Month: July 2019

Ayodhya case SC extends time till August 15 for mediation process

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE File photo The Supreme Court on Friday extended till August 15 the time for a panel of mediators, headed by former apex court judge Justice F M I Kalifulla, to explore an amicable solution to the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute at Ayodhya.A five judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said they have received the report from Justice Kalifulla in which the panel has sought extension of time till August 15 to complete mediation proceedings.“If the mediators are optimistic about the result and are seeking time till August 15, what is the harm in granting time? This issue has been pending for years and years. Why should we not grant time,” the bench also comprising Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer told the counsel appearing for the parties.The counsel appearing for both the Hindu and Muslim parties expressed confidence over the ongoing mediation proceedings and said they are fully cooperating with the process.At the outset the bench said they have received the report on May 7 from the chairman of the panel and they have requested the court to consider extending the time till August 15 to complete the mediation proceedings.“We have perused and considered the report of May 7 of Justice F M I Kalifulla indicating the progress made in the mediation proceeding.”“Chairman of the mediation committee has sought extension of time till August 15 to enable the committee to find an amicable solution. We are inclined to grant time till August 15,” the bench said.One of the advocates appearing in the matter said the apex court had earlier given eight weeks time to the panel of mediators and now nine weeks have gone by.“We had given eight weeks and the report has come. We are not inclined to tell you what is there in the report of the committee,” the bench said.One of the counsel told the bench that there are around 13,990 pages of documents in vernacular languages and said some wrong translations have been made which would be a problem.“Objections, if any, on the translation may be placed on the record by written note by June 30,” the bench said, adding, “Nobody will come in the way of mediation.”The top court had fixed the seat for mediation process in Faizabad of Uttar Pradesh, around seven kilometres (km) from Ayodhya, and said adequate arrangements including the venue of the mediation, place of stay of the mediators, their security, travel should be forthwith arranged by the state government so that proceedings could commence immediately.It had also directed that the mediation proceedings be held in-camera as per norms applicable to conduct mediation proceedings.Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.On December 6, 1992, the Babri Masjid, constructed at the disputed site in the 16th century by Shia Muslim Mir Baqi, was demolished. Published on COMMENT May 10, 2019 COMMENTS Ayodhyalast_img read more

Thai man sentenced to death for tourist murder

first_imgBangkok: A Thai garbage collector has been sentenced to death for the grisly rape and murder of a German tourist holidaying on a beach island.Ronnakorn Romruen was arrested in April, hours after the bloodied body of a 27-year-old German woman was found buried under dried leaves and rocks on the picturesque island of Koh Sichang in the Gulf of Thailand.A Thai court announced the verdict and sentenced of the 24-year-old garbage collector to death on Wednesday.Ronnakorn was under the influence of methamphetamines when he raped the victim, the court said. Thailand 11 Jul 2019 Thailand keeps power of arbitrary detention Related News Thailand Related News World 10 Jul 2019 German court hands life sentence to Iraqi over teenager’s rape-murdercenter_img Tech News 10 Jul 2019 Go-Jek snags investment from Thailand’s largest lender When she attempted to escape, he used a rock to repeatedly batter her head and face.This “caused severe wounds that led to her death,” the court said in a statement.Ronnakorn pleaded guilty to all charges – including rape, murder, concealment of the body and using methamphetamines.Last year, Thailand carried out its first execution since 2009, sentencing a 26-year-old murderer to death by lethal injection.Human rights groups condemned the “deplorable” decision to resume the practice after almost a decade with no executions.The country, which has some of the highest incarceration rates, has more than 500 people on death row.A popular tourist destination, Thailand is expected to receive upwards of 40 million visitors this year and is generally considered safe for travellers.But several high-profile incidents have tarnished its reputation in recent years.In 2014, the battered bodies of two British backpackers were found on the dive resort island of Koh Tao.The following year two Myanmar migrant workers – who remain behind bars today – were sentenced to death for the murders after a controversial investigation and trial that were criticised by observers. — AFP Tags / Keywords: {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Samajwadi Partys Azam Khan faces arrest in land grabbing torture case

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 19:07 IST Azam Khan allegedly forged documents and grabbed land worth over several hundred crores for Mohammed Ali Jauhar University. (Photo: PTI)More than two dozen poor farmers were illegally detained and tortured for several days before their lands were “forcibly grabbed” by senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and MP Azam Khan in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur district, the police said on Saturday.According to a criminal case registered at Rampur’s Azim Nagar Police Station, Azam Khan and his close aide, former Deputy Superintendent of UP Police Aalehasan Khan, allegedly forged documents and grabbed land worth over several hundred crores for Mohammed Ali Jauhar University, a multi-crore private project of the SP leader.”Twenty-six farmers have stated that Azam Khan and Aalehasan illegally detained and pressured them to sign on a forged sale deed in a bid to acquire their land running into several thousand hectares,” Ajay Pal Sharma, Superintendent of Police, Rampur said.”When the farmers refused to sign on the papers, their land was forcibly occupied. Aalehasan, then circle officer of Rampur, misused his official position in grabbing the land belonging to the poor. After verifying facts we have registered a criminal case against Azam Khan and Aalehasan,” said Sharma.The case against the SP leader was registered on the basis of an enquiry by the UP Revenue Department, which checked all relevant documents and recorded statements of farmers who mainly belong to the minority community.”On the basis of the main complaint of the Revenue Department, now 26 separate cases will be filed (against Azam Khan) as it involves different patches of land and different owners,” said the Rampur district police chief.Asked whether Azam Khan could be arrested, Sharma said, “It may happen any time. The investigation is on.”The FIR (relating to case) says besides grabbing farmers’ lands, Azam Khan, also misused his position (as Cabinet Minister of UP during 2012-2017) to illegally occupy over 5,000 hectares of land adjoining the banks of Kosi river, which flows along the University campus.The land falls by the Kosi riverside and cannot be acquired. “But revenue records were allegedly forged and the land, worth over several hundred crores, was illegally occupied by Mohammed Jauhar Ali University,” said a Revenue Officer.According to the Revenue Officer, the forged documents to fraudulently occupy the riverbed, are now strong evidence against Azam Khan.Azam Khan’s dream project, Mohammed Ali Jauhar University, was conceived as a private Urdu university in 2004. Acquisition of land and construction of the university campus started rapidly after the Samajwadi Party (SP) came to power in UP and Azam Khan became one of its most powerful ministers.In 2012, the Akhilesh Yadav government granted the university’s lifelong chancellorship to Azam Khan, a move which was opposed by then UP Governor.Last month, BJP leader Jayaprada, who contested the 2019 Lok Sabha polls against Azam Khan, filed a complaint with the Election Commission seeking the newly elected MP’s disqualification for also holding an office of profit as the chancellor of Mohammed Ali Jauhar University.Jaya Prada cited two examples — one of Sonia Gandhi and another of Jaya Bachchan — both of whom had to resign as MPs and re-contest polls on grounds of holding the office of profit.IANS tried to contact Azam Khan for his comments on being booked in cases of land grabbing, but could not reach him. A Samajwadi Party office-bearer said the BJP was trying to malign the SP stalwart’s image, who had established a world-class university for the people of UP in Rampur.Also Read | FIR against Azam Khan for sexist khaki underwear remark against Jaya PradaAlso Read | Jaya Prada challenges election of Azam Khan from Uttar Pradesh, RampurAlso Watch | He always lies, is taking U-turn: Jaya Prada on Azam Khan’s sexist remarksFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Next Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan faces arrest in land grabbing, torture caseTwenty-six farmers have stated that Azam Khan and Aalehasan illegally detained and pressured them to sign on a forged sale deed in a bid to acquire their land running into several thousand hectares.advertisementlast_img read more

Mumbai 12yearold boy drowns in pit at Worli Sea Link

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 20:12 IST A 12-year-old boy drowned in a pit in Mumbai, Maharashtra | Photo from ANIHIGHLIGHTSThe pit was dug for Coastal Road Project at Coastal RoadThe boy was rushed to a nearby hospital after the incidentThe boy was declared dead by the hospitalA 12-year-old boy in Mumbai drowned in a pit on Saturday.The 12-year-old boy drowned in the pit dug for a Coastal Road Project at Coastal Road, Worli Sea Link.The boy was admitted to a nearby hospital by locals but he was declared brought dead.Earlier in the week, heavy rainfall in Mumbai led to the temporary suspension of activity at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.Large parts of the city and suburbs, besides Palghar, Thane and Raigad, were lashed with heavy rain since this week.As Mumbai started the week on a flooded note, a roof collapsed in Shivaji Nagar in Govandi. Eight people were injured in the incident.According to the Indian Meteorological Department, Mumbai will experience intermittent rain or showers with heavy falls at isolated places.Also Read | Mumbai’s Tulsi lake overflows due to heavy rainsAlso Read | Mumbai: Unable to locate 3-year-old Divyansh who fell into gutter, search teams call off operationsAlso Watch | Did this scooter fall into a rain-filled pothole’ in Mumbai?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byMohak Gupta Tags :Follow MumbaiFollow Worli Sea Link Mumbai: 12-year-old boy drowns in pit at Worli Sea LinkThe boy was admitted to a nearby hospital by locals but he was declared brought dead.advertisementlast_img read more

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