QMumbai: Civic Budget Not For BEST; Shakti Mills Hearing in Feb

1. Mumbai Civic Budget Not in BEST Interests

BEST bus.

An allocation of Rs 44 crore in the civic body’s budget on Monday, 4 February, against the demand of Rs 1,000 crore to revive the loss-making Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) bus service, has disappointed its officials and transport experts.

The undertaking is going through the worst-ever financial crisis for two years, facing losses running up to Rs 720 crore.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: BEST or Bust? Why Did Mumbai’s Bus Staffers Go on Strike?

2. Shakti Mills Rape Hearing to Start Soon

File photo of Bombay High Court.

The Bombay high court will begin final hearing from 20 February on petitions filed by three convicts in the Shakti Mills gang-rape case, challenging the constitutional validity of a legal provision under which they were sentenced to death in 2014. Vijay Jadhav, Kasim Bengali and Salim Ansari were convicted on 5 April, 2014 for raping a city-based photo-journalist in the Shakti Mills complex on 22 August, 2013.

Noting that the petitions had been pending since 2014, a bench of Justices B P Dharmadhikari and Revati Mohite-Dere on Wednesday rejected the Centre and the Maharashtra government's request for more time.

(Source: The Times of India)

3. Mumbai Police Submit 'Evidence' to Bombay HC on ACP Transfer

A sealed envelope has saved the day for Mumbai police, locked in a contentious battle with Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Rajendrakumar Trivedi, over his transfer orders by the police chief last year. The envelope, apparently containing confidential material pertaining to Trivedi, was presented in the Bombay High Court on Tuesday, 5 February, swinging the battle in favour of the police.

(Source: Mid-Day)

4. 29-Year-Old Engineer Falls off Train Near Mumbai

File image of a Mumbai local train. 

A 29-year-old engineer died after falling off an overcrowded local train near Kopar on Wednesday morning, according to police. Vipendra Yadav had boarded the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus-bound train at Dombivli.

The Government Railway Police said, the victim may have been standing near the door. “Yadav was shifted to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival,” said S Pawar, senior inspector, Dombivli, GRP.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: Overcrowded Mumbai Locals Have Claimed 64 Lives in 2018 Already

5. Shiv Sena Equates Those Behind Elgar Meet with Al-Qaeda

Civil rights activist Anand Teltumbde.

The Shiv Sena on Wednesday, 6 February, backed police action against activist and academician Anand Teltumbde, and sought to draw a parallel between those linked to the Elgar Parishad conclave held in Pune and terror outfit Al-Qaeda.

It said constant attacks on police, administration, and law, raising doubts over the state government and demoralising people is the strategy of militant organisation Al-Qaeda.

(Source: Mid-Day)

Also Read: Pune Court Orders Anand Teltumbde’s Release, Terms Arrest Illegal

6. 30 Yrs After Jumping Bail, Arun Gawli Gang Member Held

More than 30 years after Shirish Bhupatlal Shah, 62, a member of gangster Arun Gawli’s gang, disappeared after coming out on bail in a 1988 attempt-to-murder case, the Malad police have recently traced him to a slum in Andheri where he was living after changing his identity.

On 26 January, 1988, about 7 am, Shah and his aide Chandrashekhar Yadav, barged into a hospital on Marve Road in Malad (West) and attacked Abubhai Khan and his wife, Habida Begum Khan.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

7. Dabholkar, Pansare Murder: HC Directs CBI, SIT to Track Down Accused

Dr Narendra Dabholkar was shot dead on 20 August 2013 in Pune.

The Bombay high court on Wednesday, 6 February, suggested that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Special Investigation Team (SIT) should seek help from other government agencies for obtaining clues about the absconding accused behind the murders of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare.

For example, the division bench of Justice Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari and Justice Makrand Karnik said, the sales tax department maintains information about hawala operators and it could provide some clues about the absconding accused.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: Suspect in Dabholkar Murder Remanded to CBI Custody Till 10 Sept

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