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District attorney seeks to revoke Gurbaksh Chahal’s probation

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Gurbaksh Chahal, convicted of domestic abuse, exits a court hearing in S.F. over allegedly kicking an ex-girlfriend.

Gurbaksh Chahal, convicted of domestic abuse, exits a court hearing in S.F. over allegedly kicking an ex-girlfriend.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Gurbaksh Chahal, an Indian-American internet entrepreneur and writer, kicked his former girlfriend 10 times during a 2014 incident, the same time he was on probation for a conviction of domestic violence, a San Francisco police officer testified in court on Friday.

Officer Jose Hernandez’s testimony came during a hearing in which prosecutors were seeking to revoke the 33-year-old millionaire’s probation for an earlier attack on a different woman in his penthouse San Francisco apartment. Friends and family of Chahal, once dubbed one of America’s most eligible bachelors, packed the outside of the San Francisco Superior Courthouse to protest the proposed revocation, and brought their sentiments inside once the hearing began.

“It’s unfair. He has already paid the price,” said Chahal’s 72-year-old father. “I’ve been watching this play out for three years.”

Chahal was charged with 47 counts of felony domestic violence and assault in 2013 for an Aug. 5, 2013 attack on his then-girlfriend inside of his penthouse at 301 Main St. A Superior Court judge later ruled a 30-minute video which captured the violent attack was inadmissible because police had seized it illegally. Chahal ultimately pleaded to two misdemeanor charges of battery and domestic violence in 2014, and placed on probation.

Shortly after, Chahal began dating a then-23-year-old South Korean woman he met in Las Vegas, and in September of 2014, the two of them were involved in an altercation.

According to Hernandez’s testimony, the woman told him Chahal had kicked her 10 to 12 times on his bed around 4 a.m. after the two of them had been drinking. She immediately called 911, but hung up the phone and called back to say the initial dial had been a mistake. She has since returned to South Korea, and has not returned to testify in the prosecution’s motion to revoke Chahal’s probation.

Avtar (left) and Arjinder Chahal, the parents of Gurbaksh Chahal, enter the San Francisco Hall of Justice to attend their son’s court hearing on prosecutors’ request to revoke his probation.

Avtar (left) and Arjinder Chahal, the parents of Gurbaksh Chahal, enter the San Francisco Hall of Justice to attend their son’s court hearing on prosecutors’ request to revoke his probation.

Judge Tracie L. Brown made no ruling Friday, and has yet to ultimately decide if the video evidence that was tossed in the 2013 domestic violence case can be admitted in the probation hearing.

Chahal’s court appearance Friday was a circus before he even entered the courtroom — his bodyguards shoved a group of reporters and photographers gathered in a hallway outside of the courtroom. After, Chahal took to his Twitter account, personally attacking what he believes to be the corruption of San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon.

Additionally, Chahal has filed a lawsuit against the city, and Gascon.

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U.S., India, Japan & Australia complete Malabar exercise

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MALABAR ISLANDS, India (Diya TV) — Maritime forces from the U.S., India, Japan and Australia completed Phase II of the exercises dubbed Malabar in the Arabian Sea. The U.S. State Department thanked India in a tweet for hosting the effort by “The Quad” that promotes a free and open Indo-Pacific against a growing Chinese presence in the region.

The state of Michigan officially certified its election, formally granting President-Elect Biden its 16 electoral votes. And while President Trump continues to litigate in the hopes of overturning the outcome of the election, to date, he’s lost more than 30 cases. And now the General Services Administration informed the President-Elect he will be able to get the funding and documents needed  to start the formal transition in government.

Indian American Mala Adiga was appointed by President-Elect Joe Biden to be the Policy Director for his wife Jill, who will be the First Lady. Adiga is an alum of the Obama administration, as well as the Biden Foundation.

Pakistani American Dr. Umair Shah was appointed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to be Washington State’s Secretary of Health. Shah currently serves as executive director and local health authority for Harris County Public Health in Texas. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Modi thanks troops for thwarting terror plot

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JAMMU and KASHMIR, India (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Modi thanked security forces for unraveling a terrorist plot by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad. Four men suspected of plotting a new attack on the anniversary of the 26/11 attacks were killed during a gunfight with Indian armed forces at a checkpoint in Jammu. Their truck was loaded with a cache of weapons and explosives. Modi is now reviewing the security apparatus along the international border and the Line of Control with Pakistan amid this infiltration.

Terrorism was a major theme of the annual BRICS summit featuring Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa was hosted by Russia virtually. Prime Minister Modi said terrorism is the biggest challenge world is facing today, adding “countries that support the terrorists are held accountable.” Russian President Vladmir Putin said India and China may start producing Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19.

Donald Trump Jr., President Trump’s eldest son, tested positive for coronavirus. His father and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle and many others in the Trump inner circle have had the virus over the last few months. A spokesman said Trump Jr. learned his diagnosis earlier this week, but has no symptoms and is quarantining in his cabin.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Senators Warner, Cornyn talk US-India relations to USIBC

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — China as it relates to the U.S. and India was a central topic of conversation at the USIBC Post-Election Perspectives virtual conference. Democratic Senator Mark Warner, Republican Senator John Cornyn in conversation with former U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma both conveyed how India’s importance to the U.S. is increasing in terms of security and economic opportunity moving forward. Both Senators were confident bilateral ties between the world’s two largest democracies would continue to strengthen under a Biden administration. Cornyn and Warner are co-chairs of the Senate India Caucus.

Elections officials in Georgia called the presidential race for President-elect Joe Biden after a hand recount recertified the results. The vote discrepancy totaled in the hundreds and not thousands needed for President Trump to change the outcome. Biden will be awarded the state’s 16 electoral votes. The Trump campaign continues to dispute the outcome and says they will continue to pursue all legal options.

And the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Anthony Edwards #1 overall in the NBA Draft. The Golden State Warriors picked big man James Wiseman #2, but lost NBA champion & sharpshooter Klay Thompson for the year to an Achilles injury

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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