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CBI fails to keep accused in Rs 180 cr fraud behind bars

The special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court pulled up the agency for opposing the bail application of one of accused arrested by the agency in a corruption case, as the agency failed to give proper reasoning for opposing his bail. The court held that the accused Pavan Saini, a Rajasthan resident, has assured to co-operate with the investigating officer also the agency does not say if the accused will flee, thus there seems no reason to not to let the accused free on bail.A case was registered by the CBI against Suja Koshi and many others, which included Saini. CBI alleged that a fraud of Rs 180 crores pertaining to misappropriation of amount by transferring through Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) to oriental bank of commerce, Malad branch, for purpose of creating term deposit on February 12 and 17,2014 and that the fraud have been committed by all of the accused.The accused in his plea had claimed that most of the accused who were arrested in the case were granted bail and thus on the ground of parity, even he should be granted bail.The CBI in their reply had said that the accused was involved in very serious economic offence involved in fraud of around Rs 180 crores. His role is very serious. The accused deserves no leniency in such fraud of huge amount. He along with other accused has caused serious injury to the economic fabric of nation.The court in its order said, “The grounds of objection raised by the CBI does not reveal that the accused may flee from clutches of law or he may not appear at time of hearing. The presence of accused can be secured by imposing condition. The trial will take its own time. The nature of offense is such that the custody of accused for further investigation is not required. If he is kept in custody, there is every possibility of he coming in contact with harden criminals and hence in the interest of justice, the accused should be released on bail.”

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NIA extends judicial custody of Hizb chief Salahuddin’s son till January 19

A special court of the National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Friday extended the judicial custody of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin’s son Syed Shahid Yousuf till December 22 in connection with a terror-funding case.The court had last month extended Yousuf’s judicial custody till December 22.Yosuf was arrested by the NIA in October after he was found receiving and collecting funds through international wire money transfer from Saudi Arabia-based Hizbul Mujahideen member Aijaz Ahmed Bhat.He was also suspended by the Jammu and Kashmir Government from his agriculture department job in the state.The NIA has already filed two charge sheets against six other accused in this case in 2011.Also readHizbul chief Salahuddin’s son injured in scuffle with security guards in Tihar jail Out of these accused, two are in custody and others, including Salahuddin, are absconding and residing in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

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NIA takes over case of alleged ISIS sympathisers from Kerala police, books five people

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has lodged a case against five alleged ISIS sympathisers, hailing from Kerala’s Kannur district, the agency said today.The central probe agency said it took over the case from the Kerala police, which had booked the five men in October.The NIA case against the five was registered under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for “being members of the proscribed terrorist organisation, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)/Daesh, and for supporting the organisation by travelling out of India to join the terrorist organisation in Syria and fight on its behalf.” The five accused are — Midhilaj (26), Abdul Rasak (34), Rashid M V (24), Manaf Rahman (42) and Hamsa U K (57).

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Man held for making hoax call to NIA

According to sources, the central agency informed Maharashtra ATS and Shaikh was detained and handed over to Gamdevi police who are probing the matter. During the investigation, it revealed that he made the call to trap his business partner who had enmity with him. A case has been registered.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Thursday 14 December 2017 1:25 ISTMust readMy husband was sleeping, says wife of ‘molester’Crammed planes a global norm; experts say focus on etiquette<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>The Gamdevi police have registered a case against a 35-year-old man for allegedly making a hoax call to National Investigation Agency and Prime Minister’s office about the chemical attack in Gujarat during the election.According to the police, the NIA had received a call from an unknown person claiming that there would be a chemical attack in Gujarat during the election. Following the call, the central agency and other police authorities had begun the investigation and they found nothing suspicious and that the call was a hoax. The agency traced the call to Mira Road and identified the caller as Irshad Shaikh from Mira Road. A case was then lodged at the Gamdevi police station on Tuesday. According to sources, the central agency informed Maharashtra ATS and Shaikh was detained and handed over to Gamdevi police who are probing the matter. During the investigation, it revealed that he made the call to trap his business partner who had enmity with him. A case has been registered.

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written ByVallabh Ozarkar <!–end of artlbotbor–>Wednesday 13 December 2017 11:02 ISTMust readUttar Pradesh: French tourists molested, thrashed in Mirzapur, eight accused nabbed Karnataka: Protest in Kumta turns violent over death of activist Paresh Mesta <!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>The Gamdevi police has registered a case against a 35-year-old man for allegedly making hoax call to National Investigation Agency about the chemical attack in Gujarat during election.According to the police, the NIA had recently received a call from unknown person claiming that there would be chemical attack in Gujarat during the assembly election. Following the call the national agency and other police authorities had begin the investigation and they found that the call was hoax. The agency traced the call to Mira Road and identified the caller as Irshad Shaikh from Mira Road. A case was then lodged at the Gamdevi police station on Tuesday.According to sources, the central agency informed Maharashtra ATS that the caller is from Mira Road. Thr ATS promptly swung into action and has detained Shaikh. During interrogation he revealed that he made the call to trap a person who had enmity with him.A case has been registered under section 505 and 182 of Indian Penal Code.

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British national suspected of recruiting youth for Al-Qaeda sent to judicial custody

A Delhi court on Tuesday sent a British national, arrested for allegedly recruiting youths for Al-Qaeda to carry out terror activities, to judicial custody while extending the period of investigation by NIA by a month.The court sent the accused, Shamiun Rahman, who is of Bangladeshi origin, to prison after he was produced before it from the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) custody during an in-chamber proceeding, court sources said.It is also believed to have granted 30 more days to the NIA to complete its investigation after the agency moved an application seeking extension of the mandatory period of 90 days which ended today.27-year-old Rahman was arrested in September by the Delhi Police for his alleged involvement in recruiting Rohingya Muslims for the terror outfit and train them to fight against the Myanmarese army. The case was recently transferred from the Delhi police to the NIA.The accused had earlier moved an application before a city court through advocate M S Khan alleging that he was sexually harassed by the jail security personnel and inhuman behaviour was meted out to him by them.The court had sought a response from the jail authorities on that application.The Special Cell of the police had alleged that the process of radicalisation of Rahman alias Raju Bhai began in a jail in London where he was lodged on charges of rash driving.During this period, he stayed at various places in Kishanganj (Bihar), Hazaribagh (Jharkhand), NCR and other places, the Delhi police had claimed, alleging that the accused had plans to set up base in Mizoram or Manipur to train the radicalised youths.An FIR was filed by the special cell after his arrest under various provisions relating to the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Arms Act and Passport Act.

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RSS Leader’s Murder: NIA questions two suspects in Punjab

The National Investigation Agency on Sunday questioned two persons regarding their alleged involvement in the killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in Punjab’s Ludhiana.On October 17, Gosain was shot dead by two unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants in Ludhiana’s Kailash Nagar.The NIA team is trying to locate suspect Malook, who is wanted in connection with the supply of arms and ammunition used in the killing of Gosain in Punjab.During the course of investigation, names of certain suspects were figured regarding supply of firearms to the accused in Punjab.The NIA teams with the assistance of the Uttar Pradesh Police conducted a search to apprehend the suspected arms suppliers in Meerut.Also readNIA registers case in killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in LudhianaOn getting more leads, further raid was conducted at the residence of suspect Malook in Ghaziabad earlier on Sunday.During the raid, a large crowd of men and women tried to obstruct the local police and the NIA team.Some people in the mob also opened fire and pelted stones at the team.In self defence, the police and the NIA personnel also fired in the air, during which a police official got injured and one official vehicle was also damaged.Earlier in November, three suspects were sent to a five-day police remand in connection with the case.On October 20, the case was transferred from the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to the NIA, on the request of the RSS.
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NIA arrests student leader for LeT links in Bihar

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested another accused from Bihar in the Shaikh Abdul Naeem of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) case.Dhannu Raja was arrested from Bihar’s Gopalganj for his involvement in harboring, providing logistics and other assistance to main accused Naeem who was an operative of terrorist organisation LeT.Raja was arrested on December 1, and has been charged under Sections 120B, 121, 121A of IPC and 17, 18, 19, 20, 38 39 and 40 of UA (P) Act, 1967.The arrested accused is a 23 year-old local student leader of Gopalganj, Bihar.After being arrested he was produced before the NIA Special Court Patna, which granted his transit remand till December 5.He has been brought to Delhi and will be produced before the state?s Special Court NIA on or before December 5.
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Felt like riding a car: Singapore Defence Minister recollects Tejas experience

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Tuesday hailed India’s indigenously-built multi-role light combat aircraft Tejas as “excellent and very impressive”.As the first civilian foreigner to fly on Tejas, Ng took a half-an-hour flight in the plane at the Kalaikunda airbase here. “It is an excellent aircraft and it is very impressive,” Ng told reporters here. He praised Air Vice Marshal A P Singh, the pilot who flew the Tejas, saying he felt as if he was riding a car and not flying in a fighter aircraft. Asked whether Singapore is interested in buying the Tejas fighter aircraft, Ng said he is not a pilot and it is for the technical people to take a call on it.Indian defence sources said Singapore has evinced interest in Tejas. During the Bahrain air show where Tejas aircraft was showcased, some countries in the Middle East had also shown interest, the defence sources said. Two Tejas aircraft were flown in here from Bangalore for displaying them to the Singapore Defence Minister. Air Vice Marshal Singh, who flew the Tejas today, is the project director of the National Flight Test Centre- Aeronautical Development Agency.
ALSO READ 7 things you need to know about the indigenous LCA TejasTejas aircraft was designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the Indian Air Force and the Navy. The Singapore Defence Minister is scheduled to meet his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman in Delhi tomorrow. “Bilateral defence ties between our two countries are strong and it is getting stronger,” Ng said. Singapore Air Force is holding joint military training with their Indian counterpart at the Kalaikunda airbase.Asked about the joint military training, Ng said, “I hope this will continue for long”. The first joint military training between Indian Air Force and the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) was held at the Gwalior air force station in 2004. Such an exercise was first held in Kalaikunda in 2007 and since then regular joint training has been held at the air force station here.

NTA to hold NEET, JEE from Dec 2018

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Testing Agency (NTA) — Centre’s one-point agency for conducting all entrance examinations — will conduct first tests from December 2018, for the academic year 2019. The task of setting up the agency has been assigned to Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur which has already begun work on hiring subject experts.To begin with, they will conduct NEET and JEE next year, the entrance exams that were so far conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). After the formation of NTA , JEE will be conducted twice a year.The Union Cabinet recently gave its nod to setting up of the agency which was announced in this year’s budget by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.”IIT Kanpur has already been assigned the task of setting up the agency and they have started with forming a team of subject experts in various fields and technical experts to design the question papers. The agency will be able to conduct first examination in December next year,” said a senior official.According to sources in the ministry, the agency will have people from the private sector as well including experts in particular subjects and IT experts to make sure that the tests are conducted online, in a hassle-free manner.Subject experts will create a question bank that will be used for the exam. “Creating a question bank, ideating and managing the online system are the key points that we are will be done by NTA,” the official added.

Kerala ‘love jihad’ case: NIA files status report in Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The NIA has filed in the Supreme Court its status report on the ongoing probe in an alleged ‘love jihad’ case in which a Kerala-based woman had converted to Islam before marrying a Muslim man.The status report has been filed in a sealed cover as a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra would take up the case for hearing on November 27, when the woman would be brought before it for an interaction. The top court had on August this year directed National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the controversial case of conversion and marriage of the woman.Shafin Jahan, the alleged husband of the woman, had moved the apex court after the Kerala High Court annulled his marriage, saying it was an insult to the independence of women in the country. The NIA had earlier alleged in the court that there was a “well-oiled machinery working in Kerala” indulging in indoctrination and radicalisation and 89 such cases have been reported. It had alleged that this was a case in which the woman was indoctrinated and hence the court could invoke parental authority even if she was a major.The apex court had yesterday refused to accord urgent hearing on a plea filed by the woman’s father, who had urged that interaction with his daughter be conducted in-camera, while referring to the communally sensitive nature of the case and expressed apprehension that radical elements could jeopardise the safety and privacy of his daughter and the family. The court had then said it would deal with the plea on November 27 itself when the woman is brought before it. The counsel for her father had earlier claimed that Jahan was a radicalised man and had links with persons who used to recruit for ISIS. This allegation was refuted by Jahan’s counsel.

Hadiya’s father relies on right to privacy, seeks in-camera proceedings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>KM Ashokan moved court on Tuesday seeking direction for in-camera proceedings on the day his daughter Akhila/Hadiya is supposed to appear before a bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.The father’s move comes days before Hadiya is set to appear before the court to finally speak up and give her side of the story.Hadiya, who has been caught in the eye of the storm for converting to Islam and marrying Shafin Jahan, is supposed to appear before the court bench on November 27.”It is respectfully submitted that a family’s anguish and misery caused by the acts of an extremist organisation should not be reduced to a public spectacle and or a reality show. The object of the production of Akhila in a court is to enable this court to arrive at the truth and ascertain the role of PFI/other extremist elements, and whether there is a network in place or systematic conversion and radicalisation activities,” the application filed through advocate Madhavi Divan said.”Given the extent of religious indoctrination by extremist elements, wherein the respondent’s daughter is already spewing narratives of hell and the torment meted out to sinners, she may be subject to undue pressures which could be an obstacle to truth seeking and the dispensation of justice,” Asokan’s application further stated requesting the bench which also comprised Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud to recall its earlier order for an open court hearing.”Further, this Hon’ble Court would be kind enough to take into consideration the impact on the privacy of not only Akhila but her family as well,” the application read citing the recent judgment on the right to privacy.At the previous hearing, overruling vociferous objections by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the father – Ashokan KM, the apex court ordered Akhila aka Hadiya to be produced in court on November 27 at 3 pm. CJI Misra said the court wanted to hear Akhila, whether she converted to Islam and married Shafin Jahan by choice or if she was compelled.”If a girl comes and says I don’t want to stay with my father what should the court do? We have to find out where she intends to stay,” the bench had then said. “As far as her marriage is concerned its a personal choice,” the bench had observed. “IT is our constitutional obligation to direct the production of the girl and ask her choice,” the court added.However, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh – representing the National Investigative Agency (NIA) submitted that Hadiya’s case was not unique and Kerela was witnessing a trend where people were leaving to join the banned terror outfit Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).”89 cases have been identified in Kerela so far and nine are the worst.” Singh said. The ASG added that Hadiya was indoctrinated by the conversion organisation Sathya Sarini and the Popular Front of India (PFI) – an Islamic fundamentalist organisation, were behind the radicalisation and hence her “free consent” should not be considered. Referring to observations made by American courts in similar cases, Singh had likened Hadiya’s case to that of “psychological kidnapping.”Representing the father, senior advocate Shyam Divan said: “In a composite and plural culture like ours, constitutional courts respond to radicalisation. In the U.S. and the U.K., courts respond well before a person crosses over to the realm of criminality. Courts cannot remain silent in plural societies.”The court however, stood firm after the hour-long hearing of heated appeals. “Must direct the production of the girl. We will address all other issues in due course,” the bench said. It further questioned whether the girl – who is an adult, can remain confined in the custody of the parents. “We are going by the language of the law, not by pulse or impulse,” the Chief Justice said.

Ryan case: CBI doubts ‘exam delay’ theory as accused good in studies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While probing the Ryan murder case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has started questioning its own theory that the accused, a Class XI student of the Ryan International School, killed seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur so that the exams could be postponed. The agency has doubts about this line of investigation as the accused has an excellent academic record.Earlier, the agency had said that during the interrogation, the accused had revealed that he killed Pradyuman to”postpone the examination and the parents-teacher meeting”.Sources said the suspect, who was actually a good student, had no reason to fear the examination.”The motive behind the murder is not completely convincing,” a senior CBI officer said.The investigators are now trying to ascertain whether the accused was the only person involved or anybody else was also there.”Buying a knife, randomly picking a junior student, and slitting his throat in the school premises is just unconvincing,” said a senior officer, adding that the deceased might have witnessed something objectionable, which eventually led to his murder.”The motive looks like a smokescreen. The real motive is something else,”the officer added.Meanwhile, the CBI has rejected the Haryana police’s investigation, which pointed at school bus conductor Ashok Kumar as the accused. CBI chief Alok Kumar Verma has ordered a probe into the destruction of evidence by four police officers, including the Superintendent of Police working with the Haryana government.Also, the agency sleuths have collected the call details records of all four police officers and are trying to piece together the way the evidences in the case were destroyed and new evidences were planted to frame the bus conductor.The agency, however, has remained silent on Kumar’s bail application. The matter will be heard in a Gurugram court on Monday. Surprisingly, last week, Pradyuman’s father Barun Thakur, through his counsel Sushil K Tekriwal, also opposed the bus conductor’s bail plea, saying that since the CBI had not given him a clean chit, he should not be given bail’NO REASON TO FEAR’Sources said the suspect, who was actually a good student, had no reason to fear the examination The investigators are now trying to ascertain whether the accused was the only person involved or anybody else was also there. Also, the agency sleuths have collected the call details records of all four police officers.

‘Killfies’: Indian state campaigns against deadly selfies

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90% dip in stone-pelting incidents: J&K DGP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Call it National Investigation Agency (NIA) or demonetization effect, stone pelting has dropped by 90 percent in the restive Kashmir valley this year.Data available reveal there were over 2,000 incidents of stone pelting last year which has dipped to 700 till August-end this year. Over 1,000 CRPF men were injured in stone pelting last year. This year, 720 stone-pelting incidents were reported from different parts of Kashmir till August-end, in which 331 CRPF men were injured. The figures exclude thousands of policemen injured in the stone-pelting in Kashmir in the last two years.“Stone pelting incidents have roughly dropped by 90 percent this year. Earlier, there were 50 incidents of stone pelting reported daily and now there is not even one incident in a week or 10 days”, Dr Shesh Paul Vaid, director general of police, Jammu and Kashmir told DNA.The DGP said credit goes to the people of Kashmir. “You tell me hasn’t situation improved? Credit goes to people”, he said.Sources said demonetization and NIA raids have hit the stone-pelting syndicate and militants hard in Kashmir. Sources said the militants require huge money to pay their cadres, buying logistics, including smartphones, SIM cards and paying for transport and other facilities.Figures reveal that around 12 banks have been looted since demonetization was announced in November last year.NIA raids in the terror funding cases too have dealt a blow to stone pelting because fund flow has suddenly stopped, which has hit the morale of the separatists. “Every transaction is now under watch and every possible financier under surveillance. This has hit the morale of the stone throwers and their backers in the Valley”, said an officer.

Jolt to CBI: Knife shop owner fails to identify Ryan student

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI suffered a jolt as the owner of a shop from where Ryan International School’s 16-year-old student is suspected to have procured a knife to kill his Class II junior has failed to identify him.This left the CBI with no option but to buy seven similar knives that cost Rs 100 to establish its claims. Shop owner Pawan would have become a crucial witness if he had identified the juvenile. The agency alleges that the suspect himself disclosed the shop location. The CBI apprehended the Class XI student late on Tuesday, while school bus conductor Ashok Kumar is in jail after being arrested by the Haryana police for killing Pradyuman Thakur on the campus two months ago.The agency has planned a psychological examination of the student after reconstructing the crime to know how he carried out the murder. Seven-year-old Pradyuman had been found with his throat slit outside a school toilet on September 8The CBI is also focusing on a second juvenile student who had raised an alarm about the murder. His statement has been recorded, but he has not been confronted with the suspect who is weak in studies and allegedly committed the crime to have school exams and a parent-teacher meeting postponed, said sources.The agency is probing whether school staff and the Haryana police are involved in destruction of evidence. The Haryana police had claimed to have found a blood-stained knife from the tool box of a school bus driven by Kumar. The agency, however, said it has found the actual knife used in the crime and thrown in a commode.The CBI, within six days of taking over the case on September 22, identified the juvenile as an accused and even went to his residence and collected “crucial materials”. Sources said that the agency collected the clothes which the accused was wearing on the day of the crime.Teachers had noticed the suspect — reportedly under psychiatric evaluation over anger issues — bringing a knife to school four days before the murder, but the Gurugram police did not give any importance to this crucial bit of information, sources said. He confessed to his crime, in front of his father and an independent witness, the agency has told a juvenile court.CCTV footage, in which the Class XI student was seen near the toilet minutes before the murder, was also ignored by state police. Pradyuman’s father Barun Thakur, an MNC executive in Delhi, said the family always suspected that the case was being mishandled and the bus conductor was arrested in a hurry. “We had been telling the police to question other people but they were focused on the bus conductor,” he said.The suspect student was produced before the juvenile court on Wednesday which allowed the police to question him. His custody will get over on Saturday when he will be produced before the juvenile court.

BJP expresses confidence, says will win

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls ended on Thursday, the BJP expressed confidence of getting a huge majority, claiming that the tally of the incumbent Congress would be reduced to single digit in the 68-member House.In the outgoing assembly, the Congress and the BJP have 35 and 28 MLAs respectively besides four independents and one seat is vacant.“People have given their mandate. The five-year corrupt rule of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is going to end. We will get over 60 seats and the Congress tally will be confined to singe digit. It will disappear from the state after results are announced,” BJP media head Anil Baluni said.Despite its record turnout, polling in a few booths in Sirmour had to be delayed for over half an hour in the morning, while complaints were registered at Theog, too. In Gondla polling booth at Lahaul and Spiti district, polling had to be stopped after continuous malfunctioning.An official from the state election department said the districts from where the maximum complaints of malfunctioning EVMs and VVPATs came from were Una, Mandi, Kangra, Solan and Shimla.Results will be declared along with that of Gujarat assembly elections on December 18.—With Agency inputs

Two PF staff held for taking bribe in Kota

The two enforcement inspectors, on reports of not depositing the TDS of the employees of the agency, reached the agency and demanded Rs 25000 bribe, the ASP added <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two enforcement inspectors of Provident Fund department were arrested by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in Kota on Wednesday when they were caught red-handed taking a bribe of Rs. 25000 from the proprietor of a security agency for settling the PF related matter of the employees of the agency.Nalin Kumar Bhatt, a native of Jaipur but currently posted in Kota and Suresh Saini of Kota city had accepted a bribe of Rs. 25000 from one Gobri Lal who runs a security agency in Kansuva area of the city, said Chandrasheel Thakur, Additional Superintendent of Police (ACB), Kota. The two enforcement inspectors, on reports of not depositing the TDS of the employees of the agency, reached the agency and demanded Rs 25000 bribe, the ASP added.

J&K terror funding: Demonetized currency worth Rs 36.34 crore seized, NIA arrests 9

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Probing the trail of money used to fuel the unrest and terror in Jammu and Kashmir, the National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Tuesday seized demonetised currency worth Rs 36.34 crore being trafficked by people linked with separatists and terrorists in the national Capital.The agency also arrested nine persons, including few residents of the Valley, in New Delhi along with the demonetised currency. NIA was ‘amazed’ to find that the separatists and terrorists were still hoping to exchange the demonetised currency to carry out unrest. A senior NIA official said due to demonetization and strict monitoring, terrorists and separatists were unable to exchange the banned notes and roped in hawala dealers across the country.NIA is investigating a case related to financing of terror and separatist activities in Kashmir valley. “During the investigation, it had emerged that persons and entities linked to the separatists and terrorists were still in possession of a significant amount of demonetised currency which they could not deposit and convert during the period earmarked by the government,” a senior NIA officer said.The agency further pointed out that surveillance was mounted on such entities. “This led to unearthing of a conspiracy wherein a gang of such entities were making an attempt to convert this demonetised money into valid currency,” the officer further noted.An NIA team intercepted one such gang at Jai Singh Road near Connaught Place on Monday. They were carrying 28 cartons full of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in four luxury vehicles.A total of seven persons were initially held and brought to the agency headquarters for further questioning. After the initial interrogation, nine persons were arrested on Tuesday in Jammu and Kashmir terror funding case. The accused will be produced in court on Wednesday.The accused include three Delhi residents — Pradeep Chauhan (47), Bhagwan Singh (54), Ejajul Hassan (38); two Mumbai residents —Vinod Shreedhar Shetty (47), Deepak Toprani (60); three Kashmir residents — Shahnawaz Mir (45), Majid Yousuf Sofi (27), Umar Mushtaq Dar (27); and a Naagpur resident Jaswinder Singh (53).The agency has also seized two BMW cars, a Creta SX and Ford EcoSport Titanium from the accused.

YC Modi takes charge as NIA Director-General

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior IPS officer YC Modi took charge as the chief of National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday. He was named as the outgoing Director General Sharad Kumar’s successor last month, and was appointed Officer on Special Duty so that he gets a month to settle in before taking full-charge.Modi, an IPS officer of the 1984 batch from the Assam-Meghalaya cadre was serving in CBI since 2015 where he was Additional Director. This was his second stint with the agency where he had also served between 2002 and 2010.Modi succeeds Sharad Kumar under whose tenure the NIA investigated cases like the Bodhgaya Temple blast, explosions during the Patna rally of the then BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the Pathankot airbase attack, ISIS links and the Jammu and Kashmir terror- funding case.”Many important cases such as the United National Liberation Front case, Dilsukhnagar (Hyderabad) blast case, ISIS conspiracy cases and Fake Indian Currency Notes cases resulted in conviction,” the agency said in a statement.In another development senior police officer AP Maheshwari was appointed Director General of Bureau of Police Research and Development, on Monday.Maheshwari, a 1984 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, is currently a Special Director in Border Security Force.

Not every inter-religious wedding is love jihad: Kerala HC upholds union of Hindu woman and Muslim man

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Kerala High Court today held that all inter-religious weddings cannot be viewed as ‘love jihad’ as it upheld a marriage between a Hindu woman and a Muslim man.A division bench comprising justices V Chitambaresh and Sathish Ninan made the observations in its judgement on a habeas corpus petition filed by the man. A habeas corpus plea is filed to ensure a person under arrest is brought before a court which will determine whether the detention is legal.”We are appalled to notice the recent trend in this state to sensationalise every case of inter-religious marriage as either ‘love jihad’ or ‘ghar wapsi’ even if there was platonic love between the spouses before,” the court said.The bench also cited the Supreme Court order in the Lata Singh versus state of Uttar Pradesh case of 2004 to emphasise the need for encouraging inter-caste and inter-religious marriages.”We caution that every case of inter-religious marriage shall not be portrayed on a religious canvass and create fissures in the communal harmony otherwise existing in the God’s Own Country – Kerala,” the bench said and upheld the marriage.It said the present case was projected by the parents of the woman as ‘love jihad’ whereas the man, who was in love with her and married her later, termed it as ‘ghar wapsi’ (a bid to coerce her to come back).The woman from Kannur had left her home on May 16 along with the Muslim youth. On a complaint from her parents, police had traced and detained them in Sonepat in Haryana a month later.Initially, a lower court had allowed the woman to go with her parents, who then lodged her in a yoga centre at Tripunithura in Ernakulam district allegedly to make her give up the relationship with the Muslim man.When the woman was produced before the high court on August 18, she had interacted with a single judge and expressed her desire to go back with parents.Subsequently, when the petition came up for hearing four days later, the woman retracted her stand and told the division bench that she made the statement expressing her wish to go with her parents under pressure.She alleged that she was tortured at the yoga centre. It was being run “to coerce the inmates to return to Hindu religion”, she had charged.During the litigation and counter-litigation by both sides, the woman and man had got married legally.The division bench applauded the “extra-ordinary courage” shown by the girl to live up to her conviction and “decry the attempt of her parents to deflect the course of justice by misleading litigations”.It observed their marriage had now been registered too.The court also observed that any centre for forcible conversion or re-conversion had to be busted by the police whether it was Hindu, Muslim or Christian lest it offends the Constitutional right.Article 25 (1) of the Constitution guaranteed every citizen the right to freely profess, practice and propagate any religion which cannot be trampled upon by subversive forces or religious outfits, the court observed.The judgement began with a quote from American poet Maya Angelou who famously said: “Love recognises no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”It may recalled that another division bench of the Kerala High Court had in May annulled the marriage of a 24-year-old woman with a Muslim man after allegedly forced to convert to Islam, terming it as an instance of ‘love jihad’.On an appeal by the husband, the Supreme Court had on August 16 ordered a probe by the National Investigation Agency into the case as the agency claimed it was not an isolated incident but a “pattern” that was emerging in Kerala.

One shopping street at a time

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There are always some good samaritans who are ready to help the needy by donating in cash or kind. But that’s hardly a fair way to determine the needs of the underprivileged. This is where The Street Store (TSS) makes a difference. TSS serves as a platform for underprivileged people to receive donations in a dignified manner, and gives them the power to choose. TSS, the world’s first pop-up store for the homeless, started in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2014. The concept is to set up a temporary store on a pavement, by putting up especially designed racks, on which clothes, shoes or other things can be placed. After going through all the stuff that’s available for free, homeless and underprivileged people pick whatever they need. This allows them to receive things from the donors in a dignified way and also provides them “a shopping experience” — something they’re otherwise unlikely to experience.The concept went open source in 2014, which means this idea can be replicated anywhere in the world by any individual/community/organisation. Since then, TSS has gained ground globally and India isn’t far behind. It has already reached Bhubaneshwar, Mumbai and Hyderabad. Mumbai will see an edition of TSS just before the Diwali week. “While travelling from home to office, I often see people on the streets who barely have any clothes. I spoke to my employees to figure if we can all collect clothes to donate to such people,” says Shiraz Khan, founder, director and creative head of Spicetree Design Agency Pvt. Ltd. “That’s when an office colleague mentioned The Street Store, saying they do something similar,” Spice Buzz, a community of like-minded employees within this agency, are now pooling in their creative energy and resources to make this event a success, for the second time.Spice Buzz’s first edition of TSS was organised in May at JVPD and gathered in donations more than 1,500 pieces of apparel. These went to benefit the slum dwellers of Juhu’s Nehru Nagar. “When we reached there, we saw large groups of people already waiting for us. We had initially thought that it would last for four hours, but we were done in just 45 minutes,” recalls Khan. This highlights the fact that there are so many people in the city who are in need of basics like clothing and footwear. Khan and others, who were part of this, were moved by the sight of people crying out of happiness. This time, they are ready to host TSS on October 14th at Oshiwara. “This is just before Diwali, one of the biggest festivals in the country! So we thought we would be able add to the festive cheer for a lot of people,” says Khan. The donations received this time are three times of those from the first edition, and include shoes, belts, toys and artificial jewellery.So how do they decide on the location for TSS? Khan says that selecting the location requires leg work and ground checks. In order to benefit a larger slum population, they did a small survey and decided on the slum areas of Goregaon Link Road and Oshiwara. “When we went there to check the condition of the people, we were shocked since they live in abysmal conditions,” says Khan. Around 35 people, including Khan’s colleagues and their parents and some of his clients, are ready to help manage the event on Saturday. Learning their lessons from the first TSS, this time, they plan to barricade the racks on which the donations are kept. This will be done to avoid chaos. “We want them to have a good time while they sift through the material,” explains Khan.Spice Buzz intends to hold TSS at regular intervals as they feel there are many areas in Mumbai that can benefit from such a concept. “Our intention is very clear. We want to do something to see growth in people, as human beings and as creative people. And that’s the reason we are holding such an event. Plus we also want to give back to the society in whatever way we can,” he says.(For more information on The Street Store, you can visit www.thestreetstore.org)

Solar scam: Kerala govt to register vigilance case against former CM Oommen Chandy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday said that the solar scam inquiry commission has found former CM Oommen Chandy and his office to be involved in the multi-crore solar scam in the state. The government has decided to register a vigilance case against the former CM.A criminal case will also be filed against former Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan.Addressing the media in Thiruvananthapuram, the CM Vijayan said, “A criminal case will be registered and fresh inquiry will be conducted under anti-corruption law”. The commission was appointed after allegations of fraud worth crores of rupees were made against prime accused Saritha Nair and her accomplice Biju Radhakrishnan.The duo allegedly duped people by offering solar panel solutions through advanced payments and used the names of political higher-ups, including that of former Chief Minster Oommen Chandy, to canvas business.The CPI(M)-led LDF, then in opposition, had launched an agitation following reports of Saritha’s links with the office of the chief minister.Meanwhile, Chandy had maintained that the charges against him and his office were “politically motivated” and had denied any wrongdoing.Set up in October, 2013, the commission had held 353 sittings, examined 214 witnesses and 972 documents.(With Agency Inputs)

Hadiya case: Central govt trying to vilify peaceful atmosphere in Kerala, alleges advocate Dushyant Dave

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior advocate Dushyant Dave on Monday alleged in the Supreme Court that the Central government was trying to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in Kerala.Addressing the Hadiya case that involved the allegedly forcible marriage of a Hindu girl to a Muslim boy, Dave alleged that the National Investigation Agency had played into the hands of the Centre. “Your Amit Shah had gone to Kerala,” Dave claimed in court in front of Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, who took strong objection to Dave’s words, as reported in Bar and Bench, who said, :You are trying to browbeat the other side by making obnoxious statements.”This resulted in a war of words, prompting the court to adjourn the hearing to October 30. Earlier, the Kerala government on Saturday told the Supreme Court that there is no need for an NIA probe in the alleged love jihad case.The Pinarayi Vijayan government told the top court that the claims made by the National Investigation Agency that there was a ‘pattern’ in the way religious conversions were taking place in Kerala were false. The state government also said that the probe done by the Kerala Police has not revealed any startling fact that merits an NIA investigation. It must be noted that earlier, the Kerala government had said that if the apex court wants an NIA probe, it has no objections.The affidavit by the Kerala government comes days after the Supreme Court observed that ‘a father can’t dictate life of a 24-year-old daughter’ while hearing the ‘Love Jihad’ case. In fact, the top court had also question the Kerala High Court how it could annul the marriage of Hadiya and Shafeen Jahan under Article 26. Her father moved the Kerala High Court and claimed his daughter was indoctrinated and forcibly converted. He, in fact, said that his daughter would be be sent to Afghanistan or Syria.The High Court annulled the marriage. But Jahan approached the Supreme Court against the annulment. Earlier in August, the NIA began investigation into the case following the top court’s orders. In compliance with the orders of the apex court, the case was re-registered by the NIA and an investigation was taken up.

Changes announced by GST Council not ‘Diwali gift’: Uddhav Thackeray

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray continued to attack the BJP government on the state of the economy and implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on Saturday.”People are still not happy. Petrol prices are still high, inflation is still up,” Thackeray pointed out.”I thank Central govt for reducing tax slabs under GST, but will it refund the tax collected so far? I’m not an economist to comment on yesterday’s announcements but I must say that the previous govt stood firm on its decisions. Now decisions are being changed following opposition and dissatisfaction among people.”He also lashed out at PM Modi referring to the GST Council’s decisions as an early “Diwali gift”. “The changes announced by the GST Council are not Diwali gifts. Several more changes are required. These changes were only announced in light of the forthcoming Gujarat election.”Striking a warning tone, the Shiv Sena chief said, “The time of final decision has come. We’re here to to serve people and will continue doing that.”On questions of whether Shiv Sena is taking a decision on its alliance with NDA, he said, “We don’t give ultimatum to anyone.We take decision whenever we think so.” Three months after the roll-out of the new indirect tax regime, the GST Council yesterday made sweeping changes to give relief to small and medium businesses on filing and payment of taxes, eased rules for exporters and cut tax rates on more than two dozen items.(With Agency Inputs)

MU takes precautions before upcoming winter session exams

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Learning from a series of goof ups that led to errors and delays in the recently declared results, the University of Mumbai has now decided to ensure that all the standard norms are followed for the upcoming winter session exams for which evaluations would be on-screen yet again.After a number of errors and glitches in the evaluation system, the varsity has now warned MeritTrac — the agency that has been allotted the contract for the job — to plug all the earlier gaps in the system. To begin with, the University signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the company. DNA had earlier highlighted how, under the VC Dr Sanjay Deshmukh, the University had bypassed this step before beginning work with the agency. Varsity officials have also put across a set of norms in front of the agency which need to be fulfilled to ensure that the glitches do not repeat. “Last time, most delays happened due to loopholes in the system which the company could not address in time. To ensure this is not repeated, the agency has been strictly asked to follow these norms” said a senior MU official.Arjun Ghatule, acting Director, Board of Examinations and Evaluation, confirmed the development. “We have asked the company to fix some of the earlier issues — like allowing teachers to be tagged in ten minutes — something that took several hours in the old system, ensuring that there is no mixing up of papers and that answerscripts can be downloaded easily, among other things. This would avoid delays and glitches in the evaluation process,” said Ghatule. He added “Last time, the agency complained of not receiving the correct data of teachers attributing it to the delays. This time around, we are preparing a master-list of all the evaluators which will be handed over to the agency”.On September 25, DNA had reported the university’s decision to retain MeritTrac for the upcoming exams despite the series of glitches that took place leading to delay in declaring the results. While MU VC Dr Sanjay Deshmukh is still on his ‘forced leave’, no action has been initiated against the company yetNO ACTIONOn September 25, DNA had reported the university’s decision to retain MeritTrac for the upcoming exams despite the series of glitches that took place leading to delay in declaring the results. While MU VC Dr Sanjay Deshmukh is still on his ‘forced leave’, no action has been initiated against the company yet. ON-SCREEN EVALUATION MESSJANUARY 24, 2017: MU VC Dr Sanjay Deshmukh announced university would evaluate about 19 lakh answer sheets through On Screen Evaluation(OSM).
APRIL 28, 2017: MU appoints MeritTrac, Bangalore based agency for the task and begins setting up the evaluation process
MAY 2017: Evaluation work finally kicks off almost a month after majority exams at the university get over. Teachers continue to experience glitches, server failures during evaluation
JULY 4, 2017: Governor of Maharashtra Ch Vidyasagar Rao raps MU VC for delay in declaring results. Orders all the results to be declared by July 31
JULY 31, 3017: MU misses first deadline
SEPTEMBER 11, 2017: Having missed 4 deadlines and after a series of glitches, results of 70,000 papers yet to be declared.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2017: MU declares the results of all the 477 courses even as results of 9,400 students are held in reserve. Several papers still ‘missing’
SEPTEMBER 28, 2017: MU decides to allot ‘average marks’ to students whose papers are missing.

NIA summons Kashmir MLA for questioning

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After separatists, it is the turn of mainstream politicians to face the music of National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the terror funding case in Jammu and Kashmir.The NIA has summoned independent MLA from Langate constituency Sheikh Abdul Rasheed for questioning in the terror funding case on October 3 at its headquarters in New Delhi.Rasheed, however, said the summons were politically motivated and asserted he would continue to call spade a spade whatsoever be the cost. Rasheed, who heads the Awami Ithaad Party, said the government should investigate hundreds of custodial death, forced labor in border areas and torture of innocent civilians.”My life is like an open book and the people who have voted me for the second time as their representative against all odds are the best judge,” he said.Rasheed quit his job as government engineer to contest elections in 2008 as an independent candidate.

Kashmir terror funding: NIA summons PhD student, trader body, 2 Hurriyat leaders to appear on Monday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NIA has issued summons to a Kashmir university PhD student, the head of a trader’s body and two Hurriyat leaders to appear before it tomorrow in connection with a case related to the funding of terror activities in Kashmir, officials said on Sunday.Yaseen Khan of Kashmir Traders and Marketing Federation, Aala Fazil, pursuing a doctorate from Kashmir university, and leaders of pro-Pakistan Syed Ali Shah Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference, Abdul Hameed Magrey and Wali Mohammed, have been asked to appear before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) at its headquarter in New Delhi, they said.Kashmir Trader’s body has called for a strike tomorrow to register its protest over Khan’s summoning.Kashmir Bar Association president Mian Qayoom is likely to be summoned again by the NIA, the officials said, adding that many points related to his statement that was recorded earlier were being corroborated.The people summoned to appear before the NIA tomorrow were likely to be questioned about alleged funding to various groups that pelted the security forces with stones, the officials said.The NIA had registered a case on May 30 against separatist and secessionist leaders, including unknown members of the Hurriyat Conference, who have been acting in connivance with active militants of proscribed terrorist organisations Hizbul Mujahideen, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and other outfits and gangs, officials said.The case was registered for raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala, for funding separatist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir and for causing disruption in the Valley by pelting the security forces with stones, burning schools, damaging public property and waging war against India, the probe agency said in the FIR.Hafiz Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of the Jamaat-ud- Dawa, the front of the banned terrorist organisation Lashkar- e-Taiba (LeT), has been named in the FIR as an accused.The FIR also names organisations such as the two factions of the Hurriyat, one led by Geelani and the other by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Dukhtaran-e-Millat, an all-women outfit of separatists.NIA has also secured confessional statements from two of the accused in the case.A confessional statement is recorded before a judicial magistrate. The accused confirms in it that he or she is giving a statement without any pressure from the probe agency.The entire process is videographed and no investigation officer is present in the court premises during the proceedings. In case of retraction later, the agency can file a case of perjury.The NIA has arrested 10 people so far in connection with the alleged funding of terror activities case. The list includes Altaf Ahmed Shah, the son-in-law of Geelani, and noted businessman Zahorr Watali.Geelani’s close aides Ayaz Akbar, who is also the spokesperson of the hardline separatist organisation Tehreek- e-Hurriyat, and Peer Saifullah have also been arrested.Others on the list are Shahid-ul-Islam, spokesperson of the moderate Hurriyat Conference, Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Nayeem Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’, photo-journalist Kamran Yusuf and Javed Ahmed Bhat.

Day after threatening to march to NIA office in Delhi, JKLF chief Yasin Malik arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front leader Yasin Malik was arrested on Thursday and shifted to a Central Jail in Srinagar till September 11, it has been reported.Sources said the Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest to prevent the separatist leaders from going to Delhi tomorrow.Malik was detained at his office a day after he threatened to march to the National Investigation Agency in New Delhi after separatists were arrested for their role in stone pelting in the Valley.On Wednesday, two men, including a freelance photo-journalist, arrested yesterday for alleged stone-pelting in Kashmir Valley and mobilising support against security personnel through the social media, were on Wednesday sent to 10-day NIA custody for interrogation. Responding to the move, Malik said that he would not be intimidated by the NIA move. “We will go to the NIA gate to protest,” said Malik.During in-chamber proceedings, the NIA also said the two had to be taken to various places in relation to the ongoing investigation, the sources said.Continuing with its probe in the funding of terror and separatist activities in the Kashmir Valley, the NIA had yesterday arrested Bhat and Yusuf.According to the agency, they were involved in stone- pelting incidents besides organising groups of youths who would throw stones at security personnel involved in counter- insurgency operations.Yusuf, who had often been warned by the local police, was allegedly mobilising the youth and clicking their pictures for circulation in local and national newspapers, it had said.The two, also circulated pictures and videos on social networking sites that sparked widespread rumours in the Valley, the officials alleged.The NIA has arrested seven people in the case of alleged funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley to fuel unrest there.The case was registered on issues of raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala channels, for funding such activities.

J&K terror funding: NIA raids several locations in Kashmir and Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NIA on Wednesday conducted searches at 16 locations in Kashmir and Delhi on traders who were allegedly indulging in hawala operations and using the money for funding terror and separatist activities, officials said.Sleuths of the National Investigation Agency swooped down on traders at various parts of Srinagar and North Kashmir this morning and carried out extensive search operations at suspected locations, officials added.As many as five traders in old Delhi were also raided by the NIA officials.The raids come a day after the NIA arrested two persons, including a freelance photo-journalist, who allegedly indulged in stone pelting and mobilised support against security personnel through social media.These raids and arrests by the NIA is part of its investigation in a case registered on May 30 in which the leader of the Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa and banned terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafiz Saeed, was named as an accused.The NIA has arrested seven persons in the case of alleged funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley to fuel unrest there.The case was registered on issues of raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala channels, for funding such activities.It also included causing disruption in the Valley by stone pelting, burning schools, damaging public property and waging war against India.For the first time since the rise of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in the early 1990s, a central probe agency conducted raids in connection with the funding of terrorist and separatist groups.

CBI case against BSNL officers for leaking info

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case against senior income tax and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) officers and others under the Official Secret Act, after it found the agency’s surveillance request for alleged corrupt IT officers was leaked from BSNL office in Assam.The case has been registered against senior Indian Revenue Service officer Dhrubajyoti Ray, Joint Commissioner Income Tax at Silchar in Assam, Abhijit Das, Deputy General Manager at BSNL in Silchar, DC Tikadar and Siddhartha Deb Ray, a businessman.The agency filed a regular case after preliminary enquiry into the matter on February 17 this year. It was alleged that the CBI director, through the Superintendent of Police, sent letters to the nodal officers of the respective service providers for mounting telephonic surveillance of mobile numbers of Dhrubajyoti Ray and other income tax officers for the purpose of getting actionable inputs on the alleged corrupt activities. The letter was sent after getting necessary permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs.The agency found that the request for telephonic surveillance was sent to the general manager of BSNL in Guwahati.During enquiry, it was found that after receiving the mail, Das made a call to a businessman Siddhartha Deb and asked him to meet him. Das forwarded the letter to PR Chanda, Assistant General Manager BSNL in Silchar and also marked it to the General Manager DC Tikadar. It was also found that Siddhartha was a contractor with the BSNL and also supplied vehicles to Income tax office and knew Dhrubajyoti and other taxmen.What was foundThe agency filed a regular case after preliminary enquiry into the matter on February 17 this year. During enquiry, the agency found that the request for surveillance was sent to the general manager of BSNL in Guwahati.

ED to quiz meat exporter Mohd Akhtar Qureshi for four more days in money laundering case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate, which has been interrogating controversial meat exporter Moin Akhtar Qureshi since August 26, was today allowed by a city court to continue quizzing him for four more days in a money laundering probe against him and others.Special Judge Arun Bharadwaj sent the accused to custody after the probe agency said he was required to be questioned about his foreign bank accounts to unearth the trail of crime proceeds.The ED said Qureshi was to be confronted with documentary evidence, witnesses and other co-accused.ED’s special prosecutor N K Matta sought nine-day custody of Qureshi claiming he was to be confronted with the government officials who allegedly received money or proceeds of crime from him.He also said the properties purchased from the proceeds of the crime were to be ascertained by questioning Qureshi.”The data of e-mail server of the accused company M/s Forum Sales Pvt Ltd seized by Income Tax Authorities are to be confronted with viz-a-viz for transfer of proceeds of crime by hawala channels through TT’s from Dubai onward.”The associates of the accused who were involved in the transfer of proceeds of crime from various other sources needs to be confronted with… The foreign trade associates are to be identified towards their involvement in layering and laundering of the proceeds of crime,” the ED said.It said the entire money trail of foreign remittances and their sources are to be ascertained and verified through the accused. “Various bank account statements and other records needs to be confronted with and he will also be question in regards to the audio recordings,” the ED said.The agency claimed that during the earlier five day custody, the accused did not reveal any information appearing on record and the remaining needs to be shown and required to be confronted with.The agency claimed that it has got inputs about some foreign accounts which belonged to Qureshi and his associates.During the five day custody, he was confronted with six of his associates, the counsel said, adding that quantified proceeds of crime in India was to the tune of around Rs 12 crore, besides other properties.The advocate appearing for the accused opposed ED’s plea.Qureshi was produced before the court today on expiry of his five-day ED custody.The court had on August 26 sent him to five-day ED custody “considering the seriousness of the allegations and to enable the ED to complete thorough investigation.” The agency had told the court that “the witnesses have confirmed in their statements that they have delivered crores of rupees for Qureshi and his associates through his employees and one of the witnesses has stated that nearly Rs 1.75 crore have been exported by the accused from him and his friend in lieu of the help provided to him in a CBI case.” According to the agency, Qureshi was arrested late night on August 25 here under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after “he was not cooperating in the probe”

Money-laundering probe: Moin Qureshi sent to five-day ED custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Controversial meat exporter Moin Akhtar Qureshi was today sent to five-day custody of the Enforcement Directorate by a city court for “thorough investigation” in a money laundering probe against him and others.Special Judge Arun Bharadwaj sent the accused to ED custody till August 31 after the probe agency said his custodial interrogation was required to unearth crime proceeds and money trail and to confront him with the documents.While seeking his custody for 14 days, ED’s special prosecutor N K Matta told the court that Qureshi was in possession of more evidence in this case and was withholding them, jeopardising the probe.”Considering the seriousness of the allegations and to enable the ED to complete thorough investigation, ED custody remand of Moin Akhtar Qureshi for five days, that is till August 31 is granted,” the court said.The agency told the court that “the witnesses have confirmed in their statements that they have delivered crores of rupees for Qureshi and his associates through his employees and one of the witnesses has stated that nearly Rs 1.75 crore have been exported by the accused from him and his friend in lieu of the help provided to him in a CBI case.”It also alleged that Qureshi was involved in hawala transactions through Delhi hawala operators Parvez Ali of Turkman Gate and M/s South Delhi Money Changer (DAMINI) in Greater Kailash-1, owned by one D S Anand.According to the agency, Qureshi was arrested late last night here under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after “he was not cooperating in the probe”.Qureshi has been questioned several times in the past by the agency which is probing his role following the registration of two FIRs under the PMLA, the agency said, adding that he was arrested in connection with offence alleged in the last FIR in which former CBI Director A P Singh has also been named.The earlier PMLA case against Qureshi was lodged by the ED in 2015, based on an Income Tax prosecution complaint, it said.The ED said its probe has revealed facts which “constitute omission and commission of certain acts on the part of certain public servants holding high positions in the public office in collusion with Qureshi, thereby huge amount of illegal money was found to have been transacted”.The records collected by the ED from the Income Tax (I-T) Department in the form of BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) messages, have “revealed that Qureshi has taken huge amount of money from different persons for obtaining undue favours from public servants after exercising his personal influence”, it said.BBM messages exchanged between Qureshi and the accused persons involved in other criminal cases and also the persons who wanted to seek undue favours from the other investigating agencies of government by getting them off the hook, the agency said.There were also BBM exchanges between Qureshi and former CBI chief Singh, which are being probed both by the ED and the CBI as part of their separate criminal investigations, it said.In this way, the ED said, Qureshi “obtained huge amount of money and it was obtained in the name of government servants/political persons holding public offices and the said public servants illegally either obtained the money for themselves or through their kin.”The agency said an analysis of the BBM messages retrieved from mobile phones of Qureshi and his associates revealed that hawala operators were also used to transfer bribe money (belonging to government officials) to foreign locations like Paris and the UK.”Qureshi has extorted crores of rupees from a businessman from Hyderabad in lieu of the help provided. He was found involved in hawala transactions through Delhi-based hawala operators,” the agency said.Through them, the agency alleged, the money was transferred to Dubai and then to Paris, London, the US, Hong Kong, Italy and Switzerland.It said the agency had also seized “huge amount” of unaccounted cash after it conducted raids in this case in the past at a hawala operator operating in the national capital.

ED raids ex-Cong MLA’s home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate carried out raids at dozens of locations in Delhi, including on the premises of a former Congress MLA, in connection with its probe in a foreign exchange violation case.The agency carried out raids at residences and offices of businessman Gagan Dhawan and ex-Congress MLA Sumesh Shokeen. Raids were carried out under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). Dhawan is a close aide to Sumesh Shokeen, the Congress leader who fought the last assembly election from Matiala constituency.It is alleged that Gagan Dhawan has laundered money of Sandesh Arya though his companies based in Ethopia and some other countries. Income tax authorities had raided Arya’s residences in 2011 and a case was registered then. The agency also alleged that four IT officials are also on their radar as they tried to hide information about ill gotten money from the ED sleuths.The raids were carried out at four places in Vasant Kunj, Dhawan’s residence at East of Kailash. Searches were also carried out Indraprakash Building at Barakhamba road and Kautilya Marg in Pancharipuri. Agency sleuths also searched two farmhouses, one in Bijwasan and other in Chawla, owned by Shokeen.It is alleged that Gagan Dhawan’s name was also found in the visitor’s diary of the the former CBI chief Ranjit Sinha, who is accused of “scuttling” and “influencing” the probe into the coal block allocation cases by meeting the accused persons.CBI filed an FIR against Ranjit Sinha under sections – 13 (2), which deals with “criminal misconduct” and section 13 (1) (d), pertaining to abusing official position while holding a public office and indulging in corruption, under the Prevention of Corruption Act.It is alleged that Dhawan was a regular visitor of Sinha and it is also alleged that a lot of money has been siphoned off through the companies of Dhawan. “We have collated several documents pertaining to FEMA violation,” said an ED officer.

Army whisks away Lt Col Purohit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After spending nearly nine years in prison, Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit walked out of the Taloja Jail on Wednesday morning, two days after the Supreme Court ordered his release on bail.As he emerged from jail around 10.40 am with a smile on his face, the 2008 Malegaon blast accused was whisked away by a convoy of military vehicles to the Army headquarters in Colaba.Military police personnel began trickling into the jail premises early on Wednesday morning, and Purohit’s lawyer was also present. A team of doctors conducted a routine health check-up for him, as the Navi Mumbai traffic police cleared the road outside for the sedan carrying Purohit and its convoy of two military jeeps, an SUV and two military trucks.A few hours after his release, a Special National Investigation Agency court, where arguments on Purohit’s discharge application are being heard, granted him a day’s exemption. Purohit will appear before the court on Thursday, his advocate informed the court. Special prosecutor for NIA, Avinash Rasal, said exemption was sought since Purohit was escorted by Defence officials for completing his service formalities.

Nearly 9 yrs after, SC grants bail to Lt Col Shrikant Purohit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today granted bail to Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohit, who has been languishing in jail for almost nine years for his alleged role in 2008 Malegaon blast case, observing there were contradictions in the charge sheets filed by different investigating agencies. The top court also said it cannot deny the relief to him merely because “sentiments of community was against him”. Six people were killed in a bomb blast on September 29, 2008, at Malegaon, a communally-sensitive textile town in Nasik district of north Maharashtra. The apex court said there were “material contradictions” in the charge sheets filed by the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), Mumbai and the National Investigating Agency (NIA), which are required to be tested at the time of trial, and it cannot pick or choose one version over the other. A bench of Justices R K Agrawal and Abhay Mohan Sapre, while taking note of variations in the charge sheets filed by Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) Mumbai and NIA, said that fresh ground for consideration of Purohit’s bail plea was made out, as at the relevant time, he was an Intelligence officer of the Indian Army. It said that Purohit has refuted the claim of conspiracy on the ground that he had informed to his senior officers about the intelligence inputs of meetings attended by him at the Abhinav Bharat, a right-wing Hindu extremist outfit, and alleged role of ATS officials in the planting of RDX explosive substance at the residence of a co-accused. Keeping in view that NIA submitted a supplementary charge sheet which is “at variance” with the one filed by the ATS, the trial was likely to take a long time and the appellant has been in prison for about eight years and eight months, “we are of the considered view that the appellant has made out a prima facie case for release on bail and we deem it appropriate to enlarge the appellant herein on bail,” the bench said. Holding that the “grant or denial is regulated, to a large extent, by the facts and circumstances of each particular case,” it said but the “right to bail is not to be denied merely because of the sentiments of the community being against the accused.” “Liberty of a citizen is undoubtedly important but this is to balance with the security of the community. A balance is required to be maintained between the personal liberty of the accused and the investigational rights of the agency. It must result in minimum interference with the personal liberty of the accused and the right of the agency to investigate the case,” the bench said. The court set aside the April 25 verdict of the Bombay High Court denying bail to Purohit, but imposed certain restrictions while granting him relief after he spent eight years and eight months in jail. Among the conditions imposed by apex court while granting bail to Purohit was that he would not leave India without prior permission of court and not directly or indirectly make any inducement to any witnesses. The court, however, made it clear that the grant of bail to Purohit, shall be no ground for similar relief to other accused in the case and each plea for relief will be considered on its own merits. “We also make it clear that the Special Court shall decide the bail applications if filed by the other accused persons, uninfluenced by any observation made by this Court. Further, any observations made by us in this order shall not come in the way of deciding the trial on merits”, it said. The apex court took into consideration that NIA during its probe had found that there were contradictions with regard to the evidence led in the charge sheet by the ATS and it was concluded that no offence under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) was attracted. The confessional statements recorded under the MCOCA provisions by the ATS were not being relied upon by the NIA in the charge sheet against the accused persons, it said. The bench said that NIA found no evidence against Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur to prosecute her, as all the witnesses had retracted from their statements. Purohit had moved the apex court challenging the Bombay High Court’s order dismissing his bail plea. A special MCOCA court had earlier ruled that the ATS had wrongly applied this law against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, Purohit and nine others. The 4,000-page charge sheet had alleged that Malegaon was selected as the blast target because of a sizeable Muslim population there. It had named Thakur, Purohit and co-accused, Swami Dayanand Pandey as the key conspirators. However, Thakur was last year given clean chit by the NIA.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NIA registers FIR to probe marriage after conversion of Hindu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NIA today registered an FIR in connection with the conversion and marriage of a Hindu woman to a Muslim man in Kerala, on the directive of the Supreme Court. In a statement, the National Investigation Agency said that in compliance with the August 16 order of the Supreme Court, the FIR related to Kerala’s Perinthalmanna police station in Mallapuram district has been re-registered by the probe agency for investigation. The Supreme Court had on Wednesday asked the NIA to probe the case of conversion and marriage of a Hindu woman to a Muslim man, as the agency claimed it was not an isolated incident but a “pattern” emerging in Kerala. The Kerala High Court had annulled the marriage, terming it as an instance of “love jihad”. The apex court directed the NIA to probe the incident under the supervision of a retired apex court judge, Justice R V Raveendran. The top court observed that like in the ‘Blue Whale’ — an internet game which allegedly give series of tasks to players with a final challenge requiring him or her to commit suicide, it was now easy to persuade someone to perform a particular task. “This will not be an Special Investigation Team (SIT). The NIA shall carry out the probe under the supervision of retired judge Justice R V Raveendaran,” a bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and D Y Chandrachud had said. The bench said it wanted the probe to be fair and the NIA, being an independent agency outside the state of Kerala, can conduct the probe in an impartial manner and have a different point of view. “Before forming any opinion or arriving at a conclusion, we would like to consider the NIA’s probe report, inputs from the Kerala Police and talk to the woman,” it said. The bench directed the NIA to submit its final investigation report in the court to enable it to arrive at any conclusion in the matter. The woman, a Hindu, had converted to Islam and later married Jahan. It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State’s mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge. Ashokan K M, the father of the woman, had alleged that there was a “well-oiled systematic mechanism” for conversion and Islamic radicalisation. The high court, while declaring the marriage “null and void”, had described the case as an instance of “love jihad” and ordered the state police to conduct probe into such cases.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NIA indicates more arrests in terror funding case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmed Wattali was sent to a 10-day National Investigation Agency (NIA) remand in connection with the terror funding case today, the Agency has indicated that there will be more arrests in this regard. NIA officials have said that work is underway in this regard, sources state. Earlier in the day, close aide of separatist Shabir Shah and an alleged hawala dealer Mohammad Aslam Wani were produced before a Delhi Court today in connection with the case. The Delhi Court on August 14 extended Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) remand of Wani, by six days in the terror funding case. On August 6, the ED arrested Wani from Srinagar with the help of the state police. Reportedly, Wani was arrested allegedly with Rs 63 lakh, received through ‘hawala’ channels from the Middle East, and a large cache of ammunition, on August 26, 2005. The NIA has been tough on Separatists regarding the alleged funding by Pakistan for illegal activities in Kashmir. On July 24, the NIA arrested seven separatists over money laundering charges, for funding terror in the Kashmir Valley. All seven separatist leaders – Altaf Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Mehraj Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Naeem Khan and Bitta Karate – were later sent to 10-day NIA custody. The accused have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The NIA visited Srinagar in May to probe the alleged funding by Pakistan for illegal activities in Kashmir, and questioned several Separatist leaders on the issue of raising, collecting and transferring funds via the Hawala route and other channels to fund terror activities in Kashmir.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NIA arrests Kashmiri businessman in terror funding case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency today arrested Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Watali for alleged involvement in a terror funding case. The NIA said Watali, who was arrested in Delhi, would be produced before the Patiala House court here tomorrow. The agency had carried out raids in the premises of the businessman and of other suspects yesterday. “The searches have unearthed highly incriminating material pertaining to the receipt of funds by Zahoor Watali from foreign sources and its further distribution to terrorists and separatists in Kashmir Valley for anti-India activities,” the NIA said in a statement. It said that on June 3, 2017, the NIA had searched Watali’s house in Srinagar and seized incriminating documents pertaining to financial transactions and land deals. The property documents seized have shown huge amounts of cash transactions in sale and purchase, it said. “Zahoor Watali, who is suspected of acting as a conduit for illegally remitting funds to secessionists, terrorists and stone-pelters, was arrested in 1990 by the Jammu and Kashmir Police, when some anti-national activists were found in his house at Bagat Barzulla, Srinagar,” the statement said. It said Watali was taken into custody along with Yaseen Malik, Sajjad Lone, Bilal Lone and others and was jailed for eight months in Jammu. In 2009, Watali was accused of illegal land encroachment and assault, and a case was registered against him, it said. “However, as per the orders of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir on June 22, 2016, the investigation of the case was stayed,” it said. Watali was also accused of travelling on a cancelled passport knowing that it was illegal, the NIA alleged. It said instead of surrendering the cancelled passport to the authorities, he travelled abroad on it on March 21, 2016, in violation of the law. When he tried to do so again, his invalid passport was seized in Delhi by the authorities. A case of cheating under the Ranbir Penal Code and violation of the Passport Act were registered against him. The proceedings in the case are in abeyance as per the orders of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court at present, it said. Officials in the central probe agency said the searches were carried out at 12 locations in Srinagar, Baramulla Kupwara, Pulwama and Handwara. “A lot of incriminating material, suspect financial records, property-related documents and electronic devices including mobile phones, pen drives and hard drives were seized during the searches,” a senior NIA official had said yesterday. He had said some of the seized documents related to the receipt of money from “suspect” foreign sources and its subsequent distribution to “certain persons” in the Kashmir Valley.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC for NIA probe into marriage after conversion of Hindu woman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today ordered the NIA to probe a case of conversion and marriage of a Hindu woman to a Muslim man, as the agency claimed it was not an isolated incident but a “pattern” was emerging in Kerala. The apex court directed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the incident under the supervision of a retired apex court judge, Justice R V Raveendran. The top court observed that like in the ‘Blue Whale’ — an internet game which allegedly give series of tasks to players with a final challenge requiring him or her to commit suicide, it was now easy to persuade someone to perform a particular task. “This will not be an Special Investigation Team (SIT). The NIA shall carry out the probe under the supervision of retired judge Justice R V Raveendaran,” a bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and D Y Chandrachud said. The bench said it wanted the probe to be fair and the NIA, being an independent agency outside the state of Kerala, can conduct the probe in an impartial manner and have a different point of view. “Before forming any opinion or arriving at a conclusion, we would like to consider the NIA’s probe report, inputs from the Kerala Police and talk to the woman,” it said. The bench directed the NIA to submit its final investigation report in the court to enable it to arrive at any conclusion in the matter. Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh appearing for NIA said prima facie it appears that the woman’s conversion to Islam and her subsequent marriage to a Muslim was not an isolated incident and other such instances have come to the agency’s notice. He claimed that in the other incidents, some players were allegedly found involved in converting young Hindu girls who had some differences with their parents, to Islam. Singh said the agency has so far found that the same people were behind the religious conversion of the women and their subsequent marriage. “Role of one lady is under investigation. Prima facie it has been found that entities are common in these cases. This is the second case. There is a pattern. The girls first get converted and then they refuse to stay with their family members and subsequenctly their marriage is done. This matter requires further investigation and the agency will do as per court’s order,” Singh said. Senior advocate V Giri appearing for Kerala said he has no objection to NIA probe, if the apex court so desired. He said that a SIT has already been formed which has been looking into the incident but he has no objection if NIA takes over the probe and Kerala police would cooperate with the agency. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the husband Shafin Jahan who is the petitioner, said he can submit an affidavit to showcase U-turns made by NIA in several cases. “It will be appropriate if the court calls the woman and talk to her,” he said while objecting to the NIA probe saying the crime branch was already investigating the case and it would be appropriate if it completed the investigation. To this, the bench said it would certainly like to talk to the woman but not at this stage and it would be appropriate to first go through the inputs from NIA, Kerala Police and other stakeholders. “If we speak to her at this stage and she says that she was forcibly converted and married off, the case will be over. It will be unfair to you. Therefore we would speak to her at the last stage before passing any orders,” the bench said. The bench, initially, mooted the name of former Supreme Court judge Justice K S Radhakrishnan as the supervisor of the NIA probe. Senior advocate Indira Jaising and Sibal opposed the name and suggested that since it was a inter-faith controversy the apex court must be careful in choosing a retired judge who should be not be a resident of Kerala. The bench then suggested the name of Justice R V Raveendaran for supervision of probe, which was agreed upon by the parties concerned. The issue had reached the apex court as Shafin Jahan had challenged the annulment of his marriage by the High Court which ordered the state police to probe such cases. The top court had said it was entrusting the task to the NIA as a neutral agency to get a “whole picture” and ascertain whether the particular instance was limited to a “small pocket” or was there “something wider” to the issue. Jahan, who had married a Hindu woman in last December, had moved the apex court after the Kerala High Court annulled his marriage, saying that it was an insult to the independence of women in the country. The woman, a Hindu, had converted to Islam and later married Jahan. It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State’s mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge. Ashokan K M, the father of the woman, had alleged that there was a “well-oiled systematic mechanism” for conversion and Islamic radicalisation. The high court, while declaring the marriage as “null and void”, had described the case as an instance of ‘love jihad’ and ordered the state police to conduct probe into such cases.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Terror funding case: NIA raids 12 locations in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today conducted searches at about a dozen locations in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the terror funding case against separatists and others. Officials in the central probe agency said the searches are being carried out at 12 locations in Srinagar, Baramulla and Handwara. They said those being searched today have alleged links to persons being investigated in this case. The NIA had arrested seven persons on July 24 in the case of alleged funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley to fuel unrest. The money was being raised to fund separatist and terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir, the NIA had alleged. The agency had claiming that the accused were waging war against the country and were involved in various offences punishable under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. It had also alleged that the accused were involved in creating unrest by way of anti-India demonstrations and bandhs.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Terrorists in Kashmir on the run: Arun Jaitley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terrorists in Kashmir are on the run and their numbers are on the decline as the NDA government has made it intentions clear of getting rid of those using arms, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said on Sunday.The security forces have got high success this year killing 135 terrorists inching closer to last year’s tally of 150.The Defence Minister said following the crackdown by National Investigation Agency on terror funding and financial crunch due to demonetisation, the terror outfits are under “great pressure”.”Today, no big militant can dream of committing terror acts and continue to terrorise the Valley for decades. Their shelf life has dwindled to a few months. I will specifically praise the Jammu & Kashmir police for working hard (towards eliminating terrorists),” he said.Jaitley, however, refrained from making any comment on the Doklam standoff between India and China saying, “let us have full faith in our security forces.”Jaitley said the country faced two serious threats — one with respect to Jammu and Kashmir with maximum incidents happening from across the border, and second being the problem of Left-Wing Extremism in central parts of the country.”Since independence, Pakistan has never agreed that Kashmir is an integral part of India. That has been their unfinished agenda. They tried conventional war, but India’s capability was way ahead. The wars of 1965, 1971, and Kargil clearly proved this,” he said.He said Indian forces were dominating along the Line of Control (LoC) and the international border, making it difficult for terrorists to cross over.Speaking on ISIS, he said he said India has been by and large free from the threat of the terror group.”There may be some isolated or exceptional incidents, but they have no influence in India.”

Hasan Ali PMLA case: ED conducts searches in Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ED today conducted searches at few locations here in connection with its money laundering probe against Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan and others. Officials privy to the operations of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said the agency launched the searches early morning on at least four premises here and are acting under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The agency, which has booked Khan (62) and few of his alleged associates under criminal charges of money laundering in 2011, had swooped down on a dozen premises last year too, in connection with its probe. The action against Khan and his other associates had come about after a lull of about six-years when he was first booked by the ED. The central probe agency wants to revive the case and bring to light additional evidences in the case. Khan, who was also jailed under anti-money laundering charges, was released on bail in August, 2015. The CBI too had registered a case against Khan and others early this year on charges of alleged criminal conspiracy and corruption.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Narayanasamy residence bomb case: HC grants bail to accused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court today granted bail to an accused in a case relating to planting of a pipe bomb under the car parked in front of former Union minister V Narayanasamy’s residence in Puducherry in 2014. A division bench of justices A Selvam and Pon Kalaiyarasan granted bail to Thangaraj, a suspected member of the banned Tamil Nadu Liberation Army (TNLA) and one of the six accused in the case, on the appeal filed by him. The bench in its order said, “In this case also the appellant moved an application for statutory bail after completion of 90 days and the same was returned. Thus immediately after completion of 90 days and before filing the charge sheet, the appellant exercised his right to grant of statutory bail.” “The custody without an order of the special judge beyond 90 days cannot be validated retrospectively. This ground alone is sufficed to enlarge the appellant on bail,” he observed. The appeal was filed challenging the orders passed on March 29 by the special court for National Investigation Agency (NIA) cases in Puducherry. Thangaraj was arrested for offences under various sections of the Explosive Substances Act, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and under Sec. 120-B of the IPC (criminal conspiracy) in January 2014. The bench allowed the appeal and set aside the March 29 order of the special judge for NIA cases, Puducherry. “The appellant may be released on bail on his executing a bond for Rs 10,000 with two sureties each for a like sum to the satisfaction of the special court judge,” the bench said. “He should appear before the trial court for every hearing as directed by it and surrender his passport,” it added. The incident took place when the security personnel on duty at the residence of the former minister had found a suspicious object suspected to be an explosive material below the car. On his complaint, a case was registered and the bomb was defused by the bomb disposal team. TNLA is a small group which came into existence after India had sent its forces to Sri Lanka.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

This is not TV studio: Judge tells lawyer who asked J&K separatist leader to chant Bharat Mata ki jai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court snubbed today an overenthusiastic prosecutor for the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for asking Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ to prove his patriotism, saying it was not a television studio.Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma chided the lawyer for his remark and later allowed the ED’s plea for extension by six days sixty-four-year-old Shah’s custodial interrogation in a decade-old money laundering case.The ED’s counsel Rajeev Awasthi alleged that Shah was ruining the country by using money to fund terror and breached the line by daring the separatist leader to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ to prove his patriotism.However, an anguished judge stopped him, warning that the courtroom was not a “television studio.””Argue on the merits of the case,” said the judge.During the proceedings, the ED submitted that foreign funds were used for terror activities including stone pelting on the security agencies in the Valley.The agency told the court that the source of funding of properties of Shah, worth hundreds of crores of rupees, had to be unearthed.The prosecutor told the court that Shah, arrested on July 25 in the money laundering, was “totally non-cooperative” during his questioning by the ED.Advocate M S Khan, appearing for Shah, however, alleged that his client was being pressured and compelled to give various statements during his custody by ED officials.He opposed the submission made by the agency, saying that it was not revealing the complete facts before the court.The agency said there was a need to probe a lot of cash transactions which were used for terror activities and stone pelting causing huge inconvenience in the Valley.The ED said it was ascertaining Shah’s role in “anti- national activities” as well as the terror funding through ‘hawala’ channels from countries like Pakistan, the UAE and the UK.It told the court that the separatist leader was in continuous contact with anti-national elements, besides terrorists in Pakistan, and received money for “disrupting the peace of Jammu and Kashmir”.It also said that Shah’s associates were to be confronted with him and the “international ramification” of financial involvement was to be unearthed.The ED’s application, seeking seven days’ custody, also said that during interrogation Shah revealed that he was obtaining donations for the Kashmir issue in cash for which he was not filing any income tax returns.The records relating to the donations were to be recovered and the accused had to be confronted with them, the agency said.Shah was arrested by the ED a day after several Hurriyat leaders were taken into custody of the National Investigating Agency (NIA) in a case of alleged terror funding in the Valley to fuel unrest.He was taken into custody in the August 2005 case in which the Special Cell of Delhi Police had arrested Mohammed Aslam Wani (35), an alleged hawala dealer, claiming that Rs 63 lakh was recovered from Wani out of which Rs 52 lakh was allegedly to be delivered to Shah.The agency had earlier issued summonses to Shah in the case, the prosecution had said, adding that Wani had claimed that he had given Rs 2.25 crore to Shah.Investigating agencies like the NIA have cracked down on Hurriyat leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son-in-law — Altaf Ahmed Shah, also known as Altaf Fantoosh — and six other Kashmiri separatists.

Govt shouldn’t only target those who don’t agree with it:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Naseem Geelani, the younger son of hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani, today said the government shouldn’t only “target” those who don’t agree with it and that the same yardstick should be used for everybody. Naseem has been summoned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with investigations into the funding of subversive activities in Kashmir. “Accountability is good but there should be same yardstick. Don’t target only those people who don’t agree with you,” he said in a Facebook post. “(It should be) same for all politicians, you must not have forgotten name of Palm Jumaria Dubai and many more. At least we are ready, what about others?” he asked. Geelani’s elder son Naeem, who was scheduled to appear before the NIA in Delhi, was yesterday admitted to the ICU at SKIMS hospital here after complaining of severe chest pain.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

300 CCTVs for security of Red Fort I-Day event

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To map every nook and corner of the walled city where the Independence Day celebrations will take place, the Delhi Police for the first time have installed 300 cameras at the Red Fort.An intelligence input received by the Delhi police reveals that around 17 people, including women from Afghanistan, have entered India and could use army vehicles to carry out strikes. The cameras set up have a 360 degree view and are of 2 to 4 mega pixels.With the I-Day event a fortnight away, security agencies are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the event is incident-free. The Intelligence Agency have informed the Delhi police to be alert for hired cars with government stickers and government vehicles that could be used to carry out strikes. The Special Cell also held presentations for officers on terror attacks abroad and how they were tackled.“The SWAT has been deployed at sensitive locations. Checking at border points, hotels, tenants have begun, too. Air to ground surveillance will be in place. Multiple security agencies are in touch with each other,” said a senior police official.The camera quality has been improved. The usual 0.5 and VGA have been replaced with 360-degree and 2- 4 mega pixel cameras with night vision. Around 112 normal cameras, 20 IP cameras, 50 inside the Red fort, 40 cameras for Prime Minister’s security purpose, 12 inside the Rang Mahal and many more in and around the location. Apart from this, 270 rooftop locations have been identified from where the rampart is clearly visible and each roof will be manned by police officers.

NIA visits UP assembly to probe PETN case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To assess the spot where explosive substance Penta-Erythritol Tetra Nitrate (PETN) was recovered in Uttar Pradesh Assembly, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) team visited the site on Friday. The team carried out ‘forensic tests’ and tried to decipher the manner in which the explosive was smuggled into the Assembly hall. The agency has asked for a copy of all the video footages recorded in CCTV cameras near the Assembly along with a list of all the vehicles present in the premise.Explosive and forensic experts from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) in Chandigarh accompanied the NIA team.”We have collected samples and fingerprints available from the spot,” said a senior NIA officer. He added that the case was at very initial stage and it was too early comment on the way it was smuggled inside.The agency, along with ATS, are trying to find from where PETN can be procured in the state and nearby areas.The agency took up the investigation on the directions of the Ministry of Home Affairs. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had described it as a dangerous terror conspiracy and recommended a probe into the incident by the NIA.About 150 grams of PETN explosive was found wrapped in a paper close to the seat of the Leader of the Opposition, Ram Govind Choudhary, in the Assembly on July 12.

One sentenced to five years of jail for hatching terrorist acts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Thursday sentenced Abid Khan for five years of rigorous imprisonment and asked him to pay Rs. 5,000 for hatching a conspiracy to commit terrorist acts and owing allegiance to the banned terrorist organisation ISIS. The accused has been convicted under Sections 18, 18B, 20, 23, 38, 39 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 120B, 201 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 4(b) and 5 of the Explosive Substances Act. The case was initially registered at the Banjar Police Station, in Himachal Pradesh on December 17, 2016. It was later re-registered by the NIA on January 19, 2017 on the directions of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the officials said. On completion of the investigation, the chargesheet was filed on June 12. The court later held the accused guilty on July 19.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

FSSAI working in tandem with railways to ensure food security, says Pawan Agarwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) CEO Pawan Agarwal said his organization and the Railways are working in the most systematic manner to ensure absolute food safety for passengers. ?We have appointed executive directors of health, along with additional food safety commissioners to work as per the railway eco-system,? said Agarwal while commenting on complaints filed by passengers over staple pins being found in eatables. Agarwal further stated that food safety officers have been designated and are being trained to ensure robust functioning of the railways. ?Our standards for food supplements have been collectively assembled by our panels in two to three years and it is a continuously evolving process. If they feel it needs to be changed, the scientific panel is examining. The new standards will be applied from January 1. However, we are hoping before that, all the discussion materialises and we can bring the required changes,? he added. ?Doping substances have been under stress. We are working in tandem with the National Anti-Doping Agency, wherein we have advised them to collect samples for testing for NADA to evaluate,? he added while commenting over collection of drug samples in various states. The FSSAI has banned the use of staple pins in tea bags from January next year as it can cause serious health hazards, Agarwal said. As per the FSSAI order, at present, there are two types of tea bags available in the market, namely stapled tea bags and knotted tea bags.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian-origin woman faces false claim charges in Singapore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Indian-origin woman in Singapore was today charged with allegedly submitting false claims to obtain government funds for training employees at a cafe here. Parmjit Kaur, 50, who worked at Harry’s as Chief Operating Officer, has been taken to court by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) on 37 counts under the Skills Developments Levy Act. She had filed multiple claims, which allegedly contained false information, between 2011 and 2013 to the now-defunct Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) to obtain funding, The Straits Times reported. Harry’s was a Workforce Skills Qualifications-approved training organisation which conducted in-house courses for its employees. Kaur was still under the employment of Harry’s and in- charge of its training department, when the alleged offences were committed, SSG said today. If convicted, Kaur may be fined up to SGD10,000 and/or jailed up to a year. SSG said in its statement that it takes a serious view of any individual, training provider or organisation that abuses its funding schemes, and will not hesitate to take action against those who contravene its funding rules and guidelines. Kaur was previously convicted of hatching a plan in 2012 to get around work permit quota by falsely declaring salaries of foreign employees at Harry’s. She was fined SGD 40,000 in June last year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Seven Separatist leaders arrested by NIA in terror funding case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency arrested seven Separatist leaders in connection with the terror funding case.The separatist leaders are Naeem Khan , Bitta Karate, Altaf Funtus, Ayaz Akbar, T. Saifullah , Meraz Kalwal and Saheed Ul Islam.Six of them were arrested from Srinagar while Bitta Karate was arrested from New Delhi.The arrested Separatist leaders from Srinagar will be brought to the national capital today for further proceedings.The NIA, earlier in May, visited Srinagar to probe into the alleged funding by Pakistan for illegal activities in Kashmir, and questioned the separatist leaders regarding their involvement in raising, collecting and transferring funds through Hawala and other channels for terror funding in Kashmir.The sleuths from the agency have questioned separatist leaders Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate and Gazi Javed Baba in the case.The NIA is probing all aspects of funding of separatist leaders and use of these funds in fuelling the unrest in the Valley.The NIA collected details of 13 accused chargesheeted so far in the cases in the Valley in the recent past, pertaining to the damage caused to schools and public property as part of the larger conspiracy to perpetuate violence and chaos in Kashmir.The NIA had on May 20 began its probe into the allegations of funding by Pakistan to separatists in Kashmir, a long-held assertion by Indian intelligence now ‘confessed’ by a Hurriyat leader in a sting.The development came after the Hurriyat Conference suspended Nayeem Khan from the organisation after he allegedly confessed to receiving money from Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) for Kashmir unrest.Khan was allegedly heard admitting in a TV sting operation that he had received money from Pakistan to create unrest in the Valley.He, however, claimed that the sting operation was fake and doctored.After the video surfaced, the NIA registered a preliminary probe against Khan, Tehreek-e- Hurriyat leader Gazi Javed Baba and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (R) chairman Farooq Ahmed Dar.

Fisherman’s wife seeks govt’s help to get his body from Pak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 30-year-old woman from a village in Gujarat has sought the help External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to bring back the body of her husband, who she claimed has died at a jail in Pakistan. Jivuben Chauhan, a resident of Paldi village in Una tehsil of Gir Somnath district, wrote a letter in this connection to Swaraj on Tuesday. The woman said in her letter that her husband Kana Laxman Chauhan (37) and the latter’s brother-in-law Kana Govind, both fishermen, were arrested near the port of Jakhau in Kutch district some months back by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency for allegedly violating the country’s water territorial boundary in the Arabian Sea. The woman, who has three daughters and two sons, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi court adjourns hearing in LeT terrorist Bahadur Ali’s case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A Delhi court on Monday adjourned the hearing on alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Bahadur Ali for August 28. Bahadur Ali was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for conspiring to carry out terror attacks in the national capital and prominent cities of Jammu and Kashmir. Ali was also accused in stone pelting and fomenting trouble in the Valley post Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s death. He is the fourth Pakistan terror suspect to be captured alive in Kashmir since the arrest of Mohammad Naveed Yakub, a 22-year-old from Pakistan?s Faisalabad city who joined LeT at a young age after getting indoctrinated at a local mosque.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Akhilesh blames BJP govt for security lapse in UP Assembly,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav today blamed the Yogi Adityanath government for the security lapse, which led to an explosive substance being recovered from the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, and accused the BJP of “playing politics” over the issue. “The BJP government is responsible for the security lapse which led to the recovery of the white powder from the Assembly and it is now playing politics over the issue,” the former chief minister told reporters here. Asked about the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) yesterday questioning SP legislator Anil Dohre in connection with the matter, Akhilesh said, “There is a threat to his (Dohre’s) life and he should be provided security.” The white powder was reportedly found from under Dohre’s seat in the Assembly. A packet containing the white powder, weighing about 150 gms, was found by the cleaning staff from inside the Assembly on July 12. Laboratory tests confirmed the white powder was PETN (Pentaerythritol tetranitrate), a plastic explosive often preferred by militants. The Assembly has recommended a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBI arrests Ranchi Principal Income Tax commissioner in corruption case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI has arrested Principal Commissioner Income Tax, Ranchi, Tapas Kumar Dutta after Rs 3.5 crore in cash was allegedly recovered from his house by the agency during searches in a corruption case against him. Dutta was taken into custody late last night and would be presented before a court in Kolkata on Thursday, CBI Spokesperson R K Gaur said here.The searches were conducted in 18 locations in Kolkata and five in Ranchi after filing an FIR under corruption charges against Dutta and others, he had said after yesterday’s CBI action.During the searches, the agency recovered Rs 3.5 crore cash and over 5 kg of gold (about Rs 1.4 crore according to current bullion rate) from the residence of Dutta, Gaur had said.It is alleged that Dutta during 2016-17 entered into criminal conspiracy with three other officials of the Income Tax department and Kolkata-based businessmen and entry operators, he had said.Text messages sent to Dutta seeking his reaction remained unanswered.In pursuance of the conspiracy, Dutta allegedly took huge illegal gratification from the businessmen through a chartered accountant to get the income tax assessment files of different assesses transferred from Kolkata/Hazaribagh to Ranchi, Gaur had said.

ED grills Misa Bharti’s husband

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate (ED) sleuths grilled Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son-in-law Shailesh Kumar on Wednesday in the ongoing investigation related to money laundering case after his and his wife Misa Bharti, Lalu’s daughter, came to light. Shailesh Kumar reached the agency’s office at 11 am and stayed there till late in the evening. The sleuths who interrogated him stated that he will summoned again. “The case is in initial stage,” said a senior ED officer.The agency has grilled Misa on Tuesday. The agency has decided to summon both of them as they have found many discrepancies in their statement related to their company Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt. Ltd in the duo are directors.The sleuths stated that Kumar was grilled about the nature of work done by his company and how he has purchased three farmhouses worth hundreds of crores. During the interrogation, agency sleuths said that they have got further clue pertaining to money laundering.He was also questioned about Vinay Mittal, who had played a pivotal role in helping Lalu’s family to purchase properties not only in Delhi but also in Bihar.The agency has asked Kumar on how he got the black money or who gave it to him. The agency has found that in 2007, Kumar enquired from Mittal how to convert black money in to white. Mittal had then introduced his brother-in-law Rajesh Aggarwal to Kumar.Mittal has stated that he got in touch with Kumar through Amit Katyal. It is alleged that Katyal had felicitated land deals for Lalu’s family in Patna. “We are also probing the role of Katyal,” said the officer.Further, Agarwal introduced Kumar to Virendra and Surendra Jain. The Jain brothers were arrested by ED in Rs 8,000 crore money laundering case this year.During probe against Jain brothers, it was found that 1,20,000 shares of Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd were bought during 2007 and 2008 at the rate of Rs 100 per share by four shell companies — Shalini Holdings Limited, Ad-Fin Capital Services (India) Pvt Ltd, Mani Mala Delhi Properties Pvt Ltd, and Diamond Vinimay Pvt Ltd. The shares were bought back by Misa at the price of Rs 10 per share.

Show cause notice to Naik on why passport shouldn’t be revoked

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, wanted in connection with alleged terror funding cases, has been served with a show cause notice by passport authorities asking him why his travel document should not be revoked. Fifty-one-year-old Naik, who was issued a notice last week, has been asked to submit a reply in person by July 13, official sources said. He is being probed for terror and money laundering charges by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). He fled from India on July 1, 2016 after terrorists in neighbouring Bangladesh claimed that they were inspired by his speeches on waging jihad. It is unlikely that Naik, who has been served summons by the NIA on earlier occasions, will turn up before the passport authorities in Mumbai. According to ‘Middle East Monitor’, an online news portal on developments in Middle East, Naik has already been granted citizenship of Saudi Arabia. There was no independent verification to this so far. Naik had his passport renewed in January last year and it has a validity for 10 years. The NIA, on November 18, 2016, had registered a criminal case against Naik at its Mumbai branch under various sections of Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. His organisation, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), has already been declared as an unlawful association by the government a day prior to registering of the case. The controversial preacher is accused of spreading hatred by his provocative speeches, funding terrorists and laundering several crores of rupees over the years. The sources could not give the exact country where Naik could be at present and said that he may be changing his base quite frequently after the NIA moved the Interpol for issuance of a Red Corner Notice (RCN), international arrest warrant, against him. The Interpol was approached against Naik after a year- long probe during which the NIA gathered evidence of his IRF and Peace TV being used to allegedly promote hatred between different religious groups. The central government has already banned his NGO and taken his TV channel off air. During the probe, the NIA claimed to have found 37 properties owned by Naik and companies run by him, which are estimated to be worth more than Rs 100 crore. A special NIA court in Mumbai, while issuing a non- bailable warrant against Naik, had said that “there are reasonable grounds to believe that Naik is evading arrest and that he will not voluntarily appear before the court or before the agency.” The NIA alleged that Naik has been promoting enmity and hatred between different religious groups in India through his speeches and lectures on various platforms and inciting Muslim youths and terrorists in India and abroad to commit terrorist acts.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Odisha cops accuse C’garh counterparts of ‘abduction’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>THe Odisha police today told the Chhattisgarh High Court here that two men from the coastal state were ‘abducted’ by police from Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district for allegedly being Naxals. The accusation came in response to a petition filed by the relative of two men before the HC seeking enquiry, the petitioners’ lawyer Satish Chandra Verma said. The Odisha police said in their affidavit filed today that Niranjan Dash and Durjoti Mahankudo were picked up illegally from Kotpad police station area in Koraput district by a team of police from Nagarnar in Bastar on June 26, 2016. The affidavit has been signed by Nirod Kumar Nayak, a police officer attached to Kotpad police station. Chhattisgarh police entered Koraput district without giving any intimation to local cops, and arrested the two men after accusing them of being Naxals, the reply said. When their family members approached a court in Koraput, it directed the Odisha police to probe the matter. The relatives of the two men also moved the Supreme Court, which asked them to approach the Chhattisgarh High Court. During an earlier hearing, the HC had sought reply from the Odisha police. The Odisha police also said in the reply that the matter should be handed over to the CBI or the National Investigation Agency for a free and fair probe. The next hearing would take place after two weeks.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NIA questions Mirwaiz’s uncles in terror funding case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two maternal uncles of moderate Hurriyat conference chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and his close aides were today questioned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the funding of terror and separatist groups in the Kashmir Valley. Maulvi Manzoor and Maulvi Shafat were served notices last week to appear before the agency today and the duo arrived and faced questions from the NIA sleuths, official sources said. Both of them are retired senior government officers. The questioning of the duo would continue for some days, they said. Another close aide of the Mirwaiz, Shahid-ul-Islam, and businessman Zahoor Watali are being continuously grilled by the NIA for last seven days regarding alleged disbursement of funds. The close scrutiny of the businessman’s account showed close proximity with some small-time politicians from the Kashmir Valley. The questioning of the two by the officers of the central probe agency, which has registered a case against separatists and terror organisations operating in the Valley, will continue separately for few more days, they said. The businessman has been asked about his association with the separatists, especially hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the sources said. The NIA has sent fresh summonses to close aides of Geelani, including his son-in-law Altaf Ahmed Shah alias Altaf Fantoosh and his spokesman Ayaz Akbar, to appear before the agency, they said. The agency was contemplating seeking a production warrant from a special court against the duo. Both were placed under preventive custody by the Jammu and Kashmir police on June 27 on account of law and order situation in the Valley. This move by the state police raised many eyebrows as neither of them had ever been taken into preventive custody during the peak of agitations earlier. Shah was questioned by the NIA early last month after which he had sought time from the probe agency due to Ramzan and also Eid festivities, the sources said. Shah has been asked by the NIA about his moveable and other properties, including houses in the Valley as well as in Jammu, and the source for their funding, they said, adding that the questioning also related to the alleged funds received by the Geelani-led Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. Shah’s Srinagar house was raided by NIA sleuths, who also searched the premises of others like Shahid-ul-Islam, an aide of Mirwaiz Umer Farooq who heads the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference, and businessman Zahoor Watali. Apart from being the son-in-law of Geelani, Shah is perceived to be influential in the evolving the policies of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. Hafeez Saeed, Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ud Dawah, the front for banned Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT), has been named in the FIR as an accused, besides organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference (factions led by Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq), Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Dukhtaran-e-Millat. The NIA probe seeks to identify the chain of players behind the financing of terrorist activities, including those who pelted stones at security forces, burnt down schools and damaged government establishments.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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