10052017-TTC-01.qxd 5/10/2017 1:19 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday, may 10, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 23 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Karnan gets 6-month jail for contempt SC says conduct of ‘gravest’ nature; first time sitting HC Judge convicted, sent to prison thus Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 9 The Supreme Court today convicted controversial Calcutta High Court Judge CS Karnan of contempt and sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment “forthwith”. Taking note of his series of orders against apex court Judges, a seven-Judge Bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar held that his conduct amounted to the “gravest” nature of contempt. “We are of the unanimous opinion that Justice CS Karnan has committed con- tempt of this court, of the judiciary as also the judicial process... of the gravest nature,” the Bench said, directing the West Bengal Director General of Police to execute the order “forthwith”. Justice Karnan is in Chennai and will return to Kolkata after two days, sources said. Justice Karnan is the first sitting High Court Judge to be convicted of contempt of court and given a prison sentence. In view of his utterances against the Judges, the top court restrained the media from reporting his statements. Justice CS Karnan ❝ If we do not send him to jail, there will be a blemish that the Supreme Court has condoned contempt committed by a Judge.❞ SC Bench The Supreme Court had earlier restrained all courts, tribunals, commissions and authorities from acting on the orders passed by Justice Karnan, including the one asking the top court Judges to appear before him. Justice Karnan had yesterday passed bizarre orders against the Judges hearing the contempt case, “convicting” them of various offences under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, “awarding” them five-year imprisonment. Suspecting that he was mentally unfit, the SC had on May 1 set up a medical board to examine him. He refused to cooperate, insisting he was “perfectly fine.” The Bench said Justice Karnan could be punished as he himself had declared that he was of a sound mind. “We are assured that he is fit and fine…and the medical board does not contradict it,” the Bench, also comprising Justices Dipak Misra, J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, MB Lokur, PC Ghose and Kurian Joseph, said. Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, representing the Rain in Shimla, 47°C in Bathinda, 15 die in Bihar HC quashes Haryana’s PG medical admissions Tuesday turned out to be a day of fluctuating temperatures in the northern region and a tragedy in Bihar. While Shimla and its nearby areas were lashed by a thunderstorm and rain on Tuesday (right), disrupting normal life and causing a sharp dip in temperature; Bathinda in Punjab (along with Churu in Rajasthan) remained the hottest place in the country with the mercury touching 47 degrees Celsius.. In Bihar, meanwhile, a squall claimed 15 lives, destroyed standing crops, damaged houses and uprooted trees in 11 districts of the state. Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIT KANWAR BJP says 11 MLAs to join, AAP denies Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 9 Even as the Punjab BJP today claimed it had been approached by 11 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs who were keen to switch over, a confident Bhagwant Mann, the newly-appointed state AAP convener, said that accompanied by “all party legislators”, he would pay obeisance at the Golden Temple later this week. He is to visit martyr soldier Paramjeet Singh’s family in Tarn Taran tomorrow. Not just Mann, newlyappointed vice-president Aman Arora also met Bholath MLA Sukhpal Khaira today. The latter held talks with former Punjab convener Gurpreet Ghuggi. Both Khaira and Ghuggi are unhappy at Mann’s election as state convener. An obdurate Khaira said he would not take back his resignation ❝I don’t hold a grouse against anybody. My priority is to placate those angry and motivate those disheartened by AAP’s fortunes in Punjab❞ Bhagwant Mann, AAP’S PUNJAB CONVENER as the party chief whip, alleging the leadership had “sacrificed party ideals to protect the interests of a few”. He denied having held a meeting with a group of 11 MLAs. Vineet Joshi, Punjab BJP secretary, claimed AAP was “disintegrating” and that 11 of its legislators would cross over any time. But most AAP MLAs rubbished such talk. Mann said the party was gearing up to “expose the Congress-Akali-BJP nexus. We will expose all such plots.” He said he would reach out to those upset with decisions, including his appointment. Dress code: Two officers suspended Mehbooba’s brother set to be CM adviser Tribune News Service Amit Khajuria ters, as the political support from her ministers was Jammu, May 9 almost nil. She needed a Chief Minister Mehbooba “trusted head and hand” to Mufti is all set to appoint her help her in dealing with the brother Tassaduq Hussain ticklish issues in the state. Mufti as her adviser as she Tassaduq had been spurnneeds “sound and reliable” ing political positions during political advice on the state of his father Mufti Mohammad affairs, according to sources. Sayeed’s lifetime. He was Tassaduq will be appointed chosen as the ruling PDP in addition to Amitabh candidate for the Mattoo, an academinow-cancelled Anantcian, who is already nag parliamentary holding the position of bypoll necessitated adviser to her. Last by the resignation by week, she had Mehbooba upon her appointed BR Sharbecoming CM. ma, a 1984-batch IAS Tassaduq Mufti Sources said the officer, as her adviser process of appointing (administrative affairs) after Tassaduq Mufti as CM’s shifting him out of the post of adviser has already begun. Chief Secretary. Like the PDP the NC too , Sharma has been cleared had turned to family often. It for deputation at the Centre. was during Sheikh AbdulHe is likely to be empanelled lah’s last days as CM that he as secretary in five to six had appointed son Farooq weeks’ time. Abdullah as Health Minister Sources said the Chief in 1982. As CM, Farooq Minister was feeling isolated appointed brother Sheikh in dealing with crucial mat- Mustafa Kamal as minister. Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 9 A day after the Punjab Education Department issued a dress code for women schoolteachers, Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary today not only withdrew the letter but also suspended Deputy Director Amrish Shukla and Assistant Director Amarbir Singh, stating the letter contained “very denigrating language” and had been issued without taking the higher authorities into confidence. Claiming it had received several complaints on teachers’ attire, the department had yesterday issued a letter, stating that “jeans, tops, flashy and fashionable dresses” by women teachers excited” students and that they must follow a dress code. Sources said a complaint on the teachers’ attire was received by the CM’s office, continued on page 10 Panel clamps down on junk food, favours advt ban New Delhi, May 9 Makers of food products high on fat, sugar and salt content, beware. The food regulator is watching you as an FSSAI panel has proposed a set of measures, including tax, strict labelling norms and ban on their advertisements during children’s shows, to check the consumption. The report by the 11-member panel on “Consumption of fat, sugar and salt (FSS) and its health effects on Indian population” is a pointer to cutting down consumption of unhealthy food products and West Bengal Government, requested the court to drop contempt charges, saying the judiciary was getting a bad name. Senior advocate KK Venugopal, who appeared for the Registrar General of the Madras HC, said Justice Karnan should be sent to jail after he retired in June. The Additional Solicitor General and SC Bar Association chief backed the view that he must be punished. “Contempt is contempt... whether you are a common man or a judge,” the Bench said. Edit: Karnan excised SC falls preyto gimmicks p18 No such items in Maharashtra school canteens ■ The Maharashtra Government has banned the sale of junk food items that are high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) in school canteens across the state. ■ As per a government resolution, potato chips, noodles, carbonated soft drinks, pizzas, burgers, cakes, biscuits, buns, pastries, etc, will not be sold in school canteens ■ The items that can be sold in school canteens include vegetable khichdi, rajma-rice, rotis made of whole wheat, idli, vada, vegetable pulav, sandwiches, coconut water and jal jeera . TNS reducing the rising burden of chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes. The Food Safety and Standards Authority had constituted the panel of experts drawn from different fields, including medicine, nutrition and dietetics. “The report recommended having a balanced diet that provided 60-70 per cent of total calories from carbohydrates, 10-12 per cent from proteins and 20-30 per cent from fat,” the FSSAI said. The report will serve as a guideline for all stakeholders, Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers & four-page Bathinda Tribune. including the industry, FSSAI and consumers, in reducing consumption of fat, sugar and salt through processed food. The panel recommended “additional tax on highly processed commodities and sugar-sweetened beverages”. Imposition of excise tax on unhealthy eating products would lead to positive health effects, it added. It said celebrity endorsements of such foods need to be discouraged, adding that social media websites should also comply with the advertising ban. — PTI Chandigarh, May 9 Acting on a petition challenging the postgraduate medical admissions, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today quashed the first counselling conducted by Haryana. A compensation of Rs 1 lakh was also awarded to every student admitted on the basis of first counselling. The direction came on a petition filed by Dr Narinder Soni. He had challenged a provision listed in the prospectus for admission to MD/MS/PG diploma courses for the 2017 session. The contention was that the institutional preference granted by the state and the incentives given to in-service HCMS doctors in the prospectus were against regulation 9 of the Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000, framed by the Medical Council of India (MCI). continued on page 10 Haguecourtstays Jadhav’s hanging New Delhi, May 9 The International Court of Justice today stayed the hanging of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “spying”. The order by the Haguebased International Court of Justice came a day after India approached it against the death sentence handed down to Jadhav by Pakistan’s Field General Court Martial last month. India, in its appeal to the ICJ, accused Pakistan of “egregious” violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy but Pakistan claimed to have arrested him from Balochistan on March 3, 2016. Following the appeal, the ICJ stayed his hanging. — PTI Kulbhushan Jadhav AAP shows EVM ‘rigging’ EC calls , it ‘lookalike’ farce New Delhi, May 9 The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today “demonstrated” ways to “rig” EVMs in the Delhi Assembly, which the BJP said was an attempt to divert attention from charges of “bribery” against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The AAP's attempt to whip up the issue comes at a time the party is in the eye of a political storm over its sacked minister Kapil Mishra’s allegations of corruption against Kejriwal and minister Satyendar Jain. Mishra, who was suspended from AAP’s primary membership yesterday, said the party should stop living in “denial” and accept the fact that people do not vote for Kejriwal anymore. In a discussion on the issue during the day-long special session of the Assembly, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj claimed a voting machine could be manipulated by simply feeding it with a “secret code”. He demonstrated how it could be done using what party sources said was a “prototype EVM” developed by “a group of IITians”. The Election Commission, on the other hand, reiterated that the EVMs used by it were tamperproof. It said the demonstration on a “lookalike” EVM cannot be used to “vilify” those actually used for elections. “It is commonsense that gadgets other than ECI EVMs can be programmed to perform in a pre-determined way, but it simply cannot be implied that ECI EVMs will behave in the same manner because these are technically secured and function under an elaborate administrative and security protocol,” the EC said. — TNS/PTI
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