LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE ITS JUSTIFICATION: RISING FAKE NEWS In election year, Govt frames new rules to blacklist journalists EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, APRIL 2 review petition, said: “Alleged potential of misuse would not deserve to be considered as a valid, justifiable or permissible ground for reading down stringent provisions of the PoA (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989... such a principle, if extended to offences created under other provisions of law, IN AN unprecedented move in an election year, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has amended guidelines for journalists’ accreditation stating that if a journalist is found to have “created and/or propagated” fake news, the journalist’s accreditation will be suspended or permanently cancelled. In a press release issued Monday evening, it said that the Press Council of India and News Broadcasters Association (NBA), the two regulatory bodies for print and television media respectively, will determine whether the news is fake or not. While I&B Minister Smriti Irani said that both these bodies were not “regulated/operated” by the government, her Ministry’s statement was the one that defined the punishment and left both the definition of fake news and the nature of the complaint open-ended. Once a complaint is registered for “determination of fake news,” the Ministry’s statement said, the accreditation of the journalist who “created and/or propagated the fake news” will be “suspended till such time the determination regarding the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A protest by Dalits in Jodhpur on Monday. Rajasthan, MP, UP and Punjab saw widespread protests in which scores were injured, hundreds detained. PTI BHARAT BANDH OVER ALLEGED DILUTION OF SC/ST ATROCITIES ACT Nine killed as angry Dalits take to the streets, Madhya Pradesh most affected Two killed in UP, one in Rajasthan; protesters hold up road, rail traffic EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE THE DEAD BHOPAL, LUCKNOW, JAIPUR, CHANDIGARH, APRIL 2 AT LEAST nine persons were killed and scores injured Monday as Dalit anger exploded on the streets in different parts of the country on the day the Centre filed a petition in the Supreme Court, asking it to review its March 20 order that called for changes in the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Protesting this alleged dilution of the law, Dalits tried to enforce a Bharat Bandh and its impact was felt most in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab. They repeatedly clashed with police and blocked rail and road traffic at several places. In the violence that followed, vehicles and public properties, including police posts, were torched. Of the nine dead, six were killed in Madhya Pradesh, two in Uttar Pradesh and one in BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ANANTHAKRISHNAN G MADHYA PRADESH Rakesh Jatav, Gwalior Deepak Jatav, Gwalior Bimal Prasad, Dabra Akash Garg, Bhind Mahavir Rajawat, Bhind Rahul Pathak, Morena RAJASTHAN WORLD WINNIE MANDELA DIES AT 81 NEW DELHI, APRIL 2 SEEKING A review of the Supreme Court judgment that forbids arrest without prior sanction for offences under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the government told the top court Monday that potential for misuse was not a valid ground for reading down stringent provisions of the Act and diluting it would deprive SC, ST communities the rights guaranteed under the Constitution. Approaching the court on the day Dalits protested across the country, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, in its KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, APRIL 2 AT LEAST 13 Union Ministers, including I&B Minister Smriti Irani, over the last two days, have tweeted a link to a website which claims to have busted “four major fake news stories.” Seven of the ministers added the same comment: “Raise your voice against the fake news.” The website, www.thetruepicture.in, according to whois.com — a domain registration and hosting service provider — was registered last year. It shares its landline telephone number with BlueKraft Digital Foundation, which is the “technology and knowledge” partner to Exam Warriors, the latest book authored by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help children fight exam stress. The Indian Express visited the address in Connaught Place mentioned on BlueKraft’s website where two individuals said WHAT IT CALLS FAKE: AN FIR AND A NOTE BY CABINET SECRETARY Cabinet Secretary’s Feb 26 note quotes Foreign Secretary, says participation by senior leaders, govt functionaries in Dalai Lama events not desirable, should be discouraged FIR lodged by Pradeep Rathod’s father says accused No 1 & 2 threatened to kill his son for riding a horse CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Pawan Kumar, Alwar UTTAR PRADESH DALIT PROTESTS Amreesh, Muzaffarnagar Ankur, Meerut Rajasthan. Officials said seven of the nine killed were Dalits. Hundreds were detained across states following incidents of arson, firing and vandalism. The Union Home Ministry, which sent 800 anti-riot police personnel to Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, instructed all CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 On Dalits, despite PM push, BJP plays catch-up RAVISH TIWARI & LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, APRIL 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGES 3 & 5 AFTER LEADING the BJP to a full majority in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually took it upon himself to facilitate a tighter embrace between the BJP and Dalits. He personally steered a yearlong overdrive to signal the Hindutva party’s commitment to Hindu iconoclast B R Ambedkar who has over the years emerged an icon for Dalits across the country. Starting with laying the foundation stone of Dr. Ambedkar CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Chanda Kochhar’s brother-in-law advised ICICI borrowers on their foreign loans There is no link, brother-in-law not relative under Companies Act, says ICICI Bank 11 Govt files review plea: Potential misuse of law not a valid ground Look who is busting fake news for 13 Ministers: site with Exam Warriors link SANDEEP SINGH & KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, APRIL 2 WHILE ICICI Bank CEO and MD Chanda Kochhar’s husband Deepak Kochhar’s transactions with Videocon promoter Venugopal Dhoot are under the scanner of investigative agencies, another potential conflictof-interest link has emerged, this time with a Singapore-based financial services company founded by Deepak Kochhar’s brother. TANGLE OF SFIO seeks green signal to investigate ICICI Bank loan to Videocon Group TRANSACTIONS ICICI Bank-Videocon-Deepak Kochhar Avista Advisory, founded by Rajiv Kochhar, who is the brother-in-law of Chanda Kochhar, got the mandate to restructure foreign currencydenominated debt deals worth over $1.7 billion of seven companies over the last six years. All these companies were borrowers of ICICI Bank at the same time. In at least one of these deals, ICICI Bank was the lead bank of the lenders. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SANDEEP SINGH NEW DELHI, APRIL 2 THE MUMBAI office of the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) has sought a go-ahead from its headquarters in New Delhi to investigate the matter relating to the Rs 3,250 crore loan extended by ICICI Bank to Videocon Group in 2012 because “the quantum involved is several thousand crores” and it concerns “public money”. It is learnt that the Mumbai SFIO received a complaint relating to ICICI Bank, Videocon Group and their promoters in February 2018. The complaint, sources said, alleged “corporate malpractice, surreptitious transactions and round tripping of money”. Seeking guidance from the Director, SFIO, the Mumbai office wrote to the head office on February 27, stating that the “case has got issues pertaining to laundering of money, evasion of taxes and banking transactions. Considering the present environment, the allegations made in the complaint require to be investigated”. It pointed out that since “the quantum involved is CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In biggest reshuffle, 67 BY ASHOK THAKUR & THE EDITORIAL S S MANTHA PAGE IAS officers transferred Marital rape ought to be a in Gujarat crime and not a concept, says Gujarat High Court EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, APRIL 2 8 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, APRIL 2 WHILE GIVING relief to a man facing allegation ofraping his wife on the ground that there is no such law, the Gujarat High Court on Monday advocated for making marital rape an offence coupled with punishment which would deter husbands from raping their wives. The court said, “The total statutory abolition of the marital rape exemption is the first necessary step in teaching societies that dehumanised treatment of women will not be tolerated and that the marital rape is not a husband’s privilege, but rather a violent act and an injustice that must be criminalised.” The court was hearing a case involving a couple from Sabarkantha. The woman had filed an FIR last year against her husband for rape (IPC 376), unnatural sex (IPC 377) among other charges. The husband then approached the High Court seeking quashing of the FIR. While directing the police to drop rape and sodomy charges The CBSE’s examination against the petitioner — the accused husband — the High Court ordered them to add charges of sexual harassment and domestic violence under Section 498a of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). “Marital rape ought to be a crime and not a concept. Of course, there will be objections such as perceived threat to the integrity of the marital union and the possibility of misuse of the penal provisions... The law against domestic violence already covers both physical and sexual abuse as grounds for the legal system to intervene. It is difficult to argue that a complaint of marital rape will ruin a marriage, while a complaint of domestic violence against a spouse will not,” Justice J B Pardiwala said in his judgment. “It has long been time to jettison the notion of ‘implied consent’ in marriage.The law must uphold the bodily autonomy ofall women, irrespective oftheir marital status,” the judgment added. Justice Pardiwala arrived at the conclusion that a man can’t be booked for raping his wife under THREE MONTHS after regaining power in the state, the BJP government, led by Vijay Rupani, carried out the biggest reshuffle of bureaucrats on Monday by ordering transfer of 67 IAS officers, among them collectors of important districts like Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Rajkot and Surat. A few municipal commissioners and district development officers were also among those transferred. The significant takeway from the latest reshuffle is young bureaucrats being appointed to important posts like collectors of Surat and Vadodara. Ahmedabad District Collector Avantika Singh Aulakh, who has has been appointed as director of Employment and Training in Gandhinagar and exoffico MD of Gujarat Skill Development Mission, will be replaced by Vikrant Pandey, Collector of Rajkot. Junagadh Collector Rahul Gupta will take Pandey’s position in Rajkot. The notification issued by the General Administration Department ordered appointment of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR TEARS AT END OF FOUR-YEAR WAIT: 38 CASKETS FROM MOSUL FLOWN HOME KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR JALAL USMA (AMRITSAR), APRIL 2 “COFFIN NUMBER 10, Gurcharan Singh. His family, please come forward...” That’s when Gurjit Singh stepped forward from a crowd at the Amritsar airport cargo terminal and stood before a casket with a name, an address and a tag that simply read ‘No. 10’. After an agonising four-year wait, Gurjit was with the families of 31 other Indians from Punjab and Himachal Pradesh Monday to claim the mortal remains of relatives who went missing in Mosul, Iraq in 2014. The Centre had recently con- firmed that 39 Indians who were reported missing were killed by IS militants. Of those who died, 27 were from Punjab, four from Himachal Pradesh, two from West Bengal and six from Bihar. The mortal remains were brought from Baghdad Monday by Union Minister ofState for External Affairs V K Singh in a special Air Force plane, which landed in Amritsar at 2.20 pm. Amid massive protests by Dalit groups across the state, the coffins carrying the mortal remains were escorted out of the cargo terminal ofthe Amritsar International Airport to their destination by Punjab police vehicles. The long distances, traffic congestion and state-wide protests meant severe delays. For many families, the remains of their kin had to be kept at mortuaries, to be handed over on Tuesday, sources said. In Punjab, remains of seven Indians killed in Mosul were kept at the Jalandhar civil hospital mortuary, two in Hoshiarpur and and another two in Balachaur. In Himachal Pradesh, mortal remains of three men were kept at the Nurpur civil hospital mortuary while one was kept in the mortuary of a hospital in Tanda, Kangra district. Gurjit Singh was with his village sarpanch Kanwar Mann to receive the casket. His brother, Gurcharan (35) had left for Iraq in 2013 and is survived by his wife, two children, parents, two sisters and a brother. His remains At Amritsar International Airport Monday. Rana Simranjit Singh reached his native village Jalal Usma at 5.45 pm on Monday and he was cremated an hour later. Before the cremation, Gurcharan’s wife Harjit Kaur, sisters Gurmeet Kaur and Malkeet Kaur and mother Joginder Kaur had demanded the coffin be opened. While nodal officer and Tehsildar Baljinder Singh convinced the family not to open it at home, he had to agree to their demand at the cremation ground. “Let me look at the face of my son. Please open it. Let me see my child for once,” she said on Monday. When the officers resisted, a crowd gathered at the cremation ground became restive and the casket was forced open only to stun the family. Gurcharan’s younger sister Malkeet Kaur picked up a plastic bag from the coffin which included a cap. “My brother was a baptised Sikh. He never wore a cap. This corpse cannot be his. Even the pair of shoes that are lying here is not his,” she said. But Gurcharan’s family was not alone. Families of the Mosul victims, who arrived at the airport from 10 am Monday and received the remains with tears and demanded that the coffins be opened. The district administration, however, refused to do so citing time constraints. “In the last 10 days, my relatives have come to my house at least thrice expecting the arrival of my son Dharminder’s body. Eventually, he has come in this casket. I will take him home in whatever shape he has arrived. I had never expected I will receive him in this shape”, said Raj Kumar, a resident of village Talwandi Zira in Gurdaspur district. Gurpinder Kaur from Bhoewal village in Amritsar, who has spearheaded the families’ struggle to locate their missing kin over the last four years, was at the airport to receive the remains of her brother Manjinder Singh. “It is extremely sad that we were not allowed to open the caskets at the airport. All the families wanted to open the caskets and at least see their kin in whatever shape they have returned”, Gurpinder said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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