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Cong issues notice to Bhajan’s son
New Delhi, June 13
The Congress today issued a show-cause notice to Haryana Lok Sabha MP Kuldeep Bishnoi for criticising the Hooda government on the SEZ, setting the stage for a prolonged factional battle in the state unit.

LT-Col in the dock for siphoning canteen stock
Ambala, June 13
A Lieutenant-Colonel posted here is in the dock for allegedly siphoning canteen liquor and other stores as well as misappropriating certain official documents. A court of inquiry has held him blameworthy for the alleged offences.

Over 5,000 shifted in Education Dept
Chandigarh, June 13
The Haryana Education Department today announced transfer of over five thousand employees, including teachers. The transfers were allegedly carried out by following the guidelines of the transfer policy announced by the department earlier.

Pak national not allowed to enter ancestors’ building
Rohtak, June 13
Pakistani national Chaman Ali Ghori has alleged that during his recent visit to India he was not allowed to enter the premises of a building his 20th great grandfather Pir Bahauddin Aulia had constructed at the eighth milestone on the Gohana Road here in 1225 A.D.

‘Most wanted’ gangster Bobby caught
Ambala, June 13
The Ambala police has arrested most wanted gangster, Rakesh alias Bobby, allegedly involved in a number of murder and other criminal cases. Naveen, who was one of his accomplices, was also nabbed.
Bobby and Naveeb being produced in a court in Ambala Bobby (right) and Naveeb being produced in a court in Ambala on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo by Neeraj Chopra



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Rs 162 cr to be spent on  judicial complexes
Panchkula, June 13
The Haryana Government would spend a sum of over Rs 162 crore for the construction of judicial complexes in the state with the assistance of Centre government. The judicial complexes would provide better facilities to litigants.

Retrenched staff: modified recommendations cleared
Chandigarh, June 13
The Haryana Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, here today approved the modified version of the recommendations made by the committee headed by the Finance Minister, Mr Birender Singh, on the re-employment of employees retrenched from cooperative and public sector units during the previous Chautala regime.

Advocates, CAs eligible for tax tribunal
Chandigarh, June 13
The Haryana Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, here today approved a proposal of the Excise and Taxation Department to change the qualifications for the appointment of the chairman and members of the Haryana Tax Tribunal and their tenure.

Hooda opens consumer disputes panel building
Panchkula, June 13
The Haryana State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission started functioning from its new building in Sector 4, Panchkula. The Haryana Chief Minister Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was accompanied with Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan, inaugurated the building.

Dharna against petro price hike
Panchkula, June 13
The Haryana State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission started functioning from its new building in Sector 4, Panchkula. The Haryana Chief Minister Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was accompanied with Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan, inaugurated the building.

Swami Indravesh dead
Rohtak, June 13
Former MP and Arya Samaj leader Swami Indravesh died here late last evening. He was 69. He complained of stomach ache and dysentery yesterday morning. Doctors from the local Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences rushed to the Dayanand Math where he was residing, but he refused to take any medicine.

19 sawmills sealed
Kurukshetra, June 13
Acting on the directions of the Supreme Court, the Forest Department sealed 19 wood-based sawmills in this district today. Confirming this, the Assistant Forest Conservator, Mr Vineet Garg, said the Supreme Court had directed that such wood-based sawmills, which were commissioned after October 30, 2002, should be closed with an immediate effect for the environmental conservation.

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Cong issues notice to Bhajan’s son
Anita Katyal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 13
The Congress today issued a show-cause notice to Haryana Lok Sabha MP Kuldeep Bishnoi for criticising the Hooda government on the SEZ, setting the stage for a prolonged factional battle in the state unit.

Mr Bishnoi, who is Haryana PCC chief Bhajan Lal’s son and is said to be acting on his father’s behest, has been given two weeks to explain his campaign against the state government despite repeated warnings by the party high command.

Mr Bhajan Lal and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda are political rivals and the former is stated to be nursing a grievance against his bete noire ever since he was passed over for the Chief Minister’s post after last year’s Assembly poll.

The notice, issued by AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi in charge of Haryana, follows Mr Bishnoi’s latest attack against Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for clearing the Rs 25,000-crore project of Reliance Industries and charged that prime land had been handed over to a corporate house for which the farmers were not paid adequate compensation.

Congress sources said the party was left with little choice but to issue a notice as Mr Bishnoi had ignored all previous warnings.

Mr Bishnoi was not available for comment today though he had remained defiant till yesterday, saying that it was Mr Hooda who should be issued a notice. Haryana Congress leaders maintain that far from containing infighting, such an action will only aggravate matters.

It was stated that given Mr Bhajan Lal’s past history and his personal rivalry with Mr Hooda, the Haryana strongman will be difficult to put down. The father-son duo, it was stated, will keep up the pressure on the Hooda government but will, at best, change their tactics in view of today’s show cause notice.

“Instead of issuing statements, they will start writing letters pointing to the various deficiencies in the government’s functioning,” remarked a senior Haryana Congress leader. Mr Bhajan Lal, it was stated, is also drawing strength from the sympathetic support he is getting from the non-Jat castes in the state as disillusionment against the Hooda government is growing.

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LT-Col in the dock for siphoning canteen stock
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Ambala, June 13
A Lieutenant-Colonel posted here is in the dock for allegedly siphoning canteen liquor and other stores as well as misappropriating certain official documents. A court of inquiry (COI) has held him blameworthy for the alleged offences.

After two jawans of his unit were caught coming out of his house with goods, a court of inquiry was ordered into the matter by the Commander, 1 Artillery Brigade. It was presided over by Col S.S. Sandhu, commanding officer of a medium artillery regiment.

Recoveries made at that time included several railway warrants, 72 bottles of liquor, refined oil, sugar, provisions and other items. Also recovered was a route chart, allegedly in the officers own hand showing a round about route to Delhi to be taken by his couriers with an “unloading” point marked near a small town and some telephone numbers including his own to be used by them.

After reports of goods being siphoned off began to come in to Army authorities at Ambala, the officer was placed under surveillance and the movement of goods from his premises was kept under observation. The goods, sources said, included government property and wooden sleepers.

In fact, the same officer was earlier punished for his alleged involvement in a recruitment scam at Ambala about two years ago. The General Officer Commanding, 1 Armoured Division, had then awarded him a severe reprimand, sources revealed.

The case took a curious turn when the officer’s wife wrote to the local police last week, seeking registration of an FIR against Army personnel for stealing ornaments during the search of the officer’s house. The allegations of theft were made over two months after the search was conducted.

According to sources, the officer used to write papers for the candidates in his own handwriting. During the recruitment process it was found that a few candidates got very high scores in the written test whereas their performance in other fields was not up to the mark. When the answer sheets were pulled out for scrutiny, it was found that they were written in the same hand. The officer was then associated with the recruitment and was tasked with evaluation of the answer books.

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Over 5,000 shifted in Education Dept
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
The Haryana Education Department today announced transfer of over five thousand employees, including teachers. The transfers were allegedly carried out by following the guidelines of the transfer policy announced by the department earlier.

Mr K.K. Khandelwal, the intrepid Director-General of Secondary Education, along with the Education Minister, Mr Phool Chand Mullana and the Education Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral, participated in a press conference organised for making the announcement, said transfer would not be the right word to describe the shifting of 5,163 employees.

“There is something negative about the word transfer. Let us call it 'sukhad parivartan' (happy change) as a friend has suggested me”, he said. Mr Khandelwal said the employees shifted were asked to fill up a form to give four options regarding their place of posting. He said the government, since it asked the employees to give choices regarding postings, had received a total of 13,918 applications from aspirants.

He said some of the applicants tried to manipulate the system to stay put in a particular area. “For instance, there were requests for mutual transfer between teachers located close to each other. This is to take advantage of the policy of not transferring a teacher within two years after he has been given a particular posting. All such requests as well as other requests not based on solid ground have been turned down”, Mr Khandelwal said.

He said the remaining applications were processed by using 16 parameters through a computerised programme, and 5,163 aspirants could be accommodated in one the four choices mentioned by them. The number of employees transferred constituted 76 per cent of the applicants whose requests were found convincing by the government, Mr Khandelwal said. He added that out of the total employees transferred 4,046 were given postings against vacancies, while 134 were cases of mutual transfers.

In cases where more than one person was interested for a particular post, the most deserving had been picked up for the post, Mr Khandelwal said.

He also announced launching of three websites from 8 pm today for facilitating the functioning of the department. An employee can enter his identification number on the site and can secure his transfer order and use it as a valid document to join his new place of posting. Mr Gujral said apart from transfer orders, the web enabled service on the basis of the ID number of employees which would be useful in getting quick details about an employee.

Asked whether the latest step based on popular choices would stem the tide of transfer notes of teachers secured by MLAs from the Chief Minister's office, Mr Mullana said, “we would try to follow the laid down policy regarding transfers”.

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Pak national not allowed to enter ancestors’ building
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, June 13
Pakistani national Chaman Ali Ghori has alleged that during his recent visit to India he was not allowed to enter the premises of a building his 20th great grandfather Pir Bahauddin Aulia had constructed at the eighth milestone on the Gohana Road here in 1225 A.D.

In a communication to The Tribune received today he said he visited Rohtak sometime ago and went to pay obeisance at the mazaar but he was thrown out by those in possession of the premises now.

He said general public was allowed to visit the premises on Thursdays and he joined the queue of devotees on that day. However, he was recognised and again pushed out of the premises. He said he was not allowed to take any photographs and his camera was smashed.

Mr Ghori’s communication said his 20th great grandfather had built the premises on a piece of land measuring 10,000 square feet. It was built between 1225 and 1230. Over a period it became the first centre of learning in this part of the country.

He regretted only the main gate and the two minarets remained of the original building though it had great historical importance.

Neither the Waqf Board nor the Archaeology Department had taken any interest in preserving the magnificent building.

Mr Ghori has appealed to the Haryana government to dig out records and reconstruct the building.

He alleged that those living there now were pocketing the money offered by the devotees visiting his ancestors mazaar. This he said should be utilised for reconstructing the premises.

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‘Most wanted’ gangster Bobby caught
Our Correspondent

Ambala, June 13
The Ambala police has arrested most wanted gangster, Rakesh alias Bobby, allegedly involved in a number of murder and other criminal cases.

Naveen, who was one of his accomplices, was also nabbed. The police had announced a reward of Rs one lakh on Bobby. Recently, the police had arrested his sister Ritu for her alleged involvement in the murder of Rakesh alias Chiria.

The IG, Ambala range, Mr S S Deswal, said the police had recovered a 38 bore revolver and 10 cartridges from the possession of Bobby. A 315 bore pistol and 2 cartridges were recovered from Naveen. Bobby was a proclaimed offender and the police had been raiding several places in Rajasthan, Uttar Pardesh and Punjab in search of him for several months.

Mr Deswal said that on Monday, the police got a tip off that Bobby had illicit relations with a girl of Saketri village, close to Panchkula, and was presently residing at the residence of one of her relatives in Tarantaran. A police party led by Inspector Puran Chand nabbed him from there.

Bobby had been absconding since March 8 this year, after murdering Anup, a resident of Ambala Cantonment. On November 29, 2004, Bobby along with two others shot dead Rinku, a youth of Ambala, who had come on parole from Ambala central jail. On August 6, 2005, he murdered a satta operator of Ambala, Jivan Singh. On October 14, 2005, he murdered another youth Deva. He was also allegedly involved in the murder of Rajiv alias Beeba, Rakesh alias Chiria, Raju Dhaliya and Amrik Singh alias Mikka.

There was a great terror of Bobby in Ambala Cantt area. He had demanded heavy ransom from several businessmen. He was acquitted in two murder cases when most of the witnesses turned hostile.

Besides Ambala, he was active in in other states like UP and Rajsthan, the police said.

Bobby belongs to Mohri village, close to Ambala Cantt. Later, his family settled at Ambala Cantt. After passing BA-I, he became a salesman in a shoe shop.

Bobby and Naveen were produced in a local court today which remanded them to police custody for six days.

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Rs 162 cr to be spent on  judicial complexes
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 13
The Haryana Government would spend a sum of over Rs 162 crore for the construction of judicial complexes in the state with the assistance of Centre government. The judicial complexes would provide better facilities to litigants. The government has also increased the income limit earmarked under the free legal aid service from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 annually.

The Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, stated this while addressing lawyers on the occasion of completion of one decade of the formation of lawyers’ association. He also administered oath to the newly appointed members of the Panchkula District Bar Association, here today.

Mr Hooda maintained that the government was committed to provide legal services to people belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Backward Classes besides women and children. Mr Hooda said in a democracy, judiciary had a great role to play and urged the lawyers to help in providing cheap and prompt justice to the poor.

Reiterating his commitment to the formation of a separate High Court for Haryana, Mr Hooda claimed that the court complex would be set up at Chandigarh.

Mr Hooda revealed that as many as 2,588 Lok Adalats had been organised in the state so far and over 5.94 lakh cases had been settled in these Lok Adalats. He said 16 Fast Track Courts had also been set up in the state.

He also directed the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Brijendra Singh, to chalk out a plan to provide land adjacent to the District and Sessions Court for constructing chambers for advocates.

Apart from sanctioning a lift in the judicial complex to benefit the physically challenged the Chief Minister claimed that he would write to the Centre to set up a post-office on the court premises. He also announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh from his own and Rs 2.50 lakh from Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan’s discretionary quota for the purchase of books in the library.

While welcoming the Chief Minister, the Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Chander Mohan, said Chief Minister had inaugurated or laid the foundation stones of a number of projects costing Rs 7.55 crore in Panchkula.

President of Punjab and Haryana Bar Association Anmol Rattan Sidhu, Parliamentary Secretary Ram Kishan, Haryana Advocate General Hawa Singh Hooda, Additional Advocate General Kamal Sharma, Commissioner, Ambala Division, Dr Mahavir Singh, Administrator HUDA Neelam P. Kasni, and president of Municipal Council Manvir Kaur Gill, were also present on the occasion.

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Retrenched staff: modified recommendations cleared
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
The Haryana Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, here today approved the modified version of the recommendations made by the committee headed by the Finance Minister, Mr Birender Singh, on the re-employment of employees retrenched from cooperative and public sector units during the previous Chautala regime.

It was decided that regular employees of boards, corporations, cooperative federations and public undertakings, who had been retrenched due to the closure or restructuring of these organisations between March 1, 2000, and March 1, 2005, would be considered for adjustment.

However, for being considered an employee would have to be 55 years of age or less on May 18, 2006. The policy of the government is based on the principle of Section 25-H of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, which provides that a retrenched employee will have preference over others during recruitment.

All vacancies of direct recruitment to Group C and Group D posts in departments, boards, corporations, cooperative federations, state public sector undertakings, urban local bodies and panchayati raj institutions would be kept aside for accommodating the retrenched employees of these two categories. The exercise of adjusting retrenched employees in Group C and Group D posts would be completed in six months.

It was decided that the closed public sector and cooperative sector units would not be reopened. The adjustment of the retrenched employees would be at the discretion of the government and they would have no legal right in this regard.

A screening committee would be constituted and all government departments, boards, state public sector undertakings and other government organisations would send requisitions to the committee for filling a certain number of posts by retrenched employees. The screening committee would then devise a scheme with the approval of the Chief Minister for the adjustment of such employees.

This policy would supersede any other policy in existence, an official press note said, adding that the policy of reserving 25 per cent of various posts for retrenched employees would not be operational any more.

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Advocates, CAs eligible for tax tribunal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
The Haryana Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, here today approved a proposal of the Excise and Taxation Department to change the qualifications for the appointment of the chairman and members of the Haryana Tax Tribunal and their tenure.

Advocates and chartered accountants are the new categories introduced by the Cabinet which will be eligible for placement on the tribunal.

In Haryana such changes are usually made keeping in the mind the interest of certain aspirants. An official press release, issued after the Cabinet meeting, however, claimed that the changes were carried out “to broaden the criteria” for selection.

An advocate with a minimum of 15 years' practice or a chartered accountant with at least 15 years' practice in a tax tribunal, or if he has completed at least three years as a member of the tribunal, will be eligible for appointment as chairman of the tribunal. Earlier, the categories eligible were judges of High Courts and Financial Commissioners and Principal Secretaries of the state government.

Advocates and chartered accountants with a minimum of 10 years' practice were included in the category of persons who could be appointed members of the tribunal.

A member of the tribunal will hold office for a term of three years or until the age of 65 years, whichever is later. The chairman will hold office for a term of three years or until the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.

The Cabinet also decided to promulgate an ordinance to amend provisions of the Haryana Value Added Tax Act, 2003, to make the changes effective.

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Hooda opens consumer disputes panel building
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 13
The Haryana State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission started functioning from its new building in Sector 4, Panchkula. The Haryana Chief Minister Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was accompanied with Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan, inaugurated the building.

‘‘This would bring much needed relief to the litigants whose cases have been lingering for years due to pendency of over 15,000 cases,’’ added Mr Chandgothia, president of the Consumer Court Bar Association (CCBA).

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Mr Naresh Gulati, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Department of Food and Civil Supplies, Mr Brijender Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, Mr S.K. Monga, Director, Food and Supplies, Haryana and many other Haryana bureaucrats.

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Dharna against petro price hike
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 13
The Haryana State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission started functioning from its new building in Sector 4, Panchkula. The Haryana Chief Minister Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was accompanied with Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan, inaugurated the building.

‘‘This would bring much needed relief to the litigants whose cases have been lingering for years due to pendency of over 15,000 cases,’’ added Mr Chandgothia, president of the Consumer Court Bar Association (CCBA).

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Mr Naresh Gulati, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Department of Food and Civil Supplies, Mr Brijender Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, Mr S.K. Monga, Director, Food and Supplies, Haryana and many other Haryana bureaucrats.

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Swami Indravesh dead
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, June 13
Former MP and Arya Samaj leader Swami Indravesh died here late last evening. He was 69.

He complained of stomach ache and dysentery yesterday morning. Doctors from the local Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) rushed to the Dayanand Math where he was residing, but he refused to take any medicine. Later, when his condition deteriorated, he was rushed to the PGIMS where he breathed his last in the evening.

Born in Sundana village in 1937, Swami Indravesh was influenced by the thoughts of Swami Dayanand Sarawsati in his childhood. After becoming an acharya he taught at the Jhajjar Gurukul. In 1970,he founded a political body called the Arya Sabha. In 1973 ,he led an agitation of farmers for remunerative prices of agricultural produce.

He coordinated the anti -Indira Gandhi stir, led by the late Jai Parkash Narain in the late ‘70s in Haryana. He was imprisoned during Emergency.

However, he got disenchanted with the Janata Party in 1980 and joined the late Charan Singh’s Lok Dal on whose ticket he successfully contested the Rohtak Lok Sabha seat.

In 1998, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and contested the Rohtak seat, but lost. He then became the chief of the Haryana Arya Pratinidhi Sabha.

Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda and party MLA from Rohtak Shadi Lal Batra have mourned the death of the Arya Samaj leader.

His cremation here today was largely attended.

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19 sawmills sealed
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, June 13
Acting on the directions of the Supreme Court, the Forest Department sealed 19 wood-based sawmills in this district today.

Confirming this, the Assistant Forest Conservator, Mr Vineet Garg, said the Supreme Court had directed that such wood-based sawmills, which were commissioned after October 30, 2002, should be closed with an immediate effect for the environmental conservation.

Thus, these wood-based sawmills in this district had been closed to comply with the orders of the court, Mr Garg added. After an inspection, it was found that 19 out of 142 wood-based sawmills in this district were commissioned after October 30, 2002.

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