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Shanti Bhushan's CD case: HC slams Delhi police for lack of response

Friday, 23 May 2014 - 7:22pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

HC slams Delhi police for lack of response New Delhi, May 23 (PTI) The Delhi High Court today slammed city police for not filing a rejoinder on its appeal against a CIC direction to it to make public forensic reports of a CD, purportedly containing conversation among senior lawyer Shanti Bhushan and politicians Amar Singh and Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Justice Manmohan also directed Delhi government standing counsel, representing city police, to remain present with an appropriate reply on next date of hearing on August 8. The court direction came after senior advocate Jayant Bhushan, appearing for RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agarwal, raised objection over Delhi Police counsel seeking adjournment of the matter.
"Last time also they (Delhi police) took adjournment. It's over an year," Bhushan said, adding that for last three years the petitioner has been waiting for an order of the court in the case.
To which the judge said, "No adjournment will be given on next date. Now you come on August 8."

Earlier in 2011, the high court had stayed Central Information Commission (CIC) order on an appeal by Delhi Police against the panel's November 14, 2011 decision and directed Aggarwal to file his response.

The police in its plea had contended that it cannot comply with CIC order as the matter is sub-judice before a trial court. The CIC had directed Delhi Police and CFSL, Chandigarh to make public forensic reports on the allegedly doctored CD, carrying purported conversation among the two politicians and the lawyer. The Chandigarh forensic lab has already revealed its report on the CD, reportedly certifying it as doctored, Agarwal has claimed.

The Delhi Police had got the CD examined twice at two different forensic laboratories and had claimed that the reports certify it as genuine. The police, however, had not made public either of the two reports. The police had also sent the CD to Chandigarh forensic lab, which has allegedly termed it as doctored.

The CIC order had come on the RTI activist's plea, seeking the panel's direction to the Prime Minister's Office, Home Ministry and the CFSL, Chandigarh to make public the forensic reports on the CD in which Shanti Bhushan is allegedly telling Yadav and Singh that his son Prashant can "manage a judge". 

Rs 73.67 lakh power bill waiver for hail-hit farmers in Nashik Nashik, May 23 (PTI) In a relief to hailstorm-affected farmers in the district, the Maharashtra government has waived outstanding electricity bills of Rs 73.67 lakh, pending against 43,637 farmers under the MSEDCL, Nashik zone. The order in this connection was received here yesterday, revenue department officials said today.

The state government's decision came after the Bombay High Court order on March 21, stopping recovery of bill amount from hailstorm-hit farmers in Maharashtra, officials added. Unseasonal rains and hailstorm in February and March, had adversely affected standing crops on 10,32,024 hectares of land in 802 villages of 13 tehsils in the district. Villages in Niphad, Malegaon and Satana tehsils were the worst hit. According to sources, MSEDCL was pressurising farmers to repay their bills and also disconnected power supply to homes of defaulters. But later, farmers claimed that they were unable to pay pending bills owing to heavy losses incurred due to crop losses. 

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