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Your Daily Wrap: Udaipur tense after man hacked to death, Mukesh Ambani resigns as Reliance Jio’s director; and more
The Indian Express | 4 hours ago
The Indian Express
4 hours ago

◾ A tailor in Udaipur was hacked to death today by two persons allegedly for posting a social media statement in favour of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, who had made controversial remarks about Prophet Mohammad. With the city tense following the murder, internet services have been suspended, and 600 police personnel along with senior officers are being sent to Udaipur. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has appealed for peace. “Strict action will be taken against all the criminals involved in this incident and the police will go to the bottom of the crime. I appeal to all parties to maintain peace,” he said.◾ Meanwhile, in Delhi, Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair was sent to four-day police custody over a 2018 tweet that allegedly hurt religious sentiments. On Zubair’s arrest, Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: “The arrest of journalist Mohammed Zubair in Delhi is pettiness, vengeance and repression let loose on a society once aspiring to be free. It is also a distillation of the way in which the Narendra Modi government draws energy from a thorough contempt for liberty, decency, constitutional values, and the opinion of the international community.”◾ In Maharashtra, where the political turmoil refuses to abate, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray appealed to rebel Shiv Sena MLAs to return, saying he is “worried” about them. “Don’t fall prey to anyone’s missteps. The honour given to you by Shiv Sena cannot be found anywhere. If you come forward and speak, we will sort out the issues. As Shiv Sena party chief and family head, I am still worried about you. Come here for a dialogue,” he said. His appeal came hours after Rebel leader Eknath Shinde said he will soon return to Mumbai.◾ In other news from the city, four people were killed after a helicopter operating for the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) made an emergency landing off the Mumbai coast. The chopper, with nine people on board, ditched in the sea 60 nautical miles away from Mumbai near Sagar Kiran rig on Tuesday morning.◾ In business news, the GST Council today approved changes in tax rates on some goods and services while allowing states to issue an e-way bill for intra-state movement of gold and precious stones. The Council, chaired by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, also cleared a host of compliance procedures for GST-registered businesses along with a GoM report on high-risk taxpayers to check evasion.◾ Mukesh Ambani has resigned from the board of his group’s telecom arm, Reliance Jio and handed over the reins of the company to elder son Akash, a step seen as succession planning by the 65-year old billionaire. In a stock exchange filing, Reliance Jio Infocomm said the company’s board at a meeting on June 27, “approved the appointment of Akash M Ambani, non-executive director, as chairman of the board of directors of the company.”Political Pulse◾ The BJP is hoping for gains beyond the immediate in its storming of the Samajwadi Party bastions of Rampur and Azamgarh Lok Sabha seats in the recent bypolls. The planning and strategy to secure the constituencies, supervised by senior leader Amit Shah as per sources, have punched holes in the SP’s confidence in its loyal Muslim-Yadav vote bank. The results also fit in with the BJP’s Mission 2024 plans, which it has already set in motion. With the SP having mounted a creditable challenge to it in the recent Assembly elections, the BJP knows the party as the one to beat in the state, and these two seats were its best chance of sending a message to the party. Liz Mathew reports.◾ From the Urdu Press: As a major political turmoil roiled Maharashtra with an intra-Shiv Sena power struggle pushing the Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA government to the brink, the country’s leading Urdu newspapers provided its saturation coverage in their news and commentary pages. In their reporting and analysis, they also focused on the July 18 Presidential election, the Supreme Court’s dismissal of Zakia Jafri’s appeal challenging the SIT’s clean chit to the then chief minister Narendra Modi and others in the 2002 Gujarat riots, spotlighting the subsequent arrests of activist-journalist Teesta Setalvad and ex-DGP RB Sreekumar.Express Explained◾ ‘Hermit’ is the latest sophisticated spyware in the news, and it is believed to have targeted iPhones and Android devices in Italy and Kazakhstan. Hermit’s deployment – the spyware has been developed by an Italian vendor called RCS Lab – was first reported by cyber security researchers at the Lookout, a San-Francisco-based cybersecurity firm. What is Hermit, what exactly does it do on a device, and how can users keep themselves safe? We explain.◾ The G7 countries, who are meeting during the ongoing Leaders’ Summit in Germany, have officially launched the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII), a joint initiative to fund infrastructure projects in developing countries. The project, launched on June 27, is being seen as the bloc’s counter to China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative. What is PGII, where are funds being directed under the plan, and what has been China’s response to the announcement? Read here.

Your Daily Wrap: Udaipur tense after man hacked to death, Mukesh Ambani resigns as Reliance Jio’s director; and more
Sangli murders: Accused ‘mantrik’ admitted to hospital after complaining of chest pain, aide gets police custody
The Indian Express | 4 hours ago
The Indian Express
4 hours ago

The 48-year-old ‘mantrik’, identified as Abbas Ahmedali Bagwan, who was held in connection with the murders of nine members of a family in Mhaisal town of Sangli district in Maharashtra, has been admitted to a hospital after he complained of chest pain during some procedural medical tests.On the afternoon of June 20 around 1 pm, two brothers Dr Manik Vanmore (49), a veterinarian, and Popat Vanmore (52), an arts teacher, their mother, their respective wives, and four children of the two couples — were found dead in two separate houses located a kilometre apart in Mhaisal.On Sunday, the Sangli Police nabbed Bagwan and his aide, Dheeraj Suravase (30), both residents of Solapur, for allegedly killing the Vanmores by poisoning. The police said the two persons had allegedly claimed they would help the family unearth ‘hidden treasures’ or guptadhan.A statement by the Sangli police mentioned that Survase was produced before a court Tuesday. The court remanded him in police custody till July 7 for further investigation. But Bagwan reported chest pain when he was taken for pre-arrest medical tests. So he was admitted to the Miraj Civil Hospital in Sangli. “He will be arrested soon after being discharged from the hospital,” the Sangli police stated. The police have booked Bagwan and Survase under Sections 302 and 306 of the Indian Penal Code and Sections of the Money Lending Regulation Act.The starting point of the investigation for the police was the two purported suicide notes found at the two houses where the Vanmores used to reside. The notes suggested that the family members died by suicide because of heavy debt. Based on the probe into the content of the suicide notes, the police had initially booked 25 persons, most of whom had lend money to the Vanmores and were allegedly pressurising them for repayment. Of these 25 persons, the police have till now arrested 19 persons.According to special Inspector General of Police (Kolhapur Range) Manojkumar Lohiya, further probe into the case revealed that the deceased Vanmore brothers were in contact with the ‘mantrik’ who claimed he would help them unearth hidden treasures. The two brothers had borrowed large sums of money to pay the ‘mantrik’ over the last couple of years.“The suspect had taken a large sum of money from the family on this pretext and he could have been worried that Vanmores would report him to the authorities. Primary probe suggests that… the mantrik went to the houses and under the pretext of performing some rituals, gave the family members something to consume that was laced with a poisonous substance,” said Lohiya.When asked about the suicide notes and who could have written them, Lohiya said, “The probe still suggests that the notes were written by the two brothers. But what was suspicious about them was the sequence. We have observed in many suicide cases that people first state the reasons and then name the persons responsible. In this case it was exactly the opposite. Also, the notes do not categorically say that they were going to end their lives. It now seems that the brothers were misled into writing those notes. We are still probing that angle.”When asked about the 25 persons booked earlier, Lohiya said, “The case is now taking a different direction. As the probe progresses, we may file an application to discharge these people who are charged with abetment to suicide.” The police are now trying to ascertain how the poisonous substance was administered to the victims in two separate houses.

Sangli murders: Accused ‘mantrik’ admitted to hospital after complaining of chest pain, aide gets police custody
Mumbai: Police probe 21 loan app fraud cases, 3 held
The Indian Express | 12 hours ago
The Indian Express
12 hours ago

The cyber police of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch has arrested three people as part of their investigation into 21 loan app fraud cases registered across the city this year.While the first arrest was made on June 25, the police arrested two more people by Monday. On Saturday, a loan recovery agent from Telangana was arrested. “The man holds an engineering diploma and was tasked with making calls to those who had not paid the loan amounts. If the loanees did not repay, the man asked his aides to start the harassment. Based on his questioning, we arrested two more persons. Our investigations are on,” DCP (Cyber)Hemraj Singh Rajput said.According to the police, since last year, thousands of people across Maharashtra, in need of urgent money, fell prey to these predatory loan apps that would offer small loans without much paperwork. While granting the loans through the app, the lenders would ask the borrowers for access to their phone contact list and gallery and collect their Aadhaar and PAN card copies, police said.Borrowers who failed to repay the loan within weeks on a higher interest rate were allegedly harassed by loan recovery agents and abusive and obscene messages were sent to people in the borrower’s contact list. They even morphed photos of the borrower with nude photos and obscene videos and sexually harassed them as well as their family members to extort money, police said. In many cases, police said, the agents ended up extorting much more than the loan amount.The police took note of the issue when a 38-year-old sales executive died by suicide at his residence in Kurar, Malad (East) due to the harassment in May this year. Subsequently, several other victims also alerted the police about being harassed. Taking note of the rising crimes, at least 21 cases between January and May were transferred to the cyber police. About 10 police inspectors across four cyber police stations of the cyber crime branch are investigating the cases to find a common thread.

Mumbai: Police probe 21 loan app fraud cases, 3 held
Daily Briefing: SC grants interim relief to Shiv Sena rebels; Delhi Police arrests Mohammed Zubair
The Indian Express | 15 hours ago
The Indian Express
15 hours ago

Good morning,In an interim relief for the Shiv Sena rebel MLAs, the Supreme Court extended the deadline set by Maharashtra Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal to reply to notices on pleas seeking their disqualification from the Assembly. The apex court said they had time until 5.30 pm on July 12 to send their replies and fixed July 11 as the next date of hearing.The political crisis in Maharashtra has given rise to the question of whether the Shiv Sena rebels can avoid disqualification under the anti-defection law. With the rebel camp claiming they have the support of at least 39 MLAs, we explain the 2/3rd rule in anti-defection law.At a time when Sanjay Raut has been trying to rally the Shiv Sena MLAs and cadre behind Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, the Enforcement Directorate has issued summons to the Sena MP in a case related to irregularities in a chawl redevelopment project at Mumbai’s Goregaon.Facing rebellion within his party, Thackeray took away the portfolios of rebel ministers camping in Assam’s Guwahati and allocated them to other cabinet colleagues.Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena’s rebel group led by Eknath Shinde is learnt to be strategising to approach the Governor, informing him of their decision to withdraw support from the MVA, and thereby, prompting a floor test.The Supreme Court, while dismissing appeals against the clean chit to then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others in the Gujarat riots case, said the matter is being pursued to keep the pot boiling, obviously, for ulterior design” and said “all those involved in such abuse of process, need to be in the dock and proceeded with in accordance with law”. Yet it was the Supreme Court which, through hearings and orders over the years, called for “fair and impartial investigation” into the riots cases. Two cases — of the Best Bakery and Bilkis Bano — were moved out of Gujarat to Maharashtra. Here’s what Supreme Court once said and did.Is lack of clarity on policy and progressive clamping down on cryptocurrencies forcing Indian entrepreneurs and developers in the Web 3.0 to leave the country in search of greener pastures? With the UAE and Singapore actively promoting the ecosystem, co-founders of India’s cryptocurrency exchanges have been relocating with families to these destinations in the last couple of years.A cyber unit of Delhi Police arrested Mohammed Zubair, the co-founder of fact-checking website AltNews, on charges of allegedly hurting religious sentiments following a complaint by a social media user who referred to a tweet from 2018. Police sources said the complainant in the case goes by the Twitter name Hanuman Bhakt.India, along with G7 countries and four invited countries, signed the ‘2022 Resilient Democracies Statement’ in which they committed to “guarding the freedom, independence and diversity of civil society actors” and “protecting the freedom of expression and opinion online and offline”.In an attempt to increase participation of women in the gig economy, the NITI Aayog has proposed fiscal incentives like tax breaks or startup grants for companies with about one-third of their workforce as women and people with disabilities (PwDs). Key points in its report include:🔴A survey conducted across urban centres of India revealed that women are more likely to take up platform jobs after their education and marriage.🔴 Female labour force participation in India has remained low, oscillating between 16 per cent to 23 per cent in the last few years.🔴 Platform companies offer flexibility and choice of labour to all workers in general, and women in particular, empowering them to monetise their idle assets when and where they want.🔴 It also recommended that businesses have a higher share of women managers and supervisors in the organisation to ensure that communication to workers does not perpetuate gender stereotypes.Another report, released by the Ministry of Education, states that as India entered the pandemic year, students in around 61 per cent districts of the country had very little exposure to digital learning due to limited availability of computers, Internet facilities and teachers trained to handle technological tools in schools.Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan questioned the Congress’ “silence” over the arrest of retired DGP R B Sreekumar and activist Teesta Setalvad by the Gujarat Police a day after the Supreme Court upheld the clean chit by the SIT to the state government, then led by Narendra Modi, in the 2002 Gujarat riots case. “The Congress could have organised at least a nominal protest,” he said.Aditi Mutatkar, a former international shuttler, remembers getting awkward when boys at her academy didn’t know why she came for badminton training, wearing dark shorts a few days of the month. Now, with a myriad voices raising questions about Wimbledon’s pedantic white-only clothing rule, unrelenting even for women players on their periods, sport is in for a serious sartorial reckoning of its age-old traditions.Delhi confidential: With the digital push targeting the youth ahead of Uttar Pradesh elections finding success, a new mission — New India For Young India — is already launched in poll-bound Gujarat, with Union minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar visiting universities to tell students about the government’s programmes and schemes. The programme is to create a buzz about new opportunities such as space and start-ups.In today’s episode of the ‘3 Things’ podcast, we discuss how the sanctions against Russia have fared and why AAP lost the recent bypolls in Punjab. We also delve into the companies looking to invest in Congress-ruled Rajasthan, and what it says about our economy.Until tomorrow,Leela Prasad and Sonal Gupta

Daily Briefing: SC grants interim relief to Shiv Sena rebels; Delhi Police arrests Mohammed Zubair
  • Maha crisis: SC grants interim relief to rebel Shiv Sena MLAs; top takeaways
  • The Economic Times

  • SC grants interim relief to Shiv Sena rebel MLAs: Key rulings from today’s hearing
  • Times of India

    NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday granted interim relief to rebel Shiv Sena MLAs and said that no decision will be taken on their disqualification till July 12. The Maharashtra deputy Speaker had granted the legislators time till June 27 evening to file a reply. Acting on rebel leader Eknath Shinde's petition challenging the disqualification notices issued to him and 15 other MLAs last week, the SC bench issued notices to deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal, chief whip Sunil Prabhu, leader of legislature party Anil Chaudhary and the Centre. The SC has also asked Zirwal to file an affidavit and put on record the no-trust notice served upon him by the rebel MLAs. During the hearing, the Sena rebels contended that the deputy Speaker is not competent to decide the disqualification plea if there is a notice pending for his own removal. Floor testThe SC further refused to pass any interim order on a plea by the Shiv Sena that there should not be any floor test in the Maharashtra legislative assembly till the next date of hearing. "We cannot pass order on floor test as that would create unnecessary complications. If anything illegal happens, you can always move this court," the SC said while refusing to pass an interim order on floor test. On request of providing security to 39 MLAs alleging threat, the SC recorded the statement of standing counsel of Maharashtra government that adequate steps have already been taken and that the state government will further ensure that no harm is caused to the life, liberty, or property of the MLAs. (With inputs from agencies)

  • Court Relief For Rebel Sena MLAs, A Deadline Pushed To July 11: 10 Facts
  • Ndtv

    Maharashtra Crisis: Eknath Shinde has claimed he has the support of more than 50 MLAsMumbai: As Eknath Shinde moved the Supreme Court against the Shiv Sena's move to disqualify him and 15 other rebel MLAs, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's team said they are prepared for a legal battle. Here are the top 10 updates on this big storyActing on Eknath Shinde's petition challenging the disqualification notices issued to him and 15 other rebel MLAs last week, the Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal, Chief Whip Sunil Prabhu, leader of Legislature party Anil Chaudhary and the Centre. The top court will now hear the matter on July 11.The petition had also said that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance in Maharashtra has lost the majority in the house as 38 of 55 Shiv Sena legislators have withdrawn their support to the coalition. The Supreme Court asked the rebels' lawyer why they did not approach the Bombay High Court first. To this, advocate NK Kaul replied that the rebels' houses and properties are being threatened, and the situation is not conducive for them to pursue their rights in Bombay.In a separate plea filed in the Supreme Court today, Eknath Shinde claimed a "serious threat" to the lives of the MLAs of his faction. The petition also mentioned Sanjay Raut's "dead bodies" remarks, which the party MP had later clarified saying he was speaking about the "dead conscience" of the legislators.Sanjay Raut, a close aide of Chief Minister Uddhav  Thackeray, was today served summons by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case. Mr Raut responded with the charge that "this is a conspiracy to stop me". Earlier in the day, the Shiv Sena MP had said that his party was ready for a "street fight and a legal battle".Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has stripped nine rebel ministers of their portfolios. "The portfolios of the rebel ministers were being handed over to other ministers for ease of administration," an official statement said.Reports suggest that Eknath Shinde, leading the rebellion against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, spoke to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray twice and discussed the "recent political situation" in the state. Mr Shinde's supporters have organised a show of strength in Thane today.A group of citizens today filed a public interest litigation or PIL in the Bombay High Court against Eknath Shinde and other rebel Shiv Sena MLAs for causing a "political turmoil". It urged the high court to direct the rebel leaders to return to the state and resume their duties.With the Centre providing Y-plus security to rebel MLAs, Shiv Sena, in its mouthpiece 'Saamna', today claimed it was now evident that the BJP was "pulling the strings" amid the current political turmoil in Maharashtra.The hotel Radisson Blu, where the rebel MLAs have been staying since Wednesday, has been blocked till June 30. Sources say BJP workers are working shifts to help the rebels with logistics - one of the many signs that the rebels are being hosted and enabled by the BJP. Comments

Gujarat 2002 cases | Moving key riot trials out to indicting state: What Supreme Court once said and did
The Indian Express | 21 hours ago
The Indian Express
21 hours ago

Dismissing the appeal by Zakia Jafri, wife of former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri who was killed during the 2002 Gujarat riots, against the Special Investigation Team clean chit to then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others over allegations of conspiracy in the riots, the Supreme Court, in its judgment three days ago, referred to proceedings being pursued to “keep the pot boiling, obviously, for ulterior design” and said “all those involved in such abuse of process, need to be in the dock and proceeded with in accordance with law”.The bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and C T Ravikumar underlined that “materials collected during the investigation do not give rise to strong or grave suspicion regarding hatching of larger criminal conspiracy at the highest level for causing mass violence across the State against the minority community and more so, indicating involvement of the named offenders and their meeting of minds at some level in that regard”.Yet it was the Supreme Court which, through hearings and orders over the years, called for “fair and impartial investigation” into the riots cases. Two cases — of the Best Bakery and Bilkis Bano — were moved out of Gujarat to Maharashtra.At one point, the top court even expunged remarks of the Gujarat High Court against activist Teesta Setalvad and others – Setalvad was arrested last Saturday by the Gujarat police, a day after Zakia Jafri’s petition was dismissed.◙ On April 12, 2004, while ordering retrial in the Vadodara Best Bakery case after 21 accused were acquitted, the bench of Justices Doraiswamy Raju and Arijit Pasayat said, “Those who are responsible for protecting life and properties and ensuring that investigation is fair and proper seem to have shown no real anxiety. Large number of people had lost their lives. Whether the accused persons were really assailants or not could have been established by a fair and impartial investigation. The modern day ‘Neros’ were looking elsewhere when Best Bakery and innocent children and helpless women were burning, and were probably deliberating how the perpetrators of the crime can be saved or protected. Law and justice become flies in the hands of these ‘wanton boys’.”On the investigation and the trial court that ordered the acquittals, the judges said, “One gets a feeling that the justice delivery system was being taken for a ride and literally allowed to be abused, misused and mutilated by subterfuge. The investigation appears to be perfunctory and anything but impartial without any definite object of finding out the truth and bringing to book those who were responsible for the crime. The public prosecutor appears to have acted more as a defence counsel than one whose duty was to present the truth before the Court. The Court in turn appeared to be a silent spectator, mute to the manipulations and preferred to be indifferent to sacrilege being committed to justice. The role of the State Government also leaves much to be desired.”Hearing another petition the same day by Teesta Setalvad and others, the two judges expunged remarks made by the Gujarat High Court against her and the others: “Observations should not be made by Courts against persons and authorities, unless they are essential or necessary for decision of the case… There is no need or justification for any unwarranted besmirching of either the parties or their causes, as a matter of routine. Courts are not expected to play to the gallery or for any applause…”◙ Earlier, on September 19, 2003, when the then Chief Secretary PK Laheri and DGP K Chakravarthi were summoned, the bench of Chief Justice of India VN Khare, Justices Brijesh Kumar and S B Sinha asked Chakravarthi what steps he took when he learnt that witnesses were turning hostile. Chakravarthi said, “I did ask the Police Commissioner why they turned hostile. Answer is they appear to have been won over. I have made enquiry from the Police Commissioner who told me that these witnesses appear to have been won over by the accused.”Asked why he had not taken steps for their re-examination, Chakravarthi said, “I came to know at a much later date.”At this, Justice Sinha asked: “Do you mean to say that you asked the Police Commissioner only after the judgment of acquittal was passed?”. Chakravarthi said, “I do not remember the exact date. I did not take any steps even after coming to know that witnesses have been won over by the accused.”Chakravarthi died in 2020.◙ On November 21, 2003, the bench of CJI V N Khare, Justices S B Sinha and A R Lakshmanan stayed trial in 10 major riot cases on petitions seeking an independent investigation into the cases besides shifting of trials outside Gujarat.◙ On August 17, 2004, the bench of Justices Ruma Pal, S B Sinha and S H Kapadia directed that a riot cell be formed under the DGP to reopen cases closed by local police stations, and file quarterly reports.Stating that it would not proceed on the basis “that the entire investigating machinery in the State has failed”, the bench said “there should be further/more extensive and in-depth investigation into cases, numbering 2000, in which ‘A’ Summary Reports have been filed resulting in closure of cases at the threshold and that the State should consider further/extended investigations through its own high ranking officers to which none of the concerned parties (including State of Gujarat) had any objection”.In its order, the bench said, “The Non-Governmental Organizations which have been participating in this entire process, will be at liberty to draw the attention of the Range Inspector General to any particular case within the District of a particular Range Inspector General and the Range Inspector General will consider the same before deciding whether further/fresh investigation or what action, if any, needs to be taken in connection with the FIRs filed. The Range Inspector General shall see whether the FIRs already filed are defective/deficient or faulty in any manner.”Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inbox◙ On March 26, 2008, the bench of Justices Arijit Pasayat, P Sathasivam and Aftab Alam said,  “Communal harmony is the hallmark of a democracy. No religion teaches hatred. If in the name of religion, people are killed, that is essentially a slur and blot on the society governed by rule of law… Religious fanatics really do not belong to any religion. They are no better than terrorists… These are cases where there is an element of communal disharmony, which is not to be countenanced. The State of Gujarat has stated that it has no objection if further investigation is done so that peoples’ faith on the transparency of action taken by the State is fortified”.The Court called for a report in three months on investigations into the cases of the Godhra train burning, the killings in Naroda Patiya, Naroda Gam and Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad, Sardarpura and Dipda Darwaja in Mehsana district, two cases in Ode of Anand district and the killing of British nationals in Prantij, Sabarkantha district.The Court asked the Gujarat government to issue a notification to appoint the SIT headed by RK Raghavan, retired Director of CBI.

Gujarat 2002 cases | Moving key riot trials out to indicting state: What Supreme Court once said and did
2 Arrested For Allegedly Poisoning Of 9 To Death In Maharashtra's Sangli
Ndtv | 22 hours ago
Ndtv
22 hours ago

Sangli Suicide: 9 members of family were died on June 10 in Maharashtra's Sangli.Pune:  Investigations into the death of nine members of the family of two brothers in Maharashtra's Sangli district, which was earlier suspected to be a case of suicide pact due to harassment by money lenders, revealed that the deceased, including four children, were allegedly poisoned to death by a "mantrik" and his accomplice both of whom arrested, police said on Monday.As per the preliminary probe, the main accused Abbas Mohammad Ali Bagwan allegedly killed the family of nine with the help of his accomplice as he didn't want to return the money he had taken from them under the pretext of locating a "hidden treasure" for them.Bagwan and Dheeraj Surawase, both residents of Solapur, allegedly poisoned nine members of the Vanmore family to death by mixing poisonous substance in tea probably on the night of June 19, officials said.Nine members of a family of two brothers - one of them a teacher and the other a veterinarian - were found dead in Maharashtra's Sangli district's Mhaisal village on June 20.Police had initially suspected that it was a suicide pact and arrested 15 lenders of the 25 accused on the charges of abetment of suicide of the nine members of the family that had borrowed money from them.Popat Vanmore (54), who worked as a teacher, his brother and veterinarian Dr Manik Vanmore (49), their 74-year-old mother, wives and four children were found dead at their houses in Mhaisal village of Sangli district on Monday, police had said.'Suicide' notes were found from the two houses, located 1.5 km apart from each other.Inspector General of Police (Kolhapur range) Manoj Kumar Lohiya said Bagwan, who is a "mantrik", had taken a huge amount of money from the Vanmore brothers under the pretext of helping them explore "gupt dhan" (hidden treasure) and the family was frequently asking him to return the money as the promise regarding the treasure was not fulfilled.A Sangli Police official said the police had stumbled upon the notes purportedly left behind by the Vanmore brothers in which they had mentioned the names of some lenders from whom they had borrowed the money.He said the police felt something was amiss when they examined the suicide notes. Also, a bottle was found with only one of the nine bodies."Generally, in a suicide note, the person first writes the reason and then blames the people for the extreme step he is taking. In this case, the names of some people were written at the start of the notes. Both the notes didn't even mention that the family wanted to commit suicide. It seems that the accused might have misled the two brothers to write the names of the money lenders under some pretext to pass it off as a suicide pact," the official said.Speaking about the investigation, he said the police tracked the movements of all the deceased which led them to a vehicle."We then checked the CCTV footages on the roads and finally the vehicle was located in Solapur," he added."The preliminary probe suggests that the accused mantrik and his accomplice reached the houses of the Vanmores (probably on June 19) and told them that he (Bagwan) would perform some rituals to find the hidden treasure. They sent the family members to the terrace of their houses, then called them down one by one, and asked them to consume tea which was laced with some poisonous substance," the official said explaining the sequence of events of June 19-20.Prima facie, Bagwan and Surawase committed the crime by going to the houses of the Vanmore brothers one after the another.When asked about the motive behind the crime, the official said that police suspect Bagwan killed the family members as they were demanding their money back from Bagwan after he failed to locate the "hidden treasure" for them as promised.According to police, the Vanmore brothers had given over Rs one crore to Bagwan in the hope that they will find "guptdhan".PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comSangli Superintendent of Police, Dikshit Gedam, said Bagwan and Surawase are arrested and section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code will be invoked.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

2 Arrested For Allegedly Poisoning Of 9 To Death In Maharashtra's Sangli
Pawar post: State not to arrest actor Chitale in 21 FIRs
Times of India | 23 hours ago
Times of India
23 hours ago

Mumbai: The state government informed the Bombay high court on Monday that it will not arrest actor Ketaki Chitale in 21 of 22 FIRs filed against her over her sharing of a post allegedly derogatory to NCP chief Sharad Pawar. Her quashing plea will be heard on July 12 along with a similar petition by Nashik student Nikhil Bhamare in connection with an FIR against him for his tweet against the veteran politician.More than a month after her May 14 arrest, Chitale was granted bail on June 22 by a Thane sessions court in an FIR filed at Kalwa police station for her post. She was released the following day. The actor is facing 22 FIRs and 4 non-cognizable offences in Maharashtra over her post. The FIRs invoked section 153A of IPC for the offence of promoting enmity on the grounds of religion, race, place of birth and residence.In the HC, her advocate Ghanshyam Upadhyay argued that in the remaining 21 FIRs, which are not maintainable, her arrest ought to be stayed.The HC asked public prosecutor Aruna Pai if she would make a statement on not arresting Chitale. After seeking instructions from the DGP, Pai made the statement, following which the HC posted the quashing plea for further hearing in July. Chitale had also sought HC orders to declare her arrest “illegal” and in “breach of law”.

Pawar post: State not to arrest actor Chitale in 21 FIRs
  • Police not to arrest Ketaki Chitale again over poem on Sharad Pawar till July 12
  • The Indian Express

    The Maharashtra police on Monday informed the Bombay High Court that it would not arrest till further orders Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale in 21 out of 22 first information reports registered against her for a social media post about NCP chief Sharad Pawar.Last week, Chitale was released on bail by a Thane court in a case registered at the Kalwa police station.The high court will on July 12 hear Chitale’s plea seeking quashing of the FIRs against her. Chief public prosecutor Aruna Pai submitted that the police would not arrest Chitale in the remaining cases till the next date of hearing. A bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and N R Borkar accepted the statement.Advocates Ghanshyam Upadhyay and Hare Krishna Mishra had sought interim protection from arrest to Chitale, who claimed that the enthusiasm shown by the police in registering the FIRs proved that she was being targeted to strike fear in the minds of people. The actor requested the court to declare her arrest as “illegal and violative of her fundamental rights”. Chitale has also demanded that she be compensated for the “unlawful” arrest.Chitale, 29, had posted on Facebook a Marathi poem that was attributed to another person. It mentioned only a surname and an age.On June 21, the high court granted interim bail to Nikhil Bhamre, a 22-year-old Nashik resident arrested for uploading defamatory allegedly social media posts aimed at Pawar. The court granted him interim relief in two cases, registered at the Naupada police station in Thane and the Pune cyber police station.The court also restrained the police from arresting Bhamre in connection with two FIRs filed at Goregaon and Bhoiwada till further hearing on his plea after three weeks.Bhamre and Chitale were arrested on the same day last month. The court is likely to hear their pleas together on July 12.

  • Police did not follow procedure while arresting Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale: Court
  • The Indian Express

    In its detailed order granting bail to Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale, the Thane sessions court in Maharashtra said the police did not comply with procedures while arresting her. Chitale was arrested a month ago for allegedly posting a defamatory poem on Facebook purported to be against NCP chief Sharad Pawar.She was granted bail by the court on Wednesday after her lawyers submitted that she was not sent a notice, as required by the law, before being arrested.The Thane court accepted the contention stating that the case documents showed that the directions issued in the Arnesh Kumar judgment by the Supreme Court requiring a notice to be issued “were notproperly complied with”.The court also considered the grant of relief by the Bombay High Court earlier this week to 22-year-old Nashik resident Nikhil Bhamre, booked in a similar offence. The court said that while the police had initially opposed Chitale’s bail plea, the investigating officer had later given a no-objection.“Investigation is practically completed, no purpose would otherwise be served by detention of the applicant in custody,” the court said, granting her bail. Chitale was released from jail on Thursday.In May, Chitale had allegedly shared a poem on her Facebook account, attributed to a person, that mentioned only a surname (Pawar) and an age (80). But it also referred to the physical ailments the 81-year-old NCP chief suffers from. Apart from the FIR filed at Kalwa, Chitale also faced FIRs in other parts of the state, including in Pune and Pimpri. Chitale had last week approached the high court seeking the quashing of more than 20 FIRs against her.

Crime Branch to reinvestigate rape case in which 2 brothers were wrongfully arrested
The Indian Express | 1 day ago
The Indian Express
1 day ago

THE MUMBAI crime branch has been asked to reinvestigate the rape case in which the Mumbai Police had wrongfully arrested two brothers, who were eventually discharged by the court last week.The Dharavi police had on May 15 arrested the brothers, aged 20 and 19, in connection with the rape of a 19-year-old married woman at her residence. The woman had alleged that two persons had entered her residence and raped her on May 11, based on which an FIR was registered.A senior officer said, “After the botched up investigation by the local police, it was decided to ask the crime branch to investigate the matter afresh.”The officer said that the case is being investigated by Unit V of the Mumbai crime branch. An officer said that the current case is part of nearly 20-25 cases that have been transferred to the crime branch from local police units. “Several crimes registered at local police stations that had not been solved were transferred to the crime branch by the Mumbai Police Commissioner,” said an officer.After their arrest, the family of the two brothers had approached senior police officers with proof that they where present at another place when the rape occurred. Eventually, Joint Commissioner of Police (Law & Order) Vishwas Nangre Patil intervened in the matter and when he questioned the men, it came to light that they were not involved in the case. Following this, the brothers were released on bail and eventually last week they were discharged by the Banrda court.“We will re-investigate to find out if someone else is involved in the case. We will also record a detailed statement of the woman again,” said an officer from the Mumbai crime branch.

Crime Branch to reinvestigate rape case in which 2 brothers were wrongfully arrested
Murder probe on as Maharashtra police see ‘mantrik’ role in deaths of nine of a family
The Indian Express | 1 day ago
The Indian Express
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The deaths of nine members of a family in Mhaisal town of Maharashtra’s Sangli district that earlier were being investigated as suicides are now being looked into as murders by poisoning, after police arrested two people including a “mantrik” who had allegedly promised to help the family “unearth a hidden treasure” or guptadhan.On the afternoon of June 20 around 1pm, two brothers, Dr Manik Vanmore (49), a veterinarian; and Popat Vanmore (52), an arts teacher; their mother, wives, four children of the two couples—were found dead in their houses located a kilometre apart at Mhaisal in Miraj taluka.On Sunday, the police arrested Abbas Ahmedali Bagwan (48), a mantrik, and Dheeraj Suravase (30), his aide and driver—both residents of Solapur. The police are invoking murder charges against the duo after their alleged role in the nine deaths came to light.Special inspector-general of police (Kolhapur range) Manojkumar Lohiya told The Indian Express, “We earlier considered the possibilities of all members committing suicide or two brothers committing suicide and poisoning others. But our probe now suggests that the nine family members were in fact murdered and we have arrested two persons for it. The Vanmore brothers were in contact with this mantrik who claimed he would help them unearth a hidden treasure. The suspect had taken a large sum of money from the family for this and he could have been worried that Vanmores would report him to the authorities. Primary investigation suggests that the previous night, the mantrik went to the houses and on the pretext of performing some rituals and gave the family members something to consume, like a prasad laced with a poisonous substance.”When asked about the suicide notes recovered from the houses and who could have written them, Lohiya said, “The probe still suggests that notes were written by the two brothers. But what is suspicious about the suicide notes was the sequence. We have observed in many cases that people first state the reasons and then name the persons responsible. In this case, it was exactly the opposite. Also the notes do not categorically say they were going to end their lives. It now seems that the brothers were misled into writing those notes. We are still probing that angle.”As for the 25 people booked earlier, Lohiya said, “The case is now taking a different direction. As the probe progresses, we may file an application to discharge these people who were charged with abetment of suicide.”The police are now trying to ascertain how the poisonous substance was administered to the family members in two houses, but have not revealed the substance.The investigation took a different turn after the police found out that Vanmore brothers had been meeting some people who claimed to have powers to “unearth hidden wealth” or guptadhan. The two brothers had borrowed large sums of money from people to pay the mantrik from the from time to time over the past few years. The investigation suggests the mantrik and his aide had visited Vanmores’ houses on many nights including the one before the day when the deaths came to light.Asked whether the anti-superstition law would be invoked in the case, superintendent of police Dikshit Gedam said, “We will take a call on that as the investigation progresses.”Dr Manik was found dead at his house along with his mother Akkatai (72), wife Rekha (45), their children Anita (28) and Aditya (15), and Popat’s son Shubham (28). The bodies of Popat, his wife Sangeeta (48) and daughter Archana (30) were found at his house.

Murder probe on as Maharashtra police see ‘mantrik’ role in deaths of nine of a family
Maharashtra: Tele callers dupe man on pretext of mobile tower installation
Times of India | 1 day ago
Times of India
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PUNE: The Vishrantwadi police are investigating a complaint registered by a 32-year-old jobless man on Sunday stating that tele callers duped him to the tune of Rs 27,460 on the pretext of installing a mobile tower on his plot at Daund near Pune in December last year. “The tele callers called Suyog Adhav a resident of Bhairavnagar in Dhanori and told him that a mobile company had planned to install a mobile tower on his property. The callers lured him by saying that the company will pay a deposit of Rs 15 lakh and will pay monthly rent of Rs 12,000 to him,” said inspector (crime) Vijay Shinde on Monday. Shinde said, “The tele callers instructed Adhav to deposit registration fees among other charges of Rs 27,460 for finalising the deal and collected photo copies of his voters card and Aadhar card. Adhav did not meet the tele callers in person and nor did he verify their credentials and nor did he contact the company for verifying details. Believing them to be genuine representatives of the firm, Adhav transferred money via e-wallet in the tele caller’s bank account.” Adhav later realised that he was cheated because the callers continued to make money demands. An FIR relating to cheating was registered under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Information Technology Act,” he added. Adhav was not available for comments when TOI staffer contacted him on phone.

Maharashtra: Tele callers dupe man on pretext of mobile tower installation
Maharashtra: Probe rules out suicide, 9 members of Sangli family were poisoned to death; two held
Times of India | 1 day ago
Times of India
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KOLHAPUR: The nine members of the Vhanmore family in Maharashtra's Sangli district were murdered by administering poisonous substances either through food or liquid, a revelation by Sangli police made on Monday. Read AlsoMaharashtra: 9 members of family found dead in Sangli district; cops suspect suicideBodies of nine individuals have been found in two houses in Mhaisal town of Maharashtra's Sangli district.Two persons — Mohammad Ali Bagwan (48) and Chandrakant Suravase (39), — both from Solapur city have been arrested. The police claim that they are involved in tantra-mantra and promise people to find hidden treasure. On June 20, the nine bodies of the family of two brothers - Popat and Manik Yallapa Vhanmore were recovered from the two houses, located half-a-kilometre apart from each other. The family included the brothers, their mother, wives and children. Popat was a teacher and Manik was a veterinary doctor. Dikshitkumar Gedam, district superintendent of police speaking to TOI said, "We have arrested two persons. They are not relatives. We are checking their background. They used to visit the family to guide them relating to hidden treasure. On June 19, they visited the family members. They administered poison through food or liquid substance. We have invoked section 302 of IPC. They will be produced before the court on Tuesday." The two notes were recovered from both brothers whose bodies were found in their respective houses. The notes revealed 25 names. As many as 19 people have already been arrested and are under police custody. The notes had the names of the accused and also mention of the loan they had taken from private money lenders. Earlier it was told that they committed suicide after they couldn't face the humiliation from the private money lenders in public. However, the investigation course changed after the police found that on June 19, both brothers bought 20 coconuts from a retailer which led to the suspicion of some 'mantrik-tantrik' angle. The amount of loan taken by the brothers was to pay the tantrik who would find the hidden treasure for them. Gedam, however, said that the hidden treasure angle is there, but the amount of money and purpose will be revealed in the investigation. According to the investigation, the Vhanmore family took loans of over Rs 1 crore from a private money lender to pay to the mantrik. The brothers were demanding money back as no hidden treasure was found. The brothers have threatened to approach the police. The mantrik felt that if the brothers go to the police then their whole business will shut down and therefore decided to get rid of them. The mantrik told the brothers that the last ritual would be performed for which the coconuts were bought. The poison was given through the Prasad offered to the family members.

Maharashtra: Probe rules out suicide, 9 members of Sangli family were poisoned to death; two held
Shiv Sena Workers Vandalise Office Of MLA Vinod Agrawal In Gondia, Case Filed | Watch
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Gondia: Even as the Maharashtra political situation is sub-judice at the Supreme Court, a group of Shiv Sena workers, armed with lathis and sticks, vandalised the Public Relations Office (PRO) of Gondia’s Independent MLA Vinod Agrawal on Monday afternoon.Also Read - Maharashtra Crisis: SC Allows Eknath Shinde Camp To File Reply To Disqualification Notice By July 11As per the videos shared on social media, the Shiv Sena workers arrived in Gondia with sticks and had an argument with the security personnel posted outside the office of Vinod Agarwal and then they started vandalising the office. Also Read - Maharashtra Crisis: Can Shiv Sena Disqualify Eknath Shinde Using Anti-Defection Law? | ExplainedNotably, Vinod Agarwal has extended his support to rebel Eknath Shinde camp and BJP which provoked the Shiv Sena workers to indulge in vandalism at his office. Also Read - Uddhav Thackeray Reshuffles Ministries, 9 Existing Ministers Shunted OutWatch the video of the incident: #WATCH | Shiv Sena workers vandalised the office of Gondia's Independent MLA Vinod Agrawal, in Gondia today.#MaharashtraPoliticalCrisis (Source: CCTV) pic.twitter.com/0uCUk1uHXP— ANI (@ANI) June 27, 2022The whole incident of vandalism has been captured on CCTV installed outside the office of MLA Vinod Agarwal.Soon after the incident, an FIR has been lodged with the city police station and police have started probing the matter. The FIR is lodged at the city police station on behalf of the family members of Independent MLA Vinod Agarwal.Earlier in the day, some of the Shiv Sena workers from the Hadapsar area of Pune took out a symbolic funeral procession and performed the last rites of the rebel party MLAs at the Amar Dham crematorium.

Shiv Sena Workers Vandalise Office Of MLA Vinod Agrawal In Gondia, Case Filed | Watch
  • 5 Shiv Sena Workers Detained For Vandalising Eknath Shinde's Son's Office
  • Ndtv

    Some people threw stones at the Ulhasnagar office of Shrikant Shinde.Thane: At least five Shiv Sena supporters were detained on Saturday in Thane district for allegedly pelting stones at the office of Shrikant Shinde, Lok Sabha MP from Kalyan and son of Shiv Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde.The incident took place at the Gol Maidan office in Ulhasnagar of the Lok Sabha MP at 1 pm and a video of it had gone viral on social media soon after.It showed some persons throwing stones at the office, damaging a board and also shouting pro-Uddhav Thackeray slogans In the video, four policemen can be seen chasing away the group, comprising eight to ten persons.Five Sena supporters have been detained for the incident and further probe was underway, an Ulhasnagar police official said.Besides, posters of Eknath Shinde were blackened in Navi Mumbai, and similar reports have also come in from Nagpur and Nashik.Meanwhile, at least 20 Sena supporters, including some office-bearers, were detained on Friday for vandalising the office board of MLA Mangesh Kudalkar in Nehrunagar in Mumbai's Kurla area, an official said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThey were let off with a warning, the Mumbai police official added. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

  • Shiv Sena workers burn effigies of MLAs for revolting against Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray
  • Times of India

    NAVI MUMBAI: Shiv Sena chief and CM Uddhav Thackeray loyalists in Navi Mumbai staged a protest in Kharghar and Nerul on Saturday afternoon by burning the effigies of Sena leader Eknath Shinde and three Sena MLAs from Raigad namely Bharat Gogawale from Mahad, Mahendra Dalvi from Alibaug and Mahendra Thorve from Karjat who are with Eknath Shinde in Guwahati, for revolting against CM Thackeray. Shiv Sena workers led by Shiv Sena's Navi Mumbai district chief Vithal More will be staging a protest march at Shivaji chowk in Vashi at 7pm on Saturday as a show of strength in support of CM Thackeray.

  • Shiv Sena Workers Vandalise Rebel MLA Tanaji Sawant's Office In Pune
  • Ndtv

    Shiv Sena workers vandalise office of the party's MLA Tanaji Sawant.Pune: Shiv Sena workers on Saturday vandalised an office of rebel Shiv Sena MLA Tanaji Sawant, who is currently camping with other dissidents led by Eknath Shinde in Guwahati.A group of Sena workers barged into the office of Bhairavnath Sugar Works, which belongs to Sawant, and damaged the office located in Katraj area in the morning, party corporator Vishal Dhanawade, who was part of the action, said."The ransacking of Sawant's office is just the beginning and the offices of every traitor (rebel MLA) will be destroyed in the coming days," he said.#WATCH | Shiv Sena workers vandalise office of the party's MLA Tanaji Sawant in Balaji area of Katraj, Pune. Sawant is one of the rebel MLAs from the state and is currently camping in Guwahati, Assam. #MaharashtraPoliticalCrisispic.twitter.com/LXRSLPxYJC— ANI (@ANI) June 25, 2022Mr Sawant represents Paranda assembly constituency in Osmanabad district.Talking about the incident, DCP Sagar Patil said, "Sawant's sugar factory office was attacked between 10.30 am and 11 am. We are registering a case in this connection and instructions to take further action have been given to the local police officials."PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMajority of Shiv Sena MLAs have shifted their loyalty to Eknath Shinde and are camping in Guwahati, plunging the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who heads the Sena, into a crisis.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

  • Maharashtra crisis: Shiv Sena workers vandalise rebel MLA’s office in Pune
  • The Indian Express

    Shiv Sena activists from Pune on Saturday attacked the office of party rebel Tanaji Sawant in the Katraj area of the city.A former minister, Sawant is an MLA from the Paranda Vidhan Sabha constituency in the Osmanabad district of Maharashtra. He is among the rebels who have joined Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde’s camp.Sawant runs the Bhairavnath Sugar Work Limited Company, has factories in different parts of the state and a registered office at Pune’s Katraj.Vishal Dhanawde, a Shiv Sena corporator from Pune, and other activists of the party, ransacked the Katraj office around 11 am Saturday. The agitators also shouted slogans against Sawant and called him a ‘gaddar’ (traitor). Shiv Sainiks also blamed Sawant for the ongoing rebellion.Meanwhile, after receiving information, Pune city police teams rushed to the spot to control the situation. Process of lodging an offence in this case is on.

  • Rebel Shiv Sena MLA's Office Allegedly Attacked By Party Workers
  • Ndtv

    Maharashtra Political Crisis: Mangesh Kudalkar is one of the 38 Shiv Sena rebel MLAs.Mumbai (Maharashtra): The office of one of the rebel MLAs of Shiv Sena, Mangesh Kudalkar, was vandalised on Friday allegedly by party workers amid the ongoing factionalism in the party.Mangesh Kudalkar is one of the 38 Shiv Sena rebel MLAs who has camped in a Guwahati hotel under the leadership of MLA Eknath Shinde.Notably, Eknath Shinde was elected leader at a meeting of rebel MLAs at the hotel where they are staying.The meeting also unanimously decided to authorise Eknath Shinde to take a decision about the future course of action.In a video released by the Eknath Shinde camp on Thursday evening, he is heard saying that they will be together in any situation and face everything together."We will be together in every situation. We will face everything with full unity. We will end up victorious in the end," he said."As you all have said that they (BJP) are a national party and a 'mahashakti'... All saw what happened to Pakistan...They have told me that the decision I have taken is historic and they are backing us. They would not us lag behind in anything. They will support us if there is a need and this will be felt whenever such a situation arises," Eknath Shinde added.Amid the continuing political crisis in Maharashtra due to revolt in the Shiv Sena, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar arrived at Matoshree, the residence of the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai.The leaders were accompanied by state minister Jayant Patil and NCP leader Praful Patel. The leaders are expected to discuss ways to prevent fall of MVA government, which also includes Congress.Ajit Pawar said earlier in the day that the NCP stands with the Chief Minister and will try to "keep the government stable".The crisis continued to plague Shiv Sena with rebel leader Eknath Shinde claiming support of 38 party MLAs.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThackeray convened a meeting of district chiefs of the party and said he left Varsha Bungalow, the official residence of the Chief Minister, but not the "will to fight"."I have said it earlier also that I don't have anything to do with power. The people who used to say that they would rather die than leave Shiv Sena have fled today," he said.

No different yardstick applied in actor Siddhanth Kapoor drug bust case, say Bengaluru police
The Indian Express | 1 day ago
The Indian Express
1 day ago

The move by the Bengaluru police in handling the drug bust case involving actor and DJ Siddhanth Kapoor has raised concerns on whether law enforcement agencies are applying different yardsticks in handling drug cases.Two weeks ago, actor and DJ Siddhanth  Kapoor and four others, were arrested by the Bengaluru police in a case registered under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 following a raid on a nightclub at a five-star hotel.The FIR suggested that the police invoked stringent, non-bailable sections of the NDPS Act – section 22 (b) for possession of an intermediate quantity (more than 0.5 grams and less than 10 grams of MDMA) of psychotropic drugs. However, soon after the arrest the actor and others were released on station bail after police suggested that it was a case of consumption of drugs – under section 27 (b) of the NDPS Act – a bailable offence with a maximum punishment of six months’ imprisonment.However, it is different story in a drug bust case involving actresses Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjana Galrani in 2020. The actors and others, were arrested and imprisoned for several months after being booked under section 21 (c) of the NDPS Act for possession of manufactured drugs and 27 (b) for consumption.The lawyers for the actors and others had cited the Rhea Chakraborty case in Mumbai to argue that since they were not found in possession of drugs they should be released on bail since consumption of drugs is a bailable offence under NDPS Act.A special court for NDPS cases, however, rejected the bail pleas of the actresses and others by citing the collective seizure of drugs from all the accused as evidence even if the accused were not directly caught in possession of drugs. The Karnataka High Court also rejected their bail pleas.The Bengaluru police have now insisted that they have followed the NDPS Act to the letter in the recent drug bust and that the same yardstick is applied in all drug consumption cases.“It is a case of consumption. Normally in consumption cases, as per the law, we are not investigating the accused in custody. We send them notices to make them participate in investigations so that we reach the peddlers. This is the uniform stand and just because it is a celebrity the stand should not be different,” a senior Bengaluru police officer said.“We are following the law and no special treatment has been accorded to anyone. We do not want to fabricate a case like the Aryan Khan case,” another senior officer said.According to the Bengaluru police, out of 1,716 drug cases filed in the year 2022, as many as 1,400 have been cases pertaining to drug consumption where the accused have been booked under section 27 (b) of the NDPS Act while the remaining have been cases of arrests for possession of commercial or intermediate quantities as specified under section 22 (b) of the NDPS Act.“Investigations are a dynamic process and when evidence of peddling is found against someone who is already arrested for drug consumption then the nature of charges can change,” said the Bengaluru joint commissioner of police (crime) Raman Gupta.In actor Siddhanth Kapoor case, the Bengaluru police have issued notices to several people, who were at the night club the previous night, to find the source of seven MDMA tablets found at the venue of DJ event.In 2021, the Bengaluru police registered 4,555 cases under the NDPS Act and arrested 5,753 persons, including 143 foreigners, and seized 3,705 kg of drugs valued at Rs 60 crore. A laboratory on the outskirts of Bengaluru where MDMA was being prepared by a Nigerian national was among the drug busts that yielded four kg of MDMA in 2021.In 2022, 1,716 drug cases have been registered and 2,262 persons, including 45 foreigners, arrested and 2,005 kg of drugs valued at Rs 55 crore have been seized, according to a data released by the Bengaluru police this week to mark `anti-drug day’.“Nearly 30 per cent of cases registered are against peddlers and the remaining are against consumers. According to the NDPS law, the consumption of drugs involves a bailable offence and this is being followed in all such cases. Drug cases gets public visibility only when high profile persons are involved,” a senior police officer said.The Bengaluru police seized 3,912 kg of drugs (mostly ganja and synthetic drugs like MDMA and LSD) in 2020, compared to 764 kg in 2018 and 1,053 kg in 2019.While synthetic drugs like MDMA come to Bengaluru from states like Delhi, Punjab, Kerala, Maharashtra, and Goa, drugs like ganja are smuggled in from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, West Bengal, and Assam, according to the Bengaluru police.

No different yardstick applied in actor Siddhanth Kapoor drug bust case, say Bengaluru police
Guv writes to union home secy, DGP; seeks cover for dissidents
Times of India | 1 day ago
Times of India
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Mumbai: Amid rising tensions between the two groups jostling for leadership in the Shiv Sena, Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has written to union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla requesting that adequate numbers of central security forces “be made and kept ready” in case the law and order situation in the state warrants their intervention. At least 15 Sena MLAs from the Eknath Shinde camp, including four from the city, have been provided Y+ security cover by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) amid reports of violence and protests outside their offices. Referring to "provocative statements" by Sena leaders, the governor has also written to the director general of police Rajnish Seth asking him to provide adequate police protection to the MLAs, their families and homes immediately. "Already, offices and homes of some of the MLAs have been vandalised with the police being a mute spectator," the governor's letter said.A police source said Mumbai MLAs Sada Sarvankar (Shivaji Park), Mangesh Kudalkar (Nehru Nagar), Prakash Surve (Borivili) and Dilip Lande (Sakinaka) were allocated five CRPF personnel each, to be deployed at offices and residences. The MLAs are currently in Guwahati with others from the rebel faction. Protestors had smashed a board outside Kudalkar’s office on Friday. Sainiks were also reported to have damaged posters of rebel MLAs.Anticipating more protests by Sena workers, police have beefed up security across the city. Deputy commissioners are meeting Sena shakha pramukhs in various areas to assess the situation. Home minister Dilip Walse Patil has tweeted saying “no major incident” of violence has been reported in the state. At no point was the security cover given to rebel MLAs withdrawn, he stated.In his letter to the DGP, Koshyari said he received a representation from 38 MLAs of Shiv Sena, two of Prahar Jan Shakti Party and seven independents saying police security for their families was “unlawfully withdrawn.” The letter reads: “They have also raised serious concerns about the safety of their homes and families in context of the provocative and threatening statements being made by certain political leaders. Already, offices and homes of some...MLAs have been vandalised with the police being a mute spectator. I therefore, direct you to provide adequate police protection...on an immediate basis. I may be apprised of the action taken...” Security was also tightened on Sunday at the CM’s residence and around the airport.

Guv writes to union home secy, DGP; seeks cover for dissidents
Guwahati Hotel Hosting Shiv Sena Rebel MLAs Closes Bookings Till June 30
Ndtv | 1 day ago
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Maharashtra Political Crisis: Reservation is being allowed from July 1 on the website.Guwahati: Luxury hotel Radisson Blu Guwahati, where dissident Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde is camping along with other MLAs from Maharashtra, has stopped all new bookings till June 30.Dissident legislators of Shiv Sena, which heads the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government in Maharashtra, have been camping in Guwahati, around 2,700 km away from Mumbai, since June 22, resulting in a political crisis in the western state.The five-star property's official website, through which one can make reservations, has stopped taking new requests till June 30."There are no available rooms for these dates. We recommend changing dates or selecting a different rate type when available," the website said when booking was attempted till the last day of this month.Reservation is, however, being allowed from July 1 on the website.When contacted, a senior official of the hotel told PTI, "We are booked to capacity." He, however, declined to comment anything related to the stay of the Maharashtra MLAs.Sohail Choudhury, an IT professional based in Guwahati, wanted to book a few rooms at the hotel next week, but he was denied."I tried to book the hotel for our guests coming to attend a function organised by my company. But they said no booking is available due to the stay of the MLAs. They do not even know when the rooms will be available next," he said.It is learnt that around 70 rooms have been booked for the Maharashtra MLAs and their associates. The hotel has closed the restaurants, banquets and other facilities for other non-resident guests.A senior officer of the Guwahati Police confirmed the development and said that no new guest is being allowed to enter the complex."Only airline staffers are allowed to come in and go as they have agreement with the hotel," the official said.Policemen, under the supervision of senior officers, were checking every guest coming into Radisson Blu. They returned general visitors in most cases.Apart from personnel from nearby Jalukbari Police Station, paramilitary forces and dozens of jawans from reserve battalions and commando units of the Assam Police were keeping a strict vigil on the hotel, which is around 15 km from Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport in Guwahati.The hotel, located at Gotanagar area near Jalukbari, has been turned into a complete fortress, and it was made inaccessible for the media.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comA battery of journalists from across the country were present outside the hotel, located off NH-37 that passes through Guwahati city. The police have been stricter and non-compromising with the journalists who went there to cover the political development.Radisson Blu Guwahati, opened in 2014, is the first five-star hotel in the Northeast. It was built on one side of the picturesque Deepor Beel lake and is located next to the Gauhati University and Assam Engineering College campuses. PTI TR ACD ACD

Guwahati Hotel Hosting Shiv Sena Rebel MLAs Closes Bookings Till June 30
Busy weekend for rebels as they boost tally; party livid
Times of India | 2 days ago
Times of India
2 days ago

Mumbai: Maharashtra higher education minister Uday Samant, who joined the rebel faction on Sunday, has reportedly negotiated for a cabinet berth and guardian ministership of Ratnagiri in the new government. The rebel group will seek more time to respond to the disqualification notices sent to its 16 MLAs. The deadline is Monday evening. "We should be given one week's time since this is not an emergency," said rebel MLA Deepak Kesarkar. Meanwhile, BJP leader and Union minister Raosaheb Danve stirred the pot with his comment at a rally in Jalna where he said, "We will only remain in the opposition for two-three days". Fifteen rebel MLAs received Y+ protection from the CRPF by Sunday morning, a day after governor B S Koshyari had written to the Union home secretary. In his letter, he said that he had written to the state police to provide protection to 47 MLAs. "Police security is a state subject. This shows the hand of the BJP," said the Shiv Sena's Arvind Sawant. In order to boost the morale of the cadre, Shiv Sena held rallies and demonstrations through Sunday. However, party leader Sanjay Raut stoked a new controversy with his explosive utterances against the rebels at a rally in Dahisar. "The 40 MLAs are living corpses. Their souls are dead," he said. He later added, "The corpses of 40 MLAs will come here. We will send them for a post-mortem to the state assembly." Taking another dig at the rebel camp, Raut said, "In the Kamakhya temple, they sacrifice goats. We have sent 40 goats. Do the sacrifice". Taunting the ministers who had switched sides, he said Sandipan Bhumre was once a watchman in a sugar factory. "Water supply minister Gulabrao Patil was a chai-tapriwala and will go back to being one," he said. Raut's comments drew a strong reaction from rebel MLA Deepak Kesarkar. "Such was Bal Thackeray's greatness that he gave opportunities to all. Raut should control what he says," he pointed out. At his rally in Santacruz, Aaditya Thackeray dared the rebels to resign and face an election. "The bow and arrow symbol will remain ours and the rebels will have to merge with another party," he warned. He said 15-16 rebels were with Shiv Sena and wanted to return. "It's sad to see these MLAs enjoying themselves in a hotel. There is a flood in Assam and people don't have enough to eat." Emphasising that the rebels were on shaky legal ground, Sena held a press conference with their lawyer, SC advocate Devadatt Kamat. "Legally, disqualification can be invoked for anti-party activities. The MLAs did not attend meetings that were called in an emergency situation," he said. He added that after 2003, a splinter group with 2/3rds majority could escape the anti-defection law only if they merged with another party. He also said that the deputy speaker could perform all the duties of a speaker and a no-confidence motion could not be moved against him if the state assembly was not in session. On the issue of the whip, he said, "A whip is selected by the original political party, not by the legislature party."

Busy weekend for rebels as they boost tally; party livid
Political crisis casts shadow over appointment of new Mumbai police chief
The Indian Express | 2 days ago
The Indian Express
2 days ago

APART FROM its impact on various governance-related issues, the rebellion in the Shiv Sena that could lead to the collapse of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in the state will also have a bearing on the impending choice of the Mumbai Police Commissioner. The term of the incumbent Commissioner Sanjay Pandey ends on Thursday and the chances of an extension to him, which has to be given by the central government, are slim in the current circumstances.Sources said that the government, which currently has its hands tied up with the prevailing political situation, may end up giving the additional charge for the post to a serving official if it cannot make up its mind about Pandey’s replacement. A government official said, “While there are frontrunners to the post, the change in the political situation has made the issue all the more complex. Powerful politicians like Eknath Shinde who would have had a say in pushing someone’s name forward will no longer be in contention.” The official added, “In the current climate, where law and order can be an issue especially when the rebel MLAs come to the city in case of a floor test, the MVA government will be all the more careful about whom it wants to give the reins of the police force. In the changed dynamics, they may also go in for giving another officer the additional charge in the meantime.” Sources said that in the past, when the Commissioner had been away, additional charge was given to the senior-most joint commissioner in the city. In the current scenario, Vishwas Nangre Patil, the Joint Commissioner (law & order), and Rajwardhan, Joint Commissioner (traffic), both from the 1997 batch, are the senior-most officers in the city.Prior to the rebellion, Thane Police Commissioner Jai Jeet Singh and Vivek Phansalkar, Director General-Police Housing, were seen as frontrunners for the post of the Mumbai Police Commissioner. Sources said that if the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government remains in power, it is Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar who will weigh in on the choice of the Mumbai Police Commissioner.

Political crisis casts shadow over appointment of new Mumbai police chief
City police DCPs hold meet with Sena leaders, asks them to ensure no violence
The Indian Express | 2 days ago
The Indian Express
2 days ago

The DCPs of Mumbai Police on Sunday evening held a meeting with Shiv Sena shakha pramukhs in their zones asking them to ensure that there is no violence in the city in the wake of ongoing political developments. Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey had asked DCPs in the city to have a word with the local Shiv Sainiks to ensure that the houses and offices of rebel MLAs were not attacked.Meanwhile, CRPF security was provided at the residence of four MLAs whose offices in the city had been vandalised. The bandobast at the city airport from where the rebel MLAs may come to the city has also been increased.Mumbai News1Maharashtra battle set to move to SC tomorrow, another minister joins rebels2Maharashtra approves Rs 200 crore for fire safety compliance in over 500 hospitals3Mumbai: Two brothers held for blackmailing, molesting and raping minor girlMore from MumbaiAn officer of the Mumbai police said, “All DCPs in the city have held meetings with the local shakha pramukhs informing them that the worsening law-and-order situation in the city was to no one’s advantage. They were told to not attack any family members or vandalise properties of the rebel MLAs.”Another officer informed that the families of four rebel MLAs in the city have already been given CRPF cover. “The four MLAs are Sada Sarvankar from Shivaji Park, Mangesh Kudalkar from Nehru Nagar, Prakash Surve from Borivali and Dilip Lande from Saki Naka. They have been alloted five CRPF personnel each. The offices of some MLAs had been damaged following which they have been provided security cover,” the official said. Express SubscriptionDo not hit the wall, subscribe for the best coverage out of India starting at just $5 per monthSubscribe NowAn officer of the Mumbai police said, “All DCPs in the city have held meetings with the local shakha pramukhs informing them that the worsening law-and-order situation in the city was to no one’s advantage. They were told to not attack any family members or vandalise properties of the rebel MLAs.”Another officer informed that the families of four rebel MLAs in the city have already been given CRPF cover. “The four MLAs are Sada Sarvankar from Shivaji Park, Mangesh Kudalkar from Nehru Nagar, Prakash Surve from Borivali and Dilip Lande from Saki Naka. They have been alloted five CRPF personnel each. The offices of some MLAs had been damaged following which they have been provided security cover,” the official said. Express SubscriptionDo not hit the wall, subscribe for the best coverage out of India starting at just $5 per monthSubscribe Now

City police DCPs hold meet with Sena leaders, asks them to ensure no violence