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'Police reform can't be achieved without political and judicial reforms'
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 23: The existence of a civil society and development are dependent on rule of law enforced by the police that play a key role in criminal justice system. But what if the police are not able to perform their duty due to either political pressure or apathy of judiciary?   Even 11 years after the historic directions issued to the central and state governments by the Supreme Court, this was the main concern of some eminent jurists, parliamentarians, former Police officers and journalists who had gathered here on Friday to discuss the need of a modern & people-centric police committed to rule of law. The event was jointly organized by Indian Police Foundation and Common Cause. And the deep concern of the speakers on the state and misuse of police by successive governments showed that the SC directions for police reform were hardly acted upon.   CPI-M General Secretary and former Rajya Sabha member Sitaram Yechuri said th...




Activist claims mafia death threats to withdraw cases against ex-BJP minister
Mumbai, Sep 23: Activist and ex-Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Anjali Damania on Saturday claimed to have received death threats in a call made from a landline number in Karachi."At 12.33 a.m., I got a threatening call asking me to withdraw all cases against (former BJP minister) Eknath Khadse," she said in a statement.Damania quoted the telephonic conversation: "Tune jeena haram kar rakha hai sabka. Teri family hai na.." (You have made life miserable for everybody. You also have a family).She said the true caller showed the number (starting with codes +92 21) from a landline in Karachi.Damania spoke with top officials and lodged a complaint with the Vakola police station in Santacruz east on Saturday morning."Informed Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) is investigating the matter," she tweeted later.Khadse, the senior most BJP leader in Maharashtra, had resigned as the Revenue Minister in June 2014 after his name cropp...




Senior English journalist, his mother murdered in Punjab
Senior journalist K.J. Singh had remained Chief News Editor of The Tribune. He was earlier News Editor with the Times of India and had been with the Indian Express previously. Chandigarh, Sep 23: Senior journalist K.J. Singh and his aged mother were found dead in their residence in Mohali town in Punjab, adjoining Chandigarh, on Saturday, police said.Both victims were attacked by their assailants with a sharp-edged weapon in their house in Phase 3B2 of Mohali, 10 km from here.Police said that Singh's mother, Gurcharan Kaur, 89, was strangulated.Singh was stabbed in the stomach and his throat was also slit.The bodies of the victims were discovered on Saturday afternoon when a maid came to the house but no one answered the bell.Police sources said that the murder could have taken place around 1 a.m. on Saturday.The house was found ransacked and some items were missing.Singh's car was also taken away by the assailants.Singh, a bachelor, had remained Chief News Editor of The Tribune...




Shiv Sena launches mass agitations against fuel price hike, inflation
Mumbai, Sep 23: The Shiv Sena, which is an alliance partner in both the BJP-led Central and Maharashtra governments, on Saturday launched agitations against the runway fuel price hike and inflation by carrying empty gas cylinders and organising mock funerals of the BJP.  Thousands of Shiv Sena activists led by ministers, MPs, MLAs, and local unit leaders led the agitations carried out at 12 places all over Mumbai and its suburbs.Scores of Shiv Sainiks including MPs Arvind Sawant and Anil Desai, several sitting and former legislators and municipal corporators, shakha and gat pramukhs were detained across the city by police.The Sainiks, many carrying empty gas cylinders or fuel cans, posters and placards, raised deafening slogans attacking the central and state governments headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis respectively.Thousands of activists including women and youth, chanted slogans of "Narendra Sarkar, Hai Hai, Devendra Sarkar Ha...




Pehlu Khan's family welcomes SC order, demands compensation from Rajasthan govt.
Tehseen Poonawalla, petitioner against mob lynching, lambasted state governments for not providing monetary relief to victims of cow vigilantism   Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 23: The family of slain dairy farmer Pehlu Khan has welcomed the Supreme Court order directing the state governments to provide monetary compensation to victims of cow vigilantism. The family has demanded the Rajasthan government to act upon the SC order. Its sole bread-earner Khan, 55, was lynched by a brutal mob of Gau Rakshaks in the Alwar district of the state in April this year.   "Till today, we have not got any compensation -- neither from Rajasthan government nor from the government of Haryana (family is resident of Mewat, Haryana)," said Irshad Khan, eldest son of Pehlu Khan while talking to IndiaTomorrow.net over phone on Saturday.   More than five months have passed since the incident but the government of Rajasthan where the crime took place has...




Nitish must have realised by now that his 'ghar wapsi' has not helped him
Amulya Ganguli, Nitish Kumar must have realised by now that his 'ghar wapsi' hasn't helped him. The BJP is treating him more like an unwanted guest than the repentant prodigal son.The Bihar Chief Minister's sense of being redundant in the BJP's scheme of things is likely to intensify in view of the reports that the BJP intends to contest 25 of the 40 parliamentary seats in Bihar in 2019, leaving a paltry nine to the Janata Dal-United.Of the remaining six, the BJP is considering giving four to the Lok Janshakti Party of Ram Vilas Paswan, another somewhat morose camp follower of the saffron brotherhood, and two to Upendra Kushwaha's Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP).If this kind of seat-sharing really does take place, then Sharad Yadav may well have the last laugh. His glee will be shared by Lalu Prasad for more than one reason.First, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader knows that he will be able to present the downsizing of Nitish Kumar in the saffron camp as an insult to Bihar.Second...




We are refugees and not illegal immigrants, Rohingyas tells SC
New Delhi, Sep 23: A Rohingya petitioner on Friday told the Supreme Court that they were not illegal immigrants but refugees who fled Myanmar and came to India for shelter in wake of their persecution on the grounds of their religion and community identity and were entitled to all protection under the international conventions on refugees and treaties.Contesting the Central government's stand that they being foreign nationals enjoyed no protection under the Indian Constitution, Rohingya refugee Mohammad Salimullah, who has moved the top court, seeking its protection from being deported said that protection under Article 14 - guaranteeing equality before law and Article 21 - guaranteeing protection of life and liberty was available to both Indian citizens and non-citizens alike.In his rejoinder to the Central government's affidavit, he said: "Rohingya are not involved in any act of militancy. They are a fleeing persecuted ethnic minority whose only claim is to peaceful asylum. Any ...




Fair police probe key to justice, must be overseen: R.K. Singh
New Delhi, Sep 23: Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy R.K. Singh on Friday stressed the need to oversight police investigation and suggested that it be kept insulated from political interference."Police investigation is a part of justice delivery system, so any kind of interference can't be allowed there, other than a professional or a judicial oversight. But there is no system of judicial oversight in the initial stages, as the judicial intervention starts after the filing of chargesheet," Singh said.The minister was speaking at the Annual Conference of Indian Police Foundation here."As a citizen, I want justice to be done. When I have a grievance, when I believe that my rights have been violated, I want to go and lodge an FIR and it should be lodged and fairly investigated. I believe that investigation is a part of justice delivery system.""If a case is not investigated properly, you can't get justice," he said, adding that "as a citizen, I...




States must compensate victims of cow vigilantism: SC
New Delhi, Sep 22: The Supreme Court on Friday said that states were obliged to compensate the victims of cow vigilante groups and asked all of them to file a report on the compliance of its order by appointing a nodal officer to prevent violence by the such vigilante groups."Victims are to be compensated. It is obligatory on the part of the state to compensate the victim of crime," said the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud.Under the Code of Criminal Procedure, the state is under obligation to have a scheme for victim compensation and if they don't have then they should have one, it added.Senior counsel Indira Jaising, appearing for Tushar Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, had urged the apex court to order compensation to the victims of violence by the vigilante groups.The court's observation that it was incumbent upon the state to pay compensation to the victim of crime came in the course of the hearing on a batch...




NDTV denies sale agreement. Huge mixed reaction on social media over sale news
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 22: The NDTV on Friday told the Bombay Stock Exchange or BSE that it has not entered into sale agreement with anyone.   Following a report in The Indian Express Friday that Ajay Singh, co-founder and owner of SpiceJet airline was set to buy majority stake in NDTV, the BSE had sought clarification from the channel.   "NDTV has informed the Stock Exchanges that the promoters of the Company have not entered into any agreement for sale of their stake in the Company to any person. The Company is mindful of its obligations under Clause 30 of the Listing Regulations and shall promptly intimate it of any event required to be disclosed under the said regulations," said the channel in a post on its website. The airline has already trashed the acquisition report as "absolutely false and baseless".   However, despite denials from the two sides, the national English daily has insisted that a source confirme...