09012018-TTC-01.qxd 1/9/2018 1:16 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, january 9, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 9 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd SC to revisit 377 that criminalises gay sex CAT result out, two women in top 20 New Delhi: Two women and three non-engineers are among the 20 candidates who have scored 100 percentile in the Common Admission Test (CAT), 2017. Last year, all 20 candidates scoring 100 percentile were engineers and boys. The results for CAT, an all-India entrance exam for entry into top B schools, including IIMs, were announced on Monday. A total of 1,99,632 candidates appeared for the exam held on November 26. PTI Social morality changes with time, says CJI Dipak Misra Satya Prakash Tribune News Service AAP makes debut in RS with three MPs New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday made its debut in the Rajya Sabha when its candidates Sanjay Singh, Sushil Gupta and ND Gupta were elected unopposed from Delhi. They received their “Certificate of Election” from the returning officer. With this, the fiveyear-old political party has strengthened its position in Parliament as it now has seven MPs (four in the Lok Sabha and three in the Rajya Sabha). AGENCIES Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra confers the first Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Award for Probity in Politics and Public Life on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Jammu on Monday. The award has been instituted by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party to commemorate the death anniversary of the two-time CM, who died on January 7, 2016. PTI PAGE 10 WE’RE NOT HERE TO ‘ONLY ENJOY FRUITS’, NITISH KUMAR TELLS PARTY WORKERS Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Monday offered a piece of advice to politicians, some of whom think they are there to “only enjoy fruits”. Addressing party workers in Jammu, Kumar said “the public has given us an opportunity to serve them and we need to use it to work for their betterment”. Without identifying anyone, he said it was unfortunate that an atmosphere has developed where politicians and those in the government forget to serve people. PTI New Delhi, January 8 Noting that social morality changes with the passage of time, the Supreme Court today referred to a larger Bench a petition challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises gay sex in the country. “A section of people or individuals who exercise their choice should never remain in a state of fear. When we say so, we may not be understood to have stated that there should not be fear of law because fear of law builds civilised society. But that law must have the acceptability of the constitutional parameters. That is the litmus test,” said a three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Sending it to a larger Bench, the court said the decision in Suresh Kumar Kaushal’s case (2013) that reversed Delhi High Court’s verdict to de-criminalise gay sex required reconsideration. Regarding another petition on the issue pending before another larger Bench, the CJI said that was a curative petition that stood on a different footing. It directed that a copy of the petition be served on the Union of India to enable it to be represented in the matter. The order came on a petition filed by Navtej Singh Johar and four other eminent gay persons who have challenged the validity of the British-era law as affected persons. Now it’s for the CJI to take a decision on the administrative side to set up an appropriate Bench. “Social morality also changes from age to age. The law copes with life and accordingly change takes place. The morality that public perceives, the Constitution may not conceive of. The individual autonomy and also individual orientation cannot be atrophied unless the restriction is regarded as reasonable to yield to the morality of the Constitution,” it noted. “What is natural to one may not be natural to the other, but the said natural orientation and choice cannot be allowed to cross the boundaries of law and as the confines of law cannot tamper or curtail the inherent right embedded in an individual under Article 21 (right to life and liberty) of the Constitution,” it said in its order. Senior counsel Arvind Datar told the Bench on behalf of the petitioners that he did not intend to challenge that part of Section 377 that related to carnal intercourse with animals and would confine his arguments to consenting acts between two adults. continued on page 7 Allow scribes’ freedom PIL in HC seeks probe Delhi Police inquiry VVIP chopper: Italian of expression, says SC into Aadhaar data leak on, ‘track down’ three court acquits ex-bosses New Delhi, January 8 Maintaining that journalists should be allowed to exercise freedom of expression, the Supreme Court on Monday said a particular piece of wrong reporting should not be held against them forever. “You must allow freedom of expression… There may be some kind of wrong reporting… But don’t hold on to it forever,” a three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said, dismissing a special leave petition filed by a Bihar politi- cian’s daughter to revive a criminal defamation case against senior journalists Rajdeep Sardesai, Raghav Bahl and others. Rahmat Fatima Amanullah — daughter of former Bihar Minister Parveen Amanullah — had challenged the Patna High Court’s order quashing criminal defamation proceedings for allegedly defaming her by telecasting reports on a Hindi news channel in 2011 regarding her alleged involvement in a land allotment scam in the state. — TNS Jalandhar, January 8 Ranjan Lakhanpal, human rights activist and chairman, World Human Rights Protection Council, today filed a public interest litigation in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking an independent probe into the Aadhaar data leak reported by The Tribune. He also demanded action against officials responsible for the lapse. Lakhanpal alleged the government was trying to muzzle the press. “We have demanded that the FIR lodged with Former PTU V-C arrested Rajneesh Arora accused of irregularities, admn lapses Sanjeev Singh Bariana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 8 The Vigilance Bureau today arrested the former ViceChancellor of IK Gujral Punjab Technical University, Dr Rajneesh Arora, for his alleged involvement in financial irregularities, questionable appointments and administrative lapses during his tenure under the previous SAD-BJP government. A special VB court in Kapurthala placed him in vigilance custody for four days. The bureau has booked Dr Arora and others under Sections 409 and 120B of the IPC and Section 13(1)(d) read with Section 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The case was based on the findings of an inquiry report by former IAS officer SS Dhillon. Nineteen complaints formed basis of the probe. Rajneesh Arora Timeline May 2017: PTU Officiating V-C KS Pannu orders a probe into “complaints of irregularities in varsity during SAD-BJP regime” July: Former IAS officer SS Dhillon submits his reports holding former V-C Rajneesh Arora guilty of irregularities in appointments and financial bungling September: Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi writes to Chief Minister recommending an FIR December: CMO writes to VB Director BK Uppal to probe Jan 8, 2018: Prof Arora held In the line of fire are nine other persons whom the former V-C allegedly favoured in appointment and giving work. None of them has been arrested so far. In September last year, Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi forwarded the report to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. In December, the CMO asked the VB to initiate action. The investigation showed that Dr Arora, believed to have RSS links, appointed six coordinators and facilitators without any advertisement. Questionable payments worth Rs 2.73 crore and Rs 6.54 crore were made during 2012-13 and 2013-14. The bureau report pointed out that appointments of Adviser (Deputation) Dr Nachatter Singh and Director (Contract) Dr RP Bhardwaj were made without any advertisement. continued on page 7 Put on hold National ‘No need’ for Mahatma Anthem order: Govt assassination re-probe Satya Prakash TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JANUARY 8 Playing the National Anthem in cinema halls may soon be done away with as the Centre on Monday requested the Supreme Court to put on hold its 2016 order that made it mandatory. In a reversal of stand, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) told the top court in an affidavit that it has set up an inter-ministerial panel to frame new guidelines on playing of the National Anthem in six months. continued on page 7 The Supreme Court was on Monday told there was no need to re-investigate Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination as the conspiracy behind the murder and identity of assailant Nathuram Vinayak Godse have already been duly established. Senior advocate Amarendra Sharan, who was appointed as an amicus curiae to assist in the matter, has filed a report in the apex court and has said that claims regarding existence of a British special intelligence unit by the name of ‘Force 136’ and its alleged role in the assassination were not substantiated. PTI NEW DELHI: the cyber cell of Delhi Police be withdrawn and those responsible for the data leak brought to book.” Meanwhile, Himanshu Pathak, PPCC vice-president, has lodged a police complaint against AB Pandey, CEO, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). He has demanded that a case be filedfor “failing to protect personal details”. Police Commissioner Praveen Sinha said legal opinion would be sought before initiating a probe. — TNS More on back page New Delhi January 8 The Delhi Police today launched a probe into the Aadhaar data access case slapped on The Tribune, its reporter and “unknown” persons by forming a team under ACP Sandeep Lamba which, it said, had already tracked down three persons named in the newspaper report. The team plans to arrest them for unauthorised access. Joint Commissioner Alok Kumar said the police were viewing the role of reporter Rachna Khaira in a “positive” manner and would ask her to join the investigation. “We want her to become a witness as she has the complete facts. We are also in the process of quizzing the person who created the log-in ID that provided access to the database,” he said. The cyber crime cell had filed an FIR on a complaint by an officer of the UIDAI following The Tribune expose. The police officer said the probe team had sought certain details from the UIDAI, but the information continued on page 7 Milan, January 8 An Italian court today acquitted Giuseppe Orsi, the former president of defence and aerospace giant Finmeccanica, of charges related to alleged bribes paid in exchange for a Rs 3,600-crore VVIP chopper deal to sell 12 AugustaWestland helicopters to India. Orsi was arrested in 2014 and resigned as chief executive of the aerospace group which was later renamed as Leonardo. Orsi was at the helm of AugustaWestland when the deal was struck and he is sus- pected of involvement in the payment of bribes. He had been sentenced to four-and-ahalf years in jail for false accounting and corruption. Bruno Spagnolini, former CEO of the company’s helicopters subsidiary AgustaWestland, who had also been handed a four-year jail term on the same charges, was also cleared, Italian news agency ANSA reported. The case against Orsi and Spagnolini resulted from an investigation launched in 2012 into the sale of 12 luxury helicopters to India. — PTI
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