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Jesuit priest faces sodomy charge

Bhubaneswar: Police in Baripada town of tribal-dominated Mayurbhanj district have accused an official of a missionary-run institution of sexually assaulting a teenaged boy, reports our correspondent.

Following a state home department directive, the police on Saturday night registered a case against Fr Clement Kujur for allegedly sodomising Buddhadev Behera, a 17-year-old caretaker in the same institute.

However, the police said they cannot arrest Kujur as he is undergoing treatment at the Baripada headquarters hospital, where he was admitted on Saturday following illness. The boy has been sent to the district hospital for medical examination.

Kujur was coordinator of the North Orissa Resource Centre, a Baripada-based wing of the Centre for Development, Research and Training run by the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, when he reportedly committed the offence in January last year. Kujur had joined the institute in Gangraj village near Baripada three years ago.

Behera first complained to the Xavier’s management against Kujur. They did not seem to have taken note, but later transferred Kujur to Loyla school in Sankhabhanga village near Baripada. The home department, which was investigating the allegation, gave the go-ahead on Saturday.

Hrithik hearing today

Mumbai (PTI): Bombay High Court has deferred till Monday four petitions filed by filmmaker Rakesh Roshan and his son Hrithik urging quashing of complaints of alleged cheating against them in a lower court. The high court has restrained police from arresting the Roshans in the cases.

The petitions will come up for hearing before Justice V.M. Kanade. One petition was filed by the duo on July 28, while three others were filed on Saturday, Roshans’ lawyer Dipesh Mehta said. The petitions urged the high court to quash the criminal proceedings launched against the Roshans in a magistrate’s court by Jayantilal Gada, managing director of Popular Entertainment Network Ltd.

The petitions also urged a stay in the proceedings and asked the court to restrain Khar police from arresting them. The Roshans also sought the quashing of an order delivered by the magistrate in Bandra in May directing the police to investigate the charges of cheating and criminal breach of trust registered against the two.

According to Gada’s complaint, the Roshans had entered into a contract with his company for film and TV merchandising rights for Kaho Naa Pyar Hai and all forthcoming home productions. However, the Roshans and their company, Film Kraft Productions (India) Pvt Ltd, allegedly did not honour the contract.

Sex slur on NRI doctor

New Delhi (PTI): A US-based Indian doctor has been arrested in connection with a case of alleged sexual misconduct in America, police sources said.

Satish Kumar, hailing from Faridabad, was held at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Friday when he was proceeding to board an Indian Airlines flight to Kathmandu. He was stopped after a “lookout circular” issued against him in 1999 was detected, they said. He is apparently wanted for sexual misconduct in Michigan and a case of extradition is also pending against him.

Rape scanner

New Delhi (PTI): The “high rate” of acquittals in rape cases has prompted the National Human Rights Commission to conduct a survey to find the “real reasons”. The panel has appointed the Institute of Social Sciences to collect data from judicial officials, public prosecutors and investigating officers.

Report on hospitals

New Delhi (PTI): A committee appointed by Delhi High Court has indicted several hospitals, including the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute, Dharamshila Cancer Hospital and Vimhans, for not providing a certain per cent of beds for free treatment of the poor according to government conditions for getting land at throwaway prices. These hospitals have kept only free beds, but treatment is not fully free, the committee’s report said.

Medic returns

Patna (PTI): A doctor who went missing from a Patna-bound train last week returned on Sunday. The head of the Koelwar primary health centre, Dr Surendra Prasad said he had been kidnapped by extortionists and released after three days “without any ransom and with a warning to behave properly with subordinates at the health centre”. He said he will make a statement before a court on Monday.

Amarnath yatra

Jammu (PTI): More than 1.4 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the Amarnath shrine so far, official sources said. Most of the devotees have returned after darshan of the ice lingam.


The ministry of shipping is planning a “cruise shipping” service along the west coast like Palace on Wheels to cater to foreign and upmarket domestic tourists. According to initial plans, the cruise liners will link ports in Mumbai, Goa and Kerala.

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