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Rahul Gupta subject of CBS’ ‘What Happened in Apt. 1601’

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(Diya TV) — The murder case involving three Georgetown University students will be the subject of an upcoming edition of CBS’s “48 Hours.” On April 2, “What Happened in Apt. 1601” will air on CBS, investigating the matters of the murder of Mark Waugh, and Rahul Gupta, who has since been serving a life sentence for his murder.

The tale as we know it, tells the story of three bright students with even brighter futures ahead of them. After a returning from a night of barhopping, police responded to a gruesomely bloody scene, and found Waugh butchered in his apartment. The two survivors — Gupta and his girlfriend, Taylor Gould — originally told police they had no clue what had happened, or how the murder had taken place.

Dean Skiba, an officer among the first responders, described the grimly murder scene.“It’s like a horror movie,” he said, adding,“you could see it was up all over the wall, all over the ground.” Waugh had been stabbed to death.

Both were bloody and drunk, according to police, when Gupta confessed to the murder of Waugh. “I caught my buddy and my girl cheating,” Gupta told police. “I killed my buddy.” Gupta’s lawyer, Reginald Bours III, questioned the legitimacy of the confession because he says his client was unaware of any infidelity between his girlfriend and Waugh, or anyone else. Additionally, he said the statement makes no sense because Gupta, his girlfriend and Waugh were all inside the small studio apartment together.

“That did not happen. I have no idea how they got that or how they attribute him to saying that,” Bours said in an interview. “There’s got to be confusion on somebody’s part.”

After the alcohol wore off, Gupta then recanted his confession, saying he had no idea what had transpired. His girlfriend, the aforementioned Gould, relayed similar sentiments. “I don’t remember what happened,” she told police. “I told you everything I did remember.”

Police were dissatisfied with the change of heart from the couple, and didn’t believe the two could have completely forgotten in the events leading up to the death of their friend and roommate. “They could both remember up until a certain point, but the crucial 45 minutes nobody seems to remember anything,” detective Paula Hamill said.

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Exclusive: Judges Srinivasan, Rao kickoff SABA virtual conference

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Diya TV is home to the South Asian Bar Association virtual conference this weekend, which got kicked off by perhaps the two most powerful Indian American lawyers in the nation: Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan & Circuit Judge Neomi Rao, both of whom serve in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, considered the second most powerful court in the nation to only the Supreme Court. We’ll update you on their conversation and preview this weekend’s virtual gala featuring Stacy Abrams, Preet Bharara, Vanita Gupta, Ajit Pai and many others.

Meanwhile, Judges Srinivasan and Rao may get another Indian American colleague, as President Trump nominated Vijay Shanker to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Democratic Party announced they will be conducting their convention virtually from Milwaukee.

Indian American Jeremy Cooney is leading in the race for New York State’s 56th Senate District, with absentee ballots still to be factored in.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Satellite images show larger Chinese presence at Indian border

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LADAKH, India (Diya TV)  — While the ongoing fracas between India and China has not led to all-out war yet, satellite images indicate China is sending a larger group of troops and building infrastructure in Galwan Valley, site of that vicious clash that killed 20 Indian troops, and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers. It was the first loss of life in battle for the Chinese in more than 40 years. U.S. intelligence decreed China instigated the battle and India says China has been staffing up in the area since May. Following the release of the satellite images, China says India is to blame.

The U.S. is regressing in its battle against COVID-19, setting a new single day record for coronavirus cases at more than 37,000. The virus has infected nearly 10 million people globally, a quarter of that total in the U.S. The death toll now stands at 125,000 in the United States, with Florida, Texas, Arizona and California seeing major increases.

Pakistani-American Qasim Rashid advanced in the Democratic primary in Virginia’s First Congressional District. ​He’ll take on longtime incumbent Republican Congressman Robert Wittman in the fall.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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As critics fume, Modi says India was not breached by China

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV)  — During an all-party political leaders meeting, Indian Prime Minister Modi told the group China did not breach Indian territory in Ladakh, nor was any Indian Army border post captured. Modi emphasized India will protect Galwan Valley, the region where the clash killing 20 Indian soldiers and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers took place. But Modi’s critics say the situation was an intelligence failure and many want Modi to strike back with force. Meanwhile, in a statement, the Chinese Government pinned the conflict on India and is laying claim to the entire valley region.

India was elected as a Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council for a 2-year term starting next year, receiving 184 out of 192 valid votes.

And in a wild Friday night surprise, the Justice Department said Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York would be stepping down, to be replaced by Jay Clayton, the current Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. But in a statement, Berman said he’s not leaving until Congress confirms someone & his investigations, including into folks allied with President Trump, will continue.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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