Accused in murder over water case free
New Delhi (PTI): In a fight over water between two women and their family members, one woman’s husband was stabbed to death, but the Supreme Court acquitted the accused, saying there was neither a conspiracy nor any evidence to pinpoint who stabbed the deceased.
eferring to the injuries sustained by the accused, a bench of Justice N. Santosh Hegde and Justice B.P. Singh said: “In the absence of any explanation from the prosecution as to the injuries on the appellant, we are of the opinion that the prosecution’s version of the incident becomes doubtful.”
The prosecution had told the trial court that the two accused along with two others stabbed the deceased. “The prosecution has recovered only one weapon. Therefore, it is difficult to appreciate the prosecution’s case that by one single weapon all these four accused persons would have stabbed the deceased,” Justice Hegde, writing for the bench, said.
The prosecution was not claiming that all the accused had come prepared to attack the deceased, he said, adding that “it is their case that the fight started suddenly without pre-planning between the two ladies and the others joined in and somebody stabbed the deceased”.
etting aside the trial court order convicting the accused for murder, which was upheld by Andhra Pradesh High Court, the apex court said: “Assuming this case of the prosecution to be true, in the absence of any material to show that there was any common intention, it will not be possible to attract Section 34.” It then directed that the accused be released from jail.
Sunjay to appear in Shakeel case
mumbai (PTI): Decks have been cleared for actor Sunjay Dutt to appear as a witness in the case of alleged nexus between Bollywood and the underworld with the police recording his statement and obtaining voice sample with regard to his alleged telephonic conversation with Pakistan-based gangster Chhota Shakeel.
Dutt, producer Sanjay Gupta, director Mahesh Manjrekar and financier Harish Sughand had allegedly spoken to Shakeel from a hotel in Nashik on November 14, 2000. Police intercepted it and produced the recorded conversation before a special court.
Gupta, Manjrekar and Sughand turned hostile in court, although their sample voices matched with the ones recorded. However, Dutt was not examined as a witness as his statement had not been recorded.
On Tuesday, police initiated the process of making him a prosecution witness.
Christian body slams Kerala
B>l THIRUVANANTHAPURAM (PTI): A Christian body has lambasted the Kerala government “for giving marching orders” to US missionary Joseph Cooper, saying the action amounted to “succumbing to pressure from the BJP-led government at the Centre”.
The All-India Christian Council secretary general said “by expelling Cooper on a visa regulation, after last month’s attack on him by RSS workers, the UDF government succumbed to the pressure from the Centre”.
B>lVADODARA (PTI): A man, allegedly involved in the Godhra train carnage on February 27 last year, was arrested from Lunawada in Panchmahal district on Monday. Acting on a tip-off, a local crime branch team from Godhra tracked down Idris Yusuf Mafat alias Ravan. He was taken to an undisclosed destination for interrogation.
B>lNEW DELHI (PTI): A special counter-terrorism division has been set up in the external affairs ministry under a senior official for ensuring better coordination with agencies dealing with the issue. The division, headed by Meera Shankar, additional secretary, will be the nodal point in projecting a comprehensive policy on counter-terrorism.
B>ljammu (PTI): Police have arrested nine smugglers and seized 28 cattlehead being carried in two trucks to Srinagar. The cattle were being taken to the Valley on the occasion of Id when police intercepted the vehicles at Tikri area on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Monday. Transportation of bovines from Jammu to Kashmir is banned.
GRP looting charge
B>lKatihar (PTI): Five Government Railway Police jawans have been placed under suspension on charges of looting and harassing passengers of the Awadh-Assam Express, sources said. An FIR was lodged by the railway police station against the five following complaints from passengers, deputy superintendent of railway police, Katihar, Mrityunjay Kumar said.
With an aim to create awareness on safe driving, 17 journalists have embarked on a 29-day cross-country tour. The journalists, who have reached Jammu, will travel 14,930 km in 28 states during the “one lap of India, one lap for safety” mission.