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Tablighi Jamaat case: SC seeks reply from Bihar govt on consolidation of trial

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought a response from the Bihar government on the issue of consolidation of the ongoing trial of the Tablighi Jamaat members from Patna to Delhi.

A bench comprising Justices A. M. Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna asked the counsel for the Bihar government to file a response on this aspect and posted the matter for further hearing on August 30. Senior advocate Menaka Guruswamy, representing the petitioners, contended before the bench that the trial against a few foreigners was ongoing in Patna and urged the top court to consolidate it in Delhi on humanitarian grounds.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, contended before the bench that consolidation of the trials would come with its own logistical issues. Mehta said in Delhi, the cases were being heard by 4-5 different Magistrates. On August 6, the Centre had informed the Supreme Court that it has withdrawn the look out notices issued against foreign nationals for their alleged involvement in the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz.

On the status of the trials, Mehta informed the top court that 10 out of 34 petitioners have chosen to contest the criminal cases against them, instead of a plea bargain. He had suggested that the trials were in different courts in Delhi and could be brought before one court to fast-track the process.

On April 2, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) communicated the Centre’s decision to blacklist as many as 960 foreigners from 35 countries who were present in India. The petitioners had contended before the apex court that this decision was arbitrary and urged the court to declare it unconstitutional.

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Confronted over extra marital affair, man kills wife

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A 29-year-old woman was strangled by her husband after she confronted him over his alleged extra marital affair in Delhi’s Paharganj. The woman was found in an unconscious state on Thursday morning with ligature marks on her neck. When she was rushed to the hospital she was declared brought dead.

Suspicion fell on the husband as the children of the deceased were with their grandparents and the husband was missing post midnight.

A photo of the deceased’s husband was taken from their house and the police began to trace the suspect.

The accused Sunny, an e-rickshaw driver, tried to flee in his vehicle. The police team started stopping e-rickshaw drivers in the vicinity and tried to identify the suspect through his photograph.

Meanwhile, a policeman saw a person who turned around his e-rickshaw and tried to escape from the spot where the team was checking the vehicles but the police team apprehended the suspect.

“During interrogation, the suspect confessed to having strangulated his wife with her chunni after having a heated altercation over the issue of his extra marital relation,” said Sanjay Bhatia, DCP Central Delhi.

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4 people killed as building collapses in Punjab

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Four people were killed as a commercial building in a residential area collapsed in Punjab’s Dera Bassi town near here on Thursday, police said.

The rescue operation was over but officials suspected that some more people might be trapped under the debris.

A team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) carried out the rescue operation.

The building in Mira Malli Mohalla collapsed after the roof on the second floor caved in, NDRF Director General Satya Narayan Pradhan informed in a tweet.

Local legislator N.K. Sharma said the building was constructed in violation of laws.

“The Municipal Committee office is located just a stone’s throw away from the disaster spot. This indicates that the construction was undertaken in connivance of municipal officials,” he told the media at the spot.

Nearby residents said the illegal construction of shops led to the collapse of the building.

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Advocate shot dead in Srinagar

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Suspected terrorists shot dead an advocate at his residence in Srinagar on Thursday evening, officials said.

According to reports, Babar Qadri, an advocate who also appeared in TV debates, was shot by gunmen from close range at his residence at Hawal in downtown Srinagar.

Additional police teams have reached the spot. The area has been cordoned off and a search operation has begun to nab the assailants.

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