26042018-TTC-01.qxd 26-04-2018 01:20 Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday,april 26, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 114 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Asaram gets jail till death Sticking together TEEN’S RAPE 2 co-accused sentenced to 20 years in prison Our Correspondent Students in action during the inaugural match of five-a-side women’s hockey tournament, re-introduced after about two decades, at Women’s College in Srinagar on Wednesday. PTI Gogoi, Lokur to CJI: Hold full court on internal issues CBI cracks Kotkhai case, accused in court custody New Delhi, April 25 Two senior judges of the Supreme Court, Justices Ranjan Gogoi and MB Lokur, have urged Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra to hold a full court to discuss the institutional issues plaguing the higher judiciary. The letter was written a day before Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu rejected the Opposition impeachment notice against the Chief Justice of India. The issue raised in the letter is understood to have come up on Monday morning at the tea meeting attended by all the judges, which delayed the start of the day’s court proceedings by about 15 minutes. Sources said Justices Gogoi and Lokur signed the joint two-line letter on April 22 in which they spoke about holding of a “full court”. The same issue was for the first time raised by Justice J Chelameswar on March 21, which was followed by a similar missive on April 9 by Justice Kurian Joseph who had sought the setting up of a Bench of seven senior-most judges to deal with the issues plaguing the top court. The short letter by Justices Gogoi and Lokur urged the CJI convene a full court on the judicial side to discuss institutional issues and the “future” of the top court, they said. As per convention, a full court meeting of the Supreme Court, involving all judges, is usually convened by the CJI when a matter of public importance relating to the judiciary comes up. The Monday morning tea meeting of all the judges was held just after Naidu had announced rejection of the impeachment notice. The sources said the CJI did not say anything about the outcome. — PTI DNA sample ‘nails’ 25-year-old Himachal resident Tribune News Service Shimla/New Delhi, April 25 The CBI on Wednesday claimed it had cracked the nine-month-old rape and murder case of a 16-year-old schoolgirl in Kotkhai, Shimla, with the arrest of a 25year-old Himachal resident, Anil Kumar, whose DNA sample, the agency said, matched cent per cent with the genetic material found at the crime site. The accused, on the run in an attempt to murder case, was produced before a court in Shimla on Wednesday and sent to judicial custody. The victim had gone missing while returning from school on July 4, 2017. Her body was found in Halaila forest in Kotkhai on July 6. The postmortem examination revealed she was raped. There was public outrage and the case assumed a political hue in poll-bound NO LAWYER FOR KATHUA JUVENILE Kathua: A day after the court rejected his bail application, no lawyer came forward to defend the juvenile arrested in the Kathua rape-murder case during the first hearing in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate here on Wednesday. The court fixed May 7 as the next date of hearing. TNS Himachal Pradesh. The probe was taken over by the CBI on July 22, 2017, on the orders of the state High Court. Ruling out the role of five suspects arrested by the Himachal Pradesh Police, the agency started the probe afresh, working on multiple fronts with CBI officials speaking to over 1,000 people and recording the statements of over 400. A team of 40 CBI officials camped in the area around the crime scene for nine months in extreme secrecy, collecting intelligence from locals, digging records of those with criminal records and following various leads, which took them to Kashmir and Uttarakhand as well. The agency collected 250 DNA samples of people from various backgrounds. In one case, the agency found that some percentage of a sample matched with the DNA of blood samples found on a liquor bottle at the crime scene and the clothes and the body of the victim, said sources. During questioning, it surfaced that a relative of the person whose blood sample was taken had worked at a nearby locality when the crime had occurred. Following that trail, the agency reached Anil Kumar’s house in Kangra district, where it found that he had a criminal past. (With PTI inputs) Haryana cancels CWG award function over boycott threat Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 25 The Haryana Government on Wednesday cancelled the felicitation ceremony for the state’s Commonwealth Games (CWG) medallists after some of them threatened to boycott the function over a proposed cut in the award money. Several medallists, some of them employed with the Railways and the Army, are reportedly upset with the state government’s move to reduce the prize money since they are also to be awarded by their employers. “Our sports policy clearly states that the government will award players from Haryana who play for Haryana,” Sports Minister Anil Vij said. “However, we relaxed the policy to include those representing the Army or the Railways. Haryana pays Rs 1.5 crore to its gold medallists while the Railways pays Rs 50 lakh. If we do not reduce the award money to such players, those who play for Haryana will be at a disadvantage,” he explained. As many as 13 of the 22 CWG medal-winners from Haryana are Central Government employees. Asked whether the government planned to deny the award money to those not representing Haryana, he said a decision would be taken after a review meeting. Top athletes Neeraj Chopra, Manoj Kumar, Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia had announced they would boycott the award ceremony. Passport office to issue notice to MLA Bains US lawmakers protest move to ban H1B spouse work permit Ludhiana: A day after an FIR was filed against Lok Insaf Party MLA Simarjit Singh Bains for alleged forced entry into the Passport Sewa Kendra here, the Regional Passport Office is set to issue him a notice for “concealing” information on criminal cases filed against him while applying for renewal of passport. Bains boarded a flight for Australia on Wednesday to attend a Baisakhi Mela there. He and his supporters had on Tuesday barged into the Passport Office to “expose the unauthorised agents fleecing the applicants.” Police Commissioner Sukhchain Gill said an FIR had been registered under Sections 451, 353, 186 and 506, IPC. Sibash Kabiraj, RPO, said the MLA had procured an order from a local court to renew his Short Validity Passport and had misled the court and the Passport Office. TNS Washington: Influential lawmakers and representatives of the American IT industry, including Facebook, have opposed the Trump administration’s proposed plan to withdraw work permits to the spouses of H1B visa holders, a majority of whom are Indian professionals. “Rescinding this rule and removing tens of thousands of people from the American workforce would be devastating to their families, and would hurt our economy,” Silicon Valley-based FWD.US, founded by top IT firms like Facebook, Google and Microsoft, said in a report on Tuesday. The report also quoted a group of 15 top US lawmakers as saying: “Eliminating this benefit removes a key incentive for highly skilled immigrants to remain here to invest in and grow our economy to the benefit of all Americans”. PTI Oil prices expected to jump by 20%, says World Bank Washington: The prices for energy commodities like oil, natural gas and coal are expected to jump by a whopping 20% this year, the World Bank has said in a report. This is expected to have an adverse impact on India, given that the country is heavily dependent on import of major energy commodities. Agricultural commodities, including food, are anticipated to see a price rise of over 2% this year. PTI edit: Caught in the visa vice Jodhpur, April 25 A special trial court set up at the heavily fortified Jodhpur Central Jail on Wednesday sentenced self-styled godman Asaram Bapu to jail till death, finding him guilty of raping a teenaged girl in his ashram in August 2013. This is the second conviction in a high-profile sexual offence case involving a selfstyled guru after Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was sent to jail for 20 years last August. Special Judge Madhusudhan Sharma sentenced coaccused Shilpi and Sharad to 20 years’ jail each and acquitted two others, Prakash and Shiva. Besides, the court slapped a fine of Rs 1 lakh on Asaram and Rs 50,000 each on the other convicts, public prosecutor Pokhar Ram Vishnoi said. “Soon after the verdict, 77year-old Asaram and other convicts broke down. The court considered Asaram’s act under the heinous crime category,” victim-family’s counsel Rajendra Singh told mediapersons. “A self-claimed spiritual guru has done the disgusting act of sexual exploitation with his teenaged disciple who had full faith on him. The convict should not be spared and the maximum punishment be awarded, lifer to Asaram till natural life time, and 20 years each to his assis- SAINT TO SINNER Aug 15, 2013: A 16-year-old girl accuses Asaram of raping her in his Jodhpur ashram Sept 1: Asaram brought to Jodhpur, remanded in custody October: Three women accuse Asaram and his son Narayan Sai of rape in Surat, Gujarat June 11: Surat case witness dies after being shot at in Rajkot hospital January 2015: Asaram’s cook Akhil Gupta, another witness, shot in Muzaffarnagar May 13: Mahendra Chawla, prime witness in case against Sai, shot at in Panipat March 14, 2016: Accused of killing Akhil Gupta, Asaram’s henchman Kartik Haldar held Nov 6: Chargesheet against Asaram and four co-accused March 19, 2017: Trial begins against Asaram in Jodhpur April 7, 2018: Special court hears final arguments April 17: Rajasthan High Court orders the special court to deliver verdict in Jodhpur Central Jail were ❝We were completely brainwashed, weWhentold our children would do good in his gurukuls… I learnt what had happened to my daughter, it was shattering for us. I am happy justice has been done❞ Victim’s father MORE REPORTS ON PAGE 7 ■ GODMAN’S JOURNEY FROM ‘TONGAWALLAH’ TO ~10,000-CR EMPIRE ■ FAITH OF DISCIPLES STILL UNSHAKEN ■ ‘LIVED IN CONSTANT FEAR’ tants who felicitated him in the act,” Singh said, quoting from the 453-page verdict. “We had complete faith in the judiciary and are happy that we got justice,” the vic- tim’s father said, adding that the family had been living in constant fear and their business had been hit. Asaram sexually exploited a 16-year-old girl from UP’s Shahjahanpur in his Manal ashram near Jodhpur on the intervening night of August 15-16, 2013. The chargesheet against Asaram and the four co-accused was filed by the police on November 6, 2013, under various Sections of the POSCO (Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences) Act, Juvenile Justice Act and the Indian Penal Code. Arrested in Indore and brought to Jodhpur on September 1, 2013, Asaram was under judicial custody since September 2, 2013. He also faces a rape case in Surat in which the Supreme Court earlier this month gave five weeks to the prosecution to complete the trial. Asaram unsuccessfully moved 12 bail applications, of which six were rejected by the trial court, three each by the Rajasthan High Court and the Supreme Court in the last 56 months. The city of Jodhpur on Wednesday turned into a fortress with the deployment of the RAC, RPF and the state police in strength. Also, flag marches were held throughout the city, DCP-East Aman Deep Singh said. Several die-hard Asaram followers were detained early this morning from the railway station, bus terminals and in the vicinity of the jail. The Union Home Ministry had issued an advisory to Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryna to remain alert. edit: fall from grace
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