LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE GOVT VERSUS RBI Pressure on RBI to ease credit to small firms, relax lending norms NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 28 INDIA-JAPAN SUMMIT India watches as Sri Lanka Speaker backs sacked PM 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 4 Under SC gaze, CBI changes probe officer in Moin Qureshi case Documents of controversial case handed to new investigating officer Wickremesinghe, Rajapaksa SUSHANT SINGH EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 28 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 Mahinda Rajapaksa as his successor was in strict accordance with the Constitution. India, meanwhile, played safe and said that it hoped that “democratic values” 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 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) probing the case involving controversial businessman Moin Qureshi, The Indian Express has learnt. Satish Dagar, SP in CBI’s AntiCorruption III unit (AC-III), has been entrusted with the Qureshi case, replacing S Kiran who holds the same rank in AC-II. Sources told The Indian Express that documents of the case were transferred to the new IO Sunday. Dagar was among the several officers brought in during the midnight move by the Centre last Tuesday, when it sent CBI Director 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 Moin Qureshi the move, Dagar was assigned to the bribery case against Asthana but will now also handle the Qureshi case, which led to the FIR against the Special Director. On Friday, Dagar issued summons to Sathish Sana, the Hyderabad-based businessman whose statement before a Magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC led to the FIR against Asthana. The CBI spokesperson did not respond to calls and messages from The Indian Express seeking comment. On October 25, The Indian Expressreported that Dagar, who was shifted from the Economic Offences III unit, had earlier probed the Gurmeet Ram Rahim 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 French teen says sexually Prime Minister hails assaulted by Delhi host, farmer’s campaign files police complaint against stubble burning ABHISHEK ANGAD & ALOK SINGH NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 28 A 16-YEAR-OLD French national, who had come to Delhi as part of a student exchange programme, was allegedly sexually assaulted by the father of an Indian student at whose house she had initially stayed, according to a complaint lodged with Delhi Police. The alleged incident occurred on October 18 evening, the complaint stated. Joint Commissioner of Police (southern range) Devesh Srivastava confirmed that they have regis- tered a case and started a probe. A spokesperson from the French Embassy said they have been informed about the case and are in touch with the girl’s family. A senior police officer said the statement of the French girl has been recorded in front of a magistrate under CrPC 164. The officer said the accused has left Delhi and an investigation is underway to track him. The girl was shifted to the residence of another family after the incident, police said. According to police, the girl shared her ordeal with some CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 cause of air pollution, 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 The Indian Express, Oct 15 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● 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 the Railways Act helped even the 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 persons time and again...He said, ‘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 currently a lawyer in the firm Luthra & 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 young man who was arrested for CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Glass ceiling, caste wall BY ABDUL KHALIQ 3 GUJARAT CONGRESS MLA HELD, POLICE SAY HE DEMANDED `40 LAKH FROM SCAM ACCUSED SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 28 Satish Marathe, former Indian Audit and Accounts Service officer Revathy Iyer and Director General, RIS, Sachin Chaturvedi, have also differed with RBI’s fulltime 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 Patel and four deputy governors. 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY WHILE THE trouble between the 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. Some other directors nominated by the government, including former cooperative banker BASHAARAT MASOOD A JAMMU and Kashmir Police Sub-Inspector was abducted and shot dead by suspected militants 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 him dead. Mir, a 2010-batch officer who was posted at Shergarhi police station in Srinagar, 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 son of a retired police officer, 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 his life. But he insisted on 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, the J&K Police department had issued an advisory to its personnel, especially those living in South Kashmir, to take extreme precautions while Acharya’s outburst came after push by part-time, non-official directors P VAIDYANATHAN IYER Police officer abducted on way home, shot in Valley
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