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October 18, 2001 - October 18, 2001

High Court judgement on SEC Thursday, October 18, 2001

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SURAT: The High Court on Wednesday granted a stay on the Surat Electricity Company (SEC) order of taking coercive action for the recovery of additional security deposits from customers of low tension (LT) electricity.

According to an official press note, SEC had issued notices to these customers to pay up an additional deposit calculated as two months' average consumption. On advice of the Surat Citizen's Council Trust (SCCT), two LT consumers had submitted writ petitions to the High Court.

Judge Rekhaben Doshi issued notices to the state government, the Gujarat Electricity Board and the SEC against taking any action for the recovery of additional security deposits, said a SCCT press note.

The challenge was mainly on the ground that neither the SEC had any locus standi to approach the state government for the approval of conditions of supply under the 1910 Act, nor the state government had any power or justification to grant such an approval in the light of the fact that with effect from October 15, 1991, the SEC on becoming a generating company had not only ceased to be licensed under the 1948 Act but its sanctions had also become ineffective, SCCT sources clarified.

The High Court stay order was also extended to all other LT consumers of SEC, the sources added.

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


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Cashier cheated Pragati Co-operative bank Thursday, October 18, 2001

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AHMEDABAD: A cashier of The Pragati Co-operative bank's Relief Road branch allegedly cheated the bank of Rs 88.25 lakh by replacing the bundles of five-hundred rupee notes with hundred rupee ones.

Bank manager Rajendra Amrutlal Saheba lodged a complaint at the Kalupur police station against head cashier Gaurang Kantilal Shah stating that he had changed the notes during banking hours before October 13 when the crime was detected.

Since the safe was under his custody, Saheba alleged that the cashier not only defrauded the bank of Rs 88 lakh but picked up another Rs 25,944 from the safe and cheated the bank.

Satyam residents cheated: Residents of Satyam apartments have complained that Vijay Vora alias Bhikhabhai Dhanjibhai Prajapati had cheated them of Rs 1.21 lakh. A resident Dashrath Ankhaldas Maheshwari in a complaint with the Vatva police accused Prajapati of having collected Rs 1.61 lakh from the residents on the pretext of restoring their electricity connection. Prajapati then paid Rs 39,075 against the pending bill and took away the balance.

Bootleggers jailed: Four bootleggers arrested by the crime branch recently for illegally operating a production and bottling plant of IMFL in Sabarmati were booked under PASA and sent to different jails. The accused are Mahesh Rasiklal Shah, Khivsingh Nathusingh Rajput, Nandkishore Swadhansingh Rajput and Pratapsingh Buddhsingh Rathod.
Navratri combing: The police checked over 3,000 vehicles, 133 hotels and guest houses, 35 public gardens and 33 railway and bus stations on Tuesday night as a part of the combing operations for the ongoing Navratri.

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


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Sotta reelected VMC deputy mayor Thursday, October 18, 2001

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VADODARA: Samata Party city unit chief Shailesh 'Sotta' Mehta was reelected as deputy mayor on Wednesday.

Sotta's reelection, for the second consecutive year, also marked the BJP-Samata reunion after the coalition went through a rough phase recently.

However, in Wednesday's poll the BJP-Samata combine ensured 41 votes in favour of Sotta out of a total of 78. National Congress Party's Nissar Bapu and Independent Dilip Kothari refrained from voting. Congress' Jayendrasinh Thakore lost after securing 34 votes, all from his party colleagues in the House.

The Congress, however, had staged a walk-out even before the election process was complete. BJP's woman member of the House Panna Upadhyay did not raise her hand during the voting call in favour of Sotta. BJP's Praveen Patel than walked up to Upadhyay seeking reasons of her not favouring the party-backed candidate.

Vehement protests from Congress leaders followed after Patel's attempt to convince Upadhyay on the floor of the House, which they said, was in violation of the democratic procedures governing elections. Even as the melee continued Congressman Anuj Patel stood up to explain his party's point of view. But hardly had Patel began city mayor Bharti Vyas interrupted. Further voices of dissent started emanating from the Congress bench and in a few minutes the entire party staged a walk-out.

Samata's Ashok Pawar, who was likely to become deputy mayor as per the earlier arrangement that Sotta himself had made, was seemingly disappointed. Pawar, however, quipped that he did not wish to contradict the stand taken unanimously by party chief Sotta and was in complete agreement with him and favoured his candidature as deputy mayor.

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


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Jamnagar ::Deputy mayor poll Thursday, October 18, 2001

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JAMNAGAR: Karshan Karmur was elected deputy mayor of Jamnagar Municipal Corporation at the general board meeting of the civic body on Monday. Jayprkash Parekh was elected chairman of the standing committee.

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Bhavnagar ::BMC chairman elected Thursday, October 18, 2001

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BHAVNAGAR: BJP corporator Pravin Patel was elected chairman of the standing committee of Bhavnagar Municipal Corporation on Monday.

Bipin Vyas, another contender for the standing committee post, was elected leader of the ruling BJP in the civic body. Both the appointments were finalised by the state leadership of the party.

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