08052018-TTC-01.qxd 08-05-2018 01:26 Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, may 8, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 126 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Stone-pelting leaves tourist dead in Valley Kathua trial in Pathankot 6 more years Srinagar: A tourist from Chennai died on Monday after getting caught in stone-throwing near Narbal village on the Srinagar-Gulmarg road. Four tourist vehicles from Chennai were plying on the road when miscreants suddenly attacked them with stones near Narbal on the outskirts of Srinagar around 11.30 am, a police official said. “One tourist travelling in a vehicle was hit by a stone in the head. He was shifted to Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital in Srinagar, but succumbed to injuries on Monday evening,” he said. PAGE 10 SC: Day-to-day proceedings; security for accused, victim kin, witnesses Satya Prakash Tribune News Service Cabinet Secy gets second extension New Delhi: Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha has been given a one-year extension, an official order said on Monday. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by PM Modi, has approved his extension to the top post till June 12 next year, the order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training said. Sinha, 62, was in May 2015 appointed Cabinet Secretary for a fixed two-year term. This is his second extension after he took over the new assignment from June 13, 2015. PTI /thetribunechd Vladimir Putin walks prior to be sworn in for another six years as the Russian President on Monday, buoyed by popular support but weighed down by a costly confrontation with the West, a fragile economy and uncertainty about what happens when his term ends. This is the strongman’s fourth term as President. AFP PAGE 13 New Delhi, May 7 The Supreme Court on Monday transferred the Kathua gang-rape and murder case to a sessions court in Pathankot, Punjab, and ordered protection for witnesses, the accused, the victims’ family and their lawyers, and the lone juvenile accused in the case. A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India ordered a day-to-day trial without any adjournments to fast-track it. Examination-in-chief and crossexamination of witnesses have to be done without any break, it said. It ordered an in-camera trial where only the accused, witnesses and lawyers concerned shall remain present. The Bench made it clear that only the Supreme Court will hear cases relating to the Kathua gang rape case. It passed the order after a 90-minute hearing during which senior counsel Gopal Subramanium and Jammu and Kashmir Advocate General Jehangir Iqbal Ganai for the state, senior counsel Lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat shows the victory sign after the SC shifted the Kathua rape and murder case to Pathankot. PTI Indira Jaising for the victim’s biological father, senior counsel Meenakshi Arora and Geeta Luthra addressed it on various aspects of the case. Subramanium told the Bench that the Crime Branch would soon file an additional chargesheet. The Bench — also comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra — chose to keep the issue of a CBI probe open and posted petitions on the issue for further hearing on July 9. It gave liberty to the J&K Government to appoint public prosecutors to conduct trial. The proceedings have to be conducted in accordance with the Ranbir Penal Code applicable to J&K, the Bench said. The victim — an eightyear-old girl from a nomadic community — had disappeared from near her home in a village in Kathua on January 10. Her body was found in the same locality a week later. The Crime Branch of J&K Police had taken up the probe on January 22 and filed a chargesheet against seven accused and a separate chargesheet against a juvenile accused on April 9. The minor girl was allegedly kidnapped, drugged and raped inside a place of worship before being killed, the police had alleged. The court directed the Kathua sessions court to send all the relevant case files and documents to the court in Pathankot. The statements recorded by the police in Urdu have to be translated into English and Hindi for the Pathankot Sessions Judge and accused, the Bench ordered. Food for the witnesses and the accused has to be arranged by the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the top court said. Faced with demands from the victim’s family and the accused for shifting of trial and investigation, respectively, the Supreme Court had on April 27 stayed the trial in the Kathua gang-rape and murder case till May 7. While the biological father of the victim had sought transfer of the trial to Chandigarh, the accused had demanded that the probe be taken away from the state police and handed over to the CBI. Gang rivalry shootout at No PM has stooped 2 Cong MPs move SC against Bhiwani court; cop killed so low: Manmohan no to motion for CJI removal Deepender Deswal Tribune News Service Hisar, May 7 A Head Constable was killed when three assailants opened fire on an undertrial at Siwani courts complex in Bhiwani district on Monday. The police claimed the assailants had come to eliminate Sunil, alias Kala, member of a rival gang, who was produced in court in connection with a murder case. The undertrials, including Kala, were being escorted back to a police vehicle when the assailants opened fire. Head Constable Bhagirath was hit in the head and died on the spot. ASI Gauri Shankarand and undertrials Kala and Jai Kumar, alias Bhadaria, suffered splinter injuries, the police said. SP Ganga Ram Punia said the police and a special police officer (SPO) overpowered one of the alleged shooters, while another was caught by bystanders. Head Constable Bhagirath Past violence at courts ■ May 14, 2015: Undertrial shot, cop hurt at Hisar district courts complex ■ March 28, 2017: Gangster Ramesh Lohar shot by two men outside Rohtak courts ■ May 18, 2017: Undertrial Sher Singh shot by three men inside Bhiwani courts ■ May 31, 2017: Three injured in firing on murder accused near Karnal courts complex ■ Sept 8, 2017: Murder accused freed, four cops injured in firing at Mahendragarh The two have been identified as Sumit and Manjit, residents of Mithi village in Bhiwani. The third assailant, Ajay Isharwal, is at large. Police spokesperson Naseeb Singh said the incident was the fallout of gang rivalry and the Mithi gang had come to eliminate rival gang member Kala. In 2015, Kala and accomplice Kapil had allegedly killed Bijender of Mithi village and two others in Rajasthan. Kapil was later killed allegedly by Bijender’s brothers Sunil and Sonu, who are lodged in jail. DGP BS Sandhu, while expressing sorrow over the demise of Bhagirath, announced assistance of Rs 30 lakh for the next of kin. A job under the special ex-gratia scheme would be offered to one of the family members. The Bar Association of Siwani, meanwhile, has decided to suspend work indefinitely to protest lax security at the courts. Bengaluru, May 7 Accusing PM Narendra Modi of trying to “polarise” society in the Karnataka elections, his predecessor Manmohan Singh on Monday launched a scathing attack on the BJP government for its “disastrous policies” and “economic mismanagement”. He said it was “shocking” that the PM was “stooping so low” and using language unbecoming of the office he held. “No PM has used the office to say things about his opponents that Mr Modi has been doing day in and out...” Attacking the government over a series of banking frauds, he pointed out that the money swindled almost quadrupled from Rs 28,416 crore in September 2013 to Rs 1.11 lakh crore in September 2017. “Perpetrators of these frauds, meanwhile, escape with impunity. The economic mismanagement of the Modi government, and I say this with great care and Constitution Bench, minus seniormost judges, hears plea today Tribune News Service ❝ It is shocking that the PM stoops so low and uses language which is unbecoming of a PM, particularly when he’s in a state where elections are taking place. Manmohan Singh, EX-PM responsibility, is slowly eroding the trust of the general public in the banking sector... “Our farmers are facing an acute crisis, our aspirational youth are not finding opportunities and the economy is growing below potential. The unfortunate truth is each of these crises was entirely avoidable.” — PTI New Delhi, May 7 The issue of removal of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra reached the Supreme Court on Monday, with two Congress MPs filing a petition against rejection of the unprecedented removal notice against the CJI by Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. It has been listed for hearing on Tuesday before a Constitution Bench of Justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde, NV Ramana, Arun Mishra and AK Goel, who are number 6 to 10 in seniority. The four seniormost judges — Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — who had held a press conference against the CJI on January 12 have apparently been kept out of this all-important Bench that will hear this unprecedented petition. However, it was not clear as to who constituted the Bench. The petition filed by Congress MPs Partap Singh Bajwa and Amee Harshadray Yajnik claimed the reasons given in the rejection order by Naidu were “wholly extraneous” and not legally tenable. Earlier in the day, senior advocate Kapil Sibal and advocate Prashant Bhushan mentioned the matter for urgent listing before a Bench headed by Justice Chelameswar, number two in the list of seniority. In view of the Constitution Bench verdicts declaring CJI as the “Master of Roster”, the Bench initially asked the two noted lawyers to mention it before the CJI himself but agreed to take it up on Tuesday after Sibal pointed out that the CJI could not be a judge in his own case. After considering the material contained in the notice of removal motion and the inputs from legal luminaries and constitutional experts, the Rajya Sabha Chairman had rejected the notice of the motion for removal of the CJI. “I have applied my mind to all five charges made out in impeachment motion and examined all annexed documents. All facts as stated don’t make out a case which can lead any reasonable mind to conclude that the CJI on these facts can be ever held guilty of misbehaviour,” the RS Chairman had said. But the petitioner MPs contended that the reasons given by the RS Chairman were “not legally tenable” and deserved to be set aside for being “wholly extraneous” and ultra vires the provisions of the Constitution and the Judges Inquiry Act. continued on page 7 Capt:Panel to review history syllabus 48-hr storm alert in North, ‘don’t panic’ Headed by Prof Kirpal Singh, it will oversee content for all classes in Punjab Chandigarh, May 7 The Punjab Government on Monday announced setting up of a six-member committee to look into the recommendations by a panel set up in 2014 to review the history syllabus and to henceforth oversee all history books. The move comes in the wake of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) alleging that a portion of Sikh and Punjab history had been deleted from the Class 12 curriculum. Criticising the Akalis, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said his government’s initiative to re-arrange the syllabus in a chronological order had been unnecessarily politicised by the Opposition. “In fact, there were no history books earlier and what SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal is citing was merely a guide,” he told mediapersons here. The Chief Minister said there had been no deletions and the SGPC insists on status quo Amritsar: The SGPC has asked the Punjab Government to retrieve the Sikh history chapters in PSEB’s Class XII curriculum within 10 days or “face action”. Representatives of the Dharam Parchar Committee and Sikh History Research Board called it a “well-planned anti-Sikh conspiracy after Operation Bluestar and Sikh genocide under the Congress regime”. PAGE 2 Capt Amarinder and Rajinder Kaur Bhattal at press meet. MANOJ MAHAJAN entire history of the Gurus had been incorporated in a chronological order in the syllabi for Classes XI and XII. “Since the decision to review the syllabi and realign it with the NCERT curriculum was taken during the SAD-BJP government in 2014, the committee has been mandated to review the recommendations of the expert group, then constituted by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), and suggest corrections, if any.” The committee will be headed by eminent historian Prof Kirpal Singh and will include former VC of Guru Nanak Dev University Prof JS Grewal, former Pro-Vice Chancellor of GNDU Prof Prithipal Singh Kapur, and Emeritus Prof Indu Banga (Panjab University). Two historians will be nominated by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. The CM said the committee had also been directed to oversee the syllabi and contents of history textbooks prescribed for all classes by the PSEB and to ensure that there were no discrepancies. — TNS New Delhi, May 7 The India Meteorological Department on Monday put out a thunderstorm and squall alert in parts of North India for the next 48 hours with wind gusts reaching 5070 km per hour. Meteorologists asked people to be “cautious” but also “not to panic” or “pay heed to rumours”. IMD’s Mritunjay Mohapatra said the intensity of the weather activity was expected to be lesser than that of the May 2 violent thunderstorm. Skymet’s Mahesh Palwat said the weather conditions were favourable for another round of rain, dust storms and thunderstorms across North India, while also asking people to be “cautious” and “not to panic”. Meteorologists say May is the peak month for pre-monsoon weather activities and most parts of the country remain vulnerable to dust storms, thunderstorms, lightning and rain of varying intensity — mild, moderate Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. A dust storm is seen building up over Bikaner on Monday. The dust storm crippled normal life in Rajasthan’s border districts of Sriganganagar, Hanumangarh, Khajuwala and Bikaner. It was likely to move towards Jaisalmer and Jodhpur districts, a state Met official said. PTI and severe. While climate change is one of the factors, experts say dust and thunder storms “are not uncommon during this time”. Thunderstorms along with gusty winds and mod- erate squall (50-70 kmph) is very likely at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh during the next 48 hours, says the IMD. A thunderstorm with winds up to 100 kmph had hit Rajasthan and western UP on May 2, killing over 100 persons. — TNS
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