30112017-TTC-01.qxd 11/30/2017 1:22 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday, november 30, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 225 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd Partial rollback on renaming of Dyal college? New Delhi: Amid the controversy over name change of the Dyal Singh (Evening) College, it now appears that Delhi University is making a fine distinction over the nomenclature of “morning” and “evening” colleges. The authorities seem inclined to allow the change of name of the evening college while insisting that the original name (Dyal Singh College) is not tampered with. Sources privy to decision-making insist the morning college keeps the name of the founder. Turned into a day college in July, it was renamed as Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya on November 17. The college was established at Lahore in 1910, but after Partition it was set up in Karnal and became a constituent college of the University of Delhi in 1959. — TNS /thetribunechd Resolution against LIP MLAs in Punjab House Standing ovation ‘Audio tape’: Calls on High Court CJ to take action Ruchika M Khanna & “The House unanimously I’m real victim Rajmeet Singh deprecates the casual and irresponsible manner in of row: Ex-AAG Chandigarh, November 29 which Lok Insaaf Party Tribune News Service An army dog stands up as retiring soldiers salute their guard post before retirement in Suqian, Jiangsu province, China. REUTERS SC to revisit ‘no automatic arrest’ in dowry cases Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 29 Four months after a twojudge Bench of the Supreme Court laid down a set of guidelines to check misuse of the anti-dowry law (Section 498A of the IPC), a threejudge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra is all set to revisit it. The CJI-led Bench, which also included Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, on Wednesday clarified that it can’t frame guidelines on how to investi- 4,327 no more face stone-throwing case Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday ordered the withdrawal of stone-throwing cases against 4,327 youth. The decision came after the recommendation of a high-powered committee headed by the Director General of Police which submitted its report to her on Wednesday. DGP SP Vaid has been asked to monitor the progress. PAGE 10 Hazare to relaunch Lokpal stir in March Mumbai: Social activist Anna Hazare will relaunch his agitation for Jan Lokpal in the national capital on March 23 to coincide with Shaheedi Diwas which falls on that date, according to his office. Hazare’s supporters said he may start a fast on that date. Besides demanding Jan Lokpal, he is expected to push for fair and remunerative prices for agricultural produce. TNS gate dowry harassment cases, saying such guidelines will amount to going beyond statutory provisions. It hinted at revisiting the July 27 judgment by a Bench of Justices AK Goel and UU Lalit that put an end to the practice of automatic arrests in cruelty and dowry-related under Section 498A of IPC, that has often been misused to harass innocent family members of husbands named in complaints. It had ordered setting up of committees to scrutinise dowry harassment complaints. “These directions will not apply to the offences involving tangible physical injuries or death,” it had clarified. On Wednesday, senior advocates V Shekhar and Indu Malhotra — both amicus curiae — requested the CJI Bench to stay the verdict. “We may accept or overrule it,” the CJI commented. The CJI’s Bench — which had on October 13 said: “We do not agree with the judgment which laid down the guidelines” — pointed out that the guidelines on how the police should proceed in dowry harassment cases were not required for the implementation of a statutory provision under Section 498A. The July 27 order was criticised by women’s rights activists, who said it made it difficult to fight the social evil of dowry. On the other hand, some NGOs working for men’s rights had welcomed it, saying it would help to check misuse of the law. In its July 27 verdict, the top court had said it would like to see for six months how the arrangement worked and sought a report by March 31, 2018 from the National Legal Services Authority and listed the matter for April 2018. The court had issued guidelines while dealing with a matrimonial dispute from Uttar Pradesh and after taking into account suggestions by Additional Solicitor General AS Nadkarni, senior counsel VV Giri as also the 243rd Report of the Law Commission (August, 2012), 140th Report of the Rajya Sabha Committee on Petitions (September, 2011) and certain earlier decisions of the Supreme Court. The Capt Amarinder Singh government in Punjab pulled a rabbit out of a hat on the last day of the winter session. Taking even his Cabinet colleagues and party MLAs by surprise, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Brahm Mohindra towards the fag end introduced a resolution against Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) MLAs Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains, “for their scandalous allegations against an honourable judge” and demanded that the Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice take action. He was referring to the audio-tape released by the Bains brothers to “prove” a plot to implicate Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira (AAP) in a drug smuggling case. On Monday, hours before the session began, the LIP MLAs had released the tape, purportedly a conversation between a dismissed PCS officer and an advocate regarding a deal the latter had struck with a judge to ensure Khaira’s revision petition was dismissed. The SAD and BJP legislators, who remained mute spectators when the resolution was passed, later claimed it was done unanimously. MLAs released the audiorecording, claiming it was a conversation about payment of Rs 35 lakh to an honourable judge… The House would urge and request the honorable Chief Justice to take suo motu cognisance and further action as required as it is nothing short of impairing the majesty of law, obstructing the administration of justice and maligning the image and dignity of the court..,” the resolution read, leaving AAP MLAs shell-shocked. “You should have supported me. Are you doing this to favour the two touts who struck the deal?” asked a desperate Khaira even as AAP MLAs staged a walkout amid sloganeering. Addressing the media later, Khaira attacked the CM, asking if the latter had not violated propriety by having his lady friend from Pakistan reside in his official residence. Talking to The Tribune, Capt Amarinder Singh said the tape appeared scripted and “defaming the judiciary inside the Vidhan Sabha is not acceptable”. Outside the House, the AAP leaders accused the CM of political vendetta. Assembly reports inside Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 29 The man in the centre of the “audio tape scandal” today claimed he was the “real victim”. Talking to The Tribune, former Additional Advocate General Amit Chaudhary denied any knowledge that a judge was paid Rs 35 lakh bribe for dismissing the review petition of Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Khaira against his summoning in an NDPS case by a Fazilka court. “I never said it. Why would I say such a thing? And even if for a minute it is assumed I said that, how can someone make public claims without checking its veracity?” he said. “Moreover, how is it possible that a judge would take money from a client, as much as ~35 lakh, and give relief by cancelling arrest warrants?” he questioned. Amit was the person talking to former PCS officer TK Goel in the audio tape released by MLA Simarjit Singh Bains to claim a conspiracy against Khaira. Amit is heard claiming that judgements are managed and in this case ~35 lakh was paid. Amit said he had met Goel a number of times and this particular meeting took place on November 17 evening. continued on page 7 Longowal elected 42nd SGPC chief Faith tussle after Somnath visit GS Paul Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 29 The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) General House elected former Dhuri MLA Gobind Singh Longowal as the 42nd president during its annual meeting at Teja Singh Samundri Hall here today. Longowal, whose name was proposed by Bibi Jagir Kaur, replaces Kirpal Singh Badungar. Of the 170 members present, Hardeep Singh Mohali did not cast his vote in protest against “political interference” in SGPC affairs and the clergy’s “controversial” decisions. A former chairman of the Sangrur district planning board, Longowal defeated Amrik Singh Shahpur of Dera Baba Nanak, securing 154 votes. Shahpur, who polled 15 votes, was later included on the 11-member executive at Newly-elected SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal (centre) in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR FORMER MINISTER WAS AWARDED ‘TANKHAH’ ■ Gobind Singh Longowal, a three-time MLA and a minister in the Badal Cabinet, was among 40 leaders awarded ‘tankhah’ (religious punishment) by Akal Takht for visiting Dera Sacha Sauda ahead of Assembly elections ■ The adopted son of the late Sant Harchand Singh Longowal, he won the Dhuri byelection in 2015, defeating Congress-Sanjha Morcha candidate Simar Partap Singh, grandson of Surjit Singh Barnala ■ Longowal’s wife is a schoolteacher and younger sister Dr Inderjeet Kaur chairperson of the All-India Pingalwara Society the insistence of the Panthic Front, constituted some weeks prior to the poll by Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, a former general secretary. The SGPC had to remove Jarnail Singh Kartarpur to make way for Shahpur. The other executive members are: Sajjan Singh Bajuman, advocate Bhagwant Singh Sialka, Lakhbir Singh, Bibi Gurpreet Kaur Kapurthala, Gurtej Singh Dadde, Hardev Singh Rogla, Ravinder Singh Chakmukerian, Gurmeet Singh Buh, Baba Gurmeet Singh Trilokewala and Navtej Singh. Gurbachan Singh Karmowala was elected general secretary, Raghujit Singh Karnal senior vice-president and Harpal Singh Jalla junior vice-president unopposed. Longowal said his top priority was propagating Sikhism. He ducked queries on the crisis within the community and “damage” to SGPC’s image. Cong says Rahul a Hindu, as BJP points to non-Hindu entry Ahmedabad/New Delhi, Nov 29 Canvassing for electionbound Gujarat took a curious turn today with the Congress having to declare party vice-president Rahul Gandhi a Hindu after the BJP repeatedly raised questions about his faith following his Somnath Temple visit. “Rahul Gandhi is not only a Hindu but a janeyu dhaari Hindu,” Congress’ Randeep Singh Surjewala said. The storm erupted after reports of names of Gandhi and Congress leader Ahmed Patel being mentioned at Somnath Temple in a register meant for non-Hindus. The entry was claimed to have been made by Congress media coordinator Manoj Tyagi before the Gandhi scion reached the temple to offer prayers ahead of launching his twoday campaign for his party in the Saurashtra region. Rahul Gandhi offering prayers at Somnath Temple in Gujarat. PTI The BJP which was attack, ing Rahul’s “soft Hindutva move” by visiting various temples in the state, tried to make an issue of this gaffe, stating that for years it was always projected that Rahul Gandhi was a Hindu, while in fact he was not. Tyagi issued a statement that he had just entered his name to take media personnel inside the temple and not of Rahul Gandhi or Ahmed Patel. “All these entries must have been entered later,” he claimed. But the BJP refused to relent. Even before it came to light, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing an election rally at Prachi, barely 40 km from Somnath, attacked Rahul continued on page 7 More on Page 7 Anti-competitive’ BCCI fined ~52 cr All eyes on transport mode of future’s India entry ‘ Fair trade regulator tells board to allow leagues by non-members New Delhi, November 29 Fair trade regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI) has fined the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for anti-competitive conduct and directed it to allow the organisation of domestic cricket leagues by non-members. The regulator on Wednesday said the BCCI had been fined Rs 52.24 crore for its assurance to the broadcasters of the Indian Premier League (IPL) that it “shall not organise, sanction, recognise, or support another professional domestic Indian T20 competition that is competitive to IPL, for a sustained period of 10 years”. The CCI further said the restriction was pursued to enhance the commercial interest of the bidders of IPL broadcasting rights and the consideration in turn received by the BCCI. “The BCCI shall not place blanket restriction on organisation of professional domestic cricket league or events by non-members,” the CCI order said. “This shall, however, not preclude the BCCI from stipulating conditions while framing or modifying relevant rules for approval or while granting specific approvals, that are necessary to serve the interest of the sport. Such changes shall entail norms that underpin principles of nondiscrimination and shall be applied in a fair, transparent and equitable manner...,” the order read. “Besides, BCCI shall take all possible measure(s) to ensure that competition is not impeded while preserving the objective of development of cricket in the country,” it said. The CCI asked the BCCI to file a report on the compliance of its directions within 60 days from the receipt of the order. The watchdog had penalised the cricket body for the same amount in February 2013 as well, but that penalty was set aside by the appellate tribunal. — Agencies Suresh Dharur Tribune News Service Hyderabad, November 29 OrcaPod, India’s only entry to the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Design Competition in California, has become the cynosure of all eyes at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES 2017) here. The prototype of the transport capsule designed by Hyperloop India, a group of students from BITS Pilani, Indian School of Business (ISB) and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, was showcased at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre where over 1,500 delegates from 150 countries have gathered for the threeday summit. OrcaPod hyperloop prototype capsule on display in Hyderabad. ❝ OrcaPod, a transport capsule, accelerates a passenger or cargo vehicle at airline speeds through a steel tube in near vacuum using a linear electric motor. This will be the transport mode of the future❞ Hussain Harianawala, HYPERLOOP INDIA OFFICIAL The cute-looking pod has been witnessing heavy footfalls, with several delegates making enquiries about the working of the revolutionary transport capsule. “We are in the process of developing a second prototype which will be an enhanced version of OrcaPod,” said Hussain Harianawala, business development head, Hyperloop India. “We are in talks with different government agencies and firms, including Niti Aayog, RITES and other agencies to take the concept forward,” he said, adding that the hyperloop is a new way to move people or things anywhere in the world quickly with minimal impact to the environment. With the help of crowd funding, the young developers of Hyperloop India had sent their capsule to California to compete with 24 other designs from all over the world. It was the only entry selected from India for the design competition held in August. The competition was all about which pod can achieve the maximum speed in the hyperloop system built by SpaceX, which is approximately 1 mile in length and has 6 feet outer diameter. The idea is to eliminate air resistance and contact friction to increase the speed of travel up to over 700 km per hour.
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