TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Asthana stripped of all responsibilities at CBI, probe against him continues Top law firm withdrew its clean chit to Kochhar: ICICI Bank ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU MUMBAI, OCTOBER 23 THE ICICI Bank Tuesday said one of India’s top law firms recently withdrewitsinvestigativereport of 2016 that had given its former MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar a clean chit. Whilethebankdidnotname the law firm, sources confirmed that the board of ICICI Bank had engaged Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas to investigate allegations of nepotism made by a whistleblower pertaining to loans extended by the bank to the Videocon Group. “There was a media report in 2016 which alleged nepotism and conflict of interest on the partof ChandaKochhar,thethen MD & CEO of ICICI Bank, while sanctioning loans to a corporate group,” the bank said in a stock exchange filing. “Whenfurthermediareports surfaced in March 2018 on the same matter, the board of directors, inter alia, basis the inquiry report of the law firm, issued a statement expressing confidence in Kochhar,” it said. “The law firm submitted its report in December 2016 stating that it had found no evidence of nepotism and conflict of interest on the part of Kochhar and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY MAHARASHTRA ● CM DECLARES 182 TALUKAS DROUGHT PRONE, PAGE 7 ● DON’T THINK MODI WILL BE PM AFTER 2019 POLLS: PAWAR, PAGE 7 ● AFFORDABLE HOUSING: LAGGING BEHIND TARGET, GOVT OFFERS FSI PERKS TO BIGGER HOMES, PAGE 8 Dy SP Devender Kumar is sent to CBI custody for seven days Maintain status quo on Asthana until October 29, HC tells CBI SUSHANT SINGH EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE IN A new twist to the ongoing battle in the CBI between its two top officers, Special Director Rakesh Asthana, booked by the agency in an alleged case of bribery, was stripped of all responsibilities at the agency Tuesday. “The Special Director Shri Rakesh Asthana is divested of all supervisorychargeswithimmediateeffect,”saidtheorderwhich was issued by CBI Tuesday. AsSpecialDirectorandNo.2at the CBI, Asthana was heading a Special Investigation Team (SIT) which was responsible for some high-profile and sensitive cases. TheseincludetheAgustaWestland VVIP helicopter case, the Vijay Mallya case, coal-scam related cases, Robert Vadra case, former AS THE battle between the two top officers of the CBI raged, the Delhi High Court Tuesday directed the agency to maintain “status quo” until October 29 on proceedings against its Special Director Rakesh Asthana who soughtdirectionsfornocoercive steps and quashing of an FIR lodged against him in connection with a case of alleged bribery. “Do not disturb the equilibriumtoday,”JusticeNajmiWaziri said, adding that “the petitioner (Asthana) is before the court now”. Asthana has been at loggerheads with CBI Director Alok Verma, and both have levelled seriouscharges ateach other.On Monday,theCBIarresteditsown NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 23 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 23 CBI Director Alok Verma at the Home Ministry in New Delhi, Tuesday. Tashi Tobgyal Before businessman turned complainant in Asthana FIR, CBI wanted to arrest him RITU SARIN & SREENIVAS JANYALA NEW DELHI, HYDERABAD, OCTOBER 23 DAYSBEFOREtheCBIfiledanFIR against its Special Director Rakesh Asthana and Deputy SP DevenderKumaronacomplaint from Hyderabad businessman Sana Sathish Babu who accused the two officers of seeking a bribe, the agency had in fact backed a proposalto arrest Sana. In a statement to a Delhi magistrate on October 4, Sana alleged that Rs 5 crore had been demanded from him on behalf of Asthana and Kumar — the SRINATH RAO MUMBAI, OCTOBER 23 At the Mumbai event Tuesday. Amit Chakravarty UNIONTEXTILESMinisterSmriti Irani Tuesday weighed in on the ongoing protests in Kerala against the Supreme Court’s verdict allowing women of all age to enter the Sabarimala shrine. In response to a question aboutthegovernment’sstandon the verdict, Irani said, “I am nobodytospeakontheSupreme Court verdict becauseIam acurrent serving Cabinet Minister. But just plain common sense. SC goes for balanced approach: 2-hr window for Diwali crackers Charges fly as war within Goa BJP out in the open EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE TAKING A “balanced approach” to tackle air pollution ahead of Diwali, the Supreme Court Tuesday restricted the use of fireworks during all festivals and events across the country to a window between 8 pm and 10 pm. And while ruling out a complete ban, the Court also imposed stringent conditions on themanufacture andsaleof firecrackers. Applying the “precautionary principle”of environmentallaw, a bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan ordered that onlycrackerswithreducedemission and “green crackers” can be manufacturedandsold.Theywill also have to stick to permissible noise emission standards. FAULTLINES IN the Goa BJP unit widened Tuesday after state BJP president Vinay Tendulkar accused his colleague and former Goa chief minister, Laxmikant Parsekar of hurling abuses at BJP president Amit Shah and CM Manohar Parrikar. On the sidelines of a security conclave in Panaji, Tendulkar, asked about Parsekar’s recent outbursts on a Congress MLA being inducted into the BJP, said:“Avoi-voileanzoodheoxgalli marta ni, hanv nav uchar korit ni hangasor, mhajer ietle. Avoi voilean galli marlea amchea odheox-ak. (One who utters an abuse in the name of the mother... If I say it here, it will NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 23 PANAJI, OCTOBER 23 Outside a closed fireworks shop, Ghaziabad. Abhinav Saha The Court also ordered a complete ban on all other crackers including joined firecrackers (series crackers or laris), which willapplynottojustfestivals,but also marriage ceremonies etc where crackers are used. Crackers already produced, whichdonotfallintheimproved or green category cannot be sold CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 SHIVAJI STATUE Chief of monitoring panel seeks inquiry, says will move breach of privilege motion VISHWAS WAGHMODE MUMBAI, OCTOBER 23 CITING FEARS that the project to build the world’s tallest statue could run into financial and legal hurdles, the chairman of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial Project Implementation, Monitoring and Co-ordination Committee, Vinayak Mete, has written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis asking for a full-fledged inquiry into alleged irregularities in the project. Mete, a legislator in the Upper House of the state legislature and president of Shiv Sangram, a Maratha organisation that has for over two years championed the project to build an equestrian statue of the warrior king in the Arabian Sea off Mumbai’sMarineDrive,hasalso CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 HARYANA HUNTS FOR CALLER WHO TRIED TO EXTORT USING CMO LANDLINE CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 23 SEVEN DAYS ago, a BJP leader from Karnal received a string of calls on his mobile phone from a Chandigarh landline number and on WhatsApp. In one call, the caller claimed to be a cousin of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. In another, he tried to pose as Khattar’s media advisor. CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Smriti Irani has a question: Will you take sanitary pads steeped in menstrual blood to friend’s home? ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR SUKHBIR SIWACH Dy SP was the investigating officer in the Moin Qureshi case and was arrested Monday. But CBI internal file notings of October 3, a day before Sana’s statement, called for his arrest along with three others. Records show that an earlier allegationSanafacedwasthathe All the calls to Chander Prakash Kathuria conveyed the same demand — and a threat: Deposit 60,000 Dirhams (approximately Rs 12 lakh) in a Dubai account number or “face dire consequences”. Kathuria, a seasoned politician who heads the Haryana State Federation of Co-operative Sugar Mills Ltd (Sugarfed), immediately smelt a scam and alerted a senior police officer. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Staff deny involvement, Khattar monitoring case. Express Wouldyoutakesanitarynapkins steeped in menstrual blood and walk into a friend’s home? You will not. And do you think that it is respectful to do the same when you walk into the house of God? So that is the difference. I have a right to pray. I do not have CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 SABARIMALA: PLEAS TO BE HEARD NOV 13 THE SUPREME Court will hear on November 13 pleas seeking a review of its verdict lifting age restrictions on the entry of women to the Sabarimala shrine. PAGE 9 Disappointed over denial of eminence tag: IIT-M to HRD RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 23 IIT-MADRAS has written to Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar expressing “deep disappointment” at not being selected as one of India’s six Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) despitearecommendationfrom the UGC-mandated selection panel. Industrialist and IIT-Madras chairman Pawan Goenka is learnt to have conveyed the concerns of the Board of Governors (BoG) to Javadekar almost a month after the IoE announcement was made on July 9. The Empowered Expert Committee(EEC),whichwasentrusted by the UGC to find 20 IoEs out of 114 applicants, had Was recommended for tag by UGC-mandated panel recommended the names of 11 institutions for ‘eminence’ status. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), IIT-Madras, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Bombay, IITDelhi, Delhi University, Jadavpur University and Anna University were recommended under the public category, in that order. BITS-Pilani,ManipalAcademyof CONTINUEDONPAGE2
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