SP indicted for
dereliction of duty
Panchayat seeks DC's suspension
5 hurt in mishaps
Criminal case against MDU VC
NFL employees' stir to continue
Surjewala acting chief of Haryana
HVP leader quits party
Villagers threaten poll boycott
2 HVP(D) MLAs join Congress
HPCC denies report
SP indicted for dereliction
CHANDIGARH, Aug 18 Strongly indicting Mr Anil Dawra, Superintendent of Police, Hisar, Mr Justice T H B Chalapati of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Haryana Government to take such action as required and consider placing him under suspension for dereliction of duty in not getting a case registered when a woman under trial was tortured by the police.
The case will come up for hearing on August 21.
The case of alleged rape and torture of Kailo Devi, a resident of a village under Jakhal police station in Hisar district came to light on a complaint made to Mr Amarjit Chaudhary who was on annual inspection. The complaint was that in February, 1995 the woman was raped and tortured brutally by SHO Azad Singh of Jakhal police station in connivance with some others. She was neither medically examined nor provided medical treatment. It was alleged that she was stripped naked and molested.
A large number of persons collected outside the police station. Despite this no action was taken by the higher police authorities. Earlier an inquiry had been ordered into the incident by the Commissioner of Hisar Division.
"MLA is innocent"
ROHTAK, Aug 18 The Meham Chaubisi panchayat, held at Meham yesterday, demanded suspension and transfer of the Deputy Commissioner for lodging 'false' complaint against Mr Balbir Singh, alias Bali Pehalwan, INLD MLA.
The panchayat exonerated the MLA of the charge of intimidating the Deputy Commissioner and asked for the cancellation of the FIR registered against him on August 2.
Mr Surat Singh, President, Meham Chaubisi Panchayat, chaired the meeting which was attended, among others by a former Governor, Mrs Chandravati, and presidents of the Malik, Hooda, Sangwan, Kadiyan Khaps, Mr Dharamvir Hooda of BKU and the INLD legislator, Mr Balbir Singh, alias Bali Pehalwan.
However, neither the Deputy Commissioner nor any of his representatives, were present at the meeting, though the panchayat had reportedly invited him to explain his case.
The Deputy Commissioner, it may be recalled, had complained MLA Balbir Singh, accompanied by six other persons, had come to meet him (Deputy Commissioner) to demand release of grant for the development of a park in the memory of a Kargil martyr, Rifleman Jasbir Singh of Samman village. The Deputy Commissioner had refused to release grant as the moral code of conduct was in force due to Lok Sabha elections.
The panchayat was convened on the request of Mr Balbir Singh, father of the martyr, who was also named in the FIR by the police.
The MLA, while pleading innocence, tendered his resignation to the panchayat for forwarding it to the appropriate authority for acceptance, if he was found guilty by the panchayat. The panchayat then found him 'innocent' and returned the resignation letter.
The panchayat also asked
the PCC chief and Congress nominee, Mr Bhupinder Singh
Hooda and former Minister, Mr Anand Singh Dangi, to
withdraw their demand of arresting the MLA within a week.
If they failed to obey the decision of the panchayat,
another meeting would be convened to decide action
against them, the panchayat decided.
4 killed, 5 hurt in
SONEPAT, Aug 18 Four persons were killed and five others injured in four different accident which occurred in the district yesterday.
Chaman Lal, a student of Educational Training Institute, was crushed to death by a canter on G.T. Road near Biswan Meel stone, 15 km from here, yesterday. According to the police, the victim belonged to Panhira village in the district and was crossing the road when the mishap occurred.
According to another report, Nitin, Raman, Ankush and Amrita were injured when their van was hit by a canter near Pio Munyari village. All students belonged to Holy Child School.
The police has seized the canter and a case registered against its driver, who has absconded.
In another accident, a truck overturned near Teha village killing one Phoolan Singh, who was travelling in it.
According to the police, the truck driver was under the influence of liquor because of which he lost control of the truck. A case has been registered against the truck driver, Lakhvir Singh.
A scooterist was killed and another injured when a truck hit it on the Sonepat-Murthal road near Atul Nursery. According to the police, the victim had been identified as Vinod of Khewra village. Raj Kumar, who sustained injuries in the accident, was stated to be in a serious condition.
According to another
report, one person was killed on the spot when he was hit
by a vehicle near here yesterday. The victim has not been
identified so far. A case has been registered against in
against MDU VC
ROHTAK, Aug 18 A major controversy has cropped up in Maharshi Dayanand University over the pension amount of the Vice-Chancellor and the migration of a student from a college at Asthal Bohar to another at Sohna.
The Registrar, Mr Ashok Khemka, told TNS the university had been deducting only Rs 2,144 per month from the salary of the Vice-Chancellor, Lt-Gen O P Kaushik (retd), instead of the gross pension that he had been drawing from the Ministry of Defence. As per the terms and conditions of appointment of the Vice-Chancellor, the gross pension entitled to General Kaushik was to be deducted from his salary.
Since the Vice-Chancellor did not submit his pension certificate, the Chancellor of the University, Mr Mahabir Prasad, wrote to the Ministry of Defence to provide them information regarding the gross pension entitlement of General Kaushik who retired from the Army after putting in 38 years of service.
Mr Sudhakar Shukla, Deputy Secretary (Pensions), Ministry of Defence, informed the Governor-cum- Chancellor that the gross pension of General Kaushik was Rs 10,044 per month from February 1997 to June 1997, Rs 10,509 from July 1997 to December 1997, Rs 10,788 from January 1998 to June 1998, Rs 11,346 from July 1998 to December 1998 and Rs 12,276 from January 1999 onwards.
The Registrar has asked the officiating Finance Officer, Mr Kedar Singh Sharma, to explain as to why the mandatory clearance from the audit was not taken while drawing the salary of the Vice-Chancellor. "As such, there is an excess withdrawal of salary amounting to more than Rs 2.5 lakh till date", he said.
Similarly, the Registrar told the Finance Officer, "You are not including the pension income in the salary income of General Kaushik while deducting income-tax at source, thereby violating the provisions of the Income Tax Act regarding deduction of tax at source of salary income".
The police has today registered a criminal case under Sections 468, 471, 420 and 120-B of the IPC against Mr Kuber Saraswat, a close relative of the Vice-Chancellor, General Kaushik and Mr P.N. Leather, ex-Principal, Baba Mastnath Engineering College, Asthal Bohar.
The institute has in a complaint to the police alleged that Mr Sarswat, a son of the brother-in-law of the Vice-Chancellor, had sought admission to the BE (Computer Engineering) course against the NRI quota in 1997-98. The student, the complaint alleged, did not pay any fees to the college for the second year despite a written demand.
The student, the complaint said, managed his migration from the college in connivance with Mr Leather, who had resigned from his post on May 26, 1999, without the consent of the college management and without obtaining no dues certificate.
The complainant, Mahant Chand Nath Yogi, president of the Engineering College, alleged Mr Leather appended undated signatures on the migration form of Mr Sarswat for migration to the third year class BE (Computer Engg) course at Apeejay College of Engineering, Sohna, though the result of the fourth semester of the BE course was yet to be declared.
No office seal of the institute was affixed under the signatures of Mr Leather, the complaint said. Interestingly, Mr Sarswat has not even mentioned the name of the college to which he had sought migration. The mahant alleged the "collusion" of Mr Leather and Mr Sarswat had caused the college a loss of more than Rs 3.69 lakh.
The Registrar, when contacted, said though the Vice-Chancellor had allowed the migration on June 30 the migration order was issued by the Assistant Registrar (R&S) on August 4 without authorisation and after a lapse of 35 days. There was neither any noting file nor any order of the Registrar obtained in the matter.
He said as per the university ordinance and order dated May 12, 1998, of the Vice-Chancellor migration could not be allowed in compartment cases. Mr Sarswat, he said, was allowed migration in the fifth semester though he had not cleared certain papers of the first and second semesters.
Moreover, he said, the draft rules pertaining to migration in engineering courses from one college to another within the jurisdiction of the university had not been finalised yet and were under the active consideration of the Vice-Chancellor.
He disclosed that an
earlier case of mutual migration of two candidates
Arun Manocha and Hardeep Singh was rejected by the
Vice-Chancellor on July 14, 1999, on the grounds that
migration rules had not been approved.
Govt employees seek scribe's
KAITHAL, Aug 18 The situation in the town became tense when hundreds of employees of various government departments organised a procession and blocked the traffic on Pehowa Chowk here today. Later, they began an indefinite strike and dharna outside the mini secretariat which continued till late evening as a result of which the functioning in the government offices remained paralysed. A large number of people who visited government offices in connection wih their official work went away disappointed. These included women, the aged and the disabled.
The employees were demanding the arrest of a Kaithal-based correspondent of Dainik Jagran and his three associates against whom the police registered a case under Sections 332, 353, 180, 342, and 506 of the IPC and under sections 12, 49 and 88 of the Prevention of Corruption Act late last night. The case was registered following a complaint lodged by Mr Prem Singh, an auditor of the Revenue Department, who alleged that the journalist accompanied by a petition writer and two others came to him yesterday and demanded a registered deed lying with him, which was being scrutinised by him for affixation of proper stamp duty.
According to him, the accused offered him bribe and when he refused to oblige he was manhandled, threatened and forcibly confined to a room. Later, he was released on the intervention of the PA to the Deputy Commissioner, MR T.R. Gautam. In the complaint it was alleged that he was forcibly dragged and made to drink something. He was subsequently sent for medical examination and then taken to the city police station.
However, according to information, the MLR revealed the consumption of liquor by the said employee. In the meantime a large number of employees marched to the city police station, gheraoed it and raised slogans against the district administration and the police. They demanded the immediate release of their colleague and alleged he was being falsely implicated in the case. The said employee was released at night. The police subsequently registered a case against the journalist and his alleged accomplices, including a petition writer, as demanded by the protesting employees.
During the whole episode, the DC and SP were away to Kurukshetra in connection with official work. On the other hand a group of media-persons started a dharna outside residence-cum-office of the Deputy Commissioner, protesting against the registration of a criminal case against the journalist and others. They were demanding action against the employee who allegedly demanded bribe and was under the influence of liquor. They further alleged the administration was biased and the case was registered under pressure from the employees. They demanded immediate withdrawal of the case registered by the police against their colleague.
A clash between the mediapersons sitting on dharna and the protesting employees was averted when they came face to face outside the residence of the Deputy Commissioner. Certain police officials and others present on the occasion saved the situation from taking an ugly turn.
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Ambala range, Mr Hari Singh Ahlawat, rushed to the town and was holding parleys with the officials of the district administration to resolve the matter.
On the other hand, the
employees have threatened to intensify their agitation,
if all persons against whom the case had been registered
were not arrested soon. Employees union leaders from
other places have started arriving here. During the
employees' dharna today, their leaders made fiery
speeches against the district authorities alleging that
the administration had a soft attitude towards the
persons involved in the assault on their colleague.
NFL employees' stir to
PANIPAT, Aug 18 The Coordination Committee of the National Fertilisers Employees Unions yesterday reiterated that their agitation programme, which started from August 9, would continue till their demands were accepted and implemented by the management of National Fertiliser Limited (NFL).
This was announced by leaders of the committee while addressing a gate meeting of workers of the NFL here last evening. The leaders, included Mr G.K. Soni from the NFL Vijaypur, Mr Ramesh Bhardwaj from the NFL Bhatinda, Mr Kamal Nayan from Noida, Mr Gurbax Rai from the NFL Nangal and Mr A.K. Vyag from the Guna unit.
Giving details about the agitation the leaders said gate meetings were being organised at Bathinda, Panipat, Nangal and Vijaypur units as well as at commanding office and chief marketing office in Noida from August 16 to 21. Further dharnas and indefinite hunger strike would go on till September 4 with mass leave programme from September 8 onwards.
Finally if the demands were not met, indefinite strike would be started from September 27 onward and would be continue till the demands were met.
The leaders said an
agreement between the corporate management and the
committee of the recognised unions of the NFL in October,
was not implemented till date. Besides this, unilateral
withholding of payment against monthly award scheme,
non-finalisation of wage revision with promotion policy
and settlement of agenda for the coming year were their
Surjewala acting chief of Haryana
CHANDIGARH, Aug 18 Mr Shamsher Singh Surjewala, a senior party leader, has been appointed acting president of the Haryana Congress, while a former party chief, Mr Harpal Singh, has been nominated chairman of the state-level campaign committee.
A spokesman of the party said here today that these appointments had been made by the high command in consultation with the President of the Haryana Congress, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda. He said the AICC had taken a policy decision that in the states like Haryana, Rajasthan and Assam where the PCC presidents were contesting the Lok Sabha elections, acting presidents would be appointed till the polling date.
CHANDIGARH, Aug 18 The Vice-Chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Dr I.S. Chawla, today clarified that the supplementary examinations in September would be conducted by the previous universities to whom were affiliated the respective medical, dental and other similar colleges and institutions.
In a communication to The Tribune in reference to a news item appearing in these columns on Aug. 7 Dr Chawla clarified that the Principal Secretary, Medical Education and Research, Mr K.K. Bhatnagar, had endorsed the stand of Baba Farid university which, as per the notification dated March 31, 1999, had stated that despite the affiliation of the colleges concerned to Baba Farid university, it will be conducting examination only with effect from November-December, 1999; though the colleges were affiliated to the university from July 1.
HVP leader quits party
HISAR, Aug 18 The Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) today received a setback when Mr Raghubir Singh, a member of the state Executive of the HVP and a former Commissioner, resigned from the party and announced his support to the Indian National Lok Dal BJP alliance in the state.
Addressing newsmen in
Tohena today he said that he had not decided to join any
party so far. He said he had not decided to join any
party so far. he said he along with his supporters would
go to Bhiwani in support of Mr Ajay Singh Chautala
supporting the INDL candidates from Sirsa seat, Mr Sushil
Indora. A decision regarding joining any party will be
taken in proper time.
Villagers threaten poll boycott
SIRSA, Aug 18 Dr Sushil Indora, Indian National Lok Dal-supported candidate for Sirsa (Reserve) Lok Sabha seat, and Ms Vidya Beniwal, Indian National Lok Dal-supported MLA from Barba Assembly segment, had to face the wrath of women folk of Shahpurbegu village near here yesterday when they reached the village to address an election rally.
According to informed sources, the village had been facing an acute shortage of drinking water for the past several days. Villagers had to fetch water from a distance of more than 1 km.
A charter of demands seeking adequate arrangement for the supply of drinking water before the elections was handed over to Mr Indora and Ms Beniwal by the Mahila Samiti there. The villagers threatened to boycott the poll if their demands were not met.
2 HVP(D) MLAs join
ROHTAK, Aug 18 The Congress in Haryana received a boost when two MLAs of the Haryana Vikas Party (Democratic) and an Independent MLA joined the party here today.
Mr Jagan Nath and Dr Dharam Vir Yadav, both HVP (D) MLAs, and Mr Nirmal Singh, an Independent MLA, had come to Rohtak to accompany the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, while going to file his nomination papers for the Rohtak Lok Sabha seat. All three MLAs made the announcement regarding joining the Congress in the presence of Mr Hooda, Ms Kartar Devi, leader of the Congress Legislature Party, Mr Harpal Singh, a former minister and state in-charge of the party election campaign, Mr Anand Singh Dangi, general secretary of the HPCC, and Dr Raghbir Singh Kadian and Mr Rajesh Sharma, former ministers.
Mr Karan Singh Dalal, an HVP(D), was also to reach here today but due to some engagement he could not turn up. However, the Congress party sources claimed that Mr Dalal would soon join the party.
Welcoming the new
entrants in the party, Mr Hooda said the party had
emerged stronger by their support. He pointed out that
the HVP(D) MLAs who joined the Indian National Lok Dal
were "misled" regarding the conduct of assembly
elections. He claimed the assembly elections would be
held after two months of the Lok Sabha poll and the party
would make a clean sweep in the elections.
HPCC denies report
ROHTAK, Aug 18 The Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee has denied the report which appeared in an English daily published from New Delhi, that the HPCC President, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, had been removed from his post.
A spokesman of the party
said here today that the report had been
misleading and devoid of truth. In fact, the
party had nominated acting chiefs of the Pradesh Congress
Committees (PCCs) in states where PCC presidents had been
contesting the Lok Sabha elections. Mr S.S. Surjewala and
mr Harpal Singh had been nominated acting president of
the HPCC and campaign committee chief, respectively in
consultation with the HPCC chief, Mr Hooda. Both the
appointments were temporary and had been made for the
purpose of coordinating the election campaign.
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