Andher Nagari:RTI revels :1,398 Punjab policemen in crime clique


1,398 Punjab policemen in crime clique

RTI Query Shows Top Cops Charged With Grave Offences

Shruti Setia Chhabra & Anilesh S Mahajan | TNN

Ludhiana/Chandigarh:
      From rape to murder, custodial third degree to running fake currency rackets and organizing illegal immigration, an RTI document obtained by TOI has revealed that a staggering 1,398 Punjab police personnel, right from the DGP to constables, continue to be involved in crime and, in almost all cases, getting away with it.
   

       While this figure for the 46,000-strong contingent does not include personnel serving in eight battalions of Punjab Armed Police (PAP), seven Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) and five commando units, the list includes three DGPs, an ADGP, three IGPs, 19 SPs and 28 DSPs among others. Eight serving DSPs have been accused of murder and an equal number are accused of abduction and kidnapping.
    

     “This may be just the tip of the iceberg. We have to understand that for every case registered, there must be at least a hundred others which the police do not allow to be registered,” said Hitender Jain, general secretary of Resurgence India, a civil rights organization, while sharing the data with TOI.
 

         Alleging that most information on IPS and PPS officers was incomplete, Jain said, “The incomplete truth is also good enough to assess how safe we are in the hands of such custodians of law.”
    

      The data reveals that such policemen continue to enjoy plum postings even as they face serious charges without a single suspension. This is in gross violation of the Punjab Police Act, 2007, section 13.2, which states that each police station should be headed by an SHO who faces no prosecution in a criminal case, is neither chargesheeted by the vigilance bureau nor its own department for misconduct involving moral turpitude and whose integrity has not been doubted for a period of five years prior to taking up charge.
    

      According to section 16.18 of the Punjab Police Rules, 1934, a policeman undergoing departmental inquiry should ordinarily be placed under suspension if it appears that charges are likely to be framed against him. However, it adds, unnecessary suspension should be avoided to check non-effectives. However, rule 16.19, relating to judicial cases, states that police personnel charged with criminal offence should be placed under suspension from the date of

      Police chief claims to be in the dark

      Ludhiana/Chandigarh: While it shocked many from the fraternity, retired Uttar Pradesh DGP Prakash Singh, the man behind police reforms in the country following the apex court judgment on a PIL filed by him in 2006, said, “It’s unbelievable! If cops with doubtful integrity have not been suspended and were promoted even when they were undertrials, I would say it’s a scandal.”

 

       Claiming to know little about the total number of criminal cases filed against his men, Punjab DGP NPS Aulakh said, “I will ask my office to update me on them and will take suitable action. I have to go through the details before reacting to the situation.” Reiterating his commitment to providing clean and transparent policing in the state, he added, “If irregularities are proved, strict action will be taken against the guilty.” TNN
trial unless directed otherwise by the DIG or AIG (GRP). However,officers choose to keep quiet on its implementation.

 

      “The Punjab police story is just an example and may be true for other states too. We need to evolve an effective strategy to overpower the monster before it is too late,” said Jain.

     

 

 

 

 

UK: AI exec wins libel against UK eveninger


 AI exec wins libel against UK eveninger

 

London: A top Air India executive has won a whopping 5,85,000 pounds in damages and legal costs in a libel case against a British eveninger which published a report falsely accusing him of sexually harassing a female colleague.Captain Ashwini Kumar Sharma, an army captain who is now an executive director of the airline at its Mumbai headquarters, has been awarded 85,000 pounds (Rs 68,50,947) in damages and 500,000 pounds (Rs 4,02,99,000) in cost in his libel case against ‘The Evening Standard’ by a 12-member High Court Jury.

The paper in a front-page report in August 2006 headlined “Sex Shame of Airline chief” accused Sharma, also a former aide-de-camp to the President, of harassing junior female staff and claimed that he was a “serial sex pest.”

“I am extremely delighted that I have been vindicated. I am extremely grateful to my team of lawyers headed by Ian Winter and the legal system of the UK where a 12-member Jury and the judge David Eady in the High Court delivered the unanimous verdict last evening,” Sharma told PTI.

Besides Ian Winter, the defence team included Andrew Monsoon, a leading libel barrister, Christopher Steward More and B Kilpatric.

Sharma, currently the Executive Director in charge of sales, marketing and head of ground handling for Air India global operations, said he was also grateful to his wife and children who stood by him throughout the two-year-long traumatic period and the eight-day trial.

“There was not a shred of truth in any of the allegations made against me. This is exactly what I said on the day the art]icle was published.” 

 

UK: Indian Doctors: Racist Policy of UK govt flounders against the House of Lords


Indian doctors win historic legal battle against UK Govt

Citizens Alliance Congradulates the BAPIO Leagal Team, Hats off  Dr Mehta.

 

 

 

       London: Indian doctors fighting for job parity with EU medicos on Wednesday won a landmark verdict against the British government when the country’s highest court ruled as illegal a state guideline discriminating against overseas medical graduates for employment in state health services.

        In a four-to-one majority verdict, the Lords Committee dismissed the government’s appeal against a court order in October last year in favour of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) which had challenged an April 2006 “guideline” to hospital trusts to employ non-EU medicos only if no candidate from EU is available.

       The Lords Committee also awarded costs to BAPIO, that spearheaded the legal battle against government’s attempt to retrospectively introduce regulations to restrict non-EU doctors already in the UK from applying for training posts in the state-aided National Health Service.
Lord Bingham of Cornhill, Lord Rodger of Earlsferry, Lord Carswell, Lord Mance dismissed the appeal while Lord Scott of Foscote upheld the government decision.

       Soon after the judgement was delivered in the Lords Chamber of the House of Lords, an elated Dr Ramesh Mehta, President of the BAPIO told PTI: “This is a landmark victory.

         “We expected the Health Department would now treat Non-EU overseas doctors fairly and equally on the basis of merit in the case of recruitment to the NHS.”

       An estimated 7,000 to 8,000 international medical graduates, a majority of them from India, would benefit from the judgement, he said.

        Thousands of international doctors have already left the UK after suffering a traumatic experience. “The House of Lords has vindicated our position that the Government had acted in haste and prematurely without thinking about the damaging consequences for thousands of international medical graduates,” Mehta said.

        Excerpts from an earlier interview in the Mail

 

        MORALS ARE LOW IN THE COMMUNITY OF INDIAN DOCTORS WORKING IN THE NHS; SAYS DR RAMESH MEHTA, PRESIDENT OF BAPIO.

       I met Dr Mehta at his bungalow at the outskirts of Bedford in a small Victorian village known as Renhold to see how he saw the conditions of Indian Doctors working in the NHS.

      This year Dr Ramesh Mehta, a Consultant Paediatrician and the founder President of British association of Physicians of Indian Origin, received the B Merit Award for his exceptional services to the NHS, over and above his normal duties.

     When asked, how he had felt about the recognition? He said, “I am delighted to have been honoured by the Merits Award, however I would like to see more Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Doctors to be included in the list”.

      Ramesh says that he constantly receive calls from consultant colleagues across the country who feel that they are working in conditions that provides very little support and encouragement.

       I asked him which other group of Doctors in the NHS are considered to be under enormous pressure? He regarded that many Doctors in the category of Staff and Associate specialist group feel neglected and severely undervalued. He explained, “Most of them are very senior and experienced specialists who have not been able to become consultants because what they regard as a ‘lace curtain racism’, which is so subtle that it is difficult to prove.”

       My own feeling is that NHS is short of Doctors and there is a demand at Consultant and General Practice level and it would be a pity if the experience of these doctors are not fully exploited.

      Ramesh commented that these doctors are already in the country, they are bi-lingual and know the NHS system. They need support and appropriate training to move up the ladder.

        What about the doctors that are coming to UK from country such as India? I asked. He was extremely concerned about the plight of the new comers who have passed PLAB and desperately looking for observer ship and employment.

        I asked him, So where is the problem? “I feel that at this level there is mismatch of jobs available and number of doctors passing the test’, Ramesh replied.

       His thinks although there is a good will amongst different departments at the national level, there needs to be more co-ordinated and structured approach by the Department of Health and Conference of Post Graduate Medical Deans. They should consider developing a comprehensive information database and match vacancies against availability of doctors. He also felt that there is a role for General medical Council to assist in this process.

       My impression is that overall this government is keen to engage the voluntary sector in a spirit of partnership with the statutory bodies and asked him what role he envisaged for BAPIO in the process?

         Ramesh commented, “With appropriate infrastructure support BAPIO can certainly play a major role in developing information centre and single point contact for these doctors to be placed in observership”.