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Arvind Dabas, the Delhi Police constable accused of trying to obtain BJP leader Arun Jaitley's call records without authorisation, must have felt like a celebrity as photojournalists chased him for a picture. Dabas, who was produced in Tis Hazari court this week, made photojournalists and camerapersons wait for almost four hours. The moment Dabas entered the court premises, photojournalists started adjusting their lenses, oblivious to the fact that Special Cell would not allow anyone to take visuals. After the hearing ended, Special Cell officers and Dabas were to exit from gate no. 2, while the photojournalists were waiting outside gate no. 3. Some reporters immediately told photojournalists to go to gate number 2. The officers started running, with Dabas in tow, and exited from gate no. 1. The photojournalists were one step ahead. They had already split themselves into groups, thus covering all the gates of the Tis Hazari court complex. They clicked pictures the moment the team exited the court with the accused. It was a flicker of excitement on an otherwise dull day at the court.

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At a press briefing last week, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) B S Jaiswal explained how all undertrials from his area, except ones whose names start with 'R' and 'S', were lodged in Rohini jail. "The names of maximum number of criminals start with R or S. As a rule, all of them are lodged in Tihar jail, while the rest are in Rohini jail. I, for example, would be in Rohini if I do something wrong," he said, and the journalists had a hearty laugh.

Subdued celebration

The Airport Metro completed two years of operation on Saturday. Having gone through challenging times in the last few months, the Reliance-backed concessionaire decided to have a subdued celebration to mark the anniversary. The line was not operational for over six months, resuming services only in January. "The Airport Metro has recently resumed operations after a gap of few months. Improving ridership is the priority," a senior official said. The concessionaire has offered discounts to commuters, in an attempt to improve ridership.

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