Forum members face govt
to form front
against shifting of school premises
board builds mini-dams
found in runaway traders case
crushed to death
Forum members face govt action
CHANDIGARH, Dec 19 The Haryana Government has initiated disciplinary action against two non-judicial members of the Faridabad District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Mr Satish Mittal and Ms Neena Devi, for their alleged grave misconduct.
The charge-sheets issued to them on December 16 by Mr Naseem Ahmed, Secretary, Food and Supplies Department of Haryana, under rule 3(5) of the Haryana Consumer Protection Rules, 1988, call upon these members to furnish their replies within 15 days from the receipt of this "memorandum" whether they admit the truth of any of the charges and what explanation or defence, if any, they have to offer and whether they desire to be heard in person.
The disciplinary proceedings against them were initiated on the basis of written complaints lodged against them by Mr Sanjay Rawat, general secretary of the Faridabad Bar Association, and 149 members of the association on June 15.
The statement of charges supplied to Mr Satish Mittal and Ms Neena Devi, inter alia accuses them of adopting "illegal and corrupt activities".
The common allegations against both these members are that they have "no knowledge about the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act and being not conversant with the procedure, justice is being denied, delayed and refused in a majority of cases. Both of them are in league with each other and compel litigants to oblige them. They have kept several touts. Being in league with each other pass favourable orders only if the bribe is passed on them otherwise they keep the decision pending for several months".
The statement of charges served on Mr Mittal adds that on June 12, Mr I.D. Prashar, a senior member of the District Bar Association and also ex-President of the District Bar Association, was addressing the forum in a complaint case titled "Kishan Chand Vs HUDA. While hearing that matter he passed very insulting remarks like" Vakilo ke bakwas sunane ke liya yahan nahin aate" and further said "Vakil vahyaat hein" and abused Mr Prashar. At that time many lawyers were present and Mr Mittal threatened Mr Prashar for criminal proceedings because he dared raise objection to the remarks and his activities.
In another complaint case No 138 of April 11, 1997, titled "Kishan Chand Sharma Vs HUDA, there were difference of opinion between Mr Mittal and the president of the District Forum and the matter was referred to Ms Neena Devi for hearing and decision on the point or points on which he and the President had differed. The matter was then to be heard and decided by Ms Neena Devi. However, Mr Mittal also associated in the proceedings and joined hands with her for making reference for initiating action under the Contempt of the Court Act against Mr Prashar. As it was the prerogative of Ms Neena Devi, the president of the Forum did not join and refused to make reference under the Contempt of the Court Act. However, he being in league with Ms Neena Devi joined hands with her and made reference to the Punjab and Haryana High Court with a separate intimation to the State Commission.
In the case of Mr Mittal the President of the District Forum with his letter No 370 of July 2, 1998 forwarded a list of cases showing the dates on which the orders were written by him but Mr Mittal neither signed those orders nor dictated his own separate orders. There were 37 cases shown in the list in which the orders were already written and signed by the president on different dates but the same had not been signed by him. Ms Neena Devi, too, has been accused of this charge.
The charge-sheets served
on them drew their attention to the fact that the working
days and office hours of the District Forum "shall
be the same as that of the State Government as provided
in the Haryana Consumer Protection Rules, 1988.
Therefore, they were required to observe punctuality in
holding the sittings on all five days in the week. Since
they had not been attending sittings of the forum
regularly, and thus, they have violated the provisions of
the rules framed under the Act.
Employees to form front
ROHTAK, Dec 19 The Haryana Karamchari Mahasangh and the Haryana Sarv Karamchari Sangh, the two major unions of state government employees, have decided to constitute a joint agitation for "restoring the dignity of government employees."
A formal announcement to this effect will be made on December 25 at Hisar by leaders of the two unions. The urgency to form a front dawned on leaders of both unions after the government invoked ESMA to foil the strike organised by the Mahasangh on September 16 and the Sarv Karamchari Sangh on December 11.
As many as 2000 employees have been suspended and an equal number arrested. Major functionaries of the Mahasangh, Mr S.D. Kapoor, (president), Mr Dhara Singh (treasurer), Mr Amrik Singh and Mr V.D. Kaushik have been dismissed from service.
Mr Dhara Singh told TNS,
ESMA was still in force and the employees who had
participated in the strike on December 11 were being
booked under the Act. The state executive of the
Mahasangh would meet tomorrow at Gohana to review the
situation and finalise the future course of action. The
meeting would urge the Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal to
come to the negotiating table, Mr Dhara Singh said. He
alleged that bureaucrats were "misleading" the
Chief Minister on demands of the employees.
3 held in rape case
ROHTAK, Dec 19 Various social and political organisations have condemned the gang-rape of a school-going Dalit girl of Kiloi village and demanded stern action against the culprits.
Sunil, Satish and Bhupinder have been arrested in this case. The girl was allegedly illegally confined and gang-raped in Sunil's house. Sunil yesterday surrendered before the Judicial Magistrate, Mrs Sunita Goyal. She remanded him to police custody till December 22.
The Dalit girl was reportedly kidnapped and confined in the house on December 12. She was abducted while she was returning home from the village school. She was allegedly gang-raped and rescued by the police on December 14.
The girl narrated the whole incident to newsmen who met her yesterday in the hospital. She was discharged from the hospital today.
Among the organisations which have condemned the incident are the Janvadi Mahila Samiti, the mahila wing of the Lok Dal, the SC cell of the BJP the Jansuraksha Manch. The HPCC President, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has also decried the gang-rape.
Various organisations of the Scheduled Castes have constituted a 21-major-joint action committee under the chairmanship of Mr Ram Mehar, co-convener of the HPCC SC/ST cell to secure justice for the Dalit girl.
Prominent committee members include Mr Subha Ram Balmiki, Mr Ved Pal, Vice-President, Gandhi Harijan Ashram, Mr Ram Niwas and Mr Sumer Singh.
The action committee has decided to observe January 1, 1999, as black day. Demonstrations would be held at district headquarters. The safai karamcharies would observe token strike on that day.
A deputation of the action committee will also meet members of Parliament belonging to their community at Delhi on Monday and plead with them to raise the issue in Parliament.
Protest against shifting of school
ROHTAK, Dec 19 Children, young men and old persons led by district BJP chief took out a protest march in the town and Pradeep Jain participated in a demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office in protest against the state government's decision to convert the Government Senior Secondary School's premises into HUDA shopping complex.
The protesters later submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister.
They demanded not to shift the school and plant grass in the school compound to check "rising" pollution in the town. Mr Jain pleaded that the school ground, spread over nearly eight acres, is the only open space in the western part of the town.
Meanwhile, Mr Gulshan Kumar Dhingra, a former secretary of the local BJP said that BJP had nothing to do with demonstration and procession in protest against the conversion of the school premises into shopping complex.
In a statement he said
some "selfish" leaders who were not happy to
see the city develop were opposing the commercial complex
plan. He said while the new complex would provide self
employment to unemployed youth of the town, children and
elderly old people would get a new park for playing and
morning walk. Mr Sulat Singh Atri, convener of the HPCC
teachers cell opposed the shifting of the school from
here to the Bhiwani road and warned the government that
the party would launch an agitation if the move was not
Shivalik board builds mini-dams
YAMUNANAGAR: The Shivalik Development Board was formulated in 1993-94 for carrying out development works in areas falling in the Shivalik range. Its development agency was set up under the chairmanship of Mr Bhagwati Parshad, Commissioner, Ambala Division.
The Shivalik area covering parts of Ambala, Panchkula and Yamunanagar districts comes under the board. Three blocks of Yamunanagar district Sadhaura, Bilaspur and Chhachhrauli come under the Shivalik Development Board. There is a proposal under consideration to include 40 villages of Jagadhri block as well.
Mr Rajiv Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, Yamunanagar, states that a number of development works have been executed in Yamunanagar district during 1997-98 under the development programme conducted by the board. A tubewell was installed at Sadhaura by the Executive Engineer (Public Health), Naraingarh, during 1997-98 at a cost of Rs 6.50 lakh.
He stated that work on two metalled roads from Sadhaura (Kala Amb Road) to Kaptan Majri (via DAV College) and Sadhaura to Yasin Majra had been started by the Executive Engineer, PWD (B&R) Naraingarh, in 1997-98 and sums of Rs 9.80 lakh and Rs 9.58 lakh, respectively incurred so far on these roads.
Development works have been carried out by the Executive Engineer (Panchayati Raj), Yamunanagar, during the 1997-98 under the Shivalik Development Programme.
Mini-dams have been constructed at Nagli and Jatanwala villages at a cost of Rs 12.15 lakh.
A sum of Rs 15 lakh for levelling soil in Chanachak Nandi, Jaferpur Jafri and Sangoli villages in Sadhaura block has been spent. These works have now completed.
Ponds have been constructed for fishing purposes in Bal Chhapar, Bilaspur and Pinjora villages of Yamunanagar district. An amount of Rs 5.57 lakh has been spent on them by the Fisheries Development Officer, Yamunanagar. Ponds are also being built at Kishanpura (Chhachhrauli), Pipliwala and Malikpur Khadar (Bilaspur) and Rajpura (Sadhaura) at a cost of Rs 5 lakh. He said an amount of Rs 3 lakh was provided to the Chief Executive Officer of the Ambala milk plant, for installation of improved treatment machinery at the milk chilling centre in Bilaspur but due to heavy rainfall, work could not be started. However, necessary material have now been purchased for the installation of the machinery.
Besides this, Rs 5 lakh has been released for the construction of a metalled road from Thaska to Sudha Sahib Mandir. Another Rs 5 lakh has been released for the construction of a road from Shahabad (Kala Amb) road to Lahapur.
For providing drinking
water at Kapal Mochan, a grant of Rs 2.72 lakh has been
released. Over Rs 5 lakh out of the estimated cost i.e.
Rs 7.50 lakh, has been released for the installation of a
tubewell at Jagdholi (Bilaspur) village.
Clues found in runaway traders
FATEHABAD, Dec 19 A team of local traders and policemen that had gone to Calcutta to find the runaway partners of a local grain market firm, have found some vital clues in that city.
It may be recalled that Jagmohan and Jagbhushan, two brothers and partners of a local grain market firms M/s Bhushan Brothers, had fled from here earlier this month. The two brothers owed a sum of Rs 8 crore to traders from Fatehabad, Rattia and surrounding areas. They also owed over Rs 1 crore to two local banks. There were reports that the two brothers had fled to Calcutta along with their families.
A team of policemen led by an Inspector and accompanied by a few local traders had left for Calcutta in search of the two brothers. According to reliable sources, the team has found some vital clues which indicate that the family was in the city. The family of the traders had met Mr Vinod Sharma, district president of the Trinamool Congress of Calcutta. Mr Sharma is a close relative of a local insurance employee and was known to the two brothers. The family had told Mr Sharma that they had come to Calcutta to meet some relatives there. Mr Sharma, it is learnt, is assisting the team.
The district police chief, Mr Rajbir Deswal, when contacted said that three police teams were searching Bhushan Brothers. Another team had gone to Calcutta.
Meanwhile, a deputation of
the traders from Rattia and Fatehabad met Mr Surinder
Singh, MP, at the local PWD Rest House. The MP, according
to Mr Rohtash Kumar, President of the local Beopar
Mandal, said the police was working on the right track
and would apprehend the partners soon.
Constable crushed to death
BHIWANI, Dec 19 Constable Banarsi Das (40) was crushed at the local bus stand by a speeding truck coming from the Hansi road. The constable was talking to a person when he was hit by the speeding truck last evening. Serious wounded constable was admitted to the Government General Hospital by his colleagues. Banarsi Das succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
HVP leaders join Jindal's
YAMUNANAGAR, Dec 19 The Yamunanagar HVP constituency president, Mr Ramesh Chamola, and several other leaders have resigned and joined the Haryana Sarvjati Morcha (HSJM), Mr O.P. Jindal, convener of the morcha, said here on Thursday.
Mr Chamola claimed 500 active HVP workers had also joined the morcha.
HVPN steps to improve power
SONEPAT, Dec 19 The Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN) has taken measures to improve power supply and strengthen the transmission network in this district.
According to official sources, the measures include the setting up of new power substations and early completion of the on-going power projects. The nigam plans to double the capacity of power transmission and distribution system at a cost of Rs 50 crore by May, 2,000.
The HVPN would set up nine
new power substations at Fazilpur, Murthal, Harsana
Kalan, Kundli Kharikhauda, Khewra, Barota, Butana and
Khanpur Kalan. The capacity of seven existing substations
would be augmented.
KURUKSHETRA, Dec 19 The district administration got vacated an illegal possession by demolishing "haphazardly under construction" 10 shops, virtually built on the road, at Old Subzi Mandi Market here on Thursday evening.
District administration as well as Municipal Committee officers accompanied by a large contingent of the police had the illegal construction demolished on the order of the Deputy Commissioner Mr Alok Nigam.
When contacted on
telephone Mr Nigam said that the under construction shops
space was illegally allotted to the shopkeepers Raj
Kumar, Jugal Kishore, Rakesh Kumar, Harbans Singh,
Kuldeep Singh, Pankaj Kumar, Sanjay Kumar and Keshav
Chand with the connivance of Mr Subhash Sudha, chairman
Municipal Council, Thanesar on throw away price without
proper constitutional process. Mr Nigam said that to
remove this illegal possession, he asked the officers to
take immediate action under Section 246 of the Municipal
Committee Act 1973. Regarding illegal allotment and
construction of shops on government land, a written
complaint was forwarded to the district administration by
the executive officer of the municipality, he added. The
city elders feel that instead of blocking the road by
creating illegal construction, it could have been better
if the municipality had connected this road with the
Nagarpalika bazar road to regulate the Old Subzi Mandi
traffic from its dead end.
Dhanak's arrest stayed
HISAR, Dec 19 The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr B.L. Singhal, today stayed the arrest of Mr Amar Singh Dhanak, a former minister of Haryana, in a case of corruption till December 22.
A case of corruption against Mr Dhanak was registered by the Hansi police for allegedly accumulating wealth disproportionate to known sources of his income.
MDU teachers' plea to
ROHTAK, Dec 19 The Dr Ambedkar Teachers' Front of Maharshi Dayanand University has appealed to the Chancellor and the Director, Higher Education (DHE), Haryana, not to approve the selection of certain teachers, which, according to the Front, were made in violation of the reservation policy. The university Executive Council is to approve the appointments on December 22.
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Front executive yesterday.
The president of the Front said the university administration had been directed by the DHE on December 9 last to ensure proper implementation of the reservation policy while making recruitments. But on the contrary, he alleged that the Vice-Chancellor had continuously been ignoring the reservation policy.
The Front extended its
support to the decision of the Maharshi Dayanand
University Teachers' Association to observe December 21
as protest day against the alleged autocratic style of
functioning of the Vice-Chancellor.
189 cases decided at legal
PANCHKULA, Dec 19 The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) decided at least 189 cases at a legal aid camp organised at the districts courts here today.
The Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Mr V.P. Gupta, who is also the member-secretary of the DLSA, settled cases pertaining to compoundable crimes, rent disputes, recovery and challans under the Motor Vehicles Act.
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