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After arrest of techie, online Tatkal booking softwares under CBI scanner

A number of online softwares, being used allegedly by travel agents to trick the Tatkal booking systems, have come under the scanner of the CBI during its probe against its techie who has developed a similar system, the agency sources said here today.During its probe against its own programmer, Ajay Garg, who had developed one such illicit software, the agency has noticed a large number of softwares which were easily available online for a price. These were being used to trick the railway ticketing system by speeding up the booking process and allowing multiple tickets, they said. The sources said ‘neo’ software developed by Garg is one among many such programmes available online, they said.”All such softwares are under scanner. We are examining them and may soon take action, if any illegality is found in their operations,” an official said.The sources said the softwares work on “auto fill” system where details of large number of ticket seekers are entered and kept ready even before Tatkal bookings open on the IRCTC website at 10 am for trains departing next day. They said these softwares speed up the PNR generating process, bypassing the IRCTC captcha and allowing login with multiple IDs allowing a large number of ticket bookings simultaneously on a single click of mouse. The softwares allow the users to fraudulently gain unauthorised access to computer network in contravention of rules and regulations, they said.Also readDay after CBI programmer held in tatkal ticket scam, Piyush Goyal calls for strengthened cyber security”Use of such software is illegal as per rules and regulations of the IRCTC and also under the Railways Act. It was also alleged that the accused was collecting money for the use of such software by certain booking agents and had amassed huge wealth from these activities,” CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said. The CBI had arrested its assistant programmer and his front, Anil Gupta, for developing and distributing the software to agents for a price, he had said.The ticket bookings under Tatkal quota open at 10 am for AC class and 11 AM for non-AC coaches for the trains departing next day. Under the quota, a fixed number of seats, in each coach, are sold at a premium by the railways to travellers who need tickets urgently. A common complaint of passengers is that by the time they enter details on the IRCTC website or complete booking process, seats under Tatkal quota gets full within minutes of start of the booking. Their bookings are either rejected or they get a waitlisted ticket that too at a very steep prices.Some travel agents offer to provide confirmed tickets under the quota by charging premium, over and above railways prices. The arrest of Garg and Gupta has exposed the alleged software trickery used by them to exploit the vulnerabilities of IRCTC ticket booking system, the sources said. Garg, a 35-year-old software engineer, had joined the CBI in 2012 through a selection process and was working as an assistant programmer. Earlier, he had served with the IRCTC, which handles ticketing system of the railways, between 2007 and 2011.

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Parliamentary panel concerned on cybercrime in Railways

The committee expressed dissatisfaction at the fact that despite having a Vigilance Directorate and a Centre for Railway Information System, the Railways were completely dependent on the CBI. Previously, the ministry had stated, "There is no infrastructure to deal with cybercrime. Cyber related crimes pertaining to Railways have only been found in the computerised reservation area. Cases involving outsiders are handed over to CBI."”
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CBI software programmer arrested for developing illegal railway tatkal website

The CBI today arrested its software programmer for developing an illegal software to subvert the railways Tatkal reservation system, allowing hundreds of tickets to be booked in one go.Ajay Garg, an assistant programmer with CBI, worked with IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd) for four years between 2007-11 where he learnt the vulnerabilities of the railway ticketing system, sources said.Garg has been arrested along with close aide Anil Gupta, a private person who distributed the software to agents for a price. Besides, 10 agents — seven in Jaunpur and three in Mumbai — have been identified, the sources said.Garg, who joined CBI in 2012, exploited the vulnerabilities to develop the illegal software, which allowed agents to book hundreds of tickets in one go, leaving genuine passengers in the lurch, they said.”The vulnerabilities of the IRCTC system still exist,” an official said.A postgraduate in computer applications, Garg allegedly sold the software through Gupta.

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

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

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DNA EXCLUSIVE | The energy is back in Congress, says Salman Khurshid

Former Law Minister Salman Khurshid could not escape defeat in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, when the Congress slumped to just 44 seats from 206 in 2009, and the party managed only two wins in his home state UP—Raebareli and Amethi, the pocket boroughs of the Gandhi family.As the party girds for elections in six states next year, Khurshid, a former Cabinet minister, tells DNA’s Anand Mishra that Congress will win the 2019 LS polls and feels the CBI court’s verdict on 2G spectrum case is “truth” panning out at a time when Modi’s magic, is “on the slide”. Edited excerpts:What is the takeaway from Guajrat polls. Some in Congress believed it was the best chance ever for party to win the state but it did not happen…What is more important is the manner in which you lose or the extent to which you lose. The manner in which you fail to win, or grow towards winning, is the matter. Essentially, it’s a feel of energy. Energy is back. If you ask are we re-energised, the answer is yes.What has brought this energy? There is no immediate reason visible for it.There are a variety of reasons for it. One is new leadership. Everyone is pitching to make Rahul Gandhi’s new leadership successful. Circumstances are changing. People are becoming aware of the truth of what the present government is all about. All that is happening. A combination of all this has given us new energy. In sum total 2017 has not been a bad year for us.What is there to celebrate for Congress from Gujarat election outcome?Gujart elections have brought us back into the normal course of fighting elections. It does not matter whether you win or lose with a whisker. We have shown that we are back with strength. This is what we have shown and that is a very important message for the party.2018 is an election year. How will Congress perform in these polls. In many of the states like Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, BJP is in power for a long time. How will you win those elections when the party organisation in disarray.We will do well. Circumstances for those elections are much better. This is a phenomenon of Indian politics that organisations come together despite not being in power for a long time and when you see a sense that you are in a winning strick, the organisation falls in place. An organisation without victory is a very difficult thing. So it is good, it is necessary but I do not think this is the only factor.B S Yeddyurappa, who had brought BJP in power in Karnataka in 2008 is back. Can Congress put up a formidable challenge as you had won the last election only against a divided BJP. Is he a problem for you?There is no such problem. Circumstances are much better for us in all the elections including Karnataka and we should do well.How does the 2G scam verdict by the CBI Special Court pan out for Congress? How will the verdict help you contest state elections in 2018.How does truth pan out for anyone. What has happened is amplification of truth. There is nothing better in life than truth. After this we will fight with greater vigour in times to come.BJP says Modi magic worked when it wins elections, Congress says Modi magic is over. What do you think?It’s sliding. The magic is gone, persuasive power still remains. Let us see how much it slides between now and next general elections.Is there any surge in Rahul Gandhi’s image when you say Modi’s image is on slide? Not many people think so?Rahul Gandhi always had enormous potentials. People were disbelieving it. Now they are beginning to believe it. Therefore it has given him a good start. But obviously he has a huge responsibility ahead and we are all confident that he will fulfil it.Where do you see Congress with 44 Lok Sabha seats now going in 2019 general elections?Congress will be in power in 2019, I promise you.

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Fodder scam verdict: Lalu Yadav, 15 others convicted; RJD to move High Court

In a major setback to the RJD, a special CBI court today convicted former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad and 15 others in a fodder scam case 21 years after it had surfaced, while acquitting six others including another former chief minister Jagannath Mishra.Special judge Shivpal Singh pronounced the verdict in a packed courtroom in the case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.The court convicted Lalu Prasad for offences of cheating along with criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and for criminal misconduct by public servant under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PMLA), his advocate Chittaranjan Prasad told PTI.Also readEven Mandela, Ambedkar are villains for some: Defiant Lalu Yadav after fodder scam convictionUnder the sections, he can be sentenced to a maximum jail term of seven years, the counsel said, adding he did not receive any written order from the court but was informed about it.The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on January 3.Also readFrom Tejashwi Yadav to Ravi Shankar Prasad: Who said what after Lalu Yadav’s conviction in fodder scamSixty-nine-year-old Lalu Prasad, who heads the RJD, and other convicts were taken into custody immediately after the pronouncement of the verdict. Lalu Prasad’s son Tejaswi Yadav, who is the Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly, was present in the court.Also readTimeline of fodder scam case which rocked Lalu Prasad Yadav’s political careerLalu Prasad and the other convicts in the fodder scam case were then whisked off to the Birsa Munda jail, where security has been tightened, CBI sources said.The special court acquitted 80-year-old Jagannath Mishra and five others — former Public Accounts Committee chairman Dhruv Bhagat, former Indian Revenue Service officer A C Choudhary, fodder suppliers Saraswati Chandra and Sadhana Singh and former minister Vidya Sagar Nishad.Besides Lalu Prasad, the court held guilty Jagdish Sharma and R K Rana, which were with the RJD at the time of the scam, former IAS officers Beck Julius, Phoolchand Singh and Mahesh Prasad, and ex-government officials Krishna Kumar and Subir Bhattacharya.The others are suppliers/transporters Tripurari Mohan Prasad, Sushil Kumar Sinha, Sunil Kumar Sinha, Raja Ram Joshi, Gopinath Das, Sanjay Agarwal, Jyoti Kumar Jha and Sunil Gandhi.They were convicted for offences under the IPC and the PMLA. The court had on December 13 reserved its order on the matter. Today’s conviction is the second in the scam In 1996, the Patna High Court ordered an inquiry into the fodder scam cases and a charge sheet in the Deogarh Treasury case was filed against 38 people on October 27, 1997. Eleven of them died and three turned approvers while two other accused confessed and were convicted in 2006-07, a CBI official said.Senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said that the party would move the high court against the special CBI court order.Soon after the verdict, a post on Lalu Prasad’s Twitter handle read, “Powerful people and powerful classes always managed to divide society into ruling and the ruled classes.And whenever anyone from the lower hierarchy challenged this unjust order, they would be deliberately punished.” Another tweet said, “Had people like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Baba Saheb Ambedkar failed in their efforts, history would have treated them as villains. They still are villains for the biased, racist and casteist minds.No one should expect any different treatment.” On September 30, 2013, Lalu Prasad, Jagannath Mishra and several others had been convicted in another case pertaining to illegal withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury in the early 1990s.The Supreme Court had granted bail on December 13 that year to Lalu Prasad, who had been behind the bars for two months.The RJD chief had moved the apex court challenging the order of the Jharkhand High Court which had dismissed his bail plea.He faces three more fodder scam cases for illegal withdrawal of Rs 3.97 crore from the Dumka Treasury, Rs 36 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury and Rs 184 crore from the Doranda Treasury.”The legal fight will continue,” Raghuvansh Prasad Singh told reporters outside the special CBI court, reacting to the conviction of the RJD chief.He said that besides fighting it legally, the party would go to the people “fight it politically also”.Another senior RJD leader, Abdul Bari Siddiqui, a confidant of Prasad, said it is not right to comment on a judgement but the people are discussing how it is freedom for some people and jail for others in the same case.”The layman is asking why it is jail for some and freedom for others? It is baffling how the BJP and the JD(U) had predicted the verdict. This has created confusion among the people also,” he said.”The case was on excess withdrawal from the Deogarh Treasury. Laluji has been charged with connivance as he was the finance minister then — the charge is not direct. The withdrawal had been taking place since 1977. There were several chief ministers who were in charge of the finance department. So why is he being singled out?” Siddiqui asked.”Laluji going to jail is not new for the RJD. He had been sent to jail on earlier occasions and every time the RJD bounced back with double the strength. That is why we are still number one in Bihar,” he said.The party will decide its course of action after the court pronounces its order on the quantum of punishment, Sidiqqui added.

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RJD cries foul over fodder scam verdict; alleges ‘conspiracy’ against Lalu Prasad

Moments after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav was found guilty by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in connection with the fodder scam, the party expressed its disappointment in the verdict, alleging conspiracy against him.”I believe in the judiciary, but in this case, the CBI was arranging prosecution. Legally admissible evidence provided by us were set aside,” RJD leader Manoj Jha said in a press conference here.Jha emphasised on the fact that some of the shreds of evidence they provided were set aside.”We believe in the judicial architecture and this is not the end of the road. The kind of evidence we have, we’ll get redressal at a higher court. Politically I know this regime, they have this typical Standard Operating Procedure: Try to make a deal with your opposition, if you fail, then scare them”, added Jha.Speaking about the “two most powerful people in India”, Jha asserted, “They are trying to scare and intimidate us and I want to tell them- Do whatever you want, your end has begun.”He also said the CBI has become a motorized parrot and the control mechanism in the hands of two most powerful people in the country.He claimed that Lalu became a victim of a well-webbed conspiracy, adding, “We believe the judiciary system and we will go in the court and clear everything and the truth will prevail.”The former Bihar chief minister was brought to Birsa Munda Central Jail after a special CBI court’s verdict.Fourteen others have also been found guilty, while seven accused have been acquitted, including former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra.The court is scheduled to pronounce the quantum sentence on January 3, 2018, for the 15 guilty, including Lalu Prasad.Lalu has been convicted in the case relating to embezzling of more than Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.Apart from Lalu, Mishra and 20 others accused were present in the court of special CBI judge Shivpal Singh.Justice Singh had completed hearing the case on December 13 and asked all accused in the case to remain present in court for the judgment.

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Live Updates | Fodder scam verdict: Lalu Yadav, 14 others convicted by CBI court, Jagannath Mishra acquitted

A special CBI court here will pronounce its judgment today around 3 pm in the fodder scam case in which former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra along with 20 others are accused.The case pertains to an alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.Here are the LIVE updates: 03:55 pm: Quantum of sentence to be pronounced on January 3, 201803:53 pm: 7 accused including former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra acquitted ​Also readED files charge sheet against Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti03:52 pm: 15 people including Lalu Prasad Yadav have been found guilty.03:48 pm: Lalu Prasad Yadav found guilty by Special CBI Court 03:20 pm: Heavy security outside Special CBI court in Ranchi ahead of verdict on fodder scam. 02:50 pm: Lalu Prasad Yadav reaches special CBI court in Ranchi, son Tejashwi also with him. ​”The court will pronounce the judgment at 3 pm,” one of the Mishra’s advocates said.Yadav, who arrived here yesterday accompanied by younger son Tejaswi Prasad told reporters today, ” have full faith in the judicial system.” Tejaswi expressed confidence that his father and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad, an accused in the case, will come out clean. Interacting with the media, Tejashwi said the entire matter was a part of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) propaganda to pull the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) down.Lalu Prasad faces three other cases related to the fodder scam.The RJD chief also appealed to his supporters in Bihar to maintain peace and order irrespective of the verdict.Former MP R K Rana, three former IAS officers — Phoolchand Singh, Beck Julius and Mahesh Prasad — are also among the accused in the case.A charge sheet was filed against 38 persons on October 27, 1997. Eleven of them died and three turned approvers while two other accused confessed and were convicted in 2006-07, a CBI official said.

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Post 2G and Adarsh reliefs to Congress, Arvind Kejriwal is not a happy man

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is not a happy man. On Thursday, he expressed displeasure at the CBI court’s 2G verdict, saying it was one of the biggest scams that rocked the country. Then on Friday, after the Bombay High Court gave relief to Ashok Chavan, Kejriwal tweeted that the BJP had given a clean chit to the Congress in the scam.Kejriwal came to prominence as the leader of an anti-corruption movement in India.Earlier on Friday, The Bombay High Court on Friday set aside the sanction granted to the CBI by Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to prosecute senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh housing society scam.Also read2G scam judgment: A Raja writes to Karunanidhi; says he places verdict at DMK chief’s feetA division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Sadhana Jadhav ruled that though the CBI had claimed to be in possession of fresh evidence against Chavan at the time of seeking the sanction, it “failed to present any fresh evidence.”Chavan even accused the BJP of vendetta politics.A day earlier, a CBI court acquitted A Raja and Kanomozhi, who were part of the UPA government, in the 2G scam case, citing lack of evidence. While the Congress and the DMK hailed the judgment, the ruling BJP and other parties have pushed for a higher court to examine the case.The corruption had become a major political plank for opposition parties, except for AIADMK and DMK, in the 2016 assembly election with both the major Dravidian parties caught in the corruption charges. After defeating DMK in the state assembly in 2011 and Lok Sabha polls in 2014 using the 2G scam, late AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa found herself targeted by opposition parties on corruption charges after her conviction and subsequent acquittal in the disproportionate assets case in 2014-15. After Jayalalithaa’s death last year, the Supreme Court in February this year upheld the conviction in the assets case and jailed her close aide VK Sasikala and two others.

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Adarsh scam: Ashok Chavan alleges BJP indulged in vendetta politics

After the Bombay High Court decided to set aside Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao’s decision to sanction his prosecution by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), former chief minister and state Congress chief Ashok Chavan charged that the BJP government was indulging in vendetta politics.”The Bombay High Court has decided to set aside and squash the decision of the incumbent Governor to allow (the CBI) to prosecute me,” said Chavan, who is also a Lok Sabha MP from Nanded, while speaking after the HC’s ruling on Friday. No new material and evidence had been found to justify the overturning of previous Governor K Shankarnarayanan’s decision to the agency to disallow prosecution, he added, stating that Rao’s predecessor had noted that there was no evidence to allow prosecution against him.Chavan alleged that the decision of the BJP-led government to suggest his prosecution smacked of “political vendetta.” “This was done with an intention of revenge, to finish off political adversaries,” he charged.Also readAdarsh scam: Big relief for Ashok Chavan, Bombay HC sets aside governor’s sanction to prosecute him”The prestige of the office of the Governor has been restored. Otherwise, this would have set a wrong precedent… I have not done anything wrong and today’s decision has made it clear. The truth shall prevail” noted Chavan.

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Adarsh scam: Big relief for Ashok Chavan, Bombay HC sets aside governor’s sanction to prosecute him

In a big relief to former chief minister Ashok Chavan, Bombay high court on Friday set aside governor’s sanction for prosecuting him in the Adarsh case. Ashok Chavan had filed a petition challenging Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao’s assent to prosecute him. Advocate hiten venegaonkar appearing for CBI said that the agency would appeal against the HC order in the Supreme Court.The state had opposed his petition arguing that if it is allowed it would mean a straight acquittal for him. It would then render the entire probe “futile”. Also readAdarsh scam: Maha defends Chavan’s prosecution(This is a breaking news. More details to follow)

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2G spectrum case verdict helps boost morale of resurgent DMK in Tamil Nadu

For the resurgent Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the acquittal of its leaders A Raja and Kanimozhi by the CBI special court in Delhi in the 2G spectrum allocation scam cases is a morale-boosting victory for the party to get rid of the “corruption” tag which haunted it in three successive elections since 2011.The CBI court’s verdict has come at a favourable time for the DMK when the opposition parties in the Tamil Nadu are consolidating towards it and the ruling AIADMK is in shambles following the demise of Jayalalithaa last year. Free from corruption stain, the DMK under the leadership of its working president MK Stalin would launch an effective offensive against AIADMK government which is reduced to a minority government after the disqualification of its 18 rebel MLAs owing allegiance to VK Sasikala-TTV Dinakaran faction. Once the Madras High Court decides on the petitions filed by the disqualified MLAs, the Edappadi K Palaniswami government would be asked to prove its majority on the floor of the House. The ruling AIADMK’s proximity with the BJP has helped the DMK to rally opposition parties together. Apart from its allies Congress, IUML and MMK, DMK has got the support of MDMK, CPI (M), CPI and VCK in the RK Nagar bypoll. A senior DMK leader said that there is a good possibility of this grouping emerging as an electoral alliance for the subsequent polls. “Palaniswami government will certainly fail the floor test and the assembly election may come at any time next year. We will win the election whenever it is held,” he said. Also read2G scam verdict: Court pulls up then SG for dithering in caseWhen asked about the prospects of DMK joining hands with BJP, the DMK leader dismissed it saying, “There is no chance of joining hands with BJP. We are very clear on it.” He added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling on party chief Karunanidhi last month triggered talks of such an alliance. “This verdict is a moral victory for the DMK. It will improve the prospects of the DMK. DMK will be a much sought after ally and more parties will join its alliance,” political commentator Gnani Sankaran told DNA. On the prospects of DMK ditching Congress and joining BJP alliance, he said that the saffron party would be more interested to woo the DMK whose prospect is bright in the election. “You cannot rule out an alliance between BJP and DMK,” he said.Also read2G scam verdict: DMK and allies welcome verdict, AIADMK favours appeal in caseThe corruption had become a major political plank for opposition parties, except for AIADMK and DMK, in the 2016 assembly election with both the major Dravidian parties caught in the corruption charges. After defeating DMK in the state assembly in 2011 and Lok Sabha polls in 2014 using the 2G scam, late AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa found herself targeted by opposition parties on corruption charges after her conviction and subsequent acquittal in the disproportionate assets case in 2014-15. After Jayalalithaa’s death last year, the Supreme Court in February this year upheld the conviction in the assets case and jailed her close aide VK Sasikala and two others.

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DNA Edit: A Zero-Sum trial

Years wasted, business ventures stalled/finished, reputations tarred -in some cases, forever. This, in 11 words, is the sum and substance of what we all know as the 2G scam, post the judgement delivered by Special CBI Judge OP Saini on Thursday morning.Was there a scam? Yes, most certainly. After all, rules aren’t changed overnight, unless to give undue advantage to somebody. But, it was the CBI’s and Enforcement Directorate’s job to follow the leads and deliver a water-tight case. That they didn’t proves, for the nth time, that the country’s premier investigating agencies don’t deserve the “premier” tag.Was the scam really worth Rs 1.76 lakh crore? Ask Vinod Rai, the then Comptroller and Auditor General of India, who came out with this figure.Today, when the Special CBI Judge OP Saini acquitted every accused, including politicians, businessmen and bureaucrats in the 2G spectrum allocation case dating back to the UPA-1 era, the main question that requires an immediate answer is: Who killed the telecom sector, or at least pushed it back by several years? Shouldn’t Rai be answering questions on the ‘presumptive loss’ theory? Shouldn’t the CBI and ED officers be held accountable for the shoddy probe that has allowed the accused to get away?A single sentence in the 1,552-page judgment is enough to indict the CBI and ED: “However, by the end, the quality of prosecution totally deteriorated and it became directionless and diffident.”It is not without reason that Judge Saini laments: “For the last seven years, on all working days, summer vacation included, I religiously sat in the open court from 10 am to 5pm, waiting for someone with legally admissible evidence in his possession, but all in vain. Everybody was going by rumour, gossip and speculation.”Another line in the judgment that merits some thought is: “Thus, some people created a scam by artfully arranging a few selected facts and exaggerating things beyond recognition to astronomical levels.”There are many who seem enraged by the fact that Judge Saini acquitted all the accused. They forget that a judge delivers a judgment on the basis of material before him, without falling for “rumour, gossip and speculation”. The job of convincing the court about the illegality and arbitrariness of a decision was left to the prosecution and its lawyers.Judges, not all unfortunately in these media-driven times, are seldom impressed by big numbers, unless they come with enough proof.Now that both CBI and ED have announced their intention to appeal against the judgment in the high court, one only hopes the premier agencies would do a better job there.

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Huge sigh of relief rocks the courtroom

The area surrounding the courtroom where Special Judge OP Saini was going to deliver his verdict in the 2G scam case was packed with family members, friends and supporters of the 17 accused.Even as former Telecom Minister A Raja’s supporters attempted to squeeze past the heavily guarded entryway, a loud roar from the interior momentarily stopped time. Confusion turned to happiness when advocates led by Vijay Agarwal — he represents Kareem Moranis — among a few others representing the accused, rushed out in the crowd shouting “acquitted, acquitted, acquitted” at the top of their voices.Similarly, the mood inside the courtroom shifted in a fraction once the judge pronounced his verdict. An uproar and huge sigh of relief rocked the courtroom as all the 17 accused, including former Telecom Minister A Raja and DMK leader and MP Kanimozhi, jumped on their toes moments later.Roars of “thank you” reverberated the jam-packed courtroom at Central Delhi’s Patiala House Court as Kanimozhi bowed down before the judge to express her gratitude. Raja, dressed in a white shirt, quickly climbed atop a chair once outside the courtroom and acknowledged the frenzied crowd waiting for him.Scenes of emotional outpouring of happiness could be spotted in various clusters across the court complex even as DB group founder, Shahid Balwa, broke down in the court.Not long after the verdict was known, fireworks were heard across the din of people congratulating each other, prompting the special judge to inquire about the cause of the commotion.And suddenly just like that, it was all over. After seven years, the 2G scam, which was touted as the 2nd biggest scam in the world by the Times Magazine after the 1972 Watergate Scandal which led to the resignation of US President Richard Nixon, came to an end.It seemed all the worry and apprehension that plagued the accused and their kin melted and happy smiling faces were found to be seen all around.All the prayers came to fruition, some were even found chanting and praying with rosaries inside the courtroom when the curtains fell after the brief 27-minute court proceedings. During this time the Special CBI Judge came to the bench thrice to deliver the verdict in the three separate cases registered.”Giving the record of the case, it is a very brief judgment that I have given,” Special Judge Saini said presenting the 1,552-paged judgment. He first announced the verdict in two cases, one each of CBI and Enforcement Directorate, followed by the last case pertaining to Essar.Speaking to DNA, Kanimozhi said, “Finally I got justice. I am innocent. I have been saying so from the first day.” Meanwhile, Raja could not contain his excitement and happiness as he received wishes from all corners.Karim Morani, who was accompanied by his wife, daughters and two brothers said that justice has prevailed. RK Chandolia’s family members and Raja’s erstwhile private secretary also expressed their happiness on the verdict.”It was not a 2G scam but a 2G revolution that A Raja had brought. We have finally got justice and our stand has been vindicated,” Harsha, Chandolia’s daughter said.Touted as 2nd biggest scamThe 2G scam, which was touted as the 2nd biggest scam in the world by the Times Magazine after the 1972 Watergate Scandal which led to the resignation of US President Richard Nixon.

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DoT, CBI fail to define ‘associate’, ‘equity’ in Essar-Loop case

The CBI judge lashed out the investigating officers and officials of Department of Telecom for failing to establish the basic premise of a link between two accused companies Essar and Loop Telecom. The CBI had alleged that Loop was a front company for Essar but judge OP Saini pulled up the investigating officer for not defining the term ‘associate’ to establish the link.The court observed that the two companies are separate identities.The CBI cited Clause 8 of Department of Telecom guidelines on 2G stating that a company is barred from participating if it has 10 per cent stake in another company that was given a licence.”None of the witnesses except Legal Advisor (DoT) (Santokh Singh) deposed anything as to the meaning and scope of Clause 8, particularly the word “Associate”. Ordinary prudence requires that decision makers must understand the law and rules that guide their decision making and must apply it correctly. When the decision maker himself does not understand a rule, how can he say that other party has violated the rule.”Also the judge said language of the clause is also not clear as it is saddled with words like “Associate”, “Promoter”, “Stake” etc., meaning of which is not known to anyone, including DoT officers. “Nor anyone tried to clarify the same,” he said.Also the court lashed out at the investigating officers including the chief investigating officer Vivek Priyadarshi failing to prove the violation made by the accused in the case.Saini said, “Similarly, five CBI officers were part of the investigation in the instant case. Inspector Shyam Prakash, DySP Rajesh Chahal, DySP SK Sinha, DySP VM Mittal and SP Vivek Priyadarshi, the chief investigating officer. None of these witnesses deposed as to what was the requirement of Clause 8 and how did they arrive at the conclusion that Loop Telecom Ltd violated the clause.”The court also said there is no material on record that DoT took any steps to do any of these things.”Instead of course correction by taking appropriate administrative action, the DoT started playing victim claiming that it has been cheated by Loop Telecom Limited as it was indebted heavily to a group, which already had more than 10% equity in an existing pan India licensee, that is, Vodafone Essar Ltd,” the judge said.Court finds no crime motiveIt is the case of the prosecution that Essar group acquired BPL companies in the name of IP Khaitan so that it can run telecom business after exiting Vodafone Essar Ltd. It is the case of the prosecution that this was the motive for Essar group to acquire these companies.However, 13 officers of DoT and chief investigating officer Vivek Priyadarshi and four other investigating officers did not depose even a word that this was the motive of IP Khaitan and Kiran Khaitan becoming benami/ front of Essar Group.

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Special Court acquits Essar, Loop promoters

The special court acquitted Essar Group promoters Ravi Ruia and Anshuman Ruia in the 2G (second generation) spectrum allocation scam on Thursday. Besides Ruias, the court also acquitted Vikash Saraf, one of the Essar Group directors, Loop Telecom promoters IP Khaitan and Kiran Khaitan, and three companies — Loop Telecom Ltd, Loop Mobile (India) Ltd and Essar Teleholdings Ltd.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had filed a separate case alleging Essar Group had cheated the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) by using Loop Telecom Ltd as a front to secure 2G licences in 2008.It was alleged that Loop Telecom Ltd was front company of Essar Group to acquire 21 Unified Access Services (UAS) licences and spectrum violating laid out guidelines by DoT.Acquitting everyone one in the case, CBI Special Judge OP Saini in the judgement said, “The prosecution has not been successful in proving any of the ingredients either of the offence of conspiracy to cheat DoT or of the substantive offence of cheating. Accordingly, I have absolutely no hesitation in holding that prosecution has miserably failed to prove any charge against any of the accused. Consequently, all accused are entitled to be acquitted and are accordingly acquitted.”Welcoming the judgement, the Essar Group in a statement said, “We are thankful to the court for the judgement as it vindicates our stated position and the court has appreciated it.”The case allegedly is a case of criminal conspiracy to cheat the DoT into issuing 21 UAS licences to Loop Telecom Ltd, an ineligible company, as it was a front of Essar group of companies, which was already having more than 10% equity in an existing pan India licensee, that is, Vodafone Essar Ltd. In pursuance to the conspiracy, the DoT was in fact allegedly cheated also into issuing these licences, the CBI had stated in its FIR and chargesheet.On October 21, 2009, the CBI registered has an FIR against unknown officials of DoT, unknown private persons and companies and others for the offence punishable under Section 120­B IPC read with Section 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (PC Act), on allegations of criminal conspiracy and criminal misconduct, in respect of allotment of Letters of Intent (LOI), Unified Access Services (UAS) Licenses and spectrum by the DoT.Essar hails orderWelcoming the judgement, the Essar Group in a statement said, “We are thankful to the court for the judgement as it vindicates our stated position and the court appreciated it.” The case allegedly is a case of criminal conspiracy to cheat the DoT into issuing 21 UAS licences to Loop Telecom Ltd, an ineligible company, as it was a front of Essar group of companies, which was already having more than 10% equity in an existing pan India licensee, that is, Vodafone Essar Ltd.

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2G case verdict: Political slugfest breaks out after all accused acquitted by special court

A Special CBI court today acquitted former telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and all other accused in the 2G scam case that had rocked the Manmohan Singh-led UPA-II government, holding that the prosecution “miserably failed” to prove any of the corruption and money laundering charges.The stunning verdict came as an anti-climax in a case that had been repeatedly highlighted by the BJP during the 2014 general election campaign as the hallmark of corruption in the then UPA regime. The BJP turned the arbitrary award of radio frequency to telecom providers into a major political issue and put the UPA-II government on the mat.”I have absolutely no hesitation in holding that prosecution has miserably failed to prove any of the charges against any of the accused,” Special CBI Judge O P Saini said in his verdicts in three separate cases related to the 2G scam in a packed courtroom at the Patiala House premises.Also read2G verdict good news for Congress, but UPA has enough scams to worry aboutDealing a body blow to the CAG’s and CBI’s estimation of huge loss in grant of 2G licences, judge Saini in his 1,552- page verdict in the main CBI case held that some people “artfully” arranged few selected facts and created a scam “when there was none”. In all, there were 17 accused, including Raja and Kanimozhi, both leaders of Congress ally DMK, in this case that also included three corporate entities.The three judgements, which together ran into 2,183 pages, included the one that stemmed out of the Enforcement Directorate (ED)’s money laundering case.Also readCBI, ED to challenge special court’s verdict on 2G scamThe ED and the CBI said they will challenge before the Delhi High Court the verdicts, which also unleashed a political slugfest between the BJP and the Opposition. There were 19 accused in the ED chargesheet some of whom figured in the CBI chargesheet filed in its main and offshoot case.Buoyed by the verdicts, the Congress and the DMK said “truth” has finally prevailed and that justice has been delivered while the ruling party asked the Congress not to treat them as a “badge of honour”.Also readFull text of special CBI court’s judgment in 2G spectrum allocation case The Congress demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and other BJP leaders apologise to the nation for their alleged “propaganda and lies” on the issue.Manmohan Singh said the court judgement needs to be respected as it has “pronounced that the massive propaganda” unleashed against his government was without any foundation.”Will all those people, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley and other BJP leaders, who for years made false propaganda and lies their stepping stone to come to power, apologise to the country?” asked Congress communications incharge Randeep Surjewala. “Today is the day for fixing accountability and responsibility.”In a counterattack, Finance minister Arun Jaitley said the Congress should not treat the 2G verdict as a “badge of honour.” The party’s “zero loss theory” was proved wrong when the apex court squashed spectrum allocation in 2012, he added.A number of supporters of DMK leaders Raja and Kanimozhi, who were anxiously waiting outside the jam-packed court room, broke into loud cheers as soon as the verdict was pronounced.”There is no evidence against me and justice has been delivered,” Kanimozhi, daughter of DMK supremo M Karunanidhi, told reporters. A beaming Raja said, “You see everybody is happy.”In a statement in the evening, Raja said the court acquittal showed that the presumptive loss in allocation of 2G spectrum was “cooked-up”. He also debunked the presumptive loss theories in the allocation.Raja, who was the Telecom minister in the Congress-led UPA government when 122 spectrum licences were issued to 8 companies in 2008 on first-come-first-serve basis, said his actions were for the benefit of masses.Raja remained in jail for over 15 months while Kanimozhi was in prison for six months before they were granted bail.Other accused persons were also in jail for varying terms.The trial in the three cases relating to the 2G scam began after the then Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai in his report alleged 122 2G licences were given to telecom operators at throwaway prices when the UPA was in power and pegged at Rs 1.76 lakh crore the loss to the national exchequer.The CBI had alleged that there was a loss of Rs 30,984 crore to the exchequer in allocation of licences for the 2G spectrum which were scrapped by the Supreme Court court on February 2, 2012.Former telecom minister Kapil Sibal demanded an apology from Rai, saying his stand on loss from the 2G spectrum allocation stands vindicated. Sibal had contradicted the CAG report, maintaining there was “zero loss” to the Government as a result of giving 2G licences to new players in 2008.The verdict also echoed in the Lok Sabha where senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily demanded that Rai quit all posts. Rai heads the Supreme Court-appointed four-member panel of administrators to run the affairs of the BCCI and is also the Chairman of the Banks Board Bureau.Besides Raja and Kanimozhi, the other accused who were given a chit in the main CBI case included former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja’s erstwhile private secretary R K Chandolia, Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Unitech Ltd MD Sanjay Chandra and three top executives of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (RADAG) — Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair, Asif Balwa, Rajiv Aggarwal of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd, film producer Karim Morani, Sharad Kumar, Director of Kalaignar TV were also acquitted in the money laundering case.Three companies–Swan Telecom, Unitech Wireless(Tamil Nadu) limited and Reliance Telecom limited–listed as accused in the main case were also acquitted.The acquittal of all the accused brought to end the trial that lasted nearly seven years in one of the most controvesial corruption cases that involved politicians, bureaucrats and a host of businessmen and corporate executives accused of conspiracy in the allocation of spectrum or radio waves used to offer mobile servies.Raja and Kanimozhi were also let off in another case lodged by the ED under the money laundering law arising out of the 2G scam.

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Max hospital case: Family of twin babies seeks CBI probe

The family of the twin babies, one of whom was wrongly declared dead by Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh, on Thursday demanded a CBI probe into the case after an appellate authority stayed the Delhi government order cancelling the hospital’s licence.At a press conference held here, 48-year-old Kailash Kumar, grandfather of the baby boy, who later died at a nursing home in Pitampura while his sister was still born, alleged that the family was not even “informed” about the stay order.”We tried to silently protest in front of Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh, but police asked us to move from there. The Delhi government had taken the decision that would have served as a warning to other hospitals.”But, now the cancellation order has been stayed. We are running for justice. We want justice and so we demand a CBI probe into the whole case so that things get clear,” Kailash told reporters.He said they have hired an advocate to pursue the case and claimed that on Thursday a plea was filed by him in Rohini court for a status report in the ongoing investigation in the case.The Court of Financial Commissioner stayed the cancellation order issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) till January 9, when the next hearing will be held.Rishi Pal Singh, counsel for the aggrieved family, said “if the appellate authority summons us, we will present our case or else we may move the high court”.Meanwhile, the father of the babies, Ashish Kumar, and about 10 other family members, picketed on a dusty pavement right across the facility in Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh, demanding justice.”We’ll not move and we’ll not relent, till we get justice,” asserted Ashish Kumar, 24, father of the infants, one of whom was wrongly declared dead by the hospital on November 30, where they were born.”We are demanding a CBI probe because we feel that is the only way we will be able to get justice,” he said.The premature baby boy had died on December 6 at a nursing home in Pitampura after battling for life for nearly a week since he was found alive on the way to be cremated by family members.

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2G Scam Verdict: CBI to take necessary legal remedies

The CBI said on Thursday after the 2G scam verdict in which all 17 accused were acquitted that “necessary legal remedies will be taken”. ×The accused had included former telecom minister A Raja and DMK minister Kanimozhi. The 2G spectrum scam pertained to the allocation of telecom spectrum, which the comptroller and auditor general alleged had been given away at throwaway prices. After the verdict Thursday morning, Raja, surrounded by family, had wept in court. Also read2G scam verdict: Former CAG Vinod Rai owes Congress apology, nation explaination, says Kapil SibalRaja had spent almost a year in jail after his arrest in 2011. “Justice prevails,” Kanimozhi had said. Also read2G scam: Top leaders voice mixed reactions on social mediaThe CBI had alleged that a Rs 200 crore bribe paid to A Raja had been deposited with a TV channel partly-owned by Kanimozhi.

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Full text of special CBI court’s judgment in 2G spectrum allocation case

‘Not guilty,’ with these two words, Special CBI Judge OP Saini on Thursday acquitted all 19 accused including former Telecom Minister A Raja and DMK Kanimozhi in the 2G spectrum allocation case on Thursday.”I have absolutely no hesitation in holding that prosecution has miserably failed to prove any of the charges against any of the accused,” the Judge said.In its chargesheet filed in April 2011 against Raja and others, the CBI had alleged that there was a loss of Rs 30,984 crore to the exchequer in allocation of 122 licences for 2G spectrum which were scrapped by the Supreme Court on February 2, 2012. The Congress hailed the verdict in the scam that rocked the UPA government. Ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the ‘judgment speaks for itself’ and the party demanded an apology from ex-auditor Vinod rai, who had given the assessment that the national exchequer had lost Rs 1,76,00,00,000,000 due to 2G spectrum allocation.Here’s the full text of the verdict pronounced by special CBI Judge OP Saini:2G spectrum allocation scam verdict: Full Text

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2G verdict: Allegations were never true says Chidambaram; government should file appeal tweets Subramanian

All accused in the 2G spectrum allocation scam cases – including former telecom minister A Raja and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MP Kanimozhi – have been acquitted by a Special CBI court. Former finance minister P Chidambaram has welcomed the 2G scam verdict, saying the allegations of corruption were never true and it has been vindicated after the verdict. “Allegation of a major scam involving the highest levels of the government was never true, was not correct and that has been established today,” ANI quoted Chidambaram as saying.“Clearly the court found that innocent people have been wronged. Justice has worked as it is supposed to work in our country,” said another party leader Shashi Tharoor.Also read2G spectrum verdict: All you must know about the case”We are saying that the PM should come to the house and give a clarification, this govt was formed on the basis that UPA was embroiled in 2G and other scams, but now it has been proved that it was just a scam of lies by the opposition,” said senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal. Reacting after the verdict, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said the government must immediately file an appeal against the acquittal of all accused in the nearly decade-old case. Swamy took to Twitter to air his thoughts on the judgment. “Government must prove its bonafides by filing an immediate appeal in High Court,” he tweeted.The special CBI court on Thursday acquitted former telecom minister A Raja, DMK leader Kanimozhi and 17 others in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

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16-year-old to be tried as an adult for Ryan murder

The 16-year-old student of Gurugram’s Ryan International School, accused of killing 7-year-old Pradyuman Thakur on the campus, will be treated as an adult and undergo a regular court trial, the Juvenile Justice Board ruled on Wednesday.The board called the crime “heinous” and said the accused was mature enough to understand the consequences of his act. The boy’s IQ level was found to be 95. This means he was average.If convicted, the class XI student will stay at Faridabad’s observation home till he turns 21, and will be shifted to a jail thereafter. The teen will be produced before a court in Haryana on Friday. The juvenile’s lawyer said he would challenge the order in the sessions court.Parliament amended the Juvenile Justice Act in December 2015 to allow children aged between 16 and 18 to be tried as adults for heinous crimes like murder and rape.The class II student was found with his throat slit on September 8. The Haryana police first arrested a school bus conductor for the crime before the CBI took over the case and arrested the juvenile, saying he wanted to have exams and a parent-teacher meeting postponed by killing his schoolmate. His father has alleged that the boy was tortured to confess. The victim’s family welcomed the move, while that of the accused expressed disappointment.The ruling came after a petition was filed by Pradyuman’s father Barun Thakur. The CBI had also asked the board to treat the juvenile as an adult.”I thank the judiciary for the decision. We always knew that the journey is long but we will go till the end to get justice for my child and all other children who might be vulnerable,” he said.Sushil Tekriwal, lawyer of the victim’s father, termed the ruling a “turning point” in the case. “The verdict is historic,” said Tekriwal, adding, the board broadly based its decision on the findings of a social investigation report and a psychological report of the juvenileThe Juvenile Justice Act was amended after the December 16 gang-rape case in Delhi in which a juvenile was among those involved and was released in 2015 in accordance with the law at the time.

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CBI books two SBI officials for causing Rs 200-cr loss to bank

The CBI has booked two officials of State Bank of India for allegedly waving principal amount of over Rs 90 crore of term loan of a company in violation of guidelines, causing a loss of Rs 200 crore to the bank.Besides the SBI officials, the agency has named its FIR Chennai-based Quitegra Solutions Pvt. Ltd., its the then Chairman V Shankara Raman, its non-Executive Chairman Melvettil Padmanabhan, whole-time Director V Sriraman, and Independent directors Kamakshi Shankara Raman, R Kalyanraman and G Venkatrajulu.The CBI has alleged that the loan account was taken over by SBI from Andhra Bank in 2014 with a loan credit of Rs 7.14 crore.It alleged that the bank enhanced loans to Rs 114 crore over a period without any collateral security.The CBI has alleged that the two officers of SBI — N Parthiban and S Muralidhar — entered into a criminal conspiracy with executives of the company for a one-time settlement of Rs 14.50 crore with a condition to write off assets under custody against the total outstanding dues of Rs 214 crore by October, 2013.It alleged that the officers went ahead with the proposed one-time settlement of Rs 14.5 crore by waiving principal portion of the term loan amounting to over Rs 90 crore.”The huge waiver of principal portion of term loan running close to Rs 90 crore is very unusual and deviation from laid down norms and procedures of the bank and the RBI,” the FIR alleged.It said the officials of the bank and the company allegedly caused undue loss of over Rs 200 crore to the bank and corresponding pecuniary gains for themselves.All the accused have been booked under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy, cheating and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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CBI spent 30 pc of budget in last 6 weeks of fiscal year: Parliament

The CBI spent about Rs 20 crore, nearly 30 per cent of its total budgetary allocation of Rs 66.77 crore, in the last six weeks of financial year 2016-17, a parliamentary panel has noted while pulling up the agency.In a report tabled in Parliament today, the department- related parliamentary standing committee on personnel, public grievances and pensions asked the agency to “streamline and scrupulously” monitor the pace of implementation of its schemes and expenditure to ensure their timely completion to avoid the allocation being reduced by the finance ministry.It noted that Rs 75 crore was allocated to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Budget Estimates of 2016-17 for all six planned schemes of the CBI which was reduced to Rs 73.21 crore at revised estimates (RE) stage and further reduced to Rs 66.77 crore in final grant of 2016-17.”Further, as per figures provided by the CBI only Rs 46.61 crore (about 63.66 per cent of the funds earmarked under plan scheme at RE stage) was utilised by February 14, 2017 and the rest of the amount was spent only in the last six weeks of the financial year,” it said.The government, in its response, said that 99.49 per cent of the final allocation to the agency had been spent under various schemes.”The CBI and various executing agencies engaged by it are responsible for meeting expenditure on the projects. To ensure timely implementation of various projects, Project Monitoring Committees have been constituted for various ongoing projects and address issues, if any, in implementation,” it said.The government also said implementation is also monitored in the Department of Personnel and Training on regular basis to help resolve issues, if any.The committee noted that the allocation for the CBI is reduced at revised estimates stage and the expenditure goes up steeply in the last leg of the financial year.”However, the reply does not entail any reason for this reduction. The committee wishes to know the reasons and difficulties, if any, being faced by the organisation and how this could be resolved,” it said.The panel said it has noticed that Project Monitoring Committees and further monitoring by the DoPT have not brought desired result.”The committee wishes that both the DoPT and the CBI ensure that this trend be checked in any case,” it said.

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Prosecute officials under whose tenure Hanuman idol was constructed: Delhi High Court

Showing displeasure on the allegedly illegally built 108-ft high Hanuman idol in Karol Bagh area yet again, the Delhi High court said on Friday that it will ask the CBI to investigate the construction of the statue and prosecute officials of DDA and municipal corporation during whose tenure it was constructed.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said that while it cannot go after individual unauthorised buildings, builders, or the “hapless people” who are buying them, “the time has come” to ensure that the authorities comply with the laws.”We propose to send it (the case) to the CBI,” the court said and asked the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the municipal corporation of the area to give the names of its officials who have been posted in the area since 1995, when the construction of the colossal statue started.The bench stated that the list of names sought were incomplete and unacceptable, thereby ordering to give the list by December, fixing it as the next date of hearing.The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) filed an affidavit stating that it has taken action to remove some of the encroachments around the statue and commercial activity outside the temple has been stopped. But the court did not seem to be satisfied and said that the NDMC has withheld vital information about when the road and pavement adjacent to the statue came under its jurisdiction.During the proceedings, Delhi police informed the court that it was interrogating the trustees running the temple and was also looking into its source of funding. It was stated that the temple has an account, containing Rs 11 lakh, in a UCO Bank branch at Model Basti area along with a fixed deposit of Rs 40 lakh.They also added that these cannot be the only funds of the trust, whose sole source of earning is the temple which has been running from 1978. The statue, however, was built completely only in 2002.Appearing for the Delhi police, its counsel Satyakam said that the general manager of the UCO Bank was seeking 30-60 days to provide information about who all deposited cheques in the trust’s account.The bench, thereafter, directed the general manager of the bank to provide the information sought by the police at the earliest and not later than two weeks. The DDA and the corporation told the court that neither the temple nor the trust was paying any property tax to them.The court had ordered a police probe after a committee appointed by it in May this year to look into illegal constructions all over Delhi had pointed to encroachments of up to 1,170 square yards on the DDA land which forms part of the Southern Ridge.

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Pradyuman murder case: Bail plea of juvenile accused rejected

The juvenile accused in Pradyuman murder case was denied bail by Juvenile Justice Board on Friday.According to reports, the board took cognisance of the psychological report of the accused. The report emphasised that the juvenile was well aware of the consequences of the crime.The Class XI student, who is accused of murdering seven-year-old Pradyuman, was produced before the JJB again on Wednesday and remanded to another 14 days in judicial custody.He will be lodged in an observation home in Faridabad during this period and produced before the JJB on December 20.The cold-blooded murder case of Pradyuman took a new dimension after the CBI trashed the probe by the Gurugram police and gave a clean chit to bus conductor Ashok Kumar, who was arrested with the charges of murder and sexual assault in connection with the case, and arrested the juvenile.Pradyuman was found in a pool of blood with his throat slit inside Ryan International School in Gurugram.

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Aarushi-Hemraj murder case: Hemraj’s wife moves SC, challenging acquittal of Talwars

On Friday, Hemraj’s wife Khumkala moved SC, challenging the acquittal of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar.The Talwars have been lodged in Dasna jail since November 2013 in connection with the twin murders from where they walked free. The Allahabad High Court had acquitted the Talwars in the case, saying neither the circumstances nor the evidence was enough to hold them guilty.The verdict ends, at least for now, the nine-year ordeal of the Noida couple who were sentenced to life by a Ghaziabad CBI court on November 28, 2013 for the double murders that not only transfixed but also shook the nation with its element of filicide.With the acquittal, the central question in the bizarre mystery resurfaces – who killed the 14-year-old girl and the 45-year-old man. “There is a strong possibility that (the) incident was caused by some outsider,” a bench comprising justices B K Narayana and A K Mishra had said, upholding the Talwars’ appeal against the CBI court verdict.

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25-year-old event anchor found dead, family demads CBI probe

After a semi nude body of a 25-year-old event anchor was found dead on the second floor duct of the high rise building in Malad, the family members are suspecting foul play into the entire incident and have demanded that the incident must be probed by the Criminal Bureau of Investigations (CBI). The Malwani police have so far taken the statements of the friends of the deceased and a case of accidental death has been registered in this regard.According to police, Arpita Tiwari, is a resident of Mira road. Arpita on Sunday had visited her friend’s 15th floor residence at Manav Thal building at Malwani in Malad West. Tiwari works as an event host and anchors different events. Tiwari allegedly locked herself inside the washroom and jumped out from the window at around 3 am on Monday.Also readMumbai cop turns thief, walks away with ammunitionAt around 7 am, one of the friend woke up to answer nature’s call and found that the washroom was locked from inside and despite repeated knocks on the door went unanswered. Her friends later on using force opened the door and found glass of the washroom window being tampered. At around 7.30 am her friends found the body on the second floor’s duct. Later they informed the police about the incident.Also readNavi Mumbai suicide: Woman’s body not fit for donation, say copsThe sister of the victim on Wednesday claimed that Tiwari cannot end her life and it can be a case of murder. “The incident must be probed by the CBI and the culprits should be put behind bars”, Tiwar’s sister said. Dipak Phatangare, Senior Police Inspector, Malwani police station said, “So far a case of accidental death has been registered and we are investigating further. If we find any foul play into the incident. A case will be registered.”

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After Centre and Bengal’s affidavit, Delhi HC disposes of Mukul Roy’s plea alleging phone tapping

The Delhi High Court today disposed of former TMC leader Mukul Roy’s plea alleging phone tapping, after the Centre and the West Bengal government said his numbers were not being intercepted.The order was passed by Justice Vibhu Bakhru after he perused the affidavits filed by the two governments. The court, however, gave Roy the liberty to approach it again if he finds any concrete evidence substantiating his allegations.Former Trinamool Congress MP, who has now joined the BJP, had sought a CBI probe into the alleged surveillance and tapping of his phone by the West Bengal police. Roy has alleged that while he was in West Bengal, he always found that the local police were monitoring his movements.Also readBiswa Bangla row: Mukul Roy summoned by court after Abhishek Banerjee files defamation caseThe plea has claimed that similar apprehensions were put on record by several other persons, including union minister and BJP leader Babul Supriyo.

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Controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi gets bail in money laundering case

Controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi was today granted bail by a Delhi court in a money laundering case.Special judge Arun Bharadwaj, who had reserved the order on Qureshi’s application on December 4, gave him the relief on a personal bond of Rs two lakh and a surety of a like amount.The Enforcement Directorate had earlier this month opposed the bail plea of Qureshi, saying he could hamper the ongoing investigation, after which the court had reserved its verdict.ED special counsel N K Matta had alleged that Qureshi, arrested on August 25, should not be granted the relief as the allegations levelled against him were grave and there were chances that he may flee from justice if enlarged on bail.In his bail application, the accused had told the court that no purpose would be served by keeping him in further custody. He had said that the probe in the case was over and he was not required further by the ED.Also readMoin Qureshi extorted more than Rs 5 crore from businessman Pardeep Koneru for ex-CBI chief A P SinghThe ED had earlier claimed in the court that “the witnesses have confirmed in their statements that they have delivered crores of rupees for Qureshi and his associates through his employees….”The agency had also alleged that Qureshi was involved in hawala transactions through Delhi-based hawala operators Parvez Ali of Turkman Gate and M/s South Delhi Money Changer (DAMINI) in Greater Kailash-1.Also readMoin Qureshi took help of a CBI director to extort Rs 5.7 crAccording to the agency, Qureshi was arrested under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) a he was “not cooperating in the probe”.

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CBI outsources forensic auditing in chit fund scams

Unable to manage volume of documents seized during raids and lack of technical expertise to unravel the intricate maze of illegal financial network, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Kumar Verma has decided to rope in private players to carry out “forensic auditing” in chit fund scams the agency are probing.To start with, the CBI has decided to outsource the forensic auditing of Prayag Group of Companies in connection with the investigation of case number 35/2014 being probed by Special Investigation Team based in Kolkata. In the case, the agency had filed a charge-sheet against Basudeb Bagchi, former CMD of two companies of Prayag Group — Prayag Infotech Hi-Rise Ltd and Prayag Infotech Network Pvt Ltd — and then MD Avik Bagchi.In a note accessed by DNA, CBI sated, “On the order of Supreme Court, CBI is conducting investigation in huge chit fund scam where large number of financial statements, bank accounts statements are to be analysed and expert opinion is required as to its general result and finding clinching evidence of crime committed.”It further pointed out that the purpose to outsource is to assist the investigating officers and court in explaining the various documents and its analysis by way of submitting a detailed forensic audit report and depositing before the court.The agency said documents can be audited at the office of auditor. However, there should be a clause of secrecy. Also the private auditor has to spend some days in CBI office for understating the case, and discussions with investigating officers. “The firms should be registered with the Indian Institute of Chartered Accounts, New Delhi,” the note stated. The agency has also put up a clause that there should not be conflict of interest with the private auditors.A senior CBI officer stated, “Forensic auditing is a technique to legally determine whether accounting transactions are in consonance with various accounting, auditing and legal requirements and eventually determine whether any fraud has taken place. Forensic auditing is a blend of accounting, auditing and investigative skills. In doing so, the veil of corporate entity is pierced to establish the intentions of persons behind such transactions.”Also the CBI is probing more than 60 high-profile chit fund cases spread across the country and are facing huge problems with the investigation while goring through maze of financial illegal dealings.‘CAG WOULD HAVE BEEN A BETTER CHOICE’On decision of CBI outsourcing the work of forensic auditing, a senior IPS officer in the agency stated that in place of bringing a private auditor in an investigation the best would have been to rope in Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). Currently, former Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi is the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. CAG only is empowered to audit all expenses from the combined fund of the Union or state governments, whether incurred within India or outside.

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Non-bailable warrant against Sasikala’s husband M Natarajan

A court here today issued a non- bailable warrant (NBW) against M Natarajan, husband of deposed AIADMK leader V K Sasikala, and three others in connection with a case of evasion of duty while importing a luxury car from the UK 23 years ago.The Eighth Additional Judge of the Principal Special Court for CBI cases, A Thiruneelaprasad, issued the NBW based on a November 17 Madras High Court order, upholding the trial court order sentencing the accused to two years in prison in the case.The counsel for the CBI approached the court, seeking issuance of NBW citing the recent Madras High Court order.Natarajan and three others were convicted for conspiracy, forgery, cheating and tax evasion and sentenced to two years in jail in the case by the court in 2010. All the accused appealed against the CBI court order.When the pleas came up before the high court on November 17, it had dismissed their petitions and directed the trial court to secure the accused and remand them in judicial custody to undergo the remaining period of the sentence, if any.The case relates to the import of a Toyota Lexus car in 1994, declaring it as a “used vehicle” and thereby allegedly evading tax to the tune of Rs 1.06 crore. The CBI and the Enforcement Directorate registered separate cases against Natarajan and three others after it was found that the documents presented by them were fabricated.According to the CBI, Natarajan, his nephew V Bhaskaran, Yogesh Balakrishnan and Sujaritha Sundararajan substituted the original sale invoice with a photocopy of an invoice fabricated by changing the vehicle’s manufacturing date to July 1993.They cleared the car under transfer of residence provision, and thereby caused a loss of Rs 1.06 crore to the exchequer by way of short levy, penalty and redemption fine, the CBI said.
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Troubles ahead for Vedanta in Rs 600 cr Rock Phosphate scam

More troubles are brewing for the mining giant Vedanta Resources Plc. Blaming state government and Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) for protecting accused in the infamous Rs 600-crore Rock Phosphate mining scam, a counsel in high Court A K Jain has moved the High Court requesting a CBI enquiry into the case. The High Court, earlier in August this year, had issued notices to Director General of ACB and state government to come up with an explanation in three weeks as to why investigations have not been completed even after two years of filing the case.Now that four months have been elapsed, Jain has submitted an application before High Court for a CBI probe. He has mentioned in the petition that despite the accusations being proved in the court, ACB has connived with Vedanta Group and the then principal mining secretary Ashok Singhvi to stall the investigations.According to Jain, post independence mines of rock phosphate can be allotted only to state owned companies. In 1969, the central government had allotted 248 ha rock phosphate mine at Matoon village in Udaipur to Hindustan Zinc Limited which was then a public sector unit. Later in 2002 when Vedanta’s Sterlite Industries acquired Hindustan Zinc as part of government’s disinvetsment drive, the Vedanta Group acquired the possession of rock phosphate mines also deviating the rules. However in 2008, ACB on the basis of a tip off and relevant documents registered a case against Vedanta and estimated a loss of Rs 600 crore to exchequer due to Vedanta’s illegal possession of Rock Phosphate mines. But the agency didn’t produce challan before the court. The matter was put under the wraps. But in 2015 when ACB arrested principal secretary Ashok Singhvi in the multicrore mining scam, the matter was again highlighted. Then on September 23, 2015 advocate A K Jain registered a case in ACB through libel. “Since then even after elapse of 2 years, there has been no progress in the invetsigation despite the orders of High Court,” said AK Jain, the counsel.
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2G Spectrum Case: Court to pronounce verdict on Dec 21; A Raja says have faith in judiciary

The Patiala House Court on Tuesday set December 21 as the date for the verdict in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.The ED had filed a charge sheet in April 2014 against 19 people, including Raja, Kanimozhi, Shahid Balwa, Vinod Goenka, Asif Balwa, Rajiv Aggarwal, Karim Morani and Sharad Kumar, in connection with a money laundering case relating to the scam.”I am not a judge, I am a law abiding citizen, I faced trial & have faith in the judiciary,” said A Raja when asked about the verdict.Also readCommission approves extension of spectrum payment time to 16 yearsIn its charge sheet filed against former telecom minister A Raja, DMK Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi and others in 2011, the CBI had alleged that there was a loss of Rs. 30,984 crore in the allocation of 122 licences for 2G spectrum.All the accused, who are out on bail, have denied the allegations levelled against them by the CBI.Also readTrai starts process for next round of spectrum auction, including 5G
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CBI team to attend Mallya’s extradition trial in London from tomorrow

A team of CBI officers will attend the extradition trial of industrialist Vijay Mallya, who is facing a probe by the agency into alleged loan defaults of over Rs 9,000 crore, in a London court from tomorrow. India’s case to bring back the 61-year old businessman will be represented through the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of the British government. CBI sources said the team led by Special Director Rakesh Asthana left for London today and would remain present during the trial starting at Westminster Magistrates’ Court tomorrow. Mallya, who had shifted to the UK in March 2016, is wanted in India on charges relating to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines defaulting on loans from various Indian banks amounting to Rs. 9,000 crore. The former Rajya Sabha member had told PTI during his numerous court appearances in London over the last few months that he had “done nothing wrong” and described the allegations against him as “fabricated”. Also readTrial in Vijay Mallya extradition case to begin in UK court tomorrowThe trial starting tomorrow will be heard by Chief Magistrate Emma Louise Arbuthnot who, in a previous hearing, had highlighted prison conditions as a concern that has been “raised in extraditions to India before”. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), arguing on behalf of the Indian government, has told the court that the Indian authorities foresaw this as an issue and has been “engaged on the matter”. Also readArthur Road jail in Mumbai to be Vijay Mallya’s home after extradition: India to tell UK courtThe extradition trial itself, to be presided over by Judge Arbuthnot, is listed for hearings until December 14, with December 6 and 8 so far marked as non-sitting days. A judgement in the case is not expected until early next year. If the judge rules in favour of extradition at the end of the trial, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd must order Mallya’s extradition within two months. However, the case can go through a series of court appeals before the actual extradition order can be issued. Also readVijay Mallya arrest: Timeline of money laundering case that led to King of good times’ downfall India and the UK have an Extradition Treaty dating back to 1992 but so far only one extradition has taken place from the UK to India under the arrangement. Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, wanted in connection with the post-Godhra riots of 2002, was extradited. But, unlike Mallya, he had submitted to the extradition order without a legal challenge. Mallya, who was based at his Hertfordshire estate called Ladywalk in the village of Tewin, around 48 kms from London, had responded with a firm “no” on being formally asked in court if he consented to being extradited to India on the charges relating to his collapsed Kingfisher Airlines.
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Sheena Bora murder case: Indrani takes a U-turn, says she isn’t accusing Peter Mukerjea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a U-turn, Sheena Bora murder case prime accused Indrani Mukerjea today told a special CBI court here that she wasn’t levelling any allegations against her husband and co-accused Peter Mukerjea, days after she said he may have played a role in her daughter’s disappearance.”We are not making any accusations against Peter. Some words are inadvertently written as there is emotional stress,” her lawyer Sudeep Pasbola told CBI judge J C Jagdale.A few days ago, Indrani Mukerjea had demanded call data records of her husband, alleging that he may have played a role in the disappearance of Sheena, her daughter from an earlier relationship, and now framed her.”The contents of the application are speaking other language…,” the judge said.Pasbola said he wanted to dispel any notion that the application had been filed with mala fide intentions, malice or ulterior motives. Accused persons make such applications from time to time, the lawyer added.”All fingers are pointed at Indrani and it was said she acted with other accused persons, to show the connection (between the accused)…the CDR is called,” he said.The defence lawyer sought to refute the CBI’s contention that Indrani Mukerjea made the application to divert the concentration of (accused-turned-approver) Shyamvar Rai.”Rai’s concentration should not get diverted unless Rai has not come out with complete truth,” he said.The judge, at this point, said, “You are saying no accusations, but we are conducting a criminal trial and we have to decide the criminal liability.”Pasbola said he himself doesn’t support the accusations. The court should take into consideration the essence of the application and exclude allegations, he said.”Indrani wants justice for her daughter, she may be under emotional stress,” he said.CBI lawyers Bharat Badami and Kavita Patil said the court may not pass any order on Indrani Mukerjea’s allegations at this stage, but the request for CDR may be decided on merit.The judge asked the defence lawyer if an accused can seek to bring any evidence, which may be against a co-accused, on record. Pasbola said there is no bar to such a plea as long as the evidence is meant for getting justice.The court is likely to pass an order on Indrani Mukerjea’s application of December 5.On November 15, Indrani Mukerjea filed a plea, in person, saying her husband and former media baron Peter Mukerjea might have caused her daughter’s disappearance out of “greed and ill-will”.Indrani also alleged that Peter and others might have manipulated the circumstances to frame her for the crime.She sought the CDR of Peter Mukerjea for the period between January 2012 and December 2012, and from January 2015 to December 2015.The alleged murder of Sheena Bora came to light in August 2015 after Shyamvar Rai, Mukerjeas’ former driver, spilled the beans when arrested in another case.

Padmavati row | CBI should probe if Bhansali had anything to do with dead body at Nahagarh Fort: Karni Sena

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, Lokendra Kalvi of the Karni Sena demanded a CBI probe over the body found hanging at Nahagarh Fort. He claimed that CBI should probe whether Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s people were ‘involved’ in this case. She said: “I want CBI to probe the case of body of man found at Nahargarh Fort, CBI should probe whether Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s people are involved in this case.” The body of a 40-year-old man was found hanging from the boundary wall of the Nahargarh Fort near the Rajasthan capital today, with messages referring to the Bollywood epic drama ‘Padmavati’ scribbled on nearby stones, a police official said.DCP North Satyendra Singh said the body of Chetan Kumar Saini, a resident of Shastri Nagar here and a handicraft worker, was found hanging from the boundary wall of the fort.
ALSO READ ‘Padmavati’ row: Karni Sena demands full ban on Bhansali’s film in HaryanaHe said messages were found scribbled on stones, but it was premature to connect the incident with ‘Padmavati’ protests.One of the messages read, “Padmavati ka virodh karne walo, hum kile par sirf putle nahi latkate… Hum mein hai dum (Padmavati protesters should know we don’t only hang effigies… we are strong)”.
ALSO READ ‘Padmavati’ row: In a mark of solidarity, filmmakers to stop shooting for 15 minutes tomorrowMembers from various film associations have come forward to raise concern over the state of creative freedom in the country amid protests against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati”.
ALSO READ ‘Violent threats and rewards not acceptable in democracy,’ says Venkaiah Naidu amid Padmavati rowThe Indian Films and TV Directors’ Association (IFTDA), along with 19 other bodies of the film and television industry from across the country, stopped shootings for 15 minutes yesterday and participated in the protest, ‘Main Azaad Hoon?’, (Am I free?) at Film City here.Many Rajput groups have been up in arms against the film, alleging that it distorts history by featuring a romantic dream sequence between Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji’s characters, a claim repeatedly denied by Bhansali.The makers of “Padmavati” have already deferred its release from December 1, till further notice.Filmmaker and IFTDA convenor Ashoke Pandit said such protests were not just limited to “Padmavati” but were becoming a trend.”This attack is on the freedom of expression, the entire film and TV industry. We are fearful and shocked that we are not getting any kind of support from any quarter of the country, except from film lovers,” Pandit said.”Every three months a film is getting banned. The fear in which the industry is functioning, we are protesting against that. Don’t take us for granted.””Padmavati”, featuring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in the lead roles, has been facing the ire of various Rajput groups and political leaders.The BJP-ruled states such as Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat have already expressed reservations about the film.”… Let us work, let us write and make films the way we want, because if this trend starts, then Karni Sena and the like will start deciding how scripts will be written.”All the makers here are scared of this trend. It’s our right to make films. If you want to watch, go ahead. If not, get a stay order from the court,” he said when asked about Karni Sena – the Rajput group which is spearheading the protest.Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association (IMPPA), Western India Cinematographers’ Association, Screen Writers’ Association, The Film and Television Producers’ Guild of India Limited, Association of Voice Artistes, Cine Costume & Make-up Artiste and Hair Dressers’ Association, Cine Singer Association, Movie Stunt Artistes Association, among others participated in the protest.With inputs from PTI

BJP leader’s murder: Week later, cops still can’t find main accused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It’s been over a week since a local BJP leader, and his security guard and driver, were shot dead in Greater Noida’s Bisrakh area but the police remains clueless as to the whereabouts of the main accused in the crime.Senior police officials says that they have formed several teams to search for the main accused and have sent several teams to Western UP for the same. “We have formed several teams which are working to arrest the shooters involved in the case. With the recent arrest of some criminals, we have found most that they hail from Western UP so we have sent several teams to nab the shooters and the main accused from there,” said Suniti, Superintendent of Police (Rural), Gautam Budh Nagar. Police say that a case has been registered against Sundar Yadav, Charan Yadav, Devender Yadav and Satyendra Yadav. Besides, this six unidentified persons have also been included in the FIR.”We have detained 8-10 people in connection with the murder and are continuously working on the case. The family has named these people as they had disputes with them earlier as well. We are in the process of questioning them,” Suniti added. Earlier, family members of the deceased have alleged the police of not working properly and demanded a CBI investigation. “It’s been a week since we have seen no progress in the case. We have no idea where this case is going and are wondering if the police will arrest the accused or not. We are demanding CBI to investigate the case,” said Yogesh Yadav, Shiv Kumar’s brother.EOMWhat happened?On November 16, a local Bhartiya Jaanta Party leader, Shiv Kumar and his security guard, Balli, were shot dead while his driver, Rashpal, was critically wounded and later succumbed to his injuries, when four men on two motorcycles rained around 40 bullets on their Toyota Fortuner car in Greater Noida’s Bisrakh. A 15-year-old girl also died when the car, during the attack, accidentally hit her.

Vyapam medical scam: CBI chargesheets 592

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on Thursday, filed chargesheet against 592 people in the multi-crore Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh, wherein medical seats were allotted in large scale by four private colleges in defiance of all laid out norms and guidelines issued by the Centre, state government, and the Supreme Court.The colleges, according to the chargesheet, also violated the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Also the agency has written to Madhya Pradesh to take proper action against 229 students who took admission in these colleges violating all laws and paid hefty amount from Rs 70 lakh to Rs 1 crore.The charge-sheet lists promoters of three private medical colleges from Bhopal – JN Choksey, chairman of LN Medical College; SN Vijaywargiya of People’s Medical College and Ajay Goenka of Chirayu Medical College; and one from Indore – Suresh Singh Bhadoriya of Index Medical College – among others. The charge-sheet was filed in connection with CBI’s probe into the PMT 2012 examination.Also four former Vyapam officials are named in the chargesheet and they are identified as Pankaj Trivedi, the then director of Vyapam, Nitin Mohindra, the then Sr Systems Analyst, Ajay Kumar Sen, the then Deputy Systems Analyst and CK Mishra, the then programmer.According to the agency, which took over the case in 2015, 245 have been chargesheeted for the first time, as well as 22 officials of these private medical colleges. This include 143 engine and bogey candidates (impersonator and candidate), 17 guardians, 22 middlemen, and 46 exam invigilators.Explaining the modus operandi, the CBI officials said middlemen followed an engine-bogey system for pairing of candidates to take examination in alleged connivance with certain Vyapam officials.In this, a bright candidate (who had already taken coaching to prepare for the test and is well versed with the examination pattern) would be alloted a roll number just ahead of a not-so-bright aspirant so that the latter could cheat from him, they said.MODUS OPERANDIMiddlemen followed an engine-bogey system for pairing of candidates in connivance with certain Vyapam officials.
The middlemen were charging anything between Rs 15 and 20 lakh for this pairing
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Vyapam case: CBI files charge sheet against 592 accused including Chairmen of 4 private medical colleges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chairmen of four private medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh and two officers of medical education department are among the 592 accused named in a charge sheet filed by the CBI in a Vyapam-related case, officials said today.Those listed in the charge sheet included J N Choksey, chairman of L N Medical College; S N Vijaywargiya of People’s Medical College; Ajay Goenka of Chirayu Medical College (all in Bhopal) and Suresh Singh Bhadoriya of Index Medical College, Indore, they said. While three promoters did not comment when contacted by PTI, Bhadoriya claimed neither his nor his college’s name was mentioned in the CBI charge sheet. All four of them are understood to have filed application for anticipatory bail, the CBI officials said.The charge sheet was filed in a special CBI court in Bhopal in the case of Pre-Medical Test (PMT) conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board or Vyapam in 2012. The test was for selecting candidates to various medical colleges of the state. Explaining the modus operandi, the CBI officials said middlemen followed an engine-bogey system for pairing of candidates to take examination in alleged connivance with certain Vyapam officials.In this, a bright candidate (who had already taken coaching to prepare for the test and is well versed with the examination pattern) would be alloted a roll number just ahead of a not-so-bright aspirant so that the latter could cheat from him, they said. The bright candidate would act as engine and the other as the bogey, the official said. The middlemen were charging anything between Rs 15 and 20 lakh for this pairing, the CBI officials said.Giving further details of the case, they said on the basis of successful selection, the bright students would then take admission only in the four private medical colleges named in the charge sheet, despite they being in the merit list and hence eligible for admission in government institutions.These successful candidates, in connivance with middlemen and office bearers of private medical colleges, would later withdraw their admission, the officials said. Instead of reporting these vacancies to state government department concerned, the college authorities would fill these seats through management quota charging a hefty amount from a minimum of Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1 crore, they said. The students who took admission through the management quotas were not the ones who sat in the examination, the officials said.Among those named in the charge sheet, 334 are ‘engine- bogey’ candidates, 155 are guardians of these candidates, 46 invigilators of the examination, 26 officials of four private medical colleges, 22 middlemen and two officers of department of medical education, Madhya Pradesh, they said. The state government officials named in the charge sheet are S C Tiwari, the then director, and N M Srivastava, the then joint director in the medical education department, they said.Of the total people named in the charge sheet, 245 have been made accused for the first time. Others have been named in different charge sheet filed earlier by the CBI. The probe agency is looking into the various cases of massive irregularities in various examination conducted by the Vyapam to select candidates for medical colleges and also for state government jobs.

Sheena Bora murder: Indrani ‘playing victim card,’ retorts Peter Mukerjea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former media baron Peter Mukerjea on Thursday told a trial court in Mumbai that his wife and co-accused Indrani Mukerjea’s allegation that he may have played a role in Sheena Bora’s disappearance appeared to be a “desperate attempt by her to wriggle out of the situation”.The CBI took the same line, dubbing Indrani Mukerjea’s application as mala-fide and filed with dishonest intentions.Indrani and Peter Mukerjea are among those arrested in the case related to the April 2012 murder of Sheena, her daughter from an earlier relationship.”The application by Indrani is with an ulterior motive to malign the reputation and cause serious prejudice (against Peter Mukerjea),” he said in the reply filed on Thursday.On November 15, Indrani Mukerjea filed an application demanding that Peter Mukerjea’s call data records (CDR) be disclosed, and also alleged that he may have played a role in Sheena Bora’s disappearance and framed up Indrani.Peter Mukerjea’s reply said the allegations were “completely false and defamatory”, and apparently a “desperate attempt… to wriggle out of the situation thereby trying to play the victim card”.The allegations were “wanton and baseless” and “based on the figment of Indrani’s imagination”, the reply said.The CBI said that Indrani Mukerjea had made all the efforts, after abduction and killing of Sheena, to destroy the evidence.There was sufficient evidence “to prove the allegations against her and other accused including the role played by each accused in commission of the offence”, it said.Indrani Mukerjea filed the application to “divert/twist the attention and concentration of approver Shyamwar Rai” (the couple’s former driver) whose cross-examination is now “at a crucial stage”, the agency said.Judge J C Jagdale sought to know from lawyers of both sides whether Indrani Mukerjea’s application can be considered under section 30 of the Indian Evidence Act. The section deals with a situation where a person’s confession affects not only his/her own case, but that of other accused too.He also asked the lawyers to state if Indrani’s allegations are “exculpatory” (favouring her own case or absolving her) or “inculpatory” (incriminating her).The court would hear the arguments on December 5.On November 15, Indrani filed an application which said that Peter might have caused her daughter’s disappearance out of “greed and ill-will”.She did not expressly accuse Peter Mukerjea of killing Sheena Bora, but said he and Shyamwar Rai could be behind her abduction, making her untraceable and destroying evidence. She also alleged that Peter Mukerjea may have tried to frame her (Indrani) up.The application sought copies of call detail records of Peter Mukerjea for the period between January 2012 and December 2012 and January 2015 to December 2015.Sheena Bora’s murder came to light in August 2015 after Rai, arrested in another case, spilled the beans.Meanwhile, in a related development, the special CBI court allowed the Enforcement Directorate to question Indrani in connection with a money laundering case against her and others including Karti Chidambaram. “It will not be proper to reject the ED application and it is allowed,” said judge J C Jagdale.

Ryan school murder: Bus conductor Ashok Kumar walks free from Bhondsi jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ryan school bus conductor Ashok Kumar walked free from Bhondsi jail on Wednesday, a day after Gurugram court granted him bail in the sensational murder case of Pradyuman Thakur.Earlier on Tuesday, the High Court judge granted bail to the bus conductor due to ‘lack of evidence’. The decision was made after the CBI failed to submit incriminating evidence against Ashok that could directly connect him to the case.”The bail was granted under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, which states that everyone has the right to personal liberty and life,” said Advocate Anil Sharma, who was present in the court on behalf of Ashok’s lawyer Mohit Verma.However, the victim’s family had opposed to giving bail to Kumar, stating that the investigation is not over yet. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is now handling the probe, had also stated that they have not given a clean chit to anyone as of now.On Monday, the CBI submitted the DNA sample report in the Gurugram court. The report stated that the blood samples recovered from Ashok’s shirt by the Haryana Police did not match with that of the murdered child.Meanwhile, a Class 11 student was arrested in connection to the sensational Ryan School murder case.Ashok was accused of murdering a Class II student, Pradyuman Thakur, in a Gurugram school.The seven-year-old was found dead in the washroom of Gurugram’s Ryan School International with his throat brutally slit on September 8.

Ryan murder case: Pinto family get anticipatory bail, bus conductor Ashok considering filing defamation case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Tuesday, the Punjab and Haryana High Court granted anticipatory bail to the Pinto family over the killing of Praduyman in Ryan International School.Reacting to the anticipatory bail, Sushil Tekriwal, the lawyer representing Pradyuman’s family said they would appeal the decision after receiving the court order. He said: “We will file an appeal after receiving copy of the Court’s order & making an assessment of the same.”Meanwhile, Mohit Verma the lawyer of conductor Ashok said they would file a case of defamation after his client was discharged. Anil Sharma, who was filling in for accused bus conductor Ashok’s lawyer Mohit Verma in connection with the Pradyuman murder case, told ANI that there were a lot of differences between findings of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Haryana Police.‘The bail was granted under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. There were lot of differences between findings of CBI and Haryana Police. We were given the benefit of doubt,’ he added.Earlier in the day, the Gurugram District Court granted bail to bus conductor, Ashok, in the Pradyuman murder case.Eight-year-old Pradyuman was found in a pool of blood with his throat slit inside his school, Ryan International, in Gurugram on September 08.The incident sparked a public outcry following which Gurugram police arrested Ashok, accusing him of killing the seven-year-old student.But the CBI, which is now probing the matter, gave him a clean chit and held a class 11 student responsible for the murder.Meanwhile, Sushil Tekriwal, lawyer of Pradyuman’s family said, ‘Pradyuman’s father will continue this fight till justice is served. We have complete trust on the law. Haryana Police has tried to shield the real culprit and botch up the entire investigation’.On Monday, Ashok’s lawyer, Mohit Verma, said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had not presented any evidence against his client till now.Speaking to ANI, Verma said, “The CBI has not been able to present any evidence against him (Ashok). Also, the DNA has not matched”.

Ryan student murder case: Bus conductor Ashok Kumar granted bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A civil court in Gurgaon on Tuesday granted a bail to bus conductor Ashok Kumar, an accused in the murder of Ryan International School student Pradyuman Thakur.On the morning of September 8, Pradyuman was found dead in a toilet of the school with his throat slit, within an hour of his father leaving him at the school.The court observed that CBI did not submit any evidence against conductor Ashok and granted a bail with a bond of Rs 50,000.The Gurgaon police had arrested Kumar, pinning the blame for the crime on him.Kumar’s lawyer Mohit Verma had filed the bail plea after the CBI had on November 8 arrested a Class 11 student of the school in connection with the killing.Verma had said that they had brought to the notice of the court that the CBI has no proof against Kumar. He also said the CBI itself had claimed that the juvenile had confessed to his crime and the motive had also been established by the agency.However, opposing the bail plea, the CBI counsel had said the agency had not reached a stage in its probe where Kumar could be declared innocent.

SC allows Karti Chidambaram to travel abroad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, the Supreme Court finally allowed Karti Chidambaram, son of former union finance minister P Chidambaram, to travel to the United Kingdom from December 1 for 10 days, months after the CBI issued a Lookout Circular restricting his overseas travel.“(Karti is) permitted to go to United Kingdom for the purpose of admitting his daughter in the aforesaid college during 01st December 2017 to 10th December 2017 and he shall file an affidavit with regard to grant or non-grant of admission after his return before this Court,”the bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, said. However, the top court has imposed certain conditions on Karti for this liberty.Karti is required to file an undertaking within three days indicating his flight details and that he will come back by December 10, 2017. “Needless to say, if the undertaking is not complied with, the 1st respondent (Karti) shall face such consequences as may be deemed fit and proper,” the order read.Karti needed the court’s permission to travel abroad since the probe agency had issued a notice against him earlier in June. He has been accused in a case pertaining to alleged kickbacks paid by INX Media for obtaining clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) during P Chidambaram’s reign as finance minister.Karti then challenged the validity of the circular, maintaining that he was cooperating with the CBI and was at their disposal.However, when Karti filed an application seeking permission to travel abroad, the CBI objected and submitted that if Karti was allowed to travel abroad, he may not return.CONDITIONS APPLYSC directed Karti to file an undertaking within 3 days indicating his flight details and stating he will be back by Dec 10, 2017.
The top court warns him of action in case of non-compliance

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

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

Sheena Bora: Now, approver’s letter of confession goes missing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A magistrate court on Friday informed the Special CBI court, hearing the Sheena Bora murder case, that a letter written by accused-turned-approver Shyamwar Rai, about his wish to reveal the true facts about the murder before the magistrate court, is not available with it. The magistrate court has said that it has handed over all documents in connection with the case to the trial court.Special public prosecutor Kavita Patil said, “With regard to the communication that took place between the two courts, the trial court (Special CBI court) informed in the open court that the magistrate court has informed it that all the documents in connection to the case have been handed over by the magistrate court to it. However, it is not that the letter is missing; as it would be somewhere, and it would be found.” When asked about the contents of the letter, Patil said, “It is a letter in which Rai has said that he wanted to confess in connection with the case.”When contacted, defence advocate Shreyansh Mithare said, “We have just heard that the letter, which Rai wrote in jail, is about him wanting to make a confession before the Magistrate about the crime. However, as it is not traceable, now we will have to find another way to get the letter. This step is important as it is a crucial evidence in the matter.”

CBI files case against Deepak Talwar, NGO

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a corruption case against corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar, and his non-government organisation (NGO) Advantage India and others accusing them of siphoning funds received by the NGO. The CBI has registered a case based on a complaint filed by MHA against a New Delhi-based private firm Accordis Health Care Pvt Ltd, NGO Advantage India, its then functionary Deepak Talwar, then MD Raman Kapoor, Sunil Khandewal, a consultant T Kapoor, and other unknown persons for violating Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), criminal conspiracy, forgery, making false statement before authority, using forged document, and attempting to cheat. The complaint relates to the allegations of misutilisation of foreign contribution which were received under the Corporate Social Responsibility Scheme for the purpose of carrying out educational and social activities. The agency also said Advantage India diverted Corporate Social Responsibility funds received from France-based Airbus SAS and UK-based MBDA International. CBI carried out raids at 11 locations across Delhi and seized incriminating documents and other valuables.

Car import case: VK Sasikala husband’s conviction upheld

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Madras High Court on Friday confirmed the trial court’s conviction and sentence of jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala’s husband M Natarajan and three others for two years imprisonment in connection with a two-decade-old Lexus car import case. Dismissing Natarajan’s appeal petition, Justice G Jayachandran upheld the economic offences court verdict convicting all the four accused in 2010.The case pertains to the import of Lexus luxury car in 1994 from the UK as a used car to evade import duty of Rs 1.6 crore. The CBI and ED have registered separate cases. According to the CBI, Natarajan his nephew V Bhaskaran, Yogesh and Sujaritha Sundararajan forged the original sale invoice by changing the vehicle’s manufacturing date to July 1993. They cleared the car under transfer of residence provision and thereby caused a loss of Rs 1.6 crore to the exchequer, it said.

SC seeks explanation on Tej Pratap photo with slain scribe’s ‘killer’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file a report within four weeks on photographs in which former Bihar health minister Tej Pratap Singh was seen with the accused in the Rajdeo Ranjan murder case.The bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra passed the orders on the plea filed by Asha Ranjan, wife of the slain journalist Rajdeo Ranjan. The slain journalist’s widow had demanded an FIR against Tej Pratap for “conspiracy and harbouring and sheltering the proclaimed offenders” in the murder case.Ranjan, a journalist with a Hindi daily was shot dead in May 2016, allegedly at the behest of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Mohammad Shahabuddin.The photograph in question shows Mohammed Kaif, another accused in Ranjan’s murder along with Tej Pratap — son of former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav. Kaif, alleged to be the sharpshooter for Shahabuddin, was absconding when the photographs surfaced.The Bench, that also comprised Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, directed the probe agency to find out the progress made by the police in its investigation into the photos.The court further ordered advocate ARM Pandey, Ranjan’s counsel, to give the CBI copies of the transcript of the news conference held by the Siwan police chief where he has assured an investigation into the photographs.”It was expedient on the part of the Siwan Superintendent of Police to file an FIR… he miserably failed to take action. Kaif is now on bail… Both Kaif and Javed (another accused in the Ranjan case) were remanded only after the writ petition was filed in the SC,” Pandey submitted.Pander said serious action should be taken against Tej Pratap for “harbouring and screening” offenders. However, responding to the submissions, Tej Pratap’s counsel submitted that his client was attending a public function where a “man came up and gave me a bouquet of flowers.”Representing the probe agency, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said, “investigation is yet to begin.” He further added that “the moment I (meaning Yadav) came to know, I should have informed the police. I will have to investigate harbouring.”To this, Tej Pratap’s counsel responded: “Nobody says that I was seen with Kaif prior to the murder.”Tej submissionResponding to the submissions, Tej Pratap’s counsel submitted that his client was attending a public function where a “man came up and gave him a bouquet of flowers.”

Anandpal encounter case: Not investigative, says CBI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>SOG has received great relief in the case of Rajasthan’s one of the most controversial Anandpal encounter case. The CBI admitted in High Court that the case is not investigative and refused probe in this case. After the furious protest by the Rajput community, a letter was sent to the CBI recommending investigation in the matter by the government. On Wednesday, Rajasthan High Court has given the freedom to the petitioner, gangster Anandpal’s wife Rajkanwar saying that she can again plea in the District and Session Court, Churu. Advocate of the CBI, Sachin Acharya, submitted the reply to the court of Justice Sandeep Mehta. He said that the letter sent by the Rajasthan government in which the FIR No. 190/2017 Ratangarh Churu and FIR No.13/2017 have been refused for probe by the CBI saying that this case is not investigative. CBI has denied probe in both FIRs in its report in the High Court.Denial of probe: An advocate of the petitioner, Gordhan Singh, appealed that high court should investigate on its own level but the High Court has denied this. Keeping the side of the government, Additional Advocate General, Shivkumar Vyas told that the SOG and police department have done fair research on the case.The Rajasthan government got a sigh of relief from this. During the hearing in the High Court on Wednesday, Additional Superintendent of Police, Dr Sanjiv Bhatnagar, Additional Superintendent of Police Karan Sharma and Inspector Survey Singh were also present in the court. The Rajasthan High Court has given relief to the petitioner. She can again go to the district and sessions court.The SOG officials are feeling relieved after the CBI refusal.Probe puzzleThe CBI admitted in High Court that the case is not investigative and refused probe in this case. After the furious protest by the Rajput community, a letter was sent to the CBI recommending investigation in the matter by the government. On Wednesday, Rajasthan High Court has given the freedom to the petitioner, gangster Anandpal’s wife.

Bank ATM with Rs 4-5 lakh stolen in Bundi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dodging the police, unidentified miscreants, on intervening Tuesday night plucked an ATM machine containing about Rs 4-5 lakh installed at Central Bank of India branch on Nainwa road in Bundi and fled away by a loading transport vehicle which was also lifted from about 100 meters in the same area. Around four to five youths with covered faces were visible on the CCTV camera.On the report by the bank manager, a case has been lodged.According to Police officials, no night watchman was deployed at the ATM kiosk and the ATM was open to any kind of risk, theft or robbery like incident.The unidentified youths first disconnected the electric supply of the kiosk and plucked out the machine within minutes and fled away by a loading transport vehicle, DSP said and added a loading transport vehicle was last night also lifted (stolen) by unidentified miscreants from about 100 meters away on the same road and police is moving on the investigation with interlinking both the incidents. An employee of the bank, while on the morning walk today morning, noticed the ATM machine missing from the kiosk following which he informed the senior bank branch officials and the police, told CBI bank branch manager Pramod Kumar Ghatiya. The ATM machine, at the time of the incident, is likely to be containing about 4 to 5 lakhs as the ATM was loaded with currency notes two to three days ago, the manager said.

Husband Peter, driver framed me in Sheena murder: Indrani Mukerjea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a fresh twist to the Sheena Bora murder case, accused Indrani Mukerjea on Wednesday, placed the blame for the ‘disappearance’ of her daughter Sheena squarely on her estranged husband Peter Mukerjea and her driver Shyamwar Rai – who is an accused-turned-approver in the case.In the ongoing trial in the case, Rai, who is a prosecution witness, is being cross-examined by Indrani’s lawyers. On Wednesday, Indrani pleaded the special CBI court to provide her with Peter’s call data records, in order to establish her claim.She claimed that she suspects that her estranged husband Peter and driver Rai were behind Sheena’s sudden disappearance. In the two-page application submitted before the special CBI court, Indrani pleaded the court to provide justice to her daughter.Indrani said she fears that Sheena may have lost her life on account of greed, betrayal, jealousy, lust and ill-will of persons whom she dearly loved and trusted, and so she wants the main accused to be punished.The letter, a copy of which is in DNA’s possession, reads that she has strong reasons to believe that Peter, with the assistance of other persons, including Rai, may have conspired and abducted her daughter Sheena in 2012 and made her untraceable; and must have subsequently destroyed evidence.”I also believe that Peter, along with other persons, may have manipulated circumstances to frame me and influence witnesses,” reads the letter, “Also, situations were created and information was provided to lead to my arrest on August 25, 2015 for a heinous crime that they may have committed, aided and abetted.”Stressing on the need for Peter’s call data records, Indrani added, “I am convinced that if we are able to obtain the CDR of Peter’s mobile phone, we will be in a better position to ascertain if Peter and other persons were involved in the disappearance of my daughter Sheena. Also, there would be more clarity on whether Peter and other persons had a role in framing me.”When contacted, Peter’s advocate Shrikant Shivade did not wish to speak on Indrani’s allegations.According to the prosecution, Rai, Indrani and her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna planned the murder and killed Sheena, Indrani’s biological daughter. They also disposed off her body in Pen. Rai later decided to become an approver in the case. Meanwhile, Indrani’s estranged husband Peter was arrested under the charges of conspiracy.

JNU: Theories abound as CBI, cops, probe on Najeeb gets nowhere

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday filed a status report on missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed’s case. Najeeb Ahmed’s case took several interesting turns in the last one year, with the Delhi Police and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday reaching a stand-off after the latter rejected formers’ claim that Ahmed was last seen boarding an autorickshaw from his hostel and was dropped at the Jamia Milia Islamia (JMI).Ahmed (28), a first year MSc student, had gone missing from JNU’s Mahi-Mandvi hostel on October 15 last year, following an alleged scuffle with some members of BJP-affiliate Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the previous night.Initially, the Delhi Police had claimed that Ahmed was taking treatment for depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and his medical condition could be responsible for his disappearance. They had also said that he might have taken up an assumed identity and might be living in a secluded place, to distance himself from everyone. The family, however, had confirmed that Ahmed was suffering from insomnia, but they denied any mental illness angle.In November last year, the Delhi Police Crime Branch, which was investigating the matter, had stated that it had interrogated an autorickshaw driver that ferried him from JNU to JMI, where he used to live before shifting to the JNU hostel.The case again took a turn when a letter was delivered at the Mahi-Mandvi hostel from Aligarh by a woman, who claimed to have spotted Ahmed. The woman had claimed that Ahmed had approached her in a market seeking help. But when the crime branch officials reached the address mentioned in the letter, no one could be found.Later, the Delhi Police said that Ahmed was seen in Darbhanga district of Bihar and a team was also rushed to trace him. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung’s office had also said that he was last seen in Bihar, However, it was later turned out to be a false alarm.In January, the Delhi Police also arrested a man for allegedly making a ransom call to Ahmed’s family and demanding Rs 20 lakh from them.MULTIPLE ATTEMPTSIn November last year, the Delhi Police Crime Branch, which was investigating the matter, had stated that it had interrogated an autorickshaw driver that ferried him from JNU to JMI. After multiple failed theories put forth by the Delhi Police’s crime branch, the Delhi High Court had transferred the case to the CBI on May 16.

Ryan case: ‘Haryana minister told us not to seek a CBI probe’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another revelation in the Ryan murder case, victim Pradyuman’s father, Barun Thakur, alleged on Tuesday that Haryana Cabinet Minister Narbir Singh suggested to the family to not demand a CBI probe.The seven-year-old student of Gurugram’s Ryan International School was brutally murdered inside the school toilet on September 8, within an hour of his father leaving him there.According to the family, PWD, Forest, and Civil Aviation Minister Narbir Singh visited their house in Gurugram on September 14, a day before CM Manohar Lal Khattar announced the decision on CBI probe. Speaking strongly against a probe by the investigative agency, Singh told the family to not demand it. “He visited our house a day before the CM announced the decision. While talking about the incident, he began to give us reasons why we should not demand a CBI probe. He explained how CBI might not even pick up the case for the coming 1.5 years and how we might end up with the same findings as of the Gurugram Police,” Thakur told DNA.Unwilling to give up, however, Thakur requested the minister to go ahead with the CBI inquiry. “We were not pleased with his suggestion and requested him to take our plea forward,” he said.When contacted, Singh did not respond to DNA queries.The Gurugram Police had arrested a bus conductor in the case. Later, however, the CBI announced that a senior student of the same school was behind the murder, and rejected the police’s claim that the conductor was to blame.

Corruption claims on CJI derogatory, but not initiating contempt proceeding hoping ‘goodwill will prevail’: SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the allegations made by Kamini Jaiswal and Prashant Bhushan against Chief Justice Dipak Mishra, saying that the claims were ‘derogatory and contemptuous’.However, the apex court said that it would not initiate contempt proceedings in the hope that ‘goodwill will prevail’A three-judge bench dismissed the plea seeking SIT probe into possible role of sitting HC and SC judges calling it “forum shopping” and contempt.Earlier on Monday, the bench headed by Justice R K Agrawal questioned Bhushan, appearing for Jaiswal, whether filing of two identically-worded petition was not a matter of propriety and would it not tantamount to forum shopping if it is sought to be listed before a particular bench.A bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer had ordered on November 9 that the plea should be heard by a five-judge constitution bench of the senior-most judges of the apex court. However, on November 10, in an unprecedented hearing, a five-judge constitution bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra had ruled that “no judge can take up a matter on his own, unless allocated by the chief justice of India, as he is the master of the roster”.Justice Chelameswar, who is the senior-most judge after the CJI, had termed as “disturbing” the allegations levelled in a CBI FIR and ordered setting up a bench of five top judges of the court as a petition by Jaiswal had alleged there were allegations against Justice Misra. The CBI, in its FIR, lodged on September 19, has named several persons, including former Orissa High Court judge Ishrat Masroor Quddusi, as accused in an alleged corruption case.

Judges bribery case: 3-judge SC bench reserves order

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today reserved its order on the maintainability of a petition in which the issue of alleged bribing of judges has been raised.A three-judge bench headed by Justice R K Agrawal said it was likely to pass an order in the matter tomorrow. During the hearing, the bench questioned advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for petitioner Kamini Jaiswal, whether filing of two identically-worded petition was not a matter of propriety and would it not tantamount to forum shopping if it is sought to be listed before a particular bench.Meanwhile, Attorney General K K Venugopal said the petitioner should withdraw the plea as it has cost the reputation of the institution.”The order is reserved on the maintainability of the plea,” the bench then said. A bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer had ordered on November 9 that the plea should be heard by a five-judge constitution bench of the senior-most judges of the apex court. However, on November 10, in an unprecedented hearing, a five-judge constitution bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra had ruled that “no judge can take up a matter on his own, unless allocated by the chief justice of India, as he is the master of the roster”.It had over-ruled the order of Justice Chelameswar directing a constitution bench hearing, saying “if any such order has been passed by any bench, that cannot hold the field as that will be running counter to the order passed by the constitution bench.” The showdown over the issue of supremacy of constituting a bench in which the authority of CJI was allegedly undermined by a bench headed by Justice Chelameswar.Justice Chelameswar, who is the senior-most judge after the CJI, had termed as “disturbing” the allegations levelled in a CBI FIR and ordered setting up a bench of five top judges of the court as a petition by Jaiswal had alleged there were allegations against Justice Misra. The CBI, in its FIR, lodged on September 19, has named several persons, including former Orissa High Court judge Ishrat Masroor Quddusi, as accused in an alleged corruption case.Quddusi, who had also served as a judge in the Chhattisgarh High Court, was arrested along with Lucknow-based Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences’ chairman B P Yadav, his son Palash Yadav and three others, for allegedly trying to settle a matter relating to a medical college barred from admitting new students. The judge had later been released on bail.

Ryan case: CBI probe reveals destruction of evidence by Gurugram Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Investigation in Pradyuman murder case has revealed illegality and destruction of evidence by Gurugram Police, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sources said on Sunday.Earlier on Wednesday, the murder case of the seven-year-old Ryan International School student took a new turn after the CBI arrested a class 11 student of the same school and gave a clean chit to the bus conductor, who was arrested by the Gurugram Police for the murder and sexual assault of the child. Pradyuman Thakur, was found dead inside the toilet of school premises, with his throat slit on September 8.Earlier, the CBI produced the accused, who is a minor, before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) and demanded his six-day custody.The accused also confessed to his crime in front of his father, the CBI had told a juvenile court. The CBI said that the accused committed the crime in order to postpone the parents-teachers meeting and the exams. Meanwhile, the accused student has been sent to Faridabad observation home where he will be kept until the next hearing in the case on November 22.

CJI Dipak Misra’s bench annuls order passed by Justice Chelameswar into PIL regarding judicial accountability

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an unprecedented move, a 5-judge panel headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Mishra annulled an order passed by Justice Jasti Chelameswar into allegations of judicial corruption.On Thursday, Justice Chelameswar had ordered setting up a 5-judge bench excluding the CJI to probe allegations of bribery to allegedly influence outcome of cases.Another petition on the same issue came up for hearing and were set to be heard on Monday.However, at 3 PM today, CJI Misra constituted a seven-judge bench to review the decision of Justice Chelameswar’s order for a probe yesterday. But, two judges recused themselves, making it a five-man panel.Around 4PM, the 5-member bench panel headed by CJI Misra took the decision to annul the order passed by Justice Chelameswar ordering a probe into allegations of judicial corruption. A five-judge bench declares CJI to be the master of the roster. Any judicial order passed by any other judge to set up a bench will be “ineffective and not binding,” rules the Constitution Bench.Order passed a day ago by Justice J Chelameswar’s bench indirectly annulled.The bench by the CJI didn’t include Justice Chelameswar who is the second senior-most judge in the Supreme Court.The CJI, meanwhile, deemed that he was the only one who can set up benches to look into cases, and no other judge, no matter how senior, could order a formation of a constitutional bench.Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan reportedly stormed out of the court of CJI after he refused to hear his plea. Bhushan claimed he had not been allowed to speak by the bench headed by CJI Misra.HOW IT ALL STARTEDIt all began on Thursday when the Supreme Court on Thursday referred to a constitution bench, comprising five senior-most judges, a plea claiming that alleged bribes were being taken using the names of apex court judges promising to secure favourable settlement of a case.Terming as “disturbing” the allegations levelled in CBI’s FIR that also made former Orissa High Court judge Ishrat Masroor Quddusi as one of the accused, the top court said the plea would come up for hearing before the constitution bench on November 13.The decision that the five senior-most judges would be part of the constitution bench assumes significance in the wake of senior advocate Dushyant Dave’s submission that the medical admission matter, the genesis of CBI FIR, was being heard by the bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and hence, he should not be involved with it either on the judicial or on the administrative side.A bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer issued notices to the Centre and the CBI on the plea seeking setting up of a special investigation team (SIT), to be headed by a retired Chief Justice of India, to probe the matter.”Having regard to the totality of the circumstances, we deem it appropriate that this matter be heard by the constitution bench of the first five judges in the order of seniority of this court,” the court said in its order.Dave, appearing for petitioner lawyer Kamini Jaiswal, referred to the CBI FIR on the basis of which Justice (Retd) Quddusi was arrested and subsequently granted bail.He argued that the facts of the case as alleged by CBI were “disturbing”, as according to the probe agency, a conspiracy was hatched and huge illegal gratification demanded for procuring a favourable order in a matter relating to medical college admissions pending before the top court.Asserting that the matter relates to the “integrity” of the highest judicial fora in the country, Dave told the bench that several incriminating documents were seized by CBI during investigation in the graft case and there was apprehension that these materials could be misused.He sought the passage of an interim order to direct the CBI to hand over these documents, including the case diary, in a sealed cover to the registrar of the court.”We deem it appropriate to direct the second respondent (CBI) to produce the entire material collected by the CBI in the course of investigation of the crime and keep it in a sealed cover and produce the same before the constitution bench on Monday, the November 13,” the bench said.Dave said the medical admission matter, on which the case was lodged by the CBI, was being heard in the apex court by a bench headed by Chief Justice Misra and hence the CJI should not be a part of the constitution bench.The bench was, however, non-committal on this submission.”This matter cannot be heard by the CJI, neither in administrative side, nor in judicial side,” Dave said while urging the apex court to mention in its order that the constitution bench would not comprise the CJI.He said Quddusi, along with some other accused, was arrested in connection with the case and granted bail but the CBI has not appealed against the order enlarging him on bail.Dave also said that besides the six accused named in the FIR, CBI has also mentioned other unknown public servants and private persons alleging they had demanded huge gratification to induce public functionaries by corrupt and illegal means.He claimed that the CBI had allegedly seized Rs two crore cash from an alleged aide of the retired judge and the money was to be given to a hawala operator.”My first concern is that, has the CBI deliberately filed a false case so as to discredit and pressurise this great institution or is there something more to it? This needs a thorough and detailed investigation and truth needs to come out. I pray to the almighty that allegations levelled against this great institution are false,” the senior lawyer said.”People are arrested. They get bail in next 48 hours and then you (CBI) forget about it,” he said.Regarding the materials seized by CBI, Dave said an order should be passed for preservation and protection of these “extremely incriminating materials” and the court could direct the CBI Director to ensure its safe custody or hand it over in a sealed cover to the apex court registrar.Initially, the matter was mentioned in the morning before the bench headed by Justice Chelameswar for an urgent listing of the petition today itself.The court said the matter would come up for hearing before it at 12.45 pm after Dave said it should be heard today itself as the FIR contained serious allegations.”The FIR contained certain allegations which are disturbing. The allegations pertain to the functioning of this court. On perusal of the FIR which was placed before us in the morning, we thought it necessary and proper to take up the matter immediately,” the bench observed.During the hearing, an officer of the apex court registry was spotted in the court room by Justice Chelameswar who asked him about the purpose of his visit.The registry official handed to the bench a photocopy of a note purportedly issued by the CJI’s office which was taken on record by the bench as annexure of its order.”At the same time, we are also duty bound to place the developments that when the hearing of the matter was in progress, the officer of the Registry placed a xerox copy of the proceedings purportedly issued by the Chief Justice of India, a copy of which is annexed to this order,” it noted.Quddusi, who had also served as a judge in Chhattisgarh High Court, was arrested along with Lucknow-based Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences’ chairman B P Yadav, his son Palash Yadav and three others, for allegedly trying to settle a matter relating to a medical college barred from admitting new students.With inputs from PTI

Accused’s kin slam CBI, say he was good at academics

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Adding a new twist into the Ryan International School murder case, family members and friends of the juvenile — accused of murdering the Class II student Pradyuman — rubbished the theory given by CBI officials and stated that he was a bright student. Not just this, he had received appreciation from this very Ryan International School where the crime took place. Earlier, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) maintained that the 16-year-old boy, accused of murdering Pradyuman, had done so in order to postpone exams and the upcoming parent-teacher meeting, as he was a poor studentAs the CBI began their first round of questioning after a Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) allowed the CBI to question him for three days, the boy’s father also reached the JJB home when officials took him away.Investigation into the Pradyuman murder case has already raised many eyebrows. It may be recalled that earlier the Gurugram police had accused the bus conductor Ashok Kumar and arrested him claiming to have solved the murder. Now that the CBI has come up with a parallel line of investigation, questions are again being asked as to how do they justify their contention that the accused was a poor student.In fact, family members showed a report card of the accused where they said he had been given Grade ‘A’ in the emotional skills category, Grade ‘A’ in Attitudes and Values towards teachers, school mates, value system, schools programme and environment.In fact, the family says, the accused has been given A or B grade throughout Class X which doesn’t justify the CBI theory of him being poor in studies. Family members also debunked the theory of him being “mentally unstable” and “weak.”Relatives of the juvenile also revealed that the family had consulted a doctor on one occasion, as they thought he was not mature enough for his age, but otherwise they said he was a happy and a normal child.”My son can never kill anyone. He is innocent,” said the father of the child.”The boy was not only good in studies but also excelled in extra-curricular activities,” said a relative.It’s not just family, even friends of the accused are in shock. One of the accused’s close friends who would travel with him, said, “There was nothing wrong with him. I was sitting in the same section and we both gave the exam. He didn’t have blood on his clothes and was perfectly fine when we went home together.”

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