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CBI probes in Bengal: Section of judiciary is biased, claims Abhishek Banerjee



Against the backdrop of consecutive orders of Calcutta High Court, for Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) probes, that have gone against the West Bengal government, the ruling Trinamool Congress’s national General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Saturday launched a scathing attack against a section of the judiciary.

“I feel bad to say that a couple of members of the judiciary are acting at the behest of others and as agents. They are ordering for CBI verdicts in petty cases. They are putting a stay in murder cases. This is unthinkable,” Banerjee said at a public rally at the industrial township of Haldia in East Midnapore district.

He also said that he is aware that he can be legally pulled by the judiciary for such comments. “Some people might take offense. There can be legal suits against me as well. But I am not scared to speak the truth. I will say the same thing in future as well,” he said.

His comments attracted stark criticism from the opposition parties.

BJP state’s spokesman Shamik Bhattacharya said that the statements prove the fear and frustration among the Trinamool leaders. “The manner in which Abhishek Banerjee has slammed the judiciary is unthinkable and tantamount to contempt of court,” he said.

Congress’ state President and party leader in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that Abhishek Banerjee’s statement against the judiciary is an expression of his party leadership’s will to have control over everyone. “The future days will be disastrous in this regime,” he said.

CPI-M Central Committee member and former Left legislative party leader, Dr Sujan Chakraborty said that such comments against the judiciary does not suit the traditionally rich culture of West Bengal.

This is for the time that any senior leader of Trinamool has come out so openly against the judiciary. During the last one month, there had been over ten orders by different benches of Calcutta High Court directing a CBI enquiry.

At the Haldia rally, Abhishek Banerjee also touched upon the issue of the return or entry of turncoats in Trinamool.

“Those who have joined Trinamool Congress recently after measuring waters for a long time will be given election nominations immediately. Whatever happened in the past will not be repeated. I can guarantee that,” he said.

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First roza in Mumbai on 24th March: All india Sunni Jamiyat e ulama




Mumbai: Today was the 29th day of the month of Shaban al-Mu’zam and at the time of sunset, an attempt was made to see the moon of the month of Ramadan, but the moon was not seen. Although the sky was completely clear and there was not even a cloud of any kind of fog, despite this, the moon of the month of Ramadan (1444 Hijri) was not seen.

announcement by the All India Sunni Jamiat Ulama and Sunni Ruiyyatt Hilal Committee.

“Today dated 29th Sha’ban al-Mu’zam 1444 Hijri according to 22 March 2023, an attempt was made to see the moon of Ramadan after Maghrib prayer, but it could not be seen, nor was there a tradition from anywhere. The news of the crescent was received, so the Sunni Crescent Sighting Committee And it is announced by Sunni scholars that tomorrow 23rd March, Thursday 30th of Sha’ban is Shaban al-Mu’zam, and God willing, Friday 24th March will be the 1st of Ramadan, i.e. the first fast.”

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Delhi HC reserves order on Satyendar Jain’s bail plea in PMLA casev




The Delhi High Court on Wednesday reserved its order on bail pleas of jailed Aam Aadmi Party leader Satyendar Jain and his two aides in a money laundering case.

Jain has been in custody since May 30 last year and his co-accused are Vaibhav Jain and Ankush Jain.

Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma heard arguments by accused’s counsel, Additional Solicitor General S.V. Raju representing the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

A trial court court had, on November 17, 2022, dismissed the former Delhi minister’s bail application.

The HC later issued notice on his bail plea.

According to the trial court, it has prima facie come on record that Satyendar Jain was “actually involved” in hiding the proceeds of crime by paying cash to entry operators based in Kolkata and then bringing the money into three companies against the sale of shares to demonstrate that the revenue of these three companies was clean.

In the petition before the high court, Jain argued that the Special Judge and Enforcement Directorate have gravely misread and misapplied the Prevention of Money Laundering Act “by identifying proceeds of crime solely on the basis of accommodation entries”.

The accommodation entries cannot itself lead to a punishable offence under PMLA, it was argued.

Because the charge sheet has already been filed in the case, Jain said that he is “not required to be incarcerated” during the trial.

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SC to set up bench to hear Bilkis Bano plea against release of 11 convicts




The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to set up a special bench to hear a plea against the release of 11 convicts in the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case, which also involves the killing of her several family members during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Advocate Shobha Gupta, representing Bano, mentioned the matter for urgent hearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud. The bench, also comprising Justices P.S. Narasimha and J.B. Pardiwala, assured Gupta that a new bench will be formed to hear the case.

The Chief Justice said, “I will have a bench constituted. We need to break two benches for it. We will look at this in the evening.”

In January this year, the top court had said the question of maintainability would not arise in a matter related to remission of 11 life terms convicts.

In the plea, Bano said release of all the convicts came as a shock to the petitioner, to her grown-up daughters, to her family, and also to the society at large, nationally, and internationally.

The petition said: “The premature release of all the convicts came as a shock not only to the petitioner, to her grown up daughters, to her family, but also to the society at large, nationally and internationally, and the society across segments had shown their anger, disappointment, distrust and protest to the clemency shown by the government by releasing criminals like the 11 convicts of the case.”

Terming the release order mechanical, the plea said the premature release of the convicts in much talked about case of Bilkis Bano, has shaken the conscience of the society and resulted in several agitations across the country.

All 11 convicts were granted remission by the Gujarat government and released on August 15, last year.

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