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‘Howdy Economy, Rowdy polity’: Kapil Sibal attacks Modi

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New Delhi, Sep 19 : Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal attacked Prime Minister and said under Narendra Modi ; Howdy Economy Rowdy polity as Modi is set to address event in the United States that will be attended by US President Donald Trump.

“Howdy Economy Rowdy polity Direct Taxes growth : Budget Target (2019-2020) : 17.3% Half-year collections 5% Need to grow 27% to meet target for year Advance tax growth this fiscal slowest in 4 years Credit Suisse : FMCG stares at worst slump in 15 years ,” former minister Sibal said.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a dig at Modi’s event by raising the issue of the state of the economy and said it seems that it is not in good shape.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also attacked the government over the state of the economy, saying the confidence of investors is “shaken” but the Modi dispensation is refusing to acknowledge the truth.

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Delhi Police fail the crime test

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New Delhi, Oct 22 : The Delhi Police might be the best in the country in terms of staffing, infrastructure and use of budget, but when it comes to controlling crime, all that fade into disappointment.

According to the Crime in India-2017 report, released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), here on Monday, Delhi tops the crime chart.

According to the NCRB data, number of crimes increased 11 per cent in Delhi in 2017 compared with 2016, earning it the dubious distinction of the crime capital of the country.

According to reports, Delhi accounts for 4.9 per cent of crimes recorded in India. In 2017, Delhi recorded more than 2,32,000 incidents of crime, which was 4.9 per cent of the total offences recorded in the country.

As per the NCRB data, over 50,00,000 cases of cognisable crimes were registered across the country in 2017, an increase of 200,000 over 2016. However, number of murders declined 5.9 per cent in 2017 compared with 2016.

The cases of kidnapping for ransom increased by over 7,000 in 2017. The number of cyber crime increased significantly to 21,796 in 2017 from 12,137 in 2016.

On the spurt in crime in Delhi, Mandeep Singh Randhawa, Delhi Commissioner of Police and spokesman, refused to agree and told IANS, “It’s not true. There is a decline in the incidents of murder in 2017. As we have developed a system of online registration of crime, it’s natural that more cases will be registered in Delhi.”

“The rise in crime in Delhi may be because of free registration of FIRs. But the rise in cases of snatching is alarming,” former Director of Intelligence Bureau Arun Bhagat told IANS.

Did the increase in crime reflect slackness of the Delhi Police?. Bhagat said, “These days criminals have become smart. They know how system works. We send them to jails, and they manage to get bails.”

Former Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar told IANS, “Look at Haryana. Snatchers can’t get bail there. In Delhi, it’ easy to get bail. The rising population is also, to some extent, responsible for the spurt in crime.”

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Sonia Gandhi to visit Shivakumar in Tihar on Wednesday

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New Delhi, Oct 22 : Interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi is scheduled to visit D.K. Shivakumar, party leader and former Minister, in Tihar Jail on Wednesday.

She is likely to be accompanied by K.C. Venugopal, General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka.

Shivakumar was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case on September 3. His bail plea is pending with the court and the ED probe is underway.

A Congress strongman in Karnataka, Shivakumar was instrumental in smooth running of the JD-S and Congress coalition government.

Last month, Gandhi along with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had visited former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in jail. Chidambaram was granted bail by the Supreme Court on Tuesday in the INX media case.

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NCRB data delayed due to revision, error removal: MHA

For example, under Cyber Crimes against Women and Children, crime statistics under Cyber Blackmailing/Threatening, Cyber Pornography, Cyber Stalking, Defamation/ Morphing, Fake Profile, Internet Crimes through Online Games have been collected.”

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New Delhi, Oct 22 : Removal of errors in comprehensive revision of new data collection on additional parameters and crime heads was cited as a reason by the Union Home Ministry for the delay in releasing National Crime Records Bureau’s latest annual data — ‘Crime in India-2017’.

A day after the release of the much-awaited data, which was to be released last year, the Home Ministry issued a clarification, claiming “comprehensive revision was done in crime in India pro forma”.

“New data collection and compilation software was prepared. Training of officials from states and UTs on the revised pro forma and data collection or compilation software was done. States and UTs were required to provide information on additional parameters/crime heads.

“Following persistent follow-ups since August 2018, the final data (after removal of errors/inconsistencies) was received only in July 2019. Therefore the delay in the publication of the report,” said a Home Ministry statement.

As incidents of lynching were missing from the list of parameters and and crime heads, the Ministry clarified: “It was observed that data received for certain newly created additional parameters/crime heads was unreliable and its definitions were also prone to misinterpretation. Accordingly, data related to certain parameters/crime heads has not been published.”

The Ministry issued a list of 13 parameters or crime heads which consisted of vague or unreliable data.

On the list, the Ministry mentioned a parameter named ‘Crime against various category of persons’ which has different subsections such as crimes against journalists/media persons, RTI activists, whistle-blowers/informers, social workers or activists, witnesses and crimes against persons belonging to the north-east region.

Second on the list was ‘Crime by Various Category of Persons’ which also has several sub-headings such as crimes committed by religious preachers, by khap panchayats, theft by housemaids or servants, crimes committed by private security guards or private body guards, crimes committed by proclaimed offenders, by those on bail or parole or furlough, by illegal migrants and crimes committed by students.

The remaining crime heads include ‘crimes committed by organized groups such as contract killers, hawala operators and liquor trafficker; honour killings under crime against women; rape during communal or sectarian violence; motives of murder such as hate crime, fake/false news/rumours; methods of murder such as lynching, merciless beatings, crushing by vehicle; crime committed with fire arms; SC/ST category in human trafficking (included on MHA’s instructions); animal related Acts: Cow Slaughter Acts (state/Central Acts), The Cattle Trespass Act and Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act (state and Centre); prevention of Witchcraft or Witch Practices Act (state/Central Acts); human rights violation by Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and Defence Personnel; and snatching’.

Mentioning that the annual data for ‘Crime in India’ is furnished by the 36 states and UTs and 53 metropolitan cities, which have a population of 1 million (10 lakh or more as per population census 2011) by respective State Crime Records Bureaus (SCRBs) or Crime Investigation Departments (CIDs), the Ministry said the “NCRB has only compiled and collated the data and presented it in the form of this report”.

“The NCRB is not responsible for the authenticity of the information, as data is being furnished by states/UTs/Central law enforcement agencies /CAPFs/CPOs.”

Certain states such as Uttar Pradesh and Delhi have provided the citizen-friendly service of Online Registration of FIR under certain category of offences such as ‘Vehicle Theft’ and ‘Other Thefts’, the Ministry said. “As this may have increased the crime reporting under such heads in these states, they become statistically non-comparable with other states not having such online registration facility,” the Ministry said.

“Improvements have been undertaken to make the report more comprehensive, informative and useful for the parliamentarians, policy makers, states/UTs, researchers, academicians and other stakeholders. Data is now being collected in greater detail for several categories of crimes. For example, under Cyber Crimes against Women and Children, crime statistics under Cyber Blackmailing/Threatening, Cyber Pornography, Cyber Stalking, Defamation/ Morphing, Fake Profile, Internet Crimes through Online Games have been collected.”

The Ministry said that efforts have been made to include sub-section-wise information under section 376 IPC (rape) and that information on major crime heads such as kidnapping and abduction, causing death by negligence, hurt and grievous hurt, sexual harassment have been further “segregated” as per their respective sub-heads.

“Data has also been published under certain new acts such as Prevention of Food Adulteration Act and Chit Fund Act.”

To capture the criminal justice system holistically, the Ministry said efforts have also been made to collect data on time taken for investigation (Indian Penal Code or Special and Local Law (SLL) cases), age profiling of cases under investigation(IPC and SLL cases), the time taken for trials (IPC crimes) and also for service of summons and warrants.

(Rajnish Singh can be contacted at [email protected])

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