HUBBALLI TUESDAY MAY 15, 2018 `5.00 PAGES 16 CITY EDITION THAROOR CHARGED WITH ABETMENT TO SUICIDE ‘Based on forensic evidence’ Delhi Police said that the chargesheet filed in the case was finalised on the basis of “medico-legal and forensic evidence”. A G E N C I E S @ New Delhi OVER four years after Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in a hotel suite here, the Delhi Police on Monday charged the senior Congress leader with abetting her suicide, claiming there was enough evidence to proceed against him. In a blow to Tharoor, the suave Congress leader is the only person to be arraigned as an accused in the case in which the police have concluded that it was a case of suicide and not murder. The police, in its chargesheet which runs into around 3,000 pages, has also alleged that Tharoor had subjected his wife to cruelty . The Congress leader has been charged under Sections 498 A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code(IPC). The police filed the chargesheet in the case before Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmendra Singh, who will consider it on May 24. CHARGESHEET ‘PREPOSTEROUS’: THAROOR ■ Congress leader Shashi Tharoor termed the Delhi Police chargesheet accusing him of abetting the suicide of his wife Sunanda Pushkar as “preposterous” and said he intends to contest it “vigorously” I have taken note of the filing of this chargesheet & intend to contest it vigorously. No one who knew Sunanda believes she would ever have committed suicide, let alone abetment on my part Shashi Tharoor’s tweet 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 ■ KALABURAGI Parties open back channels ahead of poll verdict today Some Cong leaders approach JD(S) for a possible coalition in case of hung House E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru COUNTING of votes will be taken up on Tuesday for the Karnataka Assembly elections, which pollsters have said may go down to the wire, with a neck and neck race between the state’s ruling Congress and challenger BJP As the state readies for the count. ing, the Congress, BJP and JD(S) are waiting for the results with their fingers crossed. Though Congress and BJP leaders have been maintaining that they would get absolute majority to form the government, the former seems to have started working on ‘strategies’ to get support from the JD (S) in the event of a hung House. Congress leaders met at Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s residence on Monday night to discuss the possible outcome, while Yeddyurappa met his party leaders 2018 at the BJP office. Sources privy to the d e ve l o p m e n t s t o l d TNIE that some senior Congress leaders have started approaching JD(S) leaders hoping to get their support for a coalition. “Though we publicly claim that Congress will come to power with a simple majority in reality we may fall short of a few , seats. If that happens, we might have to go with the JD (S),” said a senior Congress leader. “In fact, one round of talks were held between senior leaders in the national capital. It was also discussed with BSP leader Mayawati,” the leader said. Confirming about Congress leaders approaching the party, a JD(S) source said, “Some opportunistic Congress leaders have approached party leaders trying to ensure that their candidature is not opposed if both the parties decides to form the government.” However, the regional party too is waiting for a clear picture to emerge after the counting before placing all its cards on the table. Party insiders hope that it would get around 55 seats and will be in a better position to negotiate with Congress or BJP . However, in the event of extending its support to Congress, the party is likely to put many conditions, including not considering Siddaramaiah, G Parameshwara and D K Shivakumar for the top post. The JD (S) insiders have also not ruled out the possibility of going with BJP though its does not augur well for its secular credentials. In such an event, JD (S) may go with a Dalit CM from BJP and Deputy CM from its side. However, a clear picture is likely to emerge by Tuesday evening when the results will be out. THE D-DAY 222 assembly constituencies 38 16,662 counting centres A voter shows her inked finger in Hebbal’s Lottegollahalli in Bengaluru after the repolling, on Monday | PUSHKAR V ALTERNATIVE NAMES In the event of a fractured verdict, parties may push for these alternative names for CM post personnel involved in counting Counting starts at: 8 am Cong: Parameshwara, Mallikarjuna Kharge, H C Mahadevappa, Ramalinga Reddy Early trends by: 11 am BJP: Govind Karajol, Jagadish Shettar Results start coming by: 1 pm JD(S): H D Kumaraswamy is likely to be CM if party manages to get support from either Congress or BJP Final picture by: 4pm Many CM aspirants in Cong, I’m also one: Parameshwara EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru AT a time when discussion on who Karnataka’s next Chief Minister will be is gaining more steam than which party will form the government, Congress state president G Parameshwara has signed himself up for the race. “There are at least half a dozen contenders in the Congress for the CM’s post. Let me also take a chance,” Parameshwara told a new s ch an n e l on M on d ay evening. In an interview on the eve of counting for the Karnataka assembly elections, Parameshwara said his name was doing the rounds even in 2013 and he would take a chance this time too. “There is a system in place to select the chief minister. Had caste been a criterion, a Dalit would have been made CM long ago,” he added. He, however, said the Congress will return with a full majority in the state. Parameshwara, who unsuccessfully contested from Koratagere in 2013, has gone out of his way to ensure that he is elected from the same seat this time around. Parameshwara, a popular Dalit leader in the Congress, was denied the chance to be CM in 2013 after a humiliating defeat in his home turf. His supporters had alleged a sabotage by those within the party so he can’t stake a claim for the CM post. In the light of Parameshwara’s defeat, Siddaramaiah was chosen as the Chief Minister by Congress MLAs despite Mallikarjun Kharge also being in the race. Centre finally submits Cauvery draft scheme to apex court E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Centre on Monday filed a draft scheme in the Supreme Court on implementation of apex court’s February 16 judgment for sharing the Cauvery water between four states. The draft scheme was placed after the court had last week warned the Centre to face contempt proceedings if it fails to submit the draft. The filing of the draft scheme comes a day after the Karnataka Assembly polls and less than 24 hours before counting of votes begin in the state. Union Water Resources Secretary U P Singh, who was summoned by the top court on the last date of hearing, gave the draft scheme to a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry and Karnataka were given copies of the draft scheme. The states are supposed to verify and ascertain if the scheme was in conformity with the Court’s February 16 verdict. According to the draft scheme, centre has suggested a 10-member authority or board to regulate release of the Cauvery water. The authority’s decision will be final and binding on all states. The authority will be headquartered in Bengaluru. While the dams in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will be monitored by the authority , the states will be responsible for their maintenance, the draft said. If Karnataka fails to release water, the authority will approach the Centre. If, for some reason, Karnataka defaults, the water share has to be adjusted the following month. P6 Composition of Authority ■ Chairman- Eminent engineer ■ Two full-time members: One member from the Central Water Engineering Services and second member not below the rank of a Commissioner from the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare ■ Two part-time members: Representatives of Central government of the rank of Joint Secretary to be nominated by Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer welfare ■ Four part-time members from states: Administrative secretaries in charge of Water Resource Departments of each state shall be nominated Black day for state: M B Patil Opposing the Centre’s draft scheme proposing the Cauvery Management Scheme, Water Resources Minister M B Patil said in Vijayapura on Monday that it was a black day for the state. “Soon after the state assembly elections, the BJP showed its cheap politics. We never expected such a decision against Karnataka by the Centre,” Patil said. 14 dead in WB poll violence Kolkata: At least 14 people have died and scores were injured in panchayat election violence in West Bengal on Monday. This has prompted the Union Home ministry to seek a report from the state government. Of the 14 dead, 5 were CPM supporters, 4 were TMC workers, 2 BJP and 2 independent candidate supporters and one was a voter. The deaths were reported from eight of the 20 districts that went to election on Monday Reports of vandalisation . of ballot boxes were reported from several districts. ENS Elections over, power tariff hiked E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru POWER tariffs across the state were hiked on Monday with the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) announcing an average increase of 38 paise per unit, which includes an increase in fixed charges for BESCOM customers, and an average increase of 30 paise per unit for customers of other ESCOMs. This amounts to an overall increase in tariff by around 5.30% across the state. The tariff hike, initially supposed to be announced during the end of April, had to be put off because of the election model code of conduct. However, the BESCOM OTHER ESCOMS Domestic under BBMP, urban local bodies and municipal corporations Domestic under urban local bodies and municipal corporations All slabs: 25 paise hike, Fixed charges: K10 hike rates will be effective April 1 and the difference will be adjusted in next month’s bill, the Commission said. Fixed charges have been hiked by `5 per kVA for some categories and `10 per kVA for other categories of low-tension installations across all regions. As per the new tariff order, domestic consumers in BBMP and other municipal corporation areas under BESCOM will now pay an average of 25 paise more per unit. The same category of consumers under the jurisdiction of other electricity supply companies will pay between 20 and 25 paise/unit depending on the units of power consumed, said KERC chairperson M K Shankarlinge Gowda at a press conference to announce the hike. For industrial consumers, the power tariffs across the state have been hiked between 20 and 25 paise/unit. P6 Smriti out of I&B ministry in Cabinet rejig EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi HOURS after Arun Jaitley underwent a renal transplant surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the government on Monday re-jigged the Union Cabinet, giving power minister Piyush Goyal temporary charge of the finance and corporate affairs ministries till Jaitley returns. In another notable change, Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has been given the independent charge as min- ister of state in the information & broadcasting m i n i s t r y, i n place of Smriti Irani. Rathore was junior minister in the I&B ministry, where IraSmriti Irani ni’s tenure was mired in controversy. Irani will continue to be in charge of the textiles ministry . Among other changes, minister of state S S Ahluwalia has been relieved of ministry of drinking water & sanitation and assigned electronics & information technology ministry . Consequently, minister of state Alphons Kannanthanam has been be relieved of the charge of the ministry of electronics & information technology , a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said. Kannanthanam, a former IAS officer, continues to be a junior minister in the tourism ministry .
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