15112018-TTC-01.qxd 15-11-2018 01:31 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.138 no.315 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | thursday, november 15,2018 LANKAN PM RAJAPAKSA LOSES TRUST VOTE PAGE 13 GEHLOT OR PILOT? WARY CONGRESS FIELDS BOTH IN RAJASTHAN ASSEMBLY POLL PAGE 7 /thetribunechd ! late city TERROR PROBES LEAD TO SINGLE SOURCE: MODI TO PENCE PAGE 16 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Chautala expels Ajay too SC reserves Rafale verdict Two convicted of killing two men during 1984 riots INLD feud widens I Abhay calls state executive on Nov 17 To decide on petitions seeking court-monitored probe into deal with France New Delhi, November 14 Sushil Manav A Delhi court on Wednesday convicted two persons of killing two men during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Pandey held Naresh Sherawat and Yashpal Singh guilty of killing Hardev Singh and Avtar Singh in Mahipalpur area of south Delhi during the riots. The case was lodged on a complaint by Santokh Singh, brother of Hardev Singh. The Delhi Police had closed the case in 1994 for want of evidence. However, a special investigation team (SIT) on the riots reopened the case. The court held the accused guilty of murder, attempt to murder, dacoity and voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means. Both convicts were taken into custody. — PTI Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 14 In a new twist to the family feud in the Indian National Lok Dal, party patriarch Om Prakash Chautala on Wednesday expelled his elder son Ajay Singh Chautala from the post of secretary general and from the primary membership of the party. Showing the expulsion orders dated November 12 signed by Chautala, Ashok Arora, state president of the INLD, announced in presence of Leader of Opposition Abhay Singh Chautala that the party waited for two days for implementation of the party patriarch’s orders in the hope of rapprochement. Reading out the text of Chautala’s letter, Arora said the party supremo had written that “Ajay Singh’s activi- ‘BLACK CHAPTER’ I can’t believe Om Prakash Chautala could have taken such a decision, but if he has, it would be a black chapter in the history of INLD ‘WHY SUCH ACTION?’ Why have I been expelled? I have never misbehaved nor charged with indiscipline… why wasn’t I shown the letter on Nov 12? Was it a conspiracy? Dushyant Singh Chautala, HISAR MP Ajay Chautala, ties have become unbearable and by convening a meeting at Jind for November 17, he (Ajay) had done an unauthorised endeavour”. Ajay Singh’s expulsion comes two weeks after similar action against his sons, Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala and Digvijay Chautala, for “antiparty activities” during the INLD’s Gohana rally where their supporters had allegedly created a ruckus. Arora also announced that a meeting of the state executive of the INLD will be held at Jat Bhawan in Chandigarh on November 17. He has asked all MLAs, MPs, state executive members and special invitees to attend. With the chasm between Chautala brothers widening, any hope of rapprochement seems unlikely now. related reports page 5 ❝ Bank guard shot; 2 arrested In net within 4 hrs of Nabha heist, ~50 lakh recovered Aman Sood Tribune News Service Patiala, November 14 Two armed men on Wednesday shot dead a bank guard in Nabha and fled with Rs 50 lakh in cash before being arrested with the booty within four hours of the robbery. Patiala SSP Mandeep Singh Sidhu said the accused — Jagdev Singh Tari, 35, and Amanjit Singh Guri — were friends and ran an oil tanker business in Sangrur. Amanjit’s father had retired as an inspector and served as Nabha SHO. Around 11 am, two masked men on a bike shot bank guard Prem Chand in the chest from close range when he, along with clerk Antriksh Vaid, was shifting money brought in a private cash van to a State Bank of The recovered booty and (inset) the deceased guard. RAJESH SACHAR DUO ‘LINKED’ TO 2014 MURDER-ROBBERY The police said on February 1, 2014, the duo along with an accomplice, dressed as cops, had allegedly shot dead bank guard Randhir Singh and injured cashier Anurag Tiwari before taking away ~36 lakh from a State Bank of Patiala van at a Nabha ATM. “The two claimed they had invested the money in business,” a source said. India branch. “As we were offloading the trunk containing the currency, two masked men asked us to hand it over to them. Before the guard could react, one of them opened fire and the two fled with the trunk,” bank officials told the police. The police formed three teams, one to monitor mobile tower data, another to scour the CCTV footage of continued on page 7 ❝ EXPELLED INLD LEADER ~50-cr NGT fine on Punjab over river pollution New Delhi, November 14 The National Green Tribunal has ordered the Punjab Government to deposit a fine of Rs 50 crore as environmental compensation for polluting the Sutlej and Beas due to uncontrolled industrial discharge. The Bench had clubbed several similar cases, including the one dealing with the death of fish due to untreated discharge from sugar industries in May this year. It has asked Punjab to recover the fine from industries in two weeks. “Earlier, a committee found that the discharge was not being treated as treatment plants were not functioning,” PPCB counsel Nagendra Benipal said. — IANS Outsiders violating HP 1,000 cops hunt for land use norms in spot G’gram ‘rapist-killer’ Fresh approval mandatory for CLU now Disowned by kin I 70 teams comb city Pratibha Chauhan ABOUT SECTION 118 Tribune News Service Shimla, November 14 Outsiders who have bought land in Himachal Pradesh seeking exemption under Section 118 of the Tenancy and Land Reform Act, 1972, will have to seek fresh permission for changing its use from residential to commercial or any other purpose. An order to the effect was passed by Sanjay Gupta, Financial Commissioner (Appeals), while upholding the action by the Kangra Deputy Commissioner and Divisional Commissioner for vestment of land and the structure built over it. The case related to change of land use bought for residential to commercial purposes without permission. The order called for a spe- Sumedha Sharma Tribune News Service It prohibits any outsider from purchasing land in Himachal. Those who have lived in the state for 30 years or more but do not own agricultural land can buy land only after obtaining prior permission. . cial drive to detect cases of non-agriculturists using land bought for residential purposes for commercial purposes without CLU approval. There have been several instances of guesthouses being run on land bought after seeking special exemption for building houses. There have also been instances where people, after acquiring an essentiality certificate from the Tourism Department, bought land for guesthouses and constructed commercial flats instead. Gurugram, November 14 Under fire for not being able to arrest the labourer accused of raping and brutally murdering a three-yearold in Sector 46 even after two days, the Gurugram police have deployed over 1,000 cops in his search. Around 70 teams have been combing the city since Tuesday night. “The family of the accused has disowned him. The accused, a daily-wage earner, would generally sleep at construction sites or the bus stand. Raids were also conducted at all such places and at his native place in Mathura, but to no avail,” said a senior investigator. The SIT headed by ACP Shamsher Singh has ques- Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. ❝We will soon nab the accused and speed up the investigation and ensure that we take the culprit to a fast-track court within 15 days of arrest. He will not be spared.❞ — KK Rao, POLICE COMMISSIONER tioned a number of contractors and labourers in search of 20-year-old accused Sunil. Meanwhile, CCTV footage showed the accused taking the girl with him, thus almost ruling out the possibility of involvement of any other person in the crime. The victim’s family, supported by the Gharelu Kamgar Union (GKU), has demanded action against the cops who allegedly did not register an FIR after the girl went missing on November 11 evening. Satya Prakash FOUR-HOUR HEARING Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 14 Following a four-hour marathon hearing, the Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its order on petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France under an inter-government agreement. A Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice KM Joseph reserved the verdict on the contentious issue after hearing arguments from counsel for the petitioners, including Prashant Bhushan, senior journalist Arun Shourie and Attorney General KK Venugopal, who defended the secrecy clause. Alleging irregularities in ■4 IAF Deputy Chief Air Marshal VR Chaudhari with Air Marshal Anil Khosla (R) leave the Supreme Court after the hearing. PTI the deal, petitioners ML Sharma, Prashant Bhushan, Vineet Dhanda and Sanjay Singh demanded registration of an FIR and a courtmonitored investigation. Venugopal said the decision on the types of aircraft and weapons needed to be procured was a matter for experts and could not be adjudicated upon by the judiciary. “Even Parliament has not been told about the complete cost of jets,” he said, defending the non-disclosure clause of Rafale deal. “I decided not to peruse it senior IAF officers, Additional Secretary (Defence) explain intricacies of deal ■ Bench headed by CJI hears matter for four hours ■ AG says pricing details given to court out of respect; further disclosure would benefit adversaries ■ AG says though there is no sovereign guarantee, there is a letter of comfort by France which is as good as a sovereign guarantee myself as in case of any leak, my office would be held responsible,” the AG said. “The decision we need to take is whether to bring the fact on pricing in public domain or not,” the Bench said. continued on page 7 nota‘govtto govt’ deal page 7
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