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Satish Jha


Godhra riots: Special court to pronounce judgment in Gulberg Society massacre on June 2
Thu, May 26, 2016

There are 66 accused in the massacre which occurred on February 28, 2002 a day after Sabarmati Express train was burnt at Godhra railway station in which 59 people were killed.

Gujarat Housing Board plans low-cost homes on open plot, residents allege it’s mischief
Tue, May 24, 2016

The GHB, on the other hand, maintained that categorisation of the land as playground was a “mistake”, which has been corrected.

Confessions of Asaram disciple: Rs 25 lakh collected to fund murder of witnesses, planned to buy AK-47
Sun, May 22, 2016

In the 30-page statement recorded by the Detection of Crime Branch (DCB), Ahmedabad, Haldar “confessed” to have murdered three crucial witnesses and attempts to kill four others in the rape cases against Asaram and his son.

Godhra train carnage: Key accused held, was ‘hiding in Mumbai’
Thu, May 19, 2016

59 persons were killed in the incident at Godhra railway station on February 27

Ishrat Jahan encounter: Gujarat HC wants govt’s reply on PIL challenging Pandey’s appointment
Thu, May 05, 2016

Opposing Pandey's elevation as police chief, Ribeiro has written in the petition that "Such an additional charge is against the doctrine of public trust."

Ishrat Jahan case: CBI opposes Pandey plea to travel abroad
Sat, Apr 30, 2016

In a five-page reply filed before special judge S J Raje, Inspector Vishwas Kumar Meena stated, “Allowing the applicant to remain away for such a long period may delay the trial which would also hamper the case of the prosecution.”

2002 Gulberg society case: Second accused jumps parole
Fri, Apr 29, 2016

According to the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT), which probed the case, Ranip police station officials were alerted by the jail authorities after Lallu didn’t return on April 8.

IS recruiter’s first job for 2008 Ahmedabad blasts accused was translation of Baghdadi’s speech
Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Currently in the custody of the Detection of Crime Branch (DCB), Ahmedabad, in connection with the 2008 blasts, Afridi has told interrogators that he was in touch with one Abdul Khan through Facebook.

Patidar leadership on a limb as Hardik Patel nears Day 200 in jail on sedition charges
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

The absence of Hardik and five of his key associates has deflected the protest to more immediate issues such as withdrawal of the cases against them, and led to emergence of different power centres.

Ex-Gujarat DGP to move Gujarat HC against Pandey’s appointment as police chief
Wed, Apr 27, 2016

Pandey is one of the key accused in the Ishrat Jahan encounter, who is currently out on bail.

Gujarat: Policeman found murdered at Ahmedabad Crime Branch
Thu, Apr 21, 2016

The police suspect a person who was brought to the DCB office at Gaekwad Haveli for questioning in connection with a loot and narcotics case, to be behind the murder.

Ahmedabad: Don’s extortion call trails led to drug haul: DCB
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

Ravi Pujari’s calls to 3 businessmen in state led to drug lord Vicky Goswami.

Ishrat Jahan fake encounter accused: Where are they now?
Tue, Apr 19, 2016

Pandey is not the only accused in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case to be rehabilitated. Over the past two years, since the investigation hit a dead end, all the accused in the case are out on bail.

Gujarat: After RIL, Essar, cement firm challenge land Act clause
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

All the three companies have challenged the implementation of Section-24 (2), claiming it was “unconstitutional.”

Ex-IPS officer Vanzara returns home to Gujarat after 9 yrs, says those responsible for his arrest ‘traitors’
Sat, Apr 09, 2016

“Delhi knew about the encounters which were based on the inputs provided by the Intelligence Bureau officials... still the anti-nationals of the country falsely created these cases," said Vanzara.

Haren Pandya murder: Gujarat HC reduces convict’s 4-year term, imposes Rs 21 lakh fine
Thu, Apr 07, 2016

The petitioner, Shaikh, was convicted for being an absconder while he was acquitted from the murder charges by a special POTA court.

Gujarat Dalit clerk’s suicide: End discrimination, say staff in court
Wed, Apr 06, 2016

Ketan’s mother Jasu said he was a bright student who finished M.Com and got a government job in 2013.

Probe against ex-official after allegation of corruption by Gohil, GSPC tells HC
Tue, Apr 05, 2016

The affidavit has specifically pointed to the “past conduct” of Kumar.

Attack on witnesses: Acted at Asaram’s behest, says shooter to cops
Sun, Mar 27, 2016

Earlier this week, the DCB had sought 10-day remand of the shooter, Kartik Haldar, who was arrested in a joint operation by DCB and Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad from Chhattisgarh.

Ishrat Jahan encounter case: CBI asks court to stay order allowing IPS officer a copy of first chargesheet
Thu, Mar 24, 2016

The CBI filed the plea before special judge S J Raje, stating that it wants to challenge his order.

My life under threat in Mumbai: D G Vanzara
Sun, Mar 20, 2016

Says threat from Dawood, Chhota Shakeel, Lashkar; verdict on his bail modification plea on April 2

Witnesses killings carried out on ‘behalf of Asaram’, reveals shooter
Wed, Mar 16, 2016

Karthik Haldar, who was picked up from Chhattisgarh, has allegedly named Asaram in his statement before the police, suggesting he was a conspirator in all the murders.

Gujarat: Priest of Shiva temple arrested for three deaths caused by ‘poisonous bhang’
Fri, Mar 11, 2016

According to the FIR “Goswami without any permission kept bhang in his possession and on Shivratri mixed the bhang with different types of masala and offered it to the devotees.”

Temple priest booked in Ahmedabad after three deaths due to ‘bhang poisoning’
Fri, Mar 11, 2016

An inspector became the fourth victim of alleged food poisoning after consuming bhang on Shivratri, distributed by a local temple in Budasan village of Gujarat’s Mehsana district.

Gujarat: Police inspector among 4 who died consuming poisonous bhang
Thu, Mar 10, 2016

"I went to see him in the hospital and he was doing fine. But at around 4 AM we learnt that he passed away," said Deputy Superintendent of Police, Rajesh Gadhiya.

Gujarat: Terror alert still in place, many detained
Wed, Mar 09, 2016

On Tuesday, the local police of the Banaskantha district on the Indo-Pak border detained two Muslims from the premises of the Ambaji temple on suspicion.

Setback for Hardik patel, Ahmedabad court rejects bail plea
Wed, Mar 09, 2016

Hardik is in Surat jail since October 18 facing charges of “waging war against the nation” among others.

Changing versions, contesting claims: How Ishrat encounter refuses to die
Tue, Mar 08, 2016

The investigation into the encounter soon ran into a cloud of suspicion, and a High Court-appointed Special Investigation Team and the CBI found it to be ‘fake’.

Gujarat HC allows another rape victim to abort foetus
Thu, Feb 25, 2016

On Wednesday, the report was placed before the court which stated that the victim’s pregnancy can be terminated under MTP Act which “may not pose any injury to the mother or the foetus.”

Ishrat Jahan encounter: Judge in encounter case recuses
Fri, Feb 12, 2016

The same day David Headley identified the slain Ishrat Jahan as an LeT operative, the special CBI judge hearing that encounter case recused. “Not before me,” special judge V B Gohil told lawyers and the accused in court Thursday and adjourned the case until May 30. He said he has written to Gujarat High Court […]

Ishrat Jahan case: The story so far
Thu, Feb 11, 2016

The CBI filed chargesheets against seven police officers including three from the Gujarat cadre IPS, and four IB officials in the Ishrat encounter case. Currently, all seven police officers who were charge-sheeted are out on bail.

Congress moves HC against Gujarat govt circular asking police not to lodge FIR in haste
Thu, Feb 04, 2016

The petition mentions that the circular is “ex-facie illegal, arbitrary, ultravires and contrary to the provisions contained in section-154 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.

Gujarat issues fresh notice to ex-IPS officer Rahul Sharma
Tue, Jan 26, 2016

The notice was issued on January 12 and asks Sharma to explain why there should not be any action against him for making “unnecessary” payment of a little over Rs 3,000 to his driver and gunman.

2002 riots convict held for assaulting journalist
Fri, Jan 22, 2016

The woman journalist told a TV news channel that Langdo turned violent when she went to his house to interview him.

Hardik brought TV crew to aide’s house as part of plan: Cops
Sun, Jan 17, 2016

The chargesheet says that Hardik’s supporter Vipul Desai, who is also an accused, had written a letter to the police department on September 28, threatening to commit suicide.

IPS officer’s service terminated over 5-yr leave
Wed, Jan 13, 2016

This is the second incident in the past two years when an IPS officer was asked to leave the service due to his alleged unauthorised leave.