As reported by ENS in expressindia.com on 10 July 2008:
Every 3rd Pune corporator faces criminal cases - ExpressIndia.Com
Every 3rd Pune corporator faces criminal cases
Pune, July 9 Charges include eve-teasing, keeping illegal arms, attempted murder; list topper has 20 cases
It’s not something that comes as a surprise perhaps, but nearly one-third of the elected corporators of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) have criminal cases registered against them.
According to a Right To Information (RTI) enquiry sought by The Indian Express from the Police Commissionerate, 44 of the city’s 144 elected corporators — 30 per cent — have had cases filed against them for criminal offences ranging from disturbing public peace to stabbing, possession of illegal weapons to even attempted murder.
In some instances, the number of cases against a corporator is as high as 20. Six women corporators are included in the list of offenders. While some of the corporators have been booked for relatively innocuous crimes like holding morchas or being involved in petty squabbles, a fairly large number have serious charges levied against them which include stabbing, eve-teasing, possession of illegal weapons, threat, extortion, running of gambling dens, making and selling illicit liquor, fraud and even attempt to murder. A few have also been booked under TADA and the MCOCCA.
“It is all hogwash and all the charges are made up by those envious of me,” said Nitin Jagtap who leads the list with some 20 cases registered against him. “I am called the king of the poor and the man who always blows the whistle on corrupt politicians.
“I am worth Rs 25 crore myself. So where is the need for me to indulge in illegal activities? There may be some four to five cases against me but they all have to do with my raising my voice against corruption,” the congressman added.
Congress and NCP corporators, incidentally, have the highest numbers of corporators in the dock — 12 each, followed by nine of the Shiv Sena, five from the BJP, four from the MNS and two independents. “It’s unfortunate but true that cash, caste and crime are all closely linked with politics,” said BJP corporator and Leader of the Opposition Vikas Mathkari.
“My party has always been against the criminalisation of politics and has asserted that those who have a proven criminal record should not be allowed to contest elections,” he asserted. “But our judicial system being so long drawn, criminals are allowed to contest till they are convicted of a crime and that is something that takes years to happen.”
Incidentally, Mathkari too has a charge against him for taking out a political morcha. He explained, “I have never been involved in any criminal activity in my life. But yes, there have been lots of morchas I have taken part in for public and social causes and that can never be called a crime.”
Corporator Ujjwal Keskar denied having any criminal case against him despite the five cases revealed by the records, including one under the Arms Act. “There is no truth in this. I am not involved in a single criminal case and no one has ever interrogated me on one either,” he claimed.
Commissioner of Police Jayant Umranikar declined to comment on the findings on the corporators but admitted that there cannot be any doubt on information given under the RTI. “It has to be 100 per cent correct data,” he said.
Reaffirming this, DCP (Crime Branch) Anil Kumbhare said that many of the charges appeared to be political in nature —- like breach of prohibitory orders, unlawful assembly of persons and holding morchas. He did admit, although, that there were also a string of serious charges ranging from stabbing and threats to extortion.
Some of the other corporators whose names are included in the list are Anil Jadhav, Rashid Sheikh and Deepak Mankar of the Congress, Ganesh Bidkar of the BJP, Sanjay Bhosale of the Shiv Sena, Avinash Jadhav and Raju Barate of the NCP and Rajabhau Gorde of the MNS.
CIC pulls up MCD for not responding to notice, summons
As Reported by Zee News July 22, 2008
New Delhi, July 22: The Central Information Commission (CIC) has
pulled up the MCD for not responding to a notice issued to it over a
petition seeking details on appointments made in the civic agency on
"This Commission takes an adverse view of the MCD failing to respond
both to our appeal notice and summons for appearance in hearing,"
Central Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said.
The Commission has decided to proceed with the hearing of a case
without the presence of MCD officials.
It's observation came while hearing a petition filed by Mahinder Kaur
of Haryana seeking information on MCD employees who were appointed on
the compassionate grounds.
She said that the full information has not been provided to her by MCD.
The Commission directed the MCD to give the petitioner information
pertaining to appointments made on compassionate grounds along with
the criteria adopted in the process.
The CIC also ordered the MCD to upload the information sought on its
website and kept it up-to-date every time such an appointment is made.
It asked the MCD to complete its updation within a period of 20 days.
The Commissioner ordered the Health Officer of the MCD to explain the
delay in furnishing the information and asked why a penalty of Rs
8,000 should not imposed on him.