TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, KOLKATA `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE GANGRAPE-MURDER OF CHILD Tourist from 8 Kathua case is moved out of J&K, SC orders in-camera trial THE EDITORIAL PAGE Jinnah row is just a pretext BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA 5-judge bench will hear plea today by Congress MPs on CJI THE STORM IS HERE impeachment A dust storm is seen building up over the city of Bikaner on Monday. It is expected to impact North India. 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 oncearemovalmotionsignedby MPs is submitted to the Rajya 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”. 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,” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WEST BENGAL P 4 ● STATE POLL PANEL CHIEF DENIES BJP CLAIMS, SAYS DID NOT GET THREATS ● 2 WORKERS OF RIFLE FACTORY ISHAPORE HELD Pathankot court to conduct trial on day-to-day basis, case not sent to CBI ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, MAY 7 PTI REPORTS, PAGE 3 In Karnataka south where it’s a bit player, BJP doesn’t target JDS APURVA MANDYA, MAY 7 ITWASpartof twogovernments 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 thefirstBJPgovernmentinsouth India,thepartywonsevenof the region’s 55 seats. And that was its best showing ever. Five years later, the BJP was DECISION 2018 KARNATAKA FULL COVERAGE PAGE 7 reducedtojusttwoseats,further emphasising its lack of experience or leadership in this farmers’ belt that is also the heart of CBI set to file chargesheets in PNB fraud case this month RASHMI RAJPUT MUMBAI, MAY 7 THE CBI is set to file the first of its chargesheets in the case involving Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud with focus initially on half-a-dozen fraudulent letters of undertaking (LoUs) and an equal number of foreign letters of credit (FLCs) worth Rs 1,000 crore in the alleged Rs 13,400-crore fraud in the stateowned bank, sources said. Diamantaire Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, who are absconding, would be named as wanted accused in the chargesheets, they added. The agency is likely to file the chargesheets between May 15 andMay20,asthe90-dayperiod to file a chargesheet against the 19 arrested accused will come to an end later this month. This is to deter the prospects of the ac- 13 Know your Aadhaar Claims that Aadhaar raises no privacy issues are very misleading. THEIDEASPAGE 9 WORLD cusedseekingbailontheground that the agency failed to file a chargesheet against them in the stipulated period of 90-days, as mandated under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), sources told The Indian Express. “While we have recovered documents, including original applications, for seeking loan through LoUs of over 130 of the 144 LoUs mentioned in the first FIR, the chargesheets will concentrate only on half-a-dozen LoUs and an equal number of FLCs,aswehavebeenabletocollect evidence to prove that they werefraudulent,”saidanofficial. “The rest would be covered in supplementary chargesheets. In the chargesheets, we would mentionthattheprobewillcontinueunderSection173(8)of the CrPC,” the official said. The statement of the owner of the Kalbadevi chawl, from CONTINUEDONPAGE2 SINGAPORE LIKELY TO HOST TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT IN JUNE MANWHOSHOT ATPAKMINISTER LINKEDTO RELIGIOUSPARTY Vokkaligapolitics.Fivedaystogo 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. “The BJP has no support base inthisregion.Thoughourorganisation is strong, we have few Vokkaliga leaders here. But we can still hurt the Congress. And that is our main aim... There are many seats where we will not win. In such seats, we tell many BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUEDONPAGE2 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,whichvacatedthestay 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 andthecross-examination of witnesses shall be in a continuous manner and for noreasonswhatsoeverthesame shall be deferred”. The bench said that the trial will be conducted by the Pathankot district and sessions Kathuarapevictim’slawyer DeepikaSinghRajawatatthe SupremeCourt. 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 specialcareandprotectionasper 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. Policesourcessaid22-year-old RThirumanifromChennaiwason 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 killedatouristbythrowingstones atthevehiclehewastravellingin. Let’s try and wrap our heads around the fact that we stoned a tourist,aguest,todeathwhilewe glorifythesestonepelters&their methods,” he tweeted. SC scraps UP law, says former Top Maoists paid CMs can’t keep govt houses lakhs to get engg, medical seats for relatives: Govt ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, MAY 7 THE SUPREME Court Monday struck down a provision in the UttarPradeshMinisters(Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1981, which allowedformerchief ministersto retaintheirofficialaccommodation even after their term ended. A two-judge bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and RBanumathisaidchief 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 of the Constitution of India as it transgresses the equality clause under Article 14” and is “arbitrary” and “discriminatory”. “The chief minister, once he/ she demits the office, is at par with the common citizen, though by virtue of the office held, he/ she may be entitled to securityandotherprotocols.But allotmentof governmentbungalow, to be occupied during his/ herlifetime,wouldnotbeguided bytheconstitutionalprincipleof equality,” said the court. The court said that CONTINUEDONPAGE2 RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, MAY 7 The Lucknow residences of Mayawati at Mall Avenue (above) and Akhilesh Yadav at Vikramaditya Marg. Vishal Srivastav State to study order — Maya to Akhilesh to Rajnath, all hit EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, MAY 7 SIX FORMER chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh — Narayan Dutt Tiwari, Mulayam Singh Yadav, KalyanSingh,Mayawati,Rajnath SinghandAkhilesh 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 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 feeforhisnieceinaprivate medical college. ■ Senior CPI (Maoist) leader from Bihar-Jharkhand, Sandeep Yadav,allegedlyexchangedRs15 lakh during the demonetisation drive in November 2016. ■ Arvind Yadav, a Naxal leaderfromJharkhand,allegedly paid Rs 12 lakh as fee for his brother to study in a private engineering college. “Alargepartofthemoneycollectedisdivertedtobuildthepersonalwealthof itsleaderswhose children avail the best of education and families live in comfort, while the misled cadre toil in the jungles in the name of ideology. Theirdoublestandardshavealso been exposed by the fact they force young children to join their squadsandstronglyresistallkind of development activities,” a Home Ministry official said. The ED has registered cases under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act against Sandeep Yadav,ArvindYadav,Pradyuman Sharma and another Maoist leader Musafir Sahni. It has also seized property worth Rs 1.5 crore, 32 acres of land and cash of Rs 2.45 crore, including Rs 1 crore during demonetisation. In 2013, the NIA seized and attached 1.37 acres of land allegedly belonging to Maoist leader Balmuri Narayana Rao alias Prabhakar in Karimnagar — he carries a reward of Rs 10 lakh. In a statement issued Monday, the Home Ministry said, “The Left Wing Extremism (LWE) movement in the country is financed through a network of dubiousactivities,whichinclude CONTINUEDONPAGE2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR GLOBAL OIL PRICE SLUMP HAS ALANG ANGLE: UNUSUAL INFLUX OF OIL-RIGS AVINASH NAIR AHMEDABAD, MAY 7 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 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. Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) data shows that from April 2017 toMarch2018,61of the253vessels that reached Alang were oil tankers and rigs (see box, page 2). Between January and March 2018,30of the87vesselsthatarrivedtoberecycledweretankers andrigs,overone-thirdof thetotal.InMarch,theyconstituted12 of the 25 vessels — nearly half — that docked in Alang. In April, seven of the 16 vessels that ar- 1/3 vessels reaching ship-breaking yard from January to March were oil rigs or tankers rived 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. As the oil prices went down, the price of iron improved in India and so it became viable to bring some of these idle rigs to be broken. There has been a continuousflowof oilrigstoAlangandit is still continuing,” says Haresh Parmar, a ship-breaker at Alang and honorary joint secretary of Ship Recycling Industries Association (SRIA). These rigs are largely from South America and South Asia, say ship-breakers. “Apart from poor sentiments in the oil mar- Sonya Venus reached Alang from Sakhalin in Russia. Javed Raja ket, one of the major reasons for oiltankerstoheadtoAlangisthe ban imposed by Pakistan on scrappingoilandLPGtankersafter a string of accidents last year attheGadaniyard.Alltankersfor recycling are being diverted to India.Oursafetynormsarestringent and tankers have to be cleaned before being beached for recycling,” says Parmar. In September 2013, crude oil pricewasaround$110perbarrel and fell steadily thereafter till February 2016, when it hit a low of around $30 per barrel. Thereafter,thepricehasgoneup andiscurrentlyover$70abarrel. Gujarat government officials monitoring ship-breaking activities at Alang agree that a slump in the oil market over the last two years has pushed more owners to scrap their ageing tankersandrigs.“Therehasbeen a phenomenally high number of oilrigsandtankersthatarecoming to be broken at Alang. We have never seen such influx in the past,” says Captain Sudhir Chaddha, a port officer from the GMB, who has been in-charge of the Alang ship-breaking yard since 2010. This influx has seen a number of ship-breakers trying their hand at dismantling a rig. Currently,scrapsteelfromAlang fetches Rs 32,000 per tonne, while the price in 2015 stood at Rs 20,398 per tonne. Ship recycling produces scrap steel and iron, which gets converted into bars, rods or machinery parts. First-timers like Bhayani say dismantling an oil rig is “safer” than breaking a cargo vessel. “Dismantling an oil rig is a yearlong project. However, the gains are far superior. The steel quality of an oil rig is better and we get good returns for the machinery and spare parts. These days, a numberof foreignandIndianrig operators source the spare parts and machinery for functional rigs from Alang. It is a cheaper option for them,” says Bhayani. Shantamani Enterprises is anothership-breakingcompany CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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