CJI impeachment: Opposition parties meet Vice-President

CJI impeachment: Opposition parties meet Vice-President 

Opposition parties, led by the Congress, on Friday met Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu and handed over a notice for CJI impeachment (impeachment of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra).

The CPI, CPI(M), NCP, SP, BSP and the IUML are the other parties that have agreed to the motion. At a press conference, Leader oCJI impeachmentf the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “We have moved a motion for impeachment against the CJI, on five grounds of misbehavior. According to the Constitution, a minimum of 50 members are required to agree to the motion.”

71 MPs support motion: Azad

Mr. Azad claimed to have 71 members supporting the motion. “We wish that this day had never come. As representatives of people we are entitled to hold the CJI accountable just as we are accountable,” said Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Kapil Sibal.

The leaders of the Opposition parties met Mr. Azad in his chamber in Parliament earlier in the day. After the meeting, he confirmed that the leaders were moving the notice for impeachment.

The Opposition has been working on bringing various parties on board for a larger consensus on bringing an impeachment motion against the CJI.

Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “We have moved a motion for impeachment against the CJI, on five grounds of misbehavior. According to the Constitution, a minimum of 50 members are required to agree to the motion.” The leaders of the Opposition parties met Mr. Azad in his chamber in Parliament earlier in the day. After the meeting, he confirmed that the leaders were moving the notice for impeachment.

While the Left parties, the NCP and the Congress are on board for moving a motion, some parties that signed the petition have backed out.

NEW DELHI, APRIL 20, 2018

Maya Kodnani among 16 acquitted

Maya Kodnani among 16 acquitted in the 2002  Naroda Patiya riots case

Gujarat High Court upholds life term for Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi but commutes his sentence to 21 years in prison. Former Minister Maya Kodnani was on Friday acquitted by the Gujarat High Court in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riots case.

Maya KodnaniThe court, however, upheld the life imprisonment of Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi but commuted his sentence to 21 years in jail. It also upheld the conviction of 11 others by a special court.

Dr. Kodnani’s personal assistant, Kirpal Singh Chabda, was also among the 16 acquitted.

Order reserved in August last

A Division Bench of the High Court, comprising Justices Harsha Devani and A.S Supehiya, reserved the order last August after the conclusion of the hearing.

In August 2012, the special court sentenced 32 people, including Dr. Kodnani and Bajrangi. Dr. Kodnani was sentenced to 28 years in jail. The court acquitted 29 others for want of evidence.

While the convicts challenged the court’s order in the High Court, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in the case appealed against the acquittal of 29 people.

Naroda Patiya riots followed the Godhra train burning incident of February 27, 2002, in which 59 ”kar sevaks” were killed.

Bajrangi, whose conviction was uhpeld by the court, was named one of the conspirators in the case. In August 2012, a special court for SIT cases had sentenced 32 people, including Kodnani, to life imprisonment. Kodnani was sentenced to 28 years of imprisonment, while Bajrangi was given life imprisonment till death. The high court had later reduced it to 21 years rigorous imprisonment. The trial court had sentenced seven other accused to 31 years rigorous imprisonment, while 22 others were given 24 years in jail. Twenty nine others were acquitted in the case. Kodnani is currently on bail, while Bajrangi is in jail. The rioting took place on February 28, 2002, in the Naroda Patiaya area of Ahmedabad where a mob killed 97 people.

-APRIL 20, 2018

Rahul must apologize Hindus for labeling them terrorists

Rahul Gandhi must apologize Hindus for labeling them terrorists

Rahul Gandhi must apologise to Hindus for labeling them “terrorists”, BJP chief Amit Shah said on Wednesday while slamming the Congress president for “indulging in communal and vote bank politics.”

Speaking at a function in Bengaluru yesterday, Mr Shah said, “In pursuit of vote bank politics, the Congress popularised (the phrase) ‘Hindu Terror’ and tried to implicate some Hindu activists in the Meccas Masjid blast case in RahulHyderabad over a decade ago.” He went on to say that “Now an NIA court has acquitted them.”The National Investigation Agency or NIA court in Hyderabad acquitted all five “Hindu activists” on Monday. This included Swamy Aseemanand who was accused of triggering a bomb blast in the mosque that killed nine worshipers near the iconic Charminar in Hyderabad on May 18, 2007.
Mr Shah also alleged that “The Congress also tried to substantiate its charge by foisting false cases against Hindus and pressuring investigating agencies to implicate them in the blast case.” “Congress leaders, including P. Chidambaram, Sushil Kumar Shinde and Digvijay Singh carried out ‘Hindu Terror’ campaigns and tried to defame Hindus both within, and outside the country in order to appease a section of society,” Mr Shah said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP chief went on to say that the court verdict which acquitted all the accused, “exposed the Congress party and its leaders.” He went on to say that “If the Congress does not apologise even now, then people will definitely punish them.”

Elaborating his statement, Mr Shah said “The people of Karnataka are waiting to punish the Congress in the May 12 state assembly elections.”

Speaking about Rahul Gandhi in the context of the Hyderabad blasts, Mr Shah recalled a conversation in which Rahul Gandhi told then US envoy Timothy Roemer in 2009 that “Hindu Terror” was something to be more worried about than even Pakistan’s terror outfit Laskar-e-Taiba. Mr Gandhi had made this remark to the US envoy nearly a year after LeT had carried out the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.

Mr Roemer mentioned Rahul Gandhi’s remark in his report to the US State Department on August 3, 2009. Furthering his attack on the Congress, Mr Shah said, “Anti-national criminals have had a free run in Karnataka as the ruling Congress regime was soft on them. As many as 24 Hindu activists were allegedly killed in the state over the last two years, but none had been brought to book.”

Admitting that it was important for the BJP to win in the upcoming Assembly election in Karnataka, Mr Shah said the party was confident of a win and that his party had faith in the people of the state.
“I am sure of our party winning in the upcoming elections as the people across the state were fed up of corruption and crime in the Congress reign,” Mr Shah said.

IANS / April 19, 2018

Supreme Court rules; Judge Loya died of natural causes

Judge Loya died of natural causes, rules SC while dismissing pleas seeking probe into his death

Judge B.H. Loya died of natural causes three years ago and there is “absolutely no merit” in the public interest litigation (PIL) petitions alleging foul play in his death, the Supreme Court concluded on Thursday.

The Supreme Court foreclosed any future questions on Judge Loya’s demise, saying its verdict spelt the end of any further litigation on the circumstances surrounding his death.Supreme Court
Conclusion based on three aspects

A Bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud based its conclusion on three aspects: One, the “indisputable” written statements given by the four judges and colleagues of Judge Loya to the Maharashtra police; two, there is nothing wrong when friends and colleagues share the same room at the guest house, Ravi Bhawan; and three, Judge Loya had called his wife on November 30, 2014, telling her he was staying at Ravi Bhawan.
The statements by the judges were made to the police, which launched a “discreet enquiry” in 2017 after articles appeared in a magazine raising suspicions about Judge Loya’s death in Nagpur in November 2014.

Articles appeared in a magazine raised suspicions about Judge Loya’s death in Nagpur in November 2014. 

The verdict traces the journey of Judge Loya and his fellow judges to Nagpur to attend a wedding, their itinerary there and how they stayed in one room in Ravi Bhawan.

Judge Loya, at the time of his death was the CBI Special Judge hearing the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case in which BJP president Amit Shah was an accused. Mr. Shah was discharged from the case by Judge Loya’s successor in office.

PILs a “vituperative assault on judiciary”

Justice Chandrachud, who wrote the verdict, described the PILs as a “vituperative assault on the judiciary”. He said they were an example of misuse of judicial process and time when hundreds of litigants are waiting for their personal liberty.

Justice Chandrachud observed that the petitioners used the Supreme Court and their PILs as platforms to malign the Bombay High Court judiciary and the judicial officers who were with Judge Loya at the time of his death. At one point, the petitioners even wanted to “cross-examine” the judges who were with Judge Loya on their statements that said he died of a cardiac arrest.

Justice Chandrachud at one point wondered on the irony of why the petitioners first approached the Bombay High Court if they had no faith in its judges.

The judgment said the PILs were a “serious attack on the judiciary” and an attempt to “seriously scandalise” judges.

The PILs were an attempt to satisfy personal agendas and score over political rivals. The aura created by the petitioners that the PILs were meant to protect the independence of the judiciary – by seeking a probe into the death of Judge Loya – was a mere “facade”. The truth was that the petitioners wanted to sensationalise the death of a judge. The PILs were only a “veiled attempt to destroy the credibility of judiciary” with “scurrilious” claims.

‘Attempt to undermine public faith in judiciary’

To claims by petitioners that “one man” (Amit Shah) was controlling the judiciary was nothing but an attempt to undermine public faith in the judiciary and credibility of judicial process, the judgment said.

Justice Chandrachud said the petitioners should not use the courts to settle political scores. “Political rivalries should be settled in that great hall of democracy… Rule of law should not be reduced to a charade,” he observed.

The apex court said the petitioners’ claims and aspersions amounted to criminal contempt. But Justice Chandrachud said the court did not want to initiate contempt proceedings as judicial process should not be respected out of fear of contempt, but it is to be based on moral authority.

The verdict referred to how two of the judges on the apex court Bench, Justices Khanwilkar and Chandrachud, were even asked to recuse from hearing the Loya PILs as they were from the Bombay High Court and knew the judicial officers who were with Judge Loya.

Justice Chandrachud said they both decided to not “abdicate their duties” as they only answer to their judicial conscience and higher values.

“Industry of vested interests”

Justice Chandrachud described how PIL litigation had been brazenly misused to become an “industry of vested interests”.

The court flagged the avalanche of PILs entering the Supreme Court and the High Courts, creating arrears and severely taking a toll on court work.

The court dismissed the Loya PILs, holding that there was no reasonable suspicion to show that Judge Loya’s death was unnatural.

-NEW DELHI, APRIL 19, 2018

Olive Ridley turtles begin nesting at Rushikulya coast

Olive Ridley turtles begin nesting for second time at Rushikulya rookery on Ganjam coast in Odisha 

In a rare occurrence, Olive Ridley turtles turned up for mass nesting for the second time at Rushikulya rookery on Ganjam coast in Odisha at wee hours of Wednesday, while mass hatching of eggs of these endangered marine turtles is still continuing.

Such a phenomenon occurred for the first time at this major mass nesting site of olive ridleys on Indian coast, said Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Ashis Behera.Olive Ridley

A group of over 5000 mother turtles came out from sea from 4.30am onwards to dig out nests in sand and lay eggs in them. They nested on the stretch between Gokharkuda and Podampeta villages. This second phase of mass nesting occurred when lakhs of newborn hatchlings were heading towards the sea.

Since past few days while mass hatching continued, sporadic nesting of a few olive ridleys was also observed at this coast. But recurrence of mass nesting was never expected. As per past records, mass nesting of olive ridleys had never occurred during the month of April on Odisha coast. Reason behind this late recurrence of mass nesting needs research by wildlife experts, said the DFO.

This second phase of mass nesting occurred when lakhs of newborn hatchlings were heading towards the Odisha coast

This year 4,45,091 mother olive ridleys had laid their eggs at Rushikulya rookery coast during the week long mass nesting that ended on February 27. Mass hatching of their eggs had started from April 14 night.

In 2006, Rushikulya rookery had witnessed two phases of mass nesting of olive ridley turtles, but at short interval. Similar trend also occurred in 2009, when mass nesting took place in February as well as in March. But in both these cases second phase of mass nesting had occurred when eggs laid by the first group of turtles were incubating under the sand. However, mass nesting had never occurred during mass hatching on this coast.

BERHAMPUR/APRIL 18, 2018 /Sib Kumar Das

BJP Ministers resigned from Mehbooba Government

BJP Ministers resigned from Mehbooba Government

In a twist to coalition equation in J&K, BJP Ministers resigned from the Mehbooba Mufti-led alliance Government on Tuesday night. As the development came two days after the BJP’s Central leadership asked two BJP Ministers to put in their papers for backing the Kathua gangrape accused, rumours starting doing the rounds that something was amiss.

However, it was laid to rest with the State BJP leaders maintaining there is no threat to the BJP-PDP alliance Government and the mass resignation was precursor to a Cabinet reshuffle.

In Jammu, none of the BJP Ministers confirmed the news of their resignation. But sources in the State BJP unit said all BJP members of the Council of Ministers have put in their papers ahead of the reshuffle in the State Cabinet.

The date of reshuffle has not been decided as yet, official sources said. During his recent visit to the State on April 14, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav had declared that the PDP-BJP coalition Government was not facing any problem and will continue to function.

BJP MinistersCurrently, the total strength of the Council of Ministers has been reduced from 25 to 22. First vacancy was created by the ouster of Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu. Later the two BJP Cabinet Ministers  Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga  submitted  their resignations.

When contacted office of Deputy Chief Minister Prof Nirmal Singh in Jammu told The Pioneer, “Deputy Chief Minister is attending a high-level meeting in connection with the visit of the President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday.”

The State BJP chief, Sat Pal Sharma, was not available for comments while all other senior party leaders feigned ignorance about the sudden political development.

Earlier, in the day former BJP Minister Lal Singh blatantly exposed the fault lines within the BJP over the issue of ordering CBI probe into the rape and murder of 8-year-old nomadic girl from Kathua.

Before embarking on a road journey en route his home constituency in Kathua district, Lal Singh launched a scathing attack against the Chief Minister Mehbooba.

He demanded resignation of the Chief Minister claiming as Home Minister she had failed to ensure ‘transparency’ and deliver justice to the victim’s family.

The former Forest Minister said the CM  had failed to understand the popular sentiment and was yet to seek a CBI probe into the brutal incident.

“It is her (Mehbooba’s) biggest failure. If she has wisdom and conscience, she should resign,” Singh told reporters here.

“If two Ministers can sacrifice their posts in the interest of peace, those who are actually responsible for creating such an atmosphere should listen to their conscience,” he said targeting the PDP leader. Singh also said he would press for CBI probe into the incident.

Another senior BJP leader from the State MoS PMO Dr Jitendra Singh on Tuesday clarified the Centre has no objection to the handing over of the Kathua rape and murder case to the CBI, provided the State Government comes out with a reference.

Interacting with the media persons on the sidelines of a function in Jammu, Dr Singh said,”As far as we are concerned, we don’t have any problem or objection to hand over the case to the CBI. If the State Government comes out with a reference, we will hand over the case to the agency today itself.”

He said the court was another option through which the case could go to the CBI. “As per my knowledge, a petition (for a CBI probe) is pending there,” he said

– 18 April 2018 | Jammu

Lalu, Rabri, son Tejashwi charge sheeted in IRCTC case

Lalu, wife Rabri, son Tejashwi , charge sheeted in IRCTC case

The CBI on Monday filed a charge-sheet against former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi, son Tejashwi Yadav, a top Railway Board official, RJD MP P.C. Gupta and others in connection with its probe into the alleged irregularities in the 2006 IRCTC hotels maintenance contract case.
A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official told IANS: “The agency has filed a charge-sheet against 12 persons and two companies in a Delhi court. Lalu“Lalu Prasad, his wife and former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi, his son and former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, then MD of IRCTC P.K. Goel, Chanakya hotel owners Vinay and Vijay Kochhar, Sarala Gupta — wife of Prem Chand Gupta, and Lara Projects LLP.”
Besides, the CBI charge-sheet also named Additional Member of the Railway Board B.K. Agarwal, who was then Group General Manager (GGM) of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).
The official said in the case filed last year, Agarwal’s name was not there. His name was included only after evidence was found against him. The CBI also charge-sheeted former GGM of IRCTC V.K. Asthana, R.K. Gogia — then company secretary and GGM of IRCTC, Ramesh Saxena — then IRCTC Director and Sujata Hotel Pvt Ltd.
The case pertains to the period when Lalu Prasad was the Railway Minister. On April 10, the CBI had grilled Rabri Dev for hours in Patna in connection with the case.
In October last year, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had also questioned Lalu Prasad and his younger son Tejashwi Yadav at its Delhi headquarters.
The CBI on July 5, 2017 filed a corruption case against Rabri Devi, Lalu Prasad and Tejashwi Yadav for alleged irregularities in the allotment of contracts of two IRCTC hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006 to a private firm.
The contracts were given to Sujata Hotels, a company owned by Vijay and Vinay Kochhar — both named in the CBI FIR — in lieu of a bribe in the form of a three-acre commercial plot at a prime location in Patna district.
A preliminary CBI inquiry reportedly found that the said land was sold by the Kochhars to one Delight Marketing Company and payment was arranged through Ahluwalia Contractors and its promoter Bikramjeet Singh Ahluwalia, another accused in the case.
Delight Marketing, which bought the property from the Kochhars, was later taken over by Rabri Devi and Tejashwi, the CBI discovered.
Sarla Gupta, wife of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad’s close associate Prem Chand Gupta and a director of Delight Marketing, is a co-accused in the case.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is probing the money laundering aspect in the case and it had on July 27 last year registered a separate case following the CBI FIR.

– 16 April 2018 | Microstat | New Delhi

BJP releases 82 more names for Karnataka Assembly polls

BJP releases 82 more names for Karnataka Assembly polls

The BJP on Monday released its second list of 82 candidates for the May 12 elections to the 224-member Karnataka Assembly, including G. Somashekar Reddy who is the younger brother of Bellary mining baron G. Janardhan Reddy.
Otr prominent candidates in the second list are former BJP Ministers Murgesh Nirani, Hartalu Halappa, M.P. Renukacharya, Krishnaiah Shetty, and K. Subramanya Naidu and Kumar Bangarappa, who switched over from the ruling Congress and is the son of former Chief Minister S. Bangarappa.
The names of the candidates — all men — were finalised on Sunday in Delhi by the BJP Central Election Committee headed by party President Amit Shah and including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda.
 BJP
The party had released on April 8 its first list of 72 candidates, including three women. “The third list of 70 candidates will be released in 2-3 days as their winning prospects are being evaluated,” Bharatiya Janata Party state Spokesman S. Shantaram told IANS in Bengaluru.
“As candidates are selected on the basis of their winnability, the party has not considered the caste, gender, and other factors,” said Shantaram, but hoped the third list would have some women candidates.
In the 2013 Assembly elections, the party fielded eight women though only one — Shashikala Jolle from Nippani won. “All 40 sitting legislators of the BJP have been re-nominated to contest. So also those who lost in the 2013 elections,” he said.
The BJP also cleared the names of 10 legislators, including six from the breakaway Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) and four from the BSR Congress who rejoined the party.
The party’s chief ministerial face B.S. Yeddyurappa, who broke away from the BJP in 2012 and formed the KJP ahead of the 2013 elections, rejoined the party in January 2014 and was elected to the Lok Sabha from Shivamogga in Malnad area.
“Most of our candidates lost in the last elections as our traditional votes were split between the BJP and KJP, benefiting the Congress,” Shantaram said. Winning 122 seats, nine more than the halfway mark (113), the Congress returned to power after a decade in the May 2013 elections.
-16 April 2018 | IANS | New Delhi/Bengaluru

Sridevi wins posthumous National Award for ‘Mom’

Sridevi wins posthumous National Award for ‘Mom’, Dada Saheb Phalke Award for Vinod Khanna

 

The National Film awards were announced by Shekhar Kapur, the head of the Jury for feature films, on Friday. Sridevi wins posthumous National Award for ‘Mom’ and Vinod Khanna gets the Dada Saheb Phalke Award.

Sridevi

Here is the full list of winners:

Dada Saheb Phalke Award: Vinod Khanna

Best Director: Jayaraj for Bhayanakam (Malayalam)

Best Feature Film: Village Rockstars (Assamese)

Best Actor: Ridhhi Sen for Nagar Kirtan (Bengali)

Best Actress: Sridevi for Mom (Hindi)

Best Supporting Actor – Fahadh Faasil for Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum(Malayalam)

Best supporting actress – Divya Dutta for Irada (Hindi)

Best Action Direction: Baahubali 2 (Telugu)

Best Choreography: Ganesh Acharya for Toilet Ek Prem Katha

Best Film for National Integration – Dhappa (Marathi)

Anushka Shetty and Prabhas in Baahubali 2 - The Conclusion

Anushka Shetty and Prabhas in Baahubali 2 – The Conclusion

Best Popular Film: Baahubali 2(Telugu)

Best Debut Film of a Director:Pampally for Sinjar (Jasari)

Best film on Social Issues:Aalorukkam (Malayalam)

Best Child artist: Bhanita Das  for Village Rockstars (Assamese)

Best Children’s Film: Mhorkya(Marathi)

Best Cinematography: Nikhil S Praveen for Bhayanakam(Malayalam)

Best Special Effects: Baahubali 2 (Telugu)

Special Jury Award: Nagar Kirtan (Bengali)

Best Film Critic: Giridhar Jha

Special Mention for Film Criticism: Sunil Mishra of Madhya Pradesh

Special Mention:

Mhorkya (Marathi)

Hello RC (Odiya)

Take Off (Malayalam)

Pankaj Tripathi for Newton (Hindi)

Malayalam actor Parvathy

Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation: Irada (Hindi)

Best Regional films

Kaccha Limbu (Marathi)

Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum (Malayalam)

Fahadh Faasil in Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum

Fahadh Faasil in Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum

 Newton (Hindi)

Mayurakshi (Bengali)

Ishu (Assamese)

To Let (Tamil)

Gazi (Telugu)

DHH (Gujarati)

Hebbettu Ramakka (Kannada)

Sinjar (Jasari)

Hello Arsi (Odiya)

Walking With The Wind (Ladakhi)

Paddayi (Tulu)

An image from ‘Newton’

An image from ‘Newton’

Music

Best Lyrics: Muthu Ratna for March 22 (Kannada)

Best Music Direction (Songs): A.R. Rahman for Kaatru Veliyidai  (Tamil)

Best Music Direction (Background score): A.R. Rahman for Mom (Hindu)

Best Location Sound Recordist: Mallika Das, Village Rockstar (Assamese)

Best Sound DesignWalking With The Wind (Ladakhi)

Best Female playback Singer- Shasha Tirupati for Vaan Varuvaan from Kaatru Veliyidai (Tamil)

Best Male Playback Singer: Yesudas for Poy Maranja KalamfromViswasapoorva M Mansoor (Malayalam)

Production

Best Make Up artist– Ram Razak for Nagar Kirtan (Bengali)

Best Production Design: Santosh Rajan for Take off (Malayalam)

Best Editing: Reema Das for Village Rockstar (Assamese)

Best Costume: Gobinda Mandal for Nagar Kirtan (Bengali)

Screenplay

Best Original Screenplay:  Sajeev Pazhoor forThondimuthalum Driksakshiyum(Malayalam)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Jairaj for Bhayankam (Malayalam)

Best Dialogues: Sambit Mohanty for Hello Arsi (Odiya)

-APRIL 13, 2018

Indian shooter Anish Bhanwala wins gold, creates history

Commonwealth Games 2018: 15-year-old Anish Bhanwala wins gold, creates history

Indian shooter Anish Bhanwala, aged 15, created history by becoming the country’s youngest ever gold medal winner in the Commonwealth Games.

Anish achieved the feat when he stormed his way into the gold medal with a Games record in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event at the Belmont Shooting Centre.

Anish Bhanwala

Indian shooter 

The Haryana boy shot down the CWG record in the final with a score of 30 including four series of 5 each.

The youngest in the field, he showed nerves of steel and led the more experienced shooters through the event to emerge deserving champion.

Australia’s Sergei Evglevski claimed the silver with 28, while the bronze medal went to Sam Gowin (17) of England.

India’s other entrant in the event, Neeraj Kumar (13) was the second shooter to be eliminated in the finals after a shoot-off.

By winning the gold, Anish bettered team-mate Manu Bhaker, who had become the youngest Indian Commonwealth Games gold medallist earlier this week when she emerged champion in the 10m air rifle finals.

In the Qualifications, Anish scored 580 to finish top of the tally while Neeraj was second best with 579. Anish scored 286 in stage 1 and 294 in stage 2 qualifying, while Neeraj had 291 in stage 1 and 288 in stage 2.

The Haryana boy shot down the CWG record in the final with a score of 30 including four series of 5 each. The youngest in the field, he showed nerves of steel and led the more experienced shooters through the event to emerge deserving champion. Australia’s Sergei Evglevski claimed the silver with 28, while the bronze medal went to Sam Gowin (17) of England. India’s other entrant in the event, Neeraj Kumar (13) was the second shooter to be eliminated in the finals after a shoot-off. By winning the gold, Anish bettered team-mate Manu Bhaker, who had become the youngest Indian Commonwealth Games gold medallist earlier this week when she emerged champion in the 10m air rifle finals.

-PTI/BRISBANE/ APRIL 13, 2018