09052017-TTC-01.qxd 5/9/2017 1:13 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, may 9, 2017 chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 22 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd AAP suspends Mishra, says truth to prevail Lalu to face multiple trials in fodder scam ID-entity New Delhi, May 8 The Aam Aadmi Party today suspended Kapil Mishra from the party’s primary membership. The decision was taken by Kapil Mishra its high-powered Political Affairs Committee (PAC) chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The decision comes a day after Mishra levelled allegations that Kejriwal had taken Rs 2 crore in cash from Delhi minister Satyendar Jain. Mishra was removed as water minister on May 6. Breaking his silence, Kejriwal said truth will triumph, “its beginning will be made during tomorrow’s special session of the Assembly”. Earlier today, Mishra dared the party to sack him even as he fired a fresh salvo at Kejriwal, alleging that a Rs 50crore deal was made for the AAP chief’s brother-in-law. He also submitted documents to the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) against Kejriwal in connection with the water tanker scam and said he has sought an appointment with the CBI tomorrow to register a complaint. Meanwhile, the ACB said it would record Mishra’s statement after he alleged that Kejriwal had influenced the probe into the tanker scam. Mishra has alleged that the investigation into the tanker scam was repeatedly delayed and influenced by Kejriwal and “his two men”. — PTI SC sets aside dropping of charges by Jharkhand HC Satya Prakash Tribune News Service A government official takes a picture of a newborn with his mother for making his Aadhaar card at a hospital in Jabalpur on Monday. A newborn’s Aadhaar card will be linked to his or her parents. Each newborn’s photograph, along with the mother’s, will be taken as identity proof and name on child’s Aadhaar card will appear as ‘son or daughter of’. Biometric details will be captured after age of six. PTI SBI’s affordable housing loans cheaper from today Tribune News Service & PTI New Delhi, May 8 In a big push for affordable housing, the State Bank of India (SBI) today announced a rate cut in home loans by up to 25 basis points, offering a lower rate of 8.35 per cent to new women borrowers. With this reduction, SBI’s offering is the lowest in the market, a statement said. The new rate will be effective from tomorrow. Under the government’s new Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), loans under Rs 30 lakh qualify for affordable housing in which the borrower gets additional interest subsidy of Rs 2.67 lakh per annum. SBI Managing Director (National Banking) Rajnish Kumar said the 25 basis points reduction is applicable to new women borrowers who are salaried, while for /thetribunechd SALARIED WOMEN TO BENEFIT MOST ■ 25 basis point cut in interest rate is applicable to new salaried women borrowers who get loans at 8.35% rate, while nonsalaried women borrowers will get loans at 8.40% (20 bps lower) ■ Male salaried borrowers can get new loans at 8.40% (20 bps lower), and non-salaried male borrowers at 8.45% (15 bps lower) ■ Eligible home loan customer can also avail of an interest subsidy of ~2.67 lakh under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana . the non-salaried women, the reduction is 20 basis points. A male salaried borrower can now get a new loan at 8.40 per cent, 20 basis points lower than the prevailing rate, and a non-salaried male borrower can avail of a loan at 15 basis points lower than the current rate, Kumar said. The limited period offer for male salaried borrowers is valid till July 31. The interest rates for customers availing a home loan above Rs 30 lakh have also been reduced. The SBI has also come out with special offerings for con- struction finance to builders for affordable housing projects. It will lend a push to construction and home finance. Kumar said: “We have seen a steep hike in the home loan enquiries recently and reduction in rates will further help millions of home buyers fulfil their dream. Individuals can apply for home loans through multiple channels.” Crisil Research said the affordable housing segment was getting the best deal in town because government support and tax incentives meant interest could be significantly low for a home loan. New Delhi, May 8 RJD chief Lalu Prasad will have to face separate trial in all the cases registered against him in connection with the multi-crore fodder scam, the Supreme Court ruled today. A Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra set aside Jharkhand High Court’s verdicts that had dropped most of the charges, including that of criminal conspiracy, against him, former chief minister Jagannath Mishra and former chief secretary Sajal Chakraborty on the ground that they had already been convicted of those offences. “In case there is only one trial for such conspiracy for separate offences, it would enable the accused person to go scot-free and commit a number of offences which is not the intendment of law,” the Bench said rejecting their plea of double jeopardy. “We have held that for each offence, there will be a separate trial,” it said, setting aside the 2014 HC order that had stayed the trial against Lalu after conviction in one of the cases. “The impugned orders (of the Jharkhand HC) are palpably illegal, faulty and contrary to the basic principles of law and the Judge has ignored a large number of binding decisions of this court while giving impermis- 2 DECADES OF SCAM mal Husbandry Dept: Largescale embezzlement of funds being supplied to nonexistent companies for purchase and supply of cattle fodder in Bihar in 1990s ■ June 23, 1997: 56 people, including Lalu, accused in chargesheets filed by CBI. Charges included forgery, criminal conspiracy and corruption ■ May 31, 2007: 58, including Lalu’s nephews, two former regional directors of dept, and four suppliers given 5-6 years in prison ■ March 1, 2012: Charges framed against Lalu Yadav, Jagannath Mishra, Jagdish Sharma and 31 others for fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 46 lakh against forged bills ■ Nov 2014: Lalu moves Jharkhand HC challenging CBI court naming him in six cases. HC drops five cases citing double jeopardy sible benefit to the accused and delayed the case for several years,” the Bench said. The top court took exception to the fact that “interference had been made at the advanced stage of the case which was wholly unwarranted and uncalled for”. “Each defalcation would constitute an independent offence. Thus, by no stretch, it can be held to be in violation of Article 20(2) of the Constitution or Section 300 CrPC (double jeopardy). Separate trial in such cases is the very intendment of law,” the Bench said, allowing the CBI’s appeal. It criticised the HC for “inconsistent decision-making”, saying it “ought to have been avoided at all costs so as to ensure credibility of the system”. The HC had passed a contrary order in case of another accused RK Rana. The fodder scam relates to fraudulent withdrawal of over Rs 900 crore from the Animal Husbandry Department when Lalu was chief minister. Lalu has already been convicted in one case related to fraudulent withdrawals from Chaibasha treasury and given five-year jail. His appeal against the conviction is pending before the HC. Charges had been framed against Lalu and others in connection with fraudulent withdrawals from four treasuries. The appeals arose out of three separate judgments of the HC discharging Lalu , former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra and Chakraborty. The top court also pulled up the CBI for the delay in filing the appeal. ■ January 27, 1996: Raid in Ani- Sohail Mahmood Mahmood is new Pakistan envoy to India Islamabad, May 8 Sohail Mahmood, one of Pakistan’s seniormost diplomats, will be the country’s new High Commissioner to India, diplomatic sources here said today. He will replace Abdul Basit, who has completed his three-year tenure in New Delhi. Mahmood, 55, currently Pakistan’s ambassador in Turkey, was granted a visa by India on Friday. He had applied for the visa from Turkey after being nominated for the key job in India. Mahmood may take up his new assignment either at the end of this month or early next month, they said. The new envoy faces a daunting task of handling the ties with India amid strains in relationship over a range of issues. A career diplomat, Mahmood joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1985. His first posting abroad was in Ankara where he served from 19911994 and knows Turkish. He has served in various Pakistan missions abroad, including Washington and New York. Mahmood served as the Ambassador of Pakistan to Thailand from 20092013. — PTI CBI court summons HP CM as accused Bhagwant is Punjab AAP convener New Delhi: A CBI court here has summoned Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and wife Pratibha as accused in a disproportionate assets case. Special Judge Virender Kumar Goyal directed them to appear on May 22. The CBI has charged Virbhadra with amassing unaccounted wealth to the extent of ~6 crore while being a Union minister during the check period (May 28, 2009, to June 26, 2012). PAGE 10 Khaira quits as chief whip in protest, Kejri says no; separate PAC for state CBI grills Hooda over Panchkula land deal New Delhi: The CBI on Monday questioned former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in connection with the alleged irregularities in allotment of 14 industrial plots in Panchkula in 2012 by the Haryana Urban Development Authority. He reached the CBI office at 11 am and left after 5 pm. Hooda’s Principal Secretary Chattar Singh was also examined a few days back in the same case. TNS Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 8 The Aam Aadmi Party today appointed Sangrur Member of Parliament Bhagwant Mann as the new Punjab convener as part of its strategy to shore up the party’s organisational structure following its disappointing show in the recent Assembly elections. Sunam MLA Aman Arora will be Mann’s deputy. The move, however, triggered fresh trouble for the party as the chief whip in the Assembly, Sukhpal Khaira, resigned from the post in protest. The Bholath MLA openly protested as soon as national convener Arvind Kejriwal announced Mann as the most popular choice. Khaira resigned from his position, calling the selection process farcical, sources said. Kejriwal, however, refused to accept his resignation, it is learnt. Khaira later issued a statement, saying: “To set Bhagwant Mann Sukhpal Khaira ❝ I have asked Kejriwal to relieve me from the posts of party chief whip and spokesperson with immediate effect. I requested that these positions be given to leaders who are more deserving. I am happy to serve as an ordinary volunteer and elected representative. Sukhpal Khaira, AAP CHIEF WHIP IN ASSEMBLY rumours at rest, I confirm that I have asked Kejriwal to relieve me as party chief whip and spokesperson with immediate effect.” Kejriwal’s announcement came after three-hour consultations with each of the 20 Punjab MLAs and chiefs of different wings and committees of the state unit seeking their choice for the post. Arora, who also emerged as a popular choice given that the party badly needed a Hindu face on a prominent post, has been tasked with strengthening the organisa- tional structure of the state unit. The Political Affairs Committee (PAC) is learnt to have endorsed the choice. Kejriwal reportedly told MLAs and other leaders to avoid blame game over the party’s performance in the Punjab elections, claiming he alone was responsible for the debacle. He is likely to induct incumbent state convener Gurpreet Singh Waraich “Ghuggi” into the Political Affairs Committee. Ghuggi has reportedly expressed his displeasure at his removal. The party also elected Jagraon MLA Sarabjit Kaur Manuke as Deputy Leader of the Legislature Party in Vidhan Sabha. Four vicepresidents would also be named — two from Malwa region and one each from Doaba and Majha regions. Punjab would further have a separate PAC, allowing the state unit to take independent political decisions. No jeans, tops for women teachers in Punjab 2 pvt producers got ~900 cr Order says bright suits, fashionable dresses ‘excite’ school kids; regular checks must Amaninder Pal Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 8 Diktats on what to eat or wear, especially in case of women, may sound medieval. But the Punjab Education Department, incidentally headed by a woman Cabinet minister, has done just that by issuing an order stating “jeans, tops, bhadkeela pehrawa (bright suits) and fashionable dresses” worn by women teachers in government schools “excite” students and have a bad influence on them. Laced with vocabulary WILL WITHDRAW LETTER: GOVT Letter has been issued without my nod and knowledge. We will withdraw it REACTIONARY, IMMATURE: TEACHERS Not only unnecessary and immature, this order is reactionary in nature and reflects patriarchal mindset of those sitting in high offices. It reflects authorities’ immaturity pertaining to gender issues ❝ ❝ Such vocabulary should not be used. This letter’s been issued with reference to old order of 2012. We’ve summoned officials who issued letter. TPS Sidhu, JOINT SECY, EDUCATION Surjeet Singh OF GOVERNMENT TEACHERS’ UNION, PUNJAB SS Kahlon, DIRECTOR PUBLIC INSTRUCTIONS reflecting patriarchal mindset and “specifically” addressing dressing culture of women employees, who constitute more than half of the employment base of the department, the order directs all district officials to conduct regular checks in schools to ensure no woman teacher wears such clothes. “We are receiving complaints that teachers in government schools, especially female teachers, are delivering their duties while sporting bhadkeela pehrawa. Some lady teachers wear jeans, tops and other many more exciting fashionable dresses during their duty hours. This affects students,” reads the circular issued to all Circle Education Officers and District Education Officers of the state. Teachers termed it a “Talibani farmaan” (Taliban decree) that was “reactionary” and “immature” in nature. A report on whether the dress code is being followed in schools or not is to be regularly submitted to the office of Director, Education (Senior Secondary). “As it affects students, dress code should be implemented. Regular checks should be conducted to ensure it is being followed,” reads the order. for no generation of power Ruchika M.Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 8 Two private power producers in Punjab were paid an estimated Rs 900 crore during 2016-17 as fixed charges and not for generating electricity, a technical audit has revealed. Twelve other power-generation plants — owned by the National Thermal Power Corporation and National Hydro Power Corporation — got Rs 600 crore as fixed charges for non-purchase of power during the time these were ready to generate at optimum capacity. The fixed charges paid to the 14 companies form the basis of the technical audit of all power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed by the cash-strapped Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) on behalf of the Punjab Government. Power Minister Rana Gurjit Singh, after assuming office, had said that he wanted to review all power purchase agreements by the previous SAD-BJP government. The Capt Amarinder government said the review should be carried out within four months. A preliminary examination of PPAs revealed that the fixed cost paid to Nabha Power Limited was Rs 1.44 per unit of power not bought by the state, and Talwandi Sabo Power Limited Rs 1.20. In comparison, most public sector plants supplying power to Punjab were getting 50 paise to Re 1 per unit as fixed cost, barring one or two, where the fixed cost was as high as Rs 1.46 (from the gasbased plant). The penalty clause in these PPAs will also be examined in the audit.
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