LATE CITY NEW DELHI, MONDAY MARCH 3, 2014 26+6 (NEWSLINE) PAGES Rs. 5.00 TheIndianEXPRESS JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD I CHANDIGARH I DELHI I KOLKATA I LUCKNOW I MUMBAI I NAGPUR I PUNE I VADODARA NATIONAL NETWORK Sippy, Fardeen back Sahara chief, call him ‘true patriot’, ‘warm human’ (P9) twitter.com/IndianExpress IndianExpress.com PAGES 14, 15 Edit & Op-ed A CLOSED CAPITAL ACCOUNT NO OPTION facebook.com/IndianExpress PAGE 24 Sport India lose to Pakistan by one wicket in Asia Cup INTERNATIONAL China blames Xinjiang militants, calls station attack ‘our 9/11’ (P16) by Ila Patnaik ■ INDIA MUST SEEK RECONCILIATION BETWEEN IRAN AND SAUDI ARABIA IndianExpress.com/Apps EXPRESSNewsline ● CONG CRIES FOUL OVER AAP HOARDINGS ● HUNT FOR LEADS IN DEATH OF R&AW OFFICER, FAMILY ● ACID THROWN ON WOMAN Rahul ordinance shortcut cut short CABINET ❚ After President frowns, govt decides not to go along with move D K SINGH NEW DELHI, MARCH 2 F OR ONCE, legal and propriety issues outweighed Rahul Gandhi’s clout in the UPA government as the Union Cabinet on Sunday dropped plans to bring the anti-corruption ordinances he was pushing. President Pranab Mukherjee weighed in to change the govern- QUICK TAKES Junior doctors’ strike hits UP LUCKNOW: Medical services were paralysed in Uttar Pradesh as junior resident doctors continued their strike Sunday following failed negotiations between administration and doctors of GSV Medical College Kanpur. The doctors are protesting against police action on students of the medical college. P 9 Desiraju violated MCI rules: Azad NEW DELHI: Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has accused former health secretary Keshav Desiraju, who was removed 11 months after his appointment to the post, of violating MCI rules. P 12 NSUI wins Gujarat Univ elections AHMEDABAD: In a blow to the BJP’s ABVP, Congress students’ wing NSUI has won the Gujarat University Senate and Welfare Board elections. Business as Usual By UNNY ment’s mind, conveying his strong disapproval of the move to ministers who called on him earlier in the day to get him on board, according to sources. While the ordinances were not formally placed as an agenda item at Sunday’s Cabinet meeting, they came up in the course of discussions. “It was generally felt that the normal legislative route should be followed in the case of anti-cor- ruption legislations, primarily because they require a full-fledged debate by Parliament,” said a source present at the meeting. Sources added that although the Cabinet could meet once more before the code of conduct kicks in, the government wouldn’t propose any ordinance whatsoever. Apart from the propriety of bringing ordinances on poll-eve, said sources, Mukherjee also OTHER DECISIONS pointed out some “technical” issues. The fact that this government would bring an ordinance when 15th Lok Sabha is still alive and then leave it for the next government and the next Lok Sabha to ratify it was not considered proper. The President was said to have discussed all these aspects with Law Minister Kapil Sibal and Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde ■ Jats included in nine states in Central list of OBCs ■ Seemandhra gets special category status for five years REPORT, PAGE 3 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JD(U) rules out tie-up, Lalu starts own campaign, clock ticks down for Cong VISHAL SRIVASTAV SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, MARCH 2 THE JD(U) has ruled out an alliance with the Congress, saying it cannot resort to “political opportunism” and desert the non-Congress and non-BJP front it recently formed. The rejection further limits the Congress’s options in Bihar, with Ram Vilas Paswan having already walked out and the RJD getting restless as a “deadline” by it to decide on an alliance passed Sunday. The stalemate over their talks continues,withtheRJDofferingtheCongress11 seats and the party insisting on 13. The two also disagree over the seats the Congress should get. The Congress had approached Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, promising to “push” his special category status demand for the state in exchange for an alliance. Sources said the JD(U) asked the Congress to move the Bihar special status demand file with Seemandhra’s if it really cared for the state. “It is too late now for an alliance with the Congress. We are the prime mover behind the 11-party non-Congress and non-BJP front. Even if the Congress offers special status, we may not change our stance now,” said a JD(U) leader close to Nitish Kumar. Admitting a stalemate with the RJD, a Congress leader said: “We may settle for even 11 seats provided we are offered Madhubani, Sitamarhi, Nawada, Jhanjharpur and Motihari. But the RJD is offering us reserved seats. How can we fight the BJP if we do not have even some upper caste-dominated seats?” The Congress believes that the RJD has more to lose. “We fought alone last time and managed to win two seats. We can only improve even if we fight alone. It is the RJD that has to decide whether it can afford fragmentation of secular votes,” said a source. RJD chief Lalu Prasad gave some indication Sunday of a softening of stand, saying communal forces should be kept at bay. Party leaders also hinted at accommodating a few of the Congress demands, including conceding the Khagaria seat. However, there was no response from the Congress leadership till late evening. Kejriwal’s first UP rally lays ground for Modi vs him DIPANKAR GHOSE KANPUR, MARCH 2 Narendra Modi with Rajnath Singh, Kalyan Singh and other party leaders at his Lucknow rally on Sunday POLLING MAY BE HELD OVER 7 PHASES, STARTING IN APRIL SECOND WEEK ELECTIONS 20 4 THE WARMUP IN UP’S HEART, MODI KEEPS FOCUS ON MULAYAM ***** MULAYAM TARGETS MODI, RAISES GUJARAT RIOTS PAGES 4, 7, 13 IN HIS first rally in Uttar Pradesh, Arvind Kejriwal launched a no-holds-barred attack on BJP prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi on Sunday. Rubbishing talk of a Modi wave, Kejriwal said he expected the Aam Aadmi Party to get more than 100 seats in the coming Lok Sabha polls, and said that no government would be formed without AAP. While Kejriwal himself said nothing on the matter, there were clear indications that he would fight the Lok Sabha elections against Modi. Three AAP stalwarts called on him from the stage to contest against Modi from Varanasi, in what sources said was an attempt to force the Gujarat Chief Minister’s hand. Sources said that Kejriwal would only make hisannouncementonceModiclarifieshisstand, butconfirmedthattheBJPleaderwastheparty’s principal opponent. “Modi will now either have tocontestfromVaranasi,orfindagoodreasonto stand from somewhere else. Or he will be accused of being afraid,” sources said. In another indication of its gameplan for Uttar Pradesh, AAP Sunday inducted influential Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Rushaid, a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, and several members of the AMU Old Boys’ Association at the rally. Rushaid, who spoke of Kejriwal in glowing terms, was the only man the AAP leader introduced and hugged on the stage. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 War threat: Ukraine mobilises, West prepares NATALIA ZINETS & ALISSA DE CARBONNEL KIEV, BALACLAVA, MARCH 2 Troops in the Crimean port city of Feodosiya. REUTERS UKRAINE mobilised for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically, after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour in Moscow’s biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War. “This is not a threat: this is actually the declaration of war to my country,” Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, head of a pro-Western government that took power when Russian ally Viktor Yanukovych fled last week, said. Putin secured permission from his parliament on Saturday to use military force to protect Russian citizens in Ukraine and told US President Barack Obama he had the right to defend Russian interests and nationals. Russian forces have already bloodlessly seized Crimea — an isolated Black Sea peninsula where Moscow has a naval base. On Sunday they surrounded several small Ukrainian military outposts there and demanded the Ukrainian troops disarm. Some refused, leading to standoffs, although CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 » FULL COVERAGE, PAGE 16 CBI to probe purchase of Rolls Royce engines by HAL Inquiry comes after Sudhir Choudhrie held in bribe scandal involving UK firm MANU PUBBY NEW DELHI, MARCH 2 THE Defence Ministry has ordered a CBI inquiry into the purchase of aero engines by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) from Rolls Royce, putting one of the world’s largest defence and aerospace companies under the scanner. The inquiry has been ordered into alleged irregularities in purchases made over a four-year period, starting 2007, from the UK-based firm. The order for an inquiry comes two weeks after arms dealer Sudhir Choudhrie and hissonwerearrestedbytheSeriousFraudOffice(SFO)inthe UK, which is probing serious bribery allegations in the sale of Rolls Royce engines in Asia. Sources in the Defence Ministry said that the CBI probe was ordered after complaints alleged discrepancies in the contract for engines, and charged officials in HAL and the Defence Ministry with taking bribes. The engines were procured for the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) that is being produced by HAL for the Air Force and Navy. Rolls Royce has not yet commented on the Indian inquiry. Sources said the allegations were probed by the chief vigilance officer of HAL, and a preliminary report shared with the Defence Ministry. With the report indicating that the charges were serious and had some basis, the ministry decided to order a CBI inquiry. Choudhrie had been briefly arrested by the SFO in London and questioned on his association with Rolls Royce. The firm is under investigation for several deals, including sales in China and Indonesia. While it is still not clear if the Indian investigation is linked to the SFO probe, the CBI has already sought information about Choudhrie’s arrest from their counterparts in the UK. The Enforcement Directorate, which is investigating the arms dealer’s money transactions, has also roped in the Customs Overseas Intelligence Network. PM heads for Myanmar today in his last likely official trip abroad RAKESH SINHA NEW DELHI, MARCH 2 RISING from the Burmese jungles, imperial Nay Pyi Taw, now in its eighth year, remains one of the loneliest capitals in the world. But for two days beginning Monday, it will be busy hosting heads of seven governments, each carrying the cares and worries of home to a summit that seeks to marry India’s Look East policy with Thailand’s Look West for the growth of the region. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who heads out for the Myanmarese capital Monday morning on what should be his last official trip abroad, will renew contacts with leaders of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) and push for better connectivity to the North-East, India’s gateway to the regional grouping. Speaking to reporters ahead of the third BIMSTEC Summit, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh underlined the importance of the grouping in bringing transport, trade, tourism and other investment linkages to the North-East: “Our stakes in BIMSTEC are significant and will grow further as the grouping matures... It is in our interest to make sure that our North-East does not fall behind, that it develops in a manner commensurate with its potential.” Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand make the BIMSTEC club, home to onefifth of the world’s population and some of the poorest, with energy and mineral reserves that promise a future if governments fast-track growth and cut red tape. A framework agreement for the BIMSTEC Free Trade Area was signed in Phuket, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Vigilance complaints pile up as Delhi Police doesn’t know password 1 PAGE ANCHOR After 8 yrs of portal being set up, lapse found, 2 officers get ‘training’ SHALINI NARAYAN NEW DELHI, MARCH 2 O VER 600 complaints regarding the Delhi Police forwarded by the Central Vigilance Commission to an online portal have been pending for the past eight years. The reason: the Delhi Police didn’t know the password to access the portal or how to operate it, a lapse that went undetected since 2006. In January finally, two Delhi Police officers, one of the level of deputy commissioner of police and another an inspector, were imparted “training” by the CVC on the same. Sources in the CVC said 667 complaints had piled up, with no action taken by the police. Each Delhi government department under the CVC, including the MCD, DDA and several investigating agencies, have a chief vigilance officer to Delhi Police prides itself on its online capabilities look into complaints. If a complaint reaches the CVC, either it tackles it independently or it sends it to the concerned department. In 2006, a portal monitored by the CVC was created, putting the complaints it sent to departments online. Each department could access the portal with a password. Complaints regarding the Delhi Police were also sent to the portal. Every year, the CVC holds meetings with government departments to take stock of the complaints with them. Sources said that since 2006, the CVC had got no feedback on complaints pending with the police. In the first week of January, two Delhi Police officers were called to the CVC headquarters. It emerged then that the police had not even accessed the complaints addressed to it as it had not logged into the portal. An hour-long “training” later, the officers went back wiser. Since then, the portal has been accessed and the complaints are being addressed, sources said. A senior police officer admitted that the pendency of cases was “a technical problem”. “The Delhi Police remains committed to public grievances,” the officer added. Incidentally, the Delhi Police recently advertised that anyone could now lodge a complaint with it online about a missing object — “a first for the country”. Hopefully, with better luck.
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