CN and heard

Too many cooks spoil the broth!

Blame it on the frequent number of lawyers changed by Vikram Walia and Jasbir Singh, guilty of murdering a 16-year-old boy, that they were never 'advised' that they could file a mercy petition before the President of India demanding pardon for the heinous murder. Despite the Supreme Court upholding their death sentence, the duo had not filed a mercy petition, stated the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The Bench was informed that the two had changed so many lawyers in the litigation that none of the lawyers knew whether they had prepared a mercy petition. Finally, the present lawyer advised the two to prepare one. The Court then directed the Patiala jail superintendent to forward their petition to the President of India.

Not interested!

Before the arrival of AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi to Panjab University, the organisers made several unsuccessful attempts to get the crowd to cheer for the guest. NSUI members urged, and later begged the 5,000-odd audience to repeat slogans after them, in praise of the Gandhi scion, but were unsuccessful. After a few girls started cheering, the NSUI leaders tried to bring in a gender-based competition, thinking that a challenge to their 'manhood' might elicit some response from the boys. Despite a heavy turnout for the event, when it came to cheering for Rahul Gandhi, he only met with cold shoulders.

Silence is golden

At a brief meeting between the PU vice-chancellor and AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday, the latter was presented with a book on Panjab University, and a photo frame of Gandhi Bhawan. Some said that though this was a golden opportunity for the V-C to put forward some problems and issues of the University, and seek the Centre's guidance, no such interaction took place. At the meeting, the V-C did not ask for any kind of help from the Central government for PU. Just about two weeks ago, Rahul Gandhi had visited Kashmir, and had made certain suitable announcements for the students of the University there.

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