State govt offers wild boar, blue bull as game, NGOs livid - Sukanya Kadyan by nareshkadyan


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                                                                   SC trashes PIL on Gen’s age
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                                                                   Judges call it purely a service matter; say former CJIs’ opinions do not hold water
                          in the world.                            Rakesh Bhatnagar ● NEW DELHI                                                        the judges said, making it clear that
                          We bring you                                                                                                                 they were not concerned with the          APEX COURT
                          extensive                                The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday                                                    opinions. “We are not here to fix
coverage on page 14. We invite your                                rejected a public interest litigation                                               the age of the army chief. This is        QUESTIONS INTENT
feedback and suggestions on this event;                            (PIL) filed by an ex-servicemen as-                                                 purely a service matter. Why you
be a part of it through your favourite                                                                                                                                                           Factual errors in the PIL filed by
                                                                   sociation seeking a direction to the                                                are putting opinion of former CJIs        The Grenadiers Association (Rohtak
newspaper, DNA.       — Editor-in-Chief
                                                                   Union government to accept the                                                      in the court? Why should the opin-        Chapter) led to it being dismissed. It
                                                                   outgoing army chief’s date of birth                                                 ion be annexed to the petition? We        is not likely to affect General
                                                                                                                                                                                                 VK Singh’s writ petition in SC
  SHORT STORIES                                                    as May 10, 1951. Several factual er-
                                                                   rors in the PIL contributed to it be-
                                                                                                                                                       are on the very limited issue.”
                                                                                                                                                          The court said, “In our view, writ     The court said the army chief’s age
                                                                   ing dismissed. This dismissal, how-                                                 petition of this nature at the be-        row was purely a service matter and                 People protest against Salman Rushdie in Jaipur on Friday —AP
Classes till 8 after 9 am                                          ever, is not expected to impact                                                     hest of the association is not main-      questioned the need to file a PIL on

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Rushdie skips,
from today in Indore                                               General VK Singh’s petition.                                                        tainable. Accordingly, this writ pe-      the issue
                                                                      “It is purely a service matter,” a     The judges questioned the peti-           tition is dismissed as not main-
The district administration on Friday                              three-judge bench headed by chief         tioner’s lawyer, Bhim Singh, as to        tainable... The registry is directed      Newspaper clippings and the
instructed the city schools to hold all                            justice SH Kapadia told The               how a PIL could be filed in such a        not to accept writ petition(s) with-      opinions of four CJIs were attached

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Satanic Verses
classes up to 8th standard after 9 am due                                                                                                                                                        with the PIL. The SC said it will not
                                                                   Grenadiers Association (Rohtak            case and whether any legal prece-         out raising objection in cases            consider the opinions of the CJIs
to prevailing chilly weather. The new
timing will come into force for all the                            Chapter), questioning its right to file   dent has been set when a service          where opinions of retired judges
classes up to 8th standard till January 31.                        a petition in the name of PIL relating    matter is accepted to serve the           are annexed to the writ petition.         The court said “in our view, writ
                                                                   to an individual officer’s age dispute.   public interest.                          The registry will carry out this di-      petition of this nature at the behest of

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     fills in for him
                                                                      They said a writ petition by the          They grilled the petitioner on fil-    rection in all matters.”                  the association is not maintainable”
Suresh Kalmadi to                                                  aggrieved person (Gen Singh) on the       ing a PIL annexing newspaper clip-
stay away from IOA                                                 age issue is pending before the court.    pings and opinions of four former
                                                                                                                                                        The judges questioned the petitioner’s lawyer as to how a
Former Commonwealth Games Organising                                  Lawyers representing the gov-          CJIs. “It is most improper and it is       PIL could be filed in such a case and whether any legal precedent has
Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi has                                 ernment and Gen Singh kept a              most unfortunate. We will not con-         been set when a service matter is accepted to serve the public interest                      Other authors read
decided to step aside as the Indian                                close watch on the proceedings.           sider the opinion of former CJIs”,
Olympic Association president though he                                                                                                                                                                                                              passages from his
has not officially resigned.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     controversial book
                                                                   State govt offers wild boar,                                                                                                    Couple burnt
                                                                                                                                                                                                   in competition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Geetanjali Jhala ● JAIPUR

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “It is sad for literature and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have been told by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            intelligence sources

                                                                   blue bull as game, NGOs livid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     all of us that we are still in         that paid assassins
                                                                                                                                                                                                   to kill self first                                a state where a writer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     could be killed just because
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            from the underworld
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            may be on their way
                                                                                                                                                                                                   DNA Correspondent ● INDORE                        he comes to a literary fes-            to Jaipur to
                                                                   Forest minister floats                                                                                                                                                            tival,” Nigerian author Ben            ‘eliminate’ me
                                                                                                                                                                                                   In a bizarre competition to end                   Okri told DNA at the DSC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        —Salman Rushdie
                                                                   proposal as an effort to                                                                                                        life first, a debt- ridden couple                 Jaipur Literature Festival,
                                                                                                                                                                                                   was injured seriously when they                   reacting       to     Salman
                India’s 3rd Largest Scholarship Programme          check damage of crops                                                                                                           attempted to set themselves                       Rushdie’s decision to stay            ment to the organisers on
                An Initiative by Dainik Bhaskar Group
                                                                   DNA Correspondent ● BHOPAL                                                                                                      ablaze in Pardesipura area late on                away from the event.                  Friday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Thursday night. Condition of the                     “I have now been in-                  Author Hari Kunzru read
      Log on to                              Animal rights activists and wildlife                                                                                            couple is reported to be critical.                formed by intelligence                out a passage from
                                                                   enthusiasts have reacted sharply to                                                                                                Banty, 25, and his wife Reena,                 sources in Maharashtra                Rushdie’s controversial
                                                                   forest minister Sartaj Singh’s pro-                                                                                             23, literally competed as to who                  and Rajasthan that paid as-           book The Satanic Verses.
                                                                   posal to open the state’s forest for                                                                                            will end life first at Kulkarni Ka                sassins from the Mumbai               Amitava Kumar, who was
                                                                   hunting of wild boars and blue bulls.     dle East and other countries.             tourism lobby, he alleged. Howev-           Bhatta around 11 pm on Thursday.                  underworld may be on                  on stage with Kunzru,
                                                                      BJP Lok Sabha member Menaka               “Earlier the forest department         er, Sartaj Singh said there was noth-          No sooner had Reena doused                     their way to Jaipur to ‘elim-         wondered out loud how
                                                                   Gandhi’s NGO, the International           trans-located tigers and other wild       ing new in the proposal. “I have            herself with kerosene and                         inate’ me.                            Rushdie would react to this
                                                                   Organisation for Animal Protection        animals from one reserve to an-           made some amendments in the ex-             threatened to commit suicide                         While I have some                  reading of his book.
                                                                   (OIPA) is the first to protest the pro-   other for the benefit of forest lodges,   isting rules which are in existence         over regular fight with her hus-                  doubts about the accuracy                Kunzru later tweeted
                                                                   posal for relaxing rule to facilitate     resorts and hotels, now it wants to       for the last 12 years,” he said.            band then Banty allegedly told                    of this intelligence, it              that Rushdie’s absence
                                                                   hunting of the two wildlife species.      permit hunting for the same pur-             The minister has proposed the            her he will show how to end life.                 would be irresponsible of             from the festival is “a stain
                                                                      While the forest minister floated      pose” says Naresh Kadyan, OIPA            Centre to allow hunting of blue                ‘Tu Kya Maregi? Mai Mar Ke                     me to come to the festival            on India’s international
                                                                   the proposal as an effort to check        representative in India.                  bulls and wild boars on condition           Dikhata Hu’, Banty reportedly                     in such circumstances; ir-            reputation”.
                                                                   damage of crops from rising popu-            The minister is influenced by the      of registration of         ● Turn to p4     told his wife.                                    responsible to my family,                There was palpable in-
                                                                   lation of wild boars and blue bulls,             I’ve made some amendments in the existing                                         He then snatched the cane                      to the festival audience,             dignation among authors
                                                                   the OIPA dubbed it a strategy to                                                                                                from the wife and poured                          and to my fellow writers,”            at the festival. ● Turn to p4,
                                                                   benefit the private forest lodge op-             rules which are in existence for last 12 years                                 kerosene on himself and before                    Rushdie said in his state-                         Related reports, p14
                                                                   erators who have clients from Mid-                                                       —Sartaj Singh, forest minister         she could stop          ● Turn to p4

Students take a dip in the “well” at IMS campus on Friday —DNA

Silly season of
dip in IMS well
Students take a plunge in the “well of
success” after getting placement
Shruti Marwaha ● INDORE

Like every placement sea-
                                                 Saraswati kund
son since 2001, the                            The tradition began in 2001
‘Saraswati Kund’ at the In-                    when a majority of the
stitute of Management                          students were placed in top
Studies (IMS) was waiting                      companies during Holi
for students to take a ritual                  The well was decorated and
plunge on Friday.                              students were made to dive
   Sure enough, the stu-                       in it to express gratitude to
dents, who made it in the                      the goddess of knowledge
campus interview, did not
disappoint the “well of suc-                   The interviewers from
cess”, braving the chilly                      various companies too feel
weather. On Friday, it was                     surprised to see the tradition
turn of placed students of
the hospital administration                    gre says this is his fourth
(HA) stream.                                   year in the college and he
   They lived up to the 11-                    has seen seniors following
year old tradition of the col-                 the tradition ever since he
lege in the belief that a                      took admission here.
jump in the well will help                        “The tradition began in
them chart a successful ca-                    2001. A majority of the stu-
reer in future. The 43 years                   dents were placed in top
old institute has a unique                     companies during Holi that
tradition of celebrating suc-                  year. The students decorat-
cess. Students who are                         ed the well with flowers
placed in campus inter-                        and every successful one
views are made to bathe in                     was made to dive in the
the cold water of the well.                    well as a gesture of ex-
   IMS student Pawan Don-                      pressing         ● Turn to p4

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