TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DRAFT REPORT SUPPORTS IDEA Simultaneous polls: Law panel raises questions, says need for more debate Not possible within existing framework of Constitution; will it tinker with democracy, federal polity: Law panel SEEMA CHISHTI & KAUNAIN SHERIFF M Justice (retd) Balbir Singh Chauhan NEW DELHI, AUGUST 30 ON THE eve of the end of its term, the Law Commission put outadraftreportonsimultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and stateassemblieswithapublicappealto“havefurtherdiscussions and examination on the matter, involving all the stakeholders” before making final recommendations to the government. It said it was doing this with the “intention to initiate a healthy and sustainable debate on the issue” since simultaneous polls are “not possible within the existing framework of the Constitution”. Justice(retired)BSChauhan, chairman of the Commission, told The Indian Express: “Our term is getting over on Friday. There was no time to finalise it. Thisisaseriousissue,andneeds wider consultation with the public and Constitutional experts. But we did not want our work and research on it wasted. WeareleavingitforafutureLaw Commission to ponder upon.” “We have raised seven fundamental questions and put CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Speaking against Govt is not sedition, right to offend, criticise history is free speech’ KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, AUGUST 30 UNDERLINING THAT “singing from the same book is not a benchmark of patriotism” in a democracy and “people should be at liberty to show their affection towards their country in their own way”, the Law Commission has said that a person should not be charged with sedition for “merely expressing a thought that is not in consonance with the policy of the Government of the day”. In a consultation paper on the sedition law (124A IPC) — in which it has spelt out multiple issues that require wider discussion — the Law Commission, headed by Justice (retired) CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 J&K policemen targeted again, militants kidnap at least 4 close relatives BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, AUGUST 30 THE KATHMANDU SUMMIT Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BIMSTEC leaders call on Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, in Kathmandu on Thursday. PIB/ PTI REPORTS, PAGE 7 AT LEAST four close relatives of J&K policemen were abductedThursdaybysuspected militants in different parts of south Kashmir, police said. Sources said suspected militants “raided” the houses of policemen in the four districts of south Kashmir — Shopian, Kulgam,PulwamaandAnantnag — and abducted “their sons and brothers”. “We are looking into it. We have not received any formal complaint so far,” IGP (Kashmir) S P Pani told The Indian Express. This comes a day after four J&K policemen were killed by suspected militants and follows allegations of the Army setting on fire houses of militants — both in Shopian. The Army has denied the allegations. On the same day, J&K Police also arrested the father of Hizbul Mujahideen’s operations chief Riyaz Naikoo. “This seems to be retaliation against the arrest of militants’ relatives. This is aimed at pressuring the police force,” a senior police officer said. Sources said two people, both brothers of policemen, were abducted in Arwani, Kulgam. In Tral, a son of a policeman was abducted. The fourth case was that of a policeman’s relative in Yamrach, Kulgam. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Francois Hollande with partner and actor Julie Gayet. Reuters Rafale talks were on when Reliance Ent helped produce film for Hollande partner SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, AUGUST 30 TWO DAYS before then French PresidentFrancoisHollandecame to New Delhi as the Republic Day chief guest and signed a MemorandumofUnderstanding with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for delivering 36 Rafale aircraft, Anil Ambani’s Reliance Entertainmententeredintoadeal toproduceafilmwithHollande’s partnerandactorJulieGayet.Later that year, Ambani’s Reliance Defencebecamepartoftheoffset programme of the Rs 59,000-crore Rafale deal through Dassault Reliance AerospaceLtd(DRAL),inwhichit holds a 51% stake. Dassault Aviation,theFrenchmanufacturer ofRafale,holds49%stakeinDRAL. On January 24, 2016, Reliance Entertainmentannouncedthatit had entered into an agreement with Gayet’s firm, Rouge International,tojointlyproducea Frenchfilm. OnJanuary26,2016, bothcountriessignedtheMoUfor the purchase of 36 jets in flyaway condition. The deal, called the Inter- Government Agreement, wasexpectedtobesignedduring Hollande’s visit but was delayed due to “some financial issues”. AsforthefilmReliancehelped produce,itwasdirectedbyFrench actor and film-maker Serge Hazanaviciusandwasreleasedin FranceonDecember20,2017under the title, Tout La-Haut. This was eight weeks after Dassault Aviation chairman Eric Trappier and Ambani laid the foundation stoneforDRALmanufacturingfacilityinNagpurinthepresenceof then French Defence Minister Florence Parly; Roads and HighwaysMinisterNitinGadkari; Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Ambassador of France to India Alexandre Ziegler. The 98-minute French film, firstscreenedattheSanSebastian InternationalFilmFestivalinSpain in 2017, was distributed in eight other countries including UAE, Taiwan, Lebanon, Belgium, Estonia and Latvia. Tout La-Haut has not been released in India. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Anti-fascist front seeks to tap Probe no longer restricted to Elgaar militant Dalit & Muslim forces’ Parishad: Pune Police commissioner On China, BJP does a hopeful rewrite in party training booklet FROM DOCUMENT PUNE POLICE GAVE TO COURT LIZ MATHEW CHANDAN HAYGUNDE BARELYTWOmonthsafteritcirculatedatrainingbookletinHindi among its Mahila Morcha cadres that described China as a threat to India and Indian interests, the BJP, in the English version of its booklet,hasdonearewrite:“Our borderdisputewithChinaisvery old. However, earlier it appeared thatChinadoesnotwantitssolution, but now there are positive signsonthisfrontafterthemeeting of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping”. The booklet in Hindi had mentioned that China appeared to be “not interested in resolving the issue” and “although no firing has taken place on the borderafter1962,andnomajortension has erupted either, China is constantly stockpiling ammunition on the border. Recently, China supported Pakistan on a proposal in the United Nations regardingLakhvi”—26/11attack plotter Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. The English version has dropped these lines. ONE OF the documents presented by the Pune police in court Wednesday justifying the arrests of the five activists refers to an alleged plan to implement the Maoist strategy to oppose “Brahminical and fascist Hindu forces” and bring together the “most militant” among “Dalit and Muslim forces.” Thatdocumenttitled,“Aproposal for initiating All India Anti FascistFront,”talksaboutmobilising “militant sections” of people, for which the front needs to come up at all levels, within villages, small towns and cities. This document, like the several from which Public Prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar read excerpts while justifying the arrests and seeking remand, is claimed to have been seized from the earlier set of five activists who were arrested by the PunePoliceonJune6inasimilar multi-city operation and who are now in Yerawada Jail here. This particular part of the document was not read out by NEW DELHI, AUGUST 30 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PUNE, AUGUST 30 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY House arrest means police move in and watch 24 x 7 SEEMA CHISHTI NEW DELHI, AUGUST 30 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Sinister homo sapiens BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA MORE REPORTS NEWSLINE FOR GAUTAM Navlakha and Sudha Bharadwaj, house arrest means sharing their most personal space with policemen and policewomen — Delhi Police for the former, Haryana for the latter — and trying to cope with their constant presence and surveillance. Formerly editorial director with Economic and Political Weekly, civil rights activist Navlakha lives with his partner SahbaHusaininSouthDelhiand it is her two-bedroom house where he is under house arrest. The terms of a house arrest aren’t exactly codified in law but it’s understood that Husain can stay with him. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUSHANT KULKARNI Some accused in violence were never arrested, others got bail PUNE, AUGUST 30 PUNE POLICE has said its investigationthatledtothearrestsoffive activists two days ago was no longer restricted to just the involvementofMaoistgroupsinthe organisationofElgaarParishadon December 31, but had expanded to look at the larger conspiracies being hatched by banned outfits. Pune police commissioner K Venkatesham told The Indian Express that the material found during investigation had led police to probe the larger networks andoperationsofthebannedCPIMaoistandTuesday’sarrestswere a fallout of this. “The probe was initiallyonlyaboutElgaarParishad andwhetherithadledtotheviolence on January 1. But as investigations continued, we kept getting new material and evidence thatledustoprobelargermatters. It (investigation) is now about manymorethings,”Venkatesham said.“Thestartingpointofthisexpansion was the searches conducted before the first set of arrests (in June, when five people were arrested). The probe into those seizures had led to a lot of crucial information which has EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PUNE, AUGUST 30 Lawyer Arun Ferreira being brought home by police, in Thane on Thursday. Deepak Joshi beencarefullyscrutinised.Theinvestigation is ongoing,” he said. One of the arguments being used by defence lawyers is that Punepolicehadnotgivenanyevidence to “connect the dots” between the “present accused” — those arrested on Tuesday —, organisationof ElgaarParishadand the violence on January 1. Police have said speeches made at Elgaar Parishad, held a day ahead of the 200th anniversaryof Battleof BhimaKoregaon, contributed to the violence the nextday,inwhichonepersonwas killed.Ithasalsosaidthatbanned Maoist groups were involved in organising Elgaar Parishad. “The police have miserably failedtoconnectthebasicdotson which prosecution presents its theory. The original case is about ElgaarParishadandthespeeches thereinleadingtoviolence.Police havenothingthatconnectspresent accused to that,” Rohan Nahar,defencecounselforPVaravara Rao, one of the arrested people, told The Indian Express. PUNE POLICE has now arrested 10 people in connection with an FIR filed against some organisers of the December 31 Elgaar Parishad, a “cultural” event which, according to police, is said to have contributed to the January 1 violence. Only one of the arrested, Sudhir Dhawale of Republican PanthersJatiantachiChalwal, was directly involved with the organisation of Elgaar Parishad.Theotherswerearrestedonchargesof sourcing money from banned Maoist groups towards this event or for “links” with banned Maoist organisations. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR JINSON EMERGES FROM SILVER CLOUD TO GRAB 1,500-METRE GOLD EXPRESSAT ASIANGAMES SHIVANI NAIK JAKARTA, AUGUST 30 BREAD AND butter just wouldn’t do. Not on the breakfast table, not on the track where a routine 1,500m timing might not have secured a gold. So, Jinson Johnson loaded up on rice, paneer and chicken in the morning. “Rice,” he said, rolling his eyes. And he saved his sizzling run for dessert — the last 40m. Two days ago, Jinson was disappointed after being pipped by Manjit Singh in the 800m. In his head, he had managed a swell race with a timing he had targeted. But a million opinions on him missing that gold reached him even when he shut the door to his room — Twitter is nothing short of nasty notes slipped under the door. “It was my first ever medal at Asian Games. I’d run a good race, it’s just that Manjit ran better. I was happy for him. I honestly didn’t feel very bad, I was grateful I’d run well,” he says, waving away all talk of ego. The 1,500m was a fresh race, Jinson Johnson celebrates after winning the gold in the 1500m event at the Asian Games, in Jakarta, on Thursday. PTI and Jinson woke up Thursday eschewing all routine plans. “I decided timings wouldn’t mat- ter. Even if I’d run in 4 minutes, I needed to get that gold,” he laughed. He ate that rice, and gobbled up the race in 3:44.72s. Nuances of Tuesday’s 800m race, like how he broke away af- ter staying back, how he picked up pace like an Indonesian scooty ride and how he was chuckling about two Indians denying the rest of Asia the top two medals, all collapsed under this refrain: “Gold!” So gold it was in what is considered a longer, tactical race by experts — chess on spikes. “My end in the 800m had been faulty, if you really want to pick faults. Since no one cared about how satisfied I was with the 800m, I decided I’ll not focus on timing and only go for gold,” he said. On Thursday, Jinson let the Iraqi runner set the pace, coiling, breathing steady, waiting to explode. It was after crossing the third lap that he effectivelytook off. The national record holder, who was not allowed to feel nice about his first Asiad medal, went about eating up the track with such ferocity that he would emerge near the finish line like a cheetah kept hungry. His last kick was a thing of beauty — 800m and 1,500m are not about crunching numbers but out-thinking and knocking out a field, without ever making eye contact. It crossed his mind that now, with two Indians equipped with the nous of plotting athletics’s most cerebral races, the future could be exciting, world-beating, shattering Kenyan and Ethiopian dominance. “But then... I concentrated on the last spurt, nothing else. It was about calming the mind, and taking off. I can win gold with the right mindset,” he smiled. Post the race, the satisfaction of netting the gold was wiped away for a few moments by his soft-toy rhino going missing. There was this innocence in Jinson looking frantically for the grey stuffed rhino given to the winners, like there was in assuming that a silver was enough Tuesday. Life’s not ideal back home. Jinson’s state, Kerala, is flooded, over 400 have died. It’s nice to live in a bubble rimmed with gold, but Jinson knows there are starker tragedies than winning just a silver and bigger triumphs like saving lives, than flashing a V sign and biting into a medal on the podium. “I dedicate this to my state,” he said.
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