Hanuman Chalisa row HC refuses to quash FIR against MP Navneet Rana and her MLA husband Ravi Rana \
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Hanuman Chalisa row HC refuses to quash FIR against MP Navneet Rana and her MLA husband Ravi Rana

25-Apr-2022
Mumbai Apr 25 PTI The Bombay High Court on Monday dismissed the writ petition filed by independent MP Navneet and her MLA husband Ravi Rana arrested in connection with the Hanuman Chalisa controversy seeking quashing of an FIR registered against them The couple had approached the HC this morning seeking that the FIR registered against them by the Khar police in the city on the charge of deterring a police officer from discharging her official duties be quashed A bench of Justices PB Varale and SM Modak however said that it found no merit in the plea The Khar police registered two FIRs against the couple after they announced that Hanuman Chalisa will be recited outside Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackerays private residence in Mumbai On April 23 the police registered the first FIR on the charge of promoting enmity between different religions It subsequently added the charge of sedition to this FIR On April 24 the Khar police registered a second FIR against the Ranas under section 353 of the IPC for obstructing a public servant from discharging duty PTI AYA NSK NSK
25-Apr-2022 National
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HC tells MSRTC to check health of staffers after advocate says they are in depression feeling suicidal \
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HC tells MSRTC to check health of staffers after advocate says they are in depression feeling suicidal

22-Dec-2021
Mumbai Dec 22 PTI The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation MSRTC to examine the health of employees who are attending duty and also others willing to join amidst the ongoing strike after it was told that many staffers are feeling depressed and developed suicidal tendencies The HC also directed the MSRTC to arrange for medical examinations to ensure the physical and mental well-being of its employees A division bench of justices P B Varale and S M Modak gave the order after it was informed by MSRTC workers counsel that many of the employees were in depression and had developed suicidal tendencies Gunaratan Sadavarte the advocate for the workers informed the HC that more than 54 employees had committed suicide over the last year Instead of terming it as a strike they prefer calling it being in mourning since several of their colleagues had taken their own life Over 48000 employees are still in mourning on strike because of the death of colleagues and hence they are not discharging their duties They are in depression and in suicidal tendencies said Sadavarte Staffers have been on strike since October 28 demanding the merger of cash-strapped MSRTC with the state government Their stir intensified on November 9 with bus operations at all the 250 depots of the undertaking getting affected The bench expressed sympathy for the employees but the judges said that the strike cannot continue indefinitely as the general public especially students senior citizens and patients in need of visiting hospitals healthcare centres etc were being inconvenienced With all humility and with all respect we may say that the loss of human life is painful but there cant be a stage of indefinite mourning the HC said Even religious faiths stipulate mourning of maximum 40 days And one has to move on in life Arrange for check-ups and medical aid for your working employees it said The bench said that it was aware of the situation faced by MSRTC employees but it cannot overlook the larger public interest The high court then directed the MSRTC to publish a notice at all of its depots intimating employees that they could be held to be in contempt of a previous order of the court directing them to call off the strike The HC also took on record the report filed by a three-member action committee that is looking into the issue of the merger of MSRTC with the state government The report without giving a final opinion said that such a merger would have larger implications and finances to the tune of Rs 360 crore are needed to make it possible The bench posted the matter for further hearing in January 2022 PTI AYA NSK NSK
22-Dec-2021 National
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Elgar case HC extends time granted to Varavara Rao out on bail to surrender by 4 days to Dec 6 \
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Elgar case HC extends time granted to Varavara Rao out on bail to surrender by 4 days to Dec 6

29-Nov-2021
Mumbai Nov 29 PTI The Bombay High Court on Monday extended till December 6 the time granted to poet-activist Varavara Rao an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist link case currently out on medical bail to surrender before the Taloja prison authorities in Navi Mumbai A bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and SV Kotwal extended Raos time to surrender from December 2 to December 6 after the National Investigation Agency NIA failed to get Rao medically examined at the private Nanavati hospital in compliance with the previous order of the high court Rao 83 had been granted interim bail for six months on medical grounds by the HC on February 22 this year He was scheduled to surrender and return to judicial custody on September 5 However Rao applied through his lawyers R Sathyanarayanan and senior counsel Anand Grover seeking an extension of the medical bail He also sought permission to stay in his hometown Hyderabad while out on the bail On November 18 Grover had told the HC bench that while out on bail Raos health had deteriorated and he had been admitted to the Nanavati hospital in the city for treatment from November 6 to November 16 this year Grover had urged the HC to extend Raos medical bail by four months During the previous hearings the NIA had opposed Raos plea for extension of medical bail and shifting to Hyderabad saying that the 83-year-olds medical reports did not indicate that he was suffering from any serious medical ailment On November 18 NIA counsel Sandesh Patil had opposed Raos plea for extension of the medical bail prompting the HC to direct the investigating agency to get Rao medically examined at Nanavati hospital and submit his latest reports by November 29 On Monday however the NIA sought further time to follow the instructions of the HC In spite of the order dated 18 November 2021 the respondents NIA have not got the Applicant Rao examined at the Nanavati Hospital The learned counsel for the respondent- NIA apologises and states that the applicant will be examined immediately and the report as specified in the order dated 18 November 2021 will be submitted to the Court the HC stated in the order while extending Raos time to surrender till December 6 The HC adjourned the hearing on Raos plea to December 3 PTI AYA NSK NSK
29-Nov-2021 National
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NIA opposes Sachin Wazes house arrest plea in HC says he may abscond if let out of prison \
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NIA opposes Sachin Wazes house arrest plea in HC says he may abscond if let out of prison

26-Oct-2021
Mumbai Oct 26 PTI The National Investigation Agency NIA has opposed dismissed Mumbai police officer Sachin Wazes plea seeking temporary transfer from the Taloja prison to house arrest in the Bombay High Court saying Waze being a highly influential person may abscond and tamper with prosecution witnesses if let out of the prison In an affidavit filed before the high court on Tuesday the NIA said Waze was accused of serious offences including being part of the conspiracy to kill businessman Mansukh Hiran and planting an explosives-laden vehicle near the residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani in south Mumbai If any House Arrest custody is granted to the petitioner accused there is every likelihood that said petitioner accused will abscond from the jurisdiction of this Honble court and will tamper with the prosecution witnesses including the protected witnesses who allegedly were his associates the affidavit reads And it is not difficult for the petitioner accused to figure out who they are even though the fact is that their identity and addresses are protected since the petitioner accused is a highly influential person in the area of Mumbai it reads The affidavit was submitted in response to a plea filed by Waze earlier this month seeking that he be shifted from judicial custody to house arrest for his post-operative care following bypass surgery Waze had requested the court that he be permitted to remain under house arrest till he recovered fully The NIA however said in the affidavit that Taloja prison in Navi Mumbai had required facilities for Wazes post-operative care and that if required he could be taken to the state-run JJ Hospital in Mumbai Waze had sought parity with Elgar Parishad accused Varavara Rao who had been granted interim medical bail in February this year owing to his advanced age and worsening health The NIA said in its affidavit that Wazes case was different from that of Rao and while the latter had been granted medical bail Waze was asking for continuing judicial custody in the form of house arrest A bench of justices Nitin Jamdar and SV Kotwal on Tuesday directed Wazes counsel advocate Raunak Naik to place on record Wazes post-surgery medical papers The high court also directed the state prison authorities to submit Wazes latest medical reports It will hear the plea further next month PTI AYA NSK NSK
26-Oct-2021 National
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Elgar case Accused activists seek default bail claiming sessions court had no jurisdiction \
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Elgar case Accused activists seek default bail claiming sessions court had no jurisdiction

23-Aug-2021
Mumbai Aug 23 PTI Seven activists and academics accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case told the Bombay High Court on Monday the Pune sessions court which remanded them to custody following their arrest and also took cognisance of the polices chargesheet in 2019 had no jurisdiction to do so and sought a default bail The petitioners are Sudhir Dhawale Rona Wilson Surendra Gadling Shoma Sen Mahesh Raut Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira The Elgar Parishad case is related to inflammatory speeches made at a conclave held in Pune on December 31 2017 which the police claimed triggered violence the next day near the Koregaon-Bhima war memorial located on the outskirts of the western Maharashtra city The prosecution claimed the conclave was organised by people with alleged Maoist links The counsel for the petitioners senior advocate Sudeep Pasbola told the high court that since all the accused persons in the case had been charged for scheduled offences under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act UAPA besides sections under the Indian Penal Code only a designated special court could have taken cognisance of the case Pasbola told a bench of Justices SS Shinde and NJ Jamadar that when the accused petitioners were first produced before the Pune court for remand following their arrests in June 2018 they had objected to the courts jurisdiction Yet the sessions court had gone ahead with hearing the matter he said At the time when the first chargesheet was filed in the case designated special courts were functional in Pune Besides even if there hadnt been any functional special court at the time the case since it was dealing with scheduled offences under the UAPA should have gone to a magistrates court who would in turn have designated the sessions court to take cognisance as per law he said Pasbola told the bench the National Investigation Agency NIA had maintained that only after it took over the case in January 2020 it would go before a special court but that was not what the law mandated He said once a scheduled offence was disclosed the case must go before a special court Earlier this month the bench of Justices Shinde and Jamadar had reserved its verdict on a plea seeking default bail filed by lawyer and activist Sudha Bharadwaj on similar grounds The bench will hear the NIA on the activists plea on Tuesday The NIA had submitted its draft charges before a special court here in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case earlier this month and claimed the accused persons wanted to establish their government and wage a war against the nation PTI AYA NSK NSK
23-Aug-2021 National
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