TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `4.00 ● MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MCI CASE In-house panel records ‘adverse remarks’ against High Court judge SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, JANUARY 28 Law says no to review of trade reforms by an external agency AMITAV RANJAN NEW DELHI, JANUARY 28 INDIA’S ATTEMPT to review trade reforms in order to help improve the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ in the country has run intoroughweatherwiththeLaw Ministry objecting to any external agency being authorised to evaluate existing laws and suggest amendments to them. Earlier this month, the Law Ministry quoted a 1961 Presidential Order that blocks the hiring of a third party consultant to examine and interpret domestic laws, bilateral and multilateral treaties, or advising ministries on probable changes inlaws,regulationsandcirculars. “In accordance with the Allocation of Business Rules, the Department of Legal Affairs (DLA) is primarily concerned with tendering advise to ministriesonlegalmattersincluding interpretation of the Constitution and the laws, including law relating to clearance of goods and conduct of cases,” theDLAconveyedtotheFinance Ministry. “In the said circumstances, appointment of consultants/ Third Party agents for interpretation/review of laws may tantamount to encroachment upon the domain of DLA,” it said. In order to implement the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation,theFinanceMinistry last October issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for hiring a consultant,whichwouldanalysethe reforms undertaken by various ministries to cut down the red tape in the movement of goods across borders. It wanted the agency to criticallymeasuretheprogressof reforms, their reach and impact, and suggest changes to help improve India’s ranking in trade facilitation indices. In this process, the agency was to “conduct a comprehensive review of laws and regulations” and “recommend needed amendments”. However,theproposedterms of engagement did not go down well with the Law Ministry. “This department (Legal Affairs), in its advisory capacity, is concerned with all bilateral and multilateral treaties on legal issues and its impact on domesticlawirrespectiveof thesubject allocation,” it said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NUMBER 20 Tennis legend Roger Federer after achieving another record, winning his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam, in Melbourne Sunday. He beat Marin Cilic in five sets, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, dropping his only sets of the tournament. Reuters REPORT, PAGE 16 NCC RALLY Youth won’t tolerate corruption, those who were CMs once are now in jail: PM Says Aadhaar has added great strength to development, seeks help to promote digital transactions EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JANUARY 28 PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi Sunday said no one would be spared in his anti-graft mission, and pointed out that people who were once chief ministersarenowinjailforcorruption. Hesoughtthecooperationof the youth in the battle against corruption and black money. Speaking at a rally to commemorate 70 years of the National Cadet Corps (NCC), the PM also made a strong pitch for Aadhaar, saying the unique identity had added great strength to India’s development by curbing leakagesandhelpingthegovernmentensurethatbenefitsreached their intended beneficiaries. Aadhaar faces serious concerns over the question of privacy, and the possibility of breaches of data security. Its legalityhasbeenchallengedinthe Supreme Court. “Earlier people believed that nothing happens to the rich and powerful. But things are different today. People who served as chief ministersareinjailfortheir corruption,” Modi said. Former Biharchief ministersLaluPrasad andJagannathMishrahavebeen convictedandsentencedincases related to the fodder scam. Former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala is serving a10-yearjailtermfollowingconviction in the JBT teachers’ scam. “The youth of India refuse to accept corruption. The fight against corruption and black money will not stop. This is a fight for the future of India’s youth,” Modi said. The PM sought the help of NCC cadets and other young people in spreading digital transactions, INSIDE ● ON BUDGET EVE, OPPOSITION FLAGS CRISIS IN JUDICIARY, P3 PM, ministers and opposition leaders at an all-party meeting ahead of the Parliament session, in Delhi Sunday. Renuka Puri saying it would curb corruption. Modi said Aadhaar had helped save Rs 60,000 crore in governmentschemes,wherethe money would earlier go into the “wrong hands”. “Thesedaysyoukeephearing about Aadhaar,” he said. “I want to say Aadhaar has added great strengthtoIndia’sdevelopment. What would earlier get into the wronghandsisnowgoingtothe intended beneficiaries,” he said. Exhorting the youth to promote the use of digital transactions, Modisaid,“Myyoungfriends,my appeal is, please further digital transactions through (the BHIM THEIN-HOUSEinquirycommitteesetupbyChief Justiceof India Dipak Misra to look into allegations of corruption against a sitting judge of the Allahabad High Court in the Medical Council of India(MCI)casecontainscertain “adverse remarks” against him. The allegations which prompted the inquiry pertain to Allahabad High Court judge Justice Narayan Shukla granting permission to certain private medical colleges to admit students after an MCI ban, and also involved the rulings on the case in the Supreme Court. Sources told The Indian Express that the report of the inhouse inquiry committee, submitted to the CJI, contains “adverse remarks” against Justice Shukla,whowasalsomentioned in a preliminary investigation conducted by the CBI last September.TheCBI,sourcessaid, is keen on seeking the CJI’s sanction afresh to file an FIR against Justice Shukla. The Allahabad High Court judge had come under the spotlight when he made handwritten corrections on September 4, 2017, to his own bench’s order of September 1, so as to allow a medical college in Uttar Pradesh to admit students for the 2017-18 session. app). Please also get others on that platform. This is a step towards transparency and accountability.” Modi hailed the spirit of NCC camps, which he said was not aboutuniformoruniformity,but about unity. “Through NCC we nurture teams that work in mission mode and inspire others... “NCC... has given a sense of mission to several people. Today we celebrate what we have achieved and also think about howwecanmaketheNCCexperienceevenmoreeffectiveinthe years to come,” he said. BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY This was eight days after the Supreme Court had barred the High Court from allowing the Lucknow-based GCRG Institute of Medical Science to admit fresh students for the academic session 2017-18. As per sources, the report of the in-house enquiry committee, comprising Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee, Sikkim High Court Chief Justice S K Agnihotri and the Madhya Pradesh High Court's Justice P K Jaiswal, was submitted by Chief Justice Banerjee, the senior most member of the panel, to the CJI in Delhi last weekend (January 2021). The committee conducted a non-judicialfact-findinginquiry, where Justice Shukla was given full opportunity to defend himself,butnoexaminationorcrossexamination of any witnesses was allowed. Asperpractice,onlytheChief Justice is usually privy to the reportof anin-houseinquirycommittee. But as his order instituting the inquiry explicitly stated that “A fair and proper inquiry willreassurethepartiesthatjusticewillbedonetothemandthe public at large will be confident that the outcome of the inquiry will be just and reasonable”, it is believedthatthisreportcouldbe made public or at least shared with other judges of the Supreme Court. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Wealth and Hindutva BY UDAYAN MUKHERJEE Family of ‘raped’, dead Odisha girl recounts struggle to be heard 32-yr-old dies in Mumbai after getting sucked into MRI unit SAMPAD PATNAIK EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 7 KORAPUT, JANUARY 28 NORTH OF Sunki-Salur mountains, a sub-range of the Eastern Ghats that naturally cleave Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, lies a village where a 14-year-old girl cried rape and sought justice for more than three months before being found dead of apparent suicide.Withherdeathsparking a political row and forcing the government to order a judicial probe, officials have now sealed their lips on all details regarding her case, including the two FIRs and her medical examinations. InOctober2017,thegirl,from a village in Odisha’s remote Koraput district, alleged rape by four Central forces personnel. The family described the perpe- WORLD She was buried in family graveyard in Koraput. Sampad Patnaik trators as “Kabra police”, a local term for the dark green uniform with camouflage patches. The girl was returning from a market, some 6-7 km from her village, that assembles thrice a week. The lonely road she took is framed on both sides with bush-coveredhillocks.“Thatday, my sister took an auto, that dropped her at an intersection and turned right. As she was walking down the other road, she was grabbed by four kabra policemen. They dragged her up 9 KABUL MOURNS AS ATTACK TOLL RISES TO 103 THEIDEASPAGE How to help the farmer MP, Haryana schemes do not cover farmers’ losses. Telangana input support scheme must be emulated CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MUMBAI, JANUARY 28 A32-YEAR-OLDmandiedatBYL Nair Municipal Hospital in Mumbai on Saturday night after he was reportedly sucked into a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine while holding a metallic oxygen cylinder in his hand. Three people, including a doctor, have been arrested. Rajesh Maruti Maru (32) had accompanied his sister’s mother-in-law, Laxmibai Solanki, to the hospital’s MRI section for a test. Around 8.30 pm, he reportedly got trapped with a leaking oxygen cylinder inside the MRI machine. “The magnetic force of the machine sucked him in. We are not sure how he went so close. The MRI room at Mumbai’s Nair Hospital. Ganesh Shirsekar Aninquiryison,”saidDrRamesh Bharmal, Dean, Nair Hospital. Staffers claimed that the cylinder’s knob broke open when Maru was pulled in, causing it to leak. Maru inhaled an excessive amount of oxygen. The Agripada police registered a case under Section 304A of the Indian Penal Code for causing ‘death by negligence’, against hospital staffers. A doctor, Saurabh Lanjekar, ward boy Vitthal Chavan, and a helper, Sunita Surve, who were present with the family inside the MRI room, were named in the FIR and have been arrested. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh to Maru’s kin. According to Maru’s family, who are residents of Lalbaug, he was holding the oxygen cylinder for Laxmibai Solanki, who was scheduled to undergo the MRI scan. He was reportedly told not to leave the cylinder outside the MRI room. The family says no CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR IN THE HEART OF MAOIST LAND, AN ACADEMY SHAPES SPORTS CHAMPIONS Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district administration set up a sports academy; in less than a year, 17 of its students have made it to the national level, its medal tally at the state level crosses 40 DIPANKAR GHOSE BIJAPUR (BASTAR), JANUARY 28 AS EVENING slowly slips into dark, the mini-stadium in Bijapur is alive. The field has more dust than grass, and the running feet on it kick up a storm. The ground may not be green, but there is no shortage of colour.Therearesmallcones,orange, red and blue, marking the playing area. And then there are the children wearing studs runningaround,eachwithastoryof THE CHANGE STORY own.Of poverty,of violence, and foreveryeveningbetween4and 6.30 here, of hope. Nearly every district headquarters in Chhattisgarh has a “mini-stadium”, used for cricket andfootball.InMaylastyear,the administration of Bijapur, among the districts worst affected by left-wing violence in the country, decided to build in one such mini-stadium the Bijapur Sports Academy. Eight monthslater,ithasover240students, training in 10 sports, under head coaches accredited by the Sports Authority of India (SAI). Of them, 17 have made it to the national level and four have won medals. At the state level, the medal tally of Bijapur Sports Academy trainees stands at 45. Assistant football coach SomaruKashyap,just20,isaresident of Gudra, deep inside Abujhmaad, a Maoist area Over 240 students training in 10 sports. Dipankar Ghose largely outof governmentreach. Describing how he discovered football, Kashyap says, “Ever since I was a child, the Maoists would come to my village and tell me to join them. After my parents died of illness, I moved in with an uncle into a hostel for orphans in Bijapur. There I used to run 400 metres and 100 metres,butmyteachersaidIshould try football. I fell in love with it.” Kashyap, a midfielder who could use both his feet, soon found a place in the Bijapur district team playing at the state level. Home, though, remains fraught with danger. “When anyone leaves the village, they think the person has joined the police. I went back after Class 10, andtheytookmewiththem.But I ran away. Ten days ago, when I went back to Gudra, I had to again convince them I am not in police, but a football coach. I told them to come to Bijapur and see for themselves,” Kashyap says. Teachinghiswardshowtoget past the goalkeeper and hit successive strikes into corners, the 20-year-old says, “I now earn Rs 15,000 a month. But what gives mehappinessisthatIcanchange Jaipur the lives of these children.” About 2 km away, in another field, 14-year-old Ashok Thati is shooting arrows. Missing the centre twice out of the six times that he shoots at the target, placed 70 metres away, he shakes his head. It is important that he does well at a forthcoming state-level competition, he says, for it is only then that he might get to step out of Chhattisgarh. He was picked up by talent scouters just six months ago. Thati is from a village near CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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