TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `4.00 ● 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, parentsandtheOppositionoverthe leak of question papers that led to the Central Board of Secondary Education announcingre-examsforMathematicsin 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 had taken the decision “in utmost fairness”. A day after the re-exams were announced, students and parents held a protest at Jantar MUMBAI, MARCH 29 Mantar to seek “justice” while DelhiPolicesaiditscrimebranch has questioned 34 persons, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A student protests at Jantar Mantar on Thursday. Abhinav Saha SCHOOLS PRINT QUESTION PAPERS IN MOCK DRILL, PAGE 6 NEW DELHI, MARCH 29 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE A southern discontent BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA RBI slaps ICICI Bank with heavy penalty for flouting guidelines ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU KAUNAIN SHERIFF M Police personnel patrol Asansol on Thursday. Express PAGE 5 Supriyo stokes Asansol tension, tells crowd: Will skin you alive SWEETY KUMARI & RAVIK BHATTACHARYA KOLKATA, MARCH 29 UNION MINISTER Babul Supriyo on Thursday threatened to “skin” some people who shouted slogans against him whenhevisitedhisconstituency of Asansol,oneof theareashitby communal violence following Ram Navami processions across West Bengal. Accordingtosources,Supriyo wasonhiswaytoarelief campin Kalyanpur, in Asansol, when he was stopped by the police. He was booked for violating prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC and under Sections 146, 147, 148 (rioting) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), a non-bailable offence. He is alleged to have assaulted senior IPS officer Rupesh Kumar. As some people approached him, news channels showed Supriyo telling them, “Aami ki apnader ke bolbo lorai koro? Ami chole jabo, apnader opor goli cholbe (Will I ask you to fight? I will leave and you will come under fire).” But when a person asked him to “go back” and leave them Rs 58.9 CRORE FINE IMPOSED Non-compliance with directions on treasury ops, says central bank SC/ST Act: Govt looks at review plea in top court IN ITS first public remarks on the issue, the central government said Thursday that it is examiningthe“desirability”offilingajudicialreviewagainsttheSupreme Court order last week that laid downstringentsafeguardsbefore registering a case under the Scheduled 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 thedesirabilityof filingareview” and that “appropriate action” 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 appeals from Dalit MPs for the government’s intervention on the SC’s order on Atrocities Act, the Centre was yet to commit itself to file a review petition. On March 20, the bench of JusticesAKGoelandUULalitexpressed concern that “working JOURNALISM OF COURAGE His son dead, Imam says if you retaliate, will leave town RAVIK BHATTACHARYA KOLKATA, MARCH 29 Supriyo in Asansol on Thursday. PTI 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... The miscreants pushed away the women...Thepoliceshouldhave driven away the miscreants, but targeted me instead. If I said ‘chamra guthiye debo (will skin alive)’, it was out of pure anger targeted at those miscreants.” “As the local MP, it is my responsibility to stand by the people who are in trouble, but the police, without any reason, stoppedmefrommeetingthem. Since morning, I have been trying to call up senior police officers and district officials, but theydon’thavetimetomeetme. The Rapid Action Force surrounded me as if I am a criminal. Whenpeoplewanttosharetheir plight with me, how can you stop me? As a minister, if the police tells me not to enter a area where prohibitory orders are in force, I will not break the law. CONTINUEDONPAGE2 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 over a congregation where he appealed for peace. He told the crowd that he would leave the mosque and the town if there was any retaliation for his son’s death. 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 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 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 deficienciesinregulatorycompliance and is not intended to pronounce upon the validity of any transactionoragreemententered into by the bank with its customers,” the RBI said in a statement.Bankshavetomandatorily 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 RBI under provisions of Section 47A(1)(c) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, taking into accountthefailureof thebankto adhere to directions/guidelines issuedbytheRBI.Themaximum penaltythattheRBIhasimposed for various violations in recent years was Rs 5 crore — Bank of Baroda was fined Rs 5 crore in 2016 for lapses in the Rs 6,000 crore forex-related illegal transactions. 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. An investigation by The Indian Express showed that in December 2008, Venugopal Dhootof theVideoconGroupset up a company called NuPower Renewables Pvt Ltd (NRPL) with Deepak Kochhar, husband of Chanda Kochhar, and two of her relatives;thengaveaRs64-crore loan to this company through a fully owned entity before he transferred the latter’s owner- The Indian Express report on Thursday BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ship to a trust headed by Deepak Kochhar for just Rs 9 lakh. The transfer of the company toDeepakKochharhappenedsix months after the Videocon Group got a loan of Rs 3,250 crore from ICICI Bank, raising questions of propriety and conflict of interest. Almost 86 per cent of that loan (Rs 2,810 crore) has remained 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 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Add ‘Ramji’ to Ambedkar’s name, orders Yogi govt; Oppn fumes LALMANI VERMA & MAULSHREE SETH NEW DELHI, LUCKNOW, MARCH 29 THE ADITYANATH government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to change the name of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar to ‘Dr Bhimrao Ramji Aambedkar’ in government and court records, invoking strong reactions from the Opposition and also the icon’s grandsons. While ‘Ramji’ will be added as the middle name, ‘Ambedkar’ will be changed to ‘Aambedkar’ when written in Hindi. In English, it will still be spelt as ‘Ambedkar’. State Principal Secretary (generaladministration)Jitendra KumarissuedacircularinthisregardonTuesdaytoallthedepartmentsandregistrarof Allahabad and Lucknow benches of the high court. In another order issued on Thursday, the government made it compulsory for all its offices to put up Ambedkar’s photographs displaying his full name from April 1. While issuing Tuesday’s or- der, the government has cited the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution,whereAmbedkar’s name is written as ‘Dr Bhimrao Ramji Aambedkar’ in Hindi. The campaign to write Ambedkar’s name correctly was initiated by Governor Ram Naik in December 2017. ‘Ramji’ was Ambedkar’s father’s name and as per practice in Maharashtra, father’snameisusedasthemiddle name by a son. Ambedkar’s grandsons, Prakash Ambedkar and Anand Ambedkar, however, told CNNNew18 that the state government’s move was “nothing but votebank politics by the BJP”. “BJP wants to have their own agenda before the 2019 elections. My sense is close to elections, they might try to tell the voters that Ambedkar was also a ‘Ram bhakt’,” Prakash said. He used to sign as Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar and for all other purposes, he used only initials, he added. The order also invited the wrath of Opposition parties in UP. Alleging the move to be a caseof “selfishpolitics”,BSPchief Mayawati said BJP leaders shouldfirststartusing‘Narendra Damodardas Modi’ — the Prime Minister’sfullname—ingovernment advertisements. In a statement, she pointed out that even MohanDasKaramchandGandhi is referred to only as ‘Gandhiji’. “BJP leaders do not use the full name of Narendra Modi as Narendra Damodar Das Modi, then why this selfish politics over the name of Baba Sahab,” she asked. Claiming that the real problem was that “RSS, Jan Sangh and BJP and company” have failed to produce icons for “sarva samaj”, Mayawati said that it is time they change their “narrow-minded, casteist, communal and poisonous thoughts for the welfare of the country”. SheclaimedthatBJPdoesnot like the respect Ambedkar enjoys as well as the fact that she is called ‘Behenji’. Describing the move as “cheap publicity”, Mayawati said that contrary to projections, Ambedkar’s followerswerefacing“injustice,torture and harrassement” and their CONTINUEDONPAGE2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR PNB’S AUDITOR ON NIRAV MODI FIRMS FACES TAX EVASION CHARGE Taxmen search BDO India, recover Rs 2 cr, firm says fully compliant 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-ownedbankfoundfraudulenttransactionsof overRs6,500 crore involving the diamond jeweller’s companies. But now, BDO’s India office, which is conducting the audit, finds itself un- der the scanner for alleged tax evasion. BDO India and its partner MSKA & Associates are facing charges of alleged non-payment of Goods and Services Tax (GST) to the government since July 2017 despite collecting it from clients, officials told The Indian Express. Accordingtosources,officials of theDirectorateGeneralof 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 state- PNB’s Brady House branch in Mumbai. Express ment: “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 crorepaymentwasalsomadeby 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 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 monthlyself-declarationformof 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 “askedafewquestions”towhich the company replied “adequately”. “This visit by the DGGI officials was a part of the year-end activity of the agency. We have adequatelyrepliedtotheofficials andwearealsorepresentingour 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 togetherallegedtohavebeeninvolvedinfraudulenttransactions withthebankamountingtoover Rs 13,400 crore.
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