LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TO MOVE COURT THIS WEEK CM post in way as BJP holds talks with PDP rebels, Lone for J&K govt ED set to use new ordinance to seize Nirav, Choksi assets SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, JULY 8 DETAILS HAVE emerged of negotiations for formation of a new 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. Sources said the BJP is willing 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 PDP rebel camp, who held meetings with BJP leaders in Delhi last week, said they were not willing to concede. “At some point in the 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 other side is batting for Lone, 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 elections. It was in power for the first If declared fugitive, their assets can be sold to meet claims even before trial KHUSHBOO NARAYAN Srinagar Saturday, on Burhan death anniversary. Shuaib Masoodi PAGE 9 MEHBOOBA MEETS PARTY LEADERS PAGE 8 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 Kashmiri 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 have been trapped since June 23. On Sunday evening, 4 boys were brought out. The others have 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 of India Hamid Ansari has responded for the first time to comments made 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 practice 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 Talks about PM remarks in his book. “His army of supporters feasted on it” inclination in my approach on account of my having spent, as he put it, both a good part of my professional tenure as a diplomat in Muslim lands and in postretirement period on minorityrelated 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AN EXPRESS INVESTIGATION — PART 3 Home Ministry flags Most lynching victims lived on Chinese bank eyeing second branch in India margins, mobs feared no action SUNNY VERMA NEW DELHI, JULY 8 3 GUJARAT HARDIK TO SIT ON FAST FROM AUG 25 IN ‘LAST FIGHT’ FOR QUOTA 4 HARDLOOK AT A time when the Centre has cleared the decks for the maiden Bank ofChina branch in India, the Ministry of Home Affairs has raised objections to a proposal by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) to open a second branch in India, it is learnt. Sources said the MHA has voiced concerns that ICBC — the world’s largest bank by total assets — has employed more than the authorised number of Chinese nationals at its existing Mumbai branch. While the ICBC Mumbai branch is authorised to employ a total of 3-4 Chinese nationals, 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 applied for a branch licence with the RBI last year. The MHA, it is learnt, has conveyed that only 3-4 Chinese na- tionals working with the ICBC are registered with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO), Mumbai. The other Chinese nationals working in the same bank leave just before completion of six months of their continuous stay in India, to circumvent the process of registration with the Indian authorities, sources said. Foreigners staying in India on visa durations of more than 180 days have to be registered with their respective FRRO. According to sources, the MHA’s is concerned that the issue of more than 3-4 Chinese nationals working at the ICBC branch violates authorisation by the RBI and the Centre, and these extra employees could be involved in undesirable activities in India. Queries sent to the Finance Ministry, RBI and MHA seeking comment on the objections to the ICBC proposal did not elicit any response. Even as the ICBC’s proposal is being examined from the security standpoint, the Finance Ministry has conveyed to the RBI 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” visitor outside a dargah, 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 “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 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 Rs 22,000 crore farm loan waiver has left Maharashtra with no funds to join the NHPM, Rajasthan has cited logistical concerns in implementing the scheme. In a recent meeting in 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 - the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana - which provides insurance cover up to Rs 2 lakh for 2.2 crore of the 2.5 crore families in the state. The dilemma for Maharashtra is that it cannot leave current beneficiaries out of THE ENFORCEMENT Directorate (ED) will move a special court this week for “immediate confiscation” of attached assets valued at over Rs 3,500 crore of diamond jewellers Nirav Modi and 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 categorise both Modi and Choksi “fugitives”, based on its prosecution 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 India and abroad will be liable for confiscation and can be sold to meet the creditors’ claims, even before the trial begins. 10 The Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, which was cleared by the Cabinet in April, empowers authorities to attach and confiscate properties and assets 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. Once the ED moves the court, 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 13 WORLD THE EDITORIAL PAGE The widows of the victims who were lynched in Dhule by a mob who suspected them of being child-lifters. Express were strangers trapped in areas inflamed by rumours, mainly over social media, of child kidnappers on the prowl. Unfortunately, all the victims happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, says Bipin Bihari, Additional Director General of Police (law and order), Maharashtra. Speaking to The Indian Express, the ADGP says, “The fact that most the victims were from the marginalised sections suggests that there probably was no BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY BY HUSAIN HAQQANI ria for inclusion in the NHPM as per data from the socio-economic caste census. “It is as yet unclear how much money the state will require for expansion of the current health insurance scheme there will be a backlash if current beneficiaries are left out. On the other hand, to more than double the entitlement for all of them CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NAWAZ SON-IN-LAW HELD FOR CORRUPTION Charged Rs 52 crore in taxes, IIM-A seeks HRD Ministry intervention NEW DELHI, JULY 8 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 the NHPM if it adopts the Centre’s scheme. On the other hand, to extend Rs 5 lakh health cover to the beneficiaries will mean a huge financial commitment. The present scheme runs on an annual premium of Rs 700 per family. Even if the state implements the NHPM, the Centre will give 60 per cent of the premium for only 83 lakh families in the state that meet the crite- A judicial coup in Pakistan RITIKA CHOPRA NHPM: Two BJP states wary, Maharashtra has no funds HOW GUJARAT’S LAW FOR REGULATING SCHOOL FEES HAS BROUGHT CHAOS ED has attached assets worth Rs 1,175 cr of Nirav Modi MUMBAI, JULY 8 THE INDIAN Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIMA) has sought the intervention of the HRD Ministry after an order passed by revenue authorities demanded that the institute pay Rs 52 crore as service tax. The premier business school, The Indian Express has learnt, wrote to the ministry on January 31 drawing its attention to the Principal Commissioner of Central GST (Ahmedabad South) 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 requested HRD Ministry’s intervention. “We have made a request to HRD Ministry on the 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR ALPESH SAYS MLAS CAN 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 Mevani in conducting 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 youth leaders and the 15-20 supporters they came with of planting the liquor, police have registered an FIR against them under Sections 452 (house trespass), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of 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, Alpesh, Jignesh and the others had conducted what they called ‘Janata Raid’ at Makwana’s residence, claiming they were acting on “information” that contrymade liquor was sold there. The trio later released a video of the ‘raid’, and showed two pouches saying these were “recovered during the raid”. Accusing the three leaders of encouraging “lawlessness”, Gandhinagar Superintendent of Police Virendra Yadav said, “They have no authority to do this. What if tomorrow some individual raids these leaders’ residences without authority? Such acts can also lead to incidents of mob lynchings sometimes.” While he admitted there Photo tweeted by Alpesh of ‘raid’, with Mevani, Hardik were a couple of cases under the prohibition law against Makwana, the SP said police can’t raid a suspected liquor den without following procedures, including “keeping independent 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 didnot enter the house till police arrived. Plus, after the customer got the liquor pouch, we informed police on 100 number that here liquor is being sold illegally.” Defending their action further, he said, “You tell me, can there be a raid after informing?... So, to defame us, should the government support such people? They did not take my FIR and registered an FIR against us... This seems to be sending the message that howsoever big you are, if you try to stop illegal sell of liquor, you will face a false criminal case.” Hardik and Mevani could not be contacted. On Thakor’s claim that they did not enter Makwana’s house till police arrived, the SP said, “Even before police, media had reached there.” They would check videos that had been made of the raid to verify claims of the two sides, he added. Gujarat Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja accused the three leaders of seeking publicity, adding that such CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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