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Ishrat Jahan ‘encounter’ case: Ex-Gujarat DGP P P Pandey discharged by CBI court
Thu, Feb 22, 2018

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.

Naeem Ramodia, alleged ISIS member, seeks bail, says he’s a misguided youth
Wed, Feb 21, 2018

Naeem and his brother Vaseem have been chargesheeted for conspiring ISIS-style attacks in the state against “kafirs” (non-believers).

Gulberg case: Govt denies nod to SIT to file appeal in Gujarat High Court
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

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.

Narmada water: Despair and defiance along the canal
Mon, Feb 12, 2018

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.

NIA chargesheet: ‘Accused wrote hijack note at office, caught on CCTV’
Sun, Feb 11, 2018

According to the chargesheet, filed on January 23, the accused, Birju Salla, did it in a “planned manner” — and preparation of the threat note was captured on the office CCTV camera.

People with money, power want to destroy our composite culture: Gujarat IPS Vinod Mall
Wed, Feb 07, 2018

"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.

At Holy Triveni Sangam in Gujarat, ‘Narmada is almost dead’
Sat, Feb 03, 2018

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."

Padmaavat preview: Arson on roads, tension in air
Thu, Jan 25, 2018

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.

Pravin Togadia alleges plot to kill him, Gujarat police say his disappearance was staged
Wed, Jan 17, 2018

Countering his claim, the Gujarat police said Togadia 'faked' the entire incident in collusion with his driver and a doctor from the private hospital where he’s presently admitted.

Pravin Togadia goes missing and is found, angry VHP workers hit Gujarat streets
Tue, Jan 16, 2018

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.

Ahmedabad police deploys special vans to catch offenders under anti-drinking law
Sun, Dec 31, 2017

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Special Branch, MK Rana said that there will be one van at each police station for picking up offenders under the anti-drinking law.

Ishrat Jahan encounter: CBI court summons four accused IB officers, two challenge move
Fri, Dec 29, 2017

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.

Ahmedabad serial blasts: Govt wants identification of accused from chargesheet
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

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.

Mother of Patidar youth killed during quota stir among few in colony to vote for Cong
Fri, Dec 15, 2017

The Congress has fielded senior lawyer Babubhai Mangukia from Thakkarbapanagar who had represented Prabhaben and other Patidars in the High Court in their legal battle for “justice”.

Behind Congress’ roadshow complaint, PM Modi’s 100m walk, show of inked finger
Fri, Dec 15, 2017

The road to Nishan Vidyalaya in Ahmedabad, which housed the polling station, was barricaded and people stood on both sides of the street, cheering Prime Minister Modi.

Gujarat Assembly elections: In tribal seat of Bhiloda contituency, BJP pitches local ex-cop vs longtime MLA
Wed, Dec 13, 2017

P C Baranda, 58, of the BJP, clad in a navy blue kurta, a waistcoat, white pyjamas and a saffron scarf with a white lotus printed on it, sits impassively as he is introduced in his home village.

Reading the Minds: In euphoric crowds at Hardik rallies, many Modi fans who ‘will vote for BJP’
Wed, Dec 13, 2017

As Hardik reaches the podium at Sangam crossroad, in the backdrop of a famous mobile phone store, several youngsters fervently hold up their handsets to make videos and click pictures of their leader.

Modiji talks of Modiji 90 per cent time, says Rahul Gandhi
Sun, Dec 10, 2017

At PM home town Vadnagar, Rahul Gandhi says Modi changing agenda: When nothing worked, he talks about himself.

In Anjar bylanes, murmurs of a close contest
Wed, Dec 06, 2017

At Anjar, more than 184 schoolchildren were crushed to death. Nearly 17 years later, Anjar is now one of the industrialised area in the district.

Modi mostly talks of Congress and me, not the future of Gujarat: Rahul Gandhi
Wed, Dec 06, 2017

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.

Proposal to ‘renovate’ premises housing Mehdi Nawaz Jung Hall raises concern
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

The hall, located at Paldi’s Himavan Samaj Kalyan Kendra, is managed by a board of trustees of Governor’s Social Welfare Fund.

PM Narendra Modi a better actor than Amitabh: Rahul Gandhi
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

He also said, “Modiji keeps saying ‘vikas, vikas’ (development). I think it’s a code name for his industrialist friends.”

Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi over Rafale deal, Jay Shah case
Sun, Nov 26, 2017

Rahul also hit out at BJP president Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah and his business enterprise that reportedly managed to increase its turnover from Rs 50,000 to Rs 80 crore in one year.

Red crosses on Muslim homes: After the scare, Ahmedabad police call it crude, not mischief
Wed, Nov 15, 2017

Paldi is part of Ellisbridge assembly constituency, a BJP bastion. Haren Pandya, who was shot dead in 2003, used to represent Ellisbridge.

After panic grips Ahmedabad’s Muslim colonies over ‘red marks’, AMC says we did it for tracking garbage
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

“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.

Will not rest till Gabbar Singh Tax is made simple GST: Rahul Gandhi
Sun, Nov 12, 2017

Rahul Gandhi attacked PM Narendra Modi, the poor implementation of GST and BJP president Amit Shah over his son’s company.

Centre ups Amit Shah’s security ahead of his Gujarat poll campaign
Sat, Nov 04, 2017

Gujarat elections 2017: Amit Shah's marathon poll campaign will also begin on Saturday.

33-year-old encounter case: SC to hear plea challenging HC order quashing FIR against Kuldip Sharma
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

The case is related to a police encounter in 1984 in Bhuj in Kutch district in which two persons were killed and two had gone missing after they were reportedly picked up by the police.

How the BJP is using the ‘case’ against Ahmed Patel, to outsmart the Congress
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

The Congress's meek response to Rupani's allegations suggests that the grand old party is not able to find a way to counter the BJP's polarisation tricks

Gujarat: Two held for ‘IS-inspired plan’ to attack synagogue
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

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.

Jay Shah defamation case: Citing prima facie case, court summons reporter, editors
Wed, Oct 25, 2017

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.”

Jay Shah case: Gujarat court issues summons to reporter and editors of ‘The Wire’
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

The metropolitan magistrate held there was a prima facie case against the accused asked a reporter and editors of 'The Wire' to appear before it on November 13

‘The Wire’ barred from writing on Jay Shah to protect his ‘right to live with dignity’
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

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.

Before the chargesheet, Rajnish Rai’s report on Uranium Corp
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

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.

CAT stays investigation against whistleblower Gujarat IPS officer Rajnish Rai
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

Rajnish Rai is known for arresting about a dozen police officers including ex-IPS officer D G Vanzara among others in 2007 during Sohrabuddin encounter probe.

Coach overcrowded, 100 escaped: Gujarat HC on commuting death sentence of 11 convicts to life imprisonment
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Fifty nine people, mostly kar sevaks returning from Ayodhya, died when coach S6 of Sabarmati Express was set on fire at Godhra on the morning of February 27, 2002.