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Blackbuck poaching case: Salman Khan gets 5-year jail term

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Bollywood icon Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years in jail after a court in Jodhpur convicted him of killing two blackbucks 19 years ago.

He has also been slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000. Salman will now have to approach the Rajasthan High Court in order to get bail since his punishment exceeds three years, meaning he may have to spend tonight in jail.

 The other accused in the case – Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre, Neelam – and a local named Dushyant Singh have been acquitted in the case.
 The actors, along with a local named Dushyant Singh, were accused of killing two blackbucks, hunting of which is prohibited under the Wildlife Protection Act, in Kankani village in Jodhpur on the night of October 1-2, 1998.

Salman was facing charges under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act. Saif Ali Khan and the other actors too were charged under Section 51 of the same act read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.

 

Last week, the chief judicial magistrate rural court in Jodhpur had completed the final hearings in the case that saw a long trial spanning 19 years.

The case dates back to October 1998 when Khan, Saif, Neelam, Tabu and Sonali allegedly went on a hunting expedition in Kankani and killed two blackbucks. They were in Rajasthan for the shoot of Hum Saath Saath Hain.

A case was later filed against Salman Khan, his fellow actors and Dushyant Singh following a massive uproar in the local Bishnoi community.

Salman previously won a minor relief in the blackbuck poaching case when a trial court had acquitted him of charges under the Arms Act. That acquittal has been challenged in a higher court.

Salman was also named in two other similar poaching cases – both to do with the alleged hunting and killing of chinkaras, also a protected species.

He was acquitted in both the chinkara poaching cases, acquittals that were later upheld by the Rajasthan High Court.

The Rajasthan government has challenged the high court order in the Supreme Court, where the matter is currently pending.

Khan is arguably India’s biggest star, and most of his films figure in Bollywood’s top box office earners. His last release in December, Tiger Zinda Hai, grossed more than Rs 300 crore. His next film, Race 3, is an action thriller and scheduled to release during the Eid holiday weekend in August.


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All laws in Kashmir should be at par with rest of India: Shiv Sena

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New Delhi, Apr 20: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has said that all the laws in the State of Jammu and Kashmir should be at par with the rest of the country.
Coming down heavily on the Indian National Congress, the Shiv Sena chief said that Congress does not want to abolish Article 370.
“All laws in Kashmir should be at par with the rest of India. Congress does not want to abolish Article 370. Leaders like Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have said that if Article 370 is abolished there will be no one to respect the tricolor,” the Shiv Sen chief said while addressing a public rally in Aurangabad.
He also that Shiv Sena wanted a Prime Minister who could attack Pakistan and that is why Shiv Sena went into an alliance with the BJP.

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CB registers case: 129 fake appointments in health dept at B’pora

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Srinagar, Apr 20: Crime Branch Kashmir (CBK) has registered a case against various officers, officials for fraudulently making 129 appointments in three medical blocks of Bandipora.
According to CBK official handout, it received a communication from Directorate of Health Services Kashmir regarding 129 persons in Bandipora suspected of holding fictitious GPF numbers and with no record in District Fund Office Bandipora.
“During the course of inquiry by CBK, it came to fore that 129 employees of District Bandipora, 26 from Block Bandipora, 17 from Hajin and 86 from Block Gurez possess fictitious GPF A/C NOs, with allotted computer code 7501,” it stated, adding that the offices of Block Medical Officer Bandipora, Hajin and Gurez have reflected the fictitious GPF Code 7501 on the LPCs issued by them in favour of the fraudulently appointed employees.
The CBK further said that the appointment orders purportedly issued by Chief Medical Officer Baramulla were found fake and fictitious as the persons were appointed in fraudulent manner and then transferred to different Medical Blocks with their service books / LPCs prepared and dispatched.
“In this manner, a huge number of illegally and fraudulently appointed employees have been drawing salary deceitfully since long under a well-knit criminal conspiracy in league with concerned officers/officials. A huge loss has been caused to the state exchequer due to fraudulently appointed employees” the handout stated.

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Transparency in cross-LoC trade: Demands ignored by successive govts,says KCCI

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Srinagar, Apr 20: Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCC&I) on Saturday said that their demands aimed at bringing transparency in cross-LoC trade were ignored by the successive governments in the state.
“Over the years, no effective steps were taken to implement various suggestions given by stakeholders,” a spokesman of KCC&I said in a statement.
He said that the decision of installation of full body scanner was taken several years ago it was caught in procedural delays.
“Demands aimed at bringing transparency to the trade including installation of a full body scanner, close circuit television camera’s (CCTV’s), banking facility, communication infrastructure, re-verification of traders, regular rotation of officials posted at Trade Facilitation Centres etc have been ignored,” he said.
He said that in July 2018, the then Governor N N Vohra had issued deadlines for the implementation of the aforementioned measures but till date no action has been taken resulting in the suspension of the trade itself.
He also said that the allegation that businessman Zahoor Ahmed Wattali was the President of LOC Traders Association is also unsubstantiated as per our knowledge.
“This has allowed the alleged flow of narcotics, fake currency and weapons into the State. In view of the serious nature of the allegations, responsibility needs to be fixed for the glaring lapses,” he said.
He said that the order of suspension has been issued without taking into account the difficulties genuine traders would be facing.
“No opportunity has been given to settle accounts and traders have been left with huge stocks, many of them perishable, which would be of no use. In addition, thousands of persons connected with the trade have been rendered jobless and in debt,” he said.

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