09012019-TT-01.qxd 1/8/2019 10:33 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.139 no.9 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | wednesday, january9,2019 GOVT CURBING FREE SPEECH: DIDI PAGE 7 Himalayan Queen engine catches fire haryana CASE AGAINST ‘ACCIDENTAL PM’ TEAM PAGE 16 GITA GOPINATH TAKES CHARGE AS IMF CHIEF ECONOMIST PAGE 12 /thetribunechd ! /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com SC reinstates CBI chief , with riders Restrained from taking any policy decision I Selection panel to decide fate of Alok Verma Satya Prakash Tribune News Service The engine of the Shimla-bound Himalayan Queen Express caught fire near Patta-ka-Mor, between Dharampur and Koti railway stations, around 2.15 pm on Tuesday. IN BRIEF Railway officials said the fire was apparently caused by burning of electrical cables. Trains on the route were delayed even as engine of another train was attached for onward journey. INSIDE Quota Bill passed comfortably in LS Will clear legal tests, says Jaitley Aditi Tandon Nilekani heads RBI panel to boost digital payments Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India has constituted a committee under Aadhaar architect Nandan Nilekani to suggest measures to strengthen the safety and security of digital payments. It shall submit its report within 90 days of its first meeting. Other members include former RBI Deputy Governor HR Khan, ex-MD of Vijaya Bank Kishore Sansi and former IT secretary Aruna Sharma. PTI Rakesh Roshan undergoes throat cancer surgery Mumbai: Filmmaker-actor Rakesh Roshan, 69, underwent surgery after being diagnosed with “early stage squamous cell carcinoma of the throat”, his son, actor Hrithik Roshan, said. Roshan’s daughter Sunaina was diagnosed with cervical cancer a few years ago but emerged a survivor. PTI Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 8 A landmark Bill seeking to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education for the General Category poor was passed by the Lok Sabha today, with most parties backing the measure, described by the government as “historic”. As many as 323 members voted in support, and only three against, underlining the cross-party support. The government said it would pass all legal tests and would not breach the 50 per cent reservation ceiling fixed by the Supreme Court in the Indra Sawhney case. After Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot introduced the Bill, the government fielded Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to defend it and question the Opposition’s sincerity on affirmative action for the poor in unreserved categories. “Jumla” reservation promise was in the Congress manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha poll, Jaitley said, after Congress veteran KV Thomas called the Bill BJP’s FM REASONS IT OUT... ■ “SC has clarified that 50% ceiling was in relation to caste-based reservations and in respect of quotas based on social and educational backwardness. Our Bill won’t interfere with that ■ “Bill won’t need approval of 50% state legislatures and could be passed with the 2/3rd majority of two Houses. Under Constitution, state legislature approvals are not needed for Bills related to fundamental rights, in this case Articles 15, 16 “election jumla” and demanded its reference to a joint parliamentary committee. The CPM backed the call but questioned the government intention behind bringing the Bill on the last day of winter session. The SP and RJD raised specific queries on caste census while AAP’s Bhagwant Mann slammed the Bill as an election stunt. The BJD welcomed the Bill generously, while the AIADMK demanded legal protection for quotas in Tamil Nadu first. continued on page 7 ■ SC reinstates CBI Director Alok Verma, who RBI norms on tokenisation of card transaction 5-judge SC Bench to hear Ayodhya case Mumbai, January 8 The Reserve Bank of India today released guidelines on tokenisation for various card transactions, including from debit and credit cards. Tokenisation, which aims at improving security of the payment system, refers to replacement of actual card details with a unique alternative code called the “token”. Instead of using actual card details, this token is used to perform card transactions in contact-less mode at point of sale (PoS) terminals, quick response (QR) code payments. The RBI has given permission to offer tokenised card transaction services to all channels such as near field communication (NFC), magnetic secure transmission (MST)-based contact-less transactions, in-app payments, QR code-based payments or token-storage mechanisms. At present, tokenised card transaction facility would be offered through mobile phones or tablets. Tokenisation and de-tokenisation shall be performed only by the authorised card network. A customer would not have to pay any charges for availing the service. — PTI New Delhi, January 8 Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi today constituted a five-judge Constitution Bench to hear from January 10 the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute that has been hanging fire for months despite completion of procedural formalities. Besides CJI Gogoi, the AFTboost to combat support arms Curious case of lone Haryana Akali MLA Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 8 In a significant judgment that has implications for the entire officer cadre of the Army, the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) has directed the Ministry of Defence to allocate a proportionate number of additional vacancies in the Army’s higher echelons to officers from the combat support arms. Consequently, these arms would have more officers in the rank of Brigadier and Major General, and possibly Lieutenant General, too. According to legal experts, it could also mean a rejig in the number of vacancies allotted to other arms. “The respondents are directed to allot a proportionate number of additional vacancies in the ranks of Brigadier and Major General, out of the 222 Brigadier and 75 Major General vacancies allotted by the government in tune with the AV Singh Committee rec- ommendations, to Engineers, Signals and Air Defence corps keeping in view the allocation of 141 vacancies in the rank of Colonel to these arms by the Supreme Court on February 15, 2016,” an AFT Bench comprising Justice Virender Singh and Lt Gen Philip Campose ruled, while disposing of a bunch of petitions today. Though it has implications for vacancies in the rank of Lt General, it was not challenged in the petitions, so the Bench did deliberate upon it. Various elements of the Army are categorised as “combat arms” — including Infantry, Armoured Corps and Artillery — which directly engage the enemy, and combat support arms”, like Engineers, Signals and Army Air Defence that support frontline battlefield operations. The “services” like Army Ordnance Corps, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers, Army Medical Corps and continued on page 7 party patriarch Parkash Singh Badal. Within minutes, Chandigarh, January 8 the JJP too, issued a press , Is the Shiromani Akali Dal release saying “the SAD MLA (Badal) MLA from Kalan- had shown full faith in Chauwali, Balkaur Singh, still tala’s leadership and has with his party, or has he joined our political struggle”. joined forces with Dushyant The SAD release quoted the Chautala’s newly conMLA as saying: “JJP stituted Jannayak leaders came to my Janata Party (JJP)? residence to have tea On Sunday, the lone and the media gave it Akali legislator from a sensational touch by Haryana had claiming I had joined announced his decision the JJP I feel hurt.” . to join JJP in the presA JJP spokesperson, ence of Dushyant’s on the other hand, father Ajay Singh claimed that Balkaur Balkaur Singh Chautala. The JJP had Singh clearly said that released pictures in which the even his party (SAD) previousMLA was seen receiving the ly supported INLD and now as JJP flag from Chautala. he liked JJP he had extended , Today, the Akali Dal support to it. released a statement purportBalkaur Singh was a edly issued by Balkaur Singh staunch INLD supporter for that he was a devout soldier decades before being fielded of the SAD and had not quit by the SAD from Kalanwali in to join any other political out- Sirsa in 2014 when the party fit, as “wrongly reported”. was in alliance with the INLD. The SAD also released a picEfforts to contact Balkaur ture showing the MLA with Singh proved futile. Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers. was divested of all his powers and sent on leave on October 23, 2018, at midnight ■ A Bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph, however, restrains him from taking any policy decisions or fresh initiatives ■ Rules that only selection panel of PM, CJI and LoP can take any decision on his transfer or removal ■ Sets aside orders of CVC and DoPT divesting Verma of all his powers, sending him on leave in the Lok Sabha could have taken such a decision. Written by CJI Gogoi, the verdict was pronounced by Justice Kaul as the former was on leave. Tribune News Service ■ Also sets aside orders appointing CBI Joint Direc- Verma, who is due to retire by the end of this month, and Special Director Rakesh Asthana have been at loggerheads for quite some time. They were sent on leave on October 23 last year and both filed separate petitions challenging the government’s decision. Asthana’s petition was not taken up for hearing. The Bench quashed the October 23 orders issued by the CVC and the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) divesting Verma of his powers and appointing CBI Joint Director M Nageshwar Rao as Interim Director. continued on page 7 New Delhi, January 8 Setting aside orders of the Central Vigilance Commission and the Centre divesting him of powers and sending him on leave, the Supreme Court today ordered reinstatement of Alok Verma as CBI Director, but restrained him from taking “any fresh initiative, having no major policy or institutional implications”. A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice SK Kaul and Justice KM Joseph said only the selection panel of Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and Leader of Opposition or the single largest Opposition party More top brass from With SAD or JJP? Both Signals, Engg corps stakeclaimoverloyalty Vijay Mohan APEX COURT VERDICT SETTING ASIDE CVC-DoPT ORDER DECODED tor M Nageshwar Rao as Interim CBI Director ■ As substantive issue of divestment of powers of Verma still remains, top court asks high-powered panel of PM, CJI and LoP or single largest Opposition party in Lok Sabha to decide his fate in one week ■ Refuses to pass any order on interim applications filed by transferred CBI DIG Manish Kumar Sinha and DSP AK Bassi; says they can seek appropriate legal remedies The Bench — which has not given any clean chit to Verma — directed that the matter be placed before the high-powered committee within a week for an appropriate deci- Bench includes Justices SA Bobde, NV Ramana, Uday Umesh Lalit and DY Chandrachud — who are in line of succession to become CJIs. During a hearing lasting 30 seconds, a Bench of CJI Gogoi and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul had on Friday said the further order on hearing 14 cross-appeals against the September 30, 2010, verdict of the Allahabad High Court’s order sion. The panel can very well divest him of his powers again, if it was convinced that the material against him warranted such a decision. Verma is still under a CVC probe. THE BENCH CJI Ranjan Gogoi Justice SA Bobde Justice NV Ramana Justice UU Lalit Justice DY Chandrachud dividing the disputed land equally between Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Wakf Board would be passed by an “appropriate Bench” on January 10. On Tuesday, a notice on the top court’s website said the Constitution Bench would take up the matter at 10.30 am on Thursday. Earlier, a Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra (since retired), Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer was hearing the matter, but after Justice Misra’s retirement on October 2, the Bench had not been reconstituted.
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