BANGALORE 17 DECEMBER 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 Intern Afﬁdavit Puts Ganguly in Tight Spot R A DA R Rahul May be Anointed New Delhi: The Congress will hold a meeting of the AICC here on January 17 to prepare strategy for the Lok Sabha polls, triggering speculation that Rahul Gandhi may be anointed the party’s Prime Ministerial candidate. P9 Key Bill Cleared by Cabinet New Delhi: After much delay, the controversial Communal Violence Prevention Bill was on Monday cleared by the Union Cabinet after removal of certain provisions, reducing the role of the legislation in handling of riots and making it neutral between communities. P9 SC Seeks Law Panel’s View New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Law Commission to examine whether lawmakers can be disqualified either upon framing of charges by a court in heinous crimes or with the filing of a chargesheet. P7 Bank Strike Tomorrow New Delhi: Operations at public sector banks are likely to be hit on Wednesday as trade unions have decided to go on a day-long strike to press for wage revision and other demands. ASG Indira Jaising defends making intern’s afﬁdavit public; Sibal seeks action by SC; TMC, BJP demand judge’s resignation as WBHRC chief by Kanu Sarda Will She Get New Delhi: Following fresh revelations in the sexual assault case concerning a law intern and former Supreme Court judge A K Ganguly, political parties raised their pitch seeking his resignation as chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC). Excerpts of an affidavit by the law intern, who has accused Ganguly of sexual harassment, were made public by Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising who has demanded his resignation. The intern had submitted the affidavit before the three-member committee set up by the Chief Justice of India to probe the allegation. Responding to demands that the Union Government needs to take action against Ganguly, Law Minister Kapil Sibal urged WHAT NEXT WHEN I tried to move away, he kissed my arm and repeated that he loved me JUSTICE? DURING the dinner, the judge put his hand on my back and thanked me for agreeing to help him. I moved away, clearly indicating to the judge that this physical contact was unwelcome and not proper behaviour on his part EXCERPTS FROM THE LAW INTERN’S AFFIDAVIT DESCRIBING HOW RETIRED SUPREME COURT JUDGE A K GANGULY ALLEGEDLY SEXUALLY HARASSED HER the Supreme Court to take “stern steps just like they do when it is an ordinary person” against the former judge. Trinamool Congress (TMC) also stepped up pressure seeking Ganguly’s resignation. TMC general secretary Mu- THE judge did not remove his hand from my back, and then moved forward to embrace me 1. Supreme Court can take suo motu cognizance of the ongoing row and issue a directive THE judge approached me and standing next to me, he put his hand on my head, and said, ‘You are very beautiful’ 2. If a women’s rights group ﬁles a petition in the SC, it can seek reply from Ganguly on the criminality aspect of his behaviour with the intern I IMMEDIATELY rose from my seat, but before I had a chance to respond to the statement, he caught hold of my arm, saying, ‘you know that I’m attracted to you, don’t you? You must be thinking what this old man is getting drunk and saying such things. But I really like you, I love you’ kul Roy said, “He should resign or else the President should remove him.” Roy pointed out that West Bengal Chief Minister Manmata Banerjee has written to the President twice seeking action against Ganguly. Supporting the TMC demand, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitely said: “Since these are not untested allegations, he should resign as chief of the WBHRC to protect the dignity of the office. There is reason to believe on the basis of the re- 3. President can remove Ganguly from the post of West Bengal Human Rights Commission if the Union Cabinet makes recommendation port of the three judges that an offence could have been committed. Justice Ganguly, like Caesar’s wife, must be above suspicion.” Throwing the ball back at the Supreme Court, Jaitley said, “If it were a case of a No Upper Limit on Fees in Professional Colleges: Fee Panel Wholesale Inflation Soars New Delhi: Costly vegetables pushed the November wholesale inflation to a 14-month high of 7.52 per cent, making it difficult for the Reserve Bank to ease key policy rates. P13 Lokpal Bill ‘Top’ Priority Express News Service New Delhi: The government on Monday declared that the Lokpal Bill is its highest priority and it is even ready to extend the current session of Parliament for passage of the anti-corruption measure. P9 Bangalore: There will be no ceiling on fees for professional courses, chairperson of the Fee Fixation Committee Justice Ajit J Gunjal said on Monday. He told reporters after a twohour meeting with managements of professional colleges at Vikas Soudha that the primary factors for determining fees in professional colleges would be the location and infrastructure. “Affordability will not be a criterion. However, colleges will have to justify their proposed fee structures. We will visit colleges to verify their infrastructure,” the former High Court judge said. He said a fee would be fixed in each college based on urban, semi-urban and rural locations. “We have a chartered accountant on the committee who will verify accounts of each college before arriving at a figure,” he said. Section 6(4) of the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Determination of Fee) Act, 2006, says that the fee determined by the Fee Fixation Committee would be valid for three years (three batches). “In that case, we will have to collect the same fee from a student who joins MBBS in 2016 till he finishes his course in 2021. We have to consider the increasing costs,” said Dr S Kumar, executive secretary, Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK). “In our institutions, the aver- ATM Attack: `5L Reward Bangalore: With the assailant who attacked a woman bank manager at an ATM in the city still at large, the city police have now increased the cash reward from `1 lakh to `5 lakh. P3 Lalit Modi Defies Ban Jaipur: Despite being banned for life by the BCCI, former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi on Monday defiantly filed his nomination for Thursday’s Rajasthan Cricket Association elections, prompting the livid cricket board to threaten RCA with suspension. P14 LUNAR IMAGES This grab from Chinese TV shows the Jade Rabbit moon rover on Sunday. The Chang’e-3 lander, which carried the rover, sent back photos after the first lunar soft landing in nearly four decades | AFP ‘Saffron’ Content Edited Out of Texts by Shyam Sundar Vattam Kerala’s Last Royal Dies Thiruvananthapuram: Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma, head of the Travancore royal family, died of a cardiac arrest on Monday morning. P7 BJP Wins Churu Seat Jaipur: BJP on Monday won the Churu seat, taking the party’s tally to 163 out of 200 Assembly seats in Rajasthan. Sudarshan jewellers Diamond Silver Coins 916 Hallmark Gold Rate *CA # 2625/- gm Gangothri Gold Silver # 40 Per Gram Chickpet 22913443, B’lore Sheshadripuram 23468811 MARKETS prominent politician rather than a former judge, would the judicial institutions have completely washed their hands of or would they have monitored the investigations?” On her part, the Additional Solicitor General defended her decision to go public. Asserting that she took the girl’s permission before doing so, Jaisingh said: “I took the decision only after I realised that powerful sections of the society were coming out in the public domain to support Ganguly and that people were asking, ‘What did he do?’...Given that he is refusing to resign, I felt compelled to put the girl’s affidavit in public domain.” Ganguly questioned how a confidential statement could be made public. “That is supposed to be confidential as it was given before a Supreme Court committee. How can it come out in the open?” he said. Bangalore: The Education Department has edited out “saffron” content or content that promotes the Sangh Parivar’s ideology from school textbooks. The changes will reflect in next year’s textbooks. The government modified the texts for classes five and eight following complaints that the erstwhile BJP government had rewritten them, distorting facts and denigrating some communities. “We sent the complaints to the textbook committees who in turn expunged objectionable content. We will not allow saffronisation in our textbooks,” said Primary and Secondary Education Minister Kimmane Ratnakar. The Minister told Express, “Distortions of fact, interpretation and emphasis had crept into certain history and social science textbooks in Karnataka.” “Regional heroes, ethnic identities and faith-based communities are described in a manner that do not do justice to them and sometimes deni- We sent complaints to the textbook committees, which in turn expunged objectionable content. We will not allow saffronisation in our textbooks [ — KIMMANE RATNAKAR, Primary and Secondary Education Minister grate others,” he said. Many organisations and writers had taken objection to the ‘saffronisation’ of textbooks during the previous BJP government. A delegation of academics had also met Governor H R Bhardwaj in this regard. The BJP defended its intervention as ‘patriotism’. Former Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri said, “I am collecting details on the changes. Our government had tried to inculcate nationalism among schoolchildren.” Kageri urged a debate on the expunged portions. “I have no objection if they have made changes on expert advice, but texts should not be altered for political reasons,” he said. The government also plans to include a chapter on the contributions of the Wadiyars of Mysore in school syllabi next year. MORE: P6 Bomb Scare on Harvard Campus Cambridge: Hours after a bomb scare led to the evacuation of four Harvard University buildings on Monday, a day of final exams, police gave an allclear to open roads in surrounding areas. Police bomb-sniffing dogs arrived on the Cambridge campus to investigate “unconfirmed reports” that explosives had been hidden in the buildings, the university said. The evacuation was triggered by an e-mail that warned explosives had been planted in four buildings at the heart of the Ivy League institution. Authorities said no explosives had been found. IANS age increase in expenditure in the last three years is 22 per cent. I need to know my perstudent expenditure when he is in his second year,” said D Jawahar, CEO, PES Group of Institutions. ‘Only Two Tests’ Justice V Jagannathan, chairperson of the Admission Overseeing Committee, said that there was no provision for minorities, private universities and deemed institutions to have their own entrance tests. ‘NO SUPPORT PLAN’ The state has no plans to provide any concession or subsidy in fees for SC/ST/ OBC students, who will enjoy reservation of up to 50 per cent in professional colleges. Higher education principal secretary Rajneesh Goel said colleges could crosssubsidise them with the fees paid by the NRI students. There will be only two tests that would be held, he said. “You either make admissions through the state Common Entrance Test (CET) or come under one umbrella association to conduct one test,” he told college representatives. When a representative from Karnataka Religious and Linguistic Minority Professional Colleges Association said their colleges had a different concept of admissions, Justice Jagannathan said: “There is only one concept in admissions, and that is merit.” MORE: P4 Colleges will have to justify their proposed fee structures. We will visit colleges to verify their infrastructure [ — JUSTICE AJIT J GUNJAL, chairperson, Fee Fixation Committee Sensex: Nifty: Bar (1 kg): 46,660 Retail (1 gm): 46.60 Three Drown at Malpe Govt Announces SoS Button for Women’s Safety Exchange Indices Express News Service Express News Service Silver 20,659.52 6,154.70 Gold 24 ct (1 gm): 22 ct (1 gm): 3,008 2,812 US$: Euro: 62.10 85.42 SOURCE: BSE, NSE, RBI WEBSITES EXPRESS POLL OF THE DAY A year after the December 16 gang-rape, do you think safety for women has improved? YES 3% NO 97% TODAY’S QUESTION: Do you expect major changes to occur after the AICC session on January 17? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com Udupi: Two college students and an attender from another college drowned at Malpe beach on Monday morning. The deceased have been identified as Roopesh (20), a final year BCom student of Krishna College in Banashankari in Bangalore; Gautham Babu, a final year BCom student of the same college and Somashekhar (30), an attender at K S Nagarathnamma PU College in Gundlupet in Chamarajanagar. Roopesh was the son of Govinda Naidu, an attender at Express, Bangalore. A 13-member team of final year BCom students from Krishna College had visited Gokarna and then headed to Udupi on Monday morning. After having darshan of Lord Srikrishna, they proceeded to Malpe beach. As they were playing in the water, Somashekhara was swept away by the rough waves. Roopesh and Gautham attempted to rescue Somashekhara but also drowned. Another student Dilip made a futile attempt to rescue his classmates. He almost drowned but was rescued by the others. Malpe police registered a case and are investigating. New Delhi: Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday said mobile handset manufacturers will have to introduce an SoS alert button which can be used by “women in distress” to contact the police and law enforcement agencies in the least possible time. Chidambaram announced a road map for the utilisation of the `1,000 crore Nirbhaya fund for women’s safety as well as other initiatives being taken by the government in this regard. The fund will be used to install global positional system (GPS) equipment and CCTV cameras in public transport vehicles as well as to introduce SoS alert equipment in trains. The Ministry of Railways, Home Affairs, Road Transport and Highways will bring in separate Cabinet notes related to the issue of women’s safety and pursue the set of proposals, Chidambaram said. “The Cabinet notes are under preparation... Three ministries will bring to Cabinet the proposals either this Thursday or next Thursday,” the Finance Minister told agencies. The proposal planned by the Ministry of Home Affairs, in consultation with the Ministry of IT and Communication and Police Department, will be integrated with mobile phone networks across the country. “The scheme will be launched in 157 cities in two phases (55 in phase I and 102 in phase II). The expected outlay is `1,000 crore,” an official statement said. The Road Transport Ministry, Chidambaram said, has proposed a scheme — ‘Security of Women in Road Transport in the Country’ — which will cover 32 towns and will be implemented over the next two years. The expected outlay is about `1,700 crore. Chidambaram had announced the Nirbhaya Fund in the 2013-2014 budget as a tribute to the December 16, 2012, gangrape victim.
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