|2013-11-30||Mumbai: Cop caught taking Rs. 5,000 bribe in Thane|
Mumbai: Cop caught taking Rs 5,000 bribe in Thane
INDIA Updated: Nov 30, 2013 20:43 IST
A police inspector has been caught for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 for releasing a seized motorcycle, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) said on Saturday.
SG Khandare, attached to Hill Line Police Station under Ulhasnagar division of Thane, was arrested last night and booked under Prevention of Corruption Act.
According to inspector UA Vaidya of ACB Thane unit, Hill Line Police had seized the motorbike of a man against whom an offence of extortion had been registered with them.
The man, Ravi Arjun Pawar, approached the Ulhasnagar Court, which ordered the police to return the bike. When Pawar approached the police station, Khandare demanded Rs 5,000 for handing over the two-wheeler, Vaidya said.
Pawar lodged a complaint with the ACB, whose officials laid a trap at the police station and caught Khandare accepting the bribe money yesterday afternoon, he said.
The officer was presented in the local court which remanded him in police custody till December 2.
|2013-11-28||Thane: Businessman kidnapped, ransom of Rs. one cr|
Thane: Businessman kidnapped, ransom of Rs. one crore sought
Cities | Press Trust of India | Updated: November 28, 2013 09:10 IST
THANE: A 42-year-old cable operator from Ulhasnagar township in the district was allegedly kidnapped by unknown persons from outside his house, police said today.
Raja alias Bhagwan Lalchand Oocchani got a call on his mobile phone on the night of November 24 and went outside his home. However, he never returned, said Assistant Police Inspector G J Jaid of Central Police Station.
Police registered a case of kidnapping under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) last night after the family members of Oocchani received a call seeking ransom of Rs. one crore for his release, from an unidentified person, he said.
Police are carrying further investigations.
|2013-11-10||Experts warn of ordinance effect on rest of Mumbai|
Experts warn of ordinance effect on rest of Mumbai
Shibu Thomas | TNN | Nov 10, 2013, 04.46 AM IST
MUMBAI: Will chief minister Prithviraj Chavan do an Ulhasnagar in Mumbai? A day after Campa Cola residents proposed a draft ordinance to protect Mumbai's pre-1991 illegal buildings in a bid to save their own unauthorised apartments, legal and civic experts are divided on whether the CM should bite the bullet.
The draft Regularization of Unauthorized Developments in the City of Mumbai Ordinance, 2013, seeks that all illegal buildings that have exceeded permissible FSI by up to 11 per cent should be granted protection on payment of a penalty of Rs 40 per square metre.
Save for a few changes, the draft ordinance seems to have been lifted word to word from the 2006 Ulhasnagar ordinance, which was enacted to protect thousands of illegal buildings in the township that were facing demolition following a Bombay high court order.
Justice (retired) V G Palshikar, former acting chief justice of the HC, feels the government is well within its powers if it wants to bring in a law to save illegal buildings in Mumbai. "Ordinances are usually enacted for a particular purpose, in this case to help flat owners who might have bought apartments without realising they were illegal. As long as it does not harm others, it is the government's discretion to bring in a legislation," he said.But legal and civic planning experts questioned whether the state government could pass such an ordinance in view of the impact it could have on the city.
"A major reason for refusal of regularsialtion was the Coastal Regulation Zone rules (a Central law). The state has no powers to come out with an ordinance that affects a Central law. Moreover, extra FSI cannot be granted due to CRZ rules," said advocate Y P Singh. "Such an ordinance can also be challenged on grounds that it is discriminatory as it seeks to regularize a specific category of violations which affect a small group from a few affluent housing societies. How can the government justify a wrong and seek to undo an SC order?" Singh asked.Noted architect and planning expert P K Das said, "The government might be justified in coming to the aid of flat owners, but unfortunately in this debate the role of the developers has been ignored."
He added, "Condoning one Campa Cola will pave the way for a 100 other Campa Colas. It will destroy and undermine planned development of the city. The government should simultaneously bring in laws to penalise developers who construct illegal buildings in blatant violation of laws. Otherwise Campa Colas will continue to be built and 10 years later, the government will again bring in an ordinance to protect them."
Advocate Jamshed Mistry questioned whether the government could bring in an ordinance despite the apex court order. "While an ordinance on humanitarian grounds could be considered, the SC verdict was very clear in rejecting the plea for regularisation of unauthorised flats. Any ordinance that is brought in will be subject to debate and challenge in the courts," said Mistry, who practises in the Bombay HC. "The question is whether the government should bring in an ordinance to save Campa Cola or have a broader outlook," the advocate said.
|2013-11-09||NMMT conductor returns lost bracelet|
NMMT conductor returns lost bracelet
George Mendonca | TNN | Nov 9, 2013, 03.18 AM IST
NAVI MUMBAI: A Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) bus conductor has earned praises from his colleagues for returning a passenger's gold bracelet weighing 1.5 tolas.Prashant Londhe, a resident of Ulhasnagar and permanent employee of NMMT, said, "On Tuesday, I was assigned NMMT route no 41 from Vashi railway station to Dombivli. When the bus reached the APMC market, I spotted a gold bracelet and immediately picked it up so that it doesn't end up in wrong hands. I informed the NMMT depot manager and deposited it there after my duty hours. The owner of the bracelet reached the depot and was handed over his belonging. By returning the gold bracelet, I have done my duty as a responsible citizen."
He added that this was the second time he found a lost gold ornament in the bus. He had deposited a gold bracelet that he had found in a bus in 2007, which was handed over to its owner.
NMMT chairman Anwar Shaikh said, "Dombivli resident Sanket Bendre had misplaced his gold bracelet while travelling from Dombivli to Vashi. Conductor Londhe will be bestowed with a certificate of appreciation and a cash reward of Rs 1,100."
On 3 August 2010, a young NMMT bus conductor Deepak Sathe, a resident of sector-3, Koper Khairane had returned the lost purse of an Airoli woma Vandana Kamble (35), which she had forgotten on her seat while travelling in NMMT bus route number 8 from Vashi railway station towards Thane. The purse contained her mangalsutra worth Rs 30,000, a ration card, PAN card and some cash. The conductor had found a mobile number scribbled on a piece of paper inside the bag. He called on that number which was of the woman passenger's relative. After taking her number from the relative, he contacted her and asked her to collect her purse with all her belongings intact, from NMMT bus depot.
|2013-11-02||Husband, in-laws booked for harassment|
Husband, in-laws booked for harassment
TNN | Nov 2, 2013, 06.03 AM IST
ULHASNAGAR: A woman from Ulhasnagar has lodged a complained against her husband and in-laws living in Ghatkopar alleging that they forcibly made her sit at a gambling den run by them in Ghatkopar to attract customers.
The victim, Rashmi, (name changed), also alleged that when she refused to comply with their demands as she was being sexually harassed by customers, her husband and in-laws in turn started harassing her for money.
Rashmi further alleged in her complaint that her father-in-law also molested her in the presence of her husband and mother-in-laW. The victim was married in April last year.