Hemraj’s wife moves court saying Talwars killed him

The wife of domestic help Hemraj, who was murdered along with Noida teenager Aarushi Talwar in 2008, Saturday filed an application before a court here alleging that her husband was killed by his employers and the girl’s parents.

 The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court will record the statement of Khukla Banjade, wife of Hemraj alias M. Prasad Banjade, April 27.

Fourteen-year-old Aarushi Talwar was brutally murdered in her Noida flat on the night of May 15-16, 2008. Hemraj was initially thought to be the killer but his body was found a day later on the terrace of the house of Aarushi’s dentist parents and his employers Rajesh and Nupur Talwar.

Banjade (43), who lives in Nepal, said that about 15 days before Hemraj’s murder he told her on phone that Talwars were short tempered and scolded him on minor issues.

He told her that the Talwars used to doubt him and once they told him that they suspected him of leaking information about their family matters. They threatened to kill him if he was found to be leaking information, she said.

He was planning to change his job, she said.

She claimed her husband used to call her on two phone numbers – 0097777420086 and 0097777169723 – installed on two different phone booths near her house in Nepal.

She said Hemraj visited Nepal in December 2007 and after that he did not send any money for her household expenses.

On being asked on phone, he assured her that he had kept his money with the Talwars and would bring it with him on his next visit, she said.

She said Hemraj had told her that he had given the Nepal telephone numbers to his employers.

But his employers did not inform her or send his dues to her after his murder, she said.

She said she came to know about the murder from TV channels and waited for the government officials to inform her.

She has now come to record her statement before the court after no official took her statement, said her lawyer Naresh Yadav.

Emaar-MGF moves court against DDA on bank guarantee

Emaar-MGF , the private firm which developed the Commonwealth Games Village moved the Delhi High Court against the central government’s direction to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to confiscate the company’s Rs.183 crore bank guarantee.

The guarantee was furnished by the builder before taking up the construction of 1,168 flats in the Village on a bank of the Yamuna river in east Delhi at a cost of over Rs.1,000 crore.

Asking the DDA to respond to the Emaar-MGF’s petition by Nov 11, the high court said that if the guarantee has not been encashed by the authority a status quo has to be maintained.

The DDA informed the court that Rs.90 crore has already been encashed by it and Rs.60 crore has been deposited in its bank account for clearance through cheque. The rest of the amount of Rs.33 crore is still to be encashed.

on hearing the DDA’s submissions, Justice Vipin Sanghi said that a status quo would have to be maintained in respect of Rs.33 crore out of the bank guarantee and Rs.60 crore which was still to be cleared through cheques.

Emmar-MGF through its plea submitted before the court that the DDA had given it a week’s time Oct 16 to explain why it delayed the construction of the Games Village flats and also sought damages worth Rs.80 crore.

The developer said the Village was built to the “highest standards of quality and design” and all the pertinent milestones were achieved as per the scope of work.

The company also said all deficiencies pointed out by the DDA or any other agency were duly rectified by it.

Metro accident victim moves court, seeks Rs.50 lakh relief

Twentytwo-year-old Mehjabi who lost her legs in a freak accident at a Metro station in March moved the Delhi High Court Thursday seeking a compensation of Rs.50 lakh from Delhi Metro and a government job.

In her petition, she demanded that the safety standards at Metro stations be improved.

Hearing the petition, Justice S. Muralidhar asked the Delhi Metro to file its reply by Jan 12, 2011.

Through her petition, she asked the court to pass directions to the Delhi Metro to provide a 24-hour ambulance service at busy stations and at all stations during the rush hour. She also demanded a government job.

‘Security personnel should be deployed at all stations to manage the surging crowds. The customer service staff and other personnel should be trained to deal with situations of emergency – a common feature of major metro stations across the globe,’ she said in her petition.

The Delhi Metro must install emergency help buttons which can be activated to report disturbances and to summon help during an emergency, said the petition.

She also said that the Delhi Metro must appoint a 24×7 doctor at the busiest metro stations to assist the needy in times of emergency.

‘The Metro must be directed to install passenger alarms at eye-level in carriages near the double doors and talk back facilities built into these alarms so that passengers can explain to trained staff the problem faced. Also adequate number of CCTV cameras must be installed,’ the petition said.

The petition said that the Delhi Metro must start a safety course for its employees so that that they are equipped with the necessary skills to deal with an accident.

‘Emergency stop plungers should be installed which can be used to stop an approaching train from entering the station. If the train is already at the platform, it will be prevented from moving off,’ said the petition.

In her petition, she alleged that the Metro employees who rescued her were not trained to handle a case of emergency.

‘The Metro employees who went to check on the petitioner (after she came under a train) were neither trained in the administration of first aid nor did they offer medication to stop bleeding,’ it said.

The 22-year-old was doing her journalism course in her hometown Dehradun, and was close to landing a job with a news agency when the incident occurred.

She received artificial limbs free of cost in May from an NGO.

Orissa moves apex court against green nod for project

The Orissa government Saturday moved the Supreme Court challenging a go-ahead given by the union environment and forests ministry to an irrigation project in Andhra Pradesh.

The state government feared that the project may lead to flooding of several parts of the state.

The state government’s move comes in the backdrop of the central government justifying the grant of clearance to Polavaram Indira Sagar Project (PISP) on river Godavari in Andhra Pradesh.

The central government earlier told the apex court that the multi-purpose project would irrigate 4.36 hectares of land and provide water to towns and villages. Besides, it would generate 960 MW electricity.

The central government also told the apex court that the probable maximum flood (PMF) estimated for the project was about 50 lakh cusecs and the proposed spillway was capable of disposing of the PMF.

The central government said that the safety of the dam has been checked in this respect.

The state government has contended that the project would inundate tribal villages and the forest land.

A very large number of people in Orissa would be impacted because of the huge embankments constructed by the Andhra Pradesh government for the Polavaram project.

In Bhubaneswar, Orissa Water Resources Secretary S.C. Mohapatra said: “The state government filed a petition in the apex court today (Saturday) seeking cancellation of the forest clearance granted to the project.”

“We are surprised because the environment and forests ministry granted final clearance to the project when the case was still pending in the Supreme Court,” Mohapatra said.

“No assessment on its impact in Orissa was done. Similarly no public hearing was conducted in the villages which would be affected by the project,” he said.