TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `5.00 ● TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA UTTAR PRADESH ● LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAIRMAN’S SON’S DEATH: MOTHER HELD PAGE 4 Sabarimala: SC to decide today on listing review petitions ANANTHAKRISHNAN G & SHAJU PHILIP NEW DELHI, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, OCTOBER 22 THE SUPREME Court will decide Tuesday when to list for hearing petitions seeking review of its September 28 verdict that allowed women of all age to enter the Sabarimala temple. A bench of Chief Justices of India Ranjan Gogoi and S K Kaul said this Monday when two fresh writ petitions, challenging the findings in the Sabarimala verdict, came up before it. These petitions were filed by the National Ayyappa Devotees Association (NADA), a voluntary outfit which was not a party to the original case, and by a devotee Jaya Rajkumar. As soon as the counsel appearing for the NADA told the bench that it related to Sabarimala, CJI Gogoi went into a discussion with Justice Kaul. After some time, the bench asked the counsel to hand over the registration number of his petition to the court master. Pointing out that he too had filed a petition, Jaya Rajkumar’s counsel requested the court to tag the two pleas with the review petitions already pending NO. 1 VERSUS NO. 2: ASTHANA TEAM MEMBER ARRESTED CBI goes after CBI For fairness sake, share Asthana letter with us: CBI writes to CVC Dy SP probing Moin Qureshi case held for ‘falsification of records’ SUSHANT SINGH & DEEPTIMAN TIWARY SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 22 THEONGOINGwarbetweenCBI Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana has escalated with the agency searching its own premises in New Delhi and placing under arrestitsDeputySuperintendent of Police, Devender Kumar, for “falsification of records” in connection with bribery allegations involving Asthana. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Verma Sunday evening to discuss the case. He also separately met R&AW chief Anil Dhasmana the same evening since Samant Kumar Goel, Special Secretary of R&AW, has been named in the FIR, although he is not an accused in the case. Devender Kumar, who was Investigating Officer in the Moin Qureshi case as part of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed byAsthana,wasarrestedaround 2 pm Monday. The CBI had earlier searched Kumar’s office in the CBI building Friday. Kumar CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CBI vs CBI Its past record shows that it is incapable of resolving its own problems. The SC should step in. THEEDITORIALPAGE 10 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 22 Outside the CBI headquarters in New Delhi on Monday. Abhinav Saha Probing Asthana daughter’s wedding in Vadodara, CBI gets replies from 4 hotels DEEPTIMAN TIWARY & AISHWARYA MOHANTY NEW DELHI, VADODARA, OCTOBER 22 INVESTIGATING THE 2016 weddingof thedaughterof itsSpecial Director Rakesh Asthana in Vadodara, the agency has questioned close to a dozen people andreceivedrepliesfromatleast four hotels on expenses made and facilities provided. Aperusalof theserepliesand CBI documents shows that several venues were availed by the Asthana family on “complimentary” basis. However, catering and other services at the venues were paid for in cheques or through credit cards. Thecaseisbeinginvestigated BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Govt measures, I-T efforts raise tax-GDP ratio to 10-year high Number of individual taxpayers with over Rs 1 cr income up 68% in 3 years ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 22 A SHARP rise in the number of Income-Tax returns filed and an increase in the number of taxpayers have widened and deepened the tax base during the last three assessment years, which in turn has seen the direct taxGDP ratio touch a decadal high of almost 6 per cent. Legislative and administrative measures, combined with enforcement efforts by the Tax Department to check tax evasion, have meant that the average tax paid by corporates has jumped 55 per cent to Rs 49.95 lakh in 2016-17 compared with Rs 32.28 lakh in 2013-14. In the case of individuals, the average tax paid has increased by 26 per cent to Rs 58,576 in Verma (seated), Asthana have been at loggerheads by a team under Additional Director A K Sharma who, like Asthana, is a Gujarat cadre officer. The hotels and venues probed by his team include The LaxmiVilasPalace,HotelExpress Towers, Suncity Club and Resort and Surya Palace Hotel. The investigations also CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NETWORK ● AMRITSAR: 25 OF 29 DUSSEHRA EVENTS DID NOT HAVE CLEARANCES PG 8 2016-17 from Rs 46,377 in 201314, according to data released Monday by the Central Board of Direct Taxes. The Tax Department data also show better compliance among salaried taxpayers vis-àvis non-salaried taxpayers. During the three-year period (2013-14 to 2016-17), the number of salaried taxpayers increasedfrom1.70croretoto2.33 crore, a growth of 37 per cent. The average income declared by salaried taxpayers rose by 19 per cent to Rs 6.84 lakh from Rs 5.76 lakh during the same period. The number of non-salaried individualtaxpayersgrew19per centto2.33crorefrom1.95crore and the average non-salary income declared increased by 27 per cent to Rs 5.23 lakh in 201617 from Rs 4.11 lakh in 2013-14. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Paytm chief’s ex-secy among 3 held for data theft, blackmail: Police MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL & AMIL BHATNAGAR NOIDA, OCTOBER 22 ANJU AGNIHOTRI CHABA & SHAJU PHILIP HOSHIARPUR, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, OCTOBER 22 THE CENTRAL Vigilance Commission (CVC) finds itself at the centre of the row in the CBI between Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana,afteritdeclinedtoshare details of Asthana’s complaint with the investigation agency. The Indian Express has learnt thatquestionswereraisedbyCBI inanofficiallettertotheCVCearlier this month as the CVC “declined to share the complaint or details” of the complaint made by Asthana “against CBI officers investigating his cases”. This lettercameinresponsetolettersby CVC seeking files from CBI on a complaint filed by Asthana against Verma and some other officers of the agency. “In the interest of fairness and the legal sanctity of investigations, it is important that CVC CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Witness in nun rape Overseas Indians contributed case found dead less than 2% to Clean Ganga Fund, 86% from govt entities A WITNESS in the rape case filed by a nun against Bishop Franco Mulakkalof theJalandhar-based Missionaries of Jesus was found dead Monday at a school complex in the Dasuya sub-division of Punjab’s Hoshiarpur district, police said. Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, 62,wasfoundunconsciousinhis roomataround9amandrushed to the civil hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival, police said. Hoshiarpur SSP J Elanchezhian said that “preliminary investigations suggest it was a natural death”. But the priest’s brother and supporters of the JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TWOPAYTMemployees,including a vice-president who earlier served as secretary of the company’s founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma, were among three people arrested by Noida police on Monday for allegedly trying to extort Rs 10 crore from him by threatening to leak his stolen personal data and confidential informationaboutthecompany. According to officers, Vijay’s elder brother Ajay Shekhar Sharma had already paid the accused Rs 69 lakh through two transactions (Rs 67 lakh and Rs 2 lakh), after he first received a call on September 20. A fourth accused, who is believed to have made the calls, is on the run, police said. The three arrested accused were identified as Sonia Dhawan, who started as Vijay’s secretary and is currently vicepresident, corporate communications/PR; her husband Rupak Jain; and Devendra Kumar, an employee with Paytm’s administration department. “A case was filed against them on Monday morning by Ajay,allegingpersonaldatatheft and extortion. Another accused is still at large and a hunt is on to nab him. We are trying to ascertain the nature of data leaked,” SSP (Gautam Budh Nagar) Ajay PalSharmasaid.Accordingtothe CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SHYAMLAL YADAV NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 22 Fr Kattuthara (left) had deposed against Mulakkal nun demanded a probe while claiming that Kattuthara had faced threats to his life for his involvement in the rape case. Kattutharawasaprosecution witness for Kerala Police in the case and had told investigators that he was aware of various complaints against Bishop Mulakkal. Mulakkal, who was arrested in the case, returned to Jalandhar last week after being released on bail. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 OVER 86 PER CENT of contributions to the Clean Ganga Fund (CGF) since 2015, totalling Rs 189.17 crore, were made by government entities while those from NRIs and PIOs were less than two per cent, according to records obtained by The Indian Express under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. According to records provided by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, under the RTI Act, contributions from “governmentdepartments,government organisations, public sector undertakings” received Fund is managed by the National Mission for Clean Ganga YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION during 2015-16, 2016-17, 201718 and 2018-19 (till September 30) added up to Rs 163.49 crore, or 86.42 per cent, of the total contribution. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR ODISHA VILLAGE THAT LOST 15 IN CYCLONE ASKS: WHY DIDN’T GOVT WARN US? SAMPAD PATNAIK GAJAPATI, OCTOBER 22 Cyclone Titli claimed 52 lives in Odisha earlier this month “A MOUNTAIN collapsed on me last week,” says Pramila Behera, 45. Running a few feet behind her husband and five-year-old son who, like many others from the village, had taken shelter in a mountain cave as they fled Cyclone Titli, she saw the cave collapse as soon as they entered, instantly burying them. Close to two weeks after Cyclone Titli ravaged southern OdishaandnorthcoastalAndhra Pradesh, Baraghara village, in Gangabada panchayat in the state’s Gajapati district, remains inshock.Onthenightof October 10, 15 people, including three children,wereburiedaliveinthe cave as the cyclone triggered a landslide. The death toll across the state stood at 52. In Manikapatna, a mere six kilometers down the mountain villageof Baraghara,areprivately owned pucca houses and community buildings, including a building of the Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project, a primaryschoolandachurch.Yet, villagers say, none from the government alerted them of the cyclone or moved them to these places from their kutcha houses that stood no chance against the cyclone. “We didn’t know a cyclone would hit us. Nobody told us,” weeps Jagabandhu, a 64-yearold villager. “Why did no one from the district administration warn us?” The wind that day, he says, was like a “cruel God”. “As it grew fiercer, it started tearing down houses. My wife and I used a rope to tie ourselves to a broken wall and prayed through the night,” says Jagabandhu, adding he was thankful that his son was in Bhubaneswar when the cyclone hit. In 2013, the BJD government led by Naveen Patnaik had received praise from the United NationsandWorldBankforevacuatingnearly10lakhpeoplejust before Cyclone Phailin hit the state.Thistime,thestate’sSpecial Relief Commissioner declared immediately after the cyclone had dissipated that the government had achieved “Mission Zero Casualty”. But as reports of death began coming in from the state’s southern coastal districts, with the Baraghara incident CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Q.No 1. 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 b c d 38. a c b a d c b d c a c c c d 39. a d d c 15. a b c 40. a b c 41. a b 17. a b c 42. a 18. a 19. 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 a d c b 16. 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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