HC seeks report on vacancies existing in Maha police force

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the state to file a report by February 6 on the existing vacancies in the police force as on December 31 last year and inform what steps were taken by the state to fill up the posts in the past two years.
The court also questioned the state government as what step it has taken on the proposal of segregating the police force into two parts, one for criminal investigation and another for law & order.
A division bench headed by Chief Justice Mohit Shah was hearing a suo motu public interest litigation after it took note of the huge vacancies in the police department, attributed as a major reason for delay in investigations.
The issue came to light during the hearing of a petition filed by Ashwin Rane, the widow of Pune-based builder Nikhil Rane who was murdered in November 2009.
While hearing the matter, the State had informed the court that there were several vacancies in the police personnel to be filled. The state had earlier informed the court that vacancies in the range of 20 per cent to 42 per cent existed in lower categories of police force at the level of sub-inspectors, inspectors, Superintendents of Police and Assistant Commissioners of Police.
On Thursday, Anil Anturkar, the lawyer for builder’s widow Ashwini Rane, alleged that vacancies still existed in the police force and no steps had been taken to fill them up. The least that was expected of the Government was to fill up the vacancies, if not improve the investigation machinery, he said.

Demand to stay student council polls rejected

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Thursday rejected the demand of Prahar student organisation seeking a stay on Mumbai University’s student council elections and gave a go-ahead to elections to be held on January 15. The court also refused to grant relief to an advocate who alleged gross violation in the election process.
A division bench of Justices S J Vazifdar and G S Patel was hearing a public interest litigation filed by advocate Manoj Tekade alleging gross violation in the poll process and political influence. The petition has contended that several candidates were allegedly threatened by members of political parties and despite having complained to the vice-chancellor of the university no steps have been taken. Asked by the court if political parties were allowed to enter the university premises during elections, advocate Rui Rodrigues, appearing for the university, told the court that though no restrictions are put on anyone from entering the premises and adequate security measures are taken during elections.
Rodrigues also informed the Court the university has always provided security at the time of student council elections and assured that it will continue to do so. The court accepted the submission and refused to stay the election process. “ In case of possible harassment during the election as alleged by the petitioner, there is always a liberty to file a police complaint and if the police don’t act on that the petitioner can approach to the court,” said justice Vajifdar.we post this petition for hearing on January 16. Let’s see what happens on January 15.”

Gold merchant held for cheating banks
Mumbai: The MRA Marg police on Wednesday arrested a gold merchant Anna Gopal Amrute, for cheating several banks and several other investors to the tune of Rs three crore. The police said that the accused took loan from several banks after mortgaging imitation gold jewellery and also asked his investors to fund him in investing in gold. Over 30 such victims who were cheated by Amrute had approached MRA Marg police officials and LT Marg police.

Long march parade on Jan 26

Mumbai: A long march parade will be organized at Marine Drive on January 26. It is republic day. This being the first time when a parade will be organized at Marine Drive the BMC will make sure that the roads are repaired and cleaned. According to a BMC official, the parade will start at NCPA and will end at police ground at Marine drive. This particular stretch of road has about 32 patches which will be repaired the road will also be painted With parade marks. The governor will observe the parade from a high stage which will be built near the express towers building. A meeting will be held on Wednesday to decide about the long march. (Staff reporter )

Rs 20,000 cr plan or dryland farming
Mumbai: Maharashtra government has decided to undertake a dryland farming programme for the farmers who are dependent on monsoons and do not have any other irrigation source. The government plans to spend Rs 20,000 crore on the programme in five years. The project headquarter will be at Aurangabad. About 55 per cent of population in the state is dependent on agriculture for livelihood. Out of the 225 lakh hectares cultivable land in the state, 80 per cent is a dryland.

Thackeray statue gets green signal
Mumbai: In a meeting of the group leader of all parties in BMC on Wednesday, it was decided that a statue of the late Sena chief Bal Thackeray will be erected. But the place where the statue will be installed is yet to be decided.

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