28012019-TTC-01.qxd 1/28/2019 1:26 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.27 | 22 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | monday, january 28,2019 FOREIGN TROOPS TO QUIT AFGHANISTAN IN 18 MONTHS, SAY TALIBAN PAGE 15 MODI EVM ROW, PM ALL PRAISE FOR EC PAGE 18 /thetribunechd PSU BANKS CAN SEEK LOOKOUT CIRCULARS New Delhi: In a bid to prevent big economic offenders like Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi from fleeing the country, the government has empowered PSU banks to request lookout circulars (LOCs) against wilful defaulters and fraudsters, officials said on Sunday. The Home Ministry has also authorised the Serious Fraud Investigation Office, a statutory corporate fraud investigation agency, to request LOCs if it feels the suspect may flee India. The PSU banks can ask the Home Ministry, MEA, Customs and I-T Departments, DRI, CBI, regional passport officers and police to issue an LOC to alert immigration check posts to stop anyone leaving India. PTI NO GUIDELINES, CAN’T ACT AGAINST CVC: GOVT New Delhi: The government cannot act on two complaints, received by it over a year ago, against Chief Vigilance Commissioner KV Chowdary as there is no guideline to handle such grievances, according to the Personnel Ministry. It said a process to frame such guidelines has been initiated by the government. The assertion assumes significance as PM Narendra Modi-led panel had on January 10 removed CBI Director Alok Verma from the post considering a probe report by the Central Vigilance Commission among other facts. PTI New Delhi, January 27 The CBI has transferred the Investigating Officer (IO) of the ICICI Bank loan case, claiming a “discreet inquiry” pointed to “information leak”. The transfer was made a day after the CBI registered an FIR in the case after searches on January 22. The agency’s move, however, has drawn criticism from Union Minister Arun Jaitley, who called it “investigative adventurism”. The Opposition Congress said the government was again interfering in the functioning of the agency, which went after its “suitedbooted friends” this time. Superintendent of Police Sudhanshu Dhar Mishra, who was part of the Banking and Securities Fraud Cell (BSFC), was shifted to the Economic Offences branch in Ranchi on Thursday, a day after the CBI filed a case against former ICICI Bank chief Chanda Kochhar, her husband Deepak Kochhar and Videocon head Venugopal Dhoot. Officials in the CBI said the agency carried out searches at multiple locations after the case was given to new IO CHANDA KOCHHAR PC’S JIBE AT JAITLEY The CBI has received the ultimate certificate from the one who has the best ring-side seat, the Finance Minister (on leave): ‘Adventurism and megalomania have overtaken investigators’! P Chidambaram, CONGRESS LEADER Mohit Gupta. They, justifying the transfer, blamed Mishra for keeping the preliminary enquiry (PE) pending. The officials said the PE gathered momentum after a review and was converted into a regular case, following which a case was registered and searches were proposed. They also contended that the agency suspected the possibility of information SEVENTH HEAVEN ❝ It’s one of the best, if not the best, matches I’ve played in a Grand Slam final. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic notched a record seventh Australian Open, outclassing Spain’s Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Sunday. With a hat-trick of Grand Slams in kitty, the Serb will head to Paris Open looking for a second ‘Nole Slam’, having already swept all four majors in 2015-16. PAGE 16 — Novak Djokovic AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME DJOKER VS NADAL 7th Australian Open crown, the most after successive wins against Roger Federer and Roy Emerson’s joint 6 Nadal on hardcourt overall wins against 15th Grand Slam title of his career; 3rd Nadal’s 25. At Grand on all-time winners’ list behind Federer Slams, both tied at 4-4 (20), Nadal (17) 8 28 OSAKA NO. 1 Japan’s Naomi Osaka (R) took the world No. 1 slot by clinching her second Grand Slam title, beating Petra Kvitov 7-6(2) 5-7 6-4 at the Australian Open. PAGE 16 MASTERS WIN Saina Nehwal claimed her first BWF title in two years after three-time world champion Carolina Marin limped out of the Indonesia Masters final due to a leg injury. PAGE 17 IN BRIEF Cong’s Kharge booked for remarks on Hazarika Morigaon (Assam): The police have registered a case against Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge over his remarks on legendary singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika “hurting” sentiments of Assamese people. Kharge had slammed the Centre for not conferring Bharat Ratna on spiritual leader Shivakumara Swami and instead choosing “a singer” (Bhupen Hazarika) and a “man who propagated their RSS ideology” (Nanaji Deshmukh). PTI SC cancels January 29 Ayodhya case hearing New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Sunday cancelled the January 29 hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute case owing to nonavailability of one of the five judges comprising a Constitution Bench. Justice SA Bobde will not be available on January 29. PTI regarding searches having been leaked. On Friday, Jaitley, who is recuperating in the US after a surgery, attributed “poor” conviction rate in India to “adventurism and megalomania” that “overtakes investigators and professionalism takes a back seat”. In a blog post, he said, “When I read the list of potential targets in the ICICI case, the thought that crossed my mind was again the same— instead of focusing primarily on the target, is a journey to nowhere (or everywhere) being undertaken?” The Congress, which alleges that the CBI is taking orders from the Union Government, questioned why the minister was “perturbed” since it was CBI’s standard procedure to treat “mistakes” as “corruption” and “carelessness” as “malice”. In a Twitter post, Priyanka Chaturvedi of the Congress remarked, “The interference of the government in the CBI gets more brazen: CBI Director removed in a midnight coup at the mere hint of the Rafale scam investigation— CBI officer transferred because he ‘audaciously’ went after the government’s suited-booted friends.” Cellphone of slain UP cop found in house of accused Meerut, January 27 The official cellphone of Inspector Subodh Kumar, who was killed in the December 2018 mob violence in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr district, has been recovered from the residence of the man who allegedly shot him, officials said. The recovery comes nearly two months after the incident in Bulandshahr's Siyana area where a mob on December 3 fought pitched battles with the police, furious over cow carcasses strewn outside a village. Inspector Subodh Kumar's phone with a CUG (closed user group) number was recovered along with five more phones from the house of key accused Prashant Natt, a senior police officer said. Natt, who allegedly shot the inspector, was arrested from Sikandrabad on December 18. He is in jail. — PTI High-stakes Jind bypoll today Deepender Deswal Tribune News Service Hisar, January 27 Voting for the high-decibel Jind Assembly byelection, termed as the “semi-final” in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, will be held tomorrow. The district administration has made elaborate security arrangements, setting up 174 polling stations in the constituency — 103 in urban areas and 71 in rural areas. As many as 26 polling stations, including 13 in Jind town, four in Kandela village, three in Nirjan village and two each in Jajwan, Pindari and Haibatpur have been declared “hyper sensitive” and 32 stations “sensitive”. The multi-cornered byelection, necessitated after the death of Indian National Lok Dal MLA Hari Chand Midha, is a test for all main parties. TOTAL ELECTORATE MALE FEMALE POLLING 92,208 80,556 7 am-5pm While the BJP maintains a win will be a validation of its policies in the state, the Congress is hoping to puncture the ruling party's confidence. The INLD is fighting to project that its grassroots workers are intact, even after the split which led to the creation of the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP). The breakaway JJP headed by former CM , Om Prakash Chautala's elder son Ajay, and the Loktantra Suraksha Party of BJP MP Raj Kumar Saini, both new Today’s issue is of 22 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. late city HARDIK BACK, INDIA LOOK TO SEAL SERIES PAGE 16 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Officer probing ICICI loan case shifted post info ‘leak’ Tribune News Service ! parties, are looking to make their presence felt. DC-cum-DEO Amit Khatri told The Tribune they were treating all polling stations as "sensitive" and had deployed micro-observers in each of the stations to ensure peaceful and fair polling. The administration handed over the electronic voting machines (EVMs) and other election-related material to the polling staff at the town's Arjun Stadium. The DC said Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines would be used in the byelection. The police have been deployed in strength to maintain law and order. As many as 3,000 police personnel and 500 Home Guards have been stationed in the constituency. One company each of the RAF and CRPF too has been deployed. The police have put up nakas at 51 sites. Modi: Economic offenders will be brought to book Madurai (TN), January 27 Asserting his government's resolve against corruption and nepotism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said economic offenders would be brought to book and claimed it was his 'stir' against graft that had prompted a grand alliance of Opposition parties. “Any person who has cheated or looted the country shall be brought to justice. This is regardless of whether he is in India or abroad,” he said at a BJP rally here, apparently referring to economic offenders Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi. Attacking the proposed ‘Mahagatbandhan’, PM Modi said, “They say that keeping aside all other considerations they must unite to remove this ‘watchman’. However big a group they form, out of fear and negativity, Modi will stand firmly with the poor,” even as he urged the people of Madurai and the youth of Tamil Nadu to reject “these forces of negativity.” — PTI Former Moga SSP arrested BEHBAL KALANRaid on ex-SHO Kler’s house in Faridkot JupinderjitSingh & BalwantGarg Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January27 Probe by the Special Investigating Team (SIT) into the police firing at Behbal Kalan and Bargari entered a crucial phase with the arrest of former Moga SSP Charanjit Sharma on Sunday. He was produced before Faridkot Duty Magistrate Chetan Sharma tonight who remanded him in eightday police custody. Sharma allegedly headed a team of cops that opened fire on a crowd protesting incidents of sacrilege at Behbal Kalan on October 14, 2015. Sharma was arrested from his house in Hoshiarpur at 3 am. Raids were also conducted to arrest former Mansa SSP Raghbir Singh Sandhu, former Faridkot SP Bikramjit Singh and former SHO Bajakhana Amarjit Kler. Sources said they are likely to move a petition against their arrest tomorrow. SIT member Kunwar Vijay Pratap (IG) said Sharma's arrest was a must as he could have “fled.” Sharma’s questioning holds the key to the mystery behind as to who ordered the police firing that resulted in the death of two persons. His statement would reveal if the decision on opening fire on the crowd was taken on the spot or if directions Police raid former SHO Amarjit Kler’s residence in Faridkot; (inset) Charanjit Sharma, former SSP. came from then DGP Sumedh Saini, or the CM. Within days of the incident, Sharma was suspended and subsequently retired compulsorily. The Congress government in August last year ordered that Sharma and four others be named in the Behbal Kalan case. Subsequently, his name was mentioned in the FIR on the basis of Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report. The commission was set up to probe cases of sacrilege in the state. Accused Charanjit Sharma, former Mansa SSP Sandhu, SP Faridkot Bikramjit Singh and SHO Kler could not be questioned as they had obtained a stay from the High Court. The stay was vacated on January 25. See also page 2 Kler had alleged assault on cops FARIDKOT: Hours after the SIT arrested former Moga SSP Charanjit Singh in Hoshiarpur, the CIA staff in Faridkot raided the residence of Amarjit Singh Kler, the former SHO of Bajakhana, but in vain. Narinder Singh, the in-charge of the CIA staff in Faridkot, said Kular's family members told them he had left for an undisclosed place. Interestingly, a second case was filed on October 14, 2015, in which Kler was the complainant. He had alleged attack on a police team by ‘unknown’ persons when told to lift the KotkapuraBathinda road blockade.
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