TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SIKH YATRIS IN PAKISTAN 12 WORLD India protests: Pak blocking consular access to pilgrims Pak denies charge, says facts ‘distorted, misrepresented’ SHUBHAJIT ROY GUNMENTARGET PAKSCJUDGE’S RESIDENCE PUTIN WARNS OF GLOBAL CHAOS IF SYRIA IS HIT AGAIN NEW DELHI, APRIL 15 CAPITAL PROTEST At a protest against the rape and murder in Kathua and rape in Unnao , in New Delhi on Sunday. Abhinav Saha REPORTS, P 3, 7 59% of LIC Govt orders RoC report on Top broadcaster, popular cancer policies website and official letter, Deepak Kochhar, Dhoot firms sold in Kerala, dodgy T20 league had it all KHUSHBOO NARAYAN NEW DELHI, APRIL 15 Maharashtra, Until the Jaipur police, acting on NIHAL KOSHIE a tip-off from the BCCI, exposed THE GOVERNMENT has told the NEW DELHI, APRIL 15 the matchfixing rot beneath the Registrar of Companies (RoC) to Gujarat, TN cricketing glitter. prepare a report on the firms GEORGE MATHEW MUMBAI, APRIL 15 FIVE MONTHS after the launch of its unique cancer cover, with a sum assured of up to Rs 50 lakh, Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has sold 88,750 policies across India. And data shows that just four states — Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Kerala — accounted for 58.5 per cent of these cancer policies sold during this period. The west zone, comprising Maharashtra and Gujarat, have taken 26,280 policies. South zone, comprising Tamil Nadu and Kerala, have taken 25,670 policies,accountingforthemaximum number of cancer cover policies sold so far. Responding to queries from The Indian Express, LIC said in a statement: “As on date we have sold 88,750 policies with a first CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 THEEDITORIAL PAGE IT HAD roped in an established sports channel for live telecast, tied up with a popular cricket website for real-time ball-byballupdatesandobtainedrecognitionfromBCCI’saffiliatedstate unit. The organisers of the Twenty20 Rajputana Premier League (RPL) had it all covered. DEEP MUKHERJEE SWAROOP KA TALA (BARMER), APRIL 15 SURROUNDEDBYavastexpanse of sand and a thatched hut nestled between its roots, a Khejri tree stands amidst the barren landscape of Swaroop Ka Tala, a remotevillageinBarmerdistrict. Villagers who ride motorcy- The great bank fiddle BY MANISH SABHARWAL SOON, OVER 14,000 COURTS WILL BE A FEW CLICKS AWAY Nearly 500 covered, how national grid is transforming justice delivery at lowest level TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at email@example.com NEW DELHI, APRIL 15 EIGHT YEARS ago, a court room in east Delhi’s Karkardooma lower judiciary complex witnessed an unusual event. On the dais, instead of a judge, was a touchscreen. All the files in that court had been digitised. And a video conferencing facility was installedtorecordevidencefrom jails, forensic labs and hospitals. Today, this experiment to fast-track the disposal of pendingcaseshasreached488district court complexes and 342 jails. And, according to the Union Law Ministry,14,249courtsarebeing made ready under its E-courts Mission Mode Project — all of them will get computer hardware, local area networks and standard application software. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 controlled by Deepak Kochhar, husbandof ICICIBankManaging Director and CEO Chanda Kochhar, and Venugopal Dhoot, promoter of Videocon Group, following allegations of a possiblequidproquointheRs3,250crore loan granted by ICICI Bank to Videocon Group in 2012. TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICIBank-Videocon-DeepakKochhar TheRoC’stechnicalreportwill look into the books of account and analyse the transactions CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 3 minors found hanging from tree in Barmer, cops say suicide, girls’ families allege murder ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR KAUNAIN SHERIFF M Investigatorssaytie-upswith broadcaster Neo Sports and sports website cricbuzz.com, and a letter from a Rajasthan CricketAssociation(RCA)official gavetheorganiserslegitimacy— and helped them broadbase their betting racket. ON GRID: 2.68 CR CASES PENDING TOP 5 CASES PENDING Uttar Pradesh 24.12% Maharashtra 12.66% Bihar 6.04 % West Bengal 6.77% Gujarat 5.94% FASTEST DISPOSAL* Kerala 120 Karnataka 98 Himachal Pradesh 88 Haryana 66 Assam 62 (*Proportionate to number of courts; cases disposed of by one court in a month) The spot where the bodies were found. Deep Mukherjee cles or pickup trucks through a narrow strip of road leading to Chohatan, the nearest town, throw quick, furtive glances towards the tree before speeding away. Two days ago, the village woke up to the sight of three bodies hanging from a branch of the tree — two Dalit girls and a Muslim boy, all minors. Their deaths have left many unan- swered questions. “MydaughterShanti(13)and niece Madhu (12) were sleeping withusinourhouseonThursday night. We woke up after midnight to find that they were missing; their bodies were foundonFridaymorning.Weare certainthattheywerekidnapped, and then raped and murdered,” saysBhairuMeghwal(41),father CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INDIA HAS lodged a strong protest with Islamabad for preventingvisitingSikhpilgrims from meeting Indian diplomats and consular teams in Pakistan. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA),inastatementonSunday, said the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan was also“compelledtoreturn”while he was on his way to meet the pilgrims. This comes weeks after New Delhi and Islamabad decided to resolve the crisis arising out of harassment and intimidation of diplomats and their families. “A jatha of around 1,800 Sikh yatris has been travelling in Pakistan from April 12, under a bilateral agreement on facilitating visits to religious shrines,” Sikh pilgrims at Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Pakistan. AP said the MEA. “A standard practice has been that the Indian High Commission’s consular/ protocol team is attached with visitingpilgrims,toperformconsular and protocol duties, like helping out in medical or family emergencies.However,thisyear, the consular team has been denied access to Indian Sikh pilgrims. The team could not UP cop on tape warning gangster of encounter: ‘manage’ BJP leaders MANISH SAHU LUCKNOW, APRIL 15 THE UP government Sunday ordered a probe into an encounter in Jhansi between policeandagangsterafteranaudio clip surfaced on social media purportedlyof anofficeralerting the “target” — and asking him to strikeadealwithtwoBJPleaders. The government suspended Mauranipur police station inchargeSuneetKumarSingh,who is allegedly heard on the clip tipping off gangster Lekhraj Singh Yadav about the encounter. In the purported tape, Singh is also heard asking Yadav to “manage” Rajeev Singh Parichha, BJP MLA from Babina seat in Jhansi, and Sanjay Dubey, BJP district president. In the clip, theofficerisalsoheardboasting: “Don’t know how many I have killed and dumped” (read transcript, page 2). Noonewasinjuredintheencounter that took place Friday evening at Basari village under the Mauranipur station limits. Police claimed that all accused escaped from the spot. The tape has emerged at a timewhenUP’sBJPgovernment, under Yogi Adityanath, has courtedcontroversywithaspate of encounters since coming to power on March 20, 2017. According to police records, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 meetthepilgrimsontheirarrival at Wagah Railway Station on April 12. Similarly, it was denied entryintoGurdwaraPanjaSahib on April 14, for a scheduled meetingwithpilgrimsthere.The High Commission was thus prevented from performing basic consular and protocol duties for Indian citizens,” it said. The MEA said that on Saturday, the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, who wasscheduledtovisitGurdwara Panja Sahib at the invitation of the Chairman of the Evacuee TrustPropertyBoard(ETPB),was “suddenly asked to return while en route to the shrine, for unspecified‘security’reasons”.“The HighCommissioner,whowasto greet Indian pilgrims on the occasion of Baisakhi, was thus compelled to return without meeting Indian citizens,” it said. 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