TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 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 CJI BENCH TO TAKE UP ALOK VERMA’S PETITION TODAY Oppn member in CBI chief selection panel writes to PM: Govt move illegal No one, neither you nor the CVC, enjoys authority to interfere with SPEEDBOAT CAPSIZE Director’s terms of service: Kharge Vessel took hazardous short-cut, norms flouted VISHWAS WAGHMODE & RASHMI RAJPUT MUMBAI, OCTOBER 25 THESPEEDBOATthatcapsizedoff the Mumbai coastline on Wednesday after hitting a submergedrockhadtakenanundesignated route to reach the site of the proposed Shivaji memorial statuetocatchupwiththreeother vessels headed for a ceremonial function at the site, the Mumbai Policehasfoundinitsinitialprobe. Oneman,aworkerof theShiv Sangram party, drowned while 24otherswererescuedfromthe speedboat named MRM-1. The probe has further revealed that the boat, which had a capacity to ferry 13 to 15 people, including the crew, was carrying at least 10 extra passengers. Also, it was not carrying adequate number of lifejackets. On Thursday, The Indian Expresshadreportedthatnotonly wastheboatovercrowded,itwas also not part of the official entourage organised by the MaharashtraPWDthatorganised thefunctiontomarkcommencement of work on the statue. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS, PAGE 3 MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 25 A DAY before the bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi takes up CBI Director Alok Verma’spetitionchallengingthe government decision to divest him of all powers and send him on administrative leave, MallikarjunKharge,leaderof the Congress in Lok Sabha and one of the three members of the committeethatappointsthe CBI chief, wrote to Prime Minster Narendra Modi, saying the government move was “illegal” and “mala fide” as “no one — neither you nor the CVC — enjoys the requisite authority to interfere with the Terms of Service vested in the Director”. ThePrimeMinisterheadsthe committee which also includes the Chief Justice of India. In his letter, Kharge, as leader of the single largest Opposition party in Lok Sabha, wrote: “The actions taken in early hours of themorningof October24,2018, in transferring the Director and his entire team, amount to a grave violation of the law, the SupremeCourt’scleardirections on the subject and the Constitution of India.” Incidentally, Kharge had lodged his dissent over the appointment of Verma as CBI Director in January 2017, pointing out that he had no experience in the CBI and anti-corruption investigations. He had backed R K Dutta for the top job in the CBI. His letter echoed Verma’s ED complaint names Chidambaram, he says will contest if called SUNNY VERMA & SANDEEP SINGH CBI vs CBI: A lower low BY RITU SARIN Security personnel detain two of the four persons spotted outside CBI Director Alok Verma’s official residence in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI MORE REPORTS, PAGE 9 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 25 THE ENFORCEMENTDirectorate (ED) Thursday named Congress leaderPChidambaraminaprosecution complaint in the AircelMaxis case. It accused him of granting Foreign Investment PromotionBoard(FIPB)approval illegally to a Mauritius-based firmwhilehewasUnionFinance Minister to allegedly help his son’s company. The complaint, filed in a Delhi court under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, also named S Bhaskarraman, chartered accountant of Chidambaram’s son Karti; V Srinivasan; Malaysia resident Augustus Ralph Marshall, Aircel Televentures Ltd; Astro All Asia Networks Plc, Malaysia; Maxis Mobile Sdn Bhd, Malaysia; Bumi Armada Berhad, Malaysia and Bumi Armada Navigation Sdn Bhd. An ED statement said the accused havebeenchargedwith “the offence of money laundering of Rs 1.16 crore in lieu of the illegal FIPB approval by Sh P Chidambaram in March, 2006 given to the foreign investor, Global Communication and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Four IB men held outside Verma home, charges of snooping fly EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE petition that “previous consent” of thecommitteewasneededfor his “transfer”. The letter quoted “section 4A” of The Delhi Special PoliceEstablishmentAct,1946on the committee for appointment of the Director to argue that “no CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MISHRA TIPPED TO BE NEW ED CHIEF, PAGE 9 MAHARASHTRA CBIGETSGOVT SANCTIONTO PROSECUTEPNB EXECUTIVEDIRECTOR TRIGGERING ALLEGATIONS from the Opposition of “snooping”, four operatives of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) were held Thursday morning outside the official residence of CBI Director Alok Verma, who was asked to go on leave by the government Tuesday night along with the agency’s Special Director Rakesh Asthana following a bitter fight between the two. Home Ministry officials, however, said the IB men were on “routine” duty and not “spying” on Verma. The four, who WORLD were rounded up by Verma’s personalsecurityofficersaround 6 am, were later handed over to Delhi Police before the IB confirmed their credentials. The incident led to dramatic scenes, with each operative be- KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 25 Ajit Doval, Rajyavardhan Rathore Thursday. Anil Sharma “unstable coalitions”, and the needtotake“harddecisions”that are “not necessarily populist”. During his nearly hour-long Pinarayi: Will implement SC order on Sabarimala, not tolerate violent acts LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 25 DAYS AFTER violent protests blocked bids by women to enter the Sabarimala temple, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said his government was committed to implement the Supreme Court’s order and wouldnot“tolerateanysuchacts henceforth”. In an interview with The Indian Express, he said the BJP was trying to “subvert the sanc- Pinarayi Vijayan tity and authority of the Supreme Court verdict” allowing women of all ageto enter the Sabarimala temple, and the RSS “used the abode of Ayyappa” as a “camp for anti-socials and criminals”. He accused the Congress of acting as the comes amid worry in financial markets about the nearly Rs 1 lakh crore worth of debt papers of NBFCs coming up for redemption by March, while debt raising has progressively become more difficult through commercialpaperandcorporate debt market. OfficialsintheDFShavebeen working out the details of these proposalsoverthepastcoupleof days and an announcement is expected shortly, two government sources confirmed. With the NBFCs’ redemption looming large, the government is working to ensure that liquidity conditions remain orderly in the markets. While the Finance Ministry had pegged its hopes on the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) easing some of the Prompt Correct Action (PCA) norms, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SAUDIS ADMIT KHASHOGGI KILLING WAS IMRANKHAN PREMEDITATED SETTOVISIT CHINANEXT WEEK CBI interim in-charge M Nageshwar Rao, Thursday. Tashi Tobgyal ing held by at least two of Verma’s guards — in one case by the collar — and taken into Verma’s bungalow. Sources said the four had been seen in their cars outside Verma’s residence CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Need strong govt for 10 yrs, enemies are within: Doval INDIA NEEDS a strong and decisive governmentfor the nextten years to achieve its political and strategic objectives, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said Thursday while warning of a threat to the nation from forces “more within than outside”. Delivering the annual Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture organised by All India Radio, Doval spoke about the dangers posed by “weak governments” and THE CENTRE is readying a package of measures, including possible advancement of the capitalinfusionscheduleof public sector banks and involving state-owned SIDBI to infuse liquidity, in order to ease the growingstressinfinancialmarketson account of the constrained liquidity position of Non Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs). Sourcesfamiliarwiththediscussions said the Department of Financial Services (DFS) is working closely with top officials in the Finance Ministry to prepare the plan, which is likely to be presented at the level of the Prime Minister’s Office. The proposed intervention 14 NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 25 nation on Rafale deal: Sitharaman DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 25 THE EDITORIAL PAGE ● Cong misleading P Chidambaram in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI Department of Financial Services to submit plan to Prime Minister’s Office 12 5 NBFC liquidity under stress, govt plans early capital infusion “B team” of the BJP and RSS, and said they were all trying to whip up caste sentiments. “We have maintained restraint, considering the sanctity of the place. Let me make it very clear that the government of Kerala will not tolerate any such acts henceforth,” said Vijayan. Stating that his government wants to protect the interests of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL INTERVIEW PAGE 7 lecture at the National Media Centre, Doval also pointed to the power of information in today’s age and warned that “false narratives” could lead to communal riots and social disharmony. In his lecture titled ‘Dream India:2030,avoidingthepitfalls’, Doval said: “There are plenty of forcesmorewithinthanoutside, who probably are bent upon eroding the will of the nation.” The former Intelligence Bureau Director, who took chargeasNSAsoonaftertheBJPled NDA came to power in 2014, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 To recover dues from Anil Ambani firms, 24 creditors move tribunal KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, OCTOBER 25 AT LEAST 24 operational creditors of debt-ridden Reliance Communications and Reliance Telecom have moved various benches of the National CompanyLawTribunal(NCLT)in Mumbaiagainstthetwofirmsof AnilAmbani-ledRelianceGroup, to recover dues, under Section 9 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), according to Tribunal records. Of the creditors that have moved court, at least 11 firms have settled or are in the process of settling the dispute with Anil Ambani’s firms through NCLT. Thedisputesof theremaining13 firms with RCom and Reliance Telecom are yet to be resolved. Some of the operational creditors that have moved NCLT MALIK SCRAPS J&K RELIANCE MEDICLAIM Days after J&K awarded its Group Mediclaim Insurance Policy for Employees and Pensioners to Reliance General Insurance Company Ltd, Governor Satya Pal Malik has scrapped it, saying that the tenders were fraudulently allotted. REPORT, PAGE 16 against RCom and Reliance Telecom for recovery of dues include Paytm’s parent firm One 97Communications, logistics firm GATI Ltd, Ascend Telecom CONTINUED ON PAGE 7 Disqualification of his 18 rebel MLAs upheld by HC, TTV favours bypolls 11 ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, OCTOBER 25 SETTING THE stage for assembly bypolls in Tamil Nadu possibly within the next six months, Justice M Sathyanarayanan of theMadrasHighCourtThursday upheld the disqualification of 18 rebel AIADMK MLAs linked to the T T V Dhinakaran faction by Speaker P Dhanapal last year. Appointed by the Supreme Court to hear the matter after a two-judge bench of the High TTV Dhinakaran in Chennai on Thursday. PTI Court arrived at a split verdict in June, Justice Sathyanarayanan saidthat“thereisnoerrorapparent on the face of the record, and the reasons assigned by the... EXPLAINED Looking ahead in Tamil Nadu Speaker did not suffer on the grounds of breach of Constitutional mandate, malafides(and)non-compliance CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR VOTE IN 3 WEEKS, JOGI-BSP TWIST TO CHHATTISGARH’S SC EQUATION Ground check across 10 reserved constituencies: 3-cornered contests looming; voters question fuel prices, lack of jobs, support for farmers DIPANKAR GHOSE RAIPUR, OCTOBER 25 VIKRAM CHOUHAN bought a passenger mini-van two years ago, and since then has contracteditoutforhire—tofarmers for transporting paddy to warehouses, and to transport logs of wood or ceramic tiles. Except now, he says he may well have bought a bullock cart instead. DECISION 2018 CHHATTISGARH NOVEMBER 12 & 20, 2018 “What’s the use when diesel is so costly? I will have to leave thevanathomeif thiscontinues. I voted for the BJP, but not this time. They don’t care about us anymore,” Chouhan, 43, tells a group of three at a tea stall outside Chhattisgarh’s Bilaigarh, an assembly constituency reserved for SC candidates. Immediately, there is a question in response: “But who else will you vote for? Is baar toh Congress bhi hai, aur Jogi aur haathi saath hai (This time, there’stheCongresstoo, andAjit Jogiandtheelephant—theBSP’s Mayawati, Ajit Jogi announced poll tie-up last week. PTI file election symbol — are together)?” Chouhan shrugs: “We will see.” With Chhattisgarh voting in twophases,onNovember12and 20, its 10 reserved SC seats have come into sharp focus. For, in a state where the margins of victory are small, it was the BJP’s performance in these seats — nine of ten — that had made the difference last time. This was an increasefromthefourthatitwon fromtheseseatsin2003andfive in 2008, as the party took 49 of the 91 seats in 2013, leaving the Congress behind at 39. This time, The Indian Express travelled to the ten constituencies to find that while there is a definite sense of voter fatigue with the BJP, the joining of forces of Jogi’s Chhattisgarh Janata Congress (CJC) and the BSP has left several contests three-cornered, reducing the Congress advantage, and in some places opening up the possibility of the BJP candidate being re-elected. These SC seats span 10 districts and cut across the heart of the central plains of the state thathasbeenruledbytheBJPfor the last 15 years. Here, the reasons for disaffection are both national and local. Ratni Bai, 43, from Rahaud village under the Pamgarh constituency in Janjgir Champa district, was one of the beneficiaries of the Ujjwala Yojana, but says the rising price of gas has meant that she might return to the chulha. And while the nationwide protests against the changes to the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act witnessed little unrest in the state, it has had a quiet impact in these districts. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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