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India’s first transgender college principal resigns citing ‘non-cooperation’ from staff

Krishnagar: India’s first transgender college principal Manabi Bandopadhyay has submitted her resignation after about one-and-a-half years in office, expressing frustration at “non-cooperation” of a section of teachers and students of her institution.

Nadia District Magistrate Sumit Gupta on Thursday said he had received her letter of resignation from the post of Principal of Krishnagar Women’s College in the district on December 27 and forwarded it to the state Higher Education department on Wednesday.

Manabi Bandhopadhyay. Image courtesy: FacebookManabi Bandhopadhyay. Image courtesy: Facebook

Manabi Bandhopadhyay. Image courtesy: Facebook

Manabi alleged that she started facing non-cooperation from a section of teachers soon after she took over as the principal of the well-known women’s college on 9 June, 2015.

On the other hand, the teachers also levelled the same allegation against the principal, resulting in a standoff.

A four-member team, led by Joint Director of Public Instruction (DPI) RP Bhattacharjee, visited the college recently on a fact-finding mission and talked to the principal and teachers.

Manabi said, “All of my colleagues went against me. Some of the students went against me. I tried to bring back discipline and an atmosphere of education in the college. Most probably, that is why they went against me. I always got co-operation from the local administration, but never got it from my colleagues and students.”

She went on to say that she had been under tremendous mental pressure and could not take it anymore, forcing her to resign.

“I feel tired due to the agitation and gherao by the students and teachers. I faced a lot of legal notices from their end. I had come to this college with new hopes and dreams but I was defeated…,” she said.

Manabi (51), whose earlier name was Somnath, underwent a series of operations in 2003-2004 and became a woman. In 1995, she published the country’s first transgender magazine, Ob-Manab (sub-human).

First Published On : Dec 30, 2016 09:30 IST

Here’s why India’s first transgender college principal has resigned from her post

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India’s first transgender college principal Manabi Bandopadhyay has submitted her resignation after about one-and-a-half years in office, expressing frustration at “non-cooperation” of a section of teachers and students of her institution.Nadia District Magistrate Sumit Gupta today said he had received her letter of resignation from the post of Principal of Krishnagar Women’s College in the district on December 27 and forwarded it to the state Higher Education department yesterday. Manabi alleged that she started facing non-cooperation from a section of teachers soon after she took over as the principal of the well-known women’s college on June 9, 2015. On the other hand, the teachers also levelled the same allegation against the principal, resulting in a standoff.A four-member team, led by Joint Director of Public Instruction (DPI) RP Bhattacharjee, visited the college recently on a fact-finding mission and talked to the principal and teachers.Manabi said, “All of my colleagues went against me. Some of the students went against me. I tried to bring back discipline and an atmosphere of education in the college. Most probably, that is why they went against me. I always got co-operation from the local administration, but never got it from my colleagues and students.”She went on to say that she had been under tremendous mental pressure and could not take it anymore, forcing her to resign. “I feel tired due to the agitation and gherao by the students and teachers. I faced a lot of legal notices from their end. I had come to this college with new hopes and dreams but I was defeated…,” she said. Manabi (51), whose earlier name was Somnath, underwent a series of operations in 2003-2004 and became a woman. In 1995, she published the country’s first transgender magazine, ‘Ob-Manab’ (sub-human).

J&K HC orders release of hardline Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam Bhat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir High Court has ordered release of senior hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Masarat Alam Bhat who has been in preventive custody under the Public Safety Act since April 2015. Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar, while allowing Bhat’s plea challenging the latest of the detention orders under Public Safety Act, held his detention illegal on several grounds. “By issuance of writ of certiorari, order of detention bearing No. 85/DMB/PSA/2016 dated 1.9.2016, passed by the (deputy commissioner Baramulla) is quashed with a further direction to the (government) to release Alam forthwith from preventive custody,” the court said in its order.Bhat has been booked under PSA several times since April 2015 and the latest order in the series was issued by District Magistrate Baramulla. According to the order, Bhat was accused of making the ongoing agitation “successful” while in custody of the state authorities. The order was passed on the basis of Bhat’s meeting on August 11 this year with four persons who visited him at District Jail, Baramulla. The persons had requested authorities to allow them meet one Assadullah Parray, who is allegedly affiliated with Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani. The authorities claimed that instead of meeting Parray, they met Bhat, who allegedly advised them to activate the workers for a more visible and prominent role in the turmoil. A case was registered against Bhat at police station Baramulla on August 30, two days before the detention order under PSA against Alam was passed by the deputy commissioner.”Even otherwise, record would show statements of four police personnel, who were posted at Sub Jail Baramulla, have been recorded.Their statements would show that Assadullah Parray was lodged in Barrack No.7, whereas (Bhat) was lodged in Barrac No.8.”The allegation in the FIR and statements of all these police personnel would, prima facie, show that all the police authorities, posted at Sub Jail Baramulla, have failed to discharge their duties in accordance with law because it was within the competence and authority of these police personnel to ensure that the visitors would meet Parray, for meeting with whom they had sought permission and not (Alam),” the court observed.The court also rendered the detention order illegal for the reason that the bail application of Bhat had been rejected by a court and he continued to languish in state custody. The detaining authority, in this situation, could not assume that there is every likelihood of (Bhat) being released on bail. The Court said, “democratic society not only swears but lives by democratic values and principles. Even in the face of extreme provocations, the laws of the land are to be implemented. Laws possess unique quality, in as much as, they, even at times, protect those who break them. Thus, they prove to be better than many human beings”. Bhat was released after four-and-half years of detention soon after the PDP-BJP government took charge in March last year. However, he was re-arrested on April 17, 2015 and detained under the PSA for alleged anti-national activities during a rally to welcome Geelani home from Delhi.

Delhi: Wazirpur schools’ issues brought to govt’s notice

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Directorate of Education (DoE) organised yet another School Management Committee (SMC) Sabha on Sunday, involving government schools located in the Wazirpur Vidhan Sabha constituency.SMC members, comprising parents, social workers and principals of the government schools in Wazirpur, assembled at the Government Girls Senior Secondary School (GGSSS) in Ashok Vihar to share their grievances with the government officials. The officials from the Public Works Department (PWD), Delhi Jal Board (DJB), Delhi Police, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), and the Deputy Director (Education), were invited to reply to queries put forth by the SMC members.”Through these meetings, parents, students, and the school administration community are provided a one-on-one platform to discuss and resolve their problems as a team,” said Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Rajesh Gupta. The common problems ranged from shortage of teachers, water supply, electricity connection, parking, and renovation and maintenance of schools. “RO systems were promised in our school a year ago but not even one has been installed. A new hall was built but its tiles have started to come off. We also have a fire system in our school but no one knows if it works,” complained a member of the Bharat Nagar School SMC.Students also put forth their problems, such as shortage of water during the evening shift, the huge amount of home work, no facilities at computer laboratory, and lack of sports equipment. “Sometimes, we don’t even have water to wash hands. We also want some clubs in the school, so that we can show our teamwork and leadership qualities,” said Amit Kumar, a student of GBSSS, Phase II, Ashok Vihar.Meanwhile, the SHO promised more vigilant patrolling close to schools during the closing hours. The PWD gave timelines regarding minor repairs in schools. Filtering of drinking water and maintenance of ROs emerged as a major issue of concern for all schools, for which the PWD would be issuing guidelines soon. SMC Sabha is a unique model of governance devised by the AAP government to bring multiple stakeholders together to cut down on bureaucratic coordination hurdles. The model has increased accountability of officials, not just to their seniors but also to people at large.

Pakistani Hindus can now avail Indian citizenship at Rs 100

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The registration fees for Hindus and other minority community people from three neighbouring countries, including Pakistan, as Indian citizens have been drastically reduced to as low as Rs 100 from Rs 15,000. In a gazette notification, the Home Ministry said the new rules will be applicable to minority communities- Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians- from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and living in India on Long Term Visa.However, for minority community people from countries other than the three, the fees will be Rs 10,000 for registration in India and Rs 15,000 if registered elsewhere. The changes have been made after amending various provisions of the Citizenship Rules 2009.The new rules also allow the minority members from the neighbouring countries to take oath of allegiance as an Indian citizen in front of Sub-Divisional Magistrate, in case of absence of Collector, Deputy Commissioner or District Magistrate.Welcoming the move, Hindu Singh Sodha, Chairman of the Seemant Lok Sangthan, a voluntary organisation fighting for the rights of the refugees, said the decision has come as a huge relief for minorities belonging to the neighbouring countries. “We had been demanding for delegating the citizenship powers of the District Collectors and reduction in the application fee to just Rs 100 per application for these poor people since long. “We are delighted that after series of meetings, our demand was honoured by the Home Ministry,” Sodha said.

Rs 5K a month won’t give luxury in cities like Delhi: Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A court in Delhi has refused to set aside an order directing a man to pay Rs 5,000 monthly interim maintenance to his estranged wife in a domestic violence case, saying the amount will not give her a luxurious life in view of the standard of living in metropolitan cities like Delhi.”Keeping in view the standard of living in metropolitan cities like Delhi, I am of the considered view that with an amount of Rs 5,000 per month, the respondent (wife) would only be able to meet her basic and minimum needs and she cannot be considered to be leading a luxurious life with such an amount, as awarded by the Metropolitan Magistrate (MM).”Hence, I do not find any illegality or infirmity in the impugned order as passed by the MM,” Additional Sessions Judge Lokesh Kumar Sharma said, while dismissing the man’s appeal.The judge also rejected his contention that he was unemployed for over a year, saying, “I do not find any merit in the submission as it is the settled proposition of law that every able bodied person is considered to be fit to maintain his wife and children.”A magisterial court had on January 16, 2015 granted a monthly interim maintenance of Rs 5,000 in favour of the woman, who had lodged a domestic violence complaint against her estranged husband.The man, in his appeal, had alleged that the woman had filed a false case in order to extort money from him and that she herself was earning nearly Rs 20,000 per month.The court dismissed the man’s plea but directed that if the woman ultimately fails to qualify on merits during trial, “then, without prejudice to further rights and contentions of the parties, she shall be liable to refund the entire amount so received by her from the man towards interim maintenance.”

Manipur: Mobile Internet service shut down in West Imphal following chaos

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking serious note on the prevailing situation here following three blasts on Friday, the state Cabinet has decided to shut down Internet service in Imphal West district with immediate effect.The Imphal West District Magistrate issued an order directing telecom operators to shut down mobile data service in the district immediately until further orders.Major areas of the state capital fall in Imphal West district where the three blasts had taken place within an hour on Friday evening.The Cabinet decision came after analysis of the prevailing law and order situation and to halt spreading of rumours through social networking sites, officials said.The move was preceded by a 24-hour bandh called to protest hill based militants’ attacks on Manipur Police in the last few days in different parts of the state that left three policemen dead and 14 others injured. The militants also snatched several weapons from the IRB personnel.All measures were being taken to contain violence by deploying a large number of police personnel at sensitive areas of the state, a police officer said.

Violation of code of conduct: Amit Shah gets clean chit by UP Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Police has given clean chit to BJP President Amit Shah in two separate cases of alleged violation of code of conduct during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.While filing the final reports on Saturday, police said there was no evidence against Shah.Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Arun Kumar has fixed dates for filing of objection by the complainants in the two cases.The court has fixed January 17 in Baburam case while January 3 in Ramkumar case for filing of objections, according to the prosecution.Earlier this year the court had returned the final report to police in the Barwar case filed by Baburam, saying they were deficiencies and asked them to rectify it.Police had registered case against Shah on the complaint of the then Sub Divisional Magistrate Baburam under sections 188 IPC (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 123(3) of Representation of People Act (relating to appeal by a candidate to vote on basis of religion, race, caste, community or language) and on the complaint of Assistant Returning Officer Ram Kumar separately in Kakroli and New Mandi police stations in the district.The BJP leader was accused of making objectionable speeches in Barwar village.Shah had allegedly said that, “If (Narendra Modi) Modi wins, ‘mulla’ Mulayam’s government will fall”.The cases against the BJP leader were registered on the directive of the Election Commission which had banned the leader from campaigning in UP.

Bihar: 5 killed, 22 injured as bus falls into ditch

Sat, 10 Dec 2016-11:44pm , Biharsharif , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least five passengers were killed and 22 others injured when a bus skidded off the road and fell into a roadside ditch in Nalanda district on Saturday. The accident occurred near Misia village under Bind police station area when the driver lost control of the vehicle, District Magistrate Thyag Rajan said.The bus was straightened with the help of three cranes, the DM said after visiting the spot. The driver and his assistant have fled from the spot. Two of the critically injured have been referred to Sadar hospital in Biharsharif while remaining 20 got treatment at a primary hospital at Bind, Rajan said. Family members of each of the deceased were provided Rs four lakh as ex-gratia, he said.

Hindu temple vandalised, 7 idols smashed in Bangladesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Hindu temple was vandalised and seven idols of goddess Kali were today destroyed by some miscreants in two separate incidents in Bangladesh, weeks after over 10 temples of the minority community were attacked in the Muslim- majority nation.The first incident came to light after people of Mymensinghorohi village in Netrokona district found the doors of a temple open this morning. Upon entering its premises, they noticed the temple was vandalised. Four broken idols of goddess Kali were also found lying close to the temple, a senior police officer told PTI. Immediately, police launched an investigation.”We have collected evidence of the vandalism and started a probe. It was learnt that the temple’s doors were not locked. We are looking for those behind this heinous act,” Netrokona sadar police Officer-in-Charge Shahnur-e-Alam said. Netrokona Additional District Magistrate Abdul Matin said those responsible will be punished.”We are treating the case with priority. A group with vested interests may have carried out the crime to disrupt communal harmony,” Netrokona Superintendent of Police Joydeb Chowdhury. In a separate incident, unidentified assailants vandalised three Kali statues in clandestine predawn attack on a Hindu temple in northwestern Pabna district.”Three statues of Hindu goddess Kali were found broken at a temple at Bera (sub-district) of Pabna… the miscreants visibly entered the temple early in the morning and damaged the statues,” a police officer told reporters in Pabna. Badal Ghosh, secretary of the Sharifpur Kali Temple committee, demanded immediate arrest of the attackers.There have been several incidents of attacks on Hindu temples in the past. In October last week, miscreants set on fire at least six houses of Hindus in a predawn attack in Brahmanbarhia district’s Nasirnagar, the place where at least 15 temples and more than 20 houses were vandalised after a Facebook post deemed offensive to Islam sparked outrage in the country.A cyber cafe owner was arrested last month for allegedly masterminding attacks on Hindu temples and houses. The attacks on several Hindu temples in Bangladesh were carried out under a well orchestrated plan aimed at grabbing lands of the minority community, National Human Rights Commission had said.

‘Is this a coup?’, Mamata opposes Army presence, to stay overnight at secretariat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an unprecedented incident, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Thursday that she would stay overnight at the state secretariat, Nabanna, till the Army withdraws its routine exercise of collecting data of load carriers operating in the state across all toll plazas. “Very unfortunate. Army stationed in front of Nabanna, the Bengal State Secretariat, in a high security zone, inspite of police objection. I am waiting here at the Secretariat and watching, to guard our democracy,” she announced at a media briefing held at 10 pm. “Is this a military coup? I gathered information whether such exercises were held in Maharashtra, Odisha and Kerala. I was told that no such exercises have taken place in their states,” added Banerjee. Presently, Army officials are stationed at the Vidyasagar Setu Toll Plaza, which is adjacent to the state secretariat, gathering data on load carriers. On the other hand, the Army Eastern Command Headquarters has issued a statement saying that it is not a deployment, but just a routine exercise. The statement also added that the administration, District Magistrate and the Police are informed during the exercise being performed. “The army conducts annual exercise throughout the county with the aim of getting statistical data about the load carriers that could be made available to the Army in case of a contingency. For this purpose vehicles are spotted to get basic parameters like make load capacity. The vehicle is then marked so that the next checkpoint knows that the vehicle had already been checked for the parameters. There is nothing alarming about this and it is carried out as per government orders,” read the statement, adding, “This gives an estimate about the number of vehicles that are passing a certain area that could be tapped during operations.” Sources in the Army revealed that Thursday was the second day of the three-day long annual exercise. Some more figures of the load carriers will be noted across different toll plazas tomorrow. The CPRO, Defence, Kolkata, Wing Commander SS Birdi claimed that the exercise is undertaken after informing the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police. “This is not a deployment. This exercise is taking place under the laid down rules of the Central Government. The police and the administration are kept in the loop. There is nothing to get alarmed about,” said Birdi.

SP leader Amar Mani Tripathi’s son Aman sent to 3-day CBI custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party leader Aman Mani Tripathi, son of jailed politician Amar Mani Tripathi, was on Saturday sent to three days’ CBI custody by a Delhi court in connection with the alleged murder of his wife.Metropolitan Magistrate Arvind Bansal sent the accused to CBI’s custody after the probe agency claimed that he was required for custodial interrogation to unearth the entire conspiracy behind the crime. While seeking 10 days’ custody of Aman, the CBI told the court that he was required to be taken to several places. It also said that he was to be confronted with some witnesses in the case.The plea, however, was opposed by the defence counsel, advocate Khalil Ansari, who said that there no fresh evidence was there against his client. The counsel said that the accused has always joined the probe, whenever he was asked by the agency and there was no need for his being taken into custody.
ALSO READ Arrested for murder, SP leader Aman Tripathi to be produced in court todayAman was on Friday for the alleged murder of his 27-year-old wife Sara, who had reportedly died in a car accident in Firozabad on National Highway 2 in July last year. However, Aman Mani had escaped unhurt.Based on a complaint by Sara’s mother Seema Singh an FIR was registered against Aman Mani in Firozabad district. Singh had alleged that her daughter, who had married Aman Mani at an Arya Samaj temple in Lucknow in July 2013, was murdered. Aman Mani’s parents, Amar Mani and Madhu Mani, were against the marriage, Singh had said.Aman Mani, however, had claimed that Sara died in the road accident when they were on their way to New Delhi for a holiday. After Singh had demanded that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav order a CBI investigation into the incident, the matter was referred to the central agency, which took over the probe from UP Police a few days later. Aman Mani was recently given ticket by the Samajwadi Party to contest Assembly election in the state.

Kerala: CPI(M) MLA sentenced to 3 months imprisonment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A CPI(M) MLA has been sentenced to three months imprisonment by a lower court here in connection with a provocative speech made by him in 2012 threatening police.AN Shamseer, who represents Thalassery in the assembly, has also been asked to pay a fine of Rs 2000.The order in this regard was issued by Judicial First Class Magistrate court here yesterday. Shamseer, who was DYFI’s Kannur district president, had made a provocative speech allegedly threatening police on July 20, 2012.He was sentenced under Section 117(E) of the Kerala Police Act.After the judgement, Shamseer appeared before the magistrate and secured bail. The MLA said he will appeal against the judgement.

Panchayat bypolls in eight Tripura districts on Dec 21

Wed, 23 Nov 2016-02:51pm , Agartala , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>By-poll for one seat of Zilla Parishad, two Panchayat Samities and 44 Gram Panchayats in eight districts of Tripura would be held on December 21, official sources said.State Election Commissioner, G Kameswar Rao said official notification for the by-polls would be issued tomorrow and the entire process of the by-polls would be completed by December 26. As the by-polls would be held in 25 blocks across eight districts of the state the Block Development Officers (BDO) would be appointed as Returning officers for the Gram Panchayats and Panchayat Samities.Election for only one Zilla Parishad in Unakoti district would be held and in that case the District Magistrate of Unakoti District would act as Returning officer , Rao told reporters last night.He said altogether 28,692 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the by-polls.

Indore-Patna Express derailment: Four members of family from Madhya Pradesh missing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four members of a family from Madhya Pradesh, who were travelling by the Indore-Patna Express, are missing after the derailment, a senior official said in Indore on Monday. Sanjay Shrivastava, who worked at Pithampur Industrial Area in adjoining Dhar district, his wife Pratima, their son Abhay and daughters Suhani and Surbhi, all residents of Kaali Billaud village in Indore boarded the train on November 19, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Narendranath Pandey said.They were on their way to Varanasi to attend a wedding in their family, he said. He said that they have received information that Abhay is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh, but there is no trace of his father, mother and sisters.Pandey said they were searching for the four persons, and added that the family’s relatives too have reached UP to trace them. The death toll has mounted to 143 in the Indore-Patna Express derailment in UP’s Kanpur rural area.

Patna-Indore Express tragedy: Survivors reach destination amid tears and prayers

Patna: Unlike many other journeys they had undertaken in the past, it was an altogether different kind of experience for the survivors of the Indore-Patna Express derailment at Pukhrayan in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday morning.Having seen close to 145 of their co-passengers dying in the deadly derailment, most of them burst into tears, some crying aloud and hugging their family members, relatives and friends as they reached Patna in a special train on Monday morning.

Unable to forget the trauma they underwent post derailment of their train, it took them quite some time to believe that they had actually reached their destination alive and were being hugged by their loved ones. Although dozens of them had minor injuries, the pain was overcome by the joy of reaching alive and reuniting with their families.

“They burst into tears and cried holding the window panes of the coaches of the crawling special train, as they saw their family members and friends standing on the platform for them. It was an emotional meeting of survivors with their kin,” R.K.Jha, DRM of Danapur Railway Division, said. Jha, along with other senior railway officials and Patna District Magistrate Sanjay Agrawal, was present on the platform when survivors arrived in the special train.

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Patna-Indore Express tragedy. PTI

Anita Singh, one of the survivors, said: “We cannot forget the memories of death and destruction and how we survived inside the ill-fated Indore-Patna Express train.” She was escorted home by her family members. Saba Bano, another survivor, said: “Don’t know how to react. I am simply out of words… God is great!” That was all she could say.

Another passenger Puja Singh and her husband Virender Singh said it was like a “killer earthquake”. “It is still difficult for us to believe that we survived and are safe,” they said. “I am thankful to God for keeping us alive,” a visibly shocked and shaken Puja said touching the head of her children.

Singh said initially he did not realise what had happened, but after a few minutes he understood the gravity of the situation. “It was pitch dark all around…people were screaming and shouting.” “I wriggled to safety through the windows, as there was no other way to escape. We saw dead bodies lying all over the place and people screaming, wailing and falling unconscious to see their kin dead. O God, it’s going to haunt me for a long, long time,” Saba told IANS.

Sanjay Agrawal had instructed the officials to provide all possible help to the survivors on their arrival here. “We have provided drinking water, food packets and essential medicines, and ensured that they reach their home safely,” he said.

According to Agrawal, nearly two dozen ambulances and other vehicles were used to ferry survivors to their homes. At least 142 people were killed, including 15 from Bihar, and more than 150 injured when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express train derailed near Kanpur.

First Published On : Nov 21, 2016 18:40 IST

Indore-Patna express derailment | Trying to keep casualties at minimum, says UP CM Akhilesh Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Describing the Indore-Patna Express train derailment that claimed more than 97 lives as one of the ‘tragic’ incidents to have ever occurred, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday assured that the state government is taking all precautionary steps to keep the casualties at minimum.”We sent the District Magistrate, IG and Commissioner to the spot. Besides, we have also sent several ambulances to ensure that the injured are treated immediately. We have been informed that the casualties may increase. I believe the state government is responding well and providing all relief materials. Our aim is to rescue as many people as possible,” he said. Akhilesh also said that the state government is in constant touch with Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu. The Chief Minister earlier announced an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh to the families of the deceased, Rs. 50,000 for the seriously injured people and Rs. 25,000 for those with minor injuries.Prime Minister Narendra Modi also announced an ex-gratia of Rs. two lakhs from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the next of kin of those killed in the train tragedy.The Prime Minister also announced Rs. 50,000 as compensation to the survivors. More than 150 people have been injured and are currently undergoing treatment in various local hospitals.Five search and rescue teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been mobilised to Kanpur.

Patna-Indore Express disaster: UP CM Akhilesh Yadav announces ex-gratia

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of the Patna-Indore Express derailment, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday announced an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh to the families of the deceased, Rs 50,000 for seriously injury and Rs 25,000 for those with minor injuries. The announcement came as the death toll climbed to 91 following the untoward incident.Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu had earlier announced an ex-gratia of Rs 3.5 lakh for the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those critically injured. Prabhu also announced a compensation of Rs 25,000 for those who sustained minor injuries. “Ordered DG/Rail Health services and DG/RPF to proceed to accident site to help supervise rescue and relief,” he tweeted.The rescue and relief operation is currently underway.One army column, a team of doctors and paramedics have been deployed at the spot to help in the rescue operation.Two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams from Varanasi and one NDRF team from Lucknow have been sent to the accident spot to assist in the rescue operation. Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha has ordered for a high-level probe into the incident. Almost 14 coaches of the train derailed in the wee hours today resulting in severe loss of lives.The Indian Railways has issued helpline numbers for assistance. Kanpur Rural DM helpline no: 05111-271050; police-05111-271577; Magistrate Hospital duty 9454416414.

Sheila Dikshit’s son-in-law denied bail in case theft, misappropriation of his wife’s property

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s son-in-law was on Friday denied bail by a court in New Delhi in a case of theft and misappropriation of his wife’s property. Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma denied the relief to Syed Mohammad Imran, who was arrested from Bangalore and brought here on transit remand, and sent him to judicial custody till December 2.The court had on Thursday denied the police plea for extension of Imran’s two days remand for custodial interrogation which expired on Thursday, saying enough time was given to the police. During the arguments on Imran’s bail plea, the probe agency opposed the application moved by the accused, saying that if granted bail, he was likely to tamper with the evidence and intimidate the witnesses. It also said that the probe was still on. The counsel appearing for complainant also opposed the bail plea, saying that the offences were very serious and there were charges against the accused that he attempted to murder his wife. Dikshit’s daughter Latika and Imran had got married in 1996, but were living separately for the last 10 months. In her complaint filed in June, Latika had alleged that Imran’s attitude had changed towards her and had become aggressive and rude after her mother lost in the Delhi Assembly polls. Latika had alleged that Imran took away papers of a piece of land owned by her in Nainital, despite having been told not to do so in May.According to the police, she also alleged that some of the belongings, kept at her Hailey Road house in central Delhi, had gone missing and whenever she asked for these, Imran was evasive. She also alleged that he took away jewellery and other expensive items from there. Latika also alleged that one of her female relatives was “in connivance” with Imran, they said.A case was registered against Imran under Sections 403 (dishonest misappropriation of property), 120 B (Criminal conspiracy), 201 (destruction of evidence)and 420 (cheating) of IPC and under 66 of the IT Act.

Demonetisation: Wedding arrangements in Muzaffarnagar made easy, families can avail up to Rs 24,000

Demonetisation: Wedding arrangements in Muzaffarnagar made easy, families can avail up to Rs 24,000

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Muzaffarnagar: The District Authorities have decided that families can avail Rs 24,000 from their bank accounts to prepare for the upcoming weddings of their kin during this month.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

After talking to their respective bank managers the families can get the one time cash of Rs 24,000 on priority bases, without standing in a queue, District Magistrate DK Singh in Muzaffarnagar on Thursday.

The step was taken after several cash-strapped families on Wednesday demonstrated outside the District Magistrate’s office in Muffarnagar, demanding adequate money to prepare for the upcoming weddings of their kin in wake of the demonetisation move.

The protesters waved their wedding cards during the demonstration last evening, alleging that they were not able to withdraw cash from their bank accounts leading to “great problems” while making arrangements for the weddings.

They submitted a memorandum to the DM and demanded that they be allowed to withdraw reasonable cash from their bank accounts for the ceremonies.

First Published On : Nov 17, 2016 13:34 IST

Law Commission working to bring consistency in criminal law

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Law Commission has commenced work to remove discrepancies and bring consistency in the provisions of criminal law by making them straight and ridding of clauses in the bail law that create difficulties for the poor to come out of jail despite getting relief from court. The panel is re-looking into the provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and Indian Evidence Act, to determine whether there was a need for revising them.Law Commission Chairman BS Chauhan said there was a need for examining some of the provisions like the power of magistrate and the issue of bail as there have been a large number of cases in which poor people despite getting relief are inside the jail for want of bail bonds and local sureties.Besides the issue of bail, Chauhan said the Commission has received a reference from the Centre which calls for doing away the inconsistencies in the power of the magistrates. He said the inconsistencies relate to the provisions in the CrPC which permit magistrates to try cases but bar them awarding sentence of more than seven years and there are some offences which are triable by the magistrates but the maximum sentence is life imprisonment. “So for those offences which can be triable by the magistrate and he cannot give punishment above seven years, the magistrate takes the route of section 323 of CrPC and before trying it, commits it before the sessions court. These are the uncertainties under the criminal law. These are some of the provisions in criminal law which need to be relooked and there is need to straighten them,” Chauhan said.He said the work in this regard has started and suggestions are being sought from various stake holders including police, lawyers and academicians. “We have started working on all these issues and last week we had a extensive meeting involving people from Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) and senior police officers from various states,” he said. Chauhan added that the issue of problems for poor in meeting the requirements of bail was discussed threadbare. The reference from central government on these aspects has been pending for considerable time, he said.

Man files petition against PM; judge hands him court ban

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first-of-its-kind order to discourage the filing of frivolous petitions, a Delhi court has barred a Delhi resident from entering the court complex for filing a “bizarre” complaint against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The complainant, Ashish Sharma, had sought legal action against Modi, accusing him of “using the recent surgical strikes against Pakistan for political gain.”In the normal course of action, frivolous or bizarre petitions are often dismissed by courts with the imposition of a fine and a reprimand but Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Sumit Dass at the Patiala House Courts Complex seems to have set a precedent.In his order, the CMM said the right to freedom of speech and expression does not authorise a person to heap “insults” against higher authorities, such as the Prime Minister and the government. “Honourable Prime Minister is the leader of this country…Government acts cannot be subject matter of any sort of litigation as attempted herein.”The CMM added in his order: “I have dwelled on the aspect of imposition of cost. However, to my mind, the same would not subserve the ends of justice in as much as same would not prevent recurrence of filing of such complaints, better course is to prevent this litigant from entering the court complex without permission of the learned District and Sessions Judge (DSJ).”Legal experts have termed the order “excessive” and said that the judge has infringed upon the complainant’s fundamental rights. They said that somebody can only be barred from entering a public place if he is a threat to law and order or if that person is guilty of contempt of court.Accordin to Senior Lawyer Geeta Luthra, “Very strong and cogent reasons are required to bar somebody from attending a public hearing. This order seems unprecedented. Unless an inquiry is conducted, and if that inquiry shows that the person is continuously filing frivolous cases, thereby wasting precious judicial time and public money, such an order appears to be excessive.”In his complaint, Sharma had also accused the PM of “playing” with the lives of Indian citizens, especially its soldiers. The complaint was filed on October 15 under section 200 of CrPC.The CMM found no merit in the complaint and called the complainant a “publicity monger” and a “misguided zealot”.The judge said that Sharma will be allowed to enter the court only if he has to attend a hearing and that too with the permission of the DSJ. Forwarding his order to the DSJ, who is the seniormost in the court complex, the magistrate also asked the DSJ to pass further directions in this regard.

National Herald case: Delhi Court to hear Subramaniam Swamy’s plea today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Patiala House Court will hear a plea on Friday filed by Rajya Sabha MP and BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy in a case related to the National Herald case.In August, the court issued notices to Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi and five others on Swamy’s application seeking presentation of certain documents from Associated Journals Pvt Ltd (AJL) and Indian National Congress (INC) in connection with the National Herald case.The court had on March 11 given its nod to Swamy’s plea, seeking the balance sheets of the INC and the AJL for the purpose of investigation in this case. In an application moved before Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen, Swamy sought to summon the balance sheet, receipts, income and expenditure statements for assessment years 2010- 11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 of the INC, AJL and Young Indian Pvt. Ltd. (YI)Besides the Congress president and her son, Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda are the other accused in this case. Swamy had accused Sonia, Rahul and others of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by just paying Rs. 50 lakh by which YI obtained the right to recover Rs. 90.25 crores which the AJL had owed to the Congress.

Saradha scam: Calcutta HC rejects CBI plea for cancellation of bail to Madan Mitra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Calcutta High Court on Thursday rejected CBI’s prayer for cancellation of bail to Trinamool Congress leader Madan Mitra, an accused in the multi-crore Saradha chitfund scam.A division bench comprising justices Nishita Mhatre and Tapash Mookherjee rejected CBI’s plea for cancellation of bail granted to Mitra, a former transport minister of West Bengal, by a sessions court.Mitra was granted bail by Alipore Sessions Court on September 9 after he spent over 21 months in prison in connection with the scam.Seeking cancellation of bail to Mitra, the counsel submitted before the court that the former minister was an influential person and that there was possibility of his influencing eyewitnesses.The counsel submitted that the lower court had failed to record compelling circumstances which led to granting of the bail.It was also stated that there was no change in circumstances from the time when his earlier bail prayers were refused. Mitra’s counsels submitted that he had abided by all conditions imposed by the court and was also cooperating with the investigating agency and as such there was no reason for cancelling his bail.Mitra’s counsel had pleaded for bail contending that he was no longer an influential person since he was neither a minister nor an MLA, nor was he holding any party post now. Alipore Sessions Court judge Uttam Kumar Nandy had granted the relief to Mitra on a bail bond and a surety of Rs 15 lakh each, rejecting the CBI’s opposition. Imposing conditions on his bail, the court had directed Mitra to appear before the CBI investigating officer once a week, surrender his passport and not to leave Bhowanipore police station limits.The former minister has been charged under sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant), 420 (cheating) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. Mitra, who was arrested on December 12, 2014 for his alleged complicity in the Saradha scam, was earlier granted bail by the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) of Alipore Sessions Court on October 31, 2015 after several of his bail pleas were rejected by different courts.But, the breather had turned out to be a brief one as Calcutta High Court cancelled his bail on November 19 on a petition by the investigating agency.

Security breach at Allahabad High Court: Bag of explosives found in premises

Allahabad: A plastic bag full of explosives was found inside the high security Allahabad High Court premises late last night, sending authorities into a tizzy.

Officials said the bag detected inside a court room was found containing low intensity crude bombs, firecrackers and shrapnels which would not have caused any major damage and were “most likely to have been planted by someone who wished to cause some mischief”.

Allahabad High Court. Photo: allahabad.nic.inAllahabad High Court. Photo: allahabad.nic.in

Allahabad High Court. Photo: allahabad.nic.in

The plastic bag was found inside court room no. 55 by a staff member who informed his superiors following which administrative officials led by District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar and Senior Superintendent of Police Shalabh Mathur rushed to the spot.

Bomb disposal squad was also pressed into service which took the bag away from the court room for defusing the explosives. The officials admitted that it was a major security breach at the sprawling High Court premises where 150 police personnel are supposed to keep a round-the-clock watch with the help of 210 CCTV cameras installed in various corners. A company of the CRPF also remains permanently deployed inside the premises.

The DM and SSP later said “the bag contained two crude bombs which were defused. Besides, it contained firecrackers and shrapnels”. “They said “the bag is most likely to have been planted by someone who wished to cause some mischief.

“It appears to have been kept there after the court was closed down for five days in view of Diwali festivities. “The explosive material will be sent for forensic examination by way of abundant caution though prima facie the crude bombs were of very low intensity and unlikely to cause any major damage to life and property,” they said. Vehicles, both four-wheelers and two-wheelers, are strictly prohibited from entering the premises and while general public is allowed to visit those parts where a branch of the State Bank of India and a Post Office are located, only those carrying special passes are allowed to enter the court rooms.

Bag containing explosives found in Allahabad High Court premises

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A plastic bag full of explosives was found inside the high security Allahabad High Court premises late last night, sending authorities into a tizzy.Officials said the bag detected inside a court room was found containing low intensity crude bombs, firecrackers and shrapnels which would not have caused any major damage and were “most likely to have been planted by someone who wished to cause some mischief”.The plastic bag was found inside court room no. 55 by a staff member who informed his superiors following which administrative officials led by District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar and Senior Superintendent of Police Shalabh Mathur rushed to the spot.Bomb disposal squad was also pressed into service which took the bag away from the court room for defusing the explosives.The officials admitted that it was a major security breach at the sprawling High Court premises where 150 police personnel are supposed to keep a round-the-clock watch with the help of 210 CCTV cameras installed in various corners.A company of the CRPF also remains permanently deployed inside the premises.The DM and SSP later said “the bag contained two crude bombs which were defused. Besides, it contained firecrackers and shrapnels”.”They said “the bag is most likely to have been planted by someone who wished to cause some mischief.”It appears to have been kept there after the court was?closed down for five days in view of Diwali festivities.”The explosive material will be sent for forensic examination by way of abundant caution though prima facie the crude bombs were of very low intensity and unlikely to cause any major damage to life and property,” they said.Vehicles, both four-wheelers and two-wheelers, are strictly prohibited from entering the premises and while general public is allowed to visit those parts where a branch of the State Bank of India and a Post Office are located, only those carrying special passes are allowed to enter the court rooms.

Digvijay Singh gets bail in 2012 case of derogatory remarks against Baba Ramdev

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Vaishali district court on Wednesday granted bail to Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh in a four-year-old case of making alleged derogatory remarks against yoga guru Ramdev. Chief Judicial Magistrate 14 of Fast Track Court in Vaishali Sanjay Kumar granted bail to Singh in the case filed in 2012.BJP district leader Ajit Kumar, dealing in Ramdev’s ‘Patanjali’ products, had registered the complaint against Singh for making alleged derogatory remarks against the yoga guru. The Congress General Secretary was present in the court on Wednesday.After hearing both sides, the court granted bail to Singh on condition of two sureties of Rs 5,000 each.Emerging out of the court, the Congress leader made a scathing attack on the yoga guru accusing him of being a man of “criminal mentality”. He told reporters that the CBI was conducting probe against him in several cases.

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.

Delhi CM Kejriwal put on trial in defamation case filed by BJP MP Bidhuri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was on Saturday put on trial by a city court for alleged offence of defamation in a criminal complaint filed against him by BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri. Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh passed the order after which the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader, who was present before the court, pleaded not guilty and stated that he will contest the case. The court framed the notice under section 499 and 500 of Indian Penal Code, which deal with the offence of defamation.In his complaint, Bidhuri had alleged that Kejriwal had defamed him in an interview to a news channel. During the proceedings, the court also granted Kejriwal permanent exemption from personal appearance in the case. The court, however, said the AAP politician may be asked to appear personally in the case, if the need arose. The court has now fixed December 23 as the next date of hearing in the case.During the hearing, the Chief Minister said he had no intention to defame the BJP lawmaker, a claim contested by Bidhuri. Kejriwal, who was summoned as an accused in the complaint filed by Bidhuri, was granted bail by the court on July 8 after he appeared before it and furnished a personal bond of Rs 10,000. He was summoned as accused by the court in February this year on a criminal defamation complaint filed by Bidhuri, an MP from South Delhi parliamentary constituency, under section 500 (defamation) of the IPC.Bidhuri had claimed that during the interview, Kejriwal had falsely said that criminal cases were pending against Bidhuri and a Congress leader but Delhi Police was not taking action against them. Bidhuri has claimed that no case was pending against him and Kejriwal had defamed him by giving such a statement.

AAP MLA Gulab Singh granted bail in extortion case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AAP MLA and incharge of its Gujarat affairs Gulab Singh Yadav, arrested in an extortion case, was granted bail on Wednesday by a Delhi court which said no useful purpose would be served by keeping him in custody. Metropolitan Magistrate Kishor Kumar granted relief to the politician on furnishing of a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and a surety of like amount.Yadav had sought bail on the ground that other co-accused had already been granted the relief and the ingredient of section 384 (punishment for extortion) of IPC was not present. Advocate Jitender Solanki, who appeared for the MLA, said no money transaction has come on record and no purpose would be served by keeping him custody.The bail plea was opposed by the police on the ground that he was the main accused in the case and everything had happened at his instance. It also said that he was an influential person and could tamper with evidence and influence witnesses and if granted the relief.Delhi’s Matiala legislator, who was brought by the police from Gujarat, was sent to judicial custody on Tuesday by the court which had declined the police application seeking five- day police custody. Last month, two property dealers, Deepak Sharma and Rinku Diwan, had alleged that Satish and Devinder, who worked in Yadav’s office, and an associate Jagdish were extorting money from them by threatening to get a building, where the property dealers were operating from, demolished.A case under section 384 (punishment for extortion) IPC was registered at Bindapur police station on September 13. Following this, a non-bailable warrant was issued against the MLA by a court here on October 14 for allegedly not joining probe. Police had alleged that the MLA was arrested under charge of running an extortion racket and there was concrete evidence against him for his arrest.

Blow to Kejriwal: Delhi HC dismisses plea to stay trial in defamation case filed by Jaitley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi High Court has dismissed Arvind Kejriwal’s plea to stay trial court proceedings in criminal defamation case filed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. HC said that Kejriwal’s plea to stop trial against him and other AAP leaders is ‘devoid of merit’. “The request of the petitioner to adjourn the court proceedings before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) is rejected, being devoid of merit and the same is culminated into dismissal of the present petition,” Justice P S Teji said.”Nothing have been brought before this court to the effect that continuation of criminal proceedings is abuse of the process of law before the CMM and any order is required by this court to secure the ends of justice.”Thus, this court is of the view that the order of the CMM, dated May 19, 2016 continuing with the proceedings is free from perversity, impropriety, illegality and non- sustainability which compelled this court to exercise the inherent jurisdiction under Section 482 Cr PC,” the court said.The high court had reserved its verdict on July 25 on Kejriwal’s plea challenging the trial court’s May 19 order by which it had turned down the Delhi Chief Minister’s request to adjourn hearing on a criminal defamation case before it, till the high court decided a related civil suit. As per Kejriwal’s plea, there are two cases–one civil and the other criminal–filed against AAP leaders on the same allegations and the trial court should have stayed the proceedings in the matter, but it had declined.”The trial court judge had said that he has no power to stay the proceedings,” senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, appearing for Kejriwal, had said during the arguments by quoting from the lower court’s order and had added, “Power to stay can be exercised by postponing the matter also” Opposing the contention, senior advocates Harish Salve and Siddharth Luthra, representing Jaitley, had said that in “today’s world, the words used are more powerful than sword”. “No prejudice would be caused to the AAP leaders if both the civil suit before high court and the criminal proceedings before the trial court go contemporaneously,” Luthra had said.Jaitley had filed a criminal defamation complaint alleging Kejriwal and five AAP leaders — Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai — had defamed him in the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) controversy. On April 7, the trial court had granted bail to Kejriwal and others after they had appeared before it.Jaitley had on December 21, 2015 filed the criminal defamation case against the AAP leaders and sought their prosecution for offences that entail a punishment of up to two years in jail. Besides the criminal defamation case, Jaitley has also filed a civil defamation suit in the High Court seeking Rs 10 crore in damages from Kejriwal and the five AAP leaders for issuing allegedly false and defamatory statements against him and his family in connection with alleged irregularities in DDCA when he was its president.

Delhi court dismisses fake degree complaint against Smriti Irani, says it was filed to ‘harrass’ her

New Delhi: In a relief to Smriti Irani, a Delhi court on Tuesday dismissed a complaint against her for allegedly giving false information on her educational qualification to the Election Commission, saying it was filed to “needlessly harass” her as she was a union minister.

Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh said there was a “great delay of around 11 years” in filing the complaint as it rejected the plea to summon her as an accused. “Therefore, prayer for summoning the proposed accused (Irani) is hearby declined,” the court said while pronouncing the order.

In his complaint, freelance writer Ahmer Khan had alleged that Irani, now Textiles Minister, had deliberately given discrepant information about her educational qualifications in affidavits filed before the Election Commission in 2004, 2011 and 2014 and not given any clarification, despite concerns raised on the issue. He had urged the court to take cognisance of the offences alleged in the plea under Section 125A of the RPA and “summon the accused person, Smriti Z Irani, for trial”.

“After conducting trial hold the accused guilty, convict and sentence the accused person in accordance with law, in the interest of justice to the complainant and also the public at large”, he had prayed.

File photo of Smriti Irani. PTI

File photo of Smriti Irani. PTI

The complainant had earlier claimed in court that in her affidavit for April 2004 Lok Sabha polls, Irani had said she completed her BA in 1996 from DU(School of Correspondence), whereas in another affidavit of 11 July, 2011 to contest Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat, she had said her highest educational qualification was BCom Part I from the School of Correspondence, DU. In the affidavit filed for nomination of 16 April, 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Amethi constituency in Uttar Pradesh, Irani said she had completed Bachelor of Commerce Part-I from School of Open Learning, DU. A poll panel official had earlier told the court that the documents filed by Irani regarding her academic qualification while filing nominations were not traceable. However, the information on this was available on its website, he had said.

The court, while declining the prayer, said the original evidence was already lost due to passage of several years and the court needed to be “relieved of the burden of adjudicating such inconsequential claim or case”. It said the fate of the case could be foreseen as inevitable failure as original evidence was lost due to the “great delay” and the complainant may not have even bothered to file the plea if Irani was not a central minister.

“So, where the original evidence has already been lost due to passage of number of years, the secondary evidence available will probably be not able to withstand the test of judicial scrutiny, there is great great delay of around 11 years in filing of the complaint…The said delay could not be condoned as complainant is not an aggrieved person, the complaint does not appear to have been filed for vindication of majesty of justice and maintenance of law and order, the complaint appears to have been filed to needlessly harass the proposed accused,” the magistrate said.

Section 125A of RPA deals with penalty for filing false affidavit and entails a jail term of up to six months or fine or both. The court said the alleged offence under the IPC entailed a maximum punishment of three years for which the limitation for filing the complaint was three years under the CrPC.

The court had on 20 November last year allowed the complainant’s plea seeking direction to the officials of EC and DU to bring the records of Irani’s qualifications after he said he was unable to place them before the court. In pursuance to the court’s earlier direction, Delhi University had also submitted that the documents pertaining to Irani’s BA course in 1996, as purportedly mentioned by her in an affidavit filed during 2004 Lok Sabha elections, were yet to be found.

Khan had alleged that Irani had knowingly furnished misleading information about her qualifications and that a candidate, deliberately giving incorrect details, could be punished under provisions of the IPC and under section 125A of the Representation of the People Act (RPA).

Notice to Justice Katju on petition against his comments on beef

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A court in Allahabad has issued notice to retired Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju on a petition accusing him of having made “objectionable” remarks with regard to consumption of beef in his blog posts.Additional Sessions Judge Shuchi Srivastava passed the order on the review petition of advocate Rakesh Nath Pandey, who alleged that Justice Katju has hurt the sentiments of a major section of the society by attacking the Hindu belief that the cow was sacred and seeking repeal of the laws whereby slaughtering cow has been banned in many states.The ADJ has asked Justice Katju to file his reply by the next date of hearing on November 18.The petition was filed by Pandey challenging an order of the Chief Judicial Magistrate whereby his prayer for directing the police to lodge an FIR against Justice Katju was turned down.Justice Katju, who is also a former Chairman of the Press Council of India, has made a series of controversial statements on the communally sensitive issue of cow slaughter and beef ever since possession and sale of beef were made punishable with fine and five years in jail in Maharashtra in January last year.In the wake of the Dadri lynching case of September last year wherein a 50-year-old man was beaten to death near Noida by a mob suspecting him of having slaughtered a cow and consumed its meat, Justice Katju came up with an outpouring of a number of scathing remarks.Recently, in a Facebook post, Justice Katju wrote that he had a “danda” (stick) with which he wished to hit those who made a fuss over the issue of cow slaughter and beef.

No land identified, allotted for Ramayana museum in Ayodhya, say officials

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has announced setting up a Ramayana museum here and also sanctioned Rs 151 crore, but the land for it has not yet been identified by the Union government nor allotted by the state dispensation.”We don’t have any information regarding this. I am hearing about this (inspection by Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma of the land for the proposed museum) since yesterday. I cannot say anything on this issue right now,” Additional District Magistrate, Faizabad, Vinod Kumar said.Faizabad District Magistrate Vivek said the district authorities had received no communication from the Centre regarding the land.”We have no formal communication from the Union government regarding the land. Whenever we will be asked for it, we will look into the matter,” District Magistrate Vivek told PTI.Sharma, who was here for “inspecting” the site for the proposed museum, said he was hopeful of getting the land on the banks of Saryu river.

Complaint filed to needlessly harass Smriti Irani, says court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a huge relief to Union textile minister Smriti Irani, a Delhi court on Tuesday dismissed a plea to summon her, observing that the petition accusing her of faking a degree was to “needlessly harass her.”The court said that the fate of the case could be foreseen as “the original evidence has already been lost due to the passage of a number of years, and the secondary evidence would not withstand the test of judicial scrutiny.”Dismissing the petition filed by Ahmer Khan, Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh said that there was a “great delay of 11 years” in filing the complaint. “The said delay could not be condoned as the complainant is not an aggrieved person and the complaint does not appear to have been filed for vindication of majesty of justice and maintenance of law and order.”The court said that since the information falls under the purview of Sections 179, 181 and 182 of the Indian Penal Code, where the punishment is a maximum of three years, the limitation for filing a complaint is three years.Ahmer Khan had filed a private complaint last year, accusing Irani of submitting contradictory results of her educational qualifications in her affidavit filed before the Election Commission (EC) for the three elections she contested for the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha in 2004, 2011 and 2014.Over the course of the hearings, the EC had submitted that while the original 2004 election affidavit was misplaced, they had first submitted documents that were a copy of the file extracted from its official website and in the last hearing had submitted a certificate regarding authentication of the election affidavits filed by Irani in the 2004 election.According to the petitioner’s counsels, the BJP leader had declared herself to be a graduate from the Delhi University’s School of Correspondence (1996 batch) in her affidavit filed for the 2004 Lok Sabha election from Delhi’s Chandni Chowk constituency.However, in yet another affidavit on July 11, 2011, for the Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat, Irani alleged that she had completed her B.Com (Part I) from the Delhi University’s School of Correspondence.The petition added that in yet another affidavit filed during the 2014 Lok Sabha election that Irani contested from Amethi, in Uttar Pradesh, she allegedly said she did her B.Com (Part I) in 1994 from the Delhi University’s School of Open Learning.

Smriti Irani fake degree row: Delhi Court to pronounce order today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Patiala House court is to pronounce its order in the fake degree case of former Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday after the Election Commission submitted the required documents.Section 125A of RPA deals with penalty for filing a false affidavit and entails a jail term of up to six months or a fine or both.Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh reserved its order for today after the Election Commission filed the documents in a sealed cover relating to Irani’s educational qualification submitted by her for contesting the 2004 general elections.Irani had given information about her educational qualifications in affidavits to the Election Commission to contest various elections.In June last year, a case was filed by freelance writer Ahmer Khan, who accused Irani of providing contradictory affidavits about her educational qualifications during different elections.Following the court’s direction, Delhi University had also submitted that the documents pertaining to Irani’s B A course in 1996, mentioned by her in an affidavit filed during 2004 Lok Sabha elections, were yet to be found.However, while filing affidavit in her Rajya Sabha nomination papers from Gujarat in 2011, she said her highest educational qualification was B.com, Part 1 (correspondence course) from Delhi University.

No radioactive leakage detected: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Government on Sunday said the emission from a medical shipment at cargo terminal of IGI Airport in New Delhi was within permissible limit and did not fall in the category of radioactive leakage.”Officers from BARC and NDRF have cleared at 1355 hrs that there is no anticipation of any harm because there is no radioactive leakage,” senior government officials said. They said the emission “is within permissible limits”.A regular consignment of 16 packets of material for cancer treatment arrived by Air France AF 226 last night at 2230 hrs, officials noted. They further added that consignee is Dhiti Biotech India Pvt Ltd. while the consigner is CISBIO International and 10 packages were picked up by ground handling agency CELEBI.In a statement, District Magistrate Abhishek Singh said that “an inadvertently wrong radiological emergency message was conveyed”.”A nuclear medicine Molibdenum 99 was being brought from Air France flight on behalf of B L Kapoor Hospital, Pusa Road. The quantity of radiation emitted from the nuclear medicine is below 1 mill rongen (measurement of radiation). There is no beta radiation in the surrounding areas and there is no leakage. Hence it cannot be termed as an emergency. A final call has thus been taken and the Radiological Emergency has been called off at 01.55 PM,” he said.

Dadri accused’s coffin draped in tricolour, villagers call him ‘martyr’ of ‘Hindu values’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bishada in Uttar Pradesh is on the boil once again as villagers on Thursday refused to cremate the body of 22-year-old Ravi, accused in the Dadri lynching case. Ravi alias Robin died at Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Hospital in Delhi on Tuesday of kidney and respiratory failure. Villagers draped his coffin in a tricolour, saying he had been martyred protecting “Hindu values”.Tensions rose as the body reached the village, as villagers outrightly rejected Ravi’s death report claiming he was murdered. Heavy police force was also deployed in the area.Seeing the body draped in a tricolour, policemen and administration officials, however, preferred to remain mum as objections might have sparked violence in the area.”Villagers demanded Rs 1 crore for deceased’s family, arrest of Akhlaq’s brother Jaan Mohammad in a cow slaughter case and an FIR against the jailer. Villagers told administration that they will not cremate the body till their demands are met,” said Sanjay Rana, BJP leader and father of one of the accused.Gautam Buddh Nagar District Magistrate N P Singh said the state government would give its consent for a CBI probe if the deceased’s family is not satisfied with the ongoing inquiry. The DM said a judicial inquiry had been initiated, adding that the Chief Judicial Magistrate is conducting it.Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced Rs 10 lakh compensation to the deceased Ravi’s wife Pooja. Uttar Pradesh Police claimed that Ravi was suffering from high fever and his death was suspected to be due to dengue.Ravi’s brother Vicky, however, claimed he was “assaulted by police in jail due to which he sustained injuries. Unlike, what police is saying, he was not suffering from any fever. The state government had earlier said that the jailer of the prison where Ravi was held would be transferred once the probe found him guilty.But in an apparent attempt to pacify villagers, the jailer S K Pandey was transferred to Lucknow headquarters. The National Human Rights Commission has also issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and demanded reply from district administration. The postmortem was conducted yesterday in Delhi under the supervision of a Metropolitan Magistrate from a local court.

Irom Sharmila acquitted in attempt to suicide case, says will launch party this month

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A district court in Manipur on Wednesday acquitted rights activist Irom Chanu Sharmila in an attempted suicide case and the ‘Iron Lady’ announced that she would launch her political party this month. Chief Judicial Magistrate of Imphal West Lamkhanpao Tonsing acquitted her of the charges under IPC section 309 (attempt to commit suicide) as she was on an indefinite hunger strike.Sharmila was on a hunger strike for 16 years, demanding repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) from Manipur and was force-fed during this period. The 44-year-old activist was released on bail by the same CJM after she signed a Personal Recognition (PR) Bond on August 9. She had ended her fast the same day.After coming out of court on Wednesday, Sharmila told reporters that she would launch her political party this month itself to contest the Manipur Assembly election due for early next year. She had declared in August that she wanted to become the chief minister so that she could repeal the contentious AFSPA in the state.

Delhi court issues NBW against Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Shakeel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court has issued open non-bailable warrant against underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel for allegedly hiring goons to kill a leader of a right-wing outfit. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass passed the order on a plea of Special Cell of Delhi Police seeking issuance of NBW against the duo who had allegedly hatched a conspiracy to eliminate Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha leader Swami Chakrapani.According to the police, Chakrapani had bought a car owned by Dawood Ibrahim in an auction held by the government in Mumbai last year and later set it on fire in Ghaziabad. In June this year, four persons — Junaid, Roger, Yunus and Manish — were arrested as they were allegedly planning to eliminate the right wing leader.Police claimed that during interrogation, Junaid had disclosed that Shakeel had given them money, asking them to eliminate Chakrapani to teach him a lesson for setting Dawood’s car on fire. Two pistols and ten live cartridges were recovered from their possession, police said.

Madhya Pradesh court issues arrest warrant against Uma Bharti in defamation case

Bhopal: A non-bailable arrest warrant was issued against Union Minister Uma Bharti by a local court today for not appearing before it in connection with a 13-year-old defamation case filed against her by Congress leader Digvijaya Singh.

Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Bhubhaskar Yadav said senior police officers should execute the arrest warrant, while dismissing the Union Water Resources Minister’s application, moved by her lawyer Harish Mehta, seeking exemption from appearance during court hearing today due to an important engagement.

File photo of Uma Bharti. PTIFile photo of Uma Bharti. PTI

File photo of Uma Bharti. PTI

Mehta pleaded that his client be exempted from the hearing on ground that she was engaged in a meeting regarding the Cauvery water dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in view of Supreme Court’s order.

CJM Yadav dismissed the plea saying that Bharti is not turning up to record her statement in connection with the defamation case since October 2015 and enough time has been given to her in the 13-year-old case.

Earlier in February, the then CJM Pankaj Singh Maheshwari had asked Bharti and Digvijaya Singh to be present at a mediation centre on its premises along with their lawyers to resolve their differences, but it didn’t work.

The senior Congress leader had filed the case against the then BJP chief ministerial candidate Bharti in the run-up to the 2003 Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls after she alleged that a scam running in crores of rupees had taken place during Singh’s tenure as the state’s chief minister between 1993 and 2003.

Thane: Husband ordered by court to pay maintenance to HIV+ve wife

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane district court has upheld the order of a magistrate ordering a 25-year-old man to pay maintenance to his HIV infected wife, and dismissed the appeal filed against it by the husband and his parents.The woman stated in her application that her marriage was solemnised with the man, a resident of Kalamboli in Raigad district, on May 20, 2013, in Uttar Pradesh.While the couple was residing in Ahmedabad, the woman became pregnant following which her blood test was done in which it was revealed that she was HIV positive.Following the disclosure, the husband sent the woman to her parents’ house and they bore the expenses of her delivery and medical treatment.The woman, now residing at her parents house since she is unable to maintain herself and her child, sought interim relief, including Rs 37,000 maintenance per month.After hearing both the parties, Thane Judicial Magistrate had earlier ordered the husband to pay Rs 6,000 per month as maintenance to his wife.However, the woman’s husband and his parents challenged the magistrate’s order which was recently upheld by the court of District Judge P P Jadhav.Judge Jadhav observed that the applicant (woman) is residing with her parents because of refusal by opponents (husband and his family) to allow her to co-habit with them.At this stage, it cannot be ascertained as to how the applicant got infected with HIV.”The fact that she was diagnosed HIV+ve after the marriage is itself sufficient to conclude that she got infected while continuation of her marital relationship with the opponent,” the court observed.”Under such circumstances, being husband it was the boundant duty of the opponent to look after her and maintain her properly,” the Judge said.Though the opponents have not denied responsibility to maintain the child, no evidence is produced on record to show that the opponent is spending any amount for the same.Under such circumstances, the applicant being wife and having a child from opponent is entitled to be maintained by him, the court ruled while concluding that the order passed by the magistrate is proper, correct and legal.

Bengal: 14 people surrender in TMC leader murder case, sent to jail

Bengal: 14 people surrender in TMC leader murder case, sent to jail

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Midnapore: Fourteen persons on Tuesday surrendered before a West Midnapore district court which sent them to judicial custody till 25 October in a two-year-old murder case of a Trinamool Congress leader.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

The 14 surrendered before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Prasun Ghosh and prayed for bail.

However, the CJM rejected their bail plea and remanded them to judicial custody till 25 October.

Trinamool Congress leader and Zilla Parishad member Kakali Bardolui was hacked to death on 22 October, 2014, in Keshpur. An FIR was lodged against 28 people.

While two of them had been arrested, others were at large. Fourteen of them came to the court and surrendered on Tuesday.

The two, who had been arrested earlier, were now out on bail.

300 Hindu families denied permission to hold Durga Puja in West Bengal’s Birbhum village

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major setback to the 300-odd Hindu families residing in Kanglapahari village of Birbhum district in West Bengal, district administration denied them permission to hold Durga Puja. This is for the fourth year in a row that these families were denied permission to hold Durga Puja and be a part of the celebrations by the district administration. Locals claim that few Muslim families residing in the Hindu-dominated village have been raising objections as far as the Durga Puja celebrations are concerned. “This is happening for fourth time in a row. The district administration fear that the 25 Muslim families residing in the village might get angered and bring the situation to a boil, hence they are denying us the permission to hold the Durga Puja,” said a villager, requesting anonymity.The Superintendent of Police, Birbhum district, Sudheer Kumar Neelakantam could not be reached for a comment. However, a senior police official said, “The village has a history of several communal tensions. The only reason why the permission is being denied to hold the Durga Puja is to maintain law and order and prevent any incidents of communal flair up.” Like every year, the organisers, Kanglapahari Durga Mandir Committee members reached out to the District Magistrate, Superintendent of Police, Sub-Divisional Officer and Sub-Divisional Police Officer requesting permission to hold the Durga Puja, but to no avail. However, the locals have moved the High Court demanding the right to celebrate Durga Puja. A hearing is scheduled for Monday.

AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan gets bail in sexual harassment case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court on Thursday granted bail to AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan, who was arrested in connection with a sexual harassment case filed by his sister-in-law, after the investigator said he was not required for custodial interrogation.Metropolitan Magistrate Vijeta Singh Rawat gave the relief to the politician on a personal bond of Rs 35,000 and a surety of the like amount and asked him not to contact the complainant or threaten her to take back the complaint.”He shall not in any manner whatsoever interfere in the ongoing probe, the court said, adding that whenever he is required in the police station, he will join and not come along with his supporters.While imposing certain conditions on him, the court said that if violated, the investigating officer (IO) will be at liberty to approach the court for cancellation of Khan’s bail.”Prima facie from the allegations, it appears that section 498A of IPC as such is not made out against the accused as there is no evidence for any demand of dowry or regarding mental physical cruelty perpetrated by him on the complainant.”The primary allegations against him are of section 354 IPC which are of year 2011-2012. However, there are allegations of section 509 IPC which may be recent in nature,” the court said.The court passed the order after the IO said that the politician was not required for custodial interrogation and the probe regarding him was complete.In its order, the court also warned the MLA saying, “he shall not in any manner whatsoever, personally or through his relatives, contact the complainant or threaten her to take back the complaint.”Khan was yesterday arrested and sent to a day in judicial custody.The MLA was arrested by Delhi Police for the second time in three months on separate complaints of women.On September 18, the Okhla MLA, who was out on bail in another case of molestation and criminal intimidation, had gone to the Jamia Nagar Police station and had asked the police to arrest him but they had refused.

Ganga crosses extreme danger level in West Bengal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The rising water level of the Ganga has crossed the extreme danger level in Malda district of West Bengal submerging vast areas in several villages affecting a population of nearly 20,000, a district official said on Sunday.Additional District Magistrate, Malda, Kanchan Chowdhury said the rise in the water level of the river was due to the release of 10 lakh cusecs of water from the Sone dam in Uttar Pradesh.The badly affected areas are Kalichak Block number 3, Pardewanapur-Shobhapur gram panchayat and Birnagar gram panchayat, the ADM said.The two gram panchayats have already been affected due to land erosion. Half of the area in Paranupnagar village has already been eroded, Chowdhury said, adding that roads had also been affected in the district due to the flooding.In Manikchak block, 10 villages have also been affected, the ADM said.Control rooms have been opened at the gram panchayat, block and district levels and villagers have been alerted last night. The district administration was keeping constant vigil and arrangements are being made to distribute tarpaulin and dry food among the affected. Flood centres will also be opened, Chowdhury added.The state Irrigation department has alerted the district administration to take all necessary steps to meet the situation.

Puducherry: Father of Acid attack victim wants to appeal in Supreme Court for death penalty to accused

The father of 23-year-old woman software engineer, who died after an acid attack in Karaikal in 2012, appealed to Puducherry government on Thursday to explore the possibility of filing an appeal in the Supreme Court seeking death penalty for the accused in the case.Jayapalan, father of Vinothini, was reacting to the June 28 Madras High Court order upholding the life sentence awarded by the trial court to the accused in 2013. The high court had pulled up the trial court for not considering death sentence and also said it was forced to confirm the life term in absence of an appeal by the Puducherry government seeking enhancement of the sentence.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jayapalan expressed satisfaction over the high court verdict confirming life sentence on Suresh Kumar, who carried out the brutal acid attack on Vinothini as she turned down his proposal. “It has observed that the accused should have been awarded death sentence by the lower court. We request the Puducherry government to analyse the possibilities of an appeal in the Supreme Court in this regard,” he said.After suffering serious injuries, including disfigurement of her face, in the November 12, 2012 attack at a bus stand here, Vinothini succumbed in a Chennai hospital 90 days later.On August 20, 2013, Karaikal Judicial Magistrate Vaidyanathan sentenced Suresh Kumar to life imprisonment. He had also slapped another four-and-half years rigorous imprisonment and Rs 1 lakh fine on the accused for causing injuries to Vinothini’s father during the attack.However, the accused challenged the verdict in the high court, which upheld the lower court judgement. Vinothini’s mother committed suicide after the trial court verdict while Jayapalan, who was working as a security guard in a private school at Karaikal, has been suffering from depression and is under the care of his brother-in-law.

Case filed against Narendra Modi for ‘insulting’ National Flag on Yoga Day

Patna: A case has been filed in a Bihar court against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for insulting the national flag, a lawyer said on Wednesday.

PM Modi celebrated the Yoga Day event with people in Chandigarh. Image courtesy: PIBPM Modi celebrated the Yoga Day event with people in Chandigarh. Image courtesy: PIB

PM Modi celebrated the Yoga Day event with people in Chandigarh. Image courtesy: PIB

The case was filed in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate in Muzaffarpur district.

The court has fixed 16 July for the hearing.

Prakash Kumar, a resident of Pokhraira village, said Modi insulted the national flag on International Yoga Day (21 June) by using it as a mere piece of cloth, sat on it and also used it to wipe his hands and face.

“Modi’s acts were an insult to the national flag and it hurt millions in the country,” the petitioner said.

He has also submitted a series of pictures downloaded from the internet as evidence in support of his petition.

Delhi Court rejects AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya’s bail, extends judicial custody

AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya, arrested in a case of alleged molestation, was sent to judicial custody on Monday for 14 days by a Delhi court which rejected his bail plea.”There is no change in the circumstances in the last 2 days to interfere with the duty magistrate’s June 25 order. This second bail application of accused is dismissed,” Metropolitan Magistrate Bhavna Kalia said. The duty magistrate on Saturday had denied him bail and sent him to Tihar jail for two days till Monday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The MLA was booked on June 23 for allegedly misbehaving with a group of women who had approached him with a complaint regarding water crisis in their locality on the previous midnight. An FIR was lodged at South Delhi’s Neb Sarai Police Station.Mohaniya has been arrested under the sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354 A (sexual harassment), 354 B (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe) and 354 C (voyeurism) of the IPC.Opposing the bail plea, police submitted before the court that if relief was granted, Mohaniya could influence the probe which was still on against the other accused persons.Senior advocate H S Phoolka, appearing on behalf of the politician during in chamber proceedings, submitted that there was a delay of 11 hours in lodging the FIR and the offences alleged were bailable. He also told the court that the statement of a woman was recorded two days after lodging of complaint and there was no basis to consider it. The counsel said the allegations levelled against the accused were false as the gap of two days gave time to police to frame the politician.Phoolka also said the offence under section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of IPC cannot be attracted as there was no intention on the part of Mohaniya to molest or tear clothes of the alleged victims.Mohaniya, an MLA from Sangam Vihar, was arrested on charges of molestation and sexual harassment amidst high drama when he was addressing a press conference, triggering an angry reaction from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of declaring an “emergency” in Delhi.Mohaniya, who is also vice chairman of Delhi Jal Board, was virtually dragged from his seat by a police officer when he was talking to reporters at his office in Khanpur in South Delhi around 12.10 PM.In their statements, the women alleged that Mohaniya had molested them during the tussle on the midnight of June 22 when they had gone to complain to him against water problem faced by them. In their complaint, they had earlier told police that the MLA and his men had verbally abused and threatened them.Another case has been registered against Mohaniya at Govindpuri Police Station for allegedly slapping a 60-year-old man in Tughlaqabad area on Sunday. Mohaniya is the eighth AAP MLA to be arrested by Delhi Police since the party came to power for the second time in Delhi in February last year.

Mathura clashes: Local court rejects police claim that Ram Vrikhsa is dead, orders DNA test

A local court in Mathura on Thursday refused to accept the police’s claim that Jawahar Bagh encroachers leader Ram Vriksha Yadav is dead and ordered a DNA test of his viscera and match it with his family members’ DNA sample.”Find out the whereabouts of the family of Ram Vriksha and ensure DNA test of his viscera in the presence of Chief Medical Officer Mathura,” Ninth Additional District Judge VS Tripathi ordered Highway police station SHO Subodh Yadav.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tripathi did not accept the SHO’s contention that Ram Vriksha Yadav is dead as his body has been identified by one Har Nath.”Identification by only family members or relatives can be accepted. Find out the whereabout of family members of Ram Vriksha and then ensure DNA test,” he said.The Magistrate passed the order during a hearing in a 2011 case in which Ram Vriksha was an accused and a non-bailable warrant was issued against him. The prosecution of the case Suresh Chandra Dubey said that on March 10, 2011, Ram Vriksha and his associates had a scuffle with employees at Baba Jai Gurudeo petrol Pump since they were not selling him petrol at 40 litres per rupee.An FIR was registered against Ram Vriksha and his associates at Highway police station in the case. Since Ram Vriksha and his associates did not turn up in the court in the case, non bailable warrant was issued against them.The SHO on Thursday submitted in the court that since Ram Vriksha is no more, the case may be dropped. However, the magistrate refused to accept it and ordered DNA sample matching.

E-mail had told Virendra Tawde to focus on Dabholkar months before his murder, says CBI

Sanatan Sanstha memberer Virendra Tawde, arrested by the CBI in connection with the 2013 murder of Narendra Dabholkar, had received a direction through an e-mail asking him to “concentrate” on the anti-superstition crusader, around 2-3 months before the latter was shot dead.In its remand report submitted before a local court seeking extension of Tawde’s custody on Thursday, the agency stated that it has also identified five more persons, apart from Tawde, who are suspected to have played a direct role in the crime. The court extended Tawde’s custody until June 20.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CBI stated that these suspects used code words like ‘chocolate’, ‘sahitya’, ‘devil’ and various others words during their e-mail conversation. The agency’s counsel B P Raju told the court that two to three months before Dabholkar’s murder, Tawde had received an email from an unidentified person asking him to “concentrate” on the rationalist.”Tawde did not respond to the mail, but acted on the direction and executed the murder on August 20, 2013,” Raju said.The agency stated that a witness in the case has identified Sarang Akolkar as one of the assailants on the basis of the sketches re-issued by CBI. Dabholkar was shot dead when he was taking a morning walk at Omkareshwar bridge in Pune on August 20, 2013.Akolkar, also a member of right-wing Sanatan Sanstha, is wanted in connection with the murder. While seeking Tawde’s custody, the CBI told the court that they want to question Vinay Pawar of the Sanstha and one Agrawal in connection with the crime. It also told the court that the email conversation has talked about procuring arms from various parts of the country.”We want to investigate the financial source in the procurement of the arms as the accused and other suspects who were in touch with each other were talking of forming a ‘fauj’ of 15,000 armed group during their email interaction,” Raju said.CBI told the court that Tawde had visited the weapon training workshops in Sangali and Phonda in 2009. It was in 2009 when two Sanstha members had died in explosion of a bomb they were ferrying to Margao in Goa.CBI is probing the Dabholkar murder case, which was handed over to it in May 2014 by the Bombay High Court. The NIA is handling the Margao blast case.Tawde, an ENT surgeon, was arrested from Panvel, Navi Mumbai last week for the murder of the 67-year-old anti-superstition crusader. He is the first accused to be held in the nearly three-year-old case. Seeking Tawde’s further custodial interrogation, Raju told the court that he was cooperating with the agency.In his order, Judicial Magistrate First Class V B Gulve-Patil stated, “It appears from the record that the investigating machinery has done progress in into investigation, minute technical details are yet to be inquired while the valuable material information would not be gathered from the accused except his custody”.However, Tawde’s counsel Sanjeev Punalekar rubbished the claims made by the CBI, saying the agency has got enough time to interrogate Tawde but “failed” to gather concrete evidence against him. P

Narendra Dabholkar murder case: Accused Virendra Tawde’s CBI custody extended till June 20

The CBI custody of Virendra Tawde, an accused in the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, was on Thursday extended till June 20 by a local court.Tawde, arrested by the CBI from Panvel in Navi Mumbai last week in connection with the murder of the 67-year-old anti-superstition crusader, was produced before Judicial Magistrate First Class V B Gulve-Patil on the expiry of his earlier remand. CBI lawyer BP Raju sought further custodial interrogation of the accused, saying he was not cooperating with the investigating agency.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Subsequently, the court extended his CBI custody till June 20. Tawde, an ENT surgeon, is a activist of the Sanatan Sanstha which has come under the scanner for the murders of Dabholkar, communist leader Govind Pansare and rationalist MM Kalburgi. He is the first accused to be held in the nearly three-year-old case.
ALSO READ Dabholkar murder accused was in touch with 2009 Goa blast suspect: CBIDabholkar was shot dead by two unidentified men while he was on a morning walk on Omkareshwar Bridge in Pune on August 20, 2013.Tawde and another Sanatan Sanstha activist Sarang Akolkar wanted to eliminate rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in 2009 itself, but they dropped the plan due to the Margao bomb blast that took place in the same year, CBI sources had on Wednesday said, citing evidence pieced together by the agency.
ALSO READ Narendra Dabholkar murder case: Sanatan Sanstha member Virendra Tawde sent to 16 days CBI custody Tawde, suspected to be the brain behind the murder conspiracy, kept on planning a hit on the activist along with Akolkar. The plan was finally executed on August 20, 2013, they said. The CBI is probing the Dabholkar murder case, which was handed over to it in May 2014 by the Bombay High Court. The NIA is handling the Margao blast case.The sources also said Tawde hated Dabholkar for his relentless campaign against superstition. He also allegedly played a key role in the 2009 Sangli-Miraj riots. The Sanstha has denied any role in Dabholkar’s murder and termed Tawde’s arrest as “mysterious”.

‘It is not about Hindus or Muslims’- BJP MP makes U-turn on Kairana migration

Making a U-turn, BJP MP Hukum Singh on Tuesday said the “migration” of Hindus from Kairana in western Uttar Pradesh was “not communal” in nature but had more to do with the law and order situation even as he claimed the number of families that had to flee can go up to 400-500.”It is not about communal incidents… It is not about Hindus or Muslims,” the Kairana MP told reporters here, adding it has more to do with the law and order situation. “The list (of those who had to flee) will go on further, I believe. It can go up to 400-500. There is not one accused (who forced people to migrate), they are here in dozens,” Singh said. He had earlier said that from the names of the accused, “one can grasp who are these people”, hinting at involvement of members of the Muslim community.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The MP had earlier released a list of 346 families who had been forced to flee the town, which has 85 per cent Muslim population. Kairana is in Shamli district which witnessed communal riots in 2013. Today, Singh released another list of 63 Hindu families and claimed that they had to flee Kandhla town in Shamli district. “These Hindu families have left under duress,” he claimed. When asked that some Muslim families too have left the area, he said, “Others have gone for their (own) purposes.” Shamli District Magistrate Sujeet Kumar, however, ruled out any communal and law and order issues behind some people leaving the area.”Till now we have investigated the list of 119 families. Around 10-15 families, mentioned in the list, still live in Kairana and around 68 families have migrated from the area 10-15 years ago. They moved out because of economic reasons. Till now, we have not found any case where there has been a law and order problem. “There is no communal activity, the Karaina town has always been peaceful… During Babri Masjid demolition in 1992, the area remained peaceful, and even during Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013, people here sent a strong message of brotherhood,” Kumar said.Top BJP leaders, who were in Allahabad for the two-day national executive meeting, raked up the issue of alleged migration of Hindus from Kairana to attack the Samajwadi Party government in the state ahead of the Assembly election to be held early next year. BJP president Amit Shah, in his address to the National Executive on Sunday, had said, “The migration happening in Kairana due to violence is a matter of serious concern. There is an atmosphere of violence. The lack of development and the lack of governance in the largest state of India, that is Uttar Pradesh, is becoming a matter of serious concern.” The party also set up a committee which will go to Kairana and study the situation.UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav accused BJP leaders of being “dishonest” and “lying” on the issue and said he would like to see “better work” from the party. “BJP is alleging that the Samajwadi Party government forced the people to flee from Kairana… BJP can be dishonest to this extent,” Yadav told reporters yesterday.”We have received reports from media that BJP is sending a fact-finding committee here, but we have not received any information in writing till now. A team can come and do their investigation. We have no problem with that,” the District Magistrate said.

BJP MP Hukum Singh makes U-turn on Kairana exodus, says it’s not a communal issue

Muzaffarnagar: Making a U-turn, BJP MP Hukum Singh on Tuesday said the “migration” of Hindus from Kairana in western Uttar Pradesh was “not communal” in nature but had more to do with the law and order situation even as he claimed the number of families that had to flee can go up to 400-500.

“It is not about communal incidents… It is not about Hindus or Muslims,” the Kairana MP told reporters here, adding it has more to do with the law and order situation.

“The list (of those who had to flee) will go on further, I believe. It can go up to 400-500. There is not one accused (who forced people to migrate), they are here in dozens,” Singh said.

He had earlier said that from the names of the accused, “one can grasp who are these people”, hinting at involvement of members of the Muslim community.

The MP had earlier released a list of 346 families who had been forced to flee the town, which has 85 percent Muslim population. Kairana is in Shamli district which witnessed communal riots in 2013.

on Monday, Singh released another list of 63 Hindu families and claimed that they had to flee Kandhla town in Shamli district. “These Hindu families have left under duress,” he claimed.

When asked that some Muslim families too have left the area, he said, “Others have gone for their (own) purposes.”

Shamli District Magistrate Sujeet Kumar, however, ruled out any communal and law and order issues behind some people leaving the area.

“Till now we have investigated the list of 119 families. Around 10-15 families, mentioned in the list, still live in Kairana and around 68 families have migrated from the area 10-15 years ago. They moved out because of economic reasons. Till now, we have not found any case where there has been a law and order problem.

“There is no communal activity, the Karaina town has always been peaceful… During Babri Masjid demolition in 1992, the area remained peaceful, and even during Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013, people here sent a strong message of brotherhood,” Kumar said.

Top BJP leaders, who were in Allahabad for the two-day national executive meeting, raked up the issue of alleged migration of Hindus from Kairana to attack the Samajwadi Party government in the state ahead of the Assembly election to be held early next year.

BJP president Amit Shah, in his address to the National Executive on Sunday, had said, “The migration happening in Kairana due to violence is a matter of serious concern. There is an atmosphere of violence. The lack of development and the lack of governance in the largest state of India, that is Uttar Pradesh, is becoming a matter of serious concern.”

The party also set up a committee which will go to Kairana and study the situation.

UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav accused BJP leaders of being “dishonest” and “lying” on the issue and said he would like to see “better work” from the party.

“BJP is alleging that the Samajwadi Party government forced the people to flee from Kairana… BJP can be dishonest to this extent,” Yadav told reporters yesterday.

“We have received reports from media that BJP is sending a fact-finding committee here, but we have not received any information in writing till now. A team can come and do their investigation. We have no problem with that,” the District Magistrate said.

UP govt orders probe into allegations of mass exodus of Hindu families from Kairana

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh government on Monday ordered a probe in connection with the alleged migration of Hindus from Kairana town in Shamli district in western part of the state.

Shamli District Magistrate has asked the SDM and Circle Officer to probe into the allegations that “jihadi elements” had forced migration of Hindus from there, IG (Law and Order) HR Sharma told reporters here.

They have been asked to verify the list of 346 families handed over by the local MP who have allegedly migrated, he said.

BJP MLA from Kairana Hukum Singh has alleged that 346 families have been forced to flee the town, which has 85 percent of Muslim population.

File photo of Uttar Pradesh police. AFPFile photo of Uttar Pradesh police. AFP

File photo of Uttar Pradesh police. AFP

The state government’s action came after VHP joint general secretary Surendra Jain’s on Monday said, “Jihadis are being encouraged to carry out their activities…VHP calls upon the state government to rein in jihadi elements who are responsible for this exodus and tighten law and order in the state.”

He termed the migration of Hindus from Kairana as “unfortunate” and said the township, which was a Hindu majority 40 years ago, now has only eight percent Hindus left.

Sharma said further details will be known only after the report is received from the district officials.

Replying to a question, he said the state government is yet to receive the NHRC notice in this connection.

Last week, National Human Rights Commission had issued a notice to the UP government in this regard.

While observing that the allegations made were serious in nature, the NHRC also directed the state’s DIG (Investigation)to depute a team of officers for a spot enquiry in the matter covering all the allegations made in the complaint and submit a report within two weeks.

Make no mistake: The massacre at Mathura’s Jawahar Bagh is the state govt’s fault

How depressing is it that the Executive’s chronic reluctance to ever promptly attend to the public’s grievances is likely the biggest contributor to the tragic death toll in the Jawahar Bagh riot?

A common refrain among litigants, one that lawyers regularly hear, is that the bureaucrat or officer they went to for help told them “Court order lao (bring a court order).” The fact is, in a great number of situations, the official on the ground doesn’t lift his finger to correct violations of law or help the public without a court order. In cases where the law on a given subject is already clear, or where the law leaves things to the sole discretion of the officer at the table, “Court order lao” is usually shorthand for the famous line from Goodfellas: “F*** you, pay me.”

File photo of the Mathura clashes. PTIFile photo of the Mathura clashes. PTI

File photo of the Mathura clashes. PTI

For those of you who don’t want to pay the bureaucrats, pay the lawyers. Such unhelpful obstinacy on part of the Executive necessitates the filing of writ petitions for mandamus: directing the officer to do what the law required him to do anyway. Ironically, this approach often ends up hurting bureaucrats themselves: in rare cases, courts order compensation to be recovered from the personal salaries of uncooperative officials.

At the risk of offending the few bureaucrats who honestly try to help the public, let’s break the chain of events in an Indian citizen’s typical dealings with the State down to a now-familiar routine: Citizen has a grievance. He visits the office of the relevant public authority where he is reluctantly assured something will be done. Nothing is done. Citizen makes a representation, and after a month, he gets a reply, if he’s lucky.

The reply either assures him that the problem will be dealt with, or is not the Authority’s responsibility. Either way, nothing is done. Citizen approaches court. If he’s lucky, he leaves with a court order. But not before being made to wait for years, or even decades, and being forced to contest several rounds of litigations through our judicial hierarchy. Nothing is done. Citizen files Contempt Petition. If he’s lucky, something is finally done – or we see another round of frustrating and frivolous litigation before the Supreme Court.

Let us apply this framework to what has transpired in Jawahar Bagh, Mathura. From the court order that was the genesis of the riots, it seems that the petitioner (himself a lawyer named Vijay Pal Singh Tomar) submitted numerous representations regarding the illegal encroachments in the park in the last months of 2014. One of these representations was to the District Magistrate, who in turn wrote to the Chief Secretary of the State Government on 15 August, 2014. The District Horticulture Officer also wrote to the SSP, Mathura that over 2,400 trees had been illegally burnt by the Swadheen Bharat Subhash Sena. The court ordered that a public park shouldn’t be encroached upon in such a manner and orders action, saying that the “rule of law should be preserved”, on 20 May, 2015.

Now at least as on 20 May, 2015, the authorities were aware that they had to clear the squatters. The squatters too, would know by this time that the JCBs were coming, sooner or later. Obviously, nothing happened for over a year. It isn’t clear yet what the state government was waiting for, but their reluctance certainly assured the Sena plenty of time to stockpile ammunition and foment resentment, leading to Thursday’s tragedy.

Recall Arun Jaitley’s comments last month about the now common complaint of ‘judicial overreach’ by our Courts. When the Executive raises its hands in the manner described above, what alternative except overreach is left?

Meerut: District Magistrate fails to keep appointment, BJP delegation pastes memorandum on his chair

A BJP Traders Cell delegation which went to submit a memorandum to the District Magistrate allegedly pasted it on the DM’s chair when he didn’t turn up despite giving them the appointment.The BJP delegation went to submit a memorandum to the DM on the alleged suicide of a 25-year-old farmer, Vikas on May 31 due to debt related reasons.”It’s been nine days since the farmer committed suicide and nobody, including the district magistrate Pankaj Yadav and ministers of Samajwadi Party has taken the matter seriously despite requesting the DM several times on the issue,” Chairman of BJP’s Traders Cell Vineet Agarwal Sharda said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Our demand is to provide compensation of Rs 25 lakhs to the family and employment for the younger brother,” he said.”The DM had given us the appointment for the meeting today but he didn’t turn up despite waiting for him for an hour,” Vineet said.The party also alleged that the present Samajwati Party dispension works only for a section of people and the DM works as a representative for the party.

Saradha chit-fun scam accused TMC MP Kunal Ghosh released on parole to visit ailing mother

Suspended Trinamool Congress MP and one of the main accused in the Saradha chit-fund scam Kunal Ghosh on Thursday visited his ailing mother at a Kolkata hospital after he was granted a two-hour parole.Ghosh, who is in jail for more than two years in the Saradha probe, visited a nursing home at Moulali amid tight security this afternoon to meet his mother, who is suffering from cancer.On Wednesday, Ghosh had pleaded in the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court to be allowed to see his mother, who was admitted to the nursing home on the night of June 7 after her condition deteriorated.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Judge Arabinda Mitra had granted him parole for two hours today.Incidentally, Ghosh had appealed for parole thrice earlier, but were rejected.

Mathura clashes: No bullet found in post-mortem of 19 bodies

The post-mortem report of 19 people, of those killed during the Jawahar Bagh violence here, shown none of them died of bullet injury but either due to burn injuries or those received in lathi blow and stone-pelting, the district authorities said on Tuesday. In a joint press conference, Mathura Senior Superintendent of Police Babloo Kumar and District Magistrate Nikhil Shukla denied reports of bullets found from the body of those killed. Of the 19 whose post-mortem reports are available, 12 died of burn injuries and seven due to injuries received in lathi blows and stone-pelting, they said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twenty-nine people – including then SP (City) Mukul Dwivedi and Station House Officer (Farah) Santosh Yadav – were killed during clashes between police and encroachers at Jawahar Bagh in Mathura last week. The two officers said DNA test would be conducted to ascertain the identities of the bodies that have not been identified. Strict action would be taken against those police officers who are found guilty of abandoning the SP and the SHO during the eviction of Jawahar Bagh. They said the Facebook account of the Ram Vriksh Yadav and his associates would be closed down with the help of cyber cell. The records found there would be used to connect the dots.

Patna HC grants bail to suspended JD(U) MLC Manorama Devi

The Patna High Court on Monday granted bail to suspended JD(U) MLC Manorama Devi, mother of the prime accused in the Aditya Sachdeva murder case, in connection with recovery of liquor bottles from her house at Gaya during a search operation. A bench of Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah passed the order while hearing a bail petition filed by Manorama Devi. While giving bail, the court also asked her to cooperate in the trial of the case. Senior advocate YV Giri, who appeared for Manorama Devi, said that she is a lady and a law abiding person who has surrendered before the court in the case. The liquor bottles were recovered from Manorama Devi’s house and not from her physical possession, he submitted while pleading for grant of bail. It may be noted that Gaya district court had on May 27 rejected her bail plea while Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) court had rejected her bail petition on May 19 in the bottle recovery case.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She was booked under the Excise Act after liquor bottles were recovered from her residence at A P Colony of the town during the police raid following which she went into hiding for a couple of days before surrendering on May 17. The MLC’s son Rocky Yadav had allegedly shot dead a Class XII student Aditya Sachdeva for overtaking his car. The JD(U) had suspended Manorama Devi for harbouring her son, while the Gaya Police arrested her husband Bindeshwari Prasad Yadav alias Bindi Yadav and her body guard.

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