TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 14 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WAR WITHIN CBI No. 2 who faces FIR sent own list against No. 1: With double the charges against him Complaint was sent by Rakesh Asthana against Alok Verma to Cabinet Secretary Out on bail, bishop calls it a miracle, says police under clear pressure LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 21 JALANDHAR BISHOP Franco Mulakkal, accused of repeatedly rapingandsexuallyabusinganun inKeralabetween2014and2016, hasclaimedthatthebailgranted 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 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 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 is knowntohavefiredafreshsalvo and 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 informing that its Special Director’s role was being investigated in “at least” half a dozen cases. Days priortothat,ittranspires,Asthana had shot off a ‘top secret’ complaint to the Cabinet Secretary, Verma (left), Asthana (third from left) in a file photo listingmorethanadozencharges againsttheDirector,includingrelatingtotheinvestigationagainst meat exporter Moin Qureshi, overtwobusinessmenseekingSt Kittscitizenship,andalandacqui- sition 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) 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 from warring camps. In his August 24 letter to Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha, Asthana said he was asked to reply to allegations madeagainsthimbytheCBI,and thathehaddonesoinacommunication dated July 16. He went on to add that he had received sensitive information regarding certaindoubtfulactivitiesof senior CBI officers from various CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Asthana daughter’s wedding: CBI questions 16 Baroda businessmen EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE VADODARA, OCTOBER 21 THE CBI is learnt to have questioned at least 16 businessmen from Vadodara in connection with the November 2016 weddingof thedaughterof itsSpecial Director Rakesh Asthana. While the wedding was held on the Lukshmi Vilas palace grounds here, a pre-wedding party was hostedatafarmhouseownedby the Vadodara-based pharma company Sterling Biotech, owned by Nitin Sandesara and his brother Chetan, who are on the CBI radar in a Rs 5,000-crore bank fraud. Asthana was the Vadodara commissioner of police in 2008-11 and is under probe in the case. According to sources, a team from the CBI was in the city last week and recorded statements of royal family scion Samarjitsinh Gaekwad; the Managing Director of the Jindal Groupof HotelsthatownsGrand Mercure Surya Palace in Vadodara, Piyush Shah; and Manish Thakkar of Varsha Caterers, amongst others. While Gaekwad and Shah CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 At INA event, PM says Bose ignored, Sirisena ‘plot’: Brother earlier govts ‘saw with British glasses’ of Indian held says he is mentally unwell DIVYA A 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 in Singapore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that after Independence, 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 from the guidance of Bose and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel instead. In a veiled attack on the Nehru-Gandhi family, Modi said the contribution of leaders such as Bose, Patel and Bhimrao ARUN JANARDHANAN & SAGAR RAJPUT Sirisena had claimed bid to kill him, hinted at R&AW CHENNAI/MUMBAI, OCT 21 Modi with INA veteran Lalti Ram after flag-hoisting at Red Fort on Sunday. Prem Nath Pandey Ambedkar was downplayed, to keep“onefamily”abovetherest. “In an effort to highlight the role of one family, efforts were made to deliberately ignore and forget contributions made by others in the Independence struggle, and laterincreatinganewIndia...But now, our government is changing all that.” While Bose “focused on the East and Northeast India”, these tworegionshadnotgottheirdue either, Modi added, and it was 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 treatment for 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. The brother, who spoke on condition that he would not be named, said anyone who interacted with Thomas would 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 earlier created a sensation with revelations of an alleged plot to kill Sirisena and former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Diplomatic circles had to engage in some firefighting after reports emerged last week that at a Cabinet meeting, President CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Pak troops enter, kill 3 soldiers along LoC ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, OCTOBER 21 THREE SOLDIERS were killed and another injured on Sunday afternoon as Pakistan’s Border Action 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 Keri Battal area and attacked the army patrol. As the Indian soldiers retaliated, two of the intruders were killed and their bodies,alongwitharmsandammunition, were recovered. The dead soldiers have been identified as Havildar Kausal Kumar of Nowshera’s Deeng village, Launce Naik Ranjeet Singh of Doda’s Gam village and rifleman Rajat Kumar Basan of Pallanwala area in Akhnoor. Rifleman Rakesh Kumar of Samba, who was injured in the attack, 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 sneaked into the area and attacked a GREF camp and killed three labourers. The area falls in a known infiltration route of terrorists. 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE A new Other in Gujarat BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT & SHARIK LALIWALA Kathua victim’s parents trek 600 km Train traffic resumes after police, protesters back but stop short of their village clash on Punjab tracks ARUN SHARMA UDHAMPUR, OCTOBER 21 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, 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AMRITSAR, CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 21 Mother of the raped and killed 8-yr-old Bakerwal girl with her livestock, somewhere near Udhampur. Arun Sharma 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 oneswhowillreturn,saysanuncle. According to him, the others CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TRAIN TRAFFIC on the AmritsarManawala route resumed Sunday afternoon, nearly 40 hoursafter59Dussehrarevellers onthetracksweremoweddown by a train Friday evening. Earlier in the day, a crowd of protesters who had been squatting on the tracks since Friday, demanding action against the train driver, clashedwithpolice,leavingapolicecommandoandaphotojournalist injured. Afterthetrackswerecleared, the first goods train started at 2.16 pm hours from Manawala to Amritsar railway station, fol- First train since the incident, on Sunday. Rana Simranjit Singh lowed by another one at about 4 pm. An empty passenger train wasalsorunonthesectiontoassess the situation. The Railways is expected to resume normal train traffic by tonight. PunjabPolicesaidAdditional CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR Q.No 1. THE NEW INDIAN TRAVELLER: MORE WOMEN, YOUNGSTERS; MANY MORE ON HOLIDAY TRACKING CHANGE» PRANAV MUKUL NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 21 WITH INTERNATIONAL air traffic from India growing six times over the last two decades, the profile of travellers has changed too - the average Indian travelling abroad is now more likely to be young, flying alone and holidaying. And more likely to be a woman. For example, 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 said that 47 per EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at email@example.com cent of their 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 5-6 years ago. Lubaina Sheerazi, India representative of Oman’s Ministry of Tourism, said the number of British Airways says 47 per cent of their Indian women passengers now travel alone. File a 2. ANSWER a 3. a 4. 5. a 8. a 10. a 11. 12. c b d 30. a b d 31. a 32. a b b d 33. a d c 34. a c d 35. a 36. a b d 37. a d 38. a d 39. a a b c 40. a b c 41. a a b c 42. a 18. a 20. a b a b 21. 22. b 23. a b 24. a a b a 44. a 45. a b c d 46. a a b 48. a 49. a 50. a d d b d d c b 47. c c d b d c b 25. 43. d d c d c d b b d d b 19. Jaipur d b a 17. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 d c 15. d c b 16. Indians arriving in Oman has gone up - from 1,87,322 in 2013 to 3,21,161 in 2017. “In 2010, when Oman’s tourism ministry opened office inIndia,OmanAirhadalowprofile. Most of the traffic on Oman Air then was of people travelling for employment. That has changed now. Families with grown-upchildren,honeymooners and MICE (meetings, incentives, conferencing, exhibitions) form a very important segment for us. Bachelorettes are now a trend - I was surprised to hear fromtouroperatorsof organised groups of 40 women travelling. Thesearenotnecessarilyfriends, d b c c b a d c b d c a c c c d d b d d d c b c b b 13. 14. a a b a 9. a 28. 29. ANSWER a 27. d d c a 7. 26. d c b b 6. Q.No d c b a d d c b c d d d
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