Saturday, January 6, 2001,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Sodhi Ram gets breather
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Jan 5 — Panjab University’s former Controller of Examinations, Sodhi Ram was today allowed to visit the university library to help a student working under him for his Ph.D thesis work. The orders were passed by an Additional District and Sessions Judge.

The student, Braj Mohan Dabral, had earlier filed an application before the court stating that he was doing research under him needed his guidance to complete the thesis.

Taking up his application, the Judge granted permission to the former Controller of Examination to visit the library under police security from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. for five days.

It may be recalled that the former Controller of Examinations was arrested by the CBI, along with four others, in the alleged paper-leakage case.


PEC Principal
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 5 — The Chandigarh Administration has asked the Union Public Service Commission to send a date for conducting interviews to the post of Principal of Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.

Prof Rajneesh Prakash, former Principal, who retired on December 31,2000, handed over the charge to Dr R.S. Gupta, the next seniormost Professor in the college, who will remain the acting Principal till the fresh appointment.


UT lecturers Class III employees?
By Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 5 — This might come as a surprise to most of you, but the fact is that all government college lecturers of the city are Class III employees of the Chandigarh Administration. And they have been “enjoying” this status eversince they have been in the profession. This is in accordance with the provision of the Punjab Subordinate Educational Service Rules 1937 which the Chandigarh Administration follows. Or rather followed. As till as December 22, 2000, when services of a batch of 16 college teachers were regularised by the Chandigarh Administration in accordance with the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Compare this with the Class I status of college lecturers in government colleges of Himachal Pradesh and their Class II status in government colleges of Punjab and Haryana.

Although the city college teachers have been fully aware of their status, it has not deterred many from posing as gazetted officers of the Chandigarh Administration and attesting certificates and documents routinely. Also they have on and off been verbally told by the administration that their status is purely notional and for all intents and purposes they are Class II employees.

But then the teachers have had reasons to believe so. The Punjab Subordinate Educational Rules 1937 were to be replaced by the Chandigarh Educational Service (Group-B Gazetted) Government Arts and Science College Rules notified on February 21, 1991, according to which they will be Class II employees. But these could not be implemented and the matter remained sub-judice till February 1994 when these were notified again in December 1997.

But these, too, remained unworkable till February, 2000 when these were notified yet again but Class II status still eluded them. This has caused another point of contention among the lecturers as after this latest notification, all appointments as lecturers to the government colleges of the city will now be done by the UPSC. The UPSC clearly states in its advertisements that those selected by them will be Class II employees. The teachers appointed under the 1937 rules in these colleges feel that it will be grossly unfair on the part of the Administration to employ lecturers who in all respects will be junior to them but will have a status higher than theirs. “If the administration wants to be fair, it should first raise our status to Class II and then, allow UPSC to make these fresh appointments otherwise there will be major discontentment because of the same.” says a local government college lecturer.

The Director Public Instruction, Colleges, UT Administration, Ms Madhavi Kataria says, “I know that this sort of dichotomy is going to arise in colleges and I feel that Class II status should be conferred on all those teachers who are still Class III in accordance to the 1937 rules. We have decided to sought legal advice on the matter and if everything works out, this would be done as a matter of priority.”


Order reserved in Mamta case
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Jan 5 — Mr Justice V M Jain of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today reserved his order on a petition filed by the Kurukshetra girl, Mamta, against Punjab’s Additional Director-General of Police B.P. Tiwari alleging molestation and demanding a CBI probe into her complaint.

Mr Justice Jain reserved his order after marathon arguments from both sides. The Punjab Advocate-General, Mr H S Mattewal, submitted before that the state government was ready “ to get the matter inquired into by a senior woman IAS officer” if the High Court so desired, but opposed a CBI probe at the first instance pleading that the petitioner had not adopted the procedure prescribed in the Criminal Procedure Code.

The Punjab Government also submitted a one-page interim inquiry report conducted into the maid’s complaint under the signatures of Additional Director-General of Police ( Crime), Mr S.V. Singh, stating that the petitioner and her mother, Mrs Bimla Sharma had refused to appear before the undersigned on two occasions after the summons were served on them on December 19 and 22 on the plea that their case was fixed for hearing in the High Court”.

The presence of Mr J.S. Sandhu and his wife could not be obtained in spite of efforts made in this regard at Kurukshetra, Nawanshahr and Jalandhar. However, it has been reported by the Jalandhar SSP that Mrs Sandhu had noted the summons for appearance on January 5, said the interim report. Mr Sandhu had described himself to be uncle of Mamta when he produced her before newsmen last month.

The advocate appearing on behalf of Mr Tiwari during his arguments stated that the petitioner had not adopted the Cr P C procedure and had come directly to the High Court which according to a Supreme Court judgement was an “attempt to ignore the statutory provision of the law laid down under the Cr.P.C.

”RTA secy fined A Division Bench of the High Court comprising Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice N.K. Sood today imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on Jalandhar Regional Transport Authority ( RTA) Secretary Harmel Singh for illegally impounding a tourist bus of International Tourism, a Chandigarh-based transport company on October 17 last year.The petitioner company had filed a writ petition challenging the impounding of its bus by the RTA on that day when the bus was carrying four tourists of one family from West Bengal in its AC bus from Chandigarh to Amritsar. The RTA impounded the bus on the ground that the driver was not carrying his licence and the bus was being operated in violation of its tourist permit.

Counsel for the petitioner company, Mr R.K. Handa alleged that the RTA was hand in glove with Batala MLA Jagdish Sahni who owned two to three tourist buses that ply on the route and the petitioner company had complained against his illegal methods of plying the buses. The STC had marked that complaint’s enquiry to the RTA.

Mr Harmel Singh, who was present in court with the case record, gave an undertaking before the Bench of depositing the fine within a month.

The Bench also allowed the petitioner company to file a claim for damages for the illegal detention of its bus from October 17 till date in a civil court. DPI’s assurance on seniority lists Our Legal Correspondent adds: The Punjab Education Department submitted an affidavit before the High Court in a contempt petition filed by Mr Hardarshan Singh and others stating that the final seniority lists of headmasters, headmistresses and lecturers had been finalised and circulated by implementing the apex court judgement rendered in the Ajit Singh Jangua case. It was further stated by Mr Ram Kishan, Asstt Director in the office of DPI (S), that on the basis of these seniority lists promotions would be made within three months.

The petitioners, belonging to general category, had sought directions for considering and promoting them to the post of principal on November 27. Mr Justice J.S. Khehar had directed the Education Department to circulate the final seniority lists by implementing the decision in Ajit Jangua case on or before December 28, and had posted the case for January 4, on which date the respondents had informed the court about the finalisation of seniority lists. But as there were no submissions with regard to giving effect to those seniority lists, the matter was adjourned till today.

It was contended by counsel for the petitioners that the compiling of seniority lists would be of no use until and unless a decision was issued to implement the same and promote eligible persons to the post of principal.


2 sent to judicial custody
From Our Correspondent

PANCHKULA, Jan 5 — The Judicial Magistrate (first class), Ms Aradhna Sahani, today sentenced Bhagwan Sharma and Vinod Sharma, Bihari labourers, accused in stealing a saw, machine, in to judicial custody for 14 days.

The accused were arrested by the police, yesterday while they were taking the stolen machine to Delhi and were caught by a team of Panchkula police personnel at Mubarikpur level crossing near Dera Bassi.

The police sources revealed that the duo planned to steal the machine amounting to over Rs 20, 000 and fled from the areas as their master had decided to shift from the present site. Before the arrival of the contractor to project site, the accused picked the machine, loaded it in an autorickshaw and reached Tribune Chowk in Chandigarh. They hired a canter for Delhi and started their journey along with the machine.

On the complaint of the contractor, cops of Panchkula police identified the accused along with the machine when they were stranded in a traffic jam at Mubarikpur level crossing.

The duo were nabbed at the spot while the canter driver managed to escape by throwing the machine out of the vehicle. After recovering the saw machine, a case under Section 381 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against them.

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