LATE CITY, 24 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS 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 4 Govt to process communication, send to President for warrant of appointment GUJARAT ANANTHAKRISHNAN G & KAUNAIN SHERIFF M HARDIK FAST BACKED BY CONGRESS: GOVT NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 4 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 consumption from the land fronting the river and its tributaries; commercial fishing or aqua culture in the river and its tributaries; discharging untreated or treated sewage into the river. 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 Shankar Prasad had recently said 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● NPAs in banks of Gujarat balloon to Rs 37,342 cr, Page 3 ● ‘Gujarat has fallen behind in food fortification’, P 5 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 14 ED moves for details New Ganga clean-up law plans armed force, prison terms & fines of land deal linked to Vadra and Hooda SHYAMLAL YADAV NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 4 DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 4 MOVING AGAINST Robert Vadra, 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 Vadra and Hooda, apart from real estate firms DLF and Onkareshwar Properties, on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, fraud, forgery and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The FIR claimed a scam of Rs 5,000 crore through dubious sale and resale of 3.5 acres of land in Gurgaon involving a company 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 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY FIR filed against him in Gurgaon 15 EXPLAINED New FIR, same charges, and panel report stuck in court CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AN EXPRESS SERIES NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN YANGON, SEPTEMBER 4 ● V-P NAIDU FOR RESERVATION REFORM 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 were up 25 per cent in value terms in 2017-18 due to higher crude oil RAW COAL PRODUCTION OF COAL INDIA LIMITED Year 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 Production (million tn) 6.88 9.01 2.86 2.39 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 Growth ( in %)* 494.2 538.8 554.1 567.4 THE EDITORIAL PAGE SEEMA CHISHTI *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 12 months to March 2018. The in- Out on bail, Ajmer blast convict returns home to hero welcome in Bharuch IN A crowded cafe in the A K K Mall in downtown Yangon, squeezed on a table between strangers, a pro-democracy activist looks around warily and warns that talking about the Rohingya in a public place is not a good idea. He says it would be better to use the letter R (for Rohingya) and B (for Buddhists) while discussing the matter. In the office of his newly established People’s Party, Ko Ko Gyi, a leader of the anti-junta 1988 student uprising, and of the group that calls itself the 88 Generation after that uprising, who broke away from Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) over differences during the 2015 election, insists the term Rohingya is a fake On the U Bein teak bridge at Mandalay. Neeraj Priyadarshi CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SREENIVAS JANYALA HYDERABAD, SEPTEMBER 4 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A large crowd greeted Patel on his return to Bharuch. Express 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. Bhavesh Patel (40) of Bharuch and Devendra Gupta (42) of Hyderabad blasts: Two convicted, 2 acquitted Ajmer, handed life terms by a Jaipur court in August 2017, were granted bail last week by the Rajasthan High Court after their lawyers argued that the men had 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 had gone CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SURAT, SEPTEMBER 4 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 the case, including Riyaz Bhatkal, 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 prosecution could not prove that they were involved in planting the bombs, said NIA’s Special Public Prosecutor K Surender. The quantum of 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, Riyaz Bhatkal and Iqbal Bhatkal are absconding. The case dates back to August 25, 2007, when two synchronised blasts rocked Gokul Chaat, a popular eatery, killing 32 crease in coal shipments comes alongside a 44 per cent jump in the value of precious and KAMAAL SAIYED 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 joining politics and would therefore 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 term him as “a man of few words, strong and deep convictions and ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR 16 WORLD SANDEEP SINGH & ANIL SASI 12 ‘He is a no-nonsense judge... a big heart who thinks with his mind’ ‘We stand by the two journalists but don’t blame the lady too much’ PART 1 PAGE 10 Adding to strain of falling rupee: sharp spike in imports of coal, ores NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 4 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.” INSIDE MYANMAR INSIDE 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 the Ministry of Water Resources, 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 Ganga Rejuvenation Authority to enforce the law and protect the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justice Ranjan Gogoi. File AN EXPRESS STORY WRITES ANOTHER: MISSING KID BACK HOME SYRIA, RUSSIA BEGIN IDLIB 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 wanting to meet Aditya Rafukiya (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 against child labour, helping children on the streets to locate their 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, his father filed a missing person’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 Mail and Saurashtra Express had 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, called up Rafukiya and told him that his son had been living there for the last two years. “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 son may be there,” says Rafukiya. 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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