TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM 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 8 Govt not to contest challenge to Sec 377: VALIDITY OF LAW We leave it to wisdom of Supreme Court ‘But do not to go into issues like gay marriages, 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 “wisdom” of the Supreme Court, but urged it not to go into other issues like gay marriages, 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, with a strong no 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 Home Ministry 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. 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 3 videos that inflamed Dhule lynch mob were manipulated: Police SRINATH RAO & MOHAMED THAVER MUMBAI, JULY 11 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY SC anguish over Taj neglect: Shut it down, or demolish it ANANTHAKRISHNAN G 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 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THEEDITORIAL PAGE 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 tellingreportersthathewaskidnapped from Buldhana were among those responsible for inciting part of the mob violence thatleftninedeadand10injured within 25 days in Maharashtra. Policeinvestigationshaverevealed that these videos either do not belong to locations listed in WhatsApp forwards or were edited deliberately to distort their content. Investigators are 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 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 7 NEW DELHI, REWARI, JULY 11 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 of purchase of jewellery from PNB scam accused Nirav Modi, payments for which were al- ‘Family being targeted to intimidate me’ legedly 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.” cise department... The objective of the proposed amendments is PATNA, JULY 11 to ensure that people are not harassed unnecessarily,” Chief UNDERFIREoverallegedmisuse Minister Nitish Kumar had said of the Bihar Prohibition and earlier this week. Excise Act, 2016, the state gov“One of the proposed ernment on Tuesday cleared amendmentsisdoingawaywith amendments to the law which provisions related to seizure of will dilute some of its stringent house/ vehicle in case liquor is provisions. recovered from a house or vehiSources told The Indian cle. Another major amendment Express that at least five provi- could be diluting the penal prosionsunderthelawcouldbewa- visions in cases related to just tered down, including consumption of liquor, those related to arrest of whileincreasingthefine first-time offenders, “arimposed. There could rest of all adults” of a also be additional provifamily, and seizure of sion allowing fine for house/ vehicle where first and subsequent ofliquor is recovered. fence. But the final draft The decision was is not yet ready as we are taken at a cabinet meet- Nitish: Got still in process of taking ing on Tuesday, and the feedback legal opinion,” said a amendments are set to on misuse seniorofficialinvolvedin be tabled during the the process. monsoon session. Sources said there is “Thecabinethasgivenitsnod a proposal to impose a fine of Rs to the proposal for amendments 50,000, while doing away with in the Bihar Prohibition and the provision allowing arrest in Excise Act, 2016,” said Principal case of a first-time offence. SecretaryArunKumarSingh.He, According to sources, the however, did not give details of provisionwhichallows“arrestof the proposed amendments. all adults in a family if an adult of “Amendments will be the house is found consuming, broughtinthemonsoonsession. distributing or storing liquor” We have received people’s feed- mayalsobeamended.“Thisproback on misuse of some provi- vision is very stringent as it sionsof thelawbypoliceandexCONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SANTOSH SINGH Yadav, the youngest of three siblings, said the raids started around 11 am at Kalawati Hospital-cum-NursingHomerun byhiseldestsisterNeelamYadav andKamlaNursingHomerunby the other sister Poonam Yadav. Poonam’s husband Narender Yadav is a child specialist. Speaking to The Indian Express in Rewari, Neelam said, “Please don’t mix this with politics. My husband and I are not into politics. The I-T department is doing its duty. Let them 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 deadhadnotasingleCCTVcamera installed — this despite a deadlineof March31tosetup30 cameras at the prison. And just a few metres from the spot where Bajrangi was gunned down on Monday was where a proposed Bajrangi was gunned down on Monday camera was to be set up, said sources. Additional Director General (Prisons) Chandra Prakash told TheIndianExpressthattheyhad 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(theagency)wasnotableto meet the deadline and they are still working on it,” he said. Police records also show that theBaghpatjail,whichhasmore than 850 prisoners, faces a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR BEHIND PUNJAB’S LATEST DRUG DRIVE, THE DEATH OF A 22-YR-OLD IN DUMP 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 BY BINA AGARWAL Facing questions on its prohibition law, Bihar set to dilute stringent provisions I-T searches Yogendra Yadav family hospitals, he says political vendetta AANCHAL MAGAZINE & ABHINAV RAJPUT Maternity benefits or jobs 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 Jaipur
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