DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2018, PUNE, LATE CITY, 20 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES CAN’T DOUBT PROCESS, SAYS COURT, DISMISSES ALL PLEAS JOURNALISM OF COURAGE `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 ‘NOTHING TO SHOW THAT GOVT FAVOURED ANYONE’ ‘PERCEPTION IS NO BASIS FOR ROVING, FISHING INQUIRY’ Rafale gets Supreme all-clear Sensitive issue, says CJI bench, country cannot afford to be unprepared, underprepared No JPC, can discuss in House, says Govt; BJP tells Rahul to apologise ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 14 LIZ MATHEW & KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 14 Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Parliament House on Friday. Prem Nath Pandey CAG’s Rafale report with PAC, says court, PAC chief denies it SC raises bar for review of defence contracts SC says PAC has examined it, Kharge says no such report has come to him KAUNAIN SHERIFF M THE EDITORIAL PAGE KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 14 THE 29-PAGE ruling by the benchof theChief Justiceof India mentions pricing details of the Rafale being shared with the ComptrollerandAuditorGeneral (CAG) of India which, in turn, shared its report with the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). But Mallikarjun Kharge, who chairs the PAC, says no such report has come to him yet and “neither E EXPLAINED VINDICATING THE government stand and taking the sting out of the Opposition Congress attack over alleged irregularities in the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft from France, the Supreme Court Friday dismissed all four petitions seeking a court-monitored investigation, saying it found “no occasion to really doubt the process” of decision making, pricing and selection of offset partners. It said there was no material toshowthatthegovernmenthad favoured anyone commercially. Thebenchof Chief Justiceof India Ranjan Gogoi, Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, ruling outanyinterventiononthis“sensitive”issueandunderliningthat “our country cannot afford to be unprepared/underprepared”, said “perception of individuals cannot be the basis of a fishing androvingenquirybythiscourt, especially in such matters”. The judges said “we do not find any substantial material on record to show that this is a case of commercialfavouritismtoany party by the Indian government, as the option to choose the IOP (Indian Offset Partner) does not restwiththeIndiangovernment”. The choice of Reliance Aerostructure Ltd as an offset partnerbyDassaultAviationLtd, which manufactures the Rafale, was one of the issues raised by the petitioners who alleged that the deal was tweaked to favour the Anil Ambani-owned company. The petitioners — lawyers M L Sharma and Vineet Dhanda, AAP MP Sanjay Singh, and former Union Ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie and activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan — had sought a direction to the CBI to register an FIR for alleged irregularities in the deal. “We have studied the material carefully. We have also had the benefit of interacting with senior Air Force officers who answered court queries in respect ● NO OBJECTION POLITICAL CHARGE DID NOT PASS THE LEGAL TEST PAGE 6 does the CAG know about it”. Asked about it, Union Minister Arun Jaitley said: “I think whatever are the contents CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 After tri-state loss, BJP gets a political boostershot THE SUPREME Court ruling on the Rafale deal comes as a shot in the arm at a critical time for the BJP — just days after losing three states in the Hindi heartland to the Congress. The Court’s verdict rejecting petitions seeking a probe into alleged irregularities will be used as a stamp of approval for the BJP-led government’s stand on the Rafale deal. It will also blunt the Opposition’s attack, which was expected to continue until the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MUMBAI, DECEMBER 14 MEETING FOR the first time under new Governor Shaktikanta Das, the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India(RBI)Fridaydecidedtotake forward governance changes in the RBI but stayed away from any controversial decisions that led to the exit of former governor Urjit Patel. “The board deliberated on REJECTING ANY judicial intervention in the purchase of 36 Rafale aircraft by the government, the Supreme Court Friday said that defence procurement contracts “should be subject to a different degree and depth of judicialreview”underArticle32of the Constitution, and judicial scrutiny will have to be made “keeping in mind the confines of national security”. “Itisourconsideredopinion... that the extent of permissible judicial review in matters of contracts, procurement, would vary with the subject matter of the contract and there cannot be any uniformstandardordepthofjudicialreviewwhichcouldbeunderstoodasanacrosstheboardprincipletoapplytoallcasesofaward of work or procurement of goods/material. The scrutiny of the challenges before us, therefore,willhavetobemadekeeping in mind the confines of national security, the subject of the procurementbeingcrucialtothenation’s sovereignty,” the bench led by the Chief Justice of India said. This verdict may shape future cases on issues involving defence procurement. EXPRESS NETWORK EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 14 SOONAFTERtheSupremeCourt dismissed petitions seeking a probeintothepurchaseof Rafale fighterjetsandsaidtherewasno material to show that the government had favoured anyone commercially, the Congress claimed the verdict had vindicated its stand that the issue of corruption in the deal cannot be EXPRESS NETWORK ‘SEXTORTION’: NEW OFFENCE IN J&K, NON- BAILABLE RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das the governance framework of the Reserve Bank and it was decided that the matter required further examination,” the RBI said after the board meeting in Mumbai. The Centre had sought CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PUNE, DECEMBER 14 JNANPITH AWARD FOR AMITAV GHOSH, FIRST FOR AN INDIAN WRITING IN ENGLISH PAGE 5 WITH THE CBI failing to file the chargesheet in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case within the mandatory 90-day period, a Pune court Friday granted bail to threeaccused,AmolKale,Rajesh Bangera and Amit Degvekar. Hourslater,theBombayHigh Court, hearing a separate plea filedbythefamiliesof Dabholkar and activist Govind Pansare, seekingcourt-monitoredprobes into both killings, asked if there were attempts on the CBI’s part to “dilute” or “slow down” its probe into Dabholkar’s killing. The HC bench of Justices S C Dharamadhikari and Bharati Dangre posed the question after going through the progress report that the CBI submitted in a sealed cover and Abhay Nevagi, lawyer for the petitioners, told the bench that Kale, Bangera, and Degwekar were POOJA PILLAI PANAJI, DECEMBER 14 A DAY after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against him, leading Indian artist Subodh Gupta Friday stepped down as curator of the Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa. Gupta called the allegations against him — posted on an anonymously-run Instagram account,SceneandHerd—“false and fabricated”. The “Scene and Herd” Instagram handle had posted detailed accounts by some women accusing the 54-yearold Gupta of sexual misconduct. Speaking to The Indian Express, Gupta denied the allegations. “I denytheanonymousallegations made on the Instagram account @herdsceneandintheirentirety. I have never behaved in an inappropriate manner with any individualwhoworkedwithmeand several of my former assistants can attest to this. These allega- Subodh Gupta at his studio in Gurgaon. Tashi Tobgyal tions are entirely false and fabricated,” he said. An internationally-feted artist, referred to as the “King of Screaming Metal” and “Damien Hirst of Delhi”, Gupta is one of India’s foremost contemporary artists and amongst the country’s most expensive artists. He is best known for working with theconceptof the“ready-made” in art, using everyday objects such as stainless steel utensils to craft monumental sculptures and installations. In an internal statement circulated to festival curators, BY UNNY to the armed forces. He should also tell people what was his source of information for the charges he raised,” Shah said at CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 decided by the court. The party said the government must set up a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the deal. Addressing a press conference, Congress president Rahul Gandhi reiterated his allegation of corruption and argued that if a JPC probe is conducted, the names of Modi and industrialist Anil Ambani will come out. “Yahan pe 30,000 crore rupye CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CM-designate Ashok Gehlot and Deputy CM Sachin Pilot with Governor Kalyan Singh in Jaipur on Friday. Express MANOJ CG & HAMZA KHAN NEW DELHI, JAIPUR, DEC 14 AFTER THREE days of tense deliberations, the Congress Friday namedAshokGehlotRajasthan’s next chief minister and state party chief Sachin Pilot his deputy after Congress president Rahul Gandhi struck a balance between experience and youth. Gandhi met Gehlot and Pilot, who had earlier dug in his heels, to work out a compromise formula. Pilot, who had already conveyed to Gandhi that he had workedhardinthelastfiveyears to resurrect the party, settled for the Deputy CM post. Afterreachinganagreement, GehlotandPilotappearedbefore the media together in Delhi before flying to Jaipur where they met Governor Kalyan Singh and formally staked claim to form the government. The Congress won 99 seats in the state assembly earlier this week, bouncing back from the drubbing in the 2013 polls when the party won just 21 seats. Raj Bhawan officials said that the Congress leaders have sought time for a swearing-in ceremony at 10 am on Monday. Gehlot said, “On Monday there will be a swearing-in ceremony of the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister after which the cabinetwill be constituted.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INTERVIEW MODULE - 2018-19 VAJIRAM & RAVI has the Unique Record of having achieved All-India first rank in the IAS examination for 10 years successively from 1999 to 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016 and in 2017. INTERVIEW MODULE 2 Mock interviews and one personal sitting. Interview panel consists of experienced civil servants and personality trainers. 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For the BJP, coming days after its electoral defeat in three states, the judgment is a political booster shot giving a clean chit to the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, under attack from the Congressled Opposition. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley,DefenceMinisterNirmala Sitharaman and BJP president AmitShahtoreintotheCongress for creating a controversy over the aircraft deal and sought an apology from Congress president Rahul Gandhi. “Rahul Gandhi should apologise to the people of India and Serendipity ArtsFestivalofficials said theirs was an organisation “with multiple social objectives, focused on creating an inclusive and responsible space for practitioners across the artistic spectrum. In light of recent allegations, Subodh Gupta has issued a statement denying them but has also decided to step back, andwillnotbepresentatthefestival,soasnottodetractfromthe collaborative efforts of over 90 projects at the Serendipity Arts Festival this year”. “SerendipityArtsFoundation CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Courses Beginning In January, 2019. CSAT Course 10-12 Weeks Essay Course 8-10 Weeks. Medical Sciences Crash Course 8 Weeks. ( A unit of Vajiram & Ravi IAS Study Centre LLP) For details contact 9-B, Bada Bazar Marg, Old Rajinder Nagar , New Delhi- 110 060 Ph.:011-41007400, 41007500; e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org Visit us at www.vajiramandravi.com
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