06032018-TTC-01.qxd 3/6/2018 1:28 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, march 6, 2018 ! late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 63 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Major not named in FIR, SC stays probe for now Satya Prakash FIRING ON CIVILIANS Tribune News Service NewDelhi, March 5 In a dramatic turn of events, the Jammu and Kashmir Government on Monday told the Supreme Court that Major Aditya Kumar was not named in the FIR in connection with the Shopian firing on January 27 in which three civilians were killed. During hearing of a petition filed by Major Kumar’s father Lt Col Karamveer Singh seeking quashing of the FIR, senior counsel Shekhar Naphade told a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra that the column in the FIR meant for mentioning the names of “accused” was blank. Naphade’s statement came after the CJI sought to know the allegations against the officer. “He is an Army officer and not an ordinary criminal,” the Bench, also comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud, observed. The Bench, which had on February 12 stayed criminal proceedings against the Major, fixed April 24 to finally dispose of the matter. It said the investigation shall remain stayed till the next date of hearing. On behalf of the Centre, Attorney General KK Venugopal supported the petitioner and criticised the state for registering a criminal case against a serving Army officer without sanction from the Centre. Naphade opposed the stay on investigation, saying: “Nobody has the licence to kill… Let the probe continue. The court has already protected the officer by saying that no coercive steps shall be taken against the officer.” “Everyday soldiers are being killed. Mobs gather outside police stations to pelt stones. Do they have a licence?” the Attorney General countered. He quoted Section 7 of Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1990, under which no prosecution can be launched against a serving Army officer without prior permission from the Centre. However, Naphade said the Centre’s permission was not required to file an FIR and it would be required only at the time of filing of charge-sheet. Three civilians were killed on January 27 when the Army fired at a stone-pelting mob in Shopian village. POLITICS AT OSCARS ■ The 90th Oscars saw contemporary social issues taking centre stage ■ Fashion was used as a political statement. Attendees sported the signature ‘Time’s up’ black and white pin, symbolising the movement against sexual harassment in film industry ■ The #WearOrange pins and ribbons from gun control group Everytown also made their way to Hollywood’s biggest night ■ Oscar nominee Kumail Nanjiani, co-writer and star of ‘The Big Sick,’ and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o addressed one of the biggest political debates of the year: immigration Best actor Gary Oldman (R), best actress Frances McDormand (2L), best supporting actor Sam Rockwell (L) and best supporting actress Allison Janney pose with their Oscars during the 90th Annual Academy Awards. AFP MORE ON BACK PAGE PNBfraud:UproarinHouses, Oppn forces adjournments Budget session: TDP raises special status, ADMK Cauvery waters Tribune News Service Villagers mourn the death of civilians at Pinjoora village in south Kashmir’s Shopian district. PHOTO: AMIN WAR Shopian toll 6, Valley tense Anantnag/Srinagar, March 5 The situation in south Kashmir’s Shopian district remained tense with the police today recovering two more bodies, raising the death toll in the Sunday night shootout to six, four of them civilians. The bodies of three civilians, described by the Army as Over-Ground Workers (OGWs), and a militant were found soon after the 8 pm shootout in Pahnoo village. The civilians, all from Shopian district, were identified as Gowher Ahmad Lone, a fertiliser dealer from Moloo Dangerpora, Shahid Ahmad Khan, a first-year student from Malik Gund, Suhail SUNJUWAN PLOTTER SHOT The alleged mastermind of Sunjuwan attack, Mufti Waqas, was shot dead in Lethpora area of south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Monday. PAGE 10 Khalil Wagay, a Class XII student from Pinjoora, and Shahnawaz Ahmad Wagay, a labourer from Trenz village. The Lashkar militants were identified as Amir Ahmad Malik of Harmain village and Ashiq Hussain Bhat of Rakhpora in Shopian district. The Army claimed the militants travelling in two vehicles had sped away when signalled to stop, firing indiscriminately. “Our men Badals take over HP transport firms too LalitMohan Tribune News Service Dharamsala, March 5 Dominating the luxury road transport business in Punjab, the Badals now have a major share of the business in Himachal Pradesh too. The Indo-Canadian Transport Company, reportedly owned by the Badal family, has bought several small and medium transport companies in Himachal that ply Volvo buses to Delhi. Metro Eco Green Resorts Ltd has bought a number of transport firms, including Swagtam, Luxmi Holidays, Northern Travels, Leo Travels, Tanishq Travels and Apsara Travels. These companies ply four to 20 Volvo buses, mostly from Manali and Dharamsala to Delhi. SAD chief Sukhbir Badal and his wife and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal are shareholders in Metro Eco Green Resorts Ltd, as per their affidavits filed with the Election Commission. Joginder Pal Sharma, the previous owner of Swagtam Travels, confirmed that he had sold the company to Metro Eco Green Resorts Ltd. Asked if he was pressured, he said, “I was offered a good price. I am 70 years old and no one in my family wants to continue with the business.” Anand Aggarwal also said he had sold his company Luxmi Holidays Private Transport Company to the Badals and that there was “no pressure.” But sources claimed the owners of these companies had given an undertaking that they would not enter the business again. Pleading anonymity, some owners said since the pickup points of private transport companies in Delhi had too been bought, small firms would ultimately have to sell their business to big players. Minister for Transport Govind Singh Thakur could not be contacted for comment. on duty opened fire in selfdefence,” Col DS Negi told the media. He said a militant and three “individuals accompanying him” were later found dead. “Another militant and a civilian were found dead this morning at two different locations,” he said. The families of the slain civilians alleged they were killed in cold blood and that they had no links with militancy. Claiming there was a thin line between an “OGW and a civilian”, Commander Harbir Singh said, “They were definitely civilians and it’s a matter of investigation as to what extent they were involved in supporting the militants.” — TNS After BSP, RLD backs SP candidates Lucknow: A day after the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) extended support to the Samajwadi Party (SP) candidates for the Lok Sabha byelections to Phulpur and Gorakhpur seats, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) also announced support to the SP nominees on Monday. The Ajit Singh-led RLD said it would also support SP and BSP candidates in the soonto-be-held Legislative Council and Rajya Sabha polls. IANS PIL over polygamy, nikah-halala in SC New Delhi: Six months after the Supreme Court declared instant triple talaq unconstitutional, a BJP leader on Monday filed a PIL seeking to declare the Islamic practices of polygamy and nikah-halala followed by Muslims invalid. Petitioner Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay — an advocate and a Delhi BJP leader — contended that both practices violated fundamental rights guaranteed to Muslim women. PAGE 7 Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. New Delhi, March 5 The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha today witnessed sloganeering by members over the PNB scam and other issues, including NDA ally TDP demanding special package for Andhra Pradesh, forcing adjournment for the day after multiple disruptions. The two Houses had reassembled after recess to conduct the second half of the Budget session. Diamantaires Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, accused of duping the PNB of Rs 12,700 crore, have fled the country and the CBI is looking into the matter. The Lok Sabha witnessed uproarious scenes with Congress, TDP , TRS and AIADMK members trooping into the well of the House. Noisy protests disrupted Question Hour, prompting Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the House till noon. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad speaks in Rajya Sabha. DEBATE BANK SCAM FIRST, GOVT TOLD Opposition parties demanded a debate on PNB fraud in the Lok Sabha, telling the government that other matters could wait. At a meeting of the Lok Sabha’s business advisory committee, chaired by the Speaker, representatives of the Congress, TMC and BJD insisted that the debate be taken up at 12 noon for four hours. PTI As the House reassembled, Congress members trooped into the well again, even as TMC members sought to know about the whereabouts of ‘chhota Modi’. TDP members demanded a special package for Andhra, while TRS MPs sought higher reservation quota in Telangana. Amid Opposition protest, Mahajan said she had received the resignation letter of Neiphiu Rio from the Lok Sabha following the Nagaland Assembly election results. She then adjourned the House for the day. The Rajya Sabha too witnessed repeated adjournments in the morning session after Opposition parties cre- ated a ruckus over the PNB scam and constitution of the Cauvery Water Management Board. Sloganeering in the well of the House resulted in adjournment , first for 10 minutes and then till 2 pm. While the TMC wanted action against Nirav, the AIADMK and the DMK sought implementation of the court order on the constitution of Caurvey board. Despite assurance to members that discussions on issues raised by members would be allowed under appropriate rules, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the proceedings for 10 minutes and then till 2 pm when similar scenes were repeated as the House reassembled. An agitated Naidu asked: “Are you in Parliament or somewhere else?” He did persuade the members to return to their seats, but only for a short while. Edit: Act against scams Pollpanel not forbooth-wise votecount Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 5 With the Election Commission supporting the demand for replacing booth-wise counting with the totaliser system for non-disclosure of voting pattern, the Supreme Court today asked it to respond in two weeks to the apprehension expressed by the Centre that if the system was adopted, it could lead to outflow of data from electronic voting machines (EVMs). The direction came from a three-judge Bench headed CJI Dipak Misra. The commission said the demand for totaliser system made in the PIL had been a part of its electoral reforms agenda since 1998. The Centre told the Bench that most of the political parties were opposed to mixing EVMs before the counting of votes. The Bench asked the EC to give the Centre the relevant documents related to its recommendation on the issue to eliminate all information regarding the voting pattern at a particular polling booth.
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