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Forces deployed, Sec 144 in Rohtak on Jat convention eve; Should the government allow such an event?

Rohtak :
The local administrative and police authorities have made arrangements to ensure peace, and law and order during the Jat mahasammelan scheduled for Saturday in Jassia village.
Rohtak DC-cum-District Magistrate Yash Garg has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC to prevent any untoward incident during the convention.
Local police officials, 600 personnel (20 platoons) requisitioned from the Haryana Police Academy, Madhuban, two companies of the India Reserve Battalion (IRB) and police commandoes have been pressed into service.
Rohtak SP Jashandeep Singh said the convention would be filmed. Several nakas have been set up and traffic routes diverted to prohibit the entry of mahasammelan participants to Rohtak town.
The town has been divided into three sectors. Police patrolling parties have been deployed under DSP-level officers in each sector. Duty Magistrates and police personnel have been deployed at nakas.
The plying of heavy vehicles, including Roadways as well as cooperative buses, has been banned on the Rohtak-Panipat highway. The heavy vehicles may reach Gohana/Panipat from Rohtak via Lakhanmajra.
The All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) is organising the convention to revive the agitation for the grant of reservation. As per intelligence inputs, 10,000 to 12,000 people are likely to attend the event.

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Cong leader serves notice on Vij for remarks on Gandhi; Did Vij hurt the feelings of the countrymen by speaking against Mahatma Gandhi?

Ambala :
Rekha Pruthi, general secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Mahila Congress, has served a defamation notice on Health Minister Anil Vij for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Mahatma Gandhi during a news channel debate last month.

Pruthi told The Tribune on Friday a TV channel debate was organised in Chandigarh between Vij and state Congress president Ashok Tanwar. “During the debate, Vij held Mahatma Gandhi guilty of Partition and bloodshed of lakhs of people then.”

She said she was present during the debate.

“Mahatma Gandhi led the freedom struggle for many years. Because of his sacrifices and struggle, the country got freedom. Vij deliberately used derogatory words against Mahatma Gandhi. He has hurt the sentiments of the citizens of the country,” the Congress leader said.

Pruthi said Vij should apologise or else she would file a defamation case against him.
The defamation notice states the minister is called upon to withdraw his statement and apologise within three days of the receipt of the notice, failing which a criminal complaint for defamation will be filed against him in court.

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IIM-Rohtak head booked for sexual harassment; Are these allegations inspired by politics?

Rohtak :
A case of sexual harassment has been registered against Prof Dheeraj Sharma, Director, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) here, on the basis of a complaint lodged by a former woman assistant professor at the institute.

The former assistant professor, who was terminated from service on May 10, has alleged that she was harassed by the Director continuously after she joined the institute in September 2017.

The complainant has stated that Prof Sharma, who was her reporting authority, subjected her to continuous sexual harassment at workplace ever since her joining.

“During an interaction, he started talking about extra-marital relationship, expressed his openness about the same and asked her views regarding this. He passed objectionable comment and vulgar taunt related to my private sex life. He also proposed to go on night walks,” she alleged, adding that the said proposal was also part of his overtures to coerce her into submission to his lewd desires.

The complainant alleged that she was physically molested by the Director, upon which she pushed him away.

“At this, he said what I had done would not be good for my career…He explicitly threatened to take things against me if I did not listen to him…On March 9, he approached me and explained that I anyway owe him more loyalty also because he had given me the job. He said I would be more open as he wanted to develop a mutually beneficial relationship so that I can advance in my career,” she alleged.

The complainant said as she did not agree to his illicit demands, his behavior changed and he started insulting her and inflicting mental stress whenever he got the slightest opportunity.

Based on the complaint, the police booked Prof Sharma under Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman to outrage her modesty) and 354-A (sexual harassment) of the IPC.

The Director could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. Later, an official statement released on behalf of the IIM-Rohtak maintained that the said assistant professor had been terminated from service and was doing this to defame the Director and the institute. “This is all an afterthought,” the statement added.

Women police station SHO Garima said statement of the complainant had been recorded before a Magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPC. “We have telephonically contacted the Director, who is out of station. He has been asked to join investigation,” she said.
It may be pertinent to mention that two MPs had recently alleged irregularities in the appointment of the IIM-Rohtak Director and sought an inquiry into the matter.

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Everyone should spend time with RSS: Minister; Is Anil Vij saying right?

Ambala :
Amid the controversy over former President Pranab Mukherjee’s decision to attend an RSS meet, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij on Wednesday said it should be mandatory for everyone to spend time with the organisation.

“The RSS is a nationalist organisation. It should be mandatory for all countrymen to go to the Sangh for some time. Many problems of the country will be resolved,” he tweeted.
Later in a statement, Vij welcomed the former President Pranab Mukherjee’s decision to accept invitation to the RSS invitation in Nagpur. “The RSS is a nationalist organisation that develops a person’s character,” he said.

The outspoken BJP minister is not new to controversies. On Wednesday, he had compared Congress president Rahul Gandhi to Nipah virus that left more than 10 dead in Kerala. “Rahul Gandhi is like Nipah virus. Any political party that comes in contact with him will be destroyed,” he had tweeted.

Earlier this month, he had backed a demand by several groups to ban namaz at public places and in the vicinities where the majority is of Hindus.

On April 24, Vij took to Twitter to attack the Congress. He wrote that the party’s flag should be red in colour as it was soaked in the blood of millions of innocent people.

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HC stays termination of guest teachers’ services; Is it good Decision?

Chandigarh :
In a major reprieve to guest teachers working in the state, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the termination of their services. The Bench has also put the state on notice for October.

The order by Sudhir Mittal came on a petition filed against the State of Haryana and other respondents by Kusum and other guest teachers through senior advocate Puneet Bali and Vibhav Jain.

Appearing before the Bench, Bali contended that the petitioners were amongst the 193 guests teachers whose services were initially terminated vide order dated January 1, 2015. But the Supreme Court, vide its order dated July 11, 2016, stayed the operation of the orders passed by the High Court. As a result, all guest teachers had to be taken back in service.

In the meanwhile, the petitioners, unqualified at the time of their appointment as guest teachers, acquired requisite qualifications or subject combination. Taking a note of the developments, a Division Bench of the HC held in May 2016, that such subsequent qualifications were required to be considered, even though the services of the guest teachers were to be replaced by regular employees.

Bali added the petitioners, as such, were entitled to remain in service at least till the time of their consideration for filling up the posts by regular employees. He added the impugned order dated May 16 this year was unsustainable as there was no justification for terminating the services of the petitioners during the currency of the Supreme Court order as well as High Court directions issued in May 2016.

After hearing the submissions, Justice Mittal stayed the operation of the impugned order. No less than 4,073 guest teachers were earlier shown the door. A Bench hearing the matter had asserted that guest teachers were appointed since 2005-06, but their services were not dispensed with even after appointment of regular teachers. Even those guest teachers, whose services were dispensed with, were re-engaged even after two to four months of their removal.

The Bench had added: “It is established that the state circumvented the order passed by this court either by not making the regular appointments and allowing the guest teachers to continue or despite making large number of appointments, adjusted the guest teachers against other vacancies. All the vacancies in any other cadre are never filled up…. The connivance of the appellants and the state as even observed by this court earlier is well established beyond doubt. This court cannot be a party to their design”.

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