Blue Whale Challenge is a ‘National Problem’, says Supreme Court

The ANI reported that Supreme Court on Friday observes the Blue Whale Challenge a “national problem”. The top court guided the state-run Doordarshan and private television channels to support in making awareness about the deadly suicide game, by telecasting the risks of the game in their prime time programmes. The Centre, on the other hand, informed the court that it has started an expert committee to look into the issue and file a report within three months.

The PTI reported that the government’s move comes following the Supreme Court asked it to build up a panel of experts to block virtual dare games like Blue Whale Challenge, which has allegedly led to many suicidal deaths and attempts. This deadly ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ game gained popularity when the news circulated that it was allegedly blamable for the deaths of more than 130 youngsters in Russia. In this deadly suicidal game, hazardous challenges like listening to dark songs, self-harming and ultimately doing suicide are given to the youngsters. The Russia assured India to help in controlling the new sensation as this game gained popularity in India as well.

LIVE updates of Aarushi Talwar Murder case: Rajesh, Nupur Talwar Acquitted by Allahabad High Court

Aarushi was found dead in her bedroom, just days before she turned 14, daughter of Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, in the murder case of their teen daughter, Aarushi. The police initially suspected Hemraj, the family’s Nepalese domestic help, for her murder, but two days later he was discovered dead on the terrace of the same building. In 2013, the Talwars were sentenced to life in prison. They have appealed against their conviction.

Nupur and Rajesh Talwar were serving life imprisonment in Ghaziabad’s Dasna jail, in the double murder case of their 14-year-old daughter, Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, the couple had filed an appeal in Allahabad High Court.

Aarushi Talwar was found murdered in her bedroom at the family’s residence in Noida’s Jal Vayu Vihar on May 16, 2008, Her throat was slit and her head bludgeoned. The police initially suspected their domestic help, Hemraj, but a day later his body too was recovered from the terrace of the same flat.

LIVE updates Aarushi Talwar murder case verdict:

3.18 pm: As per reports, The CBI is waiting for the judgment copy and will decide the next course of action after studying it.

3.00 pm: The Talwar couple has been given benefit of doubt. The view that as per circumstances and evidence on record they can’t be held guilty, as per Allahabad High Court.

2:55 pm: Rajesh, Nupur Talwar acquitted by Allahabad High Court.

2: 40 pm: The verdict can be expected any minute now because the judges have arrived in the courtroom

2:30 pm: At 2:45 pm the verdict is expected to be delivered, the court on September 7 had reserved its judgment and had fixed October 12 as the date for the verdict. In the murder of their daughter conviction, the dentist couple had filed an appeal challenging the Allahabad High Court.

1:55 pm: CBI uploaded all the orders starting from the beginning of the case, including cognisance order of the special CBI court in Ghaziabad and final conviction order by the sessions court.

1 :50 pm: The investigations conducted by CBI and UP police on the Aarushi Talwar murder case, Following a movie and a book made on which portrays the convicted parents as innocent, the CBI on its website in response had uploaded the entire court proceedings and orders related to the case.  “The Aarushi-Hemraj murder case is being discussed in public domain. To facilitate the general public, CBI has put all important court orders on its website cbi.nic.in.” said the CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh.

1:10 pm: Avirook Sen’s book is not about who may have actually killed Aarushi, but rather on whether there was enough evidence to convict the Talwars.

12: 45 pm: Author Avirook Sen writes, in the book, ”Nupur Talwar had annoyed Kaul because she wasn’t intimidated by him in person. So he came up with his own little psy-ops project.

  • Firstly, Rajesh Talwar would receive e-mailed summons from this address. A special e-mail address he created in order to communicate with Rajesh and Nupur Talwar: ‘hemraj. jalvayuvihar@gmail.com’, under the user-name ‘Hemraj Singh’.
  • When he was asked for his consent to undergo narco-analysis, for instance, ‘Hemraj Singh’ wrote him a mail on the CBI’s behalf.”

12:15 pm: In the book, the author targets the shoddy and insensitive investigation by UP police and the CBI. A book on Aarushi Talwar murder probe was written by Avirook Sen.  He also believed that the conviction was a premeditated judgment.

12:00 pm: After 2:30 pm, the Allahabad High Court is expected to announce the verdict.   

11:30 am: On May 16, 2008, spoke in the court in July 2012 of a “prominent opening” of her private parts, Sunil Mohre, who conducted Aarushi’s post-mortem, However, this was missing in the report prepared by the doctor who wrote ““NAD (no abnormality detected)” in the section on the teenager’s private parts.  

11:15 am: The phone call made by Nupur Talwar in the morning still remains a mystery, the identity of the person who responded to it.

11: 00 am: With surgical precision’, no dental equipment such as the scalpel was seized by the CBI, even after considering the fact that the murder was carried out.    

10:50 am: On November 25, 2013, the Talwars were convicted guilty. Shyam Lal CBI judge held the parents guilty for both the murders and destruction of evidence. “It is the order of the human nature, that the parents are the best protector of their own children but sometimes out of circumstances in the history of mankind they have been freaks when the father and mother became the killer of their own progeny,” wrote the judge.

10:30 am: On Thursday, with the Allahabad High Court expected to deliver its verdict in the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case.

10: 10 am: During the CBI investigation, narco-analysis tests were conducted on the parents. However, in December 2010, CBI submitted a closure report to the court on the grounds of ‘insufficient evidence’, giving a clean chit to all the servants and citing Rajesh Talwar as the prime suspect. The then Chief Minister Mayawati handed it over to CBI when the case drew the prominence.

9:30 am: The police alleged that Rajesh carried out the murder after finding his daughter and Hemraj in an ‘objectionable’ position. The police suspected it to be a case of honour killing and both Rajesh, Nupur Talwar came under the scanner, six days after the murder. However, on May 23, 2008, was arrested for the double murder Rajesh Talwar, no forensic or material evidence was given by the police to substantiate the claim.

9:15 am: The twin murders to be an inside job and had been carried out with ‘surgical precision,’ Noida police while investigating the case suspected.

9: 10 am: In her plea, she had requested for a parole saying her mother was seriously ill and all her siblings were abroad. The Allahabad High Court on August 29 had granted Nupur Talwar a parole for three weeks to visit her ailing mother.

9:00 am: On November 26, 2013, by a special CBI court in Ghaziabad, A day after the conviction, the couple were awarded life imprisonment

8:45 am: On September 7 and fixed October 12 as the date to announce its verdict. A division bench of the Allahabad HC had reserved its judgement The bench comprised of justices B K Narayana and A K Mishra.

8:30 am: Tthe Talwar couple is likely to announce its verdict today on the murder of fourteen-year-old Aarushi Talwar in the Allahabad High Court on an appeal filed by them.

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Sex with Wife below the Age of 18 is Rape: Supreme Court

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that a man will be punished if he is found to be guilty of having sex with his minor wife. This historical order fixes the age of having sex for girls at 18 with consent for all the girls. “If a minor wife complaints of forced sexual intercourse within a year of marriage, police needs to take action,” the court said while hearing the petition for disputing over the provision in the rape law, which allowed a man to have sex with his underage wife even without her permission.

This order came at a time when the court is hearing the petitions supporting for marital rape to be declared a crime. While addressing the concerns of the government, the court said that the judgment would have a potential effect and have no bearing on marriages already performed. The government in defending the rape law exception told the court during an earlier hearing that India had 23 million child brides and criminalizing the “consummation of the marriages” as rape would not be correct. In India, notably, rape and child marriage laws differed on the age of consent. According to the Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code says that sex with a minor (Under 18) is rape but it had an exception, which allowed a man to have sex with his underage wife, 15 or above, even without her approval.

Opposing the exception, an NGO named as ‘Independent Thought’ had told the court regarding the contradiction had divided girls below the age of 18 into two categories. “One, those who are not married and for them, the age of sexual consent is 18. Then there are those who are married and a husband can have sexual intercourse with his wife if she is above the age of 15, irrespective of her consent,” it argued during a hearing. The Indian law, however, doesn’t have a provision for the age of consent for boys. The discussion for increasing the age of consent was because the younger girls were inexpert of understanding the consequences of her decision. As a minor would never be mentally or physically mature enough to give consent.

The government, however, had told the court that child marriage was a reality in the country where economic and educational development was unbalanced. So it was decided to retain the exception in Section 375. In an affidavit, the government had said that 46% of the married women between the ages of 18 and 29 had their marriage ceremony before 18.

Supreme Court asked States to check Cow Vigilantism: Tushar Gandhi asking Answer for his Question

An intervention by Tushar Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi’s great-grandson, asked about the lack of responsibility and accountability shown by the Centre and State administrations even as cow vigilantes wrecked havoc and resorted to murder in broad daylight in the name of the cow.

Senior advocate Indira Jaisingh on behalf of Mr Gandhi, appearing saying that there had been more than 60 incidents across India where people had been assaulted and even eaten to death after allegations that they had killed cows or were in possession of beef.

  • In 2015 the first incident of cow vigilantism was reported from Dadri in Uttar Pradesh in which an elderly man, Mohammad Akhlaq, was beaten to death after allegations that he had killed a cow.
  • In July last year, four Dalit men were stripped, tied to a car and flogged in Gujarat.

By focusing upon the issues on Wednesday the Supreme Court asked all States and Union Territories to appoint nodal police officers district-wise to crackdown and prosecute cow vigilante groups who engage in violence and mayhem.

As the Centre said ending vigilantism and violence by cow protection groups is a ‘State subject’ on the previous hearing, and the Centre has no role to play, though it condemns all forms of violence. A bunch of petitions led by Congress activist Tehseen Poonawalla had sought criminal action against cow vigilante groups whose recent rampages and lynchings have seen communal tensions rise in the country.

The Central and State govetnment sought a direction by the petitions to pull down all the videos of violence uploaded by cow vigilante groups from social media sites.

Four BJP-ruled States namely

  1. Haryana
  2. Rajasthan
  3. Maharshtra
  4. Gujarat

Have accepted the apex court’s suggestion for “taking the law or becoming the law unto themselves,” appoint dedicated nodal police officers in the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) to prevent cow vigilantes or gau rakshaks.

A three-judge Bench of Chief Justive Dipak Misra, Amitava Roy, and A.M. Khanwilkar was on hearing, As per Tushar Gandhi, especially in the northern States, who call themselves protectors of cows or gau rakshaks have been harasshing the Dalits and Muslims, they have been receiving an unending rash of violence unleashed by lynch mobs.

Under Article 256 The court directed to instruct the States to take “necessary” steps in law to save innocent human lives from fury of the mobs, the Centre to respond to a submission by senior advocate Indira Jaising for Mr. Gandhi that the Centre cannot wash their hands off its constitutional responsibility.

Mr. Gandhi in the spirit of “co-operative federalism” has asked the court about it and the court said the Centre should reply to this argument made by him, “The Centre cannot turn its back on the violence. Non-violence is the founding faith of this country. The States have the responsibility to lodge FIRs against these vigilantes,” Ms. Jaising submitted.

Chief Justice Misra told Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta,  You have to stop it (violence),” appearing for the four northern States.

Mr. Mehta will be taking instructions from the Centre that the court has asked him to specify its role under Article 256 and the steps it would take from its side to prevent any future incidents of violence.

Ms. Jaising said, by Pointing out that most of the violent incidents had occurred on highways, the States should take steps to initiate highway patrolling.

The Centre shall also indicate its views on this issue.The court directed the Chief Secretaries and the Director Generals of Police (DGP) of States to consult each other and respond to the court. The court posted the case for hearing on September 22.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his union ministers issued strong statements against cow vigilantism, as per reports of similar incidents from other states has been laso piled up, Condemning cow vigilantes, looking upon the rudity PM Modi said, “There have seen that some people are into crimes all night and wear the garb of gau rakshaks in the day”.

The court had appoint a senior police officer as Nodal officer in every district to ensure that vigilante groups don’t take law into their handshas asked in all the states to protect people. bureaucrats in every state has also directed the seniormost to ensure highway petrolling to prevent such incidents.

Supreme Court Stays NCLT Proceeding against Jaypee, Relief for 3000 Home Buyers

On Monday, the Supreme Court stayed the bankruptcy proceedings against real estate firm Jaypee Infratech at National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), Allahabad at the request of its financier IDBI. It ruled in favour of a petition filed by home buyers. The issue has been noticed to the Finance Ministry, Jaypee Infratech, Reserve Bank of India and the Uttar Pradesh Government. Adding to it, a notice has also been sent to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and IDBI Bank.

For evasion of a loan of about Rs 526 crore, the IDBI Bank moved to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for insolvency proceedings against Jaypee Infratech. As per the petitioners, around 32,000 home buyers, who are yet to get their flats as promised by Jaypee especially in the Delhi NCR region, suffer doubt over their investment in housing projects by the bankruptcy order. The home buyers’ plea will be heard by the apex court on October 10. The home buyers who had invested in the Jaypee’s residential projects have been put through the concoction of jammed with a number of changes that have just puzzled the matter. The most vital confusion is the forms that are available for home buyers to file their claims. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India has launched another form, adding to an earlier form.

The Allahabad bank of the NCLT, last month, passed an order commencing insolvency proceedings against Jaypee Infratech, which is a subsidiary of Jaiprakash Associates. According to the reports, the lawyer on the side of the petitioners claimed that the NCLT order has put the home buyers in a poor state as the order required them to fill up some forms, which will not let them move to the consumer courts. He also added that the home buyers are also concerned about their investments in the Jaypee’s projects. In order to evaluate the capacity of the Jaypee Infra and its holding company Jaiprakash Associates’ bankruptcy, the buyers have demanded a forensic audit.  The buyers of Jaypee’s flats were shocked by the recent developments. By introducing a new form to file claims, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India made things poorer.

Dera Chief Baba Ram Rahim Sentenced to 10 Years Jail term for Rape Case

The Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Ram Rahim is sentenced to 10 years in prison by a special CBI court today. For the precautionary measure, the sentencing was held in Sunaria jail of Rohtak. A set-up (special court) like the court was prepared in the jail premises to avoid a repeat of the deadly violence that erupted following the announcement of the conviction of the Dera head on Friday in a rape case.

The Judge Jagdeep Singh along with the court staff came to the Rohtak from Chandigarh by helicopter in the morning. Prior to the hearing, Rohtak was put on a high alert. The deputy commissioner of Rohtak, Atul Kumar, cleared earlier that the shoot at sight orders has been issued. He also said that three-tier security ring has been arranged at around Sunaria district jail. “We will not allow anyone to create any sort of trouble in Rohtak. Anyone breaking law or indulging in acts of violence or arson will himself be responsible for his fate. Anyone creating trouble will be given a warning first and if he still pays no heed, then he will have to face the bullet,” he added.

According to the reports flashing on the TV news channels, Singh broke down in court and begged for fewer sentence before the judge announced his sentence. The ANI reported that the followers of Dera head set ablaze two cars in Phoolka area of Haryana’s Sirsa while the sentence verdict session was ongoing. The CBI asked for the lifetime prison for the Dera head, while his lawyer requested for leniency because of his social work record. The Dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted of raping two female followers on August 25 by the special CBI trial court. A case was filed in 2002 against the Dera head when an anonymous letter written by the complainant reached the Punjab and Haryana High Court and later to the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The letter by the complainant said, “One night, at about 10 pm, I was called by Guru Maharaj to his gufa (den). I found him … with a revolver lying next to his pillow. He told me that as I, a sadhvi, had dedicated my mind and body to the ‘seva‘of the guru, he, the guru, wanted to claim his due. When I protested, he told me that I should have no doubt he indeed was God. ‘Didn’t Lord Krishna make love to his gopis every night? Yet people regard him as a god,’ he told me. When I was still not convinced, he told me he could shoot me here and now and no one would raise a finger, not even my parents. ‘The chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana and many central ministers come and touch my feet. I can get your family members removed from their jobs and get them killed if you protest,’ he told me.”

“There are about 40 unmarried women between 35-40 years of age in the ashram regarded as devis. We are not allowed to even look at another man, have to keep our heads covered with a white dupatta … But our life here is worse than that of prostitutes. Even if our parents call we are not allowed to talk to them without the guru’s permission. If any sadhvi goes back home and tells her family members about what has happened to her, goondas from the deras threaten the family members with death threats, forcing them to keep quiet. If you get the sadhvis of the dera medically examined you will learn that they are not sadhvis..,” the letter added.

On the other hand, the Dera head is also accused of the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati, who published bluntly about the rape accusations against Singh in his newspaper Poora Sachh. That murder case is being heard in the CBI court in Panchkula, the same court that found Singh guilty of rape.

Delhi Court Ordered a Millionaire Husband to pay his Estranged Spouse of Rs 4 lakh Maintenance

Sounds astonishing, But on the other hand yes its true! A have husband has been directed by a city court to pay his separated spouse corresponding a humongous of four large integer maintenance each month with fifteen per cent raise per annum for deserting her and their sole minor female offspring. The actual fact that the husband patterned within the list of “Super Rich” class of a business publication and also the web value of his business was around Rs 1,000 crore, which was taken note by the court in fixing the maintenance.

Principal choose Narottam Kaushal awarded further fifteen per cent annually raise within the maintenance quantity for her and her female offspring, noting that there was a “significant jump” within the financial gain of the husband in 2 money years that couldn’t be unnoticed. “The ranking of the close corporation within the ‘Super wealthy List’ and assets of those corporations at large integer printed in Fortune five hundred publication, indicates that the husband belongs to a awfully affluent business family of Asian country,” the choose same, adding “he is that the solely son” United Nations agency resides along with his father.

The woman, in her application filed through advocate Manav Gupta, had alleged that she was thrown out of her marital status house in March 2008 when that she had filed a petition in court for maintenance.

  • For the year 2011-12, it is noted that the man’s financial gain once the upkeep application was filed, compared with financial gain for the year of call (2012-13) by a magisterial court earlier, showed a quantum jump of over double the financial gain.
  • “Whether this radical modification was a results of accounting jugglery or a results of concealment, may be a question, that this court would depart unrequited. However, the jump is just too vital to be unnoticed. “The individual (woman) can’t be denied the advantages of this increased financial gain of the husband,” the choose same.
  • However, throughout the pendency of the upkeep petition, the husband filed a petition for dissolution of wedding in January 2011.
  • She then stirred the tribunal for maintenance on August four, 2011 and a magisterial court on Gregorian calendar month eight, 2013 granted her a maintenance price.
  • Within the proceedings before the court, she was granted a maintenance of Rs 75,000 per month, 2013, each these orders were challenged before higher courts that eventually reached the Supreme Court.
  • The apex court through its April 2014 order had remitted the matter back to the tribunal, when that the lady withdrew the plea before court.

The woman, thereafter, in her application filed in before the court had wanted pendente light maintenance from the date of desertion by her husband claiming that he had appeared within the list of Super made in Business World magazine in 2010. Pendente light maintenance is that the quantity of maintenance throughout the pendency of the proceedings.

While seeking the money for per month maintenance, the woman’s counsel had aforesaid the husband “had a privately held corporation of internet price of Rs 921.28 crore. His home is nearly as good as a 5 star edifice.” The husband, however, had claimed that he was the Director of varied firms however earned a monthly pay of Rs 90,000 from just one firm.