TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 24 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA RAFALE OFFSET: INTERVIEW TO FRENCH WEBSITE Govt denied role but ex-French President Hollande says: Indian Govt proposed Reliance, had no choice MoD: Remarks being verified, neither Govt had a say in commercial decision SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 21 Hollande responded to The Indian Express report FRANCOISHOLLANDE, who was President of France when the deal for 36 Rafale fighter aircraft was signed with India, has said Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence was chosen as the offset partner byDassaultAviationbecausethe Indian government had “proposed” its name. “We didn’t have a say in that. It was the Indian government that proposed this service group (Reliance),andDassaultwhonegotiated with Ambani. We didn’t have a choice, we took the interlocutor who was given to us,” Hollande was quoted by French news website Mediapart.fr on the offset contract. Hollande was responding to TheIndianExpressnewsreportreferred to by Mediapart that Ambani’sRelianceEntertainment had co-produced a French film Toutla-hautwithhispartnerJulie Gayet when India and France were negotiating the Rafale deal, “That’s why, on the other hand, thisgroup(Reliance)didnothave CBI: Central Bureau of Infighting between its Number 1 and 2 Director lists six corruption cases against Special Director who complains against Director to CVC EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 21 ART OF HIS MATTER Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj with The Indian Express Deputy Editor Seema Chishti at the Express Adda in Delhi on Friday. Neeraj Priyadarshi 12 THE EDITORIAL PAGE The Second Coming By PRATAP BHANU MEHTA 9 EXPRESS NETWORK KERALA POLICE ARREST BISHOP ACCUSEDOFRAPING NUNFOR2YEARS BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA A RED initiative appears in today’s edition of The Indian Express. These pages are an initiative of the marketing solutions team of The Indian Express Group and contain content paid for by advertisers. These pages should be read as an advertisement. THE GATHERING war within the CBI, between Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana, came to a head on Friday after the agency said that it was probing Asthana in as many as six cases of alleged corruption. And that Asthana was maligning the Director’s image and trying to “intimidate” officials by sending a “frivolous” complaint to the Central Vigilance Commission against Verma. The six instances against Asthana were placed on record in June as part of the appraisal to give me any thanks for anything.Icouldn’tevenimaginethat there was any connection to a film by Julie Gayet.” TheformerFrenchPresident’s remarks contradict the Indian government’sclaimthatthedeal between Dassault and Reliance was a commercial pact between two private parties and the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 `5 LAKH HEALTH INSURANCE THE ROLLOUT PART 2 INFRASTRUCTURE Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana rolls out Sunday. Express does a ground check PAGE 9 process and communicated to the Directorate of Personnel and Training (DoPT) which comes under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reacting to this, Asthana wrote to the government with a complaintagainstVerma,saying CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FOREIGN MINISTERS WERE TO MEET AT UN Citing Pak terror, India calls off New York meet Govt points to killing, Burhan stamps; Pak says we were hopeful SHUBHAJITROY& NIRUPAMASUBRAMANIAN NEW DELHI, CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 21 AN EXPRESS SERIES Rakesh Asthana (left) and Alok Verma JOURNALISM OF COURAGE A DAY after India accepted Pakistan’s proposal for a meeting between their Foreign Ministers in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly gathering next week, the government Friday cancelled the meeting and said “the evil agenda of Pakistan stands exposed” and the “true face” of Imran Khan, the new Prime Minister of Pakistan, has been “revealed to the world”. RespondingtotheIndianannouncement, Pakistan Minister forInformationandBroadcasting Chaudhary Fawad Hussain CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Family of Firdous Ahmad, who was killed Friday. Shuaib Masoodi J&K cops targeted again, three abducted and killed ADIL AKHZER SHOPIAN, SEPTEMBER 21 THREE JAMMU and Kashmir Police personnel — a constable, a ‘follower’ and a special police officer — were abducted from their homes and shot by militants in Shopian district of South Kashmir on Friday morning. The killings, which came days after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riaz Naikoo warned SPOs to resign or “face death”, triggered some public announcements of purported resignations from the police force on social media. The Union Home Ministry, however,deniedtheresignations, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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