37 cars imported fraudulently, but cops have seized none
"We thank Sushmita Sen for blowing the lid of this (racket)," said Justice JN Patel on Tuesday. He and Justice VK Tahilramani was hearing the case regarding duty evasion by the actor for the import of a Land Cruiser. Investigations into the case have led to the city police stumbling upon 37 foreign cars fraudulently imported into India.
However, the judges were irked by the fact that none of those cars had been seized so far. "Such a network (for import of cars) can be used by terrorists. In 1993 (Mumbai) blasts, existing smuggling network was used to smuggle in RDX," Justice Patel said. "Do you want the FBI to come and guide you in this case?"
HC takes up SIT pleas against anticipatory bails to Guj minister, VHP leader on Tuesday
Justice DH Waghela of the Gujarat high court has issued notices to Maya Kodnani and Jaydeep Patel. The court on Tuesday heard the applications moved by the SIT against the order of a lower court granting anticipatory bail to the leaders in the Naroda Patia and Naroda Gaam cases. The matter will come up for further hearing on March 2.
Kodnani, the minister of state for higher education and woman and child welfare, and VHP leader Patel had been granted anticipatory bail by the city sessions court on February 5. Kodnani had sought bail in the Naroda Patia and Naroda Gaam cases, while Patel had sought the same in the latter case.
Ensuring peaceful general elections is top on the agenda for Khandwawala
Courteous to his boots, new director general of police, Shabbir Hussain Shekhadam Khandwawala, 58, charmed his way into his new position and office on the first day amid greetings that poured on him from peers, subordinates, junior officers as well as others.
However, what belied the glib surface was a toughened cop's determination about the several agendas that he has already lined up for action in the near future.
The Bhiwandi court, on Tuesday, extended the police custody of Santosh M Shetty, NCP corporator from Bhiwandi, along with three accused till February 27, for allegedly assaulting a cable operator on Wednesday.
According to police records, Kantibhai Jain, 45, a local cable operator in Bhiwandi, was attacked last Wednesday by four people and his office was ransacked. NCP corporator Santosh M Shetty, his brother Rajesh Shetty, Shetty's body guard Ranganath Tripathi and rickshaw driver Sallauddin Ansari were arrested for alleged involvement in the assault. Shetty also runs a cable network and, it seems, the two had a disagreement over the areas of cable connections.
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New Delhi, Feb 25: The Supreme Court has asked the Tamil Nadu Government to justify the entry of police into the Madras High Court premises on February 19. It has directed the State Government to assess the damage done to the lawyers'' cars and the high court building in the police-lawyers clash and announce compensation for the injured lawyers by Thursday.
The apex court also condemned the lawyers for going on strike and creating a huge hue and cry inside courtrooms.
However, it has asked the government to respond to it by Thursday.
The violent clash between the police and the advocates in the Madras High Court on February 19 left over 50 lawyers, a judge and several policemen injured.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday refrained from staying a Gujarat high court order that upheld the Central Pota Review Committee's (CPRC) recommendation that charges framed under the anti-terror law in the Godhra train fire case be withdrawn.
After sustained litigation by Citizens for Justice and Peace, an NGO headed by Teesta Setalvad, the Supreme Court held that the CPRC's decision would be applicable and those who the committee feels were wrongly charged under the terror law would now be tried under ordinary law.
The government on Tuesday said that the 300% hike in salaries of high court and Supreme Court judges was just a "token increase" and a "nominal" hike considering the "dignity of the office of judiciary".
After the parliament approved the High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2008, law minister Hans Raj Bhardwaj had said that the services of judges should not be measured in terms of the pay they get.