LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● FRIDAY, APRIL13, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE J&K COALITION: THE WIDENING GAP WITHIN Recall SC/ST Act order, creating anger, disharmony: Govt to court 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: Tassaduq MUZAMIL JALEEL & ARUN SHARMA NEW DELHI, JAMMU, APRIL 12 MUZAMIL JALEEL NEW DELHI, APRIL 12 IN PERHAPSthe strongest indictment by the Peoples Democratic 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 view but the overwhelming sentiment 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ACB raids top Gujarat official’s office, finds Rs 44 lakh 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, over the phone from somewhere 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 quietly packed their bags and set off on a 600-km journey with their livestock up into the hills, like they do every summer. Speaking to The Indian Express, the 35-year-old cries, “If 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 how fond she was of 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 with her mother in the first week of January, where she got clothes CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 I won’t hear PIL on CJI powers, don’t want my order reversed: Top SC judge ANANTHAKRISHNAN G BUSINESS AS USUAL EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BY UNNY AHMEDABAD, APRIL 12 THE ANTI Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Gujarat Police on Thursday found Rs 44 lakh in cash during a raid on the office of Gujarat State Land Development Corporation (GSLDC). The 20-member ACB team comprising nearly 20 policemen, including five deputy commissioners of police, conducted the raid after receiving several complaints of bribery and corruption against GSLDC Joint Director K C Parmar, said sources. Senior ACB officers said that an investigation is on to ascertain the source of money, following which action will be taken against Parmar. “Arrest will be made only after preliminary inquiry is over,” a senior ACB officer told The Indian Express. According to ACB sources, there was so much cash in the office that they had to borrow a currency counting machine. The GSLDC primarily deals with paying compensation to land owners whose lands are acquired by the government among other things related to land development, officials said. they had to take revenge, they could have picked someone else. 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 her legs, couldn’t tell which hand was right and which left. She never thought who was a Hindu, who a Muslim).” She was the youngest of their three children. The boys are in Classes 11 and 6, and during the family’s time in Kathua, went to schools in neighbouring villages. 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 PIL challenging the powers of the CJI, saying “I do not want another reversal of my order in 24 hours”. Underlining there was a “tirade” against him that he was Justice J Chelameswar is set to retire in June “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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Banks board bureau member was with Rajiv Kochhar firm 10 WORLD NEW DELHI, APRIL 12 WAR BRINGS DOWN SALE OF AFGHANISTAN CARPETS WEST WEIGHS ATTACK ON SYRIA KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, APRIL 12 ONE OFthe new members of the Banks Board Bureau (BBB) appointed Thursday by the government 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 India who has been appointed 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 year in July, I began working with Avista as an advisor and was with them for nine months. My role was to advise on the firm’s strategy.” The CBI has begun a preliminary enquiry (PE) into the alleged nexus between Deepak CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR UNDISCLOSED INCOME IN PANAMA PAPERS NOW OVER RS 1,000 CR: I-T RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, APRIL 12 EXACTLY TWO years after the release 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 journalism student, has THE PANAMA PAPERS The Mossack Fonseca office in Panama City shown that it 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- nary stage. The Paradise Papers, the latest investigation into offshore finances by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) along with other media groups CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BEHIND THE shrill show of support for the accused, the campaign against J&K Police’s Crime Branch, and demands for the case to be handed over to the CBI, 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 a government report that names key supporters of the Manch, and their political affiliations: BJP Vijay Kumar, president, Hindu Ekta Manch, and state CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS PAGE 6 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, APRIL 12 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 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 Makhi village, and the victim and her siblings used to address the MLA as “Bhaiyya”. Until last June, 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 asked to go inside a room, where he raped me. Later, I was told that my father and family would be killed if I opened my mouth. I did not speak about it to anyone until I was kidnapped by some of his people a few days later, on June 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 ANOTHER REPORT PAGE 6 11. They gangraped me for a few days and sold me to someone from whom I was recovered,” claimed the 17-year-old victim. On Thursday, police registered an FIR against Sengar in connection with the alleged gangrape CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE CENTRE has told the Supreme Court that its judgment forbidding automatic arrest for offences under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 “has caused a lot of commotion in the country and is also creating anger, unease and a sense of disharmony”. In a written statement submitted in court Wednesday in support of its petition seeking review of the March 20 order delivered by a two-judge bench of Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit, the government said “the confusion created by this judgment may have to be corrected by reviewing the 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 Venugopal told the bench of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Kathua, Unnao: Shame on us BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA
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