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Mumbai Undergeround: ‘Sweet’ check

Police personnel posted with Airport Traffic Division in Andheri (East) think twice before calling in sick to escape a day’s work.

July 29, 2013 5:08:39 am

Police personnel posted with Airport Traffic Division in Andheri (East) think twice before calling in sick to escape a day’s work. The reason? Senior inspector Rajendra Pardesi’s concern over the health of his staff leads him to their bedside. Pardesi insists on paying a visit to indisposed staff whether at home or in hospital. Recently,when a constable called in sick,Pardesi went to his residence with medicine and sweets only to find that he had been truant. Attendance has improved owing to Pardesi’s surprise checks.

What about law?

While hearing a petition filed by students seeking admission to MBBS courses,their counsel told the court,“These students have been working hard since Class VIII. They are students of medicine,not BA or BCom.” The counsel pleaded to the court to ask the government to amend its admission procedure as the students’ future was at stake. Apparently amused by the submission,Justice S J Vazifdar quipped,“You mean to say they are not law students?”

‘Item’ list

Speaker of state legislature assembly Dilip Walse-Patil did not know his saying the word “item” would evoke some spontaneous reactions across party lines. Recently,at the end of Question Hour he said,“Now let’s move on to the next item listed in the day’s business.” The moment he said “item,” MLAs burst into laughter. There were whispers and jokes all around. Bollywood has given ‘item’ a new meaning as ‘item’ numbers” (song and dance) are a trend. The Speaker,after nodding knowingly,said,“I am referring to the item on legislature business.” A senior MLA said,“Item is not an unparliamentary word. So when it is uttered in assembly or council,there is no reason for objections.”

Restricted entry

While most courtrooms at the sessions court in the city remain open to the public,the court recently pulled out an unsigned circular dating back to 1990 to restrain the crowd gathered to catch a glimpse of actor Salman Khan. The actor was summoned to the court in a decade-old drink driving case. Police also stopped journalists from entering the courtroom with their cellphones,even as they allowed the actor and his sisters – Alvira and Arpita – without any security checks,their phones in tow. Even as the Khans were seated comfortably inside,the reporters were left to reason and argue with police personnel outside the courtroom.

‘Who’ done it?

JUHU police probing a murder case were baffled for nearly two hours as they struggled to get the name of the alleged murderer after his arrest. While the body of the deceased was taken into custody,police kept trying to communicate with the suspect,as he is mentally unstable. Incidentally,after the murder,the accused sat beside the body and cursed it continuously for half an hour. A beggar who stays in the area witnessed the incident and informed police,becoming the complainant in the case. Officers said after they identified the victim,they took more than two hours to determine the identity of the accused.

Lessons for Ajit Pawar

At a seminar on water organised in Vidhan Bhavan Thursday,Magsaysay Award winner Rajendra Singh made a presentation before state assembly and council members. Singh minced no words and indicated how everything about the state irrigation policy had gone wrong. The projects in the state are contractor-driven and designs of dams and canals are left to engineers,who ensure they are always big budget works. Singh,who advocated small budget projects,evoked applause from the audience. But every time he pointed out an error,members asked Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar to make a note. Not someone who is known to take criticism in his stride,Pawar,surprisingly,maintained his composure. Also,instead of sitting on the dais with the CM,Speaker and Opposition leaders,he walked down and sat among the audience.

‘Runway’ truce

IT appears that Mumbai Police and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) have come to an agreement of sorts following a long-standing battle over turf at the airport. Relations between the two forces have been tense over the past few months following repeated arguments after several senior officers objected to being frisked while entering the runway of the domestic airport. While police have accused CISF of high-handedness,the latter alleged that police officers seeking to enter the runway show scant regard for security procedures. Things have eased out after a meeting between Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh and former airport deputy inspector general S P Selvan. Officers of both forces say they get along

better now.

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