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Court Expunges All Remarks, Findings On Sexual Assault Made By Probe Panel Against Chandy

New Delhi:The Kerala High Court observed in the case of OommenChandy being accused of sexual assault charges that charges of sexual assault raised by SarithaNair will not come under the preview of the Justice G Sivarajan Commission probing solar panel scam. It, however, refused to quash the commission’s report altogether as sought by Chandy.

The court expunged all remarks and findings by the commission that probed the multi-crore solar panel scam based on a letter reportedly written by the main accused Saritha Nair alleging sexual harassment against former chief minister OommenChandy.

The state government cannot file any case against the Congress leader after the court’s verdict.Chandy moved the court after the inquiry commission that probed the scam prepared a report treating the letter written by Nair while she was in jail as the main evidence. He contended that the findings of the commission based on her letter were arbitrary in nature and prepared without hearing him.

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Court Reserves Its Order In Herald Case Against Sonia And Rahul

New Delhi: A Delhi court has reserved its order in the ongoing National Herald case in which BJP leader Subramanian Swamy accused Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, his mother Sonia Gandhi and others of allegedly cheating and misappropriating funds.Swamy moved three applications against them in this case.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal would pronounce the orders on May 26 on the applications, which have been opposed by the Gandhis and others contending that they were without any merit.

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Kejriwal Sits On Dharna Outside LG’s Office Over CCTV Cameras Issue

New Delhi: Delhi chief minister ArvindKejriwal, his cabinet colleagues and MLAs sat on a 'dharna' for over three hours near the L-G office asking him ‘not to stall’ the project under ‘pressure from the BJP.’ Fight between the AAP government and Lt Governor over installing CCTV cameras in Delhi has intensified.

Kejriwal and his colleagues sat on 'dharna' after the police officials deployed at L-G Anil Baijal's office told the chief minister that he and his ministers can meet Baijal, but the AAP legislators will not be allowed to go with them. Shortly after, Kejriwal, his ministers, legislators and AAP supporters sat on a 'dharna' barely 100 metres from Baijal's office in protest. "The L-G does not want to meet MLAs. He only wants to meet me and cabinet ministers.

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SC Bench Agrees To Hear Petition Of Kathua Rape And Murder Case

New Delhi: A bench comprising Chief Justice DipakMisra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud agreed to hear the plea of three college friends who are key accused in Kathuagangrape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl. They moved their petition in the Supreme Court alleging torture by the Jammu and Kashmir police and seeking protection from a central agency.

Lawyer Ravi Sharma, representing students Sahil Sharma, Sachin Sharma and Neeraj Sharma, sought urgent hearing on the plea alleging that they and their families were being coerced by the Crime Branch of the Jammu and Kashmir police. The Jammu-based students, who are pursuing B.Sc in Agriculture at a college in Muzzafar Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, are classmates of Vishal Jangotra, a key accused in the case, the plea said.

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Chidambaram Slams Government Over Hike Of Petrol And Diseal Prizes

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former finance minister in the Manmohan Singh government P Chidambaram on Monday slammed the government for hiking petrol and diesel prices. He said that the recent ‘interval’ was only due to the Karnataka elections which got over on Saturday.

In separate tweets, Chidambaram also asked all chief ministers to oppose the terms of reference (ToR) of the 15th Finance Commission, which he said was the central government's "attempt to violate the Constitution and wreck the federal system".

"There we go again. More taxes on petrol and diesel, more burden on the consumer. The Karnataka election was only an interval," he tweeted. After a 19-day pre-Karnataka poll hiatus, the price of petrol was on Monday hiked by 17 paise a litre and diesel by 21 paise as PSU oil firms began passing on the spike witnessed in international rates to consumers.