Madras HC fines school teacher Rs 50,000 for pinching student’s cheek

Madras HC fines school teacher Rs 50,000 for pinching student’s cheek

The Madras high court has imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 for pinching her student’s cheek as a punishment. The order was issued by the first bench of HC comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M Sathyanarayanan.

In 2012, Rama Gowri, a teacher at Kesari higher secondary school in Mylapore, pinched the cheek of a class VII boy for not doing his homework and he sustained minor injuries.

After Meharunnisa, the boy’s mother, took the matter to the State Human Rights Commission, there were several proceedings besides a criminal case filed against the teacher.

During the hearing before NHRC, the teacher reportedly claimed that she had only twisted the boy’s ears. Her argument was that the boy’s cheek was injured when he tried to move away while she was holding his ear.

In May 2013, the commission imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on the Mylapore school for violation of human rights. But the boy’s mother decided to appeal the Madras HC, complaining of the school management for delaying the issuance of transfer certificate and demanding an increase in the quantum of compensation .

She had also filed a fresh complaint against the teacher before a magistrate court in the city.

Meanwhile, calling all these multiple proceedings a harassment, the teacher moved HC seeking help. However, on Thursday, HC ordered the teacher to pay a compensation/fine of Rs 50,000 and approach the judicial magistrate court, Saidapet where the case was pending against her.

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HC directive to pay litigation cost

HC directive to pay litigation cost

Justice A. Muhamed Mustaque allowing a writ petition filed by Mannatil Kumar directed the Public Information Officer of the Ministry to provide the information sought by the petitioner.

: The Kerala High Court has directed the information officer in Union Ministry of Human Resources Development, Central Information Commissioner, to pay a litigation cost of Rs. 3,000 to an information seeker for refusing to provide him information under the Right to Information Act.

Justice A. Muhamed Mustaque while allowing a writ petition filed by Mannatil Kumar of Kochi directed the Public Information Officer of the Ministry to provide the information sought by the petitioner.

The petitioner, a retired employee of Cochin Shipyard had sought information under the Right to Information Act regarding the outcome on his representation filed before the Minister of State for Human Resources. The representation highlighted denial of growth opportunities of the Cochin Shipyard. As the petitioner did not receive any response on his representation, he sought information from the public information officer. The officer then replied that the representation was “beyond the scope of responsibilities of Minister of State for Human Resources”. The Central Information Commission had also rejected his appeal against the department decision.

The court observed that the information already available on the records had to be supplied to the petitioner under the RTI Act. Seeking redressal of grievances and obtaining information were different. As far as the Right to Information Act was concerned, what was expected to be provided was regarding the information that existed in available files. The nature of information sought for was on the nature of disposal of his representation. It could be responded by either stating that this was considered/not considered/what transpired on the file. If nothing had been acted upon such representation, the information officer could say so. It seemed that authorities had not understood the very scope of seeking information under the Act.

NRI investors claim $103 million from ICICI Venture, move Mauritius Supreme Court

NRI investors claim $103 million from ICICI Venture, move Mauritius Supreme Court

MUMBAI: A group of investors in a Mauritius-based realty fund of ICICI Venture have sought damages totalling $ 103 million for losses suffered by them, but the asset manager termed the allegations as “totally baseless and malicious”.

ICICI Venture also countered the claim of damages, saying the aggrieved investors accounted for a small percentage of those invested in the fund and they had refused to take an ‘cash exit option’ although returns were never guaranteed.

The investors are claiming losses from their investments in ICICI Venture’s Dynamic India Fund III, which invested the money in realty projects which bombed, the NRIs’ legal firm Banymandhup Boolell Chambers said in a statement.

The petition is being heard by the Mauritius Supreme Court, it added.

Alleging that they have suffered huge losses from the investments made, a group of 69 NRI investors from about among 500, has dragged ICICI and associated companies to the Mauritius Supreme Court. The investors are seeking $ 103,699,976 and interests from the fund, and others.

The petitioners have alleged that the fund invested in real estate projects, many of which failed to take off despite the world-class claim and assured returns promised by marketing teams.

“A plaint with summons was lodged before the Supreme Court of Mauritius by a group of NRIs and foreign investors against the ICICI Ventures, International Financial Services (IFS), ICICI Bank and the Western India Trustee & Executor Co,” Banymandhup Boolell Chambers of Mauritius said.

When contacted, ICICI Venture denied any such development and termed it as baseless and that it had offered them a cash exit option in line with best global practices.

Its parent, ICICI Bank refused to comment, saying the allegations pertain to their PE arm and not the bank.

“The allegations levelled by a set of investors, constituting only 12 per cent of the investors in the said fund, are totally baseless, not supported by facts and are malicious,” an ICICI Venture spokesperson said.

Stating it manages assets of over $ 2.5 billion and has delivered returns to its investors across various funds, ICICI Venture said it is common knowledge that globally PEs do not guarantee returns given the risks involved. Also, realty projects have long gestation period and hence the returns accrue over a period of time, it claimed.

The statement further said that it has extended the life of the said fund by three years to optimise realisation from the portfolio.

“As far as the legal proceedings instituted are concerned, ICICI Ventures will take necessary steps regarding the same based on legal advice,” the spokesperson added.

The close-ended fund had a corpus of $ 220 million and its primary objective was to develop, lease, own and sell quality office buildings, residential premises and retail spaces attractive to quality tenants/users and appeal to long-term institutional investors.

Minor girl married off to businessman for Rs 12 lakh property in Tamil Nadu

Minor girl married off to businessman for Rs 12 lakh property in Tamil Nadu

Minor girl married off to businessman for Rs 12 lakh property in Tamil Nadu
The incident came to light when the girl’s mother complained to the district Childline, seeking custody of her minor daughter.
CHENNAI: A minor girl from Salem was allegedly sold to a businessman for Rs 12 lakh. The Class X student of a government-aided school in Suramangalam was then married to the divorcee from Cuddalore on October 12. The incident came to light when the girl’s mother complained to the Childline, seeking custody of her minor daughter. The marriage was solemnized in the presence of local leaders and families of both sides in Pennadam in Cuddalore district.

The girl’s mother has now filed a habeas corpus plea in the Madras high court for the girl to be produced in court. The 14-year-old is the eldest daughter of Begum* and Sathik Basha. Babu, the son of a local politician, befriended the girl’s advocate mother while frequenting her house to discuss a civil suit. He exerted pressure on her parents to get her married to him by threatening to commit suicide.

“He offered a property worth Rs 12 lakh and we could not withstand the pressure and agreed to the proposal,” said Begum. The girl’s parents then found that Babu had a two-year-old son from an earlier marriage.

On a complaint from Begum demanding to get back her daughter, the Cuddalore district social welfare office swung into action on Saturday. When the officials visited Babu’s residence, they were informed that there was nothing to worry.

“Even the girl said that it was her parents who sold her to Babu. She did not show any sign of distress. As we had no proof to suggest she was a minor, we left,” Cuddalore district social welfare officer R Bhuvaneswari told TOI.

Begum sent the girl’s birth certificate to officials, who went back to Babu’s house on Thursday night and rescued her with the help of police. “She will be produced before the child welfare committee shortly,” Bhuvaneswari said.

Man plays IPS officer, cheats women

Man plays IPS officer, cheats women

Man plays IPS officer, cheats women
Police said Balamanikandan, a resident of Ayanavaram, cheated more than nine women, including two doctors and two engineers. 
CHENNAI: A year back 28-year-old V Balamanikandan donned police uniform and posed as an IPS officer to cheat young men of money. After his release on bail, he played cop again, but this time his targets were women, to whom he promised marriage and conned them of their jewellery.

Police said Balamanikandan, a resident of Ayanavaram, cheated more than nine women, including two doctors and two engineers. They said he used SMS and social networking sites to woo educated women and may have even married some of them.

The fraud came to light when his latest quarry, an MPhil student from Anna Nagar, lodged a complaint with T P Chatram police saying a man who married her after befriending her on online chat has disappeared with her 80 sovereigns of gold jewellery. She said they registered the marriage at a sub-registrar’s office on September 29 and started living together. He took her jewellery one by one and went into hiding after some time, she said. Based on the details and photographs given by her, police identified the man and started searching him. He was picked him up from Koyambedu bust terminus on Wednesday when he was about make a getaway.

On interrogation, Balamanikandan told police about how he had cheated other women too. Police said Balamanikandan used latest internet and mobile tools to approach women. He told them he was an IPS officer in his probationary period and was also doing some business to meet financial expenses. He took their jewellery after promising to marry them. He also stole a car from one of the women he befriended.

“Most of the women fell for his appearance and blindly gave him their jewellery. He spoke English fluently, a factor which helped him lure educated women,” inspector Rajesh Babu said. He took a total of 150 sovereigns of gold jewellery from these women, Babu said. Police recovered 66 sovereigns gold jewellery, a car and Rs 9,000 from him. He has been remanded in judicial custody.

In July 2013, Balamanikandan was arrested by Peravallur police for posing as a trainee IPS officer and cheating some youths of money. He was sharing an accommodation in Kolathur with other youngsters, whom he convinced that he had cleared the civil services examination and had been selected for training at Puzhal prison. Trouble began when his new friends began boasting of financially helping an IPS officer.

He had also cheated a gym trainer in Peravallur. He used the gym regularly with his friends without paying any fees. Manikandan wore the police uniform and told people in the neighbourhood that he was a deputy commissioner of police. Based on a complaint, he was arrested.