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Army school rules out data leak

Mumbai: The National Defence Academy said it was “highly unlikely” that sensitive information could have fallen into the hands of Anwar Ali, a teacher at the premier institute arrested for links to the Mulund train blast, reports our correspondent.

Major General I.A. Satur, who is with the academy, allayed fears that the former Students’ Islamic Movement of India activist could have passed on sensitive information on national security while teaching Urdu at the institute. The possibility of such a thing happening was “nil”, Satur said.

The Pune institute, one of the best defence schools in Asia, had come under fire for taking in Ali without verifying his antecedents.

The institute’s authorities today said Ali was first employed on a four-year contract from 1996 to 2000. Ali, who taught Urdu poetry, an optional subject, was out of work when a lecturer from the Union Public Service Commission replaced him in 2000. But he got back his job when the lecturer left the academy early this year.

“A routine inquiry by police had been done when Anwar Ali was employed for the first time,” Satur said. “So, this time there was no inquiry.”

Fresh bid for Quattrocchi

New Delhi: India filed an appeal in the Malaysian Federal Court, seeking a review of the court of appeal order rejecting its request to extradite Ottavio Quattrocchi, reports our special correspondent.

In the appeal, filed by the Malaysian attorney-general on India’s behalf, the CBI urged the federal court to direct the court of appeal to hear its extradition plea on merit.

On April 30, the court of appeal refused to review the Kuala Lumpur High Court order turning down the Italian businessman’s extradition. The court said it could not review the order without going through evidence showing Quattrocchi’s role in the Bofors scam. The appeals court said the high court’s decision was final in extradition cases as per its own Extraditions Act.

CBI officers say the federal court had accepted their petition and issued notices to Quattrocchi’s lawyers. But no date has been fixed for hearing the appeal.

Bhatt plans film in Pak

Mumbai (PTI): Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt is seeking permission to shoot a Hindu-Muslim love story in Pakistan in a bid to build on the recent thaw between the nuclear rivals. The film, yet to be named, is set a couple of months before the bloody Partition in 1947 and will have actors from both countries, said Bhatt.

“Indians and Pakistanis are still victims of the hatred that began with the Partition. There’s an urgent need to look at each other more positively. It can be done through films,” said Bhatt, who will collaborate with a Pakistan-born, British producer.

Harshad allies

Mumbai (PTI): A special court handed two years’ rigorous imprisonment to three bankers — M.S. Srinivasan of State Bank of Saurashtra, and Vinayak Deosthali and Ashok Ugrankar of United Commercial Bank — for conniving with Harshad Mehta to cheat a bank of Rs 20 lakh in 1991.

Mayor fine stayed

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court has stayed a Bombay High Court order imposing a fine of Rs 50,000 on Nagpur mayor Vikas Thakre and quashing the March 29 election of standing committee members. A vacation bench stayed the high court order on Thakre’s appeal. Thakre, who belongs to the Congress, had suspended 30 corporators, including 29 from the BJP, for alleged violence during a meeting. He had gone ahead with the election for the standing committee without the 30 coporators.

MP tribunal order

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has declined to stay a notification of the Madhya Pradesh government abolishing its state administrative tribunals (SAT). Many state governments feel tribunals have been made redundant after the Supreme Court ruled that an appeal against SAT could go before the high court.

Calcutta fire

Calcutta: A fire broke out in Mullickbazar on Tuesday night, damaging a few motor spare parts shops and godowns. Fire service sources said nine engines brought the blaze under control in two hours. The fire started around 9.30 pm after the shops had been shut.

The use of recycled plastic articles like plates, glasses and bags and packed food in plastic packs have been banned in and around the world heritage site of Hampi. Offenders will be fined Rs 100.

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