Ajmer blast case sinking
With another witness turning hostile, a total of 15 out of 83 key witnesses in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah bomb blast case have now retracted their statements in court. The public prosecutor feels that this is weakening the case. Witnesses who have turned hostile apparently have links to the RSS or Sangh Parivar in some capacity. The Ajmer blast of November 10, 2007 killed three and injured 17. The case was handed over to the National Investigation Agency in 2011; however, the hearing of the case kept getting postponed as witnesses delayed their appearances before the court for fear of their lives.
NIA shuts down Modasa blast case
The NIA has closed its investigations into the 2008 Modasa blast case citing “insufficient evidence”. The Modasa blast took place on September 28, 2008, a day after a more powerful explosion shook Malegaon in Maharashtra during Ramzan. One person was killed in Modasa while six died in Malegaon. This is the first closure of a terror case by the NIA involving Hindu fundamentalists and former RSS members.
Petition seeks MP governor resignation
A petition has been filed the in Supreme Court against Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav for his alleged involvement in the Vyapam scam. Earlier, an FIR was filed against the governor for cheating and conspiracy; however, the MP High Court turned down the complaint as the governor enjoys “constitutional immunity” and can only be prosecuted after he vacates office. Under Article 156 (1) of the Constitution, a Governor serves at the pleasure of the President; the petition filed by five Gwalior-based advocates asks Pranab Mukherjee to withdraw his pleasure.
ED gives Lalit Modi two weeks
The Enforcement Directorate has summoned former IPL chief Lalit Modi to appear before it within two weeks to record his statement in the money laundering case registered against him. The ED case under the Prevention of Money Laundering (PML) Act is based on a criminal complaint registered by the Chennai Police against Modi in 2013. The agency has warned Modi that if he fails to appear within the granted time, “it will proceed against him under the law.” Lalit Modi has been accused by the BCCI of misappropriating Rs. 470 crore during his tenure as IPL chief.
Pak military magazine says India supports terrorism
A Pakistan defence ministry publication has interpreted Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s controversial “let’s neutralise terrorists through terrorism” comment as a strategy to “teach a lesson” to Pakistan by committing acts of terror against it. The publication, Hillal, said Parrikar’s May 22 statement is a “well-planned and executed aggressive strategy” and not “a spontaneous overflow of political verbosity.”
Sen accuses Modi of controlling academic freedom
Noted Economist Amartya Sen has lashed out at Narendra Modi’s government for compromising on academic freedom by seeking to directly control educational institutions. Saying that he was “certainly ousted” from Nalanda University as chancellor, Sen mentioned that he voluntarily stepped aside as “the government may have held up finances or statutes” had he continued. He said that it’s just not the HRD ministry but the entire Modi government as “Nalanda comes under the MEA.” Moreover, he said the head of the National Book Trust was replaced by an RSS ideologue. “Nothing of this scale of interference has happened before,” said Sen.
Nitish, Lalu attack BJP for withholding caste census
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, along with Lalu Prasad, attacked the BJP-led government at the Centre of withholding census data on caste. Kumar said that not revealing the data undermines the purpose of the census, which was to “chalk out welfare programmes merited by certain caste groups.” The BJP on the other hand has said that releasing the complete data would foment casteist feelings in the country.