HC stays summons to Karuna, Stalin   

Chennai: The Madras High Court on Tuesday stayed proceedings against DMK President M Karunanidhi and his son M K Stalin before a lower court in two different defamation cases filed by the Tamil Nadu Government.    Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar also stayed proceedings against the Printer, Publisher and Editor of DMK organ ‘Murasoli’, cited as co-accused in the two cases pending before the Sessions Court here.  The stay was granted on separate petitions by Karunanidhi, Stalin and Editor of Murasoli S Selvam.    The sessions court had earlier issued summons to Karunanidhi and Stalin, DMK Treasurer, to appear before it on October 10 in connection with the defamation complaints filed by the government to relating their comments on Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s recent stay in Kodanadu estate.

Cauvery meet after 9 years 

New Delhi: The Cauvery River Authority (CRA) will meet after nine years on Wednesday following the demand of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa for a meeting over the state’s demands for release of water from the river.  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh heads the CRA and the meeting will be attended by chief ministers of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry and Kerala.   Official sources said Jayalalithaa had written to the central government in May seeking a meeting of CRA. The state had demanded release of water from Cauvery river to save its standing crops. The last meeting of CRA was held in 2003 during the rule of National Democratic Alliance.  The Supreme Court had earlier this month expressed its displeasure over the Prime Minister’s Office not fixing a date for meeting of CRA.

Recruitment scam: Ex-NDA man quizzed

Pune: The CBI on Tuesday questioned former Commandant of the National Defence Academy (NDA) Lt Gen Jatinder Singh in connection with alleged recruitment scam for the second consecutive day. Superintendent of police with the CBI ACB Rajkumar Vhatkar confirmed the development, but refused to divulge any further details. Jatinder Singh had been transferred out of the NDA by the Defence Ministry after the CBI booked its six employees including Col Kulbir Singh, the staff officer of the commandant, for allegedly taking bribes from candidates appearing for subordinate jobs including that of cooks, gardeners, lab attendants, library attendants and cadet orderlies.

Woman from Pakistan repatriated

Attari: A 40-year-old Pakistani woman was repatriated to her native country after spending four years in Indian prison for not possessing valid travel documents. After her release, Rahila was handed over to Pakistan authorities at Joint Check Post of Indo-Pak Attari/Wagah border, officials said. She crossed over to Pakistan on the basis of ‘Emergency Travel Certificate’ issued by the Delhi based Pakistani High Commission.

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