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Police chief in Patel case held in contempt, placed on leave

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Madison police chief Larry Muncey leaves federal court on Friday, followed by his attorney, Jerry Barclay.

Madison police chief Larry Muncey leaves federal court on Friday, followed by his attorney, Jerry Barclay.

MADISON, Ala. (Diya TV) — Madison police chief Larry Muncey was held in contempt of court last week, fined $2,500, ordered to undergo special training and has been placed on administrative leave by the town’s mayor.

The maximum penalty Muncey could have faced was six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Muncey is the only person to be convicted in the Indian grandfather case, which arose from a February 2015 incident that resulted in an elderly Indian man being slammed to the ground by Madison police officer Eric Parker, who was reportedly responding to a suspicious person call. When Parker arrived, he stopped Sureshbhai Patel, who was walking by his son’s home.

Parker has been tried twice in federal court for the violation of Patel’s civil rights, but neither jury could reach a verdict. He was ultimately acquitted of civil rights violation charges by U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala, who then brought contempt charges against Muncey.

Muncey on Thursday announced he was taking a leave of absence, and with him on leave, Major Jim Cooke has been named acting police chief by Madison mayor Troy Trulock.

Judge Haikala’s contempt ruling stems from Muncey’s improper communication with witnesses — all fellow police officers — during the civil rights trial of the aforementioned Parker. Additionally, the judge said Muncey was wrong to assign a subordinate to observe courtroom proceedings once he was barred from doing so. He was also wrong in ordering officers who testified at the trial to submit reports of their testimony to him within 24 hours, the judge said.

Speaking from the bench for nearly 30 minutes, Judge Haikala outlined Muncey’s transgressions, saying repeatedly that the special prosecutor had proven their case beyond a reasonable doubt. At the same time, she said she understood the position Muncey had been put in with trying to protect the department’s liability with such an unusual case. Regardless, he violated a clear order from the judge, she said.

Muncey has to “trust the process,” she said.

Muncey himself testified earlier that special prosecutors had over-stepped their boundaries during the process of trying to build their civil rights case against Parker.

“I told them they had a weak case,” Muncey testified in federal court. “They were trying to prove willfulness and it just was not there.”

Patel, who speaks no English, required surgery on his spine after the incident with Parker. At the time, Muncey recommended that Parker, who was charged with a single count of misdemeanor assault, be fired.

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Indiaspora releases 2021 government leaders list featuring over 200 members of Indian diaspora

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Indiaspora Releases 2021 Government Leaders List | Diya TV News

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Nonprofit Indiaspora released their list recognizing more than 200 members of the Indian diaspora who are leaders in their countries’ governments. The leaders span the globe, with more than 60 holding Cabinet-level positions.

More than 32 million people of Indian origin live outside of India, the largest diaspora population in the world.

After entertaining pitches from a number of Indian states, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa declared Tesla will set up its Indian production in his state. An electric vehicle pioneer, analysts forecast India could generate 5% of Tesla’s revenue in the next 5 years.

The late Indian American scientist Narinder Singh Kapany, the father of fiber optics, received a posthumous Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest award. Singh died last year at the age of 94.

An Indian physicist’s revolutionary Black Hole research is turning 50 years old. C.V. Vishveshwara died in 2017, but his work lives on and continues to be honored. The Indian Association for General Relativity and Gravitation and The International Centre for Theoretical Sciences held an event in India to discuss the implications of Vishveshwara’s breakthrough. And now colleagues in his field around the world continue to be astounded at his research. Building off the work of Albert Einstein, Vishveshwara found that Black Holes had a structure, and if you banged on it, would vibrate like a bell. He first published this finding in the science journal “Nature.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Search continues for 12 yr old Arunay Pruthi lost at sea.

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FREMONT, Calif. (Diya TV)  — It’s been a month since 12 year old Arunay Pruthi disappeared off the California coast. And while his family and their Fremont neighbors are devastated by his apparent loss, they continue to hold out hope they will find out what happened to the 7th grader. Pruthi was caught by dangerous surf at Cowell Ranch State Beach in Half Moon Bay and his father said he just drifted away. Despite hundreds of volunteers scouring the area, Pruthi hasn’t been seen since. There is a $50,000 reward for information leading to his discovery.

31 year old Ashwani Jain announced he’s running to become Maryland’s next governor. The Democrat recently ran unsuccessfully for Montgomery, Maryland City Council. He’s also a former Obama administration official.

Sean Desai made history, as he was named the Chicago Bears new defensive coordinator, making him the first Indian American ever to receive a coordinator job in the NFL. The 37 year old served as an assistant coach for several years before this promotion. Desai started his coaching career at Temple University, where he also received a doctorate in educational administration.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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UN: Avoid Pakistani airlines over fake pilot licence scandal

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SANTA CLARA (Diya TV) — The United Nations is telling its staff and partner agencies to avoid flying on all Pakistani airlines as the country continues to deal with a fake pilot license scandal. The warning means UN staff in Pakistan will be unable to fly internationally or domestically with these airlines, creating a travel nightmare.

The National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers is increasing its stake in soccer club Leeds United to 37 percent. And Indian American Paraag Marathe has been tapped to become Vice Chairman of the English Premier League team. Marathe will lead day to day operations and be more involved in the decision making process. The executive is still the 49ers Vice President of Football Operations, essentially the right hand man to owner Jed York.

As more foreign companies turn their backs on the United States, China and India are taking advantage. Direct investment in the US by overseas companies plummeted 49 percent last year according to a recent study. China’s grew by four percent to $163 billion. In India, foreign direct investment skyrocketed 13 percent last year to $57 billion. Policies allowing more foreign companies like Ikea and Uniqlo to open stores and increasing the country’s manufacturing base are some of the reasons for this growth.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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