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“I can be raped. I fear for my life”: Lawyer of Kathua gang-rape victim

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 Advocate Rajawat revealed that she is being called “Anti-Hindu” for taking up the case of Kathua gang-rape victim.

 

Ahead of the first trial in the Kathua gang-rape and murder case, the lawyer of the victim’s family has expressed fear for her life. Deepika Singh Rajawat, the lawyer who is fighting the case of the eight-year-old girl from Bakerwal community who was brutally raped and murdered has said that she has been getting threats of social boycott.

Talking to a news agency, she revealed that she is being called “Anti-Hindu” for taking up the case of the victim who is from Bakerwal community. Rajawat said that in light of the threats she is getting for taking up the case, she will demand police security from Supreme Court.

“Today, I can be raped, my modesty can be outraged or I can be killed,” Rajawat expressed her fear. “They have secluded me; maybe they will not allow me to practice in the court. I don’t know how will I survive,” said the advocate.

Advocate Rajawat however, said that she will fight for the rape victim and her family despite the threats. She said, “I will stand for justice and we would seek justice for the eight-year-old girl.”

The eight-year-old girl from Kathua was kidnapped on January 10. Six days later her body was found near the jungle in rasana village of Kathua. The crime branch investigation found that the girl was sedated, gang-raped and then murdered by the accused. The accused in the case include two minors, an ex-bureaucrat and local police officers.

So far, two FIRs have been registered in the case. One against the accused and the other against the lawyers of Jammu-Kashmir bar association who stalled the police from filing the charge sheet in the court.

The BJP ministers who defended the accused submitted their resignation two days ago following the nation-wide uproar.

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Rafale Deal Case: Supreme Court rules out probe in the deal

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The verdict was pronounced on a batch of pleas seeking court-monitored probe in the multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter jet deal with France.

 

New Delhi| The Supreme Court Friday said there is no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter jet deal with France.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said there has been the necessity of fighter aircraft and the country cannot remain without fighter jets.

The Chief Justice of India (CJI) is reading out the judgment for the three-judge bench.

The verdict was pronounced on a batch of pleas seeking court-monitored probe in the multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter jet deal with France.

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Make sure private banks stay in Indian hands: RSS affiliate to new RBI governor

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New Delhi | Days after new RBI governor Shaktikanta Das assumed charge, an RSS-affiliated outfit on Thursday said he should “rethink” about the regulatory framework for private bank ownership in the country so that it remains in Indian hands.

The Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) Thursday organized a discussion on ‘Future of Banks in India’, which was moderated by its co-convener Ashwani Mahajan.

After the discussion a paper was released, in which the SJM said, “There is a need for the new RBI Governor to rethink the regulatory framework for private bank ownership. None of us want India homegrown banks to be allowed in the hands of foreign players.”

These remarks come just two days after Das was appointed as the Central bank governor and a day ahead of RBI’s central board meet in Mumbai.

The Sangh affiliate further suggested that the promoters cap should also be reexamined, adding “present guidelines for compulsory dilution of the equity appear unnatural” as it is helping more foreign funds to make way into the Indian markets.

“SJM is worried that the foreign funds are increasing their penetration among the public sector banks as well as taking control of various private banks. In absence of any agreements on this at multilaterals, including the World Trade Organisation (WTO). SJM believes that the ownership of banks in India should stay among Indians,” the paper said.

It is worrisome, as India doesn’t have mature funds with deeper pockets to take up equities in the banks, the forced equity dilution pushes the banks to go abroad, SJM said while underlining that the motive of bringing in private sector banks in 2001 was to bring in more competition in this space and improving the access to credit to more Indians.

Asserting that the country needs strong and healthy banks for inclusiveness in the society, the SJM said there are two main disruptors for banks, the implementation of International Financial Reporting System (IFRS) based accounting standards and BASEL-III norms.

Basel III capital regulations are a global capital to risk norms. As per the norms, banks have to maintain a minimum common equity ratio of 8 percent and a total capital ratio of 11.5 percent.

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Supreme Court to pronounce verdict on pleas for probe into Rafale fighter jet deal

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New Delhi | The Supreme Court is scheduled on Friday to pronounce the verdict on pleas seeking court-monitored probe into India’s multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter jet deal with France. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had reserved its verdict on a batch of pleas on November 14.

Advocate M L Sharma was the first petitioner in the case. Later, another lawyer Vineet Dhanda had moved the apex court with the plea for court-monitored probe into the deal. AAP leader Sanjay Singh has also filed a petition against the fighter jet deal.

After the three petitions were filed, former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie along with activist advocate Prashant Bhushan had moved the apex court with a plea for a direction to the CBI to register FIR for alleged irregularities in the deal.

The Centre has defended the multi-billion deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets and opposed public disclosure of the pricing details.

India signed an agreement with France for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft in a fly-away condition as part of the upgrading process of Indian Air Force equipment. The estimated cost of the deal is Rs 58,000 crore.

The Rafale fighter is a twin-engine Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) manufactured by French aerospace company Dassault Aviation.

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