Nation at a Glance

Court turns down godman plea HC hearing on Ayodhya case Militants hang villager Indians sent back Haj pilgrims Godhra inquiry Trucks collide Language tally

By The Telegraph Online in Delhi
  • Published 14.12.04

Court turns down godman plea

New Delhi: A court on Monday dismissed Chandraswami?s application seeking permission to travel abroad, reports our correspondent.

The CBI claimed to have ?collected evidence? of the self-styled godman?s role in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Chandraswami, who is also facing Fera violation charges, had sought permission from the court to go abroad for two months. However, both the Enforcement Directorate, which has charged him, and the CBI opposed the plea. Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Ravinder Dudeja turned down the application today.

?Lots of evidence have been collected against the suspect,? CBI counsel Mohammed Shakeel told Dudeja.

The counsel, who was present along with chief investigating officer B.N. Mishra of the Multi-Disciplinary Monitoring Agency which is probing the assassination case, said the agency wanted to show the evidence to the court.

When Mishra requested the court to see the documents in-camera to ensure confidentiality, Dudeja directed him to send them inside the chamber.

HC hearing on Ayodhya case

Lucknow (PTI): The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court on Tuesday will hear the arguments of the CBI counsel against five criminal revision petitions challenging the special court order discharging BJP president L.K. Advani and issuing summons against seven persons in the Ayodhya case.

Justice Y.R. Tripathi posted the matter for further hearing to Tuesday after the revisionists? counsel, Mridul Rakesh, concluded his arguments on Monday.

The special Rae Bareli court had on September 19, 2003, discharged Advani in the matter but ordered framing of charges against seven others, including former Union minister Murli Manohar Joshi, former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Uma Bharti, BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, VHP leaders Ashok Singhal, Vishnu Hari Dalmiya, Acharya Giriraj Kishore and Sadhvi Ritambhara.

All the seven accused have moved the high court challenging the order.

Militants hang villager

Jammu (PTI): Four Lashkar-e-Toiba militants on Monday abducted a villager and hanged him to death from a tree in Rajouri district, official sources said.

The militants entered Mohmmad Shabir?s house in Niyalee village and tortured him. Security forces found the body and handed it over to the family after post-mortem. A combing operation has been launched to track down the militants, the official sources said.

Indians sent back

Hyderabad (PTI): Four US-bound passengers, including two children, of Mehsana district in Gujarat, were sent back here from Dubai. The children travelling with Vishnu Prasad Jotiram Patel and Niruben Patel were found travelling with fake documents.

Haj pilgrims

Kozhikode (PTI): The first batch of 274 pilgrims left for Haj on Monday. Altogether 9,259 pilgrims from the state and 160 from Lakshadweep will go on Haj in 35 flights.

Godhra inquiry

Godhra (PTI): The Godhra inquiry commission on Monday conducted for the third time a detailed inspection of the S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express and the site where it was attacked by rioters. Justice Nanavati, who heads the commission, said the inquiry was necessary to know the ground realities after going through all the affidavits.

Trucks collide

Lucknow (PTI): A truck driver was killed on the spot and three injured in a collision between two trucks in Shahjahanpur district, police said on Monday. The other truck driver and helper were seriously injured.

Language tally

New Delhi (PTI): There are 3,372 languages in India and only 216 are spoken by a group of 10,000 people or more, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Monday. Culture minister Jaipal Reddy said steps to develop the Marwari language would be taken.


Social activists and rationalists from all over the world will participate in the fifth World Atheist Conference in Vijayawada from January 7. The theme of the three-day conference is ?atheism and social progress?.