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8 years after her death, Jiah Khan’s case to be now heard by CBI court

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The trial in the eight-year-old Jiah Khan death case, in which actor Sooraj Pancholi is the accused, will now be conducted by a special CBI court. The sessions court, which was conducting the trial, had said that the trial should be transferred to a special CBI court.

Earlier this week, the sessions court judge said in an order: In the present matter, the investigation is carried out by CBI/SCB (which) filed a supplementary chargesheet. The special courts are established for the trial of cases exclusively investigated by CBI and a special judge is appointed to deal with said cases. I do not have the power to deal with cases filed by the CBI. Therefore, in my view it is necessary to transfer the present case to CBI court.

Advocate Prashant Patil, who represents Pancholi in the trial, told TOI: The order granted by the Sessions Court to transfer the case to the CBI court is a welcome move for my client Sooraj Pancholi. We have been moving applications since the beginning of the trial to expedite the case and decide it on its merits within six months. Our applications were allowed. Even then, the trial proceedings were delayed.

Jiahs mother Rabia too welcome the decision as she told TOI: ?Jiah had no fault. A wise decision by the court now. CBI will retrieve evidence from Maharashtra police. We expect answers to the truth because Jiah would never take her life, and she was killed beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Delhi man attacks barking dog, neighbours with iron rod leaving them all injured

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Amar Ashok Jajoo | Delhi

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A shocking video of a man violently attacking a dog and his three neighbours with an iron rod in Delhi’s Paschim Vihar area has surfaced online. The man reportedly got angry after the dog barked at him.

The injured family members are reported to be receiving treatment. Rakshit, one of the family members, earlier said that he filed a complaint but a First Information Report (FIR) was yet to be filed. The dog has a clot in the head following the attack.

A video, which was shared by news agency ANI, shows the man heading to a home in a fit of anger in Delhi’s Paschim Vihar. He is followed by a woman and both of them are seen locked in a fight as he picks up a rod. After they fall to the ground, a disturbing standoff ensues. The woman holds on to the man’s foot as he attacks her with the rod. Later, two other men come to help her when the attacker leaves.

In the later half of the video, the man comes back to attack the family and the dog. The woman is trying to check on the dog who falls on the ground.

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Amravati man killed for allegedly supporting Nupur Sharma; Amit Shah hands over probe to NIA

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Home Minister Amit Shah has ordered the NIA (National Investigative Agency) to take over the probe of the murder of an Amravati chemist who was allegedly killed for supporting BJP leader Nupur Sharma’s controversial remarks on Prophet Muhammad.

Shah’s office tweeted: “MHA has handed over the investigation of the case relating to the barbaric killing of Shri Umesh Kolhe in Amravati Maharashtra on 21st June to NIA. The conspiracy behind the killing, involvement of organisations and international linkages would be thoroughly investigated.”

54-year-old Kolhe was murdered on June 21, a week before Kanhaiya Lal, a tailor from Udaipur, was killed for supporting Sharma’s views. Kolhe’s throat was slit while he was going home from his shop.

The police, so far, have arrested five persons: Mudassir Ahmed Shaikh Ibrahim (22), Shahrukh Pathan Khan (23), Abdul Taufeeq Tasleem (24), Shoeb Khan (29), and Ateef Rashid. All five accused except Adbul, have no previous offences or crime records. Abdul, in the past, was booked for skirmish at a mosque.

The judicial custody of the five accused was extended till July 5 by a local court on Saturday.

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SHOCKER: 4 gang rape monitor lizard in Maharashtra, record act on phone; get arrested

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Radhika Dhawad | Ratnagiri

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In the most unbelievable incident ever, four men were arrested for allegedly raping a Bengal monitor lizard in Sahyadri Tiger Reserve (STR). The reserve is spread over four districts of Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Ratnagiri in Maharashtra.

The gruesome incident took place at Gothane village in Ratnagiri district on March 31 when the four accused illegally entered Chandoli National Park (part of the reserve). One of the four was also carrying a gun for hunting.

The Maharashtra Forest Department checked the mobile phone of one of the accused and that’s when he learnt about the incident. The officials found the recording of the act, which showed the accused allegedly gang-raping the monitor lizard.

A forest official said the four accused were identified as Sandeep Tukaram Pawar, Mangesh Kamtekar, Akshay Kamtekar and Ramesh Ghag.

The official said, “During the investigation, the forest officials found that the accused had allegedly raped a Bengal monitor lizard. Their act was also recorded in a mobile phone of one of the accused persons. We have recovered all the related evidence from the accused and they were granted forest department custody initially, but are out on bail now. They have been asked to mark their presence before the forest officer, who is probing the case, every Monday.”
“The four accused have been booked under various sections of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972,” said field director of Sahyadri Tiger Reserve (STR), Nanasaheb Ladkat.

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