SINCE 1928 Paris saint-Germain wins French leaGue title Pg 21 Pak judiciary: at Beck and call oF army REG. NO. MCS/048/2018-20; RNI NO. 1541/1957 M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 Fast News RS 2,000 NOTES ARE VANISHING, SAYS CHOUHAN SHAJAPUR (MP): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday claimed that Rs 2,000 notes were vanishing from the market, and alleged that there was a "conspiracy" behind it. Addressing a farmers' convention in Shajapur, Chouhan said, "Currency worth Rs 1500,000 crore was in circulation before demonetisation. After this exercise (demonetisation), the currency in circulation increased to Rs 1650,000 crore. But notes of Rs 2,000 are missing from the market." He was apparently referring to news reports of ATMs running out of cash at some places in the state. ‘‘Where are these notes of Rs 2,000 denomination going, who is keeping them out of circulation? Who are the persons creating this shortfall of cash? This is a conspiracy to create problems. The government will act tough on this," he said. He had taken up the issue with the Union Government, Chouhan added. EX-EDITOR NIHAL SINGH NO MORE NEW DELHI: S Nihal Singh, a doyen among editors and a writer of several books, passed away in a private hospital after a brief illness. He would have turned 89 on April 30. He is survived by his four sisters. Few of his era are still surviving and one of them is 94-year old veteran Kuldip Nayar, a syndicated journalist published in a large number of newspapers in India and Pakistan. A former editor of The Statesman, The Indian Express and Khaleej Times, he was active until recently, contributing a regular column to several newspapers until February. Before taking over as editor of The Statesman in Delhi, he worked as a foreign correspondent for the newspaper in Moscow, London, Indonesia and the United States. He was among a handful of editors who stood firm against the Emergency clamped by then PM Indira Gandhi and wrote editorials defying the censure, for which he was awarded the prestigious International Editor of the Year Award. MISSING JAWAN JOINS HIZBUL SRINAGAR: An army man who had gone missing from south Kashmir earlier this month has joined the Hizbul Mujahideen terror group. Idrees Mir, who was posted in the Army's Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry unit, joined the group on Sunday. The official said Mir had gone missing from Shopian. He joined the group along with two locals who had also been missing. NOW, UDDHAV HAS NO TIME FOR BJP MUMBAI: The shoe is on the other foot. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray could not find the time to meet Maharashtra finance minister and senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar on Monday, sources said. "Uddhav-ji was caught up in meetings on several pressing issues including the proposed megarefinery at Nanar and the murder of two Sena workers in Ahmednagar," an aide to Thackeray said. TAILPIECE UNNAO MP TRICKED INTO NIGHT CLUB? At a time the nation was feeling outraged over the shocking incidents of rape and assault, the BJP MP from Unnao – Sakshi Maharaj – was busy inaugurating a night club named 'Let's Meet'. Incidentally, Sakshi is ideologically opposed to all kinds of partying, public display of affection and is on record having said, ‘‘The vulgar behaviour of boys and girls at public places invited rape’’. So, when confronted by the media over his laxity in matters of night club, an embarrassed Maharaj claimed to have been 'tricked'. was told that it is “I just a restaurant.” `2 EDIT WEATHER 380C. 260C. Sunrise: 06:23 am Sunset: 06:52 pm Bollywood underrates me, says arunoday sinGh Pg18 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Vol. 61 No. 355 | TUESDAY | APRIL 17, 2018 | 22 Pages EDITIONS : MUMBAI*, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia Pg 8 The more we feed the laziness of our mind, the stronger it becomes. His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj RIGHT-WING ACTIVIST SWAMI ASEEMANAND AND FOUR OTHERS SET FREE IN 2007 AFTER ACQUITTING ALL, JUDGE QUITS MECCA MASJID BLAST CASE FPJ NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad Within seven hours of acquitting right-wing activist Swami Aseemanand and four others in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, the judge of the special anti-terror court in Hyderabad submitted his resignation. Judge K Ravinder Reddy has cited personal reasons for his resignation. But the fact that the resignation letter is four pages long has raised eyebrows. So, has the timing of the decision. He has also proceeded on leave. Incidentally Ravindra Reddy was the , president of the Telangana junior judges' association and due to retire in two months. MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi was the first to respond to the resignation. He tweeted to say that he was surprised by the decision. "The judge who acquitted all the accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case RESIGNING is very intriguing and I am surprised at Lordship’s decision," he said. The bottom fell out of the 11-year-old case within min- Judge K Ravinder Reddy utes when the judge ruled that the country's top anti-terror body the National Investi, gation Agency (NIA), had failed to prove anyone's guilt. Aseemanand, who hails from Gujarat, and four others were accused of engineering a massive blast that had ripped through the masjid on May 8, 2007, during Friday prayers, killing nine people. The CBI in 2010 had charged that Hindu right wing group Abhinav Bharat was behind the blast. According to the chargesheet, the accused were "angered by terrorist attacks on Hindus and their temples" and wanted to "avenge" them by attacking Muslim places of worship. Aseemanand, too, was arrested by the CBI in 2010. The charge-sheet said he had made a confessional statement before a magistrate and disclosed the conspiracy behind the bomb blasts in different places, including Mecca Masjid. Aseemanand allegedly retracted the statement later. The defence had argued that the so-called confessional statement was extracted from Aseemanand to create a theory of 'Bhagwa Atankwad' (saffron terror)." Soon after the verdict, the Congress and the BJP engaged in the usual slugfest. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra addressed a press conference, demanding an apology from the Congress for allegedly coining the phrase ‘saffron terror’ during the UPA rule.Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, in turn, raised questions about the functioning of the National Investigation Agency . CONTD. ON P6 Monsoon won’t let down BJP in run-up to election FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi India will witness a normal monsoon this year, the India Meteorological Department has said. The monsoon is considered normal if the average rainfall is between 96 to 104 per cent of the long period average. This year, the forecast is that the monsoon will be 97 per cent of the average, which is normal for the season, IMD Director General K G Ramesh told a press conference. Rainfall below 90 percent of the average would be classified as a drought. During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first two years in of- fice, in 2014 and 2015, there were consecutive droughts that aggravated the agrarian distress, bringing the government under attack from several quarters. The four-month monsoon season provides about 70 per cent of the annual rainfall; more important, it determines the fate of key crops such as rice, wheat, sugarcane and oilseeds. The importance of the farm sector stems not just from the fact that it accounts for about 15 percent of India's $2 trillion economy but also because it , employs more than half of the country's 1.3 billion people, said a Reuters report. If monsoon rains help raise yield and output, it will Tainted bag Kathua family’s security BJP tickets onus on J&K Govt, says SC LOSES HIGH MORAL TURF IN KARNATAKA FPJ NEWS SERVICE Bengaluru The BJP’s second list in Karnataka gives a clear indication that the party has lost its high moral ground. The youngest among the infamous Bellary mining ‘mafia barons’ – the Bellary Reddy brothers -- has got the ticket from Bellary City He . was in jail for allegedly trying to bribe a special CBI court judge for his elder brother’s bail. And this despite national president Amit Shah publicly disowning the Bellary brothers, reports CNN IBN. Likewise, former Karnataka minister Hartal Halappa was recently acquitted in a rape case. The Shivamogga court gave a clean chit to the B S Yeddyurappa loyalist in a 2010 sexual assault case. Similarly former minister , K Setty was an accused (with Yeddyurappa) in an alleged land scam. Setty who , was a part of the Yeddyurappa cabinet till 2010, had to quit for his alleged involvement in land deals and a housing scam. He was later imprisoned for a few days, along with Yeddyurappa. Apparently, most nominees in the second list are Yeddyurappa cronies – their loyalty to BSY carries greater premium than their track record. Among these are at least four tainted MLAs who went to jail during the BJP regime. Apparently, their ability to win a seat was the determining factor in the highstake battle. Three defectors also figure in the list. not giving tickBy ets to Christians or Muslims, the BJP seems to be replicating its Uttar Pradesh strategy Like UP . , Karnataka has a significant sprinkling of Muslim population, but the BJP in its , own wisdom, has not named a single candidate from the community so far. Apparently this will lead to a consoli, dation of Hindu vote, feel party mandarins. ACCUSED PLEAD NOT GUILTY, SEEK NARCO TEST FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi The Supreme Court on Monday insisted that the Jammu and Kashmir Government should provide security to the Kathua gang rape victim’s family and its lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat. It also sought the State government’s response on the child's father seeking transfer of trial from Kathua to Chandigarh – by April 27. In Kathua, a stern warning of the Apex Court to the striking lawyers worked as they didn't disrupt the hearing on Monday . The district and sessions judge, meanwhile, has fixed April 28 for framing of charges, directing the police to give copies of the chargesheet to all the eight accused, who allegedly held the child captive in a small ‘Live-in’ can get maintenance SIGN OF TIMES LEGAL REPORTER / Mumbai In a significant ruling, the Bombay High Court recently held that a woman in a livein relationship is entitled to maintenance -- akin to a wife -- if she shares her finances and also household chores with the man. A single-judge bench of Justice Bharati Dangre pronounced this ruling last week while deciding a plea moved by a Hindu woman, seeking maintenance from a Muslim man, whom she claimed was her husband. The woman – Jayashri -was earlier married to another man and had two sons from him. However, the man had absconded. Jayashri was into a vegetable vending business and Samshuddin’s shop was just next to hers. After a few years, Jayashri moved in to Samshuddin’s house along with her children in 1998. The couple started re- Especially if couple pool finances and share household chores siding as husband and wife and even Jayashri’s children addressed Samshuddin as father. The couple even pooled their finances and shared the household expenses. The couple, though living together without getting married, told everyone that they were husband and wife. Having resided together for over 15 years, things soured between the couple and they parted ways. However, given her ‘destituteness’ Jayashri dragged Samshuddin to court, seeking maintenance. Her prayer was considered by a Magistrate’s Court which directed Samshuddin to pay Rs 2000 per month towards maintenance, but the orders were reversed by a Sessions Court. The court held that the live-in relationship of a couple cannot be construed as a relationship in ‘nature of marriage.’ Having dealt with the evidence on record and also facts of the case, Justice Dangre noted, “It must be noted that the applicant (Jayashri) never claimed that she married Samshuddin. It is seen that the duo projected themselves to the world as husband and wife and not only that there was an economic exchange between them, they also carried out business activities together. She was helped by Samshuddin in raising her children, who referred him as father.” CONTD. ON P6 village temple in Kathua district for a week in January , sexually assaulted her and then killed her. The 3-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also dropped the idea of transferring the investigation to the CBI after the father stated that he was satisfied with the probe conducted thus far by the J&K Police. The Bench, which also included Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, asked the state government to provide security personnel in plain clothes to the victim's family advocate Rajawat and , family friend Talid Hussain. The eight people, who are accused of raping and killing the eight-year-old, have pleaded not guilty and asked the judge for a narco test. One of them is a juvenile who has moved a bail application before the chief ju- MMRCL cannot issue demolition notices, says HC STAFF REPORTER Mumbai In an embarrassment for the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL), the Bombay High court on Monday held that it does not have powers akin to a planning authority . The HC accordingly ruled that the MMRCL cannot demolish any structure for the construction of its projects. A division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Riyaz Chagla stayed the demolition notice issued by the MMRCL to nine shop owners near Vakola, Santacruz. These shop owners had moved the court, challenging the demolition notice served on them by the MMRCL. CONTD. ON P6 Prime accused Sanji Ram (R), the caretaker of the temple, and the other accused in the Kathua rape and murder case. These include 2 police officers, Sanji Ram’s son and his nephew who is a juvenile. dicial magistrate. According to the charge sheets filed by the Crime Branch, the abduction, rape and killing was part of a carefully planned strategy to uproot the nomadic community from the area. A separate charge-sheet has been filed for the juvenile. Sanji Ram, the caretaker of the temple, is named as the main conspirator in the crime. He was allegedly joined by special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma, friend Parvesh Kumar CONTD. ON P6 NARSI BENWAL Mumbai pugned order completely ignores the fact that the child is in India for the last one-and-ahalf-years and has been admitted in a school. Photographs of the child show her in the company of her grandmother but the court failed to take into consideration that if the child at this stage is to be settled in a new environment, she would be exposed to physical or psychological harm, since the child has gained roots in India.” “The child is not conversant with the Dutch language and would feel completely uprooted if transferred to the Netherlands and is made to live in an atmosphere where the child is left only to the mother, whereas in India, the child is in the company of grandparents with a lot of love and affection being showered on CONTD. ON P6 Indian wins girl child’s custody from Pak mom Observing that the principle of ‘comity of courts’ cannot be given importance in deciding the custody of a minor, the Bombay High Court recently resolved a custody battle between an Indian father and a Pakistani mother. The HC, while considering the ‘love and affection’ the daughter is receiving from her Indian father, refused to hand over her interim custody to the Pakistani mother. A single-judge bench of Justice Bharati Dangre, while handing over custody to Bandra-based Shehzad Hemani, rapped the Family Court, which had asked him to hand over the minor daughter to his Pakistani wife. Justice Dangre chided the Family Court for its ‘erroneous’ order saying, “The im- boost demand for consumer goods and raises incomes of rural people. A stronger economic outlook would lift equities, mainly for companies selling products in rural areas, including consumer goods, automobiles, fertilisers and pesticides. The IMD chief added that there was "very less probability" of a deficient monsoon. The date of onset of monsoon will be announced in the middle of May . Apart from lifting farm and economic growth, a wet spell will keep a lid on inflation, potentially tempting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring forward general elections due in May 2019, said the Reuters report. Will benefit refunds come under GST? ONLINE MEDIA REPORT New Delhi Trust this government to eye even the reimbursement earnings in the private sector. This large lucrative pie may come within the taxation net with the government considering bringing "indirect earning" under the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The relevant amendment in the GST rules may be discussed and approved in the next meeting of the GST Council, reports IndiaToday .com. The logic until now was simple: the reimbursements are not taxed because they are claimed after expenses have been made and relevant taxes already paid. But, the counter logic is that reimbursements involve earnings made indirectly and hence should be taxed. The idea of bringing reimbursements in the GST net accrues from a recent ruling of the Authority of Advance Rulings on canteen charges. In this case involving a Kerala-based footwear company Caltech Polymers, the AAR ruled, "recovery of food expenses from the employees for the canteen services provided by company would come under the definition of 'outward supply' as defined in Section 2(83) of the Act, 2017, and therefore, taxable as a supply of services under GST." The decisions by the Authority of Advance Rulings are not binding on the GST Council. However, the GST Council may consider the rulings given by the AAR while considering revision in GST rules, it is pointed out. If the GST Council agrees to expand the ambit of the GST to bring reimbursements under the indirect tax net, it is certainly going to burn bigger holes in the pockets of employees working in private sectors. So, reimbursements on home rentals, telephone bills, premiums for additional health insurance coverage, health check-ups, conveyance, gym, professional attires, entertainment or similar expenditure may attract GST. The corporates will then have to restructure salaries of their employees, to pass on the additional GST cost on to employees.