Delays in grant of interim maintenance of wife and minor child

CAPRG is taking up the matter of judicial delays

in grant of interim maintenance of wife and minor child U/s 125 of Cr.P.C.

with the High Court of Delhi, and National Commission for women.

For reasons of space, letter to the Chief justice of Delhi HC, with detailed note has not been placed in this post. However the same can be had from CAPRG if desired.

JR Lal


Committee for Social Justice


Dr. Girija Vyas


National Commission for women,

4, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg,

New Delhi – 110002

Subject : Delays in grant of interim maintenance of wife and minor child U/s 125 of Cr.P.C.

Hon’ble Madam,

This is in continuation of our letter dated 17.05.2010 on the above subject (copy attached)

Through the Note attached to the said letter we have attempted to highlight the delays in courts, far beyond the mandated period ( sixty days) in deciding on the issue of interim maintenance on applications submitted U/s 125 of the Code of Criminal Procedure by women who have been separated from their husbands for any reason.

The matter of interim maintenance should normally be decided by relevant courts within two months. However they are dragged on for many months and even years. This results in unnecessary harassment to women who are in dire need of financial succor.

Most of the women with familial problems have little or no knowledge of law, lawyers, or courts and many have no source of income for sustenance for themselves and their children. Such delays defeat the very purpose of law which is intended to prevent vagrancy and destitution, as well as to provide speedy remedy for the supply of food, clothing and shelter to the deserted women.

If the Commission calls for the details even from Delhi Courts of all the cases where there has had been unduly delay in deciding the amount of interim maintenance and analyses the same, we are sure, a very disappointing picture may emerge. This problem must be prevalent all over the country, affecting adversely hundreds of women. The gravity, seriousness and the sweep of the problem needs the intervention of your commission.

Only an institution of your stature can take up issue at the appropriate level with the Judiciary and the Government, and bring solace to the hundreds of women trapped in courts, and their delays.

Unfortunately, magistrates who delay disposal of applications in clear violation of the laid down law also deprive women’s of their constitutional rights. Commission may also consider, if necessary, to collect relevant data  from the courts for a thorough scrutiny before taking up the issue with the judiciary.

Keeping in view the seriousness of the problem, we request you to permit our small delegation of 4-5 members to meet you, on a date and time at your convenience for discussing the problem in some detail and to find out some effective solution to mitigate the sufferings of those destitute women.

We are looking forward for a positive response.

Honesty in Mumbai: Returns a bag of jewels

Mumbai peon returns bag of jewels worth Rs 27 lakhs

Mumbai: Spotting a bag full of gold jewellery left behind on a local train would tempt the best of us to pocket it, especially if one is going through a financial crisis. But 50-year-old Suresh Agre does not believe in it. The 50-year-old peon with an architecture firm at Churchgate took it on himself to trace the owner of a haversack containing ornaments worth Rs 27 lakh.

He was rewarded with Rs 51,000 on Saturday by the beneficiaries at a felicitation programme. The owner of the haversack, Viral Lathigara, is a jeweller and runs SR Jewellers at Marine Lines. On the night of May 14, he left behind the bag containing 27 gold necklaces (weighing 1300 gms) in the Borivli-bound local. Viral, then, registered a complaint with the Borivli GRP.

Meanwhile, Agre, who was seated in a second-class compartment of the same train, spotted the haversack .

“Worried that someone would rob the ornaments, I decided to take them home,’’ Agre said. On May 20, Agre went to the address found in the bag. Satisfied on having found the rightful owner, he showed Viral the bag. On Friday night, the bag was returned intact at the Borivli GRP chowky. TNN

Cheques with alterations/corrections will not be honoured from 1st July 2010

S L Watwani

Subject:  Cheques with alteration/corrections will not be honoured from 1st July 2010

Cheques with alterations/corrections will not be honoured from 1st July 2010

Apr 22, 2010 RBI

RBI  has issued RBI Circular No.  – DPSS.CO.CHD.No. 1832/01.07.05/2009-10 dated 22nd February 2010 by virtue of which Banks are supposed to prohibit alterations / corrections on the cheque leaf. Circular summary is as follows:-
Prohibiting alterations / corrections on cheques : No changes / corrections should be carried out on the cheques (other than for date validation purposes, if required). For any change in the payee’s name, courtesy amount (amount in figures) or legal amount (amount in words), etc., fresh cheque forms should be used by customers. This would help banks to identify and control fraudulent alterations.

Based on the above guidelines Banks clearing teams can return cheques which have any alteration in the :

  Payee Name

  Amount in numbers

  Amount in words

The only alteration, which is allowed is the alteration in the date.

Efforts Group: Property collection Camp, Safdarjung Enclave

Dear Residents / Friends,

With the initiative of Prof. Kiran Walia, area MLA and Hon’ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Delhi, Efforts Group is again organising a Property Tax Collection Camp.

Day, Date & Time :  on Tuesday, the 1st June, 2010 between 10.00 AM to 2.00 PM

VENUE : Shri Ram Mandir B-5 Block, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi.

Please read the attached document for more details.


S L Watwani

Sub: Property Tax Collection Camp on Tuesday, 1st June, 2010 (10 AM -2 PM)

With the initiative of Prof. Kiran Walia, area MLA and Hon’ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Delhi, we are organising a Property Tax Collection Camp on Tuesday, 1st June, 2010 between 10.00 AM to 2.00 PM at Shri Ram Mandir B-5 Block, Safdarjung Enclave, and New Delhi.

  • Following options exist for deposit of Property Tax
  1. E-Filing of Return – Axis Bank would be present in the camp to do the same.
  2. Deposit Property Tax Form and cheque with the under mentioned person or with your RWA & they would deposit your Property Tax Return & Cheque & collect the receipt and deliver it to you.
  3. Visit the camp and deposit the Property Tax Return & cheque & obtain the receipt. In case of rush, we shall arrange to receive the cheque & Property Tax Return & deliver the receipt at your residence.

You are requested to avail the benefit of this camp.Please bring particulars of your property so as to fill the form. Volunteers would be available to help you in filling the forms. Blank Property Tax Forms will be available at the mandir and also with your RWA’s. Forms would also be available with the under mentioned persons. Form can be picked/ delivered to Senior Citizen/Handicapped persons, who are not in a position to come to the camp. Please also give this information to your friends and neighbors. We welcome any suggestion and help of volunteers.

Regards & Best Wishes,

Pankaj Agarwal

General secretary

B-3/55, 1st Floor, Tel : 9810401127 (9 am–10 am, 6pm – 9pm)

Mr. S L Watwani, B-2/61, Tel: 9958046738

Mr. SS Rudra, B-7/54, Tel: 26105783

Mr. Vinay Kapoor, B-2/126, Tel: 26195607

Col. R.K. Khosla, B-4/165 Tel: 26164146

NRI: St Louis Accident Case settled in court

This is an extract from a blog of The Law Office of Elliot S. Schlissel:

Police Officer Becomes Intoxicated and Crashes

– Wrongful Death Suit Settled

May 12, 2010

Police officer Christine L. Miller was off duty. She drove some friends to O’Leary’s Bar and Restaurant. Christine was an officer in the Sunset Hills Police Department.

Christine was served numerous drinks at O’Leary’s Bar. After consuming “a high quantity” of alcohol Christine got in her car to drive home. Christine drove her Mitsubishi east in the west bound lane of Darity Ferry Road which caused an accident with another vehicle. Four young people were killed and one was injured in the traffic accident. Christine has been charged with four counts of first degree involuntary manslaughter plus one count of second degree assault. She is currently on an unpaid suspension from the Sunset Hills Police Department.

The civil lawsuit which was filed shortly after the criminal charges were brought against Christine was settled for $2.25 million. At the time of the crash Christine’s blood alcohol level was 0.169. The threshold for driving while intoxicated was .08%.

The parents of the victims sued both Christine and O’Leary’s Bar and Restaurant.

They claimed that the employees of the restaurant knew that Christine was intoxicated and did not prevent her from driving home or assist her in calling a taxi cab. The civil lawsuit also claimed the bar workers served Miller alcoholic beverages even though her speech was slurred and her gaze was unsteady.

RTI:Gujarat:One-man crusade against bad governance

One-man crusade against bad governance

Vijaysinh Parmar | TNN

Junagadh: Here is one crusader, who considers o t h e r ’s problems his own. Q u i e t ly but diligently using RTI as a tool, JP Shah, 59, a re t i re d bank manager, has helped hundreds across the country get their rights.

Be it widows not getting their dues, pensioners who have been struggling for many years, educated unemployed youths waiting for jobs in government departments, senior citizens and people who are struggling with various government departments — his list has endless success stories.

Shah’s weapon is his computer and his phone that are live every hour in the day. He could be reached by phone calls, emails, blog posts and letters and he promptly replies to them too. Shah tags a line in all his letters, “Hate RTI and perpetuate bad governance for the next generation.”

When TOI went visiting Shah’s home four days back, a certain Geetha Kumari of Kerala was on line. Kumari complained that she had four children to feed, but was not getting her family pension after her husband died in 2007. Her husband was an employee of Food Corporation of India (FCI). Shah immediately emailed an RTI application to her. In just few days, Kumari’s file was recommended for pension disbursal.

Chandrika Thakar from Junagadh lost her husband to illness in 2003. It came as a big blow to this 40-year-old widow, who had also lost all hope of getting back her husband’s 16-year-old Rs 2.29 lakh fixed deposit. Shah helped her file an RTI application and she got her fixed deposit with an 11-year interest in a few months.

Shah’s blogs and articles have had 1.4 lakh hits in the last two years. He has already guided 5,000 persons from all over the country on matters of RTI. Interestingly, Provident Fund status,income tax return and Provident Fund refund gets maximum hits. Two years ago, Administrative Staff College of Assam had invited Shah’s suggestions on RTI training for their personnel.

People from Chennai, Thiruvanathapuram, Chandigarh, Ambala, Phagwara,Ujjain,Mumbai,Udaipur, Byawar, Bengaluru, Delhi, Noida, Agra, Ghaziabad and Rajamundry are in regular touch with Shah.“Iwould not have lived had JP Shah not helped us. His help came at a crucial juncture in our life.I had lost everything.But, Shah gave us hope,”says Thakar.

“JP Shah has been guiding force for many like me. He helped me tirelessly fight the charity commissioner to get permission to non-CA to audit the trust whose income is up to Rs 3, 000 per year. Now, this has helped numbers of youths in the state,” says Rakesh Shah, a resident of Junagadh.

“For the first time since Independence, an ordinary Indian feels empowered, thanks to RTI. I wish everybody feels the same,” says Shah.

J P Shah

BRT in Delhi:Worsening Mess

No amount of public outcry, suffering and  deaths seem to have any effect on the Delhi Government, run by Shiela Dixit, who otherwise has a positive image.

The Lieut Governor Tejinder Khanna has not been able to stop the worsening mess, which is spiralling out of control with another segment (Defence colony)  being   being added to the already existing chaotic Chirag Dilli segment.

BRT crawl: 1km in 30 minutes

Corridor Gets More Chaotic At Chirag Dilli Crossing, But No Relief In Sight


New Delhi: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) continues to be a dreaded word for Delhiites. A good two years after trial runs were started on the pilot corridor, commuters still take 20-30 minutes to cross the brief stretch of about 1 km between Chirag Dilli and Pushp Vihar crossings. With four malls and multiplexes, three major hospitals, a Delhi Development Authority (DDA) sports complex and a proposed district court, the volume of traffic coming onto BRT from Press Enclave Road is only going to increase, aggravating the jams.

Even as the jams persist, none of the solutions promised to decongest the stretch, including a clover leaf flyover at Chirag Dilli, intelligent signalling, parking lots, foot overbridges and road widening has happened on ground. The result: Those who commute in private vehicles continue to have a harrowing experience.

‘‘Even on Sundays when all the roads are empty, there is a jam on the Chirag Dilli crossing on BRT. I take anything between 20-30 minutes to cross this stretch. This has only become worse with the malls opening in Saket,’’ said Prerna Gandhi, a resident of Amar Colony.

What makes it worse is that a majority of south Delhi residents depend on hospitals on Press Enclave Road for healthcare. With the only access to the stretch provided through this part of BRT, reaching a hospital has also become a pain.

‘‘There aren’t any big hospitals in the area apart from Moolchand, which is always crowded. But reaching any of the hospitals on Press Enclave Road is a huge pain. I was taking my father there for a checkup and ended up spending a good 35 minutes just to cover the 2-3 km stretch,’’ said Amit Dhingra, a resident of Greater Kailash-II.

Commuters feel it is even more frustrating to see an empty bus lane on the side, even as the entire road, cycle track and even footpath are bursting at their seams with vehicles and pedestrians.
‘‘Every morning, there are bikes on the cycle lane, forcing cyclists onto the footpaths and people like us have no space to walk. I have to brave all the traffic just to reach the Chirag Dilli bus stop everyday,’’ said Shekhar Jain, a resident of Shiekh Sarai.

Added businessman Hitesh Sharma: ‘‘The BRT is a nuisance. I travel to Pushp Vihar frequently, and the morning traffic here crawls, literally. If a car breaks down or there is a minor accident, that means chaos. Even the footpaths are taken over by vehicles.’’ The solutions to the jams between Chirag Dilli and Pushp Vihar crossings, which were proposed by the government when lane segregation was enforced on the corridor two years ago, are yet to see the light of day.

Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMMTS), which is operating the corridor, was supposed to put up intelligent signals to bring down waiting time at the Chirag Dilli crossing. But the project was recently approved and installation has just begun.

The other solution, construction of a grade separator at Chirag Dilli to reduce waiting time, i still in the planning stage. According to officials, the location and final design have been finalised and submitted to Delhi Development Authority (DDA)’s technical committee for approval. But there are no plans to start construction anytime soon.

In a desperate bid to make BRT work, the government had proposed construction of parking lots where people can leave their cars and use BRT and foot overbridges in the corridor. But even these are not ready for use. ‘‘As for now, it has been put on the backburner till the Commonwealth Games. The unofficial direction seemingly is to maintain status quo on the corridor,’’ said a senior official, who pleaded anonymity.