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Khare to be new chief justice

New Delhi: Justice Visheshwar Nath Khare will be the country’s new Chief Justice from December 19, reports our legal correspondent.

The Supreme Court’s senior-most judge will take over from Chief Justice G.B. Pattanaik.

“With the Rashtrapati Bhavan clearing the file today (Tuesday), the decks have been cleared to swear in Justice Khare as the 33rd Chief Justice of India,” legal sources said.

Justice Khare, born on May 2, 1939, started his career in 1961 at Allahabad High Court. After working on civil writs and revenue, he became chief standing counsel for the Uttar Pradesh government in the high court’s Allahabad bench.

Justice Khare was appointed a judge of the high court on June 25, 1983. In 1996, he became Calcutta High Court Chief Justice. His next stop was the Supreme Court on May 21, 1996.

Justice Khare will retire on May 2, 2004, after serving for over 17 months as the CJI.

Officer turns to Advani for cover

Patna (PTI): Senior IAS officer Anand Vardhan Sinha, an additional member of the Bihar government’s board of revenue, has sought the help of deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani for adequate security cover for himself and his family members after receiving an abduction threat.

Sinha said he had written to Advani seeking his intervention for adequate security cover, after receiving an abduction threat recently, the second one in the last eight months.

Sinha had lodged a complaint with the Buddha Colony police station on Sunday, stating that he had received an inland letter at his office address, threatening to kidnap him and his son if he failed to pay the money demanded.

The letter did not have the address of the sender, who gave his name as Abul Kalam, Sinha said.

The official said that despite his meeting with director general of police R.R. Prasad and home commissioner R.J.M. Pillai seeking more security, no additional security personnel was posted at his residence.

10-year-old Dalit girl raped

Basti (PTI): A 10-year-old Dalit girl was raped while returning from school in Mirwapur village by a resident of the area, a senior police official said.

An FIR was lodged accusing Mani Ram Chaudhry, 40, for the crime, ASP Srikant Singh said. He said the incident has sparked tension in the village.

The police have launched a search for the accused and the girl has been sent for a medical examination.

Tax office fire

Ahmedabad (PTI): Documents, office records and furniture belonging to the income-tax department were gutted in a fire that broke out in the department’s office record room on the sixth floor of the New India Assurance building on Tuesday, fire brigade sources said. No one was injured. The blaze might have been caused by short circuit and overload of power due to faulty wiring.

Bank robbery

Moga (PTI): Robbers struck at a branch of Central Cooperative Bank in Chandpurana village and decamped with over Rs 4 lakh, police said. The bank manager came to know about the crime in the morning when the bank staff arrived for work, they said. The police have rounded up three bank employees, including the bank manager and treasurer, suspecting their involvement in the robbery.

Pump licences

New Delhi (PTI): Petroleum minister Ram Naik approved allotment of petrol stations to the kin of nine persons killed during last year’s terrorist attack on Parliament. The letters of intent in this regard will be handed over at a function in Parliament by Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi on December 13, 2002, the first anniversary of the attack.

Collision claims 4

Pratapgarh (PTI): Four persons, including a woman, were killed and four injured when the jeep in which they were travelling collided with a truck, police said. The mishap occurred near Kanista village on Monday night. The injured have been admitted to a hospital.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams has broken through the 10 million pounds ($ 16 million) barrier at the box office in London. The show, which opened in June, celebrates its 200th performance on Wednesday at London’s Apollo Victoria theatre.


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