In the Mahagathbandhan camp, both the JVM and Congress have their eyes on Godda, which has a mix of castes and a substantial Muslim population, giving both parties hope. It is also low on development indices, despite a wealth of natural resources like coal.
At Begusarai, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the entire country was agitated after the “act of cowardice” and that the Prime Minister had made it clear that those responsible for the attack would not be forgiven.
The observation was made by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal on Monday, while acquitting BJP MLA Vijender Gupta and party volunteers in a 2011 case registered against them for protesting in violation of prohibitory orders.
Acquitting three accused charged with attempt to commit culpable homicide, the judge observed that the case fell because of the hostile trend of witnesses prevalent in society and not due to any lapses in the investigation.
An accused in the alleged Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland scam, Michel was extradited from the UAE recently and is currently in the ED’s custody. The agency sought his custody for eight more days on Saturday, and the judge granted a week.
The NIA arrested the accused — six from Delhi, and the remaining from Uttar Pradesh's Amroha and Hapur — on December 26 after carrying out searches in 17 locations, dubbing it as a crackdown on the ISIS-inspired module "Harkat-ul-Harb-e-Islam".