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Delhi Underground: An old crime

Cheating has been one of the most basic crimes in human history.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
June 1, 2015 12:43:48 am
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A rise in cases of property fraud and cheating in the NCR has resulted in a pile of complicated paperwork at the police desk. However, they have been making light of the situation. “It is not only in Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon. Cheating has been one of the most basic crimes in human history. If you go back to the Mahabharath, Yudhisthir and Krishna resorted to trickery to get at Dronacharya during the war,” a senior officer supervising an investigation said.

Disconnect
Delhi government officials were reportedly surprised by many of the supposed achievements and future plans announced last week at the ceremony commemorating 100 days of the AAP government. Asked about some of the proposals, a special secretary said, “If I see something in a file, I can confirm or deny it. But many times, decisions are taken first and we are informed later. It is as if the left arm does not know what the right arm is doing.”

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Privileged
Weeks after a Gurgaon councillor was arrested by police for allegedly provoking the residents of Fatehpur Jharsa — the village that was demolished by the city administration — many seem to be leaving her side. Many members from the civil society had requested the authorities to release her and the 19 others who were arrested along with her. However, after she alone was granted bail, civil society members stepped back saying the councilor was given “VIP treatment”. Sources said the councilor did not get in touch with the others still in jail.

Let them pay
The standing committee of the North Municipal Corporation last week debated ways and measures to increase its revenue collection so that it does not have to approach the Delhi Government for funds all the time. Councillors argued that while it is essential to bring new people into the tax net, it is also critical to ensure collections from those already within the system. Standing committee chairman Mohan Bhardwaj quipped, “There are people roaming around the corporation to pay money, but officials tell them they aren’t paying the correct amount. At least take money from them first, then you can decide how much to return.”

Please weight
A quiet corner in the Rajiv Chowk Metro station has turned into a crowd-puller because of a brand new installation — a weighing machine. Studded with retro neon lights, the machine just turned out to be a favourite among those looking to check their weight on the go, even leading to brawls and arguments. The crowd around the machine was so chaotic one day that authorities had to deploy a security guard. “Who thought adults will quarrel like children over the machine,” the security guard was heard grumbling to a colleague.

Legal high
After the Delhi High Court observed that the Ministry of Home Affairs notification was “suspect”, scenes of joy unfolded at the Delhi Secretariat. MLAs and party workers came in to congratulate the government. One senior leader said, “We always knew that we were strong as far as the legality of the matter was concerned. But the court saying this has truly vindicated us.”

Power centres
For those dealing with the AAP, it is becoming increasingly clear that there are very few power centres in the political outfit and most of them sit in the Delhi Secretariat. The building has become the area for MLAs and other party volunteers to meet leaders and be assigned work. “What can we do? Our party is still young and we don’t have too many leaders. So they work for both the party and the government. Since they are all at one place, we can’t ever complain of communication problems like other parties do,” a leader said.

Spring session
During the recent special session of the Delhi Assembly that was called to condemn the Union Home Ministry’s notification, Speaker Ram Niwas Goel found leader of the opposition Vijender Gupta difficult to deal with. Every time an AAP MLA spoke, Gupta would stand up and decry the statement. After refusing to sit down despite Goel’s directions, he quipped, “Please sit down. It looks like there is a spring on your seat. You sit down and immediately stand up again.”

Opposites
A journalist who was moderating a discussion had the audience in splits as she introduced one of the panelists, a BJP leader, as the person from the “extreme left”. After a pause, she said, “Actually the leader sitting on the extreme left has an opinion that is the opposite.” Coincidentally, a leader from a communist party was seated at the extreme right.

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