BANGALORE 25 NOVEMBER 2013 MONDAY `4.00 PAGES 42 LATE CITY EDITION CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com More Charges Likely Against Tejpal: Cops ASK PRABHU Post your questions on website www.newindianexpress.com and Prabhu will answer them Goa police quiz three staffers; Tejpal may seek transfer of probe R A DA R Express News Service Aarushi Case Verdict Today Ghaziabad: Nearly five-and-a-half years after the sensational killings of teenager Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj, a special CBI court will on Monday pronounce its verdict on whether her parents are guilty. P7 Iran Dumps Nuke Plans Geneva: Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme in a breakthrough deal on Sunday, that world powers said was the biggest step in decade-long efforts to deny Tehran an atomic bomb. P12 Cyclone Leher to Hit AP Chennai: Just days after being hit by Cyclone Helen, Andhra Pradesh is bracing itself to face another cyclone, Leher, which would cross the state coast on November 28, the Met office said. Winter Session From Today Belgaum: The 10-day Winter Session, second to be held at the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha here, will commence on Monday. P5 Naxals Expanding in South? New Delhi: Naxals are making efforts to open a new theatre in South India with the movement of armed cadre witnessed in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, the Home Ministry said. P7 4-year-old Dies of Burns Bangalore: A four-year-old boy died and three others of his family sustained injuries after a plastic bucket filled with boiling water exploded at Arasu Colony in Tilaknagar in the city on Sunday. P3 CLOSE SHAVE An empty coach of the Bangalore-Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express derailed while being shunted to the railway station yard in Bangalore on Sunday. The generator car and two AC-III tier coaches ploughed through the compound wall that separates the railway yard and quarters. There were no casualties | EXPRESS ATM Attacker Killed AP Woman? Express News Service Anantapur/Bangalore: Is the assailant, who had brutally attacked Corporation Bank manager Jyothi Uday at an ATM kiosk in Bangalore on November 19, a killer? Police, hot on his trail, stumbled upon vital clues that point to this possibility. Police are reported to have arrested a suspect and a team of CCB police from the city is learnt to have gone to Andhra Pradesh to verify if he is the man they are looking for. While sources said New Delhi: Tata group’s combined turnover slipped below the $100-billion mark due to a fall in the rupee, despite an over 10% growth in total revenue when measured in Indian currency. P13 Sudarshan jewellers Diamond Silver Coins 916 Hallmark Gold Rate Silver # 43 Per Gram *CA # 2690/- gm Gangothri Gold Chickpet 22913443, B’lore Sheshadripuram 23468811 42 PAGES, INCLUDING 20 PAGES OF EDEX (TABLOID) & 6 OF CITY EXPRESS EXPRESS POLL OF THE DAY Is the Aam Aadmi Party’s claim that there was a political conspiracy to frame it credible? YES 41% NO 59% TODAY’S QUESTION: Will Tehelka be able to survive the Tarun Tejpal sex scandal? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com Bangalore: The city police on Sunday shut down 1,037 ATMs which were left unguarded. After the attack on Jyothi Uday in an ATM kiosk last Tuesday, Home Minister K J George had given banks a 72-hour deadline to post guards, which expired on Sunday. the suspect has been taken in for questioning, Bangalore police maintained that the hunt for the suspect was still on. “We do not have official intimation of any arrests made in this case. We are continuing our search for the accused,” said Bangalore City Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar. The assailant’s footprints were traced to an ATM in Kadiri town. He was seen withdrawing money at a State Bank of India ATM in Kadiri on November 10 — nine days before he attacked Jyothi. The CCTV footage from the ATM showed a person who looked exactly like the assailant, wearing the same clothes and holding the same handbag too. MORE: P3 MLA, 15 Corporators Have Illegal Water Lines by N R Madhusudhan Tata Out of $100bn Club 1,037 UNGUARDED ATMs SHUT DOWN Bangalore: When it comes to stealing water, some elected representatives seem to lead the way. According to sources at the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), one MLA and around 15 corporators in the newlyadded areas of the city have drawn pipelines from the BWSSB’s main pipeline and are drawing Cauvery water without permission. They have not paid the mandatory prorata charges for the connection. Local BWSSB officials are too scared to reveal their names, and the special squads formed to nab the offenders dare not go to their households. The MLA who has been drawing water without a meter has been identified as Satish Reddy of Bommanahalli. The corporators are yet to be identified. Reddy is said to have drawn a pipeline from the BWSSB’s main line supplying Cauvery water without paying the necessary pro-rata charges or installing a water meter. No one in the area was willing to say when the water line was connected. When asked about it, Reddy said, “We are not receiving Cauvery water in our area though they are supposed to supply it on alternate days. We are relying on tanker water. I am ready to pay the necessary charges and get the regular connection.” BWSSB engineer-in-chief T Venkatraju said, “In order to avoid cutting roads frequently, we have drawn water lines till the compound walls of 1,40,000 buildings, including MLA Satish Reddy’s building, and 60,000 building owners have already taken water connections by paying the pro-rata and other charges. I won’t know if Satish Reddy has taken the connection unless I get it verified.” To get a water connection legally, a building owner has to pay prorata charges, Greater Bangalore Water and Sanitation Project (GBWASP) charges and meter charges. Pro-rata charges are calculated on the basis of the built-up area of the building and varies from area to area in the city. The BWSSB charges a pro-rata amount of `160 per 100 sqft for residential buildings, `200 for apartment complexes and `300 for commercial buildings. GBWASP’s charges are fixed according to the dimension of the site in which the building is constructed. Owners also have to pay `1,000 as meter charges at the time of taking the water connection. As Reddy’s palatial house is situated in a very big site, he will have to pay lakhs to take a proper water connection besides paying the water charges, which go up with increasing consumption. Ban Import of Cars Not Roadworthy: PIL by Umesh Yadav Bangalore: Angered by the malfunctioning of a luxury car, a private company is suing the government for allowing import of vehicles not suited for Indian roads. Embassy Property Development Limited, a Bangalore-based company, has filed a public interest petition before the Karnataka High Court after a luxury SUV it had imported suddenly locked itself up and caused a four-hour jam on MG Road. The petition alleges the Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Ministry, the Karnataka government, the Automotive Research Association and other government bodies are not checking the roadworthiness of imported cars. The realty company had spent `71.25 lakh in 2010 and imported a BMW X5 Sports Utility Vehicle for its CMD Jitu Virwani. On April 19, the SUV reported- ly jerked to a halt and locked itself. The driver was unable to even open the windows and doors as they were jammed. The incident occurred during peak hours, and inconvenienced hundreds of road users. The petitioner sent legal notices to the BMW group in Germany, BMW Asia (Singapore) and BMW India, asking them to return the full amount paid for the A PIL was ﬁled after a luxury SUV that had been imported suddenly locked itself up and caused a four-hour jam on MG Road vehicle along with interest of 36 per cent from September 9, 2010. It has also sought `5 crore for putting the life of its chairman in danger. Forbes magazine reports that BMW had recalled 1.3 lakh vehicles in 2010 and is now recalling 5.69 lakh vehicles sold between 2007 and 2012 in the US and Canada. Top BMW officials in India failed to reply to emails and to this reporter’s calls seeking to know if the vehicle in question was from any batch that had been recalled. MORE: P2 New Delhi: The investigation team of the Goa police on Sunday went back to their home state without questioning Tarun Tejpal, editor of Tehelka magazine, who the Goa police have booked on charges of rape. “We have not established contact with Tarun Tejpal yet,” O P Mishra, Panaji Deputy Inspector General of Police said. However, he did not rule out the possibility of slapping fresh charges against Tejpal, saying many things have emerged in the probe. At a press conference in Panaji at the police headquarters, Mishra said, “There are many things which emerged during the course of investigation.... If additional charges are required, they will be added according to the development in the course of action.” Tejpal is accused of sexually assaulting a young colleague at a hotel in Goa on two occasions, November 7 and 8. The victim is the daughter of Tejpal’s former colleague. The Goa police booked him under IPC Sections 376 and 376 (2) (k) for rape and raping a woman by taking advantage of an official position, and Section 354 (A) for assault and outraging the modesty of a woman. Meanwhile, Tehelka managing editor Shoma Chaudhary, who was questioned in connection with the case, has said that she “fully cooper- PROTECT WOMAN JOURNALIST: NCW Mumbai: The National Commission for Women has approached the Mumbai police seeking protection for the Tehelka woman journalist, who has accused its editor Tarun Tejpal of sexual assault, and claimed that her family was being pressurised P11 to “protect” him. ated” with the police and hoped it will bring “clarity and justice” to the case. Chaudhury was questioned for around nine hours from 4:45 pm on Saturday to around 2 am at the magazine’s office in posh Greater Kailash-II in South Delhi. Her mobile phone, an iPad and her laptop were also screened by the police, according to police sources. The police team also recorded the statements of three other Tehelka employ- ees who were informed about the incident by the victim after it took place. The statements of the witnesses were recorded at Goa Sadan in the national capital. Police seized from the Tehelka office a hard disc, transcripts of emails exchanged among Tejpal, Chaudhary and the victim and other documents. “They have also seized certain electronic items during the investigation,” the DIG added. “I will not share any minute detail that will hamper the investigations,” he told reporters, adding “we are proceeding in the right direction”. Mishra said many things were coming out in the social media which were against the broad principles followed in sexual assault cases. Meanwhile, Tejpal is reportedly likely to approach the High Court seeking a change in the investigating agency and transfer of the case from the Goa police to a Central agency. On Tejpal’s arrest, a source said if the victim files a complaint, he would be arrested immediately. “But unless that happens, the Goa police will want to tick all boxes before arresting Tejpal,” he added. (with PTI)
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