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Living in denial? Mamata Banerjee says no communal clashes in Dhulagarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said no communal clash took place at Dhulagarh in Howrah district and termed it as “local problem”. “It is a small matter. It is a local problem. That was not a communal problem. I will stick to police’s version,” she told mediapersons at the state secretariat. Earlier in the day the Chief Minister denied any incident of rioting at Dhulagarh and alleged that “wrong information” was being given on social media. “In the last 15 days, social media is running wrong information on an incident which did not take place at all,” Banerjee said at a programme here in an apparent reference to reports of violence earlier this month at Dhulagarh, which is barely 20 km from the state secretariat.”In order to break news one must not act irresponsibly. If something has really happened then you (media) have every right to report it but I think a field survey must be done,” she said.Her remarks came even as a senior government official had yesterday said strict actions were taken against those involved in the Dhulagarh violence and the process of giving compensation to the affected has started.The state government, Banerjee said today, is the first to help a family when their home is damaged or they are affected.”If there is an accident, we immediately take steps to help the family…. We do it on humanitarian grounds but we do not do any publicity,” she said.District police said inhabitants are wary of returning to their homes at Dhulagarh. Delegations of BJP, CPI(M) and Congress were stopped from visiting the troubled areas of the district and police superintendent of Howrah (Rural) Sabyasachi Raman Mishra was transferred in the wake of violence within less than a fortnight of his appointment.BJP has hit out at Banerjee over the Dhulagarh incident.”This is height of politics of appeasement. I want to ask those intellectuals, who cried over 2002 riots in Gujarat and then intolerant India, that when are they going to Kolkata,” Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said yesterday. Earlier, a non-bailable warrant was filed against Zee News reporters by the government of West Bengal for covering the Dhulagarh riots, claimed Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhury.. He had written on Twitter: “@MamataOfficial Govt files FIR against me& @ZeeNews reporter for covering #DhulagarhRiots with Non Bailable sections. FIR for showing truth?”Zee News Chief Editor Sudhir Chaudhary wrote on Facebook: “ Just to inform all of you Mamta Banerjee Govt has filed an FIR against me and ZeeNews reporter Pooja Mehta and cameraperson Tanmay Mukherjee for covering Dhulagarh Riots on Zee News.The FIR has non bailable sections which is enough to gauge their intentions to arrest me and my colleagues. Pooja Mehta is just 25 and got the taste of Mamta’s intolerance so early in life in the form of a non bailable FIR.This is what a young girl reporter getting to learn from a woman chief minister who claims to be the champion of democracy.It’s another low point in our democracy to see a democratically elected govt using police force to curb media in an effort to suppress uncomfortable facts and reality.When you can’t manage media,use the state machinery to conquer the media only to conceal the failures of your administration. It shows the intolerance of a chief minister who is using the state machinery as her personal fiefdom and acting like a feudal lord. I see the positive side of this blunder as a window for all free minds of this nation to act and show fascist forces their actual place. Or once again Selfish Politics will prevail? That’s my fear. #IntolerantMamta”On December 13, clashes between two communities erupted following the Milad-ul-Nabi celebrations in Dhulagarh. Locals in the village alleged that ‘unprovoked’ clashes erupted after an infuriated mob in a procession of Milad-ul-Nabi celebrations started charging bombs at the houses. However, members in the procession allege that they were prevented from taking out the procession, following which violent clashes broke out.A week after clashes erupted in Howrah district’s Dhulagarh, the Bengal governor Keshari Nath Trpathi summoned Bengal Director General of Police (DGP), Surajit Kar Purkayastha on Thursday. This comes a day after BJP Rajya Sabha MP Roopa Ganguly led a delegation and met the victims of Dhulagarh incident.Disclaimer: Zee News is DNA’s sister organisation.

ED registers criminal case against Zakir Naik, his foundation for money laundering

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate has registered a criminal case against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and his organisation IRF under money laundering laws.Officials said the agency’s zonal office in Mumbai has registered an FIR, called Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) in ED’s parlance, against Naik and others after taking cognisance of a similar complaint booked by the NIA under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against them.The ED, they said, will specifically look into the charges of alleged illegal funds laundered by the accused and the proceeds of crime in its probe.The agency has already scanned some banking transaction documents and other details against Naik and IRF and is soon expected to issue summons to take the probe forward.The National Investigation Agency had last month registered a case against 51-year-old Naik under anti-terror laws for allegedly promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and race.After registering the case against Naik, IRF and others, NIA along with Mumbai police had carried out searches at 10 places in the megapolis, including residential premises of some of the office bearers of the foundation, which was earlier put on restricted list by the Union Home Ministry for receiving funds from abroad.Naik, who has been staying in Saudi Arabia to evade arrest after his name surfaced during a probe into the Bangladesh terror strike earlier this year, has been booked along with unnamed IRF officials under section 153-A of IPC (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) beside various sections of UAPA.The charges, in the FIR registered by the NIA’s branch in Mumbai, were also slapped under sections 10 (being member of an unlawful organisation), 13 (punishment for being member of illegal organisation) and 18 of UAPA (punishment for being involved in a conspiracy for committing any terror act).IRF came under the scanner of security agencies after one of the terrorists involved in the Dhaka cafe attack had allegedly posted on social media that they had been inspired by Naik’s speeches. Some of the youths from Mumbai suburbs, who had left their home to join Islamic State earlier this year, were also allegedly inspired by the preacher. Naik’s speeches are banned in the UK, Canada and Malaysia.The Home Ministry has alleged that the NGO had “dubious” links to Peace TV, an international Islamic channel, accused of propagating terrorism.According to the Home Ministry, Naik, who heads the IRF, had allegedly made many provocative speeches and engaged in terror propaganda.Maharashtra Police has also registered criminal cases against Naik for his alleged involvement in radicalising Muslim youth and luring them into terror activities. Naik was alleged to have transferred IRF’s funds received from abroad to Peace TV for making “objectionable” programmes.

Agusta Westland case: Delhi High Court issues notice to SP Tyagi against bail given to him

The Delhi High Court on Friday, on the Central Bureau Investigation’s plea, issued a notice to ex-Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi against the bail given to him on 26 December. Tyagi was granted bail by a special court in Delhi which said that the CBI had failed to state the alleged bribe amount and when it was paid. The Delhi High Court on Friday sought the response of ex-IAF chief SP Tyagi on CBI’s plea challenging his bail claiming its probe would be “hampered” if he remains out. Justice Vipin Sanghi issued notice to Tyagi and listed the matter for hearing on 3 January.

Tyagi, who retired in 2007, his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi and lawyer Gautam Khaitan were arrested on 9 December by the CBI in connection with a case which relates to the procurement of 12 VVIP choppers from the UK-based firm Finmeccanica, during the UPA-2 regime. The court would decide the bail pleas of Sanjeev Tyagi and Khaitan on 4 January.

Tyagi, 72, who was interrogated by the CBI in its custody for seven days, had been asked by special CBI judge Arvind Kumar to furnish a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh and one surety of like amount as pre-requisites for his release on bail.

The court had asked Tyagi not to leave the National Capital Region (NCR) without its permission and ordered him not to tamper with the evidence or try to influence the witnesses.

“CBI failed to state as to how much cash was paid to the accused and when it was paid. Admittedly, the CBI has seized the documents regarding properties in 2013 and more than three years and nine months have passed but could not conduct probe in this regard. Accused was arrested after about three years and nine months, LOC was withdrawn by CBI, his accounts were de-frozed after the agency gave ‘no objection’ and accused was allowed to travel abroad,” the court, in its 26 December order, had said.

File photo of SP Tyagi. PTI

File photo of SP Tyagi. PTI

It had noted that Tyagi had joined the investigation as and when CBI called him and it was not the case that he either tampered with evidence after registration of the FIR or influenced witnesses in the case.

“CBI’s apprehension that the accused may tamper with the evidence is without any basis… Accused has been a senior government servant. The correctness or otherwise of the allegation as to whether the accused has taken any kickbacks and in what manner he was connected with the same, can only be looked into during the course of the trial,” it had said.

While granting the relief, the court had taken note of Tyagi’s advancing age and his health conditions and had said no purpose would be served by keeping him behind the bars.

During the hearing, Tyagi’s advocate Manger Guruswamy had said that her client “could not be deprived of freedom if the investigation is taking time to complete”.

She had also claimed that in the last four years after registration of the FIR, the CBI has never been able to confront Tyagi with any incriminating evidence till date.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, had opposed the bail pleas of the accused, saying if set free, they might influence witnesses and hamper the “multi-layered probe by various agencies in more than one jurisdictions involving several countries”.

“We have evidence where the meetings unofficially took place for the purpose of crime. At this stage, please do not entertain their bail pleas. Let the probe be completed,” he had said, seeking dismissal of the bail pleas of all the three accused and adding the matter has “tarnished country’s name”.

On the court’s query whether the CBI had any material regarding SP Tyagi receiving money, the agency replied the former IAF chief had purchased several properties for which the sources of income were not disclosed by him and alleged that he had abused his official position.

Advocate Pramod Kumar Dubey, counsel for Khaitan, had also countered CBI’s argument, claiming that the agency was trying to sensationalise the matter and there was no allegation that his client had not joined the probe or tried to influence it.

Sanjeev Tyagi’s counsel Manav Gupta had also opposed CBI’s contention saying there was no reason to claim that if granted the relief, his client would hamper the probe.

The accused had sought bail on the grounds that the evidence was documentary in nature and had already been seized by CBI and they have cooperated with the probe agency.

The court had on 17 December sent all the three accused to judicial custody till 30 December.

The CBI had said it was a “very serious” and “a very high-profile” case requiring interrogation to unearth larger conspiracy as the “interest of the nation was compromised”.

Tyagi’s counsel had earlier claimed that the decision to procure VVIP choppers from AgustaWestland was a “collective” one and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) was also a part of it.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Dec 30, 2016 14:47 IST

Appointments row | Not scared of probe but investigate Sahara diaries too: Arvind Kejriwal dares Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday dared the Centre to get all the appointments made by his government probed after the CBI filed an FIR into the appointment of city Health Minister Satyendar Jain’s OSD.Asserting that he was not afraid of any probe, the AAP chief also wondered whether the Centre would accept a Delhi government-appointed committee to look into the Sahara Birla papers.Kejriwal alleged that the CBI has filed “seven FIRs” against Jain and “two” against Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, but did not elaborate.In fresh trouble for the AAP government, the CBI has filed an FIR into the appointment of Jain’s OSD while the LG office has recommended a probe by the agency into the appointment of his daughter Soumya Jain as a functionary in the Mohalla Clinic project.”You (Centre) make your committee and get all our appointments probed. And we will form one, and you get the Sahara Birla matter probed with it. Agree? “We are not scared of any probe as we have not done any wrong. Then why are you scared of a probe?” Kejriwal tweeted.

VVIP chopper scam: Singapore responds to CBI’s query on AgustaWestland

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Authorities in Singapore seem to have finally responded to queries which the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had sent through official routes, seeking information related to the infamous AgustaWestland scam. The recent development comes a day after former Air Force Chief SP Tyagi, an accused in the scam, was granted bail by a city court.The CBI now claims that the information it received from Singapore will aid its investigators to further the probe.The probe agency had sent eight Letters Rogatory (LRs), which are judicial requests, since 2013 and had received “partial information” from six countries. Two of the eight countries have not even sent partial information even after the probe agency registered an official FIR in March 2013.During its investigation, that will enter its fourth year in March next year, CBI sent LRs to Italy, Tunisia, UAE, Singapore, Mauritius, British Virgin Island, UAE and Switzerland. Excluding Singapore and UAE, six countries had sent a “partial execution report” which means that if the probe agency had sent 10 questions seeking information related to the AgustaWestland deal, only some of the queries received a response. Officials on Thursday, however, confirmed that Singapore had responded to the LR. “The new information is currently being examined by CBI and further action will be based on the probe findings,” a CBI official told DNA.In a major setback to CBI, a Delhi sessions court granted bail to former Air Force chief SP Tyagi on Tuesday. “During the arguments, the CBI failed to state as to how much cash was paid to the accused and when it was paid,” Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar had noted.The CBI made its first arrests in the case on December 9 when it took into custody Tyagi, his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi and advocate Gautam Khaitan in the case related to procurement of 12 AW VVIP choppers from UK-based firm during the UPA-2 regime. According to the FIR, the CBI contended that in 2005, the former air chief abused his official position to change the consistent stand of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on the service ceiling of the VVIP choppers from 6000 metres to 4500 metres.

Rohit Tandon, Paras Lodha sent to 4-day ED custody by Delhi court in money laundering case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court on Thursday sent city- based lawyer Rohit Tandon and businessman Paras Mal Lodha, arrested in connection with a money laundering case, to four- day custody of the Enforcement Directorate.The duo were produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Ashok Kumar, who allowed their custodial interrogation till January 2.The ED had arrested Tandon in New Delhi Thursday morning in connection with a money laundering probe in a case of seizure of Rs 13.6 crore post demonetization after the police raided his law firm premises as part of an anti-black money operation. Lodha was arrested on December 21 and later the court had sent him to seven-day ED custody on December 22. Advocate Vikas Garg, appearing for the ED, moved two applications before the court seeking 14-day custodial interrogation of Tandon and seven days extension of custody Lodha. However, the court only allowed four days of custodial interrogation for both of them.The ED submitted that as per the FIR, Tandon knew about the details of persons involved in the alleged money laundering racket. “The accused is needed to trail the proceeds of crime and to co-relate the collected information and identify the beneficiaries,” he said.Senior advocate Mohit Mathur, appearing for Tandon, denied the allegations, saying “what they (ED) are saying is the proceeds of crime, I am saying it is my money”.”The Ministry of Finance does not say violating Centre’s November 8 demonetization notification will make it an offence. Any amount of money can be deposited in accounts till December 30,” he said.Seeking extension of Lodha’s ED custody, Garg said “in this matter, an amount of around Rs 20 crore is involved.Search was conducted in Delhi and Kolkata where five locker keys and computer data were collected. In the raid at his Delhi apartment, 10,000 incriminating documents were collected. Lodha is needed in order to correlate the collected data.”Lodha’s counsel Sushil Bajaj said there was no ground to extend the custody of his client who is entitled to be released on bail. “When ED says it has already probed and recovered things, then why is his custody needed? Nothing has been recovered from his possession,” he claimed and added that in case of custodial interrogation, Lodha’s lawyer should be permitted to be present.The counsel also sought medical attention for him as he was suffering from ailments like mouth cancer and also had brain tumour which was removed and has two stents in his arteries.The agency suspected that Tandon was allegedly instrumental in the illegal conversion of demonetized currency worth about Rs 60 crore in purported connivance with Lodha and arrested Kotak Mahindra Bank manager in Delhi, Ashish Kumar.With Tandon’s arrest, the investigative agencies have now nabbed some of the major players of the two high-profile black money rackets unearthed after the note ban.Tandon’s case pertains to an operation of Delhi Police’s Crime Branch and the Income Tax department earlier this month when they had seized Rs 13.6 crore, of which Rs 2.6 crore was in new currency, allegedly from a law firm that he is associated with.The ED had booked a PMLA case against him based on the police FIR. The lawyer was earlier separately searched by the tax department where it was said that he had declared undisclosed income worth over Rs 125 crore to the taxman.

Shahabuddin case: Slain journalist’s wife lodges FIR for threats to withdraw case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Slain journalist Rajdeo Ranjan’s wife Asha Ranjan has lodged an FIR alleging threats received asking her to back out from pursuing a case against RJD strongman and former Siwan MP Mohammad Shahabuddin in connection with the killing of her husband who was a working with a prominent vernacular newspaper.Rajdeo, who was the Siwan bureau chief of the newspaper, was shot dead on May 13 at a busy fruit market near Siwan railway station.Mufassil police station SHO Vinay Kumar Singh said Asha filed the FIR on Wednesday where she alleged receiving a phone call from Dubai, threatening her to withdraw the case against Shahabuddin in the Supreme Court in connection with the killing of her husband.
ALSO READ SC to hear plea seeking Shahabuddin’s transfer to TiharShe stated in the FIR, “I got a call from +671 at 12:28 am (on the intervening night of December 26-27). The caller asked me if I knew Shahabuddin. Once I replied in the affirmative, he said a lot of drama has been done and now, I should withdraw the case filed in the Supreme Court against Shahabuddin.”I should stop pursuing the case failing which they (Shahabuddin’s henchmen) would chop us into pieces, so that it would be difficult for anyone to recognise us. I am terrified. Please help me as we have repeatedly been getting threat calls. Even the security provided to our family is only on paper.”
ALSO READ Case against Shahabuddin: BJP questions Nitish Kumar government’s seriousnessThe widow of the scribe had moved the apex court seeking transfer of the probe and trial of her husband’s murder case to Delhi from Siwan as she feared that a free-and-fair trial against Shahabuddin was not possible if he was lodged in a Bihar jail.Shahabuddin is currently lodged in Siwan jail after the apex court had, on September 30, cancelled his bail after hearing the two petitions filed by the Bihar government and lawyer Prashant Bhushan on behalf of the slain scribe’s family.The Bihar government had, on May 16, within three days of the murder, handed over the probe to the central agency.

Mamata govt filed FIR against Zee News reporters for covering Dhulagarh riots, says Sudhir Chaudhury

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a case of crackdown on press freedom, a non-bailable warrant was filed against Zee News reporters by the government of West Bengal for covering the Dhulagarh riots, claims Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhury.. He wrote on Twitter: “@MamataOfficial Govt files FIR against me& @ZeeNews reporter for covering #DhulagarhRiots with Non Bailable sections. FIR for showing truth?”Zee News Chief Editor Sudhir Chaudhary wrote on Facebook: “ Just to inform all of you Mamta Banerjee Govt has filed an FIR against me and ZeeNews reporter Pooja Mehta and cameraperson Tanmay Mukherjee for covering Dhulagarh Riots on Zee News.The FIR has non bailable sections which is enough to gauge their intentions to arrest me and my colleagues. Pooja Mehta is just 25 and got the taste of Mamta’s intolerance so early in life in the form of a non bailable FIR.This is what a young girl reporter getting to learn from a woman chief minister who claims to be the champion of democracy.It’s another low point in our democracy to see a democratically elected govt using police force to curb media in an effort to suppress uncomfortable facts and reality.When you can’t manage media,use the state machinery to conquer the media only to conceal the failures of your administration. It shows the intolerance of a chief minister who is using the state machinery as her personal fiefdom and acting like a feudal lord. I see the positive side of this blunder as a window for all free minds of this nation to act and show fascist forces their actual place. Or once again Selfish Politics will prevail? That’s my fear. #IntolerantMamta”On December 13, clashes between two communities erupted following the Milad-ul-Nabi celebrations in Dhulagarh. Locals in the village alleged that ‘unprovoked’ clashes erupted after an infuriated mob in a procession of Milad-ul-Nabi celebrations started charging bombs at the houses. However, members in the procession allege that they were prevented from taking out the procession, following which violent clashes broke out.A week after clashes erupted in Howrah district’s Dhulagarh, the Bengal governor Keshari Nath Trpathi summoned Bengal Director General of Police (DGP), Surajit Kar Purkayastha on Thursday. This comes a day after BJP Rajya Sabha MP Roopa Ganguly led a delegation and met the victims of Dhulagarh incident.Disclaimer: Zee News is DNA’s sister organisation.

Breather for Tyagi as court grants bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major setback to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), a Delhi sessions court granted bail to former Air Force chief SP Tyagi on Monday. Tyagi was directed to furnish a bail bond of Rs 2 lakh and one surety for a like amount.Sanjeev Tyagi and Gautam Khaitan, the co-accused, were denied bail and will remain in judicial custody till December 30.Tyagi and the other two allegedly received kickbacks while buying a dozen AW-101 VVIP helicopters from the UK-based AgustaWestland company. Tyagi, who was held on December 9, is the first chief from any wing of the armed forces to be arrested.The CBI arrested the accused more than three years after registering the FIR.”During the arguments, the CBI failed to state as to how much cash was paid to the accused and when it was paid,” Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar noted. The additional sessions judge gave his order after hearing arguments from the defence and the CBI last week.Representing the CBI, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, on Friday, submitted that, if released, the former air chief would influence the witness and tamper with the investigation. However, the court found these charges to be “unfounded” and “without any bias.”The court forbade Tyagi from tampering with evidence and influencing witnesses. It directed him to join the investigation as and when called by the CBI. Tyagi also cannot leave the NCR region without court permission.The former air chief’s bail was hailed by veterans who have been supporting him throughout his incarceration. Shortly after receiving bail, IAF Chief Arup Raha made a statement to the media saying that Tyagi’s arrest had affected the morale of the Air Force and dented the image of the forces. Raha also added that Tyagi should not be treated like a common criminal.Such sentiments were echoed by Tyagi’s supporters — retired Air Marshals and Air Vice Marshals who thronged the courtroom to stand beside their chief. The community, who was incensed over Tyagi’s arrest and incarceration, had even come out with a petition seeking his release. The petition garnered over 2,000 signatures.Tyagi, his cousin Sanjeev, better known as Julie, and Khaitan were arrested by the CBI on December 9 in an illegal graft case. The FIR, which the CBI had filed close to four years ago, stated that Tyagi had granted approval for reduction of the service ceiling (height of flying capability) of the choppers from 6,000 metres to 4,500 metres. This, the CBI alleged, was instrumental in making AgustaWestland eligible to participate in a bid to supply helicopters.The probe agency further alleged that Italian middlemen Guido Haschke and Carlos Gerosa had given Tyagi cash, camouflaged in the form of consultancy fees, to alter the operational requirements.Representing the defence, Menaka Guruswamy refuted all charges levelled against her client. In her arguments for bail submitted last week, Guruswamy stressed that the charges against Tyagi were economic in nature, for which the documents had already been investigated by the CBI. She claimed that the only charge against her client was vague and that the CBI had based their allegations on the judgment from an Italian court of appeals.Incidentally, the Italian Supreme Court accepted the plea and ordered a re-trial of Giuseppe Orsi and Bruno Spagnolini, former CEOs of Finmeccanica and AgustaWestland. The two were then convicted for bribing Indian government officials for a 560 million Euro deal involving the sale of 12 helicopters.

Arrested air chief to spend christmas in jail, Court may decide on Monday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Air Chief Marshall SP Tyagi will be spending Christmas behind bars as the court’s decision on his jail application maybe announced on Monday. Two days after the defence concluded their arguments, CBI submitted their opposition in front of Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar at Patiala house court on Friday.Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar reserved its order on the bail applications of Tyagi, his cousin Sanjeev aka Julie and Delhi-based lawyer Gautam Khaitan who were arrested on December 9 in the case pertaining to the AgustaWestland chopper scam.Refuting the charge that the CBI had arbitrarily arrested SP Tyagi and thereby tarnishing his image, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta representing the CBI, stressed that not much could be revealed at this delicate stage since the investigation was multi-layered, and multi-jurisdictional. “We have evidences where the meetings unofficially took place for the purpose of crime. Let the probe be completed,” Mehta said, seeking the dismissal of all three bail pleas.The CBI submitted a case diary that contained evidence collected through oral and documentary material. “This evidence is not to be disclosed in the pre-chargesheet stage,” Mehta stressed throughout his submission. Mehta stated that the evidence gathered took time since Letters of Rogatory (LORs) were sent to eight countries through official channels and the process was time consuming. Mehta said that in 2014 Italy, one of the countries approached, sent 1.2 lakh documents of which 70 per cent was in Italian. Mauritius, Mehta added sent evidence in 2016.”We cannot reveal many facts as it will have serious implication on the case,” Mehta said. “During investigation the accused came to know the line of questioning when he was interrogated. Hence, the moment the accused comes out, there is a concern that other witnesses who have not yet been interrogated will be influenced and perhaps evidence maybe destroyed,” Mehta added.Mehta submitted that during their investigation not only Tyagi, but his family members also figured as prospective witnesses. “SP Tyagi and his cousin’s name have cropped up often during the investigation,” Mehta said. Replying to the court’s query whether the former air chief had received any money – the sole charge against him in the FIR, the CBI stated that SP Tyagi had bought several properties while he was still in office which he did not declare as he was supposed to.In the hour-long submission, the CBI touched upon many points – a few to strengthen their case against the three accused, and others to rebut the argument made by the defence.Clarifying that the Italian Surpeme Court had set aside the order of the appellate court and not the trial court, in the case pertaining to Giuseppe Orsi and Bruno Spagnolini, former CEOs of Finmeccanica and AgustaWestland. Whereas, Italian national and middle-man Guido Haschke had never contested his guilt and continued to be a convict. “The decision of the Italian courts is not the foundation of my case, though it may simply work as a guide to my investigation,” Mehta said.Opposing CBI’s contention, Meneka Guruswamy, representing the former air chief, said his client “could not be deprived from freedom if the investigation is taking time to complete”. Guruswamy claimed that the CBI had already seized all the documents since the FIR was registered. “The CBI’s case is simply this, I will not tell you the case, I will not tell you the evidence and I will not allow you a defence,” Guruswamy argued. “Self-incrimination does not amount to non-cooperation,” she added.”Even today, the CBI has not demonstrated anything more than a statement that my client received some cash,”the defence said.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal smells ‘conspiracy’ in ACB chargesheet against her

Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal smells a ‘deep conspiracy’ in the chargesheet filed against her by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Wednesday, alleging irregularities in recruitment in the commission.

This comes close on the heels of her proposed raid at the brothels on GB Road to locate girls trafficked in the red light area from across the country.

File image of DCW chief Swati Maliwal. PTI

File image of DCW chief Swati Maliwal. PTI

“On Thursday, we (DCW) will raid the brothels at GB Road to find out the trafficked girls and the culprits behind this trafficking. We have asked the municipal corporation of Delhi (MCD) to shut the hidden cells in the brothels. This chargesheet is a tool to intimidate us and prevent us from working,” Maliwal told Firstpost.

Maliwal is no stranger to such charges. Just three months ago (on 20 September), an FIR was filed by the ACB against her on the complaints made by her predecessor — former DCW chairperson Barkha Shukla Singh that Maliwal appointed Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers in plum posts without following due procedure.

What the latest chargesheet is about

The latest chargesheet was filed before the special ACB judge at Tis Hazari Court against Maliwal for the alleged offences under section 13 (criminal misconduct by public servant) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. A chargesheet has been filed in the court in connection with alleged irregularities in the appointment of 85 AAP workers in the DCW. The ACB has taken up the probe on a complaint by former DCW chief, whereby she had claimed that 85 people got jobs ‘without requisite credentials’.

Why Maliwal smells a conspiracy

“There is a deep rooted conspiracy behind this chargesheet. Earlier, the ACB filed an FIR against me on the basis of a false charge. Now, the ACB has chargesheeted me because the commission asked the Delhi lieutenant-governor Najeeb Jung why he didn’t conduct any meetings with us during the past year. It’s the first time that the Delhi High Court has given two notices to the L-G; so he’s using the ACB as a tool to intimidate and scare us,” claimed Maliwal.

Maliwal’s counter-allegations

– “Former DCW chief spent Rs 90 lakh in a single day, without showing any work against the spending. We gave a 128-page document of evidence to the ACB, but they didn’t even file our complaint, forget an FIR.”
– “Barkha Shukla Singh, who was then a Congress MLA, dealt with only one case in her eight-year tenure; whereas we have handled nearly 12,000 cases.”
– “Singh had obliged those whom the then chief minister Sheila Dikshit had referred.”
– “Despite six rapes committed in Delhi per day, the lieutenant-governor didn’t hold any meeting with the DCW.”
– “The lieutenant-governor appointed IAS officer Dilraj Kaur, secretary (Social Welfare and Women & Child Development) as DCW’s member secretary — this is unconstitutional, because there’s already an officiating member secretary functioning in the commission. Kaur has stopped the salary payments of 90 staffers for the past three months.”

Maliwal’s clarification

“We followed the same procedure in appointing new volunteers, as followed by our predecessor. Nothing wrong has been done. Against the allocated budget of Rs 9 crore, we’ve spent only Rs 3.5 crore; but three audits have been conducted on us to find out whether there had been any misappropriation.”

“I’ve worked with utmost honesty and if charges of corruption — even amounting to a single rupee — is proved against me, I’ll give up my life.”

What ACB chief says

“We’ve chargesheeted her because she made illegal appointments in the commission. They have favoured AAP workers,” ACB chief MK Meena reportedly told the media.

First Published On : Dec 22, 2016 08:14 IST

Delhi: Anti-Corruption Branch chargesheets DCW chief Swati Maliwal

New Delhi: DCW chief Swati Maliwal was on Wednesday chargesheeted in a special court by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) in a case of alleged irregularities in recruitment in the women’s panel.

The charge sheet was filed before special ACB judge at Tis Hazari Court against Maliwal for the alleged offences under section 13 (criminal misconduct by public servant) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal. News18DCW chief Swati Maliwal. News18

DCW chief Swati Maliwal. News18

The court is yet to take cognisance on the charge sheet.

ACB Chief and Special Commissioner (New Delhi) MK Meena said that charge sheet has been filed in the court in connection with alleged irregularities in appointment of AAP workers in DCW.

The ACB had taken up the probe on a complaint by former Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Barkha Shukla Singh, who alleged that several AAP supporters were given plum posts in the women’s panel.

Singh, in her complaint, had listed the names of 85 people who, she claimed, got jobs “without requisite credentials”. The FIR was registered against Maliwal on September 20 and the ACB had been probing the matter for the last nearly six months.

An ACB officer had earlier said that based on questioning of DCW employees, it was found that due procedure “was not followed in appointments” and a total of 91 appointments were found to be made without allegedly following due process.

Maliwal had earlier said that the FIR will not act as a deterrent for her and the panel will continue to work and raise questions which is “disturbing her opponents the most”.

“Even if I am sent to jail, I will prepare a report on the condition of women there and submit it to the Delhi government. The Delhi government and the Centre are working together towards ensuring safety of women,” she has said.

First Published On : Dec 21, 2016 20:28 IST

Govt action to be based on probe report on death of Burhan’s brother: Nirmal Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Saturday said the government action on the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani’s brother will proceed “as per the outcome” of the probe into his death and an FIR has been registered in this connection.His comments came amid protests by several organisations over the PDP-BJP coalition government’s decision to compensate the family of Khalid Wani, who was killed in an “encounter” with the Army in Pulwama district on April 13 last year. Singh said an FIR has been lodged and “whatever be the outcome of the probe, government will act accordingly”. “There is a law of the land applicable to it. Whatever be the outcome of the investigation, action would be taken as per that,” Singh told reporters at a function here.”If it is proved that he was a terrorist as the FIR has been lodged, action would be taken as per that,” he said replying to a question on giving compensation to Khalid’s family. Khalid’s brother Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed by security forces on July 8, and his death had led to months-long protest in the Valley in which 86 people died. Asked about the impact of Union government’s move to demonetize old high-value currency notes on unrest in Kashmir, Singh said the exercise has “badly-hit” terrorism and ‘hawala’ transactions, which is believed to support the militancy.”That is why the terrorists are engineering cases of looting of money from the banks because they are facing dearth of money,” he said, adding that the government was making “full security” arrangement to ensure such incidents do not recur. “There is a dip in smuggling of weapons from Pakistan. They are frustrated by the demonetization,” he said. He asked Hurriyat leaders and other separatists to think “positively” so that normalcy returns and added that shutdown by separatists is “causing loss to everyone,” he said.

VVIP chopper scam: CBI yet to get full info on money trail from 8 countries contacted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has not received complete responses in any of the Letter Rogatories (LR’s) it sent to eight countries to seek information on money trail related to the infamous AgustaWestland scam.According to official sources, the probe agency has sent eight LRs, which are basically judicial requests, since 2013 and has received “partial information” from six countries. Two of the eight countries have not even sent partial information even after the probe agency registered an official FIR on March, 2013.According to CBI officials, the probe agency during its investigation, that will enter its fourth year in March next year, sent LRs to Italy, Tunisia, UAE, Singapore, Mauritius, British Virgin Island, UAE and Switzerland. Excluding Singapore and UAE, six countries have sent a “partial execution report” which means that if the probe agency had sent 10 questions seeking information related to the AgustaWestland deal, only some of the queries have received a response.Official sources told DNA on Thursday that investigators probing the Rs 3,726 crore chopper scam have sent multiple reminders to the authorities in the eight countries requesting them to send out information about the scam. The latest reminder was sent to Mauritius which sent a response in November this year however the response too was a partial execution report.”Its a massive investigation and a major part of the probe involves accessing documents and data lying in various countries. When a probe such as AgustaWestland spreads to multiple countries, coordinating with authorities of those countries can be time consuming,” a senior CBI official told DNA, adding that authorities abroad have been cooperating with the probe agency so far.The CBI made its first arrests in the case on December 9 when it took into custody former Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi, his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi and advocate Gautam Khaitan in the case related to procurement of 12 AW VVIP choppers from UK-based firm during the UPA-2 regime.According to the FIR, the CBI contended that in 2005, the former air chief abused his official position to change the consistent stand of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on the service ceiling of the VVIP choppers from 6000 metres to 4500 metres.On January 1, 2014, India scrapped the contract with AgustaWestland over alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of paying kickbacks.The CBI alleged that the bribes were routed through multiple companies in India and abroad and involved middlemen and other individuals, including British national Christian Michel and Italian nationals Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa. Companies including Finmeccanica, AgustaWestland, Mohali-based IDS Infotech, Aeromatrix, IDS Tunisia and IDS Mauritius have also been named in the 2013 FIR by the CBI.The accused were first sent to CBI custody twice by a Delhi court. The CBI in its argument seeking custody claimed that crucial information was collected from three countries — Italy, Switzerland and Mauritius — via LRs and the accused were required to be confronted with it to unearth the larger conspiracy in the chopper deal case. Interestingly, authorities in Italy too has sent partial execution report, sources said.

VVIP chopper scam: SP Tyagi’s CBI remand extended for three days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ex-IAF chief SP Tyagi’s will undergo further custodial questioning for three more days as CBI told a court on Wednesday that AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam was a “very serious” case requiring his interrogation to unearth the larger conspiracy as the “interest of the nation was compromised”.Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar extended his custody till December 17 along with that of his cousin Sanjeev alias Julie and advocate Gautam Khaitan, also accused in Rs 450 crore chopper deal bribery case. CBI, however, had sought extension of their custody by seven days, saying, “Its a very wide and serious case and some accused and firms from abroad were also involved in the conspiracy. Right now we are handicapped due to want of material. It is a very high-profile case and we need proper material. One part of the crime was committed in India while various other angles are in foreign land,” CBI said, noting that it has received help from various countries including Italy, Mauritius, Switzerland and the UK.The agency said that their further custodial interrogation was required to reach the bottom of the conspiracy. However, the counsel appearing for SP Tyagi opposed CBI’s plea, saying that he was “a decorated war hero of the nation” and “CBI, which was termed as ‘a caged parrot’ by the Supreme Court, is trying to tarnish his image”. “The FIR only says that the ex-ACM ‘also’ received some amount of cash. It is just a vague allegation,” Tyagi’s counsel said.The counsel submitted that SP Tyagi has already been confronted with his cousin and enough confrontation had taken place much before his arrest. “This arrest was made only for humiliation and not for confrontation,” the counsel said.The court had on December 10 sent the three accused to four days’ CBI custody, which expired on Wednesday, in the case related to procurement of 12 VVIP choppers from UK-based firm during the UPA-2 regime. During the last hearing, Tyagi’s counsel had claimed that the decision to procure VVIP choppers from AgustaWestland was a “collective” one and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) was also a part of it.CBI had alleged that Tyagi had “abused his official position” and when he was the Air Chief Marshal, he had made huge investments in land and other properties and had not disclosed the source his income. Tyagi’s counsel had refuted CBI’s claim, saying, “As per the allegations, conspiracy and money transaction were going on much before my client came into picture.” The counsel appearing for the other two arrested accused had also opposedCBI’s case saying the FIR was lodged over three years ago and there were no fresh grounds to arrest them at this stage. CBI, however, had alleged that Khaitan was the “brain” behind how the bribe money reached India and several firms through which the money travelled came into existence and Sanjeev was known to alleged European middleman Carlo Gerosa.71-year old Tyagi, who had retired in 2007, his cousin Sanjeev and Khaitan were arrested on December 9 by the agency in connection with the case.

Illicit relationship: Youth burnt alive by woman, two others

Wed, 14 Dec 2016-02:58pm , Pratapgarh , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A 20-year-old youth was allegedly burnt alive by a woman with whom he was in relationship, and two others in Dandi village here, police said on Wednesday.Police suspect that the deceased and the two other accused were in an illicit relationship with the 28-year-old woman Rangili, mother of two children. Arjun Singh Chauhan (20), was set afire by the three accused yesterday when he had gone to meet the woman in Jethwara area here, they said. Chauhan was rushed to the hospital where he died during treatment.An FIR has been registered in this regard against the woman and two others. No arrests have been made as yet.

VVIP chopper scam: Ex-IAF chief SP Tyagi drags in then PMO, says I am not running away

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a day of high drama in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Sujit Saurabh on Saturday when SP Tyagi, former Air Force chief, was sent to four days’ police custody, following his arrest by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday for allegedly receiving kickbacks in the AgustaWestland helicopter deal.The prosecution and the defence dropped high-profile names and levelled allegations against each other’s clients in a hearing that lasted for over three hours. In fact, the judge said that if he allowed the proceedings to continue, they will end only after three days.The highlight of the day came when Tyagi, who requested the court to speak in his own defence. This was after the prosecution accused him of buying agricultural land between 2005 and 2007 when he was the IAF chief.While the prosecution argued that fresh evidence had cropped up as a result of a judicial request the CBI had sent to some countries seeking information on the scam, the defence were belligerent, suggesting that the decision to procure the choppers came from the then Prime Minister’s Office.Tyagi is accused of influencing the IAF’s decision to tailor chopper specifications to suit Finmeccanica subsidiary AgustaWestland’s bid, resulting in what is now known as the Rs 3,726-crore AgustaWestland chopper scam.The CBI claims that kickbacks worth Rs 423 crore were paid through various middlemen, who routed the money using a maze of shell companies. Tyagi’s lawyer Gautam Khaitan and cousins Sanjeev, Rajiv and Sandeep are also accused of making the deal possible.”Yes, I have bought land and sold it off, too. But I started buying land from 2002 onwards, and if that proves I am corrupt, I have nothing to say. I can provide them (CBI) with the land records and all the data they need. Everything is accounted for,” the former IAF chief said. He said that if the alleged land deals were the basis for his arrest, he wanted to let the CBI know that he will be not be running anywhere and was ready for questioning.”Whenever the CBI asked me to come, I did that. If they want to ask anything, I am ready, I am not running away. I am not going anywhere, I am here,” the 71 year-old said. He added that the CBI had been treating him well. Sanjeev and Khaitan were also arrested on Friday.The magistrate sent the three accused to police custody till December 14. The CBI had sought a 10-day custody, claiming crucial information was collected from three countries — Italy, Switzerland and Mauritius – – via letters rogatory (LR) and they wanted to confront the accused with it. The prosecution also told the court that CBI had collected evidence from the Switzerland residence of Guido Haschke, the Swiss-Italian businessman accused in the FIR. The prosecution said the evidence was collected from Haschke’s mother.Defence counsel Siddharth Luthra opposed the CBI plea, citing multiple reasons. One of them was that the FIR was registered over three years ago and there was no fresh ground for the arrests now. The counsel also cited a separate probe into the chopper scam by the Enforcement Directorate, in which Khaitan was given bail and that no evidence had emerged to link Tyagi. The defence argued that since Tyagi had been cooperating with the probe agency and had appeared before the CBI whenever he was summoned, there was no need for custodial interrogation.”The arrest is only to use third-degree methods on the accused. By third degree, I don’t torture but what the CBI does is not any less either,” said Luthra. Hitting back at the defence, the prosecution said that the CBI was a premier agency of the country and does not arrest anyone randomly.CHARGESSP Tyagi: Allegedly met middlemen, accused of securing the deal, seven times when he was the Air Force chief. The Milan Court of Appeals had ruled that the contract involved payoffs to Indian officials, including Tyagi. The CBI is yet to establish if the money reached Tyagi.Sanjeev Tyagi: Sanjeev alias Julie, a cousin of Tyagi, made acquaintance with Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa and signed a consultancy contract with Gordian Services Sarl in Tunisia. Gordian Services belonged to Haschke and Gerosa, both accused in the scam. The agency found out that after May 2004, 1.26 lakh euros and 2 lakh euros after February 2005, camouflaged as consultancy fee, were paid to the Tyagi brothers as kickbacks.Gautam Khaitan: Accused of setting up shell companies that received huge amounts of kickbacks. Bruno Spagnolini, CEO of AgustaWestland, started giving payoffs to Haschke and Gerosa Gordon Services Sarl. Khaitan, legal advisory to IDS Infotech, introduced the middlemen to Satish Bagrodia and Partab K Aggarwal, managing directors of IDS. This firm received 2.166 million euros from Agusta between November 2007 and April 2010.FAMILYSPEAKSeveral members of the Tyagi family accused the government of raking up the issue to divert attention from demonetization. “The government had done a major blunder by introducing demonetization and now wants to divert public attention by arresting a former IAF chief,” said one family member, who did not wish to be named. Another family member, also requesting anonymity, said: “Chief (SP Tyagi) is 71 and a heart patient. He underwent an eye surgery 10 days ago but nothing stopped the current dispensation from taking him to court. He has fought three wars for the country and we are hopeful he will come out of this as well.”

VVIP chopper scam: Ex-IAF chief SP Tyagi says PMO was part of ‘collective decision’ in favour of AgustaWestland

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court on Saturday sent former Air Force Chief SP Tyagi, arrested in the Rs 450 crore AgustaWestland bribery case in procurement of 12 VVIP helicopters, to police custody for four days after the CBI said he was needed to be quizzed to unearth a “very large conspiracy having international ramifications”.His cousin Sanjeev Tyagi alias Julie and advocate Gautam Khaitan, also accused in the procurement of VVIP choppers from the UK-based company during UPA-2 regime, were also sent to police custody till December 14.Metropolitan Magistrate Sujit Saurabh sent them to CBI custody saying their custodial interrogation was required for a “fair probe” in the case. During the proceedings, CBI sought 10 days’ custody saying it was a “very large conspiracy having international ramifications”.However, the counsel appearing for the accused, opposed CBI’s plea saying FIR in the case was registered over three years ago and there was no fresh ground for the arrests now.Senior advocate N Hariharan, who appeared for the former IAF chief, claimed that the decision to procure 12 VVIP choppers from AgustaWestland was a “collective” one and the Prime Minister Office (PMO) was also a part of it.”It was a collective decision and not his (Tyagi’s) individual one. It was a collective decision of which PMO was also a part,” he told the court. The CBI alleged that Khaitan was the “brain” behind how the bribe money reached India and several companies through which the money travelled came into existence.While seeking their custodial interrogation, the agency said the accused were required to be confronted and their assistance was needed to collect evidence and details of the bribe amount paid by AgustaWestland through different back channels abroad.It said they were required to be interrogated and confronted with each other and the incriminating evidences.The agency alleged that Tyagi had “abused his official position, and when he was the Air Chief Marshal, he had made huge investments in land and other (properties) and he had not disclosed the source of his income.”It also said the involvement of several others in the entire conspiracy cannot be ruled out. “It was a very large conspiracy having international ramifications. Involvement of others in the conspriracy cannot be ruled out.” The agency claimed that sensitive documents were procured by the firm’s officials and several information regarding the procurement of choppers were conveyed to the firm after which the AgustaWestland got the deal.During the hearing, senior public prosecutor Raj Mohan Chand said that on October 31, 2004, S P Tyagi was appointed the IAF chief and he had to take the charge on January 1, 2005. Till that time, he was attached with the then IAF chief.The agency said at a meeting on March 1, 2005, a fresh tender was issued for procurement of choppers and a U-turn was taken on decisions taken earlier regarding the chopper deal.Under the earlier decision, the choppers had to be twin- engined but after this meeting, at Tyagi’s instance, it was amended to “at least twin-engined”, it alleged.This amendment was intended to make AgustaWestland eligible for entry as its choppers had three engines, the CBI claimed, adding that Carlo Gerosa, the alleged European middleman, and Sanjeev Tyagi were known to each other.Later, another alleged European middleman, Guido Haschke, came in contact with Sanjeev through Gerosa, it said.CBI further alleged that officials of AgustaWestland visited India several times and they, along with Haschke, met Tyagi unofficially and continued their contact.Tyagi’s counsel N Hariharan opposed CBI’s contentions and said the decision to procure the choppers from AgustaWestland was a “collective decision of which PMO was also a part”.”The file moved through several levels but I am the only one who has been arrayed as accused,” he said, adding that the investments were made by him post-retirement and there is no ground for seeking his remand. Tyagi’s counsel argued that “the entire material is already with the CBI for sometime and Tyagi joined the probe whenever he was called for. There was a house search a day after the registration of the FIR and CBI had seized all the required materials”.At this stage, S P Tyagi, who was present in the court, told the magistrate, “I can give account of all my land investments if they (CBI) want.”Senior advocate Sidharth Luthra, who appeared for Khaitan, opposed CBI’s plea saying “I hope it’s not the consequence of demonetisation which it seems to be. The FIR was lodged over three years earlier and the arrests now are illogical and illegal.”Luthra claimed that Khaitan had attended the probe on various occasions and his arrest was “malafide”.He said Khaitan was arrested in a case registered by Enforcement Directorate (ED) in relation to the chopper deal and had already got bail in the matter.”Khaitan had nothing to do with the award of the contract. They (CBI) just want to torture him. What was the CBI doing for three years? ED has already probed the facilitation of money. Money laundering is not CBI’s jurisdiction. If they did not need me when I was in ED custody, what grounds they have now,” he said, adding that everything said by the CBI against Khaitan was mentioned in ED’s case too.Sanjeev’s counsel also opposed the CBI’s contention saying that the agency was seeking custody after over three years of filing the FIR and there was no ground to keep them in custody.After hearing the arguments, the magistrate remanded the three accused to CBI’s custody till December 14 saying, “considering the seriousness of allegations and gravity of the matter, I am of the considered opinion that CBI custody of the accused is required for a fair probe”. 71-year old Tyagi, who had retired in 2007, his cousin Sanjeev and Khaitan were arrested on Friday by the agency.These are the first arrests in the case by CBI which came three years after it registered an FIR in 2013 to probe the allegations in the aftermath of details of the scam emerging in Italy where the prosecutors levelled allegations of corruption in the deal against the chief of Finmeccanica, the parent company of AgustaWestland.CBI had alleged that in 2005, Tyagi had agreed to change long held stand of Indian Air Force that minimum operational ceiling of the VVIP helicopters should be 6000 metres.Tyagi allegedly influenced the decision to reduce it to 4500 metres which brought AgustaWestland into the running for the deal when its choppers were not even qualified for submission of bids, CBI sources said.On January 1, 2014, India had scrapped the contract with Finmeccanica’s British subsidiary AgustaWestland for supplying 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to the IAF over alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of payment of kickbacks of Rs 450 crore by it for securing the deal.On April 7, an Italian court had convicted two top executives of defence major Finmeccanica (AgustaWestland is its subsidiary) for paying kickbacks in the deal.

VVIP Chopper scam: Former IAF Chief SP Tyagi to be produced in court tomorrow, says CBI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi, his cousin and an advocate, who were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday in connection with an ongoing investigation to a case related to the alleged irregularities in the procurement of VVIPs helicopters, will be produced before a court on Saturday.”The CBI has today arrested the then chief of the Air Staff, his cousin, who is a private person, and an advocate in an ongoing investigation to a case related to the alleged irregularities in the procurement of VVIPs helicopters,” said CBI chief information officer Devpreet Singh. “The arrested accused will be produced tomorrow before the competent court in Delhi. Further investigation is continuing,” she added.Besides former IAF chief, his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi, alias, Julie Tyagi, and a Delhi-based lawyer Gautam Khaitan were arrested in connection with irregularities in the AgustaWestland.
ALSO READ VVIP Chopper scam: CBI arrests former IAF Chief SP Tyagi, 2 othersThe trio was arrested on the charges of accepting illegal gratification for exercising influence through corrupt and illegal means during the deal.The role of the UPA government and former IAF chief Tyagi in the scam is reportedly validated by an Italian court in the purchase of 12 AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters for IAF for Rs 3,600-crores for VVIPs, including the President and the Prime Minister.On April 8, the Milan Court of Appeals ruled that the Rs 3,565 crore AW contract involved payoffs to Indian officials. Overturning a lower court judgement that said corruption could not be proved, the court of appeals foundGiuseppe Orsi, the powerful former chief of Finmeccanica, and Bruno Spagnolini, who headed chopper division AW, guilty of international corruption and money laundering.As per reports, prosecutors in the court produced a note purportedly written by Christian Michel to Peter Hullet, India head of the Anglo-Italian company, in 2008 revealing that he had advised the people handling the VVIP helicopter deal on the company?s behalf to target people close to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, including the prime minister and some of her closest advisers, to win the contract.Speaking in the Rajya Sabha on May 6, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the UPA regime left no stone unturned to award the VVIP chopper deal to AgustaWestland.Parrikar said the previous regime’s action against the deal was forced by circumstances and the inquiry into it was not initiated until it was unavoidable.The Defence Minister said Tyagi and lawyer Gautam Khaitan, who are being repeatedly questioned by the CBI in the case, are small people and asked the government to find the big names who received the kickbacks in the deal. Parrikar further said that procurement procedure was not followed in the deal, adding there were also discrepancies in the base price.The Defence Minister further said UPA regime knew about the scam in February 2012, but still three helicopters were delivered in December. He added that the CBI registered an FIR in the matter in March 2013, but the copy of FIR was not forwarded to the Enforcement Directorate till December.Parrikar told the Upper House that the Enforcement Directorate took notice of the case only in July 2014 after the BJ-led NDA came into power.

VVIP Chopper scam: CBI arrests former IAF Chief SP Tyagi, 2 others

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday arrested former Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi in connection with the AgustaWestland scam, considered as one of the biggest defence scam after Bofors. Gautam Khaitan, a Delhi-based lawyer, and Sanjeev Tyagi, alias, Julie Tyagi, were also arrested by the CBI in this connection. The trio was arrested on the charges of accepting illegal gratification for exercising influence through corrupt and illegal means during the deal. The role of the UPA government and former IAF chief Tyagi in the scam is reportedly validated by an Italian court in the purchase of 12 AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters for IAF for Rs 3,600-crores for VVIPs, including the President and the Prime Minister. On April 8, the Milan Court of Appeals ruled that the Rs 3,565 crore AW contract involved payoffs to Indian officials. Overturning a lower court judgement that said corruption could not be proved, the court of appeals found Giuseppe Orsi, the powerful former chief of Finmeccanica, and Bruno Spagnolini, who headed chopper division AW, guilty of international corruption and money laundering.As per reports, prosecutors in the court produced a note purportedly written by Christian Michel to Peter Hullet, India head of the Anglo-Italian company, in 2008 revealing that he had advised the people handling the VVIP helicopter deal on the company’s behalf to target people close to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, including the prime minister and some of her closest advisers, to win the contract. Speaking in the Rajya Sabha on May 6, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the UPA regime left no stone unturned to award the VVIP chopper deal to AgustaWestland. Parrikar said the previous regime’s action against the deal was forced by circumstances and the inquiry into it was not initiated until it was unavoidable.The Defence Minister said Tyagi and lawyer Gautam Khaitan, who are being repeatedly questioned by the CBI in the case, are small people and asked the government to find the big names who received the kickbacks in the deal.Parrikar further said that procurement procedure was not followed in the deal, adding there were also discrepancies in the base price.The Defence Minister further said UPA regime knew about the scam in February 2012, but still three helicopters were delivered in December. He added that the CBI registered an FIR in the matter in March 2013, but the copy of FIR was not forwarded to the Enforcement Directorate till December. Parrikar told the Upper House that the Enforcement Directorate took notice of the case only in July 2014 after the BJ-led NDA came into power.

Demonetisation: CBI arrests bank official, 2 businessmen for fraudulent exchange of old notes

New Delhi: CBI on Wednesday arrested a senior manager of Central Bank of India and two owners of a firm in Bengaluru for allegedly violating RBI guidelines on scraping of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The agency had registered an FIR against senior manager and branch head of Central Bank of India’s Basavanagudi branch S Lakshimnarayana and Directors of Omkar Parimal Mandir — S Gopal and Ashwin G Sunkur — on Tuesday and carried out searches at various places.

The three were called for questioning at the CBI office in Bengaluru this morning and placed under arrest after they allegedly failed to answer many of the questions, the CBI said in Delhi.

The agency has booked them under sections of IPC dealing with criminal conspiracy and cheating as well as abuse of official position under the Prevention of Corruption Act. During the searches carried out yesterday at Bengaluru which included the residence of bank officials and private persons, the agency claimed to have recovered incriminating documents, including bank vouchers, counterfoils, DDs, property documents, hard disks and Rs 5,91,500 cash in old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

In its FIR filed in the designated CBI court in Bengaluru, the CBI alleged that from 15 November to 18 November, the bank manager had issued 149 demand drafts for amounts less than Rs 50,000 in favour of a Pune-based finance company in violation of RBI guidelines.

The total value of the demand drafts was Rs 71 lakh which the branch manager accepted in demonetised notes from the owners of the company, the agency said.

The amount was staggered and 149 DDs were issued for less than Rs 50,000 which was allegedly done by the accused fraudulently to convert the demonetised notes.

The firm’s owners subsequently cancelled the drafts and encashed the amount thereby clandestinely converting old notes into valid bills, the CBI alleged.

First Published On : Dec 7, 2016 16:09 IST

Nashik: 8th standard girl gang-raped by classmates, six accused held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A minor school-going girl was allegedly gang-raped by boys from her class, two months ago. The case appears to be a consequence of over indulgence in social media.While six boys have been named as accused in this case, one of them, 21-year-old has been remanded to four days police custody.The mother of the girl who was studying in 8th standard in a well known English-medium school in Cidco locality in Nashik, reported to the police that her daughter was gang raped in September 2016.The case came to fore when on Sunday, the mother found a objectionable message on her daughter’s phone. She then probed the girl who alleged that she was raped by six boys during the Diwali holidays. The girl said she was threatened by the boys not to speak about the incident.Police said that the girl’s friend had formed a group on social media in which the victim was added along with many other boys from the class and school. Some of the boys had shared some “inappropriate” messages and images.The FIR mentions that the girl was asked to come out of the house under the pretext of getting her notebook. One of her classmates then asked her to accompany her to a house in the locality where there were other boys too. The girl stated that she was given a drink which made her drowsy after which she was raped.After the case was reported on Sunday evening, the police immediately held six boys, one of them being 21 years old. They were arrested and produced in the court on Monday. The court has remanded him to police custody for four days. The case is being investigated by Ambad police.Speaking about the increasing cyber activity, Commissioner of police Dr Ravinder Singal said, “This is a very sensitive issue. From the cases that we see, we find that children are indulging increasingly with social media and they don’t understand the gravity of it. This over indulgence in cyber activity is disturbing and there has to happen a discussion amongst parents and teachers. A serious dialogue on the issue which makes the children aware of responsible behaviour on the social media is necessary. They need to know that illegal writing on such media can land them under the scanner of the law enforcing agency and such inappropriate cyber activity can land their future in trouble”.

UP: Taxi driver beaten to death after altercation over Rs 10, two arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a young taxi driver was thrashed to death following an altercation with passengers over mere amount of Rs. 10 in Banda city of Uttar Pradesh.The three youth, who were involved in the brutal incident fled immediately from the spot after committing the gruesome act, but the Police managed to arrest two people.Munna, the taxi driver, was carrying passengers to another village when the altercation broke out and the youth began raining blows on him over the money, resulting in his death on the spot.An FIR was lodged against the three youth in the case.

Watch: Heartbroken baby elephant refuses to part with mother’s dead body

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a heart wrenching incident, a baby elephant in Assam’s Sonitpur district refused to leave its mother’s body after the elephant fell into a pit and died. The incident took place at a construction site of Patanjali Mega Herbal and Food Park at Ghoramari region.The video shows the heartbreaking scene of the calf repeatedly tapping and nudging its mother’s lifeless form in apparent confusion. Several hours after its death, the forest officials took out the elephant’s body from the pit with the help of a crane. Later, they removed her tusk and buried her remains.Criticising for not taking proper precautions, Assam Forest officer Pramila Rani Brahmin said the department will lodge a case the site contractor. “Because they have not taken any protective measure, injustice has been done to all elephants and I will lodge an FIR,” said Brahmin on Friday.She further said a probe will be initiated against the people, who ordered digging of the deep pit. Increasing human population has depleted the habitat of wild animals, forcing them to stray into human settlements, attacking people and often getting killed in return.

Navi Mumbai civic body lodges FIR against DY Patil Hospital, threatens to seal

Mumbai: Trouble seems to be mounting for the DY Patil group as Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC)  filed an FIR on Tuesday against the DY Patil Hospital in Nerul for treating patients despite warned not to do so.

In July, Income Tax Department’s raid of the group’s offices had revealed unaccounted cash and gold.

On 30 September, the NMMC had cancelled the hospital’s licence after it failed to renew its licence despite a six-month grace period, a senior official from the health department of the NMMC told Firstpost.

DY Patil Hospital in Nerul. Image courtesy: Deepak SalviDY Patil Hospital in Nerul. Image courtesy: Deepak Salvi

DY Patil Hospital in Nerul. Image courtesy: Deepak Salvi

As per The Bombay Nursing Home Act, it is mandatory for every hospital and nursing home to register with their local municipal body in every three years. It is also required to obtain a no objection certificate from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to operate in the state.

“We have filed a FIR against the hospital’s present dean Dr Shirish Patil and the DY Patil Hospital at the Nerul Police station on orders from commissioner Tukaram Mundhe,” the NMMC official said on the condition of anonymity.

Laziness of DY Patil Hospital?

According to the official, the DY Patil Hospital’s registration license expired on 31 March 2016. But the hospital management has not bothered to renew it yet.

NMMC had informed the hospital of the same on 1 April 2016.

The NMMC had also given a grace period of up to 29 September to the hospital to renew its registration licence and submit NOC certificate. But the hospital failed again. Hence, on 30 September, the NMMC cancelled the hospital’s registration licence, the official told Firstpost. A notice was issued to the managing trustees including Dr DY Patil, Ajeenkya Patil and Vijay Patil, but there has been no response yet.

The cancellation of registration meant the hospital was not allowed to attend to or admit new patients from 30 September, however, it could continue treating patients who were already admitted, the health official said. But despite that the hospital continued to attend to new patients through its OPD section.

It was then that commissioner Mundhe directed the health officer to lodge a FIR against DY Patil Hospital for illegally treating patients, the offiical said, adding that if the hospital fails to produce the NOC from MPCB then the police can seal the hospital.

Mundhe has CM’s support

The interesting thing is that according to our sources, two days ago Mundhe had travelled with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in a helicopter from Navi Mumbai to Mumbai. It’s learnt that in those 20 minutes Mundhe explained the scenario of NMMC to the CM. Sources confirmed that the CM had given a green signal to Mundhe’s actions against the hospital.

So, after running bulldozer on illegal buildings, gaothans and unauthorised construction, Mundhe’s eyes are now fixed on the big fish. And the FIR against the hospital is a part of that, the official said.

Repeated attempts to contact DY Patil Hospital dean Dr Shirish Patil failed, but commissioner Tukaram Mundhe confirmed that the corporation has filed a FIR against the DY Patil Hospital, and if the hospital continues to take new patients, it would seal the hospital as per rule. “I appeal to patients to not visit the hospital because it is operating illegally. Nobody is above the law. NMMC’s executive health officer repeatedly reminded them but they just ignored,” Mundhe told Firstpost.

Nerul Police station Senior Police Inspector A Pol confirmed that a FIR was filed against the DY Patil Hospital and action will be taken soon.

First Published On : Nov 16, 2016 21:03 IST

Uttar Pradesh: FIR against Congress leader for ‘defacing’ PM’s picture

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BJP leader in Sambhal has lodged an FIR against local Congress leader and his supporters for allegedly defacing the picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, police said on Wednesday.On the complaint of BJP district chief Rajesh Singhal, an FIR under sections 147 (rioting) and 295 (hurting religious sentiments) of the IPC has been lodged against Congress city unit president Tauqeer Ahmed and his 10 supporters for defacing the picture of the Prime Minister in a hoarding set up at Chandausi crossing, ASP Ram Murat Yadav said.Investigations are underway, the ASP added.Singhal said Ahmed and his supporters painted black the picture of the PM in a Finance Department hoarding, set up to inform people about black money.Opposition parties are frustrated over the popularity of the PM and his demonetisation move and are venting their ire in this manner, Singhal alleged, adding general public, however, was very happy about the decision.

AAP MLA Rakhi Birla’s father, local leaders booked for rape on pretext of giving ticket

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AAP MLA Rakhi Birla’s father and a local party leader have been booked for allegedly raping a 24-year-old married woman on the pretext of giving her a ticket for the MCD elections, police said on Tuesday. The party, however, termed the allegations as “baseless”.A case has been registered against AAP leader Ram Pratap Goyal and Bhupender, father of Delhi Assembly Deputy Speaker Rakhi Birla, under IPC section 376 D (gangrape) and 506 (criminal intimidation), they said. According to the complainant, Goyal and Bhupender established physical relation with her on the promise of giving her party ticket for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, said a senior police officer.The complainant told police that she met Goyal at Sector 3, Rohini in north-west Delhi and they exchanged numbers. They remained in touch for nearly 4-5 months and was promised a party ticket for the MCD elections. She said in her complaint that Goyal called her near his office one day to talk about the ticket. He then took her to a vacant flat of his friend and established physical relation with her, police said.As per the woman, she was “exploited” by the accused at various places, including hotels and her own house, and when she asked the leader about the ticket, he coaxed her to have intercourse with Bhupender. She said in her complaint that she was forced to sleep with Bhupender at her house and at a hotel in Connaught Place on November 5, police said, adding that the accused made an MNS of the crime and threatened to ruin her life.Police said the accused also pestered the woman to establish physical relations with other men to get the party ticket.Meanwhile, AAP Delhi convener Dilip Pandey said the allegation had no substance and was yet another attempt by BJP to tarnish AAP’s image. “Ram Pratap Goyal holds the post of block treasurer in Rohini. He is a respected leader. Neither he nor Bhupender remembers meeting the complainant at any point of time,” he said. Both the accused were unavailable for questioning and efforts are on to reach them, said the police officer.Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta attacked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his “silence” over the incident. “Dy speaker Rakhi Bidlan’s father Bhupender raped a woman on the pretext of corporation election. Why Arvind Kejriwal is silent? Answer now,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal called for strict action in the “shocking” gangrape case and also demanded the police to file an FIR against Gupta for naming the victim in one of his tweets. “Rohini gangrape shocking. Strict action shud be taken if true. FIR shud be imm filed against Vijender Gupta for revealing name of victim,” she tweeted.Gupta, however, denied revealing the identity of the victim saying AAP leaders were trying to “save” their party men. “I did not tweet the name of the victim. They should show it if there is such a tweet. They are trying to save their own people,” he said.

Nandini Sundar booked for murder of Chattisgarh tribal, calls FIR absurd, vindictive

Delhi University (DU) Professor Nandini Sundar along with other persons have been booked for the murder of a tribal person in the insurgency-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.

According to police sources, apart from Sundar other people booked for the murder include Vineet Tiwari, a member of Joshi Adhikar Sansthan, a Delhi base NGO, Sanjay Parate, Chhattisgarh state secretary of CPI (M), and JNU professor Archana Prasad, along with other alleged Maoists.

Nandini Sundar. Twitter @nandinisundarNandini Sundar. Twitter @nandinisundar

Nandini Sundar. Twitter @nandinisundar

According to a PTI report, all the accused are booked under section 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder), 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 and 149 of IPC at Tongpal police station. The report further adds that the Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range) SRP Kalluri had stated that“strongest possible action will be taken against those guilty after the investigation.”

According to another report in Hindustan Times, armed Maoists killed “Shamnath Baghel with sharp weapons late Friday at his home in Nama village in Tongpal area.”

It is alleged that Baghel and some of his associates were spearheading a protest against Maoist activities in their village since April and the accused in the case provoked the Maoists to kill him.

According to the report, Baghel and other villagers had lodged a complaint against Sundar and others in May for allegedly inciting tribals against police.

Sundar however, rubbished all allegations made against her stating that action against her was “patently absurd.” In an email reply to Firstpost, she said, “The FIR is patently absurd. How can we be charged with murder and rioting when we are not even there? This is clearly part of IG Kalluri’s attempt to intimidate and harass journalists, lawyers, researchers, political leaders and human rights activists who have exposed the reign of fake encounters, gang rapes etc. that are going on in Bastar.” ” In particular, this is a direct fall out of the CBI chargesheet of special police officers turned constables for arson in Tadmetla in 2011, an operation which Mr. Kalluri directed,” she added.

However, as reported by PTI , the Inspector General of Police, Bastar Zone has stated that strict action will be taken against the accused after due investigation.

Meanwhile, various public intellectuals have come out in support of Sundar. Historian Ramchandra Guha, attacking Chhattisgarh police in a tweet wrote, “This vicious and vindictive FIR proves beyond doubt that Chhattisgarh is a police state.”

Senior Supereme Court advocate Prashant Bhushan also backed Sundar in his tweet.

All the contact numbers mentioned on the official website of Chhattisgarh police were unreachable but when Firstpost contacted Niraj Kumar Bansod, Collector and District Magistrate of Sukma district, to enquire about the FIR, he said that he was unaware of the incident and needed to get in touch with concerned authorities to give any information regarding the case.

Court to consider plea against CBI closure report in Maneka Gandhi case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special court would next month consider a protest petition against CBI’s move to close a case against Union Minister Maneka Gandhi and two others for sanctioning Rs 50 lakh grant to a trust allegedly in a “fraudulent” manner in 2001.Special CBI Judge Anju Bajaj Chandna on Thursday heard arguments by complainant V M Singh, who has filed the protest petition, and fixed the matter for December one for further proceedings.The complainant contended that the court should not accept CBI’s closure report as it has been wrongly filed.The court had in 2008 refused to accept the closure report filed by the probe agency and asked CBI to further investigate the matter. However, CBI had again approached the court, saying the “allegations levelled against Gandhi and two others could not be substantiated”.An FIR was lodged by CBI in 2006 against Maneka Gandhi, now the Women and Child Development Minister, Dr F U Siddiqui, former secretary of Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF) and Dr Vijay Sharma, former Managing Trustee of Gandhi Rural Welfare Trust (GRWT).It had alleged that Gandhi, in conspiracy with Siddiqui, had sanctioned a grant of Rs 50 lakh to GRWT from MAEF in an irregular manner to construct a nursing college building at Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh and caused undue favour to Sharma. CBI alleged that another amount of Rs 10.40 lakh was sanctioned to GRWT by S K Verma, the then District Magistrate of Pilibhit, from Gandhi’s MPLADS (Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme) funds for purchase of two ambulances.Fund was released to GRWT Managing Trustee Ramakant Rampal. It had alleged that Rampal had purchased two jeeps which had cost much less than the approved models and failed to get them certified by the chief medical officer. The vehicles were also used for personal work by the managing trustee.The agency had again filed a closure report, saying “during the course of further investigation, the allegations levelled against Maneka Gandhi, Dr F U Siddiqui and Dr Vijay Sharma could not be substantiated.” “It is, therefore, prayed that the closure report dated December 30, 2008, collectively read with this report, may kindly be accepted,” it said. The final report is pending in the court.The FIR in the case was lodged for the alleged offences under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with section 420 (cheating) of the IPC and under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. PTIIn its closure report, CBI said the trust had purchasedIn its closure report, CBI said the trust had purchased two jeeps with ambulance fixtures on September 15, 2003 for Rs 9,85,008, while the balance amount was returned to the government exchequer as per the terms of sanction. “As such no financial irregularity could be pointed out in the matter of purchase of ambulances and the change in vehicle model was found to be on justified grounds,” it said.”Investigation further revealed that the DM, Pilibhit, approved purchase of two Mahindra Voyager ambulances. A cheque dated July 27, 2003 amounting to Rs 10.40 lakh was received by GRWT for purchase of Mahindra ambulances AC Euro-II.”Since production of this model of vehicle was temporarily stopped, the company offered to sell Mahindra DI ambulance which according to the company was rugged, reliable and easily serviceable in semi-urban and rural areas,” the agency said.Regarding sanction of funds, CBI said during further probe, it had come on record that since the sanction was subject to submission of documents with regard to land and site plan, the amount was “released only after completion of the documentary formalities.” It said the funds released by both MAEF and the district administration of Pilibhit have been fully utilised by the GRWT for the purposes.

Three women gangraped in Greater Noida

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three women brick-klin workers were allegedly gang raped by some robbers who looted their houses in Karoli village here, police said on Wednesday.The robbers struck at the houses at around 12.30 AM in the intervening night of yesterday and today and after looting the houses they raped the three women, they said.An FIR has been registered in the matter, Greater Noida Superintendent of Police Sujata Singh said, adding medical examination of the victims have been conducted.An investigation is underway in the matter, she said.

Delhi: Man sent to jail for 10 years for raping, threatening woman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for raping a woman and threatening her, with a Delhi court rejecting his claim that it was an extra-marital affair.The court convicted Delhi resident Joginder Yadav while relying on the woman’s sole testimony. “I am of the opinion that prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt that accused Yadav had committed rape upon prosecutrix and threatened her with dire consequences,” Additional Sessions Judge Shail Jain said.The judge further said: “I am of the opinion that sole testimony of the prosecutrix is sufficient enough to convict the accused as there is no infirmity or inconsistencies in the testimony of the woman.”The court rejected the man’s contention that physical relations between him and the woman were consensual and it was an extra-marital affair. It also disagreed with his submission that the woman’s husband had taken some money from him and when he wanted it back, they implicated him the false case.The prosecution said the incident took place in January 2013, when Yadav came to the woman’s house when her husband had left for the office but two of her three children were at home. Yadav and the woman lived in the same locality. It said the man raped her and when she tried to raise an alarm, he threatened to kill her. When the man was going out of the woman’s house, she injured her with a knife but he managed to escape.The woman informed her neighbour about the incident and telephoned her husband. The couple then lodged an FIR against Yadav at Kirti Nagar Police Station in West Delhi.During the trial, Yadav denied the allegations and claimed he was falsely implicated.

BK Bansal: DCW summons CBI and police officers again, warns of civil court proceedings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Commission for Women has summoned officials of CBI and Delhi Police again in connection with the suicide of tainted senior government official BK Bansal and his son allegedly due to harassment by a few officials. The commission has also warned the two agencies of initiating civil court proceedings if the information sought by them is not provided. “CBI and Delhi Police were summoned by the commission earlier for non provision of information in the alleged suicide case of BK Bansal and family. Inspector rank officers appeared on behalf of both organisations,” a DCW official said.”CBI requested the Commission to grant it exemption from appearance for it has sought clarification from the central government as to whether it can be summoned by the commission,” a DCW official said.”The panel has informed CBI that Section 10 of the DCW Act clarifies that the commission has the powers to take suo moto cognizance in cases concerning welfare of women. Therefore the request for exemption has been rejected and the AIG has been summoned again on November 2,” he added.DCW had earlier issued notices to CBI and Delhi Police, seeking action taken report in the case. But the commission was not satisfied with the responses received prompting, it to issue summons. “Police has given an evasive reply to DCW but has informed that it is in possession of two suicide notes – both from wife and daughter of Bansal. The panel has again summoned DCP East and sought copy of the suicide notes and reasons for non registration of FIR in the case besides other information,” the official said.Bansal, 60, was arrested on July 16 for allegedly accepting bribe from a prominent pharma company. Three days later, his wife Satyabala and daughter Neha committed suicide. Two months after their suicide, Bansal, former Director General Corporate Affairs, and his son Yogesh had also allegedly hanged themselves on September 27.In their purported suicide note, Bansal had alleged that a CBI DIG, two women officers and a “fat” havaldar of the agency had tortured his wife and daughter to the extent that they ended their lives soon after his arrest on corruption charges in July. “If CBI and Delhi Police will not provide complete information, the Commission will initiate civil court proceedings against them which will include issuing arrest warrants and attachment of salary of the officers summoned,” he said.”An FIR can also be registered against the officers for denial of information to the commission,” he added.

Embraer deal: CBI registers FIR against UK-based arms dealer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CBI has registered an FIR against a UK-based arms dealer for allegedly taking kickbacks worth over $5.70 million from Brazilian company Embraer in the 2008 three-aircraft deal.CBI sources said a case has been registered against a UK-based NRI whose named had also figured in another defence deal probed by the agency. They said the kickbacks were allegedly paid in 2009 through subsidiaries of Embraer via a Singapore-based company which is owned by the middleman. It is alleged that payoffs were routed through Austria and Switzerland.They said the agency, which had registered a preliminary enquiry in September, has converted it into a regular FIR as enough prima facie material has been found by it to proceed in the case.The deal for three aircraft which were to be used by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for air-borne radar systems was inked in 2008 with Embraer. A Brazilian newspaper had alleged that that the company had taken the services of middlemen to clinch deals in Saudi Arabia and India.According to defence procurement rules of India, middlemen are strictly barred in such deals.Leading Brazilian newspaper ‘Folha de Sao Paulo’ had reported that the company allegedly paid commissions to a UK-based defence agent to finalise 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.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.After the PE was registered, Embraer had issued a statement saying, “Since 2011, Embraer has publicly reported that it has been conducting an extensive internal investigation and cooperating with the authorities on investigations regarding alleged violations of the FCPA.”The company voluntarily expanded the scope of the investigation, systematically reporting the progress of the case to the market. “”The company is not party of the legal proceedings in Brazil. Therefore, it does not have access to the information contained therein,” it had said.

JNU students lock V-C, other senior officials in admin building over issue of missing student

New Delhi: The protests in JNU over a missing student turned volatile on Wednesday with the agitating students locking down the Vice Chancellor and other senior officials in the administrative building.

“We have been locked inside the building since 2.30 pm. There is a female colleague with us who is unwell as she is diabetic,” JNU Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar said on Wednesday night.

Representational image. Firstpost/Tarique Anwar

Representational image. Firstpost/Tarique Anwar

The VC and other senior officials were locked for more than eight hours as the students were lying down outside the administration block, saying the officials were free to walk over them.

The JNU students union defended its stand, claiming there has been no “illegal detention”.

“We have not illegally confined anybody in JNU administrative building. Electricity and all kind of supplies are here. We have also sent food for people inside,” Mohit Pandey, President, JNUSU, said.

Police officials were seen outside the campus, awaiting a nod from the administration to enter the premises.

A large number of students had gathered at the administrative block in the afternoon to protest. After sloganeering and demonstration, the students blocked the gates of the building.

After intervention from the security, the locks were opened, but in the evening as most of the staff left, the students again continued with the blockade.

“The blockade is due to the insensitive way of handling he matter of Najeeb Ahmed — the violence against him by ABVP which led to him missing from the campus for over five days now and the JNU administration trying to shield the culprits while refusing to lodge an FIR,” the JNUSU President said.

The situation remained tense with the Left-backed JNUSU and ABVP levelling allegations and counter-allegations. ABVP alleged that there is inconsistency in the statements of the JNUSU president Mohit Pandey and the roommate of Ahmad.

Meanwhile, at least 12 students were summoned earlier in the day by JNU administration to appear before the proctorial committee in connection with a case involving a missing student amid protests by students who claimed Vice Chancellor acted in an “insensitive” manner on the issue.

A student of School of Biotechnology, Najeeb Ahmed, allegedly went missing on Saturday following a brawl on the campus the night before.

An FIR for kidnapping and wrongfully confining a person was lodged at Vasant Kunj North police station yesterday after the police received a complaint from the student’s guardians.

“The JNU administration had summoned 12 students to depose before the proctorial committee whose names have been associated with the incidence of violence at Mahi-Mandvi hostel on October 14.”

“The committee has also asked anyone who wants to depose to come forward and help in the investigation. Condemning the students for blocking the administrative block, JNU teachers also urged the administration to put more pressure on the police to find Ahmed and appealed for him to return without fear of victimisation,” a statement said.

The vice chancellor and other top JNU officials briefed the media for the first time since the disappearance on 15 October and said that all necessary measures have been taken to trace the boy and is also in touch with the family.

“But we are really concerned about his safety and is constantly in touch with the police providing them whatever information required. We also appeal to Najeeb if his is reading this to return to the university. We assure him of all help,” said Kumar.

Accepting the fact that so far no leads have been made on the episode of Ahmed’s disappearance from the campus, Kumar added, “nobody knows what has happened to him so far”.

“The family had filed a missing complaint and when we approached the police we were already told that an FIR has been lodged by the family,” said Chintamani Mahapatra, Rector of JNU.

Bihar: KV suspends principal and transfers 14 teachers after Dalit student thrashed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan suspended the principal of its school in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur and transferred the Vice Principal along with 14 teachers in connection with the incident of two students mercilessly beating their Dalit classmate whose video went viral on social media. The errant students were already suspended. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar took to Twitter to announce that stern action has been taken against the accused students and school authorities.”Stern action has been taken against the accused students & school authorities in connection with the unfortunate violent incident. The ‘victim’ student will be provided admission in another #kv if he so desires & necessary medical help will also be provided to him,” he tweeted. The decision to suspend the principal and transfer the 15 staff members was taken by the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) after deliberating on the report of a panel that probed the incident.”KVS has taken strong action against the students involved in the incident. The duo have been suspended along with principal Rajiv Ranjan. 13 teachers and one assistant besides the Vice Principal have been transferred,” an official statement said.The decision has been taken on basis of recommendations of the probe panel which concluded the school administration had tried to cover up the incident.”Also, the video reflects that this was not a sudden incident but was well planned and was deliberately shot to create fear among students,” KVS said.The incident came to light when video of two sons of a murder accused mercilessly beating their Dalit classmate went viral on social media.The purported video of the incident shows the two brothers — one of them a student of class XII and the other of class XI — pushing and thrashing the victim in presence of some other schoolmates on September 25.The maternal grandfather of the victim, a class XII student, lodged an FIR with SC and ST police station in Muzaffarpur on Monday.In the FIR he also claimed the entire family was terrified because the father of the two brothers is a notorious criminal lodged in jail outside the district in a murder case.Though the incident took place on September 25, the school principal has been accused of not acting promptly on the victim’s complaint.The victim student, fearing threat to his life, has gone into hiding. It was only after the video of the incident went viral, including on Facebook and Twitter, that the principal filed a written complaint, following which the police lodged an FIR. The two students have been sent to a remand home even as police have assured security to the family of the victim.

Centre harassing AAP and Delhi govt for doing good work: Kejriwal

Wed, 19 Oct 2016-11:40pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday accused the Centre of “harassing” Aam Aadmi Party and his government for doing good work.”Gulab gets bail today. FIR agnst Imran quashed by Del HC yesterday. What purpose is srved? Centre harassing us bcoz Del govt doing gud work (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted after a court granted bail to AAP MLA and incharge of Gujarat affairs Gulab Singh Yadav, arrested in extortion case. AAP leader Ashish Khetan said the Delhi High Court has also quashed an FIR against Delhi Minister Imran Hussain in an extortion case.Khetan said of the 14 AAP MLAs arrested, only one case is such that there was a trial against legislator Akhilesh Pati Tripathi in which he was acquitted. “The rest of the cases MLAs were given bail. “During the emergency, there is a un-declared emergency in Delhi. For every small reason, an AAP MLA is arrested and this has become a motive of the Delhi Police. The Anti-Corruption Bureau, which reports to Ministry of Home Affairs. Now CBI is unleashed upon us. There is no parallel of harassment of any government like this,” Khetan added.

Bhubaneswar fire: Arrested superintendent admitted to hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The superintendent of Sum Hospital, who was among the four officials arrested in connection with a major fire at the medical facility, was today admitted to the SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack after complaining of chest pain.Pushparaj Samantasinghar was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Cardiology Department of the SCB Hospital, a police official said.Besides Samantasinghar, police had arrested Electrical Maintenance Engineer Amulya Sahu, Fire Safety Officer Santosh Das and Junior Engineer (Electrical Maintenance) Malaya Kumar Sahu of the private hospital in connection with the blaze which killed 20 persons.The arrests were made yesterday on the basis of the FIR lodged by the Directorate of Fire Services. The FIR was lodged at the Khandagiri police station here by B B Das, Fire Officer (Central Range).Meanwhile, Director General of Fire Service Binay Behera yesterday submitted a report to the state government on the fire that ravaged parts of the private hospital.Behera in his report has mentioned that fire safety norms as per the 2013 guidelines were not followed by the hospital authorities, an official said.

Varanasi stampede: Congregation organisers booked

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An FIR has been registered against the organisers of religious congregation in Varanasi in connection with the stampede in which 25 people were killed and over 100 people injured while crossing the Rajghat bridge to participate in the event. Five persons associated with the Jai Gurudev sect were booked for allegedly furnishing false information while seeking permission for taking out procession and holding a two-day camp, police said on Monday.The case has been registered under IPC sections 177 (furnishing false information), 420 (cheating) and (culpable homicide by causing death of person other than person whose death was intended), a release issued by SSP office said. The organisers had sought permission for nearly 3,000 people for the procession whereas allegedly nearly five lakh people were brought by them at the camp in Domri village under Ramnagar police station area, it said.”Keeping police in dark, the organisers in a pre-planned manner held their ‘Shakti Pradarshan’ in the village, which was a violation of rules,” police alleged.Huge number of the sect followers joined the procession which passed from Peeli Kothi and Rajghat bridge to reach Domri village, that borders Chandauli and Varanasi district, sources said. In the village, a large number of tents were erected and lakhs of followers of Jai Gurudev had gathered, whereas the permission was sought for fewer followers.However, a leader from the Jai Gurudev sect said they had sought permission for organising the event but they themselves had not expected that a huge number of followers would join the procession and reach the camp.The district administration and police should have dealt with the situation with proper care, when huge followers started reaching the camp on the banks of Ganga in the village, he said. 25 people were killed and several injured while crossing the overcrowded Rajghat bridge on Saturday to participate in the religious event.

Watch: FIR against 2 students from Bihar KV for brutally thrashing classmate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An FIR has been lodged against two students, who are brothers, of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Muzaffarpur, for brutally assaulting one of their classmates in a suspected case of ragging. The FIR was lodged against the two after a video of the assault appeared on the social media yesterday. On the direction of Union minister of state for HRD Upendra Kushwaha, a four-member team of Kendriya Vidyalaya visited the school today to inquire into the incident. “On the directive of the senior superintendent of police, an FIR was lodged yesterday against the two students for beating their classmate,” Kaji Muhammadpur police station SHO Mithilesh Kumar Jha told PTI.Rajiv Ranjan, the Principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Gannipur, Muzaffarpur, had lodged a written complaint with the Kaji Muhammadpur police station on the basis of which the FIR was lodged. The purported video of the incident shows the two accused brothers– one of them a student of class 12 and another class 11– pushing and thrashing the victim, a student of class 12, in the presence of some other choolmates on September 25. The two accused are said to be related to a criminal who is absconding in connection with several cases.

Kerala Industries Minister EP Jayarajan to quit over nepotism allegations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kerala Industries Minister EP Jayarajan will resign on Friday after the controversy surrounding alleged nepotism in appointments for key posts in state PSUs.The CPI(M)’s Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said that CPI(M) state secretariat permitted Jayarajan to submit his resignation.The State Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau was understood to have decided to order a preliminary probe into certain controversial appointments of relatives of Industries Minister EP Jayarajan in key posts yesterday in state PSUs. However, there is no official word on the decision of the bureau. Meanwhile, the Special Court (Vigilance) directed the bureau to file its reply by tomorrow on a complaint with regard to the alleged appointments. Against the backdrop of opposition Congress and BJP targeting it on the issue, the four-month old LDF government has decided to bring in a law to prevent any nepotism in appointments in key positions in public sector units (PSUs).The cabinet also entrusted Chief Secretary S M Vijayanand with the task to examine the various complaints with regard to any appointments which have become controversial. “This is to prevent nepotism in appointments,” a statement quoting Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. The complaint in the Special Vigilance court had sought filing of FIR and registration of case against Jayarajan, who had allegedly appointed some relatives to key posts in state PSUs. When the case came up today, the court directed the Vigilance bureau to file a reply on the petition by tomorrow.According to sources, preliminary inquiry was to find out whether there was any substance in the complaints to register a case and order further probe. The complaint filed in the Vigilance court contended that nepotism amounted to corruption and sought registration of a case under Prevention of Corruption Act. Besides the complaint in the court, three other petitions, including that of Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and BJP leader V Muraleedharan seeking filing of FIR and registering a case against Jayarajan, are pending before Vigilance Director Jacob Thomas. Against this backdrop, Thomas met Chief Minister Vijayan this morning and held discussions. Vijayan also met party secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan this evening ahead of the party state committee to be held tomorrow which may discuss the appointment issue.

FIR against flyer after he strips on plane, harasses crew members

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A flyer using the IndiGo’s Bhubaneswar-Delhi flight misbehaved with the crew members and was later held by the police, reports TOI.According to The Times of India which cited the IndiGo’s press release, the passenger tripped himself in the lavatory of an aircraft and passed derogatory comments on a female crew member. The incident happened in the IndiGo’s Bhubaneswar-Delhi flight 6E-256. The airline press release says: “During the course of the flight, the male passenger in question expressed to the crew that he does not know how to tie the seat belt. The crew assisted him on the same. The passenger then went to the lavatory where he pressed the lavatory call bell requesting assistance in the aircraft lavatory. The crew immediately went to the lavatory to help him but saw him in an objectionable state. The female crew member refused to go inside and politely requested him to maintain some level of decency while using the lavatory.” The statement says he passed lewd comments on a female crew member as the staff secured passengers for landing.The staff told the captain of the flight 6E-256 who alerted security personnel. The passenger was later offloaded and taken by the police. An FIR has been lodged by the police. “Consequently the FIR was lodged in a local police station in Delhi. The matter is being investigated by the concerned authorities. Customer satisfaction is core to our business, however any untoward conduct, which compromises on the security of our crew and passengers is of a serious concern to us, and as a responsible corporate citizen we will take all necessary action to address this violation,”said the statement.

Allahabad: Burqa-clad VHP leader thrashed for allegedly harassing women

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader was reportedly caught red-handed in Allahabad where he was reportedly dressed in a burqa and allegedly molesting women. The incident took place at a milaad programme to commemorate Muharram in Mauaima on Saturday. An FIR was lodged against Abhishek Yadav and his accomplice for eve-teasing and disturbing a religious assembly. Yadav has also filed a cross-FIR against seven individuals for beating him.The Times of India reported, that around 11:50 PM, a woman complained of ‘harassment’ by a burqa-clad person behind her and locals turned suspicious after he refused to take it off. Some women snatched the veil to discover Yadav’s identity, following which he was beaten up. The police were called in and he was taken to a hospital and it’s believed his condition is currently stable.According to a report in Hindustan Times, Yadav is married to BJP zila panchayat member Shipra Yadav and was accompanied by another youth who ran away from the scene. Yadav’s family meanwhile claims that he was attacked and looted while returning home.

Former AAP volunteer files FIR against MLA Naresh Balyan, associates file cross complaint

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An FIR was filed on Sunday by a former AAP volunteer against the party Uttam Nagar MLA Naresh Balyan, one of whose supporters in turn filed a cross FIR in an assault case. The cross FIRs have been filed at west Delhi’s Uttam Nagar police station.In his FIR, former AAP volunteer and president of Mohan Garden RWA Henry George has accused Balyan and his associates of trespassing his office, attacking him and issuing threat to his life this afternoon, police said. A case has been registered against Balyan under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), 451 (assault) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC, Vijay Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West), said.Also, a case has been registered against George on the basis of a complaint by one of the MLA’s associates. He has accused George and his aides of abusing and assaulting the MLA and his supporters who were passing from near his office.The case against George has been registered under sections 323, 341 and 506 of the IPC. Kumar said no one has been arrested so far and the probe is underway.

Hyderabad: Parents of Jain girl who died after 68-day fast booked

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A First Information Report (FIR) was on Sunday lodged into the mysterious death of 13-year-old Aradhana, who died recently after observing a ‘chaturmas’ fast for 68 days according to Jain traditions.The FIR was lodged at the Monda Police Station against the girl’s parents Laxmi Chand and Manshi following a complaint by Balala Hakkula Sangham president Achuta Rao, who had alleged on Saturday that the girl’s parents had forced her to undergo the fast to bring luck to the family as her father suffered losses in his jewellery business.”Her parents Laxmi Chand and Manshi and other community members forced the girl to undergo a fasting because their jewellery business is not going well and now they are saying their jewellery business is good because of her fast,” alleged Rao.Refuting Rao’s allegations Laxmi Chand, said on Saturday, “No father wants her daughter to die. She had performed this ritual earlier too, but her body reacted differently this time. She had observed a fast for 34 days last year, and it was her decision to fast for 68 days. This was not sometime done in the hidden. This was her personal devotion and we did not force her to do so. If we had forced her to do this we would have not done in front of the whole world, but silently at our home. This was done in front of everyone,” Chand added.However, Upadaya Ravindra Muni, Jain religious leader, said, “It was an accident, as her body was fine. She willfully attempted to complete the penance.” As per reports in the local media, the girl died October 2.The incident has sent shock waves across the city, with child rights activists demanding an inquiry and action against those responsible for Aradhana – a student of Saint Francis, and resident of Pot Bazaar area in Secunderabad.

13-year-old Jain girl fasts unto death, parents believe she died a ‘tapaswini’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Laxmichand Samdariya’s flourishing gold business in the Pot Bazar area of Secunderabad, according to his family priest, depended only on one thing: his 13-year-old daughter Aradhana’s fast.Laxmichand believed in this ritual of making his daughter observe fast during the holy period of Chaumasa (July to October) for the Jains to bring good fortunes to the family. Last year, Aradhana skipped her school to fast for 28 consecutive days.This year, after a 68-day-old fast, Aradhana died before she could even be taken to the hospital. Doctors said starvation and dehydration could be the reasons. On October 1, when a visibly frail Aradhana ended her fast, there were celebrations all over her house. She was dressed up as a queen, made to wear jewellery and the women in the house danced around her.The celebrations ended soon. Aradhana’s condition deteriorated and she died two days later. Achyuta Rao, honorary president, Hakkula Sangam (Child Rights Association), who filed a complaint with the police and sought an inquiry into the case, told dna that even after Aradhana’s death, there is no sign of remorse on her parent’s faces.”They believe she died a tapaswini (female ascetic). This is plain murder. She was made to starve for so many days. She could only drink water from sunset to sunrise and did not eat for 68 days,” Rao added.Rao has already written a letter to the Hyderabad police commissioner and demanded the immediate arrest of Aradhana’s parents. “Aradhana has a younger sister, too. We fear for her life,” he said.Although the police are yet to lodge an FIR, additional deputy commissioner, Hyderabad (North), D Yadagiri, told dna that a statement of the parents has been recorded. “Her parents are denying that they asked her to undertake a 68-day-old fast. They said that she was asked to fast only for 38 days. And that she voluntarily observed the fast,” Yadagiri said.

New Delhi: ACB summons Manish Sisodia in DCW recruitment scam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Anti-Corruption Branch has summoned Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in connection with its probe into an alleged recruitment scam in Delhi Commission for Women (DCW).Sisodia will be questioned on October 14, Mukesh Meena, the LG-appointed chief of the anti-graft body, said.Earlier, the ACB had named Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and DCW chief Swati Maliwal in the FIR registered in the case based on the complaint of the commission’s former chief Barkha Shukla Singh.Kejriwal had vowed to expose the “conspiracy” behind the matter. The FIR was registered at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he had alleged.A special session of the Delhi Assembly was convened on September 30 in this regard, but the Delhi CM refrained from furnishing any details, saying the timing was not appropriate as the Army had conducted surgical strikes across the LoC the night before.

Delhi Minister Imran Hussain denied anticipatory bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Food and Supplies Minister Imran Hussain and four others were denied anticipatory bail on Thursday by a Delhi court for allegedly threatening to kill a man and demolish his under-construction building if he failed to give Rs 30 lakh as extortion. Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma dismissed the application seeking protection from arrest, considering that the matter was “serious” and the offence was “not compoundable”, as he rejected submissions of defence counsel that the parties had arrived at a compromise.”Considering the facts that the matter is serious and offences are not compoundable and considering the evidence so far, I do not find it a fit case for grant of anticipatory bail. Applications are therefore dismissed,” the judge said. Apart from Hussain, the court also rejected the anticipatory bail pleas of his alleged associates — Mohsin Ahmed, Furkan Hussain, Irfan Hussain and Hammad.An FIR was registered against the minister and four others at Jafrabad Police Station in Northeast Delhi early this year for alleged offences under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 387 (putting person in fear of death or of grievous hurt, in order to commit extortion) and 389 (putting person in fear of accusation of offence, in order to commit extortion) of the IPC.According to the police, the minister had sent co-accused Mohsin at the residence of the complainant, stopped the construction work and asked him to meet Imran in Jafrabad. It alleged that the minister demanded Rs 30 lakh or he would not allow the construction work to go on and get the building demolished.When the complainant requested that the amount was too high, they abused him and Mohsin showed a pistol, it alleged and also claimed that Imran also threatened the complainant and his brother that they would get him falsely implicated in a rape or murder case, if the money was not paid.Seeking the relief, the defence counsel submitted that the parties have reached a compromise and were likely to move Delhi High Court for quashing of the FIR. The prosecutor, however, opposed the anticipatory bail pleas saying that the offences were not compoundable as they entailed a punishment of upto 10 years. The court, in its order, noted that the investigating officer has shown that there were recorded conversation between the accused and complainant and also of the junior engineer claiming pressure from the minister.

DCW issues notice to Delhi Police in BK Bansal suicide case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) issued a notice to the Delhi Police asking whether an FIR of abetment of suicide has been registered against those named by tainted top government official BK Bansal and his son in their suicide notes.”The commission wants to know whether an FIR for abetment of suicide and other relevant provisions of law has been filed against those named in the suicide note. If not, please provide reasons for the same and the steps being undertaken by Delhi Police to ensure filing of the same,” said the notice issued to Joint Commissioner of Police Satish Golcha. Two months after his wife Satyabala and Neha committed suicide, Bansal, former Director General Corporate Affairs, and his son Yogesh had also allegedly hanged themselves on September 27.In their purported suicide note, Bansal had alleged that a CBI DIG, two women officers and a “fat” havaldar of the agency had tortured his wife and daughter to the extent that they ended their lives soon after his arrest on corruption charges in July. DCW had last week issued a notice to CBI director Anil Kumar Sinha asking about the steps being taken to conduct an “unbiased” inquiry in the matter.”CBI has replied to the notice stating that an internal enquiry has been set up under a Joint Director-rank officer. No other information has been provided. “The commission finds the reply inadequate and unsatisfactory and has asked for a point-wise reply within 48 hours,” a DCW official said.

BK Bansal suicide case: Delhi Commission for Women issues notice to Delhi Police

New Delhi: The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Monday issued notice to the Delhi Police, asking if an FIR has been filed against “those named” in the suicide note of senior bureaucrat BK Bansal and his son.

File image of BK Bansal. CNN-News18

File image of BK Bansal. CNN-News18

Directing police to respond within 48 hours, the notice seeks to know the reasons in case the FIR has not been filed yet.

“Whether an FIR for abetment of suicide and other relevant provisions of law has been filed against those named in the suicide note. If not, please provide reasons for the same and the steps being taken by the Delhi Police to ensure filing of the same,” the notice says.

Last week, the DCW had issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) following the suicide by senior bureaucrat BK Bansal, his wife and their two children.

Bansal, a senior officer in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, was accused of corruption and was being probed by the CBI.

He and his 31-year-old son Yogesh committed suicide on 27 Sep by hanging themselves at their house in east Delhi. His wife Satyabala, 57, and daughter Neha, 27, had committed suicide on 19 July.

Bansal named CBI Deputy Inspector General Sanjeev Gautam, Superintendent of Police Amrita Kaur, Deputy Superintendent of Police Rekha Sangwan and Investigating Officer Harnam Singh, apart from mentioning an unnamed Head Constable, in his suicide note for making “my family life hell”.

Park Street gangrape case: Police re-enact entire crime, accused taken to spots named in FIR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The entire incident of gangrape in Park Street was enacted in the wee hours today by Kolkata Police sleuths who took prime accused Kader Khan and his accomplice Ali Khan to the spots named in the FIR by the victim to aid probe into the case.”It (the enactment) started from the spot where the five accused picked up the victim on the night on February 6, 2012. We took them to all those places named by the victim in her FIR filed a couple of days after the incident,” a senior officer of Kolkata Police detective department said on condition of anonymity. The duo, he said, were also taken to the spot near Rabindra Sadan named in the victim’s FIR as the place where she was thrown out of the car after being gangraped.The victim, a mother of two, was allegedly gangraped by the five men who had offered to drop her home from a night club in city’s downtown Park Street area. It was learnt that Kader and Ali had told the sleuths during their grilling that they had hit the victim but had not raped her. Police were also looking for those who helped Kader to escape from the city a few days after the incident, the officer said.A special team of Kolkata Police arrested Kader and Ali from their hideout in a paying guest accommodation with their nephew in Uttar Pradesh’s Greater Noida in the early hours of Friday after a search of over four years. A few days after the incident the victim had filed her complaint but West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had them termed it as “fabricated” triggering a controversy. Damayanti Sen, the then Kolkata Police Joint Commissioner (crime), had pursued the case and identified the five accused.She was later shunted out from her post. Three of the five accused were arrested, while the two including prime accused Kader Khan absconded. Nine months after the victim died of meningitis in March 2015, the city sessions court had convicted the accused Ruman Khan, Naser Khan and Sumit Bajaj and sentenced them to 10 years rigorous imprisonment.

‘It is time to stand with the Centre, differences can be sorted later,’ says Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: In the wake of escalating tension between India and Pakistan, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said it is time to stand with the Centre and the differences can be sorted out later. “As there is tension along the LoC it is the responsibility of the entire country to stand with the Centre.

File image of Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

File image of Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

We can sort out differences between the Delhi government and the Centre later,” he said at a special session of Delhi Assembly. The one-day special session was convened to expose the “conspiracy” behind the FIRs against him, ministers and AAP
MLAs.

On the request of the Chief Minister, Speaker Ram Niwas Goel postponed the discussion on the issue for a date yet to be decided. He alleged that 16 AAP MLAs have been booked in “false” cases and even he was named in an FIR, but the Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB) later clarified it was typographical error.

Kejriwal was named in an FIR by the ACB in alleged irregularities in Delhi Commission for Women even as the anti-graft body said that he would not be questioned. He had alleged that the FIR had been registered against him at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Claiming that ACB chief MK Meena had said he did not know about the Chief Minister being named in the FIR, Kejriwal alleged, “Has the FIR against me been made in the PMO? It was done as part of a very big conspiracy which we wanted to expose in the Assembly.”

The Delhi government is doing a good work which is being appreciated not only in India but across the world, he said. “However, hurdles are being created in our work,” the Chief Minister said. Slamming BJP for appointing BS Yeddyurappa as its
national vice-president, Kejriwal alleged, “When they got to know that Yeddyurappa took money, they (BJP) appointed him as
vice-president of his party.”

“But in our party, when we came to know that our minister was involved in irregularities, we threw him out of the government,” he said, and claimed that after Independence, AAP is perhaps the only party which has taken strict action against wrongdoings. On Tuesday, Kejriwal had tweeted, “False cases against AAP MLAs n ministers, FIR against me, CBI raid on me – why? A v big conspiracy. Will expose in Del Assembly on Fri.

Udaipur: Kashmiri student booked in sedition case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Kashmiri student who allegedly posted “anti-national” comments on Facebook after the Uri terror attack, has been booked on sedition charges.His comments had sparked protest by ABVP activists in the city on Tuesday, prompting the college administration to suspend him for seven days.”A case against the accused student Mudasir Rashid was registered last night under section 124 A (sedition),” police said.The matter is under investigation and Rashid, a Srinagar resident, has not been arrested so far, they said.Rashid who is studying engineering at a private college here, was detained yesterday after the institute director R S Vyas lodged the FIR against him.

Shiv Sena cartoon row: FIR against Uddhav Thackeray and Sanjay Raut after Saamana mocks Maratha agitation

As the controversy around a cartoon published in Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece Saamana gathered dust, advocate Vishnu Navale filed an FIR against Shiv Sena chief and editor of Saamana Uddhav Thackeray, executive editor Sanjay Raut, cartoonist Ravindra Prabhudesai and printer and publisher Rajendra Bhagwat.

The case was filed in Nanal peth police station, Parbhani, Marathwada region, under IPC Sections 153 A, 292, 505, 500, and 109, sources told Firstpost.

A file photo of Uddhav Thackeray. PTIA file photo of Uddhav Thackeray. PTI

A file photo of Uddhav Thackeray. PTI

The cartoon, which was first published in Saamana on Sunday, drew immense flak from senior Shiv Sena leaders, political parties and even ally BJP. The cartoon alludes to the ‘silent march’ being taken out by the Maratha community. Shiv Sena has largely kept mum on the ongoing agitation, but the cartoon puts party in the back foot.

DNA earlier reported that following the publishing of the cartoon, Bhaskarrao Bhange from Marathwada, Ravi Raj (corporator) from Dhule and Ashok Khedkar from Buldhana have submitted their resignations to the Sena chief.

On Tuesday, enraged by the incident, a pro-Maratha social organisation, ‘Sambhaji Brigade’, stoned the Saamana office in Navi Mumbai.

Condemning the cartoon, the organisation’s spokesperson Shivanand Bhanuse told PTI, “We are condemning a cartoon which was published in Saamana. Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray and Saamana‘s executive editor Sanjay Raut must apologise to the women of Maharashtra.”

“The attack was spontaneous and an expression of emotions of the Maratha community,” he said. On Sunday, a cartoon on “silent march” was published in Saamana, which drew criticism from various political quarters.

The Marathas have been organising silent marches across the state following the Kopardi rape and murder incident, in which the victim was a member from the community. Some more such rallies are also planned in the state in the coming days.

With inputs from PTI

West Bengal: 14 surrender in TMC leader murder case, sent to jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fourteen persons on Tuesday surrendered before a West Midnapore district court which sent them to judicial custody till October 25 in a two-year-old murder case of a Trinamool Congress leader.The 14 surrendered before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Prasun Ghosh and prayed for bail.However, the CJM rejected their bail plea and remanded them to judicial custody till October 25.Trinamool Congress leader and Zilla Parishad member Kakali Bardolui was hacked to death on October 22, 2014, in Keshpur. An FIR was lodged against 28 people.While two of them had been arrested, others were at large. Fourteen of them came to the court and surrendered today.The two, who had been arrested earlier, were now out on bail.

Ishrat Jahan case: Home ministry files FIR to probe into missing documents

New Delhi: The Home Ministry has lodged an FIR in connection with the missing documents related to the controversial Ishrat Jahan ‘fake encounter’ case, a move that might escalate political slugfest between BJP and Congress.

An under secretary serving in the home ministry has filed the FIR at the Parliament Street Police station in New Delhi under Section 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servants) of the Indian Penal Code asking police to probe “why, how and under what circumstances” five documents related to the case went missing.

The move came after an inquiry panel, headed by an Additional Secretary, concluded that the papers were “removed knowingly or unknowingly or misplaced” in September 2009, a period when Congress leader P Chidambaram was the Home Minister.

Ishrat Jahan. Image courtesy: CNN-News18Ishrat Jahan. Image courtesy: CNN-News18

Ishrat Jahan. Image courtesy: CNN-News18

Only one paper out of the five documents related to the controversial alleged Ishrat fake encounter case that went missing from the Home Ministry was found, said the inquiry panel, which submitted its report on 15 June after a three-month-long investigation.

The inquiry panel, however, made no reference to Chidambaram or anyone in the then UPA government.

The FIR was lodged under “stolen” category of police station register on 22 September following a communication sent to the Delhi Police Commissioner on 26 August.

Based on the statements of 11 serving and retired officers, including the then Home Secretary GK Pillai, the 52-page inquiry panel report had said the documents went missing between 18-28 September, 2009.

The second affidavit, which was different from the first one, and filed before Gujarat High Court on 29 September, 2009, had said there was no conclusive evidence to suggest that Ishrat was an LeT operative.

The papers which went missing and listed in the FIR are office copy of the letter and enclosure sent by the then Home Secretary to the then Attorney General on 18 September, 2009, office copy of another letter sent by the then Home Secretary to the then AG on 18 September, 2009, draft further affidavit as vetted by the then AG, draft further affidavit “as amended” by the then Home Minister on 24 September, 2009 and office copy of the further affidavit filed with the Gujarat High Court on 29 September, 2009.

The paper which was retrieved from a computer hard disk was the letter sent by the then Home Secretary to the then AG on 18 September, 2009.

The lodging of the FIR is expected to escalate political slugfest between BJP and Congress as the former had accused the latter of lowering the fight against terror by filing the second affidavit during UPA regime.

Congress had hit back in the past by saying the BJP-led government was politicising the issue after assuming power in 2014.

Ishrat, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in the encounter with Gujarat Police on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on 15 June, 2004.

Gujarat Police had then said those killed were LeT terrorists and had landed in Gujarat to kill the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Sources said in his statement to the Ishrat inquiry panel, retired IAS officer Deverakonda Diptivilasa had reportedly said the documents were part of the file which he sent to the seniors during the deliberations before the second affidavit related to the alleged fake encounter case was filed.

The inquiry panel, however, made no reference to Chidambaram or anyone in the then UPA government.

However, the five documents were not found in the file when it returned, Diptivilasa, who was the then Joint Secretary (Internal Security) in the Home Ministry, was learnt to have told the panel.

Sources said Home Ministry officials have detected about the five missing documents in 2013, when the UPA was in power but it was never flagged as the fair copies were intact then.

The one-member panel was constituted after Home Minister Rajnath Singh had disclosed in Parliament on March 10 that the files were missing.

The first affidavit was filed on the basis of inputs from Maharashtra and Gujarat Police besides Intelligence Bureau where it was said the 19-year-old girl from Mumbai outskirts was an activist of Lashkar-e-Taiba but it was ignored in the second affidavit, Home Ministry officials said.

The second affidavit, claimed to have been drafted by Chidambaram, said there was no conclusive evidence to prove that Ishrat was a terrorist, the officials said.

Pillai had claimed that as Home Minister, Chidambaram had recalled the file a month after the original affidavit, which described Ishrat and her slain aides as LeT operatives, was filed in the court.

Subsequently, Chidambaram had said Pillai is equally responsible for the change in the affidavit.

Kejriwal repeatedly targeting PM Modi, but blind to his own people’s flaws: BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hitting out at Arvind Kejriwal for blaming Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his name was included in a case regarding alleged illegalities in the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asserted that the chief minister has repeatedly been making wild allegations but somehow is conveniently blind to the flaws of several ministers of his government.BJP leader OP Sharma told ANI that Kejriwal is habitual of making ludicrous charges, but managed to turn a blind eye to the misdeeds by the members of the Aam Aadmi Party.”Kejriwal is targeting so many others but he is not looking at his own people who are busy raping women, making fake degrees, going to prison and abusing women. He is probably the first man in the world whose tongue’s length has increased by saying lies and had to surgically cut it!,” he said.Asserting that the actions of DCW Chief Swati Maliwal, who is facing charges of irregularities in the appointments in the panel, were unconstitutional, Sharma added that Kejriwal should not get so flustered and instead cooperate with the investigation if he thinks he and Maliwal are innocent.Kejriwal’s fresh attack on the Prime Minister came after the anti-corruption branch (ACB) slapped a police case against Swati Maliwal over complaints of alleged irregular recruitment.”Don’t know why my name is in the FIR. Without the Prime Minister’s approval, a chief minister’s name doesn’t come in an FIR. What is my role in this? My role has not been mentioned even once in the FIR,” Kejriwal said.The ACB on Tuesday filed an FIR against Maliwal over alleged irregularities in appointment of staff in the women’s panel.The FIR has been filed under Prevention of Corruption Act and comes after she was grilled by the ACB over the matter.The DCW is under the ACB scanner for arbitrarily appointing 85 people in the past year.Around 90 per cent of contractual staff of the Delhi Commission for Women, led by Maliwal, are members of her party.Last month, Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal had warned that Maliwal will be arrested soon as there are numerous decisions of the AAP-led Delhi government which Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants reversed through the Lieutenant Governor, Najeeb Jung.Quoting sources, Kejriwal added that Jung is ‘hell bent’ on removing the team which made clinics and saved money on flyovers, adding that Maliwal was in danger too.”Increase min wages in Delhi. Is it illegal? Sources: Big cos met Modiji n opposed it. Now LG sitting on that file. LG hell bent on removing the team which made moh clinics and saved money on flyovers. Sources-LG n PMO hell bent on removing Swati Maliwal 4 doing gud job. She’ll be arrested coming week n then removed,” he tweeted.Earlier the ACB had raided Maliwal’s office following a complaint lodged by her DCW predecessor Barkha Shukla Singh, alleging that it was indulging in illegal practices of appointing party associates to plum posts.

DCW recruitment case: Kejriwal named in FIR, lashes out at PM Modi

DCW recruitment case: Kejriwal named in FIR, lashes out at PM Modi

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New Delhi: On Wednesday Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that ACB has registered an FIR against him at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in connection with the “administrative and financial irregularities” in the functioning of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW).

The AAP chief also distributed copies of the FIR which named him along with DCW chief Swati Maliwal as “known/suspected/unknown accused”.

A file photo of Arvind Kejriwal. PTIA file photo of Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

A file photo of Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

Continuing his tirade against Modi, Kejriwal said the AAP government will soon call a Special Session of Delhi Assembly where he will expose the “conspiracy” behind the registration of the FIR.

Maliwal was on Monday booked by the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi government on charges of alleged irregularities in recruitment in the women’s panel.

“In the FIR registered by the ACB, my name is also there…But it does not contain any details on my alleged role. One does not put the name of the Chief Minister in the FIR just like that.

“It cannot happen without the Prime Minister’s approval. It is clear that the FIR has the PM’s nod. We will soon call a Special Session of the Delhi Assembly where we will expose the conspiracy behind this,” the Delhi CM told reporters at his official residence.

Kejriwal’s deputy Manish Sisodia alleged that it is an attempt to “destabilise” the Delhi government. The FIR was registered on a complaint by former DCW chief Barkha Shukla Singh. A case under sections 13(D) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 409 (criminal breach of trust) and 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the IPC was registered against Maliwal, ACB chief Mukesh Kumar Meena had said.

ACB files FIR against DCW chief for irregularities in recruitment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Anti-Corruption Branch on Monday registered a case against Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal. Senior officials said that the case was filed based on the complaint of former DCW chief Barkha Shukla Singh, alleging that several AAP supporters were given plum positions in DCW."We have registered a case under sections 13(D) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 409 (criminal breach of trust) and 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the IPC against Maliwal," said a senior ACB officer.In her complaint, Singh had alleged that as many as 85 AAP supporters were given posts in DCW without requisite credentials.ACB officials said that while the matter had been under investigation for almost three months, the FIR was registered based on the statements of DCW officials. “It was found that due procedure was not followed in appointments. Further investigations have revealed that a total of 91 appointments were made without following due process,” said the official.The FIR comes a day after ACB officials questioned Maliwal on Monday. Maliwal was also handed over a questionnaire seeking her reply to 27 queries within a week's time.The DCW chief had said that she would fully cooperate with the anti-corruption branch.Meanwhile, Maliwal has also questioned the appointments during Singh’s tenure. “Singh also appointed members to the panel during her tenure despite handling only one case in eight years. We have followed the due process for appointing members to the panel," said Maliwal.She added, ” In the last one year, we have handled 11,500 cases and attended 2.25 lakh calls on helpline number 181. We ask questions whenever a rape is reported and this is what is disturbing people, but we will continue to raise questions.”EOM ProfileMaliwal is married to Naveen Jaihind, a Haryana-based leader of the AAP that rules in Delhi. Maliwal was a fellow-activist with Kejriwal during the India Against Corruption movement.Maliwal’s appointment as the DCW chief had caused a fallout between Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi

FIR not a deterrent for me, not done anything wrong: DCW chief Swati Maliwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DCW chief Swati Maliwal, who has been booked on charges of irregularities in recruitment in the women’s panel by the Anti Corruption Branch, on Monday said the FIR will “not act as a deterrent” for her even as Delhi minister Satyendra Jain came out in support of her. The Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) chief said the FIR will not act as a deterrent for her and the panel will continue to work and raise questions which is “disturbing her opponents the most”.”Even if I am sent to jail, I will prepare a report on the condition of women there and submit it to the Delhi government. The Delhi government and the Centre are working together towards ensuring safety of women,” she told reporters.”There are a few people whom I would not like to name, they are trying that the two do not work together..communication gaps are being created. This FIR is fake, I have not done anything wrong,” she said.”If we have to change the system we will have to give some sacrifices. If somebody can prove corruption of a single rupee in my life, I will stop living. I am a follower of Lakshmi Bai and Subhash Chandra Bose…I am not going to be scared,” she added.A case under sections 13(D) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 409 (criminal breach of trust) and 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the IPC was registered against Maliwal, ACB chief Mukesh Kumar Meena said. The ACB had taken up the probe on a complaint by former DCW chief Barkha Shukla Singh, who alleged that several AAP supporters were given plum posts in the women’s panel. Singh, in her complaint, had listed the names of 85 people who, she claimed, got jobs “without requisite credentials”.The ACB had been probing the matter for the last two-three months and based on the questioning of Maliwal’s employees, it was found that due procedure “was not followed in appointments,” said an officer, adding that a total of 91 appointments were found to be made without allegedly following due process. The officer said the ACB team might visit the DCW office next week to question Maliwal again. Maliwal was questioned for over two hours by ACB officials on Monday.Meanwhile, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain lauded the DCW chief’s efforts saying, “The ACB is questioning her means, she is shaking the trees that are not meant to be shaken.”

Mumbai housing cooperative society backtracks, won’t stop Muslim family from buying flat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The housing cooperative which had tried to stop a Muslim family from buying a flat has will no try longer to so, on Saturday. This comes after an FIR was filed against eleven members of a cooperative housing society in neighbouring Vasai, after a Muslim family was allegedly denied a flat there. The FIR was lodged at the Manikpur police station late this evening. A majority of the members of Happy Jivan Co-operative Society allegedly opposed sale of a flat by its owner to a Muslim family, a police official said. A meeting was held on September 4 and a resolution opposing the proposed sale was passed. The members told K Patel, the flat owner, that he was free to sell the flat to someone within the community but not to a Muslim person. Following this, Patel approached the police, alleging that the society had refused the No Objection Certificate for the sale.

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