Cuttack collector to conduct church election
CUTTACK: In a landmark ruling,a fast track court here on Friday directed the district collector to conduct the Cuttack Odia Baptist Church elections and complete the process of forming its new council for the term 2012-15 within three months. The Cuttack civil judge (senior division),Bidhan Kumar Chand,directed the present and old councils to handover all assets of the church to the newly elected council. The collector has been directed to prepare a new voters list by removing all the anomalies.
Mamata Banerjees nephew granted bail
KOLKATA: Akash Banerjee,nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,and three of his associates who spent a day in judicial custody for assaulting a traffic sergeant were given bail by a Kolkata court on Friday. Akash,Nitish Singh,Md Sarmuddin and Amit Mishra were freed on bail till August 16 on a bond of Rs 1,000 each. The prosecution had opposed their bail pleas and requested for judicial custody,but the court declined.
NIA denied further custody of Chauhan
PANCHKULA: A special court here on Friday declined the application of NIA seeking further custody of Kamal Chauhan,a disgruntled RSS worker arrested by the investigation agency,in connection with the Samjhauta Express blast. Sending Chauhan to judicial custody,the court posted the case for further hearing till March 7. The NIA contended,in the in-camera proceedings,that Chauhan had revealed certain facts which further need to be investigated.
Agnivesh allowed by HC to go abroad
CHANDIGARH: In a relief for Swami Agnivesh,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday granted him permission to go abroad. The HC had issued notices last week to Haryana to respond to the Agniveshs equest seeking permission to visit Malaysia and Vienna to attend an international conference. An FIR was registered against him for hurting religious sentiments.
VHP activists disrupt Bigelows Osama film shoot
The shooting of Kathryn Bigelows film on Osama bin Laden here to depict the killing of the al- Qaeda leader in Abbottabad was stalled on Friday by VHP activists who objected to hoisting of Pakistani flags. The crew was forced to cancel the shoot and move the cameras away after the protests when a few scenes of the film was being recreated by the Oscar-winning director at Manimajra town on the city outskirts.
After the melee,the activists went to the police to register a formal complaint against the films director.
Katherine Bigelow later said no Pakistani flag will be put in place in the shooting areas.