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SC terms use of spikes, fireballs to drive away elephants as barbaric

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court today termed the use of spikes and fireballs to drive away elephants as “barbaric”and said that states should be desisted from using any such methods. A bench of justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta observed that states have to stop such practice after the apex court was told that these […]

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Calcutta High Court asks CPI(M) to produce documents of those who failed to file nominations

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The Calcutta HC on Thursday directed petitioner Communist Party of India (Maoist) (CPI-M) to produce documents of individuals who, the party claimed, had failed to file nominations for the panchayat polls in West Bengal due to extraneous intervention. The CPI(M) has moved the appeal before a division bench of the court, praying for allowing such […]

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Failure of states to respond to Centre’s communication on elephant corridors irks Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court today said it was “extremely unfortunate” that several states have not responded to two communications sent by the Centre on the issue of elephant corridors to curb human-animal conflict and reduce animal fatalities. The apex court pulled up these states and noted that only three — Kerala, West Bengal and Meghalaya — […]

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Calcutta HC rejects ISIS operative’s bail prayer

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The Calcutta High Court today rejected the bail prayer of suspected ISIS operative Musa, who had allegedly planned to attack Mother House here and other places in West Bengal. Musa alias Md Mosiuddin had allegedly attacked a jail warden on December 4 inside the correctional home where he is lodged on judicial remand. The suspected […]

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Urban homeless: SC pulls up UP & WB, summons chief secretaries

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The Supreme Court today pulled up governments of Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal for showing “lack of concern” over the issue of providing shelter to urban homeless in their states and asked their chief secretaries to appear before it. The top court, after going through the affidavit filed by Uttar Pradesh, observed it was quite […]

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SC directs UP, WB, Haryana to give roadmap on urban homeless

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The Supreme Court today directed the states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and West Bengal to place before it a roadmap on implementation of a scheme for urban homeless, saying it was the government’s “obligation” to help these poor people. The top court perused the affidavits filed by the three states on the implementation of the […]

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Delhi HC asks Centre, WB Govt if Mukul Roy was being monitored

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The Delhi High Court today asked the Centre and the West Bengal government to “unambiguously” inform whether politician Mukul Roy, who recently joined BJP, was being monitored or his calls being intercepted allegedly by the state police. The court’s direction came when it was hearing the former Trinamool Congress MP’s plea seeking a CBI probe […]

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Kolkata court convicts Bangladeshi for raping nun in convent

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A city court today convicted a Bangladeshi man for raping a septuagenarian nun in West Bengal’s Ranaghat town during a dacoity at a convent in 2015. Additional Sessions Judge Kumkum Sinha termed the incident as a matter of shame in a state where Sister Nivedita and Mother Teresa had worked for the people. The quantum […]

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SC allows Centre to withdraw force from trouble-hit Darjeeling

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The Supreme Court today permitted the Centre to withdraw seven of the 15 companies of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPF) from strife-torn Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts of West Bengal for deployment in poll-bound states of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. Observing that law and order was a “state subject”, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak […]

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Woman’s plea for abortion: SC forms 7-doctor medical board

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The Supreme Court today constituted a medical board of seven doctors of the SSKM Hospital in Kolkata to ascertain health of a 24-week pregnant woman wanting to undergo abortion on the grounds of foetus abnormality. A vacation bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul directed the medical board to submit the report […]

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Mamata condoles death of ex-CJI Altamas Kabir

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today expressed deep condolences at the sad demise of former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir. In her condolence message, Banerjee said with the passing away of Kabir the country has lost a legal luminary. “Condolences on the passing of fmr CJ Altamas Kabir ji. My thoughts with his […]

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Calcutta High Court allows RSS to hold programme at Brigade

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The Calcutta High Court today allowed the RSS to hold a programme, which is to be attended by its supremo Mohan Bhagwat, at the Brigade Parade Ground here tomorrow. Rejecting refusal of permission by Kolkata Police, Justice Joymalyo Bagchi directed that the programme be held at Brigade Parade Ground, subject to some restrictions including a […]

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Court orders case against 3 cops for detaining woman

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A local court today issued an order to start a case against three policemen in connection with the alleged detention of a woman for more than 24 hours at Hanskhali police station in Nadia district. Additional chief judicial magistrate (ACJM), Ranaghat, Sanghamitra Poddar issued the order against officer in charge (OC) Hanskhali police station Aninda […]

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TMC MP Kunal Ghosh’s interim bail extended

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The Calcutta High Court today extended interim bail to suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh in connection with cases over his alleged involvement in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam. A division bench comprising justices Ashim Kumar Roy and M M Banerjee extended bail Ghosh till January 10, 2017, while fixing the next date for […]

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Gurung, 17 others surrender in Tamang murder case

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Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung, his wife Asha and several senior leaders of the hill outfit surrendered before a city court today which granted them bail in connection with the murder of All India Gorkha League leader Madan Tamang. Gurung and 17 others surrendered before the chief judge, city sessions court, Subhra Ghosh […]

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Calcutta HC asks Rly, WB authorities to inspect Jessop factory

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The Calcutta High Court today directed Railway and state authorities to inspect the premises of the Jessop factory and make an inventory of materials by December 16 in connection with a case alleging police inaction by the unit’s management over access to the premises some time ago. Justice Joymalyo Bagchi directed that Director (Stores) of […]

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Shooting dead 3 family members: 3 get death sentence

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Three persons were sentenced to death by a local court today for killing three members of a family four and a half years ago. Additional district judge of Barasat Daman Prasad Biswas had convicted prime accused Provash Dhali and Samir Mondal and Sujit Dhali on December 9. One person who was arrested in connection with […]

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Ruia sent to 14-day PC, fresh charges slapped

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Ruia Group chairman Pawan Ruia was today remanded in 14 days’ police custody and fresh charges including of criminal conspiracy slapped on him, a day after he was arrested by the West Bengal CID in connection with a complaint of theft lodged by the railways. A Barrackpore court in North 24-Parganas district passed the order […]

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Singur: SC sets aside land acquisition for Tata’s Nano plant

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In a ruling which can have far- reaching consequences, the Supreme Court today set aside the controversial acquisition of 997.11 acres of land in Singur in 2006 by the then Left Front government in West Bengal to set up Tata Motors’ ambitious Nano car manufacturing plant. The verdict, which came as a huge setback to […]

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Roopa Ganguly surrenders before court in assault case

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BJP candidate Roopa Ganguly today surrendered before a Howrah court in connection with the case of an alleged assault on a Trinamool Congress activist during the Assembly polls. The actress-turned politician was later granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 500. The case was lodged against Roopa by TMC activist Soma Das for allegedly […]

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8 murder accused to be hanged, 1 sentenced to life in WB

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A district court today sentenced eight persons to death and awarded life term to another convict for murdering a college student in 2014 in North 24-Parganas in West Bengal. Pronouncing the judgement, Seventh Additional District Judge, Barasat, Daman Prasad Biswas, also awarded five year jail terms to three persons, including a woman, for the murder […]

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Police nod to grill Rose Valley chief at Kolkata jail

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A Jalpaiguri court today allowed Jalpaiguri district police to interrogate chairman of ponzi firm Rose Valley Group, Gautam Kundu, at Presidency Correctional Home inKolkata in connection with a case of cheating of Rs 2.40 lakh. The Jalpaiguri district court also directed the police to take Kundu to the Presidency Correctional Home, where he will be […]

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Madan Mitra to be kept in house confinement: HC

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The Calcutta High Court today directed that West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, an accused in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam, will remain in house confinement under police surveillance till disposal of a CBI plea for cancellation of his bail. Observing that Mitra is a Cabinet minister and has the power to influence witnesses if allowed […]

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