TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `4.00 ● TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE PROPOSED REVISION Govt relaxes rules on cattle market, drops reference to slaughter Law Ministry looks at new proposal that tries to undo previous curbs EXPRESS NETWORK ● SC, ST CANDIDATES TO GET MARKS RELAXATION FOR CLERICAL JOB EXAMS ● COPS PROBING WHATSAPP GROUP QUESTION 2 TEENAGERS, PAGE 3 9 THEIDEASPAGE It takes a village council Sovereign village republics that define Naga society call the shots in assembly polls AMITAV RANJAN & SOWMIYA ASHOK NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 26 Madhuri Dixit at the home of Anil Kapoor, brother-in-law of Sridevi, in Mumbai. Janak Rathod FAMILY WAITS FOR BODY Sridevi fainted, died after accidental drowning in bathtub: Dubai police SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 26 A DAY after her death, Dubai police Monday said veteran actor Sridevi died of “accidental drowning” in her hotel bathtub after losing consciousness. The casehasnowbeentransferredto the “Dubai Public Prosecution”, which is expected to complete legal procedures. “Followingthecompletionof post-mortem analysis, #DubaiPolice today stated that the death of Indian actress #Sridevioccurredduetodrowning in her hotel apartment’s bathtub following loss of consciousness. #DubaiPolice has transferred the case to #Dubai Public Prosecution, which will carry out regular legal procedures followed in such cases,” the Dubai police tweeted Monday evening. Sources said Indian authori- Nirav and Choksi say can’t return, ED seeks their arrest KHUSHBOO NARAYAN & SADAF MODAK MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 26 THEENFORCEMENTDirectorate (ED) is set to move court to obtain non-bailable warrants (NBWs) for arrest against diamantaire Nirav Modi and Gitanjali Gems promoter Mehul Choksi since both have failed to appearbeforetheagencyinconnection with the ongoing probe into the Rs 11,400-crore fraudulent transactions at the Punjab National Bank (PNB). The ED, sources said, had already issued three summons to ModiandChoksi,askingthemto appear in person before the agency for probes under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). In their ED served them three summons replies to ED, they have expressed their inability to appear before the agency since their “passports have been revoked”. 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE Sanjay Abbot, lawyer representing Choksi, said: “My client has received a summon from ED and he has replied to it. He has said that he cannot travel as his passport has been revoked.” While Nirav Modi left India on January 1, his maternal uncle Choksi left on January 4. Sources saidModiisstillintheUSandinvestigativeagenciesaretryingto establish his exact location. OnMonday,PMLAcourtspecial judge Salman Azmi allowed the ED’s application seeking NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 26 THE DELHI High Court Monday held that excluding people with geneticdisordersfromobtaining health insurance or denying their claims is “discriminatory and violative” of a citizen’s right tohealthand“unconstitutional”. The High Court upheld a trial court order of 2017, which directed United India Insurance to pay Rs 5 lakh to the insured. The trial court had said, “... Suffering 7 WORLD “Ministry of Health UAE” and director of preventive medicine, Dubai, Dr Sami Wadie. The report mentions the actor’s full name, “Sreedevi Boney KapoorAyyappan”,herpassport number, date of the incident (February 24, 2018) and cause of death. The 54-year-old actor was in Dubai for the wedding of Mohit Marwah, her husband and film producer Boney Kapoor’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AN EXPRESS INVESTIGATION - PART ONE Dead get cash, bills are fudged: A state scheme for poor is ailing Maharashtra CM’s office upgrades budget to help patients but glaring gaps in implementation: Records show how applicants and staff took Govt for a ride CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The art of scam management BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA A letter from CM’s office says Rs 90,000 was deposited to Potdar Heart Foundation’s account for the treatment of Ashok Bhosle on June 17, 2017 — 21 days after his death. Denying health insurance for genetic conditions violates rights, says HC ABHISHEK ANGAD ties were waiting for clearance from Dubai prosecution before proceeding further. According to Dubai-based Gulf News, the actor was under the influence of alcohol. She the fell into the bathtub and drowned, the report stated. Gulf News also attached a copy of the UnitedArabEmirates(UAE)government’s forensic report on its Twitter handle. The report, citing accidental drowning as the causeof death,hasastampof the IN A significant rollback, the Centre is all set to remove any referencetotheterm“slaughter” in its new version of the Preventionof CrueltytoAnimals (Regulationof LivestockMarket) Rules, 2017, according to a draft of the notification being vetted by the Union Law Ministry. The original version, dated May 23, 2017, had notified a ban on sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets, triggering an outcry over its effect on trade across the country. The diluted version is being vetted by the Law Ministry prior to its notification by the Ministry of Environment,ForestandClimate Change. The Indian Express had first reported in November, 2017, the Centre’s intention to withdraw its controversial plan. According to the new version, “no unfit animal or young animal shall be sold in an animal market”. Further, it states that “no person shall permit an animal to be offered or displayed for sale in an animalmarketif itislikelytogive birth while it is there or during itstransportationtoorfromsuch animal market”. In its notification last May, the Environment Ministry had restricted the sale of cattle and statedthat“nopersonshallbring a cattle to an animal market unless upon arrival he has furnished a written declaration signed by the owner of the cattle or his duly authorised agent... stating that the cattle has not been brought to market for sale for slaughter”. Further, it had stated that the “purchaser of the cattle shall... not sell the animal for purpose of slaughter”. However, the rules invited controversy with the NDA governmentcomingundercriticism for attempting to impose a nationwide ban on ideological grounds. Farmers opposed the movetorestricttradeinmarkets toanimalsmeantforagricultural use, saying they cannot directly accessslaughterhouses.Farmers BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY from a genetic disorder needs medical insurance as much as others.” Justice Pratibha M Singh on Monday said the right to avail health insurance was an “integral part” of right to health as recognised under Article 21 (righttolifeandpersonalliberty) of the Constitution. The High Court order pertains to Jai Prakash Tayal, who suffers from Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy — a condition where a portion of EXPRESS NETWORK ● SIX YOUTHS MOWED DOWN BY TRAIN, PAGE 4 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SANDEEP ASHAR MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 26 ON JUNE 17 last year, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis's office deposited Rs 90,000 in the official bank account of a heart hospital in Mumbai. Sanctioned under the Chief Minister's Relief Fund (CMRF), a popular financial assistanceschemeof thestategovernment, the money was for the treatment of Ashok Pandurang Bhosle, a 45-year-old resident of Ahmednagar. There was one problem, though. An investigation by The Indian Express, based on documents obtained under the RTI Act, show that no one bothered to verify the patient's status while depositing the money. Bhosle had died on May 27, 2017 — 21 days before the money for his treatment was deposited. The application for assistance in his name was submitted on June 6 — 10 days after his death. The investigation found how a well-intentioned scheme to help the poor was being corrupted during the implementation stage, with stolen identities, fake records, proxy applicants, inflated medical estimates and dubious income certificates being used to claim benefits. It also showed that the MedicalAssistanceCell(MAC)in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The state secretariat in Mumbai. Officials say will initiate police action in cases of fraudulent claims. Ganesh Shirsekar Scheme popular, won’t tolerate misuse: CM SANDEEP ASHAR MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 26 CALLING IT the “most popular healthcare scheme for the poor and vulnerable”, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told The Indian Express that his government will not “tolerate any misuse” of the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF). Respondingtothefindingsof an investigation by The Indian Express,highlightingseveralgaps in implementation of the scheme, Fadnavis said: “We will file (cases of) criminal offence against any misuse.” Fadnavis added, “A few instances of misuse were observed, hence a very strict scrutinycommitteehasbeenset up... 100% audit of each case was also ordered. Now we have set up a mechanism of concurrent audit of the cases. It’s mostly driven by the recommendations of all party members of legislatures, and social leaders.” The Chief Minister said that “it would not be proper to say CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In Rajasthan, law changed to seize vans EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE JAIPUR, FEBRUARY 26 THE RAJASTHAN government Monday decided to amend the state’s Bovine Animals Act to includetheconfiscationof vehicles used for illegal transportation of cattle. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore confirmed that the decision to amend the Rajasthan Bovine Animals (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Export) Act, 1995, was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. While state police routinely seize vehicles used for illegal transportation as evidence, the Act does not include such a provision. The new norm will now find a place under the section, “Transporter to be abettor”. Rathore said the powertoarrest an accused by the competent officer can now be delegated to a nominated official. CBI forced me to frame accused: J&K sex scandal victim to HC SOFI AHSAN CHANDIGARH, FEBRUARY 26 TWELVE YEARS after a sex scandal that allegedly involved the rich and powerful of Srinagar, the victim and prime witness in the case has approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court, claiming that the CBI forced her to depose against the accused persons in 2006. She has pleaded that the trial court proceedings be stayed and it be directed to re-examine her as a prosecution witness. The victim has filed the appealagainstthespecialCBIcourt orderdatedFebruary25,2016by which her application for recalling her as a witness was dismissed by the trial court. Argumentsintheappealcase beganMondayandwillcontinue Tuesday. CBI counsel Sumeet Goel maintained that “the accused and prosecutrix have now connived with each other”. In 2006, residents of a locality in Srinagar had approached police with a video that showed thevictimnude.TheJammuand Kashmir High Court transferred the probe to CBI from the J&K Policeafterahueandcryoverthe alleged sex racket. A number of influential people including two ministers,toppoliceofficersand others were accused in the case. The trial was later shifted to Chandigarhandthecross-examination of the victim concluded on April 27, 2007. All the accused CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR ‘US,NORTH SHOULDLOWER THRESHOLD FORTALKS’ CHINA TO AMEND CONSTITUTION, GRANT STATE STATUS TO PANELS ENFORCING PURGE J&K POLICE TOLD TO CRACK DOWN ON BIG MILITANT FUNERALS Intelligence wing says this will help curb fresh recruitment into militant ranks since ‘glamorous funerals romanticise and boost terror and terrorists’ BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 26 CITING “GLAMOURISED funerals” of militants as a reason for recruitment of local youths into militancy, Jammu and Kashmir Police’s intelligence wing has asked the state police to take steps to prevent “massive and multiple” funeral of militants in the Valley. “The funerals of killed militant have become a fertile ground for recruiters,” reads a confidential report sent by the InspectorGeneralof Police(IGP), Criminal Investigation Department (CID), to Director General of Police S P Vaid. Thereportstates,“(The)massive gatherings that are being witnessedinfuneralsof killedlocal militants post-2016 unrest is a serious concern which has to beaddressed....Thesegatherings romanticise and glamourise the terrorists and give boost to militancy.” Citing many examples of young men who have joined militant ranks after attending thefuneralof aslainmilitant,the report says that militants have been successful in glamourising militancy by appearing at such funerals and offering gun salute. The report, prepared two months ago, states: “It has been noticed that soon after burial of killed local militant(s), one or two local boys, who have participated in their funerals, join militancy. By giving regular appearance at funerals to give gun salutes,ortoputforththeirpoint of view/ideology,activemilitants Forces told to keep potential militants away from funerals have been successful in glamourising subversive activities. The massive turnout at funerals of killed terrorists is an indicator of the radicalisation level.” The report calls for keeping an eye on potential recruits livinginthelocalityof theslainmilitant and the need to keep them away from such funerals. These youths — “who have inclination towards militancy” — should be called to the police station concerned and directed to remain there until the burial is over, the report suggests. “The process Jaipur shouldbeinitiatedwhiletheencounter is going on.” The report mentions that after the massive funeral of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Qasim in south Kashmir in 2015, five local youthsjoinedthemilitantranks. “Therehasbeenconsiderable increase in the number of funeral prayers of killed militants in the Valley and gatherings thereof compared to previous years,” the report says. “When foreign terrorist Abu Qasim was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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