February 23, 2015 1:19:48 am
Of all the excuses made by defence lawyers, the one made recently by a lawyer during a Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights hearing takes the cake. The defence lawyer came rushing to the commission only to say that he had forgotten all the documents related to the case. What followed were suppressed giggles, much sniggering and a long lecture by the commission’s secretary on ethics. Cutting his speech short, the lawyer shouted, “Do what you want then.” The stunned secretary looked around the room, and after taking a few seconds to recover, asked the lawyer to submit the documents at the earliest. When the lawyer left, the secretary remarked, “Look at the seriousness they have for child commission’s hearing.”
When members of an underworld gang opened fire outside the residence of two film producers in Juhu last year, the Mumbai police was under tremendous pressure to solve the case. Such was the pressure that senior officials had even announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for the team who would successfully crack the case. The crime branch units pooled in all their resources to crack the case, but it so happened that the Motor Vehicle Theft department cracked the case. But their happiness was short lived as they are yet to get the reward even after the chargesheet in the case has been filed.
People in the eastern suburbs see the car with number plate ‘7070’ zooming by and they need no one to tell them who the owner is. That the entire Somaiya clan has number plates with ‘7070’ seems to be common knowledge in his constituency. While it’s no lucky number or has little to do without numerology, BJP MP Kirit Somaiya blames the RTO officer and his agent for such a number. It happened 10-15 years ago. Somaiya’s landline number was 5642470 and there was no system of paying extra for a particular number so the RTO officer took one look at the phone number and declared that 7070 would be easier to remember and assigned it to Somiaya. “And it has remained so, despite my lucky number being 2,” he explains. Now, too used to the number, Somaiya’s staff ensures they pay the premium to get the same number for all the cars bought by his family. “Unfortunately,” says Somaiya, “Delhi doesn’t have this system and I had to settle for 2058 as my official car plate number.”
BMC officials are busy avoiding the press these days as they are being plagued by questions demanding an explanation for Mayor Snehal Ambekar’s recent remark that swine flu is a heart disease. Hence, BMC will plant trees, develop gardens and parks to check swine flu,” Ambekar had told journalists, after garlanding the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on his birth anniversary. Refusing to comment on the statement during a press conference the following day, all that additional municipal commissioner Sanjay Deshmukh could manage to say when hounded by reporters was, “We are sensitising doctors and health-care workers about swine flu so that there is no confusion.” Senior BMC doctors in private admitted that her comment was shameful and more attempts to explain what the disease is all about must be made.
Uddhav’s painting, Modi’s suit
State BJP chief Raosaheb Danve feels every individual has his or her right to serve the society and auction of suit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also for a good cause. Danve said, “Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray likes to contribute through painting works. He sells his paintings for social causes. Similarly, Modiji auctioned his suit for social cause.” Danve believes, there is nothing wrong in such gestures as long as the motive is to contribute for the social welfare. Uddhav’s painting exhibition had fetched Rs 5 crore, which was donated for the farmers widow. Modi’s controversial suit has fetched Rs 4.5 crore.
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