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Supreme Court raps Munmun Dutta over Bhangi remark, but stays FIRs

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“What you said may amount to bringing an entire community into disrepute,” said a Supreme Court bench on Friday as it stayed criminal proceedings against “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah” actor Munmun Dutta for allegedly using a casteist slur.

The bench comprising Justices Hemant Gupta and V. Ramasubramanian said: “You say you are a woman but tell us if women have any better rights than men or they also have equal rights?”

Senior advocate Puneet Bali, representing Dutta, argued that in the video posted on a social media platform last month, Dutta did not use the word ‘Bhangi’ intentionally and the word was used in West Bengal to refer to those who took intoxicants.

The bench replied that was not true. “You may not be informed. Everyone knows the meaning. Same word is used in Bangla. She was in Kolkata when she said this,” noted the top court.

Bali acknowledged his client made a mistake and deleted her Twitter post within two hours of posting the video.

Bali argued that the top court in several cases clubbed FIRs arising out of the same incident and urged all cases should be shifted to Mumbai.

The top court issued notice to state governments and complainants, after hearing Dutta’s counsel that the FIRs lodged in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana, should be clubbed.

The actor had triggered an outrage with an YouTube video, leading to lodging of FIRs under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Later, Dutta tendered an apology and took down the offensive part of the video. She said she used the word because of language barrier.

Bali contended before the bench that the petitioner was a woman and five FIRs had been lodged against her. However, finally, the top court agreed to examine her plea and stayed the proceedings in the FIRs.

The top court also issued a notice to Dalit rights activist and lawyer who got the first FIR registered against the actor in Haryana’s Hisar on May 13. The FIR was filed under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for allegedly humiliating the community.

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Uttar Pradesh girl paralysed after failed suicide attempt

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In a tragic incident in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad, a young girl was paralysed after an alleged failed suicide attempt.

The girl allegedly jumped off a bridge on Tuesday evening after being blackmailed by her boyfriend and his friends.

Yusuf Tyagi, an orthopaedic doctor at a private hospital where the girl is being treated, said, “Her upper lumbar vertebrae has collapsed. Because she jumped off a height of nearly 40 feet, the lower level of her spinal cord was also compressed. Her legs have turned lifeless. She is paraplegic.”

The girl in her statement to the police said she was in a relationship with a man Shadab since the past four months and both met at his cousin’s house.

“Then suddenly he started blackmailing me. He had taken objectionable photos and videos and shared them with three of his friends. He asked me to either have sex with his friends or pay Rs 50,000 else he would upload her videos on the internet,” she added.

Moradabad Superintendent of Police (rural), Vidya Sagar Mishra said after the girl’s statement and her family’s complaint, an FIR has been registered against four accused — Shadab and his three friends Saddam, Rashid and Arif — for abetment to suicide.

The police have set up teams to arrest the four accused who are absconding after the incident.

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To clear debts, Axis Bank manager loots ICICI branch, kills officer

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In a shocking incident, an Axis Bank Branch Manager allegedly committed an unsuccessful heist on the ICICI Bank and stabbed a deputy branch head there to death, police said here on Friday.

The incident happened late on Thursday around 8.00 p.m., after the close of banking hours at the ICICI Bank’s Virar East Branch.

According to Virar Police Station Senior Police Inspector Suresh Warade, the accused Anil Dubey — the Naigaon Axis Bank Branch Manager, who was a former longtime employee of ICICI Bank, has been arrested.

In the scuffle that ensued between Dubey and the ICICI Bank Deputy Manager Yogita Nishant Choudhary, and her cashier colleague Shraddha Devrukhkar, he allegedly stabbed them both before attempting to flee with the bag full of the looted booty, but was caught outside by the locals.

While Vartak, 36, succumbed to her injuries later, Devrukhkar, 32, is undergoing treatment at a local hospital and further probe is on in the sensational case, said Warade.

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Woman inspector among 4 cops suspended on extortion charges in Karnataka

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The Karnataka Police have suspended a woman inspector and three other policemen on charges of extorting money from a couple after threatening them with a case and imprisonment.

Director General of Police (DGP) Praveen Sood has issued orders in this regard and kept Renuka, the inspector attached to the CEN police station in Whitefield division. Her colleagues, who turned partners in the crime — sub-inspectors Naveen, Ganesh, constable Hemanth Amana — were suspended by the Commissioner of Police Kamal Pant, police said on Friday.

The action has been taken after the submission of an investigation report by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB), which will continue the investigation in the case.

All the accused were charged with allegedly demanding Rs 10 lakh from the complainant and his wife after threatening them that they would be jailed in a case of nonpayment of money.

The couple V.V. Sudeep and his wife Shwetha Singh, who are into interior designing were summoned to the police station on July 16. He had approached the police for incomplete work in spite of payment of money.

Inspector Renuka, sub-inspector threatened the couple and managed to get Rs 5 lakh forcefully. The couple were also forced to pay Rs 5 lakh to their client.

Even after this, sub-inspector Naveen made calls demanding Rs 5 lakh more. At this stage, the couple had lodged a complaint with call recordings in the ACB. Sources say that inspector Renuka had taken charge as inspector in the CEN police station only two days before the incident happened.

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