In a rally of advocates in six districts in southern Maharashtra held at Kolhapur on Monday, it has been decided that if the State government and Mumbai High Court delay in responding to their demand for a division bench or a temporary circuit bench at Kolhapur, the current agitation would be intensified. The agitation would not be withdrawn until an ordinance was issued in response to the demand, the protesting advocates said. Most of the senior advocates criticised the High Court’s stand to ask the agitating advocates that the issue would be considered after the agitation is withdrawn. The High Court should consider that the demand was being pursued for the last 25 years, they said.

Bogus appointment orders ‘scam’

Satara-based Rayat Education Society (RES) said that 20 bogus appointment letters have been issued with the stamps and stamp signatures of authorities inviting candidates to join posts with the society. The State government had informed aided institutions to recruit the staff in various schools and colleges, but according to RES secretary Arvind Burugale the institution had not announced or advertised for the required posts. However, many candidates had received appointment letters. As there seems to be some racket involved, a complaint has been lodged with police at various locations where the RES’s schools were located.

Harassment complaint against moneylender

Ramchandra Gokhale, a resident of Sangli, has lodged a complaint with the police against private moneylender Sachin Sajankar and two associates for threat, harassment and forcible acquisition of one flat and two shops owned by him for the recovery of a loan of Rs. 12 lakhs. The complaint said that Mr. Gokhale had been paying interest on the loan amount every month but due to recession he could not afford to pay it for the past four months.