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Chidambaram, in jail since Sep 5, moves Supreme Court for bail in INX media case filed by CBI

Supreme Court told Congress leader P Chidambaram that CJI Ranjan Gogoi would decide on the hearing of his petition for bail in the INX Media case filed by CBI.

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The Supreme Court today – Thursday, Oct 3 – told Congress leader and former union minister for finance and defence P Chidambaram that Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi would decide on the hearing of his petition for bail in the INX Media case filed by CBI.

This came when Chidambaram, who has been lodged in Tihar Jail since Sep 5, moved the apex court today after the Delhi Court on Monday, Sep 30, rejected his bail plea saying Chidambaram might influence witnesses in the case.

Chidambaram’s plea for bail was mentioned by his counsel Kapil Sibal before the bench of Justices NV Ramana, Sanjiv Khanna and Krishna Murari. Sibal asked the bench to see if the court could hold the hearing before the week-long Dussehra break that begins Monday, Oct 7.

However, the judges sent the matter to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to take a call on listing of the matter.

Chidambaram has been in custody for about a month and a half. He was arrested by CBI on August 21 after his anticipatory bail plea in the case was rejected by the High Court and the appeal against the same was pending before the Supreme Court. The anticipatory bail plea in the CBI case was later dismissed by the Supreme Court on the grounds that it had been rendered infructuous.

The CBI kept him in its custody for questioning for 15 days, the maximum prescribed by law. After this, he was remanded to judicial custody. His plea for regular bail was rejected by the Special CBI Judge sitting at the Rouse Avenue Court Complex in Delhi. Later, bail was denied by the Delhi High Court as well. The Judicial remand of the former Union Minister is scheduled to end on October 3.

Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) which had been trying hard to get him for custodial interrogation, laid back after Chidambaram was jailed, saying they decide later when to ask for his custody.

Chidambaram’s lawyers allege that the Enforcement Directorate was waiting for the veteran Congress leader to be released on bail before coming down to arrest him again and then, send him to Tihar jail for the second time.

While the CBI is investigating corruption allegations against the Congress leader, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is inquiring into money laundering allegations in the case.

On September 19, a special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Delhi extended his judicial custody till October 3.

The case against Chidambaram

The CBI had registered a case on May 15, 2017, alleging alleged irregularities in the grant of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media co-founded by Peter and Indrani Mukherjea to receive overseas investment to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007, when Chidambaram was finance minister in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

Thereafter, the ED lodged a money laundering case in this regard in 2017.

Peter and Indrani Mukerjea have been charged with entering into a criminal conspiracy with P Chidambaram’s son Karti, to secure clearance from FIPB. Indrani, however, turned approver against Chidambaram and told the CBI that a deal of $1 million had been struck between Karti Chidambaram and the Mukerjeas to secure the approvals. P Chidambaram and son Karti have denied that they ever met Indrani Mukherjea.

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Patna: Bulldozers knock down 70 houses in Rajiv Nagar, clash between police and public

In Rajiv Nagar, 70 houses were demolished by bulldozers. The local people clashed with the police administration due to the order of demolishing 70 illegal houses.

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Patna: Bulldozers knock down 70 houses in Rajiv Nagar, clash between police and public

In Rajiv Nagar, 70 houses were demolished by bulldozers. The local people clashed with the police administration due to the order of demolishing 70 illegal houses.

According to the reports, when police and anti-riot force started moving bulldozers on the houses, the residents and the local people also stood up with bricks and stones in their hands.

The reason for the displeasure of the local people is that the CO and government employees of the area took no action when the houses were being built and the area was being settled.

One of the locals said, “when the houses are already built, then why the bulldozer is being run by the administration to remove them.”

It has been clearly said by the Minister of Revenue and Land Reform, Ramsurat Rai that the government is not in a mood to be soft on the encroachers. So, on June 3, the administration reached Rajiv Nagar with about one and a half dozen JCB machines to demolish the illegal constructions in Rajiv Nagar of Patna (Bihar).

The local people were seen clashing with the administration to save the shelter. They also attacked the police and the anti-riot force with bricks and stones.

During this, the condition of the people, whose houses were broken, was deteriorated. People who had built houses with hard-earned money were seen getting helpless.

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Bihar: Fire breaks out at train in Bhelwa Railway Station, video goes viral

A fire broke out at a train in Bhelwa Railway Station in Bihar which was heading to Narkatiaganj from Raxual.

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Bihar: Fire breaks out at train in Bhelwa Railway Station, video goes viral
According to the reports, all passengers who were on the train were evacuated safely.

A fire broke out at a train in Bhelwa Railway Station in Bihar in the wee hours of Sunday. The fire reportedly erupted in the engine of the DMU train, which was heading to Narkatiaganj from Raxual. According to the reports, all passengers who were on the train were evacuated safely.

A news agency uploaded a video on its Twitter account which shows black smoke swirling out of the train. As soon as the people there noticed the smoke, they informed the on-duty officials. And soon after fire officials reached the spot. Firefighters are seen extinguishing the fire in the video as a crowd of onlookers watches from nearby.

All passengers are safe because the fire from the engine did not spread to other compartments of the train. A firefighting operation is underway.

However, the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. No casualties have been reported so far.

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After Mohammed Zubair’s arrest, Alt News founder Pratik Sinha’s old tweet on Lord Ganesha triggers social media outrage

The tweet is viral on the internet and a section of social media is slamming Sinha for mocking Lord Ganesha and hurting religious sentiments.

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Pratik Sinha

Days after Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair got arrested by the Delhi police over allegedly hurting religious sentiments in a 2008 tweet, Pratik Sinha’s old tweet on Lord Ganesha on Lord Ganesha is doing rounds on the internet.

Why #ArrestPratikSinha is trending?

Pratik Sinha, the founder of the fack checker news website Alt News, in an old tweet dated September 19, 2015, wrote, “See many people posting pictures of Ganesha. You guys really believe a man had an elephant’s head?”

The tweet is viral on the internet and a section of social media is slamming Sinha for mocking Lord Ganesha and hurting religious sentiments. #ArrestPratikSinha is trending on Twitter.

Reacting to Pratik Sinha’s tweet, one user demanded strict action against Sinha for hurting religious beliefs. Another user wrote hurting others’ beliefs is not free-thinking. Yet another user wrote Sinha deserves to be arrested for his deeds.

Have a look at Twitter reactions to Pratik Sinha’s old tweet here:

https://twitter.com/iRiddhimajain/status/1543208062051176448
https://twitter.com/peonking21/status/1543211250695680001

Meanwhile, the Delhi police on Saturday charged Mohammed Zubair with fresh charges of destruction of evidence and receiving funds from foreign entities.

Reports say Delhi Police have invoked sections 201(causing disappearance of evidence), 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and section 35 of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) for allegedly receiving foreign donations.

On June 27, Mohammed Zubair was arrested by the Delhi Police for allegedly hurting religious sentiments in one of his old tweets. He was sent to one-day police custody by the trial court on the same day.

The fact-checker was charged under sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the IPC.

He was then charged under sections 120B, 201 of the IPC and 35 FCRA through which the Enforcement Directorate c can lodge a case against Zubair.

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