CHENNAI WEDNESDAY JULY 10, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 26 LATE CITY EDITION CBI CONDUCTS RAIDS AT 110 PLACES IN 19 STATES AND UTs Searches were conducted across the country in cases of alleged corruption, arms smuggling and criminal misconduct TWO BACK-TO-BACK RAIDS IN A WEEK MAYA, HOODA DEEDS UNDER LENS This is the second massive search operation conducted by the agency in a week. A similar operation was carried out last Tuesday against banking fraud accused. Tuesday’s raids were in Delhi, Mumbai, Srinagar, Pune, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Goa, Raipur, Hyderabad, Madurai, Kolkata, Rourkela, Ranchi, Bokaro, Lucknow, Kanpur and other locations in UP, among others ■ ■ Tuesday’s raids included 11 locations in Lucknow and NCR in connection with the sugar mills disinvestment scam case during Mayawati’s tenure as UP chief minister The search operation also covered an FIR against former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda 30 THE NUMBER OF FRESH CASES THE CBI REGISTERED AFTER TUESDAY’S RAIDS 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 SARAVANA BHAVAN OWNER GOES TO PRISON ON STRETCHER H A R I S H M U R A L I @ Chennai SARAVANA Bhavan owner P Rajagopal surrendered at a trial court in the city on Tuesday amid high drama, after the Supreme Court refused to entertain his plea seeking extention. Rajagopal is convicted of murdering his employee in 2001. Another convict, Janarthanan, also surrendered. In the morning, the apex court refused Rajagopal more time to surrender for serving life imprisonment. When asked for more time, citing health reasons, the bench headed by Justice NV Ramana said: “If he was so ill, why did he not indicate illness even for one day during hearings?” Finally around 3 pm, Rajago, pal and Janarthanan were brought to the trial court in two ambulances. While Janart- hanan was taken in a wheelchair, Rajagopal came on a stretcher carried by his close aides. Claiming to be unfit, the duo appealed to the judge in the IV Additional Sessions Court located on the third floor of the building, to accept their surrender petitions. Their counsel claimed the convicts were not in a postition to be brought till the third floor. The public prosecutor, however, contended that the convicts had to be brought to the court for their surrender petitions to be accepted, and the duo were taken up by elevator. Rajagopal has been convicted of murdering Shanthakumar, so he could marry the employee’s wife Jeevajothi, believing she would bring him greater success. Rajagopal had to surrender by July 7 as SC had upheld his life term. If everything can happen through postal correspondence, I am not required at all Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar responding to a query on whether rebels have to personally hand over their resignation letters to him SEMBLANCE OF A FIGHTBACK Saravana Bhavan founder and owner P Rajagopal being brought to High Court campus, on Tuesday | EXPRESS 10 CONVICTS SURRENDERED On March 29, the Supreme Court upheld the conviction and life sentence of Rajagopal. Ten other convicts in the case were given 100 days to surrender in the case EXPRESS READ Govt mulls central law against assault on docs RSS history features in Nagpur varsity syllabus New Delhi: The govt is mulling a central law to deal with increasing instances of assaults on doctors. Last month, two junior doctors in Kolkata were attacked by a mob following death of a patient | P11 Nagpur: The Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University has included the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh history and its role in ‘nationbuilding’ in the second year BA (History) course | P11 Indian tariff not acceptable: Trump Washington: US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that India has long had a “field day” imposing tariffs on American products, which is “no longer acceptable” to the US. Trump’s terse comment came days after his meeting with PM Narendra Modi at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28 WC semifinal turns Goyal needs `18K cr 2-day international ticket to fly abroad AT R E Y O M U K H O PA D H YAY @ Manchester INDIA were made to wait another day The World Cup . semifinal was in their control before rain intervened and left open different possibilities. If amid forecasts of rain on the reserve day just 20 overs are possible, India’s target will be 148. If a minimum of that many can’t be bowled, India will qualify for the final, for being ahead of New Zealand on the group table. In between these two extremes, there are more possibilities. As per rules, the match will resume on the reserve day and not start afresh. So on paper, New Zealand will start at 211/5 from 46.1 overs. If it rains, overs will keep getting reduced. For a result, both teams have to play a minimum of 20. So everybody will be waiting to see if that many can be bowled. This means that India fans wouldn’t like this to resume, because the target will keep getting tougher with reductions. For 20 overs, India may face an E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi WHAT HAPPENS TODAY? THE Delhi High Court on Tuesday told Naresh Goyal, promoter of the bankrupt Jet Airways, to deposit `18,000 crore as guarantee if he wants to go abroad. While the court rejected his plea to quash a Look Out Circular (LOC) issued against him by the corporate affairs ministry , it also sought the Centre’s response on the issue and posted the matter for further hearing on August 23. On May 25, Goyal and his wife Anita were de-boarded minutes before their flight to London via Dubai was to take off. Additional Solicitor General Maninder Acharya and central government standing counsel Ajay Digpaul said that the SFIO was probing a suspected fraud estimated at `18,000 crore in the airline. “Why should they not stop you when you are leaving after the Jet trouble has surfaced?” Justice Suresh Kumar Kait asked. Citing the example of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, the court observed, “If you go missing like him, the government will have to spend money and time to get you back.” NZ resume at 211/5 with 3.5 overs left. India get full 50 overs. WHAT HAPPENS IF NO PLAY TAKES PLACE TODAY AS WELL? India go through on account of topping table. Outside chance of this happening as more rain is forecast. WHAT IF WE SEE BITS OF RAINS TODAY? Just like Tuesday. After a point, overs will be reduced. HOURS OF PLAY? Like all day matches, will resume at 10.30 am local time (3.00 pm IST) asking rate of 7.4. It’s impossible to say what the target may be. So it’s that rule which says “If after the scheduled and reserve day the semifinal has not reached a result, the higher placed team from the league stage will progress to the final” that fans in blue will P16, 17 look at. GREEN CARD VOTING TODAY US Congress is set vote on a bill to remove the 7% country-cap on Green Card, clearing the decks for thousands of Indians | P13 HOME DRY HOME Disabled kids, elderly struggling for water M A D H U M I T H A V I S W A N AT H @ Chennai OVER 300 people staying at the Andhra Mahila Sabha, including physically and intellectually disabled children, polioaffected women and elderly, are struggling without sufficient supply of water ever since the crisis began this summer. Their only source is a borewell in the campus. The Sabha, which houses a hospital, an old-age home, a polio care centre and children’s home, requires about 2,000 litres of water everyday — for cooking, drinking, bathing and cleaning — but gets less than half that quantity. Metro water tankers have also not been helpful as the supply is often erratic. For the first time in three decades, the open well on the campus, which supplied substantial amounts of freshwater to the inmates, has also gone dry . Among the worst hit are the 25 polio-affected women staying there, most of whom de- pend on wheelchairs for mobility. “Water from the open well helped us tide through droughts in the past,” says Suryakumari, warden of special schools. “We have 120 children living in the hostel. We need to provide them food, four times a day and , that requires lots of water. The supply from borewell is barely enough.” As the Sabha is run by a trust, they do not have sufficient funds to buy water from P3 private suppliers. ATER OES Left with a few options The patients coming for treatment at the hospital and students are entirely dependent on Metro Water, which is unreliable at the moment. They are now treating borewell water for drinking Speaker examines resignation letters, finds fault with letters of eight out of 13 rebel MLAs. They will have to send fresh resignation letters in their own handwriting Cong urges Speaker to disqualify a few rebel MLAs under the anti-defection law Congress Legislature Party holds meeting; 20 MLAs, including 11 dissidents, absent Sonia Gandhi steps in to sort out the mess, sends Ghulam Nabi Azad and B K Hariprasad to Bengaluru for firefighting Congress troubleshooter D K Shivakumar and JD(S) MLA Shivalinge Gowda head to Mumbai to pacify the dissidents Rebels play hide and seek, return from Goa; one Cong MLA says all of them are still in Mumbai Speaker bid to buy time as Cong fights erosion Ramesh will talk to 5 rebel MLAs, 8 others will have to submit resignation letters in person afresh within 2 days A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru FULLY aware that the fate of the CongressJD(S) government lies in his hands, Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, who returned to office on Tuesday may have given the two , parties a ray of hope in extending the life of the coalition. Stating that he will go by the book, Ramesh Kumar deemed eight of the 13 resignations submitted to his office by coalition MLAs as invalid. He gave them two days time to seek an appointment, appear before him in person and submit their resignations in the “prescribed format” — only then would he consider. In one smooth move, citing format, the Speaker bought some time — both for himself and the coalition. The BJP though angered over ‘’the Speaker sabotaging’’ their gameplan has now decided to agitate against the Speaker himself. “Resignations of Anand Singh, Narayana Gowda, Pratap Gouda Patil, Gopalaiah and Ramalinga Reddy are in prescribed format. The others aren’t. They have two days to submit their resignations afresh in a proper format,” Ramesh Kumar told reporters at Vidhana Soudha. The coalition’s fate precariously hangs on whether the Speaker will accept all resignations. If he does, the numbers will fall to 104, way less than the halfway mark of 106 in a reduced House strength of 211. Cong leader Rahul Gandhi joined his party members in LS to raise slogans against poaching in Karnataka On the day Karnataka Assembly convenes for the monsoon session, Ramesh Kumar has asked Anand Singh, Pratap Gouda Patil and Narayan Gowda to appear before him in person. With this decision the Speaker has compelled rebel MLAs, currently holed up in a private hotel in Maharashtra, to return to Bengaluru where the Congress may be able to dissuade them from deserting the coalition. Senior Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy and JD(S)’ Gopalaiah have been summoned on July 15. The others will now have to submit their resignations in their own handwriting stating that they are resigning on their own volition. This clause of “voluntary resignation” is what the Congress hopes to latch on to to threaten rebel MLAs with anti-defection law.
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