20032018-TTC-01.qxd 3/20/2018 1:18 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, march 20, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 77 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Lalu guilty in 4th fodder case; Mishra acquitted /thetribunechd Standing tall AP/PTI Rao: Will offer something Cong, BJP unable to execute Another conviction for RJD supremo; to challenge verdict Our Correspondent Ranchi, March 19 A CBI court in Ranchi on Monday convicted former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, along with 18 others, in the fourth fodder scam case, while it acquitted another former Bihar CM, Jagannath Mishra, and 12 others. The quantum of punishment is likely to be pronounced later this week. The court of special CBI judge Shiv Pal Singh held Lalu, 69, along with 18 others guilty of fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from Dumka treasury (now in Jharkhand) during 1990s. This is Lalu’s fourth consecutive conviction in the multi-crore fodder scam, while the verdict in two Lalu Prasad Yadav leaves the special CBI court on Monday. PTI related cases is awaited. He was first convicted in 2013 and sent to jail. On December 23, 2017, Lalu was convicted yet again and sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail in the second case, even as Mishra was acquitted. Lalu is presently lodged in the Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi. The RJD supremo was later convicted in the third case. RJD vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said: “The verdict against Lalu would be challenged in the higher court. We would certainly get justice.” Leader of Opposition in the Assembly and Lalu’s younger son Tejaswi Prasad Yadav said: “It is a BJP-RSS conspiracy to implicate my family. We would take the legal battle further.” Lalu had been admitted to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences after he fell in jail on Saturday. Mamata, KCR discuss new ‘federal poll front’ Shubhadeep Choudhury Tribune News Service A peacekeeper from India, one of 41 contingents that make up the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), stands at attention during a ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of its peacekeeping presence in southern Lebanon on Monday. Kolkata, March 19 The possibility of cobbling up a joint front of like-minded parties minus the Congress to challenge the ruling BJP-led alliance in next year’s General Election was on Monday discussed at a meeting held here between Telengana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee. The two had a meeting that lasted for around two hours. Later, talking to mediapersons, Rao said the meeting signified the “beginning” of a “non-Congress, non-BJP front”. Rao claimed the front would offer something to people that neither the Congress nor the BJP had been able to despite having long West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee with Telangana CM Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao address the media in Kolkata on Monday. PTI stints in the government. He claimed the agenda of the front would be quite different from what was being known to people all these years. “It is not going to be a mere political front of some parties. It is going to be federal front of the people of India. We ful- ly understand that there is a great deal of need in this country for a qualitative change. We need to liberate the country like the East Asian Tigers, like China, like so many other economic models,” Rao said. continued on page 7 Geelani quits, Sehrai to Kejri covers more ‘sorry’ Will not take back post of Karnataka for religious head Tehreek-e-Hurriyat ground: Sibal Jr, Gadkari AAP Punjab chief: Mann minority tag to Lingayat Azhar Qadri Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Geelani’s close associate for Srinagar, March 19 the past several decades, was Separatist leader Syed Ali named the interim chairman Geelani on Monday resigned of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat till the as the chairman of organisation’s elecTehreek-e-Hurriyat, tions later this year. the party he foundThe nomination ed over a decade was made by the ago, following fisorganisation’s decisures with his parsion-making body, ent organisation Majlis-e-Shura. Jamaat-e-Islami. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Geelani stepped Syed Ali Geelani is one of the several down as the chairconstituents of Hurman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat riyat Conference and was after heading it ever since its founded by Geelani a year after creation in 2004. However, he splitting the united Hurriyat would continue to be the chair- Conference and immediately man of a powerful faction of following fissures between the separatist amalgam, All Geelani and parent organisaParties Hurriyat Conference. tion Jamaat-e-Islami. Ananya Panda Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Aarushi: SC notice to 30% relief likely for Talwars on acquittal lower court judges Canara Bank ex-CMD, firm chargesheeted New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday admitted an appeal against the acquittal of dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the 2008 twin murder case of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj. The plea was filed by Khumkala Banjade, the wife of Hemraj. A Bench issued notice to the Talwars, who were acquitted by the Allahabad High Court in October last year. Banjade filed an appeal in December against the acquittal. Later, the CBI also filed an appeal against their acquittal. In May 2008, 14-year-old Aarushi was found dead with her throat slit. PTI New Delhi: The CBI has filed a chargesheet against a former CMD, two ex-executive directors, an ex-DGM, an ex-CGM and an AGM of Canara Bank; Delhi-based Occasion Silver Private Limited and its two directors on allegations of cheating Canara Bank to the tune of Rs.68.38 crore. The CBI had registered a case on January 27 against the firm, its directors, unknown public servants and private persons. Those chargesheeted include former CMD RK Dubey; executive directors Ashok Gupta and VS Krishnakumar; exCGM T Shrikanthan and exDGM Mukesh Mahajan. TNS New Delhi: A panel set up to recommend a hike in the salaries of lower court judges has proposed 30 per cent interim relief for judicial officers. The National Judicial Pay Commission, which submitted its interim report to the Supreme Court last week, has recommended 30 per cent interim relief to the lower court judges, on the existing basic pay, from January 1, 2016. Judicial officers working in the Delhi State Judicial Services would not be entitled to the proposed relief as they were already drawing salaries as per scales recommended by the 7th Pay Commission. PTI that his statements were “unfounded”, while seeking a New Delhi, March 19 closure of the court proceedDisplaying “pragmatic poli- ings against him. A joint applitics”, Delhi Chief Minister cation was moved by both Arvind Kejriwal, today in a Delhi who is currently court for the closure faced with over 30 of the suit filed by criminal defamation Gadkari. Later in the cases in various day, Sibal and AAP courts of the country, leaders moved a has expressed regret similar application. to Union Minister Deputy CM ManNitin Gadkari and Arvind Kejriwal ish Sisodia defended Congress leader the apologies, saying Kapil Sibal’s son Amit Sibal they do not intend to indulge over his “defamatory” state- in an unnecessary “ego fight” ments against them. and spend time meant for The apologies follow the serving people in legal battles. one tendered to Akali leader Kejriwal’s move reflects his Bikram Majithia. strategy to conserve energy Kejriwal wrote to Gadkari and resources ahead of polls. Punjab ministers to pay their income tax from this month Legislators spared for now in cash-strapped state Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 19 Faced with a severe financial crunch, the Punjab Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, on Monday cleared decks for state Cabinet members to pay their income tax, beginning March this year. While the Leader of Opposition, who enjoys Cabinet rank, will also come under the ambit of the new provision, other MLAs have been spared, for now. Punjab is the only state in the country to follow the system of the government paying taxes for all ministers and MLAs. The state pays Rs 11.08 crore on account of their income tax. While around Rs 10.72 crore goes towards payment of MLAs’ income tax, the remaining amount is for the ministers. The draft amendment Bills for relevant changes to The East Punjab Ministers’ Salaries Act-1947 and The Salaries and Allowances of Deputy Ministers Punjab Act-1956 will be tabled in the Budget Session of the Vidhan Sabha, which commences on Tuesday. The Cabinet decided to omit Section 2-C of The East Punjab Ministers’ Salaries Act-1947 and Section 7-A of The Salaries and Allowances of Deputy Ministers Punjab Act-1956 to facilitate the change. At present, payment of income tax of the CM, Cabinet and state ministers and deputy ministers is made from the state exchequer. state party president over Kejriwal’s apology, said he Chandigarh, March 19 would not withdraw his resigA day after party chief nation or work on any other Arvind Kejriwal sought to post. He told The Tribune: “I reach out to Punjab am deeply hurt and leaders over his still in shock. I can’t apology to former believe Kejriwalji Akali minister did not deem it fit to Bikram Majithia, consult me or other Sangrur MP Bhagleaders before takwant Mann refused ing such an extreme to resume the post step. There cannot of state party presi- Bhagwant Mann be reconciliation on dent. Leader of the issue of drugs Opposition Sukhpal Khaira, and the alleged involvement meanwhile, supported the of politicians. I will rather call for unity, but maintained choose to work as a member that he and other senior lead- of the party than run after ers were not consulted on any post.” Mann said he had important issues. the support of people even continued on page 7 Mann, who resigned as BJP slams ‘divisive move’ ahead of polls Bengaluru, March 19 In a decision fraught with political implications in pollbound Karnataka, the state Cabinet today decided to recommend to the Centre grant of religious minority tag for the numerically strong Lingayat and Veerashaiva Lingayat community. The meeting considered the recommendations of the Karnataka State Minority Commission amid reports of division among ministers and discordant notes from seers of the community. Lingayats/Veerashaivas, estimated to form 17 per cent of the state population, are considered the BJP’s traditional voter base. The move is seen as an attempt by CM Siddaramaiah to wean away a section towards the Congress. Law Minister TB Jayachandra said the commission, based on the report of an expert committee, has recommended grant of recognition as a religious minority to the Linagayat and Veerashaiva Lingayats (Believers of Basava Tatva (philosophy). Opposition BJP leader in the Assembly Jagadish Shettar said the government was dividing the society for the sake of politics, and accused it of “igniting fire”. — PTI
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