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Kerala Love Jihad Case: Hadiya tells SC she wants to see her Husband

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Kapil Sibal, appearing for Hadiya and her husband Shafin said, “Instead of asking Hadiya on what she wants, we are talking about the venom filled in news channels.”

All eyes were set on the today’s Supreme Court hearing as Hadiya appeared before the court for the first time. It was speculated that the court will talk to Hadiya whether she was converted forcefully or not. However, Hadiya was only asked academic questions today.

The Supreme Court today asked both the party’s counsel if the court should talk to the girl and look into other matters later or vice versa. While Hadiya’s father Ashokan’s counsel said the court should look into the ‘Love jihad’ connection and then talk to Hadiya, Kapil Sibal appearing for Hadiya argued, “The lady is in court and now your lordship don’t want to hear her today. She again has to come tomorrow. This is not fair. I find absolutely helpless to answer as to whether she is under influence.”

At the beginning of the proceedings, advocate Shyam Divan asked for in camera proceedings citing the “communally charged” environment. As the proceedings started Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh pointed out that around 11 other cases of this nature are arising from the same organization called ‘Satyasarini’. He also said it must be presented before the court.

However, Kapil Sibal fought back saying Individual autonomy cannot be given a communal color. Sibal said, “Instead of talking to the girl about what she wants, we are looking at the venom filled in news channels and Facebook.”

After arguments from both the side, the court finally decided to ask the academic question to Hadiya. When asked about whether she wants to go back for studies, Hadiya replied that she wants to see her husband.

The proceedings will be continued tomorrow.

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Indrani Mukerjea files for divorce in a Mumbai court

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Indrani and Peter Mukerjea, jailed in the murder case of Sheena Bora, filed for a divorce in a Mumbai court today. Mukerjea who is the owner of a TV channel has been lodged in the women’s jail in Byculla since she was arrested in the year 2015.

Indrani Mukerjea stated that the marriage had “irretrievably broken down”, had sent a notice of divorce to Peter Mukerjea this year.

A CBI court had earlier this month rejected her request for bail quoting ill-health and a “threat” to her life in prison.

Indrani Mukerjea’s daughter Sheena Bora from her first marriage was allegedly killed on 24th April 2012. The crime came surfaced after Shyamvar Rai, Mukerjea’s driver was arrested in another case in the year 2016 when he revealed an insider on it.

Indrani Mukerjea, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver were arrested for alleged murder.

Peter Mukerjea, her husband was arrested three months later after being allegedly part of the planning.

Mukerjea was sent to a hospital in June after she complained of chest pain. Months after her arrest, she was taken to the hospital in an unconscious state after a suspected case of drug overdose.

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Cops take out rally in Manipur to protest against mob violence

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The Manipur Human Rights Commission has directed the state director general of police to probe the matter and submit a report by September 22.

 

Imphal, Sep 18 (PTI) The Manipur Police Monday took out a rally from Moreh to Tengnoupal, along the India-Myanmar border, to protest incidents of mob violence in the state.

The “men in uniform”, numbering around 70 and led by Tengnoupal Superintendent of Police S Ibombcha Singh, was joined in by more than 500 volunteers of various civic bodies.

“The two-km peace rally – from Moreh police station to Tengnoupal district headquarters – was taken out to generate awareness about the need for maintenance of law and order in the society,” Ibomcha Singh told PTI.

A civil official, who did not wish to be named, said the peace rally was the first of its kind in the state.

The rally came four days after a 26-year-old man was lynched by an irate mob at Tharoijam area of Imphal West district on suspicion of being a vehicle lifter.

Local people had also set afire a car believed to have been used by “two of his associates”.

Five persons, including a havildar of India Reserve Battalion (IRB), have been arrested in this connection.

The purported video of the incident, which went viral on social media, showed that the four police personnel, including a sub-inspector, were “present at the spot when the victim was alive and lying unattended”, Imphal West SP Jogeshwar Haobijam had said.

While the sub-inspector was suspended, three other officers were terminated from their services.

Haobijam had also said that the Cyber Crime Unit was tracking individuals who had uploaded clips of the bleeding victim.

The lynching episode triggered sharp condemnations and sit-in protests by various social activists in the area.

The Manipur Human Rights Commission has directed the state director general of police to probe the matter and submit a report by September 22.

People in large numbers have also been organizing torch rallies here, demanding justice for the victim.

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Defence Minister approves procurement of military equipment worth Rs 9,100 crores

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The acquisition proposals were approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the Defence Ministry’s highest decision-making body on procurement.

 

New Delhi, Sep 17 (PTI) The Defence Ministry Tuesday accorded approval for procurement of military equipment and weapons worth Rs 9,100 crore, officials said.

The procurement will include two regiments of Aakash missile systems, they said.

The acquisition proposals were approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the Defence Ministry’s highest decision-making body on procurement.

The DAC also approved the design and development of test equipment for guided weapons systems for T90 tanks.

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