BELAGAVI FRIDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2018 `5.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION INDIA MORE CORRUPT THAN CHINA, BETTER THAN PAKISTAN BHUTAN BEST AMONG NEIGHBOURS Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index ranks India at 81, China at 77 and Pakistan at 117 out of 180 countries NEW ZEALAND BAGS FIRST PLACE While Bangladesh (ranked 143), Myanmar (130) and Sri Lanka (91) fared worse than India, Bhutan (26) got the best score among India’s neighbours. Among BRICS nations, South Africa is ranked the best (71), followed by China and India, while Brazil is at 96th and Russia at 135th ■ ■ ■ New Zealand and Denmark top the list, while Syria, South Sudan and Somalia have been ranked the lowest The index uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 denotes highly corrupt and 100 very clean New Zealand’s score is 89 and Somalia’s is 9 40 INDIA’S SCORE, SAME AS GHANA, MOROCCO AND TURKEY CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR PM indulging in ‘hit and run’ politics: Siddu Says central government led by BJP is a 90 per cent commission government EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Bengaluru STUNG by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s corruption jibes against his government, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday hit back at Modi stating, “You are making allegations without proof. It is like a hit and run case.” The Chief Minister, who was replying to the Motion of Thanks to the Governor’s address in the Legislative Assembly used the floor of the House to attack Modi, who had in , BJP rallies in Bengaluru and Mysuru, termed the Siddaramaiah gover nment as a “10 per cent commission government”. “I wanted to make this statement outside, but I will make it in the House. The previous BJP government was the most corrupt government in Karnataka and the present central government led by BJP is a 90 per cent The country needs commission government,” he said. people with a big Siddaramaiah said the BJP, and its heart. PM’s leaders, have failed to prove their charg56-inch chest is es. “Our government is clean and effinot required (to cient. People including farmers are with solve problems of the people), but a us. The Prime Minister made allegations ‘maathru hrudaya’ that ours is a 10 per cent commission government. In reality it is your government (kind heart) to which is taking 90 per cent commission. respond to the Nirav Modi took a loan of Rs 11,500 crore problems of the poor and left the country, Lalit Modi who is close to Rajasthan CM too fled by not reSiddaramaiah, CM paying the loan, even Vijay Mallya is an offender. Who is responsible for this, does the Union government has no role,’’ he charged. These remarks prompted BJP members to raise their voice and a heated exchange of words ensued between the two party members. Amidst the din, Siddaramaiah continued his tirade against the previous BJP government by saying his government does not need any lessons of clean governance from a party whose four ministers were imprisoned for corruption. Intervening, Opposition leader Jagadish Shettar said the state government is the most corrupt one in the country and that ministers own many benami properties. Later, BJP members staged a walkout. Proscribed or not? Home, foreign ministries not on same page While the home ministry says Jaspal Atwal is no longer on India’s blacklist, MEA is still trying to figure out how he got a visa to enter the country from Canada I-Tax dept attaches property worth L1,200 crore of Gitanjali Group located in SEZ Hyderabad ED freezes shares, deposits and luxury cars worth over L100 crore of diamond king Nirav Modi and his relative Mehul Choksi’s Gitanjali group PNB writes to Nirav seeking a concrete and implementable plan to settle the loss in the L11,400 cr Letter of Undertakings (LoU) bank rip-off ROTOMAC BOSS HELD CBI arrested Rotomac owner Vikram Kothari and his son Rahul for the default on loan repayments to the tune of L3,695 crore THE PICTURE THAT STARTED IT ALL Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie was photographed with Jaspal Atwal in Mumbai this week. Atwal blamed “enemies” for circulating the photo, stressed that he travelled to India on his own on February 11, and said it was unfair to raise his “criminal conviction” for a shooting incident in 1986 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with his family at Jama Masjid in New Delhi on Thursday | SHEKHAR YADAV Dinner invite to Khalistani activist adds to Trudeau’s controversial visit R A M A N A N D A S E N G U P TA @ New Delhi The invitation to Jaspal from the Canadian High Commissioner, which was cancelled K I R A N PA R A S H A R K M @ Bengaluru IT is just not the various banks or Bengaluru-based businessman Hariprasad S V who have been singed in the PNB scam. More than 120 franchisees of Gitanjali Gems Ltd, run by Mehul Choksi, across the country have been cheated of dues to the tune of hundreds of crores and downed their shutters over the last few years. Several of these franchisees had lodged complaints individually and collectively with the Union Finance ministry and Enforcement Directorate in 2015 and even filed cases in local courts. The franchise owners include those from Bengaluru, Mysuru, Hyderabad, Kurnool, Kochi, Jodhpur, Thiruvananthapuram, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Mumbai and other places. Some of them who realised that they had fallen into a trap, teamed up in 2015 to fight for their dues. Each franchise owner had invested anywhere between `5cr and `25cr, totalling over `300 crore. When nothing worked, Hariprasad and six others brought the issue to the notice of the PMO in 2016. Speaking to The New Indian Express, Sharath of Kochi, who became a franchisee in 2013, said he realised he had been cheated just the following year after he did not get the monthly payments promised. “I lost `14-15 crore in investment and filed a complaint with the Kochi police. But they did not bother to investigate,” he rued. Bengaluru’s Hariprasad, who lost `13 crore, said, “I will fight for my dues.” He was offered `5.5 lakh per month including store rent and a monthly payment of `10 lakh against his investment of `10 crore. P6 VISITING Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) were left red-faced on Thursday after Jaspal Atwal, a Khalistani activist found guilty of attempting to assassinate an Akali Dal minister in Canada in 1986, was photographed with Trudeau’s wife and with a Cabinet minister in Mumbai earlier this week. Atwal was also on the guest list of the Canadian High Commissioner’s dinner for the visiting Canadian delegation on Thursday, but the invitation was hur- EXPRESS READ Fire guts Bigg Boss house in Bidadi Bengaluru: A major fire broke out on Thursday at the Innovative Film City in Bidadi on Mysuru Road, about 40 km from here, which gutted the sets of reality show Bigg Boss Kannada and melted down a wax museum, police said. However, there were no casualties. Short circuit is suspected to be the reason for the fire, Bidadi police said. 9-DAY DEADLINE Devotees challenge Goddess to find stolen bells EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Belagavi IN a bizarre incident, villagers of Agasaga village in Belagavi taluk have locked the temple and challenged the main Goddess of the temple Masanakawwa to ‘unleash her real powers’ and bring back the stolen temple bells. What’s more? They have even set her a 9-day deadline! Agasaga, situated about 12 km from Belagavi, has never witnessed any incidents of burglary, theft or robbery since decades. Villagers used to leave the main doors open, keep their agriculture equipment in the field or in LAND CASES GO TO THE CJI FOR BIGGER BENCH AFTER FACEOFF E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi `300 cr franchisee rip-off by Gitanjali that bothered no one FRESH SEIZURES PER INCURIAM Villagers are in a state of a shock after hearing about the incident. They have strong faith in Masanakawwa. The incident is a testing time for the Goddess as well as for villagers Sanjaygouda Patil, an elderly man from the village front of their houses without locking them and believed that Goddess Masanakawwa would always protect their belongings. Interestingly, there is no priest for the temple! However, the villagers were shocked when the bells hung inside the temple were stolen on Saturday They then de. cided to test the Goddess’ powers. They all gathered in front of the temple, brought a big iron chain, locked the main entrance of the temple and told the Goddess that she must trace the thieves, bring back the bells to the temple if she has real powers. They also told the Goddess that she must ‘settle everything’ within nine days, else they would not come back to the temple nor perform pooja to her. The resolution was passed unanimously and all the villagers have been restricted from entering the temple premises till the goddess finds the bells. riedly ‘rescinded’ during the day . In what is widely seen as a snub, Trudeau, who arrived in India last Saturday, will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior Indian leaders only on Friday, a day before he leaves. Confirming that the photographs of Atwal with Trudeau’s wife Sophie as well as with Canadian Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet were taken at a Bollywood event in Mumbai on February 20, Atwal told Postmedia, a Canadian media major, that he had travelled to India on his own on February 11 and was not part of any official government delegation. He also said he wasn’t planning to attend the Delhi dinner anyway since he had business in Mumbai. The MEA, on the other hand, said it was unaware how Atwal had got a visa, and was investigating the issue with the relevant authorities. Home Ministry sources, however, said Atwal’s name does not figure in the current blacklist maintained by immigration authorities. Addressing the regular press conference on Thursday, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar also noted that the Canadian High Commission, describing it as an ‘oversight’, had withdrawn the dinner invitation to Atwal and the matter was thus closed. OVER a month after the Supreme Court witnessed a judicial crisis, a fresh controversy has started brewing, this time between a bench led by Justice Madan B Lokur and another led by Justice Arun Mishra, over judicial discipline and propriety . It all began with a verdict on February 8 by a bench comprising justices Arun Mishra, A K Goel and Mohan M Shantanagoudar, which declared that compensation not availed within the stipulated five-year period would not be a ground to cancel land acquisition. With a 2:1 majority view, We do not mind our order being the bench said the 2014 set aside. We had verdict in a case regard- said that the ing the Pune Municipal order (in 2014) Corporation was taken was ‘per incuriam’ ‘per incuriam’ (without and it was due regard to law). permissible under This ruling invalidated the law. It is for the 2014 judgment, deliv- the CJI to decide ered by former Chief Jus- which bench tice R M Lodha and jus- should hear it tices Madan B Lokur and Justice Arun Kurian Joseph. Mishra-led bench On Wednesday a bench , headed by Justice Lokur, while hearing a case related to the Land Acquisition Act, 2013, criticised Justice Mishra calling it ‘per incuriam’. The bench further asked high courts not to deal with any cases relating to the interpretation of or concerning Section 24 of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013. So, when a new land acquisition case came up before Justice Mishra on Thursday he re, ferred it to Chief Justice Dipak Misra to take a decision on the administrative side or pass a judicial order, and said: “Whether it is judicial indiscipline or not has to be decided by a larger bench.” Another similar case came up before a bench headed by Justice A K Goel and he, too, sent the matter to the CJI.
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