TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA FINDINGS OF GOVT PANEL JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Rs 3 lakh cr Top official sought CBI loans to come probe: ‘Failure of govt’ under IBC for resolution ‘Its hip implant recalled in Australia, in same month Johnson & Johnson got registration certificate in India’ KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, AUGUST 24 ON DECEMBER 23, 2009, the Indianarmof Johnson&Johnson obtainedafreshregistrationcertificate for its ASR hip replacementimplantsfromthenational regulatorformedicaldevices.On January 11, 2010, the firm appliedforanimportlicenceonthe basis of that certificate. However, the company did not inform authorities at the time that the product had been recalled in Australia in December 2009, a committee set up by the Union Health Ministry has found. In its report that details the timeline (see box), the committeealsostatesthat indocuments submitted during its probe on the “faulty” implants, the global pharmamajor“themselveshave admitted about the product failure”. The product was globally recalled on August 24, 2010. On Friday, The Indian Express reported on the key findings of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Gold chain, sweets: Royals co-owner had contact with bookie, says IPL investigator BREAKING THE IPL SILENCE AN EXPRESS SERIES PART 3 NIHAL KOSHIE NEW DELHI, AUGUST 24 THE CO-OWNER of Rajasthan Royals, Raj Kundra, denied being in touch with a known bookie till the lead investigator in the IPL probe B B Misra reminded him about a “gift” he had accepted. Kundra opened up on realising that the bookie had already spilled the beans during interrogation, Misra told The Indian Express. “When Kundra was interrogated, he had initially denied everything. Then we confronted himwiththeversionwegotfrom thebookie.Itwasthenthatheadmitted he was in touch (with the bookie).He(Kundra)hadtakena gift from the bookie,” Misra said. “He (Kundra) said he did not know the bookie. But his mobile had the number of that bookie. Heexplainedthatitwasanundesirablecontactandhehadtostore it so if a call comes he will know that it is a bookie and he would not pick it up. Fair enough...but thenhewouldnothaveaccepted a gift. When you say he is an un- Gurunath Meiyappan (left) and Raj Kundra: Both were banned from IPL desirable contact and ‘I don’t want to talk to him’, why did you accept a gift from him? Why did youallowhimtocomenearyou? This was a contradiction. So I reminded Raj Kundra of the gift he took,” Misra said. When contacted by The Indian Express, Kundra said the “gift” was a 10-gram gold chain for his new-born and panjiri (a wheat-based sweet), which he declined to accept. Yet, he said, thebookieleftitwiththewatchman at his residence. “Ihadnoideathispersonwas a bookie as it’s not written on anyone’s face. I met him first at a friend’s party. He piled on and was over-friendly and asked for IPL tickets for his son, which my bodyguard gave him. Once he turnedupatmyhousewithpanjiri and a gold chain for my newborn. I told him I was on my way CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TIMELINE OF APPROVAL The report submitted by an expert committee set up by the Health Ministry found: OCT 29, 2006: Regulator grants registration certificate for J&J’s hip implant device with a validity of 3 years. APRIL 30, 2009: J&J’s Indian arm applies for renewal of licence for the product. GOALPARA (ASSAM), AUGUST 24 SAMIRAN NESSA celebrated Wednesday’s Eid ul-Zuha (Bakrid) at her home in Assam’s GoalparadistrictasanIndiancitizen. On August 17, after years as a suspectedillegalimmigrant,and spending the last four months in a women’s detention camp for illegal foreigners in Kokrajhar, she was declared an Indian and freed. Nessa, an illiterate and unmarriedwomanwhomadealiving by washing dishes at roadside eateries, was declared an illegal foreigner by a Foreigners Tribunal of Goalpara in July last year in her absence. Her case came up in the tribunal after she 14 WORLD Samiran Nessa was detained in April this year. Abhishek Saha was marked as a Doubtful or Dvoter in 2005. The tribunals — 100 across the state — are quasi-judicial bodies tasked to “furnish opinion on the question as to whether a person is or is not a foreigner within the meaning of Foreigners Act, 1946”. The tribunals get two kinds of cases: provides undertaking that no product complaints were received. DEC 23, 2009: Fresh registration certificate obtained. No mention of Australia recall that month. JAN 11, 2010: Firm applies for import licence on the basis of the registration certificate. DEEPAK PATEL NEW DELHI, AUGUST 24 OVER FIVE years ago, the Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner asked the state government to seek a CBI investigation into complaints by patients against the ASR hip implants sold by the Indian arm of Johnson & Johnson. Three years later, Vijay Anant Vojhala, a patient who underwent a hip replacementsurgeryusingthisdevice, asked the central government for a CBI probe into the “faulty” implants. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SINISTER DESIGN BEHIND KERALA PLEA, SAYS TN GOVT Keep Mullaperiyar water level below 142 feet: Supreme Court ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, AUGUST 24 THE SUPREME Court on Friday concurred with the decision of the disaster management subcommittee to maintain the waterlevelattheMullaperiyardam at two to three feet below the permissible level of 142 feet till August 31. Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha communicated the sub-committee’s decision, KERALA FLOODS PICKING UP THE PIECES MORE REPORTS An empty market in Aluva town, near Kochi, on the eve of Onam on Friday. Nirmal Harindran BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY PAGE 8 those against whom a reference has been made by the border wing of the Assam Police or those against whose names in the electoral rolls a D is marked. The D-Voter category was introduced in Assam in 1997 to mark out people who were unable to prove their citizenship during verification. Nessa has in her mind a vivid snapshot of April 9. She had left homeinthemorningforworkat a tea-stall in nearby Mornoi, where policemen identified her and took her to the local police station. “A medical check-up was done. Then, I was sent to police in Goalpara town for taking my finger-impression and photograph and then sent off to the detention camp in Kokrajhar,” she said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 No confusion over UAE aid, hope it is accepted: Pinarayi SHAJU PHILIP taken at a meeting on Thursday, to a bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud. He also told the court that the current level was 139.99 feet. Taking note, the bench said: “At this juncture, we may direct that the committee which has CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 From illegal immigrant to legal citizen, after 4-month detention ABHISHEK SAHA SEPT 23, 2009: Firm THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, AUGUST 24 A DAY after UAE Ambassador Ahmed Albanna said his countryhadnotannounced“anyspecific amount as financial aid” for flood-hit Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan maintained on Friday that there was “no confu- 12 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Blasphemous law By PRATAP BHANU MEHTA EXPRESS NETWORK ● SC REFUSES TO CANCEL BENGAL PANCHAYAT POLLS ● AURANGABAD CORPORATOR POSED THREAT: POLICE PAGE 7 RBI CIRCULAR ON BAD LOANS sion over the aid”. Speaking to mediapersons, the Chief Minister said: “There is no confusion over the aid from UAE.Theissuewasdiscussedbetween two persons. The UAE ruler has spoken to our Prime Minister. Both parties have communicated that matter to the world. Whether to accept it or not is an issue of our country. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Loans of 70-80 companies likely to be sent to NCLT early next week SUNNY VERMA & GEORGE MATHEW NEW DELHI, AUGUST 24 AS MUCH as Rs 3 lakh crore worth of loans of 70-80 companies is likely to come in for resolution under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) starting early next week. The Reserve Bank of India’s February 12 circular on restructuring bad loans had mandated banks to take loan accounts which remain unresolved for over 180 days, to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) undertheIBC.Withthedeadline ending on August 27, banks will be required to push unresolved casestoNCLTbenchesforresolution starting Monday, banking industry sources said. “The RBI has not provided any relaxation on the February 12 circular despite submissions fromthegovernmentandindustry.Whilebankshaveworkedon resolution in some cases in the interveningperiod,a large number of cases still needs to be pushed to the NCLT,” said a senior banker who did not want to BANKRUPTCY CODE ■ Financial creditors, operational creditors, corporate debtors can initiate the corporate insolvency resolution process ■ Once initiated, an interim resolution professional (IRP) is appointed to run the company ■ The IRP invites resolution plans, a committee of creditors is required to approve it within 180 days ■ The deadline of 180 days can be extended by another 90 days ■ If the resolution plan is not approved, the company goes for liquidation be named. The RBI had recently reviewed around 200 stressed assets of topbusiness groups to assess the status of their CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MIRCHPUR DALIT KILLINGS Delhi HC convicts 20: ‘Grim reminder of absence of equality, fraternity in society’ RJD slams HC ‘gag’ order on Muzaffarpur shelter EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PATNA, AUGUST 24 RJD NATIONAL vice-president ShivanandTewaryonFridaycriticised the Patna High Court’s decision torestrainthemediafrom reporting on the Muzaffarpur shelter abuse case, saying it was “nothing less than a gag order” and went “against the very spirit of therighttoknowasenshrined in the RTI Act”. The RJD leader said the order “violated” the provisions of the “freedom of expression”. InaverbalorderonThursday, the Patna High Court said that “till the investigation is completed, all the print and electronic media are hereby restrained from reporting anything with respect to the case, more particularly, with respecttotheinvestigationalready undertaken and/ or which is likely to take place as it may seriouslyhampertheinvestigation of the case.” It also directed the state government and the CBI “to see that theaboveorderiscompliedwith by everyone.” “It is only because of media coverage of the Muzaffarpur case that the Supreme Court took suomotu cognizance of the case... Media has covered many important cases, including the fodder scam,” said Tewary. He said a “blanket ban” on covering the case would mean that people would not get to know many facts which are in public interest. The RJD leader asked the court to reconsider its decision. “The HC order is not in consonance with the spirit of therighttoknowasenshrined in the RTI Act and is also against CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A 60-yr-old man and his daughter were burnt alive in Mirchpur village of Haryana in 2010. Express file PRITAM PAL SINGH NEW DELHI, AUGUST 24 OBSERVING THAT atrocities against Dalits by upper castes have shown no signs of abating even after 71 years of independence,theDelhiHighCourtFriday held 20 people guilty of burning alivea60-year-oldDalitmanand hisdifferently-ableddaughterat Mirchpur village in Haryana in 2010. A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and I S Mehta said that the incident in Hissar district is a grim reminder of the complete absence of “equality” and“fraternity”inIndiansociety. “How long shall we continue to live this life of contradictions,” the High Court observed and asked till when will we deny the principle of one man, one value. “Millions of Dalits including the Balmikis of Mirchpur ask even now.” In a 209-page verdict, the High Court overturned the trial court acquittal of 20 people and upheld the conviction of 13 others in the case saying there is no doubt that it was indeed membersof theJatcommunitywhich CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR USPROTESTS AFTERCHINA FORCESOUT JOURNALIST HOW AN INDIAN COACH PLOTTED INDIA’S FALL IN ASIAD KABADDI EXPRESSAT ASIANGAMES SHIVANI NAIK JAKARTA, AUGUST 24 US SAYS POMPEO ASKED IMRAN TO ACT AGAINST TERRORISTS, PAKISTAN DENIES IT WHENHERdaughterwasbarely nine months old, Shailaja Jain abruptly weaned her from breastfeeding to take up a trial posting as a district kabaddi coach at Ichalkaranji in Maharashtra. Two years ago, “Mrs Jain”, as the Iranians call her, distanced herself from the idea that her Indian nationality should restrict her career ambitions. “Once you decide to take a leap, you shouldn’t think too much,” she says. OnFriday,theIndiancoachof the Iranian women’s kabaddi team achieved the colossal: An astounding27-24victoryagainst overwhelming favourites India toringinIran’semergenceasthe Asian Games champions. ” they had asked nicely, I I f might have even helped the Indian men’s team with insights into the Iranian opponents they lost to yesterday. But their attitude makes me feel like I am a criminal for coaching outside,” says the 61-year-old tactician. In the women’s final, she spotted a glaring hole on India’s right flank and sent two of Iran’s best raiders to wreak havoc. “Within 2-3 minutes, India’s morale was down after our raiders attacked that right corner.Theirdefencecrumbled,and we took advantage,” she says, describing her plan with relish. India’s shaky right wing was always going to collapse at the Garuda Theatre — but Iran’s capabilitieshadneededbolstering, Shailaja Jain is coach of the Iranian women’s team that stunned India to win gold in Jakarta and it was for this that Jain was roped in by an insistent Iranian kabaddi federation. “I was not only reluctant but worriedaboutgoingtoIran,”she says, recalling how within a week of a one-month trial in 2016, the Iranians sped up her visa formalities and had her on the first flight out to Tehran. “I’m a pure veg-eating Jain. And you know how some of us think about Islamic countries. So, of course, I was wary of the dressing laws and how women are treated, and whether I’d be able to get vegetarian food. But many things are misconceptions. Therearecertainrestrictions,but notallof them arebad,”shesays. ”Plus,if Ihadn’ttakenthisup, peoplewouldn’tbesointerested inmylifestory.It’sbecauseIwon the Asian Games with Iran beating favourites India, and I am a successful coach,” says Shailaja, adding that she had refused an Iranian offer in 2008 because theyweren’tpaying her enough. Iran never compelled her to wear the head-scarf, she says. “There are certain rules of that country, and I took it positively and would wear an odhini, like we do on a salwar kurta. I could not be stuck because of these things,” she says. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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