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A happy New Year for 100 bureaucrats

The New Year brought good news for 100 bureaucrats as government approved of their promotion. In official orders released on late evening of December 31, 40 IAS, 44 IPS and 16 IFS were promoted.Following the promotion, two 86 batch IAS Deepak Utpreti and SK Agarwal were elevated to post of additional chief secretary from principal secretary at their respective departments. They along with Yaduvendra Mathur and Sanjay Dixit of the same batch have been promoted to chief secretary pay scale.IAS JagdIsh Chandra Desai had his designation changed from director to commissioner of Child Empowerment Department while IAS Suchi Sharma became commissioner ICDS from director earlier. They along with eight others have been promoted to super time pay scale. Of these, Jagdeesh Chandra Desai has received a double promotion.Promotions also shined on the police cadre and IPS Govind Gupta, Sunil Dutt and Amrit Kalash were promoted to additional director general pay scale from IG scale earlier.The promotions are expected to be followed with change in postings, even as except for six IAS the remaining officials have been asked to continue with their current designations till further orders.CS NC Goel conveyed good newsOn his first day at office, CS NC Goel was accompanied with the news of promotion orders. Before he left the office, he called up a senior IAS and told him of the promotions been approved by the chief minister. It was minutes after that the list was officially declared by department of personnel.

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Kerala: Top cop suspended for criticising state over law and order, handling of Cyclone Ockhi

The CPI(M)-led LDF government in Kerala today suspended DGP Jacob Thomas, the senior-most IPS officer in the state cadre, from service for his anti-government remarks.Thomas, who was serving as the director of the Institute of Management in Government (IMG), for the last seven months was earlier removed from the position of the chief of vigilance and anti-corruption bureau by the ruling party.According to official sources, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had directed suspension of the officer under the relevant sections of All India Service Rules as some of his recent remarks had shown the state government in poor light.Recently during a seminar on International Anti- Corruption Day, Thomas had lashed out at the state government alleging that there was total breakdown of law and order situation in the state.He also accused the government of not “properly handling” the cyclone Ockhi situation.Stating that all “corrupt forces” were united in the state and were in positions of power, the official said that there was a conscious attempt to silence those who stood against corruption.However, reacting on his suspension order, Thomas said he had only talked about corruption on the Anti-Corruption Day and that he cannot be silenced with this action.”There has been a general trend worldwide to silence people when they talk about corruption. But, I am not prepared to remain silent,” he told reporters here.”I am still swimming with big sharks. In this context, it is normal to face such action. But I will continue to swim,” he added.Jacob Thomas was already facing disciplinary action for penning his bare-all autobiography “Sravukalkkoppam Neenthumpol” (Swimming Along With Sharks), which he wrote without seeking any permission from the prior government.Though a three-member panel had recommended to initiate criminal proceedings against the officer, the government had later decided to limit it to disciplinary action only for penning the book.Known for his strong stand against corruption, the IPS officer had earned the ruling CPI(M)’s ire after he registered a vigilance case against the then industries minister E P Jayarajan over charges of nepotism following which he had to resign from the cabinet.Chief secretary, K M Abraham and Additional chief secretary, Tom Jose had lodged a complaint with the Chief Minister against Thomas after the vigilance department conducted raids on their residences over alleged disproportionate assets.

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Another in-charge DGP, Pramod Kumar, takes over

Pramod Kumar, the senior-most serving IPS officer in the state, has been given additional charge as the state’s Director General of Police (DGP). He replaces Geetha Johari, the first woman to occupy the post in the state, who superannuated a day earlier.In a notification issued on Friday, the state Home Department said Pramod Kumar, Director General of Civil Defence, has been given the additional charge of Director General and Inspector General of Police, Gandhinagar. Incidentally, the notification spelled the new DGP’s name as Promod.The notification said that the order has been issued as per the instruction of the Election Commission. The state government had proposed the names of three senior-most serving IPS officers for the top post — the other two were Shivanand Jha and Tirth Raj. However, EC approved Pramod Kumar’s name.Speaking with reporters after taking over, Pramod Kumar said his priority would be to ensure the peaceful conduct of Gujarat elections.Pramod Kumar, who belongs to the 1983 batch of IPS, will superannuate in February, which means he will serve as DGP only for three months.This will, however, be his second stint as the state’s top cop, having held the charge for a few months in 2013, after then DGP Amitabh Pathak’s death following a heart attack.Pramod Kumar joins a long list of officers to have served as DGP in the past few years without being given regular appointment to the post. His predecessor Geetha Johari, and before her PP Pandey, also held additional charge of the top post. Prior to that, Chitranjan Singh was the in-charge DGP for close to two years between 2010 and 2012.Former IPS officer Rahul Sharma has filed a Public Interest Litigation in Gujarat High Court seeking a full-time DGP in Gujarat. A number of hearings have been held so far in connection to the PIL.THE NEW CHIEFPramod Kumar will serve for three months and will superannuate in February. This is his second stint as state’s top cop, as he had held the post for a few months in 2013
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Crimes against foreigners in the city sees a decline

In what could be a major drawback for foreign tourists, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in their crime statistics have ranked Maharashtra as second after Delhi in which foreigners have been victims of crime. A total of 382 foreigners were targeted in 2016 with cases of theft and robbery being the serious offences reported. In 2014, a total of 486 foreigners were reported as victims of crime in India.According to the NCRB data, in 2016, Delhi Union Territory (UT) recorded 154 cases followed by 38 cases in Maharashtra. Goa, a major tourist destination, recorded only 22 cases in 2014.Advocate YP Singh, former IPS officer, said, “A lot of foreigners visit Mumbai and its neighbhouring cities. They either get duped or their belongings are stolen or thefts take place. Though the crime rate has decreased since past two years, foreign tourists must be educated and the police should ensure the safety of the foreigners.”
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Gujarat High Court reserves order on appointment of regular DGP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat high court has reserved its order on the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking appointment of a regular Director General of Police (DGP). The state government’s submitted that its police force was under the Election Commission at present because of the Model Code of Conduct and so the state government can’t make a move.Former IPS officer Rahul Sharma moved a PIL alleging that since 2016, the state has been avoiding the appointment of a regular DGP and continues with an in-charge. According to the petitioner, because of an in-charge DGP, the force is demoralised. There is a possibility that a political party in power can influence the in-charge officer, which is less probable if there is a regular DGP.His further contention was that the regular DGP builds confidence of the force for policing. For the safety of the society and the state, a regular DGP is a must. It is the state’s obligation to appoint a regular DGP from the three seniormost IPS officers, who can serve in the office for a minimum of two years from the date of taking over.The petition was heard by the first division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice Vipul Pancholi. On its last hearing, the state government submitted that the Assembly elections had been notified and the Model Code of Conduct was in place, but the state can’t appoint a regular DGP.The state government’s stand was challenged on Friday by the petitioner’s advocate IH Syed citing the EC’s Model Code. He drew the court’s attention to transfers and posting of officers. In this section it is clearly mentioned, “No appointments or promotions in government/public undertakings will be made during this period, without prior clearance of the Commission.”which clearly means that the state government is duty bound to move a request to the EC seeking permission to appoint the regular DGP.Advocate General Kamal Trivedi submitted that the entire force was under the EC and the state government can’t transfer or make any appointment. After both parties submission concluded, the first court has kept its order reserved for Monday.

Allahabad HC sets aside defamation case against Azam Khan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a relief to former Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan, the Allahabad High Court today set aside a defamation case filed against him in a court here by an IPS officer for alleged use of defamatory language at a press conference in Rampur.The Lucknow bench of the high court noted that there was no prima facie evidence in the case filed by Amitabh Thakur in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate here to issue summons to Khan.Holding that there is no direct witness to the statements alleged to have been made by Khan, the bench said the value of admission of guilt in criminal cases differed at different stages.Hence, the high court quashed the summoning order and the arrest warrant issued against Khan.The order has been passed by Justice Pratyush Kumar on the petition of the former minister.It was pleaded on behalf of Khan that Thakur had nowhere stated in the complaint as to what were the defamatory remarks made by the former minister against him at the press conference in November 2015.

IPS officer caught cheating in UPSC examination with the help of wife, both arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A trainee IPS officer from Tirunelveli was arrested by the Chennai police on Monday after Intelligence Bureau (IB) Officers caught him cheating in the Union Public Service Commission (Main) Examinations. The officer was identified as Safeer Karim, currently posted as ASP at Nanguneri. Safeer Karim was using a Bluetooth device to connect with his wife.According to reports, Karim smuggled a cellphone and Bluetooth enabled earpieces into the examination hall. His wife reportedly dictated the answers to him from Hyderabad. She was arrested by Hyderabad police from a coaching centre. Karim wanted to join the IAS, so he decided to appear in the UPSC exam one more time, two years after he successfully cleared the entrance tests and became an IPS officer.”The photo of question paper was clicked with the camera in the shirt button and automatically sent via gmail to his wife Joicy . The other team in Hyderabad downloaded question paper and read out answers to Karim over the phone,” said a police officer, reports the Times of India.According to the officer, Karim admitted to wrongdoing, reports the Times of India. The IB officers handed him over to the Egmore police, who booked him under sections 420 (cheating and dishonesty) and120b (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and section 66 of the IT Act and took him into custody. According to the report, friends told investigators that after Karim met with an accident recently and failed police fitness tests, he believed he was left with no option but to opt for IAS. They also said that Karim had topped the CAT exam.The UPSC mains examination is currently being conducted in 24 cities across the country. As many as 763 candidates will be writing the exams which will be held till November 3.

Rajath Singh evades query on CBI special director Rakesh Asthana’s involvement in corruption case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday parried questions on IPS officer Rakesh Asthana’s promotion as CBI special director.Asthana’s promotion late last night was clouded by reports that a Central Vigilance Commission panel raised the issue of his alleged involvement in a corruption case.”Please only ask questions related to it (matter on Jammu and Kashmir),” Singh said in response to a journalist’s query on the officer’s promotion.He was addressing a press conference to announce a peace initiative on Kashmir.Asthana, a 1984-batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre, was working as additional director in the probe agency. He is the head of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing high-profile cases such as bank fraud case against Vijay Mallya and AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam.Raising doubts over his integrity, anti-corruption activist and senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan said in a tweet: “See PM’s desperation to promote this tainted officer who was earlier appt acting Dir CBI. Govt shows meeting of ACC on Sunday when PM in Guj!(sic).” The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and having Rajnath Singh as its lone member, had approved Asthana’s elevation.In another tweet, Bhushan said, “Brazenness with which Modi govt violates law grows daily. ACC promotes offr as SPL Dir CBI in violation of SC orders (sic).” “Amazing! Govt promotes Asthana as SPL Dir CBI, despite the CVC panel rejecting it because of lack of integrity! (sic),” he said in a separate tweet.A panel headed by Central Vigilance Commissioner K V Chowdary reportedly red-flagged Asthana’s promotion, citing his alleged involvement in a corruption case.According to senior government officials, Asthana is tipped to be the next chief of the CBI.The panel, which decides promotions and transfers of officers of the levels of Superintendent of Police and above in the CBI, has two vigilance commissioners Rajiv and T M Bhasin, home secretary Rajiv Gauba and Secretary of Department of Personnel and Training Ajay Mittal as its members

MHA forms panel to check ceasefire violation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The increased ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the border that has affected the daily lives of civilians has prompted the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to form a study group to examine their problems.There has been a huge jump in the cross-border conflict this year with ceasefire violation recording a high of 600 in the first nine months as compared to 450 in 2016. Eight civilians have lost their lives as opposed to 16 last year.The four member panel headed by senior IPS officer Rina Mitra, Special Secretary, Internal Security in MHA will meet people living in the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir, as well as security forces, district administration officials and public representatives. The panel is scheduled to submit its report within two months.The principal secretary (home) in the Jammu and Kashmir government, the divisional commissioner of Jammu, and the divisional commissioner of Srinagar are panel members while the joint secretary (home department, J&K) is the member-secretary.”The competent authority has approved the constitution of a study group for considering various problems being faced by the people residing near International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in the wake of regular threats of cross-border firing,” an order issued by the MHA said.India shares a 3,323 km long border with Pakistan of which 221 km of the IB and 740 km of the LOC fall in Jammu and Kashmir.

In-charge DGPs: HC asks state to explain

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat High Court has asked the state government to submit its reply on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by former IPS officer Rahul Sharma against its decision to appoint an in-charge Director General of Police (DGP) instead of a regular chief. The PIL has cited that the move is in violation of the Bombay Police (Gujarat Amendment) Act-2007 and a Supreme Court order.In the PIL, which came up for hearing before the first division bench of chief justice R Subhash Reddy and justice Vipul Pancholi on Wednesday, Sharma contended that the state had not had a regular DGP/Inspector General (IG) since 2016.”The state is obliged to appoint a regular head in the interest of the society and the nation and to restore the public’s faith in policing and administration,” the PIL stated.Sharma’s advocate IH Syed submitted that appointing an in-charge DG contradicted the provisions of the Act, besides a Supreme Court directive the state should constitute a State Security Commission and select one of the three senior-most IPS officers of the state.The PIL further contended that if the state had a regular, full-time DG, it would go a long way in ensuring neutrality among the police force. It would also go a long way in deflecting political interference in the force, it added. “A regular DG is the first prescription of the rule of law while an in-charge DGP is often vulnerable to political machinations and pressure,” the PIL cited.Sharma pleaded the court to direct the state to appoint a regular, full-time DG and ensure that the officer is allowed to hold office for a tenure specified by the provision of the Bombay Police (Gujarat Amendment) Act 2007.After hearing the prayer, the court directed the government pleader to inform it about the state government’s stand on the issue before October 10, the next date of hearing.

Did UP top cop take Rs 1 crore from Nabha jailbreak mastermind? CM Yogi Adityanath orders probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday ordered a high-level inquiry against a senior IPS officer of IG level accused of taking Rs 1 crore bribe for helping Babbar Khalsa terrorist involved in Nabha jailbreak case.The inquiry would be conducted by the Additional Director General of Police (ADG) Law and Order Anand Kumar.The ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar is also ADG STF.The Chief Minister took the decision after hearing the taped conversation and termed it as a ‘serious matter’.The IPS officer in question Amitabh Yash, the Inspector General, Special Task Force (STF), who was summoned by the Principal Secretary Home Arvind Kumar on Wednesday afternoon. He pleaded innocence and claimed that charges against him were ‘baseless’.“All allegations against me are baseless and I have never had any connections with terrorists,” he said on charges of Rs 1 crore bribe. He, however, did not answer questions relating to conspiracy theory against him.The Punjab Police had recently intercepted a call between liquor trader Randeep Singh Rippal and Amandeep, accused in Nabha jail-break case.In the tape they were discussing to pay off a bribe of Rs 1 crore to an IG-level senior IPS Officer of UP cadre for the release or escape from police custody of another accused Ghansham Pura, arrested by UP STF and lodged in Shahjahanpur District jail.After intercepting the call, the Punjab Police arrested Rippal,Amandeep, Harjinder Singh Kahlo and a Congress leader from Sultanpur Sandeep alias Pintu Tiwari.During interrogation, they revealed the about the shady deal. They claimed that RS 45 lakhs were already paid through a mediator to the IPS officer.Following their startling disclosure, the Punjab Police handed over the case to the Punjab ATS which in turn contacted the State Principal Secretary, Home Arvind Kumar and the UP DGP Sulkhan Singh. The news intercepted call caused a flutter in the IPS circles. The Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath summoned the PS Home and the DGP and ordered a high-level probe.“The Chief Minister is seized of the matter. The ADG (L & O) will probe allegations. The accused IG will not be removed till the investigation is over. Any action will be taken only after the report is submitted,” said the DGP.The UP Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is also in touch with their counterparts in Punjab. Sources in ATS confided that apart from Rs 45 cash, the accused was also gifted a Mercedes as a part of the deal.

Kolkata: Post-mortem report can now be available online in city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The long wait to receive post-mortem report from the Kolkata Police has become a thing of the past, as it can now be available online.In its bid to modernise the nearly 160-year-old force, the Kolkata Police is planning to do away with some of its age old practices and one of them is delivery of post-mortem reports in cases of unnatural deaths.”Now people will not have to wait for a long time for post-mortem reports. We will upload the reports on our website for the family members of the deceased,” a senior officer of Kolkata Police told PTI.The e-governance initiative has started this week.About the process, the officer said, first one needs to visit the post-mortem section of the Kolkata Police’s official website – https://pmr.kolkatapolice.org.The applicant needs to provide the post-mortem number with date and a registered mobile number in the website. The applicant will then get an one-time password on his/her mobile phone which needs to be entered in the prescribed space.The applicant will then get instructions on how to download the post-mortem report.However, the manual process of application will also continue simultaneously for some time, the IPS officer said.”This is just one component of the ongoing modernisation programme of the Kolkata Police. It will make our service delivery to people quicker, simpler and more transparent. We have been training personnel in computers throughout the year at all levels to help us serve people in a better way” he said.Around 20 police personnel were recently provided 80 hours of training for 10 days on the basics of computer and networking by National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology, Kolkata, in the newly set up Computer Lab of our Police Training School, he said.

YC Modi next NIA head, Misra named SSB DG

YC Modi, an Assam-Meghalaya cadre officer, will hold the post of NIA chief till May 31, 2021 <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre on Monday made IPS officer YC Modi the Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA). He will take over from Sharad Kumar, who completes his tenure on October 30.The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by PM Narendra Modi also cleared the name of another 1984-batch IPS officer Rajni Kant Misra as the next Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal. Misra will replace Archana Ramasundaram, who retires on September 30. Misra is currently Additional Director General at the Border Security Force.YC Modi, an Assam-Meghalaya cadre officer, will hold the post of NIA chief till May 31, 2021. He will also take charge as Officer on Special Duty in the NIA immediately to ensure smooth transition. He is currently a special director with the CBI where he has handled the Sheena Bora murder case. He also investigated Gujarat riots cases. Sharad Kumar was appointed chief of the NIA in July 2013 and was given two extensions. In October, he was given a one-year extension.

Y C Modi appointed new chief of National Investigation Agency

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior IPS officer Y C Modi, who was part of the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team that probed the 2002 Gujarat riot cases, was today named chief of the National Investigation Agency.The federal probe agency is tasked with probing terrorism and terror-financing related cases.The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved Modi’s appointment as director general of the NIA, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.Another senior IPS officer, Rajni Kant Misra, has been appointed director general of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).Modi will hold the post till his superannuation, i.e. May 31, 2021, the order said.ACC has also approved the appointment of Modi as officer on special duty (OSD) in NIA with immediate effect to ensure a smooth takeover.Modi, a 1984 batch IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, is at present special director in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).He will take over from Sharad Kumar after he completes his tenure on October 30, the order said.Kumar, who was appointed DG NIA in July 2013, has been given two extensions.In October last year, he was given a one-year extension, apparently to help the agency complete some important probes, including the Pathankot terror case, terror strikes in Kashmir, Burdwan blast case and the Samjhauta blast cases Misra has been appointed director general of the SSB till the date of his superannuation, i.e. August 31, 2019, the DoPT order said.​

Govt to rope in retired IPS officers for school students’ safety

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of the brutal murder of a seven-year-old student of Gurugram’s Ryan International School, the Delhi government has decided to rope in retired IPS officers to ensure safety and secuirty of school students across the Capital.Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia chaired a meeting with several retired IPS officers of the city recently and urged them to “voluntarily” work for the cause. “It would be really helpful if retired IPS officers come forward and voluntarily help the Delhi government to ensure safety of children in schools across the Capital,” he said.Sisodia said with the help of these retired IPS officers, safety and security orientation programmes can be organsied in Delhi schools. “Neighborhood watch teams can be created with the help of retired IPS officers. The officials can visit nearby schools and advise authorities regarding the safety and security measures,” he said.The association of retired IPS officers has vowed to give every possible support to the Delhi government.

Mizoram: IPS officer removed from service for underperformance, says home ministry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lingala Vijaya Prasad, an IPS officer posted in Mizoram, has been removed from the service after the government found his service to be “unsatisfactory”, a Home Ministry officer said.Prasad, a 1997 batch police officer of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre, was removed from the service due to “unsatisfactory” service records, the officer said.The performance of the DIG-rank officer was reviewed after completion of his 15 years of service in the IPS and he was found to be unfit to continue.The performance review of Indian Police Service (IPS) officers was conducted to weed out “deadwood”, the home ministry officer said on condition of anonymity.As per rules, performance review of an all-India service officer is conducted twice first after the completion of 15 years of qualifying service, and then after 25 years.The order removing them was issued by the home ministry yesterday after approval by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.According to the service rules, the central government may, in consultation with the state government concerned, require a member of the service to retire in public interest, after giving at least a three-month notice in writing or as many months pay and allowances in lieu of such notice

Modi’s 2019 squad is ready

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To say that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has, once again, managed to outwit the Lutyens’ Delhi insiders, including the media, would be akin to saying milk is white. All speculation proved to be incorrect. Who would have thought Modi would dish out a masterstroke by giving India her first full-fledged woman Defence Minister? In the Modi era, political guesstimate doesn’t work.Today’s reshuffle exercise has Modi stamped all over it. Be it the elevation of Nirmala Sitharaman as Defence Minister or the induction of four former officers — two IAS, one IPS and one IFS – in the council of ministers, the PM has sent a clear message: This reshuffle is aimed at drastically ramping up his government’s performance with an eye on the 2019 general elections.Everybody, especially Modi himself, is aware that when voters enter the polling booths in 2019, the main factor would be Modi and his performance in achieving his stated goal of Maximum Governance, Minimum Government. Therefore, it shouldn’t have surprised anyone to see the PM bringing in outside talent to strengthen his own hands.The induction of former Union Home Secretary RK Singh, former IFS officer Hardeep Singh Puri, former Kerala cadre IAS officer KJ Alphons and former IPS officer Satya Pal Singh underlines the premium that Modi puts on experience and capacity to deliver and match the gruelling pace set by him.Having said that, there is no denying the fact that the Prime Minister’s search for credible names was also hampered by absence of talented and experienced bench-strength among the current lot of MPs.It is now clear that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) will continue to play a more proactive role in running various ministries. Even in the elevation of Sitharaman, the signal is that the PMO will continue to micro-manage defence, like it does in foreign affairs.Apart from Modi, the only other man whose hand is clearly visible in the reshuffle is BJP president Amit Shah, who seems to have given significant inputs on the exercise.By ignoring the JD(U) and the ever-complaining Shiv Sena, Modi has again made it clear that he isn’t open to any kind of political blackmail.The laggards have been punished, while performers have been amply rewarded. Power Minister Piyush Goyal’s elevation as Railway Minister is a sign that the PM wants an end to continuous derailments and accidents. Nobody understands better how to contain ‘derailments’ than Goyal. As Power and Coal Minister, he put an end to scams in the Coal Ministry while at the same time ensuring production was increased so that shortage of the crucial material couldn’t derail the India growth story.Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has been awarded for the success of the Ujjwala and LPG (DBT) schemes – both pet projects of the Prime Minister.Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has been rewarded for his handling of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha as Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs.

Centre finalises new cadre policy ensuing national integration for IAS, IPS officers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A new policy for cadre allocation has been finalised by the Central government for IAS, IPS and other officers, aimed at ensuring “national integration” in the country’s top bureaucracy.Officers of all-India services — the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) — will have to choose cadres from a set of zones instead of states.The officers of the three services are currently allocated a cadre state or a set of states to work in.They may be posted on central deputation during the course of their service after fulfilling certain eligibility conditions.The existing 26 cadres have been divided into five zones in the new policy proposed by the personnel ministry.Zone-I has seven cadres — AGMUT (also known as Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territories), Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana.Zone-II consists of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha, while Zone-III comprises Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam-Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura and Nagaland will constitute Zone-IV, while Zone-V will have Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.Under the new policy, candidates can only select one state/cadre from a zone as their first choice. Their second, third, fourth and fifth choices have to be from the different zones.Usually candidates choose their home state as their first choice and neighbouring states as their subsequent preferences.The new policy will seek to ensure that officers from Bihar, for instance, will get to work in southern and north- eastern states, which may not be their preferred cadres, a personnel ministry official said.”This policy will ensure national integration of the bureaucracy as officers will get a chance to work in a state which is not their place of domicile,” the official said.He said the new policy would help in upholding the rationale behind the all-India services.”All-India service officers are supposed to have varied experiences which can be earned when they work in a different state, which is new to them. The officers may not be able to experiment new things if they work in their own domicile state,” the official said.Candidates appearing for the civil services examination– conducted annually by the Union Public Service Commission — will have to first give their choices in a descending order of preference from among the various zones, as per the new policy.The preference for the zones will remain in the same order and no change will be permitted there, it said.”If a candidate does not give any preference for any of the zones/cadres, it will be presumed that he has no specific preference for those zones/cadres,” the policy said.If candidates are not allocated any one of the cadres for which they have indicated a preference, they shall be allotted along with other candidates any of the remaining cadres, arranged in an alphabetical order, where there are vacancies, it said.Candidates will be allotted their home cadre on the basis of merit, preference and vacancy in the category, it said.The official said the policy is likely to be put into effect from this year

Centre amends cadre allocation policy to protect national character of all India services

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has decided to amend its existing cadre allocation policy for all India Services, to ensure that an even mix of officers are placed across the country from all corners.The thought behind amending the policy, DNA has learnt, was fueled by the concern that all India Services such as the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) are losing their “national character” and turning regional in nature.The problem arises as most candidates qualifying the civil services examinations prefer their own or neighbouring states when choosing their cadres, thus remaining confined to a specific region during their entire career span.Under the new policy, states will be divided into five zones and a candidate will first have to select a preferred cadre in each zone.After indicating one preferred cadre, the candidate will have to follow the same process and indicate their second preferred cadre in each zone.Sources said the revised policy will change this as a candidate now will have to choose a cadre from every region of the country. “Depending on the available vacancies in each state, a candidate from south India may be allocated a cadre in north or east India, and vice versa, instances of which were fewer earlier,” another official said.The new policy will also offer candidates under the “physically-disabled quota” an additional option to indicate their state preference, apart from their home state.Another crucial reason that led to the decision was dearth of officers in “less preferred states” such as northeastern states and Jammu and Kashmir. Sources across states said they are hopeful the new policy will tackle this problem.WHY THE NEW POLICYTo retain national character of AIS, cadre allocation policy will be amended.
“Physically-disabled” candidates will get option to indicate their state of preference apart from home state.

Murthal rape case: HC gives SIT a month’s deadline to conclude

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Punjab and Haryana High Court today gave the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing allegations of rape at Murthal near Sonipat during the 2016 Jat agitation, a one month deadline to conclude investigations. The court also directed that IPS officer Amitabh Dhillon, presently IG, Hisar Range, will head another SIT to look into cases of alleged rioting, violence, arson etc, during the Jat reservation stir, other than the Murthal case. The court had earlier taken a suo motu cognizance of a media report regarding alleged rapes in Murthal during the quota stir. When the matter related to Murthal came up for hearing before a division bench comprising Justice S S Saron and Justice Avneesh Jhingan, the chief of the SIT probing the case, IG Mamta Singh, came under criticism from senior advocate Anupam Gupta, who is assisting the court as ‘amicus curiae’. “The head of the SIT has been submitting status reports from time to time. Seven to eight reports have already been given by her. As per her last report, no victim, no witness of the Murthal rape case has been found,” he said. According to Gupta, he apprised the court that there was no new input in the SIT report even after one and half years of investigation. They have failed to find any victim, he said. “I said that I do not have any confidence in the head of the SIT and sought directions that the Murthal rape case issue be handed over to the CBI,” Gupta later said giving details of the day’s proceedings. After hearing the arguments, the High Court bench decided to give a one-month deadline to the Mamta Singh headed SIT to conclude investigations, he added. The court also said that if after one month nothing substantial comes out from the SIT’s side, then it will examine whether to send the case to CBI, Gupta said. According to the senior lawyer, the court had earlier said that another SIT must be constituted for the other cases that allegedly happened during the stir. The Haryana home secretary had submitted ten names from which to choose the head of this SIT, Gupta said. “I had taken time to study those names. Today, I said that I have negative feedback about those names and instead proposed the name of IPS officer Dhillon. I told the court that he is competent, honest and has had a stint with the CBI,” Gupta said. The court accepted my plea and Dhillon has been appointed as the head of this SIT, he added. “Dhillon will act independently, report to the High Court and probe all cases that happened in the violence during the stir other than the Murthal rape case,” Gupta said. He said the court also heard five cases related to Haryana Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu’s family, including the burning down of their house in Rohtak in the violence during the Jat reservation stir last year. “The state government had suo motu sent these cases to the CBI. The High Court today asked the CBI to file a status report in these cases,” Gupta said. He said the court will now hear the Murthal rape case and other cases connected with violence during the reservation agitation, on October 12.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Re-induction of retd cops: Officers undertake to resign

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two senior Gujarat Police officers, N K Amin and T A Barot, who have been accused in encounter killing cases, today undertook before the Supreme Court that they will demit their posts during the day. Amin, who retired in August last year as Superintendent of Police (SP), has been re-appointed as SP of Mahisagar district of Gujarat on contractual basis for one year. He faced trial in the Sohrabuddin and Ishrat Jahan fake encounter killing cases Barot has been re-inducted in October last year as Deputy Superintendent of Police with Western Railways at Vadodara for one year after his retirement. He was accused in the Ishrat Jahan and the Sadiq Jamal encounter cases. A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud considered the statement of the lawyer appearing for the two police officers and asked them to “step down” from their posts during the day itself. The bench then disposed of a plea filed by former IPS officer Rahul Sharma against re-induction of the two officers. The ex-IPS officer, in his plea filed through advocate Varinder Kumar Sharma, has referred to the apex court’s order allowing the Gujarat government to accept the offer of state’s top cop P P Pandey to relinquish posts of director general and inspector general of police. Sharma had challenged the Gujarat High Court’s decision dismissing his plea against re-induction of the two officers. The plea alleged that Amin had been charge-sheeted by the CBI in the two encounter cases and has already spent “close to eight years in judicial custody” and was immediately re-instated as the SP after getting released. “Moreover, Tarun Barot is also a charge-sheeted accused in two different cases of abduction and murder of various persons. He too was arrested in the afore mentioned cases and spent close to 3 years in judicial custody. “The respondent state has preferred to re-appoint Barot immediately after his release as DySP, (Head Quarters), Western Railways at Vadodara,” it had said. Appointments have been made despite “bearing in mind the questionable track record of the two officers” and these are in violation of guidelines of the Supreme Court and in violation of “the doctrine of public trust”, the plea had said. “In fact, the said appointments are even de hors to the circulars referred to by the respondent state itself as these circulars prescribe that re-appointments/extensions shall be preferred only in cases where the officer being preferred for re-appointment/extension has outstanding merit and in cases where no suitable replacement is found for the seat being vacated provided that the state establishes that it has carried out the exercise to find a suitable replacement,” the plea had said. The Supreme Court had yesterday directed the Gujarat government to take a call by today on the re-induction of Amin as superintendent of police after his retirement, observing he had serious charges against him and had spent eight years in jail.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Punjab DGP H S Dhillon given charge of law and order

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab police today transferred 11 IPS officers, including three of DGP rank, an official spokesperson said. DGP Hardeep Dhillon, who was holding the charge of Internal Vigilance Cell (IVC) and welfare, has been given the key posting of law and order. ADGP Rohit Chaudhary, who was in charge of law and order, has been shifted as ADGP Railways, the spokesperson said. Senior IPS officer Jasminder Singh, who was holding DGP Railways post, has been shifted as DGP of IVC. M K Tiwari has been given the charge of DGP Administration while I P S Sahota has been appointed as ADGP Prisons. Senior IPS officer Sanjeev Kalra has been appointed as ADGP Welfare while B K Bawa has been given the charge of ADGP-cum-Commandant General, Punjab Home Guards. IPS officer Gaurav Yadav has been appointed as ADGP Security while Kuldeep Singh has been placed as ADGP Armed Battalions Jalandhar, the spokesperson said, adding Anita Punj has been shifted as IGP Training while Rakesh Aggarwal has been appointed as IGP CM security.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

R N Ravi gets one-year extension as JIC chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>R N Ravi was today given one-year extension as chairman of Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), a body tasked to assess intelligence gathered by various snoop agencies including IB and RAW. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved extension in tenure of Ravi for a period of one year, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said. Ravi, a 1976 batch IPS officer from Kerala, retired from service in 2012. He was then working as special director in IB. He was made the JIC chief for three years in 2014. The JIC functions under the National Security Council Secretariat. Ravi is also the interlocutor for Naga peace talks. The central government had entered into truce with the dominant Naga insurgent group NSCN(IM) in 1997 and since then many rounds of talks have been held between the Centre and NSCN to find a solution to the vexed insurgency problem in Nagaland.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Punjab-cadre woman IPS officer to take charge as Chandigarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Punjab-cadre woman IPS officer is set to take over as the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of UT Chandigarh. 2008-batch officer Jagdale Nilambari Vijay will be the first woman SSP of Chandigarh at a time when the city police is at the centre of attention over its handling of the case of a woman being allegedly stalked by the son of Haryana BJP chief. “The MHA (ministry of home affairs) orders (regarding appointment) came yesterday. It may take two to three days for relieving (from present post),” Vijay said today. She will hold the post for three years. UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore had earlier reportedly recommended the name of Nilambari Vijay for the post to the Union Home Ministry. Vijay is presently posted as the commandant-cum-deputy director (indoor) at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur. She had served in various districts including Ludhiana, Ropar and Pathankot. The SSP post in Chandigarh has been lying vacant after Sukhchain Singh Gill, a 2003-batch IPS officer, was repatriated to Punjab in December last year. SP Eish Singhal is presently officiating as the UT, SSP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

357 babus, 24 IAS officers punished: DoPT tells PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’Perform or perish’. This is one of the mantras of good governance being followed by the Modi government to make its workforce accountable, a senior personnel ministry official has said. The ministry has taken actions like premature retirement and cut in remuneration against 381 civil services officers, including 24 from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers, for being non-performers and allegedly being involved in illegal activities, he said. It highlighted these measures in a booklet titled ‘3 years of sustained HR initiatives: Foundation for a new India’ and in a presentation made before Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently. “To ensure accountability of bureaucracy, the government has made probity and performance the twin pillars on which good governance rests,” the booklet said. Strict action has also been initiated against officers on foreign postings who were continuing on such assignments beyond their approved tenures, it said. “These strict measures have gone a long way towards inculcating a sense of discipline and accountability in the bureaucracy and have sent a message to employees to either perform or perish, while having a positive impact on the performing workforce,” the ministry said. It said the records of 11,828 Group A officers, including 2,953 all India services like the IAS, the Indian Police Service (IPS) and the Indian Forest Service (IFoS), were reviewed. The service records of 19,714 Group B officers were also reviewed to eliminate the deadwood and the corrupt. In the presentation before the prime minister, the ministry said action was taken against 381 bureaucrats. A total of 25 Group A officers, including one IAS and two IPS, and 99 Group B officers were prematurely retired by the government, the ministry said. As many as 21 civil servants, including ten IAS officers, deemed to have resigned, it said. The penalties like dismissal, removal or compulsorily retirement and cut in pension was imposed on 37 Group A officers that included five from the IAS. In addition to this, 199 Group A officers, including eight from the IAS, were penalised on remuneration, it said. The ministry, while highlighting its initiatives, said there was “visible demonstration of the will of the State in punishing wrongdoers”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

381 babus, including 24 IAS, punished:Personnel ministry to PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’Perform or perish’. This is one of the mantras of good governance being followed by the Modi government to make its workforce accountable, a senior personnel ministry official has said. The ministry has taken actions like premature retirement and cut in remuneration against 381 civil services officers, including 24 from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers, for being non-performers and allegedly being involved in illegal activities, he said. It highlighted these measures in a booklet titled ‘3 years of sustained HR initiatives: Foundation for a new India’ and in a presentation made before Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently. “To ensure accountability of bureaucracy, the government has made probity and performance the twin pillars on which good governance rests,” the booklet said. Strict action has also been initiated against officers on foreign postings who were continuing on such assignments beyond their approved tenures, it said. “These strict measures have gone a long way towards inculcating a sense of discipline and accountability in the bureaucracy and have sent a message to employees to either perform or perish, while having a positive impact on the performing workforce,” the ministry said. It said the records of 11,828 Group A officers, including 2,953 all India services like the IAS, the Indian Police Service (IPS) and the Indian Forest Service (IFoS), were reviewed. The service records of 19,714 Group B officers were also reviewed to eliminate the deadwood and the corrupt. In the presentation before the prime minister, the ministry said action was taken against 381 bureaucrats. A total of 25 Group A officers, including one IAS and two IPS, and 99 Group B officers were prematurely retired by the government, the ministry said. As many as 21 civil servants, including ten IAS officers, deemed to have resigned, it said. The penalties like dismissal, removal or compulsorily retirement and cut in pension was imposed on 37 Group A officers that included five from the IAS. In addition to this, 199 Group A officers, including eight from the IAS, were penalised on remuneration, it said. The ministry, while highlighting its initiatives, said there was “visible demonstration of the will of the State in punishing wrongdoers”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Darjeeling unrest | GJM preparing for underground armed movement with Maoists: West Bengal police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) is preparing for a prolonged underground armed movement for a separate state and has hired Maoists from neighbouring countries as mercenaries to train its cadres, according to senior West Bengal government officials.”We have inputs from intelligence agencies that Maoists from neighbouring countries have been hired by the GJM. And it may target government properties and senior police and administrative officials so as to further aggravate the situation,” said ADG (Law and order) Anuj Sharma.The GJM leadership has, however, refuted as “completely baseless” the allegations that it was taking help from Maoists.”These are completely baseless statements. These statements are being made to malign us and derail the democratic movement,” GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said.A senior official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the GJM has hired 25-30 Maoists mercenaries to train its cadres.”The GJM has a huge cache of arms and ammunition. They have stockpiled arms for the last few years. And we have intelligence reports that they are preparing for underground armed movement in the hills,” said the official.Another senior official said the government is “prepared for any situation and steps are being taken to tackle any sort of armed struggle”.In the last 38 days of the indefinite shutdown, there has been several instances of attack on police stations and outposts.Arms and ammunition were also looted, a trademark of Maoists movement.After receiving the intelligence inputs, the state government has send for several top IPS officers, including those who have wide experience in countering Maoist menace in the Junglemahal areas of Bengal from 2009-2012.Senior IPS officer Manoj Verma, who has vast experience in countering Maoists insurgency in West Midnapore district from 2009-2011 and later on in counter insurgency force, has been posted as IG Darjeeling. Several other mid-level officers of the counter insurgency force have also been sent to the hills to tackle the situation.According to the police, the GJM is training its cadres in the guise of its “peacekeeping” outfit Gorkhaland Personnel (GLP).

When Rajput women stood like a wall between mob and female IPS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When a mob went on rampage in support of slain gangster Anandpal Singh at his village on Wednesday, a trainee officer of the Indian Police Service (IPS) went through a horrifying ordeal that even her rigorous training may not have prepared her for.It was, however, womenfolk who not only came to the officer’s rescue, but also warned the irate mob that had come after her to step back.Home minister Gulab Chand Kataria, on Thursday, admitted that the irate mob that badgered cops and resorted to arson had molested trainee IPS officer and ASP (Ajmer) Monika Sain who was deployed at Sanwarad (Nagaur).Accoridng to reports, Sain was attacked by the agitated members of Rajput community when she was engaged in crowd control towards the end of the condolence meet at his village Sanwrad.“Sain was manhandled by the protesters. She managed to escape and was given shelter inside a house nearby after some locals decided to help her,” home minister Gulab Chand Kataria told DNA. He said a decision on medical examination of the officer can be conducted after consulting Nagaur SP who was brutally beaten up by the mob.According to sources, Sain was fiercely protected by her gunman who prevented the mob from attacking her, an official said. They, however, beat up the gunman and reportedly grabbed the officer, who, however, managed to escape their clutches and fled the scene.“Sain took shelter in a house near Sanwrad railway station from where she was recovered by the police one and a half hour later,” an official said. She was allegedly running from the attacking mob when the women in the house came out and took her in. “The mob came after her shortly, but all the women came out of the house and dared the community members to touch her,” an official said. It was only after the mob backed off that the women sent a message to the police to have their colleague picked up. “There message was, she is safe, but come and get her soon,” the official added. The home minister blamed Rajput community leaders for provoking the crowd with their speeches from the stage. “There was no confrontation (between gathering and police) while the leaders on the stage were engaged in giving inflammatory speeches. In the evening when DG Jail Ajeet Singh was holding talks with kin of Anandpal on his cremation, there were calls from stage to set vehicles and the railway station on fire,” Kataria stated.

As BJP accuses Mamata of appeasement politics, WB CM takes stock of Darjeeling situation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP today launched its “Save Bengal” campaign from Rajghat here in the wake of the Basirhat communal riots, and alleged that there was a “constitutional breakdown” in the state due to the “appeasement politics” of the Mamata Banerjee government.Union ministers Smriti Irani and Harsh Vardhan, and BJP general secretary and Bengal in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya attacked the Mamata dispensation over the communal clashes.The saffron party has stepped up its attack on the TMC after the communal riots in Basirhat in North 24-Parganas district earlier this month.The party alleged that Hindus were targeted by a section of people under the patronage of the TMC.Vijayvargiya alleged that “people were murdered and burnt alive” during the riots and that a BJP delegation was not allowed to visit the affected areas.”The BJP sent a team of MPs to Bengal, but they were stopped from visiting the riot-hit areas. There is an appeasement politics going on in the state,” he said.The BJP leaders, joined by party workers and sympathisers, also staged a sit-in opposite Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.Many of them carried placards and shouted slogans against the West Bengal chief minister.Vijayvargiya said there was a “constitutional breakdown” in the state.BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi attacked the TMC government, alleging that Banerjee was practising the “two- fold politics of appeasement and repression” in the state.”We have gathered here to raise awareness about what is happening in West Bengal and also assure the people of the state that, if needed, the patriots of the country will go to Bengal too and stand by them,” she told reporters.Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta and former Rajya Sabha MP Chandan Mitra also spoke at the protest.Meanwhile, the West Bengal Chief Minister held a meeting with senior officials to take stock of the situation in Darjeeling hills where fresh arson and violence have been reported.Official sources said Chief Secretary Malay De, Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya, DGP Surajit Kar Purkayastha and three IPS officers entrusted to oversee the law and order situation of the hills were at the meeting with Banerjee.The three IPS officers are Javed Shamim, Siddhanath Gupta and Ajay Nanda.Banerjee, who came to the secretariat after a three-day tour to Digha to hold administrative meetings there, was briefed about the current situation in the hills, sources said.However, what transpired in the meeting is not known.A GTA office, a railway station and a forest bungalow were torched and several vehicles were damaged in the hills by agitators demanding separate Gorkhaland state the 29th day of the indefinite shutdown today.State Tourism minister Gautam Deb also alleged that GJM activists hurled stones at him when he had gone there to attend a programme.

Conjugal visits to counter sexual assault in prisons

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to counter cases of sexual assault in prisons and allow inmates to maintain sexual relations with their spouses, two city-based activists have written to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis (also home minister) contending that state prisons should permit conjugal visits.The activists cited examples of Australia, Brazil, Denmark and Germany, that allow conjugal visits and where sexual assaults in prisons have come down as a result. “Conjugal visits help improve functioning of a marriage by maintaining an inmate’s role as a husband or wife,” reads the letter written by Farooque Dhala.”Prisoners should be allowed to see their wives and have intimate relations with them by giving them a suitable place in the jails. When someone goes to prison, they are being punished for a crime, but their partner has not committed any crime,” the letter further reads.”I wrote to the authorities only after observing the same for several years. We need to understand the needs of every individual and if that helps in bringing down sexual assault, the government should think about it,” Dhala told DNA.However, a senior IPS officer, not wishing to be named, said, “Allowing it for inmates who are convicted for heinous crimes does not go down well.”

Bedi asks Pondy officials to "get out of comfort zones"

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi has called upon the officials of territorial administration to “get out of comfort zones as public service demands sacrifice of personal time.” In her open message to officials today, she said, “Such deficient services do not do good to respect in governance and all senior officials should pay attention to rectify deficiencies in the governance.” “If the officials can find time to travel officially for several hours inside and outside Puducherry and the country surely they can do so for issues pending which concern ordinary people,” she added. Releasing the copy of the message, to media persons, the former IPS officer said, records of deficiencies had been kept in the files of officials and they might get reflected in the annual appraisal (of their performance) which is due shortly. Bedi cautioned in no uncertain terms that the officials should not take her lightly. Calling upon officials to ensure no deficiencies crept in the governance, she said, “no amount of defence by the officials will work because it shall be based on my direct inspections or visits.” She sought the cooperation of the official machinery and asked the officials to get out of their comfort zones as “public service demands sacrifice of personal time as well.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bilkis Bano case: SC dismisses appeals of 4 cops, 2 doctors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today dismissed the appeals of two doctors and four policemen including an IPS officer challenging their conviction by the Bombay High Court in the sensational 2002 Bilkis Bano case, saying there was “clear-cut evidence” against them. A bench of Justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao, while rejecting their appeals, said the trial court had unreasonably acquitted them. “You all have been unreasonably acquitted by the trial court in the case despite there being clear-cut evidence against you,” the bench said while dismissing three appeals. IPS officer R S Bhagora, currently serving in Gujarat, was recently convicted along with four other policemen by the High Court, overturning the trial court order acquitting them. The Bombay High Court had on May 4 reversed the trial court verdict acquitting Bhagora and others and upheld the conviction of 11 people (one convict is dead) in the Bilkis Bano gang rape and murder case. One policeman Idris Abdul Sayed has not appealed against his conviction. Counsel for Bhagora said he was unnecessarily caught in the web of circumstances and had no direct role in the incident. The bench, however, refused to go into the matter saying Bhagora was the supervising officer in the case and everything happened under his nose. Advocate Shobha, appearing for Bikis Bano, opposed the appeals of the convicts. The High Court bench had convicted seven persons — five policemen and two doctors — under sections 218 (not performing their duties) and section 201 (tampering of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The apex court had on May 30 refused to stay the conviction of Bhagora. A vacation bench of Justices A K Sikri and Deepak Gupta said there was no urgency for hearing the matter as the convicted officer had already undergone the sentence. A special court had on 21 January, 2008 convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment 11 men for raping Bilkis and murdering seven of her family members in the aftermath of the Godhra riots, while acquitting seven persons including the policemen and doctors. The convicts later approached the Bombay high court challenging their conviction and sought quashing and setting aside of the trial court. The CBI had also filed an appeal in the high court seeking harsher punishment of death for three of the convicted persons on the ground that they were the main perpetrators of the crime. According to the prosecution, on March 3, 2002, Bilkis Bano’s family was attacked by a mob at Randhikpur village near Ahmedabad during the post-Godhra riots and seven members of her family were killed. Bilkis, who was five months pregnant at the time, was gang raped while six other members of her family managed to escape from the mob. The trial in the case began in Ahmedabad. However, after Bilkis expressed apprehensions that the witnesses could be harmed and the CBI evidence tampered with, the Supreme Court transferred the case to Mumbai in August 2004. The convicts had challenged the order on three main grounds that all evidence in the case was fabricated by CBI, that Bilkis gave birth to a child after the incident, proving that she could not have been gang raped, and the failure to find the bodies of some of her family members which proved that they were not killed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP seeks stringent action against senior IPS officer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP in Kerala today wanted the Centre to take stringent action against senior IPS officer Tomin J Thachankerry, against whom serious allegations have been raised. In a letter to Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan said former DGP T P Senkumar had, while relinquishing office, raised serious allegations against Thachankerry, including that he had taken away files that were extremely confidential in nature from the police headquarters. Thachankerry, ADGP headquarters, was also said to have been allegedly involved in many anti-national activities in the past like meeting people with terror links at Qatar, he said. The case was later closed after ‘severe warning’ was issued, the BJP leader said in his letter. There are also various vigilance cases pending against the officer, Rajasekharan said, adding, he was allegedly being protected by both the ruling LDF and oppostition UDF.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No pot bellies, only ‘fit’ IPS officers may get promotion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>IPS officers with pot bellies may soon have to shed those extra kilos to earn promotions. The Centre is considering a proposal to link promotion with the fitness of the officers concerned. The move comes after the Home Ministry recommended physical fitness of IPS officers as a mandatory measure before promoting them to various levels. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has finalised draft service rules to include this recommendation and has asked all states and union territories administrators to give their comments. “Promotion of IPS officers to various grades will be subject to the physical fitness as per the instructions as may be issued by Ministry of Home Affairs from time to time,” the draft rules say. Existing rules do not have any such provision for the promotion of the officers of Indian Police Service (IPS). They get promotions to various levels, scales and grades after completing required years of service. Such fitness-linked-promotion for the IPS officers, if comes into force, would be at par with Group ‘A’ officers of Central Armed Police Force, the recommendations said. The IPS officers will also have to possess expertise in three domains — areas of operations– like intelligence, economic offences, cyber crimes, VIP or industrial security, counter insurgency and anti-terrorism among others. “The Home Ministry has felt the need for domain expertise training programme for IPS officers. The ministry has proposed that an lPS officer should complete three domain expertise training programme of duration of at least one week before their promotion to DIG, IG and ADG,” the draft rules by the DoPT said. There are 20 domain assignments identified by the ministry. The rules are being drafted to ensure that IPS officers complete their probation in time. “The Ministry of Home Affairs have opined that many IPS officers do not complete their probation within the stipulated two years period, but they are given the benefit of seniority from the batch in which recruited. “The aforesaid Ministry has felt a need to curb the tendency of delay in completing the probation period in respect of IPS officers,” the DoPT proposal said, suggesting timeline for completion of the probation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2 held as admission racket in reputed college busted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons were arrested while allegedly taking money to get two students admitted in a reputed college of the city, police said today. Following a complaint, anti-rowdy section of Kolkata Police arrested the two persons when they were allegedly taking Rs 15 lakh from the complainant. The two had promised the complainant to get his two relatives admitted to the college in B.Com (Honours) course in exchange of the money, a senior Kolkata Police officer said. During questioning of the two, the police came to know that an influential person of the alumni association of the college was involved in the admission racket. “Some top officials of the college management could also be involved in the racket,” the IPS officer said. The two were remanded to police custody till July 5 by a city court today.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

LDF govt re-appoints Loknath Behera as Kerala Police chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior IPS officer Loknath Behera will become Kerala Police chief again after a gap of nearly two months as he was today named by the LDF government to succeed T P Senkumar, who is retiring on June 30. Senkumar had replaced Behera on May 6 as Director General of Police (Law and Order) after a successful 11-month-long legal battle in the Supreme Court against the LDF government which had unceremoniously removed him from the post soon after coming to power last year. The apex court had held that Senkumar was transferred by the LDF government “unfairly” and “arbitrarily” and ordered his reinstatement. A state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today decided to re-appoint Behera, now serving as the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau Director, as the DGP (law and Order). The appointment is based on the recommendations of a three-member panel, headed by Chief Secretary Nalini Netto and comprising Additional Chief Secretary (Home) and the Law Secretary, the Chief Minister’s Office said in a statement. Taking to reporters here, Behera, a 1985 batch IPS officer, said he was grateful to the government for the posting and would try to fulfil his responsibilities.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Guj govt holds security review meeting ahead of PM’s visit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to Gujarat from Thursday, the state government today held a security review meeting here. Gujarat Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja today held a review meeting with Rajkot District collector, city Police Commissioner and Rajkot Municipal Commissioner. “The PM will distribute aids and devices worth Rs 35 crore to over 18,000 divyang (specially-abled) people at a grand function here at the Race Course ground on June 29. This will be country’s biggest camp in terms of number of beneficiaries,” Jadeja said while addressing a press conference here after the meeting. As per a PIB release, as many as 18,430 specially-abled people with disabilities would get aids and devices at the Samajik Adhikarita Camp at Rajkot on June 29. After that event, the PM would reach Aaji dam in the evening to welcome the water of river Narmada, Jadeja added. “This dam will be filled with the Narmada water under the Sauni (Saurashtra Narmada Avataran Irrigation) project. Local police and district authorities have made adequate arrangements for the PM’s visit,” the minister said. Later, the PM would lead a road-show from Aaji dam up to the city airport late evening, he said adding, “The eight kilometer road-show will end at the airport from where, the PM would go straight to Gandhinagar.” Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel are likely to join Modi during the road show. “To ensure foolproof security during the PM’s visit, as many as 30 IPS officers have been given the task to supervise security arrangements in the city on June 29,” he said. “Security has been beefed up in the city and over 8,000 policemen, including the State Reserve Police (SRP) personnel have been deployed in the city,” he said. “Three IG-level officers, 27 IPS officials, 65 Deputy SPs, 150 police inspectors, 500 sub inspectors and 15 companies of SRP will guard the city during PM’s visit,” he added. This will be Modi’s fourth visit this year to the poll-bound state, where Assembly elections are slated to take place by the year-end.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bedi for independent probe and vigilance agency for Puducherry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, who has been at loggerheads with the V Narayanasamy-led Congress government in Puducherry over a host of issues, today pitched for an “independent investigation and vigilance agency” for the union territory. Bedi, who is currently on a trip to Ladakh, wrote on Twitter that Puducherry needed an independent investigation and vigilance agency “to check corruption”. The former IPS officer had recently stated that her office had written to the CBI for a probe into the “scam” in the admission of post-graduate students under the government quota in the private medical colleges and self-financing deemed universities of the union territory. Today she urged the central probe agency to set up an office in Puducherry, which would be linked with its regional head office in Chennai. Bedi also batted for a bench of the Madras High Court in the union territory to deal with public interest litigations (PILs) and other “compelling issues”. She also pitched for the revival of the Panchayati Raj system in Puducherry by holding early elections to the civic bodies. This would ensure democracy at the grassroot-level, rural development and youth leadership, she contended.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

GJM activists clash with police, Army deployed in Singmari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Singmari area in Darjeeling turned into a battleground today as GJM activists threw petrol bombs and stones at riot police, who in retaliation fired teargas shells and resorted to baton charge. The incident, in which several people were injured, prompted the administration to deploy army troops in the area. As the indefinite shutdown to demand a separate state entered its third day, Gorkha Janamukti Morcha activists took out a protest rally from the GJM headquarters in Singmari. As prohibitory orders were in force in the area, the police told the protesters, who were carrying the tricolour and GJM flags, to return. The slogan-shouting protesters did not relent and started throwing stones and bottles at the police. A vehicle was also set on fire. The police fired teargas shells and baton-charged the agitators. “We asked them to go back but they started throwing stones, bottles and petrol bombs. We had to resort to lathi charge,” a senior police official said. Some police personnel and GJM activists were injured in the clash, the police said. A large contingent of police and paramilitary personnel was rushed to the spot under the command of the superintendent of police and other senior IPS officers. Barring pharmacies, all others shops and hotels were closed in Darjeeling. Reacting to today’s violence, Tourism Minister Gautam Deb said, “The government will not accept the GJM’s hooliganism.” GJM leaders said Vikram Rai, son of GJM MLA Amar Rai, was ‘picked up’ by the police from Darjeeling. Vikram is the in-charge of the GJM’s media cell. The police last night raided the residence of senior GJM leader Binay Tamang, following which party activists tried to torch a PWD office in Bijanbari area here.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Brother of IPS officer held for killing their father

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A younger brother of an IPS officer has been arrested for killing their father, who was found dead at their house in city’s Raj Nagar, police said today. Ishwer Chand Tyagi (65), father of Uttar Pradesh cadre officer Sanjeev Tyagi, who is posted as Superintendent of Police in Auraiya district, was found dead in the morning of May 11. Tyagi, a native of Morta village of Muradnagar police station area, used to live in Raj Nagar, with his four sons. His 27-year-old son Anuj Tyagi, reportedly suffering from schizophrenia, had gone missing since the incident and was under police radar. Anuj was arrested by Kavi Nagar police and crime branch team from his friend’s house in Mehrauli village here around 9 AM today, Superintendent of Police (City) Aakash Tomar said. Police recovered a pistol, live cartridges and a Fortuner SUV, which Anuj had used to flee after killing his father, he said. Police claimed that Anuj has confessed he shot his father while he was asleep and said he was upset over his other brothers doing well in life. Anuj said while his brother Sanjiv is an IPS officer, three others are running their coaching institutes and all of them are well off. “I am less educated than my other brothers. Also my father was emotionally more inclined towards my brothers. My financial condition was also not good because my father never supported me. All these conditions developed inferiority complex in me,” Tomar said quoting Anuj’s statement. “Once I narrated my pathetic condition to my friend Johny, he advised me to eliminate my father so that I could inherit a major portion of his property,” he added. He told police that it was Johny who had provided him the pistol and cartridges. Anuj said his father did not like Johny and was against him visiting their house. After killing his father, Anuj hid the pistol and parked the vehicle at railway station and went to Agra to avoid arrest, the SP said. Today Anuj was held when came to borrow some money from Johny alias Rajat Chowdhary, the official said, adding a hunt has been launched for the latter who has been booked for hatching the conspiracy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Transfer racket: Searches conducted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Crime Branch, probing the cash for transfer racket of IAS and IPS officers in Maharashtra, went to Delhi to collect more evidence against the earlier arrested accused. Sources said a team went to Delhi to conduct searches at the residence and the office of Ravindrasingh Yadav, who would pose as a central government officer to dupe bureaucrats.The police have verified the claims made by Yadav with senior officers in Delhi, whose visiting cards were in possession of Yadav. “Our probe is on; however, the racket does not seem to have been able to influence the postings but it was instrumental in duping officers,” said Sanjay Saxena, Joint Commissioner (crime)

Ex-chief of IB appointed as interlocutor for talks in Assam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former director of the Intelligence Bureau, Dineshwar Sharma, has taken charge as the interlocutor for peace talks with Assam’s insurgent groups, including the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). Sharma, a 1976 batch Kerala cadre IPS officer, retired as director of the IB on December 31, 2016. He was appointed as the interlocutor for talks with Assam-based insurgent groups last week. Sharma took charge yesterday, official sources said. Sharma, who has been appointed for a tenure of one year, will hold peace negotiations with pro-talks factions of the ULFA, National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and a few other small groups based in Assam. The last interlocutor P C Haldar had served till December 31, 2015.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bilkis Bano Case: Supreme Court refuses to stay conviction of IPS officer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay the conviction of an IPS officer in the sensational 2002 Bilkis Bano case. A vacation bench of Justices A K Sikri and Deepak Gupta said that there is no urgency for hearing the matter as the convicted officer has already undergone the sentence.The bench, however, listed the matter for hearing in the second week of July, observing the fine is of Rs 15,000 only.IPS officer R S Bhagora, currently serving in Gujarat, has been convicted along with four other policemen by the Bombay High Court recently after the trial court had acquitted them. The counsel appearing for Bhagora said if the conviction is not stayed, then he will be terminated from the service as per service rules.He said the court should grant stay on the conviction.The Bombay High Court had on May 4 reversed the trial court verdict acquitting Bhagora and others and had convicted 11 people (one convict is dead) in the Bilkis Bano gang rape case.Along with five policemen, two doctors were also convicted by the HC.

Army, CRPF, police staged fake encounter in Assam; planted weapons on NDFB(S) men: CRPF IGP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Gujarat cadre IPS officer who is currently posted in Shillong with CRPF as Inspector General has alleged that the encounter of two suspects of NDFB(S) faction in Chirang district of Assam in March 30 this year was staged, according to an Indian Express report.IPS officer Rajnish Rai has made the allegation in a report sent to CRPF headquarters in Delhi, raising questions regarding an encounter carried out in a joint operation by the Army, Assam police, CRPF and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).Alleging that the two men were picked up from a house in D-Kalling village and killed in cold blood in Simlaguri, the officer has claimed that weapons were planted on their bodies.According to police, the two deceased identified as Lukash Narzary alias Langfa and David Islary were active cadres of NDFB(S) and involved in a number of crimes, including extortion.Rai has also marked the report to Assam Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia; the then acting CRPF DG Sudeep Lakhtaki and others.”An 11-year-old boy was present in the house from where the suspected NDFB(S) men were picked up. This boy was taken away by a woman who lived in the adjacent house even as the operation was on,” the daily reported, citing Rai’s report.

CM stays away from IPS officer’s book release; event cancelled

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Citing “legal issues”, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today kept away from a function where he was to unveil senior IPS officer and former Vigilance Director Jacob Thomas’s autobiography, following which the programme was cancelled. Vijayan was scheduled to release the book ‘Sravukalkkoppam Neenthumbol’ (While Swimming along with Sharks), which reportedly has controversial remarks about several political bigwigs including former chief minister Oommen Chandy, at the press club here in the evening. But in an unexpected turn of events, shortly before the start of the function, the chief minister’s office stated that the CM would not be able to participate in the book release. “I did not take part in the programme as there are legal issues. The Law Secretary pointed out some legal aspects,” Vijayan said. Senior Congress leader and former cultural affairs minister, K C Joseph also shot of a letter to Vijayan against participating in the programme, citing legal issues. Joseph, in his letter, said the former Vigilance Director, who is now on leave, had violated the ‘Kerala Government Service Conduct Rules’ and the Centre’s ‘The Police Restriction of Rights Act 1966’ by writing the book. He also alleged that Thomas had misused official documents and files for personal gain by revealing them in the book. TV channels reported that there was an intelligence report that Congress workers were likely to disrupt the function. With the chief minister deciding to keep away, Thomas cancelled the event and said there won’t be any formal book release event. “I have published my autobiography…What is the violation in it? There have been precedents of civil service officials, both IAS and IPS, publishing books while in service,” Jacob Thomas told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maintain records better, Kiran Bedi tell police officials

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Governor Kiran Bedi today directed police officials in the Union Terittory to maintain records better and ensure periodic reviews of the same. As part of her weekend visit to peripheral villages, she inspected a police station in Modeliarpet on the Puducherry-Cuddalore route and verified records of history- sheeters. She also directed the Superintendent of Police and also the Station House Officer to maintain the records better and in keeping with the rules. In a press release, the Lt Governor’s said after the visit she felt that the “records needed better maintenance and also more professional care.” She also advised the Superintendent of Police and the SHO to update records, make entries of sureties and next hearing dates and also dates of inspection with observations. Bedi also pointed out that the senior supervisory officers should carry out periodical inspection of the entries and should hold periodical reviews. The release said that the former IPS officer felt that these actions “will go a long way in prevention of violent crimes.” She also issued instructions to police department that the vehicles that were impounded or confiscated should be disposed of by moving the courts. The Lt Governor said a separate log book should be maintained for disposal of complaints received from the police control room (over phone number 100). Bedi, who was on her visit on her bicycle was accompanied by police officials and also staff of her office. She earlier visited the housing quarters constructed and allotted by the Puducherry Housing Board at Murungampakkam and heard out the residents’ woes, who said there was a delay in getting the title deeds.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Narada sting: ED issues fresh summons to Narada CEO Samuel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate has issued fresh summons to Narada news CEO Mathew Samuel in its money laundering probe, initiated after a sting operation purportedly showed several TMC leaders, including MPs and ministers, taking money. Samuel was first summoned by the central probe agency to depose on May 18 at its office here. However, officials said, he informed the agency that he would not be able to appear in person due to some medical condition and requested them to question him at his present location in Kerala. Hence, Samuel has been asked to meet the investigating officer (IO) of the case on May 24 at its office in Kochi in Kerala, the officials said. The ED has asked him to carry along documents relating to his personal finances, those of the news channel and material related to the purported sting operation, they said. Samuel is not an accused in the ED FIR, called the Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), and the agency wants to quiz him to get information about the sting and circumstances in which it was carried out. Samuel has been quizzed by the CBI in this case earlier. CBI too is probing the case separately on charges of corruption. The agency had registered a criminal compliant in this case last month under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after studying the CBI FIR. It will probe the proceeds of crime generated in this case. While the CBI’s criminal FIR had been registered against 12 TMC leaders and an IPS officer, the ED FIR has been booked against 14 entities that include a category of unidentified persons apart from the 13 in the CBI compliant, they said. The sting operation pertains to the filming of the TMC leaders and the IPS officer while they allegedly accepted money from the representatives of a fictitious company for extending favours to it. The TMC leaders against whom the CBI has registered the FIR, now also booked by the ED, include Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy, Lok Sabha MPs– Saugata Roy, Aparupa Poddar, Sultan Ahmed, Prasun Banerjee and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar. West Bengal ministers including Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim, Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari, Environment Minister Sovan Chatterjee, Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Minister Subrata Mukherjee have also been named in the FIR. Former Minister Madan Mitra, MLA Iqbal Ahmed and IPS officer Saiyaad Mustafa Hussain Mirza have also been made accused in the case. Mirza, who was then posted as the Superintendent of Police of Burdwan, was too purportedly seen accepting money on camera. The Calcutta High Court had ordered the CBI to conduct a preliminary enquiry in the matter and had later on directed it to file an FIR to probe the incident. The FIR was registered under section 120 (b) of IPC related to criminal conspiracy and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act dealing with bribery and criminal misconduct. The sting operation was supposed to be published in a magazine where Samuel, the man behind it, was then working. However, the tapes were later run on Naradanews.com.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ED summons Narada CEO again, asks him to appear on May 24

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Enforcement Directorate (EC) on Saturday summoned Narada News Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mathew Samuel and asked him to appear at the Kochi ED office on May 24, in connection with the Narada sting probe. This is the second ED summons to Samuel, as he was issued a notice last Thursday as well. Earlier this week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had also summoned Samuel for the second time in connection with money laundering sting operation. Mathew, however, said he won’t be able to appear as he recently undergone surgery. The ED filed its case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after the CBI filed its case. The sting operation pertains to the secret filming of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders and an IPS officer while they were allegedly accepting money from representatives of a fictitious company in return for extending favours to it. TMC leaders against whom the CBI has registered cases, now also booked by the Enforcement Directorate, include Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy, Lok Sabha MPs Saugata Roy, Aparupa Poddar, Sultan Ahmed, Prasun Banerjee and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar. West Bengal ministers, including Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim, Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari, Environment Minister Sovan Chatterjee, Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Minister Subrata Mukherjee have also been named in the FIR. Former Minister Madan Mitra, MLA Iqbal Ahmed and IPS officer Saiyaad Mustafa Hussain Mirza have also been made accused in the case. Samuel had earlier released three sets of videos of the sting operation, where top TMC leaders were allegedly seen accepting bribes from journalists posing as businessmen. The ruling party had dismissed the allegation citing that the tapes are ‘doctored’. The sting operation video was released by the portal on March 14, 2016, just ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBI summons Narada CEO Samuel for questioning again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday summoned Narada News Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mathew Samuel for the second time in connection with money laundering sting operation. The CBI has asked him to appear on May 19. Mathew has however said he won?t be able to appear as he recently undergone surgery. The CBI which is investing the charges of corruption has already questioned Samuel. The ED filed its case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after the CBI filed its case. The sting operation pertains to the secret filming of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders and an IPS officer while they were allegedly accepting money from representatives of a fictitious company in return for extending favours to it. TMC leaders against whom the CBI has registered cases, now also booked by the Enforcement Directorate, include Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy, Lok Sabha MPs Saugata Roy, Aparupa Poddar, Sultan Ahmed, Prasun Banerjee and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar. West Bengal ministers, including Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim, Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari, Environment Minister Sovan Chatterjee, Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Minister Subrata Mukherjee have also been named in the FIR. Former Minister Madan Mitra, MLA Iqbal Ahmed and IPS officer Saiyaad Mustafa Hussain Mirza have also been made accused in the case. Samuel had earlier released three sets of videos of the sting operation, where top TMC leaders were allegedly seen accepting bribes from journalists posing as businessmen. The ruling party had dismissed the allegation citing that the tapes are ‘doctored’. The sting operation video was released by the portal on March 14, 2016, just ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Priyadarshini Mattoo case: Convict granted 15 days parole

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Santosh Kumar Singh, who was convicted and sentenced to life for the rape and murder of a law student in 1996, was today granted 15 days parole by the Delhi High Court to write LLM exams. While granting the relief, Justice Ashutosh Kumar allowed Singh to visit his hometown in Bihar for two days to attend his brother-in-law’s marriage on June 2.The court said that parole would be granted subject to the convict furnishing a bond of Rs 25,000 and a surety of the like amount. The court granted the relief to Singh after taking into consideration that he had spent 14 and a half years in jail, displayed satisfactory behaviour and not misused the privilege of parole when it was granted to him for writing exams.Singh, a third-year law student in Delhi University, had raped and murdered 25-year old Mattoo in January 1996. He was acquitted by the trial court on December 3, 1999, but the Delhi High Court had on October 27, 2006 reversed the decision, holding him guilty of rape and murder.The high court had also awarded death penalty to him in the case. Singh, son of a former senior IPS officer, had challenged his conviction and death sentence awarded by the high court. In October 2010, the Supreme Court had upheld Singh’s conviction, but reduced the death sentence to life imprisonment.

ADGs to head Varanasi, Meerut, Agra, Bareilly, Lucknow police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Additional DG-rank IPS officers were today for the first time made in-charge of Varanasi, Meerut, Agra, Bareilly and Lucknow zones in a major reshuffle in the Uttar Pradesh Police involving 39 IPS officers. Meerut zone covers Bulandshahr, where members of the Yogi Adityanath-founded Hindu Yuva Vahini are alleged to be behind the murder of an aged Muslim man after a ‘love-jihad’ style elopement. The Bulandshahr incident happened even as Adityanath met senior Yuva Vahini workers during his visit to Gorakhpur and warned them to not take law in their hands. The reshuffle also saw posting of a new DIG in Saharanpur where caste violence involving Dalits and Thakurs broke out even before a controversy after an attack on Saharanpur senior SP’s residence by BJP activists, allegedly under the leadership of local MP Raghav Lakhanpal, was over. ADG (Training) Bishvajit Mahapatra has been posted to Varanasi; ADG Police Academy Moradabad, Anand Kumar, to Meerut; IG/ADG Meerut Ajay Anand to Agra and ADG PTC Moradabad Brijraj Meena to Bareilly and ADG Crime Abhay Kumar Prasad as ADG Lucknow zone, a home department spokesman said. Usually zones are headed by IG-rank officers, but this step has been taken in order to put the long experience of senior officers of the ADG level to use in important zones, the spokesman said. IG Agra, Sujit Pandey, has been made IG Administration Lucknow, IG STF Ram Kumar becomes IG Meerut, IG (Security) Mutha Ashok Jain will be IG Agra range, IG PAC Lucknow S K Bhagat will take over as IG Bareilly, the spokesman said. IG (Food Cell) Lucknow Jai Narain Singh has been made IG Lucknow, IG PAC east zone Alok Singh will be IG Kanpur range, IG Intelligence Rajesh Kumar Srivastava will be IG Faizabad, the spokesman said. The government also posted new DIGs in Basti and Varanasi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Five police officers suspended for `links’ with slain gangster

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five police officers have been suspended by the Telengana government for alleged links with slain Naxal-turned-gangster Mohammed Nayeemuddin. One of these officers is of the rank of additional superintendent of police, two are assistant commissioners of police and other two are inspectors, according to an official source. They were posted in various parts of the state. Inquiry was also conducted against three deputy superintendents of police, a police inspector and 16 other police officials, and action would be taken against them in two-three days, the source added. Nayeemuddin, wanted in several cases including a case related to murder of an IPS officer, was killed in a police encounter at Shadnagar in Mahabubnagar district on August 8, 2016. He later turned a gangster and indulged in land grabbing, extortion, kidnapping, etc.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Telangana: Five police officers suspended for ‘links’ with Naxal-turned-gangster Nayeemuddin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Telangana government has suspended five police officers for alleged links with the slain Naxal-turned-gangster Mohammed Nayeemuddin.One of these officers is of the rank of additional superintendent of police, two are assistant commissioners of police and other two are inspectors, an official source said.They were posted in various parts of the state.Inquiry was also conducted against three deputy superintendents of police, a police inspector and 16 other police officials, and action would be taken against them in two-three days, the source added.Nayeemuddin, wanted in several cases including a case related to murder of an IPS officer, was killed in a police encounter at Shadnagar in Mahabubnagar district on August 8, 2016.Once a Naxal, he turned a gangster and indulged in land grabbing, extortion, kidnapping, etc.

Feel like shooting stone-pelters: Hry Minister Vij

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Referring to stone-pelters in Kashmir, senior Haryana Minister Anil Vij said today that he feels like shooting those who indulge in such acts against the security forces. “Whenever anyone in Kashmir hurls stones at security forces, I feel as if the stone has been thrown at me and there is a desire in my heart to shoot the stone pelter,” the Health Minister said in a tweet this evening. Vij, the Ambala Cantt MLA, known for his outspoken nature, had earlier this year said that who were supporting Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur for her campaign against the ABVP, were pro-Pakistan and should be thrown out of the country. He had also courted controversy this year with his remarks that Mahatma Gandhi’s image did not help Khadi and caused devaluation of the currency, sparking widespread outrage with even his party condemning his statements, which he withdrew later. The senior Haryana BJP leader had said it was good that Gandhi’s image has been replaced with that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the calendar and the diary of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) as Modi is a “better brand” and went on to add that Gandhi’s image would be removed gradually from the currency notes too. Vij, a popular face of the party in the state, was pipped by Manohar Lal Khattar in the race for chief ministership after BJP garnered majority in Haryana assembly elections in 2014. His earlier remarks that those who cannot live without beef should not come to Haryana where a stringent cow protection law has been implemented too had raised eyebrows. Over a year back, he had accused his own government of spying on him after coming across a constable standing outside his office. He was also involved in a verbal spat with a woman IPS officer in November 2015. The IPS officer had then refused to leave a public grievance meeting on direction of Vij who was irked with her response to a query on illicit liquor trade in the area.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi fav target of terror groups but we are working to ward

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police is constantly working to ward off any terror threat in the city which is a “favourite target” for terror groups, police commissioner Amulya Patnaik has said. The special cell of the Delhi Police is working on alerts and is in constant touch with other agencies to ward off any terror threat, he said. The force is mulling upgrading its functioning through technology intervention to tackle any threat in the city, Patnaik said. “We are in the process of upgrading our technology. Special units like the Crime Branch and the Special Cell are upgrading their technological preparedness regularly. “In the times to come, we can take expert help in technological research and upgrade our technology,” the senior IPS officer told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP MLA yells at woman IPS officer, reduces her to tears

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman IPS officer was reduced to tears after a BJP MLA in Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s parliamentary constituency of Gorakhpur got into a heated argument with her over evicting protesters, with the incident being captured on the camera. The incident occurred in Kareemnagar area of the city where some people, protesting against a liquor shop, were removed by the police. Local BJP MLA Radha Mohan Das Aggarwal reached the spot amid complaints by protesters that the Circle Officer Charu Nigam had forcibly removed them. They alleged that the police had hit a woman and dragged an 80-year-old man. The MLA questioned the IPS officer about her action and told that there had been orders by the state government that liquor shops will not function in densely populated residential areas. Amid the exchange of words, Nigam took out a handkerchief and wiped her tears. The visuals were captured and telecast by news channels. The police officer later accused the MLA of misbehaving and insulting her. “The MLA misbehaved with me and refused to acknowledge in full public view that he is speaking to a woman police officer,” Nigam said. On the footage showing her wiping tears, she said, “I did not weep, as it is not ingrained in my personality. However, I got emotional when my senior officer supported me.” The protestors were removed from the road as they were obstructing the traffic, she said. When the MLA arrived, the road was free from protesters, which apparently angered him as had asked them to stay put and lift the blockade only after his persuasion, Nigam claimed. On the other hand, Aggarwal accused the IPS officer of exercising high-handedness with the protesters, who were demanding that a liquor outlet in their locality be shut. “We are against the operation of liquor shops. People were peacefully protesting against the liquor shops, but the woman police officer forcibly removed the protestors and while doing so, she hit a woman and dragged an 80-year-old man. This simply cannot be tolerated,” he said. Aggarwal rubbished allegations that he misbehaved with her. He alleged that there was a tacit understanding between the police and the liquor mafia as a liquor shop closed 15 days ago had suddenly started doing business again. When asked to comment on the footage telecast by local news channels, Aggarwal said, “Is my body language showing that I am misbehaving with her? I was not speaking to the CO (Charu Nigam), but to the SP (City). See my body language properly.” “If you see the video recording of the incident, you will find the woman officer removing the protestors forcibly…you will see the reality,” the MLA said. The woman IPS officer has been quite active in the newly formed anti-Romeo squad and has been nick-named by some media organisations as ‘Lady Singham’ after a Bollywood movie.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Uttar Pradesh: BJP MLA, lady IPS officer level allegations at each other in Gorakhpur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BJP MLA in Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s hometown Gorakhpur pulled up a woman IPS officer publicly leaving her teary-eyed, an incident which was captured on camera and triggered a spate of allegations.The police claimed that the MLA was angry because she had removed some people, protesting against a liquor shop, whom he had told to stay put till he arrived. The MLA however accused the police officer of high-handedness and rejected her accusations as baseless.The incident occurred in the Kareemnagar area of the city where some people, protesting against a liquor shop, were removed by the police.Local BJP MLA Radha Mohan Das Aggarwal reached the spot amid complaints by protestors that the Circle Officer Charu Nigam had forcibly removed them.They alleged that the police had hit a woman and dragged an 80-year-old man.The MLA questioned the IPS officer about the action and told her that there had been orders by the state government that liquor shops will not function in densely populated residential areas.Amid the exchange of words, Nigam took out a handkerchief and wiped her tears, visuals which were captured and telecast by news channels.The police officer later accused the MLA of misbehaving and insulting her.”The MLA misbehaved with me and refused to acknowledge in full public view that he is speaking to a lady police officer,” Nigam said.On the footage showing her wiping tears, she said, “I did not weep, as it is not ingrained in my personality. However, I got emotional when my senior officer supported me.” The protestors were removed from the road as they were obstructing the traffic, she said.When the MLA arrived, the road was free from protestors, which apparently angered him as had asked them to stay put and lift the blockade only after his persuasion, Nigam claimed.On the other hand, Aggarwal accused the IPS officer of exercising high-handedness with the protestors, who were demanding closure of a liquor outlet in their locality.”We are against the operation of liquor shops. People were peacefully protesting against the liquor shops, but the lady police officer forcibly removed the protestors and while doing so, she hit a woman and dragged an 80-year-old man. This simply cannot be tolerated,” he said.Aggarwal rubbished allegations that he misbehaved with her. He alleged that there was a tacit understanding between the police and the liquor mafia as a liquor shop closed 15 days back had suddenly started doing business again.When asked to comment on the footage telecast by local news channels, Aggarwal said “Is my body language showing that I am misbehaving with her? I was not speaking to the CO (Charu Nigam), but to SP (City). See my body language properly.” “If you see the video recording of the incident, you will find the lady officer removing the protestors forcibly…you will see the reality,” the MLA said.The woman IPS officer has been quite active in the newly formed anti-Romeo squad and has been nick-named by some media organisations as ‘Lady Singham’ after a Bollywood movie.

IPS officer reinstatement: ‘Decision after examining SC order’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala government today said it would take a decision on the Supreme Court order to reinstate senior IPS officer T P Senkumar as DGP (Law and Order) after examining the judgement. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan made the statement a day after Senkumar moved the apex court, seeking a direction to the state to implement its order. The Supreme Court had on April 24 ordered reinstatement of Senkumar, saying he was transferred by the ruling LDF government “unfairly” and “arbitrarily.” “We had already explained the government’s position. The Supreme Court judgement is the final order as per the law of the country. There is no issue connected with that judgement. But a decision will be taken only after examining all the matters,” said Vijayan. On the delay in implementing the order, the chief minister quipped, “There is no issue with the government. The problem was only for those who thought the order will be implemented the day after the judgement was delivered.” The order to reinstate Senkumar as DGP has been seen as a setback to the CPI-M led LDF government. The relations between the senior IPS officer and the CPI (M) have not been good enough. Seizing on the issue, the Congress-led UDF and the BJP had alleged that the government was deliberately trying to delay the appointment of Senkumar, who is due to retire in June. BJP state president Kummanom Rajasekharan said the present DGP Loknath Behra ceased to be the DGP from the day the apex court order came. Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala in the assembly too had stated that the delay in reinstatement by citing technical reasons was a challenge to the judicial system of the country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bedi for collective efforts to fast-track Pondy’s growth

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Governor Kiran Bedi today called for “collective and coordinated efforts” by elected representatives and government officials at grass-root level to ensure Puducherry’s development is on the fast track. In a message through WhatsApp after her weekend visit to some village temples, during which she took note of the lack of maintenance of the shrines, Bedi said, “these visits have repeatedly revealed that development can be achieved only if elected representatives and officials worked together at the grass-root level.” She expressed shock at the dilapidated condition of one of the temples and also a well in the village she visited. The former IPS officer said, “trustees of temples too will have an appraisal system in place to ensure annual auditing of accounts, maintenance and upkeep of space through greening efforts and by cleaning ponds whenever they exist.” Bedi said she would convene a joint meeting of trustees of all temples soon “to apprise them of their responsibility towards the shrines, community and villages at large.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ED registers money laundering case in Narada sting involving TMC leaders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday registered money laundering case in the Narada sting involving TMC leaders.The sting operation pertains to the secret filming of the TMC leaders while they allegedly accepted money from the representatives of a fictitious company for extending favours to it.The tapes, broadcast on a portal Naradanews.com just before the assembly elections last year, prompted the BJP to launch a scathing attack on the Mamata Banerjee-led government during the polls.Twelve Trinamool Congress leaders including Mukul Roy and Madan Mitra have been booked by the CBI for alleged criminal conspiracy and corruption in the Narada sting case wherein they were purportedly filmed while taking money.Meanwhile, on Wednesday, BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday rejected Trinamool Congress charge that conspiracy was hatched to frame its party leaders in corruption cases including Narada.
ALSO READ Narada sting | There is no conspiracy, TMC leaders seen accepting money: Amit Shah”There is no conspiracy. They (TMC leaders) were seen on TV taking money. Entire world can see it”, he said, rejecting the TMC charge that conspiracy was hatched by the BJP in framing the TMC leaders in corruption cases.”Mamata Banerjee has developed BJP phobia. She is seeing BJP in everything”, he told a press conference at the press club here.
ALSO READ Narada sting: CBI names 12 TMC leaders, an IPS officer in FIRThe CBI registered the FIR under charges of criminal conspiracy and provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act dealing with bribery and criminal misconduct against the TMC leaders including sitting MPs and West Bengal ministers besides one IPS officer.(With PTI inputs)

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