DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2019, JAIPUR, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES DECISION 2019 A daily Explainer on THE QUESTIONS THAT MATTER Maharashtra:What’s behindCong-NCPtie-up? PAGE 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE INCOMETRANSFER: HANDLINGIS KEY BY NEELKANTH MISHRA PAGE 10 INSIDE TELTUMBDE MOVES HC TO APPLY FOR PRE-ARREST BAIL 245 SEDITION CASES IN ASSAM UNDER NEW GOVT P7 Maharashtra cane farmers wait for dues, offered sugar as currency Millers are offering sugar in lieu of dues PARTHA SARATHI BISWAS PUNE, FEBRUARY 4 WITH PAYMENT arrears to cane growers during the current crushing season that started last October at over Rs 4,800 crore already, cash-strapped sugar mills in Maharashtra have come up with a new formula to address the problem. They will, henceforth, pay about 20 per cent of dues in the form of sugar. This means that for every tonne of cane supplied, mills will give 17 kg of sugar as “payment”. “The FRP (fair and remunerative price) of cane fixed by the Centre for mills in our region (Sangli and Kolhapur districts of south Maharashtra) is Rs 2,800 per tonne, whereas the maximumwecanaffordtopayatcurrent sugar realisations is Rs 2,300. So, we are now planningtopaythebalanceRs500as sugar from our mills. Since exmill prices of sugar are now at Rs 29-29.5 per kg, that will work out to roughly 17 kg for every tonne of cane,” said Hasan Mushrif, NCP MLA from Kolhapur’s Kagal assembly segment, whose family controls the Sar Senapati Santaji Ghorpade Sugar Factory Ltd. Mushrif saidthathismill,like many others, had no other option.TheSugarCommissionerof Maharashtra, Shekhar Gaikwad, had issued orders on January 29 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WORLD UPROAR IN PARLIAMENT AS OPPOSITION SLAMS GOVT SC to take up CBI plea today, Mamata continues protest ANANTHAKRISHNAN G & SANTANU CHOWDHURY NEW DELHI, KOLKATA, FEBRUARY 4 A DAY after its move to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on the chit funds scandal in West Bengal led to a standoff with the state government, the CBI approached the Supreme Court Monday, saying it “apprehends” Kumar is “destroyingelectronicevidence”and he should be directed to “immediately surrender/make himself available” for investigation. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna fixed 10.30 am Tuesday to hear the plea and said it will beopentothepartiestoproduce any evidence to substantiate the CBI fear that anyone in West Bengal, including police, are planning to destroy evidence in the case. During the hearing, the CJI observedthatthebenchhadgone through the CBI application and found“nothing”inittosubstantiate its apprehension about destruction of evidence. He also remarked “if you (CBI) can lay downanymaterial...forgetthathe (police commissioner) is doing, thatheisevenremotelythinking, wewillcomedownsoheavilyon him that he will regret it”. Late Monday evening, an affidavit detailing the evidence against Kumar was said to have beenprepared.Itwillbesubmitted to the court Tuesday. In Kolkata Monday, the West Bengal government sought immediate hearing on the CBI attempt to question Kumar but theCalcuttaHighCourtdeclined to take it up urgently following objection by the central government counsel and listed the matter for Tuesday. The state government counsel said that despite the High Court stay on notices against police officers, the CBI sought to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 4 Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata, Monday. Partha Paul MUKUL ROY, HIMANTA BISWA SARMA CBI pressure eased off on two in Saradha after they joined BJP RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 4 WHILE THE CBI has turned the heat on Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in the Saradha scam, its probe against former Railway Minister and ex-Trinamool Congress vice president Mukul Roy, which startedin2015,wentcoldwithin months. Similar is the case with Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sharma. In connection with alleged payoffs, he was summoned by the agency, his home was raided, but he was not named in any chargesheet. Both Roy and Sarma joined the BJP during the probe. The agency, which began the probe in 2014 on the orders of the Supreme Court, questioned RoyonJanuary30,2015.Roywas beinginvestigatedforhisalleged role in Saradha’s news opera- AS WEST Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stepped up her attack on the Modi government over the CBI attempt to questiontheKolkatapolicecommissioneronthechitfundsscandal in West Bengal, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Monday said the Sunday developments in Kolkata “indicate towards a breakdownof theConstitutional machinery”. Responding to a brief discussion on the matter in Lok Sabha where TMC members led the Opposition protests, Singh said: “CBI officers were not only prevented from performing their lawful duties, but were also detained at a police station by the Kolkata police. This is unprecedented,” he said. Singh informed the House that he had spoken to West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi who “has summoned the Chief Secretary and the DirectorGeneralof Police”toend the “confrontation among law enforcement agencies” and provide security to CBI officials. “I have told the Governor to take CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 New CBI chief R K Shukla takes charge Monday. Tashi Tobgyal tionsandforhisassociationwith Saradha chairman Sudipta Sen. CBI had a statement of Sen’s driver giving details of how Roy allegedly helped Sen flee Kolkata. The CBI summoned Roy in 2015afterallegationsbyTMCMP KunalGhosh.Ghoshwasarrested in 2013 for cheating, breach of trust and criminal conspiracy in a case related to a complaint by a BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Saradha Group firm over failure to pay salaries to employees. Withinhoursof hisarrest,Ghosh hadnamed12peoplebehindthe scam including Roy. Roy joined BJP on November 3, 2017, after negotiations that started in 2015. As for Sarma, he was questioned by the CBI on November 26,2014.Twomonthsearlier,the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RAVIK BHATTACHARYA & SWEETY KUMARI SANTANU CHOWDHURY & SWEETY KUMARI ALMOST EVERY night, Chandra shuts his tea shop opposite the Metro gate at Esplanade around 9 and catches a train back home to New Barrackpur. But not on Sunday night — when the faceoff between the CBI and police, betweenChief MinisterMamata Banerjee and the Centre, kept him awake, like many others on themargins and in the middle of the drama that unfolded in the heart of Kolkata. Adramathatenteredthesecond act Monday night, as Banerjeeclocked24hoursinher dharna against the CBI’s move to question Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in various chit TRINAMOOL WORKERS staged protests and put up blockades across West Bengal Monday, as Chief MinisterMamataBanerjee continued her dharna against the CBI’s move to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with various chit fund cases. Banerjee, who had started herdharnaaround9pmSunday, also used the venue to address a farmers’conventionattheNetaji Indoor Stadium through video conference,holdaCabinetmeeting to approve the state Budget and participate in a police investiture ceremony. The venue later turned into a KOLKATA, FEBRUARY 4 PAGE 1 ANCHOR KOLKATA, FEBRUARY 4 Brisk business through the night at the TMC dharna site in Esplanade in central Kolkata. Partha Paul fund scam cases. Around midnight Sunday, the dharna that started around 9 pm was just over three hours old, when 35-year-old Chandra started pumping his kerosene stove—onceagain.Staringatthe bubbling pot of tea were over 30 impatient Trinamool Congress leadersandsupporterswrapped in shawls, mufflers and jackets. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UK Home Secretary signs Vijay Mallya extradition order SHUBHAJIT ROY & DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 4 LESS THAN two months after a UK court ordered fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India, British Home Secretary Sajid Javid has signed the order for completing the process. India was quick to “welcome” the decision, with government sources saying that they “await” the early completion of the legal process. Mallya saidhewouldappealagainstthe order — he has 14 days to do so. A UK Home Office spokesperson confirmed that the minister had signed Mallya’s extradition order on Sunday. Javid had to make a decision within two months of the day the case was sent to him. “OnFebruary3,theSecretary of State, having carefully considered all relevant matters, signed the order for Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India. Vijay Mallya is accused in India of conspiracy to defraud, making false representations and money laundering offences,”thespokespersonsaid. While there was no official response from the Ministry of External Affairs, government sources said: “We have taken note of the decision of the UK Will appeal order, says Mallya Home Secretary to sign on the order for Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India. While we welcome theUKgovernment’sdecisionin the matter, we await the early completion of the legal process for his extradition.” Mallya posted on Twitter: “After the decision was handed down on December 10,2018 by the Westminster Magistrates Court, I stated my intention to appeal. I could not initiate the appeal process before a decision by the Home Secretary. Now I will initiate the appeal process.” Union Minister Arun Jaitley, who is in the US for treatment, tweeted: “Modi Government clears one more step to get Mallya extradited while Opposition rallies around the Saradha Scamsters.” On December 9, the Westminster Magistrate’s Court hadorderedMallya’sextradition to stand trial on charges brought by the CBI and ED. The 62-yearold, owner of the defunct KingfisherAirlines,iswantedfor wilful default of over Rs 9,000 crore loans from Indian banks. SWISS LEAKS Switzerland set to transfer details of Indian account holders in HSBC RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 4 At the site of her dharna, voice Day 2: When CMO from margins: ‘Just like Singur’ moved to the street THE TRANSFER of banking details of accounts held by Indians in HSBC (Suisse) by Swiss authorities has become imminent with account holders receivingacommunicationfrom the Swiss Federal Tax Administration (FTA) to provide their written consent and a Swiss address to receive notices. Itwasin2011thatFrenchauthorities had given India a list of 628 Indians who held accounts in HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) and in 2015, Swiss Leaks, an investigation done by The Indian Express with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and French newspaper Le Monde had expanded the listto1195Indianaccountsholding balances totalling Rs 25,420 crore for the year 2006-07. The investigation had revealed there were 276 Indian account holders with at least $1 millionintheirbalanceof whom 85 are residing in the country. AfteranAugust2018orderof the Federal Court of Switzerland in Lausanne, the process of transfer of these account details has been set into motion. That order came after two Indian HSBC account holders had challenged any transfer of account details to India on the grounds that the leakage of information by whistleblower HerveFalcianiin2008wasbased on stolen data. The Indian Express has learnt that around six weeks ago, individual Indian account holders received communications from the FTA that the Indian request for banking details meets the requirements specified in the DTA (double taxation agreement) signed by the two countries as wellasof the2012FederalActon International Administrative Assistance. The communication reads: “In the request dated 31 October 2018, the Indian competent authority requested information CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Willunearthmore secretincome PAGE 15 THIS was what Indian tax authorities were trying to get for years and were being stonewalled by account holders. Parliament was informed that in 84 cases, prosecution was filed against Indian HSBC account holders. Once, more account details flow in from the Swiss, that number will sharply rise as will the quantum of undisclosed income. platform for Opposition unity when RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav and DMK’s Kanimozhi met Banerjee to extended their support. “Iamfightingunderthe‘Save CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Colonial cleanup: Rly Jamadars, Dhobis now Assistants NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 4 PAGE 9 Constitutional breakdown, says Rajnath, seeks Raj Bhavan report Show us what you have on Kolkata police chief: SC to CBI AVISHEK G DASTIDAR EUROPEAN NATIONS RECOGNISE GUAIDO AS VENEZUELA’S PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS HE PLANS TO KEEP US TROOPS IN IRAQ TO TRACK IRAN `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 STARTINGTHISyear,thereareno Jamadars in the Railways anymore. Instead, they are now called Assistants. There are no Safaiwalas, either. They are now Housekeeping Assistants. Similarly, there are no more Dhobis, Chowkidars, Hamals, Bhistys, Cleaners, Khalasis, Peons, Cooks, Waiters or even Porters. They are all now Assistants,differentiatedonlyby departments. By finally changing how it officially designates its lakhs of footsoldiers,thecountry’slargest and one of the oldest employers has decided to abolish the remnantsof itscolonialpast.Thisdecision was taken and a notification circulated last month by the Railway Board after internal deliberations and consultations with recognised workers’ unions. Thismeansthat,forinstance, Cooks and Waiters are now Assistants (Catering). Likewise, Wash Boys, Chapati Makers, Tea/Coffee Makers, Bearers and Cleaners are Assistants (Canteen). While preparing the list, officials found that some designations were as old as the organisation that was founded in 1853, even though the specific jobs may have evolved over time. So, Farrash, Lifter, Finder, Record Sorter, Sandeshwahak/ Messenger are now General Assistants. “The revision in designation...willnotentailchangeinthe existing duties and responsibilities, appointment procedure, pay level, eligibility conditions CR Sasikumar prescribed...,”statesthenotification. “There was dissatisfaction among workers. Many felt that someof thesedesignationswere demeaning in this day and age, while many were based on jobs that do not even exist... This is about dignity,” said Shiv Gopal Mishra, Secretary General, All IndianRailwaymen’sFederation, the largest union in the service. According to Railway Board officials, the designations of these Group D (now Level 1) posts were meant in the past to align with the jobs involved, Jaipur whichwas“acolonialhangover”. “In any case, the entry-level pay bands of these profiles had been merged into a single band in the Sixth Pay Commission, which was again termed Level 1 in the Seventh Pay Commission. Workers had been demanding uniformityindesignations,”said a Railway Board official. Theonlydepartmentswhere the revised designations still identifythespecificnatureof the jobs are in track maintenance and safety. So, Trolleyman is Assistant (Trolley Operating), Pointsman remains Pointsman.
Indian Express Limited is an Indian news media publishing company. It publishes several widely circulated dailies, including The Indian Express and The Financial Express in English, the Loksatta in Marathi and the Jansatta in Hindi.