Sessions Court reserves order on Lahane’s pre-arrest bail plea

MUMBAI: A Mumbai sessions court on Tuesday reserved its order on anticipatory bail plea filed by Dr T P Lahane, dean of the state-run J J Hospital regarding a case against him under atrocities act. Lahane has been accused of passing casteist remarks against the temporary sweeper Naresh Waghela in the hospital. Lahane’s lawyer argued that the case under Atrocities Act was not made out as Lahane didn’t know the complainant. However, the prosecution argued that Lahane knows the complainant as he has been working in the hospital since 20 years. The court has reserved its verdict on Lahane’s bail plea till Thursday. In his anticipatory bail application Lahane stated if there was substance in the complaint of Naresh Waghela, he would have approached the police at the time of the incident.  Waghela, however, filed a complaint only after Lahane filed a written complaint with the police stating Waghela obstructed other workers from carrying out their duty, states the application.

Fresh trial in Salman case from March 24

MUMBAI: A Mumbai sessions court on Tuesday fixed a date to conduct the fresh trial in the hit-and-run case involving actor Salman Khan. From March 24, the trial will begin and 17 witnesses will be re-examined. Meanwhile, the defence lawyer has accepted the documents pertaining to cause of injury to the victims and post-mortem report of the deceased. The prosecution had earlier informed the court that it proposed to examine 64 witnesses. A Mumbai sessions court on December 5 last year had ordered a fresh trial pointing out that witnesses had not been examined in the context of aggravated charge of culpable homicide, which was invoked against the actor midway through the proceedings.

Rail fracture hits CR services again

Mumbai: Yet again services on the Central Railway (CR) were disrupted on Tuesday following a rail fracture between Tilak Nagar and Chembur on the harbor line. The services were thrown out of gear during the peak hours in the morning between 8:45 am. As many as four trains were cancelled and the trains were running an hour late. The rail fracture was noticed at around 8:40 am after which the work on the line was started. The harbour line was restored at 9 am. Irfan Sayyed a resident of Mankhud said, “There were no trains till 9:40. I had an interview at Fort for my job at 10 :30 am and in no circumstances it seemed I would reach on time. Finally I had to call up and delay it.”

The stations on the harbor track were cramped with commuters that were swelling with ever passing minute until the trains were started.

Case diaries submitted in Loharia case

MUMBAI: Pursuant to the Bombay High Court directive, the Mumbai Crime Branch on Tuesday submitted the ‘case diaries’ pertaining to the murder of Navi Mumbai builder Sunil Loharia. The ‘case diaries’ were submitted in sealed covers to the bench headed by Justice P V Hardas, which adjourned the matter to March 14. The court would go through the diaries to decide whether the Loharia murder probe should be handed over to CBI as prayed in the PIL filed by former scribe Ketan Tirodkar. During the last hearing the state had submitted call data records between Navi Mumbai commissioner and gangster Anurag Garg. There were allegations of collusion between Navi Mumbai police and accused in the case. Accepting the CDRs, the court had asked the investigating agency to produce ‘case diaries’ in sealed covers by February 25. The court had also asked police to flag those pages in the case diaries which pertain to investigation of telephonic talks between police officers and the accused.

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