LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS 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 GUJARAT PAGE 3 ● PANCHAYAT POLLS: BJP GETS KHEDA, LOSES BANASKANTHA MALLICA JOSHI & ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL ● MEVANI SAYS COPS DISCUSSING HIS ENCOUNTER AFTER VIRAL CHAT NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 23 Delhi Police at CM’s house in New Delhi Friday. Praveen Khanna Lokpal appointment Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and his family at Rashtrapati Bhavan Friday. meeting on ENERGY PACT AMONG SIX SIGNED March 1, A-G informs SC EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 23 A MEETING of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and the leader of the Congress is scheduled to be held on March 1 to discuss the appointment of Lokpal, the Supreme Court was informed Friday. The post has been vacant since the law for a Lokpal was passed in 2013. Attorney General K K Venugopal conveyed word on the proposed meeting to a bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi when a contempt petition filed by NGO Common Cause came up for hearing. On April 22, 2017, the Supreme Court had directed the government to immediately implement 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 committee rules for appointment ofa Lokpal. The apex court had also brushed aside the government’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 11 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 communal sentiments and want to build separatist divides... who want to challenge our country’s sovereignty, unity and integrity” will never be tolerated. Trudeau made no mention of the challenges that terrorism, extremism and separatism pose but a joint statement on “Framework for Cooperation between India 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 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 NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 23 Preference for male children affecting the health of women and Canada on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism” was issued later. It said that “the framework is based 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 Sikh Youth Federation, and iden- tified them as “terrorist groups”. According to the statement, the two countries are “committed to work together to neutralize threats emanating from terrorist groups such as Al Qaida, ISIS, the Haqqani Network, LeT, JeM, Babbar Khalsa International, and the International Sikh Youth Federation”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE DELHI Police conducted searches at Chief Minister Arvind 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. The search closely follows the arrests of the two MLAs — Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal — two days ago and drew sharp criticism from the AAP and Kejriwal. Both MLAs were denied bail Friday and sent to judicial custody. The search was ordered after police failed to recover CCTV 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Govt will take strict Be attack dogs, not guard dogs for action against financial authority, Justice Lodha to press irregularities, says Modi Judiciary shouldn’t come across as divided house: ex-CJI DEEPTIMAN TIWARY Counting the unwanted girls NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 23 Praveen Jain PM draws the line for Trudeau: No tolerance for threat to unity accept irregular accumulation of 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.” Nirav Modi effect: Another bank reports default to CBI THE IDEAS PAGE MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL WARY OF scrutiny in the wake of the Rs 11,400 crore financial fraud by Nirav Modi and the case against Rotomac Global for defrauding Rs 3,695 crore, banks are rushing to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against more businessmen for defaulting on loans. Over the last few days, the CBI has received two new complaints, including a second case in Punjab National Bank (PNB), that involve either loans that turned into non-performing assets (NPA) or fraud that was committed several years ago. After PNB and Bank of Baroda (BoB) filed cases against Nirav Modi and Rotomac Global, Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) approached CBI to lodge a loan default complaint against a Delhi CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KRISHN KAUSHIK 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 room and in the corridor. We will try to understand the movement of people before and after the incident,” a senior police officer said. He also said that police would probe why seven cameras were not functional. Immediately after the police began the search, Kejriwal tweeted, “A huge posse of policemen was sent to my residence. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Core issue in Delhi is division of power BY ASHISH KHETAN 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 condemn his remarks, made just hours after police searched Kejriwal’s house in connection with the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, 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 Bhutan, China to hold boundary talks next month NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 23 JYOTI MALHOTRA 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 intimidation that could curtail “freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.” Calling an independent judiciary and independent media the “heart and soul of Constitutional democracy,” NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 23 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 roadmap for reforms in the cricket board, was speaking as Chief Guest after he presented the International Press Institute’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 On way out, Justice Roy to SC judges: Fractured face can dent our credibility ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 23 OUTGOING SUPREME Court judge Amitava Roy Friday cautioned his warring colleagues against projecting “a fractured face” since that would lead to the institution losing credibility which in turn would undermine the rule of law. “You must have noticed that in spite of all the reservations that many may have about the judicial process... people flock to the courts, seeking refuge for justice. And it is because of the credibility this institution enjoys, the trust which it enjoys. Therefore, in no case, I believe it’s my feeling, I don’t intend at all to show disrespect to anyone or any institution, in my perception and in my assessment, I feel that we cannot in any way project a frac- tured face to anyone,” Justice Roy, who is retiring this monthend, said at a farewell meet organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association. “Ifthat happens, we lose credibility. If we lose credibility, we lose paramountcy of the judicial process. If we lose paramountcy of the judicial process, the rule of law is undermined,” he told the gathering that included Chief CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BHUTAN AND China will hold the 25th round of their boundary talks in Thimphu next month. The teams will be led by Bhutanese Foreign Minister Lyonpo Damcho Dorji and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou. The boundary talks were cancelled last year in the wake of the Doklam crisis, when Indian and Chinese troops faced off in the remote Himalayan plateau for 73 days in territory claimed by both Bhutan and China. The standoff ended in August with troops from both sides withdrawing to their previous positions and China removing roadbuilding equipment. The fact that the BhutanChina talks will be held in March, PLA HAS NEW COMBAT GEAR FOR BORDER TROOPS Beijing: China has equipped the PLA Sky Wolf Commandos, deployed along the Indian border, with a powerful US-style integrated individual soldier combat system to prepare for a future “informatised warfare”, Weihutang, a column affiliated with the China Central Television, reported. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 13 WORLD INDIANS TO BE HIT AS TRUMP MAKES H1-B VISA APPROVAL TOUGHER TWEET COSTS SNAPCHAT $1 BILLION ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR LYNCHING OF TRIBAL SHAKES A STATE: ‘LITERATE KERALA, BE ASHAMED...’ SHAJU PHILIP THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, FEBRUARY 23 “Literate - cultured Kerala, be ashamed...” A FACEBOOK post starting with that line was among the first to trigger a wave of anger across Kerala, which woke up Friday to the brutal lynching of a mentally challenged tribal man in Palakkad’s Attappadi. The post, by actor Joy Mathew, also included two photos. The first showed the dishevelled victim, Madhu, staring va- cantly to the right, injury marks on his lips, his shirt wide open. Then, there’s a selfie taken by a man wearing spectacles, a halfsmile on his face, Madhu in the background with another man, his hands tied with his own clothes. According to police, Madhu died hours after that image was taken Thursday, vomiting inside a police jeep on his way to a local hospital. They said the 30-yearold succumbed to injuries sustained during the assault by the mob, which suspected him of stealing provisions from local shops in Mukkali, near the Silent Valley National Park. On Friday, police said they have taken 10 persons in custody for questioning, including Ubaid T U — the man who took that selfie. They also named seven local residents in an FIR based on Madhu’s testimony before his death. But by then, the death was the talk of an entire state. From Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, from superstar Mammootty to police chief Loknath Behera — all of them spoke out against what Vijayan described as a “blot on Kerala’s progressive society”. “Don’t call Madhu an adivasi. Madhu (background) died hours after this selfie was taken in Attappadi I would call him my younger brother... Don’t call a human being who steals (food) to remove his hunger a thief... Madhu, I am sorry,” wrote Mammootty on his Facebook page. Behind the outrage, was the grief of a mother. “He lost his father 10 years ago, and has been living in the forest for the last eight years. He was not a thief. He used to buy provisions from the village to cook in the forest. Everyone in this region knows him. He has never assaulted anyone. But still, they didn’t allow him to live,’’ said Malli, a helper at the local anganwadi, speaking about the eldest of her three children. Malli belongs to the Kurumba tribe and is a resident of Chindakki colony in Attappadi, one of Kerala’s most impoverished areas that has been hitting the headlines regularly over the years for malnutrition deaths involving tribal children. With protest meetings being held across Kerala over Madhu’s death, the state human rights commission and the SC/ST commission registered cases, with its members scheduled to visit Attappadi Saturday. The BJP, meanwhile, called for a hartal in the region. Late in the evening, a group of tribals staged a protest outside the Agali government hospital, where Madhu’s body is kept, demanding the arrests of all involved. “Strict action will be taken against all the culprits to ensure that such crimes against people from communities, that have been long marginalised, are not repeated. Kerala should stay extremely vigilant to ensure that we continue to remain as a progressive, caring and cosmopolitan society,’’ said ChiefMinister Vijayan. DGP Behera said incidents of “mob justice” have been recurring in Kerala in the recent past. “This is against a civilised soci- ety,” he said. Range IG M R Ajith Kumar, who is overseeing the investigation into the death, said Madhu was nabbed by a group of people who accused him of stealing provisions from local stores, based on CCTV footage. “There had been complaints of petty theft of provisions in Mukkali. They caught Madhu from the forest and assaulted him before handing him over to police at Mukkali junction,” said Kumar. According to the FIR registered at Agali police station, a group of seven local residents CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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