Asaram doesn’t need any surgery

Self-styled ‘godman’ Asaram, who is in jail since his arrest in August, 2013 in a rape case, does not need any surgery and his aliments can be managed through medicines, a report submitted by a panel of AIIMS doctors to the Supreme Court said today.

A bench of justices T S Thakur and Adarsh Kumar Goel, referring to the findings of the panel, said, “The opinion of half-a-dozen doctors of AIIMS is that at present, any surgical intervention is not required. He can be treated in OPD. Now what remains?”

Senior advocate Salman Khurshid, appearing for Asaram, however, sought some time to go through the report.

The bench then fixed the matter on January 20 for hearing and asked its Registry to supply the copies of the report to the parties, including the accused.

It also asked the counsel for Asaram to ensure that the expenses incurred by the Rajasthan police in getting him examined at AIIMS here are paid.

Earlier, the jailed ‘godman’ was brought to Delhi by the Rajasthan police to undergo various tests at AIIMS to ascertain veracity of his claim that he was unwell and be granted bail on medical ground.

During the previous hearing, the bench had said that there was no medical urgency to grant bail to him and he cannot be given special treatment.

It had refused to pass any order on how 72-year-old Asaram is to be brought from Jodhpur jail to the national capital, saying that it is for the state government to decide on it.

The apex court had on October 15 directed AIIMS Director to set up a medical board to review medical reports and if required clinically examine Asaram to ascertain whether interim bail should be granted to him in the Jodhpur rape case.

Charges have been framed against Asaram for rape, criminal conspiracy and other offences by a Jodhpur court in connection with alleged sexual exploitation of a minor girl in his ashram in Jodhpur.

The District and Sessions Court had retained all the charges slapped by the police, except Section 26 of Juvenile Justice Act related to child labour against Asaram and his aides and co-accused Sanchita Gupta alias Shilpi and Sharad Chandra.

Charges have been framed under sections 342 (wrongful confinement), 354A (sexual harassment), 370(4) (trafficking), 376(2)f (rape on a woman when she is under twelve years of age), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509/34 and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) of IPC

Zee Editors plea for court-monitored probe rejected

The plea of two Zee Group editors for a court-monitored probe in the extortion case lodged against them by Congress MP Naveen Jindal has been rejected by a Delhi court which said they cannot be allowed to “dictate” and “divert” the course of investigation.

“I am of the considered opinion that there is no requirement for preservation of call details. Moreover, the accused cannot be allowed to dictate the terms of the investigation by moving such types of applications.

“Accordingly, the application moved by the accused for monitoring and preservation of call details… as well as the application moved by the accused for monitoring of the investigation… are dismissed,” Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Mukesh Kumar said in the order passed on February 21.

The court said the plea for a court-monitored probe into a case arising out of the FIR lodged by complainant Naveen Jindal cannot be allowed.

Zee News Editor Sudhir Chaudhary and Zee Business Editor Samir Ahluwalia had moved applications seeking a court-monitored probe in the case, besides preservation of call details of various persons including Naveen Jindal.

The editors had also sought a court’s direction to preserve the call records of Sita Ram Jindal, Prithvi Jindal, Ravi Mutreja, Sushil Maru, Vivek Mittal, and Rajiv Badhoria.

They had alleged in their plea that the investigating officer (IO) has not conducted the probe in a fair manner and, therefore, he be directed to conduct the investigation in a fair and proper manner.

The court, while dismissing the plea, also said the accused scribes were “trying to dictate the terms of the investigation to the IO through a court order” and the IO is “within his right to conduct the investigation”.

Chaudhary and Ahluwalia were arrested on November 27, 2012 on a complaint by Jindal’s firm Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) which had alleged they had demanded Rs 100 crore as an advertising deal for not airing negative news against the firm in connection with the coal block allocation scandal.

Chaudhary and Ahluwalia were granted bail on December 17, 2012 by the court.

They have been booked under section 384 (extortion), 420 (cheating), 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of the IPC.

 

PTI

Geetika suicide case: Kanda’s aide records statement

Gopal Kanda’s (Former Haryana minister) aide, who was being interrogated by the Delhi police in the ex-air hostess Geetika Sharma suicide case, recorded his statement before a court after he expressed his wish to be a witness in the case in New Delhi.
Kanda’s firm MDLR employee Chanshivroop recorded his statement before a magisterial court a day after he made a plea to it to depose as a witness in the case.

The Delhi Police had told Chanshivroop, an assistant manager in MDLR, was the person who had gone to Dubai where Geetika was working with Emirates Airlines and told its officials that she had secured a job with MDLR on the basis of fake and forged documents.

The prosecution had also alleged that he had sent fake e-mails to Geetika informing her about extradition proceedings against her in Dubai to pressurise her to join back MDLR.

Chanshivroop gave his statement under the provisions of section 164 of the CrPC for recording of confessions and statements a day after he was allowed by additional chief metropolitan magistrate DK Jangala to appear before a magisterial court for the same.

He had moved the court saying he wishes to depose as a witness in the case. The police had said it has no objections to him deposing as witness.

In its charge sheet filed against Kanda and co-accused Aruna Chaddha on October 6, police had said it will file a supplementary charge sheet as it is still ascertaining the role of Chanshivroop, who, it said, had sent the forged e-mail to Geetika about the alleged extradition proceedings against her in Dubai and also kept a tab on her in the gulf country.

Both Kanda and Chaddah have been accused of abetting the suicide of former air hostess Geetika Sharma.

Geetika was found dead on August 5 at her Ashok Vihar residence in North West Delhi. In her August 4 suicide note, the 23-year-old victim had said she was ending her life due to “harassment” by Kanda and Chaddah.

The Delhi police has chargesheeted the duo for allegedly committing offences under section 306 (abetment of suicide), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 506 (criminal intimidation), 201 (destruction of evidence), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery with intention to cheat), 469 (forgery with intention to harm reputation) and 471 (using forged documents as genuine) of the Indian Penal Code.

They have also been booked under section 66 of the Information Technology Act which deals with hacking of computers.