Taj case hearing today, CBI waiting for nod
The CBI is still awaiting the “prosecution sanction” against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and others in the Rs 175-crore Taj Heritage Corridor case. The case has been listed for Tuesday in the special CBI court in Lucknow. It has been three months since the agency moved court with its investigation report. “We have still not received the sanction. The court taking cognizance of the charge is contingent upon the agency getting sanction,” a CBI official said on Monday. On February 15, the court had accepted the agency’s report and directed it to get the sanction of the prosecution. The CBI had moved immediately .
“If we fail to get the sanction before the matter comes up tomorrow, we will inform the court that our application is still pending with the governor. The court will give a fresh date. It will remain the same till the CBI gets the governor’s nod,” the official said. The case first came before the Supreme Court after an advocate filed a PIL challenging the decision not to prosecute Mayawati on the basis of the opinion of the Attorney General, when the investigating officer had opined otherwise. The SC said the opinion of the AG was not required as the IO, superintendent of police and other concerned officers felt there was a case for Mayawati’s prosecution.
The CBI moved the court with all its material. Now, as per the SC directions, the magistrate will proceed in accordance with Section 173 (2) of the CrPC.
The alleged mastermind of a cyber fraud gang managed to flee after firing at a Telangana Police team when it raided his residence in Bihar's Nawada late on Saturday even as four of his accomplices were arrested and Rs 1.22 crore in cash, five smartphones, three luxury cars, and liquor bottles were recovered. Later three more accused Bhutali Ram, Mahesh Kumar Mahto, and Jitendra Kumar were arrested.
The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation has introduced 300 electric buses, which have been dedicated to the "citizens of the city" by the state government. Five bus routes have been identified to run these newly introduced electric buses. These electric buses will run between Kempegowda Bus Station to Vidyaranyapura, Shivajinagar to Yelahanka, Yelahanka to Kengeri, Kempegowda Bus Station to Yelahanka Satellite town and Hebbal to Central Silk Board.
The Capital has over 18,000 parks and gardens, but most of them are concentrated in just five districts, a new analysis has found, with the fewest such spaces in the congested north-east Delhi region, throwing up concerns over the inequitable spread of green patches in the rapidly expanding margins of the city. West Delhi is second, with such spots spread over 6.6% of the district and East Delhi third with 6.3%.
A year has passed since the day a 9-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped and murdered inside a crematorium in west Delhi's Delhi Cantonment area. The girl's mother has still kept her clothes. She says that she will immerse them in the Ganga, but only after the court decides on the fate of four men who raped and murdered her daughter. The four accused are lodged in Tihar Jail.
The death toll in the Banda boat tragedy rose to 12 on Sunday after one more body was recovered three days after the fateful mishap in the Yamuna river on August 11. Three more bodies are still missing and search operations were going on, Banda superintendent of police Abhinandan said. “Three bodies are missing. The search operation by the NDRF, SDRF and PAC divers are underway,” he said.