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In Phoolan Devi Murder case, Delhi High Court grants Bail to Sher Singh Rana

Rana, who has undergone close to 13 years’ imprisonment, was also directed by the court to not interact with the family of deceased and any witnesses

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Rana, being taken as shown, was awarded life term on August 14, 2014. Inset- Phoolan Devi. Youtube
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  • The trial court had on August 8, 2014 convicted Rana while acquitting the 10 other co-accused in the case
  • 37 year old Phoolan, then a Samajwadi Party MP from Mirzapur constituency in UP, was shot dead from a close range by three masked gunmen in front of her Ashoka Road residence
  • Delhi Police had charge sheeted 11 men accusing them of eliminating Phoolan to avenge the 1981 Behmai massacre in which she had allegedly killed a number of Thakurs

New Delhi, India. October 23, 2016: The Delhi High Court has granted bail to Sher Singh Rana, the lone convict in the sensational murder of bandit-turned-Lok Sabha member Phoolan Devi here in 2001.

A division bench of Justice Gita Mittal and Justice P.S. Teji granted bail to Rana on Friday, who was awarded life imprisonment, on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and two sureties of same amount.

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Rana, who has undergone close to 13 years’ imprisonment, was also directed by the court to not interact with the family of deceased and any witnesses.

He shall disclose the address at which he would remain available as well as his mobile number which he would be using.

Among other conditions, the court in its order also asked Rana to report to Superintendent of Police (SP) of Roorkee, Uttarakhand on the second Saturday of June and December every year from December 10, 2016.

The trial court had on August 8, 2014 convicted Rana while acquitting the 10 other co-accused in the case.

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Rana, who was awarded life term on August 14, 2014, was held guilty of offences under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 34 (common intention) under IPC in the case.

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Thirty-seven-year-old Phoolan, then a Samajwadi Party MP from Mirzapur constituency in Uttar Pradesh, was shot dead from a close range by three masked gunmen in front of her Ashoka Road residence here in the heart of the capital’s VIP area when she returned home for lunch after attending Lok Sabha session on July 25, 2001.

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Delhi Police had chargesheeted 11 men accusing them of eliminating Phoolan to avenge the 1981 Behmai massacre in which she had allegedly killed a number of Thakurs.

Rana had challenged his conviction and sentencing order in the high court. (IANS)

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Publishers Body Welcomes HC Order Lifting Non-NCERT Book Ban

"The ruling, in addition to providing convenience to children and parents, will also enable them to choose books depending on their preference,"

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The Association of Publishers in India (API) on Tuesday welcomed the Delhi High Court order which stipulated that sale of non-NCERT books must not be disallowed in CBSE-affiliated schools, calling the practice “discriminatory”.

“The court decision exemplifies the point that an ideal education system is the one that recognizes the role of multiple stakeholders and is learner-centric. The decision has been welcomed by not just students and parents but also by schools, private publishers, authors and others as it symbolizes ‘freedom of choice’ in education,” the representative body of publishers of academic texts said in a statement.

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“The ruling, in addition to providing convenience to children and parents, will also enable them to choose books depending on their preference,” it said.

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Arguing that the sale of books, stationery and other items sold by the school be treated as “essential requirements”, the court last week in a decision refused to put a ban on these activities. Pixabay

 

In doing so, the court overturned the April 2017 injunction issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which asked affiliating schools not to indulge in “commercial” activities.

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The court said the availability of uniforms, non-NCERT reference books or even food items for sale only to the students of the school does not fall in the category of and cannot at all be considered as commercialization.

Earlier in its circular, the board had asked the schools to “desist from the unhealthy practice of coercing parents to buy textbooks, notebooks, stationery, uniforms, shoes, school bags etc from within the premise or from selected vendors only” and directed them to operate as doing “community service” as per the board by-laws.

Minister of State for Human Resource Development Upendra Kushwaha, in December last year, told Parliament that CBSE has not directed students or schools to buy or prescribe NCERT books only. (IANS)