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Priyadarshini Mattoo case: Delhi High Court grants parole to convict for LLM exam

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today granted parole to Santosh Kumar Singh, who is serving life term for rape and murder of law student Priyadarshini Mattoo in 1996, to write his LLM examination.

Justice Mukta Gupta granted him parole for four days, i.e. from today till May 24, as his exams are scheduled to begin from tomorrow.

He is pursuing LLM in a second branch and he had completed first branch of LLM in 2014 and thereafter took admission in the second branch.

The court noted that he has been availing parole and furlough in the past also and verification of his claim that he has to appear in the exam has been done by the authorities.

The judge directed him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 2,000 and a surety of the like amount, and disposed of his petition.

The court noted the submission of Singh’s counsel that as and when he would apply for parole or furlough in future, he shall keep mind his schedule for exams.

During the hearing, Delhi government standing counsel (criminal) Rahul Mehra opposed the parole plea saying this modus operandi of taking admission in a course and then asking for parole to come out of the jail was defeating the purpose of the system.

He also objected to the way jail officers approve the relief to some of the prisoners as if “they are distributing sweets”.

The court, however, said the education system is encouraged in prison so that there is positivity in jail.

Singh was earlier on parole from April 17 to May 1 for his personal contact programme (PCP), which is a part of his course, and surrendered thereafter.

His lawyer also filed an affidavit detailing his education, as directed by the court earlier.

Mattoo, 25, was raped and murdered in January 1996. Singh, a law student in Delhi University, was acquitted by the trial court in the case on December 3, 1999, but the Delhi High Court had on October 27, 2006, reversed the decision, holding him guilty of rape and murder and awarded him the death penalty.

Singh, son of a former IPS officer, had challenged his conviction and death sentence awarded by the high court.

In October 2010, the Supreme Court had upheld Singh’s conviction but reduced the death sentence to life imprisonment.

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Section 144 imposed in areas surrounding Sabarimala temple after violence

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Thiruvananthapuram | Section 144 has been imposed in parts of Kerala after violence erupted near the Sabarimala Temple as protestors tried to stop women from entering the temple premise.

The local administration has imposed Section 144 which prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area has been imposed in Pampa, Nilakkal, Sannidhanam and Elavungal areas near the Sabarimala Temple.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, various protestors blocked female journalists and women devotees from entering the temple premises. The protesting crowds took control of the Nilakkal area and pelted stones at Police vehicles, including the KSRTC buses on way to Pamba. The women were forced to get out of there vehicles who were on their way to the shrines. To bring the situation under control the police lathi-charged and pelted stones at the protestors opposing women’s entry from age 10 to 50 in the Sabarimala Temple at the Nilakkal base camp in Kerala.

Addressing the media on the violence, Kerala Minister  EP Jayarajan said,” 10 KSRTC buses were damaged. Devotees from other states were beaten up & sent back. RSS-BJP is behind all of this. Supreme Court rule applies to all, the govt is just following & implementing it.” Jayarajan further blamed BJP’s political ideologue RSS for the violence at the Nilakkal base camp. He said, “RSS criminals hid in forests and attacked the Ayappa devotees. 10 media personnel, 5 devotees and 15 policemen were attacked.”

The Supreme Court on 28 September in a historic judgement allowed women from the age of 10 to 50 to enter in the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. The five-judge constitutional bench headed by former Chief justice Deepak Misra in a 4:1 verdict allowed the entry of women of all age in the Sabarimala Temple. Delivering the Judgement the bench aid, “Right to worship is given to all devotees and there can be no discrimination on the basis of gender.” The bench further added that “The practice of barring women in age group of 10-50 to go inside the temple is violative of constitutional principles.”

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7-yr-old girl, returning home from school, raped in Haryana’s Rewari

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Chandigarh: A seven-year-old girl, who was returning home from her school, was allegedly raped by a man in Haryana’s Rewari district, police said on Wednesday. The man grabbed the child and took her to the fields and raped her there on Tuesday, they said.

The girl was profusely bleeding when she reached home, police said. She narrated the ordeal to her mother following which police were informed, they added. The child was admitted to a hospital in a serious condition, police said. A case has been registered and efforts are on to nab the accused, they said.

The girl’s parents are said to be migrant labourers.

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Ten killed in car-truck collision in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: Ten people, including four women, were killed in Odisha’s Nuapada district early on Wednesday when their car collided head-on with a truck, a senior police official said. The victims, mostly members of one family, were on their way home to Pithora in Chhattisgarh after offering prayers at the Vaishno Devi temple in the district when the accident occurred near Silada on NH-35 around 2.30am, Nuapada Superintendent of Police Smit P Parmar said.

The impact of the collision was so severe that all 10 persons on board the vehicle, including four women and the driver, died on spot, he said. The truck driver, however, abandoned his vehicle and fled the spot, Parmar said. “After getting information, police and fire brigade personnel rushed to the site and pulled the bodies out of the mangled vehicle,” the SP said. The bodies have been handed over to the family members after post-mortem, he said.

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