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than one hundred Congress workers and leaders werecoming back in a motorcade. After crossing Tongpalarea around 4 p.m., when the motorcade reached thehilly tract of Darbha, between Jagdalpur and Sukma,the Naxalites used a truck to block the road. Once thecars were blasted, the Naxalites started firing from allsides. Local Congress workers claimed at least 15-20 of their leaders have been injured and some of themhavealready passed away.Chief Minister Raman Singh cancelled his rally,
and returned to the State capital . Anemergency meeting of the State Cabinet wasconvened.
t has been described as
massive 21st-century bank
a brazen cyber-theft with an eye-watering$45 million purloined from bank ATMs using datahacked from financial companies in India and the U.S.Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York, unsealed acomplaint against the individuals involved. Whileregulatory attention once again focused on the risks of outsourcing certain sensitive jobs in finance to India,U.S. authorities did not reveal the specifics of theIndian companies involved. Prosecutors, however,confirmed that the thieves breached the cyberdefenses of an Indian firm that
credit cardtransactions for MasterCard debit cards issued byRakbank, an institution in the United Arab
.Among the eight men said to be involved, the sevenwho have been arrested and are facing chargesinclude Jael Mejia Collado, Joan Luis Minier Lara, EvanJose Peña, Jose Familia Reyes, Elvis Rafael Rodriguez,Emir Yasser Yeje, and Chung Yu-Holguin. The eighthman, ringleader Alberto Yusi Lajud-Peña, is reported tohave been murdered last month in the DominicanRepublic, apparently during quarrels over how thespoils of this theft were to be divvied up. There was nomistaking the
precision of the hackerscarrying out the cyber
said U.S. attorneyLoretta Lynch, emphasising the speed andcoordination with which the operations wereexecuted. In just over 10 hours, $40 million wassiphoned out from ATMs in 24 countries involving36,000 transactions, according to the complaint.
In dowry cases, don’t look for loopholes in dying
declaration: Supreme CourtT
he trial court or the High Court may not look forcorroboration of a dying declaration, particularlyin dowry cases, to prove the guilt of an accusedunless this statement suffers from any infirmity,the Supreme Court has held.
person whorecords the dying declaration must be satisfiedthat the maker is in a fit state of mind and iscapable of making such a
said aBench of Justices B.S. Chauhan and Dipak Misra.But the requirement of a
certificate onthe state of the dying person was not essential inevery case.
Writingthe judgment, Justice Chauhan said a dyingdeclaration could be oral or written. Any adequatemethod of communication
use of words, signsor otherwise
that theindication is positive and definite. There is norequirement of law stating that a dyingdeclaration must necessarily be made before amagistrate, and when such statement is recordedby a magistrate, there is no specified statutoryform for such recording.
” ‘Exaggeration needn’t
As for discrepancies,embellishments and improvements, the Benchsaid that
every criminal case the same arebound to
for reasons of common errors onthe part of witnesses in observation, due to lapseof time or mental disposition such as feelingsshock or horror that existed at the time of occurrence. The court must form its opinion onthe credibility of a witness and record a finding onwhether his deposition inspired confidence.
per se does not render the evidencebrittle.
In the instant case, according to the prosecution, Kusum Rani was burnt alive by her parents-in-law and her husband Chandrabhanbolted the door of her room from outside. The trial court in Madhya Pradesh awarded life sentence tothe three, treating it as a case of dowry death. Onappeal, the Madhya Pradesh High Court acquitted themfor wantof evidence.
e, who once held the
of Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in1989 and was a protector of constitutional rights