TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `4.00 ● THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM 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 DEEPAK KOCHHAR’S JOINT VENTURES WITH VENUGOPAL DHOOT ● ‘SOME PEOPLE ARE CIRCUS LIONS’: CM TARGETS SP-BSP BONHOMIE ● WHY TREAT BENGAL, BIHAR DIFFERENTLY: MAYA TO CENTRE 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 countedtheCongresspartyasits clientinIndia,ChristopherWylie, a former employee turned whistleblower, Wednesday releaseddocumentsthatshowed that CA’s parent company, SCL Group had worked for the JD (U) in the 2010 Bihar elections. Inaseriesof postsonTwitter, 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 16 Founded by Dhoot & Kochhar. Each, with their associates, held 50 % of its shares Promoter of Videocon Group « « « Deepak Kochhar heads trust. Dhoot helped the trust get full ownership of Supreme Energy VENUGOPAL DHOOT NuPOWER PINNACLE ENERGYTRUST « UTTAR PRADESH P3 Chanda Kochhar’s husband. Managing Director of NuPower. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CHANDA KOCHHAR SUPREME ENERGY Owned by Dhoot, it lent Rs 64 crore to NuPower in 2010 VIDEOCONLTD. Of the Rs 3,250 crore, it owes ICICI Bank 2,810 cr. Group account declared NPA last year. « IN DECEMBER 2008, Venugopal Dhootof theVideoconGroupset 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 justRs9lakh,aninvestigationby The Indian Express has found. In what raises questions of proprietyandconflictof interest, the transfer of the company to Deepak Kochchar happened six DEEPAKKOCHHAR ICICI BANK Lent Rs 3,250 crore to five Videocon companies in April 2012 « NEW DELHI, MARCH 28 monthsaftertheVideoconGroup got a loan of Rs 3,250 crore from ICICI Bank. Almost 86 per cent of thatloan(Rs2,810crore)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 eveningsaying“thereisnoquestion 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 « Promoter 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 CEO & MD, ICICI Bank. Her husband, his father & her brother’s wife held 50% of NuPower 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 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. Discountingthetimespentin laying papers — it takes place at noonafterthestatutoryquestion hour window — the total time spent on a substantive motion liketheno-trustmotionhasbeen all of 16 minutes over eight days. Houseproceedingsweredisrupted initially by the TDP and YSRCPprotestingtheCentre’srefusal to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh. Ever since the two parties gave the no-confidence motion notice, A TOAST, SOME HISTORY, IN BEIJING Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday. PTI 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 managementboard”and“LinkMGNREGA 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 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 12 Govt to sell 76% stake in Air India, invites bids as it lays down rules ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, MARCH 28 ALONGWITHa76percentstake 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 — thegovernment,asperapreliminaryinformationmemorandum (PIM)issuedonWednesday,will also package Rs 33,392 crore of debt and liabilities of Air India In UP, a BJP Dalit MP speaks up: We need to save Constitution, Bahujans MAULSHREE SETH LUCKNOW, MARCH 28 AT A time when Dalit MPs, including from the BJP and its allies, are restive about the government’s silence on what they see as a dilution of the ScheduledCastesandScheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, BJP’s Bahraich MP, Sadhvi Savitri Bai Phoole, has called a “Bharatiya Samvidhan Bachao (Save Indian Constitution)” rally at the Kanshiram Smriti Upvan Sadhvi Savitri Bai Phoole in Lucknow on April 1. Claiming a “threat” to the Constitution, Phoole told The Indian Express: “Kabhi kaha ja raha hai ki Samvidhan badalne ke liye aaye hain. Kabhi kaha ja raha haiaarakshankokhatamkarenge. Babasaheb (Ambedkar) ka Samvidhan surakshit nahi hai (Sometimes it is said that they will change the Constitution. Sometimes, it is said they will end reservation. Babasaheb’s Constitution is not safe).” Alleging a conspiracy against those belonging to backward classes, she said she had given a calltoallthoseinfavourof reservation, irrespective of their CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 DALIT MPs MEET PM PAGE 5 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. Asof March31,2017,AirIndia and Air India Express had a total debt of Rs 51,379.60 crore. Invitingexpressionofinterest, theMinistryof CivilAviationoutlined the parameters for poten- 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Liberal dilemma on nationalism BY ASHUTOSH VARSHNEY GOVT & POLITICS P5 ● IN ASSEMBLY, NAIDU PLAYS PM SPEECHES ON SPECIAL STATUS tialbidders.Thequalifiedbidders will then move on to the request for proposal stage, where the details of the stake sale will be shared.Bidshavealsobeencalled for sale of Air India’s 50 per cent stake in AI-SATS, a groundhandlingsubsidiarybetweenAir 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CLASS X MATHS, XII ECO CBSE test leak: Over 20 lakh students have to retake exam SHRADHA CHETTRI NEW DELHI, MARCH 28 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 Economicspapers.Newdatesfor thetwoexaminationswillbeannounced 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 examinationandintheinterestof fairness to students”, and “taking cognizanceof certainhappeningsin the conduct of examinations”. The Class X Mathematics examination held Wednesday was taken by 16,38,428 students, BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY while the Economics paper was held Monday. It was not immediately clear how many of the total 11,86,306 students taking theClassXIIexaminationssatfor 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 WHEN MOHAMMED Saleem (36), wanted in several criminal cases, was shot dead inside the Saharanpur Mandi on March 25, theUttarPradeshpolicesaidthey wereforcedtofireinself-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. Butontheground,The Indian Express found examples that show glaring inconsistencies — home guards posted at the Mandi who did not hear shots firedorseepolice,varyingpolice versions on where and when Saleemfirstopenedfire,missing medical records of the injured policeman and a reward against Wife, daughter of Mohd Saleem in Saharanpur. 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 werespottedatacheck-postand they went inside the Mandi. “Today, March 25, 2017, during checkingwithSHOMandipolice CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 Let full court discuss Govt interference: Justice Chelameswar to CJI, 22 judges SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, MARCH 28 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 inappointmentof judgestohigh 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 confidencewhenthefourmostsenior judges — Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, besides Chelameswar — held a press conference on January12,complainingthatthe 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 PAGE8 ● 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 palliativecarefromseveralsectors.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 wentfromdoorsteptodoorstep, pharmacytopharmacy,butIwas 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 painandsavehim.Theysaid,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 prescribingit.In2013,someamendments were passed to make opioidregulationsolelytheCentre’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 needforhumility—wereondisplay 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 thewaycancerhasimpactedhuman 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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