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The City Diary

Consumer court impasse ends

lThe impasse at the city’s consumer courts finally ended on Tuesday with the National Commission asking the state government not to interfere with the courts’ functioning. Justice D.P. Wadhwa, president, National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, in a letter to state chief secretary S.N. Roy, said the courts “do not belong to any department of the state government”. He said the move to shift the Calcutta district courts, without the state commission’s knowledge, was not acceptable. Justice Wadhwa had also criticised the state government for communicating with Justice S.C. Datta, state commission president, through a deputy secretary. In view of the commission’s intervention, lawyers and consumer organisations will be back in action from Wednesday.

Suicide at Writers’

Ashok Kumar Das, 55, employed with the land and land reforms department at Writers’ Buildings, committed suicide on Tuesday. According to his colleagues, when they were closing up at 6.30 pm, they found one of the toilets locked from inside. They broke the door open and found Das hanging. Police said Das, who hailed from Basirhat, was depressed. This is the second suicide by a Writers’ staff in a week.

Torture complaint

Rev. Debdutta Sarkar, father of a community church in Calcutta, has moved Calcutta High Court, alleging that his wife Victoria was torturing him. In his petition, he demanded court intervention to solve the problem. The couple have three children, Sarkar’s lawyer Idris Ali said. The case will come up for hearing on Thursday.

Revolver stolen

The revolver of a constable, escort of Rajya Sabha MP Ramnarayan Goswami, was stolen from the crowded compartment of a local train on Tuesday morning. According to railway police, the incident occurred when the constable, Sukumar Mandal, was escorting Goswami to his Burdwan residence.

Power tariff

A division bench, comprising Justice A. Chakraborty and Justice R. N. Sinha, adjourned a case filed by the State Electricity Board against the recommendation of Electricity Regularity Commission (ERC) in fixing the tariff for the year of 2001-2 till Thursday. The ERC counsel prayed for the adjournment of the case as a similar petition was pending in the Supreme Court.


Cycle-rickshaw and van-pullers blocked Gariahat Road (South) in front of the Dakshinapan shopping complex for almost two hours after the police impounded some of their vehicles on Tuesday afternoon. The blockade was lifted around 9 pm but not before the protesters caused a major traffic snarl on Southern Avenue, Prince Anwar Shah Road, Gol Park and several other areas for two hours.

Thumbs Up

o Sunderbans Development Authority and West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency for providing 140 solar lamps to students
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