Patna High Court stayed criminal proceedings against Shah Rukh Khan, his wife Gauri, Bollywood director Karan Johar and others in connection with an FIR lodged against them in Muzaffarpur district recently for inappropriate depiction of a deity in a film and allegedly hurting religious sentiments of the people.
Justice Gopal Prasad passed the order staying criminal proceeding against Khan and the other accused persons named in the FIR and issued notice to the case informant Sudhir Kumar Ojha directing him to file his reply in the matter.
The FIR was lodged against Khan and eight others at the sadar police station in Muzaffarpur district on the direction of Chief Judicial Magistrate S P Singh in November last year after hearing a complaint case filed by Ojha.
In his petition Ojha had charged the accused with hurting religious sentiments of the people by depicting deity Radha inappropriately in a song in the film 'Student of the Year.
Khan and his wife were made co-accused in the FIR as the film was produced by their production company - M/S Red Chillies Entertainment Ltd in partnership with Dharma Production, which was also named as accused in the case.
Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Siddharth Malhotra - all debutants and leading actors of the film, too were named as accused in the case.
Yashwant Sinha backs Modi as BJP's PM candidate
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha Monday endorsed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate from the party.
"Wherever I go, common people and party workers say they want Narendra Modi to be the prime ministerial candidate from the BJP and the party will benefit from it," Sinha told reporters here.
"After considering all aspects, I too feel that if BJP declares him as the prime minister candidate it will make a huge difference to the party," he said, adding that this was his personal view.
The BJP has so far maintained silence on the issue.
Asked if ally Janata Dal-United (JD-U) would agree to the choice of Modi as the candidate for the top post, Sinha said he was reflecting the mood of the people and partners should accept it.
"I am reflecting the mood of the country, and the mood of the BJP. JD-U is a different party. My personal view is that if BJP leadership were to project a prime ministerial candidate, other partners should accept and should not make an issue about it," Sinha said.
"I refuse to accept the theory that some people in BJP are secular and some are communal... that is a flawed argument I refuse to accept."
JD-U, the second largest party in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), has opposed Modi's selection as the prime ministerial candidate of the alliance, saying he lacks secular credentials.
No doubt juvenile accused in Delhi gangrape is a minor: Juvenile Justice Board
The Juvenile Justice Board has said that there is no question that the juvenile accused in the Delhi gangrape-murder is a minor. The board said that there is no doubt over his date of birth, June 4, 1995, as per his school records. This means that the 17-year-old will be tried under the juvenile act and could get no more than 3 years in jail.The prosecution has said that it will approach a higher court against the decision.
8 kg explosives found in Kolkata trainThe Kolkata police have found eight kilos of explosives in a train at Sealdah. The police suspect the explosives could be RDX and have arrested the man carrying it. According to them, he boarded the train at Lalgola in Murshidabad district and was supposed to deliver it to someone at Baghajatin in south Kolkata. The police are now hunting for recipient of the consignment.
JLF organisers asked to stay in the city till Nandy probe endsPolice today asked the organisers of Jaipur Literature Festival not to leave the city till investigation into the case against author Ashis Nandy is over.Additional commissioner of police Biju George Joseph said the organisers were asked to remain in the city as a probe is going on against Nandy and festival producer Sanjoy Roy."We asked the organisers to not leave the city in order to complete the probe," Joseph said.Confirming the development, Roy said, "I have signed the papers on behalf of the JLF team to comply with the orders."An FIR was lodged against Nandy and Roy last Saturday by Rajpal Meena, Chairperson of the SC/ST Rajasthan Manch, after Nandy stoked a controversy with comments that people from OBC, SC and ST were the "most corrupt".Nandy left Jaipur yesterday skipping the rest of the literature festival, which ends today.
FIR filed against Shinde over his 'Hindu terror' remark
A Delhi court today might take up a petition seeking criminal complaint against Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde over his recent statement "linking terrorism with Hindu religion", a report on India Today said.Professor Ved Prakash Sharma has filed the petition seeking direction to the police to register an FIR against Shinde over his "Hindu terror" jibe made earlier this month during the Congress's national summit in Jaipur.The Saket court was expected to take up the matter in the afternoon.
Sonia, Rahul likely to visit Maha Kumbh during February 5-9
Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi are likely to visit the ongoing Maha Kumbh congregation here next month.Local Congress leader Abhay Awasthi, who received party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi during "an unscheduled and confidential visit to the city last evening" to take stock of preparations in regard to their visit, said, "Sonia ji and Rahul Ji are likely to come, separately, between February 5 and February 9".During his visit, Dwivedi met Shankaracharya of Dwarka Peeth Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati at Mankameshwar temple on the banks of the Yamuna and later also went to the camp of Swami Avadheshanand Giri, a Mahamandaleshwar of Joona Akhara, at the Maha Kumbh ground.
Lokpal Bill will be passed in Budget Session, Sonia assures Anna Hazare
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi today wrote a letter to anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare with assurance that the Lokpal Bill will be passed in the upcoming Budget Session, CNN IBN reported. The Lokpal Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha in December 2011, but could not be put to vote in the Rajya Sabha due to shortage of time. Since then the government has not brought the Lokpal Bill to Parliament.Sonia's assurance came two days before Hazare is set to begin his nationwide tour for strengthening the organisation of farmers. Hazare announced on January 16 that he would begin his nationwide tour from Bihar on January 30.
Royal prank: Australia hoax call radio show taken off air permanently
The Australian radio show, whose royal prank call to a British hospital went awry and created a furore when it led an Indian nurse to commit suicide, has been junked by the radio network.The Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) network has decided to permanently take the 'Hot 30' show off air and has even announced a replacement show called 'The Bump', a report in the AAP said.Read more
Iran arrests 11 reporters over 'foreign contacts'
Authorities in Iran have arrested 11 journalists accused of cooperation with foreign-based, Persian-language media organizations.
The development is a major escalation in a press crackdown that shows Iran's zero tolerance for those who work with dissident media or outlets deemed as unfriendly.
The chief editors of the arrested journalists told The Associated Press on Monday that the 11 were taken into custody late on Sunday because of their "foreign contacts." They are from six different news organizations, including four daily papers, a weekly and the semi-official ILNA news agency.
Iran has in recent years denounced Voice of America and the BBC's Persian service, describing them as arms of U.S. and British intelligence agencies, and has warned of severe repercussions for journalists and activists caught having contacts with these outlets.12.10 pm:
Starving North Korean parents eat their kids
A starving father in North Korea has been executed for murdering his two children for food, reports from the secretive state have claimed.
A 'hidden famine' in the farming provinces of North and South Hwanghae is believed to have killed up to 10,000 people and there are fears that incidents of cannibalism have risen in the country.
Undercover reporters from Asia Press told the Sunday Times that one man dug up his grandchild's corpse and ate it, and another man boiled his own child for food.
An informant said a father killed his eldest daughter while his wife was away on business and then killed his son because he was the witness to the murder.
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SC directs K'taka to reply on Cauvery drinking water usage by tomorrow
The Supreme Court has directed Karnataka to reply on drinking water usage in the Cauvery river case by tomorrow. The court said Karnataka's drinking water needs must take precedence, and that balance must be struck between irrigation and drinking water.
Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam case has been postponed to tomorrow.
Judge asks Kamal to look for an amicable settlement with the govt.
Trinamool MP says CPI (M) has gone to hell
Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy on Sunday shocked many with his choice of words at a party rally where he said that the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has "gone to hell" and would not be able to return from there. Roy used a Bengali slang to indicate that the CPI(M) had lost its spine and gone to hell."When a spine of a person gets broken, he has to go for a plaster and take bed rest for at least three years. The spine of the CPI(M) has been broken."I know that CPI(M) doesn't believe in religion but I would still say one thing for those CPI(M) leaders who believe (in religion) that CPI(M) has gone to hell and there is no way they can come back from there," he said.Roy's comments came days after Trinamool leader and minister Jyotipriya Mullick's comparison of CPI(M) with a cobra and asking party workers to treat the Left supporters like snakes sneaking into one's room.
Judgement Day for Vishwaroopam
The Madras High Court is expected to pronounce its verdict on Kamal Haasan's controversial Vishwaroopam and whether it can be released in Tamil Nadu, where there is a two week ban on the film.
Kamal Haasan returned to Chennai in the early hours of Monday after the Los Angeles premiere of the film. He did not say anything to waiting newsmen as Madras High Court is to pass orders today on the release of the film.
Meanwhile a few scenes from Vishwaroopam were leaked on the net. But Copyrights Media, a firm helping producers Raajkamal Films brought it down immediately. Later they filed a complaint with the cyber-crime division of the Chennai Police.
Fans of Kamal Haasan turned vigilantes online to help Copyrights Media hunt down pirates who might upload the movie files on popular Torrent sharing websites. And loyal fans of the actor took a vow to watch the movie only in theatres.
Delhi gangrape: Juvenile Justice Board likely to decide on bone test for juvenile accused
The Juvenile Justice Board in New Delhi is expected to take a decision today on whether the youngest accused, who claims to be a minor, in the Delhi gangrape-murder case will go through a bone test for the verification of his age or not, a report by CNN IBN said.The accused has already submitted his school certificates to prove that he is a juvenile. His school principal's statement has also been recorded. According to the principal, the date of birth of the accused is June 4, 1995. This makes him 17-year-6 month-11-day-old at the time of the crime.
Saeed says SRK is welcome to stay in Pakistan
Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed has said that Indian superstar Shahrukh Khan can move to Pakistan if he does not feel safe in India.
The JuD chief has even offered to help him with his stay in the country, adding that Shahrukh will be respected in Pakistan, reports The Express Tribune.
Saeed's invitation comes in response to Shahrukh's recent statements in a magazine about life as a Muslim in India.
Shahrukh said that he sometimes becomes the inadvertent object of political leaders who choose to make him a symbol of all that they think is wrong and unpatriotic about Muslims in India. He further said that rallies have been held where leaders have exhorted him to leave and return to his "original homeland".
Shahrukh said that despite being an Indian, whose father fought for the freedom of India, there have been occasions when he has been accused of bearing allegiance to the neighbouring nation rather than his own country. Saeed is considered as most wanted terrorist by India for his alleged association with Lashkar-e-Taiba and its anti-India activities. He, however, denies any wrongdoing and links to militants.
New visa pact, extradition treaty with Bangladesh
India is all set to sign a liberalised visa agreement and an extradition treaty with Bangladesh during Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's two-day visit to Dhaka beginning today.
The new visa pact, named revised travel arrangement, will remove restrictions on visit of each other's businesspersons, students, patients, senior citizens above 65 years and children below 12 years on the lines of the liberalised visa regime between India and Pakistan.
"Both the treaties will be signed during the home minister's visit to Bangladesh," a Home Ministry official said. The extradition treaty will pave the way for deportation of jailed ULFA 'general secretary' Anup Chetia, Tripura insurgent leader Vishwa Mohan Deb Barman, NDFB leader Thulunga alias Tensu Narzery and many other insurgents from the northeast who have been hiding in Bangladesh.
Similarly, it will also help Dhaka in getting back its criminals who are currently lodged in Indian jails.
Shettar meets Rajnath Singh under cloud of Karnataka crisis
Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar met BJP president Rajnath Singh today to discuss the future course of action in the wake of 13 MLAs loyal to B S Yeddyurappa announcing their decision to quit. The meeting comes in wake of Singh making clear to Shettar last Friday not to compromise on the BJP's principles even if it threatens the survival of the government in the southern state. The party has, however, claimed that it is confident of overcoming the crisis.
Indo-Pak trade, bus services set to resume today
Days after a string of ceasefire violations and tensions at the Line of Control, things are getting back to normal as Indo-Pak trade and bus services are set to resume today, a CNN IBN report said.The gates at Chakan Da Bagh in Poonch district are likely to be opened for routine trade and travel between the two sides. The services along Uri and Attari border had continued uninterrupted though.
Pune-based Jasraj Joshi Sunday won Zee TV's "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2012" at a grand finale here. He took home the trophy, a one-year contract with the channel and a bike.
The 29-year-old defeated Ludhiana-based Shenaz Akhtar, Jaipur's Mohammad Aman, and Mumbai-based Vishwajeet Borwankar to win the title.
A favourite of the show's judges -- Shankar Mahadevan, Rahul Ram and Sajid-Wajid Ali, Jasraj, a singer by profession, lifted the trophy after nine years of struggle.
The grand finale saw Punjabi rapper, Yo Yo Honey Singh singing a medley of his hit tracks -- "Angrezi beat", "High heels", "Brown rang" and "Lonely".
Singer Javed Ali, host of the show, too performed a medley of patriotic songs, while television actors Ankita Lokhande and Gurmeet Chowdhry presented solo dance acts.
The grand finale was co-hosted by Jay Bhanushali and comedian Kapil Sharma, who entertained the audience with their rib tickling humour.