TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 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 GOVT VERSUS RBI PressureonRBI toeasecreditto smallfirms,relax lendingnorms THE CITY ● FIGHT IN TRAIN OVER SEAT: BOOKED OVER 13 YEARS AGO, TWO SENT TO ONE-DAY IMPRISONMENT , PAGE 3 India watches as Sri Lanka Speaker backs sacked PM Acharya’s outburst came after push by part-time, non-official directors P VAIDYANATHAN IYER NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 28 INDIA-JAPAN SUMMIT Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Yamanishi, Japan, as the 13th India-Japan annual summit began on Sunday. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is also seen. Photo tweeted by @MEAIndia REPORT, PAGE 6 Under SC gaze, CBI changes probe officer in Moin Qureshi case Documents of controversial case handed to new investigating officer Wickremesinghe,Rajapaksa EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 28 IN A relief to Sri Lanka’s embattled leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, its Speaker, Karu Jayasuriya, refused to endorse his sacking as the prime minister, even as President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday asserted that the appointment of MahindaRajapaksaashissuccessor was in strict accordance with the Constitution. India, meanwhile, played safe and said that it hoped that “democraticvalues”and“constitutional process” would be respected. “India is closely following the recent political developments in Sri Lanka. As a democracy and a close friendly neighbour, we hope that democratic values and the constitutional process will be respected. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ONE KILLED IN FIRING PAGE 10 SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 28 AMID THE turmoil within the CBI, with two of its top officers sent on leave after levelling serious allegations against each other and the Supreme Court monitoring the matter, the agency has changed the Investigating Officer (IO) probingthecaseinvolvingcontroversial businessman Moin Qureshi, The Indian Express has learnt. Satish Dagar, SP in CBI’s AntiCorruption III unit (AC-III), has beenentrustedwiththeQureshi case,replacingSKiranwhoholds the same rank in AC-II. Sources told The Indian Express that documents of the case were transferred to the new IO Sunday. Dagarwasamongtheseveral officers brought in during the midnightmovebytheCentrelast Tuesday,whenitsentCBIDirector Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana on leave. Dagar had replaced A K Bassi who was posted to Port Blair “with immediate effect”. After GOVT’S SANITARY NAPKINS SCHEME Women, schoolgirls in state villages complain of poor quality pads TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA GADCHIROLI, OCTOBER 28 IN SEPTEMBER, Madhuri Panchabai, member of a selfhelp group in Tulshi village, east of Gadchiroli, got the first stock of long-awaitedsanitarynapkins for girls and women in the village.Theexcitement soondwindled after the women realised the sanitary napkins needed replacement within a few hours, was of poor quality and uncom- fortable to use. The village got 180 packets. So far, Panchabai has distributed only 10. The rest remain locked up in their office. The Asmita scheme, launched by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Rural Development Minister Pankaja MundeinMarchthisyeartoprovidesubsidisedsanitarynapkins, remains a poor starter — with most villages yet to receive the supply of pads through self-help groups; in a few villages where they did, women and girls have CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Moin Qureshi themove, Dagar wasassigned to the bribery case against Asthana but will now also handle the Qureshi case, which led to the FIR against the Special Director. OnFriday,Dagarissuedsummons to Sathish Sana, the Hyderabad-based businessman whose statement before a Magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC led to the FIR against Asthana. TheCBIspokespersondidnot respond to calls and messages from The Indian Express seeking comment. On October 25, The Indian ExpressreportedthatDagar,who was shifted from the Economic Offences III unit, had earlier probedtheGurmeetRamRahim case, which ended in conviction. The Qureshi case is at the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 8 At the firm’s listed address in Salt Lake. Partha Paul CBI interim chief’s wife gave Rs 1.14 cr to firm: RoC RAVIK BHATTACHARYA & SANDEEP SINGH KOLKATA, NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 28 WHILE THE government has appointed M Nageshwar Rao to take over “the duties and functions of Director, CBI”, records maintained by the Registrar of Companies (RoC) point to a series of financial transactions between Rao’s wife and Angela Mercantiles Private Ltd (AMPL), a Kolkata-based trading company, from financial years ending 2011 to 2014. RoC records show that Rao’s wife, M Sandhya, borrowed Rs 25 lakh from AMPL in the financial year ending March 2011. They show that between CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Prime Minister hails farmer’s campaign against stubble burning NAVJEEVAN GOPAL CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 28 WHEN PRIME Minister Narendra Modi praised Gurbachan Singh in his Mann ki Baat radio address Sunday for spreading awareness against crop stubble burning, a major causeof airpollution,the Punjab farmer was busy doing what he was being commended for — explaining the benefits of farming without burning stubble to a farmer in Tarn Taran. “I first got a call about the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The Indian Express, Oct 15 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR TEA SELLER & JUDGE: HOW POEM BY RLY MAGISTRATE BROUGHT LIFE INTO LAW From the poem: ‘If I went by strict letter of law... I wouldn’t be able to sleep with the already vexed conscience of mine’ ABHISHEK ANGAD NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 28 LATE LAST month, while speaking about the need for better court procedures during a lecture on crime, punishment and justice, Delhi High Court Justice Dr S Muralidhar spoke about how a “young” Railway Magistrate’s “poignant poem” on a case he disposed of under theRailwaysActhelpedeventhe higher court. “After a year serving in the Railway Magistrate’s Court, he actually wrote out a very poignant poem for all of us in Delhi Judicial Academy... it tore him to sentence the same young personstimeandagain...Hesaid, ‘Sir, this system simply cannot work’,” Justice Muralidhar said during the lecture organised by the National Law University- Should recalibrate scales of justice: Bharat Chugh Delhi on September 28. That judge was Bharat Chugh. And the poem: “Tea seller and the judge: criminalisation under the Railways Act”. Chugh, who served as Railway Magistrate for six months in 2016, resigned from the Delhi Judicial Services at the end of that year, after three-anda-half years of service. He is currentlyalawyerinthefirmLuthra & Luthra. Today, speaking to The Indian Express about the resounding resonance of his words, Chugh says it was penned during his short stint when he came across cases that “rankled his conscience”. Chugh’s poem is about a youngmanwhowasarrestedfor CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Glass ceiling, caste wall BY ABDUL KHALIQ 10 WORLD PITTSBURGH GUNMAN SAID ‘JEWS INVOLVED IN GENOCIDE’ WHILETHEtroublebetweenthe government and the Reserve Bank of India has been simmering for a while, RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya’s public outburst on Friday followed a persistent demand by some recently-appointed non-official directors to the central bank’s board for MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) forbearance and relaxation of the RBI’s prompt corrective action (PCA) framework for some banks to ensure better credit flow to stressed sectors. According to sources, S Gurumurthy of Swadeshi Jagran Manch, who is now a part-time, non-official director on RBI’s Central Board, has been unbending on his demand for MSME forbearance and increased credit flow, particularly at a time when growth is seemingly slowing down. MSME forbearance would ease the criterion for banks in recognising loans to this segment as non-performing assets. Someotherdirectorsnominated by the government, including former cooperative banker BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Satish Marathe, former Indian Audit and Accounts Service officer Revathy Iyer and Director General, RIS, Sachin Chaturvedi, havealsodifferedwithRBI’sfulltime directors on these issues. The RBI website shows that the Central Board currently has 18 members, including five fulltime directors from within the central bank — Governor Urjit Pateland fourdeputygovernors. When contacted, Gurumurthy told The Indian Express that the “issue is being discussed by the Central Board” and hence he would not CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Police officer abducted on way home, shot in Valley BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 28 A JAMMU and Kashmir Police Sub-Inspectorwasabductedand shotdeadbysuspectedmilitants when he was on his way home, in Pulwama district of South Kashmir, on Sunday afternoon. The police officer, Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir, who was in his thirties, was posted with the J&K Police Intelligence wing. “We have lost SI Imtiyaz of JKP in a terror incident at Pulwama,” J&K Police tweeted. “We condemn this gruesome killing and pay our sincere tribute to the officer”. According to sources, suspected militants intercepted Mir’s vehicle at Wahibugh village in Pulwama district, took him to a nearby stream and shot himdead.Mir, a2010-batch officer who was posted at Shergarhi policestationinSrinagar, was on his way home to Sonthbugh village in Pulwama. Police officers are yet to confirm whether he was on leave. Police sources said Mir, the sonof aretiredpoliceofficer,was told not to go home. “He lives in an area which has a strong militant presence. He was asked not to visit his home, as it would endanger hislife.But heinsistedon meeting his parents,” said a police officer. Another police officer said Mir could have been on the militants’ hit list. Police are investigating whether the militants were tipped off about his visit. Earlier,theJ&KPolicedepartment had issued an advisory to its personnel, especially those living in South Kashmir, to take extreme precautions while CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ADVERTISEMENT Foreign Universities amplifying education through Summer School Programs in India - Tracy Harris, Executive Director, Global Development and Performance, RMIT University The global education system is rapidly evolving, and this is having an impact on the options available to Indian students. 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