May 312014  Badaun (UP), May 31, 2014 | UPDATED 19:03 IST

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday agreed to order a CBI probe into the horrific Badaun gangrape case after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi met the family members of two dalit sisters, who were allegedly gangraped and murdered with their bodies found hanging from a tree in Katra village in Badaun (Uttar Pradesh).

Badaun: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi interacts with the family members of two sisters who were gang raped and hanged from a tree at Katra Shahadatganj village. PTI Photo

“The Uttar Pradesh government is ready to recommend a CBI probe. Will soon send a request to the Centre,” said a statement issued by Akhilesh Yadav.

Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met the family of the two dalit sisters who were gangraped and murdered in Badaun and demanded a CBI probe into the case, saying Uttar Pradesh police cannot give them justice and the culprits should know that they cannot get away with such a heinous crime.

Badaun: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi at the site of crime at Katra Shahadatganj village where two sisters were gang raped and hanged from a tree. PTI Photo

“They have said that the honour of their daughters cannot be brought back with money. They said they want justice and they have no faith in the UP police as their people are involved. They said that the UP police cannot get them justice. I agree with them, there can be no price for a woman’s honour.

“I am also in agreement with them on what they have said about the CBI inquiry. CBI inquiry should happen,” Rahul said.

He, however, refrained from attacking the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh which has faced a lot of flak over the sensational crime amid allegations that the local police was hand in glove with the accused.

“Whosoever have committed this crime should know that they cannot do such things in India,” Rahul said

The Congress Vice President visited the home of the dalit girls and during the interaction, their family members complained that the police did not act when they approached the local police chowki.

Badaun: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi interacts with village women during his visit to the Katra Shahadatganj village where two sisters were gang raped and hanged from a tree. PTI Photo

“Had the police acted in time, our daughters would have been alive,” father of one of the victims told Rahul.

The Congress leader also walked to the spot where the victims had been found hanging from a tree.

“We want justice and not compensation. The manner in which the entire world saw our innocent girls hanging, we want that in the same manner it should watch the culprits being hanged. They should be hanged publicly,” said the father.

He said that the incident was “more gruesome” than December 16 gangrape case and demanded a CBI probe adding that there should be nothing less than capital punishment for the culprits.

Rahul was accompanied by AICC general secretary in-charge of UP Madhusudan Mistry, state PCC chief Nirmal Khatri and chairman of AICC Scheduled Castes department K Raju.

He assured the family of all possible help, Congress leaders said.

The two victims, who were cousins and aged 14 and 15, went missing from their house on the night of May 27. Their bodies were found hanging from a mango tree in the village in Ushait area the next morning.

This is Gandhi’s first visit outside his Parliamentary constituency Amethi in UP after the party’s debacle in the recent Lok Sabha polls.

The gangrape-murder incident had triggered protests in the area with villagers alleging police apathy, following which an FIR was registered against seven persons.

The incident also led to a nationwide furore. Home Minister Rajnath Singh was yesterday briefed by officials on the incident.

All the five main accused, including two policemen, have been arrested, police said today.

Badaun is 300 km from Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow.

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May 312014

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed with him certain organisational matters in view of the proposed changes in the party after government formation.
According to sources, the two senior ministers spent over half an hour with the Prime Minister and also discussed some pending issues pertaining to their ministries.

The meeting assumed significance as Rajnath Singh is currently the party president and Nitin Gadkari the former president of BJP.

The meeting comes ahead of a possible major revamp in the party as many office-bearers of BJP have joined as ministers in the government.

Sources said party general secretaries Amit Shah, J P Nadda and Om Prakash Mathur are in the race for replacing Rajnath Singh as BJP president, who is likely to relinquish charge soon.


First Published: Sunday, June 01, 2014, 01:09

May 302014

Bollywood Buzz, Kick | May 30, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Bollywood’s larger than life Salman Khan was in Mehboob Studio for a song shoot for his upcoming film Kick with Jacqueline Fernandez. Salman Khan has a huge fan following which doesn’t restrict to one age group. He met a very young fan of his outside Mehboob Studio yesterday.

Salman Khan who is going through a tough phase personally because of his hit and run trail case doesn’t seems to be affected by it at all. Sallu bhai was seen sporting a Being Human Tee which he changed later into a formal brown shirt and black trousers. He was happy to meet his young fan.

Salman Khan is busy shooting for an Eid song called ‘Jumme ki raat hai’ from the movie Kick where Jacquelline Fernandes will be seen alongside him. This song is taken on a set which is elaborate in Mehaboob Studios which was composed by Himesh Reshammiya. Sajid Nadiadwala’s Kick also features Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The film crew had an extensive shoot in Poland which they finished off recently. Kick is slated to release in July, 2014.

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May 292014

Mumbai: As the row over Article 370 of the Constitution continues, NDA ally Shiv Sena’s president Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday said there was no need for anymore debate on it, as people now wanted a solution.
“There is no need for a debate… Whatever needs to be done should be done,” Uddhav said, talking to reporters here this evening. He also favoured implementation of the uniform civil code in the country.

“There have been enough debates on Article 370 and uniform civil code. Now people want a solution,” Uddhav said.

To a question whether he would be the Chief Minister after the Assembly polls that are due later this year in Maharashtra, Uddhav said, “It is the wish of my party workers. They want to see me in that post, but all these things will come later (after the polls).”

On his talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after which Sena MP Anant Geete took charge of heavy industries ministry (after initial resentment on Shiv Sena’s part), he said, “The discussion was fruitful. Our objective was not to get a particular portfolio but to ensure Maharashtra’s development.”

The Sena leader also expressed satisfaction over the pace of work set by the Prime Minister.


First Published: Friday, May 30, 2014, 01:11

May 212014

N Srinivasan moves SC seeking modification of ordersNew Delhi: Beleaguered N Srinivasan today moved the Supreme Court seeking modification of its orders to enable him function as BCCI President for the non-IPL 2014 activities of cricket.

Srinivasan has sought modification of apex court`s March 28 and May 16 interim orders by which he was restrained from functioning as the BCCI President and former cricketers Sunil Gavaskar and Shiv Lal Yadav were asked to continue as the Presidents of BCCI till September 2014 when the matter will be heard next.

“Suitably modify the orders dated March 28, 2014 and May 16, 2014 passed by this Court and permit the applicant herein to function with immediate effect as the President of BCCI in so far as the non-IPL-2014 related activities are concerned,” Srinivasan said in the application.

Srinivasan said he was elected as the President of the cricket body in September last in the AGM held on the orders of the apex court and if the orders are not modified immediately his one year tenure would come to an end.

He said the restrictions imposed on him from discharging the functions of the President of BCCI has led to tremendous loss of goodwill for him and has become a major source of embarrassment in the eyes of the public despite his conduct as the in the post always being above board.

He submitted he has a strong case on merits and is most likely to emerge unscathed from the baseless allegations levelled against him with respect to betting and spot-fixing.


First Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 22:07