Ritu Sarin


Ritu Sarin is Executive Editor (News and Investigation)

Panama probe: First prosecutions are taken to court for off-shore tax evasion
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

While at the beginning of the year (The Indian Express, March 16, 2017) the number of requests sent by India stood at 283 cases, it has now crossed 300. And while the number of replies received from among these 13 jurisdictions stood at 165, that figure has now crossed 240.

Printing presses to RBI: Pay us Rs 577 cr for note-ban loss
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

The Rs 577-crore bill is largely on account of huge consignments of imported/indigenous currency note paper used for Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 denominations as well as consignments which had been previously ordered or were in the process of being shipped to India.

CBI tells govt in Bofors acquittal case: UPA didn’t let us file Special Leave Petition
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

Bofors acquittal case: The CBI has made this admission almost 12 years after its then Director U S Misra signed a 36-page confidential file on the subject of filing an SLP against the R S Sodhi judgment.

Former finance secretary asked to explain contract to currency-paper supplier
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

Sources have told The Indian Express that DoPT has sent the former Finance Secretary a “show-cause” seeking his explanation on how extensions were given to DelaRue, a British firm, in 2012 for the supply of colour shift (security) thread without tenders when he was Finance Secretary.

Demonetisation: Figure may hit 100% if ‘pipeline’ collections taken into account, say officials
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Demonetisation: The “pipeline” demonetised collections, according to these officials, include banned notes lying with citizens in Nepal as deliberations between the RBI and the Nepal Rashtra Bank (NRB) for the exchange of such notes did not fructify.

Privacy ruling encroachment on role of legislature, says Mukul Rohatgi
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

The Supreme Court’s ruling last week that privacy is a fundamental right is an “unsatisfactory resolution” and indicates that “the judiciary is taking over the functions of Parliament”, former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi told The Indian Express in an exclusive interview.

If I were still A-G, I would have said we lost privacy case: Mukul Rohatgi
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

Rohatgi said, “The government should not have diluted their stand in court because the inclusion or exclusion of fundamental rights is only the proviso of Parliament... Here, the judiciary is taking over the functions of Parliament and it is a very unsatisfactory resolution of the dispute.”

CAG readies ‘end-to-end IT solution’ for digital audit of Goods and Services Tax
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

“Our idea is to create a data-driven platform for auditing the GST which is independent of time, place and person. Our State Auditor Generals are already interacting with state governments with requirements for the digital GST audit,” he said.

CBI begins probe in 2012 aircraft deal
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

According to investigators, the raids also unearthed a separate tranche of emails related to a property deal in London, which allegedly link Bhandari to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra.

First Panama seizure: Top Delhi jeweller’s deposits
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

Panama Papers: Data shows that in several of these companies incorporated by Mossack Fonseca, there was a fresh allotment of shares and, therefore, enhanced holdings among members of the Mehra family, first in 2011, then 2013 and, finally, March 2015.

Health, Buddhist & Tibetan studies: Many autonomous bodies to come under common umbrella as part of revamp
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

The Indian Express reported Wednesday that the first phase of the review covers 114 bodies under seven ministries/departments from 679 for which central assistance of Rs 72,206 crore has been provided in the annual Budget.

Map for autonomous bodies: FTII to be corporatised, IIMC part of JNU or Jamia
Wed, Jun 14, 2017

The review of autonomous bodies, starting with those constituted under the Societies Registration Act, commenced in January this year and the first phase covered 114 bodies across seven ministries/departments.

On the line from Kathmandu, Charles Sobhraj: Have to undergo heart surgery, don’t know if I will survive
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

The ailing 73-year-old Sobhraj, whose frailty belies his earlier image of a flamboyant killer who went after Western tourists, spoke to The Indian Express from hospital and said he had taken permission to make the phone call.

Flew from all over, saved man from gallows: Justice Bhandari
Fri, May 19, 2017

Speaking to The Indian Express, Justice Bhandari said he and his fellow judges at the ICJ worked round-the-clock all of last week and the outcome was an unprecedented unanimous pronouncement.

Not just INX, ED sends summons to many firms that dealt with Karti Chidambaram-tied companies
Wed, May 17, 2017

One company official who received the summons told The Indian Express that the company has already appeared before the ED but has been unable to give details of what services these two firms — ASCPL and Chess — offered.

NN Vohra, Rajnath Singh discuss Valley, opening talks in J&K an option on Centre table
Wed, May 03, 2017

Although Governor’s rule has been imposed thrice during his two terms, Vohra is said to have conveyed that imposing it again without initiating any political dialogue would serve no purpose, given the situation in the Valley.

DLF planned township on land Robert Vadra bought, then dropped it
Sat, Apr 29, 2017

Revenue records and stamp paper agreements listing the sale of land parcels in Amipur show that between 2006 and 2008, Robert Vadra purchased around 45 acres in Amipur while Priyanka purchased 5 acres.

Panama links Italian currency-paper firm to Delhi businessman
Tue, Mar 28, 2017

Fabriano was among the nine companies that got contracts for emergency currency-paper supplies in December 2016 after the demonetisation drive.

Panama Papers: 424 under probe, India gets data on 165 cases with links to offshore firms
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

According to data made available at the latest meeting of the Multi Agency Group (MAG) last month, the number of Indian clients of Mossack Fonseca, whose PAN numbers had been traced, has swelled to 424.

Arms dealer Suresh Nanda under ED scanner
Mon, Mar 06, 2017

After Sudhir Choudhrie, it is the turn of Suresh Nanda who has turned up for questioning by the Enforcement Directorate.

Panama Papers: ED widens probe, issues advisories to 137 Indians
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

Officials in ED told The Indian Express that over the past two months, they have sent 137 “advisories” under Section 37 of FEMA to Indians named in the Panama Papers.

GSTN rejects CAG’s request to name auditor, do an extra audit
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

A top government official familiar with the subject told The Indian Express: “The issue of auditing of the GSTN will have to be escalated, possibly to the Finance Ministry.

Appointment bungle: Retired officer named for Defence job, wants PM Modi to ensure he gets it
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

It was on December 2, 2016, that the ACC issued an empanelment order to promote A K Saxena to the post of CGDA, a Secretary-level position.

Accused in 3 coal cases met CBI ex-chief, then got away: Probe
Fri, Jan 27, 2017

Sources have confirmed to The Indian Express that the probe panel appointed by SC, has found a correlation between visits to Sinha’s residence by some of the coal-scam accused — recorded in visitors’ logbooks — to the closure or dilution of their cases.

Sahara fastest disposal in 5 years, I-T panel admits
Fri, Jan 13, 2017

In a reply to an application filed by The Indian Express under the Right to Information Act, the ITSC confirmed the report published in the newspaper (January 5, 2017) on the unusual haste shown in the Sahara India case.

Sahara’s expense claim to income tax panel is over 100 times its RoC filings
Fri, Jan 13, 2017

An email sent to Sahara India seeking details of revision in their expenses and the huge gap in reporting of expenditure between RoC filings and that provided to the tax authorities, went unanswered.

Sahara gets immunity, tax panel accepts its claim that seized papers not evidence
Thu, Jan 05, 2017

Sahara diaries: The 50-page order, accessed by The Indian Express, shows that the ITSC had earlier rejected the application of the company and then on September 5, 2016 re-admitted it.

Eight foreign firms listed for supply of note paper
Sun, Dec 25, 2016

The Letters of Intent along with the precise quantum of orders to each foreign firm would be finalised soon.

The new cash seizure trail
Wed, Dec 14, 2016

The new note bundles are being found all jumbled up, breaking the sequence of serial numbers and leaving them with no markings or bands, which could have indicated which bank they had come from.

Cash crunch: 20,000 tonnes of currency paper to be imported soon, 9 firms on radar
Mon, Dec 12, 2016

Officials of the Finance Ministry and Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Private Limited (BRBNMPL) said that the order may be shared by around nine foreign firms.

Swiss Leaks: Income Tax moves court to prosecute Congress leader Amarinder Singh for ‘foreign assets’
Sat, Dec 03, 2016

Calling the complaint “malafide and politically motivated,” Amarinder Singh today said the Income Tax Department had “failed to dig out any proof’’ of his alleged foreign assets.

Motivating to print Rs 500 notes: New target allowance, per diem
Thu, Dec 01, 2016

At the two currency presses Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited in Dewas and Nashik, rules tweaked to keep currency press cranking.

Appraisal report after raids: Birla text message shows payoff to ‘Gujarat CM’ in 2012, says Arvind Kejriwal
Wed, Nov 16, 2016

The appraisal report, forwarded to the IT Department’s assessment wing in February 2014, was first reported by The Indian Express (January 15, 2015).

Panama Papers: 415 Indians under scanner as probe widens
Tue, Nov 15, 2016

As part of the probe, the Income Tax (Investigation) wing has so far conducted searches at the premises of nine persons named in the data and carried out surveys in the case of another 14.

Printers expected a New Year launch for new notes, caught unawares
Sun, Nov 13, 2016

Top SPMCIL officials told The Sunday Express that they were expecting a New Year launch for the new notes, which were being printed in three shifts at two of its security presses from September onwards.

Demonetisation: Decoys, airport swoops marked Income Tax crackdown
Sat, Nov 12, 2016

Posing as customers in jewellery stores and suspected hawala circuits, which were still accepting notes that were no longer legally valid on Wednesday, the investigators reported high-volume sales, particularly at various jewellers.