02092017-TTC-01.qxd 9/2/2017 1:19 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday, september 2, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 242 | 42 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd HC keeps Haryana’s Jat quota Act on hold Landfill collapse kills 2 Matter back with panel, to file report by March 31 Tribune News Service Two persons were killed as a car, a scooter and two motorcycles, plying on a nearby road, fell into Kondli canal after a part of Ghazipur garbage landfill collapsed due to rain in east Delhi on Friday. The enormous dump, estimated to be as high as a 15-storey building, looms like a dark mountain on the side of NH-24, a busy highway that connects Delhi to Uttar Pradesh. PTI Cop dies in ambush near Srinagar BSF jawan from Bathinda village injured in LoC fire succumbs to injuries Srinagar, September 1 A policeman, identified as Kishan Lal, was killed and four were injured when their vehicle was ambushed at Zeewan on the outskirts of Srinagar late this evening. Militants fired indiscriminately at the vehicle of the J&K Armed Police at 8 pm, wounding at least six jawans. “They have been taken to a hospital. The condition of one of them is critical,” a police officer said, adding the police vehicle was on its way back to Zewan from Bemina. Locals rushed to help the injured policemen. The area was later cordoned and a hunt for the assailants launched. The attack occurred despite inputs that militants were planning to strike around Eid. Militant group Lashkare-Toiba has claimed responsibility for the ambush. Meanwhile, ASI Kamaljit Singh (50) of the Border Security Force, who on Thursday had sustained injuries in enemy fire from across the Line of Control while deployed at a forward post in the Krishna Ghati Sector, died today. Kamaljit Singh, who joined the force in 1988, hailed from Malkana village, Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda. “In this hour of grief, the Border Security Force stands in solidarity with the bereaved family of the martyr and remains committed to their dignity and wellbeing,” a BSF spokesperson said. — TNS Chandigarh, September 1 The Punjab and Haryana High Court today made it clear that the Act providing reservation to Jat and five other communities under the newly created BC (C) category would be kept in abeyance till March 31, 2018, as it remanded the matter back to the Haryana State Backward Classes Commission. Justices Surinder Singh Saron and Lisa Gill also asked the commission to file its report by then. It clarified that the commission was required to decide the percentage of quota to be given to the communities. The Bench directed the collection of quantifiable data till November 30. Objections to the data would be collected and uploaded on the commission website till December 31. The direction came on a bunch of petitions by Murari Lal Gupta and others, challenging the constitutional validity of the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Act, 2016. The petitioners were seeking directions for quashing the block “C” of the Act providing reservation to the Jat community under a newly carved BC (C) category. The Bill was passed unani- STAY ON LEGISLATION SINCE MAY 2016 ■ A plea has sought quashing of block ‘C’ of Haryana Backward Classes Act, 2016, providing quota to Jat and five other communities IAFex-chief Tyagi,others chargesheeted New Delhi, September 1 Former IAF Chief SP Tyagi was today chargesheeted by the CBI in a Delhi court along with nine others in connection with an alleged Rs 450crore bribery in the Rs 3,500crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal. Tyagi (72) is the first chief of the Indian Air Force to be chargesheeted in a corruption or a criminal case by the CBI. Besides him, the agency has chargesheeted retired Air Marshal JS Gujral along with eight others in the chargesheet filed before Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar. ■ Bill was passed by Haryana Assembly in March last year and notified on May 12. On May 26, 2016, HC stayed reservation ■ Under the Act, Jat, Jat Sikh, Mulla Jat/Muslim Jat, Bishnoi, Ror and Tyagi are entitled to 10% quota in govt services, admission mously by the Haryana Assembly on March 29, 2016. It was notified on May 12, 2016, by the government. The five other communities include Jat Sikh, Mulla Jat/Muslim Jat, Bishnoi, Ror and Tyagi, and were entitled to 10 per cent reservation in government services and admission in educational institutions. On May 26, 2016, the Bench had stayed the reservation. Senior advocate Vijay Kumar Jindal, counsel for Kumhar Maha Sabha, submitted that reservation to the Jat community was provided under the new Act on the basis of Justice KC Gupta Commission report, which has already been quashed by the Supreme Court. He submitted that in 2014 also, the state government had introduced a Bill to include Jats in the list of Other Backward Classes for reservation in jobs and educational institutes. But, the SC, in case of Ram Singh and others versus the Union of India, had held that Jats were not backward socially, educationally and politically. Justifying the quota, the state had claimed that the HC could examine the decision’s validity only under exceptional circumstances. The SC had set aside the Centre’s notification providing OBC quota for the Jat community, but it was not related to quota to Jats under state quota. SP Tyagi The court fixed September 6 to peruse the chargesheet in which the Anglo-Italian company, AgustaWestland, is also one of the accused. The agency has alleged a loss of Rs 2,666 crore to the exchequer in the 2010 deal for the supply of VVIP choppers. Others named are Tyagi’s cousin Sanjeev (alias Julie), advocate Gautam Khaitan, alleged European middlemen Carlo Gerosa, Michel James, Guido Haschke, former AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini and former Finmeccanica chairman Giuseppe Orsi. — PTI ’84 riots:Two SC ex-judges to 12 yrs on, SC to hear Cabinet rejig at10 tomorrow, go into 241 SIT-closed cases Bofors quash appeal suspense over who’s in, out Panel to begin work on Sept 5, give report in 3 months Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 1 The Supreme Court has named its former judges JM Panchal and KSP Radhakrishnan as members of a supervisory panel appointed by it to scrutinise 241 cases related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi closed by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) that was formed by the NDA government for a re-probe. The panel will start work from September 5 and submit its report in three months. The Centre will provide the “requisite assistance” to the panel members, who will get “all financial benefits as permissible in law”. The panel is to examine SIT’s decision to close 241 cases and opine whether there was justification to do so. The top court has already asked its Registry to hand over all case files to the supervisory panel. Earlier, the top court had summoned the files of 199 cases. The Centre had submitted photocopies of the files in a sealed cover. Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had told the Bench that 42 more cases had been closed, taking the total number of such cases to 241. A three-judge Bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra (now CJI) had on August 16 asked the panel to give its report in three months and fixed November 28 for further hearing. The names of the judges on the panel were made public today. Senior counsel Arvind Datar and HS Phoolka, who represented petitioner Gur- nad Singh, had told the Bench at last hearing that in only nine cases the trial was on. They had demanded that the trial in these cases be conducted on a day-to-day basis. Noting that there was no need to pass another order on this point, the Bench had asked them to show its earlier order to the trial court. The Bench had also issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh Government on another petition filed by the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots from Kanpur, demanding an SIT probe into the killing of more than 125 persons. Asking petitioner’s counsel Prasoon Kumar to hand over a copy of the petition to Uttar Pradesh Additional Advocate General Aishwarya Bhati, it had posted the matter for hearing on September 21. New Delhi, September 1 More than 12 years after the Delhi High Court quashed criminal charges against Europe-based Hinduja brothers — Srichand, Gopichand and Prakashchand — and a Swedish arms manufacturer in the Rs 64-crore Bofors pay-off case, the Supreme Court on Friday decided to hear a BJP leader’s petition against the High Court’s order. A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said the appeal filed by BJP leader advocate Ajay Agrawal would be taken up after two months in the week commencing October 30, almost 12 years after he filed his appeal. Agarwal, who unsuccessfully contested the Rai Bareli Lok Sabha election in 2014 against Congress president Sonia Gandhi, had filed the appeal after the CBI chose not to challenge the May 31, 2005, order of the Delhi High Court. He had moved the top court after expiry of the 90-day period within which an appeal was required to be filed by the CBI. His appeal was admitted on October 18, 2005. The High Court had pulled up the CBI for its poor handling of the case, saying it cost the public exchequer about Rs 250 crore. The court’s direction allowing Agrawal’s plea for early hearing of his appeal comes at a time when BJP MPs have demanded reopening of the probe into the Bofors payoffs following recent media reports quoting Swedish chief investigator Sten Lindstrom suggesting alleged bribery at the top level. Now, Agrawal wants investigation into the trail of the kickback money. — TNS WON’T MATTER IN ONE-MAN GOVT: CONG Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 1 The process for the swearingin ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan at 10 am on Sunday has begun amid speculation on who has made the cut in what is likely to be the last major reshuffle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Council of Ministers before the 2019 General Election. Several new faces, including those from NDA allies, are expected to join the government — the third such exercise since Modi took over as the PM on May 26, 2014. The exercise is expected to be a balancing act, catering to caste and regional factors as also the prevailing mood in the country because of a lacklustre economy, jobless growth and agriculture distress. Interestingly, there is talk of a Chief Minister being may appoint, ❝ PMany portfolios,remove anyone, and change it will make zero difference because he believes in complete concentration of power... Are we functioning like a Cabinet form of government? Key ministries for more than 3 yrs are without a Cabinet Minister. Anand Sharma, CONG SPOKESMAN inducted into the Cabinet at an “important position”. In fact, the rumour mills are abuzz that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar may join in as the Deputy PM. Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, who have so far kept things under wraps, are expected to confer again before the D-day. So far, five ministers of state — Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Sanjiv Kumar Balyan, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Mahendra Nath Pandey and Bandaru Dattatreya — have submitted their resignations. Two Cabinet ministers — Uma Bharti and Kalraj Mishra — are also believed to have offered to resign to make way for “new inductions”. Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti has said only Shah or someone on his behalf can speak on the issue. Meanwhile, Shah, who spent the day at an RSS meeting in continued on page 20 Edit: why reshuffle Gangster freed from police custody Lookout notice for dera’s core team 6 board Roadways vehicle at Rayya, take away Shubham Singh at gunpoint PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 1 Six armed men freed gangster Shubham Singh from police custody at the Rayya bus stop in broad daylight today, shooting Assistant Sub-Inspector Sukhjinder Singh in the leg. The ASI was rushed to a Jalandhar hospital. He was heading a police team escorting the gangster to the Amritsar courts from the Kapurthala jail for a hearing. They were travelling in a Punjab Roadways bus. At Rayya, six armed gangsters boarded the bus and threatened to kill passengers if Shubham was not released. INEFFICIENCY OR RUSTING WEAPONS? The two constables escorting Shubham Singh were armed with SLRs. When Shubham tried to flee, Constable Sajjan Singh tried to open fire but the bullet got stuck in the barrel, say sources. This enabled the gangsters to flee without any obstacle. The ASI and constables Sajjan Singh and Kuldeep Singh resisted, but the gunmen shot the ASI in the leg and fled with the prisoner in a car parked nearby. Senior police officials, including SSP Parampal Singh, reached the site. A high alert was sounded. Shubham is an accused in 12 cases, including attempt to murder. He is also facing cases under the NDPS Act. The SSP said the attackers came in two cars. They boarded the bus as it stopped at Rayya and put a gun to each cop’s head. “To ensure there was no passenger casualty in the bus, the policemen put up a fight only after they had deboarded along with Shub- ham. One of them was injured,” he added. One of the assailants has been identified as Sahil of Hansawala village in Tarn Taran. He is wanted in five cases filed under the NDPS Act and Arms Act besides attempt to murder. Also, he is wanted by the Tarn Taran and Amritsar Rural police for carrying fake currency notes. Shubham was arrested by the Amritsar Sadar police in August 2016 after he and his accomplices allegedly shot a tavern owner and his employee at Majitha Road on the night of July 25. He was recently shifted to the Kapurthala jail because of “security concerns” at the Amritsar Central Jail. Naveen S Garewal Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 1 The Haryana Police have issued a lookout notice for Honeypreet Kaur, the adopted daughter of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, and Dr Aditya Insan, a dera spokesman, for their alleged involvement in inciting violence and possible role in a conspiracy to free the dera chief soon after he was convicted by a CBI court on August 25. Honeypreet’s name had cropped up during interrogation of dera journalist Surender Dhiman Insan, who surrendered before the Panchkula police yesterday. Dr Insan, a close aide of the dera chief, was seen talking Honeypreet Aditya Insan to followers shortly before the conviction. Commissioner of Panchkula Police AS Chawla said the two were wanted for investigations in the FIR registered at the Sector 5 police station soon after arson and violence. Sources said airports, bus stands and railway stations across the country had been put on alert. There was speculation that Honeypreet had Today’s issue consists of 42 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends, eight-page Chandigarh Tribune, six-page Life+Style and four-page additional marketing pullout. fled the country, but police believed she was possibly hiding in the house of a dera follower in the Rohtak area. DCP Manbir Singh said Honeypreet allegedly “gave a signal (to the crowds) to instigate violence”. Haryana Police IG KK Rao alleged that soon after the conviction, the dera chief had sought a red bag from his vehicle, which was in fact a signal to followers to indulge in violence so that he could flee in the chaos. But the conspiracy failed as Ram Rahim was handed over to the Army and taken to the helipad from where he was flown to Rohtak, where he was lodged in jail. Honeypreet accompanied Ram Rahim in the AgustaWestland helicopter. The police are now investigating who allowed her to accompany the convict. Questions are being raised over the delay by the security forces in entering the Sacha Sauda premises. It is also alleged that the Haryana Government is going soft on the dera and giving it time to remove incriminating documents and cash received in the form of donations and offerings. Illegal arms and explosives in the form of chemicals, petrol and diesel cans have already been recovered from dera followers. Locals claim they have seen vehicles frequently move in and out of the dera even after the government’s claims that it has been evacuated.
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