CHennai 26 november 2013 Tuesday `3.00 pages 22 Late City edition CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com r a da r Snooping: Inquiry Ordered Ahmedabad: Under attack over alleged snooping on a woman by Gujarat police, the Narendra Modi government on Monday appointed a two-member Commission of Inquiry headed by a retired woman judge of the Ahmedabad High Court. Retired Gujarat High Court judge Sugnyaben K Bhatt and K C Kapoor, retired Additional Chief Secretary of the State, will be part of the inquiry panel which has been asked to submit its report within three months. P7 Jaya Honours World Champion Carlsen with `9.9 Crore Cash Award, Gold Medal ‘Anand Needs Time to Stage a Comeback’ by Venkata Krishna B GAIL Pipeline Gets HC Nod Chennai: The Madras High Court on Monday quashed the State government order restraining implementation of the Kochi-Mangalore gas pipeline project passing through agricultural lands in seven districts of Tamil Nadu. P3 EC Plea on NOTA Dismissed New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to direct the Election Commission to hold fresh polls in case the majority of the electorate exercises ‘None Of The Above Option’ (NOTA) option that was recently introduced. P9 All-time High Polling in MP Bhopal/Aizawl: Madhya Pradesh on Monday witnessed the highest-ever voter turnout of over 70 per cent and Mizoram more than 81 per cent in the Assembly polls marred by stray violence which left two Congress activists dead in the central State. P9 SL Objects to Sethu Project Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has told India that it opposes the Sethusamudram Project on environmental and cultural grounds. A spokesman of the Sri Lankan Ministry of External Affairs said here on Monday that Lanka had shared with India a report by experts in this regard. The Lankan objection assumes significance as the case comes up for hearing in the Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday. P5 Zaheer Back in Test Squad Vadodara: Veteran pacer Zaheer Khan made a comeback to the cricket Test side after nearly a year, as the selectors on Monday announced the squads for the Test and ODI tour of South Africa starting in December. P14 Lanka Opposes Heroes’ Day Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has warned that anyone attempting to promote or glorify the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, using media freedom as a cover, will be prosecuted. P5 22 pages, including 6 pages of City Express Markets Indices Sensex: 20,605.08 Nifty: 6,115.35 Gold 24 ct (1 gm): 3,044 22 ct (1 gm): 2,875 Silver Bar (1 kg): 44,405 Retail (1 gm): 47.50 Exchange 62.57 84.70 US$: Euro: Source: BSE, NSE, RBI websites express poll of the day Will Tehelka be able to survive the Tarun Tejpal sex scandal? Yes 17% no 83% Today’s question: Should the Delhi HC grant anticipatory bail to Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa presents the winner’s trophy to world chess champion Magnus Carlsen in the presence of FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (centre), at a function in the city on Monday | D SAMPATHKUMAR Express News Service Chennai: The curtains came down on the FIDE World Chess Championship (WCC) 2013, with Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, at whose initiative the tourney was held in the country for the first time, on Monday presenting the newly crowned monarch of the mind game, Magnus Carlsen, a cash award of `9.9 crore. At a brief but simple function, the CM honoured the Norwegian prodigy with a gold-plated trophy and a gold medal besides an olive garland, specially brought from the Nilgiris. Being an avid chess lover, the CM herself chose the design of the gold-plated trophy. She came to the venue, which witnessed an intense tussle for the crown between reigning champion Viswanathan Anand and Carlsen. The contest lasted for 10 days. So far, players who win the 22-carat Medal for first time On instructions from Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, for the first time in WCC matches, the winner was presented with a medal made of 22-carat gold weighing 103.600 grams. WCC have been presented with gold-plated silver medals. However, on instructions from the Chief Minister, for the first time in the history of the WCC matches, the winner has been presented with a medal made of 22-carat gold weighing 103.600 grams. Five-time champion and runner up in the just-concluded event, Anand, received a cheque for `6.03 crore and a silver trophy from the CM. FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov presented gold and silver medals to Carlsen and Anand respectively. On November 7, the Chief Minister had declared open the championship at a grand function held at the Nehru Indoor Stadium and the match began on November 9. Carlsen wrested the world championship from veteran Anand with a stupendous 6.5-3.5 score. On April 8, Jayalalithaa had announced in the State Assembly that the WCC 2013 would be conducted in the city in November and granted `29 crore towards this. In 2011, Ilyumzhinov had requested the CM to host the WCC 2012 in the city and she had allocated `20 crore for it. However, in the auction held for the event, Russia quoted the highest amount and snatched it. Given the interest shown by TN to host the WCC 2012, the FIDE had requested the State to host WCC 2013 in the city without bidding. More: P14 Journo Quits Tehelka, Tejpal heads to Delhi HC for Anticipatory Bail Express News Service New Delhi: Even as Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal on Monday applied for anticipatory bail fearing arrest by the Goa Police in the rape case against him, the woman journalist, who had accused him of sexual assault, resigned from the magazine saying she wants to be free from all pressure. In another significant development, the Goa Police established contact with the victim for the first time since the incident came to light. The police are likely to record her statement in the next a few days. O P Mishra, Goa Deputy Inspector General of Police, said in Panaji that the investigating officer in the case had contacted the woman. He said the police wants to protect her privacy and so they will not comment on the issue further. As the Goa Police is closing in on Tejpal, he approached the Delhi High Court seeking antici- patory bail. The court posted the matter for Tuesday to decide on his plea. Tejpal has also sought transit bail so that he can approach the relevant court in Goa as the case is registered there. The journalist had sent in her rapist killers gouge out eyes of victim Lakhimpur: Four men allegedly raped a woman inside a tempo, gouged out her eyes and beat her before throwing her out of the vehicle leading to her death in Assam’s Lakhimpur district. The incident took place when the woman boarded the tempo to pick up her daughter from school. resignation to the Tehelka management two days ago, as she felt her interests were not protected. The management is learnt to have accepted her resignation. Tehelka Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury said she had received the resignation and would only speak later. “There is a lot of miscommunication, lot of confusion about this entire event, the chronology of events because there are only half facts in the public domain. The more I speak, it is going to be out of context,” she said, adding she would soon come out with a statement on the chronology of events. As Chaudhury’s conduct too had come under attack, she defended it saying, “A lot of my leadership is under question. I want to state that categorically from the moment I received my colleague’s complaint, I have acted in adherence and allegiance to my highest feminist principles and I hope that in the days to come, I will be able to make that apparent.” Tejpal, who has been under consistent attack from his erstwhile colleagues and the media fraternity, saw another stinging attack on him from writer, activist Arundhati Roy. More: P4, p10 Transgenders Challenge Mahila Court Jurisdiction by Sruthisagar Yamunan Chennai: A question over the gender of the victim and the accused in an immoral trafficking case has put the Mahila Court here at the centre of a raging controversy. Eleven transgenders, arrested in 2009 on the charge of kidnapping a Class IX boy and dumping him into the sex trade after a forced sex-change surgery, recently moved a petition in the Principal Ses- sions Court contending that the Mahila Court, hearing the matter, had no jurisdiction to try the case. For, neither they nor the victim were women, is their argument. The matter pertains to one Arun (name changed) of suburban Kovalam who had disappeared in 2006 after dropping out of school. Three years later, he returned home as a transgender with a new name, Trisha. The parents of Trisha then filed a police complaint. The boy had apparently displayed traits of the opposite gender even as a child. After dropping out of school, he met a soothsayer named Arasu alias Arasi. He was then taken to the house of a transgender in Kasimedu and then to Andhra Pradesh, where the alleged sex-change surgery was performed on the boy. The boy was reportedly forced into sex trade later. After the complaint from the parents, police booked 13 people and arrested 11 transgenders. Two of the accused are still absconding. The matter then came before the Mahila Court for further proceedings. However, all the 11 ac- The transgenders have been accused of kidnapping a Class IX boy and dumping him into sex trade after a forced sex-change surgery cused moved the Principal Sessions Court recently with a petition to transfer the case to another court. Their counsel, K Kannan, argued that all the accused were born and brought up as male persons and subsequently became transgenders. Now, they are neither male nor female and are officially termed as ‘aravanis’. In fact, even Arun (19) was a male during the occurrence of the alleged offences. More: P4 Chennai: He might be the newly-crowned world chess champion, but for Magnus Carlsen, five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand is still one of the alltime greats of the game. At the same time, Carlsen thought what helped him win was Anand’s apparent nervousness. “I could sense that he was a bit nervous and vulnerable. And I managed to settle down well,” he said after receiving the winners’ cheque, trophy and medal on Monday for the FIDE World Chess Championship (WCC) 2013. Carlsen felt it would take a while for Anand to make a comeback. He also did not know if he would play Anand in the near future as a contender. “I think Anand has to figure out whether he wants to play challengers or not. His results during recent times are not good. He just needs some time to readjust and make a comeback. He can play at the highest level. But right now he is not there. Whosoever challenges me next year, I will be the man to beat!” Whether Anand would make a comeback he felt it was entirely up to Anand. “He has to figure it out and if he gets the motivation he should be back,” he said. Anand, on the other hand, has remained silent and did not speak to the media after the closing ceremony. He has not revealed his plan regarding his future. Nupur and Rajesh Talwar arrive at the special CBI court in Ghaziabad on Monday to hear the verdict in the twin murder case | pti Talwars Killed Aarushi and Hemraj: Court Dentist couple taken to Ghaziabad prison, to move HC; quantum of sentence today Express News Service New Delhi: After a 15-month trial, a special CBI court on Monday pronounced dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar guilty of murdering their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and 45-year-old domestic help Hemraj Banjade on the intervening night of May 15 and 16, 2008, at their residence in Noida in what came to be known as the sensational Noida double murder case which saw many twists and turns. Tears rolled down the cheeks of the dentist couple after Additional Sessions Judge Shyam Lal ruled that the couple had committed the act of murdering their daughter in furtherance of common intention. Arguments on the sentence will be held on Tuesday after which the court will announce the quantum. Soon after the verdict, Aarushi’s parents, who would soon move the High Court against the verdict, were taken to the overcrowded Dasna Jail. The couple was convicted under IPC Section 302 (murder), 201 (destruction of evidence) and 34 (common intent), said lawyer Naresh Yadav. Rajesh was also convicted on charges of filing false FIR. The Aarushi-Hemraj murder case would go down in the annals of history as a case which generated a lot of debate in the media and across the country. Even on Monday, hundreds of mediapersons could be seen at the Ghaziabad Sessions Court despite a request by the police to stay away. The judgement day has taken five long years to come during which the investigation somersaulted from a point where it seemed the Talwars would be given a clean chit to a complete volteface when the couple was convicted. A statement by the Talwars said: “We’re deeply disappointed, hurt... for being convicted for a crime that we’ve not committed. We refuse to feel defeated and will continue to fight for justice.” More: P6
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