Rome, September 7, 2016: Italy has deported a 43-year-old Indian migrant Ram Lubhaya who last month in August has tried to abduct a young girl from a beach resort near Ragusa in Italy.
Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Lubhaya had been put on a plane from Rome to New Delhi. The incident took place on August 16. Last month, he was released because attempted kidnapping is a non-carcerable offence under Italian law, mentioned PTI reports.
In August, Justice minister Andrea Orlando has sent inspectors to the Ragusa city prosecutor’s office after Ram Lubhaya was caught trying to abduct a 5-year-old girl.
The girl’s parents had chased and fought with Lubhaya to get their child out of this clutch. Within an hour, Lubhaya was arrested based on eyewitness descriptions, reported ANSA news agency.
Prosecutor Giulia Bisello ordered the man – who has a criminal record, no residency permit, and currently makes a living by creating henna tattoos on the beach where he also sometimes spends the night – released without questioning.
Her decision sparked an outcry on social media and a wave of calls from concerned beachgoers to police emergency services, which prompted Bisello to track the suspect and get him arrested again.
“Oggi abbiamo espulso dal territorio nazionale il cittadino indiano, Ram Lubhaya, che il 16 agosto scorso si era… https://t.co/PrsvwbSBNa
However, after questioning him for several hours, the prosecutors ordered his release again, based on the legal code.
“This law makes me vomit,” said the child’s mother. “We were told the suspect did not conclude the crime — we were supposed to lose sight of him in order to say he kidnapped our little girl,” mentioned the PTI report.
The suspect, she said, only stopped “because we tackled him. He was holding her very tight, with her face almost in his armpit. We were hoping this person would be deported from Italy at least”.
While prosecutors’ decisions can’t be challenged, Orlando’s inspectors are tasked with assessing whether there were any “abnormalities or violations of the law that could be subject to disciplinary action”, the ministry said.
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, slapped with a five-year jail term for the Rajasthan Blackbuck killing case — and now given bail — is one in a long list of film personalities who have had a serious brush with the law, grabbing headlines over the years.
Owing to his exalted status and the kind of money invested over him, Salman, 52, invariably stands out as the numero uno among those who have grappled with the law, police and courts.
For, this is the second time in the past decade that he has been in-and-out of courts and lock-ups, the first for the September 28, 2002 road accident case when his Toyota SUV rammed into a bakery and killed one pavement dweller in the posh Bandra.
After walking the full length of the keel, he was sentenced to five years in jail but was acquitted on appeal in December 2015. Now, the Maharashtra Government has challenged the acquittal of “Bhai” — as he is fondly known in Bollywood — before the Supreme Court.
Immediately prior to this, his friend and another “Bhai” Sanjay Dutt virtually created history by becoming the first major film personality to be convicted and also one to complete his full jail sentence.
Despite many controversies, he finally walked out of Yerawada Central Jail, Pune in February 2016, with the halo of his larger-than-life hero image still intact.
Dutt was sentenced to five years by the Supreme Court for illegal possession of weapons after the bloody Mumbai communal carnage of Decemebr 1992-Januarry 1993 and its fallout in the form of the March 12, 1993 serial bomb blasts, India’s biggest terror strike till date which left 257 dead.
In May 2001, actor Fardeen Khan, son of the late Feroze Khan, shot into the headlines after he was arrested from Juhu for bying cocaine from a tout. He was tried before a Special NDPS Court, but after over a decade, granted conditional immunity from prosecution.
The former Big Bucks of Bollywood, leading diamantaire Bharat Shah was involved in alleged shadow funding of the film, “Chori Chori, Chupke Chupe” (coincidentally, starring Salman Khan!), produced by Nasim Rizvi.
Shah was accused of allegedly financing the film which was made under orders from an absconder mafia don, but was later acquitted by a Special MCOCA Court.
Actress Monica Bedi grabbed the headlines in September 2002 when she was arrested along with mafia don Abu Salem by the Portuguese authorities for entering the country with fake documents.
After a term in a Lisbon prison and a long legal battle, the duo was deported to India in November 2005 to face multiple cases by various agencies.
While Salem is in jail facing various cases, Bedi was arrested in a forged passport case. The Supreme Court upheld her conviction but reduced her sentence from five years jail to two-and-half years, which she had already spent in prison as an undertrial and she walked out free in July 2007.
In June 2009, Bollywood was shocked when actor Shiney Ahuja was arrested on charges of raping his maid-servant.
Though the victim was later declared hostile, the case against Ahuja continued. He was sentenced to seven years in jail against which he appealed before Bombay High Court. He is currently out on bail.
In a crime of passion, small-time actress Maria Susairaj and her ex-naval officer boyfriend Emile Jerome Mathew allegedly joined hands to kill a TV company executive Neeraj Grover at his Mumbai flat in May 2008.
Later they chopped up the body into pieces, put it in a suitcase and dumped and burnt it on the outskirts of Mumbai.
After a three year legal battle, Maria was acquitted of the murder charge. She was held guilty for destruction of evidences and awarded three years in prison, while Mathew is serving a 10-year jail sentence.
Actor Sooraj Pancholi, son of Bollywood actor-couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab is embroiled in a case of abetment of suicide of British-American actress Jiah Khan, who was found dead at home in June 2013. The matter is in the courts.
Bollywood’s ‘Chhote Nawab’ Saif Ali Khan, the 10th in the royal hierarchy of the erstwhile Patudi State in modern-day Haryana, got into fisticuffs with a NRI businessman Iqbal Mir Sharma, at a five-star hotel in February 2012.
Accompanied by his friends, including future wife Kareena Kapoor, Saif was arrested and let out on bail and the matter has been referred for mediation by a Mumbai Court.
Another headline grabber was the alleged involvement of well-known music director Nadeem Saifi, of the erstwhile Nadeem-Shravan duo, who is wanted-accused for the killing of music baron Gulshan Kumar in August 1997.
At that time, Nadeem was in London and to evade arrest he stayed there. Later, the UK House of Lords upheld the London High Courta’s ruling against his extradition and rejected Indian government’s plea for a review of the decision.
In April 2016, the Thane police busted an international narcotics racket in which one of the prime suspects named is well-known actress Mamta Kulkarni and her husband, alleged drug lord Vicky Goswami.
The case acquired international dimensions with the Indian, American and Kenyan authorities investigating the matter. A Mumbai court has declared the Kulkarni-Goswami couple as absconders. IANS