first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to produce before it during the day the woman law student who had gone missing after levelling harassment allegations against former Union minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand, and was found in Rajasthan. The apex court was informed by the counsel appearing for the state government that she was found in Rajasthan on Friday and was being taken to Shahjahanpur to meet her parents. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details After a bench of justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna asked the state’s counsel to apprise it as to when the woman can be produced before the court, the lawyer said that she, along with the police team, is enroute to Shahjahanpur and has reached Fatehpur Sikri. The counsel said that if the court asks the authorities to produce the woman before it on Friday itself, she can be brought within two-and-a-half hours. After hearing the submissions, the court directed the state government to produce the woman before it during the day. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The bench said it would interact with the woman in-camera and the bench will assemble after that to pass appropriate orders. The top court had taken cognisance on its own in the matter after a group of lawyers had written a letter to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi requesting him to do so. The Shahjahanpur police had on Tuesday lodged an FIR against Chinmayanand after the student went missing following her allegation in a video clip that he had been harassing her. The woman also spoke about threat to her and her family’s life in the video clip. Her father had filed a complaint with police accusing Chinmayanand of sexually harassing her, a charge refuted by the BJP leader’s lawyer who claimed it was a “conspiracy” to blackmail him. The woman’s father had alleged that she went missing at the behest of the 72-year-old BJP leader, who heads Mumukshu ashram. She is a post-graduate student in one of the colleges run by the ashram. The group of lawyers, in a letter addressed to CJI Gogoi, had requested him to take suo motu action based on media reports that the student had gone missing for the past three days. “Your lordships, we the undersigned members of the legal fraternity and practising lawyers of this court are extremely disturbed and concerned about the wellbeing of the girl concerned. We as a society cannot allow another ‘Unnao case’ to happen. This court has been interfering in letter petitions when it comes to protection of human rights,” the letter said. In the Unnao case of Uttar Pradesh, a 19-year-old woman, who levelled rape allegations against MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, had suffered critical injuries in a road accident, along with her lawyer in Raebareli district in Uttar Pradesh on July 28. Her two aunts died in the incident and her family alleged that the accident was an attempt to eliminate her.last_img read more

first_img@JorgeBarrera Read more on the Connie Oakes case here Jorge  Barrera APTN National News CALGARY—A Calgary judge denied an appeal bail application from a Cree woman who says she was wrongfully convicted for murder.Justice Brian O’Ferrall issued the ruling against Connie Oakes’ appeal bail Friday afternoon. Her appeal bail hearing was held on May 19.Oakes was hoping to obtain bail so she could be with her 22 year-old son who is dying from cancer.A sobbing Oakes said she was devastated by the ruling.“I am never going to see my baby alive,” said Oakes, in a phone interview with APTN National News shortly after she learned of the ruling.Oakes’ son Joseph Carry was told by his doctor in late April he has mere weeks left to live. Carry married his long-time sweetheart during a wedding ceremony held at his family’s ranch last Saturday.Oakes must now wait for her appeal hearing which is scheduled for Nov. 12.Her appeal is partly based on a fresh evidence application stemming from an affidavit signed by the Crown’s main witness against Oakes during the murder trial. A jury convicted Oakes of second degree murder for the killing of 48 year-old Casey Armstrong, who was found dead in the bathtub of his Medicine Hat, Alta., trailer.With no murder weapon, DNA or fingerprint evidence linking Oakes to the murder, Medicine Hat police and the local Crown relied on the testimony of a self-described small town crack dealer named Wendy Scott who has an IQ of 50.Scott, who also pleaded guilty to killing, has since changed her story and now says in a sealed affidavit that Oakes wasn’t at the trailer when Armstrong was killed. She is also trying to have her guilty plea quashed.Scott alleges she was fed evidence by Medicine Hat police while she was stoned during coercive interrogation sessions that lasted six months longer than was disclosed to Oakes’ defence lawyer. Scott initially accused three other people of the murder before naming [email protected]last_img read more