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Nagrota attack: Terrorists’ strategy similar to Pathankot, militants used tree to enter army base

Security breaches in and around Indian Army camps, over the past year, have cost us the lives of many soldiers. From Uri to Pathankot and from Samba to Nagrota, militants have brazenly attacked the security forces at the heart of some strategic security bases on the Indian territory. However, security loopholes seem to have taken a toll on the preparedness of our forces.

Now it appears that the recent attack on an army unit, which is located just three km from the Army XVI Corps headquarters in Nagrota was staged on similar lines of the Pathankot attack on the Indian Air Force base, where the failure to secure the camp’s perimeter resulted in the massive security breach.

Security personnel at guard in Jammu's Nagrota district. PTISecurity personnel at guard in Jammu's Nagrota district. PTI

Security personnel at guard in Jammu’s Nagrota district. PTI

Seven army personnel, including two Major-ranked officers were killed in the 29 November Nagrota attack, in which three heavily armed militants stormed into the army complex and started indiscriminate shooting within the officers mess and residential quarters of the army men.

The militants behind the attack reportedly sneaked into the premises from the forest area in its rear, official sources told PTI.

In fact a report by The Indian Express said that the militants climbed atop a tree in the officers’ mess campus alongside the three-metre high perimeter wall to enter the premises.

Even in the case of Pathankot attack, it was revealed that the terrorists had managed to jump into the campus by climbing eucalyptus trees and then using a nylon rope to slide down the perimeter wall, according to The Hindu. Despite this, no thorough fortification of the boundary walls of strategic camps was conducted, The Indian Express report states.

Moreover, just like the Pathankot attack, in Nagrota too, failure to ensure preemptive action despite credible intelligence input is also among the many reasons that compromised security.

According to another report in The Indian Express, intelligence agencies had been targeting the movements of suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba militants in the Indian territory, since at least two weeks ahead of the Nagrota attack. Specific intelligence inputs, warning against an imminent strike on a high-value military target was issued just 10 days before the 29 November attack. Although, the LeT cell tracked by the intelligence agencies was not behind the attack, which was later blamed on Jaish-e-Mohammed, questions were raised as to what security measures were taken in response to the intelligence warnings.

However, responding to this, an army spokesperson told The Indian Express, “The reports generated by intelligence agencies were not specific and covered a large spectrum of targets and locations. Even with reference to intelligence regarding Nagrota attack, no such specific or actionable intelligence was received.” However, the report further claims that RAW further issued a warning just 72 hours ahead of the attack that suspected Jaish militants were active in the region. The warning, undoubtedly were generic and did not point out the specific targets on the radar of the militants, nonetheless, the inputs should have led bases to enhance security in the least.

Currently, the National Investigating Agency is probing the  attacks, while it has already filed a chargesheet against JeM cadres including its chief Masood Azhar in the Pathankot attack case, the agency is seeking to establish how did the terrorists creep into the Indian soil and sustained without detection for so long. Meanwhile, a likely theory floating after the preliminary investigation states that the terrorists could have crawled in through an 80-metre-long tunnel under farm lands to cross the International Border (IB) used for the Samba attack, which occurred on the same day.

With inputs from agencies

First Published On : Dec 29, 2016 16:49 IST

BK Bansal suicide: CBI DIG Sanjeev Gautam removed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Sanjeev Gautam was on Wednesday removed from former Director General Corporate Affairs Bal Kishan Bansal’s suicide case probe. Sources said, Gautam, a 1995 batch Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officer (Custom & Excise), has been sent to the parent department.BK Bansal, a senior bureaucrat, who committed suicide along with his 31-year-old son in September end had in his alleged suicide note, mentioned that his family was tortured by Gautam and his team members. Bansal, had named several persons for making his family’s life “hell”, including Gautam, Superintendent of Police Amrita Kaur, Deputy Superintendent of Police Rekha Sangwan and Investigating Officer Harnam Singh, apart from an unnamed head constable.In July, Bansal was arrested by the CBI on charges of corruption. Hours after he was produced in court, his wife Satyabala and daughter Neha were found hanging in two separate rooms at their residence in Neelkanth Apartments on July 22. The Supreme Court earlier in November issued notices to the Centre and the CBI on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the controversial suicide case.

SP Tyagi a ‘sound professional’, shouldn’t be treated like criminal: Air Chief Marshal Raha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Describing former IAF chief SP Tyagi as a “sound professional”, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on Monday said he should not have been treated like a “common criminal”.Tyagi, arrested on December 9 in AgustaWestland chopper scam case, was today granted bail by a special court here.Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar granted the relief to Tyagi on a personal bond of Rs two lakh and one surety of like amount.”You know, it is sub-judice so it won’t be right for me to say anything. But, it is very unfortunate, I think for sure, that a person of his stature has been indicted by the CBI and other investigating agencies. He has been put under custody,” Raha told NDTV’s “Walk the Talk” programme.He said the arrest “obviously” hurts the morale of the people of the armed forces. “I can’t say it doesn’t dent our image or reputation. It definitely does and I am sure we will go by the law of the land. And the judicial process will be completed on the (basis of) evidence produced. I will be very happy if he can acquit himself because for the reason that he is the former chief,” he said. Talking about his personal rapport with Tyagi, Raha said he has worked under him.”I have worked with him as well. So I knew him quite well. Professionally, he is very sound and it is very unfortunate that this kind of accusations are there. It does dent our reputation. We are just hoping that the thing gets settled quickly this way or the other. Whatever is the decision of the court or the judicial process, we will go by that. We will accept it,” he said. Asked if he agreed that he should not have been kept with common criminals, Raha replied saying he agrees. “I don’t know the exact evidences that the investigating agencies have but if they could treat him a little more respectfully I would be be very happy,” he said.

Chennai I-T raid: Son of ex-TN chief secy P Rama Mohana Rao summoned in ‘tax evasion’ case

Chennai: Widening its probe, the Income Tax Department has summoned the son of former Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao in connection with its tax evasion investigation against sand mining operators of the state where one of the biggest seizures of cash and gold was made by the taxman in the aftermath of demonetisation.

Officials said while Rao’s son Vivek Papisetty was first summoned to join investigations last week, after searches were carried out against him and his family on 21 December, and now fresh reminders have again been sent to him in this regard.

They said Vivek has informed the Investigating Officer of the case that he would join the probe soon and has cited his wife’s illness as the reason for not being able to do so till now.

The department, it is understood, wants to confront and question Vivek regarding a number of seizures of documents made by the sleuths from his and his kins’ locations and from the premises of Shankar Reddy after searches were first carried out against the latter here earlier this month.

P Rama Mohana Rao. Wikimedia Commons

P Rama Mohana Rao. Wikimedia Commons

Reddy was arrested by CBI last week.

“Vivek has said he would be joining I-T investigations in a day or two. His questioning is vital in the case,” they said, adding that three other associates searched in the case are also being questioned by the department.

I-T officials had earlier claimed that Vivek had “admitted to a total unaccounted income of about Rs 17 crore”, a day after I-T raids were carried out at the top bureaucrat’s house and other premises linked to his kin.

Last week, the department had launched searches on atleast 15 premises related to Vivek and others and had claimed to have seized Rs 30 lakh in new currency and five kilogrammes gold.

The Tamil Nadu government, on the very next day of raids on 22 December, had replaced Rao from the top bureaucratic post and had appointed senior IAS officer and Additional Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan as the new Chief Secretary.

The I-T case emerges from the to biggest cash haul of new notes post demonetisation after the department raided some sand mining operators of Tamil Nadu.

Over Rs 142 crore unaccounted assets have been recovered so far by the department in this case apart from seizure of Rs 34 crore in new notes.

The total cash seizure in this instance was over Rs 170 crore and this has become the single largest case of disclosure of undisclosed assets post the note ban.

First Published On : Dec 26, 2016 18:50 IST

Kerala: Opposition demands resignation of LDF minister MM Mani charged in murder case

Kochi: Stepping up its attack against Electricity Minister MM Mani after he rejected Opposition’s demand to quit following a court’s refusal of discharging him from a 34-year-old murder case, Congress on Monday alleged that his presence in the CPM-led LDF government would weaken the trial into the charges against him.

“Mani is an accused in a murder case. He must quit. It is necessary to ensure proper justice in the case,” KPCC Chief V M Sudheeran told reporters here.

He alleged that Mani’s presence in the government would help him “pressurise” witnesses and Investigating Officers.

“We strongly believe that there will be efforts to influence the witnesses,” Sudheeran said.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Mani has rejected opposition Congress and BJP’s demand that he quit after a court in Thodupuzha refused to discharge him as an accused in the 34-year-old murder case, saying he would fight the case both “legally and politically”.

Noting that Mani is the second accused in the case related to the murder of Youth Congress leader Anchery Baby in November 1982, Sudheeran said that his continuation in the Ministry raises “moral, ethical and legal” questions.

“So the chief minister should seek his resignation from the Ministry or he should be sacked,” the KPCC president said.

Sudheeran also asked the CPM central leadership to explain their stand on the issue.

The state unit of CPI(M) heading the LDF regime, has rallied behind Mani, saying the demand for his resignation was “politically motivated”.

“The demand is politically motivated. The case existed when Mani contested the state Assembly elections. There is nothing new in the court verdict. The demand for his resignation has no basis and he can continue as Minister,” CPM State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan had said, soon after the verdict on Saturday.

First Published On : Dec 26, 2016 15:54 IST

CBI summons Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat again in sting CD case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CBI has asked Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat to appear before it on December 26 in connection with a probe into the purported sting operation involving him.This is the second time that Rawat has been summoned by the CBI on a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) registered by it in last seven months.He had earlier appeared before the agency on May 24 during which he was questioned for nearly five hours. The agency had registered a preliminary enquiry in connection with the alleged sting operation on April 29 purportedly showing Rawat offering bribes to rebel Congress lawmakers to support him during a floor test in the Uttarakhand Assembly.This may be a unique case where a sitting Chief Minister has been summoned by the CBI during its probe of a PE.The PE is the first step during which the agency verifies the facts in the complaint received by it. During a PE, the agency usually only “requests” a person “to join the probe” and does not summon him, carry out searches or make any arrests. If verification of facts shows need of further probe, it may register an FIR or else close the PE.The CBI probe focuses on Rawat’s relations with the owner of a news channel, alleged bribe proposal made to one dissident MLA by him and a minister in his previous cabinet, besides his claims on the purported sting video.The reason for summoning him against, according to the sources, was because Rawat had not furnished full and complete details on many issues.The case was registered on the reference received from the state government (during President’s rule) and subsequent notification from BJP-led central government.Rawat has denied the allegation and called the video fake after it was released by the rebel Congress legislators but later admitted that he was on camera in the sting operation.After Rawat’s victory in the floor test, the state cabinet had met on May 15 and withdrawn the notification recommending a CBI probe into the sting operation involving him.Instead, the state cabinet decided to constitute a Special Investigating Team to probe the case as it was a state subject. CBI had said the notification was rejected after taking legal opinion, which said there was no ground for its withdrawal and it was “not legally tenable”.The Chief Minister had failed to get a reprieve from Uttarakhand High Court also which had refused to quash the ongoing CBI probe into the sting operation.

Gangrape case: 25-year-old US national questioned by Delhi Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 25-year-old US national, who was allegedly gangraped by a group of men earlier this year in a five-star hotel here, was on Thursday questioned by Delhi Police to determine the sequence of events.She arrived here a couple of days ago to join the probe and on Thursday she underwent a medical examination and recorded her statement under section 164 of the CrPC before a magistrate.Today, the investigating team interacted with her to fill in the gaps in her complaint and to firm up their case, a senior police officer said.Earlier, she had said that she was not satisfied with the probe and was ready to come to India to identify the accused.On December 8, the tourist guide, accused of raping her along with his accomplices, was questioned by police after his arrival from Nepal. Police had identified the man and contacted him while he was in Nepal.
ALSO READ Gangrape case: US national arrives in India to join probeThe tour guide had denied his involvement in the matter and told police that the victim had given him a positive feedback in the forms and internal inquiry by the travel agency hadn’t found him guilty.The woman had alleged that she was raped by the men for two days. They also threatened her with dire consequences. She had also said the accused had made a video of the act and had threatened to make it public if she reported the matter to anyone.

Demonetization: Rise of the new ‘middleman’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As investigative agencies continue to crack down on the financial crimes across India, a new breed of middlemen has emerged after demonetization. These individuals— many of who do not have a criminal background—are targeting banks, and, more recently, post offices, making them a hub for illegal activities.One of the men on the CBI’s radar is K Sudheer Babu. Accused of masterminding illegal activities in the registered post offices in Hyderabad, Babu, who belongs to the 2011 cadre of the Indian Postal Service (IPS), was serving as the Senior Superintendent of Post Office, Hyderabad City Division, when his name popped up on the CBI’s radar.Four others working with him — Shaikh Abdul Ghani, G Ravi Teja, K Suresh Kumar and G Srinivas — have been arrested. Babu, however, is absconding. The modus operandi of Babu and his men was simple. Investigating officials revealed that old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, exceeding the limits announced by RBI, were brought into post offices and banks in Hyderabad for replacement and then fraudulently exchanged for new Rs 2,000 notes. Officials estimate that the total amount involved in illegal transactions from these post offices in Hyderabad was Rs 2.95 crore. “The criminal cases so far have been reported from Hyderabad city but investigators are keeping a close watch on post offices across India,” said a CBI source. Sources also added that searches have been conducted at 11 places so far which include residential/office premises of the accused persons in Hyderabad.They add that incriminating documents, laptops and mobile phones with cash worth Rs 17.02 lakh in new currency notes of Rs 2,000 denominations were seized.These middlemen carried out the crimes almost after the Prime Minister’s announcement on demonetization. CBI sources said that the first case was registered on November 24. In this case, an individual, yet to be identified, brought in Rs 36 lakh into the post office of Hyderabad City Division, when the CBI revealed that Babu instructed G Revathi, the Sub Post Master (SPM), Himayat Nagar branch, to falsify records that this money in new currency notes had been disbursed to multiple individuals. This however was not the case.Further investigations have revealed that apart from the four officials arrested, close to half a dozen post office officials are currently under the scanner of the CBI. In three fraud cases filed between November 24 and December 6, these officials are alleged to have involved in illegal activity, along with two office assistants.

Demonetization: ED & Delhi Police say they are unaffected, CBI reserves comment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Demonetization will have no impact on investigating agencies which possess a huge cache of old Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes, seized over the years as case property, with their officials saying the cash was “government accounted money” and could be deposited in respective bank accounts till December 30.While the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Delhi Police said they would have no problem in depositing the cash in the banks, the CBI preferred to reserve its comments by maintaining that the issue was “under examination”.Agencies like CBI and ED deal with huge cash amounts which are recovered or seized during raids and investigation of their cases. Both the agencies deal with high-stake financial frauds and ED is a specialised agency handling money laundering matters as well. ED and Delhi Police said the confiscated cash lying with them would be deposited in their designated bank accounts by December 30, the deadline fixed by government, to deposit old currency notes.On being asked about the impact of demonetization on cash recovered by them during probe, Delhi Police’s Joint Commissioner of Police (South-Western Range) Dipendra Pathak said the cash stored in the ‘malkhana’ (warehouse) would be deposited in the banks and it can be done till December 30 as the money is “government accounted”. He, however, said that though all the money is accounted for, it is difficult to tell the number of high denomination currency notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500. He said police officials have been instructed to move concerned courts and seek direction on how to go ahead with each case where the case property involves cash.Similarly, a senior ED official said the move has “not affected” the agency as according to procedure, the seized money is either deposited in the designated bank accounts or converted into fixed deposit receipts (FDRs).When asked about the steps being taken by CBI to deal with the issue of demonetization as the agency stores the currency notes seized during raids, an official said the matter was “under examination and we are not going to make any comment on it”. In his comments, Pathak said “the government has given time till December 30 and we can deposit the cash by then. The confiscated money can also be converted into FDRs through the concerned court’s permission. It depends on case to case”. “Investigating Officers will move concerned courts and it will be decided only by the court as to how we have to go about it. I have already instructed the officials of my range to move courts on this issue,” he said.Pathak said that in cases where a person has been arrested red-handed with huge amount of cash, the police can take the photograph of original currency notes recovered from him to prove its case in the court. “We can also take photograph of the currency notes and keep it with us and then get the notes deposited in banks,” he said.Asked if they have received any specific notification from the government regarding the process to be followed on seized cash of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 denomination, Pathak said no separate notification has been received for the probe agencies. The ED officer said it was not in his knowledge. On being asked about how ED is dealing with this issue, the official said, “demonetization has not affected the ED at all. The government has given time till December 30. So if any cash is lying with the ED, it will be deposited in designated bank accounts and we do not need to get it exchanged”.

Controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi returns to India, to face ED probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi has returned to India and is expected to join investigations on Tuesday before the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is probing his role in a money laundering case.Officials said Qureshi arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here Monday night after which ED sleuths served him a court-issued directive to present himself before the agency today.They said the businessman is expected to depose before the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case, as per directives of the court.The Delhi High court, while hearing a plea filed by Qureshi, had last month directed him to return to India by mid-November and appear before the agency for questioning in this case.The meat exporter is facing probes by ED as well as the I-T department for alleged tax evasion, money laundering among others.The Income Tax department had sometime back issued notices to Qureshi under the new Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015 as probe led it to few foreign assets owned or held by the meat exporter and his family in an alleged illegal manner as they were not declared or reported to Indian tax authorities.The case emerged after tax department first carried out searches against Qureshi and his firm AMQ Group on February 15, 2014.The meat exporter had on October 15 left the country from the IGI airport here despite a Look Out Circular issued by the ED against him.The agency had also asked the CBI to probe the role of public servants in allegedly favouring Qureshi in his deals.

BK Bansal suicide case: CBI recuses its DIG Sanjeev Gautam from probing issue

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has recused its Deputy Inspector General Sanjeev Gautam from the team probing the corruption charges levelled against former Corporate Affairs Ministry officer BK Bansal, who along with his 31-year-old son committed suicide in September end.

Sources said the CBI recused Gautam since the agency had initiated an internal probe on the harassment charges levelled against the senior officer and other agency sleuths by Bansal and his son Yogesh in their suicide notes.

BK Bansal. Image courtesy: CNN-News18

Former Corporate Affairs Ministry officer BK Bansal. Image courtesy: CNN-News18

Bansal had named several persons for making “my family life hell”, including Gautam, Superintendent of Police Amrita Kaur, Deputy Superintendent of Police Rekha Sangwan and Investigating Officer Harnam Singh, apart from an unnamed head constable.

The CBI had initiated an internal probe in twin suicide case based on the hand written notes of Bansal and his son. A senior joint director-rank officer, who is not in the chain of command, is conducting the probe into the suicide notes.

The sources said the agency will shortly submit its internal probe report in the suicide case to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

Bansal, 60, was arrested on July 16 for allegedly accepting bribe of Rs 9 lakh from a prominent pharmaceutical company. Days later, his wife Satyabala and daughter Neha ended their lives.

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

First Published On : Nov 17, 2016 21:37 IST

Najeeb Ahmed row: JNU Vice Chancellor urges agitating students to unite against politicising the case

As the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus heats up following the disappearance of Najeeb Ahmed a week ago, university Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, on Sunday, urged the agitating students to co-operate with the investigation, and termed a protest gathering outside his residence “unfortunate”.

The incident has led the campus to be on boil, yet again, with agitating students keeping Kumar and other senior officials under siege for over 20 hours alleging inaction on the administration’s part.

In a series of tweets, Kumar said the blockade outside his house will not help the search for Najeeb and urged the students to share any information they have regarding the missing student with the administration and the police.

Kumar also urged the JNU community to unite against politicising the case.

Earlier, a fellow student who was present during the brawl between Najeeb and few ABVP supporters, claimed that attempts were made to kill Najeeb.

Najeeb, a student of School of Biotechnology at the university, went missing on 15 October allegedly following a brawl on the campus with members of ABVP on 14 October.

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

“I heard some noises from the first floor. When I rushed down I saw Najeeb was bleeding from the mouth and nose. We called the warden and took Najeeb to help him wash himself in the bathroom.

“But few students came and thrashed Najeeb inside the bathroom. They were shouting that he should not be spared,” said Shahid Raza Khan, an M Phil student at JNU’s School of International Studies (SIS).

The ABVP, however, rubbished the allegations as baseless.

“If he was beaten up that badly, why did not the warden get a medical test conducted. Where are the reports? There are none because he wasn’t attacked,” Alok Singh, President of JNU’s ABVP unit said.

Following protests by students, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had directed Delhi Police to set up a Special Investigating Team (SIT) to trace the missing student.

Meanwhile, the left affiliated All India Students Association (AISA) which is running a campaign, “Bring back Najeeb”, staged a protest at Delhi University on Saturday.

“From Muzaffarnagar to Dadri and now JNU we are witnessing a clear pattern in the intimidation, violence, and the creation of a vicious atmosphere followed by displacement and disappearances of Muslims throughout the country. This has to be resisted tooth and nail,” said AISA leader Kawalpreet Kaur.

With inputs from PTI

Bengaluru: BJP demands NIA probe into killing of RSS worker

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stepping up its attack on the Congress government in the wake of a brutal murder of an RSS worker, BJP on Friday petitioned Governor Vajubhai Vala demanding an inquiry by National Investigation Agency​ (NIA) into killings of party and RSS activists.The party has blamed “unholy nexus” of “Jihadists” and Marxists for the killing. The delegation led by state party chief BS Yeddyurappa and Leader of opposition Jagadish Shettar met Vala under and alleged that the Congress government “is bent upon allowing the killers to have a field day” and is not keen to trace the assailants involved in any of these cases.Also alleging Congress’ of indulging in “vote-bank politics”, they appealed to the Governor to prevail upon the state government to hand over the cases to National Investigating Agency to “unearth the motive and expose” the perpetrators of the crime.Rudresh, a 35-year old RSS worker, was hacked to death by two motorcycle-borne men who struck him with machete on Kamaraja Road last Sunday when he was returning home on a bike after attending a Sangh event.Stating that Rudresh’s was the latest in the series of killings of activists belonging to “Nationalist School of Thought” in the last two years, the memorandum cited a list of incidents about Hindutva activists “who have fallen victim to PFI goons”.”The attacks are executed systematically. In all the mentioned attacks, the weapons used are more or less the same (long swords and tamancha) and the modus operandi adopted by the attackers is almost the same,” it said.BJP said the attacks have been taking place in quick intervals in various parts of Karnataka, especially in coastal Dakshina Kannada district, and the attackers are perpetrating the crime with “impunity and escaping with felicity.” Noting that not one case has reached its logical end, it said the disturbing trend is that the Congress government has been “predetermining the course of investigation” by “deliberately” making “loaded” remarks almost immediately after the crime with a “sinister design” to “prejudice” the investigating officers.”Our charge is that the government has directed the police to take this line in all such cases involving BJP and Sangh Pariwar activists,” it added. Alleging that BJP has every reason to suspect that there is a “pattern, a design and a diabolical motive” behind these killings of RSS/BJP workers, the party said it also suspects the “unholy nexus of the Jihadists and Marxists”, a deadly combination, behind these killings.”Going by the pattern, design and modus operandi, it is almost sure that the workers of the Popular Front of India are involved. These elements are being provided with intellectual and moral support by Marxists,” it said.”In so far as the diabolical motive is concerned, the PFI, in league with the Marxists, wants a communal flare up so that the BJP and Sangh Pariwar outfits can be blamed. It suits the vote-bank politics of the Congress,” it added.

Monika Ghurde murder case: Accused confesses to sexual abuse before strangulation

Panaji: The man held for the murder of perfumer Monika Ghurde spent two nights on the terrace of her building, monitoring movements and sexually abused her before strangulating her, police said on Tuesday, as chilling details emerged about the sensational case.

The accused, Rajkumar Singh, has confessed to sexually abusing Monika after tying her to bed in her apartment and also forced her to watch porn clips, they said.

Singh, a 21-year-old native of Punjab who worked as a security guard in Panaji, has been arrested for allegedly murdering the photographer-turned-perfume specialist on the night of 5 October at her rented flat in Sangolda village in Goa.

Singh, nabbed from a Bengaluru hotel two days ago, was brought to Goa on transit remand last night. The accused was produced in a court of a Judicial Magistrate of First Class at Mapusa town, which remanded him in seven-day police custody on Tuesday.

File photo of Monika Ghurde. Image courtesy: @monikagee/ Instagram

File photo of Monika Ghurde. Image courtesy: @monikagee/ Instagram

He was tracked on the basis of ATM transactions he made at different locations after stealing two cards of the 39-year-old woman and forcing her to reveal their PINs.

“The accused has confessed to the crime. He has told the Investigating Officer that for two days he took refuge on the terrace of the building where Monika lived before forcibly entering her flat on October 5 evening,” Deputy Inspector General of Police Vimal Gupta told reporters at police headquarters in Panaji.

Singh, during interrogation, narrated how he tortured Monika throughout the night before strangling her to death, Gupta said, adding he tied the victim to bed and went to the kitchen, where he had boiled eggs for dinner.

Gupta said the accused arrived in Goa on 5 April, 2016 in search of a job and was employed as a security guard in the complex, where Monika came searching for a rented flat.

“The accused was attracted towards Monika since the day she inquired about the availability of a flat in the complex and later followed her movements when she started residing there. After his duty as a security guard, he would wash cars of the residents, including that of Monika,” the DIG said.

Gupta, who interrogated Singh at Saligao police station in presence of Superintendent of Police (North) Umesh Gaonkar in the morning, said the accused developed a grudge against Monika after he was sacked from the job on 22 July, 2016 after being accused of stealing her umbrella.

“The security agency, which had employed him, kept on hold his two months’ salary amounting to Rs 22,000,” the IPS officer said.

“After losing his job, Singh worked as a labourer in Ponda town for sometime before visiting places like Pune, Chennai, Hyderbad and Mumbai in search of employment but was unsuccessful,” Gupta said.

During this time, the accused contacted Monika and requested her to tell the security agency to release his salary. She, however, refused to do so.

Overcome by anger and sense of revenge over what he perceived as humiliation by the perfumer for his loss of job, Singh went to her residential complex on 3 October. He spent two days on her building’s terrace looking for an opportunity to get inside her flat and finally succeeded on 5 October at around 6.30 PM, the DIG said.

Gupta said the accused had a scuffle with Monika in bathroom. He then overpowered and tied her to bed and sexually abused her.

Fearing Monika will complaint to the police, Singh smothered the perfumer to death but before that forced her to reveal PINs of ATM cards and password of her mobile phone.

The DIG said the woman screamed for help several times during her captivity but no one from the complex could hear it.

Monica Ghurde murder case: Accused sexually abused her before killing her, reveal cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The man held for the murder of perfumer Monica Ghurde spent two nights on terrace of her building monitoring movements and sexually abused her before strangulating her, police said on Tuesday, as chilling details emerged about the sensational case. The accused, Rajkumar Singh, has confessed to sexually abusing Monica after tying her to bed in her apartment and also forced her to watch porn clips, they said.Singh, a 21-year-old native of Punjab who worked as a security guard in Panaji, has been arrested for allegedly murdering the photographer-turned-perfume specialist on the night of October 5 at her rented flat in Sangolda village in Goa. Singh, nabbed from a Bengaluru hotel two days ago, was brought to Goa on transit remand on Monday night. The accused was produced in a court of a Judicial Magistrate of First Class at Mapusa town on Tuesday, which remanded him in seven-day police custody. He was tracked on the basis of ATM transactions he made at different locations after stealing two cards of the 39-year-old woman and forcing her to reveal their PINs.”The accused has confessed to the crime. He has told the Investigating Officer that for two days he took refuse on the terrace of the building where Monica lived before forcibly entering her flat on October 5 evening,” Deputy Inspector General of Police Vimal Gupta told reporters at police headquarters.Singh, during interrogation, narrated how he tortured Monica throughout the night before strangling her to death, Gupta said, adding he tied the victim to bed and went to the kitchen, where he had boiled eggs for dinner. Gupta said the accused arrived in Goa on April 5, 2016 in search of a job and was employed as a security guard in the complex, where Monica came searching for a rented flat.”The accused was attracted towards Monica since the day she inquired about availability of a flat in the complex and later followed her movements when she started residing there. After his duty as a security guard, he would wash cars of the residents, including that of Monica,” the DIG said.Gupta, who interrogated Singh at Saligao police station in presence of Superintendent of Police (North) Umesh Gaonkar in the morning, said the accused developed grudge against Monica after he was sacked from the job on July 22, 2016 after being accused of stealing her umbrella.”The security agency, which had employed him, kept on hold his two months’ salary amounting to Rs 22,000,” the IPS officer said.”After losing his job, Singh worked as a labourer in Ponda town for sometime before visiting places like Pune, Chennai, Hyderbad and Mumbai in search of employment but was unsuccessful,” Gupta said.During this time, the accused contacted Monica and requested her to tell the security agency to release his salary. She, however, refused to do so. Overcome by anger and sense of revenge over what he perceived as humiliation by the perfumer for his loss of job, Singh went to her residential complex on October 3. He spent two days on her building’s terrace looking for opportunity to get inside her flat and finally succeeded on October 5 at around 6.30 PM, the DIG said.Gupta said the accused had a scuffle with Monica in bathroom. He then overpowered and tied her to bed and sexually abused her. Fearing Monica will complain to the police, Singh smothered the perfumer to death but before that forced her to reveal PINs of ATM cards and password of her mobile phone. The DIG said the woman screamed for help several times during her captivity but no one from the complex could hear it.

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”.

Delhi HC seeks cops’ reply on plea to quash FIR against Swati Maliwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi High Court on Monday asked the police to reply to a plea by Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) for quashing of an FIR lodged against its chief Swati Maliwal for allegedly revealing the identity of a 14-year-old Dalit rape victim who had succumbed to her injuries.Justice A K Pathak also asked the police to respond to the plea which has urged it to form a Special Investigating Team (SIT) to investigate the case, while criticising the way Delhi Police has been handling the matter. During the hearing, the bench asked senior advocate R S Cheema, appearing for DCW, as to how the Commission could approach the court for quashing of an FIR lodged against its chief.”How can the DCW file the petition for quashing of an FIR. The FIR was lodged against an individual, who should have moved the court in individual capacity. She (Maliwal) should have filed a separate petition. How can she file through the Commission,” the judge asked.Maintaining that they had rightly filed the petition, the counsel submitted that the FIR was wrongly lodged as under the law the name of rape victim, who was a minor, could be disclosed with the consent of the parents and in this case, the consent was obtained from the girl’s family members. The court fixed the matter for November 8.The minor girl had died in hospital after a neighbour raped her repeatedly in North Delhi’s Burari area on July 23 and forced a corrosive substance down her throat which damaged her internal organs.Delhi Police had said Maliwal circulated a notice she had sent to the area Deputy Commissioner of Police, in which she had asked how investigators were handling the rape case. The notice handed out to print and electronic journalists had the name of the victim.The FIR alleged that the notice was intentionally circulated on various WhatsApp groups and shown by TV channels. A news channel had held the notice before the camera during a prime-time programme aired on July 25, it added. “To divulge the name of the rape victim is an offence,” the police had said.

Pro-Islamic State group’s hit list names 285 Indians; caliphate releases personal details of targets

As many as 285 Indian nationals – many of them average people who never in their life may have harboured animosity towards the Islamic State (IS), despite disproving the group’s horrific killings – are among those to find place in the 4,000-odd ‘kill list’ drawn by a pro-IS group from across the globe.The civilian target list, drawn by pro-IS United Cyber Caliphate and released on Wednesday on its private Telegram channel, gives personal details of the picks, and exhorts lone wolves to find and attack them.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A propaganda imagery (see pic) with the words “O individual wolves out there in the world, Kill the Cross wherever you find it,” and “Kill them strongly…kill them hardly” with the hashtags, “#very important kill list” and “#Kill them immediately,” was flashed along with the list.The data in the excel sheet format contains names and addresses of 4,681 random civilians from around 18 countries including US, Britain, Canada, France and India. Jihadi intelligence agencies SITE and Flashpoint undermined the threat from the kill list as the personal details of people were taken from open sources on the web which is freely accessible. The hacking group, UCC, is believed to have ‘repackaged’ information available in public and collated the details from various platforms into one list, making it to appear like a targeted kill list.It is thus unlikely that pro-IS supporters hacked a large set of database or is handpicking individual accounts. “While its methods and tactics continue to convey a relatively low and unsophisticated skill set, the group’s association with IS creates the potential for real world effects, and high propaganda value,” Flashpoint analysts reported.This is the second such kill list, published by the same group this month, to inspire lone wolves to take revenge for Muslims. The list appears to be in line with the IS propaganda which asks followers who can’t make the ‘hijrah’ (migration) to Syria and Iraq for jihad, to act in their countries and kill ‘kufars’ (non-Muslims) wherever they can find them.Shortly after the Orlando shooting, where a neurotic gunman Omar Mateen opened fire in a nightclub popular among the LGBT community killing 49 and called 911 to pledge his allegiance to IS, the group’s supporters started disseminating propaganda calling for individuals to attack people from western countries. Last week, UCC released the first list with 8318 names of nationals from US, Canada, UK and Australia.The purpose of releasing such a list publicly on web is reflective of the group’s tactics to spread fear psychosis amongst general public. Interviews of individuals, whose names appeared in Canada and US, showed they had no idea how their details reached the hands of IS men but are now feeling insecure knowing that the group has information on them. Although not considered of any imminent threat, authorities in US and Canada contacted people in the list to warn them to keep a watch.Although only a handful of Indians are known to have joined IS and died in fighting, the group has not staged any attack in India. The National Investigating Agency had arrested more than 50 people suspected of subscribing to IS ideology and Caliphate. “We are not aware of the kill list. But the possibility of lone wolves acting cannot be refuted. Agencies are keeping a close watch on such suspects to avert any attack,” said one senior officer.

Modi government weakened fight against terrorism: Congress

New Delhi: Notwithstanding the denial by the NIA chief that he made any statement giving a clean chit to Pakistan on the Pathankot airbase attack, the Congress on Friday accused the government of deliberating weakening the war against terrorism by such remarks.

The opposition party also accused National Investigating Agency (NIA) chief Sharad Kumar of making a “preposterous statement” vis-a-vis Pakistan.

“The latest government statement giving a clean chit to Pakistan establishment, its Inter-Services Intelligence and military for the Pathankot terror attack has deliberately weakened the fight against terror that India has waged both nationally and internationally for many decades now,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.

NIA investigators. AFPNIA investigators. AFP

NIA investigators. AFP

According to a TV channel, Sharad Kumar gave a clean chit to the Pakistan government but later denied making any such statement.

The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday asserted that the “involvement of Pakistan’s nationals in the Pathankot air base attack is an accepted fact”.

The government said “enough information” on the involvement of Pakistanis has been provided to Islamabad.

“Pakistan has sponsored terrorism and terror activities against India for decades now. This is a fact that is well known in the international community and various governments, including the previous one led by the Congress, have placed plausible evidence on record, shared with Pakistan and at various international fora multiple times,” said Surjewala.

The Congress leader said: “Post 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, the international pressure put (on Pakistan) at India’s instance now stands weakened by the successive statements made by the Modi Government and BJP – first Modi ji went on an impromptu visit to Pakistan to attend the birthday and marriage celebrations (in Nawaz Sharif’s family) — and the net consequence was the loss of seven lives of our army jawans and attack on the Pathankot airbase.”

“Modi ji then committed a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) of Pakistanis led by the infamous ISI to visit India, including the airbase. Despite caution from the Congress and other opposition parties as also security experts from time to time, the same JIT went back to Pakistan and instead of punishing the JeM accused India and the Indian government,” Surjewala said.

“Having not learnt its lessons, now NIA chief Sharad Kumar has made a preposterous statement and claim that the Pakistan government or military establishment or ISI was not responsible in any way or involved with Jaish-e-Mohammad or Maulana Masood Azhar in the Pathankot terror attack,” he added.

Lalit Modi case: Probe agencies to make fresh bid to obtain Interpol arrest warrant against former IPL Chairman

Indian investigative agencies will make a fresh bid to obtain the much-delayed Interpol arrest warrant against former IPL Chairman Lalit Modi after the Chennai Police recently submitted that it is actively pursuing its criminal probe against the former cricket czar and others.Officials said the Investigating Officer (IO) of the Crime Branch of Chennai police has informed the Finance Ministry and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that it had registered an FIR against Modi and seven others in 2010 on charges of alleged financial irregularities on a complaint by former BCCI President N Srinivasan which is “under investigation” and evidence is being gathered.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It is likely that the IO of Chennai police would also approach a local court to seek Modi’s presence in the case as being sought by the ED in its money laundering probe.This 2010 FIR became the basis for the ED to register the ‘predicate offence’ of money laundering against Modi in 2012.After registering the offence, the anti-money laundering agency had sought an international Red Corner Notice (RCN) and arrest warrant against him from the Interpol.The agencies, sources said, will make a renewed effort to make Modi join the probe being carried out by the ED and Chennai Police.The Union government, during the recently concluded Parliament session, had said it was awaiting an investigation status report from Chennai Police in order to respond to queries raised by the Interpol in connection with the money laundering case against Modi.Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha had, while replying to a question related to ED’s request to Interpol for issue of the RCN against Modi, said “certain queries were raised by the Commission for the Control of Interpol Files”.”Further, a letter to the predicate agency (Chennai Police) has been sent for obtaining investigation status of the scheduled offence. The reply from predicate agency is awaited for responding to the queries raised by the Commission for the Control of Interpol Files,” he had said in a written reply.The ED headquarters here too has been regularly writing to the Chennai and Tamil Nadu Police brass seeking the status of the case and expediting the probe being conducted by them.Officials said after a request to extradite Modi from the United Kingdom was recently sent to the Ministry of External Affairs by the ED, a similar effort will be made before the Interpol, through the CBI, to get the long-awaited RCN notified.The ED had first approached Interpol in August last year for notifying an RCN against Modi but it kept delaying acting on the request with a string of queries from Indian investigators regarding the need for a red corner notice, with the latest being seeking status of the probe being conducted by the Chennai Police.The ED wants Modi to join investigation in a case relating to T-20 Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament after it registered an FIR against him and others in 2012.The central agency has invoked PMLA besides sections 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC to probe if BCCI-IPL and the exchequer had been cheated in the award of telecast rights for the T-20 tournament in 2009.Modi has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Rape case against Goa MLA: Court seeks explanation from police on media ‘leaks’

A local court on Thursday sought explanation from Superintendent of Police (Goa Crime Branch) on how details of investigation in connection with the rape case registered against expelled Congress legislator Atanasio Monserratte were getting “leaked” to the media. The court on Thursday extended the police custody of Monserratte and the victim’s mother by another four days.Superintendent of Police (Crime) Karthik Kashyap was asked to submit his explanation by May 16 before Principle District and Sessions Judge B P Deshpande.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court, which was hearing an application by Crime Branch seeking extension of police custody of Monserratte, said it was not satisfied with the explanation given by Investigation Officer Sudiksha Naik on media leaks.Monserratte has been arrested for allegedly buying and raping a 16-year-old girl. The victim’s mother and another woman Rosy Ferros has also been arrested by Crime Branch which has charged them with human trafficking.During the hearing of the application for extending the police custody of Monserratte and the mother, defence lawyer Saresh Lotlikar pointed they had moved an application seeking to restrain police from divulging information about the case to media.”The explanation has to come how everything is figuring in media. The concerned Superintendent of Police should explain how it is getting leaked to media,” Lotlikar said.Advocate Rajiv Gomes, who also represented Monserratte along with Lotlikar, submitted to the court that the statement given by the victim to the police was verbatim printed in media. Investigating Officer Naik said the police were not leaking the information but the Judge refused to buy her explanation ordering Superintendent of Police to submit his reply.”Let SP give the reply how investigation details were being leaked out. The reply filed by investigating officer (Sudiksha Naik) is not satisfactory. In-charge SP should file a detailed reply,” the judge ruled in the open court hall which was packed with the MLA’s supporters.Mayor of Panaji city corporation Surendra Furtado was also in the court. Earlier, Crime, Branch seeking extension in police custody of Monserratte, claimed that during the investigation, the officers have come across SMS communications between the lawmaker and the victim’s mother.”We want more time to probe this conversation. We have to recover the mobile from the accused,” said public prosecutor Nita Marathe. She said the accused was not cooperating with the investigating officer.However, defence lawyer Lotlikar argued that allegations that the accused is not cooperating cannot be a ground for keeping him in police custody. He demanded that Monserratte be sent to judicial custody so that he can file for bail.

I am being framed, claims rape accused Goa MLA Atanasio Monserratte

Expelled Congress legislator Atanasio Monserratte, who has been arrested on rape charges, on Thursday alleged that he was being framed in a fake case and said he would disclose the identity of those implicating him once he is out on bail.”There is someone who has framed me. I am not revealing his name right now but once I am (out) on bail, the first thing would be to expose him in public,” Monserratte told reporters here while being taken from the court after his police custody was extended by another four days.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I will talk… I will reveal everything,” he said adding, “come on to the battlefield and fight rather than stabbing me from the back.”Monserratte, who is a former minister, said “there’s politics behind this and this has been cooking since long. But every dog has a day. Today it is my day, tomorrow it will be yours.”The St Cruz legislator, who has been arrested by Crime Branch for allegedly buying and raping 16-year-old girl, claimed he is innocent and has always been telling truth to the investigating officer.”I don t need to think twice before answering the investigating officer. I am telling the truth so I don t need to think. If I was telling lies then I would have had to think twice,” he said.Two separate dates about the incident of rape are being discussed– March 6 and 8–, Monserratte said.”Both the days I was with people. On March 6, there were Corporation of City of Panaji polls where my panel was contesting and on March 8 the results were out and we were joyous and celebrating,” he added.

Kerala rape and murder: No major lapses in probe’s initial stage, say police

Kochi: With Kerala Police yet to find any success in nabbing the accused in the brutal rape and murder of a Dalit woman a week ago, its chief TP Senkumar has rejected suggestions that there were any major lapses by the force initially which have impacted the probe.

After holding meeting with the top cops supervising the case at nearby Perumbavoor late evening on Thursday, Senkumar said “a scientific, professional investigation” is progressing in the case but admitted that they could not reach a “sudden detection.”

“We are doing a professional work. Many experts in the police team have been called in to assist the probe. We are taking all types of inputs. Scientific, professional investigation is on. We have not reached a sudden detection but the probe is in progress,” he told reporters.

Kerala police. Representational image. ReutersKerala police. Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The top police officer said there were “not much lapses” from the local police in the initial stage of the investigation.

“If there is any minor lapses, we don’t need to examine that at this stage. Nothing impacting the investigation has happened. Investigation team is doing a very good professional work. I am sure that it will succeed,” he said.

Senkumar said many personnel in state police, who are experts in investigating the crime, have joined the special investigation team to assist them in the probe.

On Thursday, Chief Investigating officer DySP Anil Kumar was removed and A B Jijimon appointed to head the team probing the rape and murder of the 30-year-old law student at her home at Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district on 28 April.

State Home Minister has said the shake-up was done as Jijimon has a better understanding of Perumbavoor area.

Meanwhile, police have continued questioning people, including some neighbours, to get a lead in the case, police sources said. Over 125 people have been questioned in connection with the case.

The incident has become a major issue for the May 16 assembly polls with both ruling UDF and rival LDF trading charges.

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Rs 50,000 reward for info on hitman Muneer who killed NIA officer Tanzil Ahmed

Uttar Pradesh police has announced a reward of Rs 50,000 to those providing information leading to the arrest of main accused Muneer in the murder of the National Investigating Agency (NIA) Officer Tanzil Ahmed.”Police has announced a reward of Rs 50,000 on the main accused Muneer,” Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Daljeet Singh Chaudhary said.Over a hundred people have been questioned following raids at several places in connection with the killing of NIA officer Tanzil Ahmed but no arrest has been made so far, DGP Javeed Ahmed had said yesterday. “No person has been arrested yet. However, over a hundred people have been questioned in raids conducted in Delhi, Bijnor and Aligarh,” Ahmed said here. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tanzil Ahmed, probing terror cases related to Indian Mujahideen, was shot dead on April 3 by two unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants who also wounded his wife when they were returning home from a wedding near UP’s Bijnor town.

Mallya evades third ED summon: Liquor baron seeks new date in May

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya has refused to present himself before the investigators in Mumbai on Saturday in connection with a money laundering probe in the IDBI loan fraud case, citing the ongoing legal proceedings going in the Supreme Court over settlement of loans, according to agencies. He has sought time till May end to respond to Enforcement Directorate’s notice.

However, it is understood that the liquor baron has suggested his legal team can help ED in taking the probe forward.

Agency sources did not immediately comment as to what next step the agency will take now as he has sought time till May, a request he made to the IO last week too and which was turned down.

“The next action will be decided in due course,” they said.

The agency had issued fresh summons, last week to Mallya asking him to appear before it on 9 April, after he sought two extensions from the earlier dates of 18 March and 2 April citing certain official reasons.

Officials said they have no news on either his coming to join the probe or absenting again.

They did not also say if the next legal course of action, in case the United Breweries (UB) group chairman chooses to skip the date, of revoking his passports would be taken or they will straight away go for getting a non-bailable warrant issued against him from a court.

A file photo of Vijay Mallya. AFPA file photo of Vijay Mallya. AFP

A file photo of Vijay Mallya. AFP

ED officials had earlier hinted that the 9 April summons could possibly be the last to Mallya as under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) such action can be undertaken for a maximum of three times only.

The Investigating Officer (IO) of the case had allowed his plea to postpone his appearance till now, both on technical and legal grounds.

It is understood that Mallya, while seeking the extensions, had informed the IO that cases related to bank loans were currently sub-judice in the Supreme Court and he was trying to settle these loans with the help of his legal and corporate team and, hence, would require some more time.

Mallya was first summoned by the agency to “appear in person” at its office in Mumbai on 18 March but he sought more time citing his prior engagements, following which the agency asked him to depose on 2 April.

Mallya, who is facing legal proceedings for alleged default of loans worth over Rs 9,000 crore from various banks, was also on Thursday directed by the Supreme Court to disclose by 21 April the total assets owned by him and his family in India and abroad.

The apex court also sought an indication from him when he will appear before it.

The directions by the apex court came after a consortium of banks led by State Bank of India “unanimously rejected” his proposal, in the current form, to pay Rs 4,000 crore by September towards settlement of his loan.

The bench agreed with the consortium that Mallya’s presence was necessary in the country to show his bona fides that he was serious about settling his dues.

He is currently reported to be in the UK after he left India on 2 March.

The ED has registered a money laundering case against Mallya and others, based on an FIR registered last year by the CBI. The agency is also investigating financial structure of the now defunct KFA and looking into any payment of kickbacks to secure loan.

Pathankot terror attack – Pakistan JIT seeks no inputs, says NIA

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday said the visiting five-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) from Pakistan, which arrived here on Sunday to carry forward the probe into the Pathankot airbase terror attack, had so far demanded no inputs of investigation carried out by Indian agency. Well placed NIA sources said ANI that the JIT held talks with NIA members on the Pathankot attack investigation, and NIA also gave presentation on facts and evidences.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As far as Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) involvement in Pathankot attack was concerned, the Pakistani JIT did not deny the evidence furnished by the NIA, sources said.”The JIT will be visiting Pathankot tomorrow (on Tuesday), but we are giving them limited access to the airbase,” they said, adding that they would come by the evening, and would hold a meeting with NIA officials again on Wednesday.However, Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said he has especially denied permission to the foreign investigative team to go anywhere near the airbase. Parrikar said the Pathankot terror attack is being investigated by the NIA and it is within the purview of the NIA to give permission to the Pakistan JIT to probe the crime scene. However, Parrikar clarified that the actual place of crime, which is a non-sensitive area, has already been isolated, completely out of vision behind barricades.The JIT comprising Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) AIG Rai Tahir as convener, Intelligence Bureau Lahore Deputy Director General Azim Arshad, Lt. Col Tanvir Ahmed of the ISI, Lt, Col Irfan Mirza of MI and Gujranwala CTD Investigating Officer Shahid Tanveer is the first time that Pakistani intelligence and police officials are travelling to India to investigate a terror attack. The team will have access to all witnesses in the Pathankot terror attack, but not security personnel from the National Security Guard or the Border Security Force (BSF).India has been pressing Pakistan for tangible action on the attack by terrorists in Pathankot in January, which claimed lives of seven security personnel. All terrorists involved in the attack were killed in the gun-battle.

Pathankot attack: Pakistan JIT denied permission to go near air base, can only access attack sites

Hours after India and Pakistan on Monday began formal discussions on investigations into the terror attack at the Pathankot IAF base, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar clarified that Pakistan’s Joint Investigation Team (JIT) won’t get access to the entire Pathankot airbase.”We have specially denied them (Pakistan’s JIT) permission to go anywhere in the air base,” said Manohar Parrikar.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”NIA is investigating. They (JIT) are only allowed access to the place where crime took place. The area is cordoned off,” he added.
ALSO READ Why is an ISI member part of Pakistan JIT team, asks CongressThe team, which arrived on Sunday, will on Tuesday visit Pathankot for the probe into the attack carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group on January 2, which left seven security personnel dead.The five-member Pakistani JIT is headed by Chief of Punjab’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) Muhammad Tahir Rai and comprises Lahore’s Deputy Director General, Intelligence Bureau, Mohammad Azim Arshad, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) official Lt Col Tanvir Ahmed, Military Intelligence official Lt Col Irfan Mirza and Gujaranwala CTD Investigating Officer, Shahid Tanveer.The IAF base will be visually barricaded by NIA to prevent any view of critical areas.The NIA team would show some of the areas where the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists were engaged in an 80-hour-long gun battle with security personnel.In the 26/11 Mumbai attack case, Pakistan had sent a judicial commission to cross-examine some of the witnesses in the case.(With agency inputs)

Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya return to JNU amid rousing welcome

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who were released from jail after being granted an interim bail by a Delhi Court, arrived at the varsity campus in New Delhi on Friday amid rousing welcome.Slogans of ‘Aazadi’ reverberated across varsity’s sprawling campus once again as students gathered in large numbers to welcome the duo.The Patiala House Court, which had reserved its order on their bail pleas on Wednesday, asked the duo to furnish a bail bond of Rs. 25, 000 each.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Court further directed the JNU students to not leave Delhi without its permission during the period of interim bail. It also directed them to make themselves available before the Investigating Officer when required for the purpose of investigation.Earlier, a high-level internal committee of the JNU had found 21 students guilty of holding a controversial event on the campus last month, which had led to the custody of JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others. The committee has reportedly suggested that Kanhaiya, along with four other students, be rusticated from the varsity.The committee, in its unanimous report submitted to Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar, has accused the students of violating university norms and rules by organising an event in the memory of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

ED issues fresh summons to Vijay Mallya in money laundering case

Mumbai: Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday issued a fresh summons to liquor baron Vijay Mallya to make a personal appearance before its investigating officer on 2 April in connection with its money laundering probe in the over Rs 900 crore IDBI loan fraud case.

The new summons came after the United Breweries (UB) group Chairman had on Thursday sought more time from the agency to present himself on a later date instead of the scheduled time for Friday.

Official sources said the agency accepted his plea and gave Mallya the new date of 2 April to “join investigations in person.”

Vijay Mallya. File photo. ReutersVijay Mallya. File photo. Reuters

Vijay Mallya. File photo. Reuters

The beleaguered businessman had informed the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case through email on Thursday that he would not be able to keep the date on Thursday even as he sought fresh time next month in this regard in a email communication.

They said after “studying the reply and reasons” cited by Mallya, including a communication he said he made to some agencies earlier that he would be out of India in March, the agency issued the fresh date.

The fresh summons to Mallya have been issued under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and it requires him to furnish documents related to his personal investments and finances, Income Tax Returns for the last five years and Passport.

ED Director Karnal Singh is camping here since Thursday to supervise the high profile probes being conducted by the agency including that of Mallya’s and the other related to former Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal, his family and others.

The ED had recently registered a money laundering case against Mallya and others based on a CBI FIR registered last year. The agency is also investigating the overall financial structure of the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines and will look into any payment of kickbacks to secure loan.

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Vijay Mallya will return by month-end, CBI told ; ED summons him on March 18

While Vijay Mallya relaxed tweeting on Friday, blaming the media trial for his woes, his officials faced the heat with the Enforcement Directorate (ED).The ED has asked Mallya to appear before it on March 18. Mallya’s lawyers, in the meantime, has informed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that he will return to India by the month-end.Mallya tweeted without disclosing his location: “I am an international businessman. I travel to and from India frequently. I did not flee from India and neither am I an absconder. Rubbish.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The investigating agencies, which woke up quite late, are trying to establish if there is any connivance between bankers and Mallya as the loans they allege were not sufficiently backed by collateral.Bankers from IDBI Bank are also expected to be questioned as to why sanctions were approved for the airline when the company had a negative net worth in 2009. It was the same year Mallya emerged as a surprise bidder spending $1.8 million to buy Mahatma Gandhi’s personal belongings at an auction in New York.In another tweet, he said: “As an Indian MP, I fully respect and will comply with the law of the land. Our judicial system is sound and respected. But no trial by media.” In a veiled threat to the media, he added: “Let media bosses not forget help, favours, accommodation that I have provided over several years which are documented. “Amidst the war cry against Mallya, can the Kingfisher loans be termed as a fraud? The CBI says that it has not found anything criminal in the financial transactions of Mallya and the agency is still to establish the money trail – that is if bank loans have flown to tax havens.The ED is exploring various angles like money-laundering. “From 2004 to 2008, Kingfisher was a top airline in the country, which everyone loved to travel in. So the bank loans went largely into the business, or else how did the airline run even if it were on leased aircraft? Credit is often sanctioned on projections and the government at that time was also asking bankers to support the airline sector,” said a senior banker in the 17-bank consortium, led by SBI.Senior bankers in the consortium say “whatever pressure that Mallya is facing today is due to the concerted action by the banking consortium, with litigations in various courts. Government agencies like the tax department was not taking coordinated efforts. Time and again, Mallya managed to get injunctions from the court favouring him as there were many lacunae in the legal system. Investigating agencies have found nothing or at least they have not communicated anything to us. “When banks were close to taking over the Kingfisher House in Mumbai, the sales tax department filed a case asking for a share and then banks and the sales tax department had to make a joint sales committee to decide on the sharing of the proceeds.The Kolkata-based United Bank of India was the first to call Kingfisher a wilful defaulter in 2014. But Mallya approached the Kolkata High Court and got a stay on calling him a wilful defaulter on technical grounds.In its 2012-13 annual report, Kingfisher said that, at its peak, it was the largest airline in India with a five-star rating from Skytrax. A brand valuation consultancy firm Grant Thornton puts its value at $550 million, which is Rs 3,000 crore on resumption of operations. The airline’s brand has been registered separately from the Kingfisher beer trade mark.Namo Narain Meena, then minister of state for finance, had written told Parliament in 2011 that the company had to hypothecate the Kingfisher brand to banks with an estimated value of Rs 4,100 crore. The evaluation was done by Grant Thornton.The other securities that were given by Mallya, the then chairman of Kingfisher, was a personal guarantee of Rs 248.97 crore, while United Breweries Holdings, which he heads, provided a corporate guarantee of Rs 1,601.43 crore.In addition, Kingfisher provided a pooled collateral security of Rs 5,238.59 crore, which includes the Kingfisher House in Mumbai, Kingfisher Villa (Goa), and helicopters.Besides, the pledged securities include ground support and other equipment (Rs 101.58 crore), computers (Rs 22.43 crore), office equipment (Rs 13.39 crore), furniture and fixtures (Rs 33.35 crore) and an aircraft (Rs 107.77 crore)Zee Business reported that the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) is planning to step up its investigation against Mallya and have asked him to appear before it for questioning in the next 15 days when Vijay Mallya and his directors will be cross-examined. An SFIO official told Zee Business that Kingfisher not only diverted bank loans but also failed to repay loans taken from other companies.

Pathankot terror attack: Pakistan’s probe team may visit India next month

A team of Pakistani investigators is likely to visit India next month for collecting evidence on the involvement of Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists in the Pathankot terror attack, a media report said on Thursday. “The team’s visit is expected,” a senior diplomat told Dawn News, adding that the dates for the trip were yet to be finalised.The registration of FIR by the Counter-Terrorism Department of Punjab police has paved the way for the visit of the six-member investigation team constituted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif weeks after the attack on the Air Force base in Pathankot on January 2, the report said. The investigation team will visit the site of the attack and collect evidence on India’s assertion that the terror strike was planned in Pakistan and executed by a group of four persons who had crossed the border into Pathankot, it said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The report said the visit is likely to take place next month. The investigators will also meet officials of India’s National Investigating Agency probing the attack, it said. It also said the FIR will provide a legal basis for taking the investigation forward.A diplomatic source was quoted as saying that India was ready to receive the Pakistani team and facilitate it in investigations.

Four SIMI terrorists arrested from Rourkela

Four terrorists of the banned Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) were arrested by the Police in Rourkela late last night yesterday after a three-hour-long gunbattle.It was a joint operation by the Odisha Police, Special Operations Group (SOG) and the Intelligence Bureau. These terrorist were under the scanner of the National Investigating Agency.Further details to follow.

Casual talks for settlement in RK Pachauri case: Cops tell Delhi HC

An out-of-court settlement was proposed to the victim of the alleged sexual harassment case involving TERI’s newly-appointed executive vice chairman R K Pachauri, investigators on Thursday told Delhi High Court which reserved its order on her plea in the sexual harassment case.The Delhi Police, which was asked to file a status report on the progress of its investigation, said that TERI Director Sanjai Joshi conceded during interrogation that he has indeed talked to victim’s friend Rahul Singh for an out-of-court settlement.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The status report was filed in the matter in which the victim, a former TERI employee, has sought quashing of anticipatory bail of Pachauri in the case. The High Court also reserved its order on the victim’s plea in the sexual harassment case.The status report also said that TERI’s area convener Reena Singh was also interrogated in her office and she had stated that she had never spoken about any settlement with Rahul Singh and was only giving her comments. Both Joshi and Reena Singh maintained that their talks with Rahul Singh was casual, the report said.In the report, it was clarified that Joshi was categorical that Pachauri never pressurised him to talk about out-of-court settlement.”Director TERI Sanjai Joshi joined investigation and he was interrogated. He stated that he talked with Rahul Singh, it was a very casual conversations during his visit to his workstation in TERI. It was stated only to save the image of organisation before the media,” the police said in its report filed before the bench of Justice S P Garg.The report further said that Joshi had also stated that he has never been asked by Pachauri or any other person of TERI to talk for settling the matter and he had not pressurised Rahul Singh, who is the complainant’s friend.Police also told the court that another TERI official was out of country on an official tour and he will be examined after he returns to India.Rahul Singh had filed a complaint with the police on January 12 alleging that senior directors and area convenor of TERI had approached him to get the victim settle the matter out of court.Delhi Police also informed the bench that it will file the charge sheet in the case within 15 days and the draft report has already been sent to prosecution branch.During the brief arguments, senior advocate Ramesh Gupta, appearing for Pachauri, said the victim was trying to sensationalise the case and it has come on record that he has never pressurised anybody. He said there was nothing on record to suggest that Pachauri had influenced witnesses or any other person related to the present case or interfered in the investigation.Advocate Prashant Mendirata, appearing for the complainant, said Pachauri was heading the organization and he may have not directly pressurised anyone, but could have done so indirectly. He said the Investigating Officer has not informed the court during the hearing on January 13, about Rahul Singh’s complaint and it was only after the media reported it, the victim had filed the petition regarding Pachauri pressurising TERI officials for out-of-court settlement.In his written reply, Pachauri has denied the allegations as “incorrect”, “misleading” and “figment of imagination” of the victim and her counsel.”The answering Respondent (Pachauri) has never exercised any pressure upon TERI and its officials. It is matter of record that answering Respondent was away from TERI from February, 2015 till July, 2015 and it was only after the permission of the Sessions Court that he was allowed to enter the office,” he had said in reply to the notice issued to him on January 28.Pachauri sought dismissal of the petition claiming that it was motivated and not maintainable in the eyes of law.The 29-year-old female research analyst, who has now quit the organisation, had moved the application a day before the court was to pronounce its verdict on her plea seeking cancellation of the anticipatory bail granted to Pachauri by a lower court on March 21 last year.The high court had on January 13 reserved its verdict on the woman’s plea seeking cancellation of Pachauri’s anticipatory bail in the case. On February 13 last year, an FIR was registered against Pachauri on charges of sexual harassment under IPC sections 354, 354(a), 354(d) (molestation) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

CBI raids: Delhi HC refuses to pass order on CBI plea against returning documents

Delhi High Court on Thursday refrained from passing an order on CBI’s plea seeking stay of a trial court order directing the agency to return some documents seized by it during the raids at the office of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s principal secretary Rajendra Kumar.Justice P S Teji, however, issued notice to the Delhi government and IAS officer Rajendra Kumar on the agency’s plea seeking quashing of the trial court order that castigated the CBI for flouting its own manual by seizing documents without showing how they were related to the graft case.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Notice to respondents (Delhi government and Kumar). They may file reply by 11 am tomorrow. The petitioner CBI will file their response by January 23. The matter shall be heard on Monday,” the bench said.The direction came on a plea filed by the CBI against trial court’s on Wednesday’s order, which said the Special CBI Judge has failed to appreciate that Delhi government has already obtained photocopies of the documents seized and thus the order of returning the documents is “wholly misconceived”.The high court, which initially appeared inclined to grant stay on the trial court’s order, refrained itself after senior advocate Dayan Krishnan, appearing for AAP government, opposed any interim order on the plea.As CBI kept pressing for a stay on the special court order, Krishnan said, “I am opposing the interim order and Delhi government should be heard before granting any relief.” Hearing this, the court said, “I want your reply black and white. Why to keep the petition pending for two days or ten days. File your reply today and I will decide it finally.”Delhi government’s counsel said they will file their response by Friday. Meanwhile, advocate Sonia Mathur, appearing for CBI, urged the court to allow the agency to file documents in a sealed cover before the court, which was opposed by the Delhi government.A Special Court had directed the CBI on Wednesday to return some documents seized by it during the raids at Kumar’s office on December 15 last year while disposing of an application filed by the Delhi government seeking release of the same.CBI in its plea alleged that the trial court judge has failed to appreciate that the right of investigation was the inherent right of the probe agency which cannot be curtailed by passing such orders.”The present order has completely curtailed the right of the CBI to investigate the matter and thus jeopardize the fair outcome of the case. The unwarranted observations made by the judge would irreparably prejudice case of the CBI at the very threshold,” the agency said, claiming that the order has given undue advantage to the Delhi government.”The judge has erroneously observed that ‘upon that this is not a fair investigation but CBI has arbitrarily abused its authority during the search’,” it said.CBI also submitted the order was highly unsustainable as it amounted to curtailing the probe at such a preliminary stage by passing orders without due authority of law.”In this case search order was given by the same judge and after seizure of relevant and incriminating documents, the judge committed a gross error in quoting legal provisions pertaining to collusion of search,” it alleged, claiming that the judge has failed to specify alleged lapse in the procedure followed by the investigating agency.The agency contended that the documents seized during the search are crucial for investigation of the case to prove the involvement of the accused persons. It further said “the judge failed in observing that the present application was filed by the Delhi government which has absolutely no locus standi in the present case. The present regular case (RC) was filed against Rajendra Kumar for criminal misconduct by government officials and has nothing to do with the Delhi government”.CBI had come under a scathing attack on Wednesday from the trial court which had directed it to return documents sought by the Delhi government seized during recent raids on the office of Kejriwal’s principal secretary, saying it “cannot be clothed with divine powers” to flout its own rules.The trial court judge had said on Wednesday there appeared a deviation in the present case as CBI, without conducting preliminary inquiry, straightaway registered a regular case on the basis of oral information.Quoting CBI manual, the judge had pointed out there should not be any indiscriminate seizure of documents in any case and Investigating officer should seize and requisition the record only if these are essential for investigation.CBI had raided office of Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar on December 15, 2015. It had registered a corruption case against Kumar and others on the allegations that he had abused his official position by “favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders from Delhi government department.

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