WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 16 JANUARY 2019 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P6 SENSEX 36,318.33 +464.77 WEATHER Moderate fog in the morning. Partly cloudy sky and haze/ smoke thereafter. The maximum and minimum temperatures likely to be around 20 degrees and 6 degrees Celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.97% Max: 19.3°C (-1) SUN RISES 07:15 hrs MOON RISES 13.28 hrs P10 NIFTY 10,886.80 +149.20 ` vs $ 71.05 -13 PAISE ‘Appointment of CBI interim chief illegal’ NEW DELHI, 15 JANUARY T THUMBNAILS Kohli, Dhoni star in series-levelling win for l India: M S Dhoni pulled off a tight finish for India just like old times to silence his critics after captain Virat Kohli laid the foundation for a series-levelling six-wicket win against Australia with his 39th ODI hundred in Adelaide on Tuesday. Dhoni (55 off 54) and Dinesh P16 Karthik (25 off 14) rose to the occasion. Sensex: The equity benchmark Sensex Tuesday rallied nearly 465 points after cooling retail inflation raised RBI rate cut hopes, leading to intense buying in rate-sensitive stocks, and strong global cues supported investors sentiment. Private sector lender Yes Bank emerged as the top gainer with 3.86 per cent climb, followed by Infosys 3.66 per cent. P11 Woman who entered Sabarimala temple beaten up by mother-in-law: One of the two i l women who had entered the Sabarimala temple defying tradition, alleged on Tuesday that she was beaten up by her mother-in-law after an altercation on the issue leading to her hospitalisation. Kanakadurga, 44, reached home in P10 Perinthalmanna on Tuesday morning. Court to consider Kanhaiya charge sheet on 19 January: A Delhi court on Tuesday fixed 19 January for consideration of charge sheet against former JNU Students' Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the 2016 JNU sedition case. Court put up the matter for hearing on the date as CMM Sherawat was on leave on Tuesday. CAG refuses to share Rafale audit: The Comptroller and Auditor General has refused to disclose details about its audit in the controversial Rafale aircraft deal, saying the process is not yet complete and any disclosure at this stage will amount to breach of Parliament's privilege, an RTI reply said. The CAG said, “The P5 audit is under progress’’. he leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, terming the appointment of M Nageswara Rao as the CBI's interim director“illegal” and demanding that a meeting of the selection committee be convened immediately to appoint a new chief of the probe agency. Kharge, who is part of the prime minister-headed three-member panel that removed AlokVerma as CBI chief, alleged that the government is scared of the CBI led by an “independent” director.“Actions of the government indicate that it's scared of a CBI headed by an independent director,” Kharge wrote in his letter to PM Modi. He also demanded that the government come clean on the issues and make public the CVC report, Justice A K Patnaik's report and minutes of the January 10 meeting. Rao's appointment as CBI interim chief is “illegal”, the Congress leader wrote in the letter. Barely two days after the Supreme Court reinstated him, Verma was on Thursday last removed as CBI director by the high-power committee headed by PM Modi on charges of corruption and dereliction of duty, in an unprecedented action in the central probe agency's 55-year history. There were eight charges against Verma in the CVC report presented before the committee that also comprised Kharge and Justice A K Sikri, appointed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi as his nominee. The Centre has sought nominations from different ministries to expeditiously fill vacant post of the Director of Prosecution in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is working without its regular chief following the ouster of Alok Verma, officials said on Monday. O P Verma, who served as the Director of Prosecution, completed his term on December 23, they said. The Director of Prosecution is a crucial post in the federal probe agency. The incumbent, who works under the supervision and control of the CBI Director, renders legal opinion in all the cases probed by the agency, the officials said. The Personnel Ministry has written to secretaries of all government departments for names of eligible and will- BJP’s rath yatras: ‘Seek fresh nod from WB govt’ ing officers, not below the rank of Joint Secretary and eligible for appointment as Special Public Prosecutor, they said. They have been asked to send the names by January 25 so that “an expeditious decision can be taken for filling the post of Director of Prosecution in CBI”. The selection of the Director of Prosecution is made on the recommendation of the Central Vigilance Commission. It is for the first time that the CBI is working without its regular chief and the Director of Prosecution. A parliamentary committee has recently expressed concerns over vacant posts in the CBI and asked the government to take proactive steps to ensure that it does not remain under-staffed. “Shortage of personnel at various levels in CBI is a perennial problem. The committee has expressed its concern on this on several occasions.Vacancy in any organisation can be anticipated well in advance and proactive efforts should be initiated to complete necessary procedure to fill up the vacancies on time.’’ P15 SILVER 39,350.00 +150.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 59.74 +0.75 Toppling move on as 2 Karnataka MLAs withdraw support ‘Opp trying to corner chowkidar’ BOLANGIR, 15 JANUARY Claiming to have clamped down on corrupt practices, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said those (Opposition parties) who have been affected by it are now trying to gang up against him. They want to take revenge by conspiring and spreading falsehood, he charged.Without naming any single party, he said they are all joining hands to take on Modi because the loot has been stopped during the last four and half years . Addressing a public meeting, his third in Odisha, in three weeks time, the PM said there were six crore bogus ration cards, gas connections in the country, crores were being looted and the BJP led central government cancelled all such ghost cards. The leakage was to the tune of Rs 90,000 crore, he said. “In the process you Pradhan sevak, chowkidar has created enemies, who will protect Modi, who will safeguard the poor ? “he asked in his rhetorical style asking the crowd to reply. The chowkidar will not rest till those who looted the poor are punSNS ished”. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BENGALURU, 15 JANUARY Karnataka politics today took an interesting turn with two MLAs, H Nagesh and R Shankar, withdrawing their support to the JDSCongress coalition under H D Kumaraswamy. While Nagesh is an Independent, Shankar's party is known as the Karnataka Prajnavantha Jantha Paksha. Even though their withdrawal does not have any impact on the government, it does given an indication of the hectic activities that are afoot to unseat the coalition government.While Nagesh was open about supporting the BJP main, taining that the atmosphere was suffocating and he would support the saffron party for a stable government, Shankar had his own arguments. According to him, he was dropped from the Cabinet last December even after doing well. Therefore, he decided to withdraw support to the Kumaraswamy-run coalition government. Admittedly, Kumaraswamy as also Congress leaders did not look concerned about the decision of the two MLAs. More so as the coali- NEW DELHI, 15 JANUARY The proposed rath yatras of the BJP in West Bengal were put on hold on Tuesday by the Supreme Court, which asked the party to seek a fresh approval from the Mamata Banerjee government in the state by submitting a revised proposal, saying the law-and-order apprehensions were not “totally unfounded”. The apex court, however, allowed theWest Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to continue with its proposed public rallies and meetings under its “Ganatantra Bachao Yatra”. As regards the non-grant of sanctions by the authorities for taking out the statewide “rath yatras” (chariot marches), a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, “Looking into the details of the proposed rath yatras and the order of the state government dated January 14, 2019, we cannot say that the apprehensions expressed by the state government are totally unfounded.“It is for the state government to maintain law and order in the state and the apprehensions expressed in the order will have to be addressed by the petitioner in a reasonable manner.” The bench, also comprising justices L Nageswara Rao and Sanjay Kis- STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 15 JANUARY “He was a media adviser to then Prime Minister Mr Manmohan Singh, but could not manage the media and then ran away. He was nobody in the government and he had written the book during elections to earn money,” Mr Narayanan, known as “spy master” of Indian intelligence, said. Based on the memoir by Mr Baru, the APM purportedly explored Mr Singh’s tenure as PM and the latter’s control over his Cabinet and the country. Incidentally, Mr Narayanan also figured in the book and the film. The former NSA of the first UPA government also expressed grave concern tion would continue to have a strength of 118 in a House of 225, with the BJP accounting for 104. This explains the CM’s response to queries on the latest situation when he said "he continued to be relaxed as the loss of support from two MLAs would not impact his government.” Nevertheless, the fast-paced developments of the last two days have caused concern in the Congress and JDS camps what with a few of the national party’s legislators becoming incommunicado in Mumbai. Notwithstanding the brave face that the combine is putting up, the Congress party’s inability to reach five of its truant legislators, does not provide any comfort to the partners. It is another matter that the BJP has been trying to project a picture of “hurt innocence” even as it is being accused of seeking to induce coalition legislators to desert their parent parties. Ex-HC judge writes to Prez on judges’ elevation KUMBH OPENS PRESS TRUST OF INDIA PTI NEW DELHI, 15 JANUARY han Kaul, noted the state government's submission that it had no objections in holding of public meetings and rallies and had merely sought the details and schedules of such events from the BJP As regards the“rath yatras” . , the bench asked the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in the state to consider the fresh, revised proposal of the saffron party, keeping in mind the fundamental right of freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under the Constitution. “Once such a proposal is submitted, the state government will consider the matter and pass appropriate orders, keeping in mind that the present involves a case of exercise of the fundamental rights, inter alia, under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India. It is in that spirit that we expect the state government to deal with the matter on receipt of such revised proposal.’’ ‘Spy master’ says book full of lies Former West Bengal Governor and National Security Adviser MK Narayanan today tore into shreds the controversial film The Accidental Prime Minister(APM) and castigated the author of the book on which the film is based, Mr Sanjay Baru, amediaadvisertothenPMManmohan Singh. He also criticised the handling of the ongoing internal feud in the top echelons of the CBI and the selection and rejection of CBI director. Mr Narayanan, a former IPS officer, was speaking at a programme of the Bharat Chamber of Commerce. During a question-answer session he said, “I don’t want to discuss Mr Baru who is a turncoat. His book is replete with lies and 80 per cent of the content is false.” GOLD 31,105.00 00.00 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Min: 6.0°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:47 hrs MOON SETS 02:58 hrs CONSTANTINE QUITS AFTER POOR SHOW BY INDIA P12 Congress leader in LS Kharge demands meeting of selection committee Min. 48% TEMPERATURE MAY FACES DEFEAT ON CRUCIAL BREXIT VOTE JAITLEY FLIES TO US FOR MEDICAL CHECK-UP MEHBOOBA WANTS TALKS WITH PAKISTAN, HURRIYAT over the ongoing impasse in the CBI and questioned the role played by the chief vigilance commissioner (CVC) in the investigation of allegations against Mr AlokVerma, who has been removed from the post of CBI director under controversial circumstances. “It’s a matter of great concern. The crisis which had also happened earlier got solved within itself.The dissentions are among the top orders in the CBI. The process of selection in the agency should be reviewed and I doubt what the CVC (Central vigilance Commission) knows about it,” he felt. “The Rafale controversy is a political issue and I won’t comment on it.The Opposition parties are claiming that the Prime Minister did not follow all procedures of the contract,” he added. Mr Narayanan also shared with the audience his interac- tions with former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and present CM Mamata Banerjee. During his tenure as Governor ofWest Bengal from 2010 to 2014 Mr Narayanan had “a better relationship” with Mr Bhattacharjee's Left Front government. “I had an extremely great experience working during the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee regime in Bengal. He was very meticulous on constitutional issues. He never blocked his ministers and officials to meet me as and when it was required. Both he and I used to talk regularly,” he said when asked about his relationship as a constitutional head with the chief ministers in the state. “I had no problem working with Mamata Banerjee as chief minister. She is a difficult person but she has remarkable qualities,” he said. People have ritual baths at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. More than two crore people, pilgrims and sadhus, took a dip as the Kumbh Mela (P5) opened on Tuesday at Prayagraj. SUBRATA DUTTA PM slams LDF govt over Sabarimala PTI KOLLAM, 15 JANUARY Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday tore into the CPI(M)-led LDF government in Kerala over its conduct in the Sabarimala temple issue, saying this will go down as “one of the most shameful behaviour” by any party and government in the country. Modi also took on the Congress, which heads the United Democratic Front (UDF), asserting it has multiple stands on the issue of girls and women in the menstruating age group of 10-50 years offering prayers at the Ayyappa shrine in Sa b a r i m a l a in Pathanamthitta district after the Supreme Court last year lifted the centuries-old ban on their entry. As the BJP seeks to expand its footprint in Kerala, Modi also said that both the Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the UDF are “two sides of the same coin” on the issue of communalism, corruption and casteism. Modi said for the last few months, the entire nation has been talking about Sabarimala. “The conduct of Kerala LDF government on the Sabarimala issue will go down in history as one of the most shameful behaviour by any party and government,” he told a gathering of BJP workers after officially declaring open the muchawaited 13-km long twolane Kollam bypass on National Highway-66. “We know that the Communists do not respect the Indian history, culture and spirituality but nobody imagined they would have such hatred.” Modi's blistering attack on the Left sparked criticism from the CPI-M which said it is “shameful” that Modi attacked the LDF government for implementing Supreme Court's order on Sabarimala. “Modi should read the Indian constitution which he is sworn to uphold rather than Manusmriti or RSS oath!,” the CPI-M said in a tweet. "And Modi should stop giving lectures on culture and history. Modi, Your culture is Hitler's culture! Don't disturb God's Own Country by your hate!” it said. The Kerala government had said it was duty-bound to implement the top court's o rd e r s a m i d m a s s i v e protests against the verdict and the women who reached Sabarimala. Targeting both the LDF and the UDF, Modi said Kerala has “become hostage to corruption and communalism” of the two rival fronts. Slamming the “multiple stand” taken by the Congress and the UDF, Modi urged them to clear their stand on the Sabarimala issue. “The UDF is no better. The Congress has multiple stands. They say one thing in Parliament but a different thing in Pathanamthitta (where the Lord Ayyappa shrine is located). They say one thing on Monday and a different thing on another day,” he said. “I challenge the UDF, clearly state your stand on the issue. Your doublespeak has been exposed.” Justice Kailash Gambhir, former Delhi High Court judge, has written a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind against the Supreme Court Collegium's recommendation to elevate Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna to the apex court by superseding 32 judges. The letter written on Monday mentions that Justice Khanna is the nephew of late Justice H R Khanna who was superseded after he gave a dissenting verdict during the Emergency by not supporting the view that even a fundamental right can be curtailed in certain circumstances. Just like Justice H R Khanna's supersession was termed as a “black day” in the history of the Indian judiciary, it would be another black day when there will be supersession of 32 judges who are senior to Justice Sanjiv Khanna and many of them may be no less meritorious and men of integrity than him. The letter comes in the wake of the 10 January Collegium recommendation for elevation of Justice Maheshwari, who is presently the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, and Justice Sanjiv Khanna, a judge in the Delhi High Court, as the judges of the apex court. Retired Justice Gambhir, a senior advocate, urged the President that the credibility and independence of the judiciary be preserved and “let another historical blunder not be committed”. He said when he saw the news on TV channels on 11 January that the Collegium has recommended elevation of Justices Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna to the apex court, at first, he disbelieved it. However, he saw that on legal news websites there was a detailed coverage of this event, including the decision of Collegium placed on the website of the Supreme Court.
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