16042018-TTC-01.qxd 16-04-2018 01:21 Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday,april 16, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 104 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Bar Council to probe lawyers’ ‘misconduct’ Haryana to give ~1.5 cr to CWG gold winners Chandigarh, April 15 Commonwealth Games (CWG) gold medal winners hailing from Haryana will get Rs 1.5 crore each, Sports Minister Anil Vij said on Sunday. He congratulated athletes from Haryana for winning 22 medals — nine gold, six silver and seven bronze. Every silver medallist will get Rs 75 lakh, while a bronze medal winner will get Rs 50 lakh. India’s new shooting sensations Anish Banwala (15) and Manu Bhaker (16) hail from Haryana. Every gold medal winner would be entitled to a Class A job in the Haryana Government, while a silver and bronze medallist will get Class B and C jobs, respectively, Vij added. — TNS KATHUA CASEBJP ministers’ resignations accepted Flagbearer MC Mary Kom leads the Indian contingent during the closing ceremony of Commonwealth Games, Australia, on Sunday. PTI PAGE 14 Prasad, CJI may talk out SC-govt differences Govt moves SC Pak army chief for review of order backs talks to on faculty quota resolve disputes VHP faces split, 6,000 Togadia supporters quit Mecca Masjid blast case verdict likely today New Delhi, April 15 Amid growing differences between the government and the judiciary over a host of issues, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is likely to meet Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra later this month. The elevation of Justice KM Joseph and senior SC lawyer Indu Malhotra to the top court and the controversy surrounding the alleged sexual harassment charge against a Karnataka district judge recommended for elevation to HC are some of the issues which may come up. As could the delay in finalising the Memorandum of Procedure, which guides transfer and elevation of HC and SC judges. PTI New Delhi, April 15 The Centre has moved the Supreme Court for a review of its judgment upholding an Allahabad High Court order to prepare a department-wise roster of teachers’ vacancies for SC and ST candidates. “We feel the roster of SC/ST teachers be prepared considering the entire institution as a unit, in line with an old mechanism, and not a department,” HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said. Following the order, the UGC on March 5 announced a new mechanism for implementing faculty reservations, which is likely to cut down the number of posts for SC and ST faculty. PTI Ahmedabad, April 15 The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is facing a virtual split with 6,000 workers backing estranged leader Pravin Togadia submitting their resignations on Sunday. His supporters suggested a parallel body, which was turned down by Togadia, who resigned after a 32-year-long association with the VHP . Togadia and his supporters will launch an indefinite fast in Ahmedabad beginning Tuesday to demand Ram Temple at Ayodhya, abolition of Article 370 and a common civil code. He alleged “sane voices” within the BJP and RSS were being “suppressed by one leader”. TNS Hyderabad, April 15 A special NIA court is expected to pronounce the judgment in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case on Monday. The blast on May 18, 2007, during Friday prayers had claimed nine lives and left 58 injured. Ten persons allegedly belonging to rightwing organisations were named as the accused and five were arrested. Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar are currently out on bail, while three others are lodged in jail. The case was transferred to the CBI, which filed a chargesheet. In 2011, the National Investigation Agency took over the case. PTI Islamabad, April 15 The peaceful resolution of India-Pakistan disputes, including the core issue of Kashmir, can be found through a comprehensive and meaningful dialogue, Pakistan army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has said. His remarks came during his speech at the passing-out parade of cadets at the Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul on Saturday. “While such a dialogue is no favour to any party, it remains the inevitable precursor to peace. Pakistan remains committed to such a dialogue, but only on the basis of sovereign equality, dignity and honour,” he said. PTI Spat over Sikh pilgrims, India protests Jatha denied consular access; Pak gives ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ twist New Delhi, April 15 In a fresh row with Pakistan, New Delhi on Sunday accused Islamabad of preventing a 2,100-strong Sikh jatha, currently in Pakistan for Baisakhi celebrations, from meeting Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and his team. “India has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over the block of access for visiting pilgrims to Indian diplomats and consular teams,” the MEA statement read, calling it an “inexplicable diplomatic discourtesy”. The MEA said it was a violation of standard practice of consular/protocol team being attached with visiting pilgrims to facilitate consular and protocol duties, such as helping out in medical or family emergencies. Protesting against the reported denial of access to the consular team at the Wagah railway station and Gurdwara Panja Sahib, the MEA added: “On April 14, the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, who was to visit Gurdwara Panja Sahib at the invitation of the ~1lakh SC fine for plea on settled soldier disability case Vijay Mohan Tribune News Service Sikh pilgrims march during Baisakhi festival at Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Hasan Abdal, Pakistan. AP/PTI chairman of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), was suddenly asked to return while en route to the shrine, for unspecified “security” reasons. Pakistan, however, termed the allegations as baseless and said it was “deeply regrettable” that facts had been “completely distorted and misrepresented”, while claiming that “strong resentment” had been noticed among segments of Sikhs protesting the release of “Nanak Shah Fakir” in India. “Considering an emotionally charged environment and the possibility of any untoward situation, the ETPB authorities contacted the Indian High Commission officials and suggested can- cellation of the visit. The Indian High Commission officials, after due deliberation, conveyed back to ETPB their agreement to call off the visit,” the statement read. Islamabad also argued that consular/protocol teams had no scheduled meeting with the pilgrims on April 14 but had visited Gurdwara Panja Sahib on Sunday. — TNS Chandigarh, April 15 Expressing displeasure over the Ministry of Defence (MoD) getting into unnecessary litigation, the Supreme Court has imposed a cost of Rs 1 lakh on the government for filing an appeal in the case of a disabled soldier when similar appeals had already been dismissed earlier. A former soldier, Naik Balbir Singh, who hails from Hoshiarpur district, had been granted relief by the Chandigarh Bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal in 2016. The MoD, however, challenged the order. “This is unnecessarily adding to the burden of the justice delivery systems for which the Union of India must take full responsibility,” a Division Bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta held recently. It also asked the government to deposit the costs with the SC Legal Services Committee within four weeks for utilisation in juvenile justice issues. continued on page 7 Srinagar/New Delhi, April 15 The Bar Council of India (BCI) on Sunday decided to probe the “misconduct” on part of lawyers in connection with the Kathua rape and murder case on a day Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti accepted the resignations of two BJP ministers who had participated in a rally in support of the accused. The resignations of Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, received from BJP state chief Sat Sharma, were immediately accepted and sent to Governor NN Vohra. The BCI decision came after its general body met in the backdrop of the apex court’s notice to it. The Supreme Court had taken suo motu cognisance of the strike call in connection with the gangrape and killing of an eight-year-old girl. BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said: “If any lawyer is found guilty, the Bar Council will go to the extent of cancelling the legal practice licence.” Mishra said a five-member team headed by former HC Chief Justice Tarun Agarwala and comprising two co-chairmen of the council, S Prabhakaran and RG Shah, advocate Razia Begum and independent A child expresses her angst during a silent protest against the recent rape cases in New Delhi on Sunday. MUKESH AGGARWAL lawyer Naresh Dixit would visit the state on April 20. The team would submit a report to the BCI, which would further submit it to the Supreme Court. “Since the case is fixed on April 19 and the team is going on April 20, we will seek two or three days’ adjournment.” The Bar counsel, meanwhile, has asked the Jammu and Kathua Bar associations to call off their strike. The victim had disappeared from near her home in a village near Kathua on January 10. Her body was found a week later. The J&K Police Crime Branch filed a chargesheet against seven persons and another against a juvenile earlier this week. It revealed chilling details about how the girl was allegedly kidnapped, drugged and raped inside a place of worship before being killed. The trial against the eight accused is to begin on Monday. The Kathua Chief Judicial Magistrate will be sending one chargesheet, in which seven have been named, to the sessions court. He will, however, hold the trial for the juvenile as it is a designated court. The trial is expected to go on smoothly after the Jammu and Kathua Bar associations got a rap on the knuckles by the SC, which took strong note of some lawyers obstructing the judicial process in the case. — TNS/PTI more on Pages 7,10,16
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