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Gujarat Confidential

Disgraced and suspended IPS officer Rajkumar Pandian,an accused in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh and Tulsiram Prajapati encounter cases,has hit upon a ground for getting bail from the court.

Ingenious Ground

Disgraced and suspended IPS officer Rajkumar Pandian,an accused in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh and Tulsiram Prajapati encounter cases,has hit upon a ground for getting bail from the court. A recent expose on a local news channel showed Pandian going home after leaving the railway station near a court,before which he had to appear on that day,despite the fact that he was under custody. The other day,while talking to mediapersons,Pandian repented he had not got bail in the case even after more than six years. To buttress his claim for bail,Pandian said that even media had now proved,through a sting operation,that he was merely going home and not going to run away.

Graveyard goes green

A graveyard in Ahmedabad has gone green with its caretakers planting 2,000 saplings in it. The vast graveyard of Ganj-e-Shohdaa near Danilimda area along NH-8 was chosen for greening by local volunteers. Plants in the graveyard,however,may cause shortage of space to bury the dead. Even if one agreed with the planters that the plantation will not encroach upon the space for the dead,there was no guarantee that the plants will survive the onslaught of goats who survive on such plants. The plantation function was organised in the presence of local municipal councillors and their volunteers who revelled in yet another photo-op.

Line on Lions

Jolted after the Supreme Court rejected its claim of “lions are like family members and pride of Gujarat” and ordered the translocation of the Asiatic lions from their only natural habitat of Gir forest in Junagadh and Amreli,the state forest department has become more accommodating. “It was a mistake on our part to build the perception that lions were pride of Gujarat only. This gave an impression that we did not want to part with lions on emotional grounds whereas we have scientific evidence to support our case. So,now we want to project the big cats as the pride of the nation,” said a forest officer on the sidelines of a workshop for media last week in Junagadh. The Gujarat government has filed a review petition in the apex court against its April 15 order.

Chargesheet slip-up

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is facing a lot of criticism from different quarters for its latest chargesheet in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case for not naming certain persons as accused in the case. Besides,the chargesheet has a pretty glaring slip-up. The religion of a police officer,who was named as an accused in the FIR and later not issued chargesheet by CBI,Ibrahim K Chauhan,has been mentioned as Hindu at one place and Muslim at another in the chargesheet. In the summary of the chargesheet,Chauhan has been shown to be a Hindu. However,Chauhan,in his statement to CBI as a witness,said he was a Sunni Muslim.

Divided over analogy

After the “puppy” remark Chief Minister Narendra Modi made in his interview to Reuters,even his loyalists didn’t know whether to praise his statement or bury it. While the puppy analogy on 2002 riots sparked condemnation from all corners,the BJP Minority Morcha leaders were left with no words. They were divided into two groups: while one was ready to condemn the remark off the record,the other chose to be politically correct in their utterances. With the party going to appoint a leader to head its state minority front soon,few would take the risk of commenting on the leader’s remark which many have found unpalatable.