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ASP (IRB) under scanner
He and complainant Anokh Singh proceed on leave
Tribune News Service

Deshraj Singh
Deshraj Singh

Anokh Singh
Anokh Singh

Chandigarh, October 20
Two days after the arrest of SP (City) Deshraj Singh in a bribe case by the CBI, the complainant in the case, Inspector Anokh Singh, SHO of Sector-26 police station, has proceeded on two-day leave, citing 'personal reasons'. Moreover, Additional SP (IRB) Shivcharan, whose role is under the scanner after his name was referred to in the recorded conversation between Deshraj and Anokh Singh, has also proceeded on weeklong leave. He has gone out of station.

Shivcharan was handling both the inquiries of Inspector Anokh Singh regarding which Deshraj allegedly demanded a bribe from Anokh Singh for giving him a clean chit. Deshraj has referred to ASP Shivcharan in the recorded conversation, in which Deshraj is heard telling the Inspector that he will speak to Shivcharan and all arrangements have been made.

CBI sources said the CBI sleuths summoned ASP Shivcharan today but he was found to have gone on leave. He was summoned for questioning by the CBI at his Sector-30 office where he was to be confronted with SP (City) Deshraj Singh as part of the CBI's investigation.

Meanwhile, the CBI has frozen the Axis Bank (Sector 8 branch) account of Deshraj following his arrest.

The CBI sources said Deshraj's wife had come to meet him at the CBI office today. The IPS officer will be produced in a court tomorrow.

Loan procurement most common alibi by high-profile accused At the time Deshraj was arrested red-handed accepting the bribe amount yesterday, he told the CBI sleuths that the amount was meant to be taken as a loan as he was in need of money. In another similar case of corruption registered last year when the CBI had arrested a Mohali DSP, Raka Girra, while he was accepting the 'bribe' amount, she had also given the same reply, the amount (Rs 1 lakh) she accepted was meant to be loan amount.

However, in the complaint submitted to the CBI, Inspector Anokh Singh had stated that Deshraj demanded an amount of Rs 5 lakh as bribe as he was in need of money.

The CBI sources said the case against Deshraj was a foolproof case since the recorded conversation and the acceptance of the bribe amount were strong evidences.

What irked Anokh Singh?

In its report, recommending the initiation of departmental inquiries against Anokh Singh, Deshraj had accused the Inspector of grave misconduct, negligence, dereliction of duty and insubordination.

According to the report, on August 28, the SP (City) had inquired from the Inspector about action taken in the case of an assault on a woman constable of the traffic police. In the inquiry, it came to light that the accused had been granted bail. According to the amendments in CrPc, the sections under which the accused were booked are non-bailable. The SHO was apprised about the matter and the accused was arrested again.

In another case reported on August 29, an incident of robbery occurred at the house of a former MLA in Sector 28 and Deshraj was not apprised about the incident. It was on the basis of these two incidents that departmental inquiries were initiated against Anokh Singh. The SP was allegedly demanding bribe to give a clean chit to the SHO in these inquiries.

How the trap was laid

October 5: Anokh Singh records a telephonic conversation in which Deshraj asks him to come to his residence.

October 12, 2012: Anokh Singh records conversation during a personal meeting with Deshraj in which he is allegedly demanding bribe. Anokh Singh met the SP at the police headquarters.

October 15, 2012: Anokh Singh submits a complaint to the CBI alleging harassment by Deshraj.

October 18: 12.30 pm: A CBI Inspector meets Anokh Singh on the rear side of the police headquarters, hands over to him a digital voice recorded.

1.30 pm: Anokh Singh heads towards the FCI guest house in Sector 8 to meet Deshraj. The CBI Inspector follows him. The recording of the conversation held on October 15 is handed to him, which verified that the demand of bribe has been made.

7.00 pm: The teams of the CBI reach the residence of the accused. Anokh Singh hands over the bribe amount to Deshraj and he is nabbed.



Booth  Scam
Estate Office teams raid Krishna Market
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
Three days after an action taken report on the infamous booth scam was submitted to the UT Adviser, KK Sharma, the teams of the UT Estate Office today conducted raids in the Sector 41 Krishna Market to verify complaints of booths being sold on GPA or their sub-letting.

While initiating action on the magisterial inquiry conducted by PS Shergill, a former ADC of Chandigarh, the officials of the UT Estate Office received complaints that around 67 booths, of a total of 200 booths, had been either sold out or rented out. Some of the allotted booths were never opened by their allottees, it was pointed out by the whistle blower in the booth scam.

To verify the authenticity of the complaints, three teams of the enforcement wing of the Estate Office landed at the market and went from shop to shop to verify the credentials of the persons running their business from those shops. The proceeding of the of the verification process were videographed.

The raiding teams removed the encroachments from the corridor of the market. However, the encroachments were back soon after the teams left.

Assistant Estate Officer, UT, Rahul Gupta said once the teams submitted their reports, a suitable action would be taken.

It may be mentioned that the three-member probe panel, which was constituted to take action on the PS Shergill's report in the scam, in its report submitted to the UT Administrator has stated that proceedings had been initiated in eight cases for the cancellation of the allotment. The panel has recommended further probe into the monthly income profile in around 30 cases.

A few days ago, the whistle blower in the booth scam, in a representation to the Deputy Commissioner, Mohammed Shayin, had pointed out the selling and renting out of the booths.



Monica's 'suicide' scene recreated
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
With the death of a teacher earlier this week still remaining a mystery whether it was a murder by her in-laws or a case of suicide, a team of the Central Forensic Scientific Laboratory (CFSL) today reconstructed the scene of her death by hanging a dummy from the ceiling fan at the Sector 21 residence of the victim. As the horrifying tragedy was reconstructed, Monica's relatives were in tears, reliving the trauma.

The dummy, weighing exactly the same as Monica Goyal's weight, was hung from the ceiling fan of her bedroom to ascertain if the fan twisted due to the weight of the body. This was done to find out whether Monica had indeed committed suicide by hanging herself. The fan was not twisted when she was found dead on Monday. Sources said the fan did not twist due to the weight of the dummy too, possibly pointing towards suicide.

The members of Monica's family have alleged her in-laws had beaten her and hung her body from the ceiling fan after she died. The CFSL reconstructed the entire scene when Monica was found hanging from the ceiling fan in her room as alleged by her in-laws. Monica's in-laws, who were in police custody and have been booked in a case of abetment to suicide, were also brought to the residence and were told to enact the scene on how they lowered the body, and then called a private ambulance which took her to the hospital.

Monica was declared brought dead at the hospital and the members of her family had alleged that she was murdered by her in-laws, as she was harassed by them for the past many years.

The CFSL will prepare a report on its findings and submit it to the police.

The police has arrested Monica's father-in-law GP Goyal, mother-in-law Prem Lata Goyal, husband Vikas and brother-in-law Vishal in the abetment to suicide case.

Court reprimands police

Refusing to further extend the custody of her in-laws, who have been in police custody since Monday, the court on Saturday reprimanded the police for not coming out with a valid reason for the further extension of remand. The police had sought two-day custody of all the four accused to probe the allegations of murder, but the application was dismissed. All the accused in the abetment to suicide case were sent to judicial custody. SSP visits Sector 26 police station

The UT SSP, Naunihal Singh, on Saturday visited the police station at Sector 26 in connection with the probe into the Monica suicide case. He met Monica's relatives and assured them of prompt investigation.


PGI to get robotic system
Rs 18-crore setup to ensure precision surgeries
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
In a move to ensure precision during surgeries over a limited portion, city’s premier healthcare institute, PGI, is all set to introduce “robotic surgery” in the coming months.

The robotic setup, which will cost the hospital Rs 18 crore, will take away the risk of trembling of surgeon's hands while operating on a patient and also help in ensuring quick control of bleeding and precision while cutting of tissues.

The Department of Urology will be the first to utilise the robotic system, also called computer-assisted surgery system, for conducting endoscopic and laproscopic procedures.

The endo-wrists of the four-armed robotic system have the capability of moving in seven different directions, saving time involved in surgery and also provide better visibility of the surgical portion inside the body. The camera has the magnifying capacity of 10 to 20 times.

“The human wrists can only move in two directions at a given time. This system will take away that limitation by moving in seven directions while performing the surgery,” said Dr SK Singh, professor of urology at the PGI.

“The system can be used for heart surgery, for ENT-related problems or any surgeries over a limited portion. For instance, if the surgery is to be performed on a portion of thigh, this kind of a system elevates the quality of surgery by consuming less space inside the body while performing the surgery,” Dr Singh added.

Tenders have already been floated for acquiring the system. According to the officials, the system will be acquired within the next three months.

What is the cost per surgery?

In the current available system, only disposable arms are available. The material costs Rs 1 lakh. A separate set of arms is to be used for each surgery. The PGI is yet to decide the cost-per-surgery for patients. The system is currently being used at AIIMS where the patients have to pay a nominal fee for the surgery.

How it works

The surgeon controls arms of the robot through a master computer at a short distance from the surgical site. The camera attached with the arms shows the images of the surgical site on the computer screen in front of the surgeon. Using his hand-eye coordination, the surgeon operates the robot using joysticks. The visuals are also displayed on a screen attached to the robotic system.



For now, industrial units to pay property tax
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 20
The Panchkula Municipal Corporation (MC) said the property tax would be levied on industrial and commercial units first. It was only after several protests by the residents that the MC had to take the action. The MC has also sought some clarification from the government over the formula of the tax.

"The residents were coming with a number of queries so we have decided to levy the property tax on the industrial and commercial units first. We have also sought some clarification from the government regarding the formula of the tax," said OP Sihag, Executive Officer of the MC. " We can say that for the time being ,the residents have got some respite." he added.

"During the elections, these people said no property tax would be levied and now they are going levy the tax. It is becoming difficult for a common man to survive and they are levying property tax," said Kalka MLA Pradeep Chaudhary. "In fact the residents were angry when the decision was taken as it had triggered a panic among the residents," said BB Singhal, a resident of Sector-10, Panchkula.

Gyan Chand Gupta, another resident of Panchkula said, "What about the senior citizens, who are living in great difficulty and now they will have to pay the tax.



Mercedes Benz told to pay relief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
Ignoring the complaints of a car buyer proved costly for Mercedes Benz and its dealer Joshi Auto Zone Pvt Limited, when Justice (retd) Sham Sunder, president of the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, ordered them to refund Rs 31,500 spent by the complainant on replacing tyres of the car. The commission also directed them to repair the vehicle and replace the defective parts without charging anything.

Ajakson Leather Private Limited had complained that the Mercedes Benz car was purchased at a cost of Rs 48 lakh from Joshi Auto Zone on January 10 last year for the managing director of the firm and at the time of the sale two years warranty with extended guarantee of one year was provided by the company and the dealer.

The complainant said the rear tyres of the car were getting unevenly worn out. On November 14 last year the car was examined by Joshi Auto Zone, who in a examination report had stated that the rear wheels' alignment was within permissible parameters. On the contrary, the service engineer of Michelin India Tyres later inspected the vehicle and concluded that the uneven wearing of tyres was due to improper alignment of the rear wheels. Later, the rear tyres were replaced at a cost of Rs 31,500 but the vehicle had covered only 14,053 km against the average life of 35,000 and 40,000 km, claimed the petitioner.

The commission has ordered to repair the car under the supervision of a panel of experts within 30 days. The commission has also ordered them to pay Rs 15,000 as cost of litigation to the complainant.



JT Secy not satisfied with food quality
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

While children peep in, Joint Secretary, Estates, SK Setia checks mid-day meal at GMSSS, Mani Majra, in Chandigarh on Saturday.
While children peep in, Joint Secretary, Estates, SK Setia checks mid-day meal at GMSSS, Mani Majra, in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: S chandan

Chandigarh, October 20
During an inspection at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Mani Majra, today, Joint Secretary, Estates, SK Setia noticed a white layer on the surface of Rajma, the mid-day meal for the school children.

Although the taste of the meal was said to be satisfactory, Setia stated that the white layer indicated some degree of staleness in the meal. The supply and distribution of the food was also found to be satisfactory.

Setia, who also served as DPI schools in Chandigarh, said there were still some practical issues involved in preparation and supply of the mid-day meal in the city. He said unlike other cities, the city has centralised system for preparation and supply of mid-day meal.

Four centres, including Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Sivalik View Hotel and NGO-run kitchen, are preparing and supplying mid-day meal to all schools in Chandigarh, about 100 to 110 in number. Recently, they were also burdened for preparing food for double shift schools.

“Since the food supply is to reach all schools by 10 am, the institutes start preparing the food as early as 2 am. By the time it reaches the schools, there are chances of staleness in the food,” he said.

“An experiment can be done by starting mid-day meal kitchen at a particular cluster level to streamline the overall scheme. This will also lessen the burden on the institutions,” he added.

Rajma-rice diet was served today in the school from the kitchen of Sector 47, run by NGO. Efforts were made to reach the officials of the NGO, but they could not be contacted.

Practice of hand washing given a miss

The school lacked the practice of hand washing before eating food. Setia said this was made mandatory a few years ago but was not followed strictly. He directed the school principal to make sure that students of every class washed their hands before having their meal and also brush their teeth after the meal.

Poor sanitation at school

A part of the GMSSS-Mani Majra, in the Mani Majra’s community centre, lacks hygiene and sanitation. General cleanliness in the school, having strength of about 270 students, was found to be missing. The floor of the classrooms was filled with dust. Besides, the boys’ toilet was chocked and stinking. Girls’ toilet too lacked proper sanitation. “We don’t have a permanent sweeper, reasoned a teacher when asked by SK Setia.



Deliberations held on Gurcharan Das' latest book
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
Deliberations on ‘India Grows at Night-A Liberal Case for a Strong State’, the latest book authored by renowned writer Gurcharan Das was held today at the Indian School of Business (ISB) campus in Mohali.

The interaction was led by the author and Sunil Munjal, chairman of the Hero Corporate Services. The event, which was attended by the students and alumnus of the ISB, also witnessed participation from people from across the tricity.

Speaking on his latest book, Das said through the title of the book he meant to say that “India grows at night when the government sleeps”.

Highlighting the background of the book, Das gave examples of the Faridabad and Gurgaon, both the cities close to Delhi. He explained how Gurgaon that had rocky soil and was not even fit for agriculture has grown into a millennium city; however, Faridabad that had Municipal Corporation (MC) from last many years is still struggling to catch up with modernisation in comparison to Gurgaon that didn’t had an MC till a few years ago.

Further speaking about the subtitle of the book ‘A Liberal Case for a Strong State’, Das said “we need to reform the institutions of our state and we need to create a strong liberal state”.

Das said middle-class youth doesn’t know whom to vote for in the next Lok Sabha elections following which there is a need to form a liberal party that believes in economic and institutional reforms and is secular.



Patients put to inconvenience
Data entry operators halt registration at GMCH-32 for more than an hour 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
A number of patients at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, were at the receiving end as the data entry operators stopped registration work for over an hour today.

Protesting against the authorities concerned for delaying payments for more than 20 days, nearly 25 contractual data entry operators shut the registration counters after completing 80 registrations today morning.

The counters, which are open from 8 am to 11 am every day, remained closed from 8.15 am to 9.30 am, leading to grave inconvenience to the patients, especially those coming from distant areas.

Being a Saturday, the OPDs were open till 1 pm. A lot of patients had to rush to the other hospitals for treatment.

Puneet Walia, a resident of Dera Bassi, who had come for the check-up of his 70-year-old mother, said, “I had to take a leave from office for coming to the hospital. It is difficult for an elderly person to commute so often. Last week we couldn’t avail the treatment since the OPDs timings were over by the time our turn came. Why should we suffer due to the internal disputes of 
the staff?”

When contacted, Director-Principal of GMCH-32, Dr Raj Bahadur said, “The responsibility of providing salaries on time lies with the contractor. There is some issue at the contractor’s end which led to the delay.”



PU celebrates 130 years of existence
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
Panjab University’s Foundation Day celebrations, which was held today to mark 130 years of its existence, witnessed a low turnout as only a handful of teachers attended the post-lunch panel discussion on ‘Panjab University Vision 2020 document’.

A cultural programme was held to mark the day.

Interestingly, former Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti, during whose tenure the Vision 2020 document was drafted, was not even included among the panelists. Prof RP Bambah, former Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, moderated the panel discussion. One of the Senate members said Prof Sobti should have been one of the panelists. It was he who formed the committee and got the document drafted, which was subsequently approved by the Senate.

On the other hand, the lecture, which was delivered prior to lunch, witnessed a huge gathering. The lecture was delivered by Prof Romila Thapar, an alumna of Panjab University and currently Professor Emirata of Ancient Indian History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

“We believe because we have created it, we can also control it.” This was Prof Romila Thapar at her erudite best when she held forth on the interpretation of Early Indian History as the central premise of the Foundation Day lecture. She focused her talk on the changes that Indian history has gone through over the years particularly the colonial representation of Indian society and the European perception of it. Professor Thapar said identities are neither timeless, unchanging nor are they singular and homogenous. 



Braille paper distributed to visually impaired students
'Reliance Drishti' is the first registered national Braille newspaper in Hindi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
The students of the Institute for Blind, Sector 26, were distributed the first registered national Braille newspaper in Hindi, 'Reliance Drishti', in a function on the premises of the institution.

Provided by Ind-swift Group of Institute in collaboration with Institute for Blind, the newspaper was in the shape of bound volume of 42 pages with 30 per cent news and 70 per cent features. “About 30 copies would be available to them (students) every fortnight,” said officials in the institute.

Chairman of the institute General Rajendra Nath, said the newspapers would give a chance to the student to read the current issues. Besides, it would increase their overall reading habit.



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