SC slaps Rs 50,000 cost on NCP MLA

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday imposed a cost of Rs 50,000 on a Nationalist Congress Party legislator in Maharashtra for seeking adjournment of the hearing over a petition challenging his election.

The bench of Justice Surinder Singh Nijjar and Justice A.K. Suri granted the adjournment sought by Kisan Shankar Kathore but imposed a cost of Rs.50,000 on him because of the difficulties faced by disabled respondent Arun Dattatray Sawant while travelling to the court from his native place and also for staying in Delhi. “He not only has difficulty in travelling to this court every time the matter is adjourned but also has to unnecessarily bear the expenses of staying in Delhi,” Justice Nijjar observeed. Kathore had contested the 2004 Maharashtra assembly election as an NCP candidate. Though he won and was declared elected Oct 16, 2004, the election was challenged by Sawant Nov 29, 2004, on the grounds that the returning officer improperly accepted the nomination papers.

Biker, pillion rider killed on JJ flyover

Mumbai: On their way to Babulnath temple, two youths on a bike died after losing their balance while taking a turn on the JJ flyover at 10:45 pm on Thursday. According to Sub Inspector Sandeep Sawant of Pydhonie police, “Nitin Patre (23) who was riding a bike lost his balance while taking a turn on the curvy flyover. The incident happened near the Mandvi post office. They rammed into the divider and crossed on the other side.”

Police officers from Pydhonie reached the spot and rushed the duo to the nearby JJ hospital. While Patre was declared dead on arrival, Kadam died during the treatment, both had sustained head injuries.

According to an official from Pydhonie police station, They wanted to go to the Babulnath temple but had lost their way. Patre who was riding the bike took to the flyover in a bid to reach Nariman Point from where they would go towards the temple. Patre is a resident of Kalwa whereas Kadam lived at Dadar. The bodies were sent for post-mortem

Lahane granted anticipatory bail

MUMBAI: A Mumbai sessions court on Thursday granted anticipatory bail to Dr T P Lahane, dean of J J Hospital regarding a case against him under the Atrocities Act. Lahane has been accused of passing casteist remarks against the temporary sweeper Naresh Waghela in the hospital. Lahane granted anticipatory bail after furnishing a personal bail bond of Rs 15,000.

Lahane’s lawyer argued that the case under atrocities act was not made out as Lahane didn’t know the complainant. However, the prosecution argued that Lahane knows the complainant as he has been working in the hospital since 20 years. In his anticipatory bail application Lahane stated if there was substance in the complaint of Naresh Waghela, he would have approached the police at the time of the incident. Lahane states Waghela, however, filed a complaint only after Lahane filed a written complaint with the police stating Waghela obstructed other workers from carrying out their duty, states the application. Lahane’s application also pointed out that he is well aware of the fact that majority of the striking class 3 and 4 workers — mainly employed as the cleaning staff — belong to the Schedule Caste and Tribes. Therefore, he would have never uttered words, which would have caused “intentional insult”, states the application.

Neral and Matheran services curtailed

Mumbai: Central Railway has curtailed the number of services plying between Neral and Matheran to just one instead of 5 daily services.  They will be running 11pairs of shuttle services between Aman Lodge and Matheran instead of 7 services daily due to repairs to Narrow Gauge Locomotives. The work will be going on between the changed schedule will come into force with immediate effect and will remain up till March 10.

 Neral Dep. 06.40 hrs Matheran Arr. 08.40 hrs

Matheran Dep. 16.30 hrs Neral Arr. 18.10 hrs

Veteran trade union leader dead

Mumbai: Umraomal Purohit, a veteran Trade Union leader passed away on Thursday. He was 86. Purohit was the General Secretary of Western Railway Employees Union (WREU) during the period from 1958 to 2000 and thereafter he served as president of WREU. He has also served as president of International Transport Workers Federation for two consecutive terms (1998 to 2006) and at several other highly placed positions.

His role in bringing Central Trade Unions and Industrial Federations on one common platform is commendable and is praised by one and all. He was a great statesman and leader. He was instrumental in getting productivity linked bonus for railwaymen. He played an important role in Cadre Restructuring which benefitted lakhs of employees.

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