Citizens' Issues
Mystery man seeks details of Thackeray Will dispute from HC
Justice Gautam Patel of the Bombay High Court has expressed shock and displeasure after an unidentified person visited his chamber seeking copies of the evidence recorded in the ongoing dispute over the will of late Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray.
 
Justice Patel is hearing a suit filed by Jaidev Thackeray challenging the will of his father on the grounds that Bal Thackeray was of unsound mind and that Jaidev's brother Uddhav Thackeray had influenced him.
 
"Four times this person has come to my chamber. He comes asking for the notes of evidence recorded, saying he is from Sarnaik's office. My staff is also rattled. I don't know who he is collecting it for and for what purpose," Justice Patel told the Thackeray brothers' lawyers Seema Sarnaik and Rajesh Shah.
 
The judge wondered whether it was to gain political mileage or something else and wanted an end to it.
 
Jaidev's lawyer Sarnaik and Uddhav's counsel Shah assured the court that henceforth, they would issue a letter with the names of their junior lawyers who would come to collect the evidence, which should be handed over only after verifying their identity cards.
 
Meanwhile, in the ongoing will dispute, the court will record the evidence of senior party leader Anil Parab on June 30.
 
Earlier, the evidence of Lilavati Hospital doctor Jaleel Parkar, who treated Thackeray regularly in 2007-end, was recorded.
 
Jaidev has challenged the will of December 13, 2011 in which his father Thackeray left nothing for him.
 
Thackeray died on November 17, 2012 in Mumbai, bequeathing a major chunk of his estate to Uddhav.

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Fadnavis snubs minister over Mumbai Metro car shed site
Reacting sharply to cabinet minister Eknath Khadse's statement on allotting land inside the Aarey Milk Colony for the proposed Mumbai Metro 3 car shed, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis late on Wednesday said no decision has yet been taken.
 
"No decision yet on Aarey land to be given for Metro car shed. The report is still awaited," Fadnavis said in a tweet.
 
The chief minister's comment came barely hours after Khadse indicated that around 30 hectares of colony land would be allotted for the car shed as there was no other plot of this size available in the city.
 
However, the minister said it was subject to the final decision of a committee appointed for the purpose.
 
The committee was set up in March following massive protests against the proposal which would put further pressure on the last green lung in the city.
 
BJP's ally Shiv Sena, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, several NGOs, film stars and celebrities have spoken strongly against the move in the past.
 
Reacting to Khadse's statement, MNS president Raj Thackeray on Wednesday said his party has always opposed and would continue to oppose any move to construct the metro car shed inside the colony.
 
"The government has been shown other alternatives. For what is the Mumbai Port Trust land? Is it to be doled out to industrialists?" Thackeray said.
 
The MNS leader criticised the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena for continuing with the policies of the erstwhile Congress-NCP government and said that allowing the metro car shed inside the colony would mean "a defeat for the peace-loving people of Mumbai".
 
The 33-km Mumbai Metro 3 line, being constructed through the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, will be fully underground, running between Colaba to SEEPZ and is expected to be completed by 2020.
 
Partly funded to the tune of around Rs.13,235 crore by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the Rs.23,136 crore project will provide connectivity between Nariman Point, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport's domestic and international terminals, SEEPZ and other important locations.

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DCW summons Bharti after wife alleges violence
The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Wednesday issued summons to AAP leader Somnath Bharti after his wife complained that he had unleashed domestic violence.
 
"I cannot explain my trouble in a couple of words. It has been going on since 2010. I want to be out of this marriage," Bharti's wife Lipika Mitra said.
 
"I want separation and to live with my children with dignity," she added.
 
Taking cognizance of the matter, the DCW issued summons to Bharti, the former Delhi law minister in the 2013 Aam Aadmi Party government.
 
DCW chief Barkha Singh said: "His (Bharti's) wife is distressed and said she was beaten, verbally abused and given death threats. Her children were also harassed.
 
"We have summoned Bharti to appear before the DCW on June 26."
 
Responding to the allegations made by his wife, Bharti called all the charges baseless.
 
"All the allegations of domestic violence and assault are baseless and bear no substance," he said.
 
"It is very painful to know that my wife has gone to public forum regarding family matter. I always loved her," Bharti said adding "For 5 years she had been making demand that I have to choose between my mother and her."
 
Bharti's wife also reached Police Headquarters to meet police officials regarding domestic violence case.
 
"She met police; necessary investigation will be conducted," Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi said.
 
Reacting on the entire matter AAP leader Dilip Pandey said, "We will conduct investigation at our level in this case."

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COMMENTS

Bapoo Malcolm

1 year ago

My wife's story is similar; though for a much smaller amount. Thank God.

Same bank's ATM, same episode. No more action than some SMSs saying that it will be looked into.

It happens at railway Smart Card dispensers also. Money debited, no ticket. It happened to me on the day that Dinesh Trivedi was asking questions about railway affairs. Twice I lost Rs. 10/-. It was 0600 hrs and no one to answer for the lapse.

Bapoo Malcolm

1 year ago

My wife's story is similar; though for a much smaller amount. Thank God.

Same bank's ATM, same episode. No more action than some SMSs saying that it will be looked into.

It happens at railway Smart Card dispensers also. Money debited, no ticket. It happened to me on the day that Dinesh Trivedi was asking questions about railway affairs. Twice I lost Rs. 10/-. It was 0600 hrs and no one to answer for the lapse.

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