TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 24 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE CHANGE OF GUARD Chief Justice of India names his successor: Justice Ranjan Gogoi ECONOMY Govt to process communication, send to President for warrant of appointment ● RELIGARE BATTLE: SHIVINDER TAKES MALVINDER TO TRIBUNAL PAGE 15 EXPRESS NETWORK ● DAY AFTER ARREST FOR ANTI-BJP SLOGAN, STUDENT GETS BAIL PAGE 8 4 THECITY ● SUSPECTED TO BE A THIEF, TEEN BEATEN TO DEATH ANANTHAKRISHNAN G & KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 4 ANOTHER KOLKATA BRIDGE COLLAPSES One person was killed and at least 25 injured when a portion of the 50-year-old Majherhat bridge in South Kolkata collapsed on Tuesday. Subham Dutta REPORT, PAGE 8 ED moves for details New Ganga clean-up law plans of land deal linked to armed force, prison terms & fines Vadra and Hooda SHYAMLAL YADAV NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 4 DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 4 MOVINGAGAINSTRobertVadra, son-in-law of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, and Bhupinder Singh Hooda, former Chief Minister of Haryana, the Enforcement Directorate has sought documents related to an FIR filed by Haryana Police over alleged irregularities in a Gurgaon land deal. Last Saturday, police booked VadraandHooda,apartfromreal estate firms DLF and Onkareshwar Properties, on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, fraud, forgery and under provisions of the Preventionof CorruptionAct.The FIR claimed a scam of Rs 5,000 crore through dubious saleandresaleof 3.5acresof land inGurgaoninvolvingacompany allegedly linked to Vadra. The case was first flagged by IAS officer Ashok Khemka in 2012 but no action had been taken until now. “We will study the documents and see if an offence FIR filed against him in Gurgaon 11 EXPLAINED New FIR, same charges, and panel report stuck in court under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) can be made out. We will soon take a decision,” an ED officer said. Asked if the agency had sought documents from Haryana police, the ED officer said, “The documents have been in public domain for some years now.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AN ARMED Ganga Protection Corps (GPC) whose personnel will have powers to arrest those who pollute the river; treating a slew of actions — from obstructing the flow to commercial fishing — as cognizable offences that may attract a prison term of up to three years and a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh. These are among the measures in the draft Bill prepared by theMinistryof WaterResources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation which has sought opinion of various stakeholders. The draft, accessed by The Indian Express, says that present environmental laws aren’t adequate to restore and protect the river. The Bill calls for a National Ganga Council and a National GangaRejuvenationAuthorityto enforce the law and protect the river which flows over 2500 km. Cognizable offences marked in the draft Bill include: construction activities causing obstruction in the river; withdrawal of ground water for industrial or commercial consumptionfrom theland fronting theriveranditstributaries;commercial fishing or aqua culture in the river and its tributaries; discharging untreatedortreated sewage into the river. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Adding to strain of falling rupee: sharp spike in imports of coal, ores SANDEEP SINGH & ANIL SASI NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 4 IT’S NOT just a surge in crude oil imports, but also a spike in imports of coal and other ores that have resulted in rising trade and current account deficits, adding to the downward pressure on the rupee. While petroleum imports wereup25percentinvalueterms in2017-18duetohighercrudeoil RAW COAL PRODUCTION OF COAL INDIA LIMITED Year 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 Production (million tn) Growth ( in %)* 494.2 538.8 554.1 567.4 6.88 9.01 2.86 2.39 *Growth in production over previous year; (Source: Ministry of Coal) prices and a depreciating rupee, the value of coal imports rose by an even higher 45 per cent in the 12monthstoMarch2018.Thein- crease in coal shipments comes alongside a 44 per cent jump in the value of precious and ENDING SPECULATION in a year that saw turbulence in the highest court, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra Tuesday recommended the name of Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the most senior judge in the Supreme Court after him, as his successor. Official sources confirmed that the government had received a communication from the CJI to this effect in which Justice Gogoi has been called “eminent” and “suitable.” This will now be processed and forwarded to the President who will issue the warrant of appointment. Union Law Minister Ravi ShankarPrasadhadrecentlysaid that the government’s intention on the appointment of the next Chief Justice of India should not be questioned. He had said that when the incumbent names the most senior judge of the Supreme Court as his successor as per convention, the executive will take a call. Responding to a question at the Law Ministry’s annual press conference on whether the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 12 THEEDITORIAL PAGE Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justice Ranjan Gogoi. File ‘He is a no-nonsense judge... a big heart who thinks with his mind’ SEEMA CHISHTI NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 4 ON AUGUST 25 this year, in Guwahati, a book titled Gauhati High Court, History and Heritage was released by Justice S A Bobde, a judge in the Supreme Court. Judges of the Gauhati High Court present at the release speak of how it has a passage termed ‘Prophetic Comment’ which narrates an interesting anecdote when former Law Minister of Assam Abdul Muhib Mazumdar asked Kesab Gogoi, once-Chief Minister of Assam, if Where interests meet BY C RAJA MOHAN Out on bail, Ajmer blast convict returns home to hero welcome in Bharuch CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 China hardsells big ticket but low on trust, India’s soft power push in Myanmar education and health BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY INSIDE MYANMAR PART 2 AN EXPRESS SERIES NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN MANDALAY, SEPTEMBER4 IN A state-of-the art classroom at the steel and glass Myanmar Institute of Information Technology (MIIT), Usha Subramanian is taking a class on Java for computer science students. Subramanian works 14 WORLD the smartboard through her computer as she speaks about “hierarchies”.Thereisvideoconferencing equipment and all the 120-capacity classrooms are fully digital. Like Subramanian, there are 10 other faculty members from India, who work alongside 75 Myanmar faculty. The MIIT, modeled on the Bangalore IIIT, is India’s $25milliongifttoMyanmarsetupin 2015 following an agreement in 2012. Director K R V Subramanian says the institute willbehandedovertoMyanmar in another year, when the MoU CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A large crowd greeted Patel on his return to Bharuch. Express KAMAAL SAIYED SURAT, SEPTEMBER 4 K R V Subramanian, Director of the Myanmar Institute of Information and Technology, at the campus. Neeraj Priyadarshi ONE OF two men, sentenced to life imprisonment for their alleged involvement in the 2007 Ajmer dargah blast, returned home to Bharuch two days ago to a hero’s welcome by a large crowd that included officebearers of the BJP and VHP. BhaveshPatel(40)of Bharuch and Devendra Gupta (42) of Ajmer, handed life terms by a JaipurcourtinAugust2017,were granted bail last week by the Rajasthan High Court after their lawyersarguedthatthemenhad been convicted on the basis of “human probability... circumstantial evidence... conjectures”. Three persons were killed and 15 others injured in the dargah blast. Accompanied by his brother Hitesh and others who hadgone CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 his son, one Ranjan Gogoi, “would also be a politician and go on to become the Chief Minister of Assam”. Ranjan Gogoi was then “a brilliant lawyer” at Guwahati. His father Kesab Chandra Gogoi said, no, his son “would not be joiningpoliticsandwouldtherefore not be Chief Minister of Assam but he definitely had the potential in him to be the Chief Justice of India”. As Justice Gogoi gets set on course to meet this destiny, his colleagues in the topmost court termhimas“amanof fewwords, stronganddeepconvictionsand CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Hyderabad blasts: Two convicted, 2 acquitted SREENIVAS JANYALA HYDERABAD, SEPTEMBER 4 ELEVEN YEARS after the twin bomb blasts at Gokul Chaat and Lumbini Park in Hyderabad, a special court on Tuesday convicted two Indian Mujahideen operatives while acquitting two others. Three others accused in thecase,includingRiyazBhatkal, are absconding. The special NIA court held Aneeq Syed and Akbar Ismail Choudhary guilty of conspiring and planting the bombs at Lumbini Park and Gokul Chaat. Mohammed Sadiq and Ansar Ahmed were acquitted as the prosecutioncouldnotprovethat they were involved in planting the bombs, said NIA’s Special Public Prosecutor K Surender. Thequantumof punishment as well as the judgment on Amir Raza, accused of providing shelter to Riyaz Bhatkal and Iqbal Bhatkal after the blasts, is expected to be pronounced on Monday.Raza,RiyazBhatkaland Iqbal Bhatkal are absconding. ThecasedatesbacktoAugust 25, 2007, when two synchronised blasts rocked Gokul Chaat, a popular eatery, killing 32 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR AN EXPRESS STORY WRITES ANOTHER: MISSING KID BACK HOME SYRIA,RUSSIA BEGINIDLIB BOMBING JALALUDDIN OF HAQQANI NETWORK DEAD, SAY TALIBAN TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 4 SINCE SATURDAY, this house in a slum in Mumbai has seen a constant flow of visitors, all wantingtomeetAdityaRafukiya (16), who is back home after being reported missing nearly three years ago. Aditya was found in Gujarat last week, after a social worker read The Indian Express online report on how his father, Bansi Rafukiya, a mechanic, had undertaken a tireless search for him across India. In January this year, The Indian Express reported that Rafukiya had launched a fight againstchildlabour,helpingchildrenonthestreetstolocatetheir parents — a mission he adopted after his son went missing from their home in Walkeshwar. Aditya, then a Class VI student aged 13, ran away from home in 2015, after being scolded by his parents for not studying. On December 5, 2015, hisfatherfiledamissingperson’s report at the Malabar Hill police station before undertaking a lone search for his son. Aditya was last spotted on CCTV cameras at Mumbai Central station’s platform 4, wearing a red shirt and carrying his school bag. With no further leads, his father travelled to various destinations that the trains from Mumbai Central went to that day. “The Golden Temple MailandSaurashtraExpresshad left the station. I went to all the stations those trains halted at to paste his posters,”says Rafukiya. Eventually, fearing that his son may have been trapped as a child labourer, Rafukiya became a social worker, aiding the police and complaining to Childline about every child labour case he came across. Then in January this year, a Aditya (red T-shirt) with his siblings. Amit Chakravarty video clip with a lookalike of a senior politician cooking food under a tent went viral. When Rafukiya watched the video, he noticed Aditya in the background. He immediately restarted his search. “We reached out to police and politicians to trace the source of the video which went viral on WhatsApp. There were no leads. We didn’t even know which state the video was shot in,” says his wife, Prabha. “We spent each day with the guilt of not being able to locate our son.” Till last week, when a call from Gujarat changed the mood in the Rafukiya household. K S Ishrani, a social defence officer at a children’s shelter in Jamnagar,calledupRafukiyaand told him that his son had been livingthereforthelasttwoyears. “I didn’t believe him at first, I asked them to send a photograph. I had already travelled to many cities on tip-offs that my sonmaybethere,”saysRafukiya. Ishrani sent him a photograph, and the family left for Jamnagar the same day. They returned with Aditya on Saturday. Back home, with plans to continue his education, Aditya narrates his story. “I had stolen Rs 1,100 from home before CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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