Times of India | 5 days ago | 23-06-2022 | 05:55 am
NAVI MUMBAI: More than a month after her May 14 arrest, Marathi tele-serial actor Ketaki Chitale is expected to return home on Thursday. On Wednesday, a Thane sessions court granted her bail in an FIR registered by Kalwa police station for sharing an allegedly objectionable and defamatory social media post about NCP chief Sharad Pawar, reports George Mendonca. She is facing 22 FIRs and four non-cognisable offences in Maharashtra because of her one social media post. The FIRs invoked IPC Section 153 A for an offence of promoting enmity on the grounds of religion, race, place of birth and residence. The prosecution did not oppose her bail plea. As she hasn't been arrested in any other FIR over the post, her advocates said she would be released Thursday on completion of bail formalities. Actor to be back home today after over a monthMarathi tele-serial actor Ketaki Chitale, arrested for sharing an allegedly objectionable and defamatory social media post about NCP chief Sharad Pawar, would be home on Thursday after a month and nine days in custody, said her advocates Ghanshyam Upadhyay and Yogesh Deshpande. Upadhyay had argued that the police claimed they issued her a notice under Section 41A of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), meant in cases where punishment attracts up to seven years' imprisonment, and instead of directly making an arrest, the police first seek the accused's presence to give an explanation. He said the notice was "a complete farce" as it was given to her just a few minutes before her arrest and, in fact, at the time of arrest and thus, in law, it cannot be said that the police have complied with Section 41A. The Thane court appeared to agree and took a serious view in this regard, said her lawyers later. Judge H M Patwardhan pointed to the 22 FIRs registered against Chitale across Maharashtra to which the Public Prosecutor said he was only concerned with the FIR filed against Chitale at Kalwa police station. The judge granted her bail on a solvent surety of Rs 20,000. Chitale has already been granted bail on June 16 in an Atrocities Act case registered against her at Rabale police station in March 2020 for allegedly posting defamatory comments against minority communities on Facebook. Rabale police had filed a chargesheet against her on May 30. Chitale had last week filed a fresh petition before Bombay high court seeking orders to declare her May 14 arrest by the Kalwa police as being "illegal" and in "breach of the law" laid down by the Supreme Court. It said the 34-year-old "artist and social activist", currently in Thane jail, "is not an expert in law" and had simply signed when asked to sign certain papers at Kalamboli police station by police, claiming they were part of formalities for arrest.
A 25-year-old woman who works for a bank was left injured after two motorcycle-borne youngsters pulled her down while snatching her gold chain as she was riding a two-wheeler on the Lahuji Vastad bridge near Patil Estate slums in Shivajinagar, police said.The victim, a resident of Yerwada, lodged the first information report (FIR) in the case at the Khadki police station on Monday.Police said the complainant is a bank staffer who is also pursuing higher studies. She was going to the Navi Peth area via Lahuji Vastad bridge to withdraw some cash on Sunday night when around 10.15 pm, two persons on a motorcycle started following her and pulled her down in a bid to snatch a gold chain from her neck, police said. She fell on the road and received injuries. Meanwhile, the robbers escaped from the spot with the gold chain worth Rs 50,000.Sub inspector Mohan Salvi is investigating the case in which police have booked the two unidentified robbers under sections 394 and 34, which pertain to robbery and common intention, of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
◾ 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.
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.
The man has been arrested for murder, a police official said. (Representational)Nagpur: A man killed his wife in front of their children in Maharashtra's Nagpur district on Tuesday afternoon, a police official said.Sachin Bhagat (31) and his wife Ankita (26) were estranged over the former suspecting her character and she had left the home in Chandrapur district in April to live in her relative's house in Pandharabodi, the police official said."Bhagat came to the site of a road work in Shivangaon, where Ankita was working in a security firm, with both their children and asked her to return home. When she refused, he killed her with a sharp-edged weapon in front of the children," he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comBhagat has been arrested for murder, the Sonegaon police station official said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
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.