TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM 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 6 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, butclarifiedthatitdoesnotwant information on “pricing” and “technical suitability” 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 EXPLAINED What SC seeks and what is known apprised by the Government of India of the details of the steps in the decision making process leadingtotheawardof 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 forthepurposeof satisfyingourselves 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. The court said it was not going by the contentions in the petitions. “We also make it clear that while requiring the government to act in above terms, we have not taken into account any of the averments in the writ petitions which appear to be inadequate and deficient,” the bench said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 Kashmiristudentsfromthehostel 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 Harchandpur railway station in Rae Bareli. Vishal Srivastav 5 killed, 30 injured as train derails in UP, Rlys says probing cause AVANEESH MISHRA RAE BARELI, OCTOBER 10 AT LEAST five people were killed and over 30 injured after nine compartmentsandtheengineof the New Delhi-bound New Farakka Express derailed in Rae Bareli on Wednesday morning. The cause of the accident is yet to be known. The train had orgiginated from Malda Town station in West Bengal at 9.05 am Tuesday andwasscheduledtoreachNew Delhi at 2.35 pm on Wednesday. Around6.10am,officialssaid, the train derailed less than 100 metres from Harchandpur railway station — Harchandpur is not a stop in the train’s route. Apart from the engine, six sleeper and three general coaches were derailed. Police said rescue efforts started soon after and five bodies, including that of a woman and her two children, were recovered. According to a statement re- leasedbytheNorthernRailways, the dead have been identified as Ajay Puri (45), Shambhu (20), Anita Manjhi (45), Dinesh Manjhi (4) and Geeta (2) — all from Bihar. “Around 30-35 people suffered injuries and were rushed to Harchandpur Primary Health Centre and the district hospital,” said Additional Director General (Law and Order) Anand Kumar. District officials said that manyamongthoseinjuredwere CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Delhi teacher suspended for assigning different sections to Hindus, Muslims SUKRITA BARUAH NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10 INSIDE ● PM MODI TOOK RS 30,000 CRORE FROM PEOPLE, PUT IT IN ANIL AMBANI POCKET, SAYS RAHUL, P 3 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 showedsegregationonreligious lines. The teacher, C B Singh Sehrawat, had denied deliberate segregation, but said it “was a managementdecisiontotryand 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,” HRDMinisterPrakashJavadekar 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 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE CONCERN IN A SECTION OF GOVT With new charges of assault, Govt weighs its Akbar option ME TOO LIZ MATHEW & MANOJ CG 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 has now alleged, on record, sexual assault and molestation. “There is an uneasiness among senior leaders over the chargesagainsttheminister,”said a source in the government. He addedthatalthoughtherewasno discussion on thesubjectinthe Cabinetmeeting on Wednesday, “senior ministers informally talked about it and expressed M J Akbar their concern.” More so, the source said, when the Government’s big push is around women’s economicandsocialempowerment via its flagship schemes Ujjwala, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Mudra, the triple talaq ordinance and the most recent hike in salaries of mainly women health care 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, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 8 Actor Tanushree Dutta whose complaint set off the #MeToo campaign, in Mumbai on Wednesday. Amit Chakravarty Seventh woman speaks up, Filmmaker alleges assault, molestation accuses Suhel Seth of KRISHN KAUSHIK & Akbar Must Go SOMYA LAKHANI sexual assault That’s the only way a NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10 FACING ALLEGATIONS of sexual harassmentandmisconductbyas manyassixwomenjournalistson record, as reported by The Indian Express today, Union Minister M J Akbarhasbeenaccusedbyaseventh journalist, for the first time of assault and molestation. In a detailed account written forTheWire,GhazalaWahab,executiveeditorof Force magazine, described several instances whereAkbarallegedlymolested her by grabbing her, rubbing his body against hers and forcefully kissing her in his office. Wahab, who worked with TheAsianAgefrom1994to1997 —whereAkbarwasfounder-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 government that takes pride in its concern for women can look the people in the eye. THEIDEASPAGE 9 low tripod on the far end of his cabin, he would ask me instead of walking across the room”. 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 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Farewell to South Asia By C RAJA MOHAN 7 WORLD 2004 PLOT TO KILL HASINA: 19 GET DEATH, LIFE TERM FOR ZIA’S SON ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR ATTACKED BIHAR GIRLS OUT OF HOSPITAL, PARENTS FEAR: ‘WHAT ABOUT NEXT TIME?’ PRASHANT PANDEY 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 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 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 in the late 1940s, the hostel for underprivileged sections came up only in 2007 and has around hundred students at the moment.Atwo-storeybuilding,the hostelissurroundedbya10-feet wallandisaccessiblethroughan iron gate. Since the incident, women police personnel guard the building. The Middle School, spread over 25 bighas of land, stands next to the hostel. On the same landisananganwadicentre,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 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SOMYA LAKHANI & ANUSHREE MAJUMDAR NEW DELHI, MUMBAI, OCTOBER 10 CELEBRITYMARKETINGconsultant Suhel Seth is the latest name on the growing list of men who standaccusedof sexual harassmentbywomen in the #MeToo movement sweepingIndian Suhel Seth media, film and entertainment. At least four women, including one who said shewasaminoratthetimeofthe alleged incident, have accused Seth, 55, of sexual harassment — two of them have made specific allegations of sexual assault. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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