Telangana protesters refuse to disperse

Braving heavy rain, thousands of protesters demanding a separate Telangana state refused to leave Necklace Road here even as the deadline set by police ended Sunday evening. The marchers earlier clashed with security personnel.

Police used water cannons to disperse protesters after they squatted on the road on the banks of Hussain Sagar lake.

Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) convenor M. Kodandaram and other leaders said the protest would continue till the central government agrees to the demand for a separate state.

Police had given permission for the march from 3 p.m to 7 p.m.

Earlier, protesters set afire two police and four media vehicles and tried to attack two restaurants and a multiplex. People from the city and neighbouring districts converged on Necklace Road as tension mounted due to clashes in surrounding areas.

Holding flags of their respective parties and groups, the protesters squatted on the Buddha Bhavan-P.V. Ghat stretch. Hundreds of youngsters occupied the parallel railway track.

Raising slogans of “Jai Telangana” amid the beating of drums and singing songs by Telangana artists, men, women and children from various sections asked the central government to make Telangana a separate state.

Leaders of the JAC, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Communist Party of India (CPI) and organisations of students, employees, lawyers, women and trade unions were on the dais.

Youngsters removed barricades and clashed with police to advance towards the secretariat and other high-security areas. Police fired tear gas shells in at least three places to disperse protesters who tried to remove barricades.

Police twice arrested MPs from the ruling Congress from Telangana who staged a sit-in in front of the chief minister’s office to protest large-scale arrests of people coming to Hyderabad.

A section of state ministers from the region threatened to quit.

The cancellation of dozens of trains and buses in Telangana region and the arrests of hundreds headed to the state capital angered pro-Telangana groups, who alleged that the government was trying to suppress the movement despite giving permission for the march.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) was deployed at the chief minister’s camp office in Begumpet.

Several parts of the city resembled battle zones, with police sealing off the routes around the secretariat, the chief minister’s office and other high-security areas.

Legislators of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) were also arrested in front of the assembly building as they blocked traffic in support of the march.

Amid fears that properties of people from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions could be attacked, many roads were sealed off. Police chief Dinesh Reddy monitored the situation from a helicopter.

At Osmania University, students stoned police.

JAC convenor M. Kodandaram condemned what he said was a government conspiracy to foil the march by cancelling trains and buses from various parts of Telangana to Hyderabad.

Another Telangana leader, N. Janardhana Reddy, threatened to disrupt the UN global biodiversity meet opening here Monday.

Marketing employees demand enactment of Central law

Several employees of multi-level marketing firms today staged a protest here demanding enactment of a Central law which would identify and protect the interests of the genuine companies and employees working in the sector.

 The workers under the aegis of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) marched from Barakhamba to Jantar Mantar where they sat on a dharna.

 Addressing the protesters, senior CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said, “there are more than 20 lakh employees working in the multi-level marketing sector and their number is bound to grow due to market competition.” “However, the current working conditions that are provided to them by MNCs are very unsatisfactory. Income of multi-level marketing officials is very unreliable, where they have no stability or social security.

 “We will fight to procure benefits like provident fund, maternity benefit for the marketing people by the companies,” he added.

 AITUC National Secretary Amarjeet Kaur alleged the high- power seven member inter-ministerial committee set up by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs with nominees from various ministries and the RBI does not have any employee representation.

 “This lacuna will seriously affect the quality of the fact finding report which will recommend and finally be submitted to the government by August 31. Therefore, we do hope that the government will take appropriate steps to consult all stakeholders,” she said.

Source: PTI

Himachal to have ‘holiday courts’ for employees

The Himachal Pradesh High Court Friday announced setting up of ‘holiday courts’ by this year-end to help litigants employed either in government or semi-government offices to attend to their legal matters on their off days.”To facilitate litigants who are in government or semi-government service and are unable to pursue their cases during working days, special ‘holiday courts’ will be set up in Shimla, Baddi, Paonta Sahib and Amb towns by the end of this year,” an official statement quoting Chief Justice Kurian Joseph said.

These courts will work on weekly off days (Sundays and second Saturday every month) and on gazetted holidays — both state and central, high court registrar general D.C. Chaudhary told .

To dispose of cases pertaining to petty offences and those under the Motor Vehicles Act, the high court directed the subordinate courts to establish ‘mobile traffic magistrate courts’ in Shimla, Mandi and Dharamsala towns.

Chief Justice Joseph took the decision to set up ‘holiday and mobile traffic magistrate courts’ as part of the high court’s Mission Mode Programme that was launched Friday.As part of the programme, no pre-2005 case will remain pending in the high court by the end of this year.Every subordinate court has been given a target of 100 cases for disposal in each Lok Adalat being held quarterly. This way, a target for disposal of more than 20,000 cases has been set in the Lok Adalats by compromise and amicable settlements.Chaudhary said cases pertaining to undertrials, senior citizens, minors, disabled, and those registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act would be settled on priority basis both in the high court and the lower courts.

He said a special bench to deal only with the cases of pensioners was made operational in the high court Friday.



Two DDA employees, aide sent to jail in corruption case

A Delhi court Saturday awarded varying jail terms, with a maximum of three years, to two Delhi Development Authority (DDA) employees and their accomplice in a corruption case.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge Pradeep Chaddah said: ‘The menace of corruption has entered into each and every segment of the society. Because lenient views have been taken in the past, we have reached the present hopeless situation.’

All the three, including a DDA assistant director, were arrested in 2001 by the CBI on a complaint of Chattar Singh, a resident of Nangloi.

‘The officials had demanded Rs.5,000 bribe from him for issuing a no objection certificate (NOC) for his property,’ Singh alleged in his complaint, adding that the NOC was required as he wanted to take a loan against his property.

The court said: ‘DDA Assistant Director Pradeep Kumar Sharma and clerk Ved Prakash are awarded three years jail.’

The court has also imposed a fine of Rs.1 lakh on each of the two convicts.

Tea vendor Inderjeet, who acted as their conduit, was awarded one-year jail term along with a fine of Rs.20,000.

The CBI arrested the DDA employees from their office when the complainant was paying Rs.3,000 as bribe to them.

No deputation without employee’s consent: Court

A government employee cannot be sent on deputation without his consent, the Gujarat High Court has ruled. 

The ruling came on a petition filed by Baldev Chauhan, designated as overseer, who urged that his deputation order issued by the district development officer (DDO) be declared illegal and arbitrary.Justice K.S. Jhaveri ruled that the petitioner was sent on deputation without his willingness and consent hence the order passed by the DDO was bad in law and deserved to be quashed and set aside.

“In the present case, it is apparent that the petitioner has been sent on deputation to the place in question without his consent and against his willingness. Therefore keeping in mind the principle laid down by the apex court, it is clear that the impugned order passed by district development officer is bad in law and deserves to be quashed and set aside,” the court said in an order delivered Saturday.

Chauhan’s case was that he was appointed as technical assistant in 1978 and was posted at Tribal Panchayat Irrigation sub-division in Megharaj in Sabarkantha district of north Gujarat where he worked till April 16, 1985. Thereafter, from time to time, he was transferred to various places.

The petition said Chauhan was promoted to the post of Overseer by the DDO in March 1993 and was sent on deputation to Jilla Gram Vikas Agency, in Sabarkantha district.

The court observed that Chauhan had worked on deputation for almost 13 years.

Thereafter, he was repatriated to the parent department by the DDO in May 2006 and worked in his parent department for over two years.

In January 2008, he was again sent on deputation to Jilla Gram Vikas Agency, Himatnagar without his consent. Being aggrieved by the order, the petitioner made a representation to the DDO but to no avail. He then sought judicial intervention.

Court directs police to probe MCD’s ‘ghost’ employees scam

The Delhi High Court Wednesday directed the city Commissioner of Police Y.S. Dadwal to conduct an independent probe into the scam of ‘ghost’ employees in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Madan B. Lokur directed the police commissioner to hold a detailed inquiry into allegations that the civic agency has on its rolls certain employees that do not exist.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) by voluntary organisation Jagrook Welfare Society through counsel C.S. Parashar, seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry or an independent agency’s probe into the scam.

After a media report in November last year, the MCD revealed that there were 22,853 gardeners and sweepers as ‘ghost employees’ on its payrolls and admitted it was an administrative lapse that cost the civic body Rs.17 crore every month.

The court slammed the MCD May 12 for ‘concealing facts’ in its affidavit on money paid to ‘ghost employees’.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Mukta Gupta had said: ‘This affidavit conceals everything and reveals nothing. It does not disclose facts. This is a very nicely drafted affidavit concealing the facts by the agency.’

The high court has now directed the police to submit the investigation report on the same within two months and slated the matter for further hearing on Aug 25.