Top StoriesA Mumbai Police Inspector Moves Supreme Court Opposing Param Bir Singh’s Prayer For Transfer Of All Investigation Outside State Of Maharashtra Radhika Roy20 May 2021 9:15 PMShare This – xImage Courtesy : India TodayAn Intervention Application (IA) has been filed in former Mumbai Police Chief, Param Bir Singh’s plea before the Supreme Court, opposing the prayer for transfer of all investigations and inquiries pending against Singh to any other State outside Maharashtra.It is contented that the petition filed by Singh seeking transfer of the investigation to a central agency, outside the State of Maharashtra, is a pure abuse of the due process of law and deserves to be dismissed with costs. Filed by Advocate Vipin Nair on behalf of a Senior Inspector with 27 years of service with the Mumbai Police/Home Department, the IA states submits that the Applicant has “suffered enormous injustice and victimization at the hands of the present Petitioner, since the Applicant had not obliged him by favouring anti-social elements”. It is further stated that the Applicant has never received a single complaint against him regarding any alleged misconduct or misbehavior, and that Singh has used his position and uniform to implicate the Applicant in several false and frivolous cases – “it is further submitted that although the petitioner is trying to pose himself as an upright and honest police officer, the true narration of facts would reveal a completely different picture”. The IA refers to an instance wherein the Applicant, despite having the seniority as well as a “blemishless career with good confidential reports” was not appointed on account of belong to the “Mahar” Scheduled Caste. He had requested the Petitioner to look into the matter, however, on not receiving any response from him, the Applicant approached the State SC-ST Commission. Notice was issued and Singh was directed to appoint the Applicant as a Senior Police Inspector. It has been submitted in the IA that post this incident, Singh “developed prejudice and bore a deep rooted grudge” against the Applicant. It has been further submitted that in a matter pertaining to builders and high profile offences registered against them, Singh had asked the Applicant to stop the ongoing investigation. On refusal to do, it has been alleged that Singh “hatched a conspiracy with his subordinates to place the Intervenor under suspension and thereby, take away the investigation of such cases from his hands and instigated such disgruntled elements to lodge false and frivolous complaints against the intervenor”. As a consequence, four offences were registered against the Intervenor within a span of ten days and he was placed on suspension. Further attempts were also made to silence the Applicant. Submitting that Singh has abused his position as a superior police officer to implicate the Applicant in false cases and thereby, should not be allowed to seek transfer of the case to CBI, the Applicant has sought to oppose the same by way of the instant IA. TagsSupreme Court Param Bir Singh Mumbai Police Maharashtra #Transfer Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
FARMINGTON – The Farmington Selectboard met Tuesday evening to discuss a new liquor license application, two revised department budget proposals and a memorial sculpture at the site of the former LEAP building.The Farmhouse Beer Garden, located at 926 Farmington Falls Road, was approved for a liquor license to sell beer and wine; the newly established beer garden and pizza restaurant hopes to open by July 4. Owner Keeley Valverde said despite the current situation with COVID-19, she decided to move forward with her plans of opening that have been in place for a long time now.The beer garden will be hosted at her home, which has beautiful views of the surrounding hills, she said, and will be outdoor seating only which is fitting for the current restrictions, she said.“I think it’s going to be a great experience and a nice addition to town,” she said.The Farmhouse will sell ice cream, local beer, pizza and wine and will include a fire pit in the hangout area. Valverde has owned and operated a hotel with bar and restaurant in the past, so she is familiar with the business she said.“I’m appealing to more of the relax and enjoy experience. We won’t have late hours and we’re not appealing to young kids to come and hang out. We’re going for the family experience,” she said.In other business, Town Manager Richard Davis said the proposed 2020/2021 budget is $770 dollars below the 2019 figures. The proposed total budget, after adjustments were made by the Parks and Recreation Department and the Police Department, is roughly $6.1 million.Farmington Chief of Police Jack Peck said he was able to reduce their proposed budget to $82,316 less than the previous year’s. That figure is currently being proposed at $1.3 million. Peck said between a lack of applicants for two vacant positions, and the Police Academy being closed, he was able to reduce figures. The two vacant positions were cut from his budget for the first six months of the fiscal year, and training expenses were reduced to $9,350 with the expectation that the academy will remain closed for a while.“I think we can save this amount, if not more. I’m willing to take a look at it all the time and do what we can do,” he told the board.Davis made the recommendation for the annual town meeting to be canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the board has the power to commit taxes based on last year’s budget, and he expects there will even be a reduction. The only other option would be a referendum vote, he said, which would still likely draw a large crowd to the voting ballots. No decisions were made regarding the town meeting.The Parks and Recreation Department was also able to reduce their proposed budget by $4,498 after cutting back on some programming expenses. Department head Matt Foster said they won’t be running the swim program this summer, which is where the majority of the savings were made. He allocated some of that money toward equipment repair, but was able to bring the proposed budget down to $188,566.The construction of a memorial sculpture is being proposed for town-owned property directly across the road from where a former LEAP building exploded last fall. Davis said there hasn’t been any discussion at the town level about the sculpture, and since selectmen have the responsibility for the property he wanted to bring the idea forward.Selectman Scott Landry said Chief Terry Bell wasn’t thrilled by the proposed idea, but is open to conversation with local artist Vera Johnson who is attempting to create the memorial.“They’re trying to do good and get a memorial up, let’s let them figure out what they want or don’t want to do,” Landry said.
Once again, regional areas are set to benefit most after investors indicated that their top locations to migrate to nationally are regional New South Wales (21 per cent), regional Queensland (18 per cent), Brisbane (16 per cent) and regional Victoria (14 per cent).PIPA chairman Peter Koulizos said most investors cited lifestyle factors, housing affordability and working from home as the main drivers.“It’s no surprise that COVID-19 and made many people reconsider their lifestyles withnearly a fifth of investors indicating they are contemplating a move,” Mr Koulizossaid.Queensland is a particular hotspot with 30 per cent of investors investors agreeing that it offered the best prospects over the coming year.The proportion of investors that said regional markets were the most appealing increased to 22 per cent, up from 15 per cent in 2019, with coastal locations also on the rise, almost reaching 12 per cent, up from 8 per cent last year. The small town of Biloela in the Banana Shire received a 197 per cent growth in views per listing for houses for sale in August, compared with March, followed closely by the Central Highlands, which showed a 182 per cent rise in views. Port Douglas and Daintree (147.1 per cent), Noosa (136.2 per cent) and Maryborough (131.7 per cent) rounded out the top five places of most interest. Biloela agent Mark Simpson of Ray White said that while the town’s market was far from going gangbusters, it had improved on a few years ago.He said most inquiries related to rental properties off the back of some large infrastructure projects occurring in the area, which had attracted workers from farther afield and tightening vacancy rates. 35 Lawrence Street, Biloela is on sale through Ray White Biloela. The country town had 197 per cent growth in property views on the listings website realestate.com.au in August, compared with March.When it comes to rental viewings statewide the Sunshine Coast dominated searches on realestate.com.au, with Maroochy registering a growth in views per listing of 258.1 per cent. Noosa made another appearance with 217.7 per cent, followed by Mudgeeraba – Tallebudgera on the Gold Coast gaining 194.9 per cent more eyeballs, the Noosa Hinterland (194.5 per cent), and Caloundra (183.3 per cent). New South Wales is experiencing a similar trend with place in the Richmond Valley Hinterland most popular.Cameron Kusher, director of economic research at REA Group said: “Regional markets have experienced some of the largest increases in views per listing for both for sale and for rent properties during the COVID-19 period. “Whether this increase translates into a mass exodus from metro areas remains to be seen, but it does show a change in consumer behaviour, which is the result of Australians wanting more space, cheaper property and working from home,” he said. Cameron Kusher director of economic research at REA Group says whether an increase in viewings in regional areas translates to an exodus from city areas remains to be seen.Mr Kusher said while increased viewings for properties in coastal and hinterland areas, such as Noosa, were interesting, he was surprised by the spike in viewing in the more remote areas.“I didn’t expect they would be areas that would attract an increase in demand. Perhaps the onset of the recession may have expedited some people into early retirement, which may account for the increase. It would be interesting to know the demographic of those searching in these areas.”The trend for regional migration, was however backed this week by the Property Investment Professionals of Australia’s (PIPA’s) annual investor sentiment survey, which consults more than 1100 investors.The survey showed that while market confidence is up, COVID-19 has led investors to reconsider not only where they buy, but also where they live.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa6 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours ago Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSpring selling predictions for 202002:37 Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs Noosa ground floor apartment sparks bidding frenzy 14 McAnally Drive in Sunshine Beach. The area is on the wish list ofinterstate buyers.People are still determined to make that sea or tree change six months after the onset of COVID-19. According to realestate.com.au, a property listings website, regional areas have registered a significant increase in popularity, in a trend that is particulary prevalent in Queensland.MORE The suburbs in which the suburbs sell the fastest