Karnataka Police have arrested three persons, including a female celebrity in connection with a drug peddling case in Bengaluru after conducting simultaneous raids on their residences on Monday.
According to the police, celebrity turned actress, Cosmetic industrialist Sonia Agarwal, industrialist Bharath and DJ Vachan Chinnappa are the arrested persons. Bengaluru East police have taken them into custody and were questioning them.
The raids were conducted based on the tip-off from the arrested drug peddler Thomas.
Thomas, an African national was arrested on August 12 and police have seized lakhs of Rupees worth synthetic drugs from him in Govindapura.
Thomas had told the police about the roles of Sonial Agarwal, Bharath and Vachan Chinnappa. The accused are alleged to be procuring drugs and distributing it to celebrities, film actors, and elite people in Bengaluru. The accused were also said to have organized rave parties at their residences, police sources added.
Special police teams conducted simultaneous raids on the residences of the accused in Rajajinagar, Benson Town and Padmanabhanagar, Banashankari 2 Stage. The raids were conducted early in the morning.
Accused Bharath and Vahan Chinnappa were taken into custody from their residences. The police also inquired about Bharath in the neighbourhood. The neighbours have told police about late night parties being organised at Bharath’s place and police also found out that the neighbours had objected and raised questions with Bharath in this connection.
Sonia Agarwal has been picked up from a private luxury hotel by the police as she was not found at her residence. The police sources said that they have seized ganja from the accused persons’ residences. Police suspect them to be part of a drug cartel and are investigating the case.
Phone tapping case: Raj CM Ashok Gehlot’s OSD questioned by Delhi Crime Branch
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s OSD Lokesh Sharma has been interrogated for about two and a half hours by the Delhi Crime Branch in the famous case of phone tapping.
The interrogation happened on Monday. The official sources confirmed that over a dozen questions were asked to Sharma.
In March 2021, a case was registered against Lokesh Sharma in the phone tapping case under several sections on the basis of a complaint filed by the Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, who had alleged that his image had been tarnished via the audio leaked by the OSD.
Lokesh Sharma had challenged this FIR in the Delhi High Court and got relief from arrest from the High Court till January 13.
This phone tapping controversy of Rajasthan was reported in July 2020 during the rebellion by some Congress leaders after a dispute between the Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot groups came to the fore. At that time, a purported audio clip of a phone conversation between Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Congress leaders had surfaced. The audio was leaked to the media after which the Union Minister had filed a complaint to the then Delhi Police Commissioner through email.
During interrogation, the crime branch asked Sharma about how the clip, which went viral, reached him. Lokesh Sharma was given the notice for questioning three times in the past by the Crime Branch.
4 students of TN medical college suspended over ragging charges
Four third-year MBBS students of the Dharmapuri Government Medical College in Tamil Nadu were suspended from attending classes after a second-year student attempted to commit suicide after being subjected to alleged ragging.
The college also relieved two hostel wardens of duty citing dereliction of duty and failure to protect the student from being ragged.
However, parents and students have expressed resentment over the suspension of the accused had brutally ragged the second-year student.
They cited the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Ragging Act 1997 that provided punishment not only to the offenders but also to the college authorities who failed to take action against those involved in ragging.
Senthilnathan, a parent of a second-year MBBS student at the Madras Government Medical college told IANS: “Ragging is a punishable act with imprisonment for a term which may extend up to two years and shall be liable to a fine which may extend to Rs 10,000 under Section 4 of the Act. Then why is the Dharmapuri Medical College authorities not raising a proper complaint and make the offenders pay for the deed?”
Authorities of Dharmapuri Government Medical College were not available for comments.
The 19-year-old male student who attempted suicide has, however, come out of the critical situation and his parents have taken him to his native place, Rasipuram in Namakkal district.
Although, the teen had lodged a formal complaint against the four third-year students for ragging him, which he withdrew later.
R. Padmanabhan, Director of Socio-Economic Development Foundation (SEDF), a think tank based out of Madurai, told IANS: “India is not ruled by British and this is a free country and there are stringent laws against ragging in place. I don’t know why the authorities have not lodged a formal complaint with the police as the Tamil Nadu Prohibition Act of 1997 provides two years imprisonment, a fine of Rs 10,000 and even Supreme Court has come down heavily against ragging. The suspension for four ragging offenders for seven days is too little punishment in a situation wherein a second-year MBBS student attempt suicide.”
Criticisms have come from several corners on the minor punishment meted out to the students who have indulged in ragging of the second-year student.
Dr. Padmavathy, former head of the department of community medicine of a government medical college from Chennai, told IANS: “It is unfortunate that ragging and sadism are still continuing in medical colleges of Tamil Nadu. To my knowledge, the student who was subjected to ragging hails from a remote area of Namakkal and would have had a lot of aspirations while joining a government medical college and if he tried to kill himself that means he was driven to the edge. The offenders must be strongly punished and the legal course should be taken to prevent such actions in college campuses in future.”
JNUSU demands reconstruction of Babri Masjid, stages protest
A protest march was carried out by the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) inside the campus demanding reconstruction of the demolished Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.
The protest march was staged on Monday night to mark the demolition anniversary. The students gathered at a site holding placards, shouting slogans, and later they took out the march inside the campus. The student leaders also made speeches demanding reconstruction of the mosque.
The JNU administration had recently warned against holding the protest, but the student union still held the protest. On Sunday, the student wing also organised a show at the campus in which a movie based on the Babri Masjid demolition was shown. The admin had asked the students not to telecast any such film otherwise strict action would be taken.
The protest march, which was carried out on Monday evening, ended at the Chandrabhaga Hostel where the student leaders made speeches.
Saket Moon, vice president of the JNUSU said that with the reconstruction of the Babri Masjid justice will be delivered.
Aishe Ghosh, the JNUSU president said that after Babri Masjid, the next target of the BJP is Kashi and they (BJP) have started working on it.
“We are remembering Baba Saheb on this day. We are also condemning the killing of civilians in Nagaland. BJP and RSS haven’t done anything in the name of development, but they are dividing us in the name of religion, law and order is crippling,” she said.
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