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Monday, 9 January 2012

Aarushi murder: Rajesh Talwar not to be arrested till February

Giving a breather to dentist Rajesh Talwar, the Supreme Court today directed that he will remain on bail and not be arrested till February 4 when he will appear before a Ghaziabad court to face trial along with his wife, Nupur, in the twin murder case of his daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.
A bench of justices AK Ganguly and JS Khehar said that any further proceeding regarding his bail will be decided by the Ghaziabad court which will hear the case on February 4.
It also said that the dentist will not leave the city without informing the local police station and his passport will remain in the custody of the Magistrate.
It, however, allowed the CBI to approach the trial court to file any application in the matter.
Senior Advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Rajesh, submitted that his client will appear before the trial court on February 4 in the twin murder case.
14-year-old Aarushi, the only daughter of the Talwars, was found dead with her throat slit at the family's Noida residence on the intervening night of May 15-16, 2008 and the body of domestic help Hemraj was found on the terrace the next day.
The apex court had, on January 6 asked the dentist couple to face trial in the murder of Aarushi, a class nine student, and Hemraj.
The bench had said there was nothing wrong in the Ghaziabad magistrate's order taking cognisance against them and putting them on trial as the trial judge passed the order after applying his mind.
"We feel constrained to observe that the court should exercise utmost restraint before interfering in the magistrate's order," the bench had said adding, "The magistrate has applied his mind to come to the conclusion of taking cognisance in the case".
The investigation in the case was initially carried out by the Uttar Pradesh Police which had arrested Aarushi's father on May 23, 2008.
The probe was subsequently handed over to the CBI on May 29, 2008 and Rajesh was granted bail by the Ghaziabad court on July 11, 2008.
The CBI after probing the murder for over two-and-half years filed its closure report in the case in the Ghaziabad special CBI court, saying it had been unable to find out any evidence to prosecute the Talwars.
The trial court, however, rejected the CBI closure report, saying there was enough prima facie material in the agency's report to put the couple on trial for their alleged involvement in the twin murders and had issued summons to them to face trial.
The magistrate took cognisance of the case and summoned Talwars on February 9, 2011.
Rajesh and Nupur had subsequently gone to the Allahabad High Court, which had dismissed their pleas to quash the trial court summons and the proceedings initiated against them.
The Talwar couple then approached the apex court which had on March 19 last year stayed the trial against them but it vacated the stay on Friday.

Vajpayee, Modi in BJP list of poll campaigners

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who is seriously ill for the past two years, and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who did not canvas in the Bihar polls due to objections from ally JD(U), figure in the BJP's list of election campaigners.
Vajpayee's name is the first in the list of BJP campaigners which the party is sending to the Election Commission for the mandatory approval in connection with the upcoming Assembly elections in five states including Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.
The list also sets at rest speculation of Modi's participation in the UP election campaign. There were reports that he may keep away as his bete noire and former General Secretary (Organisation) of the BJP, Sanjay Joshi is one of
the party's main election in-charge in UP.
Vajpayee, Modi in BJP list of poll campaigners
Modi had stayed away from the last BJP National Executive as he was sulking over party President Nitin Gadkari's decision to bring back Sanjay Joshi into the party.
Joshi had to leave when a controversial CD had appeared.
Other prominent leaders to campaign in UP for BJP are LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Murli Manohar Joshi. However, they are likely to keep away from those constituencies where tainted candidates like Shakshi Maharaj,
Chhatrapal Singh, Bhadshah Singh and Daddan Mishra have been fielded.
These Central leaders had objected to the induction of tainted former Minister in Mayawati government Babu Singh Kushwaha and made it clear that they will not campaign for the tainted candidates.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh and Jharkhand CM Arjun Munda will also campaign in UP, along with Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Modi.
The BJP list also consists of former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, General Secretaries Ananth Kumar, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Narendra Singh Tomar, Deputy Leader of BJP in Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde, his Rajya Sabha counterpart S
S Ahluwalia are among the other star campaigners.
Two prominent Muslim faces of the BJP--Shahnawaz Hussain and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi-- will also campaign in UP.
Shatrughan Sinha, Hema Malini, Smriti Irani and Navjyot Singh Sidhu will provide the glamour quotient.
Other BJP leaders who will hit the campaign trail include Kalraj Mishra, Vinay Katiyar, Ramlal, Yashwant Sinha, Uma Bharti, Varun Gandhi, Ramapati Ram Tripathi, Kesarinath Tripathi, Ramnath Kovind, Saudan Singh and Radha Mohan Singh.

Team Anna meets sans Anna Hazare to decide on future course

Amid "confusion" on how to take the movement forward, Team Anna's Core Committee met here on Monday sans ailing Anna Hazare to decide on their future strategy.
This is the first meeting of the team after Anna Hazare called off his agitation programmes for a strong Lokpal last month.
Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan, Kiran Bediand other members attended the deliberations during which they discussed the future course of action, including the mode of campaign during the elections to the five states.
Hazare did not attend the meeting as he was not keeping well. Doctors had advised him not to undertake any tour for at least a month due to his health conditions.
The poor public response to Hazare's agitation in Mumbai and Delhi in the last week of December and taunts from Congress on its anti-Congress plank appear to be weighing heavily on the minds of Team Anna.
Team Anna members said the meeting was meant to discuss the mode of campaigning in other five states as well suggestions received from public on how to take forward the movement.
The meeting also comes against the backdrop of an article written by Kejriwal which suggested that Team Anna appeared to be confused on how to take forward the fight for a strong Lokpal, saying the movement is at "crossroads" and a wrong decision at this stage can prove disastrous for it.
He had then sought suggestions from the public to take forward the campaign.
Team Anna members said they will also deliberate on its anti-Congress line vociferously taken during its campaigns earlier as it was been accused of being pro-BJP.
However, the induction of former BSP leader Babu Singh Kushwaha, who is accused of corruption, in the BJP, has put Team Anna on the wrong foot as Congress stepped up its attack against it.

Auto Expo 2012 - Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

Auto Expo 2012 - Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

Maruti has unveiled Ertiga MPV at the Delhi Auto Expo, marking the carmaker’s entry in the Utility Vehicle segment. Powered by next generation K-series 1.4litre V V T engine, Ertiga will offer a mileage of 16.02 kmpl. It will be available in diesel variant as well, powered by the 1.3 DDiS engine inherited from SX4. It will give a mileage of 20.77 kmpl. Built on an extended Swift platform, the Ertiga is said to be launched by the end of the first quarter and will slot in below the Innova and Xylo both in size and price.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga