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New dist courts complex to be operational from Jan 28
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
After hanging fire for quite some time and following considerable delays, the shifting to the new District Court Complex, Sector 43, will finally be a reality. The new District Court Complex in Sector 43 will be inaugurated on January 25 by the UT Administrator and the courts will be operational from January 28.

Foundation stone of the court complex was laid in January 2007. As per the plan, the new four-storey complex has 30 courtrooms, almost twice what the present district court complex in Sector 17 has. The new complex has sufficient parking places and like the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the new complex will also have a block for advocates’ chambers.

The shift had been delayed after the District Bar Association of UT District Courts requested Punjab and Haryana High Court to extend the deadline.



Fake DSP-rank officer nabbed
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 23
A few months after a fake IPS officer was nabbed by the Panchkula police, the vigilance today nabbed a fake DSP-rank officer. He used to dupe people by claiming himself to be the DSP of the CBI and Personal Security Officer of Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi.

The accused, Suraj Pal Rana, hails from Yamunanagar and was nabbed from there itself. He was also produced in the court today, which sent him to two-day police remand.

Rana also told people that before being posted as the “DSP” in the CBI, he was the Personal Security Officer of Sonia Gandhi.

According to vigilance officials, Rana had recently taken Rs 25 lakh in connivance with the then district revenue officer by making a fake convenience deed of the land of the Jainender Gurukul Trust situated at old Panchkula.

“Rana had introduced himself as the DSP in the CBI and in connivance with the then DRO had recently taken Rs 25 lakh by making a fake convenience deed in the trust’s land,” said inspector Rajpal, who nabbed Rana.

Following a tip-off, the accused was arrested by the Vigilance Department.

The officials said: “He has duped a number of people. We still have to find out during his remand period who all were they.”

The officials said Rana had seven more accomplices who would be nabbed soon.

Inspector Raj Pal said the accused was recently dismissed by the ITBP where he was working as a driver.



Tae kwon do meet
Chaos prevails at PU Gymnasium Hall
Teams accuse officiating staff of favouritism
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
It was a chaotic moment at the Gymnasium Hall of Panjab University (PU) after the teams participating in the All-India Tae Kwon Do Championship accused the officiating staff of adopting favouritism here today.

The third day of the event witnessed officials from various teams arguing over the decisions and system adopted for the draw of lots. Although the hosts are in no position to bag the titles here, the visiting side pointed fingers at the behaviour and approach of the host side.

“We are here to play, not to fight. The decision of the officials over certain bouts left us surprised. They are not clear in giving decisions and changing their decisions on regular intervals. Once the winner is declared, he wins the bout,” said Jinesh K of Calicut University.

On the other hand, Deputy Director, Sports, said any team could raise objection over the umpire’s decision within 10 seconds of the declared result and the result could be changed after an official review.

Later, the final fight of the 68-kg category was also halted for about an hour. Earlier, the match was awarded to the player of Delhi University. But, after the local side raised objections, the decision was changed.

“It is a sheer case of partiality. The officials are not aware of what is happening and they have no right to sit here” said Nikhil Tyagi, a player.

Later, the team was charged with misconduct behaviour, as the local officials alleged that the players of Delhi University snatched the score sheet from the chair umpire and ran away.

“This is no way to prove themselves right. Policemen nabbed them red-handed while snatching the score copy from the chair umpire. As per rules, the team indulging in misbehaviour will be scratched out of the tournament,” said Gurmeet Singh, director sports (additional charge).

On the third day of the championship, in the women (U-57kg) category, Reshma, Shuchitra, Sawant Priyanka and Shalini S. Sinha won top spots, while in the men (U-73 kg) group, Ashok Kumar, Hemant Shaukin, gaurav Sharma and Lalthaingliana Sailo shared the points.

In the men (U-68 kg) group, Harminder Singh, Nikhil Tyagi, Sumit Vishu and Pardeep Dhiya won the top three positions.



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