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Approver says Kanchi seer's 
counsel tried to bribe him

What is India News Service, Monday, 14 February 2005, 1200 hrs IST

The accused-turned-approver in the Sankararaman murder case, Ravi Subramaniam, has sought action against two lawyers, one of them a defence counsel in the case. 

In a petition to the Kancheepuram Judicial Magistrate-I, G.Uthamaraj, Ravi Subramaniam said Nadira Banu and Revathi told him on February 1 that they represented their senior lawyers Y.Thiyagarajan and A.Shanmugham (appearing for the arrested from the Kanchi Mutt in the murder case) and offered him a `huge amount' to turn against the police and asked him not to reveal anything against the Acharya, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi. 

As he did not respond positively, they came to the sub-jail at Kancheepuram on February 3, but he was not available, as he had to appear before the Saidapet and Kancheepuram courts that day. When Ravi Subramaniam turned down their request, the lawyers threatened that he would be killed when he comes out of jail, according to a senior police official of the Special Investigation Team, which probed the case. 

Ravi Subramaniam urged the court that action be initiated against the lawyers and sought protection for his life. 

The petition was forwarded to the court by the sub-jail authority. 

The advocates gained entry into the sub-jail using the position of Ms.Nadira Banu, a member of Free Legal Aid Society, to threaten Ravi Subramaniam.

Cho summoned by TN police: After registering a case against columnist S. Gurumurthy, the Tamil Nadu police has now targeted noted thespian, journalist and Rajya Sabha member Cho S. Ramaswamy, who has been summoned for questioning regarding the Sankararaman murder case.

SIT to question editors: The special Kancheepuram police team investigating the Sankararaman murder case is questioning The New Indian Express managing editor Manoj Kumar Sonthalia and \93Thuglag\94 editor Cho S Ramasamy on Monday in connection with a case registered against columnist S Gurumurthi.

India to announce South Asia doctrine: Unapologetic about its controversial decision to pull out of the South Asian summit in Dhaka earlier this month, the Foreign Office plans to go public on Monday with a definitive view on how best to advance regional security and cooperation in South Asia. In a speech, Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran will seek to dispel the misperception that India places no value on the successful development of the SAARC.

Package for Jharkhand in next session: The policy envisaging a special package for Jharkhand would be unveiled in the next session of Parliament, the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, disclosed here on Sunday
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EC lodges FIR on Gujarat riots CDs:
Stepping up its drive against model code violations in the run-up to second phase of the Bihar Assembly poll, the Election Commission (EC) today lodged an FIR against unknown persons in connection with screening of CDs containing footage of Gujarat riots in two districts even as the ruling RJD said it had nothing to do with such CDs.


Economic ties with Pak a necessity, says Natwar: External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh today claimed that the ongoing dialogue with Pakistan was the most intense and sustained effort ever made by India and that economic cooperation between the two countries was a necessity which could not be overlooked. 

Trapped jawans safe: The 17 Indo-Tibetan Border Police jawans feared trapped in the heavy snow in Saunthin Post in Chamba district are safe, a senior official said. 

Fresh travel guidelines on anvil for MPs:
A new set of guidelines for MPs pertaining to their travel abroad and within the country on Parliamentary committee assignments is expected to be out shortly.

Tight security for second phase of poll: Amidst controversy and tight security, the second phase of poll will be held in Bihar and Jharkhand on Tuesday. It can swing the political fortunes of ruling parties in the state.
 
It's just not cricket, says BJP: Peeved by the Pakistan cricket team's reluctance to play in Ahmedabad, the BJP on Sunday accused Islamabad of attempting to create "fissures in our society" and called for cancellation of the series between the arch-rivals. 

Geelani to speak out: Five days after he was shot at near his lawyer's residence in South-West Delhi, S.A.R. Geelani, who is recuperating at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences here, today told a Crime Branch team to return on Monday to record his statement.

Infrastructure must for grant of varsity status, says SC: The Chhattisgarh Act was an attempt to negate the high standards of education sought to be achieved through various legislations, the Bench said. 
 

States


Aero-India 2005 signs off in style: When the Suryakiran aerobatic team signed off in style over the Yelahanka Air Base this evening, the big American Hercules and P-3C Orion surveillance aircraft stood imposingly on the tarmac.

Karnataka plans talks with AP on Naxals: Dharam Singh said the State government will hold talks with AP to draw up a counter insurgency plan to tackle the menace.

RSS-funded Muslim meet pushes through: The RSS maintained that, through sponsoring the convention, it wanted to tell the Muslim community that its Indianness was its identity. 
 
Actress Nagma has underworld links, says Dawood associate: An underworld member, in the custody of CBI, has alleged that film actress Nagma has links with Anees Ibrahim. But Nagma has denied she has any links with the underworld.

Mulayam takes lead to conserve wildlife: While the tigers are becoming extinct in Sariska and Ranthmbore, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav has taken the lead to conserve wildlife in his home district Etawah by setting up the first Lion Safari there.



Neighbours

Nepal rebels reject talks offer: The Maoists in Nepal today rejected the Government's offer of talks and vowed to abolish the monarchy, even as the traffic blockade called by them disrupted transport outside the capital.

Army officials posted in Nepalese media offices:
Quickly after the February 1 royal coup in Nepal, officials of Royal Nepal Army have been posted in the editorial offices of print and visual media, both foreign and domestic, and are monitoring every news report so that nothing against the King or his hand-picked Council of Ministers is reported, according to a report put up today before Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran.

Fresh rains hit Pakistan relief efforts: The situation in the flood-affected areas of Balochistan worsened on Sunday as a fresh spell of heavy rain lashed the province, sending all seasonal rivers in medium to high floods and hampering relief operation.
 


View from abroad


Musharraf tops 'World's 10 worst dictators' list: An American weekly magazine has included Musharraf among the "world's 10 worst dictators".

Pak will be failed state by 2015, warns
CIA: Pakistan will be a "failed" state by 2015 as it would be affected by civil war, complete Talibanisation and struggle for control of its nuclear weapons, premier US intelligence agencies have said.

Pakistan to get US arms later this year:
Pakistan will start receiving weapons from the United States under a $1.2 billion arms package by the end of this year, official sources told Dawn. The production of these weapons has already started, they added.
 




Overall

Approver said seer's counsel had tried to bribe him: Ravi Subramaniam, now in police custody, has said two women representing the Kanchi seer had offered him money to change his stand. 

Nepal began monitoring media: The king has posted his officials in all media offices to ensure nothing is said against him.

Musharraf was ranked on dictator list:
An American weekly has listed him among the world's ten "worst dictators".