LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE RSS CHIEF BHAGWAT SAYS 15 WORLD ‘If Muslims are unwanted, then there is no Hindutva’ KAVANAUGH, ACCUSER TO APPEAR BEFORE SENATE PANEL Invoking Sir Syed, Bhagwat nuances Sangh stand on calling Indian as Hindu LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18 KIM SAYS TRUMP MEET STABILISED REGION, THANKS MOON FOR HELP Navsari teacher arrested from classroom for missing poll duty, warrants out for 2 more KAMAAL SAIYED SURAT, SEPTEMBER 18 A TEACHER was arrested while she was teaching a class full of students and the local police were stopped from arresting two others by the local MLA in Gandevi taluka ofGujarat’s Navsari district on Monday after the mamlatdar (chief officer of the taluka) issued a warrant for the trio’s arrest for missing electoral roll revision work assigned to them. The roll revision drive is taken up by the Election Commission of India for next year’s General Election, and Gandevi taluka’s mamlatdar S D Chaudhary asked the police on Monday to pick up the three teachers and present them at his office on Tuesday. Government school teachers have been appointed booth-level officers (BLOs) in the electoral roll revision drive, and Navsari district administration had asked all BLOs on Sunday to verify and correct them. Three BLOs - all teachers at village primary schools - had failed to turn up when the exercise was carried out in Gandevi on Monday: Manisha Raman Patel ofUndach village primary school, Nidhi Bharat Patel (Antaliya), and Geeta Arun Patel (Gadat). Calling it a “humiliation by the mamlatdar”, Geeta Patel, 50, said, “I am teaching for the last 20 years at Undach village. I was given election work at Salej village, which is far. I had earlier requested the mamlatdar to give election-related work in Undach. We are not against work but one should think before assigning such responsibility. We are upset that they sent a police team to our workplace to arrest us.” RECALLING THE words of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the founder ofMuhammadan Anglo-Oriental College which became the Aligarh Muslim University, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat Tuesday nuanced the Sangh line of every Indian being a Hindu, saying “Hindu Rashtra does not mean it has no place for Muslims. The day it is said that Muslims are unwanted here, the concept of Hindutva will cease to exist”. Speaking on the second day of a three-day RSS lecture series event in New Delhi, Bhagwat said he will “respect” the sentiments of those who wish to be called “Bharatiya” and not Hindu. He recalled Syed Ahmad Khan’s speech at a function organised by the Arya Samaj community to felicitate him for becoming “the first Muslim barrister”. He said Khan told the gathering “Mujhe bada dukh hua ki aapne humko apne me nahin shumaar kiya... kya hum Bharat Mata ke putra nahin hain?... arre itihaas mein badal gayi hamari puja ki padyati, aur kya badla hai? BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CAPITAL PROTEST Police try to detain a woman Congress worker during the party’s ‘Assembly gherao rally’ over farm loan waiver, in Gandhinagar Tuesday. Over 500 party workers were detained. PTI PAGE 3 BULLET TRAIN PROJECT 1,000 Gujarat farmers give ‘no consent’ affidavits in High Court EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE GANDHINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 18 (I am very upset that you did not consider me one of your own. Am I not a son of Mother India? Nothing has changed except our ways of worship).” Bhagwat said that this was the sentiment among people of undivided India until 1881 before it disappeared over time. “Usko wapas lana padega... usko aap, hum jaisa kehte hain usko, Hindu mat kaho... aap usko Bharatiya kaho... hum aap ke kehne ka samman karte hain (We need to return that. If you do not want to call that Hindu, as we do, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AS MANY as 1,000 farmers affected by the proposed Ahmedabad-Mumbai Bullet Train project submitted affidavits before Gujarat High Court on Tuesday, raising objections to it, and negating the Gujarat government’s claim that most farmers in the state are ready to give up their land for the project. A Division Bench of the High Court, comprising Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi, is hearing five petitions challenging the land acquisition process for the high-pro- Chanda Kochhar case: ICICI Bank looks to settle with SEBI ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 18 ICICI BANK is in talks with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) to settle alleged regulatory lapses involving its managing director and chief executive officer Chanda Kochhar, Videocon group and NuPower Renewables, a company run by Chanda Kochhar’s husband Deepak Kochhar, through the consent mechanism, chairman of the capital market regulator Ajay Tyagi said on Tuesday. Under the consent settlement process, an entity facing a probe by Sebi is subjected to certain fees and restrictions with- 12 EXPLAINED Sebi issued notices to ICICI Bank, Kochhar on May 24 TANGLE OF TRANSACTIONS ICICI Bank-Videocon-Deepak Kochhar out admission or denial of alleged irregularities and the reg- ulator thereafter drops its charges and investigations with a caveat that all disclosures made to it are correct. Tyagi said the regulator has received the reply of the bank to its show-cause notice with respect to a probe into alleged lapses in disclosure norms by Kochhar under the securities law. An ICICI Bank spokesperson said, “We have submitted our response to the show-cause notice issued by SEBI. We would like to clarify that we have not filed any application for settlement.” Sebi had issued the notices to ICICI Bank and Chanda Kochhar on May 24, 2018 under Rule 4(1) of SCR (Procedure for Holding CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 file project. In its affidavit against the petitions, the Gujarat government has stated that “much larger proportion of landowners whose lands are proposed to be acquired (for the Bullet Train project), have offered their lands by consent.” Appearing for the petitioners, advocate Anand Yagnik said, “The Gujarat government is presenting a case before the court that many farmers are ready to give up their land with consent, which is incorrect. And to negate its claim, today, 1,000 farmers who are going to be affected by the project have submitted their affidavits while opposing acquisition of their land for the project.” In the affidavits, the farmers have stated that their land parcels are being acquired without their consent and without any rehabilitation or resettlement package. They said that the acquisition is being done by the Gujarat government by amending a central law that has done away with the mandatory provisions of conducting social impact assessment and consent of the affected families. They have also stated that the acquisition process is being done completely in violation of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is the major sponsor of the project. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 VVIP chopper deal: UAE court orders extradition of accused Christian Michel DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18 A COURT in the UAE Tuesday ordered the extradition of Christian Michel, a key accused in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP choppers deal case, it is learnt. The order was issued based on extradition requests sent by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED), probing the alleged kickbacks paid to swing the deal to buy 12 VVIP choppers in favour of AgustaWestland. “An order has come. It is in Arabic. But it seems it (extradition) has been done,” a senior KICKBACKS IN VVIP CHOPPER DEAL agency official said, requesting anonymity. Requests were sent to the UAE, where Michel has been staying, last year. Michel has the option of appeal and may not be extradited immediately, sources said. Michel was arrested last year CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LIC stays invested in zero-revenue, loss making companies as mutual funds exit In 7 years, its Rs 3,800 cr down to Rs 780 cr; loss incurred is in 25 of 45 firms SANDEEP SINGH & SUNNY VERMA CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18 GUJARAT Why 3 banks are being merged ● VAGHELA’S FLIP-FLOP: WANT NON-BJP PM IN 2019, PAGE 4 THE GOVERNMENT has cleared Life Insurance Corporation of India’s controversial move to take over 51% of troubled IDBI Bank — whose top management was arrested for alleged corruption. The state-owned insurer is now facing a fresh challenge as IL&FS, where it is the single largest stakeholder with 25.34 per cent stake, has defaulted on debt payments and is now desperate to secure a bailout from key stakeholders including LIC. However, beyond these two issues, LIC may have some more explaining to do. It is the country’s biggest equity investor with cumulative investments that equal the entire equity corpus of India’s mutual fund industry. Yet, of its equity portfolio of 329 companies where LIC holds over 1 per cent as of March 2018, at least 45 companies — or one of eight — have either not reported any revenue or have posted losses in the last three consecutive years, an analysis by The Indian Expresshas revealed. Despite this, LIC has remained invested in these companies. The analysis is based on data sourced from Prime Database and Bombay Stock Exchange. That’s not all. Most of these companies have a market capitalisation of less than Rs 100 crore. Significantly, while LIC continues to hold over 1 per cent in these companies, top mutual funds have, over the last eight years, exited almost fully from CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UK red-flagged Mallya’s £17.8-mn Swiss bank transfer It was this that led to bankers moving to freeze his assets in UK; now order out to search and seize his properties RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18 IN NOVEMBER 2015, the CBI, as reported by The Indian Express Tuesday, put on record that Vijay Mallya should not be detained when he arrived in Delhi from London; four months later his bankers reportedly didn’t act on the legal advice they got to restrain him when he flew back to London. It was British authorities in London, a year later, who redflagged a 17.86-million pound (Rs 170 crore) transfer Mallya made to a bank in Switzerland. 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE UK unit raised alert in June 2017 Sources have told The Indian Express that it was this alert by UK Financial Intelligence Unit (UKFIU), on June 28, 2017, that was communicated to Indian investigating agencies and triggered the move for Mallya’s 13 lending banks to form a consortium and jointly move towards freezing of his assets in the UK. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A new form of corruption BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan are guests at Adda today EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 18 THEY COME from different spaces — one is from the industry, and the other an outsider — but what’s common to both is their willingness to experiment. Actors Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma have been on the frontier of a new movement in Hindi cinema, exploring fresh ideas and narratives, straddling the mainstream and the offbeat. On Wednesday, Sharma and Dhawan will be the guests at the Express Adda in Mumbai. The Express Adda is a series of informal interactions organised by The Indian Express Group and features those at the centre of change. Sharma, who comes from an Army family and was a model before she joined films, made a splash with her vivacious turn opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Aditya Chopra’s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008). She followed it up with her successful act as a Delhi wedding planner in Band Baaja Baaraat(2010), whose critical and Exploring ideas, narratives commercial success consolidated her position in the industry. Since then, she has delivered impressive performances in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR ‘WE DREAMT OF BRINGING UP OUR CHILD WITHOUT CASTE PREJUDICES’ SREENIVAS JANYALA MIRYALAGUDA (TELANGANA), SEPTEMBER 18 AMRUTHA VARSHINI and P Pranay Kumar had exchanged wedding vows on WhatsApp. They wanted to start a small farm with a polyhouse and Pranay, a Dalit, and Amrutha, who belongs to an upper caste, dreamed of bringing up their child without caste prejudices. That dream is all that’s left for Amrutha now. On September 14, the couple was returning home after a prenatal checkup when an assailant hacked Pranay to death outside the hospital in Miryalaguda town of Telangana’s Nalgonda district. Her father, T Maruthi Rao, who allegedly hired contract killers for Rs 1 crore, and six others have been arrested for the murder. Amrutha said that Pranay always talked of a society in which caste did not determine who can fall in love or who can marry whom. “We dreamt of bringing up our child without caste attached. I will fight for that kind of a society on behalf of Pranay. Pranay’s gift to me is growing inside me. I am even Pranay and Amrutha got married in January more determined to raise my child as a crusader against caste prejudices,” she said. According to the police, Rao was unable to accept that his only daughter had married a Dalit and was also expecting a child. Police sources said that Rao contacted a gang led by Asghar Ali, who was acquitted in the Haren Pandya murder case in Gujarat, to kill his daughter’s husband. At Pranay’s home in Mutthireddykunta in Miryalaguda Tuesday, Amrutha is still in shock. Her father-in-law, P Balaswami, requests people to give her a break for a few minutes. “I want to give her some breakfast. Her blood pressure is high and the doctor has advised complete bed rest for the safety of her and the baby,” he said. “We exchanged our vows on WhatsApp while I was in one room and Pranay was in the other, two days before our recep- tion. It was to give ourselves the feeling of being apart while we were typing out our commitment to each other for life. In truth, we couldn’t bear to be away from each other even for a few moments,” she said. She remembers that he pampered her all the time and took care of her as he would a child. “I am just 21, he was 24... We haven’t experienced anything in this world except unflinching love for each other. A beautiful life has been cut short brutally,” she said. On Tuesday, activists and members of SC and ST organisa- tions visited Pranay’s house demanding justice for the couple. Amrutha has also started a Facebook page to campaign for justice and fight against caste prejudices. According to Balaswami, Amrutha wants to live with them. “She is very scared of her parents. She will live here only and we will take care of her and the baby, which is due in four months,” he said. He said he knew how strongly a forwardclass family would oppose their lone daughter marrying a Dalit man. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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