BJP president Amit Shah on Monday appeared as a defence witness in the Naroda Gam case, one of two in which former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani is accused. What is this case, and what is its current status? What is the other case, the one in which 97 Muslims were killed in Naroda Patiya?
Describing the visit as a “prayer” before the beginning of the dialogue, Sarabhai said, “It was significant that the PM himself showed them around, interpreting peace, and non-violence — what the ashram stands for”.
Shah has been directed to appear in the Ahmedabad court on September 18 to depose in the Naroda Gam case in which 11 Muslims were killed on February 28, 2002, a day after the Sabarmati Express was torched at the Godhra railway station.
In April, Kodarbhai Gamar, a resident of Kotda village, Gujarat, was picked up by Khorej police along with three others for allegedly slaughtering a bullock and was booked under the newly implemented cow protection law that has provision of life imprisonment.
N K Amin and Tarun Barot on Thursday resigned after Supreme Court made adverse observations over their re-appointment after superannuation. The two — accused in the Ishrat encounter case — had defended their re-induction in the court. The Indian Express reports the contents of their affidavits
As soon as a bench of Chief Justice of India J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud took up the matter for hearing, the counsel for the two officers told the court that they would step down today itself. The court recorded the submission.
Amin was alleged to have been involved in disposing of the body of Sohrabuddin Sheikh’s wife Kausarbi in 2005. The CBI case is that although Amin was not part of the Gujarat ATS, which carried out the encounter, he was in constant touch with other accused including officers D G Vanzara and R K Pandian.
The Congress in Gujarat and Delhi alleged that party vice-president Rahul Gandhi's car was attacked by BJP workers, who also raised black flags during his visit. BJP leaders in Gujarat condemned the attack but described the visit as a “political stunt” ahead of assembly elections in the state.
Sources said that the ship owner, Saiyed Ali Morani, had employed 13 crew members, including four Iranian nationals and one Indian cook. Sources said that the eight on board when it was seized have claimed that its captain, Suprit Tiwari, was asked to stay in the sea when the vessel reached Chabahar in Iran.
Actor Shah Rukh Khan's lawyer said that the film star was travelling in the train and "due to some news report a crowd had assembled at the station. He had come out of the train for only 20 seconds and threw t-shirts and soft balls towards the crowd."
Last month, the High Court ordered fresh trial in the murder case after Jethva’s father had filed a petition seeking the same on the ground of witnesses turning hostile due to alleged threats by key accused and former BJP MP Dinu Bogha Solanki.
Essar Steel had moved the court against Reserve Bank of India for initiating insolvency procedure against it. The apex bank has issued a release on June 13 directing the banks to start insolvency procedure against a dozen stressed companies including Essar.
A remand application by NIA claims: “There is a larger conspiracy by online handlers to create and implement small modules throughout the country for attack, loot and cause damage to the property of non-Muslims.”
Amit Jethva was shot outside the high court in 2010 allegedly at the behest of former BJP MP Dinu Bogha Solanki. He had been exposing Solanki's alleged illegal mining. The court also directed to transfer the special CBI judge who had concluded the trial.
ML Nalvaya, who is currently sub-divisional magistrate in Dahod, said he went to the spot where the Sabarmati Express coach was set ablaze at Godhra railway station and, under the supervision of his senior officers, he examined the bodies and completed other formalities.
Vaidya was convicted along with 23 others by a special designated court in June last year for killing 69 people at Gulberg Society, a Muslim neighbourhood. Among the victims was former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri.
An atheist in the BJP, Paresh Rawal’s reverence for Narendra Modi has eased his path from films to politics. Rawal is preparing for his next film, a biopic on Narendra Modi, where he plays the lead. The shooting for the film is scheduled to begin on October.