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Ex-Judge gets 1-year jail for evading arrest in graft case

Ex-Judge gets 1-year jail for evading arrest in graft case

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

CHANDIGARH:Former Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMIC) SS Bhardwaj was sentenced to one-year jail for evading arrest in 2003 after the CBI had raided his residence in a Rs 7-lakh graft case.

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21

Former Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMIC) SS Bhardwaj was sentenced to one-year jail for evading arrest in 2003 after the CBI had raided his residence in a Rs 7-lakh graft case. Bhardwaj has the dubious distinction of being the first Indian judge to be convicted in a graft case.

A lower court had earlier acquitted him of the charge of evading arrest, against which the state had filed an appeal. The appeal was accepted by an Additional District and Sessions Judge. 

The convict has also been directed to pay a fine of Rs 5,000. Bhardwaj, along with District and Sessions Judge RM Gupta, was accused of demanding a bribe of Rs 11 lakh for passing favourable orders on an anticipatory bail application pending in Gupta’s court in 2003.

Bhardwaj had escaped from his residence on May 10, 2003, after he was caught taking Rs 7 lakh from a complainant to help him in a bail matter. He was arrested a month later and faced trial in both cases - graft case and under Section 224 (resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension) of the IPC.

In May 2009, the special CBI court here had convicted Bhardwaj and awarded him a three-year jail. The former Judge challenged the verdict and the matter is pending in the High Court. However, in February 2014, a JMIC court here had acquitted Bhardwaj in the resistance-to-arrest case. The state had filed an appeal and the same was decided on September 19.

Pleads for leniency

Former JMIC SS Bhardwaj pleaded leniency in the sentence stating that he had lost his job and benefits and had faced the agony of trial for 14 years. The court, however, observed in the judgment that it does not find any reason to show leniency towards the accused because “if any misplaced sympathy is shown towards the accused, it shall not be good for society”.

Traders oppose earmarking of space for vendors

Traders oppose earmarking of space for vendors

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

CHANDIGARH:Earmarking of space for street vendors in markets has evoked strong reactions from various market associations of the city.

Youth convicted of minor’s rape

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

CHANDIGARH:A local court held a 23-year-old guilty in a case of kidnapping and rape of a minor girl today.

Man gets 4-yr jail for robbing phone

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

CHANDIGARH:A local court on Friday sentenced a man to four-year jail for robbing a Behlana resident’s phone at knifepoint.

Underage drinking

2 city eateries fined

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

CHANDIGARH:The Excise and Taxation Department, UT, has imposed a penalty of Rs 1 lakh each on two restaurant-cum-bars in Sector 26 here for serving liquor to persons below 25 years of age.

Minor girl’s suicide

Police probe hinges on victim’s locked phone

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

PANCHKULA:In the suicide case of a 14-year-old daughter of an Army Colonel, the Pinjore police have failed to proceed further in the probe.

Smart watches to track attendance of sanitary staff

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

PANCHKULA:To keep a check on irregularities in attendance of the sanitation staff, the Panchkula Municipal Corporation will soon introduce GPS-enabled wrist watches for its sanitary workers.

Safai sewaks come out in support of striking door-to-door waste collectors

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

CHANDIGARH:The strike by door-to-door waste collectors is likely to be intensified in the coming days as sanitation workers extended their support to the waste collectors today.

Wearing helmets mandatory for pillion riders too: P’kula police

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

PANCHKULA:Fearing challan by the traffic police, women in the city are taking to wearing helmets.

PU Syndicate to decide on taking scholar’s viva again

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

CHANDIGARH:The Panjab University Syndicate on September 23 will take a call on whether to re-conduct PhD viva of research scholar Atinder Pal Kaur as the sociology faculty has written for the same.

Melodic flow of vintage musicArt & Culture

Melodic flow of vintage music

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

CHANDIGARH:The serenity of folk fervour, superior aesthetic exuberance of light classical music and melodic pace came alive as Mumbai-based versatile vocalist Indira Naik lit up day two of the four-day Folk and Semi-Classical Music Festival organised by the North Zone Cultural Centre at Tagore Theatre on Friday.

Minor girl goes missing, father alleges abduction

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

ZIRAKPUR:Acting on the complaint of a Bishanpura resident, the police have registered a case against a youth under Sections 363 (Punishment for kidnapping) and 366-A (Procuration of minor girl) of the IPC at the Zirakpur police station.

Girl’s father identifies body, police add murder charge

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

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22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

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22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

Is wasting potable water not a civic issue? It seems that the Municipal Council (MC) authorities are in deep slumber as water can be seen flowing on to the road from a tap in front of shop No. 24 at Chandigarh Enclave in Zirakpur for three hours every morning.

Varsity study finds cling films unsafe for health

Varsity study finds cling films unsafe for health

22 Sep 2018 | 1:49 PM

CHANDIGARH: We all have bought burgers, kathi rolls or hotdogs wrapped in cling films from eateries. They are served to us after being heated up in microwave oven.

UT starts process to notify services under RTS Act

22 Sep 2018 | 1:33 PM

CHANDIGARH: In a major step towards providing public services in time-bound manner, the Right to Services Commission, UT, has started the process to notify services under the Act.

Land acquisition

HC dismisses UT plea against hike in Maloya compensation

22 Sep 2018 | 1:47 PM

CHANDIGARH: Three decades after land acquisition process was initiated in Maloya village, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has dismissed five appeals filed by the Union Territory of Chandigarh against the enhancement of compensation to Rs 2,24,000 per acre from Rs 85,000 per acre.

Ballot boxes in strong room amid tight securityPANCHAYATI RAJ ELECTIONS

Ballot boxes in strong room amid tight security

22 Sep 2018 | 1:39 PM

DERA BASSI: Ballot boxes collected from 120 polling stations in the Dera Bassi block have been stored in a strong room at the Government College here amidst tight security. Counting of votes will be held on September 22 at the Government College here.

Book Cong men for thrashing SAD worker: Dera Bassi MLA

Book Cong men for thrashing SAD worker: Dera Bassi MLA

22 Sep 2018 | 1:38 PM

DERA BASSI: Cautioning Congress workers against mixing religion and politics and hurting the sentiments of the Sikh community, Dera Bassi MLA NK Sharma, along with hundreds of supporters of the local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal, staged a protest here today.

Architectural innovations on display

Architectural innovations on display

22 Sep 2018 | 1:36 PM

CHANDIGARH: The sixth edition of the ‘Archibuild-2018’, being organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Indian Institute of Architects, was inaugurated at Himachal Bhawan, in Sector 28 here on Friday.

Workshop on monitoring climate from space ends

22 Sep 2018 | 1:34 PM

CHANDIGARH: The international workshop on ‘Monitoring agriculture and climate from space’, which was organised by the Department of Environment Studies, Panjab University, and School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh, in collaboration with the University of Leicester, the UK, concluded here on Friday.

Panchkula civic body set to replace conventional streetlights with LEDs

22 Sep 2018 | 1:34 PM

PANCHKULA: To reduce the expenditure on electricity bills, the Panchkula Municipal Corporation is all set to replace the street lights with LED lights across the city.

Badnore, Kirron to launch Arogya scheme tomorrow

22 Sep 2018 | 1:34 PM

CHANDIGARH: Five hospitals have been empanelled for the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, which will be launched by UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore and MP Kirron Kher during a function at Tagore Theatre here on September 23.

Peace Day celebrated

22 Sep 2018 | 1:40 PM

CHANDIGARH: The Mahatma Gandhi Peace Club of the Institute of Educational Technology and Vocational Education (IETVE), Panjab University, celebrated International Day of Peace on the theme: The Right to Peace - The universal declaration of human rights at 70”, here on Friday.

Cooking competition heldSCHOOL NOTES

Cooking competition held

22 Sep 2018 | 1:49 PM

As per the directive of the Education Department and under the Poshan Abhiyaan Jan Andolan, a cooking competition was held at Government Model High School, Mauli Colony.

PAU Notes

Cleanliness drive

22 Sep 2018 | 1:40 PM

CHANDIGARH: The NCC unit of Panjab University in collaboration with the Centre for Police Administration, PU, organised a cleanliness drive at the Centre for Police Administration.

PU holiday homes get Rs 1-cr facelift

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

CHANDIGARH:The PU has given a facelift to its holiday homes with a provision of modern facilities by spending over Rs 1 crore.

22 units of blood collected at camp

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

CHANDIGARH:A total of 22 units of blood were collected during a blood donation camp organised by the Punjab State Red Cross branch and other non-government organisations (NGOs) at the Punjab State Red Cross Bhawan, Sector 16, Chandigarh.

Peace walk at Sukhna

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

CHANDIGARH:The volunteers of the Youth Peace Foundation (YPF), Chandigarh, celebrated International Day of Peace on Friday.

Workshop on film-making

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

CHANDIGARH:The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of SD College, Sector 32, organised a workshop on film-making on Thursday.

Car stolen

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

Kharar: A Swift car parked outside a house in New Sunny Enclave, Kharar, has allegedly been stolen by some unknown person.

Three convicted in murder case

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

MOHALI:A local court on Thursday convicted three persons in a murder case.

Woman ends life

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

AMBALA:A 26-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide on tracks at the Dukheri railway station in Ambala on Friday.

Shooting accused identified

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

CHANDIGARH:An FIR was registered on Friday under the Arms Act against three persons, who allegedly shot Bunty of RamDarbar, on Thursday.

Unidentified body found

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

ZIRAKPUR:An unidentified body of a man in his mid-50s was found near MS Enclave, Dhakoli, on Friday.

2 labourers die after consuming excessive liquor

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

DERA BASSI:Two migrant labourers from Barauli village died here at the Civil Hospital, here, reportedly due to excessive consumption of cannabis and liquor here on Friday.

Cycle rally to mark car-free day today

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

CHANDIGARH:To observe car-free day, the Chandigarh Traffic Police in association with various cycling groups of the city will organise a cycle rally at 7 am on Saturday.

Two held with intoxicants

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

ROPAR:The district police claimed to arrested two drug peddlers and seized 34 vials and 600 tablets from their possession today.

Repoll peaceful, all set for counting today

Repoll peaceful, all set for counting today

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

PATIALA:Amid high security, repolling at Bakshiwala and Khuda villages for the zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections went peacefully here on Friday.

12 booked for violence at Pbi varsity

12 booked for violence at Pbi varsity

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

PATIALA:The Patiala police on Friday registered a case against 12 students of Punjabi University two days after a violent clash between two student unions on the campus.

University to form panel

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

PATIALA:Punjabi University on Friday decided to form a committee to probe the case.

Pugilist Sandeep gets warm welcome

Pugilist Sandeep gets warm welcome

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

PATIALA:After an exceptional performance in the 13th International Silesian Women’s Boxing Championships in Poland, the district’s young boxer Sandeep Kaur received a grand welcome on her return, here on Friday.

City woman trains foreign beauties

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

PATIALA:A personality and beauty pageant, Mrs India Globe 2018, was organised by Magnat group in Delhi from September 13 to September 16 here.

Books donated

22 Sep 2018 | 2:12 AM

Patiala: Dr Darshan Singh Asht, a Sahitya Akademi awardee, and Dr Rajwant Kaur Punjabi of Punjabi University on Friday donated as many as 1,000 books to the Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha library of the university.

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