Shehla murder case: Trial adjourned till April 10 #Vaw #RTI


My Friend Shehla Masood

My Friend Shehla Masood

March8, 2013, PTI

The Special CBI Court today adjourned the trial in the Shehla Masood murder case till April 10 as the new CBI prosecutor sought time to secure documents on call details in connection with the case from private telecom companies.

Special CBI Judge Anupam Srivastava adjourned the trial till April 10 after the new CBI prosecutor, Atul Kumar, submitted a request for seeking time to secure original documents on the call details from private telecommunication companies, including Reliance.

The call details, believed to be among the accused and other people connected with the case, were part of the chargesheet filed by CBI last year.

Accused Saba Farooqui’s defence counsel Sunil Srivastava told reporters that he had objected in the court the demand of the new CBI prosecutor, who did not come prepared on the matter and sought more time to delay the trial.

“A change of prosecutor by the investigating agency would not affect the case, and it appeared that the CBI is avoiding appearance of prosecution witnesses as was evident in the previous trials too,” Srivastava alleged.

As the prosecution witness could not furnish original call records documents cited as evidence during the hearing in the case on February 13, the court had then postponed the trial for today.

All five accused in the case – Zahida Parvez, Saba, and three alleged shooters Saquib Ali ‘Danger‘, Irfan, and Tabish were present in the court.

Till now Hemant Shukla, CBI’s senior public prosecutor, was handling the case since filing of chargesheet.

Masood was shot dead outside her house in Bhopal‘s Koh-E-Fiza locality on August 16, 2011.

 

Court adjourns RTI activist Shehla Masood’s murder trial till March 8, the womens day will she get justice ? #Vaw


My Friend Shehla Masood

My Friend Shehla Masood

Published: Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013, 18:14 IST
Place: Indore | Agency: PTI

A special CBI court on Wednesday adjourned till March 8 the ongoing trial in RTI activist Shehla Masood murder case as the prosecution failed to produce original call records documents as evidence.

“As prosecution witness Saidutt Bohre could not furnish original call records documents cited as evidence, the special CBI Judge Anupam Srivastava postponed the trial till March 8 on a request by prosecution,” senior public prosecutor Hemant Shukla said.

Bohre, along with another witness Santosh Jadhav — both employees of mobile service providers — will now depose before the court on March 8, he said.The court will also hear the bail applications moved by alleged shooters Tabish and Saqib AliDanger‘ on March 8, Shukla said.

Besides Tabish and Saqib Ali ‘Danger’, interior designer Zahida Parvez, Saba Farooqui and Irfan are chargesheeted by CBI in the murder case.Shehla was shot dead outside her house in Bhopal‘s posh Koh-E-Fiza locality on August 16, 2011.The call details, believed to be among the accused and other people connected with the case, were part of the chargesheet filed by CBI last year.

Defence counsel Sunil Srivastava, representing co-accused Saba Farooqui, said it was prosecution tactic to delay the trial.”This is surprising the prosecution is not coming prepared for the trial. It had in the past instances also returned its own witness,” he alleged

 

#India-126753 stood trial for #Rape in 2011, 5724 were convicted #Vaw


INDIA, Posted on Dec 19, 2012

New Delhi: Women’s rights activists and judicial experts have long demanded fast-track court processes and quick convictions in cases of rape to tackle the problem. Their demand seems justified in the light of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data for the year 2011.

The total number of persons under arrest including those from previous year in 2011 were 37929 of whom, 2050 people or 5.4 per cent were released before trial. In all, 26436 persons were chargesheeted, a 69.7 per cent figure against the total number of arrests. About 9443 persons were still under investigation at the end of the year, i.e 24.9 per cent.

In the same year, the total number of persons under trial including those from previous year stood at 126753 but only 21489 trials were completed (a one-sixth conversion rate). In all, 5724 people were convicted which stood at 26.6 per cent when weighed against those who stood trial. The total number of pending cases stood at 104997, 82.8 per cent of those which went to trial.

This surely paints a bleak picture about our slow judicial processed and also indicts the police for shoddy investigation which is evident from the dismal conviction rate.

Fast track courts which can convene for daily hearings and exemplary punishment are urgently required to tackle both the mountain of pending cases and to get a grip on the rising number of instances of crime against women.

 

Breivik trial lay judge dismissed over Facebook


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Reuters | Apr 17,2012

OSLO (Reuters) – The court putting Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik on trial for massacring 77 people last year dismissed a lay judge on Tuesday after he posted a comment on a Facebook page saying the gunman should face the death penalty. The trial against Breivik began on Monday, with two professional judges, as well as three lay judges chosen from civil society, presiding over the court. After the killings last July, lay judge Thomas Indreboe posted ‘the death penalty is the only just outcome of this case’ on a Facebook page. The dismissal is not expected to lead to any mistrial verdict and Breivik is still expected to take the stand for the first time on Tuesday. He has pleaded not guilty, saying he acted in defence of Norway against multi-culturalism. If found guilty and sane, Breivik faces a maximum 21-year sentence but could be held indefinitely if he is considered a continuing danger. If declared insane, he would be held in a psychiatric institution indefinitely with periodic reviews.

(Reporting by Balazs Koranyi and Walter Gibbs, Writing by Alistair Scrutton)

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