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Ex-Minister Anil Deshmukh ducks ED date thrice




While moving the Supreme Court for protection against coercive action by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the embattled ex-Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh skipped an ED summons for the third time in a week, this time, accusing the central agency that its probe against him was ‘not transparent’, here on Monday.

In a letter ot ED Mumbai Assistant Director Tassine Sultan, Deshmukh said that he had devoted his entire life to public service and would not hesitate to render any assistance that may be required in the conduct of the ongoing investigations.

“However, a series of events have given rise to a bonafide apprehension in my mind that neither the procedure of law is being followed nor any objective, impartial or transparent investigations are being carried out,” the 72-year-old senior Nationalist Congress Party leader said in his 8-pager missive.

Deshmukh said that he has moved a petition in the Supreme Court which would be listed in a few days and the ED to wait until its outcome in the apex court.

“I am sanguine that your good self will in fact dispel the impression of any bias or prejudice that has accumulated in my mind by carrying out investigations in a more transparent and objective manner. I am only taking recourse to my legal remedies in view of the peculiarities of the circumstances,” he said.

This is the third time in barely a week that Deshmukh — who was raided by the ED on June 25, and at least 2 of his close aides were arrested — has spurned the ED summons to join the probe.

While Deshmukh was summoned today, his son Hrishikesh has been summoned on Tuesday, July 6 for the probe into the alleged money-laundering charges after a complaint by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, after he was transferred from the post.

Among other things, Singh — now the Commandant-General of Home Guards — made the sensational claims that the ex-minister had allegedly given a target of Rs.100-crore per month collection to the now-dismissed Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Vaze.


UP: POCSO court denies bail to rape accused





A special POCSO court rejected the bail application of accused Rajeev Kumar, who has been charged by the police for rape and thrashing father and brother of the victim.

Judge Rajveer Singh, on Monday, observed that the victim, in her statement recorded under section 164 Cr PC, stated that the accused had not only raped her but also damaged the genitals of her brother and broke the hand of her father.

At the time of the incident, the victim was around 15-year-old.

Keeping in mind the facts and circumstances and seriousness of the offence, the court said that there were not sufficient grounds for bail.

Hence, the bail application of accused Rajeev Kumar was being rejected, the court observed in its order.

The victim in her statement stated that Rajeev’s aunt had called her on August 21,2018 at her room and asked to clean it.

After cleaning while she was leaving the room, Rajeev came in and physically exploited her. When she reported the incident at the police station, he threatened her of dire consequences and forced her to withdraw the report.

According to additional district government counsel (ADGC) Sushil Kumar, Rajeev had called four other policemen, who thrashed her father so badly that his hand got fractured and his brother became impotent after they hit his genitals.

Since the accused had committed a heinous offence, therefore, his bail application should be cancelled, the ADGC pleaded.

Earlier, the accused in his bail application had pleaded that he was innocent and fabricated in the case. He pleaded that he had no criminal history, therefore, he should be released on bail.

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Maha BJP MLA’s son among 7 medical students killed as car plunges into river




In a shocking accident, at least seven medical students were killed when their SUV lost control and plunged off a bridge into a river.

The accident happened late on Monday, officials said.

According to police, the accident took place on a river bridge near Selsura around 11.30 p.m. when they were travelling from Deoli to Wardha.

At one stretch on the bridge, the vehicle driver lost control and the SUV broke the barriers to crash into the river below.

Among the 7 victims — all studying in the Savangi Medical College, Wardha — is Avishkar, a first year MBBS sutdent and the son of Tirora BJP MLA Vijay Rahangdale, said the police.

The other victims are final year MBBS students Pratyush Singh, Shubham Jaiswal, Neeraj Chauhan and Vivek Nandan, Pawan Shakti doing his first year MBBS and a medical intern Nilesh Singh.

The SUV was taken out of the river by a rescue team early today, and further probe is underway by the Wardha Police.

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Actor rape case: SC declines Kerala govt plea for more time for star Dilip’s trial




In a setback for the Kerala government, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to entertain its plea to extend the time to complete the trial in the actor rape case, involving Malayalam actor Dileep, who is allegedly accused of being the chief conspirator of the crime.

A bench comprising Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and C.T. Ravikumar said such a demand can be made only by the trial judge and the judge can also submit a report before the top court seeking extension, if it is felt necessary.

Senior advocate Jaideep Gupta, representing the Kerala government, sought 6 months more time, as the existing deadline to complete the trial is February 16. But, the bench made it clear that it will not grant the extension, at the instance of the Kerala government.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Dileep, opposed the Kerala government plea and submitted that the state government is trying to delay the trial. He vehemently argued that the time to complete the trial had already been extended several times.

He argued that after the examination of 200 witnesses, another man came with a fresh set of allegations, when the trial in the matter is about to complete.

The bench orally observed that it will not pass an order at the instance of the state government and disposed of the application. “We leave it at the discretion of the trial court to take an appropriate view in this matter…”.

Rohatgi pointed out all the extensions in the trial were on the basis of the request made by the sessions judge and not by any of the parties. He added that the state government is not justified in seeking extension of time and it is for the judge concerned to seek extension of time, if he thinks it is required.

At the end of the hearing, Gupta urged the top court to keep the state government application pending, which was opposed by Rohatgi. The bench noted that if it is kept pending, then it will give a different meaning. Rohatgi said the state government is conducting a media trial against his client.

Dileep is allegedly accused of hatching the criminal conspiracy in connection with the abduction and the sexual assault of the victim, in a moving vehicle in the outskirts of Cochin city in February 2017.

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