QBullet: Chargesheet in Dadri Lynching Case, Kirti Azad Suspended

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Relatives of Mohammad Akhlaq mourn  after he was killed by a mob in Dadri, UP. (Photo: Reuters)

1. BJP Leader’s Son Among 15 Named in Dadri Lynching Chargesheet

Nearly three months after Mohammed Akhlaq was lynched by a mob in Dadri over rumours of eating beef, the police on Wednesday filed a chargesheet against 15 people, including a minor.

Shaista (L), Mohd. Akhlaq’s daughter and Asgari (R), his mother, soon after he was killed in his home by a mob, accusing him of cow slaughter. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Shaista (L), Mohd. Akhlaq’s daughter and Asgari (R), his mother, soon after he was killed in his home by a mob, accusing him of cow slaughter. (Photo: The Quint)

52-year-old Akhlaq was killed over rumours of consuming beef at his house but police said a forensic report on the type of meat was yet to be received. Akhlaq’s daughter, Shaishta, has been made the prime witness in the case.

Vishal Rana, son of a local BJP leader, and his cousin Shivam were named in the chargesheet as the main conspirators, according to The Indian Express.

Chargesheet has been filed against 15 persons. Additional chargesheet will be filed against a few more persons whose names figured in the statement of Akhlaq’s daughter, Shaishta, recorded before the court. Two persons were arrested today (Wednesday) while two others are absconding.
Anurag Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police

Singh has also pointed out that whether the meat was that of a cow or a goat is not known. He said this even as previous reports claimed that a forensic lab in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh had found that the meat tested was mutton.

Read the report on The Quint.

2. Kirti Azad Suspended From BJP For Anti-Party Activities

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member Kirti Azad was suspended by party president Amit Shah on Wednesday for anti-party activities.

The move came after his press conference on the issue of corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) on Sunday where he screened a WikiLeaks for India video, which has now been pulled off from the video-sharing site it was uploaded on.

Screenshot from the video sharing website.
Screenshot from the video sharing website.

The row started after a raid by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary’s office.

Kejriwal claimed that the aim of the raid was to tamper with the files based on which he was going to order an enquiry committee to probe corruption in the DDCA under Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s leadership (1999-2013).

Jaitley filed defamation suit against six AAP members – including Kejriwal – after AAP and Congress members demanded his resignation.

Azad had challenged Jaitley to file a defamation suit against him as well, even though he had not directly mentioned Jaitley’s name in his statements on the DDCA.

After his suspension, Azad made damning statements against Jaitley on television news channels.

Members of AAP also held a protest against Arun Jaitley following Azad’s suspension.

3. BSF Plane Crash Victims’ Families Question HM Rajnath Singh

The victims of the plane crash carrying Border Security Force (BSF) personnel and technicians were laid to rest on Wednesday in Delhi.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh attended the wreath-laying ceremony along with the family members of the victims and was questioned about “old” planes being used in the BSF.

The agitated family members of the victims alleged that the aircraft was not fit to fly.

However, the Director General of BSF DK Pathak claimed that even though the 11-seater Beechcraft Super King has been in operation for 20 years, these aircrafts have a life of 40-45 years.

My son-in-law told me that the planes in the BSF air wing are getting old and new ones are expected in sometime. I don’t know when these new aircraft will come but surely he will not be there to see them.
Father-in-Law of Co-Pilot Rajesh Shivrain

According to officials from the Air Traffic Control and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the 1995 vintage aircraft suddenly took a U-turn towards the airport after taking off at 9:37 am and hit a tree while trying to land following a possible technical problem.

4. Shootout at Delhi’s Karkardooma Court, One Cop Killed, Judge Almost Hit

Head Police Constable Ram Kumar was killed in the Karkardooma court as four juveniles opened fire with the aim to kill the person who was being tried in the court at the time – Chenu Phelwan alias Irfan.

According to a report by The Time of India, three of the four juveniles were nabbed after the incident, which took place at 11:40 am.

The fourth assailant has fled and a hunt is on to find him.

Around 10 rounds were fired, killing Kumar and injuring the undertrial, and a home guard.

5. ULFA Leader Arup Chetia Granted Bail, Will Be Released Today

The General Secretary of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Anup Chetia was granted bail on Wednesday in the last of the four cases registered against him.

File photo of ULFA leader Arup Chetia. (Photo: PTI)
File photo of ULFA leader Arup Chetia. (Photo: PTI)

According to Chetia’s counsel Bijon Mahajan, he was granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 30,000 and a surety from one individual.

He was lodged in the Guwahati Central Jail after he was deported from Bangladesh to India.

He had been granted bail in the three remaining cases earlier.

Read the report on The Quint.

6. 20 Categories Exempt: Two Wheeler, Women Drivers, Hybrid Cars, VVIPs Except Delhi CM

Twenty categories of vehicles have been exempted from the odd-even scheme which will be applicable for 15 days in the national capital starting 1 January 2016, according to a report by The Indian Express.

The Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal will not be exempt from the rule even as the other VVIPs will.

The 20 categories include:

  • All two-wheelers
  • CNG vehicles which will have to display the certificate
  • Electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles
  • Women drivers with a male child up to the age of 12
  • Vehicles of the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Speaker of Lok Sabha, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha, Governors of states/ Lt Governor, Chief Justice of India, Union Ministers, Leaders of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, Chief Ministers of states except Delhi, judges of Supreme Court and High Court, Lokayukta
  • Emergency vehicles, ambulance, fire, hospital, prison, hearse, enforcement vehicles
  • Vehicles of paramilitary forces, Ministry of Defence, pilot and escort.
  • Vehicles of SPG protectees
  • Vehicles bearing diplomatic corps registration numbers
  • Those on way to hospital for a medical emergency should carry proof
  • Vehicles of the physically challenged

An appeal was filed in the Delhi High Court against the implementation of the scheme, but on Wednesday, the HC refused to issue a stay on it.

The formula has garnered mixed reactions since its announcement.

Read senior journalist Gautum Mukherjee’s article about measures besides the odd-even formula that the Delhi government can implement, on The Quint.

7. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Russia For Bilateral Meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to Russia on Wednesday to hold bilateral talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The two will discuss ways to enhance relations between the two countries in the economic, energy, and security spheres. The strained business relation between the two countries due to decrease in Russia’s export of military supply is expected to be tackled.

PM Modi received a red carpet welcome in Moscow.

He was then invited by President Putin at the Kremlin for a private meeting followed by a grand dinner on Wednesday night.

Read senior journalist Ashok Sajjanhar’s article about the only bilateral relation that failed to take off under PM Modi’s leadership, on The Quint.

8. Winter Session Ends With Key Reform Bills Still Stuck

The winter session of the Parliament came to an end on Wednesday with a functional Lok Sabha and a polarised Rajya Sabha.

Even though the winter session was not as much of a washout as the monsoon session, the ambitious bills by the government were not passed, reports Livemint.

The Rajya Sabha ended in furore, with Congress, SP and JD(U) members protesting against the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

The move was allegedly made by the government to gain mileage in the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

Read the report on The Quint.

The Lok Sabha has passed 13 bills in this session.

9. Govt Moves to Double MPs’ Salary to Rs 2.8 Lakh a Month

A proposal as been made to the Union Finance Ministry to double the monthly salary of Members of Parliament, according to The Indian Express.

The ministry had allocated Rs 295.25 crore for Lok Sabha MPs and Rs 121.96 crore for Rajya Sabha MPs this year.

The proposal also suggests an increase in the basic pension of MPs by Rs 15,000.

If the proposal is approved, MPs will earn an amount of Rs 2.8 lakh per month.

The Salary, Allowance and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill will be amended if the proposal is accepted, to implement the changes.

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