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Pune: CBI arrests income tax officer for accepting bribe of Rs 1 lakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested an Income Tax Officer from Pune for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from the complainant.A case was registered under section 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 on a complaint against Income Tax Officer (ITO), Ward 2(2), Income Tax Office, Swargate, Pune.It was alleged that the ITO, demanded bribe of Rs 2 lakh from the complainant to pass favourable orders in connection with his tax liability.The CBI laid a trap and caught the ITO red handed while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from the complainant.Searches have been conducted at the office and residential premises of the accused which led to recovery of incriminating documents relating to tax assessment of the complainant; cash of Rs. 5,04,030/-(approx); jewellery i.e 4 Gold biscuits weighing total 350 grams (approx); two flats in Pune and 4 acres land at Solapur, 9 Bank accounts and one bank locker (yet to be operated).The arrested accused is being produced on Friday before the Court of Special Judge, CBI Cases, Pune.

TMC MP and actor Tapas Pal arrested by CBI in connection with Rose Valley chit fund scam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Trinamool Congress MP from Krishnanagar constituency, Tapas Pal was arrested by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the Rose Valley Chit Fund Scam for money laundering. Pal was arrested by CBI officials after four hours of questioning on Friday, when he appeared at the CBI office in CGO Complex of Kolkata. Sources in the CBI reveal that several inconsistencies had surfaced in his statements and he was not cooperating with the investigators. Officials are likely to take him to Bhubaneswar for further questioning. CBI had sent a notice to Pal on Tuesday to appear before them and give details of the transactions that took place when he was the director of the Films Division in the Rose Valley Group. He was also asked to produce documents of the transactions. Earlier, his accountant was also questioned by the CBI. Reacting to his arrest, Trinamool Congress spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP, Derek O’Brien said, “So now political atrocities against those opposed to #NoteBandi and with the movement. We will fight it out.” On the other hand, opposition parties welcomed the arrest of Pal and claimed that the noose will further tighten on other Trinamool Congress leaders. “Long awaited and much delayed arrest,” said CPI(M) leader Md.Salim.

Outgoing Delhi L-G seeks CBI probe into AAP appointment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Outgoing Lieutanant-Governor (L-G) of Delhi, Najeeb Jung, asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the appointment of Soumya Jain, daughter of state health minister Satyendar Jain, as advisor to the mission director of the Delhi State Health Mission. Jung alleged that it was a case of “nepotism” saying that she came from an architectural background and had no experience in the health sector.The letter, accessed by DNA, was written to the CBI by the vigilance department of the Delhi government on December 22, the day Jung resigned. It states that the L-G has directed the matter to be referred to CBI for a detailed investigation into the irregularities in the appointment of Soumya Jain.Incidentally, Soumya, 26, was at helm of AAP’s mohalla clinic project in Delhi and was also allegedly given a huge office and staff in the Delhi secretariat.”The selection process in the government cannot be reduced to favouritism and it must offer opportunity to all concerned to apply and compete so as to attract the best talent around. The recruitment process in the government or government owned/controlled bodies must be with the tune with Article 14 of the Constitution,” the letter stated.The development is expected to further escalate confrontation between the Delhi and central governments.Satyendar Jain has defended Soumya’s appointment. When she resigned in July, the health minister had said that her daughter was not being paid any money for the job. He also stated that she had skipped her admission to IIM Indore earlier this year and chosen to work for the Delhi government instead.The letter further states that an “advisor can influence the decision of the government with the consequential bearing on finances and hence the selection process needs to be neutral”.During an inquiry, the L-G’s office found that Soumya’s appointment was in response to her request and not as a result of selection through an open and transparent process. “She offered her services without any financial consideration. The information furnished by the administrative department, however, reveals that an amount of Rs 1.15 lakh was spent on her tour and training,” the preliminary inquiry stated.Soumya had participated in a state-sponsored leadership development programme for senior management in the health sector conducted at IIM-Ahmedabad in June this year. She was the only non-medico who participated in the programme aimed at improving management efficiency in Delhi government hospitals. The rest were all doctors, who head different medical institutions run by the government.The letter also states that the proposal regarding “her appointment is silent about the existence of the post of the advisor to Mission Director at the relevant time”. Soumya was appointed on April 18, 2016, in response to her application dated April 1, 2016. Interestingly, the mission director gave approval on May 10, 2016. She had resigned in mid-July this year after allegations of nepotism in her appointment were levelled against the AAP government.

VVIP Chopper scam: Ex-Air Force Chief SP Tyagi gets bail, can’t leave Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court on Monday granted bail to former Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal (retired) SP Tyagi in the AgustaWestland chopper scam case.The Court granted bail to Tyagi on a surety of Rs 2 lakh. However, the court directed him not to leave Delhi NCR and not to tamper with evidence.The judicial custody of Sanjeev Tyagi and Gautam Khaitan’s will continue as the court will hear the bail plea on January 4.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) counsel earlier on December 23 requested the court not to disclose evidences to anyone saying that if the evidence gathered will be disclose, there would be implication on future investigation.Commenting on the bail issued to all the three accused related to the scam, the investigating agency had said they are on pre-charge sheet stage and a very crucial time of investigation is going on.Counter attacking the CBI’s plea, SP Tyagi’s counsel said, “CBI isn’t showing or telling evidence against him and if he (SP Tyagi) tries to prove his innocence, they will accuse him of non-cooperation since he’s not incriminating himself.”Tyagi’s counsel hjad also alleged that CBI in the last four years has never been able to establish any evidence against ex-air chief regarding receipt of any bribe.Tyagi has been accused of influencing the deal in favour of AgustaWestland during his tenure as the IAF chief.He has, however, repeatedly denied the allegations.

Harish Rawat bribery case: Unfortunate the way Centre treats CBI, says Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress party on Saturday accused the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and his government of misusing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to corner Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Harish Rawat on alleged and unproven bribery charges.’There is some role of the institutions in a democracy, but it is wrong to misuse it. They (Centre) are just perturbed by the allegation put forth by Rahul ji,’ said Congress leader, Husain Dalwai. ‘It is unfortunate the way CBI has been treated’, he added.CBI has asked Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Harish Rawat to appear before it on December 26 in connection with a probe into the purported sting operation involving him.
ALSO READ CBI summons Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat again in sting CD caseThe CBI had registered the preliminary enquiry on April 29 to probe a sting operation that purportedly showed Rawat offering bribes to rebel Congress Member of the Legislative Assembly​ (MLAs) to support him during the floor test. The agency had summoned Rawat for examination on May 9, but he had sought more time.The case was handed over to the CBI​ when President’s Rule was imposed in the state. The notification was withdrawn immediately after Rawat proved his majority in the assembly and his government was restored.

CBI summons Uttarakhand CM Rawat in sting CD case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has summoned Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat in connection to its probe into a sting operation that purportedly showed the senior leader offering bribes to rebel Congress MLAs. The sting allegedly showed Rawat asking the rebel Congress MLAs to support him during the floor test that took place in May this year.The CBI on Friday said that its investigators had summoned Rawat to appear at the agency headquarters at the national capital on December 26. Confirming the development, a senior CBI official told DNA, “Investigators wanted to examine Mr Rawat in connection to the allegations of bribery made against him in April, 2016.” Rawat had been questioned by the CBI on one previous occasion on on May 9, 2016. Sources told DNA that during the previous session of questioning, Rawat had asked for more time to respond to queries made by the CBI.The case relates to an alleged sting operation carried out in April 2016 wherein Rawat is purportedly heard offering bribes to rebel Congress MLAs in exchange for their support in the assembly floor test.Rawat had dismissed the video as being fake after it was released by rebel Congress MLAs but later admitted that he was in the clip. The probe agency however filed a preliminary enquiry during which the CBI verifies the facts in the complaint received by it.The agency usually only ‘requests’ a person ‘to join the probe’ and does not summon him, carry out searches or make any arrests. If verification of facts shows need of further probe, it may register an FIR or else close the PE.The state cabinet, after Rawat’s victory in the floor test, withheld the notification recommending the CBI probe. Responding to the recommendation the probe agency had said that there was no ground for its withdrawal and it was ‘not legally tenable’ and rejected the state cabinets decision.

CBI books sever alleged Paytm customers for fraud

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) booked seven alleged customers of Paytm for fraud after the digital wallet company complained that it had been cheated to the tune of Rs 3.21 lakh through 37 orders spread over the last two years.The case was registered against the seven accused individuals and unknown officials of Paytm under provisions of criminal conspiracy, cheating, and forgery, besides invoking provisions of the Information Technology Act.However, the digital wallet company, which has named seven customers in its complaint, has not identified any of its officials, despite mentioning that its employees facilitating refunds have been assigned specific login IDs and passwords, making it easier to identify those who processed which refunds. The customers, who allegedly cheated Paytm, were based in Lodhi colony in Delhi, besides Mathura and Bhilwara.This is the second time in December that the $500 company has filed a criminal complaint against its customers. The company claimed it makes payments for defective products received by customers and also arranges a reverse pickup of the damaged product sent to the merchant.In some cases from March 2014 to April 2016, where refunds were made to the customers, delivery of orders were also successfully made to the same customers.

CBI files charge-sheet against Kejriwal’s ex-principal secretary Rajendra Kumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a charge sheet against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s former principal secretary Rajendra Kumar, reported PTI sources. CBI had registered a case against Kumar and others in December last year alleging that the officer had abused his official position by “favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders of Delhi government departments”.The accused have been charged under section 120-B of IPC (criminal conspiracy) and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act relating to criminal misconduct for allegedly favouring ESPL in bagging of five contracts.CBI has alleged that the accused persons had entered into a criminal conspiracy and caused a loss of Rs 12 crore to the Delhi government in award of contracts between 2007 and 2015, and claimed that the officials had taken “undue benefit” of over Rs three crore while awarding the contracts. This is the same case in which the agency had come under scathing criticism from court which had directed it to return documents sought by Delhi government seized during December 15, 2015 search of Kejriwal’s office.Arrest of the top state government official had triggered a political storm with the Delhi government accusing Centre of indulging in “political vendetta” and “paralysing” governance.With inputs from PTI

Demonetisation: Senior RBI official arrested for illegal exchange of old notes

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a senior special assistant of the Reserve Bank of India in Bengaluru for alleged involvement in a currency exchange racket, according to news agency ANI.

Media reports said nine men were arrested in connection with alleged exchange of Rs 1.50 crore worth of banned currency notes.



The government had on 24 November stopped over-the-counter exchange of old currency notes at bank counters, but continues the facility at RBI windows until 30 December.

There have been suspicion that old notes are being exchanged at a premium, helping the black money holders to whiten their ill-gotten wealth.

A report in The Times of India said the arrested RBI official and others were exchanging the notes at a 15-30 percent commission for exchanging the notes.

The Bangalore incident is another proof that illegal exchange of old notes is rampant despite the government and its investigative agencies keeping a hawk’s eye on all such activities after the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on 8 November.

A report in The Economic Times today, however, said the premium for such illegal exchange of old notes have fallen drastically now and the money changers are even ready to pay an interest to black money holders in return for a one-year lock-in.

This reversal of trend, according to an economist quoted in the report, indicates that the black money has already entered into the system. Another reason being spoken about is that holders have found new ways to convert their black money into white.

First Published On : Dec 13, 2016 14:57 IST

VVIP chopper scam: There must be neutral and unbiased investigation, says D Raja

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja on Tuesday said that the AugustaWestland chopper scam case should be pursued in an unbiased and neutral manner.”This is an issue which has been raised many times and now investigation is on. It is for the law enforcing authorities to pursue the matter in a manner which should not give any apprehension of targeting some particular bureaucrats, appointed by the previous government,” he said. Raja further said that the case should be pursued keeping in view, the country’s interest.”Neutral approach must be there in pursuing and investigating the case because, the way it is pursued, can lead to apprehension of political vendetta and such an impression should not be created. Law must take its course and there must be very neutral and unbiased investigation.” he said.Former Air Chief Marshal (retired) S P Tyagi was arrested on Friday over committing alleged irregularities in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland deal to acquire a dozen VVIP choppers.Tyagi, who headed the Indian Air Force between 2005 and 2007, has been accused by investigators in Italy and India of abusing his official position to swing the contract in favour of Finnmeccanica, the parent company of UK-based helicopter maker AgustaWestland by tailoring specifications of the tender at the instance of his cousins.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is probing the matter.

AgustaWestland: India ex-air force boss arrested for bribery

Indian police arrest former air force chief SP Tyagi over corruption allegations in helicopter deal.

SC to hear bail plea of rape accused Asaram Bapu

Mon, 28 Nov 2016-09:40am , New Delhi , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court will on Monday hear the bail plea filed by self- styled religious figure Asaram Bapu.The apex court, on November 21, refused to give him relief in connection with two rape cases registered against him. Asaram had earlier knocked the doors of the apex court seeking bail on health grounds. The Gujarat Government had earlier told the top court division bench that the rape case registered against Asaram would very likely proceed in an expeditious manner, adding that the trial would be completed within six months so the bail should not be granted to him in the case.The apex court had earlier this month sought the response of the Centre and five states on a plea seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged murder of children through black magic and attacks on ten witnesses in Asaram Bapu rape cases.

Bansal suicide case, DIG Sanjeev Gautam relieves himself from case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sanjiv Gautam, who was posted with the Central Bureau of Investigation as an DIG, will not be probing the corruption case against deceased Corporate Affairs Director General B K Bansal. The senior bureaucrat had committed suicide along with his family alleging that he was tortured by the DIG Gautam and some members of the probe team that was investigating him. An internal inquiry was launched by the CBI following the suicide of Bansal against Gautam and the members of the probe team mentioned in the suicide note.The agency however on Thursday informed that DIG Gautam had recused himself from probing the case against Bansal after his tenure with the CBI formally ended on November 10.Official sources said Gautam is also part of 2G scam probe hence the agency will seek permission of competent court to relieve him. Sources also told DNA that its sleuths are about to complete the internal probe looking into allegations of torture against Gautam levelled by Bansal in the suicide note.In the suicide note, Bansal made serious allegations against Gautam and his team members for torturing his wife and daughter and also threatening action against him and his son.Bansal’ wife and daughter had ended their lives in July, nearly three days after he was arrested by CBI for allegedly taking bribe. the agency had said that Bansal was caught red handed. Two months later, Bansal who was released on bail took similar decision to commit suicide along with his son.

Leave your answer sheets blank: Vyapam officials

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) led probe of the Vyapam scam has revealed that government officials had directed students, appearing for forest guard recruitment examinations, to leave their answer sheets blank and had allegedly filled the spaces with correct answers themselves. According to officials of the probe agency, two officials of the Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal or Vyapam, have been arrested in connection to this case. The two accused had allegedly helped 87 such aspirants appearing for the recruitment examination in 2013. The students also figure as accused in one of the 100 plus cases in the massive admission and recruitment scam that first hit headlines in 2013.The agency on Tuesday said that the two Vyapam officials were arrested on allegations of tampering with digital records pertaining to marks/result file of the Forest Guard Recruitment Examination in 2013. Nitin Mohindra , a principal systems analyst and CK Mishra, a former assistant programmer in Vyapam’s Bhopal office were also accused for more than 11 other cases. “Officials were brought in touch with the students through middlemen who then directed students to answer questions to which they knew the answers of. The answers that they did not know were told to leave as blank. The spaces were later filled by accused officials,” said an official of the CBI. The questions were in multiple choice format and were corrected digitally.According to officials the duo were arrested on Monday and presented before a court where they were sent to police custody till November 15. “It is alleged that the two accused were responsible for processing evaluation data of OMR answer sheets leading to publication of results in respect of FGRT-2013,” said Devpreet Singh, spokesperson CBI. According to CBI, in cases related to the Vyapam scam, the modus operandi included use of ‘scorers,’ a name given to an individual masquerading as a student supposed to appear for the entrance exams.

Bulandshahr gangrape case: SC seeks reply on Azam Khan’s ‘political conspiracy’ comment

Tue, 8 Nov 2016-06:38pm , New Delhi , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked Uttar Pradesh Urban Development Minister Azam Khan to file a reply by November 17 in the Bulandshahr gang-rape case. The apex court also directed media organisations to submit the press conference or byte of Khan in which he made the statement related to rape case.The minister created a controversy after he alleged that a “political conspiracy” is involved in the gang-rape of a minor girl and her mother on the highway in Bulandshahr on July 29. On August 29, the top court issued Khan a notice for his reported comment.The case was subsequently handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). In September, the court asked the CBI to serve a notice to the minister for his alleged statement.

CBI won’t probe case of disappeared tiger

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a setback to the Maharashtra government’s efforts for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the “disappearance” of Jai, one of India’s largest tigers, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has written to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) against the move.The NTCA, a statutory body for strengthening tiger conservation has pointed out how, “tiger conservation is species conservation and putting all the states resources into one individual is neither prudent nor financially feasible.” It has opined that “a CBI enquiry is not deemed suitable in such a scenario.”A senior Maharashtra forest department official noted that, while the PMO and the Centre would take a final call on the investigation, “the opinion of a technical department like the NTCA was generally respected.” In July, the forest department had recovered hair samples from Bhandara district which matched with Jai’s DNA.The last location of the 250 kg, seven-footer named after superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s character from Sholay was at Paoni range near his habitat of Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary (UKWLS) on April 18, when his radio collar malfunctioned. This led to a massive outcry and search operation by the forest department, wildlife enthusiasts and NGOs, with fears that the iconic tiger may have been poached.In a recent letter to Dr Shrikar Pardeshi, Director, Prime Minister’s Office, Vaibhav C. Mathur, Assistant Inspector General of Forests, NTCA, noted how tigers are subject to ecological forces which govern their land tenure dynamics.It pointed to a Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun report which said, Jai’s age was around seven to eight years which is a stage when these animals are challenged by younger and fitter males in their territory. This may have led to an experienced male like Jai, who had fathered over 20 cubs, to move away. “This may be one of the reasons for the absence of Jai from UKWLS,” the WII report noted.

Raped on WhatsApp

When a woman is raped in India it’s not uncommon for her to be blamed for it. In January this was the final straw for one rape survivor.

BK Bansal suicide case: CBI to submit report of internal probe to NHRC

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) may shortly submit the report of its internal probe in the suicide case of former Corporate Affairs Director General BK Bansal and his family members to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

File image of BK Bansal. CNN-News18

File image of BK Bansal. CNN-News18

According to sources, a senior joint director-rank officer, who is not in the chain of command, is conducting an internal probe into the suicide notes left by Bansal and his son. The agency will submit its report to NHRC.

The CBI has also sought clarification from the central government whether the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has jurisidiction to summon its officials.

The CBI’s stand is that the DCW is a body constituted under state law, while the CBI is a central, autonomous agency.

DCW had last week asked the Assistant Inspector General of CBI to present himself on Tuesday before the commission in connection with the suicide of Bansal’s wife and daughter.

The sources said that the agency is ready to respond to questions raised by statutory bodies, but has reservations over its officers appearing before a body created under state government law.

Bansal, 60, was arrested on 16 July for allegedly accepting bribe from a prominent pharmaceutical company. Days later, his wife Satyabala and daughter Neha ended their lives.

On 27 September, Bansal allegedly hanged himself along with his son Yogesh at their residence, leaving behind a suicide note, alleging harassment by the CBI.

Sheena Bora email opens can of worms

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The supplementary chargesheet submitted by the Central Bureau of Investigation to a special Mumbai court in the 2012 Sheena Bora murder case, on Friday, attached a number of emails that highlighted the animosity between Peter Mukerjea and Sheena Bora.Even if Sheena tried to make peace with Peter, he bore grudges against the deceased. An email dated April 3, 2011, which Sheena had addressed to Peter, makes mention of a few messages which was sent to Indrani two years ago.Sheena, in her email, said she had written messages to Indrani from boyfriend Rahul’s mobile, apologising to Peter. “The messages which were sent from Rahul’s phone to Indrani, was sent to Indrani by me, and not Rahul,” the email stated.The email went on the say, “Rahul had nothing to do with any of those text messages as it was a personal family issue between me and Indrani. He was dragged into it unnecessarily. I was upset with Vidhi (Rahul’s daughter) because of an extremely unpleasant, upsetting and humiliating email that was sent to me from her mailbox. That night, I wasn’t aware that someone else had used her mailbox to do something of that sort without a single thought of it possibly affecting other people and relationships. Receiving that email from Vidhi, whom I love so much, really broke my heart. I want Vidhi to know that I still love her a lot and I have absolutely nothing against her. Also, I never had, and will never have hard feelings for you. I never want to hurt you in any way. My problem is only with Indrani, which is personal. I feel it’s pretty unfair to judge anything or anyone by knowing only one side of the story. Let’s not talk about an apology only from me for those text messages. You should also try and look into the past and figure out what triggered me to react the way I did through those text messages. I would simply appreciate if you don’t suggest or advice anything in the matter. I don’t want or expect anything from you, Vids or Indrani. Nothing at all.””I have never interfered in you lives and would still expect the same from you all. No further advice, suggestions, .. from you or Indrani as a text message to Rahul or to me through Skanda or my grandparents will be entertained . It was quite inappropriate receiving text messages from you telling me what to do and what not to do around Shriparna’s wedding. It was just unnecessary interference from your end. Also, it would be great if you could make Indrani understand that bad-mouthing me or Rahul won’t solve anything. It’s immature and silly. After you receive this mail, I would really appreciate if I don’t receive any any or unpleasant mails from you all. I am not interest in creating any problem for anyone or myself. This mail is just to clear the bitterness, anger and confusion you all have for us for whatever reasons. Hope this helps!”Sheena went on to say in the email, “Keeping me aside, you and Rahul have your father-son relationship which I would never want to, or like to interfere in. I will never have any problem if you two are in touch.The defence counsels in the Sheena Bora murder case on Saturday received the witness statements which the Khar Police had submitted to the CBI, and which the agency had given to the court. The 80-page document, which was submitted before the court, has statements by police officers from Pen—who had recovered the skeleton of Sheena.The document also has statements of the domestic help who used to work with the accused.

Goa: CBI man among 42 booked for ‘harassing’ former AI employee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Police has booked 42 people including a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officer for alleged harassment of a 42-year-old Air India employee who was working at Dabolim airport.The case was registered at Dabolim Airport police station by Suresh Babu yesterday accusing 42 people of harassing him over a period of 12 years by falsely implicating him in various cases and also boycotting him socially. The case was filed under Prevention of Atrocities against SC/ST Act and various provisions of Indian Penal Code, a senior police officer said, adding investigations are underway into the allegations. Amongst the various accused, Babu has filed a complaint against a CBI Inspector and 41 Air India officials from Dabolim, Mumbai and Delhi. A former Air India employee, Babu has accused that the officials were involved in targeting, victimising and witch-hunting him at the workplace and intentionally insulting him and his dependents by abusing their official positions. The complainant has also claimed that the accused allegedly forged documents, furnished false evidence against him and initiated malicious legal proceedings promoting ill will.

2008 Embraer aircraft deal: CBI files FIR; names defence agent Vipin Khanna as key beneficiary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed an FIR into the US $208-million jet deal inked during the UPA regime, and named defence agent as key beneficiary.Defence agent Vipin Khanna is the key beneficiary in Embraer deal. CBI has named him in the FIR, reported ANI quoting CBI.According to Indian Express, the FIR names Khanna as the beneficiary of the commissions and a Singapore-based company, Interdev Pte Ltd, as the entity through which the commissions were routed in three tranches via a subsidiaryof Embraer.Leading Brazilian newspaper ‘Folha de Sao Paulo’ had reported that the company allegedly paid commissions to a UK-based defence agent to finalize the deal with India.DRDO had purchased three aircraft from the company in 2008 and customized them for serving are air-borne radar system known as airborne early-warning and control systems or AWACS for the Indian Air Force.According to defence procurement rules of India, middlemen are strictly barred in such deals.The company has been under investigation by the US Justice Department since 2010 when a contract with the Dominican Republic raised the Americans’ suspicions, the report said. Since then, the investigation has widened to examine business dealings with eight more countries. Following the allegations, the Defence Ministry referred the matter to CBI asking it to probe the allegations.

BK Bansal’s son had disclosed unaccounted income worth Rs 2.38 crore: CBI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Deceased director general of Corporate Affairs, B K Bansal, and his son Yogesh, had visited the Central Bureau of Investigation offices to submit Income Tax certificate disclosing unaccounted income worth Rs 2.38 crore.Official sources on Monday told dna that Bansal, whose whole family allegedly committed suicide, had a meeting with senior CBI officials a day before taking his life where in he showed investigators Income Taxcertificate showing that his son Yogesh has disclosed over Rs 2.38 crore of unaccounted income to tax authorities. The second important development in the case came in the form of CCTV footage which allegedly shows Yogesh and his deceased mother carrying out a heavy bag,allegedly filled with money and valuables, out of a bank.According to agency sources, early morning on July 19, 2016–the day Bansal’s wife Satyabala and daughter Neha–committed suicide, CBI had carried out searches at their residence as it came to know that they had operated 19 bank lockers a day before. New evidence in the form footage of CCTV located in a bank has also emerged showing Yogesh Bansal and his mother carrying a heavy bag allgedly carrying the unaccounted money.Bansal was arrested red handed by CBI on July 16 (Saturday) and on Monday, his son and wife had gone to different banks operating 19 lockers in their names from which they had collected Gold jewelley worth 1.22 kilograms worth Rs 40.18 lakh, 10 pieces of raw gold bars weighing 1.54 kilograms worth Rs 45.89 lakh, silver utensils worth Rs 4.23 lakh besides 40 cheque books of various accounts.”On getting the information that lockers had been opened,the CBI teams searches the Bansals’s residence from where these recoveries were made by the agency,” the sources said. Bansal and his son, Yogesh were found hanging from ceiling fans by their maid last week.The incident came only two months after Bansal’s wife Satyabala, 57, and daughter Neha, 27, committed suicide by hanging themselves on July 19, three days after his arrest. Bansal himself was granted bail in August but allegedly took the extreme step last week owing to harassment and “torture” that his family witnessed at the hands of some officials of the CBI, as claimed in the suicide note.CBI spokesperson R K Gaur told dna that the matter was under investigation and the agency will be able to comment only after taking in account all possible evidence related to the case.Bansal, was from Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS) and was arrested by the CBI on the charge of receiving Rs 9 lakh bribes for extending favours to a Mumbai-based firm on July 16, merely three months before he was due for retirement.

Scarlett Keeling murder: Did no one kill my daughter, asks victim’s mother

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Disappointed by a court’s verdict to acquit the accused reportedly involved in the murder of her 15-year-old daughter Scarlett Keeling in 2008, her mother Fiona MacKeown on Thursday said that it seems as if no one had killed her.Samson D’Souza and Placido Carvalho were accused of drugging and sexually abusing British teen Scarlett after a party, and left her to die in shallow sea water.The court cleared both men of all charges due to lack of circumstantial evidence, even as MacKeown repeatedly maiantained that there has been an attempt to hush up the crime.”I wanted to know why my daughter died. I want to know every single detail of the case. Because I did not trust the police, the police have been lying from the beginning. I find it ludicrous that these points have been brought up and very, very sad that the murderers are walking free, and apparently no one killed my daughter,” she said.Police originally said Keeling had drowned after taking drugs, but changed their story after MacKeown complained, and a second autopsy concluded she had been raped and murdered.MacKeown has also accused the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of corruption after the accused were let off.MacKeown now plans to move a higher court against the judgement.”Certainly, I mean we are still examining the judgment in detail, and after a discussion and taking other opinions, we will move forward to the high court,” said Vikram Varma, her lawyer.Keeling’s case has raised questions about the safety of tourists in the coastal state of Goa amid claims of police negligence.The Indian media said at the time that there may have been an initial attempt by the police to down play the death to protect Goa’s tourist industry.

CBI files closure report in British woman’s death case in Goa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six years after a 35-year-old British woman was found dead near Anjuna beach in Goa, the CBI has filed a closure report in the case as no evidence of assault or homicide has been found. The 50-page closure report in the death case of Denyse Sweeney was filed yesterday by a special team of CBI which arrived here from Mumbai. “The report has been filed before Judicial Magistrate First Class, Mapusa,” Nandkumar Nair, the head of CBI’s special branch in Mumbai, said.He said forensically, the cause of death was cerebral pulmonary oedema, which means accumulation of fluid in brain and lungs. There was no evidence of assault or homicide and also there was no eyewitness or circumstantial evidence due to which the closure report was filed, Nair said. Sweeney was on a holiday in Goa when she was found dead on April 16, 2010 near the toilet of a night club in Anjuna beach area. Local police had cited drug overdose as the reason behind the death, but later registered a case of murder after Sweeney’s family suspected foul play. The Central Bureau of Investigation had taken over the probe into the case in January.The development in Sweeney case came days after Goa Children’s Court in Panaji acquitted two men accused of drugging, sexually abusing and leaving to die British teenager Scarlett Eden Keeling at Anjuna beach in February 2008.

Scarlett Keeling murder case: Victim’s mother hopeful for justice ahead of court verdict

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With three days left for the verdict in the eight-year-old Scarlett Keeling death case, the girl’s mother is hopeful of justice for her daughter. Goa Children’s Court is likely to announce on September 23 its verdict in the Scarlett death case in which two local men – Samson D’Souza and Placido Carvalho — have been charged with drugging the teenager and leaving her to die on Anjuna coast.”It requires fine balance that the judge should do. It’s quiet complicated. It has been going on for so many years. It went through five judges and three public prosecutors. I am feeling nervous. It has been such a long time that I was waiting for this day,” Fiona, who flew to Goa from Davon, UK, for the final verdict, told PTI.Scarlett’s bruised semi-nude body was found on Anjuna beach on February 19, 2008. The case was initially investigated by Goa Police and later handed over to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).”I have faith in the competence of CBI and I hope that the accused would be proved guilty,” Fiona said.Scarelett’s 52-year-old mother is likely to wind up her India trip on September 26 and for the last time she intends to visit the Anjuna coast, where Scarlett’s corpse was found. “I want to go there (Anjuna) and connect with my daughter. That may be my last trip to the coast whose dark memories still haunt me,” Fiona said.After 16-year-old Scarlett’s body was found, Fiona had lived in Anjuna for a couple of weeks trying to piece together the evidence in the case. “After the incident we stayed at Anjuna for couple of weeks but we were advised to move out from there considering the safety of our lives. The local goons were very active,” she alleged.

Jiah Khan case: Hanging was staged, says UK forensic expert

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a fresh twist in Jiah Khan case, a British forensic expert, who has been hired by Jiah’s mother has said that actor’s hanging was staged and dismissed the possibility of a suicide.According to Mumbai Mirror, the British expert, Jason Payne-James of UK-based Forensic Healthcare Services Ltd said that the marks on her lower lip indicate abrasions or bruises and “blunt force trauma applied to the mouth region”.Jiah’s mother, Rabia hired the expert after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had ruled out the possibility of a murder before the High Court (HC). Rabia has insisted that Jiah’s death on June 3, 2013 at her Juhu apartment was not the result of suicide. She filed a petition with the HC for a thorough investigation, after which the CBI was asked to take over.Payne-James has also excluded that marks on Jiah’s lower jaw were due to a dupatta as suggested by the state’s experts. He believes that Indian experts have not studied the evidence meticulously, alleging that there are some serious misinterpretations in the findings.The CBI’s probe ended in December last year with it charging actor Sooraj Pancholi, Jiah’s boyfriend at the time of her death, with abetment to suicide Rabia’s counsel, Dinesh Tiwari will be approaching the court to present these findings.But Aditya Pancholi, Sooraj’s father is doubtful if it will make any difference. “This report is from a private forensic lab and it’s paid. We will see if a court admits it or not. The investigations have been done by different agencies and all of them have come to the same conclusion that it was a suicide,” he told Mumbai Mirror.

Vyapam scam: CBI files four new chargesheets

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday filed four chargesheets in connection with the Vyapam scam.The CBI has filed chargesheet against people who have been identified as Dinesh Tyagi, Somesh Tomar, Sushil Kumar and Varun Sharma.It is reported that Tyagi had hired a man, who on his behalf, gave written examination for recruitment of police constable in Muraina district of Madhya Pradesh. The cases have been registered against under Section 120b, 420, 467 and 468 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than 2,000 people have been arrested in connection with the scam, where organised rackets allegedly rigged tests conducted by the MPPEB for admissions to various courses and recruitment for government jobs.

Dabholkar murder case: CBI team interrogates accused Tawde’s wife

A team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in Panvel on Tuesday, interrogated Nidhi Tawde, wife of Dr Virendrasinh Tawde, an accused in murder of Pune-based rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar.According to sources in CBI, a search were conducted at the couple’s Panvel residence soon after Nidhi’s interrogation. Last week, the agency had stated that Tawde was suspected to be the chief architect of Dabholkar’s murder and that interrogation of his wife and some known associates was on the cards.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Investigators had previously tried to interrogate Nidhi but she was out of the country. She had been visiting her sister in London and returned to Panvel on Monday, said agency officials.”It was a preliminary examination. If the need arises, she will be questioned again,” said a CBI official. CBI sleuths are of the opinion that Nidhi, also a doctor, might have been privy to her husband’s activities. Tawde is Hindu Janjagruti Samiti’s (HJS) chief coordinator and speaker for the controversial Sanatan Sanstha (SS).According to sources, Nidhi too is believed to be involved with these organisations. She, however, grew distant over the years and shifted her focus to her medical practice. The CBI officials said the couple was in touch with each other, but because of his Sanstha-related activities, Tawde mostly lived in an ashram. Both SS and HJS encourage their members to focus on the Hindutva cause and not be distracted by family life.Tawde, arrested earlier this month, has been accused of not only providing logistics to individuals who gunned down Dr Dabholkar in 2013, but also of being in touch with absconding SS member Sarang Akolkar, prime accused in the 2009 Goa blast case. Sources in CBI said Nidhi was also questioned regarding the whereabouts of Akolkar, who is wanted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for the Goa blast, in which two Sanatan members were killed when a bomb went off on a scooter they were travelling on.Agency sources told dna that Tawde, in an email to Akolkar, had stated that in order to arm a private army of 15,000, their group required proper funding to purchase weapons. Tawde had further written that if a situation arose wherein finding money became an issue, the right wing group should be prepared to “kill and steal”.Agency officials also said that between 2010 and 2012, Tawde, along with Akolkar, had attended arms training session in Goa as well as in Sangli and Pune.

Sting CD case: Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat to appear before CBI today

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat will on Tuesday appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with a sting operation probe in which he was allegedly shown offering bribe to rebel Congress MLAs to save his government.The investigating agency had earlier rejected the notification of the Uttarakhand Government after taking legal opinion which said that there was no ground for its withdrawal.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier on May 20, the Congress government in Uttarakhand decided to constitute a judicial committee to look into various issues, including incidents unfolding after March 17-18 such as horse trading, misuse of agencies and sting operation among others.Justifying the Cabinet’s decision, Rawat then said that it was in the wider interest of the state that this matter is handed over to a judicial commission.The video shows Rawat indulging in horse trading a day before President’s rule was imposed in Uttarakhand on March 27.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had alleged that the sting was proof of unfair means used by the Rawat regime to stay in power.Rawat has maintained his innocence in the matter and termed the entire episode as a ‘conspiracy’ to tarnish his image.

CBI likely to grill ex-Haryana CM Hooda in Huda plot scam

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to call former Haryana chief minister BS Hooda for questioning in connection with the HUDA industrial plot scam.The case dates back to 2012 when Hooda was the chief minister of Haryana and chairman of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). Sources said the move comes after the CBI issued a notice to Hooda in this regard. During the interrogation at the CBI headquarters, a clarification will also be sought from Hooda on the same.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier on Saturday, the CBI registered cases against former HUDA officials, 13 beneficiaries and others over alleged irregularities in the allotment of HUDA industrial plots at Panchkula. The former bureaucrats booked by the CBI in this case are D P S Nagal, then Chief Administrator, HUDA; S P Kansal, then Chief Financier, HUDA; and B B Taneja, then Deputy Superintendent, HUDA.The investigating agency also conducted searches at 16 locations, including Chandigarh, Panchkula, Faridabad, Delhi, Gurgaon, Karnal, Kurukshetra and Rohtak in connection with the ongoing probe in the case.Sources said some files were during the raids found either to be ”missing” or were put in proper ”sequence”.The industrial plots were allegedly allotted in July 2013 at throwaway prices after changes were made midway in the eligibility criteria on recommendation of a standing committee and approved by Hooda.Haryana Chief Minster Manohar Lal Khattar had earlier ordered that an FIR be registered by the Vigilance Bureau and then the matter be referred to the CBI for an independent probe.

Harish Rawat sting operation: Congress to respond legally to CBI notice

The Congress Party on Friday said that it would respond legally to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) notice to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat in connection with the alleged sting operation.”We don’t have any information in this regard, when we get any details then only we can comment on it. When we get the CBI’s letter, we will go through its legality and cross verify it with the letter that we have sent to the CBI. Only then, we will come to a conclusion,” Congress leader Indira Hridayesh told ANI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The CBI will give a notice and we will answer it legally. Harish Rawat is the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand and a decision will be taken after all considerations,” she added.The comments from the grand old party come after the CBI rejected the Uttarakhand Government’s notification withdrawing permission for it to probe a sting operation allegedly involving Rawat.The investigative agency had on Thursday maintained that it will soon call Rawat for certain clarifications in the case.The CBI, on its part, said they have received a communication from the Uttarakhand Government and are getting the matter legally examined.The video shows Rawat indulging in horse trading a day before President’s rule was imposed in Uttarakhand on March 27. The BJP had alleged that the sting was proof of unfair means used by the Rawat regime to stay in power.Rawat has maintained his innocence in the matter and termed the entire episode as a conspiracy to tarnish his image.The Centre revoked President’s rule from Uttarakhand on May 11 after Rawat proved his majority on the floor of the house.

Bihar scribe murder: CBI examining Bihar Govt’s request to take over probe

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday examined the request by the Bihar government to take over the case of the murder of senior scribe Rajdeo Ranjan, from the state police.This development comes after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar gave his consent for a CBI probe into the murder case. The slain journalist’s wife Asha had demanded a CBI probe into his murder to ensure that the culprits get stringent punishment.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I demand from the government a CBI probe and a secured future for my children and me. The culprit must be given stringent punishment,” she said. The state police had earlier said that it would continue its investigation till the top investigating agency takes up the case.42-year-old Ranjan was allegedly shot dead by criminals near the Siwan railway station earlier on Friday. Two bullets were fired at the Siwan bureau chief of Hindi daily Hindustan that hit on his head and neck. He was shifted to a hospital, where the doctors declared him brought dead.

CBI scrutinising files related to Anand Joshi

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is scrutinising various files related to Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Under Secretary Anand Joshi, who has been arrested on charges of issuing Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) notices arbitrarily to the NGOs for financial gains.Sources in the CBI told ANI on Tuesday that it would soon be taking over files related the NGOs, adding that others connected with the case would also be summoned.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Joshi, who was arrested after charges of corruption were slapped against him, was on Monday sent to the CBI custody till May 20 by a Delhi Court. The top investigative agency had sought five-day custody of the officer.Joshi, who was found hiding at a relative’s residence in Tilak Nagar, had left home in Indirapuram ahead of his questioning by the CBI on May 11. He had left behind an emotional letter for his family in which he claimed to be subjected to mental harassment.Joshi said in his letter that he had never imagined that his ‘patriotism’ and integrity would lead to such a situation wherein he has been accused of corruption.Posted in the MHA’s Foreigners Division, Joshi reportedly had access to files related to the FCRA and is accused of accepting bribes for getting the clearances done. Joshi has, however, refuted the charges, saying he was ‘pressurised’ by his superiors to give a clean chit to some organisations.The CBI had last Monday registered case against the Under Secretary under Section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Prevention of Corruption Act after conducting raids at four locations, including Joshi’s residence and office.The CBI had said that cash worth Rs. 7.5 lakh and certain ‘incriminating documents’, including files pertaining to the MHA and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, were recovered from the premises of the officer during the raid.

Uttarakhand sting operation: Former CM Harish Rawat not to appear before CBI today, seeks more time

Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Monday sought more time to appear before Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection to the first sting operation, which was conducted after crisis began in the hill state.Speaking to the media, Rawat said, “I have requested CBI for some time and I am hope that they will understand the situation and grant me the same.”The former chief minister also said that he will appear before the investigation agency and give them all the information that they will seek from him.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had on last Thursday summoned Rawat for inquiry,The sting CD made by the editor-in-chief of a private news channel and circulated by the nine Congress rebels, who created a political crisis in the state by siding with opposition BJP in the state Assembly, purportedly shows Rawat negotiating a money deal with the journalist to buy the support of MLAs who had revolted against him.
ALSO READ Uttarakhand crisis: BJP attacks Harish Rawat on sting, claims it will form govt in stateRawat later virtually accepted his presence in the video. He, however, said meeting a journalist was not a crime.Claiming innocence, Rawat said if the CD contained evidence of him having made an offer in cash or kind in exchange for the support of disgruntled MLAs he was ready to be hanged in public.
ALSO READ Uttarakhand crisis: 12 Congress MLAs were paid Rs 25 lakh each by Rawat, claims fresh ‘sting video'”If any evidence is found against me like me offering money or post to anybody, hang me at Clock tower,” he said.Alleging that the sting operation and the CBI probe into it were part of a “criminal conspiracy” by BJP to topple an elected government, he dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah to put him in jail if he is found in the wrong.

VVIP Chopper scam: CBI questions former IAF chief SP Tyagi

The Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) on Monday questioned former Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi in connection with alleged corruption in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal. Sources in the CBI said the focus of today’s questioning were bribery allegations and the Italy court’s judgement. The questioning will continue tomorrow.The top investigative agency has said that they are trying to figure out the purpose of Tyagi’s visit to Italy after retirement, adding that the former Air Force chief?s accounts and asset details are also being looked into. Sources say that the CBI would also call Tyagi’s cousins and alleged middle man in the case, Delhi-based business man, Gautam Khaitan, for questioning soon.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI had on Friday issued summons to Tyagi as part of its ongoing probe in the AgustaWestland choppers deal. The ex-IAF chief is accused of modifying the requirements in order to seal the deal with AgustaWestland. The investigating agency had quizzed former IAF Deputy Chief J.S Gujral on Saturday in the case.Both, Tyagi and Gujral were questioned at length in 2013 but the fresh round of questioning was necessitated after recent order of an Italian Court which indicated corruption in the deal.The court has given details of how alleged bribes were paid by helicopter maker Finmeccanica and AgustaWestland to Indian officials through middlemen to clinch the deal. The investigating agency had registered a case against Tyagi along with 13 others including his cousins and European middlemen in the case.Earlier, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had also issued summons to Tyagi. He has been summoned under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. However, the date of hearing has not been revealed.

Disproportionate assets case: SC agrees to hear petition seeking fresh case against Mayawati

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear the petition seeking registration of a fresh FIR by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati in Disproportionate Assets case.The apex court had last month adjourned the hearing on a plea seeking fresh CBI investigation against Mayawati in the alleged DA case against her till April 14 after the petitioner sought more time for file rejoinder.The petitioner wanted the registration of an FIR against Mayawati on the basis of material available in Taj Corridor scam probe.

Circus continues, another red-corner notice against Masood Azhar

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday said that it had initiated a process to update a pending Red Corner notice (RCN) against Masood Azhar, the alleged mastermind behind the Pathankot terror attack, which claimed the lives of seven security personnel and a civilian.”The process is under way and we will soon be hearing an update,” said NIA IG Sanjeev Singh. It, however, remains to be seen how much of an effect a mere update will have on the activities of one of the most-wanted terrorists in India.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Interpol RCN is already pending against Azhar for his alleged involvement in the attacks on Parliament and the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly. Another is pending against his brother Asad Rauf in connection with the IC-814 hijacking case of 1999.While the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is supposed to correspond with the Interpol regarding the RCN against Azhar, said that it had not officially received a request from the NIA, the CBI is likely to request the Interpol for a fresh RCN against Kashif Jaan and Shahid Latif in connection with the terror attack at the Pathankot airbase.While the NIA said that the RCN move was a procedure in terror attack cases, the development comes soon after China stopped the UN sanctions committee from designating Azhar as a terrorist.This was seen largely as a negative development but was not the first one in the month of April. Earlier, according to reports in Pakistani media, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which had visited India to probe the Pathankot terror attack, had stated that “the attack was a drama staged to malign Pakistan”.While media reports did not quote any JIT member who had come to India, Pakistan Today quoted the JIT report as saying: “Indian authorities made it a three-day drama to get maximum attention from the world community in order to malign Pakistan”. While the report attributed the quote to an anonymous source, no official correspondence between the two countries regarding Pakistani media reports has been reported so far.While India tries to draw international attention towards Azhar and his brother Rauf, investigating officials of the Pathankot probe are not 100% sure about the intentions of authorities in Pakistan.”We would like to see the Pathankot probe reach its logical conclusion. For now, we are following all the required procedures on our end,” an NIA official told dna.

Supreme Court asks Centre, states to frame rules for adoption of children

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre and the states to frame rules and regulations under the new legislation meant to regulate inter-country and intra-country adoptions of children.The apex court refused to order a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation in all adoptions matter and has asked the agency to consider investigation only if petitioner comes up with specific allegation in specific case.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Juvenile Justice Act, 2002 defines adoption in Section 2(aa). It confers upon the adoptive parents and the child all rights, privileges and responsibilities that are attached to a normal parent child relationship.With this declaration, prospective parents, irrespective of their religious background would be free to access the provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act ? a secular act, for adoption of children after following the procedure prescribed.

Babri Masjid case: Justice Gowda recuses himself from hearing CBI plea against dropping of criminal charges

Justice V. G Gowda has recused himself from hearing the CBI plea against dropping of criminal conspiracy charges against senior BJP leaders in Babri case. The Supreme Court was hearing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s plea against Allahabad High Court’s order dropping criminal conspiracy charges against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders including LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti in the Babri Masjid demolition case.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There are two sets of cases – one against BJP leader L.K. Advani, others who were on the dais at Ram Katha Kunj in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 when the Babri mosque was demolished. The other case was against lakhs of ‘karsevaks’ (volunteers) who were in and around the disputed structure.CBI had charge-sheeted Advani and 20 others under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between classes), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (false statements, rumours etc. circulated with the intent to cause mutiny or disturb public peace) of the Indian Penal Code.It had subsequently invoked charges under section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC which was quashed by the special court whose decision was upheld by the high court.

SC to hear CBI’s plea in Babri Masjid case, D-Day for Advani and other BJP leaders

The Supreme Court will on Thursday hear Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s plea against Allahabad High Court’s order dropping criminal conspiracy charges against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders including LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti in the Babri Masjid demolition case.There are two sets of cases – one against BJP leader L.K. Advani, others who were on the dais at Ram Katha Kunj in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 when the Babri mosque was demolished. The other case was against lakhs of ‘karsevaks’ (volunteers) who were in and around the disputed structure.CBI had charge-sheeted Advani and 20 others under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between classes), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (false statements, rumours etc. circulated with the intent to cause mutiny or disturb public peace) of the Indian Penal Code.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It had subsequently invoked charges under section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC which was quashed by the special court whose decision was upheld by the high court.A walk down memory laneIn April 1984, the VHP started a campaign to garner support for Hindu access to Babri Masjid and other Hindu structures and the VHP started nationwide rath yatras, the first of which was in 1984 from Sitamarhi to Ayodhya. On Jan 25, 1986, a 28-year-old lawyer appealed to the court to remove restrictions on Hindu worship and the Rajiv Gandhi government ordered the gates to be removed. As tensions continued to fray, senior BJP leader LK Advani started a 10,000 km rath yatra to Ayodhya. On 6 December, 1992, BJP, VHP and RSS leaders climbed the dome following which kar sevaks demolished the mosque. What followed were communal riots in the country and Bangladesh as well. The Liberhan commission set up by the erstwhile govt to investigate the demolition blamed 68 people including BJP, RSS and VHP leaders.With inputs from agencies

CBI books five Syndicate Bank officials in Rs 1,000-crore scam

New Delhi: The CBI on Tuesday registered a case against five Syndicate Bank officials, a CA, three private people and others on charges of causing a loss of Rs 1,000 crore to the bank by discounting of fake cheques and bills against fake insurance policies and overdraft limits against non-existent policies.

Syndicate Bank. GETTY IMAGES

Syndicate Bank. GETTY IMAGES

The bank officials have been identified as New Delhi branch’s then general manager Satish Kumar Goel, Jaipur regional office deputy general manager Sanjeev Kumar, Jaipur branch chief manager Deshraj Meena and assistant general managers of Malviya Nagar branch in New Delhi and Jaipur branch Adarsh Manchanda and Awdhesh Tiwari respectively.

Sources said that the fraud was unearthed recently and a Central Bureau of Investigation complaint was made after the suspension of the bank officials.

Goel was recently transferred to the Syndicate Bank’s New Delhi Branch.

The other accused have been identified as chartered accountant Bharat Bamb, a resident of Udaipur, and three Jaipur residents identified as Shankar Khandelwal, Piyush Jain and Vineet Jain.

All of them have been booked by the CBI under charges of criminal conspiracy, using a forged document as genuine, cheating and forgery of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections of Prevention of Corruption Act.

“It was alleged that the accused persons in connivance with the bank officials committed a fraud of Rs. 1,000 crore by resorting to discounting of fake cheques and fake inland bills against fake LICs and arranging over-draft limit against non-existent LIC policies,” said CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh.

He said that the fraud was allegedly committed at Jaipur and Udaipur branch in Rajasthan and Malviya Nagar branch in Delhi.

“It was further alleged that the bank officials of the two branches were colluded with private persons in the crime since 2011. The amount involved in individual transactions ranged from Rs. 40 lakh to Rs.5 crore but majority of them were in the range of Rs.2.5-4 crore,” the official said.

To avoid detection, many of these transactions were nullified from the proceeds of new fraudulent transactions, he added.

“Searches are being conducted at 10 locations including Jaipur, Udaipur and New Delhi which led to recovery of incriminating documents,” the official added.


Corruption case: CBI summons staff of Kejriwal’s principal secretary Rajendra Kumar

New Delhi: The CBI on Tuesday called the staff of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal‘s principal secretary Rajendra Kumar for questioning in connection with its probe into an alleged corruption case against him, an official said.

“Two-three members of (Rajendra Kumar) Kumar’s staff were called for questioning,” a CBI official told IANS on condition of anonymity.

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had earlier said the documents seized from the office of Kumar “prima facie reflect criminal conspiracy and criminal misconduct and abuse of official position by the accused persons”.

The CBI had conducted raid on Kumar’s office on 15 December last year at the Delhi Secretariat.

The issue came to light after Kejriwal on Tuesday tweeted and alleged that his staff was also called for questioning. “The CBI summons Delhi chief minister’s staff ‘informally’ on phone without notice. Staff of other ministers called earlier like this.”

The CBI, however, denied that it called Kejriwal’s staff for questioning.


Gangster Kumar Pillai detained in Singapore?

Unconfirmed reports on Friday suggested that gangster Kumar Pillai has been detained in Singapore by the authorities there. The Mumbai crime branch sleuths were still in the process of checking the information through their sources at the time of going to press.According to the crime branch sources, if the information is found to be true, they will be handing over all case related details of Pillai to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) so that the agency can coordinate with the Interpol for Pillai’s extradition.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pillai, 48, has around a dozen criminal cases, ranging from extortion to threatening, registered against him with Mumbai police. His gang was instrumental in extorting businessmen and builders in eastern suburbs of Mumbai. Recently, Pillai had also issued a threat to a political leader in Mumbai, sources said.The gangster’s father, Krushna Pillai, a resident of Bhandup and involved in smuggling activities at the Bhandup creek, was killed by Dawood’s man Suhas Makdawala, allegedly at the behest of the then MLA, Lal Singh Chavan and to avenge his father’s murder Pillai took to crime.Pillai, who did chemical engineering, as a youngster got in touch with Ashwin Naik who was also an engineer and joined the Amar Naik gang in late eighties. He had contacts in southern India and specialised into weapon dealings and narcotics smuggling for the gang.It was in early nineties, after the death of Amar Naik and arrest of Ashwin Naik, that the gang started declining. Pillai allegedly fled to a South East Asian country and then started creating his own gang in mid-nineties.After the redevelopment activities in Vikhroli, Bhandup and Kanjurmarg brought about a real estate boom, Pillai was accused of extorting money from the builders involved in constructions in these areas.

J Dey murder case: Court grants permission to take Chhota Rajan’s voice sample

A special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court on Thursday granted permission to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take voice sample of gangster Chhota Rajan in connection with journalist Jyotirmoy Dey murder case.Rajan has agreed for the same.Earlier, the court sought Rajan’s reply regarding the CBI’s plea to obtain permission to collect the underworld don’s voice sample.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajan, a former key aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, was arrested at the Bali airport in Indonesia on October 25 after he arrived from Australia, and was later deported to India.He is facing around 70 cases in Maharashtra, which includes the J Dey murder case.Dey, a veteran crime reporter, was shot dead in Powai by motorcycle-borne shooters on June 11, 2011 allegedly at the command of Rajan.

CBI to look into unauthorized construction

Coming down heavily on unauthorized construction in South Delhi, a two-judge division bench of the High Court has ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct a preliminary inquiry in this matter. “We direct the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry in this. In particular, the role of the police officials, the builders, MCD officials and may include the petitioners against whom there are allegations of blackmail.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The HC has ordered various officials of the concerned zones to fully cooperate with the investigating agency. These officials include Deputy Commissioner of Police, the Sub-registrar, Deputy Commissioner (Revenue), Delhi Jal Board, BSES, Deputy Commission of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation among others.Noting that there has been rampant unauthorised corruption, Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva chastised officials for allowing the situation to happen and spiral out of control. “Eyes were shut by the corporations for whatever reason and entire Delhi has been encroached upon.” They went on to add that “Air pollution, which has been a serious concern for the city off late has been directly affected due to this illegal construction.”The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that challenged the illegal construction of buildings on government land in four areas in South Delhi namely Neb Sarai, Paryavaran Complex, Said ul-Ajaib and Freedom Fighter’s Colony. The PIL also alleged that corporation officials had filed “false affidavits” of the buildings being demolished.”There has been apparent connivance in this corruption that include police officials as well,” the justices noted. The court questioned the advocate representing the builder lobby and rhetorically asked “What is your authority to build? Have you submitted any sanction plans for the construction?” to which the counsel had no answer.The CBI has been directed to file the initial status report to the court in a sealed cover by April 6.

Delhi High court stays the return of files seized by CBI

On Wednesday, the Delhi High court overturned a trial court’s decision and allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to retain the files it had seized during a raid at the offices of Rajendra Kumar, Principal Secretary to the chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on December 15, 2015.According to the CBI, the files that were seized are pertinent to their investigation in a corruption case against Kumar. Justice PS Teji ruled that the Aam Aadmi Party-led government’s request for the return of the documents “is neither justifiable nor desirable” and it “could hamper” the investigation which was in the initial stages and “give undue favour to the accused persons.” Kumar is facing a CBI inquiry on alleged corruption practices wherein he supposedly favoured companies in awarding contracts.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On January 20, merely a month after the raid, a CBI Special Judge AK Jain had directed the CBI to return the seized documents to the Delhi government. This prompted the agency to move the HC which set aside the order today. The HC questioned the government’s agenda behind the return for the files since an individual was the subject of an investigation and not the government itself.On the basis of the arguments heard over the past month, the court had one question: “Whether the documents in question are required to be retained for the purpose of investigation?” The court thus answered its question by passing its judgment. In making its case, CBI argued that documents incriminating the accused (Kumar) were found during the raid and hence they were seized. Attested photo copies of the same were supplied to the Delhi government twice – once at the time of seizure and once again upon the court’s direction.To support his claim, the Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta relied upon the judgment in the case of RP Singh vs. JAC Saldanha and others (1980) wherein “Judicial Committee clearly demarcates the functions of the executive and the judiciary in the field of detection of crime and its subsequent trial and it would appear that the power of the police to investigate into a cognizable offence is ordinarily not to be interfered with by the judiciary.”In its 29-page order, Justice Teji pointed out several lapses and contradictions in the trial court judgment. A few instances given by the HC were: the trial court had passed an order without hearing the CBI’s plea for retaining the files in question. It also said that the trial judge went into the relevancy of the documents despite the fact that a charge sheet has not been filed yet and that the investigation is still in its initial stages.IO’s opinion counts The HC stated that the Investigating Officer’s (IO) opinion must be considered, failing which it would amount to the interference of an investigation. And lastly, the HC questioned the logic of returning the files back to the government only to be re-seized by the sleuths if required at any point in the investigation.

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