Pune: Nine months after city-based whistleblower Hemant Gavande filed a complaint against former Maharashtra Revenue Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Eknath Khadse in connection with a case of alleged land grab, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the Maharashtra anti-corruption bureau (ACB) to investigate and file an FIR against Mr. Khadse.It was Mr. Gavande’s accusation that brought to light Mr. Khadse’s alleged transactions involving a prime plot of land under the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) in Bhosari. He had lodged a police complaint against Mr. Khadse, his wife Mandakini, and his son-in-law Girish Chaudhari, at Pune’s Bund Garden police station on May 30 last year.After months of investigation, M.K. Bahaddarpure, a senior police inspector at the police station, filed an affidavit in the Bombay High Court on Tuesday stating that “no prima facie proof could be found against Mr. Khadse”, following which an FIR can not be lodged.In a letter to Mr. Gavande, Mr. Bahaddarpure said that owing to the lack of proof, no FIR can be lodged.Clean chit quashedThe court also slammed the Bund Garden police’s ‘clean chit’ to the former Minister.The court has directed that the matter be transferred to the ACB within a week, following which the agency would probe and file an FIR against Mr. Khadse.Speaking to The Hindu Mr. Gavande said, “I have full faith in the ACB and the High Court’s directive is an indication of hope. It proved that any politician, no matter how high, ought not to misuse his position.”Mr. Gavande had alleged a pre-meditated “criminal conspiracy” between Mr. Khadse, his kin, and the original owner of the plot of land, Abbas Rasool Ukani.According to Mr. Gavande, the original valuation of the plot, according to the sub-registrar, stood at ₹31 crore, as opposed to Mr. Khadse’s figure of Rs. 3.75 crore. Mr. Gavande alleged that the value of the property when Mr. Khadse’s kin applied for compensation would stand at Rs. 65 crore, twice the original market valuation (calculated as per the compensation under the new Land Acquisition policy of 2013).
Bijay Bhuyan, a farmer in Odisha’s Bhadrak district, has been living with his family in their ancestral home for years, but he had no inkling that he was sharing it with cobras.To his utter surprise, he found 106 juvenile cobra snakes in the house in Paikasahi village on Friday. Efforts are on to retrieve more reptiles from an ant-hill that has come up adjacent to an earthen wall. Fellow villagers have thronged Mr. Bhuyan’s house to see the young reptiles.“Family members had come across snakes around their house on several occasions,” said Seikh Mirza, a member of Snake Helpline, a voluntary forum that helps rescue snakes in distress. “Their religious belief did not allow them to dismantle the ant hill.”“We have rescued 99 young cobras. Six snakes were found dead. As many as 19 eggs have also been spotted,” he said.
It is a love story that can inspire the screenwriters of new-age Bollywood. Payal, a constable with the U.P. police, met dreaded gangster Rahul Tharasana during a court hearing in Greater Noida in May 2014. The two fell in love at the Surajpur court where Tharasana was brought in connection with the murder case of a trader named Manmohan Goyal as the main accused. Payal was allegedly posted there.Romance over datesTheir romance blossomed over several dates in the court, leading to marriage. The world got to know when Tharasana shared photos of the wedding ceremony, which reportedly took place in March at an undisclosed location, with some of his friends via social media.It created an embarrassing situation on Friday for the U.P. police. Tharasana, said to be part of the Anil Dujana gang, is an accused in over a dozen cases of loot and murder.As the news spread during the day, Senior Superintendent of Police (Gautam Buddh Nagar) Vaibhav Krishna tweeted that the claim that the girl is a police constable is unverified. SP (Rural) Kumar Ranvijay Singh told The Hindu that it was yet to be confirmed that the girl worked with the U.P. police.“We have checked. Her name is not there in our office records. What I can confirm is that Rahul is a history-sheeter and is out on bail.”‘Influenced people’On local reports that Payal was using her husband’s notoriety in his absence to influence people in their village in Greater Noida, where the family holds political clout, Mr. Singh said that he was getting it investigated. “We haven’t received any formal complaint so far,” he said.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) celebrate defeating the Indiana Pacers in an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — After seven straight wins, Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers suddenly are having trouble finishing.Fred VanVleet hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 25 seconds left and the Toronto Raptors rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Pacers 99-96 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Utah Jazz turn to defense to take down Golden State Warriors VanVleet said he’s never afraid to shoot, even when he starts 1 for 12 from the field, as he did Wednesday.“If you don’t want me to shoot, then I’ll be on the bench,” he said.BACK-TO-BACKIndiana lost on the second night of a back-to-back for the first time this season. The Pacers came in 5-0 in such games.TIP-INSPacers: Indiana has lost 13 of the last 16 regular-season meetings with Toronto. … Thaddeus Young scored 11 points.Raptors: C Jonas Valanciunas (left thumb) missed his third straight game. Valanciunas had surgery Dec. 12 and is expected to miss four weeks. … The Raptors played the first of six straight games against Eastern Conference opponents. … Powell suffered a split lip in a collision with Sabonis in the first, but returned. He scored two points in 15 minutes.UP NEXTPacers: Visit Brooklyn on Friday night.Raptors: Host Cleveland on Friday night. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion One night after he missed a pair of free throws in the final 10 seconds and Indiana surrendered a tip-in at the buzzer in a 92-91 loss to lowly Cleveland that ended a season-long winning streak, Oladipo and the Pacers stumbled again.Oladipo turned the ball over twice in the final minute Wednesday — once when he failed to get across mid-court within eight seconds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“I made a mistake, I guess,” a downcast Oladipo said. “I can’t do nothing about it now except learn from it.”Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points, Pascal Siakam had 17 and Greg Monroe 13 as Toronto snapped a two-game losing streak. The Raptors, who have the best record in the NBA at 24-9, avoided their second three-game slump of the season. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “Tonight their pressure bothered us,” McMillan said. “Just poor execution down the stretch.”Bojan Bogdanovic scored 18 points, Myles Turner had 10 points and 14 rebounds and Domantas Sabonis had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Indiana.Toronto shot 4 for 22 from 3-point range through the first three quarters, but made 3 of 8 in the fourth to avoid a season-worst performance from long range.“It takes a lot of energy to play that bad then that good at the end,” VanVleet said. “It was a roller coaster of emotions and energy and effort.”The short-handed Raptors were without starting point guard Kyle Lowry, who missed his third straight game because of a sore left thigh, and center Serge Ibaka, who was inactive because of a sore right knee. VanVleet and Siakam returned to the starting lineup after missing Sunday’s loss at Denver because of back soreness. Forward Norman Powell returned after a 21-game absence caused by a left shoulder injury.Toronto trailed 88-75 less than two minutes into the fourth, but battled back to tie it 92-all on Siakam’s driving layup at 4:12.Oladipo restored Indiana’s lead with a jump shot at 1:36, but VanVleet’s long 3-pointer with 25 seconds to go put Toronto up one, 97-96.With Indiana looking for a potential winning basket, Toronto’s Danny Green forced Oladipo into a jump ball with less than three seconds remaining. The Raptors recovered the ball and Green sealed it with a pair of free throws.Indiana led 58-50 at halftime and was ahead 85-75 after three.NO FEAR MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening “We did a good job of sticking in there and keeping our heads up” Leonard said.VanVleet scored nine of his 11 points in the final quarter as Toronto won its 10th straight home meeting with the Pacers. Indiana has not won in Toronto since March 1, 2013.Oladipo scored 20 points for the Pacers, who made only 5 of 18 shots in the fourth, scoring 11 points.“Everything just went their way,” Oladipo said.Pacers coach Nate McMillan said turnovers were to blame for his team’s late collapse. Indiana finished with 23 turnovers, including six by Oladipo and five from fellow guard Darren Collison.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments