LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA LETTING HIM GET AWAY 10 YEARS ON LEHMAN’S Mallya war heats up: Govt, Cong accuse each other of bailing him out LESSONS FOR INDIA PART I Rahul alleges collusion, Goyal says he’s covering own links; Cong MP says House CCTV is proof IN GOOD TIMES, BAD LOANS 10 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE EXPLAINED EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 13 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY DIVINE INTERVENTION A Ganesh pandal highlighting farmers’ suicides in Vadodara city as the 10-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival kicked off on Thursday. Through the graffiti, the organisers have urged farmers “not to be sad, or the world will go hungry”. Bhupendra Rana Official: Justice Ranjan Gogoi is next Chief Justice of India EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 13 11 WORLD SPY POISON CASE: SUSPECTS SAY THEY WERE IN UK AS TOURISTS SUU KYI DEFENDS COURT DECISION TO JAIL REUTERS REPORTERS JUSTICE RANJAN Gogoi, the most senior judge in the Supreme Court after Chief Justice Dipak Misra, was appointed as the next Chief Justice of India on Thursday. “The President of India has appointed Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India. He will assume the office of Chief Justice on October 3, 2018 after the retirement of the current Chief Justice, Justice Dipak Misra,” said a press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office. As the 46th Chief Justice of India, Justice Gogoi will have a tenure of about 13 months, till Congress in ICU, using other parties as support system to survive: PM LALMANI VERMA ‘Opp fears BJP storm stronger than in 2013-14’ NEW DELHI SEPTEMBER 13 JUST AS a patient in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a hospital needs a “support system”, the Congress too is in the ICU and is using other parties as a “support system” to survive, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday. He was interacting with the BJP’s booth-level workers of five Lok Sabha constituencies — Jaipur Rural, Ghaziabad, Hazaribagh, Nawada and Arunachal (West) — via the NaMo App. “Dekhiye, jab koi patient ICU mein pada hota hai na, to usko bhanti-bhanti ki cheejen lagate hain. Idhar lagayenge, udhar lagayenge, muh par lagayenge... support system lagate hain, taaki patient bach jaye. Yeh Congress, yeh support system laga rahi hai apne aap par... alag, alag dalon se, taaki Congress bach jaaye. To unke liye, yeh saare dal support system hain jo Congress ko ICU se bacha lein (When a patient is in the ICU, they use several instruments. PM TO ATTEND DAWOODI BOHRA FUNCTION Justice Gogoi with outgoing CJI Justice Dipak Misra November 17, 2019. Earlier, there was speculation on whether his name would be overlooked for the CJI’s post, following the unprecedented press conference on January 12 this year, when Justice Gogoi and three colleagues — Justices J Chelameswar (since retired), 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE When it isn’t right to forget BY M SRIDHAR ACHARYULU PRITAM PAL SINGH MANISH SAHU LUCKNOW, SEPTEMBER 13 THE UTTAR Pradesh government Thursday revoked the National Security Act (NSA) against Bheem Army founder Chandrashekhar, setting the stage for his release more than a year after he was jailed for his alleged role in clashes between Thakurs and Dalits in Saharanpur. The 30-year-old leader of the Bheem Army Bharat Ekta Mission, lodged in Saharanpur jail since June last year, will be released soon, officials said. He was “After conbooked sidering a repreunder NSA sentation submitted by Chandrashekhar’s mother, the state government decided to revoke the NSA against him and two others. The decision will be conveyed to the Saharanpur district administration, which will issue orders to the jail to release them,” Arvind Kumar, Principal Secretary (Home), said. Chandrashekhar was arrested, along with two others, in connection with the clashes in Saharanpur in May 2017, leading CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Piyush Goyal, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday. Renuka Puri, Anil Sharma 4 days before Mallya flew, lawyer told SBI to move court, stop him SBI met me on Feb 28...never came back after my advice: Dushyant Dave SANDEEP SINGH & SUNNY VERMA NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 13 FOUR DAYS before Vijay Mallya left the country, Kingfisher Airlines’ largest lender State Bank of India reportedly did not act on the legal advice it got to approach the Supreme Court seeking an order restraining Mallya’s overseas travel. Senior Supreme Court lawyer Dushyant Dave says he offered this advice after top SBI management, having an inkling that Mallya may flee India, in- sisted on meeting Dave on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Speaking to The Indian Express today, Dave said that in his meeting that Sunday, he “advised SBI to approach the Supreme Court on February 29, 2016, for getting an order restraining Mallya from leaving the country...SBI chairperson and people at the top within the government knew about this meeting and the advice given by me. However, there was no action taken on it.” Mallya left the country four days later. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CBI watered down airport alert on Mallya for ‘lack of evidence’ DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 13 THE LOOK OUT circular (LoC) issued almost three years ago against Vijay Mallya, which is now at the heart of a political spat over his departure from India, was downgraded from “detain” at immigration to merely “inform” because of lack of enough evidence at the time, CBI sources told The Indian Express. Vijay Mallya left India on March 2, 2016 Mallya left India on March 2, 2016, and is now facing extradition proceedings in a London court on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to Rs 9,000 crore. On Wednesday, he claimed that he had “met the Finance Minister” before leaving India, triggering Opposition charges of collusion. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley described Mallya’s claims as “factually false”. According to CBI sources, the agency registered a case of cheating and criminal conspiracy against Mallya on July 29, 2015, following a nationwide uproar over loan defaults by CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 13 One here, another there, something on the mouth... they use a support system so that the patient is saved. The Congress is using a support system... CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 6 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NIA gets a mouthful from HC as key accused in J&K terror funds case gets bail THE DELHI High Court Thursday granted bail to Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, who was arrested by the NIA in a terror-funding case involving Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, and observed that nothing has been shown to suggest that his trade was “geared toward funding of terrorist activities”. In its 40-page bail order, a bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel directed Watali not to influence or intimidate prospective prosecution witnesses or tamper with the evidence in the case. The court also ordered 70-year-old Watali to PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi is scheduled to address a gathering of the Dawoodi Bohra community in Indore, where he will attend the Ashara Mubaraka, commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Husain, on Friday. Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — raised questions on the CJI’s allocation of cases to benches in the Supreme Court. Justice Gogoi had told reporters that “it’s the discharge of a debt to the nation that has brought us here”. But CJI Misra, on September 4, adhered to the tradition ofrecommending the most senior judge after him for the high office. The son of former Assam Chief Minister Kesab Chandra Gogoi, Justice Gogoi joined the Bar in 1978. He practised mainly in the Gauhati High Court, where he was appointed Permanent Judge on February 28, 2001. In September 2010, he was transferred to the Punjab & Haryana High Court, where he was UP to revoke NSA, Bheem Army chief to be freed THE POLITICAL war of words over Vijay Mallya’s claim that he “had met the Finance Minister” before leaving India in 2016 escalated Thursday with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi claiming that the Government “colluded” with the businessman and Union Minister Piyush Goyal accusing the Opposition party of “lying” to cover up its “own sins” in the case. On Wednesday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had described Mallya’s claim as “factually false” and said that the businessman had only briefly caught up with him in Parliament. Mallya himself downplayed his claim later to say there was “no formal meeting”. However, after demanding Jaitley’s resignation, the Congress ratcheted up its attack with Rahul Gandhi addressing a press conference along with his party’s Rajya Sabha MP P L Punia, who claimed to have witnessed Mallya meeting with Jaitley in Parliament on March 1, 2016, the day before the fugitive businessman left for the UK. “The Finance Minister has colluded in a criminal running Zahoor Watali was arrested August 17 last year Pointing to CBI shadow, Coal Ministry plays cautious on changing mining lease norms KASHMIR STUDENT GETS BAIL AMITAV RANJAN & DEEPAK PATEL THE DELHI High Court on Thursday granted bail to Aadil Hussain Teeli, arrested in April for allegedly hacking 500 Indian websites and posting “pro-Pakistan” slogans. NOT JUST pressure from trade unions, last year’s indictment of former Coal Ministry officials by a special CBI court also cast a shadow on major reforms — including private coal mining for market sale — recommended by the High Power Expert Committee (HPEC). NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 13 As The Indian Express reported Wednesday, the Coal Ministry, in a proposal for the approval of Committee of Secretaries, has put on hold the plan to allow private companies to mine coal for commercial sale. Last July, the HPEC suggested that eligibility of bidders be decided on the basis of “adjusted tangible net worth” as well as “past mining experience expressed in terms of volume handled vis-à-vis the size of mine and/or investment required” while retaining the criteria mentioned in the 2015 coal law. In response, the Coal Ministry was candid: “In the allocation of 204 coal mines prior to their de-allocation in 2014, the details of net worth were found inaccurate which led to registration of many cases against the officers by CBI...Verification of net worth will remain a challenge and contentious. In view of these, (we) may continue with the existing eligibility conditions for sale of coal.” On May 22 last year, a special CBI court sentenced three officials — former secretary H C Gupta, former joint secretary K S Kropha and former director K C Samaria — to two years in jail for allegedly allotting coal block to a private company on false net worth and level of preparedness. Indeed, the fear of misuse or abuse loomed large as the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR HOLD YOUR BREATH FOR THE FIRST COURT-MONITORED KABADDI MATCH SHAHID JUDGE & PRITAM PAL SINGH MUMBAI, NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 13 IN A first of sorts for Indian sport, the Indian judiciary will be at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi Saturday morning to witness and oversee a kabaddi match. The match — between players who represented India at the Asian Games and those who were not picked — is as per a Delhi High Court order last month. The High Court case is against officials of the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI), who face allegations of wrongdoing in the selection of Asian Games teams. The bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao had ordered the AKFI to “conduct a selection process which shall commence from 15th September 2018 at 11:00 am.” It also appointed Delhi High Court Justice (retired) S P Garg as the observer of the selection, along with an officer from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. When contacted, Justice Garg confirmed that he will be at the venue on Saturday. “I will oversee the selection process,” he said. Giving details about the fresh “selection”, advocate B S Nagar for the petitioner, former India international Mahipal Singh, said, “The game will be between the men and women players who represented India at the Asian Games and those who were not picked. They will be from those who attended the national camp. It (the order) doesn’t say that the people who were part of the Asian Games team have to compulsorily participate, but it is left to the good conscience of the players.” Nagar suspects that the India players might try to wriggle out of the game. “On August 31, the players said that this upcoming match is affecting their reputa- Indian women’s kabaddi team on the podium at the Asian Games in Jakarta. PTI file tion and that they are injured and what not. They were trying to delay it (the match), saying that it isn’t their fault anyway. They (the Asian Games teams) are afraid that the unknowns might beat them.” Shortly after the kabaddi teams for the Asian Games were announced, Mahipal approached the High Court with allegations of bribery in the Asian Games selection process. AKFI has for long been headed by veteran politician Janardan Singh Gehlot, and its present president is his wife, Mridul Bhadauria. Gehlot is now the president of the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF). By the time Mahipal approached the HC, AKFI had already announced the Asian Games teams and the court decided that a match should take place to determine the veracity of the allegations after the event. The HC has placed the onus on the AKFI to ensure that the Saturday selection has pan-India representation. “It is the responsibility of the AKFI to ensure that all State Kabaddi Associations inform the players about the date, time and venue of the selection process.” It further states that “the entire selection process shall be videographed and the recording CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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