06102017-TTC-01.qxd 10/6/2017 1:25 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, october 6, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 171 | 22 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd SC full of pro-govt judges?‘Not true’ IAF: Ready for Top court takes exception to lawyers’ comments, says has been taking govt to task two-front war Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 5 The Supreme Court today took strong exception to comments by some lawyers painting its judges as progovernment, saying it had been taking the government to task on various issues. “The former Supreme Court Bar Association president said that the Supreme Court was full of pro-government judges. That’s not true. No protests at Jantar Mantar from now: NGT New Delhi, October 5 The National Green Tribunal today banned all protests and dharnas around the historic Jantar Mantar area here, which has been a hotspot of many agitations over the past decades, saying such activities violate environmental laws. The green panel said the State has totally failed to protect the right of enjoying pollutionfree environment of the citizens living in the Jantar Mantar Road area, close to Connaught Place in the heart of the city. It said it was the duty of the State to ensure that the rights of the people to live a peaceful and comfortable life are not infringed by those who create noise pollution in the name of right of freedom of speech and expression. — PTI They should come and sit in the Supreme Court to see how the government is hauled up in favour of citizens’ rights,” Justice Dhananjay Chandrachud, who was part of a three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, said referring to a comment by a senior lawyer. “Judges’ comments are reported as judgments. Then, these are commented upon during discussions as if these are judgments,” Justice Chandrachud said as the Bench — also comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar — disapproved of the comments of former SCBA chief Dushyant Dave on a TV channel about judges being “pro-government” during a discussion on transfer of Karnataka High Court judge Jayant Patel to the Allahabad High Court. Justice Patel had later resigned in protest. Asim Pandya of the Gujarat High Court Advocates’ Association (GHCAA) had on Wednesday written an open letter asking judges to uphold the Constitution. The Bench was hearing a petition against former UP minister Azam Khan for his controversial statement on the 2016 Bulandshahr rape case. Khan had said the case was a political conspiracy. It referred to a Constitution Bench the question about the extent of restraint that can be put on a person holding a public office while commenting on sub-judice or under-investigation matters. The Bench sent the matter to the Constitution Bench after amicus curiae Fali S. Nariman and Harish Salve said an increasing number of such issues were coming up wherein persons holding high positions were making controversial statements on matters pending before courts or being investigated. Crowning glory The sculpture of Bhai Fateh Singh is silhouetted against the rising moon on a full moon night at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur war memorial at Chappar Chiri in Mohali on Thursday. Bhai Fateh and Banda Bahadur attained martyrdom in 1716. VIJAY MATHUR Chief: Capable of striking Pak targets New Delhi, October 5 Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa today said there was a low possibility of a two-front war even as he sounded a note of caution that Chinese forces were present in the Chumbi valley. The Indian Air Force Chief went on to assure that the force had the ability to strike targets in Pakistan. At a press conference ahead of Air Force Day (October 8), the IAF Chief was asked about the safety of Pakistan’s tactical nuclear weapons and whether the IAF would be able to disarm Islamabad of its nuclear assets, if necessary. “We have a draft nuclear doctrine. It is answered in that — what happens when the enemy decides to use nuclear weapons on us. As far as the IAF is concerned, it has the ability to locate, fix and strike and that is not only for tactical nuclear weapons but for other targets across the border (as well),” Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa said. On the presence of Chinese troops in the Chumbi valley, he said: “Their (Chinese) forces are still deployed in the Chumbi valley. We expect these forces to withdraw as exercises get over.” The valley lies east of Sikkim and was the site of the 74-day military standoff between the Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China at Doklam plateau. ‘FULL SQUADRON STRENGTH BY 2032’ There is a plan by the government to induct fighters and by 2032, we will have authorised strength. But with the numbers that we have, we are capable of carrying out operations anytime. ❝ BS Dhanoa, AIR CHIEF MARSHAL The Tribune had reported that the PLA was maintaining a few hundred troops west of the Torsa nullah at Doklam and its troop numbers were around 10,000 spread across the regions abutting eastern and northern Sikkim. India has two divisions (12,000 men in each) complete with tanks in these areas. On a two-front war, he said the IAF had an alternative plan to fight such a war with the existing fighter jets. continued on page 12 Council meets today, steps to ease GST worries likely New Delhi, October 5 The GST Council at its meeting tomorrow is likely to address the problems being faced by the MSME sector and traders on compliance issues and refund complaints by exporters. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and GSTrelated issues are learnt to have been discussed. Fixing the problems being faced by small businesses and other issues were flagged by Modi in his address at the ICSI yesterday. He had said a review of three months of GST implementation would take place to address difficulties faced by traders and small businesses, and it would be ensured that there was easier compliance. The Prime Minister had said he had asked the GST Council to identify the bottlenecks and technological hurdles faced by businesses, especially small and medium enterprises, and the matter should be deliberated with the states. The glitches being faced by the GST Network and stakeholders’ complaints concerning filing of returns are also likely to be taken up. After the GST Council meeting in September, Jaitley had set up a Group of Ministers under supervision of Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi to monitor and resolve IT challenges faced in GST implementation. — TNS HC dismisses Virbhadra tax review plea Akal Takht excommunicates Langah Vijay Arora Legal Correspondent accepted the income so declared, but later, the Income Tax Commissioner, by invoking revisional jurisdiction, set aside the assessment order in 2014, holding it to be erroneous as well as prejudicial to the interest of revenue and remanded the matter back for fresh assessment in accordance with law. Virbhadra Singh had filed an appeal before the Income Tax Tribunal, which was dismissed on December 8, 2016. Aggrieved, he had then moved the High Court, contending that the income tax authorities had wrongly passed the order of re-assessment. While dismissing the petition, a Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Sandeep Sharma observed that “we hold the tribunal to have correctly affirmed the order passed by the Commissioner. It also cannot be said that the tribunal committed any material irregularity and violated any procedure and such action is illegal or bad in law”. The court observed that “the given facts warranted the Assessing Officer to have conducted a complete and proper inquiry and only thereafter, assessed the income so declared by the assessee. He ought to have considered that the assessee had sought to revise the return by declaring an income 1872 per cent higher than what was originally returned and that too after action for scrutinising the return was initiated”. GS Paul Tribune News Service SGPC president when Kirpal Singh Badungar occupied the coveted seat. He was a member of SAD’s core committee and district unit president of Gurdaspur until a case was registered against him by a lady police constable, who alleged that she was exploited for over eight years. He was arrested yesterday. Meanwhile, the Akal Takht Jathedar, when asked if there was any provision under which the disgraced Akali leader could be brought back to the religious fold, said, “The tenets dictate that any Sikh who has been excommunicated could appear before Akal Takht and submit his apology, but ultimately it would be the sole discretion of the five High Priests to consider it or not.” Shimla, October 5 In a blow to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, the Himachal Pradesh High Court today dismissed his petition challenging the Income Tax Tribunal, Chandigarh, order upholding reassessment of his tax return in light of a sizeable increase shown in agriculture income — which is not taxable. The tribunal had dismissed Virbhadra’s appeal against the order passed by the Income Tax Commissioner calling for a fresh assessment pertaining to the 2009-2010 financial year. On July 19, 2010, Virbhadra Singh had filed an income tax return declaring his net taxable income for 2009-2010 Points to 1872% higher income in revised return HC rejects Zakia’s plea against Modi Ishiguro wins Nobel Literature Prize U-17 World Cup: Kickoff at 5 Ahmedabad: Gujarat HC has rejected a plea by Zakia Jafri challenging an order that accepted an SIT report giving a clean chit to Narendra Modi, the then CM in 2002 riots. PAGE 11 Stray leopard at Maruti plant Gurugram: Production was halted at the Manesar plant of auto major Maruti Suzuki on Thursday after a leopard strayed onto the premises, keeping factory and forest authorities on toes for over 20 hours. PAGE 11 to be Rs 7,22,943. The income from agriculture was shown as Rs 15 lakh. However, on March 2, 2012, Virbhadra filed a revised return, enhancing his income from agricultural sources from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 2.8 crore. The Assessing Officer Stockholm, October 5 British author Kazuo Ishiguro, best known for his novel “The Remains of the Day”, won the Nobel Literature Prize today, the Swedish Academy said. The 62-year-old, “in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”, the Academy wrote in its citation. Ishiguro has written eight books as well as scripts for film and television. He won the Man Booker Prize in 1989 for “The Remains of the Day”. Born in Nagasaki, he moved to Britain with his family when he was five years old, only returning to visit Japan as an adult. Both his first novel “A Pale View of Hills” from 1982 and the subsequent one, “An Artist of the Floating World” from 1986, take place in Nagasaki a few years after World War II. “The themes Ishiguro is most associated ❝ This is amazing and totally unexpected news for me... It comes at a time when the world is uncertain about its values, its leadership and its safety. I just hope that my receiving this huge honour will, even in a small way, encourage the forces for good. KAZUO ISHIGURO with are already present here: memory, time, and selfdelusion,” the Academy said. “This is particularly notable in his most renowned novel, ‘The Remains of the Day’,” which was turned into a film with Anthony Hopkins acting as the duty-obsessed butler Stevens. “Ishiguro’s writings are marked by a carefully restrained mode of expression, independent of whatever events are taking place,” it said. In a 1989 interview with Bomb Magazine, Ishiguro said: “I tend to be attracted to pre-war and post-war settings because I’m interested in this business of values and ideals being tested, and people having to face up to the notion that their ideals weren’t quite Amritsar, October 5 Akal Takht today excommunicated former Akali minister Sucha Singh Langah from the community for hurting Sikh sentiments after his arrest in a rape case. The decision was taken at a meeting of the five High Priests in the light of complaints to Akal Takht. Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh pronounced the ‘hukumnama’ (edict) from the podium of the highest temporal seat of Sikhs. “Langah has brought disrepute to the Sikhs with such immoral, disgraceful and blasphemous acts. Akal Takht has taken cognisance of the news reports and a number of complaints received against him from the Sikh Sangat after his video went viral and he was booked. An expert panel’s suggestion was sought and after deliberations, the five High Priests unanimously decided to excommunicate him,” he said. The Jathedar cautioned that anyone who has been involved in such immoral activities must not be included in any religious organisation in future. He announced that though Langah had been discharged from all positions, be it with the SGPC or SAD, if he was still associated with any Sikh organisation, he should be immediately removed and no “ardas” should be performed in his name. PPCC general secretary what they thought they were before the test came.” His more recent fiction contains elements of fantasy. With the critically-acclaimed dystopian work “Never Let Me Go” from 2005, Ishiguro introduced “a cold undercurrent” of science fiction into his work, the jury said. Inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Marcel Proust, Ishiguro’s characters often painfully come to terms with who they are without closure. His latest novel, “The Buried Giant”, from 2015 explores “in a moving manner, how memory relates to oblivion, history to the present, and fantasy to reality”. In the book, an elderly couple go on a road trip through an archaic English landscape, hoping to reunite with their adult son, whom they have not seen for years. The Nobel comes with a prize sum of $1.1 million. Ishiguro will receive his prize on December 10. — AFP He has brought disrepute to Sikhs, says Jathedar Amarjit Singh Tikka had forwarded the video clip to the Jathedar, seeking strict action against the senior Akali leader. Various Sikh organisations had also called for strict action. Langah, a baptised Sikh, was in the race to become the Sabi Hussain Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 5 A FIFA World Cup in India — who could have thought this even five years ago? But a FIFA World Cup, the Under17 version, starts here tomorrow and, for a change, a football tournament in India would attract global attention. FIFA, the sport’s global governing body, considers India a “sleeping giant” of the sport, and that’s the reason India was asked to host this tournament. The hope is that three weeks of global football would kick off a football revolution in the country. The kick-off is at 5 pm on Friday, with matches between Colombia and Ghana in Delhi, and New Zealand and Turkey in Mumbai. However, all Indian eyes will be on the match between India and USA, to be played here from 8 pm. Nigeria, winners of the previous two events, have failed to qualify, and among the Today’s issue is of 22 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. Policemen stand near the poster of FIFA U-17 football World Cup mascot at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Thursday. AFP MORE ON PAGE 16 favourites are the usual suspects: Brazil, Spain, Germany, Mexico, Ghana. Passionate giant? FIFA now likes to call India a “passionate giant”, citing the fact that the country has warmed up nicely to this historic event. Ever since FIFA confirmed India as the host in December 2013, the Central government and All India Football Federation (AIFF) have worked in tandem to build a robust infrastructure and a strong team. The Central government spent Rs 120 crore in improving the football continued on page 17
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