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Funeral van used to ferry MC workers
Punjab Chief Minister’s sangat darshan programme at Amloh
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 14
Putting relatives of those who died in the last two days to severe inconvenience, the solitary funeral van of Mandi Gobindgarh was used to carry municipal council workers to both the helipad and the marriage palace in Amloh, venue for the sangat darshan programme of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

On Monday, 10 municipal council workers were taken to the helipad in the funeral van to get the area cleaned. The same exercise was conducted today at the marriage palace where the Chief Minister presided over the sangat darshan program where he distributed cheques to 60 panchayats.

While the van remain parked for two days, relatives of those who had died were forced to tranpsort the dead bodies on their own in the scorching heat. Three deaths have been reported in the last two days in Mandi Gobindgarh.

“Though the workers initially resisted sitting in the van, they eventually had to as there was no option,” he said. Asked how the authorities would manage if someone had to take a body to the cremation ground, he replied: “The van will leave the venue only with the permission of the higher ups. But they are busy with the sangat darshan”, he said.

A former executive officer of the Mandi Gobindgarh MC, who did not wish to be named, said: “One cannot use the van for any other purpose. It is ethically wrong to ferry workers and inconveniencing to the needy”, he said. He added that MC had purchased van around six or seven years ago. Meanwhile, Arun Pathak, member of a subdivision grievance committee of Fatehgarh Sahib, demanding declaration of a holiday during sangat darshan programmes, alleged that not only the funeral van, but ambulances and police vehicles were used.

Will probe: Estate Officer

Executive Officer (EO) of Mandi Gobindgarh MC Parvinder Singh when contacted said funeral van was used in emergency as the tractor trolleys were deployed to pick garbage. When enquired about inconvenience caused to people, the EO said he would enquire into it.



Five held guilty in Kesar Malhi murder case
Tribune News Service

Ropar, June 14
The court of District Sessions Judge GK Dhir has held five people guilty of murdering Kesar Singh Malhi, a resident of Simbal Majra village in Nurpur Bedi, on April 26, 2008. The court held accused Bachittar Singh and Lakhvir from Bhauwal, Lakhwinder Singh from Saidpur, Ajwinder Singh and Baljit Singh Beihara guilty and had held the sentence pending. Five other people were acquitted.

Malhi (27) was shot dead when he was returning with his three friends after attending a marriage at Anandpur Sahib. All four were on two motorcycles. Around 11.30 pm when they reached near Sangatpur village some car-borne youths attacked them.

The accused fired three rounds of gunshots and killed Malhi. He died on the spot. Rounds were shot from a .12 bore gun. The police had recovered an unknown mobile phone, sharp edged weapons and a pair of slippers from the crime spot.

Two days later, on April 29, the police arrested four accused, including Bachittar Singh, Baljeet Singh, Lakhvir Singh and Ajwinder Singh. They were arrested from Morinda railway station. All of them were planning to leave the state.

Lakhvir Singh had hatched the conspiracy with other four accused in killing Malhi. Lakhvir purportedly drove the bike slowly and stopped at a liquor vend to have beer, so that he and Malhi would be separated from other two bikers and could be killed easily.



26 students from Patiala in merit list
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 14
Patiala students came out with flying colour in the Punjab School Education Board’s Class X results that were declared today. Twenty-six students reserved berths in the merit list declared by the Board. Six students from Patiala made it to the top 100 in the state.

Chiranjali Joshi of Dayanand Model High School, Samana, stood third in the state and first in the district with 95.31 per cent. Palak of Prem Dham Sarv Hitkari Vidya Mandir, Patiala, stood seventh in the state and second in the district with 95 per cent. Neeraj Kumar of DAV Public School, Kakrala, was 10th in the state and third in the district with 94.92 per cent.

Navdeep Kaur of Sunflower School, Tripri, Patiala, was 22nd in the state and fourth in the district with 94.54 per cent. Ramneesh of Dayanand Model High School, Samana, stood 40th in the state and fifth in the district with 94.31 per cent. Kamal Ganda of Playway High School, Lahori Gate, scored 93.92 per cent and stood 62nd in the state.

Talking to the TNS, Chiranjali expressed her delight over her result and thanked her family, school principal and teachers for their support. Remembering her father, late Narinderkant Joshi, she said he was her biggest inspiration. “My parents always encouraged me and my elder brother Rohtash to study hard in order to make it big in life and I think I have at least made a good start,” she added.

About her future plans, she said, “I will take up non-medical stream as I want to be a science professor.”



HC rap for medical insurance cos
Says can’t deny claim if malady older than policy
Saurabh Malik/TNS

Chandigarh, June 14
In a significant judgment, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that an insurance company cannot turn down a medical claim on the ground that the claimant was suffering from the disease prior to his taking the policy.

The judgment, affecting almost all the medically insured persons, is significant as the insurance companies often reject medical claim on the ground that the malady is older than the insurance policy and is not covered.

Dismissing in limine or at the threshold a petition filed by the Gurgaon-based IFFCO TOKIO General Insurance Company Ltd., Justice Ranjit Singh questioned: “Why will one take a policy of medi-claim if he is not to get his claim for genuine treatment taken?”

“It is for the insurance company to see and not to issue a policy, where they find that such a person is not entitled to claim on account of treatment of the existing disease. One will not take the medi-claim policy just for the purpose of paying premium.”

The insurance company had moved the High Court after the Gurgaon Lok Adalat directed it to pay the medical claim of Rs 2,20,000 to an insured person. Challenging the order, the company claimed that the claimant was hospitalised from March 10, 2010, to March 12, 2010, for the treatment of coronary artery disease in Medicity, Sector 38, Gurgaon.

His claim for reimbursement of expenses incurred on his treatment was denied on the ground that “his was a known case of coronary artery disease since 2002”.

The company added that the treatment undergone by the claimant in 2010 was not covered under the medi-shield policy, as he was suffering from this disease prior to taking the policy.

After his claim was allowed by the Lok Adalat, the company approached the High Court. Justice Ranjit Singh ruled: “This defence to me will sound highly unfair. The claimant has been paying the premium for the last three years. He may be suffering from this disease since 2002, but need to seek the treatment arose only in 2010.

The ground advanced by the petitioner to deny this claim is un\fair and unreasonable. The claimant had a valid policy from the petitioner and they must now honour the same. I do not find any justification to interfere in the order passed by the Lok Adalat.”



Silver City developers told to refund money to complainants
Failed to deliver the possession of the flats to them in the stipulated time
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
Disposing of three similar complaints, the UT Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum has directed Silver City Housing and Infrastructure Limited to refund the amount deposited by the complainants along with interest for not delivering their flats to them in a stipulated time.

The forum stated that as the developers failed to deliver the possession on time, complainants couldn’t wait for an unlimited period for the completion of the construction work and refusal to refund the amount paid by the complainants’ amounted to deficiency in service and unfair trade practice.

One of the complainants, JP Singh Kapur and his wife had stated in their complaint that they had purchased an apartment in “Silver City Themes” for a cost of Rs 19 lakh, including the cost of car parking of Rs 50,000.

The complainant stated that an agreement was executed on January 24, 2006. As per the agreement, the sale price was to be paid in five installments and the possession was to be delivered soon after the payment of last installment on July 31, 2007. The complainant paid Rs 15.20 lakh as per the payment schedule.

But when Kapur visited the site, he found that there was no sign of completion of the project in the near future as the construction was not in progress. When he approached the developer, they assured him that the project would be completed with a slight delay and balance payment would be asked only on completion of the project. After waiting for a certain period, they requested the developer to refund the amount paid by them but they refused to do so.

In their reply, the developer stated that delay was beyond their control, as the construction work could not be continued because of the stay order passed by the high court.

The forum observed that developers were required to seek the permission/ approval from various departments before accepting the sale consideration from various buyers. The forum also stated that the National Commission has categorically held that if a builder chose to receive money for the proposed building without seeking approvals from the departments concerned, it was the fault of the builder and the buyer could not be made to suffer for it.

The forum has directed the developers to refund Rs 15.20 lakh along with 9 per cent per annum from the date of the respective deposits till actual payment along with the litigation cost of Rs 7,000. Other two complainants, including Kanwar Jasbir Singh and Santosh Kapur, were also not given the flats as per the agreement.



Bid for forcible possession of house
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 14
The police today arrested two persons who were forcibly trying to get possession of a house in Sector 21, here. The accused were identified as Dabwali residents Bhupinder, alias Bishu, and Rajkumar.

Bhupinder Singh was released from the illegal custody of the police after a warrant officer appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court had raided the Sector 5 police station on May 31.

The police said in the present case, Sector 21 resident Neetu Gaur and her husband Naveen Gaur had gone out of station. In their absence Naveen’s mother Krishna Devi was looking after the house.

Krishna Devi, in her complaint to the police, stated that on June 13 Bhupinder, Rajkumar and few other youths forcibly entered the house in the afternoon and started breaking household goods. She alleged that the accused damaged the CCTV cameras installed in the house and even threatened her with dire consequences.

Neighbours and shopkeepers of the market reached there after she raised the alarm. In the meantime someone informed the police about the incident.

The police had registered an FIR against the accused and arrested the two accused. One of the accused is still at large, the police added. The police said the local court had awarded four-year imprisonment to Bhupinder in connection with a clash in 2009.

The accused targeted disputed properties and tried to grab them later and in this case also, there was dispute between the family members over the house, the police added.



Ludhiana-based firm owner held for fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
The Economic Offences Wing of the Chandigarh police today arrested the owner of a Ludhiana based firm in a case of fraud involving over Rs 1 crore. Vikas Handa, owner of Villa Pearls, a firm dealing in interior designing and decoration in Ludhiana, allegedly duped a city resident, Rakesh Gupta, of over Rs 1 crore, police said. Handa was produced in court and remanded to two-days police custody.

Besides, police have also booked VK Handa, father of Vikas and Vineet Handa, Vikas’s brother in the cheating case and both are yet to be arrested.

Rakesh Gupta, a resident of Sector 27 lodged a police complaint alleging that the Handa’s took two cheques from him - of Rs 75 lakh and Rs 25 lakh - for renovating his showroom in Sector 5 in Panchkula. He said the accused told him that they will use export items from Italy for designing and decorating the walls and thus they needed advance money for the purpose.

After handing them the cheques, Rakesh repeatedly requested them to supply the imported material but they kept on lingering on the matter and always made the lame excuses, he alleged. He also requested them to issue him a receipt in lieu of the cash amount handed over to them. But instead of issuing the receipt they demanded more and more money from him. He requested them to return his money but they refused.

Police said the deal was struck three years ago in 2008 and during the course of investigation, statements of accused were also recorded. He said an FIR under section 420 (cheating) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC was registered at police station sector 26. The UT Police also raided the Ludhiana-based office of Villa Pearl firm for any recovery.



Home Guard jawan arrested for tampering with attendance
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 14
A home Guard jawan of the Haryana Police was arrested for tampering with his attendance in the attendance register. According to the police, Rajinder, a resident of Morni, had tempered with his attendance in the register to withdraw Rs 1,000 more in addition to his salary.

The Home Guard authorities informed the police and the inquiry into the case was handed over to DSP (crime) Varinder Singh. During investigation the police found overwriting in the register against Rajinder’s name.

Om Parkash, SHO of the Sector 5 police station, said the case was registered against the accused under Sections 420, 567 and 120 of the IPC. He said the accused was produced in the court today which remanded him to judicial custody.



3 DAV-10 students held for eve teasing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
The police arrested three students of DAV College, Sector 10, identified as Inderpreet Singh, a resident of Kairon village in Tarn Taaran district, Punjab; Varinder Singh, a resident of Karnal, and Manpreet Singh, a resident of Moga, today for eve teasing on Panjab University campus.

They are staying as paying guests in Sector 10 and pursuing graduation from DAV College.

The complainant, who is a resident of Patiala, had come to the university to appear in an entrance examination. She told the police that three youths approached her in their Swift car, while she was near gate number 2 of the university and offered her a lift.

As she refused, they repeatedly took various rounds and began passing lewd comments at her.

“They told her that she should sit in their car, as to save her from the sun and passed filthy remarks. We acted on the girl’s complaint immediately and arrested them in the case of eve teasing,” said Inspector Gurmukh Singh, SHO, Sector 11 police station.

A case under Sections 294 and 34 of the IPC has been registered.



Rs 12,000 snatched from resident
Tribune News Service

Chandiagarh, June 14
Cash mounting to Rs 12,000 was allegedly snatched from a city resident late last night. Sushil Satti, who works in a dhaba in Sector 28 and is a resident of Kishangarh village, reported to the police that he was returning home last night when three persons on a scooter intercepted him near Saint Kabir School, Sector 26.

They then ran way after snatching his bag containing cash Rs 12,000. The number of the scooter was noted down as CH-01-1536. Inspector Sri Parkash, SHO, Sector 26 police station, said that they had registered a case and were investigating.

“The scooter number is not complete so we are unable to get clues,” he said.

Late night incident

Sushil Satti, who works at a dhaba in Sector 28 and is a resident of Kishangarh village, reported to the police that he was returning home last night when three persons on a scooter intercepted him near Saint Kabir School, Sector 26



No referees to supervise CLTA matches!
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
Players can be seen at loggerheads during the ongoing matches of the CLTA-AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament, as there are no supervisors or chair referees to supervise the matches, being held at the CLTA.

Besides players, even officials and parents of the players criticised the lack of volunteers for organising such national-level tournaments here.

However, the organisers have appointed some supervisors for matches, but they supervise the match while sitting outside the courts under trees. According to some parents and team officials, the non-availability of officials during the match led to confusion. “The players are left with no other option but to solve the issue themselves. If supervisors are not there on the court, there is no question of argument between players during the match,” said CLTA PTA president Trilochan Singh Bhango, while watching his son playing the doubles (U-14) match. “We will raise the issue in the next PTA meeting,” said Bhango. The same scenario was witnessed at court no 3/4. An official from Delhi was seen arguing with the field supervisor, who was sitting outside the courts.

"There is no such rule that supervisors are necessary, but I can’t do anything if I am not provided with the necessary volunteers to organise the match."

— Joy Mukherjee, tournament referee, appointed by AITA

"Matches are being supervised by appointed volunteers. We have appointed seven persons for eight courts."

— Guruvinder Singh Sahota, director coaching, CLTA



tennis meet
Sabrang moves ahead in U-12

Chandigarh, June 14
Sabrang Sandal defeated Lakshay Sofat by 6-1, to move to the next round of the boys’ (U-12) Manav Mangal AITA Total Tennis Tournament being held at Manav Mangal Smart School, Phase X, Mohali, today.

Abhi Uday Singh, Asav Kumar, Ritik Mohapatra and Arvind Sethi also moved into the quarterfinal of the same category.

Whereas, Sachit Malhotra, Sabrang Sandal, Rohit Dhiman, Sidharath Basnet, Vaibhav Rattan, along with Utkarsh Shoukeen, booked their berth in the quarterfinal of the boys’ (U-14) category. — TNS



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