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The Week That Was:

From: Vartaa Editorial Team on Dec 13, 2015

Trial Verdicts

It was a week of high profile crime trials in India. The Bombay High Court acquitted actor Salman Khan of all charges in his 2002 hit and run case on grounds of 'lack of evidence'. The verdict polarized opinions while the judge himself had some words of advise for the media for conducting a trial of its own. In Kolkata, a sessions court found all 3 men accused in the infamous Park Street gang-rape to be guilty and sentenced them to 10 years in prison. The verdict, however, came 8 months after the survivor, Suzette Jordan, passed away from cancer.

National Herald Land Grab Case

In politics, a Delhi court dismissed a plea challenging the summons issued to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son and party VP Rahul Gandhi to appear in the National Herald land grab case. The incident has led to a political upheaval with the Congress alleging a vendetta by the government while the BJP using it as an opportunity to further taint the Congress. In Parliament, the protests by Congress are set to delay the passing of the GST Bill which the government is trying to push through this session.

Engagement with Pakistan

David Coleman Headley, a key planner in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, was granted pardon by a local court in Mumbai in exchange of turning a government approver. This development came at a time when Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj was in Pakistan attending the 'Hearts of Asia' conference and met with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. There was disappointment for cricket fans however as no talks appear to have been held on the proposed India-Pak cricket series in a neutral venue.

India-Japan bilateral ties rejuvenated

India and Japan signed several bilateral agreements during PM Abe's 3 day visit to India this week. These included agreements to buy a high-speed train from Japan that would link Mumbai and Ahmedabad, increasing military cooperating and sharing providing India with nuclear power technology.

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