TheIndian EXPRESS LATECITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `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 IN TROUBLE 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 ‘Communal politics over Kathua rape is new low, I don’t know where to hide’ Mehbooba calls urgent PDP meet tomorrow, Cabinet Monday MUZAMIL JALEEL CONCERNED OVER the rising number of civilian casualties in security operations and the backing of some BJP leaders for the Hindu Ekta Manch, which was formed in support of the Kathua rape accused, the ruling PDP has convened a special meeting of party leaders Saturday. All of the party’s ministers, legislators and senior leaders have been asked to attend te meeting “positively”. “We have received an invite for the meeting.Themeetingisscheduledfor Saturday afternoon. We haven’t been informed yet about the agenda,” said a party legislator. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s office, meanwhile, confirmed that a Cabinet meeting has been called for Monday, including ministers of the PDP’s ruling alliance partner BJP. On Thursday, despite protests and a shutdown in Jammu in protest against the police probe into the rape and murder, the J&K Chief Minister reiterated that justice wouldbedonetotheeight-yearold Bakherwal victim. “The law will not be obstructed by the irresponsible actions & statements of a group of people. Proper procedures are BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, APRIL 12 NEW DELHI, APRIL 12 INPERHAPSthestrongestindictmentbythePeoplesDemocratic Party of its alliance with the BJP since it came to power in 2015, J&K Tourism Minister and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s brother Tassaduq Mufti has said thatthetwopartieshave“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 top minister in the PDP-BJP government, he is also son of the 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 7 WORLD TALIBANSTORM GHAZNI DISTRICT, 12KILLED WEST WEIGHS ATTACK ON SYRIA “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 MINISTRY of Environment and Forests has ordered 25 construction sites, including road and Metro construction, to “stop work” for failing to implement mandatory dust mitigation measures meant to check air pollutioninNewDelhi.Theprojectswillbeallowedtostartagain after complying with dust control norms. The government projects in- CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The village of Makhi, home to the rape victim. Vishal Srivastav I used to call MLA Bhaiyya until he raped me, says 17-year-old victim FIR filed against MLA, case sent to CBI MAULSHREE SETH UNNAO, APRIL 12 THE FAMILIES of the Unnao rape victimandMLABJPMLAKuldeep Singh Sengar once enjoyed “cordialrelations”.Theirhouseswere opposite each other’s in Makhi village,andthevictimandhersiblings used to address the MLA as “bhaiyya”. Until last June, when shevisitedtheMLA’shousewith a relative after he offered her a “job opportunity”. That was when everything went wrong, said the victim in an interview to The Indian Expressinwhichshespokeabout 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 did not speak about it to anyone until I was kidnapped by some of his people a few days later, on June11.Theygangrapedmefora 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 connectionwiththeallegedgangrape after the government said it would hand the probe over to the CBI. Police charged Sengar under various sections of the IPC and provisions of the Prevention of ChildrenfromSexualOffences (POCSO) Act. “Hum sab unhen bhaiyya kehte the. Humare bade papa (elder brother of their father) unke sath the. Kabhi-Kabhi woh (MLA) ghar aate the aur dadi se kehte the ki anda fry karke khilao, toh dadi unhe banake khilati thi (All of us used to call him brother. The elder brother of my father was Stay panchayat poll process in West Bengal until April 16: Calcutta HC KOLKATA, APRIL 12 Environment halts work at 25 Delhi sites over dust NEW DELHI, APRIL 12 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, APRIL 12 SANTANU CHOWDHURY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SOWMIYA ASHOK The 35-year-old adopted the girlfromhissisterwhenshewas 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 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G cludes three sites of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, four of the National Highway Authority of India, seven under the Delhi Public Works Department, two Delhi Development Authority sites and one each under the Delhi Jal Board and MTNL. Three under BSES and two projects of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited were also suspended. The MoEF sent notices under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 were sent to all the projects. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESSING ITS displeasure at the West Bengal State Election Commission(WBSEC),whichreversed its own decision to extend the panchayat election nomination dates by a day, the Calcutta High Court, in an unprecedented order Thursday, stayedtheelectionprocessinthe state till April 16. While the Opposition BJP, which moved the Supreme Court and the Calcutta High Courtseeking intervention, welcomed the order, the TMC has decided to the challenge the single bench order. Whilehearingapetitionfiled by the BJP, which accused the TMC of unleashing violence to prevent Opposition candidates from filing panchayat poll nominations, the single bench of Justice Subrata Talukdar stayed the election process in the state tillApril16andsoughtadetailed report from the WBSEC on measures to address the Opposition’s complaints. ThecourtalsoaskedtheWBSEC to file a comprehensive CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR UNDISCLOSED INCOME IN PANAMA PAPERS PROBE 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, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE CENTRE has told the Supreme Court that its judgment forbidding automatic arrest for offences under the ScheduledCastesandScheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 “has caused a lot of commotion in the country and isalsocreatinganger,uneaseand a sense of disharmony”. In a written statement submitted in court Wednesday in supportof itspetitionseekingreview of the March 20 order delivered by a two-judge bench of Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit, thegovernmentsaid“theconfusion 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 verysensitivenature”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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