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SI held for taking Rs 5-lakh bribe
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The CBI today arrested a Sub-Inspector (SI), posted with the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the UT police, along with a conduit for demanding and taking a bribe of Rs 5 lakh from a Ludhiana resident to "settle" his wife’s bail application in court. The CBI arrested SI Naveen Sharma, brother of an acting judge of the Districts Court and son of a retired Chandigarh police DSP.

The CBI also arrested a conduit, SN Aneja, a former SBI bank employee and resident of Swastik Vihar in Panchkula, who acted as a mediator and facilitated the bribe deal. The SI managed to flee at the time of the CBI trap in his Innova, but was later arrested by the Panchkula police.

Both accused were produced before the CBI court of Special Judge Vimal Kumar and remanded in five-day police custody. The CBI also has in its possession a recorded conversation of the complainant, Sukhbir Shergill, with both accused in which the bribe was being demanded. According to CBI officials, the SI was demanding a bribe for not opposing the bail application of Gurvir Shergil, Sukhbir’s wife, which was to come up for hearing in court today. An amount of Rs 10 lakh was initially demanded and the deal was later settled at Rs 5 lakh.

The investigating agency also recovered an amount of Rs 9 lakh from the Sector 46 residence of SI Naveen Sharma following his arrest. Besides, 41 foreign-made liquor bottles were also seized from his residence. The UT police has also registered a separate case under the Excise Act against the SI in the Sector 34 police station.

Complaint to CBI
The CBI acted on a complaint submitted by Sukhbir Shergill on September 4 to the SP, Anti-Corruption Branch, CBI, against the SI. In his complaint, he stated that a case was registered on a complaint of BS Dhaliwal against him on April 19 this year. Naveen Sharma was the investigating officer in the case and when the accused met him, the SI gave him reference of SN Aneja for any help in the case.

Shergill met Aneja many times and on certain occasion Naveen also joined them. The court then issued non-bailable warrants against Shergill and his wife last month after they failed to appear in court on August 24. The accused then applied for bail of his wife, which was fixed for hearing on September 6. Shergill was told by Aneja that he would discuss the matter with Naveen Sharma to get bail for his wife in the matter and for this he had to pay a handsome amount as bribe.

CBI trap
A trap was laid in Panchkula last night when the CBI arrested SN Aneja while demanding and taking bribe of Rs 5 lakh from Shergill. Aneja was then asked to call Naveen Kumar through the mobile of his friend Narinder Singh. Naveen came to collect the amount, but fled in his Innova car on sensing trouble when he was about to be arrested. The CBI then tied up with the Panchkula police, which flashed a message from the control room and the SI was apprehended after a chase of over 10 km in his Innova at Panchkula.

Crucial posting
A blue-eyed boy of senior officers of the UT police, SI Naveen Kumar was posted with the Economic Offences Wing in Sector 17 for the past over four years. As per rules, he should have been transferred to another wing. He handled most of the high-profile cases with the EOW all these years.

Fraud of over Rs 300 crore was being probed
According to the police case registered on April 19 against Shergill, which was being investigated by SI Naveen, the complainant, Deepinder Singh Dhaliwal, has alleged that Shergill and others cheated him of crores of rupees during the opening of a company, "Customer Related Management Services, in Sector 9. It was alleged that the funds were being misused blatantly and properties were purchased by the accused. The market value of the properties was over Rs 300 crore. However, Shergill had claimed that Raman Uppal was never a shareholder of the company and the documents annexed with the complaint were false and fabricated since they did not constitute a part of the Registrar of Company Records.

Case was referred to CBI
Senior UT police officers had written to the administration to transfer the case to the CBI for investigation three months ago since the case involved several high-profile city residents. 

Conduit arrested
The CBI also arrested a conduit, SN Aneja, a former SBI bank employee and resident of Swastik Vihar in Panchkula, who acted as a mediator and facilitated the bribe deal. The SI managed to flee at the time of the CBI trap in his Innova, but was later arrested by the Panchkula police. 



IPS officer's name in transcripts 
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The arrest of Sub-Inspector Naveen Sharma in a trap laid by the CBI today has brought the role of senior UT police officers under the scanner. Transcripts of the recorded conversation between the SI and complainant Shergill has reference to a senior IPS officer, who is in charge of the Economic Offences Wing of the UT police.

“The recorded conversation of both accused Naveen and Aneja with the complainant has reference to a senior IPS officer. The role of senior police officers is also surfacing and we have to ascertain it,” public prosecutor of the CBI told the court today while pleading for eight-day custody of the accused.

On being opposed by the defence counsel that there was no such direct reference to any senior officer in the conversation, the CBI shocked the court by showing the transcript of the recorded conversation, which clearly had reference to an IPS officer.

“DIG ko dene hain, paise le ke upper toh dene hi padte hain (Money has to be given to the DIG; we have to give money to the higher-ups,” read the highlighted portion of the transcript, which was placed before the court.

“The conversation and reference to senior officers is crucial for our investigation in the case. A large amount of money was being demanded and there is a possibility of the involovement of the higher-ups,” said a CBI official.

However, a senior police official said the property dispute case being investigated by the EOW was already in the process of being transferred to the CBI for investigation. “Lower-rank officials use names of senior officers to trap the accused into paying bribe; it does not mean that any senior is involved,” said a senior police official. 



Retired CRPF man held for bid to rape 3 minors 
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 6
A 60-year-old retired CRPF personnel was arrested by the police after he allegedly tried to rape three schoolgirls, one of them a student of Class II and the other two students of Class IV. He allegedly showed them porn movies after luring them with chocolates. The incident happened after their school was over.

The accused, Nand Kishore, was residing alone in a house in Abhaypur. His wife had died long time ago. The three girls are his neighbours and residents of Sector 19, Abhaypur. The medical examination of the victims was conducted, which confirmed attempt to rape.

He was caught in his house with the girls when the school Principal saw an unidentified person taking the girls and informed the families. The parents of the girls looked around for them and heard their cries from a house in the neighbourhood.

Kishore had locked the door of his house from inside and did not open it for a long time after seeing the parents of the girls. Finally, when he opened the door, the girls were too scared to say anything.

The victims are seven, 10 and 11 years old. The victims were taken to a hospital where the medical examination of these girls established an attempt to rape.

“Kishore used to stand outside the school to lure innocent schoolgirls. Investigation has revealed that earlier also, the accused used to take girls with him on the pretext of giving them toffees or chocolates," said ASI Ishwar Singh, in charge of the Sector 19 police post.



Youth set ablaze by in-laws
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 6
In a rare case, a 24-year-old youth was set ablaze allegedly by his in-laws this morning. The victim, Shivram, a resident of Baddi, was taken to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, from where he was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. Shivram suffered 45 per cent burns and is stated to be in a critical condition.

After Shivram was set ablaze, he was allegedly "thrown" outside his sister’s house in Kharag Mangoli. He works in a factory in Baddi.

Sushma, sister of the victim, heard his cries outside her house and informed the police. By the time the police reached the spot, Shivram had fallen unconscious.

“Sushma informed us that when her brother was shouting for help he told her that he had a fight with his wife and his in-laws, who were also present at that time, allegedly poured kerosene on him and set him ablaze,” said ASI Gurdev Singh.

He said, “Shivram regained consciousness in the hospital for a while and described how his in-laws and his wife tried to burn him.”

In his statement to the police, Shivram has named four people — his wife, brother-in-law, father-in-law and mother-in-law. He told the police that his wife loved someone else and her family wanted to marry her there because the boy earned more than him. As he was allegedly resisting and threatening to inform the police, the in-laws set him ablaze.

“The victim’s face has not affected much. However, he has suffered severe burns on his body. He had to be referred to the PGI as he suffered around 45 per cent burns,” said a doctor at the General Hospital.

Shivram's condition is said to be critical and he is under observation at the PGI.

“Once Shivram regains full consciousness, we will record his complete statement. As he has named his in-laws, our investigations are on,” said a police official.

Shivram had married the Baddi-based girl a few months ago. The duo had a love marriage. 

Names 4 people
In his statement to the police, the victim, Shivram, has named four people — his wife, brother-in-law, father-in-law and mother-in-law. He said his wife loved someone else and her family wanted to marry her to him because the boy earned more than him. As he was allegedly resisting and threatening to inform the police, the in-laws set him ablaze



Check admission papers carefully, Panjab varsity told
Saurabh Malik/TNS

Chandigarh, September 6
Rapping Panjab University on its knuckles for “gross negligence”, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has virtually asked the university authorities not to commit mistakes in scrutinising admission documents.

Justice Ranjit Singh has also asked the authorities to spell out the eligibility conditions in a clear and categorical manner, leaving no scope for confusion.

The petition
The stern warming and strictures came on a petition filed by Bakhtawar Singh against Panjab University and other respondents. After thorough examination of his admission form and other documents during counselling held on July 13, he was found eligible for admission against the seat reserved in LLB course for terrorist victims. He was admitted on July 17 and he deposited the fee for six months.

In his petition before Justice Ranjit Singh, Bakhtawar Singh claimed his admission was also approved by the Dean University, Instructions, and the Board of Control, after due scrutiny.

But on August 22, he was given a notice stating his admission was liable to be cancelled as he happened to be the grandson, and not the son, of a terrorist victim. His admission was cancelled the next day.

The warning
Taking up his petition challenging the order cancelling his admission, Justice Ranjit Singh asserted: “I would wish to impress upon the university authorities to thoroughly scrutinise the documents submitted by any candidate for admission to various courses run by the university.

“Because of mistake on part of the university, the petitioner may have to waste one year of his education life and accordingly it would retard his further progress in life. It is a serious matter if the students are granted admission without proper scrutiny of documents, which lead to cancellation of their admission, leaving them with no chance to pursue any alternative course.

“This cannot be, and ought not to be, taken lightly. It is also advisable for the university to clearly provide conditions of eligibility, and all those who are eligible to get admission in various reserved categories, leaving no scope of any doubt….”

The verdict
Justice Ranjit Singh ruled that the petitioner, no doubt, suffered “due to gross negligence on part of the respondent university”. He asserted it was not a case where the petitioner provided misleading information for claiming admission. 



Judgement day at PU today
 Liquor flows freely on poll eve; students taken out for movies 
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Panjab University (PU) and its affliated colleges will go to the polls tomorrow. Knowing well that votes of first-year students of Panjab University can swing the election results on either side, student organisations lured students with liquor and lavish food and took them to "various places" in a bid to avoid other parties from approaching them.

Many such students will return to the campus to cast their ballot tomorrow in party vehicles.

Students were also taken for movies at cinema halls.

PU student leaders lured "neutral voters" with liquor and took them to hidden locations to keep them out of the reach of other parties.

“Besides taking students to movies and on trips, one of the student organisations took first-year students of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology (DCET) to an undisclosed place where a lavish dinner was organised for them in which liquor was also served,” a campus leader said on condition of anonymity.

The leader added that the same happened in undergraduate departments such as the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) and the University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS).

Sources said students who were taken out from the university on the eve of polling were asked not to take calls on their mobiles other then those of their family members. This was done in a bid to keep them out of the reach of other student bodies.

One of the students of the DCET, who went for the movie, "Ek Tha Tiger", said during elections days, they were getting a special treatment from student parties. “Movies, liquor and lavish food, who doesn’t love all these, especially when these are being offered free of cost,” he said.

“The parties approached us with various offers and we bagged the best one. In return, we just have to cast our vote, which we would have otherwise also done,” another student said.

A PU hostel inamate said he had been offered liquor by all parties. "However, I will cast my vote to the candidate who I think is the best," he said. 

Lavish dinner
"Besides taking students to movies and on trips, one of the student organisations took first-year students of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology to an undisclosed place where a lavish dinner was organised for them in which liquor was also served" — A leader

All parties offered liquor
"I was offered liquor by all parties. However, I will cast my vote to the candidate who I think is the best" — A PU hostel inmate 



Student bodies give norms the go-by, spend lakhs on poll 
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Panjab University instructions on election expenditure and financial accountability notwithstanding, student organisations have already spent lakhs of rupees in violating of the norms, while the authorities look the other way. Giving the Lyngdoh guidelines on restricting the poll expenditure to Rs 5,000 per candidate, student parties organised movies shows, trips and threw parties in discos to woo the voters.

Claiming that it was difficult to meet the poll expenses with such a small amount, parties reportedly spent between Rs 5 and Rs 10 lakh each, with smaller parties make doing with half the amount. Besides incurring expenses on petrol and printed material, organisations reportedly splurged huge amounts on arranging trips, movies, parties and supplying booze to students.

“It is not feasible to restrict the election expenditure to Rs 5,000 and the actual figure runs into lakhs. It’s been like this for many years now,” said a student leader on condition of anonymity.

Another student leader said party supporters provided a great deal of assistance to them by arranging vehicles and pooling in money for bearing the election expenses. “Nobody is forced to contribute, but party workers willing contribute whatever they can,” a student leader added.

Interestingly, student bodies of various national parties are funded by prominent workers of the respective parties.

“Politics on the campus is largely dominated by students from affluent families who, at times, incur expenditure on arranging parties,” said a PU official.

With a view to preventing the flow of funds from political parties to these elections, candidates are said to have been barred by the PU from utilising funds from any source other than voluntary contributions from student bodies.

In reality, there is no check by the university authorities on the cash inflow. “The PU doesn’t keep a record of funding during elections. It doesn’t exactly know how much a party spends. I think, the PU needs to get serious about keeping a check on it,” said a Senate member. 

ID cards must for voting

* Gate No. 1 (opposite the PGI) will remain open from 8.30 am to 10.00 am today

* Gate Nos. 2 and 3 will remain open throughout the day

* Supporters of any party will not be allowed to enter or stand outside the departments

* Students will have to show their identity cards for voting

* A total of 13,723 voters will cast their ballot at 169 polling booths

* As many as 800 policemen will be on security duty for the student elections. Of them, 562 will guard the PU campus

Rs 5,000 is too less
"It is not feasible to restrict the election expenditure to Rs 5,000 and the actual figure runs into lakhs. It’s been like this for many years now" — A student leader

Time PU kept watch
"The PU doesn’t keep a record of funding during elections. It doesn’t know how much a party spends. I think, the PU needs to get serious about keeping a check on it" — A Senate member 


MC removes over 80 dumped vehicles from Sector 48 market; shopkeepers oppose drive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
High drama was witnessed at the motor market in Sector 48 today during an anti-encroachment drive conducted by the municipal corporation. The drive was conducted at around 7.30 am. The shopkeepers at the motor market opposed the drive, shutting gates of the market.

It was only when the police reached the spot that the drive could be conducted. The MC officials lifted nearly 80 dumped vehicles which were parked on the civic body’s land.

Demonstrating against the drive, the motor market association members staged a dharna at the market and alleged that the MC officials lifted the vehicles without giving any prior notice.

As many as 150 challans were issued to the violators during the drive. The enforcement wing of MC started the drive at around 7.30 am, when the market was closed.

Soon the market representatives gathered and locked the main gates of the market. Unable to handle the situation, the officials called the Station House Officer of Police Station at Sector 31.

President of motor market in Sector 48, Saktar Singh, said, "It is highly unfair on the part of the officials to conduct the drive without serving prior notices. The enforcement wing lifted the vehicles which were brought to the market for repair work.”

Meanwhile, the MC officials said the department had already informed the shopkeepers not to park vehicles on the MC land. They are already aware of the norms and issuing separate notices was not required.

The vehicles were removed with the help of seven cranes and two hydraulic machines.



Admn constitutes State Advisory Council under RTE Act
 Body will offer advice, monitor implementation of the Act
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The UT Administration has constituted the much-awaited State Advisory Council under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, which will advise as well monitor the implementation of the Act.

Notified under Section 34 of the Act, the council consists of 15 members, appointed from among persons having experience in the field of elementary education and child development. It will also have ex-officio members of the concerned government departments. As per information, the board has seven ex-officio members - Advisor to Chandigarh Administrator, Education Secretary, Director of State Institute of Education, DPI (Schools), Director, Higher Education, District Education Officer and Chairman of Right to Education Protection Authority.

Persons nominated from the field of education include Amarjit Kaur, principal of GSSS-Sector 15, Sartul Singh, retired JBT teacher, Father Sebestian Jose, president of NGO Don Bosco and Nav Jeevan Society, Vandana Singh, special officiating officer at government institute of mentally retired children-Sector 32, JS Jayara, head, Institute of Blind, Sector 26, Chandigarh, Sudha Katyal, lecturer of Home Science College, Sector 10, Pritpal Kaur, retired deputy director, Adult Education Department, and Rakesh Sachdeva, principal of DAV Senior Secondary School-Sector 15.

Officials inform that all the required terms and conditions prescribed under the Act have been followed while constituting the council. For instance, the council has one-third women members, people representing SC/ST and minorities. Vandana Singh and JS Jayara have been appointed for their experience in educating children with special needs.

Rakesh Sachdeva, Sudha Katyal and Pritpal Kaur have been taken in for their experience in elementary education and child development. Rakesh Sachdeva said that the working of the council would be very vital and she is fortunate to be a part of it.

DPI (S) Upkar Singh said that the body's major function would be to advise the state government on effective implementation of the Act. The working of council will start in a while and the department has started the process of constituting the Right of Education Protection Authority (REPA). Discussions are on about creating the posts of chairman, members and supporting staff, and hopefully it would be finalised in the near future, he said.



CTU bus accident victim re-admitted to PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Pooja (16), who sustained grievous injuries on her head and arm after being hit by a CTU bus last month, was readmitted to the PGIMER today from Government Multi Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, for better neuro care.

After receiving treatment at PGI's Advanced Trauma Centre, she was shifted to the GMSH for nursing care last week. However, in view of the slow healing of her head injuries, she was brought to the PGI again following a check up at the Neuro OPD today.

The skin grafting surgery on her left arm was performed last month. She regained consciousness last week. "She is currently under observation. The doctors asked us to shift her here after examining her condition today. Though she has regained conciousess, she cannot recognise anyone," said Baijnath, Pooja's father.

Pooja, a resident of Sector 52, was heading for school on her bicycle on Friday morning when she was hit by a CTU bus. 



kajauli water dispute
Punjab to go ahead with work on pipeline
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
As the stand-off between Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana continues over the sharing of water from Kajauli waterworks, Punjab has decided to go ahead with the work of laying an 80-MGD pipeline at Phases V and VI of the Kajauli waterworks.

In yesterday’s meeting, Haryana has objected to Punjab’s proposal for laying a wider pipeline. Haryana has also reportedly accused the UT Administration of entering an "understanding" with Punjab without involving any of its officers to allocate the entire water of Phases V and VI to Punjab. While bring in the Hansi Butana canal issue, Haryana is demanding 40 per cent share in all phases of Kajauli waterworks.

Against the initial plan of laying a 40-MGD pipeline, the Housing and Urban Development Department (Punjab) has decided to lay the 80-mgd pipeline, incurring an additional cost of over Rs 50 crore. The initial cost was Rs 108 crore.

Sources said officials in Punjab was trying to ascertain under what circumstances the GMADA officials increased the capacity of the pipeline from 40 million gallon per day (MGD) to 80 MGD. The officials in Punjab claimed that the decision to increase the capacity of the pipeline was taken keeping in mind the future demand.

“The decision seems to have trigged protest from Haryana, which is objecting to Punjab’s move to lift more water than its share from the Bhakra Main Line. The line was meant to be exclusively for Punjab. But the project could run into trouble with Haryana’s objection to it,” said officials.



Tehsildar accused of harassing man suffering from autism
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Vijay Sheel Vig, a 49-year-old person suffering from autism and cerebral palsy, had to face the indifferent attitude of UT Tehsildar DS Balouria when the latter refused to attest an affidavit, which was required to obtain NOC from the Chandigarh Housing Board.

In a complaint made to the chairman of the National Trust of India, Deputy Commissioner and other UT officials, Vijay’s guardian Naveen Vig stated that despite the physical condition of his brother, the Tehsilar did not show any consideration and insisted on getting the affidavit attested from a lawyer.

“I brought all the documents that establish Vijay’s identity. Still he (Tehsildar) did not listen and showed little respect to us,” he said.

Vijay’s guardian met the Deputy Commissioner to lodge his complaint. “No sooner than I met the DC the same Tehsildar came in and signed the affidavit without asking for any document. The DC has asked for written complaint and I have given the same,” he said.

The officials have to follow certain rules while dealing with persons suffering from disabilities, said sources. A senior UT official said the complaint submitted by Naveen was being looked into. 



GMADA allottees hold protest
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 6
To take possession of the plots in Sectors 76 to 80, certain allottees today staged a protest in front of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) office in Phase VIII.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Sucha Singh Kalor, president of Sector 76-80 Plot Allotment Sangharsh Committee, said about 300 allottees are yet to get possession of the their property.

“We have been struggling for past 12 years despite making full payment to the GMADA. Even the Punjab and Haryana High Court has dismissed the case in this connection,” said Sucha Singh, adding that they would intensify the agitation if the
plots are not be given to them soon. 



Kalidasa’s epic poem enacted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
New Delhi-based Shri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra staged Kumar Sambhav-an adaptation of the epic poem by Kalidasa, in a special show held at the Tagore Theatre here today.

Organised by Haryana Kala Parishad, the performance narrated the events leading to the birth of war god Karthikeya. Enchanting dance and music coupled with excellent ‘abhinaya’ by the artistes in befitting costumes enthralled the audiences. They were praised for bringing alive the Hindu mythological tale. The most beautiful aspect it had had about 15-16 acts and all had different dance moves. About 30 artistes participated in the dance-drama programme.



PU all set for student polls today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Students of Panjab University (PU) would go to polls tomorrow and decide the fate of student leaders that will form the next Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC). With PU, the city colleges would also see a keen contest for their student body.

The entries in the departments will be closed at 10 am and the students willing to cast vote will have to reach the department before the scheduled time. A total of 169 polling stations have been formed for which 15,000 ballot papers have been printed by PU against the strength of 13,723 university students.

Going the national way, the horse race seems to be between the SOPU-HAS-SOI alliance and PUSU-NSUI alliance, meanwhile the ABVP and INSO are contesting the elections independently.

PU officials said no vehicle of outsiders will be allowed to enter the campus and students will have to carry their identity cards. “The vehicles without the university stickers won’t be allowed and the students would have to carry their identity cards for verification,” said chief security officer (CSO) PK Dhawan.

Dhawan further said to avoid any untoward incident, security personnel would be deployed outside every department. The poll results are expected to be declared at 3 pm at PU and all city colleges holding the student elections.













800 policemen to be on their toes
Ritika Jha
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
In a bid to ensure violence-free student council elections, as many as 800 police personnel will remain on their toes tomorrow. While nearly 562 police officials will be deployed in and around the Panjab University campus from 8 am, another 250 will keep a vigil over the activities at prominent colleges.

To keep a close watch on violations and misconduct, all police officials will carry video cameras and capture the important happenings at their locations, including the campus and colleges.

In the colleges and departments with higher student strength, senior police officials will be monitoring the situations.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (Central) Ashish Kapoor said, “In highly populated colleges, including DAV College, Sector 10, SGGS Khalsa College, Sector 26, and GGDSD College, Sector 32, DSPs will remain on guard in addition to sub-inspectors.”

A high number of police officials will be deployed at the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) at PU, which has the highest students’ strength among all departments at PU.

A total of nine DSPs and 19 inspectors will be deployed at the colleges and university departments for surveillance. The inspectors will also keep a tab on violations at the polling booth.

“We have ensured foolproof security arrangements in all parts of the city where the students will cast their votes. Additional police force has been deployed across the city this time to ensure that student leaders do not indulge in violence and voters also feel secure,” said DSP Vijay Kumar.

Various instances of violence have been reported several times at the PU campus as well as colleges during the elections in the past, resulting into grievous injuries received by student leaders.


* All police officials will carry video cameras .

* One inspector each at city colleges will be monitoring the situation.

* Officials will keep a tab on violations at polling booths.

* One DSP each will keep vigil at the activities at GGDSD College, DAV College, SGGS Khalsa College and PGGC-11.

Past incidents

* In 2010, representatives of different parties entered into a scuffle inside the DAV College canteen, breaking furniture as well as windowpanes.

* Student leaders at PU had a scuffle at the coffee house at the student centre, hitting each other with chairs.



SMS campaign rules the roost on poll eve
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Supporters and candidates of the ABVP pose in their tent at Panjab University.
Supporters and candidates of the ABVP pose in their tent at Panjab University. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, September 6
Coming out strongest on Thursday, various student organisations made their last attempt to woo voters by one-on-one interaction and sending them SMSes, requesting them to cast vote tomorrow. The party supporters were also seen stopping hostel inmates from going home.

However, the Panjab University campus wore a deserted look a day before the elections. The student leaders were also missing from the campus scene, as they were busy meeting students and interacting with them.

Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) leader Sumit Goklaney said as the campaigning was over, he met the students personally and spoke to them about their problems and agendas for the academic session.

Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) leader Manoj Lubana said it was the day of sending as much SMSes as we can. All party workers forwarded the messages containing the party’s panel that is contesting for the elections, Lubana said.

NSUI leader Jaswinder Singh also made sure that he met the students by visiting the student centre and various department canteens to make the last-minute efforts to garner more support.


Speaking out



Auto-rickshaws to ferry voters

Flouting the code of conduct, student leaders at city colleges are all set to ferry voters from common pick-up points to the colleges to ensure high turnout of voters during the student council elections scheduled for tomorrow.

Adopting a smarter move to escape the vigil of auditors this time, most of these leaders are resorting to auto-rickshaws for ferrying the students, instead of their own vehicles.

“A candidate has booked us from 8 am to 2 pm. While we will be paid Rs 500, fuel charges will be given by supporters of the candidate,” said an auto-rickshaw driver at the three-wheeler stand outside GGDSD College.

4 outsiders nabbed
Raids at boys’ hostels number II and VI were conducted by the Chandigarh Police and PU authorities this morning. Four outsiders were nabbed who were taken to the police station and left after verification. The students who were caught sheltering the outsiders have been fined ~1, 000 against each outsiders caught from their room by the university authorities.

SOPU thrashes PUSU supporter
A supporter of PUSU in the department of evening studies was allegedly thrashed by SOPU members this afternoon. PU chief security officer PK Dhawan said the parties entered into an argument after the vehicle belonging to one of the SOPU supporters hit a vehicle of a member of PUSU. “As a result, SOPU supporters thrashed a member of PUSU. Four persons have been arrested by the police,” Dhawan said.



Controversy over PU vacancy
 Music department had recommended name of VC’s wife for post of Professor
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
In a move that has raised many an eyebrow, the department of music, Panjab University, recommended the appointment of Prof Neera Grover, wife of PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Grover, to a post in the department which had already been advertised.

On July 5, around five-days after it was confirmed that Arun Grover would be the new vice chancellor, the department of music made a request for an ‘emergent appointment’ in the department, and unanimously recommended the name the VC’s wife to the post. The chairperson of the department of music wrote to the university for the 'emergent appointment' of Prof Neera Grover for a period of one year. She is presently a professor at the SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai.

The administrative and academic committee of the department of music recommended her appointment as a professor in vocal against the vacant Prof KL Sehgal post. Prof Arvind Kumar Sharma, chairperson of the department, said that it was a committee decision to recommend the name of Prof Neera Grover for as they wanted an eminent personality to join the department. “She is head of the music department at the SNDT University and an eminent personality. Therefore, we made a proposal to appoint her for an year," said Sharma.

Sharma further said the proposal was made during the tenure of Prof RC Sobti as the vice-chancellor.

The chairperson, in its letter to the VC, stated that the department was facing an acute shortage of teaching staff. The department offers MA, MPhil and PhD courses and the strength of the students is increasing day-by-day.

Interestingly, although the department has a shortage of professors, readers and lecturers, it made a proposal for only one ‘emergent appointment’.

When contacted, Vice-Chancellor Arun Grover said, “I don’t want to talk to any mediaperson about the agenda that is not yet discussed in the Syndicate.”

A senior fellow, requesting anonymity, said, "How can the department propose to make an appointment for a year when the post is already advertised? Candidates have already applied and the selections process has started,” he said.

The matter is a part of the supplementary agenda of the Syndicate and will come up for discussion during the house meeting scheduled for September 8.



Gul Panag wants to complete her MA at PU
 Was pursuing postgraduation in political science when she left the course in 2002
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Bollywood actress from Chandigarh Gul Panag, who was a political science student at Panjab University, has written to the university to allow her to complete her MA which she left in 2002. The actresses mentioned that being a newcomer to the film industry, she could not take the PU exam in 2002 as she was busy with her work. However now she is at a stage where she can pick and choose her work, and can therefore easily appear in the exam.

Gul Panag, who was a student in the correspondence department of PU, appeared in MA-I in 2002. However, she did not take the admission in MA-II. In her request to the PU, the actress mentioned that she could not apply for the second year as she was travelling extensively in 2003.

The letter sent to PU on August 29 reads: "The unpredictable nature of my work in Mumbai made it more and more difficult in the next few years to commit time during the period the examinations are conducted and I had no way of knowing if I would be free from filming during next time. Being a newcomer in the film industry, neither did have the position to assert myself to take time off during exams."

Gul Panag, who has done films like Dor, Dhoop, Manorama Six Feet Under, Hello, and Straight, has stated that now she is at a stage in her career where she is able to pick and choose the work and has the freedom to take out time from the schedule. She said she was confident of appearing in the exams in 2013.

The rule states that a candidate willing to appear in Part II of the examination must have passed Part I and there should not be a gap of more than three years. However, in Gul's case there has been a gap of nine-years since the actress left her studies.

Being a special case, Panag's request is being considered by the university. The issue will be tabled before the Syndicate on September 8 on the grounds that Gul Panag has earned the distinction to represented India internationally and her subsequent responsibilities did not permit her enough time to continue her studies.



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