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Shivani murder charges framed

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday framed charges against former IPS officer R.K. Sharma and five others in connection with the murder of journalist Shivani Bhatnagar, reports our correspondent.

Holding that the accused had conspired to murder Shivani as she had threatened to spoil R.K. Sharma’s life and career after developing physical intimacy, additional sessions judge J.M. Malik charged the six accused under Section 120 (B) (conspiracy) read with Sections 302 (murder), 201, 403 and 404 of the IPC.

The court also charged Pradeep Sharma under Section 404 for dishonestly misappropriating the gold chain worn by Shivani and under Section 419 for entering her flat by impersonating as Rajeev Bhatnagar.

All the accused pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.

The court also fixed March 20 for commencement of prosecution evidence.

Court upholds Togadia security

New Delhi (PTI): A petition challenging the “Z-plus” security provided to VHP leader Praveen Togadia was dismissed by Delhi High Court after the government informed the court that it has been given as per guidelines.

A bench of Justices Usha Mehra and Pradeep Nandrajog rejected a petition by a non-government organisation, Real Cause, after additional solicitor general K.K. Sud, appearing for the Centre, made a statement justifying the “Z-plus” security provided to Togadia considering the threat perception to him.

The court did not agree with Real Cause president Kamran Siddiqui’s plea for a direction to the government to review the security to the VHP leader, stating that the petitioner has not made any “specific” mention of the cause for this. Apart from annexing a letter written to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in this regard, no real reason for the review has been cited in the petition, the court said.

Siddiqui alleged that Togadia has been spreading hatred in the society by his “provocative” speeches and at the same time enjoying the highest security cover even when he was not holding any public office.

Gender ‘bias’ heat on army

new delhi (PTI): Delhi High Court has admitted a petition accusing the army of discriminating against women officers in the Short Service Commission (SSC) and sought replies from the Centre and army authorities.

he high court bench admitted the petition after advocate Rekha Palli, who argued the matter, said: “It is filed purely in the public interest and does not seek any relief to serving women officers selected through the SSC and are retiring this month.”

House collapses

Jammu (PTI): Three persons of a family were killed and five injured when a house collapsed due to heavy rain in Poonch. The injured have been admitted to a government hospital in Poonch.

Sunjay exempted

Mumbai (PTI): A special court exempted Sunjay Dutt and 86 other accused in the 1993 bomb blasts case from appearance for three weeks, but on certain conditions, and directed the CBI to file a report by March 10 on the whereabouts of the absconding accused.

Bharat Shah case

Mumbai (PTI): Bombay High Court deferred till March 5 its verdict on a writ petition filed by Bharat Shah and two others, challenging the provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, under which they have been booked for forging links with underworld.

Prison to be shifted

Chennai (PTI): The century-old Chennai Central Prison will be shifted to a bigger complex at Puzhal on the outskirts of the city. The new high-security prison will have three wings with a capacity to house 3,000 inmates.

Film producer held

Mumbai (PTI): Producer Farokh Aadil has been arrested by crime branch sleuths on the charge of cheating and threatening a person. He is being questioned for his alleged underworld links also. Aadil was arrested for cheating a person to the tune of Rs 40,000 by promising him a job in the Gulf.

As many as 43 tigers were present in the Ramthambhore tiger project during the wildlife census last year. The population of wild animals was found to be increasing in every census in the project area, in the last five years, forest minister Bina Kak said.

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