BANGALORE 13 NOVEMBER 2013 WEDNESDAY `4.00 PAGES 22 LATE CITY EDITION CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com Patna Blast: NIA Arrests M’lore Woman R A DA R V K Singh Takes a U-Turn ENS & Agencies New Delhi: Former Army Chief Gen V K Singh on Tuesday made a U-turn on his claim that ministers and MLAs in Jammu and Kashmir are getting payments from the Army. Mangalore/Patna: The National Investigation Agency on Tuesday arrested a woman from Panjimogaru here on charges of providing financial help to terror suspects involved in the Patna serial blasts. The woman has been identified as Aysha Banu (36) of Manjotti in Panjimogaru region in Kavoor police station limits. Aysha, who hails from Somwarpet in Madikeri district, was born in a Hindu family and converted to Islam after marriage. Earlier, she went by the name ‘Indira’. According to an official source, Aysha was allegedly transferring Bidai May be Extended: CM Bangalore: Under fire from the Opposition over a proposed scheme to dole out `50,000 for marriage of poor Muslim girls, CM Siddaramaiah on Tuesday said he was considering extending the scheme to all BPL sections. P5 PC Flays Probe Agencies New Delhi: Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday asked the CBI to respect the line between policy making and policing and not try to convert bonafide executive decisions into either crimes or abuses of authority. P7 money to banned terror outfit Indian Mujahideen by opening fictitious bank accounts. Aysha married one Zuber of Panjimogaru nearly 18 years ago, and the couple have three children; the oldest son has completed his SSLC and the youngest child is just four months old. Zuber operates three beedi rolling units , including one in Bajpe. Aysha and Zuber, who were living in a rented house after their marriage, purchased a new house at Manjotti in Panjimogaru two years ago. Shocked on hearing about Aysha’s arrest, some of her neighbours told Express that there was nothing suspicious about the couple. Only a manual weighing machine and a bundle of beedi leaves were found inside the house, police said. But highly-placed sources revealed that over 35 bank passbooks, mobile phones and sim cards were seized from Aysha. The couple’s role in the case will Highly-placed sources revealed that over 35 bank passbooks, mobile phones and sim cards were seized from Aysha’s possession Probe Harassment Claim: SC Panel set up to investigate law intern’s charges against now-retired judge MOM Back on Track Bangalore: A day after suffering a glitch during the fourth orbit raising operation of the Mars Orbiter Mission, the ISRO on Tuesday raised the spacecraft’s apogee to over 1,18,000 km. P6 New Delhi: Following allegations of sexual misbehaviour by one of its judges, the Supreme Court on Tuesday constituted a three-judge committee to look into the matter. A law intern has alleged that she was sexually harassed last December by a judge who retired recently. Chief Justice P Sathasivam said the apex court cannot take charges of sexual harassment lightly. Attorney General G E Vahanvati introduced the matter before the bench, which also comprised Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh. Vahavati read out a news report published in a leading daily on the issue. The committee, which will start work immediately, will look into official records and prepare a report. He said there are records about interns and advocates who are associated with judges. The intern accused a judge of misbehaving with her in a hotel room last December, at a time when the nation was grappling with the gangrape of a 23-year-old medical student in the nation’s capital. The Attorney General raised the case with a plea that the issue be taken note of suo motu on the basis of media TN Resolution on CHOGM Chennai: Giving the UPA government no wriggle room on the matter of participation in the CHOGM, Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday moved a resolution unanimously adopted in the state Assembly opposing even token representation at the event. Infosys Award for Indians Bangalore: Six researchers based in India have won the fifth Infosys Science Foundation Awards (2013) for their contributions to various fields of science. P4 Clearance Rules Changed New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday said that it is no longer mandatory for the Environment Ministry to refer to the Gadgil panel report while clearing projects in permissible areas in the Western Ghats. 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Justice Sathasivam said guidelines have been framed to deal with issues of sexual harassment on the premises of the apex court. Members are yet to be inducted into a committee on the same and HC TOLD NOT TO RUSH APPEALS New Delhi: The Supreme Court has asked the Delhi High Court not to rush through the hearing of the convicts’ appeals in the December 16 gangrape and directed the prosecution to give them copies of the judgment and other trial records in Hindi. the Supreme Court Bar Association and Law Clerks Association have been asked to select the members before November 30. Vahanvati said the matter should be taken up seriously in view of the SC’s guidelines in the Visakha judgement on sexual harassment of women at the workplace. The bench told him that since it has already constituted a committee to look into the matter, it will keep the petition pending for two weeks. PTI Bar (1 kg): 48,460 Retail (1 gm): 51.90 HC Quashes Hebbagodi Land Acquisition for Electronics City Betting Can be Legalised, Says CBI Chief Exchange Express News Service New Delhi: With betting in IPL estimated to be around a `66,000-crore business, CBI director Ranjit Sinha on Tuesday said there is no harm in legalising betting as there was no point in a ban which cannot be enforced. “If you cannot enforce the ban on betting, it is like saying ‘if you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it’”, Sinha said at a session “Ethics and Integrity in Sports — Need for a Law and Role of CBI”. Cricketer Rahul Dravid said law enforcement agencies must take a call on the issue. PTI MARKETS Indices Sensex: Nifty: Silver 20,281.91 6,018.05 Gold 24 ct (1 gm): 22 ct (1 gm): 3,054 2,884 63.59 84.15 US$: Euro: SOURCE: BSE, NSE, RBI WEBSITES EXPRESS POLL OF THE DAY Are you in favour of the CBI remaining under the government’s administrative control? YES 11% NO 89% TODAY’S QUESTION: Do you agree with P Chidambaram that the CBI is not a caged parrot? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com Bangalore: The High Court on Tuesday quashed the state government’s acquisition of 320 acres for Electronics City Phase IV, and restored ownership to individual petitioners. The Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) had issued two notifications--- on August 27, 2003, and May 14, 2007 --stating the land was required to form Electronics City Phase IV. Justice Anand Byrareddy passed the order on Tuesday after hearing several cases filed by land owners challenging the notifica- tions by KIADB. Electronics City Phase IV was proposed near Hebbagodi village of Veerasandra hobli, Anekal taluk. KIADB had acquired 370 acres for Phase I, 340 acres for Phase II, several hundred acres for Phase III, and was again trying to KIADB stated that contiguity of the layout will be affected if the claims are accepted, but did nothing to establish its case, the court observed acquire 320 acres for Phase IV. The judge found this suspect, and observed that the acquisition was “not contiguous”, as stated by KIADB. KIADB was vague and stated that the contiguity of the industrial layout would be affected if the petitioners’ claims were accepted, but did nothing to establish its case, the court observed. Owners who wish to sell their land to the government should be compensated appropriately, Justice Byrareddy said. In effect, owners of the notified land can either sell their plots to the government or keep them. BBMP Schoolchildren Still Await Sweaters, Uniforms, Shoes by Ashwini M Sripad Bangalore: Winter is setting in, but the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike is yet to distribute sweaters to over 14,000 children studying in its schools across the city. Not just that. With only five months to go for the final exams, the BBMP has not supplied uniforms, shoes and bags to its 137 schools. Every year, the BBMP spends `50 crore on school supplies, but many things have gone slow this year. The BBMP budget got post- poned to July because of mayoral elections; standing committee members were elected only in September. Files related to the supplies were cleared and sent to the council for approval only in September. Every year, the BBMP gives a pair of sweaters to students. They are scheduled to be given at the start of the academic year, in June. “We had called for tenders last month, but only a single bidder participated and quoted high,” said a source. “We are considering a re-tender.” That means correspondence with the BBMP commissioner, seeking permission for the second tender. The number of sweaters is likely to be reduced to one, the source said. The BBMP got just a single tender for supplying bags. “We sought a legal opinion and decided to proceed with a single bidder,” the source said. The file is now pending before the commissioner, who will send it to the education standing committee for approval. Once the committee approves the STATUS OF SUPPLIES BAGS: File pending before the commissioner SWEATERS: Sole bidder quoted high. Plan to call for second tender UNIFORMS: Only whites distributed, regular uniforms awaited TEXT AND NOTE BOOKS: Supplied last month SHOES: Rejected bidder has sued, so no supplies bid, it will go up before the council. “Only after the council approves it can we place the order for the bags,” an official said. The BBMP had called for tenders to supply uniforms in August. As of today, it has distributed only white uniforms, which children wear once a week. “We asked the state-run Priyadarshini handlooms to supply uniforms. They have to stitch different sizes and it will take 90 days. We expect supplies from this week,” a source said. The BBMP had received two bids to supply shoes. “We had finalised one agency, but the rejected agency went to the High Court questioning the rejection,” the source said. Kodanda Reddy, chairman of the education standing committee, said he would discuss the problem with the commissioner on Thursday. “We will ensure everything is provided by December-end.” BBMP education officer Manjunath Swamy said planning for the next academic year would begin early. ‘Filing FIR a Must in Cognisable Offence’ New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said registration of FIR by police in cognisable offence is a must and action should be taken against officials who don’t do so. A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam said if police allow discretion in FIRs, it could affect the rights of victims. The bench, also comprising Justices B S Chauhan, Ranjan P Desai, Ranjan Gogoi and S A Bobde, said depending on facts, a preliminary inquiry may be allowed in cases of matrimonial dispute, commercial offences, medical negligence and corruption. “We hold registration of FIR as mandatory under section 154 of the Criminal Procedure Code. A police officer cannot avoid his duty of registering a case if cognisable offence is disclosed. Action must be taken against erring officers,” said a statement from the bench. The bench said it would be “incongruous” to suggest that though every citizen has the duty to inform the police about criminal activities, it is not obligatory for officers to register complaints. The bench added that if the information received by police officer does not disclose a cognisable offence, then a preliminary inquiry has to be conducted within seven days to ascertain whether a cognisable offence has been committed. Setting aside contentions of various state governments that a preliminary inquiry is required before the registration of an FIR to avoid the filing of frivolous complaints, the bench said credibility of information is not a condition precedent for case registration. The legislative intent is to ensure that every cognisable offence is promptly investigated in accordance with law. “If discretion or latitude is allowed by the police in the matter of registration of FIRs, it would be a violation of the victims’ fundamental right to equality,” the bench said in its 96-page verdict. The bench also said that in cases where the preliminary inquiry ends with the closing of the complaint, a copy of the entry of the closure and the reasons for closure must be sent to the first informant within a week. PTI HC Upholds Punishment for ‘Rogue’ Doctor by Umesh R Yadav Bangalore: Manipal University is right in denying a disgraced doctor permission to write his MPhil exams, the High Court ruled on Tuesday. “If you have molested a minor girl, you are a rogue,” Justice Anand Byrareddy told petitioner Dr Shoukkath Ali during the hearing. He dismissed the doctor’s petition challenging the university’s decision to stop him from writing his exams. Shoukkath Ali, who worked in Kasturba Hospital in Manipal, allegedly took advantage of a 12year-old patient who came to him for treatment of a psychological problem. Nivedita (name changed) was diagnosed with a dissociative disorder and faced difficulties in academics. Dissociative disorders are conditions that involve disruptions or breakdowns of memory, awareness, identity or perception. Her parents took her to Kasturba Hospital on July 9, 2009, and she was as- signed to duty Dr Shoukkath Ali. He took her alone to an isolated room after asking her parents to stay outside. A university inquiry found that he had given no proper explanation to her parents and had touched the private parts of the patient. The university said this was “highly unwarranted” for a practitioner of clinical psychology. Ali allegedly took advantage of a 12year-old patient Shoukkath Ali had claimed he had touched the patient to reassure her. A criminal complaint filed by her father is still pending before a lower court. Manipal University denied him permission to write his MPhil exams after conducting an internal inquiry five years ago. The university had told the court Ali’s behaviour had violated professional ethics, and the complaint against him had been “genuine and correct”.
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