CBI asked to file fresh report in Aseemanand case

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After the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) failed to file a detailed report on how a confessional statement of Swami Assemanand – who is allegedly involved in the 2008 Ajmer blast – was made public, a Delhi court Tuesday asked the CBI director to file a fresh report in the case. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate… Read more »

Supreme Court upholds Nithari serial killer Surendra Koli’s death sentence

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence to Nithari serial killer Surinder Koli for murdering 14-year-old Rimpa Haldar, one of his first victims in the serial rape-cum-killing episode six years back, saying the case was “horrifying” and “barbaric”. A bench of justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Misra confirmed the death sentence to… Read more »

Thousands of Bihar lawyers strike against evening courts

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Thousands of lawyers in Bihar Tuesday began a weeklong strike to protest against evening courts that were introduced in the state in December last year. Bihar State Bar Council chairman Baleshwar Prasad Sharma said nearly 80,000 lawyers have joined the strike. The lawyers, including those from the Patna High Court, district courts and subdivisional courts,… Read more »

Supreme court asks government why it wants to remove Lalli

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The Supreme Court Monday asked the central government to file a statement of facts on why it wants to remove public broadcaster Prasar Bharati’s CEO B.S. Lalli, who is currently under suspension.The court’s directions came in the wake of the central government’s reference seeking Lalli’s removal. The Supreme court bench of Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia,… Read more »

Poverty, not pleasure, forces women into prostitution: Court

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The Supreme Court Monday said it was because of ‘abject poverty’ and not for ‘pleasure’ that a woman is compelled to indulge in prostitution. It also ordered formulation of rehabilitation schemes for sex workers. ‘If such a woman is granted opportunity to avail some technical and vocational training, she would be able to earn her… Read more »

‘Cultural protest’ against Binayak Sen’s jail Tuesday

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Director Aparna Sen, musician Rabbi Shergill and writer Ashok Vajpeyi will be among those who will gather Tuesday for a “cultural protest” against the life term of human rights activist Binayak Sen.Sen, whose bail plea was rejected by the Chhattisgarh High Court Feb 10, is at present held in a jail in Raipur. He was… Read more »

Raja, Balwa’s CBI custody extended

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Former Telecom Minister A. Raja was on Monday sent to Central Bureau of Investigation custody for three more days by a Delhi court which also extended the custody of Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa for four more days in the 2G spectrum case after the investigation agency said it wanted to confront them on… Read more »

Navy war room case: Supreme Court issues notice to CBI

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The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on a petition by Commander (retd) Jarnail Singh Kalra seeking access to the confidential documents being relied upon by the prosecution against him and others in Navy war room leak case. An Supreme Court bench of Justice Markandey Katju and Justice Gyan… Read more »

‘Allocate more funds to implement Domestic Violence Act’

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A delegation of activists and academicians Saturday met Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to discuss and submit recommendations for the union budget 2011-12, including provisions of a flexible pool of funds for better implementation of the Domestic Violence Act by the states. A statement by the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA), under whose aegis… Read more »