06072018-TTC-01.qxd 7/6/2018 1:26 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, july 6, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 185 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF BJP leader accuses Mufti aide of graft, probe on Srinagar: Serious corruption charges have been levelled against Naeem Akhtar, senior PDP leader and close aide of former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. In a letter to Governor NN Vohra, Valley-based BJP leader Khalid Jehangir alleged that the former Public Works Minister had allotted key projects to his “blue-eyed persons on verbal directions”. The Governor has ordered a probe. Fuel price up after a month New Delhi: Petrol and diesel prices were on Thursday hiked for the first time in more than a month on the back of rising global rates and weakening rupee. The increase of 16 paisa a litre in petrol and 12 paisa per litre in diesel came as oil companies revised prices after eight days. PTI Rupee at all-time low Mumbai: The rupee tumbled for the second straight session to hit a fresh closing low of 68.95, sliding by 21 paise following a panic demand for the US dollar coupled with savage capital flight worries. PTI /thetribunechd UK court: Mallya’s Capt ready for dope test after MLA dare assets can be seized Day after direction to govt staff, AAP’s Arora first off the block, Congmen follow Indian banks get access to properties London, July 5 A UK High Court judge has issued an order in favour of a consortium of 13 Indian banks, granting permission to the British Enforcement Officer to enter the properties of Vijay Mallya in Hertfordshire, near London, in a setback to the beleaguered liquor baron who is fighting extradition on fraud and money-laundering charges worth nearly Rs 9,000 crore. However, it is not an instruction to enter, which means the banks have the option to use the order as one of the means to recover estimated funds of around 1.145 billion pounds. “The Enforcement Officer, including any agents acting under his authority, may enter Ladywalk, Queen Hoo Lane, Tewin, Welwyn… to search for and take control of goods belonging to the First Defendant (Mallya),” notes the order by Justice NOOSE TIGHTENS: Vijay Mallya Byran, dated June 26. The order relates to the UK’s Tribunal Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 and follows a UK High Court ruling in May, which refused to overturn a worldwide order freezing Mallya’s assets and upheld an Indian court ruling that the Indian banks were entitled to recover funds. It marked the first recorded case of a judgment of the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) in India being registered by the High Court, setting a legal precedent. — PTI Chandigarh, July 5 Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday accepted the challenge thrown by Aam Aadmi Party’s Sunam MLA Aman Arora to undergo a dope test, made mandatory for the government staff in the state, including police personnel, as part of the war on drugs. Arora voluntarily took the dope test at Mohali government hospital, becoming the first Punjab MLA to do so. continued on page 11 Edit: Punjab’s war on drugs High time 1984 riots cases are decided: SC TEST SET TO BE MANDATORY FOR PANCHAYAT CANDIDATES BAN ON SALE OF SYRINGES WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION Chandigarh: Carrying forward the fight against drugs to the village level, Punjab Panchayats and Rural Development Minister Tript Rajinder Bajwa on Thursday announced a dope test for those contesting the upcoming polls to 13,028 panchayats. The decision would be implemented after getting the Cabinet nod. Over one lakh sarpanches and panches would be elected, besides 331 zila parishad and 2,731 block samiti members. The panchayat samiti, zila parishad and gram panchayat elections would be held in September. TNS Chandigarh: In the first such move in the crackdown on drugs, the Punjab government on Thursday banned the sale of syringes without prescription. IG (Bathinda Zone) MF Farooqui, the first to issue the orders in letters to DCs in his zone, said the addicts easily buy syringes — the most common method to inject drugs — off the counter as their sale is not covered under regulatory provisions. The notification, in force for three months, said chemists should sell syringes only with medical prescription. TNS Files still not moving, Kejri warns of action Ananya Panda New Delhi: As the 1984 antiSikh riot cases continue to hang fire even after 34 years, the SC has said it was high time these were decided. A Bench was hearing a petition filed by the SIT challenging an order of the Delhi HC which upheld anticipatory bail to Sajjan Kumar. PAGE 16 Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 5 A day after the Supreme Court ruled that the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal, was bound by the “aid and advice” of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s elected government in the day-to-day functioning of the administration, the files were still not moving in the national capital. Hours after the apex court verdict, the AAP government had pushed out stalled files on transfers of officials. But the papers were returned with a regret note from the Services Department that cited an earlier Ministry of Home Affairs notification “that cannot be superceded” until further clarity on the issue. A harried Kejriwal on Thursday, peeved at the refusal by bureaucrats to comply with directives on a clutch of transfers and postings, warned them of “serious consequences”. continued on page 11 The late Geetanjali. FILE Brother turns hostile in judge’s wife murder case Rajinder S Nagarkoti Tribune News Service Panchkula, July 5 In a major blow to the Central Bureau of Investigation, the complainant in the 2013 Geetanjali murder case, victim’s brother Pradeep Aggarwal, has turned hostile. Geetanjali, wife of former Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Ravneet Garg, was found dead with three bullet injuries in a park in Gurugram on July 17, 2013. A licensed revolver belonging to the suspended judge, currently in judicial custody, was found near the body. In his statement before the special CBI court here, Aggarwal, a resident of Panchkula, denied cruelty to his sister continued on page 11
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