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Examine if soft porn being shown on Hotstar: Delhi HC to Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has been asked by the Delhi High Court to examine the allegation that objectionable content, including soft pornography, was being made available for download from website, run by a subsidiary of Star India Pvt Ltd, and take appropriate action.Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva issued notice to Star India and its subsidiary, Novi Digital Entertainment Pvt Ltd, seeking their reply to a plea alleging that they were operating an illegal Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) distribution platform without following the uplinking and downlinking guidelines.Besides the two companies, the court also sought response of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for allegedly not regulating content provided on the IPTV platform website The court directed the ministries to “look into the issue and, in case, the content, being made available through the website is objectionable or prohibited, appropriate action shall be taken by them in accordance with law”.The court’s direction came on a plea by Un-Canned Media Pvt Ltd, alleging that the two companies in connivance with each other, have been operating an illegal distribution platform, by illegally providing content through their Hotstar IPTV platform in violation of the guidelines stipulated under the applicable laws. It has contended that the company, which owns and operates digital properties like, is not being regulated by the ministries, in as much the contents being provided on the website is uncensored and uncontrolled by them.Un-canned Media claimed the objectionable content was being made available for download by the companies. “Some instances have been pointed out whereby it is contended that even soft pornography is also being permitted to be downloaded from the services being provided by the firm on its website,” the court noted in its order.

Bihar road rage case: Rocky Yadav surrenders before Gaya district court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rocky Yadav surrendered before the Gaya district court on Saturday, a day after the police could not trace him.The Supreme Court on Friday had stayed the bail granted by the Patna High Court on October 19 to Yadav in connection with the death of Aditya Sachdeva in the road rage incident, making it clear he will have to go back to jail.Rocky is accused of shooting and killing Aditya Sachdeva, a Class XII student who was driving his Maruti car, for overtaking his SUV on May 7 this year near Gaya.The Nitish Kumar government filed an appeal in the Supreme Court challenging the Patna High Court’s granting bail to Rocky Yadav.After the Supreme Court stayed his bail, the police launched a manhunt when Yadav could not be located. Raids were conducted at various places in order to put him back to jail, Senior Superintendent of Police Garima Malik told PTI. “As soon as the Supreme Court judgement reached us the police raided Rocky Yadav’s house in AP Colony, but did not find him there,” the SP said.The police filed an application in the court of Additional District Judge SP Mishra seeking non-bailable arrest warrant against Yadav to send him back to jail in accordance with the apex court judgement. Rocky Yadav’s lawyer also filed an affidavit in the court of the ADJ during the day stating that he was out of Gaya and would come before the court on Sunday.With PTI/ANI inputs

Rocky Yadav to return to jail: SC stays bail granted to accused in Aditya Sachdeva murder case

The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the Patna High Court order which had granted bail to Rakesh Ranjan Yadav alias Rocky Yadav, accused of shooting dead Class XII student Aditya Sachdeva for overtaking his car on 7 May in Bihar.

File image of Rocky Yadav. CNN-News18

File image of Rocky Yadav. CNN-News18

Rocky Yadav will now have to go back to jail. A day after the high court had granted him bail, Bihar government had decided to challenge the order in the Supreme Court.

“The state government is going to file an appeal in the Supreme Court challenging the bail granted to Rocky Yadav by the Patna High Court,” Principal Additional Advocate General Lalit Kishore had told PTI.

He had, however, refused to divulge details about the grounds on which the state government went in for the appeal. Police had arrested Rocky from his father’s mixer plant in Gaya on 10 May.

Police had filed a charge sheet in a Gaya court against Rocky and another accused in connection with the murder case. They have also filed charge sheet against Rocky’s cousin Teni Yadav, his father Bindi Yadav and his MLC mother’s bodyguard Rajesh Kumar in the murder case. The state government had put the case on speedy trial and investigation was completed within three weeks and charge sheet filed within a month of the incident.

After the high court had granted bail to Rocky, the parents of the victim had hit out on the verdict.

“This is a very bad day for Bihar, I appeal to the government to take some measures to save Bihar from the jungle raj,” Shyam Sundar, father of Aditya Sachdeva, had told ANI. “We have all the proofs with us but still justice is denied, money and power have again silenced the truth,” ANI had further quoted Sundar as saying.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had assured the parents of the victim that justice will be done in the case when he had visited their house in Gaya town in June.

With inputs from PTI

Bihar govt challenges Rocky Yadav’s bail in Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bihar Government on Monday approached the Supreme Court seeking cancellation of the bail granted to Rocky Yadav in connection with the murder of Aditya Sachdeva in a road rage case in Gaya earlier on May 7. The apex court agreed to hear the matter on October 28. Rakesh Ranjan Yadav alias Rocky, the son of suspended Janata Dal (United) MLC Manorama Devi, was granted bail by the Patna High Court earlier on October 19. The police arrested Rocky from his father Bindi Yadav?s mixer plant in Gaya earlier on May 10. Rocky’s parents, accused of sheltering him while he was on the run after the murder, were recently granted bail. The police filed a chargesheet in a Gaya court against Rocky and another accused in connection with this case.They have also filed chargesheets against Rocky’s cousin Teni Yadav, his father Bindi Yadav and his MLC mother’s bodyguard Rajesh Kumar in the case. The state government had put the case on speedy trial. The investigation was completed within three weeks and the chargesheet was filed within a month of the incident.

After Rocky Yadav’s bail, family of road rage murder victim cries foul

A day after Patna high court granted bail to Rocky Yadav, the main accused in the murder of a Class XI student, Aditya Sachdeva, over road rage in Gaya, Bihar, the parents of the victim have hit out on the verdict.

File image of Rocky Yadav. Image courtesy: News18

File image of Rocky Yadav. Image courtesy: News18

“This is a very bad day for Bihar, I appeal to the government to take some measures to save Bihar from the jungle raj,” Shyam Sundar, father of Aditya Sachdeva, told ANI. Both the parents hit out against the verdict. “We have all the proofs with us but still justice is denied, money & power has again silenced the truth,” ANI quoted Sundar on Twitter.

Rocky Yadav, son of suspended Janata Dal-United MLC Manorma Devi and Bindi Yadav, a politician with a criminal past, is accused of shooting Aditya Sachdeva on 7 May following an altercation over overtaking his vehcile. Manorma and Bindi were accused of sheltering him, and recently enlarged on bail as well. Rocky had absconded after the murder, allegedly with the help of his parents.

According to IANS, Rocky had confessed killing Sachdeva to the police, and was lodged in the Gaya Central Jail along with his father Bindi Yadav, Bindi Yadav’s bodyguard Rajesh Kumar and a cousin, Teni Yadav. All of them are accused in the murder case. Following the public outcry over Aditya Sachdeva’s murder, the ruling JD-U had suspended Manorama’s membership.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had assured the parents of the victim that justice will be done in the case, when he had visited their house in Gaya town in June.

“We need answers, high court gave decision in his (Rocky Yadav) favour without even opening the case. Bohot ghalat hua hai, humare bachhe ke saath insaaf hona chahiye. Hume sarkar se ummeed thi (This is very bad thing happened to our child. Our child should get justice. We had hopes from the government),” Sachdeva’s mother told ANI.

During the hearing, Rocky’s lawyer YV Giri argued that there is no direct evidence of his client’s involvement in the incident, PTI reported on Wednesday. Opposing the bail plea, government advocate Dilip Kumar Sinha told the court that Rocky Yadav was the main accused in the case.

After hearing arguments the court had granted bail to Rocky Yadav.

With inputs from agencies

Don’t fall for false nationalism; India in no position to ban Chinese imports

New Delhi – Social media jingoists are having a field day dissuading the aam aadmi from buying anything Chinese this Diwali. Since China has problems with India’s stand on Pakistan-based terrorist Masood Azhar, we must therefore stop using all things Chinese: this is the logic of the twitterati. Well, as usual, the opinion generators on social media are high on rhetoric but rather poor on facts.

The fact is this: whatever be China’s position as far as India’s fight with terrorism is concerned, we cannot afford to ban Chinese goods imports. The matter must be handled diplomatically, using bilateral trade as a weapon suits ultra nationalists but not India’s economy.

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For one, imports from China accounted for over 16 percent of India’s total import basket in 2015-16, as per data available on the website of the Department of Commerce. Not only is China a country from where India imported the highest value of goods last fiscal, the amount we spent on buying the same Chinese goods which the ultra nationalists now want us to eschew was more than the combined amount India spent on importing stuff from United States, UAE and Saudi Arabia last fiscal.

India imported goods worth $61.7 billion from China last fiscal when India sent goods to that country merely worth $9.05 billion. India’s imports to China have almost halved over the last four years. A back-of-the envelope calculation shows we imported at least six times more from our largest trading partner than China did from us. Isn’t it then obvious that India is rather heavily dependent on Chinese imports and any weakening of trade ties between the two countries will substantially hurt Indian businesses, not so much China?

But why is India unable to compete with China when it comes to exports? According to a written answer Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave in Lok Sabha during the Mosoon Session earlier this year, trade deficit with China has been increasing as Chinese exports to India rely strongly on manufactured items to meet the demand of fast expanding sectors like telecom and power. India’s exports to China, on the other hand, are characterised by primary and intermediate products.

The upshot of this is that we send products to China which are not high value-added, whereas China is sending products such as telecom instruments, computer hardware, peripherals, fertilizers, electronic components/ instruments, project goods, organic chemicals and drug intermediates, consumer electronics, electrical machinery and equipment, iron and steel etc.

“These imports feed the growing demand in India for such goods which China, due to variety of reasons, is able to export to India at competitive prices,” Sitharaman said in her reply. India’s trade deficit with China increased from $38.67 billion in 2012-13 to $48.45 billion in 2014-15.

The misguided approach towards the Sino-Indian trade ties on social media is also bothering many traders and wholesalers in and around Delhi. With Dilwai around the corner, an overwhelming chunk of goods – lights, some crackers, furnishings, gift items – all come in large quantities from China. If the Chinese stuff is not sold, traders fear a dark Diwali. Stocks have mostly been replenished months back in anticipation of the usual Diwai buying frenzy, and they came in when India and China were still not at loggerheads over Pakistan.

The president of a well-know traders’ association in Delhi did not want to be identified but told Firstpost that this year, business is suffering due to overall gloom in the market, the reduced sales have little to do with the so-called anti-China sentiment. “By this time last year, we had sold off 70-80 percent goods before Diwali but this time only about 25 percent has been offloaded. I don’t think Chinese goods are the specific reason for this decline in sales and anyway we expected the sentiment to improve closer to Diwali. I don’t see much impact of anti-Chinese sentiment”.

Manish Jain, owner of one of the large gift items’ shops in Delhi’s biggest wholesale market, Sadar Bazar, said supply of imported goods from China has anyway been negligible for the last three months so there was no reason to assess the so-called anti-China sentiment.

“No shipments have been coming from ports for the last three months…I do not know why. Sales are anyway suffering, we are selling whatever is there in stock (Indian and Chinese goods). Impact of anti-Chinese sentiment will be known only after the season is over”.

This report quotes IndiaSpend’s visit to Manish market, the hub of imported Chinese goods in Mumbai’s heart. It syas Chinese products here are cheaper, available in bulk, neatly packaged and easy to buy. “If the 50 different types of LED lamps that I sell were available from say, Surat, at a cheaper rate and at my doorstep, why would I go for Chinese lamps?” asked a lamp distributor and retailer, requesting anonymity. “If I had to buy these in India, this collection would cost me double.”

But Kunal of Ram Chand Chhunnu Lall Fireworks near Delhi’s Jama Masjid and Manish Sachdeva of Sachdeva Lighting, both denied any Chinese connection vehemently. Kunal averred that none of the 7-8 shops selling crackers near Jama Masjid stock any Chinese stuff while Sachdeva said there was no need for Chinese goods in premium lighting, this was mainly the need for ocassion lighting with ‘ladis’.

Some associations like the Confederation of Indian Traders (CAIT), however, seem to place ultra nationalist sentiment over plain business sense. Praveen Khandelwal of CAIT said there has been a 30 percent decline in shipments from wholesalers to retailers after the anti-China sentiment surfaced on social media and that he has “personally” seen consumers avoiding Chinese products in the run-up to Diwali shopping.

But in the same breath, he said it was impossible to totally ban imports from China due to global trade compulsions. “China has celebrated its Diwali since import shipments usually arrive three months in advance, when the entire Masood Azhar issue had not happened. They will suffer during Christmas as New Year now,” Khandelwal said.

Instead of targeting sale of small-value Diwali items imported from China, India should be looking to demand greater market access for some of its exports to China. Of course, we also need to take some major initiatives to correct the widening trade imbalance between the two countries and try and lessen our import dependence. But until this is achieved, India is really in no position to avoid using Chinese goods which have flooded our local markets.

Degree not collected cannot be equated with degree not issued: Delhi HC dismisses student’s plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The students, who secure a rank in an entrance exam but fail to produce the required documents at the time of counselling, cannot fault the university for denying admission, Delhi High Court has held. “Since the petitioner failed to appear for counselling in terms of the notification with the original documents, the action of the respondent university in denying admission to the petitioner and not entertaining the degree produced at a subsequent date cannot be faulted,” Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said.The court’s observation came while dismissing a plea by a student, Bhim Shankar Thakur, who had urged that the Delhi University (DU) be directed to accept his degree certificate and grant him admission in LLB course for 2016-2017 session.Thakur had appeared for LLB entrance examination and secured rank 767 in the OBC category. As per his rank, he was called for counselling on August 22, but he could not submit the original graduation degree as required. The boy had graduated in 2012, but had not collected the degree from the university. After DU administration refused him admission due to his failure to submit the original documents, he had collected the degree from the university at Meerut on September 8, 2016.When he approached DU to submit the degree after the counselling was over, the varsity did not accept it. The student’s lawyer had contended that he was not in a position to produce any proof that the degree had not been issued by the university till the date of counselling. But he had prayed that he be granted admission according to his rank.The court, however, was not convinced with the contention and in its verdict, relied on its own judgment passed in a case with identical circumstances where it was held that “degree not collected cannot be equated with degree not issued.”It was also held that it was mandatory for the candidates to report with the documents in original at the specified date and time for counselling, failing which they will forfeit their claim for admission.

Name of father not mandatory for issuing passport, Delhi HC tells authorities

New Delhi: Passport authorities cannot insist upon mentioning the name of an applicant’s father in the travel document, the Delhi High Court said on Monday.

Representational image of Delhi high court. AFP

Representational image of Delhi high court. AFP

“There is no legal requirement for insisting upon the father’s name in the passport,” Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said while referring to an earlier judgement passed by the high court in May this year.

“In view of the above, the respondents (Regional Passport Office and others) are directed to issue a passport to the petitioner without insisting upon the father’s name,” the court said.

The court said this while dealing with a petition filed by a youth whose request for renewal of passport was rejected by a Regional Passport Office for not mentioning the name of his biological father.

The authorities had also cancelled his earlier passport which was valid till June 2017. The youth had contended before the court that a passport was issued to him in June 2007 and he had applied for its renewal this year.

He said that his mother had divorced his father in 2003 on account of desertion and neglect. His counsel argued that his client is pursuing a course at Melbourne in Australia which would be over in June next year.

He said that since the passport was to expire before the conclusion of the course, his client had applied for issuance of a fresh passport which was rejected by the authorities as he had not mentioned his father’s name in the application. During the arguments, passport authority told the court that it was mandatory to give father’s name in the application since its software does not accept applications without the father’s name.

They said that deletion of father’s name on the ground of divorce was not permissible unless the parents have legally disowned the child. The court noted in its order that the youth’s father’s name was not mentioned even in the passport issued to him earlier.

Regarding the contention of the passport authority that the computer would not accept application form without the father’s name, the court said it may “modify” its software expeditiously.

The court directed the authorities to issue a passport to the youth within three working days, considering that he had applied for it under the Tatkal scheme.

Aditya Sachdeva murder: Bail plea of JD(U) MLC Manorama Devi rejected again

Patna: A Bihar court on Friday again rejected the plea of Janata Dal-United (JD-U) legislator Manorama Devi who, along with her husband and son, was arrested in connection with the murder of teenager Aditya Sachdeva.

This is the second time when the Gaya district and session court has rejected her bail plea.

File image of Manorama Devi. News18

File image of Manorama Devi. News18

Manorma Devi’s lawyer Qaiser Serfuddin told reporters that he will now file a bail plea in the Patna high court.

“After Gaya court rejected the bail plea, we now have the option to file plea in the Patna high court for relief,” he said.

Last Tuesday the Gaya court refused to hear the bail plea of Manorama Devi and another court rejected the plea of her husband Bindi Yadav, a politician with well known criminal links.

The court had then asked the police to produce the case diary and its report.

The couple and their son Rocky Yadav, 30, were arrested in connection with the killing of Aditya Sachdeva, the son of a Gaya-based businessman.

Rocky Yadav, 30, allegedly killed teenager Aditya Sachdeva on 7 May on Bodh Gaya-Gaya road for overtaking his car.

Rocky absconded after the murder, allegedly with the help of his parents.

Manorama Devi, who is a JD-U member of the legislative council, and her husband’s arms licences have been cancelled.

Following the public outcry over Aditya Sachdeva’s murder, the ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) suspended Manorama’s membership.

The teenager’s family has demanded a CBI probe into the case and a speedy trial of the accused.

Bihar: LJP leader Sudesh Paswan murdered in Dumaria

Sudesh Paswan, a leader from Ram Vilas Paswan’s party LJP has been murdered in Dumaria in Bihar. “We condemn the murder of our leader Sudesh Paswan. President’s rule should be imposed in Bihar,” LJP said commented.In February, LJP leader Baijnathi Singh too was murdered and the incident drew a lot of attack towards CM Nitish Kumar’s governance.Bihar is making headlines since the news of Aditya Sachdeva’s murder, a businessman’s son and Class 12th student who was allegedly shot dead by Rocky Yadav, a JDU MLC’s son for overtaking his vehicle here on May 7. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajdeo Ranjan, district bureau head of a leading vernacular newspaper, was shot dead by unidentified men when he was going on his motorcycle near fruit market on station road under town police station area of Siwan on May 13 evening.Nitish Kumar and his mahagathbandhan are facing flak since the murders and their governance is being criticised as Jungle Raj II.

Gaya teen murder: Bihar court rejects Manorama Devi’s bail plea

Patna: A Bihar court on Thursday rejected the bail plea of Manorama Devi, a suspended Janata Dal-United legislator and mother of murder accused Rocky Yadav, officials said.

Manorama devi is currently lodged in the Gaya Central Jail after she surrendered in a local court, which remanded her in 14-day judicial custody. CNN News18

Manorama is currently lodged in the Gaya Central Jail after she surrendered in a local court, which remanded her in 14-day judicial custody. CNN News18

Manorama’s son Rocky is main accused in the killing a Class 12 student Aditya Sachdeva.

She is currently lodged in the Gaya Central Jail after she surrendered in a local court, which remanded her in 14-day judicial custody.

An arrest warrant was issued last week against Manorama for keeping liquor in her home in Gaya town in violation of the prohibition law of the state and for harbouring her fugitive son who has since been arrested.

Authorities in Gaya last week cancelled the arms licences of Manorama and her husband Bindi Yadav.

The legislator, who was suspended from the ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) last week, was evading arrest.

Manorama last Friday filed an anticipatory bail plea despite the fact that police had intensified search operations to arrest her and the district administration had prepared to confiscate her house. Hearing on her plea was deferred by the court on Monday.

Her son Rocky Yadav was arrested on Tuesday from a house in Bodh Gaya for allegedly killing Aditya Sachdeva, the son of a Gaya-based businessman, on 7 May. He has been sent to police custody.

Her husband Bindi Yadav, a criminal turned politician, was also arrested in connection with the killing of the teenager.

Aditya’s family has demanded a CBI probe into the case and speedy trial to ensure justice.

With Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asserting that no guilty will be spared, the police have promised to file a charge sheet within a month.

Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Sunil Kumar said: “Police have been working to complete investigations in the case within three weeks. The charge sheet will be filed within a month to ensure speedy trial.”

Bihar govt to recommend CBI probe into scribe murder: Nitish Kumar

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the Bihar government will on Monday recommend a CBI inquiry into the killing of a journalist at Siwan in the state on May 13. “A decision has been taken to send the inquiry into the killing of a journalist of regional daily at Siwan to CBI on the request of his family. After following procedural code, the recommendation for CBI investigation would be handed over today itself,” Kumar told newsmen here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”… when I saw in the media the (journalist’s) family’s demand for a CBI probe, I personally asked the DGP to send a police team to acquaint the family with probe. Patna Zonal IG N H Khan met the family and they expressed satisfaction over the inquiry. We were prepared that if they are not satisfied, a CBI probe would be recommended in the Siwan incident,” he said.The chief minister said no effort has been spared in investigating the killing of Rajdeo Ranjan, the Siwan district bureau chief of Hindi daily ‘Hindustan’, and in the Gaya road rage incident. “None should have any doubt that anybody would be protected in any crime … In my government, nobody is above the law irrespective of party affiliation or social standing.We believe in the principle that police should conduct investigation in any crime independently and nobody should interfere in the probe process,” Kumar said. He also called on mediapersons to be responsible citizens and share information or clue, if any, with the probe officials in the two cases.When asked about RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin’s alleged link in the murder of the scribe on Saturday and progress of police investigation in the case, the chief minister called Director General of Police PK Thakur, present at the programme, and handed him over the loud speaker to answer the questions. Rubbishing the charge of return of ‘jungle raj’ in Bihar, Kumar, during the one-and-half-hour press meet, asserted that “rule of law” prevailed in the state and he was personally committed to continue it in future too.There have been allegations by NDA of return of ‘jungle raj’ under the present ruling coalition in which RJD is a partner and law and order becoming a casualty due to Kumar’s tours outside the state for programmes on prohibition. He highlighted the suspension of JD(U) MLC Manorama Devi, whose son Rocky Yadav is alleged to have killed 19-year-old student Aditya Sachdeva in an incident of road rage, and also recovery of liquor bottles from her Gaya house.

Bihar road rage: Rocky Yadav ‘confesses’ to killing Aditya Sachdeva

Bihar lawmaker’s son Rocky Yadav has ‘confessed’ to killing a teenager for overtaking his SUV, The Times of India quoted top police sources.

Rocky initially told reporters that he was innocent of the crime, insisting he was in Delhi when the crime took place in Gaya.

Rocky Yadav. File photo. Image courtesy - CNN News18Rocky Yadav. File photo. Image courtesy - CNN News18

Rocky Yadav. File photo. Image courtesy: News18

On the Bodh Gaya-Gaya stretch, 19-year old Aditya Sachdeva and a few friends of his were driving, and overtook Yadav’s Land Rover. Enraged, Rocky chased them down and roughed them up. When they tried to escape, he shot a bullet through the rear windshield, killing Sachdeva, reported the  Hindustan Times.

Rocky, who was initially absconding, surrendered after 54 hours. He was later sent to 14-day judicial custody by a Gaya court, police said.

Gaya Senior Superintendent of Police Garima Mallik said that Rocky had confessed to the fatal shooting of businessman’s son Sachdeva on Saturday night for overtaking his car on the Bodh Gaya-Gaya road. Rocky was arrested with the pistol used in the crime, she said. The licence for the pistol was issued in Delhi.

“I was in Delhi… when my mother called me I came and presented myself before the SSP… I did not open fire,” he said while being whisked away by the police following Mallik’s press conference. “I’ll tell everything in the court,” he said, when asked about his whereabouts on the night.

Rocky’s father Bindi Yadav is a criminal-turned-politician. According to The Times of India, he was a once-dreaded don who has been accused in about two dozen serious criminal cases including those involving murder, kidnapping, dacoity and house-grabbing.

Rocky’s mother Manorama Devi is a Suspended JD(U) MLC. She has been on the run after an arrest warrant was issued following seizure of liquor bottles from her residence.  It was later found that there was also a child labourer the household had employed, which spelled fresh trouble for the suspended legislator. Prohibition has been imposed across Bihar.

After the news about his son’s alleged crime spread throughout the country, Bindi Yadav had also claimed that Rocky had fired from his pistol “by mistake”. Eye-witnesses, though, contradicted this claim and explained how Rocky Yadav had threatened them just because their car had overtaken his own vehicle.

With inputs from agencies

Bihar road rage: How did Rocky get gun license without verification, Tejasvi Yadav asks Centre

With the Bihar government under fire over the tragic incident of a teenager’s murder allegedly by Janata Dal (United) MLC Manorama Devi’s son Rocky Yadav in a road rage incident, state Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav on Friday shifted the blame on the Centre asserting that the accused had procured a gun license without verification, clearly through the influence of someone powerful within the government.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We have been asserting from day one that we condemn what happened but the politics happening over it is saddening. It has been printed today in a Delhi newspaper that the Delhi Police gave the gun license without verification. Why is no one talking about this?” Yadav told the media here.Asserting that the Bihar government will probe into the matter, Yadav alleged that it was due to the influence of someone from the Centre that the accused managed to get a gun license without verification.He added that on the other hand if the Bihar police had done the same and doled out a gun without a license, the furore created by the Centre would have been unimaginable.”Everyone needs to maintain calm and practice a little restrain so that the law can take its own course. The incident is saddening and tragic for sure but the entire Bihar should not be disgraced for it. The BJP government is targeting Bihar to hide their own flaws,” Yadav added.In response, the Delhi Police PRO told ANI, “We issued licence for Rocky Yadav’s weapon in 2013. Can cancel it once probe report from Bihar Police comes.” Rocky Yadav was arrested on Tuesday morning from his father’s farm in Bodh Gaya while the Excise Department had on Wednesday sealed the house of Manorama Devi.A local court on Wednesday remanded Rocky Yadav, who allegedly shot dead a student for overtaking his vehicle in Bihar, to two-day police custody.The court had earlier sent Rocky to 14 days’ judicial custody.Rakesh Ranjan Yadav alias Rocky is accused of killing Class XII student Aditya Sachdeva after an argument with the youth for overtaking his vehicle on Saturday night. The family has been provided with protection by the Bihar police.

Bihar road rage: Rocky Yadav remanded to two days police custody

A local court on Wednesday remanded in two days police custody Rocky Yadav who allegedly shot dead a student for overtaking his vehicle in Bihar. Additional District and Sessions Judge S K Jha accepted police’s prayer seeking Rocky’s custody and granted permission. The court had on Tuesday sent to 14 days’ judicial custody the son of absconding JD(U) MLC Manorama Devi and RJD strongman Bindi Yadav. Rocky, whose real name is Rakesh Ranjan Yadav, is accused of killing Class XII student Aditya Sachdeva after their car did not allow SUV of the accused take over on Saturday night. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After remaining in hiding at his father’s mixer plant in Bodh Gaya, Rocky was arrested early yesterday after over 50 hours. He is currently lodged in Gaya central jail where his father Bindi, known in the area for his muscle and money power, and his mother’s bodyguard Rajesh Kumar are also kept in the Aditya death case. Bindi and Rajesh were arrested on Sunday for allegedly helping Rocky escape.

Rocky Yadav trial: Investigation will be completed in three weeks, says Bihar ADGP

Patna: The Bihar police on Tuesday said that Rakesh Ranjan Yadav alias Rocky Yadav, the son of the ruling JD(U) MLC Manorama Devi, who allegedly shot dead a 20-year-old youth for overtaking his vehicle, will be subjected to a speedy trial.

“SSP Gaya has been directed to ensure a speedy trial in the case. The investigation is still on and it will be completed within three weeks and a chargesheet will be filed within a month,” the Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Sunil Kumar told reporters here.

The main accused Rocky Yadav was arrested in the wee hours of Tuesday with a pistol used in the crime, the ADGP said, adding that 19 cartridges had also been seized from the accused.

Rocky Yadav. Image courtesy News18.Rocky Yadav. Image courtesy News18.

Rocky Yadav. Image courtesy News18.

Aditya Sachdeva was allegedly shot dead by Rocky Yadav for overtaking his vehicle near the police lines in Gaya district on Saturday night.

When pointed out that Yadav denied opening fire, the ADGP said, “No accused confesses that he has committed crime. Let him say whatever he is saying. He will get opportunity during trial.”

“So far as police are concerned, we have enough evidence to prove his guilt in the case. We have circumstantial evidence, scientific evidence, weapon and vehicle used in the crime, statements of witnesses under 164 of CrPC,” he said, hours after the Gaya police nabbed the accused.

Stating that two accused persons — Rocky’s father Bindi Yadav and bodyguard Rajesh Kumar — have already been arrested, Kumar said that efforts are on to nab another accomplice Tany Yadav, who was present in the SUV and is absconding.

A forensic science laboratory team has been sent to Gaya from Patna to collect scientific evidence such as fingerprints and ballistic evidence which would be helpful in proving the case, he said.

Odd Even | Govt can’t wash off hands on over-charging by taxis: Delhi HC

Delhi High Court on Monday said the Delhi government cannot wash their hands off on alleged over charging by app-based private taxi operators like Uber and Ola, as general public was suffering due to it.A bench of Justice J R Midha, which issued a notice to the Delhi government seeking its response on the issue by April 25, also wondered what the concerned authorities were doing to regulate this. “What is the government doing to regulate this? This is not for the courts to do. What are you (government) doing,” the court asked, adding, “today, people are aggrieved that some companies are overcharging.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The issue was raised before the court during the hearing on a plea filed by Magic Sewa Pvt Ltd which has alleged that certain unlicensed taxi aggregators like Uber and Ola, “have been disdainfully violating” the government’s notification on fares by charging very low amounts like Rs five per km or as high as Rs 38 per km. Advocate Pranav Sachdeva, who appeared for the petitioner, claimed this was an urgent issue as during the ongoing odd-even scheme, app-based taxi service operators were flouting fare rules and charging exorbitantly from the customers.Terming the advertisements given by such operators as “misleading”, he said despite repeated complaints made to the government on this issue, no action was taken. The counsel representing the Delhi government submitted they would file a status report in this regard. During the hearing, the court observed that the government should have appointed an expert to see how these app-based taxi operators were operating in other countries. “You (government) cannot wash off your hands. Government will have to find out a way. This problem appears to be genuine as general people are suffering because of this,” the bench said, adding that “this is government’s primary duty”.It suggested that the government hold consultations with taxi operators on these issues and come out with a comprehensive scheme thereafter.

Rahul Raj Singh should be hanged, says Pratyusha’s father

Mumbai: TV actress Pratyusha Banerjee’s father Shankar Banerjee said that actor Rahul Raj Singh, with whom his daughter was in a relationship, should be hanged or imprisoned for the rest of his life.

“Rahul should be either hanged or kept in prison for the rest of his life. He has ruined my daughter’s life, she should get justice,” Shankar Banerjee, who finally spoke to the media on Tuesday, said.

File Image of Pratyusha BanerjeeFile Image of Pratyusha Banerjee

File Image of Pratyusha Banerjee

Pratyusha Banerjee’s prayer meet was held on Tuesday at a gurdwara in Mumbai which was attended by her mother, father and her close friends.

“We didn’t come in front of the media all this while because we wanted all the rituals to be done. We have lost our daughter and we have filed an FIR… whatever problem she had, we have recorded our statement at the police station,” Pratyusha’s father said.

Pratyusha’s close friends including Deepshikha, Anuj Sachdeva, Sangram Singh and Rohit Verma were also present.

Pratyusha’s mother, who was inconsolable, said that Rahul Raj Singh should be punished.

Pratyusha committed suicide at her home in Mumbai on Friday.

Give an ‘overall and integrated’ timeline of steps to improve policing in Delhi; spend money on secirity: HC to Centre

New Delhi:  Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to give an “overall and integrated” timeline of steps it proposes to take to improve policing and reduce crime, particularly against women, children and the elderly in the national capital.

A bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva issued the direction after perusing a letter from the
Centre which stated that inducting more personnel in Delhi police is a “continuous process” and was “likely to take some time”.

The bench said the letter cannot leave the issue of increasing the number of cops as “open-ended and vague” and
added “the bottomline is that you have to spend money on security of people”.

It also suggested Centre to have a large pool of officers containing a special section entirely for VIP duty.

“You should have a time schedule. Give a concrete timeline,” the bench said and asked Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain to file an affidavit “demonstrating an overall and intergrated timeline of proposed steps to improve policing and reduce incidents of crime, particularly against women, children and elderly”.

The court said the affidavit should also contain a specific plan with regard to use of technology to improve investigation mechanism.

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Representational image. AFP

“This would be in sync with the separation of crime investigation from law and order,” it added.

Referring to the letter, the ASG told the court that currently the police to population ratio was 244 and it would come down to 230 after they induct 4227 more cops which has been approved by the Ministry of Finance.

He said the benchmark for police to population in urban areas was 227.

The court asked Delhi police to give “statistics with regard to number of cases which are decided by the sessions
court, the High Court and Supreme Court in the last five years”.

Police was asked to also indicate in its affidavit “the number of cases in which there were convictions and number of cases in which there were acquittals”.

“This way we will know how many of the people you catch go scot-free,” the bench said, adding that this would also
show whether there has been any improvement in the crime situation in Delhi.

“Figures with regard to crime against women and senior citizens to be given separately,” it said.

It also lamented that the disposal rate of criminal cases in High Court and even the Supreme Court was slow, especially where older matters were concerned, due to fewer number of judges.

On the issue of setting up CCTVs in the national capital, Delhi government said that tendering process for the cameras has begun and soon they would be seen across the city.

With regard to cameras in 44 identified sensitive areas in the national capital, the city government said that the
mechanism for sharing feed has to be decided as Delhi police wants it entirely for itself.

The Delhi government said that no one agency or authority alone can be allowed access and control of the feed.

The court, however, was of the view that police has to have control and first access to the feed as they are the ones who will respond first to any crime.

It, thereafter, said that it would examine the issue and the manner of sharing the feed would be considered on the next date of hearing, 4 May.

Meanwhile, Delhi police told the court that it has initiated a pilot project of installing 10 CCTV cameras in 10
police stations of Delhi and tenders for it have been floated.

It said the tenders would be opened in May this year.

On the last date of hearing, the court had pulled up police for its failure to install CCTV cameras at all police
stations here, despite having taken initiative 13 years ago.

The court had also termed the police’s response in the matter as “a complete eyewash” and said the force did not even know whether the cameras it has installed so far were working.

It also said the police does not even know whether the cameras in its 108 police stations are working and wanted to
know the reasons they were not working.

The court was hearing a PIL initiated by it after the 16 December, 2012, sensational gangrape case, and in which it
has been periodically giving directions with regard to improving crime investigation and protection of women.


Ensure future buildings in city seismic zone IV compliant: High Court

The Delhi High Court has directed municipal bodies in the city and the DDA to ensure that no buildings in future are constructed in the national capital which are not seismic zone IV compliant.The direction was issued by a bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva which observed that the municipal corporations have to work under the “superintendence and control” of Delhi government while formulating an action plan for making buildings seismic zone IV compliant.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the above observation, the court directed the corporations to forward the action plan to Delhi government within two weeks.The government has been directed to examine the action plan and finalise it for implementation within four weeks thereafter by issuing guidelines or bye-laws, if necessary.The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) was directed to file a status report regarding making structures in their jurisdiction compliant with norms for seismic zone IV.The court was hearing a PIL by advocate Arpit Bhargava questioning how safe were the buildings in Delhi if an earthquake, like that in Nepal, occurs here.The matter has been listed for further hearing on March 30.On January 27, the Centre had told the court that the corporations would formulate plans to implement the national building code and disaster preparedness under the control of Delhi government.The Centre had told the court that the issues raised in the PIL are covered by the building regulations chapter in the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act and added that the provisions have to be enforced by the commissioners of the corporations “under the general superintendence, direction and control of Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD)”.

Delhi traffic can frustrate a person: High Court judge

Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed, the second senior-most judge of Delhi High Court who had passed an order on checking traffic congestion in the city, on Wednesday expressed “frustration” over its non-compliance as he narrated his ordeal of getting caught in a snarl on his way to court.”You can’t imagine how frustrating it is for a High Court judge to pass an order regarding traffic congestion in Delhi and later see it not being complied with,” Justice Ahmed said while narrating his ordeal during the hearing on an air pollution case.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bench, which also comprised Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva, directed the Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) to personally look into the compliance of the court’s directions on regulating vehicular movement on roads and carriage way.”I was coming to the court at around 10.30 AM and at the roundabout near the house of the Vice President of India, I saw people moving in the carriage way. I asked the traffic police personnel deployed there that why he was not challaning the people driving wrongly in carriage way. He said to me they are not supposed to challan before 11 am,” Justice Ahmed said.Justice B D Ahmed further asked the counsel for Delhi Police what kind of traffic management was this that a traffic violator is fined only when there was a free flow of traffic and not when it is very much needed.”In the last hearing of the case, you filed an affidavit saying the people driving in carriage way wrongly will be challaned as well as booked under section 279 (driving dangerously) of IPC. You see on the ground, nothing happens,” the bench observed.It said there has to be some thinking in the traffic department about the management and regulation of traffic and intelligent personnel need to be deployed on the roads.”Traffic congestion is nothing new for cities in India. Traffic of Bombay is regulated in a much better way. A person sitting in car on Delhi road is so frustrated that when he reaches his office, he may start a fight with his colleague,” the bench observed.It said Delhi was burning fuel worth billions of rupees due to traffic congestion and idling of vehicles which also contributes to air pollution.Counsel for central government informed the court that Delhi police had initially prepared a detailed project report for Safe City project worth Rs 1680 crore, which was later revised to around Rs 1704 crore.The counsel said that project has huge financial implication and public resources needs to be used prudently. He said Delhi police was unable to spend Rs 275.08 crore already allocated to it and only 33 per cent has been spent.Earlier on February 4, the court had said that unlike the public perception, the pollution levels in the capital last year was not as bad as other years. It had said the year 2015 was relatively a better year in terms of pollution index but it did not mean the situation was good.Delhi traffic police in its report had said that it has identified 14 spots, congested junctions or corridors in Delhi, as extremely affected. The court had directed the Centre, AAP government and other authorities to submit plans to bring the pollution levels within the prescribed limits.

Odd-even succeeded as people found it appealing: Delhi HC

Delhi High Court on Thursday said the odd-even scheme of the AAP government was a success to some extent as the idea had appealed to the people and not because of the Rs 2000 fine imposed for violations.A bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva said that while the decrease in pollution levels due to the scheme might have been marginal, but it had some “good side-effects” like reduction in congestion on roads and people’s participation. It made the observation in response to the submission of Delhi Traffic Police that the scheme was successful mainly due to the fine payable for violation.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The traffic police made the submission while defending itself against the court’s assertion that its officers do not take action against violators, especially those who jump carriageways and move into oncoming lanes to get ahead during jams. Such conduct makes the traffic situation worse, the bench said.Justice Ahmed also said he and his family missed out on a movie after they were stuck in a jam and reached the theatre three hours after leaving home when usually the journey would have taken them only 40 minutes.DCP Romil Baaniya (Traffic HQ) said small fines of Rs 100 are not a deterrent so despite the large number of challans it has issued against violators, such violations continue. He said there was a need to re-work the fines that can be imposed for traffic violations and sought directions from the court to the Centre in this regard. The bench, however, refused to pass any such order.The bench said the odd-even scheme was successful, as there were fewer vehicles on road and people of Delhi participated and volunteered for it as they found the concept appealing. It said the Delhi government was successful in publicising the concept and making it appealing to the masses and asked the traffic police to undertake a similar exercise to encourage people to follow rules.”Think imaginatively,” the court told the officer who was also asked to ensure that traffic rules are implemented.The observations came during the hearing of a PIL on air pollution in which the court had told the traffic police to carry out better traffic management to reduce congestion and vehicular idling time, thereby reducing air pollution.