TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE KEY JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS Deadlock set to end, Govt clears Supreme Court Collegium’s move to elevate Justice K M Joseph Also cleared: Justice Indira Banerjee, Justice Vineet Saran to SC; many HC CJs RAVISH TIWARI Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph NEW DELHI, AUGUST 2 CJI Dipak Misra with Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. File PUTTING AN end to the protracted deadlock with the judiciary, the Government has agreed totheSupremeCourtCollegium’s decision reiterating its recommendation to elevate Uttarakhand High Court Chief JusticeKMJosephtotheSupreme Courtalongwiththeelevationof Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Orissa High Court Chief Justice Vineet Saran to the Supreme Court. The process towards the issuance of presidential warrants for their appointment to the Supreme Court has been setinmotion,sourcesconfirmed to The Indian Express. This move assumes significance in the wake of the public standoff between the Government and judiciary over the issue of appointments in the higher judiciary. Justice K M Joseph’s name was recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium on January 10 this year along with the name of senior counsel Indu Malhotra. However, the government while agreeing to the elevation of Malhotra to the Supreme Court, returned the Justice Joseph recommendation on CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Those out of register can provide new papers as proof: NRC official 1.5 lakh in first draft missing in latest KARISHMA MEHROTRA & RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, AUGUST 2 THE40,07,707peopleleftoutin the final draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam will get an opportunity to provide fresh sets of documents to present their credentials during the upcoming claims-and-objections process. This is unlike the processadoptedsofarwherethe first choice of documents could not be changed. “If you choose a particular document, or I would rather say, a particular legacy at one time, then during (the past) procedure, you (couldn’t) change that. However, at the NRC Assam coordinator Prateek Hajela time of claims and objections, we will start afresh again and we will allow any fresh document to be submitted completely or partly,” Prateek Hajela, the Supreme Courtmandated state coordinator of theNRC, toldThe Indian Express. Hajela’s remarks hold significance given that the Supreme CourthasaskedtheGovernment to provide by the middle of this month the standard operating CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 When Advani praised Buddha & Mamata hit Left on Bangla illegals TIBET, CHINA TODAY A RED initiative appears in today’s edition of The Indian Express. This page is an initiative of the marketing solutions team of The Indian Express Group and contains content paid for by advertisers. This page should be read as an advertisement. LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, AUGUST 2 IF THERE’S one leader who has takentheleadincriticismofthe exclusion of 40 lakh people in Assam from the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), it’s TMCchief andWestBengalCM Mamata Banerjee. But 13 years ago,astheloneLokSabhamember of her party from West Bengalwhichwasthenruledby the Left Front, Banerjee STATE ● NAGPUR: PROTESTS DISRUPT PLANNED DEMOLITION BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 40,07,707 OUT OF NRC THE UNCOUNTED Women left out: Teacher, former PRO, researcher KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, AUGUST 2 VIJAYRATNAKAR Gutte,director of the film, The Accidental Prime Minister, and son of sugar baron Ratnakar Gutte, has been arrested by the Directorate General of Goods and Services Tax Intelligence (DGGSTI) in Mumbai for alleged Goods and Services Tax (GST) fraud of at least Rs 34 crore, according to court documents seen by The Indian Express. Vijay Gutte’s firm, VRG Digital CorpPvtLtd, has beenac- cused of taking “fake invoices” involving GST of Rs 34 crore for animation and manpower services received from Horizon Outsource Solutions Pvt Ltd, a company that has come under the scanner of the government agency for GST fraud of over Rs 170 crore. According to court documents, VRG Digital Corp has also wrongly claimed a cash refund of Rs 28 crore from the government against CENVAT (Central ValueAddedTax)creditreceived for these fake invoices since July 2017. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SAJJAD HUSSAIN ISLAMABAD, AUGUST 2 PAKISTAN THURSDAY said that no foreign leader will be invited to the oath-taking ceremony of Imran Khan as the prime minister in-waiting wants to keep the event “simple and dignified”. It said, however, that it welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s congratulatory phone call to Khan and that it wants resumption of bilateral talks,whichwerehaltedin2015. Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-iInsaf (PTI) emerged as the single 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE What I saw in Pakistan BY S Y QURAISHI largestpartyintheelectionsheld on July 25. The 65-year-old leader is expected to take the oath on August 11. Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Dr Mohammad CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 REFLECTION Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Parliament House. Renuka Puri Swiss court allows India to access bank data in tax dodge case MICHAELSHIELDS ZURICH,AUGUST2 SWITZERLAND’S HIGHEST court hasallowedtaxauthoritiestoturn over bank account details of two Indian citizens who had fought the release on the grounds that India’s request for assistance in a tax-dodging probe arose from stolen bank data. Thecaseinvolvedinformation leaked by whistleblower Herve Falciani, a French citizen who worked for HSBC’s Swiss private bank and in 2008 disclosed details on thousands of clients he suspected were using accounts to evade tax. Theinformation(investigated in India by The Indian Express) sparked investigations in several countries and put Swiss banking secrecyinaharshspotlight.Swiss courts have sentenced Falciani in absentiatofiveyearsinjailfor industrial espionage but he has avoidedprisonbyremainingoutside Switzerland. His leak forced Swiss courts to grapple with requests from othercountriestohelpprosecute CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR THIS ONCOLOGIST HAS SOME ADVICE FOR MCI ON DISABILITY, STUDENTS TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA MUMBAI, AUGUST 2 ONE HAND clutching the car door and the other gripping the seat, Dr Suresh Advani lifts himself from his wheelchair and slides into the passenger seat of his vehicle. “See, everything is easy if you work for it,” he says. While the Medical Council of India (MCI), in its latest guidelines, has said people with certain disabilities cannot pursue MBBS, the 71-year-old medical oncologist, with 80 per cent locomotor disability, makes a case Everything is easy if you work for it: Dr Suresh Advani for allowing disabled students to chase a career in medicine. Advani, who was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2012, works for 14-15 hours daily, attending to at least 100 cancer patients, many of them from across the country. “For a body like the MCI, the rules they make should be realistic. They should guide rather than obstruct,” he says. He says that instead of making disabled students ineligible, the MCI “must guide them on how they can pursue medical education”. “If the government does not let a student try, how will they prove themselves. I do not sup- MUZAFFARPUR, PATNA, AUGUST 2 “THEY ARE filled with anger and aggression. It’s much better now... When they came here on May 30, they were continuously fighting, abusing each other or crying. Even amongst themselves, they are barely cordial. They keep to themselves, and when they do interact, it is mostly fighting.” This is one of the counsellors working with 10 of the 34 girls rescued from a shelter home in Muzaffarpur in Bihar on May 30 after allegedly being sexually abused.Thegirlshavebeenstaying at three institutions across the state. Last week, police arrested Brajesh Thakur, owner of the NGO that ran the shelter home in Muzaffarpur, after filing a 16page chargesheet in the POCSO NEWDELHI,AUGUST2 GUWAHATI, AUGUST 2 Accidental Prime Minister No foreign leader for Khan director held for GST fraud oath, want India talks: Pak ANKITA DWIVEDI JOHRI EXPRESSNEWSSERVICE ABHISHEK SAHA CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘We take each day as it comes... to help the girls fight trauma’ Brajesh Thakur, main accused in the Muzaffarpur case. Lokesh Bihari Court. Nine others have been arrested and another accused is on the run. Thecasecametolightfollowing a report by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in April which said that the shelter was being run in a “highly questionable manner” and that “several girls (had) reported about violenceandbeingabusedsexually”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Extremely disturbed, says SC, notices to Bihar, Centre WHAT NEXT-III A RESEARCH scholar is worried about getting a visa to attend conferences abroad. An ex-serviceman’s daughter who was born in Gujarat is the only one in her family to be left out. And, a retired school teacher is hoping against hope that her claim would be validated by officials in another state. The “draft” of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, which was released four days ago and aims to weed out illegal migrants from Bangladesh, has left in its wake fear and apprehension among the “most vulnerable” of those under the radar — women. Lawyers say that among the 40lakhpeopleleftoutofthedraft, areseveralmarriedwomenwho had submitted Gram Panchayat (GP)certificatesastheirsoledocument for NRC verification. In many cases, those were rejected. MUZAFFARPUR ABUSE COUNSELLORS port reservation, we don’t need any. And I also don’t support the idea of making disability an eligibility criteria,” he says. When he was just eight years old, Advani suffered from polio, which left him wheelchair-bound. He completed his school education in Mumbai’s central suburb of Ghatkopar. When he was 18, he sat for the medical entrance exam. “Even then, there was discrimination. I was refused admission,” he says. He was later granted admission after he presented his case to the state government. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEWSLINE ● POLICE PROBE OVER 200 LETTERS SEIZED FROM ‘URBAN MAOISTS’ ● CHAKAN VIOLENCE: 18 DETAINED THESUPREMECourtonThursday took suo motu cognizance of the alleged rape and sexual abuse of girls at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur in Bihar and issued notices to the state government and Union Ministry of Women and Child Development. The court also restrained mediafromtelecastingmorphedimagessayingthevictimscannotbe forced to “relive the trauma”. A bench of Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta took cognizance of the incident following a letter from a Patna resident. The letter referred to the situation in the shelter home where over 30 inmates were allegedly sexually abused over several years. The bench said it was “extremely disturbed” by the contentsoftheletterandasked“isthis the way we are treating our girls?”. It also sought assitance from theTataInstituteofSocialSciences (TISS). The incident came to light following an audit of the shelter homebyTISS,Mumbai.Theaudit reportwassubmittedtothestate government in April last and said that many girls at the shelter home had complained of sexual abuse. Advocate Aparna Bhat has been made amicus curiae in the matter. The apex court is already looking into matters of orphanages and observation homes across the country. The bench asked the media nottoconductinterviewswiththe victimsandrestrainedthemfrom telecasting the images even in a morphed or blurred form. “Now the probe has been handedovertotheCBI.Willthese girls be questioned in front of a camera?Itisnoteasyforanybody. They have to relive the trauma. It is horrible,” the court observed. Speaking of the need for the media to be cautious while reporting such sensitive matters, Justice Lokur said “everyone wantstobethefirstonetogetthe news. There will be ten cameras that will come.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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