LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA GANGRAPE-MURDER OF CHILD Tourist from VHP strips 4 key Togadia supporters of responsibilities Kathua case is moved out of J&K, SC orders in-camera trial EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, MAY 7 THE VISHWA Hindu Parishad (VHP) has stripped its four main office-bearers, including state president Kaushik Mehta, ofall responsibilities. The VHP announced it in a letter dated May 6. The move comes days after ouster of former international working president of VHP Pravin Togadia, who, following the defeat of his candidate for the post of the organisation’s president, went on indefinite hunger strike and criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mala Raval, a senior member of women’s wing Durgavahini; Kaushik Mehta, president of VHP’s Gujarat unit; Ranchhod Bharwad, general secretary of Ahmedabad unit; and senior member Rohit Darji have been stripped offrom all responsibility —they had all supported Togadia. VHP members said the decision has come “in view of (their) support for Togadia, who is no longer wanted in the organisation for his comments on the Prime Minister and issues related to the Hindus”. Kaushik Mehta told The Indian Express, “What did we do? We only spoke that we don’t CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Jinnah row is just a pretext BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA Know your Aadhaar Claims that Aadhaar raises no privacy issues are very misleading. THE IDEAS PAGE 11 Pathankot court to conduct trial on day-to-day basis, case not sent to CBI ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, MAY 7 THE STORM IS HERE A dust storm is seen building up over the city of Bikaner on Monday. It is expected to impact North India. PTI REPORTS, PAGE 8 Fire at another Rajkot Top Maoists paid lakhs to get engineering, medical groundnut godown, govt to order CID probe seats for relatives: Govt RAHUL TRIPATHI EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 7 A FIVE-JUDGE Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court will hear a petition Tuesday by two Congress MPs who have challenged Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu’s decision to reject the impeachment motion notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. The petition filed by Congress MPs Partap Singh Bajwa and Amee Harshadyay Yajnik has been listed for hearing before a bench of Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde, N V Ramana, Arun Mishra and A K Goel. The petition contends that once a removal motion signed by MPs is submitted to the Rajya NEW DELHI, MAY 7 RAJKOT, MAY 7 AFTER A fire broke out at a groundnut warehouse in ShaparVeraval on the outskirts of Rajkot city late Sunday night, the Gujarat government on Monday said that it will order the CID (Crime) to probe the incident. According to the government’s estimate, groundnut worth over Rs 4 crore is feared to be gutted in the blaze which raged on till Monday evening even as firefighters tried to bring it under control. This is third incident in the last four months when a godown storing groundnut procured by the Centre at minimum support price has caught fire. Rajkot District Collector Rahul Gupta said that around two-thirds of the stock of groundnut in the godown have been gutted. “The warehouse is divided into seven parts, and primary reports suggest that 28,000 bags (each containing 35 kg of groundnut) have been damaged. However, 14,000 other bags stored in the same godown are safe,” Gupta said. 5-judge bench will hear plea today by Cong MPs on CJI impeachment EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Sabha Chairman, he has no option but to constitute an inquiry committee to look into the charges. It said Naidu’s April 23 decision was “ex facie illegal, arbitrary and violative of Article 14” and “deserves to be set aside for being wholly extraneous and ultra vires to the provisions of the Constitution of India and the Judges (Inquiry) Act”. Appearing for the petitioners, senior advocate Kapil Sibal and advocate Prashant Bhushan mentioned the matter Monday morning before a bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S K Kaul, praying that it be listed for an early hearing. “Why don’t you mention (it) before the Chief Justice of India,” THE HOME Ministry said Monday that it has identified top Maoist leaders who have been diverting a chunk of the funds they receive to sponsor the education of their children in professional colleges and ensure that their “families live in comfort”. To choke this funding, officials said, the Ministry has now set up a multi-disciplinary group Firefighters at work. The blaze is feared to have destroyed Rs 4 crore worth of groundnut. Chirag Chotaliya According to sources in the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited (NAFED) — the procurement agency — 28,000 bags or 9,800 quintals of groundnut was worth Rs 4.41 crore. They said that 43,651 sacks of groundnut were stored in the private warehouse CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 14 WORLD MAN WHO SHOT AT PAK MINISTER LINKED TO RELIGIOUS PARTY SINGAPORE LIKELY TO HOST TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT IN JUNE GUJARAT PAGE 4 ● FORGED INCOME PAPERS FLOOD SURAT RTE APPLICATIONS CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 comprising officers of intelligence and investigative agencies, and various tax departments. According to officials, intelligence agencies have tracked specific cases of funds being allegedly diverted by Maoist leaders. They include: ■ Pradyuman Sharma, a member of the Bihar Jharkhand Special Area Committee (BJSAC) of CPI (Maoist), allegedly paid Rs 22 lakh in 2017 as admission fee for his niece in a private CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, MAY 7 THE SUPREME Court Monday struck down a provision in the Uttar Pradesh Ministers (Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1981, which allowed former chief ministers to retain their official accommodation even after their term ended. A two-judge bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumathi said chief ministers are “at par with the common citizen” once they demit office, and allowing them to retain their bungalows at public expense would amount to creating “a separate class of citizens”. The ruling is expected to affect other states like Assam and Bihar, which have similar provisions for former chief ministers. The bench struck down clause 3, added by way of an amendment to Section 4 of the 1981 Act, saying it is “ultra vires CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In south Karnataka, why BJP doesn’t target JDS APURVA MANDYA, MAY 7 IT WAS part of two governments in the state since 2004, but Karnataka’s southern region, or Old Mysuru as it is called, has always eluded the BJP. In 2008, when B S Yeddyurappa formed the first BJP government in south India, the party won seven of the region’s 55 seats. And that was its best showing ever. Five years later, the BJP was reduced to just two seats, further emphasising its lack of experience or leadership in this farmers’ belt that is also the heart of Vokkaliga politics. Five days to go for voting in another election, senior BJP leaders in the region admit their chances are no different but believe they can still affect the outcome. DECISION 2018 KARNATAKA FULL COVERAGE PAGE 12 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GLOBAL OIL PRICE SLUMP HAS AN ALANG ANGLE: AN UNUSUAL INFLUX OF OIL-RIGS One-third of vessels reaching the ship-breaking yard in January-March period were oil rigs or tankers AVINASH NAIR AHMEDABAD, MAY 7 Sonya Venus reached Alang from Sakhalin in Russia. Javed Raja THE SUPREME Court Monday shifted trial in the gangrape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua from Jammu and Kashmir to Pathankot in Punjab. It directed that the trial be held in-camera so that witnesses feel safe, and on day-to day basis under the Ranbir Penal Code that applies to J&K. It allowed J&K to appoint a public prosecutor for the case. A bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, which vacated the stay it had imposed on the trial at the last hearing, directed that the trial in Pathankot be held on a day-to-day basis to avoid delay. The court said that “the examination-in-chief and the cross-examination of witnesses shall be in a continuous manner and for no reasons whatsoever the same shall be deferred”. The bench said that the trial will be conducted by the Pathankot district and sessions Kathua rape victim’s lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat at the Supreme Court. Tashi Tobgyal GOVT & POLITICS ● VALLEY PARTIES HAIL DECISION, BJP SAYS CREATES WRONG IMAGE, P 5 judge who will not assign it to anyone else. It also said that the juvenile accused in the case “shall be dealt with in accordance with law and he should be given all special care and protection as per the command of the law”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TN killed in stone-pelting on the road to Gulmarg BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, MAY 7 A TOURIST from Chennai died Monday after he was hit on the head by a stone during a protest on the outskirts of Srinagar. Police sources said 22-year-old R Thirumani from Chennai was on his way to a resort in Gulmarg with his parents when their car was stoned by protesters. A police spokesman said that several vehicles were targeted by stone-pelters at a spot where clashes were on. The youth was admitted to a hospital where he succumbed to injuries. Police said the tourists left for Gulmarg early in the morning when troops were still being deployed on the roads. “They (the youth and his family) were travelling in a Tavera. A few stones hit their vehicle. One of the stones hit him on the head,” said Showkat Ahmad, Magam SDPO. This is the second incident this month in which tourists were targeted by stone-throwing protesters. On May 1, five tourists were injured when three vehicles were stoned at Aishmuqam in Anantnag. NC leader Omar Abdullah condemned the incident. “We’ve killed a tourist by throwing stones at the vehicle he was travelling in. Let’s try and wrap our heads around the fact that we stoned a tourist, a guest, to death while we glorify these stone pelters & their methods,” he tweeted. SC scraps UP law, says ex-CMs can’t keep govt houses ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR SAMIR BHAYANI is busy monitoring work at his bustling yard, where workers have just finished beaching a 43-year-old oil rig from the Sakhalin fields in Russia. This is the first rig that Bhayani will be dismantling in his 30 years as a ship-breaker in Gujarat’s Alang. “The rig beached 4,000 metres away in the sea and we spent almost 60 days trying to JOURNALISM OF COURAGE pull it closer to the beach for dismantling,” says Bhayani about the orange-coloured, eightlegged Sonya Venus, weighing 13,000 LDT (Light Displacement Tonnage). Over the last year, it’s not just ships that are being dismantled in Alang. According to shipbreakers here, dipping crude oil prices worldwide and rising iron prices in India are attracting “idle oil rigs” to this ship-breaking hub. Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) data shows that from April 2017 to March 2018, 61 of the 253 vessels that reached Alang were oil tankers and rigs (see box, page 2). Between January and March 2018, 30 of the 87 vessels that arrived to be recycled were tankers and rigs, over one-third of the total. In March, they constituted 12 of the 25 vessels — nearly half — that docked in Alang. In April, seven of the 16 vessels that arrived were oil rigs or oil tankers. “When crude oil dipped to US$40 per barrel, there were a lot of oil rigs that were lying idle. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 State to study order — Maya to Akhilesh to Rajnath, all hit EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, MAY 7 The Lucknow homes of Mayawati (above) and Akhilesh Yadav. Vishal Srivastav SIX FORMER chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh — Narayan Dutt Tiwari, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Kalyan Singh, Mayawati, Rajnath Singh and Akhilesh Yadav — currently occupy prime govern- ment properties in Lucknow. Asked about the Supreme Court’s order Monday, State Principal Secretary (Information) Awanish Awasthi said: “The Chief Minister is not in the state and the SC decision just came today. After the Chief Minister returns to Lucknow, we CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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