TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Alert at airports STORMY SCENES IN COURT ROOM against husband of Chanda Kochhar, Videocon’s Dhoot SC: Will hear if entire Ayodhya matter should go to big bench You were quick on polygamy, why not this: lawyer for Muslims to CJI bench ANANTHAKRISHNAN G 5 TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICIBank-Videocon-DeepakKochhar EXPRESS NETWORK DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, APRIL 6 DAYS AFTER the CBI started a preliminary enquiry against Deepak Kochhar, husband of ICICI Bank CEO and MD ChandaKochhar,andVideocon promoter Venugopal Dhoot in connectionwithaloangranted to Videocon, look out circulars havebeenissuedagainstthem. A look out circular ensures that Immigration detains and informstheagenciesconcerned if a person under investigation attempts to leave the country. In this case, however, sources said Immigration will merely informtheagenciesconcerned — CBI and Income Tax — since the probe is at a preliminary stage and no FIR has been registered. Government sources saidthelookoutcircularagainst DeepakKochharandDhootare toensurethattheydonotleave thecountrybeforetheCBIcompletes its preliminary enquiry. On Thursday, the CBI questioned Rajiv Kochhar, brother-in-law of Chanda Kochhar, after he was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 HEARINGONSALMAN BAILTODAY ● Abducted youth found beheaded near Valley town INSIDE PAGE 6 ● METRO PLAN: BIOMETRIC IDS FOR DISCOUNTS TO STUDENTS AND ELDERLY ● ODD-EVEN DIDN’T HELP CUT POLLUTION: STUDY NEW DELHI, APRIL 6 THESUPREMECourtbenchconsidering the Ayodhya title suit Friday said it will hear arguments on whether the entire matter needs to be referred to a larger bench. Duringearlierhearingsinthe matter,thebenchhadsaiditwas willingtoonlyconsiderwhether the court’s 1994 decision in the Ismail Faruqui vs Union of India His bench will resume hearing on April 27 case should be referred to a Constitution bench. In that ruling, the Supreme Court had held that “a mosque is not an essential part of the practice of the religion of Islam...” and “accordingly, its acquisition is not prohibited by provisions in the Constitution of India”. The three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, told senior advocate Raju Ramachandran, who appeared for the Muslim side, that its March 14 interim order in which it said will consider the question of referring the Ismail Faruqui judgment to a larger bench “will not possibly close our hands”. The hearing will resume April 27. The CJI said this when Ramachandrandrewthebench’s attention to the March 14 order andsaidwhenhehadthenraised the demand for referring the Ayodhyamattertoalargerbench, thejudgeshaddescribedhissubmission as “very ambitious” and said it “will consider his request at an appropriate stage”. The day’s hearing also witnessed high drama with senior advocateRajeevDhavan,whohas raised the demand for referring CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DIPANKAR GHOSE SILAO (NALANDA), APRIL 6 A NEIGHBOUR COMES CALLING Prime Minister of Nepal K P Sharma Oli arrived on a three-day visit to New Delhi on Friday. He was received by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Amit Mehra PAGE 5 BUSINESS AS USUAL NEW DELHI, APRIL 6 FOUR DAYS after the Bharat Bandh by Dalit groups over the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Atrocities Act amid increasing unrest within the community, Prime Minister Narendra Modi askedhisparty’sMPstospendat least two nights in Dalit-dominated villages and “restore” the faithof thecommunityintheBJP. The PM’s call on the party’s 38th foundation day came even asBJPpresidentAmitShahreiterated at a rally in Mumbai that the party would not let the reserva- BY UNNY tion policy be scrapped. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Shah on Opp: Snakes, dogs flee Modi flood EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, APRIL 6 STEPPING UP his attack on Oppositionparties,BJPpresident Amit Shah on Friday compared them to snakes and mongoose, cats and dogs, all traditional rivals now forced to come together on a tree to escape the “flood” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Later, Shah sought to explain his remarks by saying that he had referred to parties such as SP-BSP and Congress-TMC, whichareideologicallyonopposite sides but forced to come togethertocounter“Modiji’sinfluence”. The remarks drew a furious reaction from the Congress with senior leader Anand Sharma describing it as “shameful” and “condemnable” and reflective of the BJP’s “mindset”. AddressingarallyinMumbai to mark the BJP’s 38th foundation day, Shah said, “2019 ke karykram ki shuruvat ho gayi hain. Sara vipaksh avahan karta CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, APRIL 6 A TWO-FRONT threat from Pakistan and China, modernisation of armed forces amid budgetary constraints and the government’spushforMakeinIndia in defence. Just seven months since she becamethefirstwomantoindependently hold charge of the Defence Ministry, Nirmala Sitharaman has her hands full. Andwithbarelyayearleftforthe next general elections, she doesn’t have much time to deliver. OnSaturday,Sitharamanwill be the guest at the Express Adda in Mumbai. The Express Adda is a series of informal interactions organised by The Indian Express Group and features those at the centre of change. Born in Madurai into a middle-class family, Sitharaman completed her Masters in Economics from JNU. Her mother-in-law was a Congress MLA and her father-in-law a ministerintheCongressgovernment in Andhra Pradesh in the 1970s. A founding member of Pranava, a reputable school in Nirmala Sitharaman Hyderabad, she was nominated as a member of the National Commission for Women during the NDA government from 1998 to 2004. Sitharaman joined the BJP in 2008, became the party’s nationalspokespersonin2010.She was inducted as a Union Minister with independent charge for Corporate Affairs in the NDA government in May 2014, and Minister of State for Finance,beforeshewaselevated to the post of Defence Minister last September. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR A DANGAL ECHO FROM PACIFIC, A SILVER AT GAMES Papua New Guinea weightlifting star’s story bears uncanny resemblance to film on Geeta Phogat EXPRESSATCWG2018 MIHIR VASAVDA GOLD COAST, APRIL 6 FOR THE world, she is the pioneer of women’s weightlifting. In her country, she is a national treasure. For her villagers, she is (From left) Silver medallist Dika with India’s gold winner Sanjita Chanu and Canada’s Rachel LeblancBazinet. AP As the dust settles on the violence in Bihar, The Indian Express returns to the spot, and discovers the faultlines Organisers of the procession insisted that it be allowed to go through Muslim-dominated Kadhagali in Silao. Dipankar Ghose Spend two nights in Dalit villages, restore Sitharaman is guest at faith: PM to BJP MPs Express Adda today LIZ MATHEW In Nitish backyard, a town sees its first Ram Navami rally, and a street battle the Dangal girl. When the Bollywood movie basedonCommonwealthGames goldmedallistGeetaPhogathitTV screens in Hanuabada, a coastal village on the outskirts of Papua New Guinea (PNG) capital Port Moresby, it was as if the story of Dika Loa Toua was being played out.Dikaisaweightliftinglegend. At Sydney 2000, she became the first woman weightlifter at the OlympicGames.Dikawasjust16 then.Nearlytwodecadeslater,the mother of two still remains a threattohercompetitors,someof them half her age. On Friday, she was narrowly beaten to the gold by India’s 24-year-old Sanjita Chanu. Thesilver,however,wasgood enoughforthemotleyPNGcrew, all in their colourful Hawaiian shirts, to break into an impromptu celebration on the lawns outside the weightlifting auditorium at the Carrara Stadium. “Dika has inspired a generation of athletes in PNG, breaking stereotypes and has proven that women can be highly successful in the sporting arena as well. Just like your girls CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THERE WAS forewarning. And based on it, the administration took decisions. Yet, when March 28 arrived, one narrow street in the town of Silao in Nalanda, the home district of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, came under siege. Members of a Ram Navami procession,policepersonneland Muslims who live along this street fought pitched battles. Stones flew in every direction, lathichargesfollowedandteargas shellswerefired.Ninetyminutes ofclasheslater,20people,including policemen, were injured. Andstrewnacrossweresigns of premeditation and adminis- Patna BIHAR Nalanda BETWEEN THE FAULTLINES BIHAR PART-1 trative failure. More than a week later, Silao is still picking up the pieces. Senior officials in Nalanda told The Indian Express that in a district not new to communal tension,theguardwasupeversince CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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