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Heavy rains in Mumbai, suburban train traffic disrupted

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Heavy rains lashing the metropolis since last night led to peak-hour disruption on the VT-Panvel section of Central Railway today with commuters stranded at various stations.

Office-bound people had to rush to BEST bus stands to board crowded buses this morning.

On the main sections of Central and Western Railway, the services were near-normal, authorities said.

The weather bureau had forecast heavy rains for the day as the current conditions had provided a good cloud patch over the west coast. Similar spells over the next two days were also indicated.

"Waves will be 4.23 metres high, if there is consistent rainfall," the bureau spokesman said.

Rainfall, which was scanty over the last two days, got reactivated with vigour since last night.

Vehicular traffic was moving at a snail's pace since morning but water-logging was lesser as rains had subsided by noon.

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Vinod Chembur arrested for allegedly financing Dey killing

Jyotirmoy Dey. Photo. Courtesy Mid-Day
Jyotirmoy Dey. Photo. Courtesy Mid-Day

The crime branch of Mumbai Police today said it had arrested a local builder, Vinod Chembur, for allegedly financing the killing of investigative journalist Jyotirmoy Dey here on June 11.

Vinod Asrani alias Chembur was produced before a magistrate this morning and remanded to police custody till July 7.

Crime branch sources said intensive grilling of sharpshooter Satish Kaliya, arrested earlier, and underworld don Chhota Rajan's key aide D K Rao, who was picked up for questioning yesterday, revealed the involvement of Vinod.

Vinod had allegedly handed over money on Rajan's behalf to Kaliya, who is said to have shot dead Dey, 56, in Powai.

Kaliya was allegedly paid Rs 5 lakh for the killing in two instalments of Rs 2 and 3 lakhs by Vinod's men, sources said.

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Kaliya, along with six others, had been arrested in connection with the murder of Dey.

Rao, who had gone underground for several days after the killing, resurfaced yesterday and was detained by police. Though police officials were tight-lipped, sources said they grilled the aide to ascertain if he had any prior knowledge of Dey's murder or not.

On Friday, a person claiming to be Rajan called up a private television chanel and claimed he got Dey killed as he had crossed his limits.

Sources said after intensive grilling of Kaliya police were on the lookout for the builder and some of the key aides of Rajan in Tilak Nagar to establish the motive and conspiracy behind the killing.

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Maria Susairaj claims innocence in Neeraj Grover murder case


Kannada actor Maria Susairaj today claimed she was innocent in the May 2008 killing of television executive Neeraj Grover.


"All I can say is I am innocent", Maria told reporters after she was released today from Byculla Jail.


"I have left my past behind. I have not yet decided on the future. I will let my family decide about it", she said.


Maria said in the jail she did a lot of activities, including painting.


"I have not yet digested the fact that I have been convicted and I have not seen so many people in the past three years", she said.


However, both her lawyer Sharif Sheikh and Maria refused to comment on the case or the judgement or the victim Grover since the matter is still sub judice.


She came to the Mumbai Press Club, accompanied by her lawyer and her brother even as scores of friends of the victim, led by filmmaker Ashok Pandit staged protests at the media conference.


Carrying placards, they shouted slogans demanding justice for Grover and booed both Sheikh and Maria at the press conference.


To a question, Sheikh said Maria had no plans to join Bollywood or act in any film, as claimed by some filmmakers.


Sheikh dismissed a theory that Grover’s body was chopped into 300 pieces and flashed a photograph submitted by the prosecution as evidence in the case.


"You tell me, can you see where are the 300 pieces? The prosecution did not mention 300 pieces. The photograph shows that the body was almost intact," he said.


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Slab of Mumbai monorail collapses, 2 killed, 3 injured


Two people were killed and three others injured when a slab of the under-construction Chembur-Jacob circle monorail collapsed today in Vashinaka area of Chembur in north-east Mumbai.


The incident occurred this evening when some labourers were working underneath the bridge. Some passersby were also among the injured, police said.


Of the four injured, one person succumbed to injuries at the Rajawadi hospital, fire brigade and hospital authorities said.


The hospital spokesperson said one person succumbed to injuries around 1915 hours and the condition of three was stable.


According to fire-brigade sources, one person, who was crushed under the slab, also died. but his body was still to be extricated from underneath the debris.


The construction of the Mumbai monorail started in January 2009 along the Chembur-Mahul-Jacob Circle route and a trial run is expected early next year.


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Maria gets 3 years RI, boyfriend 10 years RI in Neeraj Grover killing


Kannada film actress Maria Susairaj was today sentenced to three years of rigorous imprisonment and her boyfriend, ex-Navy officer Jerome Mathew to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment in the Neeraj Grover murder case of 2008.


A sessions court yesterday found Maria guilty of only "destroying evidence" in the case. Mathew too got relief as he was convicted of "culpable homicide not amounting to murder". He was also held guilty of "destroying evidence".


TV executive Neeraj Grover was killed on May 7, 2008. Mathew was engaged to Maria at the time of the murder.


Grover was allegedly the other man between them and had to pay with his life. He was stabbed to death and his body cut into pieces and thrown in the forests on the city outskirts.


Both the accused had been charged with murder, conspiracy and destruction of evidence.


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The actress is expected to be set free soon in view of the fact that she has already spent three years in prison as an undertrial.


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Singer Bhupen Hazarika hospitalised in Mumbai

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Noted singer and music composer Bhupen Hazarika has been hospitalised here after he complained of breathlessness, sources said today.

Doctors at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital in suburban Andheri, where he was admitted yesterday, said he was under observation in the intensive care unit.

Sources close to the 85-year-old singer said he was unable to eat on his own.

Hazarika's condition was described as "stable" this morning.

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Chhota Rajan gang sharp-shooter arrested in Dey murder case

In a major breakthrough in the murder case of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey in Mumbai, Satish Kalia, the prime accused and a sharpshooter owing allegiance to underworld don Chhota Rajan, was arrested along in the metropolis with six others, police said.

Jyotirmoy Dey. Photo. Courtesy Mid-Day
Jyotirmoy Dey. Photo. Courtesy Mid-Day

In a major breakthrough in the murder case of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, Satish Kalia, the prime accused and a sharpshooter owing allegiance to underworld don Chhota Rajan, was arrested along with six others here, police said.

Addressing mediapersons here today, Commissioner of Police Arup Patnaik said seven people, who were directly involved in the shooting of Dey on June 11, were arrested.

The accused were identified as Satish Kaliya, the sharp-shooter, Anil Waghmode, Rohit Thagapanni, Sachin Gaikwad, Abhijit Shinde, Arun Dake and M. Mangesh.

All of them were produced in a Metropolitan court this morning and remanded to police custody till July 4.

In a sensational killing that shocked the entire nation, the 56-year-old Dey, who was working for Mid-day, was gunned down by four motorcycle-borne assailants on June 11 in the suburb of Powai while he was on his way home on his motorcycle.

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Elaborating about the operation, Joint Police Commissioner Himanshu Roy said that, on June 6, Rajan had contacted Kaliya and given the description of the target. He had also given the site where the target could be shot - one, the Penninsula Tower, where the Mid-day office is located and second, Hiranandani in Powai, where Dey's residence is. But he did not disclose who Dey was.

Mr Roy said Kaliya had collected Rs 2 lakh from Chembur from an aide of Chhota Rajan. He had then contacted Anil and asked him to get the people to do the job.

According to the official, the accused persons had done a recce at the Penninsula Tower and also identified the target but, they felt it was an unsafe place for their escape.

On the 9th and 10th of June, they did a recce at Hirachandani. On June 11, they completed their work and gunned down their target.

They had used three motor-bikes and a Qualis vehicle, which was recovered from them.

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After the incident, they discovered from television news reports that their victim was a journalist. Kaliya then contacted Rajan and told him that if he had known Dey was a journalist he would not have gone ahead with the assignment.

Rajan assured them that he would give them more money and look after them. Then they went to Nalasopara, from where they collected Rs 3 lakh, he added.

Mr Roy said from Nallasopara, the accused proceeded to Pawagadh in Gujarat and then to Shirdi, Akalkot and other religious places.

The police had received information that Kaliya was at Rameswaram. A crime branch team went there and nabbed him, along with two others.

One of the accused was nabbed from Solapur and the remaining three from Mumbai.

The police have seized one foreign-made revolver, 20 cartridges

including five empties, Mr Roy added.

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Salaam Bombay Foundation, singer Shaan honoured for campaign against tobacco use

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The Salaam Bombay Foundation (SBF) and Bollywood singer Shaan have received international recognition for educating youngsters on the harmful effects of tobacco use.

They were recognised for their role in the global fight against tobacco during the singer's concert in New York City in a proclamation issued on behalf of the Mayor.

SBF and Shaan were felicitated by Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York City, at Queens College in Washington DC on Sunday.

The Union Ministry of Health and Welfare has appointed Shaan as the tobacco control ambassador of India and since then he has been working closely with the government and SBF to help youngsters to live a healthy, smoke-free life.

Reacting to the recognition, Shaan said, "When I donned the role of tobacco control ambassador for India, I didn’t know how big and important this responsibility was going to be. Now this international recognition from the Mayor of New York City makes all the effort more worthwhile. I promise to strive harder to work against tobacco and to do whatever it takes to spread the message. I am thankful to Salaam Bombay Foundation for giving me the opportunity to make a difference."

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"Recognition from the Mayor of New York City is not only recognition of Shaan’s unstinting efforts towards the cause of tobacco control but also recognition of the gravity of the problem," said Padmini Somani, director of the SBF.

India has 275 million tobacco users and a mortality rate of approximately one million per year due to tobacco-related diseases.

New York has placed itself at the forefront of global tobacco control by implementing comprehensive tobacco control measures in the city.

Shaan’s new song "Life Se Panga Mat Le Yaar", that was released recently, speaks of living life to the fullest and not destroying it with tobacco.

The Salaam Bombay Foundation, a non-profit organisation, runs the largest preventive programme in tobacco control in Mumbai.

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Seven people arrested for murder of journalist Dey in Mumbai

In a major breakthrough, the Mumbai police have arrested seven people, suspected to be close associates of underworld don Chhota Rajan and allegedly involved in the murder of senior investigative journalist Jyotirmoy Dey in the metropolis about two weeks ago.

Jyotirmoy Dey. Photo. Courtesy Mid-Day
Jyotirmoy Dey. Photo. Courtesy Mid-Day

In a major breakthrough, the Mumbai police have arrested seven people, suspected to be close associates of underworld don Chhota Rajan and allegedly involved in the murder of senior investigative journalist Jyotirmoy Dey here about two weeks ago.

Top police officials said here today that the seven men were arrested from Mumbai, Solapur and Mangalore.

The accused would be produced in a Metropolitan court later in the day for remand, they said.

The 56-year-old Dey, who was working for Mid-day, was gunned down by four motorcycle-borne assailants on June 11 in the suburb of Powai while he was on his way home on his motorcycle.

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African girl caught with morphine at Mumbai airport

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An African student was arrested at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport here after she was found in possession of morphine, worth Rs 40 lakh in the international market.

Customs officials intercepted Anyoha Jessica yesterday at the airport when she was about to board an Ethiopian airlines flight back home to Addis Ababa. The officials found 4.426 grams of morphine in cavities of her suitcase.

According to Mahendra Pal, additional commissioner of Air Intelligence unit, Jessica had tried to conceal the morphine in the false top and bottom of the suitcase. Morphine is banned under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

The student was produced before a local court and remanded to custody. she will be questioned from where she got the morphine and for what purpose.

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Working woman can take custody of child: HC


The Bombay High Court today held that working women can take care of their children very well and the argument that they do not get time to attend to kids cannot be a ground for "disturbing" the custody of the child.


A division bench of Justice Vijaya Kapse-Tahilramani and Justice M L Tahaliyani passed an order while dismissing a habeas corpus petition filed by a Nagpur resident, seeking custody of his five-year-old daughter from his estranged wife on the ground that she had a full-time job and would not get time to pay attention to their child.


"Considering the age of the child, we are of the view that keeping the child in the custody of the mother shall be preferable than in the custody of father," the bench noted.


"It is not the case that the father is jobless and he can whole day take care of the child. Working women take care of their children very well and it should not be the ground for disturbing the custody of the child," the judges observed.


The court was hearing a petition filed by the husband saying that his wife had deserted him after a fight and had gone to her mother's house, taking along their minor daughter. He urged the court to produce the child and hand over her custody to him.


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Adarsh housing society: Ashok Chavan says he did not do anything wrong

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Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan today said he had not done anything wrong or illegal in the allotment of flats in the controvrsial Adarsh housing society in Mumbai during his tenure in office.

In his eight-page affidavit before the two-member inquiry commission probing the alleged scam, Mr Chavan said he did not make suggestions for allotment of flats to civilians.

Mr Chavan had to resign in November last year in the wake of the allegations of wrongdoing in the allotment of flats in the society to politicians, bureaucrats, top defence officials and others.

He denied he had decided on the names of the allottees and said allegations in this regard were "baseless and false". His mother-in-law was among those allotted flats in the housing society. The former chief minister said the bureaucrats made all the procedural clearances.

Earlier, in the affidavit before the inquiry commission, another former chief minister, Mr Vilasrao Deshmukh, who is now the Union Minister for Rural Development, said records with the Collector clearly showed that the land belonged to the state government.

Union Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, also a former chief minister, said the Adarsh plot was not reserved for defence personnel and Kargil war heroes.

The allotment of flats in the 31-storey building is now under investigation by the CBI.

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Mumbai police arrest 48-year-old man for wife's murder

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Mumbai police have arrested a 48-year-old man, Sanghamitra Suryavanshi, for allegedly murdering his wife by slitting her throat after a domestic quarrel at their Kandivali residence here yesterday.

Police said the man apparently killed his wife, Priti, 40, on the suspicion that she was having an affair with another man.

Suryavanshi then surrendered himself before the Charkop police, they said.

A resident of Jivan Jyot Cooperative Society, the accused had dropped off their two sons, both 14, at their relatives' place in Malad earlier in the day.

Police said Suryavanshi did not have a regular income and the family was largely dependent on Priti, who worked at a beauty parlour in Churchgate, for survival.

The couple had a love marriage but fought nearly on a daily basis over his inability to provide for the family and Priti's returning home late from work. Suryavanshi suspected that Priti was having an extra-marital affair, police added.

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HC admits CBI plea for death to convict in Bilkis Bano case

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The Bombay High Court today admitted an appeal filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seeking the death penalty for three convicts for the gang rape of Bilkis Bano and murder of her family members in the aftermath of March 2002 post-Godhra riots in Gujarat.

The CBI sought enhancement of punishment for Jaswantbai Nai, Govindbhai Nai and Radhesham Shah alias Lala Vakil, who were convicted to life imprisonment in January 2008 by a designated court here.

Admitting the appeal, Justices N H Patil and Mridula Bhatkar observed, "Prima facie, we are satisfied that the appeal deserves to be admitted."

The CBI argued that the crime of multiple murders and rape was planned and executed by the convicts. Govind had raped Bilkis in Gujarat despite her pleas that she be spared as she was pregnant.

Additional Public Prosecutor Poornima Kantharia argued that Bilkis had specifically mentioned the role of the three convicts in her evidence.

The convicts, however, argued that there were discrepancies in the evidence and the prosecution has mainly relied on evidence given by Bilkis to rope them in the crime.

Defence lawyer Harshad Ponda said the evidence of Bilkis should not be believed.

Hearing a plea made by Bilkis, the Supreme Court had ordered retrial of the case in a court at Mumbai.

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Stipulation of death for second conviction under NDPS Act unconstitutional: HC

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In a landmark judgment, the Bombay High Court has held that a section of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, which prescribes mandatory death sentence for an accused in case of a second conviction, was violative of article 21 of the Constitution (right to life).

The court ruled that the designated court under NDPS Act has the discretionary power to decide whether the accused convicted for the second time should be given the death penalty or not.

The judgement was delivered via video conference by Justice A M Khanvilkar and Justice A P Bhangale yesterday on a petition filed by Indian Harm Reduction Network (IHRN), a group of NGOs working for humane drugs policies.

The petitioners challenged section 31(A) of NDPS Act which provides death sentence for certain drug offences on second conviction. The petition was filed after Ghulam Malik, a resident of Kashmir, was sentenced to death by a special court in 2007 for being convicted for the second time under NDPS Act.

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The bench observed that second conviction in NDPS case need not lead to the death penalty and it was the sole discretion of the judge of the special court to decide about the capital punishment.

Petitioner's counsel Anand Grover argued that the impugned provision was arbitrary and violative of the Constitution. It prevented individualised sentencing and denied the accused a chance to be heard on the quantum of sentence.

"The provision prescribing mandatory death sentence is uncalled for as it takes away the discretion of the judge on sentencing the convict. The judge has no other choice other than handing down the death penalty. Hence it precludes judicial discretion," petitioner's counsel submitted.

Satya Dash, under secretary in the Department of Revenue, filed an affidavit justifying the death penalty, saying it was applicable for certain categories of offences involving commercial quantity of narcotic drug or psychotropic substances.

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Police questioning 4 eyewitnesses in Mumbai's Dey murder case

Jyotirmoy Dey. Photo. Courtesy Mid-Day
Jyotirmoy Dey. Photo. Courtesy Mid-Day

In a fresh development, the crime branch of Mumbai police, probing the murder of investigative journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, have managed to track down four eyewitnesses to the crime.

The eyewitnesses were seen in the CCTV footage seized by police from a shopping mall near the scene of the shooting in Powai last Saturday.

The four are now helping police reconstruct the entire sequence of events, sources said.

Meanwhile, apart from 40 people from the oil mafia and underworld gangs questioned so far, the alleged oil mafia kingpin, Mohammed Ali, is also being questioned by a police team at Nair Hospital, where he was taken from Arthur Road jail.

Earlier, the police let off three detained persons Mateem, Iqbal Hatela and Anwar.

Mateen and Anwar were again called today for questioning by the Crime Branch, the sources said.

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Meanwhile, scientists from the state Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) at Kalina have said that three of the bullets fired at Dey were never recovered from the scene of crime.

If retrieved on time, the ballistic examination of these bullets could have provided crucial leads and clinching evidence to nab Dey's assailants, sources said.

While three bullets passed through his left arm, the fourth fatal shot was fired from the back, and lodged itself in his heart, puncturing the lung and fracturing a rib. This bullet was recovered during the autopsy. The fifth bullet, also fired from the back, passed through the left of his chest.

Forensic tests have now confirmed that the bullets recovered from Dey's body and the scene of the crime, were fired from a .32 revolver.

This has been corroborated by examining the bullet entry marks on the raincoat and T-shirt that Dey was wearing when he was attacked.

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Preliminary findings have revealed that the assailants used standard weapons, which may have been imported, or manufactured at the Indian Ordnance Factory in Kanpur.

In all shooting cases, the bullets constitute the most crucial pieces of evidence. Examination of these bullets indicates the number of shooters, and the number of firearms used to perpetrate the crime, experts said.

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Three suspects in Dey murder case released late on Wednesay night

Jyotirmoy Dey. Photo. Courtesy Mid-Day
Jyotirmoy Dey. Photo. Courtesy Mid-Day

In a setback to the probe by the Mumbai police into the murder case of senior investigative journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, three suspects, who were detained yesterday, were released late last night.

The crime branch had detained Mateen Sheikh, Anwar Hatela and Sayyed Nadeem yesterday in connection with the murder but after day-long interrogation, they were released for lack of evidence, police sources said.

Mateen and Anwar reportedly belonged to the Chota Shakeel gang and were allegedly associated with the oil and sandalwood smuggling mafia. Nadeem was described as a police informer.

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Dey, 56, the Editor (Investigations) of Mid-Day, was shot dead by four unidentified gunmen on Saturday afternoon in the suburb of Powai.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had said yesterday that the police had achieved a major breakthrough in the case and some arrests were imminent.

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Police get major breakthrough in Dey murder case: Chavan

Jyotirmoy Dey. Photo. Courtesy Mid-Day
Jyotirmoy Dey. Photo. Courtesy Mid-Day

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today said the city police had got a major breakthrough in its probe into last Saturday's murder of senior investigative journalist Jyotirmoy Dey and some people may be arrested "very soon".

Replying to a query raised by a journalist that three people were arrested in connection with the case, Mr Chavan said substantial progress was made in the case. The crime branch has got a major breakthrough and it is likely to arrest some people in this matter shortly, he said.

However, he declined to divulge details of the investigation.

City police commissioner Arup Patnaik has been camping at Powai police station since this morning.

There is speculation that three people were arrested in connection with the case. But, there was no official confirmation on the issue.

Mr Chavan also said that a committee of senior ministers would be formed to look into the details of the proposed draft bill giving protection to journalists.

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Talking to reporters here after a cabinet meeting, Mr Chavan said there was unanimity in the Cabinet on having such a law. However, it was felt that some intricacies should be thoroughly looked into.

Therefore, it was decided to form a committee of ministers, he said. The names of the members of the committee will be announced later.

He said after the preparation of the final draft of the proposed bill, it will be tabled before the cabinet and later in the legislature.

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Telgi gets 10-yr imprisonment in Mumbai fake stamp paper case

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Abdul Karim Telgi, the key accused in the multi-crore fake stamp paper scam, was sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment (RI) in a case registered at the Mulund police station in Mumbai in 2005.

The order was delivered yesterday by special court judge S N Sardesai, who convicted Telgi for hatching the conspiracy for counterfeiting, circulation, distribution and sale of stamps.

This came as yet another conviction in the total of 48 cases registered against him. Telgi had pleaded gulity in this case on May 27.

Under various sections of Indian Penal Code and the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, the kingpin in the stamp paper scam was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment of ten years, five years, three years, six months and three times seven years, which will run simultaneously under an RI of 10 years. He has also been fined Rs 17.5 lakh.

The court order stated that there are a number of criminal cases against him, wherein not only the public at large was cheated but also the government was put to substantial loss of money.

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On May 27, Telgi had pleaded guilty through video conferencing and later sent a signed plea. He is now lodged in Bangalore jail.

Special public prosecutor for the CBI Pradeep Gharat said, "Though imprisonments in this singular case are to run simultaneously, the years will be counted after he served the sentences in others cases including one at Bundgarden in 2007 and another one for his role in the death of his driver Christopher Bhatti. This is because Telgi was neither arrested nor remanded to custody for this case."

The judgement was read out to Telgi by defence lawyer Bidhyadhar Koshe, who pleaded that Telgi has already been sentenced in Bundgarden case and his case be made concurrent with that.

Telgi had earlier told the court that he is suffering from HIV, diabetes, kidney failure and has been advised an operation.

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Mumbai police may question oil mafia king in Dey murder case

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The city police probing the killing of senior investigative journalist Jyotirmoy Dey may question oil mafia kingpin Mohammed Ali, who is presently lodged in Arthur Road jail for his involvement in a murder case.

Dey, 56, was shot dead in broad daylight on Saturday last by four unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants in the north-west suburb of Powai.

"Since we are probing the possible role of oil mafia in the killing of Dey, we may question Mohammed Ali," said a senior crime branch official.

However, he did not clarify whether Ali would be questioned in the jail itself or the crime branch would approach court seeking his custody.

Ali and his four aides had been arrested from here while two sharp-shooters were held from Mughalsarai railway station in Uttar Pradesh in connection with the murder of Sayyed Chand Madar, owner of a private firm in south Mumbai in September last year.

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Ali and Madar were rivals as both were allegedly involved in smuggling marine diesel from the high seas and illegal scrap material in the dock area.

Meanwhile, assistant commissionr of police (ACP) Anil Mahabole, whose role has come under the scanner in the Dey murder case, today alleged that he was being framed.

"I have nothing to do with the shootout. Dey was a well-respected person. I'm being framed," Mr Mahabole told a private news channel.

Mahabole has come under suspicion after a colleague of Dey said the journalist had got threats from the police officer.

"Once the investigation is over, I will present the name of person behind this. I have not been questioned yet. If I am, I shall answer all questions," Mahabole said.

He dismissed reports that an investigation had been launched against him. He said he was ready to face any probe.

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Mahabole was shunted late last night to the local arms division to keep the Dey murder investigation free of pressure.

The transfer of Mahabole was his second in the last two years. He had earlier been shunted out amid allegations of close ties with Haseena Parker, whose brother is underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

The police are still looking at personal enmity as the likely motive behind Dey's murder and are investigating the package that Dey had sent by courier just before he was shot dead.

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E-ticket printing kiosks at domestic departure gates at Mumbai airport

E-Ticket printing Kiosk
E-Ticket printing Kiosk

Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) today said it had introduced e-ticket printing kiosks outside all the domestic departure gates at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai.

A press release from MIAL said CSIA was the first Indian airport to introduce this facility and it was in line with its ongoing efforts to provide passengers with better accessibility and convenience.

"With this facility, passengers can now avoid the long queues outside airline ticket counters and choose to print their e-tickets prior to their departure. This has been specifically introduced to assist passengers who have made last minute bookings and have their booking details either on their mobile phones or in their emails," the reease said.

Once passengers are at the kiosk, all they need to do is choose the airline they are travelling by, enter the details as required by the airline and print an e-ticket before entering the terminal gates to the check-in areas.

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This feature will also be subsequently introduced at the international to domestic transfer areas at the international terminal at Sahar for passengers arriving from international destinations and further travelling to domestic sectors.

Currently, there are two kioks at Terminal 1B, one kiosk at Terminal 1A and two at the international transfer area respectively, the release added.

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Slain journalist Jyotirmoy Dey cremated in Mumbai

Jyotirmoy Dey. Photo. Courtesy Mid-Day
Jyotirmoy Dey. Photo. Courtesy Mid-Day

A large number of people from different walks of life attended the funeral of senior investigative journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, who was cremated at the Rajawadi crematorium in the eastern suburb of Ghatkopar today.

Dey's body was brought to his residence in Ghatkopar, where it was kept till noon for people to pay their last respects. Later, it was taken in a procession to the Rajawadi crematorium where the last rites were performed by his journalist friend Nikhil Dixit.

Prominent among those who attended the funeral procession were state minority welfare minister Naseem Khan and city Congress president Kripashankar Singh. Besides, there were large number of mediapersons, policemen and others.

However, PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal visited the house of Dey and offered his condolences to the slain journalist's family members.

Dey, the special investigative journalist with Mid-Day, was shot dead by four unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants while he himself was riding on his bike near his residence in Powai yesterday afternoon, sending shockwaves in the city’s media circles. He had been covering crime and the underground extensively for over two decades.

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Though the police have yet to make any headway in cracking the case, they have recovered vital clues on the killers from the footage of a CCTV camera installed in a building in Powai.

Dey's brazen daylight murder was condemned by journalist organisations all over the country, NGOs and prominent personalities.

The city police said the killing could be the handiwork of people associated with the oil adulteration mafia.

The assailants could have been hired from outside Mumbai, but they were probing the incident from all angles, the sources in police said here.

"Our line of investigation is going towards checking the possible involvement of people associated with the oil mafia. The journalist had extensively written a number of news reports on the oil mafia, which may have triggered them to eliminate him," they added.

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Sonia Gandhi expresses shock over killing of Mumbai journalist

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said she was shocked by the killing of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey in Mumbai yesterday and expressed confidence that the Maharashtra government would leave no stone unturned to arrest the culprits.

In a message, Ms Gandhi expressed shock and dismay over the killing and said such dastardly acts would not be tolerated in any civil society.

Dey, 56, Editor (Special Investigation) with Mid-Day, was shot dead in broad daylight by four motorbike-borne persons who pumped at least four bullets into him from behind at close range in suburban Powai.

Dey, who was reporting on the underworld for nearly two decades, was riding his motorcycle when he was gunned down by the unidentified persons at 1530 hours.

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PM expresses shock at journalist's killing in Mumbai

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tonight expressed shock at the killing of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey in Mumbai earlier in the day, describing it as "unacceptable".

"It is shocking and unacceptable," a statement from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) quoted him as saying.

Dey, 56, Editor (Special Investigation) with Mid-Day, was shot dead in broad daylight by four motorbike-borne persons who pumped at least four bullets into him from behind at close range in suburban Powai.

Dey, who was reporting on the underworld for nearly two decades, was riding his motorcycle when he was gunned down by the unidentified persons at 1530 hours.

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Crime journalist Jyotirmoy Dey shot dead in Mumbai

Senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, the Investigations Editor of English-language tabloid newspaper Mid-Day, was shot dead, allegedly by four unidentified gunmen, at Powai in north-west Mumbai today, raising fears that the underworld is targeting the fourth estate and sparking outrage among the media fraternity

Jyotirmoy Dey. Photo. Courtesy Mid-Day
Jyotirmoy Dey. Photo. Courtesy Mid-Day

Senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, the Investigations Editor of English-language tabloid newspaper Mid-Day, was shot dead, allegedly by four unidentified gunmen, at Powai in north-west Mumbai today, raising fears that the underworld is targeting the fourth estate and sparking outrage among the media fraternity.

Dey, 56, was attacked when he was on his way home. The journalist, who suffered five bullet wounds, was rushed to the Hiranandani Hospital in the area where he succumbed to his injuries.

The motorcycle-borne assailants fled after the crime. The killing occurred outside Spectra building near D'Mart shopping complex at Powai this afternoon.

According to Additional Police Commissioner Vishwas Nagre-Patil, four men on two bikes fired several rounds at Dey, who was also riding a motorcycle, from behind.

Police said there were eight entry and exit wounds on Dey's body.

Dey was covering the underworld and crime for a long time. He wrote many reports on organised crime, including the oil aduleration mafia. He also penned two books on the underworld.

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Sources said Dey had not reported any threat to his life.

Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik said, "I was not aware of what he was working on at this time. He was a very good crime reporter. He was a very good resource person."

Mid-Day Editor Sachin Kalbag expressed shock over the killing and said Dey's death was a tremendous loss to the newspaper. He said it was too early to ascertain the motive behind the crime.

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In Delhi, the Editors Guild expressed grief over the killing of the journalist and demanded that the state authorities speedily bring his killers to justice.

In a statement here, Guild President T N Ninan and Secretary Coomi Kapoor said initial reports suggested that the crime mafia might have been behind the killing as Dey was a courageous reporter who undertook to expose the underworld.

As editor of the special investigation team of Mid-day newspaper and earlier with the Indian Express newspaper, Dey had relentlessly exposed Mumbai’s criminal mafia despite numerous threats to his life, they said.

"The Guild demands that the state authorities speedily bring Dey’s killers to justice. It deplores the law enforcement agencies' inability to protect the life of a journalist engaged in carrying out his professional duties at great risk to himself," they said.

Journalist organisations in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and other places condemned the killing.

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IUnion Information and Broadcasting Minister condemned the killing of Mr Dey and said the act challenged the freedom of the press and pursuit of objective reporting.

"This incident is a sign of insanity perpetuated by mindless individuals in which innocent citizens are killed. No civilized society can tolerate this kind of attack on the freedom of the press," she said.

Ms Soni said she was confident that Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil would live up to his assurance of tracking down the assailants in the shortest possible time.

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