if jawans guilty then we will be punished them says Bipin Rawat Bomdila case Arunachal Pradesh – अरुणाचल के बोमडिला में सेना-पुलिस टकराव : थलसेना प्रमुख बिपिन रावत बोले


खास बातें

  1. बिपिन रावत बोले- जवान दोषी होंगे तो मिलेगी सजा
  2. अरुणाचल के बोमडिला में सेना-पुलिस टकराव मामले पर उन्होंने कही यह बात
  3. सेना के कर्नल एफ बी फिरदौस का वीडियो वायरल

पठानकोट (पंजाब): अरुणाचल प्रदेश के बोमडिला थाने में हुई सेना और पुलिस के बीच झड़प के संबंध में थलसेना प्रमुख बिपिन रावत ने सोमवार को कहा कि इस घटना की जांच की जा रही है और दोषी जवानों के खिलाफ कार्रवाई की जाएगी. अधिकारियों के अनुसार, दो नवंबर को सैनिकों के एक समूह ने पश्चिम कामेंग जिले के बोमडिला में आयोजित बुद्ध महोत्सव में आम नागरिकों और पुलिसकर्मियों के साथ कथित तौर पर दुर्व्यवहार किया था. उन्होंने कहा था कि इस संबंध में दो सैनिकों को स्थानीय थाने में लाया गया था. इसके बाद कुछ सैनिकों ने बोमडिला थाने में तोड़फोड़ की और पुलिसकर्मियों तथा नागरिकों के साथ दुर्व्यवहार किया था. जवानों के खिलाफ कार्रवाई के बारे में पूछे जाने पर रावत ने यहां कहा, ‘‘ हम इस मामले की जांच कर रहे हैं. अगर कोई जवान दोषी पाया गया तो हम उनके खिलाफ कार्रवाई करेंगे.”

इसका एक वीडियो भी वायरल हुआ था. आरोप है कि सेना के कर्नल फिरदौज ने पश्चिम कामेंग जिले की जिला मजिस्ट्रेट (डीएम) सोनल स्वरूप और एसपी सहित बोमडिला थाने के पुलिस अधिकारियों को धमकी दी. उनके कहने पर जवानों ने थाने में तोड़फोड़ भी की. आईपीएस और आईएएस एसोसिएशन ने एक वीडियो भी ट्वीट किया है, जिसमें दिख रहे कर्नल यह कहते हुए सुनाई दे रहे- यह मेरी तुम्हें डायरेक्ट धमकी है, अगर मेरे लड़कों को फिर टच किया तो फिर देख लेना…. इस घटना के बाद आइपीएस एसोसिएशन ने #ArmyNotAboveLaw हैशटैग के साथ किए ट्वीट में सेना को भी टैग करते हुए कार्रवाई की मांग की है. 


यह भी पढ़ें: थाने में घुस सेना के कर्नल ने धमकाया- दोबारा मेरे लड़कों को पकड़ा तो फिर…, DM-SP को भी नहीं छोड़ा

इंडियन सिविल एंड एडमिनिस्ट्रेशन सर्विसेज़ (सेन्ट्रल) एसोसिएशन के अध्यक्ष राकेश श्रीवास्तव ने रक्षा सचिव संजय मित्रा को लिखे पत्र में कहा था कि भारतीय सेना अपनी बहादुरी और स्त्री-पुरुष के प्रति सम्मान और मानवाधिकारों की रक्षा के लिए जानी जाती है. हमें अपनी सेना पर गर्व है. मगर यह मामला निंदनीय है और कार्रवाई होनी चाहिए. उन्होंने सेना से यह सुनिश्चित करने की मांग किया कि कथित दोषियों को सजा दी जाए ताकि ‘‘ऐसी घटनाएं सशस्त्र बलों की शानदार विरासत में अपवाद रहें.”

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अरुणाचल प्रदेश के पश्चिम कामेंग जिले में सेना की एक बटालियन तैनात है. जिसका नाम है अरुणाचल स्काउट्स. घटना दो नवंबर की है. जब बोमडिला में बुद्ध महोत्सव चल रहा था. इस दौरान इस बटालियन के दो जवानों को पुलिस थाने उठा ले आई. आरोप था कि महोत्सव स्थल पर सेना के जवानों के एक गुट ने हंगामा और मारपीट की. नागरिकों की शिकायत पर पुलिस उन्हें थाने ले गई. इसकी खबर जब बटालियन का नेतृत्व कर रहे कर्नल  फिरदौस पी को हुई तो वह मेजर  कौशिक रॉय के साथ थाने पहुंचे. उन्होंने पुलिसकर्मियों को धमकाना शुरू किया. आईएएस एसोसिएशन के मुताबिक कर्नल ने जिले की डिस्ट्रिक्ट मजिस्ट्रेट कम डिप्टी कमिश्नर सोनल स्वरूप और एसपी से भी दुर्व्यवहार किया. जब डीएम ने उन्हें जाने को कहा तो अभद्रता की. अफसरों से हाथापाई की घटना भी हुई. इस दौरान थाने में कर्नल पुलिस अफसरों को धमकाते हुए कैमरे में कैद हुए, जिसमें वह दोबारा लड़कों(जवानों) को पकड़ने पर अंजाम भुगत लेने की धमकी दे रहे हैं. आरोप है कि कर्नल और मेजर के थाने से जाने के बाद सौ से ज्यादा की संख्या में अरुणांचल स्काउट्स बटालियन के जवान पहुंचे और उन्होंने थाने में तोड़फोड़ की.

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US Pain Clinic CEO Pleads Guilty To $150 Million Opioid Scheme


The massive opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic that has killed tens of thousands of Americans

Chicago: 

A businessman who operated pain clinics in the US states of Ohio and Michigan pleaded guilty Monday to a $150 million scheme to fraudulently distribute millions of doses of highly-addictive opioid medications.

Mashiyat Rashid, CEO of Tri-County Wellness Group, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, and one count of money laundering, the US Justice Department said.

The 38-year-old allegedly fueled a lavish lifestyle of luxury clothes and exotic automobiles by creating a massive fraud scheme to illegally prescribe 4.2 million doses of opioid medications such as oxycodone to patients, including addicts.

The investigation was part of an initiative by President Donald Trump’s administration to crack down on medical professionals who unscrupulously distribute the dangerous drugs to addicted patients for profit.

Such proliferation of prescription drugs helps fuel a massive opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic that has killed tens of thousands of Americans.

Last week, prosecutors unveiled charges against five New York doctors, a pharmacist and their associates.

“The Department of Justice has made ending the opioid crisis a top priority and taken historic new steps to stop the spread of addiction,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

“Today’s guilty plea helps us bring the defendant to justice and reduce the supply of illegal drugs flowing into our communities.”

Rashid agreed to forfeit more than $51 million, as well as properties prosecutors considered ill-gotten gains, such as various real estate holdings. He is scheduled to be sentenced in April.

The CEO owned and operated numerous pain clinics, laboratories and other health care facilities.

Twelve others, including seven doctors, have also pleaded guilty in the case.

The US opioid epidemic has led to the first drop in life expectancy over two consecutive years since the early 1960s, American statisticians say.

In 2017, a record 71,568 people died from overdose deaths, far more than traffic accidents and gun-related deaths, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The crisis is rooted in decades of overprescription of OxyContin and other addictive painkillers, leading to more than two million people becoming addicted.

In recent years, addicts have been forced to turn to heroin and the cheaper, far more potent fentanyl as authorities have cracked down on prescription painkiller sales.

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Mayawati Demands Stern Action Against Policemen Guilty In UP Man Killing


Vivek Tiwari was shot dead by a policeman when he allegedly refused to stop his car

Lucknow: 

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati Monday demanded a high-level inquiry and stern action against guilty policemen in the killing of a tech company executive in the Gomti Nagar area.

The executive, Vivek Tiwari, 38, was shot dead by a policeman on September 29 when he allegedly refused to stop his car.

Expressing solidarity with the bereaved family, the BSP president said “along with the guilty policemen, we demand from the government to also take stern legal action against lax senior officials so that such incidents could be checked in future.”

“Besides, we demand a high-level inquiry into this case,” the BSP president said, adding that the government should not confine itself only to what the members of the bereaved family are demanding.

“The family members, at this point of time, are in shock…If the government thinks it has no hand in this case and want to ensure justice to the bereaved family, it should order a high-level inquiry on its own,” she said.

The former chief minister alleged that Tiwari’s killing was the latest example of how the upper caste people were “also facing harassment” in the BJP government.

She said the BSP is “very sad” over the incident and the party’s national general secretary, Satish Chandra Mishra, has been directed to meet the family and console them and ensure that they get justice.

“If the government fails to deliver justice to the family, S C Mishra will take up the case on the behalf of the party, and help them get justice,” she said.

The aggrieved family members met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday and said that they “have faith” in the state government.

“I have said earlier that I have faith in the state government. This faith has been strengthened after meeting the CM. I have lost capacity to take a stand after the unfortunate incident, which should not have happened. It has shaken me. After meeting the CM, I have gained confidence that I will be able to fulfill the responsibilities my husband left on me,” said Kalpana Tiwari, the wife of Vivek Tiwari.

“All my demands have been met. I wanted strict action against the guilty, a job, accommodation, expenses for education of my daughters and my mother-in-law. The CM acceded to all my demands,” she told reporters.





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Donald Trump Says Could Change Mind If US Supreme Court Pick Brett Kavanaugh Is Guilty Of Sexual Assault


Democrats had demanded Donald Trump withdraw Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. (File)

Washington: 

US President Donald Trump praised his Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday but said he would be open to withdrawing his nomination if he finds sexual assault allegations against him to be credible.

“I can always be convinced,” Trump said on the eve of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing featuring one of Kavanaugh’s accusers.

“If I thought he was guilty of something like this, yes, sure,” Trump said at a press conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. “It’s possible I’ll hear that, and I’ll say, ‘Hey, I’m changing my mind.’

“I want to watch,” Trump said ahead of the hearing featuring Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers.

“I look forward to what she has to say,” Trump said. “I also look forward to what Judge Kavanaugh has to say. I think it’s going to be a very important day in the history of our country.”

In prepared testimony released on Wednesday, the 51-year-old Blasey Ford said she feared Kavanaugh would rape her during the attack, which she said occurred in the summer of 1982.

Blasey Ford said the incident left her “drastically altered,” but it was her “civic duty” to tell lawmakers what happened. 

Kavanaugh has also been accused of exposing himself to a classmate, Deborah Ramirez, during an alcohol-fueled Yale University party a few years later.

On Wednesday a third woman came forward with explosive allegations, saying she witnessed sexually abusive behavior by Kavanaugh when he was a teenager.

Trump described Kavanaugh as a “great gentleman” and a “great intellect” and said he believed the accusations against the conservative judge were “false.”

‘Big, fat con job’

Trump said he was skeptical because he personally had been the target of “false statements” in the past made by various women.

“I’ve had a lot of false charges made against me,” he said. “People want fame, they want money, they want whatever.”

He also slammed his Democratic opponents, accusing them of being “con artists” and destroying the 53-year-old judge’s reputation.

The Kavanaugh nomination has turned into a political firestorm ahead of November congressional elections and is threatening to derail Trump’s push to get a conservative-minded majority on the top court ahead of the vote.

Democrats on Wednesday demanded that Trump withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination or order an FBI investigation.

“He is asking for a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court where he will have the opportunity to rule on matters that will impact Americans for decades,” the 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee said in a letter to the president.

The third woman to come forward, Julie Swetnick, said she saw Kavanaugh engage in sexually abusive behavior as a teenager and claimed she had been drugged and gang-raped at a party he attended in approximately 1982.

Kavanaugh strongly denied the allegations by Swetnick, 55, who has worked extensively for the federal government.

“This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone,” he said in a statement. “I don’t know who this is and this never happened.”

Later, the judiciary committee said it had received a fourth allegation, this time in a letter from an anonymous source who said their daughter and others had witnessed Kavanaugh physically assault a woman while intoxicated in Washington in 1998, shoving her “up against the wall very aggressively and sexually.”

“There were at least four witnesses including my daughter,” the source wrote, adding that the alleged victim was “still traumatized.”

But a spokesman for the committee told AFP the letter lacked credibility and the panel had no way to investigate the matter because the complaint was anonymous.

 
‘Physically aggressive behavior’

Swetnick said she saw Kavanaugh behave as a “mean drunk” at parties they both attended growing up in suburban Maryland.

“I observed Brett Kavanaugh drink excessively at many of these parties and engage in abusive and physically aggressive behavior towards girls, including pressing girls against him without their consent, ‘grinding’ against girls, and attempting to remove or shift girls’ clothing to expose private body parts,” Swetnick said.

She did not specifically claim Kavanaugh took part or that he was aware of her rape, but said that he and other boys in his circle engaged in similar behavior.

She said she saw efforts by “Kavanaugh and others to cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be ‘gang raped’ in a side room or bedroom by a ‘train’ of numerous boys.

“I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their ‘turn’ with a girl inside the room,” she said.

“These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh,” she said. Judge is a boyhood friend of Kavanaugh who has written a book describing the debauchery of his high school years.

Kavanaugh, in prepared testimony released on Wednesday, repeated his denial of Blasey Ford’s allegation and said “this effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out.”

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Indian Man Pleads Guilty To Misusing Facebook, WhatsApp For US Immigration Fraud


Kanwar Sarabjit Singh claimed himself to be a US immigration employee over Facebook, WhatsApp

New York: 

An Indian citizen has pleaded guilty to operating a fraud scheme by falsely representing as an employee of the US immigration service in which he used social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp to scam people seeking to obtain American visas.

Kanwar Sarabjit Singh, 51, a lawful permanent resident of the United States, used Facebook and WhatsApp to falsely represent himself as an employee of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He claimed he worked in the US Immigration and Naturalisation Service, and would obtain genuine US visas in exchange for a fee of $3,000 to $4,000, US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said.

Mr Singh pleaded guilty to wire fraud and impersonation of a federal officer and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when sentenced on December 14.

As part of his scheme, Mr Singh created a fake photo identification document pretending to be from the DHS, which he mailed to others in an effort to show that he was capable to obtain US immigration documents.

Mr Singh instructed individuals seeking immigration documents to e-mail him passport photographs, copies of their passports and other personally identifying information and to send him money through overnight delivery service or by wire transfer.

After receiving these documents and the requested fee up front, Mr Singh created and mailed fake letters purporting to be from the US Embassy in New Delhi which falsely represented that there was an appointment to pick up the requested visa documents. Many of Mr Singh’s victims resided overseas and were impoverished.

In addition to this visa fraud scheme, Mr Singh also admitted to engaging in an investment fraud scheme in Tennessee in 2012 in which he defrauded approximately 22 investors of approximately $340,000.

Mr Singh gained the trust of a local pastor and his church, including elderly members, and falsely represented to them that he owned a small company in India that provided labour for services, including data entry, to two large, international companies and that for a small, up-front investment, they would see a large return on their money.

Federal authorities said those defrauded by Mr Singh should contact the FBI’s Washington Field Office.
 





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Former Donald Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort Pleads Guilty In Robert Mueller Probe


Paul Manafort pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States (Reuters)

WASHINGTON: 

U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort will plead guilty to two criminal counts as part of a deal with prosecutors on Friday, court documents showed in what could be a blow to Trump in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-running probe of Russian election meddling.

As part of the deal, Manafort, 69, could be required to cooperate with Mueller’s probe into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Details of the deal were likely to emerge in a plea agreement hearing scheduled for 11 a.m. ET (1500 GMT) in federal court. Manafort would become the most prominent former Trump campaign official to plead guilty in Mueller’s investigation, which has cast a shadow over Trump’s presidency.

It remains unclear if the deal will include Manafort’s cooperation with Mueller’s probe, dealing a blow to Trump ahead of congressional elections on Nov. 6.

Another approach would be for Manafort to plead guilty without cooperating in hopes of a presidential pardon. Trump has not said whether he would pardon Manafort, but the president has not publicly ruled it out.

Manafort will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Five other charges were dropped in the new court filing.

A Virginia jury convicted Manafort last month on bank and tax fraud charges.

Jury selection was due to begin on Monday in a second trial on charges including conspiring to launder money, conspiring to defraud the United States, failing to register as a foreign agent and witness tampering.

Manafort’s decision could be a blow to Trump, who last month praised his former aide for not entering into an agreement with prosecutors, as the president’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen had.

On Twitter on Aug. 22, Trump wrote: “Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to ‘break’ – make up stories in order to get a ‘deal. Such respect for a brave man!”

According to the court filing, the charge of conspiracy against the United States includes money laundering, tax fraud, failing to disclose foreign bank accounts, and acting as an unregistered lobbyist for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. The second count, for conspiracy to obstruct justice, concerns attempts to tamper with witnesses related to Manafort’s foreign lobbying.

Manafort’s conviction in Alexandria, Virginia, last month was at a trial arising from Mueller’s investigation. Trump has denied colluding with the Russians and the Russians have denied interfering.

Rick Gates, Manafort’s former business partner and the campaign’s deputy chairman, pleaded guilty to lesser charges in exchange for his cooperation, later testifying against Manafort in Virginia. Gates may have been a prosecution witness in his Washington trial as well.

Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who is now representing Trump in the Russia probe, told Reuters on Friday that a guilty plea to avoid a second trial would not crush Manafort’s chances of receiving an eventual presidential pardon.

“It’s not going to hurt him if he pleads guilty. Usually it helps you get a pardon down the road. It shows you’ve admitted your guilt,” he said on Friday before a deal was announced. He declined further comment until after the hearing.

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John Millman ‘A Little Guilty’ After Shocking Roger Federer


John Millman’s joy was tinged with guilt after he stunned 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer to reach the US Open quarter-finals on Monday. As Federer struggled in suffocating humidity, his physical troubles contributing to 77 unforced errors, Brisbane-born Millman gained in strength to close out the contest 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/3). “I felt a little bit guilty today because he didn’t have his best day today that’s for sure,” said Millman, a 29-year-old ranked 55th in the world.

 

“I’m very aware he didn’t have a great day in the office. Probably to beat him I needed him to have an off day and I needed to have a good day.”

 

Millman, in the last 16 of a Grand Slam for the first time, admitted to feeling like “a deer in the headlights” in the first set, but he rose to the occasion on the 23,000-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium court.

 

“It was a slightly intimidating environment,” he said. “At the start I don’t think I was playing so well. But as the match went on, I felt more comfortable, felt pretty good.

 

“I’ve always done a good job of not letting the moment get the better of me,” added Millman, whose career has been slowed by a string of injuries and three surgeries.

 

Even though he felt his win owed something to Federer’s off night, he didn’t see why he couldn’t press on in his bid to become the first Australian man to win a Grand Slam since Lleyton Hewitt at Wimbledon in 2002.

 

“Why not,” he said of his chances of beating 13-time major winner Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals.

 

“I’ll have to improve a lot on the last time I played him,” said Millman, who won just three games in a Queen’s Club loss to Djokovic this year. “He’s an incredible player and he’s in really good form now, too.

 

“But why not? I think it’s a disservice to who I am if I go out there and don’t have that belief.”



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Texas Man Who Assaulted An Indian Sikh In Washington In 2016 Found Guilty


The Sikh man was attacked outside Dupont Circle in Washington DC (Representational)

A jury found a Texas man guilty of aggravated assault with a hate-crime enhancement for beating an Indian Sikh man here two years ago, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced Friday.

The jury found 26-year-old Dylan Millhausen of Houston guilty on Thursday and added the bias-related enhancement because the victim was targeted for race, religion or national origin, according to a news release.

Officials said the victim, who wears a turban, was with friends about 2:45 a.m. Aug. 21, 2016, just south of Dupont Circle when the attack occurred. The victim, who was 27 at the time, had recently left a lounge when Millhausen came up behind him, pulled off his turban and punched him in the face until he was unconscious. The attack required medical treatment, according to the release.

Sikhism is a religion originating in India. Its male adherents typically wear a turban as an article of faith. Sikhs in the United States have frequently been targeted for verbal and physical attacks, including a 2012 shooting at a temple in Wisconsin that left six dead. The attackers sometimes confuse Sikhs with Muslims.

Millhausen was apprehended by D.C. police and told them he likened the victim to Islamic extremists responsible for terrorist attacks and plots in Europe that occurred in 2016.

Millhausen will be sentenced Nov. 30.

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20 Men Acquitted Earlier Declared Guilty In 2010 Mirchpur Dalit Killings


With today’s verdict, 12 out of 33 convicts are sentenced to life imprisonment for the 2010 killings

New Delhi: 

The Delhi High Court today overturned the acquittal of 20 persons in the 2010 Mirchpur Dalit killing case while observing that instances of atrocities against Scheduled Castes have not abated even after 71 years of Independence.

The high court also upheld the conviction of 13 persons by the trial court and enhanced the punishment of some of the convicts.

A 60-year-old Dalit man and his physically challenged daughter were burnt alive by members of the Jat community in Mirchpur village in Haryana’s Hisar district in April 2010.

With today’s verdict, 12 out of 33 convicts are sentenced to life imprisonment for the offences, including murder under the IPC and committing mischief by fire or explosive substance by a member of a community other than SC/ST, intending to cause damage property of a member of the Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe community under the SC/ST (Prevention Of Atrocities) Act.

A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and I S Mehta said 71 years after Independence, instances of “atrocities” against Scheduled Castes by those belonging to dominant castes have shown “no sign of abating”.

“The incidents that took place in Mirchpur between April 19 and 21, 2010 serve as yet another grim reminder of ‘the complete absence of two things in Indian society’ as noted by Dr B R Ambedkar when he tabled the final draft of the Constitution of India before the Constituent Assembly on November 25, 1949. One was ‘equality’ and the other ‘fraternity’,” the bench said in its 209-page verdict.

The court held that there was deliberate targeting of houses of  members of Balmiki community by members of the Jat community and common object in the case was to “teach  members of the Balmiki community a lesson and this has been fully achieved by the accused persons.”

It said the fine amounts collected from the convicts shall be utilised by the Haryana Government as part of the provision of pecuniary relief and rehabilitation to the victims.

The Delhi High Court pronounced the verdict on the appeal of 13 persons challenging their conviction and sentence by a trial court in the case.

The victims and the police had also appealed in the high court seeking enhancement of punishment awarded to the convicts and acquittal of others.

The trial court had on September 24, 2011, convicted 15 of 97 men belonging to the Jat community. Two convicted died during pendency of appeals. In October 2012, the 98th accused, who was earlier absconding, was tried and acquitted by the trial court.

The house of Tara Chand was set on fire resulting in burning alive of the father and daughter on April 21, 2010 after a dispute between Jat and Dalit community of the village.

On October 31, 2011, the trial court had sentenced Kulwinder, Dharambir and Ramphal to life imprisonment for committing unintentional killing under Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code.  The high court modified the provision and convicted them for the offence of murder under Section 302 IPC.

 Five others — Baljeet, Karamveer, Karampal, Dharambir and Bobal — were handed down jail term of five years for their offences including rioting, voluntarily causing hurt, mischief and putting ablaze victims’ houses and provisions of SC/ST (POA) Act.

Seven others, convicted under milder penal provisions, were released on probation by the trial court, which had earlier acquitted 82 out of 97 accused in the case.





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Trump Aide Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty To 2016 Campaign Finance Offenses


Cohen said he arranged to make payments for the principal purpose of influencing the election (File)

New York: 

US President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty in New York on Tuesday to campaign finance violations and other charges, saying he made payments to influence the 2016 election at the direction of a candidate for federal office.

The guilty pleas came in the same hour that a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, convicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of eight charges of tax and bank fraud and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts.

Cohen, 51, appearing in federal court in Manhattan, pleaded guilty to one count of wilfully causing an unlawful corporate campaign contribution and one count of making an excessive campaign contribution.

Cohen, one of Trump’s closest associates for more than a decade, said he arranged to make payments “for (the) principal purpose of influencing (the) election” at the direction of a candidate for federal office. He did not give the candidate’s name.

Porn star Stormy Daniels has said Cohen paid her $130,000 shortly before the November 2016 election to keep quiet about a 2006 sexual encounter with Trump.

In addition, Cohen recorded a conversation with Trump two months before the election in which they discussed buying the rights to a story by former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who said she had an affair with Trump, lawyer Rudy Giuliani said last month.

Under U.S. election law, campaign contributions, defined as things of value given to a campaign in order to influence an election, must be disclosed. A payment intended to silence allegations of an affair just before an election could constitute a campaign contribution, some experts have said.

Cohen, who once said he would “take a bullet” for Trump, agreed to a plea bargain with federal prosecutors earlier Tuesday. He also pleaded guilty to five counts of tax fraud and one count of making false statements to a financial institution.

The plea deal includes a possible sentence of up to five years and three months in prison, Judge William Pauley III said during the hearing. Pauley scheduled sentencing for Dec. 12 and set bail at $500,000.

Manafort conviction’s resulted from U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible coordination with Trump’s Republican campaign.

The probe also led to a referral from Mueller about Cohen to federal prosecutors in New York, who began their own probe of the attorney.

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russia or having sex with Daniels or McDougal, and has called the Mueller investigation a witch hunt. Russia has denied meddling in the election. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Moscow interfered.

Cohen, who worked as Trump’s personal attorney at the Trump Organization, continued to advise the president after the election. But their relationship had frayed in recent months.

In court on Tuesday, Cohen’s voice cracked as he answered questions from Pauley.

Asked a standard question about whether he had consumed any alcohol or drugs before making his guilty plea, Cohen said he had had only a glass of 12-year-old Glenlivet, single-malt scotch with dinner the night before.

Cohen agreed to the plea deal to save millions of dollars, protect his family and limit his exposure, Politico said, quoting an unnamed source.

The investigation of Cohen included a raid in April by FBI agents, who seized documents and files from his office, home and hotel room.

The New York Times had reported on Sunday that federal prosecutors were focused on more than $20 million in loans obtained by Cohen from taxi businesses owned by him and his family.

Mueller’s investigation, which began in May 2017, has resulted in the indictment of more than 30 people and five guilty pleas.

The April FBI raids provoked an immediate reaction from Trump, who asked a judge to block prosecutors from reviewing the materials they had seized, citing attorney-client privilege. The effort was unsuccessful.

A number of Cohen’s financial dealings since Trump’s January 2017 inauguration have become public.

Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG has said it had paid Cohen nearly $1.2 million in a consulting deal; U.S. telecommunications company AT&T Inc said it made payments of $600,000; and South Korea’s Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd said it hired him for $150,000.

Critics have said the payments may have been attempts to buy influence with the president.

Cohen also received $500,000 from Columbus Nova LLC, a New York company linked to Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg. The firm has said the transaction had nothing to do with Vekselberg.

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