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Bhajan Lal to meet Sonia
Alleges lack of balance in PCC list

New Delhi, June 24
Unhappy over most of his loyalists not finding a place in the list of Haryana PCC office-bearers announced on Thursday, state Congress chief Bhajan Lal has sought an appointment with party president Sonia Gandhi to convey his resentment over the “lack of balance” in the state unit. Sources said Mr Bhajan Lal, who came to the capital yesterday, was likely to tell Mrs Gandhi about the claims of “several senior leaders having been overlooked” in constituting the PCC.

IT officer caught taking bribe
Yamunanagar, June 24
A team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) yesterday caught an Income Tax Officer red-handed at his residence in Jagadari while allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 4 lakh from a Delhi-based businessman. Sources in CBI said the officer was allegedly threatening to impose heavy penalties running into crores on a miner, Surinder Kumar Panwar, regarding a settlement in his income tax related case.

3 killed, 15 hurt in accidents
Bhiwani, June 24
Three persons were killed and 15 others injured in two separate accidents that occured in the district during last 24 hours. One person travelling in a car was killed and 13 others, who were travelling in a jeep, were injured  near Dang on the Bhiwani-Tosham road when these vehicles collided head-on last evening.

Man shot
Rewari, June 24
Anoop Singh (57), a senior employee of a petrol station, Rao Abhey Singh filling station, Gangoli, on the Rewari-Narnaul road, about 6 km from here, was shot by an armed miscreant in the early hours today. The miscreant also reportedly took away Rs 15,000, the sale proceeds of the petrol station, lying in a pocket of the deceased. — OC


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Bhajan Lal to meet Sonia
Alleges lack of balance in PCC list
Prashan Sood
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 24
Unhappy over most of his loyalists not finding a place in the list of Haryana PCC office-bearers announced on Thursday, state Congress chief Bhajan Lal has sought an appointment with party president Sonia Gandhi to convey his resentment over the “lack of balance” in the state unit.

Sources said Mr Bhajan Lal, who came to the capital yesterday, was likely to tell Mrs Gandhi about the claims of “several senior leaders having been overlooked” in constituting the PCC.

The sources said Mr Bhajan Lal spoke to AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi on Thursday to convey his resentment over the “imbalance” in the PCC. Mr Bhajan Lal had submitted a list of office-bearers for approval by the party highcommand.

Though there was speculation about Mr Bhajan Lal resigning as PCC chief to protest against the exclusion of his supporters, sourcess said the former Chief Minister was unlikely to take any “hasty step.” They said that Mr Bhajan Lal may exercise his powers as PCC chief to make some appoinments at the junior level in the state Congress.

In his meetings with the central leaders, Mr Bhajan Lal was likely to press for the inclusion of his loyalists in the PCC.

The sources said while finalising the PCC the central leadership had taken into account recent statements of leaders from the Bhajan Lal camp, including his son Kuldeep Bishnoi who had been publicly criticising decisions of the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government. A loyalist of Mr Bhajan Lal, Mr Krishan Murthi Hooda, had recently joined the BJP.

Some AICC leaders were of the view that no discrimination had been made against Mr Bhajan Lal who had been a Chief Minister for several years. They said Mr Bhajan Lal was “accomodated” as PCC chief even though he had boycotted the CLP meeting in which Mr Hooda was elected as Chief Minister. They said while one of his sons was the Deputy Chief Minister, the other was an MP.

Sources said the new organisational structure of the PCC could add to the friction between the two main camps in Haryana Congress. They said loyalists of Mr Bhajan Lal and some other senior leaders had also not been adjusted in the PCC.

Supporters of Mr Bhajan Lal, some of whom went to his residence to meet him, said the central leadership had not been fair to him.

“It is perhaps for the first time that instead of PCC chief, working president of the party had released the list of office-bearers,” said Mr Mani Ram, a former MLA. He said only two supporters of Mr Bhajan Lal had been accomodated as DCC chiefs.

Crediting Mr Bhajan Lal with the victory of the party in the last Assembly elections, his supporters said the PCC chief “was not taken into confidence” in releasing the list of office-bearers.

“The list is one-sided,” said Mr Lahiri Singh, a former MLA.

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IT officer caught taking bribe
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, June 24
A team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) yesterday caught an Income Tax Officer red-handed at his residence in Jagadari while allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 4 lakh from a Delhi-based businessman.

Sources in CBI said the officer was allegedly threatening to impose heavy penalties running into crores on a miner, Surinder Kumar Panwar, regarding a settlement in his income tax related case.

After nabbing S.K. Verma, the CBI sleuths carried out raids at his office as well as residential premises, including one in Tosham.

During questioning, Verma admitted to having Rs 16 lakh in cash in three bank lockers at Yamunanagar, Hisar and Karnal. Searches were being carried out at these places and his bank lockers were being opened. The CBI sleuths are also raiding his residence at his native village in Tosham near Bhiwani.

A case under Section 7, 13 (1)-D of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, was registered against Verma.

The entire operation was carried out under the supervision of the DSP, Anti Corruption Branch, CBI, Mr S.S. Sandhu.

The sources added that the raiding teams have recovered certain incriminating documents and records of the case belonging to Panwar were also seized from the office of Verma.

Mr Panwar, Director of M/s Development Strategies Pvt Ltd, Delhi, yesterday reportedly approached CBI officials at their Chandigarh office with a complaint alleging that the said officer had earlier demanded Rs 50 lakh from him to settle his income tax case. The deal was later settled for Rs 25 lakh and the officer asked him to hand over Rs 4 lakh at his residence in Yamunanagar and directed the complainant to pay the rest of the amount in three equal installments over a period of one month. 

He was produced in the court of the Special Judge, Mr R.K. Saini, here today who remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days.

Several colleagues of Mr Verma were also present in the court when the CBI produced him there.

The manager of Ambala Milk Plant, Mr Sudhir Goel, who was arrested by the State Vigilance Bureau, Ambala, on Friday at Ambala City, was produced in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ms Kanchan Mahee, who remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days.

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3 killed, 15 hurt in accidents

Bhiwani, June 24
Three persons were killed and 15 others injured in two separate accidents that occured in the district during last 24 hours.

One person travelling in a car was killed and 13 others, who were travelling in a jeep, were injured  near Dang on the Bhiwani-Tosham road when these vehicles collided head-on last evening.

The deceased has been identified as Baljeet, while the injured are Taswir Pitodi, Jogender, Jitender Bapora, Rajbala Dharam, Sonu, Arti, Bharti, Yuvraj, Reena and three-year-old Praveen

In another incident, a Tata Sumo rammed into a roadside tree near Paposa village on the Hansi-Tosham road yesterday when its driver lost balance. Vijender of Paposa village and Omi Mehta of Jamalpur village died on the spot and two others who were travelling in the jeep sustained injuries. — OC

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