11042017-TTC-01.qxd 4/11/2017 1:30 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday,april 11, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 99 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd Income source must for poll candidates, kin: Centre 16 parties urge EC tousepaperballots New Delhi, April 10 Candidates contesting elections will soon have to disclose their sources of income along with those of spouse and dependents at the time of filing of nomination papers. The Centre has told the Supreme Court that it has accepted the Election Commission’s suggestion to amend the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, to make it mandatory for a candidate to declare not just his/her sources of income but also those of his/her spouse and dependents. Already, a candidate is required to disclose details of assets and liabilities of self, spouse and three dependents in Form 26 at the time of filing papers. They are also required to furnish details of liabilities, educational qualifications and criminal antecedents, if any, at the time of filing of their nominations. However, the present law does not require them to disclose the source of income. In an affidavit filed in the top court, the Ministry of Law and Justice said the proposal of the EC had been approved and would be published in the Gazette of India shortly. However, the NDA government refused to accept the demand to make furnishing of false information a ground for rejection of nomination and disqualification, saying it was for the legislature to decide. — TNS Cite EVM ‘tampering’ in MP, Rajasthan Pre-meditated murder if Jadhav killed, Pak warned India won’t release dozen prisoners scheduled for repatriation Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 10 A joint delegation of 16 Opposition parties today petitioned the Election Commission to allow paper ballots in all forthcoming polls till the row involving the alleged tampering of electronic voting machines was resolved. In a memorandum to the Chief Election Commissioner, Congress, NCP DMK, TMC, , BSP and SP leaders argued that it was incumbent upon the EC to convince political parties of the fairness of EVMs and allow the use of paper ballots till that was done. “Till the issues of tampering and malfunctioning of the EVMs are addressed to the satisfaction of political parties, the forthcoming elections should be conducted under the old paper ballot system. That continues to be a permissible mode of balloting accepted worldwide and the discretion of the EC under Section 61A should be exercised only after all issues, as raised above, are addressed,” says the memorandum signed by Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Anand Sharma and Kapil Sibal; SP’s Naresh Agarwal and Neeraj Shekhar; BSP’s Satish Chandra Mishra, NCP’s Majeed Memon, CPI’s D Raja, DMK’s Tiruchi Siva /thetribunechd Simran Sodhi Tribune News Service and TMC’s Saugata Roy. They cited recent alleged cases of malfunctioning of EVMs, including in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, to raise “bonafide concerns on the possibility of manipulating the electoral outcome”. “Allegations about EVM tampering in the recent Assembly elections have been raised by almost all Opposition parties. Even in the current 242nd Session of Parliament, MPs have expressed concern and observed that these allegations strike at the very foundation of our democratic system,” says the petition, recalling a 2013 Supreme Court order that stressed paper trails as indispensable to free and fair elections. Despite the SC’s observations, voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) units have not been used comprehensively along with EVMs in the recent Assembly polls, it said. New Delhi, April 10 Tensions between India and Pakistan today escalated once again after Pakistan sentenced Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to death on charges of espionage and sabotage activities. Infuriated, India summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit, saying if Pakistan carried out the sentence, India would view it as a case of “pre-meditated murder”. India requested consular access to Jadhav 13 times between March 25, 2016, and March 31, 2017, but it was never granted. India has acknowledged Jadhav to be a retired Navy officer but refuted the allegations of him being a spy, pointing out that if that was the case, he would not be holding an Indian passport. India said if Pakistan went ahead with the sentence, the people and the government of India would regard this as a case of pre-meditated murder that had been “awarded without observing basic norms of law and justice”. Calling the proceedings against Jadhav “farcical”, the government, in a strongly worded demarche, said: “The proceedings that have led to Step by step In this March 2016 photograph, Pakistani journalists watch a video claiming K Jadhav to be a spy. AFP HE’S NO SPY: DELHI ■ Kulbhushan Jadhav was ‘arrested’ in Balochistan’s Chaman, near Afghanistan border, on March 3, 2016 ■ India acknowledges Jadhav is a retired Indian Navy officer, but not a spy ■ Pakistan claims he is a serving officer and works for India’s Research and Analysis Wing ■ It claims he holds an Indian passport under assumed name ‘Hussein Mubarak Patel’ and an Iranian visa the sentence against Jadhav are farcical in the absence of any credible evidence against him. It is significant that our High Commission was not even informed that Jadhav was being brought to trial.” Earlier in the day, a press release issued by the Pakistani military said Jadhav had been found guilty of “espionage and sabotage activities" and sentenced to death. The order was signed by Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Sources in the Home Ministry confirmed after today’s development, India decided not to release about a dozen Pakistani prisoners, who were to be repatriated on Wednesday. Amnesty International’s South Asia Director Biraj Patnaik said: “The death sentence shows yet again how Pakistan’s military court system rides roughshod over international standards... Amnesty opposes the death penalty at all times.” Sources said Jadhav was a businessman who carried cargo to and from Iranian ports bordering Pakistan and was subsequently kidnapped by Pakistan in March last year. Later, Pakistan released his alleged video confession and held it up as proof of India's involvement in the Balochistan province. EC defers Anantnag LS byelection to May 25 New Delhi, April 10 The Election Commission tonight deferred the Anantnag Lok Sabha bypoll, slated to be held on Wednesday, to May 25, citing inputs by the Jammu and Kashmir Government that law-and-order situation was not conducive. Also, repolling will be held at 38 polling stations hit by violence during yesterday’s Srinagar LS bypoll on April 13. Large-scale violence was witnessed during the bypoll that left eight persons dead. The EC and the Home Ministry were today locked in a war of words over yesterday’s events with the ministry suggesting its advice that the atmosphere was not conducive to holding the polls was “ignored”. The EC hit back, saying it was not bound to consult the Union Government before holding any election. Immediately after the announcement of schedule for the byelections on March 10, the Home Ministry had sent a strongly-worded letter to the EC saying there was no prior consultation with it regarding the bypolls in Srinagar and Anantnag. The Home Ministry had advised that polling should be delayed and preferably held after panchayat elections were conducted in the next few months. Later, the EC said it was its constitutional obligation to hold the bypoll for Srinagar constituency before April 16. — TNS & Agencies Edit: Low turnout related reports on page 11 Senior cops in dock for ‘extortion’ Initial probe by Sangrur SSP recommends FIR, Vigilance Bureau inquiry Aman Sood Tribune News Service PM Narendra Modi and Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull at Akshardham Temple in Delhi where they reached after taking a Metro ride and travelling with tokens like regular commuters In the Metro, Turnbull took a number of selfies and uploaded them on Twitter. At the temple, a priest tied sacred thread to their wrists as Modi explained its significance to the Australian PM PTI PACT TO EXPAND COUNTER-TERROR TIES | NO BREAKTHROUGH ON FREE TRADE DEAL PAGE 16 Patiala, April 10 An initial probe by the Sangrur SSP has found a former Sangrur SSP and four other police officials, including a DSP prima facie guilty of , extorting money from two farmers while allegedly threatening to implicate them in a murder case. A 25-year-old financier, Hardev Singh, was shot dead in Longowal in February by five gangsters “led by” Davinder Singh alias Babli Randhawa. They later posted a video celebrating the murder. Dhanwant Singh of Kotra Amrhu village and Harjinder Singh of Dugga village claimed they were rounded up since they knew Randhawa. The two alleged they were kept in illegal custody and money was extorted from their families. “Our only fault is that we know Randhawa before he became a gangster. He asked us for some help, but we refused. However the police thought we were handin-glove and rounded us up to extort money,” alleged the victims in their complaint, while seeking protection. The initial probe report, sent by Sangrur SSP Mandeep Singh Sidhu to Patiala Zone IG AS Rai and DIG Sukhchain Singh Gill, has named former Sangrur SSP Inderbir Singh, Sunam DSP Jashandeep Gill, Longowal SHO Sikandar Singh, Sangrur city police post incharge Baljinder Singh Chatha and Badru Khan post incharge Gurmail Singh. It has recommended an FIR and a Vigilance Bureau probe. “While I ended up paying Rs 14 lakh to the cops after taking a loan against my 1.5acre land, I was kept in illegal confinement for many days and threatened with implication in the murder case,” Dhanwant Singh told The Tribune. “I now fear for my life; only a CBI probe can save poor farmers like us.” Harjinder Singh alleged that the cops extorted Rs 5.5 lakh. “They tortured me and told me the money will help settle the case. My family took loans at high interest,” he claimed, threatening suicide if he was further harassed. “Jashandeep Gill and Sikandar Singh accepted verbally in front of other officials in my office (probing officer) that they accepted the bribe and told me that out of this cash, Rs 15 lakh was allegedly paid to the then SSP while the rest , was distributed as per their designation,” says the report. When contacted, SSP Mandeep Sidhu said following a legal opinion, a prima facie case of wrongful confinement, extortion and under the Prevention of Corruption Act is made out. “I have sent the findings to my seniors, who would take a decision.” Incidentally, Inderbir Singh’s name figures on the panel of three IPS officers forwarded for posting as SSP , Chandigarh. He claimed innocence. “I am open to a fair probe as I know I have not done anything wrong,” he stated. Meanwhile, the media adviser to Capt Amarinder Singh said the CM has directed senior officials to ascertain the truth. “Nobody found guilty will go scot-free.” Punjab, Haryana Chief Secys to SAD in House: If ’84 Take Shimla ropeway to reach talk SYL with Centre on April 20 not genocide, what is Jakhu from Ridge in 5 minutes Ontario motion: Wants MEA to withdraw statement Satya Prakash Tribune News Service NewDelhi, April 10 Amid continued standoff between Punjab and Haryana over construction of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, the Centre today told the Supreme Court that it has invited both the states for negotiations to find an amicable solution to the vexed issue. “We have invited both the states to Delhi on April 20 for a meeting to find a solution to the problem,” Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told a Bench headed by Justice PC Ghosh. Rohatgi’s submission came after senior counsel Ram Jethmalani and RS Suri requested the court on behalf of Punjab that the hearing scheduled for April 12 should be postponed for three weeks as it called for an out-of-court solution. Punjab Advocate General Atul Nanda said the state’s law officers appointed by the previous government had resigned and in view of an SC verdict, it would take some time to appoint new ones. He, too, requested the court to postpone the hearing. On behalf of Haryana, senior counsel Shyam Divan and Jagdeep Dhankhad opposed any postponement of hearing, saying there was nothing new in Punjab’s stand. The Bench, however, didn’t change the date of hearing. The AG later told The Tribune that the Chief Secretaries of both the states would hold talks with the Union Water Resources Secretary. Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh was quick to welcome the Centre’s decision. He said he had been seeking the Centre’s intervention to find an amicable settlement in the interest of Punjab, which would be deprived of its much-needed water if the SYL construction was allowed to go ahead. Capt Amarinder, who had in November quit as MP after a Supreme Court verdict gave a go-ahead to the SYL canal construction, said his government was committed to protecting the water of Punjab. Punjab — which had in February said the canal land returned to the landowners could not be recovered — has been requesting the SC to ask the Centre to try to bring the states to the negotiating table. Haryana had on April 3 requested the SC to take up the SYL issue at the earliest, saying the state was suffering due to delay in final disposal. Vibha Sharma & Mukesh Ranjan Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 10 India calling as “misguided” a private member’s motion adopted by the legislative assembly of Ontario in Canada that termed the 1984 antiSikh riots as “genocide” today found resonance in both Houses of Parliament. The ruling BJP’s ally at the Centre — the Shiromani Akali Dal — asked the External Affairs Ministry to “immediately withdraw” the statement by spokesperson Gopal Baglay and the minister concerned, Sushma Swaraj, to speak in Parliament on the issue. As Akali leaders evoked the top BJP leadership — former Prime Minister Atal Bihari ❝ There was a massacre of innocent Sikhs... an orgy of killings that went on unabated and unchecked for three horrible days and nights Naresh Gujral, AKALI MP IN RAJYA SABHA I demand from the government to withdraw the statement rejecting the Ontario assembly resolution terming anti-Sikh riots as genocide Prem Singh Chandumajra, AKALI MP IN LS Vaypayee and senior leaders LK Advani and Rajnath Singh — who, too, termed as continued on page 7 Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. Kuldeep Chauhan Tribune News Service Shimla, April 10 Tourists visiting Shimla can now enjoy its scenic beauty and British-era architecture from up in the air as the town’s first ropeway linking the Ridge to the famous Lord Hanuman temple on the Jakhu peak was thrown open today. The fare for the two-way journey is Rs 550 per person. Those opting for the 450-metre trip can reach Jakhu hilltop, situated at 8,054 feet above sea level, in just five minutes. At present, tourists either have to trek up the steep hill or take the road route via Cart Road and Sanjauli, an around 8-km stretch that frequently witnesses traffic snarls. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh inaugurated the project by himself taking the ride Gondola lifts on the ropeway became operational on Monday. in one of the gondola lifts. Accompanying him was Mayor Sanjay Chauhan. “Shimla’s dream project has seen the light of day,” said the CM. The construction on the ropeway began in 2007, but the executing firm, Jagson International Ltd, faced several hurdles in getting legal, environmental and forest clearances. The project would be run in public-private partnership for 30 years. The company would pay Rs 57 lakh as continued on page 7
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