Police Medal for

BPRD officer

NEW DELHI: An Assistant Director with the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) has been awarded the Police Medal for Meritorious Services on the eve of Republic Day.

According to a BPRD spokesperson, the recipient of the award, B.V. Trivedi, has contributed immensely in various fields like criminology, police science, criminal law and correctional administration both at the national as well as international level.

Petition seeks demolition

NEW DELHI: A Public Interest litigation (PIL) was filed before the Delhi High Court seeking demolition of illegal constructions in about 400 unauthorised colonies in the Capital.

The PIL filed by Counsel C S Rahtour for petitioner Hazi Nasiruddin said there was rampant illegal constructions in 400 unauthorised colonies in active collusion with some officials of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Delhi Police.

Despite the order of the High Court on November 3, 1997 in the Common Cause vs the Union of India, the authorities had failed to prevent mushrooming of illegal constructions both in authorised and unauthorised colonies, the petition said.

10-year jail term

for raping minor

NEW DELHI: Holding that the consent of a minor victim cannot come to the rescue of a rapist, a city court on Friday awarded 10 years rigorous jail term to a youth for repeatedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.

The convict Nekh Pal's accomplice, Manoj, who helped in kidnapping the victim to Pal's native place in Uttar Pradesh, was sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment.

''Since, it stands proved that the victim was below 16 years of age at the time of commission of offence, hence, even if it is assumed that she was a consenting party it will not absolve the accused from the henious offence,'' observed Additional Sessions Judge J M Malik.

Sheila to speak

at Davos meet

NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday left for Davos, Switzerland, to attend the World Economic Forum meeting there.

She would participate in four sessions -- economic reforms, cooperation among South Asian countries, employment and social security and women empowerment.

Ms Dikshit is accompanied by Principal Secretary (Finance) V V Bhutt and her Secretary Renu Sharma.

City court acquits Imam

NEW DELHI: A city court on Friday acquitted a 40 year-old-imam who was accused of raping a 20 year-old-girl in Hazrat Nizamuddin in South Delhi two years ago.

Patiala House Court Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) S P Garg, acquitted Mohd Khalid, Imam of Madina Masjid, due to lack of evidence and given the benefit of doubt.

The accused denied his involvement in committing rape and said he had been falsely implicated in this case.

Phone tapping case

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Friday allowed police to take handwriting samples of Reliance Infocomm employee Kuldeep Singh after they expressed suspicions that he was behind the drafting of forged letters which ''sanctioned'' tapping of Samajwadi party leader Amar Singh's phone.