27032019-TTC-01.qxd 3/27/2019 1:33 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.139 no.84 | 32 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | wednesday, march 27,2019 ! late haryana SC: ‘VERY SERIOUS’ REVELATIONS IN CBI’S SARADHA SCAM REPORT PAGE 11 COME APRIL, SHARES IN ONLY DEMAT FORM WILL BE TRADED PAGE 12 /thetribunechd MAHA BALLOT 2019 Open to contesting LS poll, says Hooda Claims Cong landslide in Haryana Dalbir Kaur, the sister of Sarabjit Singh who died in a Pakistan jail in 2013, is in race for the BJP ticket from the Sirsa seat in Haryana. PAGE 2 Left petitions EC to defer release of Modi’s biopic A delegation of the CPI and CPM has met EC officials and demanded that release of the film based on the life of PM Modi be deferred. PAGE 2 Khattar sounds poll bugle from Panipat Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday launched his poll campaign with a roadshow in Panipat. PAGE 5 Maneka, Varun swap After Advani, now Joshi too replaced seats in Uttar Pradesh Veteran asked by BJP not to contest ON AAP ALLIANCE... AAP has no presence in Haryana. We don’t need any alliance, but if the party takes a call, we will go with that. Bhupinder Singh Hooda ❝ test if my party asks me to.” He said the biggest challenge was to counter BJP’s “politics of hate, falsehoods, fake nationalism and divisions”. On rampant factionalism within Haryana Congress, he said all Congress persons were united under Rahul Gandhi. The LS poll in Haryana is on May 12. The notification will be issued on April 16. Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Sarabjit’s sister in race for BJP ticket from Sirsa /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com BJP pits Jaya Prada against SP’s Azam Khan in Rampur Aditi Tandon New Delhi, March 26 Exuding confidence ahead of the Lok Sabha poll, former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today said his party would win at least eight of the 10 parliamentary seats in the state. Embarking on a six-day bus tour of the state to mobilise support for elections, Hooda, the newly appointed chairman of Congress coordination committee for Lok Sabha polls in Haryana, said the Jind byelection loss had been blown out of proportion. “The INLD is on a slide and by the time of Assembly elections, it would have lost all relevance. The main contenders are Congress and BJP he said. ,” On reports that a section of party leaders wanted him to contest the LS election from Sonepat, he said, “I personally don’t intend to. But I will con- New Delhi, March 26 Veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi will not be contesting the Lok Sabha elections either from “Kanpur or elsewhere”. Joshi, a former Union minister and BJP president, has been replaced with Uttar Pradesh minister Satyadev Pachauri for the seat he represented in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. That the founder member of the Bharatiya Janata Party was being benched like patriarch LK Advani became evident early today after a letter surfaced of Joshi telling the people of Kanpur that he had been asked by BJP general secretary (organisation) Ramlal not to contest the elections from Kanpur or elsewhere. Effectively, this marks a complete generational change in the BJP and also the end of an era represented by the old guard — the late Prime Minis- New Delhi, March 26 The BJP has shifted senior party leader and Union Minister Maneka Gandhi to Sultanpur, a seat held by her son Varun Gandhi in the present Lok Sabha. Varun has been shifted to Pilibhit, represented by his mother six times. The seat swap is a wellthought-out move. Though Varun won from Pilibhit in 2009 with nearly 50.09 per cent votes, he has been reportedly shifted out of Sultanpur because of “low popularity and massive anti-incumbency”. “It would have been difficult for him to win in such circumstances,” party sources said. The Congress has fielded its strongman Sanjay Singh in Sultanpur, who has already started campaigning. Actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada, who joined the BJP today, has been fielded from CHANGES IN SEAT ALLOTMENT THE OTHER GANDHIS Maneka Gandhi Varun Gandhi SHIFTED TO SHIFTED TO Sultanpur Pilibhit KANPUR Punjab, Haryana, UT told to end 85-yr-old colonial system Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 26 Casting aside an 85-year-old relic of the colonial past, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed its judicial officers and the governments of Punjab, Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh against mentioning the caste of the accused, victims or witnesses in any of the proceedings before it. “Mentioning of caste/status separately in the criminal proceedings is a colonial legacy and requires to be stopped forthwith,” ruled the Division Bench of Justices Rajiv Sharma and Kuldip Singh. Drawn up in pre-Independence era in 1934, the antiquated Punjab Police Rules stipulated the mentioning of the caste of the complainant and the accused in the FIRs. The issue was raked up in the ‘ALL EQUAL BY BIRTH’ We should, as a public policy, shun the caste system. Segmentation of society into groups cannot be determined by birth. All are born equal. — HC Bench ❝ High Court on two earlier occasions, but the ritual of sorts continued. The ruling came in a murder case where the Haryana Police mentioned during the course of investigation the caste of the accused, witnesses and the victim. Describing it as impermissible, the Bench asserted that the right to dignity was a fundamental and basic human right. The Bench asserted the “right to life” included right to live with human dignity. It was the state’s bounden duty not only to protect human dignity, but also to facilitate it by taking positive steps in that direction. In the German Constitution, human dignity under Article 1 was “inviolable”, the Bench ruled. Dubbing human dignity as the foundation of constitutional rights and values, the Bench observed it was, rather, one of the basic features of the Constitution, which also guaranteed a casteless and classless society. “Segmentation of society into groups cannot be determined by birth. All are born equal,” the Bench added. Before parting with the order, Justice Sharma directed the Secretaries, Home, to both the governments and Chandigarh administration to issue instructions to all investigating officers against continued on page 11 Rampur, a constituency she won twice as Samajwadi Party candidate in 2004 and 2009. Her name figures at the top of the BJP’s 10th list of 39 candidates announced today — 29 for Uttar Pradesh, that sends 80 members to the Lok Sabha, and 10 for West Bengal. She replaces BJP’s sitting MP Nepal Singh and will take on veteran Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, with whom she has had a 2 detained in Tibri on spying suspicion Jaipur/Gurdaspur, March 26 An ISI agent who travelled to Pakistan 17 times in 18 years was arrested for alleged spying and honey-trapping from his Delhi hideout. Mohammed Parvez (42) was brought by the Rajasthan Police to Jaipur on Monday and produced in a court, which remanded him in four-day police custody, ADGP Umesh Mishra said today. Parvez also provided funds to ISI sleeper cells, the ADGP said. “A resident of Chandan Mahal in Delhi, the accused honey-trapped an Army jawan, Sombir Singh, who was posted in Jaisalmer,” said Mishra. Parvez would speak to his Pakistani handlers through SIM cards he got issued using the IDs of people aspiring for visa to the neighbouring nation. In turn, he would assure the visa- seekers of early clearance of formalities at the Pakistan High Commission. In Gurdaspur, the local police have been investigating a case involving an icecream vendor caught livestreaming through mobile phone the activities inside the high-security Tibri Cantonment. The vendor, Aman Kumar (24) of Hoshiarpur, and his employer Amrit Singh (29) of the Improvement Trust Colony in Gurdaspur, were being questioned, though an FIR was yet to be registered, said a police officer. The officer said Aman claimed he lost his way inside the cantonment and was being helped by Amrit via live-streaming to reach his destination. Asked whether it was a case of espionage, SSP Swarandeep Singh said not much could be said at this stage. — TNS Centenarians roped in Telangana, Andhra list of rich as HPpoll ambassadors politicians grows, and grows for May 19 to cast his vote. Brahmi Devi of Bhalaun vilUna, March 26 lage, who turned 108 a couple As the Lok Sabha polls draw of months ago, said her vote closer, the Una election would be cast for sure and she authorities have carved out a would also ensure that all special role for centemembers of her family narians in the district, accompanied her to appointing them as vote. Dhani Ram ambassadors to edu(105) from Dhussara cate the younger ones village said he had about the significance never missed any of exercising their LIKHU RAM (109) opportunity to vote franchise. for the leader of his Deputy Commischoice, his first sioner Rakesh Prajapchance being soon ati, who is also the Disafter Independence. trict Electoral Officer, The Deputy Comsaid there were a missioner said the disnumber of centenari- BRAHMI DEVI (108) trict election departans who had been ment was planning to casting their vote print special cards to without break. “Their invite the centenarirecorded messages ans for voting. are being used for the He said the young voter awareness camvoters needed to take paign, including on DHANI RAM (105) inspiration from the social media,” he said. elderly citizens, who, Likhu Ram of Nandgram despite advanced age, had village, who just turned 109, been contributing their bit to said he was eagerly waiting strengthen democracy. Rajesh Sharma Among wealthiest in country going by assets declared Naveen S Garewal Tribune News Service Hyderabad, March 26 Politicians in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh top the list of wealthiest leaders in the country. If the two states are compared, Andhra politicians are several times richer than that of the neighbouring Telugu state. Though Telangana’s Konda Vishweshwar Reddy is so far the richest among them with family assets worth ~895 crore, majority on top of the list are from Andhra Pradesh. Konda Vishweshwar quit the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to join the Congress, which has fielded him from Chevella constituency. Owner of Apollo Hospitals, he has movable assets worth ~223 crore, his wife K Sangita Reddy, joint managing director of Apollo Hospitals, has movable MONEY KI BAAT KV REDDY P NARAYANA (CONGRESS) (TDP) ~895 CR ~667 CR N CHANDRABABU YS JAGANMOHAN NAIDU (TDP) REDDY (YSRC) ~574 CR ~510 CR assets worth ~612 crore and their son, a dependent, ~19 crore. Besides, the trio has immoveable assets. From Andhra Pradesh, Today’s issue is of 32 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers six-page Chandigarh Tribune and six-page Life+Style. ALLAHABAD Satyadev Pachauri Rita Bahuguna Joshi REPLACES REPLACES Murli Manohar Joshi SC Gupta HC stops Raj-era practice ISI agent visited Pak of mentioning caste in FIRs 17 times in 18 years Saurabh Malik ASHWIN’S ‘MANKADING’ OF BUTTLER CREATES STORM IN IPL PAGE 14 Cabinet Minister P Narayana, owner of the Narayana Group of Institutions, has declared family assets worth ~667 crore. He is contesting from the Nellore Assembly constituency that will go to the polls on April 11 along with the 25 Andhra parliamentary seats. Andhra Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has declared family assets worth ~574 crore. His son, who is independent of his father in terms of filing income tax and maintaining assets, has declared ~320 crore as his net worth. This includes properties in the name of his children and spouse Brahmni, who has declared an annual income of ~18 crore. YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s assets combined with that of his wife and daughters are valued at continued on page 11 running feud. Bhadohi MP and party’s Kisan Morcha chief Virendra Singh “Mast” has been shifted to Balia and veteran leader Murli Manohar Joshi replaced with minister Satyadev Pachauri in Kanpur. State minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi has been fielded from Allahabad. She replaces Shyama Charan Gupta, who has joined SP Union Minis. ter Manoj Sinha has been renominated from Ghazipur. 2 gangsters held after shootout Two gangsters were arrested on Tuesday after a shootout with the police at Dehlon near Ludhiana. Amanbir Singh, alias Lalli Cheema, of Bussowal village in Kapurthala, but presently residing in Jalandhar, and his accomplice Kuldeep Singh, alias Kaka, of Talwandi Bhai village in Kapurthala, were arrested. The gangsters were stopped at Dehlon and on seeing the police, they fired shots. The police retaliated and detained both of them. — TNS LUDHIANA: Tribune News Service Murli Manohar Joshi ter Atal Bihari Vajpayee and seniors Yashwant Sinha, MM Joshi and LK Advani. Another founding member of the BJP Advani was , replaced with party chief Amit Shah for the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency in the first list itself. In 2014, Joshi was asked to vacate his Varanasi seat for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and shifted to Kanpur. Sources said Joshi (85) was “quite keen and insistent” on contesting the seat for a second time. That he was upset became clear after he cancelled his Kanpur visit continued on page 11 Another Hindu girl abducted in Pak Karachi, March 26 A fresh case of an underage Hindu girl being abducted in Pakistan’s Sindh province has come to the fore, even as the uproar continued over the alleged kidnapping, forcible conversion and marriages of two teenaged girls. Minorities Affairs Minister Hari Ram Kishori Lal took note of a news that went viral on social media regarding the abduction of a 16-year-old Hindu girl, who belongs to the Meghwar community, from Tando Bagho in Badin district. The victim’s father approached the SSP to register a case. It was not clear when the girl was abducted. Lal asked the authorities to register an FIR and provide protection to the family. He said the marriage of underage girls was banned in Sindh and his government was doing everything to protect underage Hindu girls. — PTI See also back page
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