Times of India | 1 month ago | 31-01-2023 | 08:34 pm
PALGHAR: Four persons were killed on Tuesday when their car collided with a bus on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway in Maharashtra's Palghar district, police said. Two persons travelling in the luxury bus received injuries in the accident which took place at around 3.30 am near Mahalakshmi bridge on the highway, an official from Kasa police station said.The four occupants of the car were travelling from Gujarat to Mumbai, located about 100 km from Palghar, when it jumped a lane and collided with a luxury bus coming from the opposite direction, another official said in the evening. All four persons, including a woman, died on the spot, he said. The bodies were sent to a government hospital for postmortem, the official said, adding two injured persons were hospitalised. The deceased were residents of Bardoli in Surat. Earlier in the day, police said the car had rammed into the bus from behind.(With PTI inputs)
Days before Nepal put fugitive Amritpal Singh on its surveillance list, intelligence agencies have found that he was in Delhi. According to sources, a second-year Delhi University student purportedly provided shelter to him and his associate Papalpreet at her rented flat in East Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar.A senior officer from the Delhi Police has confirmed the same. Intelligence agencies, along with Punjab Police, are now questioning the woman.Amritpal has been on the run since March 18 when Punjab Police launched a crackdown on him and his outfit, Waris Punjab De.Intelligence agencies have also found CCTV footage from March 21, from Sai Chowk in Madhu Vihar, that purportedly shows Amritpal and his aide walking on the streets after leaving her house. In the footage, a man who is purportedly Amritpal is seen sporting a different look — his hair hanging loose, with no turban and his face covered with a mask. The man is wearing a jacket and glasses and is walking ahead of another man who is wearing a turban, glasses and mask.Sources told The Indian Express that the woman allegedly met Papalpreet during the farmers’ protest in Delhi and he had visited her house twice earlier. They said she is from an area near his village.“The woman told police during her questioning that on March 20, around 8.20 pm, the two men, in disguise, reached her house. She had never met Amritpal before, and Papalpreet requested her to provide them shelter for a night. She offered them food and they slept at her house,” a source said.Officers said they left after lunch on March 21. “Intelligence agencies got to know about this input, and they have verified the same after coordinating with the Delhi Police. Punjab police were also informed; they are questioning the woman before taking legal action against her,” a source said.Meanwhile, the Punjab government Tuesday informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court that they were coordinating with several agencies and were close to catching Amritpal, the assertion coming after the pro-Khalistan preacher’s counsel claimed he was being held in illegal custody. The HC took up for hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by Advocate Imaan Singh Khara, which claimed that Amritpal was in “illegal custody” of Punjab Police.Punjab Advocate General Vinod Ghai, however, told the court that Amritpal has not been arrested yet and they were coordinating with multiple agencies to nab him. Upon this, the bench of Justice NS Shekhawat asked Khara to file an affidavit to produce evidence that Amritpal was in police custody and pointed out that the state’s stand was that the preacher had not been arrested. If provided evidence, Justice Shekhawat said, the court would direct the relevant officials to conduct a raid and provide relief to the petitioner.The court, while fixing March 29 as the next date of hearing in the case, directed the Punjab government to file an affidavit, through the Inspector General of Police concerned.
The Mehsana district and sessions court on Wednesday acquitted Congress MLA Jignesh Mevani and nine others in a case related to a rally they held from Mehsana town in July 2017 without police permission. The court termed the prosecution’s case “baseless” after a magistrate court had sentenced the 10 accused to three months imprisonment and Rs 1,000 fine each for unlawful assembly.Among those acquitted is former NCP member and now AAP Gujarat spokesperson Reshma Patel.Additional District Judge C M Pawar pronounced the verdict endorsing the right to deliberate discuss and debate in a democracy. Two appeals were filed at the district and sessions court after the magisterial court’s verdict convicting Mevani and 9 others in May 2022. One appeal was filed by the state seeking enhancement of punishment and another appeal was filed by the 10 accused who were held guilty, challenging their conviction.The court of ADJ Pawar held that no harm was caused, no police were harmed and no Section 144 under CrPC was in force at the time of the said offence.On July 12, 2017, to mark one year of the infamous public flogging of some Dalits in Una that had led to a large-scale agitation in the state, Mevani and his associates had led an ‘Azadi Kooch’ from Mehsana to Dhanera of neighbouring Banaskantha district.One of Mevani’s associates, Kaushik Parmar, had sought permission for the rally under the banner of Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, an organisation founded by Mevani, from the Mehsana executive magistrate. Initially, the permission was granted but it was subsequently revoked by the authority. The rally was still carried out by the organisers.
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday dismissed an appeal filed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee seeking the quashing of a criminal complaint filed by a BJP member alleging that she disrespected the national anthem at a public function in Mumbai in December 2021.Banerjee was challenging a sessions court order from January this year which directed a magistrate court to conduct a fresh hearing on the matter even as it set aside the summons issued against her.She contended that the sessions court should have quashed the proceedings altogether.A single-judge high court bench of Justice Amit Borkar held that “the course adopted by the sessions judge of not deciding the complaint on merits and remitting the matter back to the magistrate was in consonance with the order of the Supreme Court”.“In my opinion, there is neither an error of jurisdiction nor patent illegality in the present case. The criminal appeal is dismissed,” Justice Borkar said.On Tuesday (March 28), Banerjee’s lawyer argued that the summons had been quashed by the sessions court and the matter ought to be heard afresh. The ingredients of the main offence had not been made out for the issuing process (initiating proceedings), the lawyer argued.“The magistrate did not have the audacity to read the legal provisions and same caused grave injustice to a public servant,” Banerjee’s lawyer argued.On March 21, Banerjee’s lawyer Majeed Memon submitted before the magistrate court and sought an adjournment on the proceedings, stating that she had approached the High Court. The court, however, rejected the adjournment application and posted the case for a hearing on March 29.The magistrate court, in February 2022, observed that it was prima facie evident that Banerjee had sung the National Anthem at an event in Mumbai, stopped abruptly and left the dais, committing an offence under the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971. It had then issued her summons, asking her to appear before it in March 2022. This order was set aside by the special court.The special court had said that the magistrate court did not follow mandatory provisions of law in its order and directed it to decide on the issue of summons afresh.It had said the subordinate court must start the whole proceedings again from the stage of verification of the complainant’s statement, which Banerjee challenged in the high court.
Nearly a fortnight after a couple was found axed to death outside their residence in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr, the police on Tuesday detained their 15-year-old daughter who confessed to the double murder, officials said.The couple was found dead on March 15. The teenager told the police that she hated the atmosphere at home and “was fed up with the violent behaviour” of her parents towards her. She said that her mother would frequently beat her up and also had an illicit relationship with a man.“On questioning, the girl confessed to murdering her parents with an axe after lacing their food with a heavy dose of sleeping pills,” said Shlok Kumar, Bulandshahr SSP.The police have also arrested the youth who arranged the pills and the shop owner, who sold the pills, under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.“It was a difficult case to crack as there were no clues. While checking the mobile phone of a family member, we could find that the minor girl had a communication with a man in December asking him to arrange sleeping pills and he refused,” the officer said.The police said that two days prior to the double murder, she had arranged a pack of 20 sleeping pills. “The girl mixed five tablets in the tea she prepared for her mother and 10 tablets in the milk for her 50-year-old father. The couple used to sleep outside their house while the accused and her younger sister had their beds inside the house,” said the officer.The police said that on the fateful night, the teen girl scaled the roof of a neighbour with the help of a ladder and came to the front of her house where she killed her parents by repeatedly hitting the axe on their heads. They died on the spot and she went back to bed, they said.The girl was sent to the juvenile home in Bulandshahr, while the two men were sent to jail after being produced in a local court. “We have also recovered the axe used for the killings. The weapon was hidden in the heap of fodder in the house,” said the SSP.She told the police that her mother had illicit relations with a man who, according to her, would instigate her mother to beat her regularly so that she either goes out or leaves the house forever.She also told the police that her father’s brother had killed his wife and two daughters in 2021 by hitting them with an axe on their head which, she claimed “gave her the clue” as to how to get rid of her parents.
Pictures of filmmaker Karan Johar’s newly-refurbished Mumbai apartment have been shared online. In an interview with Architectural Digest India, Karan described his pad, designed by Gauri Khan, as having a ‘Ralph Lauren-vibe’. Located in Mumbai’s posh Pali Hill neighbourhood, the apartment is flanked by a long balcony on three sides. Photos of the apartment’s living room, dining area, and walk-in wardrobe were shared by Architectural Digest on Instagram.The approximately 5,500-square-foot apartment is an extension of Karan’s pent-house home, and his brief to Gauri was to convert it into a ‘one-bedroom bachelor pad’, and to get it done fast. She had a six-month deadline. “At 50, I wanted this to be my very own space — with a large living room for bringing my friends together, and a bedroom with, of course, a massive wardrobe. I joke to Gauri that what she’s created is not a walk-in but a run-in, and my bathroom, well, you can play cricket in there,” he said. Gauri described the apartment as a reflection of Karan’s personality: ‘glamorous, fun, and also a little over the top’.The powder room was described by both Gauri and Karan as a ‘highlight’. It features ‘a turbine light fixture from Timothy Oulton, graphic floors, forest-green walls, and custom-made marble horse-head detailing’. The living room has a classic tartan sofa from Bentley Home, custom armchairs from Gauri Khan Designs Bespoke paired with a fluted sofa set by Roberto Cavalli Home, a marble chandelier by Mathieu Lustrerie’. There’s also a well-stocked bar on one side. A post shared by Architectural Digest India (@archdigestindia) According to Architectural Digest, the ‘walls feature French mouldings, backlit kintsugi gold cracks, and large Timothy Oulton mirrors that contrast the classic geometric marble floor and traffic-stopping red armchairs’. The air-conditioned terrace is Karan’s favourite spot, while his children — twins Yash and Roohi — love spending time on the tartan sofa in the living room. The centrepiece of the living area is a fireplace, and a brass coffee table by Gauri Khan Designs Bespoke.“Despite how strongly modern it is, what I love is how cosy, and lived-in, it feels. When you look at the house, you realize Gauri’s used all the colours—from bright reds to deep emeralds and blues, monochrome, and even more natural shades of fawn and beige. She’s also used a variety of textures—hard, soft, glossy, matt—and yet it all comes together beautifully,” Karan said.The filmmaker has often described Gauri as one of his closest friends, along with her husband, Shah Rukh Khan.