Shehla case: Photographer deposes before CBI court

A photographer, who had taken the photos at the murder spot of RTI activist Shehla Masood, deposed before the Special CBI court and was cross examined by defence counsels in the case.

Photographer S C Sharma, who accompanied the forensic science experts after Shehla was allegedly murdered outside her house in Bhopal on August 16, 2011, appeared before the Special CBI Court of Justice Anupam Srivastava.

During cross examination by defence counsel A J Bhojwani, Sharma told the court that while taking pictures, the bullet could not be spotted from outside.

The witness also showed the court 22 pictures that he took with a camera using a “roll” (not digital camera).

While being cross examined by defence counsel Sunil Srivastava, Sharma admitted that he had not entered the log book of his visit to the site, nor signed anywhere in the official register. Prints were made out of the negative film and were handed over to the competent authority, the photographer told the court.

Later, defence lawyer Sunil Srivastava told reporters that the photos were taken “illegally” by not observing official norms.

“The prosecution witness could not reply from where he brought the camera and roll. The film was developed either in an outside studio or private institution,” Srivastava alleged.

The trial will now continue on December 13.

Zahida Pervez, an interior designer, has been named as the prime accused in the case by CBI along with four others.

Other accused are Zahida’s friend Saba Farooqui, and alleged shooters Irfan Ali, Tabish Khan, and Saquib Ali alias danger.

All the five charged with murder and criminal conspiracy were present in the court today.

Shehla was shot dead outside her house in Bhopal’s Koh-e-Fiza locality on August 16, 2011.



New constitution sought to check corruption

On Sunday an apolitical organisation held a debate to seek a new constitution to eradicate corruption.

Dev Nandan said that in order to prevent the nation from “further annihilation, a new constitution is necessary”, at the “Jan Samvidhan Sabha” at Jantar Mantar, president of Prism (Prototype Revolutionary Innovative Sankranti Movement)

He said. “It should be a constitution which must represent properly the general will, end all the discrimination of caste, region and religion and not work for a particular section but for the whole society”

Nandan said, “Such a constitution should be so self-evident that no one could give one’s own interpretation and it should also be so simple and clear that even a layman should understand it.”

Speakers in the debate highlighted the need for a “new constitution” to help check corruption, crime, and unemployment and increase the quality of education and infrastructure.

Nandan said that the “new constitution should also define free education, free medical treatment, free justice, security and right to livelihood not only as fundamental right but also a duty of the government”.

Mahasweta Devi demands action on women lynchings

In West Bengal after branding of three women as witches, eminent writer Mahasweta Devi Thursday called upon senior police officers here to do justice and take steps to stop such ‘barbaric incidents’.

Mahasweta Devi told that, “It seems we are still living in the dark ages. How can people think of such things when science has made so much progress? I do not have words to condemn the barbaric incident”

Ramon Magsaysay awardee said “I today (Thursday) called up Naparajita Maukherjee (Inspector General of Police) and the Superintendent of Police (Sunil Chowdhury, West Midnapore) asking them to look into the matter and do justice”

She also told that “Such barbaric incident should never recur”

On Tuesday in Daspur in West Midnapore district which is some 100 km far three women were branded as witches and lynched by villagers.

According to the police, the problem started form Tuesday night, when the villagers of tribal-dominated Dubrajpur Village in Daspur identified three women – Phulmani Singh, her daughter Sombari alias Titli and her daughter-in-law Risha – as witches and asked them to leave the village.

Police told that following their refusal to leave, a kangaroo court held them responsible for bringing in bad luck and misery to the village. The court declared them as witches and ordered they be lynched for the safety of the village.

The police have arrested seven people so far for this incident.

School charging higher fee from disabled, NGO tells court

A Petition has been filed on Tuesday in Delhi High Court in which it has been spotted that a private school in Delhi has been charging higher fee from the students with disabilities.

NGO Social Jurist has filed the plea through advocate Ashok Agarwal and said Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Mehta Vidyalaya at K.G. Marg in central Delhi who had been charging 38-39 percent higher fee from students with disabilities.

The petition is likely to come up in court on Wednesday.

The plea sought directions to the school to stop over-charging disabled students and refund the excess money collected from them in the last three years.

In the petition it has been mentioned that “the students with disabilities were charged fee and other charges around 38-39 percent higher than what was charged from general students in the academic year 2012-13″.

This is also mentioned in that “A Class 4 student with disabilities was charged a tuition fee of Rs. 44, 640 and a general student of the same class was charged Rs.32, 160 during 2012-13”

Over-charging disabled students was “totally illegal, unjust and against the provisions of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 and the provisions of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”.

According to the advocate, the school has 80 students with disabilities.

BHRC penalised a Doctor for removing patient’s testicles

A private doctor who removed the testicles of a patient without his consent or knowledge has been directed by the Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) to pay him compensation of Rs.1 lakh, a panel official said Thursday.

Dr. Lalit Mohan Sharma, a private practitioner, has been asked to pay the compensation amount to the patient within a month.

BHRC Chairman Justice S.N. Jha said he had also directed the health department to probe Sharma’s credentials and look into the affairs of his private clinic-cum-hospital in Bihta, about 30 km from here. The report was sought within two months.

Jha said the commission had also directed the New Delhi-based Medical Council of India to inquire about the qualifications and professional activities of Sharma.

The patient, Sanjay Kumar Singh, filed a complaint with the commission that Sharma had removed his testicles under the garb of surgery for hydrocelewhen he went to him for treatment Dec 27 last year