Candidate fined for false plea
New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court dismissed the petition of defeated candidate in the Haryana Assembly elections, Mahendra Pratap, and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 for seeking recounting of votes on false grounds.
Justifying the imposition of fine, a bench of Justices M.B. Shah and D.M. Dharmadhikari said unless such deterrent action was taken, attempts to pollute the judicial process would be made through frivolous petitions.
In election petitions filed with prayer for recount of votes, the court had always insisted on a high standard of proof or grounds, as would persuade the court to grant the prayer, Justice Dharmadhikari said.
“Where false facts are pleaded and false evidence is produced to mislead the court into interfering with the people’s verdict of election, the misconduct of the parties to the election has to be viewed seriously,” he said.
Plea to phase out crashing MiGs
Jaipur (PTI): A public interest litigation has been filed in Rajasthan High Court seeking the phasing out of MiG-21 fighter planes in the wake of a spate of crashes involving these aircraft.
Acting on the petition, a division bench of acting Chief Justice M.R. Calla and Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra on Monday issued notices to the defence minister, defence secretary and the chief of air staff.
The petition cited newspaper reports about the accidents of MiGs at regular intervals claiming lives of pilots and said the planes violate Article 21 of the Constitution which upholds the right to live.
The petition contested the reported statement of the defence minister that the MiG planes were safe even as these fighters were crashing in large numbers, the latest being the mishap in Bagdogra which killed one pilot.
About 55 MiG-21 aircraft have crashed in the past five years in which 30 pilots were killed.
Petitioner Mahesh Sharma also asked the court to use its powers and to act in the matter related to the Central government.
Girl hangs self in classroom
Madurai (PTI): A 17-year-old girl was found hanging in her classroom on Monday night, in what is suspected to be a suicide.
olice said Revathi, a plus two student, staying in the school hostel, in a letter to her parents said: “I don’t want to bring disgrace to the family.” She was found hanging with her dupatta around her neck. Her parents and relatives held a demonstration demanding a probe into the death. After much protest, her parents allowed the body to be taken for post-mortem.
Sonipat (PTI): A businessman was robbed of jewellery and goods worth lakhs of rupees and Rs 60,000 cash at gunpoint in Gohana, police sources said. Four unidentified youths armed with pistols forced their way into his shop, looted him, his friend and his brother-in-law, they said, adding that the miscreants escaped in a car.
Moga (PTI): A sum of Rs 94,000 of the cooperative society of Madheke village was looted at gunpoint by two miscreants, police said. The village cooperative society cashier had collected the money to deposit it in the Moga Central Cooperative Bank at Nihalsingh Wala. The police have registered a case and launched search for the two.
Police firing death
Patna (PTI): One person was killed when police opened fire to quell a mob that set free a murder accused after he was arrested at a village in Kaimur district, police sources said. The state police headquarters said the police party which had gone to the village to arrest Guddu Singh, wanted in connection with a murder, was attacked by people who pelted stones and forcibly set Guddu free. The police opened fire in self-defence killing Guddu’s uncle Kedar Singh on the spot.
Dehra Dun (PTI): Normal life was affected on Tuesday following a day-long bandh call by opposition parties and trader unions to protest against the murder of an entire family of a businessman, Mukesh Singhal on Monday. All markets, cinema halls and petrol pumps remained closed.
A feast of plays and stage performances will greet Mumbai during the fortnight-long Natya Parva, the first national theatre festival in the city. It will be held under the aegis of Sangeet Natak Akademi from December 1 and will feature 20 award winning plays.