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Haryana minister told us not to demand CBI probe: Pradyuman’s father

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Gurugram, Nov 14: A day before Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced a CBI probe into the murder of a Class 2 student here, Haryana cabinet minister Rao Narbir Singh told the family not to demand a CBI probe, the boy’s father said on Tuesday.

On September 14, Narbir Singh visited the house of seven-year-old Pradhuman Thakur, who was murdered in the Ryan International School on September 8, and spoke strongly against a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), father Barun Chandra Thakur said.

The father told IANS here that the PWD, Forest and Civil Aviation Minister reached their house in Maruti Kunj on Sohna Road and told him not to demand an investigation by the CBI into the murder.

“CBI is just a big name and nothing more. The agency already has lots of workload and it will not be able to probe the case even in a year or more. Haryana Police is a better agency than CBI and it will deliver its report within a stipulated time,” Barun Thakur quoted the minister as saying.

“When we said that we want the CBI to investigate the case, the minister argued: ‘What will happen if the CBI too comes up with the fact that the school bus conductor Ashok Kumar killed the child after failing to sodomise him’,” Thakur said.

Thakur said the minister was accompanied by a man not known to him.

“Prior to that, the minister was present during the cremation of Pradhuman on September 9 and he again visited us on September 10 to pay his condolences but could not meet me,” he added.

The minister was not available for his comments on Thakur’s claim despite several efforts by IANS to reach him. His personnel secretary Laxinarayan told IANS: “The minister is in Chandigarh. It is not possible to have a word with him.”

BJP leaders in Haryana are a divided lot after the CBI declared that the murderer of the Class 2 student was a senior schoolmate and not the bus conductor as alleged by Haryana Police.

The investigation into Pradhuman Thakur’s gory killing took a dramatic twist on November 8 when the CBI arrested the Class 11 student, also of Ryan International School, and charged him with murdering the young boy in the school washroom.

Narbir Singh came in support of the Haryana Police and called the arrest of the Ryan student by the CBI “unjustified”.

“I am not able to digest the outcome of the investigation carried out by the CBI. The Haryana Police probe was more acceptable,” the BJP MLA from Badhshahpur constituency of Gurugram had said.

But Rao Inderjit Singh, a central government minister and an MP from Gurugram, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij and BJP MLA from Gurugram Umesh Aggarwal backed the CBI.

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Padmaavat protest turns violent in Ahmedabad; shops vandalised, vehicles torched

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New Delhi, Jan 24: A protest against release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat in Gujarat turned violent on Tuesday night when groups of people vandalised shops at a mall and a cinema hall in Ahmedabad and targeted vehicles parked. Nearly a dozen two-wheelers, many of them belonging to a fast-food chain, were gutted. The incident took place in Ahmedabad’s Thaltej.

The police had to resort to firing in the air at two locations as hundreds of Karni Sena activists taking out a candle-light march turned violent.

In a separate incident, a mall and the adjacent shops in Ahmedabad’s Memnagar were vandalised and vehicles were also torched in protest against the film.

 “We had put up boards saying we won’t screen the film still the mall was attacked by a horde of men,” Mall Manager Rakesh Mehta said.
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“Some anti-social elements were behind the violence. We will take stern action against them,” Gujarat’s Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja said.

Ahmedabad police Commissioner A.K. Singh said the police would not allow any kind of violent protest in the city.

As per the latest reports, police picked up 48 people on Tuesday night under Act of Rioting and 4 FIRs have been registered.

Violent protests by members of the Rajput community were also witnessed across Gujarat on Sunday, with agitators damaging buses and blocking roads.Following incidents of protesters damaging and setting buses on fire, the police issued a stern warning and deployed more personnel in the affected areas. The Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) also suspended its services in northern parts of the state.

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Fodder scam: Verdict in third case involving Lalu today

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Ranchi, Jan 24: A special CBI court here will on Wednesday pronounce judgment in a fodder scam case in which two former Chief Ministers of Bihar — Lalu Yadav and Jagannth Mishra — are accused.

Special court judge S.S. Prasad will deliver judgment in the case, which is related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 33.67 crore from Chaibasa treasury in 1992-1993.

The allegation is that Rs 33.67 crore was withdrawn on fake allotment letters. The actual sanction of amount was Rs 7.10 lakh.

In all there are 56 accused, including former Chief Secretary of Jharkhand Sajal Chakraborty. Sajjal was Deputy Commissioner of West Singhbhum district when the alleged fraudulent withdrawal had taken place.

This will be the third case in which Lalu Yadav and Jagannth Mishra are accused.

Currently, Lalu Yadav is in Birsa Munda Central Jail of Ranchi, as he was awarded a three-and-a-half year sentence on January 6 this year in a fodder scam relating to fraudulent withdrawal from Deoghar treasury.

Lalu Yadav was first convicted in a fodder scam case in 2013 and was awarded five years’ imprisonment.

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Petrol prices in Delhi at three year high; diesel at record level

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New Delhi, Jan 23: A rally in global crude oil prices petrol prices in the national capital to an three-year high level on Tuesday.

Petrol prices increased to the over three-year high level of Rs 72.23 per litre on Tuesday from Monday’s Rs 72.08 per litre.

As per the data from IndianOil, the previous high for petrol prices in Delhi was Rs 72.51 a litre reported on July 1, 2014.

While in other major metro’s Mumbai and Kolkata and Chennai, petrol rose to at Rs 80.10 per litre, Rs 74.94 and Rs 74.91 respectively.

The previous highs in Mumbai and Kolkata and Chennai were Rs 80.60 (August 2014), Rs 75.46 (October 2014) and Rs 74.91 (August 2014) respectively.

Similarly, there was an appreciation in diesel prices across the metro cities, As on Tuesday, prices of diesel in Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai touched record of Rs 63.01 per litre, 65.67 and Rs 66.44 respectively.

In Mumbai, diesel was priced at Rs 67.10 per litre — the highest level since August 2014 when it was sold at Rs 67.26 a litre.

The jump in diesel prices several key metros assumes significance as the fuel is the mainstay of the transportation sector and will have a consequent upward effect on inflation.

Several factors like production curbs by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and high demand have led to a surge in crude oil prices to a three-year high. As on January 23, Brent crude oil prices hovered around $70 a barrel.

Besides global factors, daily price revision allows for a sudden hike in domestic fuel prices which showcases international trends.

Meanwhile, imposition of various state taxes and levies generally increases  prices.

At present, the diesel and petrol do not fall under the ambit of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime.

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