TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Adityanath: No doubt, Ram temple will be built in Ayodhya ‘CONFLICT OF INTEREST’ Sebi all set for adjudication process against ICICI Bank, CEO MAULSHREE SETH LUCKNOW, JUNE 25 RAISING THE heat on the Ayodhya issue ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said Monday that “there should be no doubt” that a temple will be built at the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site. Addressing a “Sant Sammelan” in Ayodhya, Adityanath said: “Maryada PurushotamRamissbrahmandke swami hain. Swabhavik roop se Ayodhya mein jab prabhu Ram ki kripahogitohAyodhyameinbhagwanRamkabhavyamandirbanke hirahega...ismeinkoisandehhona hi nahin chahiye (Lord Ram is the Adityanath in Lucknow on Monday. Vishal Srivastav master of this universe. It is obvious that when Ayodhya has his blessings,theRamtemplewould bebuiltinAyodhya...thereshould be no doubt about this).” This is the first time in the recent past that Adityanath has spoken so strongly in favour of the temple’s construction. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 14 WORLD Regulator holds preliminary probe, waits for replies from bank, Kochhar Fourteen vehicles were buried under debris as a wall collapsed in Mumbai on Monday. Ganesh Shirsekar SEASON’S HEAVIEST RAINFALL HITS MUMBAI Cars buried, residents moved after highrise wall caves in RASHMI RAJPUT MUMBAI, JUNE 25 DECISIVE WIN EXPANDS ERDOGAN’S POWER IN TURKEY WHENPOOJASinghdevwastold her car was destroyed early Monday morning, she thought a treebranchbroughtdownbythe torrential rain in Mumbai had caused some dents. She rushed downherapartmentcomplexto see the damage, only to find that her car and the driveway it was on, were in a 60-foot pit. “The boundary wall had caved in, my car had been washed down, and was now stuck in a muck-filled pit at an adjoining under-construction building,” she said. And Pooja was not the only residentattheLloyd’sEstateres- Interpol yet to issue Red Corner Notice MUMBAI, NEW DELHI, JUNE 25 WHILE THE Interpol is yet to issue a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against absconding jeweller Nirav Modi, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) moved a Mumbai special court on Monday, seeking his extradition from the UK and Hong Kong. Modi is currently reported to beinBelgium,whereheissaidto havefledfromtheUKonJune12. Confirming that an application was filed before the special court designated under the Preventionof MoneyLaundering Act(PMLA)onMondayafternoon, Special Public Prosecutor Hiten Venegaonkar, who represented theED,said:“Wehavesoughtpermission from the court to seek extradition of Nirav Modi, who is anabscondingaccusedinthecase. The application seeks for him to be extradited from the UK.” A senior ED official, however, said the application also mentions Hong Kong. “Also, we have CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Winsome owner exploited holes in law to use Indian passport: Probe RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, JUNE 25 INVESTIGATORS PROBING how PNB scam-accused Nirav Modi may have travelled multiple times on a revoked passport can take a cue from the findings of the Union Home Ministry in a report on how another fraudaccused diamantaire exploited loopholes in passport rules after fleeingthecountryfiveyearsago. Officials probing the dual citizenshipcaseof WinsomeGroup ownerJatinMehta,whoisnowa citizen of Saint Kitts & Nevis and is wanted byIndianagenciesina Rs 6,800-crore bank fraud case, have found that one key gap he exploited was specified in a government circular issued in 2009. “A grace period of three months is allowed from the date of acquisition of foreign citizenship, for the purpose of travel on Indian passport. Therefore, no penalty will be leviable for travel on Indian passport within three months of acquisition of foreign passport,” stated the circular issued by Consular, Passport and Visa (CPV) division of Ministry of External Affairs on March 24, 2009. Officials linked to the investigation said this clause allowed Mehta to travel multiple times to India after surrendering his Indian passport in Singapore in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MILIND GHATWAI BHOPAL, JUNE 25 Eight SIMI members were killed in October 2016. File commissionnoted,inits17-page report tabled in the MP Assembly Monday. Two videos purportedly of the encounter recorded on mobile phones had surfaced hours after the encounter in the intervening night between October 30 and 31, 2016, raising questions and causing a political storm. While the home minister and senior police officers maintained that the encounter was genuine, Opposition parties had CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR 10 DAYS ON, POLITICS ENTERS FIELD WITH AN EGYPTIAN STAR AND A CHECHEN STRONGMAN RORY SMITH, JAMES MONTAGUE & TARIQ PANJA MOSCOW, JUNE 25 THEWORLDCupwasthrustinto the combustible mix of politics and football — dangerous ground that it takes great pains to avoid — as a growing number of disciplinaryproceedingsanda star player’s threatened retirement brought several sensitive international flashpoints to the tournament’s doorstep over the weekend. The crises involved players forseveralteamsandtouchedon a range of topics: Kosovar independence, Serbian nationalism, a beloved Egyptian striker and a controversial Chechen leader. At least one of the disagreements could potentially force FIFA to issue suspensions in the middle of the tournament — possibly affecting which teams advance out of one of the tournament’s first-round groups. Early Sunday, FIFA announced that its disciplinary committee had opened three more proceedings related to Friday’stestySwitzerland-Serbia match — bringing the total from the game to six. Hours later, it emerged that one of the tourna- Egypt’s Mohamed Salah in action at the World Cup. Reuters BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 quite reasonable: MP probe report A JUDICIAL probe set up by the Madhya Pradesh government into the gunning down of eight SIMI members hours after they escapedfromtheBhopalCentral JailinOctober2016hasheldthat “theuseof forceresultingin(the) death of the escaped persons was quite inevitable and quite reasonable under the prevailing circumstances”. The eight SIMI members were lodged at the state’s most secure prison and were being tried for several cases including offences punishable with death or life imprisonment. They had escapedaftertyinguponeguard andslittingthethroatof another. They had then opened the lock of the cell with a key and scaled the outer jail wall using a ladder made of bedsheets and wooden pieces, the one-man judicial BUSINESS AS USUAL identialtowerinMumbaitobear the brunt of Mumbai’s unplanned and poorly regulated real estate growth Monday morning. As the city recorded the season’s highest rainfall, 14 cars slid and crashed into a 60foot pit at 4 am after a portion of this plush Central Mumbai apartment’s compound wall ED moves court for Nirav Modi’s Encounter deaths of extradition from UK, Hong Kong SIMI men inevitable, SADAF MODAK, RASHMI RAJPUT & DEEPTIMAN TIWARY ANOTHER REPORT, P 9 ment’s most popular players, Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah, was considering retiring from his national team in the wake of his interactions with a Chechen politician. FIFA’s political problems began when Swiss players Granit XhakaandXherdanShaqiriboth made the so-called doubleeaglesymbolwiththeirhandsafterscoringina2-1victoryagainst Serbia.Thegesture,madebylinking the thumbs and fanning out thefingersonbothhands,isanationalistsignthatmanywithethnic Albanian roots make to symbolise the black eagle in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 12 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Choreography of BJP-PDP split BY KAPIL SIBAL ENS & PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 25 A PRELIMINARY examinationby regulator Sebi has favoured adjudication proceedings against ICICI Bank and its CEO Chanda Kochhar for alleged violation of disclosure norms regarding “conflict of interest”in thebusinessdealingsof herhusband with the Videocon group, a PTI report said. ICICIBankmayfaceapenalty of up to Rs 25 crore under Sebi regulationsforsuchlapses,while the fine for Kochhar may go up to Rs1 crore, besides other penal actions, the news agencyquoted a senior official as saying. Theadjudicationprocesswill formally convene soon, after takingintoaccounttherepliesto the showcause notices issued by Sebi to ICICI Bank, Kochhar and others in this matter, the report said. According to an ICICI Bank spokesperson, the bank and its MD received a showcause notice seeking a response as to why an inquiryshouldnotbeheldagainst them under the Securities TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICIBank-Videocon-DeepakKochhar Contracts (Regulation) Rules. “Documents relied upon under the notice have been received today. Appropriate response to the showcause notice after seekinglegaladvicewouldbesubmitted within the timeline provided,”thespokespersontoldPTI. On March 29, The Indian Express first reported that Videocon promoter Venugopal Dhoot provided a loan of Rs 64 crore to NuPower Renewables Pvt Ltd (NRPL), a firm he had set up with Chanda Kochhar’s husband and two relatives six monthsafter the business group got Rs 3,250 crore as loan from ICICI Bank in 2012. Dhoot transferred proprietorship of the company to a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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