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Mumbai, Jul 2 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

BOM3 MH-GOVERNOR-LETTER-THACKERAY Duration of monsoon session can't be extended due to COVID-19: Maha CM in letter to Guv Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday wrote a letter to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, in which he defended the government's decision of holding the monsoon session of the state legislature only for two days starting July 5, saying that its duration cannot be extended in view of the coronavirus situation.

BOM7 MH-HC-CBI-DESHMUKH CBI probe against me illegal, even Kasab got benefit of rule of law: Deshmukh to HC Mumbai: Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh told the Bombay High Court on Friday that the ongoing CBI inquiry against him over corruption charges was illegal and in breach of legal procedures, and said even 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab got the benefit of the rule of law.

BOM5 MH-NCP-CLAIM Conspiracy going on to malign NCP and its leaders, claims party Mumbai: The NCP, which is one of the constituents of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra, on Friday alleged that there was a conspiracy to malign the image of the party and its leaders.

BOM4 MH-CENTRAL AGENCIES-RAUT ED, CBI should not involve themselves in toppling govts: Raut Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Friday said the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should not involve themselves in toppling governments, and alleged that those who played a key role in the formation of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra were being targeted.

BOM1 MH-HC-VACCINATION-FRAUD Draft guidelines prepared to prevent fake vaccination drives: BMC tells HC Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has told the Bombay High Court that it has formulated draft guidelines to prevent fake vaccination camps at private housing societies, offices, educational institutions and other premises.

BOM6 MP-HC-JUVENILE ACT Juvenile Justice Act 'inadequate', gives ‘free hand' to delinquents to commit heinous offences: HC Indore: Denying bail to a boy, who is accused of raping a girl, the Indore bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court has termed the Juvenile Justice Act as “totally inadequate and ill-equipped” to deal with such cases, and asked how many more Nirbhayas' (rape victims') sacrifices are required to shake the “conscious” of the country's lawmakers.

BOM2 MH-SENA MLA-ATROCITIES ACT False complaint filed under Atrocities Act should be countered with robbery plaint: Sena MLA Mumbai: A video of Shiv Sena MLA Sanjay Gaikwad has gone viral on social media, in which he is purportedly heard saying that if anyone misuses the Atrocities Act and files a false complaint, the other party should file a cross-complaint of robbery against that person.

BOM8 MP-PRAGYA-BASKETBALL Video shows otherwise wheelchair-bound Pragya Thakur playing basketball; leaves Cong surprised Bhopal: A purported video of Bhopal's BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur, who usually moves in a wheelchair citing health issues, walking and dribbling a ball before netting it a basketball hoop on a ground, has gone viral on social media.

LGB1 MH-HC-ADOPTION CHILDREN Adoption not restricted to orphans, abandoned children or those in conflict with law: HC Nagpur: The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court has held that adoption cannot be restricted to children who have been orphaned, abandoned or those in conflict with law, and cited that the Juvenile Justice Act permits adoption of children of relatives.

BES4 MH-VACCINATION-BMC NORMS Mumbai: BMC issues new norms for vaccination camps at offices, housing societies Mumbai: In light of the recent COVID-19 vaccination scam, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued additional guidelines and stated that inoculation at housing societies and workplaces will only be conducted by private vaccination centres registered on CoWIN portal, an official said on Friday.

BES3 GJ-BRIBERY-BJP COUNCILLORS Guj: Two BJP councillors among four booked in bribery case Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has registered a case of bribery against two BJP councillors, a minor boy and the husband of a woman councillor of the Viramgam municipality in Ahmedabad district, an official said on Friday. PTI RSY RSY

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