Delays in Legal System

Our legal system makes life easy for criminals: SC

‘While Law-Abiding Citizens’s Cry For Justice Gets Muffled’

Dhananjay Mahapatra TNN

  New Delhi: “Our legal system has made life too easy for criminals and too difficult for law-abiding citizens,” said the Supreme Court on Friday, summing up its frustration over the way rich and influential accused use every tactics to delay the trial to frustrate law-abiding citizens and muffle their cry for justice.

     The poignant comment fitted aptly to the Geetika Sharma suicide case, where former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda continues to evade police despite being named in the FIR as the one who allegedly drove the 23-year-old woman to take the extreme step.

      The bench’s observation was recorded in a judgment dismissing petitions by accused to quash the 37-yearold trial in the L N Mishra murder case after it found that the petitioners who sought an end to it on the ground of inordinate delay were themselves responsible for the delay.

3.2 cr cases pending in HCs, lower courts

TNN Dec 20, 2011, 01.29AM IST

     NEW DELHI: The government on Monday said around 3.2 crore cases were pending in high courts and subordinate courts across the country while 56,383 cases were pending in the Supreme Court.

     It also said 74% of the total 3.2 crore cases were less than five years old. Similarly, 20,334 out of the 56,383 pending cases in the apex court were less than one year old.



Pending from the Previous Month

Registered during the month

Disposed of during the month

Disposed of matters pertaining to Previous months, but updated this month

Pending at the end of the month

  A B C D A+B-(C+D)
 Admission Matters  36833  7105  8322  87  35529
 Regular Hearing Matters  27018  1139  319   25  27813 
Total 63851 8244 8641 112 63342

Parsi New Year in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune

      Bharati Sarkar says ” India is richer today due to the contributions of a tiny community. In the sciences, the arts and industry, Parsis have given back more than a thousand-fold in return to the land that gave them shelter a thousand years ago.”


Feast marks start of Parsi new year


     Mumbai: The Parsi community began its new year, Navroz, on Saturday by visiting the fire temple and rounded off the evening with a lavish meal and, in several cases, a Parsi-Gujarati play.

     Pateti, the final day of the outgoing year, was celebrated on Friday.Navroz marks a new beginning after a tenday period of penance.
Pateti is a day to seek forgiveness for past sins and Navroz the following day signals a fresh start. A senior member of the community, Adi Doctor, explained how in times gone by the new year was always observed on March 21. “However, the Gregorian calendar gains one day every four years which is leap year.

 Around 500 years ago, the Parsis who came to India abandoned the old calendar and allowed the years to roll. Now the festival falls between March 21 and August,” he said.

     Behram Ardeshir, trustee of the Dadysett Atash Behram, makes it a point to work this day albeit for a few hours. “If I work during Navroz, then I will continue to work throughout the year,” he said.

    “My wife prepared saas ni machi, sali chicken and pulao dal for the main course and lagan nu custard for dessert. Navroz is one day to just forget everything and do what matters most,” Ardeshir said.

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      The Parsi community in the twin cities celebrated Navroz on Saturday with much gaiety as members got together for prayers and festivities that lasted till late in the night. The celebrations started early in the morning with members of the Parsi community, decked out in new clothes visited fire temples, offered prayers and wished each other a happy new year. 

     Hyderabad has three fire temples, one in Hyderabad and two in Secunderabad, for its 1,200-strong Parsi community. 

   Navroz celebrations began with prayers and festivities that continued into the afternoon with some prominent people of the community holding open house at their residences for people to visit, enjoy snacks and wish each other. 

     “We go over to the fire temple to thank god for the year that has gone by. We don’t just pray for ourselves but also for the country,” said Onim Debara, social activist and a senior member of the Parsi community. As part of Navroz celebrations, community members also handed out scholarships to meritorious students in the names of their dear departed. 

     Community members said that Navroz celebrations were also about getting together with their families and enjoying the traditional Parsi lunch. After all, the Parsis in the city love to say that their celebration is about food, merriment and, of course, thanking god. 

     So, the Zoroastrian Club had put together a programme of evening entertainment which was booked to capacity. “We have 542 members in the club and tonight we had a booking for 475, which also includes guests,” said club president Rohinton Noria. Listing out the delicacies that were on the menu, Noria said it included not just traditional Parsi fare such as Patrani macchi and dhansak dal, but also haleem, in keeping with the flavour of the season. 

    “The difference in the celebrations this year is that the programmes are being put up by members’ children,” said Noria, pointing out how no guest performers had been invited to entertain the audience.



Pakistan: Intolerant State


11-yr-old girl held in Pak on blasphemy charge 

Islamabad: An 11-year-old Christian girl has been arrested in the Pakistani capital on a charge of blasphemy after she was accused of burning pages of the Quran, police said on Saturday.

     Officials of Ramna police station said an FIR had been registered against Rimsha Masih, a resident of Umara Jaffar in Sector G-12 in Islamabad. The girl was arrested on Friday by personnel from a women’s police station after a man named Syed Muhammad Ummad filed a complaint against her.

     However, an NGO named ‘Christians in Pakistan’ reported on its website that the girl has Down Syndrome and had been falsely accused of burning 10 pages of the Quran. The NGO said other Christians living in Sector G-12 had been “threatened by extremists” who wanted to burn down their village on Friday. It said some 300 people had left their homes and were in hiding.

       The All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) is providing assistance to people who have left their homes.

    National harmony minister Paul Bhatti, who is also chairman of the APMA, has contacted Islamic clerics and police to bring the situation under control.

    Rights activists have urged the government to reform or repeal the controversial blasphemy law, which they say is often misused to persecute minorities like Christians.

     Federal minister Paul Bhatti’s brother Shahbaz Bhatti, who was the minister for minority affairs, was gunned down by extremists in Islamabad in March last year after he called for the repeal of the blasphemy law. PTI

    Zardari to Sindh: Frame law to stop forced conversions 

      Against the backdrop of reports of mass migration of Pakistani Hindus to India, President Asif Ali Zardari has directed the Sindh government to frame a draft law to amend the constitution to prevent forced conversion of the minorities in the province. The president’s decision came after he was briefed about the concerns of Hindus by his sister Faryal Talpur, a PPP lawmaker and Sindh chief minister Qaim Ali Shah. Zardari directed Shah to form a committee under to prepare the draft law to amend the constitution. PTI

      Twin suicide attacks targeting security forces kill 23 in Pak 

      At least 17 people have been killed in a suicide attack targeting security forces and several other incidents of violence took place in Pakistan’s Balochistan and Sindh provinces, officials said on Saturday. In Sharifabad area of Quetta, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a Frontier Corps check post, killing five people, including three soldiers.

      In Karachi, the capital of Sindh, a fresh wave of violence erupted on Friday night when five men eating at a hotel were gunned down, while seven others were killed in different areas of the port city. PTI

CW Games continues to drain Delhi of its finances

       Rs 10 Crores. How many fans could have been provided in MCD schools?

How many toilets for children?


‘Useless’ Games FOBs to cost 10 crore

Not Needed Now But PWD Has Made 70% Of Payment For Projects Near JLN Stadium

Indrani Basu TNN

New Delhi: PWD is building two foot overbridges near Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium which are costing the exchequer Rs 10.34 crore but will serve almost no purpose. But the public works department is still going ahead with both as “70% of the payment has been already made” for these Commonwealth Games projects.
One of the two FoBs, coming up in front of the gate number 4 of the stadium, had collapsed two years ago, leaving the Delhi government redfaced. Traffic police, however, said there were now very few pedestrians who crossed at these two points and the FOBs would serve little purpose as the Games were over. Government sources also confirmed it.
“The matter had come up in a working committee meeting and later at a UTTIPEC governing body meeting where concerns were raised that the FOBs are not required. However, PWD officials claimed that 70% of the payment had been made, and the money could not be recovered so the FOBs should be allowed to be built,” said a senior government official.
One of the FOBs will be built near the gate number 4 of the stadium where the Barapullah elevated road currently ends. The construction of the deck of the second FOB — near the end of the Bhishma Pitamah flyover near Fourth Avenue Road — was begun on Friday night. Both FOBs are expected to be completed by October-end. Portions of the FOBs have been imported from France, said PWD officials.
The FOBs were to be used during the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games, when the stadium was expected to be filled to its capacity of 70,000-80,000 people. “At that time, players were supposed to use the FOBs after getting off the Games buses at the parking opposite the gate number 4. Spectators using the park-andride scheme at the Safdarjung parking and walking to the stadium would have also taken these,” said a senior traffic police officer of the area.
“Lodhi Road was then out of bounds for general traffic as only VIP movement was allowed on the stretch during the Games ceremonies. Hence, there was high pedestrian usage. Now, people can just get off next to the stadium entrances,” he added.
The FOB near gate number 4is of no use to the nearby residents of the Sewa Nagar railway colony as there is a high boundary wall running along the entire length of the colony that cuts access to the FOB. Further, buses use the parking only as a depot and don’t operate out of it, said officials.
The second FOB has the railway colony on one side and the Lodhi Colony on the other. While there is an opening at Lodhi Colony for residents to access underconstruction FOB, this is not the case for the railway colony residents. Currently only one bus uses this stretch to go to AIIMS but even that service is not frequent.
PWD, however, defended its action, claiming that it will be of use to residents and those coming to the stadium. “When there is a game at the stadium, the FOB near gate number 4 will be used. Nearby colony residents can use both the FOBs as well,” said PWD director (works) Deepak Panwar.

FEW USERS: Traffic police say there are very few pedestrians who cross at these two points