SINCE 1928 SWEET 16! AMAZING BHAKER STRIKES 2ND SUCCESSIVE GOLD Pg 22 TRUMP TRIGGERS TRADE WARS REG. NO. MCS/048/2018-20; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 `2 EDIT WEATHER 330C. 220C. Sunrise: 06:56 am Sunset: 06:42 pm IN BOLLYWOOD, DID NOT TRY TO PLEASE PEOPLE: RICHA Pg 18 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Vol. 61 No. 321 | WEDNESDAY | MARCH 7, 2018 | 22 Pages EDITIONS : MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia “The more innocent you are, the more blissful you will be." Govt may extend Aadhaar linking deadline AGENCIES New Delhi The deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail various services and welfare schemes run by the government may be further extended beyond March 31, the Centre indicated in the Supreme Court on Tuesday . The Centre said that since some more time would be needed to conclude the prolonged hearing in the Aadhaar case, the government may extend the deadline from March 31, reports PTI. A five-judge Constitution bench comprising Chief Jus- Fast News APPOINTMENT IN ONGC CHALLENGED NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday sought the Centre's response to a petition challenging allegedly arbitrary and malafide appointment of BJP spokesman Sambit Patra (43) as an independent director of ONGC. His appointment has been challenged on 3 grounds. N KOREA MAY GIVE UP NUKES: SEOUL SEOUL: The leaders of North and South Korea will hold a historic summit in the Demilitarized Zone next month after Pyongyang expressed willingness to give up its nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees, Seoul said. Details on page 8 SPACE STATION TO CRASH TO EARTH BEIJING: Chinas first space station is expected to come crashing down to Earth within weeks, but scientists have been unable to predict where the 8.5-tonne module will hit. The Corporation estimates Tiangong-1 will re-enter the atmosphere in the first week of April. The Agency says the module will come down between March 24 and April 19. In 2016, China admitted that it had lost control of Tiangong-1 and would be unable to perform a controlled re-entry. GUJ: 30 KILLED IN TRUCK ACCIDENT BHAVNAGAR: At least 30 members of a wedding party were killed and as many injured when their truck fell from a bridge near a village in Gujarat's Bhavnagar district while trying to overtake a vehicle on Tuesday morning, the government said. Among the injured, eight were reported to be in a critical condition, Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja said, adding the deceased included four children and eight women. ‘MAKE ADANI ACCOUNTABLE’ NEW DELHI: BJP MP Subramanian Swamy trained guns at industrialist Gautam Adani, alleging that he was the "biggest non-performing asset (NPA) trapeze artiste" and demanded that he be made accountable. "The biggest NPA trapeze artiste in PSUs is Gautam Adani. It is time he is made accountable or a public interest litigation (PIL) is inevitable," he said in a tweet. "There are a number of things he is getting away with and nobody is questioning him. It may become an embarrassment for the govt as he portrays himself as close to it," he claimed. 32 DIE IN RUSSIAN PLANE CRASH MOSCOW: A Russian transport plane crashed on landing at Russia's Hmeimim airbase in Syria, killing all 32 on board on Tuesday, the defence ministry said in a statement carried by RIA Novosti. There were 26 passengers and 6 crew, the ministry said. "The reason for the crash according to preliminary information could have been a technical fault," the ministry said, adding that the plane had not come under fire according to a report from the ground. tice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan agreed with the contention of Attorney General K K Venugopal. “We have extended the deadline in the past and we will extend the deadline again but we may do it by the end of month to enable the petitioners in the case conclude the arguments,” Venugopal said. The bench said, “It is a very valid point raised by the Attorney General and the court would not allow repetitive arguments made Pg 8 On December 15 last year, the apex court had extended till March 31 the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes. by the petitioners’ counsel in the matter.” On December 15 last year, the apex court had extended till March 31 the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes. Earlier senior advocate Shyam Divan, who had led the arguments challenging Aadhaar and its enabling Act, said that the deadline of March 31 be extended as it was highly unlikely that the hearing in the case challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act will be concluded. “The deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes is March 31. This will have all India ramification as various institution would have to adjust themselves accordingly Di,” van said. Justice Chandrachud said even if the court reserved its DOUBLE JOLT FOR KARTI Karti denied bail by CBI court even as SC refuses to give him protection from arrest by ED after his CBI remand ends ED officials quiz Peter for 6 hours inside jail FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi There is no respite for Karti Chidambaram, 46-year old businessman son of former finance minister P Chidambaram. The CBI court refused to grant him bail on Tuesday and extended his CBI custody for three days until March 9 the INX case. in In another setback, the Supreme Court refused to grant him any protection against arrest by the Enforcement Directorate. Two top senior advocates and Congress leaders – Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal – tried their best to extricate Karti. But neither Singhvi succeeded in securing bail for Karti in the CBI court, nor could Sibal get relief from the Apex Court in stalling the Enforcement Directorate from arresting Karti as soon as he is out of the CBI’s custody . Two other top legal minds – P Chidambaram and his wife Nalini – who are also senior advocates, were also INX Media case DIWAKAR SHARMA Mumbai present in the special CBI court. But they were allowed to speak to their son for just 10 minutes. The Apex Court Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, however, issued notice to the ED on the summons served on Karti in the INX Media money laundering case and fixed hearing Thursday exon to amine the question of law raised by Sibal. The ED could not act against Karti without an FIR, Sibal argued, pointing out that the strategy seems to keep him in custody even if he secures bail in the CBI case. CONTD. ON P5 A day after getting the court’s permission to quiz former media baron Peter Mukherjea in connection with the money-laundering case involving INX Media kickbacks, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday interrogated Mukherjea for nearly six-hour inside Arthur Road jail where he is imprisoned in connection with the Sheena Bora murder case. The sources told the Free Press Journal that a team of ED flew from Delhi to Mumbai to question Peter. The ED officials asked 20 straight questions to Peter in connection with the INX Media case in which Karti, son of a former union minister P Chidambaram, and others have been named in QUESTIONS ED OFFICIALS ASKED PETER ARE: • Who facilitated your meeting with Karti? • How did Karti help you in this matter? • How much kickback did Karti demand from you for the help? • How did you and Indrani siphon off 90 million GBP through the Hawala route? • Did you bribe Karti after siphoning off the money? • Who else did you meet in the Ministry of Finance for the settlement? • Was there any closed-door meeting with any official of the finance ministry? the FIR registered in 2008. During ED questioning inside Arthur Road jail, sources claimed that Peter CONTD. ON P5 PIL against Prakash ‘Converted Hindu can Ambedkar, 3 others claim dad’s property’ NEETA KOLHATKAR Mumbai Networking in India (AGNI). The divisional bench of Justices Shantanu Khemkar Two charitable trusts, Acand Makarand Karnik were tion for Good Governance hearing this PIL. They have and Networking in India and challenged the constitutional Public Concern for Govervalidity and legality of the nance Trust have filed bandh called on January 2 Public Interest Litigation and 3, by Prakash Ambedkar, (PIL) in the Bombay High the President of Bharipa Court (HC) against the State Bahujan Mahasangh. of Maharashtra, During the BHIMA KOREGAON The Director hearing on General of PoTuesday the pe, lice (DGP), Commissioner of titioners represented by adPolice (CP), Mumbai, Bharivocate AM Jaykar of Jaykar pa Bahujan Mahasangh, Reand Partners informed the publican Party of India court, this bandh called by (RPI), Bahujan Mukti Party Ambedkar was supported by (BMP), Baudhjan Panchayat other parties, except the last Samiti (BPS), Shivraj two Hindu organisations. Pratisthan and Samasta HinAlso important to note, the du Aghadi. The petitioners petitioners demanded that are represented by DM Sukthe police need to investigate thankar (former Chief Secthe role of the two rightretary), Julio Ribeiro (forwing Hindu outfits. “As mer Commissioner of Poit has been reported, the enlice), Shyama Kulkarni, Gertire incident on January 1 at son da Cunha (ad man) and the Koregaon Bhima site, others, supported by Action was incited by respondent for Good Governance and CONTD. ON P5 NARSI BENWAL Mumbai In a significant ruling, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday ruled that a Hindu convert is entitled to his/her paternal property if the father dies intestate. The HC also said the right to inheritance is not a choice but it is by birth and converting to some other religion cannot cease relationships, which are established and exist by birth. The ruling was delivered by a single-judge bench of Justice Mridula Bhatkar while hearing a plea of a woman, who was Hindu by birth but had later become a Muslim. She had claimed her right and share in her father’s property who died in, testate. Justice Bhatkar said, “The right to inheritance is not a choice but it is by birth and in some case by marriage, it is acquired. Therefore, re- nouncing a particular religion and to get converted is a matter of choice and cannot cease relationships which are established and exist by birth. Therefore, a Hindu convert is entitled to his/her father's property if the fa, ther died intestate.” Justice Bhatkar also said that the religion of a person at the time of birth must be considered while deciding the inheritance. The court held that children of converts cannot claim to have any share in the ancestral property as they are not Hin, du by birth. “The Personal Law is applicable to a person who is converted into Islam, Christian or any other religion for purpose of marriage, guardianship etc. However, while deciding inheritance, the fact of the religion of the person at the time of birth has to be taken into account to eliminate legal anomaly . CONTD. ON P5 Asha Parekh breaks down on friend Shammi’s demise SILVER SCREEN’S LOSS SUBHASH K JHA Mumbai Veteran actress Asha Parekh was barely able to contain her sobs after the news of the demise of her best friend and “guardian angel” Nargis Rabadi, universally known in the film industry as Shammi Aunty, broke on Tuesday morning. Shammi had no relatives except an adopted son Iqbal Rizvi, who stayed close by but not in the same apartment as his foster-mother. She was alone when the end came. Shammi, who lost her only sister, famous designer Mani Rabadi, a few years ago, had rapidly become immobile and forgetful. Asha, who had been her best friend for over 50 years, said, “I haven’t wept so much since I lost my parents. I called her Shammi Aunty She was much older . than me. But we were best friends for years. She shared everything with me. It was a natural-born trait in her to win people’s confidence. She was close to many actresses who poured their heart out to her. CONTD. ON P5 Her Holiness Mataji Nirmala Devi verdict on March 20, the banks and other institution would have only 10 days left, which might be difficult. The bench then called the Attorney General for assistance in the issue. At the fag end of Tuesday’s hearing, Venugopal appeared before the bench and made the statement about the possibility of extension of the deadline. Senior advocate Arvind Datar, who argued against the Aadhaar scheme, said it violated the fundamental rights of citizens. The hearing would continue on Wednesday . Tripura: Lenin statues razed as BJP-CPM activists clash FPJ NEWS SERVICE Agartala Gloating over the ouster of the Left front government in Tripura is one thing, but trying to erase the Left rule from collective consciousness and public memory is , quite another. The BJP seems determined to do the latter by razing the statues of Lenin — another such incident was reported in Tripura on Tuesday the second since , the BJP stormed to power in the Left bastion. The incident predictably triggered a slanging match between the CPM and the BJP which has, on the social media, defended the dismantling of the statue as manifestation of their ire against CPI(M)’s imported ideology . Lenin, a Russian by birth, CONTD. ON P5 Periyar statue vandalised in TN T he razing of the statue in Tripura had its cascading effect in distant Tamil Nadu as a statue of anti-untouchability activist and Dravidian movement leader EV Ramasamy, commonly known as Periyar, was also vandalised by two men in Vellore district on Tuesday evening. According to police, the glasses and the nose of the statue inside Tirupathur Corporation Office were damaged by the vandals around 9pm. The men were caught by locals before they could inflict further damage and handed over to the police. Sources said that while one of the accused is a BJP functionary, the other is a member of the CPI(M). The vandalism attempt came hours after senior BJP leader H Raja said Periyar was "casteist" and called for the reformist's statue to be "destroyed" in a Facebook post. He deleted the post after facing backlash. PNB scam: Chanda Kochhar, Shikha Sharma summoned AGENCIES Mumbai Senior officials from private sector lenders including ICICI Bank chief Chanda Kochhar and Axis Bank’s Shikha Sharma on Tuesday appeared before the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) with regard to investigations into the over Rs 12,000-crore PNB scam. Axis Bank revealed that it has a Rs 200-crore exposure to the scam-tainted companies promoted by Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, reports PTI. Sunil Mehta, the managing director and chief executive of Punjab National Bank, which is at the centre of the scam, has also been summoned on Wednesday , sources said, adding officials from all over 30 banks which have had business dealings with the company are being called. A team from Axis Bank, led by deputy managing director V Srinivasan and executives from the trade and transac- Sri Sri fears Syria like situation over Ayodhya temple AGENCIES / Bengaluru Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar today renewed his appeal to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) to consider an out-of-court settlement to the Ram Janmabhoomi row, saying he feared a "largescale" communal flare up if the case was settled by a court or through legislation. In an open letter to the AIMPLB members, he said going through the court was a loss for both Hindus and Muslims and an out-of-court settlement would be a "winwin situation" for both the communities. CONTD. ON P5 tions department, went to the SFIO’s office here, after the investigating agency called them to help in the probe. “The SFIO has today (Tuesday) sought information on the accounts of the Nirav Modi and Gitanjali groups of companies. We would like to state that exposure of Axis Bank to these entities is approximately Rs 200 crore,” it said in a late evening regulatory filing. The team from Axis Bank was followed by a senior manager from its larger rival ICICI Bank also going into the south Mumbai office of the agency where he an, swered questions regarding its exposure to Gitanjali Gems, sources said. With an outstanding of over Rs 600 crore to Gitanjali, ICICI Bank is the lead bank in the consortium of 31 banks which have loaned over Rs 6,800 crore to the company . The SFIO has written to the top managements of all the lenders who have either CONTD. ON P5 AI gets nod to fly over Saudi airspace to Israel LALIT K JHA Washington Air India has been allowed by Saudi Arabia to fly over its territory on its new route from New Delhi to Tel Aviv, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said here on Tuesday a move which , would slash travel time between the two cities by two and a half hours. India’s national carrier Air India is scheduled to begin its direct flight between New Delhi and Tel Aviv soon, reports PTI. Interacting with reporters after his meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House, Netanyahu said that Air India has signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia to use its airspace. “ Air India signed an agreement today (Tuesday) to fly to Israel over Saudi Arabia,” Netanyahu said. Netanyahu said that Saudi Arabia has not granted overfly permission to Israeli national carrier El Al, which operates four weekly flights to Mumbai. Lanka declares Emergency AGENCIES Colombo Sri Lanka on Tuesday declared a state of emergency for 10 days to rein in the spread of communal violence between majority Sinhala Buddhists and minority Muslims in the country’s scenic Kandy district that left two persons dead and damaged several mosques and homes. Violence, triggered by the death of a Sinhalese man at the hands of a mob last week, erupted on Monday in the Theldeniya area of the central hill district popular with tourists. The government sent troops and elite police commandoes to Kandy to restore order and enforce the curfew, reports PTI. President Maithripala NO EFFECT ON TRI-SERIES COLOMBO/NEW DELHI: The BCCI on Tuesday said the Trination T20 series in Sri Lanka, also involving the Indian cricket team, will continue despite the country plunging into a state of emergency following communal violence. The BCCI has confirmed that the “situation is perfectly normal in Colombo” where the tournament is taking place. Sirisena and the Cabinet decided to declare a state of emergency for 10 days following the violence prevailed in some parts of the country Minister of Social , Empowerment S B Dissanayake told reporters after a Cabinet meeting.