TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TRUMP MEETS KIM JONG-UN Kim vows denuclearisation if North’s security is guaranteed Sanctions on North Korea over n-tests will remain for now Trump says will halt US military exercises in South America declares Korean Peace Together, preparing to disrupt the Asian order MARK LANDLER SINGAPORE, JUNE 12 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Former Bombay HC judge joins Congress US PRESIDENT Donald Trump shook hands with Kim Jong-un of North Korea Tuesday and offered a major concession during the first summit meeting between their nations, a momentous step in an improbable courtship between the world’s largest nuclear power and the most reclusive one. Brash,impulsiveleaderswho only a few months ago taunted each other across a nuclear abyss, Trump and Kim set aside their threats in a gamble that for now, at least, personal diplomacy can counteract decades of enmity and distrust. Emerging from a day of talks in Singapore and speaking to reporters for more than an hour, Trump said that he was suspending joint military exercises with South Korean forces and that he was confident Kim wouldbegindismantlinghisnuclear arsenal “very quickly.” But Trump said economic sanctions against the North would remain in place until the North did more. Trump’s decision to suspend the war games — which he described as “very expensive” butalso“veryprovocative”given the continuing negotiations — appeared to take South Korea by surprise. It was the latest twist in the internationaldramaoverthefate of the North’s nuclear programme and a complete reversalbytheTrumpadministration, C RAJA MOHAN SINGAPORE, JUNE 12 US President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un leave after a signing ceremony Tuesday at the Capella resort on Sentosa island in Singapore. AP/PTI 14 WORLD which had previously said the exercises were important to defendanallyandnotnegotiable.It was also a remarkable bet by TrumpthathecanpersuadeKim to follow through on pledges to surrender his nuclear weapons thatarealmostidenticaltothose the North has made — and broken — in the past. “We’re very proud of what took place today,” Trump said. “I think our whole relationship withNorthKoreaandtheKorean Peninsula is going to be a very much different situation than it has in the past.” In a televised ceremony in which the two leaders signed a joint statement, Kim thanked Trump for making their face-toface talks possible. “We had a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind,” he said, adding that “the world will see a major change.” Inthestatement theysigned, Trump “committed to provide security guarantees” to North Korea, and Kim “reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.” But the statement did not go muchfurtherthanpreviousones and was short on details, including any timetable or verification measures. Asked if Kim had agreed to denuclearise,Trumpsaid,“We’re startingthatprocessveryquickly CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Suspected shooter in Lankesh killing held, police say he has a crime record Justice Abhay Thipsay JOHNSON TA BENGALURU, JUNE 12 MAYURA JANWALKAR & SANDEEP ASHAR MUMBAI, JUNE 12 JUSTOVERayearsinceheretired as a judge of Allahabad High Court, Justice Abhay Thipsay joined the Congress on Tuesday. AformerBombayHighCourt judge, Thipsay met Congress presidentRahulGandhiandsaid the meeting was “very good”. “Itisimportanttostandupto fascistforces,communalismunder the garb of aggressive nationalism, scripting false history, lossof scientifictemperandconstitutional principles should be kept intact. It is impossible to do that single-handedly,” he told The Indian Express. “This is the biggest and the oldest national party, and I felt it was necessary to have a platform.” While his role in the party is yet to be carved out, Thipsay made it clear that he will not get into electoral politics. “Ambition canbefulfilledbyjoiningtheruling party, and there was enough opportunity to do that,” he said. “But if you believe in something, there can be no compromise.” Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan confirmed thatThipsaywasinductedintothe party. In an interview with The Indian Express on February 14, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE KARNATAKA Police have arrested Parshuram Ashok Wagmare,thesuspectedshooter in the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh,whowasgunneddown outside her house in Bengaluru in September last year. Wagmare, police claimed, has a record of communal crimes and is allegedly affiliated to radical right-wing groups. From the Sindhagi region of Vijayapura district, Wagmare (26) alias Parashu, alias Kohli, alias Builder, worked in his uncle’s utensils store in Sindhagi and was produced in a Bengaluru court Tuesday. A Special Investigation Team, probing the murder, submitted a statement from Wagmare admittinghisinvolvementinthe shooting of Gauri Lankesh. Sources said Wagmare has a criminalrecordinKarnatakaand was one of six men associated with the radical right-wing Sri Rama Sena arrested for hoisting the Pakistan flag in Sindhagi townin2012inanattempttofoment communal trouble. “InconnectionwiththeGauri Lankeshcase,theSIThasarrested oneParshuramWagmare,sonof Ashok Wagmare, aged 26 years, fromSindhagi.Hewasproduced before the 3rd ACMM Court and has been taken into 14 days policecustodyforfurtherquestioning.Hisroleintheconspiracyand other details will be revealed later as it will affect the investigation at this stage,” said the SIT CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MANYLEADERSpromisefundamental changes in the existing order, but only a few get to have a shot at it. US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un might be among those few. At their much anticipated summit meeting here Tuesday, Trump and Kim Jongun have begun an unprecedented effort to dismantle a seven-decade-old conflict in the Korean Peninsula. Working together with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump andKimaregettingreadytoturn Asian geopolitics inside out. The story of the summit between Trump and Kim began as anarrownarrativeonde-nuking North Korea. It has now turned intoanextraordinarytaleof turning sworn enemies — Washington and Pyongyang — into friends, healing the tragic partitionof theKoreanPeninsula, and reducing American forward military presence in East Asia. In publicly discussing the prospect of withdrawing American troops from South Korea at some future date when peace prevails in the Peninsula, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 4 THECITY PORTUGALEMBASSY OFFICIALSMEETABU SALEMINTALOJAJAIL High profile guru Bhaiyyuji Maharaj takes his own life MILIND GHATWAI BHOPAL, JUNE 12 IN AN apparent suicide, spiritual leaderBhaiyyujiMaharajwason Tuesday found dead with a gunshot wound in his temple at his SilverSpringColonyresidencein Indore. In a short note believed to have been left behind by him, Bhaiyyuji spoke of stress and beingfedupwithlife,butdidnot spell out a reason for it. The50-year-oldwasaformer model and worked as a marketing executive before taking to preaching,acallingthatgavehim immense clout and a following cutting across political lines, mostly in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. It was Bhaiyyuji who mediated between Anna HazareandtheUPAgovernment during his anti-corruption fastin2011inDelhiandwas also invited to break then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s fast the same year. Bhaiyyuji appears to have been active on Twitter minutes before he is said to have shot himself with a pistol. Family members and aides have told police that about 15 minutesafternoon,theyhearda gunshot from Bhaiyyuji’s room. 12 He recently said no to MP offer of ministerial rank Theysaytheytriedtogetintohis room and the adjacent one, but he did not respond despite several knocks. When the door was broken open, he was found with a bullet wound in the temple. Police said Bhaiyyuji was rushed to Bombay Hospital in the city, where he was declared dead. IndoreDIGHarinarayanchari Mishra said there were half a dozenpeopleathome,including Bhaiyyuji’s wife and mother, at the time of the incident. Mishra said a suicide note, written in English and talking of “stress”, andapistolwererecoveredfrom theroom.Thenote,asperpolice, said: “Somebody should be there to handle duties of family. I am leaving to (too) much stressed out, fed up.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Regulator vs debt manager THEEDITORIAL PAGE BY ILA PATNAIK ‘Defaming RSS’: Charges framed against Rahul Others in family helped Nirav launder MOHAMED THAVER BHIWANDI, JUNE 12 A BHIWANDI court in Maharashtra Tuesday framed charges against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for allegedly making defamatory remarks against the RSS at an election rally in 2014. While Rahul pleaded not guilty, charges were framed after Rajesh Kunte, secretary of the Bhiwandi unit of the RSS, filed a complaint against Rahul for saying that the RSS was responsiblefortheassassination of Mahatma Gandhi. The court also agreed to conduct the case as a detailed summons trial and notasummarytrialfollowingan earlier application by Rahul’s lawyers. The matter will be heard next on August 10, which, Rahul’s lawyers said, would not Rahul Gandhi outside a court in Mumbai Tuesday. Deepak Joshi require his presence. Nandu Phadke, the lawyer forKuntesaid,“Thecourtframed charges against Rahul under Sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code that deal with defamation. Now that the charges are filed, the court will hear evidence from both sides.” Rahul,whoappearedincourt around 11.00 am was represented by a battery of lawyers that comprised of Sudeep Pasbola, Kushal Mor and Narayan Iyer. “During the hearing that went on for about an hour, the judge read out the charges against him. Rahul, who was seated in the first row, went to the dock and pleaded not guilty,” said Mor. According to Mor: “In Cases where the maximum punishment is two years or less, there can be a summary or summons trial.Inasummarytrial,thereare only two to three hearings in the case.Also,if thejudgeischanged the matter has to be heard all over again. Since this was a case with historical ramifications we wanted a detailed recording of evidenceinasummonstrial.The plea has been accepted.” While Kunte had no objections to the summons trial, his lawyer also moved an application for a translation of Rahul’s 2014 speech. Phadke said, “We CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 money, destroy evidence: ED to court KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, JUNE 12 THEENFORCEMENTDirectorate (ED) has found that absconding diamond jeweller Nirav Modi’s brother Nehal Modi “knowingly and intentionally” assisted him in concealing the alleged laundering of money and “destroying evidence”, while his sister Purvi Modi was an “active participant in the generation of proceeds of crime” and Modi’s father Deepak Modi “assisted theactivityof moneylaundering knowingly”. Detailing the role of Nehal Modi, the ED, in its complaint to the court, said,”...after the crisis (the Rs 13,500-crore scam at Punjab National Bank), Nehal Modi, brother of Mr Nirav Modi In complaint to court, ED names his father, sister and brother destroyed all the cell phones of alldummydirectorsinDubaiand HongKongandarrangedfortheir tickets to Cairo — a safe haven”. The Indian Express had earlier reportedthatNiravModihadcreated over 15 dummy companies overseas to allegedly rotate the fundsacquiredthroughlettersof undertaking (LoU) from Punjab NationalBank(PNB)“intheguise of export-import transactions”. The ED has now identified at least 17 dummy directors of these companies. All these dummy directors are either em- ployees or ex-employees of Modi’s firms who earned salaries of Rs 8,000 to Rs 30,000 per month for rendering their services. Relyingonstatementsof two witnesses including a dummy director, the ED said that after the scam broke at PNB, the dummydirectors“wished”toreturn to India but were “persuaded” to stay back, and Nehal Modi “visited Dubai and took lead in the matter and destroyed all the mobiles of dummy companymanagers/directors”.Sofar, the ED has been able to record thestatementsof onlyfourof the 17 dummy directors. TheED,whichhassubmitted its prosecution complaint against Nirav Modi in court, has alleged that Nehal Modi was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR AFTER WE DIE, WHO TAKES CARE OF OUR CHALLENGED CHILD? HOME SWEET HOME SHAJU PHILIP THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JUNE 12 FORYEARS,retiredschoolteachers N Kamalasan (77) and C K Sarojini (71) worried about the future of their only daughter, an intellectuallychallengedperson. Whowouldtakecareof heronce they were gone? Last Friday, the couple found an answer. They handed over one of their houses to the Kerala government, asking it to convert the property into a centre for challenged women and accommodatetheir37-year-olddaugh- ter at that facility. Accepting the demand of Kamalasan, the Kerala Social Welfare Department took over the building and 83 cents of land at Kayila village in Kollam district. The property, with a twostoreyed house, has a market value of Rs 3 crore. Social Welfare Minister K K Shylaja said the house would soonbeconvertedintoarehabilitation centre for intellectually challenged women. At present, thehousecanaccommodateten people. It will be furnished with facilities for 50 women. On the request of Kamalasan and Sarojini, the house will be Kamalasan and Sarojini with their daughter Priya namedaftertheirdaughterPriya — Priya Home for Mentally Challenged Women. The house, the minister said, will ensure a homely atmosphere for its residents. They will also get medical care at the house, Shylaja said. This gesture of the elderly couple did not end there. They wrote a will, saying the government can take over their two other houses and 15 cents of land in Kozhikode which will fetchamarketpriceof Rs4crore. They are now living in one of these two houses in Kozhikode. According to the will, these houses will have to be used for the rehabilitation of the intellec- tually challenged. Kamalasan said he had worried about the future of their daughter. “If she is handed over to the custody of relatives, there is no guarantee that they will look after her. We have several instances of mentally challenged persons being killed by relatives to seize the property left behind by their parents.’’ He said he had been knocking on the door of the Social Welfare Department to take over his house in Kollam and make it a residential project for the intellectually challenged. “The government action has come as a big relief. The government has promised to make the house ready for challenged women. We will have nothing to worry. Our daughter can be quickly moved to that house. She can live in a homely atmosphere. Otherwise, she may have had to wander after our death,” he said. He said scores of intellectuallychallengedpersonsinKerala havebeenleftonthestreetsafter the death of their parents. “I wanted to bring their woes to thepublicsphere.Ihopewealthy families come forward to make suchhomesreadyfortheirintellectually-challenged wards as well as for others from economically weaker sections, ‘’ Kamalasan said. A survey conducted by the Kerala Social Security Mission in 2015 revealed that 2.21 per cent of the state’s population is challenged,eitherphysicallyormentally. Kerala Mental Health Authority Secretary Dr Jayaprakash said the gesture of Kamalasan and his wife is worth emulating. “Many parents of challenged children die with the pain that there is none to take care of them (the children). This type of voluntary initiative will help address the issue,” he said.
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