aNi KOZHIKODE l thursday l sePtember 22, 2022 l `9.00 l Pages 12 l city editiOn CBI arrests aBG shIpyard fouNder IN `22,842 Crore BaNk fraud Case case registered aFter complaint From sBi Apart from Agarwal, the CBI had also booked ABG’s former executive director Santhanam Muthaswamy, and directors Ashwini Kumar, Sushil Kumar Agarwal and Ravi Vimal Nevetia on February 7. The case was registered on a complaint from the State Bank of India, which was part of a consortium of 28 banks led by ICICI Bank that lent to ABG Shipyard Rishi K Agarwal was arrested on Wednesday after the probe officer suspected he was not cooperating during questioning Forensic audit Found diversion oF Funds ■ ■ The complaint was filed after a forensic audit of ABG’s loan accounts, which had turned bad, showed the company created a web of transactions between 2012 and 2017 to cheat the lenders According to the CBI, the fraud was primarily on account of huge transfer of funds by the company to some of the accused A7,089 cr icici BaNk’s ExposUrE to aBG, FollowEd By idBi BaNk (K3,639 cr) & sBi (K2,925 cr) 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 Cong elites turn Kochi epicentre of political action as prez poll nears c y N t h i a c h a N d r a N & s h a h i d Fa r i d i @T’Puram/New Delhi The important thing is that it is Rahulji’s decision on whether he should contest or not Sachin Pilot, Congress leader Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with Sachin Pilot and local MP Hibi Eden during the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Kochi on Wednesday | a saNEsh guv trying to aid rss reign state varsities, says Pinarayi E x p r E s s N E w s s E r v i c E @T’Puram ZerOInG in on the governor’s self-proclaimed close ties with the rSS, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday alleged that Arif Mohammed Khan has stooped so low to become “a tool” in the hands of the Sangh Parivar fountainhead. All his actions and outbursts against the state government stem out of his subservience to the rSS, Pinarayi alleged. there are charges that the raj Bhavan is being used as a centre for rSS activities, he said. the governor wants to facilitate rSS’ “backseat driving” in universities funded by the state government, Pinarayi alleged, citing Khan’s bid to hasten the process to select a new vice-chancellor for Kerala university . “Should we let universities become political laboratories of the rSS? Or should we bravely fight those attempts? A secular society will only select the latter path,” he said. the rSS, which wants to control the country’s higher education sector, is using governors to get its associates appointed VCs. he cited appointments in Central university of Kerala in Kasaragod as “the best example of such attempts”. “this why governors frequently create trouble for state govern● More on P4 ments,” he said. With the filing of nomination papers for the Congress presidential election set to start in two days, Kochi is becoming the epicentre of political action as everyone who matters in the party is either here or on their way . Besides rahul Ashok Gehlot Gandhi, who is leading the Bharat Jodo Yatra, Congress leader Sachin Pilot, Leader of Opposition in the rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, former Madhya Pradesh CM digvijaya Singh and party spokesperson Jairam ramesh are already here. Ashok Govt mute spectator to hate speech: sC Comes down hard on television channels for promoting hatred, raps biased TV anchors s h r U t i k a k k a r @ New Delhi the Supreme Court on Wednesday rapped the Centre’s inaction on the hate speech issue, while directing it to file its reply within two weeks indicating clearly whether it intends to enact a law to curb the menace, as recommended by the Law Commission. highlighting the same issue, the election Commission of India had told the apex court last week that it does not have the legal power to de-recognise political parties or disqualify candidates over hate mongering because existing laws don’t define what constitutes hate speech. “Why is the government of India standing as mute witness when all of this (hate speech on tV news channels) is happening? Why is the Centre treating this like a trivial issue? Political parties will come and go, but the nation will endure,” said a bench of judges K M Joseph and hrishikesh roy while hearing a batch of petitions seeking to curb hate mongering. Slamming tV news channels promoting hate speech, the bench noted that television anchors allow certain panellists to make vitriolic comments but stop the other side to express their counter views by muting their microphones. the bench said strict action should be taken against erring news anchors and that such people should also be taken off air. “Mainstream tV channels still hold sway the role of an. chor is critical and it’s their duty to see that hate speech doesn’t occur... Many a time those who want to speak are muted,” the bench observed. Stressing the fact that there is no definition of hate speech, advocate Ashwini upadhyay, appearing for one of the petitiones, submitted that the people accused of hate speech are now charged under Section 153A of IPC (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence) but they ultimately get off the hook. he added that political parties were being benefited by hate speech. the bench posted matter for hearing on november 23. watch Constitution benCh Cases live from sept 27 Law Commission’s recommendations In its Report No 267 tilted Hate Speech, the Law Commission suggested the following amendments to the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973: Insert a new IPC Section 153C (Prohibiting incitement to hatred) following Section 153B Insert Section 505A (Causing fear, alarm, or provocation of violence in certain cases) following Section 505 IPC Other observations Hate speech poses complex challenges to freedom of speech and expression In the US, hate speech is given wide constitutional protection, whereas under international human rights covenants and in other western democracies, such as Canada, Germany, and the UK, it is regulated and subject to sanctions Decision of live-stream proceedings of the SC bench comes after a full court meeting comprising all the top court judges. They unanimously agreed to the idea | P7 lost potential Neglected for years, 1,000-year-old ship sinks as ‘protected’ bushes take over B i J U E pa U l @Alappuzha At thYCKAL in Cherthala’s Kadakkarapally panchayat lies a mound of bushes. A ‘protected’ mound of bushes no less! Actually, the mound marks the location of a 1,000-year-old ship that was unearthed in 2003. neglected over the years, the ship and the land are now covered in shrubbery . “We are not sure whether the ship is still under the water. none has seen it for years. After the archaeology department took over the land, it has been covered in bushes,” said Jackson George, a resident, adding, “the presence of a security guard is the only sign of the site’s takeover.” he said the government should intervene and take steps to protect the ship and land. “the place should be converted into a museum and people, especially students, should get an opportunity to see the ship,” Jackson said. the ship was unearthed on Bushes covering the spot where the 1,000-yearold ship was unearthed at Thyckal | ExprEss Excavation being carried out in 2002 | FilE pic around one acre of private land in the panchayat’s ward 10, nearly 2km from the beach. Agriculture workers first noticed the ship in 1994 while dredging the place for a canal. In 1999, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) granted the licence for excavation. the work began in April 2002. It confirmed that there was a ship under the sand. After the ship was excavated, historians from across the country and the uK spent days at thyckal to study it. the government later bought the land and in 2007, declared the spot a protected site. It also announced that the place will be converted into a historical museum. Later, the archaeology department took over the protec● More on P4 tion of the place. Gehlot, rajasthan CM and the official candidate of the Gandhi family for the poll, will arrive on thursday as will AICC general secretary K C Venugopal. Pilot, who reached on tuesday night, is learnt to have held closed door meetings with rahul twice on Wednesday he also . took part in the padyatra. “SachinMallikarjun Kharge ji has urged rahulji to take up the post of party president. he is still hopeful,” a KPCC leader close to Pilot told TNIE. Sources also said Pilot expressed strong displeasure at Gehlot’s wily tactic of clinging on to the CM post while desiring to contest in the AICC election. he told TNIE that it is for rahul to take a call on contesting the election. “the important thing is that it is rahulji’s decision on whether he should contest or not. the sentiments of the party workers have been conveyed to the national leadership. rahulji is well aware of what the party leaders want,” Pilot said. Gehlot, meanwhile, reaches Kochi after clearing the air on his candidature. After a meeting with Sonia Gandhi for nearly two hours, he said, “I am lucky Congress people across the country love and trust me…So I won’t be able to say no. Jahan mujhe kahenge…form bharna hai, main form bharoonga (If they ask me to fill a form to contest, I will fill it),” ● More on P4 he said. Orthodox & Jacobite factions agree on panel to settle issues E x p r E s s N E w s s E r v i c E @T’Puram OrthOdOx and Jacobite factions of the Malankara Church on Wednesday agreed to entrust an officer-level committee to settle the issues over sharing of churches and assets. the decision was taken at their meeting with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Chief Secretary V P Joy will preside over the committee, while additional chief secretaries of home and law departments will be its members. the panel is expected to hold talks for a month before the CM meets leaders of the two groups again. the gover nment and the Church leadership have decided to apprise the court of the talks. the government has also directed the factions not to file fresh cases until a consensus is reached on ● More on P4 their issues. 3L reservists get Putin caLL fOr war y E s h i s E l i @ New Delhi ruSSIAn President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday announced a partial mobilisation of 3 lakh reservists to start pre-emptive military operations in donbas, weeks after ukrainian troops managed to recapture vast swathes of its territory from russian invaders. this is the first such call-up in russia since World War II. timed as it was a day after four regions in ukraine — Luhansk, Kherson, partly russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia and donetsk — decided to hold referendums on amalgamating themselves with russia, Putin’s attempt to swallow them by weaponising the democratic exercise was clear. the votes are to be held between September 23 and 27. “Primarily those who served in the armed forces will be called up,’’ the russian President said. Ahead of his seven-minute televised address, Putin signed an executive order for the immediate mobilisation. Putin also warned he wasn’t bluffing over using everything at his disposal to protect russia, which was an apparent reference to his nuclear arsenal,” he said. P9
Express Network Private Limited publishes thirty three E-paper editions of The New Indian Express newspaper , thirty two E-paper editions of Dinamani, one E-paper edition of The Morning Standard, one E-paper edition of Malayalam Vaarika magazine and one E-paper edition of the Indulge - The Morning Standard, Kolkatta.