Live: Amit Shah gets clean chit, but three IB officials named in Ishrat Jahan chargesheet

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 06, 2014 10:59 hrs

4.20 pm:

Indian Navy accidents a concern: Antony

Accidents suffered by some Indian Navy vessels over the past few months was a "matter of concern", Defence Minister A.K. Antony said Thursday.

Interacting with the media at Defexpo 14' here, Antony said he cannot provide "100 percent satisfaction certificate" although standard operating procedures were being largely followed.

Every accident, he added, needed to be probed for corrective action.

Facing a volley of questions on accidents involving vessels and warships, Antony said that the Indian naval assets had substantially risen over a decade and it had become one of the most advanced navies.

"That is why countries want close cooperation (with us). Almost all want joint exercises," he said.

The navy, the minister said, was seriously studying all the accidents.

"I am told (they are) in the process of taking corrective action. More than you and me, the navy itself is keen to take corrective action and see (that) such accidents (are) minimsed."

3.25 pm:

Amit Shah gets clean chit, but three IB officials named in Ishrat Jahan chargesheet

CBI has filed the second chargesheet in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case. Three serving Intelligence Bureau officials and one ex-IB official (Rajeev Kumar) have been charged with murder.

TV reports also said that Gujarat Home Minister and Narendra Modi’s trusted aide Amit Shah has been given a clean chit.

The chargesheet specified that it was a fake encounter and that it was carried out by the IB and Gujarat Police. The CBI is looking at the case as one of abduction and murder.

Amit Shah however remains an accused in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.

2.40 pm:

Legendary bhajan singer Juthika Roy no more

Legendary bhajan singer Juthika Roy, who had people like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru among her fans, died in Kolkata after prolonged illness, hospital sources said on Thursday. She was 93.

Suffering from sepsis, the Padmashree awardee passed away late Wednesday night following a multi-organ failure at Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan, hospital authorities said.

She was admitted to the hospital on February 2 in an unconscious condition and was battling for life with ventilator support in an ICU.

Roy was a spinster and used to live with her sister-in-law in their north Kolkata house.

Hailed as the 'adhunik Meera' during the pre-Independence days, she was popular for her Meerabai bhajans like "ghunghat ke pat khol" and "pag ghunghru baandh meera naachi re".

She sang for a number of Hindi and Bengali films and became very famous during her time as Gandhi and Nehru both were known to be great fans of her melodious voice.

Such was her popularity at the peak of her career that on August 15, 1947, Nehru had requested her to keep on singing even after the end of her 15-minute slot at All India Radio (AIR).

In an interview she had said that Sarojini Naidu had told her that Mahatma Gandhi used to listen to her songs everyday when he was jailed in Pune.

1.40 pm:

AAP opens CWG files, targets Shelia

The Aam Aadmi Party has directly taken on former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit after announcing that they find the Shunglu Committee and CAG reports on the 2010 Commonwealth Games scam 'very serious' and that they will go ahead with a thorough investigation.

AAP's Manish Sisodia however refuted suggestions that they were targeting Dikshit and added that the 1984 anti-Sikh riots will also be investigated by police from outside the state.

1.10 pm:

Rahul meets Home Minister seeking protection for North East people in New Delhi

Rahul Gandhi on Thursday held consultations with Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and MPs from North East to discuss steps to end harassment of people from the region even as the government set up a committee to suggest remedial measures to address their concerns.

AICC general secretary in-charge for North Eastern states Luizinho Faleiro, who led the delegation to Gandhi, said the Congress Vice President wanted not only to ensure justice in the case of Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Taniam but also address the issue of discrimination of people from the Northeast.

The meeting comes in the backdrop of outrage over the death of 19-year-old Taniam after being allegedly beaten by some shopkeepers in Lajpat Nagar in New Delhi.

12.00 pm:

Delhi Government opens CWG files

The Delhi Government on Thursday reportedly ordered an enquiry into the Rs. 31 crore Commonwealth Games streetlight scam.

The move may be the first by the Kejriwal Government against former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit whom the Aam Aadmi Party had targeted for being involved in the Rs. 60,000 crore 2010 CWG scam.

11.10 am:

Parliament adjourned till noon

Both houses of the Parliament were on Thursday adjourned till noon as ruckus broke out over the Telangana Bill.

Same scenes as Wednesday were repeated as pro-Telangana MPs and their adversaries tried shouting down one another.

10.30 am:

Tendulkar, Warne to lead at Lord's 200th anniversary match

Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar and iconic Australian spinner Shane Warne have reportedly been confirmed as captains for a match marking the 200th anniversary of the Lord's cricket ground.

Tendulkar will lead the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the owners of the northwest London venue, while Warne will head a 'Rest of the World' side in a 50-overs per side match at the 'home of cricket' on July 5.

According to, Tendulkar's former India teammate Rahul Dravid has also been included in the MCC XI and will make a return to the scene where he scored 95 on his Test debut, against England in 1996.

Stating that he was looking forward to the fixture, Tendulkar, who scored a hundred in the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Match at Lord's in 1998, said that he is honoured to be asked to captain MCC in such a prestigious game, adding that he is looking forward to helping celebrate the bicentenary of Lord's as it is a special place to play cricket.

9.50 am:

US warns about 'toothpaste bomb' threats

The US government has issued a warning to US and some foreign airlines that fly to Russia for the Olympic Games about "toothpaste bomb" threats, media reports said.

The Department of Homeland Security has warned these airlines to be on the lookout for toothpaste tubes, which recent intelligence suggests might hold explosives and could be used to construct a bomb on board a plane, Xinhua reported.

There are no further details about the warning or the intelligence that has prompted such an alert.

A Homeland Security official said in a statement the department "regularly shares relevant information with domestic and international partners, including those associated with international events such as the Sochi Olympics".

9.15 am:

Policeman booked for rape in Delhi

A Sub-Inspector of the Delhi Police was booked for allegedly raping a 19-year-old girl in Saket area of South Delhi, police said.

A case of rape was registered against SI Varun Kumar following a court order.

It was immediately unclear as to when the offence took place although the victim had reportedly been struggling since 2011 to get an FIR registered against Kumar.

The complaint was finally registered after a court order.

"Kumar was earlier posted at Ambedkar Nagar police station. He is currently absconding. Efforts are on to nab him," a police officer said.

8.45 am

Ronaldo suspended for three La Liga matches

The Royal Spanish Soccer Federation, or RFEF, Wednesday suspended Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo for three La Liga games after the player was sent off during a match last weekend against Athletic Bilbao.

The player, however, will still be available for the first leg of Real Madrid's Copa del Rey semifinal showdown against Atletico Madrid, which kicks off Wednesday at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

The federation's competition committee suspended Ronaldo for one game for swiping at Athletic Bilbao defender Carlos Gurpegi's face and two additional games for making an unsportsmanlike gesture to a referee while walking off the field after receiving a red card, the RFEF said.

The misconduct occurred during a game Sunday that ended in a 1-1 draw.

The committee said the one-game suspension for violent play also carries 950 euros in fines, 350 euros to be paid by Real Madrid and 600 euros by Ronaldo, winner of the Ballon d'Or as the world's best soccer player for 2013.

The two-game suspension also carries a total of 1,300 euros in fines, 700 euros to be paid by the club and 600 euros by the player.

8.10 am

Russia opposes a humanitarian resolution on Syria

Russia said Wednesday it opposes a new U.N. Security Council resolution on the humanitarian plight in Syria, an announcement that is likely to torpedo a Western and Arab-backed draft that would pressure the government and opposition to allow desperately needed aid into the country.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told a press briefing that "hard, pragmatic and purposeful work is necessary" to resolve specific humanitarian issues — not a council resolution which will almost certainly aim "to politicize the problem."

Council diplomats said they expect to circulate a draft humanitarian resolution this week, following the failure of peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition to achieve any concrete results, especially on possible humanitarian aid convoys to besieged parts of the city of Homs.

"We are against moving to a resolution now in the Security Council," Churkin told reporters at Russia's U.N. Mission. "We believe that it's a wrong move. It's not a good time to have any resolution discussed in the Security Council."

7.30 am

Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is all set to meet his first international visitor, German President Joachim Gauck on February 6.

The meeting, fixed for 8.45 pm will be held at German ambassador Michael Steiner’s residence in Chanakyapuri.

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