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Rahul to visit Mount Carmel College today

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BENGALURU: From high profile security protocol to a lavish reception, the Mount Carmel College is all set to welcome AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Rahul will interact with more than 200 students for 45 minutes on Wednesday.

“Only those students who have been given special identity cards are allowed to enter the main auditorium. The event will be screend live in the basement auditorium for others,” Nydile Ranganath, treasurer of Mount Carmel College Students’ Union, said.

Rahul was in Karnataka last time to instill confidence among farmers following a spate of suicides due to the agrarian crisis. Three years ago, he had a similar meeting with students of BVB College in Hubballi.

No netas to share dais

The visit will be a non-political event. No leaders or party woekers will be allowed to share the dais with Rahul. “The interaction is restricted to students, faculty and board members. Rahul expressed desire to have an exchange of views with students,” said KPCC president and home minister G Parameshwara.

He will arrive in Bengaluru at 9.30am and visit the college at 1.30pm.

Students with questions for the Congress scion had to submit their queries to the teacher-in-charge first, said Nydile.

“On Tuesday , the police commissioner visited the college to discuss security arrangements with the students’ union.Cops and student volunteers will be de ployed to manage the crowd. Metal detectors are in place; the bomb squad sanitized the campus and special CCTV cameras have been fixed, images from which will be constantly monitored,” said Nydile.

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Cops to get lessons in financial management

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BENGALURU: When police sub-inspector Suresh (name changed) was on the trail of a woman found dead at a construction site in the city in September last, all evidence pointed to her husband as the killer. The suspected culprit was in Andhra Pradesh and Suresh was bent on arresting him before he could get away .

The SI put together his four-member team, hired a four-wheeler and rushed to AP.After arresting the man, he drew up a list of expenses -Rs 22,000, including the amount spent on food and accommodation, fuel charges, paying informers, and a bribe to get a body warrant to bring the accused to Bengaluru.

Then began another round of battle: recovering from the department the money he had spent. “Even if I produce bills of the expenses, it leads to thousands of questions about why I didn’t stay in a cheaper lodge, spend less on food, use a low-cost vehicle. I am made to feel like a thief,” says Suresh who knows it will take him close to three months to get a part of the amount reimbursed.

A few years ago, then poli ce commissioner Ajai Kumar Singh made headlines when he proposed that police offi cers be reimbursed money hey spend during investiga ion. Years later, Raghavend ra Auradkar, ADGP (training and recruitment), has deci ded to include financial ma nagement as a subject while raining recruits for the posts of police sub-inspectors.

“Bengaluru was one of he first cities to have investi gative charges reimbursed to police officers. But today , due o lack of awareness many of icers don’t even claim this money . We thought it was important to inform and teach them about the facilities available for officers,” he said.

The subject will be taught at the Karnataka Police Academy in Mysuru; the class will include orders passed by the government through which cops can claim probe charges, facilities provided for bandobast duty and so on.

Sub-inspectors admit that this is nowhere near enough.”Some don’t want to make the effort required for reimbursement,” says a PSI.

“How can we set a limit to investigation expenses? The SP or the DCP has the authority to sanction reimbursement of expenses. But I get calls from lower officers who say they are unable to get the money reimbursed. This will lead to corruption because the money has to be reimbursed from somewhere,” Singh had said.

“We cannot ask the government for an enhancement in the amounts. We are hoping to fix that,” said Raghavendra Auradkar, ADGP (training and recruitment).

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Lokayukta scam accused denied bail

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BENGALURU: The high court on Tuesday dismissed the bail petition of N Narasimhamurthy , first division assistant working in office of the DG&IG and an accused in the extortion scam involving Y Aswhin, son of Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao.

“Taking into consideration of the conspiracy hatched by the petitioner (Narasimhamurthy) with others to extort money from officials holding big offices and bringing disrepute to an institution like Lokayukta, this is not a fit case to grant bail,” said Justice AV Chandrashekara.

Narasimhamurthy , the third accused in the case registered by SIT, has been in judicial custody for the past three months. He was booked under section 384, 420, 506 of IPC and section 8, 9 of the Prevention of Corruption Act . He was arrested after he allegedly accepted Rs 5 lakh from the complainant, Umashankar, then chief engineer of PWD.

HC notice to govts, NHAI

The high court on Tuesday ordered notice to the state and central governments and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) in response to a PIL filed by two organizations from Padubidri, Udupi.

The petitioners claimed that the authorities have re aligned the widening of NH-66 based on instructions from former minister Oscar Fernandes which will affect 96 structures comprising educational institutions, temples and commercial buildings on both sides of the highway . They wanted the court to direct the authorities to continue with the widening of the bypass road, as decided earlier.

I haven’t favoured anybody: Justice Adi

Upa Lokayukta Justice Subhash B Adi on Tuesday said he did his job with a clear conscience and dared those who are making allegations to come up with evidence.

Adi told the media that he will quit his office if the charges are proved right. ” I haven’t favoured anybody. I have never stood in support of my kin or interfered in any case against anyone in my family. The sudden spurt of allegations from certain quarters has pained me,” Adi said, reacting to the Congress’ move to hold a signature campaign against him.

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