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Sunday, 28 July 2013

From Today's Papers - 28 Jul 2013
Court warns ex-Army chief of action; plea to cancel bail filed
NEW DELHI: Former Army Chief V K Singh, facing charges of criminal defamation, earned the ire of a magistrate here after the retired General's counsel asked him to "recuse" himself during hearing in the case and was warned of action over the conduct.

"Do not tell me when I should recuse or not. You will not tell this to me. I can take cognisance... Do not say like this in the court. Just because I do not say anything or do not put my foot down on the matter, it does not mean that you will take me for granted. Do not take advantage of my leniency," Metropolitan Magistrate Jay Thareja told V K Singh's counsel.

The magistrate also told the former Army Chief, who appeared before him in pursuance to the bailable warrants issued against him for his failure to appear before the court earlier, that if his lawyer Vishwajeet Singh would show such conduct, then he may not be "liberal" to him.

"Mr Singh, I have been very liberal on this case. This is a normal case for me. But is this the conduct of your lawyer? He had not appeared before me on the last date...I am afraid I will not be liberal," MM Thareja said.

During the hearing, advocate Anil Aggarwal, appearing for complainant Lt Gen (Retd) Tejinder Singh, moved two applications seeking cancellation of bail granted to V K Singh and cancellation of exemption granted to other four persons, against whom he had filed the defamation case.

The court, which clarified that it is not passing any adverse order against V K Singh, said it would hear the arguments on the plea on August 21. It also said that it would also hear the arguments on V K Singh's plea for permanent exemption on that day.

Tejinder Singh had filed a criminal defamation case against V K Singh, Vice Chief of Army S K Singh, Lt Gen B S Thakur (Director General of Military Intelligence), Major General S L Narshiman ( Additional Director General of Public Information) and Colonel Hitten Sawhney.
Pak pounds Poonch posts with grenades
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Tribune News Service

Jammu, July 27
Pakistan violated ceasefire for the fifth time this month, with its troops pounding Indian forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch with rocket propelled grenades (RPGs), mortars and heavy machine gun fire on Saturday.

The Army said it gave a "calibrated" response to Pakistan's unprovoked act and both sides traded heavy fire for over five hours.

"There has been a ceasefire violation by the Pakistani troops along the LoC in the Doda Battalion area of the Poonch Sector, without any provocation from the Indian side today," said Jammu-based officiating Defence PRO, SN Acharya.

Reports from Pakistan quoted its chief military spokesman Maj General Asim Saleem Bajwa saying that one Pakistani soldier was killed and another injured in firing by the Indian Army. Maj General Bajwa identified slain soldier as Asim Iqbal and injured as Muhammad Khan.
Navy officer’s wife held for cheating

New Delhi, July 27
The Delhi Police today arrested the wife of an Indian Navy officer for allegedly cheating the Delhi IIT branch of the State Bank of India (SBI) by submitting forged documents to acquire a credit card.

The woman has been identified as Sujata Sahu, who had earlier lodged a complaint with the Kochi police in March this year alleging that she was molested by her husband, Lieutenant (IN) Ravi Kiran's colleagues and she was asked to extend sexual favours to his seniors.

The Vasant Vihar police station arrested her after the examination of the forged documents she had allegedly submitted to the bank. A case has been registered under the IPC sections 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 471 (Using as genuine a forged document), 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating) and 511 Punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment). The Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950, has also been added in the case.
Navy sex scandal case: Complainant arrested for alleged forgery
The woman, whose complaint of wife swapping rocked the naval base in Kochi in April, was today arrested by Delhi Police for allegedly committing a forgery in procuring a credit card in the name of her estranged husband.

Police arrested Sujata Sahoo from her residence in South Delhi under section 420 (cheating), 468 and 471 (forgery) and Emblem and Name (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, Delhi Police spokesman said.

Kamini Jaiswal, counsel for Ms Sahoo in the wife swapping case, has denied the charges and said it was an attempt to malign her client and accused the Delhi Police of torturing Ms Sahoo.
Ms Jaiswal claimed that her client was dragged from her house and beaten. "As a result of this, she has received injuries and the police has not been ensuring a proper medical check up," Ms Jaiswal alleged.

She said that her client had been informing her about the repeated threats received by her and warnings of dire consequences if she did not withdraw her complaint in which she has named senior naval officials.

According to Delhi Police, Ms Sahoo, 25, was arrested from Jia Sarai after State Bank of India's IIT branch complained that she was trying to procure a credit card in the name of her estranged husband, Ravi Kant, using his forged Pan card and employment letter of the Indian Navy.

The bank, according to the Delhi Police, has videographed everything pertaining to the alleged procurement of the credit card.

Defence Minister AK Antony had promised to take strong action if anybody was found guilty in the alleged Kochi wife swapping case.

She had also filed a case of dowry harassment under Section 489A against her husband and the case has been transferred to Kochi.
Pakistan troops fire at Indian post again, one BSF jawan injured
In second incident of ceasefire violation on Saturday, Pakistani troops fired at a post of the Border Security Force (BSF) at Hiranagar in Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir. One BSF jawan was injured in the firing.

The Pakistani troops used mortars, RPGs and heavy machine guns leading to heavy firing exchanges, officers of the Army and BSF said.

Head Constable Baljeet Singh of 68 Battalion was injured in the firing and was hospitalised.
With these two incidents today, the number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan in July rose to six.

Earlier in the day, Pakistani troops fired at the Indian Army posts in Poonch sector near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Pakistani troops have targeted Indian posts by firing rocket projectile grenades (RPGs) and heavy machine guns along LoC in Doda Battalion forward area in Poonch district since 0730 hours today," a senior Army officer said.

Indian troops retaliated effectively, resulting in heavy exchanges which were on for five hours, the officer said.

There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing, he said.

Top Army officials are monitoring the situation in wake of the heavy firing along the border line and troops have been asked in other forward areas to intensify round the clock vigilance.

This is fifth ceasefire violation in July this year.
Defence Analyst Bharat Verma feels ceasefire violations by Pakistan will increase
According to Verma, the multiple cease-fire violations indicate the effort by Pakistan to destabilize tranquility in Jammu and Kashmir in order to find a target for the 'jihad factory'.
Speaking to the Asian News International here today, Bharat Verma pointed out that with the projected withdrawal of Western forces from Afghanistan, the ‘jihad factory’ products will be unemployed and Pakistan will have to find new targets.

According to Verma, the multiple cease-fire violations indicate the effort by Pakistan to destabilize tranquility in Jammu and Kashmir in order to find a target for the ‘jihad factory’.

Bharat Verma said: “ Pakistan wants to infiltrate maximum number of people inside Kashmir. Kashmir has been very stable for last few years but now with unemployment of jihad factory in Afghanistan due to the withdrawal of Western forces their energies will be redirected. This firing is going to increase to unsettle Kashmir and it will be at multiple places to infiltrate people. ” Verma said.

Verma said that India is making a mistake in allowing people from Pakistan occupied Kashmir, in fact people who had left Kashmir, to come back via Nepal or directly ---because they are the jihad factory. “They are going to be the sleeping agents inside Kashmir. Therefore, India needs to be very alert and security agencies have to neutralize such formula being adopted by the Pakistan army and Nawaz Sharif.

Commenting on recent statements of the Pakistan Prime Minister, Verma said “Nawaz Sharif will be a big player because he cannot overlook the Pakistan army and ISI agenda; neither can he overlook where his connectivity is—the jihad factory.

According to army sources, there has been no loss of life along the Line of Control. Top army officials are monitoring the situation along the LoC and troops have been asked in other forward areas to intensify their vigilance.

Today’s ceasefire violation comes five days after the Pakistani troops opened small arms firing at Indian posts in forward area along the LoC in Poonch district on Monday night.

On July 3, Pakistani troops fired at policemen, who had gone to the LoC at Sabzian in Poonch to collect the body of a Pakistani intruder killed by an IED blast.

The Pakistani troops again fired at Indian soldiers on July 8 while they were trying to evacuate injured porters along LoC in Poonch.

On July 12, Pakistani Rangers opened fire at Indian forward posts in the Pindi belt along the international border in Jammu district.
HAL delivers pilotless target aircraft for Indian Army
BANGALORE: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has delivered the first Lakshya-1 (pilotless target aircraft) to Bharat Dynamics Limited (Hyderabad), which will be used by the Indian Army in the coming days.

"The aircraft has been delivered ahead of schedule in record 15 months against 24 months of normal manufacturing cycle time", said Dr RKTyagi, chairman, HAL.

Lakshya-1, originally designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment of DRDO, is a training aid high-performance reusable target system. It realistically simulates enemy aircraft for air-to-air and surface-to-air weapon system operators and permits proficiency assessment and improvement of weapon crew during live fire engagement.

It can be noted here that HAL is the only company in the country producing UAVs like pilotless target aircraft. The company has so far produced 39 Lakshya-1 aircraft at its aircraft division in Bangalore. These aircraft are used by Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and DRDO.

In coming months, HAL is planning to take up the manufacturing of next generation version of Lakshya-2 which is also designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment of DRDO.

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