TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE 10 CHANGES AT ICICI BANK BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 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 Who cleared Kejriwal sit-in at Raj Niwas, Delhi HC asks AAP govt PRITAM PAL SINGH 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 others) are sitting inside the LG’s office. If it’s a strike, it has to be outside the office.” The HC also asked if permissionhadbeenobtainedfromthe Lt Governor in this regard and also sought to know from the Delhi government counsel whether Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain and Labour Minister Gopal Rai were on “strike or dharna”. “What is the meaning of strikeordharna?Cananyoneexplainit,”thebenchsaidwhilerefrainingfromissuinganyinterim directions on three PILs that sought to stop the sit-in protest at the Lt Governor’s office. The court said it would take up the matter next on June 22. Kejriwal and his colleagues havebeenonthesit-inprotestat Raj Niwas since the evening of June 11. Sisodia and Jain, who also started a hunger strike have been hospitalised. Responding to the query by the bench, senior advocate Sudhir Nandrajog, who appeared for the Delhi government, said Kejriwal and his CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 Chanda Kochhar faces quid pro quo charges THEEDITORIAL PAGE TANGLE OF 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 DEEPTIMAN TIWARY 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 12 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 China’s Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant in New Delhi on Monday. Anil Sharma External Affairs, said: “We have seenreportsoncommentsmade by the Chinese ambassador in MUMBAI, JUNE 18 THEENFORCEMENTDirectorate (ED) has alleged that the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines promotedbyVijayMallya“diverted” Rs3,547croreof theloangranted by a consortium of 17 lenders. In a supplementary prosecution complaint (chargesheet) filedinaspecialcourtinMumbai on Monday, the ED also said that Mallya did not fully disclose his assets while executing a personalguaranteeagreementwith the lenders when the loans of KingfisherAirlineswererestructured in December 2010. The agency has said that Mallya showed his total assets as Rs 1,395crore,whereastheEDestimated his total assets at Rs Amassed huge properties outside India: ED 3,164.65 crore as on 2010. The ED has alleged that Mallya“hasamassedhugeproperties outside India, especially in At 93%, women bear burden of sterilisation: NHM report ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, JUNE 18 A NATIONAL Health Mission report released Monday has flagged the “uneven burden” women bear in family planning withlatestdatashowingwomen account for more than 93 per centof sterilisationsinthecountry. The report also found that male sterilisation services still remain inadequately available. The 11th report of the Common Review Mission of the NationalHealthMission,released Mondayhasflaggedtheissueciting latest data from the Health Management Information System (HMIS) where states up- load data on various parameters of NHM including sterilisations. “Women continueto bear an uneven burden of the terminal methods of family planning and sterilisation. As per HMIS in 2017-18(tillOctober)of thetotal 14,73,418 sterilisation procedures only 6.8 % were male sterilisationwhile93.1%werefemale sterilisation,” stated the report. This is, however, a marginal improvement from earlier years when women accounted for 98 per cent of all sterilisation in the country. Of the 41,41,502 sterilisations across India in 2015-16 under government programmes,40,61,462weretubectomies. In 2014-15, out of 40,30,409 sterilisations, 39,52,043 were tubectomies. Experts say the reluctance of Indian men to undergo sterilisation stems from history, social taboo and sheer logistical limitations.Forcedsterilisationsduring the Emergency have given the procedure a bad name, misinformation about it robbing men of their “strength” has made it a social taboo and the factthattherearenomalehealth workers means these impressions cannot be corrected. It is difficult for an ASHA worker in a village to talk to men about sterilisation. Despite efforts to make male sterilisation more acceptable, the review mission, which is an CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 United Kingdom, USA, France and other countries” and “has gotinterestinvariouscompanies which are created/ incorporated outside India”. “These facts of overseas properties and companieshavenotbeenmentionedin the asset/ liability statement submitted, and have been deliberately hidden from the banks,” it has said. According to the ED, al- 3 THECITY AHEADOFAIIBMEET,A COUNTERCONVENTION WILLOPPOSEGLOBAL FINANCE AFTERNEWFOOT OVERBRIDGE,NOWA NEWPLATFORM,P5 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR BACK TO RESORTS FOR GUJARAT CONG, PANCHAYAT MEMBERS 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 NEW DELHI, JUNE 18 this matter. We have not received any such suggestion from CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Mallya diverted loan funds, didn’t reveal full assets: ED KHUSHBOO NARAYAN Gujarat Congress MLAs were taken to Bengaluru during Rajya Sabha polls last year 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 BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA We told Interpol, wrote to six major countries: CBI on Nirav’s passport Beijing envoy for India-Pak-China trilateral, Govt says personal view TRANSACTIONS Delhi saga of recrimination 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 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 held every 30 months from among the elected representatives. As the term of the current office-bearers ends this month, fresh elections are being held in different districts. In the Ahmedabad district panchayat, the Congress has 18 in the 34-member House, while in Patan it had won 22 of 32 seats, this was later reduced to a mere 16 after many defected to the BJP, allegedly under the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 though United Breweries Holding Ltd, the corporate guarantor of Kingfisher Airlines, had “huge assets in the form of movableandimmovableproperties”, itdidnotinfusecapitalintheairlines.Instead,KingfisherAirlines pledged shares to infuse equity in the venture and United Breweries “arranged for unsecured loans to Kingfisher from CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 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 almost weekly basis, “ the CBI’s official spokesperson said. The agency said it wrote to these countries on April 25, May 22, May 24 and May 28. In all communications, the CBI said, the countries were reminded that there was diffusion notice pendingagainstModiandhisuncle Mehul Choksi and that their passports had been revoked. “The revocation of Modi’s passport had been updated in theInterpolcentraldatabaseand was available to all countries,” Travelled multiple times on his revoked passport the official spokesperson said. Thecountrieswereaskedtoprovide information about their movement. Sources said barring the Red CornerNotices,whichmandates Interpol to arrest a fugitive after locatinghim,honouringof other notices or requests depends a lot on the diplomatic heft of the requesting country. “Why these countries did not honour India’s request, only they can answer,” a CBI official said. CBI sources said the communicationsalsomentionedModi’s five passports along with passport numbers. They said these were passports issued after pages of previous passports were full. Modi used his latest passport to travel to all destinations mentioned by Interpol in its note to CBI, sources said. Enforcement Directorate sources, however, maintained that Modi had six passports, some with differences in the name — one passport only mentioned the holder’s name as Nirav, another had the surname before his father’s name in the space for the father’s name. As reported by The Indian Express,Moditravelledmultiple times using his revoked passport. CBI sources said according to information provided by Interpol, Modi first moved out of the US via the John F Kennedy International Airport on February 10 and reached HeathrowintheUK.OnFebruary 15,heleftHongKongandreached Heathrow, suggesting CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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