Mumbai underground: A company lost

Pure Drinks, the company that was allotted the plot in Worli, contended that the residents had not served the petition to them.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:June 23, 2014 12:00 am
Street children play on a tree near a divider on the busy road at CST on Sunday. (Source: Express photos by Ganesh Shirsekar) Street children play on a tree near a divider on the busy road at CST on Sunday. (Source: Express photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

While the residents of Campa Cola compound have moved court seeking deemed conveyance for the society, Pure Drinks, the company that was allotted the now controversy-ridden plot in Worli, contended that the residents had not served the petition to them. The residents’ counsel said they had sent it to the last-known address of the company, but the company’s counsel said they had changed their address and publicised their new one widely. To that, the residents’ counsel said, “I sent it to whatever address was available with me. I am not some Sherlock Holmes to come and find you.”

Credit war

There seems to be no end to the constant jibes and war of words between the Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena. At a recent press conference, when MLA Shishir Shinde of the MNS was asked about the battle between the two parties in seeking credit for the super-speciality hospital to be built in Bhandup, Shinde said, “When I leave my child to school in the morning, it should not be the case that someone else is claiming to be his father by the evening. The hospital is our initiative and the Sena is taking undue credit for it.”

Classic cop-out

Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria’s order to all police stations to report incidents of chain-snatching directly to him seems to have officers on tenterhooks. The senior police inspector of a police station in north Mumbai called up the police chief to inform him that that a chain-snatching case had taken place at 2 pm last Saturday in his area. The CP warned him that if it was repeated, he would be suspended. Shaken by the CP’s warning, the senior police inspector admitted himself in a hospital for being “unwell” after another chain-snatching was reported from the area under his supervision at 6 pm the same day.

HC poser on RTI

During the hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) last week, the petitioner’s lawyer told the court that his client was an “RTI activist”. The court then asked the lawyer to elaborate. “Is that an occupation?” Justice V M Kanade asked. Perhaps referring to a number of frivolous PILs filed in the court by so-called RTI activists, the court asked, “So what do you do? File RTI applications to harass people?” The court, however, said it would examine if anything good can come out of the PIL before them.

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