SIT to probe ‘misuse’ of funds meant for lawyers’ chambers; Are these allegations inspired by politics?
Superintendent of Police (SP) Jashandeep Singh Randhawa has constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the charges of embezzlement of funds meant for the construction of lawyers’ chambers and money collected as subscription fees from advocates.
An FIR had recently been registered against District Bar Association president Lokender Phougat, alias Jojo, former president Deepak Kundu and four others on the basis of a complaint lodged by association general secretary Puneet Punia regarding the alleged embezzlement of funds and concealment of association records.
On delay in the registration of an FIR, the SP said that as per the Supreme Court guidelines, a preliminary investigation has to be carried out before registering an FIR in a case of cheating. He said now, an SIT led by DSP Ramesh had been constituted to investigate the matter.
Meanwhile, an FIR of physical assault and snatching of documents has also been registered against Punia, who claims to be the whistleblower in the case of alleged embezzlement. The association general secretary refuted the allegations as baseless and concocted.
Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Punia alleged that crores of rupees collected from lawyers as subscription fees and money donated by dignitaries visiting the Bar premises for the construction of chambers had been embezzled.
“An amount of Rs 9.66 crore was collected for the construction of lawyers’ chambers, but only Rs 4.5 crore was deposited in bank accounts maintained for the purpose,” he alleged.
The general secretary said there was no record of the subscription fees collected from the advocates for the past several years, which was also indicative of gross irregularities in the functioning of the association.
Punia alleged that as per his information, former president Kundu and his partner had bought property in Manesar or Sohna areas with the embezzled money. He also furnished an audio clipping in support of his claim.
On the other hand, Kundu has denied the allegations as false and politically motivated.
Age limit for govt jobs raised to 42; Whether the govt. should provide employment instead of raising the age limit?
The Haryana Government has raised the upper age limit of entry into the government service from 40 to 42 years.
While stating this here on Tuesday, an official spokesman said that all departments had been conveyed to incorporate the provisions relating to raising upper age limit for entry into the government service in their service rules, at their own level without obtaining the approval of the Council of Ministers, General Administration, Finance Department and Haryana Public Service Commission or Haryana Staff Selection Commission as per the decision taken by the Council of Ministers in its meeting on May 30.
He said that a circular to this effect had been sent to all Administrative Secretaries, Heads of Departments, Commissioners of Ambala, Hisar, Rohtak and Gurugram Divisions, all Chief Administrators and MDs of all boards, corporations and public sector undertakings, Deputy Commissioners, SDOs (Civil) and Registrars of all universities by the Chief Secretary.
Saini stopped from entering Rohtak village; clash averted; Is Rajkumar Saini and Yashpal Malik bent on ending the brotherhood of Haryana?
Mokhra (Rohtak) :
A possible clash between the supporters of BJP MP Raj Kumar Saini and members of the All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) was averted with the local police-administration stopping the MP from entering the village for a public meeting.
Rohtak SP Jashandeep Singh Randhawa said two organisations, Loktantra Suraksha Manch and AIJASS, had planned to organise parallel programmes at Mokhra village.
“Both were denied permission to hold their events in order to maintain law and order and prevent any untoward situation or clash. However, BJP MP Saini still tried to enter the village, but was stopped,” he said.
Some residents of the village were reportedly detained as a preventive measure.
On being stopped from entering Mokhra, Saini staged a dharna at the border of the village and demanded to meet his supporters and organisers of the event. His supporters went to meet him at the dharna site.
In the meanwhile, the samiti members and other villagers opposing Saini’s visit also assembled near the dharna venue and started raising slogans against him.
Talking to reporters on the occasion, the BJP MP stated that democracy had been murdered and the local police-administration, who could not control those indulging in ‘dadagiri’, had built pressure to control an MP of the ruling party.
Later, addressing a public gathering at Kalanaur town, Saini remarked that a Taliban-like situation prevailed in the state where members of one community were suppressing the voices of the other.
He said the last five Chief Ministers in the state had indulged in nepotism and discriminated against the members of Backward Classes and those belonging to general categories barring a specific caste.
Govt using Saini to create tension: Malik
AIJASS president Yashpal Malik, who was in Rohtak for a state executive meeting of the samiti, alleged that the BJP government was using MP Raj Kumar Saini to create communal tension in the state. "The government could have asked him to not go where he is not welcome. But, they want to create communal tension in the state for their vested political interests," said Malik at Jassia village in the district. He said the samiti would hold 'bhaichara sammelans' in state villages from July 28 to August 12 and garner support of the Dalit community and start staging protest demonstrations against public meetings of the Chief Minister and his Cabinet colleagues from August 16.
Hooda blames BJP for spoiling sports culture in state; Is he right?
Blaming the state government for spoiling sports culture in Haryana, former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that the new order of the state government was unfortunate. In this order the government has asked the players— those employed with them or any state controlled organisation— to pay one-third of their income from professional sports or commercial endorsements to the State Sports Council.
“Since the BJP government came to power, it has spoiled the sports culture for which Haryana has a name,” said Hooda while interacting with mediapersons at the residence of Ashok Khurana, former executive district president.
He blamed the state government for not taking any concrete steps for the uplift of sports. “We have initiated the policy of ‘padak lao, naukri pao’ (bring medal, get job), but the state government has been doing entirely different,” he alleged.
He blamed Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for not bringing any big project for his own constituency Karnal.
“I have given several big projects to each district, and the present government was only inaugurating the projects started by me. I ask the people what the Chief Minister has done for them. He has failed even to bring a single project for his constituency,” he said.
He did not comment on the allegations levelled by an IAS officer against the senior IAS officer, but said that women were not safe in Haryana. This government has failed to maintain law and order situation.
When asked about his Jankranti Yatra, he said that the third round would be commenced from Mewat. The people had given a good response to earlier road shows.
Felt hassled by panel, claims complainant; Should a high level inquiry be on the complaint of the woman?
Summoned by the Haryana State Commission for Women (HSCW) to explain her allegations, the woman IAS officer who on Sunday posted on Facebook allegations of sexual harassment against her boss, on Monday emerged out of the HSCW’s Panchkula office dissatisfied, questioning its transparency.
“The senior woman IAS officer, who has already been dissuading me against lodging my complaint, was allowed to sit with the HSCW chairperson and other members. She continued disrupting me whenever I tried to explain my allegations. I lodged my protest against her questions on my statement,” the victim told mediapersons waiting outside the HSCW’s office.
Claiming that she was being harassed ever since she joined three years back because of her honesty, the woman IAS officer said she requested the HSCW to allow some independent agency like the CBI to conduct an inquiry into her allegations.
The woman officer said she had sent e-mails to the Chief Secretary and the police. If she did not get justice, she would fight a battle in court, she said.
Taking suo motu notice of media reports in this regard, the HSWC had summoned the woman officer as well as her boss, an IAS officer of rank of Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), to explain. While the woman IAS officer arrived in the office at 2 pm as scheduled, her boss kept away.
Pratibha Suman, chairperson of the HSCW, said the ACS had been given three days, but they told him to appear before the commission on Wednesday.
The HSCW chairperson denied allegations of interference by a senior woman IAS officer in the proceedings and said she was present because she had been asked by the commission to join investigation.
This was not the first time that the ACS named by the woman IAS officer in her Facebook post had landed in trouble while dealing with woman subordinates.
In August last year, when the officer was posted as ACS in the Forest Department, a woman IFS officer had alleged that she was being subjected to continuous pressure in discharge of statutory functions.
In her complaint to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, the woman officer had accused the ACS of “continuous verbal abuse not conducive to establishment of a safe working environment for a lady officer”.
“Words like bloody fool and crooked were used by him over phone. I was told that I would not be spared and would be made to pay. Impartial and unbiased discharge of duty cannot be ensured in such circumstances,” she had written to Khattar, with copies to the Chief Secretary and others.
Refuting the allegations, the ACS had then maintained that if somebody did not perform duty well, he had to tell the officer to do so. He said abusive language was not his nature.
Meanwhile, without commenting on the veracity of the woman IAS officer’s allegations, another senior IAS officer said he was surprised that the ACS had called a meeting in Rohtak on Sunday afternoon and wanted an Additional Secretary to come there. “An Additional Secretary has a job profile of file work in the Secretariat. She is not a field functionary,” said the other senior officer.
The IAS officer facing allegations justified his directive, saying the purpose of calling her to Rohtak was to make her familiar with the problems of field staff in the department. In her complaint, the woman IAS officer had claimed that her boss was forcing her to go to a meeting in Rohtak.