Honour killing suspects in custody
A court in New Delhi on Saturday sent three men arrested on charges of killing a couple and another woman in a case of suspected honour killing to five days police custody.
Metropolitan Magistrate Satish Kumar gave the ruling after the three - Mandeep Nagar, 23, Ankit Chaudhury, 22, and Nakul Khari, 21 - were presented in court.
They were handed over to Delhi Police till July 1.
On Friday, the court issued warrants against the three men who were arrested Thursday in Garh Mukteshwar, about 90 km from here in Ghaziabad, for the June 20 triple murder.
They are residents of Wazirpur village in Ashok Vihar in Delhi and were on the run.
According to police, the accused have confessed to murdering Monica, her husband Kuldeep and her cousin Shobha.
Gajraj Singh, counsel for the suspects, objected to the police plea seeking their remand and said the trio were falsely implicated.
"My clients were on vacation and came to know about this incident through the media. Since the murders were linked to their names, they were scared of coming back to the capital," Singh told reporters outside the court.
"This case is based on circumstantial evidence and we will prove their innocence at the right stage," said Singh, adding that there was no witness to the murders.
He said police do not have any specific and substantial evidence against the accused.
Opposing the police remand plea, Singh said: "Now, police want to create evidence and will come up again with some new kind of stories."
Monica and Kuldeep belonged to different castes and their families were against their marriage. Shobha had allegedly helped her sister Khushbu, a model, to elope with a man from another caste.
At least 11 flights, including the one Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was flying in, were diverted on Friday, due to the bad weather in Delhi, news agency ANI has reported. A heatwave seared Delhi on Friday before thundershowers and gusty winds brought some respite towards the evening. Delhi's primary weather station, Safdarjung Observatory, recorded a maximum temperature of 44.4 degrees Celsius, five notches above normal.
The UT department of environment, in collaboration with Yuvsatta and eco-club of St Joseph's Senior Secondary School, organised an inter-school poster-making contest at the school campus on the theme of 'Plastic Pollution Affects Biodiversity & Healthy Planet' to mark the 'World Biodiversity Day'. Department director Debendra Dalai was the chief guest on the occasion. Over 300 students from 26 city schools participated in the event.
Police's cyber crime investigation cell arrested a Nashik-resident for duping a city resident of ₹3 lakh on the pretext of securing a job for her son. The accused, Umesh Popat Pardeshi, was arrested from Nashik and brought to Chandigarh on transit remand. Police had in April registered a case on the complaint of a resident of Mauli Jagran, Yogesh Chaudhary.
More than 1,000 graduate and post-graduate students were awarded degrees at the 63rd Annual Convocation of Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, on Friday. Nishtha Jaswal, vice-chancellor, Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla, was the chief guest at the ceremony, where over 90 students who secured positions in Panjab University examinations and in college were felicitated.
As many as 800 students and 42 faculty members were felicitated during the annual prize distribution function at Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma (GGDSD) College in Sector 32 on Friday. The function was presided over by UT adviser Dharam Pal. A total of 42 faculty members were given cash prizes for completing their PhD and 89 students were awarded the Roll of Honour, while 77 received College Colours. Students excelling in sports were also felicitated.