LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE REMARKS COME TWO DAYS AFTER DALIT PROTESTS Paper leak: Police seek list of CBSE disgruntled employees Everyone rushes to do politics in Ambedkar’s name, says PM No other govt has honoured, given him respect like present govt: Modi Strengthening new bond with BSP, SP plans grand Ambedkar Jayanti LALMANI VERMA EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, APRIL 4 NEW DELHI, APRIL 4 TWO DAYS after Dalit protests rocked several states and his government asked the Supreme Court to review its order for changes in the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed parties for what he called politicising the legacy of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar. He said no government has honoured, given respect to Babasaheb the way his government has. Inaugurating the Western Court Annexe in New Delhi Wednesday — it will serve as transit accommodation for MPs — Modi said it was during the rule of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government when a decision was taken to develop two places in Delhi in memory of Ambedkar. “But the governments that followed... everyone rushes to do politics in the name of Babasaheb Ambedkar... the works decided upon by the Atal government were never completed.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Tests confirm Kathua rape victim held in prayer hall, was sedated ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, APRIL 4 FORENSIC TESTS have revealed that the eight-year-old girl from the Bakherwal community, who was killed after being allegedly raped, was held captive for days under the influence of sedatives at a “devsthan” (prayer hall) maintained by one of the accused at Rasana village in Kathua near Jammu, sources told The Indian Express. Analysing strands of hair recovered from the hall by the J&K Police Crime Branch, which is investigating the case, a Delhibased forensic sciences laboratory has cited DNA tests to confirm in its report that they belong to the victim and that she was constantly given sedatives, sources said. ” ith this, the investigation W is almost complete and we will approach court in the next couple of days,” said a J&K Crime Branch officer, speaking on condition of anonymity. According to sources, the post-mortem report has confirmed traces of Clonazepam, a known sedative, in the girl’s body. They said the prayer hall from where the strands of hair were recovered, based on information from one of the accused, was maintained by retired revenue official Sanji Ram who is among the eight arrested in the case, along with his son Vishal and nephew Shubham. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, APRIL 4 ers on Ambedkar’s achievements, his role in drafting the Constitution. Floral tributes too will be offered. SP president Akhilesh Yadav will address party workers at their headquarters in Lucknow after offering floral tributes at the Ambedkar statue in the Hazratganj area. SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav too is being invited to the programme. Naresh Uttam, president of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 At the receiving end in one Rajasthan town, Dalits say may embrace Islam cards to make sure we were Dalits before they thrashed us. They were all from upper castes and didn’t even spare the women,” said Ashwini Jatav, taking off his shirt and showing his bruised back. The mob, provoked by the Bharat Bandh held by SC/ST outfits on Monday, attacked houses of two Dalit politicians — DEEP MUKHERJEE HINDAUN (KARAULI), APRIL 4 AN 8-FEET statue of Bhimrao Ambedkar marks Jatav Basti, home to several thousand Scheduled Caste families in Hindaun city, in Rajasthan’s Karauli district. A day after an upper caste mob tried to attack the settlement, groups of angry men are gathered around the statue vowing to “convert to Islam” if similar incidents continue. “They checked our identity 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BJP MLA Rajkumari Jatav’s house in Hindaun was set on fire on Tuesday. Express MORE REPORTS P V Sindhu leads the Indian contingent at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, on Wednesday. AP REPORT, PAGE 16 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 7 The Pak angle in India’s Iran ties BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT 3 GUJARAT ● Cap on questions appropriate, says House Secretariat Computer Baba to Mahant: Get MoS status from Shivraj, call off scam protest ● Minister: Open to withdrawing cases against Dalits BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY BHOPAL, APRIL 4 Clockwise from top: Computer Baba, Swami Hariharanand Saraswati , Pandit Yogendra Mahant Farmers say they were Salary Rs 12,000 per month, ‘cleared’ Rs 2500-crore loan duped, want Nirav to Choksi’s Gitanjali Gems Modi to return land KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MILIND GHATWAI RARELY HAVE Hindu religious figures threatened an agitation against the BJP government led by Shivraj Singh Chouhan to expose alleged corruption and highlight its failure to stop cow slaughter in Madhya Pradesh, particularly in a poll year. Barely a month ago, a group of religious figures led by Namdev Tyagi (53), popularly known as Computer Baba, and Pt Yogendra Mahant (55) threatened to do precisely that when they announced a 45-day Narmada Ghotala Yatra starting April 1 from Indore to Bhopal. They alleged corruption in the planting of saplings along the Narmada. Then they got a call from the Chief Minister’s Office and asked to attend an emergency meeting in Bhopal on March 31. When the meeting ended, they had called off the proposed yatra giving no reason while the government formed a committee, which included both religious CWG 2018 BEGINS MUMBAI, APRIL 4 MANOJ MORE AHMEDNAGAR, APRIL 4 WANTED BY investigative agencies in the multi-crore PNB scam, fugitive billionaire Nirav Modi could have more explaining to do. Farmers from Ahmednagar in Maharashtra want Modi to return the 85 acres they claim they sold to him and his company at “throwaway prices” from 2011 to 2013 after they were “duped” into believing that it would be taken over by the government for a bird sanctuary. It’s not just the farmers. The Ahmednagar district administration slapped a fine of Rs 10 lakh on Modi’s company, Firestone Trading Pvt Ltd, two The solar plant in Karjat is non-functional. Express years ago for setting up a solar plant on 60 acres of that land “without converting the agriculture land into non-agriculture land”. Officials say the solar plant is now non-operational. The farmers, meanwhile, ploughed a portion of the land under question CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DIAMOND SORTERS earning Rs 12,000-Rs 15,000 a month were directors in the three top creditors who lent Rs 2500 crore to Gitanjali Gems, according to investigative agencies probing the Rs 13,400-crore alleged fraudulent transactions at the stateowned Punjab National Bank. Sources said that these directors of the three operational creditors, Asian Impex, Premier Intertrade and Iris Mercantile, “are people of meagre means” who used to discount cheques issued by Gitanjali Gems. According to bankruptcy norms, an operational creditor is a person or entity to whom an operational debt is owed and in- CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Directors on firms were his diamond sorters cludes any person to whom such debt has been legally assigned or transferred. They are suppliers of goods or services to any company or operational debtor. Typically, shell companies or companies that exist only on paper are used for cheque discounting. These shell companies, which have no genuine business, give bogus bills of services provided to another company, say, ABC. ABC then issues cheques in the name of the shell company towards payment of such bills. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BJP can’t digest the rise of Minority tag from Congress does not regional parties: Naidu enthuse many in this Lingayat bastion RAVISH TIWARI & LIZ MATHEW JOHNSON T A BIDAR, APRIL 4 NEW DELHI, APRIL 4 figures, to start a tree plantation, conservation and cleanliness campaign in MP, particularly along the Narmada. And on Tuesday, the MP government announced that Computer Baba and Yogendra Mahant were being granted the status of minister of state (MoS) along with Bhaiyyuji Maharaj, an Indore-based spiritual leader who counts leading politicians THE CRIME Branch of the Delhi Police, investigating the alleged leaking ofthe Class X and Class XII question papers has sought from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) details of all “disgruntled” employees and those facing criminal cases. Yet to make headway in the probe, police have also requested details of printers engaged and a list of CBSE staffers whose children appeared for the Class X and XII examinations this year with their names, addresses and phone numbers. A Crime Branch special investigation team (SIT) is probing two cases connected to the alleged leaks after receiving complaints from the CBSE. The Class X Mathematics paper and the Class XII Economics paper were allegedly leaked on WhatsApp before the examinations were scheduled. Sources told The Indian Express Wednesday that the SIT has sent a letter to the CBSE Controller of Examination requesting “a list of ‘disgruntled’ employees/ex-employees of CBSE (headquarters and regional offices) — name, address and phone number (mobile/landline).” The SIT has also sought details of all printing agencies engaged by the CBSE and the WITH AN eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, TDP leader and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has called for a “coalition” of regional parties, saying that the BJP cannot “digest” regional leaders and that its policy of cooperative federalism was “not happening” on the ground. Asked whether he would take the lead in bringing to- Naidu with Kejriwal. PTI FULL INTERVIEW PAGE 6 gether such parties in 2019, Naidu told The Indian Express: “Everyone has to work together CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AT THE Basavagiri Mutt in Bidar town, a man sits alone in the corner of a small field chanting verses or vachanas written by Basavanna, the founder of the Lingayat faith, over a public address system. Like most days, there is no one listening to the vachanas, but this is a ritual maintained by the mutt every morning to evening. Around 90 km away is the Basavakalyan town considered Inside the Anubhava Mantapa in Bidar DECISION 2018 KARNATAKA the spiritual birthplace of the Lingayat faith, rich in history and architecture of the community, including the Anubhava Mantapa, a shrine dedicated to Allamaprabhu, and caves where Basavanna retreated to meditate around 800 years ago. The Anubhava Mantapa is the replica of a hall of “mystical experience” that was created by Basavanna and his followers to propagate spiritual democracy, in what is considered an early example of the parliamentary system. Allamaprabhu, a Dalit, was the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR 12 WORLD DAYS AFTERit joined hands with arch foe BSP to snatch the Lok Sabha seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur from the BJP, the SP has decided to celebrate the 127th birth anniversary of Dalit icon Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar on a grand scale in districts across UP this April 14. In the Lok Sabha bypolls, the BSP ensured that its Dalit votes were transferred to SP candidates. Moving to strengthen this bond with the BSP in the run-up to 2019, the SP will play documentary films and songs highlighting the life of Ambedkar, his beliefs, ideology and contribution to society. All SP district and city presidents are being instructed to hold programmes either at their party offices or at public venues. Party leaders will address work- ALOK SINGH ORDER INFLATED DURING NOTEBAN, CURRENCY FIRMS TOLD TO SHRED 3 INJURED IN SHOOTING AT YOUTUBE OFFICE HAFIZ SAEED, DAWOOD AMONG 139 FROM PAKISTAN ON UNITED NATIONS TERROR LIST RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, APRIL 4 IT IS a demonetisation bonanza that has turned awry. Currency paper majors across the globe are grappling with implications of recent instructions from the Government of India about destruction of security material and raw material used for manufacturing Indian currency paper. Reason: more than one-third of the 27,000 tonnes of currency paper contracts finalized in December 2016 — during the cash crunch days after demon- etisation was announced — were cancelled in September 2017. This has resulting in the unprecedented need for destruction of raw material still lying in various foreign paper mills of a range of companies: Arjowiggins of France; PWPW of Poland; Landquart of Switzerland; Komsco of South Korea; Crane from Sweden; Goznak from Russia; Fabriano of Italy and Louisenthal of Germany. The part cancellation came after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) significantly lowered its indent for currency notes six months after demonetisation. Outside an ATM in Chandigarh after demonetisation. File On April 2, currency paper manufacturers located in Switzerland, Russia, France, Italy, Germany, Italy, Indonesia, USA and Sweden received a communication from the Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Private Limited (BRBNMPL), asking them to specify how many days would be required for each of them to complete the destruction process, since “we have to send our teams to witness the activity.” The BRBNMPL is a wholly owned subsidiary of RBI that prints notes in two presses, one at Mysore and the other at Salboni in West Bengal. The BRBNMPL letter to the foreign firms mentions destruction of all security and raw materials also left over from contracts given by SPMCIL (Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited), the other currency paper printer. Specific instructions have been given to the foreign firms on how to destroy the stockpile: only in the presence of authorized inspecting officers; paper sheets and trimmings should be shredded and incinerated/recycled within the mill; used/unused dies and mould covers should be destroyed; ban on any sale of wastage paper to an out- side agency. The Indian Express spoke to several Indian representatives of the currency paper firms who said there was no clarity from the BRBNMPL from what was to be done with the “finished product” that is currency paper already manufactured to Indian specifications since the April 2 communication only mentioned spoilt/unused/surplus currency paper sheets and trimmings. While one company representative said material and paper worth Rs 160 crore was lying with their paper mill abroad and that they were contemplating CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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