eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE PUNE,LATECITY OCTOBER21,2018 18+4(NEWSLINE)+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA IDEA EXCHANGE PAGE 8 ‘HAVE MAJORITY GOVT... IF HARD DECISIONS HAVE TO BE TAKEN, TAKE THEM NOW’ BIMAL JALAN, Former RBI governor SUNDAY STORY WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGE 9 On Our Plates The Wait An SC order to let all women enter Sabarimala has been thwarted by faith, politics & patriarchy. Is it really as black and white as that? Loan to DSK 59 KILLED IN AMRITSAR TRAIN TRAGEDY Group: BoM officials get clean chit RASHMIRAJPUT MUMBAI,OCTOBER20 OVER THREE months after three senior officials of the stateowned Bank of Maharashtra (BoM), including its CMD, were arrested by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Pune policeinacaseinvolvingthecitybased DSK Group, which has allegedlycheatedthousandsof depositors, Pune police have filed a closurereport,sayingtheofficials had sanctioned loans as part of “normal banking transaction”. The three BoM officials — Ravindra Marathe (CMD), Rajendra Gupta (Executive Director) and Sushil Muhnoot (formerCMD)—werearrestedon June 20. Their arrests led to protests by the banking industry andpromptedseniorgovernment officials in New Delhi to step in andengagewiththeMaharashtra government, as such cases are usuallyreferredtoandhandledby the CBI. “Wehavefiledaclosurereport under Section 169 of the CrPC as we haven’t found any evidence against the three bank officials,” Pune Police Commissioner K Venkatesham told The Indian Express. FULLREPORT:NEWSLINE Braked but couldn’t stop in time, sped after people threw stones: train driver ‘Cremation ground had never seen so many pyres at same time’ For the Railways, it was ‘trespass’, not an accident; no CRS inquiry AVISHEK G DASTIDAR, NAVJEEVAN GOPAL & KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR NEW DELHI, AMRITSAR, OCTOBER 20 IN HIS written statement to the Railways administration, Arvind Kumar, the driver of the local DieselMultipleUnit(DMU)train that crushed 59 people near Amritsar Friday evening has claimed that he did, in fact, apply the emergency brakes but continued with the journey as people “started attacking the train by throwing stones”. “Suddenly I saw a crowd of peoplenearthetrack.Iconstantly sounded the horn as I immediately applied the emergency brake. Despite applying emergency brake, some people were runoverbythetrain.Thetrainwas almost coming to a halt when a verylargecrowdstartedattacking the train by throwing stones. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DIVYA GOYAL AMRITSAR, OCTOBER 20 Brothers Gaurav (left) and Rahul Dogra cremated their sister Amisha, her husband Aman Dogra, and the couple’s two children in Amritsar Saturday. Gurmeet Singh Sidhus say organisers issued repeated warnings; blame Rlys, allege conspiracy KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR, NAVJEEVAN GOPAL & KANCHAN VASDEV AMRITSAR, CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 20 A DAY after at least 59 people were mowed down by a train as they watched a Ravan effigy being burnt, Punjab minister NavjotSinghSidhudefendedthe participation of his wife, former MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu, in the Dussehra day celebration that didnothaveallrequiredpermis- sions, and whose organisers appearedtohaveignoredtheproximity of the venue to a busy railway line. Both Navjot Singh and Navjot Kaur told The Sunday Express separately that announcements were repeatedly CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SMOKE FROM funeral pyres and griefstricken wailing — Amritsar’s Shivpuri Durgiana Cremation ground had never seen something like this before, according to those who manage it. The day after a train ran over and killed 59 people at the Jaura Phatak railway crossing, tearful family members of 31 victims performed the last rites of the victims here. “This is the first time that so many pyres are burning at this cremation ground at the same time,” said Dharmenda, the manager of the facility. Gaurav Dogra stood quietly, hishandsfolded,hiseyesonfour pyres in a row. “That is my sister, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 From saatvik to sinful, the thali is as varied as Indian culture and geography CBI names its No. 2 Asthana as Accused No. 1 in bribery case; lens on RAW official SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 20 IN A development with wide ramifications, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked its Special Director Rakesh Asthana in a bribery scandal, naming him as an accused in an FIR filed earlier this week. Asthana is No. 2 in the CBI hierarchy. The FIR has also named Samant Kumar Goel, Special Director of India’s external intelligence agency (R&AW), but not as an accused. CBIfiledtheFIRonTuesday.It named Asthana as Accused Number 1 for demanding and takingbribefromabusinessman who was under investigation in the Moin Qureshi corruption case by a special investigation team (SIT) headed by Asthana. Accordingtosources,CBIhasput telephoneintercepts,WhatsApp messages, money trail and a statement before the magistrate under Section 164. Text messages sent to Asthana seeking a reaction went unanswered. Exposing faultlines within, the CBI on September 21, had said that it had informed the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) that it was investigating Asthana in six cases of corruption. The CBI has also said Asthana was maligning Director Alok Verma’s image and trying to “intimidate” officials by sending a “frivolous” complaint to the CVC against Verma. Reacting to this, Asthana wrote to the government with a complaint against Verma, saying that the Director had sought to impede his functioning, interfere in investigations and malign his reputation. The CBI moved against Asthana after the arrest of Dubai-based middleman Manoj Prasad on a complaint from Hyderabad-based businessman Sana Satish whose role was being investigated by the CBI SIT under Asthana in the Qureshi corruption case. Qureshi was raided by the Income-Tax department in February 2014, and his BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) messages with former CBI Director A P Singh led to Singh’s resignation as member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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