The Asian Age – Saharanpur violence: Mayawati slams clean chit to eight Thakurs

The eight had been arrested for allegedly attacking three Dalits on May 23.

Lucknow, 16 June 2017. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing caste violence in Saharanpur has given a clean chit to the eight accused who happened to be Thakurs.

The eight had been arrested for allegedly attacking three Dalits on May 23. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati slammed the move, saying once again, it proved the anti-Dalit mentality of the BJP.

The SIT moved an application before a local court two days ago seeking their release, saying that they were found innocent during the investigation.

Saharanpur SSP Babloo Kumar said, “During investigation, we found that the eight accused were falsely named in the FIR lodged on various charges including attempt to murder. We had moved an application in the court under section 169 CrPC and requested their release. The court has accepted the application and has also allowed the release”.

Seventeen persons were arrested and sent to jail during a series of clashes in Saharanpur between Thakurs and Dalits last month, of which eight belonged to the Thakur community. With the SIT giving them a clean chit, it is only the Dalit youths, including Bhim army chief Chandra Shekhar and Shiv Kumar (the village head of Shabbirpur village where the clashes took place) that are in jail now.

The SIT has been verifying claims of over 100 affidavits that families of other accused have filed in cases related to the violence.

http://www.asianage.com/india/politics/160617/saharanpur-violence-mayawati-slams-clean-chit-to-eight-thakurs.html

The Hindu – Supreme Court indicates setting up Special Investigation Team (SIT) for Panama papers leak probe

Krishnadas Rajagopal

New Delhi, 9 January 2017. The Supreme Court on Monday indicated that it may at a “relevant time” order the setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to exclusively look into revelations made in the Panama papers on nearly 500 high-profile Indians who have allegedly parked money in off-shore accounts.

A Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and R Banumathi said “everything” cannot be under the control of the SIT set up to investigate black money. That SIT is headed by former Supreme Court judge, Justice M B Shah.

“One SIT should not control everything. We are thinking of another SIT. We want an independent SIT,” Justice Misra observed.

The government, represented by Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha, told the Supreme Court that it was “absolutely serious” about investigating disclosures in the Panama papers.

Meanwhile, SEBI has sought time to file its counter in the writ petition filed by Supreme Court advocate M L Sharma, who alleged that the leaked documents reveal the commission of a serious fraud.

In an earlier hearing, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had submitted that a Multi Agency Group (MAG) of various investigative agencies was formed by the government to go into the disclosures made in the list which included about 500 Indian entities.

The Panama leaks contain an unprecedented amount of information, including more than 11 million documents covering 2,10,000 companies in 21 offshore jurisdictions.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/SC-indicates-setting-up-SIT-for-Panama-papers-leak-probe/article17013818.ece