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Sheena Bora case: How the case played out over the last seven years

The Supreme Court’s order on Wednesday granting bail to former media executive Indrani Mukerjea comes nearly seven years after she was arrested by the Mumbai police in 2015 in connection with the alleged murder of her daughter, Sheena Bora. The trial in the case was stalled for over a year after the special judge presiding over the case was moved during the annual general transfers. In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic also led to the stalling of the case. With a new judge appointed in the case last month, the trial is expected to resume soon. Mukerjea’s lawyer Sana Raees Khan said that the bail formalities will be initiated on Thursday and if completed, she is likely to be released on Friday from Byculla jail. As per her bail conditions, she will have to regularly attend the trial. The CBI i...
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Kolhapur village vow against regressive practice earns praise from state govt

The state’s rural development department issued a government resolution (GR) on Wednesday, hailing the resolution passed by Herwad village in Kolhapur district against regressive practices pertaining to widows. Various gram panchayats and zilla parishads have been told to implement the same across the state. The department feels the gram panchayat’s decision was “unique and progressive”. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version='2.0'; n.queue=[];t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0; t.src=v;s=b.getElementsByTagName(e)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(t,s)}(window, document,'script', 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/fbevents.js'); fbq('init...
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Another demolition flashpoint as AAP MLA is detained during DDA drive in Kalyanpuri

The Delhi Police Wednesday detained Aam Aadmi Party MLA Kuldeep Kumar during a demolition drive in Kalyanpuri for allegedly obstructing a public servant from carrying out his duty. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) said it was carrying out the exercise to reclaim its property. It said the demolition was carried out in Khichripur on DDA land, measuring around two hectares. The land has been under encroachment for a long time, and the exercise was carried out under the directions of the Delhi High Court, which had directed the agency to take possession of the land forthwith, the DDA said in a press statement. AAP’s Kumar, who was protesting against the anti-encroachment drive in a bid to stop the bulldozers, claimed the people residing in the area have valid documents. The owner of th...
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HC raps DDA for permitting school to take loan against plot

The Delhi High Court Wednesday pulled up the Delhi Development Authority for granting permission to the Raisina Bengali School Society for mortgaging the school plot which is a leasehold land allotted only for the purpose of running the school. The court also said it hopes and expects the Delhi government to complete the process of the takeover of the debt-ridden Raisina Bengali School in the next two months. “It’s no answer for DDA to take that the permission to mortgage the property was granted with the condition that the user of the plot could not be changed even … in the eventuality of the mortgage being enforced and the property being sold,” said the division bench of acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Sachin Datta. The court said the DDA should be equally concerned with...
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Calcutta HC orders sealing of SSC office after its chief steps down

In an unprecedented move, the single judge bench of Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay of the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday night directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the alleged irregularities into the recruitment of teachers in West Bengal government schools, to seek assistance of central forces in securing the state’s School Service Commission office. It also directed that no one should enter the building till 1 pm Thursday and make the CCTV footage of the office available by Thursday noon. The HC held a special hearing from 10.40 pm to just before midnight after the incumbent SSC chairperson, Siddhartha Majumdar, stepped down from his post, four months after taking the charge. Following the news of Majumdar’s resignation, lawyers of Sabina Yasmin and Bab...
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Did not breach any bail condition, Ranas tell court

INDEPENDENT MP Navneet Rana and her husband, MLA Ravi Rana, told a special court on Wednesday that they did not breach any condition imposed by the court that granted them bail in connection with a case filed against them for announcing that they would recite Hanuman Chalisa outside Matoshree, the private residence of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai. Earlier this month, the Mumbai Police had moved a plea stating that their bail should be cancelled, as they had breached the conditions set by the court by making statements about the case to the media. The couple, through lawyer Rizwan Merchant, replied to the police plea stating that they are law abiding citizens, having greatest respect for the orders of the court. They denied making any statements to the media pertaining to th...
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Palam Vihar-Dwarka metro project: CM Khattar reviews report

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar Wednesday reviewed the detailed project report (DPR) for a metro extension project for the proposed route connecting Palam Vihar in Gurgaon to Dwarka sector 21 in Delhi, and gave directions to study the feasibility of taking the last 1.5 km stretch of the line in Delhi underground. The CM sought a report in 15 days and said a revised DPR will be prepared after the submission of the report. The report, prepared by Rail India Technical and Economic Service Limited (RITES), estimates the cost of the project at Rs 2,281 crore. A presentation was given by RITES officials to Khattar in Gurgaon. The project will be implemented by Haryana Mass Rapid Transport Corporation. Officials said the proposed metro extension connecting Rezangla Chowk in Palam Vi...
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Who is stopping you: Delhi HC after Centre says Health and Yoga Science should be in curriculum

The Centre on Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that it will respond to a petition seeking a direction to make ‘Health and Yoga Science’ a mandatory part of curriculum upto class VIII after the court questioned why the government should need a court order in a matter involving policy. The court was hearing the petition filed by BJP leader Ashwani Kumar Upadhyay arguing that the State has an obligation to provide health and yoga education to children. Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma submitted that the petition has raised important questions “and indeed it needs to be incorporated”. The division bench of acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Sachin Datta in the order said, “Even before we could issue notice, he [ASG] states that respondents would take instructions in ...
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Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal resigns

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal submitted his resignation to President Ram Nath Kovind, on Wednesday. Baijal resigned citing personal reasons, sources said. He served a tenure of five years and five months. The 1969-batch IAS officer, who was appointed to the post in December 2016, earlier served as DDA vice-chairperson  and Union Home Secretary during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. He had also headed public sector companies including Prasar Bharati and Indian Airlines. Baijal had also served as secretary, Urban Development, from where he retired in 2006. The Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission, to improve infrastructure and basic services in urban areas, was spearheaded by him. He also served as a member of the Advisory Group for Integrated Development of Power, Coal, an...
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7 years in jail, Indrani Mukerjea was often in news, but not only for Sheena Bora’s death case

For nearly seven years since her arrest in 2015 for the alleged murder of her daughter Sheena Bora, former media executive Indrani Mukerjea was lodged at the Byculla women’s prison in Mumbai. In all these years since September 2015, Mukerjea remained one of the most high-profile prisoners of the jail and often found herself in the middle of controversies. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court granted Mukerjea bail the case involving her daughter Sheena Bora’s murder. Mukerjea is facing trial for allegedly killing Sheena on April 24, 2012. For most part of her jail stint, Mukerjea remained lodged in a separate cells inside the prison. Within a month of her being lodged at the jail, Mukerjea had fallen unconscious and was rushed to state-run JJ Hospital. Authorities had then probed whether her...
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Supreme Court okays OBC quota in Madhya Pradesh local body polls

The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for local body polls in Madhya Pradesh with OBC reservation, allowing the state government to notify the reservation pattern on the basis of the recommendations in a second report of a state backward classes commission. A bench presided by Justice A M Khanwilkar took into account the state’s submission that an earlier report which the court had objected to had been revised and that the delimitation exercise had already been completed and notified. “For the time being, we permit the Madhya Pradesh state election commission to notify the programme for the respective local bodies keeping in mind the delimitation notification already issued as on date .i.e. till today and the report submitted by the dedicated commission…,” the Supreme Court o...
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Mumbai: From today, get a valet to park your car at Dadar market

From today, citizens visiting Dadar market can access a digitised valet parking facility. In a first-of-its-kind initiative, a valet will park the visitor’s car at the nearby civic body-run Kohinoor Parking facility, which can accommodate 1,100 cars. The initiative is the outcome of a collaboration between the Mumbai civic body, traffic police and a traders’ body in Dadar. The valet parking services for Dadar market can be availed through a mobile app – Park plus or Park+ app. Visitors can leave their cars at a dedicated booth near Plaza cinema in Dadar. The booth operator will click photos of the vehicle and record the phone number of the car owner. A text message with a link will be sent to the visitor. The valet driver will keep the vehicle in the Kohinoor parking lot till the driver...
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West Bengal SSC recruitment: Division bench upholds single bench order, CBI to probe scam

A division bench of the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday upheld the single bench directive asking the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the School Service Commission (SSC) recruitment scam in West Bengal. A single bench of Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay had ordered a CBI probe in seven cases of alleged irregularities in the appointment of Group C, Group D staff and other positions under West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSSC). The state government had challenged the single bench order before the division bench of the High Court which had stayed such orders and formed a committee under former Justice Ranjit Kumar Bag to investigate the allegations. The committee recently submitted its report before the court where it said that the WBSSC had flouted norms in the recruitme...
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Sheena Bora murder case recap: From arrest of Indrani Mukerjea in 2015 to her bail today

The Supreme Court’s order Wednesday granting bail to former media executive Indrani Mukerjea comes nearly seven years after she was arrested by the Mumbai police on August 25, 2015. Indrani was arrested four days after her former driver, Shyamvar Rai, was apprehended by the police with an illegal weapon. It was claimed that Rai during his interrogation in the weapon case, spoke about his involvement in a murder in 2012. Rai told the police that he was present and had participated in the murder of his former employer’s daughter, Sheena Bora, on April 24, 2012. Based on this, the police arrested Rai, Indrani Mukerjea and her former husband, Sanjeev Khanna, in August 2015. The three have been behind bars since. The police claimed that Sheena Bora, Indrani’s daughter from a previous relatio...
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Mumbai: Former CEO of bank held in Rs 96 crore loan fraud

The Mumbai police have arrested the former chief executive officer (CEO) of City Cooperative Bank for allegedly causing a loss of around Rs 96 crore to the bank by sanctioning credit to ineligible people and companies. Along with the former CEO Ramesh Shirgaonkar (79), the police also arrested a businessman Rajan Sawant (41) who allegedly connived with him. According to the police, Sawant provided fake documents and availed credit worth Rs 11 crore from the bank. An officer said that they suspect Shirgaonkar to have fraudulently disbursed loans to 56 people without having followed due procedure in allotting these. In the case of Sawant, Shirgaonkar allegedly did not conduct a proper inspection of his outstanding loans before providing the credit facility. An officer said that apart from...
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Precaution doses constitute 50% of Covid-19 vaccination in Delhi, uptake among children drops

As Delhi reached saturation on Covid-19 vaccination across age groups, excluding children of the age group 12-14, precaution doses continue to be the most commonly administered at vaccination centres in the capital. Of the 29,257 doses given across Delhi on Tuesday, 14,889 or 50 per cent were precaution doses, as per data from the government’s CoWIN portal. For the first time, the number of precaution doses crossed all other categories during the second week of May after the doses were made free by the Delhi government for all age groups. Even as the precaution doses increased by around 40,000 a week at present from around 20,000 at the beginning of April, the rise is offset by the declining number of total doses given in the capital. The single-day peak of Covid-19 vaccination in May s...
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Hotel employee, live-in partner found dead: Autopsy finds duo committed suicide

Poonam Hooda, SHO, Sushant Lok police station, said, “As per the autopsy, the two had committed suicide by hanging. The bodies of the victims were handed over to their families after the post-mortem. The respective families have not filed any complaints. An inquest report has been filed under CrPC section 174.” A police officer, requesting anonymity, said, “Since the woman’s body was relatively more decomposed, it is suspected that she died by suicide first, following which the man hanged himself. The reason is yet to be ascertained. No suicide note has been recovered.” The doctor, who conducted the post-mortem, said, “The preliminary report suggests that both died by hanging. We have also sent the viscera samples to FSL to check for poisoning.” On Tuesday, the man’s father said, “I ha...
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RBU students demanding online exams gherao V-C, cops called in

Students of Rabindra Bharati University (RBU) on Tuesday gheraoed the vice-chancellor demanding online exams. A large police force had to be called in to rescue the V-C and restore order. The V-C, however, requested the police to leave the university campus saying he didn’t want any action against his students. Surrounding V-C Sabyasachi Basu Roychowdhury’s room on Tuesday evening, some protesting students tried to kick the door down. “There are complaints from one or two departments. I am trying to resolve them through discussions and dialogue. The exams will be conducted in offline mode only. What extra preparation will they be able to do if they are held online?” the V-C told reporters. He added that his decision to hold the exams offline won’t change even in the face of protests. Th...
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Procedure not followed during police raid at Anish Khan’s house: West Bengal govt to Calcutta HC

The West Bengal government on Tuesday admitted in the Calcutta High Court that the police raid at the residence of now-deceased student leader Anish Khan on February 18 was not conducted with a proper legal procedure. State advocate general Soumendranath Mukhopadhyay urged the division bench of Justice Rajasekhar Mantha that the police personnel concerned deserved punishment since there were lapses in the legal procedure in conducting the raid. He further said that it was a case of accidental death and there was no evidence to prove that Anish was murdered by the police personnel involved in the raid. Therefore, the state administration did not feel the necessity to book the accused under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), he argued. Anish was found dead at his house at Howrah ...