25122021-TTC-01.qxd 12/25/2021 12:54 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 355 | 24 PAGES | ~6.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 INDIA MAY PLAY FIVE BOWLERS AGAINST PROTEAS SPORT /thetribunechd 40 DEAD, 150 INJURED AS FERRY CATCHES FIRE IN B’DESH WORLD MONETARY POLICY FINANCIALLY INCLUSIVE, SAYS RBI DG BUSINESS POLL PANEL TO VISIT UP NEXT WEEK BACK PAGE saturday | 25 december 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Majithia denied anticipatory bail Tribune News Service Mohali, December 24 A Mohali court on Friday rejected the anticipatory bail application of senior Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia, booked under the NDPS Act, observing that the “facts, financial transactions and extent of his complicity were required to be thoroughly investigated”. Additional District and Sessions Judge Sandeep Kumar Singla, while dismissing the application, asserted: “The applicant has tried to make out a case of political vendetta, but the applicant himself was one of the powerful persons in state’s politics till 2017 and MERRY XMAS ‘STF report prima facie shows role in drug trade’ MOHALI COURT’S OBSERVATIONS ■ FIR on the basis of probe report that prima facie shows applicant’s involvement in drug trade Jupinderjit Singh ■ Delay in lodging FIR no ground to presume the Tribune News Service whole case against the applicant is false ■ Applicant among most powerful in state’s politics till 2017 (on vendetta plea); need to probe fiscal dealings, extent of complicity Ample proof, won’t spare those involved in drug racket: CM delay in lodging an FIR cannot be a ground to presume the whole case against the applicant is false. The question on legality of the FIR also cannot be a ground for grant of anticipatory bail. “The FIR has been registered on the basis of a (STF) report which prima facie shows the involvement of the applicant in the drug trade and harbouring of accused involved in the drug mafia.... Hence, keeping in view the facts and the gravity continued on page 9 Up to district admn to allow poll rallies: Govt Tribune News Service A teacher dressed as Santa Claus regales kids on Christmas Eve in Jabalpur. PTI Blast suspect a dismissed cop from Khanna Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 24 The deceased, also the suspect, in the Ludhiana court blast case has been identified as dismissed head constable Gagandeep Singh. A resident of GTB Nagar in Khanna, he was posted as Gagandeep Singh munshi at Sadar police station in Khanna. He was arrested by the STF on August 11, 2019, along with two others with 785-gram heroin. After his arrest, he was dismissed by the police. Sources privy to the development confirmed that the police had recovered a cell phone from the court complex which led to the identification of the accused. A tattoo of ‘khanda’ (religious symbol) on his right arm also helped the police identify him. The Ludhiana police have gone to Khanna to get further leads. It is yet unclear what was Gagandeep’s target, and why did he go to the court with the explosives. Edit: Ludhiana blast ~91-cr tax relief for private bus operators in HP Mandi, December 24 Giving in to pressure from private passenger transporters, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today announced a Rs 91.12 crore tax relief package for the sector for the period from April 2020 to November this year. The waiver includes Rs 54.45 crore worth of token tax and special road tax and Rs 36.67 crore passenger tax. The transporters had refused to provide buses to ferry BJP supporters for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Mandi on December 27 if their demands were not met. INSIDE New Delhi, December 24 Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Friday said the district administrations could take a call on allowing large election rallies in a particular area. He said this in response to a question on the Allahabad High Court’s appeal to the Centre and EC to stop large rallies in view of the Omicron threat at a media briefing here on the pandemic situation. Bhushan said the Central government had issued a standard template on the pandemic on December 21. “It contained instructions on how the positivity rate of Covid-19 infection could be tracked.” Of the 358 Omicron positive cases detected in the Of 358 Omicron cases, 114 have recovered 6,650 FRESH CASES TOTAL DEATHS Old probe links Akali leader to gangster Bhagwanpuria ACTIVE CASES 4,79,133 77,516 374 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS NIGHT CURFEW IN HARYANA country till date, 114 had recovered, he said. The analysis of 183 Omicron cases showed that 121 had a foreign travel history, while 44 continued on page 9 Edit: milder omicron Chandigarh, December 24 In fresh trouble for senior Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia, the Punjab Police have dug up a February 2020 inquiry report that claimed that the former minister allegedly had links with Jaggu Bhagwanpuria and three other gangsters. The report states Bhagwanpuria was an alleged Majithia creation while the leader “patronised” the three others — Jagtar Singh alias Boxer, 2020 INQUIRY REPORT “Facts, circumstances... suggest that he (Jaggu Bhagwanpuria) as a gangster is the creation of Majithia, his supporters... faced 32 FIRs from 2010 to 2015.” “Don’t know why our party’s govt sat over such an important report.” Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, DEPUTY CM “Inquiry has been conducted by a biased officer. The charges are laughable.” Daljit Singh Cheema, SAD Abhijit Singh alias Ankur Lekhari and Sonu Kangla. continued on page 9 Police rule out sacrilege, arrest granthi for ‘murder’ Gurinder Singh Dhillon, while addressing the Jalandhar, December 24 media later in the day, Four days after a youth was termed the killing a brutal killed on the suspicion and planned murder. of sacrilege at a gurd- KAPURTHALA The arrest took place LYNCHING within an hour of wara at Nizampur Mor village in Kapurthala, Chief Minister Chathe police today arrestranjit Singh Channi’s ed Amarjit Singh (55), statement this mornthe granthi and careing that sacrilege had taker of the shrine, for been ruled out in the the alleged murder. December 19 KapurAn FIR was lodged thala incident. He also Amarjit Singh against Amarjit and at declared that the case least a 100 unidentified peo- was that of murder. ple for the alleged murder. Of The FIR at the Kotwali the 100 booked, at least 30 police station in Kapurthala were armed. Ruling out sacri- included the murder charge. continued on page 9 lege, IG, Jalandhar range, Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service 25 farm unions decide to contest Punjab elections Jaipur/New Delhi, Dec 24 A MiG-21 plane of the Indian Air Force crashed in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer on Friday night during a training sortie, killing the pilot, Wing Commander Harshit Sinha. The plane crashed in the Desert National Park area under the Sam police station, said Jaisalmer SP Ajay Singh. The IAF tweeted, “This evening, around 8.30 pm, a MiG-21 aircraft of the IAF met with a flying accident in the western sector during a training sortie.” It added that an inquiry “is being ordered”. “With deep sorrow, the IAF conveys the sad demise of Wing Commander Harshit Sinha in the flying accident this evening and stands firmly with the family of the braveheart,” it stated. — TNS/PTI Ruchika M Khanna Chandigarh, December 24 Twenty-five farm unions which participated in the agitation against Centre’s three farm laws have reportedly decided to contest the Assembly elections in Punjab. These unions are likely to stitch an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). BIDS ADIEU TO CRICKET FIR against 100 unidentified persons too MiG-21 crashes in Jaisalmer, Wg Cdr killed Tribune News Service BHAJJI Seven unions that were part of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) have decided to keep away from electoral politics.These are the Kirti Kisan Union, Krantikari Kisan Union, BKU-Krantikari, Doaba Sangharsh Committee, BKU-Sidhupur, Kisan Sangharsh Committee and Jai Kisan Andolan. continued on page 9 ❝ From the narrow lanes of Jalandhar to becoming the Turbanator of Team India, it has been a beautiful journey these past 25 years. TESTS ODIs T20Is MATCHES WICKETS 103 417 236 269 28 25 REPORT INSIDE IN BRIEF 5 held for attempt to blackmail MoS Mishra’s staff NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police have arrested five persons following a complaint of the office of Minister of State (MoS) for Home Ajay Mishra alleging blackmail attempts by miscreants. BACK PAGE No in-person interview for H-1B visa in ’22 NEW DELHI: The US will allow waiver of in-person interviews for H-1B and some other non-immigrant visas in 2022. The H-1B visa allows US firms to employ workers in speciality occupations. INSIDE Security forces gun down militant in Anantnag NEW DELHI: A Hizbul Mujahideen militant, involved in the killing of an inspector and BJP workers among others, was killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag on Friday. INSIDE
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