Despite Govt Rap, IAS Officer Firm on Legal Challenge

Despite Govt Rap, IAS Officer Firm on Legal Challenge

CHENNAI: Senior IAS officer C Umashankar, who has been directed by the State government not to engage himself in ‘preaching and propagating activities’, is firm on moving the Madras High Court challenging the directive by Chief Secretary K Gnanadesikan, through his communication dated January 24.


When asked about speculation that he had given up the idea of moving the court, Umashankar shot back: “No such decision. In fact, I am in the lawyer’s house. We are preparing the papers for moving the court..” However, he declined to give the exact date of filing the petition before the court.


The Chief Secretary, in his communication to Umashankar, had said his activities in Pudukadai in Kanyakumari district on January 16 had created disturbance to public order resulting in registration of two cases in the Pudukadai police station. He also warned that if Umashankar continued with his preaching and propagating activities, the government would have to take appropriate action under the existing Service Rules.


Following this, Umashankar had cancelled his preaching meets at Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Kanyakumari districts scheduled on January 24–26. The IAS officer had already gone on record saying that the direction of the government is illegal as the Constitution provides freedom to profess, practice and propagate religion. 


On July 21, 2010, during the previous DMK regime, he was placed under suspension for reportedly producing fake community certificate while joining service many years ago. He had moved the National Commission for SC/ST with a prayer to allow him to work under the Centre or any of the agencies of the Centre not under the control of the government of Tamil Nadu. However, the government had revoked his suspension on September 2, 2010.


Atrocities against Dalits rising in UP: Punia

Atrocities against Dalits rising in UP: Punia

National Commission for Scheduled Caste (NCSC) today said that that cases of atrocities against Dalits are on the rise in Uttar Pradesh during the tenure of the present state government as compared to the last regime.

Addressing reporters here, NCSC Chairman P L Punia said, at present several cases of Dalits are pending for a long time and their speedy disposal does not seem to be a priority of the state government.

Punia today held a meeting to take stock of the atrocities cases in Kanpur division which was attended by senior administrative and police officials of Kanpur Nagar, Kanpur Dehat, Auraiya, Etah, Farrukhabad and Kannauj districts. 

“During the tenure of the present government there is no dearth in cases of atrocities against Dalits, but there is an rise in such cases,” he said, adding, this is because preventing Dalit atrocities is not the priority of the government. 

When asked whether atrocities against Dalits have increased in UP during the tenure of present government as compared to the tenure of last BSP government, he said, “Yes the crimes against Dalits have increased and several such cases are pending.”

“One reason for this can be the fact that cases of Dalit atrocities are now registered in police stations. The chief of last BSP government was a dalit just by name but issues concerning Dalit were not priority for the last government,” he claimed.

“Incidences of rapes, atrocities against Dalit used to take place regularly when the BSP government was in power, but the government did not pay attention towards such incidences,” he alleged.

According to Punia, he is visiting all 18 divisions in the state after which he will meet UP CM Akhilesh Yadav to appraise him about the issue.

Punia said, prior to this he has reviewed the situation in Punjab, Kerala and Changigarh.

During the review, he said, the matters which are pending for last 2 years are being cleared.

He has instructed all District Magistrates and SSPs to appoint an officer of SDM rank for speedy disposal of cases of Dalit atrocities and asked them to deal with such cases more seriously and with priority.

According to him, all SSP’s have been asked to instruct the SHOs to immediately register FIR in such cases and asked them to take action against the errant officers.

Punia said that 38 out of 66 cases were disposed from Kanpur city, 15 out of 20 cases were disposed from Kanpur Dehat, 13 out of 20 cases were disposed from Auraiya, 2 out of 4 cases were resolved from Farrukhabad and 6 out of 8 cases were settled from Kannauj.

Supreme Court tells govt to not float schemes it cannot implement

Supreme Court tells govt to not float schemes it cannot implement

The apex court was hearing a case regarding the construction of hostels for girls and boys belonging to scheduled castes Shreeja Sen inShare 0 inShare 0 Comments Subscribe to: Daily Newsletter Breaking News Latest News 08:17 PM IST Oscar Watch: Still Alice07:52 PM IST JSW Steel posts 29% drop in consolidated net profit in December quarter 07:31 PM IST US economy grew 2.6% in Q4, slower than expected 07:28 PM ISTSupreme Court tells govt to not float schemes it cannot implement 07:13 PM IST Film Review: Birdman Editor’s picks Rao govt invited J.R.D. Tata to start airline, but backed out: Ratan Tata NTPC shortlists acquisition targets Bharti Airtel unit eyes payments bank licence Sesa Sterlite to cut capex substantially to offset slump in prices Adani Enterprises likely to revamp shareholding pattern In its order, the court noted that of the 443 hostels planned under the Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatrawas Yojana, which was to take effect in 2008, only 227 had been completed. Photo: Mint New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday told the central government to not float schemes if it did not have the capacity to follow through with them. “Don’t frame schemes that you cannot implement,” a bench of justices Madan B. Lokur and U.U. Lalit told the central government while hearing a case regarding the construction of hostels for girls and boys belonging to scheduled castes. This bench is also the designated social justice bench in the apex court. In its order, the court noted that of the 443 hostels planned under the Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatrawas Yojana, which was to take effect in 2008, only 227 had been completed. However, the condition of these hostels was not “satisfactory”, the court said in its order. Asking the central government to carry out a survey to “verify the condition of hostels”, the apex court also asked the pace of the construction to be expedited. The report for this has to be filed in the first week of July, it said.


Chittoor couple kill daughter to ‘save’ family honour

Chittoor couple kill daughter to ‘save’ family honour


They were allegedly upset with the teenager, who belonged to a

Scheduled Tribe, falling in love with a Dalit boy in their village.

In a shocking incident which came to light late, a teenaged girl was murdered by her parents to protect their family honour as she fell in love with a youth from another community at Veerapalli village, in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.


Police said the 17- year-old girl studying Interrnediate first year at Madanapalle, fell in love with Suresh (22) living opposite to their house. While the girl belonged to a Scheduled Tribe, the boy hailed from a Scheduled Caste community. Their love affair was going on for the last couple of years, despite frequent warning by her parents, who were farm labourers.

With the girl remaining adamant, the couple hatched a plan to kill her to protect their “family’s honour,” police said. Confirming that it was indeed honour killing, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Palamner) Shankar said the couple, along with close relatives, took the girl to a Shiva temple atop a hillock near their village saying they wanted to perform special puja for her on January 17.

After the puja, they took her into the nearby forest area and killed her by hanging her to a tree branch. Later, the body was thrown into the bushes.

The DSP said the couple was angry that their daughter continued her affair with the Dalit boy despite their warning.

Five days later, on January 22, the couple lodged a complaint with the police saying their daughter was missing. Meanwhile, some shepherds noticed the girl’s body in the bushes and informed the police.

The police unravelled the mystery behind the girl’s death following interrogation by the couple who confessed to the crime and were arrested, police said.

Some of the relatives who were eyewitness to the incident are absconding.


SC orders govt to pay wages to degree, PG teachers

SC orders govt to pay wages to degree, PG teachers

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has upheld a Kerala High Court order that the government has to pay for the salaries and other perks of teachers appointed for graduation and post-graduation courses in the aided colleges. The government cannot absolve its responsibility of ensuring quality education, a division bench of Justices V. Gopala Gowda and R. Banumathi ruled, dismissing a review petition filed by the Kerala government.

When the state government approved the new courses on November 9, 1998 after the delinking of pre-degree courses from the universities, it had made it clear that it would not shoulder any extra burden from the new courses. The Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam had also taken a similar stand when it authorised new courses in 1998-99.

The government approved the affiliation of new courses on December 6, 1999, committing no more funds than what was allotted in the budget.

The college managements approached the university for appointment of teachers to the new courses but the requests were turned down on May 31, 2002. The managements were given staff fixation orders on December 10, 2003.

The managements then went to the high court, which ruled that the government was responsible for the wages of newly appointed teachers. A division bench, however, found the government’s argument valid on August 18, 2007.

The managements and teachers filed a review petition before the division bench of the high court, saying the earlier order overlooked university rules and the direct payment agreement. This time the division bench ordered in favour of the managements and teachers. The government’s argument that the direct payment agreement was not valid in these cases was against section 35 of the agreement, the court ruled.

In the Supreme Court, the managements argued that the teachers were selected by a panel of representatives from the government and the university, and the fees collected from students have been paid to the government. The courses authorised by the government were not self-financing, they pointed out.

The government had paid some of the newly appointed teachers and allocated funds for the new courses, the management counsel said.

The Supreme Court observed that new teachers’ appointments were necessitated by the new courses and they have been employed for instructions and exam duties since 2002.

C.S Rajan and standing counsel Joji Scaria appeared for the government while Babu Varghese, Mathai Paikada and P.I. Jose represented the managements.