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Jackie Shroff, represented by Nagpur advocate Shyam Dewani, wins 10-year-long case

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Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff won a 10-year-old legal battle on Tuesday, represented by Nagpur advocate of city based firm Dewani Associates, against his former business partner Ratnam Iyer in Bombay High Court.

Speaking about the judgement, advocate Shyam Dewani told Nation Next, I’m glad justice has been finally served to Mr Jackie Shroff be it after almost a decade. Justice had to be delivered.

Advocate Shyam Dewani

The actor is now entitled to receive a total of $ 3.5 million (approx. Rs 25 crore) from his former partners including Iyer. Shroff along with other former partners was a shareholders in a private firm, which held shares in Multi Screen Media (MSM) Private Limited that was earlier known as Sony Entertainment Private Limited.

The court set aside an order passed by an arbitrator against Shroff that demanded the actor to give up $ 3.5 million, which he was supposed to receive after Iyer and he settled their disputes amicably. It was also decided that Shroff would withdraw case he had earlier filed against Iyer and other partners with the Economic Offences Wing (EoW) in Mumbai claiming his partners had forged his signatures to sell off shares of their firm in April 2011.

However, the partners settled the dispute after Iyer agreed to pay $1.5 million to Shroff as soon as he withdrew the case lodged with the EOW against them.

Shroff was entitled to receive the remaining $2 million from his partners after his shares in MSM were sold. As per the settlement, Iyer had to compulsorily inform Shroff about the sale of the share and in return, the actor wasn’t supposed to file any complaint against Iyer and party.

When Shroffs wife Ayesha emailed Iyer saying she got to know about an agreement vis-à-vis the sale of MSM shares, Iyer replied by saying that the actual sale was yet to take place. He further wrote to Ayesha that whenever a deal would be cracked, she might take the money and run. Ayesha further responded by writing, No one wish to continue to fraternize with a forger.

Iyer claimed that the email had caused a huge damage to his reputation as a result, the arbitrator was of the opinion that the e-mail was defamatory, even breached the settlement clauses and claimed Shroff wasn’t entitled to the $ 3.5 million amount.

Shroff challenged the arbitrators order before Justice Suresh Gupte.  The judge said that his wifes emails weren’t defamatory at all as the communication was held in private and in no way Iyer could seek damages worth $ 3.5 million.

The lawyers for Jackie Shroff were senior advocate Arif Bookwala, Shyam Dewani, Nivedita Kundaji and Chirag Chanani.

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17 test positive for COVID-19 in 24 hours in Nagpur




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

In a major concern, a total of 17 patients tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday in Nagpur in past 24 hours.

A total of 17 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Tuesday. Almost 96 people were tested in the city, out of which 31 belonged to urban area while and 65 were from the rural areas, and one from outside Nagpur district. There were 53 active patients in the city including 39 from rural areas and three from outside.

India recorded a single-day rise of 2,151 new COVID-19 cases, the highest in five months, according to the Union health ministry. As per the data updated, the active cases increased to 11,903 on Wednesday. 

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CELESTIAL! Unique alignment of Moon and 5 planets




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur
Skygazers across the globe witnessed a rare celestial phenomenon on Tuesday evening where Moon aligned with five planets.

Alignment of five planets

Skygazers across the globe witnessed a rare celestial phenomenon on Tuesday evening where Moon aligned and five planets – Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Mars – of the Solar System thus forming an arc. The planets rose in the sky above Earth as they continued to move about in their respective orbits.

Similarly, a rare celestial event had occurred on Friday evening when Moon and the brightest planet in our solar system Venus aligned in conjunction. The alignment was observed in various parts of the world, including Hyderabad, Chandrapur, Nagpur to name a few.

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In a first, Bhandara Police launch Model Village initiative to eradicate crime




Radhika Dhawad | Bhandara

Bhandara Police in Maharashtra, in a first, introduced the concept of ‘Model Village,’ wherein each police station is adopting one village. The initiative aims at providing youngsters with ample resources to improve their vocational training. The model has been conceptualised by Bhandara SP, Lohit Matani.

The model consists of  a 400m running track, rope climbing, wrestling ground, and library facilities. As a part of their campaign, they have also launched a Foundation Course for students in classes six to ten by preparing them for competitive exams like IIT and AIIMS.

Matani also spoke with the local women about their safety and discussed ways to teach their sons to respect women and make their village a ‘women-friendly village.’ Matani said Bhandara Police also opened libraries, study rooms, ways for skill development and provide regular guidance for competitive examinations.

Several sports grounds have also been built for providing youngsters a platform to get trained for army and police recruitment in future.

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