10022018-TTC-01.qxd 2/10/2018 1:22 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday, february 10, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 40 | 28 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Indian-origin man dies in US store shooting Washington, February 9 An Indian-American was killed and another critically injured when a man opened fire in two convenience stores in the US state of Georgia. Paramjit Singh, a 44-year-old father of two high school students, was shot multiple times on Tuesday evening at the Hi Tech Quick Stop on Burnett Ferry Road. Just 10 minutes after shooting Singh, the gunman entered another convenience store and stole money before shooting 30year-old clerk Parthey Patel. He was in a critical condition. The suspect, Lamar Rashad Nicholson, 28, was arrested on multiple charges, including murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm and use of a firearm by a convicted felon. Major Jeff Jones said a security video showed the suspect walking into the store and immediately firing three shots at Singh. There was no attempt to rob the store. Police are probing the motive. Singh’s brother, who owns several local businesses, said his elder brother came to the area eight years ago. — PTI /thetribunechd SC stays new rules on working of tribunals Imagine... Agrees with suggestion for interim selection panel under CJI Vijay Mohan Tribune News Service Two persons impersonating US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un caused a stir as they appeared in the stands at the Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony at Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday. The duo was promptly shown out. “We wanted to bring world peace… it is unfair,” said one of them. The ceremony was marked by a show of unity between North and South Korea as their teams appeared under a unified flag. AFP Group Capt arrested for Maldives crisis: Modi, Trump in phone call express concern over situation espionage Beijing/Washington, Feb 9 sources said. The standoff China no to another India ‘flashpoint’ China today said it is in touch with India to discuss a way to resolve the political turmoil gripping the Maldives and underlined that Beijing doesn’t want the issue to become another “flashpoint” in ties with New Delhi. This comes on a day the White House said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump in a telephonic conversation expressed concern over the political crisis. “Both (Trump and Modi) expressed concern about the MEA: HOPE NATIONS CAN PLAY CONSTRUCTIVE ROLE New Delhi: India on Friday hoped that countries, including China, could play a constructive role in Maldives. An MEA statement said, “We note that China has said that Maldives Government has the ability to protect the security of Chinese personnel and institutions. We hope all countries can play a constructive role in Maldives, instead of doing the opposite.” TNS political crisis in the Maldives and the importance of respect for democratic institutions and rule of law,” the White House said in a readout of the phone call, the first between the two this year. While China officially con- tinues to maintain that there should not be any external interference, especially in the light of reports of India’s Special Forces ready for deployment, Beijing is in touch with Delhi to resolve the crisis, Chinese official between India and China in Doklam and Beijing’s opposition to declaring Pakistanbased Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at the UN had been major irritants in bilateral ties in the past. Maldives President Abdulla Yameen sent his Economic Development Minister Mohamed Saeed to China but India said it did not find the dates “suitable” for the visit of Maldives’ foreign minister as a special envoy to New Delhi. — Agencies Shopian: SC to take Plaint by fauji kids: MoD up plea of Maj’s dad report sought by NHRC To hear petition against FIR on Monday New Delhi, February 9 The Supreme Court will on Monday (February 12) hear a petition by the father of Major Aditya Kumar, named in an FIR registered by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in connection with the Shopian firing incident, seeking quashing of the case. Lt Col Karamveer Singh has also sought guidelines to protect soldiers’ rights and adequate compensation for them. A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra today agreed to take up the petition after the petitioner’s counsel Aishwarya Bhati demanded urgent hearing. Two civilians were killed when Armymen fired at a stone-pelting mob in a village in Shopian, prompting CM Mehbooba Mufti to order an inquiry. The FIR was registered against personnel of 10 Garhwal Rifles, including Major Kumar, on charges of murder and attempt to murder. The Army had contradicted the police FIR, reiterating that the soldiers had opened fire in “self-defence” to prevent imminent lynching of an officer, snatching of weapons and burning of Army vehicles. — TNS Violation of Army personnel’s rights alleged New Delhi, February 9 The NHRC has taken cognisance of a complaint filed by three children of Army officers alleging violation of human rights of the force’s personnel in recent incidents of stone-pelting in Jammu and Kashmir. The National Human Rights Commission said the complainants have also sought its “intervention for an appropriate inquiry into the incident of stone-pelting and assault by an unruly and disruptive mob on Army personnel in Shopian district on January 27”. In their complaint, the children have said they were “dis- turbed” by the recent incidents of stone-pelting and assaults by mobs on security forces. The NHRC observed that in view of the facts narrated and allegations levelled, “it will be appropriate to call for a report from the Ministry of Defence to know the status of the situation and steps taken by the Centre on the points raised by the complainants regarding alleged humiliation and violation of human rights of the Army personnel in Jammu and Kashmir”. A communication has been sent to the defence secretary, seeking a report in four weeks, it said. — PTI New Delhi, February 9 The Delhi Police today said they had arrested Indian Air Force Group Captain Arun Marwaha on charges of espionage for passing secret information to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence. “He was arrested on Wednesday after a case was registered under the Official Secrets Act,” said MM Oberoi, Delhi Police Special Cell’s Special Commissioner. He was produced in a court that remanded him in police custody for five days. Oberoi said Marwaha was earlier detained by the IAF on January 31 after his activities were found “suspicious”. The Air Force had approached the Delhi Police to investigate the case. According to a special cell officer, Marwaha (51) shared information and documents with two Pakistani agents who chatted with him on Facebook, pretending to be women. Fake accounts in the names of “Kiran Randhawa” and “Mahima Patel” were used to entice him. He allegedly used his smartphone to click pictures of classified documents pertaining to the IAF headquarters and sent those across via WhatsApp. The officer reportedly befriended ISI agents posing as women models a few months ago. The documents shared mostly dealt with training and combat-related air exercises. — IANS HC takes 19 yrs to deliver justice to one of its own Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 9 The Punjab and Haryana High Court has taken two decades to do justice to its own judge. Nearly 19 years after the Punjab Government denied house rent allowance to Justice AL Bahri on a par with his predecessor after being appointed as the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission president, a Division Bench has quashed the impugned communication. Rapping the state for “illtreating” a former judge, Jus- tices AB Chaudhari and Anil Kshetarpal also deprecated the bureaucrats for not understanding the difference between a government servant and High Court’s sitting or former judge. Judges or judicial function cannot be permitted to be stonewalled by browbeating or bullying methodology, the Bench asserted. “This court is aghast at the manner in which officers have mistreated a former judge… The petitioner’s compulsion to reside with his daughter having vacated house due to his retirement as a HC judge has been sadly commented upon, rather than being apologetic for not providing official residence.” Justice Bahri had moved the court in 1999 for allowance on a par with his predecessor and similarly situated retired judges. Appointed as the commission chief in January 1995, after retiring in October 1994, Justice Bahri wrote letters for allotment, stating he would not mind a house in category below his entitlement. The Bench was told that Justice Bahri’s predecessor was given enhanced allowance from ~2,500 to ~6,000. But the petitioner received impugned letters denying ~6,000 allowance granted to his predecessor. The Bench observed that Justice Bahri, out of compulsion, had to reside with his daughter in a house allotted by the Haryana Government as she was a law officer. But the government’s stand was that the petitioner was not entitled to allowance at all as he was putting up with his daughter in a house allotted from the government quota. Censuring the respondents for not providing official accommodation in violation Today’s issue consists of 28 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. of the High Court Judges (Conditions of Service) Act, the Bench asserted that the government consciously quantified the monthly allowance at ~6,000 in case of the petitioner’s predecessor. “There is no reason why any other amount lesser than ~6,000 per month could be thought of,” the Bench said. Directing the state to grant ~6,000 “plus as revised later on” and not to make deduction from his monthly salary, the Bench also quashed the letter denying the lawful claim of ~6,000 monthly allowance. Chandigarh, February 9 Putting on hold new rules that gave the government greater powers in appointing and fixing the service conditions of members of various tribunals, the Supreme Court today ordered that the selection and term of tribunal members will be as per the old rules. In an interim order, a Bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud accepted several suggestions by the petitioners, that included staying composition of the searchcum-selection committee for chairman and judicial and administrative members of tribunals, and staying the new term of office of three years — fixing it at five years instead. The apex court agreed with the suggestion to constitute an interim selection committee with the Chief Justice of GIST OF THE MATTER ■ Earlier, members of a tribunal were appointed by a committee comprising the CJI’s nominee, two secretaries and chairman of the tribunal concerned ■ The petitioners have questioned whether a provision vesting in the government the powers to merge tribunals and appoint members, denying CJI any say, could be brought by way of Finance Bill ■ The petitioners say the provision brought through the 2017 Finance Act is violative of the doctrine of separation of powers and the principle of independence of judiciary India or his nominee as chairman and that the appointment to the post shall be made through nomination by the Chief Justice. Attorney General (AG) KK Venugopal said he had no objection if the suggestions were made applicable to all tribunals as an interim measure. There are 19 tribunals in the country, such as the Central Administrative Tribunal, Armed Forces Tribunal, National Green Tribunal and Income Tax Appellate Tribunal. The petitioners suggested that all selections and appointments by the interim committee should be with the conditions of service as applicable to judges of the High Court. And that such appointments for a term of five years with conditions of service as applicable to judges of the High Court should not be affected by the final outcome of the writ petition. The AG, however, submitted that the two suggestions should be recast to read “service conditions to be as per old Acts and rules” and the term of service of members also be as per old rules. continued on page 7 Govt looks to synchronise IST Delhi Govt notifies Punjab files appeal in Anand Marriage Act Suresh Kumar case New Delhi: The government will soon launch a ~100-crore project to ensure accurate dissemination and synchronisation of Indian Standard Time (IST). Accurate time dissemination and precise time synchronisation would have a “significant impact” on diverse areas, including banking, telecom, weather forecast, disaster management and automatic signalling in railways. As part of the project, the ministry would strengthen the infrastructural facilities of five regional reference standards laboratories. Besides, two more such labs would be soon set up. PTI New Delhi: Sikh marriages in the national capital will no longer have to be registered under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, as the Delhi Government on Friday notified the Anand Marriage Act, a long-pending demand of the Sikh community. “Delhi Government notifies The Delhi Anand Marriages Rules, 2018. Long-pending demand of the Sikh community (has been) fulfilled,” Delhi Law Minister Kailash Gahlot said. Lt Governor Anil Baijal had on February 2 given his nod, paving the way for the notification. TNS Chandigarh: Claiming appointment of any person as staff officer to assist him was the Chief Minister’s prerogative, the Punjab Government on Friday moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court for setting aside the Single-Bench judgment quashing the appointment of retired IAS officer Suresh Kumar as Chief Principal Secretary to the CM. Dubbing the verdict as contrary to the facts on record and against well-settled principles of law, it said it had the powers to assign duties to an appointee. The appeal is likely to come up for hearing next week. TNS
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