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Delhi Police arrests two inter-State drug traffickers

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Manjeet, now lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail, is the linchpin of a drug racket, which he is operating with the help of his contacts. One of his operatives in Odisha was procuring ganja from the naxalite affected areas of Odisha and delivering it to Manjeet’s contacts from Delhi. Two drug traffickers, including a woman, who were involved in this racket were arrested in Delhi today. From their possession the police have seized 100 kg of ganja.

ganja New Delhi: The Crime Branch of Delhi police today arrested two drug traffickers, including a woman, near Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Anand Vihar here.

The Police have seized 100 kg of ganja that was concealed in a Honda City car. The ganja was being brought from Odisha by the accused for supplying in the national capital.

Both the accused Rahul (22) and his 29 year old woman accomplice are from Delhi. The va;ue of the ganja recovered from them is about Rs. 1 crore or US $ 150,000 in the international market.

During interrogation, it has been revealed that the two accused were allured by Manjeet, a drug trafficker and they started working for him on lucrative terms. Rahul’s job was to bring ganja from Odisha and by road and deliver it to Maneet’s contacts in Delhi. He was advised to have a woman as accomplice so that they could bluff the police posing as a married couple. Rahul and his associate became carriers and started bringing ganja from Odisha. They were getting Rs.10,000 each for for every consignment. The accused have told the police that a contact of Manjeet in Odisha, called Mama used to hand over to them the consignment of ganja somewhere in the forests of Lamtapur in Odisha. Mama, they told the police, procures ganja from the naxalite affected forests of Odisha.

Manjeet is lodged in Tihar Jail for about 3 months in a Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) case and he continues to operate through his contacts.

A team of the Narcotics Cell of Delhi Police, led by Deputy Commissioner of Police M.A. Rizvi, and comprising of ACP Ravinder Kumar Tyagi, Inspector Akash Rawat, Sub-Inspector Dinesh Kumar, Head comnstable Dharmender, Constables Sohanpal, Ramdass and woman constable Anita, under the supervision of Addl. CP Alok Kumar, went into action and arrested the two drug traffickers. A case (FIR No.134/15 u/s 20/25/29 NDPS Act) has been registered by the Crime Branch in this regard.

Rahul has studied till the 5th standard in his village (Malakheda in Alwar district of Rajasthan). His family had shifted to Raghubir Nagar in Delhi about 15 years ago. His father is a driver and he is the eldest among two brothers and one sister. About 2 years ago, he had come in contact with drug trafficker Manjeet, who also was residing in Raghubir Nagar.

The woman arrested in this case has been living with her husband in a rented accommodation at Mahavir Enclave in Delhi. Her husband is a daily wager. She came in contact of Manjeet about 5 years ago and joined the inter-state drug trafficking module for easy and quick money.

Modi asks Bihar voters to vote for development

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Bhagalpur, Bihar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took thee reins of BJP’s campaign for Bihar Assembly election by telling the voters at a huge Parivartan rally (rally for change) at Bhagalpur that they now have the opportunity to vote for a government committed to development.

Nobody, Modi said, no alliiance – no matter how big or how many leaders join hands- can stop NDA’s victory march.

The Prime Minister drew attention to a public meeting at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan two days ago and said Jai Prakash Narain (JP), Lohia and Karpuri Thakur were sacrificed at this rally. Lohia had fought against Congress but his followers betrayed him by joining hands with the Congress just to satusfy their hunger for power. He blamed them for betraying JP who was put in jail by the Conngress, said Modi.

The Prime Minister lashed out at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar accusing him of cheating out the people by announcing a Rs. 2.70 lakh crore package. He also described the people of Bihar as most intelligent.

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Police raid Illegal arms manufacturing unit in Uttar Pradesh

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illegal arms manufacturing (file photo)
illegal arms manufacturing (file photo)

Etah: The Etah district police in Uttar Pradesh on Monday raided an illegal arms manufacturing contraption at Paroli village here and seized many country-made pistols and equipment used for manufacturing firearms.

According to a police officer, who was part of the raiding team, two persons Babu Ram and Avdesh were nabbed from the spot while a few others involved in the illegalarms manufacturing activity managed to escape.

Tamil Nadu case: Landmark Supreme Court judgement on Article 16(4A) of Constitution, accelerated promotion and consequential seniority

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ReservationNew Delhi: The Supreme Court of India last week set aside a Madras High Court order and directed the Tamil Nadu government to revise the seniority list of Assistant Divisional Engineers applying the ‘catch up rule’ within four months.

The Tamil Nadu Government also has been asked by the Supreme Court that any promotion granted to the Assistant Divisional Engineers promoted from the rank of Junior Engineers following “rule of reservation with consequential seniority” should be reversed and Further promotion of Assistant Divisional Engineers shall be as per the revised seniority list.

The landmak judgement by a two-judge bench of the apex court comprising Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice R. Banumathi on 27 August 2015 says: “In the absence of any provision for consequential seniority in the rules, the ‘catch up rule’ will be applicable and the roster-point reserved category promotees cannot count their seniority in the promoted category from the date of their promotion and the senior general candidates, if later reach the promotional level, general candidates will regain their seniority.

Further, the order says: “The Division Bench (of the Madras High Court) appears to have proceeded on an erroneous footing that Article 16 (4A) of the Constitution of India automatically gives the consequential seniority in addition to accelerated promotion to the roster-point promotees and the judgment of the Division Bench cannot be sustained.

Supreme Court order draws attention to the respondents’ contention that in about eight departments of the State, rule of reservation is followed and one among them is Tamil Nadu Highways Engineering Service and in terms of Rule 12 practice of following rule of reservation in promotion is in existence for more than sixty years and therefore the Division Bench (of the High Court) rightly extended the protection under Article 16(4A) to accelerated promotees. We are not impressed with the above submission, the Supreme court has said adding in terms of Rule 12, reservation is followed only for promotion of AEs/JEs as Assistant Divisional Engineers and Rule 12 does not protect the consequential seniority to ADEs who were promoted following the rule. The appellants belonging to the general category are not questioning the accelerated promotion granted to the Junior Engineers/Assistant Engineers by following rule of reservation but are “only seeking fair application of the ‘catch up rule’ in the fixation of seniority in the category of ADEs.”

The Supreme court has emphasised that the true legislative intent under Article 16 (4A) of the Constitution is to enable the State to make provision or frame rules giving consequential seniority for the accelerated promotion gained based on the rule of reservation. Rule 12 evidently does not provide for the consequential seniority for reserved category promotees at any point of time. The consequential seniority for such reserved category promotees can be fixed only if there is express provision for such reserved category promotees in the State rules. In the absence of any specific provision or policy decision taken by the State Government for consequential seniority for reserved category accelerated promotees, there is no question of automatic application of Article 16 (4A) of the Constitution.

The respondents in this case placed heavy reliance upon Rule 12 of the Special Rules Tamil Nadu Engineering Service and contended that their consequential seniority is protected in terms of Rule 12 and under Article 16 (4A) of the Constitution of India. Rule 12 reads as under:-
“Rule 12: Reservation of appointments: The rule of reservation of appointments (General Rule 22) shall apply to the appointment of Assistant Divisional Engineers by direct recruitment and recruitment by transfer separately and the appointment of Assistant Engineers by direct recruitment.”
The apex court has especially pointed out that Article 16(4A) of the Constitution is only an enabling provision which specifically provides that the concerned State may make any provision for providing reservation of appointments or posts in favour of any backward class citizens which is not adequately represented in the services under the State. Articles 16(4) and 16(4A) have to be read with Article 335 of the Constitution which deal with norms of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes to services and posts and lay down that the claims of the members of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes shall be taken into consideration consistently with the maintenance of efficiency of administration, in the making of appointments to services and posts in connection with the affairs of the Union or of a State.

The order underscores that in the absence of any policy decision taken by the State of Tamil Nadu, Eighty-fifth Amendment per se will not protect the consequential seniority granted to the respondents who were promoted to the post of Assistant Divisional Engineers following the rule of reservation.

Common issues involved in a bunch of appeals addressed by he Supreme Court in this case are :-

(i) In the absence of policy decision taken by the State/rules framed pursuant to the enabling provision of Article 16 (4A) of the Constitution of India whether a reserved category candidate promoted on the basis of reservation earlier than his senior general category candidate in the feeder category can claim consequential seniority in the promotional post;

(ii) In the absence of policy decision taken by the State with regard to Tamil Nadu Highways Engineering Service Rules, whether Division Bench was right in holding that Article 16(4A) of the Constitution of India by itself would give consequential seniority in addition to accelerated promotion to the roster-point promotees.

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