Cases against Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Adarsh scam dominated legal scene in Maharashtra

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The sessions court framed charges against Salman on July 24 and held on December 5 that the trial will be held afresh while discarding old evidence. The sessions court framed charges against Salman on July 24 and held on December 5 that the trial will be held afresh while discarding old evidence.
SummaryCases against filmstars Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Sanjay Dutt and Govinda, disputes over properties of Bollywood personalities late Rajesh Khanna, Lata Mangeshkar and Adnan Sami, copyrights issue and Adarsh scam hogged the limelight during 2013.

suggested the couple otry resolving their differences and appointed a mediator.

Vihari Sheth, managing director of Singapore-based Vihari Jewels and daughter of Rajesh Sheth who owns Vihari Jewels, was arrested on August 2 by DRI for allegedly smuggling diamond studded gold jewellery worth Rs 2.35 crore in her inner wear. She was later released on bail.

Bollywood actress Jiah Khan's suicide at her Juhu home in June sent shockwaves among her family, friends and industry and landed her alleged beau Sooraj Pancholi, son of actor Aditya Pancholi, in jail for abetment of her suicide. He was later granted bail by the high court.

Jiah's mother Rabiya alleged her daughter was murdered.

The scam-tainted Adarsh housing society continued to be embroiled in legal tangles with the two-member inquiry commission indicting four ex-chief ministers for alleged favoritism and patronage to the society in its final report.

The government, however, rejected the report which created a hue and cry.

The CBI gave a clean chit to union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde. However, former CM Ashok Chavan, who was named as an accused by CBI, got relief with the Maharashtra governor refusing to grant sanction to prosecute him.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar got a relief with the Bombay High Court quashing and setting aside an order passed by a lower court temporarily restraining him from functioning as president of the Mumbai Cricket Association.

On November 26, a city civil court had passed an interim order while hearing an application filed by senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde seeking Pawar to be restrained from functioning as MCA chief pending hearing of his suit challenging the NCP supremo's election as its chief.

In another case, the State Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and Economic Offences Wing (EOW) invited the ire of high court for not conducting a "fair and proper" investigation into the allegations of money laundering and land grabbing against Maharashtra minister and NCP leader Sunil Tatkare.

The court is hearing a PIL filed by BJP leader Kirit Somaiya seeking CBI probe against Tatkare and his family.

A Thane court, on November 29, convicted former Ulhasnagar MLA Suresh (Pappu) Kalani and 3 others in connection with murder of Ghansham Bhatija, a social activist, in 1990. All the three accused were awarded life imprisonment.

In a major security lapse, Afzal Usmani, an Indian Mujahideen operative accused in the 2008 Ahmedabad bombings, on September 20, escaped from a special MCOCA court

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