LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 3 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE INTERPOL LETTER GUJARAT Nirav Modi used revoked passport four times to travel AGRICULTURE MINISTER HITS OUT AT NAFED CHIEF OVER CORRUPTION CHARGE ● Rupani gets a digital ‘third eye’, to monitor departments in real time CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KHUSHBOO NARAYAN FULL COVERAGE P18, 19 IT KICKS OFF TODAY EXPRESS NETWORK ● 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 INTERESTING SUB-PLOTS ● CONG PULLS UP VICTORY IN KARNATAKA SEAT, PAGE 6 12 WORLD Money parked in small savings schemes sees sharp decline, shows latest RBI data SANDEEP SINGH SAEED’S BID TO REGISTER HIS PARTY FAILS NORTH KOREA IS NO LONGER A NUCLEAR THREAT: TRUMP NEW DELHI, JUNE 13 THERE HAS been a sharp decline 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 crore in the corresponding period of the previous year. The decline has not only been 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 NOV 2016 DEC 2016 JAN 2017 FEB 2017 MAR 2017 APR 2017 MAY 2017 JUN 2017 JUL 2017 AUG 2017 SEP 2017 OCT 2017 NOV 2017 PRASHANT PANDEY RANCHI, JUNE 13 TWO MEN caught by villagers for allegedly stealing buffaloes were beaten to death by a mob Wednesday at Bankatti village in 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 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 what is wrong with the Railways — from food, staff behaviour, and quality on trains and at stations, to amenities for passengers Those carrying out checks will fan out as passengers Company under probe paid for Karti watches, paintings: ED to Delhi court DEEPTIMAN TIWARY & ABHISHEK ANGAD NEW DELHI, JUNE 13 PAGE 13 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 a local BJP leader were convicted and handed life sentences for murder in the name of cow protection. Police said the incident 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA Indians who have ties to tax havens are linked to prime real estate in Dubai NEW DELHI, JUNE 13 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 Trump the disruptor THE INDIAN EXPRESS-OCCRP REPORT KRISHN KAUSHIK AT LEAST 21 Indians who were investigated by The Indian Express in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (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), an international investigative reporting platform formed by 40 non-profit investigative centres, and journalists and regional organisations. The entries were investigated by Travelled between US, UK and Hong Kong CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FED HIKES RATES Food and facilities to staff behaviour: Mystery shoppers to track Rlys services AVISHEK G DASTIDAR 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 revise interest rates on small savings schemes on a quarterly Source: RBI Mob lynches two suspected cattle thieves in Jharkhand, four arrested 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 buffaloes from a village and were 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 SMALL SAVINGS 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 THE INTERPOL has informed Indian investigation agencies that absconding diamond jeweller Nirav Modi travelled four times between three countries as recently as March on an Indian passport that was revoked by the 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, United Kingdom and Hong Kong on his Indian passport between March 15 and March 31. According to Interpol, he travelled four times on that passport — on March 15, March 28, March 30 and March 31. On February 24, the MEA revoked the passports of Nirav and his maternal uncle Mehul Choksi, promoter of Gitanjali Group, after they failed to respond to a February 16 notice issued by the Ministry, asking around 50 media groups in as many countries. Of the 129,000 entries in the Dubai database from 181 countries, those ofIndians form a sizeable chunk with 5,800 linked to properties in top sites such as the Palm Jumeirah, The World, 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 Indian Expressand the ICIJ probed four sets of data leaks — CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, JUNE 13 them to show-cause why their passports should not be impounded or revoked. This was after they came under the scanner of multiple investigation agencies following state-owned Punjab National Bank’s complaint against their companies, saying it had been cheated ofan estimated Rs 13,500 crore through fraudulent issue of letters of undertaking (LoUs) and foreign letters of credit (FLCs). The passport revocation order can be challenged in Indian courts. But it is not known if Nirav and Choksi have done that. 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 BY UNNY MUMBAI, JUNE 13 LIZ MATHEW THE GOVERNMENT is not likely to extend the month-long ceasefire in place during Ramzan in J&K, but it may refrain from publicly announcing the resumption of operations, BJP sources told The Indian Express. “The announcement on halting ofoperations was till Ramzan, and the unilateral suspension will end on Eid. The government is unlikely to extend it because the Amarnath Yatra will begin within days, and we have to sanitise the corridors. We cannot keep the hands of the Army tied,” said a top leader of the party. The ceasefire will “automatically” end on Eid, the leader said. “The government may not come out with an explicit announcement on resuming operations. But in effect, it will end, and the implication will be resumption of operations,” the leader said. However, sources said, the Centre’s special representative to J&K, Dineshwar Sharma, will meet separatist leaders in the Valley after 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 that the time was not right to continue the “goodwill gesture”. Indian agencies told he journeyed in March, month after passport revoked BUSINESS AS USUAL Ceasefire in J&K may not extend beyond Eid THE ENFORCEMENTDirectorate informed a Delhi court Wednesday that several items, including expensive paintings and luxury watches, recovered from the Chennai house of Karti Chidambaram had been paid for by Advantage Strategic ED names him in its complaint in Aircel-Maxis deal case Consulting Private Ltd (ASCPL), a company with which he had denied any link, and was under probe for alleged irregularities in the Aircel-Maxis deal. The ED, which filed a prosecution complaint under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Ruby Alka Gupta, claimed that the ASCPL received Rs 26 lakh as consultancy fee, days after the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) granted approval for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the Aircel-Maxis deal CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 4 BSF men killed as Pakistan resorts to unprovoked firing ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, JUNE 13 EIGHT DAYS after agreeing to maintain ceasefire along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistani Rangers on Tuesday resorted to unprovoked firing in Samba district’s Chamliyal area, killing four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, including an assistant commandant. The exchange of fire comes as a set back to the temporary suspension of operations and political process of dialogue, and has been condemned by both the BJP and Congress as a “betrayal” by Pakistan despite commitment to maintain ceasefire. Assistant Commandant Jitender Singh, Assistant SubInspector Ramniwas and Constable Hansraj Gurjar — all from Rajasthan — and Sub- BSF jawans carry the body of one of the four personnel killed in firing, in Jammu, Wednesday. PTI Inspector Rajneesh Kumar from Uttar Pradesh were killed, while three others were injured in the firing, BSF officials said. The firing, which started around 10.30 pm, had continued till 2 am, they said. “Our team (the BSF person- nel) was moving with defence material, when Pakistani Rangers opened fire. This was followed by mortar shelling and this is how the casualty took place,” Additional Director CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR DAY 3 L-G OFFICE SIT-IN: TOOTHBRUSHES, MATTRESSES AND FILES FOR KEJRIWAL 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 gov- ernment 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, according to a statement issued by the Lt Governor’s office. Soon after, 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 them- AAP workers march from CM Kejriwal’s residence to the office of L-G Baijal in New Delhi, Wednesday. Gajendra Yadav selves 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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