TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE J&K COALITION: THE WIDENING GAP WITHIN Banks board bureau new member was with Rajiv Kochhar firm till days ago PDP, BJP partners in crime... Kashmiris may have to pay with blood: CM brother BJP to Cong, all part of outfit targeting J&K police probe ‘Communal politics over Kathua rape is new low, I don’t know where to hide’ MUZAMIL JALEEL & ARUN SHARMA NEW DELHI, JAMMU, APRIL 12 MUZAMIL JALEEL NEW DELHI, APRIL 12 INPERHAPSthestrongestindictmentbythePeoplesDemocratic Party of its alliance with the BJP since it came to power in 2015, J&K Tourism Minister Tassaduq Mufti has said that the two parties have “ended up being partners in a crime (for which) an entire generation of Kashmiris might have to pay with their blood.” Speaking to The Indian Express, Tassaduq Mufti made it clear that this is not his personal viewbuttheoverwhelmingsentiment within the PDP. Although Mufti is not the party’s official spokesman, his views carry weight because besides being a minister in the PDP-BJP government, he is also son of the late PDP patron and former CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. “Today the threat is that while we are in control, we are no longer trusted,” he said. “We were supposed to be partners in rebuilding of this place but, sad to admit this, due to the non-fulfilling of commitments, we have ended up being partners in CONTINUEDONPAGE2 At a protest in New Delhi Thursday against the Kathua and Unnao incidents. Reuters ‘She didn’t know right from left... Could she know Hindu, Muslim?’ ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, APRIL 12 “DID SHE think in terms of Hindu and Musalman?” he asks, overthephonefromsomewhere in the hills of Sanasar. As the brutal rape-and-murder of his eight-year-old daughter becomes a political tool in Jammu and Kashmir, the Bakarwal nomad and his family quietlypackedtheirbagsandset off on a 600-km journey with their livestock up into the hills, like they do every summer. Speaking to The Indian Express,the35-year-oldcries,“If they had to take revenge, they couldhavepickedsomeoneelse. She was an innocent child. Usey apney haath aur paun mein pata nahin tha, ki mera daayan haath kaun sa hai aur baayan haath kaun sa hai. Kabhi usney yeh nahin samjha ki Hindu kya hota hai aur Musalmaan kya hota hai (She couldn’t tell her arms from herlegs,couldn’ttellwhichhand was right and which left. She neverthoughtwhowasaHindu, who a Muslim).” Shewastheyoungestof their three children. The boys are in Classes 11 and 6, and during the family’s time in Kathua, went to schoolsinneighbouringvillages. I won’t hear PIL on CJI powers, don’t want my order reversed: Top SC judge ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, APRIL 12 A DAY after a bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra reiterated that the CJI was the “first among equals” with “exclusive prerogative” to allocate cases and form benches, the disquiet among judges of the apex court came to fore again Thursday. Justice J Chelameswar, its most senior judge, declined to hear a PILchallengingthepowersof the CJI,saying“Idonotwantanother reversalof myorderin24hours”. Underlining there was a “tirade” against him that he was “waiting to grab some office”, Justice Chelameswar said he did not want to hear the matter when he was approaching retirement. “For obvious reasons, I will not deal with this” given the developments of the last two months, Justice Chelameswar said when advocate Prashant Bhushan appeared before him and submitted that a PIL filed by his father and senior advocate ShantiBhushan,questioningthe CJI’s role as “master of the roster”, had not been taken up by BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY THE CENTRE has told the Supreme Court that its judgment forbidding automatic arrest for offences under the ScheduledCastesandScheduled Tribes(Preventionof Atrocities) Act, 1989 “has caused a lot of commotion in the country and is also creating anger, unease andasenseof disharmony”.Ina writtenstatementsubmittedin court Wednesday in support of ● STAY PANCHAYAT POLL PROCESS IN BENGAL: HC, P 6 Maharashtra makes Aadhaar must for free nutrition schemes MUMBAI, APRIL 12 Recall SC/ST Act order, creating anger: Govt to court NEW DELHI, APRIL 12 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G The 35-year-old adopted the girl from his sister when she was one, after he lost two other children, to an accident. “The girl would give company to her mother when we would all be away,” he says. He recalls how she helped her mother with the chores, and howfondshewasof animals,including the family’s horses, their two newborn lambs, and a dog she fed daily. “Whenever I went out of the house, she insisted on accompanying me.” But a visit to Samba town withhermotherinthefirstweek of January,whereshegotclothes itspetitionseekingreviewof the March 20 order delivered by a two-judge bench of Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit, the government said “the confusion createdbythisjudgmentmayhave tobecorrectedbyreviewingthe judgment and recalling the directions”. It said the order on “an issue of very sensitive nature” had “diluted” the Act, “resulting in great damage to the country”. The statement underlined what Attorney General K K CONTINUEDONPAGE2 FREE NUTRITION schemes across Maharashtra, meant for malnourished children, pregnant and lactating women, can now be availed only if they have Aadhaar cards. In a notification dated April 6, the Maharashtra Women and Child Development (WCD) department madeit“necessary”to start registering Aadhaar card numbers of the beneficiaries. The notification in Marathi follows the Centre’s direction on February 6 this year. The state WCD stated: “If a beneficiary is found with no registered Aadhaar number or has not followedtheproceduretoapplyfor Aadhaar, and continues to avail the scheme, the Child DevelopmentProjectOfficerwill be held responsible.” The notification will affect over five lakh pregnant and lactating mothers, and over 61 lakh children aged less than six who are enrolled in 97,287 anganwadis — an anganwadi is a CONTINUEDONPAGE2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR UNDISCLOSED INCOME IN PANAMA PAPERS NOW OVER RS 1,000 CR: I-T RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, APRIL 12 EXACTLYTWOyearsaftertherelease of the Panama Papers in April 2016, the tax authorities in India have revealed that the detection of undisclosed “credits” or income from those named in the global media expose has crossed the Rs 1,000 crore mark. While the last release from the Finance Ministry in November 2017 had put the figure of undisclosed credits arising out of the Panama Papers investigations at Rs 792 crore, an RTI reply to Saurav Das, a jour- THE PANAMA PAPERS nalismstudent,hasshownthatit now stands at approximately Rs 1,088 crore. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has also informed Das that investigations into the Paradise Papers are at a prelimi- The Mossack Fonseca office in Panama City nary stage. The Paradise Papers, the latest investigation into offshore finances by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) along with other media groups includingTheIndianExpress,were published in November 2017. CBDT officials, however, told The Indian Express that the first batches of Income Tax notices in connection with the Paradise Papers were dispatched weeks aftertheexposeandthatsearches andsurveyshavebeenconducted in at least three of the cases. Significantly, the CBDT has also informed the RTI applicant thatthedetectionof undisclosed credits in the 2013 offshore ICIJThe Indian Express investigation, CONTINUEDONPAGE2 BEHIND THE shrill show of support for the accused, the campaign against J&K Police’s Crime Branch, and demands for the casetobehandedovertotheCBI, the gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old girl has cleaved open several faultlines in the state. Hindu versus Muslim. Hindu-majority JammuKathua-Samba-Udhampur versus Muslim-majority Kashmir valley-Chenab valley-Pir Panjal. The most strident voice among them all has been that of the Hindu Ekta Manch, an outfit formed to “demand justice” for the accused and whose members cut across party lines. From a BJP state secretary to a Youth Congress leader, from an “election agent” of Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to Panthers Party leaders. The Indian Express accessed agovernmentreportthatnames key supporters of the Manch, and their political affiliations: BJP Vijay Kumar, president, CONTINUEDONPAGE2 MORE REPORTS PAGE 6 The village of Makhi, home to the rape victim. Vishal Srivastav I used to call the MLA Bhaiyya until he raped me, says 17-yr-old Unnao girl FIR filed against MLA, case sent to CBI MAULSHREE SETH UNNAO, APRIL 12 THE FAMILIES of the Unnao rape victim and BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar once enjoyed “cordial relations”. Their houses were opposite each other’s in Makhivillage,andthevictimand her siblings used to address the MLAas“Bhaiyya”.UntillastJune, when she visited the MLA’s house with a relative after he offered her a “job opportunity”. That was when everything went wrong, said the victim in an interview to The Indian Express in which she spoke about the link between the two families and the sequence of events that led to her alleged rape last year. “It was June 4 last year. I was askedtogoinsidearoom,where he raped me. Later, I was told that my father and family would be killed if I opened my mouth. I CASE GOES TO CBI ■ UP government transfers case to CBI ■ FIR against BJP MLA under IPC, POCSO ■ HC asks UP why it hasn’t arrested Sengar ■ 2 doctors suspended, action against 3 MORE REPORTS KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, APRIL 12 ONEOFthenewmembersof the Banks Board Bureau (BBB) appointedThursdaybythegovernment was on the three-member advisory board of Singaporebased Avista Advisory, founded by Rajiv Kochhar, till earlier this week. Avista Advisory is currently under the CBI scanner in connection with ICICI Bank’s Rs 3,250 crore loan to the Videocon Group in 2012. P Pradeep Kumar, a former managing director of State Bank of Indiawhohasbeenappointed BBB member, told The Indian Express: “I resigned from my post at Avista Advisory earlier this week due to the ongoing controversy around Avista. Last yearinJuly,Ibeganworkingwith Avista as an advisor and was with them for nine months. My role was to advise on the firm’s strategy.” CONTINUEDONPAGE2 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE PAGE 6 did not speak about it to anyone until I was kidnapped by some of his people a few days later, on June11.Theygangrapedmefora CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Kathua, Unnao: Shame on us BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA
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