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Rape-slur doctor’s bail challenged

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to Delhi police on a petition challenging a Delhi High Court order granting bail to a city doctor accused of raping a minor patient.

A bench of Justice Doraiswamy Raju and Justice Arijit Pasayat also issued notice to the doctor on the petition filed by the girl’s mother.

Appearing for the petitioner, counsel Colin Gonsalves and Aparna Bhat contended that the high court had erred in granting bail in a non-bailable offence, and that, too, on the ground of delay in filing of FIR where there was none.

The counsel further contended that in such a serious offence, the high court had chosen to grant bail saying the relief needed to be granted to the accused keeping in view his family background.

Justice S.K. Aggarwal of the high court had granted bail to the 55-year-old doctor, V.K. Nigam, after he furnished a bail bond of Rs 25,000 and a surety of the same amount to the satisfaction of the trial court.

According to the prosecution, the 13-year-old girl, suffering from TB, had visited the accused doctor at Holy Angel Hospital in Vasant Vihar on September 23 around 11 am. He allegedly sexually assaulted the girl on the pretext of examining her. Police lodged the FIR at 9.50 pm.

An NGO, National Campaign Against Child Sexual Abuse, has given a notice to the Medical Council of India and the Medical Council of Delhi, seeking to know what action they proposed to take against the erring doctor.

Amarmani wife plea rejected

Lucknow (PTI): A special CBI court, hearing the Madhumita murder case, on Friday rejected the plea of Madhumani, the wife of main accused Amarmani Tripathi, seeking recall of non-bailable warrants against her. The court also extended the judicial remand of four other accused till December 9.

The court had earlier issued the warrants on an application by the CBI, which alleged that the wife of the former Uttar Pradesh minister failed to turn up before the agency despite being served several notices.

The accused — Santosh Rai, Rohit Chaturvedi, Y.. Dixit and Prakash Chandra Pandey — were produced before special judicial magistrate (CBI) R.M. Yadav — who extended their jail custody — after the expiry of their judicial remand on Friday.

Suicide bid by prisoners

Alibag (PTI): Fearing they would have to spend more time in jail, four prisoners allegedly tried to commit suicide, forcing authorities to register cases against them.

Police said Nagesh S. Wadkar, Ravi Fransis Josheph, Pravin K. Patil and Kumar Tippa Reddy, all from Panvel, tried to kill themselves by hitting their heads on the jail’s stone wall. Ravi tried to slash his hand with a blade. A hearing had been fixed for the four on Thursday but they were not produced in court, police said, adding that this may have prompted them to take the step.

Priya Dutt marries

Mumbai (PTI): Priya Dutt, a social worker and the youngest daughter of actor-MP Sunil Dutt, tied the knot with colleague and social worker Owen Roncon Junior, at a function recently. The wedding was a simple affair, according to a family source.

SC on Uphaar

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to the Centre, the Delhi government, Delhi police and others on a petition filed by the Ansals, who own Uphaar theatre. The Ansals had challenged a Delhi High Court order asking them to pay around Rs 12 crore as compensation to the relatives of those killed in the 1997 cinema hall blaze. Fifty-nine people had died in the fire.

Acid on tenant face

Bijnore (PTI): A landlord in the Dhampur area threw acid on the face of his tenant for not paying the monthly rent of Rs 200 on time. The tenant, a rickshaw-puller, not only suffered burn injuries but also lost his right eye, police said. The tenant had sought some time for paying the rent. Two of his daughters, who were standing nearby, were also injured. The landlord fled after the incident.

Gangster shot at

New Delhi (PTI): A gangster was shot at and injured in the Tis Hazari court complex by some unidentified persons on Friday, police said. Dinesh Yadav was to appear before a court in connection with a trial when some persons shot at him and fired six rounds, they said. He was rushed to hospital.


Phoolan Devi features in the first ever exhibition on international outlaws which opened in Canberra on Friday. The section on Phoolan Devi’s exhibits include her spinning wheel, which she used in jail, her certificates and awards and her pictures.

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