Today in Pics: November 23,2013

Today in Pics: November 23,2013


Goa Police today said that they have been told that there are no CCTV cameras in the elevator of the hotel where the woman journalist of Tehelka magazine was allegedly sexually assaulted by her Editor Tarun Tejpal. "The hotel authorities have told us that they have no specific cameras in the elevator. We are getting a detailed layout of cameras (from other areas) from the hotel and make a detailed analysis," DIG of Police O P Mishra told reporters. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)


He said CCTV footage has been formally received from the hotel but could not be immediately examined because of technical and other logistics for analysing and they were trying to get in touch with agencies for the purpose. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)


Mishra refused to comment on the arrest of Tejpal against whom the first information report has been filed booking him on rape and other charges. "I would not like to comment anything on arrest of Tejpal," Mishra said,adding that the police are following the standard procedures of investigations in this case. Mishra said that they have received CCTV footage of the hotel during the days when incident have alleged to have happened. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)


The DIG said that the police have already communicated to Tehelka Managing Editor Shoma Chowdhary asking for the detailed documents from her. "By the time our team left from here,we had not received any communication from her," he said. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)


Congress MP Priya Dutt today questioned the "silence" of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi over the snooping row involving a young woman. Here to attend social media training camp of Congress,Dutt said,"Modi's silence over the alleged illegal surveillance of a woman by state agencies is difficult to understand. Why does he not break his silence on this issue despite the demands by various women's organisations?" (IE Photo: Bhupendra Rana)


A sitting judge of the Supreme Court should probe the mater,Dutt said,adding that Gujarat government should initiate a probe on its own. Dutt also condemned the alleged sexual assault by Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal on a female colleague,and welcomed the Goa police's probe. (IE Photo: Bhupendra Rana)


Talking about the social media,she said it would play an important role in the coming Lok Sabha elections. When asked if it should be brought under the purview of code of conduct,the MP said it would not be possible. Gujarat Congress president Arjun Modhwadiya said the workshop had been organised to train workers in countering the alleged false propaganda by BJP on the Internet. (IE Photo: Bhupendra Rana)


The presiding members of Lok Adalats must ensure that litigants are not "intimidated" or "misled" to give their consent to the decisions as they are final and cannot be appealed against,Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam said.
The CJI was inaugurating the National Lok Adalat at the Supreme Court in which nearly 39 lakh cases would be taken up today across the country including the apex court,high courts and the district courts. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)


Terming Lok Adalats as an effective mode of settling disputes,the CJI said they provide an "approachable" forum to the poor,weaker and less-informed sections and should not be allowed to be used by "unscrupulous parties to commit fraud,forgery". (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)


For sustaining faith in the system,"it is obligatory for every presiding member to make sincere efforts in bringing about a conciliated settlement in every case put before it without causing any kind of coercion,threat,undue influence,allurement or misrepresentation either directly or indirectly," he said. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)


Accused by Goa police of not cooperating in the case of alleged sexual assault of a Tehelka journalist by its editor Tarun Tejpal,the magazine's Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury said she will be meeting the police and was ready to provide all information sought by them. (IE photo: Oinam Anand)


"I have been cooperating and the information in the media is wrong. Right now,I am going to meet the police and yesterday I have already sent the information the police needs. I have sent a mail earlier in the morning to them and I will be sending stuff," she told reporters as a special team of Goa police flew to Delhi. (IE photo: Oinam Anand)


Chaudhury,who had yesterday asserted that they would not go to police on the issue as it was for the victim to decide on it,today said that as the case is "initiated by the state",she will cooperate. (IE photo: Oinam Anand)


"There is a difference between me going to the police and initiating a case that my colleague may not want voluntarily ... (and) the state initiating a case with which I will,of course,cooperate and I have been cooperating and the information in the media is wrong," she said. (IE photo: Oinam Anand)


Demanding immediate arrest of founder-editor of Tehelka Magazine Tarun Tejpal over his alleged involvement in a sexual assault case,members of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) today held a protest outside the magazine's office here. "Tarun Tejpal should be immediately arrested and saying this that I am 'recusing' from the post for six months and apologising is not fair. He should be punished by the court of law as per the norms," said ABVP Vice President Mamta Tripathi. (IE photo: Oinam Anand)


The protesting group also demanded Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury's resignation for her alleged role in playing down the issue and not taking action on her own. "We are demanding that she should also resign as her role has been very dubious. She has tried to settle the dispute internally,which is not right. She should have gone to the police and taken action herself," Sanket Bahuguna,General Secretary,ABVP,said. (IE photo: Oinam Anand)


NCP's Vice-President in Maharashtra Vijay Kamble today blamed Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan for the "delay" in developing Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar's memorial on the land of the defunct Indu Mill in the city. (IE Photo: Amit Chakravarty)


Kamble,who is also president of the Samajik Samata Manch,had organised an agitation in Dadar here to press for the demand that the Mill land should be immediately taken over by the state to develop the memorial of the architect of the Indian Constitution. (IE Photo: Amit Chakravarty)


"According to me,Chavan does not consider Dr Ambedkar's memorial as important. I had written letters to the Chief Minister seeking to know the developments over the issue. However,he did not respond to it... He is deliberately delaying the matter," Kamble said. (IE Photo: Amit Chakravarty)


He said that they would also meet NCP chief Sharad Pawar in Delhi on December 2 in this regard. "Pawar will also lead a delegation to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to resolve the issue. We are hopeful that the government will take a final decision in this regard before December 6,which marks the death anniversary of Dr Ambedkar," Kamble said. (IE Photo: Amit Chakravarty)


Meanwhile,welcoming Samajik Samata Manch's protest,RPI leader Ramdas Athawale said that his party would also agitate over the issue on December 6. "We are ready to face the bullets and police lathicharge,but we only want the Chief Minister to get permission from the Union Government for the ground breaking ceremony for the memorial," the RPI leader said. (IE Photo: Amit Chakravarty)


In a huge relief to former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh,L K Advani's ex-aide Sudheendra Kulkarni and three BJP leaders including two MPs,a Court here today gave a clean chit to them in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam,saying facts on record do not create sufficient grounds for proceeding against them. (IE Photo: Praveen Khanna)


While discharging Kulkarni,BJP leaders Ashok Argal,Faggan Singh Kulaste (sitting MPs),former BJP MP Mahabir Singh Bhagora,and party activist Sohail Hindustani,the court said they had "the intention to expose horse trading" which was corroborated by the fact that currency notes were taken to Parliament House and tabled to be viewed by the entire nation. (IE Photo: Praveen Khanna)