Pachauri allowed to go abroad to attend global meet

Pachauri allowed to go abroad to attend global meet
Pachauri allowed to go abroad to attend global meet

TERI Director General R K Pachauri, facing sexual harassment allegations, was today allowed by a Delhi court to visit China and Japan to attend a global meet to discuss environmental issues from August 21 to September 1.

Metropolitan Magistrate Shivani Chauhan allowed Pachauri’s application and said the Indian embassy should be informed about his arrival in both the countries.

Advocate Ashish Dixit, appearing for Pachauri, sought permission to travel abroad citing his past cooperation in the case and said that his client needed to attend the meetings and deliver a lecture on climate change on August 28 in China.

However, the counsel appearing for the complainant opposed his application saying if granted permission, Pachauri might not return to cooperate in investigation.

The counsel said since Pachauri was facing serious charges, he must not be allowed to leave the country as he was required in the probe and charge sheet was yet to be filed.

In his application, Pachauri had said that being a world-renowned scientist on global climate change, he was scheduled to deliver lecture on a report of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at the International Ecosystem Management Partnership in China from August 22-28.

Thereafter, he is scheduled to attend a meeting in Tokyo with Professor Katsuya Kodama, senior founder of U-brain TV.

The court had last month allowed Pachauri to enter his office premises barring the head office here and a branch in Gurgaon.

On February 13, an FIR was registered against Pachauri on charges of sexual harassment under IPC sections 354, 354 (a), 354(d) (molestation) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

TERI governing council had on July 23 appointed Dr Ajay Mathur, currently director general of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), as its Director General.

Mathur will take up his new responsibilities as soon as he is in a position to do so subsequent to being relieved from his current responsibilities by the government after a brief transition period, a TERI statement had said last month.

Pachauri had also stepped down from United Nations’ IPCC and the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change.

DM appears before NGT, submits status report

DM appears before NGT, submits status report
DM appears before NGT, submits status report

District Magistrate Vimal Kumar Sharma today appeared before National Green Tribunal (NGT) and submitted status report in connection with the removal of encroachments at water ponds and government lands in flood zones near Hindan River.

DM Sharma told that the encroachments over five water ponds situated in the city were removed and unauthorised constructions were demolished near Arthala village lake.

A PIL was filed by activist Sunil Ragav before NGT in December 2014 requesting for removal of encroachment from water ponds and government lands in the city.

Taking cognizance of the PIL, the tribunal had directed the state government and its Chief Secretary to file a status report in the matter, he said.

Sharma today appeared before the tribunal and submitted the status report.

Next date for hearing in the matter has been fixed for 17th August, Sharma added.

HC quashes appointment of engineer recruited by Digvijay govt

HC quashes appointment of engineer recruited by Digvijay govt
HC quashes appointment of engineer recruited by Digvijay govt

Madhya Pradesh High Court today set aside the appointment of a government sub-engineer made in violation of rules in 1997 when Congress leader Digvijay Singh was chief minister and ordered criminal proceedings against the people involved in the recruitment.

A Division Bench also asked the BJP government to look into more such “unlawful appointments” in other departments in the past so that they can be identified and cancelled.

The bench, hearing a PIL filed by one Mansukh Lal Saraf, however, did not refer to any specific period of review for these appointments. Singh was the MP chief minister between 1993 and 2003.

The order comes at a time when the AICC General Secretary is spearheading Congress’s campaign against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the Vyapam scam.

“The impugned appointment order (put out in 1998) issued by the respondent No.2 (department concerned) in favour of respondent No.1 (Arun Kumar Tiwari, Sub-Engineer State Water Resources Department), is quashed and set aside,” said the Bench of Chief Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice KK Trivedi.

The judges asked the authorities concerned to initiate criminal proceedings against the people involved in the appointment of Tiwari.

“Further direction is issued to the State of Madhya Pradesh to initiate appropriate legal action against the respondent No.1 (Tiwari) and all concerned who were instrumental in the appointment of respondent No.1 knowing fully well that it was contrary to the selection procedure prescribed by the recruitment rules,” the bench said.

Further, it said that “(the order) would also result in nullifying the judgement of this court dated September 11, 1997 against the respondent No.1 quashing his regularisation on the post of Sub-Engineer in Nagar Panchayat, Mauganj, District Rewa.”

The respondent (MP government) and its functionaries are directed to make all future regular appointments on the public posts strictly in conformity with recruitment rules, the judges said.

The HC also asked the Chief Secretary to look into appointments made in violation of rules and get back to it with details in January, 2016.

Can’t interfere with verdict upholding eviction: HC to two MPs

Can't interfere with verdict upholding eviction: HC to two MPs
Can’t interfere with verdict upholding eviction: HC to two MPs

Delhi High Court today said that while it was willing to set aside costs imposed upon Congress MPs Kumari Seljaand Ambika Soni, the judgement by which it was held that they were not entitled to accommodation in type-VIII bungalows cannot be interfered with.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath made the observation on the appeals by the twoRajya Sabha MPs against the high court’s July 30 judgement by which their pleas challenging the Centre’s orders to evict them from large type-VIII bungalows in Lutyens’ Delhi were dismissed.

“The costs we will set aside. But rest of judgement can’t be interfered with,” the court said.

Costs of Rs 25,000 was imposed on both of them by the high court while dismissing their pleas on July 30.

However, on the request of senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the MPs, the bench while itself refusing to hear it, directed the registry to list it before another bench on August 11.

Sibal said that the MPs were not saying they were entitled to the larger accommodation, but rather their contention is “how can the estate office set aside an allotment made by the House committee”.

Central Government Standing Counsel Jasmeet Singh opposed the appeals of the MPs.

A single-judge bench had dismissed the pleas of Soni and Selja, saying they had attempted to give “political overtones” to the matter.

The judge had said he was “sad to note” that the two MPs, “merely for the sake of retaining a house to which they are not entitled, have attempted to give political overtones to the matter”.

Sports City in Noida: NGT seeks Centre’s response

Sports City in NoidaThe Centre was today directed by the National Green Tribunal to file its response on a petition alleging that an upcoming housing project, Sports City, in Sector 150 of Noida was against the prescribed norms of Noida Master Plan-2031.

A green bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notice to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), New Okhla Industrial Development Authority, National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) besides others and fixed the matter for next hearing on August 11.

“Issue notice to the MoEF, Noida, National Capital Region Planning Board…,” the bench said.

The tribunal’s order came over a petition filed by Mahendra Pandey.

During the hearing, Pandey’s counsel Advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal claimed that Uttar Pradesh and in particular the Noida Authority has issued the scheme of Sports City, Noida, “without obtaining mandatory approval of its sub regional plan (Draft Master Plan-2031) from the NCRPB.

According to the petitioner “as per NCRPB Act 1985, no authority has the power to change the nature of the land and hence the change of land use of a part of proposed Sports City (from Recreational Green to Residential) is against the law of the land.”

The petition alleges that “while drafting the proposed scheme of the Sports City the Noida authority has favoured the builder lobby instead of taking care and protection of the Environment and thus the claim of the Noida Authority to provide the World Class Sports City is nothing but an eyewash.

“Twist in firing case against Rane’s son”

aaIn a new twist to the case filed against Nitesh Rane, son of Maharashtra Industries Minister Narayan Rane, for opening fire at his NGO member Chintu Shaikh, a city businessman today intervened in the Bombay High Court alleging that the investigations were not done properly.

A bench of Justice V M Kanade and P D Kode asked the businessman, Goldie Sud, to file an application within two weeks in support of his claim that he could throw light on the firing incident which occurred in 2010.

Senior Counsel, Mahesh Jethmalani, appearing for Rane opposed the intervention saying the businessman had nothing to do with the matter and his plea should not be entertained.

However, the court said it would first hear the intervenor before deciding on his plea. Accordingly, the bench gave him two weeks time to file an application and adjourned the matter to July 24.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Rane seeking to quash a case of attempt to murder filed by CBI against him.

The agency had in March this year filed a closure report in this case before a Magistrate saying that during the probe they had not found allegations of firing to be correct. CBI also said there was no evidence or eyewitnesses to prove the case against Nitesh.

Nitesh, who is chief of the NGO called Swabhiman Sanghatna, sought quashing of the FIR lodged in 2011, on the ground that he had arrived at a settlement with Shaikh.

An FIR under Section 307 (attempt to murder) and various other sections of IPC was registered against Nitesh by the CBI after the Bombay High Court transferred the probe to the agency in March 2011, after inexplicable circumstances which created doubts about the probe were observed.

Quoting a Supreme Court judgement, Nitesh’s lawyer had argued earlier that even in serious offences like ‘attempt to murder’ charges can be quashed if a settlement has been arrived at between the parties. The case was a fallout of political rivalry and nothing more,” he had told the court.

On September 23, 2010, Shaikh had filed a complaint with the Powai police, alleging that Nitesh, who was upset that day for some reason, had shot at him twice at NGO’s Khar office. Shaikh had also alleged that a bullet had grazed his cheek, causing an injury.

(Source: PTI)

HC rejects petition challenging election of Ind MLA

allahabadThe Allahabad High Court today dismissed a petition challenging the election of Independent MLA Vijay Singh from Farrukhabad in the 2012 Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.

Justice Tarun Agarwala dismissed the petition filed by Major Sunil Dutt Dwivedi, who had contested from the seat as BJP candidate and lost by only 147 votes.

The petitioner had contended that Singh had been convicted by a court in Lucknow which had also awarded him life sentence vide order dated 17.07.2003 as a result of which he was qualified for fighting the Assembly elections in 2012.

However, the High Court was of the view that the petitioner’s conviction was “kept in abeyance” by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court vide order dated 23.08.2013 which “does not have the effect of obliterating the disqualification”, nevertheless making it “non-operative” and enabling him to stand in the election.

(Source: PTI)

Yukta, Tuli get divorce, her complaint gets quashed

Yukta MookheyFollowing the consensual divorce of model-turned-actor Yukta Mookhey and her estranged husband Prince Tuli, the Bombay High Court today quashed the criminal complaint filed by the former Miss World against her in-laws.

The family court in suburban Bandra yesterday granted Yukta and Tuli a divorce by mutual consent, Tuli’s lawyer Filji Fredrick said.

Tuli had moved the High Court seeking to quash the criminal complaint filed by Mookhey against him and his parents in Andheri police station alleging harassment and cruelty under the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act and the Indian Penal Code.

However, today their lawyers told the the High Court that they had got a divorce by mutual consent and wanted the criminal complaint quashed.

The court was told that the couple had agreed to certain terms and conditions. Mookhey had agreed not to seek any compensation from her husband, while Tuli had consented not to seek the custody of their child.

Following which the division bench of Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode quashed the criminal complaint.

The High Court had last year appointed a mediator to settle the dispute. Tuli was granted interim protection from arrest in connection with the complaint filed by Mookhey.

The mediation failed, but the couple, who had married in 2008, eventually agreed to obtain consensual divorce.

(Source: PTI)

HC seeks Gujarat minister Bokhiria’s reply to petition

Gujarat High CourtGujarat High Court today directed the state Minister for Agriculture, Water Resources and Animal Husbandry Babu Bokhiria to file an affidavit in reply to a petition alleging that he has amassed a huge wealth by illegitimate means.

The bench of Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala asked the minister to file affidavit by July 1.

Porbandar-based activist Natwar Karavadra had filed the PIL last year. The HC had earlier issued notices to the minister and the state government, but Bokhiria today sought time to file the affidavit.

Petition accuses him of being involved in land grabbing and various other illegal activities. It alleges that Bokhiria purchased huge tracts of land in the Porbandar district in his name and in the name of his relatives, and owns 3,000 bighas of land.

It also alleges that he runs an organised crime syndicate through his cousin, and was also involved in illegal mining rackets along the coastal belt.

Bokhiria, currently a minister in Anandi Patel-led government, was also a part of Narendra Modi-led ministry when Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Last year, Bokhiria was sentenced to three years’ jail term by the magistrate’s court in Porbandar in an illegal limestone mining case, but the sessions court stayed the conviction.

(Source:PTI)

Court asks Ajay to remain present at case hearing

senior Congress leader Ajay SinghA court here today directed senior Congress leader Ajay Singh to remain present for the next hearing of a defamation case filed against him by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife Sadhna.

Singh had alleged during two rallies at Khargone and Sagar before the November 2013 Assembly polls that Chouhan had once vowed not to marry, but later he married Sadhna Singh, and brought her as “a currency counting machine” to his residence.

The Chouhans then filed a defamation case against him.

As Singh remained absent today, despite earlier order, Judicial Magistrate APS Chouhan took a serious view and was about to issue a warrant against him.

But advocate Sajid Ali appeared on behalf of the Congress leader and informed the court that Singh was not in the city and hence he could not come.

Expressing strong displeasure, the court directed advocate Ali to ensure that Singh appeared at the next hearing.

(Source: PTI)