TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, JULY 13, 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 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE JUSTICE GOGOI DELIVERS 3RD RAMNATH GOENKA MEMORIAL LECTURE ‘Needed: Noisy judges, independent journalists, judiciary on front foot’ SC signal on Sec 377: Being gay is variation, not an aberration ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, JULY 12 STATINGTHAThomosexualityis a “variation, not an aberration”, the Supreme Court Thursday saidmembersof theLGBTQ(lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community do not get proper medical care because of the“prejudices”againstthem. Hearing a clutch of petitions tostrikedownIndianPenalCode Section 377 which criminalises same-sexrelationsbetweentwo consenting adults in private, Justice Indu Malhotra, one of the five judges on the Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, said: “They (LGBTQ) don’t get proper medical aid because of these prejudices and inhibitions.” Additional Solicitor General TusharMehtasaidthereis aseparatewingintheHealthMinistry to deal with the concerns of these sections, and they are encouraged to come forward with their problems. Justice Malhotra, however, said many were unwilling to approachdoctorsforfearof disclosing their sexual orientation. “That also is one reason for bisexuality. Homosexuals don’t disclose their sexuality, and due to family and societal pressure getintomarriageswiththeother sex. Then frustration develops CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Close call for 2 IndiGo aircraft in Bengaluru airspace PRANAV MUKUL NEW DELHI, JULY 12 A MID-AIR collision was averted Tuesday night in Bengaluru airspace after two IndiGo aircraft came within close range of each other, triggering their collision alarm systems. Sources told The Indian Expressthattheaircraft—6E779 from Coimbatore to Hyderabad with162passengersand6E6505 from Bengaluru to Kochi with 166 passengers —werelessthan four miles apart, laterally, when the alarm was triggered. A senior official at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) told The Indian Express that the aircraft warnings were triggered because the rateof climbof oneof theaircraft was on the “higher side”, adding that the vertical separation between the two aircraft was 950 feet.“ItfallsinCategoryCairprox (aircraft proximity) and was not a serious one,” the official said. However, industry insiders suggestedthatattheclosestseparation point, the vertical distance between the two planes wasanywherebetween200feet and 475 feet. Based on rules prescribedby the InternationalCivil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the DGCA has laid down classifications of aircraft proximity based on distance between the aircraft as well as their relative positions and speeds. This is divided into four categories — Category A being the most serious one and Category D bearing the least risk. “The ATC asked one of the aircraft to climb to 36,000 feet and the other to climb to 28,000 feet. At around 27,000 feet, both theaircraftcamewithintheseparation that activated the TCAS CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Debottam Saha, Anwesh Pokkuluri, Ashris Choudhary, all IIT petitioners in Section 377 case. Tashi Tobgyal Justice Ranjan Gogoi at the 3rd Ramnath Goenka Memorial Lecture in New Delhi on Thursday. Several SC judges and HC judges were present. Neeraj Priyadarshi Underlining divide between two Indias, SC’s second most senior judge called for a ‘long overdue Constitutional moment’ for judiciary to take the next step SOWMIYA ASHOK NEW DELHI, JULY 12 NOISYJUDGESandindependent journalists are democracy’s first line of defence and a revolution, not mere reform, is needed to keeptheinstitutionof thejudiciary responsive to the changes in society, the second most senior judge of the Supreme Court Justice Ranjan Gogoi said here today. In line to be the Chief Justice of India, Justice Gogoi, while delivering the Third Ramnath Goenka Memorial Lecture on “The Vision of Justice told a packed Teen Murti Bhavanaudi- torium here that the judiciary was the “last bastion of hope” and it needed to be “uncontaminated” and more “pro-active” and on the “front foot” to preserve its moral and institutional leverage. Quoting an article (from The Economist) titled ‘How Democracy Dies’ published in The Indian Express, he said that “...independentjudgesandnoisy journalists are democracy’s first line of defence.Reports of the death of democracy are greatly exaggerated. But the least bad system of government ever devised, is in trouble. It needs defenders.” “I agree, but will only suggest DRI busts Rs 2,000-crore money laundering racket at diamond bourse, 4 held KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, JULY 12 THE DIRECTORATE of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Thursday busted a Rs 2,000-crore money laundering racket allegedly run by two Surat-based firms, a clutch of diamond valuers and a customs house agent (CHA) at the Bharat Diamond Bourse in Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai. SourcesattheDRIsaidSuratbased Antique Exim Pvt Ltd and Tanman Jewels Pvt Ltd along with three diamond valuers — Paresh Shah, Naresh Mehta, Pradeep Zaveri — and CHA Vikki KakkadhavelaunderedRs2,000 crore in the last two years by “over-invoicing imports of low quality” rough diamonds at Bharat Diamond Bourse. According to official sources, DRI has intercepted 14 consignmentsof roughdiamonds of low quality by these firms at a de- clared value of Rs 156 crore. However, the probe agency has found that the fair value of these imports is only Rs 1.2 crore. Detailing the modus operandi of the firms, sources said rough diamonds of cheap quality are being imported from Hong Kong and Dubai in “connivance”with exporters in those countries. These diamonds are typically procured at grossly overvalued prices and once the consignment arrives at Bharat DiamondBourse,thevaluersapprove the declared value as the fair value, they said, adding that on the basis of these valuations, payment for these imports are routed to Hong Kong and Dubai. So far, the DRI has arrested the three valuers and the CHA in the case. The agency has also seized Rs 10 lakh in cash and Rs 2.2 crore in demand drafts in multiple raids. The DRI has also found an “abnormally huge cache of CONTINUEDONPAGE2 a slight modification in today’s context — not only independent judges and noisy journalists, but evenindependentjournalistsand sometimes noisyjudges,”Justice Gogoi said to loud applause. “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. So is an institution. And if introspection is where we have to begin, we might as well begin there. Perhaps, we can hope and endeavour that in the future, it is not our finality, but really the infallibility that should define us,” he said. He said the judiciary has been endowed with “great societal trust” and it is this fact that gives it credibility and legitimacy. “It is a very enviable spot for an institution.” Earlier this year, on January 12, Justice Gogoi, along with three of his Supreme Court colleagues, Justices J Chelameswar (now retired), Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, had held an unprecedentedpressconference making public a letter they had written to Chief Justice of India DipakMisrainNovemberraising questions on various issues pertaining to the functioning of the court, particularly allocation of cases. “It’s a discharge of debt to thenationwhichwehavedone,” Justice Gogoi had then said. In a talk that blended philosophy — Carl Jung and Aristotle — Among voices against Section 377, a spirited chorus from IITs SOMYA LAKHANI NEW DELHI, JULY 12 ON THURSDAY afternoon, after the Supreme Court had wound uptheday’shearingonthequestionofdecriminalisinghomosexuality, three young men got togethertocomparenotesoutside. They were there on behalf of a group of 20 — all IIT students andalumnifromMumbai,Delhi, ChennaiandKharagpurwhoare among the petitioners challenging Section 377 of the IPC. “Wearemembersofaninformal pan-IIT LGBTQ group called CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 6 killed in gas leak at Andhra steel plant EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE HYDERABAD, JULY 12 “Two died on the spot, while theotherfourdiedatthegovernmenthospitalinthearea.Theincident occurred at 5.30 pm in an underground chamber,’’ said Ramakrishna Reddy, SubInspector, Tadipatri Rural police station,whowasamongthefirst to reach the spot. The dead have been identified as B Ranganath, K Manoj, U Gangadhar, S A Basha, K M Siva and G Guruviah. Officials said three of thevictimswereelectricians while the other three were fabrication workers. AT LEAST six workers died following a gas leak at the Gerdau Steel plant at Jambulapadu village, in Tadipatri area of Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh, on Thursday evening. Two other workers are reported to be critical. The mishap occurred when an underground furnace chamber was being testedafter atwoweek-long maintenance and repair work. Officials said the workers inhaled the residue of carbonmonoxideusedformaintenance work. 10 From Assam’s rice fields, 18-year-old gives India first world gold on track THE EDITORIAL PAGE The uniform code BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT & SHWETA BHUTADA Outside the hospital in Tadipatri on Thursday. Express DIGPrabhakarRaosaidpolice have registered a case of negligence against the management. NIHAL KOSHIE NEW DELHI, JULY 12 JUST 18 months after running her first competitive race — an inter-district meet in Sivasagar, Assam — 18-year-old Hima Das hascreatedathleticshistory.The daughter of a rice farmer from Hima Das wins U-20 400 m CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Dhing village in Nagaon district, she got India its first ever track goldataglobaleventbywinning the 400 metre final at the World U20ChampionshipsinTampere, Finland. Tense on the starting block, Himastartedslowandtrailedon thehomestretch,butherblazing CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR INDIAN KIDS, DRUGS: IMRAN’S EX-WIFE SPINS IT ALL IN HER BOOK NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN CHANDIGARH, JULY 12 THE BOOK that Pakistan was waiting for is finally out. Two weeks before a make-or-break election for Imran Khan, his exwife Reham Khan’s autobiography portrays the former cricketing superstar and prime ministerial hopeful as a man who led “a bizarre life” of “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll”. Reham Khan, as the e-book released onAmazonThursday is called, also claims that the 65year-old cannot read the Quran, believes in black magic, and had confessed that he has “some” illegitimate Indian children. Prime Minister Narendra Modifindsatangentialreference in the book, which is mostly a damaging portrayal of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader, who believes he is on course to forming the government after the July 25 election. How this book will affect Imran’sprospectsisnotclear.But for the Pakistan Muslim League (N), which is reeling under the conviction and sentencing of its leader Nawaz Sharif, and his daughter and political heir Maryam Nawaz — both reach Lahore from London Friday — the book must be music to the ears. More so, as it includes a brief description of Nawaz’s brother Shahbaz,whohastakenoverthe party, as a no-nonsense and “professional” leader. She also describes Nawaz’s daughter as a brave woman politician, with none of the airs of a political dynast, who gets up to open the door herself to those waiting outside her room. FromImran’seatinghabitsto his purported sexuality, the selfpublishedbookstopsatnothing. There has been no reaction yet from Imran Khan or any of his ri- Imran Khan married Reham Khan in 2015. File vals to the book, although the contents are enjoying an outing in all Pakistani media. It was Imran’s dogged pursuit of the Panama Papers leak that led to Nawaz’s disqualification and conviction. In an election that has seen much drama but very little campaigning, Reham’s book has thrownanotherspicyif salacious variable to the mix of hyperactive chief justice, “farishtey” (angels)and“khalaimakhlooq”(extra terrestrials) — terms used by Nawaz Sharif to obliquely allege meddlingbythemilitaryandintelligence services in this election — and jihadis. The former journalist, who was married once to a UK-based doctor, but walked out of what she calls a violent and abusive marriage, met Imran when she arrived in Pakistan to take up a job with a TV station after a stint with the BBC in the UK. She says she fell for “his persistent and convincing courtship”. After they were married secretly six months before a publicly announced wedding in 2015, Reham claims, Imran told her that he had “5 in total” illegitimate children, and that “some were Indians” and the eldest of them was 34 years old. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Pravritti,whichhas350members. Wedecidedtofileapetitioninthe end of April, collected funds for lawyers’ fees and travel costs and are now here...small players in a long history of fight for justice,” saysAshrisChoudhury,a23-yearold IIT-Kharagpur alumnus. Standing next to him are Debottam Saha (26), who is finishing his PhD in IIT-Delhi, and Anwesh Pokkuluri (24), an IITMadras alumnus. They say that CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS PAGES 4, 8 Not distributing Bhagwad Gita in colleges: Govt EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NAGPUR, JULY 12 THE MAHARASHTRA government on Thursday said that it was not distributing free copies of the Bhagwad Gita in colleges, a day after the state education department issued a circular saying that the copies would be distributed at 100 non-government aided colleges in Mumbai, which have been accredited by the NAAC with A or A+ rating. Inthecircular,thejointdirector of higher education had directed 100 non-government aidedcollegesinMumbaiandits suburbs to collect their copies of the Bhagwad Gita from the Mumbaiofficeof theDirectorate of Higher Education. While the joint director’s office in Mumbai will distribute the free copies, the colleges have to submit a copy of the receipt to the directorate after collecting their copies. Education Minister Vinod CONTINUEDONPAGE2 12 WORLD PAKDETAINS HUNDREDSOF SHARIFPARTY ACTIVISTS TRUMP CLAIMS VICTORY AFTER FORCING NATO CRISIS TALKS
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