TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 23 OCTOBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P5 SENSEX 34,134.38 -181.25 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Mist in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 32 and 16 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 87% Max: 31.1°C (-2) SUN RISES 06:27 hrs MOON RISES 17:15 hrs P7 NIFTY 10,245.25 -58.30 Min: 15.3°C (-3) SUN SETS 17:44 hrs MOON SETS 05:59 hrs THUMBNAILS Britain's Prince Harry poses for pictures with the members of the Butchulla people, who are the traditional owners of Fraser Island on AFP Monday. 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. Pakistan's “deceitful stand” on dialogue, while supporting terror and violence, “stands exposed” to the whole world, a Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said. P5 P12 ` vs $ 73.56 -24.00 PAISE GOLD 30,525.00 -70.00 P15 SILVER 38,500.00 -50.00 PM Modi steps in as CBI war of attrition rages on STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 22 OCTOBER NEW DELHI, 22 OCTOBER 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. Inthestatement,Sanahad purportedly said that he had in June 2018 discussed his case with theTDP'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 Hyderabad-based businessman's purported statement said. The CBI has charged that Kumar had allegedly fabri- cated this statement as an “afterthought...to corroborate the baseless allegations made by Asthana against CBI director Alok Verma to the CVC (CentralVigilance 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. The CBI's SIT is handling some crucial cases such as the AgustaWestland chopper scam, the bank loan fraud involving fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya, and the Qureshi case. Upping the ante earlier, the CBI filed an FIR against Asthana, Kumar and others including some middlemen for allegedly receiving bribes to give relief to Sana in the Qureshi 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- The Congress said there is a serious credibility crisis in the CBI with its top officers accusing each other 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 The CBI's unprecedented move against its number two officer came two months after Asthana wrote to Cabinet Secretary on 24 August to allege that BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 79.45 -0.33 Key witness in Kerala nun rape case found dead PRESS TRUST OF INDIA HOSHIARPUR/KOTTAYAM, 22 OCTOBER Serious credibility crisis in CBI, govt to blame: Cong A mid the raging battle of attrition between the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma and its special director and secondin-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 residence on Sunday evening and claimed to have recovered mobile phones and iPad that were being analysed, 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. FEDERER REVEALS LONG-STANDING HAND INJURY Prime Minister summons CBI director, special director; agency arrests Asthana aide Min. 21% TEMPERATURE BOLTON IN MOSCOW AMIDST N-TREATY WITHDRAWAL THREAT ‘RSS IMAGE MAKEOVER BID SUPERFICIAL’ 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 of the government and ability of the CBI to function 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 SNS Verma. Sana had given a bribe of Rs 2 crore to the CBI director to get relief in the case. The CVC is reportedly looking into his allegations against his boss. 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 Strikes throw Capital out of gear 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. SEE ALSO PAGE 6 PTI NEW DELHI, 22 OCTOBER Harried commuters faced hardships in reaching their destinations as strikes and protests by various taxi unions, contractual transport employees and closure of petrol pumps against the Delhi govern- ment's refusal to cut sales tax on petrol and diesel hit transport services in the city Monday. A protest was held at the headquarters of Delhi Transport Corporation by an organisation of contractual employees demanding parity in wages, and taking back order for reducing wages. There were also reports that some employees tried to disrupt bus services at depots of the public transporter. A DTC official said several employees tried to obstruct plying of buses and the concerned regional and depot managers have been directed to identify and take appropriate action against them. Leaders of contractual employees claimed that about “50 per cent” buses could not run due to the strike. “The strike will continue indefinitely with more employees joining it. Today, nearly 50 per cent buses were not on roads,” said Manoj Sharma, president of DTC Contractual Employees Union. The buses ran packed to capacity as services were affected and also because some taxi unions had given a strike call. TURN TO PAGE 7 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-governmentTurkish newspaper came just a day before Prince Mohammed’s high-profile investment summit is to begin in Riyadh andTurkish 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 inter- Surveillance footage showing the lookalike on the streets of Istanbul (Screengrab, image courtesy The Independent) national scepticism and allegations of a cover-up to absolve the 33-year-old crown prince of direct responsibility. 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 TRTlater 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 information about Khashoggi’s killing, apparently with the help of Turkish security forces. Yeni Safakreported 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 Al-Tubaigy, a lieutenant-colonel in the Saudi forensicdepartment,cutthebody 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 hasnotacknowledgedorexplained Mutreb’s presence in Istanbul ~ nor that a forensics and autopsy expert was also on hand for Khashoggi’sarrivalattheconsulate. Last week, a leaked photograph apparently taken from surveillance footage showed Mutreb at the consulate, just ahead of Khashoggi’s arrival. Mutreb’s name also matches that of a first secretary who once served as a diplomat at the Saudi Embassy in London, according to a 2007 list compiled by the British Foreign Office. Saudi state media reported that both Prince Mohammed and King Salman made calls to Khashoggi’s son, Salah, early on Monday morning. Statements from the agency said both the king and the prince expressed their condolences for Khashoggi’s death. A Saudi friend of Khashoggi who was in frequent touch with him before his death told the AP that Salah Khashoggi had been under a travel ban and barred from leaving the kingdom since last year as a result of his father’s criticism of the government.The friend spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of repercussion. The Saudi statements did not acknowledge the ban. FiveTurkish employees of the consulate also gave testimonies to prosecutors on Monday, Turkish media reported. Istanbul’s chief prosecutor had summoned 28 more staff members of the Saudi Consulate, including Turkish citizens and foreign nationals, to give testimony. SomeTurkish employees reportedly said they were told not to go to work around the time that Khashoggi disappeared. 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. Besides demanding a thorough probe into the death, the relatives want the postmortem to be conducted at the Alappuzha Medical College in Kerala. Congress goes after Jaitley over ‘conflict of interest’ NEW DELHI, 22 OCTOBER The Congress Monday accused the Modi government of conniving with fraudsterswhohadescaped the country and claimed “conflict of interest” to demand the sacking of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, saying his daughter and son-in-law, both lawyers, allegedly received a retainership of Rs 24 lakh from fugitive Mehul Choksi. Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleged Jaitley's daughter was“on the payroll” of Choksi, the main accused in the multicrore PNB fraud case. Separately, addressing a joint press conference with party colleagues Rajiv Satav and Sushmita Dev, Congress leader Sachin Pilot claimed that in the 44 months till January 2018, the Modi government witnessed an unprecedented 19,000 'bank fraud cases' involving Rs 90,000 crore. He said 23 fraudsters escaped India under the government's watch after duping the country of over Rs 53,000 crore. On Twitter, Gandhi alleged that Jaitley “sat on the file and allowed him (Choksi) to flee”.The Congress chief claimed that the media had “blacked out” the story but the people of the country would not. He gave an ICICI bank account number from which money was allegedly transferred to Jaitley's daughter. “Arun Jaitlie's daughter was on the payroll of thief Mehul Choksi. Meanwhile her FM daddy sat on his file and allowed him to flee (sic). “She received money.... “It's sad that media has blacked out this story.The people of India won't,” he tweeted, using the hashtag 'ArunJaitlieMustRePTI sign'.
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