BENGAL POLITICS: Left poll report

BENGAL POLITICS: Left poll report – no political morality issues or details ?!!

Writers' Building - CPM written off ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH

Calcutta, June 24: The CPM state secretariat tonight ratified in the presence of chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee the draft report on the party’s poor performance in the civic polls.

The report will be placed at the party’s two-day state committee meeting, which begins on Saturday.

According to CPM insiders, the draft dwells at length on the party’s organisational weaknesses that led to the debacle.

Writers’ employee held on fraud charge – nothing larger, big fish swim on ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH STAFF REPORTER

Kolkata, 24 June 2010: A clerk in the state finance department was arrested at Writers’ Buildings on Thursday on the charge of illegally collecting money from his colleagues by promising high returns and defaulting on repayment.

Kallol Bala, 45, a resident of Habra in North 24-Parganas, had allegedly been running the racket since 2005. Police have learnt that he owes close to Rs 5 lakh to five of his colleagues.

“The arrest followed a complaint by Subrata Dutta, who alleged that Bala owed him Rs 60,000,” said city detective chief Damayanti Sen. “We expect others to turn up and lodge complaints.”

Bala has been booked under IPC section 420 (cheating). If convicted, he could be demoted, suspended or even dismissed from service.

Police said Bala, posted in the service records section of the finance department which is housed in Writers’ Buildings, ran the show on behalf of Disha Co-operative.

“Bala would promise a monthly return of 1.5 per cent while collecting money, which he used to deposit in various banks. Some of his colleagues told us that initially they did get the returns on time though the amount they had deposited was small,” said an officer.

As word about the “success” of Bala’s scheme spread, several clerks in the finance department started pledging money with him.

Kalpana Mondal, for instance, deposited Rs 1.3 lakh, while Ujjwal Roy handed over Rs 90,000 to Bala. The complainant, Subrata Dutta, had deposited Rs 60,000 in October 2005.

Four of Bala’s colleagues have lodged written complaints against him with the finance department in the past few months.

Finance minister Asim Dasgupta said Bala had been showcaused soon after the complaints were filed. “When he failed to give a satisfactory reply, a departmental proceeding was started against him. The matter was also discussed with the chief minister,” Dasgupta said.

The minister blamed the Centre for not framing a “stringent act” to control such activities.

Space strife in Calcutta HC – legal law and order obvious ?!!

Sharmishtha Chatterjee outside the court - Bengal Justice system non-parochial and impartial, doubtful ?!! (Photo by Amit Datta)

FROM THE TELEGRAPH STAFF REPORTER

Calcutta, June 24: Lawyers have threatened to stay away from Calcutta High Court after police tonight forced them out of a courtroom they had occupied to protest inadequate seating arrangements.

Some women lawyers alleged that they were assaulted and harassed by plainclothesmen but the police rubbished the charges, saying lady constables were deployed to control the situation.

Around 30 lawyers had occupied the courtroom (No. 20) on the third floor since Thursday afternoon, claiming that it had been given to court registrars without informing them.

“There are over 3,000 lawyers who have no place to sit in the high court. Around 200 lawyers squeeze into a 150sqft room and we have been demanding a new place for years. However, on a directive of the registrar-general, renovations were made to courtroom No. 20 without our knowledge. The courtroom was shut for the past four months and now it has been turned into an air-conditioned room for 13-odd assistant court registrars,” said Rana Mukherjee, secretary of the Calcutta High Court Bar Association.

The association, which has 5,500 members, had been allotted 15 registered rooms. It had also taken over two empty rooms.

The lawyers today spread their reach to the 1,000sqft room on the third floor, occupying it after the court hours from around 4.30pm. They also pasted a paper on which was written “16” in order to claim that the room is in addition to the 15 allotted to them.

When word reached the Chief Justice, M.S. Shah, he asked registrar-general Murari Shrivastava to call the police and get the room vacated. Thursday was Shrivastava’s first day in office.

A team of policemen entered the court around 11pm and forced out the agitating lawyers.

“We were kicked and punched by the police. They tugged at our clothes and dragged us down the stairs. We pleaded with them and sought talks but they refused to relent. Many of us have been injured. Our bags containing our cell phones and money were also left behind in the room,” said Sharmishtha Chatterjee, a lawyer who claimed that a policeman had pulled her.

The police denied the charge and said one policeman suffered cuts in his hand.

The agitation continued till late in the night with the lawyers squatting outside the court. They have also threatened to widen their protest beyond Calcutta to other districts.

Officials said Calcutta High Court’s third complex, a 10-storey building, was set for inauguration this September. “Then each and every lawyer will have a place to sit and desk to write on,” an official said.

Cong cracks Suri whip – backstabbing a natural phenomenon, congie-commie nexus clear ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

Calcutta, June 24: The Bengal Congress has decided to suspend all six party councillors, including the vice-chairman, of the Suri municipality in Birbhum for preventing the Trinamul Congress from forming the board by backing an Independent for the chairman’s post.

Left-backed Ujjwal Mukherjee got 11 votes — one more than what he needed. It came from a Trinamul councillor. Of the other 10, six came from the Congress, four from the Left.

The Congress’s Ujjwal Chatterjee was elected vice-chairman during Tuesday’s election.

The Trinamul’s Pritikona Bhattacharya, who had contested for the chairperson’s post, lost.

The Birbhum district Congress leadership, which had asked the Congress councillors to help the Trinamul candidate form the board, had earlier slapped show-cause notices on the six.

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