10072018-TTC-01.qxd 10-07-2018 01:26 Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, july 10, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 189 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd BIGFIGHT No SC reprieve for Nirbhaya convicts 3 had moved apex court for review of death penalty verdict, fourth did not appeal Belgium and France, the two most consistent teams at the World Cup, fight for a place in the final today Satya Prakash Tribune News Service ROMELU LUKAKU BELGIUM KYLIAN MBAPPE FRANCE 04 GOALS 03 GOALS PAGE 14 A dangerous striker, opens up space Will keep the Belgium defence on its for Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne toes with his blistering pace FIRST SEMI-FINAL FRANCE VS BELGIUM 11.30 PM Soon, SC proceedings live Top court, govt favour telecast of key cases New Delhi, July 9 Four convicts in the December 16, 2012, Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case stare at the gallows as the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed their petitions seeking review of its verdict upholding the death penalty given to them. A three-judge Bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, said the petitions didn’t disclose any grounds for invoking its review jurisdiction under Article 137. Justice Ashok Bhushan said review jurisdiction could Chandigarh, July 9 The Punjab Police on Monday claimed it had arrested Category-A gangster Dilpreet Singh, on the run for more than two years, in a joint operation with the Chandigarh Police at the Sector 43 ISBT after a dramatic chase and an encounter. Wanted in 25 cases, the police said the gangster was an addict who ran a syndicate of drug smugglers. It also claimed to have recovered Will give jobs to drug survivors: Mohindra New Delhi, July 9 The Supreme Court on Monday ordered shifting of seven accused facing trial in the Kathua gangrape and murder case from Kathua sub-jail in Jammu and Kashmir to Gurdaspur in Punjab. They are being tried at a sessions court in Pathankot, Punjab, after the Supreme Court shifted the trial from Jammu and Kashmir. A three-judge Bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra passed the order without issuing any notice to the accused or giving them any hearing despite Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh pointing out that norms required that they should be heard. The Bench, however, ordered the J&K Government to bear the travel expenses in case relatives of the accused wanted to travel from Kathua to Gurdaspur. It also ordered that the trial judge and special public prosecutor be provided security continued on page 7 Tribune News Service Patiala, July 9 The Punjab Government will provide “government and private jobs” to youngsters who give up drugs after rehabilitation and training, Health and Family Welfare Minister Brahm Mohindra said here on Monday. Asserting that Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had given his nod to the proposal, he said the government would open skill training centres where such youngsters would be employed after training. The minister countered reports attributing over a dozen deaths in the past one month to drug abuse, saying “until now, only two deaths have been reported in Nawanshahr. It is very difficult to maintain data as victims’ families deny postmortem out of social stigma”. Talking to The Tribune at the launch of state-level “Anti -Diarrhoea Campaign” here, Mohindra said: “The government will create job opportu- be exercised only if there were glaring omissions or patent mistakes leading to miscarriage of justice. The court also rejected the Tribune News Service Shift 7 Kathua rape accused to Gurdaspur: SC Aman Sood & Karam Prakash Nirbhaya’s mother Amit Sharma & Jupinderjit Singh court proceedings. A threejudge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra asked Attorney General KK Venugopal to submit a set of holistic guidelines to make it possible. continued on page 7 Tribune News Service ❝ ❝ We will create job opportunities within govt, private sectors to ensure rehabilitation of addicts who give up drugs Brahm Mohindra, HEALTH MINISTER NO SACKING OF STAFF Govt staff failing the dope test will not be sacked or punished. Rather, they will be given treatment and identities will be kept confidential ❝ Capt Amarinder Singh, PUNJAB CM PAGE2 nities both within government and private sectors to ensure rehabilitation of addicts who give up drugs.” “Drug addicts need love and care. We should hate drugs, not addicts. Instead, we should ensure that they are taken to rehab centres,” he said. Dilpreet Singh’s file photo 1 kg of heroin from the residence of his woman accomplice in Nawanshahr. The gangster was wanted for the murderous assault on wellknown singer Parmish Verma China reduces tariff on Indian cancer drugs Beijing, July 9 India and China have reached an agreement on reduction of tariffs on the import of Indian medicines, particularly cancer drugs, to China, the Foreign Ministry said here on Monday, days after a Chinese movie on a leukaemia patient highlighted the need for paving the way for import of cheap Indian medicines. However, it is not yet clear whether China has agreed to grant licences to Indian companies to sell cancer drugs. About 4.3 million people are diagnosed with cancer annually in China, according to the state-run television. Indian cancer-curing medicines are in big demand in China as they are far cheaper than those from western countries. In May, China had lifted tariffs on the import of cancer drugs but it failed to enthuse Indian companies as they cannot legally market drugs because a licence is required. India has been demanding opening of China’s IT and pharma sectors to reduce the $51 billion trade deficit. — PTI Justice for freedom fighter18 yrs after death Harassed by excise officials, Nobat Singh had to shut business 27 yrs ago Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 9 Nobat Singh spent nearly eight years in jail during the Independence movement. Fighting the “corrupt” system later, he found himself victimised for complaining to the CBI against an excise inspector demanding Rs 200 as illegal gratification way back in 1969. Pushed to the wall after closure of his business following constant harassment, he moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 1991 after a recovery of Rs 1.6 lakh excise duty arrears was slapped on him. Sadly, a favourable judgment in the case came 27 years after the petition and 18 years after his death. The case is just one of the 3.42 lakh cases pending before the High Court. In his petition, Nobat Singh had said he was forced to filed before the President of India petitioners’ plea for abolition of capital punishment. “So far, the death penalty remains in the Penal Code. The courts cannot be held to commit any illegality in awarding death penalty in appropriate cases.” The Bench had reserved its order in May after hearing the counsel for three review petitioners and special public prosecutor Siddharth Luthra. The SC had on May 5, 2017, upheld a Delhi HC verdict confirming the death penalty awarded by the trial court to Mukesh Kumar (29), Pawan Kumar (22), Vinay Sharma (23) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31) for raping a 23-year-old para-medical student inside a moving bus in Delhi on December 16, 2012. Akshay had not filed a review petition. Of the six accused, driver Ram Singh allegedly committed suicide, while the lone juvenile was sent to a reformatory. He has since been released. Wanted for murder, attack UPgangster killed in on singer, Dilpreet nabbed jail, like wife warned New Delhi, July 9 Soon, you should be able to watch live proceedings of courts sitting in your living room. Describing it as the “need of the hour”, the Supreme Court on Monday favoured live-streaming of Satya Prakash ‘TRUST IN COURT REAFFIRMED’ FACING THE GALLOWS The SC upholding its verdict is a strong message to those who commit such heinous crimes. MUKESH PAWAN VINAY AKSHAY This decision reaffirms our trust KUMAR, 29 KUMAR, 22 SHARMA, 23 KUMAR, 31 in the court. Our struggle will continue to secure justice for LEGAL OPTIONS LEFT Seeking a re-look at death sentence other daughters of our through a curative petition. If plea is society. dismissed, a mercy petition can be shut down his business of curing tobacco leaves which he had started in 1969 within a year because of “constant and uncalled for interference and demands of illegal gratification by officials of the Central Excise Department”. He filed a complaint with the CBI Director General against Excise Inspector SK Khanna in 1969, following which the officer was caught red-handed accepting Rs 200. “This exemplary and praiseworthy act antagonised various officials, who became his enemies. Under the cir- cumstances, he had to close his business,” Justices Ajay Kumar Mittal and Tejinder Singh Dhindsa observed. The officials impounded tobacco leaves and took away account books. “The total value of uncured leaves and 3,000 gunny bags then was Rs 1.8 lakh,” the Bench said. In 1991, Nobat Singh was shown the letter that a sum of Rs 1,60, 271 was to be recovered. The Bench allowed the petition after observing that recovery could not be effected from the legal heirs after his death about 18 years ago. earlier this year from whom he had demanded a ransom of Rs 10 lakh. He had made an extortion call to popular singer-actor Gippy Grewal too. Also, he had shot dead a sarpanch in Chandigarh on April 9 last year. Dilpreet would shoot his victims in their legs, perhaps with the intent to terrify them. He had escaped while being taken back to jail from a Ropar court in May 2016. Dinkar Gupta, DGP-Intelligence, said the operation was led by Jalandhar-Rural SSP continued on page 7 influential politicians were Tribune News Service conspiring to eliminate him, Lucknow, July 9 has sought a CBI probe. “He Notorious sharpshooter Prem may be killed inside the jail Prakash Singh alias Munna either by the police or crimiBajrangi, 51, was shot nals on their instrucdead inside Baghpat tions,” she had jail on Monday, hours warned, claiming before he was to be there had been an taken to court for a attempt to poison hearing. He was an him inside Jhansi jail. accused in 40 cases, Petitioning the including murder and Varanasi court, she had Munna Bajrangi extortion. sought more security His wife Seema Singh, who from CM Yogi Adityanath. Ten had told the media here on days later, Bajrangi was killed June 29 that a Special Task just as she had said — by another continued on page 7 Force (STF) officer and some Shahira Naim IN BRIEF WORLD Brexit crisis: Johnson quits London: PM Theresa May’s strategy to leave the European Union hung in the balance on Monday after two leading eurosceptic ministers resigned in protest at her plans to retain close EU ties after Brexit. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quit just hours after David Davis resigned. P13 Thai cave: 4 more rescued Mae Sai: Four boys were safely brought out of a flooded cave in Thailand on Monday, taking the total number of rescued to eight. There was no word on the boys’ health. “All four boys have arrived at hospital, all are safe,” Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue mission, said. P13 NATION 2 BSF jawans killed in C’garh Raipur: Two BSF personnel of 121 battalion were killed in an IED blast triggered by Naxals in Kanker district of Chhattisgarh on Monday while they were patrolling the area. The incident took place around 5 pm in the forest of Tadbauli village. PTI Assam Rifles man dies in blast Imphal: One Assam Rifles jawan was killed and three others injured in an IED blast carried out by militants near the IndoMyanmar border in Manipur’s Kamjong district on Monday. The militants had planted the IED near Kangpat village. PTI
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