Caught on tape
Suspended Superintendent of Police (SP) Desh Raj,caught on tape demanding an illegal gratification of Rs 1 lakh from an Inspector,was also heard using intemperate language about an accused. Discussing what appears to be a matrimonial dispute,Desh Raj is said to have ridiculed the husband,while pressurizing him to enter into a compromise with his wife. The chargesheeted SP has also been heard sharing his liking for bhajans (religious songs).
The state-meant nothing
Defending the amendment in the Excise policy,the Chandigarh administration filed a detailed reply in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. But strangely,the reply at least five times said the Excise policy was nothing but just a statement. Meanwhile,the administration went on to say it was well within its right to amend the Excise policy.
The long wait
With the academic session having entered the fifth month,many government awaiting uniforms. Despite reminders from the schools,the Delhi-based company has failed to supply the uniforms within the stipulated time. The school management committees that had decided to penalise the company have not even issued a censure notice to the company. Some teachers are now blaming the administration for not showing personal interest in the matter.
The councillors of the municipal corporation are a harried lot with most of them claiming that officers did not reply to their queries or inform them about the progress of developmental work in their areas.
In the House Meeting held recently,the deputy Mayor rued whether the corporators had the right to ask questions about development work or not. Another councillor complained they had no idea about the status of estimates for various works approved for their wards and were instead required to follow files from one official to another.
At the last minute
This week,for the first time,the Advisor to the administration visited the Government Institute of Mentally Retarded Children (GIMRC). No wonder the Institute was busy making last minute arrangements. According to a doctor,There was so much pending work. Several issues had been brought to the notice of concerned departments,but to no avail. Strangely,just a day before the Advisors visit,all teams with heads from electricity,maintenance and other departments started their work. I wish they had shown such sincerity earlier.
In the heat of the moment
A heated argument was witnessed between two Army officers during the resumed hearing of a high profile case before the Armed Forces Tribunal. What was amusing was as to how an army officer of a senior rank lost his patience a number of times. In one hour,the officer got up from his seat 5-6 times to rebut the arguments of the opposite party. Despite being warned by the Judge 3-4 times,he could not resist himself from countering.
In the first meeting of the Panchkula Municipal Corporation (PMC) held last week,elected corporator S S Nanda from ward 2,remarked the frequent attacks by stray bulls in the streets of Kalka had made the lives of people miserable. He asserted that people were living under constant scare of the bulls and were afraid of venturing out of their houses due to the attacks.
The recent reshuffle of inspectors and trainee DSPs for the rank of SHOs was not a very pretty scene for complainants.
Many had to wait for a while for the police department to resume the investigation of ongoing cases even as the SHOs took some time to get accustomed to the new police stations.