08072017-TTC-01.qxd 7/8/2017 1:18 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday, july 8, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 82 | 30 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd CBI raids Lalu, kin properties Benami deal: Collects documents, other evidences against Rabri, son Tejaswi Jitendra Shrivastava & Syed Ali Ahmed SC questions JEE bonus marks, stays admissions to IITs Satya Prakash Patna/New Delhi, July 7 The CBI today carried out raids on the residences of RJD leader Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejaswi Yadav, Bihar's Deputy CM, after registering a fresh case for “manipulation” in allotting the contract for the maintenance and operation of two hotels run by a subsidiary of the Indian Railways — IRCTC — when Lalu was Railway Minister. The searches, which began at 7 am and included Rabri Devi's Circular Road residence in Patna, were spread across 12 locations in Patna, Ranchi, Gurugram and Bhubaneswar. The premises of Lalu confidant Prem Chand Gupta, whose wife Sarla Gupta is listed as an accused in the FIR, were raided too. An angry Lalu trained his guns at PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah as he arrived in Patna from Ranchi, claiming the BJP would be rooted out “even if I am hanged”. He alleged the BJP had been trying to create cracks in the grand alliance, but would not succeed. Lalu was in Ranchi to appear before a CBI court when the raids were carried out. During the 10-hour raid at Lalu’s 10 Circular Road residence, CBI officials allegedly seized some documents and gathered electronic evidences against Lalu’s family. They AADHAAR HEARING Tribune News Service RJD president Lalu Prasad arrives to appear before a CBI court in a case related to the fodder scam, in Ranchi on Friday. PTI ❝ ❝ Listen, Modi and Shah... I may be hanged but before that I will uproot you... You are trying to incite conflict in the grand alliance. We and the people of Bihar understand this. Lalu Prasad, RJD CHIEF are said to have quizzed Rabri Devi and her son Tejaswi and recorded their statements. Lalu is alleged to have committed irregularities in awarding the tender for maintenance of hotels, including BNR in Ranchi and Puri, when he was Railway Minister (2004-09). The tender was allegedly allotted to Sujata Hotel Pvt Limited owned by Vinay and Vijay Kochhar after receiving a bribe in the form of The CBI is doing its job. The BJP or the government has no role in it. There is no government interference. That is why the CBI is acting as per the mandate given to it. M Venkaiah Naidu, UNION MINISTER prime land in Patna through a benami company owned by Sarla Gupta. Bihar’s biggest mall was being constructed on this land. It is alleged that Vinay Kochhar on February 25, 2005, sold commercial property in the form of three acres of land in Patna through 10 sale deeds for Rs 1.47 crore to Delight Marketing, in which Sarla Gupta was a director as a benami holder on behalf of Violent start to G20 Lalu. The land was sold much below the market rate. The plot was shown as agriculture land to evade stamp duty. CBI Additional Director Rakesh Asthan said the conspiracy spanned 2004-14 during which the tender process was “rigged” in favour of Sujata Hotels. “In return, the owners of Sujata Hotel gave three acres of land in Patna to Delight Marketing at a low rate. Subsequently, the land REUTERS Petitioners say India reduced to ‘concentration camp’;govtfumes New Delhi, July 7 The NDA government today took strong exception to petitioners in Aadhaar case describing India as a “concentration camp”, leading to a spat between Attorney General KK Venugopal and senior counsel Shyam Divan in the Supreme Court. As the hearing was about to end after a three-judge Bench suggested to the petitioners and the government to approach Chief Justice of India JS Khehar to set up a Constitution Bench at the earliest, Venugopal said, “I have strong objection to the petitioners describing India as a concentration camp. How can they say India is a concentration camp?” “I reiterate it,” said Divan. “When citizens have been reduced to numbers and tags, what else it is, if not a totalitarian regime?” he shot back. As Venugopal said such language should not be used, the Bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar said it could intervene only if someone used unparliamentary language. “It is unparliamentary language,” the Attorney General said and went on to add that a senior advocate should avoid using such language. Earlier, Divan gave a background of the controversy surrounding Aadhaar scheme and explained the status of various petitions and interim applications on the matter to the Bench, which advised him to request the CJI to constitute a Constitution Bench to take up the matter. Justice Chelameswar assured him that if a Constitution Bench was not set up, the three-judge Bench would take up all applications seeking interim orders on Aadhaar. — TNS was transferred to another company, Lara Projects, owned by Lalu’s family members,” he said. The CBI has rgistered a case under Section 120-B and 420 of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act against Sarla Gupta, Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar (both directors of Sujata Hotels), Delight Marketing Company, now known as Lara Projects, and the then IRCTC MD, PK Goel. New Delhi, July 7 In an order bound to affect thousands of students, the Supreme Court on Friday stayed admissions to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) after a petition challenged awarding of bonus marks in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advance. The order came from a Bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra on a petition by two students seeking direction to IIT-Madras to revise the list of successful students without giving them bonus marks. IITMadras conducted this year’s JEE Advance, which is the basis for admission to IITs. Counselling is a process in which a candidate, who clears the entrance examination, chooses the best college and stream according to his or her choice based on their rank. “If granting bonus marks is a problem, it has to be solved by us at the earliest,” the Bench said, posting the matter for further hearing on July 10. It restrained high courts from entertaining any petition relating to counselling and admission to the IITs. It directed the registeries of the high courts to inform it about the number of petitions challenging IIT-JEE rank list and awarding of additional marks to all candidates who had appeared in the test. The petitioners — GANGA ORDER STAYED The Supreme Court on Friday stayed an Uttarakhand High Court order declaring the Ganga and Yamuna — worshipped by millions of Hindus — “living entities”, thereby conferring certain legal rights on the two rivers. BACK PAGE 7th central pay panel allowances notified New Delhi: The Centre’s decision on recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on allowances was notified in the Gazette of India on Friday. All allowances have been given with effect from July 1. It will benefit 34 lakh civilian employees and 14 lakh defence forces personnel. The combined additional financial implication is estimated at Rs 30,748.23 crore per annum. PAGE 18 SC tells BCCI ex-chief Thakur to apologise successful candidates in JEE — contended that their ranking in the merit list was disturbed by bonus marks given to all and they would not get admission in colleges and courses of their preference. Bonus marks should have not been given to all. On behalf of the petitioners, senior counsel Vikas Singh demanded re-evaluation of answer sheets. He said grace mark should be given only to candidates who attempted the answers, and not to those who left the questions blank. On the government’s behalf, Attorney General KK Venugopal said such an exercise was not possible due to complex procedure of marking system. The petitioner alleged that the award of bonus marks deprived meritorious candidates from procuring admission in their preferred IIT as also the branches. New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked former BCCI president Anurag Thakur to tender an "unconditional, unequivocal" and "categorical" apology to get relief from the contempt proceedings initiated against him. The apex court directed him to file a "one-page short affidavit" tendering apology, making it clear that it was not going to consider his earlier affidavit of apology. PTI Basirhat tense, Oppn leaders denied entry Kolkata: Delegations of West Bengal Opposition leaders of BJP, Left and Congress were on Friday prevented from visiting riot-hit areas in Basirhat, around 80 km from here, by the police even as the situation there remained tense and Internet services suspended. Clashes broke out between two communities earlier this week over a Facebook post. SEE ALSO PAGE 7 Modi, Xi warmth amid Sikkim chill G20: Discuss ‘range of issues’; PM targets Pak on terror, equates LeT with IS Tribune News Service & PTI Police remove protesters blocking a street during an anti-G20 demonstration in Hamburg. PAGE 19 New Delhi, July 7 In the backdrop of the ongoing standoff in Sikkim, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping today had a “conversation on a range of issues” during an informal gathering of BRICS leaders on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. While there were no details forthcoming on the issues discussed between the two leaders, the development is seen as a positive one. Reports indicate the meeting lasted five minutes. The PM, however, minced no words in slamming Beijing’s ally Pakistan, saying some countries were using PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchange greetings at the BRICS leaders’ informal gathering in Hamburg. PTI terror as a tool to achieve political objectives as he equated Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed with Islamic State and al-Qaeda. External Affairs Ministry GoM clears Bill to replace J&K rolls out GST MCI with new medical body amid opposition Samaan Lateef Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 7 The Health Ministry has moved a Cabinet note on the Bill seeking to replace apex medical education regulator Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new and transparent body, the National Medical Commission (NMC). The note was moved this Wednesday after a Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley approved the draft Bill enabling forward movement in the area of medical education reform which began last year with the introduction of National Eligibility-cumEntrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate and postgraduate admissions. The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2017, EXIT EXAM FOR MBBS GRADS TO GET LICENCE ■ The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2017, provides for an exit exam which MBBS graduates will have to clear to get practicing licences ■ Once the law takes force, this exam will also be used as NEET for postgraduate admissions. CBSE currently conducts NEET UG and NEET PG ■ GoM allows elected component in NMC. Nine of the 29 proposed members will be elected, while the rest will be selected sent for inter-ministerial consultations now, seeks to subsume the MCI in the commission which will have four autonomous boards tasked with conducting undergraduate and postgraduate education, assessing and rating medical institutions, registering practitioners and enforcing medical ethics. A revolutionary aspect of this Bill is an exit examination which all MBBS graduates will have to clear to get practicing licences. Called the National Licentiate Examination, it will be compulsory for medical graduates to clear for the purpose of grant of licence to practice and enrolment in Medical Register(s). The idea is to test the quality of the medical graduate. continued on page 8 THE SAFEGUARDS Tribune News Service Srinagar July 7 Amid opposition, the Jammu and Kashmir Government today rolled out the Goods and Services Tax (GST) with the President approving the extension of the GST to J&K. “...I announce the rolling out of the GST from 12 pm on July 7,” said Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu in both Houses of the J&K legislature. Spelling out the constitutional safeguards for J&K, he said, “The powers of the state of J&K as per Section 5 of the Constitution of J&K (which empowers the state to levy tax) shall remain intact.” Except for J&K, the GST was rolled out across the country on July 1. Drabu tabled the presidential order in the House even as principal Opposition ■ GST for J&K has constitu- tional, legislative and administrative safeguards ■ Section 5 of J&K Constitution, which empowers state to levy taxes, remains intact ■ Implementation of GST won’t affect legislative competence of J&K ■ State concurrence must for tax rates under State GST ■ GST Council can’t extend any amendment with regard to J&K National Conference boycotted the session. Congress legislator Nawang Rigzin Jora, who staged a walkout with his party members, said, “We charge this government with subterfuge to undermine the special status of J&K.” The Congress legislators left the House, raising slogans. Today’s issue consists of 30 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends and four-page Jalandhar Tribune. spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted a photo of Modi and Xi smiling and shaking hands. He said the two leaders had a “conversation on a range of issues”. However, Xi while pre- siding over the informal meeting of BRICS leaders called on “the BRICS countries to push for peaceful settlement of regional conflicts and disputes”, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The India-China rhetoric over the past few days has moved to murmurings of even an armed conflict. With this interaction at the highest level between the two countries today, things are now expected to make a slow return to normalcy. Another indication to this effect was received at the BRICS Leaders’ Retreat earlier in the day where both Modi and Xi appreciated the work of the other in the BRICS forum. continued on page 8 Jail for not printing revised MRP: Govt New Delhi, July 7 Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan today warned of a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh and a jail term if new post-GST rates are not printed on the inventory in the interest of consumers. Manufacturers have been allowed to clear the unsold stocks by September with new MRP . A committee of the Consumer Affairs Ministry had been set up to address consumer grievances on GST and even helplines increased to 60 from 14 to address taxrelated queries, he said. More than 700 queries had been received by the consumer helplines and the ministry had sought expert help from its finance counterpart to resolve them. “There are initial hiccups while implementing the GST, but all those will be resolved soon. All USE ‘BIGGER FONT’ ■ The government has made it mandatory for firms to print details like expiry date and net quantity on labels on all pre-packaged food in a “bigger font size” ■ Five declarations — MRP, manufacturing date, expiry date, net quantity and consumer care details — are a must on the label ■ The changes have been effected through an amendment to the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011, by the Consumer Affairs Ministry ministries concerned are alert and a redress mechanism is in place to resolve the concerns of consumers and traders,” Paswan said. It is mandatory to print revised MRP on the inventory, else stringent action will be taken, he said. — PTI
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