AHMEDABAD,LATE CITY APRIL 8, 2018 20+6 (EYE) PAGES, ` 5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY PAGE 9 Why Shopian How Shopian has come to symbolise the fight against Kashmir’s new wave of militancy BIG PICTURE WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGES 10-11 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-T notice to Deepak Kochhar: Explain Mauritius investments, Videocon links Immediate focus of probe on tranche of Rs 166.5 cr two weeks before ICICI Bank loan to Videocon RITU SARIN Bollywood actor Salman Khan arrives in Bandra on Saturday. Karma Sonam Bhutia, Salman Khan walks out on bail as court suspends sentence 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 entities in his company NuPower 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, APRIL 7 TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICI Bank-Videocon-Deepak Kochhar JODHPUR, APRIL 7 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, APRIL 7 THE CONCERNS expressed over the Supreme Court’s functioning 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 the next Chief Justice of India, according to Justice J Chelameswar. In conversation with journalist Karan Thapar on ‘Role of Judiciary in a Democracy’ at an event organised by the Harvard Club ofIndia, Justice Chelameswar 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” that Justice Gogoi, “who was one of the authors of the letter” 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 SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, APRIL 7 IN CONVERSATION Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with The Indian Express National Opinion Editor Vandita Mishra at the Express Adda in Mumbai on Saturday. Prashant Nadkar 779 seats exclusively for women at IITs this yr RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, APRIL 7 INDIAN INSTITUTES of Technology (IITs) will collectively offer 779 seats over and above the normal intake exclusively for female candidates this year, in a bid to improve the poor gender ratio in their B.Tech programmes. The “supernumerary seats” Andhra village hopes gold will shift spotlight from a dark past EXPRESSAT CWG 2018 MIHIR VASAVDA GOLD COAST, APRIL 7 THE YERUKULAS of Stuartpuram are fighting a battle. And Venkat Rahul Ragala hopes to lead them in their struggle. For over a century, the tribe has been ostracised for its alleged involvement in dacoity and burglary as Stuartpuram, an hour away from Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, was labeled the ‘village of criminals’. Stuartpuram may finally shake off that tag. On Saturday, the 20-yearold 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, 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-law of ICICI Bank CEO and MD Chanda Kochhar, for the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Eye on China, India pushes rail, water links with Nepal DEEP MUKHERJEE THE DISTRICTand sessions court 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 Rs 50,000. The sentence has been suspended till the hearing of the actor’s appeal against the conviction. “The appellant/accused is also directed that during the time the appeal is 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 lodged at the Jodhpur Central Jail 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 Supreme Court. If the High Court CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CBI examines former Dhoot aide in probe If Justice Gogoi isn’t made CJI, our fears would come true: Justice Chelameswar Rahul Venkat Ragala after winning the lifting gold. AP 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 government who came up with the idea. The British left, but the name stayed. For decades after Independence, Stuartpuram battled poverty and low literacy. The social stigma still exists, says Ragala. “There are so many issues that need to be addressed there, mainly related to caste and education. Maybe that is because proper attention wasn’t paid to the region CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 are expected to almost double the number of women admitted 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 students admitted to B.Tech CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WITH PRIME Minister Narendra Modi listening, Nepal Prime Minister K P Oli on Saturday said he wanted to build a strong edifice of “trust-based” relationship between the two countries. “I have come to India with an aim to enhance our relations to newer heights commensurate with the realities of the 21st century,” he said amidst concerns in India over China making inroads into the Himalayan republic. After a bilateral meeting, Modi announced that the two countries had agreed on a railway link as well as inland water connectivity — Nepal will not only be “land-linked”, Modi said, but also “water-linked”. A joint statement on the rail link said, “With the objective of expanding connectivity to enhance peopleto-people linkages and promote economic growth and development, the Prime Ministers of India and Nepal agreed to construct a new electrified rail line, In Sheikhpura, widening communal cracks lead to new Bajrang Dal unit DIPANKAR GHOSE SHEIKHPURA, APRIL 7 Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Nepal PM K P Oli and his wife Radhika Shakya at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Praveen Jain with India’s financial support, connecting the border 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 crossborder railway link via Tibet to boost connectivity. This was decided in September last year during the visit of Nepalese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara to Beijing. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 residents and the district admin- BIHAR Patna Sheikhpura BETWEEN THE FAULTLINES BIHAR PART-2 istration on the other — one of the many communal incidents that rattled Bihar last monthend. The Sunday Express spoke to a 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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