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Bombay High Court: ED Opposes Nawab Malik’s Bail Plea, says stress is not ground for bail on medical grounds

In a recent hearing at the Bombay High Court, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) firmly opposed the bail plea filed by Nawab Malik



Bombay High Court: ED Opposes Nawab Malik's Bail Plea, says stress is not ground for bail on medical grounds
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Bombay High Court: the Enforcement Directorate (ED) firmly opposed the bail plea filed by Nawab Malik, former Maharashtra cabinet minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader. The ED stated that stress cannot be considered a valid ground for granting bail on medical grounds.

During the proceedings, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Anil Singh, representing the ED, emphasized that stress is a common aspect of everyone’s life and cannot be used as a justification for seeking bail. Refuting Malik’s argument that he has the right to live in a stress-free environment due to his medical condition, the ASG remarked, “This general contention that there is stress, so grant me bail, that cannot be a ground. Everyone has stress. Who is living without stress in their lives?”

The arguments were presented before Justice Anuja Prabhudessai, who heard Malik’s plea primarily on medical grounds. The court reserved the verdict on this limited aspect and stated that it will be pronounced in the following week.

Malik had approached the court seeking bail based on both merits and medical grounds. The ED had arrested him on allegations of purchasing a property at a rate below the market value. After the chargesheet was acknowledged by a special court under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in May 2022, Malik filed a regular bail application.

Following the rejection of his bail plea by a Mumbai special court on November 30, 2022, Malik approached the High Court. In his plea, filed through Rashmikant & Partners, Malik contended that the Special Court had overlooked the observations made by the High Court while granting bail to former Maharashtra Home Minister, Anil Deshmukh.

During the hearing, Senior Advocate Amit Desai, appearing for Malik, emphasized the deteriorating health of the former minister in an attempt to persuade the court to grant bail on medical grounds. Desai argued that Malik suffers from various kidney ailments, and his right kidney’s condition is worsening. Desai submitted, “Medical management is not adequate, and the consequences are serious and can lead to mortality. His medical condition is not a matter of dispute. He is genuinely suffering from something that was before his arrest and it has been accentuated due to the custody.”

Desai further asserted that in addition to medical treatment, Malik needs to live in a stress-free environment and be physically fit to face the trial. Therefore, he requested the court to grant bail so that Malik could consult with doctors.

However, the ED vehemently opposed the submission. ASG Singh argued that while medical treatment should be provided when a person seeks relief on medical grounds, bail should not be granted solely based on medical reasons. He stated that Malik is already receiving medical treatment from a private hospital of his choice.

“We will never oppose treatment, but we will oppose bail on medical grounds. Today he is not saying send me to some other hospital. He wants to stay in the hospital he is in, but he says give me bail. The only ground is a stress-free environment. This general contention that there is stress, so grant me bail, that cannot be a ground. Everyone has stress. Who is living without stress in their lives?” underlined the ASG.

The ASG also challenged Malik’s claim that he was living with one kidney functioning at 60 percent. Referring to reports from two years before Malik’s arrest, the ASG argued that there were preexisting kidney problems, but it did not indicate that his right kidney’s functioning had diminished to 60 percent. The ASG mentioned that the hospital’s doctors had not suggested any reduction

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Jaipur Communal Tensions Following Biker’s Tragic Death

Biker fatally beaten in confrontation after motorcycle accident, succumbing to injuries.



Jaipur Communal Tensions Following Biker's Tragic Death
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Jaipur, Rajasthan: Communal tensions flared up in the Ramganj area and its vicinity in Jaipur, Rajasthan on Saturday, stemming from a tragic incident involving a motorcycle collision that led to a man’s demise.

According to the police, the unfortunate incident occurred at the Subhash Chowk locality in Jaipur. It was reported that after a collision between two motorcycles, a group of men allegedly assaulted one of the riders, resulting in his untimely death.

Late on Friday night, the collision transpired within the Subhash Chowk area, whereupon a group of men accompanying one of the motorcycle riders reportedly subjected the other rider, identified as Iqbal, to a brutal assault. Iqbal sustained severe injuries and was promptly rushed to the SMS Hospital. Tragically, he succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical treatment.

In the aftermath of this distressing incident, numerous shops in the predominantly Muslim-populated areas have been shuttered. Family members of the deceased, along with local residents, have congregated and are now demanding justice and punitive action against those responsible for the attack, as reported by PTI.

To quell the escalating tensions, additional police forces have been deployed in the region, and concerted efforts are underway to defuse the volatile situation, according to statements from the police to PTI.

A purported video of the incident has surfaced on social media platforms, although its authenticity cannot be independently verified at this time.

In a significant development, six individuals have been apprehended in connection with the case. Additionally, authorities have announced compensatory measures for the family of the deceased, as reported by India Today. The publication quoted the Jaipur Administration as stating, “A compensation of Rs 50 lakh, along with employment opportunities and a dairy booth, has been announced for Iqbal’s family. According to police sources, six individuals have been detained in connection with the case.”

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Father of Ujjain Rape Suspect Calls for Son’s Execution

People who didn’t aid the raped, injured, and naked 12-year-old girl may face child sex abuse law charges, A senior officer of the state police said.



Father of Ujjain Rape Suspect Calls for Son's Execution
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Ujjain: The father of the man arrested in connection with the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl in Ujjain on Friday has called for his son to receive the death penalty. Meanwhile, the local bar association has appealed to lawyers not to defend the accused in court. The victim, a 12-year-old girl, was discovered walking on the city streets in a wounded condition, desperately seeking assistance from passersby who unfortunately turned her away.

The injured girl is currently receiving treatment at the Government Maharaja Tukojirao Holkar Women’s Hospital in Indore, where she underwent a major surgical procedure on Wednesday. A senior state police official has indicated that individuals who failed to assist the young girl when she went from door to door seeking help after the assault, which left her naked and bleeding, could potentially face charges under child sexual abuse laws. Such individuals may be charged under the POCSO Act for failing to report or register the commission of a crime, according to an NDTV report.

Bharat Soni, an auto-rickshaw driver, was taken into custody in connection with the case on Thursday. His father expressed his deep shame over the incident, stating, “It is a disgraceful act. I have not visited the hospital to see him, nor will I go to the police station or court. My son has committed a crime, and he should face the ultimate punishment, which is hanging,” as he conveyed his sentiments to reporters. It should be noted that Soni sustained injuries while allegedly attempting to flee during the investigation, according to the police’s statement on Thursday.

The Congress party has criticized the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, where assembly elections are scheduled by year-end. Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate alleged that the state’s law-and-order situation had significantly deteriorated under the leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

“In Madhya Pradesh, being a Dalit, tribal, or woman has seemingly become a crime. The state ranks highest in cases of minor rape. During Chouhan’s 18-year tenure, there have been 58,000 reported rape cases and 68,000 reported kidnapping cases. Yet, the country’s prime minister, home minister, and all BJP leaders remain conspicuously silent,” Shrinate conveyed to reporters in Delhi.

The distressing incident, captured by a CCTV camera, depicts the 12-year-old girl, partially undressed and bleeding following the assault, desperately seeking assistance from neighbors who callously refused her aid. Furthermore, in a shocking display of heartlessness, one individual can be seen shooing her away as she approaches him for help.

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Mob’s Bid to Enter CM N Biren Singh’s House in Imphal East, Manipur

Protests and clashes escalate in Imphal’s Manipur following tragic youth deaths; curfew reinstated in two districts.



Mob's Bid to Enter CM N Biren Singh's House in Imphal East, Manipur

Imphal: Tensions flared in Manipur as an enraged crowd, numbering in the hundreds, gathered outside the private residence of Chief Minister N Biren Singh in the Heingang area of Imphal East. Security forces successfully prevented their attempt to breach the premises, according to PTI sources. Notably, the residence was unoccupied at the time of the incident.

Earlier, the district magistrate of Imphal East had announced a temporary relaxation of movement restrictions, allowing for a window between 5 am and 11 am on Friday for the entire district. However, this relaxation coincided with a fresh outbreak of violence in the Imphal Valley, stemming from the tragic deaths of two youths whose images had triggered widespread protests across the northeastern state.

The parents of the deceased youths had appealed to the authorities to locate their children’s remains, underscoring the importance of conducting their final rites with the dignity they deserved. Subsequently, protests erupted, mainly led by students, in various areas of the state capital, including Uripok, Yaiskul, Sagolband, and Tera. The clashes between protesters and security personnel prompted the use of tear gas shells to maintain order.

To impede the advance of security forces into residential areas, demonstrators obstructed roads with burning tires, boulders, and iron pipes. Additionally, an enraged mob vandalized the District Commissioner’s office and set two vehicles on fire. In a separate incident, a BJP office in Khongjam, Thoubal district, was also set ablaze, as reported by the police.

Subsequently, curfew was reinstated in both Imphal East and West districts as security forces grappled with the ongoing violent protests, which had resulted in injuries to 65 demonstrators since Tuesday. Police initiated a search operation to recover stolen firearms and apprehend those responsible for the disturbances.

The Manipur Police issued a statement asserting their commitment to taking stern action against individuals involved in criminal activities.

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