07112017-TTC-01.qxd 11/7/2017 1:24 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, november 7, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 307 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd HC summons call record of cops in Murthal rape case Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 6 Little less than two years after Haryana’s senior police officers “magically appeared” at Sukhdev Dhaba and “escorted women up to Delhi border”, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked for the call details of the officers in the Murthal rape case. Taking up a suo motu (court on its own motion) case, a Division Bench asked the state government to provide the call details of the IG, SP , DSP SHO and other police , officers present in Murthal area. Justice AK Mittal and Justice Amit Rawal made it clear that the call details from February 19 to 22, 2016, were required to be furnished. The Bench also called for the statements of all 573 witnesses recorded under Section 161 of the Code of Criminal Procedure by the Haryana Police during the course of its investigations after the High Court took cognisance of reports carried in these columns on the rape in the fields of Murthal. The orders came after amicus curiae (friend of the court) Anupam Gupta submitted that he was not in a position to ascertain whether the investigation was proceeding in the right direction, in the absence of statements of the witnesses and other related record. Seeking directions to the state to provide case-related details, Gupta referred to Supreme Court judgments on providing amicus curiae access to documents pertaining to investigation of cases. Restating the demand for a CBI probe, Gupta submitted that investigation by the premier agency was the only hope for unveiling the truth behind the rape. Gupta reiterated that information available with him suggested that the dhaba owner, Amrik Singh, knew the truth. “After that several senior cops magically appeared at the dhaba and escorted all women up to Delhi border. Something had happened at Murthal. Amrik Singh’s dhaba was not ransacked by the protesters because he had paid protection money. The call details of the cops present at his dhaba on that day could be helpful in this case,” Gupta added. Asking for the copies of statements of all 573 witnesses, Gupta said the probe by the special investigation team was an attempt to push the truth under the carpet of secrecy. The case will now come up on November 22. Gupta, on the previous date of hearing, had claimed that nine rapes took place at Murthal during the reservation stir in February last year. Refusing to shut its eyes to the “rape”, the High Court had earlier made it clear that the Bench might consider handing over the probe to the CBI if the special investigation team failed to come out with anything substantive. /thetribunechd Rahul promises ‘special treatment’ for Kangra Modi-Karunameet sparks speculation BJP warming up to Cong ally DMK? Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service LOOKING UP: Congress VP Rahul Gandhi, HP CM Virbhadra Singh and party candidate Asha Kumari in Chamba on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Lalit Mohan, Ambika Sharma & BK Prashar Tribune News Service Shimla, November 6 Lauding Himachal’s model of development, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his charge of “rampant corruption” in the state, quoting a NITI Aayog report stating the graft level in the hill state was way below that in other states. “Himachal fares far better than the BJP-ruled Gujarat on development parameters,” he said, citing the report. Rahul, who addressed three rallies at Paonta Sahib, Where are the jobs, he asks Modi Says HP model better than Gujarat’s Chamba and Nagrota Bagwan on his maiden visit to the poll-bound state, questioned the PM on corruption and his silence on the “abnormal rise” in the turnover of Amit Shah’s son Jay’s company. Accusing the BJP of doublespeak, he said the party had not initiated action on corruption charges against its leaders in Madhya Pradesh and in Himachal where the former CM (read PK Dhumal) had “embez- zled” precious government land for a cricket ground and his son was removed as president of the Board of Cricket Control in India. In a bid to woo voters of Kangra (it has 15 Assembly segments), he promised the district would be accorded “special treatment,” if the Congress was voted back to power. There has been a demand for a deputy CM from this area to strike a “regional balance”. Significantly, Kangra district with the maximum number of Assembly seats will have a key role in the poll outcome. Rahul claimed while the Congress (read Virbhadra) believed in karma, the Prime Minister believed in claiming credit for work done by others. The remark struck a chord with the audience which responded with an applause. He said the Congress government headed by Virbhadra had provided 70,000 jobs to the youth whereas during his stint as Gujarat CM, Modi could provide jobs to barely 10,000. Pointing out that in terms of development, Himachal continued on page 7 New Delhi, November 6 Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with top DMK leaders in Chennai today sparked off speculation on political dynamics and configurations in Tamil Nadu, where a strife-torn but “BJPfriendly”AIADMK is in power. Even as leaders of both parties called the Prime Minister’s meeting with nonagenarian DMK chief M Karunanidhi a “courtesy” call, it triggered speculation on the state’s political future. Many saw the BJP’s warming up to a Congress ally (the DMK) an open acknowledgment of the strengthening of Karunanidhi-led party and the weakening of its rival, the deeply divided AIADMK post J Jayalalithaa, in the southern state. Observers say it is a clear indication that in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the 2014 top performer AIADMK will be forced to take a back seat. Despite its best efforts, the BJP has been unable to get the AIADMK juggernaut together and is keeping all options open with the General Election on mind. “I don’t think there is any harm in being friendly with everyone, like we are in Andhra Pradesh with N Chandrababu Naidu (TDP) and Jaganmohan Reddy (YSR Congress),” said a BJP leader. The PM was received by senior DMK leaders MK Stalin and MK Kanimozhi at the Chennai home of their father PM Narendra Modi with DMK chief M Karunanidhi and his son MK Stalin in Chennai. PTI With 2019 LS polls on mind, BJP seems to have kept its options open in crucial Tamil Nadu who recently made his first public appearance after a long illness. The PM was in Chennai to attend some functions. The DMK is a Congress ally and has been part of the Opposition alliance that has regularly taken on the BJP . The observers say the BJP “misread” Tamil Nadu politics that has for long been dominated by the AIADMK and DMK. With its overpowering “Hindutva and authoritative bearing,” the party continues to be seen as an “outsider,” they argue. 714 Indians in global tax evasion scam Nirmala’s Arunachal visit may Union Minister Jayant, BJP MP, Pilot, PC’s son, Bachchan on list Sukhpal Singh Khaira HC stays NBW against Khaira Chandigarh, November 6 Staying the execution of nonbailable warrants (NBW) issued against Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Sukhpal Singh Khaira in a drugs case, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today put the State of Punjab on notice. The order by Justice AB Chaudhari came about a week after Fazilka Additional Sessions Judge summoned Khaira to face trial as an additional accused in the case. The matter has been posted for November 9 for final arguments. Dubbing it as a “classic instance of political vendetta”, Khaira had moved the High Court, claiming that attempts were being made to implicate him as an accused with the sole purpose of tarnishing his reputation. Khaira was summoned as an additional accused in an FIR dated March 5, 2015, registered with the Sadar police station, Jalalabad. Describing himself as a “fearless politician and crusader against various evils,” Khaira said he had persistently raised his voice against the drug and mining mafia in the state. Seeking the setting aside of the impugned order dated October 31, he said it was passed by the court after the trial of the accused stood culminated with the passing of the conviction and sentence order. — TNS hurt peace, says rattled China and 19 tax havens across the world, according to a daily that was part of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) involved in the expose. “Interestingly, it is an Indian company, Sun Group, founded by Nand Lal Khemka, that figures as Appleby’s second-largest client internationally, with 118 different offshore entities,” it said. The leaked data indicates that among Appleby’s Indian clients were several prominent corporates and companies which subsequently came under the scrutiny of investigating agencies like the CBI and the ED. These include firms in the Sun-TV-Aircel-Maxis case; Essar-Loop 2G case; SNSLavalin in which Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was named and then cleared; the Rajasthan ambulance scam, which has recently been routed to the CBI and which names a company called Ziquista Healthcare (Sachin Pilot and Karti Chidambaram were earlier honorary/independent directors of the firms; and fresh financial links in a CBI case against YSR Congress chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha’s name figures in the record because of his past association with Omidyar Network. continued on page 7 Soldier killed in Pulwama gunfight Hasmukh Adhia is Finance Secretary Smog trouble for commuters Name booze after women: Maha mantri Srinagar: As interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma, who arrived in Srinagar on Monday, met nine delegations, a soldier and three militants were killed in a fierce gunfight in Pulwama. “As the search operation was being carried out, the hiding militants opened fire, resulting in injuries to the soldier. He later succumbed to his injuries,” defence sources said. The identity of the slain soldier could not be established. Clashes erupted near the encounter site. A protester was injured. PAGE 10 New Delhi: Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia, a 1981-batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre, has been designated as the new Finance Secretary, an official order said. The vacancy was caused following Ashok Lavasa’s superannuation last month. IAS officer Rajiv Kumar of 1984 batch is the Financial Services Secretary. Ajay Narayan Jha is Expenditure Secretary and Neeraj Kumar Gupta Secretary, DIPAM. Subhash Chandra Garg, a 1983 batch IAS officer, is Economic Affairs Secretary. PTI Chandigarh: Dense smog has enveloped most parts of the state, throwing life out of gear and causing fatal accidents. Six persons have lost their lives on state highways in the past 24 hours due to poor visibility. The situation worsened last evening when low-velocity winds led to heavy concentration of pollutants, causing breathing problems and irritation in eyes. PPCB data reveals the average concentration of PM10 was 177 mg/Nm3 and average concentration of PM 2.5 was 90.18 mg/Nm3. PAGE 2 Shiv Kumar New Delhi, November 6 Minister of State Jayant Sinha, BJP MP Ravindra Kishore, Congress leader Sachin Pilot, former minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti and Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan figure among 714 Indians named in a financial data expose on how the world’s rich and powerful have stashed their wealth abroad to evade legitimate taxes, according to a worldwide investigation. India ranks 19th among 180 countries, exposed in the cache of 13.4 million documents dubbed as “Paradise Papers”, in terms of the number of individuals and companies who have skirted taxes and invested in offshore companies in tax havens. The expose comes a year after Panama Papers leak and two days before the government observes “Anti-Black Money Day” to mark the first anniversary of demonetisation. The data relates to two firms — Bermuda’s Appleby and Singapore’s Asiaciti — MULTI-AGENCY GROUP TO CONDUCT PROBE New Delhi: The government on Monday said investigation units of the Income Tax Department had been told to take note of the revelations. The investigations will be monitored through a reconstituted multi-agency group headed by the Chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes. “The investigation units of the I-T Department have been alerted to take note of revelations for appropriate action. It has been reported that many cases of offshore entities are already under investigation on fast track,” the Finance Ministry said. TNS NO WRONG DONE All transactions were bonafide and undertaken on behalf of reputed organisations in my role as partner at Omidyar Network and D Light board. ❝ Jayant Sinha, MOS WILL COOPERATE It takes a while to dig out old files and to compile all that they want... the fullest cooperation has been extended... we shall comply... It is the norm. ❝ Amitabh Bachchan Tribune News Service Mumbai, November 6 Maharashtra’s Minister for Water Resources Girish Mahajan has come in for attack from major political parties for suggesting that alcohol brands be named after women in order to boost their sales. Mahajan, who inaugurated a sugar mill-cum-distillery in state’s Nandurbar district last weekend, suggested that its product should have been named “Maharani” instead of Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. Beijing, November 6 China today objected to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s first visit to Arunachal Pradesh, saying her tour of the “disputed area” is not conducive to the peace and tranquillity in the region. Sitharaman, India’s first woman Defence Minister, yesterday visited forward Army posts in remote Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh bordering China to take stock of the defence preparedness. She also tweeted pictures of her visit, including her meeting with Army officers. “As to Indian Defence Minister’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, you must be very clear about China’s position,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing. “There is a dispute on the eastern section of the ChinaIndia boundary. So this visit by the Indian side to the disputed area is not conducive to the peace and tranquillity of “Maharaja”. The minister went on to say that several distilleries in other parts of Maharashtra were successfully selling liquor with brand names such as “Julie”, “Bobby” and “Bhingari”. After Mahajan’s remarks were reported in the local media, women’s rights activists filed police complaints against him. Paromita Goswami, who runs NGO Shramik Elgar, filed a complaint against Mahajan at a police station in Chandrapur district of Vidarbha for insult- Nirmala Sitharaman ❝ There is a dispute on the eastern section of the China-India boundary. So this visit by the Indian side to the disputed area is not conducive to the peace and tranquillity of the region. Chinese Foreign Ministry the relevant region,” she said in a response to a question. The Indian side should work with the Chinese side to make contribution to properly resolving the issue through ing the modesty of women. The Shiv Sena hit out at Mahajan for his remarks even as women in many parts of the state were demanding closure of liquor shops in villages. “The BJP’s allies like Nitish Kumar have banned the sale of liquor in their states. But in Maharashtra, the BJP’s own minister is coming up with suggestions on how to increase sales of liquor,” Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece Saamana said in an editorial today. The NCP went a step fur- dialogue and create enabling environment and conditions, she said. “Hope India will work with China for the shared goal, seek a solution acceptable to both sides and accommodate our concerns in a balanced way,” she said. India’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In the past, New Delhi has reacted strongly to any attempts challenging its sovereignty over Arunachal. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet and routinely objects to top Indian officials’ visit to the area. The Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China stretches to 3,488 km. Special representatives of both sides have held 19 rounds of talks to resolve the dispute. Sitharaman had visited Nathu La area on the IndiaChina border in Sikkim last month and greeted the People’s Liberation Army soldiers across the border. — PTI ther, wondering if Mahajan was a habitual drinker. “Looks like the minister is a habitual drinker who likes four bottles of ‘Maharaja’ at night,” NCP leader Nawab Malik said. With the BJP leadership also leaning on him, the minister apologised for his remarks. “This remark was made in a lighter vein when someone told me that liquor sales were poor. Now I realise it was a mistake and I am apologising for it,” Mahajan told the media here today.
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