TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20+4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FACES ALLEGATIONS OF JUDICIAL IMPROPRIETY After indictment by in-house probe, Allahabad HC judge goes on leave 13 THEIDEASPAGE Not made in India Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justices Madan B Lokur, Kurian Joseph, Amitava Roy at the launch of the Supreme Court Bar Association newsletter in New Delhi on Tuesday. Neeraj Priyadarshi Dependence on foreign arms, dysfunctional acquisition process is eroding armed forces’ combat readiness Justice Shukla case relates to GCRG medical institute, CBI may renew application for sanction to file FIR against him SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, JANUARY 30 Purchasebecamebenami transaction:IncomeTax SRK farmhouse attached, I-T says no farming, only own use KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, JANUARY 30 THE INCOME Tax department has provisionally attached the Alibaugfarmhouseof actorShah Rukh Khan under the new Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amended Act, 2016,accordingtotwoseniortax officials familiar with the development. According to the tax probe, Khan, through Deja Vu Farms, made an application for purchase of agriculture land for farming in Alibaug, but subsequently converted the land into a farmhouse for personal use. This, the tax authority said, was a “benami transaction” under Section 2 (9) of the Act. The tax CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ALL JUDICIAL work has been withdrawn from Justice Shri Narayan Shukla of the Allahabad High Court following his indictment by an in-house inquiry committee that probed allegations against the judge in the Medical Council of India (MCI) case. Justice Shukla, The Indian Expresshaslearnt,hasproceeded on90daysleavewhichwassanctioned by the Governor of Uttar Pradesh over the weekend. Hisleaveapplicationfollowed theCJI’smoveonthereportofthe in-house inquiry committee, Justice Shri Narayan Shukla which contained adverse remarks against the judge for alleged“judicialimpropriety”inhis judgments in the GCRG Institute of Medical Sciences case. This was different from the criminal case of Prasad EducationTrustinwhichCBIhad filed an FIR and the CJI had denied CBI the permission to include Justice Shukla’s name in the FIR. But as the two cases in- volve the same judge and are related under the Medical Council of India (MCI) ban order, the CBI is keen on renewing its application seeking CJI’s permission to file an FIR against Justice Shukla. In the Supreme Court, both thecaseswereheardbybenches headed by the present CJI. On Monday, The Indian Expresshadreportedonthefindings of the in-house inquiry committee, which comprised Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee, Sikkim High Court Chief Justice S K Agnihotri and Madhya Pradesh High Court’s Justice P K Jaiswal. This committee was formed in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Judges’ day out, this time King Lear, Bengali sweets paper the cracks ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, JANUARY 30 FROM THE time four of its most senior judges publicly questioned the conduct of the Chief Justice of India, all eyes have been on the Supreme Court, its judges have been under the spotlight like never before in recent years. But Tuesday afternoon was different. There was bonhomie over tea, complete with conversations on King Lear and Bengali sweets — a marked departure from the acrimony that has followed the January 12 press conference where Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph targeted Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Atahighteathatfollowedthe launch of the SCBA Times, the newsletterof theSupremeCourt Bar Association, eleven judges, including the CJI, showed up. So did Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Finance Minister CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 From 12 lakh to 10.9 lakh, now 7.5 lakh: Between Left and Right, Cong struggles Govt lowers its piped gas target again for space in Tripura DECISION 2018 AMITAV RANJAN NEW DELHI, JANUARY 30 THE PETROLEUM Ministry has lowered the target for providing new piped natural gas (PNG) connections and setting up gas dispensing outlets, after missing this year’s target by almost 75 per cent until last month. At a review meeting on January 12, the ministry — for the second time — lowered the annual2017-18targetforPNGto TRIPURA ESHA ROY AGARTALA, JANUARY 30 AFTER HAVING been the main opposition party for 25 years and in power twice in Tripura, ahead of the assembly elections next month, the Congress party finds itself scrambling to patch together alliances and retain its dwindling support base, even as the BJP looms large on the horizon. The BJP, with its aggressive entry into the state’s politics this year, is seen as posing a threat to the ruling Left Front in Tripura. TheCongress,ontheotherhand, is in a state of disarray, troubled by infighting and resentment against the party leadership. So much so that the party’s working president in the state and the erstwhile Tripura King, Maharaja Kirit Pradyot Deb Barman Manikya, has threatened to resign, according to Cong leader Deb Barman Manikya of the erstwhile Tripura royal family party sources. While members of the royal family have been Congress loyalists for decades, sources said they are being persistentlyandaggressivelywooed by the BJP. According to sources, both BJP president Amit Shah and North East in-charge Himanta Biswa Sarma have been in talks with the family to convince Deb Barman to switch sides. Sources said that if he joins, he may even CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 3 INSIDE FORESTDEPTISSUES ORDERTOCAPTURE TIGERPAIR,HIGHCOURT ORDERSSTAY ● TAWADE GETS BAIL IN PANSARE MURDER CASE ● ONION PRICES DROP BY 30% AT LASALGAON 7.5 lakh from 10.94 lakh quoted on September 13. On May 9, the target was pegged at 12 lakh for the entire fiscal year, according to documents accessed by The Indian Express. For compressed natural gas (CNG) stations, the number has been revised to 125 outlets from 180 quoted on May 9. Sources said progress has been slow due to lack of focused efforts at the field level, low paying power in smaller towns for installation, and low visibility across the country. “We have asked the ministry to intervene in declaring LPG-free zones so that consumers shift to piped gas,” they said. However, ministry officials said they were not in favour of delineating PNG-only zones as it could result in court cases. Thedocumentsshowthatthe gasentitiescouldenrolonly3.33 lakhnewcustomersforPNGand install 47 CNG stations as of last December — just 27.75 per cent CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Under fire for singling out poor, Govt scraps orange passport MEA rolls back move to drop last page of passport with personal details SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JANUARY 30 FACING CRITICISM from several quarters including the Opposition, the government has rolled back its decision to issue orange-coloured passports to those with “emigration checkrequired”(ECR)status.Ithasalso reversed its earlier decision to scrap the last page of the passport which has personal details. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the decision was taken on Monday following several“individualandcollective representations” against the move. “At a meeting chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on January 29, 2018, in the presence of General (retd) V K Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs, the decision of the MEA on both these issues was reviewed in the light of these representations. After comprehensive discussions with the various stakeholders, the MEA has decided to continue with the current practice 12 THEEDITORIAL PAGE KHAILAM (BAREILLY), JANUARY 30 AFTER VIOLENCE in Kasganj erupted on January 26, the district magistrate of Bareilly took to Facebook Sunday to mention a similar incident in his district. In the social media post, RV Singh questioned the “trend” of raising anti-Pakistan slogans in Muslim localities to foment communal trouble. Two days later, Singh was summoned to Lucknow. He has since deleted his Facebook post EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, JANUARY 30 INTHEfirstsuchmovebyastate, Maharashtra,whichhadseenthe mostaggressivelandacquisition for special economic zones, Tuesday approved the conversion of the Navi Mumbai Special EconomicZone(NMSEZ)intoan integrated industrial area. DronagiriInfrastructure,promoted by Reliance Group chairman Mukesh Ambani along with Jai Corp and SKIL Infrastructure, holds 74 per cent stake in NMSEZ, while the state- R V Singh is Bareilly District Magistrate lage in Bareilly. Stones were pelted, and complaints were lodged.” In Bareilly, two FIRs, mirror the “trend” Singh referred to in the post. The first against kaanwariyas alleges they “flouted norms” but there was no violence.TheotheragainstMuslims detailsthesequenceof eventsafter the kaanwariyas entered the Karni Sena, Bhansali united in misogyny BY CHARU GUPTA Govt permits conversion of the SEZ into an industrial-cum-residential township run City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd. (CIDCO) holds 26percentequity.Whilethelatter had handed over 1,842 hectares near the proposed Navi MumbaiInternationalAirportto NMSEZ in 2006, the SEZ project had failed to take off due to various reasons. OnTuesday,theMaharashtra cabinet invoked a special provision in the state’s Industries Policy that allows an exit route for SEZs to facilitate the conversion.Retainingasayinfuturedevelopment of the land in question, the government has now permitted conversion of 85 per cent of the land in the SEZ into an integrated industrial area (IIA), while allowing residential construction on the remaining 15 per cent portion. The move comes at a time when the steering committee of the Union government has initiated the process for de-notification or withdrawal of SEZs that hadfailedtoachievethesetmilestones. Due to the strategic location of the SEZ land, the Maharashtragovernmentiskeen toretainasayinitsdevelopment, andhadearliersoughtsometime from the Centre to resolve oper- BEHIND BAREILLY DM’S FACEBOOK POST, A TALE SIMILAR TO KASGANJ and apologised for hurting sentiments. The Uttar Pradesh governmenthasalsopromisedstrict actionagainstSinghwhoDeputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya said was speaking in the “language of politicians”. Singh in his Facebook post wrote, “Ajab riwaz ban gaya hai. Muslim mohallo main julus le jao aur Pakistan murdabad ke nare lagao. Kyun bhai woh Pakistani hain kya? (A strange trend has started of carrying out processions through Muslim localities and raising anti-Pakistan slogans. Why? Are these people from Pakistan?). The same incident happened in Khailam vil- CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Navi Mumbai SEZ finds an exit route ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR ABHISHEK ANGAD & ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL of printing of the last page of the passport and not to issue a separate passport with orangecoloured jacket to ECR passport holders,” said the MEA statement. Earlier, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had said the decision to issue orange-coloured passports would lead to discrimination against India’s migrant workers, who would be treated like “second class citizens”. “This action demonstrates BJP’s discriminatory mindset,” he had said. Theministrysaidithadtaken thedecisiontodropthelastpage of thepassportfollowingtherecommendation of a three-member committee, comprising officials of the MEA and the Ministry of Women and Child Development, set up to look at issues related to passports of children of single parents and adopted children. It said the decision to issue passports with orange-colouredjacketstothose with ECR status was taken with a view to assist them on priority basis. Khailam village mentioned in the DM’s post. Gajendra Yadav village alleging “life-threatening violence”. This was in July last year in Khailam village in the Aonli assemblyconstituencyafterwhich four Muslim men were arrested. The post, that Singh deleted soon after, added, “Chin to bada dushman hai, tiranga lekar Chin murdabad kyon nahin? (China is a bigger enemy. Why isn’t the Tricolour waved and why aren’t anti-China slogans shouted?)” In Kasganj in Etah on January 26, violence ensued after the death of 22-year-old Abhishek Gupta,whowaspartof anunauthorised ‘Tiranga yatra’ on mo- torcycles in Kasganj. Clashes erupted when the yatra rode through a Muslim-dominated locality, where a flag hoisting ceremony was underway, and membersof theyatrademanded they be allowed through. On July 21, 2017, Khailam village — with a population of 9,000 persons, of which 70 percentareMuslim—witnessedviolence when 250 kaanwariyas allegedly clashed with Muslims residents. The stone-pelting and violence that followed saw both Hindus, Muslims and at least 15 security personnel of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ationalandorganisationalissues with regard to NMSEZ. Before Tuesday’s cabinet decision, highly placed sources in the government confirmed, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had discussed the conversion option with all stakeholders including Ambani. The sources said all stakeholders in NMSEZ agreed on the option. They said the new arrangement wasa“win-win”forallthestakeholders, and would help avoid legal complications that could have arisen out of the withdrawal of the SEZ. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 20 SPORT India trounce Pak to enter U-19 cricket World Cup final
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