TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE INTERPOL LETTER Nirav Modi used revoked passport four times to travel BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Indian agencies told he journeyed in March, month after passport revoked KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, JUNE 13 IT KICKS OFF TODAY EXPRESS NETWORK ● CONG PULLS OFF NARROW VICTORY IN JAYANAGAR, PAGE 5 ● TWO PARTIES AND A FRIEND COUNT AT IFTAAR, PAGE 7 ● CUP’S WORLD: MATCHES WITH Russia warms up a day ahead of its group A match against Saudi Arabia to start the World Cup in Moscow, Wednesday. AP ● RUSSIA LIFTS THE CURTAIN FULL COVERAGE P 16, 17 Money parked in small savings schemes sees sharp decline, shows latest RBI data SANDEEP SINGH NEW DELHI, JUNE 13 THEREHASbeenasharpdecline over the last financial year in monthly receipts from small savings schemes, including in public provident funds, according to the latest RBI data. In the first eight months of financial year 2017-18, receipts within small savings schemes amounted to Rs 40,429 crore, a seven-fold dip from Rs 2,75,682 croreinthecorrespondingperiod of the previous year. Thedeclinehasnotonlybeen across deposits and savings cer- RECEIPTS IN SMALL SAVINGS All figures in `/crore Includes term deposits, RD, NSC, KVP, senior citizen scheme, Sukanya Samriddhi scheme, PPF and MIS MONTH NOV2016 DEC2016 JAN2017 FEB2017 MAR2017 APR2017 MAY2017 JUN2017 JUL2017 AUG2017 SEP2017 OCT2017 NOV2017 RANCHI, JUNE 13 TWO MEN caught by villagers for allegedly stealing buffaloes were beaten to death by a mob WednesdayatBankattivillagein Jharkhand’s Godda district. While four men were arrested after the lynching, police said three more suspected cattle thieves managed to flee. Jharkhand police have registered two FIRs in connection with the incident — for the murder of Murtaza Ansari of Taljhari village and Charku Ansari of Banjhi village and another against unknown people for allegedly stealing buffaloes. DIG (Dumka) Akhilesh Kumar Jha said: “Four persons have been arrested for their involvement in the incident. The victims had allegedly stolen the buffaloesfromavillageandwere sneaking out when they were caught. Further investigations are on.” He also said that the bodies of the victims were handed over to their families NEW DELHI, JUNE 13 A SELECT group of “mystery shoppers”, whose identities will be kept secret, will soon fan out across India posing as regular train passengers to secretly note whatiswrongwiththeRailways —fromfood,staff behaviour,and quality on trains and at stations, to amenities for passengers Those carrying out checks will fan out as passengers tificates but also in public provident funds. In the eight-month period between April and November 2017, the total PPF receipts stood at Rs 1,775 crore, down from Rs 5,722 crore in the corresponding period of the previous year. The decline in receipts has been in line with the growing attractiveness of mutual funds and the government decision to reviseinterestratesonsmallsavings schemes on a quarterly CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FED HIKES RATES PAGE 11 following the post-mortem. This is the third lynching in the state. While in Latehar two cattle traders were killed and their bodies hanged from a tree in March 2016, a beef trader was lynched by a mob comprising largely of gau rakshaks in June 2017, in Ramgarh district. In the Ramgarh lynching, 11 including alocalBJPleaderwereconvicted and handed life sentences for murder in the name of cow protection. Police said the incident CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Food and facilities to staff behaviour: Mystery shoppers to track Rlys services AVISHEK G DASTIDAR SMALLSAVINGS PPF 49,825 872 34,380 409 34,241 612 41,842 7,602 48,030 2,890 2,729 -66 4,803 338 5,580 188 5,554 245 6,031 252 5,785 346 4,827 180 5,120 226 Source: RBI Mob lynches two suspected cattle thieves in Jharkhand, four arrested PRASHANT PANDEY INTERESTING SUB-PLOTS across classes. These shoppers, a key component of a quality audit system that is used mainly in market research for the hospitality and retail sectors, will then report their findings to the Railways for follow-up action. This is for the first time that “mystery shopping” will be deployed by the Railways, with the Railway Board currently giving finishing CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE Trump the disruptor THE INTERPOL has informed Indian investigation agencies that absconding diamond jeweller Nirav Modi travelled four times between three countries asrecentlyasMarchonanIndian passportthatwasrevokedbythe Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on February 24, sources have told The Indian Express. In a June 5 letter to Indian agencies, Interpol said Nirav travelled between United States, UnitedKingdomandHongKong on his Indian passport between March 15 and March 31. According to Interpol, he travelled four times on that passport —onMarch15,March28,March 30 and March 31. On February 24, the MEA revokedthepassportsof Niravand his maternal uncle Mehul Choksi, promoter of Gitanjali Group, after they failed to respond to a February 16 notice issued by the Ministry, asking them to show-cause why their passports should not be impounded or revoked. This was after they came underthescannerof multipleinvestigation agencies following state-owned Punjab National Bank’s complaint against their companies, saying it had been cheatedofanestimatedRs13,500 NEWSLINE BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA THE INDIAN EXPRESS-OCCRP REPORT Indians who have ties to tax havens are linked to prime real estate in Dubai KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, JUNE 13 AT LEAST 21 Indians who were investigated by The Indian Express in partnership with the International Consortium of InvestigativeJournalists(ICIJ)for their ties to offshore entities in tax havens are linked to highend real estate in Dubai, according to a property database from UAE’s largest city. The database was accessed by The Indian Express in partnership with the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project(OCCRP),aninternational investigative reporting platform formed by 40 non-profit investigative centres, and journalists and regional organisations. The entries were investigated by around 50 media groups in as many countries. Of the 129,000 entries in the Dubai database from 181 countries,thoseofIndiansformasizeable chunk with 5,800 linked to propertiesintopsitessuchasthe PalmJumeirah,TheWorld,Motor City, Emirates Living, Dubai Marina, Old Town Island, etc. According to Indian laws, it is not illegal for Indians to own property in Dubai. As per the Foreign Exchange Management Act of 1999, resident and nonresident Indians are allowed to own immovable properties abroad. Dubai does not bar foreigners from buying property in the country. Between 2015 and 2017, The IndianExpressandtheICIJprobed four sets of data leaks — CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CHANCESOF RS50,000-CRORE FOXCONN INVESTMENTDIM 13 WORLD SAEED’SBID TO REGISTERHIS PARTYFAILS NORTH KOREA IS NO LONGER A NUCLEAR THREAT: TRUMP Travelled between US, UK and Hong Kong crorethroughfraudulentissueof lettersof undertaking(LoUs)and foreign letters of credit (FLCs). The passport revocation order can be challenged in Indian courts. But it is not known if NiravandChoksihavedonethat. According to norms, once a revocation order is issued by the government, it has to be communicated to the authority concerned at an airport or any other point of embarkation or immigration, and to the passport authority. Emails to the official spokesperson of MEA did not elicit any response. The Interpol letter to Indian authoritiesisinresponsetoadiffusion notice issued by CBI, requesting the Interpol to track Nirav after it registered a case of alleged fraud against him in January. Nirav, his wife Ami (a US citizen), brother Neeshal (a Belgian national) and uncle Choksi fled the country in the first week of January, weeks before the scam broke. While Nirav is in the UK, Choksi is learnt to be in the US. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ceasefire in J&K may not extend beyond Eid LIZMATHEW NEWDELHI,JUNE13 THE GOVERNMENT is not likely to extend the month-long ceasefireinplaceduringRamzaninJ&K, but it may refrain from publicly announcing the resumption of operations, BJP sources told The Indian Express. “The announcement on haltingofoperationswastillRamzan, andtheunilateralsuspensionwill endonEid.Thegovernmentisunlikely to extend it because the AmarnathYatrawillbeginwithin days, and we have to sanitise the corridors. We cannot keep the handsoftheArmytied,”saidatop leader of the party. The ceasefire will “automatically” end on Eid, the leader said. “The government may not come out with an explicit announcementonresumingoperations.But ineffect,itwillend,andtheimplication will be resumption of operations,” the leader said. However, sources said, the Centre’s special representative to J&K,DineshwarSharma,willmeet separatistleadersintheValleyafter Eid. “We are expecting some positive developments after Eid (for dialogue),” sources said. Although there were indications that the Centre would be open to extending the ceasefire beyond Eid, the top leadership of the ruling party and the government seem to have concluded thatthetimewasnotrighttocontinue the “goodwill gesture”. OnTuesday,BJPgeneralsecretaryRamMadhavwasinSrinagar and met party leaders as well as those from the ruling alliance partner PDP, including Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. On Wednesday, Madhav hinted that the government may notfavourtheextensionofceasefire. “Ramzan is the holy month for Muslims so the Indian CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Company under probe paid for Karti watches, paintings: ED to court DEEPTIMANTIWARY& ABHISHEKANGAD NEW DELHI, JUNE 13 THE ENFORCEMENT Directorate informed a Delhi court Wednesdaythatseveralitems,including expensive paintings and luxury watches, recovered from the Chennai house of Karti Chidambaram had been paid for by Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Ltd (ASCPL), a company with which he had denied any link, and was under probeforallegedirregularitiesin the Aircel-Maxis deal. TheED,whichfiledaprosecution complaint under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Ruby Alka Gupta, claimed that the ASCPLreceivedRs26lakhasconsultancy fee, days after the Foreign Investment Promotion Board(FIPB)grantedapprovalfor Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006 when Karti’s father P ED names him in its complaint in Aircel-Maxis deal case Chidambaram was Union Finance Minister. OtherthanKarti,theEDcomplaint also named ASCPL, its directors Padma Bhaskararaman and Ravi Viswanathan, Chess Management Services Pvt Ltd and its director Annamalai Palaniappa. The court posted the matter to July 4. Later, P Chidambaram, in a tweet, said: “The complaint filed byEDagainstKartiChidambaram and others is seriously flawed. SincethematterisinCourt,Ishall notmakeapubliccomment.The complaintwillbevigorouslycontested before the Special Court.” In its complaint, the ED cited what it called dealings between Vasan Health Care Pvt Ltd (VHCPL) and blue chip venture CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR TOOTHBRUSHES, MATTRESSES & FILES FOR KEJRIWAL AS L-G OFFICE SIT-IN ENTERS DAY 3 SOURAV ROY BARMAN NEW DELHI, JUNE 13 FOR MORE than 48 hours now, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and half the Delhi Cabinet have worked out of a room meant for visitors at Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s office. From this small room, they clear government files, sleep on available furniture — a sofa and chairs — and take turns using a single washroom. Few are allowed to meet them and a small group of staffers wait outside Raj Niwas — the Delhi Lt Governor’s office — ferrying messages, food and on Wednesday even mattresses for them to sleep on. When Kejriwal and three cabinet colleagues walked into Raj Niwas Monday evening, AAP leaders and government officials knew a confrontation would ensue. But few had anticipated the CM would stage an indefinite sit-in. Along with Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and ministers Gopal Rai and Satyendar Jain, Kejriwal had sought a meeting with Baijal around 5.30 pm on Monday evening with one demand: Clamp down on a fourmonth-long agitation by senior bureaucrats against the AAP government and clear the doorstep delivery of ration scheme. Baijal and Kejriwal did meet briefly, but a heated argument had ensued and the CM allegedly “threatened” Baijal, ac- AAP workers march from CM Kejriwal’s residence to the office of L-G Baijal in New Delhi, Wednesday. Gajendra Yadav cording to a statement issued by the Lt Governor’s office. Soon af- ter, Baijal left citing “prior engagements” and Kejriwal and his colleagues swiftly moved to settle down inside the small visitors’ room that adjoins Baijal’s office. “Manish Sisodia did tell me that there was a possibility that Arvind had something in mind. But a very few people anticipated that it may mean half the Delhi Cabinet shutting themselves inside a room in the Raj Niwas for days on end,” said an aide to Kejriwal. Sources also said none of the AAP leaders have bathed for three days. “They have not been able to take a bath in the last three days. However, we have sent toothbrushes inside. The facilities allow them to freshen up once in a while,” a source said. On Tuesday, Jain started an indefinite hunger strike, which Sisodia joined the next day. The ministers spend much of their time on social media. “All of them are early risers. And its natural, they are not getting adequate sleep. Rai has severe back issues, so it’s all the more difficult for him. They chat late into the night, firm up strategies and write letters,” another source said. According to sources: “The visitors’ room is right next to the L-G’s office where he attends to files and meets people. It is separated by a large conference room where they had met on Monday. The situation is such that they can call out to each other and talk. But the four ministers have not come out of the room even once till now,” sources said. The sprawling Raj Niwas, designed by professor Ram Sharma of the School of Planning and Architecture like a “modern haveli”, also serves as the residence of the L-G. On Wednesday, rebel BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and former ambassador KC Singh tried meeting Kejriwal but were turned away by Raj Niwas security. Food is delivered from the Chief Minister’s residence at Flagstaff Road, which is barely 2 km away. “Jain and Sisodia are on a hunger strike. And the CM and Rai eat frugally so it is not a problem. And how can one forget their days of activism? They had their baptism by fire “ said an AAP leader. A diabetic, Kejriwal is also being given insulin from time to time, sources said. But it is not just the ministers alone at Raj Niwas. To look after their emergent needs, at least five AAP volunteers, employed as personal staff, have remained stationed outside Raj Niwas and say they cannot leave fearing not being allowed in by police. Since Monday, all the roads to Raj Niwas have been barricaded. “We have a car but cannot afford to switch on the air conditioning as fuel is running out and we cannot refuel. We are arranging food with the cooperation of the security. There’s a small washroom which we have been allowed to use. We hand over the food and other necessities for the ministers to the LG house staff,” said one of the volunteers.
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