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SC green signal to K3G screening

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court on Friday suspended a Madhya Pradesh High Court ban on Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.

The high court, acting on a PIL, had banned the screening of the film till it deleted the scenes where an NRI’s son is shown singing the national anthem in a foreign school.

Issuing notice to the information and broadcasting ministry and the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) on two petitions filed by the film’s producer and director, Yash and Karan Johar, a bench of Chief Justice V.. Khare and Justice S.B. Sinha ordered suspension of the high court order.

The bench, while suspending the ban order, took note of the Union government’s instructions that it is not mandatory for the audience to stand up while watching a film or a documentary in which the national anthem is played.

The high court in an omnibus order had directed the producer and director to withdraw all prints of the film from the market, including its video copies, till the “offensive portion” was deleted.

Court axe on convict relief

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court on Friday stalled any further step by the Haryana government to remit sentences of convicts.

A bench of Justices S.. Variava and H.K. Sema also issued a notice to the government on a PIL filed by one Anil Sharma alleging that chief minister Om Prakash Chautala “to appease his political cadre”, had in the last four years released 275 life convicts after remitting their imprisonment period.

Alleging violation of an apex court verdict, the petitioner through counsel G.L. Sanghi and Jasbir S. Malik pointed out that the state government was releasing life convicts before they had completed the mandatory 14 years of imprisonment.

“The government of Haryana in complete violation of the provisions of Section 433-A of the Criminal Procedure Code and in violation of the law settled by the apex court has released the life convicts before the expiry of 14 years of sentence and again it has recommended for premature release of life convicts just to appease his political cadre,” the petitioner said.

Teacher held for caning girl

Mumbai (PTI): A schoolteacher, who caned one of his students till she fell unconscious, was arrested on Friday at Manpada in Thane district.

The teacher scolded the Class V student two days ago for not doing her homework and then beat her with a ruler, police said. The girl lost consciousness and was rushed to hospital where she is undergoing treatment.

‘Rapist’ tenant

Rohtak (PTI): A married woman has alleged that she was repeatedly raped and kept in illegal confinement for over a month by a youth. The youth and his mother have been booked under various charges following a complaint lodged by the woman. The two used to be her tenants six months ago, the woman has stated in her complaint.

Prisoner escapes

Kanpur (PTI): A detainee, from whom 175 grams of charas was allegedly recovered on Thursday, escaped from police custody on Friday. Dharmendra Kumar, lodged in the Naubasta police lock-up, requested the cops to let him answer nature’s call and did not return.

Airport arrest

Mumbai (PTI): Two persons were arrested by the air intelligence unit at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on charges of trying to smuggle Indian and foreign currency amounting to Rs 13.68 lakh out of the country. A passenger was intercepted at the airport before leaving for Dubai by Gulf Air. The currency was found in his baggage and was concealed inside six plastic containers.

Robber killed

Dehradun (PTI): A man was killed in an encounter with police after he allegedly robbed a jewellery shop and tried to escape with the booty early on Friday, police said.

Gold trader kidnap

Meerut (PTI): A gold trader was kidnapped by four unidentified armed men on Friday, police said. Ashok Kumar Rastogi was whisked away in a white Tata Indica around 6 am from the Civil Lines area where he had gone for a morning walk.

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