LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `3.00 ● THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA Videocon gets Rs 3250-cr loan from ICICI Bank, bank CEO’s husband gets sweet deal from Dhoot Dhoot forms JV with Chanda Kochhar’s husband, loans Rs 64 cr, then hands him ownership of lending entity for Rs 9 lakh; ICICI Bank declares Videocon account NPA MUMBAI WOMAN HELD FOR KILLING 5-YR-OLD ● Vadodara clashes: VHP alleges exodus conspiracy, PAGE 5 Founded by Dhoot & Kochhar. Each, with their associates, held 50 % of its shares Promoter of Videocon Group « « « PINNACLE ENERGY TRUST Deepak Kochhar heads trust. Dhoot helped the trust get full ownership of Supreme Energy CHANDA KOCHHAR « GUJARAT VENUGOPAL DHOOT NuPOWER CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUPREME ENERGY Owned by Dhoot, it lent Rs 64 crore to NuPower in 2010 VIDEOCON LTD. Of the Rs 3,250 crore, it owes ICICI Bank 2,810 cr. Group account declared NPA last year. CEO & MD, ICICI Bank. Her husband, his father & her brother’s wife held 50% of NuPower ICICI BANK Lent Rs 3,250 crore to five Videocon companies in April 2012 1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes...And Speaker says House stands adjourned Over 8 days, all of 16 minutes spent on no-trust notice in Lok Sabha UK data firm worked for JD(U), shared address with Tyagi’s son KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, MARCH 28 A DAY after he told a British parliamentary panel that UK data firm Cambridge Analytica counted the Congress party as its client in India, Christopher Wylie, a former employee turned whistleblower, Wednesday released documents that showed that CA’s parent company, SCL Group had worked for the JD (U) in the 2010 Bihar elections. In a series of posts on Twitter, Wylie released photographs of documents that showed the extent of the firm’s work and the location of its offices in India. “SCL India was asked to provide electoral research and strategy for the 2010 state elections for the JD(U). SCL undertook a behavioural research programme targeting over 75 per cent of households to assist the client in not only identifying the correct battlegrounds, but also the right audiences, messages and most importantly, the right castes to target,” said one document. Also among the documents Wylie released is the address of the head office for CA’s parent company SCL Group in India: “155, Niti Khand 1, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad”. The same address was also listed as the official address of Ovleno Business Intelligence (OBI) on its website before it was taken down last week. OBI, SCL’s partner in India is owned by Amrish Tyagi, the son CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 20 LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, MARCH 28 “EVERYBODY IS ready to discuss the no-confidence motion. They are also ready, this side is also ready, but we cannot proceed like this.” This is what Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said before she adjourned proceedings Wednesday for the eighth day since the first no-trust motion notice against the government. The proceedings were adjourned 11 minutes past noon. This has been the scene in Lok Sabha since March 16 when the YSRCP and TDP gave notices for a motion of no-confidence. Discounting the time spent in laying papers — it takes place at noon after the statutory question hour window — the total time spent on a substantive motion like the no-trust motion has been all of 16 minutes over eight days. House proceedings were disrupted initially by the TDP and YSRCP protesting the Centre’s refusal to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh. Ever since the two parties gave the no-confidence motion notice, A TOAST IN BEIJING Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday. PTI North Korea’s Kim Jong Un with China’s Xi Jinping at a banquet in Beijing. This photograph, taken on Monday, was released Wednesday by the Korean Central News Agency as a confirmation of the meeting between the two leaders. AP REPORT, PAGE 15 GANDHINAGAR, MARCH 28 STATING THAT “significant development activities” have taken place in various parts of Gujarat since 2011, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has indicted the Gujarat government’s Revenue Department for not revising the Annual Statement of Rates (ASR) of land or jantri in the state since 2012 resulting in loss of opportunity to generate revenue. NEW DELHI, MARCH 28 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY IN A move that stunned several hundred thousand students and parents, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Wednesday announced that reexamination will be conducted across the country for the Class X Mathematics and Class XII Economics papers. New dates for the two examinations will be announced within a week. While the CBSE did not use the ‘leak’ word, the government said it had “taken serious cognizance of the leak” and a police investigation had been ordered. The board merely said this was being done to “uphold the sanctity of the board examination and in the interest of fairness to students”, and “taking cognizance of certain happenings in the conduct of examinations”. The Class X Mathematics examination held Wednesday was taken by 16,38,428 students, while the Economics paper was held Monday. It was not immediately clear how many of the total 11,86,306 students taking the Class XII examinations sat for the Economics paper. Last year, 383,647 students had taken the same paper. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sources said, had spoken CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Holes in Saharanpur encounter: Unheard shots, missing report and many versions ABHISHEK ANGAD SAHARANPUR, MARCH 28 their MPs have remained seated while AIADMK and TRS members have trooped to the well of the House, raising placards and shouting slogans with demands like “constitute Cauvery management board” and “Link MGNREGA to farm labour”. Since Tuesday, TRS MPs have also stopped protesting. On Wednesday, it was only AIADMK MPs who were in the well, disrupting proceedings. Before the Speaker took up the no-confidence motion matter, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar stood up and accused the Congress of “stalling the House since the first day” while the Congress MPs remained seated. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Govt to sell 76% stake in Air India, invites bids as it lays down rules ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, MARCH 28 ALONG WITH a 76 per cent stake in Air India — with a fleet of 115 aircraft and over 2,500 prime international slots in markets including the US, UK, Europe, Southeast Asia and West Asia — the government, as per a preliminary information memorandum (PIM) issued on Wednesday, will also package Rs 33,392 crore of debt and liabilities of Air India By not revising jantri rate, Gujarat lost chance to earn revenue: CAG PARIMAL DABHI CBSE test leak: Over 20 lakh students have to retake exam SHRADHA CHETTRI « 4 Chanda Kochhar’s husband. Managing Director of NuPower. « IN DECEMBER 2008, Venugopal Dhoot of the Videocon Group set up a company with Deepak Kochhar, husband of ICICI Bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar, and two of her relatives; then gave a Rs 64-crore loan to this company through a fully owned entity before he transferred the latter’s ownership to a trust headed by Deepak Kochhar for just Rs 9 lakh, an investigation by The Indian Express has found. In what raises questions of propriety and conflict of interest, the transfer of the company to Deepak Kochchar happened six DEEPAK KOCHHAR « NEW DELHI, MARCH 28 months after the Videocon Group got a loan of Rs 3,250 crore from ICICI Bank. Almost 86 per cent of that loan (Rs 2,810 crore) remains unpaid and Videocon account was declared an NPA in 2017. Sources have confirmed to The Indian Express that the Dhoot-Kochhar-ICICI web of transactions is being examined by investigative agencies. A day after The Indian Express sent a detailed questionnaire to ICICI Bank for its response to its findings, ICICI Bank issued a press release Wednesday evening saying “there is no question of any quid pro quo/nepotism/conflict of interest as is being alleged in various rumours.” It said the Board “reposes full « SANDEEP SINGH & KRISHN KAUSHIK DEEPAK KOCHHAR’S JOINT VENTURES WITH VENUGOPAL DHOOT CLASS X MATHS, XII ECO “Since 2011, significant development activities have taken place in various parts of the state. Introduction/expansion of Bus Rapid Transit System in Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Surat districts, completion of River Front project and commencement of work for Metro Rail project in Ahmedabad district were some of the noticeable developments which have a direct impact on the upward movement of the market value of the immovable properties. However, due to non-revision of ASR, the (Gujarat) Government had forgone an opportunity for revenue realisation which is based on the current market value of immovable properties,” the national auditor stated in its report on revenue sector for 2016-2017, which was tabled in the Gujarat Assembly on Wednesday. The CAG has recommended the state government to “strictly CONTINUED ON PAGE 7 MORE REPORTS PAGE 3 WHEN MOHAMMED Saleem (36), wanted in several criminal cases, was shot dead inside the Saharanpur Mandi on March 25, the Uttar Pradesh police said they were forced to fire in self-defence after he shot at an officer when stopped at a check post. The police alleged Saleem alias Ehsan, who had just robbed a farmer of cash and shot at him, was attempting to avoid arrest. But on the ground, The Indian Express found examples that show glaring inconsistencies — home guards posted at the Mandi who did not hear shots fired or see police, varying police versions on where and when Saleem first opened fire, missing medical records of the injured policeman and a reward against Wife, daughter of Mohd Saleem in Saharanpur. and Air India Express. Laying the ground rules for potential bidders, the government has mandated that the successful purchaser cannot sell the shares or cede management control for at least three years from the date of consummation of the transaction. As of March 31, 2017, Air India and Air India Express had a total debt of Rs 51,379.60 crore. Inviting expression ofinterest, the Ministry of Civil Aviation outlined the parameters for poten- tial bidders. The qualified bidders will then move on to the request for proposal stage, where the details of the stake sale will be shared. Bids have also been called for sale of Air India’s 50 per cent stake in AI-SATS, a groundhandling subsidiary between Air India and Singapore Airport Terminal Services. The government has laid down the contours for reallocation of the airline’s debt component, which is considered by 10 Let full court discuss Govt interference: Justice Chelameswar to CJI, 22 judges THE EDITORIAL PAGE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, MARCH 28 Liberals and nationalism BY ASHUTOSH VARSHNEY GOVT & POLITICS, P8 ● IN ASSEMBLY, NAIDU PLAYS PM SPEECHES ON SPECIAL STATUS JUSTICE JASTI Chelameswar, the most senior judge of the Supreme Court, wrote to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra last week, seeking a full court on the judicial side to discuss the matter of government interference in appointment of judges to high courts. The CJI has not yet responded to the letter. The five-page letter to the CJI has also been copied to 22 other Justice Jasti Chelameswar wrote to CJI Dipak Misra last week judges of the Supreme Court. Sources said that this was done to obviate criticism of some Supreme Court judges that they had not been taken into confidence when the four most senior judges — Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Praveen Khanna Saleem declared before he was formally booked. Consider this: ■ The press note issued by the office of the Saharanpur SSP, Babloo Kumar, said two men were spotted at a check-post and they went inside the Mandi. “Today, March 25, 2017, during checking with SHO Mandi police CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 Joseph, besides Chelameswar — held a press conference on January 12, complaining that the CJI had taken no action on issues raised in their letter to him. Justice Chelameswar’s letter, signed on March 21, states that the government has been selective in accepting recommendations of the Supreme Court Collegium for appointment of judges to high courts. It chooses to ignore or defer the names it finds uncomfortable, the letter states, thereby affecting the CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR SPORTS ‘AI, GENETICS PUSHING FRONTIERS OF SCIENCE, WE NEED HUMILITY’ EKTAA MALIK NEW DELHI, MARCH 28 Steve Smith, David Warner banned for one year IN A country where the incidence of cancer is rising and palliative care lagging woefully behind, acclaimed oncologist and author Siddhartha Mukherjee said he will petition the government for easier access to opioids for patients. “We have to approach palliative care from several sectors. We have approached the Prime Minister about this....Morphine is a cheap drug but we barely get it in India. When my father passed in October last year, I went from doorstep to doorstep, pharmacy to pharmacy, but I was unable to get him any, to relieve his pain. In the US, it would take me 15 minutes to get morphine. My father lay dying but I could net get any opioid to relieve his pain and save him. They said, give him tylenol and ibuprofen,” said Mukherjee at a riveting Express Adda on Tuesday (Detailed transcript with questions will be published next week). The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, (NDPS) 1985 required a string of licences from various government departments — upto six in some states — for anybody to Plea to PM to allow opioids to ease pain for terminal patients: Siddhartha Mukherjee. Neeraj Priyadarshi stock and sell morphine but there is no bar on doctors prescribing it. In 2013, some amendments were passed to make opioid regulation solely the Centre’s mandate. According to Dr Navin Salins, associate professor of palliative medicine at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, less than 2 per cent cancer patients who need opioids get it. Mukherjee’s remarkable ability to demystify medicine, the range of his interests and insight — from music to AI, genomics to philosophy and the need for humility — were on display as he explained the writing process, the new frontiers of medicine and fielded questions from an audience on art and science and what lies in between. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Emperor of All Maladies, in which he explored the way cancer has impacted human history, Mukherjee said: “Writing is a form of thinking for me. It’s a mechanism to lay on the page, ideas about who we are, where we are going. Medicine allows you to do it, the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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