DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES THE EDITORIAL PAGE A DYSTOPIAN ELECTION BY ASHUTOSH VARSHNEY PAGE 10 SLAMS JD(U), PRAISES PM; WILL FIGHT POLLS ON ITS OWN LJP’s balancing act: Breaks from NDA in Bihar, will remain in alliance in Delhi Paswan’s party says split due to ideological differences with JD(U), ‘will form LJP-BJP government’ after polls ‘Amazon, Facebook are exclusive, not interoperable... Need creative destruction, more alternatives’ R S SHARMA FORMER CHAIRMAN, TRAI PAGE 12 `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 by Union Minister Ram Vilas DIPANKAR GHOSE Paswan took pains to reiterate NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 4 that its alliance with BJP at the Centre was “firm”, that its AFTER WEEKS of specMLAs would back the ulation and posturing, BJP in a post-poll scethe LJP said Sunday, afnario, and that the split ter a party meeting in for the Bihar polls was the National Capital, due to “ideological difthat it would fight the ferences”withtheJD(U). Bihar Assembly elecFor many months, DECISION tions next month sepaLJP president Chirag 2020 BIHAR rately — and not as part Paswanhasbeenattackof the ruling JD(U)-BJP ingChiefMinisterNitish alliance. Kumar for his performance over However, the party founded CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Chirag’s long play: Cut JD(U), help BJP get more — and be its future ally SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, OCTOBER 4 LJP president Chirag Paswan after the meeting in New Delhi Sunday. Abhinav Saha BY SLAMMING Nitish Kumar while exiting the NDA alliance in Bihar and yet praising Prime MinisterNarendraModi and the BJP, the Lok Janshakti Party has sent two key signals in the final countdown to theAssemblyelections:itissensing an anti-incumbency against NitishandishelpingtheBJPleverage that to aim for the single largest party slot. Both the JD(U) and the BJP downplayed the exit but the sequence of events shows that the BJP has looked the other way as the LJP campaigned CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FSL report (saying no rape) used samples Fake accounts, fraud 11 days old, has no value: Aligarh CMO borrowers used to GRANT THORNTON’S REPORT divert funds in DHFL, finds forensic audit RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 4 HUNDREDSOFfictitiousloanaccounts, deposits routed through an imaginary entity in Bandra and a demand for recoveries totalingRs14,046crore–theseare among the key findings in the final forensic report submitted by auditor Grant Thornton in the Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Limited (DHFL) scam. Submitted to the RBI-appointedadministratoronAugust 27, the report comes when DHFL’s proprietors Kapil Wadhawan and his brother Dheeraj Wadhawan are out on bail after being arrested by investigating agencies in January this year. The 98-page report follows the preliminary report submittedbyGrantThorntontoRBI-appointed administrator R Subra- GERMANY maniakumar in February and takes forward the modus operandi of “round-tripping” of funds via fake loans. ReferringtothecaseasBandra Books,thereport highlightshow namesof fakehousingloan“borrowers” were collected — details were “randomly picked from a database that appears to be created from the details pertaining to the closed loan accounts”. In all, 2,60,315 “fake and fictitious” home loan accounts were created in the non-existent Bandra Branch between 2007-2019 and Rs 11,755.79 crore was deposited to Bandra Book entities. As many as 91 entities are the focus of the auditor’s final forensic report, wherein it was found that no security or collateral was obtained before grant of these loans. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JIGNASA SINHA CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ADITYANATH: EXPOSE THOSE TRYING TO INCITE RIOTS PAGE 7 KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 4 EVENASthearmiesof bothsides prepare to dig in for the winter, with no sign of any major breakthrough in border talks, the seventh meeting of senior military commanders of India and China will take place on October 12 in a fresh bid to find a resolution to the five-month standoff in eastern Ladakh. For India, it will be the last time that Lt General Harinder Singh, the XIV Corps Commanderwholedthefirstsix rounds of discussions, will be a partof theengagement.Hisoneyear tenure comes to an end on October 14 following which he will take charge of the Indian Military Academy (IMA). Lt General P G K Menon, who will take over from Singh, was part of the last meeting of Corps Commanders on September 21 and will be present at the latest roundtoo.Thepreviousmeeting on September 21 was also the first since May in which a diplomatwaspresentfromtheIndian side — Naveen Srivastava, Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the Ministry of External Affairs. Srivastava has been representing India at the Working MechanismforConsultationand Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC), which has met five times since May. At its previous meeting on September 30, the WMCC had decidedthatthenextmeetingof Senior Commanders “should be held at an early date so that both sidescanworktowardsearlyand complete disengagement of the troops along the LAC (Line of Actual Control)...” The Chinese delegation has so far been led by Major General LiuLin,commanderof theSouth Xinjiang Military Region. In a joint statement after the last meeting, the two sides had agreed to not escalate the situation on the ground and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Bitter start to sugarcane season: `8,400 cr in dues from mills to farmers HATHRAS, OCTOBER 4 THE CHIEF Medical Officer of Aligarh Muslim University’s (AMU’s) Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, where the 19year-old Hathras victim was admitted for two weeks, has told TheIndianExpressthattheFSLreport — which Uttar Pradesh Policehasreliedontosayshewas not raped — “holds no value”. “The samples were collected 11 days after the woman was allegedly raped, while government guidelines strictly say forensic evidence can only be foundupto96hoursaftertheincident. This report can’t confirm rape in this incident,” Dr Azeem Malik, the CMO, told The Indian Express. The Dalit woman had been assaulted,allegedlybyfourupper Winter coming, no sign of thaw, 7th round of military talks on October 12 HARISH DAMODARAN NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 4 Police personnel on duty at the village of the Hathras victim. Praveen Khanna BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Ex-BJP MLA holds meeting in Hathras to back accused AMIL BHATNAGAR & JIGNASA SINHA HATHRAS, OCTOBER 4 A DAY after the UP government said it would hand over the probe into the alleged gangrape and death of the 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras to the CBI, the victim’s village wit- nessed a flurry of visits and protests, including a meeting called by former BJP Hathras MLA Rajveer Singh Pehelwan in support of the four upper-caste men arrested in the case. Over 500 people attended the meeting held on the premises of a guest house where Pehelwan was staying on the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE WORLD EVEN AS the new 2020-21 sugar year has started, mills in Uttar Pradesh owe a staggering Rs 8,400 crore-plus of payments to farmers against cane supplies made during 2019-20. In 2019-20 (OctoberSeptember), UP mills crushed a record 1,118.02 lakh tonnes (lt) of cane worth Rs 35,898.15 crore at the state government’s ‘advised’ price (SAP) of Rs 315-325 per quintal. But as on September 30, the end of the last sugar year, they had paid farmers only Rs 27,451.05 crore. That translates into dues of Rs 8,447.10 crore – even before crushing operations By Sep 30, only Rs 27,451 cr had been paid. Arul Horizon for 2020-21 are to begin by the month-end after Dussehra. The last sugar year had also openedwithcanearrears,though theseweren’tashuge.In2018-19, the state’s mills crushed 1,031.67 lt of cane valued at Rs 33,048.06 crore, but had managed to pay CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SHUBHR A RANJAN Always Ahead UPSC GS & PSIR TEST SERIES (ONLINE MODE ONLY) DOCTORS: TRUMP’S BLOOD OXYGEN LEVEL DIPPED TWICE, BUT CONDITION IMPROVING PAGE 8 NGOs say change in FCRA clause on funds will cripple projects GS Mains Test Series Target 2020 - Questions papers and detailed answers framed by respective faculty. - Detailed video discussion of question papers. - Timely checking of copies BATCH STARTING : 18 OCTOBER 2020 FEE : ₹ 15,000 ETHICS BY ATUL GARG Complete Ethics Module: 10th October 2020 Case Studies Module: 15th October 2020 Ethics Test Series: 18th October 2020 PSIR Crash Course 2020 PAGE 1 ANCHOR ESHA ROY NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 4 ALMOST A year ago, 40 teenage girls from Bihar’s Nawada and Darbhanga districts showed up at the office of state Health Minister Mangal Pandey, demanding that the government provide them sanitary napkins, and set up adolescent centres to help them on issues of physical and mental health. Pandey sanctioned both — and the government procured sanitary napkins that were distributed in villages in these districts, said Bijit Roy, associate directorforcommunityactionand accountability at the NGO Population Foundation of India. 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