LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WHISTLEBLOWER ALLEGES CONFLICT OF INTEREST, QUID PRO QUO DEAL ON SPARES FOR AN-32 AIRCRAFT After clean chit, ICICI Board orders probe into Chanda Kochhar on fresh allegations Ukraine says kickbacks worth Rs 17.5 cr to MoD officials, asks for help Probe by ‘independent, credible’ person, move comes after SEBI notice AMITAV RANJAN ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU MUMBAI, MAY 30 INDIA’S LARGEST private lender ICICI Bank on Wednesday said that its board has decided to institute an “enquiry” into a new complaint received from an anonymous whistleblower BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY alleging non-adherence of code of conduct, “conflict of interest” and “quid pro quo” by the bank’s CEO Chanda Kochhar while dealing “with certain customers/ borrowers” of the bank. What is significant this time is that the board, which had given a clean chit to Kochhar in the case of conflict of interest BJP worker in Bengal found hanging, note left on body SWEETY KUMARI KOLKATA, MAY 30 DAYS AFTER the BJP swept elections to rural local bodies in Balarampur in Purulia district of West Bengal, 18-year-old Trilochan Mahato, who the party said was a member of its youth wing, was found hanging from a tree at Supurdi village. Police found a note at the spot with a message in Bengali that read “at the age of 18, you are doing BJP’s politics... today, you are dead”. The same message, police said, was also scrawled on his T-shirt. Hours later, the BJP accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of murder. BJP district president Vidyasagar Chakraborty said: “No one can be so dirty in politics like the TMC. We will fight this. Mahato was a BJP youth CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS Chanda Kochhar and alleged quid pro quo in granting loans to Videocon, has decided that the probe against ICICI Bank-Videocon-Deepak Kochhar the fresh complaint will be headed by an “independent and credible person” and would be “comprehensive”. It said the independent enquiry will use forensics, review emails and record the statements of the relevant personnel. “The enquiry would also cover all connected matters in the course of the investigation to bring the matter to a final close,” said the bank in a filing to the exchange. However, the bank did not provide details about the “borrowers”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Accused in plot to kill writer had a map of Gauri Lankesh house: Police JOHNSON T A BENGALURU, MAY 30 THREE DIARIES with handwritten notes on how to carry out covert activities and a map showing the location of the residence of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead outside her home in Her murder linked to plot to kill writer Bhagwan Bengaluru on September 5, 2017, have been found by investigators in the homes of four persons ar- rested on May 20 and May 21 for allegedly plotting to kill Kannada writer and critic K S Bhagwan. The sketch of a map, suspected to indicate the street and neighbourhood where Lankesh was murdered, has been found in the diary of one of the four, police sources told The Indian Express. The four linked to the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NCERT nuances negative comments in textbooks on politicians, bureaucracy RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MAY 30 25 NEW NCERT TEXT BOOKS AN EXPRESS SERIES-PART-III THE REVISED NCERT Class 10 Political Science textbook, Democratic Politics-II, has retained a cartoon by Surendra, from The Hindu, in Chapter 5 — Popular Struggles and Movements. But there’s a difference. The caption of the cartoon, which shows the bureaucracy hindering implementation of the Right to Information Act, has been changed. It no longer reads “The Right to Information Act is one ofthe recent legislations passed by Parliament. Who is shown as obstructing the implementation of the legislation?”. That has been changed to “Many democratic CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, MAY 30 UKRAINE IS investigating alleged kickbacks to the tune of $2.6 million (Rs 17.55 crore) in India’s purchase of spares for military transport aircraft An-32 in which its Anti-Corruption Bureau suspects the involvement of Indian Defence Ministry officials. On February 13, this year, according to records accessed by The Indian Express, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NAB) sent a “request for international legal assistance” to the Ministry of Home Affairs via the Indian envoy in Kiev. This 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE sought identification of the Defence Ministry officials who participated in the negotiations, development, signing and implementation of the contract. The NAB’s suspicion, records show, stems from the fact that nearly 11 months after Ukrainian state-run Spetstechnoexport signed the agreement with Ministry of Defence (Air Force Headquarters) on November 26, 2014 for supply of spares to Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Spetstechnoexport signed another pact with a little-known Global Marketing SP Ltd for its implementation. “Despite the fact that the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 How to best use the J&K ceasefire BY SYED ATA HASNAIN Fearing arrest in two cases, Chidambaram moves courts PRITAM PAL SINGH & ABHISHEK ANGAD NEW DELHI, MAY 30 SENIOR CONGRESS leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram Wednesday approached a trial court and the Delhi High Court, seeking anticipatory bail after probe agencies asked him to join investigations into two separate cases of alleged corruption, one relating to the Aircel-Maxis deal and the other to INX Media. Chidamabaram filed a plea in the court of Special Judge O P Saini in connection with summons in the Aircel-Maxis case. The court granted him interim protection from arrest and ordered the Enforcement Directorate (ED) not to take any coercive action against him until June 5. Special Judge Saini said Chidambaram will join the investigation as and when called CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ex-BSF DIG is among five guilty in J&K sex abuse case THE LAST LAP I&B ‘ Prasar Bharati needs to improve’ JAGPREET SINGH SANDHU CHANDIGARH, MAY 30 AFTER A 12-year trial, the special CBI court in Chandigarh on Wednesday held five persons — including former BSF DIG K C Padhi and former Jammu and Kashmir Police DSP Mohammad Ashraf Mir — guilty in the 2006 Srinagar sex abuse scandal. Besides Padhi and Mir, Additional District and Sessions Judge Gagan Geet Kaur held 4 YEARS DONE PAGE 12 Shabbir Ahmad Langoo, one of those convicted. Express GUJARAT Shabbir Ahmad Laway, Shabbir Ahmad Langoo and Masood Ahmad guilty under Section 376 (rape) of the Ranbir Penal Code CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● NGT notice to Centre, state govt over ‘drying Narmada’, Page 3
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