Delhi News Live: Court acquits man in 2005 Satyam-Liberty cinema blast case – The Indian Express

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Delhi News Live: A Delhi court has acquitted a man accused of being a member of alleged terror organisation Babbar Khalsa International in case related to 2005 Satyam Cinema and Liberty Cinema bomb blasts, saying police miserably failed to prove the case beyond the shadow of doubt. Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender said that though the prosecution had ascribed meaning to general words like ‘plot’, ‘khet’, ‘fasal’, ‘paani’, etc, in his telephonic conversation, “the possibility of any enthusiastic police officer misinterpreting plain and simple words on account of suspicion and overzealous approach cannot be ruled out”.
Meanwhile, in a move to stimulate the night-time economy of the city, the Delhi government is moving towards liberal policy interventions to allow relaxed functioning of the food and the hospitality sectors, officials said. On Saturday, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced a raft of measures in the budget for the financial year 2022-23 like providing land for cloud kitchens, redeveloping major food hubs and bringing in a food truck policy in the national capital.
In other news, petrol price was hiked by 50 paise a litre and diesel by 55 paise on Sunday. Now, the price of petrol in Delhi has reached Rs 99.11 per litre as against Rs 98.61 previously, while the diesel rate has gone up from Rs 89.87 per litre to Rs 90.42, according to a price notification of state fuel retailers. This takes the total increase in rates since resumption of daily price revision less than a week back to Rs 3.70-3.75 per litre.
Delhi recorded 71 fresh cases of Covid on Sunday, taking the cumulative total to 18,64,549. Meanwhile, another virus-related fatality was reported on the day, taking the total number of deaths to 26,151.
After 86 persons recovered from Covid during the day, the number of active cases dipped to 448 in Delhi. 84,132 persons received vaccines on Sunday, of which 51,580 were first doses, 27,640 second doses and the remaining 4,912 precautionary jabs.
The current positivity rate in Delhi is 0.31 per cent.


Two men were arrested for allegedly killing a woman in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar area, police said on Sunday. Shokeen Khan (30) and Jeeshan (22), residents of Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad, were given Rs 1 lakh by Madhu for killing Fatima, they said.
Fatima was shot dead around 10 am on March 14 by them at Old Seelampur. She was shot three times, police said.
Madhu alias Aarti alias Punjaban, a resident of Gandhi Nagar, who is at large, suspected that Fatima was trying to capture her property, and she hired Khan and Jeeshan for the task, they said. While Khan was arrested early Sunday after an encounter, Jeeshan was nabbed on Saturday from Anand Vihar, police said. (PTI)
The administrative building of Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) at Duhai Depot is almost ready and it will house the main operational control centre, the NCRTC said on Sunday.
National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) is implementing India’s first RRTS which is a rail-based, high-speed, high-frequency regional commuter transit system.
It has a design speed of 180 kmph and an average speed of 100 kmph. Powered by electric traction, RRTS will serve as a green mode of transport in NCR. (PTI)
Delhi on Sunday recorded a maximum temperature of 36.8 degrees Celsius, five notches above the season’s average, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
The minimum temperature settled at 20.4 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average, it said. Humidity levels oscillated between 46 per cent to 21 per cent.
The national capital is expected to witness clear skies on Monday. The maximum and minimum temperatures will settle around 37 degrees Celsius and 20 degrees Celsius respectively, the weather department said. (PTI)
Two more accused have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 19-year-old man who died of a bullet injury following a scuffle in Dwarka, police said on Sunday.
The two accused have been identified as Ashish alias Ashu (24), a resident of Najafgarh, and Sumit alias Dilbagh (19), a resident of Dwarka’s Sector 16-A, they said.
Khurshid, a resident of sector 16-A in Dwarka, succumbed to the gunshot injury after a scuffle had broken out between school students on Saturday. Later, outsiders too had jointed the fight, police said. Sahil (19), who lives in Nangli Dairy area, was arrested earlier for the alleged murder of Khurshid. (PTI)
In order to improve passenger service and quality, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will conduct a survey from March 28 to May 1.
The ‘9th edition of the online customer satisfaction survey’ will be conducted by the Transport Strategy Centre (TSC), London, which manages the COMET benchmarking group.
Officials said the main objective of the survey is to know what commuters think about various aspects of Metro operations including feedback/suggestions on improving the quality of service. Read more
In a move to stimulate the night-time economy of the city, the Delhi government is moving towards liberal policy interventions to allow relaxed functioning of the food and the hospitality sectors, officials said.
On Saturday, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced a raft of measures in the budget for the financial year 2022-23 like providing land for cloud kitchens, redeveloping major food hubs and bringing in a food truck policy in the national capital.
The city government also has plans to boost the hospitality sector, including allowing bars in hotels, clubs and restaurants to remain open till late in the night, under the new excise policy. (PTI)
Higher education opportunities for children leaving Delhi schools have increased in the last seven years with an increase in the capacity of universities, said Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia while presenting the 2022-2023 budget on Saturday.
In his budget speech, Sisodia did not announce any new schemes or projects for higher education but emphasised that over the years, the government has worked to increase higher education opportunities for Delhi students by introducing new universities, campuses and increasing capacity. Read more
The long pending project of constructing 1,397 bus que shelters in the Capital will finally start in the upcoming financial year as the Delhi government has allocated Rs 75 crore towards it, which is 150 times higher than the previous year.
The construction of these shelters is one of long pending projects of the Delhi transport department awaiting since 2016-17. “The budget has increased and the transport department has got a good share this year. This will help expedite several transport infrastructure projects,” said a government official. Read more
In a suspected case of road rage in South Delhi’s Saket, a 33-year-old man was allegedly assaulted by three people on Saturday, the Delhi Police said, adding that his turban fell off during the scuffle. One person was later arrested.
The complainant, Narendra Singh, was travelling on his scooter near Saket metro station when the accused attacked him before fleeing the spot, officers said.
The arrested accused was the driver of the other vehicle whom the police identified as Shobhit Sejwal. Read more
The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has planned to involve Group Housing Societies for community participation in the prevention and control of vector-borne diseases under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP).
A senior EDMC official said the main objective is to make EDMC and Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) of Group Housing Societies and others as partners with shared responsibility in ongoing planning, monitoring, analysis and assessment of all necessities.
Also, the material, skills, expertise, and experience of EDMC will be combined to make Group Housing Societies self-reliant in the prevention and control of mosquito breeding through active community participation. Read more
More than a month after two liquor businessmen were murdered in Pataudi, police Saturday said they have arrested the mastermind of the case.
Police said Ajay Jaildar, who has links with gangsters Kala Jathedi and Lawrence Bishnoi, had allegedly plotted the double murder to establish his supremacy in the liquor business.
Police said they were also investigating if the murders were the fallout of a gang rivalry. Read more
A 23-year-old woman died after allegedly jumping off Rajeev Chowk flyover in Gurgaon on Saturday afternoon. The reason for the alleged suicide is yet to be ascertained, police said.
The deceased has been identified as Sapna, a resident of Hans Enclave in Gurgaon, police said. She was pursuing a professional certification course in management accounting and had done her graduation from DU.
According to police, the incident took place around 2.30 pm. Read more
Three departments of the Delhi government will be working in close coordination to set up a boarding school for homeless children announced by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia during his budget speech.
The AAP-led government has allocated Rs 10 crore for setting up such a school. According to an official privy to the development, the modalities of the same will be worked out in a couple of weeks.
“The modalities of the school will be worked out in close coordination with the Department of Social Welfare, Department of Women and Child Development (WCD) and the Department of Education,” he told PTI. Talking about how the idea of the school originated, the official said in the post-pandemic period, there was a surge in the number of homeless children. (PTI)
A multi-agency counter-terrorist mock drill was conducted by the CISF at Delhi Metro’s Dilli Haat INA station on Sunday to check the preparedness and response of various agencies.
Under the mock drill which commenced around 12.30 am at the station on Delhi Metro’s yellow line, a situation of IED (improvised explosive device) blast, indiscriminate firing on passengers, metro staff and CISF personnel as well as taking of hostage by terrorists was created, a Central Industrial Security Force spokesperson said.
As the situation “warranted” response from various agencies, the CISF alerted them as per the national disaster management protocol, he said. (PTI)
Traders at the Gandhi Nagar textile market here have welcomed the Delhi government’s decision to develop it as a “grand garment hub”, saying it has the potential to generate more revenue and thousands of jobs.
Presenting the budget in the Delhi Assembly for the financial year 2022-23 on Saturday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced that the government has planned to develop the textile market in Gandhi Nagar as a “grand garment hub” and it will be re-branded and repositioned to also generate more jobs in the next five years.
K K Balli, president of the Association of Wholesale Readymade Garment Dealers (Gandhi Nagar), said retailers and shopkeepers have been demanding the restructuring of the market for quite a long time as several structural flaws have prevented the growth of their businesses. (PTI)
Artists perform as giant puppets during Bonjour India’s ‘A Twist of Fate’ street show at the Lodhi Garden, Sunday.
(PTI Photo)


A Delhi court has acquitted a man accused of being a member of alleged terror organisation Babbar Khalsa International in case related to 2005 Satyam Cinema and Liberty Cinema bomb blasts, saying police miserably failed to prove the case beyond the shadow of doubt.
Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender said that though the prosecution had ascribed meaning to general words like ‘plot’, ‘khet’, ‘fasal’, ‘paani’, etc, in his telephonic conversation, “the possibility of any enthusiastic police officer misinterpreting plain and simple words on account of suspicion and overzealous approach cannot be ruled out”.
“I am of the considered opinion that shadow of doubt appears upon the prosecution version and the evidence available on record is not of sterling quality to hold accused Trilochan Singh liable for the commission of offence punishable under section 18 (conspiracy for terrorist acts) and 20 (membership of terrorist organisation) of UAPA and under section of Arms Act,” the judge said. (PTI)
The long pending project of constructing 1,397 bus que shelters in the Capital will finally start in the upcoming financial year as the Delhi government has allocated Rs 75 crore towards it, which is 150 times higher than the previous year. 
The construction of these shelters is one of long pending projects of the Delhi transport department awaiting since 2016-17. “The budget has increased and the transport department has got a good share this year. This will help expedite several transport infrastructure projects,” said a government official. 
Earlier, the Delhi Transport Infrastructure and Development Corporation (DTIDC), which looks at the infrastructure of bus depots, terminals and shelters, was handling the bus que shelter project and invited bids at least three times but failed to attract bidders. “They bidders refused saying the government wants big in a small budget and this happened at least five times,” said an official. 
Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 20.4 degrees Celsius on Sunday, two notches above the season”s average, the India Meteorological Department said.
The humidity was 46 per cent at 8.30 am. The city’s air quality was recorded in the ”poor” category in the morning with the AQI clocking 205 at 9 am, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data showed. (PTI)
Senior BJP leaders, MPs, and party workers led by state president Adesh Gupta staged a protest near the Delhi Vidhan Sabha against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s statements on the film The Kashmir Files, even as the latter said the BJP was politicising the plight of Kashmiri Pandits. Former Union Health Minister and MP Harsh Vardhan said, “The development that took place in J&K in the past seven years has not happened in 60 years since Independence.”
Meanwhile, Delhi University’s Law Faculty cancelled a talk by senior advocate Prashant Bhushan on ‘Challenges to The Indian Constitution’ 20 minutes prior to the event, citing “unmanageable behaviour” by students. Bhushan, however, alleged there was pressure to cancel the event given the topic, and his stand against the current dispensation.
After he was denied entry to speak inside the Law Faculty campus, Bhushan ended up delivering a short lecture outside on the road.

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