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Man sentenced in cheque bounce case
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, November 22
Ms Anshul Berry, Judicial Magistrate (Class I), has convicted Darshan Lal, Director, M/s Darshan Forging Pvt Limited, in a cheque bounce case. The accused was sentenced to undergo one year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2,000 was also imposed on him.

However, the court acquitted Madhu, a co-accused with an observation that it was not proved whether she was the Director of firm or not.

The complainant, Mr Surinder Kumar Sood had stated in the court that he was carrying on the business of iron goods at the Jaimal Singh Road, Janta Nagar, under the name of M/s Surinder Kumar Sood and sons. The accused have been purchasing goods from them and making part payments.

In order to discharge their legally enforceable liability, the accused issued a cheque for Rs 1,95,834 in September, 1994, with an assurance that the same would be encashed on presentation. But to his utter surprise when the cheque was presented for collection it was not dishonoured and returned with a memo of “stop payment’”. Thereafter legal notice was served but no payment was made by the accused, added the complainant.

On the other hand the accused, Darshan Lal had submitted that the goods supplied were defective. He had already intimated to the complainant, not to present the cheque in the bank. The co-accused, Madhu, pleaded that she was a housewife and had nothing to do with the affairs of M/s Darshan Forging.

After hearing the rival contentions the Judicial Magistrate said the defence plea seems to be an after thought. There was no proof to show that the goods supplied were defective. The accused had failed to prove his case, remarked the judge, while pronouncing the judgement.



No headway in cash-on-camera scam
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Even as the cash-on-camera scandal involving Union Minister of State for Environment Dilip Singh Judeo is causing shock waves, police investigation into a similar exposure made here in which 11 policemen were caught taking bribe on camera seven months ago has not made any headway.

Hidden cameras installed by two alleged satta operators had shown the accused policemen accepting bribe from them. While this was probably the first recording showing cops taking bribe, the conversation between the accused policemen and the satta operators over the prevailing police-criminal nexus had exposed the deep roots of corruption in the police working.

However, all that has not reached any logical conclusion as the police has not investigated the nexus part of the case. The video CDs are yet to be sent for an examination by experts at the Forensic Laboratory Chandigarh. These are gathering dust in the Division No. 6 police station here.

The accused have also been reinstated, pending inquiry by the DIG, Ludhiana, Mr Sidarth Chattopadhaya, and are performing duties at different police stations here.

The public is yet to know who were the senior officers involved in the corruption racket, who was the SSP, whose brother was let off by the local police after 15 kg of opium was seized from his possession, who were the policemen who misused malkhana property and details of other disclosures made by the accused in the CDs.

It is back to square one for the two alleged satta operators also who have allegedly returned to their old business. The Tribune has reliably learnt that one of them was operating from his house. Both had been booked by the police a few weeks after the scandal was exposed.

Police sources said Mr Chattopadhaya had reinstated the policemen as he had the powers to do so. The state police was not conducting any investigation into the case as it was already pending in a local court, the sources added.

SSP Nairnderpal Singh said he had joined the post here much later than the scandal came to the fore. He said he would ensure that the CDs were sent for examination next week.

The Ludhiana police had claimed in May that the CDs had been sent for examination.

The case has been witnessing many twists ever since it came to light in April. First the government had ordered a high-level probe by a special investigation team. Then a Vigilance inquiry was ordered and another probe by internal vigilance Cell of the Punjab police was ordered. All these were closed later.



Accreditation panel inspects college
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 22
A three-member NAAC team, under the chairmanship of Prof M.L. Sisodia, visited Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, here from November 20 to 22. The other members were — Prof A.K. Indrayan and the Principal, Ms Manjula J. Nichani.

They were also accompanied by a coordinator of NAAC. This is the first private degree college of the city to be inspected by the NAAC team.

The team was appreciative of the efforts made by the college to integrate liberal studies with professional and vocational education to make graduates economically independent. It complimented the college on the teaching and evaluating techniques adopted by the faculties. They further appreciated the infrastructure at the college.

It was noticed that the students were encouraged to participate in multiple academic and cultural competitions.

The team felt that the college had a well-organised system of getting feedback from the staff and students while the students were motivated to use the Internet facility.

Also both audio and audio-visual material was being used in academics.

The team suggested that the college should encourage teachers to be more involved in academic research and minor research projects. The college was also advised to establish language laboratories while a multipurpose gymnasium hall should be constructed and necessary grants from funding agencies might be sought. The college should have a well-structured communication system for collecting feedback from external agencies about academic pursuits and employment avenues.

At the end, the visiting team appreciated the efforts of the college in imparting quality education and meeting its goals successfully making it a fit case for accreditation. The committee discussed the final report with the Principal. However, the accreditation grade decided by the team was placed in a sealed cover and would be revealed to the college later.



South African envoy checks on students
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 22
Ms Maite Nkona Mashapane, High Commissioner, South Africa, along with the Third Secretary Ms Mazibuko, visited The Punjab College of Technical Education to meet six South African students pursuing BBA, MBA and BCA courses here today. The students had come were in August this year. The purpose of her visit was to meet these students and to know their feelings about the academic and social environment of India.

Expressing her views after the visit, she commented:” The students studying at the college are happy with the academic environment and facilities provided to them. We are sure that after the successful completion of their degrees, they will be able to serve their nation in the best possible manner.”

Talking with staff members and students of the college, Ms Mashapane observed that the similarities between the two countries reflected that both the countries were largely agriculture-based economies, especially Punjab and the province of Limpopo from South Africa.

Ms Mashapane exhorted the South African students to take keen interest in management and IT subjects. She said India had provided good managers to various companies all over the world and IT was a sector in which the world was today looking at India as a leader.

During her visit to the college, she had an interactive session with the management and faculty members on various issues like students and faculty exchange programmes. She proposed to build strong Indo-South African relations by taking initiatives on the academic front along with research and consultancy projects.

On this occasion, the director of the college thanked Ms Mashapane for sparing time from her busy schedule to meet the students and faculty members and exploring various growth opportunities mutually in academics, research and consultancy. 



MNC supplying ‘expired’ products
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
A number of chemists and druggists of Sarabha Nagar are a harassed lot these days owing to the supply of ‘expired’ products by a multi-national company.
Huge quantity of the Vaseline Lip Care, a premium product of the company, was supplied to the chemists recently who learnt later that the product was expired. The chemists noticed this when a customer developed some allergy after using the Vaseline Lip Care.

Mr Devinderpal Singh, a chemist, has complained that a customer lambasted him for selling expired medicines. He was, however, shocked when Ganpati distributors termed it as a minor problem.

An official of the company repeated the assertion when Ludhiana Tribune sought his views on the issue. He said it normally happens and added that they were ready to replace the product.



Labourers have narrow escape
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 22
A large number of labourers had a narrow escape when the lintel of a marriage palace collapsed at Jandali Khurd village, near here, on Friday evening.
The lintel, weighing around 700 tonnes collapsed while the labourers were removing shuttering plates and supports.

No body was injured in the mishap. The losses were estimated at around Rs 30 lakh.

Though the reason of collapse could not be ascertained, experts were of the opinion that the lintel collapsed due to lack of pillars. The 20,000 square-foot roof of palace had no pillar under it.



Gurpurb celebrated
Our Correspondent

Samrala, November 22
The birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev was celebrated in Gurdwara Sri Karamsar Sahib, Khattran, 5 km from here, with fervour.
A big procession was taken out which was led by Panj Piaras. Sri Guru Granth Sahib was seated in a tastefully decorated mini-bus. A military band, gatka parties accompanied the procession. A langar was also organised which ran throughout the day. Hazoori ragis of Sri Harmander Sahib rendered shabads.

Bibi Swaranjeet Kaur Khattran, chief sewadar of one gurdwara, and Mr Kirpal Singh Khattran thanked the participants. Stage performance was conducted by Dr Darshan Singh Barri.



Akalis, BJP to launch statewide stir
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
In the event of possible arrest of its president and former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the SAD will evolve a joint strategy with its alliance partner the BJP for launching a statewide agitation, lest it may be taken off guard. Party sources claimed that although there was no imminent threat of arrest, yet the preparations were on across the state to ensure that Akali and BJP workers do not take their leader’s arrest lying down.

It is learnt that the two alliance partners have already conveyed to their rank and file throughout the state that they should express their disapproval so that the government realised that it is not Mr Badal and his family alone that the Chief Minister is targeting, but that he is hurting the sentiments of people by trying to settle “some personal score” with Mr Badal.

The party sources revealed that Mr Sukhbir Badal had already started the whirlwind tour across the state and he was meeting leaders of both parties to consolidate the support for the probable agitation to be launched in the event of Mr Badal’s arrest. The party, it is understood, is apprehensive that in case there was no widespread disapproval of Mr Badal’s possible arrest, it will give a moral victory to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, who has been alleging and maintaining that Mr Badal and his family had amassed huge wealth and invested it in foreign countries.

On its part, the BJP has assured its full support to the beleaguered Akali leadership. While earlier a section of the BJP leadership had been maintaining that the party should not identify itself with the anti-government agitation over Mr Badal’s arrest, there has been a clear directive from the high command that the party (the BJP) has to “whole heartedly” support any agitational programme of the Akali Dal, irrespective of the reasons of the stir. It was also pointed out that Mr Badal was being actively involved by the National Democratic Alliance (read BJP) in its campaign in Delhi, where Mr Badal is projected as a Sikh leader of national stature.

While the Akali leadership, right now, is banking upon some words of caution to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, from the party high command, that Mr Badal should not be arrested before December 1 Assembly poll as it might have negative fall out on the party prospects in Delhi, at the same time it does not want to be taken off guard in the event of possible arrest of Mr Badal. This has already led to hectic activity within Akali-BJP circles in the state.



Doctor accused of negligence
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, November 22
Alleged negligence on the part of a doctor has landed 27-year-old Suman in trouble. According to the complainant, the patient and her family had not only passed through mental agony for more than a month but also had to shell out more than Rs 1.25 lakh for the treatment of the patient at some other hospital.

The doctor maintained that for the betterment of the patient, who had developed serious complications in the last stage, she was referred for specialised treatment.

Mr Harbans Lal, a resident of Bhai Himmat Singh Nagar, Dugri, said he took his wife Suman to Puri Nursing Home at Model Town Extension to confirm her pregnancy in March and thereafter they regularly visited the nursing home. Dr Harpreet Kaur Puri used to examine the patient and prescribe medicines.

Harbans Lal said he took his wife to the nursing home for delivery on October 4. I deposited Rs 2,000 to make a delivery file but no receipt was issued. She was admitted to the hospital at around 8 am. At 9 pm I was told by the doctor that everything was fine. The doctor even assured me that it was a normal delivery. But around 10 pm, my wife was put on a wooden stretcher and pushed outside the nursing home. Then all of a sudden, I was told by one of the attendants that the doctor was unable to finalise the delivery and he could take her to some other institute. Since I wanted to save my wife and baby, I did not ask them any question.

He further maintained that the DMCH authorities at first were reluctant to admit the patient. After repeated requests, the process started with tests and scanning. The family was told that the baby had already expired inside the womb and the condition of Suman was critical, he added. “She was in the DMCH for more than 38 days and the bill mounted to Rs 1,16,865. I had to spend Rs 80,000 on medicines, capsules and injections in addition to the bill”, Mr Harbans Lal said.

Dr Harpreet Kaur Puri said “The patient had developed many complications. She had high blood pressure and was suffering from hypertension. She had also developed high blood sugar. At the time of admission, she was suffering from fever and was vomiting. She had developed breathing problems also. We do not have the medical treatment to treat such complications. We provided her with all the first-aid. In order to save her life, I had referred her to the DMCH, she said.

The complainant alleged that he wanted to give an application to the police but he was not allowed to meet the SSP. “I complained to the SHO, Model Town, but I was told that the officials were unable to locate the nursing home, so the application was lying with them only,” he added.



In service of humanity 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 22
The Nishkam Seva Trust organised an annual function at Nehru Sidhant Kendar here yesterday evening. Mr Sarwan Kumar, chairman of the trust, said gun culture and terrorism must end and people must learn to love each other.

Children of jhuggi jhopri schools run by the trust took an oath to protect their mother-land.

Mr Kumar thanked the people for their generous contribution by which the trust could run institutions. He said the annual budget of the trust runs to almost Rs 76 lakh.

He said the trust had recently opened a Shishu Seva Sadan. I had been built on a 2,500 sq yard plot at Lalton village near the main campus.

Another achievement of the trust is setting up of a gynaecology centre at Jujhhar Nagar, New Shimla Puri.

The centre has been set up at a cost of Rs 2 lakh. Trained nurses and doctors are available 24 hours a day.

Another institution run by the trust is an old age home. On an average 45 to 47 senior citizens are given free boarding, lodging and medical facilities. The trust also runs day care centres at Lalton village and at Abdulapur basti.

At least 1,48,184 patients were treated at five dispensaries located in labour colonies.

Mr H.D. Dumra was the chief guest. Workers from Phagwara, Barnala, Bilaspur and other places had turned up in large numbers for annual day celebrations.



Farmer commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 22
A day before the marriage of his daughter, a farmer of Barundi village allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree.
According to the information received from the police chowki, Latala, Karnail Singh Kunda of Barundi village, hanged himself to death on Thursday while the family was busy preparing for marriage of his daughter. He left home early in the morning and his body was noticed hanging from a tree in a deserted place.

The police handed over the body to the family after post-mortem. Mr Nirmal Singh, deceased’s son, reported to the police that his father had been mentally ill for a long time. The family had to spend a huge amount on his treatment and Karnail Singh committed suicide out of frustration.

The anand karaj of the daughter and cremation of father’s body took place on the same day.



Man strangles wife, absconding
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 22
The Jodhewal police is on the lookout of a man who allegedly strangulated his wife on Friday and ran away from the spot. A case under Section 302 of the IPC has been registered against Kamal Kumar, husband of Mamta, on a statement of her brother Himmat Singh. The complainant said the accused who got married to Mamta three years ago, used to torture her mentally.

Dowry demand: The Division No 2 police yesterday registered a case under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC on the statement of Saneh Lata, a resident of Field Ganj, against her husband, Arvind, father-in-law, Jagdish, and mother-in-law, Ved Rani of Baddi Mohalla. The woman had alleged that the accused used to torture her for bringing insufficient dowry. No arrest has been made so far.

Man killed: The Haibowal police yesterday registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC on the statement of Mr Anand Sarup Singh of Shamsher Nagar against a truck driver who injured a motorcyclist, Rajvir Singh. The injured was rushed to Satluj Hospital where he succumbed to injuries on Friday. Though the police has the registration number of the truck, no arrest has been made so far.

Fraud alleged: The Jodhewal police yesterday registered a case under Sections 420, 406 and 506 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Jaspal of Kuldeep Nagar Mohalla, against Arjinder Kumar of Kabir Nagar Mohalla. The complainant had alleged that he had paid Rs 2,70,000 to the accused as he had promised to send him abroad. But the accused neither sent him abroad nor returned the money, said the complainant. No arrest has been made so far.

Infant thrown: The Sarabha Nagar police on a statement of Mr Arun Kumar of Bihar Colony, Barewal Awana, yesterday registered a case under Sections 318 and 201 of the IPC against a woman who had thrown a dead infant (2 and half months old) outside his house on Friday. No arrest has been made so far.

Beaten up: The Haibowal police yesterday registered a case under Sections 323, 341, 506 and 149 of the IPC on a statement of Mr Mohd. Galib of Guru Hargobind Nagar Mohalla, against Parvej, Tarvej, Nasib and six other persons accompanying them. The complainant had alleged that the accused on Friday stopped him on the road, beat him up and also threatened him. No arrest has been made so far. The Koom Kalan police yesterday registered a case under Sections 323, 341 and 34 of the IPC on a statement of Mr Baljinder Singh of Sherrian village against Gurmail Singh and Avtar Singh of the same village. The complainant had alleged that the accused had beaten him up on the road on November 20 and ran away. No arrest has been made so far.

Liquor seized: The Model Town police yesterday arrested Joginder Kumar of Jammu district now living in Jawahar Nagar camp in the city and recovered 12 bottles of illicit liquor form his possession. The accused was booked under the Excise Act, the police said today.



Tata to supply 2 lakh Indica cars to England
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Petrol-driven Indica is becoming popular in England with a leading automobile company, MG Rover, importing 2,000 cars from Tata Motors every month under a five-year contract. Under the programme, Tata Motors is supposed to supply 2 lakh Indica (petrol) cars to Rover under the brand name of City Rover.

Stating this here today, Tata Motors officials Deepankar Tiwari and Jacob Verghese said the Indica vehicle was doing “phenomenally good” in India also. Ludhiana, they said, was one of the important centres with an average sale of 200 vehicles every month. They appreciated the efforts of Mr Suraj Dada, Managing Director, Dada Motors, authorised dealers of the Tata Motors, for maintaining good customer relations.

To strengthen the customer relations, Tata Motors organised a “treasure hunt” rally for the customers of Tata Indica, Tata Indigo and Tata Safari. The vehicles were flagged off from Dada Motors at Savitri Complex. All participants were awarded prizes, besides the “hidden treasure”.

Mr Dada said Tata Motors was regularly getting the customer feedback for retaining and consolidating their trust in the company.



Precious gems in ethnic designs
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 22
What else can magnetize a woman more than the feeling of pride, happiness and joy in seeing, touching and wearing a fine piece of accessory. Taking this feeling into consideration and adding a little business sense to it, Sercon has brought a four-day exquisite jewellery exhibition Swarn Sambandh in the city. It was inaugurated yesterday.

The customers can get exclusively crafted pure and sterling quality jewellery.

Jewellers from different parts of the country are participating, like RC Jewellers with their ethnic range of ornaments with a touch of cosmopolitan lifestyle, Trendsmith with the glitter of dazzling diamonds from Mumbai, Ghatiwala and Jaypore creations with their assorted collections from Jaipur and the dewdrops captured in an oyster portraying peace from Kolkata by Naidu Pearls and rare pieces of jewellery from Talwar Jewellery House, Chandigarh.

One of the participants, Mr Saurabh Srivastava said, “We have worked hard to ensure that we offer to our clients, not just the latest in design and superior aesthetics but also quality, purity and value for money”.

Ms Neeta Aggarwal, one of the visitors said, “Its’ wonderful. The precious gems, the ethnic designs, the purity of diamonds, are all fascinating.”


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