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HC reserves judgement in Munjal case
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 25
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today reserved its judgement in the matter concerning Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana Chairman C.M. Munjal.

The case had been started after the High Court took suo motu notice of a letter written by one Archit Goyal.

On November 2 last year, Mr Munjal wrote to the Abohar police informing them that Mr Justice M.M. Kumar had "orally stayed" the arrest of Anil Midha, accused in a criminal case. It later transpired that no such order had been passed by the Judge. In fact, the court had not even heard the petition for interim pre-arrest bail to Midha.

After coming to know about the development, Archit, who was the complainant in the case in which Midha is the main accused, wrote to the Chief Justice, Mr Justice Kumar, High Court Registrar, Punjab Advocate-General and, ironically, the chief of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana. Mr Munjal is the Chairman of the Bar Council. Mr Justice Kumar also clarified that he had passed no such order.

During the hearing today, Senior Advocate Suraj Prakash Gupta, who had been appointed amicus curiae by the Bench, said that in view of the evidence against Mr Munjal, coupled with the fact that he admitted to the wrongdoing, the Bench should hand over exemplary punishment to him.

Mr Gupta said that apart from punishing Mr Munjal under the contempt laws, the Bench should also order registration of a case against him for the criminal offence and also direct the Bar Council or Punjab and Haryana or the Bar Council of India to take action against him for professional misconduct.

Mr Gupta also submitted many documents in the court to buttress his prayer for exemplary punishment to Mr Munjal.

After hearing him and Mr Munjal's counsel, the Bench reserved its judgement.



Court acquits murder accused
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
The Chandigarh Police came under a cloud today with a court acquitting a Maloya resident-Mahant Jai Dev Giri — arrested for murdering his father-in-law last year

Additional Sessions Judge, R.S. Baswana, acquitted the mahant as prosecution witnesses did not support prepared by the police case. Giri owns a “dera” on prime commercial land worth over Rs 2 crore at Dadu Majra.

In 2003, he was arrested on rape charges and jailed for six months.He was granted bail only when the alleged rape victim stated in the court that she was the legal wife of Giri.

Acquittal of Giri seemes to have proved allegations of the human rights organisation — Lawyers for Human Rights International (LHRI) — that he was framed by the police at the behest of certain influential persons. The LHRI had also highlighted four other cases where the city residents were similarly “implicated” by the police.

The LHRI, alleged mahant was “implicated” in the case by the police, in connivance with certain influential persons of Dadu Majra, grab the “dera” land.

After efforts by the LHRI, former UT Administrator, Justice OP Verma, had taken cognizance of the matter and asked the police to conduct inquiry into the cases of alleged atrocities. However, nothing came out of the police inquiry into cases.



More facilities for advocates to dominate bar body poll
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
More facilities in the District Courts complex is emerging as main issue in the election to the post of the president of the District Bar Association (DBA), to be held on January 28.

Talking to The Tribune, two presidential candidates informed that besides working for improvement of the amenities, maintaining transparency in the accounts of the DBA would be another priority area for them.

Mr H.S. Hundal, who is aiming for second term in the coveted office, said the setting up of a dispensary and the installation of the new lift in the old building would be taken up on priority.

Separate canteen and more chambers for the advocates would also be taken by him. He also intended to start an effective insurance scheme for the members, he added

Mr Ashok Chauhan, former vice-president, who is locked in a straight contest with Mr Hundal, also stressed the need for more space for new advocates and setting up of a canteen for the lawyers.



Stage fires Juhi Babbar’s imagination
Aditi Tandon

Juhi Babbar is all smiles, despite a string of flicks to boast of. Frugal she might seem in this new-age cinema where bulk is synonymous with style, but hers’ is a different world altogether - the one in which purpose dominates return.

The attitude has utopian dimensions, and Juhi loves the challenge of sustaining it. “I have tuned my heart and mind to ensure that it works for me. I don’t want to be part of the crowd which runs after quantum at the cost of quality. I would rather work little, but work well. Theatre continues to fire my imagination. Films are incidental,” says the petite daughter of Raj and Nadira Babbar who loves to mention her parentage.

In Chandigarh to shoot for Manmohan Singh’s new Punjabi film “Yaaran naal Baharaan”, Juhi is more than willing to give away as many details as you wish to gather. “My first commercial film didn’t do well, and that did bother me a lot. I went through a very rough patch, but finally I found peace within myself, and my routine which had more to do with the flourish of literature and acting than with the number of films I was doing.”

While plays with mother Nadira remain a vital part of Juhi’s everyday, she has also found inspiration enough to resurface in films. Her new films include a classic “Antara” with Sushant Singh, “Uns” with Sudhanshu Pandey and “Silent”, a seven-minute short film being directed by Bijoy Nambiar.

“Antara”, directed by Rajiv Jena, is the most exciting of Juhi’s new ventures. She says, “It’s a classic being directed by Rajiv Jena whose film “Kafan” has made it to the Berlin Film festival. “Silent” with Mohan Lal is another challenging assignment.”

Having featured in two new plays over the past two years, Juhi is now concentrating on “Yaaran naal Baharaan”, her first Punjabi film. “I was eager to do a Punjabi film, given my family’s association with the language. I chose it for its beauty which is so typical of Manmohan Singh’s genre. He has brought this new wave Punjabi cinema where everything is realistic. Nothing is overtly rural or urban. Everything is blended to spell class.”

The film talks about chasms between generations, tells the actress who will be seen on the sets from tomorrow.



Critics help you improve: Kulraj
Swarleen Kaur

“You look too old to play the role of a youngster” is the worst criticism a young actress can receive. But Kulraj Kaur, our own Chandigarh ‘di kudi’ and Kareena- Kareena Zee TV serial fame, didn't let this affect her morale. She boasts of a complement, which she received from one of her fans ‘You are so natural on the screen that a viewer can relate with the character’.

Keeping faith in herself and performing at optimum level has helped her. In fact, a critic can help you improve and make you deliver the best, Kulraj said. She can talk for hours together. And her talk won’t bore you.

Today, It was a homecoming of sorts for her. “I love Chandigarh. Though life here has not much pace, still I have many reasons to spend my time here. The best thing about it is that it is not polluted and has a peaceful ambience.”

Bollywood would be the next destination and good scripts her priority. Her father wanted her to be a doctor but she was inclined to pursue a business management course, she said.

“Initially there used to be a lot of arguments between us. But slowly everything settled down when I participated in the Ms Bangalore contest without informing him. He saw me taking the prize on the stage. But now he feels proud of me and appreciates my talent”, she said.

As she is from Army background, she has travelled a lot and didn’t face difficulty in adapting to Mumbai culture. But yes, she had to struggle to make her mark on the screen.

It was her confidence and easy-going nature which helped her in touching the realms of life.



Cultural extravaganza on R-Day eve
S.D. Sharma

Patriotic fervour and gaiety marked the celebrations on the eve of Republic Day as the cultural extravaganza organised by the Chandigarh Administration went under way at the Tagore Theatre today.

Soliciting the participation of society in a drive to educate slum children, Ms Sunita composed a dream song for them ‘Ham honge kaamyaab’. Poor children studying under the Sarv Shiksha programme and care of the GMHS-42 gave a serene opening to the function. Students of different city schools brought alive the diverse cultures of the country with zest and rich vigour.

It was the elegantly dressed students of Mount Carmal who captured the grandeur of Manipur dance before the patriotic fervour pervaded the ambience. Students of GMSSS-19 presented an action song exuding national spirit.

Another song ‘Mera vatan …’ was presented by students of Ryan International School. Tiny tots of St Annes School, Sector 32, exhorted the audience to guard the Independence in ‘Shahedon ki amant hai.’ A qawwali presented in Mughal splendour, was led by Ujjwal and Jacob.

The audience clapped in unison as the students maintained laya and taal. How the small kids are concerned with the rampant social evils like female foeticide and oppression towards the woman were apparent in an emotional Punjabi play ‘Chidian da Chamba’, presented by the GMHS-12. It was written and directed by Yadwinder.

The musical bonanza attained the climax when the students of Carmal Convent virtually transported the audience to the sea shores of Kerala where the celebrations of Tiruvitira and Onam festival are in progress. The snake boat races and folk dances, replete with the Mohinattam tradition, choreographed by Ms Maggie wherein Ms Pragya and Gurnoor portrayed Lord Shiva and Parvati.

A captivating folk dance of Bengal ‘Ayurimarjore’ depicted the dalliance of the fishermen, their aspirations, joys and sorrows was performed by the students of IS Dev Samaj School under the direction of Ms Swati and Loveleen Bedi. The last word in the folk dances repertoire ‘bhangra’ by students of the GMSS-44 provided the grand finale.

All participants extracted full pleasure from their performance as their parents and friends marvelled. The chief guset, Mr Lalit Sharma, Adviser to the Governor and Chandigarh Administrator, announced a prize of Rs 31,000 for the participants.

City Mayor Anu Chatrath, Home Secretary Krishan Mohan, DC Arun Kumar, Mr D.S. Mangat, DPI, Ms Padmini Singla, IAS, Mr S.K. Sandhu, Finance Secretary, Mr S.P. Arora, DPR, Mr Rajesh Choudhry, DEO, and senior officers of the Administration were among prominent persons who graced the programme.


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