Kolkata: A parking fee collecting agency is illegally charging Rs 20 per hour from car owners on Jawaharlal Nehru Road flouting the tariff of Kolkata Municipal Corporation.The KMC’s tariff is Rs 10 per hour. South End Fee Car Parking Cooperative Society is collecting Rs 20 per hour illegally from car owners. The agency has gone a step further and printed receipts which they are giving to the owners. This has helped the agency to collect lakhs of rupees per month. As the agency is giving a printed receipt most of the car owners do not raise any question and give the money. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaSenior KMC officials when contacted said this is illegal and assured that they will look into the matter. Santanu Samanta, a businessman had taken his wife to a private diagnostic centre on June 11. He parked his car near the Haldiram shop on Jawaharlal Nehru Road. He parked his vehicle at 9.54 am and came back at 12.07 pm. The man collecting the car parking asked him to pay Rs 60 (Rs 20 per hour for three hours) and gave him a receipt. When Samanta said that why was he charging more money, the person said recently the parking fee has been hiked all over the city. “As they gave me receipt I thought that the KMC must have hiked the parking fees. But there was an uncanny feeling that the collector was not telling me the truth,” said Samanta. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersHe immediately contacted Tapas Chowdhury, special municipal commissioner who said that no decision to hike the parking fee has been taken by KMC and what the agency has done is illegal. It was learnt that the civic authorities had proposed to hike the parking fee to Rs 20 per hour instead of Rs 10 per hour. But the matter has not yet been implemented. When contacted, the South End Fee car parking Cooperative Society said they had hiked the fee as the KMC officials had told them earlier that they would hike the parking fee.
The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina yesterday sentenced Mitar Rašević to eight and a half years in prison and Savo Todović to 12 and a half years after finding them guilty of crimes and humanity.Mr. Rašević was the guards’ commander and Mr. Todović was the deputy warden at a detention centre in Foca in south-eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina that operated between April 1992 and October 1994. The court found that both men participating in setting up and maintaining a system of punishment and mistreatment of detainees, including the use of forced labour.Prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which is based in The Hague, indicted the two men in 1997, but the Tribunal ruled in September 2006 that it would refer the case to the court system of Bosnia and Herzegovina.Referring cases is part of the ICTY’s efforts to try to strengthen the rule of law across the region and enhance its partnership with judiciaries in the former Yugoslavia. Although the ICTY still tries the cases involving the most senior figures from the war, some intermediate and lower-rank accused have been referred to national courts.So far, the Tribunal has referred six cases involving 10 accused to the courts of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 29 February 2008Two Bosnian Serb guards who persecuted non-Serbs at a prison camp during the Balkan wars of the 1990s have been convicted and sentenced to jail by a national court in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the case was transferred from the jurisdiction of a United Nations war crimes tribunal.