BANGALORE 26 NOVEMBER 2013 TUESDAY `4.00 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 Killed for Refusing Marriage Raichur: A 19-year-old woman was allegedly killed on Monday by a man for turning down his marriage proposal. The woman, Mahadevi, is said to have been force-fed poison by one Nagaraj and his cousin at Meerapur village here. Zaheer Back in Test Squad Vadodara: Veteran pacer Zaheer Khan made a comeback to India’s Test side after close to a year, but opener Gautam Gambhir was ignored as the selectors on Monday announced the squads for the Test and ODI tour of South Africa starting December 5. P14 Two Held for Misbehaviour Bangalore: The Cubbon Park police on Monday arrested two foreign nationals and students of Indian Institute of Science who went to Shiro Bar in UB City and misbehaved with a woman who was attending a family party in a different part of the bar. P3 All-time High Polling in MP Bhopal/Aizwal: Madhya Pradesh recorded the highest-ever voter turnout of over 70 per cent and Mizoram of over 81 per cent in elections on Monday. P9 Carlsen Awarded `9.90 Cr Chennai: Newlycrowned world chess champion Magnus Carlsen was awarded a prize money of `9.90 crore by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday. The Norwegian beat India’s Viswanathan Anand to take home the title. P14 No Arbitration With Agusta New Delhi: Defence Minister A K Antony has ruled out arbitration with Italian firm AgustaWestland in the row over supply of 12 VIP helicopters to the IAF. Antony added that the firm has not yet replied to a final show-cause notice. P7 Lalu Moves Court for Bail New Delhi: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is currently serving a fiveyear jail term after being convicted in a 17-year-old fodder scam, moved his bail plea before the Supreme Court on Monday. The court will hear the plea on Friday. FIVE YEARS AFTER 26/11... MORE: P7 & CITY EXPRESS MARKETS Indices Sensex: Nifty: Silver 20,605.08 6,115.35 Gold Bar (1 kg): 44,405 Retail (1 gm): 47.50 Exchange 24 ct (1 gm): 22 ct (1 gm): 3,044 2,875 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 Talwars Guilty of Killing Aarushi Dentist couple taken to Dasna jail, to move HC; judge to announce quantum of sentence today Express News Service New Delhi: A special CBI court on Monday pronounced dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar guilty of murdering their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj Banjade, more than five years after the crime. After a 15-month trial, Additional Sessions Judge Shyam Lal held them also guilty of destruction of evidence in the murder on the intervening night of May 15 and 16, 2008, days before the birthday of the Class nine student, in their Noida residence. Arguments on the sentencing will be held on Tuesday after which the judge will announce the quantum of sentence. The punishment for the couple could go upto a maximum of life term in jail. Death for murder is given in the ‘rarest of rare’ cases. “The parents are the best protectors of their own children. That is the order of human nature, but there have been freaks in the history of mankind where the father and mother became the killers of their own progeny,” the judge said in his 204-page verdict. Soon after the verdict, Aar- Nupur and Rajesh Talwar arrive at the special CBI court in Ghaziabad on Monday to hear the verdict in the sensational twin murder case | PTI COUPLE INCONSOLABLE, REFUSE DINNER IN JAIL Ghaziabad: Lodged in separate cells amid high security in Dasna jail, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were “inconsolable” and refused dinner. Women police personnel have been deputed for Nupur. ushi’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), lawyer Naresh Yadav said. 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 in the compound of the Ghaziabad Sessions Court despite a request by the police to stay away. The judgment day has taken five long years during which the investigation somersaulted from a point where it seemed that the Talwars would be given a clean chit to a complete volte-face when the couple was convicted on Monday. A statement by the Talwars said: “We are deeply disappointed, hurt... for being convicted for a crime that we have not committed. We refuse to feel defeated and will continue to fight for justice.” In a case that was widely speculated as honour killing, 49year-old Rajesh was also convicted on the charge of filing a false FIR. Rajesh and Nupur, a year younger than her husband, were said to have been angry over their daughter’s liaison with 45-year-old Hemraj who hailed from Nepal. Vandana, Nupur’s sister, said “there was no need for a trial as the minds were already made up” and “it was pre-decided” that the dentist couple would be pronounced guilty. She told reporters outside the court that the truth was buried in layers and layers of lies to save the prestige of CBI. “Everyone had turned against us…. What do we have on our side? Only the truth.... No one believes what we say because we are a family against the mighty CBI,” she added. (with PTI) Jail For Ofﬁcials for Allowing Flats on Road? Express News Service Bangalore: A furious High Court has sought the names of BBMP and BDA officials who allowed the construction of apartments on a road in north Bangalore. Inconveniencing hundreds of senior citizens in MLA Layout, RMV II Stage, KKR Vajra Apartments has built flats on a public road that used to run between two of its blocks. In an emergency, no ambulance can reach their homes because of the unauthorised block off BEL Road in Lottegollahalli. A division bench comprising Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice S N Satyanarayana lambasted BBMP and BDA officials who had sanctioned the plan and allowed its modification. Hearing a public interest case filed by Shakunthala Chaugule and two others, the judges said they would initiate criminal proceedings against all officials involved in the case. The petitioners are seeking stringent action against the officials and the builder. Lakshmy Iyengar, advocate representing the petitioners, said the residents had lost any “ingress and egress to their sites once the contiguous/adjoining sites were occupied by the apartment owner”. I Cross of MLA Layout Road is now totally blocked because of KKR Vajra Apartments. While the builder is guilty of A division bench comprising Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice S N Satyanarayana lambasted BBMP and BDA ofﬁcials who had sanctioned the plan and allowed its modiﬁcation encroachment, the officials are guilty of letting him get away, the court said. The BBMP said it would find a way through vacant sites in the vicinity, but the court said that was not the issue at hand. The judges observed that the BDA had formed the layout and handed it over to the BBMP, but had not taken any steps to ensure that the original plan was followed. The BBMP contended that it had permitted fresh construction in 2005-2006, acting only on the fact that a khata of the erstwhile owner was in existence. MORE: P4 Bangalore: A 21-year-old engineering student allegedly committed suicide on Monday after a fight with his parents over his participation in a rally for sexual minorities. Vamshi Raju, a student of Sambharam College in Jalahalli, had attended a ‘pride rally’ taken out by sexual minority groups in Bangalore on Sunday. He reportedly returned home to a family upset by TV BSY Threatens to Sit in House All Night Over Bidai Express News Service Belgaum: Karnataka Janata Party chief B S Yeddyurappa refused to budge on his stand on the Shaadi Bhagya at the start of the legislature session in Belgaum on Monday. After sitting on a dharna for 24 days in Bangalore, Yeddyurappa continued his protest in Belgaum despite the state government promising to consider extending the scheme to the poor of other castes in future as demanded by him. Yeddyurappa, for whom the Shaadi Bhagya scheme has become a prestige issue, refused to yield to repeated requests of the Speaker, the Chief Minister, several ministers and MLAs cutting across party lines as he took up most of the time on day one of the legislature session, which began in Belgaum on Monday. Yeddyurappa sat on the floor of the well of the Assembly throughout the day and announced that he would sit there day and night till his demand is met. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who had been refusing to talk to Yeddyurappa on the issue, came down a step to request the latter to withdraw the dharna promising to consider his demand seriously. “The government is open to consider the demand for extension of the scheme to the poor of other castes. In fact, we too want this. But since it needs budgetary allocation and huge funds, the government needs to discuss the pros and cons. So, the demand will be considered in future,’’ Siddaramaiah said after hectic persuasion from his minsters and MLAs to intervene in the matter. He also indirectly criticised Yeddyurappa for being “adamant” and “forcing his views on the house”. “In democracy, everybody has the right to protest. But wishing that things should move according to ones’ will is not correct. Being the seniormost member of the house, you should not do this,’’ Siddaramaiah said. Opposition leader H D Kumaraswamy also echoed the CM’s views while subtly criticising Yeddyurappa’s stand. However, Yeddyurappa was unrelenting. Earlier in the day, Yeddyurappa along with his party MLAs continued the dharna in the well of the Assembly as soon as the House assembled. MORE: P5 Minor Girl from City Alleges Gang-rape, Two Arrested Express News Service Bangalore: A 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an acquaintance and his friends near the HAL guest house here on Friday. Police nabbed two of the accused Hussain and Waseem on Monday following a complaint from the girl’s parents. They are on the lookout for three others allegedly involved in the crime. According to the complaint, the girl was lured by Hussain and his friends to an isolated place near the guest house and raped. The gang is said to have threatened her with dire consequences if she spoke about the incident to anyone and they left after dropping her home. The girl complained of severe stomach ache on Monday, following which her parents took her to a doctor. Police said the doctor has confirmed that she was gangraped. Journalist Quits Tehelka, Tejpal Applies for Bail Express News Service New Delhi: The Goa Police has established contact with the woman journalist who levelled a sexual assault allegation against Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal, even as he moved the Delhi High Court on Monday seeking anticipatory bail. The woman, meanwhile, resigned from the magazine to be “free from all pressure”. The police are likely to record her statement over the next few days. O P Mishra, Goa Deputy Inspector General of Police, said in Panaji that the investigating officer had contacted the woman, but refused to divulge details, claiming the police wanted to protect her privacy. The court will hear Tejpal’s plea on Tuesday. 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 resignation to the Tehelka management two days ago. Tehelka is learnt to have accepted it. Managing editor Shoma Chaudhury said she had received the resignation and would only speak later. “There is a lot of miscommunication, lot of confusion.... The more I speak, it is going to be out of context,” she said. Day After Dancing at Queer Rally, Student Kills Self Express News Service KJP leader B S Yeddyurappa is unmoved by pleas to call off his dharna over the Shaadi Bhagya scheme in Belgaum on Monday | VINOD KUMAR T footage showing him dancing there. After he allegedly drank poison, Vamshi Raju was writhing in pain, and his father Muniraju, who runs a business in Yeshwantpur, took him to a nearby hospital. Doctors declared him brought dead. Police claim to have found a suicide note, with Vamshi Raju saying he was taking his life because he had been neither a good son nor a good student. But a close friend said he Vamshi Raju reportedly returned home to a family upset by TV footage showing him dancing at the ‘pride rally’ Vamshi Raju wasn’t doing so badly in studies. Meanwhile, Sangama, an NGO for sexual minorities, said Vamshi Raju had been depressed because of the lack of support from his parents. “He is a transgender, and danced openly at the rally. TV channels broadcast the footage in the evening news. He returned home and a fight erupted,” Manohar Elavarthi, a human rights activist and joint secretary of Praja Rajakiya Vedike, said. Unable to bear the situation at home, he committed suicide, the NGO alleges. “They didn’t want him to interact with members of the sexual minority community,” he said. 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