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Delhi Underground: Photo ‘evidence’

Though the Delhi High Court has banned e-rickshaws, a few are still operating outside a city court.

e-rickshaw drivers seek alms from policemen at Shahdara overbridge, during a protest against the ban on the battery-operated vehicles.
e-rickshaw drivers seek alms from policemen at Shahdara overbridge, during a protest against the ban on the battery-operated vehicles.

Alleging that police were “shielding” e-rickshaw operators and allowing them to ply their vehicles despite court orders, a lawyer, on behalf of his petitioner, submitted a series of photos of an e-rickshaw plying outside a police station in East Delhi. In response, a union representing e-rickshaw operators alleged the petitioner himself owned cycle-rickshaws and, hence, wanted the battery-operated rickshaws to go, and submitted photos of a document with the petitioner’s name on it. “We have got photos against photos… who knows what’s real,” the High Court bench said.

For argument’s sake

Though the High Court has banned e-rickshaws, a few are still operating outside a city court. Asked how they were operating despite the ban, a battery-rickshaw operator said going to jail and sitting at home without livelihood were the same thing — so it does not matter if they break the rule.

Wrong envelope

During a hearing in the case against Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, the Income-Tax (I-T) department submitted two confidential reports to the High Court in sealed covers. Some time later, the counsel for the I-T department appeared before the court, asking for the reports to be returned. As it turned out, one of the sealed envelopes contained the confidential report of a different case.
The two reports in the Virbhadra case were in a single envelope. “I apologise for the mistake, but if the report had been opened, someone in the department would have lost his job,” the lawyer said.

Milk tetra packs

Arvinder Singh Lovely, while bathing a statue of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in milk on the occasion of the party’s Rajiv Jyoti Sadbhavana Yatra, abandoned the traditional earthen pot. Instead, the Delhi Congress president used milk tetra packs. While blaming the BJP and the RSS for the plight of people in Delhi, Lovely poured milk on Rajiv’s statue as Congress workers, carrying flaming torches, cheered outside Parliament. Finally, the statue was adorned with a 15-foot garland.

Tactful Lovely

At a press conference at the DPCC office, reporters posed questions to Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely over his claims that the capital had slipped into regression since President’s rule was imposed. Lovely replied that it wasn’t the Congress’ time to answer tough questions. “It’s not our time to answer tough questions. It’s our turn to ask such questions. We made mistakes and that’s why we lost,” he said.

Hive of activity

As newly appointed Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay is busy finalising the names who will be part of his core team, many hopefuls have begun lining up at the state unit office. The office is abuzz with speculation — who will become district presidents or who will be part of his core team. Luxury cars can be seen lined up inside and outside the party’s Pandit Pant Marg office.

Gift for PM

President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, Baselios Cleemis Cardinal Thottunkal, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, representing the Church. During the 22-minute meeting, which was described as a courtesy call, the Prime Minister was presented with a miniature replica of Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last
Supper.

Missing prosecutor

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Recently, a judge pronounced the judgement in a case without the public prosecutor being present. The judge asked the court staff a few times about the prosecutor after which he went on to pronounce the judgement in his absence. When the prosecutor arrived, he was asked to pick up the order the next day.