31082018-TTC-01.qxd 31-08-2018 01:16 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.240 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | friday, august 31,2018 BACK IN HYDERABAD, VARAVARA RAO ALLEGES HE’S BEING FRAMED PAGE 11 SC/STs CAN’T CLAIM RESERVATION BENEFIT IN TWO STATES: SUPREME COURT PAGE 7 /thetribunechd THE TRIBUNE RELIEF FUND FOR KERALA REGIONAL COOPERATION MUST TO FIGHT TERROR, DRUGS, SAYS MODI PAGE 16 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com ~100-cr scam stings Haryana ASIAN GAMES MEDAL TALLY 7 Gurugram ETOs chargesheeted for bogus tax refunds I Probe on Sushil Manav Tribune News Service An Appeal to Readers The flood fury of the Western Ghats has drowned the beautiful coastal state of Kerala in a sea of sorrow. The Tribune readers have always shown their magnanimity during such calamities in the past. The Tribune Trust, which has decided to contribute ~20 lakh, appeals to its readers to donate generously. Your donation will make a difference to the families of those who have lost their lives and homes. The names of all those who donate ~500 and above will be published. All such donations are eligible for deduction under Section 80-G of the Income Tax Act. Donations should be in the form of crossed cheques or demand drafts in favour of the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund and sent to The Tribune Trust, Sector 29-C, Chandigarh – 160030 or to The Tribune offices in various cities. All donations will be duly sent to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. While making the donation, please clearly mention your name, address and PAN number. — The Tribune Trust The fourth list of donors appears today on PAGE 7 IN BRIEF Kerala flood toll 483, claims CM Vijayan Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala floods have claimed 483 lives and the estimated value of destruction “is more than the annual outlay of our state”, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Thursday. IANS Chandigarh, August 30 Seven Excise and Taxation Officers (ETOs) posted in Gurugram helped nine firms siphon off funds worth over Rs 100 crore from the state exchequer via bogus tax refund claims. An FIR in this regard was filed in July. Subsequently, ETOs Narendra Dhanda and Shobhini Mala were placed under suspension after a preliminary probe. Now the government has also suspended ETOs SK Singh, Vijender Dhull, Vikas Prashar, Sanjeev Saluja and Suneela Singh. All seven have been chargesheeted under Rule 7 of the Haryana Civil Services (Punishment and Appeal) Rules, 2016, which can lead to their dismissal and demotion. As the scam unfolded, investigations into the role of two Gurugram firms further revealed the involvement of REFUND ON FAKE BILLS It would show sales outside state and claim refund for VAT paid & CST charged 3 It would procure bills from distributors, who generally sell stocks to retailers without bill, charging 1% of the bill amount 5 The bogus firm would show sales to another bogus dealer outside Haryana against Form C and charge 2 per cent CST 6 Sale on CST is permissible only against Form C. The erring ETOs would issue the form knowing well the firm did not exist The firm would then fraudulently claim ~19 lakh as refund A fake firm would procure bills of a commodity like cigarettes taxed heavily 2 A firm with bills worth ~1 cr was presumed to have paid ~21 lakh VAT though all it had paid was a mere 1 per cent 7 1 4 Unscrupulous dealers would float a fake firm, procure bills of a commodity, such as cigarettes taxed heavily (21 per cent during VAT regime and 28 per cent under GST now), from within the state. They would show the sale on paper to a firm in another state (also fake) with 2 per cent central sales tax (CST), using Form C. Having thus ‘paid’ 21 per cent VAT and ‘charged’ 2 per cent CST, the trader would fraudulently claim 19 per cent refund from the government. For example, on a sale of Rs 10 crore, a dealer would claim a refund of Rs 1.9 crore. The ETOs’ role 15 firms in Panipat district and two in Kaithal. These firms too submitted bogus claims for tax refund during transition from VAT to GST. In view of the inter-state ramifications of the scam, CM Manohar Lal Khattar has ordered that the case be handed over to the State Vigilance Bureau (SVB) as recommended by the Additional Chief Secretary, Excise and Taxation, Sanjeev Kaushal. Can’t treat berating country as sedition, says law panel New Delhi, August 30 Berating the country or an aspect of it cannot be treated as “sedition” and the charge can only be invoked in cases where the intention is to overthrow the government with violence and illegal means, the Law Commission observed in a consultation paper on Thursday. It noted that in order to study revision of Section 124 A of the IPC that deals with sedition, it should be taken into consideration that the UK, which introduced the section, abolished sedition laws 10 years ago. The consultation paper toyed with the idea of redefining sedition in a country like India, the largest democracy, considering that right to free speech and Modus operandi HAS WORD OF CAUTION ON SIMULTANEOUS POLLS New Delhi: The Law Commission on Thursday submitted its draft report, favouring simultaneous polls to the Lok Sabha and the state Assemblies while cautioning this was ‘not possible within the existing framework of the Constitution’. It recommended changes in the Constitution, Parliament rules of procedure and the electoral law. It stressed simultaneous polls would save public money and ensure better implementation of policies. “The administrative machinery will be continuously engaged in developmental activities, rather than electioneering”, it said. TNS expression was an essential ingredient of democracy that has been ensured as a fundamental right by the Constitution. “Berating the country or a particular aspect of it, cannot and should not be treated as sedition. If the country is not open to positive criticism, there lies little difference between the pre and post- Independence eras. Right to criticise one’s own history and the right to offend are rights protected under free speech,” it said. “Sedition charges can only be invoked where the intention behind any act is to overthrow the government with violence and illegal means,” it observed. — PTI Form C was issued to bogus firms by ETOs even when they were not entitled to do business for which they were issued the form. Without the form, the firms could not have continued on page 7 Cop among 10 abducted in J&K Anantnag, August 30 At least 10 persons were allegedly abducted by militants from south Kashmir late on Thursday and one of them, a policeman, was later released. The other nine have been identified as close relatives of other policemen. Militants reportedly abducted a policeman’s son from Midoora village of Tral, another cop’s brother in Kakapora and a cop from Kangan in Pulwama. Sources said there were reports of abduction from Kulgam too. “The policeman from Kangan was released after severe thrashing,” a source said. The abductions took place a day after houses of two militants were set ablaze allegedly by the forces and the father of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Riyaz Naikoo was arrested. — OC INDIA 13 21 25 59 JINSON, WOMEN RELAY TEAM GET GOLD CHAMPS ARE OUT T HE Indian athletics contingent ended campaign with a best-ever show since 1951 with 1500m winner Jinson Johnson (above, with Manjit Singh, who finished fourth), and women’s 4x400 relay team providing a golden touch on the last day of competitions. SPORTS PAGE Airlines fined ~35 lakh for de-boarding three Woman, kids were bound for Toronto Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 30 The Punjab State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has ordered the Director General, Civil Aviation, to ensure airlines develop a consumer-friendly approach, while directing Jet Airways (India) and Air Canada to pay Rs 35 lakh in compensation to a woman and her two children forced to de-board a Delhi-Toronto flight at Delhi airport. Commission president Justice Paramjeet Singh Dhaliwal and member Kiran Sibal also asked for a report after taking “appropriate measures and action”. Minali Mittal, her 11-year- old daughter Teesha and three-year-old Rivansh were left stranded at the Delhi airport during night hours “without luggage, essentials and even calling facility”. Counsel Avnish Mittal alleged that the impression Minali got was that the cabin crew came looking at their skin colour. “On finding them to be of Indian origin, they started accusing the complainant and children by shouting at them.” The three had in September last year boarded a Jet flight from Mohali to Delhi for onward journey. Teesha vomited in the Air Canada flight “due to foul smell from a locked washroom”. continued on page 7 Defending champions India lost in semis to Malaysia and denied direct entry into 2020 Olympics. They will play Pakistan for bronze. 20-yr-old lynched in UP village for ‘buffalo theft’ Bareilly (UP), August 30 A youth who was home from Dubai where he worked as a tailor was lynched in a village in Bareilly district on suspicion that he had stolen a buffalo, police said on Thursday. Shahrukh, 20, was beaten to death late on Wednesday in Bholapur Hadoliya village under the Cantt police station area. Four people have been arrested, said SP (City) Abhinandan Singh. Shahrukh and three others had gone out when a group of locals caught hold of them, suspecting they had stolen a buffalo. He was thrashed while his associates managed to escape, police said. Both sides have lodged FIRs. Shahrukh’s brother has filed a complaint against 20-25 unnamed persons and three of his associates. — PTI NIA arrests Hizb chief’s son in terror funding case Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA), probing funding of secessionist activities in Kashmir, on Thursday arrested Syed Shakeel, son of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin. PAGE 10 J&K BJP chief calls Guv ‘our man’, video is viral Jammu: J&K BJP chief Ravinder Raina has been caught on video claiming the new Governor, Satya Pal Malik, is “our man”, alluding that the latter would work at the behest of the saffron party. He said this while addressing people in Nowshera. PAGE 10 Only 5 marks, selected for post of teacher Dinesh Manhotra Tribune News Service Jammu, August 30 It may sound bizarre, but a candidate who scored five out of 120 marks in the written test has been “provisionally selected” as a maths and science teacher to “improve” the standard of education in the state. Mudasira Akhtar, roll number 19700001122, scored 5.75 out of 120. She has been provisionally shortlisted for the post of science and maths teacher for Kulgam district. APPOINTMENT LETTERS YET TO BE ISSUED ■ 1,772 science and maths teachers have been provisionally selected for 13 districts of Jammu and Kashmir ■ Apart from 120 marks of written test, 15 are being prescribed on the basis of the academic qualification of candidates “The formal appointment letters will be issued after the counselling and document verification,” said Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board, which conducted the written test. Mudasira’s is not an isolated case. Jewan Lal, roll num- ber 24700002530, scored 13 marks and features on the list of selected candidates for Samba. Jameela Tabasum with nine marks, Irshad Ahmed Cheechi with seven and Shoaib Ahmed Kassana who scored 13 have been selected as teachers for Bandi- pora, Baramulla and Anantnag districts, respectively. Similarly, Joginder Singh, who got selected from Udhampur district, has scored only 18 marks. The J&K Government had in 2015 announced to amend the recruitment rules so as to appoint qualified candidates. As per the National Assessment Survey, 87 per cent and 85 per cent students scored marks between 0 and 50 per cent in mathematics and science in the state. FB post triggers outpour for comatose braveheart Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 30 Almost three years after suffering brain damage caused by a bullet injury during a counter-insurgency operation in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara, Lt Col Karanbir Singh Natt lies quietly in room number 13 of the Officers’ Ward in Military Hospital, Jalandhar Cantonment. Completely unresponsive, Lt Col Natt is fed home-made soup, juice and blended meals through a food pipe, while wife Navpreet Kaur and father Col Jagtar Singh Natt (retd) regularly play “gurbani” hymns. An idol of Lord Ganesha, Lt Col Karanbir Singh Natt with elder daughter Guneet in happier times. sent by an unknown wellwisher after learning about his condition from a Facebook post, lies on a sideboard. Gurugram-based Col Anil Alagh (retd), his first Commanding Officer in 1997, had a few days back put up a post about him with his old and present pictures with children. It soon went viral. Ever since, thousands of people have been sharing the post and sending prayer mes- sages for the brave Army officer via social media. On Raksha Bandhan, the family received Rakhis wishing for his quick recovery. “I never knew the post would elicit such a response. I did it just because I felt for him and his family,” says Col Alagh. Lt Col Natt last spoke to his wife on the morning of November 22, 2015. Hours later, a bullet smashed his lower jaw during a jungle operation with his two men. Since he could not be airlifted till the next morning, he suffered hypoxia and cardiac arrests and went into coma. He opened his eyes nine days later, but hasn’t recognised his family, including two daughters — Guneet (13) and Ashmeet (4) — since. The family has re-located twice since the incident. They moved to Delhi, where he underwent treatment at the Army Hospital Research and Referral. Two months back, they shifted him to Jalandhar. The Army provided the family accommodation and the children attend school here. Lt Col Natt was taken into the Short Service Commission and joined the Guards Regiment in 1998. In 2012, he was relieved after completing 14 years of service. He did LLB and MBA and took up a civil job. But he insisted on going back to the Army and joined 160 TA unit, says his family. CHANDIGARH - Bridge Road, Sector 17-C, MANIMAJRA - Housing Board Chowk, MOHALI - Phase 3B2, Sector 60; LUDHIANA - Feroze Gandhi Market, LUDHIANA - Model Town Market, Near Gulati Chowk, KHANNA - GT Road Adj, PNB Main Branch, Near Kalgidhar Gurudwara; JALANDHAR - Model Town Market, Prakash Nagar Road; AMRITSAR The Mall, Near Blue Moon Hotel; BATHINDA - Bank Bazar; PATIALA - Opp. Grand Park Hotel, Bhupindra Road; HOSHIARPUR - Avtar Tower, Near Easy Day, Phagwara Road; PATHANKOT - City Center Mall, Dalhousie Road, Near Vishal Mega Mart, SHIMLA - The Mall. 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