HC seeks reply on PIL for cancellation of UP CPMT

HC seeks reply on PIL for cancellation of UP CPMT
HC seeks reply on PIL for cancellation of UP CPMT

The Allahabad High Court today asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file its reply on a PIL seeking cancellation of the May 25 Combined Pre-Medical Test which has come under scanner following the arrest of nearly 12 people for allegedly trying to leak the question papers.

Passing the order, a two judges’ vacation bench of justices V K Shukla and Yashwant Verma also asked the Lucknow University, which had been entrusted with conducting the tests this year to file a counter-affidavit within six weeks.

Fixing July 28 as the next date of hearing in the matter, the court asked the Special Task Force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh Police to submit a report of the progress in the investigation being conducted by it and warned against any “interference” coming in the way of the probe.

The court also noted that the entire examination would have to be cancelled if irregularities were proved.

At least 12 people, including as many as four doctors, were arrested by the STF from Gautampalli area of Lucknow while the tests were being conducted.

The arrested persons were found to be in possession of a number of electronic devices through which they were allegedly trying to provide answers to questions in the paper to candidates for a price.

4 years jail to 24-year-old youth for stabbing man

4 years jail  to 24-year-old youth for stabbing man
4 years jail to 24-year-old youth for stabbing man

A 24-year-old youth, convicted for stabbing a man, has been sentenced to four years rigorous imprisonment by a Delhi court.

Special judge Shail Jain handed down the jail term to Delhi resident Amit for the offence of attempt to murder under section 307 of the IPC and also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on him.
“I am of the opinion that it has been proved beyond reasonable doubt against the accused by the prosecution that Amit had inflicted stab injuries on the complainant Ranjeet Singh with the intention to cause his death and if by this act, death would have been caused, he would have been guilty of causing murder,” the judge said.

The judge relied on the testimonies of victim and his medical reports, while convicting Amit.

According to the prosecution, on the night of January 3, 2013, Ranjeet closed his factory and left for his house at Dev Nagar near Karol Bagh here.

As he reached at Subzi Wala Chowk, Amit, along with his accomplice, who were under the influence of liquor, stopped him and started abusing him.

When Ranjeet objected to it, Amit stabbed him in his abdomen and chest with his knife. Later, when he saw a police jeep he rushed towards it to save himself but both fled away from the spot, it said.

While Amit was apprehended the next day, his accomplice could not be arrested.

Later, a police case was registered against Amit under section 307 of IPC to which he pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.

Nearly Rs 11L compensation for road mishap victim

Nearly Rs 11L  compensation for road mishap victim
Nearly Rs 11L compensation for road mishap victim

A 51-year-old man, who suffered permanent disability in a road accident involving a rashly driven bus, has been awarded a compensation of nearly Rs 11 lakh by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) here.

MACT Presiding Officer Sanjeev Kumar Singh directed New India Assurance Company Ltd, insurer of the bus, to pay Rs 10,93,137 to victim Mahesh Prasad, a labourer residing in east Delhi, who was hit by the vehicle in 2013.

The tribunal, while holding the driver of the bus guilty of the offence, relied on the documents on record including FIR, mechanical inspection report and victim’s medical report.

According to the petition filed by Prasad, on November 26, 2013, while he was walking towards ISBT from Jamuna Bazar here, the bus hit him.

Due to the impact, Prasad fell on the road and sustained grievous injuries, it said, adding that the driver of the bus was apprehended by public and handed over to the police.

The victim, who was taken to hospital by the conductor of the bus, sustained multiple fractures and suffered 75 per cent disability.

He had approached the tribunal seeking a compensation of Rs 30,00,000 for injuries suffered by him.

During the proceedings, driver and owner of the bus did not lead evidence and the insurance company, through a written statement, admitted that the vehicle was insured with it.

Coal scam: Court allows Naveen Jindal to travel abroad

Coal scam: Court allows Naveen Jindal to travel abroad
Coal scam: Court allows Naveen Jindal to travel abroad

Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal, accused in a coal block allocation scam case along with 14 others, was today allowed by a special court to travel abroad from June 14 to June 29 for business purposes.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar allowed the plea filed by Jindal seeking the court’s permission to go abroad.

Jindal was earlier granted bail by the court which had imposed several conditions on him, including that he will not leave the country without the court’s nod.

During the hearing, the counsel appearing for Jindal told the court to clarify that no advocate had approached the judge earlier in the matter.

The submissions by Jindal’s counsel came in the wake of the court’s June 1 observation in which the judge had warned the accused of such misdemeanours in future after it came to light that one of the accused associated with the Jindal Group firm had allegedly tried to approach the judge.

The judge clarified that it was not a lawyer who had approached him in connection with the case.

During the hearing on June 1, senior advocate Hariharan, who appeared for Jindal, had told the court that the Jindal Group management has taken a strong note of the issue and promised the judge that such a behaviour will not recur.    According to a court source, the accused had allegedly tried to approach the judge after which the court had cautioned and warned him that he would take action if such an attempt was repeated.

Rajeev Jain, Director of Jindal Realty Pvt Ltd, Girish Kumar Suneja, Director of Gagan Sponge Iron Pvt Ltd (GSIPL), are among the other accused in the case.

The judge had told the lawyers appearing for all the accused that it has “again happened” and he will mention about it in the case record.

“I am very sorry to say that with such senior lawyers appearing in the case, I had not expected that it would happen,” the judge had said without disclosing the identity of the accused who had approached him.

The court had fixed the matter for scrutiny of documents filed by the CBI on June 30.

The case pertains to alleged irregularities in the allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand to two Jindal group companies, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and Gagan Sponge Iron Pvt Ltd (GSIPL).

Not averse to ordering CBI probe in Haryana univ rape case: SC

Not averse to ordering CBI probe in Haryana univ rape case: SC
Not averse to ordering CBI probe in Haryana univ rape case: SC

The Supreme Court today said it was not averse to ordering a CBI probe into the alleged rape of an MBA student of a private university in Haryana but wanted to see the progress made by state police in the probe before taking a decision.

“We are not against the CBI investigation. But, we want to the know their (police) version. We want to know the progress made by police. If necessary, we will certainly transfer it (to CBI),” a vacation bench of justices Prafulla C Pant and Amitava Roy said.

The bench asked Haryana police, represented by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) P S Patwalia, to file a fresh status report within 15 days giving details of investigation carried so far and fixed the plea of the alleged victim for hearing in July.

At the outset, senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for the girl, alleged that the probe has not moved “even an inch” and moreover, the police has not invoked the provisions of the Information Technology Act.

“The nude pictures of the victim were taken and were shared on WhatsApp. It is a cyber crime,” she said, alleging that initially, the accused were allowed to leave police station with their mobile phones.

When the ASG said the victim was not coming forward to record a supplementary statement before the judicial magistrate, the bench asked Jaising to ask her client to cooperate with the police and said it will decide the issue of CBI probe only after perusing the status report from the state police.

The ASG also said a Special Investigating Team (SIT) has been constituted and the state police has taken the probe with all seriousness.

He further said the police had sent notices to the girl asking her to record the supplementary statement, but so far, she has not come forward to record it.

Court expresses concern over crime against women

Court expresses concern over crime against women
Court expresses concern over crime against women

Voicing concern over rise in crimeagainst women in the national capital, a Delhi court has senta youth to one year in jail for attempting to kiss a womannear a metro station here.

Metropolitan Magistrate Ekta Gauba refused to release22-year-old convict Govind on probation considering that hehas committed a “heinous” crime.

“In view of the fact that in this case, Govind whilewalking on the road, just before Rajouri Garden Metro Station,although being a stranger to the victim, attempted to kiss thevictim and was caught red handed and in view of the fact thatoffences against women are on the increase in the city and itis a serious public order problem if young boys are attemptingto kiss unknown young girls while walking on public roads,Govind does not deserve the benefit to be released onprobation,” the court said.

The court awarded one year jail term to the convict andasked him pay a fine of Rs 1,000 which would be given ascompensation to the woman.

According to the prosecution, the incident took place onthe evening of December 6, 2014 when the woman was goingtowards Rajouri Garden Metro Station from her house and theyouth tried to touch her cheeks and kiss her.

The woman, however, stopped him and slapped him. He wassubsequently beaten by passersby. She called the police andGovind was arrested.

During the trial, Govind denied the allegations levelledagainst him and claimed that he was falsely implicated in thecase by police officials.


SC declines to hear plea on communal clash

supremeSC declines to hear plea on communal clash
SC declines to hear plea on communal clash

The Supreme Court Thursday declined to entertain a plea seeking a CBI or SITprobe into the recent alleged attacks on members of a minority community at a village in Faridabad district of Haryana, asking the pleader to approach the high court.

A vacation bench of justices Prafulla C Pant and Amitava Roy asked Shakir Ali, one of the victims of the violence, to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court with his plea.

“Have you approached the High Court? Who prevented you from going there? First go to the High Court,” the bench said when Mushtaq Ahmed, Ali’s counsel, mentioned the matter seeking urgent hearing.

Ali, in his plea, has sought award of compensation for those who suffered injuries in the incident and whose houses were attacked.

Besides seeking permission to construct a mosque, Ali has also sought security for members of the minority community.

It was alleged that some members of the majority community had attacked around 20 houses belonging to the members of the minority community on May 25.

The alleged communal clash had begun when some members of the minority community started construction of a mosque allegedly on a disputed piece of land at Atali village in Faridabad district.

The petition, however, claimed that the construction site was no longer disputed.

HC gives bail to retired cop in harassment case

HC gives bail to retired cop in harassment case
HC gives bail to retired cop in harassment case

The Bombay High Court has granted anticipatory bail to a retired police personnel from Bahrain in a case filed against him by his daughter-in-law for alleged harassment.

Justice V L Achliya granted bail on a surety of Rs 15,000 to Bahrain resident and a retired police personnel Ilyas Beg after observing that the allegations in the complaint are primarily against Beg’s son and hence Beg’s custodial interrogation is not required.

On May 20 this year, a complaint under sections 498(A) (dowry harassment) of IPC was registered against Beg, his wife and his son by his daughter-in-law. The complaint also included section 377 of IPC (unnatural sex) against the son.

According to the case, in 2008 Beg’s son got married with the complainant. While the son was also a citizen of Bahrain and lived there his wife continued living in Mumbai after marriage. The son used to visit her here.

Following matrimonial dispute, the complainant lodged a case in Malwani police station here alleging that she was ill-treated and harassed during the period December 2008 to August 2014.

Beg and his wife came to India in order to resolve the dispute between their son and daughter-in-law.

The high court while granting Beg bail observed that during the intervening period no complaint of harassment was made against Beg.

“The entire allegations made in that regard are against the son, who is not applicant before this Court. The allegations made in the complaint reveals that the complaint is filed on account of matrimonial dispute between the complainant and her husband. On the face of FIR no offence is alleged to be committed by Beg. The allegations made in the complaint reveals that the allegations of the complainant are mainly against her husband,” the court said.

Coal scam : Have approached MoC on sanction issue, CBI to court

Coal scam : Have approached MoC on sanction issue, CBI to court
Coal scam : Have approached MoC on sanction issue, CBI to court

CBI today told a special court that it has approached Ministry of Coal (MoC) to ascertain status of its request for sanction to prosecute a public servant, who has now retired, for his alleged role in a coal scam case allegedly involving Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda.

The agency said that MoC officer L S Janoti, against whom sanction was pending, has retired now and they have written a letter to the Joint Secretary of the ministry on the issue.

“It has been submitted by senior public prosecutor that L S Janoti, the section officer, qua whom sanction was sought from the competent authority has since superannuated. It was further submitted that a letter has been sent to the Joint Secretary, MoC, to ascertain about the status of request of CBI qua sanction to prosecute L S Janoti but no reply has yet been received,” Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar said.

During the hearing, CBI’s prosecutor sought some time to apprise the court on the issue after which the judge posted the matter for hearing on June 29.

The court, in its January 30 order, had observed that former Minister of State for Coal Santosh Bagrodia, ex-Coal Secretary H C Gupta and Janoti had allegedly committed criminal misconduct and facilitated AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd to unlawfully obtain a coal block.

It had asked CBI to further probe the case in which the agency has chargesheeted Vijay Darda, his son Devendra Darda, Director of AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd Manoj Jayaswal and the firm, as accused.

In its order, the court had observed that Bagrodia, Gupta and Janoti had allegedly entered into a criminal conspiracy with private parties in the allocation of Bander coal block in Maharashtra to AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd.

The court had earlier granted bail to Vijay Darda, Devendra and Jayaswal after they had appeared before it. Vijay Darda has denied the allegations against him.

Court awards 10 year jail to BJP MLA, two former MPs

Court awards 10 year jail to BJP MLA, two former MPs
Court awards 10 year jail to BJP MLA, two former MPs

Fourteen people, including an MLA and two former MPs, were today sentenced to 10 years in jail by a fast track court in a case related to an attack on Sitamarhi collectorate and subsequent police firing in which five persons were killed in 1998.

Another convict was sentenced to five years in prison.
Those awarded 10-year imprisonment include BJP MLA from Parihar Assembly constituency Ram Naresh Yadav, former JD(U) MP from Sitamarhi Nawal Kishore Rai, former Sheohar MP and RJD leader Anwarul Haq, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) district president Ram Lashan Singh Kushwaha and general secretary Mohan Kumar Singh.

Fast Track Court-I judge Mohammad Irshad Ali had convicted 15 persons on Tuesday under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder), 322 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 147 (punishment for rioting) and 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon).

One convict Suryadeo Rai, who was a police bodyguard of former MP Nawal Kishore Rai was handed over a 5-year prison term.

All the 15 people, who were already in jail after the conviction, were bought to the court for sentencing. They were taken back to prison in police custody after the extent of punishment was pronounced.

Thousands of supporters of the convicts had gathered outside Sitamarhi court. Soon after the sentence was announced, the crowds raised slogans against the verdict but the situation did not deteriorate due to heavy deployment of police and the political leaders involved in the case appealing to the people to maintain calm.

The case pertains to an incident on August 11, 1998 when the convicted political leaders led a huge crowd after severe floods in the district to demonstrate at Sitamarhi collectorate.

The demonstration turned violent and the people participating in it ransacked the premises, indulged in stone throwing and attacked government officials working there.

The police used batons and opened fire to control the situation. Five persons including a former MLA and freedom fighter Ram Charitra Yadav, were killed in the police action.

The then Sitamarhi district magistrate Ramnandan Prasad and superintendent of police Paresh Saxena had registered an FIR against 60 persons at Dumra Police Station. However, 45 of them were set free by the court in the absence of proof.