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Torture complaint against Bhoot

Ahmedabad (PTI): A court in Rajkot has ordered police to probe allegations of “mental torture” against the director and actors of Bhoot, official sources said.

A complaint was filed by Kishoregiri Bhupatgiri Goswami, an employee of a courier company, alleging that he had been experiencing mental torture and sleeplessness after watching the “horror” scenes of the film.

Goswami alleged that the scenes from Bhoot were haunting him even 20 days after watching the film. “The mental trauma had affected his physical activities,” Goswami’s complaint said.

Goswami has found a sympathiser in Rajkot-based Bharat Vigyan Jatha, a rationalist organisation, which issued a press release stating that such movies should be banned.

Rajkot police commissioner Sanjay Shrivastav said officials were perplexed about how to probe this case as it was an unusual one. “Such complaints are not very common and all relevant sections of the law would be considered before taking any step,” Shrivastav said.

SC breather for Karunakaran

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the trial against former Kerala chief minister K. Karunakaran in the palm oil corruption case, reports our legal correspondent.

A division bench of Chief Justice V.. Khare and Justice S.B. Sinha admitted for hearing a petition by Karunakaran, challenging the filing of chargesheet and framing of charges in the case relating to irregularities in the import of palm oil to the state when he was chief minister.

The case was registered in 1997, two years after Karunakaran demitted office as chief minister. CPI leader V.S. Achutanandan had filed a complaint accusing him of corruption in the deal.

Senior counsel and Congress Rajya Sabha member Kapil Sibal appeared for Karunakaran and said the trial court had rightly sent back the chargesheet to the police as the prosecution did not obtain sanction from the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Karunakaran was a member of the Lok Sabha when the chargesheet was filed, he argued.

Kerala High Court had ruled that the Speaker’s sanction was not necessary to prosecute Karunakaran as the deal to import palmolein was struck during his tenure as chief minister and not when he was MP. Karunakaran challenged the high court ruling in the Supreme Court.

Mirage mystery cracked, 3 held

New Delhi (PTI): Over one-and-a-half years after some parts of Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft went missing from a railway station here, Delhi police have arrested three persons on the charge of stealing them.

A parachute has been recovered from the accused while the fate of the other accessories of the fighter is being ascertained, police said. The imported parachute and the accessories, bound for Bangalore, went missing from Nizamuddin railway station on December 3, 2001.

J&K ban on medics

Srinagar (PTI): The Jammu and Kashmir government is considering banning private practice of doctors employed in medical colleges in the state, chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has said. “Under a new health policy being formulated by the state government, private practice of doctors in medical colleges would be banned,” he said.

Dutt appearance

Mumbai (PTI): Actor Sunjay Dutt, an accused in the 1993 Bombay blasts case, on Friday appeared in a special court before leaving for South Africa for the shooting of Plan. Dutt was asked to appear in court before going abroad on July 15.

Bhishm Sahni dead

New Delhi (PTI): Noted Hindi novelist Bhishm Sahni died here on Friday following a massive stroke. He was 84. Author of several novels, including Tamas, Sahni was admitted to Escorts Hospital on Thursday.

Boy kills leopard

Dehra Dun (PTI): A boy killed a leopard after an hour-long battle with the animal at Boonga in Bageshwar district, forest department sources said. Puran Singh, 16, was attacked by the leopard in a jungle near his house.

Pump attacked

Muzaffarnagar (PTI): Armed miscreants attacked a petrol pump in Muzaffarpur district on Friday and shot dead its manager, Prithivi Nath Singh, police said. The three motorcycle-borne criminals tried to loot the pump and, when resisted, fired indiscriminately.


Karnataka plans to develop Jog waterfall as an international tourist spot, state minister for tourism D.B. Inamdar has said. For providing basic facilities under the project, Rs 4.93 crore has been reserved, the minister said.

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