kidnapping of a 20 year old girl: Life imprisonment for one, 5 year rigorous imprisonment for two

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cbiJabalpur: The Additional Sessions Judge and Special Judge (SC & ST cases), Jabalpur (Madhya Pardesh) has convicted Rajiv Kumar Tiwari alias Rajan alias Raju alias Babloo resident of Village Khijiraha in Allahabad district of Uttar Pradesh, Khachu Ahirwar and his wife Mamta Ahirwar, both from Village Jugiyai in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh and sentenced Rajiv Kumar Tiwari to undergo Life Imprisonment while Khachu Ahirwar his wife Mamta Ahirwar have been sentenced five years rigorous imprisonment.

CBI had registered a case on February 1, 2007 on the orders of Madhya Pradesh High Court in a Habeas Corpus writ petition no.1600/2005 and taken up the investigation of case (FIR No. 277/06) dated 05.07.2006 U/s 368/34 of IPC of Police Station Barela, District Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh).

This was a case of a girl (20), resident of Village Silua, Police Station- Barela in Jabalpur district who was allegedly kidnapped on November 17, 2005 at about 4.30 p.m. from her residence by Rajiv Tiwari and two other persons and taken to Allahabad on the intervening night of November 17 and 18, 2005. Since then her whereabouts were not known. The local police had filed chargesheet before the Court of Additional Sessions Judge (SC and ST cases), Jabalpur on October 25, 2006 against the three persons U/s 366/368/34 of IPC and Section 3 (2) (5) of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. Aggrieved with the mode of investigation of Local Police, the father of the girl had filed Habeas Corpus Petition before the High Court seeking CBI investigation.

CBI had conducted exhaustive investigation to trace the missing girl at the place of occurrence at Village Silua and other places of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. A number of witnesses, including family members, relatives of the missing girl, teachers of her School, and a cross-section of people in her village were examined. During investigation, it was found that Rajiv Kumar Tiwari was having an affair with the girl. On November 6, 2005, he was publicly reprimanded by the girl’s father. On false pretext, the girl was made to travel to Allahabad on November 17, 2005 by Rajiv Kumar Tiwari with the help of two others (both resident of Village Silua, Jabalpur district). Rajiv Kumar Tiwari further informed the girl over telephone to go with the persons sent by him to Allahabad. Khachu Ahirwar and his wife Mamta Ahirwar received the girl at the station and allegedly sold her to another person at Tehsil Moth in Jhasni district of Uttar Pradesh for Rs. 18,000 on November 24, 2005. After that the girl was forcibly married to that person. The girl was later traced. She contacted her family at Village Silua in May 2008 and informed them that she was happy with her husband. The High Court has allowed the girl to live with her husband.

After completing the investigation, CBI filed a chargesheet against the accused on December 29, 2008 in the Court of Additional Sessions Judge (SC and ST cases), Jabalpur. The Trial Court found Rajiv Kumar Tiwari, Khachu Ahiwar and his wife Mamta Ahiwar guilty and convicted them.

India and South Korea agree to upgrade relationship to ‘Special Strategic Partnership’

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President of Republic of Korea Ms. Park Geun-hye ahead of the Press Statements, in Seoul, South Korea on May 18, 2015.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President of Republic of Korea Ms. Park Geun-hye ahead of the Press Statements, in Seoul, South Korea on May 18, 2015.

Seoul: “Korea’s rapid progress has made the vision of an Asian century stronger and it will be based not only on the strength of Korea’s economy, but also its contribution to peace and stability in the region.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said this at a Press Briefing with President of Republic of Korea Park Geun-hye today. He said, We consider Korea a crucial partner in India’s economic modernization, the Prime Minister said. Drawing attention to India’s special focus on infrastructure and developing a world class manufacturing sector, Modi said Korea can be a leading partner in this enterprise.

Modi said that he was visiting South Korea at a time of renewed momentum in the Indian economy. We are pursuing a comprehensive programme of economic modernization that covers all sectors of our economy and all aspects of policies and procedures, he pointed out.

Korea is a strong pillar of democracy in Asia, the Prime Minister said adding: “Our relationship started with a strong economic emphasis. But, it has also now become strategic in content and the need for closer engagement between countries with shared values and vision has never been stronger.”

Modi said he was pleased as both India and Republic of Korea have agreed to upgrade the bilateral relationship to ‘Special Strategic Partnership’. Republic of Korea is the second country with which India will have a diplomatic and security dialogue in 2+2 format, the Prime Minister emphasised.

Both countries have decided to have regular cooperation between their national security councils and also agreed to expand cooperation between their armed forces. Defence manufacturing sector offers huge opportunities in India, Modi projected saying “We intend to deepen our cooperation in defence technology and manufacture of defence equipment in India.” Besides defence equipment, Modi said he has invited Korean investments in areas like ship building, including LNG tankers.

The prime Minister told media-persons that he has requested President Park to support the participation of Korean companies in the defence sector in India and her response was positive.

Many Korean brands are household names in India, Modi said adding both he and President Park see vast opportunities for Korean companies to participate in the ‘Make in India’ Mission.

Modi will meet Korea’s business leaders and will visit a shipyard in Ulsan.

Modi announced that India will establish a channel – Korea Plus – to facilitate their investment and operations in India.

Modi said that he shared the view with President Park that trade between India and republic of Korea is modest and well below its potential and both agreed to review the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and other market access related issues.

The Indian Prime Minister welcomed Korea’s diplomatic efforts to maintain peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula. He also shared her concerns that proliferation of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction will not be in the interest of countries of the region. I offered India’s support to Korean people for peaceful re-unification of Korean Peninsula.

The two leaders discussed engagement in the East Asia Summit and with ASEAN. they also shared interest in an open, balanced and inclusive regional architecture. They held common views on maritime security in the region and agreed to work together and with other countries in the region to ensure the freedom of navigation and safety and security of sea lanes of communication. Challenges of cyber security and terrorism are also areas of common interest.

CLICK HERE for India – Republic of Korea Joint Statement For Special Strategic Partnership

CLICK HERE for List of Agreements/MoUs signed during the visit of Prime Minister to Republic of Korea (May 18, 2015)

National Monuments Authority: Ministry of Culture asked to take decision on top administrative post by May 31

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north blockNew Delhi: The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved last Friday with retrospective effect the entrusting of additional charge of the post of Member Secretary National Monuments Authority to Pankaj Rag, IAS (MP:90), Joint Secretary Ministry of Culture, for a period of nine months or till the post is filled. Rag took over the additonal charge on July 31, 2014.

As Rag’s 9 month term ended in April, he will be holding the additional charge till the post is filled.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has directed the Ministry of Culture to provide its decision on fresh recruitment for this post by May 31, 2015.

The appointment orders issued by Government of India on Friday May 16 are as follows:


Order No. & Date
Concerned Officer(s) Details

Pankaj Rag , Indian Administrative Service , MP , 1990                            

Binod Kumar Singh , Indian Police Service , UP , 1994                            

F.No. 22/1/2015-EO(MM-I)
Rahul Gosain , Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers , 1994                            

Bhanu Pratap Sharma , Indian Administrative Service , BH , 1981                            

K. Vijay Raghavan , Others , 0                            

Ritu Pande , Indian Telecom Service , 1997                            

Shri Manoj Pant , Indian Forest Service , JK , 1986                            

Ms. Anita Agnihotri , Indian Administrative Service , OR , 1980                            

Commissioner of Service Tax arrested in a bribery case

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bribeKolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a Commissioner of Service Tax (an officer of 1990 Batch in Custom & Central Excise) of Haldia Commissionerate (West Bengal), his aide (a private person);a Director of a private company based at Haldia and a courier related to the same company in a bribery case.

All the four arrested accused persons were produced in the CBI Special Court at Alipore in Kolkata on Saturday (May 16) and were remanded to five days police custody on Saturday.

CBI registered the case of bribery leading to the arrests under section 120-B of the Indian penal code (IPC) and sections 7,12 & 13(2) read with sections 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. It has been alleged that the bribe was paid to the accused public servant for showing favour by conducting perfunctory inquiry/investigation in the assessment of the unpaid service tax by a company engaged in stevedoring and offshore cargo handling in Haldia Dock Complex.

CBI laid a trap and arrested the Commissioner of Service Tax & his aide, a private person, from his official residence at Kolkata for accepting the last instalment of Rs. 5,00,000 from the courier. A total bribe of Rs. 2 million was allegedly demanded by the public servant . The Director of the company involved and the courier who delivered the bribe money also have been arrested.

Searches were conducted at 13 locations in Kolkata, Haldia, Hyderabad and Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, leading to the recovery of incriminating documents. Rs.8,54000 in cash and incriminating documents like pass books and cheques for various bank accounts were recovered from the official residence of the Service Tax Commissioner.