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After 4 years, man gets Rs 75,000 for inconvenience in train



New Delhi, June 14, 2017: The Delhi state consumer commission has upheld an order directing Railways Ministry to pay compensation of Rs 75,000 to a passenger as railway administration failed to prevent unauthorised entry in a reserved seat.

The compensation was awarded to a passenger who had to “face inconvenience and hardship” as his seat had been occupied illegally by other men.

On March 30, 2013, a resident of Delhi’s Lodhi Colony, V Vijay Kumar had booked a lower berth while travelling from Vishakhapatnam in Link Dakshin Express as he was suffering from knee joint pain and wanted to rest during the journey as he was advised bed rest by the doctor.

However, the complainant alleged that when the train stopped at Bina Junction in Madhya Pradesh, few people entered his compartment and occupied his berth. He looked for Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) but none of the officials could be found at the time that forced him to keep standing, which worsens his knee pain.

While claiming that he underwent “a lot of mental stress because of the inconvenience during the journey”, the man moved the district consumer forum claiming Rs 20 lakh as compensation.

Earlier, the district forum had ruled in favour of Kumar directing the railways to pay him Rs 75,000 as compensation. It also asked for deduction of Rs 25,000 from the salary of the TTE deputed in the train compartment on the date of the journey. Kumar, however, appealed before the commission that the compensation amount was too less when compared to the mental tension, agony and suffering faced by him.

The complainant then lodged an appeal in the state consumer forum for enhanced compensation. During the proceedings, the counsel for the Railways said the order of the forum could be set aside as the Railways’ arguments were not heard in the matter.

A bench of Justice Veena Birbal and Member, Salma Noor, said, “The respondent was given a chance to contest the case and it did not avail the opportunity.” The bench, however, dismissed the plea for enhancement of compensation.

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SSC paper leak: Supreme court rejects plea seeking court-monitored probe




New Delhi, March 20: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea seeking a court-monitored probe into an alleged Staff Selection Commission (SSC) paper leak case.

The petition was filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma, who had demanded an investigation into the leak of question paper.

The exam was slated to be held from February 17 to 21.

On March 14, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) lodged a preliminary inquiry into the alleged irregularities in the matter.

In February, the SSC had issued a notice, stating that the exam held on February 21 was delayed due to ‘technical reasons’ and would be re-conducted on March 9, 2018.


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CBI moves Delhi HC over 2G spectrum acquittal




New Delhi, March 20: The CBI on Tuesday moved an appeal in the Delhi High Court challenging a special court order acquitting former Telecom Minister A. Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others in the 2G spectrum money laundering scam case.

The central agency’s move comes a day after the Enforcement Directorate, which is probing financial irregularities in the case and assisting the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), filed an appeal against the special court’s December 21, 2017, judgement in the case.

The CBI questioned the special court’s verdict ignoring the findings of the Supreme Court that has been keeping a regular tab on the investigation until the chargesheet was filed in the case.

The agency said it appealed to the High Court as the evidence adduced to substantiate the charges by the prosecution was not appreciated in its proper perspective by the special court.

The court also failed on the point in which the crime is defined under Section 2(1)(u), which considers only the criminal activity instead of commission of an offence, the CBI said.

While announcing the judgement, special judge O.P. Saini said the CBI and the ED had failed to provide sufficient evidence to prove the charges against 33 persons named in the case.

The matter is believed to have contributed to the Congress-led UPA’s electoral loss in 2014.

Besides Raja and Kanimozhi, the special court had acquitted 17 others, including DMK supremo M. Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal, Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka of STPL, Asif Balwa and Rajiv Aggarwal of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd, film producer Karim Morani, and P. Amirtham and Sharad Kumar of Kalaignar TV.

Former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja’s erstwhile private secretary R.K. Chandolia, Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Unitech Ltd MD Sanjay Chandra and three top executives of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (RADAG) — Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair — were also acquitted in the case by the special court.

The ED, in its chargesheet, had alleged that Rs 2 billion was paid by Swan Telecom (P) Ltd (STPL) promoters to the DMK-run Kalaignar TV.

The CBI had alleged that there was a loss of Rs 309.84 billion to the exchequer in allocation of licences for the 2G spectrum which were scrapped by the top court on February 2, 2012.

The special court, which was set up on March 14, 2011 for hearing 2G cases exclusively, had also acquitted Essar Group promoters Ravi Kant Ruia and Anshuman Ruia and six others in a separate case arising out of the 2G scam probe.

The first case, prosecuted by the CBI, had 17 accused, while the second matter, pursued by the ED, had 19 undertrials. The third one had eight accused, including Essar promoters.


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Sushma should have informed us first: Kin of 39 Indians



New Delhi March 20: Families of 39 missing Indians in Iraq on Tuesday mourned the death of their loved ones after the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed the news in the Rajya Sabha.

Amritsar resident Gurpinder Kaur, the sister of Manjinder Singh who was among 39 Indians, told news agency ANI, “For past four years, Swaraj was telling me that they were alive. I don’t know what to believe. I am waiting to speak with her. We heard her statement that she made in the Parliament.”

Jalandhar native Manjeet Kaur’s husband Davinder Singh was also dead in Iraq. She was not able to digest the news as she also believed the government, which refused to confirm that her husband was not alive.

“My husband went to Iraq in 2011 and I spoke to him last on June 15, 2014. We were always told us that they (39 Indians) were alive,” Kaur told ANI, adding that “we don’t demand anything from the government”.

Puroshottam Tiwari, uncle of Vidya Bhushan Tiwari, who was also among deceased Indians, could not express his feelings.

“I don’t know what to say. Since 2014, I had been pleading with the government to bring him back somehow and today they say that he is no more,” he told ANI in Siwan, Bihar.

Forty Indians – from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal – went missing in June 2014 after Mosul fell to the Islamic State. In 2015, one of them, Harjit Masih, managed to flee from the clutches of Islamic State and said all other Indians were killed.

However, then Swaraj did not believe him and said firmly said in the Parliament that she would not declare the 39 Indians dead without concrete proof or evidence.

Meanwhile, the lone survivor Harjit Masih he has been telling about the killing of 39 others to the government for the last three years.


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