TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 24 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Who cleared Kejriwal sit-in at Raj Niwas, Delhi HC asks AAP govt Board sends CEO Kochhar on leave until probe is over Sandeep Bakhshi named COO, will take all decisions, report to the board ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU MUMBAI, JUNE 18 PAGE 3 12 Delhi saga of recrimination NEW DELHI, JUNE 18 THE DELHI High Court asked the government Monday whether permission had been obtained for the week-long sit-in protest by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues at the office of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. While refraining from issuing interim directions on three PILs, the court also asked for the meaning of “dharna or strike”. “This can’t be called a strike,” observed a vacation bench of Justices A K Chawla and Navin Chawla, “You can’t go inside someone’s office or house and hold a strike there.” The court also said: “Who authorised the strike/dharna?You(Kejriwaland CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE THEEDITORIAL PAGE BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR BACK TO RESORTS FOR GUJARAT CONG, PANCHAYAT MEN ARE IN RAJASTHAN SYED KHALIQUE AHMED AHMEDABAD, JUNE 18 ALMOST A year after packing away 44 Gujarat MLAs to a resort in Bengaluru during the Rajya Sabha polls, the Congress is relocating elected representatives out of the state again, fearing they will be “poached” by the BJP. This time, the party has sent 34 panchayat members from Ahmedabad and Patan districts to cities in Rajasthan, just days before elections to the panchayat president and vicepresident posts. The members in the panchayats of these districts are to elect their president and vicepresident on June 20. According to the Congress, the candidates for the two posts will be brought back on June 19, the last date for filing nominations, and the others will return on the day of polling. Incumbents in both posts at present are from the Congress. “We are in hiding in Rajasthan for a week due to fear of the BJP poaching our representatives using saam, daam, dand, bhed (persuasion, bribe, punishment, threats),” said Ahmedabad District Congress Committee(ADCC)chief Khodaji We told Interpol, wrote to six major countries: CBI on Nirav’s passport CHANGES AT ICICI BANK INDIA’S LARGEST private sector bank ICICI Bank Monday said its Managing Director and CEO Chanda Kochhar, who is facing allegations of quid pro quo and non-adherence of code of conduct and conflict of interest, will go on leave till an independent probe against her is completed. The board of directors of the bank, which met in Mumbai, decided to appoint Sandeep Bakhshi, who is currently MD and CEO of ICICI Prudential Life, its life insurance subsidiary, as Wholetime Director and Chief Operating Officer designate of the bank. Bakhshi will be responsibleforhandlingallbusinesses and corporate centre functions at the bank and also report to the board till the probe against Kochhar is over. On March 29, The Indian Express first reported that Videocon group promoter Venugopal Dhoot provided crores of rupees to NuPower Renewables Pvt Ltd (NRPL), a firm he had set up with Chanda PRITAM PAL SINGH JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Gujarat Congress MLAs were taken to Bengaluru during Rajya Sabha polls last year Thakor, who is in Rajasthan. Refusing to disclose his location, Thakor confirmed that the candidates would return on the last daytofiletheirnominationsand that the rest would follow the next day for voting. Patan District Congress Committee (PDCC) president KanjibhaiDesai,alsoinRajasthan, said that all 16 Congress members from his district panchayat have been “relocated”. BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandyasaid,“TheCongressisnot abletokeepitsownflocktogether andhencetheyarelevellingbaseless allegations against the BJP.” Theelectionof office-bearers in Gujarat district panchayats is CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Chanda Kochhar faces quid pro quo charges DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, JUNE 18 THE FATHER & THE CHIEF In Salani, Poonch on Monday, Army chief General Bipin Rawat met Mohd Haneef, father of Rifleman Aurangzeb who was killed by militants on his way home for Eid. REPORT, PAGE 7 Beijing envoy for India-Pak-China trilateral, Govt says personal view TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICIBank-Videocon-DeepakKochhar Kochhar’s husband Deepak Kochhar and two relatives six months after the Videocon group got Rs 3,250 crore as loan from ICICI Bank in 2012. He transferredproprietorshipof the company to a trust owned by DeepakKochharforRs9lakh,six months after he received the loan from ICICI Bank. The Videocon account was declared an NPA or a bad loan in 2017. In a statement Monday, the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JUNE 18 CHINESEAMBASSADORtoIndia Luo Zhaohui suggested Monday that China, India and Pakistan have a trilateral meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meetings. He also said India and China cannot afford another Doklam, referring to the standoff last year between troops of the two countries at the trijunction with Bhutan. Later, responding to the remarks on India-Pakistan relations, Raveesh Kumar, official spokesperson fortheMinistryof WITH QUESTIONS being asked in India on how absconding jeweller Nirav Modi, wanted in the Punjab National Bank fraud case,hadmanagedtotravelmultipletimesafterthegovernment revokedhispassportinFebruary, the CBI Monday said it had not onlyinformedInterpolaboutthe revocation of the passport, but had written to six major countries and reminded them on “almost weekly basis” to be on the lookout for him. The CBI said it had written to the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Singapore and United Arab Emirates. The agency said information MUMBAI, JUNE 18 External Affairs, said: “We have seenreportsoncommentsmade by the Chinese ambassador in this matter. We have not received any such suggestion from CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 about Modi’s passport was even updatedbyInterpolinitscentral database. “After getting diffusion noticeagainstModiissuedthrough Interpol on February 15, we also got information about his revoked passport updated in Interpol’s database. Following this, we identified six countries where we suspected he could move. We kept in touch with all these countries through their Interpol offices. We kept writing to them, reminding them on CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Mallya diverted loan funds, didn’t reveal full assets: ED KHUSHBOO NARAYAN China’s Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant in New Delhi on Monday. Anil Sharma Travelled multiple times on his revoked passport THEENFORCEMENTDirectorate (ED) has alleged that the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines promotedbyVijayMallya“diverted” Rs3,547croreof theloangranted by a consortium of 17 lenders. In a supplementary prosecutioncomplaint(chargesheet)filed in a special court in Mumbai on Monday, the ED also said that Mallya did not fully disclose his Amassed huge properties outside India: ED assetswhileexecutingapersonal guarantee agreement with the lenders when the loans of Kingfisher Airlines were restructured in December 2010. The agency has said that Mallya CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
Indian Express Limited is an Indian news media publishing company. It publishes several widely circulated dailies, including The Indian Express and The Financial Express in English, the Loksatta in Marathi and the Jansatta in Hindi.