CHENNAI WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 05, 2018 `5.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION SC HEAT ON BIHAR, KERALA MPs, MLAs WITH CRIMINAL CASES The apex court has directed setting up of special courts in each district of Bihar and Kerala for trials in cases against lawmakers SERIOUS CASES TO GET FIRST PRIORITY 4K CASES PENDING AGAINST LAWMAKERS Cases involving offences punishable with life imprisonment or death sentence will be taken up as a first priority, the Supreme Court said and asked the designated courts in Kerala and Bihar to submit monthly reports to the high courts with regard to cases where P11 chargesheets have not yet been filed ■ ■ ■ As many as 4,122 criminal cases are pending against current and ex-MPs and MLAs, senior advocate Vijay Hansaria told the court Of these, 2,324 are against sitting lawmakers and 1,675 are against former legislators Some of these cases have been pending for over three decades 430 CASES INVOLVE OFFENCES PUNISHABLE WITH LIFE TERM OR DEATH SENTENCE 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 CAST OF CHARACTERS CHRISTIAN MICHEL Extradited British middleman with deep political reach. Mediator in the Agusta deal along with the family of former air chief S P Tyagi GIUSEPPE ORSI Former chief executive officer of Finmeccanica, parent firm of Agusta Westland. Sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail BRUNO SPAGNOLINI Ex-CEO of AgustaWestland arrested on charges of bribing middlemen to bag chopper deal. Sentenced to four-year imprisonment R A M A N A N D A S E N G U P TA @ New Delhi Bureaucracy 28% Air Force 20% Political 52% HOW THE €30 MN COOKIE WAS TO CRUMBLE Brains behind operation Unicorn Code-named Unicorn, the operation was It says €15-16 mn carried out under was for the political the guidance of class; mentions AP, acronym National for Sonia’s secretary Ahmed Security Patel, according to verdict Advisor Ajit (page 204). Michel, however, Doval and denies knowledge of coordinated by the note interim CBI chief M Nageswar Rao An open non-bailable arrest warrant issued by the special judge, CBI cases, Patiala House Courts, New Delhi on September 24, 2015, is pending against Michel - Abhishek Dayal, CBI spokesperson EXPRESS READ ‘Kartarpur in Pak because of Cong’ PM Narendra Modi has alleged that Kartarpur went to Pakistan at the time of Independence because the Congress leaders of that time had no vision and didn’t respect the Sikh sentiments | P9 I-T dept to review Sonia, Rahul taxes The Supreme Court has allowed the Income Tax Department to re-assess the tax of top Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi for 2011-12 in connection with the National Herald case | P11 3 IL&FS staff in Ethiopia arrested The Ethiopian police have taken into custody three Indian officials of crisis-hit IL&FS over non-payment of taxes and salaries even as five Indian employees continue to be in captivity of the unpaid staff in the African nation | P17 Special Assembly session on Dec 6 A special session of the TN Assembly will be held on Dec 6 to discuss the Mekedatu issue. Governor Banwarilal Purohit will convene the session at 4 p.m, said an order. P5 Verdict says Orsi told his people to contact then PM Mario Monti or Ambassador Terracciano, who can speak to Singh on his (Orsi’s) behalf SONIA GANDHI Her name appeared four times in trial court verdict. Michel in a letter told Agusta she was the driving force behind deal AHMED PATEL Sonia’s then political secretary, his name appeared thrice on page 193 and twice on page 204 of the verdict OSCAR FERNANDES Another middleman Guido Haschke wanted by India had apparently told the trial court that Oscar Fernandes was part of the deal Diplomatic coup for Modi govt as first major economic fugitive sent to India; he is one of the three go-betweens wanted in the `3,600 cr scam Here’s where it gets political The alleged budget note written by the middlemen to swing the deal, which figured in the Italian trial court MANMOHAN SINGH CHRISTIAN James Michel, a powerful middleman in the scamtainted AgustaWestland helicopter deal, on Tuesday became the first major economic fugitive to be extradited under Narendra Modi’s watch as prime minister. He arrived in Delhi from Dubai on a private Gulfstream jet around 10.35 pm. The extradition is a major shot in the arm for the government, which has been facing constant attacks from the Congress on the Rafale jet deal with France, and comes months ahead of next year’s parliamentary elections. Reports said a team of Indian officials had reached Dubai late last week to finalise the extradition. The UAE had ratified an extradition treaty with India in May 2013, and India had filed the Michel’s extradition request before the Dubai Public Prosecution in February last year. Michel was arrested, and when the case came up for hearing in a Dubai court in July he pleaded not guilty In Sep, . tember this year, the Dubai Appeal Court approved the extradi- tion request, but this too, was challenged by Michel’s lawyers. But on November 19, Dubai’s Cassation court rejected Michel’s lawyer Bin Suwaidan’s argument that the case was politically motivated and that his client would be mistreated by the Indian authorities and upheld the appellate court’s decision, clearing the way for his extradition. Michel reportedly received EUR 30 million (`225 crore) from AgustaWestland for paying politicians and bureaucrats for firming up a `3,600 crore order for 12 AgustaWestland AW101 for VVIPs signed in 2010. But the order was put on hold and finally cancelled in 2014 after an Italian COINCIDENCE OR DESIGN, SUSHMA ON UAE VISIT External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is in Dubai to co-chair the 12th session of the India-UAE Joint Commission Meeting for Economic and Technical Cooperation with her UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Coincidence? She is expected to return to Delhi on Wednesday Higher perks proposal nixed, Army upset M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi THE Union finance ministry on Tuesday rejected the proposal seeking higher Military Service Pay (MSP) for Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO), dashing the hopes of over one lakh military personnel. MSP was introduced as a means to compensate the hardships and disadvantages faced by soldiers. Currently, there are two slabs for MSP — `15,500 a month for officers and `5,200 for JCOs and jawans. The proposal was to allow a separate band of MSP for JCOs, raising it to `10,000. If accepted, this would have cost the ex-chequer `610 crore. The hierarchy in the Forces is divided into officers, JCOs and other ranks. JCO is an aspirational rank for jawans. They are crucial to supervise and manage the units, squadrons and ships in the three forces. It takes 15 years for a jawan to become a JCO. court arrested chairman of Finmeccanica (the parent company AgustaWestland) Giuseppe Orsi and CEO of AgustaWestland Bruno Spagnolini on charges of bribing middlemen to secure the deal with the IAF. Though the government recovered most of the money paid to AgustaWestland, questions were raised about the role of then PM Manmohan Singh, former defence minister A K Antony, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, her close aide and and MP Ahmed Patel and former IAF chief S P Tyagi in finalising the deal. Tyagi reportedly had the original flight ceiling required by the IAF reduced to get Agusta enter the bid. “Obviously the case is a political one,” said an official who held a senior position during the UPA government. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi, who are both said to be in the UK, are also brought back just before the elections next year. Also, Pakistan is under tremendous pressure from the US at our behest to extradite Dawood Ibrahim. But then, the ISI is a tough nut to crack.” TRANSGENDER COP Ill-treatment led to suicide bid? Over one lakh JCOs across three Forces EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE There are about 87,000 JCOs in Army, 8,000 in Navy and 17,000 in Air Force. While the Ministry of Defence was in consonance with the demand of the three services, the finance ministry did not find merit in the demand THIS suicide attempt due to alleged harassment was caught on-camera and created quite a stir on social media. In a 1.48-minute video, transgender police constable Nasriya was allegedly seen accusing three immediate superiors of often behaving indecently with her. Nasriya claimed that she had had a hostile work environment and that from Day One at the Ramanathapuram Armed Reserve Police camp, the officials subjected her to mental torture. Nasriya was seen consuming rat poison. However, doctors at the govt hospital said her condition was stable. Higher police officials refuted the charges and said she took leave without permission and when questioned she framed these charges. The constable is the second transgender to enter police service in the country A departmental . inquiry has been initiated. In an infantry battalion of about 800 officers and men, there are only 40 JCOs. Lieutenant General Vinod Bhatia, former DG Military Operations, says, “Junior Commissioned Officers are very important component of the forces. They are the leaders on the ground. Also, while the Indian forces together are having a shortage of about 25 per cent officers, it is these JCOs who are filling the void. This important lot has been clubbed with the jawans while on ground we expect them to function somewhere between the officers and the jawans.” @ Ramanathapuram QUACK-QUASHED No more Siddha ‘miracle’ on TV? S I N D U J A J A N E @Chennai THE Tamil Nadu Board of Indian Medicine has sent notices to all the Tamil TV channels in the State asking them to stop telecast of programmes featuring Siddha medicine. The board has said that even qualified Siddha medicine practitioners are barred from self-promotion as per the code of ethics. The move comes after the board found that a few unqualified Siddha medicine practitioners were found promising miracle cure on television channels. Speaking to Express, G Rajasekaran, Registrar, Tamil Nadu Board of Indian Medicine and TN Siddha Medical Council, said, “The notice was issued after we found an advertisement by quacks attract- ing people saying only they have medicines for particular diseases and people get cured when they come to them. As per the Central Council of Indian Medicine guidelines, even qualified persons should not advertise their practice. They can only create awareness. Only one channel responded to the notice saying, they would stop the programme from next week.” P8 Bajrang Dal, BJP men booked for UP violence N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow A Bajrang Dal district leader, a BJP youth wing leader and a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) member were among 88 people booked in connection with the Bulandshahr mob violence even as the police arrested four persons and detained half-a-dozen others on Tuesday . While 27 people were named in two FIRs filed in connection with the riInspector oting that left two persons dead on was shot in Monday 61 others were unidentified. , the face Part of the rampaging mob protestThe autopsy ing against alleged cow slaughter in report of the the western-Uttar Pradesh district, deceased cop they were booked for rioting, vioconfirmed a lence and vandalism under various bullet injury near sections of the Indian Penal Code. the left eyebrow, Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, the sources said. This station house officer (SHO) of Siana, contradicts the and 21-year-old Sumit Kumar were claim that he died killed in the violence. of a stone injury Those arrested were named as Chaman, Devendra, Ashish and Satish. But, Bajrang Dal’s district convener Yogesh Raj, named as the main accused, who allegedly instigated the violence; Shikhar Agarwal, city chief of BJP youth wing; and Upendra Raghav of the VHP were still at P11 large.
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