06052017-TT-01.qxd 5/5/2017 10:11 PM Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday, may 6, 2017 haryana chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 124 | 26 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Death for 4 Nirbhaya convicts SC calls Dec 16, 2012, gangrape-murder in Delhi ‘brutal, barbaric, rarest of rare’ Draft rules out for ‘national no-fly list’ Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 5 The Supreme Court today upheld the death penalty awarded to four youths for the gangrape and murder of a girl (named Nirbhaya for her courage) in Delhi on December 16, 2012, saying the brutal, barbaric and diabolical manner of the crime made it the “rarest of the rare”, warranting capital punishment. “When we cautiously, consciously and anxiously weigh the aggravating circumstances and the mitigating factors, we are compelled to arrive at the singular conclusion that the aggravating circumstances outweigh the mitigating circumstances now brought on record,” the top court said, rejecting the convicts’ appeals. A three-Judge Bench of Justices Dipak Misra, R Bhanumathi and Ashok Bhushan took note of the fact that after the sexual and physical assault, the convicts tried to run over the victim and her friend in a bid to destroy evidence. The court, observing that the case had caused a “tsunami of shock” in society, found no fault with the 2014 Delhi High Court verdict upholding the trial court’s decision to send the convicts to the gallows. The Bench, that had reserved its verdict on March 27, rejected their leniency plea, saying they had treated Unruly flyers set to be grounded Girja Shankar Kaura MISBEHAVIOUR LEVELS Tribune News Service (From left) Delhi gangrape convicts Akshay Kumar Singh, Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta, whose death sentence was confirmed by SC on Friday. PTI FILE PHOTOS HOPE ALL RAPE VICTIMS GET JUSTICE WHAT NEXT? I am satisfied with the judgment. I hope all other rape victims get justice in the same manner. I thank the media and society for their support. Asha Devi, MOTHER OF NIRBHAYA ■ Convicts can file a review ❝ petitions questioning their conviction ■ If their review petitions are rejected, they can file curative petitions ■ After dismissal of curative Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi coming out of the Supreme Court on Friday. MUKESH AGGARWAL the victim as an object of enjoyment with the single purpose of ravishing her. The convicts who face the gallows are Mukesh Singh (29), Pawan Gupta (22), Vinay Sharma (23) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31). Another accused, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide in the Tihar Central Jail, while the lone juvenile accused was sent to a reformatory for three years. He is now out. It will be the second case of rape and murder in which death penalty has been executed, if the convicts are hanged. In 2014, Dhananjay Chatterjee was hanged in a rape-cum-murder case in West Bengal. Nirbhaya, a 23-year-old paramedic student, was raped in a moving bus in South Delhi on the intervening night of December 16 and 17, 2012, and was thrown out of the bus, along with her friend, after the crime. She died of grave intestinal injuries on December 29 at a Singapore hospital. “It sounds like a story from a different world where humanity is treated with irreverence,” Justice Misra said, pronouncing the verdict in a jam-packed court. Justice R Bhanumathi, who pronounced a separate but concurring verdict, said: “If at all there is a case warranting award of death sentence, petition, the convicts can file mercy petitions before the President ■ Even after the rejection of mercy petitions, they can again come back to the Supreme Court as a decision on a mercy petition is subject to judicial review it is the present case. If the dreadfulness displayed by the accused in committing the gang-rape, unnatural sex, insertion of iron rod in the private parts of the victim does not fall in the ‘rarest of rare category’, then one may wonder what else would fall in that category.” edit: nirbhaya justice ■ Level 1: Unruly behaviour New Delhi, May 5 Being unruly on a domestic flight may render erring passengers ineligible to fly for two years, say the draft rules for a “national no-fly list” announced today. The announcement comes almost a month after a parliamentarian allegedly assaulted an airline crew member for not providing him with a business class seat, sending shock waves across the nation. In a first-of-its-kind move, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Minister of State Jayant Sinha unveiled draft rules for unruly passengers on all domestic carriers, with flying restrictions ranging from three months to two years or more depending upon the crime. This will empower airlines to take steps to control not only unruly passengers but also provide their staff with a security shield. Raju and Aviation Secretary RN Choubey also sought consultations from public and the industry stakeholders on the draft policy guidelines. The government has classified disruptive behaviour into three categories — level 1 for disruptive behaviour such as physical gestures and verbal harassment; level 2 for physically abusive behaviour such as verbal harassment, physical gestures. Erring passengers face three-month suspension ■ Level 2: Physically unruly behaviour such as pushing, kicking, inappropriate touching or sexual harassment; suspension for six months ■ Level 3: Life threatening behaviour such as damage to aircraft, physical violence like choking or murderous attempt; suspension for two years or more . such as pushing, kicking and sexual harassment; and level 3 for life-threatening behaviour and damage to aircraft operating systems. As per the draft rules, the grounding for offenders would be three months for level 1, six months for level 2 and two years or more for level 3 offence. For every subsequent offence, the offender will be barred for twice the period of the previous ban. Choubey said the punishment would be applicable to domestic flyers but if international carriers want this option, they can use it too. “Airlines can ban a passenger immediately, but that passenger won’t come on national no-fly list immediately,” he added. Shivpal Yadav to float new outfit J&K Guv meets PM, for talks Need law for organised crime: DGP Lucknow: Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav's estranged uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav announced to form the Samajwadi Secular Morcha. The new outfit will bring all socialists under one umbrella. PAGE 7 Modi apprised of continuing unrest in Kashmir valley New Delhi: The RBI has been given powers to identify specific loans gone bad and enforce quicker resolution with the government amending the banking law through an executive order, the FM said. PAGE 18 Today’s issue consists of 26 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. New Delhi, May 5 Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed the ground situation in the state, especially the Kashmir valley. During the 45-minute meeting, the Governor was of the view that talks with stakeholders could be initiated, a standpoint he conveyed to the Centre three days ago during a meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The Governor discussed the continuing unrest in parts of the Valley, official sources said. The Prime Minister was also apprised of the situation about schoolchildren and college students who had recently been seen taking part in the street protests. Some strategic affairs and security analysts have been advocating that the government should hold a dialogue, a point stressed by J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti during her meeting with the Prime Minister last month. A day after the Centre told ONE FOR NEIGHBOURS AAP's foreign funds under MHA scanner India launched communications satellite “South Asia Satellite”, touted as an “invaluable gift” to South Asian neighbours barring Pakistan, using its heavy rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on Friday. PTI SOUTH ASIA SATELLITE 2,230 KG WEIGHT ~235 CR COST (FULLY FUNDED BY INDIA) 12 YEARS LIFE SPAN 12 KU BAND TRANSPONDERS ❝ the Supreme Court it has no plans to hold talks with the separatists in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, who is the party pointsman for the state, endorsed the view. “The government’s stand is and should be clear. Tackle militants and their sponsors with utmost toughness. Handle misguided youths coming onto the streets with stones in hand with deftness so that violence is firmly put down but care is taken to prevent loss of life,” Madhav said in a post on his Facebook page. BENEFICIARIES: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Pakistan opted out SERVICES: Telecommunication, television, direct-to-home, VSATs, tele-education and telemedicine, disaster management support Today is a historic day, a day without precedence... successful launch of South Asian Satellite opens up new horizons of engagement... we’ve started our journey to build the most advanced frontier of our partnership. Narendra Modi, PM New Delhi, May 5 Making things more difficult for the ruling Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi, the Centre today shot off a letter asking it to furnish details on foreign funding it has received so far. The move, incidentally, has come at a time when the political stocks of AAP are already down, particularly after its recent drubbings in Punjab and Delhi municipal elections. A senior official, who is in the foreign division of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), said, “With an aim to verify whether the party has violated any norms of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, we have written to AAP to furnish details of overseas donations.” The official said the ministry had “suspicion” that in cases of “a few of the donations from abroad”, the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP might have violated the conditions enshrined in the law regulating foreign funding. The official, however, contended that the communication to AAP “has nothing special” and is “routine”. — TNS Tribune News Service Phillaur, May 5 Batting for the enactment of the Punjab Control of Organised Crime Act (PCOCA), Punjab DGP Suresh Arora today said this had become all the more imperative to deal with the prevailing law and order situation in the state. He was addressing top police officers at the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Police Academy here. Arora said the proposed legislation was a must as Punjab shared its borders with a hostile neighbour and had also to deal with terrorist attacks besides local gangs of crimi- HIMANSHU MAHAJAN RBI gets more powers Tribune News Service Rachna Khaira DGP Suresh Arora (left) and ADGP Kuldeep Singh at Phillaur. nals. “The biggest difficulty is finding witnesses to depose against gangsters. Owing to lack of evidence, a majority of them are released by courts.” The DGP said of the 195 cases involving gangsters, there had been convictions in only 10 and none at all after 2012. Former Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal had proposed PCOCA too. The move has now been revived by the Capt Amarinder government. As per the proposed Act, loosely based on the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), confessions before an SP-rank officer will be admissible as evidence, all electronic evidence will be “valid proof” for 10 years and an officer of the rank of DIG or above will be eligible to invoke PCOCA,. On the attacks on Akali leaders, Arora said he had asked officers to ascertain if these were cases of political rivalry and resolve them.
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