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Bank manager dupes NRI of Rs 50 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ambala, April 16
Amit Mehndiratta, an Ambala-based NRI, has accused HDFC Bank manager Rajinder Bhateja of fraudulently drawing Rs 50 lakh from his bank account.

Mehndiratta had complained to the police at the Sadar police station this morning that he had opened an account with Centurian Bank of Punjab at Chandigarh when Rajinder Bhateja was manager of a bank branch at Chandigarh.

After the merger of Centurian Bank of Punjab with HDFC Bank, Bhateja became manager of the HDFC Bank, Ambala branch. He requested Mehndiratta to open a fixed deposit account in the Ambala branch. Mehndiratta alleged that Bhateja had forged his signature and withdrawn Rs 50 lakh in November, last year, without his knowledge.

On his complaint, a high-level team from the HDFC zonal office, Chandigarh, visited the Ambala branch and called Bhateja also, who was now the manager at the Kharar branch. The zonal office team assured Mehndiratta in the presence of the police that his money would be returned to him within three days.

Tara Chand, DSP of Ambala Cantt, said in view of the assurance of the senior bank officials, the police had decided to wait for three days and in case the money was not returned they would take further action in the matter.



Ban on paddy variety
BKU stir enters second day
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, April 16
The hunger strike by the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta) entered the second day today. The union members had been demanding lifting of ban on the PAU 201 variety of paddy and continuous electricity and water supply in Punjab villages besides other demands.

Punjab president of the union Pishora Singh said the state government was not serious to look into the demands for basic needs of farmers. He said that repeated requests and submitting memorandum in this regard failed to yield any results.

He said the condition of Punjab farmers was pathetic and people had been selling off their fields to get rid of loans. Instead of doing farming people had been turning towards other businesses as farming was no more viable to meet requirements of daily needs. District president of the union Baldev Singh, secretary Surinder Singh and others were also present.



Six nabbed with poppy husk, opium
Tribune News Service

Ambala, April 16
The police nabbed six persons, including a woman, carrying eight quintals of poppy husk and 1 kg of opium here today.

According to sources, the police laid a trap near Devinagar on the Ambala-Rajpura road and stopped an Opel Astra, which was going from Ambala to the Rajpura road. The police had information that the car was loaded with contraband.

The arrested persons have been identified as Balbir Kaur, a resident of Delhi, Tejinder Pal and Sarabjit Singh, both residents of Amritsar, Gyanesh, Mahender Kumar and Surinder Singh.

The police had impounded the car and a case in this connection had been registered at the Sadar police station, Ambala City. Further investigations were in progress.



Compensate firemen for working on holidays: HC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 16
Extinguishing the discontentment seething amidst Mohali firemen for 17 years, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the municipal committee to monetarily compensate them for working on holidays.

The amount will be paid to them preferably within three months from 1990 -- three years prior to the filing of a writ petition by them.

The directions came on a petition filed in 1993 by Labh Singh and others against the State of Punjab and other respondents. Justice K Kannan asserted: “The petitioners, who claim to be firemen for the fire engines, NAC, SAS Nagar (Mohali) since March 1, 1985, have a grievance that they have not been paid wages during national holidays, when they were required to work and several other Saturdays and Sundays when again they were required to work without any compensatory holiday, while other employees of the NAC had been granted similar benefits. It was discriminatory that they had not been granted the benefits”.

In his detailed order, Justice Kannan asserted: “If there were other employees of the NAC, who were allowed the benefit of Saturdays off and the petitioners were not covered by any different regulations, they shall be similarly treated and they shall also be entitled to the same as prescribed for them for the days when they had worked for Saturdays.”

“If the petitioners had worked also on national and gazetted holidays and they were not provided any compensatory holiday, the petitioners would likewise be entitled to the monetary benefits for the days when they worked on such holidays. The right of enforcement of the petitioner shall survive in the manner as provided by the Supreme Court in a civil appeal number 1500 of 2000.”

Disposing of the petition, Justice Kannan asserted: “There shall be a direction to the municipal committee to calculate the amounts payable to each one of the petitioners for all the holidays that they have worked without any compensatory holidays and it shall be paid for three years prior to the filing of the writ petition till date or till the last date of service whichever is earlier.”

“For any default on the part of the respondents the petitioners shall have remedy before the appropriate authorities constituted for payment of wages. It is hoped that the authorities will calculate the amounts expeditiously and having regard to the fact that the litigation has prolonged for over 17 years, preferably within a period of three months from the date of receipt of copy of the order.”



Ruchika case adjourned till May 3
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 16
A local court today adjourned the hearing on former Haryana DGP, SPS Rathore’s plea, challenging his conviction in the Ruchika molestation, till May 3. The court will then hear the arguments continuously on a day-to-day basis.

A CBI plea clubbed with the complainant’s appeal for enhancement of Rathore’s sentence is also pending before the court.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Gurbir Singh heard the arguments for over five hours today. The media was directed to remain outside the courtroom on the request of Rathore’s counsel.

“Since yesterday, Abha Rathore and another lawyer, assisting her, are putting forward their evidence and records before the court. So far there has been no cross argument in the case,” the CBI lawyer told the media, adding that the court would take up the hearing continuously on a day-to-day basis from May 3.

The CBI magistrate had held Rathore guilty on December 21, 2009, for molesting 13-year-old Ruchika, who later committed suicide. He was sentenced to six-month RI, but was granted bail immediately.



Yograj acquitted in 10-yr-old case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 16
A local court today acquitted former cricketer and Punjabi film actor Yograj Singh, father of cricketer Yuvraj Singh, in a 10-year-old case when a Punjab Police team raided his gas station in Sector 17.

Following a complaint with the Chandigarh Police, a farmhouse near Mani Majra was raided and illegal petrol was recovered.

Besides acquitting Yograj, Judicial Magistrate (Class-I) Amandeep Kaur also acquitted Gurmeet Kaur, who was also booked by the police in the same case. The third accused, Ravinder, is said to be mentally disturbed. He is currently admitted to a hospital in Amritsar. He has not been acquitted by the court so far.

The police had booked Yograj on June 30, 2000, under Sections 420, 285, 286 and 120 of the IPC and Section 7 of Essential Commodities Act after they seized the samples of adulterated petrol from his petrol station in Sector 17 here. The court had framed charges against the three on February 23, 2002.

The police had also conducted raids at a farmhouse in a village near Mani Majra and recovered 22 drums, each containing 200 litres of petrol. At that time, they had claimed that Yograj hid the adulterated petrol at the farmhouse.



3 held with stolen articles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
The police has arrested three persons and recovered stolen electrical appliances from their possession.

Akhil Bhardwaj of Sector 45 reported to the police that Ajay Kumar, Sushil Kumar and Naresh Kumar had allegedly stolen computers parts, a battery, camera and other articles from his residence. The accused were later arrested from the market of Burail village with stolen articles.


Parshotam Joshi of Sector 8, Panchkula, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his employee Kalu had ran away after stealing Rs 15,000 from his shop in Sector 18 on Wednesday. A case has been registered.


A cyclist, Husang Garmrovd, of Sector 8 was injured after being hit by a car (CH-04-3827) driven by Manjit Singh Sandhu of Sector 8, Panchkula, at Matka Chowk on April 14. The victim was admitted to the PGI. The police has arrested the car driver after registering a case against him.

In another case, Mohit Shankar of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, reported to the police alleging that Simarpreet Singh of Phase 1, Industrial Area, and another unidentified person thrashed and threatened him in the Sector 30 market yesterday.

Vehicle stolen

Pritam Singh of Sector 46 reported that someone had stolen his car (CH-04-2910) from his house last night.

In another incident, Jeevan of New Indira Colony, Mani Majra filed a complaint with the police alleging that his Bajaj Chetak scooter (CH-01-V-6658) was stolen from Sector 5 on April 12.

Liquor seized

The police today arrested Rajeev Sharma of Sector 21 from Sector 26 and recovered 21 cartons of Indian-made foreign liquor from him. A case has been registered.



Choi Kwang Do
Five local lads win laurels
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 16
Five local martial arts players made the town proud with their achievements in the 55th National School Games Choi Kwang Do U-19 (girls and boys) Championship, which concluded at the War Heroes Stadium, Ambala Cantonment, recently.

Players Divya Thakur, Niley Sharma, Chanderkesh, Shobhit Khurana and Hitesh Goel were part of the Haryana team that clinched the top position in the overall medal tally in the games.

As many as 16 players represented the state and the team bagged six gold, five silver and five bronze medals at the event.



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