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Apex court orders pay commission

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the state government to constitute a special pay commission for Calcutta High Court employees. A three-judge bench comprising Justices S. Rajendra Babu, D.M. Dharmadhikari and G.P. Mathur said the special pay commission “consisting of judges and the administrators shall be constituted by the chief justice (of Calcutta High Court) in consultation with the government to make a report... On receipt of such report, the chief justice and the government shall thrash out the problem and work out an appropriate formula” with regard to pay scales to be fixed for the high court employees. The apex court also directed the Bengal government that “such action be taken within six months from today”. The apex court made it clear that it would continue to monitor developments in Calcutta, saying the petition should be listed for further hearings “after receipt of the report from the high court or the government”. The High Court Employees’ Welfare Association had brought the case before the apex court after the state government rejected the pay scale “on the grounds of financial inability”.

Two killed in road mishaps

Two road accidents took place in the city on Wednesday, claiming two lives. A 65-year-old man, N.R. Dey, was run over early on Wednesday at the crossing of Diamond Harbour Road and Sahapur Road in the Alipore police station area by a speeding lorry. Police said Dey was moved to SSKM Hospital where he was pronounced brought dead. The driver of the lorry was arrested and the vehicle impounded. In another incident, a 27-year-old woman, Sheila Singh, was killed on Wednesday morning on Dufferin Road, near JK Island, in the Maidan police station area, when a vehicle knocked her down. Police said the woman, a resident of Kidderpore and an employee of a Park Street beauty parlour, suffered serious injuries. Singh was rushed to SSKM Hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. Police are trying to trace the killer vehicle.

Cop injured

An on-duty police constable, Dhananjay Garai, suffered injuries on Wednesday afternoon at the crossing of MG Road and CR Avenue when a private bus on the Howrah-Sealdah route hit him. Police said Garai was taken to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital where he was treated and discharged. The driver of the bus was arrested and the vehicle impounded.

Suicide

Sumita Mondal, 28, hanged herself from the ceiling of her bedroom on Wednesday afternoon at Ramchandrapur in the Thakurpukur police station area. Police said she was suffering from acute depression. A suicide note was found.

Undertrial ill

A 40-year-old undertrial, Ahmed Ali, was admitted to MR Bangur Hospital from Sonarpur police station on Wednesday evening after he fell ill. Police said Ali had been arrested for theft. He had been remanded in police custody for interrogation.

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