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Snatchers strike, yet again: Shoot at, rob businessman of Rs 2 lakh in Delhi’s Roop Nagar | Delhi News



NEW DELHI: Criminals continue to run amok on the streets of the city. If a businessman was targeted by snatchers in north Delhi’s Roop Nagar two days ago, another businessman was shot at by snatchers, this time in Shastri Nagar.
The incident was captured on a CCTV camera and the footage went viral on social media on Tuesday.
The incident took place around 6pm on Monday when the businessman was heading home after shutting shop. The snatcher on a motorcycle fired at the victim, who has a money exchange business, but he narrowly escaped with his life when the bullet only grazed him. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment and medical examination.
Police said that the criminals fled with around Rs 2 lakh. The cops are using the bike’s registration number to trace the culprits whose faces were obscured by helmets. An FIR has been registered and the Crime Branch and Special Cell have been asked to investigate.
It is being probed if this snatching was also the handiwork of assailants who targeted a businessman in Roop Nagar two days ago. Police are yet to make a breakthrough in that case but have recovered CCTV footage showing the brazenness of the criminals. The footage shows the businessman, identified as Bunny Kalra, not only being robbed and shot but also pinned to the ground and kicked several times by his attackers. They do this in full view of dozens of people, who can be seen on the video stopping to watch the drama but not intervening, obviously cowed by the threats of the criminals.
The 42-year-old victim was shot in his right leg and robbed of Rs 5 lakh by four men. Kalra was carrying the cash belonging to his employer. According to police, the incident took place on Saturday evening when Kalra, who works at a plastic granules shop in Kirti Nagar, was returning to his office on his motorcycle after collecting payment from a customer.
The cops are also yet to make any arrests in the case of a cash van robbery reported a few days ago in Wazirabad in north Delhi. Delhi Police has issued a sketch of the accused in the incident that was prepared on the basis of CCTV footage and details of his appearance given by the other staffers.
Police have recovered CCTV footage showing the assailant threatening the cash van custodian, Udaypal Singh, 55, with a weapon and then running away with the bag full of cash. The footage shows, on being threatened, the frightened guard handing over the bag with cash to the attacker. The assailants still shot dead Singh, who was on duty in the van belonging to the CMS company.





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Another snatching case takes violent turn in Delhi | Delhi News



NEW DELHI: A 42-year-old man was shot at and a bag carrying Rs 5 lakh snatched by four men in north Delhi’s Roop Nagar on Saturday. No arrest has been made in the case so far.
The victim, Hunny Kumar Kalra, lives in Vijay Nagar and works at a trader’s shop in Kirti Nagar. Deputy commissioner of police (north) Sagar Singh Kalsi said they received a PCR call at 6pm on Saturday about a shooting incident. A team from the local police station rushed to the spot. The victim, police said, had received injuries in his right leg. He was taken to hospital for treatment and his condition was stable, they said. “The complainant had himself made the PCR call about the incident,” an officer said.
“Inquiry revealed that the man was going to his employer’s house in Shalimar Bagh to hand over Rs 5 lakh that he had collected from a trader in Sadar Bazar,” the officer said. On the way, four men on two bikes targeted him. They tried to snatch the cash bag and, when the man resisted, one of the assailants took out a pistol and shot at him. Cops said it appeared the men had been tailing him from Sadar Bazar. The role of an insider is suspected.
This was the second such incident in a week. Earlier, a cash van was looted and a security guard was shot. So far, no one has been arrested in that case either.
Saturday’s incident happened in full public view. No one came to the vicitm’s help, police said, even as some people shot videos of the incident. One such alleged clip showed a man lying on the ground and two men kicking him. One of the assilants could be seen trying to snatch a bag even as the victim was screaming.
The victim’s family said they got to know about the incident from his colleagues. Cops are analysing CCTV footage of the incident. “We suspect that the criminals had done a recce of the spot. Raids are under way to nab the accused. We have also questioned a few people in this regard,” the officer said. A case under Sections 392 (robbery), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), 397 (robbery, or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of IPC and 25, 27 of Arms Act has been registered.





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An Express series: Heading North — in search of light


Setting out at night for part 3 of our series, The Indian Express headed from Central to North Delhi and discovered the same thing we had in other parts of the city — long stretches shrouded in darkness, with street lights either switched off or not working.

Between 11.30 pm and 2.37 am on Tuesday night, several key stretches were covered, including the one Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took just a few days ago — albeit during the day. The routes taken include key Delhi landmarks, Kashmere Gate ISBT, Delhi University, the Kamla Nagar Ridge area, and Police Lines Civil Avenue.

The observations:

Marghat Hanuman Mandir to Kashmere Gate ISBT foot overbridge, 11.41pm, 2.2 km

On the left side, the stretch houses several temples and shops selling flowers and worship items. From a U-turn under the bypass Ring Road, the stretch from Kashmere Gate branches off to ITO on the left, and goes straight toward Lohe ka Pul.

When The Indian Express travelled from the Hanuman temple to Kashmere Gate ISBT FOB, the stretch had light poles on both sides of the road as well as on the central median. Of all the lights, from Kashmere Gate ISBT towards Sant Parmanand Hospital and Jamuna Bazar, 19 poles were a mix of single and two-winged lamps, of which only one was lit. From Hanuman Mandir side, there were 20 poles, of which four were lit. On the central median, t here were 24 lights, including five high-mast ones, of which three were not working till the ISBT flyover.

This stretch is taken by lakhs of commuters travelling to and from the ISBT to board buses to neighbouring states. The road also connects to Civil Lines, Delhi University and Vidhan Sabha. On this 2-km stretch, Nigam Bodh Ghat, two bus stands at ISBT, Ambedkar University and Sant Parmanand Hospital are situated.

The stretch was shrouded in darkness.  On January 6, a woman cab driver was attacked near the ISBT. The stretch is infamous for mobile and chain snatching.

“Several light fittings on both sides of the roads have been cut and stolen. This is one of the prominent stretches but maintaining it has been difficult… Theft is a big issue; we have filed several police complaints but no action is taken. We are repairing lights, it will be fixed in a day or two,” said a senior PWD official who looks after the electrical division of the Central and New Delhi division.

Another official said, “As many as 15 poles are not working on the central verge due to a technical fault. We are working on it, and the remaining lights on the stretch have been made functional following your (The Indian Express) complaints. Non-functional poles will be repaired by tomorrow.”

Kingsway Camp Chowk to Model Town police station traffic signal, 12.29 am, 1.1km

The area is home to security personnel and comprises Kingsway Camp, Model Town police station, North Delhi DCP’s office and neighbourhoods where students reside. The stretch from Kingsway Camp Chowk on Mahatma Gandhi Marg towards Mall Road, Model Town police was swathed in darkness. In the middle, the Metro’s underground yellow line is situated. Service roads on either side were covered in darkness and had 21 single-lamp street poles. While two were working, one was flickering.

PWD officials who look after this stretch blamed the thefts and said, “Anti-social elements are a big issue. Despite police lines and a model police station on this stretch, cables, wires, and timers are stolen. We will fix it.”

From Daulat Ram College to Vijay Nagar, 1.02 am, 1.2 km

Starting from famous Tom Uncle Maggi Point near Daulat Ram College, the road till Vijay Nagar Polo Road signal is unlit, barring a few lights from student quarters. On Kirpal Singh Marg to Sahibi River point, there were seven street lights, none lit.

As we cross the Sahibi River bridge, we reach Vijay Nagar, the hub of paying guests for outstations students and Civil Services aspirants. The stretch has 14 lights on the central median, and 30 on the left side, of which only seven were found working. At Vijay Nagar, the road was dimly illuminated only by lights emitted by cafes and restaurants situated on either side of the road.

“The stretch was earlier maintained by the Tata power. PWD recently took the road following several complaints and poor maintenance. Currently, Delhi Jal Board is working on the stretch, which has also affected street lights poles,  but we will get the lights repaired. The street light  are insufficient on the stretch; PWD is also planning to increase it to provide safety to students,” said a PWD official.

Vishwavidyalaya Marg to Chauburja Marg via Kamla Nagar Ridge, 1.36 am, 1.7 km

Starting from University of Delhi near the Vice-Chancellor’s office on the right and Bonta Park gate on the left, the 1.7-km long Kamla Nagar Ridge area connects offices and residential areas of city’s administrators. This includes the L-G House secretariat on Raj Niwas Marg, Ludlow Castle, CM’s camp office and Rajpur Road. The stretch was so dark that several vehicles avoided the route and took Sudhir Bose Marg.

From the DU bus stop, except for four street poles, the stretch was well lit but a little further down the road, Vishawavidyalay Marg descends into darkness. As the stretch starts, a few Yulu bikes were parked on the left. The Kamla Nagar Ridge traffic intersection till the Deputy Conservator of Forests office has nine street light poles of which none was working. From here to the next signal till the officers’ flats on Rajpur Road, there were 37 lights on the right and 14 on the left. Only five were functional.

Akhilesh Pati Tripathi, the MLA of Model Town blamed the MCD, “All the PWD roads are well lit. Recently, along with the principal of Hansraj College, I took stock of the situation and got the lights fixed in several areas. The ridge area falls under MCD…We will try to get it fixed, the network is also an issue there.”

Timarpur MLA Dilip Pandey was not available for comments.





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Uber woman driver attacked with stones in North Delhi, escapes with minor injuries


An Uber driver was allegedly attacked with stones by an unidentified person while she was driving her cab in North Delhi’s Kashmere Gate area early Monday. The driver, identified as Priyanka Devi, was on duty around 2 am when a man pelted stones at her car and then tried to snatch her phone.

The police said Devi sustained minor injuries to her chest in the attack but managed to escape. She was rushed to the hospital and discharged after primary treatment.

Sagar Singh Kalsi, DCP (North), said, “We received a call around 2 am regarding an attempt to robbery by breaking the glass of a car. Police staff rushed to the spot and found a lady cab driver namely Priyanka who lives in Samaypur Badli. She said the glass of her cab was broken and an attempt was made to snatch her mobile. She saved her mobile and then the attacker fled from the spot”.

“Later on, she refused to tender any complaint. We contacted her but she said she doesn’t wish to file a complaint. However, we took suo moto cognisance of the issue and a DD entry was made. Based on the entry, a case has been registered under sections of attempted robbery,” added the DCP.

The police said the accused has been caught and that the matter is being investigated.





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Staircase inside Sadar Bazar shop collapses after water pipe bursts, 1 dead


A 35-year-old man died after a staircase inside a shop collapsed due to a blast caused by a “water pipe”, in North Delhi’s Sadar Bazar, officers said.

The deceased has been identified as Gulab Singh. He worked as a labourer at the shop that sold undergarments.

DCP(North) Sagar Singh Kalsi said that around 6.20 pm on Saturday, a staircase inside a shop collapsed. “Due to the collapse, articles from the shop got scattered outside. Prima facie, it seems to be a blast caused from the water pipe. No soot, fire, pellets or smell of any chemical was observed,” the DCP said.

Singh was shifted to Bara Hindu Rao Hospital, police said, where he succumbed to his injuries during treatment.

A senior police officer said that during the time of the incident, the shop owner was present inside the shop while the deceased was on the pavement. “Other passersby were also present around the shop during the collapse but they didn’t sustain any injuries,” the officer said.

Delhi Fire Service officials said that two fire tenders were rushed to the site. There are a total of three floors in the building where the shop is located and the shop is on the ground floor.





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HC bins plea against reconstitution of Delhi’s town vending committees, imposes Rs 10,000 cost


Rejecting a plea filed by street vendors’ associations that challenged a notification constituting Town Vending Committees (TVC) in Delhi’s municipalities, the Delhi High Court has observed that they did not have a “legal right” to membership and that the “tendency” to seek nomination through court proceedings needed to be “depreciated”.

A bench of Justices Manmohan and Saurabh Banerjee on Dec 15 rejected the plea moved by a group of NGOs or associations of street vendors which claimed that they were nominated members of various TVCs constituted by the Delhi government in September 2018 under the Street Vendors Act 2014. It was argued that the TVCs were set up for surveying and identifying street vendors within six months under the Delhi Street Vendors Rules. However, no such survey had been carried out by the TVCs.

It was further argued that the Delhi government, through its notification of September 17, 2019, reconstituted the TVCs in the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation and the East Delhi Municipal Corporation and removed the associations as members without providing them any notice or opportunity of hearing. They argued that they could not have been removed without following the provisions of the Delhi Street Vendors Rules.

After hearing the arguments, the division bench observed that associations had only a right to be “considered for nomination” to the TVCs, but had no “legal or vested right” to be nominated for membership.

The bench further held that just because the associations were once nominated to the TVCs would not amount to their having a “fundamental or legal right” to be renominated in perpetuity, and that the government “is well within its right to reconstitute TVCs”.

Coming down on the associations, the court opined, “The tendency to get nomination through court proceedings needs to be and is depreciated”.

The bench further held that the Delhi Street Vendors Rules had no application to the case because it was not about the removal of members but only about the TVCs’ reconstitution.

Imposing a cost of Rs 10, 000 on the petitioners, the court dismissed the plea noting that there were no allegations against the qualifications of the newly appointed members, or allegations of bias against any particular official. “Consequently, the present writ petition and the pending application, being bereft of merit, are dismissed with a cost of Rs 10,000, to be paid to the Delhi High Court Legal Services Committee,” the court held.





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Tensions flare over Sunday mass in Delhi’s Burari, police called in


A Sunday mass inside a hall at a residential area was interrupted and a protest was staged, allegedly by locals in North Delhi’s Burari area. Delhi Police said residents started protesting outside the hall based on suspicion that the tenant and a pastor were forcing people to convert.

The incident took place around 10 am on December 11 in a hall where the tenant had invited more than 20 people, including the pastor, who is from Kerala.

Both police and the neighbours were called by the building owner, who has been having issues with the tenant over Christmas carols and the use of loudspeakers.

Police said neither the tenant nor the pastor have approached them with a complaint. No case has been registered against the residents, though police have taken action against the person who posted a video of the incident for sharing “offensive/sensitive/trouble-fomenting posts”.

As per the video and the police, protesters stopped the mass and removed chairs while asking people to vacate the premises.

Meanwhile, the building owner made a PCR call alleging the pastor was converting people. A purported video shows a group of people protesting outside the hall chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

Sagar Singh Kalsi, DCP (North), said the place is not a church but a private room in Burari’s Baba Colony.

“The residents had gathered based on suspicion… We had sent adequate police staff to attend the PCR call and nothing cognizable was found. The protesters were dispersed and the place was vacated. The matter has been resolved. There was no vandalism. The tenant had only called her friends and pastor for a Sunday gathering. There was no disruption or break-in…,” said the DCP.

“There’s no communal issue here. The landlady had issues with the tenant, who had gatherings at the hall. The issues have been going on for some time. On the day of the incident, she made allegations of religious conversion. The tenant is still there. The pastor returned to Kerala and also doesn’t wish to lodge a complaint,” said an officer.

Meanwhile, the letter sent to the Twitter user who shared the video mentions that the post has the “potential to foment trouble amongst the peace-loving and law-abiding citizens”.

The video has now been deleted. The user had posted the video with a caption that the vandalism took place at a church. Police said the date of the incident is incorrect, and the incident took place in a residential area, not a church.





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Car hits three kids playing on footpath in Delhi, driver arrested


Three children playing on the footpath were injured after a car hit them in north Delhi’s Gulabi Bagh area Sunday morning. The police said the accused driver lost balance and crashed onto the footpath where the children were playing. The injured were taken to the hospital and are stable, said the police.

The accused, Gajender Singh, a resident of Pratap Nagar, has been arrested while his Brezza car has been seized.

The incident took place around 9 am. According to the police, the car hit the children and then crashed onto the footpath. Locals in the area rushed to help the children. Some of them went to stop the accused and beat him up. The police said angry locals also smashed the car. They handed over the accused to the police.

DCP (North) Sagar Singh Kalsi said the accused was driving near Lilawati school when the accident took place. The injured children, aged 10, 6 and 4 were rushed to the hospital.

“Two children, aged 10 and 4, sustained minor injuries and are undergoing treatment. The third child, aged 6, was being treated. He is stable now and under medical observation,” said an officer.

The police said the driver was with his family inside the car. He wasn’t drunk or under the influence of drugs, said the police.

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MCD polls 2022: 50% voter turnout recorded; both AAP, BJP claim victory | Delhi News


NEW DELHI: A voter turnout of around 50 per cent was recorded on Sunday in the election to the 250 municipal wards in Delhi, with main rivals the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) claiming victory in the high-stakes political battle.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal with his family members after casting vote on Sunday morning. (Photo: Piyal Bhattacharjee)
No major glitches in electronic voting machines were reported and the voting passed off peacefully with high security observed at the 3,360 critical booths in 493 locations where more than 25,000 police personnel, nearly 13,000 home guards and 100 companies of paramilitary forces were deployed, officials said.

People wait in queue for their turn to cast vote, at a polling booth in East Delhi’s Trilokpuri.
Several people in North-East Delhi and some other areas complained that their names were missing from the voters’ lists. Anil Kumar, the Delhi Congress president, was among the people who could not vote. The BJP said it has filed a complaint with the state election commission over the missing names.

People queue up to cast votes at a polling station in Shalimar Bagh. (Photo: Rajesh Mehta)
Election officials said that nearly 50 per cent polling was reported by 5.30 pm when the voting time ended. However, the figure is likely to rise as many people who reported before 5.30 pm and were queued up at the polling booths were casting their votes.

Long queues of voters outside a polling station in South Delhi. (Photo: Anindya Chattopadhyay)
The results will be announced on December 7.

Garbage collection and landfills emerged as one of the biggest issues in the fight between the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the BJP, which has been controlling municipal bodies for 15 years.

Portakabin polling booth in South Delhi. (Photo: Anindya Chattopadhyay)
The polls are crucial for the AAP and its leader Arvind Kejriwal as they seek expansion of the party ahead of 2024 general elections in the country.

A victory in the MCD polls will not only cement AAP’s place in Delhi but will fuel its aspiration to emerge as a serious contender to the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the national scene.

The BJP, which had deployed its top leaders, including national president JP Nadda, 19 Union ministers like Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and Piyush Goyal and chief ministers of six states in the campaign, is also seeking redemption through a morale-boosting victory.

The party received a drubbing at the hands of AAP in the 2020 Delhi assembly polls and won just eight of the 70 seats.

With a unified MCD led by a mayor of the party, the BJP can continue to challenge the AAP and Kejriwal in the national capital’s politics.

There were 1,349 candidates in the fray and over 1.45 crore electors were eligible to exercise their franchise.Earlier in the day, Kejriwal urged people to exercise their franchise for setting up an honest establishment in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi that delivers results.
“People should vote for the party that is honest and works. (Vote) For those who focus on the cleanliness of the city and not those who keep creating hurdles,” Kejriwal told reporters after he cast his vote along with his parents, wife and children at a polling booth in Civil Lines here.
Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta asserted that the BJP is returning to power with a clear majority in the MCD for the fourth time in a row.
“People have voted against the scams and false publicity of the Kejriwal government,” Gupta said.
The Congress, which has suffered back-to-back defeats in the national capital since 2015 in parliamentary, assembly and municipal corporations polls, is hoping to return from the wilderness.
Meanwhile, several voters were disappointed after their names were missing from the voters’ list.
“I came here to cast my vote for the first time. I found that my name is not mentioned in the list. Officials don’t have a clue. I am standing for the past few hours but nobody is helping me,” 19-year-old Puneet Kumar said.
Anil Kumar, the Delhi Congress president, also did not find his name on the list.
“My name is neither on the voters’ list nor on the deleted list. My wife has voted,” Kumar said at a polling booth in Dallupura in East Delhi.
Polling booths in Bawana’s Katewara village were all empty as the residents in the area boycotted elections alleging negligence from the civic body.
One of the residents of Katewara village Krishna Vats claimed that the residents unanimously decided to boycott the elections at the polling booths in Nangal Thakran ward.
“The civic body as well as the Delhi government always neglected people here, so why should we cast our votes? Main roads are broken, drains are clogged and MCD schools are in pathetic conditions here,” Vats told PTI.
Sanitation, maintenance of parks and lack of parking facilities were the issues of concern for women who came out to vote.
Dr Rehana Parveen, a general physician who arrived at a pink booth on DDU Marg here to cast her vote, flagged the issue of garbage collection from colonies.
Among the early voters was 106-year-old Shanti Bala Vaidya at the Deputy Ganj polling station in the Bara Hindu Rao area.
“She has not missed an election since she started voting,” said her daughter Kamla. Vaidya (106) only understands Bengali but cannot talk.
Sixty drones were used especially to maintain law and order in critical or sensitive booths of the national capital.
Meanwhile, the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party accused each other of violating the model code of conduct during voting.
Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor alleged that recorded messages of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealing to people to vote for the AAP were received by lakhs of people on the day of polling. No immediate reaction was available from the Aam Aadmi Party.
AAP MLA Dilip Pandey told reporters that people are going to punish the BJP for its 15 years of misrule of the civic bodies. and Tiwari should “stop crying foul”.
AAP candidate from Pushp Vihar in South Delhi Arun Nawariya alleged BJP workers distributed money to influence voters.
The erstwhile MCD, established in 1958, was trifurcated in 2012 during Sheila Dikshit’s tenure as chief minister.
Between 2012 and 2022, Delhi had 272 wards and three corporations — North Delhi, South Delhi and East Delhi municipal corporations. These three civic bodies were reunified into the Municipal Corporation of Delhi which came into existence on May 22.
In the 2017 civic election, the BJP won 181 of the 270 wards. Polling could not be held on two seats due to the death of candidates. The AAP had won 48 wards and the Congress 27. The voting percentage that year was around 53 per cent.
(With inputs from PTI)





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Jailed AAP Minister Satyendar Jain Asked To Approach Trial Court In Defamation Case


In November, the court had dismissed Satyendair Jain’s plea seeking discharge in case. (File)

New Delhi:

The Delhi High Court today asked Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain to approach the trial court to challenge the proceedings against him in a criminal defamation complaint filed by Delhi BJP leader Chhail Bihari Goswami.

Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma allowed the AAP leader to withdraw his plea challenging the orders by a magisterial court here and granted him liberty to approach the trial court by way of a revision petition instead of approaching the high court.

“File a revision petition. Why to lose one forum?” the judge said.

Senior advocate Rebecca John, appearing for Satyendar Jain, said the petitioner filed the plea because no case was made out to proceed against him as his alleged statements do not fulfil the ingredients to constitute the offence of defamation.

Chhail Bihari Goswami had filed a defamation complaint against Satyendar Jain and several other AAP leaders, claiming the accused had levelled defamatory remarks against him in connection with funds of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC).

Chhail Bihari Goswami, who was the chairperson of the Standing Committee of the NDMC, alleged the accused passed the remarks to “lower the moral and intellectual character of the complainant in the eyes of the general public”.

In February, the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate had summoned Satyendar Jain, Atishi, Raghav Chadha, Sourabh Bharadwaj, and Durgesh Pathak on the criminal defamation complaint.

“The court is of the considered view that prima facie accused persons namely Satyendar Jain, Atishi Marlena, Raghav Chadha, Durgesh Pathak, and Sourabh Bharadwaj have committed the offence punishable under Section 499/500 (defamation) IPC read with Section 34 (common intention) IPC,” it had said.

In November, the magisterial court had dismissed Satyendair Jain’s plea seeking discharge in the case.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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