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Asaram Bapu convicted in minor rape case

Five years after charges of rape were levelled against Asaram Bapu, the Jodhpur Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Court on Wednesday convicted the self-styled godman and four others in a 2013 rape case.
File photo of Asaram Bapu. (Photo: IANS)
File photo of Asaram Bapu. (Photo: IANS)
Five years after charges of rape were levelled against Asaram Bapu, the Jodhpur Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Court on Wednesday convicted the self-styled godman and four others in a 2013 rape case.
 
Asaram was convicted under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) act and Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act.
 
The judgement was pronounced by Judge Madhusudan inside the Jodhpur Central Jail, where Asaram is lodged.
 
Asaram Bapu was arrested in 2013 on the complaint filed by a teenage girl from Uttar Pradesh's Shahajahanpur. She had accused him of raping her at his Jodhpur ashram in August. The victim was a Class 12 student at his Chhindwara Ashram in Madhya Pradesh.
 
The 77-year-old godman is facing trial in two other sexual assault cases: one in Rajasthan here and the other in Gujarat. 
 
He was arrested in Indore and brought to Jodhpur on September 1, 2013. He has been in judicial custody since September 2, 2013. 
 
He also faces multiple charges, including wrongful confinement, criminal intimidation, criminal conspiracy and sexual harassment.
 
The chargesheet named Asaram and four others -- Sanchita alias Shilpi, Sharad Chandra alias Sharat Chandra, Prakash and Shiva alias Sava Ram Hethvadiya.
 
The quantum of punishment will be announced later.
 
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Salman gets bail against personal bond of Rs 50,000

After spending two nights in a Jodhpur jail, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was granted bail on Saturday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 by District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi.
 
Salman Khan convicted in black buck poaching case
 
 
After spending two nights in a local jail, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was granted bail on Saturday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 by District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi.
 
Arguments on the actor's bail application, which had been taken up yesterday, continued this morning before the judge reserved his order for the post-lunch session.
 
While granting him bail, the judge asked Salman, 52, to furnish a personal bond of Rs. 50,000 and two sureties of Rs. 25,000 each with guarantees that he will adhere to all the bail conditions.
 
The court said Salman would have to secure special permission from it to travel abroad.
 
He is expected to be released by this evening after completion of various legal procedures, sources said.
 
Salman had spent a second night in the Central Jail here last night because the arguments on his bail plea could not be completed yesterday.
 
The superstar was convicted by a local court on Thursday and was sentenced to five years imprisonment in the two-decade-old case.
 
Salman and other Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam allegedly went hunting on October 1-2 in 1998 outside a forest reserve near Kankani village in Jodhpur while shooting for "Hum Saath Saath Hain" in 1998. 
 
While Salman was found guilty, the four co-stars and a local, Dushyant Singh, were acquitted.
 
Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri convicted Salman under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife Protection Act.
 
(With  inputs from IANS)
 
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Denied LS ticket by BJP, Jaswant Singh says will file nomination on Monday

Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh, who is upset at being denied a ticket by the party to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections from his home town of Barmer, confirmed on Sunday that he would file his nomination from there on Monday, presumably as an independent candidate.
Not furniture that BJP can adjust me: Jaswant
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh, who is upset at being denied a party ticket to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections from his home town of Barmer in Rajasthan, today confirmed that he would file his nomination from there tomorrow, presumably as an independent candidate.
 
At the same time, he ruled out joining the Congress or any other party, saying it was insulting to him for any party to even think on such lines.
 
Reacting to media reports that the Congress might try and rope him in, Mr Singh, 76, told newspersons in his village that he had spent his entire political life in the BJP and had never thought of joining any other party.
 
"If the Congress is thinking along those lines, it is a waste of their time," he said.
 
But, despite repeated queries, he refused to confirm or deny whether the Congress had, in fact, made any overtures to him or not.
 
To another question, Mr Singh said he would go to Barmer tomorrow and file his nominations. "I will go to Barmer, will discuss the issue with others and act accordingly," he said.
 
Asked if he would resign from the party before filing his nomination, he said these things would be known tomorrow.
 
Mr Singh was particularly unhappy with senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley's statement that the party could not "adjust" Mr Singh in its list of candidates and that it would find other ways of using his abilities.
 
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"I saw on television a party leader saying that the could not 'adjust' me. The choice of words shows their way of thinking and their arrogant nature. It is insulting to me. I am not a piece of furniture, a chair or a table, which can be moved to some other part of the room if it does not fit in one place.
 
"I don't want to be 'adjusted'," he said. "All my life, I have worked for the party, in its best interests, to the best of my ability," he said.
 
About Barmer, he said it was the place where he was born and where he had grown. "All that I know today, I learnt from here," he said.
 
Asked about the caste equations in the area, Mr Singh regretted that the social fabric of the region was being torn by such considerations. He said he had never practised such politics. "You cannot divide society and people in this manner. If we persist in doing so, the state will end up as a second-rate UP, a third-rate Bihar," he said.
 
The BJP had, on Friday, announced that its candidate from Barmer would be Col Sonaram Chaudhary, a former MLA, who had recently joined it after resigning from the Congress, ignoring Mr Singh's claims and his wish that he be allowed to contest what could possibly be his last election from his home turf.
 
Reacting to the move, Mr Singh had hit out at the party yesterday, saying that it had been encroached upon by "outsiders", an obvious reference to the fact that it had given tickets to several people who had joined it in recent weeks, ignoring the claims of party loyalists.
 
He also made it clear to journalists at Jodhpur on his way to barmer that he would not indulge in any kid of bargaining with the party for post-election positions or any other officers from it.
 
"My sense of honour is not subject to trading," he said, even as Mr Jaitley and BJP President Rajnath Singh said that the party would utilise Mr Singh's abilities in some other way.
 
Mr Rajnath Singh said the importance that the BJP acccorded to Mr Singh could not be judged on the basis of an election ticket alone. "He is far above that," he said.
 
"The challenge today is between the real BJP and the fake BJP," Mr Singh said. "Only the people can decide on the difference between the two," he said.
 
He said he had lived and struggled all these years to uphold the principles on which the BJP was founded and it was important that he continued to do so.
 
He said it was for the BJP to realise what would add value to the party, to India and to the people of India.
 
The BJP's decision to deny the ticket to Mr Singh is being seen as yet another indication that the old order in the party is being forced to yield place to the new.
 
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According to media reports, Mr Singh had conveyed to the BJP leadership that he would contest the election from Barmer as an independent candidate if the party decided against nominating him.
 
He has never contested from Barmer, having been elected to the Lok Sabha from Chittorgarh in Rajasthan in 1991 and 1996, and from Darjeeling in West Bengal in the last general elections in 2009.
 
According to sources, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had pushed for a ticket for Col Choudhary, a Jat leader, after he joined the BJP some time ago.
 
Col Choudhary had lost the 2004 Lok Sabha elections from Barmer to Mr Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh, who now represents Sheo - a part of the Barmer Parliamentary constituency - in the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly.
 
The move to deny Mr Singh a ticket has also upset a section of BJP workers in Barmer, who staged protests and tore party posters to express their anger.
 
The denial of the party nomination to Mr Singh came just a day after the BJP had, on Thursday, managed to mollify its veteran leader Lal Krishna Advani into accepting the party's decision to field him from Gandhinagar in Gujarat, though he had expressed his wish to shift to Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.
 
Earlier, another party veteran, Murli Manohar Joshi, was reportedly upset after he had to make way for BJP Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who wanted to contest the Lok Sabha elections from his constituency of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. He was persuaded finally to move to Kanpur.
 
Another senior leader, Lalji Tandon, had to give up his claim over Lucknow, the seat held by him, to accommodate Mr Rajnath Singh, who decided against contesting from Ghaziabad, the seat he had won the last time.
 
In Punjab, three-time MP and former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu had to make way in Amritsar for senior leader Arun Jaitley.
 
Yesterday, the BJP denied renomination to seven-time MP Harin Pathak from Ahmedabad East and fielded well-known actor Paresh Rawal as its candidate from the constituency. Mr Pathak is known to be close to Mr Advani and was reportedly not on very good terms with Mr Modi.
 
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Motor racing: INRC Round 3 called off after incident

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The Maxperience Rally, Round 3 of the FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship 2019, has been called off due to a racing incident.
 
"The rally had to be brought to an abrupt end after one of the cars hit a motorcycle carrying three people. The motorcycle had forcibly entered into the barricaded area, breaking past the security barrier while the stage was still green. The driver was moving at high speed and could not even see the motorbike as it emerged at a sharp turn," Arvind Balan, the local organizer of the rally said. 
 
"It was an unfortunate incident that took place despite all the safety measures being in place," J Prithiviraj, president of FMSCI, who is also the COC of the event, said. "We extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved family. The entire motorsports fraternity stands with them in their grief," he added. 
 
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IAF's MiG-27 fighter jet crashes in Rajasthan, pilot ejects safely

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A MiG-27 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force (IAF), which was on a routine mission from Jodhpur, crashed in a village in Sirohi, Rajasthan, on Sunday, a Defence official said.
 
"Today (Sunday) morning at around 11.45 a.m., a MiG-27 UPG aircraft which flew from Utarlai Air Force base experienced engine problems leading to a crash at about 120 km south of Jodhpur. The pilot ejected safely," the official added. 
 
The official said that preliminary reports indicated no loss of property or life on the ground. 
 
A court of inquiry will investigate cause of the accident.
 
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Modi hits back at Rahul, says Rajasthan won't vote on his knowledge of Hinduism

Days after Congress President Rahul Gandhi accused him of not understanding the fundamentals of Hinduism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit back on Monday, saying Rajasthan will vote on the issue of development, not on his knowledge of Hinduism.
 
Modi accuses Congress leaders of peddling lies
Days after Congress President Rahul Gandhi accused him of not understanding the fundamentals of Hinduism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit back on Monday, saying Rajasthan will vote on the issue of development, not on his knowledge of Hinduism.
 
Modi added that unlike Gandhi, he never claimed to have entire knowledge of Hinduism "which can't be grasped even in several lifetimes".
 
Dubbing the Congress President a self-proclaimed "thekedar of Hinduism", Modi said Hinduism is so vast that even the "rishis and munis" (sages and saints) could never claim to know it in its entirety.
 
Taking a jibe at the Congress, he said it was not interested in issues related to development but on Modi's knowledge of Hinduism, "which is irrelevant in an election".
 
"Is Rajasthan going to vote on the issue whether Modi has the knowledge of Hinduism or not? Or will it vote on issues of road, electricity and water?" he asked.
 
"Not even rishis and munis claimed that they had the entire knowledge of Hinduism. It is so vast that one can't grasp it in several lifetimes. I never claimed that I have that entire knowledge. Only 'naamdar' can make that claim," Modi said in a slanted attack on Gandhi.
 
Gandhi had attacked Modi on Saturday asking what kind of a Hindu he was that he did not understand the fundamentals of Hinduism. "You please study Hinduism. What does Gita say? It says that knowledge is with everybody. Knowledge is all around you. Our Prime Minister says that I am a Hindu but he does not understand the fundamentals of Hinduism. What kind of Hindu he is? That is the contradiction," Gandhi had said.
 
Attacking the Congress, the Prime Minister asked where was its understanding of Hinduism when its first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru "opposed the reconstruction of Somnath temple in Gujarat or when the UPA government told the Supreme Court in writing that there was no proof of existence of Lord Ram and he was a fictional character?"
 
Ahead of the December 7 polls in Rajasthan, Modi said Congress would fail like it failed in other states. 
 
"It is not interested in development. It believes in caste and votebank politics. Congress thinks that it doesn't have to do anything to win in Rajasthan, that people of Rajasthan will go with the Congress following the trend of switching between the two parties in consecutive elections.
 
"But it forgets that it was the people of Rajasthan that gave Bhairon Singh Shekhawat two consecutive terms," he said.
 
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Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas marry in traditional Hindu ceremony

 
Priyanka-Nick wedding: Pictures from Sangeet function
Actress and former Miss World Priyanka Chopra got married to American singer Nick Jonas in a traditional Hindu ceremony here, after three days of wedding celebrations which included a colourful mehendi ceremony, a friendly cricket match and a power-packed 'desi' musical evening.
 
Priyanka looked "breathtaking in her traditional red Indian wedding outfit", a source told E! News about the Hindu ceremony on Sunday.
 
"Nick did a beautiful job following the customs of a Hindu ceremony. It was lovely seeing how they honoured both of their heritages," the insider added.
 
From their 'roka' ceremony in August to their wedding, Nick has embraced Indian traditions whole-heartedly. Priyanka also ensured an occasion like Thanksgiving Day was celebrated like it's meant to be with Nick's family.
 
"One of the most special things that our relationship has given us is a merging of families who love and respect each others' faiths and cultures.
 
"And so, planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so amazing," Priyanka and Nick wrote on their respective Instagram page on December 1 when they shared glimpses of their 'mehendi' revelry.
 
Their wedding celebrations were in tune with the majestic venue -- the royal Umaid Bhawan Palace, situated atop a hill in this 'Blue City' in Rajasthan.
 
Priyanka, 36, and Nick, 26, first exchanged vows in a Christian ceremony officiated by the groom's father here on December 1. They wore custom-made Ralph Lauren ensembles -- a good fit as the two stars had shared the spotlight for the first time as guests of the designer at the 2017 Met Gala.
 
Marking their union here was the Jodhpur sky lit up with fireworks. However, Priyanka was widely trolled for it as around Diwali, she had urged people not to burst firecrackers due to the health hazards it leads to. As a result, she was called out for her "double standards".
 
Nevertheless, their fans were swooning over some of the tidbits they shared of the '#NickYanka' pre-wedding ceremonies.
 
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At the 'mehendi' ceremony, Priyanka sported a breathtaking multi-hued folksy Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla lehenga, channelling the 'desi' look in every which way, while Nick sported an aqua kurta by the same designers.
 
They also incorporated a friendly cricket match, competing as "team bride vs team groom".
 
As for the sangeet, a video and photographs shared by Priyanka suggest it was no less than a Bollywood awards night complete with a stage, elaborate light set-up and props as well as energetic performances.
 
Priyanka's cousin and actress Parineeti Chopra, who performed on stage, welcomed Nick warmly to her family and is all praise for her "jiju" (brother-in-law).
 
"The job of us bridesmaids was to make sure the bride was happy and comfortable at all times. But we did not have to worry about it because Nick promised to do it all his life.
 
"Welcome to the family Nick jiju! I am so so happy that the Jonas and Chopra family is now united," she wrote.
 
The couple first began talking in 2016 via Twitter, and met in person for the first time at a party for the Academy Awards in 2017.
 
A successful Bollywood star, Priyanka made a transition to American showbiz as the lead in crime drama "Quantico", eventually landing a role in the "Baywatch" film.
 
Nick and his brothers Kevin and Joe are known for having formed a pop-rock band, The Jonas Brothers, in 2005. The band split up in 2013.
 
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Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas get married, fireworks light up Jodhpur sky

 
Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas now man and wife
The sky here was lit up with fireworks to celebrate the wedding of actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas at the royal Umaid Bhawan Palace here on Saturday.
 
The couple exchanged wedding bands by Chopard and wedding vows at a Christian wedding officiated by the groom's father, Paul Kevin Jonas Sr, according to people.com.
 
Priyanka, 36, was a glowing bride in a custom-made Ralph Lauren wedding gown, and Jonas, too, wore Ralph Lauren. In fact, so did both families, all of the bridesmaids, and all of the groomsmen who included Priyanka's brother Siddharth and Nick's three brothers, Joe, Kevin and Frankie.
 
Ralph Lauren is an important designer to the couple not only because he is a close friend of the actress but also because she and Nick, 26, both rocked Ralph Lauren Collection at the 2017 Met Gala, which took place one week after their unofficial first date.
 
Late evening, synchronised fireworks marked the celebrations.
 
On Sunday, the bride and groom will continue their epic wedding weekend with a Hindu ceremony.
 
Priyanka and Nick took to Instagram on Saturday to not just share glimpses of their 'mehendi' festivities, but also their thoughts about following both traditions to get married.
 
"One of the most special things that our relationship has given us is a merging of families who love and respect each others' faiths and cultures.
 
"And so, planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so amazing."
 
Priyanka looks every bit the 'desi girl' in a bright multi-coloured and festive lehenga choli for her mehendi ceremony, which took place on Friday. While she looks carefree and joyous, Nick also seems to be enjoying the customs to the hilt as he rocks a kurta-pyjama.
 
"An important part for the girl in an Indian wedding is the mehendi. Once again we made it our own, and it was an afternoon that kicked off the celebrations in the way we both dreamed," read the post accompanying the pictures, which drew millions of fans across the world who had been waiting to catch a glimpse of the closely guarded wedding.
 
Ahead of their big weekend, the couple celebrated Thanksgiving in India together. Days later, they held a puja ceremony at Priyanka's mother Madhu Chopra's house in Mumbai to spiritually celebrate the upcoming event.
 
Weeks beforehand, Priyanka celebrated her bachelorette party in Amsterdam and had a bridal shower in New York City.
 
They had a traditional Indian 'roka' ceremony in Mumbai in August.
 
The couple first began talking in 2016 via Twitter, and met in person for the first time at a party for the Academy Awards in 2017.
 
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Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas now a married couple

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas (File photo: IANS)
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas (File photo: IANS)
Actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas are now husband and wife as they had their Christian wedding at the Umaid Bhawan Palace here.
 
According to people.com, the groom's father, Paul Kevin Jonas Sr officiated at Saturday's Christian ceremony, where the couple exchanged wedding bands by famed jeweller Chopard.
 
On Sunday, the bride and groom will continue their epic wedding weekend with a Hindu ceremony.
 
"It is super important to Priyanka to have an Indian ceremony that honours her heritage and culture, just as it's important to also have a Western ceremony that honours Nick's Christian upbringing," a source told people.com earlier this week. 
 
Priyanka, 36, was a glowing bride in a custom made Ralph Lauren wedding gown, and Jonas, too, wore Ralph Lauren. In fact, so did both families, all of the bridesmaids, and all of the groomsmen who included Priyanka's brother Siddharth and Nick's three brothers, Joe, Kevin and Frankie.
 
Ralph Lauren is an important designer to the couple not only because he is a close friend of the actress but also because she and Nick, 26, both rocked Ralph Lauren Collection at the 2017 Met Gala, which took place one week after their unofficial first date.
 
Ahead of their big weekend, the couple celebrated Thanksgiving in India together. Days later, they held a puja ceremony at Priyanka's mother Madhu Chopra's house in Mumbai to spiritually celebrate the upcoming event.
 
Weeks beforehand, Priyanka celebrated her bachelorette party in Amsterdam and had a bridal shower in New York City.
 
The couple first began talking in 2016 via Twitter, and met in person for the first time at a party for the Academy Awards in 2017.
 
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MiG-27 crashes near Jodhpur, pilot ejects safely

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An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-27 aircraft crashed near Jodhpur in Rajasthan during a routine mission on Tuesday but the pilot ejected safely, officials said.
 
Defence Ministry spokesperson Colonel Sombit Ghosh said a court of inquiry will investigate the cause of the accident.
 
He clarified that there was some misinformation earlier with respect to the number of pilots.
 
The MiG-27, which took off from Jodhpur, came down near Devriya village. Villagers were the first to rush to the site.
 
An eyewitness, Champalal, said two or three fighter planes were in the air when one of them was seen emitting smoke. It came down suddenly with a loud noise and the area was engulfed in thick smoke. 
 
The pilot was taken to a hospital. 
 
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IAF MiG aircraft crashes near Jodhpur, pilots eject safely

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An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG aircraft crashed near Jodhpur in Rajasthan during a routine mission on Tuesday, the Defence PRO said. Both pilot and co-pilot ejected safely.
 
The MiG 27 fighter jet, which had got airborne from Jodhpur, came down near Devriya village. 
 
The pilots avoided dense residential colonies and the jet crashed on an open field, Colonel Sombit Ghosh, Defence PRO, said. 
 
A major accident was averted by the timely decision of the pilots, he said.
 
Thick smoke emanated from the spot, as villagers rushed to the site.
 
A Court of Inquiry will investigate the cause of the accident, Ghosh said.
 
Eyewitness Champalal said that two-to-three fighter planes were flying when one of them was seen emanating smoke. It came down suddenly with a loud noise and the area was engulfed in thick smoke. 
 
The pilots were taken to a hospital in an air ambulance.
 
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Salman Khan's blackbuck case hearing adjourned to July

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Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's bail hearing in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case which was scheduled for Monday, was adjourned to July 17.
 
District and Session Judge Chandra Kumar Songara ordered the arguments to begin but Salman's lawyer Mahesh Bora wanted some time.
 
Heeding to his request, Songara adjourned the hearing till July 17.
 
Salman was seen leaving the Jodhpur trial court soon after. He had arrived here on Sunday.
 
The actor was convicted and handed a five-year imprisonment on April 5 by Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri for killing two blackbucks 19 years ago. He spent two nights in the Jodhpur Central Jail, before he was granted bail by the sessions court on April 7.
 
Both Khatri and District and Session Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi, who gave him bail, have since been transferred.
 
Salman's Bollywood colleagues Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre were acquitted by the trial court. Another accused Dushyant Singh, an area resident, was also acquitted. 
 
Salman was accused of shooting and killing blackbucks in Kankani village near Jodhpur on October 1, 1998, during the shooting of the film "Hum Saath Saath Hain".
 
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Life term to Asaram in minor's rape case, two others get 20-year jail

A Special Court in Jodhpur on Wednesday convicted self-styled godman Asaram for raping a minor girl at his ashram in Rajasthan in 2013 and sentenced him to a prison term for life till his natural death.
File photo of Asaram Bapu. (Photo: IANS)
File photo of Asaram Bapu. (Photo: IANS)
A Special Court in Jodhpur on Wednesday convicted self-styled godman Asaram for raping a minor girl at his ashram in Rajasthan in 2013 and sentenced him to a prison term for life till his natural death.
 
The judgment was pronounced by Special Judge for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe cases, Madhu Sudan Sharma, inside the Jodhpur Central Jail, where Asaram is lodged.
 
The court also awarded 20 years in jail each to Shilpi, the warden of Asaram's ashram, and associate Sharad. 
 
The court, however, acquitted Asaram's 'sevadar' Shiva and cook Prakash.
 
Asaram was arrested in 2013 after the then 16-year-old girl from Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur, a Class 12 student at his Chhindwara Ashram in Madhya Pradesh, filed a complaint and accused him of rape at his ashram in Manai village on the Jodhpur outskirts on August 15, 2013. 
 
"Asaram has been sentenced to life imprisonment till natural death... Shilpi and Sharad have also been directed to pay Rs one lakh fine each," said defence lawyer Sushma Dhara, adding an appeal would be filed in the Rajasthan High Court against the judgment and for Asaram's bail. 
 
The 77-year-old godman and two others were convicted under Section 376D of the Indian Penal Code, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act and the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act, the 474-page judgment said.
 
The defence lawyer said that Asaram appeared normal in the court but became sad and worried when the court convicted him. 
 
Talking to reporters outside his house in Shahjahanpur in uttar Pradesh, the victim's father welcomed the court verdict and said "their struggles and ordeal during the period they were seeking justice tested their grit but they had full faith in the judicial system".
 
The Communist Party of India-Marxist welcomed the judgment and demanded justice for three witnesses -- godman's former aide Amrut Prajapati, cook Akhil Gupta and Kripal Singh -- who were shot dead in separate incidents between June 2014 and June 2015. 
 
"Nine witnesses were attacked, of which three died... the courts should ensure that the other related cases, including those of killing of witnesses, should also be completed without delay," a CPI-M statement said.
 
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The CPI-M said Asaram deserved the strongest punishment, adding that "the victim girl is a symbol of the fight against sexual exploitation". 
 
Former Deputy Inspector General of Gujarat Police D.G. Vanzara, who was accused of fake shootouts in the past, stepped into controversy by saying that it is "improper to dub Asaram as a rapist".
 
The police charge-sheet against Asaram and four co-accused was filed on November 6, 2013, under the Pocso Act, the Juvenile Justice Act and the IPC.
 
Asaram is facing trial in another sexual assault case in Gujarat. 
 
The final arguments in the case were completed in the Jodhpur court on April 7 and the order was reserved for Wednesday.
 
After the registration of a rape case, Asaram was arrested from Indore in Madhya Pradesh and brought to Jodhpur on September 1, 2013. He is under judicial custody since September 2, 2013. He was earlier denied bail by the Supreme Court.
 
Apprehending threat to law and order from the followers of Asaram, high security was in place in Jodhpur, with prohibitory orders enforced in the city.
 
The Union Home Ministry on Tuesday also issued an advisory to Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana to step up security/vigilance to prevent any untoward incident in the wake of court verdict.
 
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Asaram convicted, sentenced to life in 2013 case of minor's rape

Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu was on Wednesday convicted by a Jodhpur court for raping a minor girl at his ashram here in Rajasthan in 2013 and sentenced to a life term.
File photo of Asaram Bapu. (Photo: IANS)
File photo of Asaram Bapu. (Photo: IANS)
Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu was on Wednesday convicted by a Jodhpur court for raping a minor girl at his ashram here in Rajasthan in 2013 and sentenced to a life term.
 
The judgment was pronounced by Special Judge for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe cases, Madhu Sudan Sharma, inside the Jodhpur Central Jail, where Asaram Bapu is lodged.
 
The 77-year-old godman was convicted under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act and the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act. Two co-accused were also convicted in the case.
 
The police chargesheet against Asaram Bapu and four other co-accused Shiva, Shilpi, Sharad and Prakash was filed on November 6, 2013, under the Pocso Act, the Juvenile Justice Act and the IPC.
 
Informed sources said the court also convicted Shilpi (warden of Asaram's ashram) and Sharad, while Shiva and Prakash were acquitted in the case.
 
Asaram Bapu is facing trial in another sexual assault case in Gujarat. 
 
The final arguments in the case were completed in the Jodhpur court on April 7, which reserved the order for Wednesday.
 
Asaram Bapu was arrested in 2013 after a teenaged girl from Uttar Pradesh's Shahajahanpur, a Class 12 student at his Chhindwara Ashram in Madhya Pradesh, filed a complaint and accused him of rape at his ashram in Manai village on the Jodhpur outskirts on August 15, 2013. 
 
Asaram was arrested from Indore and brought to Jodhpur on September 1, 2013. He is under judicial custody since September 2, 2013. He was earlier denied bail by the Supreme Court.
 
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Self-styled godman Asaram convicted in rape case

Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu was on Wednesday convicted by the Jodhpur Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Court for raping a minor girl in his ashram here in Rajasthan in 2013.
File photo of Asaram Bapu. (Photo: IANS)
File photo of Asaram Bapu. (Photo: IANS)
Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu was on Wednesday convicted by the Jodhpur Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Court for raping a minor girl in his ashram here in Rajasthan in 2013.
 
The judgement in the case was pronounced by SC/ST cases special judge Madhu Sudan Sharma inside the Jodhpur Central Jail, where Asaram Bapu is lodged.
 
He has been convicted under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act and the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act.
 
The court is likely to pronounce the quantum of punishment later. The 77-year-old godman could face upto 10 years of jail.
 
The charge-sheet against Asaram Bapu and four other co-accused Shiva, Shilpi, Sharad and Prakash was filed by the police on November 6, 2013 under various sections of the Posco Act, Juvenile Justice Act and IPC.
 
Informed sources said the court also convicted Shilpi (warden of the Ashram) and Sharad while Shiva and Prakas have been acquitted in the case.
 
Asaram Bapu is facing trial in two sexual assault cases: one here in Rajasthan and the other in Gujarat. 
 
The final arguments in the case were completed in the Jodhpur court by Special Judge Sharma on April 7.
 
Asaram Bapu was arrested in 2013 on the complaint filed by a teenage girl from Uttar Pradesh's Shahajahanpur. She had accused him of raping her at his Jodhpur ashram in August that year. 
 
Asaram was brought from Indore and jailed in the Jodhpur Central jail.
 
The victim, was a Class 12 student at his Chhindwara Ashram in Madhya Pradesh. She was raped by Asaram in his ashram during her stay in Manai village on the outskirts here.
 
He was earlier denied bail by the Supreme Court.
 
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Asaram Bapu found guilty in rape case

Five years after charges of rape were levelled against Asaram Bapu, the Jodhpur Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Court on Wednesday convicted the self-styled godman along with others accused in the case.
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Five years after charges of rape were levelled against Asaram Bapu, the Jodhpur Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Court on Wednesday convicted the self-styled godman along with others accused in the case.
 
The judgement in the case for raping a minor was pronounced by Judge Madhusudan inside the Jodhpur Central Jail, where Asaram is lodged.
 
He has been convicted under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) act.
 
He is facing trial in two sexual assault cases: one here in Rajasthan and the other in Gujarat. 
 
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Court allows actor Salman Khan to travel abroad

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Bollywood actor Salman Khan, out on bail in a 1998 blackbuck poaching case, was on Tuesday granted permission to travel to the US, Canada and Nepal.
 
Judge Chandra Kumar Songara of the Sessions Court here gave the permission soon after Salman submitted a plea.
 
Salman's case was presented by senior advocate Mahesh Bora after brief arguments by public prosecutor Pokar Ram.
 
Salman was granted bail in the poaching case here on April 7 after being sentenced to a five-year jail term.
 
The actor spent two nights in jail following the court's verdict, after which he was granted bail.
 
District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi had asked the actor not to leave the country without the court's permission. Salman was granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 50,000.
 
The actor has started shooting for Ali Abbas Zafar's "Bharat", which will also feature Priyanka Chopra.
 
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Salman gets bail, can't leave country without court permission

Actor Salman Khan was granted bail by a district and sessions court in Jodhpur on Saturday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case in which he was sentenced to five years in jail on Thursday.
 
Salman Khan walks out of Jodhpur Central Jail after getting bail
Actor Salman Khan was granted bail by a district and sessions court in Jodhpur on Saturday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case in which he was sentenced to five years in jail on Thursday.
 
After spending two nights in Jodhpur Central Jail, he left after completing all legal formalities and headed back to Mumbai in a chartered flight. He cannot leave the country without the court's permission.
 
The District and Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi after hearing the arguments of prosecution and defence lawyers, pronounced the order at around 3 pm. The discussion lasted for about an hour.
 
"Arguments were already over in the morning but Judge Joshi reserved the order for post lunch. He has to produce personal bail bond worth Rs. 50,000 and produce a Rs. 25,000 surety from two persons each who shall guarantee that he will agree to all bail conditions," said a defence counsel.
 
Khan's sisters Alvira and Arpita were present during the hearing.
 
Salman Khan was sentenced to a five-year term on Thursday for killing two blackbucks in 1998 in Kankani village, near Jodhpur in Rajasthan, while shooting for the Bollywood film, "Hum Saath Saath hai." Blackbucks are protected under the wildlife laws.
 
His co-actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Neelam Kothari and Sonal Bendre, accompanied him during poaching but were acquitted by the sessions court.
 
This was the actor's fourth stint in this prison. He has earlier spent a total of 18 days in jail in 1998, 2006 and 2007.
 
Meanwhile, Rampal Bhawad, state president of Bishnoi Tiger Force, said that they are disappointed with the decision of court to grant bail to Salman and said they planned to challenge this in high court.
 
The Bishnoi Samaj had registered the complaint against Salman for killing the two bluckbucks 20 years back as they consider the blackbuck to be the reincarnation of their religious Guru Bhagwan Jambeshwar, also known as Jambaji. 
 
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Salman Khan will also have to appear in the court on May 7 -- exactly a month after this bail, said a defence counsel.
 
Meanwhile, Salman's fans cheered outside the court after hearing the verdict. 
 
Hundreds of them were also gathered in front of Salman's residence 'Galaxy' apartment, located in Bandra, Mumbai. Some of them were holding big posters of their favourite film star with some even holding hand-written ones that read: "We support Salman Khan, We love Salman Khan". Some shouted out loud "Salman bhai, Zindabad".
 
To keep the crowd under control, Mumbai Police has got the area covered with barricades. 
 
"This incident happened 20 years ago and the case is going on since then. If industry people have faith in him for the last 20 years, it will remain the same. He has steady fan-followers and gave the industry crores of business. His success says it all," trade analyst Atul Mohan told IANS.
 
Even some of the Bollywood celebrities like Mika Singh, Sonu Sood and Adnan Sami expressed their joy on Twitter after bail was given to their "brother" Salman.
 
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Salman Khan gets bail against Rs 1 lakh bond

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Superstar Salman Khan was granted bail on Saturday in the 1998 blackbuck case on a bond of Rs. 1 lakh by District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi.
 
Arguments were already over in the morning but Judge Joshi had reserved the order for post lunch. 
 
The actor has to produce a personal bond worth Rs, 50,000 plus two other bonds worth Rs. 25,000 each, sources said.
 
Salman was expected to be released by evening after all legal formalities are completed.
 
Hearing the verdict, Salman's fans cheered outside the court.
 
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Hearing resumes in Jodhpur court on Salman Khan's bail plea

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The suspense on superstar Salman Khan's bail plea after the transfer of District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi came to an end when Joshi resumed the hearing in the case on Saturday morning.
 
Joshi had reserved his judgement on Salman's plea on Friday, asking for additional documents. Later the same night, he was among the 87 judicial officers who were transfered in what was described as a routime administrative measure. Though Joshi was tansfered to Sirohi in the same capacity, informed sources said he had been asked to continue with the bail hearing till its conclusion.
 
According to the Rajasthan High Court website, Judge Joshi's name is at 14th in the transfer list, which names Chandra Shekhar Sharma as the new District and Session Court Judge in Jodhpur on his transfer from Sirohi.
 
If Salman fails to get bail, then he will have to spend two more nights in jail and will then have to move the Rajasthan High Court on Monday for bail.
 
Salman's lawyer Mahesh Bora is representing him in court.
 
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Salman Khan's bail hearing deferred to Saturday

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District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi on Friday adjourned Bollywood star Salman Khan's bail hearing in a 1998 blackbuck poaching case to Saturday.
 
Joshi told the media here that he has reserved the judgment till April 7.
 
Salman will now have to stay another night at the Jodhpur Central Jail, where he was lodged in barrack Number 1, on Thursday following his conviction.
 
Senior advocate Mahesh Boda represented Salman's case in the sessions court.
 
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Salman sentenced to 5 years for killing blackbucks, other stars acquitted

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was on Thursday sentenced to five years in prison by a court here after convicting him for killing two rare blackbucks, putting an end, at least for now, to a legal battle that ran for 20 years.
 
Salman Khan convicted in black buck poaching case
 
 
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was on Thursday sentenced to five years in prison by a court here after convicting him for killing two rare blackbucks, putting an end, at least for now, to a legal battle that ran for 20 years.
 
Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri, while pronouncing the guilty verdict in the case of killing the protected antelopes, called Salman, 52, a "habitual offender" under the wildlife protection laws of the country.
 
Salman's sisters Alvira and Arpita were present in the court when the judgement was pronounced. 
 
Amid tight security, Salman was taken to the Jodhpur Central Jail where he will spend at least a night in barrack number one. The prison houses rape-accused Asaram Bapu, Bhanwari Devi murder accused Malkhan Singh Vishnoi and Shambhu Lal Regar, arrested for killing a Muslim and blatantly filming the act.
 
The court also imposed a small fine of Rs 10,000 on one of the biggest Bollywood stars who currently has upwards of Rs 600 crore worth of unfinished film projects under his belt.
 
Salman has sought bail but his application will be heard on Friday morning in the Jodhpur sessions court. If the bail does not come through, he will have to stay in jail for at least three more days as the weekend follows.
 
Prosecution alleged that Salman and other Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam went hunting on the October 1-2 in 1998 outside a forest reserve near Kankani village in Jodhpur while shooting for "Hum Saath Saath Hain" in 1998. 
 
The four co-stars and a local, Dushyant Singh, were all acquitted.
 
This is the fourth time Salman was sent to Jodhpur jail. Earlier, he spent 18 days in the jail at different times in 1998, 2006 and 2007 -- all in poaching cases. Every time, he was released on bail. 
 
Soon after the guilty verdict, members of Bishnoi community, who worship the antelope believing that it is a reincarnation of a 600-year-old guru, celebrated in front of the court.
 
The Bishnoi community was anguished by the poaching incident and had filed a complaint against the stars, saying they heard gunshots being fired shortly after midnight on October 1, 1998.
 
This is one of many legal battles Salman has faced in the last 20 years, including allegations of killing a homeless man while driving drunk in Mumbai, a charge he was acquitted of.
 
He was also booked for keeping a weapon under an expired arms licence. But a trial court had acquitted him.
 
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In other cases, he was accused of killing two protected chinkaras in Bhawad and one in Mathania. However, the Rajasthan High Court acquitted him in 2016.
 
The film fraternity has its fingers crossed over Friday morning's court hearing on the actor's bail plea. 
 
A popular, high net-worth superstar, Salman is either acting in or producing through his family production houses, several major upcoming films with a potential to be blockbusters, Bollywood insiders said.
 
Currently, there are around half a dozen big-budget films lined up on the floor or at advanced planning stages, including "Race 3", which is almost complete, "Dabangg 3", "Partner 2", "Kick 2', "Bharat", "No Entry Mein Entry", "Sher Khan" and "Loveratri", said K. Ramji of Krishnamurthy Films.
 
On TV, he has a comeback season of reality TV show "Dus Ka Dum" and likely a new edition of reality show "Bigg Boss".
 
Some of his Bollywood colleagues said they were saddened with the verdict.
 
"I am feeling bad... The film industry has invested so much on him, they will suffer loss. After 20 years, they are finding him guilty. But law takes its course... What can one say?" actor-politician Jaya Bachchan said.
 
Filmmaker Subhash Ghai said he was "extremely shocked" to hear of Salman's conviction. "Since he is most loved person by industry and people for his human reasons, too", Ghai said, he would get justice in the higher court.
 
Actor Alok Nath, who played Salman's on-screen father in "Hum Saath Saath Hain", told a TV channel that it was "tragic" that such a verdict has come after two decades.
 
Arjun Rampal said he was feeling "helpless and my heart goes out to Salman Khan and his family". 
 
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Salman Khan given five years in poaching case, other stars acquitted

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was sentenced to five years of imprisonment by a court here on Thursday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case, while the other four co-accused stars -- Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Neelam -- were acquitted of all charges.
 
Salman Khan convicted in black buck poaching case
 
 
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was sentenced to five years of imprisonment by a court here on Thursday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case, while the other four co-accused stars -- Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Neelam -- were acquitted of all charges.
 
Salman, 52, was found guilty under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 of killing two blackbucks, an endangered species, hunting of which is prohibited by law. The incident took place in Kankani village near Jodhpur on October 1-2, 1998, during the shooting of Bollywood film "Hum Saath Saath Hain".
 
The actor is being taken to Jodhpur Central Jail. If the sentence had been less than three years of jail, the actor could have applied for bail in the same court. However, he will now have to approach the sessions court for bail.
 
The actor's case was represented by defence counsel Hastimal Saraswat. The judgement was pronounced by Chief Justice Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri at a hearing attended by Salman's sisters Alvira and Arpita.
 
The trial of the case was in progress for the last 19 years and the judge in a court here had reserved the order after the final arguments on March 28.
 
Jeev Raksha Bishnoi Sabha has protested against the decision of acquitting the other accused stars. Their acquittal will be challenged in the high court, said Shivraj Bishnoi, state president of the organisation.
 
Currently, three big movie projects -- "Race 3", "Bharat" and "Dabangg 3" -- as well as a comeback season of reality TV show "Dus Ka Dum" are riding on Salman's shoulders.
 
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Salman Khan convicted in blackbuck killing case, other stars acquitted

Actor Salman Khan was found guilty on Thursday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case while the other four accused stars -- Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Neelam -- were acquitted of all charges.
Actor Salman Khan arrives to appear before Jodhpur's Chief Judicial Magistrate Rural Court in connection with the hearing in the black buck poaching case, on April 4, 2018.
Actor Salman Khan arrives to appear before Jodhpur's Chief Judicial Magistrate Rural Court in connection with the hearing in the black buck poaching case, on April 4, 2018.
Actor Salman Khan was found guilty on Thursday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case while the other four accused stars -- Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Neelam -- were acquitted of all charges.
 
The trial of the case was in progress since the last 19 years and the judge in a court here had reserved the order after the final arguments on March 28. 
 
Arguments were in progress in the court regarding the quantum of punishment for Salman.
 
Salman was accused in the case which took place while he was shooting for the film "Hum Saath-Saath Hain" in 1998. 
 
Jeev Raksha Bishnoi Sabha has protested against the decision of acquitting the other accused stars. 
 
Their acquittal will be challenged in the high court, said Shivraj Bishnoi, state president of the organisation. 
 
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Jodhpur court verdict in poaching case on Thursday

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A Jodhpur court will on Thursday pronounce its verdict in the 1998 black buck poaching case, in which Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam are accused.
 
The accused landed in Jodhpur on Wednesday ahead of the court hearing. 
 
The movie stars were accused of poaching black bucks in Kankani village near Jodhpur on October 1-2, 1998, during the shooting of 'Hum Saath Saath Hain' movie. 
 
They were accused of killing two black bucks, hunting of which is prohibited under the Wildlife Protection Act.
 
The final arguments in the case were completed in a Jodhpur rural court on March 28. Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved the judgment for April 5 thereafter. 
 
Meanwhile, a video clipping of Saif getting annoyed over media questions and threatening his driver by saying 'Sheehsa upar karo aur reverse kar lo varna padegi ek (close windowpane, put car in reverse or else you will get slapped) has since gone viral on social media.
 
It was learnt that a fan also misbehaved with Tabu while she was coming out of the airport at Jodhpur on Wednesday morning.
 
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