DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2018, KOLKATA, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES SINCE 1932 ALLEGED MIDDLEMAN IN CHOPPER DEAL TO BE QUESTIONED OVER 5 DAYS EXPLAINED SIMPLY PUT PAYING FOR THE CLIMATE CLEAN-UP PAGE 12 CBIgetsMichelcustody:Needtoshow himpapers,getdetailsofmoneytrail Bank linked to payoff taken over, account details are missing PRITAM PAL SINGH & RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 5 ECONOMY RBI KEEPS RATES SAME, CUTS INFLATION FORECAST PAGE 13 CBI NO. 1 VS NO 2 Had to step in, were fighting like cats: Govt to apex court ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 5 THE SUPREME Court Wednesday wondered if the Centre had the power to divest CBI Director Alok Verma of his responsibilities under the Prevention of Corruption Act, only to be told that the decision was taken keeping in mind the totality of the circumstances arising out of the bitter fight between him and his number two, Special Director Rakesh Asthana, which had “exposed the CBI to ridicule”. The query came from Justice K M Joseph who was part of a three-judge bench headed by ChiefJusticeofIndiaRanjanGogoi which is hearing Verma’s plea challengingtheCentre’sdecision. Justice Joseph drew the CONTINUEDONPAGE2 A DAY after he was extradited from the UAE to India in connection with the probe into the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, alleged middleman Christian Michel James was sent to CBI custody for five days by a Delhi special court Wednesday. CBI Special Judge Arvind Kumar asked the CBI to produce Michel (57) on December 10 after the agency said it needed his custody to not only confront him with available evidence, but also to obtain details of the money trail and people involved inthedealwhichisbeingprobed for alleged irregularities. “Keeping in view the facts and circumstances, submissions made by the parties, I deem it fit to grant five days police (CBI) remand of accused,” the judge said. In his order, the judge said thattheaccusedshallbeentitled to assistance from his advocate during questioning. OfficialslatersaidtheCBIwill question Michel on his 25 visits to India, before and after the signing of contract between India and AgustaWestland. The agency, officials said, had in its possession the audit documents filed by Michel before the UAE authorities as part of the annual audit of his companies being operated from Dubai. “These documents were made available as part of the letter rogatory which was also used to secure Michel’s extradition,” an official said. RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 5 WHILE IT has secured the extraditionof ChristianMichelJames, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal,theCBIprobefacesahurdle. Officials aware of the investigation have told The Indian Expressthatthereisaproblemin obtaining the statements of Michel’s UAE bank account which was allegedly used by the British national to transfer money to India, and subse- Christian Michel was extradited from the UAE on Tuesday night. Praveen Khanna Earlier, CBI personnel encircled Michel and led him to the court room. His lawyers Aljo K Joseph and Vishnu Shankar opposed the remand application, saying there was no need for CBI remand since none of the documents,asclaimedbytheagency, havebeenproducedinanyinternational court. Michel’s lawyers also said they were filing his bail application. But they did not press the matter after the judge asked whether they wanted the bail BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 5 ENDINGTHEcountry’slongwait for a programme to ensure safetyof witnesses,theSupreme Court Wednesday approved a Witness Protection Scheme drawn up by the government and asked the Centre, states and Union Territories to “enforce” it “in letter and spirit”. The court held that the right to life would include the right of witnesses to testify freely in courts. Approving the Scheme, a bench of Justices A K Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer said: “The right to testify in courts in a free and fair manner without any pressure and threat whatsoever is underseriousattacktoday.If one is unable to testify in courts due to threats or other pressures, then it is a clear violation of Article 21 of the Constitution. Therighttolifeguaranteedtothe people of this country also includes in its fold the right to live in a society, which is free from crime and fear, and the right of witnesses to testify in courts without fear or pressure.” The court said “it shall be the ‘law’underArticle141/142of the EXPLAINED ANANTHAKRISHNAN G E Making it effective ● is key THE WITNESS Protection Scheme approved by the Supreme Court is a much needed step to strengthen the criminal justice system. India now joins a select league of countries. In August 2017, the Centre and the Court set the ball rolling by agreeing to widen the scope of a petition. What remains to be seen is how effectively do stakeholders implement steps like giving a new identity to a witness in need of protection. Constitution, till the enactment of suitableParliamentaryand/or StateLegislationsonthesubject”. The question of witness protection had come up in a PIL that sought protection for witnesses in cases against Gujarat-based preacher Asaram Bapu. The Scheme was drawn up CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 Outside the BJP office in Jaipur on Wednesday. Rohit Jain Paras Campaign winds up in Rajasthan, rebels give both sides the jitters DECISION 2018 DEEP MUKHERJEE, HAMZA KHAN & APURVA JHALAWAR, SIKAR, TONK, DECEMBER 5 FROM A former UPA Union Minister to an ex-Congress Governor and from four sitting BJP ministers to former state BJP leaders, the top echelons of both national parties scrambled to shift focus to rebel candidates across Rajasthan Wednesday as campaigningfortheDecember7 Assembly polls closed. Disgruntled leaders from both parties are contesting as Independents in more than a third of the 200 seats across Rajasthan and the Congress and RAJASTHAN DECEMBER 7 BJP want to leave little to chance. While both parties sought to play down the effect rebels may have on the outcome, the Congress has expelled 35 party leaders for filing nominations against official candidates and the BJP 11. Rebel candidates, around 34 for the Congress and almost 30 for the BJP, have turned CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Being with Sindhu doesn’t mean it is to beat Saina’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, DECEMBER 5 SAYING THAT it was unlikely that he would be able to devote the same time to his daughter, Gayatri, as he had to Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu at an earlier stage of his coaching career, India’s badminton national coach Pullela Gopichand took on the question of an imminent conflict at the Express Adda on Tuesday. “It’simportanttokeepthings inperspectiveandtoensurethat me being with Sindhu and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Pullela Gopichand and P V Sindhu at the Express Adda in Mumbai on Tuesday. Prashant Nadkar EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MOMENTS AFTER the Congress wentontheoffensiveagainstthe BJP,accusingitof weavinga“web of lies” in the AgustaWestland case,thepartywasleftred-faced when a lawyer from its youth wing appeared in the CBI court for Christian Michel James, the alleged middleman in the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 quentlypaidtoIndianpoliticians and bureaucrats. Because the bank, officials said, was later takenover,andtheaccountstatements relating to that period are unavailable — at least, until now. On Wednesday, the CBI told a Delhi court that Michel transferred 37 million euros (then nearly Rs 240 crore, now Rs 300 crore) to India using 12 sham contracts. OfficialssaidMicheloperated a Lloyds TSB, UAE bank account in the name of Global Services FZE (GSF), Dubai. According to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Michel lawyer is Youth Cong leader, red-faced party throws him out NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 5 India now has a witness protection programme in place PAGE 1 ANCHOR `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM Rs 3,600-crore chopper deal. Thepartyquicklyswunginto damage-control mode with the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) announcing that it has expelled the lawyer, Aljo K Joseph, “with immediate effect”. Joseph, meanwhile, told ANI that his ties withthepartyandhisprofession are “separate”. Claiming that Joseph appeared for Michel “in his CONTINUEDONPAGE2 The police chowki that was targeted by a mob in Bulandshahr district on Monday. Reuters SHO’s murder: Key accused cites cow to reopen old wounds Names manager of a mosque; four arrested on cow slaughter charges DEEPTIMAN TIWARY & ABHISHEK ANGAD THE EDITORIAL PAGE BULANDSHAHR, DECEMBER 5 ALONG-STANDINGdisputeover a mosque, simmering tension overtheuseof loudspeakersand the rise of the Bajrang Dal since Yogi Adityanath took charge as UPChief Ministerformthebackdrop of the mob violence in which an Inspector was killed in Bulandshahr two days ago. The manager of the Nayabansvillagemosque,Mohd Sarfuddin, was among four arrested Wednesday after they were named in a complaint of cow slaughter filed by Yogeshraj Singh, the main accused in the killing of Station House Officer Subodh Kumar Singh. Yogeshraj isontherunafterpolicearrested four others Tuesday over the killing of the SHO. According to police officers, Yogeshraj had first led protests against the use of loudspeakers in the mosque and complained THE DEATH OF A POLICE OFFICER BY ABHINAV KUMAR PAGE 8 INSIDE UP CM, DGP SEE A LARGER CONSPIRACY BJP MP BACKS MAIN ACCUSED PAGE 11 to police during the Ramzan of 2016.Yogeshrajcomplainedthat loudspeakersshouldnotbeused CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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