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P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 16°C MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 14.4°C MIN 5.2°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 5.37 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7.20 AM SHOW-CAUSE NOTICE ON GRAFT CHARGE Mohali Mayor blames it on MLA, to move court All lit up TRIBUNE PHOTO: VIJAY MATHUR As you sow, so shall you reap, replies Sidhu Akash Ghai Tribune News Service Mohali, January 4 Mayor Kulwant Singh is going to knock the court’s doors against the show-cause notice served on him by Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu here today for his removal from councillorship. Sidhu not only served a show-cause notice on the Mayor but also placed two other MC officials, including XEN Naresh Batta and Deputy Controller (Finance and Accounts) Vinayak, under suspension under Section 8 of the Punjab Civil Services (Punishment & Appeal) Rules 1970. The minister also recommended suspension of former MC Commissioner Rajesh Dhiman, who is now additional chief administrator of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority. Besides, two other officials — ACE Mohinderpal and Surinder Goyal — have been chargesheeted. Corruption charges have been levelled against the Mayor and the other officials in the purchase of a France-made Reach Mower-cum-tree pruning machine worth Rs 1.79 crore for the town. It has been alleged that the machine was purchased at highly inflated prices whereas a similar machine was available in the country for Rs 28 lakh and at Rs 80 lakh abroad. Reacting sharply to the development, Kulwant Singh said it seemed to be repercussion of his tussle with his THE ISSUE The Mohali Municipal Corporation authorities had placed an order for the purchase of France-made Reach Mower-cum-tree pruning machine at a cost of ~1.79 crore on December 21 last year. Half of the total price, around ~90 lakh, was paid in advance to a Delhibased firm, Cosmic Healer Private Limited (which had got the order). As allegations of favouring the company were levelled, an inquiry was initiated at the head office of the Local Government in Chandigarh. The rest of the payment for the machine was yet to be made. ❝The corruption charges levelled against me and other officials were a bundle of lies and dirty politics. ❞ KULWANT SINGH, MOHALI MAYOR to pay for ❝You haveApparently, your deeds. favours were made in purchase of the machine. There is no politics in it. ❞ BALBIR SINGH SIDHU, MOHALI MLA friend-turned-foe Congress MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu. “The corruption charges levelled against me and other officials were a bundle of lies and dirty politics. Everybody in Punjab was familiar with my integrity. I will move court against the show-cause notice issued to me,” said Kulwant Singh, adding that the minister (Sidhu) might be honest but he should not consider other persons as corrupt. He added that the development has tarnished his image. The Mayor claimed that the resolution for the purchase of the machine was passed unanimously by the MC House in a meeting last year. “Proper procedure was adopted in the entire process of purchase of the machine. Now if you compare a very advanced machine with a ‘jugad’ machine, then I have no reply,” he said. When contacted, Rajesh Dhiman said he was only a signatory authority on the order made for the machine. “The House had already passed the resolution for the purchase of machine before I joined as MC Commissioner. A global tender was floated in this regard. No such advanced machine is available in India,” claimed Dhiman. ‘As you sow, so shall you reap’, was the comment of Mohali MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu on the development. “You have to pay for your deeds. Apparently, favours were made in purchase of the machine. There is no politics in it,” said the MLA. SEE ALSO PAGE 4 A man instals lights on a gurdwara on the eve of Parkash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh at Sector 8 in Chandigarh. Mayoral poll: A day after rebellion in BJP Not backing off, says Asha Jaswal ‘Onus on Jha for picking Moudgil’ Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 4 Unfazed by pressure from within the BJP and party affairs incharge Prabhat Jha claiming that rebel mayoral candidates will withdraw their nominations, the 14 councillors today claimed that they are not going to look back and will certainly emerge winners in the election on January 9. Outgoing Mayor Asha Jaswal, who filed her nomination as the candidate for the post of Mayor against her party’s official nominee Davesh Moudgil, said they were not going to Kharar man found dead in Japan Our Correspondent Kharar, January 4 Prithvi Chand (49), a resident of Badala Road in Kharar, was found dead under mysterious circumstances at a park in Tokyo (Japan) on December 29, the bereaved family was informed over the phone here today. Chand had been working at a hotel in Tokyo, which was run by a resident of Amritsar, for almost a decade. On December 8, he had returned to the Japan capital after a vacation with his family in India. According to the deceased’s brother-in-law Parshottam Sharma and son Akshay, Chand had been interacting regularly with the family over the phone till December 24. After that, he coult not be contacted on his mobile phone. Chand was a native of Ree village in Hamirpur district of HP where his mother Biasa Devi lives. On December 29, she got a call from Japan that her son had died. Shocked, family members immediately spoke to Chand’s employer in Tokyo on mobile phone but he did not respond properly. Alleging a foul play in the case, the deceased’s family has urged the Government of India to ask the Japan gov- Kin cry foul, seek probe Swaraj, HP CM urged to bring body to India PRITHVI CHAND ernment to conduct a highlevel inquiry into how Chand died and how his body reached the park. Sharma also met Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, HP CM Jai Ram Thakur and Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur with a request to take steps to bring the body to India. He said the Deputy Commissioner of Hamirpur has forwarded to the state government Chand’s wife Seema Devi’s application in which she expressed her inability to bear the expenditure of transporting the body from Japan to India. She has requested that she wanted to perform the last rites of her husband here. Chand is survived by his wife and two sons, aged 18 and 16 years. POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Sector 47-D, 22 MOHALI 9 am to 5 pm: Phase 6 c m y b withdraw nominations, come what may and would come out victorious 101 per cent. Sources said a total of 14 councillors yesterday told the party leadership in a signed letter that they were against Moudgil as the city Mayor. “It will be a smooth sailing for us as we need 14 votes to claim win in the mayoral election. Fourteen are already there and more are going to support us,” said a senior BJP leader, who is among the rebels. After Moudgil’s name was announced by Jha, only continued on page 5 SEE ALSO PAGE 3 Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 4 A day after a major rebellion in the BJP the party’s city , unit president Sanjay Tandon put the onus on the party affairs incharge Prabhat Jha for nominating Davesh Moudgil as their official nominee for the top post in the Municipal Corporation (MC) House. Yesterday, as many as 14 BJP councillors and Tandon walked out of the UT Guest House after it was informed that the central continued on page 5 85-year-old man shoots self to death Chandigarh, January 4 An 85-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his .12-bore licensed gun at his house in Sector 36 here this afternoon. The police said Sardara Singh, the deceased, had retired as a chief engineer from a department in Punjab. He had shot himself in the neck. Inspector Naseeb Singh, SHO, Sector 36 police station, said the victim’s wife Gurbax Kaur had gone to give clothes to a washerman near their house when the octogenarian shot himself. The victim’s wife returned home and found the door of his room bolted from inside. The door was broken and the victim rushed to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16 where doctors declared him brought dead. The police said the victim was upset over his ill health, which was suspected as the reason behind the alleged suicide. continued on page 5 SARDARA SINGH
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