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Ramjas College was at the centre of the fake marksheets scam that rocked Delhi University last admissions season.

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Ramjas College was at the centre of the fake marksheets scam that rocked Delhi University last admissions season. Allegations were levelled against college officials including the principal by the investigating agencies. While the principal was cleared of all charges by a city court,it appears the college wants to clear its name completely this admission session. For this,the college website has a note for all prospective students applying for admission this year. “Admissions — the real picture,” reads a newly uploaded link on the college website. A district magistrate court had “blasted the investigative agency and the prosecution for hurling ‘loose/ baseless allegations’ against Prasad (Principal Dr Rajendra Prasad) while miserably failing to connect him with the racket,” says the page listing relevant portions of the judgment along with media reports.

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During the endless wait for a magistrate court to decide on whether summons could be issued to the Army Chief for defamation,one factor was constant. A young man,who said he was a law student,was present for every hearing. He took copious notes and often asked journalists for copies of the court orders. This,however,was until the Army Chief’s retirement on May 31. On the last date of hearing on June 6,the supposed law student came to court dressed in Army uniform and aviator glasses. His questions that day lacked all seriousness of his previous appearance. Since the Army Chief had gone,perhaps he had no reason to take his role seriously any more.

Hair-raising issue

Right from colouring of hair to pedicures were discussed during the Assembly budget session this time. With a debate on whether luxury tax should be implemented or not,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said she did not know what a pedicure was and had not got one done ever. Another Congress MLA said he did not know why people dyed their hair black. ‘’If people have grey hair,why get them dyed black?’’ he asked. Taking a dig at his colleague,a BJP MLA remarked that he (the Congress MLA) should not comment on the matter as he did not have to worry about greying hair due to his receding hairline.

House in disorder

In A discussion on the law and order situation in the Capital,the Legislative Assembly ironically turned “disorderly” with “unlawful” allegations being hurdled against at all. The Opposition swore at Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit,asking her to step down from the post. After a legislator screamed out to Dikshit — “Thodi bhi sharam ho toh doob kar marr jaana chahiye,istifa de dena chahiye (If you have any self respect,then you must resign)’’ — the Congress legislators to decided to respond,leading to chaos in the House. At a point,a legislator stood up and announced: “I am the king of nights. There is nothing unsafe about the city,” forcing Speaker Yoganand Shastri to bring the arguments to a conclusion. “Take the Opposition out one night and show how safe the city is,” said Shastri.

Heartless city?

Keeping in mind the acute water shortage in Gurgaon,the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) has banned the use of drinking water for any other purpose,such as watering plants. But residents of a few areas not only continue to flout the ban,but also order water tankers for such requirements. This,as a certain section of residents remain in need of basic facility of clean drinking water.

Knotty situation

The Delhi Police gets several “weird” cases in a day. In a latest,a 24-year-old man approached the police claiming he was abducted by his girlfriend and forced into marriage. The man claimed that he wants to end the marriage,but his wife has been threatening him that she will register a case with the Delhi Commission for Woman. He alleged that the woman has threatened to file a dowry case against him if he does not stay with her. A police officer said: “We do not know what case to register in the matter. We are still looking at all angles. The man got married and has two witnesses,hence,it is not a case of kidnapping.”

Impatient doctors


Power shortage in the city has got the doctors at the Safdarjung Hospital all heated up. Recently,an HoD in the Radiotherapy department sent in a unique suggestion to the hospital administration. “The air-conditioner in a doctor’s room was not working (due to power cuts). After a week,she stormed into the HoD’s room and demanded that the equipment for radiation therapy be turned off if need be and the power be diverted to run her AC,” an administration official said. The HoD reportedly contacted the administration with his colleague’s message. “He said since he could not find a plausible solution,and his team was getting rather impatient,he was approaching the administration,” official said. “We politely told him to put in a written request for the same. That’s the last we heard of it. With doctors’ patience running thin,who knows how many more innovative solutions we will hear?”

Plan not perfect

Vacations are a time to unwind. But just before the vacations begin in courts,litigants work extra hard to get a favourable order so they can relax during the holiday. Most such pleas pertain to getting a stay order on imminent demolition or eviction. Justice Hima Kohli,however,clearly saw through the “plan” when several such cases landed in front of her just before the courts closed for vacations. The judge refused to hear the arguments and posted all such matter for September. “I understand there is no urgency in these matters. I also understand why have they been filed on the last day. I am posting all these matters to September considering their priority and the work load of this court,” said Justice Kohli.

Inspect,but not catch

The councillors are happy when East Municipal Commissioner Sajjan Singh Yadav holds the weekly inspection of their wards. The checks,councillors feel,helps them earn brownie points with the electorate. But with the Commissioner taking note of all unauthorised constructions during his inspections,the political leaders have been requesting him to not initiate demolition orders immediately. “Inspection with the commissioners gives people an impression that we are working. But the people have been complaining that the regular inspection is adding to the worries of action against unauthorised construction. We have mentioned this to the commissioner as we don’t want him to upset our electorate,” said a councillor.

First published on: 11-06-2012 at 12:21:09 am
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