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NEWS OF THE DAY : 1 August 2019
- August 1, 2019
- Posted by: Shivam
- Category: NEWS Worth To Read
NEWS OF THE DAY Vadodara flooded, people evacuated from low-lying areas
City experiences 450 mm of rain in less than 12 hours
With over 450 mm of rain in less than 12 hours, Gujarat’s Vadodara has been flooded, forcing the authorities to evacuate people from low-lying areas by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams.
Due to torrential downpour, schools remained closed on August 1. Several trains have been cancelled and operations suspended at the Vadodara airport till 9 a.m. on August 2. The airport, which is on the outskirts of the city, was temporarily closed and two domestic flights were also cancelled on July 31.
Local courts have also been shut owing to waterlogging on the court premises while dozens of hospitals were knee-deep in water.
According to weather forecast, the State is likely to witness “heavy to very heavy rains” in the next two days.
Eight NDRF teams from Pune have been called to Vadodara. Five teams are already present there.
Supreme Court agrees to transfer Unnao cases for trial outside Uttar Pradesh
The Supreme Court has sought full details from CBI on Unnao rape, Rae Bareli accident cases
The Supreme Court on August 1 insisted on getting a complete picture of what is transpiring in both the Unnao rape case and the CBI investigation into suspicions of foul play behind a road ‘accident’ in Rae Bareli on Sunday when a speeding truck rammed into a car carrying the 19-year-old rape survivor, injuring her grievously and killing two of her aunts.
As soon as the court session began, a Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to inform the CBI Director immediately that it wanted full details on both cases.
The CBI, which had been investigating the shocking Unnao rape case, was given responsibility to probe the accident case recently. Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a four-time BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh’s Bangermau, is an accused in the rape case and was arrested last year in April. The Uttar Pradesh BJP has already claimed that Sengar was suspended from the party in 2018.
On August 1, the CJI showed the urgency and importance with which it considered the Unnao rape survivor should get justice.
The Chief Justice told Mr. Mehta that he should ensure that a responsible CBI officer was present with the case details at noon.
But a few minutes later, Mr. Mehta was back before the Bench with an update that the probe officers were not in town as they were in the midst of the case investigation. Mr. Mehta said the case records could be brought to court at the earliest only by evening. He even suggested that the court re-schedule the meeting for Friday (August 2).
“Tomorrow is another day, Mr. Solicitor. We will see separately what can be done tomorrow. We want this to happen today,” Chief Justice Gogoi responded.
The court suggested that the CBI Director could be briefed by his probe officers telephonically. The CJI refused to postpone the meeting, which he said could even be held in chambers as the details of the rape case investigation may be sensitive in nature and not to be outed at this point.
At one point the CJI said lightly, “The CBI must be having its own special flight, you bring them here in that… The Solicitor must be having his own flight”.
“My Lord, I have no such thing. In fact, I find it difficult to get tickets even on ordinary flights,” Mr. Mehta replied while assuring to make the necessary arrangements for the meeting.
Mr. Mehta said that it may not however be possible to bring the case records to the court by noon.
The court also agreed to transfer both the Unnao cases — rape and road accident – for trial in a court outside Uttar Pradesh. A petition filed by the victim’s family for transfer of the Unnao rape case to a place outside Uttar Pradesh has been pending in the Supreme Court for some time.
In fact, what has now spurred the Supreme Court to urgent action is the belated knowledge of the existence of a letter dated July 12 from the victim’s family to the CJI. The letter had come days before the Sunday ‘accident’ and was lying in the Supreme Court. It expressed the family’s fears, saying they were threatened by the accused persons. It had sought the court’s protection.
On July 31, the CJI said, in open court, that he did not know about the letter until the previous evening. It is recorded to have reached the Supreme Court registry by July 17.
On Wednesday, he had sought a report from the Supreme Court registry on why the letter did not reach him for all these days. The CJI had also decided to take suo motu cognisance of the letter, assuring that no effort would be spared to bring justice to the victim.
The letter narrated the incidents of July 7-8 when some people allegedly associated with Sengar, the sitting BJP legislator, threatened the victim’s family with dire consequences. It had sought a direction for registration of FIR against the persons who had intimidated them.
The letter signed by the girl, her mother and aunt stated that on July 7, Naveen Singh, son of an accused in the rape case, Shashi Singh, Manoj Singh, brother of another accused Kuldeep Singh, and one Kunnu Mishra visited their house and threatened them. The next day, another person came to their house. The victim and the family said that along with the letter they were also annexing the video of the car in which these persons came to their house.
An FIR, which was lodged a day after the car crash, names the BJP legislator, his brother Manoj Singh Sengar, Vinod Mishra, Haripal Singh, Naveen Singh, Komal Singh, Arun Singh, Gyandendra Singh, Rinku Singh and Awadhesh Singh as accused.
(SOURCE – THE HINDU)