TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `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 UTTAR PRADESH ● ‘THOSE WHO DO NOT SAY BHARAT MATA KI JAI ARE PAKISTANIS’ AMITAV RANJAN & SOWMIYA ASHOK NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 26 ● 6 YOUTHS ‘RUN OVER BY TRAIN WHILE WALKING NEAR TRACKS’ P 3 EXPRESS NETWORK A bouquet left by a Sridevi fan at the Dubai Police Headquarters. Photo courtesy: Khaleej Times FAMILY WAITS FOR BODY, ‘LEGAL PROCESS’ Sridevi fainted, died after accidental drowning in bathtub: Dubai police SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 26 ● EX-CABINET SECRETARY TSR SUBRAMANIAN DIES, PAGE 7 THE DUBAI Police said on Monday that veteran actor Sridevi died of “accidental drowning” in her hotel bathtub after losing consciousness. The case has been transferred to the “Dubai Public Prosecution”, which is expected to complete the “legal procedures”. “Following the completion of post-mortem analysis, #Dubai Policetodaystatedthatthedeath of Indian actress #Sridevi occurred due to drowning in her hotel apartment’s bathtub following loss of consciousness. #DubaiPolicehastransferredthe case to #Dubai Public Prosecution,whichwillcarryout regularlegalproceduresfollowed in such cases,” the Dubai Police tweeted on Monday evening. Sources said Indian authorities were waiting for clearance 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 appear before the agency in connection with the ongoing probe into the Rs 11,400-crore fraudulent transactions at the Punjab National Bank (PNB). The ED, sources said, had alreadyissuedthreesummonsto ModiandChoksi,askingthemto appear in person before the agency for probes under the Preventionof MoneyLaundering Act(PMLA).IntheirrepliestoED, ED served them three summons theyhaveexpressedtheirinability to appear before the agency since their “passports have been revoked”. 10 THEEDITORIAL PAGE Sanjay Abbot, lawyer representing Choksi, said: “My client has received a summon from ED and he has replied to it.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 said Modi is still in the US and investigative agencies are trying 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, “... 12 WORLD IS-LINKED INDIAN-ORIGIN WOMANHELD INSOUTH AFRICA 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 MORE REPORTS PAGE 7 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. BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Sufferingfromageneticdisorder 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 pertainstoJaiPrakashTayal,who suffers from Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy — a condition where a portion of EXPRESS NETWORK ● IS CLAIMS CREDIT FOR COP’S DEATH IN VALLEY, P 12 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),apopularfinancial assistance scheme of the state government, the money was for the treatment of Ashok PandurangBhosle,a45-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 corruptedduringtheimplementation stage, with stolen identities, fake records, proxy applicants,inflatedmedicalestimates 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE JAIPUR, FEBRUARY 26 THE RAJASTHAN government Monday decided to amend the state’s Bovine Animals Act to include the confiscation of 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 power to arrest 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 appeal against the special CBI court order dated February 25, 2016 by which her application forrecallingherasawitnesswas 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANOTHER REPORT PAGE 7 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR 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 CHINA TO AMEND CONSTITUTION, GRANT STATE STATUS TO PANELS ENFORCING PURGE processes. We leave it to the experts to determine cause of demise,” he tweeted. According to Dubai-based Gulf News, the actor was under the influence of alcohol. She fell into the bathtub and drowned, said the report. Gulf News tweeted a copy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government’s forensic report which cited “accidental drowning” as the cause of death. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Denying health insurance for genetic conditions violates rights, says HC ABHISHEK ANGAD from Dubai prosecution before proceeding further. “We are working with local authorities to ensure that mortal remains can be sent to India at the earliest. We are on the job,” tweeted Indian ambassador to UAE Navdeep Suri on Monday night. “We are in regular contact with the family of Sridevi and other well-wishers. We share their pain. Our experience in similar cases tells us that itdoestake2-3daystocomplete IN A significant rollback, the Centre is all set to remove any referencetotheterm“slaughter” in its new version of the Preventionof CrueltytoAnimals (Regulation of Livestock Market) 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 offeredordisplayedforsaleinan 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...statingthatthecattlehas 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 In Rajasthan, law changed to seize vans 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”funeralsof militantsin 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 witnessed in funerals of killed local 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 living in the locality of the slain militant 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 processshouldbeinitiatedwhile the encounter 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 for 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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