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Bihar pays Nitish after three years

Patna: Three years after holding the post of Bihar’s chief minister for merely seven days, Nitish Kumar received his remuneration on Saturday, reports our special correspondent.

His earnings for serving as chief minister for seven days in 2000 amounted to Rs 2,937.40.

n receiving the money, Kumar, who is now the Union railway minister, said: “The delay in making payment to the former chief minister shows the state government’s extraordinary efficiency.”

The money was deposited in a bank in New Delhi as the minister does not have any account in Patna.

Kumar was made chief minister of Bihar on March 11, 2000, but had to step down after seven days when he failed to prove his majority in the House.

The state government cited the lack of a bank account in Patna as one of the primary reasons for the procedural delay, and also the fact that Kumar was not an MLA when he became a chief minister. “He was still an MP and his salary as MP had to be adjusted with his salary as chief minister during the period,” said one officer.

Sunjay to appear in court today

Mumbai (PTI): Actor Sunjay Dutt and 86 other accused in the 1993 Bombay blasts case will appear before a special court here on Monday, even as a CBI report on the status of 34 absconding accused is scrutinised.

Designated Judge P.D. Kode had exempted the accused for three weeks from March 3 but directed them to appear on March 24. The judge had warned them not to leave the city limits without permission during the period. They were also ordered not to establish contact with the absconding accused and to ensure that they were represented by their lawyers in the court.

On March 15, the court had allowed Sunjay to go to Hyderabad for the shooting of Rudraksha till April 1. However, the actor was directed to appear in person on March 24.

Sunjay is facing trial since his arrest in April 1993. He was granted bail in October 1995 by the Supreme Court. Since then, he has been coming to the court regularly.

The actor is accused of possessing an AK-56 rifle in a Notified Area Under Tada (P) Act (Mumbai) and destroying evidence (disposing of the rifle). He has already denied the charges.

A week ago, the CBI had filed a report in the court on the status of 34 absconding accused, including the most wanted, Dawood Ibrahim. Accepting the report, Judge Kode ordered that it be kept in a sealed cover until March 24.

Dismal civic amenities

Mumbai (PTI): Over half the population of Maharashtra — projected as one of the most progressive states in the country — does not have many basic civic amenities.

About 59 per cent of Maharashtra’s rural households do not have a bathroom while the corresponding figure for the same in urban areas is about 35 per cent, states the economic survey report of Maharashtra for 2002-03.

Blast case charge

Mumbai (PTI): Chargesheet against five alleged Simi activists, held for triggering a bomb in a bus that claimed two lives on December 2 at Ghatkopar, will be filed by March 26. The accused will be produced before designated Judge A.P. Bhangale for remand on Monday. Police were waiting for government sanction to file the chargesheet.

Principal fined

Panipat (PTI): The district consumer forum has imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on the principal of a local hotel management institute for allegedly delaying in giving marksheet to a student. According to a complaint filed by one Rajesh Kumar on September 5, he passed last year’s examination of the management course but received no marksheet from the institute.

Conversion Bill

Ahmedabad (PTI): The controversial anti-conversion Bill, to curb proselytisation by force, will be taken up for discussion in the Gujarat Assembly on March 26. State parliamentary affairs minister Ashok Bhatt said the Bill is on the lines of the existing ones in Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, but it would be more stringent.

Savarkar in London

London (PTI): A leading London-based Indian barrister has taken up the issue of re-admitting Savarkar to the bar in London. Bhasker Ghorpade said he started the campaign as “the activities of both Savarkar and Mahatma Gandhi were aimed at the freedom of India”.

Train derails

Jabalpur (PTI): Seven persons were injured when 13 bogies of Lokmanya Tilak Superfast Express, from Patna to Mumbai, jumped rails near here.

India’s latest and advanced communication satellite, Insat-3A, is all set to be launched on April 8. Sources in Isro said it would be lifted into space by European space consortium Arianespace’s Ariane-5 rocket from Kourou in French Guyana, South America.

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