LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS 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 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Regulator vs debt manager BY ILA PATNAIK ‘Defaming RSS’: Charges are framed against Rahul 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 responsible for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. The court also agreed to conduct the case as a detailed summons trial and not a summary trial following an earlier application by Rahul’s lawyers. The matter will be heard next on August 10, which, Rahul’s lawyers said, would not require his presence. Nandu Phadke, the lawyer for Kunte said, “The court framed 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, who appeared in court 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RETIRED HC JUDGE THIPSAY JOINS CONG PAGE 6 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, impulsive leaders who 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 would begin dismantling his nuclear 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” but also “very provocative” given the continuing negotiations — appeared to take South Korea by surprise. C RAJA MOHAN SINGAPORE, JUNE 12 BENGALURU, JUNE 12 THE KARNATAKA Police have arrested Parshuram Ashok Wagmare, the suspected shooter in the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was gunned down 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 12 WORLD It was the latest twist in the international drama over the fate of the North’s nuclear programme and a complete reversal by the Trump administration, which had previously said the exercises were important to defend an ally and not negotiable. It was also a remarkable bet by Trump that he can persuade Kim to follow through on pledges to surrender his nuclear weapons that are almost identical to those the North has made — and Suspected shooter in Lankesh killing held, police say he has a crime record JOHNSON TA broken — in the past. “We’re very proud of what took place today,” Trump said. “I think our whole relationship with North Korea and the Korean 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 MANY LEADERSpromise fundamental 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 and Kim are getting ready to turn Asian geopolitics inside out. The story of the summit between Trump and Kim began as a narrow narrative on de-nuking North Korea. It has now turned into an extraordinary tale of turning sworn enemies — Washington and Pyongyang — into friends, healing the tragic partition of the Korean Peninsula, and reducing American forward military presence in East Asia. and was produced in a Bengaluru court Tuesday. A Special Investigation Team, probing the murder, submitted a statement from Wagmare admitting his involvement in the shooting of Gauri Lankesh. Sources said Wagmare has a criminal record in Karnataka and was one of six men associated with the radical right-wing Sri Rama Sena arrested for hoisting the Pakistan flag in Sindhagi town in 2012 in an attempt to foment communal trouble. “In connection with the Gauri Lankesh case, the SIT has arrested one Parshuram Wagmare, son of Ashok Wagmare, aged 26 years, from Sindhagi. He was produced before the 3rd ACMM Court and has been taken into 14 days police custody for further questioning. His role in the conspiracy and other details will be revealed later as it will affect the investigation at this stage,” said the SIT chief investigating officer M N Anucheth in an official statement. Wagmare was arrested at his home in Sindhagi after investigations in the aftermath of the arrest of four men linked to the radical right-wing group Sanatan Sanstha and its affiliate Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) on May 31. 5 GOVT & POLITICS MUMBAI, JUNE 12 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GUJARAT HC TO CENTRE ‘Offer job to kin of prisoner held in Pak for spying’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, JUNE 12 THE GUJARAT High Court on Tuesday ordered the central government to offer a job to a 46year-old woman whose brother is lodged in a Pakistan jail on charges of being a spy. The court held that it was an “exceptional” case and so it should be considered on compassionate grounds. The division bench of Justices M R Shah and A Y Kogje passed the order giving relief to petitioner Rekha Yadav, directing the Union government to give her a job. Rekha’s brother Kuldeep Yadav has been in the Pakistan jail since his arrest in 1994. Rekha’s lawyer Manoj Danak said, “The court has directed the government to give the petitioner an employment in four weeks. This was done since Yadav once worked for the Border Security Force.” However, during the proceedings, the Union government denied that Kuldeep was recruited by the BSF or any security agency. The order said that in such cases “there may not be record available, more particularly with respect to such persons who may be appointed for secret services, they may not have any actual proof of appointment and in a given case, even the concerned department may also deny his appointment in the Department”. The order noted that the case should be treated as an exception since a job on compassionate grounds is offered to only government servants dying in harness or retired on medical grounds. “Therefore, in the facts and circumstances of the case narrated hereinabove and more particularly, when the brother of the petitioner Kuldeep Yadav is a prisoner of the Pakistani authorities and is undergoing sentence in Kot Lakhpat Jail, Lahore, Pakistan, for spying, the case is required be treated as an absolutely exceptional one and the sister of the petitioner is required to be given appointment on compassionate grounds looking to her educational qualifications.” The family members, who live in Chandkheda in Ahmedabad, first got to know about Kuleep in 2010 when a prisoner was released by Pakistan. The prisoner wrote to Kuldeep’s family and since then, several efforts were made by the family for his release. The high court in 2011 passed an order requesting Pakistani authorities to consider the case of Kuldeep and many similarly placed prisoners for remitting their sentence and releasing them. Justices Shah and Kogje had noted in their order, “It appears that thereafter, nothing further has been done so far as release of Kuldeep Yadav is concerned. Nothing is forthcoming even with respect to other similarly situated prisoners.” ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR AFTER WE DIE, WHO TAKES CARE OF OUR CHALLENGED CHILD? HOME SWEET HOME SHAJU PHILIP THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JUNE 12 Kamalasan and Sarojini with their daughter Priya FOR YEARS, retired school teachers N Kamalasan (77) and C K Sarojini (71) worried about the future of their only daughter, an intellectually challenged person. Who would take care of her once 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 accom- modate their 37-year-old daughter 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 soon be converted into a rehabilitation centre for intellectually challenged women. At present, the house can accommodate ten people. It will be furnished with facilities for 50 women. On the request of Kamalasan and Sarojini, the house will be named after their daughter Priya — 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 fetch a market price of Rs 4 crore. They are now living in one of these CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MILIND GHATWAI BHOPAL, JUNE 12 IN AN apparent suicide, spiritual leader Bhaiyyuji Maharaj was on Tuesday found dead with a gunshot wound in his temple at his Silver Spring Colony residence in Indore. In a short note believed to have been left behind by him, Bhaiyyuji spoke of stress and being fed up with life, but did not spell out a reason for it. The 50-year-old was a former model and worked as a marketing executive before taking to preaching, a calling that gave him immense clout and a following cutting across political lines, He recently said no to MP offer of ministerial rank mostly in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. It was Bhaiyyuji who mediated between Anna Hazare and the UPA government during his anti-corruption fast in 2011 in Delhi and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Others in family helped Nirav launder money, destroy evidence: ED to court KHUSHBOO NARAYAN DRAFT REPORT ON NOTE BAN DIVIDES HOUSE PANEL, BJP MEMBERS SAY IT IS BIASED High profile guru Bhaiyyuji Maharaj takes his own life THE ENFORCEMENTDirectorate (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 pro- In complaint to court, ED names his father, sister and brother ceeds of crime” and Modi’s father Deepak Modi “assisted the activity of money laundering 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 destroyed all the cell phones of all dummy directors in Dubai and Hong Kong and arranged for their tickets to Cairo — a safe haven”. The Indian Express had earlier reported that Nirav Modi had created over 15 dummy companies overseas to allegedly rotate the funds acquired through letters of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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