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Gujarat seeks to improve image, seeks death for 2002 carnage convicts
Report dated 19/04/2013 @ 2:35 PM

Gujarat seeks to improve image, seeks death for 2002 carnage convicts The Gujarat Government is to ask for the death penalty for Maya Kodnani, a former minister in the Narendra Modi government and nine others, when it files an appeal in the High Court against the special court's judgement in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case.

The Government will be filing an appeal after a gap of 7 months, whereas the stipulated time for filing is 3 months. The state will therefore have to seek approval from the High Court to file the appeal. The legal department has formed a panel of 3 advocates who have been asked to prepare the appeal asking for the death sentence for Kodnani, Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi and 8 others who were awarded life sentences.

This refers to the verdict last August, made by trial court Judge Jyotsna Yagnaik who sentenced Kodnani to 28 years, and Bajranji was given a life sentence. 8 others received 31 year sentences and 22 convicts were sentenced to 24 years in prison. 29 accused were acquitted.

Some 97 people were killed in Naroda Patiya by a violent mob after the Godhra train carnage triggered communal riots in Gujarat.





Aamir Khan in Time’s list of 100 Most Influential People
Report dated 19/04/2013 @ 2:22 PM

Aamir Khan in Time’s list of 100 Most Influential People Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan has made it to Time Magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People of 2013. He is named as a 'pioneer' on the list and also features on one of the seven special edition covers of the 2013 Time 100 issue.

Time also described Aamir as a film star and activist is accompanied on the list by Indian lawyer Vrinda Grover, one of the leading voices calling for change and justice after the fatal gang-rape of a medical student on board a Delhi bus.

Other people on Time's 100 list include Barack Obama, Pope Francis, Malala Yousafzai, Aung San Suu Kyi, Michelle Obama, Daniel Day-Lewis, Kate Middleton, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Lawrence and Justin Timberlake.





Terror strike in Bangalore,16 people including 11 cops injured
Report dated 18/04/2013 @ 2:13 PM

Terror strike in Bangalore,16 people including 11 cops injured A low intensity bomb apparently strapped to a motorbike went off in the morning (Apr 17) near the BJP city office in a busy residential area, injuring 16 people including 11 policemen.

Authorities say the motorbike with an incendiary bomb that had a Tamil Nadu registration plate was parked between a van and a car.

Karnataka deputy chief minister and Home Minister R Ashoka said 'clearly the attack was an act of terror', that targeted the BJP, its senior leaders and workers.

No one has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Terror group the Indian Mujahideen are suspected to behind the blast.





Police strip man in front of his children in UP
Report dated 18/04/2013 @ 2:10 PM

Police strip man in front of his children in UP Nadaram was called to the police station in Sri Ganganagar after a complaint was filed against him by a woman who alleged that he had grabbed her land-related documents.

Nadaram said the Station House Officer Kuldeep forced him to confess and strip in front of his minor son and daughter. Officer Kuldeep also put the minor daughter in the lock-up.

The Superintendent of Police Santosh has now issued instructions that a probe be made into the allegations against Officer Kuldeep.

This is seen as another instance of police high-handedness in Uttar Pradesh.





Questions being asked as Sanjay Dutt granted extension to surrender
Report dated 18/04/2013 @ 2:08 PM

Questions being asked as Sanjay Dutt granted extension to surrender The Supreme Court has decided to grant Sanjay Dutt another four weeks to wrap up work before he surrenders to complete the remaining 42 months of his sentence in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case. He will not be entitled to any further extension of time hereafter.

Dutt's fans came out in his support seeking a pardon for him. The Chairman of the Press Council of India also wrote to various authorities seeking a pardon for the star as several political bigwigs threw their weight behind the actor, and Congress leader Digvijay Singh went as far as saying the actor is not a criminal or terrorist, but an immature child.

The Court's decision was made on humanitarian grounds, and begs the question is a person's social status more important than the law? Many people took to Twitter to voice their thoughts and disillusionment with the double standards that prevail in the legal system of the country.

One newspaper editor said "70 year-old Zaibunnisa Anwar Kazi, who suffers with kidney cancer made a similar plea that was rejected by the Supreme Court as were three others, making a nonsense of phrases like 'no one is above the law' and all are equal in the eyes of the law'.






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