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ED files charge sheet against Misa Bharti, husband

More trouble lay in store for Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Yadav’s family on Saturday with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) filing a charge sheet against his daughter and Rajya Sabha MP Misa Bharti and her husband in a money laundering case. The ED action came on a day a Ranchi court convicted Yadav in a fodder scam case.Bharti, her husband Shailesh Kumar and their company Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd, among others, were named in the charge sheet filed in a Delhi court for allegedly laundering Rs 1.20 crore.The case was registered by the ED following investigations into a complaint filed by Serious Fraud Investigating Office (SFIO) about a Rs 8,000 crore money-laundering racket involving two Delhi-based brothers, Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain, who were accused of using shell companies to help others route money.The ED had earlier attached a farmhouse ‘Palam Farms’ in south-west Delhi belonging to the couple in connection with the case.The Jain brothers, who were arrested, were accused of laundering unaccounted money through the process of placement of funds, layering of transactions and final integration of laundering money into the banking channel camouflaged as legitimate share premium transactions, the ED said.The ED investigation found that 1.20 lakh shares of Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd were bought during 2007-08 and 2008-09 at Rs 100 per share by four shell companies, three of which were managed by the Jain brothers. These shares were later bought by Bharti at Rs 12 per share in 2009.It said a chartered accountant Rajesh Agrawal, who “mediated and provided” Rs 90 lakh to the Jain brothers in advance so as to invest in Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd as share premium while another has provided Rs 30 lakh to Santosh Kumar Shah, who was running the fourth shell company.According to the ED, the couple have “laundered unaccounted money of Rs 1.20 crore by taking accommodation entries from Jain Brothers and Shah, through mediators, in the form of share capital and share premium by various shell companies controlled by them.”The agency later conducted searches in several places. “Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd was registered at the address 25, Tuglak Road, New Delhi till the shares were brought by Bharti. It was only during the year 2009-10 that the address was changed to Farm No. 26 Palam Farms. Misa Bharti and Shailesh Kumar were the directors of the company during the relevant period,” an ED statement said

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Airtel Payments Bank MD and CEO Shashi Arora resigns

Airtel Payments Bank Managing Director and CEO Shashi Arora has resigned in the wake of the firm’s eKYC licence suspension by Aadhaar-issuing body UIDAI.”Shashi has decided to move on to pursue opportunities outside of Airtel. We wish Shashi the very best for his future endeavours,” the company said in a statement.Arora has been working with Airtel in senior leadership roles since 2006. He was appointed MD and CEO of Airtel Payments Bank on June 1, 2016.”He has been an asset for Airtel and over the years has contributed to the company s growth story. Having led the operations in key telecom circles followed by building a strong DTH business, he has laid the foundation for Airtel’s payments bank operations,” the statement said.The Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) had barred Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payments Bank from conducting Aadhaar-based verification of customers using the eKYC process.The action was taken following allegations that Bharti Airtel was using the Aadhaar-eKYC based SIM verification process to open payments bank accounts of its subscribers without their ‘informed consent’.UIDAI on Thursday allowed Bharti Airtel to use Aadhaar for re-verification of its mobile customers till January 10 with stiff riders after it returned Rs 138-crore LPG subsidy remitted to the unsolicited payments bank accounts.It, however, maintained that Airtel Payments Bank eKYC licence will remain suspended till final enquiry and audit report.

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UIDAI blocks Bharti Airtel’s e-KYC key

The UIDAI has temporarily barred Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payments Bank from conducting Aadhaar-based SIM verification of mobile customers using eKYC process as well as e-KYC of payments bank clients.In an interim order, UIDAI has suspended e-KYC licence key of Bharti Airtel Ltd and Airtel Payment Bank Ltd with immediate effect, according to people aware of the development.For the past few weeks, there have been allegations that Bharti Airtel has been using the Aadhaar-eKYC based SIM verification process to open payments bank accounts of its subscribers without their ‘informed consent’. UIDAI also took strong objection to allegations that such payments bank accounts are being linked to receive LPG subsidy.This order means Airtel would not be able to, in the interim, carry out ‘electronic-verification’ or link mobile SIMs of its customers with their Aadhaar number though eKYC. Also, Airtel Payments Bank will not be able to open a new account with Aadhaar e-KYC. However, accounts can be opened through alternate methods, if available.When contacted, an Airtel spokesperson said: “We can confirm that we have received interim order from the UIDAI regarding temporary suspension of Aadhaar linked e-KYC services till their satisfaction on certain processes related to Airtel payment banks onboarding of customers.””We are engaging with the authority and are hopeful of an early resolution. We are also undertaking to complete the said actions on priority and have commenced thorough checks of our process flows. Being compliant to all guidelines is paramount to us. Any inconvenience to our customers is regretted,” the spokesperson said.More than 23 lakh customers have reportedly received as many as Rs 47 crore in their Airtel bank accounts, which they did not know had been opened. Airtel Payments Bank has about 50 milion users.UIDAI also asked PricewaterhouseCoopers to conduct an audit of Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payments Bank to ascertain if their systems and processes are in compliance with the Aadhaar Act.The first notice was sent in September but replies of Airtel was found to be unsatisfactory. Subsequently, another notice was issued in November where also the reply of Airtel was not found satisfactory.

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Four from Mumbai killed near Pune

Four Mumbai residents, including three from a family, died on Monday after their car hit a truck on the Mumbai-Bangalore Highway near Pune. The police have identified the victims as Yashwant Mane (55), Sharada Yashwant Mane (46), Hrishikesh Yashwant Mane (20) and Krushna Surve. Mane family and Surve were all residents of Chunabhatti. According to Bharti Vidyapeeth police, the Mane family had gone to Satara to drop their daughter at a college. The accident took place when they were returning to Mumbai. “Hrishikesh was driving the car and when their car reached near Katraj tunnel in Jambhulwadi area, the car rammed into a truck that was travelling ahead of the car. The car was damaged badly and all the four occupants of the car got trapped inside,” said an officer from Bharti Vidyapeeth police station.

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Four persons from Mumbai killed in car accident in Pune

A collision between a car and a truck on Mumbai- Bangalore highway claimed four lives, including three members from a Mumbai based family, on Monday morning. The mishap took place near Katraj area. The deceased have been identified as Yashwant Mane (55), Sharada Yashwant Mane (46), Hrishikesh Yashwant Mane (20) and Krushna Surve. Mane family and Surve were all residents of Chunabhatti area of Mumbai. According to Bharti Vidyapeeth police, the Mane family had traveled to Satara to drop their daughter at a college there. After dropping her, the family had started early morning to get back to Mumbai. “Hrishikesh was driving the car and when their car reached near Katraj tunnel in Jambhulwadi area, it rammed into a truck which was traveling ahead of the car. The car was damaged badly and all the four occupants of the car got trapped inside,” a police officer of Bharti Vidyapeeth police station told DNA. A team of Bharti Vidyapeeth police rushed to the spot and by the time they got all the four occupants out of the car, they had lost their lives.

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Congress found an easy way to expel Mani Shankar Aiyar: Uma Bharti

Union Minister Uma Bharti said the Congress suspended Mani Shankar Aiyar after his controversial remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi just to get rid of him as he had become a burden on the party.Talking to reporters in Vrindavan last evening, she said, the Congress was looking for a way to get rid of Aiyar.”It (the Congress) found an easy way to expel Aiyar after his utterances against Prime Minister Modi,” the minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation said.The Congress on December 7 suspended Aiyar from the primary membership of the party and issued him a show cause notice after he called the prime minister a “neech kism ka aadmi” (vile sort of man). Bharti said, if the Congress really practices ethics, it should first expel its president Sonia Gandhi for her remarks against Modi. “During the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, Sonia had allegedly termed Modi as ‘Maut Ka Saudagar’,” she said.Also readBJP MP files case against Mani Shankar Aiyar in Pune for his ‘neech’ remark against PM Modi On cleaning of rivers, she said lack of coordination among officers has hampered the work.Earlier, she paid a visit to Saint Vijay Kaushal Maharaj in Nikunj Van Ashram, Vrindavan.Also readReady for any punishment party deems fit: Mani Shankar AiyarShe also patted the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh saying there has been a significant improvement in law and order in the state under the Yogi Adityanath dispensation.She parried questions on her possible return to state politics as she expressed her commitment for the cleanliness of rivers. PTI

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ED questions Misa Bharti’s husband in Rs 8,000 cr money laundering case

The Ed on Wednesday again questioned RJD MP Misa Bharti’s husband Shailesh Kumar in connection with a Rs 8,000 crore money laundering case, official sources said.Kumar has been summoned again to seek more information in the case and also to record his statement, they said.He and his wife Misa Bharti, daughter of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, have been grilled in the past too in this case.Kumar, the sources said, will be confronted with the documents seized by the ED till now in the case and the statements given by his wife and other accused, they said.Both Kumar and Misa Bharti are being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for their alleged role in a firm, Ms Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited, their other finances and links with a chartered accountant who arrested by the agency earlier in the case.The agency filed a charge sheet in this case before a Delhi court sometime back and it was expected to file a fresh one soon.Misa, it is understood, could also be summoned again.The ED had on July 8 conducted searches at three Delhi farmhouses of Bharti, Kumar and the firm.The agency had attached a farm house in Palam sometime back and it was now probing the alleged slush funds used to purchase this asset by the couple, they said.The latest summons to Kumar are related to a Rs 8,000 crore money laundering probe being conducted by the agency against two Delhi-based businessmen brothers — Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain, and others, who are alleged to have laundered several crores of rupees using over 90 shell companies.The Jain brothers were arrested by the ED earlier under the Prevention of Money Laundering Ac (PMLA).One of the firms that the arrested duo dealt with was Ms Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited.Bharti and her husband are alleged to have been directors of this firm in the past.According to ED officials, it was found that 1,20,000 shares of M/s Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited were bought during 2007-08 at a rate of Rs 100 per share by four shell companies – M/s Shalini Holdings Limited, M/s Ad- Fin Capital Services (India) Pvt. Ltd, M/s Mani Mala Delhi Properties Pvt. Ltd. and M/s Diamond Vinimay Pvt. Ltd.These 1,20,000 shares, they said, were allegedly bought back by Bharti at Rs 10 per share.The ED had arrested Rajesh Agarwal, a chartered accountant allegedly linked to Bharti, who provided accommodation entries (black funds) of about Rs 60 lakh to M/s Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited.The searches, officials said, were part of investigations to unravel these links which allegedly routed black money using the shell companies in question.Shell companies are firms set up with nominal paid up capital, high reserves and surplus on account of receipt of high share premium, investment in unlisted companies and no dividend income or high amount of cash-in-hand.The ED is the third agency probing alleged financial irregularities by the Lalu Prasad family after the CBI and the Income Tax department which recently attached benami assets worth about Rs 180 crore (market value) in its investigation against them.The ED is also probing the Lalu Prasad family in another money laundering case pertaining to his tenure as the railway minister during the UPA-I government and has questioned his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav as part of this separate invesigation recently.
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Doctors day out: Rajasthan medics protest, treat patients in tents

Even with most doctors feeling the heat over the High court order and recent transfers, some “rebels” left their offices to set up tents outside to treat the needy.In a prolonged confrontation with the health department, the in-service government doctors were out to muster public support ahead of a warning to the government. The doctors at many districts avoided going to hospitals and carried out their duties underneath trees, camps and even benches under the open sun. This was a common sight at many public health centers, community health centers and district hospitals.”We have issued the government a notice of 72 hours to act upon the consensus reached after the recent stir, the government’s adamant attitude is forcing us towards another movement,” said Dr Nasreen Bharti, patron of an in-service doctors association in Rajasthan.The doctors though have decided to keep health services uninterrupted, however, put the onus on state government for keeping up the truce. “We are committed to treat the patients, however, if forced to further intensify the agitation, it will be due to inconsideration of the state government,” said Dr Durga Shankar Saini, general secretary of All Rajasthan In Service Doctors Union.Health minister Kalicharan Saraf, meanwhile, claimed that efforts were in process for implementation of the doctors’ demand agreed upon at the consensus with state government. Jaipur, did not see much of a stir.Around 10,000 doctors employed at state health department went on mass leave in the first week of November. The stir severely impacted public health services across the state and ended after seven days following a consensus between the doctors and health minister Kalicharan Saraf. However, as many of the doctors to have led the agitation got transferred, the doctors are back on agitation path.
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Bombay HC asks woman cop to move Tribunal for leave to undergo sex-change

The Bombay High Court today refused to hear a petition filed by a 28-year-old police constable seeking a direction to the Maharashtra DGP to grant her leave to undergo a sex-change surgery and directed her to approach the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT).Lalita Salve, who now prefers to be called Lalit, had sought a month’s leave to undergo the sex reassignment surgery, but the request was refused by the Beed police authorities.She filed a petition in the high court last week, seeking a direction to the Maharashtra’s police chief to grant her leave for the surgery.A division bench of justices S C Dharmadhikari and Bharti Dangre today disposed of the petition and said this was a service matter and hence the petitioner will have to first approach the tribunal.The court refused to accept Salve’s lawyer Ejaz Naqvi’s contention that the matter also pertains to the fundamental rights of a person.”We do not think that the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal would be unsympathetic to the petitioner’s grievances. We have never seen in any case the tribunal brushing aside matters without proper application of mind and without hearing all the parties concerned,” the court said.According to the petition, Salve, born in June 1988, noticed changes in her body three years ago and underwent medical tests, which confirmed the presence of Y chromosome in her body.While men have X and Y sex chromosomes, women have two X chromosomes.”The petitioner later undertook counselling sessions with psychiatrists at the state-run J J Hospital. The doctors detected that she had a gender dysphoria abnormality and advised her to undergo a sex reassignment surgery, if she was willing to and was of sound mind,” the petition said.Subsequently, Salve approached senior police officials and sought a month’s medical leave to undergo the surgery.”Last week, the superintendent of police (SP) of Beed district informed the petitioner that she could not undergo a sex reassignment surgery and refused to grant her leave,” the petition said.It contended that the said decision of the Beed police authorities was violative of the petitioner’s fundamental rights.
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Remembering 26/11: We now have the funds to train and equip our police, says Deven Bharti

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Deven Bharti was among those who not only was actively involved in tackling the 26/11 terrorist attack while being posted with Mumbai Crime Branch, and also one of the officers who supervised the entire case. Nine years after the massacre, Bharti, who now holds the post of Joint Commissioner of Police (Law & Order) in Mumbai, speaks to DNA’s Somendra Sharma on his experience in handling the case.Mumbai Police had faced a tough time tackling terrorists in 2008, do you think we are better prepared after nine years?That time we were very ill-equipped as far as logistics, weaponry, and training is concerned. After 26/11, there has been a paradigm shift. You may treat 26/11 as a watershed as far as security apparatus and its preparedness is concerned. Policy makers also realised that investment in policing and preparing police because they are first responders is the only option. For that we have got enough funds to equip and train ourselves and to create required infrastructure.Do you feel we have enough evidence to nail Zaki Ur Rehman Lakhvi and Hafiz Saeed?Of course. We have submitted a charge sheet and it is on that basis the court has pronounced them wanted accused. We have enough technical and corroborative evidence admissible in a court of law. If they are tried in a Mumbai court of law then we will get highest quantum of punishment for them.Do foreign agencies still come and meet you for experiences about 26/11?26/11 type of attack has never happened anywhere in the world before. A lot of countries came and learnt as to how the attack unfolded and everybody including major police forces in the world revised their SOPs after this attack after interacting with us.In 2008, the control room was flooded with calls. To what extent have you have upgraded the control room system?We are in the process of setting up one of the most technologically advanced control rooms in the world. We cannot disclose the details about it at this juncture.

After Tiwari’s salvo, now it’s turn for BJP to ‘fire’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a test of nerves between dissident BJP MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari and his party. And Tiwari blinked first. The ‘rebel’ announced to field candidates against BJP in all 200 seats in next assembly elections, giving enough reasons for the party to take strict disciplinary action to the extent of expelling him. Perhaps, BJP was waiting for him to take any such initiative as taking stern action action Tiwari, who is among the senior most leader in BJP, would not have be easy in normal course. Especially, when he is considered close to RSS right from Jan Sangh days.After his announcement, options are very limited for the party as well as for him. The party was finding it difficult to take any definite disciplinary action barring few show-cause notices sent to him on his alleged ‘party-damaging’ actions. Now, Tiwari has given enough reason to be pulled up by the High Command. Senior party leader and home minister Gulab Chand Kataria has already indicated party’s intentions. “If he (Tiwari) contests election without party’s (BJP) support, even his deposit will be forfeited. If he thinks he is bigger than party, let him try this also,” he said.The statement from Kataria carries great significance as the home minister was once quite close to Tiwari. The duo along with Narpat Singh Rajvi, son-in-law of former vice president of India legendary Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, formed a team to challenge the authority of Vasundhara Raje in the party. While Kataria was able to win back the confidence of Raje, Tiwari and Rajvi have been left out ‘sulking’.This is not for the first time, a prominent BJP leader has found himself ‘bigger’ than party. In past also, leaders left BJP, formed new party and then had to come back into BJP’s fold after failing miserably to carry any impact. Veteran leader and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh fell out with BJP to join Samajwadi Party (SP) in 2009. But the arrangement could not last long and he left SP also to launch a new party Jan Kranti Party in 2010 before coming back to BJP in 2014. The party honoured its octogenarian leader with gubernatorial post in Rajasthan.Similar is the case with fire brand union minister Uma Bharti. Former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Bharti left BJP after rising to national prominence and launched Bhartiya Janashakti Party on her own in 2005. But sans BJP’s saffron, the charisma was clearly missing and Bharti had to make a come back to BJP in 2011. There are many more such instances where a ‘powerful leader’ had left the party, launched his own outfit and then end up losing relevance. History may repeat itself in case of Tiwari, whose dissidence appears to be based more on adamance than on conviction.

TADA court pulls up Mustafa Dossa jail escort party

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Special TADA court presided by judge Govind Sanap on Tuesday directed Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), Deven Bharti, to consider lodging prosecution against the jail escort party which had assisted Mustafa Dossa to his court’s appearance to Porbandar.Dossa and his aide Sabina Khatri were held guilty in a police inquiry wherein it was alleged that Khatri was allowed to travel with Dossa while he was on the way to appear before a court in Porbandar.The court in its orders has explained that it is essential to take action against the escort party, as it would set a deterrent to the escort party officials and would not be lenient with any of the accused in future.The court in its orders held, “There is offence registered against Dossa’s aide, who offered a bribe to the officials and also against Sabina Khatri for allegedly forging her nikaahnama to show that she is Dossa’s wife.”Explaining the seriousness of the matter, the court held, “Mustafa was facing trial in the bomb blast case. Any thing could have happened, Dossa could have absconded. In such case officer were expected to be extra cautious, but they were extra lenient. Thus the officer who committed crime need to be dealt strictly.”On December 25, 2016, Dossa was escorted by the police to Porbandar for attending a court case filed against him.

Shivrajji right, many roads in MP better than those in USA: Uma Bharti

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Uma Bharti on Tuesday backed Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for his statement on the roads of the United States.Bharti said, ‘Shivraj ji was right, many roads in Madhya Pradesh are much better than those in the USA.’She also added that why is it presumed that the U.S. is better than India in every sense.’For example, around 30 crore bank accounts are opened under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, which is probably equivalent to the population of the US. Isn’t it unique?,’ Bharti questioned.During his U.S. tour, Chouhan grabbed headlines when he said that the roads in Madhya Pradesh are better than of the U.S. roads.On October 24, Chouhan, while addressing the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum meeting, said, “When I got down at the Washington Airport and travelled on roads, I felt the roads in Madhya Pradesh are better than the United States.”He further added, “Few years back, MP was termed as a diseased state, but when I became the Chief Minister 12 years back then it was in my mind that without basic infrastructure no state can develop. Our first focus was on building the roads. Today, we have constructed around 1.75 lakh kilometer roads in the state and all the villages have been well-connected with roads.’Chouhan on Sunday re-emphasized that the roads in his state were actually better than that of Washington DC.”I had gone (to United States) for branding of Madhya Pradesh and discussed good roads of the state there. I would like to re-emphasize that some of the roads in Madhya Pradesh are actually very good. Not just me, studies say that 92 percent roads of Washington DC are not in good condition,” the Chief Minister told media in Bhopal.Chouhan, who was earlier trolled for citing Madhya Pradesh’s roads better than that of Washington DC, blamed the Congress party for politicising the issue.

Only Congress ‘benefited’ from Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination: Uma Bharti

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> BJP leader and Union minister Uma Bharti on Thursday claimed the Congress “benefited” from the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi as he had talked about disbanding the party after Independence.She was responding to a question on the Supreme Court’s recent observations while hearing a plea seeking reopening of the investigation into the assassination. “This matter is going on since the time Godse killed Gandhiji. Today I ask the country through you (the media) as to who benefited from the murder of Gandhiji?” Bharti asked. She said while the Sangh and Jan Sangh faced damage and the country suffered losses “only the Congress benefited from the assassination of Gandhiji”.”Because Gandhiji had suggested that the Congress be dissolved (after Independence). In fact, he had already announced the Congress shall be disbanded,” the minister of drinking water and sanitation claimed. She was speaking to the media during the BJP’s ‘Gujarat Gaurav Yatra’ in Banaskantha district of north Gujarat. Gandhi was shot dead at point blank range in New Delhi on January 30, 1948 by Godse, a right-wing advocate of Hindu nationalism.The plea in the SC, filed by Mumbai-based Pankaj Phadnis, a researcher and a trustee of Abhinav Bharat, has sought reopening of the probe on several grounds, claiming it was one of the biggest cover-ups in history. Bharti is one of the ministers taking part in the ongoing yatra of the BJP that aims to galvanise support for the ruling party ahead of the assembly elections. During the yatra, she addressed public meetings in Deodar, Tharad, Vav and Radhanpur constituencies.

RSS affiliates to hold protest rally in Capital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-affiliated Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) will hold a protest rally at Delhi’s Ramlila Grounds on November 17, and march to the Parliament House with their charter of demands that includes a comprehensive employment policy to provide succor to contractual employees. BMS claims support of 4,287 unions and 83 lakh members across 44 sectors.Other RSS affiliates such as Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Swadeshi Jagran Manch, Laghu Udyog Bharti, Grahak Panchayat and Sehkar (cooperatives) Bharti will also participate in the rally. More than 2.5 lakh workers are expected to be there.The move comes after RSS — ruling BJP’s ideological mentor — cautioned the Centre about dampening of public mood in view of demonetization-induced economic slowdown leading to unemployment, farmers’ distress and resentment in the trading community.The organisations have already got the go ahead from RSS for the rally, said sources.BMS general secretary Brijesh Upadhyay said the call for the rally has been given after a committee of five Cabinet ministers constituted by the government failed to address their various demands.In May last year, BMS and other RSS-affiliated organisations had decided to hold a similar rally but, following an assurance from the government that a high-powered committee of Cabinet ministers will look into their demands, decided against it at its national executive meeting held in August 2016.”About 67% workers in the country are on contract and are facing a tough situation. There is Contract Labour Act which calls for equal pay for equal work, but the government itself is violating it despite rulings given the Supreme Court. On top of our agenda is to have a comprehensive employment policy that can remove these anomalies,” said Upadhyay.The other issue before BMS is disinvestment and strategic sale of public sector undertakings by the government. “We are not against the market economy but it should not be at the cost of disinvestment of PSUs. It is the public sector which has kept the economy running as purchasing power is not with private sector employees who are not getting even minimum wages,” said Upadhyay.Another demand of BMS is that the vast force of Aanganwadi and Asha employees should be treated as workers and brought under the Minimum Wages Act and given social security.BMS also wants the government to address anomalies of the 7th Pay Commission. “Because of the inherent anomalies two-third of the public sector is not able to afford pay revision,” said Upadhayay.BMS has invited other workers’ organisations cutting across political lines to join in the protest rally. “We will be giving our memorandum containing our charter of demands to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also to the chief minsters of all states,” said Upadhyay.

Money laundering probe: I-T dept issues final attachment order against Misa Bharti, husband

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Income Tax (I-T) department on Monday issued a final attachment order against RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar in the benami assets case, as reported in ANI.Officials privy to the probe said the order was issued against a firm allegedly involved in the case–AB Exports Private Limited– and also alleged that Prasad’s relatives were the “beneficiaries” of the immovable properties of this firm.A property in south Delhi’s New Friends Colony is owned by this firm, they said.
ALSO READ Money laundering probe: Fresh trouble for Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti as ED attaches Delhi farmhouseA provisional order for attachment–under the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 2016– was issued by the department in June this year and now the order has been confirmed after adjudication, they said.The cases of other assets which were provisionally attached in June will also be processed similarly, they added.The tax department had attached about a dozen plots and buildings in Delhi and Bihar including a farmhouse and land in the Palam Vihar area, a building in the upmarket New Friends Colony area of south Delhi, nine plots on a 256.75 decimal land area in Patna’s Phulwari Sharif area, where a shopping mall was being constructed, among a few others in the same area in Bihar’s capital.The department has said these alleged benami assets bear a “deed” value of about Rs 9.32 crore but the taxman has estimated their current market value at Rs 170-180 crore.Benami properties are those in which the real beneficiary is not the one in whose name (benamidar) the property has been purchased.The Prasad family has said the cases are the outcome of a “political vendetta” against them.The Act allows for the prosecution of the beneficial owner, the benamidar, the abettor and the inducer to benami transactions.Under the provisions of the Act, assets held benami after the final prosecution are liable for confiscation by the government without payment of compensation.On September 5, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) attached Delhi farmhouse in connection with money laundering probe against her and her husband.The ED has provisionally attached a farm house (26, Palam Farms, Bijwasan, New Delhi), of Misha Bharti and Shailesh Kumar, held in the name of Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd.The farmhouse was purchased using Rs 1.2 Crore involved in money laundering in the year 2008-09.The ED is the third central probing body investigating alleged financial irregularities by Lalu Prasad’s family after the CBI and the Income Tax department, which recently attached Benami assets worth about 180 crore rupees.The I-T department has already attached a total of 12 plots of Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and ex-chief minister Rabri Devi, and sisters Ragini and Chanda Yadav.

In accused’s village, locals say that he’s "innocent"

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mamta Devi’s world turned upside down when she received a call on Friday evening informing her that her husband has been arrested in a murder case of a seven-year-old boy at Ryan International School, Gurgaon. Claiming that her husband is “innocent”, the 25-year-old has demanded “strict” action against the school authorities.Her husband Ashok Kumar, who had allegedly murdered a class II student after slitting his throat, was sent to a three-day judicial custody on Saturday. However, the family members and the neighbors at his village Ghamroj have vowed that he is “innocent” and denied to accept the fact that someone as “kind” as Kumar could have done such a thing.”If my husband had committed the crime, he would have fled from the spot rather than helping the school staff in rushing that poor kid to hospital,” said the inconsolable Devi.Among hundreds of locals gathered in the courtyard of Kumar’s house on Saturday, was Birwati, a grocery shop owner, who said, “I have been watching him since the last 15 years. He is a very quiet man who does not talk to anybody.”Villagers also said that the police should have visited the family to take their statements as well. “Police should have come and inquire about Kumar from his parents and locals. Why are they doing a one sided investigation in the matter?” asked a neighbour.Kumar, 45, who is the sole earner of his family, has two children aged 7 and 8. He lives with his aged parents while four of his sisters have got married. He used to drive a local bus until he lost his license in 2015. He then started working as a conductor in a school named Vivek Bharti, where wife is also employed as a cleaner.”He worked at our school for around 4-5 months during which we did not receive any complaint against him. He used to be a very calm person back then,” said Prabha Rani, a coordinator at Vivek Bharti School.According to Kumar’s family, he started working at Ryan earlier this year as the school was offering decent money for the job. “One of my children had injured his leg last year and bled profusely. My son had fainted seeing the blood. He is so kind hearted,” said Kumar’s mother Kela Devi.The village Sarpanch Nirmala Devi also extended her support to the family saying, “The family has a very good image in the village. They are very sober people. I am sure Ashok could not have done that.”

Noida schools flout rules, grill nursery students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the Delhi government has tightened its grip over private schools and laid down strict rules for admissions to nursery, private schools in neighboring Noida are blatantly violating Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, by conducting interviews of students, as well as their parents, for admission.Admission tests and interviews are considered as tools for profiling children and their families, therefore, conducting such a process are prohibited. Section 13(1) of the RTE Act, provides that while admitting a child, no school or person shall subject the child or his/her parents to any ‘screening procedure,’while section 2(o) of the Act defines the term as the ‘method of selection for admission of a child, in preference over another, other than a random method.’However several parents, who had been denied nursery seats for their three-year-olds in prestigious schools in Noida, alleged that in contravention to the rules, children were asked asked to identify fruits, colours and flowers. They were also asked to recite poems during the “interaction.””My son was asked to identify geometrical shapes and colours during his interview at two private schools in Noida. Despite giving all the answers correctly, his name was not there in the list of selected candidates of both the schools,” said a parent, who did not wanted to be named.Some parents also alleged that schools have been asking “inappropriate” questions like their financial status, working hours and lifestyles.”I was asked about my working hours during the interview in Bal Bharti School. I was then told that I won’t be able to take care of my child’s studies as I work for long hours,” said another parent whose daughter was also denied admission in at least three schools.However, Asha Prabhakar, the Principal of Bal Bharti School, denied the allegations saying, “those who could not get admissions are levelling false allegations against the school. We have limited seats and can’t give admission to everyone.” She, however, did not deny the fact that interviews were being conducted.Explaining the reason behind these irregularities, Sumit Vohra who runs an admission portal, said, “In the absence of any regulatory body in Noida and Ghaziabad there is no fixed criteria of admission in these schools. There is no fixed age bar, calender and fee refund process. Every school is setting its own rules. Most of these school do profiling and screening of parents and children which is against the RTE Act.””There is an immediate need of a regulatory body to fix the admission norms here. Otherwise parents continue to suffer,” he added.

Misa’s farmhouse attached in money laundering case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major setback for Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday, attached a farmhouse in New Delhi in connection with its money laundering investigation against her and husband Shailesh Kumar.Palam Farms, located in south-west Delhi’s Bijwasan, has been attached provisionally under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and it was purchased allegedly using Rs 1.2 crore laundered in 2008-09, the ED said.It belongs to Bharti, a Rajya Sabha MP, and her husband Shailesh Kumar and is “held in the name of Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd”.The ED had conducted raids at three farmhouses owned by Bharti and Kumar on July 8 following the arrest of two brothers, Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain, who alleged laundered around Rs 8,000 crore using shell companies.The agency had also arrested a chartered accountant Rajesh Agrawal who allegedly provided “Rs 90 lakh to the Jain brothers in advance to invest in Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd as share premium”. Bharti and Kumar are alleged to have been directors of this firm in the past.”Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd was registered at the address 25, Tuglak Road, New Delhi till the shares were bought by Bharti. It was only in 2009-10 that the address was changed to 26, Palam Farms, VPO Bijwasan. Bharti and Kumar were the directors of the company during the relevant period,” the ED said.According to the ED, one of the beneficiaries of Jain brothers was Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd, which laundered unaccounted money of Rs. 1.20 crore by “taking accommodation entries in the form of share capital and share premium by various shell companies controlled by the Jains. This laundered money was utilised for purchase of a farm house at Bijwasan.”The ED claimed that 1.20 lakh shares of Mishail Packers and Printers were bought during 2007-08 and 2008-09 at Rs 100 per share by four shell companies — Shalini Holdings Ltd, Ad-Fin Capital Services(India) Pvt Ltd, Mani Mala Delhi Properties Pvt Ltd and Diamond Vinimay Pvt Ltd. The first three were controlled by the Jains while the fourth was managed by S K Shah. “The 1.20 lakh shares were bought by Misa Bharti at the price of Rs 12 per share in 2009,” the ED said.PALAM FARMSED had conducted raids at three farmhouses owned by Bharti and Kumar on July 8
Palam Farms is held in the name of Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd
ED says it was purchased using Rs 1.2 crore laundered in 2008-09

Mumbai police chief orders inquiry into death of police constable

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai police commissioner, Datta Padsalgikar has ordered an inquiry after a police constable, Gorakshak Nasale (25) died in JJ hospital due to fever and cold.The family members has alleged that their son died due to negligence of Nagpada police hospital where he was admitted initially.According to sources, on September 1, Narsale was admitted in the general ward of Nagpada police hospital for fever and cold. On Sunday when suddenl Narsale got critical he was shifted to JJ hospital with out medical records file, where he died after ten minutes. The father of Narsale has claimed that his son died due to negligence of the hospital.The Byculla police have registered an Accidental death report in the matter and conducting preliminary inquiry.”Mumbai police Commissioner has already ordered enquiry to be conducted by Addl CP crime KMM Prasanna,”said Deven Bharti, Joint commissioner of police.

Cabinet reshuffle done, all eyes on portfolio announcements: 10 updates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In his third cabinet expansion since coming to power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inducted 9 new faces in his team.But the new roles of these ministers and others is yet to be announced.Here are major developments from this political story:1: Since morning, there is a strong buzz that Suresh Prabhu or Sushma Swaraj can become India’s next defence minister.2: If Sushma Swaraj gets Defence portfolio, it would be the first time since Indira Gandhi that a female minister has held the crucial ministry.3: Uma Bharti, the Water Resource Minister, skipped the reshuffle. According to news agency ANI, Bharti is in Varanasi. It is also being reported that Piyush Goyal is tipped to be the next Railway Minister.4: There are also reports the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was reportedly unhappy over the rejig. Many say Kumar was miffed over non-inclusion of JD(U) members in the Cabinet expansion.5: Lalu Prasad, the RJD chief and former Nitish Kumar ally, was quick to react to this. “They (JD(U)) didn’t even get the invite. One who leaves his people won’t be taken in by others. It’s Nitish Kumar’s fate,” Prasad was quoted as saying to ANI.6: At the majestic Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Dharmendra Pradhan was the first minister to the oath.7: Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitharaman, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi were among those who came next. All of them have been promoted as Cabinet Ministers.8: Seen as the Brahmin face from Uttar Pradesh, Shiv Pratap Shukla, who is a BJP member in Rajya Sabha took oath as Minister of State.9: Ashwini Kumar Choubey, BJP lawmaker from Bihar’s Buxar; Dr Virendra Kumar from Madhya Pradesh’s Tikamgarh; Ananth Kumar Hegde from Karnataka; former bureaucrat RK Singh from Bihar; Hardeep Singh Puri, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat from Rajasthan’s Jodhpur were among those who also took oath.10: Also on the list were Mumbai’s former top cop Dr Satypal Singh and Alphons Kannanthanam.

Cabinet rejig: Decision of the party supreme, say Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Uma Bharti after resignation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A slew of ministers has been asked to resign by the BJP before the possible reshuffle of the cabinet by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is likely to happen before PM leaves for BRICS on September 3. Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who happens to be the first of four ministers to resign claims ” this decision has been taken by the party and as a true soldier of the party, I abide by it”. While talking to the media he said nothing else should be attributed to this. When asked about his future role leading up to Lok Sabha elections 2019 he said: “I don’t know what role I am going to play, whatever role party assigns me, I will accept it”. Rajiv Pratap Rudy met BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday after which resignation decision was conveyed to the media. Shah, who has already had several meetings over the past two weeks with several cabinet ministers, held an unscheduled meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi just before Rudy’s resignation.Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharti, and Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Commerce, Industry and Corporate Affairs, and Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister with independent charge of State Skill Development and Entrepreneurship stepped down from their positions on Thursday. Uma Bharti has also reacted on her decision to resign.

Benami case: Tejashwi Yadav, mother Rabri Devi quizzed by Income Tax officials

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RJD Chief Lalu Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav were question by the Income Tax department in connection with the alleged Benami property case in Patna on Tuesday.The I-T department and the Investigating Officer (IO) of the Rs 1,000 crore case recorded their statements.A special I-T team from Delhi has flown to Bihar capital to assist the IO of the case and take the probe forward, the offcials said.The department had earlier questioned Lalu Prasad’s MP daughter Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar in the case.The department had served notices of attachment of assets in June to Lalu, Rabri, Tejashwi ( former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister) and Lalu’s daughters Chanda, Ragini Yadav, Bharti and son-in-law Kumar.It had attached about a dozen plots and buildings in Delhi and Bihar including a farm house and land in the Palam Vihar area, a residential building in the upmarket New Friends Colony area of south Delhi, nine plots on a 256.75 decimal land area in Phulwari Sharif area in Patna, where a shopping mall was being constructed, among few others in the same area in Bihar’s capital.The department has said these alleged benami assets bear a “deed” value of about Rs 9.32 crore but the taxman has estimated their current market value at Rs 170-180 crore.Benami properties are those in which the real beneficiary is not the one in whose name the property has been purchased.The Lalu family has called these cases to be borne out of “political vendetta” againt them. The department is also expected to file a complaint in a competent court against the Lalu Prasad family in this case.

Results delay: Mumbai University list of measures on Aug 24

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A division bench consisting of Justice AV Mohta and Bharti Dangre has asked Mumbai University to furnish details of the measures it is taking to ensure students do not miss opportunities of higher education due to the delayed results. The response is expected to in by August 24 as the court ” coming up with a new evaluation system is a good step but what is happening to the students’ future is a matter of concern” the court observed.Bringing relief to thousands of law students in the state, the state government informed the Bombay High Court that it would extend the admission deadline for the LLB course to August 31. “A meeting of state officials would be convened on Wednesday after which an official notification would be released,” said the state counsel on Tuesday.The court was hearing a series of petitions filed by Mumbai University students. One of the petitions filed by three law students Sachin Pawar, Abhishek Bhat and Ravishekhar Pandey seeks Rs 10 lakh as compensation for the academic loss of students as they cannot secure admissions to various reputed universities in the country and abroad due to the university’s delayed results.Advocate Rui Rodrigues appearing for the university said that the result delay was due to implementation of the onscreen evaluation process for the first time. “Some technical snags and delays did exist in the beginning. Now the university is working on a war footing and a the results of several students are likely to come out before August 31,” Rodrigues told the court.

CPM slams govt over Tripura CM speech broadcast row

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stepping up its attack on the Centre over Doordarshan’s “refusal” to air Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar’s Independence Day speech, the CPI(M) today accused the Modi government of creating a situation “worse than the Emergency” and said it will fight back. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury also slammed the government for launching a “brazen” attack on the federal equation between the Centre and the states. Seeking to drag RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat into the controversy, Yechury said that the Vijayadashmi speech of the ‘Sarsanghchalak’, “who does not hold any public office”, was aired by the public broadcaster, but Independence Day speech of an elected chief minister, Sarkar, was “blocked”. Yechury further demanded to see the approval granted to the text of the RSS chief’s address before it was telecast and “amendments suggested to him”. “Sarkar’s speech was recorded by Doordarshan, but it was not shown. Then a letter was sent to him, saying that they (Prasar Bharti) will be glad to show it only if he reshapes the text of his address. “This is reminiscent of not only Mrs Indira Gandhi’s Emergency, when there was a press censorship of a very high level, but this has become even worse than that,” Yechury told reporters here. To buttress his point, Yechury said no chief minister was disallowed from speaking on the occasion of Independence or Republic Day during the Emergency (imposed between 1975 and 1977). “But what has been done, is therefore, a precursor to very big authoritarian onslaught and a censorship of the media that this government is embarking upon which is completely not permissible and this will be fought,” he added. The Left leader said Prasar Bharti’s decision to “block” Sarkar’s customary address was also a “gross interference” in the right of the states. He said that asking the head of state, Sarkar, to speak “only what is in consonance” with the Centre’s understanding on the said occasions was “tantamount to undermining” the federal principles of the Constitution. “What the chief minister speaks about, he is answerable in the state assembly,” he said. Earlier in the day, Yechury also tweeted on the issue saying, “Neither Modi’s cronies at Prasar Bharti nor BJP or RSS, have any locus standi to decide on what an elected CM of a state speaks on August 15”. He further told reporters that the CPI(M) is talking to all non-BJP governments to “realise this is how the authoritarian path is being pushed forward”. Yechury alleged Sarkar’s speech was blocked even though the RSS chief’s Vijayadashmi address was broadcast by Doordarshan following a “very very partisan” approach. He also claimed that the press conference addressed by an RSS leader on the “attacks on Sangh workers”, allegedly by the CPI(M) in Kerala, was also aired live. “What does this mean? That only one point of view will have to be shown to the people and that will be decided by the powers that be,” he added. He also raised questions over Bhagwat hoisting the flag on Independence Day yesterday at a Kerala school rather than at the RSS office. In Agartala, Tripura CPI-M secretary Bijan Dhar accused the Centre of curbing the autonomy of Prasar Bharati after Sarkar’s allegation that Doordarshan and All India Radio had refused to broadcast his speech unless he “reshaped” it. “This is a gross infringement on the rights of a chief minister to address the people of his state on Independence Day”, Dhar said. “This only reminds us of the black days of Emergency and goes beyond as it seeks to gag the elected chief minister of a state. The central government is curbing the autonomy of Doordarshan/AIR and Prasar Bharati by such acts of censorship,” he alleged. The in-charge of Doordarshan, Agartala, U K Sahoo has said, “Though his (Sarkar’s) recorded speech was not broadcast, his speech on Independence Day at Assam Rifles parade ground here was covered by Doordarshan and broadcast in the form of news. “We are always covering the chief minister’s programmes. There is no question of a black-out,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bharti Airtel, Vodafone top list of operators whose mobile towers violate radiation norms

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bharti Airtel and Vodafone were at the top of list of operators whose mobile towers were found violating radiation norms in an audit conducted by the telecom department, Parliament was informed today. “During the audit carried out by TERM Cells, total 284 numbers of BTSs installed on various mobile towers by various TSPs have been found exceeding the prescribed EMF radiation limits as on June 30, 2017,” telecom minister Manoj Sinha said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. Out of the total non-compliant mobile sites, 69 belong to Bharti Airtel and its subsidiary, 62 to Vodafone, 34 to Tata Teleservices and its subsidiaries, 32 to Reliance Communications, 22 to Idea Cellular, 20 Aircel and 11 to LoopMobile (operations closed now), according to the data shared by the minister.Ten base station each of state-run firm BSNL and Reliance Jio, eight of Telenor (in process of merging with Airtel), three of MTNL, two of Videocon Telecom (merged business with Airtel) and one of Sistema Shyam have been found non-compliant to radiation rules till June.Sinha said that the main conclusion from the WHO reviews is that radiation exposures from mobile towers below limits prescribed under the International Commission on Non Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) international guidelines do not appear to have any known consequence on health.He said that in India norms for exposure limit for the emission from mobile towers are already 10 times more stringent than the safe limits prescribed by ICNIRP and recommended by WHO.”Making the norms ten times stricter than what has been prescribed by ICNIRP and recommended by WHO, obviates the need for having separate norms for special localities,” Sinha said.The minister said that the DoT guidelines issued to state governments on August 1, 2013 for mobile towers do not place any restriction on installation of mobile towers near residential area, educational institutions and hospitals etc.

Seven BJP women MPs send rakhis to slain RSS worker’s brother

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a unique gesture of solidarity on Raksha Bandhan, seven BJP women MPs today sent rakhis to brother of an RSS worker killed near here on July 29.”We want to say that you are not alone, we are your sisters from various parts of the nation…we share your grief, stand with you and your family,” the women MPs said in a letter to Rajiv, younger brother of Rajesh. Rajesh was hacked to death on July 29 at nearby Sreekaryam in Kerala.”We are sending you a thread of rakhi as a mark of our love, support and respect for you and to say that we are praying to God for your protection and for the long life of everyone in your family,” they said. Riti Pathak, Sampatiya Uike, Anju Bala, Bharti Ben Shiyal, Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah, Roopa Ganguly and Pritam Munde are the members of parliament behind the initiative.Referring to the attack on the RSS worker, they said it was violence against humanity and the Constitution, urging all women, cutting across party lines, to stand against it and act together. “We stand with all victims of CPI(M) violence in Kerala,” the MPs said. The BJP has maintained that CPI(M) workers were behind the killing of Rajesh.Union minister Arun Jaitley had visited the family of the RSS worker on August 6 and accused the ruling CPI(M) of unleashing its cadres for “eliminating rivals and creating an environment of violence”. He had also said that incidents of violence increased every time the Left Democratic Front (LDF) was in power.BJP-RSS and CPI(M) cadres are locked in a bloody battle of attrition in the state, which has claimed several lives on both sides. There has been a spurt in such incidents in the recent past as the BJP seeks to expand its base in the state. Both sides have traded charges against each other over the violence.

Ex-railway employee, daughter-in-law killed by nephew

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A retired railway employee and his daughter in-law were murdered by a kin who also injured two other family members in Bihar’s Munger district today, according to a police officer. The incident took place in Ashiqpur locality under the jurisdiction of East Colony police station. A man identified as Satyam barged into his uncle Jagdish Hari’s house early this morning and fatally slit the throat of Hari and his daughter-in-law Seema Kumari with a knife, Superintendent of Police (SP) Ashish Bharti said. Satyam also attacked his cousins Kiran Kumar and Ranjita Kumar. They were injured in the attack, the SP said. The motive behind the incident was under investigation, Bharti said, adding that the bodies have been sent for post-mortem and the injured persons admitted to Sadar hospital for treatment. Satyam was absconding, the SP said, adding that raids were being carried out to nab the assailant. Satyam was out on bail in the murder case of his wife, Bharti said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dowry law a "tool for harassment of men", amend it: BJP MP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BJP member in the Lok Sabha today demanded amendment in the dowry law, dubbing it as “legal terrorism” and claiming that it has become a tool for harassment of men. Raising the issue in the Zero Hour, Anshul Verma said over 27 lakh persons have been arrested between 1998-2015 in such cases and these include minors. He sought amendments to Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code under which a man and his family can be summarily arrested when a complaint of cruelty is lodged by the wife. The Supreme Court and high courts have also said that the law has been misused, he said, claiming that many men have committed suicide and become ‘shadi ke shaheed’ (martyrs of marriage). “The shortcomings of the law should be addressed. A men’s cell should also be opened. Pro-woman must not be anti-man,” he said. Among other issues, Dhananjay Mahadik (NCP) said the imposition of GST on idols has made them expensive and demanded that they be exempted from the tax. With the Ganesh festival approaching in Maharashtra, he said a decision needed to be taken immediately. Bharti Shiyal (BJP) sought daily flights between Bhavnagar and Mumbai, while Jagdambika Pal (BJP) highlighted the plight of ‘Shiksha Mitra’ in Uttar Pradesh following an adverse Supreme Court order.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IRCTC hotel license case: ED slaps PMLA case against Lalu and his family

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In more trouble for RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family, the ED has registered a money laundering case against them in a corruption case, officials said today, a day after his party was ousted from power in Bihar.The anti-money laundering agency has also issued a notice to his MP daughter Misa Bharti for producing certain documents. Officials said the Enforcement Directorate recently filed a case against Prasad and his family members involving grant of licences to two Patna businessmen for running two hotels of the railways’ PSU IRCTC in return for a prime plot of land in the Bihar capital when RJD supremo was railway minister in the UPA government.The case has been registered under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The agency, they said, has registered the offence after taking cognizance of a CBI FIR in this regard.Meanwhile, it also issued a notice to Bharti to furnish additional documents to the investigating officer (IO) of the agency who is probing her and her husband’s role in a separate Rs 8,000 crore money laundering case in which they allegedly used shell companies to turn tainted money into white. The ED had questioned Misa and husband Shailesh Kumar in this case early this month and now has widened the probe. In the first week of July, the CBI had registered a criminal FIR and conducted multiple searches against the former Bihar chief minister and others. In this case, too, the Enforcement Directorate will investigate the alleged “proceeds of crime” generated by the accused, purportedly through shell companies, officials said.Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi, also a former chief minister, son Tejashwi Yadav, a former deputy chief minister, and others will be probed by the agency under charges filed in the Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), the ED equivalent of a police FIR. Others named in the CBI FIR include Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar (both directors of Sujata Hotels) who got the contract for running the two hotels, Delight Marketing company, now known as Lara Projects, and the then IRCTC managing director P K Goel.The CBI FIR alleges that Prasad, as railway minister, handed over the maintenance of two IRCTC hotels to a company after receiving a bribe in the form of prime land in Patna through a ‘benami’ company owned by Sarla Gupta, the wife of former Union minister Prem Chand Gupta. Under the PMLA, the ED has powers to attach and confiscate tainted assets.

Mumbai building collapse: Sena leader Sunil Shitap sent to police custody till August 2

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A Mumbai Court has sent Shiv Sena leader Sunil Shitap, who was earlier booked for culpable homicide in connection with the Ghatkopar building collapse, to police custody till August 2. The residents of the four-storey building that collapsed earlier yesterday had alleged that the mishap took place because of the renovation work being carried out at the first floor. The renovation work was undertaken on ground floor nursing home reportedly owned by the Shiv Sena leader. “There was a renovation work being carried out in the building. There was a nursing home, named Sitap Nursing Home, at the ground floor of the building which is owned by a man Sunil Shitap, who is a local Shiv Sena leader . A meeting of residents was also called last night opposing this renovation work,” said a resident. Following this, Jt CP Law and Order Deven Bharti confirmed with ANI that Shitap was detained by the Mumbai Police. “Prima facie, it is revealed that the accused was carrying out illegal renovation in the building. At this juncture, it will not be appropriate to give other details as investigation is underway and available information needs verification,” he said. More than 19 people were extracted, out of which more than nine were declared dead in the mishap.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mobile tariffs to continue to be under forbearance: TRAI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mobile tariffs will continue to be under forbearance, ie, governed by market forces, and no floor price will be fixed for voice and data services, telecom regulator TRAI said on Friday.Under forbearance regime, operators are allowed to fix their own tariffs on grounds that there is enough competition in the market. This forbearance is going on since 2003. Operators have to inform TRAI about their tariff plans within seven days of launch.If a minimum floor price had been set, it could have meant an end to freebies in the market.”We had detailed discussions and the consensus at the end of the meeting was that for the time being we don’t need to pursue the idea of fixing a floor price. Prices will continue under the principles of forbearance. That is the conclusion,” TRAI Chairman RS Sharma said.”It (fixing floor price) is not a workable idea… Forbearance has stood the test of time,” Sharma said after two-hour long meeting with all the telecom operators.The consultation paper on introduction of 5G is almost ready and will be out soon. Another consultation paper on spectrum auction is also in the pipeline, Sharma said.Last month, some telecom services provider including Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular in a meeting with TRAI had sought an imposition of a floor price for both voice and data services. Their contention was that telecom operators offering below cost tariffs to mobile users over a period of time may harm the industry in the long term.”We had promised a discussion. But after the consensus, there will be no meeting on this issue,” Sharma said.At one occasion in 2012, there was a time when TRAI had thought of capping mobile tariffs since it was pretty high then.The issue has come to a limelight because of free voice and dirt cheap data prices being offered by a new player Reliance Jio since the launch in September last year.Existing operators have been forced to match the tariffs being unleased by Reliance Jio and it has impacted their margins and overall profitability since last two quarters.Reliance Jio has termed the proposal of fixing floor price as a regressive and anti-competitive step.

Misa Bharti’s firm named in ED chargesheet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The charge sheet, which was filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a special court on Friday against Rajesh Kumar Agarwal, Misa Bharti’s chartered accountant, has named her company Mishal Packers Private Limited along with the directors of Radison Blu Hotel in Dwarka in connection to a Rs 8,000-crore money-laundering case.The charge sheet, which was filed in the special court of Naresh Malhotra, runs into 2,000 pages and has around 29 companies named as accused.The charge sheet says, “Agarwal, with the help of Jain brothers and their companies, have converted unaccounted money of the beneficiaries to the tune of Rs 80.94 crore in the year 2008-2009 and Rs 39.21 crore in the year 2009-2010 into apparent legitimate transactions by stay of share subscription, unsecured loans besides other financial years (sic).”According to Advocate Nitish Rana, the ED’s counsel, the directors of Radison Blu Hotel have also been booked as the ‘proceeds of crime travelled to that company’.Stating that there are sufficient records to prove his guilt, the charge sheet has booked Agarwal under sections 120B (punishment for criminal conspiracy), 471 (using a genuine forged document), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and Section 3 of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).The investigation has named 50 witnesses to prove the allegations against Agarwal. One of the witnesses, Pawan Malhotra, the director of KMS Finlease Limited, whose name was mentioned in the charge sheet, ‘verified the role of Agarwal as a mediator for converting the unaccounted black money into purported legitimate transaction’.The charge sheet also names various shell companies operated by the Jain brothers involved in money-laundering.The ED had arrested CA Rajesh Agarwal on March 20 for providing accommodation entries of about Rs 60 lakh to a firm owned by Bharti and her husband. The probe agency suspects the entire racket to be worth about Rs 8,000 crore of slush funds.

UP, MP govts should work out pact of water sharing: Uma Bharti

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The governments of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh should work out a water-sharing agreement to take the Ken-Betwa River Link Project (KBLP) forward, Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said on Thursday.Bharti said in Lok Sabha the KBLP will irrigate an area of 6,35,661 hectares annually in three districts of Madhya Pradesh and four districts of Uttar Pradesh. In addition, the project will provide 49 million cubic metres of water for enroute drinking water supply to a population of 13.42 lakh in UP and MP. The project will also generate 78 MW power, she said during Question Hour.The status of the project was reviewed at a high level meeting on July 4 with top officials of both the state governments where the MP government proposed that the Kotha barrage, Bina complex and Lower Orr Dam be included in the project.While the Lower Orr project is under examination of the Central Water Commission, the Detailed Project Report of Bina Complex is under appraisal of the CWC and the DPR of Kotha barrage has been submitted to the CWC.”This would also affect the initial allocation of water between the two states as per the 2005 agreement. It was therefore decided that both the state governments should work out an agreement on mutual water sharing to take KBLP forward.”The implementation of KBLP would be taken up once the two states have reached an agreement on water sharing,” she said. Bharti also said the Centre was ready to take up similar river linking projects in other parts of the country.

UP, MP govts should work out pact of water sharing: Uma

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The governments of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh should work out a water-sharing agreement to take the Ken-Betwa River Link Project (KBLP) forward, Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said today. Bharti said in Lok Sabha the KBLP will irrigate an area of 6,35,661 hactres annually in three districts of Madhya Pradesh and four districts of Uttar Pradesh. In addition, the project will provide 49 million cubic metres of water for enroute drinking water supply to a population of 13.42 lakh in UP and MP. The project will also generate 78 MW power, she said during Question Hour. The status of the project was reviewed at a high level meeting on July 4 with top officials of both the state governments where the MP government proposed that the Kotha barrage, Bina complex and Lower Orr Dam be included in the project. While the Lower Orr project is under examination of the Central Water Commission, the Detailed Project Report of Bina Complex is under appraisal of the CWC and the DPR of Kotha barrage has been submitted to the CWC. “This would also affect the initial allocation of water between the two states as per the 2005 agreement. It was therefore decided that both the state governments should work out an agreement on mutual water sharing to take KBLP forward. “The implementation of KBLP would be taken up once the two states have reached an agreement on water sharing,” she said. Bharti said the Centre was ready to take up similar river linking projects in other parts of the country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No interim relief from Delhi HC for Narottam Mishra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Disqualified Madhya Pradesh minister Narottam Mishra’s last hope to vote in tomorrow’s presidential election was today dashed by the Delhi High Court, which refused to grant him any interim relief. A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Pratibha M Singh said there was no urgency for hearing Mishra’s appeal challenging a single judge decision upholding his disqualification, and said it would be heard by a regular bench later. The court also dismissed his application for an interim stay of the single judge order of July 14, upholding the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) June 23 decision disqualifying him on the charges of paid news. The single judge bench had said that as per the provisions of the Representation of the People Act, the disqualification of a candidate has to be from the date of the order. “What effect it may or may not have on a subsequent election is not what has to be taken into account,” it added. The observation was made with regard to the argument put forward on behalf of Mishra that the June 23 order of the ECI disqualifying him pertained to earlier an election of 2008 and that his subsequent tenure from 2013 would remain unaffected. The judge had also disagreed with the BJP leader’s claim that merely because he was aware of the paid news articles and did not disallow or deny the same, the poll panel could not have held that there was “implied authorisation” by him. “The Election Commission holding that there was an implied authorisation by the petitioner (Mishra) to publish these news items was thus a fair finding,” the judge said in her 36-page verdict. The court had further said that a candidate has to rebut the allegation that neither he nor his agent had incurred any such expenditure on paid news. The matter reached the Delhi High Court after the apex court on July 12, transferred the matter to it to be decided expeditiously before the July 17 presidential polls. Pursuant to the apex court’s decision, the high court had the same day constituted a special single-judge bench which heard the matter on July 13 and reserved its verdict. The ECI’s order had held him guilty of filing wrong accounts of election expense relating to articles and advertorials in the media during the 2008 assembly polls. The ECI order had come on a complaint by Congress leader Rajendra Bharti, who had contested the polls against Mishra in the 2008 assembly elections. Mishra had contested the ECI decision on the grounds of delay in proceedings and that no evidence showed he had authorised paid news articles. He had also contended that the disqualification order would not affect his current tenure, after he won the 2013 assembly polls, as the ECI decision came on a complaint with regard to the elections of 2008. While disqualifying Mishra from contesting elections for three years, the poll panel had used some strong words against paid news, calling it a “cancerous menace” that is assuming “alarming proportions” in the electoral landscape. His election from Datia assembly constituency also stands void. A full bench of the Election Commission, comprising then Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi and Election Commissioners A K Jyoti (now CEC) and O P Rawat, had in its June order indicted Mishra and unseated him under various sections of the Representation of the People Act (RPA). Mishra, who won from Datia assembly constituency, was the minister for water resources and public relations and the chief spokesperson of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government. Bharti, the main complainant in the case, had first sent a complaint to the EC about eight years back in 2009. The poll panel order had said that all the 42 news items that had appeared in five Hindi dailies were “extremely biased in favour of” Mishra. It had said that its findings had also strengthened the conclusion that he had “knowingly participated or took advantage of the expenditure on such advertisements” that had appeared as news in the publication.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Misunderstandings about GST are being spread: Jaitley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a very simple tax and several misunderstandings are being spread about this new taxation system, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today. “GST is a very simple tax and those who follow the law will not be called to the office for assessment. For them, everything, including the return and the assessment orders will be made online,” Jaitley said here today. But, the minister made it clear that who tried to be “over clever” and tried to “circumvent the law” will face the music. The union minister was addressing a rally after laying foundation stone for new office of the BJP near Gill road grain market here today. Just as strong rumours and misconceptions were spread when mobile phones were introduced in the market, several misunderstandings are being created about the GST, he added. He further said Jammu and Kashmir has also accepted the GST in the financial interests of the state. On terrorism, Jaitley said that the BJP was the only party that openly condemned the terrorism, while there were some parties who did not mind using objectionable words against the Army that was fighting a battle on the front for security of the country. “Whatever our ideologies may be, we must be together in fighting for the unity and integrity of the country,” said the minister. Earlier, he addressed a function in the Sat Pal Mittal School organised by the Bharti Foundation for its ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’. There he also met a joint delegation of Bharti Kisan Union (Rahnewale) and BKU (Lakhowal). Farmers’ outfits were demanding roll back of GST on agriculture inputs and machinery.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ED grills Misa’s husband for 8 hours in money laundering case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RJD MP Misa Bharti’s husband Shailesh Kumar was today grilled for over eight hours by sleuths of Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a Rs 8,000-crore money laundering case, officials said. Bharti, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter, had appeared before the central probe agency yesterday and was grilled for about eight hours. Kumar, who was summoned today after he skipped the first date on Monday, was confronted with the documents seized by the ED in the case and the statements given by his wife in relation to their finances and business transactions, officials said on the condition of anonymity. His statement was recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). He remained in the ED office for questioning for over eight hours. Kumar, like his wife, was questioned about his role in a firm, M/s Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited, his other finances and his links with a chartered accountant arrested by the agency earlier in the case, they said. The ED had on July 8 conducted searches at three Delhi farmhouses of Bharti, Kumar and the firm. The raids had come a day after the CBI had raided multiple premises of Prasad and his family in a corruption case probe. The latest summons to Bharti and her husband are related to a Rs 8,000 crore money laundering probe being conducted by the agency against two Delhi-based businessmen brothers, Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain, and others who are alleged to have laundered several crore rupees using over 90 shell companies. The Jain brothers were arrested by the ED earlier under PMLA. One of the firms that the arrested duo dealt with was M/s Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited. Bharti and her husband are alleged to have been directors of this firm in the past. According to ED officials, it was detected that 1,20,000 shares of M/s Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited were bought during 2007-08 at a rate of Rs 100 per share by four shell companies — M/s Shalini Holdings Limited, M/s Ad- Fin Capital Services (India) Pvt. Ltd, M/s Mani Mala Delhi Properties Pvt. Ltd. and M/s Diamond Vinimay Pvt. Ltd. These 1,20,000 shares, they said, were allegedly bought back by Bharti at Rs 10 per share. The ED had also arrested Rajesh Agarwal, a chartered accountant allegedly linked to Bharti, who provided accommodation entries (black funds) of about Rs 60 lakh to M/s Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited. The searches, officials said, are part of investigations to unravel these links which allegedly routed black money using the shell companies in question. Shell companies are firms set up with nominal paid up capital, high reserves and surplus on account of receipt of high share premium, investment in unlisted companies and no dividend income or high amount of cash-in-hand. The ED is the third agency probing alleged financial irregularities by the Lalu Prasad family after the CBI and the Income Tax department which recently attached benami assets worth about Rs 180 crore (market value) in its investigation against them.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lalu’s son-in law to appear before ED in money laundering case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son in law Shailesh Kumar will be appearing before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday in the alleged Rs. 8,000 crore money laundering case. Earlier on Monday, Shailesh had skipped the summon by the ED. Meanwhile, his wife and Lalu Yadav?s daughter Misa Bharti was yesterday grilled for 8 hours in the case. She was reportedly asked to bring along certain documents, including those related to her personal finances. On Saturday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had raided three Delhi premises of Bharti, Shailesh and a firm allegedly linked to them in the money laundering probe involving shell companies. The ED is the third central probing body investigating the alleged financial irregularities by Lalu Yadav’s family after the CBI and the Income Tax department, which recently attached Benami assets worth about 180 crore rupees. Earlier this week, the CBI registered a corruption case against Lalu Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi, son Tejaswi Yadav; former Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Managing Director P.K. Goyal; and the wife of Lalu’s confidante Prem Chand Gupta, Sujata on allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006. Following this, clouds of uncertainty have been hovering over the RJD’s alliance with the Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)). The Congress, however, has been extending full support to the RJD.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC refuses to stay EC order disqualifying Narottam Mishra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madhya Pradesh High Court today refused to stay an Election Commission’s order divesting state minister and BJP leader Narottam Mishra of the assembly membership. A division bench of Chief Justice Hemant Gupta refused to give interim relief to Mishra and adjourned hearing on his plea against the poll panel’s last month order. The bench also adjourned the hearing on a plea filed by journalist Surendra Dubey on a related issue too. The Election Commission unseated Datia MLA Mishra last month for three years for filing wrong accounts of election expenses in the 2008 assembly elections. The Election Commission had disqualified Mishra from being the member of the state assembly on a compliant by Congress leader Rajendra Bharti, who had lost the 2008 assembly election to Mishra. Chief Justice Gupta today deferred the hearing on two petitions for two weeks after senior lawyer Vivek Tankha sought adjournment of hearing on them, saying that his client Bharti, who is party to both the petitions, has moved the Supreme Court seeking transfer of both of the pleas to the apex court. Mishra’s lawyer sought a stay on the June 23 Election Commission order, saying the BJP leader wanted to cast his vote in the July 17 presidential election. The court, however, simply adjourned the hearing, Tankha said. “My client (Bharti) has petitioned the Supreme Court that the two petitions before the high court should be heard by the apex court,” said Tankha, a former advocate general of Madhya Pradesh. On July 6, Mishra’s petition against the EC’s order was transferred to the principal bench of the MP High Court at Jabalpur from the Gwalior bench, and was clubbed with Dubey’s PIL. The PIL demands that following the EC’s action, the Datia seat represented by Mishra in the assembly should be declared as vacant. “Unhappy with the transfer of writ petition from Gwalior to Jabalpur, my client (Bharti) moved the apex court,” advocate Tankha told reporters.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Misa Bharti grilled for 8 hours by ED in money laundering case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RJD MP Misa Bharti was today grilled for nearly eight hours by Enforcement Directorate (ED) sleuths in connection with the agency’s probe into a Rs 8,000- crore money laundering case, officials said. Bharti, the daughter of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, deposed before the investigating officer (IO) of the case at the central probe agency’s zonal office here shortly after 11 am. The officials said her statement was also recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). They said Bharti was questioned about her role in relation to a firm, M/s Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited, and her other finances and her links with a Chattered Accountant arrested by the agency earlier. The ED had on July 8 conducted searches at three Delhi farmhouses of Bharti, her husband Shailesh Kumar and the firm. Her husband Shailesh Kumar was also summoned yesterday but he reportedly skipped the date. The ED raids on July 8 had come a day after the CBI had raided multiple premises of Prasad and his family in a corruption case probe. The latest summons to Bharti and her husband are related to a Rs 8,000 crore money laundering probe being conducted by the agency against two Delhi-based businessmen brothers, Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain, and others who are alleged to have laundered several crore rupees using over 90 shell companies. The Jain brothers were arrested by the ED earlier under the PMLA. One of the firms that the arrested duo dealt with was Ms Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited. Bharti and her husband are alleged to have been directors of this firm in the past. The agency said it was detected that 1,20,000 shares of M/s Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited were bought during 2007-08 at a rate of Rs 100 per share by four shell companies — M/s Shalini Holdings Limited, M/s Ad-Fin Capital Services (India) Pvt. Ltd, M/s Mani Mala Delhi Properties Pvt. Ltd., and M/s Diamond Vinimay Pvt. Ltd. These 1,20,000 shares, it said, were allegedly bought back by Bharti at Rs 10 per share. The ED had also arrested Rajesh Agarwal, a Chartered Accountant allegedly linked to Bharti, who provided accommodation entries (black funds) of about Rs 60 lakh to M/s Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited. The searches, they had said, are part of investigations to unravel these links which allegedly routed black money using the shell companies in question. Shell companies are firms set up with nominal paid up capital, high reserves, and surplus on account of receipt of high share premium, investment in unlisted companies and no dividend income or high amount of cash-in-hand. The ED is the third agency probing alleged financial irregularities by the Lalu Prasad family after the CBI and the Income Tax department which recently attached benami assets worth about Rs 180 crore (market value) in its investigation against them.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ED to question Misa Bharti on money laundering of Rs.8 K crores

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Member of Parliament Misa Bharti has been asked to appear before Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials alongwith her husband Shailesh Kumar in connection with the alleged money laundering of Rs.8,000 crores. Bharti, the eldest daughter of RJD chief Lalu Yadav, will depose before an ED investigating officer here today. She has reportedly been asked to bring along certain documents, including those related to her personal finances. On Saturday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had raided three Delhi premises of Bharti, Shailesh and a firm allegedly linked to them in the money laundering probe involving shell companies. The ED is the third central probing body investigating alleged financial irregularities by Lalu Prasad’s family after the CBI and the Income Tax department, which recently attached benami assets worth about 180 crore rupees. (ANI with inputs) Ends AD NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress questions raids against opposition leaders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It seemed as if only the BJP and its coalition partners were clean and all others tainted, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said today, questioning CBI and ED raids against opposition leaders. Sibal deflected a question on the investigating agency raiding RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family, saying he did not have the details. “As far as raids and allegations are concerned, I can’t say till I have complete information about them. But I want to ask one small question from this government,” the former union minister said, a day after the searches. Raids carried out by investigative agencies like CBI and ED have only targeted opposition leaders and governments in the country and never any government or party from the ruling party, he told reporters. “There are many opposition leaders and opposition governments in India and there is not a single such state and leader where the CBI has not raided and the ED not sent its notices. Where ever there are ruling party governments, be it at the Centre or states, the CBI has not raided anywhere. “So it seems the BJP people and their coalition partners only are clean and we all are tainted. We will feel good if the government gives an answer to this question.” After CBI raids against Lalu Yadav across four cities in a corruption case in which his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi are among the accused, ED today conducted raids at three Delhi farmhouses of Misa Bharti, RJD MP and Lalu’s daughter, her husband and a firm linked to them, in a money laundering case probe. The case against Lalu Yadav relates to alleged manipulation in award of contract for maintenance of two hotels run by a subsidiary of the Indian Railways — IRCTC — when the RJD chief was railway minister in the UPA government.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Centre has duty to expose political scams to maintain transparency Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) turning the heat on Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Congress on Saturday said that if any political party is accused of any scam, it is the duty of the Central Government to expose all the evidence in front of the public to maintain transparency in the system. ?Be it Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Electoral Department (ED) or Income Tax department, they are government agencies and it?s their duty to investigate a case. They have every right to investigate or raid an area. If any political party is under speculations then it is the duty of the Central Government to put forward every possible evidence so that the public also sees the transparency in the system,? Congress leader P. L. Punia told ANI. He added that if anybody is found guilty in any such cases then there is a judicial process for that and the culprit must be punished accordingly. ?When it comes to law and order, we are no one to interfere. But from the last three years we have seen that the Central Government is trying to use the CBI to accomplish their political agenda over the Opposition,? he asserted. Yesterday, Lalu held Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah responsible for the raids conducted by the CBI at 12 locations across Patna, Delhi, Gurgaon. Lalu said that he would eradicate the BJP for interfering in the grand alliance of his party with the Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)), adding he would do everything to break the arrogance of Prime Minister Modi. “With illogical statements, the BJP Government is trying to destroy the alliance of the RJD and the JD(U). We will eradicate the saffron party as they are trying to interfere in our alliance. Listen Modi and Amit Shah, I and the public will break your arrogance even if I have to get hanged for that,” Yadav told media here. “I have made you (Prime Minster Modi) walk away from Bihar and you are trying to create disturbances in our alliance. I will break your arrogance,” he added. He added that there was no reason to involve Rabri Devi and Tejaswi Yadav in the investigation as his wife is “not even a public servant.” The CBI, earlier, registered a corruption case against Lalu; Rabri Devi; Tejaswi Yadav; former Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Managing Director P.K. Goyal; and the wife of Lalu’s confidante Prem Chand Gupta, Sujata on allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006. The CBI later questioned Lalu Prasad Yadav’s wife and former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi and his son and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav. The case was registered on the allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of Hotels at Ranchi and Puri to a Private Company dealing with Hotels in the year 2006. The investigative agency also conducted searches at 12 locations across Patna, Delhi, Gurgaon and other places. The RJD chief, however, brushed aside the allegation and tore into the BJP, saying that it was a political conspiracy against him. Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate today conducted raids on Lalu Prasad Yadav?s daughter, Misa Bharti?s residence in Delhi, in connection with an ongoing money laundering case. The raids are underway at three locations, including her residence in Sainik Farm. Misa Bharti and her husband Shailash Kumar are involved in an alleged Benami land deals case and were called for questioning by tax officials in June. The I-T department attached a total of 12 plots of Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and ex chief minister Rabri Devi, and sisters Ragini and Chanda Yadav. One farmhouse in Delhi and one bungalow in New Friends Colony, Delhi are also attached. The market value of the total attached property is worth Rs. 175 crore, whereas the book value of the attached property is Rs. 9.32 crore. The I-T department had earlier seized Benami properties of Misa Bharti, Shailesh Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav. Two summons to Misa were also issued, but after she failed to appear, the I-T department proceeded to seize the properties which were raided in May. On June 13, the I-T Department summoned Shailesh Kumar, in connection with the benami assets and tax evasion case registered against him. On June 7, the I-T department slapped a fine of Rs. 10,000 against Shailesh on account of not appearing for interrogation. Earlier, Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh were summoned by the I-T department in connection with a ‘benami’ assets case. The summons were issued days after the arrest of Bharti’s Chartered Accountant (CA) Rakesh Agrawal, in connection with an Enforcement Directorate probe into a Rs. 8,000 crore money laundering racket, involving two Delhi-based businessmen and a few political entities. Agrawal was arrested under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for allegedly being instrumental in providing accommodation entries (illegal funds) to launder the money of businessmen brothers – Virendra Jain and Surendra Jain. The I-T department in its summons reportedly said it wishes to question Misa and her husband on transactions conducted by M/s Mishail Packers and Printers Private Limited. The I-T department had conducted raids and surveys at about 22 locations in Delhi and adjoining areas in connection with alleged benami deals of Rs. 1,000 crore by Lalu’s family.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ED raids premises of Lalu’s daughter, her husband in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate today conducted raids at three Delhi farmhouses of Misa Bharti, RJD MP and daughter of party chief Lalu Prasad, her husband and a firm linked to them, in a money laundering case probe. Sleuths of the central probe agency swooped on the farmhouses in Ghitorni, Bijwasan and Sainik Farms areas here early morning. The farmhouses are linked to Bharti, her husband Shailesh Kumar and M/s Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited. Two more premises are under the scanner of the agency and can be searched later, an ED official said. The searches are connected to a money laundering probe being conducted by the agency against two brothers, Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain, and others who are alleged to have laundered several crore rupees using shell companies. The Jain brothers were arrested by the ED under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). One of the firms that the arrested duo dealt with was M/s Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited. Bharti and her husband are alleged to have been directors of this firm in the past. The agency said it was detected that 1,20,000 shares of M/s Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited were bought during 2007-08 at a rate of Rs 100 per share by four shell companies — M/s Shalini Holdings Limited, M/s Ad-Fin Capital Services (India) Pvt. Ltd, M/s Mani Mala Delhi Properties Pvt. Ltd., and M/s Diamond Vinimay Pvt. Ltd. These 1,20,000 shares, it said, were bought back by Bharti at Rs 10 per share. The ED had also arrested Rajesh Agarwal, a Chartered Accountant allegedly linked to Bharti, who provided accommodation entries (black funds) of about Rs 60 lakh to M/s Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited. The firm, it said, was registered at 25, Tughlaq Road here till the shares were bought back by Bharti. In 2009-10, the address was changed to Bijwasan, it added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cops book three AAP MLAs for molestation, party cries foul

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another blow to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) the Delhi police on Thursday registered an FIR against three of its legislators for allegedly molesting and abusing a woman in the Delhi Assembly premises last week.In her complaint, Simran Kaur Bedi, a party volunteer from Rajouri Garden, alleged that AAP MLAs Somnath Bharti, Amanatullah Khan and Jarnail Singh shoved, thrashed and abused her at the Vidhan Sabha premises on June 28.”I wanted to attend the proceeding of the house but could not get the pass for the visitor’s gallery. So, I was standing outside the building when Jarnail Singh came towards me shouting ‘she is the one who slapped Sanjay bhaiya’. Both Khan and Bharti were with him. They dragged me into a room where they shoved, kicked and abused me,” Bedi said in her complaint registered on June 29.Earlier in April, Bedi had slapped senior party leader Sanjay Singh while he was campaigning in Rajouri Garden for Delhi civic polls. “I had to take that extreme step to raise the issue of the corruption in poll ticket distribution in AAP,” she said.The legislators, however, dismissed the charges saying the woman has made the allegations on behest of the BJP and ousted AAP MLA Kapil Mishra. “The woman entered the Vidhan Sabha both days without any authorisation. Her entry was facilitated by BJP leader Vijender Gupta and Kapil Mishra. What else can you expect from them,” party Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan said while speaking to DNA.Senior party leader Sanjay Singh also termed the development a “political vendetta”. “This is a political vendetta by the BJP-led central government. We are surprised as to how come they have arrested only 15 of our legislators as of now,” he said.Taking a jibe at the Delhi police, AAP Delhi spokesperson and MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj said, “Delhi police’s record is very poor when it comes to cases against AAP MLAs. They have been repeatedly slammed by the courts for not having any evidence against us.”Fifteen AAP MLAs have been booked by the Delhi Police till now on various charges and 13 have been arrested. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was also named in an FIR registered by the Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) in connection with alleged “irregularities” in the functioning of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) in September 2016.Previous cases against these MLAsAmanatullah Khan: He was arrested in September last year in connection with a sexual harassment case filed against him by his sister-in-law. Prior to that, he was arrested on charges of threatening a woman with rape and murder.Somnath Bharti: He was arrested in September 2015 on charges of dowry and domestic violence. He was again arrested in September 2016 on charges of assaulting a public servant.Jarnail Singh: He was charge-sheeted by the Delhi police for allegedly assaulting a South Delhi Municipal Corporation junior engineer in January this year.AAP MLAS Facing ChargesFifteen AAP MLAs have been booked by the Delhi Police till now on various charges and 13 have been arrested.These include: Somnath Bharti, Amantullah Khan, Jitender Tomar, Prakash Jarwal, Dinesh Mohaniya, Commando Surinder Singh, Akhilesh Kumar, Jagdeep Singh, Mahindra Yadav, Sandeep Kumar, Naresh Yadav, Gulab Singh, Manoj Kumar and Sharad Cahuhan.

Three AAP MLAs accused of manhandling woman, party brushes off complaint

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The AAP said the woman who had accused three party MLAs of manhandling and abusing her in the assembly was a “habitual offender” and had filed similar cases against some other people.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) fielded its woman legislators to defend the party MLAs. The party denied any wrongdoing by its lawmakers.In her complaint, the woman has accused Oklha AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan, Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti and Tilak Nagar MLA Jarnail Singh of abusing and thrashing her in the state assembly premises on June 28, the police said. Delhi Police have registered a case against the three MLAs.AAP leader Sanjay Singh, however, called the development “vendetta politics”. “This is vendetta politics by the Centre. We are surprised that the police has arrested only 15 of our MLAs (since coming to power),” he said at a press conference here.AAP Delhi unit spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said the record of Delhi Police was “very poor” when it came to cases against AAP MLAs.”The force always faces flak by the judiciary whenever they take such cases to court,” he said. Bhavana Gaur, the president of AAP’s women wing, and AAP MLA Alka Lamba claimed that the complainant had earlier made similar accusations against other people.”The complainant had slapped an AAP leader a few months ago. She had filed similar complaints against her landlord, his sons and another person who had lent her some money,” Gaur said.The woman’s husband, however, said the case being referred to by the AAP leaders did not pertain to her landlord, but was a property dispute with a dealer. This is a civil matter and the case is sub-judice, he added.Gaur claimed that the entry of the woman into the assembly was facilitated by Vijender Gupta, Leader of the Opposition in the assembly, while she made an entry into the assembly premises the next day as the driver of suspended AAP MLA Kapil Mishra.Calling the “attack” on the complainant “anti-woman”, Gupta said his office had facilitated her entry, but it was restricted only to his office and not to the House.He also questioned why Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal was “silent” on the issueDelhi Police have registered a case against three Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs for allegedly manhandling and abusing a woman in the state assembly premises. The AAP called the FIR as an act of “vendetta politics”.The three MLAs are Amanatullah Khan (of Okhla), Somnath Bharti (Malviya Nagar) and Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar), said Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Jatin Narwal.They have been accused of assaulting a woman with “an intent to outrage her modesty and using words or gestures to hurt a woman”, the police said. The incident happened on June 28 and after the woman recorded her statement on June 29, the police sought legal opinion on the matter, sources said. In her statement, the complainant accused the three MLAs of roughing her up and abusing her. “I had gone to see the proceedings of the House, but could not get a pass for the Visitor’s Gallery. While I was standing outside the building, some men, including Khan and Singh, who were a part of a scuffle that was taking place there, came towards me,” she claimed in her complaint.She said they pushed her and shoved her. She was later taken to a room where she was assaulted, threatened and beaten up by Singh and Khan, she said. The duo was later joined by Bharti who abused her, she claimed.The police said they were scanning CCTV footage from the area to establish the sequence of events.The AAP dispensation, in its tenure of a little over two years, has had an uneasy relationship with the police, with 15 of its MLAs being arrested for charges ranging from rioting, outraging the modesty of woman and sexual harassment to criminal intimidation and assault.Bharti, who has been named in the FIR, called it a “transgression of the rights of a legislator”.”This FIR is also wholly unconstitutional, in addition to being completely void of merit,” he posted on Twitter.Bharti also alleged that the complainant was brought in the assembly premises by the leader of the opposition in the legislative assembly, Vijender Gupta.Calling the “attack” on the complainant “anti-woman”, Gupta said his office had facilitated her entry, but it was restricted only to his office and not to the House.AAP leader Sanjay Singh, however, called the development “vendetta politics”.”This is vendetta politics by the Centre. We are surprised that the police has arrested only 15 of our MLAs (since coming to power),” he said at a press conference here.AAP Delhi unit spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said the record of the Delhi Police was “very poor” when it came to cases against AAP MLAs.”The force always faces flak by the judiciary whenever they take such cases to court,” he said.Khan was arrested twice by the Delhi Police last year in two separate cases of molestation and criminal intimidation lodged against him by his sister-in-law and a Jasola resident in September and July respectively.Bharti was arrested for allegedly assaulting and trying to kill his wife Lipika Mitra in 2015. He was arrested in September last year for allegedly inciting a crowd to damage a fence in AIIMS and of misbehaving with the hospital’s security personnel.

PIL seeks ‘further action’ after EC disqualifies Mishra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madhya Pradesh High Court today issued notices to state’s minister Narottam Mishra and Congress leader Rajendra Bharti on a PIL demanding that the seat held by the former in the Legislative Assembly be declared vacant. The Election Commission last month disqualified Mishra, MLA from Datia, for three years on a complaint filed by Bharti. While issuing the notices seeking their response, the division bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and V K Shukla also ordered that Bharti be made a respondent to the PIL, and posted the next hearing to July 11. The state government’s lawyer submitted that the petition should not be treated as a PIL as a writ petition filed by Mishra against the EC’s order is already being heard by the High Court’s Gwalior bench and will come up for further hearing on July 10. The HC, however, rejected this argument. In his PIL, journalist Surendra Dubey has said after the EC disqualified Mishra for three years, further action — declaration that a seat in the Assembly has fallen vacant — should follow. “I asked the court to take further action after the EC’s disqualification of Mishra for three years,” Ajay Raizada, the petitioner’s lawyer, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bihar: Harassed by neighbours, Muslim man and sons convert to Hinduism in Begusarai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 46-year-old Muslim lawyer has converted to Hinduism in Bihar’s Begusarai district after being harassed by a Muslim family, reported Indian Express.Mohammed Anwar, along with his two sons who are 11 and 9, converted to Hinduism, and changed his name to Anand Bharti. He said that his wife would convert later.He said he was being harassed by another family for the last seven months. He said: “Though I have been living in Pokharia, Begusarai, for over 18 years amid 12 Muslim households in a Muslim-dominated area, a Syed family, which thinks itself as contractor of Islam, has been harassing me for last seven months, sometimes by saying that I hardly offer namaz and at times by leaving bones outside my house. I consider myself a humanist. I have given donation for construction of temples… Such things would irritate Muslim neighbours, who often asked why I do not eat beef and put my sons in a madrasa.’’Anand said he converted after 40 Muslims threatened him with consequences if he didn’t follow ‘basic norms of Islam’ on July 2. He said his decision wasn’t forced and he took it out of his own free will. Bajrang Dal’s Begusarai district convener Subham Bhardwaj said that their ‘social service’ had pleased people like Anand.

No immediate relief to Narottam Mishra as HC adjourns hearing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gwalior bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court today adjourned till July 10 the hearing of a petition filed by state minister Narottam Mishra, who has sought a stay on the Election Commission’s order disqualifying him for three years. Lawyers of Mishra as well as Congress leader Rajendra Bharti (on whose complaint the EC took action against Mishra) were not present today. Mishra and Bharti then argued in person. Election Commission’s director (law) Vijay Pandey was also present. Mishra, who has moved the court seeking quashing of EC’s last month’s order, requested Justice Vivek Agrawal to stay the order so he can cast his vote in the presidential election and also attend the state assembly session beginning July 17 as he is the state’s legislative affairs minister. Bharti, who had filed a caveat (a request that court hear him before passing any order in the matter) sought adjournment till July 13 as his lawyers were not present. Giving interim relief to the minister at this stage will amount to giving him a permanent respite, Bharti argued. The court posted the matter for further hearing on July 10. Lawyers Kapil Sibal and Vivek Tankha, representing Bharti, and Mishra’s lawyers Mukul Rohatgi and Dhruv Mehta could not reach the court because of the ongoing strike of lawyers in Gwalior, court sources said. The EC disqualified Mishra on June 23 for filing wrong accounts of election expenditure during the 2008 Assembly polls. Bharti, who had lost to Mishra from Datia, had approached the EC over the issue.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGT refuses to stay tree felling in Aravalli

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday refused to stay the Haryana forest department’s order to fell mesquite trees, in the Aravalli forests, for a construction project of Bharti Land Limited. Instead, it directed the Haryana government and two real estate companies to respond by Tuesday, to the plea filed by ex-army man Lt Gen (retd) Sarvadaman Singh Oberoi. Oberoi’s petition alleges that the Haryana forest department allowed Bharti Land Limited and Ajay Enterprises Pvt Ltd permission to fell trees over 52 acres of deemed forest in Sarai Khawaja, Faridabad, without proper green clearances.The NGT bench, headed by Justice Jawad Rahim, passed the directions and will now hear the matter on Wednesday. During the hearing, appearing for Bharti Land Limited, senior advocate Pinaki Mishra argued that the company possessed all permissions to fell trees and added that it was willing to provide an undertaking to comply with conditions stated in the permissions.Counsel for Haryana government argued that the plea should be dismissed as it was not maintainable. He requested for time to file a detailed response. Environmentalists and activists have cried foul that despite NGT’s notice, thousands of trees were felled last week.According to Oberoi’s petition, Bharti Land Limited in collaboration with Ajay Enterprises sought permission to fell 1,000 trees over 52 acres of land in Sarai Khawaja village, Faridabad. Senior officials of the Haryana forest department such as the Deputy Conservator of Forests, Faridabad and Conservator of Forests, South Circle, Gurgaon, were not in favour of permitting tree felling. They stated that the land involved in the case was part of the Aravalli hills which are ecologically sensitive. Further, they put it on record that the land fell under the category of gair mumkin pahar (uncultivable land) of Aravalli hills, and it will be classified as such till the Supreme Court decided on the ‘definition’ of forests.Despite their opposition, SK Gulati, Additional Chief Secretary of Forests, Haryana Government wrote a letter on April 24 to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests directing him to grant necessary approval for felling of mesquite trees to Bharti Land Ltd. DNA has reviewed letters of all three forest officials.The plea has also requested the Tribunal to direct Haryana government to declare Aravalli hills, including the gair mumkin pahar, a part of the natural conservation zone.

Ayodhya case: Non-Bailable Warrant against Mahant Dharma Das recalled

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special CBI court on Tuesday recalled its non-bailable warrant issued against Mahant Dharma Das, an accused in the Babri mosque demolition case, after he appeared before the court.The court had issued the warrant on June 23 as neither Das appeared before the court to attend the proceedings nor did his lawyer move any application for his exemption from personal appearance.In compliance with the NBW, Das appeared before the court today and moved an application for recalling of the warrant.He pleaded that he could not attend the hearing on June 23 as he was out of station and that his absence was not deliberate and intentional.Judge S K Yadav then recalled the NBW.There are as many as 34 accused persons in the case being tried for committing conspiracy to demolish the shrine at Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.The court has granted exemption from appearance to BJP veterans L K Advani and M M Joshi and Union minister Uma Bharti. But they would have to appear before the court as and when the court would ask them for the same.Meanwhile, the CBI produced a witness, Gyan Chand Jaiswal, who recorded his statement and was also cross- examined.The hearing would continue on Wednesday as the court is conducting day-to-day trail in case on the direction of the Supreme Court.

Police, BMC ranks, Mumbai’s elite take part in Seaside Yoga

Chief guest CM Devendra Fadnavis attended the event along with Union Railway Minster Suresh Prabhu, Member of Parliament Poonam Mahajan, Police Commissioner Dattatray Padsalgikar, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, and Joint Commissioner Deven Bharti. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To celebrate World Yoga Day on June 21, Mumbai Police along with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), and Spandan Art and Studio Platform organised a yoga event at Bandra Reclamation promenade.MLA Ashish Shelar began the initiative to mark the 3rd World Yoga day. Chief guest CM Devendra Fadnavis attended the event along with Union Railway Minster Suresh Prabhu, Member of Parliament Poonam Mahajan, Police Commissioner Dattatray Padsalgikar, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, and Joint Commissioner Deven Bharti. Actor Kirti Kulhari of Pink fame and yoga expert Sunaina Rekhi also attended the event. Policemen and BMC staff turned up at the initiative in huge numbers. During the event, CM Fadanavis explained the meaning of yoga and discussed some health tips with the crowd. He also congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making World Yoga Day a success across 176 nations.Shelar thanked the sponsors and all the dignitaries present for attending the event and making it a success.

AAP leaders meet Lt Governor Anil Baijal over party office issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and Somnath Bharti met L-G Anil Baijal on Tuesday to discuss various issues. While Singh and Ashutosh put forth their demand to allow the party to continue using its office at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, Bharti sought Baijal’s help over the deteriorating law and order issue in his constituency.”We met the L-G and requested him that AAP should be allowed to use its office and the fine imposed on us should be revoked,” Singh said. Following AAP’s demand, the L-G asked them to submit their demands regarding the party office ‘in written’.On June 15, the Public Works Department (PWD) imposed a fine of Rs 27 lakh on AAP citing unauthorised occupation of the party office at the erstwhile Rouse Avenue, which was later renamed Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg. The party had denied the charge.Earlier in April, the three-member Shunglu Committee questioned the Delhi Cabinet’s decision to allow the government-owned bungalow to AAP for its official use, following which Baijal had cancelled the allotment. On April 12, the PWD had issued a notice to AAP’s chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asking him to immediately vacate the bungalow.Later in the day, Bharti, along with a delegation of business people and residents of his constituency Malviya Nagar, met Baijal and expressed his concern on the issue of the deteriorating law and order situation in his locality.”The L-G assured the delegation of all possible help and issued relevant instructions to the concerned officers. He also expressed satisfaction that the aggrieved came themselves to put their grievances before him,” Bharti said.Meanwhile, sacked AAP leader Kapil Mishra also met L-G. Post L-G’s meeting with Mishra, Ashutosh tweeted, “LG is like a guardian of the government. How can a guardian do this?”

AAP leaders meet LG over eviction notice to party office

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A delegation of AAP leaders today met Lt Governor Anil Baijal alleging that the party was being “singled out” and made to pay fine for “unauthorised occupation” of office premises on Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg here. AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh met Baijal at Raj Niwas and said the party was slapped with a fine for ‘illegal’ occupation of office premises by the Public Works Department (PWD), despite having 66 MLAs in the 70-numbered Delhi Assembly. The BJP has only four MLAs in the Assembly, yet it has “seven offices”, while the Congress has zero legislators but the party occupies “four offices”, they told Baijal. “There is no logic to this if AAP is being singled out when it has 66 MLAs in Delhi Assembly,” they said. The PWD had cited unauthorised occupation of the bungalow on the Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Marg by AAP as its office, and slapped a fine of Rs 27 lakh on it. The decision for allotment of the bungalow to AAP by the party-ruled government in Delhi was flagged by the Shunglu Committee. In November 2015, the AAP government had approved a policy for land allotment to state parties. The Kejriwal government then alloted a bungalow to the AAP on Rouse Avenue the following year. The bungalow was earlier alloted to Asim Ahmed Khan, who was later sacked from the Delhi Cabinet over graft charges. Present Lt Governor had in April this year cancelled the allotment. A notice was issued by the PWD after this to AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for vacating the premises. Another senior AAP leader and Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti also met the Lt Governor, seeking his intervention in the “deteriorating” law and order situation in his constituency. A delegation of businessmen and local residents of Malviya Nagar accompanied Bharti.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Unbiased’ Centre has proof against Lalu Ravi Shankar Prasad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After the Income Tax department released a list of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s relatives? seized Benami properties, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday asserted tha the Centre was not being biased as it has proof. Speaking to reporters here, Prasad said, ?Just one question to Lalu – be it Patna?s property, Delhi?s house or Sainik Farm, confirm it to us that these properties do not belong to him. And if all this belongs to his family then he should open up and say the sources that he is receiving it from?. Prasad further stated that the government is not being biased, as the Centre has proof. ?The government is not being biased in this issue as we have proof. If the property has been achieved through illegal means then Lalu should tell us rather than remaining silent,? Prasad added. Meanwhile, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashvi Yadav rejected any wrongdoing by his family and stressed that rumours being spread are part of a political conspiracy and vendetta. “First it was reported that Misa Bharti was fined Rs 10,000 as penalty by the IT department. Then it was reported that Bharti was again penalised Rs. 20,000. I fail to understand what type of news is being reported in the media. If any news channel or newspaper has some proof, then they must show the said notices, or else those organisations should tender apology who had reported ‘false’ news,” said Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister. Lalu’s son further said they were ready to explain their side to the appropriate authority, but wanted to know who the real authority is. Earlier in the day, the Income Tax department attached a total of 12 plots of Lalu?s daughter Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and ex chief minister Rabri Devi, and sisters Ragini and Chanda Yadav. One farmhouse in Delhi and one bungalow in New Friends Colony are also attached. The market value of the total attached property is worth Rs. 175 crore, whereas the book value of the attached property is Rs. 9.32 crore. The I-T department had earlier seized Benami properties of Misa Bharti, Shailesh Kumar and Tejaswi Yadav. Two summons to Misa were also issued, but after she failed to appear, the I-T department proceeded to seize the properties which were raided in May. On June 13, the I-T Department summoned Shailesh Kumar, in connection with the benami assets and tax evasion case registered against him. On June 7, the I-T department slapped a fine of Rs. 10,000 against Shailesh on account of not appearing for interrogation. Earlier, Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh were summoned by the I-T department in connection with a ‘benami’ assets case. The summons were issued days after the arrest of Bharti’s Chartered Accountant (CA) Rakesh Agrawal, in connection with an Enforcement Directorate probe into a Rs. 8,000 crore money laundering racket, involving two Delhi-based businessmen and a few political entities. Agrawal was arrested under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for allegedly being instrumental in providing accommodation entries (illegal funds) to launder the money of businessmen brothers – Virendra Jain and Surendra Jain. The I-T department in its summons reportedly said it wishes to question Misa and her husband on transactions conducted by M/s Mishail Packers and Printers Private Limited. The I-T department had conducted raids and surveys at about 22 locations in Delhi and adjoining areas in connection with alleged benami deals of Rs 1,000 crore by Lalu’s family.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tejashvi claims ?political vendetta? after IT releases Yadavs? benami list

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After coming under the Income Tax radar, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashvi Yadav on Tuesday rejected any wrongdoing by his family and stressed that rumours being spread are part of a political conspiracy and vendetta. Yadav made the statement after the income tax department on Tuesday released a list of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s relatives’ seized Benami properties. Tejashvi Yadav is son of the RJD chief. Without naming Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi, Yadav said that ?an insignificant person levels false allegations against our family to malign us and you (media) seek clarification, then why should we react?. In the recent past, Modi has levelled a slew of corruption charges against Lalu Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi, daughter Misa Bharti and others. ?First it was reported that Misa Bharti was fined Rs 10,000 as penalty by the IT department. Then it was reported that Bharti was again penalised Rs. 20,000. I fail to understand what type of news is being reported in the media. If any news channel or newspaper has some proof, then they must show the said notices, or else those organisations should tender apology who had reported ?false? news,? said Bihar?s Deputy Chief Minister. Lalu?s son further said they were ready to explain their side to the appropriate authority, but wanted to know who the real authority is. Meanwhile, Sushil Kumar Modi has alleged that former chief minister Rabri Devi owns more than 18 flats and 18 parking spaces in Patna. ?The land on which the complex has been built was bought by Rabri Devi when she was the Railway Minister. For all those whom she provided jobs, higher education and other needs, she (Rabri) had taken a bribe and bought this land which is worth more than Rs. 18 crores. She owns more than 18 flats and 18 parking spaces in Patna alone. There is also another area which is under the name ?Sherya Construction? it was bought in 2011 and another complex which is on ?Ranjan Path- which consist of 10 flats in the name Marachhiya Devi (mother of Lalu),? he told ANI. Ends HB/MP/AD NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Here is list of Lalu Yadav’s relatives’ Benami properties seized by IT Dept.

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Income Tax department on Tuesday released a list of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s relatives? Benami properties seized by it. The Income Tax department attached a total of 12 plots of Lalu?s daughter Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and ex chief minister Rabri Devi, and sisters Ragini and Chanda Yadav. One farmhouse in Delhi and one bungalow in New Friends Colony are also attached. The market value of the total attached property is worth Rs. 175 crore, whereas the book value of the attached property is Rs. 9.32 crore. Following are the details of the attached property: 1. Farm no: 26, Palam Farms, Bijvasan, Delhi. Benamidars: Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt. Ltd. Beneficiary: Misa Bharti and Shailesh Kumar Book Value: Rs. 1.4 cr Market Value: Rs. 40 cr 2. 1088, New Friends Colony Benamidars: AB Exports Pvt. Ltd. Beneficiary: Tejaswi Yadav, Chanda and Ragini Yadav Book Value: Rs. 5 cr Market Value: Rs. 40 cr 3. Nine plots in Jalapur, PS Danapur, Patna Benamidars: Delight Marketing Pvt. Ltd. Beneficiary: Rabri Devi, Tejaswi Yadav Book Value: Rs. 1.9 cr Market Value: Rs. 65 cr 4. Three Plots in Jalapur, PS Danapur, Patna Benamidars: AK Infosystems Beneficiary: Rabri Devi, Tejaswi Yadav Book Value: Rs. 1.6 cr Market Value: Rs. 20 cr The I-T department had earlier seized Benami properties of Misa Bharti, Shailesh Kumar and Tejaswi Yadav. Two summons to Misa were also issued, but after she failed to appear, the I-T department proceeded to seize the properties which were raided in May. On June 13, the I-T Department summoned Shailesh Kumar, in connection with the benami assets and tax evasion case registered against him. On June 7, the I-T department slapped a fine of Rs. 10,000 against Shailesh on account of not appearing for interrogation. Earlier, Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh were summoned by the I-T department in connection with a ‘benami’ assets case. The summons were issued days after the arrest of Bharti’s Chartered Accountant (CA) Rakesh Agrawal, in connection with an Enforcement Directorate probe into a Rs. 8,000 crore money laundering racket, involving two Delhi-based businessmen and a few political entities. Agrawal was arrested under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for allegedly being instrumental in providing accommodation entries (illegal funds) to launder the money of businessmen brothers – Virendra Jain and Surendra Jain. The I-T department in its summons reportedly said it wishes to question Misa and her husband on transactions conducted by M/s Mishail Packers and Printers Private Limited. The I-T department had conducted raids and surveys at about 22 locations in Delhi and adjoining areas in connection with alleged benami deals of Rs 1,000 crore by Lalu’s family.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fresh trouble for Lalu Prasad Yadav, family as I-T dept slaps charges under Benami Transactions Act

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a fresh trouble for Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family, the Income Tax (I-T) department has slapped charges against the RJD chief’s wife, daughter and son under Benami Transactions Act.The charges have been slapped against Lalu Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi, daughter Misa Bharti and Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav.The I-T department served attachment notice under the stringent act for assets worth over Rs 9 crore against the Lalu Prasad family.On Monday, the Income Tax Department provisionally attached a few immovable properties in connection with its probe in the Rs 1,000 crore benami land deals and tax evasion case.On May 16, the IT Department had launched searches at 22 places in and around Delhi in connection with alleged benami property deals involving the RJD chief and his children.
ALSO READ Home remedy: Minister son Tej Pratap sends govt docs to treat Lalu Prasad Yadav for 9 daysBenami properties are those in which the real beneficiary is not the one in whose name the property has been purchased.The BJP had also accused Prasad, Bharti and his two sons Tejashwi and Tej Pratap, both ministers in the Bihar government, of involvement in corrupt land deals worth over Rs 1,000 crore, and asked the central government to probe one such transaction in Delhi.

I-T attaches assets in Misa Bharti benami land deal case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Income Tax Department has provisionally attached a few immovable properties in connection with its probe in the Rs 1,000 crore benami land deals and tax evasion case allegedly involving family members of RJD chief Lalu Prasad. Officials said two assets, a house and a land in Delhi, have been attached after the department issued a provisional order under the Benami Transactions Act, 1988, that came into force on November 1 last year. They said the assets are in the benami possession and the action has been taken after the department carried out raids in this case last month. The value of the attached properties could not be ascertained immediately. Benami properties are those in which the real beneficiary is not the one in whose name the property has been purchased. The officials added that a few more such assets will soon be attached in the case, even as they wanted to question Prasad’s MP daughter Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar. Both Bharti and her husband have skipped I-T summons in the past. In this case, a chartered accountant, Rajesh Kumar Agrawal, allegedly linked to Bharti and others, was also arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on May 22. Agrawal is alleged to have aided in illegal transactions involving Prasad’s kin. Officials have earlier said that the summons to Bharti and Kumar were part of the probe in the case and that the department wants to record their statements. The couple allegedly have links with a firm — Ms Mishail Packers and Printers Private Limited– which is suspected to have entered into benami deals for purchase of a farm house in Delhi’s Bijwasan area. Tax department officials had said Prasad’s kin held some of the properties under their scanner in a ‘benami’ way. The RJD chief, however, had sought to put up a brave face after the raids, saying he was “not scared at all” and would continue to fight against “fascist forces”. “BJP mein himmat nahi hai ki Lalu ki awaz ko daba sake… Lalu ki awaz dabayenge to desh bhar me karoron Lalu khare ho jayenge… Main gidarbhabhki se nahi darne wala hoon (BJP does not have the courage to stifle my voice… If it tries to silence one Lalu, crores of Lalu will come forward. I am not scared of empty threats),” he had said in a series of tweets after the search operation. The BJP had also accused Prasad, Bharti and his two sons Tejashwi and Tej Pratap, both ministers in the Bihar government, of involvement in corrupt land deals worth over Rs 1,000 crore, and asked the central government to probe one such transaction in Delhi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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