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Rashtrapati Bhavan trespassers fined

New Delhi (PTI): Two brothers, caught trying to forcibly enter the high security premises of Rashtrapati Bhavan, were each fined Rs 1,000 by a Lok Adalat.

In April, Chandrashekhar and Amit of old Delhi’s Sadar Bazar area were trying to sneak into the Rashtrapati Bhavan premises by climbing the boundary wall and crawling beneath the barbed wire when they were nabbed by an alert security guard.

The brothers were chargesheeted under the Indian Penal Code for criminal trespass and intention to enter the high security Rashtrapati Bhavan. The accused were initially tried by the criminal court, but on their counsel’s request, the court transferred the case to a Lok Adalat.

Metropolitan magistrate Sanjay Garg, who presided over the Lok Adalat, found the brothers guilty and fined them after a brief trial recently.

The duo had entered the premises from the “11 Murthy” side, north of Rashtrapati Bhavan, and they were apprehended by the security personnel after a brief chase. The chargesheet was filed after the accused were jointly interrogated by the Intelligence Bureau (Special Cell) and police.

Sunjay to appear in court today

Mumbai (PTI): Altogether 122 accused — including film star Sunjay Dutt — charged with conspiracy in the 1993 bomb blast case, are scheduled to appear before a special court on Monday in keeping with a judicial directive.

Designated judge P.D. Kode had exempted the accused from appearance a month ago and directed them to come to the court on September 2. Dutt and others are likely to seek exemption again till Diwali as oral arguments in the case have come to an end, defence lawyers Subhash Kanse and Farhana Shah said.

The accused were exempted on conditions that they would not maintain any contact with the ones who were absconding and would not leave the jurisdiction of the court.

The judge has directed accused Parvez Qureshi to surrender on September 19 after his interim bail expired. Qureshi has been granted liberty to undergo treatment for peptic ulcers.

The court is housed in the high security Central Prison and the trial has completed seven years. CBI has examined more than 680 witnesses and evidence runs into more than 13,000 pages.

About 30 accused have in custody over the past 10 years while others, including Dutt, are on bail. As many as 20 accused in this case are reportedly absconding.

Z Plus security for Shah judge

Mumbai (PTI): Designated judge A.P. Bhangale, hearing the Bharat Shah case, has been provided “Z Plus” security after he recently took over charge of a special court in Maharashtra set up under Prevention of Terrorism Act, police said on Sunday.

Bhangale was provided with “Z” security two years ago, after central intelligence sources informed Mumbai police that the Dawood Ibrahim gang had planned to attack him. The security has now been beefed up after he was put in “Z Plus” category.

Temple fire probe

New Delhi (PTI): The Delhi government has ordered an inquiry into the fire that occurred in a west Delhi temple on Janmashtami, killing five children. The deputy commissioner, west, would conduct the probe to ascertain whether there was any laxity on the part of the organisers and present the report on Sunday itself. As for compensation for the family of the victims, chief minister Sheila Dikshit is expected to make the announcements on Monday.

IT training

Chennai: The Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) will help the University of Burundi to train its faculty members, reports our special correspondent. This was decided in a memorandum of understanding signed between VIT chancellor G. Viswanathan and Pr Ag. Theodore Niyongabo, rector of the University of Burundi, in Vellore recently. VIT will also depute its faculty to that university to assist in setting up departments of computer science and information technology, a VIT release said.

BV Karanth dead

Bangalore (PTI): Renowned theatre personality B.V. Karanth, who brightened up the country’s stage and made ineffable contributions, died at a private nursing home here on Sunday after battling cancer for nearly three years. The 73-year old theatre director, who was diagnosed to have prostrate cancer, was in coma for the last few days before he breathed his last around 8pm.

PTV ban

Gorakhpur (PTI): Telecast of Pakistan’s ptv was banned in Gorakhpur district after the channel aired visuals showing burning of a train bogey and a bus during a strike here on August 19. The bandh was called by a bjp mp demanding the transfer of a police officer for his alleged pro-Muslim stand. A local television network, which also showed the visuals, has been restricted from taking shots on sensitive issues. The art gallery at Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeeta Sabha in Mumbai is showcasing the paintings of child cartoonist Nirman. They include portraits of Bal Thackeray, Mother Teresa, Vallabhai Patel, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi.

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