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News Highlights 28 May 2018

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  1. Kathua gangrape-murder accused to be produced before Pathankot court on May 31

The eight people accused in the case of the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl from a minority nomadic community in Kathua will be produced before a court in Pathankot in Punjab on May 31 in accordance with the directions of the Supreme Court, officials said today. The Jammu and Kashmir’s elite Crime Branch will produce the charge sheet in the case as well as all the accused in the case before the district and sessions judge in Pathankot.


Officials said a police team along with the staff of Kathua’s district and sessions judge will present all the files to the court in Pathankot, 30 km from Kathua, and request permission to translate all the documents from Urdu to English. Citing security concerns in transporting the accused to court, the public prosecutor will move a plea to keep them in judicial custody in Pathankot, the officials said. After several petitions in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court as well as the Supreme Court, the case is finally set to move to the trial stage with the apex court directing the district and sessions judge in Pathankot to hold an in-camera hearing.

“The learned district and sessions judge, Pathankot, shall himself take up the trial and not assign it to any additional sessions judge and shall fast-track the trial and take it up on day-to-day basis so that there is no delay in trial,” the three-judge bench of the Supreme Court order had said earlier this month.


The Crime Branch had submitted a charge sheet in the crime on April 9 before the Kathua court. The case came into the national limelight after lawyers of the Kathua bar association tried to prevent the police from filing the documents.

According to the charge sheet, the eight-year-old girl, who was kidnapped on January 10 this year, was allegedly raped in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua district after having been kept sedated for four days before she was bludgeoned to death.

The abduction, rape, and killing of the child was part of a carefully planned strategy to remove the minority nomadic community from the area, the 15-page charge sheet says.

It names eight people, including temple custodian and alleged mastermind Sanji Ram, his son Vishal, a juvenile nephew and special police officers Deepak Khajuria alias ‘Deepu’ and Surender Verma.

The others arrested in the case are the juvenile’s friend Parvesh Kumar alias Mannu as well as investigating officers head constable Tilak Raj and sub-inspector Anand Dutta, who allegedly took Rs 4 lakh from Ram and destroyed crucial evidence.

The case became a bone of contention between the state government’s alliance partners PDP and BJP.


  1. Sebi begins probe into technical glitches at MCX, NSE’s NOW

Markets regulator Sebi has begun initial probe into the technical problem with MCX’s trading system and “disruption” in NSE’s web-based tool NOW, senior officials said.

The National Stock Exchange (NSE) on May 24 witnessed a “disruption” in its web-based tool NOW, which allows traders to use their own software and hardware for trading on the bourse.

Besides, MCX on May 25 observed a technical problem with its trading system.

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has sought a report from both the exchanges that have suffered technical glitches and disruptions last week, the officials said.

It will look into whether adequate safeguard mechanism was in place to avoid such situations, they added.

In July last year, trading was halted for over three hours at the NSE due to the technical glitch, leaving investors with no real-time updates. Last week, the exchange saw a “disruption” in NSE NOW.

According to media reports, the software had got temporarily shut down for brokers and sub-brokers due to a technical problem.

Neat on Web or NOW is a shared computer to computer link and risk management tool for trading members, provided by NSE’s subsidiary Dotex. This licensed trading software offers direct connectivity to the NSE for trade execution and data feeds through trading terminals, web-based browsers and mobile devices.

NSE in a statement had clarified that there was no disruption in its own trading system.

It said the disruption in NOW, a shared computer to computer link tool used by trading members, has also been rectified and the cause of the problem was being assessed.

“NOW is a shared CTCL (Computer-to-Computer Link) system which had a disruption which has been rectified and the system is now up and running,” an NSE spokesperson had said.

“The members had alternate mode of connectivity during the disruption and hence trading was not disrupted. The reasons for disruption are being assessed,” he had added.

Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) had experienced a trading halt in September last year and again trading was stopped last week at its platform due to a technical glitch.

According to MCX, data integrity and other checks have been performed to satisfy and assure that there has been no impact on any of the surveillance, risk margining and any other pre or post-trade activities.

“Based upon the preliminary analysis, the technology teams observed some aberration in the low-level network layer. To avoid that potential cause leading to any further issues, the preventive measure has been taken.

“However, a full detailed analysis is still being carried out by the software vendor, working with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of hardware and the underlying operating system,” the exchange noted.


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3. JNU sexual harassment case: Atul Johri cannot be warden of any women’s hostel, orders Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court Tuesday ordered that Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) professor Atul Kumar Johri, who has been accused of sexual harassment by students, cannot take charge as warden of any hostel housing women at the university. The court directed the fact-finding committee to decide on Johri’s suspension, as reported by ANI.


The counsel representing JNU in the court on May 3 had said that Johri was asked by the university to resign from all his posts. “He is no longer the mess warden of Chandrabhaga Hostel. The women are not in any manner in touch with the professor,” the JNU counsel told the court.

At an earlier hearing, the high court had asked the JNU V-C as to why no action had been taken by the administration against the professor.

“What is happening, you have not been able to do anything. Is it that the V-C of the university has no power to take action against the professor,” Justice Rajiv Shakdher asked the counsel for JNU.

The court observed, “I am not saying that take action without hearing the professor. At least interim measures can be taken. You can advise the professor that till the investigation is completed into the cases against him, he should stay out of the campus.”

Women students of JNU issued a statement accusing the professor of “often making sexually coloured remarks, open demands for sex and commenting on the figure of almost every girl”.


The first FIR on the matter was filed on March 16 under IPC sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman). Johri has been accused of sexually assaulting by as many as eight students of the School of Life Sciences, though initially just one FIR was filed against the professor after a huge protest by JNU students led by JNU Students Union (JNUSU) body other complaints were added to the original FIR.

The next hearing will be on 17 August.

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