TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `5.00 ● TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA EX-CMS AT PAR WITH COMMON CITIZEN: SC 5-judge bench will hear plea today by Cong MPs on CJI impeachment SC quashes UP law, says former CMs can’t retain govt residences EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 7 A FIVE-JUDGE Constitution Benchof theSupremeCourtwill hear a petition Tuesday by two Congress MPs who have challengedRajyaSabhaChairmanM 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 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 forbeingwhollyextraneousand ultra vires to the provisions of theConstitutionof Indiaandthe 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 Justiceof India,” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UTTAR PRADESH ● DALIT YOUTH ASSAULTED IN BAGHPAT DIES OF MULTIPLE ORGAN FAILURE: COPS, P 4 ● BYPOLLS: AS OPPOSITION CLOSE RANKS, BJP BANKS ON SYMPATHY VOTES, P 4 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, MAY 7 THE STORM IS HERE Bikaner: A dust storm is seen building up over the city of Bikaner on Monday. PTI 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 REPORT, PAGE 6 GANGRAPE-MURDER OF CHILD On way to Gulmarg, TN tourist killed in stone-pelting Pathankot court to conduct trial on day-to-day basis BASHAARAT MASOOD ANANTHAKRISHNAN G 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 SC orders Kathua case out of J&K, in-camera trial NEW DELHI, MAY 7 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 Top Maoists paid lakhs to get engineering, medical seats for relatives: Govt RAHUL TRIPATHI 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 Kathua rape victim’s lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat at the Supreme Court. Tashi Tobgyal Pathankot district and sessions 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”. Transferring the case, the court laid emphasis on the concept of “fair trial”, saying this “commands that there has to be free atmosphere where the victims, the accused and the witnesses feel safe. They must not suffer from any kind of phobia while attending court. Fear and fair trial are contradictory in terms and they cannot be allowed to co-exist”. The victim, an eight-year-old girl from the nomadic Bakarwal CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SRINAGAR, MAY 7 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In Karnataka south where it’s a bit player, BJP doesn’t target JDS U DECISION B 2018 APURVA USINESS AS MANDYA, MAY 7 THEY WERE part of two governments in the state since 2004, butKarnataka’ssouthernregion, 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 reducedtojusttwoseats,further SUAL BY UNNY KARNATAKA FULL COVERAGE PAGE 7 emphasising its lack of experience or leadership in this farmers’ belt that is also the heart of Vokkaligapolitics.Fivedaystogo CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR GLOBAL OIL SLUMP HAS ALANG ANGLE: RIGS COMING IN TO BE DISMANTLED 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 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Sonya Venus reached Alang from Sakhalin in Russia. Javed Raja pricesinIndiaareattracting“idle oilrigs”tothisship-breakinghub. 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 2018,30of the87vesselsthatar- rivedtoberecycledweretankers andrigs,overone-thirdof thetotal.InMarch,theyconstituted12 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. 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 market, 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 price was around $110 per barrel and fell steadily thereafter till February 2016, when it hit a low of around $30 per barrel. Thereafter,thepricehasgoneup and is currently over $70 a barrel. 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 “undoubtedly”, the section “would have the effect of creating a separate class of citizens for conferment of benefits by way of distribution of public property on the basis of the previous public office held by them”. The court was hearing a petition filed by NGO Lok Prahari. “Natural resources, public lands and public goods like government bungalows/ official residence are public property that CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 government 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 will study the order and decide what to do next.” Officials at Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s office said the allotment of bungalows was done as per the state government’s scheme, and they would go by the state government’s decision. NARAYANDUTTTIWARI 1-A,MALLAVENUE Term: January 21, 1976 to April 30, 1977 August 3, 1984 to September 24, 1985 June 25, 1988 to December 5, 1989 Three-time Chief Minister Narayan Dutt Tiwari has been living in this bungalow in posh Hazratganj area of Lucknow since the end of his term as Uttarakhand Chief Minister (2002-2007) over a decade ago. Tiwari lives here with his second wife, Ujjwala Tiwari, and son Rohit Shekhar Tiwari. His staff CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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