02082018-CT-01.qxd 8/2/2018 1:11 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 2 AUGUST 2018 | CHANDIGARH Govt officers honoured No move on Shatabdis Debut in Fiji Staff members of government offices, corporations and undertakings honoured. There is no proposal to reduce number of Shatabdis, says Northern Railway GM. Indian golfer Ajeetesh Sandhu flies across globe for over 24 hours for his debut at Fiji Int’l. P6 FORECAST P2 P5 PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 34°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34.7°C MIN 24.2°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.16 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.43 AM Students’ shifting triggers protest Two held for snatchings, Told to go to Phase 5 as Phase 6 school being downgraded to middle level 11 mobiles recovered Akash Ghai Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Students of Government High School, Phase 6, hold a protest in Mohali on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY ‘New school far off, our parents will ask us to leave studies’ Upset students, especially girls, fear that their parents will ask them to leave their studies if they have to go to the school at Phase 5. Sunita Kumari, a student of Class IX, and her elder sister Sarvesh Kumari, who studies in Class X, said their parents would make them sit at home instead of sending them to the school at Phase 5. “We belong to a poor family and we cannot afford to go to the school, which is far away ACQUITTAL OF 6 DERA MEN IN P’KULA VIOLENCE IO adopted casual approach: Judge Rajinder S Nagarkoti Tribune News Service Panchkula, August 1 The investigating officer (IO) adopted a casual approach in the investigation, said Panchkula District and Sessions Judge Ritu Tagore, while giving the detailed judgment regarding the acquittal of six dera followers in connection with last year’s August 25 Panchkula violence. On July 30, the Judge had acquitted six persons — Hoshiyar Singh from Kaithal; Ram Kishan from Karnal; Ravi Kumar from Muktsar; and Sanga Singh, Gyani Ram and Tarsem from Sangrur in Punjab. The detailed judgment was made available on Wednesday. This is the second dera violence case that has fallen flat in the Panchkula court. While acquitting the six dera men, the court said, “The statement of the investigating officer shows that he completely ignored the importance of having a witness from the public and adopted a casual approach in conducting the investigation.” The Judge also slammed the prosecution and said, “No evidence at all was collected to establish that on August 25, 2017, the accused had come to Panchkula to commit the alleged offences.” No evidence accused were dera followers “No evidence, direct or indirect, has been brought by the prosecution to prove that the accused were followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief and had come to Panchkula on August 25, 2017, and formed an unlawful assembly,” said the Judge in a 26-page detailed judgment. from our house,” said the sister duo. The distance between the GHS, Phase 6, and the GHS, Phase 5, is at least 5 km. Echoing similar sentiments, Vineet Kumar, a student of Class IX, said he would not be allowed to go to the school at Phase 5. “The school is very far from my house. My parents will definitely ask me to leave studies midway,” said the student. All students said they would regularly visit the GHS, Phase 6, whether or not they are taught there. “On the one hand, our government is stressing on the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padao’ mission and on the other, we are spoiling the studies of our ‘betis’ (daughters) with our mindless decisions,” said a teacher on condition of anonymity. She said the decision would also affect the studies of younger siblings of these students. The accused in police custody in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Used to sell phones to labourers The accused used to target pedestrians carrying expensive mobile phones. The duo used to stop them on the pretext of asking for a way and then snatch their mobile phones. Sources said the accused then used to sell the mobile phones to labourers in the Industrial Area, Phase VII, Mohali. The accused used to tell the buyers not to switch on the phones for at least two months so that they don’t get traced. Criminal past Accused Deepak has a criminal past and he had three criminal cases registered against him in the city in 2016. of the tricity,” Inspector Ranjodh said. The police said Deepak was released from jail around two months ago and 3-year-old boy attacked Cop takes insult to WhatsApp by stray dogs in Pinjore Vents ire against SSP (Traffic) over being ‘abused’ Panchkula, August 1 A three-year-old boy was attacked by stray dogs at Manakpur Nanakchand village in Pinjore. The incident took place on Monday. The condition of the injured boy, Mankirat, is now stable. The victim’s mother, Sharanjit Kaur, said her son was playing with his friends. While playing, her son went out of the house. Within no time, she heard the cries of her son and went out. Tribune News Service Mankirat. SEE ALSO P3 She said she saw four stray dogs attacking her son. He was admitted to a private hospital, from where he was discharged on Tuesday after getting proper medical aid. — TNS Chandigarh, August 1 A UT inspector, deputed in the traffic wing, posted an agonising message on the official WhatsApp group of the Chandigarh Police claiming that he felt insulted after the SSP (Traffic) reportedly called him a “gadha” (donkey). Inspector Dilsher Chandel posted a long message on WhatsApp stating that he felt insulted when SSP (Traffic) Shashank Anand used such language over some issue. The message read, “I am depressed today because we inspectors work for 15 hours daily and after completing 30 years of service, I cannot listen to such abusive language.” In his WhatsApp message, he stated that he was 54 years old and a grandfather, and at this age, being a senior Inspector, he had been insulted without any reason. He ended his message by stating that he did not want to serve in such a situation in this unit. “Sir, mera zameer nahin sun sakta galiyan.” Inspector Chandel was not available for comments. Despite repeated attempts, the SSP (Traffic) could also not be contacted. The WhatsApp group in which the message was posted has the DGP the DIG, the , SSP SPs, DSPs and inspec, tors as members. Starting today, Chandigarh Tribune brings to you a three-part series highlighting how ‘exclusive’ courts in the city have to deal with more than one type of cases. Part I covers the non-existent special magistrate court for private CBI trials. No magistrate court for private CBI cases in city Ishrat S Banwait Tribune News Service The Judge further stated, “It is held that the prosecution provided no reliable evidence to prove its case against the accused... It is a fit case where the benefit of the doubt deserves to be given to the accused and by giving them the same, I acquit them of the charges.” While the prosecution was relying on the disclosure statements of the accused, the court said, “The disclosure statements have not led to any recovery of incriminating evidence or facts connected with the present incident. Thus, the disclosure statements in themselves have failed to connect the accused with Continued on page 4 Chandigarh, August 1 Two snatchers have been arrested by the Chandigarh Police. Their arrest led to the recovery of 11 mobile phones. The police claimed two cases registered at the Sector 36 police station had been solved with their arrest. A team of the Sector 36 police station, led by Inspector Ranjodh Singh, nabbed the two accused, Deepak, a resident of Sahi Majra village in Mohali, and Sandeep Kumar, a resident of Sector 52. The police said two snatching incidents that were reported from the area under the Sector 36 police station on July 25, in which mobile phones were snatched, had been solved with the arrest of the duo. The two mobiles phones that were snatched had also been recovered. The police said the Bajaj Discover motorcycle, which was used in the snatching incidents, had been recovered by the police. “Besides these two mobile phones, we have also recovered nine other expensive mobile phones, which were snatched from various parts STATE OF SPECIAL COURTS PART-I Being tried at CJM court, where over 2,200 cases are pending, causing delay Chandigarh, August 1 While its neighbours Punjab and Haryana have a separate magistrate court for private CBI cases, the UT does not have any such court. Instead, the currently pending 26 cases are being tried at the CJM’s court. This not only denies speedy trial in private CBI cases, but also delays the cases in the CJM court, where the pendency is very high and exceeds 2,200. The public cases investigated by the CBI are tried at a special CBI court by an Additional District and Sessions Judge. These cases involve serving government officials and staffers at government institutions. All other cases whose investigation is hand- c m y b Major pending cheating, fraud cases While private CBI cases mostly pertain to cheating and fraud, these involve big names and amounts. ■ ~600-crore Surya Pharmaceutical fraud case wherein the accused, Rajeev Goel and Alka Goel, are its promoters and directors. ■ Another case involves cheating and leaking of the question paper using hi-tech devices during the MD/MS examination held in November 2012 at the PGI. As many as 26 people have been chargesheeted in the case. ■ A tax agent was booked in 2012 by the CBI after the Sales Tax Department of the Chandigarh Administration reported a fraud of ~50 lakh. Sales tax agent Vikram Thakur was arrested in the case in 2013. ed over to the CBI and involves only private persons are to be tried by a magistrate. However, Chandigarh does not have a dedicated court for the the purpose. A CBI counsel, requesting anonymity, said, “The gravity of these cases is such that a separate court is pertinent”. As the CJM court acts as a two-in-one court, it has dedicated two days to CBI cases — Monday and Tuesday. This means that CBI cases are heard on only two days a ISTOCK Mohali, August 1 High drama was witnessed at Government High School (GHS) at Phase 6 when the Mohali District Education Officer (Secondary) arrived there and issued orders to shift the students of Class IX and X to the GHS at Phase 5 here. Evidently upset, students came out of their classes and started raising slogans against the education authorities. Parents of some students and local councillors RP Sharma and Arun Sharma also reached the spot and criticised the authorities over the decision in this regard. The education authorities have decided to shift senior students of the GHS, Phase 6, to the GHS, Phase 5, as the Phase 6 school is being downgraded to the middle level. Both headmistresses of the schools were told about the decision a few days ago following which there was unrest among the students, most of whom belong to families of migrants. On Wednesday, DEO (Secondary) Sharanjit Singh Continued on page 5 week and CJM’s cases on the other four days. The general trend thus is that in these CBI cases, hearings are scheduled once in three months for newer cases and once a month for old ones. Currently, the oldest CBI case being tried in the CJM court is of 2009. A 28-year-old case here ended in 2017 with an accused and a witness dying during the trial and other witnesses telling the court that they had forgotten many details. The cheating and forgery case involved an export business and a fraud of Rs 89 lakh. The 2009 case involves an Una-based industrialist, who was booked for cheating and forgery. The trial in the case is yet to begin and evidence is being recorded currently. he was joined by Sandeep in the snatchings. Both accused are drug addicts and used to commit the crime to buy drugs. Snake spotted in washroom of sports complex Tribune News Service Mohali, August 1 Panic spread among sportspersons at the Sports Complex in Sector 76 when a large snake was spotted in one of the washrooms on the premises here on Wednesday morning. The snake was around 6 ft long and was found crawling in the washroom, which is used by sportspersons, including children. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, local resident JP Singh, who regularly accompanies his two children, both basketball players, to the complex, said he was shocked to see the large reptile when he entered the washroom. “It was a black snake with shining spots and was crawling in the washroom. The washroom is used by children too. Luckily, the snake was spotted before children went inside; otherwise some mishap could taken place,” said JP Singh. He said with the help of a snake expert, the reptile was caught and put in a plastic bag and later released in a deserted area.
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