TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Delhi faceoff deepens: Police search CM home, he takes his team to L-G Another AAP MLA wades in: Beat up officers who sit on files Lokpal appointment meeting on March 1, A-G informs SC MALLICA JOSHI & ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL Delhi Police at CM’s house in New Delhi Friday. Praveen Khanna EXPRESSNEWSSERVICE MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL NEWDELHI,FEBRUARY23 A MEETING of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Lok Sabha SpeakerSumitraMahajanandthe leader of the Congress is scheduledtobeheldonMarch1todiscuss the appointment of Lokpal, theSupremeCourtwasinformed Friday. The post has been vacant since the law for a Lokpal was passed in 2013. Attorney General KKVenugopalconveyedwordon the proposed meeting to a bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi whenacontemptpetitionfiledby NGOCommonCausecameupfor hearing. OnApril22,2017,theSupreme Court had directed the governmenttoimmediatelyimplement the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act and appoint a Lokpal. The order came on a PIL filed in 2014 by the NGO which had challenged the constitutionality of the search committeerulesforappointment of a Lokpal. The SC had also brushed aside the government’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 9 THEIDEASPAGE Counting the unwanted girls Preference for male children affecting the health of women BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and his family at Rashtrapati Bhavan Friday. Praveen Jain ENERGY PACT AMONG SIX SIGNED PM draws the line for Trudeau: No tolerance for threat to unity Joint statement names Babbar Khalsa, International Sikh Youth Federation SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 23 SENDING A clear and firm message to visiting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his government’s perceived soft stand on pro-Khalistan elements in Canada, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said “those who try to use communalsentimentsandwanttobuild separatist divides... who want to challenge our country’s sovereignty, unity and integrity” will never be tolerated. Trudeaumadenomentionof thechallengesthatterrorism,extremismandseparatismposebut ajointstatementon“Framework for Cooperation between India Be attack dogs, not guard dogs for authority, Justice Lodha to press Judiciary shouldn’t come across as divided house: ex-CJI KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 23 IF THE public feels that journalists have given up their role of a watchdog to become a guard dog for those in authority and power, it does not bode well for a democratic society, former Chief Justice of India Justice R M Lodha warned here today. He called on the media not to succumb to pressure or intimidationthatcouldcurtail“freedoms guaranteedbytheConstitution.” Calling an independent judiciary and independent media the “heart and soul of Constitutional democracy,” Ritu Sarin receives the IPI Award from Justice Lodha. Also on stage are (from left) IPI Fellow Philip Mathew, jury chair Soli Sorabjee and IPI India chief N Ravi. Praveen Khanna Justice Lodha said that it’s only when these two pillars are strong that citizens feel empowered and their rights secured. Justice Lodha, author of the Govt will take strict action against financial irregularities, says Modi ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 23 BREAKING HIS silence on the Rs 11,400-crore fraud at India’s second-biggest public sector lender Punjab National Bank, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here today that his government would take strict action against financial irregularities. Modi also appealed to those entrusted and Canada on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism” was issued later. It saidthat“theframeworkisbased on fundamental respect for the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of India and Canada”. It also named pro-Khalistan groups Babbar Khalsa International and International SikhYouthFederation,andiden- with the task of monitoring and vigilance to do their job with full diligence. “I wish to make it clear...that this government will take stringent action against financial irregularities...The system will not acceptirregularaccumulationof public money. This is the basic mantra of New Economy — New Rule,” Modi said addressing the Global Business Summit organised by The Economic Times. Once again raising his pet theme of simultaneous elections, Modi said: “We are talking about the New Economy. I learned of the various sessions happening here and thought of something that is very deeply connected to our economy. I think that such programmes, discussions should also happen on the positive economic impact of having Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections together.” roadmap for reforms in the cricket board, was speaking as Chief Guest after he presented theInternationalPressInstitute’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Nirav Modi effect: Another bank reports default DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 23 WARYOFscrutinyinthewakeof the Rs 11,400 crore financial fraudbyNiravModiandthecase against Rotomac Global for defrauding Rs 3,695 crore, banks are rushing to the CBI against more businessmen for defaulting on loans. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR CAR OF MAN FIGHTING ‘VIRGINITY TESTS’ DAMAGED, HE SAYS ‘TARGETED BY COMMUNITY’ CHANDAN HAYGUNDE PUNE, FEBRUARY 23 DAYS AFTER he filed a police complaintagainstanalleged‘virginity test’ performed on a newly-wed woman in his community, Krushna Indrekar, a Maharashtra government employee posted in Mumbai, has become the latest one from his group to come under attack. Indrekar’s car was damaged by unidentified persons while he was attending a marriage in Pune on Thursday. The incident took place in the early hours of Thursday. The 51-year-old Indrekar, who works for the law and justice department, is part of a small network which has been raising its voice against the ‘humiliatingpractice’of performing virginity tests on newly-wed women in the Kanjarbhat community, a nomadic tribe in Maharashtra. The members of this network have formed a WhatsAppgroupcalled‘Stopthe V-ritual’andhavebeenpersuading their community elders to stop the practice. Accordingtothemembersof this network — mostly young students and professionals but also a few elders — newly-married couples in their community are made to spend their wedding night in a hotel room, while the elders and panchayat members wait outside. The next morning, the groom has to produce the white bed sheet with his wife’s blood stains on it, they said. If there are no blood stains, the elders understand that the bride has had physical relations with a man before her marriage, and “punish her” as per their community laws. This was the second instance of members of this group coming under attack. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 tified them as “terrorist groups”. According to the statement, the twocountriesare“committedto work together to neutralize threats emanating from terrorist groups such as Al Qaida, ISIS, the Haqqani Network, LeT, JeM, BabbarKhalsaInternational,and the International Sikh Youth Federation”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 23 THE DELHI Police conducted searchesatChief MinisterArvind Kejriwal’s residence Friday for CCTV footage of a meeting on February 19 when two AAP MLAs allegedly assaulted Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash during a late night meeting. Thesearchcloselyfollowsthe arrests of the two MLAs — Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal — two days ago and drew sharpcriticismfromtheAAPand Kejriwal. Both MLAs were denied bail Friday and sent to judicial custody. The search was ordered after police failed to recover CCTV 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE INSIDE PAGE 7 ● NO PLACE FOR VIOLENCE, SAYS LG AFTER MEET WITH KEJRIWAL footage from Kejriwal’s residence from the Public Works Department (PWD). After the search, police said no cameras were installed in the room where the alleged incident occurred and that seven of the 21 CCTV cameras installed at the house were dysfunctional. “We will now scan the footage recorded by cameras installed outside the drawing roomandinthecorridor.Wewill CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Core issue in Delhi is division of power BY ASHISH KHETAN NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 23 CAUSING FURTHER embarrassment to a party already in crisis, AAP MLA Naresh Balyan Friday said at a public meeting that bureaucrats who delay files or refuse to work, deserve to be thrashed. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam were at the same meeting. Even as the AAP was quick to condemnhisremarks,madejust hours after police searched Kejriwal’s house in connection with the alleged assault on Chief SecretaryAnshuPrakash,Balyan told The Indian Express that “he stood by his statement.” “Officer file pass karne main samay laga rahe hain. Kyun? Kyunki jo commission thi, woh saari setting Dilli ke mukhyamantri ne band kar di. Ab vo cheez band hone se, files ko rokna shuru kar diya. Abhi jo Chief Secretary ke sath hua, jo inhone jhootha aarop lagaya, main to keh raha hun aise adhikariyo ko maarna chahiye, thokna chahiye. (Officers take a lot of time to process files. Why? Because the Chief Minister has stopped the ‘setting’ officers were doing for ‘commission’. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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