NEW DELHI: A verbal spat broke out between current and former investigating officers (IO) Satish Dagar and Ajay Kumar Bassi respectively in a Delhi court during the hearing in the CBI vs CBI bribery case on Friday. Special CBI Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal during the last hearing had directed the investigating officer (IO) Ajay Kumar Bassi to appear before the court on Friday to explain the case diary maintained by him. Bassi briefed the court about the investigation done by him earlier in 2018. Bassi told the court that there were clinching evidences against former CBI special director Rakesh Asthana, but current IO did not even seize Asthana's phone and other electronic evidence. "On a made up case, clean chit has been given to the public servant. He should have seized the mobile phones," Bassi said. The contentions in the case diary were opposed by the current officer, Superintendent of Police Satish Dagar. He said, "Bassi refused to join investigation on two occasions. Now, he is making … [Read more...] about Verbal spat in court in CBI vs CBI case
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NEW DELHI: Truck drivers and fleet owners shell out around Rs 48,000 crore annually as bribes to traffic or highway police, besides personnel from the transport and tax departments, according to a study carried out across 10 major transport and transit hubs. Even local groups like “puja samitis” extort from truckers before allowing them to cross informal checkposts, with one-fourth of drivers paying cash to them. The study by SaveLife Foundation, a not-for-profit entity, claimed that over 82% respondents had admitted to having bribed “officials of one or the other department on the road” during their last trip, revealing the rampant corruption in the sector. The survey findings are based on detailed interviews of 1,217 truck drivers and 110 fleet owners. Overall, the amount paid as bribe for every trip to various authorities was estimated at Rs 1,257. The report released by junior minister for road transport V K Singh claimed that at an all-India level, … [Read more...] about Truckers, owners pay Rs 48,000 crore annually in bribes
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truck owners and drivers across the country conducted by SaveLIFE Foundation found that Rs 47,852 crore is allegedly paid as bribes to government officials, traffic and highway police, among others, every year to ensure “smooth truck operations”.In Mumbai, 45% of drivers and fleet owners admitted to having paid bribes, and nationwide, 67% admitted to doing so. Nearly 50% of the respondents also said they were “fatigued” while driving, and one in five truck drivers admitted to abusing drugs.Released on Friday, the report stated that the average bribe amount paid by Mumbai respondents was Rs 1,135, and nationally, the average was Rs 849. Hundreds of truck drivers and over 100 fleet owners were surveyed across 10 transportation hubs in India—Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Kanpur, and Vijayawada.Respondents in Mumbai reported a 98% dissatisfaction level with their profession, higher than the national average of … [Read more...] about Truckers pay nearly Rs 48k crore a year in bribes, finds survey
In his paintings, Baliga refers to the writer M.M. Kalburgi who was shot dead in 2015 for quoting the writer U. R. Ananthmurthy, news about abandoned babies, ecological catastrophe, and the ill-treatment of animals. “The routine practices of reading unreceived images of violence, alienation, conflict, and desire through the everyday of myself as an artist-person, enters my practice. I ask how political is normal?” the artist explains. Baliga chooses to portray his subjects with a calculated distance. By maintaining a sense of unsentimentality through stylistic exaggeration and consciously not taking any stand within his works, the artist is succinctly reminding viewers to remain vigilant and to look and think critically every day. … [Read more...] about How political is the normal?