kochi l thursday l August 18, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 16 l late city EDITION Actor Jacqueline named accused in extortion case ‘Accepted gifts bought with illegal money’ The ED on Wednesday filed a chargesheet naming her an accused in the case involving conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar Conman helped her family too, says ED The Delhi Police arrested Chandrashekhar in August last year for allegedly extorting C215 crore from Aditi Singh and Shivender Singh, former promoters of Ranbaxy. The ED said Chandrashekhar, who had been dating Jacqueline Fernandez, had given her gifts worth C5.7 crore. She was aware that the gifts were bought with the proceeds of the crime, the ED alleged ■ ■ ■ In addition to the gifts, Chandrashekhar gave $1,72,913 to close family members of the actor through a hawala operator Jacqueline is the only person named in the latest chargesheet She has been questioned several times by the ED. In April, the agency provisionally attached her assets worth C7.27 crore August 31 when a special court will take up the chargesheet for hearing CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Guv stays Priya’s posting, VC to move court Yeddy in, Gadkari out of Allegations against Priya E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @T’Puram/Kannur Save University Campaign Committee had petitioned the governor against Priya Varghese’s selection as associate professor in Kannur University’s Malayalam department. It had claimed that she lacked the teaching experience required to apply for the post. It had also alleged favouritism in her interview. Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, in his capacity as Chancellor of State Universities, on Wednesday stayed the resolution of the Kannur University Syndicate that approved the selection of Priya Varghese, wife of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s private secretary K K Ragesh, as associate professor in the Malayalam department. Soon after news of the governor’s decision broke, Kannur University Vice-Chancellor Gopinath Raveendran said he would move the court against the stay on Friday Priya’s selec. tion had courted controversy following allegations that she did not possess the required teaching experience to apply for the post. Favouritism was also alleged in her interview for the job. The syndicate had on June 7 approved the minutes of the selection committee meeting that was held online on November 18 last year to choose a candidate for the single post. “The chancellor invoked the provisions of Section 7 (3) of the Kannur University Act, 1996. Show-cause notices to all stakeholders are being issued separately. The chancellor’s decision has been con- veyed to the university said a ,” note from the Raj Bhavan. Legal experts said staying the selection and issuing notice to all stakeholders - one of whom is the VC - is the first step towards eventual annulment of the selection proceedings. Section 7 (3) of the Kannur University Act empowers the chancellor to annul any proceedings of the authorities of the university which is not in conformity with the Act and statutes, ordinances, regulations, rules or ● More on P4 bye-laws. express read Vigilance collects samples from 116 faulty roads T’Puram: Officers of the Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau (VACB) on Wednesday collected specimens from 116 roads in the state as part of ‘Operation Saral Rastha-2’ to detect irregularities in road construction. In a statement, the VACB said several irregularities had come to its notice during the preliminary examination | P4 Airlines told to enforce mask mandate Talking point Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan engaged in a discussion with Transport Minister Antony Raju during the launch of Kerala Savari, the online cab service by the Kerala government, in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday | Vincent Pulickal New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Wednesday asked all airlines to strictly enforce Covid protocols, including the mask mandate, in view of a rise in cases. The DGCA said it will conduct random inspections to check if the protocols are being followed. T’Puram: Cultural leaders in the state led by veteran author M T Vasudevan Nair condemned the attack on writer Salman Rushdie. The brutal attack was intended to silence Rushdie, a statement endorsed by Malayalam writers, filmmakers, artists and cultural figures and issued by Chintha Ravindran Foundation said | P5 Bilkis urges Guj govt to rollback remission move EWS flats Govt flip-flop on Rohingya housing on Delhi outskirts D i l i p S i n g h K s h at r i ya @ Ahmedabad E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ New Delhi The Centre on Wednesday did a flipflop hours after a minister applauded a decision to provide government accommodation to Rohingya refugees on Delhi’s outskirts. It said there was no direction to provide EWS (economically weaker section) flats in Bakkarwala to illegal migrants from Myanmar. The day began with Union minister for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri tweeting, “In a landmark decision all #Rohingya #Refugees will be shifted to EWS flats in Bakkarwala area of Delhi. They will be provided basic amenities, UNHCR IDs & round-the-clock @DelhiPolice protection.” Several individuals and social media users slammed the government ‘support’ to the Rohingya and sought similar relief to Hindu migrants from Pakistan as well. The VHP termed it shocking, with its working president Alok Kumar saying, “Rohingyas are not refugees but infiltrators. That had been the consistent stand of the Union of India including in its affidavit filed before the Supreme Court. The proposal to allocate accommodation to Rohingyas is deplorable.” The Aam Aadmi Party too, , Cultural leaders slam bid to silence Rushdie A Rohingya refugee settlement at Kalindi Kunj in New Delhi on Wednesday | express joined the attack, alleging the Centre had hatched a plot to permanently settle Rohingyas. As the outrage grew, the Union home ministry issued a statement saying it has not instructed relocation of the Rohingyas. “The Government of Delhi proposed to shift the Rohingyas to a new location. MHA has directed the Government of Delhi to ensure that the Rohingya illegal foreigners will continue at the present location at Kanchan Kunj, Madanpur Khadar as MHA has already taken up the matter (their) of deportation,” it said. It complained that the Delhi Government had not declared the present location (Madanpur Khadar) of the refugees as a detention centre. Days after 11 convicts walked free following remission of their life sentences in the 2002 Bilkis Bano rape case, the survivor said she fears for her family’s lives and urged the Gujarat government to rollback the pardon. “As 11 men, including those convicted of gang-raping me and murdering 14 members of my family, walked free...the trauma of the past 20 years washed over me again. When I heard that the men who devastated my family, my life and took from me my 3-year-old daughter, were free, I was bereft of words. I am still numb,” she said in a statement. “I trusted the highest courts in our land. I trusted the system, and was learning slowly to live with my trauma. The release of the convicts has taken from me my peace and shaken my faith in justice,” she said. “No one enquired about my safety and well-being before taking such a big and unjust decision. I appeal to the Gujarat government, please undo this harm,” she urged. 16 pages, including 4 pages of KOCHI Express Judge cites woman’s ‘provocative dressing’ to give harassment accused bail, courts row E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Kozhikode An order by the Kozhikode Sessions Court mentioning the “provocative” dressing style of the complainant, while hearing the anticipatory bail plea of writer and activist Civic Chandran in a sexual harassment case, has sparked controversy . In the August 12 order, judge S Krishnakumar said the photographs produced in court revealed the complainant had dressed in a “sexually provocative” manner. So, IPC Section 354A will not prima facie stand against the accused, said the order. Chandran was granted bail. The court also observed that a 74-year-old and physically-disabled Dressing style of a survivor is not a justification for provoking a crime. If the court is of the opinion that the dressing style of the complainant provoked the accused, how can it grant him bail? All India Lawyers Union man could not have forcibly made the complainant sit on his lap and molest her. To file a case under Section 354A of the IPC, “there must be physical contact and advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtones. There must be a demand or request for sexual favours,” the order said. The court also mentioned t h e l o n g d e l ay i n f i l i n g t h e complaint. As per the complaint filed in July , Chandran sexually harassed the young woman writer at a camp held at Nandi Beach near Moodadi in Kozhikode district in February 2020. Legal experts and women activists came out against the judge’s observation. The All India Lawyers Union observed that the dressing style of a survivor was not a justification for provoking a crime. “If the court is of the opinion that the dressing style of the complainant provoked the accused, how can it grant him bail?” asked union state ● More on P4 secretary C P Pramod. BJP parliamentary board Balancing act to soften former Karnataka CM ahead of state polls; Yogi surprise omission from party’s apex organisational body E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @New Delhi In a major shake-up in its parliamentary board and the Central Election Committee, the BJP on Wednesday dropped stalwarts Nitin Gadkari and Shivraj Singh Chouhan, and inducted B S Yediyurappa, Sarbanand Sonowal, Devendra Fadnavis and Bhupendra Yadav, among others. While Fadnavis and Bhupendra Yadav were made members of the CEC, Yediyurappa and Sonowal got into the more important parliamentary board. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath failed to make it to the panel. He was expected to be elevated to the party’s top decision-making body after the BJP returned to power under his leadership in the state. The parliamentary board is the BJP’s apex organisational body, while the CEC is the top election committee which decides candidates for all polls. Yediyurappa’s inclusion was a balancing act, highlighting the party’s efforts to send a message to the powerful Lingayat community ahead of BS Yediyurappa Nitin Gadkari Shivraj Chouhan Gadkari exit unexpected Gadkari is considered close to the RSS leadership. His axing came as a surprise to BJP watchers. The removal of Gadkari and Chouhan shows their increasing differences with the top party leadership. Karnataka polls. When he was replaced by Basavaraj Bommai as chief minister in 2021, Yediyurappa did not take the decision well, and had announced his retirement from politics. The party leadership chose Iqbal Singh Lalpura as the first Sikh representative in the parliamentary board. Lalpura, a former police officer, is the chairman of the National Commission for Minorities. Gadkari is considered close to the RSS leadership. His axing came as a big surprise to BJP watchers. The removal of Gadkari and Chouhan shows their increasing differences with the top party leadership. The other new parliamentary board members are K Laxman, Sudha Yadav and Satyanarayan Jatiya, three old party faithfuls but political lightweights. Sudha Yadav and Laxman are from the Other Backward Classes while former Union minister Jatia is from the Scheduled Castes. Sonowal is a tribal. The new entrants to the CEC include Rajasthan leader Om Mathur and BJP women wing chief Vanathi Srinivasan. Srinivasan replaces her predecessor Vijaya Rahatkar as the party’s Mahila Morcha chief as its ex-officio member. Both Yediyurappa and Jatiya are over 75, well over the age bar announced by Modi for holding important posts in the party. Fadnavis’ induction marks his growing stock in Maharashtra. It’s seen as a reward for bringi n g d o w n t h e U d d h av government.
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