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Friday, February 19, 2010

Cops set ablaze scribes bike, JC admits in HC - I Have Informed DGP, Anjaneyulu Tells The Court

Hyderabad: Joint commissioner P S R Anjaneyulu on Thursday admitted in the High Court that it were the security forces who set ablaze the vehicle of ABN reporter M Narsing Rao. Explaining the reasons that led to the police resorting to firing rubber bullets and lobbing tear gas shells on OU students on Feb 14, the police officer said, We acted only to disperse the students who were continuously pelting stones on us. We also had credible information that outside extremist elements were inside the campus, who could not be nabbed due to various reasons. When he maintained that no girl student was molested, Justice L Narasimha Reddy said: You have the audacity to say that no girl was molested Your approach is totally anti-people . You should have told the court that you will verify the facts and get back. Which girl will make a false complaint. Then turning to advocate general D V Sitaram Murthy, the judge said: This officer is showing no signs of repentance or remorse.

When the judge asked who were behind burning the scribes vehicle, Anjaneyulu said, We had informa-tion that some of the police personnel had burnt it. But your home minister says that the police were innocent. Even yesterday , you arrested some students. Why didnt you arrest the cops who burnt the vehicle. All through, the home minister was describing the students as offenders and  police as innocent. But it seems that the reverse is true, the judge observed. When he wanted to know if Govt. was informed that the vehicle was burnt by police, Anjaneyulu said he had informed the DGP. The judge then sought an action taken report from the DGP. When asked who had ordered deployment of paramilitary forces on OU campus, Anjaneyulu pleaded ignorance and said it happened during the transition period between B Prasada Rao relinquishing charge and A K Khan taking over as Hyderabad police commissioner . The judge who clubbed the petitions of the scribe and the one filed by nine OU students demanding a CBI inquiry into the police action sought a detailed affidavit within 10 days from the state and the police explaining the reasons for the situation that led to the police excesses.

The judge also wanted the authorities to state the material before them for justifying the deployment of paramilitary forces in OU. If the reply is not satisfactory, I will have no hesitation in ordering a CBI inquiry into the OU incidents, he said.
Forces at OU: SC moved against HC order

The government on Thursday approached Supreme Court against the direction of the High Court asking it to move out paramilitary forces from Osmania University. SC which posted the matter for hearing to Friday, asked AP to come out with the answer as to who permitted the deployment of paramilitary forces on OU campus. It is not a good sign, a bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices S H Kapadia and Aftab Alam said when the state government sought a stay on the AP High Court order. PTI
Govt struggling to find a place for T panel

Hyderabad: Even before the high-profile Srikrishna commission on Telangana is set to get down to work, which it plans to do in a week, it has run up against a major problem in Hyderabad a suitable accommodation. The general administration department (GAD) is in a fix over finding a place for the commission. While the Lake View Guest House next to the Raj Bhavan is what officials can think of first, there is a problem there. It is generally given only for the stay of Union ministers and senior officials of the Union government. The other is the adjoining Dilkusha Guest House, where the government has incidentally provided a few rooms for the Satyam probe team last year which it is still using. Moreover, whenever hearings of some commissions are to be organised, they are done at the Dilkusha Guest House.  An official said though there are a few more rooms available at the Dilkusha Guest House, they will have to be kept available for officials of various ranks from the Centre and other states on official and private visits to the city.

Blocking the rest of the rooms for the Srikrishna panel would leave practically no rooms for officials visiting the state, an official pointed out. Though the Greenlands Guest House could be an option, it is occupied by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA). The office of the Director of Protocol is also housed there. Next in the list is Manjeera Guest House near Greenlands, also at the disposal of the government. But this too has a stream of officials coming in for whom accommodation is provided. While the Lake View Guest House has 19 rooms, Greenlands has 13, Dilkusha has 10 and Manjeera has 32. The issue is not just about accommodation now but also of providing a secure place for the commission, an official of the protocol department said.

Apart from security, the issue is of accommodation for long term that too for the five-members , as the brief to the Committee is to submit its report by December 31, 2010, a good 10 months, is rattling the government. Meanwhile, official sources said one of the places being considered is also the Dr Marri Channa Reddy HRD Institute at Jubilee Hills.
Separate T cannot be achieved overnight -City MLA Urges T Leaders To Show Restraint

Hyderabad: Congress member M Shashidhar Reddy urged the leaders from Telangana region not to provoke students and prevent them from treading the wrong path. Referring to the ongoing agitation for separate T state, while initiating the debate on motion of thanks to the Governors address, Reddy advised the political leaders to help resolve the issue by presenting their arguments before justice Srikrishna committee and not instigate the students. Advocating patience, Reddy said, it took 70 years for initiating a systematic procedure for creating separate Chhattisgarh state. The agitation had its roots in 1924. The Madhya Pradesh assembly passed a unanimous resolution in 1994 and the state became a reality after another six years.

Referring to recent agitation, he said a false was being created among the students that the separate state can be created overnight. He said that it appeared as if there was consensus within the parties on bifurcation of state though it was not there. Touching upon the law and order situation, Reddy said the recent incidents had made it clear that some outside elements had creeped into the campus and this fact has been admitted by the students themselves. This puts greater responsibility on the leaders of political parties to see that violent incidents do not take place.

Appreciating the governments performance, he said, chief minister K Rosaiah was working like an architect by taking up several development programs. The government was alive to the issues like steep increase in prices of essential commodities like pulses and rice and was taking necessary measures to control the rising prices, he added. He said that the government was committed to provide four per cent reservation to the Muslim minorities.
OU molestation: Action demanded against cops

New Delhi: Nine Telangana MPs on Thursday demanded the severest of punishments for the security personnel who molested girl students on the Osmania University campus last week. Condemning the incident as a blot on civilised society, the Congress MPs, nine from the Lok Sabha and one from the Rajya Sabha, urged Congress president Sonia Gandhi to take cognizance of the incident and ensure that all those responsible for the atrocities are punished as per the law.

The police entered the ladies hostel of the university and molested some of the students . It was a pre-planned action . On entering the hostel, the police switched off the lights and molested the girls, Nizamabad MP Madhu Yaskhi told the media in the national capital after a meeting. Apart from Yaskhi, those present in the meeting were V Hanumantha Rao (Rajya Sabha), Manda Jagannatham, G Sukhender Reddy, Ponnam Prabhakar, G Vivekanand, T Rajaiah, Balaram Naik and Suresh Setkar.

Saying that the girls were not safe on the campus, Yashki charged that senior police officials had directed the security personnel on the ground to commit such atrocities only because the students were demanding a separate Telangana state. The MPs demanded the state government to immediately suspend IPS officer P S R Anjaneyulu and other senior officials who were in charge of the police operations . We wonder how young students could be treated so inhumanly in a state where the home department is headed by a woman, P Sabita Indra Reddy , the Nizamabad MP said. When asked if they would demand the resignation of chief minister K Rosaiah and the home minister, the MP said the court is seized of the matter . We will wait for the verdict of the high court, Yaskhi said.
Not right to discuss judges conduct: Naidu

Hyderabad: While three Congress legislators aired their disapproval of the AP HC remarks on Thursday against the governor and the government action in the recent police lathicharge on Osmania University students, the opposition TDP felt that it was not proper for the state assembly to discuss the conduct of a judge. Opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu and deputy leader P Ashok Gajapati Raju said that as per Article 211 of the Constitution no discussion should take place on the conduct of judges. One constitutional body should not make comments on another, they said.

The Constitution has clearly demarcated the role of the executive, judiciary and the legislature. It is not correct to step into the domain of each other, Naidu said and urged Speaker N Kiran Kumar Reddy to expunge the remarks of the Congress members. The issue figured during zero hour when Congress MLA M Mahidhar Reddy, taking objection to the reported remarks of the judge on the governor, asked how could people trust the assembly and its members if courts make such remarks. People are already losing faith in constitutional bodies. The courts dispose of some cases fast while others remain pending for several decades, he said. Later, Cong MLAs Malladi Vishnu and Madhusudhan Gupta too said the HC observations were an insult to constitutional bodies. The Speaker said he would reserve his ruling on the issue.

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