13072018-TTC-01.qxd 13-07-2018 01:20 Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, july 13, 2018 ! late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 192 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd INSIDE Buddha smiles, after11yrs Apex court on re-investigation into anti-Sikh riots, Sec 377, Delhi garbage pile-up 1984 riots: New SIT fails to start its work Priests can’t deny rituals by lower caste members: HC Dehradun: The Uttarakhand HC on Thursday ruled that high caste priests in the state cannot turn down request for performing religious ceremonies, rituals and poojas by those belonging to lower castes at religious places. TNS SC: Bias will go if criminality of gay sex ends SCto L-G:You think you are superman... Satya Prakash UTTARAKHAND New Delhi, July 12 The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a demand for a referendum over the constitutional validity of Section 377 of the IPC, saying it would not go by majority opinion but be governed by constitutional morality. A five-judge Bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, also said the social stigma and discrimination attached to the LGBTQ community would go if criminality of consensual gay sex is done away with, even as it maintained that it would scrutinise the legal validity of section 377 of the IPC in all its aspects. — PTI New Delhi, July 12 As garbage piles up like mountains in three landfill sites at Ghazipur, Okhla and Bhalswa, the Supreme Court on Thursday admonished the Delhi Lt Governor for only holding 25 meetings and not issuing directions to the three municipal bodies to deal with the problem. “Is the office of the L-G responsible? According to your affidavit, the answer is yes. Then do not bring the Chief Minister into this,” a Bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said. Despite the L-G convening 25 meetings and making field visits, nothing had happened. “In spite of these meetings, there Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 12 A new special investigation team (SIT) set up in January this year to further investigate 186 cases relating to the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases in Delhi has failed to start its work, the Supreme Court was informed on Thursday. The counsel for the petitioner who was instrumental in getting the order for a fresh SIT probe told a Bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, that a member’s position was vacant in the SIT, headed by former Delhi High Court judge SN Dhingra. The SIT has yet to commence its work despite the NATION 5-year-old barred from home, ostracised Jaipur: In a shocking incident, the gram panchayat of Haripura in Bundi district barred a fiveyear-old girl from entering her house for 11 days, treating her as “untouchable”, only because she inadvertently crushed a bird’s egg on her first day in school (July 2). ASI permits cameras in all but 3 protected monuments New Delhi: The Archaeological Survey of India on Thursday issued orders to permit photography within the premises of centrally-protected monuments and sites. The monuments which will continue to remain out of bounds for photography are Ajanta Caves, Leh Palace and P11 mausoleum of Taj Mahal. /thetribunechd Nearly 11 years after the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan blew up half the face of seventh century ‘Buddha of Swat’, the iconic rock sculpture has been restored with Italian assistance in northwestern Pakistan. It took five years and $2.9m funding to restore the six-metre-tall sculpture. 3D tech was used to reconstruct face virtually in laboratory. AFP RE-PROBE PROCESS ■ Set up in January this year, Special Investigation Team was meant to submit its report in August ■ After coming to power in 2014, Modi Government had set up SIT headed by Pramod Asthana, an IPS officer, to re-probe 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases ■ SC in January noted that previous SIT had not carried out further probe into these 186 cases in which closure reports were filed court’s order to submit its first report in August, the counsel told the Bench. continued on page 7 Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 12 On a petition of rights activist Ahsan Untoo, the Jammu and Kashmir Human Rights Commission has sought a report from the Kupwara Deputy Commissioner and the Senior Superintendent of Police on the death of a 20year-old shopkeeper on Wednesday, whose one brother is in the Army and two are in the state police. Kupwara District Magistrate Khalid Jehangir said a magisterial probe had been ordered. Khalid Gafar was killed in Army firing at Trehgam in the frontier district of Kupwara on Wednesday evening. While the Army claims it had fired in self-defence, the deceased’s family claims he was not part of the mob and was at his shop in Bonupur. Khalid was buried on Thursday amid a shutdown in the area. His brother, serving in the Army, had arrived home on a five-day vacation only hours before the shooting. “Khalid was killed in an area where there was no stonepelting. He was in his shop,” claimed a grieving relative. “A mob of 30-40 youths resorted to heavy stone-pelting at the Army’s highway domination patrol, which verbally cautioned them. Thereafter, two blank rounds were fired into the air. However, the stone-pelting intensified, endangering the safety of the patrol,” defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia had said. Barely five days ago, three youths were killed in Kulgam clashes. Governor NN Vohra had then asked the security forces to strictly follow the laid down Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to avoid casualties and collateral damage, even in the face of extreme provocation. Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Majid Jahangir & Ishfaq Tantry Chandigarh, July 12 A tablet of buprenorphine, a substitute drug to wean away those addicted to narcotics and psychotropic substances, which is available for Rs 4.38 in government-run de-addiction centres of Punjab, is reportedly being sold in private de-addiction centres for between Rs 20 and Rs 100. To check overpricing and other malpractices, the 96 Chandigarh, July 12 Just a few hours after he retired as a judge of the Supreme Court on July 6, the Centre appointed Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel as chairperson of the National Green Tribunal. Almost simultaneously, the Haryana Government passed another order — appointing his son Nikhil Goel as an Additional Advocate General at a monthly salary of Rs 1.4 lakh. The order says Nikhil Goel, to be posted in Delhi, has been appointed “on the recommendation of the Advocate General”. Passed by Haryana Additional Chief Secretary Dr SS Prasad, the note says Goel “shall be allowed to take up private cases, except those in which the interest of the State is involved”. continued on page 7 Historic gold for Hima Das NCM orders status quo on at world athletics meet Punjabi Colony in Shillong Syed Ali Ahmed Tribune News Service COURTESY: TWITTER/IAAF Patiala, July 12 Assam girl Hima Das has become the first-ever Indian athlete to win a gold in a track event of an athletics World Championship. The 18-yearold Das won the gold medal in the 400m event at the Under20 World Athletics Championships in Tampere, Finland, on Thursday evening. Hima, the top contender for gold, clocked 51.46 seconds for her golden run. Hima was the favourite to win gold as she was the U-20 season-leader in the quarter-mile event. Hima, who finished sixth in the event at the Commonwealth Games in April, is the second Indian athlete to win a gold medal in an U-20 IAAF Hima Das World Championship. In 2016, Neeraj Chopra had won gold in a field event. — TNS New Delhi, July 12 The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has asked the Meghalaya Government to maintain status quo as regards Punjabi Colony in Shillong. The directive came following a meeting on Thursday that was attended by Shillong Gurdwara Management Committee president Gurjeet Singh, the Meghalaya Chief Secretary, the Urban Department secretary, the state’s Advocate General and NCM member Manjit Singh Rai. The state’s Urban Department has a long-pending plan to relocate Punjabi Colony, which is inhabited by around 6,000 Sikhs and 4,000 Hindu Punjabis. Rai said the NCM directed the Chief Secretary and Shillong administration to maintain status quo till the final orders. The next meeting would be held on August 9. The issue of Punjabi Colony relocation was raised by the authorities in 2004. Sikhs and other Punjabis, living there for 200 years, have approached the High Court. Gurdwara panel chief Gurjeet Singh said the situation in Shillong — which witnessed a law-and-order situation in Punjabi Colony last month — was serious and the residents had little trust in the local administration. 10 yrs gone, cash-for-judge trial may take 10 more Ishrat S Banwait Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 12 Five years ago, the Punjab and Haryana High Court minced no words to say that the cashfor-judge scam case was “lingering on for a long time”. Things have not changed much since then in the decade-old controversy allegedly involving the High Court’s then Judge, Justice Nirmal Yadav. The prosecution has not been able to bag much in perhaps the oldest pending case before the CBI court at Chandigarh. The chargesheet itself was presented IN A NUTSHELL ■ Scam surfaced in Aug 2008 when Justice Nirmaljit Kaur called in cops after a bag with ~15 lakh was erroneously delivered at her house. The CBI asserted that the money, in fact, had been demanded by Justice Nirmal Yadav ■ CBI claimed a businessman, Ravinder Singh, JUSTICE NIRMAL YADAV nearly three years after the case was registered in 2008. It took another three years for “gave a bag to advocate Sanjiv Bansal, who asked his wife to send the amount to Justice Yadav through his clerk. He inadvertently reached the residence of Justice Nirmaljit” ■ A three-judge panel drew inference that the money delivered at house of Justice Nirmaljit was meant for Justice Yadav the charges to be framed. Attribute it to the legal scheme of things that per- Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. are mountains of dumps,” it said, terming the situation in Delhi “absolutely bizarre”. continued on page 7 Day NGT got Pvt de-addiction centres under lens Dry Bihar set to chief, son made Treatment drugs being sold in bulk in gross violation of norms ease liquor law Jitendra K Shrivastava Haryana AAG Ruchika M Khanna admission charges. A survey Saurabh Malik Probe into death of J&K man whose 3 bros in Army, police ❝ You say I have the power, but do not bother to attend meetings. You think you are superman; I am responsible but nobody can touch me and I won’t do anything except blaming others mits rival sides in any criminal case to raise legal issues hovering around the trial, or the right of the defence to thoroughly cross-examine the witnesses, the fact remains that only 27 of the 81 prosecution witnesses have so far been examined by the prosecution. Going by the present pace, the trial could take another decade or so to reach a decisive stage — and this is the first rung of the judicial ladder. The case came up for hearing at the local district courts on Tuesday but was adjourned. It will now come up for hearing on August 6. WAR ON DRUGS private de-addiction centres across the state are being brought under the scanner. On agenda is conducting checks if these drugs are being sold in bulk to addicts under treatment, in violation of rules and exorbitant will be conducted and a report submitted within a week, Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Satish Chandra, told The Tribune. Sources say only one buprenorphine tablet a day must be administered to a patient, and that too under supervision. But private drug de-addiction centres are reportedly providing a 15-day dosage. continued on page 7 Patna, July 12 The Nitish Kumar Cabinet has approved a proposal to ease the stringent liquor law in dry Bihar by tabling an amendment Bill during the monsoon session of the state Assembly later this month. The government gathered feedback before deciding to amend the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016. The amendments are likely to continued on page 7
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