TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 8 PNB SCAM FUGITIVE Interpol: Nirav used revoked passport four times to travel Trump the disruptor THEEDITORIAL PAGE BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA THE INDIAN EXPRESS-OCCRP REPORT Indians with ties to offshore firms linked to Dubai real estate 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 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY abroad. Dubai does not bar foreigners from buying property in the country. Between 2015 and 2017, The IndianExpressandtheICIJprobed four sets of data leaks - Swiss Leaks, Offshore Leaks, Panama PapersandParadisePapers—listing the names of thousands who had deposited money in opaque bank accounts in Switzerland, and used international law firms toestablishoffshoreentitiesintax havens such as Panama, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda and Malta. Someofthesenamesnowfigure in the Dubai database. The Indian Express sent emails requestingcommenttoeachof the 21IndianstotheIDslistedagainst their names in the Dubai database — only three responded. Offshore firms, Dubai property AJAY BHAGWANDAS KARANI: Linked to an Emaar project.NamedinPanamaPapers as shareholder in Hurstfield Enterprises, and Sunrise Trading and Holdings Ltd, in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). ASGAR FAKHRUDDIN: Linked to two properties in Podium Towers and Greens & Views. Named in the Panama Papers as shareholder of Satrh Holdings Ltd in Seychelles. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RANCHI, JUNE 13 WORLD SAEED’SBID TO REGISTERHIS PARTYFAILS 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 NEW DELHI, JUNE 13 NORTH KOREA IS NO LONGER A NUCLEAR THREAT: TRUMP INSIDE ● FOUR BSF MEN KILLED IN PAK FIRING, PAGE 6 IT KICKS OFF TODAY ● 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 THEENFORCEMENTDirectorate informed a Delhi court Wednesday that several items, including expensive paintings and luxury watches, recovered from the Chennai house of Karti Chidambaramhad beenpaidfor by Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Ltd (ASCPL), a company with which he had denied any link, and was being probed for alleged irregularities in the Aircel-Maxis deal. INTERESTING SUB-PLOTS SANDEEP SINGH NEW DELHI, JUNE 13 THEREHASbeenasharpdecline over the last year in monthly receipts from small savings schemes, including in public providentfunds,accordingtothe latest RBI data. In the first eight months of financialyear2017-18,totalreceipts within small savings schemes amounted to Rs 40,429 crore, which is a seven-fold dip from Rs 2,75,682 crore in the corresponding period of the previous year. Thedeclinehasnotonlybeen across deposits and savings certificates but also in public provi- RECEIPTS IN SMALL SAVINGS All Figures in `crore Small savings Includes Term deposits, RD, NSC, KVP, Sr Citizen scheme, Sukanya Samriddhi, PPF and MIS MONTHS NOV2016 DEC2016 JAN2017 FEB2017 MAR2017 APR2017 MAY2017 JUN2017 JUL2017 AUG2017 SEP2017 OCT2017 NOV2017 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ED names him in its complaint in Aircel-Maxis case The ED, which filed a prosecution complaint under provisionsof thePreventionof 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 AVISHEK G DASTIDAR 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 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 touches to the policy. Official sources told The Indian Express that these shoppers, selected by the Railways, will also interact with the transporter’s passenger interface at various levels from trains to stations and rate them against predetermined parameters. This will also act as a method to ascertain compliance with rules and regulations on the ground, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, JUNE 13 AAP workers march from Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s residence to the L-G’s office on Wednesday. Gajendra Yadav — 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 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 revoked Indian passport between March 15 and March 31.AccordingtoInterpol,hetravelled on the revoked passport fourtimes—onMarch15,March 28, 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 underthescannerofmultipleinves- Travelled between US, UK and Hong Kong tigationagenciesfollowingstateowned Punjab National Bank’s complaint against their companies, saying it had been cheated of an estimated Rs 13,600 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 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES JAI NARAIN VYAS UNIVERSITY, JODHPUR Opposite Senapati Bhawan services TOOTHBRUSHES, MATTRESSES, FILES FOR CM ON DHARNA AT L-G OFFICE SOURAV ROY BARMAN dent 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 correspondingperiodof theprevious year. The decline in receipts has beeninlinewiththegrowingattractivenessof mutualfundsand the government decision to revise interest rates on small savings schemes on a quarterly basisbeginningApril1,2016,when it decided to align interest rates on several such schemes with government securities. 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