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Court Denies Pre-Arrest Bail To Man Linked To Extortion Bid In Aryan Khan Case – dot newz

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The court rejected the bail plea noting the applicant should have first approached sessions court. (File)

Mumbai:

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday rejected an application seeking pre-arrest bail filed by Samville D’Souza, whose name had cropped up in connection with allegations of pay-off in the case of drug seizure in which Aryan Khan, actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son, was arrested.

A vacation bench of Justice S P Tavade heard D’Souza’s plea on late Wednesday night. Rejecting it, the judge noted that the applicant should have first approached the sessions court.

Mr D’Souza claimed in the plea that Kiran Gosavi, a witness of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the case, had taken Rs 50 lakh from Shah Rukh Khan’s manager Pooja Dadlani to get Aryan released.

The amount was returned after the NCB arrested the 23-year-old in the case on October 3, the application said.

Mr D’Souza further claimed that Mr Gosavi had told him that no narcotic drug was found on Aryan and he was in fact innocent.

There were allegations of corruption and extortion against an NCB official and others including himself, and a deal of Rs 18 crore was struck for the release of “a prominent accused” (Aryan Khan), said the application.

Following these allegations, the Maharashtra government set up a Special Investigation Team to probe the case. Mr D’Souza said in the plea that he feared arrest by this SIT, and hence he was seeking “anticipatory” or pre-arrest bail and also interim protection from arrest (till the court gave its decision).

According to Mr D’Souza, on October 2 he was informed by an acquaintance about the NCB detaining an “influential person” after raiding a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast.

He then went to the cruise terminal gate at the port where he met Kiran Gosavi and Manish Bhanushali (another NCB witness), he said.

Mr Gosavi informed him that the NCB had detained Aryan Khan and the 23-year-old wanted to speak to his father’s manager, Pooja Dadlani.

Mr Gosavi also told him that Aryan had no drug in his possession and was innocent, Mr D’Souza claimed.

“(Mr) Gosavi convinced me that he could help Aryan Khan get relief and asked me to connect with Pooja Dadlani,” the application said.

Mr D’Souza then contacted Ms Dadlani through a mutual friend and met her in Lower Parel area along with Mr Gosavi. Mr Gosavi showed her a list in which Aryan’s name was not mentioned and informed that Aryan did not have any drugs on him and he (Mr Gosavi) can help him get out of this situation, the application alleged.

Mr D’Souza then left the spot and was not part of further discussions between Mr Gosavi and Ms Dadlani, the application said.

When he learnt of Aryan Khan’s arrest in the case the next day, he was shocked, he said.

He was informed by one Sunil Patil that Mr Gosavi had taken Rs 50 lakh from Ms Dadlani through his bodyguard Prabhakar Sail, Mr D’Souza said, adding that “(Mr) Gosavi and Sail are fraud and the main conspirators in the case.”

In order to protect his own image, Mr D’Souza then got the money back and returned it to Ms Dadlani through her husband, he said.

Prabhakar Sail falsely implicated him in the case, he alleged.

Mr Gosavi is presently in the custody of Pune police in connection with a job racket.

Mr Sail had alleged that Mr Gosavi attempted to extort money from Shah Rukh Khan for letting off Aryan in the case, and a part of the money was to be given to NCB’s Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede.

Mr Wankhede, who denied the charges, also approached the high court seeking protection.

The Maharashtra government assured the court that it would give Mr Wankhede three days’ notice if it planned to take any coercive action against him.

Aryan Khan was granted bail by the High Court last week.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)



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Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said the Indian Air Force needs to be rapidly modernized. (File)

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Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari said that China poses a significant long term challenge to India’s strategic goals. He said it should be made clear to the world that today’s India has the capability and will to respond at a level that the nation deems appropriate.

“China poses a significant and long-term challenge to India’s strategic goals. Both People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) have enhanced their military capabilities in equipment and infrastructure. The Indian Air Force (IAF) needs to be rapidly modernized, expand its fleet and improve indigenous manufacturing capabilities,” the IAF chief said at a seminar conducted by the Centre for Air Power Studies.

The IAF needs to be rapidly modernized, expand its fleet and improve indigenous manufacturing capabilities, he urged.

The IAF chief said that China’s hegemonic and entrapping policies can provide opportunities for India to leverage in trade and military domains.

He also asserted that India has demonstrated its capabilities during a standoff on the northern border while simultaneously handling the national COVID-19 response.

“In the future, we could be attacked from all fronts, starting from economic strangulation to diplomatic isolation and military stand-offs to information blackouts, in the form of attack by a distributed denial of services. We will need to prepare for the full spectrum,” the Air Force chief cautioned.

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Gen Rawat Was On “Very Safe” Mi-17V-5, Crash Confounds Experts – dot newz

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India owns a fairly large fleet of Mi-17V-5 helicopters that are often used to ferry VIPs.

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The Mi-17V-5 helicopters are extremely reliable and are the workhorses of the Air Force, several former army officers told NDTV after one of these choppers crashed in Tamil Nadu, with Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat and several members of his family on board. The crash perplexed the experts, who said the flight from Sulur to Wellington did not involve complications.

Four people are dead and another four who survived, have been taken to a hospital. It is believed that there were 14 people on board, including the chopper’s crew and passengers.

The Indian Air Force has already ordered an inquiry into the crash.

The Mi-17V-5 is the latest twin-engine iteration of the Russian-made Mi-17 transport helicopter and is used regularly for high-altitude operations. One of the most advanced military transports that can be used in any topography and weather, it is one of the most powerful choppers used by Indian defence forces.

India owns a fairly large fleet of these helicopters that were purchased and inducted between 2013 and 2018.

Most experts NDTV spoke to described it as a “very reliable, safe, stable, and large” helicopter that is also used to ferry VIPs, including the President and the Prime Minister.

According to information available on the website of Rosoboronexport — the Russian arms supplier — the chopper is designed to “carry personnel, cargo and equipment inside the cargo cabin or on an external sling, drop tactical air assault forces and reconnaissance and sabotage groups, destroy ground targets and carry the wounded”.

“Its armament system includes unguided rockets (up to 80 S-8 80mm unguided aerial rockets), cannons (suspended pods with 23mm cannons and 250 rounds each) and small arms,” the website says.



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‘Smartphones, Scootys, Security’: Congress’ “Women’s Manifesto” Before UP Polls – dot newz

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UP will vote for a new government in 2022, with the Congress challenging the BJP

Lucknow:

Girls studying in Classes 10 to 12 in Uttar Pradesh schools will get smartphones and female graduate students will get scooters, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said Wednesday as part of a six-point “woman’s manifesto” ahead of an Assembly election in the state in a few months.

Ms Gandhi Vadra – who is leading her party’s campaign in the poll-bound state – read out a number of measures and schemes the Congress plans to implement should it win next year’s election, and demanded that all parties understand “the fact women have to bear with exploitation”.

Promises made by Ms Gandhi Vadra today include the offer of three free LPG cylinders for women – a significant offer given the skyrocketing prices of gas cylinders in the country, something for which the BJP (in power in UP and at the centre) has been severely criticised.

“I hope this women’s manifesto will put pressure on other political parties to also speak about similar issues. We want to release a women-specific manifesto so women have freedom of choice… I have seen that women ka bahut shoshan hota hai but they are fighting for their rights,” she said.

Ms Gandhi Vadra also highlighted the Congress’ promise to reserve 40 per cent of its election tickets for women; “this is not only on paper,” she said, giving late Indira Gandhi – India’s first woman prime minister – as an example of the Congress’ contribution to women in politics.

“Our attempt is to bring real women’s empowerment… at the grassroots level. Women’s empowerment is usually spoken about before elections and then mostly restricted to being on paper. We want to actually empower women on ground,” the Congress leader said.

“Parliament and legislative assemblies have an average of 14 per cent participation by women representatives. That needs to increase… we want that 40 per cent of all seats should be represented by women. This will increase their participation in policy-making,” she stressed.

Apart from smartphones, scooters and free gas cylinders, Ms Gandhi Vadra said women senior citizens and widows would get a monthly pension of Rs 1,000, and every new-born girl will get a fixed deposit in her name. All households with women will get a free internet connection.

Ms Gandhi Vadra also flagged the issue of women’s security – a serious subject given the worrying number of violent crimes against women reported from Uttar Pradesh.

“We want 25 per cent of the police to consist of women. All chowkis to have at least one woman officer and constable,” she said, reminding reporters that many crimes were unreported as the police is reluctant to file a case. “More women in the force will help the cause of women,” she said.

The Congress also promised Rs 10 lakh medical cover for women “for any kind of illness or disease”.

UP votes for a new government in a few months time.

The Assembly election here – for 403 seats – is widely seen as an indicator of how the ruling BJP might fare in the 2024 general election, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party will seek a third consecutive term in power.



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