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Supreme Court to hear CBI plea on lookout circular against Karti Chidambaram

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New Delhi, Jan 23: The Supreme Court will hear on January 31 a CBI plea challenging the Madras High Court order staying a lookout circular against Karti Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram.

The Central Bureau of Investigation issued the lookout circular to bar Karti Chidambaram from travelling abroad as he is facing a probe in connection with alleged irregularities in the grant of FIPB clearance to INX Media Ltd. P. Chidambaram was then the Union Finance Minister.

The lookout circular has been issued against others also.
The Madras High Court had stayed the operation of the lookout circular on August 10, 2017 and the same was put on hold by the top court on August 14 on an appeal by the CBI.

The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud directed the hearing on the plea as senior counsel Kapil Sibal urged the court to finally hear the matter which is pending since August last year.

Stressing that there was no question of jurisdiction as far as the lookout circular was concerned, Sibal told the bench that incapacitating Chidambaram junior from travelling abroad was adversely affecting him (Chidambaram).

The CBI has contended that the Madras High Court had no territorial jurisdiction to entertain the plea and stay the lookout circular.

Meanwhile, the top court permitted Mohanan Rajesh, a witness in the INX Media case, to go to Scotland to visit his son who is studying there.

Rajesh is a Director of Advantage Strategic Consultant, which the CBI says is owned by Karti Chidambaram.

Karti Chidambaram has denied any link with Advantage Strategic Consultant.

Permitting Rajesh to go abroad from January 27 to February 5, the court said that he “shall file an undertaking within three days hence, indicating his flight details and that he would come back by February 5, 2018”.

“If the undertaking is not complied with, the applicant respondent shall face such consequences as may be deemed fit and proper,” it said.

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Maoist poster found in Odisha capital threatening to kill missing Kashmiri student

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Bhubaneswar | March 5 2018
A poster allegedly put up by the Maoists was found at Baramunda bus stand creating panic among locals here this morning.
The poster was put up on the wall under flyover with a message demanding the government to release top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, who is currently lodged in jail, in seven days or else the Kashmiri student studying at Bhubaneswar AIIMS Suhail Aijaz, who is missing since Feb 9, will be killed.
The Maoists in the poster said that Suhail is in their custody. If the government fails to release Sabyasachi Panda, they will eliminate the Kashmiri student.
Also, the red rebels through the poster threatened explosions at Bhubaneswar railway station and police stations on March 11 if their demand is not met as soon as possible.
While there is no breakthrough in the missing Kashmiri student and a team of commissionerate police returned Bhubaneswar from Kolkata with clueless about him, the latest poster indicates Maoist link in connection with missing of Suhail, who is yet to be traced by police. The poster posed as a bigger challenge to the police, who are yet to clear the authenticity of the poster.
The twin city commissionerate police is investigating into the matter to find out alleged abduction of Suhail by Maoists and authenticity of the poster.
We recovered a handwritten poster and it is being investigated, said DCP Satyabrata Bhoi.
Normally, the Maoists put up the posters in their letterhead using red ink. However, this poster found at Baramunda bus stand was written in blue ink.
When asked to Sabyasachi Panda’s wife Subhashree alias Mili Panda about the poster, she refused any Maoist role behind putting up the poster at Baramunda bus stand.
She refuted the allegations that Sabyasachi’s supporters were behind the incident. She clearly said that her husband was never the cadre belonging to the banned CPI(Maoist), which has allegedly put up the poster on wall under flyover at Baramunda.
“Since my husband is facing trial and legal process in a series of cases, it is baseless to say that any of his supporters will do such thing to release him from jail,” Mili Panda said.

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3 sisters found with decomposed body of woman

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Bankura (WB), Mar 2 2018

The decomposed body of a 60-year-old woman was recovered from a house here where her three sisters, all mentally unstable, were also living, police said today.

The police got the information over phone about

the incident yesterday and recovered the body of Archana Pal from her house at Pratap Bagan area here in the district.

Superintendent of Police Sukhendu Heera said possibly she died on Wednesday.

The body was sent for post-mortem examination.

Her three sisters — all mentally unstable and physically ill — were taken to hospital, he said.

One of them was admitted to the hospital while others were released, the officer said.

They four were the only occupants of the house and their parents had died earlier.

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MoS Defence says situation at LAC sensitive, cautions against increased ISIS threat

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New Delhi | March 1 2018

Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre on Thursday said the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) was “sensitive” and has the potential of escalation.

“The situation along LAC (with China) is sensitive. Incidents of patrolling, transgression and standoff have the potential of escalation,” Bhamre said while speaking at the annual army seminar here.

He also said religious fundamentalism was rising and Pakistan was acting as a conduit of eastward spread of Islamic State (IS) ideology.

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