TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA Paper leak: Outrage mounts, red-faced Govt assures steps Police question tutors, new exam dates next week EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MARCH 29 ANNUALEXPRESS POWERLIST THE 100 MOST POWERFUL INDIANS, 2018 WITHTODAY’SCOPYOF THEINDIANEXPRESS UNDER FIRE from students, parents and the Opposition over the leakofquestionpapersthatledto the Central Board of Secondary Educationannouncingre-exams for Mathematics in Class X and Economics in Class XII, the government scrambled for cover Thursday with HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar assuring “reforms” and the CBSE claiming it hadtakenthedecision“inutmost fairness”.Adayafterthere-exams were announced, students and parents held a protest at Jantar Mantar to seek “justice” while MUMBAI, MARCH 29 Delhi Police said crime branch has questioned 34 persons, A student protests at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Thursday. Abhinav Saha CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, MARCH 29 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE A southern discomfort BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA Police patrol Asansol Thursday. Express KOLKATA, MARCH 29 UNIONMINISTERBabulSupriyo onThursdaythreatenedto“skin” some people who shouted slogansagainsthimwhenhevisited his constituency of Asansol, one of the areas hit by communal violence following Ram Navami processions across the state. Accordingtosources,Supriyo wasonhiswaytoarelief campin Kalyanpur, in Asansol, when he wasstoppedbythepolice.Hewas booked for violating prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPCandunderSections146,147, 148 (rioting) and 353 (assault or criminalforcetodeterpublicservant from discharge of his duty), a non-bailable offence. He is allegedtohaveassaultedseniorIPS officer Rupesh Kumar. As some people approached him, news channels showed Supriyotellingthem,“Aamikiapnader ke bolbo lorai koro? Ami cholejabo,apnaderoporgolicholbe (WillIaskyoutofight?Iwillleave and you will come under fire).” But when a person asked MORE REPORTS, P 6 him to “go back” and leave them alone, Supriyo was heard shouting, “Chamra guthiye debo ekdom... (Will skin them alive).” When contacted, Supriyo told The Indian Express: “There were two-three miscreants belonging to the TMC who were trying tocreatepanic.Theywere shouting slogans against me while I was trying to meet the victims. I stopped my vehicle when I saw two elderly women weeping. They wanted to meet me and were talking about police inaction in the area... CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 His son dead, Imam says if you retaliate, will leave town RAVIK BHATTACHARYA KOLKATA, MARCH 29 HOURS AFTER his 16-year-old son was found dead, becoming thefourthvictimof violencetriggered by Ram Navami processions across the state since Sunday, Maulana Imdadul Rashidi, Imam of a mosque in Asansol, on Thursday presided overacongregationwhereheappealed for peace. He told the crowd that he would leave the mosqueandthetowniftherewas anyretaliationforhisson’sdeath. Sibtulla Rashidi, who appeared for his Class X board exams this year, was reported missing after communal clashes in Rail Par area of Asansol on Tuesday afternoon. According to sources, he was picked up by a mob. His body was recovered late on Wednesday night and identifiedonThursday.Heissuspected to have been beaten to death. “There was chaos outside when he went out. He was picked up by a group of miscreants. My older son alerted the police, but he was made to wait at the police station. We were later informed that a body had been recovered by the police. He was identified in the morning,” Rashidi, 48, told The Indian Express. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Five years after ostracising family, Vaidu council agrees to first inter-caste wedding SRINATHRAO MUMBAI, MARCH 29 ON WEDNESDAY evening Govindi Gudilu was caked from head to toe in haldi and emerged dancing minutes later as the speakersblaredaremixof popular Marathi number Zingaat. From the outside, it was like any other evening before the big day for a young woman in the city. Exceptthatfor2000membersof the Vaidu community settled in Jogeshwari and several lakh others across Maharashtra, it was a RBI slaps ICICI Bank with heavy penalty for flouting guidelines ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU KAUNAIN SHERIFF M SWEETY KUMARI & RAVIK BHATTACHARYA Rs 58.9 CRORE FINE IMPOSED Non-compliance with directions on treasury ops, says central bank SC/ST Act: Supriyo stokes Asansol tension, Govt looks tells crowd: Will skin you alive at review plea in top court IN ITS first public remarks on the issue,thecentralgovernmentsaid Thursday that it is examining the “desirability”offilingajudicialreview against the Supreme Court order last week that laid down stringentsafeguardsbeforeregisteringacaseundertheScheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Department of Legal Affairs has been instructed to “consider the desirability of filing a review” andthat“appropriateaction”will be taken once the ministry tenders its opinion. “There is widespread concernregardingthisissue.Weunderstand the sensitivity of the matter. The government has taken note of the judgment of the Supreme Court laying down new norms as far as the SC and ST Act’s operation is concerned. I have instructed the Ministry of Law to consider the desirability of filing a review. Appropriate follow-upactionsaretobetaken by the ministry,” Prasad said. Themovecomesadayaftera delegation of Dalit MPs met Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue. On Wednesday, The Indian Express reported that despite representations and appealsfromDalitMPsforthegovernment’s intervention on the SC’s order on Atrocities Act, the Centre was yet to commit itself to file a review petition. JOURNALISM OF COURAGE wedding less ordinary and a historic first. On Thursday, Govindi Gudilu wed Jayesh Wakhade, the partner she has chosen, with the blessingsoftheverymenwhoostracised her family five years ago for refusing to become a child bride for her cousin. Govindi, a software engineer andthefirstgraduateinthecommunity,wasdecreedasatoddler to be married to her cousin. In 2013,whilestillpursuinghereducation, she refused to get married,citinghercontinuingeducation and the boy's lack of it. Inter caste marriages are forbidden in the community. The Jat Panchayat or Caste Council of the Vaidu Tribe, to which the family belongs, orderedthattheybeostracisedand imposedapenaltyofRs.3lakhon them. That spurred Govindi's youngersisterDurgatolaunchan aggressive campaign to disband the council and end other harmfulparcticesprevalentinthecommunity, supported by Narendra Dabholkar's Andhashradha NirmulanSamiti.Thefamilyregistered a complaint with the policeagainstsevenmembersofthe council for ordering their social boycott. “He was a drunkard and and used to sell medicine like older members of our community," said Durga of the boy her sister rejected. Incidentally, Govindi's wedding comes two days after the SupremeCourthadobservedthat anyattemptbyKhappanchayats or other assemblies to prevent twoconsentingadultsfrommarrying was illegal. A three judge benchalsostatedinitsorderthat any form of torture by any individuals in the name of honour CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IN ONE of the heaviest monetary levies by a regulator on a bank for violation of regulations in recent years, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposed a penalty of Rs 58.9 crore on ICICI Bank for violating the central bank’s guidelines governing treasury operations. The RBI said the penalty was imposed for non-compliance with directions on direct sale of securities from its HTM (heldto-maturity) portfolio and its disclosure. “This action is based on the deficiencies in regulatory compliance and is not intended to pronounce upon the validity of any transaction or agreement entered into by the bank with its customers,” the RBI said in a statement. Banks have to mandatorily keep 19.5 per cent of their deposits in government securities as statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) under RBI guidelines. According to the RBI, this penalty has been imposed in exercise of powers vested in the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Kochhar was on panel that cleared Videocon loan: Bank chairman ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU MUMBAI, MARCH 29 ON THE day The Indian Express reported about ICICI Bank’s Rs 3,250-crore loan to Videocon Group whose owner Venugopal Dhoot later offered a sweetheart deal to the husband of bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar, bank chairman M K Sharma said Kochhar was part of the credit committee which sanctioned the loan but did not recuse herself from the committee. “The board doesn’t believe it representsaconflictasVideocon Group is not an investor in NuPower Renewables. Hence, there was no need for Chanda Kochhar to recuse herself from the committee,” Sharma said at a conference addressing TV channels Thursday. Indicatingthatregulators(the RBI) had intervened in the issue, Sharma said the bank had satisfactorily replied to all questions of the regulators. He said it’s an ongoing process. “However, it’s privileged communication, so the company cannot share specific details about queries by the regulator,” he said. The Indian Express report on Thursday BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY An investigation by The Indian Express showed that in December 2008, Venugopal Dhootof theVideoconGroupset CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UP adds ‘Ramji’ to Ambedkar name in records, Oppn fumes LALMANI VERMA & MAULSHREE SETH NEW DELHI, LUCKNOW, MARCH 29 THE YOGI ADITYANATH government has decided to change the nameofDrBhimraoAmbedkarto ‘DrBhimraoRamjiAambedkar’in governmentandcourtrecords,invoking criticism from the Opposition and the icon’s grandsons. While ‘Ramji’ will be added as the middle name, ‘Ambedkar’ will be changed to ‘Aambedkar’ whenwritteninHindi.InEnglish, it will still be spelt as ‘Ambedkar’. PrincipalSecretary(stategeneral administration) Jitendra Kumarissuedacircularinthisregard on Tuesday to all departments and registrar of Allahabad andLucknowbenchesofthehigh court.InanotherorderissuedThursday, the government made it compulsoryforallitsofficestoput up Ambedkar’s photographs displayinghisfullnamefromApril1. WhileissuingTuesday’sorder, thegovernmentcitedEighthScheduleof Constitution,whereAmbedkar’s name is written as ‘Dr Bhimrao Ramji Aambedkar’ in Hindi. The campaign to write Ambedkar’sname“correctly”was initiatedbyGovernorRamNaikin December2017. Ambedkar’sgrandsons,PrakashAmbedkarandAnandAmbedkar, however, told CNN-New18 thatthestategovernment’smove Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Cabinet minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi at the Rani Laxmi Bai Award function in Lucknow on Thursday. Vishal Srivastav was“votebankpoliticsbytheBJP”. “BJP wants to have their own agendabeforethe2019elections. Mysenseisclosetoelections,they might try to tell the voters that Ambedkar was also a ‘Ram bhakt’,”Prakashsaid.Heusedtowrite BhimraoRamjiAmbedkaronlyin signatures and for all other purposes he used initials, he added. The order also invited the wrath of Opposition parties. Allegingthemovetobeacase of “selfish politics”, BSP chief MayawatisaidBJPleadersshould first start using ‘Narendra Damodardas Modi’ — the Prime Minister’s full name — in government advertisements. In a statement, she pointed out that even people refer to Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi as only ‘Gandhiji’. “BJPleadersdonotusethefull nameofNarendraModiasNarendraDamodarDasModi,thenwhy thisselfishpoliticsoverthename of Baba Sahab,” she asked. Claiming that the real problem was that “RSS, Jan Sangh and BJP and company” have failed to produce iconsfor“sarvasamaj”,Mayawati saidthatitistimetheychangetheir “narrow-minded, casteist, communalandpoisonousthoughts for the welfare of the country”. She claimed that BJP does not liketherespectAmbedkarenjoys aswellasthefactthatsheiscalled ‘Behenji’. Describing the move as “cheap publicity”, Mayawati said that contrary to projections, Ambedkar’s followers were facing “injustice, torture and harrassement” and their “constitutional rights are being snatched”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR PNB’S AUDITOR ON NIRAV MODI FIRMS FACES TAX EVASION CHARGE KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, MARCH 29 ON FEBRUARY 27, Punjab National Bank appointed BDO, a Belgium-based consultancy, to conduct a forensic audit on the firms of Nirav Modi after the state-owned bank found fraudulent transactions of over Rs 6,500 crore involving the diamond jeweller’s companies. But now, BDO’s India office, which is conducting the audit, finds itself under the scanner for alleged tax evasion. BDO India and its partner MSKA & Associates are facing charges of alleged non-pay- ment of Goods and Services Tax (GST) to the government since July 2017 despite collecting it from clients, officials told The Indian Express. According to sources, officials of the Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI), Pune, conducted a search at the offices of BDO India in Mumbai and Pune on March 27 and 28. According to official sources, DGGI has alleged that BDO India and MSKA & Associates “collected GST from their customers of around Rs 13.5 crore and not paid to the government”. A statement from DGGI, Pune, did not name the firm but said that “during the searches, GST of Rs 2 crore was recovered from the spot”. When contacted by The Indian Express, a BDO India spokesperson said in a statement: “The visit of GST officials and their agenda was routine in nature and it turned out that BDO India was fully compliant on all concerns raised. The Rs 2 crore payment was also made by us, voluntarily in the course of discharging our liability, the rest of which is being paid, again in normal course and with concurrence of the tax officials. As a matter of policy and good governance, BDO discharges all its duties including payment of taxes responsibly PNB’s Brady House branch in Mumbai. Express and in compliance with the law.” According to official sources, BDO India and MSKA have at least 14 GST registrations in different states. The two firms, according to officials, have filed GSTR 1 but not GSTR 3B returns since July 2017. GSTR 1 is the monthly outward supply return made by a business, while GSTR 3 B is a monthly self-declaration form of tax liability. Speaking to The Indian Express on condition of anonymity, a senior partner at BDO India said that DGGI officials visited their offices and “asked a few questions” to which the company replied “adequately”. “This visit by the DGGI officials was a part of the year-end activity of the agency. We have adequately replied to the officials and we are also representing our views through hearings conducted by the DGGI,” said the partner. This month, BDO India was also tasked by PNB with conducting a forensic audit of firms belonging to Modi’s uncle, Mehul Choksi — companies linked with Modi and Choksi are together alleged to have been involved in fraudulent transactions with the bank amounting to over Rs 13,400 crore. NEWSLINE MINISTERSAYSCITY MAYFACEWATERCUTS, ASKSCIVICBODYTO MAKEDOWITHLESS ● JJB disposes of 50 pc cases in six months
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