19042018-TTC-01.qxd 19-04-2018 01:34 Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday,april 19, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 107 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Rohtak Apna Ghar horror: 9 convicted of sexual abuse Prez: Kathua case ‘barbaric’ RAVI KUMAR Tribune News Service panchkula, April 18 The CBI Special Court on Wednesday convicted nine of the 10 accused in the Apna Ghar sexual abuse case. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on April 24. Jaswanti Devi, who ran Apna Ghar, an NGO for destitutes and orphans at Rohtak, her daughter Sushma alias Simmi, son-in-law Jai Bhagwan, brother Jaswant Singh, driver Satish and his sister Sheela were tried for rape, immoral trafficking, grievous hurt, molestation, forced abortion and treating children with cruelty. All were held guilty. Veena, a counsellor with Apna Ghar, was convicted of causing miscarriage, unlawful labour, criminal intimidation and cruelty to children. Roshni was found guilty of taking away a child born to an Apna Ghar inmate and forging the birth certificate. Ram Prakash Saini, who worked in close liaison with Jaswanti, was convicted of making an inmate work at his house. Angrez Kaur Hooda, then Child Development Project Officer, Rohtak, who regularly inspected Apna Ghar, was let off by the court. Defence lawyers SPS Parmar and Abhishek Singh Rana said she was accused of beating up inmates, but the prosecution failed to submit proof. Jitendar Kumar represented ‘Shameful, eye-opener for society’ Tribune News Service Main accused Jaswanti Devi outside CBI court on Wednesday. ABOUT THE CASE TALES OF TORTURE ■ Jaswanti Devi ran project ■ There were 35 victims among the for destitutes, orphaned children and another one, Swadhar, for women from a house called Apna Ghar in Rohtak ■ Three inmates escaped on May 7, 2012, and reached Delhi where they spoke of “heinous activities” inside ■ National Commission for Protection of Child Rights team visited the home on May 9 and interviewed the inmates ■ Seven out of 10 persons who faced the trial were arrested on May 10; case was later handed over to the CBI ■ First chargesheet was filed on August 7, 2012, and supplementary on September 16, 2013, which named three more accused witnesses — five were allegedly raped and the others subjected to molestation and beatings ■ When one of them refused to part with her newborn, Jaswanti allegedly beat her up with a bamboo and inserted scissors in her private parts ■ A victim said she was hit on the face due to which she had several broken teeth. She said Jai Bhagwan raped her twice. ■ Another victim claimed she was taken to Chandigarh by Jaswanti and Satish where she was raped by a policeman, but she could not identify him ■ Another girl said she was molested by Jai Bhagwan and Satish; examination revealed injuries with a blunt weapon ■ Another inmate said Jaswanti burnt her body with a pair of hot tongs when she resisted molestation by Jai Bhagwan the CBI. “There were allegations that Sushma filmed inmates naked but evidence proved otherwise. Since Rosh- ni, Veena, Sushma, Sheela and Saini have not been taken into custody, they might get some relief,” defence counsel said. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and PM Narendra Modi visit the Francis Crick Institute in London on Wednesday. Earlier, the two held a bilateral meeting. REUTERS REPORT ON BACK PAGE Law panel for BCCI under RTI Loya case: SC verdict likely today New Delhi: Noting that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) falls under the definition of a public authority for its being “monopolistic” in regulation of cricket, the Law Commission on Wednesday suggested that the sporting body should be brought under the ambit of the Right to Information Act. The law panel, in its report to the government, said non-consideration of the role played by the cricket body in administering the game has resulted in the board “flying under the radar of public scrutiny”. PAGE 14 New Delhi: The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce its verdict on Thursday on pleas seeking an independent probe into the alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge BH Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case in which BJP chief Amit Shah was an accused. Loya died in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, when he had gone to attend a wedding. A Bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud had on March 16 reserved judgment on the pleas. PTI SC collegium asserts itself, resends name of Punjab-Haryana HC judge Tribune News Service KLF chief dies of ‘cardiac arrest’ in jail Tribune News Service Patiala, April 18 Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) chief Harminder Singh Mintoo died under mysterious circumstances at the Central Jail here on Wednesday. He was accused of having links with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and was facing trial in at least 15 cases of terror and other crimes. Jail officials claimed Mintoo, 50, suffered a cardiac arrest in his barrack. Since Mintoo was an undertrial, a judicial probe under a court-deputed magistrate would be conducted. continued on page 7 see also Page 2 New Delhi, April 18 Barely two days before the end of Justice Ramendra Jain’s term as an Additional Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Supreme Court collegium has asserted its authority, asking the government to appoint him as a Permanent Judge of the High Court. “It would only be appropri- ate that the proposal for appointment is processed most expeditiously keeping in view that the term of Justice Jain is going to expire on April 19,” said the threemember collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra in its recommendation dated April 17. Decisions regarding appointment of HC judges are taken by a collegium of top three judges led by the CJI. The other two judges who were part of the unanimous decision were Justices J Chelameswar and Ranjan Gogoi, who have been questioning the style of functioning of the CJI in allocation of cases to top court judges. The collegium's assertion assumes significance in view of the recent controversy surrounding the collegium’s recommendation continued on page 7 Jat stir cases’ withdrawal under HClens Chandigarh, April 18 Attempts by the Haryana government to withdraw cases registered during the 2016 Jat reservation agitation came under judicial scanner on Wednesday, with the Punjab and Haryana High Court asking the Home Secretary to furnish details. A Division Bench of Justices Ajay Kumar Mittal and Anupinder Singh Grewal asked him to file an affidavit on the number of cases sought to be withdrawn and offences for which such FIRs were registered. The directions came after amicus curiae (friend of the court) Anupam Gupta placed newspaper clippings on the withdrawal of prosecution. He submitted that the Parkash Singh Committee, set up after the incidents of lawlessness, had furnished a district-wise report, with details of serious cases. He said the magnitude of the agitation had compelled Justice Amit Rawal to draw a parallel with the Partition mayhem after he took suo motu cognisance. The Bench asked the SIT headed by IPS officer Amitabh Dhillon to file a status report on the FIRs in connection with the violence, except five cases with the CBI and Murthal case. — TNS Cash shortage ‘baffling, normalcy soon’ ~200 notes behind situation? Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 18 The State Bank of India (SBI) on Wednesday said the availability of cash in its ATMs has improved in the last 24 hours after there were reports of a cash shortage in some parts of the country. Neeraj Vyas, Chief Operating Officer, SBI, said efforts were being made on a continuous basis to improve the cash availability. The issue of less cash should come to normalcy within the soonest possible time, he added. Some experts, meanwhile, have questioned the genuine- ■ SBI Research claims that a part of the reason why the shortage is being felt could be the introduction and acceleration in printing ~200 notes ■ “This may have altered the demand for smaller denomination notes in a larger way to possibly substitute for the currency of larger denominations,” its report says ■ RBI had on Tuesday attributed the shortage to “logistical issues” in both replenishing ATMs and recalibrating those to accommodate ~200 notes . ness of the cash crunch. A report by the Economic Research Department of SBI said the currency in circulation had surpassed the predemonetisation level of Rs 17.98 lakh crore to reach Rs 18.29 lakh crore by March. “Hence, the recent reports of cash shortage appear intriguing and defy logic,” said Soumya Kanti Ghosh, Group Chief Economic Adviser, SBI. The report said that income velocity (of currency with public) has been on a declining trend in FY18, particularly in the second half. This indicates possibly that currency of higher denomination of Rs 2,000 is not getting adequately circulated. According to the SBI report, though the state-wise or regionwise income velocity is hard to determine, yet its internal estimates suggest that in states like Bihar, Gujarat and southern states, the income velocity is far less than the national average. On the trend of ATM withdrawals, the report said during FY18, these increased by 12.2 per cent in the second half compared to the first half. edit: Drying up of ATMS KAKRIYAL (REASI), April 18 Amid nationwide rage over the Kathua rape and murder case, President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday saidsuch incidents are shameful and an eye-opener for society. In obvious reference to the case, the President said the incident that occurred in Jammu and Kashmir had shattered and shocked the entire society. “After 70 years of Independence, such an incident occurring in any part of the country is shameful. We have to think what kind of society we are developing. It is our responsibility to ensure such a thing does not happen to any girl or woman,” he said while addressing the sixth convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University in Kakriyal area of Katra. “Perhaps the most beautiful thing in the world was the smile on the face of an innocent child. The greatest benchmark for society to judge its success would be to keep our children safe. Protecting every child and ensuring all children feel secure is the utmost responsibility of society. In various parts of the country, our children are sometimes victims of heinous crimes,” he said, adding, “The occurrence of such barbaric incidents... is a matter of ❝ We have to think what kind of society we are developing... are we building a society where women can enjoy justice, equality and independence, as provided for by our Constitution? Ram Nath Kovind, PRESIDENT ~10 lakh fine by HC New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed 12 media houses to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each for revealing the identity of the eight-year-old Kathua rape victim. The court also indicated that it may enhance the amount that has to be deposited in the J&K Victim Compensation Fund. The media houses have apologised. PTI shame. We have to ask ourselves — what are we giving our future generation?” more on page 10
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).