Delhi Police: Cops framed me for cash’


Cops framed me for cash’

That corruption has seeped into the Delhi Police system has been reiterated once again with two officers of the Anti Auto Theft Squad (AATS) being suspected for falsely implicating a person.
Inspector Jai Bhagwan Pehalwan and sub-inspector Pradeep Kumar have come under the scanner for their roles in falsely fabricating and implicating a man in a motor vehicle theft case (IPC 411- 147/ 2005). At the time, the two of them were deputed with the Operations Cell of the AATS.
An ‘internal vigilance enquiry’ report submitted to the high court by the Delhi Police itself brought the matter to light on Friday. The report — conducted by an assistant commissioner — indicts both the police officers.
Pehalwan and Kumar have been accused of forcibly dragging outside one Vinod Kumar Sharma, 29, from his Esteem car straight to the Operations Cell office in Maurice Nagar. “There, the two policemen hung me from a tree and demanded that I cough up Rs one Lakh or face the case. And when I couldn’t arrange for the money, the case was put on me. I was left to rot for no fault of mine,” Sharma said.
What Vinod told MAIL TODAY might have been allegations only, but the the Delhi Police’s ‘internal enquiry report’ spells serious trouble for the two accused cops. The report not only indicts the two in this case, but also recommends that serious cases be registered against them under various sections of the IPC.
“Immediately after I was granted bail, I approached other authorities for recourse. I knew I was being framed. I am married with three kids and have my own cloth business. A person who owes me money paid the policemen to make up a case against me,” Sharma added.
The investigating ACP has written, “In view of the facts and circumstances available in the file, one feels that the statement made by the complainant has a lot of weight. The investigations should immediately be taken over by the Crime Branch since a lot of evidence still needs to be collected against the police officers named in the complaint…..”
Rajan Bhagat, the spokesperson of Delhi Police, said; “We have taken note of the matter. We will start proceedings once the report is submitted in the high court.”
Extracts from bhuvan.bagga@mailtoday.in

Delhi: Drive against Drnken Driving


Drop in drunken driving but accidents continue.

Following the footsteps of Mumbai Police Delhi Traffic Police have commenced a drive against drunken driving.

This drive is welcomed by Citizens Alliance.

       THE DELHI Police have claimed that there has been a drop in the number of late-night road accidents over the last two months in the Capital. Their figures suggest a downward trend in cases of drunken driving.

       But events on the ground portray a different picture. The menace hasn’t ceased completely. Two people died on Sunday morning,  allegedly due to drunken driving. Speaking on the incident, S.N. Srivastava, joint commissioner of police (traffic), said: “The car driver went beyond the speed limit. He lost control (of the car) and rammed into a tree.”

        Srivastava, maintaining that it was an isolated case, said, “Our efforts to prevent late-night road accidents, including drunken driving, have yielded positive results. We have noticed a drop of about 30-35 per cent in the case of drivers speeding under the influence of alcohol. The awareness to stay away from drunken driving is working and the imposition of fines has helped our cause.”

       He added: “Earlier, almost 90 per cent of those fined at night were involved in drunken driving. Of the 90 per cent, an overwhelming 80 per cent people were drunk beyond the permissible limits.”

Extracts from Mail Today

Moral Police: Saudi Style


 ‘Moral Police’ in India have friends and compatriots every where      SAUDI ARABIA’S powerful religious police ordered the arrest of 57 youths this week for flirting with girls in malls in the holy city of Mecca, The Saudi Gazette reported on Saturday.

       The young men were detained on Thursday evening by regular police officers following a request from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the English-language daily reported.

       They were accused of wearing “indecent clothing and playing loud music and dancing” to attract the attention of the opposite sex, it added.

      Members of the commission, known as the Muttawa, patrol public areas to ensure the kingdom’s brand of ultraconservative Islam is enforced, and this includes strict segregation of the sexes.

      The Muttawa also cracked down on Valentine’s Day by banning florists from selling red roses. In a fatwa or religious edict issued seven years ago, Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti, Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, declared the celebration named after the Christian patron saint of love a “pagan Christian holiday.”

      SAUDI ARABIA’S powerful re- ligious police ordered the ar- rest of 57 youths this week for flirting with girls in malls in the holy city of Mecca, The Saudi Gazette reported on Sat- urday The young men were de- tained on Thursday evening by regular police officers fol- lowing a request from the Commission for the Promo- tion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the English-language daily reported.

      They were accused of wearing “indecent clothing and playing loud music and dancing” to attract the atten- tion of the opposite sex, it added. Members of the commis- sion, known as the Muttawa, patrol public areas to ensure the kingdom’s brand of ultra- conservative Islam is en- forced, and this includes strict segregation of the sexes.

      The Muttawa also cracked down on Valentine’s Day by banning florists from selling red roses. In a fatwa or religious edict issued seven years ago, Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti, Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, de- clared the celebration named after the Christian patron saint of love a “pagan Christ- ian holiday.” 

Kerala : Diverting from real issues


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     A state that has virtually no industries and the highest number of suicides has no time for real issues. Communists are more interested to divert atttention from real issues confronting the citizens.

      

‘Separate season for women at Sabari Mala
7 Feb 2008, 1601 hrs IST , PTI
 THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala government has mooted a separate pilgrimage season for women at Sabarimala Ayyappa temple to end the controversy over ban on entry of women of certain age groups at the hill shrine.In its affidavit filed in the apex court on Wednesday in response to a case seeking a direction to lift the traditional ban on women between the age group of 10 and 50 at the temple, the government has also suggested that the court could form a scholars’ panel to study the proposal.

      The affidavit said the government was of the view that there should not be any “gender discrimination”. Though the government was for maintaining equal status for men and women, a separate season for women was necessary in view of the practical difficulties in providing facilities for women when lakhs of devotees converge there during the pilgrimage season between November and January, it said.

       Apparently referring to strong opposition by conservative groups against the entry of women of all ages, it said the government was not the “last word”, as customs and traditions would also have to be taken into consideration.

      Therefore, the court could appoint a scholars’ panel to study various aspects of the issue as the government had no plan to bring in a legislation. The government will go by the court’s decision, the affidavit, which was filed in response to the petition by Young Lawyers Association, said.

Karnataka Govt set to bar women from night shifts


Govt set to bar women from night shifts
22 Feb 2008, 0214 hrs IST , TNN


BANGALORE: The Karnataka Shops and Commercial Establishments Act, 1961, bars women from working at night.

However, an amendment in 2002, brought in as per recommendation of the state’s IT policy, exempts IT, IT-enabled services, BT and essential services. Essential services include hospitals, railways, and media organisations.

After the Pratibha Murthy murder in 2005, the then labour minister Iqbal Ansari said he would strictly enforce the law and invoke the ban.

He said a notification would be issued to ensure that women are not employed at night. In case of industries where women would be allowed to work at night, company managements would be responsible for their security.

In case they failed to provide adequate security to women, they would be fined, Ansari said.

However, the notification was never issued, thanks to widespread agitation by women’s groups.

As of now, the ban stays, but IT and some other industries are exempted

Air Lines will compensate for Lost Baggage: Supreme Court


Verdict: Airlines must pay for lost bags

New Delhi: From now on if you lose your luggage in transit, the airline is bound to compensate you, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday.

Lost baggage costs the global aviation industry $2.5 billion annually, says a report by air transport IT service provider SITA. On Friday, Air France was set back by Rs 1 lakh.

An SC bench headed by Justice BN Agrawal upheld a National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission order to Air France to pay compensation to Jalandhar-based Sonali Arora.

     Arora lost her handbag at Heathrow in July, 1998, after being forced to get off by the airline. In a move bound to benefit those fighting similar cases in the country under the Consumer Protection Act, the court also declined Air France’s plea that the order not be treated as a precedent.

Unlike the orders of District Consumer Forums, State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commissions and the National Commission, which can be challenged before superior judicial forums, this order will be the law of the land as it comes from the SC.

      “At Heathrow and Frankfurt that handle 100 million passengers annually, missing baggage will be an issue,” said an industry expert.

      Arora’s first complaint before the district commission in Jalandhar was rejected in September 1999 following which she moved the State Commission in Chandigarh that allowed her plea after five years.

     The National Commission too, ruled in her favour in March 2007.

Interestingly, last month, the apex court granted Rs 25,000 compensation to a woman whose uterus was unauthorisedly removed by a gynaecologist.

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NRI :Women who fought for Kiranjit, win British award


Women who fought for Kiranjit, win British award

London: A group of feisty Asian women who fought for a battered wife, on whose life Bollywood film ‘Provoked’ is based, has bagged a lifetime achievement award in London. 

      Southall Black Sisters, a group of politically radical women named after a west London suburb where they have a small office, were handed the Asian Voice Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony in the House of Commons on Thursday. 

      The group shot to fame when they successfully campaigned for Kiranjit Singh Ahluwalia, a Sikh battered wife, who had killed her husband in 1989 after suffering his brutality for 10 years. 

      Their high-profile campaign – the first of many – led to the release of Ahluwalia from life imprisonment in 1992. The campaign also created sorely needed awareness on domestic violence among the Asian community in Britain.

      Southall is one of the largest Asian-populated neighbourhoods in London. Ahluwalia later wrote a book on her life, “Provoked”, which was made into an English-language Bollywood film in 2007. 

       “We wanted to honour achievements in public services not only through politics but also through community work,” said C. B. Patel, the owner-editor of Asian Voice newspaper, an Asian weekly that has instituted the award. 

      “The idea is to make it an inclusive award that is multi-racial and cuts across political parties. We also wanted to honour future potentials,” Patel added. 

      The Asian Voice Political and Public Life Awards 2007 were given away by former cabinet minister John Reid at a ceremony held in the Members Dining Room of the House of Commons. 

      Awardees included: Education Secretary Ed Balls (minister of the year), Tory Party home affairs spokesman David Davies (shadow minister of the year), Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg (politician of the year), Lord Nazir Ahmed and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi (Asian personalities of the year).