A special court on Wednesday sentenced three employees of a private firm to three years’ imprisonment, finding them guilty of criminal conspiracy and cheating the exchequer by misrepresenting facts to acquire a coal block in West Bengal.
The three accused were engaged by a firm called Himachal EMTA Power Ltd. (HEPL) Private Limited. On Wednesday, Special Judge Sanjay Bansal also imposed a fine of Rs two lakh each on the three convicts. The court stated that, prima facie, there was evidence that suggested that the accused committed the offence under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) of the IPC. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 20 lakh on Himachal EMTA Power Ltd in the case. However, the court suspended the punishment for a period of 45 days to enable the convicts to appeal against their conviction before the Delhi High Court.
According to the CBI, this is the 12th conviction in coal scam cases secured by the Prosecution Team appointed by the Supreme Court of India order dated 01.09.2014.According to the prosecution, HEPL had misrepresented the status of the land in question and the investment made by it in the project and had secured the allocation of the coal block based on such misrepresentations.
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Calcutta HC declares ‘Duare Ration’ scheme illegal, against food Act
Calcutta High Court on Wednesday declared the West Bengal government’s “Duare Ration” scheme as illegal and against the National Food Security Act.
A division bench of Justices Aniruddha Roy and Chitta Ranjan Dash said, “We are, therefore, constrained to hold that the State Government has transgressed the limit of delegation by obliging the Fair Price Shop dealers to distribute the rations to the beneficiaries at their doorstep in absence of any authority to that effect in the enabling Act i.e. ‘NFS Act’.” “If the ‘NFS Act’ is amended by the wisdom of the Union Legislature i.e. Parliament for doorstep delivery of food grains to the beneficiaries or invest any such power to the State Government then only such a scheme can be made by the State and that can be said to be in sync with the enabling Act.,” the court said.
The Court noted that the outer limit of delivery of the State having been fixed in the enabling Act, the State on the pretext of welfare or to supplement the enabling Act cannot transgress that outer limit.
“The sovereign parliament in their wisdom have fixed the outer limit of delivery of foodstuffs after due regard to the aims and objectives of the Act. Various provisions have been made, which are essentially “machinery provisions” for proper monitoring, check on pilferage and reach out of the benefits to actual beneficiaries. The wisdom of the legislature cannot be questioned as to why fair price shop was chosen by the Act as outer limit of delivery and why they did not explore little further to fix it at the doorstep of the beneficiaries. We cannot hold that the distance from the fair price shop to the doorstep of the beneficiaries is an unexplored distance or an extra mile only. The legislature has not covered this extra mile or unexplored distance in it’s wisdom that legislative wisdom can 34 neither be questioned in “Judicial Review” nor the gap can be filled up by exercise of plenary power under Article 226 of the Constitution of India,” the HC said.
‘Duare Ration’ scheme was launched by the West Bengal government under which ration items were provided at the doorsteps of the beneficiaries.
‘Duare Ration’ scheme was part of the election manifesto of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government and was running in various places.
Last year in November, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched ‘Duare Ration’ scheme for doorstep delivery of rations.
The Chief Minister said that the scheme would benefit over 10 crore people in the state. It was one of the major poll promises of the Trinamool Congress during the 2021 state elections held in March-April.
According to the state government, the food grain will be supplied to the people through mobile vans. The van will reach 500 metre away for every locality in the state. The government has asked the panchayat, municipality and Municipal corporations to issue a helpline number for booking the foodgrain.
Chandigarh Airport named as Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport
On the birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Chandigarh International Airport was named Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport in a ceremony held at the airport on Wednesday.
The airport handled 17,936 international passengers and 2,271,233 domestic passengers in the years 2021–2022. In addition, the airport handled approximately 11000 MT of domestic air cargo in fiscal year 2021-2022.
Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Finance Minister, unveiled the plaque in the presence of Bandaru Dattatreya, Governor, Haryana; Banwarilal Purohit, Governor, Punjab & Administrator of Chandigarh; Bhagwant Mann, Chief Minister, Punjab; Dushyant Chautala, Deputy Chief Minister, Haryana and General (Dr.) Vijay Kumar Singh, Union Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways and Civil Aviation, Kirron Kher, Member of Parliament, Chandigarh, Shri Anil Vij, Minister of Home Affairs, Haryana Government.
During the naming ceremony, Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Finance Minister, said, “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav today is reaching all corners of the country. Every time we see the faces of our worthy freedom fighters, their names on our public buildings, we remember the sacrifices done by their generations. We don’t take our freedom for granted”.
Bandaru Dattatreya, Hon’ble Governor, Haryana, and Banwarilal Purohit, Governor, Punjab, expressed happiness on the occasion and said that Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s true devotion towards our motherland will remain an inspiration forever.
While addressing the audience, General (Dr.) Vijay Kumar Singh, said that the naming of Chandigarh Airport after Bhagat Singh by the Hon’ble PM is a prestigious moment for the whole nation. Bhagat Singh is an inspiration for millions of youth in the country, and this is a befitting tribute to his glorious memory.
Hon’ble Shri Bhagwant Mann, Chief Minister, Punjab, thanked the Prime Minister and welcomed the decision to name the Chandigarh airport after Shaheed Bhagat Singh ji , and urged the FM to start many international flights from this airport.
Simultaneous Kidney Pancreas Transplant Recipient from Uttarakhand delivers baby in PGIMER
Accomplishing one more milestone, PGIMER writes another success story in transplant surgery as a 32-year-old simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplant recipient from Uttarakhand delivered a baby girl, 4 years after undergoing a simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplant here in PGIMER.
Prof. Ashish Sharma, Head, Deptt. of Renal transplant Surgery, PGIMER while enumerating PGIMER’s milestones in transplant surgery shared, “Less than 150 pancreas transplants have been carried out in India so far. Out of these, PGIMER alone has contributed 38 of these. This is the first childbirth happening after pancreas transplant at our institute and possibly the first in India. While globally pancreas transplant remains fairly common with nearly 35,000 pancreas transplant having been performed in United States, It has just started in our country.”
Expressing her happiness at the successful delivery in this high risk case, Prof. Seema Chopra, Obsetrics In-charge at PGIMER stated, “There were different opinions as she was considered to be a high risk patient given her past history of diabetes, hypertension and kidney failure. Ultimately, after consultation with obstetrics team, she decided to proceed ahead. Fortunately, her glucose, blood pressure and kidney function remained within normal limits throughout the pregnancy. However, in view of high-risk status it was decided to perform a Caesarean section at nine months and she delivered a female baby of weight 2.5 kg with uneventful recovery.”
The mother to the newly born baby girl was diagnosed to be suffering from type one diabetes since the age of 13, i.e. from 2005 when she developed loss of consciousness and had been under treatment of Deptt. of Endocrinology, PGIMER since then.
Detailng about the case management, Prof. Sanjay Bhadada, Head, Deptt. of Endocrinology, PGIMER, shared, “The mother’s diabetes was labile and required 70 units of insulin every day along with strict monitoring of blood glucose.”
Raids of State Investigation Agency underway in Poonch
The Jammu and Kashmir State Investigation Agency (SIA) has conducted raids in the Poonch district in connection with a terror funding case.
Earlier on September 22, the SIA Jammu had conducted raids at multiple locations in the Bhathindi and Kulgam districts of South Kashmir, while continuing its crackdown against terror funding and terror networks in the union territory.
Police in a statement said that carrying forward a probe into the involvement of a policeman in a case of suspected funding, fake passport and involvement of duo in various sections of law and accumulation of properties beyond their known sources of income, teams of SIA Jammu wing conducted searches in the houses of one absconding accused namely Abu Bakar in the Bhatindi area of Jammu city who is at large and hiding in Dubai and at the residence of an another accused Head Constable Mohmmad Ramzan Rishi in Kulgam area of South Kashmir who is also involved in same charges besides preparing a fake passport in his own name and using the same for travelling abroad by concealing his real identity.
The case was related to duping the public of their hard-earned money on many fake assurances, promises and also indulging in serious immoral activities that had dangerous security implications for the state. During the course of raids at two different locations in Jammu and Kashmir, search parties have seized various incriminating material having a direct bearing on an investigation of the case, viz., terror funding, etc.
Besides, analysis of the said material would follow, and leads that would emerge would become the basis for further investigation in a suspected case of terror funding.
It is pertinent to mention that the searches are aimed at dismantling the terror ecosystem across Jammu and Kashmir by identifying various overground workers, terror supporters, and those who are involved in facilitating unlawful activities concerning national security.
Violence in Jammu significantly low: Lt. Gen. Manjinder Singh
GOC White Knight Corps Lieutenant General Manjinder Singh asserted on Wednesday that violence in Jammu is significantly low.
“There is a lot of support from locals against terrorism. So far, the violence in Jammu is significantly low, and if someone came from the valley side, he has been neutralised,” Lt. Gen. Manjinder Singh said, addressing a press conference in Jammu’s Nagrota. “Pakistan is trying infiltration, terrorists, ammunition, and narcotics, but we have a strong anti-infiltration grid, and secondly we are concentrating on securing the hinterland, for which we have a strong anti-terror grid,” he added. Further, on the concern for the drone threat, Singh announced the launch of an anti-drone mechanism while mentioning that the drone threat is more prevalent in Punjab and in the plains.
“There is less sighting for drones in our (White Knight Corps) areas and we suspect the ones seen here are a reconnaissance by the enemy, hence we are soon getting an anti-drone mechanism,” he said.
“In the last two years, there has been no successful infiltration along the Line of Control (LoC) in the areas under White Knight Corps of the Indian Army,” he added.
Addressing this further, he said that the Army is taking a number of initiatives that focus on youth development, including education, sports.
He later sought the constant efforts of society, along with the Army, to counter the youth radicalization by the “enemy,” terming it a national effort.
“Radicalization is being done by the enemy. Army, alone, cannot counter this, but society also should put in efforts as it is a whole national effort. We are taking the administration and religious leaders along with us,” he said.
Mamata Banerjee may be arrested soon: West Bengal BJP chief
West Bengal BJP Chief Sukanta Majumdar made huge revelations against the Mamata Banerjee-led government and claimed that the TMC supremo may be arrested soon.
“Mamata Banerjee may be arrested by December. 41 TMC people’s names are with top leadership. The government will fall in December,” said Majumdar. BJP leader and film star Mithun Chakraborty had also claimed to be in touch with TMC MLAs.
“I am in touch with 21 MLAs of Mamata Banerjee’s party, I said this earlier and again, I stand by my point. I request you just wait for the time,” added Mithun Chakraborty.
West Bengal BJP Vice President Dilip Ghosh called out Mamata Banerjee’s inauguration of Durga Puja during “Pitru Paksha”.
“Mamata Banerjee is destroying the sanctity of Durga Puja by inaugurating the puja in Pitru Paksha, all the works of Mamata Banerjee are wrong, that is why there was a mistake in chanting the mantra while worshipping Goddess Durga,” said Ghosh.
Earlier, the Leader of the Opposition in West Bengal, Suvendu Adhikari, said that the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) won’t last even for the next six months in the state.
His remarks came after the ruling party put up posters claiming that a “new and reformed TMC” come in the next six months. “Enforcement Directorate(ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are doing their job. This party (TMC) will not last for even six months, December is their deadline,” LoP Suvendu Adhikari had said in Purba Medinipur.
Meanwhile, Mousumi Das, district vice president of Mahila Morcha Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), was allegedly attacked by “Trinamool Congress-backed” goons at her residence in the Malatipur area of Malda on September 23.
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