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BUT NOT WITH BAND-AID facebook.com/IndianExpress IndianExpress.com/Apps PAGE 18 Sport NZ win first Test by 40 runs despite Dhawan ton NATIONAL NETWORK ● 2 CRPF MEN KILLED IN BASTAR ● SPEAKER OKAYS ARREST OF MLA FACING MOLESTATION CHARGE ● BSY MAY CONTEST FROM SHIMOGA SUBHAM DUTTA Kejriwal says will quit if Jan Lokpal Bill not passed HOUSE ❚ As Anna ‘likes’ Bill, CM ready with Swaraj Bill too, will contest LS polls ‘if need arises’ CPM general secretary Prakash Karat addressing the Left Front rally on Sunday at Kolkata’s Brigade Ground, which drew 3 lakh people Silent on Cong, Left At Kochi meeting of SC warns of a brewing group, Modi says he is D Mamata-Modi tie-up ‘victim of untouchability’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 9 “You will regret it if you go for Modi laddoo in one hand and a MaKOLKATA, FEBRUARY 9 mata laddoo in the other,” former chief THE Left Front Sunday launched a minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee no-holds-barred attack on both the said, warning the electorate against being lured by the BJP’s BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Business as Usual “double laddoo” offer of a Modi-Mamata Modi and West Bengal By UNNY combination in the Lok Chief Minister MaSabha polls. mata Banerjee, claimInterestingly, the ing that it was a matter Left leadership was soft of time before the Trion the Congress, sparnamool Congress ing it criticism at the forged an alliance with rally, attended by at the BJP. least 3 lakh people. Addressing a masCPM general secsive rally at the Brigade retary Prakash Karat Ground here, Left said time was near leaders also tore into when the Trinamool Modi’s statement would forge an alliance made at a BJP rally at the same venue on February 5 that with the BJP. “From this ground, Mod“people of Bengal will enjoy the bene- iji invited Mamataji to form an alliance fits of having ‘Didi’ in Bengal and with the BJP. She was a minister in the Narendra Modi in Delhi”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SHAJU PHILIP THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, FEBRUARY 9 ADDRESSING a huge meeting of a prominent Scheduled Caste organisation in Kochi, Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Sunday called himself “a victim of untouchability”. Noting the absence of the Kochi Mayor, a Congress leader, at the meeting despite his name being in the invitation letter, he said: “Narendra Modi is living in this society as a victim of untouchability.” Modi was inaugurating the centenary celebrations of Kayal Sammelan (orlakemeeting),organisedbytheKerala Pulayar Maha Sabha (KPMS). A century back, Dalits in Kochi had held a meeting on a flotilla in the Kerala backwaterswhenthethenrulersdidnotpermitthebackwardstoorganiseitonland. In the last century, Modi said, those who had brought about change in Underlines his backward links » MY POLITICAL JOURNEY IS NOT OVER, ADVANI SAYS IN BLOG, P 6 » IS MEETING MODI LIKE MEETING A TERRORIST? COUNTERS PAWAR, P 2 the country were those who belonged to backward communities or those who had dedicated their lives to Dalits. Recounting his own humble origins, he said his mother used to clean utensils in their neighbourhood. He had taken on untouchability during his school days by scripting and acting in a mono act, he said. When he became the chief minister, Modi added, he had asked the daughter of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CBI looks at 2 more firms in pay-offs chain, 21 others in scrutiny list RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 9 THE web of companies into which the Euro 20 million worth of kickbacks in the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal were allegedly routed has become more complex, with the CBI now looking at two more entities. According to fresh leads with the agency, the companies, located in Mauritius and Singapore, may have received pay-offs from Port Louisbased Interstellar Technologies Limited. Interstellar was earlier named by Italian investigators as the front used by Finmeccanica to route payments during 2009-2011. the latest chain in the multiThe CBI has now listed layered transactions across payments made by Interstel- the globe had been decilar to Mauritius-based Red- phered through international cooperation as well as filine Consultants ($4 milnancial data received lion), and Windsor in from other Indian Singapore ($2.4 agencies. million). KS IN AC KICKB ER DEAL Significantly, Earlier, the PP CHO the agency has Italian probe had also prepared a traced payments suspect list of from Interstellar payments reto another Mauriceived from seven tius-based company, other companies by Infotech Design Systems, and thereon to a web of com- Windsor in Singapore, as well panies located in India, as 14 companies to whom Switzerland, Singapore and they made payments around the same time the alleged Liechtenstein. While refraining from giv- pay-offs were routed to them. ing details, CBI officials said CBI officials said it was still being ascertained whether these listed 21 companies were Indian or foreign or incorporated in tax havens. As reported by The Indian Express (January 20), the Mauritius-based Independent Commission against Corruption is in touch with the CBI for assistance in connection with the same financial transactions, which they are looking into for the money laundering angle. The CBI has dispatched a letter rogatory to Mauritius and has included a request for details of the payments made by Interstellar to Redline. A letter rogatory is likely to be dispatched to Singapore too. ELHI Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday that he would resign if the Jan Lokpal Bill fails to pass in the Assembly. “The Jan Lokpal Bill is very important for me. If it is not passed in the Delhi Assembly, I will resign. Jan Lokpal Bill ke liye 100 CM ki kursi kurbaan (I can sacrifice the CM seat a hundred times for the Bill),” he said. On Saturday, Kejriwal had said that he would “go to any extent” to ensure passage of the Bill. Over the last week, the BJP and Congress have opposed the Bill, citing its “unconstitutionality”. The Aam Aadmi Party also hopes to get the Assembly to pass the Swaraj Bill, another of its key poll promises opposed by other parties. The Bills would be tabled in the Assembly on February 15 and 16, respectively, the CM said. In a House of 70, AAP’s strength has been reduced to 27, including the Speaker, after its MLA Vinod Kumar Binny was expelled from the Ex-HC judge cited by Kejriwal on Lokpal ‘dismayed’ party. The Congress has eight MLAs and the BJP 32. Late on Sunday night, a PTI report quoted Anna Hazare as saying: “He (Kejriwal) should resign if the Bill is not passed, he should do that.” Hazare added that while he had not seen the Bill draft, “What he (Kejriwal) said is good. When I see the paper, I can tell more. But whatever he has told me sounds good.” Hazare said so after a meeting with Kejriwal, who called on the activist at Maharashtra Sadan. At an Idea Exchange session of The Indian Express on Saturday, Hazare had said that he could not take a call on whether he would unveil the Jan Lokpal Bill as he didn’t know what it contained. At their meeting, Kejriwal said, he had apprised Hazare of the provisions of both the Jan Lokpal and Swaraj Bills and reiterated his threat to resign. “I was not here for any political purpose. He (Anna) was my guru and he is my guru,” the Delhi CM said. Delhi Education Minister ManishSisodiaandAAPpolitical affairs committee member AS THE Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government continues to be at loggerheads with Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on the issue of seeking prior approval of the Centre for introducing the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Assembly, former Punjab and Haryana High Court chief justice Mukul Mudgal Sunday asked the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to be careful about its choice of words. “I am dismayed by the kind of language Delhi government functionaries are using. The LG, apart from being a Constitutional functionary, is a very decent man and I have high respect for him. In conducting its politics, the government should be extremely careful of its words and the language it uses. They may not agree with somebody’s point of view, but that doesn’t CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MANEESH CHHIBBER NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 9 Patna HC seeks dismissal of 3 judges for ‘undesirable activities’ SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, FEBRUARY 9 A FULL court meeting of the Patna High Court chaired by Chief Justice Rekha M Doshit, held Saturday, has recommended to the Bihar government that a sub-judge, an ad hoc district and sessions judge and a principal judge be dismissed for engaging in “undesirable activities” last year. The three judicial officers had allegedly crossed over to Biratnagar in Nepal after the 2013 Republic Day function and were “found with some women during a police raid” at a hotel. A full-court meeting de- cision is final in matters of dismissal. The state government is likely to issue dismissal orders for the three officers of the Bihar Judicial Services this week. The three are Komal Ram (then judicial magistrate at Araria and now sub-judge at Nawada court), Jitendra Nath Singh (then additional district and sessions judge at Ara and at present ad hoc district and sessions judge at Ara) and Hari Niwas Gupta (then principal judge at family court, Samastipur, and at present principal judge, family court, at Muzaffarpur). Though their detention had not been recorded, a Nepali newspaper had carried a report on the alleged incident on January 29, 2013, leading to an internal inquiry by the Patna High Court. A seven-member standing committee meeting — headed by the chief justice — unanimously recommended the dismissal of the three, on February 5. Singh said his family was “inastateofshock”.“ThoughI have not got official communication about the HC full committeerecommendationtodismiss me and two others from service, I have heard about it. What can one say when I was not given a chance to tell my side of the story? In my 24-year service,noonecouldraiseafin- geronmyintegrityofcharacter and now my image is sullied in one stroke.” Singh added that while he had little option but to respect the high court’s decision, he would explore his legal options soon. Ram maintained his versionthathehadbeeninPurnea on the said dates. Gupta was unavailable for comment. Ram, Singh and Gupta are alleged to have left for Biratnagar after the function at their respective offices on January 26, 2013. They are said to have checked into Metro Guest House and Hotel, near the bus stand of the town. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The government does not have a house for Zohra Sehgal 101-yr-old had sought ground-floor house as movement difficult for her, ministry says doesn’t qualify VIJAITA SINGH NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 9 “I am already 101. If I get the house, it’s fine, if I don’t, then also it’s good with me. I have never begged anyone for anything,” says Zohra Sehgal, sitting in a secondfloor house in South Delhi’s Mandakini Enclave. The veteran theatre and film actor, whose last movie was the 2007 Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Cheeni Kum, had written to the Union Ministry of Culture in 2011 for allotment of a groundfloor government accommodation anywhere in Central Delhi. The government has now decided she doesn’t fall in the admissible age limit of 4060 years to qualify for the accommodation under artiste quota. Says Sehgal’s daughter Kiran, a renowned dancer: “She can hardly hear or see. She cries in pain whenever she has to be taken to the dentist or for some work outside the house in a wheelchair. It’s difficult for her to even take the six steps to the area where she can sit in the sun.” The Culture Ministry had approached the Ministry of Urban Development last month with Sehgal’s request. The UD Ministry declined it. As per norms, an artiste needs to earn less than Rs 20,000 per month and not own any property in the National Capital Region to be eligible for the house. “It is beyond the purview of the ministry, only the Cabinet can approve the accommodation now,” says a senior UD Ministry official. The house where Sehgal currently stays belongs to Kiran. “We do not have the money to buy a ground-floor house. We thought the government would help... We thought she has entertained people for so long,” says Kiran. While age has forced Sehgal to stop 1 PAGE ANCHOR working, she still gets offers, adds Kiran. Known for her formidable spirit, the 101year-old shows little disappointment even now. “I start my day with four glasses of nimbu-paani. Then I do a lot of exercises. I am a Rohilla Pathan, we never give up,” she says, posing for the camera. “There is a couplet — Maya ko maya mile kar kar ke lambe haath, Tulsidas gareeb ki koi na maane baat,” she says. “The rich only help the rich, there is nobody for the poor.” Winking, Sehgal adds: “You know Gursharan Kaur, the Prime Minister’s wife, she calls me amma. I did not even ask her for any favour — she was there at my birthday party last year.” TASHI TOBGYAL The thespian at her daughter’s second-floor house in Delhi
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