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The City Diary

Residents’ voice in valuation silenced

A division bench of Calcutta High Court on Wednesday set aside a trial court order restraining the Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) from assessing the valuation of a building only on the owner’s version. With the stay order, the CMC will be at liberty to assess the valuation of any city building, without allowing the occupiers to plead their case. Purnima Bagaria, of Park Street, had moved Calcutta High Court, alleging that the city’s civic authority had declined to give her a hearing while assessing the valuation of the building in which she is one of the tenants. The petitioner’s counsel argued that the civic authorities had no right to assess the valuation without hearing out the tenants. Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharjee of Calcutta High Court, after hearing the petitioner as well as the CMC, passed an order restraining the civic authorities from assessing the valuation of the building without giving a hearing to the petitioner. The CMC challenged the order of Justice Bhattacharjee in the division bench of Chief Justice A.K. Mathur and Justice A. Banerjee. CMC counsel Ashok Das Adhikari told the court that it was not binding upon on his client to call the tenants while determining the value of any building. He said that sometimes, the owners egg on the occupants to file cases, seeking only to delay the process so that the tax of a building cannot be evaluated on time. The division bench passed an interim order, staying the order of Justice Bhattacharjee, and admitted the case for hearing.

Undertrial hangs self

A 35-year-old undertrial, Anup Sashmal, committed suicide on Wednesday morning by hanging himself from a ventilator of the adjoining bathroom of his cell in the Uluberia sub-divisional jail. According to police, Anup, a resident of Paschimpara, in the Udaynarayanpur police station area, was convicted on April 15 for murdering his wife and chargesheeted in the same case a couple of days ago. His brother and fellow convict, Nimai, said Anup was suffering from depression after the police filed the chargesheet.

Held for robbery

Mohammad Asadul, 35, was arrested by the CID on Wednesday on charges of masterminding a robbery in 2002. According to sources, Asadul had planned the robbery in which an employee of a dairy farm was robbed of Rs 7 lakh on his way from Barasat with the company’s money. Two of his associates were arrested a few days ago and during interrogation, they confessed that the robbery was Asadul’s brainchild.

Transfer protest

Members of Land and Land Reforms Employees Union have started a ‘fast-unto-death’ in front of the land reforms office in Alipore to protest the transfer of 38 employees. They alleged that the employees associated with the federation were being transferred “at whim” by the authorities. The officials said the transfers were routine.

Gift to library

Mayor Subrata Mukherjee has decided to hand over documents from the civic records room to the National Library for safe custody and preservation. The documents include copies of the death certificate of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and files handled by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose when he was chief executive officer of the Calcutta Corporation.

Failed suicide bid

Ashis Chowdhury, 24, was miraculously saved after he dived from Shibpur ghat, on the western bank of the Hooghly, to commit suicide on Wednesday evening. Chowdhury, who did not know how to swim, tried desperately to stay afloat. The youth was dragged by the flow towards the Calcutta side of the river. When he was floating under Vidyasagar Setu, he was noticed by officer-in-charge (OC) of river traffic police Devdas Chatterjee, who was doing the rounds on a motor launch. The OC dived into the river and rescued the youth.

Man leaps to death

Narendra Nath Chakraborty, 92, died after he fell from the roof of his residence in AE Block at Salt Lake on Wednesday night. He was taken to a private hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, police said.

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