Law

Explain custody death in Prez's bro case: HC

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the state government to explain how one of the accused in the September 2005 murder of Jalgaon Congressman Vishram Patil, in which President Pratibha Patil's brother Vishram Patil is also allegedly involved, died in custody.

The court had asked the police to explain how the same accused gave an interview to a TV channel while in custody. Additional public prosecutor Aruna Kamat-Pai told the court that Mali had given the interview while he was in the hospital, without permission from the jail authorities. Pai said that the constables in-charge were suspended and denied two increments.

'Jail food is not fit for humans'

'Jail food is not fit for humans'Prisoners complain meals are so unhygienic one loses 10kg a month

It is not just Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur. People who have served sentences in Arthur Road and Byculla jails also say that the food served to convicts and undertrials is "unpalatable" and "not fit for human consumption".

High court likely to get more judges

The number of judges in Bombay High Court may soon rise to 68, with the Centre on Wednesday informing the court that the four names recommended by the Chief Justice (CJ) for elevation to the post of judges are "in the advanced stage of consideration".

The HC has a sanctioned strength of 75 judges. Currently, it has 64 serving judges. Senior lawyer MP Vashi had filed a PIL for filling up vacant posts of judges and a review of the sanctioned strength of judges.

Probe officer lands in court, forgets to carry case diary

The city sessions court on Wednesday deferred the hearing on the revision application filed by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) till Thursday after investigating officer, assistant commissioner of police PL Mal, forgot to bring the case diary of the Naroda case to court. The application had been filed against an earlier order of the metropolitan court sending former second inspector of the Naroda police, VS Gohil, to judicial custody. “Mal forgot the case diary at the Gujarat high court during a hearing. Because of this, he could not bring it to court today and the sessions court deferred hearing in the case till Thursday,” a highly placed source said.

Magistrate's 'promotion' puts doctor in the dock

The promotion dreams of a Nashik magistrate has perhaps turned to dust after the Bombay High Court took suo motu action to revise an order passed by her, acquitting an ayurvedic doctor charged with causing death by negligence.

The order, passed by judicial magistrate first class RR Randive, was sent to the HC for assessment as she was being considered for a promotion. However, after going through the order, justice Bilal Nazki said, "Prima facie, I feel the judgment needs to be revised."

Rs10 lakh penalty on BMC for stolen baby

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the BMC to pay compensation of not less that Rs10 lakh to Mohan and Mohini Nerurkar, whose three-day-old child was stolen from Sion Hospital on January 1.

Justices Bilal Nazki and AR Joshi said the Nerurkars must be compensated for the mental trauma they went through and told the BMC to state the amount on Thursday.

For the Nerurkars, the ruling did not bring much cheer. "We are happy about the action the court is taking against the erring officers, but we want the police to find our little boy," Mohan said.

"We came here for our child, not for the money," Mohini said.

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