Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Here's Why The Court Dismissed Selena Quintanilla's Killer's Lawsuit Against The Prison

In July 2016, Selena Quintanilla's killer Yolanda Saldívar sued the Mountain View prison in Gatesville, Texas for denying her medical attention.

After falling from her bunk bed in May 2015, the prisoner, who hit the right side of her head, claimed she was in tremendous physical pain and emotionally distressed. The lawsuit was priced up to $500,000 for abuse and refusing to treat her medical needs. 

According to Univision, Saldivar repeatedly asked authorities to accommodate to her medical needs after falling. She also pleaded that the incident could have been avoided if her rooming assignment were different. The allegations state that despite her height, obesity, and heart and thyroid medication condition, she was placed in a bunk that was too high. The inmate believed that the lack of attention to her needs was a direct result of her crime. She also accused the staff of bad judgment and lack of urgency and added that it took over 10 days for the authorities to allow a medical physician to treat her. 

The Spanish-speaking network reported Yolanda Saldivar lawsuit was dismissed by the district court because her evidence did not back up her case. Saldivar is set to appeal her case again in September.

Since the inmate failed to submit formal documentation around her condition outlining her medical conditions, there was no evidence to support her allegations. Her charges against her medical treatment were also dropped since she was treated by a nurse following her fall. The court ruled in the prison's favor because Saldivar could not prove the authorities had purposely put her health at risk.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Aarushi Talwar murder case: Allahabad high court likely to deliver verdict today

The Allahabad high court is likely to pronounce its judgment on Thursday in the murder case of 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar in Noida, four years after her parents were convicted for the sensational killing that shook the country.

A high court bench comprising justice BK Narayana and justice AK Mishra reserved its verdict in September in the appeal filed by Aarushi’s parents, Rajesh and Nupur, who were sentenced to life in jail by a CBI court in Ghaziabad.

They were convicted for the double murder of Aarushi and their house help, Hemraj.

On May 16, 2008, Aarushi was found murdered inside her bedroom in the Talwar’s flat in Noida’s posh Jal Vayu Vihar – her throat slit with surgical precision. The police initially suspected the missing house help from Nepal, Hemraj, but his decomposed body was found a day later from inside a locked room in the terrace of the building.

The police then began to suspect the Talwars and said Rajesh, the father, had murdered the two after finding them in an “objectionable” position. The accusations enraged the Talwars and friends, who accused the police of framing the dentist couple in order to cover up a botched investigation.

In the high court, arguments have centered on the motive of the murder, and crucial pieces of evidence – such as the “suspicious activity” of an internet router the night of the murder, the missing keys of Aarushi’s room, the forensic test reports and the colour of the pillowcase of Hemraj.

The probe into the case hogged headlines for months, and sparked numerous conspiracy theories, a widely read book and a Bollywood film. Many accused the police of tampering with key pieces of evidence and bungling the probe.

After widespread outrage, the case was transferred from the Uttar Pradesh police to the Central Bureau of Investigation that exonerated the parents and suspected the Talwars’ assistant Krishna along with two domestic servants, Rajkumar Sharma and Vijay Mandal. But this theory did not last long.

In 2009, the CBI handed over the investigation to a new team, which recommended closing the case due to critical gaps in investigation. Based on circumstantial evidence, it named Rajesh Talwar as the sole suspect, but refused to charge him due to lack of evidence.

The parents opposed the closure, calling CBI’s suspicion of Rajesh as baseless. Subsequently, a court rejected the federal agency’s claim that there was not enough evidence, and ordered proceedings against the Talwars.

In a 208-page order on November 25, 2013, CBI judge Judge Shyam Lal (now retired) pronounced the Talwars guilty of both murders and destruction of evidence.

“The parents are the best protector of their own children and that is the order of the human nature, but they have been freaks in the history of mankind when the father and mother became the killer of their own progeny,” the judge wrote.

“They have extirpated their own daughter who has seen 14 summers of her life and the servant, without compunction from terrestrial terrain in breach of commandment that ‘thou shall not kill’ and the injunction of the holy Quran ‘take not life, which god has made sacred’.”

Over the past nine years, focus has remained on the Talwars, who were a well-to-do, respectable dentist couple with many friends in the neighbourhood and the profession.

Rajesh Talwar was first arrested by Uttar Pradesh police on May 23, 2008 after which he was lodged at Dasna jail and let off on July 11, 2008. Later on April 30, 2012, his wife Nupur surrendered before a Ghaziabad court before trial and was also sent to Dasna jail. Both are still in Dasna jail.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Is this a good time to invest in gold?

Currently, the gold is trading at Rs 29,550 level, which is about Rs 1,000 lower than the recent high. Market analysts bet on more correction in coming future which gives investors a good opportunity to invest in gold.

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Corrections in both global and domestic markets created a great opportunity for investors to accumulate gold in their portfolio this festive season before a possible rebound.

"The current price correction offers an opportunity for investors and individual consumers to buy gold ahead of a possible rally based on strong fundamentals. In fact, the downside is very limited in gold. Prices are expected to rebound from the current level," Business Standard quoted Gnanasekhar Thiagarajan, Director, Commtrendz, a city-based equity trading and research analytics firm, as saying.

The ongoing geopolitical tension between the United States and North Korea and on the domestic front the rise of inflation made investing in gold a safe bet. The current price made it a good investment avenue against all odds.

Strengthening dollar against major global currencies and as traders pulled out money in a short-term move made global gold price slump from $1,350 an oz to $1,265 an oz. India gold fell by about 3 percent from Rs 30,500 per 10 grams to Rs 29,550 per 10 grams.

"Fundamentals for gold continued to remain supportive. So, the current price decline is, in fact, a good opportunity for investors to book gold before its price starts moving up," Jayant Manglik, President, Religare Securities, told the business daily.

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has forecast that inflation will increase in last week's monetary policy meeting. High inflation will further pull down the value of Indian currency against US dollars. And any depreciation in the rupee would make imported commodity costlier in local currency, thus gold would become costlier going forward.

"Since the GST council rescinded it's August notification, the cash purchase limit has gone back to its earlier level of Rs 200,000. So we advise our customers to buy gold now before its price shots up," said Kumar Jain, Director, Umedmal Tilokichand Zaveri, a bullion dealer and jewellery retailer in Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai.

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