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Poem petition

New Delhi, Jan. 17: An NGO acitivist has filed a writ petition before Bombay High Court seeking action against a police inspector for writing a poem with alleged communal undertones in the departmental magazine, Samwaad.

The petition seeks that an FIR be filed against the writer Sujata Patil, the magazine editor and a joint commissioner for hurting the religious sentiments and creating enmity between classes.

Bail verdict

New Delhi (PTI): Bombay High Court has said that bail cannot be rejected to an accused only on the grounds that he would interfere in the investigation and influence witnesses. The court granted bail to an advocate overruling a session court order.

Saudi Indians

Dubai (PTI): The Indian embassy in Riyadh will hold an open house on Friday, a move aimed at addressing the grievances of Indian workers in Saudi Arabia. The workers will be able to discuss consular issues, labour problems and seek guidance from officials, an embassy spokesperson has said.

Peta plea

Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): Peta has requested the Kerala government to allow only eco-friendly canvas or other non-leather footwear for school uniforms. A letter has been sent to the education minister, Peta has said in a statement.

Probe report

New Delhi (PTI): A report, probing the allegations made by the lone witness of the Delhi bus rape incident, has been submitted to the Union home secretary. The witness, a friend who boarded the bus with the victim, had alleged negligence on Delhi police’s part on a news channel.

Jagan remand

Hyderabad (PTI): A special CBI court has extended till January 31 the judicial remand of YSR Congress president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy in connection with an alleged disproportionate assets case. Jagan, along with other accused who are lodged in Chanchalguda jail, were produced before the court through video-conferencing.

Relief to Indians

Dubai/Patiala, Jan. 17 (PTI): Seventeen Indians, convicted for the killing of a Pakistani man in Sharjah in 2009, have been cleared for release with a court on Thursday wrapping up the case by ordering a compensation to two persons injured in the incident.

The death sentence earlier awarded to the accused had been revoked after the blood money was paid. The court has now ordered a compensation of 100,000 Dirhams.

‘Jailed’ hens

Balaghat (PTI): Police in Waraseoni town of Madhya Pradesh are guarding two hens, seized from a cock-fight, since January 14. Eleven persons, held for betting from the same venue, had been released on personal bonds. The accused, and the hens, would be produced in a local court on January 21.

14yr jail for Rana

Chicago, Jan. 17 (PTI): Tahawwur Rana, an accomplice of Mumbai attack terrorist David Headley, was today sentenced to 14 years in jail for providing material support to Lashkar-e-Toiba and for backing a “dastardly” plot to attack a Danish newspaper.

a was convicted of conspiracy to provide material support to a plot to commit murder in Denmark, including a plan to behead employees of Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten and throw their heads on to the street in Copenhagen.

Son kills dad

Washington (PTI): An Indian-American has killed his father in a North Carolina city, following a dispute between them. Jiten Ashwin Patel, 28, is being held without bond in Gaston county jail for killing his father Ashwin Patel.

Life for rape

Chikmagalur (PTI): A court has sentenced a person to life imprisonment on Thursday after finding him guilty of raping a six-year-old girl in November 2011. The court directed the convict Girish, 30, to pay Rs 2 lakh compensation to the victim and Rs 25,000 as fine.

Graft arrests

New Delhi (PTI): The CBI has recovered over Rs 1 crore in cash from three properties of an Environment Ministry official on Thursday. Neeraj Kumar Khatri has been arrested along with middleman Chinmaya Shri Chandan for arranging mining clearance.

Teen hitmen

Srinagar (PTI): Militants used gullible teenagers in a couple of attacks recently on Panchayat members in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, a top police official said. “These boys are used as hit-men for monetary considerations. They are provided with weapons to carry out the attack and then go back to normal lives,” he said.

Owaisi case

Hyderabad: Another case has been lodged against Akbaruddin Owaisi, the MIM legislator, on Thursday. He has been remanded to judicial custody till January 28. The hate speech case is now being clubbed with several cases of land grab and highhanded behaviour against officials.