QChennai: Former Top Cop Opens up About Gutkha Scam & More

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The gutkha scam hit the headlines in June 2017 after a document containing details of bribes paid to a Minister, at least three IPS officers and other Central/State Government officials to facilitate the manufacture and sale of gutkha was found.
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1. Ex-Chennai Top Cop Admits Gutkha Scam was Real But Blames Others

Proclaiming himself as innocent, George went on to blame many other officers – seniors and subordinates – including sitting DGP TK Rajendran.
Proclaiming himself as innocent, George went on to blame many other officers – seniors and subordinates – including sitting DGP TK Rajendran.
(Photo Courtesy: TNM, Altered by The Quint)

Over a year after the first raids were conducted in the multi-crore Gutkha scam that rocked Tamil Nadu, former Chennai Police Commissioner and an accused in the probe, S George has confirmed that there was, in fact, a scam among the ranks of the Tamil Nadu police department in connection with the unchecked sale of gutkha.

However, proclaiming himself as innocent, George went on to blame many other officers – seniors and subordinates – including sitting DGP TK Rajendran. Stating that such a massive illegal activity could not have taken place with the ‘blessing of the Commissioner’ alone, he implicated current Villupuram SP Jayakumar and other officers.

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2. Rajiv Gandhi Case: Nalini Sriharan Appeals to HC to Withdraw Plea for 6-Month Parole

Chennai: Nalini Sriharan, a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case who has been asking the government to consider her mercy petition.
Chennai: Nalini Sriharan, a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case who has been asking the government to consider her mercy petition.
(Photo: IANS)

A day after the Supreme Court asking the Tamil Nadu governor to consider the mercy petition of AG Perarivalan and six others, life convicts in assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, Nalini Sriharan, a convict in the case, has approached the Madras High Court with a plea to withdraw her petition seeking six-month parole to make arrangements for her daughter’s wedding.

On behalf of Nalini, her counsel made the submission before the court on Friday. He stated that she made the decision in view of apex court verdict that Tamil Nadu government can decide on its own to releasing the seven-accused convicted in the case including Nalini. Recording the submission, Justice PN Prakash permitted the petitioner to withdraw the plea.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

3. Didn’t Know till Doctors Said She Was Pregnant: Mother

Talk to your child. Know the signs. (Photo: iStock)
Talk to your child. Know the signs. (Photo: iStock)

“She only confided in the doctor,” Priya’s mother, Vanitha says, “for some reason, she does not want to tell me.” Over a week ago, when doctors scanned 13-year-old Priya’s stomach after she complained of discomfort informed them that she was four months pregnant. It is only then that her mother came to know of her child being raped repeatedly by her stepfather.

Now, admitted to Kilpauk Medical Hospital, the trauma continues to haunt her. Priya* (name changed) says the only reason she did not complain was her stepfather had threatened to kill Vanitha if she said anything. “I already lost my father, I cannot lose my mother and my new father too. That’s why I did not say a word,” Priya says. Priya is now healthy and has recovered from the complications involved in an abortion.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

4. HC to Hear Plea by Shankar, Kalanithi Maran on 28 Sept

The Madras High Court has decided to hear petitions filed by Kalanithi Maran and Shankar to quash complaints lodged by a writer who had accused them of having stolen his story for the making of <em>Enthiran </em>in 2010.
The Madras High Court has decided to hear petitions filed by Kalanithi Maran and Shankar to quash complaints lodged by a writer who had accused them of having stolen his story for the making of Enthiran in 2010.
(Photo: Screenshot)

The Madras High Court on Thursday decided to hear on 28 September petitions filed by Kalanithi Maran of Sun Pictures and film director S Shankar to quash private criminal complaints lodged by writer Aarur Tamil Nadan who had accused them of having stolen his story for the making of Rajinikanth starrer Tamil flick Enthiran in 2010.

Justice M Nirmal Kumar agreed to hear the quash petitions after three weeks since the counsel for Maran sought time. However, senior counsel P Wilson, representing Shankar, vehemently objected to the private complaints and contended that the writer could not blow hot and cold by filing a civil suit as well as criminal complaint.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. Nirmala Devi Case: CB CID Accused of Protecting Culprits Luring College Girls

The infamous teacher from Tamil Nadu accused of trying to lure students into sex work.
The infamous teacher from Tamil Nadu accused of trying to lure students into sex work.
(Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

In April this year, Tamil Nadu heard a shocking tape that exposed the attempt by an assistant professor to lure four female students into sex work at a college in Virudhunagar.

Though there was a buzz that bigger names were involved in the scandal, the CB CID wing alleges that the three people in police custody were the only ones responsible for the crime in which Nirmala Devi had promised scholarships and jobs in return for sexual favours. Opposition parties and relatives of the accused however, say there is more than meets the eye. Suja, Murugan's wife too alleges that senior officials in the university are being protected by the CB CID.

(Source: The News Minute)

6. DMK to 'Enthusiastically' Support Cong's Bharat Bandh Against Fuel Price Rise

The DMK chief urged all sections of people to voluntarily support the bandh to ‘teach the BJP government a fitting lesson’.
The DMK chief urged all sections of people to voluntarily support the bandh to ‘teach the BJP government a fitting lesson’.
(File Photo: IANS)

The DMK on Friday announced it would extend its support to the Congress party's nationwide shutdown on 10 September over rising fuel prices and said it would play an active part in making it a success. Conveying his party's "whole-hearted support," party president MK Stalin said the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) would "enthusiastically take part and cooperate to make the shutdown a complete success".

The DMK chief urged all sections of people, including government employees, teachers, traders and state transport corporation workers, to voluntarily support the bandh to "teach the BJP government a fitting lesson".

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

7. Mother, Son Killed as Bike Rams into Lorry in Porur

The lorry driver Rajasekar (37) was arrested for violating the traffic and parking the lorry on the roadside.
The lorry driver Rajasekar (37) was arrested for violating the traffic and parking the lorry on the roadside.
(Photo: YouTube Screenshot)

A woman and her son who were riding on a motorcycle died in a road accident after they rammed their vehicle into a stalled lorry in Porur on the wee hours of Friday. The residents of Otteri, Jamuna (47) and her son, Kamesh (19) who is pursuing first year engineering in a private college in Avadi, were travelling on their two-wheeler to a relative’s house in Vedanthangal.

The police told, “At around 7 am, when they were near the Porur flyover on the Chennai bypass road, Kamesh who was driving the two-wheeler rammed into a lorry carrying iron scraps. The lorry driver had parked the lorry on the roadside and slept off. Kamesh had failed to notice that the vehicle was halted and rammed into it. The duo were not wearing helmets and suffered heavy bleeding.”

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

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