TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, KOLKATA `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE KATHUA, UNNAO: WE ARE ASHAMED AS A COUNTRY, SAYS MODI Justicefordaughters,saysPM;exitfor2 J&KBJPministerswhobackedaccused CJI meets 2 top judges, says looking into issues they raised SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, APRIL 13 UNDER PRESSURE after the letters from Justices Jasti ChelameswarandKurianJoseph about the government’s role in stalling appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and high courts, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra is understood to have informed two of his colleagues that he is working to address the concerns. Sources told The Indian Express that CJI Misra informally met Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Kurian Joseph on Wednesday and indicated that he was looking into the issues pertaining to the apex court. The meeting, which lasted for half-an-hour, followed the inauguration of the gymnasium in the Supreme Court premises by the CJI. Without referring to the letters or naming any individuals whose appointments have been stalled, CJI Misra is learnt to have informed his two colleagues of hismeetingwithPrimeMinister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. Sources said the CJI spoke to Modi at a meeting to discuss the Lokpal selection committee. Justices Gogoi and Joseph are both members of the collegium for selection of judges for the Supreme Court, and were among the four Supreme Court judges who went public with their letter to the CJI, over variousissuespertainingtothefunctioning of the court, at a press conference in January. The other two judges, Justices Chelameswar and Madan Lokur, were not present during the informal meeting on Wednesday evening. While there is a traditionallunchmeetingof alljudges of the Supreme Court on Wednesday, sources said there was no discussion on the matter during that meeting. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 3 BENGAL LALGARH:TIGERDEAD, OFFICIALSSUSPECT ITWASHUNTED ● Business as usual during Left Front strike As PDP steps up pressure, BJP tells ministers to quit ‘WE FEARED WILD ANIMALS, NOW WE FEAR HUMANS’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JAMMU, APRIL 13 BREAKING HIS silence on the gangrapeandmurderofaneightyear-old girl in J&K’s Kathua and the alleged rape of a teenager in UP’s Unnao, which sparked outrageacrossthecountry,Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday that “our daughters will definitely get justice”. The Prime Minister’s comments came on a day when two BJP ministers in J&K’s coalition government with the PDP — Industries and Commerce Minister Chander Parkash Ganga and Forests Minister Choudhary Lal Singh — submitted their resignations to their party’s state chief. Singh and Ganga had faced criticism for taking part in a rally last month against the police probe in the Kathua case. In Delhi, speaking at the inauguration of the Ambedkar Memorial in Alipur, Modi said, “Incidents being discussed since the past two days cannot be part of a civilised society. As a country, as a society, we all are ashamed of it. I want to assure the country that no culprit will be spared, complete justice will be done. Our daughters will definitely get justice.” The Prime Minister said, “Suchincidentsinanypartof the country shake the human conscience and sensibilities. I want to assure the country that no criminal will be spared and justice will be done. All of us will have to come together to fight this mindset.” The comments came the morning after Congress president Rahul Gandhi held a candlelight vigil in the National Capital to demand justice in the Kathua and Unnao cases — both in states where the BJP is in power. The CBI has taken over the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, APRIL 13 The father of the 8-year-old girl, who was gangraped and killed, in Udhampur. Shuaib Masoodi On the Bakerwal migrant trail, a long march under death’s shadow NAVEED IQBAL UDHAMPUR, APRIL 13 ON THE road just beyond Jawahar Tunnel, between Jammu and Kashmir, the Bakerwals have made a meadow their home for the night. It’s an annual ritual, this trek with grazing livestock from various districts in Jammu province to Kashmir and Ladakh. But this time, the journey is different. They are a month early, they are in a hurry. They stay close, they keep their children closer. Because, this time, close on their heels are memories of the gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old daughter of one of their own. “Wefeltwewereapartof the population all these years. Now, we feel exposed,” says 21-yearold Ikhlaq, who walks the 300-km Jammu-Srinagar highway twice a year. “We left as soon as the child wasburied,”hesays,addingthat he has known the biological and FULL COVERAGE PAGE 5 adopted parents of the Kathua victim for most of his life. Around90kmaway,upadirt track in Udhampur, the victim’s biological father is busy attendingtowhat’sleftof hisfamily.His wifeisaway,collectingfirewood. Her eyes well up as she returns to where the horses were grazing. “My little girl liked horses,” she says. Her brother, the girl’s adoptedfather,hadlosttwochil- dren in a bus accident around the time she was born. “He cried and begged me to give him my girl. He said raising her would take some of the grief away,” she says. After a year, she relented and gave her youngest child to her brother. They lived together for the six months spent in Kargil. During the winter, the two families moved in different directions — one to Samba and one to Kathua.“Ican’tseeanythinghere that does not remind me of her. Soon apples will be in season, she loved apples,” she says. The mother says they were thinking of bringing the girl back home this year. “When she went missing, my brother thought she may have come to visit us. I have two boys and a 13-year-old girl but I barely look at them anymore, I am afraid of losing them... I could have found some peace had an animal attacked her but how can human beings bring themselves to do what they did to her?” she says. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In lone central tribal university, Protests over Cauvery: Vaiko only one out of 52 faculty posts nephew sets himself on fire reserved for SC, ST, OBC RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, APRIL 13 HIGHLIGHTING HOW the UGC’s new formula for implementing reservation in teaching jobs can shrink the number of SC, ST and OBC faculty in higher education, thecountry’sonlycentraluniversitydedicatedtotribalstudieshas reserved just one out of the 52 posts advertised for recruitment last week. Under the old formula, at least 20 out of the 52 vacant positions at the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University in Madhya Pradesh would have been reserved for the SC, ST and OBC candidates, according to P S Krishnan,formersecretarytothe central government and an expert on the subject. On March 5, the UGC had issued a notification saying the number of reserved faculty posts across universities and colleges shall be calculated departmentwise and not based on the aggregate vacant posts in a university. Thechange,whichwasfirstreported by The Indian Express on October 23, 2017, was based on a verdict of the Allahabad High Court in April last year. While hearingacaseonteachers’recruitmentinBanarasHinduUniversity, the court held reservation in teaching posts has to be applied department-wise by treating the department as a “unit”. FollowingafuroreoverUGC’s Marchorder,thegovernmenthad decided to file a Special Leave Petition against the Allahabad HighCourtverdictintheSupreme Court.TheSLPwasfiledThursday. Reservation based on department or subject as a unit, according to the UGC notification last month,meantdepartmentswith single post cadres — usually CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, APRIL 13 AMID PROTESTS in the state againsttheCentre’sfailuretoconstitutetheCauverymanagement board, MDMK leader Vaiko’s nephew,SaravanaSuresh(50),set himself on fire in Virudhunagar, about 500 km from Chennai, on Friday morning. Police said Suresh left home around 5 am, after informing his wifethathewasgoingforawalk. “Around 7 am, he was found to have doused himself with kerosene and set himself on fire on an open ground near his house.Hewasreportedlyraising slogans demanding the formationof theCauverymanagement board,” said a police officer. Suresh, who suffered 80 per cent burns, was first taken to the Virudhunagar government hospital, and later shifted to a private hospital in Madurai. MDMK leader Vaiko outside the hospital in Madurai While addressing the media at the Madurai hospital, Vaiko broke down and appealed to peoplenottocommitsuicide.He said Suresh is the son of his wife Renuka Devi’s elder brother Ramanujam. “He is fighting for his life now,” he said. While Suresh did not hold any official post in the MDMK, Vaiko said he was actively involved in party work for several CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR NEEDLE IN ROOM, 2 INDIAN ATHLETES THROWN OUT EXPRESSAT CWG2018 MIHIR VASAVDA GOLD COAST, APRIL 13 THE ATHLETICS Federation of India (AFI) is under the impression that needles are banned at the Commonwealth Games to prevent AIDS, not doping. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) believesitsathletesarebeing targeted. The team manager claims the syringe that was seized was used by those with diabetes to inject insulin. On a day of shame for Indian athletics, when K T Irfan and RakeshBabuwerethrownoutof the Commonwealth Games for violating the stringent noneedles policy, officials and athletes trotted out a number of excuses that swung from the bewildering to the bizarre. The two athletes, who were asked to leave after a needle and a syringe was found in their room, denied any wrongdoing beforeaCommonwealthGames Federation (CGF) jury. But later, they told AFI officials they may have inadvertently broken the rules. To cap it all, after the CGF or- SC notice on bid by Kathua lawyers to block police deredtheIOAtoensurethatIrfan and Babu “depart from Australia on the first flight available”, Indian officials said they would lodge an appeal, but were yet to decide what part of the decision to actually challenge. Another athlete, bronzemedal winning weightlifter Vikas Thakur, was interrogated whilethreeseniorcontingentofficials, including delegation leader Vikram Sisodia, were given a stern reprimand. Babu was a surprise qualifier for Saturday’s triple jump final after recording a best effort of 15.98m in the qualifying round Thursday. Irfan, meanwhile, finished13thinhispetevent,20km walk, earlier this week. The two were removed from the Village at 9 am Friday. The CGF said the needle was recovered by cleaners in a cup on the bedside table of the room occupied by the two athletes on Wednesday. Anti-doping officials then found a syringe in Babu’s bag. CGF president Louise Martin claimed Babu admitted to the Australian Sports Anti Doping Agency that the bag belonged to him. But Babu and Irfan denied having any knowledge of the syringe. AFI secretary C K Valson presentedadifferentversion,astold to him by the athletes. “They came here directly from Patiala. There was a syringe and a needle in their bag, which they use for vitamin. When they came here,theyputitintheglasssince it is dangerous if they dispose it in a dustbin. This is the version they gave us on Thursday night,” Valson said. At the Games Village, the mood among the Indians was sombre. A member of the delegation accused the CGF of “targeting” Indian athletes. “Since wehavelostourcloutintheCGF, they are targeting us. Our athleteshavebeenmadetoundergo multiple dope tests and viewed with suspicion,” the official said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TAKING SERIOUS note of the attempt by a group of lawyers in Kathua to prevent J&K Police from filing a chargesheet last week in the gangrape and murderofaneight-year-oldBakerwal girl, the Supreme Court sought explanations from the Bar Council of India, Jammu and Kashmir Bar Council, Jammu High Court Bar Association and Kathua District Bar Association. The apex court asked for replies from all by April 19. A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud took cognizance of the developmentsbroughttoitsnotice by a group of lawyers and said thatimpedingtheprocessof law “affects the delivery of justice”. The apex court said that lawyers’ bodies have a solemn duty to not obstruct advocates representing the accused or the victims’ family in courts. The court said, “It is settled in law that a lawyer who appears foravictimoraccusedcannotbe preventedbyanybarassociation CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY UNNAO RAPE CASE MLA arrested, HC says law & order machinery under his influence EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE VARANASI, LUCKNOW, APRIL 13 AFTER QUESTIONING him throughtheday,theCBIarrested BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, accused of raping a 17-year-old in Unnao in June 2017, on Friday night. The action came hours after the Allahabad High Court ordered the MLA’s immediate arrest, saying that the “law and order machinery” was “directly in league and under the influence of” Sengar. Pulling up the state police andadministration,thebenchof Chief Justice D B Bhosale and Justice Suneet Kumar, in its 20page order, said: “The SIT report reveals as to how police personnel and doctors were/ are under the influence of Kuldeep Singh andhowtheytamperedwithevidence and tried to create terror and intimidated the prosecutrix and her family members. The disturbing feature of the case is that the law and order machin- Kuldeep Singh Sengar REPORTS, PAGE 12 ery and the government officials were directly in league and under the influence of Kuldeep Singh.” “What is disturbing... is that the father of the prosecutrix, for no reason, came to be arrested and was in custody, where, we areinformed,hewasmercilessly beaten and succumbed to injuries,” said the court. The court had on Thursday questioned the state government over the delay in Sengar’s arrest. The judges took strong objection to Advocate General Raghvendra Singh’s submission that Sengar would not be arrested on mere registration of the FIR. “The approach of the learned Advocate General is not only CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Yogi on Unnao rape: No compromise MAULSHREESETH& DEEPTIMANTIWARY UNNAO, NEW DELHI, APRIL 13 FIVE DAYS after the Unnao rape victimtriedself-immolationoutsidehisresidenceinLucknowdemanding action against the accused, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath finally spoke on the case on Friday and saidthathisgovernmentwillnot makeanycompromiseontheissuesof crime,corruption,orwith criminals. Adityanath’s remarks came hours before the CBI arrested BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, accused in the case, after questioning him through the day. The CBI has re-registered the three FIRs lodged by UP Police in connection with the rape and the victim’s father’s death on Mondayafterallegedlybeingassaulted by Sengar’s brother Atul Outside the CBI office in Lucknow. Vishal Srivastav and his men. Adityanath, who is on a visit to different districts of Bundelkhand, said, “Hamari sarkaar iss mudde par kisi prakar ka compromise nahi karegi.... Apradhiyonsebhi...chayeywohkoi bhiho,kitnabhibadaho(Ourgovernmentwillnotcompromiseon this issue, howsoever big the criminals may be),” he said. Claimingthathisgovernment took immediate action in the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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