TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA Paytm chief’s ex-secy among 3 held for data theft, blackmail: Police MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL & AMIL BHATNAGAR NOIDA, OCTOBER 22 TWOPAYTMemployees,including a vice-president who earlier served as secretary of the company’s founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma, were among three people arrested by Noida police on Monday for allegedly trying to extort Rs 10 crore from him by threatening to leak his stolen personal data and confidential informationaboutthecompany. According to officers, Vijay’s elder brother Ajay Shekhar Sharma had already paid the accused Rs 69 lakh through two transactions (Rs 67 lakh and Rs 2 lakh), after he first received a call on September 20. A fourth accused, who is believed to have made the calls, is on the run, police said. The three arrested accused were identified as Sonia Dhawan, who started as Vijay’s secretary and is currently vicepresident, corporate communications/PR; her husband Rupak Jain; and Devendra Kumar, an employee with Paytm’s administration department. “A case was filed against them on Monday morning by Ajay,allegingpersonaldatatheft and extortion. Another accused is still at large and a hunt is on to nab him. We are trying to ascertain the nature of data leaked,” SSP (Gautam Budh Nagar) Ajay PalSharmasaid.Accordingtothe FIR, Ajay’s complaint was filed at 11.52 am. While a probe is on to ascertain the nature of the information the accused possessed, an officer said it comprised the inner workings of the company as well as personal information about its founder. According to police, Ajay named four accused in his complaint. The absconding accused, Kolkata resident Rohit Chomal, allegedly made the extortion calls from his phone, police said. “Rohit made the first call to Ajay on September 20, and then a WhatsApp call to his brother CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE NO. 1 VERSUS NO. 2: ASTHANA TEAM MEMBER ARRESTED CBI goes after CBI For fairness sake, share Asthana letter with us: CBI writes to CVC Dy SP probing Moin Qureshi case held for ‘falsification of records’ SUSHANT SINGH & DEEPTIMAN TIWARY SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 22 THEONGOINGwarbetweenCBI Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana has escalated with the agency searching its own premises in New Delhi and placing under arrestitsDeputySuperintendent of Police, Devender Kumar, for “falsification of records” in connection with bribery allegations involving Asthana. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Verma Sunday evening to discuss the case. He also separately met R&AW chief Anil Dhasmana the same evening since Samant Kumar Goel, Special Secretary of R&AW, has been named in the FIR, although he is not an accused in the case. Devender Kumar, who was Investigating Officer in the Moin Qureshi case as part of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Asthana, was arrested around 2 pm Monday. The CBI had earlier searchedKumar’sofficeintheCBI building Friday. Kumar was the accusedNumber2intheFIRfiled byCBIlastTuesdaywhichnamed Asthana as accused Number 1. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 22 Outside the CBI headquarters in New Delhi on Monday. Abhinav Saha Probing Asthana daughter’s wedding in Vadodara, CBI gets replies from 4 hotels DEEPTIMAN TIWARY & AISHWARYA MOHANTY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, VADODARA, OCTOBER 22 INVESTIGATING THE 2016 weddingof thedaughterof itsSpecial Director Rakesh Asthana in Vadodara, the agency has questioned close to a dozen people andreceivedrepliesfromatleast four hotels on expenses made and facilities provided. Aperusalof theserepliesand CBI documents shows that several venues were availed by the Asthana family on “complimentary” basis. However, catering BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Verma (seated), Asthana have been at loggerheads and other services at the venues were paid for in cheques or HOSHIARPUR, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, OCTOBER 22 A WITNESS in the rape case filed by a nun against Bishop Franco Mulakkalof theJalandhar-based Missionaries of Jesus was found dead Monday at a school complex in the Dasuya sub-division Fr Kattuthara (left) had deposed against Mulakkal of Punjab’s Hoshiarpur district, police said. Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, 62,wasfoundunconsciousinhis roomataround9amandrushed to the civil hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival, police said. Hoshiarpur SSP J Elanchezhian said that “preliminary investigations suggest it was a natural death”. But the priest’s brother and supporters of the nun demanded a probe while CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 claiming that Kattuthara had faced threats to his life for his involvement in the rape case. Kattutharawasaprosecution witness for Kerala Police in the case and had told investigators that he was aware of various complaints against Bishop Mulakkal. Mulakkal, who was arrested in the case, returned to Jalandhar last week after being released on bail. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Number of individual taxpayers with over Rs 1 cr income up 68% in 3 years ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 22 A SHARP rise in the number of Income-Tax returns filed and an increase in the number of taxpayers have widened and deepened the tax base during the last three assessment years, which in turn has seen the direct taxGDP ratio touch a decadal high of almost 6 per cent. Legislative and administrative measures, combined with enforcement efforts by the Tax Department to check tax evasion, have meant that the average tax paid by corporates has jumped 55 per cent to Rs 49.95 lakh in 2016-17 compared with Rs 32.28 lakh in 2013-14. In the case of individuals, the average tax paid has increased by 26 per cent to Rs 58,576 in ● TWO SYMBIOSIS FACULTY MEMBERS SUSPENDED OVER SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THEM CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Top Maoist leaders concerned about evidence seized from activists, claims Pune police PUNE, OCTOBER 22 NEWSLINE 2016-17 from Rs 46,377 in 201314, according to data released Monday by the Central Board of Direct Taxes. The Tax Department data also show better compliance among salaried taxpayers vis-àvis non-salaried taxpayers. During the three-year period (2013-14 to 2016-17), the number of salaried taxpayers increasedfrom1.70croretoto2.33 crore, a growth of 37 per cent. The average income declared by salaried taxpayers rose by 19 per cent to Rs 6.84 lakh from Rs 5.76 lakh during the same period. The number of non-salaried individualtaxpayersgrew19per centto2.33crorefrom1.95crore and the average non-salary income declared increased by 27 per cent to Rs 5.23 lakh in 201617 from Rs 4.11 lakh in 2013-14. ELGAAR PARISHAD CASE CHANDAN HAYGUNDE through credit cards. Witness in nun rape case found dead ANJU AGNIHOTRI CHABA & SHAJU PHILIP THE CENTRAL Vigilance Commission (CVC) finds itself at the centre of the row in the CBI between Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana,afteritdeclinedtoshare details of Asthana’s complaint with the investigation agency. The Indian Express has learnt thatquestionswereraisedbyCBI inanofficiallettertotheCVCearlier this month as the CVC “declined to share the complaint or details” of the complaint made by Asthana “against CBI officers investigating his cases” Govt measures, I-T efforts raise tax-GDP ratio to 10-year high IN AN attempt to bolster its case against the activists arrested for theirallegedlinkswithabanned Maoist organisation, the Pune policeonMondayproducedtwo freshpiecesof “emailcommunication” in a local court, and claimed that the top leadership of the CPI-Maoist was rattled with its investigation. Government lawyer Ujjwala Pawar submitted two emails, allegedly exchanged between GanapathyaliasChandrashekhar, the top commander of CPIMaoist, and P Varavara Rao, a Hyderabad-based activist, after thePunepolicehadcarriedoutits first round of multiple city raids and arrested five activists in June this year. Pawar said Ganapathy had sent an email to Varavara Rao a few weeks later, on July 4, in which he had stated that “CC (which she claimed stood for Central Committee of the banned organisation) is deeply concerned about the recent arrests from DL and MH (which she said meant Delhi and Maharashtra)”. Pawar read out some lines from the email and claimed that the conversation showed that the banned outfit was “concerned” with the fact that the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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