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Delhi news highlights: Probe standard ‘very poor’ in large number of NE Delhi riot cases, says court

Delhi News Highlights: Meanwhile, on Sunday, Delhi recorded 31 fresh Covid-19 cases and zero fatalities.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 30, 2021 7:25:00 am
Delhi riotsIt is painful to note that in a large number of cases of riots, the standard of investigation is very poor, the Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) said, adding that in a majority of cases investigating officers (IOs) have not been appearing in court. (File photo)

Delhi News Highlights: A Delhi court has said that the standard of investigation in a large number of 2020 northeast riots cases is “very poor” and sought the intervention of the Delhi Police Commissioner.  Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav made the observations while framing charges against one Ashraf Ali for allegedly attacking police officials with acid, glass bottles and bricks during the communal violence on February 25, 2020.

It is painful to note that in a large number of cases of riots, the standard of investigation is very poor, the Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) said, adding that in a majority of cases investigating officers (IOs) have not been appearing in court.  Furthermore, ASJ Yadav said the police hardly bother about taking the investigation to a logical end after filing half-baked charge sheets, due to which the accused, who have been named in multiple cases, continue to languish in jails.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Delhi recorded 31 fresh Covid-19 cases and zero fatalities.

Earlier on Saturday, the Delhi government had announced a Rs 139 crore project to digitise healthcare management and hospital-patient interactions in the city through a cloud-based integrated management system and digital health cards. Officials said the Delhi cabinet has approved the budget and sanctioned funds to set up the ‘health information management system’, and the contract has been awarded to M/s NEC Corporation India Private Limited.

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Delhi news highlights: Standard of investigation in a large number of 2020 northeast riots cases is “very poor”, says Delhi court; Delhi reports 31 new Covid cases; Delhi govt to add 7,000 beds to its hospitals; Follow this space for the latest updates.

22:22 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Hawa Mahal-like structure in Chandni Chowk dismantled

The building that looked like Jaipur’s iconic Hawa Mahal in Chandni Chowk has been dismantled by the trader who made it, after he was told by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation to take it down earlier this month.

The building, on the 1.3-km pedestrian stretch between Red Fort and Fatehpuri Masjid, was renovated by Rajasthan-based trader and architect Ankit Keyal. He said he removed it after the North MCD served him a notice. Read more

21:53 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Olympic medallists honoured with murals in north Delhi

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, ace shuttler P V Sindhu and other sportspersons who brought laurels for India at the recently-held Tokyo Olympics have been honoured with murals in the national capital, officials said on Sunday.

The artwork depicting these Olympians have been done on the pillars of a metro station in northwest Delhi. The idea was conceived by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation.

"Big murals of Olympic medallists have been done on pillars of the Pitampura Metro Station in Rohini zone to laud the achievements of these sportspersons. Javelin hero Neeraj Chopra, badminton star P V Sindhu, and others find a place in the artwork," a senior official of the civic body said. (PTI)

21:52 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Delhi records zero Covid death, 31 new cases

No death due to Covid-19 was recorded in Delhi for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday, while 31 new cases were reported with a positivity rate of 0.04 per cent, according to a health bulletin issued here.

32 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours, the bulletin said. On March 2, the national capital had reported zero death due to the virus. The number of single-day cases was 217 on that day and the positivity rate was 0.33 per cent. (PTI)

21:07 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Satyendar Jain inaugurates 10 MW battery energy storage system

Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain on Sunday inaugurated a 10 MW battery energy storage system here which he claimed to be the largest in South Asia that will be used for electricity load management across the capital.

The system will prevent power cuts and fluctuations, and can be charged through renewable sources of energy as well, the Delhi government said.

"Visited 10MW Battery Energy Storage System at Rohini today (Sunday). This system is made by Tata Power and is South Asia's largest Energy Storage System. "This will be used in grid stabilization and load management across Delhi and will also make use of renewable energy sources," Jain said in a tweet. (PTI)

20:12 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Movie producer among 4 held for posing as ED officials, extorting money from hundreds

The Delhi Police Crime Branch arrested four men, including a movie producer, for allegedly posing as Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials and extorting money from hundreds of people.

The producer, Santosh Rai, is allegedly involved in more than 35 cases of cheating and extortion across India. He also produced a Bollywood movie with the cheated money, said police. In 2008, he was convicted by the Saket court for cheating but later got out on bail. Read more

20:11 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Two held for kidnapping three-day-old infant from Ghaziabad hospital

Less than 10 hours after a three-day-old infant was kidnapped from a government hospital, Ghaziabad Police rescued the baby and arrested two people in connection with the case.

According to police, a complaint was filed after the infant went missing from a Community Health Centre (CHC) in Murad Nagar. The child’s mother, Meenu, had alleged that she woke up at around 4 am on Saturday to find her baby boy missing from the room. Read more

18:45 (IST)29 Aug 2021
In the past month, Delhi saw 17 days with zero Covid deaths

More than half the days in the last month have seen no Covid deaths in Delhi.

Since July 29, zero Covid deaths were recorded on 17 days – the longest stretch with no deaths was five days from August 20 to 24. The highest number of deaths in one day in the last month was on August 6, when the city recorded five fatalities. A total of 31 people died of Covid in the last month. Read more

18:17 (IST)29 Aug 2021
'Police hardly bother about taking the investigation to a logical end': Court raps cops while framing charges in NE Delhi riots case

Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav, in his order in relation to a Northeast Delhi riots case, said that “after filing the half-baked chargesheets in court, police hardly bother about taking the investigation to a logical end”.

“The accused persons, who have been roped in multiple cases, continue to languish in jails as a consequence thereof. It is high time that the DCP of Northeast District and other higher officers concerned take notice of the aforesaid observations and take immediate remedial action required in the matters,” the court said. Read more

18:04 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Jindal Global University introduces new fellowship for Afghan students admitted to Ph.D. programmes

In response to the turbulence in Afghanistan, Jindal Global University has introduced a new fellowship for Afghan students admitted to Ph.D. programmes in the university, offering them a monthly stipend, accommodation, and health insurance.

The fellowship policy, called JGU’s ADVANCE (Advancement of Afghan Nationals in Comprehensive Education), will be effective from January 2022, and will be offered to a maximum of 10 students. Read more

16:58 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Delhi Police nabs man in Rs 3.5 crore investment fraud

The Delhi Police has arrested a man for allegedly cheating people of their investments through schemes offered by him promising high returns, a senior police official said on Sunday. The accused, Murari Kumar Srivastav, was arrested from Humayunpur village, Sitamari district in Bihar, Additional Commissioner of Police (Economic Offences Wing) R K Singh said.

The arrest was made on a complaint made by 38 people, who alleged that a company called ‘Progress Producer Company Limited' and its directors cheated them of their money invested in the schemes offered by the firm, Singh said.

Around 531 victims invested money in these schemes. The directors of the company collected around Rs 3.5 crore from duped investors and fled, the officer said.

Srivastav, along with his acquaintances, operated the company from Paharganj and targeted people from Delhi-NCR.

Most of the payments were collected in cash. He also sold his house here before running away, police said. (PTI)

16:57 (IST)29 Aug 2021
DU organises music festival in memory of father-son sitar duo Pt. Debu Chaudhuri, Prateek

The Delhi University organised a two-day music festival in the memory of father-son sitar duo of Padmabhushan Pandit Debu Chaudhuri and Pandit Prateek Chaudhuri both of whom died due to Covid, an official statement said.

The two-day ‘Malhar Utsav' organised by the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts concluded on August 25.

Delhi University Registrar Vikas Gupta appreciated the faculty for organising the virtual concert to pay tributes to "two great artistes who contributed immensely to music". (PTI)

16:56 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Over 11,000 Covid vaccine doses administered in Delhi's three jails: Officials

Over 11,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered to inmates of three jails in the national capital so far by the Delhi Prisons Department, officials said on Sunday. A total of 11,525 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered, they said.

As on Friday, 1,710 Tihar jail inmates aged above 45 and 6,328 below the age of 45 years were given Covid-19 vaccine, they said.

Similarly, in Rohini jail, 172 inmates above 45 years and 600 below that age were administered the vaccine while in Mandoli jail, 483 inmates aged above 45 and 2,232 below it have been inoculated, according to the data.

The prisons department launched a Covid vaccination drive for the inmates in the 45-plus age category on March 18, while the inoculation of prisoners in the 18-44 age group began on May 18. (PTI)

15:39 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Delhi riots: Investigation standard 'very poor' in large number of cases, says court

A court here has said that the standard of investigation in a large number of 2020 northeast riots cases is “very poor” and sought the intervention of the Delhi Police Commissioner.

Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav made the observations while framing charges against one Ashraf Ali for allegedly attacking police officials with acid, glass bottles and bricks during the communal violence on February 25, 2020. 

It is painful to note that in a large number of cases of riots, the standard of investigation is very poor, the Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) said, adding that in a majority of cases investigating officers (IOs) have not been appearing in court.

Furthermore, ASJ Yadav said the police hardly bother about taking the investigation to a logical end after filing half-baked charge sheets, due to which the accused, who have been named in multiple cases, continue to languish in jails. 

“This case is a glaring example, wherein victims are police personnel itself, yet the IO did not bother to collect the sample of acid and to have its chemical analysis. The IO has further not bothered to collect the opinion about the nature of injuries,” he noted in an order dated August 28. (PTI)

15:22 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Delhi HC pulls up prison authorities over failure to place correct facts of rape convict's case before SRB

The Delhi High Court has asked the prison authorities here to file an affidavit stating why the correct facts relating to a man's conviction being modified from gang rape to the offence of rape were not placed before the Sentence Review Board (SRB).

The court directed the Delhi Prisons director general to file the affidavit also indicating the reasons why the SRB was informed that the case was for the offences of gang rape and robbery.

"In view of the fact that complete and correct facts were not brought to the notice of the SRB, Director General (Prisons) is directed to ensure that while putting up the case of the petitioner before the SRB in its next meeting, the judgment of conviction passed by the trial court as also the judgment of this court in appeal, whereby, the petitioner has been convicted only for the offence punishable under section 376 IPC and the gist thereof will be placed before the committee," Justice Mukta Gupta said. (PTI)

15:19 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Ahead of civic body polls, BJP asks Delhi unit to popularise work done by Centre, PM Modi

The BJP has asked its Delhi unit to advertise the work done by Centre and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital in a better manner ahead of the civic body elections next year.

In a two-day brainstorming session held in Haridwar and attended by party general secretary (organisation) BL Santhosh, Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi, national convener of IT cell Amit Malviya and MPs Manoj Tiwari, Parvesh Verma, Ramesh Bidhuri, Harsh Vardhan and Hans Raj Hans, it was discussed that the party needs to be more proactive than reactive to the agenda set by the Opposition. Read more

14:40 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Transgenders get separate toilets at Delhi Metro

In a bid to enhance accessibility to passengers belonging to the transgender community, the DMRC has allowed them access to separate toilet facilities at its metro stations, which were hitherto meant only for persons with disability, officials said on Sunday.

Besides, any transgender who wishes to use gender-based toilet as per self-identified gender can also continue to do so, they say.

At present, Delhi Metro has 347 such separate toilets across its stations, a senior official said.

12:51 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Relief for North MCD residents; no property tax for houses up to 50 sq ft

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (MCD) has approved a proposal to exempt houses measuring up to 50 square metres from paying property tax. The proposal, passed from the house of North MCD, is also believed to be aimed at garnering support for the party in the civic elections scheduled early next year.

This will benefit about 3 lakh property owners, said former mayor Jai Prakash who had proposed it. Leader of the House (LOH) Chhail Bihari Goswami said residential properties up to 50 square metres including those in approved colonies, rural areas and even unauthorised colonies, will be exempt from paying house tax to the corporation.

12:49 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Delhi: Man accused in extortion cases shoots at victim inside his car, arrested

Delhi Police has arrested a man who allegedly shot at another man while he was in his car in Outer Delhi’s Shahbad Dairy area.

The accused, identified as Rishi Dahiya, is involved in more than five cases of attempted murder, firing and violence, police said.

Last week, a man named Pawan Gupta was found injured in his Mahindra XUV car. Rajiv Ranjan, DCP (Outer North) said, “We received a call at around 8 pm about an incident involving firing. The man was admitted to Jaipur Golden hospital with bullet injuries. We sent teams to the spot and found the car which also had bullet marks on it.”

12:12 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Mayur Vihar-Noida route gets infra boost, commuting to become faster

In a project expected to ease traffic and benefit commuters travelling from Mayur Vihar Phase-I to Noida and Akshardham, and vice-versa, a ‘cloverleaf’ loop, ramps, and service road were inaugurated by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday. The project is part of Barapullah Phase-III.

“The service roads, cloverleaf loop, ramps and cycle track being inaugurated today will bring a huge relief to the people of this region as well as entire East Delhi from traffic jams,” said the CM at the inauguration.

11:39 (IST)29 Aug 2021
Delhi: Three teenagers drown in Yamuna on Sunday morning, one rescued

Three teenagers who had gone for a bath in the Yamuna river in North Delhi drowned Sunday morning, while one of their friends was rescued. The bodies of the deceased have been recovered and will be handed over to families after post-mortem.

Police identified the deceased as Sameer (16), Pankaj (15) and Sumit (14). “We received a PCR call at around 7.41 am that four boys were drowning in the Yamuna. Two fire tenders, a team of divers and local police rushed to the spot. We have rescued one of them, identified as Bunty (14). All four had gone to the Yamuna on Sunday morning for a bath,” a senior police officer said.

Delhi LIVE updates: Delhi govt to add 7,000 beds to its hospitals; Light rainfall to continue this week With these children having been away from school since March 2020 without a single day of offline school activities, parents of those in government and municipal corporation schools are eager for classes to resume soon. (File photo)

Delhi: Resume classes for the youngest lot, say parents of primary school children

Seven year-old Jyoti Kumari and her group of friends play in a park close to their homes in Zamrudpur on Saturday afternoon, running up and down the stairs of the slide.

Jyoti leaves for tuition classes at 3 pm every day, except Sundays. While schools in Delhi are set to open for classes 9 to 12 from September 1, and it has been recommended that they also be reopened for classes 6 to 8 from September 8, there is no word so far on plans for younger children like Jyoti.

“After reviewing the situation in the two phases, the Directorate of Education may take the decision of opening the schools for primary and pre-primary classes in the third phase,” state the recommendations of a committee formed to look into the matter.

With these children having been away from school since March 2020 without a single day of offline school activities, parents of those in government and municipal corporation schools are eager for classes to resume soon.

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