TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 8 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE ORDERS IN-CAMERA TRIAL Supreme Court shifts Kathua case out of J&K THE EDITORIAL PAGE Jinnah row is just a pretext BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA Pathankot court to conduct trial in gangrape and murder of minor, case not transferred to CBI 7 WORLD ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, MAY 7 SINGAPORE LIKELY TO HOST TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT IN JUNE THE GATHERING STORM A dust storm is seen building up over the city of Bikaner on Monday. PTI Will ensure safety, freedom of abducted Indians: Kabul to Delhi SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, MAY 7 AFGHANISTAN FOREIGN minister Salahuddin Rabbani Monday assured newly appointed Indian ambassador Vinay Kumar that Afghan security forces will not spare any effort to ensure the safety and secure the release of sevenIndiannationalswhowere abducted in northern Baghlan province. Rabbani, who met Kumar in hisoffice,alsospokeaboutefforts initiated through community elderstohelpsecuretheirrelease. ThesevenIndians,employed with Indian power company KEC International, were abducted Sunday by suspected Taliban gunmen in northern Afghanistan. Nogrouphaspubliclyclaimed responsibility for the abduction. But Baghlan Governor Abdulhai Nemati was quoted by local mediaassayingthataTalibangroup hascommunicatedtoauthorities through local residents that the Indians had been mistaken for 5-judge bench will hear plea today by Cong MPs on CJI impeachment 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. ThepetitionfiledbyCongress 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 once a removal motion signed by MPs is submitted to the Rajya Sabha Chairman, he has no option but to constitute an inquiry committee to look into the charges. ItsaidVenkaiahNaidu’sApril 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”. Appearingforthepetitioners, 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,” government staff. In a statement, Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry said, “At the outset,ForeignMinisterRabbani expressed grief and sorrow over the abduction of Indian engineers in Baghlan province and said that the Afghan security forces will not spare any efforts toprotectthephysicalsafetyand secure the release of these engineers. He also mentioned that efforts have been initiated through the community elders to help secure their release.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY FULL COVERAGE, PAGE 4 Top Maoists paid lakhs to get engineering, medical seats for relatives: Govt RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, MAY 7 THE HOME Ministry said Mondaythatithasidentifiedtop Maoist leaders who have been diverting a chunk of the funds they receive to sponsor the educationof theirchildreninprofessional colleges and ensure that their “families live in comfort”. To choke this funding, officials said, the Ministry has now setupamulti-disciplinarygroup comprising officers of intelligenceandinvestigativeagencies, and various tax departments. According to officials, intelligenceagencieshavetrackedspecific 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 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 trial be held in-camera on day-to day basis, under the Ranbir Penal Code that applies to J&K. It allowed J&K to appoint a special public prosecutor for the case. A bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra,whichvacatedthestay ithadimposedonthetrialonthe last day of hearing, directed that the trial in Pathankot be held on aday-to-daybasistoavoiddelay. This, the bench clarified, should mean no adjournment, and the examination-in-chief andcrossexamination of witnesses done without break. The bench said that the trial will be conducted by the Pathankot district and sessions judge who will not assign it to anyone else. Thevictim,aneight-year-old girl from the nomadic Bakarwal Kathuarapevictim’slawyer DeepikaSinghRajawaton Monday. Tashi Tobgyal INSIDE ● VALLEY PARTIES HAIL DECISION, BJP SAYS CREATES ‘WRONG IMPRESSION’, PAGE 4 Muslim community, had disappeared from near her home in a village close to Kathua in the Jammu region on January 10. Her body was found in the same area a week later. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, MAY 7 THESUPREMECourtonMonday struck down a provision in the UttarPradeshMinisters(Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1981, which allowed former chief ministers to retaintheirofficialaccommodation even after their term ends. A two-judge bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumathi said chief ministers are“atparwiththecommoncitizen”oncetheydemitoffice,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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, MAY 7 Residencesof Mayawati(top), AkhileshYadav. Vishal Srivastav SIX FORMER chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh — Narayan Dutt Tiwari, Mulayam Singh Yadav, KalyanSingh,Mayawati,Rajnath SinghandAkhilesh Yadav—currently occupy prime govern- CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sonya Venus reached Alang from Sakhalin in Russia. Javed Raja 1/3 vessels reaching ship-breaking yard from January to March were oil rigs or tankers 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 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. Policesourcessaid22-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. Apolicespokesmansaidthat severalvehiclesweretargetedby stone-pelters at a spot where clashes were on. The youth was admitted to a hospital where he succumbed to injuries. Policesaidthetouristsleftfor Gulmarg early in the morning when troops were still being deployed on the roads. “They(theyouthandhisfamily) 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 touristswereinjuredwhenthree vehicles were stoned at Aishmuqam in Anantnag. NC leader Omar Abdullah condemnedtheincident.“We’ve killed a tourist by throwing stonesatthevehiclehewastravelling in. Let’s try and wrap our heads around the fact that we stonedatourist,aguest,todeath whileweglorifythesestonepelters & their methods,” he tweeted. Six former CMs of UP have retained govt bungalows GLOBAL OIL SLUMP HAS ALANG ANGLE: AN INFLUX OF RIGS AHMEDABAD, MAY 7 BASHAARAT MASOOD SC strikes out UP law, says ex-CMs can’t keep govt houses ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR AVINASH NAIR TN tourist killed in stone-pelting in Valley spent almost 60 days trying to 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 pricesworldwideandrisingiron pricesinIndiaareattracting“idle oilrigs”tothisship-breakinghub. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur ment properties in Lucknow. Asked about the Supreme Court’s order on 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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