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HC quashes Jerath’s dismissal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
Nearly 16 years after UT Chief Engineer KK Jerath was dismissed from service after his alleged implication in the engineering department kickbacks case, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today quashed the orders. Cost of Rs 5,000 was also imposed on the Administration.

The development is significant as Jerath has all along been claiming that he was implicated in false cases and dismissed from service at the behest of Chandigarh’s Home Secretary Anuradha Gupta.

In all, nine cases were registered in the matter. Jerath has already been acquitted in five cases by the sessions court while cancellation report filed in one case was accepted by the court.

As of now, one case is pending trial in the district court and an appeal against conviction in another is pending before the High Court. One criminal case was clubbed with another, since it was considered its offshoot.

The present case dates back to November 1997, when Jerath’s services were placed under suspension. The orders in this regard were passed by Gupta. Subsequently, a chargesheet was served on him with the only allegation that he was absent from Chandigarh during the period of suspension. Jerath was later dismissed from service on this very charge.

After Jerath failed to get relief from the Central Administrative Tribunal, he filed a civil writ petition in the High Court, which was admitted in February 2000.

As the case came up for a resumed hearing before the Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Arun Palli, Jerath’s counsel Deepak Sibal justified the absence by saying that the former Chief Engineer was pursuing his legal remedies consequent to the registration of a case against him.

He was absent from the headquarters during the period of suspension only for a few days to get anticipatory bail from the High Court and the Supreme Court.

Sibal contended that the prosecution evidence in the departmental proceedings was fixed for November 19, 1998, but the date was not communicated to Jerath. The date for defence evidence was fixed on November 27, 1998, but at that time, Jerath had surrendered before the Judicial Magistrate.

He added that IAS officer Satish Chandra, under Gupta’s pressure, submitted an inquiry report on November 28, 1998, thus denying an opportunity to Jerath to defend himself. The Bench took note of the grave irregularities in the disciplinary proceedings and quashed them. The order of dismissal consequent to the disciplinary proceedings was also quashed.

KK JerathFact file

* UT Chief Engineer KK Jerath was dismissed from service after his alleged implication in the engineering department kickbacks case.

* In all, nine cases were registered in the matter. Jerath has already been acquitted in five cases by the sessions court while cancellation report filed in one case was accepted by the court.

* As of now, one case is pending trial in the district court and an appeal against conviction in another is pending before the High Court. One criminal case was clubbed with another, since it was considered its offshoot.



Contradictions surface as Buti Ram gives fresh evidence
Identifies accused Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 12
Several contradictions surfaced in the statements of Jyoti’s father Buti Ram, who gave evidence against Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary for the second time, before the District and Sessions Court here today.

Though Buti Ram identified the MLA and stood by his word that his other daughter Ishu told him about Jyoti’s relation with the MLA, who had refused to marry her after elections, most of his significant statements did not coincide with that of Ishu’s or his supplementary statements given to the police.

Earlier, Buti Ram had turned hostile alleging pressure by the MLA’s kin and had requested to give evidence again.

“During the cross-examination, Buti said he had given a photograph showing the MLA present at Ishu’s wedding to the police. But Jyoti’s maternal uncle had stated in the last hearing that he had mailed the photograph to the police,” said defence counsel Amandeep Bindra and AS Sukhija.

The photograph showed Ram Kumar Chaudhary and another person sitting with the couple. Buti stated that the other person in the photograph was from his son-in-law’s family. However, in his statement to the police, he had said the person was Chaudhary’s driver, added the counsel.

Buti could not identify the person who had clicked the photograph but said he was from Hoshiarpur. Also, in the supplementary statements, Buti said Ishu was married in September 2009. However, he contradicted the statement before the court today saying that the wedding took place in December.

During the cross-examination, when Buti was asked as to why did he not reveal Chaudhary’s involvement when he learnt about his daughter’s murder and reported to the police five months after the killing, he said he learnt about the MLA’s involvement from the police only, added the counsel.

The case

Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary and four others are accused of killing Jyoti, who hailed from Bhunga village in Hoshiarpur. The victim was found murdered on a road in Sector 21, Panchkula. The chargesheet by the Panchkula police stated that since Jyoti was coming in the way of Chaudhary’s political career and wanted him to continue his relationship with her, he eliminated her with the help of aides. First, Jyoti was strangulated and then a truck was run over her to show that it was an accident.

Jyoti murder case
Day’s proceedings

* A total of four witnesses deposed before the court, including Buti Ram, Simmi, an ICICI bank official and the one who had fixed the DVRs at the nursing home in Sector 20, Chandigarh, where Jyoti had allegedly got her abortion done.

* Buti Ram told the court that someone informed him that even the public prosecutor was with them.

* The defence counsel said Buti had got a murder case registered after his son's death but the FIR was cancelled after the allegations were proved baseless.

* “The body of Buti’s son was found in the fields at Hoshiarpur on September 11, 2006. Buti had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking registration of an FIR in the case. However, the FIR was cancelled by the police after the allegations were proved baseless,” said advocate Amandeep Bindra.

‘Boyfriend’ denies affair

* Simmi, Jyoti’s alleged boyfriend, deposed before the court and stated that he never had a love affair with Jyoti. He stated that he used to talk to her after he met her at a marriage function but stopped after she spoke about some ‘sir’.

* Simmi told the court that he had once come to Panchkula to meet Jyoti and the latter also came to Jalandhar to meet him.

* When Simmi claimed that he wasn’t related to Jyoti’s family, the defence counsel proved that the husband of Simmi’s aunt was Buti’s maternal cousin and hence, was an ‘interested’ witness in the case.



Con couple arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
A couple allegedly involved in stealing artificial jewellery and clothes from an Ahmedabad resident, at ISBT sector 17 on Sunday evening, was arrested today. The police said the couple hails from Nepal. The accused were identified as Sidhi and Maya. The police got a tip off that the couple was at the bus stand, Sector 17 and nabbed them. Police said raids were on to nab another accomplice of the duo, who belongs to Himachal Pradesh. The couple had duped many others in similar fashion. The jewellry was recovered from them.

Police said Akash works with a company of Ahemdabad dealing in artificial jewellery. He had come to the city for an exhibition.

He was waiting for the bus at Sector 17 ISBT when the accused approached him and gave him biscuits to eat. Soon after having the biscuits Akash felt dizzy and got unconscious. The couple managed to whisk away the artificial jewellery worth Rs 60,000 and clothes from him. 



Fraud case registered

The police registered a fraud case of Rs 35 lakh, against three persons including two women at Phase 8 Police Station, here.

The victim Paramjit Singh alleged that he had paid money to Tajinder Singh, his wife Manjit Kaur Dilawari and Shagandit Kaur, all residents of Sector 68, for sending his family abroad on September 9, last year. The accused neither sent his family members abroad nor returned money following which a complaint was lodged. After an inquiry by EOW officials and obtaining opinion of DA legal, the police registered a case here.

Two booked for theft

A theft of Rs two lakh has taken place at readymade garment showroom, Yougalsons at Phase 7 during intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. In his complaint to the police, showroom manager Manoj Kumar alleged that the matter came to light when they opened the showroom yesterday morning. “The miscreants had also tampered with the showroom computer,” he alleged. The police have booked Prince Kalra and Deepak Lamba in this regard. — TNS



Mohali robbery case
Now, another ghostwritten letter?
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 12
After Panchkula, it is now the Mohali Police, which is on the look out for the “ghostwriter” who has shot off a letter to the Phase 3B1 robbery victim, giving certain details of the robbers.

In a hand written anonymous letter, written in Hindi, the writer mentioned four mobile phone numbers, of Himachal Pradesh. The sender claimed that users of these numbers were involved in the robbery.

When contacted, Mohali SSP Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti confirmed the development and said the contents of the letter in question was almost same as that of letter, which was thrown at Panchkula based theft victim family few days back.

Interestingly, in the letter to theft victim at Panchkula, the writer too had given two mobile numbers of Shimla. “But all the four mobile phone numbers, mentioned in Mohali letter are different from those, mentioned in Panchkula letter,” said SSP Bhatti.

However, he said handwriting of both the letters is evidently alike.

He said apparently it seemed to be mischief by someone but the police was taking it (the letter) seriously. “Verifications are on in this regard. We are checking the details of these mobile numbers,” said the SSP.

He added that the Mohali Police has also talked to its Panchkula counterpart, which had also verified the details of the two mobile numbers in question. “The Panchkula Police found the letter episode as a mischief and has already closed this letter part in its investigation”, said SSP Bhatti. If it is a prank then we would start investigation to search this “ghostwriter”, said he added.

Notably, in a major heist, as many as six armed robbers looted cash, jewellery and other valuable items, worth over Rs 40 lakh from a builder’s house after making all the family members hostage at gunpoint on February 4 night.



Scuffle outside P’kula court complex

Panchkula, February 12
High drama was witnessed when some accused, including women, entered into a scuffle with some people outside the court here today. The Chandimandir police had arrested six members of a gang including four women and two men for stealing shuttering plates and were produced in the court today.

The accused are residents of Bapu Dham, Chandigarh. Some people from their neighbourhood also came to the court to know about the case. They alleged that the accused had committed several thefts and should be sent to jail. The accused entered into a scuffle and manhandled them. Poonam, Seema, Nirmala, Banno and two men were arrested today from the Chandmandir area. Iron plates were also recovered from them. — TNS



Attempt-to-murder charge dropped against Bishnoi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
Four years after he was booked in an attempt to murder case, the court of District and Sessions Judge SK Aggarwal today dropped charges of attempt to murder against Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) chief Kuldeep Bishnoi and 25 others. The case will now be tried in the court of Judicial Magistrate and has been adjourned till March 15.

The court was not convinced with the arguments of the prosecution in the case and dropped charges of Section 307, IPC (murder attempt), against all accused in the case.

The UT police had registered the case on March 5, 2010, when over 70 persons, including the HJC chief and around 35 police personnel, were injured in a violent clash when they were stopped from marching on to the Haryana Assembly.

Over 1,000 party workers, led by Bishnoi, had gathered at the Sector 25 ground to protest the policies of the state government. A clash broke out when police stopped them from jumping a barricade, following which the police had used batons, tear gas shells and water cannons to disperse the mob.

Irked by the pelting of stones by the protesters, who also tried to breach the security cordon, the police chased and cane-charged them before smashing the windowpanes of their vehicles parked in the Sector 25 rally ground.

An FIR was registered under sections of murder attempt, rioting, obstructing public servant from performing duty, damaging public property against all the accused. With the murder attempt charges dropped, the case under the remaining charges will be tried in a magistrate court. 



Miscreants break windowpanes of cars
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
Unidentified motorcycle-brone miscreants smashed the windowpanes of four cars parked in Sectors 18 and 19, Chandigarh, late on Tuesday night.

The cars included two Mercedez and an Audi. Besides, a number plate of a Mahindra Xylo was also damaged as miscreants pelted stones at it.

In the first incident, Vijay Kumar (65), a resident of House No. 621 in Sector 18, reported to the police that he went out for morning walk at 5.45 and found that the rear windowpane of his Mercedez car was smashed.

The number plate of his brother’s Xylo car was also found damaged. He reported the matter to the police control room (PCR).

The police viewed the footage of a CCTV installed at Vijay Kumar’s neighbour’s house and found that the incident took place at12.30 am by youths who were on two bikes. The footage showed the youths, who were wearing helmets, smashing windowpanes with bricks, which were recovered from the spot.

Later, two residents of Sector 19 reported that the rear windowpanes of their cars, which were parked outside their respective houses, have been damaged. Gurpreet Bhullar, one of the complainants, reported that the windowpanes of his Mercedez car were damaged. His neighbour Mohit stated that the windowpanes of his car were smashed by miscreants.

Besides, windowpanes of a Swift car belonging to one Amandeep of Sector 19 were also found broken.

Sector 19 police station SHO Inspector Jasminder Singh said they had registered a case and investigations were under way.



Dell worker’s killing
Weapon used in crime recovered
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 12
The Mohali Police have recovered the weapon and the motorbike used in committing the murder of a Dell employee, Parsoon Aggarwal, here today.

DSP RS Mrar said the police recovered a double barrel .12 bore gun and the motorcycle without registration number from one of the key accused, Davinder Singh Lalli, who was arrested yesterday in connection with the gang rape of two nursing students at Siswan.

Today, Lalli was produced before the Ropar court, which sent him to a three-day police remand.

During interrogation, Lalli, a resident of Manakpur Sharif village, had reportedly confessed that he was also involved in the Dell employee’s murder. Aggarwal, who had gone to Siswan side for a leisure ride with his girlfriend Anuradha on March 12 last year, was found shot dead in the Siswan forest.

Today, Anuradha identified Lalli during identification parade. The police are yet to disclose the identity of Lalli’s accomplice.

On January 27, Lalli along with seven others was booked in the case pertaining to the gang rape of two nursing students. Four accused have already been arrested.



FC Mittal Cricket Trophy
City lads win tournament
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
Continuing their winning streak, the Chandigarh cricket team recorded their third consecutive victory in the ongoing FC Mittal Cricket Trophy at PCA Stadium, Mohali, today. The Chandigarh side defeated Amritsar by 87 runs.

Chandigarh’s opener Manan Vohra and Uday Kaul started the innings on a good note and stitched a 98-run partnership for the opening wicket. Taking the first blow, Manan was caught and bowled by Sharad Lumba for 55 runs off 70 balls studded with seven boundaries.

Uday went on to hammer 70 runs off 103 balls including three boundaries. Later, Gurkeerat Walia added another 22 runs of 44 balls to help the side in scoring 222 runs for 8 wickets in 50 overs.

For Amritsar, left arm spinner Vinay Chaudhary performed the damages and claimed a five-wicket haul (5 for 53) while Ashwani Kumar claimed 2 wickets for 33 runs. Chasing the target, the Amritsar side bowled out for 135 in 36.5 overs.

Karan Sharma (38 runs) contributed the most to the team’s total, while for Chandigarh, Gaurav Gambhir was the pick of the day, who claimed 4 for 21 runs.

Brief Scores

Chandigarh: 222 for 8 in 50 overs (Manan Vohra 55, Uday Kaul 70, Gurkirat Walia 32, Gurinder Singh 20, Amit Prashar 17, Jaskaran Sohi 17, Vinay Chaudhary 5 for 53, Ashwani Kumar 2 for 33).

Amritsar: 135 all out in 36.5 overs (Karan Sharma 38, Navneet Singh 19, Gaurav Gambhir 4 for 21, Gurinder Singh 2 for 36 and Gurjot 2 for 19).

In the second match, Ludhiana beat Jalandhar by 24 runs.

The winning side elected to bat first and bundled out on a total of 200 runs.

Anil Sihag (61 off 101 balls) and Gitansh Khehra (43 of 46 balls) studded the team’s win. For Jalandhar, skipper Taruwar Kohli and left-arm spinner Yogesh Kumar claimed equal share of two wickets each.

In reply, the cricket team of Jalandhar bundled out for 176 in 48.3 overs. Taruwar Kohli (55 runs) and Robin Singh (38 runs) scored the major share.

For Ludhiana, Amritpal Singh and Sukhjinder Singh claimed three wickets each.

Brief Scores

Ludhiana: 200 all out in 50 overs (Abhishek Talwar 22, Anil Sihag 61, Gitansh Khera 43, Sukhjinder Singh 17, Taruwar Kohli 2 for 30 and Yogesh Kumar 2 for 43).

Jalandhar: 176 all out in 48.3 overs (Taruwar Kohli 55, Robin Singh 38, Himanshu Satyawan 19 and Anmol Luthar 20).

In the third match, held at Dhruve Pandove Stadium in Patiala, the host team got better off Mohali. Patiala posted 231 runs for 6 wickets in the allotted 50 overs.

Himanshu Chawla scripted his team’s win by scoring 114 off 126 balls studded with 7 boundaries. Chasing the target, the Mohali team was bundled out for 205 runs. Mayank Siddana (74 runs) and Bir Kanwar (27 runs) touched double figures.

Brief Scores

Patiala: 231 for 6 in 50 overs (Himanshu Chawla 114, Anmolpreet Singh 35, Prabhjot Singh 45 and Maninder Singh Sidhu 2 for 32).

Mohali: 205 all out in 49.2 overs (Sunny Sohal 28, Mayank Siddana 74, Bir Kanwar 27, Rahul Mankotia 20, Amaninder 2 for 42, Siddharth Sharma 1 for 14, Amitoze 1 for 57, Rajwinder Singh 1 for 41, Sukhwinder 1 for 31 and Ravi Inder 1 for 15).



DAV lift SS Bawa Memorial Cricket Cup
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, defeated Chandigarh Baptist School by 36 runs to win the finals of the SS Bawa Memorial Cricket Cup here today.

Chandigarh Baptist School failed to score the target of 117 runs and were all-out at 81 runs.

Batting first, the team of DAV School scored 117 runs in the allotted slot of 20 overs. In their proceedings, Prashant Tomar led the team’s score and contributed 23 runs. He was equally supported by S Sanjeet, who scored 18 runs for DAV School.

Harsh of Chandigarh Baptist School took two wickets, while Ritik took one for 21 runs.

In their innings, Chandigarh Baptist School bowled out 17.2 overs with Sahil scoring 21 runs. For the bowling side, Tavleen took four wickets whereas Jagdeep claimed two.

Tavleen was adjudged Man of the Match, while Sawapnil was awarded the Best Batsman award. Gurdeep Singh got the Best All-rounder award and Ritik Shukla was adjudged Best Bowler of the tournament.



Akhil Sheoran leads in air rifle event in inter-university shooting c’ship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
Shooter Akhil Sheoran of Delhi University lead on the first day of the All India Inter-University Shooting Championship today by securing 593 points out of 600 in the 10-metre air rifle event for men. A total of five events were conducted in the 10-metre air rifle and air pistol in both the men and women category.

Winners on Day 1 10-metre air rifle (women)

Borchate Supriya of University of Pune, Jasbir Kaur of Kurukshetra University, Priyanka D Patil of North Maharashtra University, Devadi Shweta of Dr BAM University, Sarveshwari Kumari of Delhi University and Aishwarya Shroff of Mumbai University.

10-metre air rifle (men)

Akhil Sheoran of Delhi University, Chandradev Rathore of Amity University, Aman Deep of Jamia Millia Islamia University, Naveen of Kurukshetra University, Tejkaran Saini of University of Rajasthan and Naik Madhukar Vilas of Shivaji University.



Ace shooter aims for three international events lined up this year
Manavjit wants to regain lost glory
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
Former top-rank trap shooter Manavjit Singh Sandhu aims to regain the lost identity this year. The ace shooter is banking upon three international events lined up this year —Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Shooting Championship.

Sandhu has set his eyes on winning an individual gold medal in the upcoming 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. In the absence of team events this year, individual performances of shooters will play an important role in scripting India's fate in the medals' tally. “The Glasgow games will witness a tough competition in shooting as every nation will rely on individual performances. The extra pressure to perform well could turn as a blessing in disguise and motivation for senior shooters like us. So I am looking forward to participate and give my best performance,” said Manavjit.

The shooter said he would move to Italy to take coaching ahead of the tournament. “I am in good form and to perform better, I will go to Italy soon. I am also planning to upgrade my equipment so that I'm at my best during the main championship. It will be tough to predict the level of performance we will witness. I am aiming to bring home the top honour,” said Sandhu.

On his participation in the Asian Games and the World Shooting Championship, the ace shooter stressed that he was looking forward to participate in the competitions. “The two tournaments are among the main events where we can perform and gain momentum,” said Sandhu.

The ace shooter also welcomed the latest decision of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to sanction more than Rs two crore for specialised training to four shooters ahead of the Commonwealth Games. “The specialised training will be of great help. Also, the SAI’s decision will attract junior shooters to perform well and get help from the government,” he added.

Sandhu was in the city to inaugurate a newly built 10-m indoor shooting range at Panjab University. The All India Inter-University Championship in air pistol shooting and .177 air rifle peep sight is being held at the range.



IPL: Sehwag to play for Kings XI Punjab
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh. February 12
Former Delhi Daredevils’ opener Virender Sehwag will now represent Kings XI Punjab in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

In the player’s auction, the management of Kings XI successfully bagged Virender Sehwag along with Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson, George Bailey, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha, Laxmipati Balaji and Thisara Perara.

Using their right to match, Kings XI Punjab also roped in Parwinder Awana. Besides the new additions, left-handed batsman and right-arm slow bowler David Miller and young opener Manan Vohra were retained this year.



Punjab Warriors visit YPS
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
To promote hockey among youngsters, the members of Punjab Warriors visited Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, today. The team players, including Christopher Ciriello, Kieran Govers, Affan Yousuf, Gurmail Singh and Sandeep Singh, interacted with the school students and faculty members and shared their experiences. The awareness drive was initiated by the food major, Cornitos.

Japtej Singh, who essayed the role of junior Milkha Singh in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, also met the players.



Myra, Jujhar win junior golf tourney

Chandigarh, February 12
Myra Jawanda (7), secured the top position in the category E girls event on the final day of the 3rd CGA Junior Golf Tournament at the Chandigarh Golf Club today. In the category E boys event, Jujhar Singh lifted the title.

In the boy's category D, Tushar Pannu secured the top spot, while in the girl's event, Puneet Kaur Bajwa stood first. Junior golfer Karandeep Kocchar claimed the first spot in the category B event.

Chandigarh Golf Club president, GS Sandhu distributed prizes among the winners. — TNS



Kabaddi: TN defeat AP

Chandigarh, February 12
The Kabaddi team of the Tamil Nadu circle defeated Andhra Pradesh by 21 points to reach the semi-finals of the ongoing All-India Postal Department Kabaddi Championship, being held at the Kabaddi Court, Sports Complex, Sector 42, here today. Tamil Nadu secured 8 points, while Andhra Pradesh secured 6 points. — TNS



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