Psychiatric test ordered for student charged with stabbing teacher

Psychiatric test ordered for student charged with stabbing teacherWellington  - A 17-year-old Korean student was ordered to undergo a psychiatric examination when he appeared in court Wednesday charged with stabbing a teacher during a class at an Auckland college, news reports said.

A judge in the Auckland District Court remanded Tae Won Chung in custody until March 18 on a charge of wounding Japanese language teacher David Warren, 49, with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, on Tuesday.

Police officer father, sons in Hong Kong on wrong side of law

Police officer father, sons in Hong Kong on wrong side of law Hong Kong  - A Hong Kong cop convicted of mugging a woman is the third police officer in his family to be arrested for a serious crime, a news report said Wednesday.

Senior constable Leung Wai-hung, 44, pleaded guilty to theft after grabbing a 53-year-old woman's handbag and punching and kicking her as she lay on the ground in July

Leung, who committed the robbery because of his heavy gambling debts, appeared Tuesday in court and will be sentenced on March 18, the South China Morning Post reported.

SC succour to hubbies in dowry-related cases

The Supreme Court has ruled that a court hearing a dowry-related case cannot force a man to pay alimony to his estranged wife as a pre-condition for anticipatory bail.

The judgment is significant as it cautions trial and high courts across the country against unnecessarily harassing husbands and their parents in dowry cases. Such conditions are "onerous and excessive", a bench headed by justice RV Raveendran said.

The apex court quashed a Delhi high court's two-year-old order directing a man to pay Rs12,500 in maintenance to his wife as a condition for anticipatory bail.

Accused cop seeks bail

VS Gohil files application in sessions court, hearing deferred till Wednesday

Former second inspector of the Naroda police, VS Gohil, applied for bail in the city sessions court on Monday. The metropolitan court had earlier sent Gohil to judicial custody after rejecting an application submitted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) seeking his remand.

The SIT had sought Gohil’s remand on the ground that, though he was a responsible police officer, he had not fired at the mob when riots had broken out in the area on February 28, 2002.

SIT submits report to Supreme Court

Will continue investigation, apex court wants further report

The Special Investigation Team (SIT), which was set up by the Supreme Court to reinvestigate the 2002 post-Godhra riots, submitted its report before the apex court on Monday.

The SIT, headed by former CBI director RK Raghavan, is investigating nine cases, including the Sabarmati Express carnage incident and the subsequent Naroda Patia, Naroda Gaam and Gulbarg society massacres. The team submitted its report before a bench comprising justices Arijit Pasayat, P Sathasivam and Aftab Alam.

Severe punishment must in crime against women: SC

The Supreme Court widened the scope of death penalty, saying killing more than one innocent people or killing through organised crime could attract capital punishment.

The apex court said this while reversing the verdict of the Allahabad high court, which had reduced the death sentence of two men in the case of alleged murder of six of a family in 1994.

The two men were part of a six-member group that had entered a house and murdered the inmates due to a family feud.