WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 21 NOVEMBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |`5|LC KOLKATA|NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR RBI MOVE CREDIT NEGATIVE FOR PSU BANKS: MOODY’S PM JUSTIFIES USING ‘BITTER NOTE BAN MEDICINE’ P5 SENSEX 35,474.51 -300.37 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Mist in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 29 and 13 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.94% Min. 48% Max: 28.8°C (+1) SUN RISES 06:49 hrs MOON RISES 16:23 hrs Min: 13.5°C (+1) SUN SETS 17:26 hrs MOON SETS 05:33 hrs TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS Sachin Tendulkar during a friendly football match organised by UNICEF to celebrate World Children’s Day at Thyagaraj Stadium, in the SNS Capital on Tuesday. Chhattisgarh polling percentage dips: A total of 74.17 per cent of the over 1.85 crore electors cast their votes in the Chhattisgarh assembly polls, which is less by nearly three per cent as compared to the last elections, the Election Commission said Tuesday. In the second phase of polling held Tuesday in 72 assembly seats, the voter turnout was recorded at 71.93 per cent till 6 PM. The first phase P7 the poll percentage was 76.42. Brisk voting in J&K panchayat poll: An estimated 71.1 per cent of voters exercised their franchise Tuesday in the second phase of panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir which concluded peacefully amid tight security arrangements, officials said. “In the Phase-II of Panchayat polls held today, overall 71.1 per cent polling was witnessed across the state. An overwhelming 80.4 per cent polling was P7 witnessed in Jammu division. NIFTY P11 10,656.20 -107.20 ` vs $ 71.92 MARY KOM ASSURED OF 7TH MEDAL TRUMP IN DILEMMA OVER JOURNALIST ASSASSINATION P15 P12 GOLD 30,913 -5.00 SILVER CBI cases: SC furious over media leaks 36,752 -107.00 BRENT OIL (IN $) 71.47 0.50 1984 riots: 1 gets death, another life sentence Court not a platform for people to express whatever they want, says anguished bench AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 20 NOVEMBER T he Supreme Court was on Tuesday furious over the purported leak of CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma's reply to the CVC's findings against him over corruption allegations as also the sensational charges by the agency's DIG Manish Kumar Sinha being made public, telling lawyers none of the parties “deserved” any hearing. Making it clear that the court was not a “platform” where people can come and express “whatever they want”, an anguished bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi heard the matter twice during the day and said it would not hear any party including the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and confine itself to the purported leak and publication of Sinha's allegations. The bench, also comprising justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, vent its ire at the start of the hearing and reminded the parties that its earlier order asking them to maintain confidentiality of the CVC's preliminary inquiry report and Verma's response to it was intended to ensure “respect” and the integrity of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). As the hearing commenced, the bench referred to an article published by a news portal and solicited response from senior advocate Fali S Nariman, representing Verma, by saying, “It is only for you Mr Nariman and not as a counsel for Alok Verma. We have given this to you as you are one of the most respected and senior member of the institution. Please help us.” After going through the news report, Nariman said it was totally “unauthorised” and he was very “disturbed and shocked” by the “leak” and also questioned the move by lawyer Gopal Shankaranarayanan, who is also representing Verma, to mention the matter in the court on Monday to seek time to file a reply on behalf of the CBI director. After providing the copy of the news report to Nariman, the bench adjourned the hearing to 29 November on the plea filed by Verma, who has challenged the Centre's decision to divest him of duties and sending him on forced leave, saying, “We do not think any of you deserve any hearing”. In a sudden turn of events, Nariman re-entered the courtroom after a few minutes and mentioned the case seeking rehearing which was allowed. When the hearing re-commenced, Nariman said the news article in question was published by the portal on November 17 and it was related to Verma's reply given to the CVC during the preliminary enquiry proceedings while the order asking the CBI chief to respond to the vigilance probe's finding was passed only the previous day. Referring to the media report, Nariman, during the first round of hearing of the day, said, “This gives a new twist to the word responsible press and freedom of press”, adding that the news portal and its journalists concerned be summoned by the court. “How can this come? It's a leak. I myself is shattered the way it has been done,” he said. Meanwhile, the web portal, in its tweet, said, “This is to clarify that @thewire_in stories were on Alok Verma's responses to questions the CVC put to him. These were not in a sealed cover and were not meant for the SC. As for his response to CVC's final report, handed over to SC in sealed cover, we haven't seen/reported that.” The bench also referred to Nariman about the news articles published based on the allegations levelled by CBI's DIG Sinha in his separate plea challenging his transfer to Nagpur. “Yesterday, we had refused the mentioning (seeking urgent listing of Sinha's plea) and we had expressed that highest degree of confidentiality was to be maintained. But here is a litigant who mentions it before us and then goes out to distribute the petition to everyone,” a miffed CJI said. “Our efforts to maintain the respect of this institution are not shared by these people. They are giving it to everybody,” he added. When Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CVC, stood up to argue, the bench tersely told him, “We will not hear anything. We will not hear anybody.” The bench then told Nariman about the news articles on Sinha's plea and said, “This is yesterday's article. We want to know what is going on. This court is not a platform for people to come and express whatever they want. This is a place where people come for adjudication of their legal rights. This is not a platform and we will set it right.” Family members of victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots celebrate the verdict outside the Patiala House Court, in New Delhi on Tuesday. SUBRATA DUTTA PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 20 NOVEMBER A Delhi court on Tuesday awarded death penalty to convict Yashpal Singh and ordered life imprisonment to another, Naresh Sherawat, for killing of two men during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that followed assassination of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi leaving nearly 3,000 people dead. In the first verdict after the riotsrelated cases were reopened by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) in 2015, the court held that Singh's offence fell under the “rarest of rare” category warranting the death penalty. The Delhi Police had closed this case in 1994 for want of evidence. The SIT is investigating nearly 60 cases related to the riots, while it has filed “untraced report” in 52 cases. The court also imposed fine of Rs 35 lakh each on both the convicts and directed payment of the fine amount as compensation to surviving family members of deceased Hardev Singh and Avtar Singh. While this is the first death penalty after the SIT was formed, one Kishori was earlier given the death penalty by a trial court in as many as seven anti-Sikh riots cases. However, the Delhi High Court confirmed death penalty only in three cases, which were later commuted to life-term by the Supreme Court. Sikh leaders across parties, including Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, welcomed the court decision and hoped that others involved in the riots would also soon be brought to book for their “horrendous and inhuman acts”. “Convict Yashpal Singh is sentenced to death for the offence under section 302 (murder) of the IPC. Convict Naresh Sehrawat is sentenced to life for the offence under section 302 (murder) of the IPC,” Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Pandey said. Proceedings were held inside the Tihar Jail by Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Pandey due to security concerns as one of the convicts, Yashpal, was attacked inside the Patiala House District courts premises on November 15, the last date of hearing. The court directed that the complete original case file be submitted to the Delhi High Court for confirmation of the death penalty. SEE ALSO PAGE 4 Kejriwal attacked with chilli powder at Secretariat Sushma not to contest 2019 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 20 NOVEMBER In a shocking incident, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was allegedly attacked by a man with red chilli powder when the CM was coming out of his office on the third floor of the Delhi Secretariat for lunch this afternoon. The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) described the attack on its leader Kejriwal as “politically motivated” while alleging that the BJP was hatching a conspiracy in collusion with Delhi Police to target the CM. The accused, Anil Kumar Sharma, 40, a resident of Naraina, was detained by the police for questioning. Officials reportedly alleged that Sharma was targeting the CM's eyes. Kejriwal's spectacles broke but his eyes were not damaged. Sharma brought the chilli powder to the Delhi Secretariat in packets of "khaini (chewing tobacco)". After throwing chilli powder on Kejriwal, he threatened to shoot him after coming out of jail, an official charged. After the incident, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia alleged that there was "a BJP conspiracy against CM Kejriwal with the involvement of Delhi Police". Sisodia said the latest incident took place after the past incidents of hurling shoes at the CM at the media centre in the Delhi Secretariat, throwing ink at him during a meeting at Chattrasal Stadium and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari's alleged attempt to disturb the Signature Bridge inauguration function addressed by Kejriwal. Sisodia wondered how the bid to attack the CM with chilli power could occur outside the CM's office in a high security zone. He alleged that this was done "at the behest of the BJP which could not be possible without the help of Delhi Police". He asserted that the "series of attacks at the CM were aimed at causing fear" among the AAP leadership. "We are not going to get scared of the BJP tactics of this kind", he told reporters. AAP spokesman Raghav Chadha said, "I was right behind CM....I saw the attacker moving towards him....Shockingly, he walked right up to the Chief Minister without being intercepted by any security personnel. He tried to attack the Chief Minister by snatching his glasses, trying to throw red chilli powder into his eyes and physically assaulting him." He went on to say, "Imagine if, instead of chilli powder, the attacker were to be carrying a weapon, knife, gun or flammable substances and would have reached the CM in the absence of a security cover; what tragedy could have passed?" Delhi Police, however, issued a statement on the incident but did not specify whether the man threw chilli powder at Kejriwal. “When the CM was coming out of his chamber, one person later identified as Anil tried to hand over his complaint to the Chief Minister who in turn passed it on to a staff member,” a statement reportedly issued by Delhi Police said. TURN TO PAGE 4 polls on health grounds IANS INDORE, 20 NOVEMBER Citing health reasons, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who was once touted as a prime ministerial candidate in the BJP on Tuesday said , she has decided not to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election. "Candidates are decided by the party. But I have made up my mind that I won't be contesting in the next elections," the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said on the sidelines of an event here. "This is in keeping with my health." The 66-year-old Sushma Swaraj, who underwent a kidney transplant in 2016, said she had conveyed her decision to the party. The Vidisha MP's decision not to contest in 2019 came even as campaigning for the 28 November Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP is seeking a fourth consecutive term in office, was in full swing. A former spokesperson of the party, Sushma Swaraj was said to have been reticent in backing Modi when he was first appointed the Chief Campaigner for the BJP in 2013 ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections but later made up with him to be included in his cabinet. A prominent face of the BJP with her political career spanning decades, Sushma Swaraj was the youngest member of the Haryana Assembly when she was elected to it in 1977 at age 25 and made a Minister. She also served as Delhi's fifth Chief Minister in 1998, becoming its first women Chief Minister. She represented the South Delhi Lok Sabha constituency in 1996 and 1998. She served as Union Cabinet Minister for Information and Broadcasting with additional charge of the Ministry of Telecommunications and Health Minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's second government. Explosion near ordnance depot in Maha, 6 killed Pak issues visas to Sikh pilgrims for Nanak anniversary PTI STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE WARDHA, 20 NOVEMBER At least six persons were killed and 10 others injured when an explosion took place near an ordnance depot in Maharashtra's Wardha district on Tuesday while ammunition was being unloaded, officials said. The blast took place between 7.10 a.m. and 7.15 a.m. at the explosive demolition ground near the Central Ammunition Depot (CAD) at Pulgaon town, a Defence official said. Around 10 to 15 contract labourers were at the site when the explosion occurred, Wardha's Additional Super- An ambulance at the Pulgaon Central Ammunition Depot IANS where an explosion occurred in Wardha on Tuesday intendent of Police Nikhil Pingle said. “The blast took place in one of the ammunition boxes while unloading the ammunition. The incident took place in an open land,” he said. While four persons were killed on the spot, two others succumbed to injuries in hospital, Inspector General of Police (Nagpur Range) K M M Prasanna said. The ground near the CAD was given to the Ordnance Factory, Khamaria (in Madhya Pradesh) for demolition activities, the Defence official said. “The demolition was being carried out by staff of the Ordnance Factory, Khamaria, with the help of an authorised contractor. Contractual services are used for digging pit and placing sand bag over the explosive,” he said. The deceased included a staff member of the Khamariabased ordnance factory and labourers. The 10 injured were admitted to a hospital in the nearby Savangi village, Prasanna said. One of them was in a critical condition while three others received serious injuries, he said, six others were out of danger. NEW DELHI, 20 NOVEMBER The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi on Tuesday said it has issued over 3800 visas to Sikh pilgrims from India to participate in the birth anniversary celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji in Pakistan from 2130 November. This is in addition to the visas issued to Sikh pilgrims participating in the event from other countries. This is by far the largest number of visas issued in recent years to Sikh pilgrims for Gur u Nanak’s bir th anniversary celebrations, well beyond the maximum number of 3000, mutually agreed between the two countries for this event, the High Commission said in a press release. Pakistan’s High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood said this was a “special gesture” by the Pakistan Government in view of the 550th anniver- sary celebrations of Guru Na n a k c o m m e n c i n g i n earnest from this year. “We extend profound felicitations to our brothers and sisters celebrating this auspicious occasion and wish all yatrees a spiritually fulfilling yatra”, he said. The issuance of pilgrimage visas to Sikh pilgrims is in line with the Government of Pakistan’s efforts for promoting visits to religious shrines and people-to-people interactions. ‘’This also reflects the commitment of the Government of Pakistan to faithfully implement the bilateral protocol on visits to religious shrines,’’ the High Commission added.
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