QWrap: Kathua Rape Case Trial; 2007 Hyd Blast Accused Acquitted

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1. Kathua Rape: SC Seeks J&K Govt’s Response on Transfer of Trial

The District Court of Kathua on Monday, 16 April, directed that the chargesheet copies be provided to all accused after the hearing in the Kathua rape and murder case.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the Jammu and Kashmir government, seeking a reply on the plea filed by the the victim’s family for transfer of the case to Chandigarh.

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2. Aseemanand, All Others Acquitted in 2007 Mecca Masjid Blast Case

All the accused, including Swami Aseemanand, were acquitted by a Special NIA Court in Hyderabad on Monday, 16 April, in the Mecca Masjid blast case.

On 18 May 2007, a powerful explosion at the historic Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad killed nine people and injured at least 50 others.

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3. It’s Illegal: Ex-RBI Director on Govt’s Control of Electoral Bonds

The probably purpose of hidden serial numbers on electoral bonds is to track donors, a former director of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) told The Quint.

In an exposé published on 12 April, The Quint revealed the presence of hidden unique alphanumeric sequences on government-issued electoral bonds sold by the State Bank of India (SBI).

The use of these codes to track donations to opposition parties is completely at odds with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s claim that the bonds will help keep the link between a political donor and party confidential.

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4. Trump Morally Unfit, May Be Open to Russian Blackmail: Comey

Former FBI director James Comey said in an ABC News interview on Sunday that US President Donald Trump is a dangerous, "morally unfit" leader doing "tremendous damage" to institutional and cultural norms.

Comey, fired by Trump in May last year, was worried the president may be open to blackmail by Russia given claims he was present when prostitutes urinated on each other during a 2013 Moscow visit.

Comey's firing came as the Federal Bureau of Investigation was probing possible connections between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russia's meddling in the US election.

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5. Heard Them Say ‘Kapde Phaado’: JNU Student Recounts Police Assault

More than three weeks since the JNU Long March, 24-year-old Sheena Thakur's life is trudging back to normalcy.

A former student of sociology at the university, Thakur felt strongly about the issues for which the protest was called on 23 March – demanding action against professor Atul Johri, accused of sexual harassment by eight students, raising their voice against the autonomous status granted to the university, and opposing compulsory attendance rules.

She narrates her ordeal to The Quint.

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