12052017-TTC-01.qxd 5/12/2017 1:21 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, may 12, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 25 | 22 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd WOMAN KILLED IN LoC SHELLING IN RAJOURI /thetribunechd KAPIL ‘DA JAWAB NAHIN’ WALL COLLAPSE KILLS 24 IN RAJASTHAN Pakistani troops resorted to shelling on civilian areas in Naushera tehsil of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, killing a woman and injuring her husband while they were sleeping outside their house. Two Pakistani soldiers were reportedly injured in the retaliatory fire. Schools have been closed and an evacuation plan activated. TRIBUNE PHOTO REPORT PAGE 13 Cricket legend Kapil Dev on Thursday unveiled his first-ever wax figure at the 23rd Madame Tussauds museum that would be opened in New Delhi later this year. It will also showcase wax figures of Sachin Tendulkar and Lionel Messi. PTI REPORT PAGE 16 Twenty-four persons were killed when the wall of a marriage hall collapsed in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan on Wednesday night. A marriage party was on at Annapurna Marriage Home when the mishap occurred, probably due to a storm in the area. Three panels have been formed to inquire into the incident and submit reports in seven days. AFP REPORT PAGE 7 If triple talaq invalid, suggest way out: SC Karnan asks SC for HC: Behoves a minister? recall of its jail order Rejects AG’s plea against PIL on Sidhu in ‘spicy comedy’ Asks where will Muslim men then go for divorce Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 11 The Supreme Court today asked the Centre and Muslim women petitioners who have challenged the validity of triple talaq to suggest a possible way out if the court were to declare the practice unconstitutional. “Where does he (Muslim man) go for divorce? There is no judicial forum for him. There would be a vacuum. How does he seek divorce?” a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar asked. The Bench, also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph, ❝ There is no judicial forum for him (Muslim man). There would be a vacuum. How does he seek divorce? JS Khehar, CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA RF Nariman, UU Lalit and S Abdul Nazeer, asked the Centre and the petitioners to ponder over the possible fallout in case it declared triple talaq invalid. Justice Joseph said until Parliament enacted a law to address the issue, it could be dealt with under the Dissolution of Muslim Mar- Modi-Sharif meet not ruled out next month New Delhi, May 11 The fresh strain in ties over Kulbhushan Jadhav notwithstanding, Pakistan today hinted it could talk with India on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana next month. Sartaj Aziz, adviser on foreign affairs to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, said a meeting between Sharif and Narendra Modi could not be ruled out at the summit. Speculation has been rife that the two leaders could use the opportunity in Astana — where both India and Pakistan are to be included as SCO full members — to resume dialogue and defuse tension. The visit by Indian businessman Sajjan Jindal to Pakistan where he met Sharif is being seen as back-channel diplomacy to convey Modi’s message. “Pakistan could consider the meeting if interest is shown from the other side,” Aziz reportedly said. Pakistani officials said “there have been overt and covert talks with all countries (Iran, Afghanistan and India).” — TNS Fill medical, dental PG seats by May 31: Centre New Delhi, May 11 The Health Ministry today asked all states to complete the process of filling all postgraduate medical and dental seats by May 31, the last date of admissions for the academic year 2017-18. “In case any seats are lying vacant after the second round of counselling, you are requested to conduct a mopup round of combined counselling to ensure all seats are filled by May 31,” the ministry said. It recalled its March 10 letter to hold combined counselling for admission to all PG medical and dental colleges in states/UTs, including for private medical and dental colleges and private and deemed universities. “This is the first time such a combined counselling for all PG medical and dental courses is being held by states and UTs,” the circular said. It added, “All India counselling (first and allotment of seats in second round) has already been done by Director General Health Services. The Supreme Court has not approved third round of counselling by DGHS. Vacant seats, if any, will be reverted to states and the second round of counselling is to be conducted by states between May 11 and 20. The last date of joining for the second round is May 27.” — TNS Today’s issue is of 22 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. riages Act, 1939, under which Muslim women are entitled to seek divorce. Senior counsel Indira Jaising, who appeared on behalf of Bebak Collective, suggested that the expression “Muslim woman” under the 1939 Act could be replaced by “Muslim person” and it could be made gender-neutral. But most of the grounds for dissolution of a marriage prescribed under Section 2 of the Act were women-specific, and not gender-neutral, the Bench pointed out. As Justice Nariman said insanity and cruelty were gender-neutral continued on page 10 Sanjeev Singh Bariana New Delhi, May 11 Having gone underground for two days, controversial Calcutta High Court Judge CS Karnan today approached the Supreme Court requesting it to recall its order sentencing him to jail for six months for contempt of court. At the end of the hearing on triple talaq by a five-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar, advocate Mathews J Nedumpara mentioned Karnan’s plea and requested the CJI to recall the order. “What is your authority?” the CJI asked the lawyer, who said he had a “wakalatnama” signed by Justice Karnan. He said advocates were so afraid of the court that no advocate on record was ready to sign the petition and, therefore, the Registry was not accepting it. “Where is he? How has he authorised you, if he is not available?” the CJI asked. Nedumpara said Justice Karnan signed it in Chennai. The CJI said the petition would be considered in due course. In an unprecedented order, the Supreme Court on Tuesday convicted Karnan of contempt of court and sentenced him to six-month imprisonment “forthwith”. Taking note of his defiance and a series of orders passed by him against the apex court judges, a seven-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar held his conduct amounted to the “gravest” nature of contempt. — TNS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 11 The Punjab and Haryana High Court today did not accept the plea of the Punjab Advocate General who questioned the “maintainability” of a public interest litigation (PIL) against propriety of Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu appearing in a popular “spicy comedy” television series, “The Kapil Sharma Show”. “Lakhs follow the example set by ministers, and their public conduct is watched. In such a situation, can a minister resort to a conduct that is not in consonance with dignity and status of a Cabinet Minister?” a Division Bench of Justices SS Saron and Darshan Singh asked the AG. The observation came in Navjot Singh Sidhu response to a PIL by advocate HC Sharma, asking the Punjab Government “if it was appropriate for Tourism, Cultural Affairs and Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to appear in a TV show?” The court heard arguments for two hours before adjourning proceedings till August 2. AG Atul Nanda said the PIL was not maintainable under the 2010 HC guidelines. The AG said the code of conduct for ministers was not enforceable through courts. Unimpressed, the Bench observed that an issue of public importance had been raised. Petitioner Sharma said Sidhu was not only participating in “Kapil Sharma Show” but also appearing in an advertisement promoting a “magic machine” for learning spoken English. He quoted the 2004 judgment of the Supreme Court in Jayalalithaa’s case, wherein referring to enforceability of the code of conduct, the SC had observed that “morally speaking, can there be one law for small officials and another law for the CM?Is the code of conduct meant only to be kept as an ornamental relic in a museum, but not to be practised?”
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