCOCA charges, he along with other accused will face trial under section 16 and 18 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and 120b, 302, 307 and 326 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Speaking to DNA on Wednesday after the charges framed against six accused including Purohit, Aparna said, “We will fight it out the way we have been fighting the case since day one. After the charges of MCOCA have been dropped, we consider it as a small step towards justice but still there is a long way to go.”Aparna who has been making rounds of various courts right from sessions court to the Supreme Court stated that she was never low on confidence even on the day one of Purohit’s arrest and now since the MCOCA charges have been dropped, that will boost her confidence even more. “I know my husband is innocent. We are a family of army personnel and therefore we were never short on confidence. We know hot to fight and that is what we have been doing for last nine years,” Aparna said. Also read2008 Malegaon case: MCOCA dropped against Sadhvi Pragya and Col Purohit, to be tried under UAPA and IPC sectionsWhen DNA asked her about the reaction of the family members including Purohit, she said, “For nine years, I was fighting alone where I had to look after my family while I was making rounds of courts. However, now since my husband is out of jail, entire family is relieved. We are now able to divide the work and with each other’s support we are now fighting the case with more efficiency.”

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Health centre chief suspended for cataract operations under ‘torch’

After reports surfaced that eye surgeons at Nawabganj Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Unnao district allegedly performed cataract operations on 32 patients in ‘torchlight’ on Monday, the Yogi Adityanath government has ordered a probe and suspended the PHC in-charge, Dr Dinesh Dass. Chief Medical Officer of Unnao, Dr Rajendra Prasad, who gave the permission for these operations even when there was no electricity at the PHC has also been transferred.”No one involved in this kind of medical negligence will be spared. It is the height of medical negligence,” said Ravi Kumar, District Magistrate, while ordering the probe.A two-member team including additional Chief Medical Officer Unnao R.K. Gautam and Joint Magistrate Mankish Bansal has been formed to probe the incident.Initial investigation suggests that due to erratic power supply at the PHC during the time of the surgeries, a three-member team, headed by Dr Nutan Saxena, performed the cataract operations under two torchlights. “Since there was no power, doctors asked us to hold torchlights and conducted the cataract operations on patients,” said a peon.

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Video of Hyderabad cop assaulting short-film director goes viral, probe ordered

A video purportedly showing a senior police official assaulting a man has gone viral on social media, prompting the Cyberabad police authorities here to order an inquiry.Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Madhapur Zone) K Ganga Reddy, who allegedly features in the video, was today transferred to the City Armed Reserve, while Police Commissioner Sandeep Shandilya ordered an inquiry into the incident.In the video, Reddy is purportedly seen kicking and slapping a short-film director accused of harassing a woman actor.Police sources said the director was summoned after the woman lodged a complaint, and when he misbehaved with the woman in front of police, the officer hit him.”Who recorded the video and whether it happened at the office of the Additional DCP or outside…is a matter of enquiry. But, whatever it is, this is uncalled for,” said DCP (Madhapur Zone) Vishwa Prasad.”If it is found to be true, this is very uncalled-for conduct on the part of the senior police official,” he added.The Cyberabad police commissioner has ordered an inquiry and sought a report, Prasad said.”Definitely it is disgraceful for police,” he added.Watch: Clip of Hyderabad cop assaulting man goes viralIn another case, police authorities of Rachakonda area near here ordered an inquiry after a photograph purportedly showing a police official resting his foot next to a woman sitting on a cot went viral on social media.The woman was writing a complaint regarding her husband’s killing, police sources said.The photograph is one-month old. Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat ordered the inquiry after it went viral on social media yesterday, sources added.The police official, T S Uma Maheshwara Rao, attached to Jawaharnagar police station, claimed that as the plastic chair on which he was sitting was broken, he placed his foot on the cot.

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Lalu Prasad Yadav’s conviction becomes breather for the BJP

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s conviction in fodder scam provided the much needed adrenaline boost to the BJP that was facing Congress heat on its “anti-corruption” plank after the 2G verdict and quashing of the case against former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan by the Bombay High Court.Leading the BJP attack, cabinet minister JP Nadda targeted both, the Congress and the RJD. “The alliance between Congress and Lalu Yadav’s party is an alliance of corruption,connivance and cheating the people of India, it is clear from the verdict of the court,” he said.He also blamed Lalu Prasad for politicising the verdict. “He is even now politicising the issue instead of accepting the verdict, just to deviate attention he is leveling allegations of conspiracy against the BJP,” Nadda said.After his conviction by the special CBI court, Lalu had blamed the onslaught of bias driven propaganda by the BJP and its nexus with the CBI for the verdict.Lalu’s long time adversary, deputy chief minister of Bihar, Sushil Kumar Modi, who was one of the petitioners in the fodder scam PIL which resulted in a CBI inquiry and monitoring of the case by the Patna High Court, accused Lalu of playing politics.”Lalu was convicted for the first time during the UPA regime & is now blaming BJP? How can the BJP influence a judicial process? The Court has convicted Lalu not BJP,” Modi said in Patna.”This had to happen. You reap what you sow,” Modi added.Senior BJP leader from Bihar, law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who also was one of the prime movers of the case against Lalu, described the verdict as a lesson that law will catch up if you commit corruption.”For me, it is a matter of some personal assurance that I had the privilege to argue the PIL in Patna High Court in the early 90s leading to the institution of the CBI inquiry, which was strongly opposed by the then state government headed by Lalu Prasad Yadav.”Lesson of today’s conviction of Lalu Prasad is that law will catch up with you if you commit corruption,” Ravi Shankar added.Defiant Lalu lashes out on TwitterNew Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was defiant even as the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Court in Ranchi convicted him in the fodder scam. Yadav took to Twitter and shot off eleven tweets in 22 minutes. He slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and termed its politics as “immoral and malicious” and said that the “wily” party was using rhetoric to hide its “misdeeds” and to sully public perception of the opposition. Yadav also likened his circumstances and conviction to that of former South African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, American civil rights activist Martin Luther King and even Babasaheb Ambedkar.

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Fodder scam verdict: Lalu Yadav, 15 others convicted; RJD to move High Court

In a major setback to the RJD, a special CBI court today convicted former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad and 15 others in a fodder scam case 21 years after it had surfaced, while acquitting six others including another former chief minister Jagannath Mishra.Special judge Shivpal Singh pronounced the verdict in a packed courtroom in the case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.The court convicted Lalu Prasad for offences of cheating along with criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and for criminal misconduct by public servant under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PMLA), his advocate Chittaranjan Prasad told PTI.Also readEven Mandela, Ambedkar are villains for some: Defiant Lalu Yadav after fodder scam convictionUnder the sections, he can be sentenced to a maximum jail term of seven years, the counsel said, adding he did not receive any written order from the court but was informed about it.The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on January 3.Also readFrom Tejashwi Yadav to Ravi Shankar Prasad: Who said what after Lalu Yadav’s conviction in fodder scamSixty-nine-year-old Lalu Prasad, who heads the RJD, and other convicts were taken into custody immediately after the pronouncement of the verdict. Lalu Prasad’s son Tejaswi Yadav, who is the Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly, was present in the court.Also readTimeline of fodder scam case which rocked Lalu Prasad Yadav’s political careerLalu Prasad and the other convicts in the fodder scam case were then whisked off to the Birsa Munda jail, where security has been tightened, CBI sources said.The special court acquitted 80-year-old Jagannath Mishra and five others — former Public Accounts Committee chairman Dhruv Bhagat, former Indian Revenue Service officer A C Choudhary, fodder suppliers Saraswati Chandra and Sadhana Singh and former minister Vidya Sagar Nishad.Besides Lalu Prasad, the court held guilty Jagdish Sharma and R K Rana, which were with the RJD at the time of the scam, former IAS officers Beck Julius, Phoolchand Singh and Mahesh Prasad, and ex-government officials Krishna Kumar and Subir Bhattacharya.The others are suppliers/transporters Tripurari Mohan Prasad, Sushil Kumar Sinha, Sunil Kumar Sinha, Raja Ram Joshi, Gopinath Das, Sanjay Agarwal, Jyoti Kumar Jha and Sunil Gandhi.They were convicted for offences under the IPC and the PMLA. The court had on December 13 reserved its order on the matter. Today’s conviction is the second in the scam In 1996, the Patna High Court ordered an inquiry into the fodder scam cases and a charge sheet in the Deogarh Treasury case was filed against 38 people on October 27, 1997. Eleven of them died and three turned approvers while two other accused confessed and were convicted in 2006-07, a CBI official said.Senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said that the party would move the high court against the special CBI court order.Soon after the verdict, a post on Lalu Prasad’s Twitter handle read, “Powerful people and powerful classes always managed to divide society into ruling and the ruled classes.And whenever anyone from the lower hierarchy challenged this unjust order, they would be deliberately punished.” Another tweet said, “Had people like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Baba Saheb Ambedkar failed in their efforts, history would have treated them as villains. They still are villains for the biased, racist and casteist minds.No one should expect any different treatment.” On September 30, 2013, Lalu Prasad, Jagannath Mishra and several others had been convicted in another case pertaining to illegal withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury in the early 1990s.The Supreme Court had granted bail on December 13 that year to Lalu Prasad, who had been behind the bars for two months.The RJD chief had moved the apex court challenging the order of the Jharkhand High Court which had dismissed his bail plea.He faces three more fodder scam cases for illegal withdrawal of Rs 3.97 crore from the Dumka Treasury, Rs 36 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury and Rs 184 crore from the Doranda Treasury.”The legal fight will continue,” Raghuvansh Prasad Singh told reporters outside the special CBI court, reacting to the conviction of the RJD chief.He said that besides fighting it legally, the party would go to the people “fight it politically also”.Another senior RJD leader, Abdul Bari Siddiqui, a confidant of Prasad, said it is not right to comment on a judgement but the people are discussing how it is freedom for some people and jail for others in the same case.”The layman is asking why it is jail for some and freedom for others? It is baffling how the BJP and the JD(U) had predicted the verdict. This has created confusion among the people also,” he said.”The case was on excess withdrawal from the Deogarh Treasury. Laluji has been charged with connivance as he was the finance minister then — the charge is not direct. The withdrawal had been taking place since 1977. There were several chief ministers who were in charge of the finance department. So why is he being singled out?” Siddiqui asked.”Laluji going to jail is not new for the RJD. He had been sent to jail on earlier occasions and every time the RJD bounced back with double the strength. That is why we are still number one in Bihar,” he said.The party will decide its course of action after the court pronounces its order on the quantum of punishment, Sidiqqui added.

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Case has reached logical conclusion, says IPS officer who probed fodder scam

With the conviction of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others in a fodder scam case, 21 years after it had surfaced, an IPS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, who had probed the case, said the matter has reached a logical conclusion.Varun Sindhu Kul Kaumudi, who was on deputation to his home state Bihar at that time, had closely supervised the case as CBI SP of Animal Husbandry Scam Unit, Patna and had also filed the charge sheet in the case.Recalling the more than two decades-old case, Kaumudi said, “A truckload copies of documents was submitted to the special CBI court in Patna for providing to the accused within the time-frame fixed by the Supreme Court.” Kaumudi, a 1986-batch IPS officer, handled the the fodder scam probe before he was transferred back to Andhra Pradesh in 1998.Also readFrom Tejashwi Yadav to Ravi Shankar Prasad: Who said what after Lalu Yadav’s conviction in fodder scam”I was asked to arrest Lalu Prasad in another related case, but he surrendered in the court,” Kaumudi told PTI.Also readEven Mandela, Ambedkar are villains for some: Defiant Lalu Yadav after fodder scam convictionHe expressed happiness that the case has reached its logical conclusion after these many years.Kaumudi, currently an Additional Director General of Police in the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi, also headed the investigation into another sensational case the Satyam Computers fraud as Inspector General, Crime Investigation Department of united Andhra Pradesh in 2009.Also readTimeline of fodder scam case which rocked Lalu Prasad Yadav’s political careerA special CBI court today convicted Lalu Prasad and 15 others in a fodder scam case, while acquitting six others including another former chief minister Jagannath Mishra. The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on January 3.

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Today father, next who?: Sushil Modi on Lalu Yadav’s conviction

As you sow, so you reap — this was Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi’s reaction to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad’s conviction in a fodder scam case by a CBI court in Ranchi today.Modi was one of the petitioners, on whose PIL the Patna High Court had, in 1996, ordered a CBI inquiry into the cases relating to the fodder scam.In a series of tweets, Modi pointed at the money- laundering cases slapped against the “whole family” of Prasad and hinted that the RJD president’s son and former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav could be the next in line in the “process of going to jail”.”Jo boya so paya. Boya ped babul ka to aam kahan se hoi. Yeh to hona hi tha (As you sow, so you reap. If you plant a Babul tree, how will you get mangoes. This had to happen),” the BJP leader said in his first tweet after the court verdict.This was followed by another tweet: “I was one of the petitioner in fodder scam PIL which resulted in CBI inquiry & and monitoring by Patna H Court (sic).”Also readFrom Tejashwi Yadav to Ravi Shankar Prasad: Who said what after Lalu Yadav’s conviction in fodder scam”Process of going to jail started. Today father, next who? Lalu knows? Whole family involved in corruption. Either fodder scam or benami property? Today chara Next LaRa? (sic),” read another tweet.Modi also came down heavily on RJD national vice- president Shivanand Tiwary, who was a co-petitioner in the PIL which led to the CBI inquiry into the fodder scam, saying he was “defending the indefensible” by coming out in support of Prasad.Also readEven Mandela, Ambedkar are villains for some: Defiant Lalu Yadav after fodder scam conviction”Lalu had to go to jail because of PIL filed by Shivanand, Lalan Singh and myself but now Shivanand defending the indefensible (sic),” he said.Lalan Singh, a JD(U) leader, is currently a state minister.Also readTimeline of fodder scam case which rocked Lalu Prasad Yadav’s political careerTiwary, who was expelled from the RJD shortly before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls for anti-party activities, had told a news channel that he felt he had “committed a sin” by filing the PIL, “which paved way the for Nitish Kumar to come to power in the state”.”Lalu enjoys a mass support, which nothing can erode. He has already been convicted and sentenced in one of the fodder scam cases. He is being sent to jail again and again as a part of a conspiracy,” he said.Meanwhile, senior RJD leader Jagdanand Singh said the party was united and waiting for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, when its workers and leaders would fulfil the dreams of Prasad, who fought for social justice.”The party will continue with its fight and struggle for social justice, right from the streets to Parliament, under the leadership of Tejashwi Prasad Yadav,” he said, while appealing to the partymen to register their protest in a peaceful manner.Singh also alleged that those who could not vote Prasad out of power had hatched a conspiracy against him.

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From Tejashwi Yadav to Ravi Shankar Prasad: Who said what after Lalu Yadav’s conviction in fodder scam

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was on Saturday convicted in second fodder scam case by a special CBI court in Ranchi. The former Bihar Chief Minister was among 16 accused who were convicted by Special CBI court judge Shivpal Singh.The court, however, acquitted six people including another former chief minister Jagannath Mishra.The case pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.A charge sheet was filed against 38 persons on October 27, 1997. Eleven of them died and three turned approvers while two other accused confessed and were convicted in 2006-07, a CBI official said.Here is how politicians reacted to Lalu’s conviction:Also readRJD cries foul over fodder scam verdict; alleges ‘conspiracy’ against Lalu PrasadLalu Prasad YadavTruth can be made to appear as a lie, as ambiguous or a half lie by concerted onslaught of bias driven propaganda. But blurred layer of bias and hatred will still be removed, come what may! In end Truth will win.Also readEven Mandela, Ambedkar are villains for some: Defiant Lalu Yadav after fodder scam convictionHad people like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Baba Saheb Ambedkar failed in their efforts, history would have treated them as villains. They still are villains for the biased, racist and caste-ist minds. No one should expect any different treatment.Tejashwi Yadav, RJDAlso readTimeline of fodder scam case which rocked Lalu Prasad Yadav’s political careerWill challenge judgement in HC. We have already appealed against conviction in Chaibasa treasury case in HC. Bail procedure would take place only after HC’s opening. Nitish Kumar, BJP kept trying to malign Lalu Ji.Manoj Jha, RJDI believe in the judiciary, but in this case, the CBI was arranging prosecution. Legally admissible evidence provided by us were set aside.Kind of evidences we have, we’ll get redressal at a higher court. Politically I know this regime, they have this typical Standard Operating Procedure-Try to make a deal with your opposition, if you fail…scare them. Want to tell them-Your end has begun.Manish Tewari,CongressLalu Yadav has been fighting this legal battle since 1996. It started when BJP leaders filed PIL against him in Patna HC. He & his lawyers are capable of fighting this case. I want to ask BJP why Srijan scam is not being investigated?Neeraj Kumar, JD(U)The verdict of Ranchi CBI court in fodder scam will prove to be a milestone against Lalu ji, who has become synonym with corruption.JP Nadda,Union MinisterLalu Prasad Yadav is even now politicizing the issue instead of accepting the verdict, just to deviate he is leveling allegations of conspiracy on BJP.The alliance between Congress and Lalu Yadav’s party is an alliance of corruption,connivance and cheating the people of India, it is clear from the verdict of the court.Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union MinisterLesson of today’s conviction of Lalu Prasad is that law will catch up with you if you commit corruption.For me, it is a matter of some personal assurance that I had the privilege to argue the PIL in Patna High Court in the early 90s leading to the institution of CBI inquiry which was strongly opposed by the then state govt headed by Lalu Yadav.

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Live Updates | Fodder scam verdict: Lalu Yadav, 14 others convicted by CBI court, Jagannath Mishra acquitted

A special CBI court here will pronounce its judgment today around 3 pm in the fodder scam case in which former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra along with 20 others are accused.The case pertains to an alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.Here are the LIVE updates: 03:55 pm: Quantum of sentence to be pronounced on January 3, 201803:53 pm: 7 accused including former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra acquitted ​Also readED files charge sheet against Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti03:52 pm: 15 people including Lalu Prasad Yadav have been found guilty.03:48 pm: Lalu Prasad Yadav found guilty by Special CBI Court 03:20 pm: Heavy security outside Special CBI court in Ranchi ahead of verdict on fodder scam. 02:50 pm: Lalu Prasad Yadav reaches special CBI court in Ranchi, son Tejashwi also with him. ​”The court will pronounce the judgment at 3 pm,” one of the Mishra’s advocates said.Yadav, who arrived here yesterday accompanied by younger son Tejaswi Prasad told reporters today, ” have full faith in the judicial system.” Tejaswi expressed confidence that his father and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad, an accused in the case, will come out clean. Interacting with the media, Tejashwi said the entire matter was a part of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) propaganda to pull the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) down.Lalu Prasad faces three other cases related to the fodder scam.The RJD chief also appealed to his supporters in Bihar to maintain peace and order irrespective of the verdict.Former MP R K Rana, three former IAS officers — Phoolchand Singh, Beck Julius and Mahesh Prasad — are also among the accused in the case.A charge sheet was filed against 38 persons on October 27, 1997. Eleven of them died and three turned approvers while two other accused confessed and were convicted in 2006-07, a CBI official said.

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Ravi Shankar Prasad says he ‘denied permission’ to Facebook’s Free Basics

Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said he had denied permission to Facebook’s Free Basics platform when he was handling portfolio of the communications ministry.”Right to access of internet cannot be denied. Therefore, I said earlier when Facebook came to India with Free Basics when I examined it, (and) I was handling communications department then, I found it will be free only when you enter from my gate. India does not believe in one gate and I did not give them permission for that,” Prasad said while speaking at the Digital India Summit.He said it is for the USA to decide their stand on net neutrality but “Our stand from day one is very clear – right of non-discriminatory access to internet is not negotiable”.The sector regulator, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), had issued a regulation in February 2016 on discriminatory pricing over internet access which led to ban of platforms like Free Basics and Airtel Zero.TRAI ruled against discriminatory pricing for different data platforms or content and said operators cannot enter into pacts with internet companies to subsidise access to some websites.As per ruling, the companies violating the rules will be fined Rs 50,000 per day for the duration of contravention, subject to a maximum of Rs 50 lakh.Facebook was offering free internet access to some websites that were available on its Free Basics platform.Following debate over net neutrality, Prasad as the telecom minister had set up a panel of officers from the Department of Telecom (DoT) to examine the matter and come up with recommendations.Prasad had then said the government would take a holistic view on net neutrality after the DoT panel and TRAI finalise their recommendations.The DoT panel too had recommended bar on platforms like Free Basics as it will act as gatekeeper to the internet.Last month, TRAI finalised its recommendations on net neutrality in which it prohibited internet service providers from making any discrimination in traffic while providing web access by either blocking or throttling some apps, websites and services or by offering fast lanes to others.”I believe internet is one of the finest creation of mankind and must be available for all. If internet is a global platform it must have link with local,” Prasad said.The DoT has to now take call on TRAI recommendations over net neutrality.He said the government is making efforts to make India a US $1 trillion digital economy in coming 5 years which include IT, IT enabled services, shared economy etc.The IT minister further said the government recently provided “duty shield” to electronic and mobile sectors to promote domestic manufacturing.Prasad said there were two companies that were making mobile phones in the country when he took over as IT and communications minister.”I am happy to announce today, India today is home to 108 mobile factories in the last three years,” he said.Prasad said the government has also decided to bear the charges on transactions up to Rs 2,000 made through debit cards, BHIM UPI or Aadhaar-enabled payment systems to promote digital transactions.

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Cabinet approves bill making instant triple talaq criminal act

The Union Cabinet on Friday approved the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, outlawing instant triple talaq by making it a cognisable and non-bailable offence, which will now attract a jail term of three years.The Bill was prepared by an inter-ministerial committee comprising of chairperson home minister Rajnath Singh, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, finance minister Arun Jaitley, law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and minister of state in the law ministry PP Chaudhary.The Supreme Court had in August, declared the practice of instant triple talaq as unconstitutional. In a five member-bench, while three judges termed the practice illegal and unconstitutional, two judges wanted to ban the practice for a period of six months till the time the government came up with a new legislation.AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi said that the government should explain how the law proposes to enforce imprisonment and provide maintenance at the same time. In a letter of protest, Owaisi said, “It is regrettable that a constitutional value as important as gender justice is being used to merely further cynical political goals.”

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Lalu Prasad demands probe over Nitish Kumar’s Vikas Samiksha Yatra, calls it a ‘scam’

Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Friday attacked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over his ongoing ‘Vikas Samiksha Yatra’, saying it was a “scam” wherein crores of rupees from the public exchequer was being splurged on an image-building exercise.He claimed that for every district covered under the yatra, Rs 10 crore was spent from the public exchequer.However, the ruling Janata Dal (United) dismissed the charge as “sheer frustration” of the RJD supremo, who is facing trial in several corruption cases and convicted in one.Addressing a press conference, Prasad distributed copies of a purported order issued by an official of Jeevika, a state government project for providing employment to rural women.As per the order, “4,000 women would participate in every public meeting of the CM during ‘Vikas Samiksha Yatra’ and would be paid Rs 75 each apart from the conveyance.”This is in addition to expenditure incurred on security arrangements, allowances to officers, arrangements for public meetings etc,” Prasad, who was accompanied by senior party leader Shivanand Tiwary, claimed.”This is turning out to be Vikas Samiksha Yatra ghotala (scam). At least Rs 10 crore is being spent in every district during CM’s Samiksha yatra,” he alleged.”If the ‘yatra’ was so indispensable, the CM should have taken only security personnel along,” Prasad said, wondering why review meetings were being held in districts, away from the state capital.He also alleged that flags of the JD(U), of which Kumar is the national president, were being displayed at the public meetings funded by the state.”There should be a probe into how much money has been spent on the CM’s yatra,” Prasad said.Kumar is on a state-wide ‘Vikas Samiksha Yatra’ since December 12 to take a first-hand account and review the progress made in various districts on development schemes launched by his government over the years.Prasad also reiterated his earlier claim that Kumar’s standing in his own government has diminished and JD(U)’s junior ally, the BJP, was establishing a “firm grip on the government and administration”.JD(U) chief spokesman and MLC Sanjay Kumar Singh, however, said, “It is sheer frustration of Lalu Prasad…a person, who is convicted in a corruption case, is levelling charges against a man known for his honesty and probity”.Prasad also dismissed exit polls predicting a BJP victory in Gujarat and claimed that the Congress would form government in the state and “all the exit polls will prove to be wrong like they did in Bihar in 2015”.On Sonia Gandhi’s “retirement”, he said, “She may not hold a post but will continue to give her guidance.” The RJD chief also added that Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as the Congress president will “strengthen the Grand Alliance”.He also opined against the draft law banning instant triple talaq with provision of of three years imprisonment for violations, saying “the Centre is behaving like an autocrat, taking steps as per whims and fancies”.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | Clear stand on Ram Mandir: Ravi Shankar Prasad

The Union law and justice minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday took a potshot at Congress president elect Rahul Gandhi on his temple visits. Speaking to mediapersons at BJP’s media centre in Ahmedabad, Prasad claimed that Rahul Gandhi ran misleading campaign for Gujarat polls.”He should understand that the development of Gujarat was not done by visiting temples but sheer hardwork. The white revolution, industrial revelution, growth rate of agriculture and well-being of people is not because of the temple run. Gandhi exhibited his Shiv Bhakti during Gujarat polls, but I want to ask him when he will show his Ram Bhakti. He should be clear on the issue of Ram Mandir whether that will take shape in Ayodhya or not,” he said.”The Congress president elect also took the help of myth during his campaign by spreading false information. He should understand that Gujarat’s GDP was only Rs71,866 crore in 1995-96 which has increased to Rs10,33,791 crore in 2016-17 in BJP’s rule. They are not coming out with the clarification on former PM Manmohan Singh’s meeting with Pakistani officials. I fail to understand that what kind of ideology the Congress is going ahead with,” added Prasad.The BJP leader also expressed his optimism on BJP’s victory in Gujarat and said that people of Gujarat have deep faith in BJP and leadership of PM Modi as evident when he was the CM. ​Gujarat wants peace and prosperity, that the BJP government in state have maintained and assured, added Prasad.

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A parivar that parts ways: Sharad Yadav to float new Janata

History repeats itself, and in case of Janata Parivar, it repeats all the more often. The rebel faction of Janata Dal (United), whose leader Sharad Yadav had to forego his Rajya Sabha membership this week, is all set to get a new name.As leaders come together to part ways again, giving rise to new formations, their fascination with the ‘Janata’ word remains, though the parties in most states count little as far people’s mandate is concerned.Yadav’s faction has decided to move the Election Commission (EC), seeking a new name for their party, which will necessarily include ‘Janata’ word in it and if possible a symbol of wheel (pahiya) plus to reflect the party’s connect with farmers and workers in tandem with its socialist democratic ideology.The names that are under consideration are Apna Janata Dal, Loktantrik Janata Dal, Lok Shahi Janata Dal, Samajwadi Janata Dal and Jantantrik Janata Dal.After the EC allots it a name, the party will have to seek a symbol within three months. While it cannot reclaim the original ‘chakra’ symbol of Janata Dal, the effort is to get a symbol of wheel (pahia) added as either a tool or a person reflecting pro-farmer, pro-labour credentials.The exercise had well begun after the EC last month recognised the Nitish Kumar faction as the real JD(U) and allotted the ‘arrow’ symbol to it.While the Sharad faction has challenged the EC decision in the court, there was a rethinking after Yadav and another party MP Ali Anwar Ansari were disqualified from Rajya Sabha membership last week. Both had rebelled against Nitish Kumar’s decision to junk the opposition grand alliance in Bihar and join hands with the BJP a few months ago.The split, which is now set to be formalised is only one link in the long chain of such splits in Janata Parivar since its inception on January 23, 1977 with the grand objective to root out Congress.The disintegration began soon. Chaudhary Charan Singh, the Deputy Prime Minister of the then government broke away and formed Lok Dal along with Raj Narain in 1979.On October 11, 1988, Lok Dal, Congress (S) and Jan Morcha, part of Janata Party, merged together to form Janata Dal under the leadership of VP Singh, which came to power in 1989.On November 5, 1990, two days before VP Singh government lost vote of confidence with BJP withdrawing support to the National Front government, Chandrasekhar and Devi Lal came together to form Samajwadi Janata Party.In 1991, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Chandra Shekhar parted ways from VP Singh and formed Samajwadi Janata Party. In 1994 Nitish Kumar and George Fernandes founded Samata Party headed by Brahmanand Mandal. On July 5, 1997, Lalu Prasad formed Rashtriya Janata Dal in Bihar, breaking away from Janata Dal.Biju Patnaik, a Janata Dal MP parted ways from the parent party and formed Biju Janata Dal in December 1997 in protest against the party’s decision not to ally with the BJP.In 1999, Janata Dal further split, when JH Patel led faction with Sharad Yadav decided to back NDA government. HD Deve Gowda, who had become Prime Minister in 1996, opposed the decision and founded Janata Dal Secular in Karnataka. Patel and Sharad Yadav’s party then became Janata Dal United.On December 23, 1999 Samata Party of Nitish Kumar and George Fernandes as well as Lok Shakti of Ram Krishna Hegde decided to contest election on the arrow symbol of JDU and decided to keep the green and white flag of Samata Party.In 2000, Ram Vilas Paswan split from Janata Dal of Sharad Yadav and formed Lok Janshakti Party.On October 30 2003, Samata Party and JDU formally merged together. Interestingly the merger of these Bihar parties happened to take on the then Lalu Prasad led Rashtriya Janata Dal . This was after Samata Party rebels like Raghunath Jha and Brahmanand Mandal were made to join RJD by Lalu Prasad.In March 2013, the JD-U suffered another split when Upendra Kushwaha broke away and formed Rashtriya Lok Samata Party after his relations with Nitish Kumar soared.In April 2015, an effort was made to bring together six splinter groups of Janata Parivar—JDU, RJD, Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (Secular), Om Prakash Chautala’s Indian National Lok Dal and Kamal Morarka-led Samajwadi Janata Party. The plan did not not take off. Two years later Sharad Yadav, who was then in the forefront of unity plan, parted ways from Nitish Kumar’s JD(U).Interestingly, Bhartiya Jan Sangh, which was also part of Janata Party in 1977 and later broke away and Bhartiya Janta Party, has charted an independent path since 1977, rising to new heights and formed in 2014 first single party government in last 30 years.Though Janata Party disintegrated, Subramanian Swamy continued heading it till it finally merged with the BJP in August 2013.Of the splinter Janata Party’s parties, Biju Janata Dal is in power in Odisha and Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) in Bihar while Samajwadi Party now headed by Akhilesh Yadav is the main opposition party in Uttar Pradesh. Deve Gowda’s JD(S) is third force in Karnataka after BJP and Congress.SPLITS & MERGERS1977: Janata Party takes birth; objective: defeat Congress 1979: Chaudhary Charan Singh, Dy PM of the then govt breaks away, forms Lok Dal along with Raj Narain. 1988: Lok Dal, Congress (S), Jan Morcha, a part of Janata Party, merge to form Janata Dal 1989: Janata Dal under VP Singh comes to power. 1990: Chandrasekhar, Devi Lal form Samajwadi Janata Party; VP Singh govt falls. 1991: Mulayam, Chandrase-khar part ways from VP Singh, form Samajwadi Janata Party. 1994: Nitish Kumar, George Fernandes form Samata Party. 1997: Lalu Prasad forms Rashtriya Janata Dal. 1997: Biju Patnaik breaks away, forms Biju Janata Dal. 1999: Deve Gowda forms Janata Dal (Secular) 1999: Sharad Yadav forms Janata Dal (United).

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Sushil Kumar Modi ready to play cupid for Lalu’s son but has three conditions!

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi today offered to find a bride for RJD MLA Tej Pratap Yadav provided he gave an undertaking never to threaten to disrupt any wedding. Yadav, who is also the son of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, had recently threatened to disrupt the wedding of Sushil Kumar Modi’s son following which the venue of the function was changed.The wedding took place yesterday and Yadav had sought to make light of his comments saying “Sushil Modi is like my father. I offer my best wishes to his son and request Modi uncle to find a bride for me as well.”In response, Sushil Modi today tweeted “ready to find bride for Tej Pratap but 3 shartein (conditions). No dowry, pledge organ donation and no threatening to disrupt any marriage”.His son’s wedding had taken place amidst extraordinary austerity in keeping with the thrust of the Nitish Kumar government on fighting dowry and child marriage. Visitors were asked not to bring any gifts and they were offered simple refreshments instead of lavish meals.Also readLalu Prasad puts aside political hositility to attend Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi’s son’s weddingAlso, at the wedding function venue, a stall was put up where forms were distributed among visitors to pledge to donate their organs. At another stall people were given forms to take the pledge not to give or accept dowry and not be a part of any child marriage.Sushil Kumar Modi issued a statement saying “The entire money received through shagun envelopes from Lalu Prasad and some other visitors will be donated to the Dadhichi Dehdaan Samiti”.A controversy erupted today with JD(U) spokesman Sanjay Singh alleging that Prasad had handed over the envelope to the bride by way of a “publicity stunt” and BJP MLA Nitin Nabin saying the RJD supremo had done so to hog limelight.RJD spokesman Mrityunjay Tiwari retorted saying “Handing over of envelopes, containing shagun, to newly-wed couples is an age-old tradition”.Also readNot a criminal, don’t take my words literally: Tej Pratap Yadav tells Sushil Modi to go ahead with son’s weddingIn his statement, Sushil Modi also urged the people to take a leaf out of his book and do away with extravagant weddings by avoiding musical bands, expensive lightings and use whatsapp and email for sending invitations.
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Lalu Prasad puts aside political hositility to attend Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi’s son’s wedding

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi’s son and private sector employee Utkarsh married Kolkata-based chartered accountant Yamini today in the presence of a large number of politicians and dignitaries.Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ram Vilas Paswan, Dharmendra Pradhan, Giriraj Singh, Bihar Governor Satyapal Mallik, Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das were among those present at the ceremony.RJD supremo Lalu Prasad was also conspicuous by his presence as a threat by his son Tej Pratap Yadav to disrupt the function had led to a change in the venue. Tej Pratap had, however, retracted his statement later.Also readNot a criminal, don’t take my words literally: Tej Pratap Yadav tells Sushil Modi to go ahead with son’s weddingPolitical hostility took a backseat today as Prasad greeted Modi with a warm handshake before taking a seat beside Union Minister Giriraj Singh.In a departure from tradition, the wedding was held during the daytime and without any ornate arrangements, musical bands or feasts. All guests were requested not to bring gifts to the wedding and were handed over a packet containing four laddoos.Also readWill skin PM Modi, says Tej Pratap over Lalu Prasad Yadav’s securityThe groom was dressed in a simple white khadi kurta, pyjama and a maroon waistcoat and the bride wore a red sari.The sprawling veterinary college ground, where the wedding was solemnised, was dotted with banners and hoardings carrying slogans against dowry and child marriage.A stall was set up on the ground to hand out forms that urged people to take a pledge against dowry and child marriage.At an adjacent stall, pamphlets encouraging people to donate their eyes and other organs were distributed to the guests.
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Hotel scam: Lalu Prasad’s wife and ex-Bihar CM Rabri Devi likely to appear before Enforcement Directorate today

Former Bihar Chief Minister and wife of RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav Rabri Devi has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to appear before the sleuths at their Patna office on Saturday for questioning in the alleged land for railways hotel scam case.Rabri, who has skipped multiple summons to appear before the ED officials in New Delhi, had challenged the investigating agencies to come to Patna, if they wanted to question her. She had said she would not appear before them in Delhi, however many notices they sent, and they would have to come to Patna for interrogating her.She had alleged that the Centre was using the government machinery to “implicate her family.”The ED had sent the last summon to Rabri on November 24. Sources said Rabri will be quizzed by a two member team from Delhi, assisted by local ED officials. This will be Rabri’s first interrogation by the ED and the officials are likely to record her statement. She was recently quizzed by the Income-Tax officials over other Benami property allegations.Rabri is a co-accused in the scam, which pertains to allocation of maintenance of railways hotel in Ranchi and Puri in exchange of gratification during Lalu’s tenure as the Union railways minister in 2004. Lalu, his son and former Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, former Union minister Premchand Gupta and his wife Sarla Gupta, are also accused in the case. The ED had registered a case against them under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in July this year.The ED has already questioned Tejashwi in this case.
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Hindu terror comment: BJP rakes up old Wikileaks cable to corner Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the Gujarat polls less than two weeks away, the BJP today raked up the issue of an old US diplomatic cable which allegedly quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying that “Hindu terror is a bigger threat” in India than the Pakistan-based LeT, and sought his explanation.Addressing a press conference here, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad referred to the cable which was leaked by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks and subsequently published in some newspapers in 2010. Prasad said Gandhi should be “ashamed of linking” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was then the chief minister of Gujarat, when he spoke about “polarising figures in the BJP” during his purported conversation with a US diplomat.”In 2010, two years after the (26/11) Mumbai terror attack, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was on India tour. At the lunch organised for then prime minister Manmohan Singh, US Ambassador Timothy Roemer was sitting next to Rahul Gandhi and asked the Congress leader what he thinks about the LeT,” Prasad said.
ALSO READ Ram Madhav slams Rahul Gandhi for his ‘hugplomacy’ remark about Hafiz Saeed’s release”In his response, Rahul told Roemer that forget LeT, it is the Hindu terror of this country which is a bigger threat. The US envoy Roemer sent this conversation as a cable to his country. Later, that cable was leaked and published by London-based The Guardian newspaper,” the minister said. Referring to the purported communication, Prasad said, the US envoy even wrote that the Congress General Secretary (Rahul Gandhi) was referring to the tensions created by some of the more polarising figures in the BJP such as Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.”This is the level of the Congress and Rahul. It was indeed shameful that he tried to link Modi with it. We demand an explanation from Rahul on this. He should be ashamed of himself as he thinks that LeT is less dangerous that Hindu saffron terror. And now, he is visiting temples in Gujarat,” the BJP leader said. Prasad’s diatribe came a day after the prime minister accused the Congress vice president of applauding the release of LeT chief Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan, and asked why he hugged the Chinese ambassador during the Dokalam standoff.He also lashed out at the Congress over a joint statement issued by India and Pakistan in Sharm el-Sheikh in July 2009. Prasad alleged that Manmohan Singh had accepted his Pakistani counterpart Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani’s charge that India was interfering in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan region. “During the talks between both the PMs (in Sharm el- Sheikh), Pakistan had said that they are worried about Balochistan as India is interfering in it (the region).Surprisingly, Manmohan Singh accepted Pakistan’s worry about Balochistan, which was also mentioned in the joint statement,” the minister said. Prasad said the instance of Manmohan Singh “agreeing to Pakistan’s concerns on Balochistan”, at a time when the neighbouring country was spreading terror in Kashmir, amounted to “bigger compromise with national interests”. “On one side, Pakistan is spreading terror in PoK and Kashmir, while on the other side Indian PM (Singh) agrees to Pakistan’s concerns in Balochistan and that too just a few months after the 26/11 attack. There cannot be any bigger compromise with nation’s interests than this one,” he added.Commenting on former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah’s challenge to the Centre to hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar before talking about unfurling it in PoK, Prasad said the tricolour is already flying high across the state. “Abdullah had also said that PoK should be given to Pakistan…Our tricolour is already flying high in the state and Pak-sponsored terrorism is losing its ground,” he said.Responding to a query, Prasad said repealing Article 370 of the Constitution that gives autonomous status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir was indeed a part of the BJP’s election manifesto. He said the situation in Kashmir has been improving gradually during the last two years. When asked about the statement of Lalu Prasad’s son Tej Pratap following withdrawal of NSG security to the RJD supremo that he will get the prime minister “skinned”, Prasad said, Rahul Gandhi should also speak on this as RJD is an ally of the Congress.

Will skin PM Modi, says Tej Pratap over Lalu Prasad Yadav’s security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The reduction in security cover of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav has not gone down well with his son Tej Pratap Yadav, a former Bihar cabinet minister, who has threatened to “flay” Prime Minister Narendra Modi if anything happened to his father.”It is a conspiracy to murder my father. I will give them a ‘muh-tod jawab’. Narendra Modi ji ka khaal udhedva denge (will get Narendra Modi’s skin flayed,” Tej Pratap said outside Bihar legislative assembly on Monday, when asked about to comment on the scaling down of Z+ security cover to Lalu.Tej Pratap said, “The security that has been reduced… everyone knows that we have a lot of programmes scheduled and Lalu ji also attends many of them. If anything happens to my father, then who will take its responsibility?”The BJP has come down heavily on Tej Pratap’s comment threatening to drag him to the court over it.”Tej Pratap needs to consult psychiatrists and learn restraint from some good advisors,” said Bihar health minister Mangal Pandey, while his cabinet colleague Suresh Sharma too termed Tej Pratap mentally unstable.Lalu’s younger son and leader of the Opposition in Bihar assembly, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav said Modi will be responsibile if any untoward incident happened to his father.Less than a week ago, their mother and former Bihar CM Rabri Devi too had made a similar remark, saying there were many in Bihar who were ready to slit the PM’s throat, while Tej himself had targeted Sushil Kumar Modi, the deputy CM of Bihar, a few days ago saying he would assault him in his house (ghar mein ghus ke marenge) and disrupt his son’s wedding next month.Meanwhile, Lalu said he was not scared by such tactics and that the people of Bihar and even their children were there to protect him. “They have been slapping false cases against me and my family members to intimidate me.They are afraid of me and have reduced security to restrict my movement and for harm to come my way,” he said. Lalu added that he had spoken to Tej Pratap over his comments and asked him not to repeat it.

Tej Pratap’s Skinning Modi Comment: BJP MP files complaint, Lalu regrets remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, Lalu Prasad appeared to apologise for his son Tej Pratap Yavav’s comment about skinning PM Modi even as he attacked the PM for downgrading his security. Meanwhile, a BJP MP filed a case against Tej Pratap Yadav at Delhi police station. He was quoted saying by ANI: “If a son comes to know that his father is being conspired against, his security is being revoked, he will react. I don’t approve of this. I have spoken to him to not speak anything like that again.”Attacking Modi, he said: “If Narendra Modi thinks I will be scared, I won’t. All the people, even the children of Bihar will protect me.”
ALSO READ Congress doesn’t believe Army about surgical strikes, celebrates release of Haifz Saeed: PM ModiHe also tweeted saying: “Modi listen, Lalu is not a man who gets scared. Go and scare someone else, like u scared Nitish. Bihar’s 11crore people and children will protect me.”He further tweeted: “PM Modi doesn’t want me to go or come, there can be an attack on me anywhere. When I was Rail Minister and went to Gujarat, Modi was CM. At that time, my car was attacked. Just hearing that I will go to Gujarat, they cut my security detail. How is someone so scared of Lalu?”
ALSO READ After Lalu Yadav’s security downgraded, son Tej Prasad Yadav threatens PM ModiMeanwhile, BJP MP Parvesh Verma filed a complaint against Tej Pratap Yadav in Delhi’s Parliament Street Police Station. Hitting out at the comment, DC Yadav, Bihar Disaster Management minister said that Tej Pratap was ‘mentally unstable’. He said: “Only a person who is mentally unstable will make such statements, a politically sane person will never speak those things. Lalu Ji also said things in the past but never crossed lines like this.” Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi on Monday said Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son and former state cabinet minister Tej Pratap Yadav would be taught a lesson by the public for his threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”He can use language of his choice. But those who use this kind of foul language are taught a lesson by the countrymen,” Modi told ANI.Earlier in the day, Tej Pratap alleged the Centre was conspiring to get his father killed and that, to this end, he would get Prime Minister Modi “skinned”.Tej Pratap’s remark came in the wake of the Centre’s decision to completely withdraw the NSG (National Security Guard) security cover provided to Lalu Yadav. His Z-Plus security category has also been downgraded to ‘Z’ category.‘Despite that (security downgrade), our programmes are continuing and Lalu Yadav is addressing rallies. However, this is a conspiracy to get him (Lalu) murdered, but we will give a befitting reply to them (the Centre). We will get Narendra Modi skinned (Hum Narendra Modi ki khaal udedhva denge); go and tell him,’ Tej Pratap said.Sushil Modi further said that Lalu Prasad shouldn’t be scared of anyone as people were more scared of him.‘Who is Laluji scared of’ Why does he need the security’ This was a status symbol for him. But now the entire Bihar is scared of him and his foul play,” he said.The Centre has withdrawn RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s ‘Z+’ VIP security cover of NSG commandos after a recent review of the threat to various protectees, official sources said today.The former Bihar chief minister will now be given ‘Z’ category security and be guarded by an armed commando squad of the Central Reserve Police Force, in accordance with the protocol of the scaled down cover, the sources said.Yadav will not have National Security Guard black cat commandos guarding him any more. The NSG only provides ‘Z+’ security cover.The decision was taken after the Union home ministry recently reviewed the threat levels of various VIP protectees, the sources said.The ‘Z+’ CRPF VIP security cover of former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has been withdrawn completely. He will have state police cover now.The ‘Z’ cover of Union minister Haribhai P Chaudhary has also been scaled down to ‘Y+’, entailing less manpower and other paraphernalia, they said.The minister of state for coal and mines was accorded the larger security cover of central security forces commandos when he was minister of state for home. With inputs from PTI and ANI

PM Modi bats for cooperation after CJI Misra, RS Prasad spar over judicial activism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today stressed that the legislature, the judiciary and the executive were part of the same family and should work to strengthen each other, even as the Chief Justice and the law minister sparred over the issue of judicial activism.The prime minister also said that the three wings — the legislature, the judiciary and the executive — need to brainstorm on how to move forward in the changed scenario.”They are members of the same family…we do not have to prove anyone right or wrong. We know our strengths, we know our weaknesses,” he said at a gathering of judges and advocates at the National Law Day event here.
ALSO READ Bar and bench need to work together to bring down number of pending cases: CJI Misra Modi pointed out that while fighting for rights, one should not forget about duties.He emphasised that the balance between the executive, the legislature and the judiciary has been the backbone of the Constitution and it has helped the country during the Emergency.
ALSO READ New India will lead the world in the 21st century: PM ModiModi also pitched for self-regulation and a system of checks and balances for the good health of any institution and quoted B R Ambedkar to state that there should be a limit for any authority.Before the prime minister addressed the gathering, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad reminded the judiciary of the principle of separation of powers between the judiciary, the legislature and the executive.He said the concept of separation of power is as binding on the judiciary as it is on the executive.Responding to the remarks of the law minister, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra said that “there should be mutual respect and there cannot be any claim for supremacy by any of the wings”.The CJI said that the dream of the Prime Minister is a literate, educated and digitally-enabled India and the judiciary is “playing the role of a constitutional catalyst” to achieve the goal.Referring to the issue of judicial over-reach, Prasad said law-making must be left in the realm of those elected to make the law.”The founding fathers clearly meant that governance must remain in the realm of those elected to govern by the people of India and accountable to the people of India,” he said.While independence of the judiciary was “important”, judicial accountability, probity and propriety were “equally” necessary, he said.Justice Misra hit back by saying that, “We are not really interested to bring any kind of policy.””But the moment the policies are formed, we are allowed to interpret and see that they are implemented,” he said.Misra said the judiciary follows the principle of ‘judicially manageable standards’ under which it does not get into realms where it can’t do much. “If we can’t do it, we will not get into it,” he asserted.Misra rejected the suggestion that PILs were being used as a means to formulate policies and to govern the country.He said there had been several writs and PILs which the Supreme Court has turned down. He also said that the apex court has been going “slow” on economic matters, particularly tenders and especially global tenders.Prasad said while the government accepts the Supreme Court decision to strike down the National Judicial Appointments Commission which sought to overturn the system of judges appointing judges, it is important to appreciate the suggestion of an audit of judicial appointments.He referred to the contempt of court proceedings by the apex court against Justice C S Karnan.Prasad said his records show that the then collegium had described him as an expert in all fields of law. Perhaps, he was not an expert on contempt of court, the minister said, without naming Karnan.The CJI said whenever the law minister writes to the collegium, his observations are not ignored. The recommendations once rejected by the government are not reiterated out of mutual respect.Earlier in the day too, the two had countered each other’s assertions.

Bar and bench need to work together to bring down number of pending cases: CJI Misra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra today said pending cases cannot be a “roaring tiger” before the judiciary and held that the backlog problem will be tackled if the bar and the bench worked together.The CJI asked the bar body and the lawyers to assure him that they would not seek unnecessary adjournments in cases, stressing that it was a way to resolve the backlog problem. “Let us promise each other that we shall collectively march ahead to reduce pendency. Pendency cannot be a roaring tiger before us. We will be able to tackle it if we work together,” the CJI said while speaking at a function here organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association to celebrate Constitution Day.The people, he said, must pledge to defend the dream and vision of the Constitution. “We cannot permit … anyone and I mean anyone who harbours the notion of denigrating the dignity of the institution at his whims and fancy,” he said. Speaking on the issue of pending cases, he said rotational benches of the high courts across the country were functioning on Saturdays and were taking up criminal appeals which were around 10 years old. “I must tell you in last one and a half months, all the high courts combined have disposed of around 1100 appeals and the credit goes to the judges and the members of the bar. In the Supreme Court in last two months, we have brought down pendecy by more than 3,200 cases,” he said.
ALSO READ Over 4,000 cases still pending in each subordinate court: SC weighs in on overworked lower courtsHe said that advocates on record (AoRs) of the apex court should get the privilege to mention a matter for urgent hearing and stressed that the lawyers should come prepared even if they seek early hearing. “I have told my colleagues (judges) to come prepared even if the case is listed for early hearing. If the case can be disposed of, we will sit and dispose it of,” he said. Addressing the gathering, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government had made 106 appointment in the higher judiciary this year.”In the subordinate judiciary, there are about 5,000 vacancies. The Centre has no role in it. Appointments are done by the high courts or public service commissions. We have written to the CJI,” he said. Prasad also said fresh talents should join the subordinate judiciary. “It is time to induce new blood, new talent in the subordinate judiciary,” he said, adding, “We need to collectively work together”.Attorney General KK Venugopal lamented the delay in justice delivery and said certain cases may take eight years to pass the trial court and the same in high courts and the apex court. “A total of 24 years. Only rich persons can file a case,” he said, adding that there was a need for increasing the number of judges. “We have only 18 judges for a million people. This is the root cause of delay in justice. The total number of judges needs to be increased,” he said. Since the government was party to 70 per cent cases, its early disposal would also benefit the government, he said.

Sonepur cattle fair fast losing its sheen, reduced to a cultural carnival

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Once famous as Asia’s largest cattle fair, Bihar’s “Sonepur Mela” is losing its sheen with colourful events turning it into a cultural carnival.The fair, which was inaugurated by deputy CM of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi on November 2, is put up at the confluence of River Ganga and River Gandak in Saran district, around 40 kilometres from the state capital.The various folklore associated with the fair claim that animals were traded here from the times of Chandragupt Maurya and through the Mughal era. It is believed that Veer Kunwar Singh also visited the centuries old fair to strengthen his cavalry and infantry to fight against the British.Elephants, horses, cows, buffaloes, goats and birds were once a major attraction at the fair, but the scenes have changed now. The regular visitors to the fair claim the number of cattle traders has reduced considerably, and handloom and handicraft stalls along with government kiosks now dominate the fairground.The reason for almost emply “Gai Bazaar”, many believe, is the increased fear of cow vigilantes across the nation. Similar views were echoed by RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav, who said, “Fewer animals have been brought to the fair as cattle traders are hesitant of attack by Gau Rakshaks en route. Earlier people were afraid of lions, now they are afraid of cows.”The ban on trading of elephants and birds has added to the lacklustre. “Till the turn of the century, elephants from across the country were traded at the fair. However, for the last few years, they were only put on exhibition and now even that is on verge of extinction,” says Harkhu Rai, who visited the fair to buy milch animals.The focus of the fair has now shifted on entertainment events such as theatre and cultural evenings along with spreading awareness and promotion of government’s policies and products. The Government of Bihar too is aware of the changes and a senior official of the state tourism department said, “With so many legislation related to animal trade coming up in the country, it is difficult to preserve its essence of being Asia’s largest cattle fair. Perhaps, renovating it as a cultural centre in the coming years will be more practical.”The fair, which is visited by many foreign tourists, will conclude on December 2.

Lalu and his family bought benami properties through bank run by RJD man: Sushil Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi today accused RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family members of having transacted through a cooperative bank headed by a former party MLC to invest in benami properties, and sought a probe by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate into it.The main opposition RJD, however, rejected the charges levelled by the senior BJP leader, saying he was suffering from “lalu phobia”. Modi alleged that Prasad and his family used the Awami Cooperative Bank, headed by former RJD MLC Anwar Ahmed, for converting black money into white, taking loans from it and exchanging scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes post note ban. Tbe BJP leader also alleged the money for several “dubious” purchases by the family was routed through the bank.”The CBI and the Enforcement Directorate should probe the role of Prasad and the bank in the matter,” he said.Ahmed, the bank’s chairman, is considered close to Prasad and was a nominated member of the state Legislative Council. Modi claimed Prasad’s account number S/B A/C 1001 and Rabri Devi’s S/B A/C 6651 were still active. He said Prasad’s account had a deposit of Rs 58 lakh, while that of Rabri had Rs 15.62 lakh. The deputy chief minister, who also holds the finance portfolio, said the state government would also get the matter probed by its agencies.Post demonetisation, he claimed, Rs 2.30 lakh each was deposited in 60 new accounts that were in the name of labourers who were unaware of the existence of the accounts. He claimed central agencies found evidence of transaction of Rs 10-12 crore through 70 benami accounts with the bank during a raid at the office of a trust headed by Ahmed. The RJD dismissed the allegations as baseless and without substance.”Sushil Modi is suffering from Lalu phobia. He has lost mental balance…Have you ever heard of banks indulging in any such illegal activity of converting black money into white. This is sheer his imagination. The charges are baseless and without substance,” RJD spokesman and MLA Shakti Singh Yadav said. Modi has accused Prasad and his family of acquiring a number of benami properties, including during his stint as railway minister.The family has been under the Income Tax department and Enforcement Directorate’s lens in connection with benami land deals and tax evasion. Some properties belonging to Prasad’s MP daughter Misa Bharti and his son and former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav have also been attached.

Telangana woman thrown out of house by husband for not cooking ‘good biryani’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman in Telengana’s Warangal district was allegedly thrown out of house by her husband for not cooking ‘good’ biryani.Manasa approached police saying it was not the first time her husband, Rajendra Prasad, has thrown out of their house for not cooking his favourite dish, according to an IndiaToday report.In January last year she was thrown out by her computer engineer husband too for the same bizarre reason. After being thrown out husband, she protested outside her house at Illanda village. She also alleged that she was beaten up for not making ‘good’ biryani. After some local activists came across her case, they intervened in the matter and took her to the police.The 25-year-old woman also said that her husband’s family also demanded dowry.The police have registered a case of domestic violence and have counselled her in-laws and husband in the matter. They said if Manasa’s husband and her in-laws continue to hurt her then they will police him and his family under sections of IPC and domestic violence laws.

Tejashwi Prasad Yadav slams Nitish Kumar for ‘kid’ comment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar called Tejashwi Prasad Yadav a ‘kid’, the younger son of RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav has retaliated by targeting Nitish’s son and asked the CM if his son had traits like him.On Wednesday, Tejashwi took to Twitter to hit back at Nitish and said, “Respected Nitishji, I am proud that I have my father’s traits. But you keep a hand over your heart and reply whether or not, your son (Nishant) has your nature. Seedhi baat, no bakwas.” He further added, “I do not want to lower the level of politics like you, but you are well aware of the truth. Let some secrets remain as secrets.”The RJD leader was peeved with Nitish, who on Monday, had brushed aside media queries related to Tejashwi, saying, “He is still a child. Sometimes he speaks loudly because of the traits he has acquired from his father. What should I reply on the comments made by him?”This did not go down well with Lalu as well, who had said Nitish will know who his son was when he faces him in the 2020 Bihar Assembly polls. “He is not a bachha, but Nitish’s chacha,” Lalu said. Tejashwi had also replied that a person remains a child to his or her parents and elders throughout the life, and so Nitish was right in referring to him as a child.Earlier, Tejashwi had taken yet another dig at ‘uncle’ Nitish saying, “If not blessings, you could at least have greeted this child on the occasion of Children’s Day. You didn’t even send any wishes on my birthday a few days ago. If you call me a kid, then at least behave like an elder.”Tejashwi, who used to refer to Nitish as ‘chacha’ (father’s younger brother) when he was a deputy CM in the Mahagathbandhan government, uses the term now to take a jibe at Nitish.

Lalu Prasad elected party president unopposed for 10th time; Nitish Kumar calls RJD ‘family political asset’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad on Monday was declared elected unopposed to the post of the party’s national president for 10th consecutive term.Prasad, who was the sole candidate in the fray, was declared elected by the party’s national election officer Jagadanand Singh after lapse of the time limit set for withdrawal of nomination papers, a RJD statement from Assistant Election Officer Chitranjan Gagan said here.However, a formal announcement to this effect will be made by Singh on November 20, the day when the party’s newly constituted national executive is scheduled to meet, the statement said.Prasad will also be given a certificate of his election to the top party post on that date, it added.Prasad, who had floated RJD way back in 1997 after splitting the Janata Dal, has been re-elected as the national president of his party for the 10th consecutive term.Prasad had filed his nomination for the RJD President before the RJD’s chief returning officer, Jagdanand Singh, at the party’s state headquarters here on Sunday.Opposition parties like the JD(U) and the BJP have, however, taken potshots at the RJD supremo for being re-elected to the post without any other candidate throwing in a challenge.Prasad’s arch rival and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday termed the RJD as a “private political party” and a “family political asset”.

Incidents like Una flogging common: Ram Vilas Paswan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister for consumer affairs and food and civil supplies Ram Vilas Paswan said the Dalit youth flogging incident that occured in Una town of Gujarat was common. Paswan, a Dalit leader, was speaking at a press conference held at BJP’s media center in Ahmedabad on Saturday.Paswan is in in Ahmedabad for a door-to-door campaign. During the press conference, he said, “The Dalit flogging incident would be counted as a common incident, if we look at the incidents happening in Bihar on an average day.People in Gujarat created a huge ruckus over the Una incident, but the situation in Bihar is not like this. The Gujarat government took sufficient action against culprits of Una and PM Modi gave his reaction on the issue very timely.”When the Dalit community has raised its voice against the BJP-led state govenment, Paswan’s comment could stir the hornet’s nest. The Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, under the leadership of Jignesh Mevani, started an agitation against BJP.He also said, “When Lalu Prasad Yadav was part of the government in Bihar, Dalit atrocity incidents were frequent. Since Nitish Kumar joined hands with the NDA, the situation is improving.”Later, the union minister tried to balance his statement by saying, “India is like a garden and every flower (community) has the right to blossom here.”

Government servant sued by 5th wife seeks bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man, after being accused of dowry harassment and forceful unnatural sex by his fifth wife, has moved the Delhi High Court (HC) for anticipatory bail. The court has, however, sent him for mediation and stated that he should be in jail for conducting five marriages, despite being a government servant, his own lawyer Rajendra Prasad said.The accused, Yunus Salim, 51, works as the head household assistant at the President Secretariat. As per law, a government servant cannot conduct more than one marriage. He had approached the HC after his anticipatory bail was rejected by Additional Sessions Judge Virendra Goyal, “considering the nature and gravity of the offence”.According to the complaint filed by Naiema Parveen, Salim’s fifth wife, he harassed her for dowry and forced her to have unnatural sex with him.She further alleged that he also took her nude photographs, made adult films, and threatened her of making the videos public, before giving her oral talaq (divorce).Parveen and Salim had tied the knot on June 6, 2014, and were divorced on October 20, 2015. Parveen then filed the a complaint on November 28, 2015, following which an FIR was registered against the accused on December 23, 2016.Salim, who has four daughters from two previous marriages, has claimed that Parveen was this third wife, not fifth. He also furnished related documents, supporting his claim. Rejecting all allegations levelled against him, he said he was being falsely implicated.He further said the FIR was registered more than a year after the complaint was registered, which proved that the police initiated the case with active connivance of the complainant to harass, humiliate, and torture him, as well as to extort money.Salim also alleged that Parveen, along with her family members, forcibly entered the premises of the President Secretariat and threw him out of his house.His counsel Prasad said Justice Najmi Waziri referred the matter to mediation, considering the future of his daughters. He further said that Salim has already deposited Rs 2 lakh in the HC registry for mediation, and the next date for hearing has been fixed as November 13.

Medical college owners worked the system

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra yesterday annulled the decision of a two-judge bench headed by Justice Jasti Chelameswar to form a Constitution bench to hear the plea for court-monitored probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the alleged bribery case involving retired Orissa High Court judge IM Quddusi and others.The issue that became the subject matter of heated argument between the counsel for the petitioners and the CJI himself was whether CJI Misra ought to have recused from being part of the five-judge bench.Behind the demand for the CJI’s recusal was the fact that another bench headed by him had earlier heard the case involving the erring medical colleges. The PIL alleges that the retired high court judge who was arrested by the CBI had used his influence in the judiciary to get favourable orders for a college.The college in question set up by the Prasad Education Trust was one of the 46 colleges barred by the Government from admitting medical students for the forthcoming 1 or 2 years because of substandard facilities and non fulfilment of the required criteria.Here is what happened thereafter: In August first week, a bench comprising the CJI and Justices Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar directed the Health Ministry to conduct a fresh inspection “to obviate the possibility of any injustice in the process.” The ministry gave the college a fresh hearing but found nothing in its arguments to make it change its earlier decision.This is where the rot set in, according to the CBI. The college management got in touch with Justice Quddusi, who allegedly advised them to withdraw the petition from the Supreme Court, which they did.They then filed a petition in the Allahabad High Court, making, basically, the same prayer.In a curious turn of events, the High Court allowed the medical college to be on the list of colleges notified for counselling. The HC also stayed the ministry’s order to encash the bank guarantee.The MCI challenged the HC’s decision in the apex court, which, on August 29, disposed of the appeal after the college submitted that it would not claim any benefit from the order passed by the High Court.Two days later, on August 31, Prasad Education Trust filed a writ petition, which was admitted for hearing by a bench headed by the CJI.On September 18, a bench headed by CJI Misra ruled that there would be no renewal for the academic session 2017-18. It further stated that the bank guarantee that was deposited shall not be encashed and be kept alive. The bench also directed the MCI to send inspecting teams to the Institution as per the schedule to re-evaluate and consider granting the college leave of permission for the academic year 2018-2019.The very next day, on September 19, the CBI filed an FIR accusing Justice Quddusi and fixer Bhawana Pandey and other in a case of corruption.

RS Prasad maybe happy DeMo affected flesh trade, but sex workers in Asia’s largest red-light area recollect their horrors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sex workers of Sonagachhi, the largest red-light area in Asia have condemned the comments of Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s comments that flesh trade had taken a hit owing to demonetization , saying that the minister had ignored how their livelihood had been adversely affected.Officials of Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC), an NGO which works for the welfare of sex-workers said that it was an irresponsible comment. “I have no words to condemn the minister’s statements. How could he say such things? It is an irresponsible and careless comment. It goes on to show your outlook towards these girls who might not have taken up this profession by choice. Most of the girls have chosen it out of compulsion,” said Bharati Dey, mentor of DMSC. She also said that most girls of the area had at least Rs 1 lakh which they stored in cash for contingency and many of them could not exchange or return the money to bank.The organisation has over one lakh registered members. Some of sex workers of the area too spilled their ire alleging that the statement was an insult to injury that they had received after demonetization. “My landlady comes to me on the first of every month and asks for the rent. Post demonetization our business was down by about 75 per cent. Does the minister have any idea how we paid for our basic necessities?,” she said.
ALSO READ Manmohan Singh, like Rahul, reading scripts written by someone else: RS PrasadAnother said that uncertainty in the market and lack of smaller denominations had affected their business like never before. “Some of us didn’t get a customer for weeks. Many had starved for days together and had lived on others’ mercy. When it comes to votes people talk so much about our welfare and political leaders promise us the moon but as soon as they ascend to power we are looked down upon as scum of society,” she told DNA.On Tuesday, a day ahead of the first anniversary of demonetization , Prasad, talking about the achievements of demonetization said, “Flesh trade has nosedived in India. Trafficking of women and girls has gone down considerably.” He also said that a lot of money flowed out to countries like Nepal and Bangladesh owing to flesh trade and the denominations of Rs 500 and 1,000 were used most to make such payments. After those ceased to be legal tenders, it had come down.”

Amit Shah attacks Rahul Gandhi for using pic of ex-serviceman to pan demonetization, BJP says INC turning into Indian Fake News Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP chief Amit Shah took on Rahul Gandhi, who tweeted a picture of an anguished ex- serviceman to pan demonetisation, saying people will no longer be misled by such falsity and cited the former soldier’s remarks to media supporting the note ban decision.The top leaders of the Congress and the BJP battled it out on social media platform Twitter on the first anniversary of demonetisation with Gandhi firing the first shot.The Congress vice president posted a couplet and tagged a last year’s viral picture of Nand Lal, the septuagenarian former army soldier, which showed him in tears as he waited for his turn to withdraw currency notes following the demonetisation decision.Seeking to embarrass Gandhi, Shah tagged a fresh interview of Nand Lal who, the report said, has come out in support of the note ban decision.Attacking the Congress, the BJP chief said it has always grabbed power with false portrayal of the poor but it was no longer possible to dupe the country with “false tears and false pictures”.”The real face of the Congress has been unmasked and a new India has emerged,” the BJP chief tweeted in Hindi with his own poetic barb at Gandhi.On the first anniversary of the demonetisation decision, both the BJP and the Congress today held nation-wide events with the ruling party celebrating it as an “anti-blackmoney day” while the opposition calling it a “black day”.Targeting Gandhi, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said he is turning Indian National Congress into “Indian Fake News Congress”.He said it was “unfair” on Gandhi’s part to use the photo of a former soldier for his “nefarious design” and cited Lal’s remarks made in an interview favouring the note ban decision.”Some fake photograph of his has been used by Rahul Gandhi to criticise (demonetisation). Nand Lal has been a distinguished soldier of the Army. He has retired. He has publicly supported Narendra Modi and demonetisation. It is completely unfair,” the BJP leader said.”This is the level of Rahul Gandhi. He is determined to make Indian National Congress the Indian Fake News Congress. At least, he must stop insulting soldiers for his nefarious design,” he said.The BJP today sought to embarrass Rahul Gandhi, saying the ex-serviceman whose photograph he has tweeted to pan demonetisation has publicly supported note ban, and claimed that he is turning Indian National Congress into “Indian Fake News Congress”.Terming demonetisation a “tragedy”, Gandhi, whose party is today observing ‘black day’ on the anniversary of the decision, tweeted a last year’s photograph of Nand Lal in which the septuagenarian former army soldier appeared anguished as he stood in a queue to withdraw currency after the note ban.Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said it was “unfair” on Gandhi’s part to use the photo of a former soldier for his “nefarious design” and cited Lal’s remarks made in an interview favouring the note ban decision.”Some fake photograph of his has been used by Rahul Gandhi to criticise (demonetisation). Nand Lal has been a distinguished soldier of the Army. He has retired. He has publicly supported Narendra Modi and demonetisation. It is completely unfair,” the BJP leader said.”This is the level of Rahul Gandhi. He is determined to make Indian National Congress the Indian Fake News Congress.At least, he must stop insulting soldiers for his nefarious design,” he said.The minister also took a dig at Gandhi over his criticism of Gujarat’s “historic” development under the BJP and his tweet of his dog ‘Pidi’.Prasad alleged that it was not the first time that the the Congress had tried to mislead the people. The party highlighted the pain of a “poor man” in a queue in Karnataka and that person turned out to be a rich Congress leader whose premises were raided by government agencies later, the minister claimed.The BJP and the Congress have been sparring over the note ban issue with the opposition party today observing ‘black day’ on the anniversary of the demonetisation decision. In a counter-move, the BJP is marking it as ‘anti-blackmoney day’.Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had yesterday termed demonetisation as “organised loot” and “legalised plunder”.Hitting back, Prasad had said the former prime minister “seemed to be reading scripts written by someone else, just like Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi”.Criticising Singh, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today alleged that the former prime minister looked away when “organised plunder” kept happening during the UPA rule.

Nitish Kumar wants reservation in pvt jobs, calls for debate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday pitched for reservation in private sector and called for a debate on it at the national level for Parliament to take a decision on it.Nitish was defending Bihar government’s recent move of introducing quota in outsourced services while addressing mediapersons after his weekly Lok Samvad here. Interestingly, Nitish’s call for private sector reservation found support from ally-turned-foe Lalu Prasad Yadav, President of Rashtriya Janata Dal, which sits in Opposition with its 80 MLAs, after being dumped by Nitish in July.Citing provisions of Bihar Reservation Act 2003, Nitish said the state government was working in accordance to it. “When the government is hiring workforce through outsourcing, the payment is made through state treasury. Hence, it is but natural that they should adhere to Reservation Act,” the CM said.He added, “Those who understand the basic sentiment of reservation will never have any doubts regarding it. It is our personal opinion that quota should also be applicable on the jobs in private sector and there should be a debate on it.”Lalu too supported the statement saying he wanted to bring the marginalised sections in the mainstream, though he added, “Private sector means big companies. However, how many such companies are there in Bihar that reservation will be provided to the deprived sections?”It may be recalled that reservation had turned out to be a major issue ahead of 2015 Bihar assembly polls.Nitish also defended his decision to quit the Mahagathbandhan and join forces with the BJP in July, saying he had difficulties in running the previous regime. “It was difficult to contain liquor or sand mafias or maintain law and order in the state. Our decision to quit was taken for people of Bihar,” he said.

Bank manager arrested for raping Russian woman in Vrindavan

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

Vrindavan: Bank manager arrested for repeatedly raping Russian national

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

Mamata’s former right-hand Mukul Roy joins BJP, TMC says it’s ‘least bothered’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mukul Roy, who was long the second most powerful leader of the Trinamool Congress, joined the BJP, claiming that people of West Bengal wanted an alternative to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and will vote the saffron party to power in the next polls.The former railway minister, known for his organisational skills, joined the BJP in the presence of its chief Amit Shah.Roy told reporters later that the BJP was not a communal but secular party.”We do not want to give much importance to what Mukul Roy does. He is no longer with the TMC and we are least bothered about him,” a senior TMC leader, who did not wish to be named, told PTI.Roy, a former railway minister and parliamentarian who had recently quit the TMC, formally joined the BJP today. He was inducted into the saffron party at its headquarters in New Delhi in the presence of its president Amit Shah.
ALSO READ Once Mamata’s number 2, former Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy joins BJPThe TMC, which had suspended Roy on September 25 for six years for “anti-party” activities, is yet to come out with an official statement on the issue.The Bengal BJP unit, on the other hand, welcomed the development and expressed hope that Roy would play a vital role in strengthening the base of the saffron outfit in the state.
ALSO READ Mukul Roy quits Trinamool, resigns as Rajya Sabha MP”We welcome the decision. As we all know that the BJP is growing at a fast pace in Bengal, Roy’s induction will strengthen the party in the state. He is known for his organisational capabilities,” state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said.Asked about the corruption allegations against Roy, Ghosh said, “There can be allegations against anybody, but until and unless they are proved, how can you call someone guilty? The law will take its own course.”Incidentally, till a few months ago, the BJP had repeatedly launched verbal attacks against Roy and other TMC leaders for their alleged involvement in corruption and scams.The CPI(M) and the Congress claimed that Roy joining the BJP was a part of a “tacit understanding” between the saffron party and the TMC in Bengal.”We have been saying this for a long time that the BJP and the TMC have a tacit understanding in Bengal. Now, with Roy joining the BJP, it has been proved that the two parties are two sides of the same coin,” CPI(M) politburo member and MP Mohammed Salim said.State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury also echoed his views.Roy (63) recalled how the TMC forged an alliance with the BJP soon after Banerjee founded it and became a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. He said the regional party could not have grown without the BJP’s support.Rejecting Banerjee’s charge against the BJP, he said, “It is not a communal party. It is a secular party. People in Bengal are not happy and are looking for an alternative. The BJP will soon clinch power in the state.” Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told a press conference after Roy joined the party that he was a founder leader of the TMC leader who played a key role in its expansion and march to power in the state.He also effectively fought excesses and atrocities of the previous CPI(M) governments, Prasad said, insisting that Roy expressed his desire to join the BJP unconditionally and the party welcomes him wholeheartedly.Roy later told journalists that “restoring democracy” in West Bengal will be his priority.”I will work for restoration of democracy in Bengal, that will be my first task. I am a national level politician, I will try to see that people in Bengal can at least vote according to their choice. If people can cast their votes in panchayat polls, the BJP will wrest power from the TMC in least in 5 zila parishads,” he said.”I am an organisational man. People of Bengal have turned against the TMC government. I am sure that in the Lok Sabha polls in 2019 and Assembly elections in 2021 the BJP will win Bengal,” Roy said.The party is likely to task him with an important responsibility to drive its growth in the eastern state, where it has been traditionally weak. However, it is not clear yet what role he will have in the organisation.”His role will be decided,” BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who is the party’s in-charge for the state, said.The BJP will expand further in the state with Roy’s induction, Prasad said.Asked about corruption allegations against him, Roy said the law will take its own course.It will be his “proud privilege” to work under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah, he said.Roy had quit the Rajya Sabha and the TMC last month. He was suspended by the party earlier as his differences with Banerjee grew and he was seen veering towards the BJP.

Islamic charity PFI under scanner over hawala transactions and ISIS link, likely to be banned

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after a sting showed PFI members admitting that they received hawala funding from Gulf countries and ran elaborate conversion operations,it faces the possibility of a ban. Six PFI members were also nabbed by by the Kerala police on Wednesday, for allegedly joining ISIS. Police said that all six were active PFI activists who managed to move out of India, possibly with fake passports. High-level sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs have told a news channel that a ban against Islamic charity Popular Front of India (PFI) is imminent and that the decision to formally ban the organisation will be announced soon. The expose showed members of the PFI admit that they receive hawala funding from Gulf countries and ran elaborate conversion factories.Home Minister Rajnath Singh told India Today, “We have taken cognisance of your expose and initiated action. No one will be allowed to break the law in this country. After due process of law, action will be taken against those who have been found doing wrong things.” MHA told the channel that intelligent sources have been monitoring activities of the PFI over a year and a half. The Kerala police on Thursday confirmed that six more youngsters from Kannur district have joined the Islamic State (IS) in Syria.The news about the death of one of them, Muhammed Shajil (25) was conveyed by his wife in a foreign country, to his uncle. The wife of another Rishad disclosed information about his death to her mother. Police said that these people were active workers of PFI in Kerala. The development comes amid police trying to confirm news about the death of five Islamic State sympathisers from the district in Syria.Three youths – Mithilaj, Abdul Razzak and Rashid – with suspected links to the IS were arrested by the Valapattinam police in the district on October 25 followed by the arrest of two others the next. According to some estimates around 100 Indian have left to fight for the Islamic State mainly in Syria and Iraq. Most of these cases have been reported to police by the families of these youths. In July 2016, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the Assembly that 21 Muslim youths from the state had gone missing over a month, and it was suspected that they had joined the extremist group. Earlier, union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad highlighted the media sting on Popular Front of India (PFI), a Kerala-based Islamic party, and also refereed to ‘love jihad’ as he demanded a probe against its leaders.He said they should be dealt more severely than Hurriyat leaders, who are being probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for terror funding. Hurriyat is an umbrella organisation of many separatist parties in Kashmir.The sting, Prasad said, has caught PFI founding members saying that they received funding from abroad and had converted over 5,000 persons to Islam, and an Islamic state was their final goal. “You in India are running a terrorist group with an aim of making an Islamic state by taking funds from abroad. Young sons and daughters are being radicalised for this. It is a very serious threat to the national security,” he said.The Information and Technology minister said the NIA was looking into cases of ‘love jihad’, adding that the agency should also investigate what the media report has highlighted. Prasad also made a reference to an alleged case of ‘love jihad’ being heard by the Supreme Court, which has ordered an NIA probe into the matter, and attacked the Left-led Kerala government’s contention in the court that there should be no probe in the matter. The BJP, he maintained, was of the opinion that people can voluntarily convert but there should be no use of inducement, allurement or fear.Due to the PFI’s activities, life of common citizens of Kerala is under threat, the Union minister claimed, urging the state government to take pro-active measures in this regard. “If the Kerala government maintains silence on the issue, we will have to say that it is sacrificing national interest at the altar of vote bank politics,” he said.With inputs from PTI

Hooch tragedy triggers raids in dry Bihar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bihar police have launched special drives and mounted raids to round up those involved in the illegal manufacture, sale or consumption of liquor across the dry state.The move comes after four people lost their lives and two took ill due to consumption of spurious liquor in Rohtas district last week, prompting Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to direct the cops to check supply of illicit liquor. The tragedy left the government which enforced total prohibition on April 5, 2016.In capital Patna alone, nearly 300 people have been arrested since the launch of the special drive on October 29. The cops have seized several litres of “desi” and foreign-made liquor besides destroying local breweries. “Our team had to fight stone-pelters during a raid,” said ASP Rakesh Dubey.Over 50 involved in liquor trade have been arrested in raids conducted in Bhojpur, Buxar, Rohtas and Kaimur districts while at least five were taken into custody in East Champaran. Sources said hotels and restaurants are particularly being checked for liquor, while patrolling in border areas too has increased.The tragedy has singed the police department too. More than 200 policemen are facing suspension for dereliction of duty, said the sources.The hooch deaths have given the Opposition fresh ammo to attack the government, with RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav claiming that prohibition is a total failure in Bihar where liquor is now being “home-delivered”. He said on Wednesday, “Some top JD-U leaders are taking a cut from liquor mafias. What more does one need to say on that?”Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, Lalu’s son and leader of opposition in assembly, said, “The CM should make public how many of his party leaders and workers have been booked under the prohibition law?” asked Tejashwi, who had earlier shared the picture of a “liquor mafia cum JD-U worker” clicking a selfie with the CM. The JD-U man was later dismissed from the party.

Law min tears into Kerala govt over love jihad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP sought tangible action by CPM-led LDF government in Kerala against a group called Popular Front of India (PFI) for its alleged role in cases of love jihad. Highlighting a media sting, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday that if the LDF government doesn’t take action against PFI, it would mean it is sacrificing national security at the “altar of vote bank politics”. Love jihad is a term used to describe alleged efforts to get non-Muslim girls to convert to Islam through marriage and affairs.Prasad said, PFI members should be dealt with more severely than Hurriyat leaders, who are being probed by the National Investigation Agency for terror funding in Kashmir. The sting, Prasad said, has caught PFI founding members and claimed that they received funding from abroad and had converted over 5,000 persons to Islam; an Islamic state was their final goal. “You are running a terrorist group with an aim of making an Islamic state. Young sons and daughters are being radicalised. It’s a serious threat to national security,” he said.Prasad also referred to an alleged case of love jihad being heard by the Supreme Court, which has ordered an NIA probe into it. He attacked the Kerala government’s contention that there should be no investigation in the case.The BJP, he said, was of the opinion that people can voluntarily convert but there should be no use of inducement, allurement or fear. Due to PFI’s activities, life of common citizens of Kerala is under threat, Prasad claimed, urging the state government to take pro-active measures in this regard.He also asked Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi to speak on the matter. The BJP has taken up the issue of “jihadi terrorism” in Kerala in a big way to widen its appeal ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The saffron party has been traditionally weak in Kerala and could not win any seat from the state in the last Lok Sabha elections.

Mumbai: Ticket checker held for ‘slapping’ ticketless traveller

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A ticket checker was arrested for allegedly slapping a man, who was travelling without a ticket at Dadar railway station, a senior GRP official said.The Government Railway Police (GRP) official said that one Dheeraj Agarwal was caught without a ticket on platform number five at Dadar Central railway station by ticket checker Ajit Prasad (39) this evening.Prasad took him to his office, where they had an argument over the payment of fine. During the discussion, Agarwal tried to walk away from the office. However, the ticket checker caught hold of him and slapped him, the official said.Based on the complaint lodged by Agarwal, a case under section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 342 (wrongful confinement).”Prasad was arrested and he will be produced before a court,” the official said.Further investigation into the matter is underway.

Defamation complaint filed against Lalu Prasad Yadav

Updated: Oct 31, 2017, 09:44 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A complaint has been filed in a court here accusing RJD supremo Lalu Prasad of defamation for his alleged calumnious remark about the complainant’s “friendship” with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at a recent rally.The complaint was filed by Udaykant Mishra, a member of the Bihar Disaster Management Authority, in the court of Patna Chief Judicial Magistrate Om Prakash and is scheduled to be heard tomorrow.Mishra has assailed Prasad’s utterances at a rally in Bhagalpur last month. The petitioner said that he has known Kumar for many decades and the remark was made to defame him.He also alleged that there were attempts to drag his name into the multi-crore Srijan scam, which relates to fraudulent transfer of government money into the account of a Bhagalpur-based NGO.The CBI is probing into the Rs 1000 crore scam.

Liquor ban a big failure; people get alcohol delivered at home: Lalu Prasad Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RJD president Lalu Prasad today branded the prohibition in Bihar as a “big failure” and said liquor was now being delivered at home in the state.On his way to Ranchi, Prasad was responding to reporters’ queries on Friday night’s incident, in which four persons died after consuming spurious liquor while two others fell ill in Rohtas district.”Prohibition has been a big failure and a complete flop in the state as home delivery of liquor is happening in Bihar now,” he said.Accusing the police of “malamaal” (making quick money) as truckloads of liquor were frequently coming to the state, the RJD chief claimed that spurious liquor was being sold to areas where the supply was short.A complete ban on sale and consumption of alcohol was imposed in Bihar in April last year.Meanwhile, the police and excise officials have launched a massive hunt against those involved in production and sale of illicit liquor in the state.Shahabad Range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Mohammad Rahman said four teams, each headed by a sub- divisional police officer (SDPO), had been formed to conduct raids against the illicit liquor traders and producers at various locations of Rohtas and Bhojpur districts.The teams led by the SDPOs of Ara, Piro, Vikramganj and Dehri would conduct raids from Sahar in Bhojpur district to Yadunathpur in Rohtas district, he added.

Litigants should get translated copy of judgment in local or regional languages: Prez Kovind

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday stressed the need to make high court judgements understandable to litigants in a language they know and suggested setting up of a mechanism to issue certified translated copies of verdicts.The President also advocated for speedy disposal of cases as “the poorest and most underprivileged” in the society were the sufferers of delayed justice. “Delay in delivery of justice is a pressing concern in our country. Often those who suffer are among the poorest and most underprivileged in our society. We must find mechanisms to ensure quick disposal of cases,” he said while addressing the valedictory function of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the High Court of Kerala here.”We could all consider an approach that makes adjournments the exception in an emergency situation rather than a tactic to prolong court proceedings. We must find a way forward,” the President said at the function alsoattended by several judges including Chief Justice of India Justice Dipak Misra and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Kovind said it was important to not only take justice to the people, but also to make it understandable to litigating parties in a language they knew.”High Courts deliver judgements in English, but we are a country of diverse languages. The litigant may not be conversant with English and the finer points of the judgement may escape him or her. The litigating parties will thus be dependent on the lawyer or another person to translate the judgement. This can add to time and cost,” he said. The President suggested that a system could be evolved whereby certified translated copies of judgements were made available by the high courts in local or regional languages.”This could happen in a period of say 24 or 36 hours after the judgement is pronounced. The language could be Malayalam in the Honourable Kerala High Court or Hindi in the Honourable Patna High Court, as the case may be,” Kovind said adding he was only making a suggestion in this regard. “It is for the judiciary and the legal fraternity to discuss this and decide as appropriate,” he said. The President also said the judiciary and justice delivery mechanism of the country would need to continue to keep up with technology and with changes in the society, as indeed they have been so capably doing.

Govt for new cadre for court management

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has sent a communication to chief justices of all High Courts seeking their suggestion on the need for a separate cadre of administrators for court administration, court management, finance etc.The need for a separate administrative cadre was felt “in order to keep judges/judicial officers free from such administrative, managerial and financial work so that they can devote their time to more judicial work,” the letter read.In his letter, Prasad said that the 13th Finance Commission had earmarked Rs 300 crore for the appointment of Court Managers for the period 2010-2015 to assist judges in streamlining administrative duties. In the one-page letter, he also listed reasons for the lack of success on this front. Only one-third of the money was released and one-seventh utilised, the letter read.”Recruitment on contract basis, low remuneration package, reluctance on the part of the judiciary to accept Court Managers to participate in judicial process have been identified as some of the reasons for failure to attract suitable candidates,” the letter read.The issue of court administration was also broached during the 2013 Conference of Chief Justices wherein it was decided that National and State Judicial Academies would take steps for imparting training to judicial officers on managerial skills. It was also decided that judicial officers would be sent to the Indian Institution of Management to receive training, the law minister said.Prasad said that during a week-long discussion at Maharashtra Judicial Academy in February 2016, participating court managers identified lack of clear direction from judges and their ambiguous status in the court system as one of the reasons why this issue was a non-starter.Earlier this year, the Niti Aayog has made a few suggestions that need to be immediately implemented in the next three years to bring about much needed critical reforms in the Indian judicial system. Niti Aayog’s draft report in April had suggested the introduction of an administrative cadre – reporting directly to the Chief Justice of the High Courts, which was ease the burden of administrative duties currently borne by the judges.The Niti Aayog suggested the introduction of a ‘judicial performance index’ to check delay in trials and address the issue of pendency of cases. “The index can also include certain progress on process steps that have already been approved by high courts, like burden of day-to-day activity being removed from judges and given to administrative officials.Since 2000, 81.8% of the cases have taken more than five years to be disposed of, while, 57% took more than 10 years in the district and lower courts. In four higher courts where sufficient data were available, 87% cases took 10-15 years to be disposed of, and only 5% of the cases were cleared in less than five years. Comparatively, in the United States of America (USA), the median time from filing to disposal took 7-8 months for criminal and civil cases respectively (in 2015).The Indian judiciary has been largely crippled on account of shortage of judges, which in turn has led to a high pendency of cases in courts. However, data released by the law ministry suggests that the number of pending cases in the Supreme Court and the 24 high courts has gone down in the past three years, though, the cases of pendency in the lower judiciary has risen.The lack of judges is perhaps the biggest issue facing the judiciary and the Law Ministry today. According to data available on the Department of Justice website, 24 high courts across the country are now working, with 692 judges, as opposed to the required strength of 1,079. With a shortfall of 387 judges, this means that on average a judge is hearing and dealing with almost double the number of cases that he should be.The lower courts are functioning with an approved strength of nearly 20,000 judicial officers, falling short by 4,937 judicial officers.This shortage of judges has taken its toll, as seen in the number of pending cases above. Sources within the Law Ministry reveal that the Centre will focus on simply filling up the vacancies as and when a judge retires as opposed to increasing the strength of judges.”The budgetary allocation for judicial services has been a constant 0.04 percent,” Justice Ranjan Gogoi had said while delivering an address on the concluding day of the two-day 15th All India State Legal Services meet up in the national capital earlier this year. Accordingly, the judiciary’s impact was akin to the same, he observed.

Ichthyosaur fossil discovered for first time in India

The fossil, which is 152 million years old, is the first ichthyosaur found in India.

Hyderabad: Cops arrest Uber driver for masturbating while ferrying female passenger

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hyderabad Police on Saturday arrested an Uber cab driver for allegedly masturbating while ferrying a 25-year-old woman.”The arrested accused Prem Kumar (26), is the owner and not the driver of the car. He was driving on that day as the regular driver was not on duty,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) P. Viswa Prasad told ANI.As per the complaint, the woman boarded the cab around 7:00 am to board a flight from Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport to New Delhi. The driver slowed down the car on entering the Outer Ring Road, and the woman noticed him unzipping his pant and masturbating.In the FIR, the complainant admitted to have felt digusted by the act, and yelled at him to stop the car. The driver, instead started to drive in a zig-zag manner.DCP informed that the accused checked on his behaviour only after the woman threatened him with Police complaint.The woman, however, continued with the trip lest she should miss her flight, and later lodged a complaint at Safdarjung Police Station on October 19, after reaching Delhi.Delhi Police forwarded the complaint to Hyderabad Police which took to action and tracked down the accused.DCP Prasad added that Uber did not respond to a mail sent by Commissioner of Police, regarding the case.

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar resigns from post citing ‘personal reasons’

Updated: Oct 20, 2017, 02:22 PM IST, ANI

Ranjit Kumar was appointed as Solicitor General, the country’s second highest law officer, in June 2014 after the Modi government came to power. His second term as solicitor general was renewed recently. The office of Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad received his resignation letter on Friday. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar resigned from his post on Friday. Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed this to ANI.As per reports, Kumar resigned due to some personal reasons.Kumar’s resignation comes months after Mukul Rohatgi resigned from the post of Attorney General of India.Kumar was appointed as the Solicitor General of India in June 2014. He had replaced senior advocate Mohan Parasaran.Before taking over as Solicitor General, Kumar served as counsel for the Gujarat government as well as amicus curiae in several cases in the Supreme Court.

Political Killings: High Court directs Kerala government to spell out its stand on CBI probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala High Court on Tuesday directed the state government to spell out its stand on a CBI probe into the alleged political killings of RSS, BJP activists that took place in the state after CPI(M)-led LDF came to power last year.Hearing a petition filed by Thalassery-based Gopalan Adiyodi Vakkeel Smaraka Trust, a bench of High Court Chief Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh and Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan directed the state government to file a counter affidavit by October 25.The case would be taken up for resumed hearing on October 30.In its plea, the trust sought the court’s direction to the CBI to conduct inquiry into seven cases of “political killings” that happened after the LDF came to power in the state in May last year.The petitioner alleged that in all these cases active workers of a major outfit, part of the ruling front have been named as accused.It also noted that in some cases, party activists hailing from the constituency of the chief minister, who also holds the home portfolio, are involved.”In all these cases, facts and circumstances clearly indicate high-level political conspiracy in planned execution of the killings and efforts to save the real culprits,” the petitioner alleged.The trust alleged that the police did not properly investigate the conspiracy angle in these cases.

Wife’s illicit relation lead to gruesome Alwar family killing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Investigations at the Alwar family murder mystery unfolded another sanguinary tale of illicit relations culling blood ties, as police arrested a woman of the victim’s family along with three of her associates on Saturday.The accused have hacked five members of a family to death while they were sleeping at their house at Shivaji Park area of the city on late Monday night. The incident came to light next morning creating sensation across the state.According to the police, the accused woman Santosh had extramarital relations with another arrested accused Hanuman Prasad. Woman’s husband Banwari Lal and elder son Mohit had become an obstacle in this illicit relationship and to have them murdered, the accused duo connived with the other two accused, Kapil and Deepak.However, while executing their heinous plot on Monday night, they also murdered two other sons of Banwari Lal and his nephew. “The murder was planned by Santosh and Hanuman while the other accused associated as they were offered money,” said Alwar SP, Rahul Prakash.All the four accused are now under police arrest and investigations have revealed horrific details of the fateful night. On Monday evening, as a routine, the family went to sleep after having dinner, the male members slept in a room on the ground floor while the women members slept upstairs. Little did they knew that Santosh had intoxicated their meal, once all were fast asleep she signalled her associates and helped them enter the house.They killed all five members one after the other, slitting and stabbing with knives and daggers. “While these three were killing her husband and sons, Santosh stood at the staircase witnessing the entire incident,” said a police officer.It was only in the morning that she raised an alarm, with a fake story. She had told the police that it was only in the morning that she came downstairs and found the family murdered. She had even pretended to fall unconscious and was rushed to the hospital. However, the drama failed to impress the police as after three days of investigations, finally, all the accused are arrested for their deeds.

Buzz on Anandiben’s increasing importance, but she stays away from party programmes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramaniyan Swamy said on Friday that former chief minister Anandiben Patel should be reinstated as CM of Gujarat again. Swamy’s statement has created ripples in Gujarat politics, especially in the ambit of the BJP. On the other side, the party is preparing for Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s Twitter townhall programme to address the issues of women. Anandiben Patel, as the senior most woman leader in Gujarat BJP, has stayed away from it.Swaraj is going to address women on October 14 in Ahmedabad and women across the state will connect to her through the social media platform from 25 places. The Mahila Morcha(women wing) of Gujarat has been meeting to plan the programme for the past few days but Ben’s absence is clearly seen at the party’s headquarter Shri Kamalam.A leader close to Anandiben Patel said, “Anandiben is working as an independent leader of the BJP and has been given a different role to play in the elections. That is why she is visiting different places and people. She is not the member of the Mahila Morcha and that is why it is not mandatory for her to be there in preparation of the programme, but she has other important duties to play meanwhile.”Anandiben has been visiting different parts of North Gujarat and has also been holding meetings with different people at her residence in Gandhinagar for the past few days.Gujarat president of BJP Mahila Morcha, Jyoti Pandya, said, “Anandiben Patel is our senior leader and she has been guiding us. It is not necessary for her to be seen in the posters of programmes elsewhere.”A senior leader of the party said, “Ever since Amit Shah met Anandiben Patel during the closed-door meeting, it is believed that Anandiben’s importance is increasing and the party is seriously missing her. In BJP, a single person does not decide everything. Important issues are discussed and then decided unanimously in the party forum. Ben becoming the CM depends on the unanimous decision of party’s parliamentary board.”Union minister Ravishankar Prasad announced Swaraj’s townhall programme on Friday from Gujarat’s BJP headquarters Shri Kamalam. Prasad also avoided questions on Anandiben. Patel could not be reached for her reaction.

Priest, wife held for killing latter’s lover

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police have arrested a priest and his wife for allegedly strangulating and stabbing a man to death in the Gandhi Nagar area. The cops said the deceased had an illicit relationship with the priest’s wife, which led to the unfortunate incident.The deceased has been identified as Chandrashekhar, a resident of Mathura. The murder came to light after a foul smell started coming from a temple in Gandhi Nagar.The locals then inspected the premises and found a decomposed and semi-burnt body inside a store room on the temple’s roof. “The forensics and the crime team that arrived at the spot noticed that the body was half burnt and still warm. It suggested that decomposed body had been set afire recently.Since the temple was frequented only by the priest and his wife, they came under the police’s radar and were questioned at length,” a senior police officer said.This was when the couple broke down and confessed to the crime.They said they could not dispose the body in time.”The priest, Lakhan Dubey, said Chandrashekar was his neighbour in their native village near Mathura. He said his wife and Chandrashekhar had a relationship, which he came to know about.When Dubey confronted his wife, she confessed and said she wanted to get rid of Chandrashekhar but he was not allowing her to distance herself from him. Then the couple planned to eliminate him,” the officer said.The woman called Chandrashekhar home, telling him that Dubey was away. When he arrived, the couple was first strangled him and then stabbed him to ensure that he had died.They then hid the body in a store room, waiting for an opportunity to dispose it. When the body started to decompose, they decided to set it afire, to make it difficult for the police to identify the deceased.DCP, Shahadra, Nupur Prasad said the couple has been arrested for the murder.

Railway hotel tender case:CBI summons Lalu and Tejashwi Yadav on Oct 3 and Oct 4 respectively

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Tuesday, the CBI issued summons to former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav and his son and former Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav in the Railway hotel tender case. While Lalu Prasad Yadav has been asked to appear on October 3, his son Tejashwi has been asked to appear on October 4.Earlier on September 22, the CBI had summoned Lalu on September 25 and his son Tejashvi Yadav on September 26.In July, CBI had registered a case against the then railway minister Lalu Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi, his son Tejashwi Yadav, Sarla Gupta, wife of Prem Chand Gupta, Vijay Kochar and Vinay Kochar, both directors of Messer’s Sujata Hotel Private Limited, Messer’s Delight Marketing Private Limited, P.K. Goel, the then Managing Directors, IRCTC and unknown others under Section 120 B read with Section 420 of IPC and Section 13(2) read with Section 13(1)d prevention of corruption act 1988 in connection with the case.The FIR lodged by the CBI against RJD chief stated that there were irregularities in awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of BNR Hotels in Ranchi and Puri during Lalu Prasad Yadav’s term as Railway Minister of India, that is, from 2004 to 2009.The CBI alleged that the tender process was rigged, manipulated and the conditions were tweaked by the then Railway Minister to help a private hotel company.The RJD, however, brushed aside the allegation and counter-blamed that the agencies were acting as alliance partners of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

Lalu, son Tejashwi seek more time to join CBI probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rashtriya Janata Dal chief and former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and his son Tejashwi Yadav, accused in an alleged corruption case linked to grant of tenders for the maintenance of Bengal Nagpur Railway (BNR) hotels to Sujata Hotels, have sought two more weeks’ time from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for joining the probe. This is the second time the father and son have sought more time from the agency.Yadav, who was summoned by the CBI for the second time to appear before the investigating team on Monday, sent his lawyer who submitted the request. The agency is processing the request and would take a call on future course of action.Earlier, the agency had summoned Lalu to join the probe at the agency headquarters on September 11 and Tejashwi on September 12. They failed to appear stating prescheduled engagements. Thereafter, the agency asked Lalu to appear on September 25 and Tejashwi on September 26.Before issuing summons to them, the CBI had grilled Sarala Gupta and her husband (Lalu’s confidante), a sitting Rajya Sabha member Prem Chand Gupta, and Vijay Kochhar and Vinay Kochhar, both directors of Sujata Hotels and owner of Panchari Hotel.The agency has alleged that Lalu, as Railway Minister, handed over maintenance of two Railway hotels, BNR Ranchi and Puri, to Sujata Hotel after receiving a bribe in the form of prime land of three acres through a benami company in 2006.The investigating agency has registered a case against Lalu, his wife Rabri, his son and deputy chief minister of Bihar, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, Prem Chand Gupta and his wife Salra Gupta. Others named as accused in the FIR include Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar, Delight marketing company, now known as Lara Projects, and several others, unknown persons.The case was registered on July 5 after a preliminary inquiry.Land for hotel scamThe case pertains to charges that Lalu Yadav, as railway minister, handed over the maintenance of two hotels run by IRCTC in Ranchi and Puri to a private firm.Sujata Hotel, owned by Vinay and Vijay Kochhar, as a quid pro quo, passed on a prime plot of three acres in Patna through a benami company.

Man nabbed after using Paytm from stolen phone

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Trying to pay through Paytm from a stolen mobile phone of a woman proved costly to a snatcher.The man was traced through the details of the transactions and was arrested along with his aide on Wednesday.The arrested accused were identified as Mohd Museen alias Sufiyan (22) and Mohd Kasif (28). Both are brothers and have been involved in various cases of snatching, mostly in trans-Yamuna areas.Nupur Prasad, DCP Shahdara, said that incident took place last week, when the complainant, 34-year-old Manya Vinayak, was heading from Karkardooma village towards Cosmos hospital.”When she had reached near the BSES office in Saini Enclave, two biker-borne snatchers targeted her and fled with her handbag which had Rs 1,500 cash, two mobile phones, her voter ID card, Aadhaar card and other valuable documents,” she said.When the police were probing the incident, on September 14, the woman told cops that she had received a message on her mobile phone that Rs 5,000 has been transferred from her Paytm account to one unknown account.”On this, the police team obtained details of the number on which the money had been transferred and eventually found and location was traced,” the DCP said.

Corruption case: CBI arrests retired High Court judge, 4 others

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI has arrested retired Orissa High Court judge Ishrat Masroor Quddusi and four others in connection with a corruption case, agency sources said here on Thursday.The arrests were made late last night after a detailed search operation at eight locations, including the residence of Justice (retired) Quddusi in Greater Kailash here. Searches were also carried out in Bhubaneswar and Lucknow.The others arrested in the case were B P Yadav and Palash Yadav of the Prasad Educational Trust which runs a medical college in Lucknow, Biswanath Agrawala, a middleman, and hawala operator Ramdev Saraswat, the CBI sources said.”The arrested accused will be produced before a competent court today,” a CBI spokesperson said here.The spokesperson had yesterday said that a case was registered against them for allegedly trying to settle an ongoing matter related to a medical college being barred from admitting new students.

Delhi minor’s rape: Six major lapses, including lack of police verification of accused, found in Tagore Public School

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A sub-divisional magistrate in a report highlighting the rape of a five-year-old girl from Tagore Public School in New Delhi, has highlighted six major lapses in the school.As per ANI, the report said that entire building was not under CCTV surveillance. Furthermore, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation has not taken action against school for undertaking classes in unrecognized areas of the school building.Regarding the accused, the report stated that he was working for almost 2.5 years without any police verification.A five-year-old girl was raped by a peon inside a classroom of the school in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar area on September 10.The accused, identified as Vikas (40), has been arrested, said Nupur Prasad, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Shahdara.Vikas had previously he worked as a security guard in the school.The girl, a student of class one reached home in the afternoon. While her mother was changing her clothes she noticed that she was bleeding. She was rushed to a local hospital and now has been shifted to RML hospital. Her condition at the time was critical.The police have registered a case against under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) and are investigating the matter.

Patna: Veteran RJD leader Mohammad Taslimmuddin, 74, dies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Veteran Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and party MP from Araria Lok Sabha seat, Mohammad Taslimuddin died at a hospital in Chennai on Sunday.Taslimuddin was 74. He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters. He died due to breathing problem, the MP’s son Sarfaraz Alam, who is also an MLA, said.On August 24, the RJD MP was admitted to the hospital after he suddenly developed breathing problem.He had gone to Chennai in connection with a parliamentary committee meeting. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed his grief over the death of Taslimuddin.In his condolence message, Kumar said that Taslimuddin was a renowned politician and social worker. “His death has caused a void in politics,” he added.RJD president Lalu Prasad and other senior RJD leaders Rabri Devi, former Deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, Tej Pratap Yadav, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Bhai Virendra and others expressed grief over Taslimuddin’s death.”Taslimuddin’s death has caused an irreparable loss to the party which will be difficult to fill,” they said.LJP chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said he was saddened by the demise of Taslimuddin who was known for his “frank” and “candid remarks”.JD(U) spokesman Ajay Alok said Taslimuddin’s death is a big loss in politics. He was an efficient and intrepid leader who achieved a lot besides creating awareness among the minorities.”The party held a condolence meeting here to pay homage to the departed leader who had been a big leader of social justice movement. Taslimuddin was a big leader in Seemanchal area and it will be difficult to fill the void created by his death in politics and party,” RJD Bihar unit president Ramchandra Purve said.Taslimuddin, who was a prominent Muslim leader hailing from Seemanchal area in Bihar, has been an eight-time MLA besides being a five-time MP. He also served as union minister of state for home in the past.Taslimuddin started his political career as a sarpanch.He became a Mukhiya before being elected to the Bihar Assembly in 1969 for the first time.

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