CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 27 OCTOBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P7 SENSEX 33,349.31 -340.78 P10 NIFTY 10,030.00 -94.90 CARIBBEANS ARE UP AGAINST KOHLI IN BATTLE OF PUNE P9 ` vs $ 73.47 -20 PAISE GOLD 30,770.00 +125.00 P12 SILVER 38,650.00 -100.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 76.57 -0.32 CVC given 2 weeks for probe into CBI chief WEATHER Mainly clear sky. 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AFP mid the unprecedented crisis gripping the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Supreme Court today set a two-week deadline for the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to complete its enquiry against the benched CBI director AlokVerma, appointing a former judge of the court to monitor the probe. Verma had moved the apex court to challenge the Narendra Modi government's order stripping him of his charge and sending him on compulsory leave. The direction by the top court that was welcomed by both the government and the opposition Congress came amid nationwide protests outside CBI offices by Congress leaders led by party chief Rahul Gandhi against the order of the government to strip Verma of his powers and sending A him on leave. The Congress demanded the “reinstatement” of Verma. Gandhi courted arrest after leading a protest of party workers outside the CBI headquarters in the national capital and was taken to nearby Lodhi Colony police station where he was detained for 30 minutes along with other party leaders before they were let off. Finance minister Arun Jaitley, meanwhile, said the apex court order was a “positive development.” A Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also clipped the wings of M Nageshwar Rao, who has been given the interim charge of looking after the CBI director's duties by the government, by barring him from taking any policy or major decision. During the intervening night of 23-24 October, the Modi government divested the feuding CBI director Verma and special director Rakesh Asthana of their The Supreme Court also barred M Nageshwar Rao, who has been given interim charge of the duties of CBI director, from taking any policy or ‘major’ decision charge and sent them on leave amidst trading of corruption charges. The government had then also appointed Rao, CBI joint director, as the agency's interim chief. The Chief Justice-headed Bench, also comprising Justice S K Kaul and Justice K M Joseph, ordered that the CVC's probe into the allegations made in the 24 August note/letter of the Cabinet Secretary to the CVC with regard to Verma would be supervised by Justice A K Patnaik. The Bench however also said, "We make it clear that entrustment of supervision of on-going enquiry by the CVC to a former judge of this court is one-time exception which has been felt necessary by this court in the peculiar facts of this case and should not be understood to be casting any reflection on any authority of the Government of India." The court said that Rao would now only perform routine tasks of the agency. “Rao who has been entrusted with the task of it did not want the CBI matter before it to linger, saying it would not be in the interest of the country. Attorney General K K Venugopal appeared for the Centre in the court. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CVC, urged the court that it could consider for the time being that the matter is probed by the CVC only. Senior advocate Fali S Nariman, appearing forVerma, said that the CBI director was appointed for a two-year tenure with the approval of a Selection Committee comprising the Prime Minister, the Leader of Opposition, and the Chief Justice of India. “The question is whether the tenure could be breached at any time,” he asked. CBI special director Rakesh Asthana also moved the Supreme Court on Friday challenging the Centre's decision to divest him of duties and sending him on leave and claimed that he was a “whistle-blower”. BJP, JD-U to contest equal number of LS seats in Bihar TAKING TO THE STREETS Dhoni out of T20I squad: Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Friday dropped from the Indian T20I squads for the threematch rubber against the West Indies and also the subsequent three T20I matches against Australia. Rohit Sharma will lead India in the upcoming T20I series against the Windies with P12 regular skipper Virat Kohli being rested. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 26 OCTOBER Arrest in US bomb probe: US authorities on Friday announced that a suspect had been arrested in connection with 12 suspicious packages and pipe bombs sent to critics of Donald Trump in a days-long spree that has inflamed the United States ahead of key midterm elections. US media said the suspect, identified as Cesar Sayoc, was taken into custody in Florida, where a huge nationwide manhunt had repP10 ortedly concentrated in recent hours. Eight dead in UP firecracker factory explosion: At least eight persons were killed and three others seriously injured on Friday in an explosion at a firecracker factory in UP’s Badaun district. The explosion took place at around 4.00 pm in a licensed firecracker factory in Rasulpur village. Two passersby were among those killed, said local authorities. looking after the duties of the Director of the CBI by the impugned order dated October 23, 2018 of the Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training, shall, as of from now, not take any policy decision(s) or any major decision(s) and will only perform the routine tasks that are essential to keep the CBI functional,” the Bench said. It also ruled that a list of all the decisions taken by Rao between “October 23, 2018 and up to this hour including decisions with regard to transfer of investigations, change of investigating offi- cer(s) etc will be furnished to the court in a sealed cover on or before November 12, 2018 whereafter orders as would be appropriate will be passed by the court”. Shortly after taking charge on Tuesday night, Rao went on to effect transfers of 13 officers, especially "purging" those considered to be in the Verma camp and probing Asthana. The court sought replies from the Centre and CVC on Verma's petition, who has also sought a stay on the Centre's order giving interim charge of his post to Rao. The Bench also dealt with a separate plea filed by an NGO, Common Cause, which has sought a probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) against CBI officers, including Asthana, facing corruption allegations. It issued notices to the Centre, CBI, CVC, Asthana, Verma and Rao asking them to respond to this plea by 12 November. The court observed that Congress president Rahul Gandhi, CPI national secretary D Raja and senior party leaders stage a protest demanding the reinstatement of CBI director Alok Verma outside the CBI headquarters in New Delhi on Friday. RITIK JAIN BJP president Amit Shah announced Friday that his party and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) will contest equal number of Lok Sabha seats in the state, in what is being seen as a big boost to Kumar who had been insisting on parity with the saffron party. Joined by Kumar, Shah told reporters that an announcement on the number of seats the two parties, and two other allies ~ Ram Vilas Paswan's LJP and Upendra Kushwaha's RLSP ~ will contest in 2019, will be made in two-three days. The announcement followed a meeting Kumar had with Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in the day. It marks a climbdown by the BJP which had contes- ted 30 of the state's 40 seats in the 2014 general elections and won 22, while allies LJP and RLSP had won six and two seats respectively out of seven and three they had fought. Sources in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), which includes the BJP and its partners, said the BJP and the JD-U may contest 16 seats each, with six and two to be left for the LJP and RLSP respectively. Not long after Shah made the announcement, Kushwaha met RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav in Bihar's Arwal district, triggering speculation of discontent.Tejashwi, however, later said the meeting was a ‘coincidence’. Shah said the number of seats of all NDA parties in Bihar will come down to accommodate the JD-U, which had joined the alliance last year after severing ties with the Congress and the Lalu Prasad-led RJD. The JD-U had fought the 2014 Lok Sabha polls on its own. Asked whether Kushwaha, whose equation with Kumar is far from cordial, will remain a part of the NDA, Shah answered in the affirmative. The JD(U) had won only two seats in 2014, and the BJP's decision to cede many of its winning seats to give it an equal weightage underscores Kumar's indispensability to it against the RJDled opposition. Def ministry spokesperson sent on leave after tweet row Govt asks telcos to stop using Aadhaar eKYC to verify users Activists taken into custody after court rejects bail pleas Soldier dead in stone-pelting in Anantnag PRESS TRUST OF INDIA PRESS TRUST OF INDIA JAMMU, 26 OCTOBER NEW DELHI, 26 OCTOBER PUNE, 26 OCTOBER The government Friday ordered telecom companies to stop using Aadhaar for electronic verification of existing mobile phone customers as well as for issuing new connections to comply with a recent Supreme Court order. The apex court had last month restricted the use of Aadhaar by private entities in the absence of a legal provision. To comply with the order, the Department of Telecom (DoT) Friday issued detailed instructions to telecom companies on stopping the use of Aadhaar-based electronic-know your customer (eKYC) and report compliance by November 5. Aadhaar e-KYC cannot be used for verifying existing customers as well as giving new SIM connections, the DoT said in a three-page circular. Also, it permitted the use of physical Aadhaar card for giving new connections, provided the customer voluntarily offers it. All telecom service providers were asked to ensure the implementation of the directive across the country in a time-bound manner. Compliance in this regard is required to be submitted by 5 November, the DoT said. PTI Left-wing activists Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves, accused of having Maoist links, were taken into custody by Pune police Friday, hours after their bail pleas were rejected by a local court here, an official said. District and Sessions Judge (Special Judge) K D Vadane rejected the bail applications of Ferreira and Gonsalves along with that of Sudha Bharadwaj, observing that the material collected by the police, on the face of it, shows their alleged links with Maoists. Bharadwaj could be taken into custody tomorrow, the official said. All three are already under house arrest but the Pune police was not able to get their custody because of stay ordered by various courts. Following the rejection of their bail pleas, Pune police took Ferreira and Gonsalves into custody. The Pune police had arrested Ferreira, Gonsalves, Bharadwaj and two others ~ Telugu poet Varavara Rao and activist Gautam Navlakha ~ in August this year in connection with the probe into violence in Koregaon Bhima in Pune on Januuary 1 this year. The police had claimed to have seized emails exchanged NEW DELHI, 26 OCTOBER Defence ministry spokesperson Swaranashree Rao Rajashekar went on leave Friday after a tweet by her appeared to criticise former Navy chief Arun Prakash and triggered outrage among military veterans. The defence ministry in a tweet said, “Col. Aman Anand, took over as the acting Official Spokesperson of MOD as the Spokesperson proceeds on leave.” Sources said Rajashekar was asked to go on leave as her tweet, criticising misuse of privileges by military officials, left the defence ministry red faced. She had posted the tweet while responding to a comment by the former Navy chief. “What about misuse of jawans in your residence during an officer's tenure sir? And how about children being picked up and dropped to school in Fauji gaadis? Not to forget Madam's shopping expedition on government vehicles. And endless parties...who pays for that?” she had posted. Her tweet from the handle of the defence ministry's spokesperson came after Admiral Prakash retweeted a photograph showing a military flag on the bonnet of an official car (inset) of the Internal Financial Adviser to the Western Command of the Army in Chandimandir in Haryana. No civilian officer is allowed to use military flags on their vehicles. As the tweet by the spokesperson drew angry reactions from military veterans, she deleted it saying, “The tweet was inadvertently done and the same is deeply regretted please.” “Even if misuse of an Army Command's insignia by a civilian is not a cognizable offence, the person needs to be reprimanded by the GOC in C whose 'Financial Adviser' he is,” Prakash tweeted after retweeting the photograph. Rajashekar response to 72year-old Adm Prakash, a war hero who was chief of Navy Staff between July 2004 and October 2006, drew sharp reactions from military veterans. Some of them said the principal spokesperson's comments reflected the approach of the bureaucracy towards the armed forces. In a tweet, retired Major General Harsha Kakar told defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman that the spokesperson's comments mirrored the true attitude of the ministry towards the three services. “Is this inadvertent. It shows the true colours of your MoD Madam. You are meant to protect the military, not insult it. Keeping this spokesperson is an insult to India, its armed forces and their sacrifices. It shows no respect for senior veterans. Your spokesperson is a disaster,” he said. Retired Air Vice Marshal Manmohan Bahadur called Rajashekar’s tweet “shameful”. BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar also took strong exception to the spokesperson's comments and demanded an inquiry into the matter. Amid angry reactions by veterans, Admiral Prakash said there should be sober reflection on state of civil military relationship. “Rather than getting excited over indiscreet tweet of @SpokespersonMoD I would suggest sober reflection; (a) by MoD on state of civil-mil relations & (b) by Military Leadership on the aspersions cast by MoD (IDAS?) civil-servant on personal conduct of Service officers,” he said. CMYK (L-R) Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Sudha Bharadwaj between them and top Maoist leaders. Navlakha was later released by Delhi High Court. Bombay High Court Friday extended interim protection from arrest granted to him till November 1, when his plea seeking quashing of FIR will be heard. District and Sessions Judge Vadane noted that it is not disputed that Bharadwaj is a professor at National Law University, Ferreira a lawyer and cartoonist working for human rights and Vernon a social activist, and they were working for the uplift of the marglinalised. “However, under the pretext of doing social work, human rights work, they are doing work for a banned organisation (CPI-Maoist) and (were) involved in the activities with intent to threaten unity, integrity, security, sov- ereignty of India,” he said. “At this stage, on the basis of the material collected by the investigation officer, prima facie it reveals that there is a connection of the present accused with the banned organisation (CPI-Maoist),” the judge said in his order. “Moreover, the investigation is at a crucial stage,” he said. The defence lawyers had argued that all the accused are human rights activists. The judge dismissed the defence's claims about procedural irregularities during the raids on the activists' houses. Police alleged that Maoists had supported the Elgar Parishad conclave in Pune on December 31 last year, which led to the violence. The accused were placed under house arrest on the Supreme Court's orders. An Army soldier died of wounds sustained in stoning by miscreants in the Anantnag area on South Kashmir, an Army spokesman said on Friday. Rajendra Singh, a 22year-old sepoy, was part of a Quick Reaction Team which was providing protection to a Border Roads Organisation convoy yesterday. At around 6 p.m. when the convoy was passing through the Anantnag bypass tri-junction near National Highway-44, a few youth hurled stones at the vehicle and Singh was injured after being hit by a stone directly on the head. He was evacuated to the Srinagar-based 92 Base Hospital but succumbed. Another soldier, Lance Naik Brajesh Kumar, was killed in an encounter today in Sopore while sepoy Ngamsiamliana died in a sniper attack on an Army camp in Tral last night. Army spokesman, Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that two terrorists were today killed in the joint operation by Army, CRPF and J&K Police at Malgunipura in Sopore. Four terrorists were eliminated yesterday in an encounter at Arwani in Anantnag.Two more terrorists were shot dead in an encounter at SNS Kreeri in Baramulla.
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