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Court orders framing of sexual harassment charges against Pachauri

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New Delhi, Sep 14 : A court here on Friday ordered framing of sexual harassment charges against noted environmentalist R.K. Pachauri, who has been accused of outraging the modesty of his colleague.

Metropolitan Magistrate Charu Gupta fixed October 20 for formal framing of charges under Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), Section 354A (advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures) and Section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the India Penal Code.

However, the court dropped charges under Section 354B (using criminal force against a woman), Section 354D (stalking) and Section 341 (wrongful restraint) levelled against the former chief of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

The Delhi Police had booked him under the sections related to use of criminal force against a woman, stalking and others.

Pachauri was accused of sexually harassing a female colleague in 2015. He stepped down as Chairperson of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in February 2015 and proceeded on leave from TERI, where he was the Director General. Later, he also stepped down from his post in TERI.

Pachauri has, however, denied the charges against him.

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Kerala Rape Case: Sister of complainant nun files plea alleging life threats

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New Delhi, Sep 24: Sister of Kerala nun rape case’s victim on Monday filed a petition to the state Director general of police, Kottayam SP, and Kalady circle inspector, stating that she and her family are receiving life threats.

In her plea, She said due to hatred, brothers of rape accused Franco Mulakkal filed fake complaints against me.

“Thomas Chittuparamban, a relative of Franco threatened to cause danger to my son & brother. One of his relative named Unni took a photo of me protesting and later threatened me, she alleged.

Earlier in a day, the magisterial court sentenced two weeks judicial custody to former Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who was arrested on charges of raping a nun.

Mulakkal, who headed the Roman Catholic Diocese in Jalandhar, has refuted the charges of sexual misconduct.

A 44-year-old Kerala based Nun has alleged that she was raped several times between 2014 to 2016.

Later, she filed an FIR against the bishop on June 27 this year.

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Rs 5,000 crore bank fraud: Nitin Sandesara fled to Nigeria with family?

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New Delhi, Sep 24: After reports emerged Nitin Jayantilal Sandesara is in Nigeria, the Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday said it has input on fugitive’s whereabouts from UAE or Nigeria.

Sandesara is a director of a Gujarat-based pharmaceutical firm Sterling Biotech, which is being probed in a Rs 5,000 crore bank fraud case.

Earlier in a day, several sections of media reported that Sandesara may have fled to Nigeria. While, last month it was that he has been arrested from Dubai.

In June this year,  after taking cognisance of CBI FIR, the Enforcement Directorate had attached properties worth Rs 4,700 crore in a Rs 5,000-crore bank fraud case involving Gujarat-based pharma company.

The Central Bureau of Investigation has booked Sterling Biotech, its directors Chetan Jayantilal Sandesara, Dipti Chetan Sandesara, Rajbhushan Omprakash Dixit, Nitin Jayantilal Sandesara and Vilas Joshi, Chartered Accountant Hemant Hathi, Anup Prakash Garg and some unidentified persons over the alleged bank fraud.

According to CBI FIR, Sterling Biotech had taken loans of over Rs 5,000 crore from a consortium of banks led by Andhra Bank which had turned into non-performing assets. Total pending dues of the group companies were Rs 5,383 crore as on December 31, 2016.

In connection with alleged  Gujarat’s Sandesara Group Scam, the ED arrested a Delhi-based businessman Gagan Dhawan in November 2017 and  former director of Andhra Bank, Anup Prakash Garg so far.

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Delhi HC bans slaughter in Ghazipur Murga Mandi

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New Delhi, Sep 24 In an interim direction, the Delhi High Court on Monday banned the slaughter of poultry at the Ghazipur Murga Mandi here till further orders.

A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V. Kameswar Rao, however, allowed sale of live chicken at the market and listed the matter for further hearing on October 29.

The court asked the authorities to file an affidavit indicating a plan to set up a designated slaughter house in the area.

The order came on a report filed by the Delhi Pollution Control Board which has raised violation of animal welfare laws at the Mandi and sought its closure.

The court turned down the plea.

“We are concerned with the larger issue of pollution in the area,” the judges said.

The court was hearing a plea filed by animal rights activist Gauri Maulekhi, who alleged that there was indiscriminate violation of animal rights and blatant abuse of animal welfare laws at the Mandi.

Maulekhi said the poultry were openly slaughtered in the Ghazipur market without obtaining any licence.

The petitioner requested the court to direct the Commissioner of the Food Safety Department to stop illegal slaughter of poultry in the national capital and that all such slaughter should be done in compliance with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Licence and Registration Regulation.

The counsel also sought a committee for weekly inspections at the Mandi to ensure that there was no violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

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