The Central Bureau of Investigation court on Thursday sent former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram to judicial custody till September 19 in connection with the INX Media case. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court had rejected P Chidambaram’s plea for anticipatory bail in the INX Media case registered by the Enforcement Directorate.
Two FIRs have been filed in Guwahati and Dibrugarh against Assam’s National Register of Citizens Coordinator Prateek Hajela for allegedly excluding Indians from the updated citizens’ list deliberately.
The Supreme Court on Thursday also allowed Jammu and Kashmir leader Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter to go and visit her mother in Srinagar. Mufti was arrested in early August when the Centre announced its decision to revoke the state’s special constitutional status.
The Kerala High Court on Thursday acquitted eight people sentenced to life imprisonment by a lower court for murdering businessman Paul Muthoot in Alappuzha in 2009. Muthoot was killed in a road rage incident, and a Central Bureau of Investigation court had convicted and sentenced nine men to life in jail in 2015.
State and central intelligence agencies interrogated a Kashmiri youth after a video of him being attacked by a mob in Neemrana in Alwar district of Rajasthan started doing the rounds on social media. The youth, identified as Mir Faiz, was allegedly tied to a pole and beaten up by a mob for being dressed in women’s clothes.
The police in Mahoba town of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday filed a first information report against at least 23 Muslims for allegedly serving “non-vegetarian biryani” to Hindus at a religious congregation. The police said the case was registered after local Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Brijbhushan Rajpoot intervened.
A 74-year-old woman in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday gave birth to twins through in-vitro fertilisation in a private hospital in Guntur district. Doctors said that this could be a new world record.
The Central Bureau of Investigation court on Thursday sent former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram to judicial custody till September 19 in connection with the INX Media case. On Tuesday, the court had extended the agency’s custody in accordance with the Supreme Court order till September 5.
The Punjab Police on Thursday said that the firecracker factory, where an explosion claimed 23 lives on Wednesday, in Gurdaspur district’s Batala area was illegal. National Disaster Response Force personnel continued search operations at the site to look for any survivor trapped under the debris.
At least two people were killed and several feared trapped after a building collapsed in Amraiwadi area of Ahmedabad on Thursday. Rescue operations are under way.
The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development on Thursday issued the Institutions of Eminence tag to five universities – Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Banaras Hindu University, IIT Kharagpur, University of Delhi and University of Hyderabad. The universities were accorded the tag after recommendation from the University Grants Commission and an expert panel.
The Goa Police on Thursday registered a case of rape and criminal intimidation against a swimming coach along with offences under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The action was taken after a video of him molesting a 15-year-old had been widely shared on social media, which also attracted Union minister Kiren Rijiju’s attention.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that the Indian government will extend a line of credit worth $1 billion (nearly Rs 7,100 crore) to Russia for the development of the country’s Far East region.
Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said that the government had no plans to ban petrol and diesel vehicles. With the automobile sector reeling under a crisis, the minister also assured the industry of all the help it needs from the government, including discussion on the matter of reduction in Goods and Services Tax with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
A special court in New Delhi on Thursday granted former Finance Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram anticipatory bail in both cases filed against them in the Aircel-Maxis matter. The Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate had filed separate cases in the matter.
Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur criticised former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram for criticising the Centre for the slowdown in economic growth, PTI reported on Thursday.
The Indian Army has denied the claim of a Bharatiya Janata Party MP in Arunachal Pradesh that Chinese soldiers had built a wooden bridge almost 75 km inside Indian territory, The Indian Express reported on Thursday.
The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered that ailing Communist Part of India (Marxist) leader Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami be shifted from Srinagar, where he is under detention, to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi without any delay. The top court also said that the moving should be done in consultation with doctors at the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar and those at AIIMS.
The Supreme Court on Thursday said it would hear petitions against the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir on September 16. The petitions were filed by Anuradha Bhasin, the executive editor of Kashmir Times, who had challenged the restrictions on media, and political commentator Tehseen Poonawalla, who had challenged the security clampdown in the state.
The Rajasthan Human Rights Commission on Wednesday asked the central and state governments to prohibit women from opting for live-in relationships and alleged that it was against human rights. The commission said that the women in these relationships needed protection through a law as they could be treated “as a concubine”.
The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to travel to Srinagar to meet her mother who was arrested last month. Iltija Mufti had on Wednesday moved the top court seeking directions to the authorities to allow her to meet her mother.
The United States on Wednesday praised India for declaring Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed, Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and gangster Dawood Ibrahim terrorists under a new anti-terror law.
The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s plea for anticipatory bail in the INX Media case registered by the Enforcement Directorate. The court had reserved its verdict on August 29. A bench of Justices R Banumathi and AS Bopanna said it was not a fit case for anticipatory bail as it could hamper investigation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met leaders of Japan, Malaysia and Mongolia on Thursday on the sidelines of the 5th Eastern Economic Forum in the Russian city of Vladivostok. Modi had arrived in the city on Wednesday for the first visit by an Indian prime minister to the Far East Region of Russia.
The Sunni Wakf Board on Wednesday told the Supreme Court it does not dispute the Nirmohi Akhara’s “shebait” rights, or rights as a devotee, at Ayodhya’s disputed site but this does not mean the land belongs to them. The board’s advocate Rajeev Dhavan has been making arguments this week before a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. Wednesday was the 19th day of the hearings in the Ayodhya case.
Army chief General Bipin Rawat has accused Pakistan of stepping up efforts to reopen terror training camps and push infiltrators across the Line of Control, and said India was ready for a war with the neighbouring country.
Schools and junior colleges in Mumbai, Thane and the Konkan region in Maharashtra will remain closed on Thursday as more heavy rainfall was predicted. This is the second straight day that the schools in Mumbai will remain closed. An orange alert was issued in Mumbai, which has already surpassed its September average rainfall of 327.1 mm four days in to the month.
First information reports have been lodged in Guwahati and Dibrugarh against Assam’s National Register of Citizens Coordinator Prateek Hajela for allegedly excluding Indians from the updated citizens’ list deliberately. The Asom Garia-Maria Yuba Chhatra Parishad lodged the first complaint on September 3 at Guwahati’s Latasil police station, accusing Hajela of producing an expensive “farcical” document that left out many indigenous people. The second complaint was filed by a legal professional on Wednesday.
Peoples Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija Mufti on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking directions to the authorities to allow her to meet her mother. The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister has been under house arrest since August 4, a day before the Centre’s declaration to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution.
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted relief to NDTV promoters Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy by setting aside the orders passed by the Securities and Exchange Board of India that rejected the news channel’s delay in filing settlement applications. SEBI had initiated adjudication proceedings against NDTV for alleged violations of the Securities Contract (Regulation) Act, 1956.
The Pakistan Army on Wednesday said it will go to any length to protect Kashmir, and said it was their “jugular vein”. This came amid rising hostilities between the India and Pakistan since New Delhi revoked the state’s special status. He also said that Islamabad does not follow the “no first use” policy on nuclear weapons.
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed a plea by an Uttar Pradesh constable challenging the charges against him in the murder case of the Unnao rape complainant’s father. Last month, a court in Delhi had framed murder charges against expelled Bharatiya Janata Party leader Kuldeep Singh Sengar and nine others in connection with the death of the father. The woman’s father died in judicial custody on April 9, 2018.
A drunk auto-rickshaw driver in Odisha’s Bhubaneswar was on Wednesday fined Rs 47,500 by the transport department under the new increased penalty amounts for traffic violations. The officials fined the driver identified as Haribandhu Kanhar under the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, which came into effect on September 1.
The executive editor of Kashmir Times, who had earlier moved the Supreme Court against media restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir, filed an additional affidavit in the matter on Wednesday. In her affidavit, Anuradha Bhain said that the “information blackhole” was still continuing in the Valley.
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