eye MCS/204/2020-22RNINO.MAHENG2002/21899 THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE The Future is Flexible MUMBAI,LATECITY With the pandemic transforming the way we work, returning to office will never be the same again PAGES 12, 13, 14 OCTOBER10,2021 16 PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA AN INVESTIGATION BY THE INDIAN EXPRESS WITH INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS Arrested this week, Unitech promoter’s wife got offshore trust, Dominica passport JAY MAZOOMDAAR NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 9 SIX YEARS ago, around the time desperate homebuyers approached courts against Unitech Group promoter Sanjay Chandra,hiswifePreetiChandra set up an offshore family trust structure and changed her nationality, records in the Pandora PapersinvestigatedbyTheIndian Express show. Records of corporate service providerTridentTrustshowthat Unitech Group defaulted as early as 2009 on servicing a $210-million loan from Credit Suisse for investing in realty projects in India. LastMonday,Preeti Chandra and Sanjay Chandra’s father Ramesh Chandra were arrested by the Enforcement Directorate probing the Unitech money launder- Preeti Chandra’s two passports, one Indian and the other Dominican, are part of the Pandora Papers HELD AFTER DAY-LONG QUESTIONING Mishra son arrested, cops say he’s evasive; SKM wants MoS detained Tikait says farmers accused of lynching were just reacting ASAD REHMAN & AMIL BHATNAGAR PAGE 9 LAKHIMPUR KHERI, NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 9 FACING MURDER charges over the Lakhimpur incident, Ashish Mishra, the son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, was arrested late Saturday night, after questioning that lasted the entire day. Having skipped the first summons issued to him, Ashish, 40, appeared before the SIT investigating the Lakhimpur Kheri incident,thathadlefteightdead, at 10.30 am on Saturday — just in time for the second notice. He arrived with his lawyers and BJP MLA from Lakhimpur (Sadar) seatYogeshVerma(thelatterleft soon after), at the Crime Branch office in the district, amid heavy police deployment. SUNDAY STORY Meet the Mishras Ashish Mishra, son of Union MoS Ajay Mishra, arrives for questioning in Lakhimpur Kheri on Saturday. Vishal Srivastav Around 11 pm at night, DIG Upendra Kumar Agrawal, heading the SIT, told reporters: “We found that he was not cooperating. He was not telling certain things. On ground of non-cooperation and evasive replies, we are taking Ashish into custody. He will be produced in court tomorrow. We will do sustained custodial interrogation.” The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is spearheading CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Tracing Ajay Kumar Mishra’s journey — from the ‘Teni Maharaj’ who settled village disputes to the two-time MP who found a spot in the Union Cabinet as the sole Brahmin face from Uttar Pradesh ing case. In March, the ED had stopped her from boarding a flight at Delhi. The agency CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Vasundhara Raje’s daughter-in-law had firm in tax haven No relationship with any offshore company: Niharika’s husband SHYAMLAL YADAV NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 9 NIHARIKA RAJE, wife of BJP MP Dushyant Singh and daughterin-law of BJP leader and former Rajasthan Chief Minister VasundharaRaje,isnamedinthe Pandora Papers as a “beneficial owner” of an entity in Belize, a tax haven in Central America. According to records from Panamanian law firm Alcogal (Aleman, Cordero, Galindo & Lee), Niharika Raje is a “beneficial owner” of Octavia Limited, incorporated in Belize. A declaration by Panamabased trust Rendor Overseas SA on November 12, 2010, stated: “We have no beneficial interest intheholdingof 1ordinaryshare CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NAMASTE, INDIA Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in New Delhi on Saturday. Praveen Khanna LAC talks today, Army chief says China infra means ‘there to stay’ KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 9 INDIA AND China will hold the 13th round of Corps Commander-level talks Sunday to try and resolve themilitarystandoff on the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. On the eve of the talks, Army chief GeneralMMNaravanesaid the Chinese have been building infrastructureontheirsideof the region which means “they are there to stay”. He had made a similarremarkwhileonatourof eastern Ladakh last week. Troops have disengaged on the north and south banks of Pangong Tso and Gogra Post, but not at Hot Springs where they continue to face each other ever since the Chinese crossed the LAC in May 2020. The Chinese have also been preventing Indian troops from accessing traditional patrolling pointsontheDepsangPlains,not far from the strategic Indian outpostat Daulat Beg Oldie nearthe Karakoram Pass in the north. The Indian team to the talks on the Chinese side of the Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting point will be led by Lt General PGK Menon, commander of the Leh-based XIV E E X P L A I NE D PANDORA PAPERS – PART 6 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● General MM Naravane Chinese checkers SIGNALLING ITS intent, China has been investing heavily, and very rapidly, in infrastructure in its regions facing Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh, the western and eastern sectors of the boundary. Taking time to withdraw troops to locations before the start of the Ladakh standoff, it is testing Indian preparedness with transgressions in the middle and eastern sectors. Corps. Major General Liu Lin, commander of the South Xinjiang Military District, will lead the Chinese side. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Many Pandit & Sikh govt staff leave Mumbai Police summons Rhea to Aryan, common link: NCB’s Valley: ‘who will guarantee security’ CBI Director on Oct 14 Wankhede & his ring of informants in phone tapping case ARUN SHARMA, AANCHAL MAGAZINE, BASHAARAT MASOOD EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, NEW DELHI, SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 9 A SENSE of anxiety and fear has gripped the minorities in the Kashmir Valley, with several government employees and teachers belonging to Kashimiri PanditandSikhcommunitiesreturning toJammu, someseeking transfer, and many staying away from work, due to rising worries about safety. Susheel, a junior assistant with the Education Department in Srinagar, returned to Jammu in the wee hours last Friday. “Hum Kashmir se bike par bhagey hain (We fled Kashmir on a bike),” he said. The “targeted killing” of a Sikh woman principal and a MUMBAI, OCTOBER 9 Kashmiri Pandit families return to a migrant camp in Jammu on Saturday. PTI Kashmiri Hindu teacher in Srinagar has left them edgy and suspicious of all. “Kashmir mein sadak par chaltey huey humey ek hi khayal aata raha ke jo koi bhi CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MANY SARPANCHES RESIGN IN J&K 0VER ‘INTERFERENCE’ PAGE 7 DAYS AFTER the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) summoned Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte and DirectorGeneralof PoliceSanjay Pande in connection with its probe into an FIR registered against former home minister Anil Deshmukh, the Mumbai Police on Saturday issued summons to CBI Director Subodh Jaiswal in connection with the phone tapping case. A senior officer from the Mumbai Police Crime Branch said Jaiswal has been summoned by the BKC cyber police stationonOctober14.Inthepast, ateamfromthecyberpolicestation had gone to Hyderabad to record the statement of senior IPSofficerRashmiShuklainconnection with the case. TheBKCcyberpolicehadregistered an FIR against unknown persons earlier this year after it came to light that some confidential call recordings, purportedly of IPS officers lobbying for posts, have been leaked. The recordings made by the State Intelligence Department when Shukla was its head eventually made its way to Leader of OppositioninthestateAssembly, Devendra Fadnavis, who alleged that Deshmukh was posting officers based on lobbying. Jaiswal is a Maharashtra cadre officer and was the state DGP before he went on central deputation. He was eventually posted as director of CBI, a post CONTINUEDONPAGE2 MOHAMED THAVER MUMBAI, OCTOBER 9 TO THOSE who know him, it is no surprise that Sameer Wankhede is at the centre of both the high-profile Rhea Chakraborty allegations of last year and the still-unfolding drug bust case against Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan. The 2008batch IRS officer, with stints in the NIA and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), before being loaned to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) as Director, Mumbai Zone, is no stranger to controversy -- or celebrities. During his stint as a Customs officer at Mumbai international airport, among those he had taken action against was Shah Rukh, who in 2016 was stopped for carrying excess baggage and NCB Director, Mumbai Zone, Sameer Wankhede. File fined Rs 1.5 lakh duty. At the Customs and later the Service Tax Department, he would cross paths with Anurag Kashyap, Vivek Oberoi, Mika Singh and Ram Gopal Verma. So even before he moved to the NCB from the DRI last year, Wankhede,thesonof apoliceofficer, was a well-known name in Mumbai. Sources say he was specifically brought in in the wake of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’sdeathandthecascading allegations against his girlfriend Chakraborty, due to his work on drug seizures at the DRI. “He he has an excellent network of informants when it comes to narcotics," explains a senior NCB official. After Wankhede took over, the inconspicuous NCB office in south Mumbai became the buzzing heart of the city, with onecelebrityafteranothercalled for questioning in the Chakraborty case, including Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet Singh. Many wondered how media would know preciselywhenacelebritywouldarrive. Questions were also raised about the NCB’s apparent focus now on cases involving small CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ` 129 per kilo ‘A message to my assailant: I want you to pledge that you will educate your children to behave better’ ` 159 per kilo PAGE 1 ANCHOR ` 101 per kilo ` 60 per Dozen THE WORLD CHINA-TAIWAN TENSION: XI VOWS ‘PEACEFUL REUNIFICATION’ PAGE 11 Caroline Rowett I ENJOY my early morning walks inthe‘CityBeautiful’.It’satimeto reflect on what happened and look forward. A time to plan my meals for the day (dal makhni or paneer lababdar). Sometimes I start planning my next trip to explore India. But my peaceful reflections were shattered recently when, as I was walking, I was hit forcefullyanddeliberatelyonthe back by a motorcyclist who sped awayintothedarkness.Iwasleft bruised and angry. What gives a man the right to hit an elderly, grey-haired woman as she quietly walks along the street early one morning? What sort of threat did she pose to him? Like many women in the UK, India and around the world, I’m sickened,saddenedandshocked whenIreadreportsof abduction, violence, and rape. More often thannot,womenarethevictims, yet we are often told that it was our fault, we wore the wrong clothes, walked in the wrong place at the wrong time. The onusshouldnotbeonwomento keep themselves safe. Instead, the focus should be on tackling violence against women and together finding solutions to this shared challenge. SPECIAL TO THE EXPRESS Chandigarh is a beautiful city and a Smart City. It also aspires to beanequal,justandfaircity.Ithas alwaysbeenapositiverolemodel forothersinsomanyways,itisfittingthatitshouldalsoaspiretobe a city free of violence against women and girls. In 2019 the British Deputy High Commission in Chandigarh supportedtheworkoftheCentre for Women’s Studies and Development, Panjab University, toproduceanactionplantomake Chandigarh a Safe and Violence Free City for Women and Girls. The UK along with support from the Government of India is alsoworkingwithover100partners on Pledge for Progress, a joint initiative which aims to takepracticalstepstotacklegen- derchallengesandpromotegender equality. In the coming weeks I am looking forward to meeting the newly appointed Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and DGP Chandigarh Praveen Ranjan and seeing how we can work together to support implementation of the Action Plan. And finally, a message to my assailant.Iwantyoutopledgethat you will educate your children to behave better. Tell your sons that violence against women is never acceptable. Tell your daughters that their lives have value; that they are equal to men. (Caroline Rowett is the British Deputy High Commissioner in Chandigarh. On October 8, Chandigarh Police arrested a 21year-old man in connection with theassaultonthewriter.Policesaid hehadmolestedanotherwomanin the city on June 10 and a case had been registered then as well.)
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