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J Dey Murder Case Verdict: Rajan wanted to instill fear in public and his rivals, says MCOCA Judge

Mumbai: The special MCOCA court while handing over lifetime imprisonment to Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje alias Chhota Rajan for killing journalist Jyotirmoy Dey has concluded that the ‘cold-blooded’ murder was executed only to instil fear in the minds of the public and his rivals. The court has also held that the murder was committed out of frustration as the extradited gangster’s ‘ego was hurt.’ The special Judge Sameer Adkar, who convicted Rajan and his aides for murder and criminal conspiracy, in his voluminous judgement has extensively referred to the articles written by Dey. It was because of these articles that Rajan was unhappy with Dey.

In his 599-page judgement, Judge Adkar has said, “From the point of view of a prudent mind the comments made by J.Dey in the two news articles with reference to Chhota Rajan may not have any value. A prudent mind may even ignore such comments. But for analysing the effect of the said comments on a criminal mind, one will have to step out of the shoes of a prudent mind, enter into the shoes of a criminal mind.” “On reading such news, a criminal mind will feel that he was undervalued, demeaned and was shown to be very weak in comparison to his arch rival. Ego would have been hurt. In so far as Chhota Rajan is concerned, it may be reiterated that he was angry with J.Dey.

J Dey murder case verdict: Chhota Rajan, 8 others get life imprisonment
Chhota Rajan suspected that J.Dey was working for Dawood Ibrahim, his arch rival. It cannot be forgotten that in the underworld slightest of suspicion about one’s conduct can lead to his elimination. The articles written by J.Dey had the potential to affect the activities of the syndicate adversely Chhota Rajan was shown to be not only in a very weak position but also desperate to show that he had a very strong hold in the underworld. Criminals and gangs thrive on the fear factor,” the judgement states. The court has concluded that by committing murder of J.Dey, a clear message was sent to the media and the general public and Rajan’s rivals that his Organized Crime Syndicate was very much alive and kicking.

“Nobody should dare to say anything against Rajan and if anybody dared to do so, then he would meet the same fate as J.Dey. Thus, the advantage which was sought to be taken was to establish fear in the minds of the people and to show that Chhota Rajan gang was still strong and active,” the judgement reads.

Uttar Pradesh: AMU students, Hindu Vahini spar on campus over Jinnah portrait controversy

Aligarh: The Mohammad Ali Jinnah Jinnah portrait controversy has erupted in violence with members of a right wing student outfit, Hindu Vahini allegedly beating up AMU students. The immediate provocation for the thrashing came when the AMU students tried to stop a group of protestors from trying to burn an effigy of Jinnah.

Several were injured when the police lobbed teargas shells to disperse AMU students, who were demanding the arrest of the group which had earlier barged into the campus shouting slogans. Hospital sources said about 20 students were treated for injuries.

A function to grant life membership of the student union to former vice president Hamid Ansari, scheduled for Wednesday evening, was called off and he returned to Delhi. The AMU students alleged that the protesters were from the Hindu Yuva Vahini, and were allowed to leave a police station even after being initially detained.

AMU spokesman Shafey Kidwai defended the portrait, apparently hanging at AMU for decades, saying that Jinnah was a founder member of the University Court and granted life membership of the student union. “Traditionally, photographs of all life members are placed on the walls of the student union,” he said.

JINNAH PITS BJP VS BJP Pakistan’s founder Muhamm-ed Ali Jinnah seems to have his fans in the BJP, too.

One such person is UP Minister Swami Prasad Maurya, who has described Jinnah as a ‘mahapurush.’Reacting to a recent controversy over removal of Jinnah’s portrait from the Aligarh Muslim University premises, Maurya said: “If people point fingers at ‘mahapurush’ (great men) who have contributed to nation building, then it is a matter of shame. Even Jinnah had contributed to nation-building before partition.’’

Taking offence, party colleague and BJP’s Rajya Sabha member Harnath Singh demanded an apology from Maurya, a minister in the Yogi Adityanath cabinet.  Speaking to the media, Singh said, “I feel Maurya has lost interest in the party. I have tweeted this matter to PM Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. I have demanded that either Swami Prasad Maurya apologise or be shown the way out of the party.” Later, Maurya denied having made any such statement. (There was no statement. You are making a mountain of a molehill.)

PF portal hacked, Rs 2.7 crore exposed to data theft

New Delhi: The repository of pension funds – the Employees Provident Fund Organisation – has reportedly ordered vulnerability checks in the backdrop of allegations that the personal and professional details of 2.7 crore members registered with it may have been exposed to data theft.

The allegations stem from a letter written by none other than the Central Provident Fund Commissioner to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

The gist of the letter, according to, is that hackers have stolen data from the Aadhaar seeding portal of EPFO.Details of the scale of the breach are not known but the website contains information like the names and addresses of EPF subscribers besides their employment history. Each person contributes a portion of his salary to provident fund, so salary details could also have been stolen. Also the bank account numbers, as people tend to withdraw their PF, said a cybersecurity expert, cited in an NDTV report.

According to the channel, in the letter marked “secret”, the commissioner wrote that the Intelligence Bureau had informed them of “hackers exploiting the vulnerabilities prevailing in the website ( of EPFO.”

The commissioner has also asked the ministry’s technical team to plug loopholes in the portal, which has been temporarily shut. The portal links the Aadhaar number of employees with their provident fund accounts.The retirement fund body has been seeding Aadhaar with PF numbers of its subscribers to improve delivery of services. When contacted, a senior IT ministry official told PTI that as certain vulnerabilities have been pointed out, the ministry will take action to plug the gaps, in case they exist.

The body that governs Aadhaar, UIDAI, has clarified that it has nothing to do with the alleged data breach from “This matter does not pertain at all to any Aadhaar data breach from UIDAI servers.

There is absolutely no breach in the Aadhaar database of UIDAI. Aadhaar data remains safe and secure,” it said. The EPFO, too, has ruled out any leakage of subscribers’ data. “Warnings regarding vulnerabilities in data or software is a routine administrative process based on which the services which were rendered through the CCS website, which comes under the Ministry of Electronics and IT, have been discontinued from March 22, 2018,” said an EPFO statement after the report on data leak went viral.

J Dey murder case: Chhota Rajan convicted, journalist Jigna Vora and Joseph Paulsen acquitted

Gangster Chhota Rajan has been convicted in journalist Jyotirmay Dey murder case, while journalist Jigna Vora and Joseph Paulsen have been acquitted by MCOCA court in Mumbai.

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 Gangster Chhota Rajan convicted in journalist Jyotirmay Dey murder case, while journalist Jigna Vora & Joseph Paulsen acquitted by MCOCA court in Mumbai.

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Several high-profile people were earlier named as accused in the case, including mafia don Rajendra S. Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan, currently lodged in Tihar Central Jail in New Delhi, and former Mumbai journalist Jigna Vora.

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The final arguments in the Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Court had started in February and concluded early last month. According to investigators, Chhota Rajan ordered the killing of Dey, a veteran crime reporter of Mumbai. The mafia don was deported from Indonesia’s Bali in November 2015 and subsequently made an accused in the case. Dey, 56, was the Editor (Investigations) of Midday eveninger, and was shot dead on June 11, 2011, near his Powai residence in central suburban Mumbai, sending shockwaves in the media circles across the country.

Dey had authored two books: “Khallas: An A to Z Guide to the Underworld”, and “Zero Dial: The Dangerous World of Informers”, and was penning his third book, “Chindi: Rags to Riches”. He had reportedly portrayed the mafia don as ‘Chindi’ (petty) in his upcoming book, which apparently irked Chhota Rajan.

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Supreme Court takes cognizance of Kasauli firing incident that killed government official

New Delhi:  The Supreme Court today took cognizance on its own of the firing incident in Kasauli where a woman government official was shot dead allegedly by a hotel owner after she had gone to seal an unauthorised construction in his property on apex court’s direction.

A bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta termed the incident as extremely serious and noted that government officials had gone there to comply with the court’s direction to seal  unauthorised constructions. Assistant Town and Country Planner Shailbala Sharma had yesterday gone to seal unauthorised constructions in Kasauli’s Narayani guest house where its owner Vijay Singh allegedly shot at her. She later succumbed to injuries.

“We might stop passing any orders if you are going to kill people,” the bench observed after the issue was mentioned before it. The bench, while taking suo motu cognizance of the incident, said the matter be placed before Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra for assigning it before an appropriate bench tomorrow.

The apex court also questioned as to what the police team, which had accompanied government officials during the sealing drive was doing when the hotel owner allegedly shot at the woman. The counsel representing Himachal Pradesh informed the bench that the accused had fled from the spot after opening fire at government officials and besides the deceased, an official of the Public Works Department was also injured in the incident.

We have to convince farmers to bring a govt that is sensitive to their issues: PM Modi to Kisan Morcha workers

Bengaluru: Hitting out at the Siddaramiah government for its “indifference” towards implementing the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the party’s Kisan Morcha workers in the state to convince farmers on the need for a government that is sensitive towards their issues.

In his address to BJP Kisan Morcha Karyakartas via the ‘Narendra Modi App,’ the prime minister said, agriculture and farmer welfare has always been the BJP’s legacy. “I keep getting complaints regarding Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana from Karnataka, but one of our MPs has done a great work in his constituency with the help of Kisan morcha workers,” he said. Modi said, “The Karnataka government was indifferent…it did not care about the benefits that a farmer can get from the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.”

“If the state government was active during drought it would have benefited farmers, but they did not do it,” he added. Modi had yesterday launched his campaign blitzkrieg by addressing three public rallies in the poll-bound state. Highlighting the role of Kisan Morcha activists in reaching out to the farmers, the prime Minister called on them to convince farmers about the need for a government that is sensitive to their issues.

He said, “We have to convince farmers and we will have to give them confidence that this is the time, there should be a government that is sensitive to farmers, that understands their problems…welfare of farmers is its primary responsibility.” Noting that the media has called his government’s 2018-19 budget as farmers’ budget and budget for rural India, Modi said, “Agriculture and farmers’ welfare has always been our legacy, it has been our nature, it has been our way of thinking.”

Kanpur, Delhi among 14 out of world’s 20 most polluted cities in India: WHO

New Delhi: Delhi and Varanasi are among the 14 Indian cities that figured in a list of 20 most polluted cities in the world in terms of PM2.5 levels in 2016, data released by the WHO showed on Tuesday.

The WHO data also said that nine out of 10 people in the world breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Other Indian cities that registered very high levels of PM2.5 pollutants were Kanpur, Faridabad, Gaya, Patna, Agra, Muzaffarpur, Srinagar, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Patiala and Jodhpur followed by Ali Subah Al-Salem in Kuwait and a few cities in China and Mongolia. In terms of PM10 levels, 13 cities in India figured among the 20 most-polluted cities of the world in 2016.

The World Health Organisation has called upon member-countries in its Southeast Asia Region to aggressively address the double burden of household and ambient (outdoor) air pollution, saying the region, which comprises India, accounts for 34 pc or 2.4 million of the seven million premature deaths caused by household and ambient air pollution together globally every year. Of the 3.8 million deaths caused by household air pollution globally, the region accounts for 1.5 million or 40 per cent deaths, and of the 4.2 million global deaths due to ambient air pollution, 1.3 million or 30 per cent are reported from the region, it said.

The PM2.5 includes pollutants like sulfate, nitrate and black carbon, which pose the greatest risk to human health. WHO’s global urban air pollution database measured the levels of fine particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) from more than 4,300 cities in 108 countries, according to which ambient air pollution alone caused some 4.2 million deaths in 2016, while household air pollution from cooking with polluting fuels and technologies caused an estimated 3.8 million deaths in the same period.

Since 2016, over 1,000 additional cities have been added to WHO’s database, which shows more countries are measuring and taking action to reduce air pollution than ever before. “WHO estimates that around 7 million people die every year from exposure to fine particles in polluted air that penetrate deep into the lungs and cardiovascular system, causing diseases including stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and respiratory infections, including pneumonia,” the report said.

According to the report, more than 90 per cent of air pollution-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries (including India), mainly in Asia and Africa, followed by low- and middle-income countries of the Eastern Mediterranean region, Europe and the Americas. “Around 3 billion people – more than 40 per cent of the world’s population – still do not have access to clean cooking fuels and technologies in their homes, the main source of household air pollution,” it said.

It said the WHO recognises air pollution is a critical risk factor for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), causing an estimated 24 per cent of all adult deaths from heart disease, 25 per cent from stroke, 43 per cent from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and 29 per cent from lung cancer. The report, however, stated countries are making efforts and taking measures and in this context, referred to India’s Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, which it said, in just two years, has provided 37 million women living below the poverty line with free LPG connections to support them to switch to clean household energy use.

India targets to reach 80 million households by 2020. All countries in the region are making efforts to expand availability of clean fuels and technologies, however, over 60 per cent population do not have clean fuel. The combined effects of household air pollution and ambient air pollution become increasingly hard to address if not tackled early, Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director, WHO Southeast Asia, said.

“Air pollution needs to be brought under control with urgent and effective action. Non-communicable diseases are the leading cause of deaths globally and in the region, and air pollution contributes significantly to NCDs such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and lung cancer. “Cleaning up the air we breathe will help prevent NCDs, particularly among women and vulnerable groups such as children, those already ill and the elderly,” Singh said.

“Many of the world’s megacities exceed WHO’s guideline levels for air quality by more than 5 times, representing a major risk to people’s health,” Maria Neira, director of the Department of Public Health, Social and Environmental Determinants of Health at WHO, said, adding, there is an acceleration of political interest to deal with this global public health challenge.

“Air pollution threatens us all, but the poorest and most marginalised people bear the brunt of the burden. It is unacceptable that over 3 billion people – most of them women and children – are still breathing deadly smoke every day from using polluting stoves and fuels in their homes,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO. Major sources of air pollution from particulate matter include inefficient use of energy by households, industry, agriculture and transport sectors, and coal-fired power plants. In some regions, sand and desert dust, waste burning and deforestation are additional sources of air pollution. “Air pollution does not recognise borders. Improving air quality demands sustained and coordinated government action at all levels,” the WHO said.

Former CJI Lodha terms prevailing situation in judiciary as ‘disastrous’

New Delhi: Former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha on Tuesday termed the prevailing situation in the apex judiciary as “disastrous” and said though the CJI is the master of roster, the allocation of cases has to be “fair and in the interest of the institution”.

Asserting that the “independence of judiciary is non-negotiable”, Justice Lodha said it was for the CJI to take the institution forward by showing “statesmanship qualities” and taking his colleagues together. “The phase we are seeing at the Supreme Court today is, to say the least, disastrous. It is high time that collegiality is restored. The judges, though with their different approaches and different view points, must find a common ground that takes the Supreme Court forward. That maintains the independence of judiciary,” Justice Lodha said at the launch of a book by former union minister Arun Shourie.

Justice Lodha had faced a similar incident as in the case of Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph during his tenure as the CJI when the NDA government had segregated the Collegium’s recommendation and sought reconsideration of the name of senior advocate Gopal Subramanium as an apex court judge. Subramanium had later stepped aside from the race. “I always felt that independence of judiciary is non-negotiable and it is for the CJI, who is the leader of the court, to take them forward. He has to show his statesmanship qualities, take all brothers and sisters together,” Lodha said, without making any reference to the incumbent CJI Dipak Misra.

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Former Delhi High Court Chief Justice A P Shah and Shourie, a critic of the NDA government, shared the platform with Justice Lodha and also criticised the overall functioning of the CJI. Justice Lodha released the book titled “Anita Gets Bail”, published by HarperCollins India, in which the former union minister deals with various judgments from the apex court to trial courts. Shah termed the recent verdict of the apex court on the death of special CBI judge B H Loya as “utterly wrong, and jurisprudentially, incorrect on so very many counts”.

He said that the apex court in the judge Loya case verdict had called it as a veiled attempt to attack on the judiciary and asked “How is asking for an investigation an attack on the judiciary?” “The system as a whole has evolved into something cold-hearted. Even with all this, the judiciary is still one of the last institutions that are respected, but that is changing,” he said. Justice Shah said that the judiciary is going through an extremely volatile phase which has not been witnessed in recent years.

“The press meet held by four senior judges of the Supreme Court earlier this year made allusions, in no cryptic terms, to the charge of selective allocation of cases, and the misuse of the power of master of the roster. This is a very serious issue and is nothing short of an allegation of bench packing,” he said. “We cannot function without a judiciary that is independent, or without a justice system that is self-reflective, and is aware of its faults and wants to improve them,” he said.

Shourie said if CJI Misra has to “say repeatedly that he is the master of the roster … this already means that he has lost the moral authority”. He also advocated that the executive should be checked in order to prevent “totalitarian control of every institution” and said “if you do not stop them, they will go on. Most institutions are eroded from the inside”.

Rajesh Sukumar Toppo promoted, appointed new commissioner, now Chandrakant Uike will take charge of the director

Raipur: Promotion of Rajesh Sukumar Toppo, as the Public Relations Director, has now been appointed as the new Chief Commissioner of the Public Relations Department. Sukumar Toppo's promotion order issued on Tuesday, May 1, has given him important responsibility in this election year. At the same place, instead of Toppo, now Chandrakant Uike will be the new director. The Secretary of the Public along with the Toppo Commissioner will also be there.


PM Narendra Modi launches poll campaign in Karnataka, says pro-BJP storm will sweep state elections

Mysuru (Karnataka): Expressing confidence over Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) victory in Karnataka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that there is not a BJP wave in the state but a BJP storm.

“The news says that there is a BJP wave in Karnataka. The reality is, it’s not a wave, it’s a storm in Karnataka,” Prime Minister Modi said while addressing a rally in Chamarajanagar district. Hailing BJP chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa, Prime Minister Modi asserted that the former will be the new chief minister of the state. “BS Yeddyurappa is the hope of the people of Karnataka and he is going to be the next chief minister of the state,” Prime Minister Modi added.

During his speech the Prime Minister also extended his greetings on Labours’ Day and that he would want to dedicate this day to hard working and diligent labours. “Today is Labour day and I want to dedicate this day to our hard working and diligent labours. I want to dedicate the historical achievement of the country on April 28, when all villages in India were electrified, to the workers and labourers of the country on this Labour day,” he added. The Prime Minister, who kick-started the BJP campaign in Karnataka today, is scheduled three rallies in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar, Udupi and Belagavi district today. He will address 15 rallies in total over a period of just five days.