07082018-CT-01.qxd 8/7/2018 1:20 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 7 AUGUST 2018 | CHANDIGARH Night shelter Living amid stench Bhullar to lead Raen Basera located near the Municipal Council building in Zirakpur remains underutilised. P4 Sector 70 residents live in unhygienic surroundings as ‘dumping yard’ raises stink. P5 Gaganjeet Bhullar will lead strong Indian challenge at second edition of TAKE Solutions Masters. P6 FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY | MAX 29°C MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25.4°C MIN 24.6°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.11 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.46 AM More trouble for Golf Club Rain triggers traffic snarls Civic body serves final notice, asks it to deposit dues by August 14 PROPERTY TAX Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 6 The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has served the final show-cause notice on the Chandigarh Golf Club asking it to pay the dues of Rs 5,48,11,169 before August 14. Sources said the final notice was issued by the MC on August 3 after the Golf Club failed to deposit the dues within the stipulated time given by the MC in its first notice issued on July 11. Acting tough on property tax defaulters, MC Commis- FILE PHOTO sioner KK Yadav had, on July 11, ordered issuance of a notice to the Chandigarh Golf Club, Sector 6, to deposit the dues. The club had been asked to deposit the amount by July 31. The sources said the final show-cause notice was issued under Section 138 of the Municipal Act, which gives the Commissioner the power to attach, sell or seal the property of tax defaulters. The notice said if the club failed to deposit the amount by August 14, proceedings would be initiated to recover the amount by distraint and sale of the defaulter’s movable property, by attachment and sale of the defaulter’s immovable property or by a suit. The notice states, “You (management) are called upon to show cause why action should not be initiated against you in accordance with the provision of Section 138 of the Punjab Municipal Corporation law”. The MC asked the management to present its views, if any, on August 14 at 11 am. In case the management fails to deposit the amount, action as per the Act would be initiated. The club management deposited Rs 27 lakh “under protest” recently, but the MC overruled the representation. BS Gill, president, Chandigarh Golf Club, said they were yet to receive the final notice. He said they had deposited the amount under protest and had also given a representation to the MC Commissioner as the club was promoting sports. Police personnel manage traffic during rain at the Sector 8/9/18/19 traffic lights on Madhya Marg in Chandigarh on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Tribune News Service Relief in sight for shifted students Phase 6 school not to be downgraded, Mohali Mayor, councillor assured Akash Ghai Students to be back within month Tribune News Service Mohali, August 6 In the ongoing controversy regarding shifting of students of Class IX and X of Government High School (GHS), Phase 6, to the GHS, Phase 5, Mohali Mayor Kulwant Singh, along with councillor of Phase 6 RP Sharma, held a meeting with Krishan Kumar, Secretary, School Education, Punjab, on Monday evening. During the meeting, Krishan Kumar reportedly assured the Mayor and the councillor that the school would not be downgraded and the students, who had been asked to shift to the GHS, Phase 5, would be brought back to the school within a month. Confirming the development, Sharma said the Secretary assured them that their intention was not to downgrade the school to the mid- At a meeting, Krishan Kumar, Secretary, School Education, Punjab, reportedly assured the Mayor and the councillor that the school would not be downgraded and the students, who had been asked to shift to the GHS, Phase 5, would be brought back to the Phase 6 school within a month. Students at Government High School, Phase 6, Mohali. FILE dle level. “He assured us that it would continue to be a high school and the students, who had been asked to shift to the GHS, Phase 5, would be brought back within a month”, said Sharma. He said the Secretary told them that the development (shifting of students) had taken place due to an internal issue. The Secretary also assured the public representatives that the students would face no problem in reaching their new school and a special airconditioned bus would be provided to pick and drop them. The education authorities had shifted five teachers, including a head teacher, and two Class IV employees from the Phase 6 school after asking the 50-odd students of Class IX and X to shift to the GHS, Phase 5, last week. Since then, the students have been staging a protest and refusing to leave their school. On Monday, the students, along with their parents, had decided to stage a dharna in front of Krishan Kumar’s office here, but postponed their programme in view of the meeting. Sharma said after getting an assurance from the Secretary, the students and their parents agreed to go to the new school for the time being. Two flights grounded, 26 delayed Mohali, August 6 Poor visibility led to the cancellation of two flights and delayed 26 others at the Chandigarh international airport here on Monday. The Indigo flight from Dubai to Chandigarh could not land and was diverted to New Delhi. Another Indigo flight from Delhi to Chandigarh was also sent back. According to a spokesperson for the airport, the visibility dropped to 1,500 metres from the permissible limit of 2,600 metres. The flights that were cancelled were the Delhi and Kullu flights. The flights from the city to Indore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Delhi departed behind schedule. Due to the delay in the flights, the airport was overcrowded. A long line of parked cars was seen on the road leading to the airport. —TNS No leniency for chain snatchers: HC Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service WATER LEVEL OF SUKHNA UP The recent spell of rain has increased the water level at Sukhna Lake. The water level at the lake touched 1,156. 65 ft on Monday. It was recorded at 1,155 ft in the first week of July and 1,154 ft in April. PAGE 3 Robbers target liquor vend Panchkula, August 6 Three armed robbers targeted a liquor vend in Pinjore on Monday night and looted Rs 19,000 and two boxes of whisky. According to the police, the incident took place at 9 pm. The three robbers came on a motorcycle with their faces covered and pointed pistols at liquor vend worker Dinesh. They even fired a shot into the air. They took away Rs 19,000 and two boxes of Indian-Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) with them. The police said one of the boxes of whisky fell on the way. Pinjore SHO Sukhbir Singh and other senior officials reached the spot and started an investigation. —TNS Chandigarh, August 6 Dubbing chain snatching a “very grievous offence”, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asserted that leniency cannot be shown while sentencing the convicts. The judgment came in a case where a chain snatcher was sentenced to one year and four months of imprisonment by a Ropar court. Taking up the petition filed by Gurjant Singh against the state of Punjab, Justice Surinder Gupta asserted that those snatching chains and purses of women going on roads or streets not only threatened the victims’ liberty and security, but also created an atmosphere of ter- snatching chains ❝Those going on roads or and purses of women streets not only threaten the victims’ liberty and security, but also create an atmosphere of terror in society. JUSTICE SURINDER GUPTA ror in society. “Such type of criminals are required to be dealt with sternly. The courts below have already taken a lenient view regarding the quantum of sentence by awarding rigorous imprisonment for one year four months; as such, I find no reason to take a further lenient view in this matter,” Justice Gupta added. Gurjant Singh was initially convicted and sentenced for “theft after preparation for ❞ causing death, hurt or restraint” under Section 382 and Section 34 of the Indian Penal Code by a Ropar judicial magistrate. The judgment was affirmed by an Additional Sessions Judge following which he moved the High Court. The prosecution had told the court that complainant Ivreet Kaur was going towards her house around 5 pm in September 2011 when the pillion rider on a “Bullet” snatched a gold chain she as wearing. The incident occurred near Khalsa Girls College, Morinda. The complainant, however, swiftly pulled down the pillion rider, while the other rider ran away from the spot. On her hue and cry, shopkeepers from the nearby area gathered at the spot and nabbed the person pulled down by the complainant. On enquiry, he disclosed his name as Gurjant Singh and the name of the coaccused as Mandeep Singh. He also disclosed the number of the motorcycle, while adding that the rear number plate did not carry the registration number, but a sticker of AK47. The police also continued on page 4 Chandigarh, August 6 Commuters had a hard time navigating through waterlogged roads following rain on Monday, leading to traffic snarls on all major city roads, including Dakshin Marg and Madhya Marg. Traffic moved at a snail’s pace between Zirakpur and Tribune Chowk with vehicles making serpentine queues. It took almost 40 minutes for commuters to reach Tribune Chowk as compared to the routine 15-minute drive. The narrow service road was also clogged with vehicles. A similar situation was witnessed on the road from the Housing Board light point towards the Transport light point on Madhya Marg. A long Vehicles make their way through a potholed road in Baltana on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR traffic jam was witnessed on the stretch, leaving commuters at the receiving end. Traffic snarls were also witnessed at the Sector 17/18/8/9 light point, the Sector 17 bus stand chowk, the Sector 16 stadium chowk and the Sec- tor 18/19/20/21 roundabout. Traffic snarls were also witnessed during the evening at the Sector 35/34/22/21 chowk and Tribune Chowk. Policemen were stationed at all major intersections to regulate traffic. Cleanliness on mind, civic body gets its act together Mayor holds meeting with officers, lists out measures Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 6 The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has started planning to make the city number one in cleanliness in the country. A meeting on “Chandigarh banega swachhta mein number 1” and the star-rating system for a garbage-free city was held. The meeting was chaired by Davesh Moudgil, Mayor, and attended by MC Commissioner KK Yadav and other senior officers of the civic body. During the meeting, the Mayor said a coordinated approach with decentralised solutions needed to be put in place for tackling the generation of municipal solid waste in the city. He said without ensuring the participation of citizens, specifically to change their mindset towards a garbage-free city, it was difficult to achieve the goal. The Mayor asked the officers to develop a pilot project to collect garbage through The meeting also discussed the star-rating system for a garbage-free city. FILE PHOTO MC vehicles where door-todoor collectors were not required. He said washrooms and water connections should be provided to all sehaj safai kendras. Regarding the segregation of hazardous waste, he said provision for e-waste bins should be planned throughout the city. The Mayor said night sweeping should be planned on V5 roads. He said options should be explored to hand over sweeping of markets to market welfare associations. The Mayor said workshops would be organised towards a garbage-free Chandigarh. The first such workshop for councillors would be held on August 13 and 14. The Mayor also discussed the plan of study tours of councillors and officers and asked the officers to plan these tours from August 19 to 22. He said all teams would prepare study reports and place these in the forthcoming House meeting for detailed discussions. The Commissioner briefed the Mayor and the officers about the parameters of the star-rating system for a garbage-free city. Court takes 11 months to record evidence via video-conferencing Ishrat S Banwait Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 6 While efforts to make the District Courts hi-tech here are already half-hearted, lack of technical knowhow further denies speedy trial using technology. It took 11 months for a local court to record evidence in a civil case via videoconferencing, which was done on Monday. Tracing the IP address of a court in Bhopal was the hurdle. The statement of 80-year-old Harminder Kaur Brar, who is currently in Bhopal, was to be recorded. The single woman is battling multiple ailments and is thus not fit to travel to Chandigarh to record her statement. For the past four years, she is fighting a property-related case filed by her daughter against her, who is demanding a one-third share in her mother’s property. In September last year, advocate Malkit Singh Jan- THE CASE In 2014, Jasminder Seth, then 51, filed a recovery suit worth ~1.15 core against her mother Harminder Kaur Brar and three others. Seth stated that her late father had bought a house in Sector 34. He died in 2007 and left his wife and two daughters as the only legal heirs. She stated that as her mother was mentally ill, Seth’s other sister conspired and sold the house. The house was sold for ~3.45 crore in August 2014. Seth thus demanded a one-third share in the said amount plus interest as it was her father’s investment. Harminder Kaur Brar c m y b diala filed an application in the court asking for videoconferencing for recording Brar’s statement. He stated that his client was then 79 and suffered from various ailments. Thus, travelling to Chandigarh probably more than once was not possible for her. However, on September 19, 2017, the court declined the same stating that no medical record was attached with the plea. Jandiala contested the said order in the Punjab and Haryana High Court which allowed the same after just two days. The HC order said the daughter who filed the case herself mentioned her mother’s poor health in her statement; thus there was no need of a medical record. However, for 10 months following the order, the court could not conduct the videoconferencing as it failed to connect with the Bhopal courts. However, last month, the court had a ‘eureka’ moment and decided to write to the court in Bhopal. On July 9 this year, the local court wrote to the Bhopal court asking for its IP address and contact number to make the video-conferencing possible. It was in the same letter that the court mentioned that the date of hearing was fixed for August 6. On Monday, finally, Brar’s cross-examination started via video-conferencing.
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