Times of India | 2 days ago | 25-11-2022 | 08:46 pm
MUMBAI: Bombay high court set aside a cancellation of a performance licence issued to a suburban restaurant, observing that the deputy police commissioner who cancelled it could not have relied on crimes registered against its owner for alleged offence of obscenity, unless it resulted in conviction. When an FIR is pending it can’t be used to cancel the licence. State's 2019 government resolution stipulates counsel R D Soni for Geeta Lunch Home which had petitioned the HC to challenge the cancellation of its licence. Soni said the police had principally relied on a FIR against the establishment’s owner in June 2017 under the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act 1986. Justice S K Shinde in his order, “It is settled law that until held guilty, a person should be treated as innocent, and therefore, mere registration of crime would not furnish ground to cancel licence." Government Resolution of January 2019 said mere pendency of prosecution itself could not be a ground for cancelling the licence so long as the licence-holder himself or his agent or servant is convicted of the said offence. The HC noted that the licensing authority had also not given the restaurant owner a hearing and directed that the authorities first give a hearing and then decide. The police commissioner had granted a performance licence in 2004 under the Rules called “Rules for Licensing and Controlling Places of Public Amusement (other than Cinemas) and Performances for Public Amusement including Melas, Tamashas), 1960”. The DCP had in 2016 issued the establishment a Show Cause Notice to show cause why performance licence should not be cancelled for alleged violation of its licence conditions. He did not respond and on 20.12.2016, the performance licence was cancelled. The restaurant challenged the order before the Principal Home Secretary (Appeal And Security) Maharashtra and pending appeal, the cancellation was stayed. The appeal was decided without hearing from the restaurant on 22.3.2018 and the DCP’s cancellation order, upheld. A review of the confirmation was also dismissed and thus the matter landed before the HC. Justice Shinde heard Soni and additional government pleader P P Pujari and was told that since March 2018 the restaurant is “not playing musical instruments, Orchestra” at his establishment. The HC directed the owner to be given a hearing on November 25 for the show cause notice and then the DCP “shall pass appropriate order in accordance with law."
KALYAN: An unidentified youth on Saturday tried to steal money from an ATM kiosk of Canara Bank in Ambernath taluka of Thane District. An official from Hill Line police station said the accused attempted to break open the cash-dispensing machine but failed to do so after which he left the kiosk.The accused (aged 25 to 30 years) posing as a customer, stepped inside the ATM kiosk situated near Khoni village on Taloja MIDC road early in the morning, and attempted to steal the money by trying to break the machine. However, when he failed to do so he left the spot, said the police. Cops found that he managed to partly damage the machine safe door. The incident was captured in CCTV with shows him hiding his face with a cap.
THANE: Following a 48-hour search operation, the crime branch unit-3 of Mira-Bhayander Vasai-Virar (MBVV) police nabbed the undertrial accused of murdering a banker during a robbery bid who had escaped from Vasai court premises along with his bike-borne aide on Friday, officials informed on Sunday. In July 2021, Anil Dubey (36), a former private bank manager, was arrested for allegedly killing his former colleague and injuring another while trying to flee with gold ornaments worth nearly Rs 3.4 crore from the locker at the bank's Virar branch. On Friday afternoon, when Dubey was brought from Thane Central jail to Vasai court, he allegedly requested the escorting policemen to allow him to visit the washroom and managed to give them the slip and escape on a motorcycle driven by his aide Chand Badshah Aziz Khan (42), a historysheeter from Nalasopara. "We have arrested Dubey and Khan from Nalasopara after our teams narrowed down on them following technical leads. We also recovered the bike," confirmed Shrikant Pathak, additional police commissioner, MBVV police. Avinash Ambure, deputy police commissioner, crime, MBVV police, said, "Our teams were tipped off that the absconding undertrial could be holed up in Nalasopara following which crime branch unit-3 formed teams and started search operations." Police are likely to have zeroed in on the accused based on technical surveillance, including CCTV footage, of the area. Police in the Vasai-Virar area were on alert and also undertook late-night patrolling since Friday, officials said. While sources said Dubey got in touch with Khan when the latter was lodged at Thane jail a few months back, prison officials said they were unaware if Khan was lodged there and may have interacted with Dubey to hatch the escape plan.
KALYAN: A 70-year-old man from Kerala who disembarked from a long-distance train at Kalyan and got separated from his family was reunited , thanks to the alacrity shown by the railway police. The elderly man was part of a group of more than 100 pilgrims who had been on a fortnight's pilgrimage to Kashi, Ayodhya and other shrines in the north. On their way back home to Kerala the man, Krishnan Namboothiri, alighted at Kalyan around 2am on Saturday although the group was supposed to travel up to the destination point at the Kurla terminus before boarding a connecting train to Kerala. His relatives later said they were not aware that he had got off the train. It was only after the train had reached Kurla terminus that Namboothiri's wife and other family members realised that he was missing. A few of the relatives went back to Kalyan and sought help from the station master. Namboothiri's elderly wife and most of the others in the group were told to proceed on their journey to Kerala. A check of footage from CCTV cameras at Kalyan station showed Namboothiri getting off the outstation train. The relatives were told to contact the railway police at Kalyan. Namboothiri's photos were circulated on on various WhatsApp groups of the railway police, said senior inspector Mukesh Dhage. Within a few hours, the railway police at Mulund station got back to say that a person meeting the description of the missing senior citizen had been spotted outside a temple near Mulund railway station on Saturday evening. Namboothiri was reunited with his relatives who took him along and the elderly man is slated to leave for Kerala with the relatives on Monday. Namboothiri, who has never been to Mumbai, has said that he is not aware how he had reached Mulund from Kalyan station, where he got down from the express train. Santosh M, a relative of Namboothiri who lives in Kalyan, said, "He has told us he does not know why he got down from the train at Kalyan and is not even sure how he travelled up to Mulund... But we are thankful to the Kalyan railway police officer Mukesh Dhage who swung into action and helped trace him. We were quite worried for him."
MUMBAI: MNS chief Raj Thackeray targeted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his remarks against Hindutva ideologue Vinayak Damodkar Savarkar at a rally on Sunday, saying, "Do you even have the stature to speak about Savarkar?" You don't even realise that Savarkar's mercy petition was a strategy he was using to get out of jail to launch an attack on the British." He also mocked Gandhi's voice and said he sounded like music composer RD Burman. Speaking at a rally at the NESCO grounds in Goregaon against the backdrop of the BMC polls which could be held in a few months, Thackeray sought to re-ignite the MNS campaign against loudspeakers used outside mosques in the city. "If the loudspeakers are too loud, first the partymen should complain to the police. If they do nothing, then the Hanuman Chalisa should be played loudly outside the police station." Targeting his cousin and former CM Uddhav Thackeray, he said, "Initially he used his health as an excuse. Then after Eknath Shinde's rebellion, he started traveling all over. He wants power for selfish reasons and to make money." Thackeray also criticised Maharashtra Governor B S Koshyari who is in the news for his controversial remarks against Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji. "Look at his age and what he says. He is the Governor, so I am not saying anything but there is no lack of abuses in Maharashtra," he said. He referred to Koshyari's recent comment in which he had said that if Gujaratis and Rajasthanis are removed from Mumbai, it would cease to be the country's financial capital. "Why don't you ask Gujaratis and Marwaris why they don't do successful businesses in their own state?" he asked.
MUMBAI: An FIR was registered recently against 17 foreign film artistes for flouting visa norms. A report will be sent by the Dahisar police on the matter to the Special Branch-II which will decide on the next course of action. The artistes were part of a shoot going on at Dahisar (east) on Friday. The police learnt that some of the people on the set were flouting visa norms and a check was conducted. It turned out that 10 women and 7 men had flouted visa guidelines. While they should have obtained work visas mentioning the name of the production house that was shooting, they had instead come to India on tourist and business visas. They have been issued notices, said an officer. TNN