India turns heat on Denmark for Davy’s extradition

New Delhi: Denmark on Tuesday assured India that it would undertake a techno-legal examination in the case of Purulia arms drop accused Kim Davy, and initiate discussions for his extradition on that basis. Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt met India’s External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on the margins of the Asia-Europe meeting in Vientiane, capital of Laos. “During the meeting, the Denmark prime minister recognised that the developments regarding extradition of Kim Davy to India needed to be addressed,” an official source said.

Recording of evidence in Virbhadra graft case begins

SHIMLA: A trial court here on Tuesday began recording of evidence against former union minister Virbhadra Singh in a corruption case pending against him since 2009. The court of Special Judge B.L. Soni in September fixed six days for recording of evidence of 63 prosecution witnesses. The recording will be over Nov 17. Special Public Prosecutor Jiwan Lal Sharma told IANS that four witnesses recorded their statements, while four others, including former bureaucrat S.M. Katwal, could not appear as summons were not served on them. Virbhadra Singh and his wife Pratibha Singh, a former parliamentarian, were booked by Himachal Pradesh Police Aug 3, 2009, under the Prevention of Corruption Act for alleged misuse of official position and criminal misconduct when he was chief minister in 1989.

Money laundering: ED summons Jagan

New Delhi: The adjudicating authority of the anti-money laundering Act here has summoned YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy and others in connection with an ED attachment order worth Rs 51 crore. The Enforcement Directorate, last month, had issued attachment orders against Reddy and his associates in connection with its its money laundering probe and the authority will now confirm or reject the same after hearing both the sides.  ED’s special director officiates as the adjudicating authority under the provisions of the Prevention of Money laundering Act (PMLA) and, according to sources, Jagan or his authorised representative can represent his side during the submission in this case scheduled for next month.

Encounter case: No bail for IPS officer

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the bail plea of a suspended Gujarat IPS officer who is facing prosecution in the Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter case. A bench headed by Chief Justice dismissed the plea of Vipul Shital Prasad Agarwal who had sought relief on the ground that the CBI had failed to filed charge sheet in the case in the stipulated period after taking over the probe from the CID. Agarwal was arrested by the state CID on May 3, 2010. The probe in the case was later on given to the CBI on the direction of the apex court. The central agency then filed a fresh FIR in the case.

British Foreign Secy arrives today

NEW DELHI: British Foreign Secretary William Hague arrives here on Wednesday on a three-day visit amidst growing focus on cooperation in the field of space and defence technology besides counter-terrorism. He will hold talks with External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on November 8. Both sides would discuss bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest, an MEA statement said.

Taslimuddin quits JD-U, joins RJD

PATNA: Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader and former central minister Mohammad Taslimuddin quit Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s party and joined the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) led by Lalu Prasad here Tuesday. After questioning Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s agenda of development and good governance, Taslimuddin announced at a press meet here that he joined the RJD. He was accompanied by Lalu Prasad. Taslimuddin said Nitish Kumar was neither a “development man” nor a “good governance man” and that under his rule, development and good governance have become a farce.  -Agencies

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