TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `4.00 ● FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA VISVA BHARATI UNIVERSITY President gives in to govt, withdraws own assent on appointment of V-C Panel of 3 finalists scrapped; search, selection committee disbanded, ministry tells university to pick new members RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 22 IN AN unprecedented move, President Ram Nath Kovind has overturned his decision on the appointmentof acentraluniversity Vice-Chancellor (V-C), at the behest of the government. Kovindislearnttohavewithdrawn his assent to appoint The Indian Express report on February 15 UTTAR PRADESH P3 ● NIRMALA PRAISE OFFICIALS FOR WORK ON UP DEFENCE CORRIDOR PLAN ● STATE CAN BE INDIA’S BIGGEST ECONOMY, SAYS PRESIDENT 11 THEIDEASPAGE In the name of education There is an impressive increase in school enrollment levels but not much thought on what should be taught BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Swapan Kumar Dutta as the head of Visva Bharati University in Santiniketan — the President is its Visitor and the Prime Minister its Chancellor. He has also scrapped the panel of three finalists forwarded by the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry last year. AsfirstreportedbyTheIndian Express on February 15, the HRD MinistryhadaskedthePresident to reconsider his assent to Dutta’s appointment. The government will now launch a fresh search for the V-C’s post. Visva Bharati learnt of the President’s decision on Thursday, when the HRD Ministryaskedtheuniversityadministration to call a meeting of its Court and Executive Council CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CBI arrests Rotomac owner and son over Rs 3,695-cr loan default DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 22 AFTER FOUR days of questioning, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Thursday arrested Rotomac Global owner Vikram Kothari and his son Rahul in connection with the company’s Rs 3,695 crore loan default. Agency sources said the Kotharis were arrested as they did not cooperate with investigations despite four days of sustainedquestioninginKanpur. CBI had booked Rotomac Global PvtLtd,Kothari,hiswifeSadhana and son Rahul for allegedly defaulting on Rs 3,695 crore in loans taken from a consortium of seven banks. Sources said Kothari constantly maintained that he had not committed fraud and would have returned the loan in due course. He also said this was the reason he had not attempted to leavethecountryorevenKanpur. Kothari was brought to Delhi for questioning on Wednesday but is expected to be taken to 10 THEEDITORIAL PAGE Rotomac owner Vikram Kothari Lucknow where he will be produced before a special court to seekremand.Sourcessaidhewas brought to Delhi to change the “environment of questioning” and take him out of his comfort zone. Till Tuesday, CBI had questionedhimathishouseinKanpur. According to CBI and a complaint filed by Bank of Baroda (BoB), the loans were granted, beginning 2008, for the purported import of wheat among otherproducts,butinmostcases nothing was imported and the money was allegedly diverted. BoB is among several banks and has an outstanding loan of Rs 456.63 crore from Rotomac. Apart from BoB, the consortium includes, Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank, United Bank of India, Allahabad Bank, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 How did they ponzi it? BY OMKAR GOSWAMI Cars belonging to Nirav Modi and his companies seized by ED. PTI 9 firms tied to Nirav Modi did no business, shut in two years KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 22 AT LEAST nine firms associated with billionaire diamond jeweller Nirav Modi were incorporated in 2010 but did not carry out any business before all of them were shut down in 2012, records investigated by The Indian Express show. An analysis of the 41 companies associated with Modi, in the wakeof allegedfraudulenttransactions involving three of his companies and Punjab National Bank,showsthattheseninefirms were incorporated between March and August 2010. Records show that Modi’s brother Neeshal Modi, who has INSIDE PAGES 8, 13 ● PURSUED ALL LEGAL AVENUES, SAYS PNB ● NIRAV MODI CITES SUSPENDED PASSPORT TO ED been named by the CBI as an accusedintheallegedRs11,400crore PNB fraud, was a director in all these nine firms. Thesefirms,accordingtotheir statement of accounts, did not show any business in the two yearsoftheirexistenceandatleast sevenof themfiledforclosureon June21,2012.Theothertwowere also shut down that year. In their board resolutions, each of these firms cited the same reason for winding up: they foresee “no sustainable commercialactivity”andarenot in a position to “generate any revenue surpluses”. These nine firms are: Punarvasu Consultants Pvt Ltd, Ananthnath Valuers Pvt Ltd, Neminath Consultants Pvt Ltd, Vashupujya Valuers Pvt Ltd, Moola Consultants Pvt Ltd, Sambhavnath Consultants Pvt Ltd,SuvadhinathConsultantsPvt Ltd, Moon Valuers Pvt Ltd and SupasvanathConsultantsPvtLtd. However, sources familiar with the case said it is possible that not all of the 41 companies CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Khalistan activist with Trudeaus 3-judge vs 3-judge: Debate in SC leaves Canada, India red-faced intensifies, CJI asked to step in SHUBHAJIT ROY & RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 22 IN A major public relations embarrassment for visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a Canada-based Khalistaniactivist,convictedinthe attempted murder of a Punjab Minister in 1986, was invited to two events organised forTrudeau,inMumbaiandDelhi. As photographs of the Mumbai reception on Tuesday, showing Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, and a Canadian minister with Jaspal Atwal, a known Khalistani activist, kicked up a row, the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi said it had rescinded 12 WORLD Jaspal Atwal with Sophie Gregoire Trudeau. ANI EXPRESS NETWORK ● JOURNALIST WHO PROTESTED AGAINST MODI PART OF TEAM, P8 the invitation to the reception in the Capital on Thursday night. Atwal, a former member of the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) — a pro-Khalistani outfit that was banned in Canada and designated a terrorist organisation in 2003 — was convicted of attempted murder after then Punjab minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu was shot on Vancouver Island in 1986. Atwal and three others were sentenced to 20 years in jail, but he was released early due to his good conduct. Responding to the controversy,TrudeausaidAtwalshould not have received an invitation. “Obviously, we take this extremely seriously. He should neverhavereceivedaninvitation. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 22 WITH A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court triggering a debatebyoverturningtheruling of another three-judge bench in a land acquisition case, two separate benches, hearing related matters Thursday, turned to Chief Justiceof IndiaDipakMisra to constitute an “appropriate” or “larger”benchtosettletheissue. On Wednesday, the bench of Justices Madan B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and Deepak Gupta virtually stayed operation of a February 8 order by a bench of Justices Arun Mishra, A K Goel and Mohan M Shantanagoudar which ruled that compensation notavailedof withinastipulated 15 EXPLAINED Questions of law and process five-year period could not be ground for cancellation of land acquisition. In reaching this conclusion, the Justice Mishra-led bench, by a majority of 2-1, also held that a 2014 verdict in a case related to the Pune Municipal Corporation was “per incuriam” (passed without due regard to the law). That 2014 verdict was also by a three-judge bench, comprising thenChief JusticeRMLodhaand JusticesLokurandJoseph,which said that non-payment of compensation could be a ground to cancel land acquisition. On Thursday, Justices Mishra and Goel, sitting on separate benches, referred the matter to the CJI after being told that the three-judge bench headed by JusticeLokurhadvirtuallystayed theFebruary8orderadayearlier. Justice Mishra, who was sitting with Justice Amitava Roy, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Gujarat minister in House: Butchers and bootleggers didn’t vote for BJP PRESS TRUST OF INDIA GANDHINAGAR, FEBRUARY 22 THE BJP’s tally in the Gujarat Assembly polls was restricted to 99 seats because “butchers”, “bootleggers” and those opposing the proposed triple talaq Bill didn’tvotefortheparty,Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja said on Thursday. In the elections held last December, the BJP managed to retain power for a sixth straight term though its tally fell to 99 seats.TheCongresswon77seats in the 182-member House. “I (will) tell you who did not vote for us. It was those butchers who were angry at us for introducing a tough anti-cow slaughter law. It was bootleggers who were angry because the BJP government has introduced a tough prohibition law,” Jadeja told the Assembly. He was speaking on the Motion of Thanks to Governor O P Kohli’s February 19 address to the House on the first day of the Budget Session, when the topic veered towards the BJP’s pollperformancefollowingadig by the Congress. “Many school owners were unhappy because we brought a law to cap their fees.Thosewhowereangrywith the BJP government at the Centre for introducing a Bill to protect Muslim women against triple talaq also did not give us votes. But we are not bothered about them,” he said. Jadeja said the Congress gained only 77 seats though its Gujarat Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja leaders tried to incite people through casteist and communal politics. “Congress leaders used to claim ahead of the polls that the party will come to power by winningover125seats.However, they got only 77 seats,” he said. In an apparent dig at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Jadeja said, “Though a top Congress leader, who never visitedtemplesbefore,visitedso manytemplesaheadof thepolls, it did not help the party to come to power in Gujarat”. Jadeja said the BJP came to power “with the votes of rural people, youths who got employment, and women who benefited from the policies of the government”. Meanwhile,inaveiledattack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress MLA Vikram Madam said, “Good dialogues willhelpamovietobecomesuccessful (but) to run a country successfully, you need concrete plans... It was the BJP’s vision to win 150 seats. You need to do an introspection as to why you were reduced to just 99.” Kejriwal aide to police: Saw Chief Secy being assaulted, glasses fall ABHISHEK ANGAD & MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL Delhi Chief Secy Anshu Prakash NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 22 CONTRADICTING HIS earlier stand, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s advisor, VK Jain, in multiple statements to police hassaidhewitnessedtheassault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash on February 19 during a meeting in Kejriwal’s residence and saw Prakash’s “spectacles fall off”. While one of Jain’s statements was submitted before a Delhi court Thursday during the bail hearing of two AAP MLAs arrested for the assault on Prakash, he recorded a second statement under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) before a magistrate. The two new statements contradict Jain’s earlier stand. In a statement to police on Wednesday he had said he was presentattheFebruary19meeting but denied witnessing the assault and said he was in the “washroom” for a few minutes. Additional Public Prosecutor Atul Srivastava Thursday told Metropolitan Magistrate ShefaliBarnalaTandonthatJain’s statement was recorded before police. “In his statement under Section 161 of the CrPC, Jain said he left home at around 11.30 pm from Maharani Bagh and 7 EXPRESS NETWORK ● Let police probe case, says Sisodia ● Police may call MLAs who were present at meeting reached the CM’s residence at midnight.” According to the prosecutor, Jain, in the statement, admitted that he saw Prakash being assaulted after exiting the washroom. “... He saw two MLAs had surrounded the Chief Secretary and were assaulting him and that is when his spectacles fell off,” Srivastava told the court. Defence counsel for the two AAP MLAs, BS Joon pointed out the contradictions in Jain’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR FORDOUSTS INDIAN-ORIGIN OFFICIALFOR ‘SEXUAL MISCONDUCT’ SAUDI, CHINA, TURKEY BLOCK U.S. FROM PUTTING PAK ON TERROR WATCHLIST MONTH ON, RAPE & MURDER SPLIT A VILLAGE DOWN THE MIDDLE NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN KATHUA, FEBRUARY 22 IT’S BEEN over a month but the chalk marks outlining the spot where the small body lay face down between trees have not yet faded. And so is the grief and despair at the home of the seven-year-old girl who was found dead that morning in the woods behind Rasana village in Kathua near Jammu. “Iadoptedherfrommysister when she was just two months old, and brought her up as my own. She was a part of my fam- ily for seven years,” says her father, who hails from the Bakherwal, a Muslim community of nomadic grazers. The girl’s body was found on January 17, seven days after she went missing. She had been allegedly raped and strangled, said police. Within a day, a minorboylivingwithhisunclein Rasana was arrested and placed in a juvenile home. This month, two Special Police Officers from the area, Deepak Khajuria and Surinder Verma, were held on charges of rape and murder. With the crime and the arrests widening communal faultlines across Kathua, on the The storeroom where the victim was allegedly kept, in Kathua near Jammu. Nirupama Subramanian International Border with Pakistan,prohibitoryorderswere quickly put in place. Today, the divide is all too apparent in Rasana, where 13 Brahmin householdsstayincloselypacked homes on either side of a 200metre-long,eight-feet-widelane. What is under severe strain here are links that go back at least 40 years, between the residents and the Bakherwal, who annually set up camp on the forest and private land around the village in winter. “Now people are floating all kinds of stories, that she was not mydaughter,thatthiscrimewas committed by Bakherwals themselves because of a fight between us. They are all lies,” says the girl’s father. LocatedonariseoffNH44,the “Srinagar-Kanyakumari highway”, Rasana is part of Kootah panchayat. Kant Kumar, Kootah’s ex-sarpanch, says there was “a littletension”overwherethegirl’s body was to be buried. “The family wanted to bury her in Kootah. It was private land, but I helped defuse the matter, and managed the funeral in a graveyard in nearby Kanah village,” he says. Both Kumar and the girl’s father deny rumours of a “social boycott” of Bakherwals in the area.Butclearly,theincidenthas left an indelible scar. “Rasana has never known a crime like this... When I heard aboutwhathadbeendonetothe girl, I cried. Girls that age, whatever their religion, are deviroop (like Goddesses), we pray to them,” says the aunt of the teenager who was arrested. It was from around 200 feet behind her house that the girl’s bodywasdiscovered.“Butheisinnocent. He is too small to have taken part in something so brutal,hewasevenscaredofstepping out in the dark,” she says. Theauntsaystheboywasleft inherhusband’scarebyhissister CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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