QChennai: Gangster Surrenders; Convict Nalini Fights For Release
A few days ago, Chennai cops interrupted a birthday party arresting over 75 criminals.
A few days ago, Chennai cops interrupted a birthday party arresting over 75 criminals.(Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

QChennai: Gangster Surrenders; Convict Nalini Fights For Release

1. Fearing Encounter, Chennai Gangster Binu Pappachan Surrenders

Gangster Binu released a video saying he wasn’t that  big a criminal after all.
Gangster Binu released a video saying he wasn’t that  big a criminal after all.
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Gangster Binu Pappachan, who recently cut his birthday cake in the presence of 100 other criminals, surrendered before the police on Tuesday and tried to downplay his notoriety. In a video that went viral on WhatsApp, Binu is heard pleading, “I’m not that big a rowdy.”

Though the police had placed him in the A+ category, denoting a gangster with five murders to his account and with more than five rowdies as associates, Binu, 50, came in the public eye only last Tuesday. The police swooped down on more than 100 rowdies celebrating Binu’s birthday near Malayambakkam, managing to secure 75 of them.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Nalini Challenges Legal Hurdle Preventing Release

Nalini, convict in Rajiv Gandhi assassination
Nalini, convict in Rajiv Gandhi assassination
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Life convict in former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination case, S Nalini, 50, has approached the Madras High Court challenging the validity of Section 435(1)(a) of the Code of Criminal Procedure which requires the State governments to hold consultations with the Centre before ordering premature release of life convicts whose cases had been investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

She has also urged the court to quash certain portions of a Government Order (G.O.) issued on 1 February this year for release of convicts who had completed 10 years of incarceration, in commemoration of former Chief Minister MG Ramachandran’s birth centenary, because those portions deny the benefit to those who fall under the purview of Section 435 of CrPC.

(Source: The Hindu)

Also Read: Moments Before Rajiv’s Murder: Nalini Tells Her Side of the Story

3. No Whip Was Issued to Us: OPS Camp MLAs

There is a case pending in the mAdras High Court questioning the Speaker for not taking action when OPS and MLAs defied the party whip but were not disqualified by the Speaker.
There is a case pending in the mAdras High Court questioning the Speaker for not taking action when OPS and MLAs defied the party whip but were not disqualified by the Speaker.
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Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and 10 AIADMK MLAs, who voted against the Edappadi K Palaniswami government on the floor of the Assembly a year ago, have contended that they did not defy any whip of the ruling party. According to them, the petition filed by DMK whip R Sakkarapani seeking to disqualify them was an attempt to destabilise the government and “create issues” within the ruling party.

In a counter-affidavit filed on behalf of the 11 MLAs before the first Division Bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Abdul Quddhose, former minister S Semmalai said the DMK whip had no locus standi to file such a writ petition. “This is clearly an attempt exhibiting collusion” between DMK and the 18 disqualified AIADMK MLAs owing allegiance to sidelined leader TTV Dhinakaran, the counter stated.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. ‘A Year Wasted on Intra-Party Squabbling’

DMK leader Duraimurugan criticised the EPS government for wasting time in party politics and not paying attention to the governance of the state.
DMK leader Duraimurugan criticised the EPS government for wasting time in party politics and not paying attention to the governance of the state.
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The AIADMK government had spent much of its time in the last one year trying to keep the faction led by Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam in good humour and to prevent its MLAs from crossing over to the camp headed by rebel leader TTV Dhinakaran, charges Duraimurugan, DMK deputy floor leader in the Assembly. In an interview on Tuesday, he said the Edappadi K Palaniswami government’s survival would depend on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s whim.

Excerpts:

“When asked how he would assess the performance of the Palaniswami government, which is set to complete a year, he replied – ‘The last one year has been spent attending to the squabbles within the AIADMK. The government has failed to implement any development project.’”

(Source: The Hindu)

Also Read: Stalin-Vaiko Bromance to Help Pivot DMK to Power in Tamil Nadu?

5. DMK Suggests Ways to Manage STCs

DMK leader MK Stalin submitted a report on transport corporations to Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. 
DMK leader MK Stalin submitted a report on transport corporations to Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. 
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DMK working president and Leader of the Opposition MK Stalin called on Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami at the Secretariat here and handed over a DMK-prepared report suggesting ways in which the cash-strapped transport corporations could be managed efficiently.

Among the recommendations are taking over of the loss incurred by the transport corporations by the State government, resuming monthly bus passes to students and senior citizens, levying of uniform GST on fuel instead of the present system. If the State government didn’t heed to roll back bus fare despite the report, all parties would discuss and chalk out the next course of action, Stalin said.

(Source: The Hindu)

Also Read: TN Opposition parties to hold public meetings against bus fare hike

6. Corporation Officials to Gain Insights into Global Practices

The Chennai Corporation will be getting insights on resilience strengths and challenges in the city and how to get funding for infrastructure projects.
The Chennai Corporation will be getting insights on resilience strengths and challenges in the city and how to get funding for infrastructure projects.
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Chennai Corporation officials will gain insights into global best practices and the workings of funding agencies to promote civic infrastructure projects designed to improve the city’s resilience.

Starting Tuesday, Corporation officials will receive assistance on following global practices from 100 Resilient Cities — an organisation dedicated to helping cities —on topics such as water bodies, disaster management, civic engagement, informal settlements and unplanned growth.

(Source: The Hindu)

7. Techie Robbed near Sholinganallur

Photo for representative purpose only
Photo for representative purpose only
(Photo: Liju Joseph/The Quint)

A 30-year-old woman IT employee, hailing from Andhra Pradesh, was allegedly assaulted and robbed by unidentified persons near Sholinganallur while she was heading back home early on Tuesday.

The police said the victim, identified as P Lavanya, an employee of an IT company in Pallikaranai, was reportedly returning home from work around 3 am via the Thazhambur-Perumbakkam Road on her bike. She was reportedly hit on the head with an iron rod. Police sources said she was dragged to a field after being attacked. The police have not managed to establish any clear motive for the attack.

(Source: The Hindu)