13042018-TTC-01.qxd 13-04-2018 01:24 Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday,april 13, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 101 | 32 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd stay, film on Committedtodefendingborders:PM NoSCNanak hits Takht banishes Guru filmmaker Sikka, DefExpo 2018 Policy paralysis a thing of the past, decision on fighter jets soon Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service Chennai, April 12 Even as India ramps up its defence manufacturing capability and spends close to 12 per cent of its Annual Budget on the military, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said “our commitment to peace is as strong as the commitment to protect our people and territory”. Inaugurating Defence Expo 2018 here, the PM listed his government’s efforts in making the country a hub of defence-manufacturing and bolstering the armed forces. Invoking Kautilya, who wrote ‘Arthashastra’ more than 2000 years ago, he said “the king or the ruler must protect his people, however, peace is preferable to war. “India’s defence preparedness is guided by these thoughts. Our commitment to peace is as strong as to protect our people and territory. For this we are ready to take all steps to equip our armed forces.” India had never coveted the territory of another nation, he stressed. The comments are signifi- Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the inauguration of 10th edition of ‘India’s Mega Defence Exhibition - ‘DefExpo 2018’ on the outskirts of Chennai on Thursday. PTI cant as they come amid increasing Chinese activities along the nearly 4,000-kmlong border with India, as well as Beijing’s efforts to expand its influence in the Indo-Pacific region. “We have never desired anyone’s territory... rather than winning countries through wars, India has believed in winning hearts,” he said. With global military aviation companies lining up for the USD 15-billion project to make fighter jets in India, the PM said India would not ‘take a decade’ to decide on the project, an obvious dig at the earlier UPA government. The assurance comes within a week of a new tender to get 110 fighter jets for the IAF . Foreign industry has been skeptical that the fresh tender could be a re-run of the scrapped tender to buy 126 fighter jets. The process started in 2004 was scrapped in 2015 after years of trials, dis- cussion and cost negotiation. “Issues (military ones) which should have been long addressed are being resolved now. We have not only taken bold action to meet immediate requirement (purchase of 36 Rafale jets), we have started a new process for 110 jets. We will not spend 10 years without any tangible outcomes.” As per the tender floated by the IAF deliveries are expect, ed to commence within three years of signing the contract. Signing the contract, if all goes well, could take about two years from now. In another dig at the UPA, the PM said the “policy paralysis” that had set in the defence sector was a thing of the past and “it shall not happen again.” Addressing concerns of the industry, Modi emphasised: “Our goal is not merely to tinker but to transform. We want to move fast, but with no shortcuts... I am aware we need to do a lot more, we are committed to do so” even as he promised extensive consultation with all stakeholders — Indian and foreign companies. more on back page CAUVERY PROTESTS GREET PM MODI IN CHENNAI ■ A slew of black flag protests and release of black balloons across Tamil Nadu over the Cauvery issue marked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s one-day visit on Thursday. ■ Be it black flag , balloon with slogan saying “Go Back Modi or the hashtag #GoBackModi on Twitter, they highlighted the mood of protesters of various parties, including the DMK. ■ Besides Chennai, black flags were also hoisted atop the residences of several farmers and DMK workers in other parts of the state, including Coimbatore, Madurai. << Policemen detain demonstrators holding placards and raising slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, near Tamil Nadu Governor’s residence in Chennai. AFP the screen today calls for boycott New Delhi, April 12 The Supreme Court on Thursday turned down Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee’s (SGPC) plea twice against nationwide release of “Nanak Shah Fakir” and posted its petition against the film for hearing on Monday. The controversial film — based on the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev — is slated for release on Friday, but will not be screened in Punjab. The SGPC petition seeking vacation of the court’s order clearing the decks for its release was first mentioned before a Bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra in the morning by advocate Satinder Singh Gulati. The Bench, which had on Tuesday criticised the SGPC for attempting to impose restrictions on the film, said a film certified by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) did not require SGPC’s approval for release. “Once the CBFC gives clearance to a film, no one can object to its release without taking recourse to lawful means,” it noted. The matter was again mentioned before the CJI’s Bench at 2 pm by senior advocate PS Patwalia who requested the court to advance the hearing from Monday to Friday. “Nothing would be left on Monday... Please hear it on Friday,” Patwalia said. However, the Bench didn’t agree to his request. Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court on Thursday also refused to stay the film’s release saying the petition by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee was motivated after the SC refused to grant any relief. — TNS & PTI Punjab seeks Sidhu’s conviction Road Rage: State counsel defends HC awarding him 3-yr jail Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 12 The Punjab Government on Thursday sought the conviction of its Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu in the 1988 road rage case in which a man had died, allegedly after being beaten up by the cricketerturned-politician and his friend Rupinder Singh Sandhu. “The trial court’s verdict was unreasonable and was rightly reversed by the (Punjab and Haryana) High Court which convicted the accused,” Punjab Government’s counsel Sangram Won’t let law be impeded: CM HCslamsUPGovtfordelay inarrest Kathua case Jammu Bar chief claims charge-sheet lopsided Jammu, April 12 Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said her government would not allow law to be obstructed and that justice would be delivered in the Kathua rape and murder case even as Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (JHCBA) president BS Slathia termed the charge-sheet filed by the Crime Branch as lopsided and full of discrepancies. “The law will not be obstructed by the irresponsible actions & statements of a group of people. Proper procedures are being followed, investigations are on the fast track & justice will be delivered,” the CM tweeted. The rape and murder of the nomadic Bakerwal community girl has created sharp divisions on communal lines with lawyers in Jammu demanding the case be handed over to the CBI. THE TRIBUNE GUIDE TO BEST COLLEGES Selecting the right college and course after Class XII is, undoubtedly, the most important decision in a student’s life. Matching marks, ambition and career goals is a tight rope walk that is made all the more tricky due to the vast number of colleges and courses on offer. The 16-page Education Special The Tribune Guide to Best Colleges lists some of the top institutes in the region and the courses offered therein. SIKH PROSECUTORS S Bhopinder Singh, Chief Prosecuting Officer, Crime Branch, Jammu, and Harinder Singh, Chief Prosecuting Officer, Samba, will assist in the sensitive Kathua rape and murder case, Law Dept Secy Abdul Majid Bhat said in an order issued here on Thursday. PTI PAGE 10 Kathua lawyers on Monday had tried to prevent the Crime Branch from filing a charge-sheet in the case that claims the eight-year-old girl from Rasana in Kathua was given sedatives inside a prayer hall, raped thrice and killed in her native village. Meanwhile, former CM Omar Abdullah criticised Mehbooba for not initiating action against two BJP minis- ters who had attended a rally organised by the Hindu Ekta Manch (HEM) — a local group spearheading the agitation for a CBI probe in the case. “What rubbish! They are HER ministers, not the Hon(ourable) PM s. The way for her to express her displeasure is to sack them in Jammu, not come & leak her alleged displeasure in Delhi,” Omar wrote on his twitter handle. He was referring to tweets by a journalist with a TV channel, saying the CM had expressed displeasure over the BJP ministers’ action. The tweet was later deleted. Omar also targeted the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (JHCBA) president BS Slathia for “threatening” Kashmirbased leaders. The latter, talking to the media here, had accused ‘Kashmir-centric groups’ of “demonising” their stir.”— TNS Unnao rape Police hand over case to CBI for ‘transparency’ Shahira Naim Tribune News Service Lucknow, April 12 Amid mounting outrage over the alleged gangrape of a minor girl in Unnao, the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday rebuked the UP Government for the delay in the arrest of accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar despite an FIR against him, warning it may be forced to observe that “law and order has collapsed in the state”. A Division Bench of Chief Justice Bhonsle and Justice Sunil Kumar, after hearing the arguments, reserved the judgment till 2 pm on Friday. In a severe indictment of the Yogi government, Chief Justice Bhonsle observed that the rape survivor ran from pillar to post in search of justice for six months and that the “Unnao police woke up from its slumber only after the death of her father.” COPS REBUKED Police are not ready to register FIR of a minor rape victim. In spite of the SIT report, you are repeating that you can take any action only after further investigation. If this is the conduct of the police in the state, who will a victim approach to register a complaint. ❝ — Allahabad High Court Advocate General Raghvendra Singh argued the state government would take legal action against the MLA only when it had sufficient evidence against him on record. The court asked if the government collected “sufficient” evidence before taking action in other cases as well. Addressing a press conference earlier in the day, Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar and DGP OP Singh announced that the Unnao gangrape and the custodial death of her father was being handed over to the CBI. They made it clear the arrest of MLA Sengar was now CBI’s prerogative. The Principal Secretary said that it was on the basis of three reports submitted to the state government on Wednesday that the FIR against the MLA had been lodged and the decision to hand over the case to the CBI was taken to ensure a “transparent investigation.” An FIR was filed against the MLA and his associate Shashi Singh at the Makhi police station in Unnao on late Wednesday night under Sections 363 (kidnapping), 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act), 2012. more on page 7 No ticket, Mahavir misses Babita’s Commonwealth bout Rohit Mahajan Tribune News Service Gold Coast, April 12 When Babita Phogat fought for gold in the afternoon, her father sat outside the venue, unable to watch his daughter fight for the medal. Mahavir Phogat has lots of fans in India, because it was he who created the legend of the Phogat sisters. But the legend has no fans in the Indian wrestling officialdom. Babita says she tried her best to get tickets for her father from IOA. Did she ask the chef-de-mission of India, Vikram Sisodia? “Yes, I asked everyone!” cried Babita, feeling humiliated at the plight of her father, and deeply saddened by her defeat in the 53kg final. “My father had come here to see me wrestle, for the first time,” she said. “I am sad that he has been here since morning but could not get ticket to come in. An athlete is entitled to two tickets but we have not been given those. I tried my best but he had to sit outside. He could- n’t watch it here and he couldn’t watch it on TV also.” Babita said she was aware that two athletes (Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu) had their father/mother here as officials. “I know about them,” she said. “Yes, why such treatment to them? Why not all of us. I think this is very wrong. IOA should not give preferen- Amritsar, April 12 The Akal Takht on Thursday issued an edict to excommunicate Harinder Singh Sikka, the maker of “Nanak Shah Fakir”, from the Sikh panth. After deliberations with Sikh organisations, the Five High Priests directed Sikhs around the world to snap ties with the filmmaker. Any Sikh found “guilty” of sympathising with him would be dealt with sternly, the edict said. Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh pronounced the decision in Sikka’s absence. He appealed to the Sikh community to boycott the film and stage peaceful protests. The jathedar said members of the SGPC sub-committee that had endorsed the film in 2016 would be summoned to the Akal Takht. When Sikka had Harinder S Sikka approached the SGPC for clearance, it had formed a sub-committee headed by SGPC executive member Rajinder Singh Mehta. The other members included Bavinder Singh Jaura, Diljit Singh Bedi, Simarjit Singh and the then Chief Secretary Harcharan Singh. Calling Sikka “stubborn”, the jathedar said despite protests, the filmmaker was adamant on releasing the film by taking the legal route. Meanwhile, the jathedar sought to clear the air surrounding a 2015 “congratulatory” letter by the Takht addressed to Sikka. “It was misinterpreted in English, whereas the one issued in Punjabi never approved of the film,” he claimed. — TNS tial treatment to some athletes. This is wrong.” “Anyway, I’m not even asking for accreditation for my father – I only wanted a pass so that he could come in,” she said. Eventually, she was offered a pass by the Australian wrestling team, but by the time he got in, his daughter’s bouts were finished. Singh Saron told a Bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul. Saron took the Bench to the statements of witnesses who supported the prosecution case. “Two eyewitnesses have fully supported the prosecution case. Even the narration of the site plan of the scene of crime in their testimony is identical to the site plan prepared by police,” Saron said. He said the testimony of Investigating Officer SI Kaka Singh, too, clearly established the prosecution case and minor omissions could not be held in favour of the accused. Saron finished his arguments in 105 minutes. Sidhu and Sandhu were initially tried for murder but the trial court in 1999 acquitted Sidhu. The HC reversed the verdict and held him and co-accused Sandhu guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder for Gurnam Singh’s death. They were sentenced to three years in prison and fined Rs 1 lakh each. Sidhu was given bail in 2007 by the Supreme Court, which had also stayed his conviction to enable him contest the Lok Sabha bypoll from Amritsar. WRESTLERS JOIN PARTY FULL COVERAGE PAGE 14 GOLD SUSHIL KUMAR (74KG) Two-time Olympic medallist and defending champion Sushil Kumar claimed easy wins to bag his third successive Commonwealth Games wrestling gold GOLD RAHUL AWARE (57KG) Rahul Aware, 26, found his moment of glory after 10 years of struggle as he opened India’s gold account in wrestling at the Games by prevailing over his Canadian opponent SILVER BABITA PHOGAT (53KG) Defending champion Babita Phogat settled for silver, while debutant Kiran picked up bronze in 76kg category PODIUM TALLY INDIA (3rd) 14 07 10 31
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