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‘Where have funds for malnutrition gone?’

india Updated: Feb 27, 2009 00:29 IST
Urvi Mahajani

The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the state government and Additional Chief Secretary Chandra Iyengar to file an affidavit explaining how they spent the funds received from the central government to tackle malnutrition.

A division bench of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud asked the principal accountant general to countercheck the expenditure.

The counsel for the central government informed the court that they had disbursed over Rs 1,000 crore grant since 2003-04. The chief justice asked, “Where have you (government) spent the money? Why shouldn’t we ask the CBI to investigate into it?”

In Maharashtra, death rate is 41/1000 as against 62/1000 in the rest of the country, said advocate Ravi Kadam.

State ordered to demarcate silent zones in city

The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the BMC, police commissioner, Maha-rashtra Pollution Control Board and state government to issue notifications declaring silent zones in the city.

As per an earlier HC order, an area 100 metres around hospitals, educational institutions, courts and religious institutions should be demarcated as silent zones.

The government was to demarcate the silent zones last August, but six months on, neither the state nor the BMC has taken any action.

Thursday’s observation was made while hearing a petition filed by NGO Awaaz.

Court upset by inaction in case filed against IPS officer by wife

The Bombay HC on Thursday rapped the Mumbai police for not filing a satisfactory reply on the complaint filed by Pratima Nagrale, wife of senior IPS officer Hemant Nagrale. Pratima had alleged physical and mental torture by her husband.

A division bench of Justice Bilal Nazki and Justice A.R. Joshi questioned on why no action was imitated. “It seems since the husband is a senior police officer you (police) have dragged the case for one year,” remarked Justice Nazki.

An affidavit filed by Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Rakesh Maria stated that they are awaiting the medical reports of Pratima, who is allegedly a schizophrenic.

The HC remarked that a complainant being a mental patient couldn’t be a reason for not making inquiries.