The Hindu Important Articles 12 April 2018
Brother of U.P. MLA facing gang-rape charges arrested
Atul Singh Sengar was held in case of custodial death of victim’s father
The brother of a BJP MLA from Unnao was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the death during judicial custody of the father of a minor girl who had accused the legislator of gang-raping her along with his accomplices last June. Atul Singh Sengar, the brother of Bangermau MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, was arrested early in the day by a team of Lucknow Crime Branch from his home district Unnao.
DIG of Police Praveen Kumar said the charges in the case will now include murder.
Special team formed
Meanwhile, a five-member Special Investigation Team has been formed to probe the entire case and it will be directly monitored by ADG Zone Lucknow. Atul Sengar faces charges under culpable homicide not amounting to murder and is prima facie accused of assaulting the girl’s father along with his accomplices on April 3. As per a complaint by the victim’s side, Atul Sengar and his aides pulled out the rape victim’s father from his house in their native village in Unnao, verbally abused him and assaulted him after tying him to a tree to deter him from pursuing the gang-rape case.
Atul Sengar is also booked for rioting, voluntarily causing hurt and intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace, a police spokesperson said. The police had on Monday arrested four associates of Atul Sengar, identified as Baua, Vinit, Shailu and Sonu, after the minor’s father died in judicial custody. They had been identified in the FIR on April 4 but the police chose to only arrest the father, against whom the accused side filed a counter-FIR, though he had been grievously injured.
Died of shock
A three-member panel of doctors which conducted the post-mortem concluded that prima facie the father died due to “shock and septicemia” caused by “peritonitis and ascending colon perforation.” The body had 14 ante-mortem injury marks, most of them “abrasions, contusions and blunt-type injuries,” said Unnao Chief Medical Officer S.P. Chaudhary. While Dr. Chaudhary said he was not competent to directly link the findings of the post-mortem to the assault, he told The Hindu the perforation in the colon of the victim was due to “an injury.” “Due to the injury, the colon developed a big hole and infection spread ,” the doctor said.
RBI no to TS demand for Rs. 6,000 cr. cash
State government needs huge funds for scheme to aid farmers
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has communicated its inability to Telangana government in meeting the demand for Rs. 6,000 crore the State has made for an upcoming scheme to support farmers.
“It is not easy to pump in additional cash at will and fulfil request for large sums [in one go],” sources in the central bank noted, adding the same has also been conveyed to the government. The State is planning to go ahead and implement the scheme in phases. For the first phase, Rs. 1,600 crore is the estimated requirement for which the banks are said to be building stocks. The stance assumes significance in the context of a cash shortage persisting both in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Interestingly, the cash RBI supplied to the two States since November 2016 demonetisation has exceeded the amount withdrawn by a good measure. The value of the Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 500 notes taken out of circulation was Rs. 1.35 lakh crore. Fresh currency pumped in was about Rs. 1.50 lakh crore.
Stating this, the sources said it is a near impossible task to meet incremental cash demand such as those sought by the State as, like with any other manufacturing facilities, the four note printing presses in the country also have capacity constraints. The logistical arrangements for moving cash and competing demands from various parts of the country are other issues. Moreover, “there cannot be an infinite supply of currency,” a source said, explaining cash infusion is based on certain workings – replacement of soiled notes and growth of economy being two key factors. Severity of the crunch, however, has made the RBI office in Hyderabad seek cash from other centres. In recent weeks, it sourced Rs. 1,200 crore from Mumbai; Rs. 400 crore from Thiruvananthapuram; and Rs. 200 crore each from Odisha and Chennai. SBI has also drawn cash from other States.
That begs the question: Why is there still a cash shortage in the two States? The crunch has to be attributed to the system of circulation getting impeded, the sources said. Bankers have been reporting that the daily deposit from customers has now been reduced to a trickle with consequent pressure on RBI to meet the entire demand. Public fears about the bail-in clause of the FRDI Bill also saw premature closure of term deposits and with it more cash outgo from the banking system.
One way to address the crunch is by improving efficiency of the inter-bank mechanism of moving cash from the surplus branches to the ones with shortage. On whether hoarding is also a reason, a source replied in the affirmative. “It is time Income Tax Department cracks the whip,” he said.
IPL 2018| RR vs DD: Rajasthan Royals makes the most of rain-hit game
Delhi Daredevils fails to get going while chasing a target of 71 in six overs
They were both desperate for a win to get over their respective season opening disasters. It was finally Rajasthan Royals that came out smiling and with two points from the encounter, winning its first match of the season by 10 runs against Delhi Daredevils in a rain-curtailed, six-over match that was almost washed out.
It started pouring at 9.37 p.m. with Rajasthan on a respectable 153 for the loss of five wickets in 17.5 overs and on course for a probably winning total, and the intensity kept oscillating between a mild drizzle and a heavy downpour, as the covers were brought on and taken off four times through the night.
The match finally resumed at 11.58 p.m., leaving DD with 71 runs to get but the fortress remained unbreached for the host.
DD lost four wickets in its chase, with every batsman throwing his bat at every ball and living dangerously. It wasn’t easy for either side — the wet ball didn’t give much control to the bowlers and the heavy outfield reduced ball travel — but to their credit, the Rajasthan bowlers managed to execute their job much better.
The start was ominous, Colin Munro walking back without facing a ball, run out going for a non-existent single.
Rishabh Pant survived twice despite going too high, but finally fell. Earlier, Gautam Gambhir mixed up his options nicely to ensure there were no major partnerships. Rahane stayed put at one end to piece together the only useful partnership of 62 runs with Samson.
Rajasthan Royals: A. Rahane c Morris b Nadeem 45 (40b, 5×4), D’Arcy Short run out 6 (3b, 1×4), B. Stokes c Pant b Boult 16 (12b, 1×4, 1×6), S. Samson b Nadeem 37 (22b, 2×4, 2×6), J. Buttler b Shami 29 (18b, 2×4, 2×6), R. Tripathi (not out) 15 (11b, 1×6), K. Gowtham (not out) 2 (1b); Extras (lb-1, w-2): 3; Total (for five wkts. in 17.5 overs): 153.
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Short, 1.2 overs), 2-28 (Stokes, 4.1), 3-90 (Samson, 10.6), 4-112 (Rahane, 13.4), 5-150 (Buttler, 17.4).
Delhi Daredevils bowling: Boult 3-0-26-1, Nadeem 4-0-34-2, Morris 3-0-34-0, Shami 3.5-0-29-1, Tewatia 4-0-29-0.
Delhi Daredevils: G. Maxwell c Buttler b Laughlin 17 (12b, 2×4, 1×6), C. Munro run out 0 (0b), R. Pant c Gowtham b Unadkat 20 (14b, 3×4), C. Morris (not out) 17 (7b, 2×4, 1×6), V. Shankar c Stokes b Laughlin 3 (3b), Shreyas (not out) 0 (0b); Extras (lb-2, w-1): 3; Total (for four wkts. in six overs): 60.
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Munro, 0.1), 2-34 (Maxwell, 3.4), 3-46 (Pant, 4.6), 4-50 (Shankar 5.4).
Rajasthan Royals bowling: Gowtham 1-0-10-0, Kulkarni 1-0-4-0, Unadkat 2-0-24-1, Laughlin 2-0-20-2.
Toss: Delhi Daredevils.
Man-of-the-Match: Sanju Samson.
Rajasthan Royals won by 10 runs by DLS method (innings reduced to six overs).