Wednesday, February 6, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Results of PU engg exams declared
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 5
Panjab University today declared results of the following engineering examinations held during November-December, 2001: BE (Agro Processing) — IInd and IVth semesters, BE (Information Technology) — IIIrd semester and BE (Aeronautical) — VIth and VIIth semesters. An official press note of the university issued here today said copies of the result gazettes were available at the university’s main inquiry counter.


School renamed
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 5
The Government Senior Secondary School, Pinjore, has been renamed Shahed Flying Officer G.S. Dhindsa Government Senior Secondary School. Flg Officer G.S. Dhindsa laid down his life on August 18 at Srinagar Airfield during Operation Rakshak. This martyr belonged to HMT Colony, Pinjore.


CBI to probe arms scam
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 5
Coming down heavily on the Ferozepore police for not making serious efforts to investigate the involvements of politicians, including ministers, MLAs and MPs, in the issuance of fake arms licences, Mr Justice V.M. Jain of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered a probe by the CBI into the alleged scam.

The judgement is significant as Ferozepore Superintendent of Police, in an affidavit, had admitted that the police was suspicious about the authenticity of about 4,500 arms licences, out of the total 30,000 issued by the Licensing Authority during the past four years.

Delivering the verdict on a petition filed by two former MLAs, Mr Justice Jain observed: “It appears that the matter has not been properly investigated by the local police, may be under political pressure or otherwise. Apparently the local police is not seriously investigating the case and is trying to help the big-wigs, including politicians, bureaucrats and police officers”.

The Judge added: “The Haryana police has taken into possession a file from the office of the Ferozepore District Magistrate containing list of persons who were issued arms licences. The lists were prepared on letter heads of various politicians, including MLAs, MPs and ministers.... Nothing has come on record to show under what circumstances the lists came to the DM’s office”.

In his detailed order, the Judge asserted: “It is really surprising that out of 4,500 licences, the police was suspicious about, the files of only 250 licences were made available by the officials of Ferozepore Deputy Magistrate for verification. This is inspite the fact that the investigation of the case was under court’s scrutiny. It appears that the investigation is going on at a snail’s pace even though the matter is of serious nature and involves the security of the nation, more so of Punjab”.

Handing over the investigation of two first information reports, registered by the police last year, to the premier investigating agency, Mr Justice Jain ordered: “The entire matter shall be investigated by a team of CBI officials so that the guilty, irrespective of the status and the position, are brought to book. A copy of the order should be sent to the Director of CBI at Delhi who shall personally choose a team of senior and competent officers to investigate these cases”.

In their petition, Dr Mohinder Kumar Rainwa and another petitioner had earlier sought directions for the CBI probe into two FIRs pertaining to arms licences scam in Ferozepore. The petitioners had contended that they were shocked to read a news report as per which licences were being issued by the Licencing Authority to persons who were not entitled to the same because of their criminal background. The was being done by flouting all norms and procedure on the recommendations of the political bosses, they had concluded.

MLA’s bail rejected

An application for anticipatory bail filed by a sitting MLA, accused of being involved in an attack on an Excise and Taxation Officer, was today dismissed by Mr Justice M.L. Singhal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Pronouncing the orders on a petition filed by Jalalabad MLA Sher Singh, along with “Chairman” of Punjab Agriculture Development Bank Surinder Singh Kamboj and “Chairman” of Market Committee Davinder Singh, Mr Justice Singhal ruled: “The petitioners may surrender and apply for regular bail to Ferozepore’s Chief Judicial Magistrate. If the MLA applies for regular bail on or before February 15, he shall not be arrested till then. If the other two petitioners apply for regular bail before the CJM on or before February 9, they shall not be arrested till then”.

The three were apprehending arrest in an FIR registered on January 25 at the Jalalabad police station on the statement of ETO Diwar Chand. He had alleged that the MLA, along with the other accused, had arrived in the office of the SHO of the police station concerned and had attacked him. He had added that a brick kiln owned by the MLA had earlier been raided.

Seeking the grant of anticipatory bail, counsel for the petitioners had added that the three were being implicated in a false case. He had added that Sher Singh was again contesting the elections and the case was registered in an attempt to defame him.

Status quo in ad hoc teachers’ case

Admitting a petition filed by 57 adhoc teachers seeking directions to state of Haryana and other respondents to carry out the selection process through the departmental selection committee instead of the Haryana Subordinate Staff Selection Commission, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered the maintenance of status quo.

In their petition taken up by the Bench, comprising Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar and Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill, Mr Surinder Kumar and others also sought directions to the respondents to frame a policy for regularising the services of the adhoc employees on the completion of over two years of service.

Notice to Secy

Taking a serious note of the allegations levelled against a Civil Judge in a reply filed before the High Court, Mr Justice H.S. Bedi and Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta on Tuesday asked the state of Punjab, Secretary in the Irrigation Department, an Executive Engineer and a Deputy Collector to show cause why proceedings for contempt should not be initiated against them.

Issuing the directions, the Bench observed: “In reply to the allegation in the matter before the court, written statement has been filed by Mansa Deputy Collector Gurmail Singh on behalf of the state and other respondents in which allegations have been levelled against the Civil Judge.... Let notice be issued to the respondents to show cause”.


HC’s directive to UT Admn
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 5
Taking up a public interest litigation filed by a city advocate seeking proper court rooms, adequate staff, besides accommodation, for the presiding officers of the labour courts and industrial tribunals, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed counsel for Chandigarh Administration to seek instructions on the issue of framing a uniform policy regarding accommodation.

Pronouncing the orders in the open court, the Bench, comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Mr Justice Bakhshish Kaur, also granted the state of Punjab 10 days time for framing the policy. In his petition, Mr Bedi had earlier contended that all the labour courts and industrial tribunals were functioning with minimal staff. Even telephones had not been provided in the courts thereby hampering the functioning. Counsel for the petitioner had added that accommodation and other infrastructure was essential for the smooth functioning of such bodies.


Plea against Country Club dismissed
Legal Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 5
A Division Bench of Punjab and Haryana High Court, comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Ms Justice Bakhshish Kaur, today disposed of a writ petition filed by the Punjab Civil and Consumer Welfare Front against the allotment of land to the Country Club in SAS Nagar by Punjab Electronic Development and Production Corporation.

The order was passed after counsel for respondents stated that the matter had been inquired into by the Punjab Chief Secretary and he had observed that the lease agreement signed at the level of the Managing Director of the corporation was not legal as he was not competent to do so. It was further stated that the lease granted for 99 years was required to be registered.


Of human bondage...with pen and ink
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 5
Award or no award, the show always goes on. Like every year, the All-India drawing exhibition opened to an overwhelming response at the Punjab Kala Bhavan art gallery in Sector 16 today. This year’s show received about 248 entries out of which 118 were selected for display by a distinguished jury comprising Jeram Patel, Malkit Singh and Mehar Singh.

This year’s ensemble makes a fine picture, comprising works which have been executed with great passion and depth. The mettle of the works also seems to be greater than ever before confirming that the artists are now relating better to their surroundings vis-a-vis self. Out of the 118 works being exhibited, the honour has been conferred upon five selected ones.

The ‘World of Joy’ by Jaspal Singh from Hoshiarpur is about the bliss of existence. The canvas spells hope and hopelessness at the same time. Prasanta Kalita’s “Death call” is a finely conceived piece of art. There is innovation in technique and maturity in execution. Santiniketan’s Sadhu Surya Rao makes a great impact with his work titled “Victim”. He shows a fish thirsting for life in her own environs. The work, when seen in a larger perspective, makes a great sense. Mohan Shingne’s water series is a cut above the rest. A plain sheet of paper seems to have suddenly come to life with the black and white strokes of the artist. The thought is simple, so is the form and technique. The final award of this year went to “Relation IV” by Chand Mohammad from MS University, Baroda. The artist’s compassion for life is reflected in his powerful work, which analyses human bondage in the light of basic instincts.

The awards consisting of Rs 10,000 each were presented by the Director, Cultural Affairs, Punjab, Mr Inderjeet Singh Sandhu, today at a special ceremony held on Kala Bhavan campus.

The interesting trend this year is the entry of works by artists from Santiniketan and Baroda. Till about the last year, the chunk went to artists from this part of the region.

The works will be on display till February 14 and can be viewed between 10 am and 6 pm.


Artist, not exhibitor
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, February 5
Vinod Mehta is an artist of a different stroke. As you move around his tiny studio-cum-storage room which is a part of his Sector 18 residence, you will be surprised to know that these beautiful creations have been hung on the walls of any art gallery or been shown to the public only once. And the reason is not that his works are not up to the mark, but simply because the artist does not believe in exhibiting his works.

“Exhibitions have never been a yardstick to measure my success as an artist,” says Mehta, who is aware of his worth as an artist. He is one of the most sought after artist in the city with quite a huge number of customers in India and abroad. Mehta claims to be one of the highest paid tutors in the city.

You ask him the secret behind his success and he is ready with beaming smile. “My realistic finishing and ability to read my students’ minds have made me a success in the teaching line,” he says and looking at the shadow of light that meets the colours in a harmonious blend infusing life in his paintings proves his point.

Mehta’s journey to the world of art started when he received a letter of appreciation from then President of India Dr. S Radhakrishnan for a portrait he had sent for the President’s private collection. “The portrait of Dr Radhakrishnan in charcoal was the first serious painting I had done in my life and his letter of encouragement opened door for me,” he recalls.

And one can see what that particular letter led him to. The black and white charcoal paintings, an old lady in acrylic, foreseeing her death, the final truth that fills her with a cold detachment for the worldly possessions, a woman viewing the world with tinted glass in oil pastel and the larger than life portrait of a woman dominating the room.

Though never had a chance to get any formal training because of his parents stiff opposition, he continued his journey through thick and thin. “I did a series on Pakistan attack in water colour by drawing inspiration from the movie ‘Uphaar’. Unfortunately, after completing his masters in public administration, art in his life took a back seat.

His second coming to the world he loves the most was in 1997 when he left his other professions to become a full fledged artist. He also put up his first exhibition in Ludhiana this year which was highly appreciated by the art lovers. And till date that remained his only exhibition.

However, he is having a second thought about his stands on exhibiting his works. “I have been talking to the concerned people to put up a solo exhibition based on my entire collection,” he informs. And what has brought this sudden change of heart? “The mediapersons who has seen my work keeps telling me to do it,” he concludes in his parting shot.

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