20052022-TTB-01.qxd 5/20/2022 12:27 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO.138 | 14 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARYANA TURKEY OPPOSES NATO MEMBERSHIP FOR SWEDEN, FINLAND WORLD /thetribunechd FIVE LASHKAR ULTRAS BEHIND BARAMULLA ATTACK NABBED J&K MARKETS CRASH, INVESTORS LOSE ~6.71L CR BUSINESS SHAH: NO PLACE FOR IDEOLOGICAL CONFLICT IN VARSITIES BACK PAGE friday | 20 may 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com meets Dalai China livid SC awards one-year RI to US envoybreached promise on notLama,Tibetan independence Claims Washington supporting Sidhu in ’88 road rage case Tribune News Service Satya Prakash WAS LET OFF WITH FINE Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 19 Over 33 years after the death of a man in a road rage case, the Supreme Court on Thursday awarded one-year rigorous imprisonment to cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, saying the principle of just punishment was the bedrock of sentencing in criminal cases. “An important aspect to be kept in mind is that any undue sympathy to impose inadequate sentences would do more harm to the justice system and undermine the public ■ DEC 27, 1988: FIR against Navjot Sidhu, his friend Rupinder Sandhu for beating up Gurnam (65) in Patiala, who dies in hospital ■ SEPT 1999: Trial court acquits Sidhu of murder charge Submit to majesty of law ■ DEC 2006: HC reverses verdict, sentences them to 3-year jail CAN FIGHT POLLS: EXPERT ■ JAN 2007: SC stays conviction “If the sentence was two years or ■ MAY 2018: SC spares Sidhu jail more, then Navjot Sidhu would term, imposes ~1,000 fine have been disqualified from contesting elections for six years.” ■ SEPT 2018:SC agrees to examine — PDT ACHARY, FORMER LS SECY-GEN review petition by Gurnam’s family ❝ confidence in the efficacy of law,” a Bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice SK Kaul said, enhancing Sidhu’s sentence. The Bench, which continued on page 9 Dharamsala/NewDelhi, May19 The Dalai Lama on Thursday said the Chinese government had failed to win over the Tibetan people and transform their minds. Instead, the thinking of the Chinese people itself was rapidly changing, he said in a video message after a meeting with US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Uzra Zeya at the spiritual leader’s residence in McLeodganj. China criticised the meeting saying it violated the US’ commitment that “Tibet was part of China and to not support its independence”. “It GST Council’s proposals not binding on states: SC Tribune News Service Nikhat Zareen with coaches after winning Women’s World Championship in Istanbul. PUGILIST NIKHAT ZAREEN WORLD CHAMP ■ Fifth Indian woman boxer to MADE INDIA PROUD Our boxers have made us proud! Congratulations to Nikhat for a fantastic gold medal win. PM Narendra Modi achieve feat; registers 5-0 win over Thailand’s Jutamas (52kg) ■ Mary Kom held title (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2018), Manisha Moun (57kg) from Kaithal Sarita Devi (2006), Jenny RL & Rohtak girl Parveen Hooda (2006), Lekha KC (2006) (63kg) sign off with bronze New Delhi, May 19 Holding that the Centre and states have simultaneous powers to legislate on Goods and Services Tax (GST), the Supreme Court on Thursday said the GST Council must work in a harmonious manner to achieve a workable solution between the two. “Recommendations of the GST Council are a product of a collaborative discussion. It is not imperative that one of the federal units must always possess a higher share,” a three-judge Bench led by Justice DY Chandrachud said. The GST Council’s recom- FOSTER FEDERALISM To regard recommendations as binding edicts will disrupt fiscal federalism, where Union & states are conferred equal power to legislate on GST. Bench mendations are not binding on the Union and states, but have a persuasive value as the country has a cooperative federal structure, it said. The Bench rejected the Centre’s contention that the recommendations of the continued on page 9 Separatist Malik convicted in terror funding case HPU exam papers were leaked in 20 colleges: Report Tribune News Service Bhanu P Lohumi Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 19 Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik, who had pleaded guilty to all charges, including those under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), was convicted in a terror funding case by a Delhi court on Thursday. Special Judge Praveen Singh, who posted the matter for arguments on the quantum of sentence to May 25, asked the NIA to assess Malik’s financial condition to determine the amount of fine to be imposed on him. After Yasin Malik’s conviction, the trial against the remaining accused in the case will continue. Malik had earlier told the court that he won’t contest the charges levelled against him including those under continued on page 9 Air surcharge: Leh and beyond Rs 2.00 BJP national president JP Nadda welcomes PCC ex-chief Sunil Jakhar into the party in New Delhi on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MUKESH AGGARWAL Jakhar joins BJP ,likelyto get key role in Punjab Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 19 Days after he quit the grand old party, former Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar today joined the BJP He . accused the Congress of “insulting” the spirit of brotherhood by “trying to divide” Punjab on the basis of caste, community and religion. Recalling the 50-year-old association of his family with the Congress, an emotional Jakhar said it was a difficult decision for him. “It is not Hardik lauds saffron party on Ayodhya, abrogation of Art 370 easy to break the relationship spanning three generations. We had been with the Congress in good times and bad. Today, I have snapped the ties over issues of nationalism, unity and brotherhood in Punjab,” he said. Welcoming him, BJP president JP Nadda said Jakhar managed to continued on page 9 Shimla, May 19 The question papers of undergraduate first and second year examination in Himachal Pradesh were leaked in 20 colleges, as per a report prepared by the inquiry committee. It said sealed question papers were “negligently” distributed as sample papers to “help students prepare for the final examination”, which were to be held from April 7. The examinations had to be cancelled and were rescheduled from May 7 after the authorities got a whiff of the irregularity when a Solan college demanded a new set of question papers claiming the earlier one had got “burnt”. “The inquiry committee came across different versions of the ‘burning’ story. It concluded that the question papers were found missing in 20 colleges. The report will be submitted to the state government for necessary action,” said Himachal Pradesh University continued on page 9 Truck runs over sleeping labourers, 4 dead Jhajjar, May 19 Four migrant labourers were killed and 10 sustained injuries when a coal-laden truck ran them over near Aasoda toll plaza on the Kundli-ManesarPalwal (KMP) Expressway in Bahadurgarh area on Thursday. Nine of the injured were referred to the PGIMS, Rohtak. The deceased were identified as Sushil, Shashi Kant, Kanti Swarup and Neeraj, all of Kanpur. The mishap took place in The accident site on the KMP Expressway in Jhajjar. TRIBUNE PHOTO the early hours when around 18 labourers were sleeping on the roadside. The truck rammed into the median divider and turned turtle after the collision, hitting those sleeping at the spot. The driver fled after the incident. The labourers were employed by a contractor for road repair work. Some who escaped unhurt alleged the contractor failed to make arrangement for their stay and told them to sleep at the site. Jasbir Singh, SHO, Aasoda police station, said a case under Sections 279, 337, 304A of the IPC was registered against the driver and the contractor. — TNS The Dalai Lama with US envoy on Tibet Uzra Zeya in Dharamsala. BEIJING FAILED TIBETANS KEEP YOUR WORD ❝ ❝ Dalai Lama, TIBETAN SPIRITUAL LEADER Zhao Lijian, CHINESE SPOKESPERSON China has failed to win The US should abide by its over the Tibetan people and commitment to not support transform their minds. Tibet’s independence. (US) should not provide any support for separatist activities by the anti-China Dalai (Lama) clique. China will continue to take measures firmly to defend its sover- CUET for PG courses from this session eignty, security and development interests,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs did not comment. Zeya also met Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra and other senior officials at the MEA here. Zeya arrived in Dharamsala to a rapturous welcome from Tibetans on Wednesday and in a brief audience with the Dalai Lama, she conveyed the greetings of US President Joe Biden. She also visited the Central Tibetan Administration and held talks with its Sikyong (political leader) Penpa Tsering. continued on page 9 IN BRIEF New Delhi, May 19 The UGC has decided to introduce a Common University Entrance Test (CUET) for postgraduate courses from this year. “The National Testing Agency will conduct the postgraduate entrance test for 42 Central and participating universities for the academic session 2022-2023. It will provide a single window opportunity to students,” UGC Chairman M Jagadesh Kumar said. — TNS SC grants interim bail to SP leader Azam Khan NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday granted interim bail to SP leader Azam Khan in a land-grab case. The SC exercised its plenary powers under Article 142 to release Khan. TNS Issue Aadhaar cards to sex workers: Top court NEW DELHI: Ordering issuance of Aadhaar cards to sex workers based on a certificate issued by the UIDAI, the SC observed that every person has a fundamental right to be treated with dignity. PTI HC sets aside Delhi Govt’s doorstep ration scheme NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Thursday set aside Arvind Kejriw- al-led AAP government’s doorstep ration delivery scheme in the national capital for want of approval from the Lt Governor. BACK PAGE Gyanvapi case: Hearing to resume in SC today Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 19 The Supreme Court on Thursday deferred to Friday the hearing on a petition filed by the Committee of Management of Anjuman Intezamia Masjid challenging the Allahabad High Court’s order permitting a local court-appointed commissioner to inspect, conduct survey and videograph the Gyanvapi mosqueShringar Gauri complex. MATHURA COURT ALLOWS PETITION ON MOSQUE A three-judge Bench led by Justice DY Chandrachud deferred the hearing after advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain submitted that advocate Hari Shankar Jain, who represented the Hindus before the continued on page 9
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