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Nagpur lawyers ask NMC to treat legal services as essential during lockdown

Two lawyers have approached NMC Nagpur Police requesting them to treat legal services as essential services during the lockdown
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Two lawyers have approached Nagpur Municipal Corporation Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe and Nagpur City Police Commissioner Dr BK Upadhyay requesting them to treat legal services as essential services during the lockdown. Through a  letter, the lawyers have requested the two authorities to issue necessary instructions to the officials to not prevent lawyers from using their offices for their professional activities during lockdown.

The lawyers, Ashish Tarwani and Rahul Kishnani, in their letter to NMC Commissioner Mundhe and Nagpur Police Chief Dr Upadhyay, have stated that legal services are essential services and that even the courts are taking up urgent matters for hearing during the lockdown and therefore lawyers should be allowed to use their offices.

In their representation, the advocates wrote: In connections with the matters and providing legal services to the public at large, we the lawyers, are required to go to our offices for studying, drafting, etc. Further, nowadays filing in the High Court and the Supreme Court is mainly online i.e one has to draft the petitions/applications/appeals etc., get them scanned and send to the designated emails of the High Court/Supreme Court and thereafter the hearing of the matters is also taken up via video conferencing for which we have made our entire set up in our office, which includes high speed internet connection and laptop/desktop.”

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Citing an observation by The Supreme Court of India, Advocate Ashish Tarwani told Nation Next: ?When the apex court has itself said that lawyers’ offices were exempted from the lockdown, why are we being stopped from working from our offices Lawyers’ offices are not governed by shops and establishments act, and legal services cannot be tagged as commercial activities. When the courts are operational, why are they stopping us from working in our offices

Tarwani said that if their request was not paid heed to, they would take up the matter in the court. Senior advocate Anil Mardikar too citied the SC observation when we spoke to him.

Speaking about why legal services should be treated as essential services, senior advocate Anand Jaiswal told Nation Next: “Courts cannot function unless there are lawyers to go to the court and argue the matter. Now, a lawyer, unless he goes to his office to meet the client, cannot know whether the client’s matter is urgent or not. For every client, his/her matter is urgent. So, it is up to the lawyers to decide whether the said matter lies within the parameters, which the court has fixed for emergency hearings. For all these things, unless the lawyer’s office is open, he cannot function. The general public will not be able to protect themselves in legal matters unless the lawyers’ offices are operational.”

When Nation Next spoke to DCP Vikram Sali about the appeal by the lawyers to Dr Upadhyay, he said, “The powers to allow lawyers to operate from their offices rest with the NMC.”

When Nation Next reached out to Ram Joshi, Additional Municipal Commissioner, NMC, he said, “Courts, even though operational, are not working with full capacity. We certainly cannot give permission to offices of all the lawyers to open up. Either, we may seek a list of lawyers contesting emergency cases from the courts or we can request the government to form any regulations concerning the offices of lawyers in red zones.”

Contradicting Joshi on his statement, Advocate Jaiswal added, “It’s like saying that we will allow emergency services of doctors, we will allow patients to be treated in ICU but we won’t allow OPD to operate. Unless the OPD is operational, how is a person supposed to get examined and sent for treatment at the ICU? Unless a litigant goes to the lawyer’s office, his case cannot be prepared to be presented before the court.”

Senior Advocate Anand Parchure said, “Ours is a noble profession just like the doctors. If a person comes to us for legal help, how can we turn them away just because our offices are closed”

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RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President



The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.

Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.

Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and  Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.

The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohammed Master, Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.

Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka,  Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel and Amitabh Sinha were present.

President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses  have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .

Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna  presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.

 Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .

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Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur



Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.

Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.

“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.

“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.

With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.

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Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live



A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.

During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.

On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.

The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.

After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.

Also read: NMC confiscates 117 PoP idols, collects Rs 10,000 fine from seller

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