TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 28 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE First time, RBI officers examined by CBI EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, APRIL 5 THE FIRST GOLD COAST Mirabai Chanu strikes gold with a CWG record in women's 48-kg weightlifting at Gold Coast on Thursday. AP REPORT, P 25 SINGAPORE-BOUND RAJIV KOCHHAR STOPPED AT MUMBAI AIRPORT Nepal Prime Minister K P Oli If China builds your dams, India won’t buy energy: PM to tell Oli JYOTI MALHOTRA NEW DELHI, APRIL 5 THE BATTLE for influence in the Nepal Himalayas between India and China is hotting up, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi expected to tell Nepal counterpart K P Oli that he can award as many dam projects as he likes to China, but India will not be able to buy the energy produced. Modi’s tough message to Kathmandu — Oli’s three-day visit starts Friday — will be couched in the niceties of diplomatic prose, but there will be no denying “India’s red lines,” a senior government official told The Indian Express. One particular dam project, the $2.5-billion Budhi Gandaki project, on a river by the same name in central-western Nepal, is increasingly becoming the centrepiece of this tug-of-war between Delhi and Beijing. This is because the Budhi Gandaki was awarded in June last year to China’s Gezhouba Group,weeksafterformerNepal Prime Minister and Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, or CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CBI questions Chanda Kochhar’s brother-in-law in Videocon probe RASHMI RAJPUT & DEEPTIMAN TIWARY MUMBAI, APRIL 5 THE CENTRAL Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday questioned Rajiv Kochhar, brother-in-law of Chanda Kochhar, after he was stopped at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSIA) in Mumbai while he was about to board a flight to Singapore. Kochhar was brought to the agency’s headquarters in Mumbaiandexamineduntillate evening. Sources said that he is likely to be called on Friday to join the investigation. Kochhar, along with his brother Deepak, are being probed by the central agency for the Rs 3,250-crore bank loan granted by ICICI to Videocon Group in 2012. The agency is probing the allegation of alleged ‘quid-pro-quo’ granted to Videocon by ICICI Bank whose CEO and MD is Chanda Kochhar. A preliminary enquiry (PE) intothecaseisalreadyregistered by the Delhi unit of the CBI. AsfirstreportedbyTheIndian Was on his way to Singapore TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICIBank-Videocon-DeepakKochhar Express on March 29, Videocon promoter Venugopal Dhoot formed a joint venture with Deepak Kochhar, loaned him Rs64crorebeforehetransferred ownership of the lending entity to him for just Rs 9 lakh. This transfer happened six months after the Videocon Group got a loan from ICICI Bank. Almost 86 per cent of that loan (Rs 2,810 crore) remains unpaid and the Videocon account was declared an NPA in 2017. Sources said that Rajiv Kochhar was about to board a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE CBI has examined four officials of the foreign exchange department of the RBI in connection with the alleged fraud of over Rs 13,000 crore at the Punjab National Bank involving diamantaire Nirav Modi and his uncleMehulChoksi.Theofficials were also asked about the 80:20 scheme for jewellery imports. Sources said officials were asked about the fraudulent issuance of letters of undertaking by banks to Nirav Modi’s firms. “Toprocesstheloan,thebank has to attach an external commercial borrowing form. In the loans sanctioned to Modi and Choksi, these were not signed. Arrested accused Gokulnath Shetty (retired deputy manager of PNB at its Brady House branch)processedtheloans.The RBIcircularmandatesthatbanks should maintain records of monthly or quarterly liabilities. Banks are required to intimate their circle office which, in turn, needs to inform the RBI, and the RBI has to reconcile the data. Officials of RBI were asked to explain the procedure, its role and how regularly were audits conducted at PNB,” an official said. ACBIofficialclarifiedthatthe 80:20schemewasbeingprobed only in connection with the affairs of Choksi and Modi. “Thereisnoseparatecaseorpreliminary enquiry in this matter. No other company that may have benefited under the scheme is being probed at the moment,” the official said. Meanwhile,theEnforcement Directorate Thursday arrested Gokulnath Shetty on the charge CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Gopi Pariya, 28, was shot five times in Meerut’s Shobhapur Marked & then killed: Dalit youth in UP shot dead, was named No. 1 on list of ‘arsonists’ HAMZA KHAN SHOBHAPUR (MEERUT), APRIL 5 AFTER THE Bharat Bandh on April 2, a purported list titled “Dalitvandalsandarsonistsfrom Shobhapur” began doing the rounds on social media in the village located on the Meerut bypass road. Among the 83 names on that list, the first was that of Gopi Pariya, 28, a BSP worker. Three days later, Gopi was dead, shot five times. Police have registered an FIR against four men based on a complaint from Gopi’s father, Tarachand, a BSP leader. The FIR identified the accused as Shobhapur residents, Manoj Gujjar, Ashish Gujjar, Kapil Rana and Giridhari, who have been charged under IPC sections 302 12 THEEDITORIAL PAGE Member of India 2011 World Cup winning team under scrutiny for match-fixing ties NIHAL KOSHIE NEW DELHI, APRIL 5 Salman Khan was sent to Jodhpur Central Jail. Express Salman Khan gets five years in jail for killing blackbuck 20 yrs ago DEEP MUKHERJEE JAIPUR, APRIL 5 A JODHPUR court on Thursday sentenced actor Salman Khan to five years in jail for killing two blackbuck in Kankani village, near Jodhpur, in October 1998. The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (Jodhpur Rural) Dev Kumar Khatri acquitted all the others accused in the case — actorsSaifAliKhan,Tabu,Neelam andSonaliBendre,andDushyant Singh, a resident of the area. “After the court convicted Khan under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, he was sentenced to five years imprisonment along with a monetary 11 EXPLAINED Why dogs, not hunting, threaten blackbuck today fine of Rs 10,000,” said Mahipal Bishnoi, counsel for the Bishnoi community. “We had asked for maximum punishment available under the provisions of the Act, which is six years, but the court sentenced him to five years. From the beginning, our CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AMEMBERof India’s2011World Cup-winning squad is being probed for possible links to a match-fixing syndicate that organised a domestic T20 tournament in Jaipur last July, The Indian Express has learnt. The tournament, Rajputana Premier League (RPL), had first come under BCCI’s AntiCorruption Security Unit (ACSU) lastyearandisbeinginvestigated byRajasthanPolice’sCID.TheRPL involved club cricketers and was telecast live on Neo Sports, the 16 WORLD SAUDI’SFIRST NEWCINEMAIN OVER35YRSTO OPENSOON RUSSIA FAILS IN BID FOR JOINT PROBE INTO SPY POISONING IN ENGLAND A screen grab of action in the Rajputana Premier League former rights-holders of Indian cricket. Sources said Rajasthan Police have found that the mastermind of the “organised cricket racket” who partly bankrolled the RPL has business links with the former international player who represented India in all three formats of the game. It is learnt that the former player had been spotted on the sidelines of the tournament that witnessed bizarre passages of play. For instance, sources said, a bowler conceded eight byes by bowling “blatant wides” in the final over of a tight contest. Subsequently, the BCCI requested Rajasthan Police to probe the league. Police obtained information regarding the former player CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Kharge (Cong) makes it official: No impeachment of CJI Misra MANOJ CG & LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, APRIL 5 AMID SPECULATION on whether the Congress and some other parties would bring an impeachment motion in Parliament against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, senior Congress leader and leader of the party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge told The Indian Express on Thursday that the “issue is closed now”. Cong leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge Overthelastfewdays,Leader of theOppositioninRajyaSabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, had collectedsignaturesfromatleast 60 MPs — from the Congress, Left, NCP, SP and BSP — to move animpeachmentmotionagainst the Chief Justice of India. But the Congress went silent after initiating the move. While some Opposition parties, including the DMK and Trinamool Congress, had not signedthepetition,therewereindications that the Congress itself was divided. A senior Congress leader, who is part of the move, had told The Indian Express that the mood in the party was “60:40”—60infavourof moving the motion and 40 against. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 (murder),504(intenttoprovoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation), and sections of the SC/ST Act. Two of the accused — Manoj, who is Gopi’s neighbour, and Kapil — have been arrested, said police. OnThursday,theroadleading to Gopi’s home was lined with policemen.Insidethecompound, thewailof womenrangoutfrom a shamiana. Seated nearby, Tarachand and his second son PrashantsaidGopipaidtheprice forremaininginthevillagewhen “alltheotherDalityouth”hadfled after seeing the “list”. Prashant, 24, is fifth on the “list”. “No one knows who prepared that list but most of the names on it are of youths like me. Initially, we thought it was a police list. But the police denied CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Behind BJP’s strength BY RAM MADHAV Cauvery hots up TN: Stalin, TTV to march, students plan phone protests ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, APRIL 5 AN ESTIMATED one lakh people werearrestedacrossTamilNadu and released Thursday evening at the end of a statewide bandh called by Opposition parties and trade unions to protest the Centre’s failure to constitute the Cauvery Management Board. Citing assembly elections in Karnataka and the fear that any announcement on Cauvery may “vitiate the election process and cause serious law and order problems”, the Centre this week asked the Supreme Court to extend by three months the deadline for implementation of its order on division of the Cauvery river waters between Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry. On April 9, the Supreme Court will hear the Tamil Nadu government’s petition seeking contempt action against the Centre. On Thursday, not many government buses operated in Chennai city and train services too were affected at several places including Chennai, Madurai and Salem. Trade unions heading autorickshaw CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR SAINA MAKES HER POINT: PULLOUT THREAT ABOUT RESPECT, NOT CASH Blames confusion over father’s accommodation on IOA’s lack of clarity EXPRESSATCWG2018 MIHIR VASAVDA GOLD COAST, APRIL 5 IT’S NOT about money, but respect.It’snotabouther,buther parents. And it hurts. Under fire from fans for her threat to “not play any matches” if her father was not allowed inside the Commonwealth Games Village in Australia’s Gold Coast, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal has finally stepped out to clear the air. Speaking to The Indian Express, Saina said: “I had made the payment and booked tickets for my father. The federation or the IOA confirmed to me that it’s sorted out. When you tell me something, and when I am payingyouthewholething...butthis isnotaboutmoney,itisaboutrespect. Imagine if your parent is there with you and made to look for a place to stay at midnight.” Her complaint against the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), she said, was their failure toinformherinadvancethather father would not be allowed inside the Village. And, she said, her threat to pull out on the eve of the opening ceremony was an “emotional response” to the “lack of respect” shown to her. “If you want to say Saina is bad, then I am bad, for my parents,” she said. On Tuesday, the World No 12 wrotealettertotheIOAinwhich shesaidshewouldpulloutif her Saina beat Sri Lanka’s Dilrukshi Beruwelage in the team event at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday. PTI father,HarvirSinghNehwal,was not granted accreditation to enter the Village. The tussle was resolved that evening. On Thursday, Saina won her opening match easily, beating Sri Lanka’s Dilrukshi Beruwelage 21-8, 21-4 in India’s 5-0 rout in the team event. Later, she breezed past Pakistan’s Mahoor Shahzad 21-7, 21-11. Asked if a player of her stature should have threatened a pullout, Saina said she could not have waited any longer. “All this wouldn’t have happened if they (IOA) had sorted out the issue. There wouldn’t have been any controversy. My father’s name was cut after we reached hereandthechef demissionhad signed on the paper. I was patient and pleaded for two days. I lost my cool... how much longer would I wait? I’d made all the arrangements. I paid for his accreditation. Why make him struggle? Make me struggle... This is about respect,” she said. Saina said players should cover their parents’ expenses during international competitions but did not see anything wrong in them staying together inside the Athletes Village. “I think it’s not an issue at all. We should pay for our parents, which I totally agree. But I feel they have made us what we are. Our parents are the number one officials for us, then the others. I don’t even care who the other official is. They (parents) are the firstoneswhohavebeenlooking after you since childhood. I am nobody without them. They made me, so I am more than happytofightforthem.Ihavenot doneanythingwrong.Ihavedone whatIhadtodo.Iaskedforwhat they (IOA) promised me. I didn’t do anything extra,” she said. Saina claimed that she paid theIOARs74,780onMarch31to covertheexpensesof herfather’s stay inside the Village after the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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