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Chinmayanand case: SC stays HC order



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Lucknow, Nov 17 : The Supreme Court has granted an interim stay on the Allahabad High Court’s order, allowing former union minister Chinmayanand to access certified copy of the statement recorded by the Shahjahanpur law student, who had leveled allegations of sexual harassment and rape against him.

The law student’s statement was recorded under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). According to reports, a bench of Justice U.U. Lalit and Justice Vineet Saran issued notices on Saturday and sought response from Uttar Pradesh government and Chinmayanand on the law student’s plea.

The apex court has posted the matter for next hearing on December 9.The Shahjahanpur law student had filed an appeal in the apex court against the November 7 order of the Allahabad High Court, which held that Chinmayanand was entitled to get a certified copy of the statement of the victim recorded under Section 164 CrPC.

In her petition, the law student has said that the High Court’s direction granting a copy of the victim’s statement before the filing of the chargesheet was contrary to law and may have far-reaching effects.

The petition stated that a pre-condition for obtaining the copy of the statement of the victim under section 164 CrPC, is that the chargesheet has been filed and cognizance of the same has been taken by the magistrate.

In a related development, the court of the chief judicial magistrate in Shahjahanpur has issued summons to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader D. P. S. Rathore and another party leader Ajit Singh for their involvement in the extortion case registered by Chinmayanand lawyer Om Singh.

Rathore is the younger brother of J.P.S. Rathore, BJP’s state vice president.In the chargesheet, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) told the court that the 23-year-old law student and her friends had allegedly attempted to extort Rs 5 crore from Chinmayanand while the two BJP leaders had attempted to extort Rs 1.25 crore from the former union minister with the help of a pen drive that they had snatched from the woman after she was found by Shahjahanpur police in Dausa, Rajasthan.

Both the leaders have been charged under sections 385 (extortion), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of IPC in the chargesheet filed by the SIT on November 6.

The CJM court has now directed the accused leaders to appear before the court on November 19. According to legal experts, there is a possibility that the court may send them in judicial custody as all the other accused in the extortion case are lodged in jail.

On September 21, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) had arrested Chinmayanand and sent him to jail. The law student was also booked on alleged charges of extortion against Chinmayanand and then arrested.


Priyanka slams Yogi govt on Bulandshahr incident




Priyanka Gandhi

 Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has slammed the Yogi Adityanath government over the Bulandshahr accident in which a US student was killed.

The accident, which took place on Monday, was apparently caused when motorcycle-borne men chased the girl who was on a scooty with her uncle.

In a tweet, Priyanka said, “There is no fear of the law in UP and women are getting increasingly insecure. It appears that the state government does not take incidents of eve teasing seriously.”

She said that a sweeping change was needed and the state government should adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards crime against women.

Earlier in the day, BSP president Mayawati had tweeted, “The promising student Sudiksha Bhati, who was going on a bike with her uncle in Bulandshahr, lost her life due to the eve-teasing, which is extremely sad, embarrassing and very condemnable.

How will daughters progress? The BSP strongly demands that UP government should take strict legal action against the culprits immediately.”

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Sachin Pilot says I am a satisfied man, been given a lot by Congress party

Sachin Pilot expressed hope that the issues will be addressed soon.



Sachin Pilot

Former Rajasthan Deputy CM Sachin Pilot, whose rebellion against the Congress party plunged the Ashok Gehlot government in a month-long crisis, has returned to the party fold.

After meeting Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi and on being assured by the party that the issues raised by him and his camp of MLAs will be resolved, Sachin Pilot returned to Congress and said he had never hankered for any post and was only raising “ideological issues”.

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has formed a 3-member panel with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and KC Venugopal to address the concerns on governance in Rajasthan that were raised by Sachin Pilot and his group of MLAs. Coming out of the meeting with Priyanka Gandhi and other Congress leaders,

Sachin Pilot said he and the other MLAs raised organisational issues, the case of sedition filed by the SOG and governance. Sachin Pilot expressed hope that the issues will be addressed soon. This comes ahead of the Rajasthan assembly session that will begin on August 14.

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Afghan Cabinet still not finalized: Prez Palace




Abdullah Abdullah

Kabul, Aug 11 : The Afghan Presidential Palace has said that Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for Reconciliation, waas yet to introduce his nominated Ministers for the new Cabinet.

On Monday, the Palace’s deputy spokesman Dawa Khan Menapal said that nominees for Ministers must meet the criteria, so that the President can send them to the National Assembly for a vote of confidence, reports TOLO News.

“As soon as our political partners make a list according to the criteria, the government will send it to the parliament for a vote of confidence,” said Menapal.

On the other hand, Fraidoon Khwazoon, spokesman for Abdullah, said that they have sent their nominee list to the Presidential Palace.

“For our part, the problem is solved and we have sent the list of nominated ministers that is relevant to us and it will be implemented according to the agreement,” he said.

A number of politicians and citizens of the country consider the existence of differences between Ghani and Abdullah as one of the main reasons for the delay with the cabinet.

“The big reason is that these two people do not get along with each other and that is why they do not agree on governors and ministers,” said Abdul Rauf Shapoon, a lawmaker.

In May, a power-sharing agreement was signed between President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah to end the political deadlock following last year’s presidential election.

Under the agreement signed on Sunday, Ghani remains as President, while Abdullah will head the High Council for National Reconciliation to lead the peace talks with the Taliban.

Abdullah, who served as Chief Executive in the previous government and contested the presidential poll on September 28, 2019, had challenged the outcome of the vote in which the Election Commission declared Ghani as winner.

When the delayed results of the election were finally announced in February, Ghani was again declared President by the Independent Election Commission after earning a slightly higher percentage than Abdullah, reports TOLO News.

But the tensions increased after Ghani and Abdullah, both held inauguration ceremonies on the same day in their adjacent respective palaces, after the latter rejected the outcome.

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