Youth dies as mobile phone explodes during charging

Youth dies as mobile phone explodes during charging

Youth dies as mobile phone explodes during charging
BUNDI (Rajasthan): A 24-year-old youth died after his mobile phone exploded while it was being charged in Korma village under Nainwa police station here, police said here.

Rajulal Gurjar was on Friday using his mobile phone, while it was also put on charging. Suddenly, the mobile battery exploded with a high sound causing him severe burn injuries on chest and hand.

He was rushed in an unconscious state to community health centre (CHC), Nainwa where he was declared brought dead by the doctors.

Dr Samandar Lal Meena, in charge at Nainwa CHC, who conducted the post-mortem, said that the victim had received severe burn injuries on chest and hands.

The youth died due to electric shock and burn injuries, Meena said, adding the body was handed over to the family members after post-mortem.

Nainwa police said that a case has been registered and investigation is on.


Mangaluru: DK is Third in Terror Hit List – HMS Dharmendra

Mangaluru: DK is Third in Terror Hit List – HMS Dharmendra

Mangaluru: The members of the Hindu Mahasabha held a candle light vigil at Gandhi Park, Mannagudda on December 18, for the departed souls of the 132 children who lost their lives in the terror attack in Pakistan.

Members of the Hindu Mahasabha along with the locals gathered in Gandhi Park and lit candles for the souls of the students. 

Speaking to mangalorean.com, the State organizing Secretary of Hindu Mahasabha, Dharmendra said that the Taliban attack on Army Public School in Peshawar killed 132 students which the Hindu Mahasabha strongly condemns. “Killing innocent school children is a barbaric act by the Taliban. The terrorists without any humanity killed innocent school children without mercy.”

He further said, “We think that Dakshina Kannada district is very safe, but after Bangaluru and Mysuru, DK will is the third district which is on the terrorist hit list. If we will not curb terrorism, the days are not far for the terrorists to attack DK. We need to fight against terrorism before the terrorists strike our district.”



Bengaluru: Trio fires at young manager outside factory, robs cash bag of Rs 7.3 lakh

Bengaluru: Trio fires at young manager outside factory, robs cash bag of Rs 7.3 lakh

Bengaluru (DHNS): Three unidentified men fired at the accounts manager of a factory at the Pillagumpe Industrial Estate near Hoskote in Bengaluru Rural district on Thursday and robbed him of Rs 7.30 lakh in cash.

The manager, Veerender Gupta, 24, suffered multiple injuries in the legs and thighs after being sprayed with bullets. He has been admitted to a private hospital in the City and is said to be out of danger. Gupta, who hails from Rajasthan and lives in Whitefield, works for Warm Gears Private Limited, which manufactures automotive parts, the police said.

Gupta and his car driver Manjunath had gone to Sulibele to withdraw money from a State Bank of India branch to pay salaries to some employees. They went to the bank after lunch and withdrew Rs 7.30 lakh. Gupta kept the cash in a bag and left for office in a car.

The robbers, who lay waiting outside the bank, followed him on a bike. Around 3.30 pm, just as he alighted from the car and was about to enter the factory premises, they accosted him and tried to rob him. But he resisted their attempt, after which they fired three shots. The bullets pierced into Gupta’s legs and thighs, and he collapsed at once. The trio then snatched the cash bag and sped off.

Police rushed to the spot soon after. They took Gupta to a government hospital at Sulibele. Later, he was shifted to the private hospital. Inspector General of Police (Central Range) Syed Ulfath Hussain and Bengaluru Rural SP Ramesh B visited the hospital. The officers exuded confidence of arresting the suspects soon.

The robbers appeared to be well aware of Gupta’s routine as he would often bring money from the bank. Police said they were checking the footage of CCTV cameras installed near the spot and the call data record of mobile phones to get leads about the suspects. The miscreants are suspected to have fired the shots with a .42 pistol. But the exact nature of the weapon would be known only after an investigation, the police added.

Meanwhile, Gupta is conscious and able to talk, a doctor treating him at the Axon Speciality Hospital in Indiranagar said. The doctor said Gupta’s injuries were caused by bullets shot into the chest, back and lower limbs. “Our first target would be to stabilise the patient and assess the extent to which he has been injured. As of now, there is no need to remove the pellets immediately. An exact update on his condition would be given only after three days. Gupta had lost a lot of blood while he was brought here. He is being given blood, frozen platelets and liquids to help him recover.”



Bengaluru: Harvested heart airlifted to Chennai after police stop traffic

Bengaluru: Harvested heart airlifted to Chennai after police stop traffic

Bengaluru, Dec 14 (PTI) :In a heart-warming action, the heart of a brain dead child was airlifted from HAL Airport here to Chennai for transplantation after police created a “green corridor” to enable its unhindered transportation.

The heart of the two years ten months old brain dead child was taken from Manipal Hospital here to a Chennai hospital to transplant it to a child aged two years and eight months.
City traffic police said they created a “green corridor” to facilitate unhindered transportation of the donor’s heart from Manipal Hospital to HAL Airport- about 2.2 kms.

The child was declared brain dead last night and after taking consent from the patient’s family, hospitals in the neighbouring states were alerted, Manipal Hospital officials said.

Following this, representatives from Chennai hospital arrived at Manipal hospital and after completing all the medical procedures the heart was carried to HAL Airport in an ambulance and from there it was flown to Chennai, they said.

Father of the donor child said, “The doctor told us that the child is brain dead, but his organs are functioning, then we decided to donate organs as it may help some one else and in that way our child will be alive….”
In September, an harvested heart from a woman, who died after suffering brain hemorrhage in an accident, was taken from BGS Hospital in the city to Fortis Hospital in Chennai. City Traffic Police had then created green corridor across 42 kms stretch from the city to Bengaluru International Airport to facilitate unhindered transport.



Clashes-a regular feature in District Prison

Clashes-a regular feature in District Prison

MANGALURU : With reports already suggesting that the District Jail is overcrowded, rumours are now afloat that there had been a clash between twogroups in the prison recently.
It is a fact that the District Jail has been witnessing some untoward incidents in the past few months. Sources say on the night of December 15 a few under trials had assaulted a man working in the kitchen. It has been gathered that the assaulters are Ulaibettu clash accused. However jail officials have refused to comment on the issue.
It has been reliably gathered that the increasing number of prisoners has led to the clash. Though rival prisoners are placed in different cells, they come face to face during lunch and breakfast when things take ugly turn.
If there has been a murder attempt in the Mangalore prison some time back, in Udupi’s Hiriadka prison, a rowdy sheeter named Vinod Shettigar was hacked to death by the gang of Pitti Nagesh who was murdered recently.



‘Fake’ film directors misleading college girls!

‘Fake’ film directors misleading college girls!

MANGALURU: With the number of college girls who are crazy about acting in films on the rise, so is the number of fake directors who are trying to cash in on the situation, say sources. There is also an allegation that these fake directors are even taking undue advantage of the great interest shown by the girls to act in films.
Sources even reveal that some such fake directors are lurking around some prestigious colleges and luring students with a promise that they would be made a film heroine. It has also been gathered that many number of girls have fallen to the trap of these fake directors without knowing their credentials.
Here is one example. A Kerala origin photographer who has a studio at Tokkottu Kolya reportedly colluded with another person of Kolya who claims himself to be a short film director and both have visited several colleges in the city including theengineering colleges in the outskirts of the city to extend ‘invitations’ to collegestudents. It is learnt, he is also showing a Tulu album to the students and claiming that it was his creation.
Many have urged the college managements to request the police department to ensure that the fake directors do not lurk near the campuses.



Honest driver returns gold left behind in his auto by passenger

Honest driver returns gold left behind in his auto by passenger

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Kasaragod, Dec 20: An auto-rickshaw driver here handed over to the police a hand bag containing 15 sovereigns of gold ornaments left behind in his vehicle by a woman passenger on Friday.

Upon spotting the bag containing ornaments, Ravi, 31, a resident of Mulleria, drove to the Town police Station and handed it over to SI K.R. Ambadi around 6 p.m.

The bag had been left mistakenly behind by Safnam, 24, wife of Mashooq, a resident of Choori.

The police called the Safnam to the station and handed over the bag to her. She gifted Ravi Rs 1,000. 



Puttur: Sangh Parivar activists lay siege to police station after Omni kills woman

Puttur: Sangh Parivar activists lay siege to police station after Omni kills woman

Puttur, Dec 20: An accident involving the death of a woman at Kabaka in Puttur soon snowballed into a tense situation ending in saffron activists laying siege to the police station in Puttur.

A Maruti Omni car hit a female pedestrian walking on the street in Kabaka on the outskirts of Puttur on Friday night resulting in her immediate death.

The deceased has been identified as Kusuma (35), wife of Kabaka resident Giriappa Gowda.

Kusuma had been walking along the side of the road with other women after working as a karsevak at a temple in Adyalaguli near Kanaka, when the Maruti Omni driven by Kutruppadi resident Farooq hit her while plying from Puttur to Kabaka. Due to the force of the collision, Kusuma was thrown on the road and suffered severe injury to her head and died soon after.

Driver assaulted

A tense situation prevailed on the spot soon after the incident and the driver of the Omni Farooq was waylaid and assaulted by the locals gathered at the scene. During this, the town traffic police arrived at the scene and managed to disperse the crowd.

Activists lay siege to police station
In the aftermath of the incident, over a 100 activists belonging to saffron organisations including Prasad Bhandary, Arun Kumar Puttila, Murali Krishna Hasantadka and Vasanth Kabaka laid siege to Puttur town police station.

The activists demanded that police should tender an apology for allegedly having used insulting words while dispersing the crowd at the scene of the assault on the driver earlier.

Thereafter, the situation became calm after talks were held at the police station under the leadership of Dr Prasad Bhandary.




Kasargod: False complaint – Family court orders wife to pay alimony to hubby

Kasargod: False complaint – Family court orders wife to pay alimony to hubby

Kasargod, Dec 19: The family court in Kasargod has delivered a verdict in which it has asked the wife to pay alimony to her husband, as a punishment for filing a false complaint against him.

While normally in most or all the cases, a husband is asked to pay the maintenance or alimony, here, the wife has been asked to do so. The situation in this particular case is different, hence the verdict too is different.

P D Dharmaraj, the judge in the case has directed P M Nivya from Nellikunje Ambedkar road to pay Rs 6,000 maintenance every month to her husband N K Shivaprasad of Nellikunje beach road in Kasargod.

The husband had approached the court complaining that he had lost his job as a result of the false complaint lodged by his wife. The couple had a love marriage, but thereafter lived together only for five months.

Nivya had complained to the police alleging that Shivaprasad had taken her to different places and raped her. The police came to a conclusion based on investigations that the complaint was false. They even came to know that the couple had gone to Wayanad and other places on honeymoon. Also, the medical tests done on Shivaprasad turned out in his favour.

Later, the police registered a case against Nivya for lodging a false complaint. Nivya then approached the high court for anticipatory bail. When the court did not honour her request, she applied for divorce.

The couple had married on January 22, 2011 in a temple, when Nivya was still studying. The marriage was registered at Yenmakaje village panchayat on January 31, 2011. On May 1, 2011 Nivya went to her mother’s house, never to return to Shivaprasad’s house. On June 2, 2011 she lodged a complaint of rape against her husband, and in July, 2011 she went to court for divorce.

Shivaprasad who was working in a private firm had lost his job because of the case lodged against him.

Presently Nivya works in a college in Mangaluru.

Advocates U S Balan and Benny Jose had represented Shivaprasad and Nivya respectively. Shivaprasad had demanded compensation from his wife as he had lost his job because of her.



Bantwal: Police on lookout for man accused of killing father-in-law

Bantwal: Police on lookout for man accused of killing father-in-law

Bantwal, Dec 20: The police are on the lookout for a man accused of killing his father-in-law.

Qasim (32) from Adkarpadpu-Badiyar near here has been absconding ever since the crime took place over a month ago.

The police have requested people having any information about Qasim to contact office of the police circle inspector here.

Yakub (55) from Dasakody Kallaje in Kadeshivalya village was murdered at around 3 am on November 12 this year. When Yakub was in deep sleep, he was killed by dropping a upper half of a stone wet grinder on his head.

Qasim had married Jameela, daughter of Yakub. However, because of unending disputes with her husband and other members of his family, and also because of mental and physical harassment she faced from Qasim, Jameela had returned to her parents. Qasim had gone wild at this development. He was planning to kill Jameela, the police say.

Per chance, on the day Qasim came to Dasakody Kallaje to murder Jameela, she had gone to the house of a close relative for staying there overnight. The police, based on circumstantial evidence and details gathered during investigation, suspected that Qasim had entered the kitchen of Yakub’s home, and dropped the grinder stone on the head of his father-in-law, who was sleeping in the outer veranda of the house.

Jameela had also told the police that her husband had threatened to kill her father. On account of sound created when the grinding stone was dropped, members of the family, who were sleeping inside, had come running out. They had noticed the physical features of a man who was running away at the time.

The police of Bantwal rural station, who had registered the case, are continuing with the investigation of the above case.



Mangaluru: 17-year-old girl killed in accident at Bajpe

Mangaluru: 17-year-old girl killed in accident at Bajpe

Mangaluru, Dec 20: An accident at Swamilapadavu, Bajpe here took the life of a girl on Saturday December 20.

The deceased has been identified as Nayana (17), a resident of Kolambe.

It is said that Nayana was riding pillion on a scooter that was being ridden by her male relative.

The accident took place when a tipper lorry rammed into the scooter, killing her on the spot.

Nayana was a student of second PU at St Joseph’s College, Bajpe.

Bajpe police have registered a case.



Cops mull digital eyes for safer Bengaluru

Cops mull digital eyes for safer Bengaluru

Cops mull digital eyes for safer Bengaluru
BENGALURU: Bengaluru may soon be doing a Hyderabad, in terms of terror preparedness. Bengaluru City police commissioner MN Reddi and his department have mooted a Public Security Act – already in place in the Andhra capital – that entails having digital eyes all over the city.

A proposal in this regard will be submitted before the government. It seeks to bring apartment complexes, social clubs like Bowring and Century, and all commercial establishments with a minimum footfall of 150 under it.

A draft has been prepared by a team led by additional commissioner of police (administration) Umesh Kumar, and is pending Reddi’s signature. “The primary mandate will be to have CCTV cameras installed in all commercial establishments with a recording capacity of minimum 30 days. The police will have the right to avail a downloaded version of such recorded data from any establishment as and when the need arises,” Reddi told TOI.

Hyderabad had introduced the Act after the blasts in 2013. Speaking to TOI, Umesh said: “Our Act may not be completely identical to the one in Hyderabad. We are trying to customize certain provisions for Bengaluru-specific needs. But I can guarantee that our penalty laws will be more stringent.”

The move assumes greater importance in the wake of Bengaluru regularly featuring in terror-related alerts sounded by Central intelligence agencies. Sources said that on the terror radar, Bengaluru does not assume the same priority as Hyderabad, but the police had considered the implementation keeping in mind future threat perceptions and will have the police equipped with data.

Umesh said shops and establishments should have in place access control systems, which, however, will be given second-line priority in the Act. “The penalty, whose exact amount I cannot disclose now, will double if firms and establishments do not comply with the Act in a certain timeline and will become four times if they continue flouting it,” he said.

Even as the Act is yet to be put in place, the Brigade’s Shops and Establishments Association has secured the CBD’s arterial road in a hi-tech way and invested Rs 3.5 lakh to install two permanent, sophisticated cameras equipped with technology last November.

Besides this, Reddi said the entire city will be equipped with CCTV cameras under the Safe City Project, which the government has cleared with an estimated investment of Rs 75 crore. “Under this, we will have a back-end control room, which will monitor and store footage from CCTVs, but what we are planning under the Public Security Act will be for commercial establishments that dot the city.”

Crowdsourcing provision

Reddi also said the police will become more active and crowdsource information about incidents and things that may raise suspicion. “Today, every mobile phone is equipped with camera and video-taking abilities. We are also looking at crowdsourcing information from the public, a platform for which needs to be in place,” he said.

Next: unit to monitor social media

Reddi, speaking at an event on Wednesday, also said that police will raise a ‘social media monitoring unit’ under the Central Crime Branch (CCB) to monitor activity on the social media continuously through the year.

Bengaluru Police has faced both difficult and embarrassing situations due to messages on social media and messaging platforms like WhatsApp. If more than 18,000 people from the north-east left the city after social media went berserk with threat messages against them in 2012, a slew of tweets and messages on WhatsApp in the last couple of days warning of terror attacks has caused considerable panic among people.


20 persons picked up by Hyderabad Police in search operation

20 persons picked up by Hyderabad Police in search operation

20 persons picked up by Hyderabad Police in search operation
Based on information that Kishan Nagar, Shyam Nagar and Jirra localities are prone to criminal hideouts, police conducted a massive cordon and search operation, a senior officer said.
HYDERBAD: As many as 120 persons were picked up on suspicion of criminal activities from Asifnagar and Tapachabutra police station limits today and their antecedents are being verified, police said.

Based on information that Kishan Nagar, Shyam Nagar and Jirra localities are prone to criminal hideouts, police conducted a massive cordon and search operation, a senior officer said.

During the operation, a total of 43 two-wheelers were seized for not having proper registration.

“Over 300 police personnel participated in this massive operation. The antecedents of suspected persons are being verified for having (their) involvement in (crimes, if any) in Hyderabad and in other states,” DCP (West Zone) A Venkateshwar Rao said.


Woman killed for deposing in rape case

Woman killed for deposing in rape case

Woman killed for deposing in rape case
Dinesh pulled out a pistol and started beating the woman. When she collapsed, he fired three rounds at her from point blank range and fled.
NEW DELHI: A 45-year-old woman was shot by her son-in-law after she testified in court against him for raping her younger daughter. The incident was reported from Narela area on Wednesday night.

The man named Dinesh Mathur had allegedly threatened the woman with dire consequences if she did not withdraw the complaint.

The woman, a widow, stayed with her two daughters at a slum cluster in Swatantra Nagar area. Her elder daughter was married to Mathur, a resident of Karala who claimed to own a business in the locality.

On October 2, the woman found Mathur in a compromising position with her 15-year-old daughter and registered a case of rape against him. The child was taken for a medical examination and an FIR was registered but Mathur managed to escape from his house.

In her statement to the police, the 15-year-old girl has said that Dinesh came to their house with two of his friends around 10.30pm and started threatening her mother saying that she had booked him under a false rape charge.

During the argument, Dinesh pulled out a pistol and started beating the woman. When she collapsed, he fired three rounds at her from point blank range and fled.

A case of murder was registered against Dinesh and his friends, who are on the run.


Minor boy sacrificed by occultists

Minor boy sacrificed by occultists

MUZAFFARNAGAR: A seven-year-old boy was allegedly sacrificed by two occultists in Mukandpur village here, police said on Friday.

The accused identified as Ramvir and his associate Monu were arrested on Thursday, SHO VK Sharma said.

They had performed an exorcism rite on the minor, Kulvant, promising a woman of curing her infertility problems in lieu of Rs 20,000, he said, adding, police is searching the woman.

The boy was murdered by slitting his throat and his body was found naked in sugarcane fields on December 9, he said.



Litigants protest delay in cases outside Delhi HC

Litigants protest delay in cases outside Delhi HC

NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court on Friday saw a unique event-a protest staged by litigants whose cases have seen 1,500-1,900 dates in court.

Demonstrating with placards and banners outside gate number 7, the group attacked the slow rate of disposal by courts in Delhi and demanded video recording of proceedings. The litigants were brought together by a few NGOs-Forum for Fast Justice Janhit Manch and Fight 4 Judicial Reform.

Speaking to TOI, some participants vented their frustration at cases dragging on for decades and cited their example to emphasize that the biggest judicial reform must be time-bound delivery of justice. “A survey conducted by us revealed on an average, 60 dates are given in each case. The maximum respondents had fought through 100 dates while some have suffered delay and gone through 1,900 court dates,” Gulshan Pahuja, from Fight 4 Judicial Reform told TOI.

The protesters landed before HC after staging a similar demonstration last week at Jantar Mantar, where a large congregation of NGOs engaged in litigation showed up.

On December 12, the group intends to form a human chain on Sher Shah Suri Marg in front of HC. They have demanded removing of flaws from the current system since it benefits those who gain from delay and authoritative court proceeding records and accountability of lawyers and litigants who contribute in prolonging a case.

Advocate Indira Unninayar, who is actively involved in the protests, also justified the demostration. Speaking to TOI, Unninayar highlighted how “a civil litigation case related to property, which should be disposed of in a maximum of 6 years, has been dragging on for 26 years. Same goes for matrimonial cases. A divorce case takes up 15 years. The crippling delay ruins the lives of the litigants and their children,” she lamented.

In 2011, the then HC Chief Justice AP Shah had observed that “it would take the court approximately 466 years to clear the backlog in Delhi courts.”



Law enforcement: CPO told to stop illegal detentions, torture

Law enforcement: CPO told to stop illegal detentions, torture

FAISALABAD: Faisalabad District and Sessions Judge Safdar Saleem Shahid directed the city police officer (CPO) on Tuesday to take steps to check the increasing cases of illegal detention at police stations.

In a directive issued to the CPO, the judge expressed concern over the illegal detention of the citizens.

“Incidence of illegal detention in the district has reached an alarming level. The practice is a violation of the law,” the judge stated.

He observed that suspects were often kept at police stations without formal registration of cases against them and tortured.

The judge referred to a case in which a man was tortured by police. A medical board later confirmed the allegations. “Such practices should be checked and those involved in such illegal acts should be brought to justice,” the judge stated. He observed that police were illegally detaining people without entering their detention in the daily diary (roznamcha) or anywhere on paper. “The registration of a case itself is a very sensitive part of the proceedings. However, it has been noted that some police officers, especially SHOs, and investigation officers do not care for the rules regarding the registration of cases and the due process of investigation that follows,” he stated.

He asked the Faisalabad city police officer to ensure that the due process of law was followed in the registration and investigation of criminal cases.



Police assault journalist, Madras HC orders medical examination

Police assault journalist, Madras HC orders medical examination

CHENNAI: Madras high court has asked the dean of Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital here to constitute a special team of doctors to ascertain the physical condition of a vernacular journalist, who said he was detained and subjected to assault and torture by three police personnel of Abiramapuram station.

Justice V Ramasubramanian directed the doctors to note down the health condition of J Umapathi, who works for a Tamil weekly Puratchi Periyar Muzhakkam, treatment already given as well as required to be given to him. The judge also asked the dean to file a report in court regarding the medical condition of the journalist at the time of his admission and the date of the report to be filed in court. The matter will be taken up for a detailed hearing on December 3, he said, adding that in the meanwhile the hospital should continue the treatment being given to him.

The judge passed the order on a writ petition filed by Umapathi who said three police personnel – sub-inspectors Ilayaraja and Kalaiselvi, and head constable Vadivelu – took him in a police vehicle from Mylapore where he had gone to cover a civic protest by residents. After noticing him taking photographs and taking quotes from protesters, the cops questioned him and bundled him into a police van, he said, adding that he was taken to Abiramapuram police station and thrashed.

Umapathi said they kicked his private parts with boots and rained blows even while he was pleading with them to stop the torture. Though they tried to take certain signatures on blank papers, they could not do so because his hands were badly bruised, he said. He also said that they took his thumb impression on some blank sheets.

He was let off only after his relatives reached the station on hearing about his detention. He was first admitted in Government Royapettah hospital and then referred to the Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital. Umapathi also added that the police tried to influence the hospital authorities to discharge him immediately. He wanted the court to order suspension of the three police personnel as an interim relief, and order CB-CID probe into the assault and illegal detention.



Illegal temple outside High Court to be demolished

Illegal temple outside High Court to be demolished

  • Kantha Srinivasan who built a temple for MGR has been even living there for over two decades near Madras High Court in Chennai. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam.

It was built around three decades ago by a supporter of MGR, reports D. Madhavan

Thirty years ago when former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran, was battling for life , thousands of people in the state prayed for his recovery. Broadway-born Kantha Srinivasan, a hawker on NSC Bose Road, was one among them.

She went a step further and sold her four goats for Rs 1,500 to build a temple on the pavement in front of the North Gate – 3 of the Madras High Court. The goats were her livelihood.

But, this piece of loyalty and adulation will soon be erased from public memory as the divisional bench of the Madras High Court comprising Justice Satish K. Agnihotri and Justice K. K. Sasidharan has ordered the demolition of the temple. “The Corporation is expected to protect public property. The roads are not meant for construction of temple, mosque and church,” the bench said.

Now, in her sixties, Kantha Srinivasan, which is also a local AIADMK functionary, makes her livelihood by selling tea within the High Court premises and doing odd jobs such as selling plastic toys, household items and coconuts on the pavement. She has also been managing the temple and conducting daily pujas. The steel-sheet-topped temple has an electricity connection. “It may be an encroachment, but why was it left to exist all these years. Many advocates and litigants come and pay quick obeisance at the temple,” said Kantha Srinivasan.

Based on the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by ‘Traffic’ K.R. Ramasamy, the high court has directed the civic body to demolish the illegal structure by December 8. In fact, the High Court had ordered the demolition in December last year. The Corporation sought a review of the decision and this week it was set aside by the court.

Police sources said removal of such illegal structures in front of sensitive institutions such as High Court was needed for security reasons. Further, the North Gate – 3 is crucial for policing as it is the only gate where people are allowed between 10.30 a.m and 5.30 p.m daily. Rest of the entrances are restricted to police, advocates, court staff and journalists. Judges have separate entrance and exit on Rajaji Salai. “The removal of the temple is not meant for pedestrians only but it will also help better surveillance of the area,” said a police officer.

Kantha is likely to approach the Supreme Court next week.



Delhi Police ACP, sub-inspector let off in bribery case

Delhi Police ACP, sub-inspector let off in bribery case

New Delhi: A local court has acquitted an ACP of Delhi Police’s anti-extortion cell and one of its sub- inspectors, facing trial in a corruption case for allegedly demanding Rs 15 lakh from a man in 2007 to hush up a complaint against him.

Special CBI judge Swarana Kanta Sharma let off accused Rakesh Kumar Bansal, who was then posted as Assistant Commissioner of Police, and Jagdish Kumar, then sub-inspector in anti-extortion cell of the crime branch, observing that the agency has failed to prove the motive, demand and acceptance of the alleged bribe by them.

The CBI, in its charge sheet against the duo, had alleged that in 2007 they had demanded Rs 15 lakh from Delhi resident Gurmeet Singh Wadalia to hush up the complaint pending against him in the crime branch.

The agency claimed that the demand was later reduced to Rs five lakh and Jagdish was caught in R K Puram area here on January 31, 2007 while accepting bribe of Rs 1.5 lakh as part payment from Wadalia.

“The prosecution failed to prove the demand, acceptance or motive which are the sine qua non of proving charge against accused Rakesh Bansal and accused Jagdish Kumar under sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy) IPC and Section 7 and 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of PC Act.

“I, accordingly, acquit both the accused persons of the charges framed against them,” the court said.

In its order, the court also observed that the independent witnesses were declared hostile by CBI’s prosecutor as they did not support its case regarding demand and acceptance of bribe.

It also said that to constitute the offences claimed by the investigating agency, “it was necessary for prosecution to prove that there was demand of money and same was voluntarily accepted, either by the accused or by someone on his behalf.”

The court had framed charges under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act against both the accused.

During the trial, both the accused had claimed that they were falsely implicated in the case.



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