French cyclist Romain Bardet calls for swift end to Chris Froome case

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French cyclist Romain Bardet calls for swift end to Chris Froome case • Bardet wants Froome asthma case resolved before Tour de France
• Frenchman says ‘cycling would make no sense’ if Froome rides on

The third finisher in the 2017 Tour de France, Romain Bardet, has said that, if Chris Froome’s adverse analytical finding for the anti-asthma drug salbutamol dating back to last September is not resolved before this

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22-year-old kidnapped, gangraped in moving SUV

A 22-year-old woman was allegedly kidnapped and raped by three men near Rajiv Chowk in Faridabad, Haryana.

The victim was on her way back home from Sector-16 when the incident took place on Saturday evening.

A witness of the kidnapping promptly informed the police, but the cops failed to locate the Mahindra Scorpio (SUV) which was used to commit the crime.

According to the victim, there were three men in the SUV, besides the driver, who raped her in the moving car for more than three hours. Apparently, the driver was not involved in rape.

She was then abandoned near a petrol pump in Sikri.

All the four accused are in their mid 20s.

The girl was talking to her cousin on the phone when the kidnapping took place. Her cousin, sensing trouble informed her parents and called the police.

A case of gangrape has been lodged against the three accused, and kidnapping on all four.

Sketches of the accused are also released.

Rajesh Chechi, ACP Crime, Faridabad said, “A Special Investigative Team has been formed to nab the four accused who are currently absconding. A medical examination has been conducted on the victim.

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CJI-judges conflict 'not settled'

NEW DELHI: The rift between the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, and the four Supreme Court judges who took him on publicly, remains unresolved as the trigger for their dispute -- the case involving the demand for an investigation into the death of judge BH Loya -- is taken up today in the top court. I accept that the judges' conflict is not settled," Attorney General KK Venugopal told NDTV, adding that talks were on to resolve the crisis.

The four judges -- Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurien Joseph -- have been kept out of a constitution bench that will decide on many important cases.

  1. newspaper quotes sources close to the four judges as denying any reconciliation and saying that there had been "no attempts so far to resolve the issues raised by the judges".
  2. The judges had called a press conference on Friday and criticised the way sensitive cases were being assigned by the Chief Justice to junior judges.
  3. Their unprecedented move to go public came after the judge Loya case was assigned to Justice Arun Mishra, who is number 10 in the Supreme Court pecking order.
  4. Judge Loya died of a cardiac arrest on December 1, 2014, while on a visit to Nagpur. At the time, he was handling the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case in which BJP president Amit Shah was an accused. Mr Shah was later discharged by the judge who replaced judge Loya.
  5. as questioning the way he died. On the weekend, judge Loya's son Anuj, however, denied that there was anything suspicious in the death and said it was being politicised.
  6. The news agency IANS reported that Justice Mishra "broke down" at the informal meeting of judges yesterday at the Supreme Court lounge, complaining that he had been unfairly targeted and his competence had been questioned. He was comforted by both the Chief Justice and Justice Chelameswar, IANS said. Justice Chelameswar was seen with his arm around Justice Mishra as he was led by the Chief Justice to his chamber.
  7. It was at this meeting, Mr Venugopal had said yesterday, that the judges resolved their differences.
  8. There was an informal meeting in the morning. Now everything has been settled, courts are functioning," Mr Venugopal had said, before back-pedalling.
  9. The four judges had on Friday said that the "administration of the Supreme Court is not in order" and said without an independent judiciary, "democracy wouldn't survive".
  10. Over the weekend, senior lawyers and retired judges of the Supreme Court have attempted to resolve the dispute.

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Togadia goes 'missing' as Rajasthan Police comes to arrest him

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Monday claimed its international working president Pravin Togadia was missing after a Rajasthan police team came in Ahmedabad to arrest him in relation to an old case. The Ahmedabad crime branch confirmed that Togadia was missing and said they were investigating his whereabouts.

The VHP blamed the Rajasthan Police, saying Togadia went missing after he was detained by them. However, the police team said they could not find the VHP chief at his residence when they came to execute an arrest warrant against Togadia under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the IPC in an old case.

But, that was not enough to calm the tempers of the 40 VHP members, who ransacked the Sola police station and blocked traffic on Sarkehj-Gandhinagar highway. They demanded that Togadia be traced immediately. Our International Working President Pravin Togadia is missing since 10 am. The responsibility of his whereabouts and security lies with the administration," PTI quoted VHP's Gujarat unit general secretary Ranchod Bharwad as saying.

Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Jay Shah claimed Togadia was detained by the Rajasthan Police and was taken away by them. Our leader Pravin Togadia has been detained in an old case and was taken away by the Rajasthan Police from the VHP state headquarters in Paldi area of the city," he said.

A Rajasthan police team came in Ahmedabad to arrest Pravin Togadia in relation to an old case.

However, the Rajasthan Police denied rumours that Togadia was in their custody and said they were returning empty-handed. Togadia was not at all arrested by our team. The police team of Gangapur (in Rajasthan) is returning without executing the arrest warrant, as he (Togadia) was not found in Ahmedabad," said Inspector General of Police, Bharatpur range, Alok Kumar Vashishtha.

Gangapur town is in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan and falls under the jurisdiction of Bharatpur range of the state police. Sola police officials said the Rajasthan police had sought their help in executing the arrest warrant. Rajasthan police today sought our help to execute the warrant against Pravin Togadia, as his residence falls in our area. The warrant, related to section 188 of the IPC, was issued by a sessions court in Gangapur. We took the Rajasthan Police to Togadia's residence but he was not found there," said Sola police station inspector J S Patel.

On January 5, the Ahmedabad Metropolitan court had issued non-bailable warrants (NBWs) against Togadia and 38 others, including BJP MLA from Daskroi (Ahmedabad), Babu Jamnadas Patel , in a 1996 attempt to murder case.

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Togadia makes startling claims

Vishwa Hindu Parishad working President Pravin Togadia, who allegedly went missing on Wednesday, has made startling claims in a press conference he addressed in Ahmedabad this morning. Stunning all, Togadia said there was a conspiracy hatched against him by police. He even claimed of receiving a tip-off about the encounter. Togadia, without naming Narendra Modi or any other BJP leader, alleged Central, Rajasthan and Gujarat government agencies are working against him. Both Gujarat and Rajasthan have BJP governments. He also appealed the police to not to work under political pressure. He termed last night events as a conspiracy to muzzle his voice.

While I was offering Pooja yesterday morning, one person entered my office and said that I will be killed in police encounter," Togadia said.

a man sitting on a table

I left office when I came to know that Rajasthan police had come to arrest me. I left office thinking my arrest would lead to chaos. I switched off my phone and went to Thaltej to an activists' office. He further alleged that conspiracy is being hatched against him to muzzle his voice. He also expressed fear from Enforcement Directorate.

He became emotional and broke down while narrating the purported ordeal he went through. Asked about how did he went missing, Togadia said he was on his way to the airport when he fell unconscious near Kotarpur. I contacted all my advocates in Gujarat and Rajasthan. They advised me to surrender before court. So I left for the airport to reach Jaipur. On the way, I fell near Kotarpur. I don't remember anything else. I was alone covering myself with a shawl to dodge police," he was quoted as saying.

Togadia further requested police to not work under political pressure as he has done nothing wrong. I am not escaping. I have no complaints with Gujarat or Rajasthan police. All I have to say to Gujarat police that why were you going to search my room. Am I a criminal. Have not done anything wrong. I request Crime Branch not to get under political pressure," he said.

I am being targeted for a decade old case, there is an attempt to suppress my voice. Rajasthan Police team came to arrest me. Someone told me plan was being made to kill me in an encounter," he said.

What happened with Togadia on Monday?

It was reported on Monday that Togadia had gone missing in Ahmedabad and was 'untraceable'. Later, Togadia was found unconscious at a park in Shahibaug and was taken to Chandramani Hospital. Meanwhile, it was reported hat Rajasthan Police were on a hunt to execute an arrest warrant under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the IPC against Pravin Togadia in a case that is 12 years old.

What is the 12 year case?

Togadia is facing an arrest in a 12-year-old case. The VHP leader, he along with many other, had held a march, violating the police orders. As per the statement of VHP, Togadia is a patient of low blood sugar and was found lying in an unconscious state. Interestingly, Togadia is a Z-plus category protectee. The Rajasthan police confirmed that a contingent was sent to Gujarat, but said they were unsuccessful. On Monday evening, Director General of Police O P Galhotra said that the reports of Togadia's arrests by Rajasthan police were 'totally untrue and baseless' reports The Indian Express.

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Bangladesh Protidin editor, publisher get bail in defamation case

Bangladesh Protidin editor, publisher get bail in defamation case

The High Court today granted an anticipatory bail to Bangla daily Bangladesh Protidin Editor Naem Nizam and its Publisher Moynal Hossain Chowdhury in a defamation case.

Lalmonirhat Awami League President and former state minister for primary and mass education Motahar Hossain filed the defamation case with a local court for running a report against him in the newspaper on April 2014.

Today, the HC bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice Krishna Debnath granted the bail after hearing petitions filed by Naem and Moynal seeking bail in the case.

The accused journalists appeared before the HC bench today.

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