SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 04 NOVEMBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 | `5 |LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR TAGORE MADE A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE TEMPEST AND ABHIJYAN SAKUNTALAM YOGYAKARTA, IN INDONESIA, HAS EVERYTHING TO MESMERISE TOURISTS P3 ‘Divesting CBI chief of powers illegal’ VISUAL TREAT WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Mist in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 29 and 16 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: 0.2 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY Congress leader Kharge moves SC against CVC’s and DOPT’s orders Max. 92% Min. 48% Max: 30.6°C (0) SUN RISES 06:36 hrs MOON RISES 02:57 hrs Min: 18.5°C (+4) SUN SETS 17:34 hrs MOON SETS 16:21 hrs TEMPERATURE PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 3 NOVEMBER C THUMBNAILS 67% polling in Karnataka bypolls: An estimated 67 per cent voter turnout was recorded in three Lok Sabha and two assembly constituencies in Karnataka that went to the by-polls Saturday. The by-elections are seen as a popularity test for the ruling Congress-JDS coalition. P6 NMML appointments: The Centre has appointed journalist Arnab Goswami, former foreign secretary S Jaishankar, BJP MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and IGNCA chairman Ram Bahadur Rai as members of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library Society, in place of four ‘disP5 senters’. Shiromani Akali Dal members stage a protest rally demanding justice for the families of those killed in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, outside 10 Janpath, in the Capital on Saturday. SNS (P3) A rangoli created by visually-impaired students from various NGOs, ahead of the Diwali AMARJEET SINGH festival, at India Gate in the Capital on Saturday. Defamation suit against me frivolous, says Tharoor STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 3 NOVEMBER Congress MP from Thiruvantapuram, Shashi Tharoor, today dimissed as “frivolous” the criminal defamation complaint filed by the BJP against him in a Delhi court, and alleged that it was an attempt to “throttle the freedom of expression”. The complaint is against Tharoor’s alleged “scorpion” remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which, the BJP said, hurt religious sentiments. Tharoor had stoked controversy while speaking at Bangalore Literature Festival, claiming that an unnamed RSS leader had compared Modi to “a scorpion sitting on a Shivling”. The BJP alleged that the statement was an “intole ra b l e a b u s e” a n d “absolute vilification” of the faith of millions of people. Attending an interactive session organised by Pallavi Gogoi: Relationship with Akbar not consensual PRESS TRUST OF INDIA WASHINGTON, 3 NOVEMBER US-based journalist Pallavi Gogoi, who has accused M J Akbar of raping her while working under him in India, has dismissed his claims that it was a “consensual relationship”, saying a relationship based on “coercion and abuse of power” is not consensual. Gogoi, the chief business editor of National Public Radio (NPR), a Washington-based American media organisation, took to Twitter and said she stands by every word in her published account in The Washington Post. She said that she would continue to speak her truth so that other women, who have been sexually assaulted by him, know it is okay for them to come forward and speak their truth too. Akbar, 67, who recently resigned as junior foreign minister following a spate of #MeToo allegations, on Friday denied accusations of rape by Gogoi who, in her article, recounted the “most painful memories” of her life and said she was in “shreds, emotionally, physically, mentally”. In a statement, he said: “Somewhere around 1994, Ms Pallavi Gogoi and I entered into a consensual relationship that spanned several months”. “This relationship (with Gogoi) gave rise to talk and would later cause significant strife in my home life as well. This consensual relationship ended, perhaps not on the best note,” Akbar said. In a separate statement, his wife Mallika Akbar also dismissed Gogoi's accusations, made in a Washington Post article Friday, as a“lie” Malli. ka admitted she knew about the relationship between Akbar and Pallavi and the relationship caused unhappiness and discord in her family. Responding to Akbar's claims, Gogoi said: “yesterday, TheWashington Post published my first-hand account of being physically, verbally and sexually assaulted by M.J. Akbar. I was in my early 20s, an aspiring journalist, and an employee at the newspaper he led”. She said that rather than taking responsibility,“Akbar has insisted just like other infamous serial sexual abusers of women that the relationship was consensual. It was not”. “A relationship that is based on coercion, and abuse of power, is not consensual. I stand by every word in my published account. I will continue to speak my truth so that other women who have been sexually assaulted by him know it is okay for them to come forward,” Gogoi said. Interanational Chamber of Business and Commerce in the city, Tharoor said, “If we start to stifle the right of the people to quote published material then where would our democracy head ?” Tharoor said he had quoted an article published in a magazine in 2012 in which a comment of an unnamed RSS leader had been mentioned. “So why has this defamation suit been filed against me now?” he said. DETAILS ON PAGE 4 MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan's brother-in-law Sanjay Singh Masani (2nd L) addresses a press conference along with senior Congress leaders, Kamal Nath (C) and Jyotiraditya Scindia (R), at AICC SUBRATA DUTTA headquarters in the Capital on Saturday. NEW DELHI/BHOPAL, 3 NOVEMBER In a setback to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ahead of the 28 November Assembly elections, his brother-in-law Sanjay Singh Masani joined the Congress today, asserting that the state needs Congress leader Kamal Nath and not Chouhan as the CM. Masani is the brother of Chouhan's wife Sadhna Singh. He joined the Congress party in the presence of its Madhya Pradesh unit president Kamal Nath and the state election campaign chief Jyotiraditya Scindia in the national capital. Masani said Madhya Pradesh needed a leader like Nath and not Chouhan.“Madhya Pradesh does not need Shivraj but Nath. We all know how Chhindwara has been developed and is identified with Kamal Nath. The state also needs to be identified with him,” Masani said. Nath has been a Lok Sabha MP from Chhindwara for several decades. While lashing out at the BJP for ignoring“kaamdars” (those who work) at the cost of“naamdars” (big names), Masani also reportedly said he should not be projected as a family member of Chouhan but only as his relative. “My name is Sanjay Singh Masani. My family lineage and 'gotra' are different,” he said. Nath alleged that all sections ongress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday told the Supreme Court that divesting CBI director AlokVerma of his statutory powers and functions is “completely illegal and arbitrary”. In an interlocutory application filed in the pending petition, Kharge, who is also a member of the three-member selection committee which appoints the CBI director, said, “As a concerned stakeholder he brings to the attention of the court the brazen and illegal actions” of the political executive in interfering with the independent functioning of the CBI director. The selection committee comprises the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of India, and the leader of the opposition party/ the single largest opposition party. “The entire action of the central vigilance commission (CVC) vide its order 23 October and the DOPT vide order 23 October seeking to divest CBI director Alok Verma of his statutory powers and functions is completely illegal, arbi- trary, punitive and without jurisdiction...,” Kharge said. Kharge, who is the leader of single largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha, said the provisions of Delhi Special Police Establishment Act (DSPE Act) clearly say that the tenure and terms of CBI director is protected and even the transfer cannot be effected without the consent of the committee. Kharge, who claimed to have written a letter on 25 October to place on record that no meeting of the selection committee was convened to deliberate the issue, said, “It was also pointed out that the de facto transfer/ divesting of the authority of the CBI director is illegal and mala fide.” In his petition settled by senior advocate Kapil Sibal and filed through advocate Devadatt Kamat, Kharge said CVC’s order of 23 October is “completely without jurisdiction” as neither the DSPE Act nor the CVC Act, 2003 confers and empowers to divest the CBI director of his powers and duties. Similarly, the Central government cannot exercise any power under the DSPE Act which is in the derogation of the powers of the selection committee, Kharge said. The veteran Congress leader said that he was neither consulted despite being a member of the selection committee nor was he part of any meeting or privy to any decision to divest Verma of his powers as the CBI director. He sought quashing of CVC’s and DOPT’s 23 October orders. Observing that the crisis in the CBI sparked by the internal feud should not linger on in national interest, the Supreme Court had on 26 October set a twoweek deadline for the CVC to complete its ongoing inquiry against CBI chief Verma and said a retired apex court judge will monitor the probe. Middleman denied bail NEW DELHI, 3 NOVEMBER A Delhi court on Saturday dismissed the bail application of Ma n o j Pra s a d , a n alleged middleman arrested in connection with bribery allegations involving the agency’s Special Director Rakesh Asthana. Special CBI judge Santosh Snehi Mann denied bail to Prasad saying it was not a fit stage to grant him relief. The agency had opposed the application saying that the accused was an influential person and if released on bail, he may tamper with the ongoing probe and flee from justice. In his bail application, Manoj Prasad had said he was not required for the custodial interrogation and no purpose will be served by keeping him in further custody. PTI (SEE PAGE 3) Army rescues 125 snow-bound civilians in Jammu’s Rajouri STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 3 NOVEMBER More than 125 civilians and truck drivers stranded in heavy snow on the Moughal Road in the Rajouri district of Jammu were on Saturday rescued by men of Indian Army's 16 battalion of the Rashtriya Rifles. These people were stranded since Friday night when the road got covered under a thick blanket of snow and the vehicles were unable to move. Men of the RR immediately swung into action at the worst affected Peer-ki-Gali and rescued several persons. However, about 60 truckers refused to leave their vehicles behind and were rescued this morning. The stretch of road recorded more than 3 ft of snowfall. Some of the rescued people, including aged women, were sick and have been shifted to medical centres. A woman and two minor children were shifted to the hospital at Shopian. Kargil was the coldest place of the state with the temper- Setback for Chouhan as kin joins Cong STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE P 10 of society were suffering from Chouhan's misrule and that Masani's decision to join the Congress fold reflected people's wish for a new course of development in Madhya Pradesh where the BJP has been in power since 2003. Masani is learnt to be unhappy with his brother-in-law and the ruling BJP for not giving him an election ticket for the assembly polls from Waraseoni constituency in Balaghat district where he is active. The BJP has instead given this ticket to its sitting MLA Yogendra Nirmal in its first list of 177 candidates announced on 2 November. Masani is a businessman and owns the infrastructure company Neelaksh Infrastructure. Masani accused the BJP of getting entangled in favouritism for family members of its leaders. He alleged that the party has ignored those who are hardworking and committed and instead given tickets to only those who are sons and brothers of leaders. ature dipping to minus 4.8 degrees Celsius and Gulmarg recorded minus 3 degrees Celsius. Almost all important highways in the state were blocked with snow and landslides as the upper reaches experienced a fresh bout of snowfall. The strategic Jammu--Srinagar highway was shut due to landslides caused at several places because of heavy rain. Men of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) cleared the highway for one way traffic by noon. The Srinagar-Leh highway was also blocked with heavy snow at the Zojila Pass and several other places. The tourist spots of Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg also experienced good amount of snow making the tourist cheer. The temperature was recorded 0.4 and minus 3 degrees Celsius in Pahalgam and Gulmarg respectively. Leh town recorded 0.4 while Kargil was at minus 4.8 degrees Celsius. The Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Gulmarg, Shabbirul-Hassan, has advised motorists not to drive their vehicles on snow without chain kets on tyres Deputy Commissioner of Kupwara, Shahid Chaudhary, said that several areas of the frontier district, including Dawar, Achhoora, Chorwan Pass and Razdan Pass were covered under snow and men of the BRO were engaged in clearing the roads. An avalanche at Ape Bagh in Tulel was also being cleared. Sonam Lotus, Director of the Srinagar based Metrological department, said that the weather was in no mood to relent. Non-stop snowing and raining will most likely persist till the next 24 hours and significant improvement are expected tomorrow. Moderate to heavy snow has been reported on higher reaches, he said. Snowfall in the higher reaches has sent chilly winds to the plains leading to a dip in the temperature as a result of which people were seen in sweaters.According to the Met office, the minimum temperature recorded in Srinagar was 1.8 degrees Celsius. Criticism soars as ‘man-eater’ e shot dead in Maharashtra AGENCIES MUMBAI, 3 NOVEMBER Tigress Avni, believed to have been responsible for the deaths of 13 people in Maharashtra in the past two years, was shot dead in Yavatmal district of the state as part of an operation, police said Saturday. The tigress, T1, as she was known officially, was killed Friday night, they said. “Avni was shot dead by This handout photo released by the Maharashtra Forest AFP sharp-shooter Asgar Ali, son Department on Saturday shows the dead body of Avni. of famous sharp-shooter Nawab Shafat Ali, at comFor more than three initially tried to nab her alive. partment no 149 of Borati for- months, Forest Department However, due to dense forest est under the jurisdiction of officials were planning to and darkness, they were the Ralegaon police station,” catch her with the help of lat- unable to do so and finally a a police official said. est technology. Trained snif- bullet was fired in which the In September this year, fer dogs, trap cameras, drones tigress fell on the spot,” he said. the Supreme Court had said and a hang-glider, expert “After she became motionAvni could be shot at sight, trackers, sharp-shooters and less, forest officials went closwhich prompted a flurry of around 200 ground person- er to her and later rushed her online petitions seeking par- nel were roped in for the task, to a hospital in Nagpur, where don for the tigress. he said. “The forest officials she was declared dead,” the official said. The post-mortem was in progress, he said. Wildlife activist and medico Jerryl A. Banait, who has filed a public interest litigation jointly with NGO Earth Brigade Foundation (EBF), said the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA)'s rules have been grossly violated in the killing of Avni. “Such an operation can be carried out only between sunrise and sunset. There were no vets present during the killing early today. Nor were there any police, as per the NTCA’s guidelines. In the night, it is almost impossible to even identify the gender of any tiger, let alone a specific target like Avni,” said Banait. Note: The article ‘Hunter and the Hunted’ in this Sunday’s Evolve supplement was written before the tigress Avni was shot dead.
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