07082018-TTC-01.qxd 07-08-2018 01:24 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.217 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 tuesday, august 7,2018 AFTER 12 YEARS, NOOYI TO QUIT AS PEPSICO CEO PAGE 16 OSAMA’S SON MARRIES 9/11 HIJACKER MOHAMMED ATTA’S DAUGHTER PAGE 13 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com All 3 neighbours convicted of killing 4-yr-old Yug in’14 Bhanu P Lohumi Cong’s RK Dhawan no more Tribune News Service New Delhi: Senior Congress leader RK Dhawan died on Monday at a private hospital. He was 81. Admitted to a hospital last Tuesday for agerelated ailments, Dhawan was personal assistant and longtime aide of former PM Indira Gandhi. OBIT: BACK PAGE Shimla, August 6 A local court on Monday held guilty all three accused in the sensational murder of a fouryear-old child, Yug Gupta, a crime that shook the state after the victim’s body was recovered from a water tank around two years ago. Pronouncing the verdict, District and Sessions Judge Virender Singh fixed August 13 as the next date of hearing for arguments to decide the quantum of punishment. The convicted trio, Chander Sharma, Tajender Singh and Vikrant, were Yug’s neighbours and had kidnapped the child for ransom. They were held guilty under Sections 302 (murder), 201 (disappearance of evidence/ false information), 347 (wrongful confinement to extort property) and 364 (kidnapping for ransom) of the IPC, said District Attorney Randip Singh Parmar. continued on page 7 Another MLA backs Khaira Chandigarh: The rebel group of AAP MLAs, led by Sukhpal Khaira, on Monday got a shot in the arm when Garhshankar MLA Jai Kishan Rodi joined them. The Khaira group now has the support of eight of the 20 AAP MLAs. TNS Two Jet pilots lose licence Mumbai: The DGCA suspended the licence of two Jet Airways pilots after they attempted to take off an aircraft from a taxiway parallel to the runway at Riyadh airport in Saudi Arabia on Friday, endangering the lives of 148 people on board. PTI Yug Gupta’s grandmother at a candle-light tribute at The Ridge in Shimla on Monday. PHOTO: AMIT KANWAR TRAGEDY THAT SHOOK SHIMLA JUNE 14, 2014: Yug kidnapped from courtyard in Ram Bazaar DON’T COMPARE HARDIK PANDYA WITH KAPIL: GAVASKAR PAGE 14 ferred to CID crime branch JUNE 16: Criminal case lodged AUGUST 20: Victim’s neighbour Vikrant is arrested JUNE 21: Yug is killed and his body dumped into a water tank in Keleston AUGUST 22: Yug’s skeleton recovered from tank; Chander, Tajender arrested too JUNE 27:Ransom letter for ~3.6 cr reaches victim’s family OCTOBER 25: Chargesheet against the three accused AUGUST 14, 2016: Case trans- AUGUST 6, 2018:All 3 held guilty LS passes Bill to restore SC/ST Act provisions New Delhi, August 6 The Lok Sabha on Monday passed a Bill to reverse a judgment of the Supreme Court and restore original provisions of a law on atrocities against Dalits and tribals. The Bill, an amendment to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, was passed with voice vote. The Bill negates a Supreme Court judgment of March 20. It states that the investigating officer will not require the approval of any authority for the arrest of an accused and a preliminary inquiry will not be required for filing an FIR. The Act states that those accused of committing an offence under the Act cannot apply for anticipatory bail. The amendment Bill clarified that this provision would apply despite any orders of a court that provide otherwise. The Congress wanted the amendment placed under Schedule 9, putting it outside the SC’s purview. — TNS 17Oppn parties want return of ballot paper Allege EVMs can be manipulated, to approach EC Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 6 The larger Opposition has made up its mind to oppose electronic voting machines (EVMs) and to demand a return to the ballot paper. Seventeen parties — including the Congress, Trinamool Congress, NCP RJD, SP BSP , , , RLD and DMK — are of the view that the integrity of EVMs is doubtful and holding the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with the voting machines will undermine democracy. These parties are mulling petitioning the Election Commission of India (ECI) for scrapping the machines. Speaking in the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour, Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy claimed the EVMs could be manipulated by the ruling party. “The neutrality of EVMs stands compromised. The TMC seeks that the ballot paper be brought back to conduct the 2019 elections. As many as 17 Opposition parties are planning to get together to make a representation to the EC.” To back their contention, Opposition leaders point out that several evolved democracies, such as the US and Germany, continue to rely on the ballot paper. Congress leader Manish Tewari, backing the demand for scrapping the EVMs, said, “If the EC does not see reason in the genuine demand of the Opposition, there is always the option of approaching the Supreme Court. The ECI is only one stakeholder in ensuring free and fair polls. It is obliged to address the concerns of other stakeholders as well.” He claimed that responding to an RTI query, the EC had admitted that the source code of EVMs lay outside its jurisdiction with Bharat Electronics Limited and Electronic Corporation of India Limited. “This is incredible. An ‘election integrity activist’ has sent me the RTI reply where the EC admits that the source code of EVMs, which can be used to manipulate the machines, rests outside the EC jurisdiction," Tewari said. The activist had sought to know the “firmware source code of both the units used in an EVM”. The reply was: “This information is not available with the commission. It is likely to be available with BEL and ECIL.” Fanning radical agenda is Hearing of pleas on Delhi terror attack thwarted playing with fire, says Bittu Art 35A adjourned Qaida-linked courier held with grenades in Jammu Tribune News Service Constitution Bench may decide, hints SC New Delhi, August 6 Speaking in the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour, Congress MPs from Punjab on Monday attacked Akali leaders for “fanning a radical agenda” in Punjab and warned them against playing with fire. Flashing copies of The Tribune, which reported a Pakistan ISI hand behind the “Sikh Referendum Campaign 2020”, Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu said: “When secessionist elements are raising their ugly head, I stand here in grief not because I lost my grandfather to terrorism in Punjab but because MPs of a certain party (read Akali Dal) are demanding leniency for the killer of the late Punjab CM, who was assassinated for backing national unity.” Bittu was referring to Akali Dal MPs recently petitioning Home Minister Rajnath Singh for commuting the death sentence of Babbar Satya Prakash Tribune News Service Ravneet Singh Bittu flashes The Tribune in the LS on Monday. GREEN PARTY ENDORSES PRO-KHALISTAN RALLY Moga: UK’s left-leaning Green Party has endorsed the August 12 pro-Khalistan rally at Trafalgar Square in London, which the Indian Government is trying to block through diplomatic efforts. This rally is being organised by Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), a New York-based advocacy group, with the help of Khalistani activists based in Europe to garner support for “Referendum 2020”, proposed to press demand for a separate Sikh homeland. TNS Khalsa terrorist Balwant Singh Rajoana, the assassin of Beant Singh, to life imprisonment. The delegation comprised Akali Dal members SS Dhindsa, Prem Singh Chan- Senior judges meet CJI on seniority issue Justice Joseph, 2 others take oath today Satya Prakash MISRA: WILL CONSULT Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 6 At least two senior Supreme Court judges on Monday raised with Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra the issue of altering the seniority of Justice KM Joseph, who is scheduled to take oath as a top court judge on Tuesday along with Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Vineet Sharan. Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph — who also happen to be members of the Supreme Court collegium — raised the issue with CJI Misra during the morning tea in the judges’ lounge before going to their respective courts, sources said. The CJI told the senior judges that he would consult Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the seniormost judge after the CJI. Justice Gogoi, who is likely to replace CJI Misra in less ■ Warrant of appointment signed by President puts Justice Joseph at number three after Justices Indira Banerjee and Vineet Sharan ■ CJI Dipak Misra assures SC judges that he will consult Justice Gogoi on issue ■ CJI also consults Attorney General KK Venugopal on the contentious issue than two months, was on leave on Monday. After the judges met him, the CJI consulted Attorney General KK Venugopal, sources said. The CJI is scheduled to administer oath to the three judges on Tuesday, taking strength of the Supreme Court to 25 against the sanctioned strength of 31 judges. According to the January 10 resolution of the collegium continued on page 7 dumajra, Ranjit Singh Brahmpura and Balwinder Singh Bhundar, besides SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal. continued on page 7 Four High Courts get Acting Chief Justices New Delhi, August 6 Acting Chief Justices were on Monday appointed to Uttarakhand, Madras, Orissa and Bombay high courts after top judges from these courts were either elevated to the Supreme Court or made Chief Justices of other high courts. According to a Law Ministry notification, Justice Rajeev Sharma, seniormost judge of the Uttarakhand HC, will be the Acting Chief Justice (CJ) after incumbent CJ KM Joseph was elevated to the SC last week. Justice KS Jhaveri of the Rajasthan HC has been appointed as CJ of the Orissa HC after incumbent Justice Vineet Saran was elevated to the top court. In the Madras HC, Justice Vijaya K Tahilramani, Acting CJ of the Bombay HC, will take over as incumbent Indira Banerjee was elevated as a top court judge. Justice Naresh H Patil will be the Acting CJ of the Bombay HC. — PTI New Delhi, August 6 The Supreme Court on Monday indicated that petitions challenging the validity of Article 35A of the Constitution — which gives permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir certain privileges — may have to be finally decided by a Constitution Bench. A two-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, which adjourned the hearing in view of preparations for rural and urban local body polls in the state, said first a three-judge Bench would take up the matter and decide if it needed to be referred to a five-judge Constitution Bench. As the Bench said the petitions would be taken up in the week commencing August 27, the petitioners’ counsel opposed the adjournment. Added to the Constitution through a Presidential Order in 1954, Article 35A gives special rights and privileges to permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir and debars other Indians from acquiring immovable property, obtaining state government jobs and settling in the state. It denies property rights to women marrying men from other states. The Article has been challenged on the ground that the President could not have amended the Constitution by an executive order without parliamentary approval, and that it was to be a temporary provision. The state government maintains that the SC has already settled the issue, citing two Constitution Bench verdicts in 1961 and 1969 upholding the President’s powers under Article 370(1)(d) to issue constitutional orders. Interestingly, the Centre has been shying away from filing its response to spell out its stand. SAD may skip voting for RS dy chief post Gujral ‘ignored’, BJP likely to back JD-U candidate New Delhi, August 6 sion in mid-July, there was The election for Deputy Chair- speculation over the possibilman of the Rajya Sabha will ity of the poll being delayed be held on Thursday. The till the next session since the announcement by Chairman ruling coalition enjoys only a M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday slight advantage of numbers. rekindled political activity. With the announcement, It is learnt that the the Opposition has Shiromani Akali Dal restarted parleys (SAD), upset at and is expected to being ‘ignored’, finalise a candimay abstain from date, possibly at its voting. At a meeting meeting on Tueshere on Monday day, amid indicaevening, Akali MPs tions that the BJP were upset that the has agreed to supBJP-led NDA was Harivansh (JD-U) port Harivansh’s apparently backing candidature. BJP Harivansh of the JD-U, at a parliamentary party mantime when he could not get agers are confident of enough votes even for a Public pulling off a victory. Accounts Committee seat. The Opposition is working The Akalis were pushing for to ensure its candidate can their MP Naresh Gujral for the create an upset. The ruling post that fell vacant after the coalition has a slight advanretirement of Prof PJ Kurien tage and much will depend on (Congress) in June. the stand of the BJD, with Since the start of the ses- nine members. — TNS Jammu, August 6 The Jammu cops foiled a possible terror attack in New Delhi by arresting a courier linked to the al-Qaida in Jammu late on Sunday. He was leaving for the national capital with eight grenades in a bag. The courier was identified as Irfan Hussain Wani (26) of Dangerpora village in Awantipora area of Pulwama district. He was arrested at Chatri Point near Presentation Convent School, Jammu. The police had put up a check-post in the area following a specific input. “During the interrogation, he revealed that he was carrying the cache of grenades to New Delhi for delivering it to another person,” said SDS Jamwal, IGP Jammu zone. , “The grenades could have been used to sabotage the IDay celebrations in New Delhi. A major plot has been foiled,” the IG said. Wani is associated with Zakir Musa’s Ansar Guzwatul Hind militant organisation linked to the al-Qaida. — TNS Leftinahuff,saysurprisedkin Surrender by Aug 13, SC asks 2 Kerala priests 24 minor girls rescued from UP shelter home New Delhi, August 6 The Supreme Court on Monday refused to grant anticipatory bail to two priests, accused of sexually abusing a married woman in the Kerala church sex scandal, and asked them to surrender before police by August 13. A Bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said the two were at liberty to seek regular bail once they have surrendered. The Kerala Police had on July 2 registered a case against four priests on the basis of a statement by a woman belonging to the same church who accused them of sexually assaulting her. The four priests, attached to the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church, were accused of sexually abusing the 34-yearold by allegedly using her confessional statement. While two surrendered, two approached the SC for anticipatory bail after the Kerala HC rejected their plea. — PTI Tribune News Service Srinagar/Anantnag, August 6 Expressing disbelief at the arrest, Irfan Wani’s family in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district claimed they had no inkling of his alleged involvement in militancy. Wani, a final-year student of a bachelor’s programme at Government Degree College, Pulwama, had left home on Friday after an altercation with mother. He had briefly worked at a private school. “We never had an inkling of his reported role in militancy. He has never been part of any protest,” said a surprised brother, Ali Muhammad, at Dangerpora village in Awantipora. “The police claim he has been an OGW (over-ground worker) for a year. Why didn’t they arrest him then? He was not even summoned to the police station,” claimed Muhammad, who owns a tractor showroom. Lucknow, August 6 The Deoria police have rescued 24 minor girls from an unlicensed shelter home following charges that they were being sexually exploited. There is still no trace of another 18 girls. “In all, 42 girls were on the rolls,” Deoria SP Rohan P Kanay said. While Girija Tripathi, the manager of Ma Vindhyavasini Sanrakshan Grih, and her husband Mohan have been arrested, a search is on for their daughter Kanchan Lata. The licence of the shelter home had been revoked after a CBI probe on June 23, 2017, it is learnt. The scandal, days after the Bihar’s Muzaffarpur sex scam, came to light when a 10-year-old inmate escaped on Sunday evening, reached the Mahila police station and narrated horrifying details. Orphaned, the girl had been left there by her grandparents. She alleged that Irfan Wani in custody of the Jammu police. TRIBUNE PHOTO: INDERJEET SINGH On Irfan leaving the house in a huff, Muhammad said: “The mother had rebuked him for not studying hard enough. He left home in a fit of rage with around Rs 70,000 that he had earned working at a private school.” “I have given all details to the police. I hope truth will prevail and he will be set free,” he said. Exploitation alleged, was being run without licence for a year while minor girls were treated as bonded slaves, those in their teens were “picked up by luxury cars”, parked at the rear of the home, at 4 pm every day and brought back in the morning. She claimed they were taken to Gorakhpur, accompanied by manager Tripathi. “On their return, the didis cry inconsolably,” she is reported to have told the police. Acting promptly, the state government removed the District Magistrate and ordered a probe. Even as CM Adityanath Yogi asked all DMs to inspect shelter homes in their areas and submit a report within 12 hours, the Congress and the Samajwadi Party demanded a CBI probe. — TNS
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).