SINCE 1928 RONALDO RESCUES REAL MADRID AFTER SENSATIONAL JUVENTUS COMEBACK Pg 22 REG. NO. MCS/048/2018-20; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 Rebel judge refuses to hear plea against CJI FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi Justice Jasti Chelameswar, the second senior most judge and one of the four judges who questioned the way the cases are listed in the Apex Court, on Thursday refused to hear a PIL filed by former Union law minister Shanti Bhushan seeking to curtail the role of the Chief Justice of India in allotting the Benches. Advocate Prashant Bhushan wanted the judge to take up his father's PIL since the court's registry was not accepting the petition he has filed on behalf of his father. The judge's refusal prompted him to rush to the Bench of the CJI and mention the matter for listing expeditiously The Bench dis. missed him saying "we will look into it." He had written to the court's secretary general not to list the PIL in the CJI's court, nor put it up before the CJI since he was named in it as a party . CONTD. ON P4 Fast News PUNJAB WANTS MINISTER NAVJOT SIDHU JAILED: Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu should serve three years in jail as ordered by a court, his own government said on Thursday, urging the Supreme Court to confirm his conviction in a road rage case of 1988. Sidhu had allegedly hit a 65year-old man, Gurnam Singh, on the head during roadside argument resulting in his death. ‘‘There is no evidence that the person in the road rage case died because of a heart attack," said the Congress government, contradicting its own minister. RAJAN TOLD GOVT DEMO WAS BAD IDEA: Former governor Raghuram Rajan has said that he had made it quite clear to the government that the demonetisation was "not a good idea" and that its implementation was "not wellplanned" since 87.5 per cent of the currency was being demonetised. Speaking at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Rajan rejected the claim that the Reserve Bank of India had not been consulted. TODAY’S Royal Challengers Bangalore MATCHES Kings XI Punjab (8:00 PM LOCAL TIME) EDIT PM Modi wades into Black sea Pg 8 THOUSANDS OF BLACK BALLOONS WITH WORDS ‘GO BACK MODI’ INSCRIBED ON THEM GREET PM AS HE ARRIVES IN TN DRAVID THAMBI / Chennai In one of the biggest ‘black’ demonstrations ever staged against a Prime Minister in the country thousands of black , balloons with the words ‘Go Back Modi’ printed on them were flown in Chennai and elsewhere in Tamil Nadu when Narendra Modi arrived to inaugurate the Defence Expo 2018 Tiruvidandhai at near here. The Cauvery protest led to massive traffic jams in and around the airport and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had to get down from her car and walk for about a kilometre to reach the airport and receive the Prime Minister. The DMK-led opposition and fringe parties resorted to the novel protest to record their opposition to the non-con- Few voices of condemnation from within party add to national outrage over Kathua incident Two rapes rip away BJP mask FPJ NEWS SERVICE Kathua PROTECTING AMBEDKAR: Keen to thwart incidents of vandalism, which started with razing of a Lenin statue in Tripura, a statue of BR Ambedkar has been locked in an iron cage in UP. I KNOW I AM AN INFLUENCER, SAYS PRIYANKA CHOPRA Pg 18 RETURN OF COLD WAR? `2 Vol. 61 No. 352 | FRIDAY | APRIL 13, 2018 | 24 Pages EDITIONS : MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia The shocking revelations of how an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu region was raped, sedated, and ‘raped one last time’ have ignited a national outrage. But even as man on the street and celebs expressed disgust, the only voice to emanate from within the government was that of External Affairs Minister VK Singh. He tweeted: "We have failed" the eight-year-old girl "as humans but she will not be denied justice". But the voice of sanity was negated by a BJP leader in faraway Madhya Pradesh who has floated a bizarre conspiracy theory According to . state BJP chief Nandkumar Singh Chauhan, Pakistan has engineered the whole episode. "They even chanted slogans of Jai Shri Ram to divide India," said the 65-yearold, who also represents Khandwa in the Lok Sabha. Ironically the voices of , condemnation have come out of the woodwork three stitution of the Cauvery Management Board since the Prime Minister sought to avoid road travel and instead chose to fly down to the venue on a helicopter. Interestingly PM Modi avoided any , reference to the Cauvery in his public speeches. A group of students – some dressed in black - of the IIT Madras held placards and raised slogans as his convoy passed by The media was not al. lowed on the convoy route. Black flags were hoisted atop many buildings, including the DMK headquarter, and at the houses of its president M Karunanidhi, working president M K Stalin and other venues. Karunanidhi, who is confined to his home due to old age, wore a black shirt, while Stalin who is leading a Cauvery Rights Retrieval Yatra CONTD. ON P4 FIR in Unnao rape case but no arrest FPJ NEWS SERVICE Lucknow The UP government has finally mustered courage to file an FIR against BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar in the Unnao rape case – under the stringent provisions of the POCSO Act, which demand immediate arrest of the accused. But, alas, he cannot still be arrested as the case has been transferred by the state gov- Rane turns the months after the girl was kidnapped while she was grazing sheep near her home on January 10. She was allegedly kept sedated and gang-raped repeatedly for days by a group that included police officers. The most chilling is the detail that just before her head was battered, one of the police officers asked the killer to wait so he could rape the child one more time. More important, the girl belonged to the nomadic Bakherwal community and the abduction and the killing was possibly part of a carefully planned strategy to oust the minority community from the area, the 15-page chargesheet filed by the Jammu and Kashmir Police says. CONTD. ON P4 In the Kankavali municipal council election, Narayan Rane, a Rajya Sabha member of the BJP swept aside , the saffron challenge with a landslide victory . Rane, of course, received generous help from Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party . Rane, founder of the nascent outfit, Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh, won 10 out of 17 seats in the civic body restricting BJP and , Sena to three seats each. CONTD. ON P4 In a sharp escalation of words, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has accused Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of betrayal and backtracking on his promise that the mega oil refinery project at Nanar will not be imposed on the people of Konkan. Thackeray is in Japan on private tour. In his statement from overseas, he has said that the Centre does not give any credence to the assurances of Fadnavis. He recalled that Fadnavis had categorically stated that the project will not be imposed, if the local population was opposed to it. He further asserted that the Sena will not let the project happen. Thackeray felt the chief minister ought to have been assertive and told the Centre that he will not sit quiet if injustice is heaped on the population. Meanwhile, project affected people held a meeting in Mumbai to finalise the strategy and chart out their action plan on the project. These project-affected persons had met Fadnavis on February 15 and submitted thousands of letters from locals opposing the project. The CM had assured them the project would not be inflicted on unwilling people and hence the Memorandum of Understanding for the refinery was not signed in the Magnetic Maharashtra summit. Ashok Walanj, convenor of PAPs, said, “People from Konkan will not allow the project to come up and the protest will continue till it is scrapped.’’ But even as the Sena took a belligerent stand on the refinery the situation on the , ground is not too pleasing with the Sena performing poorly in the three municipal councils of Guhagar, Devrukh and Kankavli in the Konkan region. On the other hand, arch rival Narayan Rane has done exceedingly well in Kankavli civic body This . seems to suggest that Rane has managed to hijack the Sena plank on the oil refinery . CONTD. ON P4 has directed the State government along with the local authorities to ensure good quality roads before the onset of monsoon. A division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Pradeep Deshmukh said, “We are aware of the government’s endeavour to make smart cities. However, we are of the view that no city can become smart unless its roads and foot- paths are in a good and reasonable condition.” “We are of the considered opinion that it is the fundamental right of citizens to have roads and footpaths in a reasonable and good condition. The government, we believe, is under legal and constitutional obligation to ensure that this fundamental right is not violated,” Justice Oka observed. The judges were dictating orders in a suo motu (on its own) Public Interest Litigation taken up after considering the pothole scarred roads in Mumbai. The PIL’s scope was further extended to the entire State. The judges noted that amenities such as roads and footpaths are not made keeping in mind the issues faced by the visually impaired persons. CONTD. ON P4 tables on BJP FPJ POLITICAL BUREAU Mumbai Uddhav accuses Fadnavis of betrayal on Nanar oil refinery FPJ POLITICAL BUREAU Mumbai No smart city possible with potholes : HC GOOD ROADS A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT NARSI BENWAL Mumbai The Bombay High Court on Thursday embarrassed the Maharashtra government by taking a dig at its endeavour to make ‘smart cities.’ The court observed that no city can become smart unless its roads and footpaths are in a good and reasonable condition. The court, accordingly, ernment to the CBI and only the premier agency will decide whether the case against the accused is tenable or not. The arrest hinges on the findings of the CBI in the case. The UP Police officers had another absurd defence to offer for their inaction: that the victim had first made a statement alleging rape to a court but did not name the accused Kuldeep Sengar. CONTD. ON P4 WEATHER 350C. 240C. Sunrise: 06:26 am Sunset: 06:51 pm THOUGHT FOR THE DAY A spiritual being is one who is contented, always loveful with all and in a peaceful state of mind in every situation. Brahma Kumaris Golden boy from drought-hit Beed NIKHIL BAPAT/Mumbai: There were tears of joy that Rahul Aware found hard to control when national anthem was played at the Carrara Stadium complex. From seeing his farmer father slogging in the fields in drought-prone Beed district to winning the first wrestling gold for his country, the 26-year-old has grappled with many adversities in his journey to success. Aware's story is no different from that of a lot of wrestlers who have funded the 'dangals' and their dietary needs with pocket money. Aware's journey started in 2005 from a little known tehsil in Beed district called Patoda. Rahul's father Balasaheb was a struggling wrestler, who later took up farming to support the needs of his family. When news of the gold trickled in, the entire Patoda village erupted in celebration. BJP has its chhole Geete makes good escape bhature moment after getting Uddhav call PUNE : There were red faces in the BJP after FPJ Political Bureau / Mumbai: The BJP had two of its legislators were found snacking on egg on its face when Sena leader Anant Geete, sandwiches and chips during the much-toutwho is also the Union Minister for Heavy Ined day-long fast heralded by Prime Minister dustries and Public Sector Enterprises, left Narendra Modi. the BJP day-long fast in the middle. It is unThree days earlier, the BJP had lampooned derstood that Geete left after Uddhav Thackthe Congress when some of its eray called him on the phone and FARCE OR FAST? asked him to do so. Geete’s presleaders were seen eating Chhole Bhature at a restaurant prior beginning ence was mystifying because the Sena -- in an their fast. editorial in Saamana -- had attacked the BJP The video clipping of the two BJP legislagovernment over the spate of suicides by tors -- Bhimrao Tapkir and Sanjay Bhegade farmers and ridiculed the tit for tat hunger alias Bala -- chomping on sandwiches and strikes by the Congress and the BJP . chips went viral on the social media and was Alarmed by the presence of its own minisbroadcast by television channels, even as ter at the hunger fast conclave, Sena leaders embarrassed state leaders kept mum. frantically tried to call party president Ud"If somebody eats three hours before a fast, dhav who is currently in Japan. It was someBJP finds it objectionable, but it is okay for time before Uddhav could get through to them if they eat during the fast. The reason beGeete but the latter wasted no time after gethind the fasting is also bogus, the sentiments ting the party diktat and made good his esare bogus and the fast itself is bogus," said cape. Among those left gaping were his BJP state Congress Spokesperson Sachin Sawant. cabinet colleagues Vijay Goel and Suresh Incidentally the party had issued strict in, Prabhu. When asked about his presence at structions against any publicity stunts on sothe venue earlier in the day Geete had clari, cial media networks. fied that he was representing the govt.