CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 12 JANUARY 2017 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 |Rs 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR OUTDOORS LAW, MORALITY AND INDIAN POLITICS Forecast: Mainly clear sky . Rainfall: Nil TEMPERATURE Min: 15.8 (+2) Max: 25.6 (0); RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min: 49% Max: 94% SUNRISE 06:19 hrs SUNSET 17:11 hrs THUMBNAILS COMEBACK MIS SION NADAL READY FOR NEW SEASON P11 P16 NO PROBE INTO PM ‘GRAFT’: SC ‘SAHARA-BIRLA DOCUMENTS NOT CREDIBLE’ SNS & PTI There must be some cogent, reliable and admissible evidence. Otherwise, the process of law can be abused to achieve ulterior goals New Delhi, 11 January World pays tribute to Vivekananda today on his 154th birth anniversary. January 12 is National Youth Day. SC dismisses PIL against I-T relief for parties: The Supreme Court dismissed a PIL challenging income-tax exemptions granted to donations made to political parties, saying decision did not violate Constitution. TMC activists shot dead: Two TMC activists including Shrinu Naidu, a party leader, and a muscleman were shot dead and three injured when four bike-borne goons fired at them near the Kharagpur party office. P13 China ship in Taiwan Strait: China's aircraft carrier has entered the Taiwan Strait, the island's defence ministry said on Wednesday, seen as a show of strength by Beijing as tensions rise between the two sides. INDICATOR Sensex 27,140 +240 Nifty 8,380 +92 Gold 27,700 +180 Silver 41,100 +600 The Supreme Court today rejected plea for a courtmonitored SIT probe into bribery alle gations against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the basis of documents seized during the raids in business houses ~ Sahara and Birla ~ on the ground they had no evidentiary value. The case based on “random materials” like loose sheets, papers, e-mail print outs is “merit less” as they are “inadmissible materials” having “no evidentiary value under the law” to order registration of FIR and investigation, more so against the high constitutional functionaries, whose names are mentioned in the documents which has been held as prima facie “fabricated” by income tax settlement commission, the court said. The high-voltage hearing was conducted by a new bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Amitava Roy which said “courts have to be on guard” while dealing with matters demanding probe against high functionaries as the case in hand was devoid of any “cogent” material or “independent evidence corroborating materials” to order investigation. The new bench was constituted as Prashant Bhushan, lawyer for the Common Cause, had SC BENCH sought recusal of the then Chief Justice of India-designate, Justice J S Khehar, on the ground that his file for elevation for CJI was pending with the executive headed by the Prime Minister. “There must be some cogent, reliable and admissible evidence”. Otherwise the process of law can be abused to achieve ulterior goals,” the court observed, dismissing the NGO's plea. Dissatisfied with the loose sheets, which were claimed to be part of the diary entries of the Sahara Group and Aditya Birla Group, containing entries like “Gujarat CM” and other politicians, the bench said materials placed on record by the NGO, Common Cause were not maintained by the two business housed in the regular course of business. Another bench of the court had earlier termed the loose sheets and other material ”zero material” to order investigation. “In view of the materials placed on record and peculiarity of the facts and circumstances, no case is made out on merits to direct investigation against various political functionaries, officers etc. The interim applications are found to be merit less and are dismissed,” the bench said. The bench also referred to the order passed by the Income Tax Settlement Commission in the Sahara group matter and said that the commission has also found prima facie that materials recovered from the group were not genuine and fabricated. If an investigation is ordered on “all and sundry” purported diary entries of Sahara and Birla Groups made by “unscrupulous persons”, it would have a “very dangerous” effect on constitutional functionaries, govt said. The Attorney General said no constitutional functionaries would be able to function if SC ordered filing of FIR and a probe into the bribery charges against PM on the basis of documents seized. CMYK ACHHE DIN AFTER CONG’S RETURN TO POWER: RAHUL ‘PROTECT DEMOCRACY, GOOD BYE’ P10 Russia dossier ‘phony stuff’ from opponents, says Trump PRESS TRUST OF INDIA New York, 11 January New Delhi, 11 January: Con- gress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today unleashed a fierce, no-holds-barred assault on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his note ban and other alleged anti-people measures, alleging that Mr Modi has become a global figure of “ridicule’’ over his demonetisation move which, he charged, has convulsed the economy and the common people of the country . In the course of his opening and closing speeches at the Congress's day-long national convention on demonetisation here, Rahul struck serious as well as comic notes while targeting Mr Modi, going on to mock the PM by mimicking his mannerism and phraseology . Rahul was ridiculed by Mr Modi a few weeks ago. Today, he sought to mock the PM by repeatedly invoking the word “Mitron (friends)’’ which is generally used by Mr Modi in his speeches. Mr Gandhi spoke of Mr Modi's “Achhe Din (Good Days)’’ pledge that he had made to the people while campaigning as the BJP's PM candidate for the 2014 general elections. Accusing PM Modi of allegedly failing the people, Rahul claimed that “Achhe Din will only come when the Congress comes back to power at the Centre after the 2019 general elections’’. The former PM, Manmohan Singh, called demonetisation a "disaster" whose "worst" effects on the country's economy and people, he said, are SNS "yet to come". US President-elect Donald Trump tonight dismissed as “nonsense” the media claims that Russia has compromising information on him, saying the allegations may have been leaked by US intelligence agencies and it would be a “tremendous blot” on their record if they did that. “I think it's a disgrace that information would be let out. I saw the information, I read the information outside of that meeting,” Trump told reporters in his first formal press conference in six months. Referring to a dossier with allegations that Russia has compromising material on him, the President-elect said, “It's all fake news. It's phony stuff. It didn't happen.” He, however, acknowledged that Russia and some other countries were behind the hacking of Democratic Party computers. “ far as hacking, As I think it was Russia, but I also think we've been hacked by other countries, other people,” he said addressing the crowded press conference nine days from his inauguration as the 45th president of the US. “The DNC was totally open to be hacked. They did a very poor job,” he said, adding that attempts to hack the Republican National Committee were unsuccessful and “they were unable to break through.” A visibly composed Trump said his team is going to put “some of the greatest computer minds” together and put up a defence against hacking by foreign entities. The press conference came amid media reports that chiefs of American intelligence agencies had last week presented President Barack Obama and Trump with a summary of unsubstantiated reports that Russia had collected compromising and salacious personal information about Trump. “Sick people, group of opponents have put them together. It shouldn't have entered paper, it’s an absolute disgrace,” he said, referring to the allegations. Alluding to Moscow’s response on the leak of intelligence information, Trump said Putin and Russia said this was fake news. “I respected the fact that he said that. If they had broken into RNC they would have released it,” he said. “If Putin likes Donald Trump, it is an asset not a liability I hope . I do get along with Putin, there’s good chance I won't,” he said. Trump said his administration will come out with a major report on hacking within 90 days. ‘I will be greatest jobs producer that God ever created’: Trump said he would be the “greatest jobs producer that God ever created” as the President-elect highlighted the new jobs he has been able to bring back to the country through private firms. “We're going to create jobs. And I mean that, I'm going to work very hard on that.“We need certain amounts of other things, including a little bit of luck, but I think we're going to do a real job. A lot of car companies are going to be moving in.’’ Donald Jr and Eric to run business empire: Trump said he had formally handed over “complete” control of his business empire to his two sons Donald Jr. and Eric. Illegal migrants: Trump said they will soon build a massive border wall with Mexico to keep out illegal migrants. ‘Fake news’: Trump got into a shouting match with a CNN reporter as the President-elect refused to allow him a question and slammed the news network as “fake news”. SEE ALSO PAGE 10
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