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Many missing, 1 dead as boat capsizes in UP

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Rescue operations were resumed on Friday morning after a boat carrying more than a dozen people, mostly women, capsized in the Yamuna late on Thursday evening.

The operations were halted in the night briefly. The body of a young woman was fished out while ten others were rescued by the divers. Two people are still missing and feared dead. The exact number of passengers on the boat is still not known.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath directed senior district officials to reach the site of the accident and supervise rescue operations that encountered problems due to darkness.

The boat was reportedly coming from Haryana towards Baghpat and the identity of the victims is yet to be ascertained.

District Magistrate Shakuntala Gautam said, “The accident occurred near Kuchha Ghat under Baghpat (Kotwali) police station. We have recovered one body of an unidentified young girl aged approximately 17 years, which has been sent for post-mortem.”

While two others have been rescued in an injured condition, including 60-year-old Krishna Devi.

“She has given us three names Rajesh, Jannat and Monika who are missing, but she is not sure how many persons were there on the boat. We have sent a team to the other side of the river to get the exact figure. There are also reports that around five persons who knew swimming, rescued themselves. But nothing is yet clear,” she said.

The District Magistrate said that an NDRF team was also involved in the rescue operations. Ambulances and medical teams have been deployed.

A similar accident had taken place in Yamuna in 2017 in which more than two dozen (mostly women) had drowned when a boat carrying around 55 people had capsized.

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SC judge recuses from hearing Tejpal’s plea in sexual assault case

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Supreme Court judge Justice L. Nageswara Rao on Friday recused from hearing the plea by former editor of Tehelka magazine, Tarun Tejpal, against the Bombay High Court, which had declined to entertain his application for in-camera hearing of the appeal filed by the Goa government against his acquittal in sexual assault case.

The matter was listed before a bench of Justices Rao and B.R. Gavai. Justice Rao said that he had appeared for the Goa government as a lawyer in 2015. “Please list this before some other court,” he said.

Tejpal moved the top court on December 4, last year, challenging the dismissal of his application by the high court. He contended that every party has a right to place forth their case in the best possible manner. The plea argued that it would not be fair, if lawyers have to curtail their submissions in the backdrop that some publication may publish something, without exercising due care.

Citing a recent order by Bombay High Court, which passed directions for in-camera hearings in cases under the Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, Tejpal sought an in-camera proceeding in his matter too.

In May, last year, the trial court acquitted Tejpal of all charges levelled against him, including wrongful confinement, assault with intent to outrage modesty, sexual harassment, and rape against his female colleague. The Goa government filed an appeal challenging his acquittal by the trial court. Tejpal moved the high court with an application seeking in-camera hearing of the matter.

The appeal contended that trial court order was influenced by extraneous and inadmissible material and by testimonies and graphic details of the past sexual history of the victim, which is prohibited by law.

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Madras HC restrains filmmaker, singer from defaming Tamil director Susi Ganesan

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The Madras High Court has restrained filmmaker-cum-social activist Leena Manimekalai and singer Chinmayi Sripada from making defamatory statements against Tamil film director Susi Ganesan.

The court’s direction on Thursday came as a major reprieve for the beleaguered director who was charged with rape allegations by filmmaker Leena Manimekalai during the ‘Me Too’ movement.

A single bench of Justice Abdul Qudhoose also restrained certain social media platforms and online news portals from uploading any content pertaining to the allegations.

The court also said that both Manimekalai and Ganesan were injuncted from going to the press as the matter is sub judice.

The interim order was passed by the Madras High Court following a suit filed by Susi Ganesan seeking Rs 1.10 crore as compensation to him from the filmmaker and singer Chinmayi for making defamatory statements against him.

Susi Ganesan alleged that Leena Manimekalai had raised an allegation in 2017 that she was subjected to sexual harassment in 2005 recounting an incident without naming anyone.

Manimekalai under Chinmayi’s influence had in 2018 publicly stated that the person in question was him.

He said that this was a deliberate attempt to tarnish his image after a much thought out strategy at the insistence of the singer Chinmayi Sripada and that he wanted the court to restrain the duo from defaming him and to award him a compensation of Rs 1.10 crore for the damage inflicted on him and his family on a false allegation.

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Kerala HC defers actor Dileep’s anticipatory bail to Saturday

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The Kerala High Court posted for Saturday hearing in the Malayalam film actor Dileep’s anticipatory bail petition in the actress abduction case.

This is for the fourth time that the hearing in the case has been postponed.

Deferring the case on Friday, the court told both the sides that since there is a need for a detailed hearing, a special sitting will be held on Saturday despite it being a holiday.

Several twists and turns surfaced early this month after film director Balachandra Kumar made fresh revelations related to the case.

The trial, which was progressing smoothly for the accused, turned topsy turvy when Kumar made an appearance and spilled the beans saying that Dileep, soon after being released on bail, had seen the visuals of the beleaguered actress being assaulted by her abductors.

Until then, only the trial court had seen it. Besides, Kumar made more disclosures and testified before the police and a magistrate.

Based on the disclosures, the police probe team registered a fresh case and Dileep sensing that he might be arrested sought an anticipatory bail.

Dileep was arrested in 2017 and lodged in prison in a case related to a gang sexually assaulting a frontline heroine of South Indian movies and filming it.

After two months in jail, he was released on bail.

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