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Court strikes down DIG appointment

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the appointment of senior IPS officer R.K. Sharma as deputy inspector-general of Punjab Police and ruled that his first VRS application in 1992, though withdrawn later, be treated as “accepted”.

A division bench of Justices S.S.M. Quadri and S.N. Variava said there was no need for the government to issue a termination letter to Sharma as his services would be treated as having been ceased from May 1993.

The bench also directed that the police officer should surrender to the government and added that Sharma should avail only VRS benefits and not any pecuniary benefit he had derived after May 1993.

Sharma was sent to the Punjab government in October 1990 from the Research and Analysis Wing.

Sharma took leave and went to England but he continued to be absent beyond his leave period. When the state government declined to extend his leave, Sharma opted for voluntary retirement in 1992 but withdrew the application through a telegram.

He opted for VRS again in May 1993, but withdrew it immediately. On his petition, Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered that Sharma be allowed to join as Punjab police DIG. This petition was challenged before the apex court by one P. Lal, another senior IPS officer. Allowing Lal’s petition, the Supreme Court said Sharma’s first VRS application itself should have been treated as “accepted”.

Engineer in CBI cyber crime net

new delhi (PTI): The CBI has secured its first conviction in a cyber crime when a designated court here convicted an engineer but released him on probation for one year on furnishing a personal bond of Rs 20,000 and a surety of the like amount.

The designated court convicted the engineer under Sections 418, 419 and 420 of the IPC but took a lenient view due to his young age and qualifications, an agency official said.

The accused was arrested in July last year by the CBI’s cyber crime cracking cell on charge of defrauding a US citizen of $ 578 by misusing her credit card through the web. He had ordered a colour television and a cordless phone using her card through online shopping site

On a complaint from Sony India, searches were conducted at the residence and offices of the accused, where a letter proving that the goods were delivered to him were recovered.

The US national, who had a problem with the billing status of her credit card, consulted a call centre for a solution. The accused, who attended to her call, allegedly managed to convince her to reveal her credit card number and other details on the pretext of updating her billing information.

Fees cloud on UP students

ghaziabad (PTI): Allegations that the authorities of 42 schools in 14 districts of western Uttar Pradesh had not deposited examination fees with the state education board has placed the future of 80,000 students in jeopardy.

The secretary of the Uttar Pradesh Education Board has directed the regional director, Meerut, to file criminal complaints against all the school managers and principals who had allegedly bungled the intermediate examination fees. The board has also stopped the issue of examination roll numbers.

Geelani treatment

ranchi (PTI): Jailed Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has been airlifted to Mumbai for specialised treatment at the Tata Memorial hospital. Geelani is suffering from suspected malignancy of the kidney.

Chenab hydel row

islamabad (PTI): Pakistan has asked India to immediately arrange for site-inspection of the 450-MW hydropower project being constructed on the Chenab river at Baglihar in Jammu and Kashmir. Islamabad has threatened to move the UN to demand a neutral inspection if Delhi declined to do so.

Immigration racket

hong kong (AFP): Illegal immigrants from India and Pakistan are being smuggled into Hong Kong inside suitcases by a syndicate operating from China, the South China Morning Post has reported. The immigrants were wheeled across the Lowu border from Shenzhen after paying between $ 250 and 300, the report said. The crossings were made during peak hours when customs officers were less likely to check luggage. The lid was blown off after a Hong Kong court jailed a Pakistani national for trying to enter its territory in a 54-by-80-cm suitcase, allegedly being carried by an Indian, Pardeep Singh.

Teacher raped

sonepat (PTI): A school teacher from Delhi was allegedly raped by an armed youth at Saboli village after he forced his way into her house, police sources said. Police have launched a hunt to arrest the youth, who was accompanied by another man.

With the notification of Jankari ki Swantantrata Adhiniyam on January 31, 2003, freedom of information has become a law in Madhya Pradesh. The law aims at protecting the rights of citizens and prevent corruption, an official release said.

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