Gujarat court grants bail to bookie in IPL betting case

A local court Sunday granted bail to an alleged bookie, who was arrested along with cash and gold worth Rs 1.54 crore and charged with accepting bets on IPL matches. Vinod Mulchandani, who was nabbed on Saturday, was produced before Metropolitan Magistrate K S Trivedi by the crime branch, which sought his custody for five days.

His lawyer, Chetan Raval argued that police had registered a case against Mulchandani for ‘cheating by impersonation’ (section 419 of Indian Penal Code) which is a bailable offence.

Police contended that as Mulchandani was using someone else’s SIM card to accept bets, they had to find out in whose name the SIM was issued, and who else were involved. But after the court rejected the remand application, Mulchandani moved bail plea, which was granted.

On Saturday, Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) arrested Mulchandani, a resident of Satellite area, and seized Rs 1.28 crore cash, gold biscuits worth Rs 26 lakh and 12 cellphones from his possession.

The arrest followed Gujarat government’s advisory to district police chiefs to crack down on bookies. After his arrest, the police had first registered a case under Gambling Act and sought his custody for interrogation.

(Source: PTI)

Delhi HC rules out dogma of “same work same pay”

The dogma of ‘same work same pay’ cannot be applied in the case of difference in salaries of contractual and regular workers as the later category goes through the rigours of selection processes, the Delhi High Court has ruled.

“There cannot be complete parity between contractual employees and those who undergo selection process and are appointed as regular employees. On the principle of ‘same work same pay’, if there is complete identity of work between contractual employees and regular employees a court can direct same basic salary and allowances to be paid.

“But with reference to one set of persons not having undertaken the selection process and the second set having undertaken the selection process, the court could deny the benefit of increments,” a bench of justices Pradeep Nandrajog and V Kameswar Rao said.

The court’s observation came while deciding two appeals filed by the management of Dr Baba Sahib Ambedkar Hospital, run by Delhi government, and by an employee of the hospital respectively against two conflicting verdicts of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT).

The hospital had moved the court against a CAT verdict asking it to pay contractual para-medical staffs the salary, perks and perquisites, being paid to the regular ones.

The other appeal was filed by a contractual employee whose plea for equal salary was rejected by the CAT.

Disposing of the appeals by a common judgement, the bench said, “We have before us two conflicting views taken by the two different benches of the Tribunal.

“… Contract paramedical employees would be entitled to same pay and benefit as regular employees but in the minimum of the pay scale without grant of any increment unless they could show to the Tribunal that similarly situated contractual employee was being granted benefit of increments.”

The court, however, criticised Delhi government for persisting with the ad-hoc arrangement in the health sector by not creating regular posts for over a decade.

“Before bringing the curtains down formally we would like to impress upon the government of NCT Delhi to streamline its Health Department because we find contract employees working in various hospitals established by the government of NCT Delhi for more than a decade,” it said, adding “… If regular posts need to be created, we see no reason why they should not be created. Hospitals should not work on ad-hoc arrangements.”

It said the work of paramedic is of importance as the underpaid nurses, ward-boys, lab technicians and radiologists “are bound to be snappy or lackadaisical in their working, which would not be good for the patients and the medical services rendered in hospitals”.


IPL spot fixing case: Sreesanth and Chavan seek bail

Claiming that he has been falsely implicated in IPL spot-fixing case, pacer S Sreesanth, whose police custody was today extended by two days, has sought bail in a Delhi court which will hear the plea on Tuesday.

Sreesanth`s Rajasthan Royal team-mate Ankeet Chavan has also sought relief on the grounds that his marriage is scheduled on June 2 this year.

Both the players moved their bail pleas before Metropolitan Magistrate Anuj Aggarwal who fixed May 28 for hearing before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma.

In his bail plea, Sreesanth has said that “no case is made out against me and I have been falsely implicated.”

Sreesanth`s advocate Vishal Gosain said that, “The penal provisions invoked against him are not made out. He has not cheated anybody.”

Gosain also said, “The particular over, about which the police is saying was fixed, was bowled by Sreesanth in a regular manner.”

Meanwhile, Chavan, who was today remanded in judicial custody till June 4, sought bail saying that his marriage was nearing and the ceremonies were going on.

His lawyer Kishore Gayakwad told the court that “Chavan`s marriage has already been fixed and it is on June 2, so he be granted bail”,

Sreesanth, Chavan and their teammate Ajit Chandila, who all were playing for Rajasthan Royals, were arrested in Mumbai by Delhi police for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing in IPL matches for payments up to Rs 60 lakhs for giving away pre-determined number of runs in an over.

(Source: PTI)

Bhanwari trial: accused Reshma Bishnoi gets bail

Jodhpur: Rajasthan High Court on Thursday granted bail to Reshma Ram Bishnoi, an accused in Bhanwari Devi abduction and murder case.

Reshma, a close aide of main accused Indira Bishnoi, had moved bail application in the High Court, the arguments over which had been completed yesterday, but the court had kept the order reserved.

Justice Nirmal Jeet Kaur granted the bail to Reshma today. While objecting the bail plea, CBI counsel Ashok Joshi argued that Indra Bishnoi was the master mind of the crime and Reshma was fully aware of the crime.

“He was present in the meeting held between Indra and another accused Sahi Ram Bishnoi on 25 July, 2011 after the news first aired in the media,” Joshi told the court.

However, N K Bohra, counsel for Reshma, claimed that the CBI had implicated him because he was the neighbour and close to Indra Bishnoi.

“There was no evidence against him being involved in the crime,” argued Bohra in the court.
He said that inspite of this, Reshma has spent one-and-a-half year in the jail. 

Hearing the arguments from both sides, the court observed that Reshma had no direct involvement in the case and there was no evidence against him suggesting involvement in the crime.

Observing this, the court and granted bail to him.

He is the third accused to be granted bail in the case.

Before this, Paras Ram Bishnoi and Om Praksh Bishnoi have been granted bail. But, it was after the court had dropped non bailable charges against them in October last year.


Consider Army porters’ plea for regularisation: SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed the Centre to consider within four months the plea of Army porters, who have been working for 15 years, for regularising them on the basis of their service record.

A bench of justices B S Chauhan and Dipak Misra, however, said it was not deciding the issue of jurisdiction of Armed Forces Tribunal to hear the matter.

“In view of the above and in the facts and circumstances of the case and without entering into any other legal issue, we dispose of these appeals directing the respondent (Centre) to consider the case of the appellants (porters) considering their past service record within a period of four months from today,” the bench said in its order passed on May 14.

The bench disposed off the appeals of Army porter Isher Singh and others seeking direction to the Centre and Ministry of Defence to regularise the porters, who have been working in Nowshera (Rajouri) sector in Jammu and Kashmir, the civilian part of the Army, from 15 to 25 years.

The counsel appearing for the porters argued that the Central Administrative Tribunal had taken note of their pleas in its order on May 21, 2009, but rejected their claim while relying on the judgement of Constitution Bench of the apex court.

When the porters appealed in the Armed Forces Tribunal, it did not hear the matter on the dispute of jurisdiction.

Senior advocate Bhim Singh had said that according to the Tribunal, it has no jurisdiction to deal with the case of civilian part of the Army.

The apex court, however, said it was keeping the issue of jurisdiction open.

“We are not deciding the issue of jurisdiction and leave this question open to be decided in appropriate case…,” the bench said.


Facing wife’s false complaint man given divorce

The Delhi High Court today granted divorce to a man who sought dissolution of marriage on the ground that his wife had filed several “false” complaints against him and his family members, saying her action amounts to mental cruelty on her husband.

(Source: PTI)

Minister and MP face NBW for not appearing in court

A court has issued a non- bailable warrant (NBW) against Union Minister P Balaram Naik and local MP P Rajaiah for “failing” to appear before it in a case related to their participation in an election meeting at a religious place last year.


SC agrees to hear PIL challenging appointment of Sharma as CAG

The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a PIL challenging appointment of Shashi Kant Sharma as the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).

A Bench of Justices B S Chauhan and Dipak Misra, however, said there is no urgency in taking up the matter during vacation and posted the case for hearing in July.

Sharma was today sworn in as CAG by President Pranab Mukherjee.

The 61-year-old 1976-batch Bihar cadre IAS officer replaced Vinod Rai, who demitted office yesterday after a five-and-a-half year eventful tenure.

Challenging the appointment, advocate M L Sharma, who filed the PIL, said Sharma had in the last 10 years held several sensitive positions in the defence ministry that dealt with significant procurements and appointing him as CAG would mean a conflict of interest.

“He cannot be appointed an auditor to audit his own accounts report, work and performance during his previous tenure. Various multi-billion defence deals, including the Chopper scam, are pending for auditing before the CAG. Therefore, Sharma cannot be appointed as CAG to audit his own deal in any manner,” the petition said.

“The government action is mala fide, arbitrary and under concocted scheme to justify their financial manipulation and scheme which are pending before the CAG for auditing. Impugned appointment is liable to be scrutinised by this court in the interest of justice,” the petition said.