Sanjha Morcha

27 yrs on, retired colonel gets 5-yr jail in disproportionate assets case

CHANDIGARH: Twenty-seven years after a retired colonel was booked for corruption, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court awarded five years jail to him on Tuesday.

Colonel BS Goraya (retired), 75, has been held guilty under Sections 13(1) and 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The CBI court has also imposed a fine of ₹1 lakh on him, for acquiring properties disproportionate to his assets. It was among the oldest cases at the Chandigarh district courts.

“Being a senior army officer, he was having a responsibility to keep a watch over the conduct of his subordinates,” stated the judgment. “Instead of becoming a role model for society and bring pride for the nation, he grossly misused his high position and committed criminal misconduct to accumulate huge wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income by illegal means.”

Between January 1, 1987, and August 8, 1990, Goraya, a Sector-9 resident, and some of his family members — wife Parveen Goraya, daughter Manveen Goraya and one Guninder Singh — acquired properties valued at ₹82.6 lakh. Of these, they could not account for properties worth ₹72.7 lakh, the CBI had claimed. However, while pronouncing the order, the court of Gaganjeet Kaur said assets worth ₹66.94 lakh were disproportionate to his known sources of income.

A case was registered against the Colonel General Staff (engineer headquarters, Western Command) in August 1990.

During the hearing on Tuesday, Goraya pleaded for leniency in sentence, stating that he was 75. He said his wife was 72 and a heart and diabetes patient, hence dependant on him.

In February this year, the court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM) Akshdeep Mahajan had sentenced Goraya to two-year rigorous imprisonment for selling his agricultural property that had been attached in Punjab.

The CBI had also pointed that Goraya had not paid any property returns, except in 1987, after joining the army. In March this year, the HC dismissed Goraya’s plea challenging the trial court decision of not allowing examination of additional witnesses.

Senior public prosecutor Pawan Dogra and public prosecutor KP Singh represented the CBI.

The defence plans to move the high court as early as this week.

UNEXPECTED, SAY KIN

Goraya’s family members, including his daughters, son and grandson, were present in court the entire day. The former army officer,who was seen lifting his family’s spirits before the quantum was pronounced, looked equally grim after the order.

Disturbed by what they called “unexpected”, family members were seen consoling each other as Goraya requested cops to let him talk to his daughter in private.

A LONG DELAY

The FIR was registered on August 6, 1990, post which Col Goraya was put under suspension on August 17,1990, and dismissed from service on March 19, 1993

The challan in the corruption case was filed by the CBI in 1993, as the inquiry was pending all this while

The cross-examination and recording of evidence by investigating officer Makhan Singh alone took seven years. It was carried out through video-conferencing from the PGIMER as Col Goraya developed a serious heart ailment The defence got seven months to present witnesses

According to defence counsel SPS Bhullar, who especially summoned the senior superintendent of police (SSP) when the case was registered, SSP Negi did not give clear answers during cross-examination. He stated he didn’t remember most of the facts during the investigation

The retired colonel didn’t engage a lawyer initially and was “forced” to appear in person. He deposed in court on Tuesday that only towards the “fag end of the case, was he able to engage a lawyer”

As per judgment, the convict stated that he appeared in different courts (including high court and Supreme Court) over “500 times” and never sought a single adjournment or missed any hearing


India’s attempts to stem Chinese imports will fail

Build a broader trade plan since Chinese traders are adept at overcoming barriers

In trade as in cricket, batting against a chinaman is about countering the unorthodox and deceptive. India has made a renewed effort to try and set up non-tariff barriers to floods of Chinese-manufactured goods. In the past India has been among the most active users of anti-dumping duties and other standard WTO-approved methods to stem the flow of Chinese imports. New Delhi has now turned to the use of technical and safety standards against the Made in China hordes. India’s China trade was responsible for half of its entire trade deficit of $106 billion, in 2016. More importantly, this shortfall has grown exponentially since 2006. This has been driven by two factors.

One is a rising Indian appetite for Chinese equipment. The Modi government has increased tariffs on electronic products and is using the new standards to encourage domestic manufacturers to enter these fields. There is minimal evidence this is working. The many constraints facing Indian factory-owners in the form of high taxation, greater logistics costs, more expensive power explain India’s inability to make its own phones and chips. The other reason are the hundreds of non-tariff barriers that Beijing places against Indian and other imports.

India’s present attempts to stem Chinese imports are unlikely to have much impact. Chinese firms are adept at overcoming such trade barriers. What New Delhi should be looking at is a more comprehensive trade strategy regarding Beijing. Potentially, if India were to cause enough problems for Chinese imports, Beijing might be prepared to negotiate some sort of bilateral trade understanding. More sensible would be to build a global coalition to push for China to become more transparent about its use of subsidies, do more to protect intellectual property and so on. Either or both of these responses requires a degree of trade diplomacy that has not been evident in the Modi government. It is time New Delhi try to acquire such skills.


What Doklam videos say about China

eijing finds it hard to exert soft power because of its tendency to treat neighbours with disdain

By now, you’ll have seen the disturbing film clip of Indian and Chinese soldiers attacking each other with fists and rocks near Pangong Lake, in Ladakh. Such scuffles are, we’re told, not unusual along the India-China border, but since civilians never get to see them, it doesn’t crease our brows. My own first reaction on seeing it was relief that neither side used any of the lethal arms at its disposal, which ensured that the encounter didn’t escalate from a street brawl. But on subsequent viewings, it was hard not to feel a frisson of primal fear at the sight of two nuclear-armed militaries coming to blows.

But in the hubbub created by that video, you may have missed another, in which Beijing attempted to use words where kicks and stones have failed. Last week, the Chinese official news agency Xinhua released a bizarre video in which a woman staffer, aided by a couple of colleagues, claims India has committed “seven sins” in its two-month standoff with China over Doklam. The video is unabashedly racist in its depiction of Indians, and patronizing toward Bhutanese.

If the video was intended to shock and offend, all it did was mildly amuse. On social media, Indians chuckled at Xinhua’s attempt to dress up a Chinese man as an “Indian” by giving him a Sikh turban and the kind of fake beard you’d use in a skit for a 5-year-old’s birthday party. You have to wonder why the agency wasn’t able to hire a South Asian actor — a friendly Pakistani, perhaps? Also unintentionally funny was the woman staffer’s inexplicable ersatz American accent, complete with California slang.

That the attempt fell flat is unsurprising: political humor is rare in China, where laughing at the ruling elite can be injurious to a comedian’s career, not to mention said comedian’s health and freedom. It’s hard to make fun of other governments when you’re not allowed to make jokes about your own. And it would too much to expect rapier sarcasm, or subtle ANYTHING, from so blunt an instrument of official propaganda as Xinhua.

(To show our fellow journalists —yes, Xinhua does employ some — how it’s done, Hindustan Times asked comedienne Vasu Primlani to respond to the video. Rather than spoil it with a mundane description, I invite you to watch the video on our Facebook page. No fake beards were used.)

But what, apart from its clumsiness, is one to make of the Xinhua video? It suggests Beijing wants to speak directly to Indians, over the heads of their political leaders, on the issue of Doklam. This is an interesting approach, even it was spoiled by the sheer ham-fistedness of the first effort.

The second was a slight improvement. On Monday, Xinhua released another video on the topic of Doklam, this time minus the overt racism, and with a tone that, by Beijing’s standards of bluster, is almost conciliatory. A male staffer (conspicuously unshorn by faux facial hair) suggests that India and China are both ancient civilizations, and “not born rivals.” But he cannot resist the customary fingerwagging about the need for India to be “sober” and guard against “strategic myopia.”

At this rate of progress, it will be a long time, before Delhi need worry about the effectiveness of Beijing’s propaganda directed at ordinary Indians. As any number of Sinologists have pointed out, the Chinese government struggles to exert any kind of soft power in the world, and especially in Asia. This is not because of its authoritarian nature: the Soviet Union was able to win friends, especially in the developing world, despite being a totalitarian state. Nor is it because the Delhi demonizes Beijing: for one thing, the Indian government has been quite restrained, and for another, the United States was able to project soft power in India even when Indira Gandhi portrayed it as a foe.

The videos show the problem lies with the Chinese government, and its default posture of condescension toward its neighbours. Even when seeking to speak directly to Indians, Beijing succumbs to its propensity to hector and harangue — and winds up making a laughingstock of itself with its target audience.

Meanwhile, even as we giggle about fake beards, there’s real reason for the world to worry about what’s going on the India-China border. If frontier fisticuffs are indeed a quotidian part of the lives of the soldiers there, then their restraint is the more remarkable for it. But to indefinitely count on their continence would be irresponsible of their political masters.


Howitzer mishap pours cold water on manufacturing plan

NEWDELHI: The death of two South Korean soldiers in a K-9 howitzer explosion three days ago has raised doubts about the performance of a Korea-origin artillery gun set to be built in India on the same platform.

REPRESENTATIONAL PICTUREKorean newspaper reported that there were more than 1,700 reports of K­9 artillery malfunctioning over the past five years.The Korean media questioned the reliability of the self-propelled howitzer, a gun meant for firing shells on high trajectories, after the incident occurred during an artillery training session in Gangwon province on Friday. Five others were also injured in the explosion.

Private sector defence major Larsen & Toubro and South Korean firm Hanwha Techwin are in the process of executing a $720-million contract for supplying 100 K9 VAJRA-T guns to the Indian Army.

The contract was signed on April 21, and the weaponry will be produced at Talegaon near Pune in Maharashtra. The guns are expected to be delivered in three years.

The Korea Herald reported on Monday that the Army has decided to halt training sessions with K-9 artillery until the exact cause of the explosion is identified. “According to a parliamentary inquiry in 2016, there were more than 1,700 reports of K-9 artillery malfunctioning over the past five years,” the news report said. The 155mm/52-calibre tracked self-propelled K-9 gun has a range of 40 km.

A report in the Korea Times said securities firms were rushing to downgrade their outlook for Hanwha Techwin in the aftermath of the explosion. India is the fourth country to opt for the artillery gun, after Turkey, Poland and Finland. “There may be something wrong with the K-9 howitzer. Regardless of the findings, the incident will certainly dampen Hanwha’s campaign to sell the weapon to foreign countries,” the Korea Times quoted an analyst as saying.

Former Army chief General Deepak Kapoor said the explosion was a cause for concern because the weaponry meant for the Indian Army would be built on the same platform. “But let’s be clear: We induct weapons only after rigorous testing in all types of conditions,” Kapoor, a former artillery officer, said.

Another Army officer said the K-9 cannot be dismissed as a “useless weapon” because of a single mishap.


After SC bail, Lt Col Purohit says eager to rejoin Army

After SC bail, Lt Col Purohit says eager to rejoin Army
Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohit, who was granted bail by the Supreme Court on Monday in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, being taken to the Sessions Court from Taloja Jail in Navi Mumbai on Tuesday. PTI

Mumbai, August 22

A day after the Supreme Court granted him bail in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohit said he wanted to rejoin the Army as soon as possible.”I want to wear my uniform. It is outermost layer of my skin. I am wedded to it. I am very happy to get back into the service of the best organisation in the country if not the world, the Indian army,” he told reporters outside a sessions court here.Purohit — whose bail formalities are yet to be completed — had been brought to the court for a hearing on framing of charges.”I have two families — the Army and my family which includes my wife, my two sons, sister and mother. I cannot wait to return to them,” he said.The Army didn’t “let me down”, said Purohit.”It’s been the tradition and ethos of the Army not to let down its men,” he said, adding, “I never even once felt that I was out of the Army.”He praised his wife for helping him in his legal fight.Asked if he will seek action against the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad for allegedly “planting (explosive) RDX on him”, Purohit said he was part of an institution, and if those claims were true, his “seniors” (in the Army) will deal with the matter.”I am too small a fry to fight this,” he said.Asked if he blamed anybody for his plight, the officer said no one was to blame but his “destiny”.”The Army is the only institution in the country which is not shaken by the ripples of what is happening in society,” he said.

Release likely tomorrow

He, however, will have to spend one more night in jail before he is released.Purohit was produced before the special NIA judge S D Tekale here today. The court is hearing the accused on framing of charges in the Malegaon blast case.In the afternoon, Purohit’s lawyers in Delhi approached the Supreme Court, seeking modification of bail conditions.”The SC accepted our request and allowed us to avail of cash bail instead of producing sureties,” said advocate Shrikant Shivde, Purohit’s lawyer.Purhoit’s lawyers then initiated the procedure for getting a release order, which the special NIA court issued in the evening.Police escorted Purohit back to Taloja jail near Mumbai a little after 6.30 pm. An Army vehicle had reached there to take Purohit, but it left after realising that he may not come out today as formalities for his release will take some more time.The apex court had yesterday granted bail to Purohit, who has been in jail for almost nine years for his alleged role in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.Six people were killed in a bomb blast on September 29, 2008 at Malegaon, a communally-sensitive textile town in Nashik district of north Maharashtra.The apex court said there were “material contradictions” in the charge sheets filed by the ATS and the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which were required to be tested at the time of trial. — PTI 

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Navy issues tender for buying 234 copters

New Delhi, August 22The Navy today issued global request for information (RFI) for procurement of 111 utility and 123 multi-role helicopters under the recently launched strategic partnership model for defence procurement.Official sources said the RFI had been issued to identify original equipment maker for both the utility helicopters as well as multi-role choppers, which are being procured as part of the Navy’s modernisation plan.The procurement of both categories of choppers would cost the government in excess of $15 billion, according to experts who said the two contracts could be one of the largest globally in recent times.They said the Defence Ministry was likely to soon issue RFI to select the Indian defence manufacturer, which will join hands with the foreign entity or entities for production of the choppers as mandated under the strategic partnership model.The last date to respond to the RFI issued today by the Navy is October 6. — PTI


No norms to deal with ‘freak’ incidents: Army

Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22

Six years after an Army Major posted in North Glacier died due to “thunderstorm and lightning”, the Army has claimed that the procedure for dealing with such incidents had not been laid down as these were freak and bizarre. “The Army has no manual which lays down any guidelines to be followed in such situations,” the Punjab and Haryana High Court was told.The assertion came less than a month after Major GS Cheema’s wife Sarabjeet Kaur told Justice Rajan Gupta’s Bench that she did not know whether the mortal remains shown to her were that of her husband. The “kara” (steel bangle) around the wrist of the deceased was not of Major Cheema, she had claimed, adding that her efforts to obtain a DNA report from the Army authorities had also proved futile.As the case came up for resumed hearing, Major Sidharath Singh appeared before Justice Gupta’s Bench, along with the original record, in pursuance of the order passed on the previous date of hearing.Referring to the record, he said an unfortunate incident took place at one of the highest posts in Siachen Glacier due to lightning. The oil leaking from a generator installed in the bunker caught fire and both officers were burnt to death beyond recognition. The bodies were “inextricable”. The next morning, they were brought as such to the nearest post. Thereafter, next of kin were called and remains handed over after no-objection certificate was given by them.The officer said DNA profiling was carried out. It was ensured by the authorities that remains handed over to the family were of the deceased himself. All benefits had been released to the petitioner. A “battle casualty certificate” had already been issued, entitling her to extra benefits.“Keeping in view facts and circumstances of the case, a recommendation has been made for employing her in an Army school,” the officer said. Justice Gupta accepted the explanation given on behalf of the Army authorities.


Terror: Trump flays Pak, China defends ally

Washington, August 22

Even as US President Donald Trump today hit out at Pakistan for providing safe havens to “agents of chaos” that kill Americans in Afghanistan and warned Islamabad that it had “much to lose” by harbouring terrorists, China jumped to its ally’s defence, saying Islamabad was at the frontline of combating terrorism.Trump, in his first prime-time televised address to the nation as commander-in-chief, came down heavily on Pakistan. “Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror. The threat is worse because Pakistan and India are two nuclear-armed states whose tense relations threaten to spiral into a conflict. And that could happen,” he said. He reached out to India, seeking an enhanced role in rebuilding Afghanistan.


‘Guardians’ to monitor 18 welfare schemes in villages 1,000 ex-servicemen to be employed in 1st phase; launch next month

Ruchika M Khanna

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21

A scaled-down version of the much-hyped Guardians of Governance (GoG) scheme will be launched across 4,000 villages of Punjab from next month. The scheme is coming up for approval before the Council of Ministers in the cabinet meeting, scheduled for Thursday.With ex-servicemen being appointed as the Guardians of Governance (GoG), they will be initially keeping track of 18 welfare schemes, including atta dal, disbursement of social security pensions, any overcharging by cooperatives in fertiliser sale services provided in the hospitals/community health centres and veterinary hospitals.The guardians, to be appointed by a screening committee of ex-servicemen, will be armed with an app on their mobile handsets. They will be physically inspecting the progress of each scheme, which will be ranked and uploaded on the app linked to the IWDMS operating system at the government headquarters here. The ranking, high or low, will be simultaneously visible to the SDM, DC and the administrative secretary of the department that runs the scheme, and the Secretary, Defence Services Welfare, who will be the overall in charge of the GoG scheme.Based on the ranking given by the guardian, the scheme can be rectified. The app allows for the scheme to be examined at the sub-divisional level, district level and at the state level.The Congress government has decided to appoint 1,000 guardians, with each guardian looking after four villages. Originally, the scheme was meant to be rolled out with a budget of Rs 180 crore. “We found that ex-servicemen are residing in only 3,000 villages. We thus reworked the scheme and scaled it down to employing guardians in these 3,000 villages. Thus, the total provisioning required for the scheme will be Rs 45 crore. To begin with, we are running the scheme on a pilot basis this year, and a budget of Rs 12 crore is required for it. Next year, the scheme will be scaled up,” said Gurkirat Kirpal, Secretary, Defence Services Welfare.Two jobs for martyr’s family
As against the norm of giving one compensatory job to next of kin of a martyr, the Punjab Cabinet is likely to give two jobs to the family of Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh of Vein Poin village in Tarn Taran, who attained martyrdom earlier this year.

COL CHARANJIT SINGH KHERA BRIEFS ESM OF GILL HALQUA Distt Ludhiana ABOUT GOG (KHUSHALI DE RAKHE)

ESM from 6 villages attended the meet inspite of heavy rain. ESM from village Silon Khurd,Selon Kalan,Butta,Shanewal ,Dhelon and Roorka attended the meet.

Young Girls and Boys who were keen to join armed forces also attended the meet. The following points were covered /High lighted.

1 GOG in detail.

2. C-PYTE

training Camps 14 NO. which trains Punjab youths for 3 months free training to bring them upto the level of standard required for Army recruitment.

3. Mai Bhago institute
Training for Girls for commission as officer in the Army
4. Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute.
Taining of boys for commission in Armedn Forces.
5. Kendriya Sainik welfare schemes.

It was was a surprise to know that none of the ESM knew about the above schemes and institutes and even JOB FEST commencing from 21 Aug .

6. ESM welfare points included in the Punjab Congress Manifesto.

All promised to work as a team for betterment of their villages and support war against corruption in all departments of Govt.
Inspite of hy rain esm reached but many missed.
Due to rain the meeting was conducted in a Dera

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Ration for defence officers, a matter of dignity, pride & honour. It shouldn’t be stopped

Ration for defence officers doesn’t just mean bread and butter. It is considered to be a dignified privilege given to the soldiers who have dedicated their lives to the motherland, irrespective of the field or the peace area . It is a matter of dignity , pride and honour of an soldier. No amount of money can substitute it. Stopping  ration is a disrespectful move and demoralizing the armed forces. Any amount of money in lieu of ration is  against the ethics and ethos of a defense personal.

Please sign my petition to show your respect for the defence personals.

RATION SHOULD BE CONTINUED FOR ALL THE DEFENSE PERSONALS.

JAI HIND!!!