17052017-TTC-01.qxd 5/17/2017 1:24 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday, may 17, 2017 chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 30 | 22 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Chidambaram’s son, Lalu face multi-city ‘graft’ raids May day Oppn alleges political vendetta, govt calls it a ‘day of reckoning’ Conservative Party leader Theresa May speaks to pupils at Nishkam Primary School during an election campaign visit to the West Midlands in Birmingham, England, on Tuesday. The British electorate go to polls on June 8. The British PM, who has called early polls to garner support for her Brexit plan, told the eight-year-olds she has read all Harry Potter books. The Opposition Labour Party, meanwhile, has promised a probe into UK’s role in Op Bluestar. AP/PTI REPORT PAGE 15 Italian court says no to kirpanin public New Delhi, May 16 Law enforcement agencies today raided the residences and properties of top Opposition leaders P Chidambaram of the Congress and Lalu Prasad Yadav of the RJD as well as businessmen in a multi-city crackdown on alleged corruption and benami properties. The searches by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Income Tax (I-T) Department were condemned by the Opposition as “political vendetta”, with the Congress saying it will not be cowed down by the politics of “revenge” which was in the “DNA of the government”. However, the NDA government hit back, saying today was the day of accountability for the “corrupt”. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stoutly defended the searches, asserting that the “day of reckoning” has come for many and they will be held accountable for their misdeeds. The CBI searched the homes and offices of Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, across four cities, including Chennai, for allegedly receiving money from media firm INX owned by Indrani and Peter Mukerjea to allegedly manipulate a tax probe. Separately, the I-T Department raided at least 22 locations in Delhi and adjoining areas in connection with ❝ ❝ Government is using the CBI and other agencies to target my son. Its aim is to silence my voice and stop me from writing, as it has tried to do in the cases of leaders of Opposition parties, journalists, NGOs and civil society organisations BJP does not have the courage to stifle my voice... if it tries to silence one Lalu, crores of Lalu will come forward. I am not scared of empty threats... BJP was sensing opportunity to destabilise Grand Alliance in Bihar, but alliance is intact. Arun Jaitley, FINANCE MINISTER P Chidambaram, FORMER FM Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD CHIEF alleged benami deals stated to be worth Rs 1,000 crore linked to Lalu Prasad, who is the chief of Rashtriya Janata Dal, and some of his family members. RJD is a partner of the ruling alliance in Bihar. CBI sleuths fanned out across the Chidambarams’ properties in Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Gurugram early in the morning, a day after the agency filed an FIR against Karti, his company Chess Management Services, the Mukerjeas (currently in jail on charges of murdering their daughter Sheena Bora), INX Media, Advantage Strategic Consult- ing Services and its director Padma Vishwanathan. The FIR related to charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, receiving illegal gratification, influencing public servants and criminal misconduct. The CBI, which searched Chidambaram’s home in Nugambakkam in Chennai, also carried out searches at the house of Peter Mukerjea, a former media baron, in Mumbai. It is alleged that Karti received money from INX Media, which was promoted by the Mukerjeas, for using his influence to manipulate a tax probe against it in a case of violation of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) conditions to receive investment from Mauritius. P Chidambaram said the government was using the CBI and other agencies to target his son to silence his voice. The FIPB approval was granted in “hundreds of cases”, the senior Congress leader said. The five secretaries who constitute the FIPB, the officials of the secretariat and the competent authority are public officials, Chidambaram said, adding that there was no allegation against any. continued on page 12 edit: the raid raj People in high positions acquiring assets through shell companies is not a small matter... day of reckoning has come for many, they will be held accountable... unless there is substantial basis, reason to suspect evasion or crime, depts don’t act. ❝ London, May 16 The Italian Supreme Court has ruled against a Sikh who wanted to carry a kirpan in public and said that migrants in the western world must conform to the values of the society they have chosen to settle in. The Italian High Cassation Court ruled against the Indian migrant who wanted to carry a kirpan, a dagger considered sacred in Sikhism, even as it was against the Italian law, a news agency reported. The court said migrants who choose to live in the western world have an obligation to conform to the values of the society they have chosen to settle in, even if its values differ from their own. “An attachment to one’s own values, even if they are lawful in the country of origin, No new BEd college this year: Javadekar Probe Moonak breach, CBI told India can certainly do without New Delhi: Concerned over the quality of teacher training institutions, the Union Government has decided that no new BEd college will be allowed in the country this year. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar observed on Tuesday that BEd colleges were opening like ‘fly-by-night operators’. “You pay today and get the degree tomorrow... with enhanced focus on teacher training, all this needs to be stopped. So it was decided no new BEd colleges will open in the country,” he told reporters here. PTI Cong panel meeting on J&K tomorrow Jammu: Congress’ policy group on Kashmir, led by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, will meet in New Delhi on Thursday to decide on how to approach the stakeholders and end the unrest in the Valley. TNS Kolkata: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced that Bengali will be a compulsory subject in all schools across the state as part of a three-language formula. She said this would enable them to reach regional, national, international standards. IANS and as such bans carrying weapons and objects aimed at injury,” the court said. The Sikh man, who has not been named, was appealing against another court’s decision ordering him to pay 2,000 euros in fine because he had been caught leaving his home in Goito, northern Italy, armed with a knife measuring nearly 20 cm, BBC reported, citing local media. — PTI HC rejects manpower shortage plea; report by July 13 on arson during Jat stir Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 16 More than a year after the Prakash Singh committee noted that the Moonak canal breach case “points to a grave internal security threat to India’s critical national infrastructure”, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today quoted the report while ordering a CBI probe. The direction came even as Haryana attempted to undermine Prakash Singh’s authority by refusing to allow the former DGP to head a special investigation team (SIT) being constituted to probe the Jat stir violence in February last year. The Moonak canal was breached during the stir, affecting water supply to Delhi. In all, four FIRs were registered (on February 21, Kharkhoda police station; February 22, Kundli police station; February 23, Ganaur police station and February 24, Kharkhoda). Investigations in all four stand transferred to the premier investigation agency, which has been told to submit a report by July 13. Trials in these four cases have, meanwhile, been stayed. The Bench of Justices SS Saron and Darshan Singh observed that 3,000-4,000 persons were stated to be involved in arson and breach of the canal. Yet, police reports/challans were filed against only four or five, that too without arrests. Challans were filed in two cases, and untraced reports prepared in two. The Bench took note of CBI’s apparent reluctance to probe the matter for want of manpower, but refused to accept its contention. Referring to the CBI probe in cases related to the attack on the Haryana Finance Minister’s house, the Bench said: “Why are you running away? You are already seized of five cases. You took them without objection. That’s also mob violence… Can’t let things go out of hand… Can’t allow water supply to the national capital be affected.” The Bench said it was disheartening that the police had done nothing even after it asked the CBI counsel to seek instructions a month-and-ahalf ago. The assertion came as Haryana Additional AdvocateGeneral Pawan Girdhar suggested that the SIT, in the process of being set up, could look into the Moonak case too. Opposing the suggestion, amicus curiae Anupam Gupta argued: “If a group of agitators could stop an important source of water supply to the national capital, what a determined group of terrorists could do is rather discomforting.” GM mustard, feels Harsimrat Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 16 For anti-GM crusaders in the country, Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal’s views on the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee’s (GEAC) nod to commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) mustard would be heartening. On the GEAC’s decision as regards the GM herbicide tolerant (HT) mustard variety developed by Delhi University, Harsimrat said there was absolutely no reason for India to go in for a genetically engineered variety, given the bet- ❝ I will personally prefer not to have GM (in India)… Japan, which imports 40 per cent of its food requirement, looks towards India for the simple reason that we are a non-GM country. They feel they will get safer food here Harsimrat Kaur Badal, UNION MINISTER ter option of promoting “safer and healthier” organic food grown in certain states in the North-East and elsewhere. She had another angle to the row. Importers like Japan (which procures 40 per cent of food from outside and wants “safer and healthier” alternatives) might lose interest in Indian varieties. The real challenge, she said, is to have the trust of knowing it was non-GM. “When our northeastern states are already producing organic food and the entire western world is trying to emulate them, why should we go for GM food?” she said. Related report on page 14 Would have dealt with pain of her death had she been shot:Mother Geetanjali Gayatri Tribune News Service Bengali must in schools: Mamata is intolerable when it causes violation of the laws of the host country,” the court said. “The multi-ethnic society is a necessity, but it can’t lead to the formation of conflicting cultural groups of islands according to the ethnicities they’re made up of, precluding the unity of the cultural and judicial fabric of our country, which identifies public safety as an asset to defend Sonepat, May 16 The horrific image of her maggot-infested body, intestines protruding, face smashed and body parts gnawed at by stray animals continues to haunt the parents of the 23-year-old pharma worker whose body was found dumped near Rohtak on May 11. “I would have dealt with the pain of her death had she been shot. I would have tak- en her body in an embrace one last time,” says the grieving mother, even as she struggles to recall how her daughter looked when she left home for work on May 9. Having dared to spurn the advances of fellow villager Sumit Kumar, she was allegedly kidnapped by him and his friend Vikas on May 9, subjected to a savage gangrape and murdered, as is indicated in the autopsy report. “I want the two to be The rape-murder victim’s mother (centre) with mourners at Kalupur village in Sonepat on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL Today’s issue is of 22 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers. hanged in my presence. Nothing else will suffice for what they did to my daughter,” says the mother, sobbing. Family members of key accused Sumit have joined investigation. Their house in Kalupur village, a stone’s throw from that of the victim’s, is locked. At the victim’s house, mourners trickle in. A maternal uncle of the deceased attends to them, her father hardly stepping out of his room. “I left home for some work on May 8, a day before the kidnapping. Her mother searched for her, but in vain. Sumit, a divorcee, had been pestering my daughter for marriage. His mother too had threatened my wife,” he says, as he digs into a packet and pulls out a picture of a pretty girl — smartly dressed, her long hair untied. “She was beautiful. We recognised the body from the half-torn clothes and the nail- paint. My wife fell unconcious. Nothing could have been more painful,” he recalls, his voice turning faint. He says two months ago, his daughter had slapped Sumit for obstructing her path and a police complaint was lodged. However, a “compromise” was struck between the two families, who belong to the same caste. “We did not anticipate he would go this far to seek revenge. continued on page 12
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