A local court today sentenced to one year of rigorous imprisonment (RI) a former Assistant Engineer in the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) in a disproportionate assets case.
Principal special judge for ACB cases, Victor Immanuel, today convicted P Venkatesham and sentenced him to under rigorous imprisonment and also imposed a fine of Rs 30,000 on him.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) had registered a case against Venkatesham under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act in November 2002 on the charge that he had acquired assets disproportionate to the known sources of him income, by indulging in corrupt practices.
“The case was investigated and a charge sheet was filed against the accused officer on September 21, 2005 before a ACB Court, ACB Deputy Superintendent of Police J Ashok Kumar said.
In default of payment of fine Rs 30,000, Venkatesham shall undergo simple imprisonment for three months for the offence.
Consequently, the officer is also directed to deposit within four months (from the date of judgement) the amount of Rs 30,00,500 towards the value of disproportionate assets found in his possession, failing which, the asset shall be auctioned and the sale proceeds shall be confiscated to the state, the ACB DSP said.
A special court on Thursday reserved for April 4 its order on the quantum of punishment for Jharkhand Ispat Private Limited (JIPL) and its two directors in a coal block case after the CBI sought maximum jail term for the convicts.
While arguing before special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar, the CBI said the convicts — Jharkhand Ispat Private Limited (JIPL) and its directors R S Rungta and R C Rungta — had committed economic offences with calculated minds so they deserved no leniency and maximum punishment be given to them.
The convicts, who were held guilty by the court on March 28 of various charges including deceiving and defrauding the government to bag a coal block in the state, however, sought a lighter punishment from the judge claiming that no genuine bidder was deprived of his rights due to their acts.
“There is nothing on record that any genuine bidder was deprived from his right. We were not in conspiracy with any public servant, neither we induced anyone to do anything.
Besides, we have already suffered a loss of over Rs. 200 crore as we could not extract coal from the mine. We have already got the punishment,” counsel appearing for the convicts said.
Rungtas further said that the principal offender was the company and not the individuals and added that a lenient view must be taken towards them keeping in mind their age.
“The convicts have not been convicted in any other case, neither any case of serious nature is pending against them,” the defence counsel said.
However, the prosecution agency rebutted their argument, saying that there are a number of cases pending against the convicts, including attempt to murder, and submitted a list of the cases pending against them.
At this stage, the court said, “You (convicts) are not conducting yourself properly.”
However, the convicts submitted that all those cases have either been settled or they have been acquitted in them.
The court, thereafter, asked them to file an affidavit in this regard and reserved the order.
Rungtas and JIPL are the first ones to be convicted among the several coal scam cases going on in the court which has observed that the convicts had “fraudulently” and with a dishonest intention “deceived” the government in allocating the North Dhadu coal block in Jharkhand to the firm.
In its 132-page judgement, the court had held that the “intention to defraud on the part of accused persons is writ large on the face of record.”
Besides this, 19 other cases investigated by the CBI are pending before court, which was set up to exclusively deal with all coal scam matters. Two other cases probed by ED are also pending before the court.
The court had, however, acquitted R C Rungta for the alleged offences under IPC sections 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating) and 471 (using a forged document as genuine) saying they were not proved against him.
Similarly, the court had acquitted R S Rungta for the alleged offences under sections 468 and 471 of the IPC.
It had observed that due to strict regulations regarding availability of coal, the fact that JIPL managed to procure allotment of coal much beyond the capacity required by it to run its plant “becomes important and it does raise eyebrows.”
In the case pertaining to irregularities in allocation of North Dhadu coal block by 27th and 30th screening committees jointly to JIPL and three other firms M/s Electro Steel Casting Ltd, M/s Adhunik Alloys and Power Ltd and M/s Pawanjay Steel and Power Ltd, the court had earlier summoned two others — Ramabatar Kedia and Naresh Mahto — as accused along with JIPL and the Rungtas.
However, the court was later informed that both Kedia and Mahto had died after which proceedings against them were abated.
During the trial in the case, the CBI had examined 41 prosecution witnesses while the three accused had called six witnesses in their defence.
Hyderabad, A local court today granted bail to 25 students and two faculty members of Hyderabad Central University (HCU) who were arrested in connection with the violence on the campus last week during which the Vice Chancellor’s official residence was ransacked.
The students and the two faculty members were released on their submission of sureties of Rs 5,000 each.
The court also directed them to appear before Gachibowli Station House Officer once in a week.
The prosecution informed the XXV Metropolitan Magistrate court at Miyapur Court Complex here that the situation (law and order) is under control on HCU campus and they are not going to oppose the bail applications of all the 27 accused.
“In view of the career of the students we have not filed counter. We have left the court to decide the case on merit. The arrest were made by the police in order to control the situation (on March 22)…without having any personal grudges against anyone”, the public prosecutor said.
The defence counsel urged the court to grant bail contending that the allegations which were levelled against the accused are absolutely ‘vague’ and there is no material to keep them in further detention, and hence, requested the court to grant them bail on personal bonds.
A group of students, who were opposing Prof Appa Rao Podile’s return as the VC after a two-month leave following the row over research scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide in a university hostel room, had allegedly vandalised his residence and pelted police with stones on March 22.
Later, police resorted to lathicharge and arrested 25 of them, beside two faculty members. All of them were lodged in Cherlapally central prison here.
Cases were booked on charges of damage to public property, trespass, preventing government officials from performing their duties, and other relevant sections of IPC in connection with the violence.
VC residence ransack:Students bail pleas to be heard
Hyderabad, A local court today posted for March 28 hearing on bail pleas of 25 students and two faculty members of Hyderabad Central University (HCU) arrested in connection with ransacking of Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile’s official residence and stone pelting on policemen.
M A Shakeel, representing one of the arrested students, said bail applications were filed in the court and after arguments and counter-arguments, the matter was posted to March 28 to enable the police to file their counter by that date.
“The public prosecutor, who opposed the bail petitions sought time to file the counter and the court posted the matter to March 28,” Shakeel said.
The 25 students and two faculty members arrested yesterday in connection with incidents of March 22 were sent to judicial remand last night and are lodged in Cherlapally Central Prison.
Cases were booked against the students and faculty members on charges of damage to public property, trespass and preventing government officials from performing their duties and other relevant sections of IPC in connection with both the incidents.
Hyderabad, A local court today granted bail to Ravela Susheel, son of Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Minister Ravela Kishore Babu, who was arrested for allegedly misbehaving with a 20-year-old woman teacher.
“Susheel was granted bail by the court. He has to cooperate with the investigation,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (Banjara Hills Division) D Uday Kumar Reddy said.
Police had registered cases against Susheel and his driver M Ramesh under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of IPC. Susheel was arrested on March 6.
According to the complainant, a teacher, a car with “MLA” sticker on the windshield had followed her when she was returning from the school a few days back.
“The driver and a passenger in the car, who were drunk, passed lewd remarks and asked me to get in. The passenger, who had a tattoo on his hand, tried to pull me inside,” she said in the complaint.
She raised an alarm and her husband, who was nearby, and some others reached the spot and beat up Susheel and his driver, the complaint further said.
Delhi: Delhi Police Commissioner has been directed by a local court here to get its specialised wing to investigate a possible “honour killing” angle in the death of a minor girl, who had married a youth from another religion without the consent of her parents
Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau gave the directions for further probe in the case while acquitting the youth of the charges of rape and murder. The court, however, held him guilty of kidnapping his wife, who was 16-and-a-half-year-old.
It also asked police to submit its report before a chief metropolitan magistrate within three months.
“Further investigations would be required to be conducted on the issue of unnatural death of the girl particularly on the aspect of honour killing of the deceased and on the role of her parental family in the same.
“However, since the local police appears to have already made up their mind and given a clean chit to the family of the deceased despite voluminous material pointing a finger towards them, it would be desirable that the Commissioner of Police, Delhi personally intervenes in this regard and, in order to ensure that justice is done to the young girl, get the further investigations conducted through its specialised wings i.E. Homicidal Wing (Crime Branch) or any other wing sensitised for handling such investigations,” according to the court.
According to the police, the Badli resident had kidnapped the girl, with whom he was in love, in September 2010 and after physical relations with her, he married her.
In March 2011, after giving her poison, the youth had left the girl at her parents house and when her condition deteriorated, she was shifted by her family to a hospital where she had died, according to it.
During the trial, the youth told the court the girl was a consenting party and had voluntarily eloped with him after which they married and started happily residing at his house.
He had also said that the girl’s parents were against their inter-religion marriage and “it is her parents who had killed his wife only to take revenge and to save their honour in the society”.
MIM legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi had been sent back in judicial custody, one day before the completion of his five-day police custody.
Akbaruddin Owaisi was arrested for his alleged hate speech.
A local court at Nirmal town in Adilabad District had earlier granted five-day custodial interrogation of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MLA Owaisi from January 12 to 16 and he was to be produced in the court tomorrow.
But a day before completion of five-day police custody period, Owaisi was produced before the magistrate in wee hours today at Nirmal, about 80 kms from here, and sent back to Adilabad district jail. He will be in judicial custody till January 22, police said.
However, police were apparently not happy with the outcome of the interrogation.
“Owaisi did not cooperate during custodial interrogation and same was informed to the court,” a senior police official said, adding that “we have recorded his statement.”
What will we do keeping him in custody further.
According to the Police, “Meanwhile, a petition filed by police seeking court permission to examine the voice of Owaisi in the alleged hate speech is likely to come up for hearing in the Nirmal court today.”
Owaisi was learnt to have told his interrogators that the voice recorded in CDs was not his and it was “doctored to tarnish him image.”
In Kapurthala district Parents and a man was sentenced to seven years in prison by a local court in a three-year-old dowry death case.
Additional Session Judge J S Bhinder, while observing that, “perpetrators of crime against women did not deserve any leniency”, sent Lakhwinder, his mother Kuldip Kaur and father Amarjit Singh to prison and also slapped a fine of Rs 20,000 each.
According to the prosecution, Rajwinder Kaur, a native of Bhulath in Kapurthala district, was found dead in her in-law’s house in Salempur village of Tanda on November 22, 2009, exactly two years after her marriage.
Her parents alleged that she was being harassed for dowry since marriage.
Prosecution also said, “A case was registered against Lakhwinder and his parents on the complaint of Rajwinder’s mother.”