TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, KOLKATA, `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Dec 16 gangrape accused to hang, SC rejects pleas Centre wanted Sec 377 hearing deferred, apex court says no EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 9 THE SUPREME Court Monday refused to defer Tuesday’s scheduled hearing on a batch of petitions challenging Section 377of theIndianPenalCodethat criminalises homosexuality. A bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it will not postpone the hearing after the Centre sought more time to file its reply. The bench said the matter had been pending since some time and the Centre should have filed its reply earlier. “It will not be adjourned... We will go ahead with the scheduled hearing... You file whatever you want during the hearing,” the bench told the Centre’s counsel. A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by the CJI will CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Sharif case not about graft By AYESHA SIDDIQA ‘Can’t be allowed to re-argue their appeal... evidences have been looked into’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi, South Korea President Moon Jae-in, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at the Samsung office in Noida, Monday. Renuka Puri NEW DELHI, JULY 9 TARGET IS 120 MILLION HANDSETS A YEAR Setting stage for trade talks, India, S Korea launch biggest Samsung mobile factory Firm says invested Rs 5,000 cr to double capacity by 2020, PM says 1,000 new jobs will be created ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NOIDA, JULY 9 SOUTH KOREAN conglomerate Samsung Electronics Monday inaugurated what it said is the world’s largest mobile factory that will have a capacity of 120 million handsets a year — nearly double the current 68 million — under a phased expansion by 2020. Samsung said it has invested around Rs 5,000 crore to increase the capacity at the manufacturing plant, where it will fabricate devices ranging from low-end smartphones that cost under $100 to the company’s flagship S9 model. The capacity increase is in line with Samsung’s plans to expand productionthatwillhelpitcompete with its Chinese rivals in the Indian market. Prime Minister Narendra ModiandSouthKoreanPresident MoonJae-in,wholedtheinauguration, took the Delhi Metro for a partof theirjourneytothevenue in Noida. They will hold bilateral talks Tuesday and the two sides are likely to sign an updated Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). InhisaddressattheSamsung event, Modi said that development would lend pace to the Make in India programme. “I have been told that this unit will be the company’s largest manufacturing unit. Here, every month around 1 crore phones Proposed Reliance institute gets ‘eminence’ tag with IITs and IISc EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 9 THE GOVERNMENT Monday awardedInstitutionof Eminence (IoE) status to three public and three private institutions — IITDelhi, IIT-Bombay, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), BITSPilani,ManipalAcademyof High Education, and Reliance Foundation’s proposed Jio Institute near Navi Mumbai. The University Grants Commission(UGC)approvedsix names against the promised 20 slots. The government’s formal notification is expected soon. The Union Cabinet had ap- proved UGC’s ‘Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be UniversitiesRegulations2017’,in August,2017.Theregulationsare aimedatcreatinganenablingarchitecture for 10 public and 10 private institutions to emerge as world-classinstitutions,sincethe country has little representation in the international ranking of educational institutions. Only higher education institutions currently placed in the top 500 of global rankings or top 50 of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) are eligible to apply for the eminence tag. The private IoEs can also come up as greenfield ventures, provided the sponsoring Film on low-cost India cancer drugs scripts cut in China tariffs K J M VARMA BEIJING, JULY 9 DAYS AFTER a Chinese movie on cancer that highlighted the benefits of generic drugs manufactured in India, Beijing and New Delhi have reached an agreement on reducing tariffs on the importof Indianmedicines, particularly cancer drugs, to China. It is not yet clear, however, whether China has agreed to grant licences to Indian companies to sell cancer drugs in the huge market, where about 4.3 million people are diagnosed with cancer annually according toareportbythestate-runChina Central Television. Indian drugs are in high demand in China as they are far cheaper than their western counterparts. “We have seen China and India have reached agreement on the reduction of tariffs on medicines.Forspecifics,Iwillrefer you to relevant competent authorities,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a briefing on Monday. “Webelievetheexpansionof importsandslashingof tariffson CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 organisation submits a convincingperspectiveplanfor15years. The IoEs are proposed to have greater autonomy compared to other higher education institutions. For instance, they will be free to decide their fee for domestic and foreign students, and have a flexible course duration and structure. Their academic collaborations with foreign institutions will be exempt from approvals of government or UGC except institutions based on a list of negative countries prepared by the External Affairs and Home ministries. Onceidentified,thetargetfor CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY EXPRESS NETWORK ● NITISH KUMAR: NO DIFFERENCES WITH BJP OVER SEAT-SHARING, P 8 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G will be made. What is also important is that 30 per cent of whatever will be produced, will be exported to different countries of the world,” he said. “Samsung has played a key CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORT PAGE 8 14 WORLD BORISQUITS OVERMAY BREXITPLANS Munna Bajrangi’s daughter and wife outside the mortuary in Baghpat, Monday. Abhinav Saha THE SUPREME Court Monday upheld the death penalty imposed on three convicts, Mukesh, Vinay Sharma and PawanKumarGupta,inthe2012 Delhigangrapeandmurdercase. A bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan “dismissed” their review petitions,sayingnogroundhasbeen made out in the petitions for reversingtheirconvictionandsentence. The court noted that contentions in their review pleas were already gone into by the court in the past and they could not be allowed to “re-argue”. On December 16, 2012, a 23year-old paramedic student was gangraped inside a running bus inSouthDelhibysixpersonsand severely assaulted before being thrownoutontheroad.Shedied of her injuries on December 29, 2012 at the Mount Elizabeth HospitalinSingapore.Oneof the accused, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail in March 2013 while another, a juvenile then, served time in a probation home. Rejecting the review petition filed by Mukesh, the bench said that submissions by his counsel MLSharma“aremoreorlessthe submissions which were advanced at the time of hearing of the appeal and this court had already considered the relevant submissions and dealt them in its judgment dated 05.05.2017. This court had cautiously gone into and revisited the entire evidencesonrecordandafterbeing fully satisfied had dismissed the appeal”. “By the review petition, the petitioner cannot be allowed to re-argue the appeal on merits of Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh. Akshay did not file a review plea. File GOVT & POLITICS ● SC TRANSFERS KATHUA RAPE ACCUSED TO PUNJAB JAIL, P 9 the case by pointing out certain evidences and materials which were on the record and were already looked into by the trial court, High Court and this court as well,” the bench said. Sharma claimed that though Mukesh wanted him as counsel, police had “imposed” another advocate on him and “compelled to give his confession statement under Section 313 CrPC”. The Supreme Court, however, cited trial court records to state that Sharma had not appeared on several occasions, forcing the court to appoint an amicus curiae. The bench also rejected Sharma’s submission that statement of the accused recorded under Section 313 CrPC was underpressureandinfluenceof the amicus curiae, saying it “has no legs to stand”. “The above argument is stated to be rejected since the statement was recorded by the court and the accused was coming from judicial custody and could not be tortured by the police as alleged,” it said. Days after wife alleged threat to life, gangster shot dead inside UP jail EIGHTH PERSON SAVED FROM THAI CAVE, ELON MUSK TESTING TINY RESCUE SUB MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL For ‘abuse,’ Twitter blocks handle claiming to poll, work with govt He was to be produced in court on Monday BAGHPAT, JULY 9 HOURS BEFORE he was to be producedincourt,UttarPradesh gangster Prem Prakash Singh alias Munna Bajrangi was shot dead inside the Baghpat Jail Monday by another gangster Sunil Rathi. The killing, which Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath called “serious”, took place a weekafterBajrangi’swifehadallegedthatherhusband’slifewas in danger. The incident had senior UP officials rushing to Baghpat and the CM ordering a probe even as four jail officials were suspended. Bajrangi (51), who was named in 24 criminal cases, including murder and extortion, was to be produced in a local court on Monday in an extortion case for allegedly demanding money from former BSP MLA Lokesh Dixit in 2017. Bajrangi’s advocate Vikas Shrivastava alleged that Bajrangi had stopped appearing in court after getting several threats. “His courthearingwasthroughvideo conferencing and we had requested video conferencing for this case also, but the request was rejected,” he said. “Bajrangi was shot dead inside the jail premises at 6 am on Monday. The shocking part of all CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 3 JAY MAZOOMDAAR NEW DELHI, JULY 9 ■ “If you could slap one personwhowoulditbe?”Thisquestion is followed by names of four prominent Opposition voices. ■“To#MakeIndiaGreatAgain which of the 66 alleged #EnemiesOfIndia have to be silenced?” Below are the names of an Opposition politician, an Islamicpreacherandajournalist. ■“Whichof thesejournalists could be capable of hiding important news for a bribe?” There arethenamesof fourjournalists. ■ A retweet with the question “Hottest Party Spokesperson?” is followed by thenamesof womenspokespersons from four political parties. These are some of the posts of the Twitter handle, @MyVoteToday, which claims to be the world’s second largest pollster that has “done a lot of work for the PMO”. This handle, along with 27 other handles run by the same promoter, were blocked by Twitter last week for “running multiple accounts for abusive purposes”. Calling it a “conspiracy to defame him,” the promoter Amit Bagaria whose firm Apption Digital is associated with most of these accounts told The Indian Express that the handles “were wrongly locked CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 5 or suspended”. Bagaria, who describes himself as a serial entrepreneur, is author of “1914 NaMo or MoNa: Why is 2019 not 2014?”. When contacted by The Indian Express, a Twitter spokesperson said: “We take the safety of our users very seriously and do not tolerate behaviour that harasses, intimidates or uses fear to silence another person’s voice... Twitter Rules also state that you may not use Twitter’s services for the purpose of spamming anyone. This includes posting duplicative or substantially similar content, replies, or mentions over multiple accounts.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR FOR RAMAYANA REMARKS, FILM CRITIC BANISHED FROM HYDERABAD SREENIVAS JANYALA HYDERABAD, JULY 9 A WELL-KNOWN freelance Telugu film critic, Kathi Mahesh, wasonMonday“externed”from Hyderabad by Telangana Police for six months on charges of “vitiating”thecity’satmosphereafter he expressed “controversial” views on the Ramayana during a TV show — and later engaged in a war of words through the media with a Hindu seer. A police team escorted Mahesh to his ancestral home in Chittoordistrictof neighbouring Andhra Pradesh while the seer, ParipoornanandaSaraswati,was placedunderhousedetentionto prevent him from taking out a yatra against the critic. The two had engaged in a heated exchange through a se- A Bajrang Dal activist is detained in Hyderabad for protesting against film critic Mahesh Kathi. PTI ries of statements in the media following Mahesh’s comments last week on Ram, Sita and Ravana during a debate on TV9 news channel on a sedition case against R R Babu Gogineni, a rationalist. The remarks led to com- plaints against Mahesh being registered across Hyderabad by members of the Bajrang Dal and other Hindu groups. Based on them, a case was registered against Mahesh under various IPCsections,including295A(deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings). On July 2, Kathi Mahesh was served notice to appear before police for questioning. The latest decision to extern Mahesh, a Dalit, has been slammed by prominent civil rights groups and activists who described the decision as “harsh”.“Banishingsomeonefor expressing his views is ridiculous. Is Paripoornananda Saraswati dictating terms to the KCR government? Who is running the state?” Sujatha Surepally, noted academician and Dalit activist, told The Indian Express. Speaking to reporters, Telangana DGP M Mahender Reddy said police used its powers under the Prevention of Anti-Social and Hazardous Activities Act, 1930 to extern, or banish, Mahesh. “Kathi Mahesh’s comments have hurt the religious sentiments of a majority of the people who have expressed their anger in various ways. Mahesh misused his freedom of expression and speech which has caused acrimony and his commentshavedrawnadversereactions from various quarters,” Reddy said. “Over the last two weeks, the comments and counter-comments have hurt the sentiments of the people of a particular religion resulting in disharmony, feelings of enmity, hatred and ill-will between groups, castes and community... It is posing a threat to peace and harmony and may result in public law and order. In these circumstances, it has been decided to take stern action against any individual or group or groups of individuals trying to disturb peace in Hyderabad city. Nobody shall be spared for indulging in such activities,” he said. The DGP said that a showcausenoticehasalsobeenissued to TV9. “They not only conductedsuchadebatebutalsorepeatedly aired Mahesh’s commentswhichfurthervitiatedthe atmosphere,’’ Reddy said. When contacted by The Indian Express, a TV9 editor said the channel would comment on the issue only after receiving the notice. Mahesh, a former Big Boss contestant, had earlier tried to defend himself by claiming that he was being “victimised” because he is a Dalit, adding that the Constitution had given him the freedom of expression and speech. Mahesh,41,startedhiscareer in parallel cinema and directed ashortfilmin2011thatwasproduced through crowd funding. Hehasalsoco-writtenafilmand helmedanothershortfilm,apart from playing a minor role in a 2014 movie. Currently, he reviews films for TV channels and local newspapers. Paripoornananda Saraswati, who heads the Kakinada Sri Peetham, was prevented from coming out of his house to lead a 40-km ‘Dharmagraha Yatra’ in protest against Mahesh’s comments. Civil rights activist Prof G Hargopal hit out at the government’s decision to extern Mahesh. “Instead of protecting a person’s right to dissent and oppose ideas, the state has become a party to violating the Constitutional rights of freedom of expressions and speech. These Hindu groups are exploiting Hindu sentiments and are undermining democracy. This is very sad and very dangerous,” he said. The Prevention of AntiSocial and Hazardous Activities Act was amended on November 7, 2017, to make it the Telangana Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Bootleggers, Dacoits, Drug-Offenders, Goondas, Immoral Traffic Offenders and Land-Grabbers (Amendment) Act, 2017. It provides for jail or externment from six to 12 months.
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