TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, KOLKATA `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Paper leak: Police seek list of CBSE disgruntled employees REMARKS COME TWO DAYS AFTER DALIT PROTESTS Everyone rushes to do politics in Ambedkar’s name, says PM No other govt has honoured, given him respect like present govt: Modi EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 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...everyonerushestodo politicsinthenameof Babasaheb Ambedkar... the works decided upon by the Atal government were never completed.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Strengthening new bond with BSP, SP plans grand Ambedkar Jayanti LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, APRIL 4 DAYSAFTERitjoinedhandswith 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 JAMMU, APRIL 4 FORENSIC TESTS have revealed that the eight-year-old girl from theBakherwalcommunity,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 accusedatRasanavillageinKathua near Jammu, sources told The Indian Express. Analysing strands of hair recovered from the hall by the J&K PoliceCrimeBranch,whichisinvestigating the case, a Delhibased forensic sciences laboratory has cited DNA tests to confirm in its report that they belongtothevictimandthatshe 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 EXPRESS NETWORK ● FIVE MAOISTS KILLED IN ENCOUNTER, P 5 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 afterofferingfloraltributesatthe 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 cards to make sure we were Dalits before they thrashed us. They were all from upper castes and didn’t even spare the women,”saidAshwiniJatav,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 Karaulidistrict.Adayafteranupper caste mob tried to attack the settlement,groupsof angrymen are gathered around the statue vowing to “convert to Islam” if similar incidents continue. “They checked our identity THEEDITORIAL PAGE ARUN SHARMA NEW DELHI, APRIL 4 At the receiving end in one Rajasthan town, Dalits say may embrace Islam 8 Tests confirm Kathua rape victim held in prayer hall, was sedated 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 BJP MLA Rajkumari Jatav’s house in Hindaun was set on fire on Tuesday. Express The Pak angle in India’s Iran ties BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT Computer Baba to Mahant: Get MoS status from Shivraj, call off scam protest CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS PAGE 5 3 BENGAL ● Man killed outside Bankura BDO office ● BJP to move SC, call for central forces for rural polls BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY MILIND GHATWAI BHOPAL, APRIL 4 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 PtYogendraMahant(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’sOfficeandasked toattendanemergencymeeting in Bhopal on March 31. When the meeting ended, they had calledoff theproposedyatragiving no reason while the government formed a committee, which included both religious Clockwise from top: Computer Baba, Swami Hariharanand Saraswati , Pandit Yogendra Mahant 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) alongwithBhaiyyujiMaharaj,an Indore-based spiritual leader who counts leading politicians CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CWG 2018 BEGINS 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 14 THE CRIME Branch of the Delhi Police, investigating the alleged leakingoftheClassXandClassXII questionpapershassoughtfrom the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) details of all “disgruntled” employees and those facing criminal cases. Yet to make headway in the probe,policehavealsorequested 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. ACrimeBranchspecialinvestigation 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. SourcestoldTheIndianExpress WednesdaythattheSIThassenta letter to the CBSE Controller of Examination requesting “a list of ‘disgruntled’ employees/ex-employees of CBSE (headquarters andregionaloffices)—name,address and phone number (mobile/landline).” The SIT has also sought details of all printing agencies engaged by the CBSE and the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 MUMBAI, APRIL 4 MANOJ MORE AHMEDNAGAR, APRIL 4 WANTED BY investigative agenciesinthemulti-crorePNBscam, fugitive billionaire Nirav Modi couldhavemoreexplainingtodo. Farmers from Ahmednagar inMaharashtrawantModitoreturnthe85acrestheyclaimthey 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 “withoutconvertingtheagriculture 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 toGitanjaliGems,accordingtoinvestigative agencies probing the Rs 13,400-crore alleged fraudulent transactions at the stateowned Punjab National Bank. Sourcessaidthatthesedirectors 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,anoperationalcreditoris a person or entity to whom an operational debt is owed and in- Directors on firms were his diamond sorters cludesanypersontowhomsuch debthasbeenlegallyassignedor 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.Theseshellcompanies, whichhavenogenuinebusiness, 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 WITH AN eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, TDP leader and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister NChandrababuNaiduhascalled for a “coalition” of regional parties, saying that the BJP cannot “digest” regional leaders and thatitspolicyof cooperativefederalism was “not happening” on the ground. Asked whether he would take the lead in bringing to- Naidu with Kejriwal. PTI FULL INTERVIEW PAGE 4 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,amansitsaloneinthecorner 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 Lingayatfaith,richinhistoryand architecture of the community, including the Anubhava Mantapa, a shrine dedicated to Allamaprabhu, and caves where Basavannaretreatedtomeditate around 800 years ago. The AnubhavaMantapaisthereplica 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 ORDER INFLATED DURING NOTEBAN, CURRENCY FIRMS TOLD TO SHRED 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 instructionsfromtheGovernment of India about destruction of security material and raw material used for manufacturing Indian currency paper. Reason:morethanone-third of the 27,000 tonnes of currency paper contracts finalized in December 2016 — during the cash crunch days after demon- etisationwasannounced—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: Arjowigginsof France;PWPWof 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)significantlylowereditsindent 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 PrivateLimited(BRBNMPL),asking them to specify how many days would be required for each of themtocompletethedestruction 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 destructionof allsecurityandrawmaterials also left over from contracts given by SPMCIL (Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited), theothercurrencypaperprinter. 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 bedonewiththe“finishedproduct” that is currency paper already manufactured to Indian specifications since the April 2 communicationonlymentioned spoilt/unused/surplus currency paper sheets and trimmings. While one company representative said material and paper worth Rs 160 crore was lying withtheir paper millabroad and that they were contemplating CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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