<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twas a year for scandal, with fatal acts of passion, messy divorces, public spats and corporate soap-operas. All of India’s well-known faces decided to rumble with each other. And we had front row seats to the biggest shows of the year…Twist of the yearDecember 2016 threw in a twist in the Sheena Bora case: that her step-father, media baron Peter Mukerjea was allegedly a co-conspirator in her abduction and subsequent murder.The Sheena Bora murder case broke in August 2015, when her mother Indrani Mukerjea, stepfather Sanjeev Khanna and Mukerjea’s driver Shyamvar Pinturam Rai were arrested by the Mumbai Police for allegedly abducting and killing her and subsequently burning and dumping her corpse; and the case got murkier over the course of 2016.Mukerjea, whose son Rahul’s engagement to Sheena was supposed to have enraged Indrani, was assumed to be an innocent bystander. But public prosecutor Bharat Badami said Mukerjea played a “very crucial role” in the murder. He presented the long list of emails and messages exchanged within the family, especially between Peter and his son Rahul, and his calls to Indrani. Badami pointed out a pattern in the calls and messages between Indrani and Peter. “After a call to Sheena, Indrani immediately called Peter and they spoke. They spoke even when she reached and found a spot to dispose of the body. Similarly, she had exchanged messages at every step with Peter,” Badami told the court.A few months in prison seems to have served as a spiritual and personality cleanse. While Peter has already started penning his memoir, Indrani has been transformed by the suffering of her fellow inmates, and has plans to donate her organs and 75 per cent of her property. She has also said to have translated 700 shlokas from the Gita, while we hope for a good kiss-and-tell bestseller.Creative divorcesAshima and LeenaIn February, designer duo Ashima (above left) and Leena (above right), who wove magic for over 20 years for their eponymous label ‘Ashima Leena’, decided to part ways. While Ashima Singh was the creative force, Leena Singh handled the brand’s business and management of production cycle. However, the ladies managed the creative divorce with the elegance one associates with their clothes. Leena Singh retains and continues to work under the brand name ‘Ashima Leena’, while Ashima launched her own label, Ashima Singh. She chose a different retail route, to make sure her new label did not clash with her old one, launching her store at Visaya Hotel in Panchsheel Park in Delhi.Armaan-AimanIn March, another designer duo’s creative partnership hit the rocks. Fresh flavour of the indie-crowd, designers Armaan Randhawa (below left) and Aiman Agha (below right), who designed under Armaan Aiman, went kaput. The duo had only been together for barely three years, showing first at GenNext at Lakmé Fashion Week (Winter/Festive) in 2013. They soon gained entry into the cool and quirky crowd, and announced their split the millennial way—through social media.On March 1, their Facebook page announced that the label was now simply called ‘Aiman.’ Agha refused to comment on her departure, while Randhawa said the reasons were personal and they remain good friends. When Lakme Fashion Week came around in August, Randhawa was back with his solo collection, EKAM.Art arrestIn 2015, artist Chintan Upadhyay was arrested for murdering his estranged wife and her lawyer Haresh Bhambhani. He allegedly even dumped their bodies in a Kandivli drain. Understandably, the art world dropped a few fine brushes over the news.The arrest only enhanced the price of Chintan’s work outside prison. In May, one of Hema’s friends, Sanchu Menon, wrote to prison authorities questioning why Chintan was getting unwarranted privileges in jail. Apparently, not only was the artist getting home-cooked khana, he was also allowed to paint in his cell and then sell those paintings for a handsome sum outside. Menon alleged that not only was this illegal, but Chintan was using this money to help the main accused Vidyadhar Rajbhar to stay in hiding.It was in Rajbhar’s art workshop that Hema and Bhambhani were allgedly murdered on December 11, 2015, and Vidyadhar, aka Gotu, remains an essential link in the case. It was reported in June 2016 that Rajbhar was working in a Chennai suburb.In August 2016, a 13-page confession was made before a magistrate by Pradeep Rajbhar, who used to work and live at the art workshop, Bansraj Art Company, where Hema and Harish were allegedly murdered. In his confession, Pradeep said he lured Hema at Chintan’s behest to the workshop with the promise of giving her a sex tape of Chintan with another woman. It was all allegedly part of a ruse to finish her off for filing a false complaint against him in court. In November, a sessions court in Dindoshi rejected Chintan’s second bail application.End of an affairFarhan Akhtar and Adhuna BhabaniMore than a little faith was shaken when Farhan Akhtar and Adhuna Bhabani parted ways after 16 years together. There were whispers that his co-star Aditi Rao Hydari’s presence could have caused a crack in the marriage as they grew close on the sets of Wazir.Their cool and unconventional marriage (Adhuna was older and more successful of the duo, and always maintained a non-star-wife identity) was surpassed only by the camaraderie with which they conducted their divorce.They filed for divorce on October 19, and both are attending the mandatory counselling sessions before it is finalised. There has been no mudslinging, allegation of affairs or fighting over their children (they have two girls together).They’ve concentrated on their careers. Adhuna’s B:Blunt launched a line of hair products and a funky ad promoting them using only bloggers; while Farhan starred in Wazir, Dil Dhadakne Do and Rock On 2.Farhan is also said to have moved on with Rock On co-actor (co-stars seems to be his dating pool. How’s that for minimal effort?) Shraddha Kapoor, with her allegedly moving into his bachelor pad in Bandra (until papa Shakti Kapoor apparently pulled her out and told her to take it slow).Though Adhuna still works on movie assignments, there seems to be an unwritten agreement that neither she nor anyone from her team will style Farhan for a while. In October, she apparently refused to style Farhan for a chat show after spotting his name on the guest list and requested that none from her team be asked to do so either.Jaidev Shroff and Poonam BhagatA couple that is not being elegant over the end of their association is art patron Poonam Bhagat (left) and industrialist husband Jaidev Shroff (inset). The two have hurled serious, criminal and even fantastical allegations at each other each other as they speed towards divorce.Shroff met Bhagat in 2000, when he was in the midst of divorce proceedings with first wife Romila, because of her alleged involvement with a Dubai-based businessman.The Shroff-Bhagat union was solemnised in 2005 and in October 2015, Shroff filed for divorce on grounds of “cruelty” towards him and his two daughters with Romila.In April, 2016, Shroff filed an FIR at Khar police station alleging that Bhagat performed black magic on him by administering a ‘magic potion’ in a glass of orange juice, allegedly obtained from a Bengali baba.In her application, Bhagat accused Shroff of domestic abuse for eleven years. She said he started hitting her within six months of their marriage and “giving her a black eye, and (breaking) her tooth by stuffing a mobile phone down her throat.” In 2008, Bhagat — then, pregnant — said she confronted Shroff about taking a former girlfriend to a family event.Bhagat says Shroff then slapped, pushed her to the ground and kicked her, which resulted in a miscarriage.If we were handing out an award for the messiest divorce of 2016, the Bhagat-Shroff saga would win hands down.Arbaaz-Malaika AroraThe Malaika Arora-Arbaaz Khan (impending) divorce has gained traction as the year ends. It served as a classic case of ‘are they-aren’t they’? Hints of the divorce started doing the rounds after Malaika dropped ‘Khan’ from her name at a dance reality show. Then they were spotted at the Bandra family court with their lawyers.Slowly, we heard of Malaika moving out of the house with son Arhaan and Salman trying to play ‘fixer’. But apparently bhai wasn’t able to forge a reunion, because they don’t share a close bond. Salman allegedly did not approve of her work, her clothes and her close circle of friends.The reasons for their split are supposedly more material than emotional. Sources say Malaika was not happy with Arbaaz’s unsuccessful career and did not like the fact that her husband “lived in the shadow of his superstar brother”. She is also said to have always felt like an outsider in the Khan family.Why do we feel this celebrity divorce may continue to make headlines in 2017?Best story spinnerIf Priyanka Chopra sneezed on the sets of Baywatch, we’d hear about it. The PR machinery for our export to Hollywood worked itself to exhaustion this year. When she had dinner with Gerard Butler, we heard they were dating. When she presented an award with actor Tom Hiddleston (above), she was said to have helped him get over his break-up with Taylor Swift. We hear Priyanka’s press agent has unrealistic expectations of her team, demanding a story about the star in the media every day. So don’t expect PeeCee, and her team, to slow down in 2017.Meltdown of the yearVikram Chatwal, a New York hotelier, came back on our gossip radar after he was accused of setting two dogs on fire outside his Manhattan home. Forty-four-year-old Chatwal, whose family owns a chain of hotels, has had a long turbulent history with drug abuse. He was admitted to rehab at Masina Hospital in Mumbai in 2009. In October 2016, Chatwal allegedly rushed out of his New York home to the street and attacked the two pups belonging to a passer-by saying, “They must die!” He then tried to set them on fire using a lighter and aerosol can.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two women were killed and at least 12 people injured on Sunday in a stampede after a massive rally by BSP chief Mayawati at the Kanshi Ram Smarak Maidan. “A few people coming down the stairs at one of the two gates lost balance and fell on each other. Shanti Devi (68) of Bijnore and another unidentified woman were killed in the incident due to suffocation,” police said.Rumours of a live power line having snapped triggered the stampede. The injured have been rushed to a local hospital, a BSP spokesperson said. Party’s state unit chief Ram Achal Rajbhar, however, said the women died due to humidity and heat.The BSP workers had gathered in large numbers at the ground on party founder Kanshi Ram’s 10th death anniversary. In 2002, at least 12 party workers were killed and 22 injured at the Charbagh Railway station after a BSP rally in Lucknow.
ALSO READ Atrocities committed by BJP in name of Goraksha and religious conversion, says Mayawati at Lucknow rallyAccording to NDTV, several children were reportedly missing in the chaos of the rally. More details of the stampede are awaited.At the rally, the BSP supremo said that the party would not forge any pre-poll alliance in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab.Mayawati asserted that the BJP-rule was biased against minorities and said, “Atrocities have been committed in the name of Goraksha and religious conversion.” Mayawati told Muslim voters to not waste their votes on Samajwadi Party as it will benefit BJP.She also called out the BJP for politicising the surgical strikes and said, “Natakbazi on surgical strikes by BJP is to divert attention of people from failure to perform on the promises made by it during the run-up to 2014 polls.”With PTI inputs.
BSP on Friday said it will wait for the court verdict before deciding on any action against party MP Narendra Kashyap in connection with his daughter-in-law’s death.”Party will decide on taking action against MP Narendra Kashyap only after court verdict on the issue….”, BSP state unit president Ram Achal Rajbhar, who was here to take part in a party programme, told reporters here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”This a matter concerning law… what is right and what is wrong will be decided by the court… picture will be clear only after that,” Rajbhar said, although he added that party supremo Mayawati will decide what has to be done in the matter.To a question, Rajbhar ruled out any “pact” with Asaduddin Owaisi’s party in the coming UP Assembly polls and said BSP will go alone on the basis of social engineering.”Fed up of Akhilesh Yadav government’s jungle raj, the people of the state have decided to make Mayawati chief minister for the fifth time,” Rajbhar added.29-year-old Himanshi, the daughter of former BSP minister Hiralal Kashyap, was married to Narendra Kashyap’s son Sagar three years ago and the couple have a one-year-old son.On Wednesday, Himanshi was found dead inside the bathroom of their house in Sanjay Nagar of Ghaziabad with gunshot injuries on her head.
Chintan, estranged husband of Hema along with other accused, Pradeep Rajbhar, Vijay Rajbhar and Shivkumar Rajbhar alias Sadhu were produced in Borivali metropolitan magistrate court t The Mumbai Police on Friday filed the chargesheet against all accused in the Hema Upadhyay double murder case, including her husband Chintan Upadhyay. Earlier this week, the judicial custody of all the accused in the double murder case of artist Hema and her lawyer Haresh Bhambani was extended till March 18.On Saturday artist Chintan, estranged husband of Hema along with other accused, Pradeep Rajbhar, Vijay Rajbhar and Shivkumar Rajbhar alias Sadhu were produced in Borivali metropolitan magistrate court through video conferencing while one accused, who has been deemed to be a minor, was sent to juvenile court. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bodies of Upadhyay and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani, wrapped in plastic sheets, were found inside cardboard cartons dumped in a sewer in Kandivali on December 12.
A north-eastern girl, residing at Tollygunge in South Kolkata, was molested inside a supermarket and subjected to racial insults by an employee on Saturday evening. The victim had gone to the Reliance Fresh store, when one of the showroom employees tried to molest her and made racial comments on her appearance. Immediately, she raised an alarm and informed the showroom manager, but the manager asked her not to file a complaint and insisted that the accused made a mistake. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday, the victim filed a complaint with the Netaji Nagar police station in Tollygunge and the police arrested the accused. The accused has been identified as a 19-year-old youth, Sumit Rajbhar. The police have slapped charges of molestation on the accused. The authorities at Reliance Fresh said they have dismissed the two employees – the accused and the store manager on duty. Reliance Fresh CEO Damodar Mall also tendered an apology to the woman on social media and said that he was personally saddened by the aberration and action of the two people to their zero tolerance policy. “The offending staffer has been dismissed for gross indiscipline and breach of the code of conduct. The services of the store manager on duty have also been terminated due to dereliction of duty,” he said.
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed Thane prison authorities to respond to a petition filed by artist Chintan Upadhyay, arrested for allegedly murdering his wife Hema and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani, seeking a bed to sleep in his cell.A division bench headed by Justice R V More asked the jail authorities to reply to the plea and posted the matter for hearing tomorrow.Chintan, in his petition, submitted that he is unable to sleep on the floor due to spondylitis. The prison authorities were not providing him medical help, he alleged. He was arrested on December 28, last year in connection with the murder of his estranged wife Hema and her lawyer Bhambhani.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four other accused in the murder case — Pradip Rajbhar, Vijay Rajbhar, Shivkumar Rajbhar and Azaad Rajbhar — are also currently lodged in judicial custody. However, the main accused, Vidyadhar Rajhbhar, is still at large.Hema, an installation artist, and Bhambhani were found dead in a drain in Dhanukar Wadi in suburban Kandivli on December 11, last year.
Police have so far arrested Pradip Rajbhar, Vijay Rajbhar, Shivkumar Rajbhar and Azaad Rajbhar, all accomplices of prime accused Vidyadhar Rajbhar who is still on run, besides Chintan. The judicial custody of all the accused will end on January 11.
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