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SIT nails 2 cops in ’02 riots


Govt seeks presidential reference in 2G case The government decided to make a presidential reference to the Supreme Court asking it whether its judgment in the 2G case makes auctioning of natural resources across all sectors mandatory under all circumstances.

Maoist leader’s wife acquitted, ready to talk: The wife of Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda was released by an Odisha court on Tuesday citing lack of evidence and offered to mediate in the hostage crisis between the state and Maoist factions. P 9

Kolkata gets 1st 4G link in India: Taking the telecom revolution a step forward in India, sector giant Bharti Airtel on Tuesday launched its first fourth generation (4G) mobile telephony services in Kolkata. P 15

Desperate for son, father kills infant daughter: In another instance of desperation for a son, a father has been arrested in Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior town for killing his two-day-old daughter by feeding her nicotine, police said Tuesday. P 11

Re near 3-month low as FII flow slows down: Fears about selling by foreign funds due to the weakening fundamentals in the stock market and demand for dollar from oil importers, pulled the rupee to trade near its threemonth level low on Tuesday. P 15


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Gives Clean Chit To Modi

Case closed for lack of proof

Ajay Umat | TNN

Ahmedabad: The Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team (SIT) has found no evidence against chief minister Narendra Modi and 60 others to implicate them in the 2002 post-Godhra riots. On Gulbarg massacre witness Zakia Jafri’s plea for a copy of the SIT report, metropolitan magistrate M S Bhatt said in his order on Tuesday that the probe agency had filed a “closure report against the accused persons” for lack of evidence. The magistrate has asked SIT to provide a copy of the report along with all documents to Zakia, widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed in the massacre, within 30 days. The SC had asked SIT to probe Zakia’s allegation that the Gulbarg Society massacre — in which 69 people were killed — was the result of a larger conspiracy. On September 12 last year, the Supreme Court had refrained from passing any order on Zakia’s petiNarendra Modi

Ahmedabad: While giving a clean chit to chief minister Narendra Modi and others for conspiring in the 2002 riots, the Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team (SIT) has recommended departmental action against two police officers for their role in the 2002 post-Godhra riots. The SIT’s report says there is no prosecutable evidence against MK Tandon, who was joint police commissioner in 2002, and PB Gondia, who was deputy commissioner of police, under whose jurisdiction the worst massacres of Naroda Patia, Naroda Gam and Gulbarg Society took place. The report, however, PB Gondia adds that the two had fled from Gulbarg Society, allowing the rioters a free hand. Sources said the report states that Tandon and Gondia “had malevolently abandoned Meghaninagar where Gulbarg Society was situated and instead got bogus FIRs of communal violence registered in other areas which were MK Tandon otherwise free of trouble to justify their absence from Gulbarg Society, and did deliberate dereliction of duty unbecoming of an IPS officer.” The SIT adds that departmental action should be taken against but they can’t be prosecuted. But amicus curie Raju Ramachandran has concluded that the only logical action against the duo is a criminal trial. Tandon has since retired and Gondia is director, civil defence.

Moving Towards More Liberal Laws

‘Make mother ‘Religion-neutral’ first guardian’ marriages soon? T

he mother, who primarily looks after the children, should be listed as first guardian for all official purposes, a government panel has proposed. The panel has recommended review of all laws to make mothers equal guardians of their children. As of now, fathers are mentioned as the first guardian in all official documents, including birth certificates, school and college admission forms. The suggestion, if accepted, will ensure women’s first right over a child whether she is married or divorced, said a member of the panel. P 9


ouples won’t have to state their religions during registration of marriage, if the Cabinet approves a proposal of the law ministry. If allowed, it would make marriages religion-neutral, besides speeding along the registration process. One of the ministry’s suggestions is to amend the Births and Deaths Registration Act, by adding a clause on marriage registration. The proposal says that since the infrastructure to register births and deaths is already in place in civic authorities, the registration of marriages could be easily handled. P 8

tion and had asked the trial court to decide on the case on the basis of the SIT’s report. Immediately after the Supreme Court order, Modi had Tweeted, “God is great,” and announced the three-day Sadbhavana fast. On Tuesday Modi refrained from Tweeting. SC’s amicus curiae Raju Ramachandran has, however, disagreed with the SIT on certain aspects, like whether the evidence is enough to start prosecution. His findings have been annexed with the final report. The 63 people that Zakia had named in her plea were virtually the who’s who of Sangh Parivar and the government in 2002. Besides Modi, the list includes ministers, top VHP leaders like Praveen Togadia, the then police commissioners of Ahmedabad and Vadodara, other top cops and MLAs. Former chief secretary, home secretary and le g al secretary we re a l s o named. TNN Zakia Jafri

Woman dies of swine flu in city TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Ahmedabad: Yasminbanu Iqubal Hussain (57), a resident of Sarkhej, died of swine flu at VS hospital on Sunday. This is the first death caused by H1N1 virus in Ahmedabad this year. This is the second swine flu death reported in the state this year. Recently, a man had died of swine flu in Rajkot. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) officials

on Tuesday said Yasminbanu was admitted to VS hospital on April 6. She tested positive of swine flu and died during treatment on April 8. AMC health officials said eight persons, who may have been in direct contact with Yasminbanu, have been put in isolation and are being administered prophylaxis treatment for the virus. The AMC has also begun a survey of 201 houses in the area where Yasminbanu stayed. P 5

Govt may open door to foreign airlines soon WILL FUNDS FLY IN? LIKELY GAINERS: Kingfisher, SpiceJet and GoAir MAY NOT BENEFIT: Jet and IndiGo, which already have substantial foreign ownership POSSIBLE GAINER: Air India (if govt ever goes for strategic sale) ➤ May also enable new players to set up new airlines ➤ In all, Indian carriers face accumulated debt of over 80,000 crore on top of cumulative losses of over 43,000 crore TIMES NEWS NETWORK

New Delhi: After 16 years, the government is set to again allow foreign airlines to take stakes in Indian carriers later this week. The move is expected to help ailing Indian operators like Kingfisher raise funds. More importantly, it could pave the way for start-up joint ventures The commerce & industry ministry on Tuesday circulated a Cabinet note seeking comments from other ministries to permit 49% FDI. It is hoping the proposal will go through in its present form as the finance and civil aviation ministries had agreed to it earlier. But there is great urgency with the industry ministry rushing through the second round of consultations. It is planning to send the final note to the cabinet secretariat by Wednesday, a senior government official told TOI. The hurry is due to the deep distress of some of the airlines

HC gags media on troop movement row

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Lucknow: The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court on Tuesday barred the print and electronic media from publishing and broadcasting any news related to the recent troop movement controversy. A division bench of Justice Umanath Singh and Justice VK Dixit directed the Union secretaries for home as well as I&B and UP’s prin-

cipal secretary, home, to ensure implementation of the court order. The diktat came on a public interest litigation filed by Lucknow-based social activist Nutan Thakur, seeking directions for the PMO to initiate a judicial probe into the veracity of reports on the movement of two army units towards Delhi. She also sought a probe into news reports that a senior Union minister planted the stories.

Maha orders probe into Antilia extension Sharad Vyas |


Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Tuesday ordered a probe by an officer of the rank of a secretary into an alleged unauthorized construction carried out on a footpath as part of the extension of Mukesh Ambani’s 27-storey home, Antilia. The probe will also look into allegations of ‘generosity’ shown by the civic body while legalizing work adjoining the billion-dollar structure ‘‘at the cost of public convenience’’. But senior civic officials said the controversy was being blown out of proportion and was in fact resolved at a meeting between BMC commissioner Subodh Kumar and Ambani late last year. The probe was ordered by state urban development minister Bhaskar Jadhav after allegations in the legislative assembly that the state government was trying to shield Ambani and shrugging off its responsibility. Without committing on a time-frame, Jadhav said: “If investigations prove that illegal work did take place on the setback plot, we will take action and remove the contentious portions.” The Ambani group had in May 2010 handed over 309.31 sq m of road setback to the corporation in lieu of additional floor space index (FSI), which it consumed in due course.




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which are unable to pay salaries, statutory dues and taxes. As a result, the industry ministry gave other government agencies only a few hours to comment on its note before sending to the cabinet secretariat. “A decision is imminent,” the official said adding that the issue could be decided as early as Thursday when the Cabinet is scheduled to meet. But not all Indian carriers may benefit from this move. “Because of their large foreign ownership, Jet and IndiGo are unlikely to be eligible for FDI from foreign airlines. Others such as Kingfisher, GoAir and SpiceJet can expect fresh funding through this route,” said Kapil Kaul, India head of the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation. According to Jet Airways stock exchange filing, at the end of December 2011, foreign corporate bodies held almost 80% in the airline. In case of IndiGo too, the foreign stake is close to 49%, Kaul said.

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TOI - 11-04-2012