1. ‘No Way to Treat Citizens’: SC Slams ED, Upholds Shivakumar’s Bail
The Supreme Court on Friday, 15 November, dismissed the Enforcement Directorate's plea challenging the Delhi High Court order granting bail to Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar in a money laundering case, news agency PTI reported.
A bench comprising Justices RF Nariman and S Ravindra Bhat rejected the request of the Solicitor General, appearing for the Enforcement Directorate (ED), to issue a notice to the other side on the appeal.
The bench also reportedly criticised the ED for “copy-pasting” arguments from the plea against P Chidambaram since Shivakumar was referred to as “the former home minister” in the ED’s appeal.
(Source: The Quint)
2. CBI Conducts Search on Amnesty India in Bengaluru, Delhi
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday carried out searches at the offices of Amnesty International India Private Limited and Indians for Amnesty International Trust in Bengaluru and New Delhi.
The search was reportedly based on an alleged violation of rules and norms related to foreign funding on NGOs in India. Media reports speculated that recently the Ministry of Home Affairs had sent a list of NGOs which had allegedly violated the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) regulations to the CBI, and Amnesty was part of the list.
Reports also suggested that the CBI would file a separate case against Amnesty.
(Source: The News Minute)
3. Misuse of ORR bus Priority Lane to Invite Penalties in Bengaluru
For the first time, the City Police Commissioner has come out with a notification prohibiting entry of other vehicles on to the bus priority lane on Outer Ring Road (ORR) from Central Silk Board to Tin Factory (K.R. Puram) and then towards Byappanahalli. As per the notification issued on Friday, only city buses operated by Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) can use the lane.
Starting Saturday, the traffic police will penalise motorists who violate the rule. “We have been conducting pilot runs for two weeks and sufficient awareness has been created. Now that it is officially notified, we will begin penalising offenders,” said B.R. Ravikante Gowda, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic).
(Source: The Hindu)
4. Gang-rape Accused Found Murdered Near Laggere
A 33-year-old man accused in a gang-rape case was found murdered on the roadside near a private school compound in Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, near Laggere bridge, on Friday morning.
According to Nandini Layout police, Santosh Kumar, a resident of Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, claimed to be a political party worker and a real estate agent. The incident came to light around 6am when a passerby noticed a gunny bag with bloodstains and alerted police. Cops suspect Santosh might have been strangled and stabbed while he was sleeping as there was no sign of struggle.
Preliminary probe revealed Santosh was accused no. 2 in a gang-rape case registered a few years ago by Rajagopalanagar police and accused of raping a minor and acquitted, following which he married the girl last year.
(Source: The Times of India)
5. Authorities Plan Paid Parking Inside Cubbon Park, Activists Say ‘No’
Just days after Bengalureans gathered to oppose the construction of a seven storey building inside Cubbon Park, the Horticulture Department has floated a tender to collect parking fees from five sites in the lung space.
The Horticulture Department expects to earn around Rs 60 lakh annually from the five parking zones inside the green zone, but park users claim that this goes against their plan of making Cubbon Park vehicle-free similar to Lalbagh.
One of the key reasons for opposing the multi-storey structure was that the new building will bring close to 300 additional cars to the park.
(Source: The News Minute)
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