PUNE,LATECITY APRIL8,2018 16+4(NEWSLINE)+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY BIG PICTURE PAGE 7 Why Shopian 12 militants were killed in Shopian on April 1. How the district has come to symbolise the fight against Kashmir’s new wave of militancy INSIDE ● JAITLEY LIKELY TO UNDERGO KIDNEY TRANSPLANT TODAY PAGE 5 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGES 8-9 It’s time for the jackfruit to take its rightful place at the top of the fruit chain 2 SC/ST COURTS, 1450 PENDING CASES DEMANDS LISTED IN NOTICE SENT ON APRIL 3 I-TnoticetoDeepakKochhar:Explain Mauritiusinvestments,Videoconlinks Immediate focus of probe on tranche of Rs 166.5 cr two weeks before ICICI Bank loan to Videocon 12 17 WORLD 3 DEAD, OVER 30 INJURED AS VAN PLOUGHS INTO CROWD IN GERMAN CITY Salman Khan walks out on bail as court suspends sentence RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, APRIL 7 IN A detailed notice sent to Deepak Kochhar, husband of ICICI Bank CEO and MD Chanda Kochhar, the Income Tax Department’s investigation wing has focused on “investments” made by two Mauritius entitiesinhiscompanyNuPower Renewables Private Ltd. Investigations have shown that this includes a last tranche of Rs 166.53 crore just two weeks prior to the Rs 3,250-crore loan granted by the bank to the Videocon Group in 2012. In a notice sent on April 3, details have also been sought on investments of Rs 64 crore in the form of convertible debentures by Supreme Energy Ltd which — as reported by The Indian Express on March 29 — was a company transferred to Deepak Kochhar by Videocon’s Venugopal Dhoot for just Rs 9 lakh, six months after the ICICI Bank loan came in. Supporting documents have been demanded by April 10 to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Deepak Kochhar CBI examines former Dhoot aide in probe EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, APRIL 7 TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICIBank-Videocon-DeepakKochhar THE CBI Saturday examined Mahesh Chandra Punglia, director of NuPower Renewables Pvt Ltd, in connection with the preliminary enquiry (PE) registered by the agency on an alleged quid pro quo in the Rs 3,250-crore bank loan granted by ICICI Bank to Videocon Group in 2012. Punglia, according to CBI sources, is closely associated with the Videocon Group and has been a former employee of the firm. The CBI also continued to examine Rajiv Kochhar, the brother-in-lawof ICICIBankCEO and MD Chanda Kochhar, for the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 779 seats exclusively for women at IITs this year RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, APRIL 7 Bollywood actor Salman Khan arrives in Bandra on Saturday. Karma Sonam Bhutia, DEEP MUKHERJEE IN CONVERSATION JODHPUR, APRIL 7 THEDISTRICTandsessionscourt in Jodhpur on Saturday granted bail to actor Salman Khan after suspending the order of a trial court that sentenced the actor to five years of imprisonment and slapped him with a fine of Rs 10,000. Khan has been granted bail on the condition that he will have to produce two sureties worth Rs 25,000 each and a personal bail bond of Rs50,000. The sentencehasbeensuspendedtill the hearing of the actor’s appeal against the conviction. “The appellant/accused is also directed thatduringthetimetheappealis decided, he cannot go outside India without permission of this court,” said the order. A few hours after the court order, Khan, who has been lodgedattheJodhpurCentralJail ever since his conviction on Thursday, left the city. The next date for hearing on his appeal has been fixed for May 7 and the actor has been asked to be present at the court that day. “It’s a baseless argument by the prosecution that the previous acquittals of Khan by the Rajasthan High Court cannot be termed as final because the government’s appeal is pending in SupremeCourt.If theHighCourt CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with The Indian Express National Opinion Editor Vandita Mishra at the Express Adda in Mumbai on Saturday. Prashant Nadkar In Sheikhpura, widening communal cracks lead to new Bajrang Dal unit DIPANKAR GHOSE SHEIKHPURA, APRIL 7 THEY ARE young, between 19 and 24 years. They travel across Bihar’s Sheikhpura district on their motorcycles, carrying the message of “Hindu unification”. They aren’t just members of the district’s new Bajrang Dal unit, they virtually set it up on their own last year. And on March 28, it was they who took the lead in organising the first ever Ram Navami procession here with over 4,000 people. Today, this group of youngsters, many from well-off families, stands accused of rioting, breach of peace, and causing grievous injuries in a clash between participants of the procession on one side, and local residentsandthedistrictadmin- BIHAR Patna Sheikhpura BETWEEN THE FAULTLINES BIHAR PART-2 istration on the other — one of the many communal incidents that rattled Bihar last monthend. TheSundayExpressspoketoa cross-section of those who were part of the procession, from traders to students and even a coaching centre owner, to map the fault lines that led to the clashes. (From left) Raja Kumar, Nitish Rana, Lalit Vijay and Vivek Singh at the Hanuman Mandir where the Ram Navami procession started on March 28. Dipankar Ghose One of them, Vivek Kumar Singh, 22 years old and ward 8 in-charge, finds mention in the police FIR as one of those who approached the administration for permission to stage the pro- cession.“Ialwayswantedtoprotect the Hindu faith. At that time there was no Bajrang Dal in Sheikhpura.ButIhaveafriendin Giridih who is part of the Dal. He CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INDIAN INSTITUTES of Technology (IITs) will collectively offer 779seatsoverandabovethenormalintakeexclusivelyforfemale candidates this year, in a bid to improvethepoorgenderratioin their B.Tech programmes. The “supernumerary seats” are expected to almost double thenumberof womenadmitted as opposed to last year — this year’s JEE (Advanced) will be held on May 20. Of the 779 seats, the largest chunk of 113 seats, is with IIT Kharagpur, followed by IITDhanbad (95 seats), IIT-Kanpur (79), IIT-BHU (76), IIT-Roorkee (68), IIT-Delhi (59), IIT-Bombay (58) and IIT Guwahati (57) (see full list, page 2). Over the last five years, the composition of female students in IITs has remained more or less constant, hovering between eight per cent and 10 per cent (see box). On the other hand, the gender ratio in PG programmes in IITs is roughly 22 per cent. Last year, out of the 10,987 studentsadmittedtoB.Techprogrammes across 23 IITs, 1,006 were women. The decision to introduce supernumerary seats was taken in the last meeting of the IIT Council on April 28, 2017. The Councilresolvedtoachieveatarget of 14 per cent female enrollmentin2018,17percentin2019 and 20 per cent in 2020. The 779 supernumerary seats are expected to take the proportion of womenadmittedtoIITsto14per cent this year. The Council’s decision was based on recommendations of sub-committee of the Joint Admission Board (JAB) chaired by IIT Mandi director T A Gonsalves. The sub-committee observed that there are enough CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 If Justice Gogoi isn’t made CJI, our fears would come true: Justice Chelameswar ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, APRIL 7 THE CONCERNS expressed over theSupremeCourt’sfunctioning by four of its most senior judges would come true if the unprecedented press conference they addressed three months ago came in the way of one of them, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, becoming thenextChief Justiceof India,accordingtoJusticeJChelameswar. In conversation with journalist Karan Thapar on ‘Role of Judiciary in a Democracy’ at an event organised by the Harvard ClubofIndia,JusticeChelameswar said, “I hope it will not happen. If, if, if, I repeat, if it happens, it will only prove whatever we said at the press conference is true.” On January 12, Justice Chelameswar and three of his colleagues — Justices Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — had released a letter at the press conference in which they raised questions on the court’s functioning, particularly Justice Chelameswar in Delhi on Saturday. Amit Mehra the allocation of cases by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Justice Chelameswar is scheduled to retire in June and Justice Gogoi is next in line, in terms of seniority, to take over from CJI Misra later this year. Thapar had asked Justice Chelameswar if he was “apprehensive”thatJusticeGogoi,“who wasoneof theauthorsof theletter” addressed to CJI Misra, “might not be elevated to CJI when Justice Misra retires”. At first, the judge said, “I’m not an astrologer”. Thapar then asked if he was worried that CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Nepal PM K P Oli and his wife Radhika Shakya at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Praveen Jain Eye on China, India pushes rail, water links with Nepal SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, APRIL 7 WITH PRIME Minister Narendra Modi listening, Nepal Prime Minister K P Oli on Saturday said he wanted to build a strong edificeof “trust-based”relationship between the two countries. “I have come to India with an aim to enhance our relations to newer heights commensurate withtherealitiesof the21stcentury,” he said amidst concerns in India over China making inroads into the Himalayan republic. Afterabilateralmeeting,Modi announced that the two countrieshadagreedonarailwaylink as well as inland water connectivity — Nepal will not only be “land-linked”,Modisaid,butalso “water-linked”. A joint statement on the rail link said, “With the objective of expanding connectivity to enhancepeople-to-peoplelinkages and promote economic growth and development, the Prime Ministers of India and Nepal agreed to construct a new electrifiedrailline,withIndia’sfinancialsupport,connectingtheborder city of Raxaul in India to Kathmandu in Nepal”. This is perceived to be in response to reports that China and Nepal had agreed to start technical works to build a cross-borderrailwaylinkviaTibettoboost connectivity.Thiswasdecidedin September last year during the visit of Nepalese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara to Beijing. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Andhra village hopes glitter of gold will shift spotlight from a dark past EXPRESSATCWG2018 MIHIR VASAVDA GOLD COAST, APRIL 7 THEYERUKULASof Stuartpuram are fighting a battle. And Venkat RahulRagalahopestoleadthem in their struggle. For over a cen- tury,thetribehasbeenostracised foritsallegedinvolvementindacoity and burglary as Stuartpuram,anhourawayfrom Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, was labeled the ‘village of criminals’. Stuartpuram may finally shake off that tag. On Saturday, the 20-year-old weightlifter won India’s fourth gold medal at the Commonwealth Games by lifting a total of 338 kg — 151 kg in snatch and 187 in clean and jerk. “We grew up hearing stories about dacoits from the village, stealing gold or whatever came their way,” Ragala says. “Now someone from the same village has won a gold. I hope Stuartpuram is known for this, instead of being called a land of criminals.” In 1913, the British declared the Yerukulas as a criminal tribe and sent them to a reformatory colony, which they called Stuartpuram — named after a member of the Madras governmentwhocameupwiththeidea. The British left, but the name stayed. For decades after Independence,Stuartpurambattled poverty and low literacy. The social stigma still exists, says Ragala. “There are so many issues that need to be addressed there,mainlyrelatedtocasteand education. Maybe that is because proper attention wasn’t paid to the region until now,” saysRagala,whohasaBachelor’s degree in economics and is a ticket collector with the South Central Railway. The ‘village of criminals’ is now producing policemen, a trend Ragala says emerged after the release of a Chiranjeevi movie, in which the superstar plays a policeman who reforms Stuartpuram’s hardened crimi- Rahul Venkat Ragala after winning the lifting gold. AP nals. “The movie made the villagefamousandinspiredseveral youngsters. It has a lot of policemen now,” he says. Like most villagers, Ragala’s father Madhu has leased out a tiny farmland where they grow paddy. Madhu himself was a national champion in weightlifting and a kabaddi player. He introduced his son to the sport when he was 12 but Ragala’s journey to the medal, which took India’s tally to six, hasn’t been an easy one. Four years ago, he suffered jaundice after drinking tap wa- ter at a railway station. It resulted in him losing 20 kg and kept him out of the sport for more than a year. “He had no energy and his muscles were weak. But he was a special talent, as he had shown by winning the Youth Olympics so we channeled all our resources to support him,” says WeightliftingFederationof India vice president Sahdev Yadav. Ragala’s medal at the 2014 Youth Olympics, a silver, is the only time an Indian has managed a podium finish in weightlifting.Hebegancompet- ing again in 2016 and just when things started to fall in place, six months ago, Ragala was dealt another blow when his mother passed away. On Saturday, Ragala tied a thread with her ring around his forehead as a tribute. “I felt like giving up but my father motivated me to continue,” he says. “It feels worthwhile now.” Ragala hopes his medal goes beyondsports.“Myvillageisfacing a huge perception problem. They are fighting to regain their dignity.Ihopethismedalishelpful in achieving that,” he says.
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