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SC extends stay on death sentence of Nithari killer Koli

New Delhi:  The Supreme Court on Friday extended till October 29 the stay on execution of death sentence of Nithari rapist-cum-serial killer Surinder Koli. A bench headed by justice H L Dattu posted the case for hearing on October 29, on Koli’s plea seeking review of apex court’s verdict upholding his conviction and death sentence in one of the murder cases. On September 8, the bench, also comprising justice A R Dave, had stayed the execution of death sentence of Koli for killing children in a house in Nithari village in Noida near here in 2006, for a period of one week. The plea on behalf of 42-year-old Koli was moved by a team of lawyers led by senior advocate Indira Jaising and was mentioned before the bench after midnight and the order was passed at 1:40 AM, hours before his execution. Koli was to be hanged on the early morning of September 8, in Meerut jail, where he has been kept in a high-security barrack. The lawyers had sought review of the apex court’s July 24, 2014 order dismissing the plea to stay the execution of death sentence awarded to Koli. While seeking stay of execution of the capital punishment, Jaising, along with advocate Yug Choudhary and others, had referred to the September 2 verdict of the apex court in which it had held that the review plea of condemned prisoners must be given an open court hearing. (PTI)

No photographs of politicians on beneficiary cards: EC

Chandigarh: The EC has directed that no photos of political functionaries should be displayed on beneficiary cards after the Model Code of Conduct is enforced for the upcoming Vidhan Sabha elections in Haryana. Beneficiary cards distributed to beneficiaries, construction site plaques etc, erected during the enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct, should not contain photographs or messages of chief ministers, ministers and other political functionaries, Haryana Chief Electoral Officer Shrikant Walgad, said Friday. Electricity bills, water bills to be generated after the enforcement of the Code should not contain any photographs or messages/symbols of political functionaries/ parties, Walgad said. However, no change is required to be made in the photos of political functionaries on beneficiary cards, construction site plaques which are distributed or erected prior to the enforcement of the Code. The dates for the 90-member Haryana assembly elections are yet to be announced by the ECI. (PTI)

‘DMK not a mere party, but a movement’

Chennai: Putting up a brave face in the wake of internal wrangles and electoral drubbings, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Friday said that it was not a mere party, but a movement and asserted that “none is born to defeat it”. DMK was being run like a family and not as a mere political party or a social movement. It was a movement that strives for bringing social revolution, he said at a marriage function in the family of senior party leader, J Anbazhagan, MLA. Recalling the contributions of Anbazhgan and many others like him for the growth of DMK, Karunanidhi said, “I strongly believe that despite mischief by many, or whatever anyone says, none is born to defeat the party.” The DMK chief’s comments come in the wake of internal wrangles in its ranks, especially in the wake of the rout handed down by arch-rival AIADMK in the April 24 Lok Sabha polls. Critics and political observers had virtually written off the party after it lost power in the 2011 Assembly elections and failed to put up an impressive performance in any of the electoral battles held after that. Reported leadership feud between Karunanidhi’s sons M K Alagiri and M K Stalin saw the Madurai-based former leader being axed from the party early this year. (PTI)

City lawyer arrested for killing wife over dowry

Nagpur:  A 31-year-old city lawyer has been arrested along with his mother and brother on charges of poisoning his wife to death for dowry, police said Friday. The victim Sonali Amol Borkar (26) was admitted for suspected poisoning two days back in a private nursing home here, where she passed away. Her father Shankarrao Tipale then lodged a complaint with Lakadganj Police that his daughter was killed by her in-laws allegedly for not bringing dowry. Acting on the complaint, Lakadganj Police during their preliminary investigation found that Sonali was first hit by a hard object on her head allegedly by husband Amol Borkar and later forcefully administered some poisonous substance. Sonali was allegedly being harassed by Amol and his family over dowry demands, her father alleged. Police on Thursday arrested Amol, his younger bother Radheshyam (29) and mother Rekhabai Borkar (55) in connection with the alleged dowry death and registered offences against them under section 498, 328, 304 (A) and 34 of IPC. The trio were produced before a local court which remanded them to police custody till September 15. (PTI)


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