CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 23 OCTOBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P3 SENSEX 34,134.38 -181.25 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature will be around 34 and 23 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.90% Max: 34.1°C (+2) SUN SETS 17:05 hrs MOON RISES 16.30 hrs P9 NIFTY 10,245.25 -58.30 ` vs $ 73.56 -24.00 PAISE Min: 22.8°C (-1) SUN RISES 05:37 hrs MOON SETS 04:07 hrs Full moon on 24 October THUMBNAILS Britain's Prince Harry poses for pictures with the members of the Butchulla people, who are the traditional owners of Fraser Island, on October 22, 2018. AFP MEA slams Imran remarks: Terming as “deeply regrettable” Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's remarks on Kashmir, India on Monday said that instead of making comments on internal affairs of another country, Islamabad should take “credible action” to dismantle terror infrastructure operating from its soil. GOLD 30,525.00 -70.00 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Serious credibility crisis in CBI, govt to blame: Cong NEW DELHI, 22 OCTOBER mid the raging battle of attrition between the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma and its special director and second-in-command Rakesh Asthana, the agency today arrested its deputy superintendent of police Devender Kumar in connection with an alleged bribery case against Asthana. Stung by the unpercedented intra-agency war involving the CBI's top brass, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reported to have stepped in, summoning the two top CBI officers to seek details of the situation. The CBI director apparently met the Prime Minister yesterday. Kumar, who was earlier the investigation officer in a case involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi, was arrested by the CBI for alleged forgery in recording the statement of a businessman Sathish Sana, who had alleged to have paid bribes to get relief in the Qureshi case, agency officials said. The agency carried out searches at his office and res- A NEW DELHI, 22 OCTOBER idence on Sunday evening and claimed to have recovered mobile phones and iPad that were being analysed, the officials said. They claimed that a statement of Sana was allegedly recorded on 26 September 2018 in Delhi by an investigation team headed by Asthana, even as it emerged in the agency's probe that on that day the businessman was in Hyderabad. In the statement, Sana had purportedly said that he had in June 2018 discussed his case with the TDP's Rajya Sabha MP C M Ramesh who, after speaking to the CBI director, had assured him that he would not be summoned again. “From June onwards, I was not called by the CBI. I was under the impression that investigation against me is complete,” the Hyderabadbased businessman's purported statement said. The CBI has charged that Kumar had allegedly fabricated this statement as an “afterthought...to corroborate the baseless allegations made by Asthana against CBI director Alok Verma to the CVC (Central Vigilance Commissioner)”. Officials said the agency was also probing the alleged role of other members of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Asthana, a Gujarat-cadre IPS officer, in the case. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE THIRUVANANTHAPURAM. 22 OCTOBER In the last six days 15 women between 10-50 years have been stopped by angry devotees and protesters, chanting swamiyesarana mantras. The protesters maintained that the customs and traditions of the temple would be protected at any cost. On Monday, the protesters turned back five young women who attempted to perform darshan at the hill shrine, even as police appeared reluctant to resist the protesters as they did on last Friday. Kozhikode native Bindhu was forced to turn back amid protests by devotees. Protesters blocked her at Thulappally on Monday. When the situation turned towards con- flict, police intervened and took the lady from the spot. Four women from Andhra Pradesh also made a futile attempt on Monday to reach the shrine, but was forced to retreat by protesters at Neelimala. Bhagyalakshmi (47), Chinnamma (51), Masthana (47) and Ramana (47) were the women who attempted to perform darshan at the hill shrine. The temple will again open for chithira festival at 5 p.m. on 5 November and be closed next day at 10 p.m.The temple will open for Mandala puja on 16 November and will remain open till 27 December. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court said that it would decide tomorrow as to when the petitions, seeking review of its Sabarimala verdict allowing entry of women of all age groups into the temple, will be listed for hearing. Another report on P4 Khashoggi case: Saudi calls, ‘body double’ after killing ASSOCIATED PRESS ANKARA, 22 OCTOBER A man appearing to wear Jamal Khashoggi’s clothes left the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul following his killing there, according to a surveillance video, while a member of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage made four calls to the royal’s office around the same time, reports said Monday. The reports by CNN and a pro-government Turkish newspaper came just a day before Prince Mohammed’s highprofile investment summit is to begin in Riyadh and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised that details of Khashoggi’s killing “will be revealed in all its nakedness.” That yet again adds to the pressure Saudi Arabia faces over the slaying of the Washington Postcolumnist. The kingdom’s claim on Saturday that Khashoggi died in a “fistfight” met international scepticism and allegations of a cover-up to absolve the 33-year-old crown prince of direct respon- sibility. Turkish media reports and officials maintain that a 15member Saudi team flew to Istanbul on 2 October, knowing Khashoggi would arrive for a document he needed to get married. Once he was inside the diplomatic mission, the Saudis accosted Khashoggi, cut off his fingers, killed and dismembered the 59-year-old writer. CNN aired surveillance footage on Monday showing the man in Khashoggi’s dress shirt, suit jacket and pants. It cited a Turkish official as describing the man as a “body double” and a member of the Saudi team sent to Istanbul to target the writer. The man is seen in the footage walking out of the consulate via its back exit with an accomplice, then taking a taxi to Istanbul’s famed Sultan Ahmed Mosque, where he went into a public bathroom, changed back out of the clothes and left. The state-run broadcaster TRT later also reported that a man who entered the consulate building was seen leaving the building in Khashoggi’s clothes. In the days after Khashoggi vanished, Saudi officials initially said that he had left the consulate, implying premeditation on the part of the Saudi team. A separate report by newspaper Yeni Safak said Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a member of Prince Mohammed’s entourage on trips to the United States, France and Spain this year, made the calls from the consulate.The newspaper said the four calls went to Bader al-Asaker, the head of Prince Mohammed’s office. It said another call went to the United States. Yeni Safak cited no source for the information. However, pro-government newspapers have been leaking infor- mation about Khashoggi’s killing, apparently with the help of Turkish security forces. Yeni Safak reported last week that Saudi officials cut off Khashoggi’s fingers and then decapitated him at the consulate as his fiancée waited outside. Abdulkadir Selvi, whose columns in the Hurriyet daily are closely watched for indications of Erdogan's thinking, gave what he said were new details and said Prince Mohammed had to take responsibility. Selvi said Khashoggi was strangled by a Saudi assassination squad, in a process that took up to eight minutes. Then Salah Muhammed AlTubaigy, a lieutenant-colonel in the Saudi forensic department, cut the body into 15 pieces while listening to music. Officials in Saudi Arabia have not answered repeated requests for comment from The Associated Pressin recent days, including on Monday. Saudi Arabia so far has not acknowledged or explained Mutreb’s presence in Istanbul ~ nor that a forensics and autopsy expert was also on hand for Khashoggi’s arrival at the consulate. CMYK The Congress said there is a serious credibility crisis in the CBI with its top officers accusing each of massive corruption and blamed “vested interests” within the government for bringing the agency to “such a pass”. Terming the issue “very serious”, Congress leader Sachin Pilot accused the government of interference in the CBI and asked why it was silent on the issue. “How do we trust the CBI to look at corruption issues when their top people are themselves involved and allegations are flying thick and fast? The fact that it has reached this point tells you how long and how deep the rot may be within this government,” Pilot told reporters at the Congress headquarters, questioning the sanctity and credibility of the government and ability of the CBI to func- RAIKKONEN IS BACK ON TOP OF A FORMULA 1 PODIUM P11 SILVER 38,500.00 -50.00 PM Modi steps in as CBI war of attrition rages on Sabarimala: Women remain shut out The doors of Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala closed on Monday night at 10 p.m. after completing the thulamasa puja rituals. The hill-top shrine had opened on 17 October for the first time after the Supreme Court's historic verdict allowing women in menstruating age group to enter the temple, but overcoming centuries of ‘tradition’ proved to be a tall order for the latter. Though chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has assured that the government would provide protection to women of the age group of 10-50, to enter the temple as per the SC order, no woman in the restricted group had succeeded to making it into the temple, in view of massive protests by Ayyappa devotees. P10 Prime Minister summons CBI director, special director; agency arrests Asthana aide Min. 42% TEMPERATURE BOLTON IN MOSCOW AMIDST N-TREATY WITHDRAWAL THREAT WE FAILED OUR CHILDREN: AUSTRALIAN PM AMRITSAR TRAGEDY: BLAME GAME INTENSIFIES The PM's blue-eyed boy, Gujarat cadre officer, of Godra SIT fame, infiltrated as No. 2 into the CBI, has now been caught taking bribes... Under this PM, the CBI is a weapon of political vendetta. An institution in terminal decline that's at war with itself RAHUL GANDHI CONGRESS PRESIDENT tion in an “honest, unbiased, and transparent way”. On its part, the BJP said the government would comment on the issue. Asked about the CBI registering a case against its own special director Asthana, BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi reportedly said there was also a report against its director Verma. “There are two reports, one is against the director and another against the special direcSNS tor,” Lekhi said. BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 79.45 -0.33 Key witness in Kerala nun rape case found dead PRESS TRUST OF INDIA HOSHIARPUR/KOTTAYAM, 22 OCTOBER Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, a key witness in the Kerala nun rape case who testified against accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal, was on Monday found dead under mysterious circumstances in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district, police said. Kattuthara, 62, was found unconscious in his room in the Catholic church premises in Dasuya, 40 km from Hoshiarpur town, this morning and was taken to a local hospital where he was declared brought dead, they said. Police said the cause of the death would be known after post mortem. According to police, no visible injury marks were found on the body. “There was vomit in the room,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) A R Sharma. “The viscera will be sent for examination which will throw light on the cause of the death,” he added. Sharma said the police was investigating the case from all angles. “The police are waiting for the family of the priest to come from Kerala. After they reach here, the postmortem of the body of the priest will be conducted,” he added. Sharma said the priest retired for the day after taking his meal last night. “In the morning today, the room cleaner, who went to the room of the priest, found the door locked from inside. After knocking on the door several times without success, he saw from the window of the room the priest apparently lying unconscious on the bed. He informed the school administration, which got the door opened and found the priest dead,” he said. Relatives of Kattuthara in Kerala said the priest was concerned about his safety after coming out openly against the bishop. Kattuthara had testified against Mulakkal, they said.
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