TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA Rafale deal: SC tells Centre to give details of decision-making process Submit in sealed cover by Oct 29, don’t need info on pricing, technical specs: SC 11 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10 THE SUPREME Court on Wednesday asked the government to provide details of the “decision making process” behind the Rafale deal with France, but clarified that it does not want information on “pricing”and“technicalsuitability” of the fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF). “Wemakeitclearthatweare not issuing any notice at this stage,” said a bench of Chief Justiceof IndiaRanjanGogoiand Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph. “However, we would like to be apprised by the Government of Indiaof the detailsof the steps in the decision making process EXPLAINED What SC seeks, and what is known leading to the award of the order for the defence equipment in question i.e. Rafale jet fighters (36 in number),” it said. “We also make it clear that the steps in the decision making process that we would like to be apprised of would not cover the issue of pricing or the question of technical suitability of the equipment for purposes of the requirement of the Indian Air Force,” said the bench. It is “only for the purpose of satisfying ourselves in the matter,” it said. The information has to be handed over in “three separate sealed covers on or before 29th October”, said the bench. This “shall be filed with the learned Secretary General of this Court and not in the Registry,” it said. The court passed the order on two separate PILs filed by lawyers M L Sharma and Vineet Dhanda, who questioned the deal for purchase of 36 Rafale jets, over which a political controversy has erupted. While the Congress and other Opposition parties have alleged corruption, the government has denied any wrongdoing. EXPRESS NETWORK ● SITHARAMAN BEGINS FRANCE VISIT TODAY ● RELIANCE WAS A CONDITION: DASSAULT OFFICIAL, P 9 The court said it was not going by the contentions in the CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Three Kashmiri students held in Punjab, police say terror links ANJU AGNIHOTRI CHABA JALANDHAR, OCTOBER 10 IN A joint operation, the Punjab Police and the Jammu and Kashmir Police Special OperationsGrouparrestedthree Kashmiristudentsfromthe hostel of the CT Institute of Engineering, Management and Technology in Shahpur, on the outskirts of Jalandhar, early on Wednesday for alleged terror links. Stating that they had busted a module of terror outfit Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH), police said they recovered arms and ammunition, including an AK47, from one of the hostel rooms. They said the students, all in their early 20s, also had links with the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). “A joint team conducted a raidatthehostelearlythismorning, from where an AK-47, a pistol, ammunition and explosives were recovered from the room of Zahid Gulzar, a resident of Rajpora, Awantipora. Zahid was detained along with Yusuf Rafiq Bhatt of Noorpura, Pulwama, and Mohammadd Idriss Shah, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY The New Farakka Express derailed at the Harchandpur railway station in Rae Barelli on Wednesday, leaving 5 dead and over 30 injured. Vishal Srivastav REPORT, PAGE 9 Maharashtra FDA cracks whip on 113 eateries, issues notice to 4 food portals TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA MUMBAI, OCTOBER 10 THE MAHARASHTRA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued stop business notices to 113 food establishments in Mumbai that deliver food through e-commerce portals and online aggregators, after finding they violated norms under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. In addition, a showcause notice has been issued to four food aggregator portals — Swiggy, Zomato, Food Panda, and Uber Eats — who delivered food from these outlets. “TheFDAsurveyhasrevealed that the establishments of food processing working through these online app and websites workedinunhealthyconditions. There were several violations found,” said FDA Commissioner PallaviDarade.The fooddelivery business has spiked with people preferring to order food in the comfort of their homes, she added. Between September 21 and October1,theFDAinspected347 outletsthathome-deliveredfood through online aggregators. The foodinspectorsfoundthatatleast 113 establishments were working without the requisite licence or registration under the Food SafetyandStandardsAct.Several were also found adopting unhygienic working conditions. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Delhi teacher suspended for assigning different sections to Hindus, Muslims SUKRITA BARUAH NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10 GERMANY THE TEACHER in charge of a North Delhi Municipal Corporationprimaryboysschool in Wazirabad has been suspended for segregating Hindu andMuslimstudentsintodifferent sections. The Indian Express reported on Wednesday that the sectionwise break-up of students showed segregationonreligious lines. The teacher, C B Singh Sehrawat, had denied deliberate segregation, but said it “was a managementdecisiontotry and do the best we can to see that there is peace, discipline and a good learning environment in the school”. According to sources, a preliminary investigation found Sehrawat guilty of segregating the students. “It was found that this segregation started in August, after the person took charge in July. He undertook this actionwithoutanykindof direction or guidance from any official from the education department. We received no information or complaint regarding this earlier. We were shocked when we heard about this,” said a senior official of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation’s education department. According to a PTI report, the Union HRD Ministry has asked for a report. “We haven’t received any complaint yet but have read about it in media reports. I have asked for a report,” HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar was quoted as saying. The Delhi government has also sought a report. “The act of segregating children in a BJPgovernedmunicipalcorporation schoolisaconspiracyagainstthe Constitution. I have asked the education director to look into CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONCERN IN A SECTION OF GOVT With new charges of assault, Govt weighs its Akbar option LIZ MATHEW & MANOJ CG SUPAUL, OCTOBER 10 THEY came to a residential school in this district from villages 6-10 km around, sent by families who hoped a stint there would take the 11-14-year-old girls to a good education and self-reliance. Now, the mother of one of them voices the fear of most when she says, “Aaj maar-peet hua hai, kal ko maar hee denge to kyakarenge?....Uthaheelegayeto prashasan humko kya madad karega (Today, they have beaten them up, if tomorrow they kill school, saying “the real problem is the lapse by its authorities in protecting the girls”. Scaredparentshavesaidthey would pull out the girls unless permanent and regular security is provided to them. While the Middle School where the girls studied came up inthelate1940s,thehostelforunderprivileged sections came up onlyin2007andhasaroundhundred students at the moment. A two-storey building, the hostel is surrounded by a 10-feet wall and isaccessiblethroughanirongate. Sincetheincident, womenpolice personnel guard the building. The Middle School, spread over 25 bighas of land, stands next to the hostel. On the same landis an anganwadi centre, and an upgraded school with classes up to 12th. Adjacent to it is a vast open space, belonging to the Middle School authorities too butwithnoboundary.Thisspace was used by the youths and other villagers as a playground. The attack was provoked by the messages the youths reportedly left behind on the school walls. While most have been wiped out since the incident, many are still legible, including some professing love for a girl. On October 6, some of the girls reportedly caught the SOMYA LAKHANI & ANUSHREE MAJUMDAR NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10 THERE IS “concern” and “unease” in a section of the government over the snowballing accusations of sexual harassment againstUnionMinisterMJAkbar by as many as seven women journalists until Wednesday evening. And the fact that one hasnowalleged, on record, sexual assault and molestation. “There is an uneasiness among senior leaders over the M J Akbar charges against the minister,” said a source in the government. He added that althoughtherewasnodiscussion on the subject in the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, “senior ministersinformallytalkedabout it and expressed their concern.” More so, the source said, whenthegovernment’sbigpush is around women’s economic and social empowerment via its flagship schemes Ujjwala, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Mudra, the triple talaq ordinance and the most recent hike in salaries of mainly women healthcare workers across the country. “The government’s commitment to gender equality is profound,” the source said, “and that’s why these accusations are embarrassing.” The Government is believed to be weighing its options on his continuance in the Union Council of ministers. Sources said a final call would be taken on his return from his overseas visit later this week. While there has been no reaction from Akbar, on a visit to Nigeria with a trade delegation, CONTINUEDONPAGE2 12 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Farewell to South Asia By C RAJA MOHAN 14 WORLD 2004 PLOT TO KILL HASINA: 19 GET DEATH, LIFE TERM FOR ZIA’S SON ATTACKED BIHAR GIRLS OUT OF HOSPITAL, PARENTS FEAR: ‘WHAT ABOUT NEXT TIME?’ them, what would we do?... If they kidnap our girls, what can the administration do)?” On October 6 evening, a group of youths from a locality close to the residential government school attacked at least 34 of its girl students for reportedly objecting to them writing lewd messages on the school walls. While most of the girls were discharged after first aid, at least four had to be hospitalised. All have since been discharged. Ten youths, including one minor, are under arrest. A member of the Child Welfare Committee that visited the school puts the blame on the Filmmaker accuses Suhel Seth of sexual assault ME TOO ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR PRASHANT PANDEY JOURNALISM OF COURAGE youths scribbling on the walls, stopped them and hit one. Half an hour later, a mob of around two dozen, including some youths and mothers of a couple of the accused, reached, beat up the girls, and pulled out the hair of many of them. A senior police officer, who didn’t want to be named, said, “When the warden came to know (about the youths writing on the walls), she asked the girls to confront them. One of the youths was called to the playfield. The girls apparently beat him up. He went back and returned with more people.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, MUMBAI, OCTOBER 10 Actor Tanushree Dutta, whose complaint against Nana Patekar set off the #MeToo campaign, at a police station in Mumbai. An FIR was filed against Patekar. Amit Chakravarty P 10 Woman No. 7 speaks up against Union Minister KRISHN KAUSHIK & SOMYA LAKHANI NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10 FACING ALLEGATIONS of sexual harassmentandmisconductbyas manyassixwomenjournalistson record, as reported by The Indian Express today, Union Minister M J Akbar has been accused by a seventh journalist, for the first time of assault and molestation. In a detailed account written forTheWire,GhazalaWahab,executiveeditorof Forcemagazine, described several instances whereAkbar allegedly molested her by grabbing her, rubbing his body against hers and forcefully kissing her in his office. Wahab, who worked with TheAsianAgefrom1994to1997 — where Akbar was founder-editor—wrotethathewouldmake her sit opposite him “while he was supposedly writing his weekly column” and if he “needed to look up a word in the gigantic dictionary placed on a low tripod on the far end of his cabin, he would ask me instead of walking across the room”. Mr Akbar Must Go That’s the only way a govt that takes pride in its concern for women can look them in the eye. THEEDITORIALPAGE 12 The dictionary, she said was placed low, and she had to bend or squat to read it, with her back facing Akbar. Wahab wrote: “Once, in autumn of 1997, while Iwashalf-squattingoverthedictionary, he sneaked up behind me and held me by my waist. I stumbled in sheer fright while struggling to get to my feet. He ran his hands from my breast to my hips. I tried pushing his hands away, but they were plastered on my waist, his thumbs rubbing the sides of my breasts.” Allthiswhile,shewrote,“the wily smile never left his face”. Herexperiencecontinuedfor six months, Wahab said. Every time Akbar called her into his CONTINUEDONPAGE2 CELEBRITY MARKETING consultant Suhel Seth is the latest name on the growing list of men who stand accused of sexual harassment by women in the #MeToo movement sweeping Indian media, film and entertainment. At least four women, including one who Suhel Seth said she was a minor at the time of the alleged incident, have accused Seth, 55, of sexual harassment— two of them have made specific allegations of sexual assault. On Wednesday afternoon, filmmaker Natashja Rathore, 27, posted screenshots of a WhatsApp message she sent to Seth this week recounting an alleged incident that took place “sometimelastyearathiscondo in Gurgaon”. In the message, she wrote: “You shoved your tongue down mythroatevenwhenIresisted— I whacked your head and said ‘behave yourself’. You put your handintomykurtaandgrabbed my breast and I remember whacking your hand too and pulling it off.” Speaking to The Indian Express, Rathore said, “I met him at a party where my boss asked me to ‘go say hi to him, and get him to tweet’. He asked me to cometo Janpath with him for ice cream, I refused twice but since he insisted, I sat with him in his car. We didn’t go to Janpath, he took me to his house instead.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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