TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 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 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE NO. 1 Vs NO. 2 Mud flies in war within CBI, Asthana sent list against Verma, with over a dozen complaints Complaint was sent by the Spl Director against CBI chief to Cabinet Secretary Bishop calls bail a miracle, says police under pressure LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 21 JALANDHAR BISHOP Franco Mulakkal, accused of repeatedly rapingandsexuallyabusinganun inKeralabetween2014and2016, has claimed that thebail granted tohimlastweekwas“something like a miracle”and that it was “clear” that police arrested him “duetopressurefromthemedia” and the situation “created by the Sisters and their supporters”. In a letter — written on October 19 on his official letterhead as Bishop of Jalandhar — to the bishops and monsignors of the Catholic Church in India, Mulakkal said he had no trouble inside his cell and that it was like a “21-day retreat since most of the time was spent in prayers, reading of the word of God, meditation and personal reflection...Itwasatimeof greatblessing and graces”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NOV 30, 2016: CBI’s second most senior officer, Spl Director R K Dutta, transferred to MHA 2 days before chief Anil Sinha was to retire RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 21 AS THE battle in the top ranks of the Central Bureau of Investigation becomes more vicious, with the lodging of an FIR against Special Director Rakesh Asthana last week, the officer, it appears, has listed more than a dozen charges against Director Alok Verma and other top agency officials, double the number of complaints against him. Exactly a month ago, the CBI had issued a statement informingthatitsSpecialDirector’srole was being investigated in “at least” half a dozen cases. Days prior to that, it transpires, Asthanahadshotoff a‘topsecret’ complaint to the Cabinet Secretary, listing more than a dozen charges against the Director,includingrelatingtothe investigation against meat exporter Moin Qureshi, and regarding two businessmen seekingStKittscitizenship,andaland acquisition case in Haryana. As the charges and countercharges fly, hitherto unknown details of cases being investigated by the CBI as well as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) AS IT HAPPENED DEC 2: Sinha retires, Rakesh Asthana (Guj cadre) is appointed interim CBI director DEC 5: Prashant Bhushan moves SC challenging Asthana’s appointment FEB 1, 2017: Alok Verma is CBI Director OCT 21: In note to CVC, Verma alleges Sterling Biotech bribed Asthana Rs 3.88 crore Alok Verma (top); and Rakesh Asthana are tumbling out. However, top government sources told The Indian Express, while the wars withintheCBIhad“gonetoofar”, the rumours of either Verma or Asthana being offered alternative assignments were wrong. TheysaiditwasuptotheCentral Vigilance Commission, which supervises the CBI’s functioning, to act on the spate of complaints CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 OCT 22: CVC clears Asthana’s promotion JULY 12, 2018: Verma writes to CVC, says Asthana can’t represent him in meeting on CBI officers AUG 24: Verma interfering in cases, Asthana complains to Cabinet Secy MOIN QURESHI BACK IN FOCUS, P 10 FIR by CBI against Asthana followed statement by Moin Qureshi case accused SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 21 IN THE ongoing battle between the top two officials of the CBI, The Indian Express has learnt that the CBI’s FIR against own Number 2 Rakesh Asthana followedaninvestigationwhichofficially started after HyderabadbasedbusinessmanSanaSathish Babu gave his statement to a Delhi magistrate on October 4. The investigation is being led by CBI Joint Director A K Sharma. Sana was being investigated in the Moin Qureshi case by the CBI’s special investigation team (SIT), headed by Asthana. On October 20, he gave another statement before the magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPC corroborating the details of his earlier statement. Besides Asthana, FIR No. 13A/2018 lists Devender Kumar, the CBI’s Investigating Officer under Asthana, Manoj Prasad and Somesh Prasad as accused. Although the complaint also mentions Special Secretary of R&AW Samant Kumar Goel, he is not an accused in the case. SourcessaidtheCBIfollowed the trail of some saved WhatsApp messages retrieved from Manoj Prasad, a Dubaibased middlemen. Manoj was arrested by the agency from Delhi airport on Tuesday. Somesh is Manoj’s relative. In his statement before the magistrate, Sana said, “Somesh CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Asthana charges: CBI sent team to question Vadodara businessmen EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD/VADODARA OCTOBER 21 IN THE second week of this month, the CBI sent a team to conduct “investigation and searches” on premises of “several” businessmen in Vadodara, reportedly in connection with the Rs 5,000-crore Sterling Biotechcaseinwhichtheagency is also probing its Special Director Rakesh Asthana. According to sources in the CBI, “A team was in Vadodara from October 13 onward.” The names of those who were searched or investigated were not revealed. One of those said to have been questioned was Manish Thakkar of Varsha Caterers. When The Indian Express contacted Thakkar, he said, “I don’t wanttosayanythingaboutthis... unnecessarily.” OnSeptember21,theCBIhad said it had informed the Central Vigilance Commission that it was investigating Asthana in six cases of corruption. Sources said thesix cases include two FIRsrelated to the Vadodara-based Sterling Biotech case. Asthana was Vadodara commissioner of police in 2008-11. In 2016, a pre-wedding party for Asthana’s daughter’s marriage was hosted at a farmhouse CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 At INA event, PM says earlier Kathua victim’s parents trek back, delay return govts ‘saw with British glasses’ ARUN SHARMA UDHAMPUR, OCTOBER 21 DIVYA A FROM THE heights of Kargil, he and his wife have been walking with their livestock non-stop for the past month, down hilly terrain, to reach their home in the plains of Jammu’s Kathua district. But having covered nearly 600 km as part of their annual winter migration, the parents of the Bakerwal girl raped and killed in Kathua district in January have stopped a few miles short of their destination, NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 21 HOISTING A Tricolour at the Red Fort to mark the 75th anniversary of the proclamation of the ‘Azad Hind Government’ by Subhas Chandra Bose, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on SundaythatafterIndependence, India’s policies had been based on the British system. “Things were seen through British glasses,” he said in his address. Calling Bose’s government the government of “Akhand Bharat (undivided India)” and Bose “the first prime minister of Azad Hind Sarkar”, he said India would have benefited if guidance had been taken of Bose and SardarVallabhbhaiPatelinstead. In a veiled attack on the Nehru-Gandhi family, Modi said the contribution of leaders such as Bose, Patel and B R Ambedkar was downplayed, to keep “one family” above the rest. “In an effort to highlight the role of one family, efforts were made to deliberately ignore and forget contributions made by others in the Independencestruggle,andlater in creating a new India... But our governmentischangingallthat.” While Bose “focused on the East and Northeast India”, these tworegionshadnotgottheirdue either, Modi added, and it was his government that was working towards making the Northeastan“engineof growth”. “Policies, including those related to education, had to suffer because of this (the British bias). Subhas babu always took pride Mother of the raped and killed 8-yr-old Bakerwal girl with her livestock, somewhere near Udhampur. Arun Sharma apprehensive of what they will findinthevillagethathadclosed its doors on them following the incident. Two of the girl’s distant relatives too haven’t returned to the Kathua villages they normally head for in the winter, camping in the forests of Samba district since the past fortnight. Of the nearly 20 Bakerwal families who would stay in the area where the girl’s family did during winter, nearly a dozen who have built permanent homes there may be the only CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE A new Other in Gujarat BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT & SHARIK LALIWALA Pak troops enter, kill 3 soldiers along LoC ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, OCTOBER 21 THREE soldiers were killed and anotherinjuredonSundayafternoonasPakistan’sBorderAction Team (BAT) attacked an Indian Army patrol along the Line of Control (LoC) in Sunderbani sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Official sources told The Indian Express that around 1.45 pm, the Pakistani intruders sneaked 50 metres inside Indian territory near Lalyali post in Rajouri and attacked the Army patrol. As the Indian soldiers retaliated, two of the intruders were killed and their bodies, along with arms and ammunition, were recovered. The dead soldiers have been identified as Havildar Kausal Kumar from Nowshera, Launce Naik Ranjeet Singh from Doda and rifleman Rajat Kumar Basan from Akhnoor. Rifleman Rakesh Kumar of Samba has been hospitalised. An Army spokesperson said the area had been cordoned off and a ‘search and destroy’ operation was in progress. Only last month, a BSF head constablewaskilledbyPakistani Rangers in BAT action along the international border in Jammu. In January last year, Pakistani intruders had killed three labourers. The area falls in a known infiltration route. SIX CIVILIANS KILLED IN BLAST AT J&K ENCOUNTER SITE, P 10 Sirisena ‘plot’: Brother Shivaji Memorial: Yet to get design of Indian held says he nod, more irregularities emerge is mentally unwell VISHWAS WAGHMODE MUMBAI, OCTOBER 21 ARUN JANARDHANAN & SAGAR RAJPUT CHENNAI/MUMBAI, OCT 21 PM Modi unveils National Police Memorial in New Delhi on Sunday. Renuka Puri GOD CHOSE ME FOR NOBLE TASK, SAYS PM, PAGE 5 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY inIndia’shistoryandourrichvalues. He taught us that not everything must be seen from a nonIndian prism.” Modi also said in his speech that while India never eyes anyone’s territory, and would continue to use its military might “only for self-defence”, it would CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THEFAMILYof amanarrestedby the Sri Lankan police last month after he is said to have claimed knowledge about a purported plot to kill Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, says he should be released immediately and given medical treatmentfor a mental condition that he has had since the mid-1990s. “This is a fabricated case. My elder brother is a victim of political insecurity in Sri Lanka,” said the 52-year-old brother of the man who has been identified by Sri Lankan authorities as M Thomas. Sirisena had claimed bid to kill him, hinted at R&AW The brother, who spoke on condition that he would not be named, said anyone who interacted withThomaswould know that he is not of sound mind. He also has a physical disability, he said. A B.Com graduate, Thomas was arrested on September 23 fromthehomeof aself-styledSri Lankan anti-corruption activist, Namal Kumara, outside Colombo. Namal Kumara had CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WHILE THE Maharashtra government has ordered commencement of work on the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue in the Arabian Sea off Mumbai’s Marine Drive from October 24 — despite the revised designs yet to get a nod fromtheproject’stechnicalpanel — more irregularities have now emerged. A series of alterations to the design and scope of the project undertaken to bring down the overallcostwereneithercleared by the Project Management Consultant’s (PMC’s) parent company, nor were they certified as technically sound by IITBombay, though a committee chaired by the state’s chief sec- retary had directed the PMC to take up these measures. Documents obtained by The Indian Express under the Right to Information Act reveal that the PMC — Egis India Consulting Engineers Pvt Ltd — made a presentation on the cost reduction measures at a meeting chaired by the chief secretary on February 5. “The cost reduction measures,withinthescopeof thetender and acceptable options, should be vetted by Egis France and then they must be certified by IIT-Mumbai,” the committee directed, according to the minutes of the meeting. However, records show that neitherthecostreductionmeasures were vetted by Egis France, nor studied by IIT-Bombay. Sources in the Public Works Department (PWD) said Egis IndiawasappointedthePMCfor the project based on its parent company’s prior experience with such work. In addition, the records reveal that officials from the PWD insisted that the contract agreement should be vetted by Egis France. This, too, was not done. The contract agreement for the project was signed by the PWD and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) on June 28. In December last year, the government decided to go in for cost optimisation measures to reduce the total cost of the project, which was Rs 3,826 crore — originally quoted by L&T. Its cost-cutting measures included changes in design, deletion of items and phasing of work to reduce the cost to Rs 2,500 crore. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR NEW INDIAN TRAVELLER: MORE WOMEN, YOUNGSTERS; MANY ON HOLIDAY PRANAVMUKUL NEWDELHI,OCTOBER21 AS MORE Indians take to foreign skies, their profiles have changed too - from corporate, business travellers,theaverageIndiantravelling abroad is now more likely tobeyoung,flyingaloneandholidaying.Andverylikelyawoman. International air traffic from Indiahasgrownsixtimesoverthe last two decades - from 1.07 million in 1997-98 to 6.06 million in 2017-18. German airline Lufthansa now sees, among its Indian customers, more couples and women travelling in groups, compared to the mainly corporate passengers 20 years ago. British Airways says 47 per cent of their Indian women passengers now travel alone. Oman Air now carries more holidaymakers, honeymooners and corporate travellers from India to Oman than the migrant labourers the airline ferried five to six years ago. LubainaSheerazi,Indiarepresentative of Oman’s Ministry of Tourism, says the number of IndiansarrivinginOmanhasgone up - from 1,87,322 in 2013 to 3,21,161 in 2017. “In 2010, when Oman’s tourismministryopenedofficein India,OmanAirhadalowprofile. Most of the traffic on Oman Air then was of people travelling for employment. That has changed now. Families with grown-up TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org children, honeymooners and MICE (meetings, incentives, conferencing,exhibitions)formavery important segment for us. Bachelorettes are now a trend - I was surprised to hear from tour operators of organised groups of 40womentravelling.Theyarenot necessarilyfriends, probablypeople who have come together as part of group travels,” she says. A study published earlier this British Airways says 47 per cent of their Indian women passengers now travel alone. File yearbyaviationconsultancyfirm CAPAandtravelplatformExpedia Group pointed out that Indian travellers have traditionally gone on holiday in family groups, with the key decision-maker likely to be between 35 and 55 years. However, in the coming years, it said,thegrowthisexpectedtobe drivenbymillennials,whoprefer travelling alone and are less concerned about the availability of vegetarian or Indian food, or whether English is spoken at the destination. The study said that overthelastfewyears,45percent of the 18-25-year olds they surveyed went ontheir firstinternational trip either with friends or by themselves. Lufthansa,whichhasbeenflying to India for over 55 years, has also witnessed a significant shift initstraffic.“Maybe20yearsago, you would have seen more Westerners on our flights, but today, 75-80 per cent of those on board are Indians. That includes the Indian diaspora - be it from Canada, US or the UK,” says Lufthansa’sSeniorDirector,South Asia, Wolfgang Will. “There was much more corporate travel in the past. Among the leisure travellers were passengerswhoweremostlikelyvisitingfriendsandrelatives,buttoday we see many more couples, groups of women and honeymooners, but also people travelling solo,” Will adds. DavidLim,SingaporeAirline’s General Manager in India, says the carrier continues to see families travelling from India to Singapore as they have over the decades, but over the last few years, the number of youngsters flying has gone up. Further,flyersfromIndia’stier- II and tier-III towns are increasingly contributing to the outbound leisure tourism market, thuspushingairlinestoaddthese cities to their networks. “Initially, Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennaiwereourmarkets.Aswe moved on, in 2012 and 2013, we looked at Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Kolkata. As we moveforward,wewillgotomore cities,” says Sheerazi. Oman’s national airline currently flies to 11 citiesinIndia,includingrelatively smallerairportssuchasLucknow, Jaipur,Kozhikode,KochiandGoa. “By2025,weexpect19.4million Indians to travel overseas, with a major contribution from tier-II and -III cities,” says Simon Fiquet,ExpediaGeneralManager (Southeast Asia and India).
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