DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2021, KOLKATA, LATE CITY, 12 PAGES BY UNNY THE EDITORIAL PAGE THE FARMERS’ CHALLENGE BY SUHAS PALSHIKAR PAGE 6 2 journalists arrested 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"misleadingandbaseless" 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 them on October 24. Booked under different sections of the IPC including the charge of extortion, Dubey and Palliwar were produced in court following their arrest and have been sent to judicial custody for 14 days. TownInspectorSatyaprakash TiwarioftheCivilLinespolicestationinRaipursaidthereportwas published by Dubey and circulated with Palliwar's aid, so both were arrested. Two separate FIRs were registered on complaints from the MLAs. Dubey and Palliwar were booked under IPC sections 384 (punishment for extortion), 189 (threat of injury to public servant), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 501 (1) (B) (printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory). WEST BENGAL INDIGATKAILASH VIJAYVARGIYA, TATHAGATATWEETS PHOTOOFPUG PAGE3 EXPLAINED STRIKE IN NEPAL SUPREME COURT: WHY JUDGES WANT CHIEF JUSTICE TO QUIT, PAGE 8 EXPRESS NETWORK No seizure or blood tests, WhatsApp chats on poker: Aryan in Bombay HC PAGE 4 ‘Extortion’ by Wankhede: Malik claims letter by an NCB officer listing cases Rohatgi calls arrest ‘arbitrary’; Aryan distances himself from Malik charges EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE OMKAR GOKHALE 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 Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik MUMBAI, OCTOBER 26 MUMBAI, OCTOBER 26 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 INYETanotherallegationagainst NCB Mumbai Zonal Director SameerWankhede,Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik Tuesday shared a letter addressed to him by an unnamed officer of the agency saying Wankhede "plants" drugs and foists false cases on people, including Bollywood actors. The four-page letter lists 26 cases where Wankhede allegedlyplanteddrugs,leadingto arrests, and also names Rakesh Asthana, who was the NCB chief before being appointed as Delhi Police Commissioner. Among those who have paid off Wankhede, as per the letter, are actors Deepika Padukone, ArjunRampal,ShraddhaKapoor, Sara Ali Khan, Rakulpreet Singh, Rhea Chakravarty and brother Shouvik Chakravarty, as well as celebrity manager Karishma Prakash — all of whom were questioned in connection with investigation into Sushant Singh Rajput'sdeath—aswellasTVactors Bharti Singh and Harsh Limbachiyaa,heldinadrugscase. Malik also claimed Tuesday that Wankhede, through two people in Mumbai and Thane, has been illegally intercepting mobilephonesof people.Hesaid Wankhedehadsoughtcalldetail CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Cheering Pak: UAPA in Lack of clarity, set aside personal Srinagar, FIR in Agra, ambitions: Sonia to party brass a sacking in Udaipur MANOJ C G Detentions in Jammu; J&K students body urges L-G to withdraw charge 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 villageneartheinternationalborder forquestioning,overtheiralleged pro-Pakistan slogans following Pakistan's victory Sunday night. "We have registered an FIR and more people may be called for questioning," Samba SSP Rajesh Sharma said, adding that action willbetakenagainstthosefound "guilty". Deputy Commissioner Anuradha Gupta also confirmed the registration of a case. TherewereprotestsinSamba districtafteravideoof thealleged celebration went viral. On Monday, the Srinagar police filed FIRs under sections of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AASHISH ARYAN 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. PAGE 1 ANCHOR E All focus ● on US INDIA HAS over 34 crore Facebook users. But the company’s internal documents show it spends 87% of its global budget, earmarked for tackling misinformation, in North America where only 10% of its total user base resides. PANDORA PAPERS – PART 15 AN INVESTIGATION BY THE INDIAN EXPRESS WITH INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS For yacht, overseas real estate, UPL’s Shroff brothers go offshore Not resident in India, pay all taxes on Indian-sourced income, they say NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 26 DAYS AFTER she declared that she was “a full-time and handson” Congress president, Sonia Gandhi told senior party leaders Tuesday that discipline and unity were “paramount” and strengthening the organisation "must override personal ambitions".Shealsoshowedthemthe mirror saying even state-level leaders lack "clarity and cohesion" on policy issues. Chairing a meeting of state Congress presidents and AICC general secretaries and incharges of states -- it was also attendedbyRahulGandhi--inthe run-up to assembly elections in key states, Sonia Gandhi said: "I would like to re-emphasise the paramount need for discipline and unity. What should matter to each and every one of us is the strengthening of the organisation.Thismustoverridepersonal ambitions. In this lies both collective and individual success." "Wemustfightthediabolical campaign of BJP/RSS ideologically. We must do so with con- Facebook papers on fake news, hate speech: Govt works on report “If needed, we will call their 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Trident Trust documents show Vikram Shroff as the Beneficial Owner of BVI entity Blue Harbour Group Ltd KHUSHBOO NARAYAN Sonia after the meeting in New Delhi Tuesday. Anil Sharma viction and expose their lies before the people if we are to win thisbattle.TheAICCreleasesimportant and detailed statements almost every day on issues facing the nation. But it is my experience that they do not percolate down to our grassroot cadres at the block and district levels. There are policy issues on which I find a lack of clarity and cohesion even amongst our statelevel leaders," she said. Her emphasis on unity and discipline comes at a time when bitter and deep divisions in the WORLD Punjabunitof thepartyareplaying out in the open. While the chasm between Punjab CongresspresidentNavjotSingh Sidhu and Chief Minister CharanjitSinghChanniiswidening, the slugfest between former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and state Congress leaders is showing no signs of ending. AmarinderSinghisexpected to snap ties with the Congress and announce the launch of his party at a press conference in Chandigarh Wednesday. CONTINUEDONPAGE2 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 KOLKATA, OCTOBER 26 PAGE 10 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Will find permanent solution, GTA polls soon: Mamata’s promise to Hills PTI & ENS IMRAN DIALS XI; BOTH LEADERS URGE WORLD TO SEND AID TO AFGHANISTAN JAPAN’S PRINCESS MAKO MARRIES COMMONER, LOSES ROYAL STATUS Vikram Shroff, a British citizen, had in June 2011, set up a company called Spider Investments LtdintheCaymanIsland,tohold 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 corporate services provider firm. In July 2016, TridentTrustsetupanother company called BlueHarborGroupLtdin BVI with Vikram Shroff as thebeneficialowner,andTrident Trust subsidiary Harris Trustees Limited,registeredinStKittsand Nevis, as its shareholder. PITCHING FOR a “permanent solution” to usher in development in the region ravaged by several agitations over a separate Gorkhaland, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamamta Banerjee on Tuesday urged Hills leaders to submit a roadmap to the state government, and promised to soonholdpanchayatandGorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) elections. Banerjee floated the pro- Mamata Banerjee rules out separation of Darjeeling. posal days after the Centre initiated a tripartite talk with the state government and representatives of various political par- ties in the region, including those of the BJP, to resolve issues related to the Gorkhas. On a north Bengal tour since Monday,she,however,saidtheHills would remain part of West Bengal.“You (leaders in north Bengal)haveseensomuchof politicsovertheyears.Now,let'scome andplaythegameofdevelopment politics.Yougivemeanopportunity; IassureyouthatIwillgetapermanentsolutionforDarjeeling.Idonot say anything for the sake of it. We have kept all the promises that we made,"Banerjeesaidhereduringan CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ganguly has football club link with new IPL franchise owner DEVENDRA PANDEY MUMBAI, OCTOBER 26 IN AYODHYA, KEJRIWAL PRAYS TO RAM LALLA SIT ARRESTS TWO IN LAKHIMPUR KHERI LYNCHING CASE `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM BAIL HEARING IN HIGH COURT TO RESUME TODAY EXPLAINED BUSINESS AS USUAL SINCE 1932 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 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 understand. This is not the first time that he has been in this situation,” the member said. Goenka and Ganguly didn’t respond to calls from The Indian Express and text messages with queries on the conflict-of-interest issue. InaninterviewTuesdaywith CNBC TV18, responding to a question on whether his association with Ganguly could raise potential conflict of-interest, Goenka said: “Well, I think he (Ganguly) is going to step down from Mohun Bagan completely."Askedwhenthatwould happen, he said: “I think today.” Goenka then said: “That is for Sourav to make the announcement. Sorry, I pre-empted it.” Till late Tuesday night, there was no official announcement from the former India cricket On board of ATK Mohun Bagan headed by Goenka captain about his future with ATK Mohun Bagan. Even if Ganguly steps away from the football club, questions may still be raised over his involvement in the franchise auction process as BCCI president despite his football association with one of the bidders. Ganguly has been BCCI president since 2019 and has a say in all important decisions taken by the board. In the redrafted BCCI constitutionfollowingdirections from the Supreme Court, the Justice RM Lodha committee listed several potential associations that came under the conflict of interest purview. “When the BCCI, a member, the IPL or a franchisee enter into contractual agreement with en- tities in which the individual concerned or his/her relative, partner or close associate has an interest. This is to include cases where family members, partnersorcloseassociatesareinpositions that may, or may be seen to compromise an individual's participation, performance and discharge of roles,” it states. This is not the first time Ganguly has faced questions over conflict of interest. Last year, he had put out an Instagram post wearing a JSW Cement (Jindal Steel Works) Tshirt and claiming to be “at work” as the company’s brand ambassador. JSW Sports, a wing of the business conglomerate JSW Group, is the joint owner of IPL's Delhi Capitals. At the time, Ganguly, who had also been a mentor of Delhi Capitals in the past, insisted that his new role as brand ambassador of JSW Cement did not overlap with his duties as BCCI president. Later,aformalcomplaintwas filed by Sanjeev Gupta, a former Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) member, but the matter is yet to be heard. The BCCI, incidentally, hasn't appointed a new Ombudsmanand Ethics Officer after Justice D K Jain's term ended in June 2021. Kolkata
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