02052018-TTC-01.qxd 5/2/2018 1:19 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday, may 2, 2018 ! late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 120 | 24 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Kasauli razing: Officer pays with life Time-bound trial must in Ahead of demolition, PWD worker critically hurt in firing; guest house owner booked Ambika Sharma Tribune News Service Solan, May 1 The Himachal Pradesh Government drive to raze unauthorised portions of 13 hotels within the Kasauli town planning area turned tragic on Tuesday with the owner of Narayani Guest House allegedly opening fire on Assistant Town and Country Planner Shail Bala (51), leading to her death. She was supervising the demolition operation at his guest house on the Dharampur-Kasauli road. Gulab Singh (52), a PWD labourer, was critically injured. The Supreme Court had on April 17 directed the Himachal Pradesh Government to demolish unauthorised structures in 13 hotels in Kasauli and Dharampur areas of Solan. Four teams were constituted for this purpose. Bala (51) was heading one of the teams. According to SDO Sanjay Negi of the state electricity board, Vijay Singh, who too is an employee of the electricity board, initially threatened to kill himself if a portion of his Assistant Town and Country Planner Shail Bala (left) with Vijay Singh (extreme right) before he allegedly shot her dead on the Dharampur-Kasauli road on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO guest house was razed, but yielded after the Solan SDM directed that he be arrested. Things went on smoothly until lunch. Just as officer Bala climbed the stairs to oversee the demolition, a sulking Vijay Singh, lurking behind the stairs, allegedly opened fire from a revolver. A bullet hit labourer Gulab Singh. As panic-stricken officials, including JEs of the IPH and TCP Departments, ran out, Bala was shot in the hip and then in the head. She lay in a poll of blood outside the guest house. Both the injured were rushed to the Dharampur Community Health Centre, where the officer was declared “brought dead”. Shot below the ribs, Gulab Singh was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. The police have launched a hunt for 54-year-old Vijay Singh, who reportedly fled into a nearby forest area. He has been booked under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC. The guest house is owned by his mother, who too was at the site during the demolition. Additional Superintendent of Police Shiv Kumar said the police were taken by surprise as it was the owner of an adjoining hotel who was creating hurdles while Vijay Singh, after initial reluctance, had agreed to cooperate with the authorities. Shail Bala’s grief-stricken brother, DSP Madan Kant, who is posted in Mandi district, said he had spoken to his sister just before she left for the demolition drive. Her husband Dr VP Sharma heads the Directorate of Mushroom Research, Solan. Her son, an MBBS doctor posted in Shimla, joined the Health Department recently. more on page 10 child rape cases, says SC Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 1 Amid rising number of cases of sexual assault on children, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed all high courts to ensure that such cases are fast-tracked and decided by special courts. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra asked high courts to instruct trial courts not to grant unnecessary adjournments during trial of cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. It asked each of the 24 high courts to set up a panel of three judges to monitor trials. The directions came on a PIL filed by advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, seeking justice for an eight-month-old victim who was allegedly Apex court directions on POCSO Act ■ HCs to ensure that cases of offences of sexual assault on children are tried and decided by special courts ■ Instructions to be issued to fast-track disposal of cases by declining unnecessary adjournments ■ HCs to set up a panel of judges to monitor progress of trial ■ DGPs to set up Special Task Force to assist in investigation and production of witnesses in trial courts ■ HCs to make efforts to provide child-friendly courts raped by her 28-year-old cousin on January 28 in Delhi. Srivastava had demanded death penalty for men convicted of raping minors. Last month, the Centre promulgated an ordinance to provide for stringent punishment, including death penalty, for those convicted of rape of girls below 12 years. Srivastava told the Bench that except Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the rate of pendency was as high as 89 to 95 per cent in many states although Section 35 of the POCSO Act mandated conclusion of trial within a year from the date of cognisance. He pointed out that in violation of Section 12 of the Act, regular courts were trying cases of sexual assault on children. Srivastava had also sought guidelines for investigation and trial of cases of rape of children below 12 years to be completed in six months from the date of FIR. Punjab ordinance to Dyal Singh College adjust sulking MLAs? renamed, quietly Tribune News Service Manesar: Bail for Hooda, 3 more In-flight mobile data, voice services soon Rajinder Nagarkoti Tribune News Service Panchkula, May 1 A special CBI court on Tuesday granted bail to former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Punjab and Haryana High Court sitting judge’s son Gaurav Chaudhary and two others in connection with the Manesar land deal case. After getting the relief, Hooda told mediapersons that it was a politically motivated case by the BJP government and that he had full faith in judiciary. “I will fight BS Hooda comes out of court in Panchkula on Tuesday. NITIN MITTAL the legal battle in court and the political battle in the field,” Hooda said. India, Pakistan revive Track II diplomacy Islamabad, May 1 A group of Indian experts has visited Pakistan to discuss all aspects of bilateral ties and revive the Track II diplomacy process, amidst the chill in the relationship after a number of terror attacks in India by Pakistan-based outfits. The original Track II initiative, Neemrana Dialogue, received a fresh start with the visit, diplomatic sources here said. The Indian side was led by former foreign ministry secretary Vivek Katju and included well-known educationist JS Rajput and other experts, while the Pakistan side was led by former foreign secre- tary Inamul Haque. The interactions took place between April 28 and 30 in Islamabad, sources said. “The two sides discussed all aspects of bilateral relations and agreed that all issues between the two countries should be resolved through talks,” according to a source. The Pakistani side also included former State Bank of Pakistan Governor Ishrat Hussain, tipped as one of the candidates to become Pakistan’s caretaker PM during the general election expected to be held in July. Neemrana Dialogue was launched in early 1990s. — PTI Love is contraband in this Ludhiana village To boycott couples opting for love marriage Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 1 Members of the gram panchayat, gurdwara committee and sports clubs of Chankoian Khurd village in Doraha block of Ludhiana district have signed a resolution to boycott couples opting for love marriage. The resolution reads: “If any boy or girl gets married of their own accord, the village will socially boycott them. If any family member or village resident keeps ties with such couples, they too shall be boycotted.” The resolution states that no shopkeeper would be allowed to transact business with such persons. Neither would the “erring” couples be allowed to use the village common land, nor would they be provided any facility by the panchayat. Sources said a majority of residents were unhappy at a girl and a boy belonging to different castes tying the knot recently. Officiating panch Hakam Singh (the sarpanch is under suspension) said the boycott decision had been taken unanimously. “A girl of Sansi caste continued on page 7 Today’s issue is of 24 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers and four-page Bathinda Tribune. Hooda’s counsel SPS Parmar said Special CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh accepted the bail application moved by them. The court directed them to deposit two sureties of Rs 5 lakh each, he added. The next date of hearing has been fixed for May 31. Earlier, Hooda appeared in the Panchkula court around 10 am. His son and Rohtak MP Deepender Hooda, along with former Vidhan Sabha Speaker Kuldeep Sharma, Congress leaders Karan Dalal, Anand Singh Dangi, continued on page 7 New Delhi, May 1 In-flight use of mobile phones for Internet telephony, including for making calling via apps such as WhatsApp and Skype, would be a reality soon as the Telecom Commission on Tuesday cleared a related proposals by the TRAI. The commission, however, said the mobile data connectivity would only be allowed once a flight reached a height of 3,000 metres. An official said the Tele- com Regulatory Authority of India had recommended that besides Indian satellites, foreign gateways and satellites be permitted for providing in-flight connectivity. The proposal, however, was rejected. It was decided that only Indian or Department of Space-approved satellites would be permitted for the facility and that the gateway should be in India. Reports said the pricing would be left to the airlines. — TNS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 1 To remove the post of chairman of board/corporation from the ambit of “office of profit”, Punjab is all set to bring in an ordinance. Official sources told The Tribune that the ordinance making amendments to the Punjab Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952, that prohibits elected representatives from holding any “office of profit”, will be presented before the Cabinet soon. The move is aimed at placating “disgruntled" MLAs who have not been allotted a berth in the ministry. Of the 62-odd boards and corporations in Punjab, only eight can have an MLA as chairman. With pressure from party MLAs, especially those from the Dalit community, mounting, the government will have to notify that these statutory bodies do not fall under “office of profit”. However, the MLAs cannot claim salary from the board/corporation and will only get a daily allowance, besides travel allowance. New Delhi, May 1 The management of Dyal Singh College (Evening) has quietly renamed the college, putting up banners of “Vande Mataram Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi” at the annual prize distribution function on April 25. Attempts to contact college governing body chairman Amitabh Sinha proved futile. A controversy had erupted last year with various sections vehemently opposing the move to rename the college. Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, who founded The Tribune Trust (1881) and Punjab National Bank (1894), also set up an education trust. Dyal Singh College was born out of that trust. Established in Lahore in 1910, the college building still stands there in the name of Government Dyal Singh College. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar had last year announced in Parliament that the college renaming was not the Centre’s decision. continued on page 7
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