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SC rejects police officer’s plea for relief on Ishrat case

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The Supreme Court of India on Friday dismissed to entertain a plea seeking to quash criminal case against Gujarat Police personnel involved in Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case in view of Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Headley’s statement.

Asking PIL petitioner M.L. Sharma that he should have approached the high court, the apex court bench headed by Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose said that the court could not pass any order under Article 32.

While rejecting Sharma’s plea to withdraw his PIL after it was dismissed, the court said it has expressed what it had to say.

However, the court made it clear that dismissal of Sharma’s plea would not come in the way of those having locus to seek remedies in the light of recent revelations by Headley.

The court said this on the plea by the Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.

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HC to Delhi Cantt board: No coercive action against DIA

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New Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the Delhi Cantonment Board (DCB) to not take any coercive steps against the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), which operates the national capital’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport relating to the Rs 2,600 crore property tax demand by the authority for the 2016-19 period.

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Army convoy attacked in J&K, hold their fire

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An Indian Army convoy in Jammu & Kashmir’s Baramulla district came under heavy attack after militants fired indiscriminately, injuring a soldier, the force said on Thursday.

The soldier injured in Wednesday’s attack was rushed to Base Hospital in Srinagar. He is out of danger and is recuperating.

The convoy of three Army vehicles, comprising 30 personnel, was moving from Baramulla to Gulmarg and when it reached Pattan area, terrorists hiding in a built-up area attacked the convoy and started indiscriminate firing.

“The firing started at 2:15 pm. As the first vehicle crossed, the militants attacked the second convoy vehicle. A soldier inside the vehicle received a bullet injury,” said a senior Army officer.

As it was a built-up area and people were on the streets, Naib Subedar Joginder Singh who was leading the convoy decided not to resort to firing and decided to first disengage from the line of fire.

“Our men ensured that no collateral damage happened despite them being attacked in the built-up area,” said the officer, adding that the other vehicles managed to move ahead.

The officer said that the training which all ranks undergo while being posted in Jammu & Kashmir ensures that the force’s first priority is to save civilian lives.

Later, the area was cordoned off for searches.

Source: IANS

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Section 144 in riot-hit Bengaluru areas till Aug 1

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Bengaluru, Aug 13 (IANS) The total number of arrests in connection with the Bengaluru riots on Tuesday night has risen to 145. Section 144 has been extended in affected localities in the east of the city, an official said on Thursday.

“Section 144 has been imposed till August 15, 6 a.m.,” the Central Crime Branch (CCB) Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) told IANS.

Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime said the investigation will continue into Tuesday’s incidents at DJ Halli.

Meanwhile, relatives of the three people who died in police firing on Tuesday night said they were not part of the mob. According to their families, the three were bystanders and were hit by bullets on Tannery Road.

It has also emerged that P.Naveen, the nephew of Congress MLA Akanda Srinivas Murthy, whose derogatory social media post sparked the riots, has been found to be a regular offender with social media posts.

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