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Karishma case tape in court

Calcutta: A tape containing an interview of Akashdeep Sabir, producer of Karishma: The Miracles of Destiny, was today produced before a division bench of Calcutta High Court, says a staff reporter.

Justices A.. Ray and J. Banerjee heard the recorded interview which was taken by journalist Pammi Somal and is the mainstay in the fiercely fought battle between Manhattan-based author Barbara Taylor Bradford and Subrata Roy-owned television channel Sahara Manoranjan.

The pulp-fiction writer has accused the channel of plagiarising her works, including A Woman of Substance, in the serial starring Karisma Kapoor.

The judges also took a look at Sachin Bhowmick’s script of Aparajita, submitted by the Sahara to corroborate their stand that the story-line of the mega serial was “original” and had nothing to do with Bradford’s novel.

Sahara counsels continued with their argument in the appeals court hearing the case after Justice M.H.S. Ansari’s June 30 ruling that vacated the earlier stay order and gave the channel the go-ahead to beam the serial from July 7. The division bench on July 3 extended the operation of the order till the case is dismissed or fresh affidavits are called for, whichever is earlier.

Appearing for Sahara, former Bengal chief minister Siddhartha Shankar Ray and Anindya Mitra questioned the relevance of an interview in a copyright violation case. They also highlighted the difference between the transcript and the tape of the interview — produced before the court by Bradford’s lawyers — and the one that recently appeared in a film magazine.

SC raps govt on border guards

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court has pulled up against the Union government for the pitiable service conditions of part-time Border Wing Home Guards, who patrolled the Indo-Bangladesh border from 1977 to 1992, and directed giving them job parity with full-time border guards.

The order was passed by a bench of Justices Brijesh Kumar and D.M. Dharmadhikari while dismissing an appeal filed by the Bengal government. The state government had recruited the part-time guards for an initial period of three months in 1977 but continued them in service according to a request of the Border Security Force.

The bench upheld the Calcutta High Court order directing the governments to treat the part-time guards, working under the supervision of the BSF, on a par with the full-timers and extend to them all pecuniary benefits given to the state armed police.

Bombay blasts accused trial

Mumbai (PTI): A special court on Monday framed charges against 1993 Bombay blasts accused Mustaffa Majnu.

The court rejected his plea to stay its earlier order separating his trial from the 123 co-accused including actor Sunjay Dutt.

Designated judge P.D. Kode framed charges against Mustaffa, who is the brother of one of the prime absconding accused Mohammed Dossa, under Tada. He was charged with participating in the bomb blasts conspiracy in 1993 and was accused of aiding and abetting the crime.

Naxalite encounter

Hyderabad (PTI): A Naxalite dalam commander was killed in an encounter with police in Karimnagar district. The encounter took place when a police party on a search operation was fired at by the Naxalites. The police retaliated, killing the commander on the spot.

Lightning kills 1

Sonepat (PTI): A labourer was killed when lightning struck a brick kiln near Sisana village, about 25 km from here. Three labourers escaped unhurt.

Train thieves in net

Vijayawada (PTI): Railway police have taken into custody four members of a seven-member gang which committed thefts on running trains. The arrests were made at Visakhapatnam on Tuesday, superintendent of Railway Police Bhavana Saxena said. Cash, cell phones and gold jewellery, together worth Rs 1.08 lakh, was seized. Saxena said the offenders had committed thefts in several trains in the past one year.

Rape arrest

Coimbatore (PTI): A businessman was arrested on Tuesday night on a charge of rape. According to a complaint lodged by a woman, the businessman took her to a house on the pretext of dropping her at a temple. She was given soft drinks, allegedly laced with “some tablets”, by another woman in the house. The man allegedly raped her when she was unconscious, the complaint said. The woman had kept the incident a secret even from her husband, who told her to leave the house when he came to know of the incident, police said.


The Jammu and Kashmir government has banned the use of polythene at Patnitop, a tourist resort in the Himalayas, with immediate effect to maintain its natural beauty. The ban will be enforced for a period of two months.

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