In an exclusive interview with The Daily Guardian, Vikas Singh, lawyer of actor Sushant’s father K.K. Singh, said that the Supreme Court’s decision to transfer the actor’s suicide case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would help them to get justice soon. Excerpts:
Q: How do you see this judgement and what will you say to Mumbai Police which says that they have not been stopped by the court from further investigations?
A: First of all, I thank the Supreme Court for the justice and I hope that we should get justice very soon. It appears that Mumbai police doesn’t know CrPC and have no idea about the SC judgement. Without an FIR you cannot investigate and they don’t have the power to do so. Even if an FIR is registered then according to the SC verdict, the case would go to CBI now. They will have to hand over all the materials related to the case to CBI now. And they don’t have any further jurisdiction in this case.
Q: What is the role of Mumbai Police now in your opinion?
A: Whatever investigation Mumbai Police has done is now of no use and they don’t have any role further. If the CBI still wants to use details given by Mumbai police, they can use it for reference purposes only. CBI will start from the beginning since there is no FIR in Mumbai as it was registered in Patna. If the central agency wants, then it can rely on Bihar police’s investigation because they have recorded statements under Section 161 of CrPC and CBI can use that for limited purposes. All those people who were at home on that day will be very crucial for investigation and will be questioned first.
Q: Since the witnesses are very important in this case, have you asked for protection of witnesses or will you appeal in future?
A:This has not been raised by anyone so far in the courts. But if someone feels so, he or she can either inform the CBI or me, and if required, we will take steps in this regard to approach any court.
Q: Enforcement Directorate (ED) and CBI both are probing the matter, do you feel that there will be a good coordination between both the agencies?
A: Both agencies will investigate from different angles. Central agencies always have a synergy between them and share information with each other which ultimately helps a lot. Many things which ED has unearthed will surely help CBI if they get it and vice versa. ED works on money laundering angle and CBI on other angles and if both work together in this case, it will benefit immensely.
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South Africa seeks cabinet approval for a $8.5 billion climate plan to reduce coal use
In order to secure funding from some of the world’s wealthiest nations, South Africa’s government will seek cabinet approval for a $8.5 billion plan to transition away from the use of coal to generate electricity.
According to Vincent Magwenya, a spokesman for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, a second draught of the investment plan has been completed and is being shared with “key stakeholders” before being submitted to cabinet.
The development is a significant step toward completing the pact with the funding partners – the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France, and the European Union – that was first announced at the COP26 international climate summit in Glasgow last year.
The plan “outlines the investments required to achieve South Africa’s ambitious climate targets,” Magwenya said in a response to a query. “The objective remains to complete this process by COP27,” which will take place in Egypt in November, he said.
South Africa’s landmark climate finance agreement has been hailed as a model for assisting other coal-dependent developing countries in transitioning to cleaner energy, with Indonesia and Vietnam among the nations set to sign similar agreements. Its fate could have repercussions at COP27, which is expected to focus on the needs of poorer countries adapting to global warming.
The plan outlines how the funds will be spent, with the investment partners focusing on converting coal-fired power plants owned by state utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. to produce renewable energy. South Africa is also advocating for funding to support the development of green hydrogen and electric vehicle industries.
People familiar with the discussions previously told Bloomberg News that the plan had been submitted but declined to say what was in it because no public announcement had been made.
The funding talks have stalled in recent weeks, with US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry urging President Ramaphosa to move forward with the agreement and South African Environment Minister Barbara Creecy bemoaning its complexity.
South Africa is the world’s 13th largest source of climate-warming greenhouse gases, relying on coal for more than 80% of its electricity.
Bihar: Woman, son, daughter injured in acid attack, blame police threats, inaction
The police are being blamed by a 35-year-old woman, her young son, and her young daughter who were injured on September 29 in Shivpur, Rohtas, Bihar, when a man broke into their home and hurled acid at them. They said the police threatened to implicate them in another case if they spoke to the media and originally declined to register a case.
Police officer Dev Raj Ray refuted the claim and stated that although they had rushed to a local hospital in search of the victims, they had been transferred to another hospital.
Police superintendent Ashish Bharti said Sah has confessed to the crime. “The battery from which the acid was taken, the bottle, and the mug used to throw acid were recovered.”
A 22-year-old singer and her brother were severely injured on the night of April 17 when two men hurled acid at them in Bikramganj. On May 21, a 45-year-old woman was injured in another acid attack in West Champaran’s Narkatiaganj. On May 28, acid attacks in Muzaffarpur and Patna resulted in burn injuries for a 17-year-old girl and a 45-year-old woman.
KCR’s national ambition: Telangana Rashtra Samiti is now Bharat Rashtra Samiti
Telangana Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samiti President K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday launched the Bharat Rashtra Samiti (BRS), the new name of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), marking his first step toward becoming a national party ahead of the 2024 elections.
The launch took place at 1.19 p.m. on Wednesday. The plan was materialised at the State General Body meeting of ministers, MPs, MLAs, MLCs and district-level coordinators among other leaders at the party headquarters Telangana Bhavan in Hyderabad.
K Chandrashekar Rao presided over the meeting. JD(S) leader and former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy along with 20 of his MLAs attended the launch event at the TRS headquarters.
The party also made necessary amendments to its constitution in the same meeting and sent the resolution and the amended party Constitution to the Election Commission of India (ECI) which was accepted by the Commission.
Later in a press statement, KCR clarified the broad aspects for launching a national party. In the statement, he said, “It is not a hasty decision to float a national party. India is a union of states. Comprehensive development is possible only if the states and the country develop together.”
KCR outlined the two areas of his priorities: Gender and caste discrimination. “Due to gender discrimination, women, who constitute half of the country’s population, are not taking part in the development. Dalits could not take part in the development of the country due to caste discrimination. Both women’s power and Dalit’s power have been weakened and the development is not taking place.”
KCR indicated that his national party will thrive for bringing the fundamental changes in the society. He said, “Radiant India needs to be made. India will grow better than America if the resources in the country used at optimum level. We still have a good time. We will expand across the country.” KCR has planned to travel the country in a bid to expand his party’s base and also try to unite a fragmented Opposition. Maharashtra would be the first state where KCR is planning to travel.
Earlier in May this year, KCR in his bid to unite the Opposition to take on the BJP at the Centre in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, held a meeting with former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda in Bengaluru where he discussed an alternative political outfit to the BJP.
‘Elections in J&K after voters’ list compilation’
In a major announcement, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said that the elections will be held in Jammu and Kashmir with “full transparency” as soon as the work of compiling the voters’ list is completed.
Shah said that manner in which delimitation has been done in the region, representatives of the people’s choice will be elected. “As soon as the work of compiling the voters’ list is completed, elections will be held in J&K with full transparency.
Earlier the delimitation was done in such a way that only the representatives from the three families would be elected, no matter what you do. The delimitation that Election Commission has done, your own representatives will win the elections and rule,” Shah said while addressing a rally in Baramulla on the last day of his three-day visit to J-K.
Assembly polls to elect the government in the Union Territory are due since the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A on 5 August 2019. The Centre while abrogating the special status of the region, had said that the status of state will be given to Jammu and Kashmir at the appropriate time and the elections will be held after delimitation.
The orders of the Delimitation Commission were effective from 20 May with the Centre choosing the day for the move using powers of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019.
As per the final Delimitation Order, out of the 90 Assembly Constituencies (ACs) in Jammu and Kashmir, 43 will be part of the Jammu region and 47 for the Kashmir region keeping in view the provisions of Section 9(1)(a) of the Delimitation Act, 2002 and Section 60(2)(b) of Jammu & Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019.
The Delimitation Commission was entrusted with the work of delimiting the Assembly and Parliamentary Constituencies in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir on the basis of the 2011 Census and in accordance with the provisions of Part-V of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 (34 of 2019) and the provisions of Delimitation Act, 2002(33 of 2002).
No dialogue with Pakistan, instead will talk to youth of Jammu & Kashmir: Amit Shah
The Union Home Minister comes down heavily on Abdullah and Mufti families saying that they are laying a red carpet for Pakistani terrorists into India.
Lambasting the National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti on their demands that the Centre should talk to Pakistan, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said that he would prefer to talk to the youth of Jammu and Kashmir rather than talking to the neighbouring country.
Addressing a public meeting here, on the last day of his three-day visit to the Union Territory which would conclude today, Shah launched an unsparing attack on former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. He accused the ‘Gupkar alliance’ of “laying a red carpet” for Pakistani terrorists into the country.
Shah said, “Some people talk about Pakistan here. I want to tell them today, bring the statistics about the number of villages in PoK that have electricity. Electricity has reached every village in our Kashmir. Mufti and company, and Abdullah and sons ruled Kashmir for 70 years, but did not provide 1 lakh houses, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi, from 2014 till 2022, has given houses to 1 lakh people in J-K.”
“Those who ruled for 70 years here suggest me to talk to Pakistan. I have a clear view, I do not want to talk to Pakistan, I want to talk to the Gujjars, Paharis and Bakarwals in Baramulla. I want to talk to the youth of Kashmir. Think with open eyes and minds, those who spread terrorism, what good have they done to Kashmir?” he said adding that J-K has to join the race with other states which are moving ahead in the country.
“We do not have to follow the path shown by terrorists. I urge you to extend your support to us,” said the Home Minister.
Shah said that the “Peoples’ Alliance for Gupkar Declaration model” (PAGD) had presented the youth of the region with stones, closed colleges and machine guns in their hands, whereas Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s model has brought them education.
“There are two models. One of PM Modi which gives employment, peace and brotherhood; and another is the Gupkar model which led to the Pulwama attack. PM Modi made a hospital in Pulwama at an expense of Rs 2,000 crore. The Gupkar model is laying the red carpet for the Pakistani terrorists into the country, whereas the Modi model is implementing an investment of Rs 56,000 crore on the ground giving employment to the youth. Gupkar model placed stones, closed colleges, and machine guns in the hands of the youth. Modi model has IIM, IIT, AIIMS, NIFT, and NEET for the youth. The youth wants education not stones in their hands,” he said.
Shah asked the former chief ministers about the amount that was brought into the region as an investment during their respective tenures.
Shah further accused the “three families” of J-K of being responsible for the killings of the residents of the region by terrorists.
“Has terrorism done any good to anybody in the world? Can the sympathisers of terrorism tell of any such incident? 42,000 people of J-K have been victims of terrorism from 1990 till today. Who is responsible for their deaths? The three families that ruled here were responsible. Terrorism is moving towards extinction,” he said.
Lauding PM Modi for bringing investment into J-K, Shah said that the region which was known to be a “terrorist hotspot” has now become a “tourism hotspot”.
“Earlier, this was a terrorist hotspot, now it’s a tourism hotspot. You (Farooq and Mehbooba) gave stones and guns in the hands of the youth, whereas PM Modi gave laptops and mobiles into their hands by bringing industries here,” Shah said.
India sends strong signals to Pakistan over terrorism amid Bajwa’s US visit
With the US hosting Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa amid speculation on revival of high-level security partnership between Washington and Islamabad, India wants the Biden administration to give a strong message to the visiting army chief on terrorism emanating from Pakistan’s soil. While keeping a close watch over the developments in Washington where Bajwa is meeting with the top US officials, New Delhi has delivered Washington a clear message about what it expects from the Biden administration vis-à-vis this visit.
“The US must tell the army chief in no uncertain terms that Pakistan’s action against terror outfits leaves a lot to be desired,” sources, who are working closely with the diplomats in Indian embassy to Washington, told The Daily Guardian. “The Biden administration is already aware of what India wants, for Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister have already apprised their US counterparts of their disappointment over the US’ evident soft corner for Pakistan despite the latter’s terror records,” sources said. “Now that the US government is hosting Bajwa for an almost week-long visit, the Biden administration officials will have sufficient opportunity and time to give him a strong message on terror issues,” says a diplomat.
Bajwa called on US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin and National Security Advisor Jacob Suvllivan and discussed matters of mutual interests, a report says. What Indian diplomats are keen to know is whether the US officials discussed the issue of terrorism with the army chief or not, says an official. He will also be meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Indian diplomats are said to be in touch with their US counterparts to have an idea about what is going on there.
Amid Bajwa’s visit to Washington, the statements that came from Union Home Minister Amit Shah and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar were of great significance. Addressing a rally at Baramulla, Amit Shah on Wednesday ruled out any talks with Pakistan while making clear that the Narendra Modi government would fully uproot terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.
Just a day ahead of this rally, Jaishankar said, “No other country practises terrorism in the manner in which Pakistan has done. You show me anywhere in the world what Pakistan has done for so many years against India. After the 26/11 Mumbai attack, it is important for us to be clear to ourselves that this kind of behaviour and action is unacceptable and there will be consequences.” He also said while India is considered “expert in IT” (Information Technology), the neighbouring country is known as an “expert in International Terrorism”.
Sources told TDG that these statements from the top Indian ministers must have served the purpose as a blunt message to the American government amid its efforts to ramp up ties with Pakistan. The Pak Army chief being hosted by the Biden administration lends credence to Washington ignoring Islamabad’s poor record in tackling terrorism, says an official. In another significant development that has come amid Bajwa’s visit to US, Union Home Ministry has designated 10 members of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and other proscribed outfits as terrorists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Most of these designated terrorists are presently based in Pakistan, and they have been involved in gruesome killings of innocent civilians in Jammu and Kashmir. Several evidences have recently emerged to establish Pakistan’s army’s connivance with terrorists who were arrested in the valley over the past few weeks. Sources said that the Home Ministry’s move to designate these Pakistan-based individuals as terrorists could not have come at a more appropriate time than this, as Pakistan’s army chief is in Washington and all eyes are on the US to see if the government in Washington even seeks explanation from him on fight against terror. This may be part of India’s strategy to ramp up pressure on the US government to call out Pakistan over terrorism.
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