05122018-TTC-01.qxd 12/5/2018 1:14 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.335 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | wednesday, december 5,2018 KARTARPUR IN PAK AS CONG LACKED VISION: PM PAGE 7 NUMBER OF PEOPLE FILING I-T RETURNS UP 50%: CBDT CHIEF PAGE 12 /thetribunechd MACRON MAKES U-TURN TO DOUSE PROTESTS PAGE 13 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com HC acquits Bibi in daughter’s death case 4 Bajrang Dal activists held ‘Why a mother under the circumstances would even contemplate killing her daughter?’ Saurabh Malik PICKING HOLES IN CBI CASE Tribune News Service ■ The Bench did not agree with Chandigarh, December 4 Dubbing as “probable and acceptable” the evidence that Harpreet Kaur died on way to hospital after suffering from dehydration, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday set aside the order convicting her mother Bibi Jagir Kaur, former SGPC chief, asserting that the trial court’s fixation with Bibi’s status had worked against her. Acquitting Bibi of the charges of forcible abortion and abduction of her daughter, a Division Bench gave her a clean chit, questioning why a mother under the circumstances would even contemplate eliminating her daughter. Acquitting all accused in Harpreet’s death case — including Dalwinder Kaur Dhesi, Paramjit Singh Raipur and Nishan Singh besides Bibi — Justice AB Chaudhari and Justice Kuldip Singh said the trial court’s obsession about Bibi’s status as the head of Dera Sant Prem Singh, her becoming an MLA and then a minister and her election as Bibi Jagir Kaur pays respect at the Golden Temple in Amritsar after her acquittal. VISHAL KUMAR LOOKING BACK ‘JUSTICE PREVAILED’ ❝ ‘WILL APPROACH SC’ ❝ March 18, 2000: Harpreet was This case was baseless I had appealed to the sedated, abducted from Chandigarh and politically motivated. I Chief Justice twice to change and confined in Phagwara. was 45 then...Though I lost the Bench, citing valid March 20, 2000: Her pregnancy time and money to fight it reasons, but my pleas went was terminated in Kartarpur. out, I am glad that justice unheard. I will approach the March 30, 2012: Jagir Kaur, then a minister, convicted by trial court. has finally prevailed. Supreme Court. May 7, 2012: She moves High Court. Bibi Jagir Kaur, SAD LEADER Kamaljit Singh, COMPLAINANT SGPC president, coupled with the alleged lower middle class status of complainant Kamaljit Singh, “clearly and unfortunately worked as an adverse circumstance against Bibi Jagir Kaur in the mind of the judge”. Noting that she was not at fault for holding these posts, the Bench the trial court's reliance on complainant Kamaljit Singh, “a dishonest and liar witness”, as described by the CBI itself. It agreed with the finding recorded by the trial court that Harpreet Kaur was carrying Kamaljit's child. The CBI case itself suggested that Kamaljit had 'trapped' Harpreet to blackmail Bibi Jagir Kaur and that he took Rs 3 crore from her. ■ It was a mystery why the CBI did not produce Harpreet’s sister Rajneet Kaur as a witness before the court. She was present with her elder sister on a number of occasions when the alleged incidents took place. The prosecution did not examine her and another witness, though they could have unfolded the truth. ■ Approver Dr Balwinder Singh Sohal was a planted witness and his testimony was not worthy of credence. It was uninspiring and unacceptable. said: “That was projected by the media vociferously and the judge accepted it” and there was "not even a remote piece of evidence anywhere" India gets Agusta middleman Two-member SIT to probe 1984 riots cases: SC UAE extradites Michel wanted in VVIP chopper case Smita Sharma New Delhi, December 4 A two-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) will look into 186 cases of 1984 antiSikh riots and not a threemember panel, the Supreme Court ordered today. A three-judge Bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur modified its January 11 order that talked of a three-member SIT to supervise further probe into 1984 anti-Sikh riots in view of refusal by retired IPS officer Rajdeep Singh to be a part of the panel due to personal reasons. The two-member SIT consists of former Delhi High Court judge Justice SN Dhingra and serving IPS officer Abhishek Dular. The SIT was to submit its first report in August. Almost 3,000 people were killed, most of them in Delhi, in the riots that broke out following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984. Justice Dhingra, who heads the SIT, was a trial judge when punishments were handed out in the 1990s to the accused of the Trilokpuri massacre of 1984. Kishori Lal, dubbed the “Butcher of Trilokpuri”, was among those sentenced by him. —TNS Tribune News Service New Delhi, December 4 In what may be a shot in the arm for the Narendra Modi government ahead of the 2019 General Election, the UAE has extradited to India Christian Michel, wanted by probe agencies in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter case. Michel was brought to Delhi on a Gulfstream Jet at 10.35 pm on Tuesday, said official sources. In a statement, the Central Bureau of Investigation said Michel was extradited to India in an “operation under the guidance of” National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. The middleman is wanted on charges of money laundering and bribery. The Enforcement Directorate www.punjab.bsnl.co.in extradition and custody could spell serious trouble for the Congress’ first family. GVL Narasimha Rao, BJP SPOKESPERSON (ED), in its chargesheet filed against Michel in June 2016, alleged that he received euro 30 million (about Rs 225 Shahira Naim Tribune News Service Lucknow, December 4 The police on Tuesday arrested four Bajrang Dal activists in connection with Monday’s mob violence over alleged cow slaughter that left two, including Siyana Station Officer Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, dead. A hunt is on to nab outfit’s Bulandshahr coordinator Yogesh Raj, the key suspect. A mob fought pitched battles with the police in Siyana area of Bulandshahr, apparently after right-wing activists were angered by the discovery of cow remains strewn in nearby fields. Dozens of vehicles were torched and gunshots fired at the police, prompting retaliation. In the violence, Inspector Singh and 20-yearold Sumit Kumar, who was a part of the mob, were killed. According to the police, seven persons have been booked for the alleged cow slaughter, while another case has been slapped against 87 persons, of whom 27 have been named, 3 die in Barnala factory fire Three employees were killed after a fire broke out in a factory at Ugoke village in Barnala district on Tuesday. A preliminary inquiry indicated that the fire was caused by a gas cylinder blast. INSIDE Police officials carry the mortal remains of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh for funeral in Etah on Tuesday. PTI MORE ON PAGE 7 NHRC NOTICE TO UP, DGP New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sent notices to the UP Government and the state police chief over the Bulandshahr deaths. “The NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports and issued notices to the UP Chief Secretary and the DGP, seeking a detailed report, including action taken against the miscreants in connection with the incident,” said a senior official of the rights panel. PTI for murder and damage to public property. ADG Intelligence SB Shirodkar, who is heading a probe, is expected to submit his report within 48 hours. He refused to reveal any preliminary findings, saying he continued on page 11 Edit: Bulandshahr erupts I-T Dept can reassess tax of Sonia, Rahul New Delhi, December 4 The Supreme Court on Tues day allowed the Income Tax Department to carry on with the exercise to reassess the tax of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi for 2011-12 in connection with the National Herald case. A three-judge Bench headed by Justice AK Sikri, however, restrained the department from “giving effect” to its order in the proceedings against Rahul and his mother during the pendency of the case in the apex court. It adjourned the matter for further hearing on January 8 next year. The Bench, which also included Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer, said it was passing an interim order without going Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service *T&C apply Plan Validity : 365 Days For more detail visit : known ❝ Michel isloyalist.to be a Gandhi family His Naveen S Garewal UNLIMITED Validity - 365 days ‘TROUBLE FOR GANDHIS’ Hunt on for right-wing outfit leader; slain cop cremated SC passes interim order in National Herald case into merits of the case as the limitation period for completing the assessment was expiring on December 31. Sonia and Rahul were granted bail in the case by the trial court on December 19, 2015. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the IT Department, said the top court should not restrain it from implementing the assessment orders against the Gandhis and Oscar Fermandes. He requested the Bench to hear the matter and pass appropriate orders. — TNS High drama as T’gana Cong chief Bajwa takes on Punjab Govt over cane dues Pay farmers or I will move the High Court, warns Congress MP detained ahead of KCR rally PV-1699 Voice calls & Data + 100 SMS / day Christian Michel crore) from AgustaWestland in kickbacks. Michel is one of the three middlemen, besides Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa, being probed in the case by the ED and CBI. Both agencies had notified an Interpol red corner notice against him after the court issued a nonbailable warrant. The UAE government had cleared the extradition of 57year-old Michel after his appeal against the move was turned down by a court there. Michel’s extradition coincides with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s scheduled visit to the UAE for the 12th session of the Joint Commission Meeting for Economic and Technical Cooperation with her counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. that Bibi had used her position to influence “one and all” or Kamaljit Singh, or that she had expressed unwillingness continued on page 11 for Bulandshahr violence Hyderabad, December 4 It was a day of high political drama in Telangana with Congress state working president Revanth Reddy being picked up from his house in the wee hours ahead of caretaker CM K Chandrashekar Rao’s rally and the high court calling his detention illegal. The police picked up Reddy from his house in Kodangal town of Vikarabad district after he had, during a speech, allegedly asked his support- High Court calls detention illegal, takes cops to task ers not to allow KCR enter Mahbubnagar district as the Telangana Rashtra Samithi government had “ignored” the region during its fourand-a-half-year rule. Around 3 am, a huge police posse accompanied by Hyderabad Task Force personnel swooped on Kodangal and took away Reddy along with about 50 of his supporters. ADGP Jitender told the media that the Congress leader had been detained to ensure KCR’s rally at Vikarabad was not obstructed and that all of them would be released after the rally. Reddy challenged his detention in the Andhra Pradesh High Court, which came down heavily on the police calling their action illegal. It asked the police to explain on what basis the continued on page 11 TARGETING CAPT Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 4 Congress Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa on Tuesday threatened to sit on a dharna along with protesting cane farmers and move the Punjab and Haryana High Court against his own government, if it failed to clear pending dues and ensure procurement by sugar mills. Taking on the Capt Amarinder Singh-led government, the former PPCC president said the latter had failed to get the farmers' ❝ The Congress government is answerable to farmers, who played a key role in bringing the party back to power. Partap Singh Bajwa, RAJYA SABHA MP Rs 400 crore dues cleared. "I am appealing to the Chief Minister through the social media to come to the rescue of the hapless farmers." Bajwa said normally crushing started in October but it was December already but Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers. procurement by private mills was yet to begin. "I fear the mills may not be able to crush the entire stock. The state must pay interest on pending dues as it had agreed on a price of Rs 310 per quintal". Private mills are refusing to start operations, insisting the government must reimburse the Rs 35/quintal gap — the difference between the State Advised Price of Rs 310 and Fair Remunerative Price of Rs 275 fixed by the Centre. Most of these private mills, owned by politicians from various parties, are seeking subsidy at Rs 35 per quintal. Bajwa advised the Amarinder Singh government to act in a manner that would strengthen the hands of party president Rahul Gandhi in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
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