BENGALURU TUESDAY APRIL 02, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 20 LATE CITY EDITION SFIO ARRESTS HARI SANKARAN, EX-IL&FS MD AND VICE-CHIEF FIRST ARREST BY SFIO IN IL&FS CASE The former IL&FS boss is accused of fraudulent conduct and causing wrongful loss to the company and its creditors ABUSE OF POWER AMONG CHARGES Sankaran was arrested in Mumbai in connection with the ongoing investigations into the affairs of IL&FS and its group entities. This is the first arrest made by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office in the IL&FS case. Sankaran was produced in a special court in Mumbai on Monday, which remanded him in custody till April 4 ■ ■ Sankaran abused his powers in granting loans to IL&FS subsidiaries, which were not credit-worthy or were declared as non-performing assets, the SFIO said in a statement Sankaran, who was ousted from IL&FS board on 2 October, had earlier claimed his decisions had the sanction of the board A17,000 CR MONEY IL&FS HAS BORROWED VIA DEBT INSTRUMENTS AND BANK LOANS CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Big relief to Gulbarga BJP candidate Umesh Jadhav EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Bengaluru EXPRESS READ Blame schools, 25K ‘miss’ SSLC exams Bengaluru: Strict academic standards, combined with some nifty paperwork to gain government aid, has resulted in a whopping 25,000 students, registered to appear for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) exams, missing out the first five papers so far. According to officials, low performers not being given hall tickets and schools inflating their student lists, are two major reasons for high number of absentees. P2 PAK FIRING BSF OFFICER, GIRL KILLED Twenty others were injured as Pakistani troops persisted with heavy shelling of forward areas along the Line of Control in Poonch district on Monday. Six houses too bore the brunt of shelling and suffered severe damages. P10 Former chief minister Siddaramaiah addresses the media in Bengaluru on Monday | SHRIRAM BN “All is well”... if it ends well The bickering on the ground belies ex-CM’s confidence E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Bengaluru “ALL is well,” says Siddaramaiah tugging at his scarf with a flourish, exuding confidence, about the JD(S) and Congress alliance. That he has to harp on the wellness of Karnataka’s ruling coalition just weeks before the first round of polling on April 18, spoke volumes. “Haven’t we completed ten months in government?” he asks of the media group, called for a special interaction at Bangalore Press Club, on Monday. The former Chief Minister, however, did not shy away from admitting ‘minor’ nagging issues at the district levels, only to quickly add that those were being “weeded out”. Brushing away the prevailing doubts, Siddaramaiah adds, “it’s been proved beyond all reasonable doubts that JD(S) and Congress transferred their votes together and registered big wins in the bypolls. Yes, there are a few differences but they will be solved gradually Votes . will get transferred to each other.” While the ground reality may defy his statements, the coordination committee chief, pushed the idea of a successful joint campaign with confidence. Leaders and workers of the JD(S) are yet to begin a campaign for Congress THESE BONDS SELL LIKE HOTCAKES IN POLL SEASON ‘BOND’ING CITIES EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi WITH the Lok Sabha elections fast approaching, the demand for electoral bonds seems to have shot up. Bonds worth `1,716 crore have already been sold so far this year, a 62 per cent jump over `1,056.73 crore in the whole of last year. Electoral bonds are monetary instruments individuals or companies can buy from select branches of State Bank of India and give to a political party for encashing within 15 days. This year, sales of `1,716 crore worth of electoral bonds were recorded in just two months — January and March. In contrast, last year, bond sales in six tranches — March, April, May July October, November — , , could mop up only `1,056.73 Mumbai Kolkata Hyderabad Delhi Bhubaneswar `495.60 crore `370.07 crore `290.50 crore `205.92 crore `194 crore crore. The information was revealed by SBI in an RTI response to Pune-based Vihar Durve. SBI said it sold the bonds through 12 centres of the bank. Mumbai topped the sales chart with `405.60 crore, followed by Kolkata (`205.92 crore) and Hyderabad (`290.50 crore). Delhi recorded sales of `205.92 crore. In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court on March 25, the EC said such bonds will have serious repercussions on transparency in political funding. candidates in 21 seats and leaders of the Congress are yet to actively seek votes for JD(S)’ candidates in seven other seats but Siddaramaiah claimed that all was well between the partners. Seniors from JD(S) like G T Devegowda and Sa Ra Mahesh have refused to campaign for the Congress in Mysuru citing rebellion in neighbouring Mandya district. In Raichur, JD(S) leader Rangappa Naik has threatened to contest as an independent miffed 2019 over his party conceding the seat to Congress. Incumbent Congress MP Muddahanumegowda, who also skipped the joint rally on Sunday has refused to campaign for JD(S) , national president H D Deve Gowda who is contesting from Tumkur. Despite the glaring differences and apparent disinterest to coordinate from district leaders, Siddaramaiah says that P6 all is well. LOK SABHA ELECTION Hassan Cong suspends block meets after ruckus by workers Hassan: The Hassan District Congress Committee has suspended block committee meetings in all taluks after a section of party workers smashed chairs and aired slogans against JD(S) leaders in Arsikere and Belur. Modi says Rahul fled to ‘Hindu minority’ seat, Congress cross A B H I J I T M U LY E & R I C H A S H A R M A @ Mumbai/New Delhi PM Narendra Modi on Monday launched a broadside at Congress president Rahul Gandhi for deciding to contest from Wayanad in Kerala, alleging he had run away to a ‘Hindu minority’ constituency as he was scared of facing the wrath of ‘peace-loving Hindus’. “They linked peace-loving Hindus to terrorism. They are scared now to contest the election from a constituency where the majority population dominates. They are forced to go where the majority (Hindus) is in minority Modi said as he launched the ,” BJP-Shiv Sena’s election campaign in Maharashtra in Wardha on Monday . Taking offence to the PM’s remark, the Congress demanded the Election Commission to act against him for allegedly violating the Representation of the People Act. P9 UNTIRING SPIRIT Old Man In No Hurry... To Sit Back D E V A R A J B H I R E H A L L I @Tumakuru FORGET that old caricaturised image of him — a slouch sleeping off on the job as prime minister over two decades ago. That was as misleading media caricatures can get. Fact is, a twelve-hour workday is just another day in office for H.D. Deve Gowda, now pushing 86. The ex-PM, in the fray for the Tumkur Lok Sabha seat, proved it yet again on Monday . Braving the summer heat, which soared to around 35 degrees Celsius on Monday the Janata Dal (Secular) , patriarch left his residence in Bengaluru around 8.30 am and travelled Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda and his son Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy offer prayers in Tumakuru on Monday | EXPRESS straight to the Omkareshwara temple, at Pattanayakanahalli in Sira taluk, 140 km away. The temple, located in the Gurugunda Brahmeshwara Mutt, is revered by the Kunchitiga subsect of the Vokkaliga community and commands a strong influence among the voters of both Tumakuru and Chitradurga. The grand old man, accompanied by his son, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy took part in five kinds , of rituals under the guidance of Dr Narayanacharya, a religious head from Paduvagere in Amrituru village of Kungal. “He never feels tired when he is involved in rituals and is working with people,” Gowda’s longtime associate Tippeswamy, remarked with wonder. After the two-hour-long session at the temple, Gowda headed to Bukkapatna village, where he addressed a P6 small gathering. KARNATAKA Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar on Monday accepted the resignation of former Congress MLA Umesh Jadhav. With his decision, the Speaker has essentially eased Jadhav’s path to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Gulbarga seat on a BJP ticket against senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge. The Congress had petitioned the Speaker seeking Jadhav’s disqualification along with three other dissenting MLAs in February The Speaker accepted . Jadhav’s resignation. He said that he had to pass an order on the basis of evidence and not ethics. “It is the Speaker’s prerogative. This shows that the Congress abides by constitutional propriety. Khargeji, a veteran of 11 elections. is ready to fight another one. We are not worried,” said Priyank Kharge, Minister for SoP6 cial Welfare. FB takes down dodgy pages tied to Cong, BJP AXE EFFECT Congress 138 pages, 549 FB accounts FOLLOWERS About 2,06,000 accounts followed one or more of these pages ADVERTISING Around $39,000 ad spend on FB. First ad ran in August 2014, latest in March 2019 Silver Touch 1 FB page, 12 FB accounts, 1 group, 1 Insta account FOLLOWERS About 2.6 million accounts followed the page ADVERTISING Around $70,000 ad spend on FB. First ad ran in June 2014, recent in Feb 2019 Removes loads of accounts & groups saying they were indulging in inauthentic behaviour EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi SOCIAL media giant Facebook on Monday launched its first big crackdown on abuse of its platform ahead of the general elections by removing 687 pages and accounts linked to the Congress and 15 pages, groups and accounts that appeared to be pro-BJP . “We removed 687 Facebook Pages and accounts — the majority of which had already been detected and suspended by our automated systems — that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior in India and were linked to individuals associated with an IT Cell of the Indian National Congress (INC),” Nathaniel Gleicher, head of Cybersecurity Policy at Facebook said. Those page admins and account owners typically posted local news and political issues, including topics like the upcoming elections, candidate views and criticism of political opponents, including the BJP. The 15 other pages, groups and accounts removed, had posted alleged misconduct of political opponents, including the Congress. According to Facebook, they had a wide reach and were linked to individuals associated with an Ahmadabad based IT firm, Silver Touch. Incidentally, Silver Touch developed apps for the government, including the NaMo app, though Facebook did not mention it. This paper tried reaching Silver Touch, but could not get its response. Facebook’s actions triggered a spar ring match between BJP and Congress. “Silver Touch made NaMo App... Why did Facebook not name the BJP? Is it because the BJP had between March 2 and March 16 has given `1.5 crore to Facebook for adverts while the Congress gave only `1.68 lakh?” asked Congress spokesperson R S Surjewala. Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad termed the move as historic, saying it showed the Congress’ desperation.
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