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CBI fortifies case against Asthana
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CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana. — PTI file

CBI fortifies case against Asthana

Adds extortion IPC Sections I HC for status quo on case against top officer24 Oct 2018 | 2:02 AM

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the CBI to maintain status quo on the criminal proceedings initiated against its special director Rakesh Asthana, who has challenged the FIR lodged against him on bribery allegations.

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New Delhi, October 23 

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the CBI to maintain status quo on the criminal proceedings initiated against the agency’s Special Director Rakesh Asthana and a trial court sent an arrested mid-level officer facing bribery charges to seven-day remand, as the unprecedented internecine battle between the two top officers of the CBI entered the judicial arena.

 During the hearing, the CBI also submitted that charges of extortion and forgery were added against Asthana and Devender Singh, a Deputy Superintendent Police of CBI arrested for allegedly taking bribe and falsification of records.

  The CBI said it had preserved the electronic equipment of Asthana, as directed by the High Court in the case against the top cop and others for allegedly taking bribe in the case against meat exporter Moin Qureshi.

The CBI also refuted the charge by its arrested DSP of being forced to sign on a blank paper. Kumar, earlier the investigating officer in a case involving Qureshi, was arrested on allegations of forgery in recording the statement of businessman Sathish Sana, who had alleged to have paid bribe to get relief in the case. The DSP was suspended.

The CBI said the DSP did not get any relief on his plea for quashing the FIR even as the HC called for status quo in the case against Asthana, who had appealed for “no coercive” action, which the CBI said meant no arrest and no search on his premises till the hearing on Monday.

Asthana claimed CBI chief Alok Verma in collusion with other officers got a case registered without verifying Sana’s complaint. — TNS/PTI

On buzz of ‘suspension’ of special director

  • Though there were reports that the CBI Director, Alok Kumar, had recommended   suspension of Special Director Rakesh Asthana, CBI officials denied it.
  • Sources said the CBI chief met the PM on Sunday to brief him about the developments in the Asthana case.
Priest’s kin say he was constantly harassed
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Priest’s kin say he was constantly harassed

24 Oct 2018 | 2:17 AM

DASUYA (HOSHIARPUR):A post-mortem was conducted on the body of Father Kuriakose Kattuthara (62), who was found dead at his residence on the premises of St Paul’s Convent School here on Monday.

Only three of 35 Punjabis win Brampton elections

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24 Oct 2018 | 2:12 AM

JALANDHAR:In a major setback for Punjabi-origin candidates in Canada, only three of the nearly three dozen candidates in the fray registered victories in high-voltage Brampton civic elections held yesterday.

Missing Singaporean paraglider found dead

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24 Oct 2018 | 2:03 AM

DHARAMSALA:Singaporean paraglider Kok Chang (53), who went missing while paragliding in the Bir-Billing area of Himachal Pradesh on Monday, is dead.

MP Brahmpura too quits Akali Dal posts

MP Brahmpura too quits Akali Dal posts

24 Oct 2018 | 2:03 AM

AMRITSAR:The Shiromani Akali Dal on Tuesday received yet another jolt with the Khadoor Sahib MP, Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, quitting the posts of senior vice-president and core committee member, citing “age and deteriorating health”.

Fate plays cruel joke on Ramban couple

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24 Oct 2018 | 2:03 AM

JAMMU:A disconsolate Shimu Devi was waiting to receive the mortal remains of her husband, Lance Naik Ranjit Singh, on Monday when she went into labour.

‘Bigg Boss’ fame Ajaz arrested with drugs

‘Bigg Boss’ fame Ajaz arrested with drugs

24 Oct 2018 | 2:03 AM

MUMBAI:Actor Ajaz Khan, who featured in reality show “Bigg Boss”, has been arrested allegedly with eight tablets of banned ‘Ecstasy’ tablets, the police said today.

Oppn pact unlikely for LS polls: Pawar

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24 Oct 2018 | 2:03 AM

MUMBAI:NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday indicated that a national-level pre-poll opposition alliance for the 2019 General Election was unlikely, but said he was trying to bring the non-BJP parties together on a common platform in a bid to defeat NDA.

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NEW DELHI:Refusing to order a blanket ban on the manufacture, sale and use of firecrackers, the Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed bursting of crackers with certain conditions, including timing and emissions.


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4 killed as car, truck collide on Pinjore-Baddi highway

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24 Oct 2018 | 2:17 AM

PANCHKULA: Four persons, including the general manager of a pharma company based in Baddi, were killed when their car collided head-on with a truck near Kiratpur village on the Pinjore-Baddi highway this morning. The victims have been identified as Aghosh Gopalan (45), a resident of Panchkula and general manager of the company, Babu Pillai (48) and Sanjay Kumar (34), both residents of Zirakpur, and Vipin Kumar (38), a resident of Mohali.

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AMRITSAR: As the three-day mourning in Amritsar announced by the government in the wake of tragic train mishap ended today, the holy city seems to be limping back to normalcy.

Scared, UP family vows to go back

24 Oct 2018 | 1:24 AM

AMRITSAR: Living in the city for the past 20 years, Rajesh of Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh has decided to go back to his native place with family after the Amritsar train tragedy during the Dasehra celebrations.

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SAD-BJP seeks inquiry by HC judge

24 Oct 2018 | 1:24 AM

CHANDIGARH: The SAD-BJP alliance has demanded a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge of the High Court into the Amritsar train mishap, calling it a “man-made tragedy of unprecedented magnitude”.

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Roadside checking results in revenue collection of Rs 6.38 cr

24 Oct 2018 | 2:21 AM

FARIDABAD: Roadside checking in Faridabad and Palwal districts has resulted in an additional revenue collection of Rs 6.38 crore for the Excise and Taxation Department in the first six months of the current financial year.

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SHIMLA: The much-hyped heli-taxi service between Chandigarh and Shimla has come to a grinding halt with the unavailability of the state government-hired helicopter and there being no back-up plan in place to keep the service operational.

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VISAKHAPATNAM: Their batting in red hot form, hosts India will look to extend their dominance over West Indies and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series when the two sides lock horns in the second ODI here on Wednesday.

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