Ghaziabad: It’s amazing how often we get a message or a phone call telling us we have won something or the other. These glad tidings share plenty of similarities: the winner is notified that he has won a handsome sum of money or a commodity in a certain bill and must contact the concerned official to receive it. Sounds tempting, but alas, this is nothing more than network fraud.
Here’s another case from Indirapuram, Ghaziabad where Mr Bharat Bhushan, working in the media industry was the prey of such fraud via phone call from the digits +919801617261, that he has won a Tata Safari from PayTM on the last bill dated 3rd July, 2018.
Bhushan says, the man behind the phone call knew his last order details and was asking for his Aadhar Card number and PIN.
He added, I understood that the phone call is fake and immediately tweeted the matter to create awareness of such online fraud tricks and requested people to be vigilant when getting calls like these and not share any of your personal details to anyone ever.
A plea alleging illegal encroachments in the green belts of Ghaziabad area in the National Capital Region (NCR) has prompted the National Green Tribunal to seek responses from the Uttar Pradesh government and others.
A bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim issued notices to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB ), UP pollution control board, Ghaziabad Development Authority, Ghaziabad municipal corporation, Radisson Blu Kaushambi, Yashoda Super Speciality hospital and others and sought their replies by April 4.
“Issue notice to the respondents. In the meanwhile, we direct the CPCB and state pollution control board to conduct inspection of the area in question keeping in mind the allegations in the application and submit report within two weeks from now,” the bench said.
The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by advocate Shariq Abbas Zaidi and others seeking action against the encroachments in the green belt area and reckless dumping of waste by the municipal bodies.
“Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam has illegally allotted parking on the metallic road in front of ‘Pacific Mall’ situated at Sahibabad. As per the provisions and laws of NGT, parking is not allowed on the metallic roads,” it said.
The plea alleged that Hotel Radisson Blu which is located at Kaushambi has destroyed the entire green belt situated along with the road solely for their parking purposes and even converted the area into a party lawn.
“The green belts of Kaushambi are either destroyed or occupied by the big hotels, malls, hospitals for their parking purpose or they have been converted into dumping zone. This activity is causing a serious threat to the environment (and) people residing nearby are being deprived of the fresh air,” the petition said.
The National Green Tribunal has junked a plea seeking demolition of a building for Haj pilgrims in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, noting that the structure does not fall on the floodplains of river Hindon.
A bench headed by acting NGT Chairperson Justice U D Salvi (retired) dismissed the petition filed by an NGO and a Ghaziabad resident claiming that the land where the Haj house was being constructed was recorded as ‘Hindon River’ in the revenue records of Village Arthala in Ghaziabad.
“No particulars of floodplain in terms of its physical characteristics and biological components which would signify the character of the said pieces of land in question as a floodplain, have been placed before us.
“The fact that the land has been segregated from the river Hindon with construction on embankment in 1970s makes it very difficult now to accept the contention that it falls in the floodplain zone of river Hindon,” the plea said.
The green panel also directed the UP Haj House Committee to ensure that a Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) of 136 kilo litre per day is installed there to treat domestic effluent. “UP Pollution Control Board shall inspect the said premises within one week and in event there being no STP of the specific capacity been found installed at the Haj House, it shall be sealed,” the NGT said.
According to the plea, the construction of Haj house was in complete violation of the directions of the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh to all authorities including police to ensure that no construction of any kind is allowed on the floodplain.
It has also referred to the 2013 NGT order which had taken note of the several illegal construction on the floodplains and passed a restraining order against any illegal construction of temporary or permanent nature on floodplains of Yamuna and Hindon.
Located at the Arthala village near Hindon river, the Ghaziabad Haj House is an under-construction seven-storey building.
Offering a capacity of 2,500 pilgrims at a time like the Lucknow Haj house, Ghaziabad Haj house will have arrangements for foreign exchange, immigration, medical aid and other amenities for the pilgrims. A separate administrative block is also being constructed.
A special CBI court in Ghaziabad has sentenced two contractors to three years in jail for cheating the Food Corporation of India (FCI) of about Rs 6 lakh 33 years ago, CBI counsel Naeem Rasa said.
CBI court magistrate Anil Kumar also slapped fine on the convicts yesterday.
According to the CBI counsel, the two contractors, in connivance with the then FCI manager in Muzaffarnagar, inflated bills of grain purchase, causing a loss of about Rs 6 lakh to the corporation in 1984.
The FCI manager died during the course of the trial.
The two contractors surrendered before police in 1992.
In 1993, the CBI filed the charge sheet in the case, the counsel said.
The Allahabad High Court is expected to deliver its verdict tomorrow on an appeal filed by Rajesh and Nupur Talwar challenging a CBI court order convicting them for the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in 2008.
The couple were awarded life sentence by a special CBI court in Ghaziabad on November 26, 2013, a day after their conviction.
Nupur and Rajesh Talwar are at present serving their sentence in Ghaziabad’s Dasna jail.
A division bench of the high court comprising justices B K Narayana and A K Mishra had reserved its judgement on September 7 on the appeal filed by the dentist couple, fixing October 12 as the date for the verdict.
Fourteen-year-old Aarushi was found dead inside her room in the Talwars’ Noida residence with her throat slit in May 2008. The needle of suspicion had initially moved towards 45- year-old Hemraj, who had gone missing but his body was recovered from the terrace of the house two days later.
As the Uttar Pradesh Police drew flak over shoddy investigation into the case which was making national headlines, the then chief minister Mayawati handed over the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The National Green Tribunal has directed the Uttar Pradesh government and the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) to file an explanation for not sealing illegal borewells in Ghaziabad and Hapur districts which were installed without the consent of authorities.
A bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim rapped the CGWA and the SDM concerned for not taking action against illegal extraction of ground water.
“Vide our order dated August 17, we had expressed our displeasure and inaction on part of the CGWA and other authorities in not implementing the directions passed by this tribunal with regard to the action to be taken as permissible in law against illegal extraction of ground water without valid NoC and sanction from the competent authority…
“Inaction on the part of the CGWA and SDM is noted, we direct them to file their explanations. In the meanwhile, action as directed vide our earlier order be also taken by all concerned and report of compliance be also filed by October 24,” the bench said.
During the proceedings, the CGWA told the tribunal that they have identified the industries which are illegally extracting ground water and asked the authorised officer to take action against them.
The state government, however, submitted that CGWA has not furnished the list of the industries against whom action has to be taken except an intimation through e-mail.
The tribunal had earlier said that people who depend on borewells for drinking water and do not have alternative sources of supply, need to obtain permission from the CGWA.
The NGT had directed the sealing of borewells run by industries, private individuals, builders or water tanker operators in Ghaziabad and Hapur districts.
However, the green panel later clarified that it did not intend to affect the lives of the local residents who depend on groundwater for survival and asked all domestic consumers to apply for permission, if they have not done till date.
Earlier, the NGT had directed CGWA to submit a detailed report on industries in Ghaziabad and Hapur after a plea alleged that incessant extraction of groundwater has resulted in depletion of the water table.
The NGT was hearing a plea by Ghaziabad resident Sushil Raghav and NGO Society for Protection of Environment and Biodiversity seeking closure of all industrial units extracting groundwater illegally in notified areas of Ghaziabad and Hapur.
The Supreme Court today agreed to hear on Monday the plea of a man, whose 9-year-old son died last month allegedly under mysterious circumstances in a private school in Ghaziabad, seeking a CBI probe in the case.
The plea has been filed amid an ongoing uproar over the death of a 7-year-old boy in the toilet of Ryan International School in Gurgaon who was found with his throat slit on September 8.
The matter relating to the death of class IV student Arman Sehgal at G D Goenka Public School at Indirapuram in Ghaziabad district on August 1 was today mentioned before a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
The bench, also comprising Justices Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar, said the plea would be heard on September 18.
Gulshan Sehgal, father of the victim, has claimed in his plea that a probe by CBI or a special investigation team was required for a “thorough and fair investigation” as the school management has already “destroyed” evidence in the case.
The plea said some members of the school management, including the chairman, director and principal, have moved the Allahabad High Court seeking quashing of the FIR and the court had granted them interim protection from arrest and directed that no coercive action should be taken against them.
It has also sought a stay against the interim orders of the high court issued on August 11 and September 6.
“The high court failed to appreciate the fact that the police officials reached the scene of crime almost four hours late and by that time the school authorities had destroyed and tampered with crucial evidence,” the petition, filed through advocate Gurmeet Singh, said.
It also alleged that the Uttar Pradesh Police had not probed the case properly due to which the school authorities had tampered with the scene of crime and removed all evidence.
“The high court failed to appreciate the fact that the expert opinion suggests that the cause of death cannot be from a fall on the corridor and to the contrary, the expert opinion suggests that the injuries caused should be from a fall of atleast 20 feet height,” the plea said.
It also alleged that CCTV footage of the school was not kept according to the rules and certain videos were deleted from the record.
The petitioner said even after 45 days of the incident, he does not know the reason and circumstances under which his son died.
He said on August 1, they had received a call from the school that his son had fallen in the corridor and was being taken to a hospital. But when he reached the hospital, they were told that the boy was declared ‘brought dead’.
“The respondents deliberately and with criminal intent of mind, wiped away and caused to disappear all evidence pertaining to the occurrence. In this connection, it is submitted that the CCTV cameras were removed and so was the recording of the cameras,” the plea alleged.
“The post mortem report of the deceased clearly indicates fracture of the base of skull and fracture of the nasal bone,” it said, adding that these injuries cannot be possibly caused by a fall in the corridor.
The National Green Tribunal has directed the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) to expedite the work of maintaining roads and pavements with sufficient green cover.
A bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim passed the order after noting the submission of the municipal commissioner who said a sum of Rs 2.77 crore has been sanctioned and allocated to complete the work on three roads in Sector 3 of Vasundhara area.
“The commissioner of municipal corporation seeks six months time to complete the work and report which we find is not reasonable. However, we direct him to expedite the work and complete it as early as possible. Since the issue raised in this execution application regarding non-compliance have been answered, we permit the applicant to submit what further actions is necessary in this regard,” the bench said.
During the proceedings, the counsel appearing for Uttar Pradesh Avas Vikas Parishad told the bench that since the municipal corporation has found its own resource for carrying out work in terms of directions of this tribunal, it may not be proceeded against.
The matter is fixed for hearing on August 3.
The tribunal had earlier slammed the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation for not maintaining roads and pavements with sufficient green cover in Ghaziabad and summoned its municipal commissioner there for explaining the delay in the implementation of the directive.
It had also taken exception to the affidavit filed by the GMC stating that the green panel’s direction of May 16, 2016 order had been complied with.
The tribunal had earlier imposed a fine of Rs one lakh on three officials of the Ghaziabad for non-compliance of its order on maintenance of roads and pavements with green cover in one of the sectors.
It had said that municipal commissioner, chief engineer and the executive engineer were responsible for the lapses in Sector 3 of Vasundhara and directed that the fine be recovered from them.
The tribunal’s order came on a plea filed by Ghaziabad- resident Nayan Agrawal seeking execution of the NGT’s direction to repair and carry out maintenance of the roads and pavements with sufficient green cover in Sector 3 in Vasundhra area of the district.
The Allahabad High Court has issued a show cause notice to a judge of the special CBI court at Ghaziabad for not setting free from jail an undertrial for more than a month, even after allowing her bail plea, under “the pretext of verification of bail bonds”.
A division bench comprising Justices Tarun Agarwala and Rajul Kumar issued notice to Anil Kumar Jha, Special Judge, Prevention of Corruption, CBI and directed the District Judge of Ghaziabad to conduct an inquiry and submit a report within six weeks.
The court, in the May 31 order, has also asked Jha “why disciplinary action should not be initiated against him and why compensation, if awarded to the petitioner, should not be recovered from his salary”.
The order came on a petition of Kavita, a resident of Jyotiba Phule Nagar, who has been named as one of the accused in a bank fraud case which is being probed by the CBI.
The bail plea of the petitioner, who is a widow and a resident of Jyotiba Phule Nagar district, was allowed on April 20.
“She has prayed that she should be given compensation for illegal detention and that damages should also be paid”, her counsel Aseem Kumar Rai said.
The court remarked “the incident appears to be a bizarre one touching the conduct of the court below” and directed the CBI to file its counter affidavit in the matter by the next date of hearing on July 18.