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Sex scandal: Prajwal free to say anything, but must face the law, says Shivakumar

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Bengaluru, May 27 (IANS) Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar on Monday said that JD-S MP Prajwal Revanna, the prime accused in the sex video scandal, was free to say anything he wanted but must face the law of the land once he returned.

Shivakumar’s statement came to a query at a press meet at the Congress office here on Prajwal Revanna’s allegation, in a video statement released earlier in the day, that the case was a conspiracy by the Congress.

“I don’t have much information on Prajwal Revanna’s video, but I learnt it from the media. No matter what he says, he doesn’t have a choice but to present himself before the SIT for investigation. The law will take its course in the case. (Congress leader) Rahul Gandhi has spoken about Prajwal based on media reports, there is nothing wrong with it. Time will answer Prajwal’s allegation on Rahul Gandhi,” he said.

In his first appearance after the alleged sex video scandal came to light, Prajwal Revanna, in a video on social media, said that he would appear before the SIT for questioning on May 31. Denying the allegations against him, he termed them “part of a political conspiracy”.

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Asked about preparations for the Legislative Council elections, Shivakumar, who is also the state Congress chief, said: “Our government is working for the graduates, teachers, and the welfare of everyone in the state. I appeal to all to support the Congress in the upcoming election. We have instructed MLAs, ministers and party leaders to work hard to elect our candidates.”

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Cabinet clears Rs 2,254.43 crore outlay for Forensic Infrastructure Scheme

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New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved a proposal of the Ministry of Home Affairs for the National Forensic Infrastructure Enhancement Scheme (NFIES) with a total financial outlay of Rs 2,254.43 crore during the period from 2024-25 to 2028-29, an official statement issued after the Cabinet meeting said on Wednesday.

The financial outlay of the Central sector scheme will be provisioned by the Ministry of Home Affairs from its budget, the statement said.

The components under this scheme are:

* Establishment of campuses of the National Forensic Sciences University (NFSU) in the country

* Establishment of Central Forensic Science Laboratories in the country

* Enhancement of the existing infrastructure of the Delhi Campus of NFSU

“The Government of India is committed to putting in place an effective and efficient criminal justice system, based on scientific and timely forensic examination of evidence. The scheme underscores the importance of high quality, trained forensic professionals in the timely and scientific examination of evidence for an efficient criminal justice process, leveraging the advancements in technology & evolving manifestations and methods of crime,” the statement said.

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With the enactment of the new criminal laws which mandate forensic investigation for offences involving punishment of seven years or more, a significant increase in the workload of forensic science laboratories is expected. Further, there is a significant shortage of trained forensic manpower in the forensic science laboratories in the country.

The establishment of additional off-campuses of the National Forensic Sciences University (NFSU) and the new Central Forensic Science Laboratories (CFSLs) would address the shortage of trained forensic manpower, alleviate the caseload/pendency of forensic laboratories, and align with the Government of India’s goal of securing a high conviction rate of more than 90 per cent, the statement added.

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INDIA bloc leaders urge Manipur govt to restore peace, normalcy in state at the earliest

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Imphal, June 19 (IANS) The Congress-led INDIA bloc, comprising 10 parties, on Wednesday, urged the Manipur government to restore peace and normalcy in the state at the earliest.

An INDIA bloc delegation, led by former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, separately met Governor Anusuiya Uikey and Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and demanded an early amicable solution to the ethnic crisis.

A Raj Bhavan statement said that Ibobi Singh, while expressing disappointment and unhappiness with the protracted conflict, which has been going on since May 3 last year, said Jiribam district has become the new hotspot of violence and its residents have fled their homes and have been taking shelter in various relief camps.

“Expressing concerns over the incidents, Singh urged the Governor to ensure adequate state security forces in the Jiribam district. Other leaders of the delegation drew the attention of the Governor for ensuring free flow vehicular movement so that essential commodities including petroleum products are made available as usual,” an INDIA bloc statement said.

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The INDIA bloc delegation also urged that the Centre and the state governments should take necessary actions to restore peace and normalcy in the state.

The Governor told the delegation that all efforts have been made to ensure peace and security in the state and to bring a lasting solution to the crisis. She said that she had apprised President Droupadi Murmu, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of the situation in the state and requested them to take immediate steps to stop all forms of violence, to bridge the gap between the two communities, and bring about a long-lasting peace in the state, a Raj Bhavan statement said.

She also said that she had informed the Home Minister about the condition of the displaced people who have been taking shelter in various relief camps, and the Finance Minister about the economic condition in the state and requested financial assistance. The Governor assured the delegation that she would continue her efforts to restore peace and normalcy in the state, the Raj Bhavan statement said.

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Communist Party of India leader M. Nara, who was also in the INDIA bloc delegation, said that they raised similar demands before the Chief Minister.

He told the media that the violence-hit people in Jiribam district were keen to return to their homes if the state government provided adequate security to them.

Meanwhile, with further improvement of the situation in Jiribam district, adjoining southern Assam, the district administration announced a relaxation of the curfew for four and a half hours from 9 a.m. on Thursday too, like Wednesday.

The indefinite curfew was imposed in mixed-population Jiribam district after the killing of 59-year-old farmer Soibam Saratkumar Singh on June 6, leading to around 900 tribals belonging to the Kuki and Hmar communities taking shelter at the homes of relatives and friends in two villages in the Cachar district of southern Assam, while around 1,000 people, mostly belonging to the Meitei community, are now sheltered in seven relief camps in Jiribam.

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MoS Bandi Sanjay Kumar arrives in Karimnagar to rousing welcome

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Hyderabad, June 19 (IANS) Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Bandi Sanjay Kumar arrived on Wednesday at his hometown Karimnagar in Telangana to a rousing welcome by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and workers.

On reaching Karimnagar for the first time after he assumed the office as MoS, he bowed down and touched the ground.

He told mediapersons that he would work hard for the development of Karimnagar constituency. “I will do my best for the development of Karimnagar. I will be accessible to people and party workers,” he said.

Sanjay Kumar also said that he would work with leaders of all parties.

The BJP leader thanked the people of the constituency for their support and love and affection.

He posted on X that he was extremely delighted to be back home and taking part in the celebrations of ‘karyakartas’, and receiving the affection of people.

A procession was taken out by the BJP workers to welcome Sanjay Kumar, who reached the town by road from Hyderabad. They raised slogans and burst firecrackers. Standing in an open-top vehicle, he waved at the supporters.

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Traffic junctions in the town were decked up with party flags, banners and hoardings to welcome him.

The Minister of State was given a guard of honour by the police on arrival at Karimnagar Guest House. He garlanded the statue of B.R. Ambedkar.

The BJP leader also offered prayers at a local temple with family members.

“Life takes you to unexpected places, love brings you home… absolutely delighted by the warm welcome from BJP karyakarthas at Shamirpet, Vantimamidi, Turkapally, Shanigaram and Gundlapally. Your support strengthens our resolve to work tirelessly for the nation,” Sanjay Kumar said in another post on X.

He appealed to BJP leaders and workers to accord a grand welcome to Union Minister for Coal and Mines G. Kishan Reddy on his arrival in Hyderabad on Thursday.

The party has announced a programme ‘Salute Telangana’ to welcome Kishan Reddy, who will be arriving for the first time after assuming office.

–IANS

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Telangana cop arrested for raping colleague at gunpoint

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Hyderabad, June 19 (IANS) A Sub-Inspector of the Telangana Police was arrested and dismissed from service on Wednesday after he allegedly raped a woman head constable at gunpoint, officials said.

P.V.S. Bhavanisen Goud, Sub-Inspector of the Kaleshwaram police station in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, was arrested and sent to judicial custody for sexually assaulting his female colleague.

The victim was raped on June 15 inside the old police station building near the Laxmi pump house of the Kaleshwaram project. She alleged that he threatened her with his revolver before raping her. He also warned her of severe consequences if she disclosed the incident to anyone.

Following the 42-year-old victim’s complaint, the police seized the SI’s service revolver and took him into custody. Goud was booked under Sections 376(2) (A) (B), 324, 449, and 506 of the IPC and Section 27 of the Arms Act, following a complaint by the constable.

Following this, more allegations emerged against the SI that he had sexually assaulted three other female police personnel.

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Taking serious note of the incident, Inspector General of Police A.V. Ranganath dismissed Goud from service. The IG issued orders for his dismissal under Article 311 of the Constitution after a preliminary probe ordered on the complaint by the victim revealed that the SI sexually assaulted her.

A case was registered against Goud at Rebbena Police Station in Asifabad district in July 2022 for sexually assaulting a woman under the guise of assisting her with constable recruitment exam preparations. He was suspended but was later posted to the Kaleshwaram police station.

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No patch-up with BJP, NDA govt will fall, INDIA bloc will bag power, says Thackeray

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Mumbai, June 19 (IANS) Shiv Sena-UBT President and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said that the new NDA 3.0 will not last long and it will collapse soon owing to its own contradictions, while ruling out any possibility of a patch-up with the Bharatiya Janata Party.

“The NDA government will fall… We want it to fall, and mid-term Lok Sabha elections must be conducted. The INDIA bloc will win and come to power,” roared Thackeray at the party’s 58th Foundation Day.

Targeting the BJP, he said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is propped up by Nitish Kumar, of the Janata Dal-United, and Chandrababu Naidu, of the Telugu Desam Party, and all the three had indulged in calling each other names in the past.

“They (Nitish Kumar and Naidu) have made big promises to the Muslims and other sections in their respective states of Bihar and Andhra Pradesh. Is it all acceptable to the BJP and Modi… will they make their stand clear on it?” he demanded.

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Countering the BJP’s charge that his SS-UBT had abandoned Hindutva and was getting only Muslim votes, Thackeray shot back, saying that “all patriotic people in the country had voted decisively for the INDIA-Maha Vikas Aghadi and SS-UBT, including Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Dalits, Buddhists, and other communities who love the country and to save democracy and constitution”.

“You question our Hindutva just because we allied with the Congress… But first look at yourself, how many of your allies speak of Hindutva? Are Nitish Kumar and Naidu Hindutvavadi by any yardstick?” he questioned.

“After the elections, you spread rumours that I am going to return to the NDA. I ask you all: Do you want to go back to those traitors who broke our party, took away the name and the symbol?” Thackeray asked, eliciting a thunderous no from the gathering.

Without taking names, he took a potshot at his estranged cousin and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray for offering “unconditional” support to the NDA, “just because they didn’t want Uddhav Thackeray”.

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Attacking Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, he dared him to fight the Assembly elections without using the late Balasaheb Thackeray’s name and photos, the Shiv Sena name and symbol, and contest on a different symbol, use his father’s pictures, and “then tell us your strike rate”.

Hitting back at Shinde for labelling the Opposition as “urban Naxals”, Thackeray said that those who break parties, misuse central investigating agencies, and scare the Opposition are the “urban Naxals”.

“The battle has begun, there’s no stopping till the final victory is achieved. We are waiting for the Supreme Court verdict on the disqualification issue… So far, it’s just ‘tarikh pe tarikh’ (date upon date) of hearings. I request the SC to tell us how long it will take to deliver its order. This is not a personal battle but a sincere effort to save the country’s democracy and the constitution,” he said.

On the Maharashtra Assembly elections slated for October, Thackeray said that he was confident that the MVA would be voted to power.

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