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ISIS suspect Musa planned to attack Mother House in Kolkata to target US nationals: NIA chargesheet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ISIS suspect Mohammad Masiuddin alias Musa had planned to attack Mother House in Kolkata to target US nationals according to the chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday at NIA special court. The chargesheet filed by NIA mentions that ISIS suspect had planned to attack Mother House as a lot of US nationals would frequent this place to pay homage to Sister Teresa of Calcutta. A month ago, a seven-member team of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) interrogated Musa in Kolkata.
ALSO READ FBI warns of possible Islamic State-inspired attacks in USThe 25-year-old Musa was arrested from the Burdwan railway station by CID on July 4 on charges of radicalising youths to join ISIS.Later, the probe was taken over by National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the agency is currently probing his links to Jamaat-Ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and also the Dhaka attacks.
ALSO READ ISIS offers $1 million for murder of Kurdish woman who fought themSources in the NIA reveal, Musa had agreed to take on the assignment from a JMB leader Abu Suleiman to target foreigners and US nationals in India and behead them.In March 2015, Musa had met Abu Suleiman in India’s eastern state of West Bengal during his sister’s wedding.
ALSO READ Bengaluru man with alleged ISIS links held in KulluMusa had been in touch with Suleiman over Facebook, but Suleiman had expressed his wish to meet Musa in person. Later, Musa invited him to attend his sister’s wedding, held in Bengal.Meanwhile, Suleiman is on the run and both – Indian and Bangladeshi governments are looking for him.Musa came under the scanner of CID and NIA after his e-mails and calls were traced to Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Syria. Officials in the investigating agency highlight that he had been touch with several ISIS operatives in Syria through the social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Initial investigation revealed that he had also been in touch with several JMB operatives in Bangladesh.

Eight television shows that every 90s’ kid will always love

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There can be no escape from the incessant brag of a 90’s kid, trying in every way possible, to assert how and why their ‘growing up’ was way more colourful than that of teens/ pre-teens today. Honestly, you really cannot defy their stance either, especially when they draw reference to the kind of shows they grew up watching. After all, the kind of media content we consume, does have a direct impact in shaping our perspective.So, let’s have a look at some such shows which still hold a very special place in those old school hearts.RugratsIf you have grown up among a bunch of pesky siblings, this show would be a strong recommendation. Aired over a span of 13 years, this Nickelodeon show offers an insight into the mind of every troublemaker ever. A definite laugh riot, Rugrats won many accolades for the brilliant voice-overs and impeccable animation.The X-FilesPossibly the first exposure of every 90s’ kid to sci-fi flicks and horror narratives, X-Files knew how to run a chill down our bones. Also, no denying the diddly-eyed charm of FBI special agent, Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), who was almost every girl’s secret inspiration, and every boy’s first crush. Two special FBI agents trying to unearth marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena, this was one show everyone watched with baited breath, back in the days.Lizzie McGuireThough not quite a 90s’ phenomenon, yet something almost every 90s’ someone grew up watching. This show shot to fame because of how relatable the lives of the characters were. While in most shows the protagonist would essentially live a life far from reality, Lizzie was just your average awkward teen, struggling to sail through her school days. Another beautiful narrative about familial ties and friendship, Lizzie McGuire was quite a fashion inspiration too!He-Man and the Masters of the UniverseBefore Justice League or X-Men stole the show, we had He-Man — a young lad with herculean strength, trying to save the world from evil, along with his girlfriend Trilla, of course. This show ruled the heart of every 90s’ kid for the longest time. Guess what? You could find He-Man figurines in select stores too.Johnny BravoThe quintessential bad boy of the days — he was just the kind your mother would ask you to stay away from. The muscular casanova, perpetually had his head in the air, and despite making a fool of himself every single time, he stayed just as dauntless. So, in case you are looking for some inspiration to kick start your day, may be catch an episode or two.Malcom in the middleFrankie Muniz’s elfin charm aside, this sitcom revolved around a rather bizarre family. Malcom, played by the charming Frankie, is a very gifted geek, who feels like he is perpetually stuck with the wrong bunch of people. Not exactly what you would call a laugh riot, but relatable, and funny, definitely.Beverly Hills, 90210Fancy peeking into the school lives of rich spoiled brats? Here’s your chance. With an enviable glamour quotient and a crazy good looking gang of kids, this show is recommended if you are keen to learn about the lives of some young adults, whose realities were a little different from yours.Small WonderWell, if you haven’t seen Small Wonder, you were totally living under a rock. The pretty little robot who became an American sweetheart in no time, became a household name the world over too. Throughout the series, the father (creator) of V.I.C.I (the robot), struggles to hide her identity and passes her off as his own. Though this series was later adapted in a Hindi soap opera, Karishma ka Karishma, it failed to live up to the popularity of the original series.

Sunanda Pushkar case: Officer part of initial probe team to return

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One of the officers who was part of the team handling the initial probe into the Sunanda Pushkar murder case might join the SIT again even as senior officials said an order is awaited in this regard.The SIT is preparing a report on the status of the probe and submit it to senior officers. “With the transfer of officers, the SIT has seen a lot of re-jigging. One of the inspectors, who was initially part of the SIT and was later transferred to another wing of the Delhi Police, might come back to the SIT. A recommendation has been made, but no formal orders have been issued yet. There are chances that the orders might come soon,” a source said.Police have been sending reminders to Canada’s Department of Justice seeking details of the deleted chats from mobile phones of Pushkar and her husband, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, and a team is likely to be sent there.Last month, the city police had written to Enforcement Directorate to probe the financial irregularities related to the now-defunct Kochi IPL franchise as part of its ongoing investigation into the murder case.The matter was being handled by Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing which was handed the probe during the tenure of former Police Commissioner BS Bassi, but in a letter written to ED, the Delhi Police had asked it to probe the matter. In September, Sunanda’s viscera samples were brought back from a FBI lab in the US by the members of a Delhi Police team probing the high profile case.The Delhi Police had also asked the FBI lab to submit its final list of observations so that they can be produced before of a medical board, which is likely to be formed soon. Sunanda (51) was found dead at a suite in a five-star hotel in South Delhi on the night of January 17, 2014, a day after her spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on Twitter over her alleged affair with Tharoor.Several persons including Tharoor have been questioned in connection with her death. Police have also conducted polygraph test on six persons, all prime witnesses in the case, including Tharoor’s domestic help Narayan Singh, driver Bajrangi and Sanjay Dewan, a close friend of the couple.In February, Tarar was questioned about her relation with the Congress leader and his wife, her fight with Sunanda over Twitter, and other issues revolving around Sunanda’s death.

India call centre workers held for defrauding Americans

An probe is on in India after 19 call centre workers are held for allegedly defrauding US citizens

NIA likely to go FBI way, govt may empower probe agency to investigate abroad

New Delhi: A proposal has been mooted by the government for arming National Investigation Agency (NIA) with a provision to register a case and investigate if an Indian is killed or injured in a terror act overseas.

NIA may soon get mandate to probe abroad if needed. AFPNIA may soon get mandate to probe abroad if needed. AFP

NIA may soon get mandate to probe abroad if needed. AFP

This information was shared by Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir while replying to written questions in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

“A proposal to enable the NIA to take up investigation of scheduled offences committed beyond India is being put out for public consultations,” he said in a brief reply to a question asked by BJP member Anurag Thakur whether government is considering to grant powers to NIA to conduct probe on attacks on Indians and properties abroad.

Such a proposal is available with probe agencies like FBI and Scotland Yard and federal agencies of Germany and Israel who can carry out parallel probe abroad when their nationals are killed in a terror attack.

FBI had registered separate cases in 1995 kidnapping of foreign tourists in Kashmir, IC-814 hijacking case and Mumbai terror attack as its citizens were either injured or killed in these terror acts.

According to officials, such a proposal will depend on relations to the particular country where the crime has taken place.

A senior official said once such a provision is included in the NIA Act, it would help the agency in quickly moving a request to the foreign country for allowing its team to carry out a probe.

First Published On : Nov 22, 2016 22:44 IST

Centre may empower NIA to investigate overseas incidents involving Indian casualties

New Delhi: A proposal has been mooted by the government for arming National Investigation Agency (NIA) with a provision to register a case and investigate if an Indian is killed or injured in a terror act overseas.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

This information was shared by Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir, while replying to written questions in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. “A proposal to enable the NIA to take up investigation of scheduled offences committed beyond India is being put out for public consultations,” he said in a brief reply to a question asked by BJP member Anurag Thakur whether government is considering to grant powers to NIA to conduct probe on attacks on Indians and properties abroad.

Such a proposal is available with probe agencies like FBI and Scotland Yard and federal agencies of Germany and Israel, who can carry out parallel probes abroad if their nationals are killed in a terror attack.

FBI had registered separate cases in the 1995 kidnapping of foreign tourists in Kashmir, the IC-814 hijacking case and Mumbai terror attack, as its citizens were injured or killed in these terror acts.

According to officials, such a proposal will depend on relations to the particular country where the crime has taken place.

A senior official said once such a provision is included in the NIA Act, it would help the agency in quickly moving a request to the foreign country for allowing its team to carry out a probe.

First Published On : Nov 22, 2016 18:12 IST

DNA Evening Must Reads: Sonia’s tenure as Congress president extended, Modi invites British Cos to partner and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1) CWC backs Rahul Gandhi for presidency, but Sonia Gandhi to remain Congress president​Sonia Gandhi’s tenure as the party president was extended by the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision making body of the party, for a year on Monday. According to reports, the CWC meeting for the first time was chaired by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi as his mother skipped the session citing poor health. While addressing the CWC members, the Gandhi scion described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as being “obsessed with power and for seeking to silence all those who disagree.” Reportedly, Rahul also discussed organisational polls and strategy for the upcoming winter session of Parliament besides party’s preparations for the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur. Read more…2) Sabarimala row | Ready to allow women inside temple’s sanctum sanctorum: Kerala govt to SCAmidst ongoing debate, the Kerala government on Monday changed its stand and informed the Supreme Court that it is ready to allow women into the sanctum sanctorum of Sabarimala temple. The apex court was hearing the petition seeking the entry of women into Kerala’s Sabarimala temple. This was the first hearing after the top court changed the bench hearing a decade-old petition against the restriction on women aged between 10 and 50 from entering the temple. Read more…3) Business, IPR cooperation; Modi invites British cos to partnerUnderlining economic challenges in the current global environment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said India and the UK can leverage technological prowess to create new opportunities, while seeking investments in defence, manufacturing and aerospace sectors. Speaking at the India-UK Tech Summit, Modi showcased his government’s initiatives in sectors like smart cities, startups and digital economy as he sought enhanced engagement with Britain. Read more…4) Websites of 7 Indian embassies hacked, database leaked: ReportWebsites of at least seven Indian embassies were reportedly hacked and some crucial data leaked, reported ehackingnews.com. Sites of Indian embassies in South Africa, Libya, Italy, Switzerland, Malawi, Mali and Romania were hacked. However, the sites now seem to be working. The leaked database containing admin and login details, name, passport number, email-id and their phone numbers were published on the pastebin.com, which has blocked by the Government of India. Read more…5) After FBI clears Clinton, Trump says she knows she’s guilty; FBI knows it tooDonald Trump on Monday returned to his “rigged system” rhetoric as the Republican presidential candidate hit out at the FBI for giving a clean chit to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, saying it is “impossible” to go through 650,000 emails in a little over a week. “Right now, she is being protected by a rigged system. It’s a totally rigged system,” Trump told his supporters in a Detroit suburb in Michigan. The 70-year-old real estate tycoon’s remarks were his first reaction after the FBI Director Jim Comey said that it has not changed its view following a renewed probe into the alleged email scandal involving Clinton after it assessed new emails found in the laptop of one of her close aides. Read more…

DNA Morning Must Reads: Updates on British PM Theresa May’s visit, Buldhana rape case; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. FBI clears Hillary Clinton in latest email review two days before electionNo new conclusion in Clinton email investigation, says FBI. Read more.2. Buldhana rape case: If our parents force us back to school, we will end life, say studentsThe school staffers allegedly raped 12 girls. Read more.3. British PM Theresa May in India to boost bilateral ties; to meet PM Modi today.Follow updates on the British PM’s visit to India. Read more.4. As Delhi chokes, anti-pollution panel plays blame gameAware that pollution will wreak chaos in years to come, an inter-ministerial committee is more interested in shrugging responsibility. Read more.http://www.dnaindia.com/delhi/report-anti-pollution-panel-plays-blame-game-22708795. I still have curfew: Shraddha KapoorShraddha Kapoor on how her successful streak at the movies hasn’t changed how her parents treat her. Read more.

Trump ramps up voter fraud claim, digs in against women accusers | Reuters

By Doina Chiacu
| WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON Republican candidate Donald Trump said on Monday he expected widespread voter fraud in the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election, ramping up his warning of a rigged election without providing any evidence and despite numerous studies that show the electoral system is sound.Trump has tried to whip up fears of a flawed election as he has fallen back in opinion polls against Democrat Hillary Clinton. He is also strongly denying allegations from multiple women that he has sexually assaulted or otherwise behaved inappropriately with them.”Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day. Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naive!” Trump said on Twitter on Monday.Trump, a New York businessman making his first run for public office, has worried a number of Republicans over his allegations of election fraud. Some of them have urged him publicly to show proof or drop the assertions. Early voting and voting by mail have begun in many states.While Trump’s vice presidential running mate, Mike Pence, and his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, have tried to reshape the candidate’s comments as being aimed at an unfair news media, Trump’s own words have targeted the legitimacy of the election system.Even after Pence said in a televised interview on Sunday that Trump would accept the results of next month’s election, Trump tweeted that the “election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary – but also at many polling places – SAD.” Trump has tried to portray Clinton, a former U.S. senator and secretary of state, as a corrupt lifelong politician who is vested in preserving the status quo. His campaign pounced on the release Monday of FBI documents that cited an FBI official as saying a senior State Department official sought to pressure the bureau in 2015 to drop its insistence that an email from Clinton’s private server contained classified information. Clinton’s decision to use a private server while secretary of state from 2009-13 has drawn criticism that she was careless with national security.REPUBLICANS BALK AT TRUMP FRAUD CHARGES

The country’s top elected Republican, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, has tried to counter Trump’s message about election fraud. Spokeswoman AshLee Strong said on Monday that Ryan “is fully confident the states will carry out this election with integrity.” Ryan last week distanced himself from Trump, saying he was going to focus his election campaign efforts on trying to preserve the Republican majorities in Congress.In the traditionally closely fought state of Ohio, the top elections official, a Republican, said concerns about widespread voter fraud were simply not justified. “I can reassure Donald Trump: I am in charge of elections in Ohio and they’re not going to be rigged, I’ll make sure of that,” Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted told CNN. Numerous studies have shown that voter fraud in U.S. elections is very rare, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. In a report titled “The Truth About Voter Fraud,” the center cited voter fraud incident rates between 0.00004 percent and 0.0009 percent.

An August study by The Washington Post found 31 credible cases of impersonation fraud out of more than 1 billion votes cast in elections from 2000 to 2014. Arizona State University studies in 2012 and 2016 found similarly low rates.”Despite this overwhelming evidence, claims that voter fraud is rampant consistently garner media attention, because perceived threats to electoral integrity — even those with no basis in fact — frighten voters by striking at the core of our democracy,” Brennan Center counsel Jennifer Clark wrote in a blog last month.’NOT RIGGED’
Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook told reporters that Trump’s assault on the voting system was an act of desperation.

“He knows he’s losing and is trying to blame that on the system. This is what losers do,” Mook told reporters. “It’s not true. The system is not rigged.”The RealClearPolitics average of national opinion polls put Clinton currently leading Trump by 5.5 percentage points, at 47.7 percent support to his 42.5 percent.Trump’s campaign has been struggling with sexual misconduct allegations from several women since a 2005 videotape emerged on Oct. 7 showing him boasting about groping and making other unwanted sexual advances on women.”Can’t believe these totally phony stories, 100% made up by women (many already proven false) and pushed big time by press, have impact!” Trump said in another Twitter post on Monday.Trump has repeatedly denied the allegations but has not provided any proof they are false.On Sunday, night Trump blamed “animals representing Hillary Clinton” and Democrats in North Carolina for an overnight attack on a local Republican Party headquarters in Hillsborough.Local, state and federal investigators were sifting through evidence on Monday, trying to narrow the time frame of the incident and looking for clues about who was behind the attack. (Additional reporting by Luciana Lopez and Jonathan Allen in New York, Susan Heavey and Susan Cornwell in Washington; Editing by Frances Kerry)

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Police in India detain 750 over US call centre scam

Police in the western Indian city of Thane arrest more than 750 people suspected of defrauding US citizens via a fake call centre.

FBI warned U.S. banks on cyber attacks after Bangladesh heist | Reuters

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation last month urged banks to look for signs of possible cyber attacks in the wake of the massive heist at Bangladesh’s central bank, asking them to hunt for technical clues that they have been targeted by the same group.

The private “Flash” notification, which provided technical information about the attacks, said a “malicious cyber group” had compromised the networks of multiple foreign banks.

“The actors have exploited vulnerabilities in the internal environments of the banks and initiated unauthorized monetary transfers over an international payment messaging system,” the alert said.

The report did not identify specific victims. An FBI representative declined to elaborate on the report.

(Reporting by Jim Finkle; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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Sunanda Pushkar death case: Shashi Tharoor should already be in custodial interrogation, says Subramanian Swamy

A day after he wrote to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh demanding a court-monitored SIT to take forward the probe into the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday asserted that Congress leader Shashi Tharoor should have been taken into custodial interrogation by now, adding it showed the snail pace of the entire probe.”I have been in touch with Rajnath ji since July 2014 and whatever forward movement has taken place so far, it’s because he has been taking precaution to see that no political interference takes place. He has told the Police Commissioner not to allow any politician to intervene, as it could block the progress of the investigation,” Swamy told ANI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stressing that there has been no progress in the case since the FBI report in January, Swamy added that the main factor to be noted was that Tharoor, Sunanda’s husband, has been giving contradictory statements to the police.”He is the principal person, who was witness to whether she was dead or alive. He is the husband and there are many such situations that he has to explain. He should have by now been taken into custodial interrogation or be made to take a lie detector test or a narco test but nothing has happened,” Swamy said.He further said that there is no accused in the case even though it was a murder and warned that the evidences would go cold if the police delays the probe into the matter.Adding that it will be appropriate if the case was subjected to a court monitored SIT, the BJP leader asserted that he would ensure the investigation is speedily completed.”The murder happened in January 2014 and we still don’t have a clue in 2016…that cannot go on,” Swamy said.The BJP leader, who has been crying foul over Sunanda’s death of Pushkar, had earlier alleged that the wife of the Congress leader was killed in a professional way.Sunanda was found dead inside her suite at a five-star hotel in New Delhi in January 2014, a day after she was involved in a spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram.Her viscera samples were sent to the FBI lab in Washington DC in February last year to determine the kind of poison that killed her after an AIIMS medical board identified poisoning as the reason behind her death.The FBI had endorsed the AIIMS report on poisoning and also said that a “dangerous chemical” was present in her body that may have killed her. Swamy had earlier written two letters – one in July 2014 and another in December 2014 – to the Home Minister in this regard.

Sunanda Pushkar death case: Subramanian Swamy writes to Home Ministry for setting up SIT

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has sought Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s intervention in setting up a court-monitored SIT to take forward the probe into mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.In a letter to Singh, Swamy was severely critical of Delhi Police alleging that it was dragging its feet even on elementary steps necessary in criminal investigation when it has been established that poison was found in her body and she died an unnatural death.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajya Sabha member, who has been pushing for speedy investigation into the case and had targeted Tharoor, said it was the duty of the police to take the probe to its logical conclusion but the investigators are yet to move anywhere near filing a charge sheet.”The FBI of the US was also roped in to determine the nature of poison and despite the delay, the Bureau was able to pinpoint the name of the poison that was found in her body. But since August 2015, till today, the Delhi Police has been dragging its feet even on elementary steps necessary in criminal investigative procedures such as custodial death of Shashi Tharoor and others,” Swamy said in the letter dated May 12.Sunanda was found dead inside her suite at a five-star hotel here in January 2014, a day after she was involved in a spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram. Her viscera samples were sent to the FBI lab in Washington DC in February last year to determine the kind of poison that killed her after an AIIMS medical board identified poisoning as the reason behind her death.The FBI had endorsed the AIIMS report on poisoning and also said that a “dangerous chemical” was present in her body that may have killed her.”I think it is appropriate to set up an SIT and have it monitored by the High Court or the Supreme Court. If, however, you feel that an impartial, proper investigation and filing of the charge sheet can still be done by the Delhi Police, I will defer to your wisdom in not approaching the Supreme Court or High Court in a PIL to direct a court-monitored SIT probe,” said Swamy in the letter.Swamy had earlier written two letters — one in July, 2014 and another in December 2014 — to Singh on the case.

Sunanda Pushkar case: Swamy seeks Rajnath Singh’s intervention into death probe

New Delhi: BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has sought Home Minister Rajnath Singh‘s intervention in setting up a court-monitored SIT to take forward the probe into mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.

In a letter to Singh, Swamy was severely critical of Delhi Police alleging that it was dragging its feet even on elementary steps necessary in criminal investigation when it has been established that poison was found in her body and she died an unnatural death.

The Rajya Sabha member, who has been pushing for speedy investigation into the case and had targeted Tharoor, said it was the duty of the police to take the probe to its logical conclusion but the investigators are yet to move anywhere near filing a charge sheet.

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy. PTI

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy. PTI

“The FBI of the US was also roped in to determine the nature of poison and despite the delay, the Bureau was able to pinpoint the name of the poison that was found in her body.

“But since August 2015, till today, the Delhi Police has been dragging its feet even on elementary steps necessary in criminal investigative procedures such as custodial death of Shashi Tharoor and others,” Swamy said in the letter dated 12 May.

Sunanda was found dead inside her suite at a five-star hotel here in January 2014, a day after she was involved in a spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram.

Her viscera samples were sent to the FBI lab in Washington DC in February last year to determine the kind of poison that killed her after an AIIMS medical board identified poisoning as the reason behind her death.

The FBI had endorsed the AIIMS report on poisoning and also said that a “dangerous chemical” was present in her body that may have killed her.

“I think it is appropriate to set up an SIT and have it monitored by the High Court or the Supreme Court.

“If, however, you feel that an impartial, proper investigation and filing of the charge sheet can still be done by the Delhi Police, I will defer to your wisdom in not approaching the Supreme Court or High Court in a PIL to direct a court-monitored SIT probe,” said Swamy in the letter.

Swamy had earlier written two letters — one in July 2014 and another in December 2014 — to Singh on the case.

Swamy said it has already been established by an autopsy conducted by AIIMS that there was poison in her body, besides an injection mark in her palm and serious bruises all over the body.

“It also became known in the public domain that Tharoor upon being examined gave contradictory statements about his whereabouts and when he came to know (about) his wife’s untimely demise,” he claimed.

The investigators have so far conducted polygraph test on six persons, all prime witnesses in the case, including Tharoor’s domestic help Narayan Singh, driver Bajrangi and Sanjay Dewan, a close friend of the couple.

Tharoor was not subjected to the test but was questioned thrice in the case. In January last year, police had claimed that Sunanda was poisoned, and registered a murder case against unknown persons.

Three others — S K Sharma, Vikas Ahlawat and Sunil Takru — had also undergone the polygraph test. The police team probing the case has so far questioned at least 15 people.

India-USA agree to share secretly maintained terrorist watch list

The government on Tuesday said India and the USA have accepted to finalise an agreement to expend intelligence sharing and terrorist watch list information.The union home ministry said the matter was sorted after several rounds of detailed discussions between the two countries and the “details of the agreement are being worked out.”Once done the agreement will offer Indian security agencies unhindered access to one of the best terrorist data bases that could handy in preventing terror attacks even at the time of planning and asset moving stage.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The move comes as a big boost to the Indian security establishment, as earlier the US was reluctant to share the data but wanted India to part with its data and information that intelligence agencies maintain in the neighbouring countries. India has even threatened to drop exchange of terrorists screening information from the wish list during recently held India-US Counter terrorism and Homeland Security Cooperation Dialogue.One reason of US’s reluctance was also tough federal laws on privacy that makes data sharing very tough.Indian security establishment were of the view that without US agreeing to share its internet data bank it would be only one way traffic from India to US that would benefit only the Americans.The terrorist screening centre (TSC), under US’s FBI consolidates several terrorist watch lists maintained by different US agencies into a single Terrorist Screening Data base for identifying those known or reasonably suspected of being involved in terrorist activity.Sources said the two countries took up the issue again to iron out the differences before the high level ministerial meeting.Boost to IndiaThe move comes as a big boost to the Indian security establishment, as earlier the US was reluctant to share the data but wanted India to part with its data and information that intelligence agencies maintain in the neighbouring countries. India has even threatened to drop exchange of terrorists screening information from the wish list during recently held India-US Counter terrorism and Homeland Security Cooperation Dialogue.

U.S. drops New York fight with Apple after gaining access to iPhone | Reuters

NEW YORK The U.S. Justice Department on Friday dropped its effort to force Apple Inc (AAPL.O) to help unlock an iPhone in a drug case in New York after someone provided authorities the passcode to access the device.

In a letter filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, prosecutors said that investigators late on Thursday used that passcode to access the iPhone at issue, and as a result “no longer needs Apple’s assistance.”

The letter marked a sudden end to a closely watched case, in which the Justice Department had been appealing a ruling by a federal magistrate judge holding that he could not force Apple to assist authorities.

The case gained further significance after prosecutors in March dropped a similar effort to force Apple to help access an iPhone used by one of the shooters in December’s San Bernardino killings, after a third party provided a way to crack it.

Justice Department spokeswoman Emily Pierce said the cases have “never been about setting a court precedent; they are about law enforcement’s ability and need to access evidence on devices pursuant to lawful court orders and search warrants.”

An Apple spokesman declined comment. Previously, the company had argued in court that prosecutors had not provided any evidence to bolster their claim that they had exhausted other methods to get data from the phone. Apple said it was not even clear that they had asked the suspect and his associates.

Though officials said the passcode had just come to light, the development marks the second time the federal government has dropped a contentious fight over the extent of its power over private companies after Apple pressed it to say what methods it had tried.

Prosecutors had been challenging a Feb. 29 ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein holding he did not have the authority to order Apple to disable the security of an iPhone seized in a drug probe.

The case predated the government effort to force Apple to help access the phone of Rizwan Farook, one of the two killers in the San Bernardino massacre, which left 14 people dead and 22 wounded.

While the Justice Department dropped that bid after a third party provided a way to access the San Bernardino phone – apparently for more than $1 million – it continued appealing Orenstein’s ruling.

FBI Director James Comey has said that the method used on the San Bernardino iPhone 5c would not work on other models, including the iPhone 5s, the type in the Brooklyn case.

The phone belonged to Jun Feng, who has pleaded guilty to participation in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy, which prosecutors are continuing to investigate.

Unlike the phone used in San Bernardino, Feng’s phone had an older operating system, iOS 7, which is not protected under the same encryption technology, which is why Apple could access it.

Apple has some 70 times before the Brooklyn case emerged helped authorities access data on iPhones, according to court filings.

The company changed its stance last year after the New York magistrate invited them to argue whether the Justice Department was stretching the more than 200-year-old and very general All Writs Act, which compels help executing warrants, to include more active assistance.

Apple said prosecutors were going too far, especially since Congress had more recently limited what communications providers could be compelled to do.

Magistrate Orenstein agreed. Though prosecutors have continued to push for mandated cooperation, in many cases under seal, Apple has been objecting and appealing.

The New York case has drawn less attention than the one in California, but the fact that a ruling favorable to Apple has been allowed to stand gives it more significance going forward.

While the FBI is continuing to fight in other courts, more attention has turned to a draft bill by leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee that would force all manner of companies to turn over unencrypted data when served with a court order.

The majority of the technology industry bitterly opposes the measure, arguing that requiring back doors would make all communication more vulnerable to hackers and that U.S. citizens and companies would simply get their encryption from providers in other countries.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York and Joseph Menn in San Francisco; additional reporting by Dustin Volz in Washington; Editing by Sandra Maler)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

FBI, NIA exchange terror investigation techniques

In light of the ongoing threat of major terrorist attacks throughout the world, and as part of our strong counter-terrorism partnership , the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted a two-week major case management seminar for senior-level investigators from NIA, as well as multiple state police entities, in late March 2016.Co-sponsored by NIA and the Office of the Legal Attach at the US Embassy in New Delhi, the seminar focused on exchanging best practices for conducting wide-scale investigations, particularly of terrorist attacks.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”In our current global threat environment, it is becoming more and more important for investigators to understand the comprehensive nature of managing a large-scale terror investigation. With all of its moving parts, waiting for something to happen is not the right time to begin the learning process,” stated FBI Legal Attach Ashish L. Sawkar.”Through our partnership with NIA, the FBI has been able to share lessons it has learned from its investigations into the attacks of September 11th, as well as, many other national security investigations. And our investigators were able to hear about the NIA’s lessons since the November 26th Mumbai attacks. It is in our mutual interest to share these lessons with our partners in order to promote the safety and security of our citizens worldwide,” he added.

The Maneka Gandhi column: If animal cruelty is a top-tier federal crime in the US, what’s stopping us?

By Maneka Gandhi

The police need to take animal abuse seriously. Every survey done by crime squads across the world shows that animal abuse is directly linked to domestic abuse and to violent crime. In January this year, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) declared that it has reclassified animal abuse as a “Group A” felony in its National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).

This means that, in America, it will be a top-tier federal crime. In the past, animal abuse crimes have been listed under “Group B”, which includes writing bad checks and trespassing, in the category of “All Other Offenses”, which is an aggregate of minor crimes, making cruelty hard to find, hard to count and hard to track. Under the new guidelines, however, abuse against animals will be treated as a serious crime, such as arson, kidnapping and homicide.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The change will make it easier to track and quantify animal abuse crimes. This move will achieve three things: reduce animal abuse by citizens, make municipal police change their attitude towards animal crime offenders – which, as with most police forces, is lax and not taken seriously – and also make it possible to catch animal abusers who cross from state to state. This will mean stronger accountability.

The new animal cruelty category includes four categories: simple or gross neglect, deliberate abuse and torture, organised abuse (e.g. dog fighting) and sexual abuse against an animal.

The FBI has been collecting data for the last one year, from the National Sheriff’s Association and Animal Welfare Institute, of such offenders. Animal Cruelty statistics will be available publicly on their Uniform Crime Report from 2017 on their site. The FBI’s annual crime report is the primary source of information on criminal trends in the United States. So including crimes against animals formally recognizes the seriousness of animal abuse crimes and their negative impact on the welfare of society. Local police departments across the country will now submit their animal crime statistics to the FBI.

Why has the FBI finally taken animal crime seriously? Because they have found what we all know, that young people who torture and kill animals are going to do the same to people if these tendencies are not checked. More than 80 percent of the people in jail for violent crimes started their careers by being vicious to animals. All serial killers fit into this category. The FBI now recognizes the importance of this data and the links between crimes against animals and crimes against humans. There is a link between animal crimes and domestic abuse, drug trafficking and other crimes. A new federal category for animal cruelty crimes will help root out those pet abusers before their behaviour worsens.

More than 18,000 city, college, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies participate in the FBI’s crime-reporting program. The FBI’s animal cruelty statistics will allow law enforcement agencies, policy makers, researchers and the public to better understand the factors associated with animal abuse and the characteristics of the offenders.

Unfortunately in India, animal crime is treated lightly because it has a Rs 50 penal provision attached to it. But this punishment and fine was made in 1960 when Rs 50 was one tenth of an army officer’s pay. In 1960, most animal crimes under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 were made cognizable. However, over the years, even though the nature of crimes has become far more ubiquitous and serious, anti-crime agencies treat them lightly.

Our second and most serious problem, however, is the fact that there is no National Register of crimes at all. This is something my Ministry has been repeatedly asking for: for sexual offenders, murderers, arsonists, kidnappers to begin with. If we could get that on the road, we could – and should – add animal abusers to it.

Here are a few of the crimes that need to be taken seriously:

1. People who rape animals. Recently, three boys were admitted to a Delhi hospital with sores on their private parts which they incurred while raping lambs who had died from the violence.

2. People who keep pet animals locked up the entire day. This is usually accompanied by starving them and making them turn vicious towards human beings.

3. People who indulge in vicious group abuse like dog fighting, cattle racing, Jallikattu where biting the bull and throwing it to the ground is an important part.

4. People who harass dog feeders, especially women dog feeders.

5. People who poison street animals or throw acid on them.

6. People who intentionally run over street animals.

7. People who put puppies/kittens into sacks and then throw them somewhere else.

8. People who go hunting for fun with guns and traps.

9. People who make their underage children (often as young as four years old) work in slaughterhouses.

10. People who film themselves hitting animals and then post it on the internet.

11. People who tie fireworks to animals.

12. People who set fire to forests.

13. Animal breeders who misuse and abuse their animals. This also applies to pet shop owners.

14. People who are cruel to animals in their animal-based industries: poultry, piggeries, dairies.

15. People who hoard animals. These are not criminals. They are very sick and need to be dealt with by psychiatrists.

16. People who test on animals without sanctions.

17. People who use animals for entertainment: circuses, for instance, have been found to poach animals and then sell them when they have been beaten and starved beyond repair. They also use kidnapped children and women and have been found to rape the women into submission and beat the children into performing dangerous acts.

Persons who choose to consistently release their aggression by harming defenceless animals are the lowest scum in society, and hopefully there is a special place in hell reserved for these individuals.

To join the animal welfare movement, contact [email protected], www.peopleforanimalsindia.org

‘It’s certain that Ishrat Jahan aided and abetted terrorists’: The story Indian media ignored

In 2013, when UK-based doctor Manish Pandit made the film ‘The Ishrat Jahan Conspiracy’, Indian television channels refused to telecast it. The content, presumably, could have been objectionable to the then government in power, led by the Congress. The film showed that there was a “political conspiracy to somehow show (falsely) that Ishrat Jahan was innocent,” says Pandit. It was based on exhaustive interviews with prominent people, including the former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief Ajit Doval (currently, National Security Advisor) and former RA&W official RSN Singh among others.

Go fast forward to 2016. Pandit’s Facebook page was suddenly alive a few days ago as more and more people wanted to know the truth behind the Ishrat Jahan case. More than one lakh people have recently viewed the film which is now on multiple platforms.

The trigger was the recent public disclosure by GK Pillai, former Home Secretary, and others that pointed to the fact that perhaps, the affidavits in the case were changed by the previous government so as to malign the BJP government in Gujarat, then headed by Narendra Modi. Coupled with other disclosures by former Under Secretary (Home) RSV Mani, former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief of Gujarat Rajendra Kumar, and others, the ‘encounter’ of 19-year-old Ishrat Jahan was back in the spotlight. Pandit is indignant that nobody had cared to listen to him when he had said the same thing three years ago.

He is especially critical of the ‘Indian English language electronic media’ for targeting two specific men—Narendra Modi and Amit Shah- by using the “fake encounter” rhetoric, without trying to know the truth.

Screengrab from the film.Screengrab from the film.

Screengrab from the film.

The latest development: Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced setting up of a high-level probe committee to look into the issue. “There had been a scandalous attempt to use Ishrat Jahan killing in order to implicate some of the most senior politicians, which was entirely based on innuendo and hearsay. The question is whether the IB is being used or framed for political adversities…needs to be probed,” Dr Gautam Sen, formerly with London School of Economics & Political Science, told Firstpost. He too has been interviewed in the film.

In the docu-drama, Doval comments, “The straw in the wind is indicative that they have got a political purpose behind pursuing this case… How it was raked up, under whose instigation…not known — especially when there was no new evidence. It was a closed chapter.”

“There seems to be more politics than justice…according to me, it’s due to the rise of Narendra Modi…(he) threatens Congress party politically,” senior journalist Tavleen Singh remarks in the film.

In an exclusive and candid interview with Firstpost, Dr Manish Pandit, a nuclear medicine specialist, talks about his film and the facts he discovered while researching on the subject. Here are the excerpts from the interview:

Why a film on the Ishrat Jahan encounter?
I had been was following the Ishrat Jahan case for nearly four years before making the film. I knew this case beyond what the media reported. When I started reading the voluminous charge-sheet filed by the CBI, I realised that this had many contradictions within it. Once the study was completed over many months, I realised that Ishrat could not be innocent. On further investigation, many other points emerged. This included the FBI note from Daniel Clegg effectively proving that she was an LeT operative. Then I wondered why certain sections of the media kept running the news every few days that she was innocent when it was certain that she was definitely a terrorist. So, why were certain people intent on calling her innocent and why were sections of the media intent on framing Narendra Modi and Amit Shah in this case?

At this point, I decided to make the film, but initially at least even I had not realised how deep this political conspiracy went.

Were you convinced that it was a ploy of the then UPA government at the Centre to target Narendra Modi?
Narendra Modi is a leader with immense public appeal. He is somebody who the opposition threw mud at for 10 years and still he could not be brought down. So, the ammunition over 2002 [Godhara riots] had been exhausted and people had realised that Modi was being targeted unfairly. It was at this point that the Ishrat Jahan case was re-opened. When I reached the conclusion after perusal of the reports that Ishrat was definitely not innocent, the question arose on the motive and people behind the matter being raked up again. Only people in Government… in power … at that time could have managed this. This was when I realised that the UPA government was politicising the case unnecessarily by projecting Ishrat and her accomplices as “innocent”. The intention was quite clear.

How did you conceive the film?

This film had voluminous material for research including newspaper reports, chargesheets, details of places and times where she had travelled, Headley’s arrest, 26/11 attacks, the background of the case and who needed to be asked about it all. I worked on it for a long time. I wanted to show this film in the backdrop of what situations had already occurred in India (such as 26/11). Then came the problem of finding actors to play the parts for this film and I found those and locations. I’ve also shot the film in Mumbra, where Ishrat belonged to.

Since it was the UPA government at the Centre and knowing what I had already found about the political conspiracy — this was in early 2013 — I had to be extremely careful as I could not be sure of anybody.

How is the response after the latest revelations by Pillai, Mani and others?
When I first screened the film, many were shocked and some could not imagine the scenario presented in my film. Now, after the revelations, people are congratulating me as the first person to look at this case in 2013 itself as a political conspiracy to frame Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. Even TD Dogra, head of the Forensics team, had termed the encounter as genuine. It is now clear that Ishrat and her accomplices were killed in a gunfight with the cops. Therefore, it is now evident that SIT chief Satish Verma had been acting under someone’s instructions.

Now, whose specific instruction was he acting on, is a matter for stringent investigation. As the film has now gone viral, we have been invited to different countries to showcase the film, which exposes what is probably the biggest conspiracy in Indian politics in the last 20 years.

Why do you think TV channels refused to show your film?
There is almost no funding available for the kind of films that I want to make, especially when it is about an inconvenient truth. The ecosystem of the so-called Left in India has ensured that filmmakers come from the Arts stream and fall naturally into a Left or Ultra Left-of-centre narrative. There is no space or funding for ‘Right or Right-of-centre’ filmmakers. I was in financial debt after making my first film.

There’s a virtual undeclared ban on my films in India as nobody within the media dared to show those. ‘Live India’ channel in India was an exception; it showed my film on Krishna in 2011.

So, who was Ishrat Jahan?
After an extensive background research and visiting all the places and people related to this case, now I’m certain that Ishrat was, at the very least, an accomplice of the three terrorists who were shot dead along with her, aiding and abetting their planning and providing them with an alibi. If we factor in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent Daniel Clegg’s note and David Headley’s testimony — not to the Mumbai court, but the original one he made in the US to the FBI — then it would appear that she was indeed a would be suicide bomber of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). That gains further credence when we see that the Ghazwa-e-Hind on its website had referred to her as a martyr to their cause.

Watch Manish Pandit’s film here.

Sunanda Pushkar case: Police asks DG health services to form board to examine evidence

New Delhi: Delhi Police has urged the Director General of Health Services to form a medical board to examine test reports in connection with Sunanda Pushkar’s death.

A letter was sent to the DG Health Services after the Special Investigation Team probing the case failed to draw any conclusion from the AIIMS medical board’s opinion vis-a-vis the FBI report on Pushkar’s viscera sample and other evidence in the case, a police source said on Tuesday.

The SIT had earlier written to the AIIMS medical board seeking further clarification on their opinion, but the response of the board is still awaited.

Even a day before his retirement, Delhi Police chief BS Bassi had said the case will be taken to its logical conclusion.

The AIIMS medical board’s opinion on the FBI report had suggested that Sunanda, wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, died of poisoning with the presence of Alprax found in her stomach.

Last month, the police questioned Tharoor for the third time in connection with his wife’s death.

51-year-old Sunanda was found dead in her room at a five-star hotel in south Delhi in January 2014. A case of murder was registered in the matter around one year later following which her viscera sample and some other evidence in the case were sent to an FBI laboratory in the USA.

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Is Apple’s stance in the San Bernardino case ‘anti-national’?

Even as India is discussing sedition, nationalism, freedom of expression vis-à-vis the JNU row, an interesting debate is unfolding in the US with regards to Apple’s iPhone encryption. While the two cases may seem unrelated at first, the core point in them is the same – nationalism.Most of us know the details of the JNU row, but let’s do a small recap. Kanhaiya Kumar and five other students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University have been charged with sedition, after a video surfaced of slogans like “Pakistan Zindabad, Bharat ki barbaadi tak jung hamari jaari rahegi and Bharat tere tukde honge” being raised. It is the police’s case that Kanhaiya and his colleagues participated in these slogans, held on the anniversary of Afzal Guru’s hanging, held at the JNU campus in Delhi. For those uninitiated, Afzal Guru was convicted for his role in the 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament and was hanged for the same in 2013.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following this, there has been an uproar on social media and television channels, and these students and anyone who is remotely supportive of them, are being declared as “anti-nationals”. Our politicians are debating this angrily everywhere and so are the people of India. The battle lines are drawn and the atmosphere is quite vicious. Lawyers have taken the law into their hands and have assaulted journalists, accusing them of supporting “anti-nationals”. Anyone who points out that the students (not necessarily Kanhaiya and his colleagues arrested so far) merely raised slogans, is being asked – would the US allow an anniversary of terrorist Osama Bin Laden or anyone to raise anti-US slogans?
ALSO READ New York drug case: Judge backs Apple in encryption fight; says US govt can’t force to unlock iPhoneNow let’s look at the case in the US that I am trying to draw a parallel with.On December 2 last year, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik targeted a San Bernardino Pubic Health Centre party where over 80 persons had gathered. The assault by Farook and his wife killed 14 people and 22 person were injured. In a subsequent shootout, the couple was killed and the police recovered two guns, a few thousand rounds and few explosive devices. They also found an Apple iPhone 5c which was used by Farook. When the FBI tried to access the phone and the iCloud data, it couldn’t do so due to the in-built security features and a mistake by the Department of Justice personnel who tried to reset the password. The authorities then asked Apple, the manufacturers, to create a system that would give them access to the phone. However, Apple has been steadfast in refusing to do anything that would compromise its customers’ security.
ALSO READ Being hard doesn’t scare us: Apple CEO Tim Cook on iPhone encryptionInterestingly, Salihin Kondoker, a San Bernardino survivor’s husband, has submitted a petition before the court on behalf of Apple, that the FBI should not decrypt the phone. He says, the phone was being used by Farook for work and there was little chance he would store any valuable information over there. He points that the couple had destroyed their personal phones and the San Bernardino County had full details about the GPS location of Farook and his wife. He also says he unhappy about the way the FBI has handled the investigation so far. Separately, the FBI has held that both Farook and his wife were homegrown violent extremists and were inspired by foreign terrorist groups.
ALSO READ Donald Trump calls for boycott of Apple products till company helps unlock shooter’s phoneApple has been supported in its stand by Google (that rivals Apple in OS domination), Facebook and Twitter in its refusal to grant access to the FBI.Now let’s imagine this happened in India. Let’s look at some possible reactions first.“How could Apple say no? This is a national security issue. Those guys were terrorists. Burn down Apple. Stop using iPhones. Anti-national company. Don’t allow them to sell here.”When compared to reactions of family members of terror victims in India, who unfailingly demand the most punitive action against anyone who is even seemingly complicit in an attack, the reaction of the San Bernardino survivor’s husband supporting Apple is quite surprising. He doesn’t find it strange that Apple has a stance against decrypting the iPhone used by the terror couple.Ofcourse, there will be talk about Apple being the capitalists that they are and how they care for their business more than the country. It will be quite shrill. However, before you laud the US response to the issue, let’s not forget – Donald Trump, who is by far the most jingoistic candidate running in their upcoming elections, may well be the next US President.

Sunanda Pushkar case: Shashi Tharoor questioned, can be summoned again, says Bassi

New Delhi: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has once again been questioned in connection with his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death and the special investigation team probing the high-profile case may summon him again, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said on Sunday.

“I must say that I am sure that we are on the right track and the Special Investigation Team (SIT) is doing a great job,” Bassi said, adding that a number of reasons were responsible for the “slow” progress in the case.

Tharoor, who is Lok Sabha member from Thiruvanathapuram, was questioned for nearly five hours by the SIT at the Anti-Auto Theft Squad office inside the premises of south Delhi’s Vasant Vihar police station on Saturday, a source said. He was subjected to three rounds of questioning around one year ago.

Sunanda and Shashi Tharoor. AFPSunanda and Shashi Tharoor. AFP

File photo of Sunanda and Shashi Tharoor. AFP

On Tharoor’s questioning, Bassi said, “Whatever clarifications were required to be obtained from Shashi Tharoor, those perhaps have been obtained.”

“If SIT thinks further clarification is required, it may summon Tharoor again,” he said, adding that the police is trying to take the case to a logical conclusion as early as possible.

The latest round of questioning was in light of the findings of the AIIMS Medical Board’s opinion on the FBI report on Sunanda’s viscera and other crucial evidence, which were sent to their laboratory in US, a police source said.

He said the questions revolved around the source of drugs Alprax, which was found in Sunanda’s stomach, and lodicaine, which is believed to have contributed to a poisoning leading to her death. However, Tharoor has so far maintained that there is no foul play in Sunanda’s death.

Meanwhile, the SIT has written a letter to the AIIMS medical board, seeking clarification on a few specific points in their findings. The board is expected to respond by Friday, the source added.

Sunanda was found dead at a five-star hotel room in south Delhi on 17 January, 2014, and around a year after that, a case of murder was registered with the police calling it a case of “unnatural death”.

In February 2015, the police sent her viscera samples and other evidence gathered from the hotel room to an FBI laboratory in US, which sent its report to Delhi Police in November last year.

However, the report failed to clear the mystery surrounding Sunanda’s death and it was forwarded to an AIIMS medical board for their opinion.

The board was headed by Dr Sudhir Gupta, the chief of forensic science department of the institute, who claimed that the FBI report “endorsed” the report of Sunanda’s autopsy which was conducted at AIIMS.

Around three weeks ago, the police had once again questioned Tharoor’s domestic help Narayan Singh and driver Bajrangi in light of the AIIMS medical board’s findings.

Singh and Bajrangi, along with Tharoor’s family friend Sanjay Dewan and three others, were questioned multiple times and later all six were subjected to a polygraph test last year.

Police also questioned around a dozen chemists from Lodhi Road area in the last week of January while trying to ascertain the source of drugs which are believed to have caused the death of 51-year-old Sunanda.

The AIIMS medical board, which gave its opinion on the FBI report on Sunanda’s viscera and other samples, had unanimously concluded that she died of poisoning, with the presence of Alprax in her stomach.

The board did not rule out the possibility of any injectable poison, in view of a particular mark on Sunanda’s body, and said that the FBI report confirmed the presence of lidocaine in her body.

It ruled out death due to combination of illicit drugs and also said that the medical board is “highly afraid” that this case may have led to a complete “botched-up” scenario in the absence of the FBI report.

It also said SIT probing the case should thoroughly investigate if any person had access to injectable agents in view of a syringe mark spotted in Sunanda’s body.

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Sunanda Pushkar murder case: Shashi Tharoor’s lie detector test is SIT’s call, says Bassi

With reports claiming that Congress leader Shashi Tharoor could be subjected to a lie detector test in connection with the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar, Delhi Police Commissioner B.S Bassi on Thursday said that it was upto SIT to take a call on it.”If the SIT deems fit they will go in for lie detector test of anybody and everybody,” Bassi said.Bassi further said that The Medical Board of AIIMS has provided us the FBI report with their opinion and that the police will be taking action only after all the reports are considered.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As per reports, Tharoor’s driver and help Bajrangi and Narain Singh, family friend Sanjay Dewan and the doctor, who had examined Sunanda, are being questioned.In January last year, the Delhi Police had registered a case of murder in connection with Sunanda’s death. An AIIMS medical board had found poisoning as the reason for her death following which the police had sent her viscera samples to an FBI lab in the US.Sunanda, who married Tharoor in 2010, was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside a room at the Leela Palace Hotel in Delhi on January 17, 2014.

Sunanda Pushkar’s death: Tharoor’s domestic help, driver questioned again by Delhi Police

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s domestic help Narayan Singh and driver Bajrangi have been questioned again by Delhi Police in the light of the AIIMS medical board’s opinion on the FBI report in connection with his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death.The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing Sunanda’s case questioned Singh and Bajrangi twice in the past three days. The SIT also questioned around a dozen chemists in and around Tharoor’s bungalow in Lodhi Estate, a police source said on Sunday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”They were all questioned in light of the information emerging out of the AIIMS medical board’s opinion on the FBI report in connction with the case,” said the source, adding that the questions revolved around the source of drugs suspected to have caused 51-year-old Sunanda’s death.The investigators have so far conducted polygraph test on six persons, all prime witnesses in the case, including Narayan Singh, Bajrangi and Sanjay Dewan, a close friend of the couple.Tharoor was not subjected to the test but was questioned thrice in the case.The AIIMS medical board, which gave its opinion on the FBI report on Sunanda’s viscera and other samples, had unanimously concluded that she died of poisoning, with the presence of Alprax in her stomach.The board did not rule out the possibility of any injectable poison, in view of a particular mark on Sunanda’s body, and said that the FBI report confirmed the presence of lidocaine in her body.It ruled out death due to combination of illicit drugs and also said that the medical board is “highly afraid” that this case may have led to a complete “botched-up” scenario in the absence of the FBI report.It also said that the Special Investigation team (SIT) probing the case should “thoroughly investigate” if any person had access to injectable agents in view of a syringe mark spotted in Sunanda’s body.In January last year, Delhi Police had registered a case of murder in connection with the death of Sunanda. An AIIMS medical board had found poisoning as reason for her death following which the police had sent her viscera samples to an FBI lab in US.The FBI had sent its report to Delhi Police two months ago. The report said the radiation levels in Sunanda’s viscera samples were “within the standard safety norms” besides mentioning other details.As police could not firm up about cause of the death based on the FBI report, they requested a medical board of AIIMS to analyse the contents of the report.

Sunanda Pushkar murder case: Lidocaine overdose lead to death, says FBI report

The FBI report on Sunanda Pushkar’s murder said that she died due to an overdose of Lidocaine, a local anaesthetic, reports a leading news channel. As per the report, Lidocaine, an antiarrhythmic drug of heart can lead to death when given intravenously. The report dated November 10, 2015 is based on viscera samples of Sunanda Pushkar and says that there were 15 injuries 12 hours before her death and an injection mark on her body needed to be investigated.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The AIIMS report, however says that Pushkar had died due to anti-anxiety drug Alprax. BJP member Subramanian Swamy claimed that the FBI found the presence of heart arrest injectable poison Lidocaine in the body of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of former Union minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. He questioned Delhi Police Chief BS Bassi that why he was silent about the matter and did not reveal it to the media.
ALSO READ Why is BS Bassi silent about what really killed Sunanda Pushkar, asks Subramanian SwamyCongress MP Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar died on January 17, 2014. The Delhi Police which filed a murder case last year had sent her viscera sample to FBI in Washington after receiving the AIIMS report.

Why is BS Bassi silent about what really killed Sunanda Pushkar, asks Subramanian Swamy

BJP member Subramanian Swamy on Saturday claimed that the FBI found the presence of heart arrest injectable poison Lidocaine in the body of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of former Union minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. He questioned Delhi Police Chief BS Bassi that why he was silent about the matter and did not reveal it to the media.Sunanda Pushkar, died of poisoning, a report by an All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) panel confirmed on Friday.The 43-page report, submitted to the Delhi police, also upheld the findings of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s forensics report.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In February 2015, the viscera samples were sent to the FBI lab in Washington DC to determine the kind of poison that killed her, following contrary reports from the AIIMS and the Delhi police. They differed over whether she was poisoned or died from an antidepressant overdose.Delhi police chief BS Bassi told the press that the cause of death was “unnatural”. “The current investigation of the final viscera report submitted to the Delhi police states that Sunanda Pushkar did not die a natural death. That is for certain. It was an unnatural death,” Bassi said.Pushkar was found dead inside her suite at a five-star hotel here in January 2014, a day after she was involved in a spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor.The Forensics and Toxicology department at AIIMS, the country’s premier medical facility, said that the cause of death was poisoning, and that there were more than one chemical that had been identified. However, the names of the chemicals were not revealed.Sources said that the AIIMS report noted that the medical board had given poisoning as the cause of death in the column of opinion after the examination of Puskhar’s body on January 18, 2014.The FBI was sent samples of the stomach, spleen, liver, kidney and urine. Sources said that their analysis endorsed the cause of death, saying that the same poison was present in all of them. It endorsed the AIIMS post-mortem report.However, in the report, the FBI also mentioned the presence of a “dangerous chemical,” which maybe the cause of death if “given injectable”. The report also ruled out the theory of ‘polonium poisoning’ having caused her death.When the Delhi police failed to draw any conclusion on the basis of their findings, the FBI report was handed over to a medical board for examination before proceeding further in the high-profile case.Investigators have so far conducted polygraph tests on six persons, all prime witnesses in the case, including the Tharoors’ domestic help Narayan Singh, driver Bajrangi and Sanjay Dewan, a close friend of the couple. Tharoor has also been questioned in the case.In 2014, dna had published exclusive details from the post-mortem report and pointed out that a fresh injection mark on Sunanda’s hand, marked as ‘Injury Number 10’ by doctors, may have caused her death.Except that one, all injuries on Pushkar’s body “were caused by blunt force, simple in nature.” There were 15 injuries in all, caused 12 hours before her death. Injury Number 12 was caused by a teeth bite.According to sources, “this raises grave concerns about the quality of investigation, custody and analysis of biological evidences since two Delhi laboratories couldn’t detect the poison which has been clearly mentioned in the post-mortem report which stalled investigations for over more than two years.”

FBI says ‘dangerous chemical’ may have killed Sunanda Pushkar; Delhi Police says ‘death not natural’

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FBI did not rule out presence of radioactive substance in Sunanda Pushkar’s viscera, says AIIMS doctor

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Sunanda Pushkar died of poisoning: AIIMS sources

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar was poisoned to death, revealed sources in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). According to the AIIMS Panel, which is headed by Dr. Sudhir Gupta, the head of the Department of Forensics, Pushkar died after being poisoned by Polonimum-210 or Po-210. The Delhi Police had submitted a 15-page Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report to AIIMS Medical Board for further opinion. According to the sources, the FBI analysis of stomach, spleen, liver, kidney and urine has endorsed the cause of death, saying that the same poison is present in all the viscera.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier today, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi confirmed that Pushkar’s death was caused ‘unnaturally’. “We gave the whole report to the medical board and they assessed it very seriously. The report is 11 pages long with a 32-page annexure. We will examine it and will begin further investigations and will do what is required,” Bassi said. Sunanda Pushkar, 51, was found dead at the Leela Hotel in New Delhi on January 17, 2014.

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