LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE VALIDITY OF INDIAN PENAL CODE PROVISION 10 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 urged it not to go into other issues like gay marriage, adoption and ancillary civil rights of the LGBTQ (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 decriminalisation of same-sex relationships by the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Home Affairs affidavit has tried to walk a tightrope between changing public opinion and the outlook of the ruling BJP’s core support bastions, including the RSS, on the issue. The carefully drafted affidavit filed before the Constitution Bench reserved its right to object to anything “other than” Section 377 if it were to be considered during the course ofadjudication. “In the event this Hon’ble Court is pleased to declare CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 3 videos that fuelled Dhule lynch mob were all manipulated: Police SRINATH RAO & MOHAMED THAVER MUMBAI, JULY 11 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 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 reporters that he was kidnapped from Buldhana were among those responsible for inciting part of the mob violence that left nine dead and 10 injured within 25 days in Maharashtra. Police investigations have revealed that these videos either do not belong to locations listed in WhatsApp forwards or were edited deliberately to distort their content. Investigators are probing at least two more videos that were circulated widely across Maharashtra. “All the three videos misrepresent incidents of kidnapping in order to create panic,” said Harsh Poddar, Additional Superintendent of 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. Various versions of this video forwarded on WhatsApp have captions claiming that the incident took place in India. AFTER THE ORDEAL Some of the boys rescued from a cave in Thailand in their hospital room in Chiang Rai on Wednesday. Reuters REPORT, PAGE 12 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SC anguish over Taj neglect: Shut it down, or demolish it I-T searches Yogendra Yadav family hospitals, he says my politics is reason ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, REWARI, JULY 11 Cash, evidence of Nirav Modi jewellery purchase: Official AANCHAL MAGAZINE & ABHINAV RAJPUT NEW DELHI, JULY 11 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 gave vent to its anger and frustration: “You can shut down the Taj. 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 the Ministry of Environment and 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE INCOME-TAX department claimed Wednesday that it carried out searches at “three premises” 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: “Whatever was found during the raid is for the hospital authorities to explain. I raised my voice because they are being punished for my actions.” Yadav said the raids started CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 back in 2014-15. “As the Baghpat 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 the Baghpat jail, which has more 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 could not bear to look at the stuff anymore as it reminded her of Balwinder. He died on June 23. Several suspected drug-related deaths have been reported since then in 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. In reaction, a rattled state government, that claims to have brought the drug menace under control, wrote to the Centre seeking an amendment in the law to provide death penalty for first-time drug offenders too, and announced mandatory drug 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 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Maternity benefits or jobs BY BINA AGARWAL FAMILY ARREST, SEIZURE OF HOUSE Facing backlash on prohibition, Bihar set to water down its harsh provisions back on misuse of some provisions of the law by police and PATNA, JULY 11 excise department... The objective of the proposed amendUNDER FIRE over alleged misuse ments is to ensure that people of the Bihar Prohibition and are not harassed unnecessarily,” Excise Act, 2016, the state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had government on Tuesday cleared said earlier this week. amendments to the law which “One of the proposed will dilute some of its stringent amendments is doing away with provisions. provisions related to seizure of Sources told The Indian house/ vehicle in case liquor is Express that at least five recovered from a house provisions under the law or vehicle. Another macould be watered down, jor amendment could be including those related diluting the penal provito arrest of first-time sions in cases related to offenders, “arrest of all just consumption of adults” of a family, and liquor, while increasing seizure of house/ vehicle the fine imposed. There where liquor is recov- Nitish: Got could also be additional ered. provision allowing fine feedback The decision was on misuse for first and subsequent taken at a cabinet meetoffence. But the final ing on Tuesday, and the draft is not yet ready as amendments are set to be tabled we are still in the process of takduring the monsoon session. ing legal opinion,” said a senior “The cabinet has given its nod official involved in the process. to the proposal for amendments Sources said there is a proin the Bihar Prohibition and posal to impose a fine of Excise Act, 2016,” said Principal Rs 50,000, while doing away Secretary Arun Kumar Singh. He, with the provision allowing arhowever, did not give details of rest in case of a first-time offence. the proposed amendments. According to sources, the “Amendments will be provision which allows “arrest of brought in the monsoon session. all adults in a family if an adult of We have received people’s feedCONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SANTOSH SINGH
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