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Kotkhai rape case: Judicial custody of 8 cops extended till Oct 3

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A court in Himachal Pradesh today extended till October 3 the judicial custody of eight police officers, including an IG rank officer, in connection with the custodial death of an accused in the rape-and-murder case of a minor in Kotkhai on July 4. Inspector General of Police Z H Zaidi, Deputy Superintendent of Police Manoj […]

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SC relief for Anurag Thakur, appeal of HP dismissed

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The Supreme Court today dismissed an appeal filed by the Himachal Pradesh government challenging the high court order quashing a criminal case against BJP MP Anurag Thakur and others. A bench comprising Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit declined to interfere with the Shimla High Court’s May 30 last year order on the […]

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No law followed in construction of hotels in Kasauli: SC

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No law has been followed in the construction of some resorts and hotels in the picturesque town of Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh and government officials have “colluded” in the illegalities, the Supreme Court observed today. The apex court said that some of the resorts and hotels in the town have constructed seven-storeyed buildings whereas they […]

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NGT directs demolition of illegal hotels in Kasauli,slaps fine

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The National Green Tribunal today cracked the whip on seven hotels in the picturesque Kasauli town of Himachal Pradesh, directing the demolition of illegally constructed portions of their buildings and imposing fines ranging from Rs 5-10 lakh on each of them. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also imposed hefty environmental compensation […]

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HP CM says DA case political vendetta,Digvijaya blames Jaitley

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Top Congress leaders today termed as “political vendetta” the disproportionate assets case against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife and even alleged that the case was filed at the instance of Union Minister Arun Jaitley. While 82-year old Virbhadra Singh himself said the case was a fallout of “political vendetta” and he […]

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Virbhadra, wife appear in Delhi court in disproportionate assets case

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Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife today appeared in a special court here in connection with a nearly Rs 10 crore disproportionate assets case and sought bail. However, the judge posted the matter for argument to May 29 after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sought time to file a reply to […]

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Delhi HC denies bail to LIC agent in PMLA case involving Virbhadra

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The Delhi High Court today denied bail to LIC agent Anand Chauhan in a money laundering case involving Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and others. “I have dismissed this petition (bail application),” Justice Vipin Sanghi said. Chauhan is in judicial custody since his arrest in July last year. During the hearing on his bail […]

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Court fixes Feb 27 for consideration of charge sheet

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A special court today fixed February 27 for consideration of charge sheet against LIC agent Anand Chauhan in a money laundering case allegedly involving Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. “Advocate for the accused seeks one more adjournment for scrutinising the documents. Request allowed. Put up the matter for February 27,” Special Judge Virender Kr […]

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Virbhadra PMLA case: Court fixes Feb 8 for scrutiny of docs

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A special court has fixed February 8 for scrutiny of documents in a money laundering case involving Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in which LIC agent Anand Chauhan has been chargesheeted. “Advocate for the accused seeks one more adjournment for scrutinising the documents. Request allowed. Put up the matter for further scrutiny of the […]

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Direct ED not to take coercive step against me:Virbhadra to HC

‘CBI needs state’s consent to probe a state case’

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Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, accused in a disproportionate assets case along with others, today claimed in Delhi High Court that CBI cannot on its own decide to probe offences outside Delhi without the consent of the concerned state. His counsel told Justice Vipin Sanghi that in the instant matter, the alleged offence was […]

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Delhi HC refuses to stay attachment proceedings agst Virbhadra, wife

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Delhi High Court today refused to stay the ED’s attachment proceedings against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife, but said the final order of the adjudicating authority would not be given effect to while their pleas challenging provisional attachment are pending. A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath […]

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Former HP DGP discharged in phone taping case

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A Shimla court has discharged former Himachal Pradesh DGP I D Bhandari in the much publicised phone taping case holding held that prima facie no case is made out against him. The enquiry into alleged phone taping case was ordered after Virbhadra Singh returned to power and a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Vigilance wing […]

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Tell us by May 4 if Shimla flights will be launched: SC

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Taking strong note of lack of air connectivity to Shimla, the Supreme Court today directed the competent authorities to tell it by May 4 whether air services to the Himachal Pradesh capital would be launched and warned of issuing an order if the answer is “no”. “If ‘no’ is the categorical answer, we will pass […]

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Delhi HC asks Virbhadra to join probe, directs CBI not to arrest him

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The Delhi High Court today asked Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, an accused in a disproportionate assets case along with others, to join the probe in the matter and directed CBI not to arrest him. Justice Pratibha Rani said this after Singh told the court that he was willing to join the investigation and […]

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Delhi HC refuses to grant interim protection to Virbhadra’s children

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The Delhi High Court today refused to grant any interim protection to Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s two children, who have challenged the Enforcement Directorates provisional attachment of some of their assets in a money laundering case. “We will give them (ED, Ministry of Finance) an opportunity to file response and then we will […]

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Himachal HC stays arrest of Virbhadra Singh

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The Himachal Pradesh High Court today stayed Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s arrest in connection with the disproportionate assets case against him. The High Court also said that the Chief Minister would not be arrested till the next date of hearing scheduled on November 18. Singh had moved the High Court yesterday, seeking quashing of the […]

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HP civil judge suspended over harassment complaint by woman

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A civil judge-cum-CJM in Himachal Pradesh has been placed under suspension following a complaint from a woman colleague that he had allegedly?harassed her. Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir has ordered a probe into the allegations, sources said here today. The woman is also of the same rank of the accused–civil judge(senior division)-cum-Chief Judicial Magistrate(CJM). The […]

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Judge suspended for alleged misconduct with woman

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A woman judge has alleged harassment by a Himachal Pradesh judge, following which he has been placed under suspension by the Chief Justice of the HP High Court. Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir has ordered a probe into the allegations, sources said here today. The alleged incident took place during the national-level conference on drug […]

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Beas tragedy:Dissatisfied HC asks HP Govt to file fresh report

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Expressing deep dissatisfaction over the status report on the Beas tragedy submitted by the state government, the Himachal Pradesh High Court today directed it to file a fresh one by June 19. A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan also expressed dismay over the slow progress of […]

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Himachal HC rejects HPCA plea to implead CM

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The Himachal High Court today dismissed the plea of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) to implead Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh as party in his individual capacity in a HPCA case. A division bench of the HC comprising Acting Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan rejected HPCA’s plea to make Registrar (Cooperative) […]

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Delhi HC summons BJP leaders in defamation suit

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The Delhi High Court Monday summoned BJP parliamentarian Anurag Thakur and his brother Arun Singh Dhumal in a Rs. 3 crore defamation suit filed by an industrialist for linking him and his company with the Himachal Pradesh chief minister. Justice A.K. Pathak, issuing summons, sought responses from Thakur, Dhumal and nine media organisations by March […]

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Common Cause seeks CBI/SIT probe against Virbhadra

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An application was filed by NGO Common Cause Friday in the Delhi High Court seeking a court-monitored investigation by the CBI or a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into allegations of corruption against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. The application filed through advocate Prashant Bhushan alleged that Virbhadra Singh accepted bribe from business firm while […]

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40 voters in Himachal reject all candidates

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In Himachal Pradesh Forty electors rejected all the candidates for the assembly polls and went away without voting. “Forty voters invoked Rule 49-O of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961, by not voting for any candidate in the assembly elections ” Neeraj Sharma, officer on special duty with the state election department. He said the maximum […]

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Chinese arrested in Himachal Pradesh

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Eight Chinese nationals staying illegally in a Himachal Pradesh village have been arrested and Rs.30 lakh in cash as well as $3,000 seized from their possession, police said Wednesday. The Chinese nationals, between the ages of 20 to 40, were on tourist visas. They were arrested Tuesday evening from Chauntra village near Jogindernagar in Mandi […]

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