TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `4.00 ● FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA BABRI MASJID-RAM JANMABHOOMI: NEXT HEARING MARCH 14 We are treating Ayodhya matter as land dispute, no third party at this stage: SC Hearing has to go on, we are conscious of this case, says CJI Misra-led Bench 9 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 8 THEIDEASPAGE Who’s afraid of laughing women That one merry female parliamentarian should be singled out for ridicule is not surprising MAKING CLEAR it was treating appeals against the Allahabad High Court order on the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya as a land dispute and thatitdidnotintendtoallowany third party intervention at this stage, the Supreme Court Thursday asked parties to the disputetofileEnglishtranslation of documents exhibited by them. The matter will be heard next on March 14. When a lawyer sought the court’s permission to intervene in the matter saying it involved the faith of crores of Hindus, the bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer said: “We can’t address these kindof arguments.Wearetreating it as a land dispute. There are appeals and cross-appeals.” To another lawyer, who was representing 32 activists and wanted to implead in the matter sincetheywere“veryconcerned about the outcome of the case”, the bench said “applications for Alert in J&K for possible strike to mark Afzal hanging THE FATHER of an Army officer named in an FIR filed by J&K Police over the death of three civilians,allegedlyinfiringbythe 10GarhwalRiflesinShopianlast month, moved the Supreme Court Thursday demanding quashing of the report. In the petition, Lt Colonel KaramveerSingh,fatherofMajor AdityaKumar,saidthefiringwas done to control “a savage and violentmobengagedinterroristactivity”, which had hurled stones at an Army convoy and was allegedly about to lynch a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO). According to police, two protesters were killed on the spot during the firing on January 27, while a third succumbed to injuries later. “The petitioner is constrained to file the present writ petition for quashing of the FIR, directly before this hon’ble court in view of the extremely hostile situation on the ground, whereby an FIR has been registered by the local police against the son of the petitioner, who is a service Army officer and was performing his bonafide duties as directed by the Union of India,” said the petition filed through Advocate Aishwarya Bhati. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SECURITY agencies are on high alertacrossJammuandKashmir concerned about the possibility of a strike by Jaish-eMohammad to mark the fifth anniversary of the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on February 9. “We are always on alert but February 9 and 11 are important daysinKashmirsowearetaking extra precautions,’’ Director Generalof J&KPoliceSPVaidtold TheIndianExpress.Whiletheanniversaryof Guru’shangingison February 9, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front founder Maqbool Bhat was hanged in Tihar jail on February 11, 1984. The Jaish-e-Mohammad, set up by Masood Azhar in 2000 soon after he was released in exchange for passengers and crew of the hijacked Indian Airlines flight,madeareturntotheValley around 2014 with Guru the central theme of its campaign. In fact, Jaish made its “Afzal Guru Squad” public when it attacked the Army camp in KupwaraonNovember25,2015. ThreeJaishmilitantsplacedIEDs at the rear of the Army Brigade headquartersinTangdharonthe LoC and lobbed grenades at the oil depot setting off a fire that damaged barracks and vehicles. The militants, who were killed after an eight-hour long gunbattle, police said, were carrying bags with “Afzal Guru Squad” inscribed on them. againsttheAllahabadHighCourt ruling on four civil suits on September 30, 2010. The High Court ordered a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres of the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi site, giving a third each to the Nirmohi Akhara sect, the Sunni Central Wakf Board of UP, and Ramlalla Virajman, the idol of the child Ram placed there. Thiswaschallengedbeforethe Supreme Court which, on May 9, 2011, stayed operation of the decree during the pendency of the appeal,andorderedstatusquoat the disputed site. On Thursday, Additional Solicitor General TusharMehta, appearing for the Father of officer booked for Shopian moves SC: firing to control terror mob MUZAMIL JALEEL Petitioners in the case outside the Supreme Court on Thursday. Tashi Tobgyal impleadment and intervention shallbeconsideredattheappropriate time”. It, however, allowed “interlocutory applications filed by parties to the appeals pertaining tofilingof additionaldocuments and exemption from filing official translation” and “interlocutoryapplicationsseekingcondonationof delayintheapplication for substitution, setting aside abatement and the applications pertaining to substitution”. It also permitted “applications seeking filing of documents which have been exhibited before the High Court” and “applications for deletion of parties”. As many as 14 appeals have been filed in the Supreme Court FEB 9 IS 5TH ANNIVERSARY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 8 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 8 At a protest after the Shopian firing. File “The manner in which the lodging of the FIR has been portrayed and projected by the political leadership and administrative higher-ups of the state, reflects the extremely hostile atmosphere in the state,” said the petition to be mentioned in court Friday. It stated that Singh was filing the plea on behalf of his son “for protecting the morale of the soldiersofIndianArmy,whoarefacing all odds in performance of their bonafide duties and laying theirlivesinthelineofduty,toupholdthedignityoftheIndianflag”. ThepetitionsaidtheFIR,registered at Shopian police station, related to an Army convoy on bonafidemilitarydutyinanarea under the AFSPA. The area was “isolated by an unruly and deranged mob who were pelting the said vehicles with stones causing damage to the military vehicles which are CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in Dhaka on Thursday. AP Bangla sends Hasina rival Khaleda to jail for 5 years JULHAS ALAM DHAKA, FEBRUARY 8 A BANGLADESH court sentenced former prime minister Khaleda Zia on Thursday to five years in prison on corruption charges. The conviction means that Zia, the arch-rival of current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, could be barred from contesting the national elections in December. Zia was taken to a Dhaka prison under heavy security. In a country riven by dynastic politics, security forces, fearing clashes, had poured into the streets ahead of the verdict, along with supporters of both major political parties. Defence lawyer Mahbubuddin Khokan said Zia ordered him to appeal. “This is unbelievable,’’ he said. ``I am confident she will come out of jail.’’ Zia was convicted of embezzling some $250,000 in donations meant for an orphanage trust established when she first became prime minister in 1991. Judge Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman, who announced the verdict in a court- Coming soon: A Sanskrit Chair at IIT-Madras to study ‘science in Vedas’ ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, FEBRUARY 8 THE INDIAN Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) will soon get a ‘Sanskrit Chair’, attached to the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, tostudy“India’slegacyof science and technology in the Vedas, with special focus on Sanskrit language”. TheChairhasbeenfundedby Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, “spiritual head” of the Science of Sampadananda Mishra and Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj Spirituality and Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission, who is also an IIT-M alumnus. A senior IIT-M administrator said Maharaj has contributed Rs 90 lakh for the endowment and scholarship programme. “Using thisfund,wewillsetuptheChair to explore science and technologyintheVedas,”saidtheofficer. As per the agreement between Maharaj and IIT-M administration, the funding includes a one-time contribution of Rs 75 lakh, and a named endowment for student scholarship — Rs 15 lakh annually, for four years. The Chair will be headed by Sampadananda Mishra, a Sanskrit expert and director of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 room in Dhaka’s Old City, also sentenced Zia’s son, Tarique Rahman, and four others to 10 years in prison for involvement in the case. All can appeal their convictions. Bangladesh law says anyone imprisoned for more than two yearscannotrunforofficeforthe next five years, but Law Minister Anisul Huq said the final decisionrestswiththecourts.“It’sup to the appeals court to decide whether she will be eligible to run,’’ he said after the verdict. Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, a close Zia aide, rejected the verdict, saying CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 13 WORLD WITHMILITARY PARADE,KIM THUMBSNOSE ATTRUMP MALDIVES PRESIDENT SENDS ENVOYS TO PAK, CHINA, SAUDI ARABIA Jaitley slams Cong: Compromising India’s security by asking Rafale details Rahul questions shift in Sitharaman’s stance, points at Prime Minister KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 8 WITH THE Opposition targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi andquestioningthesecrecyover details of the Rafale fighter deal with the French, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley mounted a counter-attack Thursday, accusing the Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi of “seriously compromising India’s security” byinsistingthatthegovernment disclose details of the deal. During his reply to the discussion on the Union Budget in Lok Sabha, Jaitley said he had with him 15 responses from defence ministers of the previous UPA government who too had refused to share details of armament purchases. Perusing one such response from Pranab Mukherjee in December 2005, Jaitley said Mukherjee had refused to give details of a contract, calling the information classified. “Kindly ask your party president to go to Pranab Mukherjee,” he told Congress members. “My charge is they are seriously compromising India’s security,” Jaitley said. Break-up of armament purchase deals, he said, can divulge the kind of weapons that a country has and this is not in the “interest of the 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE Arun Jaitley in Lok Sabha. PTI country”. Such information, he said, can let the “enemy” know about the type of weapons and capacity available with India. The Congress, he said, was trying to manufacture controversiesandscamssincetheyhad no other issue to pin down the government. “Modi has run a cleangovernmentforfouryears, so let us manufacture an issue,” he told the House. Congress member Shashi Tharoor interjected the Finance Minister, saying “you are accountable” to the House. He said even if the cost break-up of the Rafale cannot be divulged, at least the overall cost of the deal must be made public. When Jaitley asked him if that would satisfy the Congress president, Tharoor said it would. “We are as much accountable to Parliament as UPA was,” Jaitley said. Rahul Gandhi, who CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Why should it be Nehru vs Patel? BY RAMACHANDRA GUHA Will play role in tying up with other parties to defeat BJP: Sonia EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 8 DECLARING THAT the “winds of change are coming”, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi said Thursday that the Congress will workwith“like-minded”parties to ensure the defeat of the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi also sought to dispel the perception that she was disengaging from active politics by saying that she wouldplayarole in talks with other parties in the run-up to the elections. However, she made clear that her son Rahul Gandhi, who took over from her as Congress president in December, was now her “boss too”. Questioning the government’srecord,Gandhi said ithas been all about “maximum publicity, minimum government, or put another way, maximum marketing, minimum delivery”. Addressing a meeting of the CongressParliamentaryParty,of which she is the chairperson, Gandhi said, “I will work with the Congress president and other colleagues in discussions It is time to dump Manik, get HIRA: PM Prime Minister Narendra Moditoldanelectionrally near Agartala that people should throw away the “manik” (gemstone) and opt for the “HIRA” (diamond). He was referring to the BJP’s promise of highways, internet, roadways and airways. P3 with like-minded political parties to ensure that in the next (general) election the BJP is defeated and India is restored to a democratic, inclusive, secular, tolerant and economically progressive path.” The statement is being seen a signal to senior Opposition leaders who may be apprehensive about dealing with a younger Rahul ever since Sonia stepped down as Congress president and retreated from the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR IN DIMAPUR, NOMINATIONS ARE IN, BUT NOTICE SAYS IF POLLS ARE HELD... DIPANKAR GHOSE DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 8 THE DEPUTY commissioner’s office in Dimapur, the state’s largest city, is perhaps a microcosm of Nagaland’s politics. Outside the gates, uniformed personnelof theNagalandPolice and the CRPF, called in for the elections, patrol the streets, guns inhand.Inside,asthecandidates make their way to the returning officer’s room to file their nominations,theydosoquietly,almost asiftheydon’twanttobenoticed. There are only three cars with party stickers, and just a handful of supportersforeachcandidate, making very little noise. Even the official notice outlining the election schedule, stuck on the board at the main entrance to the building, tells a story of uncertainty. “If the electionsareheld,pollingdaywillbe February 27th, between 7 am and 4 pm,” it says. On January 29, the Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations (CCNTHCO) and 11 political parties, including state BJP leaders (whowerelatersuspendedfrom the party), signed a joint declaration calling for the assembly elections to be “deferred”. DECISION 2018 NAGALAND Announcing their decision to stayawayfromthepolls,theparties called for a “solution before elections”. “We firmly believe that it is expedientforallpoliticalparties, both national and regional, to come together in the greater interest of the state and defer the elections,andallowtheNagapo- NPP supporters outside the deputy commissioner’s office in Dimapur. Dipankar Ghose litical process to reach its logical conclusion by giving space and timetothenegotiatinggroupsto bring out an early solution,” the joint declaration said. But by February 2, some parties, led by the BJP, began backtracking, asking for the electoral process to continue. On Wednesday, the last day for filing nominations, even as every party said “they would fight for the Naga people”, it was clear that they had picked elections before a solution. While only 24 candidates from across the state had filed their nominations till Tuesday, the number jumped to 253 on Wednesday. InDimapur,thefirstfewdays of the nomination process saw only one candidate. “Dimapur has five constituencies, three of which have returning officers in this building. Across the district, onlyonecandidate(BJP’sNJacob Zhimomi) had filed his nomination by February 6. But today, as manyas20candidatesfiledtheir nominations. It has been an enthusiastic response,” said Sushil Patel,DeputyCommissionerand DistrictElectionOfficer,Dimapur. On Tuesday, the CCNTHCO dissolved itself, saying that “it is for the Naga people to judge as to who threw a spanner in the works of the Naga solution.” Joel Jaipur Naga, chairman of the ACAUT (Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation), another organisation which supported the joint declaration, resigned from his post. With the nominations filed, thepoliticsof Nagalandseemsto have returned to a state of normalcy, of fragmentation. Dimapur’s skyline is blue and beautiful, dotted with steeples. But the ground below is dusty, potholed from years of neglect, much like the rest of the state. Everycandidatewhoentered the Dimapur deputy commissioner’s office on Wednesday CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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