Decorated soldier investigated for role in covert Afghan mission

Decorated soldier investigated for role in covert Afghan missionKroon at the Binnenhof in 2009. Photo:

The prosecution service has launched a criminal investigation into a incident involving Dutch soldiers on a covert mission in Afghanistan.

Marco Kroon, who was previously awarded the Netherlands’ highest honour for bravery, reported the incident to his superiors in 2017, 10 years after it happened. C


Four judges have a plan for CJI Dipak Misra

The four Supreme Court judges, who last week made public their grievances against Chief Justice Dipak Misra, met late Wednesday evening with two other Supreme Court judges and finalised a proposal which they hope will break the current impasse, sources told The Indian Express.

The proposal, expected to be handed over to the CJI Thursday, deals with formalising a “rational, orderly and transparent system” to allocate cases to different benches of the Supreme Court.

Its details were not available but sources said the idea is to insulate the roster from allegations of favour.

This meeting came at the end of a day when “Court Number 2” of the Supreme Court did not function due to “the unavailability” of Justice J Chelameswar who took the day off.

Result: a meeting, which had been decided on Tuesday morning, between the four judges (Justices Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph) and Chief Justice Misra could not be held.

Instead, a meeting took place of the four judges at the residence of Justice Madan Lokur. Also present were Justice U U Lalit and Justice D Y Chandrachud.

This proposal to the Chief Justice — who at the behest of three other colleagues, had taken the initiative to invite the four senior judges to his chamber on Tuesday morning — concerns a reformed system the judges feel needs to be put in place to dispel questions over the manner in which certain cases are being allocated.

If the CJI is open to consider this central point, sources said, it is believed that the four judges are willing to take the discussion forward.

Sources said the CJI had so far “not made any proposal of his own.

Earlier in the evening, around 4. 15 pm, members of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) had met the CJI and discussed a range of housekeeping issues including a suggestion to have “a roster of allotment of matters, like in the Delhi High Court.

Interestingly, Justice Misra was Chief in the Delhi HC when he was elevated to the apex court.

The Supreme Court, unlike the case in smaller countries, constitutes several benches which hear matters and there has been a practice of cases being assigned to benches “as per their expertise.

For example, judges regularly dealing with criminal matters are expected to get criminal cases. And, in the formation of Constitution benches of five judges or more, the five seniormost judges were usually included. A system looking at randomised allocation of cases would also take away any charge of “selecting” a particular bench.

Meanwhile, Wednesday’s weekly lunch of the full Supreme Court (all judges) was not a complete one as three judges, Justices Chelameswar, Sharad Bobde and Adarsh Goel were absent. Before the meeting, Justice Gogoi dropped by Justice Chelameswar’s home to look him up.

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ED raids Karti's premises

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday conducted raids at former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram's premises in New Delhi and Chennai, according to ANI reports. These raids have been conducted in connection with the INX Media money laundering case. was issued by ED for January 16 on Thursday after Karti Chidambaram skipped his appearance before the agency in connection with the money laundering case.

A case was registered by the ED back in the month of May 2017 against Karti and others under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. In addition, the Enforcement Directorate is raiding Karti Chidambaram's premises in Delhi and Chennai over the Aircel Maxis case also.

among others. The Enforcement Directorate has alleged that the former finance minister's son received money from INX Media for using his influence to manipulate a tax probe against it in a case of violation of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) conditions to receive investment from Mauritius.

Vouchers worth Rs 10 lakhs have also been recovered by the CBI. The agency said that the vouchers recovered were allegedly paid for the services. criminal conspiracy, receiving illegal gratification, cheating, influencing public servants and criminal misconduct. CBI alleged, ''these vouchers were issued in favour of Advantage Strategic Consulting (P) Limited, a firm indirectly owned by Karti Chidambaram,' according to IE. A strong statement was issued by senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, after CBI on May 16 conducted the raids. He had said that the government was using the CBI and other agencies to target his son. The FIPB approval was granted in ? hundreds of cases, the senior Congress leader had said.


Akayed Ullah indicted for NY subway blast

Akayed Ullah indicted for NY subway blast

Akayed Ullah, 27, faces charges that include supporting a foreign terrorist organization, using a weapon of mass destruction and carrying out a terrorist attack against a mass transit system, according to an indictment filed in federal court in Manhattan. He faces life in prison if convicted.

Ullah was previously charged in a criminal complaint filed by prosecutors shortly after his arrest last month. His court-appointed lawyer, Amy Gallicchio, could not immediately be reached for comment on Wednesday.

According to prosecutors, Ullah attempted to detonate a pipe bomb secured to his body in a pedestrian tunnel in the subway station in Manhattan's Times Square that is connected to the sprawling Port Authority Bus Terminal on the morning of December 11.

Ullah was hospitalized for injuries suffered after the bomb ignited but failed to detonate as intended, while three other people suffered minor injuries, according to prosecutors.

Ullah told police officers after the blast that he "did it for the Islamic State," according to the criminal complaint.

Prosecutors said that Ullah, who has lived in the United States since 2011, began his self-radicalization in 2014 when he started viewing pro-Islamic State materials online. Inside Ullah's passport, which was recovered from his home, was a handwritten note that read, “O AMERICA, DIE IN YOUR RAGE,” according to the complaint.

Monirul Islam, head of the Bangladesh police’s counterterrorism unit, told Reuters shortly after the attack in December that his country had found no evidence linking Ullah to militants in his home country.


Bigg Boss: Priyank to be arrested?

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The fights inside Bigg Boss 11 house are spilling over to the outside world this year - reports claim Arshi Khan’s publicist has filed cases against contestants Priyank Sharma and Gehna Vasisth.

A Tellychakkar report quoted Arshi’s publicist Flynn Remedios claiming that Priyank could be arrested soon and police have started the process to obtain an arrest warrant. Remedios had filed a criminal defamation case against Priyank in October. The police officials who are investigating the case have told me not to speak to the media in this regard, and I am sorry, I cannot share any more details,” it quoted the publicist as saying.

Remedios has also reportedly sued Gehana for Rs 1 crore and was quoted by the website as saying, “I have been reading statements and articles based on interviews given by Gehana Vasisth concerning the private life of my client Arshi Khan. I had kept quiet till now because when a show like Bigg Boss is on, everyone jumps onto the bandwagon. I wish to clarify that I used to handle Gehana Vasisth’s PR 3-4 years ago, but I am not handling her media activity now. Her PR is handled by one Suresh Shetty and I have nothing to do with the statements made by Gehana Vasisth. On behalf of Arshi Khan who is currently in the Bigg Boss house, I have issued instructions to our lawyers who are suing Gehana Vasisth for Rs 1 crore for making false, incorrect and highly defamatory statements against Arshi Khan.

Earlier, talking about his FIR against the Bigg Boss contestants, Remedios had said, “Filing FIR/ criminal complaint against Bigg Boss 11 contestants Priyank Sharma and Sapna Choudhary, Colors and Endemol today under various IPC provisions concerning the dignity of a woman in legally privileged and protected cases. Colors and Endemol are accused / guilty of permitting telecast of a legally privileged/protected and subjudice court matter including the right to prevent or avoid self-incrimination by accused or victim woman and using it for TRP and financial gains.

Arshi and her publicist were upset when Priyank, who returned to Bigg Boss 11 as a wild card entry after being kicked out for breaking rules, talked about an alleged Pune sex scandal involving her. Priyank asked Sapna Choudhary to use the phrase ‘Pune and Goa’ in front of Arshi in their next fight and when she did so, Arshi was left stunned. e approached Priyank to ask why he was revealing details about her personal life on the show and was later seen crying, “My parents will be so angry at me.

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