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Prime land sold for a song: Dalal
Chandigarh, July 22
The RPI MLA in the Haryana Assembly, Mr Karan Singh Dalal, has demanded a high-level probe into the sale of about 3000 square yards belonging to the Sikandarpur Ghoshi village panchayat to a filling station despite initial opposition by the Panchayat Department.

3 get life term for murder
Hisar, July 22
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr J.D. Chandna, yesterday sentenced three persons to life imprisonment on the charge of killing a youth. According to the prosecution, Raj Kumar, Ramesh and Rakesh Kumar, all residents of nearby Barwala town, had kidnapped Sunil Kumar of the same town from a market on March 6, 2001.

HIGH COURT
IAS officer’s case
Chandigarh, July 22
Acting on a petition filed by IAS officer Ajit Mohan Saran seeking the grant of bail in an alleged corruption case, Ms Justice Kiran Anand Lall of the High Court on Tuesday issued notice of motion to the state of Haryana for September 26.

CM misleading people: Bhajan
Chandigarh, July 22
The Haryana Congress President, Mr Bhajan Lal, today accused the BJP of raising the issue of foreign origin of Mrs Sonia Gandhi in order to cover up the failures of the NDA Government.

Rs 342-cr irrigation projects for Haryana
Chandigarh, July 22
The Union Government has approved three projects worth over Rs 342 crore for Haryana to utilise fully its irrigation potential. A spokesman of the Command Area Development Authority (CADA) said the new projects were the Western Yamuna canal command (Phase-IV and V) and the Bhakra canal command project. 

Haryana to observe water month
Chandigarh, July 22
The Haryana Government has decided to observe ‘water month’ in the state with a view of creating mass awareness about conservation of water.


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3 eunuchs jailed for castration
Kurukshetra, July 22
A local court today sentenced three eunuchs to seven years’ imprisonment, along with a fine of Rs 1000 each, for the castration of a youth to include him in their group.

One jailed for six months
Fatehabad, July 22
Additional District and Sessions Judge R.K. Sondhi here yesterday sentenced a trader to jail for six months and fined him Rs 1000 for the case of adulteration.

Robbery bid foiled
Kaithal, July 22
Attempt to loot at a house in the HUDA colony here foiled yesterday morning by the inmates of the house. Two youths tried to enter the house of Mr Parduman Bhalla in Sector 20 of HUDA colony at 2.30 a.m. yesterday.

3 get life term for burning bride
Kurukshetra, July 22
Additional District and Sessions Judge Subhash Goel here yesterday awarded life imprisonment to Hari Ram, his wife Ram Murti and son Mangal for sprinkling kerosene on Karamjeet Kaur and burning her to death.

Photo exhibition on terrorism
Ambala, July 22
A two-day photo exhibition on terrorism began in DAV College, Ambala city, today. Ambala City MLA Veena Chibber inaugurated the exhibition. The exhibition has been organised by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.



A visitor has a look at the photo exhibition in Ambala on Tuesday. — Photo Neeraj Chopra
A visitor has a look at the photo exhibition in Ambala

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Prime land sold for a song: Dalal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
The RPI MLA in the Haryana Assembly, Mr Karan Singh Dalal, has demanded a high-level probe into the sale of about 3000 square yards belonging to the Sikandarpur Ghoshi village panchayat to a filling station despite initial opposition by the Panchayat Department.

Talking to newsmen here today, Mr Dalal alleged the precious land, situated on the Delhi-Gurgaon border on the main Mehrauli-Gurgaon road, was sold for a song though the market value of the land was Rs 25,000 per sq. yrd. He said the land was initially given on lease for 20 years to Messrs Janata Filling Station in 1999. However, the then Director, Panchayat, wrote to the Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon on October 12, 1999, that the panchayat had no power to lease out the land for 20 years as per provisions of the Punjab Village Common Land(Regulation) Rules, 1964.

However, he alleged that after the owners of the filling station struck a deal with members of the family of the Chief Minister, the Director, Panchayats, wrote another letter to the Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner on November 11, 1999, approving the lease agreement.

Mr Dalal said the story did not stop here. He said later the land, which the department had earlier held that it could not be even given on lease, was sold to the owners of the filling station for a song.

He said he had submitted a memorandum to the Governor demanding the registration of a criminal case against the Chief Minister — in his capacity as the Development and Panchayat Minister — and other officials involved in frittering away of precious panchayat land.

He said this case was only an example of how the powers that be in Haryana were grabbing village lands. 

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3 get life term for murder
Our Correspondent

Hisar, July 22
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr J.D. Chandna, yesterday sentenced three persons to life imprisonment on the charge of killing a youth.
According to the prosecution, Raj Kumar, Ramesh and Rakesh Kumar, all residents of nearby Barwala town, had kidnapped Sunil Kumar of the same town from a market on March 6, 2001. Later, they strangulated him and threw his body in nearby Balak minor. 

The body was recovered from the minor after 20 days. The Barwala police had registered a case against the there on the complaint of the deceased’s father Ram Avatar. The prosecution had alleged that one of the accused, Raj Kumar suspected that Sunil had illicit relations with his (Raj Kumar’s) sister.

In another case, the Additional District and Sessions judge, Mr Dharmpal Chauhan, has sentenced a youth to 10 years’ imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on him on the charge of abducting and raping a minor.

A brick-kiln labourer had lodged a complaint with the Sadar police station against another labourer, Suresh Kumar of Bharat Nagar here, in this regard. In his complaint, he had alleged that Suresh Kumar had kidnapped his minor daughter when she was alone in her house at a brick-kiln at nearby Ghirai village on June 10 last year. After this, he took the girl to various places and raped her repeatedly. Later, the girl was recovered by the police from Barwala bus stand after a week and a case was registered against Suresh Kumar in this connection.

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HIGH COURT
IAS officer’s case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Acting on a petition filed by IAS officer Ajit Mohan Saran seeking the grant of bail in an alleged corruption case, Ms Justice Kiran Anand Lall of the High Court on Tuesday issued notice of motion to the state of Haryana for September 26.

Saran, earlier posted as the Managing Director of Haryana Financial Corporation, was booked in an alleged loan scam registered under Sections 406, 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code, besides under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Claiming to have been implicated, the petitioner had claimed that he was not named in the first information report registered in the matter. Arguing before the court, his counsel had added that the petitioner was not even named in detailed investigation. His interest in the matter, or links with other accused, had not been established.

CBI gets 3 months to complete probe

The CBI was granted three months’ time to complete investigations in the Haryana mining case by a Division Bench of the High Court.

Taking up the case, the Bench, comprising Chief Justice B.K. Roy and Mr Justice N.K. Sud, also fixed October 27 as the next date of hearing in the case. Earlier during the proceedings, a report in a sealed cover was submitted by the CBI in the matter.

The premier investigating agency was, on the last date of hearing, asked to get in touch with the head of Dhanbad’s Indian Institute of Mining for deputing a team to assess the loss caused due to illegal mining operations in Anangpur village in Faridabad district between 1989 and 2001.

Issuing the directions, the court had ruled: “It is expected that the team would make its assessment and submit the report to the court through the investigating agency within two months”.

Directive to trial court

Issuing notice of motion for October 9 on a petition filed by Haryana’s former minister Ramesh Kaushik in an alleged corruption case, Mr Justice Nirmal Singh on Tuesday directed that the trial court will fix the next date of hearing after the High Court date.

Challenging the trial court orders directing the framing of charges against him, the petitioner had earlier contended that no case was made out against him from the evidence collected.

The former minister was booked by the Haryana police under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act on the allegations of possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. A case was registered against him at a police station in Sonepat on March 8, 2000. 

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CM misleading people: Bhajan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
The Haryana Congress President, Mr Bhajan Lal, today accused the BJP of raising the issue of foreign origin of Mrs Sonia Gandhi in order to cover up the failures of the NDA Government.

In a statement issued here, Mr Bhajan Lal said the BJP was raising non-issues in order to mislead the electorate. He said after spending more than two-thirds of her life in India, Mrs Gandhi was as much as Indian as anybody else. Expressing confidence that Mrs Gandhi would become the Prime Minister after the next Lok Sabha elections, the former Chief Minister asserted that the Congress would win all 10 parliamentary seats in Haryana.

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Rs 342-cr irrigation projects for Haryana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
The Union Government has approved three projects worth over Rs 342 crore for Haryana to utilise fully its irrigation potential.
A spokesman of the Command Area Development Authority (CADA) said the new projects were the Western Yamuna canal command (Phase-IV and V) and the Bhakra canal command project. Work on these projects would commence during the current financial year.

The Rs 320-crore Bhakra canal command project would cover the districts of Sirsa, Fatehabad, Hisar, Ambala, Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Karnal and Jind. The project envisaged the construction of 1233 watercourses.

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Haryana to observe water month
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
The Haryana Government has decided to observe ‘water month’ in the state with a view of creating mass awareness about conservation of water. A spokesman of the Environment Department said here today that the month-long campaign had been initiated in response to an appeal made by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

As many as 2200 eco-clubs located in high and senior secondary schools all over the state would play a leading role in the campaign by holding rallies in their respective areas to underscore the need for saving water.

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3 eunuchs jailed for castration

Kurukshetra, July 22
A local court today sentenced three eunuchs to seven years’ imprisonment, along with a fine of Rs 1000 each, for the castration of a youth to include him in their group.

Mr Ashok Kumar Verma, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Kurukshetra, awarded the punishment to Kako, Pawan and Risal Ali, who chopped off the sex organ of Pradeep, a resident of Ladwa town in the district.

Pradeep had lodged a complaint with police that the three accused had taken him to an unknown place on June 29, 2000 and made him unconscious. When he regained consciousness after a fortnight, Pradeep found that the trio had castrated him.

The judge convicted the eunuchs under Sections 326 and 328 of the IPC. — UNI

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One jailed for six months
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, July 22
Additional District and Sessions Judge R.K. Sondhi here yesterday sentenced a trader to jail for six months and fined him Rs 1000 for the case of adulteration.

Mathura Dass had a shop on the Jamalpur road at Tohana town in this district when District Health Officer N.K. Ahuja took samples of sugar from his shop on May 30, 1991. The sugar was found to be adulterated with sulphur. The shopkeeper was booked under Section 16 (1) A (1) of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act.

The Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Tohana sentenced Mathura Dass to six months’ imprisonment and fined him Rs 1000. He appealed against the judgement. The Additional District and Sessions Judge upheld the lower court’s verdict convicting the shopkeeper.

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Robbery bid foiled
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, July 22
Attempt to loot at a house in the HUDA colony here foiled yesterday morning by the inmates of the house.
Two youths tried to enter the house of Mr Parduman Bhalla in Sector 20 of HUDA colony at 2.30 a.m. yesterday. Wife of Mr Bhalla heard noise when two unidentified youths entered the house by opening the door. She raised an alarm and other members of family joined her and challenged the miscreants who fired two shots, according to the family members.

The alarm by the family drew the attention of there neighbours who came out. Following which the miscreants fled. The police has registered a case but denied any firing by the miscreants.

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3 get life term for burning bride

Kurukshetra, July 22
Additional District and Sessions Judge Subhash Goel here yesterday awarded life imprisonment to Hari Ram, his wife Ram Murti and son Mangal for sprinkling kerosene on Karamjeet Kaur and burning her to death.

Karamjeet was daughter-in law of Hari Ram of Abhana village near Shahbad and had one-year-old daughter from the marriage.

The deceased’s father had complainted to the police against Karamjeet’s in-laws on March 20, 2001. —PTI

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Photo exhibition on terrorism

Ambala, July 22
A two-day photo exhibition on terrorism began in DAV College, Ambala city, today.
Ambala City MLA Veena Chibber inaugurated the exhibition. The exhibition has been organised by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.

BJYM vice-president Satish Mehta said that the youth were coming forward in the fight against terrorism. He said that the youth must work for strengthening the unity and integrity of the country. State president Subhash Barala said that on February 11 a meeting of youth from 56 countries was held. He said that as part of the conference, it was decided to hold the photo exhibition. TNS

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