TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE CM post in way as BJP holds talks with PDP rebels, Lone for J&K govt TO MOVE COURT THIS WEEK ED set to use new ordinance to seize Nirav, Choksi assets SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, JULY 8 DETAILS HAVE emerged of negotiationsforformationof anew government in Jammu and Kashmir between the BJP, ally Sajad Lone’s Peoples Conference and PDP rebels, with the hurdle being who gets the chief minister’s post. SourcessaidtheBJPiswilling to concede any demand or ministry but is adamant on the CM’s post. “They see this a rare opportunity to get their own CM,” sources said. However, top sources in the PDPrebelcamp,whoheldmeetingswithBJPleadersinDelhilast week, said they were not willing toconcede.“Atsomepointinthe future, J&K may have a chief minister from the BJP, but this is not the time for it,” they said. While the name of Union minister Jitendra Singh, a senior BJP leader from the Jammu region, has emerged as a likely CM candidate from the BJP side, the othersideisbattingforLone,also an ally of the BJP. J&K is the only Muslim-majority state in India and holds special significance for the BJP going into the 2019 general elec- If declared fugitive, their assets can be sold to meet claims even before trial Srinagar Saturday, on Burhan death anniversary. Shuaib Masoodi PAGE 9 MEHBOOBA MEETS PARTY LEADERS PAGE 6 tions. Itwas in power for the first time in the state as part of the coalition with the PDP, which collapsed recently. Sources said that the Peoples Conference, which has two MLAs in the J&K Assembly, has rallied behind PDP legislators who are willing to ally with the BJP for a share in the spoils of power. Informally labelled ‘Northern Alliance’, as it was initiated by leaders from CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘WILD BOAR NO. 4 IS OUT’ A relative outside the cave complex in Chiang Rai, Thailand, where 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach got trapped on June 23. On Sunday evening, 4 boys were brought out. The next batch has to wait another 10 hours at least. Reuters PAGE 13 Ansari responds to farewell barb: ‘Many felt PM Modi comment not accepted practice’ SEEMA CHISHTI NEW DELHI, JULY 8 FORMER VICE-PRESIDENT Hamid Ansari has responded for thefirsttimetocommentsmade by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his last day in the Rajya Sabha, noting that “many considered the comments to be a departure from accepted prac- Home Ministry flags Chinese bank eyeing second branch in India SUNNY VERMA NEW DELHI, JULY 8 GOVT & POLITICS ● 16 HELD UNDER JHARKHAND RELIGION ACT P 9 AT A time when the Centre has cleared the decks for the maiden BankofChinabranchinIndia,the Ministryof HomeAffairsislearnt tohaveraisedobjectionstoaproposal by the Industrial and CommercialBankofChina(ICBC) to open a second branch in India. Sources said the MHA has voiced concerns that ICBC — the world’s largest bank by total assets — has employed more than KHUSHBOO NARAYAN the authorised number of Chinese nationals at its existing Mumbai branch. While the ICBC Mumbai branch is authorised to employatotalof 3-4Chinesenationals, it is being staffed by around 11-12 Chinese nationals, the MHA has communicated to the Finance Ministry while vetting the ICBC proposal to open a second branch in New Delhi, sources said. ICBC and Bank of China had appliedforabranchlicencewith the RBI last year. tice on such occasions”. In the preface of a book that compiles his selected speeches, Ansari talks about Modi’s remarks at a farewell event held for him, almost a year ago. “The Prime Minister participated in this and while being fulsome in his complements also hinted at what he perceived to be a certain inclination in my approach on account of my having spent, 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE A judicial coup By HUSAIN HAQQANI BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Talks about PM remarks in his book. “His army of supporters feasted on it” GIRIRAJ MEETS VHP ACCUSED; NITISH SAYS NOT RIGHT PAGE 6 NEW DELHI, JULY 8 THE INDIAN Institute of Management-Ahmedabad(IIMA)hassoughttheinterventionof the HRD Ministry after an order passed by revenue authorities demanded that the institute pay Rs 52 crore as service tax. Thepremierbusinessschool, The Indian Express has learnt, wrotetothe ministry onJanuary 31 drawing its attention to the Principal Commissioner of CentralGST(AhmedabadSouth) levying service tax on the fee charged by IIM-A for four postgraduate programmes. The Department of Revenue under the Finance Ministry has considered the two-year postgraduate programme (PGP), the postgraduate programme in food and agri-business management (PGP-FABM), the fellow programme in management — equivalent to a PhD — and the one-year postgraduate programme in management for executives (PGPX) as taxable since 2009-10. Accordingly, the Revenue Department has demanded Rs 52 crore as tax, for the period 2009-10 to 2014-15, on the fee received for these courses. IIM-A confirmed that it has requestedtheHRDMinistry’sintervention. “We have made a requesttotheHRDMinistryonthe matter and the matter is being pursued. IIM-A has appealed to the Tribunal on February 13, 2018,” said Deepak Bhatt, manager, communications, at IIM-A. ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, JULY 8 TWO BJP-RULED states have expressed concerns over the implementation of the National Health Protection Mission. While the unscheduled Rs22,000crorefarmloanwaiver has left Maharashtra with no funds to join the NHPM, Rajasthan has cited logistical concerns in implementing the scheme. At a recent meeting in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rashmi Rajput in Dhule, Abhishek Saha in Guwahati, Sweety Kumari in Kolkata, Sreenivas Janyala in Hyderabad, Johnson T A in Bengaluru, Arun Janardhanan in Chennai, Prashant Pandey in Ranchi & Dipankar Ghose in Raipur A MIGRANT worker, three mentally challenged men, a patient undergoing treatment for depression, two members of a denotified tribe, a “colourfully dressed”visitoroutsideadargah, five nomads. Of the 20 people lynched in the last three months across the country by murderous mobs fuelled by rumours of child-lifters, 13 were “soft targets” from the margins of society, who are the The widows of the victims who were lynched in Dhule by a mob who suspected them of being child-lifters. Express “most vulnerable to such attacks”, an investigation by The Indian Express has revealed. Police records accessed by The Indian Express of 27 lynchings from nine states over one year also show that in all these cases, there was no previous enmity involved. All the victims were strangers trapped in areas inflamed by rumours, mainly over social media, of child kidnappers on the prowl. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR CONG’S ALPESH THAKOR SAYS MLAS HAVE POWER TO DO ‘JANATA RAIDS’, POLICE SLAM VIGILANTISM PARIMAL DABHI GANDHINAGAR, JULY 8 THE GUJARAT Police have questioned the act of Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor, youth leader Hardik Patel and Independent legislator Jignesh Mevaniinconducting a ‘raid’ on the house of a woman at Adivada village in Gandhinagar, and claiming to have recovered two pouches of countrymade liquor from her, calling it irresponsible vigilantism. Based on the complaint of 55-year-old Kanchanba Makwana, a widow and mother of four, who accused the three youthleadersandthe15-20supporters they came with of planting the liquor, police have registered an FIR against them under Sections 452 (house trespass), 504 (intentional insult with intentto provoke breachof peace), 193 (false evidence), and 114 (abetment). Makwana lives barely 200 metres from the office of the district superintendent of police. On July 5, Hardik, Thakor, Mevani and the others had conducted what they called ‘Janata Raid’ at Makwana’s residence, Photo tweeted by Alpesh of ‘raid’, with Mevani, Hardik claiming they were acting on “information” that contrymade liquor was sold there. The trio laterreleasedavideoof the‘raid’, andshowedtwopouchessaying these were “recovered during the raid”. Accusing the three leaders of encouraging “lawlessness”, Gandhinagar Superintendent of PoliceVirendraYadavsaid,“They have no authority to do this. Whatif tomorrowsomeindividual raids these leaders’ residences without authority? Such acts can also lead to incidents of mob lynchings sometimes.” While he admitted there were a couple of cases under the prohibition law against Makwana, the SP said police can’t raid a suspected liquor den CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NHPM: Two BJP states wary, Maharashtra has no funds after loan sop Charged Rs 52 crore in AN EXPRESS INVESTIGATION — PART 3 taxes, IIM-A seeks HRD Lynch mobs acted with impunity Ministry intervention knowing victims lived on margins RITIKA CHOPRA as he put it, both a good part of my professional tenure as a diplomat in Muslim lands and in post-retirement period on minority-related questions,” Ansari says. “The context, presumably, was my reference in (a) Bengaluru speech to what I perceived as ‘enhanced apprehension of insecurity’ and in (a) TV without following procedures, including“keepingindependent witnesses with them”. Defending their actions, Thakor said, “Under the provisions of the Representation of People Act, elected members of a Legislative Assembly are called Gazetted Officers who are empowered to conduct Janata Raid.” However, he couldn’t recall the “exact section” which said this. Thakor added, “We did not trespass into anybody’s house. One of our men went to buy liquor as a customer and we did CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Mumbai with officials of the Ayushman Bharat secretariat, Maharashtra health minister Deepak Sawant and Chief Secretary D K Jain conveyed to the Centre that the state is not financially capable of expanding its existing health insurance programme to that required for the NHPM. Maharashtra has one of the widest health protection schemes—theMahatmaJyotiba PhuleJanArogyaYojana—which provides insurance cover up to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MUMBAI, JULY 8 THE ENFORCEMENTDirectorate (ED) will move a special court this week for “immediate confiscation” of attached assets valued at over Rs 3,500 crore of diamondjewellersNiravModiand his uncle Mehul Choksi under the recently promulgated Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance. This is the second case under the new ordinance where the agency will approach the court to seek an official declaration to categorisebothModiandChoksi “fugitives”,basedon itsprosecution complaints — chargesheets — filed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Modi and Choksi are wanted by multiple investigating agencies after State-owned Punjab National Bank complained against their companies, saying it had been cheated of Rs 13,600 crore through fraudulent letters of undertaking and foreign letters of credit. Both left India in January, a few weeks before the scam came to light. If the court declares Modi and Choksi fugitives under the new ordinance, their assets in Indiaandabroadwillbeliablefor confiscation and can be sold to meet the creditors’ claims, even before the trial begins. 13 WORLD ED has attached assets worth Rs 1,175 cr of Nirav Modi The Fugitive Economic OffendersOrdinance,whichwas cleared by the Cabinet in April, empowers authorities to attach andconfiscatepropertiesandassets of economic offenders like loan defaulters who flee the country. According to the ordinance, a Fugitive Economic Offender is a person who has an arrest warrant issued in respect of a scheduled offence and who leaves or has left India so as to avoid criminal prosecution, or refuses to return to India to face criminal prosecution. OncetheEDmovesthecourt, Modi and Choksi will be given six weeks to present themselves at “a specified place at a specified time”. If they fail to do so, they will be declared “fugitive economic offenders”. The probe agency has so far attached assets worth Rs 1,175 crore of Modi and Rs 2,400 crore of Choksi in India. This includes movable and immovable assets, diamonds, gold and jewellery. According to the probe agency, the firms of Modi and Choksi have inflated the value of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NAWAZ SHARIF SON-IN-LAW HELD ON CORRUPTION CHARGES
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