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Maharashtra stays ‘exorbitant’ traffic violation fines

Transport Minister Diwakar Raote urged the Centre to “reconsider and reduce” the hefty fines by making amendments to the new MVA.

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Mumbai, Sep 11 : In an embarrassment for the Narendra Modi government, Maharashtra’s ruling BJP-Shiv Sena coalition on Wednesday termed the heavy penalties under the new Motor Vehicles Act as “exorbitant” and stayed its implementation.

Announcing the decision, state Transport Minister Diwakar Raote urged the Centre to “reconsider and reduce” the hefty fines by making amendments to the new MVA.

Effectively, the people of Maharashtra have been spared of the new MVA and resultant stiff penalties till at least after the assembly elections, said an official of the state RTO.

The development came hours after a report by IANS earlier on Wednesday where Kishore Tiwari, Chairman of Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavalamban Mission (VNSSM), who enjoys a Cabinet Minister rank, warned that the new stiff fines had the potential to spur suicide rates across the country.

Virtually dismissing the contentions, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari stuck to his stand, and reiterated that the fines are intended to “save lives” and were being revised after 30 years.

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Delhi HC seeks police response on Pinjra Tod activist Devangana Kalita’s bail plea

Initially, Kalita was arrested on March 23 in an anti-CAA protest case related to Jafrabad in North-East Delhi. She got bail in that case. But on March 24, she was arrested in another case, for which she is in the judicial custody.

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court, here on Wednesday, sought the Delhi Police’s response over Pinjra Tod activist Devangana Kalita’s bail plea.

Justice Suresh Kumar Kait issued the notice and asked the police to file the response by the next hearing in the case.

Earlier in July, Kalita and Natasha Narwal, another member of the Pinjra Tod group, were denied bail by a trial court. The trial court said from the charge-sheet it was clear that the investigation was pending.

The crime branch of the Delhi Police arrested Narwal and Kalita in May, accusing them of charges related to rioting, unlawful assembly and attempt to murder.

Initially, Kalita was arrested on March 23 in an anti-CAA protest case related to Jafrabad in North-East Delhi. She got bail in that case. But on March 24, she was arrested in another case, for which she is in the judicial custody.

Recently, a separate Bench of the high court restricted the Delhi Police from issuing any press note on Kalita or any other accused in connection with the Delhi riots case till the beginning of trial.

The police said Kalita and Narwal were actively involved in hatching the conspiracy to cause riots near Jafrabad Metro Station in Delhi.

“They were also part of a larger conspiracy and were found to be connected to the ‘India Against Hate’ group and Umar Khalid. The message, found in the phone of an accused, on Whatsapp chat, reveals the conspiracy and the extent of preparation for the riots,” the police said.

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RJD chief Lalu Prasad moved to RIMS director’s bungalow amid Covid-19 fear, BJP cries foul

Prasad’s moving was being speculated ever since a dedicated Covid-19 ward started functioning in RIMS after the pandemic broke out.

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Incarcerated Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is undergoing treatment at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi, Jharkhand, was moved to the hospital director’s bungalow on Wednesday in view of his clinical safety arising from the spurt in Covid-19 infection.

Ranchi senior superintendent of police (SSP) Surendra Kumar Jha confirmed that Prasad was moved to director’s bungalow. “RIMS and the jail administrations had decided to move Prasad from the paying ward and it was carried out today,” Jha said.

Prasad’s moving was being speculated ever since a dedicated Covid-19 ward started functioning in RIMS after the pandemic broke out. It gained momentum after one of his caretakers tested positive Covid-19 recently. However, the former Bihar chief minister underwent a Covid-19 test which came out negative on July 26.

Several rooms on the floor where Prasad was admitted were also occupied due to security reasons, which were now needed for the treatment of coronavirus patients, a RIMS official said requesting anonymity.

Jharkhand’s total Covid-19 tally crossed 14,000, of which Ranchi accounts for over 2,500 cases. The number of active cases was registered at 1,802 in Ranchi till Tuesday evening.

Superintendent of Birsa Munda Central Jail, where Prasad was imprisoned before he was admitted to RIMS, Hamid Akhtar said, “We had received a request from the RIMS administration regarding Prasad’s movement to the bungalow. They said as Covid-19 cases are rising, they wanted to use other rooms which were occupied due to security reasons for Prasad.”

Finally, it was decided that Prasad would be moved to the director’s bungalow, which is also a part of the RIMS campus, Akhtar added.

The official residence of the RIMS director has been vacant after former director Dr DK Singh left RIMS last month. The incumbent director, Dr Manju Gari, is yet to move in.

Earlier, the police administration carried out the security audit of the bungalow on receiving the request letter from the RIMS administration.

Lalu Prasad Yadav is serving a jail term after being convicted in the fodder scam cases and was admitted to the RIMS paying ward with stage-3 kidney problems in December 2018. Meanwhile, he applied for a regular bail in July.

The state BJP termed Prasad’s shifting to director’s bungalow as special treatment by the incumbent Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Congress-led government in Jharkhand in the view of upcoming Bihar election. “Now, the director’s bungalow would turn into an RJD headquarter where Bihar poll strategies would be chalked out,” said BJP spokesperson Pratul Shahdeo.

The JMM, however, rubbished the allegation describing it as the BJP’s stunt to get political mileage. “Prasad is imprisoned. How can the director’s bungalow turn into RJD headquarter? Since BJP has no work, it is levelling baseless allegation,” JMM general secretary Supriyo Bhattacharya said.

He said the jail and the RIMS administration took the decision in view of Prasad’s age and rising cases of Covid-19.

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Commissioner meets UPSC rank holders from Delhi Police families

Gaurav Kumar, who scored 475th rank, is the son of late Inspector VK Singh who was posted in Sadar Bazar as additional station house officer. Constable Firoz Alam was ranked 645th. He had joined Delhi Police in 2010 and is currently posted with the PCR unit in Haiderpur.

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New Delhi, Aug 5 : Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava on Wednesday met the candidates from families of the force who have qualified in the prestigious civil services examination 2019, officials said.

A total of 829 candidates have been selected through the civil services examination, results of which were announced on Tuesday by the Union Public Service Commission.

Vishakha Yadav, who ranked sixth, is the daughter of Assistant Sub-Inspector Raj Kumar posted in Dwarka district, while the 33rd rank holder Navneet Mann”s father Inspector Sukhdev Singh Mann is posted in Vigilance unit.

Natisha Mathur and Garima, who ranked 37th and 459th, respectively, are probationer ACPs undergoing training at Police Training College in Jharoda Kalan.

Gaurav Kumar, who scored 475th rank, is the son of late Inspector VK Singh who was posted in Sadar Bazar as additional station house officer. Constable Firoz Alam was ranked 645th. He had joined Delhi Police in 2010 and is currently posted with the PCR unit in Haiderpur.

“Congratulating all the rank holders on their astounding success,” Shrivastava said, adding that their success is not only a matter of pride for Delhi Police, but would also inspire others to follow their footsteps.

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