TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `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 agrees with Supreme Court Collegium to elevate Justice K M Joseph Alsocleared:JusticeIndiraBanerjee(MadrasHC),JusticeVineetSaran(OrissaHC) RAVISH TIWARI 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 Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph 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 SupremeCourtof Indiahasbeen setinmotion,sourcesconfirmed to The Indian Express. This move assumes significance in the wake of the public stand-off 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 yearalongwiththenameof 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 not in register can give new papers as proof: Assam NRC Willalertthoseinfirstdraft,notinsecond:RegistrarGeneral KARISHMA MEHROTRA & RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, AUGUST 2 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. Swiss court allows India to access bank data in tax dodge case THE 40,07,707 people left out in 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 time of claims Prateek Hajela, NRC state coordinator and objections, we will start afresh again and we will allow any fresh document to be submitted completely or partly,” Prateek Hajela, the Supreme Court-mandatedstatecoordinator of the NRC, told The Indian Express. Hajela’s remarks hold significance given that the Supreme CourthasaskedtheGovernment to provide by the middle of this month the standard operating procedure for the claims-and- When Advani praised Buddha & Mamata hit Left on Bangla illegals ZURICH, AUGUST 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 40,07,707 OUT OF NRC THE UNCOUNTED WHAT NEXT-III People wait to check their names on the NRC draft list in Nagaon district, Assam. Reuters LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, AUGUST 2 IF THERE’S one leader who has taken the lead in criticism of the exclusion of 40 lakh people in Assam from the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), it’s TMCchief andWestBengalChief Minister Mamata Banerjee. But 13 years ago, as the lone Lok Sabhamemberof herpartyfrom West Bengal which was then ruled by the Left Front, Banerjee raised the issue of “infiltration into Bengal” 14 times within 22 minutes in the House. Lok Sabha records show that on August 4, 2005, Banerjee told the House that it was “a very serious matter” which had acquired the proportions of a “disaster” since there were “Bangladeshis as well as Indian names in the voter lists”. She was being repeatedly in- BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY terrupted by Basudeb Acharia, CPM MP from West Bengal whose party was backing the UPA-I government. When Deputy Speaker Charnjit Singh Atwal did not let her raise the matter saying her notice had already been disallowed by Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ABHISHEK SAHA GUWAHATI, AUGUST 2 A RESEARCH scholar is worried about getting a visa to attend conferences abroad. An exserviceman’sdaughter 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 wouldbevalidatedbyofficialsin 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 40 lakh people left out of the draft, are several married women who had submitted Gram Panchayat (GP) certificates as their sole document for NRC verification. In many cases, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘We take each day as it comes...to help the girls fight trauma’ ANKITA DWIVEDI JOHRI 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. Lastweek,thepolicearrested Brajesh Thakur, the owner of the NGO that ran the shelter home in Muzaffarpur, after filing a 16page chargesheet in the POCSO Court. Nine others have been arrested andanotheraccusedis on the run. Thecasecametolightfollowing a report by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in April which said that the shelter was Brajesh Thakur, main accused in the Muzaffarpur case. Lokesh Bihari being run in a “highly questionable manner” and that “several girls (had) reported about violenceandbeingabusedsexually”. Last week, The Indian Express reportedonastringof allegedirregularities at the NGO — how Thakur got another contract from the government despite theTISSreport,howheallegedly inflatedhisnewspaperfiguresto get state government advertisements and how his NGO had a “ghost” secretary no official had interacted with. The Indian Express spoke to officials and counsellors — who are working with the girls — to CONTINUED ON PAGE 7 Extremely disturbed, says SC, notices to Bihar, Centre EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI,AUGUST 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Among women left out: Teacher, research scholar MICHAEL SHIELDS SWITZERLAND’SHIGHESTcourt has allowed tax authorities to turnoverbankaccountdetailsof two Indian citizens who had foughtthereleaseonthegrounds thatIndia’srequestforassistance in a tax-dodging probe arose from stolen bank data. The case involved information 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. The information (investigated in India by The Indian Express) sparked investigations in several countries and put Swiss banking secrecy in a harsh spotlight. Swiss courts have sentenced Falciani in absentia to five years in jail for industrial espionage but he has avoided prison by remaining outside Switzerland. His leak forced Swiss courts to grapple with requests from other countries to help prosecute suspected tax dodgers whose Swiss accounts came to light. Last year, the Swiss supreme court rejected a French request for help in investigating a married couple for tax offences, ruling that data stolen objections process scheduled fromAugust30toSeptember28. Ina separateinterview to The Indian Express, Registrar General of India (RGI), Sailesh, said that the 1.5 lakh people whose names figured in the first draft released on December 31, 2017, but were dropped in the final draft will be informed by mail about the cancellation. This, he said, is aimed at alerting those whose names were dropped. “We want to ensure that the person is informed in a timely manner about his non-inclusion,” the RGI said. Over thepast threeyears,applicants in Assam submitted documents in two categories: one to prove the presence of MUZAFFARPUR SHELTER ABUSE REFLECTION Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Parliament House. Renuka Puri 13 WORLD INDIAN AMONG 3 FOREIGNERS ABDUCTED, KILLED IN KABUL THE SUPREME Court on Thursday 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 governmentandUnionMinistry of Women and Child Development. Thecourtalsorestrainedmedia from telecasting morphed images saying the victims cannot be forced to “relive the trauma”. Abenchof JusticesMBLokur and Deepak Gupta took cognizance of the incident followingaletterfromaPatnaresident. The letter referred to the situation in the shelter home where over 30 inmates were allegedly sexually abused over No foreign leader for Imran Khan’s swearing-in, want India talks: Pak 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 wel- Takes oath on Aug 11 comedPrimeMinisterNarendra Modi’s congratulatory phone call to Khan and that it wants re- sumption of bilateral talks, which were halted in 2015. Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-iInsaf (PTI) emerged as the single largestpartyintheelectionsheld on July 25. The 65-year-old leader is expected to take the oath on August 11. Foreign Office (FO) spokesmanDrMohammadFaisal CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 several years. The bench said it was “extremely disturbed” by the contents of the letter and asked “is this the way we are treating our girls?”. It also sought assitance from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). The incident came to light following an audit of the shelter home by TISS, Mumbai. The audit report was submitted to the state government in April last and said that many girls at the shelter home hadcomplainedof sexualabuse. 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 not to conduct interviews with CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE What I saw in Pakistan BY S Y QURAISHI The Accidental Prime Minister director held for GST fraud KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, AUGUST 2 VIJAYRATNAKARGutte, director of the film, The Accidental Prime Minister, and son of sugar baron Ratnakar Gutte, has been arrestedbytheDirectorateGeneral 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. VijayGutte’sfirm,VRGDigital CorpPvtLtd,hasbeenaccusedof taking “fake invoices” involving GST of Rs 34 crore for animation andmanpowerservicesreceived from Horizon Outsource SolutionsPvtLtd,acompanythat has come under the scanner of the government agency for GST fraud of over Rs 170 crore. According to court documents,VRGDigitalCorphasalso wronglyclaimedacashrefundof Rs28crorefromthegovernment against CENVAT (Central Value Added Tax) credit received for these fake invoices since July 2017. Vijay Gutte has been booked under Section 132 (1)(c) of the CGST Act, which pertains to “wrongful availment” of input taxcreditusingbillsandinvoices 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 forallowingdisabledstudentsto chase a career in medicine. Advani, who was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2012, works for 14-15 hours daily, attendingtoatleast100cancerpatients,manyof themfromacross 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- port reservation, we don’t need any. And I also don’t support the ideaof makingdisabilityaneligibility criteria,” he says. Whenhewasjusteightyears old, Advani suffered from polio, which left him wheelchairbound. He completed his school education in Mumbai’s central suburb of Ghatkopar. When he was18,hesatforthemedicalentrance exam. “Even then, there was discrimination. I was refused admission,” he says. He was later granted admission after he presented his case tothestategovernment.“Butthe dean of Grant Medical College said I would get no special con- Everything is easy if you work for it: Dr Suresh Advani cessions. I agreed,” he recalls. Advani went on to pursue a Masters degree in general medicine from Grant Medical College, working for over 24 hours at a stretch during his residency. “All I needed was some help from friends when there were steps, or places where the wheelchair could not go,” he says. When he was 28, he moved to London where he worked for three years. On his return, Advani worked at the Tata Memorial Hospital for 25 years, before starting his private practice. As a consultant at four hospitals, he begins work around 10 am and ends around midnight. Besides the Padma Bhushan, Advani was also awarded the Padma Shri and the Dr B C Roy national award from MCI. Following the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, which expanjjded the disability list from seven to 21, the MCI, on the directions of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, set up a medical counselling committee to frame guidelines for medical students with disabilities. The guidelines, released in June, mandate that studentswithcertaindisabilities like autism, a range of hearing disabilities and locomotor dis- abilitybeyond70percentareineligible to pursue medical education under disability quota. Subsequently, in Maharashtra,of the110students who were admitted under the five per cent disability quota, eightwerefoundtobeineligible. “The eight students found ineligible were not allowed to attend classes (which began on Thursday). We are only followingMCIguidelines.Thestudents havegonetocourt,butadecision is pending,” says Dr Pravin Shingare, director, Directorate of MedicalEducationandResearch (DMER). CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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