Andher Nagari: Uttar Pradesh


        The largest state in India has been reduced to a pitiable state by Mulayam Singh and his son. Loot, rape and murder have become routine.  An extract from the HT on the latest in the endless scenes of shame in Utter Pradesh.

Justice or suicide for us now: Bulandshahr rape victims’ kin

  • HT Correspondents

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  • Updated: Aug 02, 2016 09:56 IST

NOIDA/BULANDSHAHR: ANoida-based man whose wife and minor daughter were gang-raped by highway robbers in Uttar Pradesh said on Monday that the family of three will commit suicide if police fail to give them justice in three months.

“My daughter and my wife are not in a position to speak. For 18 years we have lived in Noida and now we are not able to return to our homes because of the shame. I appeal to the Noida Police to deliver me justice. I give them an ultimatum of three months. Post that, we will commit suicide,” he told newsmen.

The ultimatum by the family comes amid allegations of police laxity that allowed the gang to waylay five members of the family on the Ghaziabad-Aligarh highway on Friday night when they were headed to their native place in Shahjahanpur in a car.

The gang looted cash and other valuables before dragging the 13-year-old girl and her mother to a roadside field and raped them, the family said in its complaint.

“Two people raped my wife and daughter. My elder brother’s wife was spared because the rapists thought she was too old. We even appealed to them to kill us before they rape them…then they started beating us…They also took Rs 21,000 and jewellery from us,” he said.

The crime in Bulandshahr has shocked the country and raised questions about law and order and the role of police in the state. The UP government has suspended seven policemen and set up a 300-member task force that arrested three suspects on Monday. They were remanded in police custody for two weeks.

The family said the initial response of police on Saturday morning was “pathetic” and that a police van had driven past the spot during the assault.

The uncle of the minor said when they called the police helpline 100, the emergency helpline was busy at first and then no one picked up for a long time. They then contacted a relative in Noida and after some time, the local police station called on their phone.

But then, the officer on the other side of the line repeatedly asked questions instead of rescuing the family.

Mess In Education


Topper scam: BIHAR

Fake Intermediate certificates sold for `5 lakh in Bihar.
The Bihar exam scandal blew the lid off the shameful
teacher-school-official-impostor nexus in place. Here’s how the scam played out and the men and women behind it.

A COLLEGE PRINCIPAL
Bachcha Rai | Alleged brain behind scam | Arrested

Director-cum-principal, Vaishali’s Vishun Roy College;
said to be close to Lalu Prasad, Bachcha is in 14-day judicial custody. His photos with Lalu, Nitish Kumar & Union minister Giriraj Singh led to a ‘tweet war’ between Giriraj &dy CM Tejashwi Yadav

STATE EXAM BOARD CHIEF
Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh |A main accused| On the run
The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) chairman
quit after the scam.
Allegedly involved in tampering answersheets of ‘toppers’
CHIEF’S WIFEUsha Sinha Accused |On the run
Ex-JD(U) MLA from Hilsa (Nalanda) & BSEB chairman Singh’s wife. Officiatingprincipal of Ganga Devi Mahila College

WHAT ISTHE SCAM?
➤ Fixers, touts, impostors guarantee students high scores
➤ Either impostor appears for a test, or answer sheets are forged
➤ Colleges often bribe officials for exclusive exam centre
for students

WHY DID SCHOOLS Get INVOLVED?
Private, unaided schools/ colleges sought meritorious
students because the state govt pays 5,000 to the institution for every student getting a 1st div (60%),
7,000 for toppers,
4,000 for 2nd div &
3,000 for 3rd div. Eachstream, science & arts, has20 to 40 toppers every year

‘SENIOR IAS OFFICER’, Vaishali DM , Rachana Patil said ‘a senior
IAS officer’ and BSEB had asked her to change V R College’s exam centre

Who are the suspects?

StudentsRuby Roy | Booked | On the run
ignorance XII 2016 “topper” whose ignorance of her subject (she called political science prodigal science and said
it teaches one to cook) practically blew the whistle on the scam. After she didn’t appear in the two retests, her result was withheld. Booked, she is absconding. BSEB
has asked her to take the retest on June 25
Saurabh Shresth Booked |Absconding

The science “topper”, Ruby’s “co-star” in sting
video. Result cancelled after June 3 retest

RahulKumar
Booked |AbscondingThe third sciencetopper.Result
cancelled after retest
Shalinee Rai | Named in scam FIR | Bachcha Rai’s daughter
She topped Matriculation in 2014 with 97.2%. Student of Vishun Roy College, idea was to enable her direct admission to a prestigious tech college

What were the rates?
➤ No standard asking price
➤ 10k-15k for a ‘scholar’ (impostor): 10k for ‘scholar’, rest with school
➤ Charges higher for girl candidates 18k-20k as women exam-writers very few
➤ Outstation candidates pay more Total cost: At least
25,000
Source: TNN and Media Report

Nice To Be Back


Good . Feels GOOD to be back after over two years. Sorry lost contact with the readers for such a long time.

But then life has strange ways indeed.

Lost & Found.

ED

Kobhargade Affair: Low esteem of Indian Diplomatic Cadre


Indian Foreign Service officials who normally look down on Indians (aam admi), and have allowed their countrymen be subjected to maltratment and mistreatment by any and every third rate banana republic, suddenly saw one of their own being pushed around.

Suddenly the fraternity has realized that their own status ranks pretty low  with Uncle Sam.  They went out of their way to grant special privileges to US diplomats unasked; Crawling all the while.

The nonchalance and cavalier manner in which India  has been treated by even low level officials in the US criminal justice system and the State Department in US is a clear indicator of the contempt with which India and Indians are being viewed today by theUS administration at all levels.

Whose fault is This? Can this be righted? How?

An extract of article by MJ Akbar, is appended. He has with his usual keen eyes been able to discern, and present a balanced view : as usual.

Ed

OUT OF TURN
Has Obama concluded that India is dispensable?
M J AKBAR

Relations between India and America have been temporarily mislaid in that variable space between letter of the law and spirit of the relationship. Diplomatic dignity has been hijacked by an egregious New York law officer,
Preet Bharara, who is clearly so deeply in love with himself that he has metamorphosed into a first-rate hypocrite. But the real concern should be elsewhere: why did his superiors in Washington’s State Department permit Bharara to behave as he did?
When all pontificating is over, faults will be visible on all sides. Where there are human beings there are problems. Where there are problems, there can be solutions. That is why nations employ a corps of diplomats. Diplomats know that civilized answers can only be found through dialogue; so the first and abiding requirement of international behaviour is courtesy, from whence the phrase ‘diplomatic courtesy’. But instead of finding a calm way out of a pinprick problem, some worthies within the Barack Obama establishment decided that the time had come to “teach” India, and Indian officials, a “lesson”. They downgraded India from friend to “gotcha” nation.
This is the fate of the weak, for even rivals are treated with kid gloves, not least because there is fear of consequences, as Russia’s tough foreign minister Sergei Lavrov reminded everyone. Just before India’s acting consul general in New York, Devyani Khobragade, was humiliated, Bharara brought criminal charges against 49 Russian diplomats for medical insurance fraud. Eleven of them are serving in New York. Not one of them has seen a handcuff. Washington knows that Comrade-President Putin has lots of handcuffs in the cupboards of the Kremlin. Russians were accorded diplomatic immunity. Devyani was denied such consideration on the sort of specious interpretation that would not travel very far if host nations applied them to American diplomats in their capitals. Neither did it occur to any wise egg in Washington that such behaviour with a woman is transgression of a more important human code than breach of any protocol signed in Geneva.
How could it, when the action was a conscious set-up? The maid in question, Sangita Richard, in an astonishing departure from norm, was given virtual political asylum in America. Her husband and child got visas to join her without any of the sweat that Indians associate with this process. Action against Devyani was initiated only when they reached New York. They will not return. Who gave them life-long visas in a hurry? Will we get any answers? Not likely. Is it accidental that two Americans of Indian origin, Bharara and Nisha Desai-Biswal, assistant secretary of state, are the official face of this sting? If this was deliberate, the master planners must be pretty dim. Such thin prophylactic was never going to be sufficient protection against Indian outrage.
But the challenge now is surely to rescue the Indo-US relationship, so carefully nurtured by George Bush and Dr Manmohan Singh, from this sudden bonfire. The Singh-Bush spirit has been wandering in nowhere space, desperate for an anchor, ever since Obama decided he could fob off India’s Prime Minister with dinner, a few conciliatory phrases squeezed out like water from rock, and a public relations wiggle or two. Is it psychological? Is Obama indifferent to India precisely because his predecessor Bush was so different?
Or has Obama concluded that India is dispensable: India is unable or unwilling to play any strategic role in American withdrawal from Afghanistan [although the potential is huge]; it has become a waffle state under a weak government, eager to maximise gains such as the nuclear deal but reluctant to deliver on its side of the bargain [witness A K Antony’s imperious rejection of American fighter aircraft]; its economy has lost promise and cannot be a meaningful trading partner or investment base. Obama’s Asian triangle of interest has been China, Afghanistan and Iran. India is a hollow on the periphery. If that is the message coming from the White House, it is almost inevitable that officials down the line get encouraged to flex false muscle.
John Kerry’s conciliatory telephone call to Delhi was recognition of American excess. But a nadir can also be the starting point for renewal. One year later, Obama will be loitering in the waiting room of the future. In five months, the Manmohan Singh era, already unravelling, will be over. Obama surely understands that the architecture of a stable and economically buoyant Asia is incomplete without a pillar called India. And Delhi must know that all relations thrive best on a two-way street. The critical months of restructuring will be between July and October of 2014, but for that to happen work on foundation stones of a fresh start must be laid in January and February.
In the meantime, the letter of American law will have to adjust to a revived bilateral spirit.

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Good Samaritan: Delhi Cop returns lost bag with cash


Cop returns lost bag with 5L to its owner

Raj Shekhar TNN

Cop returns lost bag with 5L to its owner

Raj Shekhar TNN

GOOD SAMARITAN:

Constable Dharmvir found the passenger’s bag with cash and valuables

at a scanner in Nizamuddin station

 

       New Delhi:Had it not been for an alert cop, a 42-year-old man would have never got back his savings and valuables which he had lost at Nizamuddin station. Constable Dharmvir not only found the bag at a scanner machine but also returned it intact to the owner. 

    Shailendra Dhar, a resident of Mayur Vihar, approached the police on Friday evening after losing his bag containing around Rs 5 lakh, electronic gadgets like his iPad and camera, and his medicines for his spinal problem. A senior media professional, he was going to catch Chhattisgarh Sampark Kranti Express for his hometown Bilaspur.

       “A porter was carrying most of the baggage while I had this bag and my tripod. When we crossed the scanner around 5pm and went a little ahead towards the platform, I noticed that my shoulder bag was missing. I panicked and checked everywhere but could not find it,” Dhar said.
He approached police at Nizamuddin station. Additional DCP Sanjay Bhatia was informed and police started looking for the bag. “Its details were flashed at all exit and entry points and all points of suspicion were searched ,” Ravindra Yadav, additional CP, crime and railways, said.

       A team also began to scan the CCTV footage from cameras installed in and around the station. “On the footage at the X-ray scanner installed towards the Sarai Kale Khan side, we spotted Dhar entering with the bag on his shoulder but the exit camera footage showed him without the bag. This made it clear that he forgot the bag at the scanner in a hurry,” said Bhatia.

      Meanwhile, Dharmvir located Dhar around 8pm from the information flashed across the station.

     “At one point I lost hope that I will get the bag back but the cop showed immense sense of duty and perseverance in carrying out his duty. He has set an example for his colleagues and instances like these restore our trust in our police force which is often regarded as callous and corrupt,” Dhar said.

       Dharmvir will be rewarded for his honesty and setting an example for his colleagues.

GOOD SAMARITAN: Constable Dharmvir found the passenger’s bag with cash and valuables at a scanner in Nizamuddin station

CBI SP Vivek Dutt Being Framed?


     As per news agency report an officer of the CBI Mr Vivek Dutt, has been arrested along with another inspector for ‘ taking bribe of Rs 7 lakh for settling a land dispute’ . The CBI has sought the removal of the officer from the extremely sensitive Coal Gate case that he is investigating.

      The officer has denied the charge, and his counsel has told the court ‘ that his client is being targeted and nothing has been recovered from his possession by the agency.

    “He is investigating an important case under the supervision of the Supreme Court and somebody wants him not to be the part of the probe team… This is simply a device to divert the attention that the investigation in the coal scam is vitiated and the officer is corrupt,”

      The history of the Coalgate report and the actions to change it clearly point the needle of suspicion to the Prime Minister himself . The highly sensitive case case has already claimed the the Law minister Ashwini Kumar , Additional Solicitor General Harin P. Raval , and thrown up a great deal of muck.

      Improper actions of the Attorney General G E Vanahvati , Babus from the PM’s secretariat and coal ministry and the arrogance and total disregard for norms of the govt in interfering with the report has left all right thinking Indians shocked. The abject condition of the ‘premiere investigating agency’ was an open secret all along, and so its abysmal self debasing conduct and tattered reputation is no surprise to anyone..

     What however is intriguing is the timing of the arrest of its senior officer Mr Dutt by the CBI and the rush to the Supreme Court to remove Mr Dutt from the Coal Gate investigations.

      The following scenarios come to mind.

                • The officer took a bribe to settle a case and the CBI has taken correct action.
   

• The officer has been taking bribes earlier also , but the CBI found his                           report on the Coalgate unhelpful to the government and wanted him shunted out. Since the Supreme court had prohibited the govt from interfering with the investigating officers this was the only option available ; to tarnish his reputation, and remove him.
     

         • The officer has impeachable integrity, so a case has been cooked up to tarnish his reputation and remove him.

     In the sorry state of affairs that exists today, official actions and statements are liable to be doubted at every step. The fact that the governments of the day have been known to foist cases on innocent persons and tarnish their reputation is well known.

      Vineet Narain who broke the Hawala Case, was hounded for years, Tehelka ‘s Editor and staff have faced innumerable raids and harassment, Officers like Khemka of Haryana and a host of others who have disclosed the ill gotten wealth of politicians have had to pay heavily for their sincerity and devotion to probity.

       So is it not possible that Mr Vivek Dutt is being framed?

    ED:
Extracts from News reports

       CBI to move SC to seek removal of officer arrested for bribery

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday will move the Supreme Court to seek the removal of the officer who was arrested on Friday while taking a bribe of Rs 7 lakh for settling down a land dispute.

Superintendent of Police Vivek Dutt, along with Inspector Rajesh Karnatak and two others, was arrested by the internal vigilance unit of the CBI from Lodhi Colony area in south Delhi. Notably, Dutt was said to be an investigating officer in the coal scam.

“Dutt was taking bribe of Rs 7 lakh for settling down a land dispute related to the Delhi Police. He was accompanied by the inspector,” an agency official told a news agency.

“We had information about the dealing and we continued to maintain surveillance on them. After monitoring them for pretty long, today (Friday) they were arrested for taking the bribe”, CBI director Ranjit Sinha said.

Sinha further said that the CBI would apprise the apex court of the developments since the SC had ruled that no official associated with the investigation into the coal

CBI’s coalgate investigator arrested for taking bribe

In another embarrassment to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), two of its officers – Superintendent of Police Vivek Dutt, also the investigating officer in the coal block allocation scam, and Inspector Rajesh Karnatak – were arrested on Friday for accepting a bribe of Rs 7 lakh from a person. CBI’s internal vigilance department did the arrests. Sources said Dutt was trying to use his influence to help a person settle a case in connection with a land dispute.

CBI is under the scanner of the Supreme Court for sharing its coal allocation probe report with the former law minister, Ashwani Kumar, and two joint secretary-level officers, of the coal ministry and the prime minister’s office. The Supreme Court had rapped the CBI for being a “caged parrot speaking in its master’s voice.”

The latest development comes after the formation of a Group of Ministers to prepare a draft law to insulate CBI from external influence.
scam would be transferred without informing it.
Further investigations are on.

First Published: Saturday, May 18, 2013, 10:50

Arrested coalgate probe head alleges plot against him

    CBI SP Vivek Dutt, Inspector Rajesh Chandra Karnatak, 2 others are accused of taking bribe to favour a businessman in a land dispute

    Senior CBI officer Vivek Dutt, who headed the coalgate scam probe team, and three others were on Friday sent to three days in the agency’s custody by a Delhi court for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs. 7 lakh from a businessman to favour him in a land dispute case.

   “All the accused are remanded in CBI custody till 21 May,” Special CBI Judge V.K. Gupta said.

    Mr. Dutt, however, claimed innocence and alleged a conspiracy has been hatched to keep him out of the Supreme Court-monitored coalgate probe team.

He said Mr. Dutt is being targeted as there is no direct involvement of the CBI’s SP and nothing has been recovered from him.
“You (CBI) are diluting the important investigation which the whole country is seeing…You are diluting the probe which is being monitored by the Supreme Court,” the counsel said.