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Supreme Court issues notice to Centre, ECI on poll freebies promised by political parties before election, calls it serious issue

A bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justices AS Bopanna and Hima Kohli was hearing a plea filed by lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay saying public funds were being misused by all political parties, pushing states deeper into debt.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Centre and the Election Commission to take action on poll freebies promised by the political parties before elections.

Serving notices to Centre, ECI, the top court called it a serious issue and said freebie budget is going beyond the regular budget.

In its notice, the Apex Court has sought a response from the poll body and the Central government in 4 weeks.

The plea claims that promise or distribution of irrational freebies from public funds before elections could unduly influence the voters. Money of the citizens is being misused despite the Election Commission rules, the plea said.

The Supreme Court had directed the poll body to frame guidelines on the matter but the poll body held just one meeting whose outcome is unknown, the CJI NV Ramana said. It’s a serious issue no doubt. In a limited scope, what the court can do is, the court had directed ECI to form guidelines, he said.

A bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justices AS Bopanna and Hima Kohli was hearing a plea filed by lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay saying public funds were being misused by all political parties, pushing states deeper into debt.

The plea filed by the BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay calls the distribution of freebies before elections an unethical practice to stay in power. It must be avoided to preserve democratic principles and practices, the plea said.

In his petition, the petitioner mentioned some of the promises made by the Aam Aadmi Party, the Congress and the Samajwadi Party weeks before assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa.

Here are the promises mentioned by the petitioner in his petition

In Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party promised Rs. 1000 per month to every woman aged 18 and above while Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) promised Rs. 2000 to each woman.

In Uttar Pradesh, the Congress not only promised Rs. 2000 per month and 8 gas cylinders per year to every household but also promised a Scooty to every girl pursuing graduation, a smartphone to every girl studying in Class 12, free public transport for women and free medical treatment up to Rs 10 lakh per family.

Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party announced 300-unit free electricity to every family, Rs. 1500 pension per month to every women and a financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to the people who lost their lives in accident while riding a cycle.

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Mumbai horror: Man kills live-in partner, chops body with tree-cutter, boils pieces in pressure cooker, disposes them

The man reportedly chopped his live-in partner’s body with a tree-cutter, boiled them in a pressure cooker and later filled them into plastic bags to throw away.

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Mumbai man chops live-in partner body

In yet another horrifying incident of man killing live-in partner, a 56-year old man in Mumbai allegedly killed his partner and chopped her body into pieces in a rented apartment in Mumbai’s Thane.

The man reportedly chopped his live-in partner’s body with a tree-cutter, boiled them in a pressure cooker and later filled them into plastic bags to throw away.

The accused Manoj Sahni had been in a live-in relationship with the victim Saraswati Vaidya, 36,  for the past three years. The incident is reported from Mira Bhayandar in Thane, Mumbai. Sahni, who owns a shop in Boriwali and Vaidya were living in a rented flat, 704 at Geeta Akash Deep Building in Geeta Nagar Phase 7, Mumbai.

As per the police, Vaidya was killed 3-4 days back.

Sahni was trying to flee but was captured by the police on Wednesday evening.

The Nayanagar police station on Wednesday, recieved a call from the buildingd residents complaining of a foul smell originating from the couple’s flat.

The police upon its arrival on the spot, when entered into the apartment discovered decomposed body parts of Vaidya.

As per the police, around 12-13 pieces of Vaidya’s body was recovered from the flat.

Mumbai DCP Jayant Bajbale said, as per the preliminary investigation, the victim was hacked to death and further investigation is ongoing.

Reports said, the motive behind the murder is still under investigation but the couple had an argument which led to a murder.

The case is similar to the spine-chilling Aaftab Poonawala-Shradha Walkar case. In May, last year Poonawala chopped Walkar’s body into several pieces and stored them in a fridge for weeks at his house in Delhi and later scattered them in different parts of Delhi.

After the Walkar case, several such cases have been reported.

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Wrestlers protest: Minor’s father makes a U-turn says WFI’s chief did not harass his daughter

The father made it clear, they had not dropped the initial allegation but rather had taken new statements.

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In an unexpected turn, the father of the 17-year-old wrestler, whose complaint led to the Delhi Police filing a case against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief  Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the strict laws against child sexual abuse, claimed that he and his daughter had made some false allegations against the chief of WFI.

The girl’s father gave a new statement to the magistrate in New Delhi on June 5 in which he claimed, the WFI’s chief had not sexually assaulted his daughter, his actions had been biased against her.

He added in his statement that he accused Brij Bhushan was for sexual harassment out of anger because her daughter lost the Asian Championship trials final the previous year.

I received threatening calls, but I won’t say who made them. To pay for my daughter’s expenses, I sold my residence. I had re-recorded my statement on my own initiative, the girl’s father added.

The girl’s father also confessed infront of the magistrate that we don’t hold any bitterness towards Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. On June 5, we made certain changes to our earlier statements and recorded new statements. I don’t want to get engaged in this battle.

However, the father made it clear, they had not dropped the initial allegation but rather had taken new statements.

Meanwhile, the protesting wrestlers decided to call off their strike until June 15 after the government promised to file charges against Brij Bhushan by then and organise elections for the sports organisation by the end of the month. Olympic medalists Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik met Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur three days after they spoke with Union Home Minister Amit Shah about their requests. The sports minister invited them to a meeting to discuss their demands.

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Lucknow court shootout: Western UP gangster shot dead by man dressed as lawyer

Maheshwari himself was a dreaded shooter and was booked under several other criminal cases. He was also said to be a close aide of Munna Bajrangi, who was killed while serving time in Baghpat prison in 2018.  

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Security in India’s courtrooms and court complexes were again exposed on Wednesday when gangster Sanjiv Maheshwari, also known as Sanjiv Jeeva, was shot dead by a man dressed as a lawyer right inside a Lucknow court.

Sanjeev Maheshwari had come to the SC/ST court for hearing in a murder case and was entering the courtroom when the shooter opened fire, injuring a young girl and a policeman.

Maheshwari, who led a criminal gang in Western UP, was said to be a close aide of gangster-politician Mukhtar Ansari. He was accused in the murder case of BJP MLA Brahmadatt Dwivedi. Ansari is currently serving life imprisonment. The shooter was nabbed by lawyers in court and police and has been identified as Vijay Yadav.

Maheshwari himself was a dreaded shooter and was booked under several other criminal cases. He was also said to be a close aide of Munna Bajrangi, who was killed while serving time in Baghpat prison in 2018.  

The police constable injured in the attack sustained a bullet wound in his right leg and his colleagues helped him out of the court complex. He is undergoing treatment in the Lucknow Civil Hospital. Meanwhile, heavy police deployment has been made in the Lucknow court as well as the city after the shootout.

Commented on the law and order situation in UP, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said the question is not who is being killed but the question is that one is being killed in the presence of high security.

In his reply to a journalist’s question on the incident, UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said the police will not spare anyone who is involved in the killing.

Lucknow DM Surya Pal Gangwar told the media that Maheshwari was shot dead, a girl of 8-10 years has also been injured. He added the shooter has been caught and the investigation into the incident has begun.

In Delhi, gangster Jitender Gogi was killed in a shootout in a Rohini court in 2021. The inter-gang rivalry ended with the knifing murder of Tillu Tajpuriya inside Tihar Jail in May this year.

The security of local courts has been a matter of concern for judges with former Chief Justice of India Justice NV Ramana raising it with the government.

A three-member SIT (Special Investigation Team) including Mohit Agarwal ADG Technical, Joint CP Nilabja Chaudhary, Ayodhya IG Praveen Kumar has been constituted to investigate the incident: UP CM Yogi Adityanath.

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