A court here on Monday rejected the bail application of Nishant Agarwal, an engineer from BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited (BAPL), who has been accused of leaking secret information to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
The bail plea was dismissed by District Judge F M Ali. He is lodged in Nagpur Central Jail.
Agarwal, who was working as a senior systems engineer at the BrahMos Aerospace facility in Nagpur, was arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Uttar Pradesh Police in October last year.
The ATS had alleged that it found evidence of him chatting on Facebook with Pakistan-based IDs. He was arrested after conclusive evidence was gathered, it had said.
His personal computer was seized during a raid at his residence in Nagpur.
The BrahMos missile, which has a maximum range of 290 km, is the fastest cruise missile in the world. It can be launched from a submarine, ship, aircraft or land. It is a joint venture between the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) of India & NPO Mashinostroyeniya (NPOM) of Russia.
Patna: The Patna High Court Tuesday dismissed an anticipatory bail plea filed by former Bihar minister Manju Verma who is facing arrest in an Arms Act case.
Justice Sudhir Singh turned down the application of Verma, against whom an FIR was lodged in August at Cheria Bariarpur police station of Begusarai district after the seizure of about 50 cartridges from her residence.
The seizure was made during a raid conducted at Vermas Patna and Begusarai residences by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal.
Verma had stepped down as the Social Welfare minister following reports alleging close links between her husband Chandrashekhar Verma and Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the scandal.
She had moved the high court after her anticipatory bail plea was rejected by a Begusarai court on August 25.
The Patna High Court today dismissed the bail applications of 14 persons, including senior IAS officer and former Bihar Staff Selection Commission (SSC) chairman Sudhir Kumar, who are in jail in connection with a paper leak scam that had surfaced in February.
A bench of Justice Prabhat Kumar Jha dismissed the bail pleas of the 14 accused, including Kumar, his sister-in-law Manju Kumari, a government school teacher — Atal Kumar Rai, a former data operator — Avinash Kumar — and the then IT manager with the Bihar SSC, Niti Ranjan Pratap.
The Bihar government had, on February 8, cancelled the BSSC examination, which was held on February 5 to fill up the clerical posts in the state administration, in the wake of reports of the paper leak before the examination.
The leaked question paper of the BSSC examination had reportedly become available online, before the commencement of the test.
On the basis of a preliminary report of Director General of Police (DGP) P K Thakur and recommendation of Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had ordered the cancellation of the exam.
Sudhir Kumar was arrested from Jharkhand on February 24 by a Special Investigation Team, formed to look into the scam and suspended by the state government a few days later.
Delhi High Court has declined to grant bail to an accused facing murder trial in a 2012 shootout here that claimed the lives of liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his younger brother Hardeep, saying there are “serious allegations” against him.
Justice P S Teji also turned down the plea for relief on medical grounds by Chaddha’s manager Narender Ahlawat, saying he “can get the medical treatment in judicial custody as opined by the medical board of AIIMS and there is no requirement to release him on bail to get medical treatment outside”.
“It is not the stage to comment on the merits of the case inasmuch as the prosecution witnesses are still under examination and it has not been completed so far. No comment on the aspect whether there was any role of the petitioner in the alleged incident or not can be made at this stage.
“He has been charge sheeted for hatching a criminal conspiracy and committing the murder apart from committing other offences. There are serious allegations against him and there is apprehension of influencing prosecution witnesses,” the court observed.
Ahlawat, who was on interim bail since April 2013 which was extended from time to time, has sought release from jail on the ground that he was “not required for the purpose of investigation as the charge sheet has been filed and charges have been framed against him”.
This was opposed by the police which said he “was one of the managers of Ponty Chadha and was part of the conspiracy”.
Earlier, the court had denied bail to sacked Uttarakhand minorities panel chief Sukhdev Singh Namdhari, following which the trial court on April 5 had cancelled his interim bail and sent him back to Tihar Jail. The Supreme court had also refused to hear Namdhari’s bail application.
Namdhari, the alleged main conspirator in the case, was on interim bail since November 27 last on medical grounds. Now all the 20 accused are in judicial custody.
Ponty and Hardeep, who were allegedly involved in a property dispute, were killed in a shootout at a Chhattarpur farmhouse here on November 17, 2012. Subsequently, Namdhari was arrested on November 23, 2012. Later, the remaining accused were apprehended.
The trial court had in July last year framed charges under section 302 (murder) read with section 149 (offence committed by member of unlawful assembly) of the IPC against all the 20 accused, including Namdhari and his Personal Security Officer (PSO) Sachin Tyagi.
On January 28, 2014, the trial court had dropped murder charges against all the accused and added the charge of culpable homicide not amounting murder under section 304 of IPC against Namdhari and his PSO.
On May 15 last year, on the police’s plea, Delhi High Court had overturned the trial court’s decision and directed framing of murder charges against all the 20 accused. The apex court had also upheld the high court’s decision.
Ponty and Hardeep were also charge sheeted in the case. However, the trial against them had abated as they were killed in the shootout.
The court had ordered framing of criminal conspiracy, common intention and those under the Arms Act against all the accused for trying to take over the disputed farmhouse from the possession of Hardeep.
Delhi Police had filed two charge sheets in the case and levelled murder charges against all the accused. The first charge sheet had named Ponty as an accused as he had reached the place of the incident with Namdhari and others as part of a “well-hatched conspiracy” to take possession of the south Delhi farm house.
The supplementary charge sheet had accused Hardeep in the case, saying the probe had shown Ponty was killed by the shot fired at him by his brother.
The bail petition of Bindeshwari Prasad Yadav, father of Rocky Yadav who is the prime accused in the teenager Aditya Sachdeva murder case, was today rejected by a local court here.
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) Om Sagar rejected the bail petition of Yadav after hearing both prosecution and defence.
Yadav’s counsel Satya Narayan Singh and Qaiser Sarfuddin pleaded that his client had been booked for alleged destruction of evidence and not for murder and for that he should be granted bail.
District Prosecution Officer Triloki Nath Mishra opposed the bail petition.
Yadav and his wife suspended JD(U) MLC Manorama Devi’s bodyguard Rajesh Kumar were arrested on May 8 for allegedly helping the accused escape.
A Class XII student Aditya Sachdeva was shot dead allegedly by Rocky Yadav for overtaking his vehicle near police lines in Gaya district on May 7 last. Rocky was arrested on May 10 from his father’s mixer plant located at Mastpura village.
Meanwhile, the District and Session Judge Sajal Mandalwar today sought the case diary and proceedings of a lower court (ACJM court) in connection with the bail plea of Manorama Devi.
Manorama Devi’s counsel Satya Narayan Singh and Qaiser Sarfuddin pleaded with the court for bail for their client on the grounds that she did not drink or was caught drinking by the police during raid at her residence.
Manorama Devi was booked under the Excise Act after liquor bottles were recovered from her Gaya residence during police raid subsequent to which she went into hiding for a couple of days before surrendering in a court on May 17 last.
The court had sent her to 14 days judicial remand.
Surat Police today filed an affidavit before a sessions court opposing the bail application of Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel, who is facing a sedition case here.
As Hardik’s lawyers sought time to go through the police affidavit, Principal Sessions Judge Geeta Gopi scheduled the next hearing for December 4.
The grounds on which the police have opposed the bail petition were not immediately known as the affidavit was filed in a sealed cover.
Hardik, lodged in Surat Jail at present, filed the bail plea on November 16, claiming that he is a victim of political vendetta.
His application alleged that the Gujarat government slapped false charges against him to keep him away from the local body polls in the state.
Last month, Surat Police arrested Hardik on the charge of sedition for allegedly advising a fellow activist to kill policemen instead of committing suicide.
Later, Ahmedabad Crime Branch also invoked the sedition charge against him and five of his key aides. After the completion of his police custody in Ahmedabad on November 2, Hardik was sent back to jail in Surat by a court.
A local court on Monday rejected the bail plea of Goa’s former Public Works Department Minister Churchill Alemao arrested in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case.
District Judge B P Deshpande rejected the bail application of Alemao. Alemao was arrested on the night of August 5 by the state Crime Branch.
He was the state PWD minister when officials of the US-based company Louis Berger allegedly paid bribes to win consultancy for water augmentation and sewerage pipeline project under Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
He was arrested under various sections of Prevention of Corruption Act and 120 (B) of the Indian Penal Code, police had earlier said.
Alemao, however, had maintained that the allegations were politically motivated.
Apart from Alemao, three others – former vice president of Louis Berger Satyakam Mohanty, head of JICA-aided project in Goa Anand Wachasunder and alleged hawala dealer Raychand Soni – were earlier arrested by the police in connection with the bribery scandal.
Former state Chief Minister Digambar Kamat was also questioned twice by the investigators in connection with the case.
Fearing arrest in the case, Kamat earlier moved the district court for anticipatory bail.
The arguments on his bail plea are over and the court is scheduled to pronounce its order on August 19.
Gauhati High Court has rejected the interim anticipatory bail applications of controversial sitting Congress MLA Rumi Nath in connection with alleged links with a kingpin of a pan India auto theft gang and arms dealer Anil Chauhan who was arrested recently.
A single bench comprising Justice Indira Shah rejected two bail pleas of Nath yesterday filed in connection with two case registered at Dispur police station and at Azara police station.
Nath, who is an MLA from Borkhola in Cachar district, had filed for anticipatory bail on April nine following the arrest of her estranged second husband Jacky Zakir.
The first case was registered on the basis of a complaint lodged against her for allegedly receiving a stolen vehicle from Chauhan, while the case at Azara was registered in connection with Chauhan’s arrest on April three last.
Zakir, who is currently in police custody, was arrested on April 8 from his house at Badarpur in Karimganj district.
Nath’s personal security officer Bedabrata Barpatra Gohain was also in police custody after he was arrested from the Special Branch headquarters here.
During investigations, it was found that Chauhan, who is wanted in a number of cases in Delhi and Mumbai besides in other states, was issued assembly car passes allegedly on the recommendation of the Congress MLA.
The Assembly secretariat has also issued a notice asking her to explain why she recommended issuance of car passes to the notorious car lifter.
According to police, one of the luxury cars presently being used by Zakir is suspected to be a stolen one and sold by Chauhan to Nath who had allegedly ‘gifted’ it to him.
State Congress president Anjan Dutta also issued a showcause notice to Nath for her alleged involvement with the car lifter.
The controversial MLA had married Zakir in 2012 after converting to Islam and without divorcing her first husband and was subsequently assaulted by an irate mob at a Karimganj hotel in July 2012. The couple, however, parted last year and are living separately since then.