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CBI seeks cover

New Delhi, Feb. 18 (PTI): The CBI has approached Delhi High Court claiming protection from disclosure of information held by it on allegations of corruption under the Right to Information Act.

The agency’s move came on a decision by the CIC to allow an RTI plea of activist C.J. Karira seeking details related to the status of sanction for prosecution of public servants facing allegations of corruption during 2007-11.

Dikshit case

New Delhi (PTI): Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has been asked by a court to appear before it in person on April 5 in a defamation case filed by her against former city BJP chief Vijender Gupta. Dikshit had filed a case against Gupta for using “uncivilised” language.

Child sex ratio

Chandigarh (PTI): The child sex ratio in Haryana has registered a slight improvement with 850 females per 1,000 males. State health minister Rao Narender Singh said the change was because of “innovative schemes being implemented by the state government”. The ratio in 2011 was 830 girls per 1,000 boys.

Black bucks

Kanpur (PTI): Stray dogs attacked and killed two black bucks that had meandered away from the forest area in Rasoolabad, forest officials said. Villagers chased away the dogs but could not save the animals. The carcasses have been sent for post-mortem.

Paper probe

Mumbai (PTI): Bombay High Court has asked the state government to probe how an applicant’s plea for issuance of SC/ST certificate was rejected by a panel when its chairperson was absent at the hearing. The court asked the state to probe an allegation that a remark in pencil on the rejection letter to obtain the chairperson’s signature was erased from the original document.

Quarrel death

Rajapalayam (PTI): A woman killed her two children by giving them poison before consuming it herself after a quarrel with her husband on Sunday, Tamil Nadu police said. The husband has been detained while the woman is in hospital.

Insurer fined

New Delhi, Feb. 18 (PTI): United India Insurance has been slapped with a fine of Rs 50,000 by the apex consumer commission for wasting its time on “frivolous proceedings” and drawing a policy holder into an “unnecessary and uncalled for” litigation.

The insurer had paid the claim amount to Delhi resident Rani Sharma for a stolen car after a lower forum’s order but had appealed against the verdict to the apex commission.

Pilgrims dead

Gaya (PTI): Seven pilgrims from Bengal were killed and 27 injured when a bus overturned and fell into a ditch in Bihar’s Gaya district on Monday. Three of the victims were women. The pilgrims were coming back to Purulia from Varanasi. The injured were hospitalised.

Shinde case

New Delhi (PTI): A court will on March 7 hear arguments on whether to summon Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in a defamation case for his remarks accusing the BJP and the RSS of organising terror camps.

Doc ‘abuse’

Tikamgarh (PTI): A Dalit doctor in Madhya Pradesh has filed a complaint against a leader of the ruling BJP for threatening and abusing him, police said. Ramji Nayak had gone to a hospital allegedly carrying arms and asked the doctor why he had not stood up even though the leader had come in a beacon-fitted car.

Suryanelli

Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): The Kerala government has announced the suspension of a sub-inspector in a bid to end Left protests over alleged police excesses on two of its MLAs during a march in connection with the Suryanelli sex slave case. K.K. Ramani was the duty leader when police personnel allegedly assaulted CPM MLAs Geeta Gopi and E.S. Bijimol.

Jumbo body

Erode (PTI): A 45-year-old tusker was found dead near Tamil Nadu’s Gunderipallam reservoir on Sunday. The elephant died of an ailment and age, officials who examined the body said. It was buried near the reservoir.