Prisoners who use mobile phones inside jails to face govt heat
The state cabinet on Tuesday decided to increase the punishment for keeping mobile phones and other banned objects inside jails keeping in view the increased instances of mobile phone use by prisoners in jail premises.
The cabinet also increased punishment for jumping parole and not reporting back to the jail on time.
Detailing about the decisions, parliamentary affairs minister Rajendra Singh Rathore said the cabinet has given nod to bring amendments in the Prisons Act 1894 for introducing stringent punishment for violators.
He said earlier said that the punishment for possession and smuggling mobile phones and other banned objects inside jails was six months or Rs 200 fine. The cabinet has decided to amend Section 42, 43, and 59 of the Act for increasing punishment to three years or Rs 3,000 fine.
“The cabinet has also decided to make the offences cognizable and non-bailable,” said Rathore.
The cabinet also decided to include new sections 58-A & B in the Act through Prisons (Rajasthan amendment) Ordinance 2015 for introducing stringent punishment for parole violations. The punishment for jumping parole and not reporting back to the jail has been increased to three years from six months or Rs 3,000 fine from Rs 200 fine, said Rathore. He said the aim is to check such crimes.
In a major thrust to solar power sector, the cabinet gave nod to investment of Rs 1.56 lakh crore for generation of 26,000 MW solar energy under Rajasthan Solar Power Policy 2014. In the meeting chaired by chief minister Vasundhara Raje, the cabinet approved the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with four companies for investment on Public Private Partnership mode in the sector. The projects would be undertaken under joint venture companies of which chief secretary would be chairman.
Rathore said the state government would provide land to the companies and in lieu would have 50% equity in the joint venture companies. He said IL&FS Energy Limited and Essel Infra Projects Limited would invest in 5000 MW plant each, Adani Enterprises would invest in 10,000 MW plant, and Reliance Power Limited would invest in 6000 MW plant.
Ahead of Rakshabandhan, a group of old-aged widows of Vrindavan have designed rakhis for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as part of the annual ritual. The specially designed handmade rakhis to be dispatched from the temple town of western Uttar Pradesh also feature the prime minister's face on them. Sulabh NGO that works with these widows has been training and assisting them for over a decade to learn different skills.
Shrikant Tyagi - the Noida politician whose claims of being a Bharatiya Janata Party leader have been denied by the BJP and who has been arrested by Uttar Pradesh Police for abusing and assaulting a woman - claimed Tuesday the woman 'is like (my) sister' and alleged a 'conspiracy' to 'politically decimate him'. Tyagi was booked Friday; he and his three associates face charges of 'outraging the modesty of a woman' against Tyagi and others.
Bengaluru police on Tuesday filed a 770-page charge sheet before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in an acid attack case that happened in the city in late April, news agency ANI reported Wednesday. As many as 92 witnesses have been mentioned in the charge sheet. The accused, Nagesh Babu, had been pursuing the victim for around seven years, during which he proposed marriage several times despite the victim's firm refusals.
Former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee, who was arrested on July 23 in an alleged job scam case, has been reading compilations of the works of writer-activist Mahasweta Devia and sermons of 19th-century saint Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa in his solitary cell at Kolkata's historic Presidency Jail now designated as a correctional home. Officials said Chatterjee has also requested a few other books on politics, economics, and law.
Delhi's air quality was in the satisfactory category on Wednesday morning as partly overcast weather was expected with a minimum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius and the maximum 37 degrees Celsius. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, the hourly air quality index was 98 at 7am. On Sunday, the average 24-hour AQI was 112 in the moderate category with PM2.5 and PM 10 being the significant pollutants.