Haryana: Delhi HC directs Chautala to surrender
The Delhi High Court on Friday ordered former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala to surrender to the Tihar Jail authorities on Saturday. Chautala, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence for his role in a teachers’ recruitment scam, had been granted bail on health grounds. But the  Central Bureau of Investigation sought to have his bail cancelled after he began to address campaign rallies organised by his Indian National Lok Dal party ahead of the Harayana assembly elections on Oct 15.

Maharashtra: Ajit Pawar booked for violating election code
The Election Commission on Friday registered a case against former Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar in connection with a huge amount of cash found in his car. The Nationalist Congress Party chief has been accused of violating the model code of conduct put in place for the October 15 assembly polls in the state. The Parbhani police on Wednesday recovered Rs 4.85 lakh from a car in which Parwar’s visiting cards and clothes were also found. The police have registered a case against Pawar and also held NCP candidate from Jintur constituency, Vijay Bhamble, as a co-accused in the case.

West Bengal: State government backs NIA probe into Burdwan blast
The National Investigation Agency  on Friday lodged a First Information Report  in the bomb blast case in Burdwan in West Bengal as the Trinamool Congress government agreed to cooperate with the Centre, after initial opposition.  The decision to have the NIA inquire into the blast was taken by the Home Ministry in view of international implications, as the explosion is now being linked to terror outfits from Bangladesh. Two suspected terrorists were killed and another sustained injuries in an explosion at a TMC leader’s house in  Burdwan district from where ammunition and other explosives were recovered.

Bihar: Six women gang-raped at gunpoint
Six women were allegedly gang-raped at gunpoint by three men in Bhojpur district, according to a police report on Friday. All three have been arrested, which included main-accused former Ranveer Sena commander Nilnidhi Singh. Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Friday directed Bhojpur District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police to investigate the incident and submit a report to the state government within seven days.

Gujarat: HC scraps Snoopgate probe panel
The Gujarat High Court on Friday quashed the Sugnya Bhatt commission set up by the state government to investigate the alleged stalking of a woman architect in 2009.  The move comes after a petition was filed by the architect’s father claiming that the commission was invading of the woman’s privacy. The two-member commission comprising retired Justice Sugnya Bhatt and former IAS officer K C Kapoor was set up in November 2013 after two investigative news portals released audio tapes claiming that Gujarat’s minister of state for home Amit Shah had ordered illegal surveillance of the woman.