28112017-TT-01.qxd 11/27/2017 10:18 PM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, november 28, 2017 himachal pradesh chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 328 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd Free birds /thetribunechd MOHAMMAD AMIN WAR Want freedom, lady in ‘love jihad’ row tells SC Akhila alias Hadiya sent to college to resume internship Satya Prakash Tribune News Service Pigeons fly over the main business hub of Lal Chowk, which is usually bustling with life, during restrictions in the downtown area of Srinagar on Monday. Normal life was hit across Kashmir owing to the shutdown call by the separatist leadership in support of political prisoners and recent killings. New Delhi, November 27 The Supreme Court today sent Akhila alias Hadiya — who has been at the centre of a storm over ‘love jihad’ in Kerala — to Shivraj Homoeopathic Medical College in Salem, Tamil Nadu, to resume her internship/house surgeonship. A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra passed the order after a two-and-a-half-hour hearing during which it interacted with her through senior advocate V Giri, who acted as an interpreter. “I want freedom... release... I have been under mental stress for 11 months,” she told the Bench. During the 20-minute interaction in a jam-packed court, the Bench — which included Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud — asked questions about her school education, hobbies, friends and career. Despite there Akhila alias Hadiya at Supreme Court on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO being no question regarding any religion, she repeatedly said she wanted to follow her faith (Islam) and join her husband. “I want to meet my husband. I want to complete my studies and want to live my life according to my faith and as a good citizen,” she told the Bench. CJI Misra termed the case as “the most complex” he had seen as a judge. “We (the Bench) as judges must have handled 200 to 300 habeas corpus cases. But it’s not a simple case… it’s the most complex case I have seen.” Interestingly, the Bench didn’t say anything about her marriage (with Shafin Jahan) that was annulled by the Kerala High Court on May 25, which had termed it a “sham” and placed her in the protective custody of her parents. The Bench, however, kept open all the issues raised by Jahan, the National Investigation Agency, Akhila’s father Ashokan and the Kerala government and posted the matter for hearing in the third week of January. The NIA probe shall continue in accordance with law, it said. It asked the Kerala government to arrange for her travel to Salem, accompanied by a policewoman in plain clothes. It also asked the Dean to inform it about any problems regarding her studies and stay. continued on page 7 Trai Net neutrality proposals today Aadhaar pleas after Every 3rd Delhi child Delhi-Centre matter has ‘impaired lungs’ MLABains:Tape ‘proves anti-Khaira plot’ New Delhi: Telecom regulator Trai plans to issue the muchawaited recommendations on Net neutrality on Tuesday, which is likely to impact the future of apps that provide calling and messaging services. The consultation paper floated in January majorly focused on network speed so that telecom operators do not use it to give preference or prevent access to any website or service like voice calls which requires decent net speed. “You will find answers regarding OTT (over-the-top), VoIP (Internet based calls),” Trai chairman RS Sharma said. Telecom operators have demanded that the same rules should be applied on entities providing similar services. According to them, OTT players like Skype, WhatsApp and Viber provide calling-messaging services much like telecom operators and hence there should be a level-playing field. PTI New Delhi: The Supreme Court has said it may consider setting up a Constitution Bench to hear pleas challenging the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar card mandatory for availing various services and benefits of welfare schemes after it concludes hearing the Delhi-Centre dispute. The Centre apprised the Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that it was willing to extend up to March 31 the deadline fixed for mandatory linking of Aadhaar numbers with various schemes on the terms envisaged earlier. The Bench did not agree with the contention of senior lawyer Shyam Divan, representing one of the petitioners opposing making Aadhaar mandatory, that an interim stay on the scheme be granted. Attorney General KK Venugopal said such an interim order cannot be passed in a matter of “national importance”. PTI Claims bribe paid to ensure HC dismissed Punjab LoP’s plea against drugs case summons Shaktikanta Das is G20 Sherpa AAP: ~30-cr tax notice ‘bogus, vendetta’ New Delhi, November 27 Shaktikanta Das, former Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, has been appointed as India’s G20 Sherpa till December 31, 2018 for the development track of the G20. There are two tracks in G20 — Finance Track and Development Track. The Finance Track is managed by the Secretary, Economic Affairs, as India’s Deputy to G20 and the Development Track is coordinated by the Sherpa. The Department of Economic Affairs will provide necessary support to the Sherpa, an official statement said. Former NITI Aayog vicechairman Arvind Panagariya was holding the position of the G20 Sherpa. He had suggested to PM Modi to find a full-time Sherpa. — TNS New Delhi, November 27 A Rs 30.67-crore Income Tax Department notice to the Aam Aadmi Party on Monday triggered a political row with Delhi’s ruling party terming the move “bogus" and “political vendetta” by the agencies of the Modi government. The Congress and BJP how, ever, asked the AAP to come clear and alleged that the party had failed to live up to its self-proclaimed standards of transparency and probity. “The IT Department has New Delhi: Research and advocacy body Centre for Science and Environment said on Monday that “every third child in Delhi has impaired lungs, while air pollution causes 30 per cent of all premature deaths in the country”. It claimed a crucial link exists between the environment and health, some yet-unexplored such as the connection between air pollution and mental health. The report sought to establish that unless environmental risk factors are dealt with, India will not be able to curb non-communicable diseases. It said 61 per cent of all deaths in India are attributed to lifestyle or NCDs. The WHO has identified alcohol, tobacco, poor diet intake and lack of physical activity as major risk factors. However, it fails to call out the “real enemies” that have high salt, sugar and fat content but are low in nutrition, said CSE’s Sunita Narain. PTI Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 27 Legislator Simarjit Singh Bains of the Lok Insaaf Party, an AAP ally, today released an audio-tape to “prove a plot” against Punjab’s Leader of Opposition (LoP) and AAP MLA Sukhpal Khaira, who has been summoned by a Fazilka court for questioning on his alleged links with drug smugglers. Bains and his brother Balwinder Singh released a 17minute recording in which former Deputy Advocate General Amit Chaudhary puportedly tells former PCS officer TK Goel that Rs 35 lakh had been paid to a judge to ensure that Khaira’s review petition in the High Court, that the charges against him be quashed, was dismissed. ❝ In the history of India, all donations to a political party have been declared illegal. All these were accounted for and shown in books of accounts. This is the height of political vendetta. Arvind Kejriwal, DELHI CM declared the complete amount of donations we received as illegal and has put it under the category of taxable income, although we have maintained the records of each paisa,” AAP treasurer Deepak Bajpai said. The notice said AAP had not disclosed income of Rs 13.16 crore and that its total taxable income was Rs 68.44 crore for 2014-15 and 2015-16. It also said the money received as donation had not been recorded. An official said AAP has AAP MLAs Simarjit Singh Bains (right) and his brother address a press conference in Chandigarh on Monday. MANOJ MAHAJAN Chaudhary, claiming he had received the ‘text’ of the court order a day before it was pronounced, is heard saying it had been pre-decided that non-bailable warrants against Khaira would be cancelled but his review petition in the High Court dismissed. Chaudhary, who was DAG during the SAD-BJP tenure, told The Tribune that the audio-tape had been “manipulated”. He said he had met Goel, one of his clients, a number of times “but no such conversation took place”. Goel, a former PCS officer, was recently dismissed from service on corruption charges. He could not be contacted. Bains said he would submit a video-recording of the Chaudhary-Goel meeting and “reveal the date, time, place of the conversation” either to the CBI or the High Court. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh refused to be drawn into the controversy. Asked if he would order a CBI inquiry as sought, he replied: “Let courts decide the matter.” Later in the day, Bains and Khaira submitted a memorandum to Governor VP Singh Badnore to press for the demand. Urging the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to take suo motu action, Khaira said it was his suspicion that SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, Congress minister Rana Gurjit Singh and SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia had connived against him. An FIR was registered under the NDPS Act against Khaira’s aide Gurdev Singh and eight others on March 5, 2015, in Jalalabad, alleging links with drug smugglers in Pakistan. It was alleged that Khaira and the smugglers had been in touch on the phone. But Khaira was not questioned by the police. On October 31 this year, a Fazilka court sentenced the nine to 20 years’ jail. Acting on a public prosecutor's application, describing Khaira and staff as the “kingpins of an international drug racket”, the court summoned Khaira, personal security officer Joga Singh, PA Manish and two more — Charanjit Kaur and Major Singh Bajwa and issued non-bailable warrants. Khaira then moved the HC, which dismissed his petition while cancelling the warrants. been asked to file its reply by December 7 and that it had been given 34 chances earlier. Bajpai said AAP had been maintaining accounts and other documents (of contribution in excess of Rs 20,000). “The whole country knows how other parties finance themselves through black money, yet it is AAP which is being targeted,” he said. AAP’s Raghav Chadha said: “Only party that maintains 100 per cent propriety in funding is being targeted.” — IANS PM Narendra Modi meets people as he kickstarts his Gujarat poll campaign in Bhuj on Monday. PTI Declared sick, ‘My Fair Lady’ on deathbed Soldtea,notnation,Modihitsback World-famous Dhariwal Woollen Mills on verge of closure| 325 staff to lose jobs Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Dhariwal (Gurdaspur), Nov 27 The world-renowned Dhariwal Woollen Mills, producers of the once famous ‘My Fair Lady’ brand of knitting wool, is on the verge of closure. NITI Aayog has sent its recommendation of closing the 137-year-old plant to the Union Textile Ministry. Old-timers say the mill deserves the title of being a true relic of the British era as A view of the New Egerton Woollen Mills, Dhariwal. the imprint of the Raj is all over it, including its name ‘New Egerton Woollen Mills’ as well as its buildings that had been given heritage status by the Archaeological Survey of India in 2010. The death knell can be sounded anytime now, rendering 325 full-time employees jobless. The mill, whose parent company is the British India Corporation (BIC) Limited, a subsidiary of the Union government, was declared sick two decades ago. It could not be revived despite repeated attempts over the past few years. Daljit Rai Sharma, former factory manager, said the continued on page 7 Manas Dasgupta Rajkot, November 27 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today lambasted the Congress for its alleged “antinationalistic” stance by joining hands with India’s enemies, saying he may “sell tea, but will never sell the country”. Kicking off his campaign in poll-bound Gujarat, the PM held a series of rallies in Bhuj — the starting point of his 2014 General Election campaign — Jasdan (Rajkot), Dhari (Amreli) and Kamrej (Surat). Apparently realising that the claim of “development” might not cut much ice with the voter in the semi-urban and rural areas, Modi invoked the “Gujarat pride” — the cornerstone of his campaign in the last three Assembly elections as Chief Minister — urging people to vote for the “son of the soil” who was being “abused and insulted” by the Congress. Questioning Congress’ nationalism, Modi asked party vice-president Rahul Gandhi to answer why he applaud- ed the release of 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed by a Pakistan court and why he went to hug the Chinese ambassador during the 70 days of the Doklam face-off. “You are happy to hug the Chinese ambassador, you are clapping on the release of Hafiz Saeed. You cannot respect Indian Army’s surgical strike. But why did you speak about it? You could have just remained silent,” he said. It was the Congress which questioned the authenticity continued on page 7
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