Friday, November 9, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Mehndi issue: parents support school authorities
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
The Parent Teachers Association of the Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, has in a written statement fully supported the school authorities in their efforts to maintain discipline among the school students.

Stating that the practice of applying henna by girls was not a religious symbol but a cultural one, the press note went on to add that the school had never prevented its students to participate joyously in religious festivals or cultural occasions but it was also important to maintain discipline. The school’s policy was endorsed fully by the parents.

The press note also stated that the allegation that the students were made to stand with their hands raised for a period of time was totally false and malicious.


CBI given nod in disappearance case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
In just over eight years after two brothers allegedly disappeared from police custody, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today granted the Central Bureau of Investigation permission to proceed against all officials involved in the case, which included Barnala’s Senior Superintendent of Police Ajaib Singh and Sangrur’s Superintendent of Police Madanjeet Singh.

In a ruling, Mr Justice N.K. Sud of the High Court observed that the justification of state government’s action in not granting sanction to prosecute Ajaib Singh and Madanjeet Singh was not necessary to be examined. The CBI could, on its own, proceed against the two officers.

In his petition, Dharam Singh of Patiala had alleged that his two sons, Gurinder Singh and Balwinder Singh, were shown to have absconded from police custody after they were abducted and illegally detained in April 1993. After looking into the matter, Sangrur’s District and Sessions Judge had concluded that the two had been eliminated. Acting on the inquiry report, the High Court had asked the state of Punjab to register a murder case under Section 302 IPC.

AG’s word on ‘sangat darshan’ sums

The High Court on Thursday disposed of as infructuous 35 writ petitions with a common grievance that the money being allocated during the “sangat darshan” for developmental activities in the villages was being entrusted to authorities other than the gram panchayats. The petitions were disposed of after Punjab’s Advocate General stated that the cheques would be handed over to the sarpanches.

Arguing before Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta, the AG stated that money in some of the cases had already been paid to the gram panchayats. In other cases, payment would be made on or before November 30.

He added that the the gram panchayats would be entitled to carry on development work wherever it has been initiated. The money would be used in accordance with the provisions of the relevant rules and the Act.

Notice on park sites conversion

On a petition filed by the Gurgaon-based DLF Qutab Enclave Residents’ Welfare Association seeking directions to the state of Haryana and other authorities against converting park sites into commercial ventures, a Division Bench of the High Court on Thursday issued notice of motion for December 5.

In their petition, the association had also sought directions to the respondents to perform their statutory obligations and remove unauthorised structures and buildings at sites earmarked for parks in the colony’s original approved plan.

Poll plea dismissed with costs

Imposing costs of Rs 2,000, Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar of the High Court today dismissed a petition filed by an independent candidate, Anant Ram, challenging the election of Indian National Congress candidate Jai Parkash from Barwala Assembly constituency.

Delivering the verdict, the Judge observed: “The allegations made in the petition clearly deserve to be struck out on the ground of being frivolous and vexatious... I am of the considered opinion that the petition does not disclose any cause of action. The petition is, therefore, dismissed with Rs 2,000 as costs”.Back

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