DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES BAIL HEARING IN HC TO RESUME TODAY PANDORA PAPERS – PART 15 Noseizureorbloodtests, For yacht, overseas real WhatsAppchatsonpoker, estate, UPL’s Shroff saysAryaninBombayHC brothers go offshore AN INVESTIGATION BY THE INDIAN EXPRESS WITH INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS Not resident in India, pay all taxes on India-sourced income, they say Rohatgi calls arrest ‘arbitrary’; Aryan distances himself from Malik charges OMKAR GOKHALE MUMBAI, OCTOBER 26 THEBAILhearingof AryanKhan, the son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, will continue on Wednesday before the Bombay High Court. Senior advocate and former attorney general of India MukulRohatgi,appearingonbehalf of Aryan, called his arrest “arbitrary”,asthecourtbeganits bail hearing on Tuesday. Rohatgi, who has joined Aryan's defence team, told the single-judge Bench of Justice Nitin W Sambre that the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) had made no recovery from the 23-year-old, nor conducted a medical examination to show consumption of any narcotic. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Wankhede at the NCB office in Delhi Tuesday. Praveen Khanna Meanwhile, 2 from cruise get bail from NDPS court EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, OCTOBER 26 A SPECIAL Mumbai court on Tuesdaygrantedbailtotwomen booked in the cruise ship drug raid case. Avin Sahu and Manish Rajgariya, arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on October 4, are the first from among20of thosearrestedtobe granted bail. The special court had last week rejected the bail pleas of three others, including Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, saying all the accused are connected by a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Trident Trust documents show Vikram Shroff as the Beneficial Owner of BVI entity Blue Harbour Group Ltd KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, OCTOBER 26 VIKRAM SHROFF, one of the two sons of Rajju (Rajnikant) Shroff, the founder of the Rs 38,694-crore global pesticide producer UPL (earlier United Phosphorus Ltd), acquired companies in the British Virgin Islands to hold a yacht and along with elder brother Jaidev, set up a four-layered subsidiary structure to own real estate in Dubai, records in the Pandora Papers investigated by The Indian Express reveal. The records show that Vikram Shroff, a British citizen, had in June 2011, set up a company called Spider Investments Ltd in the Cayman Island, to hold a Euro 3.65 million motor yacht named Robusto for personal use and chartering. Spider Investments was incorporated through Trident Trust Company (BVI) Ltd, a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Cheering Pak: UAPA in Facebook papers on fake news, Srinagar, FIR in Agra, hate speech: Govt works on report a sacking in Udaipur EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, SRINAGAR, LUCKNOW, JAIPUR, OCT 26 TWO DAYS after Pakistan beat India by 10 wickets at their T20 WorldCupmatchinDubai,many, mostly students, face police actionfor“cheering”Pakistan'swin. A day after police booked medical students in Srinagar under anti-terror laws, half-a-dozen people were detained in Jammu region;anFIRwaslodgedagainst three engineering students from the Valley at Agra who were also rusticatedfromtheircollege;and a private school in Udaipur expelledateacheroveraWhatsApp status update. J&K BJP chief Ravinder Raina said: “Police, CID and NIA are takingactionagainst(thosewho celebrated Pakistan’s victory) andallof themwillbeputinjail.” Incidentally, Sunday’s match coincided with Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Kashmir, the first since the abrogation of J&K’s special status in August 2019. Shah made several statements reaching out to the youth of the Valley during his four-day visit. PoliceinSamba,Jammu,confirmeddetaining“six-sevenpeople” of Chak Manga Gujjran village near the international borderforquestioning,overtheir alleged pro-Pakistan slogans CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE IN AYODHYA, DELHI CM KEJRIWAL PRAYS TO RAM LALLA PAGE 6 SIT ARRESTS TWO IN LAKHIMPUR KHERI LYNCHING CASE PAGE 10 Ganguly has football club link with new IPL franchise owner PAGE 1 ANCHOR DEVENDRA PANDEY MUMBAI, OCTOBER 26 BCCIPRESIDENTSouravGanguly is facing new questions of conflict of interest as the co-owner of a football team along with Sanjiv Goenka whose RPSG Ventures Ltd made a successful bid of Rs 7,090 crore for the Lucknow IPL franchise at the high-stakes auction in Dubai on Monday. According to Indian Super League (ISL) football club ATK Mohun Bagan's official website, Gangulyisamemberof itsBoard of Directors with Goenka as BCCI chief on board of ATK Mohun Bagan headed by Goenka chairman.“Theteamwasowned by Kolkata Games and Sports Pvt. Ltd. consisting of former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly,alongsidebusinessmen Harshavardhan Neotia, Sanjiv Goenka, and Utsav Parekh,” the website states. Speaking to The Indian Express on condition of anonymity, a senior BCCI memberconfirmedthatitwas“aclear case of conflict”. “Ganguly is the president, he needs to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 26 THEMINISTRYof Electronicsand Information Technology is preparing a report on the key findingsrelatedtoIndiaintheinternal documents collected by FacebookwhistleblowerFrances Haugen, including alleged discrepancies in algorithmic recommendations that lead new users in the country to “misinformation and hate speech”, The Indian Express has learnt. “If needed, we will call their E E X P L A I NE D AASHISH ARYAN Detentions in Jammu; J&K students body urges L-G to withdraw charge `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 ● All focus on US INDIA HAS over 34 crore Facebook users. But the company’s internal documents show it spends as much as 87 per cent of its global budget, earmarked for tackling misinformation, in North America where only 10 per cent of its total user base resides. executives to explain how their algorithms work and the action they have taken so far to counter misinformation and hate speech. For now, we will have to study (the revelations made by Haugen),” sources said. The report is likely to be prepared and finalised over this week,andcontaindetailssuchas howFacebookfailedtocheckthe spread of misinformation and hate speech on its platform in Indiaprimarilybecauseitdidnot havetherighttooltoflagormonitorcontentinHindiandBengali. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 2 journalists held in Raipur after Cong MLAs complain EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BHOPAL, OCTOBER 26 A JOURNALIST who runs a web portal and a technical assistant have been arrested by Chhattisgarh police following a complaint from two Congress MLAs who alleged that the duo published"misleadingandbase- less" information about them. Police said journalist Madhukar Dubey and technical assistant Avinash Palliwar were arrested Monday after Congress MLAs Brihaspat Singh and Kuldeep Juneja, in their complaint, alleged that the web portal zeroparty.in had published "misleading" information about CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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