LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE STATES TOLD TO FOLLOW COURT DIRECTIONS: HOME Pushed by Supreme Court, Centre forms GoM, Secretary panel to frame law against lynching YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW Rajnath Singh-led panel to examine report from Secys, THE EDITORIAL submit it to PM 10 NEW DELHI, JULY 23 SIX DAYS after the Supreme Court denounced the “sweeping” incidents of lynching as “an affront to the rule of law” and called for a law to deal with such “horrendous acts of mobocracy”, the government Monday informed Lok Sabha that it had created a Group of Ministers (GoM) under Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and a high-level committee under Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba to “deliberate” and “make recommendations” for a separate penal provision on incidents of mob violence. The committee led by Gauba will submit its recommendations to the GoM in four weeks. The GoM, which includes Notes on a lynching BY UNNY At the spot in Alwar where 32-year-old Rakbar was lynched. Hamza Khan Alwar victim’s friend said assailants claimed to be MLA’s men: Police HAMZA KHAN JAIPUR, JULY 23 ASLAM KHAN, who escaped the lynching in Alwar Friday when Rakbar alias Akbar was killed on suspicion of being a cow smuggler, has told police that the men who attacked them claimed the support of an “MLA” and that they “could not be harmed”. In a statement to the Alwar CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Meet the men who beat up Agnivesh: BJP, RSS, Bajrang Dal LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, JULY 23 Cattle trade rules: Govt was warned within BY SACHIN PILOT BUSINESS AS USUAL Son and MP Chirag says LJP will ask Govt to remove Justice (retd) A K Goel E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION PAGE RAHUL TRIPATHI Wrong message sent by giving NGT job to judge who diluted SC/ST law: Paswan police on Sunday night, before the investigation was transferred to the Jaipur range, Khan said: “Keh rahe the ke MLA sahib hamare saath hain. Hamara koi kuch nahi bigad sakta hai. (They were saying that the MLA is with them and that no one can harm them).” Police also said Aslam heard them MORE REPORTS PAGE 12 SOWMIYA ASHOK NEW DELHI, JULY 23 taking each other’s names — Dharmendra, Paramjeet, Naresh, Suresh and Vijay. Rakbar (32) was transporting cows on foot with Aslam Khan, in his early twenties, when they were stopped, allegedly by villagers in Lalwandi, under the jurisdiction of the Ramgarh police station in Alwar district. While Rakbar was beaten to death, Aslam managed to escape. FIFTEEN MONTHS before the controversial cattle trade rules were withdrawn by the Centre, questions were raised internally during the framing stage on whether the central government was “competent” to make rules under what was essentially a state subject, a Right to Information application filed by The Indian Express has revealed. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Market) Rules, notified on May 23, 2017 banned sale of cattle for CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 China Minister arrives in Bhutan on first top-level visit after Doklam DALIT LEADER and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan Monday said several Dalit MPs of the NDA have “expressed concern” over the “wrong message” sent by the appointment of Justice A K Goel as National Green Tribunal (NGT) chairman, saying he is “the judge who ruled against” the SC/ST Act. Paswan’s son and Lok Sabha member Chirag Paswan said as leader of the LJP, he would ask the government to remove Justice Goel from the post. Several SC/ST organisations, Chirag Paswan said, have threatened a stir on August 9 on the SC/ST Act issue. He said the government should table a Bill in Parliament to bring back the Act in its original form, or should conclude the session on August 7, so that an Ordinance could be issued on August 8 and a major protest prevented on August 9. Justice Goel (R) was named NGT chief the day he retired. Paswan, son have objection Justice Goel was one of two judges on a Supreme Court bench — the other being Justice U U Lalit — which on March 20 laid down stringent safeguards, including provisions for anticipatory bail and a “preliminary enquiry” before registration of a case under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The judges noted that there had been “instances of abuse” of the Act by “vested interests” for political or personal reasons. This ruling angered the Dalits CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 India Inc alarm bells: auditors of 204 listed firms quit this year SHUBHAJIT ROY SANDEEP SINGH & ANIL SASI THE TOP FIVE NEW DELHI, JULY 23 NEW DELHI, JULY 23 RAISING QUESTIONS over the standard of corporate governance in India Inc and setting off alarm bells in policy circles, auditors in as many as 204 listed companies have submitted their resignations between January 1 and July 17 this year. This works out to an average of one auditor resigning every day. This startling data is now the subject of an investigation by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. The reasons behind the exo- state’s finance commission, saying it needed to be more orderly and “conform” to Article 283 of the Constitution. On his part, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani urged the commission to encourage the policy of prohibition as adopted by Gujarat “by giving some incentive considering its positive externalities”, said a government release. Gujarat’s detailed memorandum before the visiting commission stated that it needs to be compensated for the estimated loss of Rs 9,864 crore due to IN THE first high-level visit by a senior Chinese official after the border stand-off at Doklam last year, Bhutan is hosting Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou who is on a three-day visit that started Sunday. Kong has met Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, according to Bhutanese officials. Bhutan’s Foreign Minister Damcho Dorji and Kong also held discussions on “matters of mutual interest”, officials said. Kong, incidentally, visited India twice in last six months. Sources in New Delhi told The Indian Express that Bhutan had kept India “in the loop” about the visit of Kong, who holds a position equivalent to India’s Foreign Secretary. The timing of the visit is significant since polls are likely to be held in Bhutan in October. While Bhutan has formal diplomatic relations with 53 countries, it does not have official bilateral relations with its northern neighbour. The Chinese Ambassador to India liaises with Bhutanese Ambassador in New Delhi for official communication. Sources said Prime Minister Tobgay had briefed India about Bhutan’s current state of relations with China during his visit earlier this month. Bhutan and China have unresolved border issues, and the 53 MUMBAI 35 DELHI 35 KOLKATA 30 AHMEDABAD 10 JAIPUR CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PRASHANT PANDEY PAKUR, JULY 23 LAST TUESDAY, hours after activist Swami Agnivesh was assaulted by a mob in Jharkhand’s Pakur town, where the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) was staging a protest against his visit, the BJP affiliate’s state chief Amit Singh claimed that no one from his outfit was involved in the attack. The Indian Express visited Pakur to find that all of the eight named in the FIR are directly linked to the BJYM, BJP and its affiliates or the RSS. And that an undercurrent of resentment in Eight named in FIR Sangh outfits here at Agnivesh’s outreach to the tribal population was one of the key reasons that fuelled the protest. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FINANCE COMMISSION IN GUJARAT ‘State’s growth impressive, momentum depends on uncertainties like GST’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, JULY 23 EVEN AS it underlined Gujarat’s “impressive” growth and called it worthy of emulation by other states, the 15th Finance Commission on Monday said the continuation of the state’s growth momentum was “depended on some exogenous uncertainties” like the GST. Commission chairman N K Singh highlighted this as the “foremost challenge” faced by Gujarat. The 15th Finance Commission also pulled up the 5 PAK VOTES TOMORROW Pakistani election staff in Lahore sort out polling material on Monday. Pakistanis will vote Wednesday to elect a new parliament. AP REPORT, PAGE 14 Govt responds to Express series: ‘Will end menace of predatory journals’ LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JULY 23 REFERRING TO THE investigation published last week in The Indian Express on fake research paper shops in India, the Government Monday said that it has asked all universities to review by August 30 the list of academic journals that are to be recognised by the UGC. “We will end this menace of predatory journals,” Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said during Question Hour in Lok Sabha. Replying to a supplementary question from Prabhas Kumar The Express investigation report on July 19 Singh of BJD, Javadekar said: “What has been published in a very reputed newspaper is really a story that is not a good story. In one room, there are 87 journals being published, and stories like CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR GUJARAT ● Traffic drive commendable: HC to police FOR 13 YEARS, THIS MAN TERRORISED AN ENTIRE STATE FROM INSIDE A JAIL DIPANKAR GHOSE DURG, JULY 23 HIS NAME is Tapan Sarkar alias “Dada”. For nearly two decades, from his first brush with the law at the age of 16 in 1986, he gave shape to one of Chhattisgarh’s most notorious criminal gangs. And then, in 2005, not for the first time in his life, he was arrested. This time, the charge of murder stuck, and he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Today, 13 years later, Sarkar is back on the radar, with police investigating an intricate network of crime and illegality stretching across the state from his Barrack No.8 in Durg Central Jail. On July 12, DIG (Prisons) K K Gupta finally ordered the breakup of the gang. Sarkar was transferred to Ambikapur jail, where he is in solitary confinement. Twelve other members of his gang were sent, three each, to Bilaspur, Jagdalpur, Raipur and Ambikapur. Investigators of the Cyber Analysis Wing of Durg Police have found evidence of at least 21 SIM cards, four of them used exclusively by Sarkar. There are multiple instruments, at least 30, where these SIMs are swapped. “Calls routinely used to come and go to other members outside. Some to lawyers, and many to politicians,” a senior police officer said. Durg Police have also registered three FIRs against Sarkar Tapan Sarkar’s gang has now been moved out of Durg jail and others, two of them for extortion. One of them — under sections of cheating (420), forgery of valuable security (467), forgery for purpose of cheating (468) and criminal conspiracy (120B) — alleges that Sarkar made the owners of Yash Group, the real estate operators who were in prison for a chitfund scam case, sign over prime property in Bhilai worth crores on a back-dated stamp paper. Speaking to The Indian Express, G P Singh, IG (Durg Range), said: “Our investigations have revealed that they got an agreement signed on back-dated stamp paper. Someone took it inside the jail, where it was typed and an agreement signed.” According to police records, Sarkar was born in Kolkata but spent most of his early years, until Class IX, in Chhattisgarh’s Dongargarh where his father, a Railways employee, was posted. Once his father retired, Sarkar CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 (Source: Ministry of Corporate Affairs) dus include the lack of adequate information on businesses, inconsistencies in revenues and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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