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Tamil Nadu Student Suicide: Supreme Court refuses to interfere with Madras HC order on CBI probe

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Bhuvana Iyer – Mumbai Uncensored, 15th February 2022

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to interfere with the decision of the Madras High Court to transfer to CBI, the alleged religious conversion and suicide case of a 17-year-old in Thanjavur. 

A Bench comprising Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Bela Trivedi passed the order on a special leave petition filed by the Tamil Nadu government, through the state’s Director General of Police (DGP), challenging the order of the Madras High Court (Madurai Bench) transferring the case from local police to the CBI.

The Apex Court told the Tamil Nadu Government to not make the case a prestige issue by opposing the High Court order for a CBI investigation. The Court further asked the Tamil Nadu Police to hand over all the evidence collected until now to the CBI.

The Bench also made it clear that the CBI should also probe the allegations of forced conversion.

While issuing notice to the respondents, the Court directed that the investigation will continue in terms of the impugned order.

The DGP said that the High Court erred in transferring the probe to CBI. The petition also sought directions from the Supreme court to expunge the remarks made by the High Court against the investigation conducted by the State Police.

The Madras High Court, in its January 31 order, had ordered CBI probe, after taking a critical view of the stand taken by the local police that there was no basis for the allegation that the suicide was due to the forced attempts by the girl’s Missionary School to convert her to Christianity.

The case stems from an incident that took place in January, when a girl student had consumed pesticide when she was in her school hostel. The girl, a Class 12 student of Sacred Heart Higher Secondary School, Michealpatti, had died on January 19 following an attempt to suicide. After her death, certain video clips of her recorded by a third party named Muthuvel emerged in social media, in which the girl had allegedly made statements about forcible conversion attempts.

A Single-Judge Bench of Justice G.S. Swaminathan had passed the orders on a plea by Lavanya’s father, seeking probe by a Central agency into his daughter’s death.

The High Court had heavily criticised Thanjavur SP Ravali Priya for holding a press conference ruling out the conversion angle, stating that the SP “probably forgot the virtues of silence”.

The suicide case should be investigated from all angles, the judge noted and pulled up the SP for choosing to ‘proclaim’ that Justice Swaminathan also pointed out to an interview given by School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi. The Judge observed that since the high ranking minister himself has taken a stand, investigation cannot continue with the state police.

In one of the recorded videos that emerged in public, Lavanya stated that she was was tortured and exploited by hostel warden Sagaya Mary, and was being forced to convert to Christianity.

The family of Lavanya has demanded a CBI probe in the suicide case. Lavanya’s parents said that they do not trust the probe of Tamil Nadu Police and want CBI to investigate the matter .The family alleged that the police is ignoring religious conversion and only focusing on harassment by the nuns. Lavanya’s parents continued to maintain that the mistreatment was because Lavanya had refused to convert to Christianity.

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ख्रिस्ती मिशनरींचे, टार्गेट मुंबई…

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Akash Swarup Sonawane – Mumbai Uncensored, 24th May 2022

मुंबईत मागील काही दिवसांमध्ये ख्रिस्ती धर्मियांचे प्रचारक आणि त्यांचे कार्यक्रम मोठ्या प्रमाणात चर्चेत आसल्याचे सोशल मीडियाद्वारे दिसून येत आहे. ह्या कार्यक्रमांचे आयोजन काही चर्च मार्फत, ख्रिस्ती संस्थांमार्फत किंवा त्यांच्या धर्मगुरुंमार्फत करण्यात येते. लोकांच्या समस्यांचे निवारण करण्यासाठी हे मिशनरी परमेश्वर किंवा प्रभू येशूच्या नावाखाली बोगसरित्या लोकांना काही चित्र विचित्र प्रक्रिया आणि मंत्रोउच्चारण करून बरे करण्याचा दावा करत असतात. 

अशाच एका पादरी बजींदर सिंग मिनिस्ट्री नामक व्यक्तीचा वांद्रे कुर्ला संकुल येथील कार्यक्रम रद्द करण्यात आला होता. हा पादरी बोगस असून त्याच्यावर बलात्कार, बाल हक्क अयोग्य, अंधश्रद्धा कायद्यान्वये आणि असे अनेक खटले सुरु असल्या कारणाने हिंदू व शीख समाजाने व त्यांच्याशी जोडल्या गेलेल्या संघटनांनी विरोध दर्शवून कार्यक्रम रद्द केला गेला होता. 

परंतु असे अनेक पादरी व त्यांच्या मिशनरी कार्यरत असून असा आणखी एक कार्यक्रम समोर आला आहे. दिनांक २७ मे २०२२ रोजी मेयर ऑडिटोरिअम, बर्फीवाला रोड, अंधेरी पश्चिम येथे होणाऱ्या पादरी वेंकट, एच इ फाऊंडेशन, संस्थापक जरेमीआ तेकी, संतोष कोली मिनिस्ट्री, अँथोनी राज, जॉन आनंद आयोजित “अराईज अँड शाईन” नामक कार्यक्रमासाठी समाजातुन विरोध दर्शवला जात आहे. जनतेची दिशाभूल करणे, अंधश्रद्धेचा प्रचार तसेच समर्थन करणे, लोकांची फसवणूक करुन ठराविक धर्मामध्ये धर्मांतर करणे या आरोपांवर पादरी वेंकट व त्याच्या सहकाऱ्यांची चौकशी व्हावी अशी देखील काही संस्थांमार्फत मागणी होत असल्याचे सूत्रांच्या माहितीनुसार आढळून आले आहे. 

ह्या मिशनरी सोशल मीडियावर व्हिडिओ आणि पोस्टद्वारे आपली जाहिरात करुन अशा प्रकारच्या कार्यक्रमांचा प्रचार करत असल्याचे स्पष्ट होते. दिनांक १० मे २०२२ पासून ‘एच इ फाऊंडेशन’ या फेसबुक पेज वरुन ह्या कार्यक्रमाच्या जाहिराती होत असून विविध पोस्ट द्वारे या कार्यक्रमास, देवाने पाठवलेल्या पादरी वेंकट याला ऐकायला येण्याचे आवाहन केले जात आहे. तसेच आपल्या कार्यक्रमांमध्ये विचित्र आवाज, गाणी, घोषणा आणि अमानवीय क्रिया करुन लोकांच्या मानसिक संतुलनावर घाला घालत असल्याचे प्रसारित केलेल्या काही व्हिडिओंमधून आढळून येते. 

‘सॅफ्रन थिंक टॅंक’ संघटनेचे संस्थापक सिद्धांत मोहिते यांनी सदर विषयांवर आवाज उठवून लेखी तक्रारी दिल्या आहेत. या समाज कंटकांच्या विरोधी अनेक तक्रारी व विरोध असल्याचे प्रचलित असून सुद्धा सामान्य जनता याला बळी पडते. परंतू यांच्या विरोधात कारवाई केली जात नाही, त्याउलट अशा कार्यक्रमाना अधिकृत परवानग्याही दिल्या जातात. विरोध झाल्याशिवाय जर असे कार्यक्रम होणे बंद झाले नाही तर अंधश्रद्धेमार्फत धर्मांतराला वाव मिळतच राहील. 

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Days after Maneka Gandhi severs tainted Mumbai arm of her organisation PFA, extortionist associated with the organisation is arrested.

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Extortionist arrested for allegedly harassing a pet owner from Thane.

Khushi Shah – Mumbai Uncensored, 18th May 2022

An FIR was registered against Lata Parmar, president of PFA’s Mumbai Unit and her team members on April 14 for allegedly forging a document and using the stamps of Sion police on the letterhead of PFA while taking custody of a Dalmatian from a Thane resident.

Ravi Vikram Bhatnagar, an animal activist alerted the police about the forged document and said that two more accused were yet to be arrested and that these people were using Maneka Gandhi’s name and extorting people.

Maneka Gandhi is the founder of People For Animals and is currently the chairperson of this organisation. Whilst serving India as a political member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), she founded India’s largest organisation for animal rights and welfare, People For Animals.

Following this complaint she tweeted a post that read-

“***IMPORTANT*** A decision has been taken to dissolve the People For Animals, Mumbai Unit-1. As on 15.04.2022, the PFA Mumbai Unit 1 ceases to exist.”

Days after Maneka Gandhi severed ties with the Mumbai Unit 1 of her non-profit People for Animals (PFA) over allegations of extortion, a woman, Bimlesh Navani, associated with the organisation was arrested for allegedly harassing a pet owner from Thane. As per the FIR, a few PFA members visited a site of Vedant Construction on Ghodbunder Road, Thane, on March 3. They found a Dalmatia dog and told its owner Akshay Zade that they were taking the canine and Zade could get it back after showing the necessary documents. The same day, Bhatnagar, who is a friend of Zade, came across a photo of the dog on social media. He found something was off in the documents uploaded along with the picture of the dog and alerted the cops. The Sion police have also booked Lata Parmar, president of PFA’s Mumbai Unit 1, in the case. Another accused, Mohit Chawre, has got anticipatory bail. 

An animal lover, who runs NGO, Salim Charania and had filed a writ petition in the high court against Parmar for misusing her power as president and filied 55 false complaints against him at various police stations. He said, “In 2020, the raid was conducted at my house in Vasai where I kept stray dogs for allegedly breeding dogs and selling them. However, the police did not find anything against me. Parmar targeted me as my NGO was working in the market. She used to call the police and Maneka Gandhi to complain against me. VVMC doctors also gave me a clean chit.’’

Simalar cases involving Parmar misusing her power under the name of the organisation and Maneka Gandhi were seen.

An Assistant doctor Kuldeep Mukane, also victim, spoke about how in January, a month after performing a surgery on a cat the owner came to us complaining that the cat had an infection. At that time, Lata Parmar had demanded Rs 1 lakh from them to not register a complaint. She also approached Gandhi and got Anchole police station to file a case against them.

Similarly Dr Dattatray Bhausaheb Raje’s clinic in Kalyan was shut down after Lata Parmar and her team in December 2021 informed Tilak Nagar police station that they was running a racket of breeding dogs at my clinic. They even got Maneka Gandhi and BMC officers involved. The civic body shut down his clinic.

PFA claims to be India’s largest animal welfare group with 26 hospitals, 165 units, 60 mobile units and 2.5 lakh members. Its stated aim is to open an animal welfare centre in every district in the country. It runs animal shelters, provides ambulance services for animals, sterilisation, rehabilitation of sick/needy animals, treatment, disaster rescue for animals. It lobbies for animal issues on different levels like education, sensitisation and legislation.

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Beware of a new kind of extortion: Maneka Gandhi led NGO’s Mumbai President booked for accusing innocent pet owners to extort money

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Vishwa Thacker – Mumbai Uncensored, 7th May 2022

In a recent case in Mumbai, a new breed of criminals trying to extort money from genuine pet parents has surfaced. Three activists of an organisation led by Maneka Gandhi, the city’s topmost NGO for animals, People for Animals, have been booked by the police.

A case of a Dalmation breed dog led to the arrest of three activists including the president of the organisation Lata Parmar along with Mohit Chawre and Bimlesh Navani. Lata Parmar has already been booked twice in cases of extortion and deterring a public servant from carrying out his duties. 

However, MP Maneka Gandhi has denied the accusations of her organisation or Lata Parmar being involved in any such crimes. She added that Parmar has always shown extraordinary efforts to save animals in her career. She further accused that his case was nothing but a way of defaming their organisation. 

In the case of the Dalmation, the accused allegedly went to a construction site on March 3 and threatened an employee Bindu Kumar Singh who further called the dog owner, Akshay Zade. They told Zade that they were taking the dog and he would get it back only after showing the essential documents. 

They then threatened him and forced him to sign a paper that read that he has given his dog up to the organisation because he is not in the right state to take care of his dog. Allegedly, the accused forged his signature when he refused. When Zade narrated the incident, the police booked the members under sections 384, 420, 465, 468, 500, 34 and 47 of the IPC. 

DCP Vijay Patil said, “We have registered an offence against the accused and she was called for an inquiry. The investigation is underway. We decide on the course of action depending on the findings.”

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