Cong MLA, aide awarded 3-yr jail term for rioting

They obstructed officials sealing polluting industries

Mateen Ahmed, a Congress MLA and his associate were on Tuesday sentenced to three years in jail by a Delhi court for rioting and obstructing government officials in their duty when they were closing down polluting industries in 2001 on the Supreme Court’s order.

Metropolitan magistrate Dharmender Rana held the MLA from Seelampur and ex-councillor Jameer Ahmed guilty of charges of rioting, assaulting and causing hurt to deter public servants from discharge of their duty, saying they are insouciant members of the legislative Assembly and municipal corporation.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 30,000 on each of the two 55-year-old convicts whose sentences were suspended for a month to enable them to file an appeal.
They were also granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 20,000 each with one surety till then.

The court held that the convicts had obstructed two government officials in doing their duty and had also assaulted them in public gaze when they were in the process of implementing the orders of the Supreme Court to shut down the polluting industries.

“The convicts in the instant case are reported to be members of legislative Assembly and municipal corporation of Delhi. It is their primary task to legislate for the benefit of society. A person who frames law within the precincts of the temple of democracy is not expected to impudently defy the same on the roads in full public gaze,” the court said.

“It is a very dangerous trend for our democracy that some persons openly and impudently dare to defy the judgments of the apex court and consider themselves to be law unto themselves,” he said.

According to the prosecution, the incident took place on January 7, 2001, when E Raja Babu, sub-divisional magistrate of Punjabi Bagh circle along with his team had gone to Jafrabad area in North East Delhi to seal the factory of Ashraf.

During the sealing process, the officials were obstructed by Mateen Ahmed and the other five accused also assaulted the team, it said.

3 MCD officials sent to jail for payment fraud

Three officials of the conservancy sanitation and engineering department of Municipal Corporation of Delhi were on Tuesday sentenced to two and a half years in jail by a Delhi court for siphoning off overtime allowances of workers, reports PTI from New Delhi.

Special judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal awarded two and half years imprisonment to sanitary inspectors Sant Ram Saini and Kishan Swaroop and to sanitation superintendent
Ramesh Chand Tanwar. He also imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 on each of them.

They were arrested by the anti-corruption branch of the city government on a complaint by one Hari Chand Beniwal and the ‘safai karamcharis’ of the conservancy sanitation and engineering department (CSE) of central zone.

Sant Ram had submitted a proposal for deployment of two extra trucks in the evening and 16 cleaners with one sanitary inspector and one assistant inspector on overtime allowance basis for daily removal of garbage for January-February 2002.

The proposal was approved by Ramesh Chand and Kishan Swaroop. Sant Ram then got the bogus overtime bills prepared in the name of 46 cleaners, instead of actual 16, and was sanctioned Rs 1.09 lakh by Ramesh.

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