TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 14 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● 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 Sajjad Lone’s People’s ConferenceandPDPrebels,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 If declared fugitive, their assets can be sold to meet claims even before trial Srinagar was under strike Sunday over Burhan death anniversary. Shuaib Masoodi going into the 2019 general elections.Itwasinpowerforthefirst time in the state as part of the coalition with the PDP, which collapsed recently. SourcessaidthatthePeople’s Conference, which has two MLAs in the J&K Assembly, has opened channels with 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 northern Kashmir, this group is banking on the fact that a large number of disgruntled MLAs in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FOUR RESCUED, EIGHT TO GO NEW DELHI, JULY 8 EXPRESS NETWORK ● IPS OFFICER’S BROTHER AMONG HIZB RECRUITS, PAGE 4 AT A time when the Centre has cleared the decks for the maiden BankofChinabranchinIndia,the Ministry of Home Affairs has raisedobjectionstoaproposalby the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) to open a secondbranchinIndia,itislearnt. 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 MUMBAI, JULY 8 Relatives and friends pray for the schoolboys and soccer coach trapped inside a cave in north Thailand. Reuters REPORT P6 Ansari responds to farewell barb: PM’s comment departure from 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, not- Home Ministry flags Chinese bank eyeing second branch in India SUNNY VERMA KHUSHBOO NARAYAN 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. TheMHA,itislearnt,hasconveyed that only 3-4 Chinese ing 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 remarksatafarewelleventheldfor him, almost a year ago. “The Prime Minister participated in this and while being fulsome in his complements also hinted at whatheperceivedtobeacertain inclination in my approach on account of my having spent, as he put it, both a good part of my professional tenure as a diplomatinMuslimlandsandinpostretirement period on minorityrelated questions,” Ansari says. 8 Charged Rs 52 crore in taxes, IIM-A seeks HRD Ministry intervention THE EDITORIAL PAGE A judicial coup By HUSAIN HAQQANI BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RITIKA CHOPRA 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, wrotetotheministryonJanuary 31 drawing its attention to the Principal Commissioner of CentralGST(AhmedabadSouth) “The context, presumably, was my reference in (a) Bengaluru speech to what I perceived as ‘enhanced apprehension of insecurity’ and in (a) TV interview to ‘a sense of unease creepingin’amongMuslimsand some other religious minorities. The subsequent furore by the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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. THEENFORCEMENTDirectorate (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”,basedonitsprosecution 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Thakor says MLAs can AN EXPRESS INVESTIGATION — PART 3 do ‘Janata Raids’, police Most lynching victims lived on margins, mobs feared no action warn of vigilantism PARIMAL DABHI 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 GANDHINAGAR, JULY 8 THE GUJARAT Police have questioned the act of Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor, youth leader Hardik Patel and Independent legislatorJigneshMevaniinconducting ‘raid’ on the house of a woman in Adivada village in Gandhinagar, and claiming to have recovered two pouches of “illegal countrymade liquor” from her, calling it irresponsible vigilantism. Basedonthecomplaintof55year-oldKanchanbaMakwana,a widow and mother of four, who accused the three youth leaders and the 15-20 supporters they camewithof plantingtheliquor, police have registered an FIR againstthemunderSections452 A photo tweeted by Alpesh Thakor of ‘seized liquor’ (housetrespass),504(intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 193 (false evidence), and 114 (abetment). Makwana lives barely 200 metresfromtheofficeof thedistrict superintendent of police. On July 5, Hardik, Alpesh, Jignesh and the others had CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 COLLEGE ‘EXTORTION’ RACKET: MAMATA SACKS STUDENT WING HEAD, POSTS POLICE ON CAMPUS RAVIK BHATTACHARYA & SWEETY KUMARI KOLKATA, JULY 8 CHIEF Minister Mamata Banerjee paid a surprise visit to Calcutta University on July 6 and hasremovedthepresidentof her student’s wing; Education Minister Partha Chatterjee and Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar have been doing the rounds of educational institutions; while West Bengal Higher Education Department has changed admission procedures, amidst a growing contro- versy over an extortion racket targeting students seeking to make it to West Bengal colleges, that has so far seen six arrests. Police estimate this to be just the tip of the iceberg, saying student unions, including those affiliated to political parties, have been charging Rs 10,000 to Rs 1 lakh from students. Admissions started in West Bengal colleges, including CalcuttaUniversity, West Bengal State University, University of NorthBengalandothers,onJune 22. On July 3, the Kolkata Police directedallcollegeauthoritiesto ban the entry of student union Police outside colleges in Kolkata. Express File membersandleadersatthetime of admission. It has also posted men in uniform at around 20 government colleges in the city, set up a special team to investigate, and said complaints could be directed to a special number or made over WhatsApp (where the identity of the complainant student or guardian would be kept a secret). The Higher Education Department has also asked college authorities to admit students on merit and go for verificationandcounsellingonlyafter classes start. This is to prevent CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur 6 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 76 KILLED IN LANDSLIDES, FLOODS AS RAINS LASH SOUTHERN JAPAN
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