HC upholds dismissal of judge charged with corruption

HC upholds dismissal of judge charged with corruption

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat high court has upheld dismissal of a judge that was found indulged in corrupt practices by asking the parties to give just Rs 100 to Rs 200 to pass order in their favour.

Upholding dismissal for corrupt practice, the HC observed, “The Judges, at whatever level may be, represent the State and its authority. Unlike the bureaucracy, judicial service is not merely an employment nor the Judges merely employees. They are holders of public offices of great trust and responsibility. If a judicial officer ‘tips the scales of justice its rippling effect would be disastrous and deleterious’. Dishonest judicial personage is an oxymoron.”

In this case, a civil judge C H Upadhyay was posted as JMFC during 1999 and 2002 at Upaleta, where members of local Bar association complained that Upadhyay created disharmony in the function of the court by passing discriminative orders or by causing inordinate delay in giving verdicts.

The Bar association complained, “Upadhyay damaged impression of judicial department by adopting corrupt practice, while pressurizing advocates to get favourable orders by paying money as per his demands. His such corrupt practice was a talk of the town that he was getting Rs 100 to 200 for cancellation of warrants while exercising corrupt practice in court cases… He had also directly demanded money for passing orders in favour of the advocates of Upleta Bar Assocation and by that way he used to directly collect money from the litigant for passing the orders.”

The Bar association also passed two resolutions in 2000 expressing its grievance about his rude and insulting behaviour. He would not pass any order, if he was not paid the money as per his demand, the Bar said.

Besides, Upadhyay was also charged with corruption for deciding cases to favour accused persons, when he allegedly acted in nexus with a local police officer.

The HC ordered two different inquiries against Upadhyay in 2000 and in 2004. After conducting the inquiry, the HC administration punished him by dismissing him in both the cases – in 2009 and 2011. Upadhyay filed two petitions before the HC bench, and the petitions were heard simultaneously. The division bench upheld the outcome of inquiry and punishment of dismissal awarded to the judge.



How Kunal Ghosh got medicines? CBI to ask jail authorities

How Kunal Ghosh got medicines? CBI to ask jail authorities

KOLKATA: Voicing concern over the alleged suicide attempt made by Saradhaponzi scam accused and suspended Trinamool Congress MP KunalGhosh, the special crime branch of CBI on Friday said it will ask jail authorities how he got access to the medicines.

It is a matter of “great concern” and “very difficult” to understand how Ghosh got access to medicines and subsequently allegedly tried to commit suicide after consuming medicines, CBI sources told PTI here.

“We will certainly write to the jail authorities to know how the medicines reached him and will also inform the court,” the sources said.

The special crime branch of CBI had arrested Ghosh on November 23 last year for his alleged involvement in the Saradha scam.

Ghosh, who is in jail custody and lodged in Presidency correctional home along with Saradha chief Sudipta Sen and his associate Debjani Mukherjee, had been named in the preliminary chargesheet filed by CBI.

He allegedly tried to commit suicide by taking sleeping pills inside the jail this morning, West Bengal Correctional Home Services Minister H A Swafi said.

A former CEO of Saradha group firm Bengal Media Ltd, Ghosh had threatened to commit suicide when he was produced before a city court on November 10 if CBI did not take “proper action” against those involved within three days.

He had during earlier court hearings accused some top TMC leaders of having benefitted from the scam.


Principal booked for minor’s rape

Principal booked for minor’s rape

LUDHIANA: Moti Nagar police have booked a school principal for reportedly raping a teacher, who is a minor, on Friday.

In her police complaint, the 17-year-old girl, a resident of Labour Colony, said, “Nand Kishore Jaswal, a resident of Khokha Market in Moti Nagar, is principal of HVM School. I have been teaching at the school since a year. He lured me with the promise of marriage. He used to call me on holidays and violate me.”

“After I approached his family members and informed them about the promises he made, they assured to get us married. On November 21, we tied the knot at Shiv Mandir, Shiv Dharam Kanda, Gyaspura. But Jaswal did not take me home and threatened me of dire consequences,” she added. Moti Nagar police have registered a case under sections 376 (rape), 120-b (conspiracy) of the IPC and sections 4, 12 of CPSO Act 2012.


Rape bid on two minor girls

Rape bid on two minor girls

GURGAON: Two youths allegedly abducted two minor girls from Garhi village on Thursday and tried to rape one of them, police said.

The two girls, aged 11 and 7, were playing late in the evening, when the two youths approached them in a car and lured them with promise of food. The accused allegedly pulled them inside and fled.

Cops were informed and all nearby police stations were alerted. The girls were found dumped near Makdola village. A medical test showed the 11-year-old girl had been subjected to a rape attempt and had injuries on her private parts. Police said they have taken the girls’ statement but are yet to identify the accused.


Teacher under fire for punishing student

Teacher under fire for punishing student

GUWAHATI: A Class X student of TC Girls’ Higher Secondary School in the city on Thursday was allegedly told by her teacher to open her ‘chaddar’ as punishment for scribbling on the clothes of other students on the last day of school.

The incident took place on Thursday but came to light only on Friday when the parents of the student reached the prestigious school to inquire about the matter. But Ranu Borgohain, the accused teacher defended herself by saying she was only teaching the students the correct classroom behaviour.

According to teachers, some girls engaged in ‘wild’ celebrations during their ‘last day’ in school before the board examination. A friend of the victim said, “The girls enjoyed their time as Thursday was their last day in school. The students celebrated the day by signing on each other’s dresses but the teacher arrived and forced one of the students to remove her chaddar.”

Borgohain said she asked the students to limit their celebrations and regretted causing hurt to the student. “I only told them that with such dirty dresses, they can’t go out of the school. A little restriction on the students is required,” she said.

A senior teacher said the allegations are not entirely accurate. “It was not their last day in school. They will have to come to school before the board examination. Whatever the teacher told the students was to make them realize that they should know how to enjoy or celebrate on the school campus,” said a teacher on the condition of anonymity.