Sunrise: 07: 06 Sunset: 06: 14 HUMIDITY Morning : 53 Evening : 40 r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 RNI No. 38281/83 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE WEATHER 0 0 25.4 C.9.6 C. Sri Ma Rahul says Gadkari only one in BJP with some guts Didigiri against Constitution VOL. XXXVI NO. 239 | INDORE INDORE | TUESDAY | FEBRUARY 5, 2019 | PAGES 14 | ` 3 Both sides itching for a ‘showdown’ EDIT FP NEWS SERVICE / Kolkata 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. 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. NIA arrests JeM operative wanted in CRPF camp attack NEW DELHI: The NIA on Monday said it has arrested Jaish-e-Mohammad 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 . Home Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament on Monday that the detention of CBI officers in Kolkata was "unprecedented" and indicated that there was a constitutional breakdown in the state. The West Bengal Governor has sent a confidential report on the incident to the Home Ministry The latest showdown follows an intense . turf war between the BJP and Mamata as the country heads of polls. The CBI, meanwhile, told the Supreme Court on Monday morning that the Kolkata police chief Rakeev Kumar is a ‘potential accused’ in the investigation into the chit fund scams; it further accused the city police of destruction of electronic evidence. The Supreme Court, in turn, asked the investigating agency to produce evidence to support its allegations; it will take up the petition on Tuesday . COUNTER ATTACK In a counter attack on the CBI’s Anti-Corruption Bureau, the Kolkata Police on Monday served a notice to the agency’s joint director and head of zone (Kolkata) Pankaj Kumar Srivastava in connection with ‘wrongful restraint’ and ‘wrongful confinement’ of two businessmen in August 2018. Paramilitary forces were deployed after Srivastav alleged that his life was under threat as Kolkata Police officers surrounded his house and allegedly "banged on doors". CBI's interim director Nageshwar Rao said his personnel were being targeted to destroy evidence of the chit fund cases. On Monday, CBI offices at Nizam Palace in south Kolkata and CGO Complex in Salt Lake turned into fortresses as heavily armed CRPF jawans took charge of security. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, in turn, alleged that Mamata Banerjee was trying to protect herself ? ‘‘Why else is BLOW BY BLOW EVIDENCE SOUGHT: SC to hear matter today; court wants to see evidence of tampering with evidence. Contempt petition against Bengal government also filed. LETTER ROW: Letters show CBI had written to Kolkata Police about operation; Bengal government claims that there were no warrants or official communication COUNTER ATTACK: Kolkata Police serve notice on CBI’s joint director and zonal head; CBI officer claims police came and banged on his doors. she running way from the inquiry," he demanded. ‘‘This is it to hide evidence; the chit fund scamster, in his testimony, had said there is one red diary and a pen drive. Those are missing,’’ he added. In another twist, Kolkata Police has de- In a major slip-up on the Rafale deal, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday unwittingly admitted that no additional weaponry has been added to the aircraft, resulting in an increase in the price over one negotiated by the previous UPA government. She gave a lengthy explanation why the disclosure of comprehensive price details in the public domain will "not be in the interest of national security but she admitted in reply to a ," question in the Rajya Sabha that "the aircraft is being delivered in the same configuration as tested in the earlier MMRCA (Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft) proposal." Her reply came in response to a question by K C Ramamurthy Congress MP from Karnata, ka, in the Rajya Sabha. It demolishes the government's assertion all these months that Rahul Gandhi is harping just on the basic aircraft price while the cost of the aircraft in the deal signed on 23.09.2016 went up because of the weapons, etc. as if that were different from the configuration agreed in the UPA negotiations. Nor did she refer to the so-called additional configuration jacking up the price in reply to another question by Congress MP Kumari Selja from Haryana. She justified the procurement of 36 Rafale airraft "with better price, better maintenance terms and better delivery schedule in comparison with the 126 MMRCA proposal" but no word on any better configuration. She said the 2016 agreement stipulates "procurement of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft in fly-away condition, along with an initial consignment of weapons, maintenance support through Performance Based Logistic (PBL), Simulator and associated equipment. View of Sangam on 'Mauni Amavasya' 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. Plea on Ayodhya land acquisition NEW DELHI: A fresh plea was filed in the Supreme Court on Monday challenging the constitutional validity of the 1993 central law by which 67.703 acre land, including the disputed premises at Ayodhya, was acquired. The plea, challenging legislative competence of Parliament to acquire religious land, has been filed a week after the Centre moved the SC seeking modification in its 2003 order and allow it to return to original owners the 67 acre of the "nondisputed" land around the disputed structure at Ayodhya. CENTRE’S TAKE: Constitutional breakdown, says Rajnath Singh. Governor sends confidential report; content not known. RED DIARY: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar drops hints of an explosive red diary and pen drive that are missing nied receiving any letter from the CBI with regard to Sunday's operation for quizzing Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam. CONTD. ON P10 No addl weaponry in Rafale jet! FP NEWS SERVICE / New Delhi Man hangs self in lock-up, four cops suspended AGENCIES MORENA 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. Kumbh chakkar: Lost & found after 12 yrs POSER FOR VIRAT FP NEWS SERVICE B y all appearances, it would seem actor Anushka Sharma has a Caucasian twin -- the American singer and songwriter, Julia Michaels, and most of the world just found out. Three days ago, Julia posted a photograph of herself on social media profiles and had informed netizens do a double take. She is practically the spitting image of Anushka, except for the blonde tresses. Zaroor, Kumbh mele ka chakkar hota, except, Anushka was born a few years earlier. As for the Grammy-nominated artist, Julia recently released her new single SID OPENS UP ABOUT BREAKUP WITH ALIA www.freepressjournal.in with Selena Gomez, ‘ nxiA ety’. Twitter went aflutter. A sampling of startled responses: One meme went: “Indian girls before going abroad; Indian girls after going abroad.” “She looks so much like Anushka Sharma, even her picture has a Punjabi accent.” “ Anushka Sharma's lookalike goes viral. Fans ask Virat Kohli Bhabhi ne naam badal liya kya?“ “Never knew you had a twin sister in India called @AnushkaSharma “ Anushka Sharma Without Makeup” “@juliamichaels looks more like @anushkasharma than Anushka herself !” GLAM The creator is the only one pervading everywhere. He is Ananda. NATION THOUGHT FOR THE DAY For sitting on political dharna, which is a violation of service rules UK Home Secy Javid signs order; now, liquor baron has 14 days to appeal to UK HC Mamata Man Friday likely to be suspended One step short of extradition was an ItPolice whounusual sight: Kolkata Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, is facing a CBI probe in the multi-crore chit fund scams, joined Mamata Banerjee's dharna in his uniform, hours after the CBI team was prevented by the city police from interrogating him. "What is happening? A Police Commissioner is sitting on a dharna with politicians? What is the meaning of this? By sitting on dharna West Bengal CM is following in the footsteps of Arvind Kejriwal," Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told a Press conference, soon after Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha that he has sought a report from Governor. Though the contents of the Governor's report were not immediately available, the Home Ministry sources said Rajnath Singh had spoken to him and sought a report on violation of the All-India Service Conduct Rules by the police commissioner, a 1989 batch IPS officer of Bengal cadre, and other officers who blocked his interrogation by the CBI team. Rajeev Kumar, who had headed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) into Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scams in which thousands of small investors were cheated of their money, may face action under Section 5 of the service conduct rules on the charge of "taking part in politics" as also under section 7 for participating in a demonstration with a political leader (Mamata), which is prejudicial to interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India. CONTD. ON P10 FP NEWS SERVICE London In what is likely to be hyped as a major accomplishment by the BJP government, UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid has ordered the extradition of Vijay Mallya on charges of conspiracy to defraud, making false representations and money laundering offences. At a BJP rally in January, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said: "Any person who has cheated or looted the country shall be brought to justice. This is regardless of whether he is in India or abroad." The order is likely to give a shot in the arm to the Narendra Modi-led government, which faces elections in just a couple of months. Recently the government success, fully extradited Deepak Talwar, Rajeev Saxena and Christian Michel in connection with the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam. This is a major blow to the embattled liquor baron who tried every legal stratagem to block the move – including on grounds of human rights violations and inhuman conditions in Indian jails. Last year in December, the Westminster Magistrates’ Court had ruled in favour of Match 50% of EVM results with VVPATs, Oppn leaders to EC AGENCIES New Delhi 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- 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 private 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. 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. Mallya’s extradition, Javid, UK's senior-most Pakistaniorigin minister, had two months from that date to sign on that order. A Home Office spokesperson said in London that the UK Secretary of State, after careful consideration, had signed the extradition order. Mallya now has 14 days from February 4 to apply for leave to appeal to the UK High Court. The baron left India on March 2, 2016, after defaulting on loans amounting to Rs 9,000 crore, which he had taken for his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. On Friday , Mallya had claimed his group’s properties worth over Rs 13,000 cr had been attached, more than the ‘claimed’ Rs 9,000 cr that he “ran away with,” asking where is justice and how far will it go.Mallya also claimed that the banks to which he owes money “have given an open licence to their Lawyers in England to pursue multiple frivolous litigations against” him questioning the “brazen” spending of “public money on legal fees". "Modi Government clears one more step to get Mallya extradited while Opposition rallies around the Saradha Scamsters," Jaitley tweeted, in an oblique reference to the West Bengal developments. Rishi Shukla takes charge as CBI chief NEW DELHI Newly-appointed CBI chief Rishi Kumar Shukla took charge on Monday, when it Interim CBI chief Nageswara Rao presents a bouquet to newly-appointed CBI chief Rishi Kumar Shukla as he takes charge in New Delhi 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 58-year 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. 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 alleged . that in connivance with another accused, 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 Agusta Westland for supplying 12 AW101 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.