Teacher gets 30 years jail for sexually abusing girls

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A court here has sentenced a 39-year-old government primary teacher to imprisonment for 30 years for sexually abusing girl students at a school in Pulliavu. Despite being sentenced to a total of 30 years in jail under various cases, A.K. Haridasan, now under suspension, will spend 16 years behind bars as the punishment for his… Read more »

Apex court to have a woman judge after four years

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Former Jharkhand High Court Chief Justice, Gyan Sudha Mishra, will take oath as a Supreme Court Justice on FridayShe will be the fourth woman judge in the apex court. Mishra (61) was initially appointed as judge of the Patna High Court in March 1994, but was transferred to the Rajasthan High Court. After 14 years… Read more »

Former IAS officer convicted for graft

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A special court Thursday convicted a former Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer Bikramjit Singh for possessing assets disproportionate to his income. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge Darshan Singh held Singh, who served as principal secretary to Parkash Singh Badal when he was chief minister in 1997, guilty under various sections of Prevention of… Read more »

Chudasama prime conspirator in Sohrabuddin killing: CBI

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told a court Thursday that Deputy Commissioner of Police Abhay Chudasama, arrested by the agency for the 2005 killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in a fake shootout, knew Sheikh since 2001 and was using him to run an extortion racket. Chudasama, who was arrested Wednesday, was remanded in seven days’… Read more »

Nine convicted in Kandhamal riot case

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A fast track court in Orissa on Thursday sentenced nine people to three years in jail for rioting in Kandhamal district in 2008. The nine were convicted for setting on fire the house of Subramanyam Naik August 25, 2008. ‘Nine people were convicted and four others were acquitted. They have been given three years’ jail… Read more »

Man gets life for killing woman lawyer

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An Orissa court on Thursday awarded life term to a man for raping and murdering a woman advocate last year in Bhadrak district, a lawyer for the prosecution said. Fast track court judge Pradumna Kumar Nayak, based in Bhadrak town, 142 km from here, declared Chitta Ranajn Sahu, 36, guilty after examining 22 witnesses, lawyer… Read more »

MCD, DDA pulled up over illegal encroachments

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Two civic agencies were Wednesday pulled up by the Delhi High Court for not removing illegal encroachments in a locality in northwest Delhi and their chiefs were summoned May 12 for explanation. A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Mukta Gupta directed Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) commissioner K.S. Mehra… Read more »

Court directs refund of Rs.80 lakh to Gayatri Devi’s kin

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The Delhi High Court Wednesday asked the government to refund Rs.80 lakh fine to the heirs of Maharani Gayatri Devi of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family, which was penalised 35 years ago for possessing undeclared gold. The income tax department had seized 800 kg of undeclared gold which was listed as the private property of… Read more »

Apex court laments lawyers’ spat

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The Supreme Court Wednesday lamented an unsavoury spat between two veteran lawyers, and said that if the apex court could witness such acrimony, imagine the plight of the lower judiciary. “If two senior advocates fight like this in the Supreme Court, I wonder what would be the plight in the lower courts,” remarked a three-judge… Read more »

Apex court censures two Gujarat public prosecutors

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The Supreme Court Wednesday censured two special public prosecutors of Gujarat for going public with their allegations that the two special judges trying Gujarat riots cases in Ahmedabad were biased against the victims. ‘We disapprove this. They are degrading the judicial system,’ said a three-judge bench headed by Justice D.K. Jain, reprimanding the two public… Read more »