No CBI probe into Nun Rape case : Sureme court

The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, rejected a plea for CBI probe into the rape of a nun in Kandhamal district of Orissa. At the same time the Court has asked the Nun to co-operate in Crime Branch enquiry.

A three judge bench headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan also asked the Orissa government to take generous view in re- building churches in the riot-hit Kandhamal.

The bench, consisting of Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice J.M. Panchal, rejected the plea for a CBI probe of Cuttack Archbishop Raphel Cheenath saying that the state police have already arrested nine accused.  

BJP drops 18 of sitting MLAs

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of Chhattisgarh has shown door to 18 of its 51 sitting MLAs. They were dropped from first list of candidates for coming assembly poll scheduled to be haled on next month.  A total of 58 names got a place in the list.  

Chief Minister Raman Singh has been shifted from Dungargaon to Rajnandgaon constituency. He is representing Dungargaon assembly segment in the present assembly. .

After releasing the lists party General Secretary Ananth Kumar said "We have decided not to field 18 of the sitting MLAs in Chhattisgarh. This decision has been taken as per the political and social realities. Out of this, three MLAs have lost their seats due to the delimitation process,"

Nun to co-operate in probe

After the judgment of Supreme court, the Archbishop's house in Bhuabneswar said that the Nun will cooperate with the Orissa police.

Father Joseph Kalathil, the Vicar General of the Archbishop's house said "We are a law abiding community. The nun will certainly cooperate with the crime branch of Orissa police's investigation."

At the same time he expected the state Govt. to respect the advice of the court to assist in re-building of churches.

The Apex court today rejected a plea seeing CBI probe into the much controversial Nun rape case. Arch Bishop of Cuttack has filed the petition on 12th of October.

Panel: Keep Acquisition Of Agricultural Land As Last Resort

A House panel has advised the government to actuate a law to protect prime agricultural land. It said that the acquisition of these agricultural plots should be the last option.

The committee said that the law could be drafted on the lines of the Forest Conservation Act, 1980, after examining the Land Acquisition Bill, 2007.
According to the 2007 Bill, the company setting up a project has to acquire 70 per cent of the land while the rest is taken over by the government.

According to the panel, the entire land acquisition should be carried out either by the private firm that wants the land or by the government.

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