LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `3.00 ● WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS 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 11 THE IDEAS PAGE 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 Purchase became benami transaction: Income Tax SRK farmhouse attached, I-T says no farming, only own use KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, JANUARY 30 THE INCOME Tax department has provisionally attached the Alibaug farmhouse of actor Shah Rukh Khan under the new Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amended Act, 2016, according to two senior tax 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 The tax CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ALL JUDICIAL work has been withdrawn from Justice Shri Narayan Shukla of the Allahabad High Court following his indictment by an in-house inquiry committee that probed allegations against the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 Express has learnt, has proceeded on 90 days leave which was sanctioned by the Governor of Uttar Pradesh over the weekend. His leave application followed CJI’s move on the report of the inhouse enquiry committee, which Justice Shri Narayan Shukla had contained adverse remarks against the judge for alleged “judicial impropriety” in his judgments in the GCRG Institute of Medical Sciences case. This was different from the criminal case of Prasad Education Trust in which CBI had 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 the cases were heard by benches headed by the present CJI. On Monday, The Indian Expresshad reported on the findings of the in-house enquiry 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. At a high tea that followed the launch of the SCBA Times, the newsletter of the Supreme Court Bar Association, eleven judges, including the CJI, showed up. So did Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Finance Minister CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Charges dropped against Togadia in Between Left and Right, Cong struggles attempt to murder case, he thanks CM for space in Tripura DECISION 2018 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE VHP leader takes a dig at PM Narendra Modi AHMEDABAD, JANUARY 30 A METROPOLITAN court here on Tuesday dropped all charges against Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Pravin Togadia and 38 other accused, including BJP MLA from Daskroi Babu Jamnadas Patel, in an over twodecade old attempt to murder case after allowing the prosecution’s application for the same. This comes days after the 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. The Congress, on the other hand, is in a state of disarray, troubled by infighting and resentment against the party leadership. So much so that party’s working president in the state and the titular King of Tripura, Maharaja Kirit Pradyot Deb Barman Manikya, has threatened to tender his resignation, 3 GUJARAT Cong leader Deb Barman Manikya of the erstwhile Tripura royal family same court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate J V Barot had issued non-bailable warrants against Togadia and other accused to appear before the court. “The order was pronounced, exonerating all the 39 accused in the case,” said Public Prosecutor Y K Vyas. Togadia thanked Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, his deputy Nitin Patel and Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja for “withdrawing” the case against him. In a text message to The Indian Express, Togadia said, “My friends Vijaybhai (Rupani), Nitinbhai (Patel) and Pradeepsinh have withdrawn an old political case. Thank You.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KOTKAPURA/JAITU (FARIDKOT), JANUARY 30 NOTICE TO FARMERS FOR ‘ILLEGALLY’ DRAWING WATER FROM NARMADA CANAL ● HARDIK-MEVANI CAMARADERIE FACES TEST 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 on Tuesday rolled back its decision to issue orange-coloured passports to those with “emigration check-required” (ECR) status. It also 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 “individual and collective 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 of 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE “SHOULD Ishoot myself?” Those were the last words students heard before DSP Baljinder Singh Sandhu shot himself in the head. Sandhu was in the middle of a student protest Monday inside Patiala University’s Jaitu regional centre and a day later blood still stains the university entrance and a heavy silence weighs everything down inside campus. The university has declared a Baljinder Singh Sandhu holiday and students, particularly union leaders, lie low after police detained four after the incident. When he shot himself in the temple, the bullet went through and injured a constable standing nearby, who succumbed to his injuries Tuesday. A student who witnessed the shooting recalled that a student leader, Gurjinder Vidhyarthi from Inquilab Vidhyarti Naujawan Manch was giving a speech when another student group walked into the arena. “Someone from another group called out to Gurjinder and said ‘we will shoot you’. To this Gurjinder replied ‘how can you shoot me?’ Then another student among protesters said those policemen who fail to serve justice should be shot. Seeing chaos prevailing all over, DSP sir got frustrated and asked should I shoot myself? A voice from behind yelled ‘yes shoot ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR BEHIND BAREILLY DM’S FACEBOOK POST, A TALE SIMILAR TO KASGANJ ABHISHEK ANGAD & ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL 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, has deleted his Facebook post and apologised for hurting sentiments. The Uttar Pradesh government has also promised strict action against Singh, who Deputy 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- 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 against Hindu kaanwariyas which alleges “flouted norms” but no violence, and the other against Muslims detailing the sequence of events after the pilgrims en- 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. The ministry said it had taken the decision to drop the last page of the passport following the recommendation 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-coloured jackets to those with ECR status was taken with a view to assist them on priority basis. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Karni Sena, Bhansali united in misogyny BY CHARU GUPTA Before he pulled the trigger, Punjab cop asked protesting students: Should I shoot myself? DIVYA GOYAL according to party sources. While members of the royal family have been Congress loyalists for decades, sources said they are being persistently and aggressively wooed 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 Under fire for singling out poor, Govt scraps orange passport Khailam village mentioned in the DM’s post. Gajendra Yadav tered the village alleging “lifethreatening violence”. This was in July last year in Khailam village in the Aonli assembly constituency after which, four Muslim men were arrested. The post, that he 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, who was part of an unau- thorised ‘Tiranga yatra’ on motorcycles in Kasganj. Clashes erupted when the yatra rode through a Muslim-dominated locality, where a flag hoisting ceremony was under way, and members of the yatra demanded they be allowed through. On July 21, 2017, Khailam village — with a population of 9,000 persons, of which 70 percent are Muslim — witnessed violence when 250 kanwariya pilgrims allegedly clashed with Muslims residents. The resultant stone-pelting and violence saw both Hindus, Muslims and at least 15 security personnel of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 yourself’ and in no time we heard a gunshot,” said the student. Another said complete silence ensued after the gunshot and students, including the union leaders left the protest area. Sumanpreet Kaur from Barnala said, “The students who were actually arguing with DSP fled and police failed to arrest them. We had just come to join agitation against moral policing and were manhandled by protesters who turned violent. I also got injured and was taken into custody. We just heard a gunshot CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 18 SPORT India trounce Pak to enter U-19 cricket World Cup final
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