20042018-TTC-01.qxd 20-04-2018 01:07 Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday,april 20, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 108 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd SC:No probe into judge Loya death, bid to malign judiciary Terms PILs frivolous, motivated, aimed at settling political scores Satya Prakash ATTEMPT TO FINISH SHAH’S CAREER: BJP It was a conspiracy by the Congress and its chief Rahul Gandhi to finish the political career of BJP president Amit Shah, as part of which wrong accusations were made and an over 100-strong delegation was taken to the President. Tribune News Service Queen Elizabeth poses with 53-member grouping leaders at the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday. PM Narendra Modi can be seen in the row behind. REUTERS Queen for son Charles as C’wealth head At CHOGM, appeals to leaders of 53-member grouping; decision today London, April 19 Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday appealed to Commonwealth leaders to appoint her son, Prince Charles, to succeed her as their head, making her first direct intervention into a succession plan for the 53-member grouping. The 91-year-old monarch, the Head of the Commonwealth, said it was her “sincere wish” that Prince Charles takes over “one day”, as she opened the twoday Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) here, also attend- ed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The post of Head of Commonwealth is not hereditary and will not pass automatically to the 69-year-old Prince of Wales on the Queen’s death. The 53 leaders, gathered at Buckingham Palace, are to make a decision on the succession on Friday, the BBC quoted 10 Downing Street as saying. In her opening speech, the Queen described the group as “growing stronger year by year” and the world’s “great convening powers”, which would benefit from the stabil- ity to be offered by the royal family. “By continuing to treasure and reinvigorate our associations and activities, I believe we will secure a prosperous and more sustainable world for those who follow us,” she said. Her intervention comes amid speculation over a successor to the monarch. Some experts have argued that it marks an opportunity for the organisation to distance itself from its colonial roots. Others, however, claim that it is the royal family that holds the grouping of former British colonies together. The CHOGM in Britain will mark the last such summit to be hosted by the Queen, who has ruled out long-haul travel. There is reportedly no general consensus over the Prince of Wales as the next Head, with India yet to confirm its stand on the matter. Meanwhile, Modi had a series of bilateral meetings, including discussions with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina and Seychelles President Danny Faure, on the sidelines of CHOGM. — PTI edit: modi in london modi faces protests page 11 New Delhi, April 19 The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed PILs seeking an independent probe into the December 2014 death of judge BH Loya in Nagpur, saying it was a natural death following a cardiac arrest. A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra came down heavily on the petitioners for filing frivolous PILs and attempting to scandalise the judiciary and obstructing the course of justice. Other judges on the Bench were Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud. “Business rivalries have to be resolved in the market and political rivalries in the grand hall of democracy. It is the court’s duty to protect the law,” said Justice Chandrachud, pronouncing the verdict for the Bench. “The documentary material on the record indicates that the death of Judge Loya was due to natural causes. There is no ground for the court to hold that there was a reasonable suspicion about the cause or circumstances of death which would merit a further inquiry,” the Bench observed. The full verdict, however, could not be accessed as the Supreme Court’s official website had to be pulled down. Loya had died after a cardiac arrest on December 1, 2014, in Nagpur where he had Extension for HCjudge Domestic power gets costly hoursbeforeend of term in Punjab, relief for industry Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 19 Hours before the expiry of Justice Ramendra Jain’s term, the President on Thursday signed warrants appointing him as an additional judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court for another six months. The development took place soon after the Supreme Court collegium, asserting its authority, asked the Centre to appoint him as a permanent judge. Hectic preparations followed the notification. Within minutes, invites were sent out to High Court judges, asking them to assemble at the old conference hall at 6.45 pm for the oath. At 7 pm, Justice Jain was sworn in. Elevated as an additional judge for two years on April 20, 2015, Justice Jain’s term was extended by another year. The Supreme Court collegium of top three judges led by the CJI on March 26 recommended Justice Jain to be made a permanent judge. But the government sent his file back to the CJI for “reconsideration”. The collegium, in its subsequent recommendation on April 17, asserted: “It would only be appropriate that the proposal for appointment of Justice Ramendra Jain as a permanent judge… is processed most expeditiously keeping in view that his term will expire on April 19.” “We have gone through the observations made for reconsideration… The collegium resolves to reiterate its recommendation for the appointment of Justice Jain as a permanent judge.” Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 19 Domestic consumers in Punjab will have to pay more for the electricity they consume from the present bill cycle as the state government has revised the charges by 10 to 14 paise per unit (2.17 pc) even as the industry has been extended significant incentives. In its tariff order for 2018-19 announced on Thursday, the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) has effected the hike from April 1 and the new charges would be between Rs 4.91 and Rs 7.33 per unit. The fixed tariff, too, has been raised to Rs 25-40 per kilowatt — a hike of Rs 5 to Rs 10 (2 pc) per kilowatt. Industrial consumers, on the other hand, have been extended substantial incentives, in an apparent bid to NOD TO DELHI POWER CUT RELIEF PROPOSAL New Delhi: Lt Governor Anil Baijal has approved the Kejriwal government’s proposal mandating an hourly compensation of ~100 to consumers in case of unscheduled power cuts. TNS woo industry to the state. Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has estimated that they would have 20,417 million units of surplus power during the current fiscal, which would be provided to large and medium industrial consumers through a new ‘special night tariff’. If the industrial units operate between 10 pm and 6 am, they will get a 50 per cent rebate on fixed charges and will be charged a standard tariff of Rs 4.28 per unit. The units consuming more than their threshold limit of maximum annual consumption, too, will be billed at Rs 4.28 per kVAh. The ‘time of day’ rebate of Rs 1.25 per kVAh will also continue at night. In another decision, call centres have been included under the category of IT industry and hence will get tariff rebate. Maize-drying and food-processing units now would not have to pay fixed tariff during off-season, though they will pay variable charges. The power-intensive industry and arc furnaces will get a relief of Rs 5-Rs 45 per kVAh in fixed charges, though the variable tariff has been increased by 11 to 12 paise per unit. Besides, the government would be paying continued on page 7 ❝ The late BH Loya Ravi Shankar Prasad, LAW MINISTER TOP COURT WEBSITE ‘HACKED’ New Delhi: The official website of the Supreme Court was suspected to have been hacked on Thursday, but officials did not confirm it. It became “non-functional” around 11.35 am and was finally restored around 7.50 pm. Some social media sites showed a screen shot of the web page with message “hackeado por HighTech Brazil HacTeam”, indicating the role of Brazilian hackers. PTI gone to attend the wedding of a colleague’s daughter. Loya and four other judges had stayed at a government-run VIP guest house in Nagpur, where he had a cardiac arrest. He was handling the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case in which various police officers and BJP president Amit Shah were named. Shah was later exonerated in the case. His death has been hitting headlines since November 2017 after media reports quoting his sister raised questions about the circumstances surrounding his death and its alleged link to SAD LETTER DAY IN HISTORY: CONG It is a sad letter day in India’s history. The suspicious circumstances in which Loya died was a matter of deep concern for those who have faith in the judiciary… there are still questions before those who believe in the judiciary. ❝ Randeep Singh Surjewala, CONGRESS SPOKESPERSON the Sohrabuddin case. After Loya’s death, special judge MB Gosavi had discharged Shah and some other accused. The top court had witnessed heated exchanges between lawyers for the petitioners and those representing the Maharashtra Government, with the petitioners levelling allegations against several judges of the Bombay High Court. Loya’s son had on January 14 said that his father had died of natural causes. Agreeing with Maharashtra’s contention, the Bench said there was no reason to doubt the statements of the Jatha member remarries in Pak, kin want her back Chandigarh/Hoshiarpur, April 19 The father-in-law of a 32-yearold woman, Kiran Bala, who has reportedly remarried in Lahore, on Thursday sought the Centre’s intervention for her safe return home. Hoshiarpur-based Bala’s father-in-law Tarsem Singh, 70, feared she might have fallen into the hands of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence and forced to convert to Islam and remarry there. She had gone to Pakistan for Baisakhi celebrations as part of a Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee jatha. “I dropped Kiran Bala in Amritsar on April 10. She was happy,” said Tarsem. The SGPC has sought a report on how she got separated from the jatha. SGPC members from Hoshiarpur Jung Bahadar Singh Rai and Bibi Ranjit Kaur Mahilpur said each of them could rec- ommend seven persons for the Pakistan visit, and “none had recommended Bala”. Tarsem, a resident of Garhshankar, said his daughter-in-law called him up on April 16 and told him that she had got married in Pakistan. “I thought she was joking… I was shocked after I got calls that she had gone missing.” Bala’s husband Narinder Singh had died in a road accident in 2013. She has three children — a 12-year-old daughter and two sons aged eight and six years. Bala has reportedly written to the Pakistan Foreign Office that her visa be extended as she had married Mohammad Azam of Lahore on April 16. She has also changed her name to Amna Bibi. Her visa expires on April 21. Police said Bala had got in touch with Azam through Facebook. — TNS/PTI four judges who were with Loya on the circumstances leading to his death, and the documents placed on record established that the death was due to natural causes. There were five PILs before the top court seeking a courtmonitored SIT probe. All these petitions have been dismissed. The Bench noted that the petitioners’ conduct amounted to criminal contempt of court. But it chose not to issue contempt notice. Terming the petitions as frivolous and motivated litigation aimed at settling political scores, it said political rivalry was continued on page 7 Cash crunch to be over today: SBI New Delhi, April 19 The currency crunch seen in many parts of the country in the past few days showed signs of easing on Thursday with 86 per cent of ATMs coming online, cash being transported to deficit areas and government presses working overtime to print new notes, officials said. SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar said the problem will be resolved by Friday. “It is not a uniform cash crunch problem. It is there in geographies like Telangana and Bihar,” he said. The SBI, meanwhile, has asked customers to utilise point of sale (POS) terminals at merchant locations to withdraw cash. Debit card holders can withdraw Rs 1,000 in Tier I and II cities and Rs 2,000 in Tier 3 to 6 cities per day. The bank will not charge fee. — PTI/TNS Haryana seals borders as wheat prices crash in neighbouring states Palwal mandi closed after 1 lakh MT arrives from Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 19 With huge quantities of wheat from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan finding its way into Haryana owing to crashing of prices there, the state government on Thursday ordered sealing of its porous borders with these states. The Palwal grain market, that has proximity to these three states, has been closed for further procurement after it was discovered that 3.73 lakh metric tonne of wheat has already been procured against 2.98 lakh MT purchased during the entire sea- son last year. Additional Chief Secretary (Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs) Ram Niwas on Thursday wrote to DGP BS Sandhu, requesting him to seal border entry points to prevent unauthorised movement of wheat into Haryana’s grain markets. “We have reports that some traders in grain markets of Delhi, UP and Rajasthan, where the prices of wheat have dipped Rs 150 to Rs 200 below the MSP have been , making an easy buck by selling wheat purchased from there in our mandis,” Ram Niwas told The Tribune. Sources said besides Palw- al, reports of wheat coming from other states have also been received from Sonepat and Karnal. The authorities in Karnal cancelled the licences of six arhtiyas from Taraori town after they were found bringing wheat from UP for sale in the mandi. Karnal District Food and Supplies Controller (DFSC) Kushal Boora said they were caught by a team of officials with wheat brought in an unauthorised manner from UP and hence their licences were cancelled by the Market Committee authorities. Sources said against the MSP of Rs 1,735 per quintal, wheat was available for Rs 1,550 to Rs 1,650 in the open market in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan because of poor government procurement. The difference in rates is a huge temptation for traders, as the arrival of an additional 1 lakh MT wheat in Palwal means that some unscrupulous traders might have earned around Rs 20 crore, sources said. Arrival of wheat from neighbouring states is not a new phenomenon, as Haryana has been facing this problem almost year after year. On March 20, Ram Niwas had written to all DCs that the huge arrival of wheat from bordering states, particularly UP cannot be ruled , out, as all districts of the state, barring Rohtak, had boundaries with some other state. Again, during a video-conferencing with DCs and District Food and Supplies Controllers on March 26, the ACS emphasised the need to plug unauthorised arrival from UP to grain markets in Yamunanagar, Panipat, Palwal and Karnal districts. Meanwhile, 50.34 lakh MT of wheat had been procured in different grain markets of the state till Wednesday. Wheat bags lying in abundance at the grain market in Karnal on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: SAYEED AHMED
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