December 3, 2019
Gujarat police on Thursday filed a case against BJP leader Jayanti Bhanushali, who resigned recently as the party’s State vice-president after a 21-year-old woman accused him of rape and sexual harassment.The woman, a resident of Surat, had written to the police on July 10 seeking registration of rape case against Mr. Bhanushali, who was Abdasa MLA from 2007 to 2012.On Thursday, the victim appeared before the police and recorded her statement. An FIR was subsequently lodged naming Mr. Bhanushali as a key accused.In her complaint, the survivor said the former lawmaker raped her on several occasions from November last after promising to get her admitted to a reputed fashion design institute. The act was videographed by one of his assistants, she alleged.Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma has asked a DCP to probe the case. Earlier, Mr. Sharma had said that the woman had failed to appear before the police despite being issued summons.In his resignation letter, that was accepted by the State BJP president Jitu Vaghani, Mr. Bhanushali has denied all allegations.
November 28, 2019
Off-colour Harbhajan Singh may not be considered for selection while pace spearhead Zaheer Khan may be rested when the national selectors meet here on Satruday to pick India’s squad for next month’s ODI series against England.Harbhajan who sustained a Grade-I abdominal tear has been advised four weeks’ rest and is unlikely to get fit in time for the shorter formats beginning with a lone Twenty20 game on August 31 and followed by the five one-dayers from September 3.According to Board sources, senior pacer Zaheer Khan may be rested for the ODI series keeping in mind the tight schedule of the national team that includes Test series against the West Indies and Australia.Yuvraj Singh who fractured his left index finger is another doubtful case as it is still not clear as to how much time it would take for him to regain full fitness.While veteran Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag are likely to be available, Parthiv Patel is likely to replace Wriddhiman Saha as the second keeper as he is considered a better batsman.Mumbai youngster Rohit Sharma who was awarded the man-of-the-series in West Indies is another certainty along with Tamil Nadu off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Munaf Patel have also sealed their places in the squad. Left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra who had recently bowled at the India nets before Lord’s Test will certainly be an option for the selectors as he has submitted his fitness certificate to the Board.Paceman Ranganath Vinay Kumar was also in the reckning for a place in the squad considering that conditions in England will favour the quick bowlers.advertisementHowever there is certainly going to be some debate as to who will be the reserve batsman in the squad. Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary and Ajinkya Rahane are fighting for that particular slot.- With inputs from PTI