Micromax mobile promoter sent to CBI custody in bribery case

micromaxA Delhi court Thursday sent the Micromax mobile company’s promoter Rajesh Agarwal to seven days CBI custody in a bribery case.

Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Judge Poonam Bamba also sent six others including four public servants to CBI custody till Aug 14.

The CBI Wednesday arrested Agarwal, co-founder and director of Micromax Technologies Pvt Ltd, and his associate Manish Tuli, when they were allegedly giving bribe of Rs.30 lakh to the officials of North Delhi Municipal Corporation for regularisation of an unauthorised property.

Apart from them, three engineers of the corporation — Satish Kumar, Naresh Kumar and Sanjay Kumar, Delhi Development Authority’s junior engineer Rajesh Gupta and private person Ashok Lamba were also arrested.

The CBI had sought seven days police custody of the accused to find out how many other government officials or persons were involved in the case.

It said their custody was required to unearth the larger conspiracy.

The CBI told the judge that Agarwal and Tuli were arrested while allegedly giving Rs.30 lakh bribe to the engineers of MCD to regularise the unauthorised construction of a banquet hall owned by Tuli and the DDA official was acting as a middleman.

The CBI has booked them for the offences of criminal conspiracy under the IPC and various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The agency said FIR was registered on a source information that Agarwal and Tuli had entered into a deal with engineers of the civic body to get clearance for construction of the banquet hall in Wazirpur area in exchange of bribe of Rs.50 lakh.

(Source: IANS)

Himachal court frowns on transfers on political grounds

Transferring government employees on political grounds is against public policy, the Himachal Pradesh High Court ruled Friday.

Setting aside the transfer order of four government employees, a division bench of Chief Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Kuldip Singh observed: “The transfer at the instance of a person, who has no role to play in the government, will not only be extraneous consideration but also against public policy.”

“It shakes the confidence of the people and creates an impression in the mind of the common man that the centre of power is somewhere else and not the government,” they said.

Public Works Department employee Sanjay Kumar, one of the petitioners, said he was transferred from Dharampur division to Sangrah division against a vacant post on political grounds.

He said he was transferred at the instance of Chander Sekhar, a Congress worker, and that 400 transfers were carried out at his behest.

“To curb this tendency and inspire confidence in the general public and more particularly in the employees, it is necessary that no one should get an impression that an employee can be transferred for asking at the instance of a person, who has no concern with the government,” the judges said.

“Issuing transfer orders at the instance of an outsider, who happens to be a party worker, cannot be a coincidence. Such action not only shakes the conscience of the court, but also inevitably impinges upon the validity of such orders as the same are the product of colourable exercise of power.”

The judges said the proposal for a transfer has not originated from the administrative department concerned but because of the direction received from the Chief Minister’s Office.

“The special secretary to the chief minister informed the head of the department concerned that the chief minister has approved the transfer of the incumbent from his present posting to the specified station against vacancy, with direction to take necessary action accordingly,” they said.

(Source: IANS)

Censor Board not doing its job ‘properly’: Delhi HC

The censor board has been slammed by the Delhi High court for not doing its job “properly” and asked it and the Centre to respond to two separate PILs alleging vulgar contents in Salman Khan-starrer Dabangg 2 and Saif Ali Khan’s Race 2

“Nowadays, the censor board is not doing its duty properly,” a bench comprising Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice VK Jain remarked while asking the information and broadcasting ministry, CBFC and producers of Dabangg 2 andRace 2 to file their responses by May 14.

While hearing the PIL of lawyer Sanjay Kumar seeking a ban on a “provocative item number” of Dabangg 2, the bench ordered deletion of names from an array of parties like Kareena Kapoor Khan, on whom the song was filmed, director Arbaaz Khan and musicians duo Sajid and Wajid.

“Why you have made the actress a party? This is not a criminal complaint. File a fresh memo of parties. Delete the name of the actress, director and musicians …” Justice Jain asked during the hearing.

The bench, however, refused to stay the release of DVDs of Dabangg 2 and Race 2 and their further screening on TV channels. It, meanwhile, gave the petitioners liberty to approach it again if they receive information that the films are going to be shown on channels.

“We are not experts and have not seen the movies. How can we stay the films on the basis of photographs we saw here?” the bench said.

The other PIL, filed by social worker Teena Sharma, has sought an immediate ban on further screening of Race 2 in cinema halls and its telecast. It also sought deletion of explicit scenes and “vulgar” dialogues in the film.

During the hearing, the bench said the censor board has become “very generous” nowadays and “passing or giving” certificate to every film without any objection.

“Nowadays, you have TV in each room of your house. We have now developed a culture that children sleep in a separate room and they are provided TV also … Parents don’t take their children to theatre with them now,” it said, adding the content of films should not be “degraded” and it should be such that the whole family can watch them together.

One of PILs alleged “the lyrics of this famous song in Hindi film Dabangg 2, woman is compared to be a grilled chicken to be eaten up with alcohol! And other objectionable and slang words towards girl …”

The petition has sought a direction to the I&B ministry to “take strict preventive measures and to adopt an effective mechanism to stop these kinds of vulgar songs and obscenity in Indian Films.”

Earlier, the bench had disposed of Sharma’s PIL against Race 2 and had directed the central government to look into the issue raised by her and take a decision within 15 days.

Aggrieved by “inaction” on the part of the government, Sharma had approached the court again which on Friday issued the notices to the Centre and others.