A 15-year-old boy was detained by the Pune city police for allegedly killing an elderly woman and injuring her grand-daughter and neighbour at the Ekbote colony of Ghorpade Peth on Sunday.According to a report in Indian Express, the deceased Dupada Hanumant Autade (70) was sitting under a tree, where the car rammed her down. Her two-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter, Arohi, alias Durva Lakhan Autade and a three-year-old girl from the neighbourhood Alisha Dastagir Shaikh, were also injured badly. The two girls were rushed to the hospital, where they are being treated now. An FIR has been lodged by Dupada’s daughter-in-law, Shanta at the Khadak police station.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The minor, as per information from the police, is a student of class IX in a local school. He has been detained on charges of negligent driving. The minor’s uncle Sahdev Lakshman Dhavare has been booked too, as he allowed the minor to drive the car in the absence of a license. Dhavare was accompanying the minor on the passenger seat next to him. He had reportedly asked him to take the car in reverse when they lost control of the vehicle. They have been booked under section 279, 304 (2), 337, 338 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections of the Motor Vehicle Act.
After state government’s controversial move to suspend the sentence of 11 policemen in December last year, two more life convicts serving jail term in connection with murder of Matka King have sought suspension of their terms.Convicts Suhas Roge and Jaya Chheda have sought suspension citing health reasons. The home department, however, is yet to take a call on the applications revealed an RTI reply. Another inmate whose application is pending includes Pradip Suryavanshi, one of the cops involved in the same Lakhan Bhaiya encounter case in which other 11 convicts were given relief by the state government.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The application of three prisoners is under process and may be decided after the final court verdict in the criminal cases which are still pending before the Bombay High Court,” reads the reply.The reply, however, only provide for data post 2012 claiming that records prior to that were destroyed in the fire to the Mantralaya building. Both Roge and Chheda have claimed that they are suffering from bad health and need a few months off to undergo complete treatment.When contacted for comments the officials said that the decision in all suspension cases is taken only after seeking legal opinion from the court that had convicted the applicants. “Only if the court gives a positive view, we process the application and allow the suspension of sentence,” said a senior officer.However, sources claim that never in past did any government across the country took this bold a step to release convicts in murder case by suspending their conviction. For the same reason, the Maharashtra government faced severe criticism in December last year for suspending conviction of 11 policemen sentenced to life imprisonment for fake encounter of alleged Chhota Rajan gang member Ramnarayan Gupta alias Lakhan Bhaiya in November 2006. The sentence was suspended for six months but was later stayed by the Bombay High Court, which asked the policemen to surrender.In its strongly worded order the court noted: “Suspension of conviction cannot be exercised if a person is convicted of murder. How many times has the government exercised such powers in other cases?”
Drawing a parallel with the recent Gurgaon gangster’s encounter in Mumbai, the home department is set to defend the controversial suspension of bail granted to 11 policemen in the Lakhan Bhaiyya fake encounter case in the Bombay High Court on February 26 — the day the court will seal the fate of the 11.Highly-placed sources in the department claimed that the Supreme Court had cancelled registration of an FIR against the Gurgaon cops on the mere ground that the HC had not heard Haryana government’s plea when ordering registration of an FIR, and that the same held true for the Maharashtra government. Sources also said that when the SC allowed Lakhan Bhaiyya’s brother’s plea, of cancelling the bail granted to the 11, the Maharashtra government was not allowed to present its case.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state is also backing its case on section 433 of the CrPC under which it has the power to temporarily suspend life sentences. Its argument is that it was not allowed to exercise this power. The government claimed that the HC had objected to the suspension saying that the state can’t commute or remit a life sentence under the section.However, a senior officer explained that suspension of a sentence is neither remission nor commutation. “The government had merely stayed the sentence for six months,” he added.In a first-of-its-kind decision, the Maharashtra government in December had suspended the life sentences of the 11 policemen convicted in the Lakhan Bhaiya fake encounter case for six months.The home department had claimed that the decision was taken after consideration of the report submitted by the police as well as the report given by the HC, which had awarded the initial sentence. The report of the human rights commission was also taken into consideration.
In yet another action which could embarrass BJP, actor-turned-party MP Shatrughan Sinha has requested “dear friend” Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to release a book written on him.Sinha, who is at odds with BJP after being sidelined in recent the Bihar Assembly elections, told PTI that he would also invite RJD president Lalu Prasad for the book launch.Asked if leaders of his own party would be called for the book launch function in Patna, he quipped, “It concerns Art and Culture and not Agriculture. Only those who deserve would be invited for the function.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The book, “Anything but Khamosh”, written by a Mumbai based journalist, was first released in Delhi by Sinha’s “friend, philosopher and guide” and senior BJP leader L K Advani last month.Sinha said he called on Kumar at his residence for nearly an hour on Wednesday during which he made the request to him for launching the book in Patna in third week of March, the date of which is yet to be finalised. Sources close to the actor-turned-BJP leader who were present with him at the time of the meeting said Kumar showed a lot of warmth and acted as a perfect host by coming out and seeing off the BJP MP in his car.When asked what other issues cropped up during the meeting, Sinha said, “propriety demands secret must be kept secret.”Sinha, popularly known as “Bihari Babu”, had left BJP leaders fuming over his meeting with Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad separately two days back.Prasad, accompanied by wife Rabri Devi, exchanged pleasantries with Shatrughan and his elder brother Lakhan Sinha and went for photo-op of the interaction on Tuesday at Patna Airport. Prasad had lauded Sinha for single-handedly taking on the leadership of BJP for trying to sideline him (Sinha).
Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who is not on good terms with BJP presently after being sidelined in recent Bihar elections, has met “dear friends” Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad separately. Sinha, who is the BJP Lok Sabha member from Patna Sahib, had a cordial meeting with Prasad at Patna Airport on Tuesday.Prasad, accompanied by wife Rabri Devi, exchanged pleasantries with Shatrughan and his elder brother Lakhan Sinha and went for nice photo-op of the interaction. Sources close to Sinha who were with him at the time said Prasad in a lighter vein patted the ‘Bihari Babu’ for single- handedly taking on the leadership of BJP for trying to sideline him.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It’s a matter of appreciation that you alone has posed a challenge to BJP leadership,” the RJD supremo said.Sinha, who is the second term MP from Patna Sahib, had a warm and cordial meeting with Nitish Kumar at a marriage function in Patna on Monday night during which they shared fond memories and affection for each other.Kumar quipped during meeting, “election time was good that we used to meet very often unlike now. We should meet more frequently,” sources close to Sinha said.When asked about his meeting with rivals Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad, Sinha told PTI “I believe in the maxim ‘once a friend always a friend’.””We know each other very well since long and our friendship should not be seen only from political angle…it’s friendship forever,” the actor-turned BJP leader said.Sinha, a close associate of BJP veteran L K Advani, who is cut up with BJP leadership after being sidelined in the recent Bihar elections, have caused embarrassment to his party on several occasions by meeting Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad and also praising them.Nitish Kumar had also reciprocated and described Sinha in recent times as “pride of Bihar”.