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Sharma bail plea hearing on hold

New delhi (PTI): Delhi police on Monday said before Delhi High Court that they had clinching evidence about IPS officer Ravi Kant Sharma’s involvement in the murder of journalist Shivani Bhatnagar, who was “eliminated” because she had certain “volatile” documents against him.

Special public prosecutor S.K. Saxena, giving details of police investigations so far, told the court that some “volatile” documents, which the contract killer could not lay hands on after the murder, had been seized by the police.

The arguments on the petitions have been posted for further hearing on Wednesday.

Stating that the court could peruse these documents to its satisfaction before deciding on Sharma’s bail plea, Saxena said the documents have been placed under “seal” by the police.

“We have oral and documentary evidence against Sharma and the motive behind the criminal conspiracy hatched by him with the co-accused — Shri Bhagwan, Pradeep Sharma, Satya Prakash and Ved Sharma — to eliminate Shivani,” Saxena said.

“The custodial interrogation of the IPS officer is necessary to unearth the conspiracy,” the prosecutor added.

Delhi High Court on Monday also dismissed a public interest litigation seeking the transfer of the case to the CBI.

An apex court bench, rejecting a petition by Manish Mishra, son of former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra, said there is nothing to suggest that Delhi police authorities are not investigating the case as per the law.

“We are of the view that there is no undue influence in the investigation by the Delhi police,” it added.

Twin rapes rock Uttaranchal

dehradun (PTI): Close on the heels of the rape of a married woman by a senior Delhi police official here, two women were raped and killed in Rudraprayag district of Uttaranchal sending shockwaves across the state.

Incensed over the growing crime rate in the hill state, the Opposition parties have demanded a white paper from the N.D. Tiwari government.

Two middle aged women and a man were hacked in Sail, 2 km from the Rudraprayag district headquarters, police said. The victims were found in a pool of blood at a godown of the state irrigation department. The police suspect the women were raped before being killed.

A post-mortem is being conducted and investigations are on but no arrest has been made so far, the police said.

Several Opposition parties blamed the government for the deteriorating law and order situation.

Clashes close tech college

hamirpur (himachal pradesh) (PTI): Authorities on Monday closed the National Institute of Technology here and asked students to vacate hostels after violence erupted on Sunday following the alleged beating up of four hostellers by the chief warden and four teachers.

The engineering institute’s acting director, S.K. Bhowmick, said the students were not prepared to accept “anything short” of suspensions of the warden and the accused teachers. Students went on rampage on Sunday pelting stones and setting ablaze vehicles before ransacking the office of the chief warden.

Transmitter balloon

jaisalmer (PTI): A balloon fitted with a transmitter fell in a village near Mohangarh close to the Indo-Pak border on Monday. Police rushed to the site and took possession of the balloon. It is not known yet whether it came from across the border.

Cauvery meet

new delhi (PTI): The Cauvery River Authority will take up on Tuesday Tamil Nadu’s demand for immediate release of water by Karnataka to save its crops. The meeting chaired by the Prime Minister will be attended by the chief ministers of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Pondicherry. The Karnataka government had indicated on Sunday its inability to release water to Tamil Nadu.

Child burial notice

new delhi (PTI): Taking serious note of the ritual where parents had buried their children for 45 seconds to two minutes to fulfil a vow at a temple festival in Tamil Nadu, the National Human Rights Commission sought a report from the state government. Chairman J.S. Verma asked the state secretary to submit the report in four weeks.

Ad guru dead

mumbai (PTI): Advertising wizard Frank Simoes died at Jaslok Hospital here on Sunday. He was 68. He is survived by his wife and daughter. Simoes had created memorable campaigns for brands like Reliance, Taj and Raymonds and had penned the “only Vimal” slogan.

Cops in jail

patna (PTI): Five Bihar policemen whom notorious criminal Gautam Singh gave a slip on Friday night while being escorted to Siwan have been sent to jail. An FIR has been registered against them for conniving with Singh. The gangster had also carried away a carbine and rifle from the escorting policemen.

An exhibition in Coimbatore on the eve of the Vinayak Chaturthi festival displayed Vigneshwari — Lord Ganesh in the form of a goddess. The exhibit, probably a symbol of gender equality, is a first in the history of exhibitions related to the celebrations.

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