New Delhi [India], September 3 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Spokesperson Sambit Patra slammed Congress on Saturday over the claims made in the autobiography of late Congress leader Chandra Bhanu Gupta. “Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, zero tolerance against Corruption has been a core agenda of BJP. Now, the fight against corruption is a matter of national pride. Today, big news has come up regarding the National Herald case,” the BJP spokesperson claimed. “Both Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are out on bail in the 2013 case. But when investigation agencies tried to question them, we all saw that Congress tried to invoke violence in the country and pressurized the agencies. They even repeatedly tried to disrupt the Parliament,” Patra alleged. “Chandra Bhanu Gupta, very big Congress leader and four-time Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister wrote his autobiography ‘Safar Kaheen Ruka Nahi Jhuka Nahi‘ in 1960 and now it has been published and there have been huge revelations in the book,” Patra said. “Chandra Bhanu says that the National Herald has nothing to do with the freedom movement, but it is just a way to celebrate Nehru and Indira Gandhi. He has raised many questions regarding the funding of the National Herald and speculates some wrongdoing. So, we can see that corruption has been there in Congress since that time and it has got it in legacy,” the BJP leader added.
“The four-time UP CM has also said that National herald is a way to stop any media scrutiny against themselves. The money the public gave to the Congress party, was used in the National Herald. Just because Nehru Ji wanted to become the Director of the newspaper, Purushottam Das Tandon, Shiv Prakash Gupta, Acharya Narendra Dev, and Chandra Bhanu Gupta himself had to sell their shares,” Patra further added. The BJP leader also took a jibe at the ‘Bharat Jodo Andolan‘ of Rahul Gandhi and called it a “Gandhi Parivar Bachao” Andolan. Congress is starting ‘Bharat Jodo Andolan‘. So, we would like to tell them that only such a person can unite India, who can leave corruption. This is not a “Bharat Jodo” but a “Gandhi Parivar Bachao” Andolan. I would also like Rahul Gandhi to comment on this and state the truth,” the BJP spokesperson said while hitting out at Congress. Sambit Patra also sought an apology from Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot over his statement that 50% of the rape cases are false. “Instead of standing with victims & boosting their morale, if the Chief Minister will that 56% of women are liars and they should be punished, will any victim women ever be able to reach out to the police? Ashok Gehlot should give clarification and should apologize,” the BJP spokesperson added. (ANI)
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September 11, 2022
A Tyrone man facing dozens of charges involving child pornography and human trafficking has been denied bail.
Paul Robert Holpit, 24, was arraigned Wednesday morning before Magisterial District Judge Fred B. Miller on 15 felony charges each of photographing, filming, or depicting a sex act involving a child and of disseminating explicit sexual material to a minor; eight felony counts each of trafficking in individuals-recruit/entice/solicit, of corruption of minors, of unlawful contact with a minor-sexual offenses and of drug possession with intent to deliver; three felony counts of criminal solicitation; two felony counts each of trafficking in individuals for financial benefit, of child pornography and of criminal solitication-sexual exploitation of children; one felony count each of criminal soliticiation-involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of a person less than 16 years of age and of criminal solicitation-involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child; and 10 felony counts of criminal use of a communication facility.
He also faces two misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors and a misdemeanor count of indecent assault of a person less than 16 years old.
According to the court docket, Holpit was denied bail due to the threat to the community and safety of the victims, his flight risk and the nature of the charges.
Holpit was remanded to the Blair County Prison awaiting a Sept. 20 preliminary hearing in front of Miller.
Pot for sex alleged
The charges stem from an five-month investigation by the Tyrone Borough Police Department after a minor female told police that Holpit provided numerous minors with marijuana in exchange for sexual acts.
On the police department’s Facebook page, police said 11 minor victims were identified and forensic interviews were conducted. The victims ranged from 12 to 17 years old, police said.
On May 6, borough police executed a search warrant on Holpit’s West 14th Street home and seized three iPhones, a Playstation, two HP laptops, an iWatch, cable modem, related charging cords, 297 grams of marijuana, clear sandwich bags, a silver scale and a glass pipe with residue.
Officers also received permission from parents and guardians to review the contents of cellphones belonging to the minors, court documents state.
During subsequent interviews, police said the minors reported talking to Holpit on Snapchat and meeting him in person. Holpit allegedly sent nude photos of himself to one 15-year-old, who said he sent photos at least once a day starting in December 2021 and continued for about two months. He also offered her free marijuana, alcohol and money in exchange for a sex act, the teen told police.
A 17-year-old told police she received marijuana from Holpit for about two years. In October 2021, Holpit began asking the girl for nude photos and she provided him with pictures a couple of times in exchange for marijuana. At least once, Holpit requested sex and he would send random pictures and videos of his genitals, she said. He also talked about her 12-year-old sister, asking the girl to talk the youngster into having sex with him for money.
The 12-year-old said she began talking to Holpit through Snapchat and then he began asking for photos of her body. He offered money, marijuana and tobacco for the pictures, she told police. He continued to ask, even though she said no, she said, and he sent photos of his genitals. He allegedly offered her money for oral sex.
Another 15-year-old said Holpit added her to Snapchat when she was 12 or 13 years old and conversations became sexual in nature, with Holpit asking for sex and sex acts in exchange for marijuana. She bought marijuana from him, the teen told police, and received nude photos of him on multiple occasions.
The interviews with the teens continued into June and July, according to court documents, and police talked to a 17-year-old, who also said she communicated with Holpit via Snapchat. Holpit allegedly sent her photos multiple times that included his genitals. He also asked for sexual favors in exchange for marijuana. The teen told police she did buy marijuana from Holpit in the past.
A 16-year-old said she purchased marijuana from Holpit and he used Snapchat to set up the purchases. She told police she then blocked him because she knew he sent nude photos to minors and requested sexual favors.
Four other minors, ranging in age from 15 to 17, told police that Holpit was their marijuana dealer. They also reported using Snapchat and that Holpit sent nude photos, asked for sex, sex acts and nude photos in exchange for the drug and in one case, asked a girl to have sex with him and another male in exchange for marijuana.
One 17-year-old said she began purchasing marijuana from Holpit, but the exchanges turned sexual, with Holpit giving her marijuana for sex acts and nude photos. He also sent her nude photos of himself via Snapchat and she received images about three times a week from November 2021 until April of this year, when she contacted police. Police said a majority of the in-person contacts with Holpit occurred at a Tyrone Borough church. At least one incident occurred in the parking lot of Penn Highlands Tyrone Hospital, police stated.
All victims reported receiving unsolicited photos of Holpit’s genitals and the photos appeared to have been taken in his bedroom, according to court documents.
Images of girls found
A search of Holpit’s cellphone turned up photos of the girls as well as images of large amounts of marijuana and cash. In addition, police said several conversations indicated Holpit was dealing marijuana. Videos, including of a minor girl giving oral sex to a minor boy, were found on the phone.
Police said 20 images and/or videos depicting child pornography were found and that Holpit provided eight minors with photos of his genitals.
He also provided seven of the juveniles with marijuana and arranged drug sales or disseminated pornographic images to nine individuals, court documents state. Holpit would meet individuals at various spots in Tyrone Borough to make drug deliveries, police reported.
After 6 years, Karnataka government orders abolition of ACB, revival of Lokayukta
2 weeks ago
September 11, 2022
The Karnataka government on Friday issued an order abolishing the state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), saying all its cases will be transferred to the Lokayukta.
The government order said that as per the orders of the Karnataka High Court, the ACB will be abolished and police station powers reordered to Lokayukta police. All the cases which are pending/under inquiry/other disciplinary actions will be transferred to Lokayukta, it added.
In mid-August, a division bench of the Karnataka High Court had ordered the abolishing of ACB and revival of an anti-corruption police unit attached to the Karnataka Lokayukta, a quasi-judicial institution that works independent of the state.
The high court order quashed a notification issued by the then Congress government in the state on March 14, 2016, to create the ACB and also subsequent notifications transferring power to probe corruption cases under Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, from Karnataka Lokayukta police to the ACB.
“All inquiries, investigations and other disciplinary proceedings pending before ACB will get transferred to the Lokayukta. However, all inquiries, investigations, disciplinary proceedings, orders of convictions/acquittals and all other proceedings held by ACB till today are hereby saved and the police wing of Karnataka Lokayukta shall proceed from the stage at which they are pending as on today, in accordance with law,” the bench said in its order.
Stating that it was “high time” the state government strengthened the institution of Lokayukta and Upa-Lokayukta and got back their “glory”, the court observed that the institution of Lokayukta has been reduced to being “paper tigers” by the March 14, 2016 executive order to transfer police powers to ACB.
The order for abolishing the ACB relates to cases filed in 2016 by the Advocates Association of Bengaluru, the Samaj Parivartana Samudaya, and advocate Chidananda Urs over Lokayukta powers being given to ACB.
The high court had stated that “there was no necessity for the state government to constitute ACB parallel to the institution of Lokayukta, that too when a person to be appointed as Lokayukta shall be a person who has held the office of a judge of Supreme Court, or that of the Chief Justice of a high court, or a person who has held the office of a judge of a high court for not less than ten years; and a person to be appointed a Upa-Lokayukta shall be a person who has held the office of a judge of a high court for not less than five years.”
The high court acknowledged that Lokayukta had become a powerful institution and was plagued by internal corruption but observed that the solution to the problem was in cleaning the institution and not withdrawing its powers to probe.
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