Pak court extends custody of five US origin ‘jihad seekers’

Pak court extends custody of five US origin ‘jihad seekers’Islamabad, Dec. 25 : A local Pakistani court on Friday extended the custody of five US origin terror suspects, who were arrested earlier this month from Sargodha, Punjab, for 10 more days till January 4.

All the five ‘jihad seekers’ were produced before an anti-terrorism court in Sargodha today, following which Judge Mohammad Aslam extended their custody on the plea of the police, which said that more time was needed to complete the investigations.

Major Pak parties reject Imran Khan’s call for fresh mid-term polls

Major Pak parties reject Imran Khan’s call for fresh mid-term pollsIslamabad, Dec. 21 : The call for fresh general elections in Pakistan by Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf chief Imran Khan in the wake of the Supreme Court’s verdict against the NRO has been rejected by all major political parties in the country.

Almost all-important parties, including the PML, are of the view that mid-term polls are not a solution to the political crisis being faced by the country.

‘Fighting fit’ Zardari unlikely to succumb to opposition’s pressure

‘Fighting fit’ Zardari unlikely to succumb to opposition’s pressureNew York, Dec. 19 : The Pakistan Supreme Court’s monumental judgment that cleared the way for reopening of corruption cases against thousands of the country’s politicians, including President Asif Ali Zardari, has increased the opposition’s hunger for the President’s head, but an ‘unfazed’ Zardari is unlikely to succumb to their pressure.

Shopian rape case: Lawyers forum demands probe

Shopian rape case: Lawyers forum demands probeSrinagar, December 19 : The lawyers'' forum in Kashmir on Friday (December 18) demanded an impartial probe in the Shopian rape and murder case that took place in May this year.

Earlier on December 15, the Majlis-e-Mushawarat Shopian had called for a shutdown in protest against the report of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Shopian rape and murder case.

Bombay HC closes doors for foreign law firms

Foreign lawyers cannot practise in India, either in court or outside, ruled the Bombay High Court on Wednesday.

This means they can neither plead a case in court nor set up law firms.

The foreign lawyers’ position was that they could ply their trade outside courts. Their Indian counterparts contested this stand.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice J. P. Devadhar upheld the position of the Indian side.

The high court cancelled the licences obtained by three foreign law firms from the Reserve Bank of India for opening liaison offices in the country.

Difficult for Zardari to save his chair following SC verdict against NRO: Experts

Difficult for Zardari to save his chair following SC verdict against NRO: ExpertsIslamabad, Dec. 17 : Following the Pakistan Supreme Court’s monumental judgement declaring the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) as ‘unconstitutional’, corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari are set to be re-opened.

“The NRO is in conflict with the constitution,” the court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, said in a late-night decision.

Prosecution closely monitoring 26/11 attacks evidence

Mumbai, Dec 16 : The prosecution in the 26/11 special trial Court in Mumbai today will conduct a close assessment of the terror evidence.

Ten gunmen had landed on Mumbai shores by boats at sunset on November 26, 2008 and fired randomly inside a railway station, a Jewish settlement, a cafe and two luxury hotels.

Several people were held hostage for the next three days and at least 166 died and over 304 were injured, before commandoes smoked out the last of the terrorists on November 28 last year.

Additional Commissioner of Police Dewan Bharati and Assistant Commissioner of Police Ashok Duraphe are the two last witnesses to be heard in the 26/11 special trial court.

Chicago court rejects Tahawwur Rana''s bail plea

Chicago court rejects Tahawwur Rana''s bail pleaChicago, Dec 16 : A Chicago Federal Court on Tuesday denied bail to alleged Pakistan-born Canadian Lashkar operative Tahawwur Hussain Rana.

Rana is one of the two LeT operatives caught by the FBI in October on charges of plotting a major terror attack against India that left 166 people dead in Mumbai.

The court said Rana, if released pending a trial, has the means and know-how to flee the country to avoid a possible 30-year prison term.

CBI''s Shopian report not gospel truth: High Court

CBI''s Shopian report not gospel truth: High CourtJammu, Dec 14 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday submitted its final report in the Shopian rape and murder case to the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, but the latter said that the report was not gospel truth.

The investigating agency, which had been given two-months time from October 13 to complete its probe into the alleged rape-cum-murder case, submitted statements of witnesses and the forensic examination of the bodies of Neelofar (22) and her sister-in-law Aasiya (17).

‘Repeal eco-zone law’

Mukesh Ambani promoted Mumbai SEZ LtdOpposition against special economic zones (SEZ) is becoming a nationwide movement with anti-SEZ activists, academia and action groups from across the country drafting a national citizens report on SEZs.

The report documents the current status and issues of 44 SEZ-affected areas, which were visited by the action groups.

No dengue case reported in Delhi Saturday

New Delhi, Dec 12 - After a slew of dengue cases over the past three months, Delhi recorded no fresh case Saturday. Health officials said that this was because of the drop in temperatures.

"No dengue case was reported in Delhi Saturday. The reason is that mosquitoes causing dengue cannot breed in temperatures below 15 degrees Celsius," Debashish Bhattacharya, the state's nodal officer for dengue cases, told IANS.

As of now, the city has reported 1,146 cases of dengue and three deaths - that of a nine-year old boy, a 15-year-old boy and a 45-year-old man. (IANS)

You cannot condemn the poor, HC tells cops

India's deaf may get licence to drive"With You For You Always" is the Delhi Police's motto.

But the Delhi High Court wonders if 'You' in it referred to only the rich and not the poor.

The court on Tuesday criticised the police for "condemning" and "humiliating" the poor while opposing lifting of the ban on cycle rickshaws.

Adoptions abroad: HC seeks lower deposits by parents

Gavels"There are chances of maladjustments in (foreign) adoptions even after taking precautions. But we have to take all necessary care,” said Justice D. Y. Chandrachud.

Justice Chandrachud is in the process of finalising the modification in guidelines for inter-country adoption.

The Bombay High Court was hearing a petition by an Indian adoption agency, seeking revocation of 14-year-old Anita’s adoption by a US-based couple.

The need to modify guidelines arose after Anita’s repatriation after she suffered behavioural problems abroad.

Court holds out ray of hope for overseas citizens

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday permitted an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), Sorab Singh Gill, son of Punjab Director General of Police, to participate in selection trials for the national shooting team.

International skeet shooter Sorab Singh Gill had petitioned the High Court, seeking quashing of November 3, 2009 communication of the Union government whereby he was held ineligible to represent India. The petitioner, born in the USA and doing Law from Panjab University, is an Overseas Citizen of India, duly registered as such in 2007. After his registration as an OCI, the petitioner had represented India in various international events.

German couple get to take twins home

Supreme-CourtThe Supreme Court on Friday directed the Centre to issue travel documents to a German couple’s twins who were born to a surrogate mother in Gujarat.

The documents would enable the children to return to Germany along with the couple.

A Bench headed by Justice G. S. Singhvi, however, restrained the Union of India from issuing Indian passports to the twins after the government claimed it would amount to granting them citizenship of this country.

Crack down on cheating lawyers, British MP tells India

London, Dec 2 - The Indian government was Wednesday urged to crack down on unscrupulous immigration lawyers amid reports of destitute Indian students found sleeping rough on the streets of London.

The call by Virendra Sharma, MP for the London suburb of Southall, came as British immigration authorities warned that Indian youths who had cheated their way into Britain now risk being thrown out.

Hundreds of cashless and jobless Indian students are reported to be sleeping rough and knocking on the doors of Southall gurdwaras for free meals - victims of deceitful lawyers in India working in tandem with bogus colleges in Britain.

Acid attack: high court upholds life sentence

Two held for shooting at Delhi property dealerSonia (name changed) cannot forget December 15, 2006. The day left a deep imprint not only on her mind but also her body.

The 21-year-old was bathing buffaloes outside her home in Mansoravar Park in East Delhi when her father’s tenant Yashpal came towards her with a steel mug in hand. Sonia thought he wanted water but instead he suddenly threw a cupful of acid on her body. Yashpal was angry as she refused to marry him.

Thin victory margin no ground for recounting votes: apex court

New Delhi, Nov 30 - A runner-up cannot claim a recount of votes just because the election was won by a razor thin margin, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Unless the plea for recounting was supported by solid evidence of irregularities in counting, the lower courts or the election tribunal need not order a recount merely on ground of low victory margins, said a bench of Justices D. K. Jain and R. M. Lodha while delivering its verdict on a petition filed by a village headman in Andhra Pradesh.

The ruling was delivered Nov 23, but released late Saturday.

Name minister who got in touch with judge, CIC tells SC

cbiThe country’s transparency watchdog has asked the Supreme Court to name the minister who had asked a high court judge for a favour in a case.

The Central Information Commission, in a separate ruling, also asked the apex court on Wednesday to make public the records of denial of promotion to three judges, including Delhi High Court Chief Justice A. P. Shah, last year.

The information panel sought details of correspondence between the government and the panel of country’s senior-most judges (collegium).

Law board chief caught taking bribe

Andhra seeks CBI probe against Karnataka minister's mining firmActing chairman of the Company Law Board R. Vasudevan has been arrested for accepting a bribe of Rs 7 lakh to favour one of the two feuding factions of a media house, said the CBI on Tuesday.

Vasudevan was caught at home in Safdarjung Extension while accepting money from Manoj Banthia, a company secretary at the media house Amar Ujala, said a CBI official.

The CBI said it was now looking for Ankur Chawla, a lawyer who was arranging the deal.

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