TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 14 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `5.00 ● 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 10 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 59% of LIC cancer policies sold in Kerala, Maharashtra, Gujarat, TN 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 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 hubsof non-communicablediseases, 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 age-adjusted mortality rates of 64.5 per 1,00,000 people. The study also pointed out that fewer than 30 per cent survive five years or more after diagnosis. The terms and conditions of LIC’s plan, which was launched on November 14, 2017, mandate a waiting period of 180 days from the date of issuance of policy before a claim can be made. “As the period is less than 180 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 4 UP cop caught on tape alerting gangster about encounter, government probes MANISH SAHU THE UP government Sunday ordered an inquiry into an encounter that took place in Jhansi two days ago between police andagangsterafteranaudioclip surfaced on social media purportedlyof anofficeralertingthe target about the action plan. 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”RajeevSinghParichha, BJP MLA from Babina seat in Jhansi, and Sanjay Dubey, BJP district president. In the clip, the officer is also heard boasting: “Don’t how many I have killed and dumped by the side” (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, 48 criminals have been killed in 1,755 encounters since then (see box). When contacted by The Indian Express, senior police officers said Singh admitted that the voice on the purported clip was his. They described him as a discreditedofficerwhowasonce sacked for acts of misconduct before he rejoined on the basis of a court order. They said that Singh was trying to “extort” money from Yadav. Parichha and Dubey denied 48 KILLED IN 1 YR UP Police data on encounters since BJP came to power on March 20, 2017: LUCKNOW, APRIL 15 1,755 Encounters 48 Killed 430 Injured 4,270 Arrested KILLINGS BY REGION: 5 Central UP 6 Eastern UP 36 Western UP 1 Chitrakoot (Bundelkhand) POLICE CASUALTIES 4 deaths, 329 injured any link to the gangster or the encounter. In the purported clip, Lekhraj is heard asking Singh: ‘Madad karo, yaar, madad karo (Help me, friend help me)”. In reply, Suneet is heard saying: “Meri majboori samjhiye... Maine aapko bata diya hai... Sanjay Dubey ziladyaksha... Rajeev Singh Parichha... Do aadmiyon ko manage kariye. (Try to understand my compulsion... I have told you... Sanjay Dubey district president... Rajeev Singh Parichha.... Manage these two men.” When contacted by The Indian Express, Parichha said: “Suneet Singh knows well that I don’t speak with criminals so he was sure that this criminal (Lekhraj) would never come to me. Suneet wanted to extort money so he was using my name. Strict action should be taken against him.” Dubey did CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Top broadcaster, popular Govt orders RoC website and official letter, report on Deepak Kochhar, Dhoot firms dodgy T20 league had it all NIHAL KOSHIE KHUSHBOO NARAYAN NEW DELHI, APRIL 15 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 possiblequidproquointheRs3,250crore loan granted by ICICI Bank to Videocon Group in 2012. TheRoC’stechnicalreportwill look into the books of account andanalysethetransactionscarried out by the companies. Sources said the RoC is expected to file its report in six weeks, and will decide if the case should be referredtothemulti-disciplinary SeriousFraudInvestigationOffice (SFIO) for further investigation. Deepak Kochhar; Venugopal Dhoot TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICIBank-Videocon-DeepakKochhar Under Section 206 of the Companies Act, 2013, the RoC CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 High-profile tie-ups helped league expand reach majoritystakeinCricbuzzisheld by Times Internet, a digital venture of the Times of India Group. When contacted by The Indian Express, Neo Sports and cricbuzz.com said they didn’t find anything amiss when they committed to a collaboration with RPL. Harish Thawani, non-executive chairman of Neo Sports Broadcast Pvt Ltd, put the onus CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR SOON, OVER 14,000 COURTS TO GO DIGITAL 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 firstname.lastname@example.org KAUNAIN SHERIFF M 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. The challenge is huge — over 2.68 crore cases are still pending invariouscourts(see box on page 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 (*Proportionat to courts; cases disposed of by one court in a month) 1). But the change is visible, say judges, officials and legal researchers. These courts have been connected to the National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG). And, apart from the obvious benefits of transparency and real-time tracking,thee-movehassharply reduced the time taken to process a case, especially transcription of evidence. The NJDG now finds a mention in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business 2018 report. The gridhas“madeitpossibletogenerate case management reports on local courts, thereby making it easier to enforce contracts”, states the report. Butmoreimportantly,sayresearchers, it has thrown up realtime data that shows the patterns in which justice is delivered at the lowest level. For instance: ■ The courts of the chief judicial magistrate in Allahabad district have the maximum number of cases (41,101) pending for more than ten years; a family court in Uttar Pradesh’s Chitrakoot has the least number of cases (2) pending for more than ten years. ■ 15.8 per cent of pending 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 3 minors found hanging in Barmer, cops say suicide, girls’ families allege murder DEEP MUKHERJEE SWAROOP KA TALA (BARMER), APRIL 15 SURROUNDED BY a vast expanseof sandandathatchedhut nestled between its roots, a Khejri tree stands amidst the barren landscape of Swaroop Ka Tala, a remote village in Barmer district. 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. “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 certain that they were kidnapped, and then raped and murdered,”saysBhairuMeghwal (41), father of one of the girls. However, he fails to explain how the two girls were forcibly taken from their house even as other family members were sleeping near them. As people from the Meghwal 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY GOVT & POLITICS ● JAITLEY TAKES OATH AS RS MEMBER, PAGE 6
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