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Delhi Riots: HC asks Police to follow Law, not get influenced by senior’s orders

It also said the observation made by the court will not cause prejudice to Ranjan or any other officer in their service careers.

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The Delhi High Court on Friday asked the investigating officers of the Delhi police to work in accordance with law and not get influenced by the instructions of their superiors while probing the Delhi riots which broke out in February.

A single judge bench of the high court presided by Justice Suresh Kumar Kait also observed that no prejudice is caused to the people of any community by an order of Special Commissioner of Police (Crime & Economic Offences Wing) Praveer Ranjan to its teams probing the northeast Delhi riots asking them to exercise due care and precaution while making any arrests.

The bench observed that since the accused persons have already been chargesheeted in the riots cases, so the July 8 order issued by the senior police officer will cause no prejudice to anyone. “This period was unfortunate for everyone in Delhi. So, we should not continue this (petition) further,” the judge said.

The said observations came in while disposing of a petition which claimed that on July 8, Special CP (Crime & Economic Offences Wing) Praveer Ranjan wrote a letter to the probe teams, stating that there were anger and resentment among the Hindus in the Northeast Delhi after the recent arrests of some Hindu youth in connection with the Delhi riots.

The bench also took note of various similar letters issued by other police officers and the intelligence input which led to the issuance of the said order to probe teams.

The bench also suggested that the media, being the fourth pillar of democracy shall run news reports after verifying facts so that no hate or communal angle arises between either of the communities in this country.

“I have noticed, while going through the petition, that the electronic and print media have made some news which are against the letter and spirit of the order issued by respondent no. 4 (Ranjan),” he said.

It also said the observation made by the court will not cause prejudice to Ranjan or any other officer in their service careers.

On the previous date of hearing, the bench had questioned the Delhi Police over an order, passed by the special commissioner of police to the heads of teams investigating the Delhi riots, asking as to “what was the need of issuing such an order”

“Your order seems mischievous, what was the need to issue such an order, is it a regular practice?” questioned a single judge bench of Justice Kait.

The court had also asked Ranjan to place five such orders of similar nature before it.

While petitioner Sahil Parvez’s father was shot during the Delhi riots, the other petitioner Mohammad Saeed Salmani’s mother was a victim of mob lynching during the riots. The petitioners have questioned the senior police officer’s note claiming that the letter was an attempt to influence the investigation.

Communal violence broke out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after clashes between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

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Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey Steps Down from Service, Likely to Contest Upcoming Polls

Sanjiv Kumar Singhal, the Director General of Civil Defence and Fire Services, has been given the additional charge of DGP Bihar till further orders.

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Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) Gupteshwar Pandey on Tuesday stepped down from his post after taking voluntary retirement from the services. His request seeking VRS was approved by Governor Phagu Chauhan.

Pandey is likely to contest the upcoming state Assembly polls.

Sanjiv Kumar Singhal, the Director General of Civil Defence and Fire Services, has been given the additional charge of DGP Bihar till further orders.

Pandey, who was involved in the investigation of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, found himself mired in controversy after his sexist comment aimed at Rhea Chakraborty. Hours after the Supreme Court last month ordered a CBI probe into Rajput’s death, Pandey had said that Chakraborty did not have the “aukat” (stature) to comment about Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Pandey had later apologised for the remark.

Earlier this month, Pandey had hailed Chakraborty’s arrest by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) as a big win for Bihar.

Pandey has been an Indian Police Service officer since 1987. He was selected as Bihar DGP in February last year out of 12 IPS officers recommended by the state government to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

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Nitish gets livid over documentary showing pind-daan in Gaya

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Patna, Sep 22 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday become angry with the water resources development ministry over a representative video documentary showing a pind-daan, a ritual conducted at the cremation of a person.

In the run-up to the Bihar assembly elections, Kumar has laid down the foundation stone of 77 projects worth Rs 2814.47 crore.

One of these projects relates to a rubber dam project on Falgu river in Gaya.

During its inauguration, the water resources development ministry played a video documentary in which a pind-daan ceremony on Falgu river in Gaya was shown.

As soon as it went on screen, CM Nitish Kumar got livid. He shouted in the middle of the documentary for wrong selection of visuals by the ministry concerned.

He said the Gaya district is renowned around the world for the Bodhi Temple where Lord Buddha gained wisdom. The pictures inside the temple are unique. “People go to Gaya to see this temple. It is an icon of Gaya and not the area where the pind-daan takes place on Falgu river,” Kumar said during the virtual inauguration.

“I have repeatedly told the ministry concerned to avoid representing Falgu river in Gaya, still they are making the same mistake again,” Kumar said.

The video documentary showcased the rubber dam and renovation on the either side of the river banks.

Since, elections are round corner in Bihar, there is an assumption that showing rituals related to death isn’t auspicious.

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Stubble Burning: 332 villages identified as red zones in Haryana

Additional chief secretary (ACS), agriculture, Sanjeev Kaushal said the Haryana government has also decided to provide financial assistance to 11,311 individual farmers who have applied for agricultural implements under the crop residue management scheme.

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In anticipation of stubble burning incidents across the state, the Haryana agriculture department has identified red, yellow/orange and green zones in every district on the basis of incidences of crop residue burning last year. An official spokesperson said 332 villages fall under the red zone and 675 in yellow zone.

Additional chief secretary (ACS), agriculture, Sanjeev Kaushal said the Haryana government has also decided to provide financial assistance to 11,311 individual farmers who have applied for agricultural implements under the crop residue management scheme ‘Promotion of Agricultural Mechanization for In-Situ Management of Crop’, in the current growing season. The total assistance of about ₹155 crore at the rate of 50 % will be given.

The department will also provide 454 balers, 5,820 super seeders, 5,418 zero till seed drills, 2,918 choppers/mulchers, 260 happy seeders, 389 straw management systems, 64 rotary slashers/shrub masters, 454 reversible mould ploughs and 288 reapers to the beneficiaries.

Online applications for agricultural implements were invited from individual farmers and societies till August 21. As many as 11,311 farmers applied for 16,647 implements, against a target of 2,741, in the individual category, he said.

The state government has also decided to give preference to small and marginal farmers in hiring of machinery from Custom Hiring Centres (CHCs), and in providing equipment to individual beneficiaries under the scheme. A comprehensive plan has been approved for crop residue management to prevent stubble burning. It included fusion of in-situ and ex-situ crop residue management techniques, apart from monitoring activities through a dedicated control room, and registration of FIRs against violators.

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