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Salman denied bail again

Mumbai: Salman Khan was denied bail for the third time in a row on Wednesday, reports our correspondent.

He was told by sessions judge P.V. Bavkar that police have made out a prima facie case against him in the hit-and-run accident and that his bail plea had to be dismissed in the interest of the case. Salman had on October 13 applied for bail at the sessions court after metropolitan magistrate S.Y. Shisode ruled that it was outside his jurisdiction to grant it.

The Bollywood star has been booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder under Section 304 (II) of the IPC, a non-bailable offence that comes with 10 years of rigorous imprisonment along with a fine or both.

The sessions court said investigations were still incomplete and that the actor — “because of his status and wealth” — may tamper with evidence by influencing the witnesses undergoing treatment at a city hospital. Salman has been remanded in judicial custody till October 21.

Incidentally, the prosecution had not opposed Salman’s bail at the metropolitan court and said that the police custody, too, wasn’t necessary and it was up to the sessions court to grant him bail. Today, however, the prosecution argued that investigations were still on and until the chargesheet was filed, the actor should not be granted bail.

To the defence’s argument that Salman was involved in an accident that fell under Section 304 A, causing death by negligence, a bailable offence, the prosecution said he had “full knowledge” as defined in Section 304 (II). Prosecutor R.V. Kini asserted that even Salman’s police bodyguard, Ravinder Patil, had cautioned him not to drive as he was under the influence of liquor.

Ukraine deports smugglers

Moscow (PTI): Ukraine has deported two Indians allegedly involved in running a racket of smuggling illegal immigrants to west Europe through its territory.

Harpal Singh alias Pala and Harsharan Pal Singh alias Soni had allegedly been smuggling 50 to 70 illegal immigrants per month through Ukrainian territory to the west. Both have been banned entry into Ukraine for five years. Harpal and Harsharan were charging over 1,500 dollars from each client for their services, which were terminated in a joint operation by the Kiev police department and the intelligence wing of the Ukrainian Border Service.

One of the deported Indians was the director of a locally registered company, while another was completing his 7-year course of studies at Kiev Polytechnical University.

Gas leak kills factory hands

Vadodara (PTI): Two labourers died on the spot while two were seriously affected after they inhaled ammonia gas while cleaning a tank in a chemical unit at Ankleshwar in Bharuch district. The deceased were identified as Ramjani Prasad, 44, and Narendra Basu, 40.

A case has been registered against the chemical unit K.A. Patel and Co.

Six hurt in clash

Hamirpur (PTI): Six persons, including a security guard of Bahujan Samaj Party MP Ashok Kumar Singh Chandel were injured in a clash with a rival group in Soofiganj. Chandel’s supporters alleged they were attacked by the rival group when they were returning after Dussehra celebrations.

Badrinath shrine

Dehra Dun (PTI): After having allowed pilgrims for nearly six months, doors of the Badrinath shrine will be closed for the winter season from November 17, while that of the Kedarnath temple will close on November 6. Officials said the date for closure of the Badrinath shrine was announced by its rawal (chief priest) on Tuesday.

Reporter’s plea

Kochi (PTI): Kerala High Court turned down the plea of N. Chandra Mohan, a reporter of Rashtra Deepika, who had been interrogated by the crime branch in the forgery case. Chandra Mohan had pleaded to have his lawyer at the time of his polygraph test or any other test conducted in connection with the case. The order was issued by Justice N. Krishnan Nair on a petition by Chandra Mohan, seeking assistance of a lawyer during interrogation.

Mishap victims

Dehra Dun (PTI): Rescuers continued search operations for possible survivors after a Tata Sumo carrying 14 members of a family plunged into the Ganga near Rishikesh on Tuesday night. All 14 were feared drowned as there was not trace of the vehicle.

Man kills self

Kota (PTI): Unable to feed his family a man in Baran district committed suicide by setting himself on fire. He was admitted in hospital with 70 per cent burns and died on Tuesday.

Four special postage stamps featuring tropical reptiles will be released next year, said G. Balakrishna Doss, a senior philatelist and a member of the National Philatelic Advisory Committee. This was decided at a meeting of the committee in New Delhi.


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