r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 Sunrise: 07: 06 Sunset: 06: 14 HUMIDITY Morning : 53 Evening : 40 RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE WEATHER 0 0 25.4 C.9.6 C. Didigiri against Constitution News Brief AG files contempt plea against Prashant Bhushan NEW DELHI: Attorney General K K Venugopal Monday filed a contempt petition in the Supreme Court against activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan for allegedly scandalising the court with his recent tweets on the appointment of former interim chief of CBI M Nageswara Rao. The contempt petition refers to the February 1 tweets by Bhushan in which he allegedly said that the government appeared to have misled the apex court and perhaps submitted fabricated minutes of the meeting of the high-powered Selection Committee headed by the Prime Minister. TDP stages protest during Amit Shah's Andhra visit SRIKAKULAM : TDP activists on Monday staged a protest during BJP President Amit Shah's visit to Andhra Pradesh to express their anger over the Modi government's 'unjust' attitude towards the state.Holding black flags and posters, the protestors raised slogans of "Amit Shah go back" near the venue of his public meeting at Palasa town in Srikakulam district. They also carried an effigy of Shah but the police seized it. Substantial material against top cop, SC told The CBI alleged in the Supreme Court that it has found "substantial material" against Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam case but he was not cooperating in the investigation and ignoring the summons. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday termed her 'dharna' (sit-in) as "non-political" and not against any individual agency but the "anarchic moves" of the Narendra Modi government to "destroy" democracy . "Our satyagraha is not against any individual agency. Our protest is against the anarchic moves by the Modi government, against their attempts to divide the country and spread hate, intimidation and terror among people," said Banerjee, who is holding the sit-in here since Sunday night following a face-off between the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Kolkata police. "We are holding this demonstration under the West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee with DMK MP Kanimozhi (L) and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav at Banerjee's sit-in in Kolkata. 'Save India' banner, to protect the constitutional, democratic and social rights of people. We also want to ensure that people's freedom of speech is protected and the officials of different state and central agencies can work impartially," she said. Banerjee said the demon- stration might continue till February 8. Beginning the sit-in on Sunday night, she accused Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah of attempting a coup to destabilise her state, saying there is a "constitutional break-down". CONTD. ON P10 NIA arrests JeM operative wanted in CRPF camp attack NEW DELHI: The NIA on Monday said it has arrested Jaish-eMohammad operative Fayaz Ahmad Magray, wanted in the 2017 attack on a CRPF camp in Lethpora that left five paramilitary personnel dead. The NIA said that Magray was an active over ground worker of JeM and a key conspirator who provided logistical support and shelter to the terrorists and conducted reconnaissance of the Crpf centre at Lethpora . The CBI sent as many as 20 notices for examination members of a Special Investigation T eam, including Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar, before knocking on his doors on Sunday evening which spiralled intotussle between the two agencies, officials said Monday. The 20 notices were sent by the CBI between Sept 2017 and Dec 2018. Full report on page 9 State govt too had stopped agency from questioning its officers RAJESH THAKUR BHOPAL The West Bengal government and CBI clash over quizzing of officers of all-India services has sparked uproar across the country. On Sunday, the CBI officers were prevented from quizzing a senior Kolkata cop in connection with chit fund scam. But it was not an isolated incident. When the UPA was at the Centre, the BJP-led state government had passed a similar order six years ago to protect its officers from being quizzed by the CBI. But now, as the situation has changed, what has happened in West Bengal may occur in Madhya Pradesh, too. Congress Legal Cell head JP Dhanopia criticised the CBI action in Bengal. "The CBI and the NDA government are trying to destroy the federal structure. The investigation agency should have informed and taken permission from the state government before AGUSTAWESTLAND CASE Court extends ED custody of Rajeev Saxena by four days NEW DELHI A Delhi court on Monday extended by four more days the ED custody of Rajeev Saxena, an accused in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland case. Saxena, a Dubai-based businessman, was extradited from Dubai on January 31 and sent to 4-day custody of the ED the same day . The court had allowed his custodial interrogation after the agency alleged that he and another accused provided global corporate structure to launder money The ED had al. leged that in connivance with another ac- cused, Guatam Khaitan, a Delhi-based lawyer, Saxena provided a global corporate structure for laundering illegal proceeds of the crime for payment to various political persons, bureaucrats and Air Force officials to influence the contract to supply 12 VVIP helicopters in favour of AgustaWestland. On Jan 1, 2014, India scrapped the contract with Finmeccanica's British subsidiary AgustaWestland for supplying 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to the IAF over alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of kickbacks of Rs 423 cr paid by it to secure the deal. View of Sangam on 'Mauni Amavasya' 12 dead, 15 injured in car bomb blast in Somalia MOGADISHU: At least 12 people were killed and 15 injured in a car bomb explosion near the Governor's office in the Somali capital on Monday. Police officer Mohamed Abdelkadir, who was at the scene of the incident, confirmed the figures shortly after the blast in Mogadishu's central district of Hamar Weyne, Efe news agency reported. The explosion caused significant material damage to shops and restaurants in the area, which was cordoned off by security forces. CBI sent 20 notices in 2017-18 for questioning starting its work". He further alleged that the incident exposed the dual face of BJP. The then BJP government had passed the Bill and also issued the gazette notification stopping the CBI in 2012 from quizzing its officer but these leaders are making noise". CONTD. ON P10 UK Home Secy Javid orders Mallya extradition GLAM EDIT AGENCIES Kolkata The 100 cr effect! www.freepressjournal.in Sit-in is non-political, not targeted against one agency, says Mamata NATION Truth has many levels. Fanatical or dangerous people believe their opinion is the only Truth. Master Choa Kok Su Rahul says Gadkari only one in BJP with some guts VOL. 9 NO. 232 | BHOPAL BHOPAL | TUESDAY | FEBRUARY 5, 2019 | PAGES 14 | ` 3 Thought for the day Herald case Sonia, Rahul start cross examination of Swamy, complainant NEW DELHI: UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday started cross examination of complainant and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy in the National Herald case. The Gandhis, through their lawyer, started cross examination of Swamy who had filed a pri, vate criminal complaint against them in the case. Swamy in the complaint, had , accused the Gandhis and others of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by paying just Rs 50 lakh, through which the Young Indian (YI) Private Limited obtained the right to recover the Rs 90.25 crore that the Associate Journals Limited owed to the Congress. UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid has ordered the extradition of Vijay Mallya on charges of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering offences, the Home Office said on Monday, in a major blow to the embattled liquor baron. The 63-year-old businessman had been found to have a case to answer before the Indian courts by Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on December 10, 2018. Javid, the UK's seniormost Pakistani-origin minister, had two months from that date to sign off on that order. The UK Home Office confirmed on Monday that after considering all matters, the minister had signed Mallya's extradition order on Sunday "On February 3 . the Secretary of State, having carefully considered all relevant matters, signed the order for Vijay Mallya's extradition to India," a Home Office spokesperson said. The Bombay High Court on Monday asked Facebook why it is reluctant to strictly regulate paid political content in India when it was implementing stringent scrutiny systems in the UK and the US. Hearing a plea seeking directions to the Election Commission to prohibit individuals from posting political or poll-related advertisements or paid political content on social media platforms 48 hours before poll day, the high court directed Facebook to file an affidavit listing steps it could initiate to regulate such content, particularly ahead of the elections this year. "Since Facebook already implemented a strict scrutiny system to regulate such ads in UK and USA then why is it reluctant to do so in India?" questioned a bench of Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice N M Jamdar. The bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by lawyer Sagar Suryavanshi seeking directions to the ECI to prohibit all persons, whether politicians or private individuals, from posting advertisements related to politics or elections, or paid political content on social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, 48 hours before election day . In the last hearing, the high court had directed the ECI and Facebook to submit suggestions on the steps that could be taken to regulate such content. Facebook counsel Daraius Khambatta Monday told the bench that while his client was ready to remove any objectionable paid political content from its site, the direction from the same must come from the ECI or any such authority "We can't im. plement a system of selfcensorship. However, if the EC, or other authorities flag an advertisement, we are ready to take it down immediately Khambatta said. ," The petitioner, however, argued that in several western nations, if one wished to post a paid political content or advertisement, they were A man, who was arrested on Sunday night, allegedly committed suicide in the Dimni police lock-up in Morena district, an official said. Raghuraj Tomar (34) was arrested on Sunday night from Chinte Ke Pura area with firearms and was lodged in Dimni police lock-up after an Arms Act case was registered, Ambah Sub Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) RKS Rathore said. He said Tomar hanged himself with a shawl from a bar of the lockup's window. Tomar's kin protested outside the police station on Monday demanding that the persons responsible be charged with murder. They called off their protest in the afternoon when Superintendent of Police Riyaz Iqbal suspended at least four personnel who were on duty at the time of incident, including sub-inspector Anil Bharadwaj, an official said. NEW DELHI Newly-appointed CBI chief Rishi Kumar Shukla took charge on Monday, when it finds itself locked in a dirty turf war with the Kolkata police that spiralled into a political slugfest between the Centre and the West Bengal government. Normally, a new incumbent gets a week's time to take charge but Shukla took the reins of the agency within two days in the backdrop of the agency's tussle with the Kolkata Police. The appointment of the 58year old Shukla, a 1983-batch IPS from the Madhya Pradesh cadre, as full-fledged director is likely to bring some sort of order within the CBI. Interim CBI chief Nageswara Rao presents a bouquet to newly-appointed CBI chief Rishi Kumar Shukla as he takes charge in New Delhi Match 50% of EVM results with VVPATs, Oppn leaders to EC Leaders of several opposition parties approached the Election Commission on Monday and sought redressal of the issue of alleged tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs). They demanded the poll panel ensure that 50 per cent of EVM results 'People doubted the efficacy of EVMs and this issue needs to be redressed ' are matched and crosschecked with voter verifiable paper audit trails (VVPATs) before declaration of results in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The leaders told the Election Commission the people of the country doubted the efficacy of EVMs and this issue needs to be redressed. The opposition delegation met the Chief Election Commissioner and other members of the panel. The opposition parties had ear- HC for FB affidavit on paid political content regulation steps AGENCIES Mumbai AGENCIES MORENA Rishi Shukla takes charge as CBI chief AGENCIES New Delhi LONDON Man hangs self in lock-up, 4 suspended required to furnish a valid identity proof and a proof of residence. The petitioner's lawyer, Abhinav Chandrachud, sought the HC's directions to Facebook to demand similar documents in India too for posting political content or advertisement. "When you can put strict conditions in UK and USA then why are you reluctant to do so in India?" the bench asked Khambatta.It then directed Facebook to file an affidavit.The bench also asked the EC to explain on the next date what could be done at its end to regulate paid political content online. lier sought moving back to the ballot paper system, but after the Election Commission made it clear that there was no possibility of going back to the old system, they changed their strategy and are now demanding matching of 50 per cent EVMs with VVPATs. The leaders of various opposition parties earlier met in Parliament and discussed their strategy on the issue. The delegation included Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel and Anand Sharma of the Congress, Chandrababu Naidu (TDP), Majid Menon (NCP), Derek O'Brien (Trinamool Congress), Ramgopal Yadav (SP), Satish Chandra Misra (BSP), Omar Abdullah (NC), Mohd Salim and T K Rangarajan (CPI-M), Manoj Jha (RJD), Sanjay Singh (AAP), D Raja (CPI), Danish Ali (JD-S), N K Premchandran (RSP), Badruddin Ajmal (AIUDF) and K G Kenye (NPF). The leaders of various parties had earlier met in Constitution Club on Friday and discussed their future strategy on the issue. Delhi court sends Sunanda case against Tharoor to Sessions court NEW DELHI A Delhi court Monday sent Sunanda Pushkar's death case against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor to Sessions court for further proceedings noting that as the matter pertains to abetment of suicide, it was "exclusively triable" by that court. The offences which attract punishment of 7 years or more are triable by the Sessions Court. Since Tharoor is booked under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code, which attracts maximum punishment of 10 years, it can only be heard by a Sessions Court, which is superior to the magisterial court. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal sent the case to Additional Sessions Judge Arun Bhardwaj. The Sessions Court will now hear arguments on whether to frame charges against Tharoor and put him on trial. "Since this court is only a committing court because the offence under section 306 IPC is exclusively triable by Sessions Court, it is clear that the prosecution/ trial of the case will take place in Sessions Court and not before this court," the court said. Cong files complaints against obscene tweets on Priyanka NEW DELHI The Congress on Monday filed police complaints in Delhi and across India seeking action over obscene and offensive posts in social media targeting Priyanka Gandhi and also pointed to some BJP leaders making "sexist remarks" against her. The party has blamed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for triggering the campaign and also written to Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik alleging that "opposing forces have unleashed a campaign to diminish Priyanka Gandhi's credibility".In the complaint filed by the All India Mahila Congress (AIMC) at the Sansad Marg Police Station here, the party alleged that offensive and obscene posts were being circulated in social media in pursuance of a conspiracy . "Distasteful and offensive tweets, posts and pictures are doing the rounds of social media. This is exactly the kind of misogyny that acts as a deterrent for women to enter politics. To objectify women and humiliate them is shameful," AIMC chief Sushmita Dev said after filing the complaint.