14012018-TTC-01.qxd 1/14/2018 1:09 AM Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 2 no. 14 | sunday, january 14, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 30 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Take up issues raised in Full Court: SC Bar 5-kg IED detected, defused Requests all PILs be heard by CJI or top 4 judges BCI: Politicising matter will be bad for democracy Satya Prakash NO OUTSIDE INTERVENTION NEEDED Tribune News Service An improvised explosive device (IED) weighing 5 kg was detected by a road opening party on outskirts of Srinagar along the Baramulla highway on Saturday. A dog squad was pressed into service and traffic halted. The IED was defused by a bomb disposal squad. Only last week, four police personnel, including an officer, were killed in a powerful IED explosion in north Kashmir’s Sopore town. PTI Y another soldier dies in LoC firing et Jammu, January 13 A soldier, Lance Naik Yogesh Muralidhar Bhadane, was killed in unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan troops today. A public relations officer from the 16 Corps said the Pakistan army opened fire on Indian posts in the Sunderbani sector around 2.30 pm. “The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively. However, in the exchange of fire, Lance Naik Bhadane (28) was grievously injured and succumbed to his injuries.” Bhadane belonged to Khalane village in Dhule district of Lance Naik Yogesh Muralidhar Bhadane Maharashtra. He is survived by his wife Punam Yogesh. Paying tributes, the PRO said Lance Naik Bhadane was a “brave and sincere soldier and the nation would remain indebted to him for his supreme sacrifice”. Bhadane is the first soldier to be killed at the Line of Control this year. The incident comes just days after a BSF head constable was killed after Pakistani forces “sniped” from across the International Border in Samba district. In retaliation, the BSF destroyed two Pakistani mortar positions and foiled an infiltration bid, gunning down an intruder near the Nikowal border outpost in Arnia sector. On December 31 last year, sepoy Jagsir Singh (32) was shot dead by Pakistani troops from across the border along the LoC in Rajouri district. The year 2017 saw the highest number of ceasefire violations in the past decade, resulting in the death of 35 persons, including 19 Army personnel and four BSF men. India shares a 3,323-km border with Pakistan. On December 23, a Major and three soldiers were killed along the LoC in Rajouri. In retaliatory action, Indian troops killed three Pakistani soldiers in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir two days later. — TNS & PTI Manali welcomes Aanchal Aanchal Thakur, the first Indian to win an international medal in skiing, gets a rousing reception on her return to hometown Manali on Saturday. The 21-year-old secured the bronze in Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup organised by the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) in Turkey. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MC THAKUR PAGE 6 Mumbai copter crash: 5 bodies found, one pilot from Panchkula Mumbai, January 13 A Pawan Hans helicopter with seven persons on board, including five ONGC officials and two pilots, crashed off the Mumbai coast minutes after it took off for the state-owned company’s oil installation in the Arabian Sea today. So far, five bodies have been recovered, the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation said. The helicopter with five ONGC officials, including three of the level of Deputy General Manager, crashed 15 minutes after the take-off at 10.20 am. Coast Guard officials said the chopper was 50 km off Mumbai’s coast when the mishap took place. Capt VC Katoch from Panchkula, an ex-Army Aviation Corps pilot, was one of the two pilots. The helicopter had three hours of fuel and had switched radio contact from the Juhu airfield to air traffic controller on board the ONGC oil rig a few minutes before it was lost. ONGC, Coast Guard and Navy pressed helicopters and speed boats into service as soon as news of the chopper going missing was received. A Directorate General of Civil Aviation official said the crash would be probed by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau. ONGC has key oil and gas fields off the Mumbai coast and Pawan Hans copters routinely ferry staff to the installations as far as 160 km from the coastline. — TNS & Agencies Entire school staff shifted for ‘harassing’ SC girl Sanjay Bumbroo Tribune News Service Tohra, January 13 The Punjab Education Department today transferred all 16 staff members of Government Senior Secondary School in Tohra village of Patiala for allegedly passing casteist remarks against a Scheduled Caste girl student. The action was taken by the Director, Education Department, Paramjit Singh, after Deputy Commissioner Kumar Amit recommended the transfer of the entire staff to “create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility”. Those transferred include Principal Jasjit Singh Bhatia, clerk Jasvir Singh and a chowkidar. Meanwhile, Narinder Kumar took charge of principal today. The victim, Veerpal Kaur, a student of Class XI, and the villagers, however, said they did not favour the move to transfer the entire staff. Veerpal said the department should have only shifted the teachers and the clerk who passed casteist remarks against her. Expressing similar views, the villagers demanded that the department revoke its notification as it would hamper the studies of students. A resident of Sahinwal village, Veerpal had accused some of her teachers and other staff members of passing casteist remarks, besides mistreating her. She had alleged that despite being the school topper, she was forced to sit on the back benches, and her name was not included in the merit list even as schoolteachers honoured other students. All of this, she alleged, was being done at the behest of some villagers after she refused to help a boy copy during the Class X examination last year. The boy is a relative of the school clerk. Veerpal had attempted suicide after being allegedly beaten up by students. Following the incident, the principal informed the police and the accused students and the clerk were arrested. Veerpal then claimed that she was told to take her complaint back and strike a deal with the staff if she wanted to pursue her studies. She alleged that the former SHO at Bhadson police station had pressured her to Today’s issue is of 30 pages, including eight-page Spectrum. strike a compromise with the boys accused of beating her up on the pretext that she would have to make endless rounds of courts in case she got a case registered. Forest Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot had ordered DC Kumar Amit to hold an inquiry into the matter after his visit to the school on January 11. Stressing that the Dalit strata of society was an integral part of Sikhism, the Akal Takht Jathedar had yesterday asked the government to take exemplary action against the guilty. New Delhi, January 13 A day after four senior judges of the Supreme Court virtually revolted against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra for allegedly allocating cases in an arbitrary manner, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) today requested that all issues raised by the judges be discussed in a Full Court (comprising all judges of the Supreme Court). The Bar Council of India (BCI), meanwhile, cautioned against politicising the matter. After a meeting of officebearers, BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said: “People have faith in the judiciary. Politicising the issue will have serious repercussions for democracy.” He said the BCI would on Sunday send a seven-member delegation to meet the Supreme Court judges to find a way out. To start with, it would meet judges other than the CJI and Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, MB Lokur and Kurian Joseph, who had publicly aired their grievances. “The issues raised by the four judges should be considered by the CJI and resolved,” Mishra said, while praising the government for keeping away from the controversy. In an unprecedented move, the apex court’s four seniormost judges — Justices Chelameswar, Gogoi, Lokur and Joseph — had on Friday assembled at Justice Chelameswar’s residence for a press conference. “The situation in the Supreme Court is not in order and many less was have ❝ An issueSuchraised. Those concerned in listened to it. actions would not occur future. So (I) believe that the issue has been settled... there is no need for outside intervention to solve the matter because it is a matter (that) occurred within an institution. Necessary steps would be taken by the institution itself to sort it out. Justice Kurian Joseph BACK PAGE ❝ There is no crisis. Justice Ranjan Gogoi, ON BEING ASKED ABOUT FRIDAY’S PRESS CONFERENCE than desirable things have taken place in the last few months,” they had said. The Supreme Court Bar Association, after an emergency meeting of its executive committee, requested that all issues raised by the four judges be discussed in a Full Court. Vikas Singh, SCBA president, said the executive unanimously resolved that all PILs, including those listed for January 15, be heard by the CJI or the top four judges. “The differences reported at the press conference by the four senior judges and other differences reflected in newspapers are of grave concern and should be immediately considered by the Full Court,” an SCBA resolution read. “It is also further unanimously resolved... that all PIL matters should be either taken up by the Chief Justice of India, or if he has to assign to any other Bench, it should be assigned to the judges in the Collegium. “Even the matters listed on January 15 should be transferred as per our request,” the resolution further read. A PIL filed by a Maharashtra journalist for an independent probe into the mysterious death in 2014 of judge BH Loya — who was dealing with the Sohrabudin Sheikh fake encounter case in which BJP chief Amit Shah was named — is also listed for hearing on January 15 before a Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra. Stressing that the dignity of the institution must be protected and preserved, Vikas Singh said: “We are sending a copy of our resolution to the CJI with a request to take quick action on it.” The executive committee of the Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association passed a resolution requesting all stakeholders to exercise restraint. Can a student enjoy Mathematics & still land in IIT? 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