QBullet: Father of Girl Accusing BJP MLA of Rape Dies & More

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BJP MLA from Unnao Kuldip Singh Sengar

1. Day After Girl Alleged Rape by BJP MLA, Her Father Dies in Custody; Four Arrested

A day after a 17-year-old girl who accused Bangarmau BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of raping her tried to immolate herself near the residence of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over police inaction, her father died in custody in an Unnao jail, on 9 April, allegedly of injuries sustained when he was brutally assaulted by supporters of the MLA six days ago.

The uproar over the death of the girl’s father — a video clip of the injured man did the rounds on social media on 9 April – made police suspend the Station Officer and five policemen of Makhi police station.

2. Himachal Pradesh: 27 Schoolchildren Killed as School Bus Falls Into Gorge in Kangra; CM Announces Compensation

At least 30 people, 27 of these schoolchildren, were killed after a private bus skidded off the road and rolled down deep into a gorge in Nurpur area of Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh on 9 April.

Confirming the death toll, Nurpur BJP MLA Rakesh Pathania said three staff members, including two teachers and a driver of the bus, were also among those who were killed in the tragic incident. The victims belonged to Wazir Ram Singh Memorial school. The ill-fated bus was on its way to drop children back to their homes.

3. SC Pulls Up Centre Over Failure to Implement Its Order on Cauvery Verdict

Earlier, AIADMK had called for a fast to express their anger and disappointment at the Centre’s inaction to set up the Cauvery Management Board.
Earlier, AIADMK had called for a fast to express their anger and disappointment at the Centre’s inaction to set up the Cauvery Management Board.
(Photo Courtesy: @OfficeOfOPS/Twitter)

The Supreme Court on 9 April criticised the Centre for failing to come with a plan to implement its judgment on the distribution of Cauvery waters and gave it until 3 May to draw up the scheme in a move that puts the government in a spot by forcing it to enforce the implementation of a decision that is unpopular in Karnataka, which goes to the polls on 12 May.

The order by a bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra effectively dismisses the government’s request to let it extend by three months, the deadline of 29 March to frame the Cauvery water-sharing scheme (between Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala, but mainly between the first two).

Had the court agreed, the government would have had to do this well after the state elections. The court was hearing a contempt petition filed by Tamil Nadu after the deadline elapsed.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

4. Conflict Row: ICICI Bank to Mull Interim CEO?

ICICI chief Chanda Kochhar.
ICICI chief Chanda Kochhar.
(Photo: Reuters)

With investigations into ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar’s alleged conflict of interest continuing, at least one board member is of the view that the focus should be on asserting the strength of the institution rather than defending allegations against an individual.

This could lead to a proposal for an interim CEO, with Kochhar temporarily stepping down until the investigations are over, news agency Bloomberg reported on 9 April.

The bank, which is predominantly owned by foreign institutional investors, is facing queries with respect to various media reports. Earlier in the day, ICICI Bank had denied reports that some directors want Kochhar to step down temporarily.

5. Bharat Bandh: Beef Up Security, MHA Tells States

The Home Ministry, in view of the Bharat Bandh called by some groups on 10 April to protest against caste-based reservation, has advised all states and Union Territories to beef up security and take necessary precautions to prevent any untoward incident.

Sources said the bandh call was given through social media, apparently to counter the 2 April strike organised to protest alleged dilution of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The 2 April bandh had turned violent in many states.

6. SC Judges Picked on Impression, Not Evaluation: Justice Chelameswar

Justice Chelameshwar, who heard the matter along with Justice Nazeer.
Justice Chelameshwar, who heard the matter along with Justice Nazeer.
(Photo: Altered by The Quint)

Justice J Chelameswar, the seniormost judge in the Supreme Court after the CJI, has raised serious questions on elevation of high court judges to the SC, saying appointments were done on the basis of impressions rather than clear-eyed assessment of performance.

Speaking at a book release function in the Capital on 9 April, Justice Chelameswar, who along with CJI Dipak Misra and the three seniormost judges is part of the collegium that appoints judges to the SC, also said that proceedings of the body should be maintained.

7. TMC Wins Many Panchayat Seats Unopposed, Opposition Says It’s a Farce

File photo of Mamta Banerjee.
File photo of Mamta Banerjee.
(Photo: PTI)

Hours before the West Bengal State Election Commission issued a notification extending by a day the last date for filing nomination papers for the panchayat polls, Trinamool Congress candidates were declared “elected unopposed” from 41 of 42 seats in the Birbhum zilla parishad.

The ruling party also won “unopposed” 14 of 19 panchayat samitis in Birbhum — panchayat elections are to be held in the state on 1, 3 and 5 May.

In Kandi in Murshidabad, the TMC won 29 of 30 panchayat samiti seats, again uncontested.

In Bharatpur II, it won all 21 panchayat samit seats. It was the same story in Barwan where it won all 37 panchayat samiti seats.

These drew an angry response from Opposition parties which accused the TMC of “rigging the polls” and reducing it to “a farce” by not letting others contest.

8. PM Modi's Dalit MPs Call Him Casteist, Says Rahul Gandhi

After taking part in a symbolic fast called by the Congress as part of the party’s nationwide programme for harmony and peace, AICC president Rahul Gandhi on 9 April lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, pointing out that some of BJP’s own MPs have called him “casteist” and “anti-Dalit”.

Drawing reference to recent remarks by some Dalit BJP MPs, Rahul said, “When you talk to them (BJP MPs) in Parliament, they tell us that Modi-ji is casteist and anti-Dalit. Modi-ji does not have any place in his heart for Dalits. The entire nation knows this – it is not a secret.”

9. BJP MLA Arrested for Murder of Two Shiv Sena Leaders

The Ahmednagar police on 9 April arrested BJP legislator Shivaji Kardile in connection with the murder of Shiv Sena leaders Sanjay Kotkar and Vasant Thube on Saturday evening, 7 April.

A press note issued by the Ahmednagar police on 8 April declared that the MLA, along with 53 others connected to the crime as well as with the subsequent vandalism of the Ahmednagar District Superintendent's office, were absconding.

(Source: The Hindu)

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