26092018-TT-01.qxd 9/25/2018 10:41 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.138 no.266 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | wednesday, september 26,2018 ! haryana MUD-SLINGING WON’T WORK, SAYS PM; ASKS CONG TO DEBATE ISSUES PAGE 7 WORLD IS SUFFERING FROM BAD CASE OF ‘TRUST DEFICIT DISORDER’ PAGE 13 /thetribunechd THE TRIBUNE RELIEF FUND FOR KERALA SC fine with MPs, MLAs as lawyers LT GEN MANOJ MUKUND NARAVANE TO HEAD EASTERN COMMAND PAGE 16 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Highest sporting honour ‘COURT CAN’T MAKE LAW’ PHOTOS: MUKESH AGGARWAL/PTI truth, which is a termite to the citadel of democracy, be that as it may, the court cannot make the law No rule to ‘restrict them from practising’ Satya Prakash 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. 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While making the donation, please clearly mention your name, address and PAN number. — The Tribune Trust IN BRIEF Key SC judgments today, including on Aadhaar New Delhi: The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce on Wednesday a number of significant judgments, including the validity of the Centre’s flagship Aadhaar scheme, live streaming of court proceedings and granting quota benefits in promotions to SC/ST employees. The verdict will also be delivered on a question whether the grant of stay on the conviction of a disqualified lawmaker by an appellate court would revive his or her membership of a House. TNS Renowned commentator Jasdev Singh passes away New Delhi: Renowned commentator Jasdev Singh, considered the voice of Indian sports on Doordarshan, died on Tuesday after prolonged illness. He was 87 and is survived by his son and daughter. From 1963, he also did commentary for the Republic Day celebrations for 48 long years BACK PAGE New Delhi, September 25 The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to ban MPs and MLAs from practising as advocates, saying it was not backed by provisions of the Advocates Act, 1961, and Bar Council of India Rules. A three-Judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra rejected a PIL filed by Delhi BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, who wanted the top court to debar MPs, MLAs and MLCs having Bar licences from practising in courts during their tenure as lawmakers. “The closest rule framed by the Bar Council of India is Rule 49 which, however, has no application to the elected people’s representatives as they do not fall in the category of full-time salaried employee of any person, firm, government, corporation or concern. “As there is no express provision to prohibit or restrict the legislators from practising as advocates during the relevant period, the question of granting relief, as prayed, to debar them from practising as advocates cannot be countenanced. Even the alternative relief to declare Rule 49 as unconstitutional, does not commend to us. As of now, the Bar Council of India has made its stand continued on page 7 55 IIT students back to safety from Lahaul Supreme Court Bench Tainted can contest polls Satya Prakash Tribune News Service Virat Kohli bows before receiving the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award — sharing the country’s highest sporting honour with world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu (right) — from President Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi on Tuesday as actor wife Anushka Sharma looks on. PAGE 14 Post arrest, clamour for a Punjabi Bishop Tribune News Service 900 still stuck in HP I 493 bus routes off Shimla, September 25 As many as 270 stranded tourists, including 55 students from IIT-Rorkee and five from Kolkata, were rescued from the snowbound Lahaul valley in Himachal Pradesh today. However, over 900 persons, including foreigners, were feared to be stuck in Sarchu, Bharatpur, Jispa, Darcha, and Zing Zing Bar on the Manali-Leh highway and at Chandratal, Batal, Chatru, Kunzum Pass and Gramphu. Services on 493 bus routes remained suspended for the third day with 619 roads across the state blocked by landslides. An IAF chopper airlifted five tourists stranded at Patseo to Bhuntar. In another operation, 249 tourists, including the 55 IITRoorki students lodged in a hotel at Sissu, were evacuated to safety, BRO commander AK Awasthi said. CM Jai Ram Thakur undertook an aerial survey of rainravaged Kullu and LahaulSpiti. “We have urged Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for Rs 200 crore as immediate aid for relief, restoration and rehabilitation,” he said. — TNS Detailed reports inside 73% OF WEALTH WITH 1% POPULATION: REPORTS 34% rise in number of Indians with net worth No. of richie rich doubled in 2 yrs 2016 339 2018 831 233 new entrants Then came the national capital at 163 entrants & Bengaluru 70 Nine individuals on the rich list saw their wealth double in 2018 had expressed concern over the rising inequalities, pointing out that 1 per cent of the Krishna Kumar Bangur of Graphite India saw a 430 pc rise in fortunes Ritesh Agarwal, 24, of Oravel Stays was the youngest on the wealth list Dharam Pal Gulati, 95, of popular masala brand MDH was the oldest country’s population holds 73 per cent of the wealth. continued on page 7 Governor shoots a silver in his first pro event Deepankar Sharda Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 25 Age is just a number, as Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore proved on Tuesday. Participating in a professional shooting event for the first time in his life, Badnore, 70, won the silver medal in the veterans category of the trap event in the GV Mavalankar Shooting Championship in Bhopal. “I want to make it clear that Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore takes aim on Tuesday. my aim was not to win a medal here, it was to visit the shooting facility and see if we can have something better than this in our region,” Badnore told The Tribune. Jammu, September 25 Despite threats from terrorists, about 1,500 candidates in Jammu and Kashmir have filed their nominations for the first phase of urban local body elections scheduled for October 8. The elections are to be held in four phases. Nominations for the first phase closed on Tuesday. A total of 422 municipal wards will go to the polls on October 8. According to official sources, people in North Kashmir have virtually ignored the poll boycott call, with a sizeable number of candidates from this area. “In Kupwara district, 72 Gosain murder accused attacks Sena leader inside Ropar jail Tribune News Service ~1,000cr Mumbai was the biggest contributor to the list with 1,500 file papers for Phase I of J&K polls Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 25 With the arrest of clergyman Franco Mulakkal last Friday by Kerala Police, some lesser-known Punjabi groups here have started raising the demand of having a Punjabi Bishop here. Lying low all these years, the Punjab Christian Movement, led by Hamid Masih, has raised the issue of a Punjabi Bishop “to cut across the language divide affecting Christians, largely Dalits”. “Priests from Kerala do not understand us and we are unable to make out what they say in English or Malayalam,” Masih said. continued on page 7 Richest 831own 25% of GDP Mumbai, September 25 At a time when policymakers are grappling on how to reduce inequalities, a wealth report on Tuesday said there had been a 34 per cent rise in the number of Indians having a net worth of Rs 1,000 crore or more. These individuals, who number 831, collectively own a quarter of the nation’s GDP with a net worth of USD 719 billion, says the report, which, quoting the IMF April 2018 data, pegs the GDP at USD 2.85 trillion. Led by Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani with a net worth of Rs 3.71 trillion, there were 831 Indians with a net worth of Rs 1,000 crore or more in 2018, which is 214 individuals more than the 2017 list, according to a Barclays-Hurun India rich list. A January 2018 report presentedsented by Oxfam at the World Economic Forum ❝ Thoughacriminalisation in politics is bitter manifest The tournament is being held at the MP Shooting Academy range in Bhopal. Admittedly, the field was rather sparse with only four contestants, but Badnore did well to score 14 points, nine points behind gold winner Pravinsinh Jaysingrao Ghatge of Maharashtra. The trap event involves shooting at flying clay targets released from a spring trap. Badnore had been preparing for the Bhopal tournament continued on page 14 Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers. Ropar, September 25 Shiv Sena leader Nishant Sharma, who was brought to the local jail on Monday after being convicted in a cheating case, was attacked by Ramandeep Singh Bagga alias Canadian, an accused in the killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain. Sharma had three years ago assaulted Babbar Khalsa activist Nishant Sharma Jagtar Singh Hawara while he was being taken for a court hearing in Chandigarh. On the hit list of Khalistanis since then, he had been given a police cover. On Tuesday, Ramandeep and two other inmates overpowered the sentry deployed at the barrack where Sharma was lodged and broke the lock on three gates to reach their target. Jail Superintendent Baljeet Singh Vaid said keeping in view the threat to the Sena leader’s life, Bagga had been confined to his cell since Monday evening. “This morning at 8.30 am, he came out of his cell on the pretext of preparing meals. Soon after, inmates Iqbal Preet Singh and Bahadurjeet Singh positioned themselves in front of Sharma’s barrack. continued on page 7 NUMBER GAME ■ Total wards going to polls 422 wards (149 in Kashmir, 26 in Ladakh and 247 in Jammu) ■ Total nominations 1,138 in Jammu, 106 in Ladakh and about 250 in Kashmir have filed papers for the 26 wards each in Kupwara and Handwara municipal committees. For the 17 wards of Bandipora MC, 48 candidates have filed papers while their number for the 21 wards of the Baramulla MC is 40.” The authorities refused to give details of the candidates in terror-hit South Kashmir. “Barring a few wards, we continued on page 7 New Delhi, September 25 Displaying judicial restraint, the Supreme Court on Tuesday refrained from debarring politicians facing serious criminal charges from contesting polls and instead left it to Parliament to enact a law to rid Indian politics of criminals. “In a multi-party democracy, where members are elected on party lines and are subject to party discipline, we recommend to Parliament to bring out a strong law whereby it is mandatory to revoke membership of persons against whom charges are framed in heinous and grievous offences and not to set up such persons in elections, both for Parliament and State Assemblies,” a fivejudge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said, dismissing a PIL that wanted the top court to debar politicians against whom charges had been framed in connection with a heinous crime. “This, in our attentive and plausible view, would go a long way in achieving decriminalisation of politics and usher in an era of immaculate, spotless, unsullied and virtuous constitutional democracy,” said the Bench, which also included Justices RF SC asks Parliament to enact debarring law Parties to publicise criminal antecedents Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra. “The judicial arm of the State being laden with the duty of being the final arbiter of the Constitution and protector of constitutional ethos cannot usurp the power which it does not have,” it said. Discussing the Vohra Committee report on criminalisation of politics, Law Commission’s 244th report on electoral disqualifications and its own verdicts on electoral reforms, the Bench expressed serious concern over criminalisation of politics. It cited a Law Commission report that said in the 10 years since 2004, 18 per cent of the candidates contesting either national or state elections have criminal cases pending against them (11,063 out of 62,847). The Bench directed a tainted candidate to fill up particulars about his/her criminal antecedents in bold letters while filing the nomination continued on page 7 edit: criminals in houses
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