DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES LJP to prop up its leaders, BJP rushes to calm JDU anger COURT ASKS IF WITNESSES HAVE SECURITY Hathras:SCcallsithorrible,UP saysstepintostopnarratives Nitish will remain CM, says BJP, as both set to contest from 115 seats each PATNA, OCTOBER 6 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ON A day of heated political action in Bihar with three weeks left for the first phase of the assembly polls, the BJP scrambled to reassure its senior partner JD(U) after the LJP, which had exited the alliance in the state, poached at least two BJP leaders — and floated the possibility of fielding them as candidates against the JD(U). With a furious Chief Minister Nitish Kumar delaying his appearance at a joint press conference Monday, the BJP issued a Ram Manjhi-led HAM will get hurriedstatementreposingfaith sevenseatsfromtheJD(U)quota, in him and declaring and Mukesh Sahni’s VIP that he would continue six from the BJP. in thepostif the alliance In effect, the JD(U) returned to power, irreand the BJP will contest spective of their seat from 115 seats each. strength. With matters comThe party also sent a DECISION ing to a head midsymbolic signal by sealMonday, and the press 2020 ing a formula that gave conference delayed, BIHAR oneadditionalseattothe BJP’s Bihar president Dr JD(U). According to the final SanjayJaiswalissuedastatement arrangement,theJD(U)wasallot- reiterating the alliance’s faith in ted 122 seats and the BJP 121. As Nitish Kumar’s leadership. for the other partners, the Jitam CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘PM has taken good steps... have ties with BJP, but it ignored allies’ Sukhbir Badal at the Idea Exchange on Tuesday NAVJEEVAN GOPAL CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 6 SHIROMANI AKALI Dal president and MP Sukhbir Singh Badal Tuesday said the BJP had been cold-shouldering allies since it won a brute majority in 2019, and that from India-China standoff, to controversial legislation like the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the recentfarmBills,theModigovernment didn’t take them into confidence. However, he refused to comment on whether the BJP’s actions were a sign of its “arrogance”, saying, “I do not want to get into this... We still have personal relationships with them... The PM took certain very good decisions also.” WarningtheBJPof afatesimilartotheCongressif itcontinues CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 6 RAFALE REHEARSAL Rafale jets during a rehearsal for the 88th Air Force Day on October 8, at Hindon base in Ghaziabad Tuesday. Praveen Khanna SUSHANT RAJPUT CASE CBI probe matches AIIMS find, no red flags in accounts audit DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 6 THE AIIMS report declaring the death of Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput a “case of suicide” matchestheconclusiontheCBI’s investigators reached after their reconstruction of the incident. And a forensic audit of Rajput’s bank accounts has not thrown up anything “suspicious” to suggest that his friend Rhea Chakraborty could have pushed Rajput to suicide for financial gain, agency sources have confirmed to The Indian Express. So the CBI, sources said, is now focusing on the gamut of reasons that could have led to the actor taking his own life: any roleplayedbyChakraborty;professionalrivalryandnepotism in RHEA’S JUDICIAL CUSTODY EXTENDED TILL OCT 20 MINISTER: WILL GO AFTER THOSE WHO MALIGNED MUMBAI PAGE 12 Bollywood; effect of drug abuse and Rajput’s mental health. Of the over Rs 70 crore worth of transactions through Rajput’s accounts in the past five years, only about Rs 55 lakh have been Quad meet: Eye on China, India seeks ‘respect for territorial integrity’ SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 6 IN A RARE “in-person” meeting during the pandemic, the Foreign Ministers of the Quadrilateral grouping — US, India, Japan and Australia — met in Tokyo amid the five-month border standoff between India and China, with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar seeking “respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty” and “peaceful resolution of disputes”. US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo was the only one to name China at the meeting. During his opening remarks, he said that “as partners in this Quad...itismorecriticalnowthan ever that we collaborate to protectourpeopleandpartnersfrom the CCP’s (Communist Party of China) exploitation, corruption, and coercion”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 found to have been associated withChakraborty.Mostof these, sources said, were expenses on travel, spas and gifts. “Chakrabortycontinuestobe under scanner for abetment to suicide.ButitistrueCBIhasn’tyet found any motive for abetment. There was a forensic audit done ofRajput’saccount.Thereisnothingconcreteintheauditreportto suggest that Chakraborty siphoned off funds and this led to the actor’s suicide. The expenses incurred by Rajput on her are comparativelysmallandcaneasily be explained as expenses on a friend. However, there are many angles to the suicide and our investigation is still on,” said an official privy to probe details. Rajput’s father K K Singh, in the FIR registered by Bihar CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E ● PAGE 1 ANCHOR SHIVANI NAIK MUMBAI, OCTOBER 6 Himanshu Sareen running in Wadala, Mumbai, as part of the London Marathon on Sunday his running career. He was among the 70 Indians, from Mumbai to Bengaluru, who strapped on their timer watches to run the first-ever virtual London marathon. CALLING THE Hathras incident “horrible… extraordinary and shocking”, the Supreme Court Tuesday asked the Uttar Pradesh government if witnesses in the case of the alleged rape and murder of a 19-yearold had been provided protection and if the family of the victim had a lawyer. The state government, on its part, urged the Supreme Court to supervise the probe into the incident. The bench of Chief Justice of India S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, hearing a writ petition seeking a probe by the CBI or a court-appointed Special Investigation Team, said it wanted to hear from the parties on the scope of the proceedings in the matter already before the Allahabad High Court and “how we can make them more relevant”. On October 1, the Allahabad HighCourt,takingsuomotucognizance of the case and the hurried cremation of the victim’s body, ordered senior officers of the state government and police to be present at the next hearing on October 12. The High Court bench of Justices Rajan Roy and Jaspreet Singhsaidtheofficersmustbrief CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Security at the village of Hathras victim Tuesday. Abhinav Saha Facing flak, CM cites CAA crackdown, accuses Opp of using Hathras to ‘divide’ LIZ MATHEW & MAULSHREE SETH NEW DELHI, LUCKNOW, OCTOBER 6 FACING questions over his government’s handling of the Hathrascaseandwithsomecritical voices within, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath struckbackTuesdayinvokinghis crackdown on the anti-CAA protests to underline his resolve to counter what he called an Opposition conspiracy. “You must have seen their faces, those who protested againsttheCAA;thosewho,during the corona pandemic, sheltered Tablighi Jamaat to try and NCW SENDS NOTICES TO AMIT MALVIYA, OTHERS UP TO SC: VICTIM’S 2 STATEMENTS, ON RAPE, MOLESTATION PAGE 8 spreadthedisease…whotriedto spreadanarchyatdifferentlevels inthestate…notonlydidthegovernment unmask them but also took steps to counter these elements,” said the Chief Minister. Heallegedtherewasaplotto malign his government’s image by whipping up “animosity” in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SOMYA LAKHANI, AVANEESH MISHRA & AMIL BHATNAGAR NEW DELHI, LUCKNOW & MATHURA, OCTOBER 6 THE UTTAR Pradesh Police detainedfourmen—includinga41year-old Delhi-based journalist working with Malayalam news outlets — from a toll plaza in Mathura on Monday afternoon. Policeclaimedthemenarelinked tothePopularFrontof India(PFI) and its students’ organisation Campus Front of India (CFI), and were on their way to Hathras. Thejournalisthas beenidentified as Siddique Kappan, secretary of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) who writes for Malayalam news websites like azhimukham.com. Heiscurrentlyinpreventivecustody of Mathura police. Apart from Kappan, CFI office bearers Atiq-ur-Rahman and Masood Ahmed have been detained along with another person identified as Alam. 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