SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 03 FEBRUARY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 |`3|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR DELHI TRADERS OBSERVE BANDH TO PROTEST SEALING SHOPIAN PROTEST THWARTED P3 SENSEX 35,066.75 -839.91 WEATHER Clear sky. Moderate fog in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 27 and 11 degrees Celsius respectively NIFTY 10,760.60 -256.30 MALDIVIAN SC ORDERS NASHEED’S RELEASE P5 ` vs $ 64.06 -4 PAISE GOLD 29,410.00 +185.00 Bofors: CBI moves SC against HC order CBI challenges 2005 quashing of case despite AG's advice Max. 100% Min. 46% SNS & AGENCIES Max: 26.5°C (+4) SUN RISES 07:08 hrs MOON RISES 21:09 hrs Min: 10.5°C (+2) SUN SETS 18:02 hrs MOON SETS 09:48 hrs THUMBNAILS The V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award of Mumbai International Film Festival will be P7 conferred on Shyam Benegal on Saturday. UP top cop triggers row over Ram temple: A DGP rank officer in Uttar Pradesh has openly favoured the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya “at the earliest”, days after an IAS officer triggered a controversy by blaming rightwing groups for communal clashes in Kasganj town. SK Shukla, DG, Homeguard, not only participated in an event on Ram Mandir at Lucknow University two days ago, but was captured on camera taking a pledge to build it. P7 SC refers jallikattu matter to Const Bench: The Supreme Court on Friday referred the pleas related to 'jallikattu' to a five-judge Constitution Bench which would decide if the bulltaming sport fell under cultural rights or perpetuated cruelty to animals. A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice R F Nariman said the petitions challenging the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act, 2017, needed to be decided by a larger Bench since they involved substantial questions relatP4 ing to interpretation of the Constitution. NEW DELHI, 2 FEBRUARY D ays after Attorney General (AG) K K Venugopal advised the Centre against it, the CBI on Friday filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging a 2005 order of the Delhi High Court quashing all charges against accused persons in the Bofors pay-off case. Venugopal had advised the government against an appeal, saying it was likely to be dismissed on account of the long delay itself. But the CBI was reportedly keen to file the appeal and there were reports that top agency officers had told a parliamentary panel recently that they had the evidence to back up their petition. Last October, the CBI had indicated that it was considering an appeal against the high court decision after Michael Hershman, a private detective from US-based firm Fairfax, alleged that the then Congress government led by Rajiv Gandhi had sabotaged his investigation into the case. In a hearing of BJP leader Ajay Agarwal's appeal last month, the top court had questioned his locus standi. A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud asked why the court should go into it when the prosecutor, the CBI, hadn't filed an appeal. "When the prosecutor (CBI) has remained silent, why should we go into it? Thirty one years have passed since its occurrence in 1986 but nobody has challenged it. You are a third party and you have to satisfy us on this issue," the Bench had then said. The filing of the appeal assumes significance as AG had recently advised the probe agency against challenging the high court verdict after a delay of 12 years. Sources, however, said that after consultations, law officers were in favour of the appeal as the CBI came out with “some important documents and evidence” to challenge the high court order. Justice R S Sodhi of the Delhi High Court on 31 May 2005 had quashed the CBI case in the Bofors pay-off scam. Before this, Justice J D Kapoor of the high court had on 4 February 2004 exonerated late PM Rajiv Gandhi in the case. Markets crash, Sensex down 840 points MUMBAI, 2 FEBRUARY Equity markets crashed in the second post-Budget session on Friday as participants brutally pounded stocks to unwind their long-standing positions to minimise the impact of long-term capital gains or LTCG tax on their earnings. Indices suffered deeper cuts also on account of rising bond yields across the global money markets. The 30-share Sensitive Index of Bombay Stock Exchange cracked 2.34 per cent to end at 35,066.75 (-839.91) points. The 50-scrip Nifty of National Stock Exchange plunged below 11,000 level to close at 10,738.80 (-278.10) points down 2.52 per cent. Bank shares were among the biggest losers. Dalal Street has not seen such bloodbath in last two years, say analysts. Veterans say imposition of LTCG Tax would facilitate driving out of a large chunk of "hot" money from the market. SNS DETAILS ON PAGE 11 Tech glitches derail e-way bill STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 2 FEBRUARY In what could come as a major setback for the government, technical glitches derailed the anti-tax evasion electronic way bill system on the day it was launched on 1 February, Budget day. The site crashed and taxpayers could not gener- ate the document. The Finance Ministry has asked the technical body ~ the IT backbone GSTN ~ to provide an assessment by when their systems will be ready to take on full-fledged activity. Late Thursday, the government in a tweet said the trial period for e-way bill has been extended, but did not give a date on when it would be again made mandatory P15 P13 RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE SINDHU REACHES SEMIS IN INDIA OPEN for full rollout. The nationwide rollout of the e-way bill was overshadowed by the Union Budget. While the government had made e-way bill compulsory from 1 February, some traders were not happy with the move. They are demanding simplification of the process for generation of these electronic receipts and further rationalising the system before making it a mandatory process. Considering that trial runs for the e-way bill have been conducted since 17 January, this has come as a major blow for the government. Confident of the results of the trial runs, the government advanced implementation of interstate e-way bill to 1 February from 1 April. SILVER 39,400.00 -100.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 69.50 -0.15 Student beaten to death in school washroom, 3 held Minor girl dies following suspected sexual assault SNS NEW DELHI, 2 FEBRUARY Grieving members of the deceased student Tushar's family at their residence in the Capital on Friday. SNS STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 2 FEBRUARY A class nine student was allegedly beaten to death inside a washroom of a private school in Delhi by a group of his classmates on Thursday. Tushar Kumar, 16, was declared "brought dead" by GTB Hospital a few hours after he was allegedly beaten by his four classmates, aged 15-16 years, in a washroom of their Jeevan Jyoti Public School, and left unconscious. The police have apprehended three of the four accused students in the case while one is still absconding, said A K Singla, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Northeast Delhi. Tushar was found unconscious in the washroom of his school by fellow students on Thursday afternoon. The school authorities informed his family about the incident and he was taken to a nearby hospital. Later, he was referred to GTB Hospital where he was declared brought dead. According to a senior police officer, a PCR call was made from the GTB hospital that "a minor boy died in a mysterious condition". During their preliminary investigation, the police examined the school's CCTV footage in which four students were reportedly found thrashing Tushar around Thursday noon. The police have registered a murder case under Section 302 of the IPC against the accused at Khajuri Khas police station. The police officer said, "Investigation revealed that the students had an argument over their dominance in class. The argument turned into scuffle when the accused kids found Tushar alone in the washroom." The school authorities apparently claimed that Tushar was unwell and died in hospital. TURN TO PAGE 4 A 6-year-old girl died in a leading hospital in the national capital on Friday in the wake of alleged sexual assault on her by unidentified perpetrator. A senior police officer told The Statesman that an inquest proceeding has started in this case on the basis of a Medico Legal Case (MLC) lodged with the police by the hospital. The officer said an FIR in the case will be registered after the police receives her post-mortem report. The deceased was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital onThursday noon as she was reeling under intense pain. "As per the deceased's family version told to doctors, the girl was suffering pain due to which they consulted several doctors. But her condition did not improve, so they brought her to the hospital and got her admitted," the police officer said. Sources in the hospital said : "A 6-year-old child was brought to paediatric emergency of the hospital at 3:57 p.m. on Thursday. She was bleeding with injuries to private parts. The child was in decompensated septic shock with respiratory failure and multi-organ dysfunction. On detailed examination, doctors suspected sexual assault for which MLC was lodged. Inspite of best efforts of doctors, the child expired at 12:45 a.m. on Friday. The body has been sent for post-mortem." The MLC was lodged with Ranhaula police station in outer Delhi.The deceased minor girl's family is said to be residents of the Ranhaula (TURN TO PAGE 4) area.
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