LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE ‘CONFLICT OF INTEREST’ 8 Choreography of BJP-PDP split THE EDITORIAL PAGE Sebi all set for adjudication process against ICICI Bank, CEO BY KAPIL SIBAL Adityanath: No doubt, Ram temple will be built in Ayodhya 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 Purushotam Ram iss brahmand ke swami hain. Swabhavik roop se Ayodhya mein jab prabhu Ram ki kripa hogi toh Ayodhya mein bhagwan Ram ka bhavya mandir banke hi rahega... ismein koi sandeh hona hi nahin chahiye (Lord Ram is the master of this universe. It is obvious that when Ayodhya has his blessings, the Ram temple would be built in Ayodhya... there should 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. His remarks came after Ram Vilas Vedanti, one of the participants and a member of the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, declared on the dais that they would start construction of the temple without waiting for a court order. Assuring the gathering that he was one of them, Adityanath said: “You have shown so much patience so far, you should show patience for some more time.” Warning of a conspiracy to create hurdles in the way of building the temple, Adityanath said: “On one hand, they file an application in court to ensure that the hearing does not take place before 2019. On the other hand, they talk of BJP not doing anything in the direction. Ultimately, whether it’s the BJP or any government, efforts will be made to find a solution in a Constitutional way.” In December 2017, senior Congress leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal had argued in the Supreme Court that the hearing on the disputed site be deferred till the 2019 elections due to the political atmosphere. The apex court, however, rejected his plea. While the BJP criticised Sibal and his party for the statement, the Congress said it was not a party to the case. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Adityanath in Lucknow on Monday. Vishal Srivastav Regulator holds preliminary probe, waits for replies from bank, Kochhar ENS & PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 25 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 WHEN POOJA Singhdev was told her car was destroyed early Monday morning, she thought a tree branch brought down by the torrential rain in Mumbai had caused some dents. She rushed down her apartment complex to 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 resident at the Lloyd’s Estate residential tower in Mumbai to bear 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 collapsed into an adjoining plot of land being developed by Dosti Realty. Residents say they have taken Dosti Realty to court over the construction pit, alleging that the pit had weakened the foundation of Lloyd’s Estate. Even as a structural audit of the building is underway, residents also said that their concerns were relayed to the Antop Hill Police the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Dosti Realty said the heavy rains had caused the landslip. The torrential rains since Sunday night claimed three lives in Mumbai and its adjoining areas. Water-logging across the city disrupted both road and rail traffic as the city recorded the season’s highest rainfall. On Monday morning, the Santacruz observatory recorded 231.4 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours. This is the first time that it has crossed 200 mm this year. The highest rainfall - 317.6 mm - was recorded at the automatic weather station at Malad and India Meteorological Department (IMD) data shows that this is the second highest rainfall recorded in June in the last decade, after 283.4 mm on June 19, 2015. Ajay Singh Rathod, whose Toyota Innova is still stuck in the pit, was among the first to rush to the parking lot. “Around 4.15 am, I woke up to a loud thud. I initially thought it was a thunderstorm but a few minutes later, the guard came rushing and told me my car had caved in. I rushed downstairs, only to see my car get buried deeper and BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ALERT IN SOUTH GUJARAT DISTRICTS; TWO DIE IN BHARUCH, PAGE 3 A PRELIMINARY examination by 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 the business dealings of her husband with the Videocon group, a PTI report said. ICICI Bank may face a penalty of up to Rs 25 crore under Sebi regulations for such lapses, while the fine for Kochhar may go up to Rs 1 crore, besides other penal actions, the news agency quoted a senior official as saying. The adjudication process will formally convene soon, after taking into account the replies to 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 inquiry should not be held against them under the Securities 11 WORLD TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICI Bank-Videocon-Deepak Kochhar Contracts (Regulation) Rules. “Documents relied upon under the notice have been received today. Appropriate response to the showcause notice after seeking legal advice would be submitted within the timeline provided,” the spokesperson told PTI. 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 months after 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 WIN EXPANDS ERDOGAN’S POWER IN TURKEY CHINA BLOCKS HBO WEBSITE OVER XI JOKE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Barber beaten up for ‘cutting hair of Dalits’, four booked Rajyaguru takes Cong ED moves court for Nirav Modi’s Encounter deaths of by surprise, quits over extradition from UK, Hong Kong SIMI men inevitable, ‘functioning of party’ quite reasonable: EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, JUNE 25 RAJKOT, JUNE 25 FOUR PERSONS belonging to upper caste were booked on Monday for allegedly attacking a barber for “cutting hair of Dalits” at Umrecha village of Satlasna taluka of Mehsana district. In a complaint lodged with Satlasna police station, Jasiben Bhagwandas alleged that her son Jigar, who runs a hair cutting salon in the village, was attacked by four persons on Sunday night. She identified the attackers as Govind Chaudhary, Nanji Chaudhary, Rajesh Chaudhary and Vasant Chaudhary, all residents of the same village. “Jasiben has alleged that about 10 days ago, Jigar was warned by the accused persons that he should not cut hair of Dalit men. But Jigar didn’t pay heed to it. The allegation is that Jigar was attacked by the accused just for entertaining Dalits at his shop,” said Sub-Inspector Ratilal Makwana, who is investigating the case. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SADAF MODAK, RASHMI RAJPUT & DEEPTIMAN TIWARY SIX MONTHS after he unsuccessfully contested against Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in the Assembly elections, Indranil Rajyaguru resigned from the Congress on Monday, citing disagreement with the functioning of the party. Rajyaguru’s resignation comes a day after senior Congress leader Kunvarji Bavaliya said he was ready to “change his idea” as people of his constituency have suffered because it is represented by an Opposition MLA. At a press conference, Rajyaguru announced that he had resigned from all party posts and primary membership of the Congress. “I tendered my resignation to party state unit chief Amit Chavda today... I had disagreement with the way the Congress party functions. Some partymen indulged in anti-party activities during the Assembly election last year. I complained against them. But party leaders, Lost against CM Rupani in the last Assembly elections GUJARAT ● CONG APPOINTS NEW CHIEF IN EIGHT DISTRICTS, PAGE 3 instead of taking disciplinary action against them, awarded them party positions. In such a scenario, I thought it is best to quit the Congress, while continuing to serve people in my personal capacity,” Rajyaguru said. When asked whether his next move will be to join the BJP, he said that he would not join the ruling party. “I will not join the BJP but will continue to serve the people of Rajkot. For me, politics is the best medium to serve CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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. Interpol yet to issue Red Corner Notice Modi is currently reported to be in Belgium, where he is said to have fled from the UK on June 12. Confirming that an application was filed before the special court designated under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) on Monday afternoon, Special Public Prosecutor Hiten Venegaonkar, who represented the ED, said: “We have sought permission from the court to seek extradition of Nirav Modi, who is an absconding accused in the case. 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 Group owner used 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 fleeing the country five years ago. Officials probing the dual citizenship case of Winsome Group owner Jatin Mehta, who is now a citizen of Saint Kitts & Nevis and is wanted by Indian agencies in a 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 MP probe report MILIND GHATWAI BHOPAL, JUNE 25 A JUDICIAL probe set up by the Madhya Pradesh government into the gunning down of eight SIMI members hours after they escaped from the Bhopal Central Jail in October 2016 has held that “the use of force resulting in (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 escaped after tying up one guard and slitting the throat of 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 Eight SIMI members were killed in October 2016. File commission noted, in its 17-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 EGYPTIAN STAR , CHECHEN STRONGMAN RORY SMITH, JAMES MONTAGUE & TARIQ PANJA MOSCOW, JUNE 25 THE WORLD Cup was thrust into the combustible mix of politics and football — dangerous ground that it takes great pains to avoid — as a growing number of disciplinary proceedings and a star player’s threatened retirement brought several sensitive international flashpoints to the tournament’s doorstep over the weekend. The crises involved players for several teams and touched on 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’s testy Switzerland-Serbia match — bringing the total from the game to six. Hours later, it emerged that one of the tourna- 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 Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri both made the so-called doubleeagle symbol with their hands after scoring in a 2-1 victory against Serbia. The gesture, made by linking the thumbs and fanning out the fingers on both hands, is a nationalist sign that many with ethnic Albanian roots make to symbolise the black eagle in Albania’s flag. Both Xhaka and Shaqiri Egypt’s Mohamed Salah in action at the World Cup. Reuters have roots in Kosovo, an ethnically Albanian province that fought a war of independence against Serb-dominated Yugoslav forces in the late 1990s. To most of the world, the symbol holds no meaning. One Brazilian commentator thought the players were making a peace sign and applauded their attempts at Balkan reconciliation. In Serbia, however, the gesture was viewed as a provocation. Serbia’s football federation faced its own disciplinary proceeding, though, for a display of political messages by its fans during the game. Serbia had already been fined at this World Cup after its supporters displayed what FIFA said was the banner of a “Serbian paramilitary nationalist movement” during its game against Costa Rica. Then, FIFA opened three new inquiries: against Switzerland’s Stephan Lichtsteiner, who is not of Albanian descent, for making the double-eagle gesture, and against Serbia’s football federation president, Slavisa Kokeza, and its coach, Mladen Krstajic, for statements they were accused of making after the game. Then came word that Salah, Egypt’s biggest star, was considering retiring from the national team once the World Cup ended after he was drawn into a political controversy related to his federation’s decision to live and train in Chechnya during the tournament. Salah has become one of the world’s highest-profile players over the past year, and he was the star attraction at Egypt’s training facility in Grozny, the capital of the Russian province of Chechnya. On the eve of the tournament, photos emerged of Salah alongside Ramzan A Kadyrov, the Chechen leader, at Egypt’s first training session. After learning that Salah was scheduled to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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