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Private parties can move SC for justice

B>New Delhi (PTI): In a judgment that could justify the intervention of the National Human Rights Commission in Gujarat riot cases, the Supreme Court has ruled that interested private parties can move the apex court in cases where they apprehend miscarriage of justice by acquittal of the accused.

A bench of Justices Doraiswamy Raju and Arijit Passayat said although persons other than the state and the accused have no locus standi to file appeals in a criminal case, a petition moved by an interested private party apprehending miscarriage of justice could be entertained under Article 136 of the Constitution.

“We do not have the slightest doubt that we can entertain appeals against judgments of acquittal by the high court at the instance of interested private parties also,” it said.

The ruling comes in a murder case where the trial court had convicted four persons on various charges. However, Allahabad High Court had acquitted all the accused and dismissed the state’s appeal.

Ramakant Rai, the victim’s father, had moved the apex court challenging the acquittal but the accused had questioned his locus standi to file an appeal.

Justice Passayat, writing the judgment for the bench, said Article 136 neither conferred on anyone the right to invoke the jurisdiction of this court nor inhibited anyone from invoking the court’s jurisdiction.

Diwali relief for Sunjay

B>Mumbai (PTI): A special court has given actor Sunjay Dutt and 85 other Tada accused in the 1993 Bombay blasts case permission to move around in Maharashtra during Diwali.

On a plea by defence lawyer Farhana Shah, designated judge P.D. Kode allowed the accused to visit any place in the state to meet their relatives and friends till October 28.

The accused have also been allowed to leave Maharashtra with prior permission of the court. However, it directed the accused to file a written programme of their visits in advance to the registrar and warned them against maintaining contact with any of the absconding accused.

Accused Sayed Abdul Rehman, Karji Adijania, Russi Mulla and Anant Bhoir were permitted to visit Gujarat while Samir Hingora, Asafur Rehman, Mohammad Sultan Sayed and Mohammad Ahmed Mansoor Ahmed were allowed to go to Delhi during Diwali.

Mulchand Shah, another accused, was permitted to visit Rajasthan to meet his relatives while Sunjay has been allowed to go to Ooty for a film shooting.

All the accused have been exempted till November 2 and asked to appear before the court on November 3.

Poll panel axe on Patna DM

B>Patna (PTI): The Election Commission has debarred the district magistrate of Patna, Dipak Prasad, from poll work during the byelection to the Fatua Assembly seat, scheduled to be held on November 20.

The commission issued the directive in the wake of alleged irregularities in the recent election for the teacher’s constituency of the Legislative Council in Patna.

Killer driver jailed

B>Akola (PTI): A luxury bus driver was sentenced to two years’ rigorous imprisonment for killing a police inspector on being intercepted for carrying more passengers than the vehicle’s capacity. On June 5, 1997, Y.S. Pawar intercepted the bus at Chikhli in Buldhana district. Driver Sanjay Patil, however, ignored the signal and knocked down the officer, who succumbed to injuries. The court of judicial magistrate first class also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on Patil.

STAR charge

B>Akola (PTI): A proprietor of a local television network has been booked on the charge of violating the copyright act. Police said the proprietor was booked on Wednesday on a complaint filed by an adviser of STAR India Pvt Ltd, Shravan Wathore. He complained that the proprietor had been “stealing STAR programmes” and was “unauthorisedly telecasting various pay channels of STAR India”.

Valley blast probe

B>Jammu (PTI): Jammu and Kashmir High Court has ordered a probe into Wednesday’s explosion in the court of the additional district and sessions judge in Doda district. Chief Justice V.K. Jhanji said senior judge Nazim-udin- Wani will submit the report to the high court within 10 days.

3 of family killed

B>Begusarai (PTI): An official of Punjab National Bank and her two children were killed while they were sleeping on Thursday morning, police said. The motive was not known, they said.

Undertrial escapes

B>Begusarai (PTI): Surendra Sahni Dakaria, an undertrial, escaped after giving police a slip at the civil court on Thursday.

Tick

A Catholic art museum exhibiting artefacts from 14 and 15th centuries onwards, including a wooden statue of baby Jesus shaped like Buddha, holy vestments and a one-inch Bible, will be inaugurated in Kochi on October 25.


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