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Bhopal gas case

New Delhi, April 27: The author of a trilogy on the Bhopal gas tragedy today opposed a CBI plea to revive tougher charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against the accused, saying any such move would help them “escape by death”.

Professor Upendra Baxi said any attempt to frame new charges would mean a “de novo” (fresh) trial and entail re-examination of everyone.        

Nanavati call

Ahmedabad: The Nanavati Commission has summoned IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt on a petition by the Jan Sangharsh Manch. Bhatt had said he was present at the meeting on February 27, 2002, where chief minister Narendra Modi allegedly asked police to go soft on rioters.

Shiney bail

Mumbai: Actor Shiney Ahuja was on Wednesday granted bail by Bombay High Court. The 38-year old actor, sentenced to seven years in jail for raping his domestic help, was asked to furnish a bond of Rs 50, 000. He cannot leave the country without the court’s permission.       

Cop ringtones

Mumbai (PTI): Mumbai police have issued a circular directing its staff to refrain from setting “item numbers” or “vulgar songs” as ringtones on their mobile phones and advised them to use “decent” tones.

Ex-cricketer

New Delhi: Delhi police have arrested former cricketer Jacob Martin, who has been absconding for seven years in connection with an illegal migration racket.

Rebel nabbed

Mumbai: The Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad has arrested an “important and senior cadre” of the Naxalites in the state. Angela Sontakke, 42, has 20 cases pending against her name, said ATS chief Rakesh Maria.


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