TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Sabarimala verdict: SC to hear review petitions on Nov 13 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 23 THE SUPREME Court will hear on November 13 petitions seeking a review of its verdict that removed age restrictions on the entry of women to the Sabarimala temple in Kerala, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said Tuesday. “TheSabarimalacaseswillbe taken up on November 13 at 3 pm. The order has been passed,” the CJI said. He was responding to a mention from Mathews J Nedumpara, the lawyerrepresentingtheNational Ayyappa Devotees Association, who sought an urgent hearing on a plea against the verdict before a bench that also comprised Justice S K Kaul. Review petitions are usually considered “in chamber” by judges through a process called “hearing by circulation”. But depending on the court’s discretion, some are heard in open court where, unlike a chamber hearing, the parties concerned can be represented by their lawyers. TheSupremeCourtverdictof September 28 had triggered huge protests in Kerala where devotees opposed the move to allow women between the ages CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CBI Director Alok Verma at the Home Ministry in New Delhi, Tuesday. Tashi Tobgyal CBI GOES AFTER CBI Stripped of all responsibilities at CBI, probe against Asthana continues The SC verdict led to violent protests at Sabarimala. PTI File Smriti on Sabarimala: Will you go to a friend’s house with blood on pad? SRINATH RAO MUMBAI, OCTOBER 23 UNIONTEXTILESMinisterSmriti Irani Tuesday weighed in on the ongoing protests in Kerala againsttheSupremeCourt’sverdict allowing women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala shrine. In response to a question aboutthegovernment’sstandon the verdict, Irani said, “I am nobody to speak on the Supreme CourtverdictbecauseIamacurrent serving cabinet minister. But just plain common sense. Wouldyoutakesanitarynapkins steeped in menstrual blood and walk into a friend’s home? You will not. And do you think that it is respectful to do the same whenyouwalkintothehouse of God? So that is the difference. I have a right to pray. I do not have the right to desecrate. That is my personal opinion.” Irani made these remarks while speaking on contemporary,localandglobalpopulismat the Young Thinkers’ Conference organized by the British Deputy High Commission and the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Day after arrest, deputy SP Devender Kumar is sent to CBI custody for 7 days SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 23 IN A new twist to the ongoing battle in the CBI between its two top officers, Special Director Rakesh Asthana, booked by the agency in an alleged case of bribery, was stripped of all responsibilities at the agency on Tuesday. “The Special Director Shri Rakesh Asthana is divested of all supervisorychargeswithimmediateeffect,”saidtheorderwhich wasissuedbyCBITuesdaymorning,wellbeforeDelhiHighCourt heardAsthana’sappeal.Asthana had moved court against the lodging of an FIR against him in the bribery case. As Special Director and No. 2 at the CBI, Asthana was heading a Special Investigation Team (SIT) which was responsible for some high-profile and sensitive cases. These include the BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 23 AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter case, the Vijay Mallya case, coal-scam related cases, Robert Vadra case, former Haryana CM Bhupinder Hooda’s land allocation case and the Dayanidhi Maran case. CBI sources told The Indian Express that “the taking away of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SC goes for a balanced approach: 2-hr window for Diwali crackers EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCT 23 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Sabarimala aftermath By PRATAP BHANU MEHTA EXPRESS NETWORK ● CONSPIRACY TO DISRUPT PEACE IN SABARIMALA: KERALA CM, P5 GOING FOR a “balanced approach” to tackle air pollution ahead of Diwali, the Supreme Court Tuesday restricted the use of fireworks during all festivals and events across the country to a window between 8 pm and 10 pm. And while ruling out a complete ban, the Court also im- Outside a closed fireworks shop, Ghaziabad. Abhinav Saha posed stringent conditions on themanufactureandsaleof firecrackers. Applying the “precautionary principle”of environmentallaw, a bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan ordered that onlycrackerswithreducedemission and “green crackers” can be manufacturedandsold.Theywill also have to stick to permissible noise emission standards. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Meanwhile, Govt says 55% drop in crop burning across Punjab and Haryana SOWMIYA ASHOK NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 23 FIREINCIDENTSduring the2018 stubble burning season in Punjab and Haryana have reduced by almost 55 per cent for the September 1 - October 23 period compared to last year, ac- cording to the latest data available with the Minister of Environment and Forests (MoEF). “So far this season, we have seen 4,338 incidents in Punjab, compared to 11,573 incidents last year,” an MoEF official told The Indian Express. “Though the last two days - 816 Tuesday and Maintain status quo on Asthana proceedings, Delhi HC tells CBI 613 Monday - have seen a spike in the number of incidents, which suggests that harvest is at its peak,” the official said. In Haryana, there have been 2574 incidents so far, compared to 4,017 last year. Officials at the Punjab Agriculture Ministry said CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AS THE battle between the two top officers of the CBI raged, the Delhi High Court Tuesday directed the agency to maintain “status quo” until October 29 on proceedings against its Special Director Rakesh Asthana who soughtdirectionsfornocoercive steps and quashing of an FIR lodged against him in connection with a case of alleged bribery. “Do not disturb the equilibriumtoday,”JusticeNajmiWaziri said, adding that “the petitioner (Asthana) is before the court now”. Asthana has been at loggerheads with CBI Director Alok Verma, and both have levelled seriouschargesateachother.On Monday,theCBIarresteditsown DeputySuperintendentof Police Devender Kumar for “falsification of records” in connection with bribery allegations involving Asthana. Kumar, who was investigating officer in the Moin Qureshi case as part of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Asthana, was arrested Monday — a special CBI court Tuesday remanded him in CBI custody for seven days. The CBI hadalsosearchedKumar’soffice in the CBI building. Kumar was accusedNumber2inanFIRfiled by CBI last week which named Asthana as accused Number 1. Appearing for Asthana in the High Court, senior advocate AmarendraSharanandadvocate CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Shut illegal mining units in Aravallis in 48 hrs: SC to state RapsRajasthangovtovervanishinghills EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCT 23 EXPRESSING SHOCK over the disappearance of entire hillocks inRajasthantoillegalmining,the Supreme Court Tuesday asked the state to shut down all such mining units within 48 hours. It addedthatthiscouldbeareason for the rise in pollution levels in Delhi. The extent of violations startled a bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta which exclaimed, “What is happening in Rajasthan? Humans seem to be flying away with hills just like Hanuman.” The court made the remarks while referring to a report of the Forest Survey of India (FSI), which said that over 30 of the 128 hillocks in the Aravalli mountain range had disappeared due to mining. “15-20% hills have vanished in the state of Rajasthan. This is your ground truth.Who(do)youwanttotake for a ride?” Justice Lokur told the counsel appearing for the Rajasthan government, adding that the state had failed to protect the Aravalli range from illegal mining. On being told that the state Friendship hand to India after 2019 polls: Imran PRESS TRUST OF INDIA RIYADH/ISLAMABAD, OCTOBER 23 PAKISTAN Prime Minister Imran KhanTuesdaysaidthathewould once again extend a hand of friendshiptoIndiaafterthe2019 Lok Sabha elections as he believedNewDelhirebuffedhisofferof talksbecausePakistanisan issue in the Indian polls. Speaking at the Future Investment Initiative forum in Riyadh, Khan said Pakistan wants “peace with all our neighbours particularly India and Afghanistan for regional peace and stability”. “PeacewithIndiawouldhelp the two countries to divert their resourcestowardshumandevelopment instead of indulging in (an) arms race,” Khan was quoted as saying by state-run CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR SEEKING A SAFER CAMPUS, STUDENTS EMPTY OUT OF NIT UTTARAKHAND, LEAVE FOR HOME KAVITA UPADHYAY DEHRADUN, OCTOBER 23 ON STRIKE since October 4, when a B.Tech student was critically injured after being hit by a car on National Highway-58, over 900 students of the National Institute of Technology Uttarakhand’s (NITUK) temporary campus located alongside the busy road left for home on Tuesday. The students have threatened that they would continue to boycott the lectures till the “unsafe”, “ill-equipped” campus is shifted from its present location along NH-58 in Srinagar Garhwal town. An Institute of National Importance, the NITUK was among the 10 new NITs sanctioned in 2009 under the Eleventh Five Year Plan. It started taking in students in 2010. But eight years later, with Students were on strike since October 4. Express 980 students, it continues to operate from a 3.4-acre temporary plot. The students began their strike after Neelam Meena, in the third year of her B.Tech (Electrical and Electronics) course, was hit, becoming the third NITUK student to have met with an accident on NH-58 this year. Meena, who suffered multiple injuries in her brain, chest and spinal cord, is admitted at CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur The court said this could be a reason for rise in pollution levels in Delhi. Archive was earning Rs 5,000 crore as royalty for the mining operations, the bench said it was endangering the lives of people in Delhi. In the absence of the hillocks, winds would bring the pollution from there to the national capital, it said. “For royalty you are putting Delhi residents at a risk. Since you admit that there is illegal mining in your state, give your royalty to the people of Delhi. Hospitals are overcrowded here,” the bench observed. The court said the state appeared to be taking the matter “very lightly”, and asked the Rajasthan chief secretary to file anaffidavitshowingcompliance of its order in one week. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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