TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FORMER PRESIDENT IN NAGPUR Same gun used to kill Lankesh and Kalburgi: Forensic report Soul of India in pluralism and tolerance: Pranab at RSS hqs BY UNNY Need to unite even if views are different, says Bhagwat VIVEK DESHPANDE BUSINESS AS USUAL Visits birthplace of RSS founder, describes him as a great son of Mother India EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE FORMER PRESIDENT Pranab Mukherjee, addressing RSS swayamsevaks at their headquarters in Nagpur Thursday, said “any attempt at defining our nationhood in terms of dogmas and identities of religion, region, hatred and intolerance will only lead to dilution of our national identity”. Underlining that “multiplicity in culture, faith and language is what makes India special” and “wederiveourstrengthfromtolerance”, Mukherjee told the gathering which included RSS Sarsanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat: “The soul of India residesinpluralismandtolerance... Secularism and inclusion are a matterof faithforus...India’snationhood is not one language, one religion, one enemy. It is the DESPITE DIFFERENCES in opinion, Indians must “come togetherforacommongoal”while keeping the country’s “diversity intact”, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said in his address at the organisation’s headquarters Thursday. Speaking before the muchanticipated speech by former president Pranab Mukherjee, Bhagwat said: “Diversity is our hallmark. Differences of opinion is natural but it has a certain limit. We must come together for a common goal while keepingourdiversityintact.Diversity is beautiful but it has to lead us to unity at the end.” Bhagwatbeganhisspeechby referring to the controversy over MukherjeeacceptingtheRSSinvitation to its Shiksha Varg, an NAGPUR, JUNE 7 UTTAR PRADESH ● CM ASSURED US RAM TEMPLE WILL BE BUILT, SAY AYODHYA PRIESTS PAGE 3 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NAGPUR, JUNE 7 PranabMukherjeewithMohanBhagwatatRSSfounder KBHedgewar’sbirthplaceinNagpur,Thursday. Monica Chaturvedi SBI chief says bank already big, more mergers are not advisable SHAJI VIKRAMAN & GEORGE MATHEW MUMBAI, JUNE 7 STATE BANK of India (SBI) chairman Rajnish Kumar has raised the red flag from a “systemic risk point of view” on further mergersbyIndia’slargestbank,which already has “over 20 per cent market share”. In interview to The Indian Express (page 19), Kumar said: “SBI has already become big. My view is that from a systemic risk point of view, it won’t be advisable that SBI grows through merger or acquisition. Our nor- SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar at the bank’s headquarters in Mumbai. Ganesh Shirsekar mal growth and maintaining of market share is a different matter. You can’t have a banking in- CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE, PAGE 7 stitution,whichalreadyhasover 20 per cent market share (go for more mergers)... from the risk management perspective also, it’s not good.” In April last year, the Bharatiya Mahila Bank was merged with SBI in line with the decision of the government, the dominantshareholder,toensure greater banking services outreach to a larger number of women at a faster pace. Earlier, SBI’s associate banks had CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INTERVIEW PAGE 14 10 THEEDITORIAL PAGE The same odd coalition BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT CHANDIGARH, JUNE 7 PUNJAB AND Haryana High Courthasheldthat“forciblesexual intercourse” in a marriage and “adoption of unnatural means which are forced upon the other spouse” are valid grounds to seek divorce as it allowed a plea filed by a Bathinda woman for dissolution of her marriage. Almost four years after the lower court turned down her plea saying it was for her to establish that her husband had committed oral and unnatural sex against her, and ruling that there was no medical evidence for it, the High Court in the judgment said the nature of allegations was very serious but same cannot be proved by any corroborative evidence as “the acts of sodomy or unnatural sex or oral sex forcibly committed during difficult periods” can neither be witnessed by any other person or proven by medical evidence”. “Wefindthattheclaimof the appellant has been wrongly rejected. The act of sodomy, forcible sexual intercourse and adoption of unnatural means which are forced upon the other spouse and result in unbearable pain to the extent that one is forced to stay away would certainly be a ground to seek separation or decree of divorce,” the bench of Justices M M S Bedi and Hari Pal Verma said in the judgment passed on June 1. Observing that a court has to be always cautious before accepting such allegations, the bench said the marriage can be dissolved in case it is established by evidence and circumstances CHANDAN HAYGUNDE PUNE, JUNE 7 A DAY after they arrested five persons, including a Dalit rights activist, a professor and a former Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow, for alleged Maoist links, Pune police Thursdaybeganprobingaseized emailthatsuggestedplanstoassassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi in “another Rajiv Gandhi type incident” by “targeting his roadshows”. Seekingpolicecustodyof the five arrested persons who have beenbookedunderprovisionsof the Unlawful Activities (Prevention)Act,districtgovernmentpleaderUjjwalaPawartold CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BJPSEEKSPOLICE ACTIONAGAINSTGUPTA EXPRESSNEWSSERVICE LUCKNOW,JUNE7 UTTAR PRADESH Governor Ram Naik has written to Yogi Adityanath seeking appropriate action over a bribery demand complaintagainstthechiefminister'sprincipalsecretary,SPGoyal. OneAbhishekGuptahasfiled the complaint, accusing Goyal of demanding Rs 25 lakh bribe for providing land to expand a road leadingtohispetrolpumpatRaiso in Hardoi district. Adityanath's media advisor, Mrityunjay Kumar, denied the chargescallingthecomplaintfake and allegations baseless. "The chief minister would write back to Naik,'' he said. Kumar alleged Gupta had been demanding government land,whichisnotpermissibleunder any rules. "Government land canonlybegivenforpublicutility Ram Naik and Gupta was informed about the same. He went on to make a fake complaint." Naik said he forwards complaints to concerned ministers whenever he gets them. "This complaint had come to me and sincetheconcernedpersonisthe chief minister as it concerns his colleague, thus I forwarded the complaint to him," Naik told The Indian Express. A copy of Naik's letter to Adityanath dated April 30 has Lucknow: Prabhat Dikshit, incharge of BJP's state headquarters, on Thursday wrote toLucknow'sseniorpolicesuperintendent seeking an FIR against Abhishek Gupta. Dikshit accused Gupta of pressuring officers to get "his inappropriate works done" in the false names of BJP office bearers. He said Gupta is neither a BJP worker nor was he employed at any of its offices and sought seeking action against him. "It is affecting the image of the party.” ENS been sent to Gupta as well. The letter says Gupta had CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR TENDULKAR JR GETS AN INDIA CAP, FINDS A PLACE IN THE UNDER-19 TEAM TO SRI LANKA DEVENDRA PANDEY MUMBAI, JUNE 7 THE TENDULKAR name is back in Indian cricket. But this time, it’s Sachin Tendulkar’s son, Arjun, who’s making the headlines. On Thursday, Tendulkar Jr was named in India’s under-19 team for the tour of Sri Lanka starting next month. The 18year-old allrounder was picked in the squad that will play two four-day matches in July. Tendulkar Sr described the selection as an “important mile- stone”forArjun.“AnjaliandIwill always support Arjun in his choice and pray for his success,” he said. Arjun, however, is no stranger to being around the Indian team. He has been a regular presence at the senior team’spracticesessionsoverthe last half-a-dozen years, bowling tothematnetsintheWankhede Stadium on a few occasions. He was also spotted during India’s away tours, when his father was stillplayinginternationalcricket, bowling at Lord’s and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). He is part of the team for two four-day games. PTI BENGALURU, JUNE 7 Rajnath Singh with J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti and kickboxer Tajamul Islam in Srinagar, Thursday. Shuaib Masoodi J&K CEASEFIRE REVIEW IS ON Right-minded people needed for talks: Rajnath BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, JUNE 7 APPEALING TO stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir to “come forward”, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday said “it is not necessary to be likeminded” to hold talks but it is important to “be right-minded”. Without taking names but alluding to the separatist leaders, Singh, who arrived in Srinagar to review the law and order situation, said they should refrain from misleading the youth into violence. “Do these people want that the children of Jammu and Kashmir play only with fire and stones? They don’t want the situationtochange...letchildrenbe children... Education for your own sons and stones in the hands of the children of other. What kind of justice is this, what kind of humanity is this?” Singh said he could not rule out the possibility of of extending the unilateral ceasefire beyond Ramzan. Responding to queries from reporters, he said: “The suspension of operations is goingon.Wewillsittogether,we willtalktotheChief Minister,we will have a security review. We can’t rule out any possibility. But whatever we do, we will do it aftertalkingtopeopleandreviewing the security situation.” To questions on talks with the Hurriyat, he said: “What I had to say in this regard, I have said many times.” “As far as the dialogue is concerned,Governmentof Indiahas appointed a special representative. They have appointed the special representative so that he talkstoallstakeholders.Wehave not sent the special representative on a picnic. He has come 11 times,” he said. “Iwouldonceagainappealto CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Koregaon Bhima: Email speaks of plan for another Rajiv Gandhi-type incident, Pune police tell court Forced sex in marriage Governor writes to Yogi: Sending you ground for divorce: HC complaint of Principal Secy seeking bribe SOFI AHSAN JOHNSON T A Lastyear,Arjunbowledtothe English Test team at nets during their home series against South Africa, troubling some of their batsmen with awkward angles and pace. He even struck Jonny Bairstow on his toes, forcing the wicket-keeper batsman to leave the nets briefly. Mumbai under-19 coach Satish Samant believes Tendulkar Jr has turned the cornerwithhisbowlingthisseason. According to him, the teenager hasaddednewskillstohisbowling,thein-comingdeliverytothe right-hander being his major weapon. “There’sbeenavastimprovement in pace over the last 5-6 months.Intermsof swing,especially bringing the ball back into the right-hander, he’s become a lot more accurate and hits the rightareas.He’salsogotadeceptivebouncer.Hisoverallskillsare good. He has got a good yorker and a slower one from the back of the hand. It was only a question of consistency. It will come with practice. He was generatingmorepaceandcarrythanthe others,” Samant said. Arjunpickedup19wicketsin theCoochBeharTrophylastyear. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 a Pune court about information gathered from the material seized from those picked up. WithoutnamingModi,Pawar told the court about a communication that spoke of “another Rajiv Gandhi type incident”. Pawar also submitted a letterwhichpoliceclaimtohaverecovered from the laptop of one of the five arrested. The letter, police suspect, was from a central committee member of the banned CPI (Maoist). She read out parts of the letter. Those arrested Wednesday from different locations are Elgaar Parishad organiser Sudhir Dhawale, leader of Mumbaibased Republican Panthers Jati Antachi Chalwal (RP); CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KANNADA SCHOLAR and researcher M M Kalburgi and journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh were killed — two years apart — with the same 7.65 mm country gun, according to a forensic report placed before a Bengaluru court by a Karnataka Police Special Investigation Team (SIT). The report, which was attached to the chargesheet filed by the SIT in the Lankesh murder case, is the first official indication by any government agency of the linkages between the two murders. The chargesheet was placed before the court of the third additional chief Was shot metropolitan dead last magistrate on September May 30. Police sources said the finding suggests that a common group of assassins shot both persons dead. Kalburgi (77) was killed on August 30, 2015, in Dharwad and Lankesh (55) on September 5, 2017, in Bengaluru. The Indian Express had first reported on September 14, 2017, that preliminary forensic analysis of bullets and cartridges found at the site of the shooting of Lankesh and those recovered from the killing of Kalburgi revealed that the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS PAGE 9 GOVT & POLITICS ● UPA Minister Athawale slams arrest of Dalit rights activists P 6
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