DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2021, LUCKNOW, LATE CITY, 14 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 Indian-sourced income, they say Rohatgi calls arrest ‘arbitrary’; Aryan distances himself from Malik charges 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 Facebook papers on fake news, hate speech: Govt works on report NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 26 Sonia after the meeting in New Delhi Tuesday. Anil Sharma Lack of clarity, set aside personal ambitions: Sonia to party brass 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 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 "misinformationandhate speech", The Indian Express has learnt. E E X P L A I NE D AASHISH ARYAN MANOJ C G BY UNNY THE EDITORIAL PAGE BY SUHAS PALSHIKAR PAGE 6 MUMBAI, OCTOBER 26 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL THEFARMERS’ CHALLENGE OMKAR GOKHALE THEBAILhearingof Aryan Khan, 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. `5.00 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 87% of its global budget, earmarked for tackling misinformation, in North America where only 10% of its total user base resides. “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 Cheering Pak: UAPA in Srinagar, FIR in Agra, a sacking in Udaipur 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 village near the international borderforquestioning,overtheir alleged pro-Pakistan slogans CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UTTAR PRADESH IN AYODHYA, KEJRIWAL PRAYS TO RAM LALLA BEFORE IT COULD HAVE COALESCED, RAJBHAR’S MORCHA FALLS APART PAGE 3 2 held in case of lynching of BJP workers in Lakhimpur Kheri violence MANISH SAHU LUCKNOW, OCTOBER 26 UTTARPRADESHPolice’sSpecial Investigation Team (SIT), which is probing the Lakhimpur Kheri violenceof earlierthismonth,on Tuesday arrested two persons in the second case related tothe alleged lynching of two local BJP workers and the driver of a Mahindra Thar vehicle, owned by Union minister Ajay Mishra. This is the first arrest in the second FIR lodged in connection with the violence, and three deaths,thatoccurredonOctober 3 after a convoy of SUVs, which included the Mahindra Thar, ran over a group of protesting farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri, leaving four farmers and a journalist dead. On Tuesday, the SIT arrested Gurvinder Singh (26) and VichitraSingh(25),bothfarmers and Lakhimpur Kheri residents, in the case, police said in a media statement. The two were produced before a local court, which sent them to judicial custody, police stated. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORTS PAGE 4 general secretaries and incharges of states -- it was alsoattended by RahulGandhi--in the 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 conviction and expose their lies CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 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 On board of ATK Mohun Bagan headed by Goenka 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. InaninterviewTuesday with CNBC TV18, responding to a question on whether his association with Ganguly could raise potential conflict of-interest, Goenka said: “Well, I think he CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Lucknow
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