TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY,16 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA APPEAL IN KARNATAKA HIGH COURT Mallya’s plea: Let my firms sell assets worth Rs 13,900 crore, repay banks If he wanted to repay, he had years to do so: MoS Akbar KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, JUNE 26 DAYS AFTER the Enforcement Directorate moved a special court to declare him a fugitive economicoffender,VijayMallya, the promoter of the now groundedKingfisherAirlinesLtd, Tuesday said that he had requested the Karnataka High Court on June 22 to allow his firms to sell assets worth ‘Made poster boy of bank default’ Rs 13,900 crore “under judicial supervision” and “repay creditors including the public sector banks” that have declared him a wilful defaulter. According to government Apply for passport from anywhere in India now data as on May 15, Kingfisher Airlines owes Rs 9,990 crore to a consortium of 17 public sector banks. Mallya’s offer to repay state-ownedbanksandcreditors comes three days after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed an application before a special court in Mumbai seeking to declare him a ‘fugitive economicoffender’andimmediately confiscate his assets worth Rs 12,500 crore under the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Choksi diverted Rs 4,000 cr to Gitanjali subsidiaries: Probe KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, JUNE 26 GITANJALI GEMS owner Mehul Choksi allegedly diverted about Rs 4,000 crore of the Rs 6,000 crore from outstanding letters of undertaking (LoUs) and foreign letters of credit (FLCs) issued by PunjabNationalBank(PNB)tohis flagshipfirm’ssubsidiaries,other companies linked to him abroad and to buy a villa in the UAE, sources told The Indian Express. The companies that benefitted, sources said, included a US firm owned by Nehal Modi, Choksi’s nephew and the brother of PNB scam co-accused Nirav Modi. According to sources, the Enforcement Directorate found CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Amarnath Yatra begins today: Pilgrims ready, ‘a little worried’ Amarnath cave EXPRESSNEWSSERVICE NEW DELHI, JUNE 26 UPSC Venue: Kesari Wada, Narayan Peth, Pune By: Ranjan Kolambe PUNE 8087 833 999 7378 406 920 8087 922 999 9970 298 197 EXTERNAL AFFAIRS Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday launchedaschemeunderwhich apersoncanapplyforapassport from anywhere in India, irrespective of the place of stay. Underthenewscheme,aperson can now choose the Regional Passport Office (RPO) and the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or PostOfficePassportSevaKendra for submitting the application, irrespective of whetherhis/her current residential address is withinthejurisdictionoftheselected RPO or not. The police verification, if required, will be conducted at the address specified in the CONTINUEDONPAGE2 TRACKING THE YATRA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Jharkhand: Six police personnel killed in Maoist landmine blast PRASHANT PANDEY RANCHI, JUNE 26 SIX PERSONNEL of the JharkhandJaguarForce,aspecial unit of the state police department, were killed in a landmine blast carried out by Maoists on the border of Latehar and Garhwa districts on Tuesday. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Vipul Shukla said the police had information that some Maoists were present in Chinjo area of Garhwa district. He said when the security personnel reached the area in the evening, the Maoists triggered a landmine blast and opened fire, killing six personnel. Some security personnel werealsoinjuredintheincident. Shukla said an encounter was going on and additional security personnel were being rushed to thearea.Theincidentisreported to have occurred in the Budha Pahar area, located on the Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh border. This is the first big attack by Maoists in Jharkhand after January 27, 2016, when seven police personnel were killed in Palamu district. —WITHPTI ● JAMMU BUSINESS AS USUAL ANAND MOHAN J BY UNNY JAMMU, JUNE 26 HEERA LAL Singh’s family in Dhanbad had asked him not to go on the Amarnath Yatra this year. There were heated discussions within the family over the tension around this year’s Amarnath Yatra, but in the end, Singh convinced his family and made it to the Bhagwati Nagar basecampinJammuonMonday. He was ahead of schedule. “I Pilgrims at the base camp in Jammu, Tuesday. Praveen Khanna have undertaken five Amarnath Yatra trips. But this year’s trip willbeachallengeforme,”Singh (61) says. “I guess I am the first person to arrive. I hope others will make it on time,” he says. A day before the first batch of Amarnath Yatra pilgrims leaves, the streets Tuesday are largely CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘PAID RS 20 LAKH FOR KILLING, 5 HELD’ Cops: Business rivalry led to contract killing of Latur coaching centre’s director SUSHANT KULKARNI LATUR, JUNE 26 PROFESSIONAL RIVALRY involving two institutes and a bitter parting of ways between two business partners in Maharashtra’s education hub of Latur led to the “contract killing” Sunday night of the 36year-old director of a prominent coaching class in the city, according to police. Avinash Baburao Chavan, of Step by Step coaching class, was shot dead by unidentified assailants while he was on his way home—hewasfounddeadinthe car with the engine running. Police said Chavan died after receivingabulletinjuryinthechest. On Monday, his relatives refused toaccepthisbodytillthesuspects were arrested. On Tuesday, police announced the arrests of “main Avinash Chavan (left) and prime suspect Chandankumar Sharma were business partners a few years ago. suspect” Chandankumar Sharma, a mechanical engineering graduate who runs Kumar’s Maths Classes, and three others who he allegedly paid Rs 20 lakh to “eliminate” Chavan. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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