Pandey, currently out on bail, was the seniormost serving IPS officer when he was arrested in 2013 by the CBI in connection with the case. This is the first instance in the Ishrat Jahan case in which an accused has been discharged from the trial.
The SIT had sought the government’s permission to move the High Court with the contention that the life imprisonment awarded to the 11 convicts by the trial court should be enhanced to death penalty, and the acquittal of the 14 other accused be challenged.
As Gujarat government stops farmers from lifting water from the Narmada canal amid the growing water crisis in the state, The Indian Express travels along a 300-km stretch of the 460-km long main canal to gauge the mood of farmers.
"Fundamentalists are threat to Islam and Hindus both and they want to destroy this culture. I am not against any party or person. All I mean to say that we all should live together in harmony because that’s what our culture is," Vinod Mall added.
Boatmen are on the verge of losing their livelihoods. “I think in the next couple of years, half of us will lose our jobs as what is left of the river dries up. The water level is so low that we had to dredge the riverbed several times to keep the boats afloat."
Forty-four people have been arrested, and have been booked under different charges of conspiracy, attempt to murder and attempt to commit culpable homicide, damaging private properties, among others, in four FIRs.
VHP leader Togadia, 61, an oncologist himself, reportedly went missing from the VHP headquarters in the Paldi area of Ahmedabad Monday morning, was found mysteriously at Kotarpur, close to the Ahmedabad airport.
The accused officers are former IB special director Rajinder Kumar and Rajeev Wankhede, Tushar Mittal and Mukul Sinha, who were assistant central intelligence officers when the encounter took place in June 2004.
The special court, which is hearing the blast cases, had rejected several applications moved by the prosecution regarding this in 2016 after many witnesses expressed their inability to identify the accused.
Rahul, who is set to take over the reins of his party, said the Prime Minister was not talking about his party’s future vision for Gujarat because the reality of “Modi model” of development was far removed from what existed on the ground.
“These signs were made by the AMC sanitation department to guide their garbage pick-up workers. There was no mischief or criminal dimension to the episode,” Ahmedabad Police Commissioner A K Singh told The Indian Express.
The ATS officials identified the accused as Ubed Ahmed Mirza, 29, a criminal lawyer who lives in Surat’s Saiyedpura, and his associate Kasim Stimberwala, 31, a resident of Badekha Chakla, also in Surat.
The order also mentions Jay’s contention that “the news portal didn’t give enough time to him to send his response, the article didn’t include the loss incurred by his company in the year 2015-2016, and created confusion over the turnover to defame him.”
On October 8, The Wire had published a report stating, among other things, that the turnover of a company owned by (Amit) Shah’s son increased 16,000 times in the year following election of Narendra Modi.
In his application before the CAT, Rai states his probe found corruption in awarding “work of removal of overburden/waste and extraction of uranium ore at Banduhurang opencast mine” through a public tender.