Appu Esthose Suresh

Appu Esthose Suresh

Appu Esthose Suresh was part of Hindustan Times’ nationwide network of correspondents that brings news, analysis and information to its readers. He no longer works with the Hindustan Times.

Articles by Appu Esthose Suresh

ED raids Gujarat firm that defaulted on UPA-era bank loans, Rajya Sabha election funding in focus

Multiple sources said the government suspects the group of mobilising funds for the August 8 Rajya Sabha elections
Officials at the Directorate of Enforcement office. The ED, which probes financial crimes, raided the Sandesara group on Saturday. The group’s flagship company, Sterling Biotech, is one of the top 10 defaulters of PSU banks and the loan was declared NPA in 2012.(PTI FILE)
Officials at the Directorate of Enforcement office. The ED, which probes financial crimes, raided the Sandesara group on Saturday. The group’s flagship company, Sterling Biotech, is one of the top 10 defaulters of PSU banks and the loan was declared NPA in 2012.(PTI FILE)
Updated on Aug 05, 2017 02:13 PM IST
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CBI raids Lalu Prasad’s homes in land-for-hotels scam; RJD chief accuses Modi, Shah of targeting him

Raids were carried out at 12 locations in five cities a day after the CBI filed cases against Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi and son and deputy Bihar chief minister Tejashwi.
RJD president Lalu Prasad comes out of the special CBI court in Ranchi after appearing in connection with a fodder scam case on Friday, July 7, 2017. (Parwaz Khan/ HT Photo)
RJD president Lalu Prasad comes out of the special CBI court in Ranchi after appearing in connection with a fodder scam case on Friday, July 7, 2017. (Parwaz Khan/ HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 07, 2017 06:55 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna/ New Delhi | By Ruchir Kumar and Appu Esthose Suresh

Modi’s office tipped off Nitish about CBI raid on Lalu Prasad

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar was told about the raids on Lalu Prasad and his family after the CBI informed the PMO that it feared trouble during their search.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad arrives at CBI Court in Ranchi for a hearing related to the fodder scam on Friday.(Parwaz Khan/HT)
RJD chief Lalu Prasad arrives at CBI Court in Ranchi for a hearing related to the fodder scam on Friday.(Parwaz Khan/HT)
Updated on Jul 08, 2017 11:37 AM IST
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CBI says firm that won railways contract sold land to Lalu Prasad’s aide

CBI files show that 10 land deeds were executed by Harsh Kochhar and Vijay Kochhar of Sujata Hotels in favour of Delight Marketing Company which later transferred a plot of land to family members of Lalu Prasad, including his wife and son.
RJD president Lalu Prasad’s residence was raided by the CBI on Friday morning.(Parwaz Khan/HT File Photo)
RJD president Lalu Prasad’s residence was raided by the CBI on Friday morning.(Parwaz Khan/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 07, 2017 10:42 PM IST
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How CBI came to raid Lalu Prasad’s properties over land-for-hotels deal

The CBI raids were carried out at 12 locations in five cities a day after the CBI filed cases against Lalu Prasad and others related to him.
Lalu Prasad arrives at a special CBI court in Ranchi.(PTI File Photo)
Lalu Prasad arrives at a special CBI court in Ranchi.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jul 07, 2017 01:06 PM IST
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CAs could be punished for helping clients in money laundering

A finance ministry official says investigators had come across alleged instances where CAs wilfully helped companies launder or round-trip money.
Income tax and corporate laws allow the prosecution of CAs for wilful wrongdoing.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Income tax and corporate laws allow the prosecution of CAs for wilful wrongdoing.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jun 14, 2017 08:33 AM IST
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Changing face of the mob: New narrative of nationalism has created dangerous public emotion

Lynching and mob violence have escalated dramatically. A new narrative of nationalism, rejection of dissent and no compassion for ‘transgressors’ have created a dangerous new public emotion
Md Naeem was one of the seven people lynched by villagers in Jharkhand in May this year over rumours of child kidnappings. The photo of the man begging for mercy went viral after the incident.(Manoj Kumar/HT Photo)
Md Naeem was one of the seven people lynched by villagers in Jharkhand in May this year over rumours of child kidnappings. The photo of the man begging for mercy went viral after the incident.(Manoj Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 27, 2017 05:53 PM IST
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CBI raids NDTV’s Prannoy Roy, wife over ‘bank fraud’, channel cries witch-hunt

A case was registered by the banking fraud division of the CBI against NDTV’s Prannoy Roy and his wife Radhika. The ED and Income Tax department have been investigating the news channel since 2014.
The CBI reportedly raided four locations in Delhi and Dehradun in connection with an alleged bank fraud case registered against Prannoy Roy and his wife among others(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)
The CBI reportedly raided four locations in Delhi and Dehradun in connection with an alleged bank fraud case registered against Prannoy Roy and his wife among others(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2017 12:42 AM IST
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CBI files 3 FIRs over probe into aviation ministry decisions during UPA tenure

The FIRs relate to the purchase of 50 Boeing aircraft for the erstwhile Air India, the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines, and handing over of lucrative international airline routes to private airlines, a source in the CBI told Hindustan Times on condition of anonymity.
Air India’s Dreamliner aircraft.(File Photo)
Air India’s Dreamliner aircraft.(File Photo)
Updated on Jun 08, 2017 10:36 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Appu Esthose Suresh

CBI files 3 FIRs over probe into aviation ministry decisions during UPA tenure

The FIRs relate to the purchase of 50 Boeing aircraft for the erstwhile Air India, the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines, and handing over of lucrative international airline routes to private airlines, a source in the CBI told Hindustan Times on condition of anonymity.
Air India's Dreamliner aircraft.(File Photo)
Air India's Dreamliner aircraft.(File Photo)
Updated on May 30, 2017 02:33 PM IST
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CBI to probe aviation ministry decisions during UPA tenure

The FIRs relate to the purchase of 50 Boeing aircraft for the erstwhile Air India, the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines, and handing over of lucrative international airline routes to private airlines, a source in the CBI told Hindustan Times on condition of anonymity.
Air India's Dreamliner aircraft.(File Photo)
Air India's Dreamliner aircraft.(File Photo)
Updated on Jun 08, 2017 10:35 AM IST
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Chidambaram residence raid: How a 2015 ED search prompted CBI probe into INX deal

It was during a 2015 meeting that the ED informed CBI about the evidence they had collected during its raid of Advantage Strategic, a company allegedly owned by Karti Chidambaram.
CBI raided searches at multiple premises linked to P Chidambaram and his son Karti.(PTI File Photo)
CBI raided searches at multiple premises linked to P Chidambaram and his son Karti.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on May 16, 2017 09:54 PM IST
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CBI raids Chidambaram’s son over INX deal, ex-minister says govt trying to silence him

The CBI conducted raids at the residences of former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram in Chennai.
Former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram’s house was raided by the CBI.(File Photos)
Former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram’s house was raided by the CBI.(File Photos)
Updated on Jun 13, 2017 09:47 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Chennai | By Appu Esthose Suresh and Azaan Javaid

Pakistani man who said he was ISI spy made up story to settle in India: Sources

IB sources continue interrogation of Pakistani passport-holder who identified himself as a Pakistani spy
Ahmed walked over to a helpdesk at the Delhi airport on Friday and is said to have identified himself as a Pakistani spy, seeking asylum in India.(File photo)
Ahmed walked over to a helpdesk at the Delhi airport on Friday and is said to have identified himself as a Pakistani spy, seeking asylum in India.(File photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2017 11:50 PM IST
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ISI spy or not? Officials probe claims of ‘contract killer’ who landed in Delhi

Sources said there is a possibility that the man, identified as Ahmed Mohammed, is lying but officials are checking his details to know where he travelled in the past few months.
Passengers walk inside the T3 terminal of Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. The Terminal 3 went into a tizzy on Friday after a man who arrived on an Air India flight from Dubai claimed to be an ISI agent.(Reuters)
Passengers walk inside the T3 terminal of Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. The Terminal 3 went into a tizzy on Friday after a man who arrived on an Air India flight from Dubai claimed to be an ISI agent.(Reuters)
Updated on Apr 29, 2017 07:17 PM IST
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Cows make up tiny share of cattle smuggled to Bangladesh

Data collated by HT from auctioning of seized cattle by customs outposts along the Indo-Bangladesh border comes close to unofficial home ministry estimates
A cow is seen inside a truck stopped by volunteers of a cow protection group, on a highway in Taranagar in Rajasthan.(AFP FILE)
A cow is seen inside a truck stopped by volunteers of a cow protection group, on a highway in Taranagar in Rajasthan.(AFP FILE)
Updated on Mar 25, 2017 08:32 AM IST
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New Delhi/Guwahati | By Appu Esthose Suresh & Rahul Karmakar

Demonetisation violation? Banks accepted over Rs 1 lakh crore without PAN details

In the weeks after demonetisation, banks across India received about Rs 1.13-lakh crore in “high-value deposits” from customers without valid documents.
Banks received about Rs 1.13-lakh crore from customers without valid documents after demonetisation.(AP File Photo)
Banks received about Rs 1.13-lakh crore from customers without valid documents after demonetisation.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Mar 16, 2017 05:11 PM IST
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Arms dealer Bhandari moved assets to dodgy Dubai trust: I-T probe

Controversial arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari, under investigation for possessing classified information on India’s defence purchases, forged documents to move assets worth Rs 150-crore to a dodgy Dubai-based trust.
Controversial arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari, under investigation for possessing classified information on India’s defence purchases, forged documents to move assets worth Rs 150-crore to a dodgy Dubai-based trust.(PTI File Photo)
Controversial arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari, under investigation for possessing classified information on India’s defence purchases, forged documents to move assets worth Rs 150-crore to a dodgy Dubai-based trust.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Feb 14, 2017 12:09 AM IST
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Top 15 parties deposited Rs 167 crore during note ban, BSP tops list, shows data

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) made the highest cash deposit among political parties during 50 days of demonetisation, reveals data analysis by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and the Income Tax department (I-T).
The top 15 national and regional political parties deposited Rs 167 crore during demonetisation, data accessed by HT has revealed.(Arvind Yadav/HT file for representation)
The top 15 national and regional political parties deposited Rs 167 crore during demonetisation, data accessed by HT has revealed.(Arvind Yadav/HT file for representation)
Updated on Feb 12, 2017 02:57 PM IST
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Arun Jaitley says Budget 2017 meant to help the vulnerable, not the affluent

Finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday the philosophy behind his budget is to spend more on identified success stories and carrying on with the government’s campaign against black money.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley with MoS Arjun Ram Meghwal and Santosh Gangwar arrives in the Parliament to present the Union budget.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Finance minister Arun Jaitley with MoS Arjun Ram Meghwal and Santosh Gangwar arrives in the Parliament to present the Union budget.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 02, 2017 06:06 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rajesh Mahapatra and Appu Esthose Suresh, New Delhi

Budget 2017: PM Modi’s housing-for-all vision likely to get a boost

The budget proposals are likely to follow up on Modi’s December 31 announcements of cheaper lending for poor and middle-class homebuyers with 4% subvention on loans up to Rs 9 lakh and 3% on those up to Rs 12 lakh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an all-party meeting ahead of the budget session at Parliament House in New Delhi on Monday.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an all-party meeting ahead of the budget session at Parliament House in New Delhi on Monday.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 31, 2017 09:01 AM IST
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Revealed: How CIA tried to gather intel before 1971 India-Pakistan war

Contrary to the popular perception of the famed capabilities of the US spy agency, the CIA, had little intelligence or an accurate assessment of a crisis the American leadership was deeply interested in – the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war.
Soldiers investigate a Pakistani damaged tank during the 1971 war. At the time, India had neither confirmed nor denied crossing the border before the war broke out.(File Photo)
Soldiers investigate a Pakistani damaged tank during the 1971 war. At the time, India had neither confirmed nor denied crossing the border before the war broke out.(File Photo)
Updated on Jan 23, 2017 11:05 AM IST
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Padma awards list features Olympians Sakshi, Sindhu, global CEOs Nadella, Pichai

Olympians PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, and CEO of Google Sundar Pichai, and Microsoft head Satya Nadella are among the Padma awardees this year.
Olympians PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, and CEO of Google Sundar Pichai, and Microsoft head Satya Nadella are among the Padma awardees this year.(Agencies combo photo)
Olympians PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, and CEO of Google Sundar Pichai, and Microsoft head Satya Nadella are among the Padma awardees this year.(Agencies combo photo)
Updated on Jan 18, 2017 08:30 AM IST
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Delhi Police chief Alok Kumar Verma frontrunner in race to become CBI director

Delhi Police commissioner Alok Kumar Verma, a 1979 batch Indian Police Service officer, has been selected the next director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) --- and a formal announcement is expected later on Monday, government sources said.
Alok Kumar Verma after taking over as the commissioner’s post at the Delhi Police Headquarters February 29, 2016.(Arun Sharma/HT File Photo)
Alok Kumar Verma after taking over as the commissioner’s post at the Delhi Police Headquarters February 29, 2016.(Arun Sharma/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 17, 2017 10:53 AM IST
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From the mint to organised racket? ‘Home delivery’ of new notes under I-T lens

Income tax and intelligence officials have launched an investigation to see if an organised racket “virtually home delivered” new banknotes from government presses or the central bank to people within days of Prime Minister Narendra Modi scrapping high-value bills.
The two RBI presses printed about 52 million pieces of notes a day since PM Narendra Modi ‘demonetised’ 1000 and 500 rupee notes on November 8, 2016.(AFP File Photo)
The two RBI presses printed about 52 million pieces of notes a day since PM Narendra Modi ‘demonetised’ 1000 and 500 rupee notes on November 8, 2016.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Feb 04, 2017 04:33 PM IST
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Deposits in cooperative banks rose 6-fold in 4 days of note ban

Prime Minister Narendra Modi yanked the two banknotes out of circulation to drain illegal cash from the economy and announced a 50-day window to deposit or exchange the banned currency.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi yanked the two banknotes out of circulation to drain illegal cash from the economy and announced a 50-day window to deposit or exchange the banned currency.(AP file photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi yanked the two banknotes out of circulation to drain illegal cash from the economy and announced a 50-day window to deposit or exchange the banned currency.(AP file photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2017 10:54 AM IST
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One address, 75 firms, no employees: Inside India’s domestic tax havens

Shell companies, the backbone of any shadow economy, are back in focus after Prime Minister Narendra Modi pulled out 86% of the cash in circulation in an ambitious campaign to stamp out corruption and ‘black money’.
At first glance, B-8 looks no different from the hundreds of rent-out work spaces that cram up and down the multi-storied Ansal Towers in south Delhi’s Nehru Place.(Raj K Raj/HT File Photo)
At first glance, B-8 looks no different from the hundreds of rent-out work spaces that cram up and down the multi-storied Ansal Towers in south Delhi’s Nehru Place.(Raj K Raj/HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 16, 2017 07:18 AM IST
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Cash crunch? Rs 242 crore in new currency seized after demonetisation

More than 85,000 new Rs 2,000 notes — enough to fill 141 ATMs — have been confiscated over suspicion that they were acquired illegally in connivance with bank officials.
A man displays new currency notes in Ahmadabad/(AP File Photo)
A man displays new currency notes in Ahmadabad/(AP File Photo)
Updated on Dec 10, 2016 01:14 AM IST
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After Anil Sinha retires on Dec 3, CBI may be headless for few months

With the late night movement of the second senior most officer in the apex investigation agency RK Dutta to the post of special secretary without portfolio in the ministry of home affairs, the stage appears set for the Central Bureau of Investigation to be headless for the next few months.
The Central Bureau of Investigation jointly serves as a national security agency and intelligence agency. (AFP Photo)
The Central Bureau of Investigation jointly serves as a national security agency and intelligence agency. (AFP Photo)
Published on Nov 30, 2016 11:45 PM IST
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Fierce dogs, trapdoors, low manpower: What the taxman faces in black money war

Income tax sleuths need to track down theirs targets, decode their secret messages and uncover evidence of money laundering, all while functioning under a severe crunch of manpower.
Income tax department sleuths conduct a search at a jewellery store in Dariba Kalan, in New Delhi, on November 10, 2016, a day after the Prime Minister announced the demonetisation decision.(Representative image/HT File Photo)
Income tax department sleuths conduct a search at a jewellery store in Dariba Kalan, in New Delhi, on November 10, 2016, a day after the Prime Minister announced the demonetisation decision.(Representative image/HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 28, 2016 01:16 AM IST
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