24112022-TT-01.qxd 11/23/2022 11:01 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO. 324 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH 16 BOOKED FOR FLAUNTING ARMS ON SOCIAL MEDIA PUNJAB TWO-DAY-OLD KILLED IN STRIKE ON UKRAINIAN HOSPITAL WORLD /thetribunechd INDIA-CHINA TRADE CONG SHELTERED ANTI-SOCIAL OVER $100 BN, CLAIMS ELEMENTS DURING ITS RULE BEIJING BUSINESS IN GUJARAT: PM BACK PAGE thursday | 24 november 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com COUGH SYRUP HAI TO ALVIDA KHANSI For more information, please call or WhatsApp us: +91 977 921 4455 / email@example.com What was mechanism to pick EC Goel, produce appointment file: SC to govt Questions Punjab-cadre officer’s selection day after he opted for voluntary retirement Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 23 The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to produce before it on Thursday the file related to the appointment of retired IAS officer Arun Goel as an Election Commissioner a day after he took voluntary retirement. “What is the mechanism by which this officer was picked? Can it be done when the matter was being considered by this court?” a fivejudge Constitution Bench headed by Justice KM Joseph asked Attorney General R Venkataramani. A 1985-batch Punjab-cadre WHY FEAR IF NOTHING ILLEGAL It takes three months to get voluntary retirement… You need to produce the file. If there is no illegality, then you should not be afraid. Bench INVOLVE CJI IN SELECTION PROCESS ❝ ■ Constitution Bench suggests ARUN GOEL IAS officer, Goel was due to retire on December 31, 2022. He, however, took voluntary retirement on November 18 and was appointed Election Commissioner a day after. He took charge on November 21. The Bench – which also included Justice Ajay Rasto- gi, Justice Aniruddha Bose, Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Justice CT Ravikumar – sought to know if there was any “hanky-panky” in Goel’s appointment after advocate Prashant Bhushan, representing one of the petitioners, raised the issue to high- inclusion of CJI in consultative process for ECs’ appointments; says doing so will ensure independence of EC ■ Any ruling party at Centre can appoint ‘yes-man’ under current system, it says light the manner in which appointments to the Election Commission were made. “I take serious objection to this and have my reservations to the court seeing the file amidst the hearing of a Constitution Bench,” Venkataramani pointed out, saying there was no order against making the appointment. “But an application was there... We are not sitting on judgment over the appointment… If everything is hunky-dory… everything is going on smoothly, as you claim, you have nothing to fear…” Justice Joseph told the Attorney General. As Venkataramani said “we are in the framework of a larger question”, Justice Joseph said the issue of the new appointment was interlinked. The Bench – which on Tuesday questioned the Centre on the absence of a law to govern continued on page 9 edit: poll officers’appointments BORDER DISPUTE Assam forest office torched, cars burnt in Meghalaya JAPAN STUN 4-TIME CHAMPS GERMANY 2-1 Japan’s Ritsu Doan celebrates goal with teammate Daichi Kamada. ANI IN BRIEF Fresh production warrant for jailed Yasin Malik 2 days on, cops collect samples of chemicals from Panipat sugar mill Mukesh Tandon Tribune News Service Deuba-led alliance leads in Nepal poll New Delhi, November 23 The pro-India Sher Bahadur Deuba-led Nepali Congress is leading the vote count in direct voting seats while its rival Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist), led by KP Oli, is leading in the proportionate representation seats in the elections to Nepal Parliament held on November 20. Though almost all established continued on page 9 Panipat, November 23 Two days have passed since the hooch tragedy in Haryana claimed four lives, but the police are yet to find out from where the deceased got the liquor they had consumed. The police have collected five samples of various chemicals from the Panipat Cooperative Sugar Mill and the hooch sample from the house of one of the deceased in Shamri village of Sonepat. The samples have been sent to the forensic science laboratory at Madhuban in Karnal. LIQUOR DEATHS NO DISTILLERY AT MILL ❝ We’re not manufacturing liquor… there is no distillery in the mill. Navdeep Singh, MD, SUGAR MILL AWAITING SAMPLE REPORT ❝ It will be clear only after the FSL report whether the deceased consumed some chemical or hooch. Panipat SP Police sources said there would be some clarity only after the lab reports were out. The police are also awaiting the viscera report of the deceased. The deceased Ajay and Sunil of Shamri village in Sonepat and Anil of Burshyam village in Panipat were all employed with the Panipat mill as sanitation workers. This mill, incidentally, does not have a distillery. The three were carrying a 2-litre colddrink bottle filled with liquor with them on Sunday. They first consumed the liquor with Narender in Burshyam and then Ajay and Sunil left for their village Shamri, where they drank the remaining liquor with continued on page 9 JAMMU: A special court here issued a fresh production warrant for CRIMINAL NEXUS physical appearance of jailed JKLF chief Yasin Malik in a case related to gunning down of IAF personnel by terrorists in 1990. INSIDE ~4.4-cr penalty on 6 for illegal mining Yamunanagar, November 23 The Mines and Geology Department, Yamunanagar, has imposed a penalty of around Rs 4.40 crore on six persons, who allegedly carried out illegal mining on their two acres of land. The land owners allegedly excavated land up to a depth of 42 feet and committed a theft of 1,46,362 tonne raw mining material (a mixture of boulders, gravel and sand). The land owners allegedly committed a theft of 1,46,362 tonne raw mining material, said an official. INSIDE Probe order papers in plot ~1-cr fake drugs of top brands seized allotmentscamgomissing from Baddi godown, three arrested Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 23 An official document wherein then Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh had in 2019 ordered the formation of a three-member committee to probe the complicity of Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) officials in an alleged multicrore industrial plot allotment scam has gone missing. In the document, Capt Amarinder sought to examine findings of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) that had asked for permission from the PSIEC MD to book six corporation officials for their alleged role in the allotment of industrial plots to their kin and acquaintances. The matter came to the fore as with the change of guard, the VB again took up the matter and sought the record of plot allotments and related documents. The probe committee — comprising MD, PSIEC; CEO, Punjab Bureau of Investment DIRECTIVE BY THEN CM CAPT AMARINDER ■ The Vigilance Bureau had sought nod to book six PSIEC officials four years ago ■ Then CM Capt Amarinder had ordered setting up of panel to look into the matter ■ Though panel gave a clean chit to officials, the order document is now missing FIR SOUGHT PSIEC has written to the SSP , Chandigarh Police, to register an FIR over missing document Promotion; and MD, PSIDC — in its April 2019 report had concluded that the allegations against the officers were unfounded and unsustainable in the eyes of law. In a communication to the VB in October last year, a senior functionary of the PSIEC, while denying permission to the bureau to probe the matter, said two detailed inquiries had been conducted and the charges levelled against the continued on page 9 Tribune News Service Solan, November 23 Three persons were arrested following the seizure of counterfeit medicines of leading brands worth more than Rs 1 crore from a godown in Baddi late last night. The drug haul has left the authorities shocked as the medicines were being manufactured at an unlicensed unit in Baddi, which was meant to trade in medical equipment only. The arrests were made by the Drug Control Administration (DCA), a first in the state. In earlier such cases, arrests MEANT FOR SALE IN UP ■ A godown in Baddi raided late on Tuesday, fake drugs valued at ~1 cr seized ■ Kingpin Mohit Bansal manufactured drugs at his unlicensed unit in Baddi ■ Sold counterfeit medicines of top brands from his shop in Agra were made by the police. A case under Sections 18 A1, read with Section 17, of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, has been registered. Those arrested were identified as Mohit Bansal of Agra, the kingpin who ran the unit and owns a wholesale drug continued on page 9 Third seizure since Sept; officials on toes Solan, November 23 Three cases of spurious drugs manufacturing have come to the fore in Baddi since September this year. Curbing such activities has become a challenge for the authorities. Navneet Marwaha, State Drugs Controller, said a team of drug inspectors had been directed to keep a vigil in the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh industrial cluster. Their efforts had led to the unearthing of three such cases in recent months, he said. INSIDE edit: pharma hub ailing FOG DERAILS TRAIN SCHEDULES ■ 20 long-route trains cancelled from Dec 1 till Feb-end/March due to fog ■ Routes of several other trains short- terminated or short-originated ■ Trains linking Amritsar with Banmankhi, Nangal dam, Tatanagar, Ajmer and Kolkata and Chandigarh with Amritsar, Prayagraj & Dibrugarh cancelled FILE PHOTO NIA set to formally take over Mangaluru blast case MANGALURU: The Mangaluru auto blast case will be handed over to the NIA soon, Karnataka DGP Praveen Sood said on Wednesday. TNS Six persons dead in Virginia Walmart shooting CHESAPEAKE (US): A man opened fire in a Walmart in Virginia, killing six persons late Tuesday night. The assailant was shot too. INSIDE Mukroh/Guwahati, Nov 23 A group of villagers from Meghalaya allegedly vandalised and burnt down a forest office in Assam’s West Karbi Anglong district following the killing of six persons in violence that occurred in a disputed area along the border between the two states, officials claimed on Wednesday. At least two vehicles, one in Mukroh village where the violence took place on Tuesday and another in Meghalaya’s capital Shillong, were set ablaze by a mob, they said. Armed with machetes, rods and sticks, residents of the village allegedly gathered in front of a beat office under the Kheroni Forest Range in Assam along the inter-state border on Tuesday night and set the structure on fire, the officials said. The mob vandalised the forest office and torched properties such as furniture, documents and motorcycles parked in the complex, one of the officials said. However, no injury to the forest personnel posted there has been reported so far. The villagers had left the area before a team of continued on page 9
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