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Thursday, December 7, 2006, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

It gets tough for tainted
SC says sanction not needed to prosecute
CMs, ministers

New Delhi, December 6
In a verdict having a far reaching import for the political fraternity, the Supreme Court today ruled that prior sanction was not required for the prosecution of public servants, including chief ministers and ministers in corruption cases.

‘Acts of omission and commission committed during the purported exercise of discharge of official duty under the collar of office cannot form part of the bona fide discharge of official duty by a public servant.’

At least 2 ex-CMs 
in firing line

Parkash Singh Badal for allegedly amassing assets worth about Rs 3,500 crore.
Lalu Yadav and his wife Rabri for their alleged involvement in the fodder scam case.

Parkash Singh Badal with Navjot Singh Sidhu at the former CM's residence, after legal verdicts hit their campaigns square in the face, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. No more a laughing matter, Guru: Parkash Singh Badal with Navjot Singh Sidhu at the former CM's residence, after legal verdicts hit their campaigns square in the face, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

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Sentence suspended till Jan 31
3-year jail for Sidhu
Chandigarh, December 6
Former BJP MP from Amritsar and ex-Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu was today sentenced to three years’ rigorous imprisonment and was also ordered to pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
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He is defiant
I am not looking for any sympathy as that is for the weak. I am not a weak man.

— Sidhu after verdict


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What type of justice is this? We will go to SC.
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Chandigarh page: Smilingly, Sidhu follows on

News Analysis
Bad for Badal, BJP
I
t is a virtual double jeopardy for the SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab. Today’s two judgments—one by the Supreme Court and other by the Punjab and Haryana High Court— will certainly throw all poll calculations of the combine to the winds.

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Meanwhile, it is time for some samosas...
Chandigarh, December 6
Unruffled by the verdicts of the Supreme Court and the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the SAD will go ahead with an unprecedented birthday bash of its supremo Parkash Singh Badal at Moga on Friday.

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A Delhi court today framed charges against Punjab IGP Sumedh Singh Saini and three others in a case pertaining to the “disappearance” of two Ludhiana businessmen and their driver from “illegal” detention 12 years ago.

N-deal, UNSC reforms to shape PM’s Japan agenda
New Delhi, December 6
When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh holds talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on December 15, his agenda will be shaped by two important evolving developments: the nuclear deal with the USA and the United Nations General Assembly taking up a debate on reform and expansion of the Security Council.

Keep OBC creamy layer out: Panel
New Delhi, December 6
The Congress-led UPA government’s move to reserve 27 per cent seats for OBCs in institutes of higher education hits a serious roadblock with the Parliamentary Standing Committee studying the OBC Reservation Bill emphasising that the “creamy layer” should be kept out of the quotas.

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