TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● THURSDAY, JULY 12, 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 THE VISION OF JUSTICE JUSTICE RANJAN GOGOI TO DELIVER THE RAMNATH GOENKA LECTURE TODAY JOURNALISM OF COURAGE VALIDITY OF INDIAN PENAL CODE PROVISION In big shift forward, Govt not to contest challenge to Sec 377, leaves it to Court ‘But do not go into issues like gay marriage, adoption, LGBTQ rights’ ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, JULY 11 MAKING IT clear it would not contest demands to declare as unconstitutional Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises sexual relations between consenting adults in private, the Centre Wednesday left the decision on petitions challenging the law to the “wis- dom” of the Supreme Court, but urgeditnottogointootherissues like gay marriage, adoption and ancillarycivilrightsof theLGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community. In its affidavit filed in court, the Ministry of Home Affairs said: “I state and submit that so far as the constitutional validity (of) Section 377 to the extent it applies to ‘consensual acts of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 We do not want a situation where two homosexuals enjoying a walk on Marine Drive should be disturbed by police and charged under Section 377 JUSTICE CHANDRACHUD ONE OF FIVE JUDGES ON THE CONSTITUTION BENCH Govt walked BJP tightrope: said yes — and a no as well RAVISH TIWARI NEW DELHI, JULY 11 OFFERING A potential safe passage for the decriminalisationof same-sexrelationshipsby the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Home Affairs affidavit has tried to walk a tightrope between changingpublic opinionand the outlook of the ruling BJP’s core support bastions, including the RSS, on the issue. Thecarefullydraftedaffidavit filed before the Constitution Bench reserved its right to object to anything “other than” Section 377 if it were to be considered duringthecourseofadjudication. “In the event this Hon’ble Court is pleased to declare CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Day after in Vasai: water in homes, supplies run dry PRIYANKA SAHOO MUMBAI, JULY 11 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY AN UPSIDE down pressure cooker, pieces of broken furniture,twoschoolbagsandanotebook were some of the things floating in waist-high water when Meena Chauhan opened her ground-floor flat in Vishal Nagar, Vasai West, for the first time in three days on Wednesday afternoon. “The furniture, TV, fridge, everything is gone,” she said, breaking down before shutting her door. Since Sunday night, Meena and her two teenaged children had camped on the terrace of Mantara building where all ground-floor flats are heavily waterlogged. It was on Monday evening that she last spoke with her husband, who was stuck at work in Borivali and could not reach home because local train services between Bhayander and Virar were suspended. A torrential downpour over the past three days has left the satellitetownshipsof Vasai,Virar andNallasopara-locatedaround 50 km off Mumbai - flooded and residentsmarooned.InVasai,the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway in the east, Vishal Nagar, Evershine City, Vasant Nagari, Manikpur and station road on the west of the railway tracks were some of the places that CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 People wade through waterlogged roads to reach Vasai railway station in Mumbai on Wednesday. Prashant Nadkar MORE REPORTS, PAGES 3, 4 & 5 NEW DELHI, REWARI, JULY 11 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Cash, evidence of Nirav Modi jewellery purchase: Official THE INCOME-TAX department claimed Wednesday that it carriedoutsearchesat“threepremises” in Haryana’s Rewari belonging to Swaraj India founder Yogendra Yadav’s family and found “unaccounted cash” of Rs 20 lakh along with evidence The search in Rewari Wednesday. Gajendra Yadav of purchase of jewellery from PNB scam accused Nirav Modi, payments for which were allegedly made partly in cash. Responding to these claims, Yadav told The Indian Express: “Whateverwasfoundduringthe raid is for the hospital authorities to explain. I raised my voice becausetheyarebeingpunished for my actions.” Yadav said the raids started CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 Deadline over, no CCTV in UP jail where Bajrangi was gunned down MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL & MANISH SAHU NEW DELHI, LUCKNOW JULY 11 THE BAGHPAT jail where gangster Munna Bajrangi was shot dead did not have a single CCTV camera installed — this despite a deadline of March 31 to set up 30 cameras at the prison. And just a few metres from the spot where Bajrangi was gunned down on Monday was where a Bajrangi was gunned down on Monday proposed camera was to be set up, said sources. Additional Director General (Prisons) Chandra Prakash told The Indian Express that they had hired a government agency to survey jails across Uttar Pradesh and install surveillance cameras backin2014-15.“AstheBaghpat jail is considered a small prison, we had decided to install 30 cameras here and the deadline was set as March 31, 2018. But they (the agency) were not able to meet the deadline and they are still working on it,” he said. Police records also show that theBaghpat jail, whichhasmore than 850 prisoners, faces a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR AT HEART OF PUNJAB’S LATEST DRUG DRIVE IS BODY OF 22-YR-OLD ADDICT ADIL AKHZER FARIDKOT, JULY 11 MORE THAN two weeks after the body of 22-year-old Balwinder Singh was found in a garbage dump with a syringe stuck in his hand near his home here, his family members on Monday burnt down his clothes and other belongings. His mother Kashmir Kaur says she couldnotbeartolookatthestuff anymore as it reminded her of Balwinder. He died on June 23. Several suspected drug-related deaths havebeenreportedsincethenin Punjab, but it was the viral video of Kashmir crying uncontrollably next to the body of her son Kashmir Kaur and Madal Lal, parents of Balwinder who was found dead, at their home in Faridkot. Jaipal Singh lying in the rubbish dump that has triggered the fresh outpouring of public anger over drugs in Punjab.Inreaction,arattledstate government, that claims to have brought the drug menace under control, wrote to the Centre seeking an amendment in the THREE MANIPULATED video clips showing two men on motorcycles picking up a boy, women putting on burqas while walking on a road and a boy telling reportersthathewaskidnapped from Buldhana were among those responsible for inciting part of the mob violence thatleftninedeadand10injured within 25 days in Maharashtra. Police investigations have revealedthat thesevideos either do not belong to locations listed in WhatsApp forwards or were edited deliberately to distort their content. Investigators are PATNA, JULY 11 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G SLAMMING THE Centre, the UP government and other authorities for the “apathy” and “lethargy” in their efforts to preserve and restore the Taj Mahal, the Supreme Court Wednesday gaveventtoitsangerandfrustration:“YoucanshutdowntheTaj. You can demolish it if you like, and you can also do away with it if you have already decided.” Additional Solicitor General A S Nadkarni, who appeared for theMinistryof Environmentand Forests (MoEF), was also told by the bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta: “Uttar Pradesh (government) is not bothered. No action plan or vision document has come yet. Either you demolish it (Taj) or you restore it.” “We want you to give us an action plan of what you propose to do. We will hear it and finally dispose it. If it has to be shut down, let it be shut,” said the bench which is monitoring MUMBAI, JULY 11 SANTOSH SINGH I-T searches Yogendra Yadav family hospitals, he says my politics is reason NEW DELHI, JULY 11 SRINATH RAO & MOHAMED THAVER probingatleasttwomorevideos that were circulated widely across Maharashtra. “All the three videos misrepresent incidents of kidnapping in order to create panic,” said Harsh Poddar, Additional Superintendentof Police,Nashik Rural. The most widely circulated video, which has been doing the rounds in other parts of the country too, shows two men on a motorcycle approaching a group of children playing by the side of the road, picking up one of them and riding away. Variousversionsof thisvideo forwarded on WhatsApp have captions claiming that the incident took place in India. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Facing backlash, Bihar govt set to water down prohibition law SC anguish over Taj neglect: Shut it down, or demolish it AANCHAL MAGAZINE & ABHINAV RAJPUT 3 videos that fuelled Dhule lynch mob were all manipulated: Police law to provide death penalty for first-time drug offenders too, andannouncedmandatorydrug screening for all government employees. No government functionary has visited Kashmir yet at the one-room accommodation at Kotkapura in Faridkot where she and her husband live. The Punjab government does not count Balwinder’s death as drug-related. Holding her son’s framed photo, Kashmir weeps saying how good-looking he was. “People would tell me he could not be my son, he could not belong to our caste (the family is Dalit). I remember how he would fight with me about this.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UNDERFIREoverallegedmisuse of the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016, the state government on Tuesday cleared amendments to the law which will dilute some of its stringent provisions. Sources told The Indian Express that at least five provisionsunderthelawcouldbewatered down, including those related to arrest of first-time offenders,“arrest of alladults” of a family, and seizure of house/ vehicle where liquor is recovered. The decision was taken at a cabinetmeetingonTuesday,and the amendments are set to be tabled during the monsoon session. “Thecabinethasgivenitsnod to the proposal for amendments in the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016,” said Principal SecretaryArunKumarSingh.He, however, did not give details of the proposed amendments. “Amendments will be broughtinthemonsoonsession. We have received people’s feedback on misuse of some provisions of the law by police and excise department... 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