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Army religious teacher held
He had been declared a deserter, says defence spokesperson
Jalandhar, April 28
A religious teacher serving in the army was arrested from the premises of the Press Club here this morning, as he was trying to interact with media persons, and giving them handouts regarding his complaints against senior army officials. The religious teacher, Subedar R.N. Jha, had been serving here in a temple of the Army Service Corps Battalion on the Cantonment Road.


Subedar R.N. Jha, who had been declared a deserter, being arrested by the Army Station Headquarter team and the police in Jalandhar on Friday Subedar R.N. Jha, who had been declared a deserter, being arrested by the Army Station Headquarter team and the police in Jalandhar on Friday. —Tribune photo by  Pawan Sharma




 

Consumer Forum issues arrest warrant against
PUDA Estate Officer

Jalandhar, April 28
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum today passed orders of issuing conditional warrant of arrest against the Estate Officer of Punjab Urban Development Authority for June 5, sowing to non-compliance of its orders.

Illegal telephone exchange busted
Phagwara, April 28
The Phagwara police has unearthed an illegal telephone exchange in Central Town here and arrested one person in this connection.

RCF Staff Council passes resolution
Kapurthala, April 28 
The newly-elected Staff Council of the Rail Coach Factory passed a resolution demanding that the proposal of declaring the factory as a Public Sector Undertaking be dropped, here on Tuesday last.
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Army religious teacher held
He had been declared a deserter, says defence spokesperson
 
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 28
A religious teacher serving in the army was arrested from the premises of the Press Club here this morning, as he was trying to interact with media persons, and giving them handouts regarding his complaints against senior army officials.

The religious teacher, Subedar R.N. Jha, had been serving here in a temple of the Army Service Corps Battalion on the Cantonment Road. Owing to some complaints against him pertaining to “dereliction of duty and creating indiscipline”, an order of his transfer was passed on April 7. As per the rule, he had been asked to join his fresh posting in Jammu and Kashmir within one week’s time.

Since he had not joined his new posting even 20 days after the orders had been passed, he had been declared a deserter, said the Defence PRO, Mr Naresh Vij. He said the deserter was arrested by the Army Station Headquarter team and civil police as per the rules.

Mr Vij added that the religious teacher had often been “missing his duty and indulging in misbehaviour with Commanding Officers”. He said the subedar had even “apologised” to the officials in writing at one point of time. The defence spokesman said that Subedar Jha had some “psychiatric problem”, too, as he had been admitted to Military Hospital in Jalandhar some time back.

The PRO said the religious teacher had also committed an offence by redressing his complaints through the media. “Only PROs and SPOs are authorised to talk to the media,” he added.

Numerous complaints about which Jha informed the media through his handout included “throwing away of prasad, taking possession of temple goods worth Rs 20,000, preparing a wrong report”.

Jha’s family is currently in Jalandhar, while he has reportedly been taken to J&K, where disciplinary action would be taken against him. Family members of Jha include six children and his wife, who is expecting a seventh baby. 

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Consumer Forum issues arrest warrant against PUDA Estate Officer
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 28
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum today passed orders of issuing conditional warrant of arrest against the Estate Officer of Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) for June 5, sowing to non-compliance of its orders.

The case pertains to a complaint made by Mr Prem Singh, a resident of New Jawahar Nagar, regarding charging of excess extension fee from him for plot number 612 in Urban Estate Phase-II, and non-issuance of the NOC for the same. The forum on September 5, 2005, had decided the case in favour of the complainant, asking PUDA officials to make fresh demand notice, refund excess fee, and issue NOC in one month’s time.

The forum today passed the orders for issuing the conditional arrest warrant as it felt that the PUDA officials had not been following its directions.

On February 9, 2006, the counsel for PUDA had appeared and the case was adjourned to March 27 for filing reply and making payment for excess charging to the tune of Rs 98,535. On March 27, the payment was not made to the complainant.

In the meantime, PUDA had appealed before the State Commission, Punjab, against the orders of the District Forum, but its plea was dismissed on February 21, 2006.

The PUDA officials were told to make a payment of Rs 98,535 on April 20, 2006. The case was then adjourned for today for payment when the forum president, Mr M.M. Bhalla, took a stand against the official.

The counsel for PUDA today filed a reply stating, “PUDA is going to file the appeal against the order of the State Commission, Punjab, before the National Commission, and the necessary sanction for the same has been obtained, and request for adjournment for 15 days is made.”

Earlier, through the judgment passed on September 5, 2005, the forum had quashed the demand of PUDA regarding Rs 1, 37,525 to be paid by the applicant on October 29, 2003.

A new demand of Rs 1, 65,205 made on September 14, 2004, by PUDA was also quashed.

The respondent was directed to re-assess the cancellation fee on the basis of old rates as on March 25, 2002, citing the Punjab and Haryana High Court case of Tehal Singh and Sant Kaur, and not on the basis of enhanced fee under rules enforced prior to February 25, 2002.

The forum said the legally payable extension fee for the years 1988 to year 2004 came out to be Rs 66,670. Since the complainant had deposited an amount of Rs 1,65,205 on December 7, 2004, the refundable fee came out to be Rs 98,535. 

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Illegal telephone exchange busted
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, April 28
The Phagwara police has unearthed an illegal telephone exchange in Central Town here and arrested one person in this connection.

According to police sources, Keshav Reddy, hailing from Hyderabad who was residing in Ludhiana, was allegedly running an illegal telephone exchange in the area.

He allegedly used to convert the incoming calls from the USA and Canada into local calls and dupe the government of lakhs of rupees, the police said.

A team of Vigilance Telecom Monitoring Cell of the Government of India, led by Mr Roop Das and Mr Harish Kumar, both ITS officers from Delhi, along with the Phagwara police, raided his office and nabbed him on the spot.

Keshav Reddy, on interrogation, told the police that he, along with one Raj Singh, also a resident of Ludhiana, had been running this exchange for the past one year. Raj Singh was still absconding, the police said. The police has registered a case against the two accused. 

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RCF Staff Council passes resolution
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, April 28 
The newly-elected Staff Council of the Rail Coach Factory (RCF) passed a resolution demanding that the proposal of declaring the factory as a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) be dropped, here on Tuesday last.

The Staff Council apprised Mr Partap Srivastava, acting General Manager, of the resolution. -The meeting was presided over by Mr D.A. Anand, Chief Mechanical Engineer, and Mr Amitabh Sinha, Chief Personnel Officer. Mr Partap Srivastava, after joining as the acting General Manager, had told the media persons on April 19 that the Staff Council, which was to be formed on April 22, would send the decision of the employees to the Railway Board on the said proposal.

Both the railway federations had already opposed the conversion move during a special meeting of the Railway Board held at New Delhi.

The employees of the RCF have been on agitation path for the past two months, demanding a written decision of the Board to drop the proposal of the conversion of the RCF into a PSU. 

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