TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE 10 BJP frames 2019 battle: Our New POLL STRATEGY IN POLITICAL RESOLUTION India vs their ‘Modi roko abhiyan’ Rajiv killing: Release all convicts, TN to tell Guv ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, SEPTEMBER 9 THE TAMIL Nadu government resolved Sunday to recommend the release of all seven life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case to Governor BanwarilalPurohit underArticle 161 of the Constitution. All the seven convicts have served over 27 years in prison. “TheGovernor,whoistheexecutive authority of the state, will execute the decision taken by the government,” D Jayakumar, State Fisheries Minister, told reporters after a Cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister E K Palaniswami. The decision, which was taken following a recent Supreme Court order asking authorities to decide on a writ petition filed by one of the seven convicts, A G Perarivalan, was welcomed by the Opposition DMK and the AIADMK’s breakaway TTV Dhinakaran faction. Perarivalan’s mother Arputhammal met the Chief Minister to thank the government for the recommendation, whichisbeingseenasaboostfor the ruling AIADMK. In September 2017, Palaniswami had granted one-month parole for Perarivalan and extended it by another month. Last Thursday, noting that an application under Article 161 had been filed before the Governor by Perarivalan, the Supreme Court had said: “Naturally, the authority concerned will be at liberty to decide the said application as deemed fit.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 Opposition is in despair, it lacks policy, leadership and strategy, says Rajnath Singh PM targets Cong: ‘Failed in govt, failed in Opposition’ LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 9 LALMANI VERMA OUTLININGITScampaigntheme for the 2019 general elections, the BJP’s two-day national executive concluded Sunday with a political resolution on ‘New India’ that praised the government’s achievements under Prime Minister Narendra Modi as much as it slammed the Opposition for its lack of “leadership, policy and strategy”. Much like in 1971, when Indira Gandhi countered the Opposition’s slogan of “Indira Hatao” with “Garibi Hatao”, the BJP’s resolution said the Oppositionwasrunninga“Modi roko abhiyan” (Stop Modi campaign) while the government wascommittedtoa“newIndia”, free of poverty, corruption, casteism,terrorismandcommunalism, by 2022. IN A scathing attack on Opposition parties, particularly the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday that thosewho“wereafailureingovernment” have “also failed as Opposition”. AddressingtheBJP’snational executive,thePrimeMinistertargeted the “grand alliance” of the Opposition, saying that those whohavenopoliticalorideological understanding, who cannot eventolerateeachother,areembracing each other. “That is the biggestindicationofoursuccess... because people have accepted our party, leadership and programmes,” Union Minister and seniorpartyleaderRaviShankar Prasad quoted Modi as saying. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 9 Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj after the BJP national executive meet in Delhi Sunday. Prem Nath Pandey ‘INDIA WON’T SHELTER INFILTRATORS’ PAGE 7 ...Meanwhile, ED tells Nirav Modi routed scam cash to US firm, Interpol to desist from says court examiner... leaking info to Choksi KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 9 AN EXAMINER appointed by a bankruptcy court in the United States has found that fugitive diamond jeweller Nirav Modi’s firm A Jaffe Inc, along with a “shadow entity” controlled by his sister Purvi Modi Mehta and a British Virgin Islands firm linkedtohisfatherDeepakModi, allegedly routed at least Rs 576 crore obtained fraudulently through Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) in India to Delaware firm Twin Fields Investments Ltd, via DEEPTIMAN TIWARY Under probe for Rs 13,500 crore scam layers of shell companies. Nirav Modi and his maternal uncleMehulChoksiarebeinginvestigated byIndian agencies afterstate-ownedPunjabNational Bank (PNB) complained against their companies, saying it had been cheated of Rs 13,600 crore through fraudulent LoUs and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Research crosses boundaries at IIT-Delhi, touches new horizons TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org SHRADHA CHETTRI NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 9 SHASHANK SHEKHAR, 39, did his MBA from IIT-Delhi, and is now a PhD candidate at the institute, working to build a revenue model for bioinformatics research and development. One of his three supervisors is from theDepartmentof Management Studies; the second is a professor at the Department of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Collaboration Over Competition’ is a motto of interdisciplinary initiative. Archive Chemistry who also has responsibilities as a coordinator at the Centre of Excellence for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; the third is from the School of Biological Sciences. Thisunusualresearchcollaboration has been made possible through the School of InterdisciplinaryResearch(SIRe) which was set up at IIT-D last October. Its twin mottos are “Collaboration over Competition” and “Breaking Departmental Barriers”, and it’s an effort by IIT-D to bring about fundamentalchangeintheways inwhichacademicresearchhappens in India. “The basic objective of this schoolistoactivelyencourageresearchersandstudentstostretch theirboundariesandcollaborate with people from other disciplines to help bring broader perspectives and new ideas to research problems,” Dr Arunachalam Ramanan, professorof chemistryandchairperson CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 9 THEENFORCEMENT Directorate (ED), whose request for an Interpol Red Notice (RN) against Mehul Choksi has been pending formonths,hasnowaccusedthe international agency of leaking information to the key accused in the Rs 13,600 crore PNB scam. In a communication sent last week, the ED asked Interpol to desist from providing informationabouttheED’sRNrequestto Choksi. The ED has said this because the Interpol’s queries 18 SPORT Believed to be in Antigua and Barbuda against its request are based on objections raised by the fugitive jeweller. “The fact that Choksi’s objections to our request for a Red Notice against him are pinpointed, only means that he has all the details of our request,” an ED official said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Man held in HDFC Bank V-P’s murder Siddharth Sanghvi SAGAR RAJPUT MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 9 SERENA CALLS UMPIRE A LIAR AND A THIEF, ALLEGES SEXISM FOUR DAYS after a senior HDFC Bank executive went missing, Mumbai Police detained a 20year-oldmaninconnectionwith the murder. According to investigators, the detained man, a driver from Navi Mumbai’s Koperkhairaine identifiedasSarfarazShaikh,has given the names of three men who he has claimed stabbed CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR THIS 9-YR-OLD INDIAN GOT UK TO TWEAK VISA NORMS, SAYS NEXT GOAL IS GRANDMASTER TAG EXPRESSINENGLAND SRIRAM VEERA LONDON, SEPTEMBER 9 “MAGNUS CARLSEN is a bit boring. Too positional... not attacking enough for me. He has the patiencetowin out in the end, of course. Once I saw him flip the King and look into it as if something was there inside. Who does that?” It’s the nine-year-old chess prodigy Shreyas Royal chirping away about the worldchampion in a Southeast London accent at his home in Woolwich. He is English in manyways:Lovesfish and chips, “mein achha hoon” to grandmaonSkypeisaboutallhe knows in Hindi, likes food nonspicy,lovesthelocalarchitecture. No wonder, his parents were desperate to continue in the UK. Born in Bengaluru, Shreyas has lived in London since he was three. But with his father’s work visa due to expire in September, he was to return to India. But then, the chess fraternity pulled together,themediagotinvolved, Jitender Singh and Anju with son Shreyas. Sriram Veera UK’s politicians urged the Home Office to ensure that an “exceptional talent” wasn’t lost. Last month,when the family had begun to pack, they got the news — they could stay. UK Home Secretary Sajid Javidsaidhetooka“personaldecision” as Shreyas is “one of the most gifted chess players in his generation and we have always been clear we want a worldclass immigration system that welcomes highly-talented individuals from across the globe”. Shreyas is currently ranked fourth in his age group globally. Shreyas’s father Jitender Singh can now apply for Tier-2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THEEDITORIAL PAGE Muslims and the courts BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT & GILLES VERNIERS No RBI clean chit yet to ICICI Bank, says still ‘engaged’, probe is ongoing YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION GEORGE MATHEW MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 9 THE RBI has indicated that it has not yet given a clean chit to ICICI Bank, and its MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar, on the issue of conflict of interest, quid pro quo andcorporate governanceviolations while extending loans. Responding to a query from The Indian Express under the RightToInformation(RTI)Acton the action taken against ICICI Bank and Chanda Kochhar, the central bank said: “RBI is engaged with ICICI Bank in the matter and investigations by external agencies in the matter have not attained finality. As such, the disclosure at this stage of information sought is likely to harm the competitive position of thebankandmayalsoimpede the process of investigation.” Chanda Kochhar is on leave pendinganindependentinvestigation by retired Supreme Court judge,JusticeBNSrikrishna,into various allegations against her and the bank. On March 29, The Indian Express reported that Videocon promoterVenugopalDhootprovided a loan of Rs 64 crore to NuPower Renewables Pvt Ltd (NRPL),afirmhehadsetupwith Chanda Kochhar’s husband and tworelativessixmonthsafterthe businessgroupgotRs3,250crore as loan from ICICI Bank in 2012. Dhoot transferred proprietorship of the company to a trust owned by Deepak Kochhar TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICIBank-Videocon-DeepakKochhar MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar is on leave. Archive for Rs 9 lakh, six months after he received the loan from ICICI Bank. The Videocon account was declared an NPA or a bad loan in 2017. Thebank’sboardhadinitially backed Chanda Kocchar. However, on May 30, while instituting an enquiry into a new complaint against her, the board said the probe will be headed by an “independent and credible person” and would be “comprehensive”. Market regulator SEBI, which had issued showcause notices to ICICI Bank and Chanda Kochhar, received replies from both recently. Kochhar and the bank statedthattheywerenotawareof therelationshipbetweenChanda Kochhar’s husband Deepak KochharandtheVideocongroup. Sebiislikelytobeginadjudication proceedings soon. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 5 killed while cleaning tank in basement of West Delhi DLF complex ALOK SINGH & SOURAV ROY BARMAN NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 9 FIVE MEN, aged between 18 and 30 years, died Sunday evening after inhaling poisonous gas while cleaning a sewage tank at a residential complex in West Delhi, police said. According to police, the incident occurred at the P tower of DLF Capital Greens residential complex in the Moti Nagar area, where the five were engaged in cleaningthetankthatwasabout 30 feet deep and located in the basement. Police said it appeared that themenwerenotwearingsafety equipment. Witnesses at the spot alleged that the facilities management firm engaged by the complex had “forced” workers employed for housekeeping to do other jobs at the site, including the cleaning of tanks. In a statement, DLF said the services at the complex were maintained by JLL. Representatives of JLL did not respond to requests for comment. DCP (West) Monika Bhardwaj told The Indian Express that acase has been registered and investigations are on. The residential complex includes four sections, of which Phase 1 and Phase 2 are occupied while Phase 3 and Phase 4 are under construction. The incident occurred in Phase 2 of the complex, police said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY
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