Wimpy notice to Punjab CM
New Delhi: Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, his home secretary and five vigilance bureau officers have been issued court notices following a petition by a leading restaurant chain that its employees were arrested in an illegal and clandestine manner, reports our special correspondent.
Five employees of Wimpy International Ltd were arrested on June 13 by the Punjab vigilance bureau in a corruption case involving former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.
A Delhi High Court vacation bench also issued notices to the Delhi government, deputy commissioner of Delhi police (south) and the assistant commissioner of police (Greater Kailash), asking them to explain how the employees were taken to Punjab without the local police being informed.
Justices Mukul Mudgal and R.S. Sodhi asked the respondents to reply by July 4 after turning down the Punjab government counsel Ajay Bansal’s plea that the government be given two weeks to respond.
Counsel for the petitioners, Rajiv Nayar and Siddharth Luthra, said the restaurant employees were taken to Punjab clandestinely. They were rounded up in connection with a case lodged at Mohali police station against the former personal assistant to Badal. The bureau alleged that Wimpy chairman and managing director K.S. Sidhu, who figures in a list of the 200 richest Asians in Britain, had helped the Badal family convert their black money into white.
The counsel said their clients were being harassed since Amarinder wanted to settle political scores with Badal and his son Sukhbir, who had filed a defamation case against him.
Leopards kill woman, 5-year-old
Joshimath: A woman and a five-year-old girl fell prey to leopards in two places, 40 km apart, in the Garhwal region on Sunday morning, reports our correspondent.
Mantha Devi, 65, of Jayagaon in Paukhal had just emerged from her house when she was seized by a leopard and dragged away. A search party from the village later found her body, portions of which had been devoured by the animal, some 400 m from her house. In her village, she is the fifth victim of leopard attacks in four years.
The other incident took place in Bhattkot village near Devaprayag, on the way to the Badrinath shrine. A leopard seized Ritu from the courtyard of her house where the five-year-old was sleeping with her mother. A search was launched and the girl’s severed head and hands were recovered from a ravine half-a-km away from her home.
On Saturday, a leopard that had been captured and was being transported to the district headquarters in Gopeshwar in a cage, killed itself by banging its head and paws against the iron bars. Sources said the sight of the crowd that had gathered to watch it could have infuriated the animal.
HC rejects plea on conversions
Ahmedabad (PTI): Gujarat High Court has dismissed as “premature” two petitions challenging the constitutional validity of certain provisions of the Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act 2003, passed by the state government in March.
The petitions were filed by the All India Christian Council and the all-India action committee of the Buddha Gaya Maha Bodhi Vihar.
New Delhi: Freedom fighter and Tamrapatra recipient Adhir Kumar Bose died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi on Saturday after a brief illness. He was 82. Bose, who had participated in the Quit India movement, was a sports enthusiast and founder member of the Delhi Chess Association and the Botwennick Chess Club.
13 new trains
New Delhi (PTI): As many as 12 new express trains, including the Chennai-Dehradun-Chandigarh Express and the Dibrugarh-Amritsar Express that will run weekly, will be introduced soon. According to a Northern Railway timetable, a new passenger train will also be introduced between Lucknow and Kanpur.
Rajan aide held
New Delhi (PTI): A member of the Chhota Rajan gang has been arrested in west Delhi. Dharmendra Anand, alias Punjabi, was nabbed in Paschim Vihar on Sunday night, police said. A US-made pistol and live rounds were recovered from him. Dharmendra, they added, extorts money for the gang.
Priest in rape case
Jaipur (PTI): A priest of a local temple here has been arrested for allegedly raping a widow. Police said Siya Ram took the woman to a room in the temple on the pretext of performing tantrik rituals and allegedly raped her.
Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): Chief minister A.K. Antony on Monday told the Assembly that Sunday night’s attack on state Congress president K. Muraleedharan’s car in Kozhikode was being investigated.
Pivday village in Indore has taken up a water conservation programme after Ralegaon Siddi, a model village built under the supervision of social worker Anna Hazare. Residents of Pivday are now “saving every drop of rain water” in 175 ponds dug by them.