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Family approaches court day after Max Hospital reopens

A day after Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh reopened after 10 days, the family of the victims approached Rohini Court seeking direction to the concerned investigating agency to file status report and monitor the police investigation.”How can they allow the hospital to function? We want to have all details about the case and how the files have moved so far,” said Ashish Kumar, the father of the premature twin.The hospital had presented its case to the Finance commissioner on Tuesday. “The operation of impugned order is stayed till the next hearing,” says the order by Finance Commissioner. The next hearing is on January 9.”Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh has resumed its operations from today, following a stay order issued by the appropriate Appellate authority to whom an appeal was made. We are fully focused on providing quality care to all our patients and honouring our commitment of ensuring free treatment to the economically weaker sections of the society,” the hospital said in its statement on Wednesday morning.The Delhi government on December 8 had cancelled the license of the hospital’s branch in Shalimar Bagh for wrongly declaring a baby dead. A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.”In compliance of the cancellation order, planned procedures, including 171 chemo therapies, 63 surgeries, and 241 dialysis sessions had to be cancelled, rescheduled or transferred,” the hospital had said in a statement.The Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh, on a monthly basis, attends to nearly 14,000 patients in the OPD, over 1,600 emergency patients, and an additional 3,000 in the inpatient wards.

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EC bribery case: Will take 4-6 weeks to complete probe, says Delhi police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court was today informed by the Delhi Police it would take 4-6 weeks to complete its probe in the Election Commission bribery case allegedly involving AIADMK (leader) T T V Dhinakaran and others.The court directed the Delhi Police Crime Branch to file by December 5, a status report on the current status of investigation.Justice Ashutosh Kumar was hearing a bail plea of co- accused and alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrashekar, who has sought the relief on the ground that he was in jail for six months and a charge sheet against him has been filed in the trial court.During the hearing, the court asked the police about the status of investigation against the other accused — Dhinakaran, his close aide Mallikarjuna, suspected hawala operators Nathu Singh and Lalit Kumar, who were earlier granted bail.To this, prosecutor Ashish Dutta and DCP (Crime) Rajesh Dev said the probe against the other accused was going on and it would be completed within four-six weeks.The court then adjourned the hearing on Chandrashekar’s bail plea and asked the police to file the status report.It also asked the police to inform it as to who was the person who had called the special judge asking her to grant bail to Chandrashekar.Senior advocate Sudhir Nandrajog, who was appearing Chandrashekar, argued that till date the police has not identified a single person in the Election Commission whom the alleged middleman had met in pursuance to the purported conspiracy to get the AIADMK ‘two leaves’ symbol for the Sasikala faction.He further claimed that the charge sheet was hurridly filed to prevent him from getting bail and some stringent provisions were added in the case.Chandrashekar, arrested on April 16, has been denied bail once by the high court and thrice by the trial court.The high court had on June 15 rejected his bail plea on the ground that the police had seized a fake Rajya Sabha member ID card from his possession.A chargesheet was filed by the police before the trial court in the case on July 14 alleging that Dhinakaran and Chandrashekar had conspired to bribe Election Commission (EC) officials to get the ‘two leaves’ symbol for their party.The Delhi Police Crime Branch also included in the charge sheet allegations of forgery for purpose of cheating, using forged document as genuine, possessing a forged document, intending to use it as genuine and criminal conspiracy.Chandrashekar had moved the high court alleging that he was tortured despite an order not to subject him to violence inside the Tihar Jail where he is in custody.The claim was denied by the jail authorities, who said it was an “afterthought of the shrewd mind of the accused”.The high court on July 24 had warned of “serious action” over the allegations of torture and said any such incident would not be tolerated.Chandrashekar was arrested for allegedly taking money from Dhinakaran to bribe EC officials to get the AIADMK ‘two leaves’ symbol for the Sasikala faction in a by-election to the R K Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu.Dhinakaran was arrested here on April 25 after four days of questioning for allegedly attempting to bribe EC officials for the symbol.The bypoll was necessitated by the death of Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, who represented the constituency.The EC had frozen the AIADMK’s symbol after the two factions — one led by Dhinakaran’s aunt Sasikala and the other by former chief minister O Panneerselvam — staked a claim to it.Mallikarjuna was arrested for allegedly facilitating a Rs 50 crore deal between Dhinakaran and Chandrashekar.

Auto-lifting gang targeting scrap dealers busted, 11 held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ever wondered what happens to your car after being declared scrap by an insurance company? The Delhi Police’s Crime Branch has busted an auto-lifting gang that was turning this scrap into gold. As many as 11 people have been arrested and 30 vehicles, including SUVs and high-end sedans, have been recovered.The accused were identified as Mohammad Sibbu, 38, Aamir, 28, Safiq, 23, Mohammad Arzad Ali, 31, YM Sabir Ahmed, 21, Asrar Hussain, 55, Kewal Kamal, 45, Vinay Kumar, 33, Tarun Seoran, 30, Rajesh Kumar, 35, and Atul Chunni, 35.In a novel modus operandi, the gang members would first buy these scrapped vehicles from dealers. They would then steal a vehicle of the same make and interchange the vehicles’ chassis, and registration and model numbers. The stolen vehicles were then sold as original at hefty prices across the country, the police said.During interrogation, the accused revealed that they used to sell stolen vehicles in the open market easily, through their links in various states. Senior police officers said the accused, one of them a graduate, have been involved in disposing off more than 500 stolen luxury cars in Haryana, Punjab, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Nagaland.Additional Commissioner of Police, Crime, Alok Kumar said the accused included a set of middlemen, who would tamper with the engine and chassis numbers and procure forged documents for stolen vehicles.”The gang operated through a network of car dealers across the country. The members would trace vehicles declared as ‘total loss vehicles’ by insurance companies. These vehicles, along with their documents, were then purchased. Later, the gang would target a brand new vehicle of the same make and colour and steal them. A team of experts would replace the original engine number and chassis number with those of the stolen vehicle,” Kumar said.Police said, besides the 30 stolen vehicles, they also recovered laptops, tools, punching keys, grinding machine, and drill machine used to tamper with the chassis and engine numbers of stolen cars from the accused.

Magistrate not shown barrack where Shetye was kept

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the day that Byculla prison inmate Manjula Shetye died after she was allegedly assaulted by prison staff, Magistrate Jyoti Pokhale had visited the prison on a routine, but mandatory procedure, according to the orders passed by the metropolitan magistrate court.This visit was to hear the grievances of the prisoners at a personal level and accordingly make a report of the same. A charge sheet, filed by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch in the Shetye murder case, reveals that Manisha Pokharkar, a jailor who has since been arrested for Shetye’s murder, purposely did not take the magistrate to the barrack where Shetye was kept after she was assaulted.

Cops nab bootlegger for role in mob clash

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police have arrested a man from southeast Delhi’s Sangam Vihar for his alleged involvement in leading a mob to attack a group of people which had left two dead and 15 others injured in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district in mid-July this year. The brutal attack was sparked by a land dispute, police said.Police say that the accused, identified as Sikandar, is also an active bootlegger and mainly supplies in areas of south and southeast Delhi.Sikandar is the second person to be arrested for the killings by Delhi Police in this case. He was arrested from south Delhi’s Tughlaqabad village on Friday based on a tip-off. A pistol was seized from him.Sikandar, who hails from Pichoona village in Bharatpur district, had also been arrested a decade ago by the Malviya Nagar police for allegedly abducting and raping a woman.”It has come to light that Sikandar and his family were involved in a property dispute with another group in his village. Police said that as a result he and his family decided to threaten their rivals into parting with their property.”On July 14, Sikandar, his friends and a few family members left for their village from Delhi, lanced with rifles, pistols, axes and iron rods. There, they confronted the rival group and following a heated argument, Sikandar and his aides assaulted the other group,” said a senior officer.Police said hundreds of rounds were allegedly fired and victims were thrashed using axes and rods. Two persons were dead and 15 others sustained bullet and critical injuries, while the assailants fled immediately from the spot.The incident sparked protests and agitation, and following this, Delhi Police’s Crime Branch managed to arrest one of the attackers two days after the killings. The others so far haven’t been apprehended yet.CasualtiesTwo persons were dead and 15 others sustained bullet injuries and critical injuries in the mob attack.Police said hundreds of rounds were allegedly fired and victims were thrashed using axes and rods. The incident sparked protests. Following this, Delhi the police managed to arrest one of the attackers two days after the killings. The others so far remain at large.

17-year-old stages his own abduction to help girlfriend

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 17-year-old boy and his 19-year-old friend were held by Sakinaka police on Saturday after the juvenile staged his own kidnapping and attempted to get his family to part with Rs 50 lakh as ransom. The juvenile informed the police that he wanted to help his girlfriend’s family by providing financial help, and was also planning to elope with his girlfriend.According to the police, at around noon on Friday, the juvenile had “gone missing” and his family had lodged a complaint at Sakinaka police station stating that he had been abducted by someone, following which a case of kidnapping was formally registered.While the local police station and Crime Branch unit 10 had just begun their investigation, the missing juvenile’s family received a phone call from an unknown number, and the caller informed them that their son had been kidnapped.The caller demanded Rs 50 lakh. The ‘abductor’ told the family to deliver the money at Manor in Palghar, and also threatened that if they informed the police, their son would be killed. Following the phone call, the police immediately tracked the mobile number to a lodge in Palghar district.”He thought that he could solve his girlfriend’s family’s financial crisis, and also could flee with her. He took the help of his childhood friend to stage the kidnapping,” said a crime branch officer, adding that both the girl and boy are natives of Talasari in Palghar, and the juvenile was only visiting Sakinaka for eight days.

Charge sheet filed against 2008 Ahmedabad blasts accused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A charge sheet was filed in a local court today against Shoaib Pottanikal, an accused in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial bomb blasts case, who was recently arrested from Kerala. The Crime Branch said in the charge sheet that Pottanikal was behind all the eighteen blasts that rocked the city on July 26, 2008, killing 56 people and injuring 150. The charge sheet, filed in the court of metropolitan magistrate J A Barot, said Pottanikal conspired with other accused, including the Indian Mujahideen co-founder and the the main accused Yasin Bhatkal, to carry out the blasts. Pottanikal, who is from Malappuram in Kerala, was charged under IPC sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 120 (B)(conspiracy), apart from offences under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Explosive Substances Act. Earlier, the Crime Branch had filed charge sheets against as many as 79 accused in this case. He was arrested from Kozhikode in May this year. Seventeen other accused are still at large. The police learnt about Pottanikal’s role after the arrest of Sainuddin and Sarfuddin, who allegedly provided the electronic chips used in the explosive devices. Yasin Bhatkal had also revealed Pottanikal’s role during the questioning, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fake job racket busted, one arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police have arrested one person and claimed to have busted a “job racket” in which people from across the country were lured through an online portal on the pretext of getting them jobs. The Crime Branch’s Cyber Cell was investigating a case registered on the basis of a complaint by Shrikant Acharya, who was allegedly cheated of Rs 1.98 lakh by the accused, they said. A police team arrested Sanjeet Kumar Singh on August 16, DCP (Crime) Bhisham Singh said. “Two hard disks, agreement documents, cheque books for 14 different bank accounts and other incriminating documents were recovered from the premises of the company run by the accused in Jhandewala Extension,” he said. During investigation, the police received complaints of some more victims, who were allegedly cheated on the pretext of being provided jobs, the officer said. The accused is in police custody and the matter is being investigated, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC raps Maha govt for not following law in inmate death case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court today reprimanded the Maharashtra government for making a “deliberate” attempt to term the death of a jail inmate as accidental and said the authorities have failed to follow law which mandates magisterial inquiry in custodial deaths. The high court asked the Mumbai Crime Branch to provide necessary documents to the magistrate concerned to facilitate immediate inquiry into the death of Manjula Shette. The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by city resident Pradeep Bhalekar, seeking a probe by an independent agency into the death of Shette, an inmate of the Byculla prison here. The 45-year-old murder convict’s death had sparked protests by inmates of the jail in central Mumbai last month. “Under section 176 (1) (a) and (3) and (4) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), custodial death matters have to be referred to the concerned magistrate within 24 hours. And all concerned documents have to be handed over to the magistrate for inquiry,” said a division bench of justices R M Savant and Sadhana Jadhav. Shette died at the JJ Hospital on June 23 and the jail authorities initially registered a case of accidental death. The next day (June 24) an inmate lodged an FIR alleging Shette was assaulted by jail personnel. Following the complaint, six women jail staffers were arrested. “However, in this case, the police termed it as an accidental death and tried to put an end to everything. The incident occurred on June 23. The FIR was lodged on June 24 and a letter was sent to the concerned magistrate on July 6, asking for inquiry to be carried out,” Justice Savant said. “All that the Crime Branch, which is investigating the case, is trying to do is justifying things. There has been absolutely no compliance of section 176 (1) (a), (3) and (4). By sending a letter over a week after the incident has made the entire procedure infructuous,” the high court maintained. “We feel all this was done deliberately. We are not at all impressed with the contentions submitted by the authorities on the delay in asking a magistrate to carry out inquiry,” the bench said. The court noted that even after the magistrate asked the investigating agency to submit before it all documents pertaining to the case, the police have till date submitted only the copies of FIR and post-mortem report. “We direct the Crime Branch to provide all necessary documents to the magistrate to facilitate the inquiry immediately. We direct the magistrate to continue with the inquiry,” the court said and posted the matter for further hearing on August 21. The high court observed the purpose of asking a magistrate to conduct an inquiry in custodial deaths is to ensure the entire process is independent and the actual cause of the death is ascertained. “The law also mandates for the magistrate to remain present during inquest panchnama of the body and for the post- mortem to be video-graphed and the footage to be submitted to the magistrate,” the bench observed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Goa police drag feet on US bribery case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Just like Luis Berger bribery case, a report has surfaced in which a US-based consultancy has confessed before the US Justice Department of paying bribe in crores of rupees to unknown officials to get a water project contract in Goa between 2011 and 2015. In Luis Berger bribery case, Goa police took cognizance of media report and even arrested former PWD Minister Churchill Alemao. But, this time Goa police are dragging their feet.In July 2015, on the basis of that media report Crime Branch Registered FIR and 5-6 teams of Crime Branch flew to the different parts of India and arrested Luis Berger officials and a Hawala operator. Then BJP government had praised the swift action of the Crime Branch.Now, another report has surfaced in which another US based consultancy firm CDM Smith has admitted before the US Justice Department of paying a bribe of $25,000 to some officials to get a water project contract in Goa. But, contrary to Luis Berger episode, Goa police are yet to initiate any action.When contacted, a couple of senior police officers said an inquiry can be initiated only on the basis of state government issuing necessary directions.Meanwhile, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari has directed the National Highway Authority of India to conduct an inquiry into the bribery allegations involving NHAI officials.

Explain delay in taking Shetye to hospital: HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Monday asked Byculla Prison officials why it took them so long to take inmate Manjula Shetye to the hospital, after she was allegedly assaulted. Shetye died in custody on June 23, before she could be taken to JJ Hospital. Six prison officials have been arrested by the Mumbai Crime Branch for alleged involvement in the case.A division bench of Justice RM Sawant and Justice Sadhana Jadhav observed, “What did you (prison officials) do after the incident came to light? Why is the FIR registered by a prison inmate and not jail officials?” The court has asked the department to file an affidavit within two weeks in reply to a Public interest litigation (PIL) filed by activist Pradeep Bhalekar. He alleged there was a delay in registration of the offence and sought to transfer the probe of the case to the Criminal Investigation Department. Advocate Nitin Satpute, who represents Bhalekar, relied on media reports and Shetye’s post mortem reports to argue that IPC Section 377 (Unnatural Sex) should be applied.Public Prosecutor Mankuwar Deshmukh said that the Crime Branch was handling the investigation and no case has been made for Section 377. However, the bench said “Tell us why the section should not be applied to your affidavit…” It reiterated why no report was filed by jail officials. “Do inmates have access?,” it asked, “Are they supposed to call the police if there is an incident in prison? Whose responsibility was it?”

‘Autopsy report reveals Manju Shette suffered head injuries’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The detailed post-mortem report of Byculla jail inmate Manju Shette, who died after allegedly being assaulted by prison guards, has revealed that she suffered injuries on her head as well as body, dean of the state-run J J Hospital, Dr T P Lahane, said today. “The detailed post-mortem report of Manju Shette shows that she had head injuries apart from injuries on her body,” Lahane said. Shette (45) died at the J J Hospital on June 23 after being allegedly beaten up by the Byculla jail officials and staff as she “failed” to account for two eggs and five loaves of bread, which were distributed by her to the inmates, police has said. Police had registered a case of murder against the jail officials. On Saturday, the Crime Branch of Mumbai Police arrested all the six accused — Manisha Pokharkar, Wasima Shaikh, Shital Shegokar, Surekha Gulve, Aarti Shingne and Bindu Naikade. After Shette’s death, around 200 prisoners had launched a protest on June 24 for their demands, including allowing the media inside the Byculla jail premises. Indrani Mukerjea, the prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, was among the inmates who were booked by police for rioting and other offences after they staged a protest over Shette’s death. Indrani had earlier lodged a complaint with Nagpada police alleging that she was beaten up by jail officials and threatened of sexual assault after the death of a convict sparked protest in the prison. The complaint, which was accessed by the media today, also said that jail official Bindu Naikade, who was later arrested over the murder of Shette, was posted to guard her (Indrani) on June 24. “On the morning of June 24, Naikade was posted to guard me,” Indrani said in the complaint. The police had earlier said that Shette was allegedly tortured and a stick was inserted in her private parts. However, Maharashtra State Women’s Commission chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar had last week said that a magisterial inquest ruled out any injury on Shette’s private parts though her autopsy suggested multiple injuries on the body. The Women’s Commission has also said that it would form a three-member SIT in connection with Shette’s death. It will be chaired by a retired high court judge and it would comprise a retired senior police officer and a woman NGO member. The Mumbai Police Crime Branch has taken over the probe into Shette’s death.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ramjas College clashes: Court dismisses police’s transfer plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court has dismissed a plea filed by the police seeking to transfer to another court a complaint to lodge an FIR in the Ramjas College incident in which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Satish Kumar Arora rejected the transfer application of Delhi Police Crime Branch after the investigating officer failed to appear in the court for the second time. The matter would come up for further proceedings on July 19 before Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra, who has been hearing it. The police filed the transfer application saying the power to deal with the cases of Delhi Police Crime Branch was vested with the CMM and the magistrate had no jurisdiction to try the matter. It is pertinent to mention that after the filing of the complaint by advocate Vivek Garg, the CMM had marked it to the court of magistrate Malhotra. Complainant Garg opposed the police’s plea saying it has been delaying the matter and hesitating to file a proper action taken report as it was not willing to probe the incidents. During the hearing of the complaint before the magistrate, the police had earlier said the Commissioner of Delhi Police has constituted an enquiry committee which has been probing complaints relating to the incidents of February 21-22 this year and has so far examined 62 witnesses, including student groups and police officials. Garg has filed the complaint seeking lodging of an FIR into the incidents during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised at Ramjas College by members of students groups AISA and SFI. Maintaining that a similar incident had taken place in JNU last year, the plea alleged that “massive anti-national slogans/activities were being carried out by leaders/students of AISA/SFI in Ramjas College, shamelessly and openly which supported India’s enemy i.e. Pakistan. The criminal acts of accused were also boosting morale of terrorists against our country.” It has claimed that the organisers of the seminar had misled the college administration to obtain its nod for the event and “conducted activities against the nation and tried to wage a war against the country”. It has sought lodging of an FIR for the alleged offences of sedition, criminal conspiracy, waging war against the State and defamation under the IPC. On February 21, members of RSS student wing ABVP had gathered outside the college and shouted slogans in protest against a seminar for which JNU students Omar Khalid and Shehla Rashid were invited. The ABVP members allegedly pelted stones, vandalised the venue and disrupted the seminar. The next day violent clashes erupted between Left and ABVP students leaving several students and three teachers injured.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Byculla Jail violence | Saw prisoner who died being dragged with dupatta: Indrani Mukerjea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sheena Bora murder case accused Indrani Mukerjea, booked for rioting in a women’s prison in Byculla along with other inmates, on Wednesday told the CBI court that she saw prisoner who died being dragged with dupatta around her neck.The court has permitted Indrani Mukerjea to approach police to lodge her complaint against Byculla prison officials. Indrani moved a court alleging that she was beaten up by the jail officials after the death of a convict sparked a protest in the prison.Following the death of Manju Govind Shette after allegedly being beaten up by a woman official of the jail on June 23, the enraged inmates rose in protest on Saturday, some of them went up to the prison’s terrace while others made a bonfire of newspapers and documents inside the premises to express their anger.The police had earlier said Manju, whose death triggered protests in the prison, was allegedly tortured and a stick was inserted in her private parts.”These allegations are part of an FIR filed against the jail staff. We are probing the matter,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-3), Akhilesh Singh had said.The police had earlier suspended six jail staffers and booked them on the charge of murder. The Byculla jail, located in the heart of the city, houses around 251 inmates.The Mumbai Police Crime Branch has taken over the probe into the death of a woman convict who was lodged in the Byculla prison here.The Commissioner of Mumbai Police has issued an order, as per which the crime branch will investigate the death of convict Manju Shette, the official said.

HC asks crime branch if it can handle matka cases

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The High Court has asked the Crime Branch whether it is capable to handle matka gambling related cases or not. The court has directed the Crime Branch to file its reply on Wednesday. The petitioner is pleading to transfer the investigation into the widespread matka operations to the CBI.During the hearing before the High Court on Tuesday, Crime Branch stated that they have recently conducted many raids and have booked many accused to curb Matka gambling in the state. Crime Branch also informed the court that recently they have shut down nine matka related websites.Contradicting contentions of the investigating agency, Petitioner Kashinath Shetye contended that the Crime Branch is merely arresting small agents as an eyewash.”As they have failed to trace the source of origin of the matka number, the investigation of the case has to be transferred to the CBI”, the petitioner said alleging that the Crime Branch is not competent to track the main bookies.

HC directs TN police to produce records on sale of idols

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court today directed the Tamil Nadu Police to produce records before it on the sale of two idols made of five-metal alloys and worth about Rs 20 crore by officials of its Idol Wing, without recording its seizure. Justice R Mahadevan gave the order orally while hearing a petition by advocate ‘Elephant’ G Rajendran, seeking a direction to transfer the probe to the Crime Branch of the CID from the Idol Wing and posted the matter for further hearing to June 29. According to Rajendran, Arokiaraj and Santhanam were arrested on April 4 when they were attempting to sell the panchaloha idols to a foreign national. Police later handed over the two along with the idols to the Idol Wing. Idol Wing Inspector Kader Batcha and Sub Inspector Gopal instead of taking action against Arokiaraj and Santhanam, sold the idols to a smuggler for Rs 15 lakh, without recording its seizure. On a complaint from DSP Ashok Natarajan of the Idol Wing, criminal cases were registered against Kader Batcha, Subraj and a constable of the wing. Meanwhile, Batcha was promoted as DySP. Rajendran submitted that case was now handled by an officer in the rank of inspector of the wing and he cannot effectively handle the case, as Batcha’s rank is senior than the investigating official. Contending that the protectors of the antique has committed a crime, the petitioner submitted that the accused were not suspended till today and there was every chance of them escaping from the clutches of law. He sought transfer of the case from the Idol Wing to the Crime Branch of the CID and filing of a charge sheet against the three within a time frame fixed by the court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2 members of wanted Irani gang held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two members of the wanted Irani gang who posed as police and CBI officials in order to rob and dupe people have been arrested by the Delhi Police.They would stop vehicles and pose as officials and then ask them to get their belongings checked on suspicion. Later they would flee with the bag.The accused men also have a case registered against them in Mumbai under MCOCA.”The accused have been identified as Hasan Aziz Sayyad and Amjad Sameer. Sayyad had been involved in six cases of cheating registered at Mumbai while he was a minor. The gang is known by the same of ‘Naasir Irani gang’ and their leader Naasir was residing in the Capital on a fake identity. He was arrested by the west district earlier,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, North, Jatin Narwal.He added that Sayyad is wanted in the MCOCA case whereas Sameer was out on bail in a MCOCA case registered at Thane, Mumbai. Ten cases of snatching in the area have been solved with their arrest.The accused men would pose themselves as Crime Branch and CBI officials and dress up in Safari suits in order to behave like undercover cops. The gang operated with at least four persons at a time.

Three nabbed for betting on match

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police’s Crime Branch has arrested three persons for placing bets during the final match of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan on Sunday.Sources said the money involved in the betting racket started from lakhs of rupees and had reached a crore by the time the arrest were made.”The arrested have been identified as Rajesh Kumar (46), Nitin Arora (38) and Nitin Grover (28). They were arrested from a hotel in North Delhi’s Civil Lines area,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Madhur Verma.Acting on a tip-off, police arrested the trio, who allegedly work as bookies, while they were placing bets during the ongoing match. The accused disclosed that they had been betting on other international and domestic cricket matches as well.Police officials stated that the modus operandi worked like this. The arrested accused would receive bets over mobile phones from people who were called “punters” in the field of betting and rates were decided ball by ball.These people recorded the bets in their laptops and at the end of the match calculated the total bets, profit and loss incurred by every person or punter who had placed the bet. A live mobile phone line known as ‘dabba’ used to transmit rates of the match. These rates fluctuated from ball to ball.Police officials said that the three bookies used to book a room in a hotel or guest-house in a posh locality. They would keep changing locations for every match.Ten mobile phones fixed in a suitcase, which were used as Dabba Lines, 16 Mobile phones, three laptops and two television sets were also recovered

ED opposes in HC bail plea of businessman in PMLA case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today opposed in the Delhi High Court the bail plea of a businessman arrested in connection with a post-demonetisation money laundering case, also involving a lawyer. The agency told Justice A K Chawla that the accused had allegedly illegally converted demonetised notes into valid currency. The ED’s counsel Ajay Digpaul submitted that accused Yogesh Mittal, who was today sent to judicial custody by a trial court here, was “instrumental in picking up the demonetised cash during the period of November 14-19 last year and deposited it in various bank accounts of shell companies”. He told the court that Mittal, who was arrested on June 5 for the offence of money laundering, could seek bail from the trial court also. The petitioner’s lawyer claimed that his arrest was illegal as he had already joined the investigation and appeared before the ED on 10 occasions. He contended that Mittal was not named in any of the scheduled offences listed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for him to be arrested under this law. Mittal, in his plea, has said that no enforcement case investigation report (ECIR) has been lodged against him and that the ED has not followed the procedure laid down under the Criminal Procedure Code prior to arresting him. However, his contention was opposed by the ED on the ground that he was picked up in connection with his alleged role in the illegal conversion of demonetised currency notes worth Rs 51 crore in “connivance” with lawyer Rohit Tandon, a suspended Kotak Mahindra bank manager and another person who had acted as the entry operator or illegal fund router. A “conspiracy” was hatched among Mittal, Tandon’s CA, Kamal Jain, ex-bank manager Ashish Kumar, entry operator Raj Kumar Goel and others, the agency claimed. It contended that the accused allegedly planned to collect and deposit the demonetised currency in various accounts of firms which have huge cash in hand and from those accounts demand drafts (DDs) in fictitious names would have been issued. “Later, these DDs would be cancelled to get the money back into the accounts, thus converting the demonetised currency into monetised currency,” the agency said. Currency notes of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 were demonetised by the government on November 8 last year. The ED took over the case and registered an FIR under the PMLA after taking cognisance of a Delhi Police Crime Branch FIR on alleged fake accounts with deposits of Rs 34 crore.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

6th arrest in smuggling case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Crime Branch team on Thursday arrested Ukaaram Nai alias Ramesh from Mumbai in connection with the smuggled gold seized from Ahmedabad international airport a fortnight ago.This is the sixth arrest in the case. The consignment had been sent from Dubai.Inspector RS Suvera told mediapersons on Friday that Ramesh admitted he was working at a shop in Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai. He got involved in gold smuggling in January 2013.

Govt asks EOW to probe financial irregularities in OSCB

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Odisha government today asked the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of Crime Branch of state police to probe into financial irregularities to the tune of Rs 29.57 crore in Odisha State Cooperative Bank (OSCB), Rourkela. An estimated amount of Rs 29.57 crore worth irregularities at the Rourkela branch of the OSCB was detected between 2005 and 2015. “We have asked the EOW of the Crime Branch to probe into the irregularities detected during a special audit, Cooperation minister S N Patro told reporters. The minister said the department has also ordered the OSCB registrar to initiate proceeding against all the accused persons and initiate legal action against erring bankers. On official statement issued by the minister said that a special public prosecutor will be appointed to start trial against the loan defaulters and legal process initiated soon to attach their properties. The minister said the special audit report has also recommended recovery of money from three former branch managers Siba Kumar Das, Sanjeeb Mishra and Raghunath Sahoo respectively. These three managers had disbursed loans without keeping required surety. Meanwhile, Raghunath Sahu, one of the accused manager said: “I have not committed any irregularities. We have to verify the basis of the special audit.” Earlier, the cooperation department had also handed over a similar fraud case in Malkangiri district to the EOW of Crime Branch.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rape victim’s father opposes CBI closure plea, seeks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the CBI has sought closure of the case related to the rape of a seven-year-old girl at Vasco, the victim’s father today filed an application in a local court alleging that there were serious lapses in the investigation. In his application submitted before Judicial Magistrate First Class at Vasco, the victim’s father Apurva Nagvekar opposed the CBI’s application seeking closure of the case as they could not find the accused and sought that thorough investigation be carried out in the case “as the culprit should not remain scot-free”. The girl was raped inside the toilet of her school by an unidentified person in January, 2013. The Goa Police’s Crime Branch had conducted the investigation. However, since the police failed to identify the culprit, the case was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which interrogated 391 suspects, but failed to achieve a breakthrough. In December last year, the CBI had filed the application for closure of the case before the JMFC, which the victim’s father has opposed. In his two-page application, he said, “The report is bristling with inaccuracies and omissions, apart from indicating that no thorough investigation has yet been done in the case by the CBI.” The closure report is silent on the investigation carried out by CID (Crime Branch), he said adding, “The statement of the security guard, who was on duty on the fateful day, was not recorded by the CBI.” Pointing out several “omissions” in the probe, he said the CBI, which was entrusted with the investigation, because of dissatisfaction about prior investigation, has not further recorded the statement of the first informant, the suspects, the headmistress of the school and others considering that the investigation has to start from scratch,” he claimed. He also said that the identification parade of the suspects was not carried out. The court today adjourned the case till July 4, when it would decide whether the CBI’s application for closure of the investigation be allowed or not.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nine arrested in connection with contractor’s murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police today claimed to have solved a murder case of a contractor by arresting nine persons from Murbe on Taloja Road last night. A 28-year-old building contractor Vikrant Keni from Ahiregaon village in Dombivali was shot dead on May 30 over a long-standing property dispute with the main accused Sriram Bhagat, said police. Addressing reporters here Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Makarand Ranade said the nine accused were arrested by Crime Branch officials from Murbe on Taloja Road last night after the cops received information that they were planning to flee to Goa. Bhagat and Vikrant had a dispute over a land property and on the date of the incident too they had a quarrel over parked JCB, said police. Police said Sriram gave revolver to his son Mangesh and asked him to kill the victim, police added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Liquor being smuggled to dry Bihar seized in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police has seized over 500 cartons of liquor near Chhatarpur, which were allegedly being smuggled to Bihar, where prohibition is in force, by two persons who pretended to be transporting vegetables. The Crime Branch of the police has arrested the accused, Deputy Commissioner of Police Madhur Verma said. According to Verma, the liquor cartons were being transported to Patna from Gurgaon via a “specially designed truck”. Police laid a trap near Chhatarpur in south Delhi and apprehended the accused. “When stopped, the driver of the truck said that he was carrying vegetables to be delivered to Noida. The truck was then thoroughly checked and around 520 cartons of liquor were seized,” he said. Police claimed the accused have told them that the consignment of a Gurgaon-based liquor supplier was to be off- loaded in Patna. The accused claimed that they had transported such consignments earlier too, the DCP said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Racket dealing with wild animal body parts busted in Odisha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man was today held and body parts of over 400 monitor lizards were seized in a joint operation by Odisha Crime Branch, state Forest Department and the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB). The accused was held from from Brahmeswarpatna locality of the state capital region during the raid, official sources said. The man, said to be the alleged mastermind of the racket, has been detained, Special DG, Crime Branch B K Sharma said. As many as 210 dried hemipenes (sexual organs) of monitor lizards have been seized during the joint raid, Sharma said, adding that a case has been registred under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. The crime branch was earlier alerted by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) regarding presence of such racket Odisha’s capital.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Crime Branch to assist probe into e-rickshaw driver’s killing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Crime Branch has been roped in to assist a probe into the killing of an e-rickshaw driver who had objected to two men urinating outside the GTB Nagar Metro Station here. The police said that eight teams are working to crack the case. They are probing other angles including personal enmity and professional rivalry, a senior police officer said today. The police called a few men for questioning and inquiry but no headway had been made so far. It is suspected that the accused were students of School of Open Learning, Delhi University. Delhi Police spokesperson Dependra Pathak said that the Crime Branch has been brought in to assist the district police in its probe in the case. The Crime Branch team visited the spot and questioned some eyewitnesses. Ravinder (32) was beaten to death allegedly by a dozen men after he objected to two of them urinating in public near the metro station on Saturday. Two men had bought liquor from a shop near the metro station and consumed it near Gate No. 4. They urinated outside the station, to which Ravinder, objected, the police said. He had asked them to use a public toilet nearby. The police have collected CCTV footage from the liquor shop in which two of the accused can be seen. They are trying to ascertain their identity. Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had condemned the killing and directed the authorities to punish the culprits. Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, accompanied by Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari, met the family members of the victim yesterday. The Delhi government has announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for Ravinder’s family.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi cops hunt for kidney racket middleman in Hyderabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police team is carrying out raids in Hyderabad for a middleman who used to scout for needy families looking for kidney donors. The Crime Branch had arrested four persons, including a woman, for their alleged involvement in the illegal sale and purchase of kidneys. A team is currently in Hyderabad looking for one person who goes by the name of Venky, sources said. He works at a pharmacy in Hyderabad and would find out about patients looking for kidney donors and would guide them to his accomplices in Delhi. The inter-state racket was busted last week after an MBA student, along with a news channel reporter, contacted the Crime Branch officials in April. The student had posed as a donor to dig deep into the racket and through spy devices provided to him by the Crime Branch recorded the entire process from his meetings with the middlemen, to his screening process at the hospital. The four accused — Jayant Sahoo, Sulekha Panda, Anoj Patra and Birju Paswan — are currently in police custody and are being interrogated. It has been found that they have their own ‘persons’ working at chemist shops in hospitals and diagnostic centres in Delhi and some other cities, said a senior police officer. Venky is one of them. He is currently absconding after learning about the arrest of his accomplices. He would target those patients who purchased medicines for kidney ailments. After finding out that they were looking for donors, they would put them in touch with the middlemen who would gauge their financial capacity and then make them meet potential donors. The student was given a separate identity with fake ID cards so that he could pass off as a member of the family of the recipient. The middlemen targeted helpless families who were looking for kidney donors. They were induced and charged huge amounts of money with the promise to complete necessary documentation and formalities for the smooth transplant operations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IPL betting racket busted at Crowne Plaza in Rithala, 9 held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the country was busy enjoying the IPL finale between Mumbai Indians and Pune Warriors on Sunday evening, a team of Crime Branch sleuths was conducting a secret raid at a five-star hotel in Rithala, Crowne Plaza, to bust a betting racket. As many as nine people were arrested and it is now being probed whether the hotel staffers were involved in the racket, police said.A team of Eastern Rage Crime Branch conducted the raid and arrested the nine men, identified as Kunal Miglani, Sumit Kalra, Jitender Kumar, Nitin Harjani, Nikhil Goswami alias Nannu, Amit Kumar Dhingra, Sumit Sharma, Rajesh Jain, and Naveen Kumar. Ten mobile phones, three laptops, seven book numbers (mobile phones used to place a bet), two local line numbers called dibba, and some note sheets used to book the bets were recovered from their possession.According to the police, the Crime Branch had been receiving inputs that a suspect, Kunal Miglani, who had been held for gambling and cheating earlier, one Sumit Kalra, and their associates were running an IPL betting racket.”Information was gathered and it was established that the suspects have booked a room in a Rithala hotel for Sunday. A raiding team was formed and the identified hotel room was raided. Nine people found to be running a betting racket were apprehended,”DCP (Crime) Madhur Verma said.The accused were watching the match live in the hotel room.Talking about the group, Verma said:”The accused started their own betting network to earn quick and easy money. Miglani was initially working with Garg, and getting a salary for it. Garg introduced him to Sonu, who provided him with the latest updates of the bet rates through local line phone number. Kalra and Jitender disclosed that they were receiving latest updates of bet rates from Sunil through a local line phone number. Miglani has been arrested in a case of gambling and cheating earlier.”

Bribery-case-Dinakaran?s-custody-extended-till-May-29

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A Delhi court on Monday extended the judicial custody of ousted All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader T.T.V. Dinakaran till May 29. Dinakaran was produced before a Delhi court through video conferencing. Earlier, the Delhi Crime Branch recovered Dinakaran’s five bank accounts from Chennai, through which transactions of huge amount were carried out, after which the police sought for further remand of the ousted AIADMK leader. As per sources, most of the amounts were paid to a Hawala Operator. Dinakaran’s Chartered Accountant was also called by the crime branch for questioning in the matter. The crime branch officials also recovered mobile phone of alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrashekhar from Chennai and also found the details of communication between Chandrashekhar and Dinakaran. Dinakaran had reportedly, through Chandrashekhar, sought the ‘Two Leaves’ symbol of the AIADMK by allegedly trying to bribe an Election Commission official. The Crime Branch recovered approximately Rs. 1.3 crore and two luxury cars, a BMW and a Mercedes from Chandrashekhar. Chandrasekhar was picked up from the Hyatt hotel and was produced at the residence of Special Judge Poonam Chaudhry, who allowed the Delhi Police’s plea to interrogate the accused for eight days. During his third day of interrogation by the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police, Dinakaran finally accepted that he met Chandrashekhar, the man alleged to be the middleman in his bribery dealing with the Election Commission. Dinakaran, sources said, initially refused to have known Chandrashekhar. He later accepted meeting him when Chandrashekhar himself gave the details of his meeting with the former.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court seeks Dhinakaran’s reply to cops’ plea for voice samples

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special court today directed AIADMK (Amma) faction leader TTV Dhinakaran and an alleged middleman, arrested in an Election Commission bribery case, to respond to Delhi Police’s plea for voice samples. Special Judge Poonam Chaudhry asked the counsel for Dhinakaran and Sukesh Chandrashekar to file their replies on May 15. Delhi Police’s Crime Branch submitted before the court that they needed the voice samples for their probe into the Rs 50-crore graft case. It said they had a CD containing audio recordings of phone conversations between Dhinakaran and Chandrashekar and others, and they wanted to compare the audios with the voice samples. After the counsel for the two accused sought time to go through the application, the court listed it for May 15. Dhinakaran and Chandrashekar were also brought to the court from judicial custody in pursuance to its production warrants issued earlier. Meanwhile, the court also extended till Monday Chandrashekar’s judicial custody, which would have expired tomorrow. Dhinakaran, his close aide Mallikarjuna and alleged hawala operator Nathu Singh are also in judicial custody till May 15. Dhinakaran was arrested here on the night of April 25 after four days of questioning for allegedly attempting to bribe an unidentified EC official to get the undivided AIADMK’s ‘two leaves’ election symbol. His faction hoped to obtain the symbol for a by-election to the R K Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu, which was later cancelled by the Election Commission (EC). The EC had frozen the AIADMK’s symbol after two factions of the party — one led by Dhinakaran’s aunt Sasikala and the other by former chief minister O Panneerselvam — staked a claim to it. Dhinakaran has been accused of allegedly arranging the amount from undisclosed sources and getting it transferred from Chennai to Delhi through illegal channels. Mallikarjuna was arrested for allegedly facilitating the Rs 50-crore deal between Dhinakaran and Chandrashekar, who was arrested on April 16. Singh was held on the night of April 27 with the police claiming that he was given Rs 1 crore to hand over to Chandrashekar. The money was meant to be paid as a bribe to someone in the EC, the police had told the court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi fav target of terror groups but we are working to ward

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police is constantly working to ward off any terror threat in the city which is a “favourite target” for terror groups, police commissioner Amulya Patnaik has said. The special cell of the Delhi Police is working on alerts and is in constant touch with other agencies to ward off any terror threat, he said. The force is mulling upgrading its functioning through technology intervention to tackle any threat in the city, Patnaik said. “We are in the process of upgrading our technology. Special units like the Crime Branch and the Special Cell are upgrading their technological preparedness regularly. “In the times to come, we can take expert help in technological research and upgrade our technology,” the senior IPS officer told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

3 arrested for cheating youths after promising jobs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police’s crime branch has arrested three men for allegedly cheating unemployed youths through a fake call centre in East Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar area. The arrests were made after a complaint from an M.Com final-year student from Bhubneshwar in Odisha was received by the crime branch in March this year. The girl student alleged that she was duped of Rs 8,800 by a job site. During preliminary investigation, crime branch sleuths analysed call records of mobile phones used by the accused and the bank account in which money was deposited by the complainant, said Ramgopal Naik, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch). Policemen later located the fake call centre in Laxmi Nagar area. The three accused were arrested by a crime branch team from there on May 3, he said. “The accused used to trap unemployed youths from all over the country through a website, zeeobs.com. Later, they were contacted through the fake call centre and directed to deposit money in a bank account opened in the name of M/s Showvis Live. The account showed that in the past four months, small deposits totalling Rs 30 lakh were made from various parts of the country,” said the officer. The raid at the call centre led to the recovery of six mobile phones, 10 landline phones, computers with printers, 25 credit and debit cards and seven PAN cards. Police said the gang has been operating since 2014. The gang had to shift its base from Noida in 2016.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Interstate arms supplying gang busted, two held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police’s Crime Branch has busted an interstate gang involved in supplying illegal arms and ammunition to notorious gangs in Delhi after procuring them from Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. Two men have also been arrested in the case.Officials said 40 semi-automatic pistols of different caliber were recovered from the duo, who were to supply them to their clients in the first and second class coaches of trains.The accused have been identified as Deepak Kumar Saha, 34, from Munger in Bihar and Sajid from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh. In 2016, the Crime Branch had arrested Saha while he was supplying 20 illegal weapons.Recently, it had come to the notice of senior officers that many notorious gangs had mushroomed in and around Delhi. It also surfaced that they were using illegal firearms smuggled from Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.”Investigations were carried out and all the identified miscreants were put under surveillance. On Saturday, information was received that Saha and his aide will come to Anand Vihar station via a train to deliver a consignment of illegal weapons to a local gangster. The police laid a trap and the two men were arrested,” DCP (Crime) Madhur Verma said.He further said that the recovered weapons were manufactured with high proficiency skills and hardly anyone could detect that they were an imitation.”During interrogation, the arrestees revealed that they used to meet their clients in AC first-class and second-class compartments of trains to avoid being caught. This gang had been operational for the last many years and has supplied more than 300-400 illegal weapons to various gangsters and criminals groups in Delhi-NCR. Efforts are being made to identify them,” he added.” he added.

Wanted to become TN CM: TTV Dinakaran

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was sheer desperation to win the party symbol of ‘two leaves’ and the burning desire to become Tamil Nadu Chief Minister that drove TTV Dinakaran to bribe the Election Commission through an alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrashekhar. With Sasikala in prison, it seemed like his last chance to come back to power. The disgraced All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader revealed to crime branch officials the reason behind him bribing the EC during his interrogation. Dinakaran was arrested along with Mallikaarjun, who had allegedly arranged the first installment of Rs 10 crore bribe through a businessman based in Tamil Nadu. Mediapersons were not allowed inside the court room.A Delhi court on Wednesday sent them to five day police custody. A team of Crime Branch officials along with the duo will reach Chennai on Thursday morning. Police sources reveal that they had recovered a CD from Chandrashekhar’s room in Hyatt hotel which has conference call conversations of the people involved in the bribery case.While questioning Dinakaran, the police officials confronted him with his call records to establish that Chandrashekhar was in touch with Mallikarajun as it was he who used to fix the conference calls further to Dinakaran and Janardhan.A day before Chandrashekhar was arrested, a conversation had taken place through a WhatsApp call. The mention of the CD was made by Chandrashekhar’s counsel in the court. Dinkaran’s associates told the police about a few Delhi-based politicians who might have been involved in the deal but due to lack of evidence could not collaborate this claim.Hawala operators based out of Chennai in their statements told the investigating agency that they have been working with Dinakaran for a long time. On his instance through Mallikarjun, the money was taken from a businessman in Tamil Nadu and handed over to Chandrashekhar.Amidst heavy security and closed door court proceedings Additional Sessions Judge Poonam Chaudhary sent Dinakaran and Mallikarjun in five days police custody. The counsel from the police argued that the two accused need to be taken to Chennai, Bangalore and Kochi to identify the money trail and the hawala opeators. Chandrashekhar had told the investigating officers that apart from Delhi, meetings were held in these cities as well.

EC bribery case: Delhi Police to travel to TN with Dhinakaran

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi Police team will travel to Tamil Nadu with arrested AIADMK (Amma) leader TTV Dhinakaran and his aide to gather details about “illegal channels” used for transferring money from Chennai to Delhi. The Crime Branch team is likely to leave for Chennai tomorrow along with Dhinakaran and Mallikarjuna, who were arrested last night. The police secured warrants from a city court to search the Chennai residents of Dhinakaran and Mallikarjuna as part of its probe. Police will also be confronting Dhinakaran and Mallikarjuna along with the arrested middleman, Sukesh Chandrasekar, to get the details of the money trail and the phone conversations between them. In Chennai, police will try to recover the mobile phones through which Dhinakaran used to communicate with Chandrasekar. Dhinakaran was arrested last night following four days of questioning for allegedly attempting to bribe an unidentified Election Commission official to get the undivided AIADMK’s ‘two leaves’ election symbol for his faction. Police had earlier said Chandrasekar had struck a deal for Rs 50 crore to help the AIADMK faction keep the ‘two leaves’ symbol. He had Rs 1.30 crore in cash in his possession when he was arrested from a five-star hotel in Delhi on April 16. Dhinakaran was arrested for arranging the amount from undisclosed sources and getting it transferred from Chennai to Delhi through illegal channels, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Madhur Verma. Mallikarjuna was arrested for helping Dhinakaran transfer this money from Chennai to Delhi, he said. The police are verifying whether Chandrasekar had approached any Election Commission official for getting a favourable verdict for Dhinakaran’s faction. The AIADMK (Amma) leader had come under the scanner of the police following Chandrasekar’s arrest. Dhinakaran, who was appointed deputy general secretary by AIADMK chief V K Sasikala, has been isolated in his party amid moves to merge rival factions led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami and his predecessor O Panneerselvam. A powerful section of the ruling AIADMK (Amma) recently revolted against the Sasikala-Dhinakaran leadership. The development came after Panneerselvam, who is leading the rival faction, demanded the ouster of Sasikala and Dhinakaran as a condition for merger talks.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dhinakaran met the middleman assuming him to be HC judge:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIADMK (Amma) leader TTV Dhinakaran has confessed to meeting Sukesh Chandrasekhar, the arrested middleman in the EC bribery case, under the impression that he was a high court judge, police said today. Dhinakaran, who is being grilled by the Delhi Police for the third consecutive day, had so far maintained that did not know Sukesh nor had he met him. The leader, who is accused of trying to bribe an Election Commission official in a bid to retain the ‘two-leaves’ symbol of AIADMK, however, denied having paid any money to Sukesh in this regard, police said. Today, Dhinakaran was questioned for over five hours, with the probe still continuing at the time of filing of this report. He had reached the Crime Branch Inter State Cell office in Chanakyapuri around 3.30 PM, even as the police started by interrogating his personal assistant Janardhan. They also quizzed his longtime friend Mallikarjuna, who has been accompanying him everywhere ever since Sukesh was arrested, police said. It was only around 6 PM that Dhinakaran’s questioning began, they said. On sustained quizzing, Dhinakaran said he had met Sukesh, who had posed as a high court judge and sought to help him in the matter, police sources said. However, he denied paying money to the middleman, the sources said, adding the Crime Branch officers also confronted Dhinakaran and Sukesh. The leader had come under scanner after the arrest of the alleged middleman Sukesh and had since maintained having no idea about him. Yesterday he was grilled by the police for 11 hours. The controversial leader was earlier summoned by Delhi Police at his Chennai residence in the case. Having been appointed as deputy general secretary by jailed AIADMK chief V S Sasikala, Dhinakaran has been isolated in his party amid moves to merge rival factions led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami and his predecessor O Panneerselvam. A powerful section of the ruling AIADMK (Amma) recently revolted against Sasikala-Dhinakaran leadership. The development came after Panneerselvam, who is leading the rival faction, demanded ouster of Sasikala and Dhinakaran as a condition for the merger. Dhinakaran later announced he would stay away from party affairs and that he could be removed only by Sasikala. Sasikala is at present serving a four-year jail term in Bengaluru in a disproportionate assets case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dhinakaran appears for questioning in EC official bribery case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran appeared before the Crime Branch for the second day today for being questioned on the alleged case of bribing an Election Commission official for retaining the “two leaves” party symbol. Dhinakaran reached the Crime Branch Inter State Cell office in Chanakyapuri around 2 PM. There was heavy security outside the residential compound that houses the office of the Inter State Cell. Yesterday, he was questioned for close to seven hours in the case. An ACP rank investigating officer had quizzed Dhinakaran, the nephew of jailed AIADMK chief Sasikala. A senior police official had said that Dhinakaran was given a questionnaire concerning the money trail, his association with Sukesh Chandrasekar (the middleman who was arrested) and whether he had met any Election Commission official. His call logs, WhatsApp messages and SMSes were also examined.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

EC bribery row: AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran appears before Delhi police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIADMK Deputy Chief TTV Dinakaran on Saturday appeared before Delhi police crime branch for questioning in connection with an alleged attempt to bribe an EC official for retaining the ‘two leaves’ party symbol.Amid heavy security, Dinakaran arrived after 3 PM at the Crime Branch Inter State Cell office in Chanakyapuri. Earlier in the day, he said that he will speak to the media after returning from the national capital.Dinakaran was summoned on Wednesday at his upscale Besant Nagar residence. The lookout notice was issued in the wake of inputs that he was an NRI and could try to flee the country.The AIADMK (Amma) Deputy General Secretary is already facing the heat as the K Palaniswami Cabinet revolted against him and decided to keep him and his family out of the party and the government.Dinakaran has virtually questioned the need for the lookout notice, saying how could he flee the country when his passport was “in court” for 20 years.Earlier, the Crime Branch had arrested an alleged middleman, Sukesh Chandrashekhar here in connection with the matter.He claimed that he had told Dinakaran that he will get a favourable verdict from the Election Commission of India in the party symbol case, he said.The 27-year-old had told Dinakaran that he has contacts in the Election Commission and his contacts will help the Sasikala faction get the AIADMK’s poll symbol of two leaves in a byboll to the R K Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu.Police got on Chadrashekhar’s trail after they received a tip-off from an informer about certain Election Commission officials being approached.It has been learnt that he had struck a deal for Rs 50 crore for helping the AIADMK faction keep the ‘two leaves’ symbol.(With agency inputs)

SIT issues second summons to Kamat in illegal mining case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Special Investigation Team of the Goa Crime Branch has summoned former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Monday in connection with investigations into the illegal mining scam, after he skipped the summons earlier week. Kamat has been asked to remain present before Special Investigation Team of Goa Crime Branch on Monday (April 24). He would be questioned in relation with the illegal mining activity which is being investigated by us,” senior Crime Branch official told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dhinakaran asked to appear before Delhi Police on Saturday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIADMK deputy chief T T V Dhinakaran has been asked to appear before the Crime Branch of Delhi Police on Saturday in a case of alleged bribery to EC officials for retrieving the party’s ‘two leaves’ symbol. The Delhi Police had last night served summons to him in the case. Assistant Commissioner Sanjay and another official served the summons to Dhinakaran at his Besant Nagar residence here. The Delhi Police had also issued a lookout notice against Dhinakaran yesterday. The lookout notice was issued in the wake of inputs that Dhinakaran was an NRI and could try to flee the country. The Crime Branch had on April 16 arrested an alleged middleman, Sukesh Chandrashekhar in New Delhi in connection with the case. He claimed that he had told Dhinakaran that he will get a favourable verdict from the Election Commission of India in the party symbol case, he said. It has been learnt that he had allegedly struck a deal for Rs 50 crore for helping the AIADMK faction keep the ‘two leaves’ symbol. Dhinakaran, the nephew of jailed AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala, is facing a revolt by an influential section of the party led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and a host of ministers, who had on Tuesday declared the ouster of the once powerful aunt-nephew duo, and extended a hand of friendship to the Panneerselvam camp.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AIADMK symbol row: Delhi Police probe reaches Chennai, Dhinakaran loyalist tries to self-immolate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A team of the Delhi Police Crime Branch arrived at residence of TTV Dinakaran in Chennai ​to serve summons on Wednesday with a notice to join an investigation related to ousted AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran’s ‘two leaves’ symbol case.A loyalist of TTV Dhinakaran tried to self immolate in front of his house by pouring kerosene. Journalists and police rescued him.A Delhi Court had earlier on Monday sent Sukesh Chandrashekhar, the middleman alleged of striking a deal of Rs. 50 crore to help the AIADMK faction keep the ‘two leaves’ poll symbol, to eight-day long police custody. The development came after the Crime Branch recovered approximately Rs. 1.3 crore and two luxury cars, a BMW and a Mercedes, from Chandrashekhar.Dinakaran was also named as an accused in FIR filed by the Delhi Police Crime Branch for allegedly offering bribe for his party’s ‘two leaves’ symbol. Dinakaran’s faction contested on the hat symbol after the Election Commission froze their two leaves symbol while acknowledging the split in the party.Chandrasekhar was arrested from the Hyatt hotel on Sunday night and was produced at the residence of Special Judge Poonam Chaudhry who allowed the Delhi Police’s plea to interrogate the accused for eight days. The case pertained to an alleged attempt to bribe an Election Commission official by the AIADMK (Amma) leader for trying to get the party’s poll symbol of ‘two leaves’ in a by-election to the R K Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu. The polling was later cancelled by the Election Commission.

Police team leaves for Chennai to serve notice to Dhinakaran

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A team of Delhi Police left for Chennai today to serve a notice to AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran for joining the probe in a case involving the bribing of an EC official to get the ‘two-leaves’ symbol for his faction. Yesterday, Delhi Police had issued a lookout notice against the leader. Praveer Ranjan, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) confirmed that a team has been sent to Chennai to serve notice to Dhinakaran to join the investigation in Delhi. The lookout notice was issued in the wake of inputs that Dhinakaran was an NRI and could try to flee the country, police said. The AIADMK (Amma) Deputy General Secretary is already facing the heat as the K Palaniswami Cabinet revolted against him last night and decided to keep him and his family out of the party and the government. Dhinakaran has convened a meeting of party MLAs in Chennai today. Ranjan confirmed that the lookout notice has been issued and said it was a preventive action. Immigration officials have been alerted, police said. Dhinakaran today virtually questioned the need for the lookout notice, saying how could he flee the country when his passport was “in court” for 20 years. Earlier the Crime Branch had arrested an alleged middleman, Sukesh Chandrashekhar here in connection with the matter. He claimed that he had told Dhinakaran that he will get a favourable verdict from the Election Commission of India in the party symbol case, he said. The 27-year-old had told Dhinakaran that he has contacts in the Election Commission and his contacts will help the Sasikala faction get the AIADMK’s poll symbol of two leaves in a byboll to the R K Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu. Police got on Chadrashekhar’s trail after they received a tip-off from an informer about certain Election Commission officials being approached. It has been learnt that he had struck a deal for Rs 50 crore for helping the AIADMK faction keep the ‘two leaves’ symbol. Till now, the middleman had allegedly got Rs 10 crore of the deal amount and the remaining amount was to be given to him in a time-bound manner. He had allegedly received money through some Chandni Chowk-based hawala operators and police is probing the hawala link. Yesterday, Sukesh was taken to Chandni Chowk by the Crime Branch officers to identify the hawala operators.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DMK says merger of ‘power-monger’ OPS, Sasikala factions will not last

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With two factions of the All Anna India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), one led by O. Pannerselvam and the other by V.K. Sasikala, coming together, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK) on Tuesday said such unification would not last long as both groups were coming together to retain their power in the state. “The faction may not last because both are power-mongers. If at all they are uniting, even that is also for power,? DMK leader TKS Elangovan told ANI. The DMK leader?s remarks came after state Finance Minister D. Jayakumar hinted at the possibility of a merger between the two groups. “We discussed about keeping the party united. O. Panneerselvam gave an opinion which we welcome. We discussed about how we can take the party forward in a united way,” Jayakumar said. “Having welcomed his opinion, we will further hold discussions and deliberate about the merger,” he added. Jayakumar said all 123 AIADMK lawmakers and party cadres were on the same page and discussed about the possibilities of retaining the ‘Two Leaves’ symbol, which had been frozen by the Election Commission. This development came after the Delhi Police booked Dhinakaran on charges of bribing the Election Commission officials to claim the ‘Two Leaves’ symbol. The Crime Branch recovered approximately Rs. 1.3 crore from alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrashekhar. Dhinakaran, who is considered to be a close Sasikala aide, later said that he was ready to legally face any summons from the Delhi Police. When asked if Sasikala would quit from the party in case the merger took place, Jayakumar said, “We have no information regarding this.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

17 murder cases in last three months occurred due to trivial

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 17 murder cases reported in the national capital in the last three months occurred following sudden provocation and trivial issues including usage of a particular comb and playing music during Holi celebrations. According to the data shared by Crime Branch, 127 murders were reported between January to March this year and majority of them were committed out of enmity and fight over trivial issues. There were only four murder cases in which the accused and the victim weren’t known to each other and happened during a robbery or theft incident, according to the data. This data about trivial issues triggering murders comes a few days after a golgappa vendor was killed by a group of persons after he didn’t serve them golgappas in outer Delhi’s Mangolpuri area. According to DCP (Crime) Madhur Verma, 12.6 per cent of the murders, that is, 17 of them happened over trivial issues, including quarrels during drinking session, sleeping at a night shelter, administering a particular dosage of medicine and celebration of Holi. As many as 29 murders happened over enmity while 17 murders happened due to family dispute. Around nine murders were the fallout of monetary disputes while one happened due to a property dispute. In 12 of the cases, the reason was illicit relationship. Last year, 125 murder cases were reported in the first three months and 18 happened following sudden provocation. Even last year, as many as 23 murders happened due to enmity. In 2016, 528 murder cases were reported through the year and 102 murders were the fallout of enmity and 86 happened following sudden provocation or due to trivial issues.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

New Delhi: 2 Nigerians arrested with cocaine worth Rs 2 crore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two Nigerian nationals have been arrested for their alleged involvement in drug trafficking, and cocaine worth Rs 2 crore has been recovered from them, police said today.The two accused, Kennedy Dominic (34) and Anayo Godswill (35), were arrested on April 1 from Uttam Nagar by a team of Crime Branch, said DCP, Crime (Narcotics) Rajesh Deo.Police has recovered 492 grams of fine quality cocaine from the possession of the accused, he said, adding that the value of recovered drugs is Rs 2 crore in international market.It is suspected that the cocaine was procured from international market by a person who used to supply it to the two accused, said another officer.Police has got leads on the supplier.Godswill, who is the kingpin came to India eight years back on a business visa while Kennedy had been staying here from 2014, said Deo.On April 1, Kennedy was caught near near Som Bazar Chowk, Uttam Nagar, where he had come to supply cocaine. He was found to be in possession of 210 grams of fine quality cocaine.During sustained interrogation, Kennedy revealed that he used to sell and supply cocaine on higher price after obtaining them from Godswill at cheaper rates, said the officer.He led police to Godswill’s house in Uttam Nagar from where he was arrested and 282 grams of cocaine was recovered.Godswill had started living with an Indian woman after coming to India.The money he earned from the sale of drugs was invested by him in exporting Indian saris to Nigeria where his elder brother is having a garment shop.”During interrogation, it was also revealed that Godswill was living a lavish lifestyle and spent a lot of money on his African girlfriends.”It is suspected that he is having property in India in the name of his Indian female partner,” said the officer.

Muslim cleric arrested for allegedly smuggling firearms

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Muslim cleric was today arrested from Vijay Nagar area here for allegedly smuggling firearms into the national capital region (NCR) from Bihar’s Munger district. Acting on a tip-off, a police team intercepted Tahir Hassan (55) at Tigri roundabout. They searched his baggage and found a dozen .32 bore pistols and 11 magazines in it, following which he was arrested, Senior Superintendent of Police Deepak Kumar said. Hassan, a resident of Sherpur area in UP’s Muzaffarnagar district and a cleric of a mosque at Jansath, told police that the arms he was carrying from Munger in Bihar were to be supplied to criminal groups in Noida, Ghaziabad and other regions of NCR, he said. The SSP said the man had been jailed in the past by the Muzaffarnagar Police’s Crime Branch for allegedly supplying at least 500 illegal arms in the communally-sensitive district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Businessman detained with old currency worth Rs 4.23 crore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Janakpuri-based businessman has been detained with old currency worth Rs 4.23 crore, police said today. The businessman was detained yesterday by the Crime branch. He informed the police that two persons, who claimed to be working with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), had promised to convert his demonetised currency into legal money. The businessman was charging 50 per cent commission for getting the notes exchanged and it is suspected that he had promised to split half the commission with the two alleged RBI officials, police said. The trio had a meeting at a city hotel few days back and the businessman was supposed to get Rs 20 crore in old currency for exchange. He had received Rs 4.23 crore and had hired a cash van to take the amount, but was detained by the Crime Branch team, they said. Further probe in the matter is being carried out by the IT department, police added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Najeeb case: Court to pass order on JNU students’ polygraph

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court today said it will decide on March 30 whether nine JNU students can be asked by Delhi Police to give their consent for lie detector test in a case relating to the varsity’s missing student Najeeb Ahmed. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass, who was scheduled to pass the order today, deferred the matter saying that the order was not ready. The court had on March 15 reserved its order after the counsel appearing for the students submitted that the “lie detector test is unconstitutional and illegal unless it is voluntary”. The nine students, who are suspects in the case, have approached the court challenging the notice sent to them by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police seeking their presence before the magistrate for recording of their statement that whether they were willing to undergo the lie detector test. In its notice issued on January 23, the probe agency had claimed that their lie detector test was required to get information about Najeeb’s whereabouts. The notice was sent after the Delhi High Court had asked the police to explore other avenues of probe, like a polygraph test of persons connected to Najeeb, as all other leads had not yielded any result. 27-year-old Najeeb has been missing since October 14-15 last year after a scuffle at his JNU hostel allegedly with ABVP activists the previous night. The RSS students’ wing has denied any involvement in his disappearance.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Citizens have faith in CBI’s investigating abilities: SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Citizens of India have faith in the “investigating abilities” of CBI, the Supreme Court today observed while directing the agency to probe a case relating to the mysterious death of a 22-year-old woman in Noida in 2015. A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said there was no laxity in the investigation conducted by Crime Branch of Delhi Police, which probed the matter after it was transferred to it from Noida Police, but CBI is “more equipped” to deal with the case. “At this juncture, we make it clear that we do not think that there has been any kind of laxity in the investigation carried out by the Delhi Police, but there can be no doubt that the CBI is more equipped and the citizens of this country have faith in its investigating abilities,” the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar, said. “We direct the CBI to investigate into the crime independently and file the status report before this court within three months hence,” the bench said and posted the matter for hearing on April 10. The court’s order came on a plea of the victim’s mother who had sought transfer of the investigation to the CBI. She said her daughter, Pooja, had died under mysterious circumstances on August 1, 2015 and the photographs of the deceased revealed “there has been assault with immense brutality which could not have been caused by an accident” as claimed by the police. The bench also referred to forensic reports which did not rule out a “homicidal assault” and said the injuries sustained by her may have been caused with a heavy weapon during “interpersonal violence”. The counsel appearing for the girl’s mother claimed in the court that no proper investigation was conducted by the police and effort was being made for “some unfathomable reason to treat it as an accident”. The counsel alleged that material evidence have been destroyed by the accused who have some influence and it was a fit case to transfer the investigation to CBI. The counsel representing the Delhi Police told the bench that investigators have tried their best to solve the case so no fault could be found with the status report filed by them. The bench, after hearing the submissions, transferred the matter to CBI. “Needless to say, when the CBI is conferred the responsibility by this court to investigate into the crime, it has to investigate independently, impartially and objectively without being influenced by any kind of prior investigation or prior status report,” the bench said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

FIR filed against Ravindra Gaikwad, Sena MP threatens Air India with defamation case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The controversy over Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad’s assault on an Air India staffer continued with the MP submitting a complaint to the Delhi police. In the complaint, he said he was made to travel by Air India in economy class even though he had business class tickets. He submitted his complaint against Air India before the Delhi police, and further alleged that he was pushed and yelled at.The Delhi Police on Friday registered an FIR against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for assaulting an Air India staffer and transferred the case to its Crime Branch. A case has been registered under sections 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide), 355 (assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour person) of IPC, said Dependra Pathak, Delhi Police’s chief spokesperson and special commissioner (operations). “We are transferring the case to Crime Branch for a thorough probe,” he said. Gaikwad, the Lok Sabha MP from Maharashtra’s Osmanabad seat, slapped and hit 60-year-old duty manager R Sukumar “25 times” with his sandal when the official persuaded him to disembark after the plane landed at the IGI airport here from Pune.The MP refused to alight, holding up the aircraft for over 40 minutes yesterday. Two complaints were received in this regard- one from Air India and the other from Sukumar. Yesterday, the Delhi Police said they were seeking legal opinion on the matter and the FIR was lodged today after obtaining the same. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut appeared to defend the MP saying: “Aam aadmi ho ya mantri ho kisi ka bhi gussa phut sakta hai agar uske saath galat hua hai. Galti hui hai, haat utha hai, uske liye kaun zimedaar hai woh dekhenge. FIR kiya hai na? Hum dekhlenge aur kis par FIR honi chahiye.” (Irrespective of whether it’s a common man or a minister, anyone can lose control when he has been done wrong. Someone made a mistake, someone raised their hand, we will see who’s responsible. An FIR has been lodged, we will see.)Shiv Sena workers burn Air India effigy Shiv Sena workers in party MP Ravindra Gaikwad’s Osmanabad constituency, today burnt an effigy of the Air India staffer, who was assaulted by the leader, triggering a slew of protests. Osmanabad district and tehsil unit functionaries of the Sena gathered at Babasaheb Ambedkar statue at Tuljapur and burnt the effigy, district vice president of Sena, Kamlakar Chavan told PTI. “We burnt the effigy of the AI purser to support our MP who is our source of inspiration. We are proud of what he did as he was responding to the insult heaped by the airline on him,” Chavan said. Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, senior Sena minister Eknath Shinde said party president Uddhav Thackeray will take a decision on the Gaikwad issue.”I feel it is not alright for people’s representatives to turn violent,” the minister said. Shiv Sena has sought an explanation from Gaikwad who hit an Air India staffer at IGI airport in Delhi with a slipper, and remained defiant over the incident. “The party has sought an explanation from Gaikwad over the incident. The Sena does not condone violence of any kind,” Harshal Pradhan, media adviser to Sena president said.Speaking to reporters outside the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly here, Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik too said the party does not endorse the act. He was however of the view that airline companies and railways should respect people’s representatives. With inputs from PTI and ANI

Ker Govt orders Crime Branch probe into CA student’s death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kerala government today announced a Crime Branch police probe into the recent mysterious death of an 18-year old girl pursuing Chartered Accountancy in Kochi. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan made the announcement in the state assembly even as Congress-led UDF opposition staged a walk out alleging police inaction and demanding action against “erring” investigators. The body of the girl was found in the backwaters near Ernakulam wharf last week and the family has said she died under mysterious circumstances as there was no possibility of her committing suicide. Replying to a notice of adjournment motion moved by Kerala Congress (J) leader Anoop Jacob, Vijayan said a special investigation team of the Crime Branch would probe the case. He said investigation was going on in the right direction and those responsible would be brought before law, however, highly-placed they may be. “Police have intervened into the issue effectively since they received the missing complaint by the girl’s parents. They tried to collect her mobile phone details soon after this and launched thorough investigation,” he said. “Now, the investigation is going on… But considering the gravity of the issue, the Crime Branch will further investigate the case,” Chief Minister added. He said the agency would also probe the claim that the local police had refused to accept the complaint by the girl’s parents on March 5, the day she had went missing. “There will be no laxity on the part of investigators and stringent action will be taken if found so,” he said adding the government would not let criminals to upset the state’s peaceful social atmosphere. Jacob alleged Police was trying to write off the girl’s death as a case of drowning or suicide and had accepted the post mortem report, he said. He alleged that police ‘inaction’ to accept the complaint led to the girl’s death. Accusing police of trying to turn every such ‘unnatural’ death into suicides, he said “Atrocities against women and children are on the rise in the state. The government is making only pronouncements, but in reality nothing seems to be happening,” he charged. CCTV visuals of a local church had showed that two persons, on a motorbike, were seen following her just before she had gone missing, Jacob said rejecting the Crime Branch probe as inadequate. Congress leader K C Joseph said had the police accepted the complaint on the day the girl went missing and started the probe, the tragedy could have been averted. “Police is misleading CM in this regard,” he alleged. The opposition staged a walkout as Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan refused permission for the motion.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Probe into Ramjas violence likely to be completed by March-end

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police is likely to complete its investigation into the violence in Delhi University’s Ramjas College by the end of this month and it has so far recorded statements of 17 students and teachers. A team of the Crime Branch, which was handed over the investigation into last month’s violence, has so far recorded statements of 17 people, said a senior police officer. Another team, set up by Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik following the National Human Rights Commission’s notice over allegations of “police excesses”, is probing the matter simultaneously. The 17 people spoken to so far by the Crime Branch team include teachers from the Faculty of Arts and the Delhi School of Economics, said a source. Students from St Stephen’s College and Deshbandhu College have also been spoken to by the probe team. A law student, who had filed a petition in the Delhi High Court demanding action against the policemen who had allegedly assaulted students and journalists during the violence, has also recorded his statement, said the source. The second inquiry team, headed by Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Praveer Ranjan and comprising the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Vigilance) and the DCP (Special Police Unit for Women and Children), has to submit its report to the Commission by the end of this month. The team has cross-examined some of the students questioned by the Crime Branch and both the teams are sharing inputs. “Both the teams are simultaneously looking into the matter. The teams are also sharing evidence and the statements recorded in order to carry out a comprehensive probe. Investigations by both teams are likely to conclude by the end of this month,” said an officer privy to the probe. The Crime Branch team has also issued notices to media channels and the local police in the matter. “We have issued notices to all media channels the uncut footage of that day. Local police has also been issued a notice to share uncut video recordings of the day,” said the officer. There were complaints about anti-national slogans being raised. Many of the persons who have been questioned have told the teams that policemen were mere spectators while they were being roughed up and some of them have also alleged that police resorted to violence while dispersing the mob, the source said. Ramjas College had witnessed large-scale violence between members of the All India Students Association (AISA) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) last month. The genesis of the clash was an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar on ‘Culture of Protests’ which was withdrawn by the college authorities following opposition by the ABVP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cops nab gangster who ‘was planning to kill AAP MLA Balyan’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A wanted inter-state criminal from south west Delhi who was allegedly planning to kill Uttam Nagar AAP MLA Naresh Balyan and a Panipat Jail official has been arrested from Dwarka, police said today. Sombir alias Filmy, 30, was arrested by a team of Crime Branch from Sector-16 A in Dwarka on March 6, said Ram Gopal Naik, DCP (Crime Branch). “Filmy was planning to kill Uttam Nagar MLA Naresh Balyan suspecting he was favouring his rivals in a property dispute. He also wanted to kill a deputy superintendent of Panipat Jail to take revenge (Filmy was jailed in 2004 in a murder case in Haryana),” said the officer. Filmy was trying to reconstitute his gang and arrange weapons in order to execute his plan to allegedly kill the MLA and the jail official in Panipat, Naik added. Filmy was wanted in several criminal cases including the alleged murder in November last year of property dealer Bijender in Uttam Nagar over a land dispute, he said. The suspect was carrying two sophisticated 7.65 bore pistols loaded with 9 cartridges. A car driven by him was also seized by the police and a case registered. He was then arrested, the DCP said. The officer said Filmy had been a shooter for the ‘Rajesh Nahri gang’ of Haryana and the ‘Manjeet Mahal Gang’ of the NCR and was associated with Rishiraj alias Lambu, a notorious criminal from south-west Delhi. He was now planning to re-constitute his own gang after arrest of Manjeet Mahal by Delhi Police, the DCP said. In 2000, Filmy was apprehended by the Haryana Police in Sonipat for the first time in a case under the Arms Act, when he was still a minor. In 2004, he and his associates murdered one Moni at Bahadurgarh in Haryana. He was awarded life sentence in the case but filed a petition before Chandigarh High Court and his punishment was reduced. He was released from the jail after six years in 2010. During imprisonment, he came in contact with some top gangsters from Delhi and Haryana. After he came out of jail, he started participating in land-grabbing activities, Naik said. He had fled to Nepal after killing the property dealer in Uttam Nagar, and also spent some time at an Ashram in Himachal Pradesh, the officer said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K saw 3-fold rise in rioting in 2016: Govt data

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir saw a three-fold increase in cases of rioting and a substantial rise in arson cases in 2016 which also witnessed five-month-long unrest after killing of terrorist Burhan Wani, official data showed.According to data of Crime Branch of state police, J&K has witnessed as many as 3,404 cases of rioting in 2016 as compared to 1,157 such cases in 2015, an increase of 2,247. Similarly, police registered as many as 267 cases of arson in 2016 as compared to 147 such cases in 2015, thereby showing an increase of 120 during the period, it said. Officials of the Crime Branch point towards this increase because of the 2016 unrest in Kashmir Valley for five months following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Wani in July. There has also been an increase of 143 cases of attempt to murder from 2015 to 2016.As many as 573 cases of attempt to murder have been registered in 2016 as compared to 430 such cases in 2015. There has also been an increase in murder cases.As many as 140 cases of murder were registered in 2016 as compared to 133 such cases in 2015, it said. The statistics reveal there has been no custodial death in 2016 and 2015.The cases of communal riots have also registered an increase in 2016 as compared to 2015. As many as six such cases were registered in 2016 as compared to four in 2015, it said. The year 2016 also saw an increase in cases under Unlawful Activities Act.While 146 cases were registered under the Act in 2016, only 44 were registered in 2015 showing an increase of 102. The figures have further revealed increase in cases under Arms and Explosives Acts in 2016 as compared to 2015. While 180 cases were registered under Arms Act in 2016, as many as 146 such cases were registered in 2015. Similarly, 39 cases were registered under Explosives Act in 2016 as compared to 34 such cases in 2015.Cases of assault on public servants has also declined as 516 such cases were registered in 2016 as compared to 535 in 2015.Kashmir also witnessed high increase in incidents of stone pelting in 2016.Of the total 2,690 incidents of stone pelting, North Kashmir accounts for the highest number of 1,248 incidents followed by 875 incidents in South Kashmir and 567 in Central Kashmir, according to official data of state home ministry. Sopore, which is part of Baramulla district, has recorded the highest number of 492 incidents of stone pelting during the unrest, while the total number of such incidents in the entire Baramulla district is 810, the data said.Baramulla is followed by Srinagar and Kupwara districts with 339 such incidents each reported, it said adding 271 such incidents took place in Anantnag district, followed by 264 in Pulwama, 173 in Shopian, 167 in Kulgam, 163 in Budgam, 109 in Bandipora and only 65 in Ganderbal district.

Himachal Crime Branch apprehends lady member of human traffickers’ gang

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Crime Branch has apprehended a lady member of a notorious gang of human traffickers, for whose arrest a reward of Rs.50, 000 was declared by the Delhi Police, from Manali, Himachal Pradesh. The lady member was wanted in the case FIR No.138/16, u/s 370(1)/120B/34 IPC & section 3/5 ITP Act, PS Crime Branch, Delhi. The accused is a resident of Meghalaya, who used to lure innocent girls from the rural areas of North Eastern states i.e. Meghalaya, Tripura, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, etc. on the pretext of arranging good jobs with handsome salary in Delhi. They targeted the girls who were living separately from their parents and were in need of sustaining themselves.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ramjas College clashes: Crime Branch records statements of 2

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police’s Crime Branch, which is probing the clashes at Ramjas College, has recorded the statements of two St Stephen’s College students who were allegedly beaten up by supporters of ABVP. The two St Stephen’s students- a boy and a girl- have alleged that they were beaten up outside the Ramjas College canteen by ABVP supporters, said a senior police officer. The girl has also alleged that she was hit with a stone by the ABVP supporters, he said. The Crime Branch team has till now received 25 complaints from the both the sides and is contacting students to record their statements. “We have contacted students to join the probe. AISA activists have said that they will come together to record their statement. We had also shared our email IDs with the students and in all, we have received 25 complaints,” he said. The complaints mainly pertain to being roughed up and that of molestation. “There are some complaints that have claimed that while they were being roughed up, policemen were standing there. But none of the complainants have alleged that they were beaten up by the policemen,” he said. Meanwhile, senior Delhi Police officials also met Ramjas college authorities and requested them to ensure “peaceful coexistence of students of different ideologies”. “Since Ramjas College witnessed large-scale violence last week, officers had a word with representatives from the college. We told them to engage with students, irrespective of the ideologies they believe in. “It was also discussed that a debate between different ideologies is essential for democracy but it should not be allowed to become violent,” an officer said. Cops are also in the process of meeting principals of other Delhi University colleges to ensure peace in the campus area. Ramjas college had recently witnessed large-scale violence between members of the AISA and the ABVP. The genesis of the clash was an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar on ‘Culture of Protests’, which was withdrawn by the college authorities following opposition by ABVP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

3 more held in Army paper leak; Nagaland, Nagpur in focus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police suspect the army recruitment question paper leak may have been effected by a well-organised chain operating from from Nagaland and Nagpur, and a serviceman could be involved, even as three more persons were arrested in this connection today. A team of Thane Police’s Crime Branch is carrying out a probe into the recruitment racket, which came to light Saturday night when 18 people from Maharashtra and Goa were arrested after raids. Three more persons were arrested today. Of the total 24 accused in the scam, 21 have been arrested so far. All of them were sent to police custody till March 4 by a local court, Joint Commissioner of Thane Police Ashutosh Dumbare said. As per an offence registered with Kalwa Police, some of the arrested persons said they received the question papers from Nagaland and Nagpur. Going by the information gleaned after interrogating them, police officials said they suspect the racket had been going on for the last few years. Some of the arrested persons were running career academies since 2012. It has also been revealed that the main accused was in touch with an Armyman in Nagaland and police suspect the paper was leaked through him, they said. A retired serviceman and a paramilitary personnel were among those arrested after yesterday’s raids. Dumbare had earlier said 350 students, who possessed question papers for the examination conducted by the Army Recruitment Board, were also detained for questioning. Police had received information a couple of days back from an institute which conducts coaching classes for Army job aspirants that some city students were to be given the question papers in advance for a price. Around 80 police personnel laid a trap and caught the students and middlemen from lodges and other places with the copies of question papers, Dumbare had said. The middlemen had also arranged for fake domicile and residence proof for students hailing from other places so as to enable them appear for the exams in that zone. The beneficiary was to pay around Rs 4 to 5 lakh to the middlemen, Dumbare had said. Most of those nabbed are persons who conduct coaching classes at various places for recruitment in the army. The manner in which the leaked question papers travelled shows there was a well-organised chain leading to the beneficiaries, police said. After the “scam” came to light, Army recruitment exams slated on February 26 at Kamptee, Nagpur, Ahmednagar, Ahmedabad, Goa and Kirkee (in Pune) were cancelled. According to Thane City Police PRO, Sukhada Narkar, those arrested hailed from Pune, Satara, Nashik, Solapur and Wardha, among other cities.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Question paper leak: Police bust Army recruitment racket; 18 arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane police late on Saturday night arrested 18 persons in connection with the Army Recruitment Board (ARB) question paper leak. Acting on a tip-off, the Thane Crime Branch raided many hotels and lodges in Pune, Nagpur and Goa and detained 350 candidates who were answering question papers.Santosh Shinde, main accused from the Chhatrapati Academy, has been arrested.The ARB exams, for a number of posts, including clerks, strongmen and tradesman, were scheduled to be held at 52 centres across the country on Sunday.According to the police, the tip-off came from a coaching class in Thane, which warned that another coaching class, run by a retired army officer, was taking Rs 4-5 lakh from each candidate and was planning to leak the question papers. The papers were leaked through WhatsApp. The police suspect that the papers were leaked either from the press they were printed or from distribution centres.”The role of serving and retired Army officers cannot be ruled out,” Ashutosh Dumbare, Joint Commissioner of Police, Thane, said.According to an officer, the modus operandi was like this. “The answer sheets written by the candidates a day before would be appended with the papers form the exam centres the next day,” said an officer. Around 80 officials of the Thane police were involved in the operation. The middlemen had also arranged for fake domicile and residence certificates to help candidates from other zones.A case has been registered under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code, IT Act and Prevention of Corruption Act against the accused. Among those arrested, nine are from Pune, six from Nagpur and three from Goa. Of the detained candidates, 79 are from Pune, 222 from Nagpur and 49 from Goa, PTI reported.Were exams cancelled or not? Confusion, confusion!Thane police raid hotels in Pune, Nagpur, Goa on Saturday night.Still, exams not cancelled on Sunday.Defence PRO, Nagpur, Wing Commander Samir Gangakhedkar’s explanation:We wanted to verify whether the question papers caught on Saturday were indeed the ones meant for Sunday. It could be done only after the seal of the papers are broken at exam centres. We were intimated by the Crime Branch just before the exams. We conducted the exams and forwarded the papers and the inputs of the Crime Branch to our headquarters.Army response from New Delhi: “Countermanded” exam at Pune zone. Internal inquiry ordered.One Army source: Prior to the exam, we’ve informed the police and the intelligence agencies to ensure fair examination.

Being smuggled to Guj, liquor worth Rs 60 L seized in Jaipur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Illicit liquor worth Rs 60 lakh has been seized here while it was being allegedly smuggled from Haryana to Gujarat, Rajasthan police today said. The Crime Branch of the Rajasthan police made the seizures last night at Karni Vihar and arrested two persons. Maliram Yadav (24) and Jairam Gurjar (40) have also been booked them under relevant sections of Excise Act, police said. Acting on a tip-off, a truck was stopped at a check post under the jurisdiction of Karni Vihar police station. “Upon search, we found 1,350 cartons of liquor being illegally transported to Gujarat. We have arrested the accused and they will be produced in the court today,” DCP Crime, Vikas Pathak said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sex racket busted in Thane, 2 arrested, 4 Bangladeshi women rescued

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane Crime Branch Unit 1 has busted a sex racket running in the Mumbra area. Two persons were arrested and four Bangladeshi women were rescued, including one minor.The police rescued the women from a flat in Mumbra. They were allegedly trafficked in the city from Bangladesh by a person called Mujahidin on the pretext of giving them an opportunity to work in the film industry.The arrested accused have been identified as Sagar alias Tapas Ajit Chakraborty (36) and Rahul alias Rasool Monirul Ismail Mulla (31), both hailing from West Bengal.According to Thane Police, they had got a tip-off from an informer that the woman were being used as sex workers at the flat in Mumbra,Acting on the tip off, officials of the Thane police raided the apartment in Shibli Nagar and arrested the duo. They rescued four women in the age group of 16 to 28.”The four women are from Dhaka in Bangladesh and were brought to Mumbai by the duo promising to get them jobs,” said an officer Anti-Human Trafficking Cell of the Crime Branch. The girls were kept in Mumbra and would be taken to Nagpada in Mumbai for sex work.

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