DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2019, LUCKNOW, LATE CITY, 20 PAGES RETIRED SC JUDGE TO HEAD 3-MEMBER MEDIATION PANEL `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 IN-CAMERA PROCEEDINGS TO START IN FAIZABAD NEXT WEEK ENTIRE PROCESS HAS TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN 8 WEEKS SC sends Ayodhya dispute to mediators: Of the view an attempt should be made ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, MARCH 8 NOTING “THE lack of consensus between the parties in the matter” but underlining “we are of the view that an attempt should be made to settle the dispute by mediation”, a fivejudge Constitution Bench Friday referred the vexed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute in Ayodhya for incamera mediation by a panel headedbyretiredSupremeCourt judge Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, with the direction that proceedings be completed within eight weeks. The bench, comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S A Bobde, BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY THE EDITORIAL PAGE CHANCES SLIM, BUT WELCOME THE MOVE BY FAIZAN MUSTAFA PAGE 9 D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, said the other two members of the panel will be spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu. The judges said the mediators can co-optmoremembersif needed. The mediation proceedings will be held in-camera in Faizabad,UttarPradesh,andwill “commence within a week from today”. The bench directed the state government to “forthwith” make arrangements including the venue of the mediation, place of stay of the mediators, their security and travel. SC’s Team Ayodhya: Retired judge, spiritual guru, mediation lawyer EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, CHENNAI, MARCH 8 Clockwise from left: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Justice FMI Kalifulla, Sriram Panchu CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 11 INITSattempttogive mediation a shot to resolve the vexed Ayodhya issue, the Supreme Court Friday picked one of its own former judges, Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, a spiritual guru, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar,andamediationexpert, senior advocate Sriram Panchu, to sit with the parties and try to reach a settlement. It’s not clear how the five judges on the Constitution Bench decided on these three as mediators but their order noted “having taken note of the names suggested by the parties we are of the viewthatthefollowing panel of learned mediators should be appointed to go into the dispute with liberty to the learned Mediators to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Choksi firm most likely sold lab-grown diamonds, not natural stones: US probe KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, MARCH 8 ANINVESTIGATIONorderedbya US bankruptcy court has alleged that fugitive diamond trader Mehul Choksi’s firm in the US, Samuels Jewelers Inc., may have sold lab-grown diamonds to customersbywronglycertifying them as natural stones. This was done through a laboratory “secretly” controlled by Choksi through a British Virgin Islands (BVI) firm, said the report. The forensic report by John J Carney, the Examiner appointed by the US bankruptcy court, has also alleged that Samuels Jewelers, owned by Gitanjali Gems Ltd, received about $20 million (Rs 139 crore) from the fraudulent Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) issued to Gitanjali by Punjab National Choksi left India in Jan 2018 Bank (PNB) in India. This money was received through a “sham royalty agreement” between SamuelsJewelersandfirmscontrolledbyChoksi,includingafew companies in the Middle East which existed only on “paper”. According to the report, Choksi’s son, Rohan, and his nephew, Nehal Modi, held a “leadership role” in Samuels Jewelers. Choksi and his nephew, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NIRAV BUNGALOW DEMOLISHED PAGE 12 AG does a little rewrite: Modi slams attack on Kashmiris: Why is everyone calling on WhatsApp? Statement that files have States must take strictest action Because the mind is full of fear: Pilot been stolen is incorrect AVANEESH MISHRA EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MARCH 8 TWO DAYS after he claimed in the Supreme Court that documents related to the Rafale fighter deal were “stolen” from the Ministry of Defence, and threatened to invoke the Official SecretsActandinitiate“criminal action” against two publications and a lawyer, Attorney General K K Venugopal did a U-turn DECISION 2019 & HAMZA KHAN KANPUR, JAIPUR, MARCH 8 Attorney General K K Venugopal Friday, saying the “statement that files have been stolen is wholly incorrect”. On Wednesday, appearing before the bench of Chief Justice CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TWO DAYS after two Kashmiri men were assaulted in public in Lucknow, Prime Minister NarendraModiFridaysaidthose who targeted them were “crazy men” and asked state governments to take strict action against those responsible for such attacks on Kashmiris. Addressing a rally in Kanpur, Modi referred to the incident on In Kanpur Friday. Vishal Srivastav WednesdaywhentwoKashmiri men selling dry fruits in a Lucknow market were attacked by a group of men linked to the Vishwa Hindu Dal, a littleknown local religious outfit. At a public meeting in Rajasthan Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, too, said he has asked all state governments to ensure Kashmiri students are CONTINUEDONPAGE2 RELATEDREPORT,PAGE3 MUMBAI, MARCH 8 EXPRESSING CONCERN over the politics of “fear” in the last five years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, Congress leader and Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot said Thursday that people are now afraid of speaking on their mobile phones and use WhatsApp or landlines instead. Speaking at the Express Adda inMumbai,Pilotsaidthatthereal challengeinthecomingLokSabha Sachin Pilot at Express Adda in Mumbai. Prashant Nadkar elections is to fight “negativity” and “fear mongering” in politics. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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