New accommodation needed for trafficking victims

first_imgWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Thomond Community College to hold its annual Multicultural Day RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement by Kathy MastersonSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] migrant rights organisation Doras Luimní is calling on Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to provide alternative accommodation for victims of human trafficking, who are currently housed in direct provision centres.“We would be very critical of the Government policy since 2007 of housing trafficking victims in direct provision centres while the investigations are ongoing.“Victims of trafficking, and sex trafficking in particular, are especially vulnerable, they have suffered a lot of trauma and some would be suffering with post traumatic stress,” explained Patricia Stapleton, anti-trafficking officer with Doras Luimní.This week a report was submitted to Minister Fitzgerald criticising Ireland’s treatment of both asylum seekers and victims of trafficking.The report, compiled by the Immigrant Council of Ireland, Focus Ireland, Sonas Housing and Nasc, has called for short-term emergency accommodation and more support facilities to be made available to victims of sex traffickers.The submission of the report coincides with the release of figures from the Central Statistics Office showing a 133 per cent increase in human trafficking offences in Ireland between June 2013 and June 2014.According to Ms Stapleton, direct provision centres are “wholly inappropriate” for the needs of human trafficking victims.“They have to share rooms with other people, there is open access and they don’t get the support they need. They are victims of human rights abuses and they should be entitled to more appropriate accommodation for their needs.We would be advocating for the Minister to create an alternative housing solution for victims of human trafficking,” she saidMs Stapleton revealed that, like asylum seekers, victims of human traffickers can also be left living in direct provision centres for extended periods of time, which can have a negative impact on mental health.She added that the living conditions can cause some of the victims to suffer “secondary trauma in addition to the trauma they have already suffered”. NewsNew accommodation needed for trafficking victimsBy John Keogh – September 25, 2014 801 Email TAGSDoras LuimníHuman TraffickingJustice Minister Frances Fitzgerald center_img Linkedin Print Concern over migrant families being accommodated in hotels Free Céilí Afro Dabke workshops and performance Limerick celebrates Africa Day Doras Luimní hold events in Limerick for World Refugee Day Previous articleLimerick councillor not ready to dump landfill proposalNext articleNew Limerick council tenants already in deep water John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Doras supports more than 1,200 peoplelast_img read more

Courts empower employees

first_img–Every New Zealand employee is afforded protection from unfair dismissal. –Australia has introduced laws to protect employees from arbitrary dismissal.–Loophole closed over employing contractors and temps. In New Zealand, courtscan extend legal rights to them.–Protracted dismissal process includes a series of oral and written warnings andreasonable time to improve performance.–Hiring staff on a trial or probationary basis is no longer a defence if thatemployee is dismissed. Courts empower employeesOn 1 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Employersin Australia and New Zealand are facing an uphill struggle to recruit andretain good staff against a background of mounting employment legislation.Richard Rudman reportsTheseare good times for recruitment consultants in Australia and New Zealand. Demandfor skilled and experienced staff remains high in relatively buoyant andconfident economies. And perhaps most significant for consultants, employersare making much greater use of external providers for the recruit and selectionprocesses. Atthe same time globalisation has arrived with a bang. Mergers, takeovers andalliances are no longer hot news, and most of the world’s big players are nowparticipating or represented in the Australasian market place.Internationallink-ups can bring new services, better technologies and access to worldwidenetworks. Yet, according to a New Zealand consultant who is resisting offshoresuitors, many agencies are still “body shops” staffed byinexperienced recruiters driven by commission-based earnings. By keeping intouch with the individuals they place in jobs, recruiters can add to theemployer’s problem of employee “churn” in a tight labour market. Theseare also good times for Internet recruitment sites. Australians and NewZealanders have always taken enthusiastically to new technologies – and thepopularity of e-recruitment is clear from the ANZ Bank’s job advertisementssurveys. Internet advertising in Australia has grown from a monthly average of20,000 adverts two years ago to 90,000 today, while newspaper advert numbershave fallen from 26,000 to 22,000. In New Zealand, Internet job advert numbershave risen by one-third in the past year to a monthly average of 14,000, whilenewspaper advert numbers have remained steady at around 29,000.Theseare good times too for job applicants. Demand for skilled labour remains high.Which means employers have to bid up salaries and benefits for those whoseskills and experience are in demand. Plus the law offers ever-increasingprotection for employees.Sothese may not be such good times for employers. Fuelled by a job boom in IT ande-commerce, and international shortages in other occupations, the”churn-and-burn” rate for many staff is rising. Some employers areresponding by shifting their focus from recruitment to retention, reckoningthat it will cost less – and prove easier – to keep hold of their current goodperformers than to find, hire and train replacements.However,these efforts by employers can be thwarted. Earlier this year, for example, theNew Zealand government became concerned that the non-taxable status (as capitalsums) of so-called restrictive covenant and inducement payments was threateningthe tax base. These payments are now taxable as income, and are thus lesseffective as incentives for staff.Employeesin both countries seem to be enjoying greater legal protection of theircontracted rights and privileges. New Zealand, for example, has had a statutoryremedy for unfair dismissal for 30 years. Originally, it applied only to staffcovered by collective instruments or to union members. Now, it applies to everyemployee – regardless of level or position in the organisation. Laws to protectemployees from arbitrary dismissal were introduced in Australia during the1990s.  Inboth countries these laws may have gone further than intended, often givingmore weight to procedure than substance, and thus giving inefficient andunder-performing workers a means to contest their dismissal. Employers oftenfound it easier to pay up than to fight these cases through the employmenttribunals.Facingthis risk, many companies adopted defensive strategies which still influencetheir recruitment and employment practices. Letters of appointment, forexample, which set out employment terms and job requirements in minute andlegalistic detail are common. Someprefer not to employ any permanent staff, relying instead on contractors andstaff from temp agencies. Research reported in Australia’s Business ReviewWeekly indicates that 11% of Australian companies now hire more temporary andcontract staff, and 5% have cancelled or suspended plans to recruit morepermanent staff – all because of the unfair dismissal rules.Onething is clear in both countries – bad recruitment decisions can be verycostly. This is especially true if an employer attempts dismissal withoutgiving the staff member a series of oral and written warnings and a reasonableopportunity to improve performance. Oneway around this problem is to hire a temporary employee or contractor from arecruitment company and later offer that person full-time employment if thereis a good match. But care is needed. In New Zealand, new employment relationslegislation empowers the courts to determine whether a so-called contractor is,in reality, an employee and thus entitled to the benefits of being an employeeregardless of the label the parties might give their relationship. Moreover,hiring people on a trial or probationary basis is no longer a defence if theemployer tries to dismiss a short-term employee who proves unsuitable. Inaddition, all prospective employees must be given written details of a proposedemployment agreement – and time to take advice on it. As a result, bothcountries have seen an upsurge in detailed employment contracts and, at seniorexecutive levels, so-called “pre-nuptial” agreements providing heftypayouts for individual employees who don’t make it.Theseare good times indeed for employment lawyers and consultants.Changingthe face of employment legislation–New Zealand government taxes inducement payments to retain staff. Comments are closed. center_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Vegas no vacation for road trippin’ Badgers

first_imgGREG SCHMITZ/Herald photoLAS VEGAS — It wasn’t supposed to be this difficult for the Wisconsin football team. Entering the weekend as the fifth-ranked team in the nation, playing a mediocre team from a non-BCS conference starting a freshman at quarterback, the Badgers were supposed to show up at Sam Boyd Stadium, roll over the UNLV Rebels and let the large contingent of UW fans who made the trip west get back to the revelry of Las Vegas.Instead, UNLV gave Wisconsin all it could handle for nearly 60 minutes, but the Badgers were able to prevail 20-13 thanks to some late-game heroics from starting quarterback Tyler Donovan.Trailing 13-12 with 2:04 left in regulation, UW faced a first-and-15 on the UNLV 29-yard line. Coming out of a timeout, Donovan took the snap, faked a handoff to running back P.J. Hill and rolled to left on a naked bootleg. Avoiding UNLV linebacker Starr Fuimaono with a nice stiff arm, Donovan scampered a Darrell Bevell-esque 29 yards for the eventual deciding touchdown, covering the final four yards with a fully extended dive.”Great call by (offensive coordinator) Paul (Chryst) to bring out that naked (bootleg) there at the end, and it showed the athletic ability of Tyler to get that ball in the end zone,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said after the game.What helped make the bootleg work so perfectly was that the UNLV defense was focused on Hill. The Badgers running back had already rushed for 23 yards on the drive, and when he faked into the line, the defense bit, opening an entire side of the field for Donovan. “That’s a situation where we’re pounding the ball with P.J., and they can’t play both,” Donovan said. “Great call by coach Chryst to see it, and it was an opportunity to change the game and put the game away.”When UNLV quarterback Travis Dixon’s final pass attempt fell incomplete, Wisconsin had done just that.Both teams struggled with some shaky play on their first drives of the game, exchanging costly penalties which led to punts on both drives. On its second drive of the game, UNLV found its rhythm.Utilizing an array of passing and running plays out of its spread offense, UNLV drove 80 yards against the UW defense. After two rushing attempts were stuffed by the Wisconsin defensive line, Dixon put the Rebels in the lead for the first time with a perfectly placed touchdown pass to receiver Casey Flair in the back corner of the end zone.UW responded quickly, however, with its own touchdown pass. Donovan hit tight end Garrett Graham with a 3-yard touchdown pass to cap a 67-yard drive.On the ensuing extra point attempt, holder Ken DeBauche couldn’t handle the snap from Dave Peck, and kicker Taylor Mehlhaff never attempted the kick.”The snap and the hold didn’t allow Taylor to kick the ball. We missed that opportunity,” DeBauche said. “I’ll have to see it on film just to see what happened.”The kicking unit would get two more chances to redeem itself. Trailing 7-6, the Wisconsin offense took control of the ball with 4:52 left in the first half. Building on what has emerged as a trademark of the Bielema era at Wisconsin — scoring at the end of halves — the Badgers drove down the field and converted a 27-yard field goal as the first half ended.”It’s something we practice and emphasize,” Bielema said of the time-crunched scoring drives that have become routine with his teams. “We always want to end on a high note. Try to execute, and this is the second game in a row. I think we did it eight times last year. So it’s something we definitely emphasize, and it ended up being the difference in this ballgame.”UNLV came out firing on its first possession of the second half. On the first play of the drive, Dixon found Flair open downfield for a big 35-yard gain down to the UW 35-yard line. Three plays later, the Rebels were on the 10-yard line, looking for a touchdown. But the Wisconsin defense held its ground and limited UNLV to a field goal, giving the Rebels the lead again at 10-9.Still holding a one-point lead, UNLV took over at its own 42-yard line at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Rebels looked poised to score, but after Dixon kept the ball for a four-yard gain, the redshirt freshman tried to make a deep throw down the left sideline. The pass sailed offline into the waiting arms of free safety Shane Carter, who returned the interception 32 yards to the Rebels’ 39.”That was the play of the game,” cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu said. “Coach was telling us we needed to make a play, get a turnover and [Carter] responded.”After Hill ran twice for six yards and Donovan misfired on third down, Bielema sent Mehlhaff out to attempt a 51-yard field goal attempt.”I thought Taylor felt good, it was a 51-yarder, which was four yards under what we thought his max was,” Bielema said. “It probably would have cleared it from 55.”UNLV took the lead one more time on a 35-yard field goal by Sergio Aguayo, but all that did was set the stage for Donovan’s heroics.last_img read more

Clippers trade Austin Rivers to Wizards for Marcin Gortat, perhaps setting up DeAndre Jordan’s exit

first_imgThe Clippers appeared to solve two problems with one trade Tuesday afternoon, when they swapped guard Austin Rivers for Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat. ESPN first reported the trade, which comes days before the start of free agency on Saturday night.Rivers was one of nine guards on the Clippers’ roster, as of Tuesday, after he opted to exercise his option on the final year of his contract. The Clippers also added guards Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Kentucky) and Jerome Robinson (Boston College) with their lottery picks in the NBA draft last week, creating a glut in their backcourt.The acquisition of Gortat gives the Clippers flexibility in case center DeAndre Jordan decides to opt out of his contract before a Friday deadline and pursues free agency. Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ president of basketball operations, said Monday talks on an extension were ongoing.“We are excited to welcome Marcin Gortat to the Clippers, a respected player that brings years of NBA experience and additional toughness to this team,” Frank said in a statement. “We’ve been a fan of Marcin’s for some time and this decision we help re-balance the roster by adding another proven big man to the frontcourt.” The 6-foot-11 Jordan, who turns 30 next month, averaged 12 points and 15.2 rebounds in 2017-18.Gortat, also 6-11, averaged 8.4 points and 7.6 rebounds for the Wizards last season. The 34-year-old has spent the past five seasons of his 13-year career in Washington.Jordan has played 750 games in the NBA, all with the Clippers. Last season, he passed Randy Smith who had held the franchise record for the most games played with 715. He also holds the club record for rebounds with 7.988 and blocked shots with 1,277.Even if Jordan decides to opt in on his $24.7 million contract, the Clippers reportedly could seek to trade him to another team, thus ending the longest tenure in franchise history. The Clippers drafted Jordan in the second round (35th overall) from Texas A&M in 2008.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The Wizards had been trying to trade Gortat for several months, according to reports. His scoring and rebounding averages for last season were well off his career averages of 10.2 points and 8.1 rebounds. He averaged 25.3 minutes, his fewest since 2009-10 with the Orlando Magic. Kawhi Leonard’s playmaking is more than a passing fancy for Clippers Luka Doncic injured, Kawhi Leonard dominant; Social Media reacts after Clippers 130-122 victory over Mavs What’s more, Bradley could re-sign before Saturday or test free agency.Gilgeous-Alexander and Robinson are expected to join the Clippers’ summer league team, which begins play July 6 in Las Vegas. They also are expected to battle for playing time when training camp opens Sept. 24 at the University of Hawaii.Doc Rivers seemed unconcerned about having too many guards during an interview Monday.“It always washes out,” Doc Rivers said. “You know how that stuff works out. It’ll be figured out by the time the season starts. I don’t think we’ll go into (training) camp with 11 or 12 or 13 guards. We’ll figure out how that goes.”Austin Rivers joins a youthful, athletic backcourt that includes Bradley Beal and John Wall in Washington, his third NBA team after New Orleans selected him 10th overall from Duke in 2012.“Acquiring Austin gives us another versatile, experienced player who provides scoring and playmaking,” Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement. “He is coming off a career year and his ability to create offense for himself and others will help our second unit and allow us to play a variety of lineups throughout the season.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Gortat, who will make $13.6 million in 2018-19, can become a free agent next summer.Rivers played 243 games over parts of four seasons with the Clippers, averaging 11.1 points and 2.5 assists while primarily filling a reserve role. Because of season-ending injuries to Patrick Beverley, Milos Teodosic and Avery Bradley, Rivers started 59 of 61 games last season.The 25-year-old Rivers, who was drafted No. 10 overall in the 2012 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets, averaged career highs of 15.1 points, 4 assists and 2.4 rebounds and shot 37.8 percent from 3-point range in 2017-18.It was generally assumed that Rivers would remain with the Clippers as long as Doc Rivers, his father, remained their coach. Doc Rivers agreed to a contract extension last month and last year relinquished his management duties in owner Steve Ballmer’s front-office shakeup.Austin Rivers’ departure might not be the last from the Clippers’ backcourt. Although he decided to exercise his option on next season’s contract, it’s believed that Teodosic might want to return to play in Europe next season. Only $2.1 million of his $6.3 million contract is guaranteed. The Clippers could waive Teodosic before July 16, when the deal becomes fully guaranteed.Related Articles Video highlights, social media reaction after Clippers’ 118-110 victory over Mavericks Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie Minnesota wins NBA draft lottery, Golden State gets No. 2 pick last_img read more

Samson spat at our players, alleges Usman Khawaja

first_imgIndia A might have won the tri-series final against Australia A but the match was marked by some ugly exchange of words between the players of the two sides with visiting captain Usman Khawaja alleging that Sanju Samson spit on his players.The Unmukt Chand-led side chased down a modest 227-run target to win the title clash by four wickets but the unfortunate incident left a sour taste among the visiting players.The problem started when Samson claimed a catch during the Australian innings, which the visitor’s believed was not valid. A heated exchanged ensued between the players, which carried on when Samson (24 not out) came on to bat in a tricky chase. Khawaja, who-top scored for his side with 76, was not happy with Samson’s way of retaliation.”Obviously, the guys in our team were disappointed that he claimed he had taken the catch. Today he spit in front of our players foot three times. If you do that the boys are going to get worked up and the umpires were not understanding it. We did try to calm the boys, but they were just went on and on,” a dejected Khawaja said in the post-match conference.Also read: Gurkeerat shines in final as India A clinch tri-series”I am happy if the batsmen happen to talk back but spitting is not on. He spit on one of our players when he came on to the field, one of the players had said something to him. I understand that. If one of our player said something to him, he can say something back but not spitting. It happened during his batting innings,” he added.advertisementKhawaja though is not keen on taking the matter further and praised India for their showing.”I do not want to make a big deal about things that happened on the field. I do not want to take away any credit from India. They really played well today and were the better team to have won,” he said.”Unfortunately, incidents like that happen. Some incident happened the other day with one of your bowler (Sandeep Sharma). He was coming back and it was fine. I was happy with that. I have seen it all, it is another game, it does not affect me too much,” the opener added.Man of the Match Gurkeerat Singh, who dazzled with his 2-42 and 87 not out, though claimed ignorance in the matter and said that sledging is Australia’s style of play.”Actually I didn’t even know. They were just talking and I did not hear. I have no idea about that. I think it their style of play and we have a different style of play and we should not get distracted on somebody saying something,” he said.Khawaja admitted the visitors failed to capitalise on chances and praised Gurkeerat for his defiant knock.”It is always tough to defend a total of 220 runs. We had our chance when the fifth wicket fell but we have to take wickets to win the game. India just batted sensibly. The wicket was up and down and it was not turning massive. If we had few more runs we could strangle them on that kind of wicket.”India played well today. Gurkeerat got 87 runs and when one player get that much run, you are going to win,” he said.The left-handed batsman also blamed the lack of partnerships in the Australia A innings for the loss.”We just did not build enough partnerships today. We executed our plans beautifully and played really good cricket. We had four wins and three bonus points in the series. I think where we lost it was probably in the last 30 overs as we did not get partnerships.”Had we set around 270 plus, it could have been a very good total. We bowled really well. I cannot say that we did not really do well as a team. We just did not have enough runs on the board. That happens sometimes and unfortunately it was today,” he said.last_img read more

20 days agoMan Utd Treble winner Ronny Johnsen returning to management

first_imgMan Utd Treble winner Ronny Johnsen returning to managementby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Treble winner Ronny Johnsen has returned to management.Johnsen is to become the new manager of his local club FK Eik Tønsberg from the start of next season, reports Tønsbergs Blad.Johnsen made 150 appearances for United but at the age of 50 is set to embark on the first coaching job of his career.FK Eik Tønsberg currently play in the fourth division in Norway. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Dabo Swinney Led The Clemson Cadence At Country Star Lee Brice’s Concert Last Night

first_imgDabo Swinney Clemson CadenceDabo Swinney Clemson CadenceYesterday was a pretty big day at Clemson. The Tigers had their annual spring game in the afternoon, and at night, country music star and Clemson alum Lee Brice played a show at Littlejohn Coliseum.Before Brice’s music career took off, he was a long snapper for the Tigers, so of course he’s a huge Clemson football fan. At his show last night, Brice had CU head coach Dabo Swinney join him on-stage and lead the crowd in the Clemson cadence count.Here’s some video of the moment:Dabo leading the way before lee brice last night!!! Awesome day in tiger town!!! @ClemsonTom #TigerNation #GoTigers pic.twitter.com/0Y2wJi6Aqq— Bo Cooley (@BCool32) April 12, 2015Swinney also found time to take a selfie with a fan. Seems like he had a fun night.Selfie with the Head Coach of the Tigers ole Dabo at the @leebrice #HappyMan  pic.twitter.com/E9o9164yWY— Gage Lawson (@GageLawson15) April 12, 2015last_img read more

Life for me is about fears mashed with excitement Hrithik Roshan

first_imgMumbai: He may have defined the quintessential Bollywood hero, but Hrithik Roshan says he has been pushing himself as an artiste with atypical choices since the beginning of his career. The 45-year-old actor, who reached the heights of stardom with his very first film “Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai”, surprised his fans with his decision to do off-beat films like “Fiza” and “Mission Kashmir” following the humongous success of his debut movie. In an interview with PTI, Hrithik says he has always looked for parts which have the power to “transform him and bend him into something better”. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger “I only look to find a movie where I can juice out my entire potential. I like to be in spaces where I am pushed to the edge. The struggle and search to find your edge, how far can I lean over my edge and still survive that is what I continuously do. “True joy is when you live on the edge. The adrenaline rush, the insecurity, the fears mashed with the excitement is what life should be about,” he says. Hrithik says from playing a mentally disabled man in “Koi… Mil Gaya” to a paraplegic in “Guzaarish”, Mughal emperor Akbar in “Jodhaa Akbar”, a visually-impaired man out for revenge in “Kaabil” to a mathematician in “Super 30”, he has always picked characters that impact him. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up “When I did Akbar, it impacted me. It excited me that I really went into it. Similarly the characters in ‘Koi… Mil Gaya’, ‘Super 30’, ‘Kaabil’, impacted me. It depends on how much impact the character has made on me. “I have also done films way in the past, where they had set-model characters and I have enjoyed doing that as well. But it doesn’t become worth remembering. I hope to keep finding roles that impact me,” he adds. The actor says he receives both positive and negative reactions for his movie choices but for him quality always matters over quantity. “I do few films but I like doing that, it is my style, I have to accept it. I put everything that I have and I risk it. It is about having courage in your instincts,” he adds. Hrithik, who has had fair share of ups and downs in his life, says the biggest lesson his journey has taught him is that one should have the courage to face their weaknesses and turn them into their strengths. “No single person in the world has everything. If you look closer, you will see shortcomings and minuses in everything that is beautiful in this world. Especially a human being. A human being is made up of courage and to walk with the flaws is what makes a human being beautiful and that is what I have. “The biggest lesson is to be able to keep walking despite your shortcomings and allow them to breathe, use them as gifts and turn your weaknesses into strengths. That is what makes everything more beautiful.” He believes once a person realises their shortcomings and starts working on them, it transforms into motivation. “Once you are motivated it becomes easy. If you are not motivated then it becomes hard work. So it is all about motivation. I can see myself getting it right and once I see myself getting it right then it is a no-brainer.” The actor is happy that after 19 years in showbiz he is still loved by the audiences. “I am glad that my hard work has worked. There is a lot of sweat and tears (that have gone in) but it is still standing tall,” he adds. Hrithik is currently looking forward to the release of “War”, which also features Tiger Shroff and Vaani Kapoor. The Yash Raj Films’ project, directed by Siddharth Anand, will hit the cinemas on October 2.last_img read more

JammuNew Delhi Pakistan on Tuesday handed over t

first_imgJammu/New Delhi: Pakistan on Tuesday handed over to India the body of a Border Security Force (BSF) sub-inspector who had drowned in a river along the International Border in Jammu last week, officials said. The body of Paritosh Mandal was found “deep inside” the neighbouring country’s territory and the Pakistan Rangers informed the BSF about the recovery, they said. Mandal, 54, went missing in the Aik Nallah in Arnia sector on September 28 when he and two other troopers were patrolling along the India-Pakistan International Border.last_img read more

Bhopal The Madhya Pradesh government has removed

first_imgBhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government has removed Sanjeev Shami as chief of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up to probe the honey-trap and black-mailing racket busted in the state last month. Shami has been replaced by cyber cell’s Special Director General Rajendra Kumar, according to an order issued by the state Home department late Tuesday night. With this, the SIT has been re-constituted for the second time in nine days. Besides Kumar, who is a 1985-batch IPS officer, the SIT will have two other members – cyber cell’s Additional Director General (ADG) Milind Kanaskar and Indore’s Senior Superintendent of Police Ruchi Vardhan Misra, the order said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad It did not mention any reason for reconstruction of the SIT. Last week, CID Inspector General Sreenivas Verma was replaced by ADG Shami as the SIT chief. Shami was then appointed after Verma apparently expressed reluctance to head the probe into the high-profile racket. The state government set up the SIT on April 23, hours after a PIL was filed before the Indore bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the racket. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi The BJP wants the case to be probed by the CBI. “We know why the BJP is demanding CBI probe into the racket. They want to save some people involved in it,” MP Congress spokesman Bhupendra Gupta claimed. “Two-three days ago, the Supreme Court (while hearing a case) observed that ‘CBI is not God’, while emphasising that not every case needs to go to the central probing agency,” he said. When the BJP was in power in the state, it opposed the Congress’ plea for a CBI probe into the multi-crore admission and recruitment-related ‘Vyapam’ scam, he said. It was the Supreme Court that finally ordered probe by the central agency into the scam, he added. Five women and a man were arrested from Indore and Bhopal last month for allegedly running the honey-trap and blackmailing racket. The racket was busted after an engineer of the Indore Municipal Corporation approached police, claiming he was being blackmailed over some objectionable video clips by the accused who were trying to extort about Rs 3 crore from him. The accused – Aarti Dayal (29), Monika Yadav (18), Shweta Vijay Jain (39), Shweta Swapnil Jain (48), Barkha Soni (34) and Omprakash Kori (45) – are currently in judicial custody.last_img read more