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22 April 2015

CCTVNight vision cameras and high mast lights, men patrolling the gates day and night. No, it’s not the latest edition of Hunger Games, but could be the future of Tis Hazari court complex soon enough.

08 July 2014

A Mumbai court yesterday sentenced the convict in lawyer Pallavi Purakayastha’s murder to life imprisonment, reported the ANI. The 25-year-old in house counsel and ILS Pune grad was stabbed in the throat in her Mumbai flat in August 2012 by her apartment complex' watchman.

The convict – 22-year-old Sajjad Ahmad Moghul – was sentenced to life for killing Pallavi, to ten years for beaking into her flat, and to four years for outraging her modesty. Purakayastha’s fiancé Avik Sengupta – a JSA associate at the time – had discovered her dead body and had been a crucial witness in the case, however he died of an illness on 14 November, according to the ANI report.

Also read: Detailed feature in the Indian Express on the tragic story of the two lawyers.

13 June 2014

The Tiruchi Bar Association called a strike yesterday over the murder of advocate S Mathiazhagan, demanding that the case be handed to the Crime Branch CID or the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after little progress in the investigations for a month, presenting a memorandum to the city's police commissioner. [The Hindu]

20 March 2014

The police had objected to bail for Munnetra Kazhagam because of his history of rowdiness and political affiliation; Justice RS Ramanathan said the risks of jumping bail were thin because he was a politician [The Hindu]

25 November 2013

A CBI court today convicted dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar for the year 2008 murder of their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj Banjade, reported the Hindustan Times.

The couple will be sentenced tomorrow for murder (section 302 IPC), destruction of evidence (s 201) and common intent (s 34), with the husband also having been charged with misleading investigators (s 203).

Days after Aarushi’s 2008 murder, Rajesh Talwar was arrested but he was released on bail two months later after the case was handed over to the CBI. Nupur Talwar was arrested in April 2012 for ignoring orders to appear in court, and was released on bail in September 2012, according to NDTV’s timeline of the case and the WSJ’s summary of events.

02 July 2013

Anupama VenugopalAfter Dr Amardeep Kainth’s death this year, the management of Dr Kainth & Associates, the firm he had founded in 1995, has passed to former partner Anupama Venugopal.

08 February 2013

KainthDr Amardeep Kainth, the well-known Bangalore corporate lawyer and founder of Dr Kainth & Associates, was found murdered at home today, according to a one-paragraph Times of India report.

05 September 2012

OPEN Magazine investigates the alleged cover up in the tragic early-August death of RMLNLU Lucknow student Satnam Singh Mann, where six have been arrested with two, including a policeman, charged with murder. OPEN excerpts:

“This is nothing but an effort to save the real culprits of the murder of Satnam Singh.” …

“The complaint lodged by the ashram authorities was very serious,” says Circle Inspector Radhakrishnappillai, who had arrested Satnam, “There was a similar attack on Amma two months earlier during her trip to the US. That assailant was also a Bihari. They suspected some connection with that incident.” And then he lets the coin drop. He reveals the real source of police anxiety: “This person had a beard, he was chanting, ‘Bismillah ar-rehmaan ar-raheem.’ How could I be sure he was not a terrorist?”

Satnam, a Brahmin by birth, had ironically been a victim of Islamophobia…

It was not the first mysterious death with links to the Amritanandamayi muth

Whether that will serve the cause of justice, however, is far from clear. Satnam’s relatives and friends are doubtful. Says Vimal, “We believe the actual culprits are hiding behind a curtain.” Given the rot in the system, many fear it will stay that way.

[from OPEN magazine via @islandexpress]

17 June 2011

murder Following the murder of Mumbai investigative journalist Jyotirmoy Dey the Bombay High Court has allowed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by lawyer VP Patil demanding a CBI inquiry into the incident as a bill has been proposed granting special legal protection to journalists.

06 October 2010

The Supreme Court reduced the Delhi High Court’s death sentence handed down to law student Priyadarshini Mattoo’s rape and murder convict Santosh Kumar to life imprisonment in today’s ruling in the 14-year old trial.

27 July 2009

murder_thTwo staff were murdered in FoxMandal Little's Bangalore office early on Sunday morning. The firm has closed its office there for the day as a mark of respect.