Nupur Sharma controversy: SC grants interim protection to journalist Navika Kumar
In a relief to Times Now journalist Navika Kumar, the Supreme Court on Monday granted her interim protection from any coercive action in multiple FIRs already registered or future cases, in connection with remarks made by suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma on Prophet Muhammed during a TV debate.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing the senior journalist, submitted before a bench comprising Justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli that his client did not say anything offensive during the debate on the Gyanvapi mosque, instead a participant said something, which was responded to by another participant. Rohatgi emphasized that his client doused the fire by saying we have to go by the Constitution.
He further argued that the woman who made the statement is facing flak in multiple FIRs, and his client is also facing several FIRs. “She has five or six FIRs in Kolkata alone. First FIR came to be lodged in Delhi,” said Rohatgi.
Senior advocate Maneka Guruswamy, representing the West Bengal government, contended that FIRs annexed with the plea were not the right ones as those did not concern the particular speech. Rohatgi questioned the interest of the West Bengal government in the matter.
After hearing arguments, the top court said as an interim measure, no coercive action should be taken against the petitioner in the FIRs/complaints lodged or future cases, which may be lodged in connection with the programme on May 26. The top court also issued notice to West Bengal, Delhi, and police of other states, and sought their response within two weeks.
The top court, on July 19, had ordered that no coercive action can be taken against Sharma in FIRs already registered and also future FIRs in connection with her remarks during the debate. A bench comprising Justices Surya Kant and J.B. Pardiwala said: “Meanwhile, as an interim measure it is directed that no coercive shall be taken against Nupur Sharma pursuant to the impugned FIRs.”
Nupur Sharma had moved the Supreme Court seeking stay on her arrest in the nine FIRs against her for her remarks on Prophet Muhammad and also sought clubbing/quashing of the FIRs with the FIR registered at Delhi.
On July 1, the top court had minced no words in slamming Sharma, whose remarks on Prophet Muhammad sparked a controversy. The top court said her loose tongue has set the entire country on fire and her irresponsible remarks shows that she is “obstinate and arrogant”.
Nikki Yadav murder case: Accused to be produced before Delhi court today
In the Nikki Yadav murder case, main accused Sahil Gehlot will be produced before Delhi’s Dwarka court on Wednesday.
Gehlot had allegedly strangled 23-year-old Yadav near Kashmiri Gate on February 10 and married another woman on the same day. Four days later, Yadav’s body was found in a fridge at a dhaba, owned by Gehlot, in Mitraon village on the outskirts of Delhi.
The court had, on Monday, pulled up the police for not producing the case diary of the murder and had asked the Investigation Officer (IO) to come with it on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the court then directed to preserve the Call Detail Record (CDR) along with the mobile location of one of the accused, Lokesh Yadav.
Allowing a plea seeking the preservation of CDR, Link Metropolitan Magistrate Nitesh Goyal also permitted a plea for signing and pagination of the case diary by the IO.
The court had, on Monday, extended the judicial custody of the accused persons, including Gehlot for one day and by one more day on Tuesday. The accused will now be produced before the court.
During the hearing on Tuesday, Lokesh Yadav’s counsel advocate Anirudh Yadav submitted that the accused had been arrested in the matter but he has no role in the murder and conspiracy.
The counsel further argued that it is necessary to preserve the CDR along with the mobile location of the accused in order to avoid any manipulation and that it is also necessary to get the case diary signed and paginated by the IO for the purpose of a fair investigation.
Advocate Yadav also submitted that some of the mobile phones seized by the police have recording facilities. All the conversations are recorded and the police must have heard them. These phones ought to be sealed and sent to the FSL for examination.
On the other hand, the investigation officer (IO) claimed that Lokesh Yadav and other suspects had been arrested in the murder case and that on the day of the murder, they were near the flat in Uttam Nagar, where Nikki Yadav had resided.
He also submitted that a request for obtaining a certified copy of CDR has been sent to the concerned mobile operator.
On Monday, Metropolitan Magistrate (MM) Paras Dalal had directed the IO to produce the case diary and pagination of the same on Tuesday.
The court had noted that the IO, due to his absence, deputed a Sub Inspector to attend the court hearing, who did not bring the case diary.
After noting the submission of advocate Anirudh Yadav, the court had asked the police how the offences related to murder and conspiracy are made out against him.
On March 6, the court had extended the judicial custody of Gehlot five others by 14 days, which expired on Monday.
Earlier, for Lokesh, advocate Yadav had moved an application seeking the marking of the case diary and showed displeasure over manipulation in it.
Gehlot’s father, Virender Singh; cousins Naveen (a constable in Delhi Police) and Ashish; and friends Lokesh and Amar are accused of hatching a conspiracy to get rid of Yadav, so he could go ahead with his wedding with another woman.
According to a senior police official, Gehlot was interrogated at length during police custody and disclosed that Yadav was trying to stop him from marrying someone else as they had already solemnised their marriage in 2020.
“She was pleading with him not to go ahead with the marriage fixed by his family with another girl on February 10. However, Gehlot along with his father, two cousins, and two friends hatched the conspiracy and planned to remove the deceased from their way,” the official had said.
“He executed the plan and murdered her and informed other co-accused persons about it on the same day and then all of them went ahead with the marriage ceremony.”
NIA makes first arrest in NGO terror-funding case
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested one Irfan Mehraj from Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) in connection with the NGO Terror funding case, an official said on Tuesday.
The arrest follows comprehensive investigations into the case registered in October 2020.
“Irfan Mehraj was a close associate of Khurram Parvez and was working with his organisation, Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Societies (JKCCS). Investigation revealed that the JKCCS was funding terror activities in the valley and had also been in the propagation of a secessionist agenda in the Valley under the garb of protection of human rights,” the official said.
Involvement of some Valley-based NGOs, Trusts and Societies in funding of
terror-related activities were being probed in this case, the investigation agency said.
Some NGOs, both registered as well as unregistered, were noticed collecting funds domestically and abroad under the cover of doing charity and various welfare activities — including public health, education etc.
But some of these organisations have developed links with proscribed terrorist outfits, such as Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) etc, the official said.
Lalbaug murder case: Why matricide-accused Rimple couldn’t dispose mother’s corpse
Matricide accused Rimple Jain was confined to her house for four months, even as the stench of the decomposing dismembered corpse grew stronger each day.
Veena, 55, and Rimple, 24, shared an apartment in Lalbaug’s Ibrahim Kasim Chawl.
According to police, the bustling 100-year-old chawl is home to a large number of families and is located directly on the main road.
This meant that there are always people in and around the chawl until 2 am, and the tea stall outside the chawl opens at 4 am.
As a result, Rimple was unable to find a suitable time to dispose of the corpse because she was afraid of being discovered and apprehended.
According to sources from the Kalachowki police station, which is handling the case, Rimple did not intend to kill her mother Veena, however, it happened during a heated verbal argument between the two.
Rimple feared social ostracisation
After killing her mother, Rimple apparently had no idea what to do next. She feared that she would be ostracised by society, and whatever she did was an attempt to mask the situation. However, it only pushed her further into isolation and depression.
When her neighbours started inquiring about Veena, Rimple made up a story about her mother having gone to Kanpur.
Neighbours told that Veena’s extended absence had got them concerned.
Rimple began to walk up and down the hallway outside her house every evening while pretending to talk on the phone to her mother in order to maintain the appearance of normalcy.
Chopping of body inspired after watching Crime Patrol episodes
While at home, she kept watching Crime Patrol, a show that depicts real-life crimes and this is where she got the idea of disposing of the body secretly.
She got an electric marble cutter, chopper and a knife from a store nearby, which she used to chop her mother’s arms, legs, torso and bones. She then wrapped these and stored them in the cupboard – waiting for an opportunity to discard them far away.
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