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Agusta Westland case: Delhi High Court issues notice to SP Tyagi against bail given to him

The Delhi High Court on Friday, on the Central Bureau Investigation’s plea, issued a notice to ex-Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi against the bail given to him on 26 December. Tyagi was granted bail by a special court in Delhi which said that the CBI had failed to state the alleged bribe amount and when it was paid. The Delhi High Court on Friday sought the response of ex-IAF chief SP Tyagi on CBI’s plea challenging his bail claiming its probe would be “hampered” if he remains out. Justice Vipin Sanghi issued notice to Tyagi and listed the matter for hearing on 3 January.

Tyagi, who retired in 2007, his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi and lawyer Gautam Khaitan were arrested on 9 December by the CBI in connection with a case which relates to the procurement of 12 VVIP choppers from the UK-based firm Finmeccanica, during the UPA-2 regime. The court would decide the bail pleas of Sanjeev Tyagi and Khaitan on 4 January.

Tyagi, 72, who was interrogated by the CBI in its custody for seven days, had been asked by special CBI judge Arvind Kumar to furnish a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh and one surety of like amount as pre-requisites for his release on bail.

The court had asked Tyagi not to leave the National Capital Region (NCR) without its permission and ordered him not to tamper with the evidence or try to influence the witnesses.

“CBI failed to state as to how much cash was paid to the accused and when it was paid. Admittedly, the CBI has seized the documents regarding properties in 2013 and more than three years and nine months have passed but could not conduct probe in this regard. Accused was arrested after about three years and nine months, LOC was withdrawn by CBI, his accounts were de-frozed after the agency gave ‘no objection’ and accused was allowed to travel abroad,” the court, in its 26 December order, had said.

File photo of SP Tyagi. PTI

File photo of SP Tyagi. PTI

It had noted that Tyagi had joined the investigation as and when CBI called him and it was not the case that he either tampered with evidence after registration of the FIR or influenced witnesses in the case.

“CBI’s apprehension that the accused may tamper with the evidence is without any basis… Accused has been a senior government servant. The correctness or otherwise of the allegation as to whether the accused has taken any kickbacks and in what manner he was connected with the same, can only be looked into during the course of the trial,” it had said.

While granting the relief, the court had taken note of Tyagi’s advancing age and his health conditions and had said no purpose would be served by keeping him behind the bars.

During the hearing, Tyagi’s advocate Manger Guruswamy had said that her client “could not be deprived of freedom if the investigation is taking time to complete”.

She had also claimed that in the last four years after registration of the FIR, the CBI has never been able to confront Tyagi with any incriminating evidence till date.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, had opposed the bail pleas of the accused, saying if set free, they might influence witnesses and hamper the “multi-layered probe by various agencies in more than one jurisdictions involving several countries”.

“We have evidence where the meetings unofficially took place for the purpose of crime. At this stage, please do not entertain their bail pleas. Let the probe be completed,” he had said, seeking dismissal of the bail pleas of all the three accused and adding the matter has “tarnished country’s name”.

On the court’s query whether the CBI had any material regarding SP Tyagi receiving money, the agency replied the former IAF chief had purchased several properties for which the sources of income were not disclosed by him and alleged that he had abused his official position.

Advocate Pramod Kumar Dubey, counsel for Khaitan, had also countered CBI’s argument, claiming that the agency was trying to sensationalise the matter and there was no allegation that his client had not joined the probe or tried to influence it.

Sanjeev Tyagi’s counsel Manav Gupta had also opposed CBI’s contention saying there was no reason to claim that if granted the relief, his client would hamper the probe.

The accused had sought bail on the grounds that the evidence was documentary in nature and had already been seized by CBI and they have cooperated with the probe agency.

The court had on 17 December sent all the three accused to judicial custody till 30 December.

The CBI had said it was a “very serious” and “a very high-profile” case requiring interrogation to unearth larger conspiracy as the “interest of the nation was compromised”.

Tyagi’s counsel had earlier claimed that the decision to procure VVIP choppers from AgustaWestland was a “collective” one and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) was also a part of it.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Dec 30, 2016 14:47 IST

Sex video of BJP female politician from Dhanbad goes viral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A racy video of a BJP woman politician hailing from Dhanbad, Jharkhand has gone viral on social media, reports News X. The video was allegedly leaked by the man seen in the tape. The woman appearing in the video has called it a ‘political conspiracy’ to destroy her image.The lady claims that the man in the video is Satyendra Sinha and terms him as an ‘old friend’. According to her, the man tried to extort Rs 7 lakh from her before uploading the video. A report has been filed against the accused in Dhanbad and an investigation has been ordered into the matter.

US woman’s gangrape: Court sends four accused to 2-day custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four men, arrested for allegedly raping a US tourist in a 5-star hotel earlier this year, were today sent to two-day judicial custody by a city court.Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh sent the accused to Tihar Jail after Delhi Police moved an application seeking their judicial custody. Yesterday, the police had arrested a tour guide, a driver, a cleaner and a hotel staff in connection with the alleged gangrape of the woman in April this year.The US national arrived here a few days ago to join the probe and recorded her statement in front of a judicial magistrate where she reiterated that she was gangraped by five persons in a five-star hotel here. Four accused were arrested after the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) issued a notice to Delhi Police asking them why the Rape Crisis Cell of the women’s panel was not informed when the victim’s statement was recorded.Earlier, the complainant had said she was not “satisfied” with the probe and was ready to come to India to identify the accused. The woman had alleged that she was raped by the men for two days and also threatened with dire consequences if she reported the matter to anybody.She had also stated that the accused had made a video of the act and threatened to make it public if she reported the matter to anyone. She had also told the police that the accused had claimed to have sexually assaulted a couple of other female tourists as well. A team of psychologists and psychiatrists have been assisting the lady in recalling the details of the incident.The team is also working with the police in their investigation to tie up loose ends.

US woman gang-rape case: Delhi police arrests four, including driver and cleaner

New Delhi: Four persons have been arrested in connection with the alleged gangrape of a US national in a five-star hotel in Delhi earlier this year.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The four accused arrested include the tour guide, driver, cleaner and a hotel staff, said a senior police officer. The officer, however, refused to reveal the names of the arrested persons as police will be conduct an test identification parade.

The US national arrived in Delhi a few days ago to join the probe and recorded her statement in front of a judicial magistrate where she reiterated the charges she had made in her complaint.

Earlier, she had said that she was not “satisfied” with the probe and was ready to come to India to identify the accused. On 8 December , the tourist guide, accused of raping the woman, along with his accomplices, was questioned by police after his arrival from Nepal.

Police had identified the man and had contacted him while he was in Nepal. The tour guide had denied his “involvement” in the matter and told police that the victim had given him a “positive feedback” in the forms.

The woman had alleged that she was raped by the men for two days. They also threatened her with dire consequences if she reported the matter to anybody.

She had also stated that the accused had made a video of the act and had threatened to make it public if she reported the matter to                                                                                                                        anyone.

First Published On : Dec 26, 2016 18:48 IST

Hyderabad: Eight persons named by NIA in charge sheet for attempting to carry out terror strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Eight persons were named by NIA on Thursday in a charge sheet for allegedly attempting to carry out a terror strike by using explosive devices similar to those used by ISIS cadres during last year’s Paris attacks. The charge sheet was filed before a special NIA court at Hyderabad under various sections of IPC, Explosive Substances Act, Arms Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.They have been charged with entering into a criminal conspiracy to wage war against the country by collecting weapons and explosive materials to target public places including religious sites and sensitive government buildings in various parts of the country. Those named in the charge sheet are Abdullah Bin Ahmed Al Amoodi alias Fahad, Mohammed Ibrahim Yazdani alias Abu Abdurrahman, Habeeb Mohammed alias Abu Shaibah, Mohammed Ilyas Yazdani alias Abu Mansoor, Muzaffar Hussain Rizwan alias Abulhasan, Yasir Naimathullah alias Naimath Ullah Hussaini, Mohd Ataullah Rahman alias Ghouse and Abdul Raoof alias Mohammed Almashrifi.The NIA said that during raids at various premises on June 29, several electronic gadgets, mobile phones, hard discs, semi-automatic pistols, air rifle, pellets, target boards, explosive precursor chemicals were recovered. These can be used for preparation of triacetone triperoxide (TATP), an explosive material used in the Paris attacks.As many as 129 people were killed on November 13, 2015 when ISIS cadres used TATP substances while carrying out terror strikes at three places in Paris. TATP is easy to make, easy to set off, and susceptible to accidental detonations. The NIA also found urea, nitrate explosive and equipment for manufacturing like pet jars with liquids, capacitor, gas stove with cylinder, weighing balance, nails, knives, quartz alarm time pieces, bundle of wire.Forensic analysis of electronic gadgets seized from the accused showed online radicalisation of the accused by watching videos of ISIS, discourses and lectures of radical Islamic preachers, such as Anwar Awlaki, Abdu Sami Qasmi, Meraj Rabbani, Tausif ur Rehman, Jerjees Ansari and Zakir Naik, the agency said. Investigation has established that the members downloaded and followed ISIS propaganda videos, ISIS magazine “Dabiq”, which convinced them that ISIS was fighting for the rights of the Sunni Muslims, it said.The group associated with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (the ISIS) and pledged their allegiance through the Bay’ah to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed Caliph of the Islamic State and formed a group called Jhund ul Khilafa Fi Bilad Al Hind (Army of the Caliph from the South India), it further said. Investigation has established the group used different methods of communication to connect within themselves and with overseas ISIS handlers, it said. This included the use of the dark net through Tor browser, use of encryption applications such as Orbot, Amn al Mujahid, an encryption program by Al-Fajr Media Centre which is an exclusive distributor of Al Qaeda’s Propaganda, Chatsecure, Telegram, and encrypted email systems, it added.They deliberately used secure communication and encryption to evade detection by law enforcement agencies. Investigation conducted so far has successfully established all the accused are members of a terrorist gang, the agency said. Each member played his role in the conspiracy. There were several meetings conducted by the members over the period where many decisions were taken on the course of action to be taken in furtherance of the conspiracy, it said.The group made efforts to go and join the ISIS ranks, took instructions from the handler, formed a terrorist group, pledged Bay’ah to the ISIS, recruited others, contributed money, utilized the funds so collected to procure raw materials, mobile phones, SIM cards, firearms, ammunition, explosive precursors, in pursuance of the terror conspiracy.All the accused conspired with a common intent to commit terrorist acts and threaten safety, security and integrity of the nation, the NIA said.

Ex-coal secretary HC Gupta, others put on trial in coal scam case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Coal Secretary HC Gupta, facing prosecution in coal scam cases, was on Thursday put on trial by a special court along with four others including two public servants for alleged offences of cheating and criminal conspiracy in the JICPL case.Besides Gupta, Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar also framed charges against senior public servants K S Kropha and K C Samria, JAS Infrastructure Capital Pvt Ltd (JICPL) and its Director Manoj Kumar Jayaswal for the alleged irregularities in the allotment of ‘Mahuagarhi Coal Block’ in Jharkhand to a private firm.After the charges were framed, the accused pleaded not guilty and claimed trial in the case.The court has put up the matter for further hearing on April 17, 2017.While ordering to put the accused on trial, the court had on December 7, said, “The facts of the present case prima facie show that accused H C Gupta, K S Kropha and K C Samria entered into a criminal conspiracy with company M/s JICPL and its director Manoj Kumar Jayaswal so as to procure allotment of a coal block in favour of M/s JICPL”.”The acts alleged against the accused public servants Gupta, Kropha and Samria are such that if questioned they cannot claim that they were acting in discharge of their official duties,” the court had said.In a surprising move, the former Coal Secretary had on August 16, told the court that he intended to “face trial from inside the jail” and withdraw his personal bond to secure bail due to financial issues. However, he later withdrew his plea.The court said prima facie charges for alleged offences under sections 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act are made out against the accused. Around eight different charge sheets have been filed against Gupta and proceedings are going on individually. The Supreme Court had recently dismissed his plea seeking joint trial in all these cases.Some of the cases in which Gupta was summoned as accused by the court include those relating to alleged irregularities in allocation of Thesgora-B Rudrapuri coal block to accused firm Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd (KSSPL) and allocation of Moira and Madhujore (North and South) coal blocks in West Bengal’s Raniganj area to Vikash Metal and Power Ltd.He is also accused in a case of alleged irregularities in the allotment of the Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block to two companies of Jindal group and allocation of Brahmapuri coal block in Madhya Pradesh to accused firm Pushp Steels and Mining Pvt Ltd (PSMPL).The court had on July 31 last year issued summons to the accused after taking cognisance of CBI’s final report. The court had earlier refused to accept the probe agency’s closure report filed in the case and had directed it to further investigate the matter.It had noted that it was prima facie clear that officers of the Ministry of Coal or the screening committee had acted in a manner which was “detrimental” to public interest and they had allowed JAS Infrastructure and Power Ltd (JIPL), now known as JICPL, to “misappropriate” nationalised natural resources.The agency had earlier filed a closure report in the case in which it had lodged an FIR against the firm, Jayaswal and others for alleged irregularities by JIPL in acquiring the coal block.The FIR was lodged on the allegation that the company had not disclosed to the Ministry of Coal that it was already in possession of a coal block.

Kerala: Five accused of ragging college student surrender

Kottayam: Five of the seven students accused in the ragging case in government polytechnic, in which a first year student suffered kidney damage, have surrendered before police, police said on Monday. The five senior students surrendered before the Deputy Superintendent of Police at Changanassery near here last night.

According to police, there are a total of seven accused in the case and two are still absconding.

On the night of 2 December, eight first-year students of the polytechnic at Nattakom here were allegedly subjected to brutal ragging by a gang of senior students at the men’s hostel of the college.

Two students — one hailing from Irinjalakkuda in Thrissur district, and another from Cheranallur in Ernakulam district — were seriously injured in the incident. They have been admitted to hospitals in Thrissur and Ernakulam respectively.

Representational image. Getty Images

Representational image. Getty Images

The student from Irinjalakkuda has been hospitalised with kidney damage, police said.

He was put on dialysis after doctors diagnosed him with kidney damage. The victim underwent dialysis three times after his admission in the hospital 11 days ago.

The accused allegedly forced the victim to consume liquor mixed with some harmful powder following six hours of brutal ragging which included hard physical exercises like push-ups.

The accused were absconding after police booked them for allegedly ragging their juniors in the hostel.

They have also been suspended from the institution.

Two cases have been registered against the accused based on two separate complaints by the two students, police said.

Meanwhile, the state human rights commission has sought a report from the education department on the alleged ragging incident.

First Published On : Dec 19, 2016 12:00 IST

New Delhi: Man attacked for blaming PM Modi for queue outside ATM

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 45-year-old man was allegedly attacked with cricket bails after he blamed the Prime Minister for the serpentine queue outside a bank in southeast Delhi’s Jaitpur area, police said on Sunday.According to complainant Lallan Singh Kushwaha, he was on his way to buy a television set on December 15 when he passed an ATM and noticed the long queue, they said.He said ‘Modiji ki wajah se line lagi hai’ (queue is because of Modi), following which a man named Atik came out of the crowd and started beating him.Kushwaha alleged that the accused also took away Rs 6,000 from him, police said.The matter is being investigated, they added.

Kerala: 22-year-old hospitalised after alleged ragging, doctors say his kidneys affected

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 22-year-old student of Government Polytechnic College has been hospitalised in Thrissur, Kerala after he was allegedly ragged by eight students, said media reports.The accused forcibly fed the student with liquor mixed with some substances, and when he came home, he complained about kidney pain, reported Deccan Chronicle.The victim has alleged that he was forced to do intense physical exercises like push-ups for about five hours and drink liquor.Meanwhile, the police have booked eight students. They have also been suspended from the institution at Nattakom.In two separate, complaints lodged with police, two students have alleged that they were subjected to brutal ragging by the senior students of the institute.While one student is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Thrissur, another is admitted in a private hospital in Ernakulam, police said. The accused in the two separate incidents are members of the same group, they said.The state human rights commission has sought a report from the education department on the alleged ragging incident. (With agency inputs)

Is rape sentencing in India a joke? Judgments based on stereotypes have played pathetically important part

By Ila Ananya

In 1983, the Supreme Court (SC) delivered what it considered a progressive, gender-sensitive judgment in Bharwada Bhoginbhai Hirjibhai versus State of Gujarat. The case involved the sexual abuse of two 10-year-old girls — one of whom had been raped — by their friend’s father in Gandhinagar. It became a landmark judgment when the SC declared (much to everyone’s surprise after its horrifying acquittal of the accused in the Mathura rape case) that the survivor’s sole testimony was enough to convict the accused.

This judgment would have actually been an important one had the SC stopped here. Instead, evidently feeling the need to justify its decision, it went on to explain why it believed that an Indian woman (as opposed to women from the “western world”) wouldn’t falsely accuse someone of rape. Predictably, and among other things, the court said that Indian women would not want to admit “any incident which is likely to affect her chastity had ever occurred”. It said this would mean risking the loss of “love and respect of her own husband and near relatives”, that she would be ostracised, and that “she would have to brave the whole world”. Perhaps it was unintentional, but with this, the SC successfully constructed the stereotype of the rape survivor.

This and other soul-crushing factors about the legal system makes Mrinal Satish’s new book absolutely mandatory reading for those interested in justice for victims of sexual violence.

Mrinal Satish, Associate Professor of Law, and Executive Director of Centre for Constitutional Law, Policy and Governance at the National Law University, Delhi, strongly argues in his latest book that such stereotypes have not only influenced the prosecution of rape cases, but also their sentencing. His book, Discretion, Discrimination and the Rule of Law: Reforming Rape Sentencing in India, looks at sentencing by High Courts (HC) and the SC in more than 800 rape cases between 1984 and 2009. It provides solid evidence for what we have suspected all along — that rapes by acquaintances rather than by strangers invite lighter sentences; that courts impose lower sentences on defendants when the raped woman is unmarried and sexually active; or that the absence of injuries on her results in a lower sentence on the defendant.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Keeping the SC’s Bharwada judgment in mind, Satish argues that the sentencing stage of a rape case is further impacted by the same stereotypes that influenced it during its prosecution stage — where virginity is considered to be of utmost importance to a woman.

“The most surprising finding was the extent of impact that medical examination had on the adjudication process,” says Satish about his findings. In cases where the two-finger test was performed, or where the woman’s sexual history had been considered in court, sexually active, unmarried women saw lighter sentences being imposed on the accused. In his book, Satish then goes on to give the example of the SC noting the “pitiable” state (“there is no monsoon season in her life,” in the court’s words) of the rape survivor who remained unmarried in the case of Madan Gopal Kakkad versus Naval Dubey. According to Satish, men who had raped unmarried virgins got higher sentences because the courts considered the survivor’s loss of virginity an irreparable damage.

Another stereotype that Satish points to in his book is the perception of the survivor’s protestations. An infuriating example of a rather singular approach to consent is the SC’s acquittal of the two policemen accused in the Mathura rape case. It was pointed out that because the 16-year-old had not raised an alarm and there were no marks of injury on her body, she was a “liar” habituated to sexual intercourse. The data, argues Satish, can be seen as the absence of injuries leading to lighter sentences — all of which the Delhi HC conveniently ignored in the case Mohd. Habib vs. State, when it acquitted the accused because he didn’t have any injury marks on his penis, even though the 7-year-old child he had raped had injuries on her body.

In August 2015, RAHAT, a programme that provides socio-legal support for rape survivors, published a report according to which, in a whopping 91 percent of cases, the rapists were known people, as opposed to the 9 per cent of cases where the accused were strangers. While these figures themselves take some time to sink in, looking at them in the light of Satish’s findings becomes even more depressing. As Satish writes, “Literature on rape suggests that juries and judges consider rape by a stranger as being the most traumatic form of rape.” It’s no wonder then that known people, whether relatives or neighbours (it was sometimes even assumed that the rape survivor and accused were in a relationship even if the former stated otherwise), all got lower sentences than strangers did.

Such prejudicial sentencing has arguably led to India’s high rates of sentence reversals when the convictions were challenged in higher courts. In many cases, these sentence reversals often were even below the minimum sentence. A court has the right to impose a sentence lower than the minimum if it has “adequate and special reasons” for doing so, a reasoning that is implemented in as vague a manner as it sounds.

In his book, Satish provides us with statistics that put all of this into perspective — on appeal, HCs have overturned guilty verdicts in 44 per cent of rape cases, and 37 per cent of gang rape cases. The SC has also overturned guilty verdicts given by Trial Courts in 36 per cent of the cases, and have overturned guilty verdicts given by HCs in 53 per cent of the cases (in cases of gang rape, this number is at 48 per cent).

The solution, as Satish suggests, is to develop a consistent policy for sentencing in India, perhaps by setting up a body to do just this. In most cases, along with the rape stereotypes at play, the courts consider other mitigating factors — even those like the defendant losing his employment because of the conviction — that really don’t need to be taken into consideration in his sentencing. The existence of a body that drafts sentencing guidelines could ensure that these “unwarranted disparities”, as Satish calls them, can be done away with to a large extent, if not entirely.

The Ladies Finger (TLF) is a leading online women’s magazine delivering fresh and witty perspectives on politics, culture, health, sex, work and everything in between.

First Published On : Dec 17, 2016 17:15 IST

Thane: Shiv Sena corporator, others booked for rioting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than a dozen persons, including a Shiv Sena corporator from Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) were booked on charges of disrupting a meeting of citizens to discuss development of slum colony.The incident took place on December 11, while the suspects were booked yesterday, police said today. No arrests have been made so far.The complaint by one Lizzy Chako said the corporator who also doubles up as a developer had in 2009 undertaken to develop the slum colony at Pokhran Road No II and give tenements to the occupants, but he failed to keep up his commitment.In this connection the affected persons had called a meeting to discuss the issue. The meeting was addressed by social worker Adv Darmyansingh Bist and one Madhu Acharya and the issues relating to the delay in redevelopment were being discussed.When the meeting was in progress the accused arrived at the meeting place and allegedly started disrupting the meeting by snatched away the mike from the hands of Adv Bist and also threw the chairs away, the complaint said.The accused also threatened the organisers not to hold any such meeting again else they would face serious consequences, the complaint stated. The accused also beat some people were present for the meeting, it stated.

Narendra Dabholkar murder case: Bombay HC reprimands CBI for slow probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Coming down heavily on CBI, the Bombay High Court on Friday said it was “bungling up” probe in the murder case of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar by causing inordinate delay in obtaining forensic reports from the Scotland Yard.A division bench of Justices SC Dharmadhikari and BP Colabawalla, which was hearing petitions filed by the family of Dabholkar and murdered activist Govind Pansare seeking HC supervision in the probe, was irked when CBI sought further adjournment in the case as it was still awaiting report from the forensic lab in UK. “The more you postpone and delay the more benefit the accused will get. It also gives an impression in the society that you (CBI) are not serious about the case and are not pursuing the probe sincerely. “You are just bungling it up. It is your credibility at stake. You should remember that this delay is impacting two trials which are ready to commence,” the court said.The agency had earlier claimed before the HC that it had sent bullets and empty shells recovered from Pansare’s body and the crime scene to the Scotland Yard to ascertain if there was any link between the Dabholkar and Pansare murders. The agency wanted to seek a third opinion as the forensic labs in Mumbai and Bangalore had submitted conflicting reports.Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, appearing for CBI, today told the court that the agency is still awaiting reports from UK and that several letters have been sent pursuing the case. “Alternately we could seek opinion from the forensic lab in Delhi,” Singh said.Irked by this, the court said if there was alternative of seeking opinion locally then why did the agency not do it before. “You (CBI) were aware of the difficulties and obstacles when you sought report from UK. What prevented you from seeking opinion from a local third party expert before? The point is efforts taken should be sincere. Especially in cases like this where the offence is of a serious nature and impacts the society,” Justice Dharmadhikari said. The court noted that the delay caused by the probe agency would not only benefit the accused but would also give a bad impression to the society at large.On Pansare murder case which is being probed by the state CID, the court called for better coordination between CBI and CID. “When the accused are common in both the cases then the agencies should coordinate and take joint efforts to nab the accused,” the court said.Special public prosecutor Ashok Mundargi, appearing for state CID, told the court today that a supplementary charge sheet has been filed in the case against two accused – Sameer Gaikwad and Virendra Tawde and two absconding accused. Mundargi said all efforts are being taken to nab the absconding accused.The court while posting the petitions for hearing after six weeks said this was the last chance it was giving to CBI to procure reports from UK and also sought a progress report from CID on its probe against the absconding accused.While Dabholkar was murdered in Pune on August 20, 2013, Pansare was shot on February 16, 2015 in Kolhapur. He died on February 20.

AgustaWestland scam: SP Tyagi blames PMO for changed specifications, sent to CBI custody

New Delhi: The changed specification of VVIP helicopters, especially the reduction in service ceiling, were made under the advice of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), said former Indian Air Force (IAF) chief SP Tyagi on Saturday, after which a court sent him to CBI custody till 14 December in the Rs 3,767-crore AgustaWestland helicopter case.

AgustaWestland. Reuters file imageAgustaWestland. Reuters file image

AgustaWestland. Reuters file image

“The PMO then advised to keep the minimum mandatory requirement of the service ceiling of the helicopters to 4,500 metres (from the earlier 6,000 metres),” Tyagi’s defence counsel N Hariharan told the court while opposing the CBI plea seeking custodial interrogration of the accused.

However, putting aside the submissions, metropolitan magistrate Sujit Saurabh allowed CBI to quiz Tyagi, his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi alias Julie Tyagi, and Delhi-based lawyer Gautam Khaitan till 14 December even as the agency sought 10 days’ custody to unearth bribery charges, saying a huge amount was routed to India through various companies.

“Considering the serious nature of the allegations and gravity of the matter, I am of the considered opinion that police custody for the accused is required for fair investigation,” said the magistrate after a two-hour-long argument between counsel of the CBI and the accused.

The agency told the court that crucial information was collected from three countries — Italy, Switzerland and Mauritius — via letters rogatory and the accused are required to be confronted with it to unearth the larger conspiracy in the deal.

Telling the court that regular meetings were taking place between senior officials of AgustaWestland and SP Tyagi with the help of Sanjeev Tyagi, the CBI has alleged that a conspiracy was hatched to reduce the service ceiling of the helicopters after which AgustaWestland became eligible to supply a dozen helicopters for VVIP flying duties.

It told the court that the words “at least twin engine” were inserted in the amendment proposal in 2005 for procuring VVIP helicopters to bring AgustaWestland into the eligibility criteria, adding that the changes were made deliberately as AgustaWestland helicopters had three engines and a service ceiling of 4,500 metres.

Claiming innocence in the case, the former IAF chief’s defence counsel Hariharan apprised the court that it was a collective decision to procure VVIP helicopters.

Denying the charges, he opposed the request of custodial interrogation, saying that the probe agency had not given any specific and vital point for seeking remand. Countering the CBI allegations, Tyagi said that, as IAF chief 2004-2007, he had nothing to do with the deal and the decision was taken collectively in in consultation with then Defence Ministry, the Special Protection Group and the PMO.

The decision came during the tenure of Manmohan Singh but was axed in January 2013 when the corruption allegations surfaced.

The CBI told court that in 1999, the government decided to phase out the old helicopters as they were not fit to reach high-altitude areas, and the Defence Ministry in 2002 issued global tenders for procuring new VVIP helicopters in which 11 companies participated including AgustaWestland.

However, AgustaWestland could not qualify for the shortlisted companies as it could not meet the eligibility criteria.

“Therefore a conspiracy was hatched by the accused person to help AgustaWestland win the chopper contract by making change in the operational requirements,” contended the CBI, saying Italian nationals and middlemen Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke were in constant touch with Tyagi’s cousin to influence the bidding, and also accessed crucial information.

The middlemen told Sanjeev Tyagi that they had a good contact with Giuseppe Orsi and Bruno Spagnolini, then CEOs of the Italy-based Finmeccanica and Britain-based AgustaWestland, which is a subsidiary of the former, and could fix the meeting with them, CBI disclosed.

All the accused, companies included, were booked for criminal conspiracy, cheating and under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

First Published On : Dec 10, 2016 22:21 IST

Demonetization: Rise of the new ‘middleman’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As investigative agencies continue to crack down on the financial crimes across India, a new breed of middlemen has emerged after demonetization. These individuals— many of who do not have a criminal background—are targeting banks, and, more recently, post offices, making them a hub for illegal activities.One of the men on the CBI’s radar is K Sudheer Babu. Accused of masterminding illegal activities in the registered post offices in Hyderabad, Babu, who belongs to the 2011 cadre of the Indian Postal Service (IPS), was serving as the Senior Superintendent of Post Office, Hyderabad City Division, when his name popped up on the CBI’s radar.Four others working with him — Shaikh Abdul Ghani, G Ravi Teja, K Suresh Kumar and G Srinivas — have been arrested. Babu, however, is absconding. The modus operandi of Babu and his men was simple. Investigating officials revealed that old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, exceeding the limits announced by RBI, were brought into post offices and banks in Hyderabad for replacement and then fraudulently exchanged for new Rs 2,000 notes. Officials estimate that the total amount involved in illegal transactions from these post offices in Hyderabad was Rs 2.95 crore. “The criminal cases so far have been reported from Hyderabad city but investigators are keeping a close watch on post offices across India,” said a CBI source. Sources also added that searches have been conducted at 11 places so far which include residential/office premises of the accused persons in Hyderabad.They add that incriminating documents, laptops and mobile phones with cash worth Rs 17.02 lakh in new currency notes of Rs 2,000 denominations were seized.These middlemen carried out the crimes almost after the Prime Minister’s announcement on demonetization. CBI sources said that the first case was registered on November 24. In this case, an individual, yet to be identified, brought in Rs 36 lakh into the post office of Hyderabad City Division, when the CBI revealed that Babu instructed G Revathi, the Sub Post Master (SPM), Himayat Nagar branch, to falsify records that this money in new currency notes had been disbursed to multiple individuals. This however was not the case.Further investigations have revealed that apart from the four officials arrested, close to half a dozen post office officials are currently under the scanner of the CBI. In three fraud cases filed between November 24 and December 6, these officials are alleged to have involved in illegal activity, along with two office assistants.

New Delhi: Man chops off puppy’s legs in Dwarka

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man allegedly severed two legs of a puppy after the canine gave him a minor scratch in southwest Delhi’s Dwarka following which police has initiated action against the accused under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.The incident happened last week when the puppy entered Pramod’s house and the latter offered him food, police said.In what may be called a love or its eagerness, the dog scratched the accused’s leg with a paw. Pramod got angry and brought a blade to chop off the legs of the puppy, said a senior police officer.”Punitive proceeding u/s 11 of PCA act has been initiated against the offender at PS Palam (sic),” tweeted DCP (Southwest) Surender Kumar.

Delhi: Man sent to judicial custody for having sex with girl’s corpse

Tue, 6 Dec 2016-08:29pm , New Delhi , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a man was arrested for allegedly having unnatural sex with the body of a girl, which was later found abandoned along the bank of Yamuna, near Sarai Kale Khan bus stand, in Delhi on Tuesday.After a pedestrian reported the incident to police, they detained the accused, who is reportedly suffering from necrophilia. He was later sent in the judicial custody. A case has been registered against the man at the Sarai Kale Khan Police Station under relevant sections.Police is probing the matter and the jail authorities have been asked to get the accused medically and psychologically examined.

Arrested Axis bank managers sent to remand by Delhi court

Mon, 5 Dec 2016-08:20pm , New Delhi , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi court on Monday sent two Axis bank managers, who were arrested by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case into a week’s remand. The accused officials were produced before the Tis Hazari court at around 2 PM on Monday and were interrogated for about 38 hours.They were asked to present themselves before the court on December 12. Lawyer of Shobit Sinha, one of the accused, said that they opposed the 7-day police custody adding his client cooperated during investigation.Earlier in the day, Axis Bank suspended the accused officials. Both managers had allegedly taken gold bricks as bribe to convert Rs 40 crore black money into white. One of the gold bricks was recovered from Lucknow.
ALSO READ Axis Bank suspends two managers arrested by ED under PMLA ActMoney from the three bank accounts was transferred to jewellers via RTGS mode of payment to buy gold. The jewellers sold the gold at 45,000 rupees per tola whereas the market price was much lower. The ED is probing the case and has initiated an investigation into the matter to unmask the other people involved.

US woman rape case: Victim in touch with police, may come to India to join probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police is in touch with a US woman who was allegedly raped by a group of men at a five-star hotel here in April and she may come to India to join the probe.The woman had alleged that she was raped by the men for two days. They also threatened her with dire consequences if she reported the matter to anybody.”After the incident, the woman went back to the US without informing about the incident even to those accompanying her in the trip. Initially, she approached an NGO which sent an email about the incident to Delhi Police and on Sunday she mailed her complaint to police.”We are in touch with her and we are trying to convince her to come to India. She might come here but no date has been fixed for her visit,” said an officer privy to the probe.Police suspected that the accused had targeted a couple of other women tourists, a source said.Teams have been formed to nab the accused, one of whom is a hotel employee and his relative, the source said, adding that the accused even shot a video of the act and threatened her with making the clip public if she filed a complaint.

Dowry death social crime but can’t convict husband without proof, says Delhi court

New Delhi: It is a heinous crime to hang one’s wife to death but a husband cannot be convicted without any reliable evidence, a Delhi court has said while acquitting a man and his family members in a murder and dowry death case.

The court freed the man, his father and two sisters, all residents of east Delhi, saying there was no cogent evidence that the woman was subjected to cruelty or harassment for demand of dowry.

Representational image. News 18

Representational image. News 18

“While it is proved that husband being the companion in the house ought to be able to explain as to the circumstances under which his wife was found lying hanged in the bedroom but there also exists an obligation on the part of the prosecution to prove the guilt of the accused beyond all reasonable doubt…

“Undoubtedly, it is a social and heinous crime to have the wife hanged to death but without any proper and reliable evidence, the court cannot by itself justify its conclusion of murder by the husband,” Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Kumar Malhotra said.

While the victim woman used to stammer and was having hearing disability, her husband was deaf and dumb.

The court absolved the four accused of the charges under sections 304B (dowry death), 498A (subjecting woman to harassment by husband and in-laws), 302 (murder) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC.

The court said prosecution has failed to prove its case against the accused beyond reasonable doubt, benefit of which must go in favour of the accused.

According to prosecution, the couple got married in May 2006, and the woman was found hanging in her matrimonial house in April 2008.

The complaint was lodged by the victim’s father at Kalyanpuri Police Station against her husband and in-laws on the allegations that she was harassed by them for dowry which led to her death.

The court said except for demand of motorcycle which was alleged to have been made after one-and-a-half month of the marriage, there are no specific allegation in respect of demand of dowry or harassment by the accused.

It noted that the prosecution witnesses said that the demand for motorcycle was withdrawn as the woman’s husband could not get driving licence due to his hearing and speaking disabilities.

First Published On : Dec 4, 2016 09:50 IST

Punjab jailbreak: Accused arrested, two suspicious cars impounded

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One of the accused of the Nabha jailbreak was arrested by the Shamli Police and huge cache of arms seized from his Fortuner car in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli. Confirming the arrest Shamli Superintendent of Police Ajay Sharma said, “During police checking at Kairana, the accused, who identified himself as Parvinder Singh from Jalandhar, was arrested. He is being questioned.””Accused Parminder has been arrested with huge cache of arms, and he has confessed to his crime. There was a high alert in Uttar Pradesh since the morning, and we had information that accused might try to enter Nepal. During checking, we nabbed him,” Additional Director General (ADG) Daljeet Singh Choudhary said.Meanwhile, a suspicious black Verna car with Punjab number plates was found abandoned at Shamli and Solumajra village in Pundri Tehsil of Kaithal District, respectively. The Kaithal Superintendent of Police swung into action and reached the spot with a team. An investigation is on.
ALSO READ Punjab jailbreak: Special Investigation Team formed by the policeKarnal Inspector General of Police Subhash Yadav said, “A car with Punjab number plate was found abandoned in Sonumajra village in Kaithal. We suspect that the car was used in the Nabha jailbreak. An investigation is going on and we are in regular touch with the Punjab Police.”A group of armed men in police uniform broke into high security Nabha Central jail of Punjab and took along six inmates, identified as Khalistan liberation force chief Harvinder Mintoo, Amandeep Doda and gangsters Vicky Gonder, Gurpreet Sekhon, Neeta Deol and Amandeep Dhotia.
ALSO READ Punjab jailbreak: Khalistani terrorist escapes, high alert in Northern statesPolice said, all of the escaped are dreaded criminals and high alert has been sounded in entire Punjab. Following the incident, Haryana has also been put on high alert and all borders with Punjab have been sealed and police of both the states are working in coordination with each other. Meanwhile, high alert has been sounded in all jails of the state and Jail Superintendents have been asked to review the security in jails.

Man rapes 3-yr-old neighbour, leaves her in a pit for dead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 35-year-old man raped the three-and-a-half-year-old daughter of his neighbour on Monday and dumped her in a ditch, taking her to be dead. The girl was rescued nine hours after the horrific incident, and the accused, identified as Birbal, was arrested from his home.The incident took place in the Harijan Basti locality of north Delhi. The victim is undergoing treatment at a city hospital, and her condition is reported to be stable.Around 9pm on Monday, the Police Control Room (PCR) received a call regarding kidnapping of a minor girl. A police team reached the location, where the father of the victim informed them that the child was playing outside their home before she went missing. She was last seen at 7pm.A case of kidnapping was registered and the police swung into action to find the child. A team including Assistant Sub-Inspector Naseeb Singh, and Constables Jaideep and Pradeep was formed to handle the sensitive matter.Locals in the area were questioned, who revealed that they had seen the girl playing.The elder sister of the victim then told the police that she had seen someone giving her a chocolate. On the basis of this input, the police started their inquiry. It then came to the fore that someone had seen a man, who lived in the same building as the victim, with her. Accused Birbal had worked with the victim’s father as well.Birbal was picked up from his home after midnight. “He was in an inebriated condition and could not even speak or stand properly. He denied that he was with the victim. Finally early on Tuesday morning, he regained consciousness and confessed that he had raped and killed the child,” a police officer said.Based on the information provided by the accused, the police started looking for the girl near the Sarai Rohilla railway station. After searching for almost an hour, they spotted her in a pit near the tracks. “The girl was numb and had no clothes on her body. We were shocked to see her,” said the landlord of the victim’s house. The only sign of life she showed was when she started crying on seeing her mother. She was immediately rushed to the Bara Hindu Rao Hospital.”A case under section 363 (kidnapping), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (rape) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act has been registered at the Sarai Rohilla police station. Further investigation is underway,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), North, Madhur Verma.

Tamil Nadu: 11 sentenced to 1 year imprisonment for abusing man by his caste

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court in Tamil Nadu on Monday sentenced 11 people to one year imprisonment for abusing a man for his caste in 2012.The court also slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 on five of the accused and Rs 5,500 on the others.The prosecution case was that the 11 people abused Karthick and his friend by their caste name when they were riding their motorcycle at N Mangalam Pidari Koil area here on Diwali day on November 13, 2012 after waylaying them.On a complaint from Karthick, police registered a case against the 11 people.

2012 Delhi gangrape case: Amicus curiae tells SC to set aside death sentence to convicts

Advocate Raju Ramachandran, appointed as an Amicus curiae by the Supreme Court in the 16 December, 2012 Delhi gangrape case, reportedly told the apex court that the death sentence given to the four convicts violated the fundamental norms of sentencing and should be set aside.

Amicus curiae refers to someone who is not a party to the case but volunteers to offer information on a point of law or some other aspect of the case to assist the court in deciding a matter before it.

Supreme Court of India. AFP

Supreme Court of India. AFP

The report was submitted to a bench of Justice Dipak Mishra, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Bhanumati on Friday.

Ramachandran listed six fundamental errors committed by the trial court while awarding death sentences, reported The Hindu. He argued that the circumstances of all the accused were not considered before sentencing and neither were they heard in person about their punishment.

The report submitted by Ramachandran states that since a fair trial was denied to the accused, the death sentence violated Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution. The order for the sentence was passed by the trial court on 11 September, 2013 and confirmed by the High Court.

His writ submission also argued that the reasons for the imposition of death penalty on each of the accused were not given separately and a ‘one-penalty-fits-all’ order was imposed

According to Bar & Bench, Ramachandran has not challenged the death penalty awarded to the convicts but rather, he has challenged the sentencing order itself. He was assisted by advocate K Parameshwar.

Parameshwar told CNN-News18, “After a conviction, before a sentencing is pronounced, the convict must be given a chance to state any mitigating factors which could help the court avoid imposition of the death sentence.” He also said that the curt has itself said that factors like socio-economic conditions of the accused, mental health and other parameters could be highlighted by the accused before a sentencing is pronounced.

However, while upholding the death sentences of four of the six accused, the Delhi High Court had observed that “exemplary punishment” was the need of the hour.

Part I of the submission highlighted the mitigating factors. Part II of the submission would be made on Friday to the bench and it would involve how the courts failed to strike a proper balance between “the aggravating and mitigating factors while pronouncing the death sentence,” Parameshwar said.

Ramachandran relied on the Bachan Singh v. State of Punjab case, according to the Bar & Bench report, and quoted section 235(2) and 354(3).

Section 235 (2) imposes a duty on the judge , unless he proceeds in accordance with the provisions of section 360, to hear the accused on the question of sentence, and then pass sentence on him in accordance with law. Section 354 (3) mandates that when the conviction is for an offence punishable with death or, in the alternative, with imprisonment for life or imprisonment for a term of years, the judgment shall state the reasons for the sentence awarded, and, in the case of sentence of death, the special reasons for such sentence.

Both these sections were violated by the court while sentencing the accused in the December 2012 gangrape case, Ramachandran said.

Justice Markandey Katju dismissed the report submitted by Ramachandran and said that there was no question of looking at mitigating factors in the 16 December case because of the gravity of the crime committed.

Bhopal jailbreak: Families of killed SIMI men to move HC seeking CBI probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after eight SIMI activists were killed in an alleged police encounter following a daring prison break in Bhopal, their families have decided to approach the Madhya Pradesh High Court seeking a CBI probe into what they dubbed as “cold-blooded murders”.”The families of the deceased have come to me and are weeping inconsolably for justice. We are going to move the MP High Court for a CBI probe into the entire incident,” lawyer Parvez Alam told PTI. “It is surprising that the authorities are claiming that the accused climbed the 32 feet boundary wall of the jail. Is this possible?” he asked.Police has claimed that the accused from the banned outfit were on Monday killed in an encounter hours after they escaped from the high-security Central jail where they had slit the throat of a security guard and scaled the wall using bedsheets between 2 am and 3 am. Alam described the encounter as “fake” and said, “The TV grabs show police and ATS firing. There is no evidence that the accused fired.””This is a fake encounter and (these are) cold blooded murders,” Alam claimed. He said Inspector General Yogesh Choudhary had last night told media that the accused made keys to open their lock up with tooth brushes. “Can someone open the keys of high security Bhopal Central Jail that has earned an ISO certificate with keys made of tooth brushes,” he wondered. “What lie these authorities are speaking,” he said. “Our first course of action after the funeral of the accused killed in the encounter is to move the HC for justice,” he added.The kin of the seven accused have already reached Bhopal to receive their bodies and take them to their place for burial, Alam said. He said that no one has yet claimed the body of Mohammad Khalid, a resident of Solapur in Maharashtra.Family members of accused Sheikh Mujeeb are taking his body to Ahmedabad, while Abdul Majid’s mortal remains are being taken to Mahidpur area in Ujjain district of MP, he said.Bodies of the rest–Amjad Khan, Zakir Hussain, Mohammad Salik, Sheikh Mehboob and Aqueel Khilji– all hailing from MP’s Khandwa district are being taken to their homes, Alam added. Yesterday, police had dismissed criticism over the encounter killing of eight SIMI activists near Bhopal, saying there was heavy exchange of fire in which they were felled after which four country-made guns and some sharp-edged weapons were recovered from them.Also, IG Chaudhary repeatedly maintained that all questions raised over the encounter were a matter of investigation as the series of events over seven hours between their escape and killing were still being probed.This came soon after a controversy raged over the police action following the daring pre-dawn jail-break, as TV channels showed footage purportedly from the encounter site in which a policeman is seen pumping bullets into a man from close range after some unidentified person takes out what appears to be a knife said to be in a plastic cover and places it back. Besides the veracity of the video, police is also probing how the SIMI terror suspects could lay their hands on weapons after their escape.

Bihar: Bikers molest minor, crush her to death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A minor girl in Kaimur district of Bihar died after motorcycle-borne men allegedly ran her over after molesting her.The 15-year-old schoolgirl was on her way to write an exam when the motorcycle-borne men chased her, pulled her dupatta and ran her over.As per reports, one of the accused pulled her dupatta, which got entangled around her neck like a noose that choked her. The victim fell and as her body remained motionless, the accused reversed their bike and drove over her, killing the minor.According to Jagarnath Jla Reddy, Superintendent of Police Bhabua, a case of molestation was registered against the guilty. The culprits abandoned the motorcycle, fled the spot.The investigation is under way.

Uttar Pradesh: One arrested in gangrape case in Muzaffarnagar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One person has been arrested in connection with a case in which a 45-year-old gangrape victim was allegedly shot at and seriously injured in Dabheri Khurd village in Shamli district, police said on Thursday.One accused was arrested on Wenesday while remaining two are still absconding, Circle Officer Bhushan Verma said.On October 15, the gangrape victim was allegedly shot at and seriously injured by the accused at Dabheri Khurd village in Shamli district.The woman sustained multiple bullet injuries and was admitted to a hospital here, where her condition was stated as serious.”The accused– Shamshad, Jamil and Dulla and Israr– shot at her when she was going to attend a village function. They had allegedly raped her two months ago at her house,” Verma had said.

Mumbai woman takes on cyber stalker with Facebook post

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Mumbai woman, who currently resides in Maryland, has decided to take on her cyber blackmailer with a Facebook post.Taruna Aswani put up the post after an anonymous stalker sent her an email saying that he had managed to hack into her Google Cloud back-up. The accused, who at the time of going to press, had still not been identified, then began blackmailing Aswani, following which she put up the post on Facebook.In a Facebook post, Aswani clearly states that her cloud back-up has been compromised and the hacker wrote her an email saying that the only way to keep him quiet was to ‘excite’ him!Aswani has also filed a complaint with the Maryland police and in her Facebook post has appealed to people to share the story and not remain quiet when they become victims of cyber stalking.

Delhi CM Avind Kejriwal seeks argument on charge in Arun Jaitley’s defamation case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders on Monday moved a city court seeking chance to be heard before it decided whether they would be put on trial in a criminal defamation complaint filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley against them.Appearing before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass, Jaitley’s counsel informed the court that the Delhi High Court has dismissed the accused’s plea seeking stay on the trial court proceedings in the case. Senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, appearing for the complainant, urged the court that notice/charge be framed against the accused persons — Kejriwal, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Kumar Vishwas, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai. Advocate Rahul Mehra, however, moved an application on behalf of all the accused seeking chance to address the argument on point of whether to frame the charges.The court has now put up the matter for further hearing on November 11. The court granted exemption from personal appearance for the day to Kejriwal, Ashutosh and Sanjay. The court had on May 19 dismissed the accused’s plea seeking stay of the proceedings in the criminal defamation case, after which they approached the high court.Jaitley had filed the criminal defamation complaint alleging that the accused had allegedly defamed him in Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) controversy. A civil defamation suit has also been filed by Jaitley before the Delhi High Court in relation to the matter seeking Rs 10 crore in damages.

Pune: Classmates rape engineering student; 2 arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The district police arrested two youths on Friday for allegedly raping a 21-year-old girl, a student of an engineering college on the outskirts of the city, while another was held on charges of sending lewd messages to her. “On October 19, when the girl was returning to her hostel, one of the two accused, who too is an engineering student, requested her to help him with a project,” said a police officer from Lonikand police station.The girl asked him to get the project-related files. The accused went to his room and called the girl to say he could not find the files. An unsuspecting victim then went to his room, where she was raped by the accused, the official said. However, she did not tell anybody about the rape. “On the second day, she received a message from an unknown sender who said he knows what happened on the previous night and offered to help her saying he has a good clout and called her to his room,” said the officer. The girl went to meet this person, who also raped her and warned her of dire consequences if she spoke to anyone about the incident. The victim then started getting lewd messages from a couple of unknown numbers, which finally prompted her to open up to her sister and roommates, said police. Police registered a case under section 376 (rape) and 354 (molestation) against two accused who were arrested. Another man was arrested for sending lewd messages to the victim. The names of the accused have not been disclosed. Police were tracing other two unknown callers who had sent messages to her and called her, the officer added.

Monica Ghurde murder: 21-year-old accused charged with rape, robbery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after arrest of a 21-year-old man for the murder of perfume specialist Monica Ghurde, Goa police on Monday added charges of rape and robbery against him.”The accused, Rajkumar Singh, who was arrested in Bangalore on October 9, was initially booked only for murder. However, during the investigation he admitted to raping her too,” Police Inspector Rajesh Kumar, who is probing the case, told PTI.”Therefore, the accused has also been booked under IPC Sections 376 for rape and also 392 for robbery, as he had taken away two ATM cards and a mobile phone belonging to the deceased after killing her,” he said.The post-mortem conducted on the deceased soon after the incident had confirmed that she was smothered, although it was silent on the suspicion of rape as doctors at Goa Medical College and Hospital had sent the swab sample for serological test. That report is still awaited.Ghurde was found dead in her three-bedroom rented apartment in Sangolda village near here. The 39-year-old’s naked body was recovered on October 6, but investigation revealed she was killed a day earlier. The fashion designer-turned-perfumer had been living alone in the flat since July last.Police had earlier said that the accused had confessed to sexually abusing Monica after tying her to bed in her apartment and also forced her to watch porn clips. Singh, a 21-year-old native of Punjab, worked as a security guard. Singh was nabbed from a Bengaluru hotel on October 9. He was tracked on the basis of ATM transactions he made at different locations.Police had also said that the accused had tortured the deceased during the entire night before killing her. “He was upset with the deceased as he had lost the job and yet to get his pending salary owing to the complaint of theft registered by her (deceased) with the security agency which had employed him,” police had said.Meanwhile, the accused was today produced before a local court, which extended his police custody by another four days.

Rajdev Ranjan murder case: SC seeks report over meeting of accused with RJD leaders

New Delhi: Uproar over reports that two alleged absconding killers of scribe Rajdev Ranjan were seen alongside Bihar Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav and RJD strongman Shahabuddin on Monday came under the scanner of Supreme Court, which sought a judicial report to ascertain whether the accused were “proclaimed offenders” on the day they had met.

Supreme Court. AFP

Supreme Court. AFP

The apex court, which granted three months time to CBI to conclude probe in the sensational case, also directed that six accused, including Mohammad Kaif and Mohammad Javed who were seen alongside the RJD leaders, cannot seek statutory bail on the ground of non-filing of charge sheets in the matter.

“The Sessions Judge, Siwan (Town), Bihar, shall submit a report along with order sheets with regard to status of Mohd Kaif and Mohd Javed as regards they are proclaimed offenders or whether there was issue of non-bailable warrants of arrest from the court or any other aspect relating to the case concerned,” a bench comprising justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy said.

“As the charge sheet has already been filed by the state police and further investigation is in progress by CBI, the accused persons who have been charge sheeted shall not claim any benefit for enlargement on bail under proviso to Section 167(2) of the Code of Criminal procedure,” it said.

Yadav, elder son of RJD leader Lalu Prasad and a cabinet colleague of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, took the plea that “there were chance meetings” and in any case, the accused were not proclaimed offenders on the day. RJD Vice President Shahabuddin, who has recently been sent back to jail by the apex court, took the same plea that Mohd Kaif and Mohd Javed were not the proclaimed offenders on the day they were allegedly seen along with the RJD leaders.

Advocate Gopal Singh, appearing for Bihar, supported the contention of RJD leaders and said the accused were not proclaimed offenders on that day, prompting the bench to seek a judicial report along with trial court’s order sheets from the Sessions Judge of Siwan by 28 November. Ranjan, 42, a senior journalist working with a vernacular daily, was shot dead on the evening of 22 July in Siwan town in Bihar.

Meanwhile, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Pinky Anand, appearing for CBI, said the agency has taken over the probe and needed six months more to conclude investigations. “No. You do it within three months,” the bench ordered. During the hearing, the ASG submitted the report of the CBI with regard to probe conducted so far in the case.

“Immediately after registration of the case by CBI, a team headed by SP, CBI along with Chief IO, Assistant IO and other support staff reached Siwan on 16 September, 2016 and has been camping there for the purposes of expeditious investigation,” CBI said in its status report.

The CBI team inspected the crime scene and other relevant places in attendance of the IOs of the local police and also discussed details of the case and collected relevant information, it said. “CBI team collected the case files/records from local police.

Scrutiny of the records revealed that Siwan Police had filed charge sheet against six accused persons, namely Azaharuddin Beig alias Laddan Miyan, Rohit Kumr Soni, Vijay Kumar Gupta, Rajesh Kumar, Sonu Kumar Gupta and Rishu Kumar Jaiswal in the court of CJM, Siwan on 20 August,2016. However, they had kept open further investigation in the matter,” it said.

CBI said it has collected “exhibits including arms and ammunition, clothes of the deceased, mobile instruments of the accused persons and deceased” and the mobiles have been sent to the expert for retrieval of data including deleted data. “CFSL team from New Delhi were called and scene of crime was recreated with the help of local police IOs and the persons who had seen the body and the place of occurrence,” the agency said.

“Call details of the accused, suspect, deceased and other relevant person were collected which are under scrutiny,” it said, adding “the hard disk of computer being used by the deceased was collected and sent to the expert to find any relevant material to the case.”

“Around 40 witnesses have been examined which included the complainant and his family members, IOs associated with the case, doctors who conducted post mortem, persons connnected with print media and others to know the details and motive for killing the deceased,” it said.

Delhi: Woman raped by three in Bhalaswa Dairy area

New Delhi: A 25-year-old woman, mother of five children, was allegedly raped by three men in north west Delhi’s Bhalaswa Dairy area on pretext of getting her a job, police said.

The main accused, Noor Alam, has been arrested, they said.

The woman, whose husband works in Ludhiana, stays with her children at Bhalaswa Dairy area.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Alam, who was known to the woman through a mutual contact, had promised her her a job and had called her near Mukundpur on 11 October on the same pretext. Later he had taken her to a room in Bhalaswa Dairy where he allegedly raped her after giving her a drink laced with sedatives, police said.

Further, in her statement recorded under Section 164 of CrPC, she named the other two accused of raping her, said a senior police officer.

The accused had threatened her of dire consequences if she informed about the incident to anyone, the officer said, adding that after her complaint was lodged at Bhalaswa Dairy police station she was sent for a medical examination.

While Alam has been arrested, the two other accused in the case are absconding, the official said.

Police officer stoned to death in Jammu and Kashmir

Sun, 16 Oct 2016-03:15pm , Jammu and Kashmir , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special police officer (SPO) was allegedly stoned to death by two persons in a remote village of Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Sunday.Hemant Kumar was deployed at Phinter Chowk last night where he had an altercation with the accused who attacked him with stones, a police officer said.He said that Kumar was left in a pool of blood and when he was shifted to a local hospital doctors declared him brought dead.He said that the accused have been identified as Naresh Bhadwal and Manveer Lalotra.He said that a case of murder has been registered and one of the accused has been arrested, while efforts were on to arrest the second accused.

ISIS links: NIA court extends remand of seven accused till Nov 2

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Friday extended the remand of seven accused arrested from Kerala and Tamil Nadu over suspected ISIS links till November 2. Subahani Haaj Moideen, the 11th accused in this case, will be in the NIA custody from October 17 to October 22. The bail application moved by two of the accused namely Ramshad and Jasim will be considered on October 24. The NIA also sought the permission from the court to make the SIMs used by the 11th and third accused online to examine the conversations made by them using ‘telegraph application’. On October 3, the NIA arrested six persons over suspected links with the ISIS. They were later sent to police custody till October 14. According to an NIA release, the accused were inspired by the ISIS and were collecting explosives and other offensive material for targeting important persons and places in various parts of south India. Acting on a tip-off, the NIA along with Kerala Police, Delhi Police and Telangana Police launched surveillance on the movements of the accused involved in the conspiracy. During searches in Kozikhode and Kannur, the NIA arrested five people while they were conducting a meeting at Kanakamala hilltop, whereas the sixth person was detained from Kuttiyadi in Kozhikode district and arrested later on. Incriminating materials, including electronic devices, were seized from their possession. The investigative agency had registered the case under Sections 120B, 121, 121A and 122 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Sections 18, 18B, 20, 38 and 39 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against the accused, who have been identified as Manseed, Abu Basheer, Swalih Mohammed, Safwan P, Jasim NK, Ramshad and Nageelan Kandiyil. While the 11th accused Subahani was arrested the next day from Thirunelveli, Tamil Nadu.

Madhya Pradesh: Minor rape victim tries to immolate self after getting threats from rapists

Thu, 13 Oct 2016-01:12pm , Itarsi, Madhya Pradesh , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A minor rape victim of Madhya Pradesh’s Itarsi city has attempted to immolate herself after getting threats from the accused rapists.The minor on Tuesday around 11 am poured kerosene on herself and tried to immolate herself. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital and her treatment is underway.”She was raped on February 16 this year. One of the accused was recently released from jail so she thought that he will kill her,” said victim’s father.The minor is out of danger now, informed the police. “She is out of danger right now, but has suffered third-degree burns on 40% of her body. Investigation is underway,” said Anil Sharma (SDOP).The investigation in the matter is on.

Tamil Nadu: Co-passenger shoots man in a moving bus

Wed, 12 Oct 2016-09:07pm , Virudunagar , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a 32-year-old man was shot to death in a moving bus in Sattur town of Tamil Nadu’s Virudunagar district. The deceased identified as Karupusamy hails from Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu.The incident took place in broad day light but the accused have not been identified yet and are still on the run. The police has begun its investigation into the case. However, the exact reason behind the shootout is still unknown.

40-year-old woman gangraped in Uttar Pradesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 40-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped by two people in Sardhana area here when she turned unconscious after consuming a spiked drink offered by them, police said on Monday.”The victim was offered a spiked drink after which she fell unconscious. Taking advantage of the situation, she was taken to a secluded place in a forest area and allegedly gangraped,” they said.As per the complaint lodged by the victim, the duo offered her a lift in their car on Saturday. One of the accused identified as Ankit was known to her. On the way she was offered a cold drink laced with sedatives which made her unconscious, police said.The victim was then taken to a secluded spot in a forest area by the two accused and gangraped. Both of them left her in an unconscious state near Meerut road and fled, they said.A case has been registered against the accused and the victim has been sent for medical examination, police said.

Delhi: Rusticated for low attendance, class XII students stab teacher in front of classmates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two class XII students of a government school in West Delhi’s Nangloi area allegedly stabbed their teacher in front of their classmates on Monday after one of them was rusticated for low attendance.The victim is undergoing treatment at Balaji Action Hospital and is said to be in a critical condition, police said.The incident took place around 5 PM when the students were writing their exam at the Government Senior Secondary School.Mukesh Kumar was stabbed thrice allegedly by the two boys in front of the entire class, after which the duo fled, a police officer said.One of the accused was rusticated for low attendance. He went to the school to speak with Kumar. During conversation, he and his friend, who was writing the exam, reportedly lost temper and stabbed him, police said, adding one of the accused is 18-year-old while the other will turn 18 in two months.A case under section 307 (attempt to murder) of IPC has been registered at Nangloi Police Station and the family members of the accused are being questioned to know the whereabouts of the duo, the officer said.

Delhi: Man slits woman’s neck to get out of marrying her

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Crime against women in Delhi seem to have no end. A 24-year old man was arrested in Outer Delhi’s Mongolpuri area for slitting an 18-year-old girl’s neck as he did not want to marry her. The victim is recuperating at a city hospital. The victim and the accused knew each other for the last two years. The accused Rahul was unemployed and was looking out for a job. On Friday morning, Rahul went to the victim’s house to inform her that he can’t marry her as he wanted to settle down in life first. The victim kept pressurising him and in a fit of rage he picked up the kitchen knife and slit her neck. The victim is a student of class 12 and was alone at home during the time of the incident. The accused hid inside a public toilet. Later, the murder knife and the blood stained clothes were seized by the police.The family members of the victim alleged that on earlier occasions the accused had tried to harm the girl as well and had been troubling her.“A PCR call was received at 9:30 am regarding a girl being attacked. The family raised suspicion on a man named Rahul. After investigations, the accused was arrested. He stated that he could not marry the girl as he was unemployed. A case has been registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code,” DCP (Outer) Vikramjeet Singh. In another incident, daughter of an Uttar Pradesh Police Sub-Inspector committed suicide by jumping from the third floor of Cross River Mall in East Delhi. The victim took the extreme step as her jilted lover had shared her private pictures with her father. The father of the victim then approached the police and registered a case against him. The girl was depressed at this and decided to take the extreme step.

JNU PhD scholar alleges former boyfriend stalked her and beat her up

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 27-year old Ph.D student at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has alleged that her former boyfriend had been threatening and stalking her. JNU has been in news since the beginning of this year for various crimes against women. In most cases of molestation and rape, both the accused and victim both have been scholars at the prestigious university. So far around three rape cases have been registered against students at JNU and one was recently arrested.In her complaint the victim has alleged that Rajaram Yadav (27) on Wednesday night stalked, threatened and beat her up. She stated that they parted ways around four months back but the accused was still troubling her. On the basis of the woman’s complaint a case under section 323//354D/506/509 of the Indian Penal Code was registered. “The accused was later arrested by the South District Police and released on bail. Further investigations are underway,” said a senior police officer.

UP: 6 policemen injured in attack by sand mafia

Wed, 21 Sep 2016-12:07pm , Muzaffarnagar , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six policemen, including two officers, were injured when sand mafia attacked them during a raid at Gandrao village in Shamli district, police said on Wednesday.The incident took place yesterday when a police team seized seven tractor-trolleys loaded with sand, they said. Sub-inspectors Aadesh Kumar and Bachchu Singh and constables Ankit, Vikas, Shahzad and Dipanshu were injured in the incident and shifted to a hospital, police said.Police have registered a case against 150 people and named 19 in the FIR, they said, adding the accused are absconding.

Haryana: Pregnant woman attacked by 3 men, gives birth to still-born

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A six-month pregnant woman was allegedly beaten by three men in Sihi village in Faridabad over a squabble between her son and a neighbouring boy, police said on Sunday.The victim Ratna, who was later admitted to a hospital, gave birth to a still-born girl, they said.The incident took place on Sunday when Ratna’s two-year-old son had a minor fight with a three-year-old Amit from the neighbourhood.”During the fight, Amit called his uncles, the accused Deepu, Kamal and Deepak who then started kicking and punching Ratna,” said a police spokesperson.”Soon Ratna started bleeding. She was admitted to a hospital by her relatives where she gave birth to a still-born girl,” he added.A case has been filed against the accused and the matter is being investigated, police said.

Delhi: 17-year-old girl gangraped in private school premises; accused arrested

A 17-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by a friend and a security guard inside the premises of a private school in east Delhi’s Jagatpuri area, police said on Monday.The accused were arrested from their homes and slapped with charges under IPC and POCSO Acts.In her complaint, the girl told police that her friend took her to the school on the pretext of job on Monday.They went to an office room inside the school premises where her friend, who is a scrap dealer, and the private school’s security guard raped her, a senior police official said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The prime accused, who was known to the girl for at least a year, met the girl at a local market yesterday and told her that he had set an appointment with someone at the private school.The accused fled the spot after the incident. The girl went back home and narrated her ordeal to her mother and the matter was later reported to the police, the official said.

Delhi shocker: 17-year-old girl gangraped in private school premises, accused arrested

New Delhi: A 17-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped by a friend and a security guard inside the premises of a private school in east Delhi’s Jagatpuri area, police said on Tuesday.

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Representational image. AFP

The accused were arrested from their homes and slapped with charges under IPC and POCSO Acts.

In her complaint, the girl told police that her friend took her to the school on the pretext of job on Monday.

They went to an office room inside the school premises where her friend, who is a scrap dealer, and the private school’s security guard raped her, a senior police official said.

The prime accused, who was known to the girl for at least a year, met the girl at a local market on Monday and told her that he had set an appointment with someone at the private school.

The accused fled the spot after the incident. The girl went back home and narrated her ordeal to her mother and the matter was later reported to the police, the official said.

Main accused in NIA officer Tanzeel Ahmed’s murder arrested in Noida

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Lucknow: Main accused in NIA official Mohammad Tanzeel Ahmed’s murder was arrested by the special task force (STF) of the Uttar Pradesh (UP) police on Tuesday in Noida, an official said.

The accused, Muneer was arrested along with two associates.

He was in Noida for the last three days. A 9mm pistol was also recovered, the official said.

Muneer had a reward of Rs 2 lakh on his head.

Soon after his arrest, the UP police, NIA officials and the STF have jointly begun interrogation of the accused, who is alleged to have shot Ahmed, 49, two dozen times on 13 April when he was returning from a family wedding in Budayun.

Ahmed’s wife had succumbed to gunshot injuries later at a Delhi hospital.

Others accused in the high-profile murder were arrested soon after the killing.

Kolkata: Impostor caught from Army’s Eastern Command headquarters

Army officials on Thursday caught an impostor who was seen loitering inside Fort William, headquarters of the Eastern Command, dressed as a Major General.Upon suspicion, the accused Promit Kumar Mitra was questioned by security and was found to be an impostor, officials said. He was caught moving around Fort William premises and taking photographs.Later on, he was handed over to the police, officials said.

Kerala Dalit woman rape and murder: 23-year old migrant labourer arrested from Tamil Nadu

In a breakthrough in the brutal rape and murder of a 30-year old Dalit woman law student at Perumbavoor, a migrant labourer from Assam was arrested on Thursday, 50 days after the gruesome murder that had become a major issue in the recent Kerala Assembly elections.”We have got the accused in the murder case,” Additional Director General of Police, B Sandhya IPS, heading the Special Investigating Team in the case, told reporters here after the accused was brought to Aluva.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Refusing to produce the accused Ameerul Islam before media, Sandhya said police wanted to build a strong case against him.”We will collect more evidence, including identification parade, to build a strong prosecution,” she said.Police said 23-year old Islam, hailing from Dholda Gramam in Assam’s Nauga district, was taken into custody from Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu. He had left Perumbavoor soon after allegedly committing the murder on April 28. He was brought to Aluva Police Club for interrogation with his face covered amid tight security.The man was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when he committed the crime, police said, adding he had a “pervert” mindset. The woman, who hailed from a poor family, was raped and brutally assaulted using sharp-edged weapons before being murdered at her house on April 28.The rape and murder was in focus during the Assembly polls campaign with political parties attacking the then UDF regime for tardy progress in the investigation and failure to nab the culprits. The LDF government, after assuming power on May 25, had changed the investigation team and entrusted the probe to ADGP Sandhya in its first cabinet meeting itself.Police said the investigation would be completed after conducting the DNA test of the accused. Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in Thiruvananthapuram that the suspect in the murder of the Law student was in police custody.”Investigation team has received full information about the accused. From yesterday onwards, the accused was under police radar,” he said.”The development is a feather in the cap of Kerala Police”, he said.Police said a blood stained ‘chappal’ (footwear) found from a canal near the victim’s house was one of the key evidences in identifying the culprit.A DNA test conducted earlier on the saliva found from the bite mark on her back, the blood found on the chappal and the lock of her room had revealed that it was only one person who committed the crime, police said.Over 100 police personnel, who had launched a scientific investigation into the incident, had questioned over 1,500 people. They examined finger prints of over 5000 people and went through over 20 lakh telephonic conversations before reaching the culprit, police said.

Kerala: Police arrest first suspect in connection with rape and murder of Dalit law student

Kerala police on Thursday arrested the first suspect in connection with the rape and murder of a 30-year-old Dalit law student, reports said.The woman who hailed from a poor family, was subjected to rape and brutal assault using sharp-edged weapons before being murdered in her small wayside house in Perumbavoor on April 28.”One suspect has been taken into police custody, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Investigation team has received full information about the accused. From yesterday onwards, the accused was under police radar,” he said reacting to reports that the accused, Amir Ul Islam, a migrant labourer from Assam, had been nabbed by the Special Investigation team probing the murder.Police have received all information, he said.According to reports, the suspect is a migrant worker and hails from Assam.On the investigation side, police had released sketches of two suspects. The post-mortem conducted at Alapuzha Medical College Hospital had confirmed that the woman was subjected to brutal torture and rape and her body bore 38 wounds.Last month, amid criticism over delay in arresting culprits, the Chief Investigating officer DySP Anil Kumar was removed and a new official appointed to head the probe team.With police failing to make much headway in the case, there was widespread criticism over the alleged shoddy manner in which the probe was being conducted.

Delhi court discharges alleged LeT operative for lack of ‘admissible evidence’

New Delhi: An alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative, accused of facilitating infiltration of terrorists in India through Indo-Nepal border, has been discharged by a court in Delhi noting that there was no “admissible evidence” against him.

Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh granted the relief to Uttar Predesh resident Irfan Ahmed, who was alleged to be a close aide of LeT’s alleged bomb maker Abdul Karim Tunda.

The court passed the order after noting that the special cell of Delhi police only had disclosure statements of some other accused arrested in a separate case of arms and explosives against Ahmed, which was not admissible in law.

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“In the absence of any admissible evidence qua Irfan Ahmed, there is no material brought by the prosecution to substantiate the charge of criminal conspiracy on the basis of which any charge charge can be framed against him.

“For the reasons recorded above, the accused Irfan Ahmed is discharged,” the court said.

The 51-year-old Irfan has been accused in several cases and was held guilty in 1999 by a Delhi court in one such case.

Irfan was arrested when he had reached his native place last year after escaping from a Nepal jail where he was lodged.

The agency had claimed that in 2001, the accused had jumped parole in the serial train blast cases of 1993 and fled to Nepal and set up his base there for providing logistics to the LeT terrorists as a transit camp between India and Pakistan and used to route the funds of the outfit.

The agency had also alleged that he had planted bomb in Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express on 6 December 1993.

Besides, the accused was held guilty a trial court in a separate terror case in which a huge consignment of explosive materials was recovered from south-Delhi in 1994.

In its charge sheet filed against Irfan in the present case, the Special Cell of Delhi police had claimed that the accused was involved in infiltration of terrorists in India through he Indo-Nepal border.

In FIR filed in 2006, the Special Cell of Delhi police had sought the prosecution of Irfan for the offences committed under several sections of IPC and under provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Explosive Substances Act.

Delhi: 8-year-old girl sleeping outside hut abducted, raped

An eight-year-old girl, who was sleeping outside her hut, was allegedly abducted and raped by a youth in outer Delhi’s Kirari area, police said on Sunday .The incident took place in the wee hours of Saturday when the accused, who is suspected to be a minor, allegedly gagged the girl, took her to a secluded spot near her house, and raped her.The girl was sleeping on a cot outside her house at an unauthorised colony in Kirari area when the accused spotted her.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the sexual assault, the accused fled the spot leaving behind the girl, who returned home on her own early morning and went off to sleep on the same cot.It was her mother who raised an alarm after she saw blood stains on the bed sheet and rushed the girl to a hospital. The hospital authorities, in turn, called up police. After doctors confirmed sexual assault, the girl was sent for counselling.During counselling, the girl broke down and narrated her ordeal. A case under IPC sections 363 (abduction) and 376 (rape) and relevant sections of POCSO Act has been registered at Aman Vihar police station, a senior police officer said.CCTV footage from the locality were scanned and, in one clip, the suspected accused could be seen with the girl. He was identified and a hunt launched to nab him.”He was arrested today and his age is being verified,” DCP (Outer) Vikramjit Singh said.The accused is a stranger to the family and lives in another lane in the same locality, police said.

Shocking: 8-year-old girl sleeping outside hut abducted, raped in Delhi

An eight-year-old girl, who was sleeping outside her hut, was allegedly abducted and raped by a youth in outer Delhi’s Kirari area, police said on Tuesday. The incident took place in the wee hours of Saturday when the accused, who is suspected to be a minor, allegedly gagged the girl, took her to a secluded spot near her house, and raped her. The girl was sleeping on a cot outside her house at an unauthorised colony in Kirari area when the accused spotted her. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the sexual assault, the accused fled the spot leaving behind the girl, who returned home on her own early morning and went off to sleep on the same cot. It was her mother who raised an alarm after she saw blood stains on the bed sheet and rushed the girl to a hospital. The hospital authorities, in turn, called up police. After doctors confirmed sexual assault, the girl was sent for counselling. During counselling, the girl broke down and narrated her ordeal. A case under IPC sections 363 (abduction) and 376 (rape) and relevant sections of POCSO Act has been registered at Aman Vihar police station, a senior police officer said. CCTV footage from the locality were scanned and, in one clip, the suspected accused could be seen with the girl. He was identified and a hunt launched to nab him. “He was arrested today and his age is being verified,” DCP (Outer) Vikramjit Singh said. The accused is a stranger to the family and lives in another lane in the same locality, police said.

Woman raped in north Goa, two Nigerian nationals named as accused

A woman was allegedly raped by a Nigerian national near Mapusa town in North Goa district, police have said.

The 39-year-old woman was waylaid by two Nigerian nationals at Parra village on Sunday, a police spokesman said.

One of the two men took her to a room at knifepoint and raped her, he said.

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File photo of Goa police. AFP

According to an FIR filed at the Mapusa police station, the victim claimed that she was riding a scooter along a desolate road in Parra, around 10 km from Panaji, late on Saturday when she was accosted by the two accused, who stopped her and took her to their rented room in a nearby village by threatening her at knife-point.

A case has been registered under relevant sections of IPC, he said, adding further investigation is on.

A police official attached to the Mapusa police station said that an FIR has been filed against unknown accused for rape and kidnapping.

“We have filed an FIR under sections 365, 506, 342 and 376 of the Indian Penal Code. We are on the lookout for the accused who the victim has claimed were of African origin,” the official said.

Police said that nearby police stations as well as those at the state’s borders had been alerted in an effort to trace the accused.

With inputs from agencies

IM key operative’s NIA custody extended by 7 days

A special court on Friday extended by seven days NIA custody of Indian Mujahideen’s alleged key operative Abdul Wahid Siddibapa after the agency said his further custodial interrogation was needed in connection with fund transfer to the terror outfit.32-year-old Siddibapa, a resident of Bhatkal in Karnataka, was produced before Special Judge Rakesh Pandit, after expiry of his seven days NIA custody.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”NIA submits that the accused has disclosed some facts regarding money transaction. He is likely to be further quizzed… The accused is sent to police custody for 7 days. He be produced on June 4,” the court said.While seeking his further remand by 15 days, National Investigating Agency (NIA) told the court that during the interrogation, the accused disclosed that he was the handler in sever transactions through hawala for terror activities.It submitted that after the disclosure made by Siddibapa, a number of teams have been sent to several spots for verification of fund transactions in places like Mumbai. It also told the court that several other places including Dubai also needed to be verified in connection with fund transaction and teams will be sent to these places soon.While opposing the NIA application, defence advocate M S Khan submitted before the court that Siddibapa was earlier apprehended in Dubai in 2014 on request of Indian government and for two months the government could not give any evidence against him, after which he was let off.”What new evidences you (NIA) have gathered so far after that? The accused should instead be sent to judicial custody,” the counsel said.Earlier, the NIA had told the court that Siddibapa was in Dubai and had assumed the name of Khan and he was an important cadre of IM organisation for regularly transferring funds from Pakistan to UAE and then to India for terror activities here.The agency had also told the court that the accused was in touch with several IM members through electronic devices. Siddibapa, cousin of Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal, was held at Indira Gandhi International Airport on May 20 after his arrival from Dubai.According to NIA’s FIR lodged in September 2012, members of IM, in association with other IM sleeper cells based in the country and others, were conspiring to commit terror acts, by making preparations for targeting various important and prominent places in India especially in Delhi by causing bomb blasts with the active aid and support from their Pakistan- based operatives and associates, thus, waging war against the government of India.NIA had alleged that Siddibapa played an active role as the main conduit in the chain of fund supply from Pakistan via Dubai to other IM operatives based in India for the commission of terrorist acts. The court had on November 6, 2013 issued a non-bailable warrant against Siddibapa which was extended time to time and thereafter, a Red Corner Notice was issued against him on December 3, 2013.

23-year-old JNU student arrested for sexually assaulting woman classmate

A 23-year-old JNU student has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman classmate, police said on Sunday.Both the complainant and the accused (names witheld) are pursuing post graduation degree in the varsity’s Centre for Historical Studies.The incident took place in December, when the accused and the complainant went to a friend’s rented house for a party and he forced himself upon her, a senior police official said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, the woman approached the police and reported the matter this Thursday. A case under IPC Section 376 (rape) was registered immediately in connection with the incident and the accused was arrested, the official said.

8 university staff arrested for answer paper scam

Blowing the lid of what seems to be a huge engineering exam answer-sheet scam, the Mumbai police on Saturday claimed that they had arrested eight staff members of the Mumbai University.The police said that the suspects have been running the racket for the past few years and the modus operandi involved providing students their own answer-sheets after the exam was over for a huge sum of money.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The students would then write the answers at home and would return it to the suspects, who would then put them back in the stack of answer-sheets in the university.Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) (Zone VI) Sangramsingh Nishandar said, “The Bhandup police had got a tip-off that an engineering student who is in his final year had received his answer-sheets by bribing peons and officials of the university. After questioning the student, the police discovered a 30-page answer-sheet, which had the name of Mumbai University on the front page along with the serial number, question paper code number and the candidate’s seat number. The answer paper also had the date of examination mentioned as May 11, 2016, with a stamp and signature done by the supervisor.”Speaking to dna, senior police inspector of Bhandup police, Shripad Kale said: “Our investigations revealed that the accused were supplying the answer papers to students after the semester examinations. They would give the papers to the students and asked their friends to make more money.”According to the Bhandup police, those who have been arrested include four clerks, three peons and a custodian of answer-sheets.After arresting the accused, the police have seized 92 answer-sheets, which were about to be supplied to students . The seized papers belong to the engineering faculty, whose semester examination was conducted recently.According to the police, the suspects were charging anywhere between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 per answer-sheet from students. After paying the money, the students would complete, manipulate, cancel their answers written previously, and, at some instances, the answer-sheets were taken home by the students.”The students used to message their seat numbers to the accused on WhatsApp and later papers were provided to them,” Nishandar said.”Some students during their examination would just sign their attendance and leave the papers without writing a word and they would later write the papers. The answer- sheets had come from exam centres in Karjat, Kharghar, Airoli, Kamothe and Navi Mumbai,” he added.The accused have been booked for cheating, criminal breach of trust and criminal misappropriation of property. They were also charged under Sections of Maharashtra protection of malpractice at the university and other specified board examination Act, the police said.Controller of examination Deepak Vasav said: “Soon after receiving a police inquiry report, a meeting will be held by the examination committee expeditiously and strict action will be taken against the guilty.”

Delhi Court grants bail to man who hurled shoe at Arvind Kejriwal

A city court on Friday granted bail to a man who had hurled a shoe at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal here on the ground that he was having bad health and was not required for custodial interrogation. Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra gave the relief to 28-year-old Ved Prakash, a national general secretary of Aam Aadmi Sena and observed that he has maintained good conduct during the interim bail. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He was earlier granted interim bail on April 22 for a month on medical ground as he was suffering from hepatitis. “Accused was diagnosed with hepatitis. Medical record shows that bilirubin is on higher side and he is still on medication. I found merits in the submissions made by the counsel for accused. He is no more required for custodial interrogation. He has maintained good conduct during the period of interim bail. “Keeping in view the above facts and circumstances, bad health of accused and medical reports, interim bail given to accused Ved Prakash is confirmed,” the magistrate said. Prakash, who was arrested by the police on April 9, had interrupted Kejriwal’s press conference at the media centre of Delhi Secretariat on the odd-even scheme and then thrown a shoe at the Chief Minister, along with a CD of an alleged sting operation he claimed he had conducted. During the hearing, Prakash’s counsel said his client was still on medication and has to take care of liquid intakes. He said the investigation is already complete and keeping in view his medical records, his bail be confirmed. The plea, however, was opposed by the prosecutor. On April 11, the court had dismissed his bail plea while expressing its displeasure over the act and saying a strong deterrent is needed for such acts. Police had said he was a resident of Begampur in north west Delhi and a property dealer. A young woman had earlier thrown ink at Kejriwal at a public rally on January 17 here to celebrate the success of the first phase of odd-even scheme.

Sexual harassment case: Delhi court takes cognizance of chargesheet, says sufficient material to proceed against RK Pachauri

A Delhi court on Saturday took a cognizance of charge sheet filed against ex-chief of TERI RK Pachauri for allegedly sexually harassing a former woman colleague.The Court said that there is sufficient material to proceed against Pachauri under Sections 354-A, 354-B, 354-D, 509 and 341 of IPC related to sexual harassment and wrongful restraint.Delhi Police had in March filed a chargesheet in a court against Pachauri.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pachauri has also been accused of stalking and criminally intimidating the victim with gesture or act intended to insult her modesty.The chargesheet running into over 1400 pages was filed in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Shivani Chauhan who has fixed it for consideration on April 23.
ALSO READ Accused of sexual harassment, RK Pachauri steps down from TERI governing council to pursue ‘other interests’Police has arrayed 23 prosecution witnesses, many of whom are present and former employees of The Energy Research Institute (TERI). Pachauri has been accused of committing offences punishable under sections 354(assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354 A (sexual harassment), 354 D (stalking), 506(criminal intimidation) and 509(word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of IPC.Pachauri was granted an anticipatory bail in the case on March 21, last year. On February 13, last year an FIR was registered against Pachauri on charges of sexual harassment under IPC sections 354, 354(a), 354(d) (molestation) and 506 (criminal intimidation)

Four accused in Keenen, Reuben murder to spend rest of life in jail

Bringing to a close the over four years’ wait for the families of Keenan Santos, 24 and Reuben Fernandes, 29 – who were brutally murdered while trying to save their women companions from a group of hooligans – a special women’s court, on Thursday, sentenced all the four accused in the case to jail till death.Special women’s court judge Vrushali V. Joshi held the accused – Jitendra Rana, Sunil Bodh, Satish Dulaj and Dipak Tiwal – guilty of murder, outraging the modesty of women and other charges of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and awarded them with life imprisonment till death. The incident, which happened at Amboli in suburban Andheri on October 20, 2011, had sparked an outrage and debate about the safety of women in public places.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam argued that the parents of the deceased were waiting for justice for long four and a half years and that the court should award maximum punishment to the accused as two young lives were lost while trying to shield their female friends from molesters. Nikam also appealed the court to grant compensation to the family of deceased.Judge Joshi observed that the quartet had tried to molest and outrage the modesty of the victim girls and when they were stopped they murdered Keenan and Reuben. The judge observed that the accused had no plans for murdering the duo and hence it cannot be construed as conspiracy as stated by the investigating officer.After going through the final police report and the statements recorded by almost 30 witnesses present at the time of accident, Judge Joshi announced the quantum of punishment for the accused. The accused were also given orders to pay fine, prescribed under the law.When the judge asked the accused if they wished to say anything, Jitendra Rana alone pleaded that he be granted some mercy. He said that he has kids to take care of and are worried about their future. He also claimed innocence and said that he had never harassed a girl. The other three, however, were found to be in a lighter mood.

Thane: Helps rob, kill senior citizen in Kalyan

A 76-years-old man was killed with a rooftop cutting machine at Thane after he resisted two robbers from looting valuables from his residence. The two accused managed to decamp with valuables worth Rs4,37,500. Shil Dayghar police is yet to make any arrests in the case.Keshav Patil, a resident of Jyoti Nagar in Kalyan, was at home alone when the accused, identified as Shamrao Jadhav and Shriram Rathod, allegedly robbed gold, silver and cash. When Patil tried to stop them, the assaulted him with the electric cutting machine. Both the accused were household helps. The 26-year-old son of the accused registered a complaint at Shil Dayghar police station.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We are tracking the suspects and investigating the case,” said a police officer from Shil Dayghar police station. “The family has accused their former helpers. An electric cutting machine was used in the crime. We have formed teams to arrest the accused,” said Sukhada Narkar, PRO, Thane police department.”We have registered a case under section 460 (house trespass to commit crime), 302 (murder) and 34 (common intent) of the Indian Penal Code against the accused mentioned by the complainant,” added Narkar.

Mumbai: 25-year-old Manipur woman fights back after being assaulted, gets arrested

A 25-year-old Manipuri woman who fought back after a group of men allegedly assaulted her, was on Sunday arrested in Kalina area of Mumbai, along with her three friends. Only two of the attackers have been nabbed.According to a Hindustan Times report, the incident took place when the victim was returning from a birthday dinner at a friend’s place. The accused allegedly passed abusive comments, called the victims ‘Nepali’ and heckled them, when they were waiting for an autorickshaw. However, when they protested, a scuffle broke out and the accused slapped the woman and her friends were assaulted.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The woman was arrested as she threw a stone at one of her attackers as a result of which he started bleeding from a wound to his head,” said police. The police have registered two cross-complaints and have also arrested the two alleged attackers Sudharshan Gaikwad, 46, and Deepak Gandhala, 25. The charge of molestation has been added as the woman was also slapped.“I will have to check if the accused used words like ‘Nepali’. It is possible the accused are uneducated and do not know it is an offence,” Mahadev Wavale, senior police inspector, Vakola police station told the daily.The accused have been remanded in police custody for two days. The Manipuri woman and her friends were denied bail as they do not have a permanent address.