SC extends Teesta’s Relief from Arrest
The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended till January 31 the interim protection from arrest granted to social activist Teesta Setalvad in a case of alleged embezzlement of funds for a museum at Ahmedabad’s Gulbarg Society that was devastated in the 2002 riots. A three Judge bench headed by Justice A R Dave said also issued notice to CBI on a fresh plea filed by Setalvad in connection with a separate case relating to alleged violations of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). The plea alleged that the High Court, which had granted anticipatory bail to Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand, erroneously remarked that there was prima facie violation of FCRA by them. The bench then fixed the batch of pleas, filed by Gujarat police, CBI and Setalvad, for hearing on January 21.
ISIS Influenced Only a Few Indian Youth; Cyber Surveillance Stepped Up, Govt Tells Lok Sabha
The terror outfit ISIS has influenced very few Indian youths, the government said on Tuesday after reports that 23 youths have joined the terror outfit. Of these, six Indian nationals have been killed.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Harbhai Parathibhai Chaudhary (see pic) told Lok Sabha that government Intelligence agencies have been asked to identify potential recruits and keep them under surveillance. “Cyber space is being closely monitored in this regard,” Chaudhary said in a written reply. He also said that few incidents of unfurling ISIS flags by misguided youth were noticed on different occasions in J&K and other states recently. “The state governments concerned, have been directed to take appropriate action,” Chaudhary said. Express had earlier reported that Indian intelligence agencies are closely monitoring footprints of ISIS sympathisers, propagandists and recruiters in India.
The Home Ministry on August 1 held a meeting with all Central Agencies and 12 state governments to assess the threat posed by ISIS. During the same time central agencies sources disclosed that over 30 sympathisers and propagandists of ISIS were under the scanner for spreading jihadi propaganda and online indoctrination activities targeting gullible youth.
The six ISIS recruits suspected to have been killed includes three from Karnataka –Umar Subhan, Sultan Armar, Faiz Masood, Athif from Telangana, Bada Sajid from UP and Saheem Tanki from Maharashtra.
Two Cops Involved in Killing of Teen Jailed
Two policemen, who were allegedly involved in the killing of a 13-year-old boy, 13-year-old boy Wamiq Farooq, during a protest demonstration in January 2010, were jailed on Tuesday after the duo surrendered before a local court in Srinagar following issuance of a non-bailable arrest warrant against them. ASI Abdul Khaliq Sofi and constable Mohammad Akram surrendered before the Court of Forest Magistrate B A Munshi, here on Tuesday. “The accused persons are involved in heinous offence and hence cannot be released on bail at this stage and the trial of offence under 304 can be done exclusively at session’s court,” the judge observed. The court jailed the duo and sent them to the Central Jail, Srinagar till December 3.
16 Persons Partially Blind after Surgery
At least 16 people suffered partial vision loss after undergoing cataract surgery at Saw Kalyan Charitable Hospital at Ambala Cantonment, which had no mandatory clearance from the government to hold an eye camp. The matter came into light on Monday when relatives said a patient operated upon had lost his vision. The doctor at the hospital, Charanjit Singh, had operated on several patients on November 24. Two days later, two patients complained of infection after which, the doctor called all the patients for examination. During the check up, the doctor noticed that most of the patients, were suffering from infection, which led to partial vision loss. The hospital has been sealed and a probe has been ordered.