SC to hear Soni Sori, Kodopi’s bail

SC to hear Soni Sori, Kodopi’s bail 


A file picture of tribal schoolteacher Soni Sori.
The Hindu A file picture of tribal schoolteacher Soni Sori.


The hearing of the bail petition of tribal schoolteacher Soni Sori and her relative, journalist Lingaram Kodopi, will begin in the Supreme Court on Monday. Bench consisting of Justice S.S. Nirjar will preside over the bail hearing. The bail application was filed two weeks back by Ms. Sori’s lawyer Colin Gonsalves. Lawyer Prashant Bhusan filed the application of Lingaram Kodopi.

While Ms. Sori and Mr. Kodopi either got bail or acquittal in most of the cases, both were denied bail by the Chattisgarh courts. Rejecting the bail petition in Chattisgarh High Court, a couple of months back, Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra said that “on basis of the seriousness of the evidence” the petition had been rejected. Finally, the bail application was filed in the Supreme Court earlier this month.

Ms. Sori has been acquitted in six of the eight cases in the last one and half years, while Mr. Kodopi has been acquitted in the only other case of planning an attack on local Congress leader Avdesh Gautam.

The remaining case is the one of Essar Steel, where both Ms. Sori and Mr. Kodopi have been accused of arranging “protection money” on behalf of the company to Maoists. The main accused, D.V.C.S Verma, General Manager at an Essar steel plant, and B.K. Lala, an Essar contractor, were arrested for allegedly disbursing the money.

Both Mr. Verma and Mr. Lala got bail within the first few months of their arrest.



Cops suspended for jailing minor

Cops suspended for jailing minor

GHAZIABAD: Strict action has been taken against three policemen in Sahibabad area of Ghaziabad for locking up an alleged accused who is a minor. While the SHO of the police station has been attached to the police lines, the incharge of the police post and a constable have been suspended.

Sources said the boy was detained on the charges of teasing but later booked under some other case.

The incident came to light when the Ghaziabad SSP inspected the police station. Ghaziabad SSP, Dharmender Yadav, said: “On checking the records, I found that the officers had wrongfully kept the boy in the lock-up and had booked him falsely for carrying a knife. The station incharge, Brij Mohan Yadav, was sent to the police lines while police chowki inchargeDilip Kumar and constable Ravinder Kumar were suspended.”

Woman locks husband for 9 yrs for widow’s pension

Woman locks husband for 9 yrs for widow’s pension

A 50-year-old woman, Dhankeshri Devi, allegedly kept her husband in confinement for nine years and declared him dead so that she can avail her widow’s pension.

The matter came to light on Thursday after her neighbour informed the police following an altercation with Dhankeshri’s son, Sunil Kumar.

A team of police officials reached their house in Deuwar village under Sandesh police station in Bhojpur district of south-central Bihar and rescued 58-year-old Jagat Narayan Singh.


According to station house officer Shyam Deo Singh, who headed the police team, Jagat was found in a disheveled state. “He appeared quite disoriented and kept on saying ‘Dumka, Dumka’ –  a district in Jharkhand where he was posted as a peon till 2004,” the SHO said on Saturday.

Bhojpur superintendent of police Satyaveer Singh had ordered the raid after the neighbour, Asha Devi, raised the matter at his janata darbar, informing everyone of the inhuman treatment meted out to Jagat by his wife and son.

In an FIR lodged at the Sandesh police station, Asha blamed Sunil for keeping his father in captivity. According to the neighbour, 18-year-old Sunil wanted to get his father’s job in the department of animal husbandry in Dumka district on compassionate grounds.

The police said Sunil has gone missing after the incident came to light. “We are on the lookout for Sunil, who has been named in the FIR. Dhankeshri, however, has not been named. We will take a call on her as the investigation progresses,” the SHO said.

In 2004, Dhankeshri had lodged a complaint at the Sandesh police station, stating that her husband has gone missing.

According to police, she and her son later managed to acquire a death certificate issued in Jagat’s name which entitled Dhankeshri to draw her widow’s pension. Sunil, however, didn’t succeed in landing a job on compassionate grounds as he was a minor at that time.

The Bhojpur SP said it seems that Sunil has a major role to play in the illegal confinement of his father as he wanted to get a government job at Dumka.

“During the course of the investigation, it will become clear how did the mother-son duo managed to procure the forged death certificate. It will also be probed as to why the neighbours keep silent for so long though they knew of Jagat’s confinement,” the SP added.


Associations unite to oppose the Niddodi project

Associations unite to oppose the Niddodi project

Mangalore: The ICYM Central Committee along with other organizations staged a protest opposing Niddodi project. The mammoth protest was staged in front of the DC office in Mangalore on Saturday, September 28. 

 The protest march started from Bendoor Church to DC office. Rev Fr Denis Moras Prabhu, vicar general of Mangalore Diocese initiated the rally.

 Darrel Dsouza, ICYM-Amcho Yuvak Editor stated that the association does not oppose developments but are against the projects which hinders the development.

 Addressing the protestors, Eric Ozario, president of Mandd Sobann said that if the State govt doesnot cancel the project by next electoral polls the people of niddodi have to boycott the elections.

 Sheldon Crasta ICYM president, Fr Ronald Dsouza, Director, Fr J.B Crasta, Kiran Manjanabailu, convenor of Mathrbhumi Samrakshana Samithi, Nizel Pereira, Catholic Sabha president, Prateek Ponnanna, St Aloysius Students Council president, Ivan Dsilva, ICYM Udupi president and others were present at the occasion.

 ICYM Mangalore Diocese along with Mathrubhumi Samrakshana Samithi Niddodi,YCS Mangalore Diocese, ICYM and YCS Udupi Diocese, Catholic Sabha Mangalore, IFCKA Mangalore, World Konkani Association, Konkani Prachar Sanchalan, All College Students Union, St Aloysius College Students Union staged the protest.

IPC for life term till death sans remission: Supreme Court

IPC for life term till death sans remission: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to amend the Indian Penal Code to provide for life imprisonment till death without any remission for heinous offences like child rape and murder which shock the collective conscience of society.“Any murder would cause a shock to society but all murders may not cause revulsion in society. Certain murders shock the collective conscience of the court and community. Heinous rape of a minor followed by murder is one such instance of a crime which shocks and repulses the collective conscience of the community and the court… we are of the view that such crimes, which shock the collective conscience of society by creating extreme revulsion in the minds of the people, are to be treated as the rarest of rare category,” said a Bench of Justices C.K. Prasad and Kurian Joseph in its judgment in the case of rape of a child in Rajasthan.

Writing the judgment, Justice Joseph said: “Parliament is the collective conscience of the people. If it has mandated a minimum sentence for certain offences, the government being its delegate cannot interfere with the same in exercise of its power for remission or commutation. Neither Section 432 nor 433 of the Cr.PC hence contains a non-obstante provision. Therefore, the minimum sentence provided for any offence cannot be and shall not be remitted or commuted by the government in exercise of its power under Section 432 or 433 of the Cr.PC. Wherever the IPC or such penal statutes have provided for a minimum sentence for any offence, to that extent, the power of remission or commutation has to be read as restricted; otherwise, the whole purpose of punishment will be defeated and it will be a mockery of sentencing.

The Bench said: “We are of the view that it will do well in case a proper amendment under Section 53 [relating to punishments] of the IPC is provided, introducing one more category of punishment — life imprisonment without commutation or remission.” It noted that Justice V. S. Malimath, in his report on “Reforms of the Criminal Justice System” submitted in 2003, had made such a suggestion but so far no serious steps had been taken.

In the instant case, the State was aggrieved over the Rajasthan High Court commuting to life imprisonment the death sentence, awarded by a sessions court, to Jamil Khan, who brutally raped the girl, who was under five, on December 23, 2002 and thereafter murdered her. He packed the body in a sack, put in a bag and abandoned it in a train.

The State, in its appeal before the Supreme Court, sought the death penalty for Khan.

The Bench said though it was a planned crime, nine years had passed since his death sentence was substituted with life imprisonment. “We are reluctantly of the view that it would not be just and proper to alter the sentence to death at this stage. [But] in future, in order to avoid such contingencies, cases where enhancement of life sentence to death is sought should be given due priority. Having regard to the facts and circumstances of the present case, we make it clear that in the event of the state invoking its powers of remission, the sentence under Section 376 of IPC [rape] shall not be remitted or commuted before seven years of imprisonment. In other words, in that eventuality, it shall be ensured that the respondent first serves the term of life imprisonment under Section 302 [murder] of the IPC. In case there is any remission after 14 years, then imprisonment for a minimum of seven years under Section 376 shall follow and thereafter three years of rigorous imprisonment under Section 201 [causing disappearance of evidence].”