The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear a plea by Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami challenging the Bombay High Court order that dismissed his petition for interim bail in a 2018 abetment to suicide case on Monday.
A special vacation bench comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee will take up the plea at 10:30 pm. In a major setback for Goswami, the Bombay High Court declined to entertain his interim bail plea and asked him to apply for regular bail before the trial court.
A division bench of Justice S.S. Shinde and Justice M.S. Karnik asked him to file for regular bail under Section 439 of the CrPC with the Alibaug court and directed that it should be decided on merits within four days, “without being influenced by observations” by the HC’s observations.
The division bench also posted Goswami’s writ petition – seeking quashing of the police FIR against him – for hearing on December 10, and declined to grant his plea to stay the investigations in the case at this stage.
Goswami’s team has already filed its bail plea before the Alibaug court on Monday – a day after he was shifted from a school there to the Taloja Central Jail on November 8.
The Republic TV head was arrested on November 4 in connection with the double-suicide case of architect Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik on May 5, 2018 for alleged non-payment of his dues by Goswami, and two other creditors, Feroze Shaikh and Nitesh Sarda.
Naik’s widow Akshata Naik and their daughter Adnya Naik, have filed a separate plea seeking a reinvestigation into the case or transferring it to an independent agency for probe.
In a related development, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had called up Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and expressed concerns over the security and health of Goswami.
Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis urged the Bombay High Court “to take suo moto cognizance” of the way in which Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra has “treated Goswami during the entire process of arrest to handling under custody, as alleged by him”.
Bhopal man arrested for raping 13-yr-old girl
Bhopal Police on Monday arrested an accused for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl. The matter came to light after a police complaint was registered. The accused has been arrested under sections 376 and 501 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
According to the police, the accused is known to the victim. He runs a grocery store where the victim used to visit to purchase goods.
According to the victim’s complaint lodged at Bhopal’s Sukhi Sevaniya police station, the accused invited the victim to his home on Saturday and allegedly raped her. He also threatened her of serious consequences if she told anyone about the incident.
However, after another person who knew the victim, came to know about the incident, she narrated the entire story to her parents.
Subsequently, they lodged a police compliant on Monday, a senior police official, Vijay Bahadur Singh, from Sukhi Sevaniya police station, told IANS.
“Further, investigation in the matter is underway,” he said.
Sold for child labour, UP boy rescued from Amritsar
Abducted by a truck driver and sold to a farmer for child labour in Amritsar, a 14-year-old boy finally managed to escape and was rescued by the ChildLine from the Amritsar railway station.
Satyendra, 14, was kidnapped three years ago by a truck driver who sold him to a farmer in Amritsar, police said.
Narrating his ordeal, Satyendra said, “There were around six other teenage boys from different states who were brought to the barn for labour. Our job was to feed cattle and keep the barn clean.
“We were given new identities and converted to other religions. I was called Shiva and was asked to wear a turban. They used to assault me and keep me starved if I insisted on leaving,” he told reporters after he was returned to his parents in Itaunja, on the outskirts of Lucknow on Wednesday.
Satyendra said that he was taken to Katrayaina Kala village which is on the outskirts of Amritsar city. “We were shackled before we went to sleep,” he said.
Sumit Yadav, Satyendra’s cousin who went to Amritsar to get him, said, “Itauja police did not lodge FIR even after a written complaint. For months, police kept on misleading the family and evaded questions about their son’s whereabouts. They never made an attempt to search for him.”
UP court convicts 4 for planning terror attack
A Chief Judicial Magistrate court in Lucknow has sentenced four accused to five years imprisonment after finding them guilty of planning terror activities and instigating youths to take up arms.
A fine of Rs 14,000 on each of the convicts has also been imposed by the court on Wednesday.
All the four persons were arrested by the UP ATS from different parts of the country in 2017.
Out of the four convicts, Mohd Faizan and Mohd Nazim are from Bijnor. One of the accused is from West Champaran in Bihar and the other from Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.
According to a statement released by the UP ATS, “The special judge ADJ (3) found them guilty of harming the internal and external security of the nation by fragmenting the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the country.”
According to Additional DG (law and order) Prashant Kumar, “The arrest was a major breakthrough for security agencies as the four accused were nabbed at a time when they were planning terror attacks by involving and instigating youths. They were also found with explosives and illegal weapons.”
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