14092018-TTC-01.qxd 9/14/2018 1:18 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.254 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | friday, september 14,2018 CHINKS IN OPPN UNITY, MAYA BLAMES CONG FOR FUEL PRICE HIKE PAGE 7 MYANMAR'S SUU KYI DEFENDS JAILING OF TWO REUTERS JOURNALISTS PAGE 13 /thetribunechd MARY KOM, SARITA ENTER SEMIS OF POLISH BOXING TOURNEY PAGE 14 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com 3 militants killed in 33-hr ops Mallya wraps Cong, BJP in war of words Amir Karim Tantray & Arteev Sharma THE TRIBUNE RELIEF FUND FOR KERALA Rahul targets Jaitley, BJPthe Gandhis 12 security personnel injured in Reasi forest gunfight with infiltrators Tribune News Service An Appeal to Readers The flood fury of the Western Ghats has drowned the beautiful coastal state of Kerala in a sea of sorrow. The Tribune readers have always shown their magnanimity during such calamities in the past. 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While making the donation, please clearly mention your name, address and PAN number. — The Tribune Trust IN BRIEF Clean chit to Dhumal in assets case, probe closed Shimla: In a major relief to Himachal Pradesh ex-Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, the state has closed the vigilance probe against him in a disproportionate assets case. The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau, that was investigating the allegations for the past four years, did not find any substance in the charges and recommended to the government to close the case. PAGE 10 Faridabad to have development authority Chandigarh: Haryana’s CM Manohar Lal Khattar has announced constitution of the Faridabad Metropolitan Development Authority on the pattern of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority. He said since Faridabad was the second largest city, it was decided to constitute the FMDA to make available quality infrastructure. TNS Kakryal, September 13 Three armed militants were today gunned down by the security forces in a day-long encounter that broke out in the morning at Dhirti village, near Kakryal area of Reasi district. Twelve security personnel, including Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohan Lal Sharma, two CRPF officers and three para-commandos, were injured in the gunfight. Except one, all of them are stated to be out of danger. The operation, which lasted 33 hours, was launched on Wednesday morning after three militants fired at the police at Sai Cafeteria, near Daami Bridge, and escaped into the forests in Jhajjar Kotli area along the JammuSrinagar national highway in Jammu district. “All three militants have been eliminated in a joint operation by the J&K Police, Army and the CRPF Their . bodies have been recovered along with ammunition, including three AK-47s, pistols and hand grenades,” said SDS Jamwal, Inspector General of Police, Jammu, adding the trio belonged to Jaish-eMohammad and were part of the fresh group of infiltrators. continued on page 7 related report page 10 Security personnel take position during the encounter at Kakryal in Reasi on Thursday. iNDERJEET SINGH Pak SC refuses to rein in JuD Fasihur Rehman Khan ISI FIRST LINE OF DEFENCE: IMRAN ISI is our first line of defence and stands out as the best intelligence agency of the world… I laud the contribution of ISI towards national security, especially in the ongoing counter-terrorism effort ❝ Islamabad, September 13 The Pakistan Supreme Court today rejected the federal government’s appeal against a Lahore High Court order that had allowed Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) — led by Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed — and its affiliate Falahe Insaniyat Foundation to continue their welfare activities until their fate is decided in the pending case. The petition by the Interior Ministry was dismissed on the ground that the federal government is already involved in the case at the High Court level. Imran Khan, PAKISTAN PRIME MINISTER The Interior Ministry had argued that the interim order was hindering the government from fulfilling national and international legal requirements that might involve severe consequences for the country. In April, Saeed had approached the SWAMY STEPS IN TOO Two undeniable facts on Mallya escape issue: 1. Look Out Notice was diluted on Oct 24, 2015, from ‘Block’ to ‘Report’ (sic) departure enabling Mallya to depart with 54 checked luggage items. 2. Mallya told FM he was leaving for London. Subramanian Swamy, BJP MP everything. Jaitley should tell us if he allowed Mallya to run away or whether the PM instructed him.” In its counter-offensive, the BJP alleged the Congress was trying to cover up its sins. Showing a clipping wherein former PM Manmohan Singh spoke of plans to look into the concerns of private airlines, Union Minister Piyush Goyal claimed this was “evidence of the involvement of the top Congress leadership to bail out private airlines”. He, however, was evasive on why the lookout notice was diluted from “block to report”. — TNS Justice Gogoi to take over as CJI on October 3 New Delhi, September 13 The President has appointed Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India. He will assume office on October 3, after the retirement of Justice Dipak Misra. Justice Gogoi, who will be the 46th Chief Justice of India, will have a 13-month tenure before retiring on November 17 next year. Earlier this month, outgoing CJI Misra recommended the name of Justice Gogoi for appointment as his successor. In doing so, he followed the convention that also put to rest speculation over supercession in the wake of the unprecedented January 12 press conference of the four seniormost SC judges, including Justice Gogoi. Enrolled as an advocate in 1978, he practised at the Gauhati High Court on constitutional, taxation and company matters. Appointed a Permanent Judge of Gauhati HC in 2001, he was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana HC in 2010 and appointed CJ in 2011. He was elevated to the SC in 2012. — TNS Cheer for Punjab 42 bogus firms, ~30-cr tax Relief for 2 ex-SSPs govt probationers refund scam in Panipat in sacrilege case HCquashes condition of fixed salary Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 13 In a major relief to Punjab government employees, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today quashed conditions in their appointment letters that allowed only fixed pay to probationers, without counting the service rendered during the probation period. The Bench of Justices AB Chaudhari and Kuldip Singh directed the government to pay all employees, appointed on a regular or ad hoc basis on substantive posts, regular pay in time scale, along with all allowances. The Bench asserted that the government had given Hobson’s choice to petitioner-employees. “Due to eco- Sushil Manav nomic compulsions, they did not have any alternative except to accept what the government put to them. But then the terms in the appointment order clearly amount to unconscionable terms of contract. The state government could not have provided for such terms.” Senior advocate DS Patwalia, the counsel of petitioner Gurwinder Singh and others, submitted that the conditions in the appointment letters said an employee would be paid fixed emoluments after direct recruitment during the probation period, including period of extension in probation, if any. It would be equal to “minimum of the pay band of the said post”. continued on page 7 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 13 Days after a bogus tax refund scam of Rs 100 crore came to light in Gurugram, 42 bogus firms in Panipat, all registered in the name of an untraceable person, are alleged to have siphoned off at least Rs 30.6 crore. Looking into the inter-state and inter-district ramifications of the scam, the Haryana Government has ordered a probe by the Vigilance Bureau. The scam, pertaining to bogus VAT refund claims during 2016-17 and 2017-18, came to light during the scrutiny of Gurugram-based firm Vipin Enterprises’ transactions. The authorities found that Panipat-based Paras Enterprises also played UP govt to let off Bhim Army chief REUTERS Kerala HC says satisfied with probe into nun’s rape charge Kochi, September 13 The Kerala High Court today expressed satisfaction over the police investigation into the allegations of rape levelled by a nun against a Roman Catholic Bishop. A Division Bench of Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Justice AK Jayasankaran Nambiar made the observations after perusing a report of the investigating officer in the case submitted by the Director General of Prosecution. “We are of the prima facie view that the investigation is being conducted in a fair and professional manner and at this stage, it would be inappropriate to issue any specific direction,” it said. The court was hearing three petitions alleging that the HC against severe restrictions placed against his organisation. Then the court had restrained the government from harassing Saeed. The Pakistan government had earlier this year amended the Anti-Terrorism Act to continued on page 7 New Delhi, September 13 The war of words between the Congress and the BJP over fugitive Vijay Mallya escalated today with Congress president Rahul Gandhi accusing Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of lying and allowing the liquor baron to escape. Hitting back, the BJP alleged the Gandhi family had tried to salvage the businessman’s floundering Kingfisher Airlines in 2011-12. Gandhi alleged that Jaitley “discussed the logistics of Mallya’s escape during a meeting in Parliament in March 2016 and gave him a free passage from the country. This is an open and shut case. The FM colluded with a criminal. Mallya told the minister he is running away. The FM too has admitted that Mallya told him he will be leaving the country. “But the FM did not inform the CBI or the ED. Why? Why an extended meeting with Mallya,” asked Gandhi. He was flanked by party colleague PL Punia, who claimed he had seen Jaitley and Mallya engaged in a 20minute conversation. Asked whether he was hinting at PM Narendra Modi’s role, Gandhi said, “Of course. The PM decides A woman consoles a nun seeking action against the Bishop in Kochi. police investigation in the case against Jalandhar diocese Bishop Franco Mulakkal was “ineffective”. One of the petitioners has sought a CBI probe into the case, with mounting pressure for action against the Bishop. The court said the alleged incident took place some years ago and it was quite natural that the probe was taking time. Any hasty investigation would only allow the accused to go scotfree, it said, posting the petitions to September 24. — PTI Lucknow, September 13 After spending 15 months behind bars, Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar alias Ravan may soon be released from Saharanpur jail in Uttar Pradesh. Along with the Dalit rights crusader, Sonu and Shiv Kumar of Shabbirpur village in Saharanpur, where clashes between Rajputs and Dalits took place in May last year, would be freed. Chandrashekhar was first arrested on June 8, 2017, from Dalhousie in HP The cases . pending against him were for misuse of social media and instigating violence in Ramnagar in May last year. On November 4, the Allahabad High Court had granted him bail. However, the Yogi Adityanath government imposed the NSA to continue their imprisonment. — TNS SHADY DEALS ■ 42 non-existent firms based in Panipat firms, all headed by an untraceable individual, siphoned at least ~30.6 crore ■ The figure may touch ~50 crore by the time the probe is completed ■ All these firms had given the same mobile phone number as contact of their proprietors, but the number seems non-functional a fraud with the government through bogus business with Vipin Enterprises. Paras Enterprises proprietor Tarun Kumar cannot be traced so far. In fact, no such firm exists at the registered address of 7-Ward Chungi, Sanoli Road, Panipat. The mobile phone number provided at the time of registration as that of the proprietor also belongs to someone else. Investigations revealed that 41 more firms had given the same number as the contact of their proprietors. Paras Enterprises and other such firms claimed input tax credits (ITC), commonly called tax refunds, worth Rs 17.33 crore showing transactions at a number of stages with bogus dealers. The dealer’s returns reflected interstate purchases worth Rs 52.08 crore, but the Form C continued on page 7 HCstays Justice Ranjit panel proceedings Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 13 Weeks after Justice Ranjit Singh Commission’s report on incidents of sacrilege in Punjab was placed before the Vidhan Sabha, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed further proceedings against then Faridkot SSP Charanjit Singh, then Mansa SSP Raghbir Singh Sandhu, along with then Station House Officer (SHO) of the Bajakhana police station Amarjit Singh. All three have since retired. Issuing a notice of motion for September 20, Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain made it clear that the stay was on proceedings in pursuance of recommendations by the Justice Inmate of Rajpura SOS village alleges rape, FIR 2 months later Aman Sood Tribune News Service Patiala, September 13 A day after five children, including two girls, fled Rajpura’s SOS Children's Village, the Rajpura police on Thursday registered a rape case on a complaint lodged by a 15-year-old inmate more than two months ago. The latter had alleged she was raped by a fellow inmate. “We have filed a case under Section 376 (rape) and various Sections of POCSO Act, 2012, against the accused, who is now working in Kansal. He left the home earlier this year,” DSP Krishan Kumar Panthe said, adding the case needed to be thoroughly probed as the victim had gone back on her state- A view of SOS Children’s Village in Rajpura. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAJESH SACHAR ment on an earlier occasion. Meanwhile, there was high drama through the day with the five escapees, one of them the brother of the alleged rape victim, claiming they were “sexually tortured” by seniors even as the staff members chose to look the other way. The home has been in a midst of a controversy since July with a private trust writing to the police, alleging that two girls at the SOS Village continued on page 7 Ranjit Singh panel. The three had moved the High Court through counsel Sant Pal Singh Sidhu and Amandeep Singh Talwar for quashing Justice Ranjit Singh’s report primarily on three grounds. Senior advocate Akshay Bhan and Sidhu argued that the first commission set up under Justice Zora Singh could not have been substituted by a second commission, that Justice Ranjit Singh commission had gone beyond its mandate by involving itself in presumptive adjudicatory process and three, that it had not complied with procedure. Elaborating, Bhan and Sidhu argued that the first commission was required to be continued on page 7 3 posts for ABVP in DUSU elections New Delhi, September 13 The ABVP student wing of , the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, on Thursday bagged three posts, including that of the president, in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections. The NSUI, student wing of the Congress, won only one seat. ABVP’s Ankiv Basoya won the presidential post with a margin of over 1,700 votes while party’s candidate Shakti Singh was declared as the vice-president. NSUI’s Akash Choudhary won the secretary’s post while ABVP’s Jyoti was victorious on the joint secretary post. Choudhary alleged that data of seven EVMs was missing. The Chief Electoral Officer said the EVMs had not been issued by the Election Commission. — TNS more on page 6
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