Friday, March 15, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Vikas remand under scanner
Tribune News service

New Delhi, March 14
The Standing Counsel for Uttar Pradesh, Mr Ashok Srivastava, today informed the Delhi High Court that there was a delay of about 20 hours in handing over Vikas Yadav, prime accused in the Nitish Katara murder case, by the Judicial Magistrate of Dabra, Madhya Pradesh. Informing a division bench, comprising Justices B A Khan and V S Aggarwal, Mr Srivastava said if the Uttar Pradesh police had been given custody earlier, it could have effected recovery of more articles/evidence and expedited investigation.

The bench, in its order, refused to comment on the allegation against the Dabra Judicial Magistrate, but recorded that it was open to the investigating agency (UP police) to bring it to the notice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. Mr Srivastava said that the Uttar Pradesh police were given a three-day (48 hours — from 1400 hrs, March 9 to 1400 hrs, March 11) custody of Vikas, son of Rajya Sabha MP D P Yadav, and his cousin Vishal, but 19 to 20 hours had been wasted in securing their custody from Dabra in Gwalior from where they had been arrested for possessing illegal ammunition.. The Magistrate, Mr R K Gondley, had initially passed an order giving their custody to the UP police team, but later kept allowing the defence more time on their prayer for adjournment on the ground that the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court was seized of the matter at his residence. Later, the defence plea was rejected and the UP police were allowed custody. However, the police team was again turned away on the ground that the custody could not be given at night. The police managed to secure their custody only the next morning.

Counsel for petitioner Mrs Neelam Katara, Nitish’s mother, claimed that these were just delaying tactics to see to it that the first 15-day period, which expired on March 11, got over, since no police custody could be sought after that period. The court, however, said that it was for the investigating agency to appeal for an extension of the custody of the accused as a special case. And, the petitioner could approach Allahabad High Court for airing any grievance in this regard. Earlier today, Ghaziabad Senior Superintendent of Police Prashant Kumar submitted a status report which said that the DNA report had confirmed that the charred body found in Khurja, Uttar Pradesh, on February 17 was that of Nitish. A hammer, a wristwatch and a Tata Safari had been recovered from the site, but other articles like clothes, cellular phone and shoes were yet to be found, the report said.

Pehlwan’s file missing

The file of Sukhdev alias Pehlwan, the third accused in Nitish Katara case, could not be traced in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Rajinder Kumar today. Ghaziabad police had applied on Wednesday for the attachment of Sukhdev Pehlwan’s property in the CJM’s court under Section 83 of CrPC. Notice under Section 82 had already been issued by the court last week for the purpose. Sub-Inspector Rakam Singh today applied in writing in the court requesting it that the necessary instructions should be issued to the dealing officials to make the file available in the court tomorrow when further discussion will be done on the subject. OC


Noida burglars shot after hot chase
Our Correspondent

Noida, March 14
The Noida police claimed to have killed three criminals, who were fleeing after looting a house in Sector 41 here, in an encounter late Wednesday night. Their three associates, however, managed to escape. As much as Rs 25,000 and valuables worth Rs 2 lakh were seized from the criminals. According to the police, at about 2 am, six persons entered the house, H-38, of Mr Arun Kaul in Sector 41 after removing the grills of a window. They tied the 25-year-old son, Aukush, and Mr Kaul, threatened them with a sword and asked for the cash and valuables. They looted the house and fled the scene.

Mr Kaul immediately informed the Sector 39 police station whose in charge, Mr Ashok Sharma, soon reached the spot. The policemen in charge of the Sector 49 and Sector 20 stations also reached there by the time. The police gave the criminals a hot chase towards the Yamuna Khadar (bank) and surrounded them when they reached near Garhi Shahpur village. Finding themselves surrounded by the police, they started firing on the police party. They also succeeded in snatching the rifle of a constable. The police shot three dacoits while three others managed to escape under the cover of darkness.

According to the SP City, Mr Umesh Singh, the injured criminals were rushed to the government hospital in Sector 30 where they were declared “brought dead”. The criminals have not been identified so far. The police have recovered the cash and valuables stolen from Mr Kaul’s house and a .315 revolver and cartridges. One of Mr Kaul’s neighbours said that the absence of a boundary wall at the back of Agahpur village and their houses had been causing a lot of problems to them 


BJP, Cong slug it out in public
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 14
The spat between the two principal political parties intensified on Thursday with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accusing the Congress of manipulating the voters’ list and colluding with the distributors of tamper-proof electronic meters to jack up their prices and swindle taxi / autorickshaw operators. Dismissing the allegations as the “rantings of a party whose fortunes are on the downhill,” the Congress accused the BJP of resorting to “rowdyism” to terrorise its candidates and patronising the corrupt in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

BJP’s Chief Whip in the Assembly Nand Kishore Garg on Thursday charged the Industries Minister in the Congress-ruled Government of NCT of Delhi, Mr Deep Chand Bandhu, with manipulating the voter’s list by including 30-odd names in addition to his family’s. “In the voter’s list, 80-odd individuals are shown against the houses owned by him and his brother in Ashok Vihar in Wazirpur Assembly constituency. Thirty or more of those names are common,” Mr Nand Kishore told media persons at a joint news conference with BJP President Mange Ram Garg and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Prof Jagdish Mukhi.

The Congress reacted by saying the matter was for the Election Commission to decide on. The voter’s list, spokesperson Mukesh Sharma said, had been given to all political parties and their objections sought thereof. Raising the matter now, he said, was motivated. Responding to the allegations, Bandhu said it was a conspiracy to defame him and the BJP, for want of issues, had raised it in desperation. Also raised by the BJP was the issue of the ongoing auto / taxi strike. Scenting a scam, Mukhi, in turn, accused the Congress-led Government of NCT of Delhi of conniving with private agencies distributing tamper-proof electronic meters to jack up their retail price and swindling taxi / autorickshaw operators. “We are all for making mandatory the installation of meters but the manner in which the Congress-led Government is going about the exercise reeks of a scam,” he said. Referring to the Sheila Dikshit Government’s “lax and inefficient” handling on the power front, BJP President Mange Ram Garg said after coming to power it had issued a white paper on the power situation and promised to improve the same; the assurances though remain unfulfilled. “If the present is anything to go by one can well imagine the harrowing time Delhiites would be put through in the summer months,” he added.

In a tit for tat, the Congress said the BJP-ruled MCD’s house tax policy had been anti-people as the officials and inspectors concerned had been given unbridled powers to impose and collect tax arbitrarily.


EC seized of code violation by NCP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 14
The Election Commissioner of Delhi is looking into the complaint of violation of the code of conduct by the Delhi unit of the Nationalist Congress Party, which has fielded an alleged registered bad character from the Tri Nagar segment of the MCD. The area police had reportedly passed on the information to the authorities.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West), Mr R.P. Upadhyaya, said that Raj Kumar Gujjar alias Raju Chikna was a notorious criminal and 16 cases — ranging from extortion, attempt to murder and murder — were registered against him. He was allegedly involved in the murder of a businessman of Prashant Vihar in February 2000. Earlier, he was the kingpin of the dreaded Sandip Bhuria gang, which was involved in several abduction and extortion cases.

Mr S.K. Jain, a spokesman of the Delhi Election Commission, said that legal action would be taken against such candidates and the party concerned. But so far the commission had not received any written complaint against any candidate.

President of the Delhi Pradesh Nationalist Congress Party, Sukhbir Singh Pawar, said “We are not aware that criminal cases are registered against Raj Kumar Gujjar. It is not surprising if cases are registered against politicians. They are involved in different kinds of fights and cases are registered against them. Since a man is convicted by the court, he cannot be called a criminal”.

Raj Kumar is a resident of Hill Apartments, Prashant Vihar, and runs a property business in the area. Most of the cases are registered in police station Keshav Puram where he used to live earlier.

In a case of criminal intimidation, he was debarred by the Delhi High Court from entering the Tri Nagar area, police sources said.

The DCP said that police had already informed the Delhi Election Commission about his criminal antecedents. 


MCF staff demo against Sulabh contract
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 14
The Safai Karamcharies of the Municipal Corporation, Faridabad (MCF) staged a demonstration here today to demand the termination of the cleanliness contract with ‘Sulabh International’.

However, the officials of the voluntary body claimed that the performance of Sulabh had been satisfactory.

The contract with Sulabh International is due to be renewed for another year by the end of March.

The safai employees of MCF and the members of the Haryana Nagarpalika Karamchari Sangh have been unhappy with the contract, stating that the work of the MCF employees had been better than that of the voluntary organisation. The employees had met the MCF authorities, including the Mayor to demand the cancellation of the contract. They feel that the contract had not only left hundreds of employees jobless, but it had also become a source of corruption.

They alleged that the senior officials were being bribed for maintaining the contract. However, the senior vice-president of Sulabh, Ms Sushmita Shekhar, and the office of Mayor denied the charges and stated that Sulabh was a non-profit organisation and the allegations had been levelled by a section of frustrated employees. 


A political break on cable TV

Given the ban on indiscriminate use of loudspeakers and putting up of posters and banners, political parties have devised different ways to reach out to the electorate. Beginning Friday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would invade homes by means of cable television to woo voters. The Congress, on the other hand, has preferred padayatras over all else in order to establish contact with people. The BJP has prepared a two-minute film highlighting the achievements of its five-year dominance over Town Hall. According to BJP leaders, also pressed into service will be Video Raths showcasing a 25-minute documentary replete with appeals by party leaders and developmental works undertaken by it. “Harit, Swachch, Sakshar, Swastha, Samriddh Delhi will be the running theme,” they said. Also on the anvil are screening of the film in cinemas across the Capital. The Congress, sensing a “wave” in its favour, will be relying on campaigning on foot. Padyatras, Congress Spokesperson Mukesh Sharma said, would be undertaken by the candidates over the next week. “School and college examinations are on and we thought padyatras suited us best as it causes minimum inconvenience to students,” Congress Spokesperson Mukesh Sharma explained. Believing star power might have a favourable impact on its candidates’ fortunes, the BJP has already roped in Shakti Kapoor and Bhagyashree. Actor-turned-politicians Shatrughan Sinha and Vinod Khanna are also likely to chip in for the party besides BJP ministers in the Union Cabinet – Law Minister Arun Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pramod Mahajan. 


Mewat kids fail to make it to model schools
Ravi S.Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, March 14
Hundreds of parents in Mewat, spanning over Gurgaon and Faridabad districts, feel let down by the Mewat Development Agency (MDA) - a body constituted by the Haryana Government for an integrated development of the area.

The parents are worried about the education of their wards in Mewat schools. The MDA is supposed to facilitate the admissions of the kids in the model schools. The children are nursed under the project, Child Development Programme run by the MDA.

The MDA had started an ambitious project in October 2000. It set up more than 100 child development centres in various parts of Mewat for the project. As per the scheme, the poor children in the age group of 4-11 years who could not go to schools were adopted by the centres for a four-month course. After they were groomed in these centres, the MDA was to facilitate their admissions in the model schools in Nagina, Punhana (in Gurgaon district) and Hathin (in Faridabad district).

The model schools are managed by the MDA. Its other three schools in Taoru, Ferozepur Jhirka and Nuh are managed by the Delhi Public School Society.

The MDA had roped in voluntary organisations/NGOs for running the child development programme. The DPS was also associated with the programme. So far, 7,320 children have been brought under the programme’s cover.

Initially, the Mewatis doubted about the MDA’s intentions, but later they supported the programme as they got an assurance from the authorities that their children would have no problem in getting admission in the model schools and others managed by the DPS. Of course, they were to be admitted for the evening session/afternoon sessions after the regular classes in these schools.

The government schools in Mewat lack infrastructure and the will to take care of the students. The general complaint is that while the children come to the schools, the teachers often play truant.

The MDA had made it known that it would accommodate 2,500 children in March. Hundreds of parents then approached the MDA to get their children admitted in the model schools.

However, the parents in Puhana, Ferozepur Jhirka, Hathin, Taoru, Nagina and Nuh blocs were dismayed when they learnt that the Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of the MDA, Mr P.R.Bishnoi, had written to the organisation’s Chairman, Mr S.A. Khan that the admissions be postponed till next year. According to sources, Mr Bishnoi has pointed in the letter that it would not be practical to spend money on the infrastructure for the evening schools.


CPM flays Haryana Budget
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, March 14
The state secretariat of the CPM has described the state Budget presented in the Vidhan Sabha on Wednesday as directionless and disappointing.

The party said that the Budget had failed to identify the basic problems afflicting the state which obviously reflected the lack of political will of the government. The most disgusting part was that the budget had projected abolition of 5,400 jobs as an ‘achievement’ instead of seriously addressing the alarming unemployment scenario.

The deficit of over Rs 200 crore would either get enhanced in the future or would be covered by imposing additional taxes in between, the CPM said in a statement here today. The party feared that the non-allocation of extra resources on the civic amenities would further aggravate the already pathetic plight, thus bringing down the living standard of the common man. It also expressed serious reservations over the official claim regarding the increase in the per capita income and attributed the claim to mere statistical jugglery.

Meanwhile, the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) said that the Budget proposals were based on the loan taken from the World Bank and other financial institutions.

Forty per cent of the budgetary allocations would be used to pay interest. As a result, the education and health sectors would be ignored, the SUCI said in a statement.


Eight lakh job-seekers in Capital
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, March 14
The Minister of State for Labour, Mr Muni Lall, informed the Rajya Sabha today that the total number of job-seekers, all of whom were not necessarily unemployed, on the Live Register of Employment Exchange in the country as on December 1999 stood at 403.7 lakh. The number stood at 8.132 lakh in Delhi alone.

He said the growth strategy of the 10th Five-Year Plan would lay emphasis on rapid growth of those sectors, which were most likely to create high quality employment opportunities, and deal with the policy constraints that discouraged growth of employment. To ensure consistency between the requirement and availability of skills, emphasis would be placed on skill development.

The Delhi High Court had directed the Railways to provide more amenities at railway stations and junctions for the physically challenged, the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Railways, Mr O. Rajagopal, told the Lok Sabha.

The Minister said the court had directed that there should be a booth established at all the major railway stations and junctions having a prominent pictorial sign depicting assistance to the physically challenged. Along with the other details of the handicapped persons, the name and number of the person to be contacted during emergency should also be obtained.

Moveable ramps should be made available so that there was no difficulty in boarding or alighting. Physically handicapped or other sick persons travelling on concessional fare should carry the card to enable assistance from fellow passengers or travellers in case of need. A copy of the card should be provided to the train ticket examiner or the guard to ensure that the person faces no difficulty during the travel, the court had directed. Mr Rajagopal also informed the House that additional terminal facilities were being constructed at New Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Station.

The work was in progress and additional facilities would be provided as and when required. The minister said the work on the construction of a road overbridge near Palam railway station of the Delhi-Rewari section was being taken up as a deposit work to be carried out on behalf of the Delhi Development Authority for which Rs 6.75 crore has been deposited recently by them.

To a question in the Rajya Sabha, Mr Rajagopal said that nearly 400 hectares of the approximately 264 hectares of railway land encroached in the country were in Delhi.

He said no connivance of the railway officials had been noticed and the Railways were trying to remove the encroachment. As per the information with the government, there were 40 Indians in Oman jails. This was brought to the notice of the Rajya Sabha by the Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr Omar Abdullah.

He added that only one Indian national had been released before completion of his imprisonment term. Petitions received from the relatives of prisoners were forwarded to His Majesty the Sultan through the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs from time to time for grant of pardon, he said.

The minister denied that Indians had been kept under imprisonment even after the completion of their term. The Department of Posts had signed an MOU with HCL Infosys with the intention of development and introduction of services for mutual benefit, said Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Communication and Information Technology, Mr Pramod Mahajan, in the Rajya Sabha today.

He said the services like usage of speed post by HCL at the all-India level and booking of orders for HCL products through post office network would lead to mutual benefit. However, the detailed operational agreement on the precise nature of services, accounting and pricing matters based on the MOU was yet to be finalised. The Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Mr Ashok Pradhan, in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha said that Antyodaya Anna Yojana announced in December 2000 contemplated identification of poorest of the poor families from among the estimated BPL families. According to data made available, there were about 62,600 Antyodaya families in Delhi, the allocations for which have begun on January 2001.


Murder accused allowed to take exams
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 14
All the five accused arrested in connection with the alleged murder of a 17-year-old Vipin, son of a trader, Mr Rameshwar Dass Bansal, were allowed to sit in the annual examinations, beginning here from today, by the Chief Judicial magistrate, Ms Ritu Tagore.

According to a report, the arrested students are Satinder, Sehwal, Neeraj, Amit and Harish. Satinder and Sehwal were studying in the 10th class, Neeraj in the 9th, Amit Kumar in the 8th and Harish in the 11th. All the students belonged to the same school and live in the hostel. The sixth suspect, Ravi Vikal, who is studying in the 9th class, is absconding; he belonged to the Gokulpuri area of Delhi. The police has came to know that all the accused attended a marriage party in the Bulbul Restaurant on March 8 last.


Make Charkhi Dadri a district: BJP
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, March 14
In a significant political development, the state BJP has supported the creation of a new district of Charkhi Dadri by bifurcating Bhiwani and including the Satnali block of Mahendragarh district.

The party spokesman, Mr Pradeep Jain, said that the residents of Charkhi Dadri had been demanding that the sub-division should be upgraded as a district because of its geographical location.

The party had, therefore, taken an initiative and organisationally split the Bhiwani district into two separate districts -- Bhiwani and Dadri, he said. The pradesh party president, Mr Rattan Lal Katari, had now appointed Mr Rishi Prakash Sharma as president of the Bhiwani district unit and Capt Dharam Pal Sheoran of the Dadri district. The Satnali block of Mahendragarh district has been clubbed with the Dadri district unit keeping in view the 'sentiments' of the people of the area, the party said. Interestingly, Bhiwani district was created in 1974 by bifurcating Hisar district. The Dadri subdivision of the Bhiwani district is perhaps the largest subdivision in the state and comprises of nearly 105 villages besides the Charkhi Dadri town.

Although the people of the Charkhi Dadri subdivision have been raising the demand for the creation of a separate district, the political parties in the state had not taken it seriously. The BJP, thus, is the first party which has taken a lead and supported the demand by bifurcating its district unit into two. The inclusion of Satnali block in the Charkhi Dadri district is politically significant.


Farmers on a learning visit to Rajasthan
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, March 14
A group of 54 farmers has been sent to various places in Rajasthan by the ME and Quality Contral Division, Command Area Development Authority (CADA), on the direction of Dr Dalip Singh, administrator of the authority.

According to an official spokesman, the team of farmers led by Mr J. C. Arora, SDO, and Mr O. P. Popli, APO, would be taken to Sriganga Nagar, Bikaner, Mount Abu, Kota and Jaipur and be apprised of the latest techniques being used in the agriculture sector there.

Purse snatched
An unidentified motorcycle-borne youth snatched the purse from a woman near Sonepat bus stand her on Wednesday evening. According to information, Ms Shalini, a resident of Sector 1 here, was going to her residence in an autorickshaw. A youth on a motorcycle snatched her purse and sped away. The purse was reportedly containing Rs 500 and some important documents.


Woman ends life
Santosh Devi, a young housewife was reported to have committed suicide by hanging herself with a rope in her house at Aghwanpur village about 15 km from here. According to a report, she leaves behind a son Sonu (6) and a daughter Meeno (3). She took this extreme step after prolonged mental disease.

Youth Assaulted
A youth, Arvind, sustained injuries when he was attacked with knives by a shopkeeper, Surinder, and his associate Manoj at Rohtak road here. According to a report, the injured youth was rushed to the local civil hospital and latter transferred to the PGI, Rohtak.



B.Ed. girl ends life in classroom

New Delhi: A 22-year-old woman Supreet Kaur, doing her training in Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.), reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself inside the classroom of the Institute of Higher Education (IHE) this afternoon. Supreet, resident of Mukherji Nagar, joined the institute last year. She was reportedly a bright student and wanted to become a teacher. The IHE works under the DPS society, affiliated with the Guru Gobind Institute of Commerce. The police said that the deceased locked the door of the classroom from inside after the class was over. She was later discovered by a group of students who tried to enter the classroom. A suicide note was found, pinpointing the reason for the extreme step. “I will decide my own punishment and there should be a co-relation between the offence and punishment. I was humiliated in front of IHE. According to the institute authorities, Supreet was caught copying in a routine test, conducted every Monday and the teacher reportedly deducted 5 marks for the act of ‘copying’.

Doctor’s victim
The body of a local businessman, Ajay who had been murdered by a `doctor’ a few days ago, was found in Rajasthan recently. It had been cremated there by the police before the relatives of the deceased could reach the place. The body was identified by the clothes of the victim kept with the police. According to police, the remains of Ajay had floated down to Jurhera village in Rajasthan. The police had recovered the body the next day and cremated it as no one claimed it.

Two held for girl’s abduction
Two youths of Delhi have been arrested by the police in connection with the abduction of a teenaged girl here. The girl, a ‘plus one’ student of a leading public school here, had been missing for about six days. The youths have been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. The girl is a daughter of a businessman residing in Sector-14 here. While one accused is a resident of Kamla Nagar, the other is residing in Rajouri Garden. TNS


Principal, staff held in exam leak case
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 13
The Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police has raided Himalayan Public Senior Secondary School, Rohini, and arrested the principal and two teachers of the school for allegedly leaking out the Mathematics question papers for Class X CBSE examinations. The police recovered seven photocopies of the question paper from a teacher’s bag. The police also found 12 photocopies of the paper hidden in a cupboard. During interrogation, Mrs Shubni Jalali, Superintendent of Examinations at the centre, admitted to have committed the illegal act in connivance with her colleagues to help their students.

BusinessMan robbed
Two scooter-borne unidentified youths robbed Rs 3.5 lakh from a businessman, Shyam Sunder Chaddha, resident of Dayanand Vihar in East Delhi, today. The victim is a retired manager of Indian Bank and at present running a computer business. He withdrew the cash from Punjab National Bank in Preet Vihar and went to his residence. As he parked his two-wheeler in front of his house, the youths came on their scooter from behind and robbed him of the money at knifepoint, the police said.

Woman killed
One woman was killed and her husband seriously injured near Ring Road, Sarai Kale Khan, when a vehicle hit a rickshaw on which they were sitting. While Taslima Begam (30) died on the spot, her husband Abu was taken to the AIIMS, where his condition is reported to be out of danger. The police have registered a case and have launched a manhunt to trace the vehicle that was involved in the accident.

Liquor seized
The PCR staff on patrolling duty seized 245 bottles of IMFL from a car in the Samaipur Badli area. The police said that when they tried to stop the car (DL-8CG-5864) for a routine check, it sped away. Immediately, the PCR staff flashed the message which led to its interception at Siraspur turning point on the G. T. Karnal road.

Fake lamps
Officials of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and Delhi Police unearthed a manufacturing unit producing fake GLS lamps under ‘Novino Gold’ brand. Huge quantities of semi-finished GLS bulbs and fake ISI monograms were seized during the raid.



Delhi transporters allege harassment by Rajasthan taxmen
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 14
The Delhi Transporters Association has urged the Rajasthan Government to amend Section 78 of the state Sales Tax Act, as it is being used to harass transporters, which is causing undue delay in the transportation of goods and mental agony.

In a memorandum to the Rajasthan Chief Minister, the association urged the state government to bring about a sizeable and perceptible improvement in the revenue earning by making roadside checking of goods really effective, purposeful and result oriented.

Mr Jaspal Singh Kumar, general secretary of the association, said the transportation of goods through Rajasthan involving no tax liability needs to be systematised, free from unnecessary hindrances and detentions.

In the memorandum, he said the sales tax officers, without any definite intelligence information, take hold of the documents of the goods produced by the driver and without examining directs him to the kar bhawan located in different districts.

He said the transporters were in the dock as the consignee dealers, who are the actual owners of the goods, were not treated as the natural party to the dispute.

The association said the entire burden was shifted to the transporters as a “deemed dealer”, which was not only defective but also creates an artificial system of letting off the consignee dealers and actual owners of goods.

“This promotes tax evasion, resulting in piling up of assessment cases and prolonged delay,” the memorandum said, adding that the fallacies in the Act need to be removed.

More than 300 commercial transport vehicles pass though the desert state each day as Rajasthan is strategically located. The association said the different measures being taken to encourage the road sector would have little impact if the state did not take adequate measures to redress the grievances of the transporters.

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