The Hindu Important Articles 14 April 2018
Kathua murder hits J&K politics, 2 BJP Ministers quit
Choudhary Lal Singh and Chandar Prakash Ganga had defended the accused
Two BJP Ministers, who addressed the Hindu Ekta Manch rally after the rape and murder of a minor in Kathua, submitted their resignations to the party on Friday.
“The two leaders have submitted their resignations. The final call on them will be taken at the meeting of the BJP legislators on Saturday,” BJP spokesman Ashok Kaul told The Hindu .
‘No admission of guilt’
Mr. Kaul denied that the resignations indicated any wrongdoing. “They have not done anything wrong. They are resigning because a situation has been created around them,” he said.
Ministers Choudhary Lal Singh and Chandar Prakash Ganga had addressed the rally of the Hindu Ekta Manch, a group campaigning for handing over the case to the CBI, on March 4 and defended those arrested in the rape and murder of the eight-year-old girl.
The development assumes significance in the wake of public annoyance expressed by the BJP’s coalition partner Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties in J&K, including National Conference (NC). Senior PDP Minister Naeem Akhtar has said “the party’s rank and file was finding it difficult to work in an atmosphere where such crass communalism is being practised by the Ministers,” while referring to the two BJP leaders.
J&K government sources said Ms. Mufti had raised the issue with the BJP top brass and demanded the removal of the Ministers or “decide to go one way or the other.” Government sources said Ms. Mufti had also spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue and sought his intervention.
In a major climbdown, senior BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh expressed satisfaction over the investigation of the Crime Branch in the rape and murder case.
Malaysian firm joins Fortis race, offers up to Rs. 160 per share
IHH Healthcare seeks possible due diligence, participationFortis Healthcare said on Friday it had received an unsolicited non-binding expression of interest from IHH Healthcare Berhad for possible due diligence and participation with the company.
The company also shared a letter sent to the board by the Malaysian healthcare major, which offered up to Rs. 160 per share of Fortis.
In a regulatory filing on Friday, Fortis Healthcare said, “The board of directors of the company have received an unsolicited non-binding expression of interest from IHH Healthcare Berhad for possible due diligence and participation with the Company.” The offer from IHH Healthcare comes a day after Sunil Kant Munjal-led Hero Enterprise Investment Office and Burman Family Office offered to invest Rs. 1,250 crore in the healthcare chain through preferential allotment route as per SEBI ICDR guidelines for preferential issues or Rs. 156 per share, whichever is higher.
Already, Manipal Health Enterprises had raised its offer for Fortis Healthcare Ltd. at Rs. 155 per share by valuing the hospital business higher at Rs. 6,061 crore.