Let CBI File Reply; If Substantial Progress Made, We Won’t Interfere: SC Declines Interim Stay On CBI Inquiry In Periya Double Murders

first_imgTop StoriesLet CBI File Reply; If Substantial Progress Made, We Won’t Interfere: SC Declines Interim Stay On CBI Inquiry In Periya Double Murders Mehal Jain25 Sep 2020 1:12 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay the CBI investigation, as directed by the Kerala High Court, in the Periya twin murders.Senior Advocate Maninder Singh, appearing for the state, contended that the direction for CBI inquiry was sustained even after the Division Bench of the High Court stood satisfied that the allegations of political complicity were not correct and were set aside. “A…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay the CBI investigation, as directed by the Kerala High Court, in the Periya twin murders.Senior Advocate Maninder Singh, appearing for the state, contended that the direction for CBI inquiry was sustained even after the Division Bench of the High Court stood satisfied that the allegations of political complicity were not correct and were set aside. “A 20 member SIT was constituted. There was one critical charge, the chargesheet was filed…all accused have been arrested….one was abroad, who was brought back after the LOC was issued, and was also arrested”, he submitted”It is the grievance of the CBI everyday that they are overburdened, and that matters which can be dealt with by the local police must not be referred to them…and here, on the very first day, the Single Bench said that there was ‘serious lackness and incompleteness’ in the investigation and involved the CBI…this is not a case of the rarest of rare…you find this in every case that something is left out…if any lackness is found, the trial court will order inquiry…14 people were made accused, and all are arrested….the chargesheet is filed…there is no malafide or allegation of bias against anybody….in fact, in the same matter, an earlier bench of the same high court had declined CBI enquiry”, he pressed.”Tell us in your own words why the CBI inquiry was directed?”, inquired Justice L. Nageswara Rao.”It was said that some accused were only made witnesses and not accused…but that status can be changed subsequently…then there was a discrepancy between the intial statement of the IO and the finding in the charge sheet finally filed as to whether the death was by a sharp object or a blunt weapon…the chargesheet contained the correct position…that has been showed as slackness….the third was that the CCTV footage was not viewed…there was only one CCTV and that found mention in the report…”, argued Mr. Singh.He urged that there would be no impediment in requiring such “slackness”, if any, to be corrected by SIT itself.”How do you say a rare case is made out, Mr. Giri”, asked Justice Rao from Senior Counsel V. Giri, for the petitioners.”The weapons were not shown to the forensic surgeon, who had conducted the autopsy, when he was questioned. When finally they were shown, the plastic covers were not removed, even though it was permitted by the High Court The forensic surgeon said none of the injuries on the bodies were caused by these weapons…”, advanced Mr. Giri.Justice Rao asked, “What are the reasons for which CBI inquiry can be directed? What are the circumstances where the court can come to a conclusion that injustice would be done (if probe is not transferred)?”. Mr. Giri, in response, referred to the earlier top court constitution bench authorities on the point.”Mr. Singh, you can respond if you want, but we won’t pass any interim order as of now”, observed Justice Rao. “Has the CBI continued with the investigation?”, asked the Judge.”The DB (of the Kerala HC) did not stay the inquiry…”, submitted Mr. Giri. “Let the CBI file an affidavit, then we will see. If substantial progress has been made, we won’t interfere…”, said Justice Rao finally.The bench was hearing the state’s SLP against the August 26 decision of a division bench of the Kerala High Court upholding the Single Bench order directing CBI Investigation in the Periya twin murder case.The bench comprising of Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice CT Ravikumar, partly allowed the state’s appeal by setting aside the Single Bench order to the extent it quashed the charge sheet filed by the Special Investigation Team, which had investigated the crime initially. The bench, therefore directed the CBI to conduct ‘further investigation’ based on the re-registration of the case and file supplementary report in terms of the provisions under Section 173(8), Cr.P.C.Kripesh and Sarath Lal, Congress Party workers, were hacked to death, on 17th February 2019 at about 7.45 p.m. using swords and iron pipes. Writ petitions were filed alleging that the deceased Kripesh and Sarath Lal @ Joshy were Youth Congress workers and the accused persons who got allegiance to the political party-CPI(M) committed their murder due to political vendetta. The single bench of Justice B Sudheendra Kumar ordered the CBI probe allowing the petition filed by the parents of the slain youth. Observing the investigation completed by the Crime Branch of the state police was a “sham”, the Court had also set aside the final report filed in May 20 arraying 10 CPM workers as the accused. While interfering with the single bench order to the extent it had set aside the final report, the bench observed:”On our careful perusal of the case diary and upon considering the rival contentions we are of the considered view that it cannot be said that no offence whatsoever was made out prima facie, in the charge sheet and hence, at the stage when the police report under Section 173, Cr.P.C. was forwarded to the Court after completion of the investigation exercise of extra ordinary jurisdiction under Article 226 of the Constitution to set aside the said charge sheet was not warranted at all.”The bench added that its finding that the final report was not to be set aside cannot be taken as an affirmation that the investigation was flawless and it was fair to the core. To uphold the CBI investigation part of the order, the bench said that the fact that the investigation conducted does not instill full confidence and the slackness and incompleteness in investigation or lack of serious investigation had occurred in respect of some vital aspects, at least some of which may result in miscarriage of justice. It observed:Taking note of the serious slackness and incompleteness that occurred in the matter of investigation which if investigated seriously, some times would have turned this case now rests on circumstantial evidence, to a case of a direct evidence tends us to think that to instill confidence and also to do justice to the parties it is only W.A.No.2216 of 2019 105 proper in the said circumstances to transfer the investigation to CBI. That has already been ordered by the writ Court. Hence, it is upheld.The bench also set aside the finding of the single bench which held that circumstances indicate that the contention of the petitioners that the twin murder in this case was planned and executed not by the first accused but by the CPM Party, is probablePicture Courtesy: Kerala Kaumudi  Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Major General David G. Bellon Takes Command of MARFORSOUTH

first_imgBy U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South June 01, 2017 U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General Kevin M. Iiams relinquished command to Major General David G. Bellon during a change of command ceremonyin Dorak, Florida, on May 22nd, after serving as the commander of MARFORSOUTH since January 2016. Maj. Gen. Bellon was previously the director of the Reserve Affairs Division. Brig. Gen. Iiams is set to be the commander of U.S. Marine Corps Training and Education Command. Brig. Gen. Iiams praised his marines for the progress they’ve made and the impact they have had on the region during his command, telling them the effects of their work would last long after they had all left the command. “We’ve planted the seeds for trees we’ll never see,” Brig. Gen. Iiams told marines. For his part, Maj. Gen. Bellon said he was looking forward to commanding the marines of MARFORSOUTH and working with their partners in the region. He pointed to the various times he had traveled or worked in South and Central America, explaining that his family felt a special connection to the countries they had been to during his time as a marine. “This is a region that our family loves,” said Maj. Gen. Bellon. “And we love it because there are so many layers to the different cultures that we find in the region. And what we’ve found is a common set of values that resonate with our family.”last_img read more

No pre-season trip for Benteke

first_img That means he is still waiting to have his medical, scheduled to be held in the UK, and therefore makes flying him halfway around the world to join up with his prospective new team-mates a fruitless exercise. Manager Brendan Rodgers made Benteke his primary summer target to strengthen his forward line but, after initially refusing to meet the buy-out clause, the sale of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City in a £49million deal prompted a shift in thinking. England international Daniel Sturridge made just 18 appearances last season after missing virtually the first five months of the campaign with injury, and is likely to be sidelined until at least September after undergoing surgery on a hip problem, so Rodgers wants a striker who can stand up to the rigours of the Barclays Premier League. He has Benteke’s fellow international Divock Origi, playing his first season in English football after spending last term on loan at Lille, and summer signing from Burnley Danny Ings at his disposal – having decided Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini are all surplus to requirements – but needed some proven firepower. The club have invested heavily in Hoffenheim’s Brazil international Roberto Firmino, who could cost them up to £29million, but he is not an out-and-out forward and so Rodgers needed to recruit someone else to play as his spearhead. Liverpool have already bought six new players, including England right-back Nathaniel Clyne at a cost of £12.5million, and Benteke’s arrival would push their summer spending to around £80million. Striker Christian Benteke is highly unlikely to join up with Liverpool for any part of their pre-season tour as negotiations continue over his move from Aston Villa. The Reds travel to Adelaide on Saturday for their third match of pre-season preparations and, with no agreement over the finer details of the Belgium international’s transfer, there is little prospect of him flying out in time to make Friday’s game in Malaysia. Liverpool triggered the 24-year-old’s £32.5million release clause on Friday, but Press Association Sport understands negotiations are continuing as the clubs try to reach an arrangement over payment terms. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The NFL players’ union executive committee have voted 6-5 to recommend rejecting the terms of a labor deal approved by NFL owners the previous day.The owners’ proposal features a 17-game season, shorter preseason, larger rosters and limits on the number of international games. It will next be voted on by the 32 player representatives. Even if they reject it, the union is expected to bring the plan to the entire membership. Objections to an expanded regular season are considered the main stumbling block for player approval.In other NFL news:— The Bears have waived cornerback Prince Amukamara (ah-moo-kah-MOOR’-ah) and speedy receiver Taylor Gabriel. Amukamara started 42 games over the past three seasons and gave the Bears a physical presence in the backfield. Gabriel has 2,860 yards and 14 touchdown catches in six years with three teams.— The Jaguars exercised contract options on receiver Chris Conley and free safety Jarrod Wilson. The Jaguars now have Conley under contract through 2020 and Wilson through 2021. Wilson started all 16 games last season and led the team with 73 tackles and 1,186 snaps. Associated Press Indians’ Carrasco day to day with mild hip flexor strainUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco has been diagnosed with a mild strain of his right hip flexor after feeling discomfort while doing squats in the weight room during spring training.Manager Terry Francona said Carrasco felt something in his upper leg when squatting on Wednesday.The 32-year-old pitcher made an inspiring comeback last season after being diagnosed with leukemia. He revealed that in June and returned as a reliever in September after treatment.In other MLB news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULERaptors, Celtics winUNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Raptors bounced back nicely after their team-record, 15-game winning streak was stopped by a 20-point loss at Brooklyn just before the All-Star break. Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) poured in 37 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Raptors dumped the Suns, 118-101. Siakam connected on 12 of 19 attempts, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range.Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) contributed 16 points, while teammates Fred VanVleet and Terence Davis each added 14 for the defending NBA champs.The outcome leaves the Raptors with a 41-15 record and a 1 ½-game lead over Boston in the Atlantic Division.The Celtics kept pace as Gordon Hayward scored a team-high 29 points in a 127-117 win at Minnesota. Daniel Theis (tys) had career highs with 25 points and 16 rebounds to help the Celts win for the ninth time in 10 games.Jalen Brown accounted for 25 points for Boston, and Jayson Tatum added 28 with 11 rebounds while fellow All-Star Kemba Walker sat out because of a minor knee injury. Blue Jackets lose their top scorerUNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost their top goal-scorer for the rest of the season.The team says forward Oliver Bjorkstrand (BYOHRK’-strand) fractured an ankle in Thursday night’s loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen (YAHR’-moh keh-kah-LAY’-nehn) says Bjorkstrand will be out eight to 10 weeks and might need surgery.Bjorkstrand has 21 goals and 36 points in 49 games this season. He paces Columbus with five game-winning goals and 11 multi-point games.In other NHL news: In last night’s other NBA action:— LeBron James scored 32 points and Anthony Davis finished with 28 points and 13 rebounds to send the Lakers to a 117-105 win over the Grizzlies. Avery Bradley added 14 points for the Western Conference-leading Lakers, who finished strong after blowing most of their 25-point lead. Davis had 14 points and seven boards in the fourth quarter as Los Angeles won its fourth in a row to improve to 42-12.— The Mavericks cruised to a 122-106 win at Orlando behind Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chich), who furnished 33 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Max Kleber added a career-high 26 points off the bench as the Mavericks improved to 19-8 away from Dallas this season, bettering their road victory total from last year.— Chris Paul furnished 20 of his 29 points in the second half of the Thunder’s 113-101 triumph over the Nuggets. Steven Adams chipped in 19 points and 17 rebounds to Oklahoma City’s 14th victory in 17 games.— The Pacers were 106-98 winners over the Knicks as T.J. Warren provided 27 points and eight rebounds for Indiana. Domantas Sabonis (doh-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs) added 24 points and 13 boards to Indiana’s second straight win. Documents show federation lawyers repeatedly pushed members of the champion U.S. women’s team to detail distinctions between their sport, which they dominate, and the men’s game, where the Americans struggle. Joe Paterno was 85 when he died of cancer-related complications in January 2012.WOMEN’S SOCCER-EQUAL PAYAmerican women seek more than $66M in damages from US SoccerUNDATED (AP) — Players on the U.S. women’s national team are seeking more than $66 million in damages as part of their gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation.Players on the women’s national team sued the federation last March alleging institutionalized gender discrimination. — Astros outfielder Josh Reddick says he and other players have received death threats in the wake of the team’s sign-stealing scandal. Reddick told reporters in Florida that he received threats on social media and people have commented on pictures of his infant twins, saying they hope they get cancer.PGA-MEXICO CHAMPIONSHIPDeChambeau birdies his way to 1-shot lead in MexicoMEXICO CITY (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau is the leader at the midway point of the Mexico Championship.DeChambeau carded seven birdies in an eight hole stretch for an 8-under 63 in this World Golf Championship event. He will enter Saturday with a one-stroke lead over Erik van Rooyen and Patrick Reed at 11 under. The win leaves the Blues four points ahead of Dallas. The Stars have a game in hand.Colorado leapfrogged ahead of the Stars and remain three points behind St. Louis after the Avalanche earned a 1-0 win at Anaheim. J.T. Compher scored in the second period to back Pavel Francouz (FRAN-sohs), who made 26 saves in his first NHL shutout.The Avalanche have won a season-high five straight on the road and have taken 10 of their last 14 overall.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— The Bruins picked up their fifth straight win as Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) supplied a pair of goals in a 4-3 decision over the Flames. Bergeron has scored 21 times in 32 games since returning from a lower-body injury, one reason for Boston’s five-point lead over Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division race.center_img Update on the latest sports — Dejounte (dih-ZHAHN’-tay) Murray’s 23 points and seven rebounds led the Spurs’ balanced attack in a 113-104 downing of the Jazz. DeMar DeRozan added 18 points and seven assists, while LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds as San Antonio stopped Utah’s four-game winning streak.— Zion Williamson hit the 20-point mark for the seventh straight game by providing 25 in the Pelicans’ 128-115 win against the Trail Blazers. Jrue (jroo) Holiday finished with 20 points and nine assists as New Orleans won for the fourth time in five games.— The Cavaliers won their first game under interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff as Colin Sexton scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter of their second consecutive victory, 113-110 against the Wizards. Cedi Osman added 16 points and Darius Garland had 15 to help Cleveland win for the third time in 16 games since their previous two-game winning streak.NBA-LAKERS-RESCHEDULESNBA reschedules Lakers games NHL-SCHEDULEBlues pad division lead, Avs winUNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues have put a little more distance between themselves and the Dallas Stars atop the NHL’s Central Division.David Perron (peh-RAHN’) scored his team-leading 24th goal and the Blues picked up their third win in a row by thumping the Stars, 5-1. Jaden Schwartz added his 20th goal to give St. Louis a 4-0 lead and chase All-Star Ben Bishop from the nets early in the second period.Colton Parayko (pah-RAY’-koh) collected a goal and two assists for the defending Stanley Cup champs, while Jordan Kyrou (KY’-roo) furnished a goal and an assist. The documents say a former vice president of student life told police he had no idea that Anderson had remained at the school for decades after he confronted the doctor about the allegations.PENN STATE-ABUSEPenn State settles ‘outstanding issues’ with Paterno familyHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State and the family of the late head football coach Joe Paterno announced Friday they have resolved “outstanding issues” that had divided them, eight years after he was fired following assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s child molestation arrest. Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse in 2012 and is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence.The deal ends a lawsuit against the university by the Paternos’ son Jay Paterno, who is currently a member of the Penn State board. Jay Paterno had claimed the university-commissioned report into the scandal had unfairly tarnished him and made him unable to find work as a football coach. February 22, 2020 Justin Thomas and Hideki Matsuyama (maht-soo-YAH’-mah) are two strokes back and one ahead of Rory McIlroy.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOR INVESTIGATIONDocuments: Michigan student says he reported doctor’s abuseANN ARBOR, Michigan (AP) — Documents show a doctor continued to work at the University of Michigan for decades after a supervisor confronted him about allegations of sex abuse.According to the documents released to The Associated Press on Friday, one former student told investigators that Dr. Robert E. Anderson was known by student athletes as “Dr. Drop your drawers Anderson.” That man says he told his wrestling coach and others that Anderson molested him during a medical exam in the 1970s. — The Islanders’ season-worst, four-game losing streak is over after Jordan Eberle notched his third career hat trick to lead a 4-1 win against the Red Wings. Leo Komarov (KAH’-mah-rahv) added an empty-netter and Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yuhn vahr-LAH’-mahv) stopped 21 shots for New York, which scored just twice in a just-completed, 0-4 road trip.— Jared Spurgeon scored three times and the Wild gave their fading playoff hopes a boost with a 5-3 win against the Oilers. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a pair of goals and an assist for Edmonton, which remains one point behind Vegas for the Pacific Division lead.— The Rangers made it eight wins in 11 games as Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zih-BAN’-eh-jad) furnished a goal and two assists in a 5-2 verdict over the Hurricanes. Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) and Ryan Strome (strohm) each had a goal and an assist in New York’s seventh consecutive road win.— Alex DeBrincat’s (deh-BRIHN’-kats) second goal of the night came 4:02 into OT and sent the Blackhawks past the Predators, 2-1. Corey Crawford stopped 42 shots to backstop Chicago’s second win in nine games.NHL-NEWS — The Bruins have added an experienced forward by getting Ondrej Kase (AHN’-dray KAH’-shah) from the Ducks for veteran center David Backes (BAK’-ehs) and 20-year-old blueline prospect Axel Andersson. The move frees up cap space for the Bruins, who were still on the hook for Backes’ contract after he and the team agreed he should stay away from the club while Boston tried to work out a deal.— The Islanders have retired John Tonelli’s No. 27, although he’s given Anders Lee his blessing to continue wearing the jersey number. Tonelli scored or assisted on some of the more memorable playoff goals while the franchise was winning four straight Stanley Cups. He joins Denis Potvin, Clark Gillies, Bryan Trottier, Bob Nystrom and Billy Smith in the rafters at Nassau Coliseum, along with coach Al Arbour and GM Bill Torrey.— Winnipeg native Cody Eakin has been acquired by the Jets from the Golden Knights for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2021. The draft choice will become a third-rounder next year if the Jets make the playoffs or re-sign Eakin to a new contract by July 5.— The Sabres have placed suspended defenseman Zach Bogosian on unconditional waivers with the intention of terminating his contract. The move puts Buffalo in position to part ways with a disgruntled player who asked to be traded earlier this season and spent the past week refusing to report to the minors.MLB-NEWS UNDATED (AP) — The game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers that was postponed following Kobe Bryant’s death has been rescheduled for April 9. The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 28, two days after Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash. The Lakers will play at home on three straight nights, with the NBA saying Friday that the game against Golden State scheduled for April 9 will be played April 7 and the game against Chicago set for April 7 will be played April 8.In other NBA news:— Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns will sit out for at least two more weeks because of an injured left wrist that the team announced Friday is broken. Towns first had an X-ray after hurting his wrist Jan. 25 against Oklahoma City.NFL LABORUnion committee rejects NFL labor deal; player reps to votelast_img read more

Rafi Ashkenazi: Stars Group will take advantage of UK disruption

first_img PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Rafi Ashkenazi, Chief Executive of the Stars Group Inc, has stated that effective integration of Sky Betting and Gaming (SBG) assets will simply lead to an enlarged Stars Group taking a larger market share of UK gambling.During the close of 2018, all listed gambling operators detailed tough trading, adjusting to new UK market conditions. For Ashkenazi, this represents the optimum time for Stars Group to take advantage of UK disruptions.“We are quite well positioned and very confident that we are going to continue taking market share in the U.K,” he said. “We are looking to grow the market double-digit in 2019.“What we’re seeing is, essentially, the foundation that was laid by the SBG team over the course of the years, a very large significant customer base in the U.K.—we are the largest in terms of market share, we have the largest customer base in the U.K., and leveraging on this customer base is something that allows us to grow faster in the market.”Speaking to investors on Stars Group’s 2019 guidance, Ashkenazi states that the firm’s UK market ambitions will be matched if the enlarged enterprise delivers on its co-synergy target, delivering circa $60 million in incremental benefits during 2019.“SBG is very focused on continuing The Stars Group Inc’s product development and product roadmap,” he continued. “They have been, as part of their philosophy, very customer-focused and they continue to develop innovative products in order to continue growing the market share. So, those foundations that were laid by the SBG people are just simply allowing us to continue to grow market share.”An enlarged Stars Group now operates multiple brands and products in 21 licensed/regulated market jurisdictions, with the company projecting to book-in $85 million in duty and regulatory charges during the course of 2019 trading – in which UK incumbents will adjust to a new 21% remote gambling duty inbound from 1 April 2019.Ashkenazi concluded: “In the UK, our SBG business continues to grow market share, leveraging its strong brand, product expertise, and rapid innovation. We saw a notable improvement in growth rates throughout Q4, as some of the new innovations started to gain traction, such as our improved betstlip, a new in-play product set and Sky Vegas Creations, our in-house and exclusive games.“We enter 2019 with positive momentum, and I am confident that we will deliver our plans for low double-digit pound revenue growth and ongoing market share gains in the UK.” StumbleUpon ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Submit Share BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 Share Related Articleslast_img read more