Delhi Underground

The recent shuffle in the Delhi judiciary,combined with the introduction of fast-track courts for sexual offences,has led to a new problem.

Written by Express News Service | Published:April 8, 2013 1:18 am

Too much work

The recent shuffle in the Delhi judiciary,combined with the introduction of fast-track courts for sexual offences,has led to a new problem. The shuffle in jurisdiction of courts means that a large number of cases are being transferred among various districts. Due to this,some courts,which are now dealing with a larger area,have to deal with more cases. At one court complex,where over 10 new areas have been added,staff members were heard complaining about the sheer volume of added paperwork. In another court,the workload has tripled with the addition of areas. Over 2,500 cases were pending with one judge.

Can’t get along

The legal battle in the December 16 gangrape case is not merely a question of accused vs the state. Often,personal arguments erupt between defence counsels and the prosecutor,or between the defence lawyers themselves. The presiding judge has more than once chosen to halt proceedings by leaving the courtroom when the legal argument degenerates into personal attacks.

Rare praise

In a rare gesture the BJP-led civic agencies were praised by the government. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is understood to have rung up the three commissioners of the corporations to congratulate them for increased property tax collection this year. According to a senior official,the three commissioners were pleasantly surprised to hear from the CM,after it was reported that the three corporations individually and collectively collected more property tax this year,as compared to last year.

Hot trails

Following the murder of 62-year-old BSP leader Deepak Bhardwaj at his farmhouse,Delhi Police had formulated several teams to apprehend the main accused,identified as Sunil Mann and Purushottam Rana. South district police was investigating the matter and was tracking the accused. The Crime Branch too was probing the incident. On the day Mann surrendered outside Patiala House Court,police were trailing the main accused — Rana. Several teams were sent to Rohini courts after they learnt that the accused had spoken to an advocate in Rohini court to negotiate his surrender. Hot on the trail of Purushottam,the Crime Branch received an input that he was headed to the Patiala House Court. While several teams of the unit were deputed at the Rohini court,the New Delhi district was contacted and asked to send a team to intercept Purushottam outside Patiala House Court. Personnel from Tilak Marg police station apprehended Purushottam and handed him over to the Crime Branch.

Where’s the money?

Officials from the Noida and Greater Noida Authority were left puzzled by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s statement in Lucknow,where he said the authorities have “lots of money”. Speaking from Lucknow at the unveiling of several infrastructure projects in Noida and Greater Noida,Yadav had said the authorities would fund development projects in the Uttar Pradesh. However while the Noida Authority is just about breaking even,the other two authorities are deep in debt. “Maybe he does not remember what happened before the SP government came to power. The land acquisition problem imposed a financial burden of Rs 4,000 crore on the authorities as the court asked us to increase farmers’ compensation by 64 per cent. There is no money,” an official said.

With you,for you,always

A 21-year-old woman,who left Jaipur after a quarrel with her husband and took a bus to Delhi,to look for her relatives’ house that she had visited as a child,sent cops into a tizzy. The woman reached Delhi around 2 am and reportedly had no clue where to go. All she knew was that she had to go to a “tall building” in Delhi,where her relatives lived. On the way to Delhi,she met a 22-year-old man,who was returning to Delhi from Jaipur. She told him that she had a fight with her husband and so she left home to meet her relatives in Delhi. She told the man that she would stay the night with him and return home the next morning. But with the unprecedented rise in rape complaints,the man chose to take her to the police station. When police asked her to tell them the address of her relatives,all she told them was the description of the building. The senior police officer on duty then deployed an official and a woman police officer to help the woman locate the tall building. “Officers took her around Delhi for more than three hours before she found the house and was handed over to her relatives safely,” a police officer said.

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