05072018-CT-01.qxd 7/5/2018 12:57 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 5 JULY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Golf Club raided MC awaits nod PGTI feeder tour Health Dept raids Golf Club, issues challans for preparing food items in unhygienic conditions. P2 At least 55 resolutions passed by the Mohali MC yet to get nod from Local Government Department. P4 Kapurthala’s Ashbeer Saini cards a 2-under 68 to share the lead on the opening day. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 33°C MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29.7°C MIN 23°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.28 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.27 AM Jolt to BJP in MC panel poll 2 bikers killed in hit-and-run Loses enforcement chairman’s post to Independent councillor Tribune News Service Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 4 In a major jolt to the Chandigarh BJP the party lost the , post of chairman of the MC enforcement panel in an election held on Wednesday. Independent councillor Dalip Sharma defeated the official candidate of the party, Shakti Prakash Devshali, by four votes. The result has triggered intense infighting in the party ahead of the parliamentary elections, due next year. This is the second time after the election of the market committee chairman that the BJP’s official candidate has lost to the Opposition candidate. While the election has come as a jolt to city BJP president Sanjay Tandon, it is being seen as a victory for Mayor Davesh Moudgil, who first selected Dalip Sharma as the chairman of the committee, but Devshali, who is also the district president of the party, defied the Mayor’s verdict and decided to contest the election. The election had become an issue of prestige between Mayor Davesh Moudgil and city BJP president Sanjay Tandon. There are nine members in the committee, a majority of whom belong to the BJP . The members of the committee include Dalip Sharma, Shakti Prakash Devshali, Satish Kainth, Sheela Phool Singh, Jagtar Singh Jagga, Rajesh Gupta, Mahesh Inder Singh and Hardeep Singh. Nominated councillor MS Kondal is also a member of the committee, but he does not have the voting right. The result surprised everybody when Devsahli got only two votes, while Dalip Sharma Dalip Sharma (second from left), who was elected chairman of the enforcement panel of the MC in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTO got six votes. Sanjay Tandon refused to comment on the development. The Mayor said members of the panel had certified that he was right in his selection. He said he followed the tradition of former mayors, who used to name the chairman. The Mayor said he tried his best to nominate the chairman by giving representation to every section, including the Opposition Congress and Independents, but unfortunately Devshali filed the papers. He said he would submit a report in this regard to the party high command. Dalip Sharma termed it a victory of the Mayor. He said it was for the first time in the history of the corporation that an election was held for any committee. He said city BJP president and his supporters failed to accept Moudgil as the Mayor and were doing everything possible to harass him. Infighting comes to the fore The result has triggered infighting in the BJP ahead of the LS elections, due next year. While it has come as a jolt to city BJP president Sanjay Tandon, the result is being seen as a victory for Mayor Davesh Moudgil, who selected Dalip Sharma as the chairman of the committee, but Devshali, who is also the district president of the party, defied the Mayor’s verdict and decided to contest the election. Dalip defeated Devshali by four votes. Tandon camp blames organising secretary Councillors belonging to the Sanjay Tandon group have accused organising secretary Dinesh Kumar of interfering in the election. One of the councillors said Dinesh Kumar asked members to vote in favour of Dalip Shar- ma, a rebel candidate. Dinesh Kumar, however, refuted the allegations and said he had no role in the election. He said it was the Mayor’s prerogative to select the chairman and vice-chairman. He said it was unfortunate that an election was held for the post. BJP had swept MC elections In December 2016, the BJP had swept the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation elections by winning 20 of the 26 seats. The Congress had faced a crushing defeat. Two seats were won by the SAD and a BJP rebel, who contested as an Independent. It was for the first time in the history of the MC that any party had got an absolute majority in the House. For the BJP it was the best-ever per, formance, while the Congress, with four seats, fared well than the maiden civic poll in 1996 when the party had won only a single seat. IMMORAL TRAFFICKING CASE Non-existent section added to FIR by cops Court summons DSP, who terms it error Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 4 Having added a non-existent section of law to an FIR turned out to be an embarrassment for the city police as a court on Wednesday summoned the police for an explanation. After an inspector could not give a satisfactory reply, Deputy Superintendent of Police Satish Kumar was summoned, who said it was an “inadvertent mistake”. An accused in a case of immoral trafficking had applied for bail and among other sections in the FIR was 5 A of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act. The Judge, however, noticed it and questioned whether the section was notified. The DSP while , admitting the mistake, said they were under the impression that the section had been notified, but it was not. Defence counsel CL Das said Section 5 (1) and 5 (1) (A) of the the Act existed and Section 5 A, when notified, would define imprisonment for indulging someone in sex for money. He said the police would now have to rectify the mistake before filing the challan. In 2006, the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Amendment Bill was introduced. Among other changes, it proposed insertion of Section 5 A, which was Same section in another case The same Section 5 A of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act has been included in another FIR lodged at the Sector 31 police station. Four persons, including three women, were arrested on June 25 from a Sector 47based salon where a sex racket was being allegedly run. While the owner of the salon, Shalu, was not granted bail, two girls working there as well as a customer, Gaurav, got bail. defined as “whoever recruits, transports, transfers, harbours or receives a person for the purpose of prostitution” in the bill. However, the notification for it is yet to be made. The court asked the prosecution if an ordinance was passed in this regard, but the prosecution did not have a sure reply. The UT police had busted a prostitution racket in Mani Majra on June 11. A salon, Tressed Up, is located in the NAC, Mani Majra. The accused are the owner of the salon, Mehboob, and the manager, Swami Parsad, alias Sameer. Both had sought bail. While Sameer’s bail was rejected on Wednesday, Mehboob’s bail had been rejected by the court earlier. c m y b Panchkula, July 4 A car hit a motorcycle, killing two men before speeding away on the Barwala-Raipur Rani road on Tuesday evening. The deceased, identified as Narmail Singh and Satish Kumar, both in their mid-40s, were residents of Ambala and were going to their village from Barwala when they were hit by the rashly driven car, the police said. Narmail was riding the motorcycle, while Satish was riding pillion. Around 7.30 pm, when they reached near Raipur Rani, a white Swift Dzire coming from the other side hit their bike. The car driver initially stopped, but later sped away. The duo was rushed to the Civil Hospital in Sector 6 where doctors declared Narmail dead, while Satish was referred to the PGI, where he succumbed to his injuries. A brother of one of the deceased, who was coming behind them in another bike, managed to note down the registration number of the car – HR 03 W 0873. On his complaint, a case under Sections 279 (rash driving) and 304 A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC has been registered. Watan hai Hindustan hamara... SEE PAGE 5 What a class! Students attend a class as rainwater enters the room at Government Senior Secondary School in Sector 70, Mohali, on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY Principal, 4 school heads suspended POOR CLASS X RESULTS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 4 The UT Education Department on Wednesday suspended a Principal and four heads of government schools for poor Class X results. Besides, those in charge of three schools were transferred. The Director, School Education, Rubinderjit Singh Brar, told Chandigarh Tribune, “These schools had a poor pass percentage of less than 20 in Class X. Thus, the Principal and the heads have been suspended.” The department had earlier served notice on 28 school heads. According to the department, those who have been suspended are Neena, Principal, Government Senior Sec- ondary Model School, Ram Darbar, and school heads — Sangeeta Bajaj, Government High School, Ram Darbar, Nirmal Singh, Government High School, Sector 38-B, Satpal, Government High School, Sector 11, and Ravinder, Government Model High School, Dhanas. Veena, incharge of Government Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 19, was transferred to Dhanas, while Inderjeet, incharge of Government High School, Sector 22, was transferred to Mauli Jagran and Anuradha, incharge of Government Model High School, Sector 25, was shifted to Khuda Jasu. “They have been asked to give a good performance now and we are finding replacements for them. continued on p4 ~25,000, mobile looted at knife-point Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 4 Two Activa-borne miscreants looted Rs 25,000 at knifepoint from a pedestrian near Kala Gram, Mani Majra, on the intervening night of July 3 and 4. The PCR staff later intercepted the scooter and rounded up one person. However, the police said the victim did not identify him as one of the accused. Sources said Sandeep Kumar, a resident of Mani Majra, reported that miscreants riding a silver Activa snatched Rs 25,000, a mobile phone and an ATM card from him at knifepoint while he was going home. The accused then escaped from the spot. The incident was reported around 12.40 am. continued on p4
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