TheIndian EXPRESS LATECITY, 14 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SIKH YATRIS IN PAKISTAN India protests: Pak blocking consular access to pilgrims Pak Foreign Ministry denies charge, says facts ‘distorted, misrepresented’ BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, APRIL 15 INDIA HAS lodged a strong protest with Islamabad for preventing visiting Sikh pilgrims 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 Sikh pilgrims at Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Pakistan. AP 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,” 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 meet the pilgrims on their arrival at Wagah Railway Station on April After three minors found hanging from tree in Rajasthan, many unanswered questions 12. Similarly, it was denied entry into Gurdwara Panja Sahib on April 14, for a scheduled meetingwithpilgrimsthere.TheHigh Commissionwasthusprevented 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 7 WORLD GUNMEN TARGETPAK SCJUDGE’S RESIDENCE 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 motorcycles 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 unanswered questions. “My daughter Shanti (13) and niece Madhu (12) were sleeping with us in our house on Thursday night. We woke up after midnight to find that they 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE NEW RS TERM The spot where the bodies were found. Deep Mukherjee were missing; their bodies were foundonFridaymorning.Weare certain that they were kidnapped, and then raped and murdered,” says Bhairu Meghwal (41), father of one of the girls. However, he fails to explain how the two girls were forcibly taken from their houses even as other family members were sleeping near them. As people from the Meghwal community huddle near the house of Kishan Meghwal, the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley after taking oath as a Rajya Sabha member on Sunday. PTI REPORT, PAGE 4 AIRSTRIKES ON SYRIA AN ACT OF AGGRESSION, SAYS BASHAR AL-ASSAD Top broadcaster, popular website and official letter, dodgy T20 league had it all NIHAL KOSHIE NEW DELHI, APRIL 15 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. Until the Jaipur police, acting on a tip-off from the BCCI, exposed the matchfixing rot beneath the cricketing glitter. 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. Neo Sports was once the rightsholdersforIndiancricket.A majoritystakeinCricbuzzisheld by Times Internet, a digital venture of the Times of India Group. When contacted by The Indian Express, Neo Sports and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Govt tells RoC to file report on Deepak Kochhar, Dhoot’s firms 59% of LIC cancer policies sold in Kerala, Maharashtra, Gujarat, TN Registrar of Companies to decide if case should be referred to SFIO 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 premium income of Rs 42.68 crore.” Incidentally, the first ever state-level disease burden study released last November showed that Tamil Nadu, Kerala, MaharashtraandGujarat,which are placed higher on the development ladder, have become hubs of non-communicable diseases, including cancer. According to a new paper published last month in the medical journal Lancet Oncology, the burden of cancer in India is over 1.5 million new cases, and is predicted to nearly double in the next 20 years with KHUSHBOO NARAYAN NEW DELHI, APRIL 15 THE GOVERNMENT has told the Registrar of Companies (RoC) to prepare a report on the firms controlled by Deepak Kochhar, husbandof ICICIBankManaging Director and CEO Chanda Kochhar, and Venugopal Dhoot, promoter of Videocon Group, following allegations of a possible quid pro quo in the Rs 3,250crore loan granted by ICICI Bank to Videocon Group in 2012. The RoC’s technical report will look into the books of account and analyse the transactions carried out by the companies. Sources said the RoC is expected to file its report in six weeks,andwilldecideif thecase should be referred to the multidisciplinary Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) for further investigation. Under Section 206 of the Companies Act, 2013, RoC can call for information and inspect documents of a company. Accordingtothenorms,afterthe inspection of books of account, the registrar needs to submit a writtenreporttothecentralgovernment.Thereportmayrecommend further investigation, along with the reasons. On February 27, the Deepak Kochhar; Venugopal Dhoot TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICIBank-Videocon-DeepakKochhar Mumbai-wing of SFIO had written to its headquarters in New Delhi seeking permission to investigate the case, saying “the quantum involved is several thousand crores” and concerns “public money”. The SFIO said the “case has got issues pertaining to laundering of money, evasion of taxes and banking transactions. Considering the present environment, the allegations made in the complaint require to be investigated”. The CBI has already begun a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MANISH SAHU LUCKNOW, APRIL 15 THE UP government Sunday ordered an inquiry into the authenticity of an encounter that tookplaceinJhansitwodaysago between police and a known gangster after an audio clip surfaced on social media purport- edly of a police officer alerting the target about the action plan. Jhansi SP Vinod Kumar suspended Mauranipur police station in-charge Suneet Kumar Singh who is allegedly heard alerting gangster Lekhraj Singh Yadav on the purported tape about the encounter. In the purported tape, Singh is heard asking Yadav to “manage” Rajeev 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 laboratories and hospitals. Today, this experiment to fast-track the disposal of pending cases has reached 488 district court complexes and 342 jails.And,accordingtotheUnion Law Ministry, 14,249 courts are being made ready under its Ecourts Mission Mode Project — all of them will get computer hardware, local area networks CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MUMBAI, APRIL 15 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UP govt orders probe after cop is caught on tape alerting gangster of encounter ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR KAUNAIN SHERIFF M GEORGE MATHEW 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 courts; cases disposed of by one court in a month) Jaipur Singh Parichha, BJP MLA from Babina seat in Jhansi, and Sanjay Dubey, BJP district president. Noonewasinjuredintheencounter that took place Friday evening at Basari village under the Mauranipur station limits. Police claimed that all accused escaped from the spot. In the purported clip, Lekhraj CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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