Medical bills not paid, Delhi High Court raps govt

Medical bills not paid, HC raps govt


Abhinav Garg | TNN


New Delhi: Slamming government departments for vacillating when it comes to reimbursing money spent by employees on medical treatment, the Delhi High Court has diagnosed this as one of the key reasons for burdening of courts.
   A division bench comprising of Justice S K Kaul and Justice M C Garg recently ordered the ministry of defence to cough up nearly Rs three lakh to one of its employees who had undergone a heart surgery but was was being denied re-imbursement.
   Irked at departments dithering over paying re-imbursement, despite clear law laid down by the Supreme Court and high court, the bench slapped a cost of Rs 10,000 on the ministry, asking it to split it between K N S Bindra — the employee — and the Delhi High Court Legal Services Committee.
   ‘‘The saga of persons not being paid full re-imbursement for medical expenses incurred and thus being compelled to approach this court doesn’t seem to end as government authorities continue to ignore legal principles settled by SC,’’ a dismayed bench noted as it dealt with the petition filed by Bindra who had to undergo a sudden open heart surgery at Escorts Hospital in the Capital.
   Bindra had first sought permission from his ministry to undergo an angiography test for which he got the go ahead, the tests then warranted an immediate open heart surgery for which again the ministry granted permission in June 2001.
   Bindra informed HC that his treatment cost him a little over Rs 2,50,000 but he received only Rs 1,94,400 from the ministry initially. Bindra’s woes worsened when the ministry began deducting money from his salary after concluding that extra amount had been given to Bindra than was assessed.
   This forced him to move HC seeking a direction for compensation of full amount since Escorts is a recognised Hospital under the CGHS scheme. He also sought a stay on amounts being deducted from his salary.
   The bench made shot down claims by the ministry that government circulars stipulate a fixed amount available for its employees. The court pointed out that it was for the government and the concerned hospital to settle the dues if hospital charged more and the employee-patient shouldn’t be made to suffer by denying him/her full reimbursement.

Andher Nagari: Haryana Police: Rape victim kills self in police HQ

 Extracts from TOI


Rape victim kills self in police HQ


Accused Cops Had Offered Money, Framed Husband To Scare Her


Manveer Saini | tnn

Panchkula: Unable to bear the fact that the policemen who had raped her were not only roaming free but also threatening her to withdraw the complaint, a mother of two consumed poison at the Haryana police headquarters here on Monday.



    Sarita, in her early 20s, gave up her fight for justice at the PGI Hospital in front of hundreds of agitated people, her two children and a grieving husband who was allegedly framed in a theft case in Rohtak three months ago.

     She was raped on the premises of the Crime Investigating Agency (CIA) building where her husband was lodged in April on the charge of stealing a motorcycle, and chose the police headquarters in Sector 6 to end her life before her daughters Heena (6) and Muskan (3), who were the only eye-witnesses to the incident.

    ‘‘Maine goli kha li hai (I have swallowed a tablet),’’ said Sarita to ADGP V B Singh while handing him a two-page letter underscoring her plight. ‘‘Despite the fact that DSP Neeraj Setia’s probe had confirmed rape, neither were the policemen arrested nor did the investigating officers bother to get me medically examined. And the accused issued threats after they failed to lure me with money,’’ she wrote. ‘‘I have tried my best to get justice but my voice has gone unheard and now I am committing suicide, and head constable Balraj and constable Silak Ram are responsible for my death,’’ the letter said.

  It was Sarita’s second visit to the police headquarters. She was first there on May 29 to lodge a complaint against the two policemen. A rape case was registered against the cops on the order of DGP Ranjiv Dalal the next day and IG, Rohtak, was told to probe the delay in the arrest of the accused. A case of abetment to suicide was registered against the cops, Dalal said.

   Sarita was raped on April 10 by head constable Balraj Singh and constable Silak Ram, both deployed at the CIA staff-I of Rohtak, a day after the two demanded Rs 6,000 for releasing her husband. After failing to get the accused booked, Sarita and her husband Subhash, a bus conductor, approached the ADGP on May 29. Acting on the complaint IG, Rohtak, was told to take action after registering the case.

Speaking to TOI, Sarita’s inconsolable father Jagbir Singh and Subhash spoke about the brutal indifference of the police force in bringing one of their own to book. ‘‘I rushed to Chandigarh after my son-in-law informed me. It was in the afternoon that I came to know about her death,’’ Jagbir said.

NRI: NZ:Indian store owner shot dead in NZ

Indian store owner shot dead in NZ


     Melbourne: A 30-year-old Indian was shot by three robbers in his liquor store in the New Zealand capital, sending shockwaves in the immigrant community which has accused the police of a delayed response to the incident.

        Navtej Singh, a father of three girls, the eldest being five, died on Monday morning after battling for his life for 36 hours. Navtej immigrated from Punjab to New Zealand six years ago with his family and set up a liquor store in south Auckland three months ago.

         “A total of 15 bottles of beer and maybe some change, a couple of dollars. That’s the price that has been put on this 30-year-old man today, and I feel that this is a national shame,” Veer Khar of the Indian central association said. Detective inspector Jim Gallagher said video footage reveals three offenders who entered store were male Pacific Islanders or indigenous Maori. PTI

KERALA CHURCH : Panel against sending girls below 18 yrs to convents

Panel against sending girls below 18 yrs to convents

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Sparking a furore in the Church in Kerala, the state women’s commission has called for a law to ensure that girls are not forced to take up the life of a nun before they reach 18 years of age.The panel headed by Justice D Sridevi gave the recommendation on a complaint by Augustine of Thodupuzha in Idukki district.

The complaint referred to instances in the convents where a nun reportedly committed suicide upset with her life. He also cited cases where girls who had been “given” in the service of the church later decided to renounce it and return home, only to find themselves isolated.

“After going through it, we felt that sending girls to convent before they turn 18 would not be proper as they cannot be said to be exercising their free will then. Sometimes it so happens that they grow dejected of their life as a nun and want to come back. But by then their properties would have been usurped by their kin,” Justice Sridevi said.

Delhi: Zonal offices to give birth certificates

Zonal offices to give birth certificates


Ruhi Bhasin I TNN


       New Delhi: Soon you will be able to get a copy of a death or birth certificate from any of the MCD’s zonal offices. The civic agency is planning to update this facility. According to MCD commissioner K S Mehra, work on this front is in process.

       The MCD began with the registration of online birth and death facility around four years ago. Until now, the practice has been that you can only collect certificates from citizen’s service bureaus of zonal offices in which the hospital — where the birth has taken place — comes under.

      Says Mehra: “We are working out details for allowing a person to pick up either of the certificates from any zonal office as per convenience. According to officials, this facility will be in place by July so you can pick up the birth or death certificate from any of the zonal offices.” Says the official: “Earlier a person could only go to the zonal office, where the hospital or cremation ground was located for collecting the required certificate.’’ Around 400 hospitals across the city are connected to this online service.

      A private company called ECIL has prepared the software for the online birth and death certificate project and is the service provider too and it gets a share for every transaction made online. People can get the certificates couriered. The project is part of the civic agency’s e-governance initiative.

NRI:Sikh to play Canadian football wearing patka

Sikh to play Canadian football wearing patka

Gur Kirpal Singh Ashk | TNN

Patiala: Navraj Singh Bassi of Vancouver will be making history when he will take the field in the Canadian Football League with his ‘patka’ on. The 6 ft 6 inch Sikh footballer will play for Grey Cup champions Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Till now the ‘patka’ was considered a hindrance among Sikhs who wanted to play the game. If he plays in his team’s match against BC Lions on July 4, he will be the first Sikh to play football with a ‘patka’.

Navraj has his family’s full support in pursuing his passion. ‘‘We are very excited that he will be given an opportunity to showcase his talent and by the grace of god he will excel in the sport he has loved since childhood,’’ said father Kulwinder Singh Bassi. Talking about Navraj’s team, his brother Pavan, a super heavyweight champion, said, ‘‘Saskatchewan coaches are really impressed with his abilities and he is really enjoying the team atmosphere.’’

Harbans Singh Jandali, former president of Ontario Sikh and Gurdwara Council told TOI from Toronto that Punjabis living in the area are eagerly waiting for the match and a large number of them would be in Vancouver to cheer Navraj. Navraj attended college at the University of Oregon. Despite receiving more than 40 offers for football scholarships, the North Delta Secondary School player chose to stay in the northwest to remain close to his family. He played a few seasons with the Oregon Ducks.

Leading Punjabi broadcaster in Canada, Kuldeep Deepak, said with obvious pride, ‘‘We have already registered our community’s presence on the football field.’’