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Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Harvey Jones | Monday, 18th May, 2020 Forget Cash ISAs. I’d invest £5k in these 5 FTSE 100 dividend stocks for a passive income FTSE 100 companies have been slashing dividend payouts in response to the coronavirus crisis. However, it’s still possible to generate a rising passive income from a portfolio of FTSE 100 shares.The good news is that some FTSE 100 companies have a terrific long-term track record of paying dividends, and continue to pay income despite Covid-19. If I had £5,000, or any other sum, I’d rather invest in top dividend stocks than put money in a Cash ISA.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Why I favour top dividend stocksRock bottom interest rates mean you get a negligible rate of interest from a Cash ISA. Shares are more volatile in the short term, but offer a far superior return in the longer run.Interactive Investor has picked out five FTSE 100 stocks that have increased their dividends for each of the last 10 years. These companies continue to forecast dividend growth of at least 2%, despite today’s anxous times. All five are worth a closer look.Dividends aren’t guaranteed. 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The forecast yield is low at 0.8%, but the payout has increased every year for an incredible 26 years.You’ll be more familiar with insurance giant Legal & General Group, and more impressed by its yield. Currently, it’s forecast an income of 9.1%. Its impressive 10-year track record of dividend growth shows why management has reluctant to cut its payout so far.FTSE 100 heroesUtilities are a top source of reliable dividends and water utility and waste management company Pennon Group has upped its payout for 12 consecutive years. The forecast yield is now 3.8%, and could underpin your portfolio nicely.And how about this for dedication to dividends. Spirax-Sacro Engineering, which specialises in pumps and steam management systems, has increased its payout for 27 consecutive years, the longest run on the entire FTSE 100. While the yield is just 1.2%, that reflects strong share price performance rather than low dividend growth. 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Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! Edward Sheldon has no position in any shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Edward Sheldon, CFA | Wednesday, 19th August, 2020 | More on: SYME The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Interested in a small-cap stock pick from The Motley Fool’s investment team? Read on! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. The [email protected] Capital (LSE: SYME) share price has rocketed up this week. Yesterday, it climbed about 40%. The day before, it surged about 75%. Over the last month, it has climbed more than 1,000%.Naturally, after that kind of share price performance, the stock is getting plenty of attention. Tempted to buy [email protected] Capital shares? Here are five things you should know.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…[email protected] Capital: business descriptionLet’s start with a bit of information about the [email protected] Capital is an early-stage financial technology (FinTech) company that offers an innovative platform for inventory monetisation. This platform enables businesses to improve their working capital position (generate cash flow) by releasing capital from their inventory.The way the platform works is that it aligns businesses seeking to monetise part of their inventory for cash with Inventory Funders such as banks and financial institutions. These Inventory Funders invest through the platform into portfolios of inventory assets via Securitisation Special Purpose Vehicles. Much like peer-to-peer lending, it’s a win-win for both [email protected] Capital generates fee income from the platform.Source: [email protected] CapitalGrowth [email protected] Capital certainly looks to have growth potential.The company explained in its recent full-year results that whereas Just In Time (JIT) inventory strategies were previously the standard for manufacturing and trading businesses, following Covid-19, many businesses are consciously choosing to build up inventory. This can help them avoid supply chain shortages and subsequent loss of trade.This is a positive development for [email protected] Capital as businesses will look to monetise the higher volumes of stock being held. The company said in its full-year report that it “anticipates higher levels of demand for its services” as supply chains evolve post-Covid-19.Meanwhile, the size of the European inventory financing market stands at just under €2trn, according to proactive research. This suggests there could be a huge opportunity here.Strong progressLooking at recent updates from [email protected] Capital, the company appears to be making plenty of progress.At 30 June, the company had 97 client companies in its portfolio and gross originations of €1.43bn. That’s up from 66 client companies and gross originations of €972m at 31 December 2019.The company also said in a recent trading update that it is working with a large UK financial institution to launch a UK inventory monetisation pilot programme (up to now it has been focused on Europe).The CEO just bought stockIt’s worth pointing out that CEO Alessandro Zamboni just purchased shares in [email protected] Capital. According to regulatory filings, the insider purchased 1.63bn SYME shares through his company Orchestra Group on 17 August at a price of 0.6756p per share.This is another positive development. I like the fact that management has ‘skin in the game’. All in all, the story looks very interesting, in my view.RisksBefore you rush out to buy the stock, however, I’ll point out that there are plenty of risks to the investment case here.It’s worth remembering that this is an early-stage business. It’s not yet profitable. Going forward, [email protected] Capital’s share price could be highly volatile. This is not a stock for risk-averse investors.Personally, I’m going to put this stock on my watchlist for now and monitor it from the sidelines. It certainly looks interesting. But it’s a highly speculative play. There are other small caps I like more than [email protected] Capital right now. 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NOT FOR FEATURED In quotes – winnersLeinster coach Joe Schmidt: “I’m proud of the way we stuck at it. It was tough going for the first 60 minutes, but I’m very proud of the way we defended. Brian McLaughlin and David Humphreys have done a good job with this team (Ulster), and I’ve huge respect for them as coaches, and the quality of players they have.“We’re thankful we have til Sunday, it gives us an extra day to get our guys in shape to face the Ospreys. Our supporters were superb today, and we’ve had phenomenal support this season. We wanted to reward them today, and will look to reward them again next week in the RDS.”Back to black: Thorn frustrates AfoaIn quotes – losersUlster coach Brian McLaughlin: “We’ve worked very hard over the last three years to become a quality rugby side and we wanted to play rugby. The scoreline was slightly flattering but that’s Leinster – give them an inch and they’ll take a mile. The guys must make sure they come back here again, and make sure days like these are not the exception.”Ulster hooker Rory Best: “We came here full of confidence. There’s no point looking for excuses – they’re a very good team. They’ve got a core of Dublin born and bred players. It hurts, but defeats like this and watching Leinster lift the trophy must stay in our minds. We have to want to get better and win this trophy.”LEINSTER: Rob Kearney (Brian O’Driscoll 73); Fergus McFadden, Brian O’Driscoll (David Kearney 68), Gordon D’Arcy, Isa Nacewa; Jonathan Sexton (Ian Madigan 74), Eoin Reddan (John Cooney 74); Cian Healy (Heinke van der Merwe 62), Richardt Strauss (Sean Cronin 68), Mike Ross (Nathan White 70), Leo Cullen (capt, Devin Toner 58), Brad Thorn, Kevin McLaughlin (Shane Jennings 62), Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip.Tries: O’Brien, Healy, penalty, van der Merwe, Cronin. Cons: Sexton (3), McFadden. Pens: Sexton (3).ULSTER: Stefan Terblanche; Andrew Trimble, Darren Cave (Adam D’Arcy.78), Paddy Wallace, Craig Gilroy; Paddy Jackson (Ian Humphreys 46, Paul Marshall 70), Ruan Pienaar; Tom Court (Paddy McAllister 75), Rory Best (Nigel Brady 78), John Afoa (Declan Fitzpatrick 74), Johann Muller (capt, Lewis Stevenson 74), Dan Tuohy, Stephen Ferris, Chris Henry (Willie Faloon 68), Pedrie Wannenburg. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Champions: Leinster celebrate winning the Heineken Cup for the second year in a rowBy Bea Asprey, Rugby World WriterIn a nutshellLEINSTER WON the Heineken Cup for the third time in four years, beating Ulster 42-14 at Twickenham. The Northern Irishmen started the game well, enjoying the majority of the possession early on and kicking the first penalty. But although they created their share of chances they failed to capitalise on their opportunities, and after Sean O’Brien struck with a try for Leinster in the 13th minute, they never regained the lead.Sublime: the hands of BodKey momentIn the 31st minute, Leinster won a scrum against the head. The ball reached Brian O’Driscoll, and a sweet back-door offload released O’Brien into the Ulster 22. He in turn set Cian Healy off towards the line. That second try put Leinster 14-3 up and Ulster never looked like coming back.Star manSpeculation surrounded O’Driscoll’s fitness in the build-up to this game, but the veteran centre showed his true class today, one minute putting in sublime offloads, and the next acting like a fourth back-rower.Room for improvementUlster missed a number of opportunities to inflict damage on the score board and failed to bring the same level of intensity as Leinster in attack, scoring just one try to the Dubliners’ five. But they were facing a team with a rock solid defence and experience far superior to theirs, and can be pleased with what they’ve achieved this season. Having not played in a Heineken Cup final since 1999, the loss will ultimately stand them in good stead, and on occasions such as their quarter-final win over Munster in Thomond Park they have shown what a force they can be.Top statsA crowd of 81,744 turned out at Twickenham – a record for a Heineken Cup final. In addition, Leinster broke some records of their own: the most points (42) and tries (five) scored, and the biggest winning margin (28) in a Heineken Cup final. Try: Tuohy. Pens: Pienaar (3). Sin bin: Terblanche (73). TAGS: LeinsterUlster
Treading terrifically: Teddy Thomas is an intrepid try threatTo win back the respect of the world PSA needs to be bold. Selecting the likes of Camille Lopez at fly-half, Charles Ollivon at No 8, Teddy Thomas on the wing, Alexandre Dumoulin in the centre and Scott Spedding at full-back would send out the right message. These players may be inexperienced at Test level but they are in form, they attack, they invent,they aren’t one-dimensional.So while the pressure is most definitely there, Saint-Andre really has little to lose between now and the RWC. It’s too late to sack him before his contract expires at the end of the tournament, and his reputation is already so low that were France to crash out at the pool stage it would be no great shock.The real shock would be if France suddenly start playing some rugby this season. Let’s hope they do, let’s hope that Saint-Andre – such a dynamic player – will finally shed his conservatism and tell the likes of Ollivon and Thomas – both of whom scored spectacular tries in the Top 14 last weekend – to do for their country what they do for their clubs week in and week out.Because as Tim Horan noted: “I wouldn’t say that French flair has disappeared. It’s asleep at the bottom of a cupboard and simply needs to be woken. Philippe Saint Andre should reopen the doors without further delay.” Eight games to go. Eight opportunities for Philippe Saint-Andre to finally settle on his starting XV for France’s opening World Cup game, against Italy at Twickenham on September 19.The eight internationals begin in Marseille on Saturday when the French host Fiji. A week later Australia come to Paris and France’s final Test of the autumn is a clash with Argentina. Two months’ later it’s the Six Nations and this time around France have their tough schedule with outings to Dublin, Twickenham and Rome, where the French have lost on theirlast two visits. True, France also play England home and away next August but by then it will be too late to try out new combinations.In one sense the pressure has never been greater on Saint-Andre. Since the start of 2013 the France coach has presidedover the worst run of results in recent history: played 19, won five, drawn one and lost 13, including series whitewashes in New Zealand and Australia. Their only victories have come against Scotland (twice), Italy, Tonga and England. Expectations are so low that when L’Equipe newspaper recently ran an online poll asking readers if they still enjoyed watching Les Bleus, of the 26,000 people who responded only 24 per cent did so in the affirmative. Good times behind him?: Philippe Saint-Andre has a short period of time to turn things around Critical insight: Tim Horan finds France and their Test stars ‘predictable’A few days later it was the turn of Midi Olympique to heap humiliation on Saint-Andre, the rugby newspaper canvassing the opinion of nine legends of the sport to ask what’s gone wrong with France. The answers were savage. Jeremy Guscott said watching France these days “bored him to death” and the former England and Lions centre wondered why the French three-quarters were so technically poor they could barely pass the ball.Likewise Sean Fitzpatrick singled out the poor individual technique while Tim Horan and Felipe Contempomi mourned the Gallic conservatism, accusing France of “never taking any risks”. The former Wallaby double World Cup winner went further, ridiculing the cliché that the only predictable thing about the French is their unpredictability. “For a while now I haven’t recognised France,” said Horan, winner of 80 Australian caps. “I find them predictable with little inspiration.”According to former Wales fly-half turned BBC pundit Jonathan Davies, much of France’s recent woes can be traced to “a recurrent problem at half-back”, where Saint-Andre has never shown any willingness to build a long-lasting partnership. Witness the fact that in France’s last six internationals they have fielded five different combinations. “Few French No 10s are installed for the long term,” said Davies. “It’s something that is really very strange, and which seems to me incompatible with the ambition to play the game at the highest level.”It must have been painful reading for Saint-Andre, one scathing attack after another from former adversaries, men he respects, and who know what they’re talking about.But there’s time, just, for Saint-Andre to turn things around; if not transform France into potential World Cup winners, at least make them once more respected, and not ridiculed for being, as Guscott put it, a team whose game plan amounts to little more than “crush the head of your opposite number and we’ll see what to do after!” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
Steph Curry and Riley CurryCleveland has made major headlines — and rightfully so — since the Nov. 22 shooting death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old African American, by a white police officer. Rice was killed outside of a recreation center for holding a fake BB gun.Once Rice was shot in his torso, no medical attention was given to him until an ambulance arrived eight minutes after the shooting. His sister was not allowed to come to his aid. Instead, the police threw her to the ground and assaulted her.According to a June 11 New York Times article on Rice’s killing: “In his ruling, Judge Ronald B. Adrine, presiding judge of the Municipal Court, found probable cause to charge Officer Timothy Loehmann, who fired the fatal shot, with murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide and dereliction of duty. He also found probable cause to charge Officer Loehmann’s partner, Officer Frank Garmback, with negligent homicide and dereliction of duty.” Now it is in the hands of the prosecutor whether these officers will actually be charged or not.In another high-profiled case of police murder, Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell, both African American, were killed in a hail of bullets while in a car on Nov. 29, 2012. One of the nine white Cleveland police officers involved was acquitted at the end of May.These cases come on the heels of a recent U.S. Department of Justice ruling calling for “reform” of the Cleveland Police Department based on “excessive force” with the use of guns, tasers, pepper spray and fists, based on a two-year study in a city that is over 50 percent Black.Because of the police killings of Rice, Williams, Russell and others, Cleveland has become a major focal point of the Black Lives Matter upsurge. In light of the National Basketball Association Finals featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, protests against the Cleveland police have taken place outside of the Quicken Loans Arena, also known as “The Q,” home to the Cavaliers.Other forms of racismDuring the NBA Finals at the Q, other forms of racism have been exposed that should not go under the radar screen. During a recent Cavaliers’ game where the home crowd was shown during ESPN’s Sports Center pregame and postgame segments, a huge sign showing the offensive racist mascot of the Major Baseball League’s Cleveland “Indians” loomed large in the background.Indigenous activists have organized many protests outside of the Cleveland Major League Baseball home games that have attracted growing numbers of anti-racist supporters. Similar protests have taken place to change the name of the equally offensive National Football League’s “Washington Redskins.”In close proximity of the “Indians” sign was another offensive one being held by a white Cleveland fan showing photos of the current NBA’s Most Valuable Player, shooting guard Stephen Curry of Golden State and his two-year-old daughter Riley, who appears with her father at his press conferences.The sign shows Curry asking Riley, “Who’s your daddy?” with Riley answering, “Delly.” Delly refers to Cavaliers’ guard, Matthew Dellavedora, a white reserved player assigned to guard Curry, who is African American. The quotes are meant to express that “Delly” is able to shut down Curry, considered the most prolific shooter in the NBA.“Delly” has been hyped by the mainstream media as the latest version of the NBA’s “great white hope,” similar to how the Boston Celtics’ Larry Bird was used to whip up racism against the Los Angeles Lakers’ Earvin “Magic” Johnson during the 1980s. To his credit, Bird publicly disavowed himself from this hype.For a white fan to exhibit such a sign shows utterly racist disrespect for a Black father and his child, as well as for the child’s mother, Ayeisha Curry. ESPN should be roundly criticized for not blocking both the racist “Indians” insignia and the anti-Curry signs from its worldwide audience.These not-so-subtle racist images add fuel to the fire in the battle against white supremacist attitudes and police terror.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
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News UpdatesSunanda Pushkar Death Case- No Conclusive Cause Of Death After 4 Years, Even Suicide Not Established: Sr. Adv. Vikas Pahwa Tells Delhi Court Nupur Thapliyal17 March 2021 7:58 AMShare This – x”There is no conclusive cause of death. It’s laughable in my view. even suicide is not established.” submitted Senior Advocate Vikas Pahwa appearing on behalf of Congress MP Dr. Shashi Tharoor, an accused in the Sunanda Pushkar Case. Special Judge Geetanjali Goel heard Mr. Pahwa in the presence of Dr. Tharoor in the courtroom while the arguments took place. As the case was listed for the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login”There is no conclusive cause of death. It’s laughable in my view. even suicide is not established.” submitted Senior Advocate Vikas Pahwa appearing on behalf of Congress MP Dr. Shashi Tharoor, an accused in the Sunanda Pushkar Case. Special Judge Geetanjali Goel heard Mr. Pahwa in the presence of Dr. Tharoor in the courtroom while the arguments took place. As the case was listed for the stage of arguments on charges, main thrust of Mr. Pahwa’s arguments today rested on the primary contention that no case under the relevant provisions of IPC is not made in the matter. Pushkar had been found dead in January 2014 at a hotel in New Delhi. In 2015, and an FIR had been filed in this regard. In May 2018, Dr. Tharoor was charged with abetment to suicide and marital cruelty under Sections 306 and 498A of the Indian Penal Code.”Very often we see chargesheets are filed which are flimsy, somehow trying to get rid of the matter. This is one such case. I will demonstrate from paper to paper, from day 1 that every document in this case comes to closure of the matter. I am innocent. The case has been made out of the figment of imagination of the IO.” Pahwa submitted. On Allegations Pressed Upon By Police Mr. Pahwa began his submissions by arguing that the prosecution wanted to invoke sec.498A of IPC along with sec. 113A of Indian Evidence Act against Tharoor in order to prove the charge under sec. 306 of IPC, however, it was his case that they failed in proving that this was actually the case of suicide. According to Mr. Pahwa, there were “positive evidences” to show that the present case was not the case of suicide. “The law on presumption is very clear. Even before sec. 113A is invoked, they have to establish the foundational facts of the case. But they feel by invoking sec. 306, charges can be framed. They did not prove whether it is a case of suicide or homicide. There is no question of sec. 306 here. It comes when at least suicide is established. In this case, it has been established that it is not a suicide. My case is much better than this.” Pahwa submitted at the outset. Coming to the allegations on there being an extra marital affair of Tharoor, it was argued in the Court that there was in fact no affair or relationship with any lady. On Questioning the Conduct of Doctors Conducting Medical Autopsy and Post Mortem Another major submission advanced by Mr. Pahwa rested on the argument that the prosecution, over the period of 4 years i.e. 2014 to 2017, failed to ascertain the cause of death of the deceased. It was also submitted that the doctors who conducted the preliminary post mortem report while suspecting that the case was of poisoning due to Alprazolam, went beyond their jurisdiction by taking cognizance of circumstantial evidences falling outside the autopsy room. “This case would not have been registered at all. It was registered because one doctor while conducting post mortem on 18th January 2014, in its report submitted on 20th January 2014, went into taking circumstantial evidences into account. I have not seen a report where medical doctors go outside their autopsy room. I don’t know why the report was delayed by 3 days and cognizance was taken of material outside the autopsy room. One of the doctors, Dr. Puniya, in his 161 CrPC statement, admitted that they have never given cause of death in case of poisoning without taking into consideration the CFSL report.” Pahwa argued. While denying the position taken by the prosecution by alleging that the deceased was in a normal condition, it was also argued by Mr. Pahwa that the condition of deceased Sunanda Pushkar was already in a worse shape before arriving in New Delhi. It was submitted that there was evidence to show that Pushkar boarded the airplane on wheelchair, she travelled in the corridors on the wheelchair and even reached the hotel on a wheelchair. “In January 2014, she was not a healthy person. A lady who cant talk, who was on a wheelchair, who had autoimmune disease, they says such a lady is fit.” Pahwa submitted at the outset. No Definite Opinion on Cause of Death Made Out From 2014 to 2017 As Per Various Reports by Medical Boards Mr. Pahwa has cited the timeline of events dating back from 2014 to 2017 by relying on 3 AIIMS board reports and 4 chemical examination reports over these years which failed to suggest the actual cause of death. According to Mr. Pahwa, there was “no definite opinion on the cause of death” even after the examination and medical reports by different boards comprising of different doctors. It was argued that in the year 2014, after 20th January till August, the AIIMS doctors were not called as they were collecting the viscera report. However it was submitted by Pahwa that Alprazolam was found nowhere. “Ethyl Alcohol and caffeine was found in the stomach. What is found from the blood was only caffeine. No where any poison was found. The Doctors should have waited for this report and then would have given an opinion.” Pahwa argued. Referring to another report titled “Biological Examination and DNA Profiling Report” which came out after a few days in 2014, Pahwa argued even that report did not suggest anything incriminating, unnatural, suspicious or other than the ordinary. “Alprazolam is not found in any report, it was there in the medicine. It was not found anywhere in viscera report. Ethyl alcohol are not poisons, they are medicine salt prescribed by AIIMS. A parallel investigation was started by them which goes late to August 2014. Is it the job of doctors to go into investigation? They refused to give an opinion in April 2014.” Pahwa submitted. Arguing that there was no registration of FIR till September 2014, it was submitted by Pahwa that “The whole objective of their interpretation is that the whole case is about poisoning. The doctor should be at least bothered. Their job should end the time autopsy report is published. From where you can say it’s poisoning, no poison was mentioned. Just because you mentioned it on the basis of circumstantial evidence doesn’t mean it is the truth.” Suggesting that it was the Medical board which was interested in the case and was guiding the investigation, it was submitted that doctors failed to take into consideration viscera report which is the primary function of the doctors to do. Arguing that the board even went ahead to call upon the call records, photographs of medicines and statements of relatives of the deceased, it was submitted by Pahwa that it was not the job of the doctors to go into such questions. It was further argued by Mr. Pahwa that other reports which came in December 2014 after which the police started investigating the poison angle in the matter, were contrary to the chemical reports and FSL reports suggestion there was no poison found. The said report also suggested the deceased was normally fit and a healthy individual. “Can this report be accepted at the face value? This has to be rejected here. How can the board say she was healthy when the IO gave statements of doctors? Still they say it’s a case of poisoning whereas the scientific evidence says its not. Thereafter the Medical Board then went to the site (where body was found). Imagine the plight of the case. IO sends doctor to the site. This was because IO thought ‘I don’t want to take a call’.” Pahwa argued. “Anything which goes into favour of accused should be ignored and what is tainted and untruth should be relied on. No final opinion was given by the board.” Submitted Pahwa. Arguing that from January 2014 to 2016, none of the reports showed the exact cause of death, Pahwa submitted that a new board comprising of 4 doctors was constituted in 2016. Thereafter the IO wrote a letter to the said Board seeking a definite opinion into the cause of death. Pahwa argued that even in the year 2016, the IO was still seeking the opinion into the cause of death. The said report, according to Pahwa, also did not reveal the definite opinion. “The IO sat on the file for one year then wrote a letter after one year in 2017 to the Chairman of the Board. Till this date there is no conclusion. In the end, they ask, tell me again what is the definite conclusive opinion on cause of death. If I have to commit suicide, I will gulp it. I wont take a sip. Their argument is that 27 tablets resulted in death, this is absurd. The tablet is of 0.5 mg. what study says is that 9750 tablets, around 10 times into 2 will be the dose.” While concluding the arguments for the day, Pahwa submitted that: “If you cannot establish suicide, then there can be no sec. 306 case. First you have to establish there has been a suicide. From 2014 to 2017, it has been 4 years. They have given opinion, its neither suicide nor homicide. Again a null in the investigation. Even when the report said there was no suicide, they registered a case under sec. 302. They don’t say it’s suicide. This is answer to your third category, accidental. This is accidental where there is no intention. Suicide cannot be without intent. I am not talking abetment at the moment. I am talking about suicide. For suicide there has to be intent. I am relying on medical documents relied by them. How does sec. 306 come into play?” Posing a question to the Court, Pahwa went ahead to submit “Had she been alive, whether this could be a sec. 309 (attempt to suicide) case? Whether she could have been prosecuted under attempt to suicide? Certainly not. There is no conclusive cause of death. It’s laughable in my view. Suicide is not established.”Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
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