LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 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 4 GUJARAT LUNAWADA FAMILY SAYS ENCOUNTER ‘STAGED’, TO MOVE HC SEEMA CHISHTI & KAUNAIN SHERIFF M Justice (retd) Balbir Singh Chauhan NEW DELHI, AUGUST 30 ON THEeve of the end of its term, the Law Commission put out a draft report on simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and state assemblies with a public appeal to “have further discussions 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) B S Chauhan, chairman of the Commission, told The Indian Express: “Our term is getting over on Friday. There was no time to finalise it. This is a serious issue, and needs wider consultation with the public and Constitutional experts. But we did not want our work and research on it wasted. We are leaving it for a future Law 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) SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, AUGUST 30 ‘Anti-fascist front seeks to tap militant Dalit & Muslim forces’ BUSINESS AS USUAL PUNE, AUGUST 30 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.” That document titled, “A proposal for initiating All India Anti Fascist Front,” talks about mobilising “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 Pune Police on June 6 in a similar multi-city operation and who are now in Yerawada Jail here. This particular part of the document was not read out by CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BY UNNY NEW DELHI, AUGUST 30 10 Sinister homo sapiens BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA MORE REPORTS PAGE 8 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR JINSON’S SILVER CLOUD HAS A GOLD LINING EXPRESSAT ASIAN GAMES 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 tar- House arrest means police move in and watch 24 x 7 SEEMA CHISHTI THE EDITORIAL PAGE geted. 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, and Jinson woke up Thursday eschewing all routine plans. “I decided timings wouldn’t matter. 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 after 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!” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jinson Johnson celebrates after winning the gold in the 1500m event at the Asian Games, in Jakarta, on Thursday. PTI Rafale talks were on when Reliance Ent helped produce film for Hollande partner CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FROM DOCUMENT PUNE POLICE GAVE TO COURT CHANDAN HAYGUNDE Francois Hollande with partner and actor Julie Gayet. Reuters 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 Sahba Husain in South Delhi and 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 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 9 SC stops monitoring Gujarat riot cases, directs SIT to take them to logical end SATISH JHA AHMEDABAD, AUGUST 30 THE SUPREME Court has disposed of a petition filed by the NHRC 15 years ago seeking transfer of the 2002 Gujarat riot cases outside the state, apart from other directions, on the grounds of faulty investigations. The petition had led to the 2008 order directing the formation of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe nine major post-Godhra riot cases under the Supreme Court’s close supervision and monitoring. The latest order, issued on July 23, was received by the special riot court hearing the last of the nine cases — the Naroda Gam case — two weeks ago. It said the apex court would no longer monitor the cases, and asked the SIT to take them to their logical end. The order, which was accessed by The Indian Express, grants the special court time till October 16, 2018, to complete the Naroda Gam trial. Disposing ofthe 109-2003 petition, it stated, “After scanning through all the orders which have been passed from time to time, we feel that the purpose of this petition stands served and no further orders are required.” It added that “ifat any time interference of this court is required, either party would be permitted to file IA (Interlocutory Application)”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TWO DAYS before then French President Francois Hollande came to New Delhi as the Republic Day chief guest and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for delivering 36 Rafale aircraft, Anil Ambani’s Reliance Entertainment entered into a deal to produce a film with Hollande’s partner and actor Julie Gayet. Later that year, Ambani’s Reliance Defence became part of the offset programme of the Rs 59,000-crore Rafale deal through Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd (DRAL), in which it holds a 51% stake. Dassault Aviation, the French manufacturer of Rafale, holds 49% stake in DRAL. On January 24, 2016, Reliance Entertainment announced that it had entered into an agreement with Gayet’s firm, Rouge International, to jointly produce a French film. On January 26, 2016, both countries signed the MoU for the 13 WORLD purchase of 36 jets in flyaway condition. The deal, called the Inter- Government Agreement, was expected to be signed during Hollande’s visit but was delayed due to “some financial issues”. As for the film Reliance helped produce, it was directed by French actor and film-maker Serge Hazanavicius and was released in France on December 20, 2017 under the title, Tout LaHaut. This was eight weeks after Dassault Aviation chairman Eric Trappier and Ambani laid the foundation stone for DRAL manufacturing facility in Nagpur in the presence of then French Defence Minister Florence Parly; Roads and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari; Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Ambassador of France to India Alexandre Ziegler. The 98-minute French film, first screened at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain 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. 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