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Damages rap for deficient MTNL

New Delhi (PTI): A Delhi consumer court has ordered the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation to a person for not repairing his telephone despite repeated requests.

“The telephone is not meant to be a showpiece... If the telephone goes out of order frequently (as in this case) and if is not set right...then naturally MTNL is deficient in service,” the New Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum said in its order.

Complainant Manoj Kumar alleged that his telephone was not functioning for 9 days in August 2001, 13 days in January and December, 2001, for a week in February and April, 2002, besides 10 days in May and June, 2002.

Kumar sought a compensation of Rs 30,000 for the harassment caused to him by MTNL and Rs 15,000 towards costs.

MTNL contended that it had granted rent rebate to the complainant as per department rules whenever the instrument had remained faulty continuously for more than a week.

But district forum president L.C. Jain and members Janak Juneja and R. Narayana rejected this argument saying “just giving rebate is no solace to the subscriber for the agony he underwent when his telephone was dead... Its working is also essential for the subscriber”.

J&K lawyer faces terror queries

New Delhi: A Srinagar-based lawyer was questioned on Saturday by a joint team of Delhi police and intelligence agencies following allegations that he had stayed with two alleged militants in the city, reports our special correspondent.

The lawyer, Mohammed Ashraf Bhatt, had surrendered before a Srinagar court early this week.

The police had arrested the alleged militants — Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh and Saifuddin Bhatt— on July 30 on charges of ferrying hawala money meant for senior Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. The police’s special cell also found Rs 10 lakh.

Sources said the lawyer claimed ignorance regarding the hawala transactions.

Bhatt, who pactises in Jammu and Kashmir High Court, while surrendering also moved an application in court saying he would be available for questioning by the Delhi police in connection with the case. He had come to know through the media that his name had figured in it.

Police sources alleged that Bhatt had come along with Sheikh and Saifuddin, said to be Jamait-ul-Mujahideen militants, to Delhi on July 23 and stayed with them. However, the lawyer left for Srinagar hours before the two received the cash, as he had already booked his return ticket.

Minister’s house attacked

Kolhapur (PTI): The activists had taken out the morcha to press for their various demands, including remunerative prices for agriculture products. However, the mob later turned violent, smashing the window panes of the minister’s house. Twenty persons have been detained by the police for questioning.

Children deaths

Morena (PTI): Seven children have died after eating leaves said to be unfit for human consumption during the last one week in Sabalgarh area in the district. More than 150 children have also fallen sick after eating the leaves.

Motor spares

Mumbai (PTI): Officers of the Mumbai crime branch raided two godowns of a industry at Panvel and found spurious spare parts of Tata Motors. The duplicate parts include engines, gear boxes, clutches, rubber parts, accelerators and gear parts.

Liquor racket

Jammu (PTI): An inter-state liquor racket has been busted with the arrest of three smugglers and nearly 3,000 bottles of liquor were found, police said. On a tip-off, police conducted raids in the Trikutanaga area and arrested the smugglers.

Bomb arrests

Solapur (PTI): Police have seized eight country-made bombs and arrested three persons in this connection here on Friday night. Police also found nails, stocks of gunpowder and other materials used for making bombs.

Mob lathicharged

Ghaziabad (PTI): The city council chairman of Bulandshar and two Congress workers were injured when police resorted to a lathi charge to disperse a mob protesting against frequent power cuts in parts of western Uttar Pradesh.


The Centre is contemplating building high-tech ropeways for ferrying goods and passengers in the Himalayan region. Union minister of state for science and technology Bachi Singh Rawat said this in Dehra Dun during a workshop on the role of ropeways.

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