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Ruchika case
CBI court dismisses application challenging closure report
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 30
In the Ruchika suicide case, the CBI court today dismissed the application moved by Anand Prakash to challenge the closure report on the grounds that the same should be filed in the appropriate court, i.e. the special magistrate.

It was during the last hearing when the investigating agency of the CBI had stated that Anand Prakash, father of Ruchika’s friend Aradhna, is a third party in the case and only the complainant has the right to challenge the closure report.

Prakash had challenged the CBI’s closure report filed in two cases and filed an appeal regarding the same.

It was on June 1, 2012, when the Panchkula special CBI court accepted the closure report given by the CBI in November 2010 in two cases - forgery of documents and harassment to Ashu against Rathore.

The day when the closure report was accepted, Ruchika’s father, SC Girhotra, and brother, Ashu, were also present before the court but they raised no objection on the acceptance of the report, and said they were fine with it. The court had issued notices to Girhotra and Ashu in April.

Ruchika’s family had given up fight. According to relatives, the family had given up saying that they know that the CBI agency did not verify the facts and despite giving proofs, it was adamant to save Rathore.

A 14-year-old budding tennis player, Ruchika Girhotra, committed suicide three years after her molestation in 1990 by the former Haryana Director General of Police, SPS Rathore.



Bribery case
ASI sent to judicial custody
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 30
Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Bhupinder Singh, who was arrested yesterday in bribe case, has been sent to the judicial custody today. A Punjab police ASI, Bhupinder Singh, was nabbed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) while accepting a bribe of Rs 45,000 from the owner of Healthyway Immigration, Amit Kakkar. He will be produced in the CBI court of judge Vimal Kumar on February 13.

The CBI laid a trap at the Healthyway office in Sector 42 where ASI Bhupinder Singh had come to take the bribe. The complainant had told the CBI that the accused ASI, posted in Jalandhar, was demanding bribe from him for not registering a case of cheating against him. The accused ASI initially demanded Rs 50,000 and then the deal was struck for Rs 45,000. A trap was laid and the accused was caught red-handed.



Saji Mohan CASE
Court records evidence
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 30
The court today recorded evidence in the case involving IPS officer and former Narcotics Control Bureau Director Saji Mohan. He is accused of drug pilferage. The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal recorded the evidence.

During the previous hearing, Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal had amended the charge on the day it was to pronounce the orders.

The 1995 batch IPS officer held the post as the Narcotics Control Bureau's zonal director in Chandigarh till December 2008 and was nabbed by Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) with a 13.85 kg consignment of heroin in February 2009.

He was booked in Chandigarh on March 14, 2009, on inputs from the Mumbai ATS that he had pilfered drugs during his tenure in Chandigarh.

During his two-year term in Chandigarh, he also briefly held additional charge of Jammu and Kashmir and seized a total of 52 kg of heroin.

Besides Saji Mohan, there are four other accused involved in the case, including superintendent Balwinder Kumar, Jammu and Kashmir police constables Davinder Pal Singh and Naveen Kumar and drug peddler Naseeb Chand.


Three injured in firing incident
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 30
Three persons, including a policeman, sustained injuries in a firing incident between a police party and certain residents of Nadiali-Kandala village early this morning. The injured persons, Subedar Karnail Singh and his son, Sarabjit Singh, received bullet shots during the exchange of fire near the village. Constable Amar Singh is said to have sustained injuries in a scuffle with Subedar and his men. Subedar Karnail Singh and his son have been admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh, while Amar Singh has been admitted to the Civil Hospital, Phase VI, here.

According to sources in the village, the firing took place due to a misunderstanding.

“The residents of the village claimed that Subedar Karnail Singh and the party opened fire from the licenced pistol thinking the police party a gang of robbers. The police party, which had laid a naka at the site, too, thought that some robbers have attacked on them and they fired shots at them.”

Giving details, SSP GS Bhullar said following some recent robbery incidents in the area, a police naka was laid to nab the miscreants.

“In the wee hours today, our staff saw an Indica car coming towards the village. When the car was signalled to stop, the driver sped away with the vehicle. After sometime, the car again returned and some persons inside the vehicle opened fire at our party, following which we also fired some shots. In the melee, three persons, including one constable, got injured,” said Bhullar.

The residents claimed that Himmat Singh from the village was returning to his home in his car when he was signalled to stop by some persons in plain clothes.

“As the area has witnessed several robbery incidents in past few days, Himmat Singh thought that the robbers were stopping him. After some distance, some policemen hit his car with a lathi and the scared Himmat Singh managed to flee along his vehicle and told Subedar and his son that some robbers had tried to loot him near the village. Following that, Subedar, his son and Himmat Singh returned to the spot and opened fire in the air. The police party, too, fired shots at them,” said the residents.

After the incident, SP (City) Swarndeep Singh reached the spot and took stock of the situation.

The police has also registered a case against Subedar Karnail Singh, Himmat Singh and Sarabjit Singh. The police said Himmat Singh was at large.

On Wednesday, our staff saw an Indica car coming towards the village. When the car was signalled to stop, the driver sped away with the vehicle. After sometime, the car again returned and some persons inside the vehicle opened fire at our party, following which we also fired some shots. In the melee, three persons, including one constable, got injured. — GS Bhullar, SSP



62-yr-old dies in mishap
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 30
In a hit-and-run case, a 62-year-old resident of Zirakpur was killed near Majri Chowk here late this evening.

The victim, Ram Kumar Arora, was riding pillion on a scooter, when a Haryana roadways bus hit the scooter. The scooter was being driven by Arora's nephew.

The deceased was carrying balloons, caps and a cake for a birthday party. The Panchkula police has registered a case.



Football body flouts norms, promotes sponsor
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 30
Keeping the rules aside, the Chandigarh Football Association (CFA), has allowed the main sponsors of the ongoing sub-junior football championship for boys (U-16), to put brand promotion boards inside the premises of football stadium of Sector 17, without informing UT Sports department, here.

According to orders of Chandigarh Administration’s Sport department, no banners or posters of sponsors are allowed inside the entire premises. But the main organisers and the local association has allowed a cold-drink company to put, a total of 17 boards along the touchline of the playing field.

The football stadium of Sector 17 is supervised by the UT Sports department. The department charges a requisite fee for organising any tournament.

“They certainly cannot use the field for promoting brands since It is against the rules. I will look after this matter and ask the respective manager to remove the hoardings. The field is for playing and promoting sports, certainly not for promoting brands” said KS Bharti, Nodal officer and district sports organiser.

“The rules and conditions were clearly mentioned to the local association while booking the ground . Not even a single banner is allowed in the entire premise. If found guilty the action will be taken against the orgaisers” said Bharti.

In addition to this, the local head of the sponsors, Naveen Marola, said, “We have installed the boards in consensus with the local football association. The local association has booked the ground for four days. I am not aware about the rules of local authorities”.

An UT sports department officail, seeking anonymity said,” It is the booking slip as well as the agreement clearly mention that the organisers cannot promote any of the sponsor’s brand. They cannot use any of the stadiums for commercial purposes. They can name the trophy after the sponsors and it’s entirely their decision”.

A cold-drink brand is the main sponsor of this event and the same brand is promoting the national level edition of Mir Iqbal Hussain football trophy for boys (U-16).

St Kabir win opening game

In the first match of sub-junior football championship for boys (U-16), the team of St. Kabir School defeated Delhi Public School by 5-0. Tejas scored three goals while Manan added two in team’s winning tally. In another match, the Shastri Club sector 41 went down against Shishu Niketan School sector 22 by 1-0.Abhishek scored the wining goal in the 33rd minute of the match. The team of Mount Carmel school and Chandigarh Police got walk over after their rivals failed to turn up for match.



Jalandhar school register 167-run win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 30
The City Public School, Jalandhar, defeated DCM International School, Ferozepur, by 167 runs, in their ongoing state cricket tournament for boys (U-16), at the DAV School Sector 8, here.

The Jalandhar team posted a total of 211 runs in the allotted slot of 50 overs, after winning the toss.

They lost half their side with only 15 runs on board. Later, the innings was steadied by Akshit and Damandeep, as the duo put on 119 runs for the seventh wicket.

Akshit scored 68 off 105, with eight boundaries and two sixes, while Damandeep contributed 56 off 123 with seven boundaries.

Their tail ender batsman, Chetan, chipped in with unbeaten 23 off 21. For the bowling side, Maninder Singh claimed a five-wicket haul for 62 runs while Navpreet Singh took 2 for 43.

In reply, DCM International School, Ferozepur, was bundled out on mere 44 runs in 17 overs. Their opener, Mansimran, was the highest scorer with 21 off 29.

Bowler, Damandeep from the Jalandhar team, was impressive with his performance of 7 for 15, while Akshit took 3 for 27.

Brief Scores-

City Public School, Jalandhar- 211 for 9 in 50 overs( Akshit 58, Damandeep 56, Chetan 23 not out, Maninder Singh 5 for 62 and Navpreet Singh 2 for 43).

DCM International School Ferozepur- 44 all out in 17 overs (Mansimran 21, Damandeep 7 for 15, Akshit 3 for 27).

In the second match Shivalik Public School, Ropar, registered an eight-wicket win over KVM School, Ludhiana.

Brief Scores: KVM School, Ludhiana-128 all out in 30.3 overs (Manan Jain 59 , Anmol Sharma 26, Naman Jain 6 for 16).

Shivalik Public School Ropar -134 for 2 in 22.1 overs (Akashdeep 58 , Rohit 54).



Three-wkt win for St Stephen’s
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 30
The cricket team of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, defeated United Cricket Club by 3 wickets, in the ongoing 2nd Sardar Bhagwant Singh Memorial cricket tournament, organised by Vivek High Asian Cricket academy, here.

The United Cricket club scored 136 runs with loosing six wickets in the allotted slot of 25 overs, after electing to bat first. Their top scorer, Happy, scored an unbeaten 33 runs while Raghav contributed 28 runs. For the bowling side, Himanshu claimed 3 for 34 while Karainder managed to take 2 for 30.

In reply, the St. Stephen’s School achieved the target with three wickets in hand. For them, Saksham Katoch (34), Raman (34), Pardeep Yadav (21) and Akshay (16) gave useful contribution and guided their team to victory. For bowling side, Kartik hogged the limelight with 3 for 25 while Sampark and Kuldeep took two wickets apiece.

For his unbeaten knock of 34 runs, Saksham Katoch, was adjudged man of te match.



Gopi Chand college eves shine in yoga championship at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 30
The Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College, Abohar, lifted the Panjab University Inter-College Yoga Championship for Women (A-Division) title with a total of 1243 points, at the gymnasium hall of Panjab University, here.

The Sant Darbara Singh College for Women, Lopon secured runners-up position with 1233 points while the Panjab University team attained third place with 1211 points. The yoga performers of PG Government College for Girls Sector 11 managed to secure fourth place with attaining 1191 points.


Individual All Round Best Yogies- Pooja of Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College, Abohar 92.67 points; Priyanka of PU Campus with 90.33 points; Nisha Dhaundiyal of PG GCG 11 with 87.33 points.



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