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Caste certificate cancellation: SC stays HC order in MP Navneet Kaur Rana’s case

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In a relief for Navneet Kaur Rana, first-time MP from Maharashtra’s Amaravati, the Supreme Court has stayed a High Court order cancelling her Scheduled Caste certificate.

A bench comprising Justices Vineet Saran and Dinesh Maheshwari stayed the operation of the Bombay High Court order and issued notice on her petition against the HC order. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing Rana, submitted that the terms Mochi and Chamar are synonymous, and the scrutiny committee had decided her caste status based on original records produced before it. He said the genuineness of the documents was not contested; however, the High Court reversed the scrutiny committee’s decision in a writ petition.

Rana had successfully contested the Amaravati Lok Sabha seat, reserved for Scheduled Castes. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing the petitioners who approached the High Court challenging Rana’s caste certificate, submitted before the bench that the vigilance committee had found that the documents were fabricated. Sibal said the stay cannot be granted without hearing him and cited the findings of the vigilance cell relating to fabrication of documents. The bench asked Sibal to file a counter-affidavit in the matter.

The bench noted that if the High Court was dissatisfied with the findings of the scrutiny committee, it should have sent the matter back to the committee for fresh consideration. After a brief hearing in the matter, the top court stayed the High Court order.

Rana had moved the top court challenging the High Court order, which cancelled her caste certificate saying it was obtained using fabricated documents. The MP would have lost her Lok Sabha seat if the court order was not put on hold.

On June 8, the High Court had also imposed a cost of Rs 2 lakh, which she was to deposit with the Maharashtra Legal Services Authority within two weeks.

“In our view, it was systematic fraud committed by the respondent no.3 (Rana) with the assistance of her father to obtain the caste certificate Mochi by fabricating the records to enable her to contest the election for Member of Parliament in the Constituency reserved for reserved category candidate and other benefits available to such caste under Constitution of India,” the High Court had said.

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33-year-old man commits suicide in Gurugram

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A 33-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself inside a private company’s premises in IMT Manesar Sector-2, Gurugram, on Saturday afternoon. However, no suicide note has been recovered. Manesar police have sent the body for autopsy and are probing the case.

The deceased has been identified as Pawan Kataria, a resident of Samalkha in Sonipat.

According to police the victim used to work in the company’s lab and was a permanent employee. His colleagues found his body inside the lab room and informed the police.

During a preliminary probe, the police have ruled out any foul play and said the exact cause of death would be known only after the autopsy report comes.

“Statements of family members and his colleagues were being recorded to ascertain the reasons behind the extreme step taken by the victimy,” Varun Singla, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Manesar), told IANS.

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Taliye village of Raigad devastated by landslide, population of 120 people, 49 dead, 47 missing

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Heavy rains, floods and landslides have cause great damage in Maharashtra. So far 136 people have been confirmed dead in different different incidents. But the most painful accident happened in Taliye village of Mahad taluka of Raigad district, where 49 people have died. Here 12 people are still injured, while 47 others are said to be missing. See the scene in the pictures.. This incident of landslide happened in Raigad’s Taliye on Thursday evening. Relief and rescue work is on. Milind Gangwane, a resident here, said, ‘The disaster alert was not issued to the villagers by the government and the administration. Our small village has a population of 120 peoples only. The stone fell from a height of 100 feet from the mountain.

He also told that they were shifted to a safer place 4-5 days ago by the local administration but they returned when the rains subsided. Several people have died in separate incidents of floods and landslides in Raigad, Satara, Ratnagiri. At the same time, a resident of Taliye named Ankita told- My house was broken. This had never happened before. People had built new houses and took loans for the same. Everything is over. The opposition BJP accused the leaders of the ruling party and the administration of not taking action on time and not reaching even after 20 hours of the incident. At the same time, the NDRF team, which came from Mumbai via helicopter, had to return due to non-availability of landing place from the administration.

There is a red alert in Raigad, Konkan and Satara for the next two days. Kolhapur, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg are on Orange Alert. River Panchganga in Kolhapur, Kajali and Muchkundi in Ratnagiri, Krishna river and Koyna dam as well as Vishishti river are still flowing above the danger mark. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has announced interim assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the deceased in rain-related accidents. The central government will give Rs 2 lakh to the families of dead person and Rs 50,000 to the injured. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took the look of the situation by reaching the emergency control room of Mantralaya.

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CBI raids multiple locations in Jammu and Kashmir gun license scam

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The CBI on Saturday carried out raids at multiple places including the official residence of an IAS officer in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the gun licences racket being investigated by the agency.

Official sources said the CBI carried out raids at 12 places in the Valley and 10 places outside in connection with the issuance of gun licenses racket being investigated by it.

Sources said CBI also raided the official residence of IAS officer, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary in Srinagar in addition to the office/factory of a gun manufacturer in Rainawari area of the city.

The gun licences issuance racket was transferred to the CBI after the J&K anti-corruption bureau (ACB) registered an FIR against the racket.

Last year, another IAS officer, Rajiv Ranjan and a senior J&K cadre officer, Itrat Hussain Rafique were arrested by the CBI in connection with the same investigation for misuse of their official position during their tenure as deputy commissioners in Kupwara district of the Valley.

This racket is believed to be India’s biggest gun licences racket in which thousands of gun licences were issued on monetary consideration even to people living outside J&K.

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