THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 26 APRIL 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 DEFAMING PM: PLEA AGAINST KEJRIWAL DISMISSED P3 SENSEX 34,501.27 -115.37 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 42 and 23 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.59% Min. 08% Max: 41.6°C (+3) SUN RISES 05:45 hrs MOON RISES 15.24 hrs Min: 20.8°C (-2) SUN SETS 18:53 hrs MOON SETS 04:10 hrs TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS Gambhir quits as DD skipper: Gautam Gambhir on Wednesday stepped down as captain of perennial IPL laggards Delhi Daredevils, saying he just wasn't good enough for the job. India batsman Shreyas Iyer was announced as the new skipper at the franchise's press conferP16 ence. Jeweller jumps to death from DRI office: A Delhi-based jeweller, who was at the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) office in connection with an alleged gold smuggling case, Wednesday jumped to death from the probe agency's building in the CGO complex area in the national capital. The deceased has been identified as Gaurav Gupta, aged 40. ICC apologises for tweet on PM: The International Cricket Council on Wednesday apologised and launched an investigation into a social media post relating to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that went out from its official handle. “ICC is dismayed at a non-cricket related tweet appearing on its Twitter feed earlier today. We would like to extend our sincere apologies to anyone who was offended during the short space of time it was up,” ICC said in a tweet after removing the post, the screenshot of which was shared multiple times. “We have launched an investigation into how this happened,” the world body stated. MP govt wants images of Modi, Chouhan on tiles of PMAY houses: Images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will be displayed on two tiles in houses to be built in Madhya Pradesh under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), according to a state government order. It has sparked criticism from the Opposition which alleged that a wrong precedent was being set by "politicising" a P10 scheme meant for the poor. NIFTY 10,570.55 -43.80 MADSEN GETS LIFE TERM FOR SCRIBE’S MURDER NO DEMOCRACY IN BENGAL, SAYS FORMER SPEAKER P5 ` vs $ 66.90 -52 PAISE P12 GOLD 30,200.00 +130.00 Jodhpur court also imposes fine of `1 lakh on him, lawyers to appeal against verdict PRESS TRUST OF INDIA JODHPUR, 25 APRIL A Jodhpur court on Wednesday sentenced religious guru Asaram to life in prison after finding him guilty of raping a teenage girl in his ashram five years ago, the second case of a powerful spiritual leader being convicted of a sexual offence in less than a year. Special judge Madhusudan Sharma's verdict, which comes as the debate over sexual violence, particularly the rape of minors, intensifies across the country, was read out in the Jodhpur Central Jail where 77-year-old Asaram has been kept for over four years. Asaram will be in prison till his natural death, the court pronounced, convicting him under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Juvenile Justice Act. It also imposed of fine of Rs 1 lakh on him. Asaram's lawyers, who pleaded that he was not guilty, said they would appeal against the verdict. Police had stepped up security around Asaram's ashrams to prevent the kind of violence that was unleashed by followers when another so-called godman, Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim, was convicted of rape last August. Apart from Asaram, two other accused were convicted by the special court hearing cases of crime against children. It acquit- BJP slams Cong video on PM NEW DELHI, 25 APRIL The BJP on Wednesday came out in defence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Opposition Congress party posted a video in social media showing Modi in the company of convicted guru Asaram Bapu. The release of the video coincided with the sentencing of Asaram to life imprisonment for the rape of a minor. BJP leader and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vijay Kumar Goyal said the Congress party was wont to criticise the PM. "Do they have any alternative plan of development. They are acting in frustration," the BJP leader charged. Goyal said there was no scope for politics over the case as Asaram had SNS been punished. ted two others.“Asaram was given life-long jail term, while his accomplices Sharad and Shilpi were sentenced to 20 years in jail by the court,” public prosecutor Pokar Ram Bishnoi told reporters soon after the judgment. We argued that Asaram is not a saint and he, under a conspiracy, called the victim from the hostel and raped her,” he said. “Sharad and Shilpi were also the part of the conspiracy, he added. Arguments for the quantum of sentencing were held inside the heavily fortified jail premises, where the trial court delivered its verdict in accordance with the directions of the Rajasthan High Court. Born in Sindh province, now in Pakistan, Asaram's family migrated to Ahmedabad after Partition. Starting from a hut on the banks of the Sabarmati, Asaram created a Rs 10,000-crore empire with 400 ashrams in India and other parts of the world in four decades. During these years, he made friends with the powerful. Old video clips show him with politicians from Bharatiya Janata Party as SC questions govt over Aadhaar-mobile link m PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 25 APRIL The Supreme Court Wednesday raised questions over the central government's decision ordering mandatory seeding of mobile numbers with Aadhaar and said its earlier order on mandatory authentication of the users was used as a “tool”. A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, hearing a clutch of petitions challenging Aadhaar and its enabling 2016 law, said its order on a PIL filed by Lokniti Foundation had said that mobile users needed to be veri- fied in the interest of national security. “In fact there was no such direction from the Supreme Court, but you took it and used it as a tool to make Aadhaar mandatory for mobile users,” the Bench, also comprising Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, said. Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), said the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) notification talked about re-verification of mobile numbers by using e-KYC process and the Telegraph Act gave “exclusive power to central government to decide license conditions” of service providers. “How can you (DoT) impose condition on service recipients for seeding Aadhaar with mobile phones,” the Bench said, adding that license agreements were between the government and the service providers. well as Congress, including Narendra Modi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Digvijay Singh. Bhopal has two places named after Asaram a road crossing and a bus stand both located near the godman's ashram near the Raja Bhoj Airport on the city outskirts. The board carrying his name was removed from the bus station soon after the verdict. Asaram has also courted controversy in recent years with his views on issues such as Valentine's Day and the rape and murder of Nirbhaya in Delhi. In 2013, he had told a gathering in Rajasthan that Nirbhaya could have avoided being assaulted by the men in the bus she boarded with a friend. “She should have taken God's name and could have held the hand of one of the men and said, I consider you my brother and should have said to the other two, brother, I am helpless, you are my brother, my religious brother,” the media had quoted him as saying. The charge sheet against Asaram and the four other co-accused was filed by the police on November 6, 2013. The teenager had said in her complaint that Asaram had called her to his ashram in Manai area near Jodhpur and raped her on the night of August 15, 2013. ASARAM NOT RAPIST, P7 SAYS VANZARA Altogether 58 sitting MPs and MLAs have declared hate speech cases against themselves of whom the BJP which rules the Cen, tre and most of the states, accounts for maximum number of such lawmakers, according to a report released on Wednesday by two leading civil society organisations, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW). The ADR and the NEW have analysed the selfsworn affidavits of all sitting MPs and MLAs, which revealed that 58 current MPs and MLAs from across the country have declared cases related to "hate speech" against themselves. Their analysis is based on the affidavits submitted by the candidates and MPs/MLAs prior to the last election they contested. According to the ADRNEW's report, 15 sitting Lok Sabha MPs and 43 sitting MLAs of various state assemblies have declared hate speech cases against themselves, with the BJP topping the list as the party accounts for altogether 27 such lawmakers including 10 Lok Sabha MPs and 17 MLAs. The remaining 5 Lok Sabha MPs on this score are from the AIUDF, TRS, PMK, AIMIM and Shiv Sena, the report stated. Of the remaining 26 MLAs with declared cases related to hate speech, 5 each are from the TRS and AIMIM, 3 are from TDP , 2 each from the principal Opposition Congress party, Trinamul, JD-U and Shiv Sena, 1 each from the DMK, BSP SP and 2 are , Independent legislators. According to ADRNEW's report, Union Minister Uma Bharti has declared hate speech cases against herself. Of the 8 state ministers with declared hate speech cases, 4 are from the BJP , 2 from the TRS, while the Trinamul and Shiv Sena account for one each. Among the chiefs of political parties, Asaduddin Owaisi (AIMIM) and Badruddin Ajmal (AIUDF) have declared hate speech cases against themselves. Uttar Pradesh tops the list of states, accounting for 15 MLAs and MPs with declared cases related to hate speech, followed by Telangana with 13, the assemblypoll-bound Karnataka and Maharashtra with 5 each, and Bihar with 4. The ADR said the Law Commission Report no. 267 of March 2017 on Hate Speech states that "hate speech" has not been defined in any law in India, although a string of penal provisions in the Indian Penal Code and the Representation of the People Act (RPA), 1951 deal with it. "By giving tickets to candidates who have been charged with cases related to 'hate speech', especially promoting enmity between religious groups and for committing acts that are intended to outrage religious feelings, political parties have been in a way abetting circumstances that lead to events such as communal riots and violence P15 SILVER 39,650.00 -50.00 Asaram found guilty of rape, gets life term We have got justice, says victim’s dad SHAHJAHANPUR (UP), 25 APRIL “EvenifIdienow,Iwillhave no regret as we have got justice for our daughter.” The father of the teenager raped by 77-year-old Asaram said this soon after a Jodhpur court sentenced the self-styled godman to life imprisonment. “We are very happy with the punishment given by the court to Asaram,” he said.“Now we do not have any fear as the administration and the court are with us,” he said, looking much relieved. “We had always stated that we have faith in the judiciary and it has been proved correct,” he told media persons who mobbed him for his comments. “My daughter is very courageous and it is because of her courage that we have managed to ensure that the 'dhongi baba' (fake godman) got punishment for his wrongdoings,” he said. “We have won this fight as Asaram will not be able to come out of jail,” he said. “The people of the town and the media have given us all the help,” he added. Earlier, he said he wanted harshest punishment for PTI Asaram. BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 73.37 -0.49 Indu Malhotra set to be SC judge AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 25 APRIL The central government is said to have cleared the appointmentofsenioradvocate Indu Malhotra as a judge of the Supreme Court, Law Ministry sources said on Wednesday. She will be the first womanjudgetobeappointed to the top post directly from the bar. The government has, however, decided to put on hold the elevation of Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph to the top court. On 22 January, the Supreme Court Collegium's file recommending Justice Joseph's elevation and Malhotra's appointment reached the Law Ministry. After processing the file in early February, the government kept the recommendation in abeyance as itwantedtoelevateonlyMalhotra. But now, the government is going ahead with Malhotra's appointment while keeping on hold Justice Joseph's elevation to the apex court. The government claims that while recommending Justice Joseph's elevation, the Collegium has disregarded seniority and regional representation. He is reportedly 42nd in the senioritylistof669highcourt judges. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is now going to write to Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra about the government's decision to appoint only Malhotra, sources said. Legal experts had earliercautionedthegovernment against accepting one of the recommendations of the Collegiumwhilekeepingthe other one on hold, point- Indu Malhotra ing out that the then CJI R M Lodha had told the government not to“segregate” namessentforappointment together.In his June2014letter to the government, Justice Lodha had made it clear that the Executive cannot segregate recommendations without prior approval of the Collegium. Justice Lodha had written to the government when it had decided against elevating senior lawyer Gopal Subramanium to the Supreme Court, while accepting the Collegium's other recommendations. Subramanium had subsequently withdrawn his consent to be recommended for judgeship. The Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice had quashed the imposition of President's Rule in the state in 2016. While recommendingJusticeJoseph'selevation, the Collegium had said that he is“more deservingandsuitableinallrespects than other chief justices and senior puisne judges of high courts for being appointed as judge of the Supreme Court of India”. Meanwhile, two top judges of the Supreme Court, Justices Ranjan Gogoi and M B Lokur, have urged CJIMisratoholda"fullcourt" to discuss the institutional issues plaguing the higher judiciary. CBI cracks Kotkhai case TENSION-FREE NEW DELHI, 25 APRIL Students come out of exam hall after appearing in class 12 economics re-exam conSNS ducted by the CBSE. In the Capital on Wednesday. Hate speech: ‘BJP tops list of parties’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 25 APRIL LIVERPOOL REVEL IN SENSATIONAL SALAH UPSURGE between different groups of people," the ADR said. The ADR favoured the Law Commission report's recommendation to amend the Election Commission's Model Code of Conduct to give effect to Section 123 (3A) of the RPA, 1951 that prohibits promotion of enmity or hatred on grounds of religion, race, caste, community or language as corrupt electoral practice. "Strict action must be taken against the candidates giving hate speech prior and during the elections, and against the elected legislators even after the elections, if found guilty of indulging in hate speech," the ADR said. The CBI has arrested a 25year-old woodcutter with a criminal past in connection with the rape-and-murder of a teenaged schoolgirl in the Kotkhai area of Shimla, after his DNA sample matched the genetic material found on the body of the victim and the crime scene, officials said on Wednesday. The agency's findings will bring relief to the families of five people arrested earlier by the state police as the CBI has not found any evidence of their involvement in the gruesome rape-andmurder in July last year, which had become a rallying point against the then Congress government in PTI Himachal Pradesh. MORE ON PAGE 4 J&K political activist shot dead, confusion over his affiliation SNS & PTI SRINAGAR, 25 APRIL A political activist, Ghulam Nabi Patail, was killed and two policemen injured in a militant attack in Rajpora Chowk area in south Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Wednesday, officials said. Political parties promptly condemned the killing but confusion prevailed over Patail's affiliation. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the killing describing Patail as a senior Congress leader while the Congress claimed he was a well-known PDP activist. National Conference leader Omar Abdullah waded in saying if nei- Political activist Ghulam Nabi Patail, a resident of Shadimarg area in Jammu and Kashmir, succumbed to his injuries while being taken to hospital ther PDP nor Congress was willing to own Patail as one of their own, he could be called an NC worker. The Congress and PDP were not keening on owning the killed leader as their own to avoid conveying to their workers that they were at risk, Abdullah, a former chief minister claimed. Giving details of the attack, a police official said three persons were injured when militants opened fire in the Rajpora Chowk area. One of the injured, a political activist identified as Ghulam Nabi Patail, resident of Shadimarg area, succumbed to injuries while being taken to a hospital, he added. The other two injured, both policemen, were being treated upon at a hospital and their condition was said to be stable, the police official said. A hunt has been launched to nab the attackers, he said. Patail had contested the 2002 J&K Assembly elections on a Congress ticket but switched over to Socialist Democratic Party in 2008 elections.
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