|2012-08-26||HC upholds replacement of octroi in civic bodies i|
HC upholds replacement of octroi in civic bodies in State
Rosy Sequeira | TNN | Updated: Aug 26, 2012, 06.05 PM IST
MUMBAI: Bombay High Court has upheld the levy of local body tax in place of octroi in several municipal corporations across Maharashtra barring Mumbai from July 1 2012.
A division bench of Justice Sharad Bobde and Justice Rajesh Ketkar on August 23, 2012 were hearing a petition filed by Ulhasnagar mayor Asha Idnani against the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation and State government challenging the replacement of octroi with LBT.
Instead of the previous system of octroi where trucks queued up at check nakas and with complaints of rampant corruption, the government introduced local body tax which is directly collected from traders who register with the government. Corporators from corporations of Nashik, Thane, Kalyan, Kolhapur also challenged imposition of LBT stating that octroi was an important source of income for their civic bodies and also many of its scheme are dependent on the income from octroi.
In the case of Nashik Municipal Corporation, it was argued that facilities for the annual Kumbh Mela are funded by the income received through octroi. The petitioners contended that the government did not give them a hearing. Also that all corporation had opposed LBT and even passed resolutions and sent its copies to the government,. Despite this, the government arbitrarily imposed LBT. They urged the court to quash and set aside the State government's notifications directing collection of LBT from July 1, 2012.
At an earlier hearing, the court stayed replacement of octroi in respect of Nashik Municipal Corporation. When the matter came up for hearing on August 23, 2012, it was vehemently argued that the levy of LBT should be similarly stayed for other corporations. The additional government pleader opposed grant of stay saying traders have begun registering themselves and the scheme has been implemented and the revenue generated. In an affidavit filed by Govind Lokhande, deputy secretary, Urban Development Department, it was stated that since as on July 31, 2012 around Rs 2.88 crores was collected in Ulhasnagar. Also, that some 6887 traders applied and registration numbers were given to them.
In view of this, the judges said there will be no stay on LBT for other corporations but it will continue in respect of Nashik. They took the affidavit on record and adjourned the hearing.
|2012-08-21||HC gives police protection to man threatened by Ka|
HC gives police protection to man threatened by Kalani
Tue, 21 Aug 2012-09:57pm , Mumbai , PTI
The Bombay High Court today asked Thane Police Commissioner to provide police protection to a resident of Ulhasnagar, who had allegedly been threatened by the son of former MLA and former Tada detenu Suresh Pappu Kalani during local elections early this year.
Hearing a petition filed by the aggrieved resident Sunil Sukhramani, Justice VM Kanade ordered the police to provide him protection within 48 hours as alleged threats by Omi Kalani, son of the former MLA, still continued.
Observing that police had still not arrested Kalani, against whom two FIRs were registered and even though his anticipatory bail had been rejected earlier by the High Court, Justice Kanade warned that he may consider ordering the Home Ministry to conduct an inquiry into the role of police and may even think of transfering the investigations to CBI.
The petitioner prayed that his uncle and aunt had contested elections to Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation on February 16, 2012 against Suresh Kalani and his wife Jyoti.
Prior to elections, on November 12, 2011, the petitioner said he was assaulted by Omi Kalani and his associates. This was witnessed by Prakash Kalwani, who tried to intervene. However, both were assaulted by Kalani and his men and threatened at the point of gun to stop their relatives from contesting elections in wards against the Kalani family.
A police complaint was registered against them. Later, they were threatened once again and another complaint was registered against Omi Kalani who moved the high court for anticipatory bail, which was dismissed as withdrawn on February 3. He filed another bail petition, which was rejected later.
The petitioner prayed that despite rejection of bail, Kalani was moving around and continued to put out the threats.
He said the local police had failed to take action, following which, the matter was handed over to the State CID. Even then, no action had been taken as Jyoti Kalani belonged to the ruling party in the State, the petitioner alleged and urged the Court to institute a CBI probe into the matter.
|2012-08-08||Mumbai: Tainted cop switches stolen gold jewellery|
Mumbai: Cop switches stolen gold jewellery with fakes
Updated: August 8, 2012, 4:56 PM IST
|2012-08-02||MSEDCL engineers held for taking bribe|
MSEDCL engineers held for taking bribe
Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Updated: Aug 2, 2012, 01.41 AM IST
ULHASNAGAR: The Thane Anti-Corruption Bureau has arrested two Ulhasnagar MSEDCL engineers for accepting Rs 3,000 bribe from a private electrician to pass a new electricity connection.
The arrested both engineer Raju Vani (senior engineer) and Manohar Jogi (Junior Engineer), both are posted with MSEDCL office in Ulhasnagar 1.
According to ACB official recently complainant Raju More was approached by his friend Dilip Aadvani for helping him to get new electricity connection of three phase for his new floor mill.
Later More with required all documents of Aadvani approached to the officials who before passing line demanded bribe of Rs 10,000 from him.
According to Raju, "When I asked both official why they needed money they claimed that its tradition and without money we cannot clear file following to which I am bargain with them and later complaint about them to Thane anti corruption bureau".
On Wednesday both official were caught raid handed while accepting money from More.
|2012-08-02||Action against civic employees who skipped electio|
Action against civic employees who skipped election training
Sandhya Nair | TNN | Updated: Aug 2, 2012, 06.11 PM IST
MUMBAI: The Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC) Commissioner Vikram Kumar has issued show cause notices to 243 employees from neighbouring civic bodies for not attending the training programme for civic elections.
The MBMC is going to polls on August 12. Nearly 3,700 persons, including those not employed with the MBMC are being trained in the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and duties at polling booths.
A training programme for the employees of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC), Bhiwandi Nizampur City Municipal Corporation (BNCMC) and Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) was organised on July 30 and 31. However, 243 employees of the TMC, KDMC, VVMC and UMC did not turn up for the two days training session.
Another training programme will be conducted on August 6 and 7. The municipal commissioner has hinted at penal action against employees skipping the forthcoming training sessions.
The municipal commissioner on Tuesday organised a meeting for candidates where they were reminded about obtaining necessary permissions before organising public meetings and rallies.
The commissioner also appealed to voters' to use the election helpline number (9225320011) for queries related to the civic polls.