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October 24, 2001 - October 24, 2001

Consumer court or consumer redressal forum? Wednesday, October 24, 2001

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There are about 2,300 cases pending with the Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum of Vadodara. Observers feel that the long list of pending cases is due to certain practices adopted by the Forum that result in an inordinate delay and considerable waste of time, both for the consumer and the Forum machinery.

In order to dispel confusion in the minds of the jury of the redressal forum and its president as well as to ensure that the objective of setting up forums is met, National Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission president Justice D P Wadhwa had written a letter recently.

The letter says that a "consumer forum is not a civil court". "It is not bound by the strict rules of Evidence Act or Code of Civil Procedure. Basic requirement is only that the principles of natural justice are observed. Consumer is not interested in legal attainments. His only concern is that due consideration be given to his complaint. Reasons no doubt are necessary in the orders, but brevity should be the rule," Justice Wadhawa wrote in his letter.

He further wrote "if a consumer forum is to become a parallel civil court, the whole purpose is lost. Better, we follow the objects of the Consumer Protection Act 1986, and are not swayed by technical rules where a consumer feels that there is no difference between a consumer forum or civil court," Justice Wadhawa said in his letter.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Bhatt submits anthrax plan to Centre Wednesday, October 24, 2001

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GANDHINAGAR: State health minister Ashok Bhatt said he has submitted his well-worked out anti-anthrax action plan to Union health minister C P Thakur.

"I am expecting a positive reply within a couple of days. We in Gujarat know anthrax as black fever though there have been no deaths in the state because of the disease in the last two years," he said.

After a two-day workshop with senior physicians, the action plan was prepared and submitted to Thakur. "We expect modern laboratory equipment and technology. I'm sure, Gujarat being a border state, Thakur will take up the matter seriously and co-ordinate with the defence ministry," he said.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Junagadh :: Ration cards distributed among villagers Wednesday, October 24, 2001

JUNAGADH: Computerised ration cards were distributed to villagers of Bhesan by authorities at a function inaugurated by Junagadh MP, Bhavna Chikhaliya. The authorities said plans are on to provide computerised ration cards to all those eligible in Bhesan taluka by November-end.
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Jamnagar :: City Briefs from 23rd Oct 2001 Wednesday, October 24, 2001

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IT raids
JAMNAGAR: Unaccounted cash worth over Rs 2 crore was unearthed in raids carried out by Income-Tax officials from Mumbai in different offices of a leading shipping company and its affiliates in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jamnagar and Gandhidham. The officials also seized several documents, said I-T sources here.

Ban on fireworks
JAMNAGAR: The district magistrate here has banned the use of fireworks during the festive season between 10 pm and 6 am. The ban will remain in force till Diwali, said a press note.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Disproportionate assets case against asst engineer Wednesday, October 24, 2001

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AHMEDABAD: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has booked a case of disproportionate assets against additional assistant engineer (civil) Digvijaysinh alias Digubha Himmatsinh Jadeja posted at Banaskantha. Jadeja has been charged with accumulating movable and immovable properties worth Rs 8.92 lakh, which was way off his official income.

Jadeja worked at the office of the deputy executive engineer of the Public Welfare Department in Tharad area of Deesa taluka and has settled in Bhavnagar. He faces charges of adopting corrupt practices and purchasing properties in the name of his wife and other members of his family in a fraudulent manner, which was found out during investigations by the assistant director of ACB, Junagadh. A case was filed against Jadeja on October 19 under the Prevention of Corruption Act. On Saturday, ACB sleuths conducted raids on three of his premises at Bhavnagar.

Raids were conducted on 'Ketu Nivas' on Satyanarayan Road, shops in the Madhav Darshan Complex on Radha Mandir Chowk and Hastagiri flats. The raiding teams found evidence of Jadeja owning these properties on his own name and under names of his family members. Further investigations are being carried out by officials of ACB, Junagadh.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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