LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS 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 raping and sexually abusing a nun in Kerala between 2014 and 2016, has claimed that the bail granted to him last week was “something like a miracle”and that it was “clear” that police arrested him “due to pressure from the media” 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... It was a time of great blessing 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 informing that its Special Director’s role was being investigated in “at least” half a dozen cases. Days prior to that, it transpires, Asthana had shot off a ‘top secret’ complaint to the Cabinet Secretary, listing more than a dozen charges against the Director, including relating to the investigation against meat exporter Moin Qureshi, and regarding two businessmen seeking St Kitts citizenship, and a land 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 within the CBI had “gone too far”, the rumours of either Verma or Asthana being offered alternative assignments were wrong. They said it was up to the Central Vigilance Commission, which supervises the CBI’s functioning, to act on the spate of complaints 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 4 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 followed an investigation which officially started after Hyderabadbased businessman Sana Sathish 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. Sources said the CBI followed 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 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 Biotech case in which the agency 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 want to say anything about this... unnecessarily.” On September 21, the CBI had said it had informed the Central Vigilance Commission that it was investigating Asthana in six cases of corruption. Sources said the six cases include two FIRs related 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 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 if guidance had been taken 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 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 Independence struggle, and later in creating a new India... But our government is changing all that.” While Bose “focused on the East and Northeast India”, these two regions had not got their due either, Modi added, and it was his government that was working towards making the Northeast an “engine of 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 ARUN JANARDHANAN & SAGAR RAJPUT CHENNAI/MUMBAI, OCT 21 PM Modi unveils National Police Memorial in New Delhi on Sunday. Renuka Puri BUSINESS AS USUAL GOD CHOSE ME FOR NOBLE TASK, SAYS PM, PAGE 6 BY UNNY in India’s history and our rich values. 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 THE FAMILY of a man arrested by 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. 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 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 from the home of a self-styled Sri Lankan anti-corruption activist, Namal Kumara, outside Colombo. Namal Kumara had CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR THE NEW INDIAN TRAVELLER: MORE WOMEN, YOUNGSTERS; MANY MORE ON HOLIDAY TRACKING CHANGE» PRANAV MUKUL NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 21 AS MORE Indians take to foreign skies, their profiles have changed too - from corporate, business travellers, the average Indian travelling abroad is now more likely to be young, flying alone and holidaying. And very likely a woman. International air traffic from India has grown six times over the 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 cus- EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org tomers, 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 corpo- British Airways says 47 per cent of their Indian women passengers now travel alone. File rate travellers from India to Oman than the migrant labourers the airline ferried five to six years ago. Lubaina Sheerazi, India representative of Oman’s Ministry of Tourism, says the number of Indians arriving in Oman has apprehensive of what they will find in the village that had closed 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 Sirisena ‘plot’: Brother of Indian held says he is mentally unwell gone up - from 1,87,322 in 2013 to 3,21,161 in 2017. “In 2010, when Oman’s tourism ministry opened office in India, Oman Air had a low profile. Most of the traffic on Oman Air then was of people travelling for employment. That has changed now. Families with grown-up children, honeymooners and MICE (meetings, incentives, conferencing, exhibitions) form a very important segment for us. Bachelorettes are now a trend - I was surprised to hear from tour operators of organised groups of 40 women travelling. They are not necessarily friends, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Asthana charges: CBI sent team to question Vadodara businessmen EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 8 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 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 constable was killed by Pakistani 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 5
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