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Sanjay Gandhi National Park initiates DNA mapping project for big cats

In one of its most ambitious projects, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) along with Thane territorial department has decided to initiate the DNA profiling of leopards — a project under which it plans to create a scientific database of individual leopards.The female leopard rescued from Andheri east recently is the first big cat to undergo DNA fingerprinting. DNA profiling is essentially a technique by which individuals can be identified and compared from their respective DNA profiles.Dr Shailesh Pethe, Veterinary Officer, SGNP who triggered the idea of DNA mapping said,”The big cat was not only micro-chipped but we also collected her blood sample for DNA, which will be sent to Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB). We also took photographs of her right and left flank and now we will have all the key data on this animal with us using which we can identify her.”Pethe said if this leopard were ever to become a problem animal they would be able to scientifically identify it after trapping.Dr Jitendra Ramgaonkar, Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF), Thane said that similar profiling will be done on every leopard rescued. “We have to use all the scientific tools available for better wildlife management practises. We can only collect blood samples for DNA extraction of those leopards that are rescued for others we are planning to use scat or hair follicles for sampling in case a leopard is found visiting human dominated areas,” he said.

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Thane forest dept needs trained vets

While the leopard that ventured into a preschool in Andheri East on Sunday was rescued successfully by the same evening, the incident has exposed the lack of trained wildlife veterinarians that plagues the Thane forest department.While the leopard entered the preschool’s premises around 7 am, the rescue was completed only around 6.30 pm — after a eopard rescue team from SGNP led by Shailesh Deore, Superintendent Lion and Tiger Safari and Dr Shailesh Pethe, Veterinary Officer, SGNP, reached the site. The reason for the delay was that the Thane territorial team does not have a trained wildlife veterinarian to tranquillise and carry out a rescue operation, thus they had to wait for the SGNP team that was returning from Chalisgaon after being called in for another leopard rescue operation.“What would have happened if the SGNP rescue team was still stuck in Chalisgaon or the leopard escaped from the area which is far from a forest? This incident highlights the pressing need for Thane territorial forest department to strengthen its rescue team as the cases of human-animal conflicts have been increasing in its area and it is evident that the SGNP team cannot do everything single-handedly,” said a wildlife activist.Pawan Sharma, Honorary Wildlife Warden, Thane said, “The number of human-animal conflict cases in Thane’s jurisdiction have been increasing and apart from that the vet could also help in taking care of the animals that are rescued or seized by the anti-poaching team.”Currently, the SGNP leopard rescue team ends up travelling far and wide as it is the only team that has a wildlife vet.

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Gujarat elections 2017: Still under 25, but age is no bar for these two candidates

Hardik Patel’s political plunge may have been stymied for now because of his age. But the age bar was not a stumbling block for the political ambitions of Mahesh Patani and Shailesh Patel. Despite being underage, their nomination was accepted as an independent.It should be noted that anyone under the age of 25 years of age cannot contest the assembly elections.The Association for Democratic Reforms and the Gujarat Election Watch, which pointed out the anomaly during analysis of affidavits of candidates, said it is a pointer to how well the forms are scrutinised.Patani is just 21-year-old, yet his candidature was accepted for the Palanpur seat. When contacted, Patani said he is a citizen of a democracy and has right to contest the elections. “What do you care if I am 21 or 41? If the returning officer has no problem why are you asking me about my age? I am a free citizen of the country and can contest the elections,” Patani told DNA.The returning officer of Palanpur, from where Patani filed his nomination, AD Joshi when contacted said they had noted the anomaly in his age and had asked him to rectify it at the time of filing his nomination. “He is 25 years of age.He had even given us proof of his age and had filed a second affidavit in place of the earlier one. Perhaps that one was not uploaded and hence the confusion was created. We know Patani is over 25 years of age,” said Joshi. As for Shailesh Patel, whose affidavit states that he is 18, is contesting from Ghatlodia. Sudhir Patel, the returning officer for Ghatlodia constituency however clarified that the error was in the affidavit and not in the nomination form.
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BMC scraps TAC committee of citzens

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has scrapped the technical advisory committee (TAC), which was formed to improve transparency and accountability within the BMC and to help BMC put such information on its website which reduces the RTI application with help of citizen participation. Formed in 2013 by then municipal commissioner, Sitaram Kunte, it was headed by Shailesh Gandhi, former central information commissioner with some RTI activist and BMC officers being part of it. While Gandhi complained that much was needed to be done through the committee, BMC said that TAC had achieved its purpose and that since another high powered committee was appointed by state government on transparency for BMC, it would not be appropriate to have another committee. Citizens members who had been waiting for the monthly meeting to happen, and had sent reminders, said that the information came in a “rude” and showed lack of courtesy on part of BMC. “We had a meeting with the Municipal Commissioner on 22 May 2017 and he offered complete support. We suggested that most reports and dashboards which exist should be accessible by citizens and he readily agreed saying, “BMC has no information which cannot be disclosed to citizens”. I sent him an email on 27 May noting the main points of our meeting. Since there was no response to this email, I sent him a reminder on 10 July. After this despite verbal reminders to call for a meeting of TAC, no meeting was called. An RTI activist Girish Mittal had sought information about the TAC and has received information that the committee is scrapped. After my reminder of 10 July, BMC moved to disband TAC on 15 July. Apart from the fact that the municipal commissioner did not even have the courtesy of informing the citizen members, it appears our persistence irked MCGM and may have prompted this rude action,” said Gandhi. “There were a lot of information we would ask them to put up online. Most of it was not online including work orders, expenses on gardens and open spaces among others. The BMC should have shown the courtesy of informing us when we had been following up on the meeting,” said Bhaskar Prabhu, another member of the committee. “Citizens participation helps bring in more transparency in the work of authorities, said Girist Mittal, who had filed the RTI. Municpal commissioner, Ajoy Mehta did not respond to sms from DNA.
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Gujarat elections 2017 | 249 candidates left for 21 seats in Ahmedabad

With close to 100 candidates withdrawing their nominations, 249 candidates are left in the fray from the 21 assembly seats in Ahmedabad on Thursday, the last day for withdrawals, officials said.At 22, Viramgam seat has the highest number of contesting candidates, after 12 nominations were withdrawn. BJP has fielded former Congress MLA Tejshree Patel from the seat. Vatva, Bapunagar and Dhandhuka seats, all three held by BJP, have 16 candidates each in the fray. Danilimda (SC), from where Congress’s Shailesh Parmar is seeking re-election, has just six candidates in the fray, the lowest among all seats. The two BJP strongholds of Maninagar and Ellisbridge have seven and eight contesting candidates respectively.Sanand and Nikol seats have 14 candidates left in the fray, while Ghatlodia and Dholka seats will see a contest between 13 candidates. Congress had won Sanand seat in 2012, while BJP had won the remaining three.Exactly one dozen candidates are contesting from Vejalpur, and 11 each from Amraiwadi, Dariapur and Sabarmati assembly segments. Barring Dariapur, BJP had won all the seats in the last elections, and has repeated the sitting MLAs.
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Gujarat elections 2017: 63 nominations filed in Ahmedabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sixty-three candidates filed their nominations from 21 Assembly segments in Ahmedabad city and district on Friday, official sources said.Minister and BJP candidate from Vatva seat, Pradipsinh Jadeja, BJP nominee from Naroda seat, Balram Thavani and AAP candidate from Danilimda seat JJ Mewada, were among them.Though majority of the nominations were filed by independent candidates, some nominees from smaller parties such as Shiv Sena and Bahujan Samaj Party also filed their candidature.The Congress has not yet announced names for its candidates for the second phase, but the party is believed to have informed the chosen ones to keep their documents ready. Its two MLAs from Ahmedabad city, viz. Shailesh Parmar from Danilimda seat and Gyasuddin Sheikh (Dariapur), are almost certain to be repeated. The party has also sounded out the other candidates.The last day for filing of nominations is November 27.Meanwhile, Friday was the last day for withdrawal of nominations for the 89 seats going to polls in the first phase on December 9. Officials said that 1,280 candidates were in fray after scrutiny of papers, but the number will be lower due to cancellation and withdrawal of several forms.

BMC denies info to RTI applicant

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An RTI applicant was denied information about the occupation certificate and ground floor plan of a ward office by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) stating that it will be a threat to security.While denying such information, it cited an order from former chief information commissioner which was itself corrected after much hue and cry as it blocked giving away details of buildings under RTI.Girish Mittal, Borivli resident, had filed an RTI application with the R/Central (Borivli) ward office, seeking details of reason along with file notings on why only one entry gate was open to the public for entry, reason for not allowing public to park in the ward’s premises, the DC rules on the two subject, the occupation certificate and the ground floor lay out.While replying to the information, the public information officer cited an order of former chief information commissioner, Ratnakar Gaikwad’s order which stated that due to security reasons the building plan not be provided. Often alleged to be the most corrupt department, Gaikwad’s order attracted sharp criticism and a clarification as activists said that terrorists did not need to file an RTI application to access building details.Gaikwad then issued a clarification which categorically stated that parking, cross section of building, occupancy certificate, and other relevant details be provided under RTI except internal details of the building.”It is a classic case of officers being well aware of all the negative orders that block transparency and little that promote it. There was a clarification on this order,” said Shailesh Gandhi, former central information commissioner.”There is no question that such information cannot be provided. What they cannot provide is internal detailing. That is what was decided in the technical advisory committee of the BMC which decides what to give under RTI,” said Bhaskar Prabhu.

Rock On! Dharavi teens to perform at London fest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six teenagers from a rock band comprising Dharavi ragpickers’ children will be performing at the EFG London Jazz Festival, going to be held in London’s Roundhouse on November 12. The teenagers, between 17 and 23 years old, include Shailesh Agre, Shital Rathod, Vicky Shinde, Durgesh K, Surya Kannan and Niveda Chandrashekhar. They will be leaving for the UK in the wee hours of Monday.”I am very happy and excited to perform with great talented artistes in the UK and I will learn many things from all of them,” said Surya Kannan, a member from Dharavi Rocks.”All the six performers belong to an underprivileged family. They have been selected to perform in On Mass, an international festival of Roundhouse and they will also be performing during the EFG London Jazz festival 2017 from November 10 to 19,” said Vinod Shetty, Founder of ACORN Foundation (India).”All the expenses for the trip have been borne by the Roundhouse, supported by Arts Council England,” Shetty addedThe teenagers will be performing with three-time Grammy award winner and global artiste Angelique Kidjo and other emerging artistes from all over the world. After reaching London, the teenagers will be trained for over four days and will later perform different forms like beat boxing, drumming, hip-hop dancing and rap.”I am feeling lucky I get a chance to perform in the UK. Earlier, I used to rap and do beat boxing. Later on, when I joined Dharavi Rocks, I learned drums. Dharavi Rocks inspires me to play the music I perform these days,” said Surya.”Music is a form of expression and it doesn’t need any language. These intensive workshops and platforms are giving the Dharavi children a chance to express themselves. Music has been a saviour for most of the kids in Dharavi, who usually fall prey to drug addiction,” said Shetty.

Extend VAT amnesty scheme till Dec 31

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Keeping in mind the disputed cases under Value Added Tax (VAT), the businesses community of Gujarat have suggested the state government extend the amnesty scheme 31 until December 31. The scheme had expired on June 30, before the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was rolled out on July 1. The community also stressed upon the need of allowing an initial partial payment being made as a part of the settlement, whose non-inclusion resulted in only a few takers due to the earlier schemes.Under this scheme, which applies to taxation cases and ran into litigation, the businessmen could pay taxes with a waiver on the interest or/and pay a penalty as part of the settlement of a dispute. According to many, this could be a win-win situation for both the government and the businessmen as the former will get a fresh inflow of taxes and the latter will also be relieved of the litigation and focus on compliance of GST.”In the run-up to the rollout of GST, the businessmen were unable to take benefit of the amnesty scheme. The scheme should be extended until December 31,” said Shailesh Patwari, President of Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).While the government opines that there were very few takers of previous schemes, the tax experts say it happened because the schemes did not allow initial partial payment by businessmen. “Most businessmen did not participate in the scheme as their initial payment was not a part of compromise formula. If this feature is included in the scheme, many businessmen will queue up for it,” said Vaaris Isani, president of Gujarat Sales Tax Bar Association.GST SEPT PENALTY FOR DELAY IN AUGThe reason behind the penalty levied for September filing under GST is out. It has been levied for the delay in filing of August returns, said Vaaris Isani, President of Gujarat Sales Tax Bar Association. The due date for the filing of September returns is October 20. But businessmen found that they were levied penalty for the returns whose due date was yet to come. Now, it is clear that businessmen who had not filed their previous monthly returns on time have been subjected to a penalty.

Now BCom grads to be roped in for GST return filing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Now recent pass outs of Bachelor of Commerce besides accounting staff of companies will be roped in for filing monthly returns of GST. The move will not only ease the rush for filing of returns, but also keep a check on parallel economy, say experts.There are close to 74,000 CA and four lakh tax practitioners equipped to file GST returns. Commerce graduates are far more in number, sources said.”We will conduct special training sessions for accounting staff and BCom graduates. They will be given a check list of data needed to file returns. Often lack of data at the time of filing return is responsible for expiry of session. They will prepare entire ground work and CA will only have to upload the return,” said Shailesh Patwari, president of Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).According to provisions in GST Act, CA, cost accountants, CS, tax practitioners, advocates, MBA, MCom, BBA and Bcom professionals can file GST returns. Persons holding MBA, BBA, MCom and BCom degrees will have to pass an exam to become GST practitioners independently.Initially, in Draft Model Act only CA and CMA professionals were eligible for filing of returns and to represent their case on behalf of their clients. It was after Gujarat Sales Tax Bar Association (GSBTA) and GCCI represented to the GST Council earlier during the year that an amendment was made to include other professionals.Jamnagar-based tax advocate Axat Vyas, instrumental in suggesting the amendment, said a CA can cater to only 300-500 clients. “With just about 74,000 CA in the country, there is no way they can serve the entire business community. Inclusion of other professionals will ensure better and timely compliance.”He also urged local commerce colleges to encourage their students to appear for the exam. Vyas also informed that demand of inclusion of all related tax professionals in all related compliances including GST Audit will help business community and reflect in lower compliance cost.GCCI will invite companies to send their accounting staff for training sessions. It will also conduct awareness programmes in local colleges to rope in fresh graduates for the programme. With only a limited number of professionals filing returns now, there is a tremendous rush, especially at the eleventh hour resulting in most returns not being filed.IN NUMBERSThere are close to 74,000 CA and four lakh tax practitioners equipped to file GST returns.
According to provisions in GST Act, CA, cost accountants, CS, tax practitioners, advocates, MBA, MCom, BBA and Bcom professionals can file GST returns.

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

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

Utkal Express Derailment: People have been asked to send information in writing, says commissioner of railway safety

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The commissioner of railway safety today invited people to be part of the inquiry into the derailment of the Utkal Express.The move comes in the wake of people at the spot in Khatauli in Uttar Padesh alleging negligence on the part of the railways that led to the accident yesterday evening.The invitation to the public was issued by Commissioner of Railway Safety Shailesh Kumar Pathak.”The general public is invited to tender evidence at the inquiry and also send information relating to the accident to the commissioner of railway safety,” a Northern Railway press release said.People have been asked to send information in writing to the commissioner’s office in Delhi.
ALSO READ Utkal Express Derailment: Northern Railways General Manager sent on leave, 4 officers suspendedPathak, who will start his inquiry tomorrow, will also scan a 15-minute audio clip containing a conversation between a rail staffer and a media person, in which the railway employee alleges that the track was broken and the work to repair it was not being done properly.”We have got the clip from the media and heard it. In the clip it sounds like a conversation between a railway worker and a media person. In it, the worker is saying that the work was going on on the track and it was being done negligently.
ALSO READ Utkal Express Derailment: Railway employee one of the 21 victims killed in tragedyWe are verifying its authenticity.”In fact, during the commissioner’s inquiry, the common people will be asked to provide any information that they have on the accident,” said Member Traffic, Railways, Md Jamshed had earlier said.People have been earlier also asked to provide information in case of accidents by the commissioner.

Rlys to probe if work on track being done without permission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The railways today indicated negligence could be the reason behind the derailment of the Utkal Express, with a senior official saying a probe would ascertain if any maintenance work was being done on the tracks without permission. It was not “clear” what kind of work was going on at the site, said Mohd Jamshed, Member, Traffic, Railways. “However, any work on tracks has to follow a manual. We have maintenance manuals which lay down guidelines for work on any kind of railway infrastructure,” he told the media here. A probe will ascertain if work was being carried out on the tracks and if so, whether the rules had been followed. The probe, which will begin tomorrow, will be conducted by the Commissioner, Railway Safety, Shailesh Kumar Pathak, who will look into “every angle, be it sabotage, technical lapse or manual fault”. Jamshed, who visited the spot in Khatauli where the accident occurred yesterday, killing 21 people, said he had seen maintenance tools on the tracks. “There is some audio clip of some conversation that we will probe. Also, when we did the site inspection, we saw some equipment the railways use for track repair present there.” he said. “Whenever this kind of a big accident happens, coaches get smashed, toppled, capsized and derailed. In this case, a 200-metre track has been damaged completely. It has to be investigated in detail. All measurements are being taken and every lapse is being taken into account,” Jamshed said. The senior officer also said the Railway Police had lodged an FIR in the case at Khatauli under Sections that included mischief causing destruction of railway property, causing death by negligence, causing grievous hurt, endangering life and personal safety. Explaining the procedure for maintenance followed by the railways, Jamshed wondered if it was followed in this case. “Fixed infrastructure on which the rail network runs like tracks, overhead equipment and signals are regularly maintained as per schedule. Maintenance of tracks is done during operations by blocking them as per requirement, according to fixed time and schedule. Written permission needs to be taken for this work,” he said. He also said sometimes repair needs to be done on an emergency basis, but even then, if the next station is informed, the consequent trains are stopped. “Then we get our supervisors on the track which is inspected and repaired after which the trains are allowed to run with a speed restriction. Red flags are also shown to trains in case there is a problem on the tracks,” he said. He said it would be investigated if these protocols were followed this time. “Prima facie the information is that there is divisional responsibility involved if work was being done without seeking permission. By this evening we will know if any of our staff was responsible for this,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Deadline to file GST returns extended to Aug 28

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An estimated 30 per cent of the businessmen filing GST returns will not have to shell out additional working capital to pay taxes, as the deadline for filing the first Goods and Services Tax (GST) return for businessmen who want to set off their outstanding tax credit against the payable tax, has been extended by eight days. The new deadline is August 20, according to sources, one of them a member in GST Council, said on Thursday.According to the GST Act, the set-off of excess tax paid in the form of excise duty, Value Added Tax and Service Tax and outstanding as on June 30, is allowed while filing GST returns. The first return, for business done in July, needs to be filed by August 20 in the form of Form 3B. However, to avail tax credit, forms Trans 1 and Trans 2 need to be filed, for which the deadline is September 28. So, a trader needs to file forms 3B, Trans 1 and Trans 2 before August 20 to claim outstanding credit. However, Trans 1 and Trans 2 are not available online even as the August 20 deadline draws nearer.The Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) recently wrote to GST Council, seeking an extension of the August 20 deadline to avoid liquidity crunch. “The deadline to file Form 3B is now August 28, by which forms Trans 1 and Trans 2 also need to be filed. Soon, forms Trans 1 and Trans 2 will also be available. The council has agreed to our demand; but, since Thursday is a government holiday, a formal notification will be issued on Friday,” said Shailesh Patwari, president of GCCI. A member of GST Council confirmed that the deadlines have been revised and the council is under the process of issuing a notification. However, the deadline for filing Form 3B, Trans 1 and Trans 2 remains unchanged for businessmen who do not have to claim tax credit.Tax practitioners say while the revision of the deadline will give businessmen a breathing space, the deadline may have to be extended further, considering the quantum of Trans 1 and Trans 2 forms that need to be filed across the country.

I-T to file criminal prosecution against Lalu Prasad family

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Income Tax Department will soon file a prosecution complaint against some family members of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, including his daughter Misa Bharti, in connection with its probe into land deals worth Rs 1,000 crore, officials privy to the investigation said. They said the agency will file the complaint in a competent court against at least six family members of Lalu, against whom it recently slapped charges under the new and stringent anti-benami assets act. Some of them, including Bharti and her husband Shailesh, may also be summoned again for further questioning in the case, they said. The department had served notices of attachment of assets in June to Lalu, his wife and former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi, son and former Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav, daughters Chanda and Ragini Yadav, MP daughter Bharti and son-in-law Kumar. The I-T department had attached about a dozen plots and buildings in Delhi and Bihar including a farm house and land in the Palam Vihar area, a residential building in the upmarket New Friends Colony area of south Delhi, nine plots on a 256.75 decimal land area in Phulwari Sharif area in Patna, where a shopping mall was being constructed, among few others in the same area in Bihar’s capital. The department has said these alleged benami assets bear a “deed” value of about Rs 9.32 crore but the taxman has estimated their current market value at Rs 170-180 crore. Benami properties are those in which the real beneficiary is not the one in whose name (benamidar) the property has been purchased. The Lalu family has called these cases to be borne out of “political vendetta” againt them.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jeweller’s employees robbed of gold over Rs 1 cr

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two employees of an Ahmedabad- based jeweller were allegedly robbed of gold worth over Rs one crore, the police said today. The incident took place on August 12. They were allegedly abducted from outside the New Delhi Railway Station by two persons posing as Delhi Police personnel. The gold worth Rs 1.25 crore was robbed from them following which they were dumped in Haryana. According to the police, the incident took place when Nitin and Shailesh, employees of jeweller Soni Rajesh Changanlal, came to old Delhi to buy some gold, they said. They were accompanied by another employee Umakant who went inside the station. While they were paying the fare to a rickshaw-puller, a man in police uniform asked them to accompany him at gunpoint, they added. They were taken to a parked car in which another man was sitting and they were taken to Haryana. They were dumped after being looted. Their employer approached the police today and a case was registered. The police are scanning the CCTV footage from the railway station and other areas to identify the accused.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress MLAs return, put up at Anand resort

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Forty four Congress MLAs, who were whisked away from the state and taken to Bengaluru ahead of the Rajya Sabha election, returned to Ahmedabad in the wee hours of Monday. The MLAs were taken to a resort in Anand, and will be brought to Gandhinagar for voting on Tuesday morning amid presence of a large number of policemen.The MLAs, who were put up in a resort in Bengaluru since July 29, landed at the SVPI Airport at 4.30 am on Monday. “All our MLAs have returned to Gujarat, and are now at a resort in Anand. Ahmedbhai Patel and other senior leaders will meet the MLAs in the evening and also have dinner with them,” Congress MLA and party’s chief whip in the state assembly, Shailesh Parmar, told DNA. “All our MLAs have decided not to go to their home even on ‘Rakshabandhan’,” he said.

RSS appeals for donation to help flood-hit people in Gujarat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The RSS today said that hundreds of its swayamsevaks (workers) were engaged in relief operations in flood-hit Banaskantha and Patan districts of Gujarat, and appealed for donation to help the affected people. Gujarat RSS Sah Karyavah Shailesh Patel said RSS workers are engaged in relief operations in Banaskantha and Patan districts, a large part of which continues to reel under floods. He said the RSS distributed 1.6 lakh food packets in the the last two days. “We have started help centres in Radhanpur and Deesa (in Banaskantha), and our workers have helped alert people living in low-lying areas affected due to release of water from Sipu and Dantiwada dams, so they can shift along with their valuables and cattle,” Patel said in a press conference. “The swayamsevaks are helping to provide shelter to thousands of people in private hospitals and temples. So far, 1.60 lakh food packets have been distributed,” he said. According to Patel, RSS plans to provide food items to 15,000 affected people enough to last for five days, and will need donation of around Rs 1 crore for the same. “We will collect donations at 25 centres tomorrow in the city between 5 pm and 7 pm,” he said. “People, whose food items are among the things that were washed away due to floods, will be provided ration that will last five days. We will provide it to around 15,000 such people and therefore want donations,” he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced an interim assistance of Rs 500 crore for flood-hit Gujarat. Modi today undertook an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man beaten up in Nagpur district was carrying beef: police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Muslim man who was thrashed by cow vigilantes in Nagpur district of Maharashtra three days ago was carrying beef, police said today. Police had arrested four persons for beating up Salim Shaha (34), a member of Katol unit of the BJP, on July 12 and sent the meat he was carrying to a forensic laboratory. Superintendent of Police (Nagpur rural) Shailesh Balkawde told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ED grills ‘evasive’ Misa for 8 hours in money-laundering case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Since Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti was found to be ‘elusive’ during eight hours of questioning on Tuesday in a money-laundering case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has decided to summon her again after her husband joins the investigations on Wednesday. Bharti’s husband, Shailesh Kumar, has been asked to join the probe on Wednesday after he failed to appear before the investigating agency on Monday.Bharti came to the agency’s office at 11 am and left around 7.30 pm. The sleuths privy to the investigation stated that she was grilled in relation to the purchase of three farmhouses and also on the way these were procured.”Other than that, she remained elusive most of the time when asked about her role in her company, Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd, of which she is a director,” said a senior ED official, adding that she left it to her husband to answer the queries raised by the agency. Bharti, who is a member of the Upper House, feigned innocence pertaining to money laundering, stating that she was “unaware about any wrongdoings”. “Once we question Shailesh, things will be clearer,” the official said.The agency had carried out raids on Saturday at the premises of Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd at Bijwasan, and at the residential premises of its directors — Kumar and Bharti — at Ghitorni and Sainik Farms in New Delhi in connection with the Prevention of Money Laundering Act investigation.The ED official also said that during the searches, various incriminating documents and electronic devices, including mobile phones, have been recovered and seized.The investigation by the probe agencies has also pointed out that a man identified as Vinay Mittal played a pivotal role in helping Lalu’s family purchase properties not only in Delhi, but also in Bihar. Both the Income Tax Department and the ED found that Mittal had introduced Lalu’s son-in-law Shailesh to chartered accountant Rajesh Agarwal, who has already been arrested by the ED in a money-laundering racket. Through an intricate network of shell companies, Agarwal had laundered money into Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt. Ltd.

Money laundering case: Misa Bharti grilled for 8 hours by ED

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> RJD MP Misa Bharti was today grilled for nearly eight hours by Enforcement Directorate (ED) sleuths in connection with the agency’s probe into a Rs 8,000- crore money laundering case, officials said.Bharti, the daughter of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, deposed before the investigating officer (IO) of the case at the central probe agency’s zonal office here shortly after 11 am. The officials said her statement was also recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). They said Bharti was questioned about her role in relation to a firm, M/s Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited, and her other finances and her links with a Chattered Accountant arrested by the agency earlier.The ED had on July 8 conducted searches at three Delhi farmhouses of Bharti, her husband Shailesh Kumar and the firm. Her husband Shailesh Kumar was also summoned yesterday but he reportedly skipped the date. The ED raids on July 8 had come a day after the CBI had raided multiple premises of Prasad and his family in a corruption case probe.The latest summons to Bharti and her husband are related to a Rs 8,000 crore money laundering probe being conducted by the agency against two Delhi-based businessmen brothers, Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain, and others who are alleged to have laundered several crore rupees using over 90 shell companies. The Jain brothers were arrested by the ED earlier under the PMLA.One of the firms that the arrested duo dealt with was Ms Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited. Bharti and her husband are alleged to have been directors of this firm in the past. The agency said it was detected that 1,20,000 shares of M/s Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited were bought during 2007-08 at a rate of Rs 100 per share by four shell companies — M/s Shalini Holdings Limited, M/s Ad-Fin Capital Services (India) Pvt. Ltd, M/s Mani Mala Delhi Properties Pvt. Ltd., and M/s Diamond Vinimay Pvt. Ltd. These 1,20,000 shares, it said, were allegedly bought back by Bharti at Rs 10 per share.The ED had also arrested Rajesh Agarwal, a Chartered Accountant allegedly linked to Bharti, who provided accommodation entries (black funds) of about Rs 60 lakh to M/s Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited. The searches, they had said, are part of investigations to unravel these links which allegedly routed black money using the shell companies in question.Shell companies are firms set up with nominal paid up capital, high reserves, and surplus on account of receipt of high share premium, investment in unlisted companies and no dividend income or high amount of cash-in-hand. The ED is the third agency probing alleged financial irregularities by the Lalu Prasad family after the CBI and the Income Tax department which recently attached benami assets worth about Rs 180 crore (market value) in its investigation against them.

money laundering case: Misa Bharti appears before ED

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RJD MP Misa Bharti on Tuesday appeared before the ED here in connection with the probe in a Rs 8,000 crore money laundering case.Bharti, the daughter of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, deposed before the investigating officer (IO) of the case at the central probe agency’s zonal office here shortly after 11:00 AM.Officials said Bharti, who was given today’s date to depose, would be questioned about her role in relation to a firm Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited and her other finances and her links with a CA arrested by the agency earlier.The Enforcement Directorate, on July 8, had conducted searches at her Delhi farmhouse, that of her husband Shailesh Kumar and the firm in connection with this case.The agency is expected to grill her on these subjects and record her statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).Her husband Shailesh Kumar was also summoned yesterday but he reportedly skipped the date.The ED raids last week had come a day after the CBI had raided multiple premises of Prasad and his family in a corruption probe case.The latest summons to Bharti and her husband are related to a Rs 8,000 crore money laundering probe being conducted by the agency against two Delhi-based businessmen brothers, Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain, and others who are alleged to have laundered several crore rupees using over 90 shell companies.The Jain brothers were arrested by the ED earlier under the PMLA.One of the firms that the arrested duo dealt with was Ms Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited.Bharti and her husband are alleged to have been directors of this firm in the past.The agency said it was detected that 1,20,000 shares of Ms Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited were bought during 2007-08 at a rate of Rs 100 per share by four shell companies — M/s Shalini Holdings Limited, M/s Ad-Fin Capital Services (India) Pvt. Ltd, M/s Mani Mala Delhi Properties Pvt.Ltd., and M/s Diamond Vinimay Pvt. Ltd.These 1,20,000 shares, it said, were allegedly bought back by Bharti at Rs 10 per share.The ED had also arrested Rajesh Agarwal, a Chartered Accountant allegedly linked to Bharti, who provided accommodation entries (black funds) of about Rs 60 lakh to M/s Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited.The searches, they had said, are part of investigations to unravel these links which allegedly routed black money using the shell companies in question.Shell companies are firms set up with nominal paid up capital, high reserves, and surplus on account of receipt of high share premium, investment in unlisted companies and no dividend income or high amount of cash-in-hand.The ED is the third agency probing alleged financial irregularities by the Lalu Prasad family after the CBI and the Income Tax department which recently attached benami assets worth about Rs 180 crore (market value) in its investigation against them.

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

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

ED summons Misa Bharti, husband in PMLA case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned RJD supremo Lalu Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar for questioning under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).The agency had asked Shailesh to join probe on Monday but he did not turn up, sources in the agency stated. Further, the agency has asked Misa to join the investigation on Tuesday. “We have asked them to join the probe, said a senior officer adding that they are looking forward to questioning them pertaining to the money laundering.The agency had carried out raids on Saturday on the premises of Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt. Ltd. at Bijwasan and the residential premises of its directors — Shailesh Kumar and Misa Bharti — at Ghitorni and Sainik Farms in New Delhi in connection with Prevention of Money Laundering Act investigation.The officer also had stated that during searches various incriminating documents, electronic devices including mobile phones have been recovered and seized.Investigation by probe agencies has also pointed out that a man identified as Vinay Mittal has played a pivotal role in helping Lalu’s family to purchase properties not only in Delhi but also in Bihar. Both Income Tax and ED found that Mittal introduced Lalu’s son-in-law Shailesh to chartered accountant Rajesh Agarwal, who is already arrested by ED in a money laundering racket. Through an intricate network of shell companies, Agarwal had laundered money into Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt. Ltd.Sources in the agencies said that they are now probing how Shailesh allegedly got the black money or who gave it to him.During probe, ED found that in 2007 Shailesh enquired from Mittal how to converted ill gotten money into white. Mittal then introduced to his brother-in-law Rajesh Aggarwal. Mittal is also being quizzed by probe agencies into the matter.Mittal during interrogation has stated that he got in touch with Shailesh through Amit Katyal, under whom he was working. It is alleged was Katyal had felicitated land deals for Lalu’s family in Patna. “We are also probing the role of Katyal,” said the officer.Further, Agarwal introduced Shailesh to businessmen Virendra and Surendra Jain. The Jain brothers were arrested by ED in Rs 8,000 crore money laundering case this year.During probe against Jain brothers it has come out that the 1,20,000 shares of Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt. Ltd. were bought during 2007 and 2008 at the rate of Rs 100 per share by four shell companies — Shalini Holdings Ltd, Ad-Fin Capital Services (India) Pvt. Ltd., Mani Mala Delhi Properties Pvt. Ltd. and Diamond Vinimay Pvt. Ltd.Out of these shell companies, except Diamond Vinimay Pvt. Ltd, were registered at Delhi and were managed and controlled by Jain Brothers. The company Diamond Vinimay Pvt. Ltd is a Kolkata based company. The above mentioned 1,20,000 shares were bought back by Misa at the price of Rs 10 per share.During investigation, it has been gathered that Agarwal had provided cash of Rs 90 lakh to Jain brothers in advance so as to invest in Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd as share premium. It was also found that Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt. Ltd was registered at the address 25, Tuglak Road, New Delhi till the shares were bought back by Misa. It was only during 2009 and 2010 that the address was changed to Farm number 26 Palam Farms, Bijwasan in New Delhi.Now the agency is probing from who arranged the cash and how three farms houses were purchased.AnalysisCorruption taint is back on the political sleeves of Lalu Prasad Yadav family. The CBI and ED have conducted separate raids on the properties belonging to the Yadav family.The new developments are going to put further pressure on Bihar CM Nitish to sever ties with Lalu’s RJD.

Boat tragedy; Two bodies fished out; 5 feared drowned

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The desire to click selfies in the middle of a reservoir turned into a tragedy for a group of men with the boat carrying them capsizing in Vena Dam in Kamleshwar tehsil, police said today. While two of the bodies were fished out today, five others are yet to be traced after the incident that took place yesterday. One body was fished out last night. According to Shailesh Balkawade, SP, Nagpur Rural, two bodies were fished out this morning and searches are underway to trace the remaining persons. The deceased have been identified as Rahul Jadhav and Ankit Bhusekar. “It seems these youngsters had hired local fishermen for boating, which is not allowed in the dam. The boat they got into was narrow. It tilted and capsized when they started clicking ‘selfies’ on reaching the mid point of the reservoir,” the SP said. The boat carrying 11 people including three boatmen had capsized last evening. While three persons–two boatmen and a college student — were rescued, one body was recovered last night, police said. Those rescued are undergoing treatment at a private hospital here, the SP said. Police had yesterday said that out of 11 people, at least eight were from Nagpur and believed to in the age group of 20 -25. The incident, which occurred between 6 and 6.30 pm was witnessed by a local who in turn alerted the police control room, following which a rescue operation was undertaken. Efforts are on to look for survivors, if any, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lion breeding halted at SGNP as Maha, Guj bargain

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as forest officials at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) try to strike a ‘good bargain’ with officials from Sakkarbaug Zoo at Junagadh, Gujarat, for a pair of lions, it seems that it will end up requiring political intervention from Maharashtra.Currently, SGNP houses three Asiatic lions, of which Jespa and Gopa are siblings, while the third, Ravindra, is now old. “We have just two males and one female. Since they are related, it will lead to inbreeding producing weaker cubs with a genetic disorder. We wrote to the Sakkarbaug Zoo in February requesting for one pair in return for one pair of rusty-spotted cats,” said a senior park official. Gujarat zoo authorities have responded but they want not one, but two pairs of cats and also want the exchange approved by the Gujarat state government.”Giving them two pairs will leave no female with us, affecting our own breeding programme,” said another senior SGNP official, adding that the Sakkarbaug Zoo officials were known to be bullies as they knew their lions were in great demand across India, being pure bred.Maintaining that they were still in talks with their counterparts in Gujarat, Dr Shailesh Pethe, Veterinary Officer for SGNP said that a new pair of lions at SGNP will not only boost current numbers but also chances of mating and healthy cubs will go up. “We have replied to their proposal saying we can only consider one pair of rusty-spotted cats and will wait for their reply now,” he said.Meanwhile, officials also hinted that they will be requesting State Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar to use his connections. Mungantiwar has been extremely keen on developing facilities at SGNP. The last pair of lions at SGNP were brought in 2009 from Bannerghatta National Park and the last cubs to be born were in 2012.

ED raids Lalu’s daughter’s Delhi houses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an another jolt to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) carried searches at three premises of his daughter Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar in the national Capital on Saturday in a money laundering case. The agency also examined Misa and Shailesh for several hours.The raids come a day after the CBI conducted raids across four states in a corruption case in which Lalu, his wife Rabri Devi, and his son and Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav were booked among others. The case pertains to manipulation in awarding of contract for maintenance of two hotels run by IRCTC which took place when the RJD chief was railway minister.About the raids, a senior officer of the agency said, “Searches were carried out at the premises of Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd at Bijwasan and the residential premises of its directors — Shailesh Kumar and Misa Bharti — at Ghitorni and Sainik Farms in New Delhi in connection with Prevention of Money Laundering Act investigation.” The officer also stated that during the searches various incriminating documents, electronic devices, including mobile phones, have been recovered and seized.Investigation by probe agencies has pointed out that a man identified as Vinay Mittal has played a pivotal role in helping Lalu’s family to purchase properties not only in Delhi but also in Bihar. Both Income Tax and ED found that Mittal introduced Lalu’s son-in-law Shailesh to chartered accountant Rajesh Agarwal, who is already arrested by ED in a money laundering racket. Through an intricate network of shell companies, Agarwal had laundered money into Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt. Ltd.Sources in the agencies said that they are now probing how Shailesh allegedly got the black money or who gave it to him.During probe, ED found that in 2007 Shailesh enquired from Mittal how to converted ill gotten money into white. Mittal then introduced to his brother-in-law Rajesh Aggarwal. Mittal is also being quizzed by probe agencies into the matter.Mittal during interrogation has stated that he got in touch with Shailesh through Amit Katyal, under whom he was working. It is alleged was Katyal had felicitated land deals for Lalu’s family in Patna. “We are also probing the role of Katyal,” said the senior officer.Further, Agarwal introduced Shailesh to businessmen Virendra and Surendra Jain. The Jain brothers were arrested by ED in Rs 8000 crore money laundering case this year.During probe against Jain brothers it has come out that the 1,20,000 shares of Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt. Ltd. were bought during 2007 and 2008 at the rate of Rs 100 per share by four shell companies — Shalini Holdings Limited, Ad-Fin Capital Services (India) Pvt. Ltd., Mani Mala Delhi Properties Pvt. Ltd. and Diamond Vinimay Pvt. Ltd.Out of these shell companies, except Diamond Vinimay Pvt. Ltd, were registered at Delhi and were managed and controlled by Jain Brothers . The company Diamond Vinimay Pvt. Ltd is a Kolkata based company. The above mentioned 1,20,000 shares were bought back by Misa at the price of Rs 10 per share.During investigation, it has been gathered that Agarwal had provided cash of Rs 90 lakhs to Jain brothers in advance so as to invest in Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd as share premium. It was also found that Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt. Ltd was registered at the address 25, Tuglak Road, New Delhi till the shares were bought back by Misa . It was only during the year 2009 and 2010 that the address was changed to Farm number 26 Palam Farms, Bijwasan in New DelhiNow the agency is probing from who arranged the cash and how three farms houses were purchased.

Centre has duty to expose political scams to maintain transparency Congress

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

No need for ‘political tinge’, let law take its course Congress on Lalu raided

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress on Friday downplayed the political furore around Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registering a case against Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family, and asserted that siphoning political points out of the episode should be avoided, while letting the law take its course. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that lawful proceedings are taking place which will reach its culmination and that any sort of political campaign against Yadav should be avoided. ?I think these don?t require any comment from a political party, these are legal proceeding. These are proceedings which will ultimately find their culmination in court judgments, the only thing which is important is that they should be no attempt to carry on any political campaign or vendetta or bias and other than that course will take care of it,? Singhvi said. The CBI earlier in the day registered a criminal conspiracy case against Yadav on the allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of Hotels at Ranchi and Puri to a Private Company dealing with Hotels in the year 2006. The CBI has also booked Yadav?s wife rabri Devi, son Tejaswi Yadav, then MD, IRCTC P.K. Goel, a Private person, two Directors of Private Company, a Private Marketing Company and one other person in connection with a same. The CBI sleuths today conducted searches at 12 locations across Patna, Delhi, Gurgaon and other places in connection with a case linked to a hotel maintenance contract awarded by Lalu Yadav when he was the Railway Minister in 2006. The CBI is also examining irregularities in awarding tenders to private firms for operating railway hotels located close to stations. These raids have comes weeks after income-tax department searched locations in New Delhi and adjoining areas in regard with corruption charges against Yadav?s daughter Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

STF arrests sharpshooter for killing ex-mayor of Dhanbad in UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh police today arrested a sharpshooter allegedly involved in the murder of Congress leader and former deputy mayor of Dhanbad, Neeraj Singh and three others. The STF’s Varanasi unit and the Dhanbad police jointly arrested Kurban Ali, a native of UP’s Sultanpur district, who also carried a reward of Rs 25,000 on his head, near Cantt Railway station, STF Inspector Shailesh Pratap Singh said. Singh was gunned down along with his personal assistant Ashok Yadav, bodyguard Munna Tiwari and driver Gholtu Mahto on March 21 in Saraidhela police station area of Dhanbad in Jharkhand when he was returning from Jharia coal belt in his car. The shooters had indiscriminately fired bullets from an AK-47 rifle on Singh’s car. More than 20 bullet marks were found on the vehicle. The STF had arrested the main sharpshooter, Aman Singh, and his accomplice Abhinav Singh from Mirzapur district last month.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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

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

RJD leader Misa Bharti skips I-T summons for 2nd time

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti today skipped questioning by tax officials for the second time in about a week in connection with a probe into a Rs 1,000 crore alleged benami land deal and tax evasion case.Income Tax Department officials said it has decided to issue a second penalty show cause notice of Rs 10,000 to Bharti for non-compliance of summons even as they are mulling the next course of action, including giving her a fresh and a third chance to appear for questioning. She had not appeared in person on June 6, following which the department had issued a show cause notice under section 131 of the IT Act and fined her Rs 10,000.Bharti, who was supposed to appear before the investigating officer of the case today, is understood to have cited certain personal reasons for not doing so. Her husband Shailesh Kumar is scheduled to depose before the IO tomorrow. He too had given a miss to the questioning on June 7.The department wants to question the couple to take the probe further into the case, wherein the taxman had conducted multiple searches last month. A chartered accountant, Rajesh Kumar Agrawal, allegedly linked with Bharti and others, was also arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on May 22. Agrawal is alleged to have aided in illegal transactions involving Lalu’s kin. Officials had earlier said the summons to Bharti and Kumar were part of the probe into the case and their statements will be recorded.The couple allegedly have links to a firm — Ms Mishail Packers and Printers Private Limited — which is suspected to have entered into benami deals for purchasing a farmhouse in Delhi’s Bijwasan area.More property deals are under the scanner of the taxman. The department is expected to slap provisions of the newly enacted Benami Transactions Act 1988, which came into effect from November 1 last year, in this case. The law provides for a maximum punishment of seven years in jail and a fine.Benami properties are those in which the real beneficiary is not the one in whose name the property has been purchased. Tax department officials had earlier said Lalu’s kin held some of the properties in a ‘benami’ way.The RJD chief, however, had sought to put up a brave face after the raids, saying he was “not scared at all” and will continue to fight against “fascist forces”. “The BJP does not have the courage to stifle my voice…If it tried to silence one Lalu, crores of Lalu will come forward. I am not scared of empty threats,” he had said in a series of tweets after the search operation.The BJP had alleged that Lalu, Bharti and his two sons — Tejashwi and Tej Pratap, both ministers in the Bihar government, were involved in corrupt land deals worth over Rs 1,000 crore, and had asked the Centre to probe one such transaction in Delhi.

Relaxed norms for real estate and tourism proposed in draft coastal rules

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre, as part of its new coastal rules, has proposed to ease tourism and real-estate development, construction of coastal roads, and delegate greater powers to local planning authorities for realty development, a draft of the Marine Coastal Regulation Zone (MCRZ) notification has revealed.The new MCRZ notification, which is yet to be finalised, will replace the existing CRZ notification, 2011, which presently regulates all activities along the over 7,000 km long coastline of the country. These changes are in line with recommendations of the Shailesh Nayak committee, that was tasked with reviewing the 2011 notification in 2014.DNA has reviewed a copy of the seven-page draft MCRZ notification that was accessed under Right to Information Act, by non-profit organisation Centre for Policy Research.While the draft notification has not proposed to alter the fundamental classification of coastal regulation zones, the high-tide line (HTL) or low-tide line (LTL), it has used a new methodology to map the HTL and LTL’s which is yet to be revealed. The 2011 notification categorises coastal areas as CRZ-I, II, III and IV based on their vulnerabilities and the existing development. The draft MCRZ notification has retained this classification, though, it has reduced the ambit of prohibited activities in MCRZ-I, II and III.For instance, in the MCRZ-I zone, which is the intertidal zone that includes ecologically sensitive areas, the draft notification proposes to allow sewage treatment plants, coastal roads, national interest projects and infrastructure, tourism related facilities such as walkways and stilts.Interestingly, the draft notification said that it would allow reclamation for coastal roads. This exception has come in the backdrop of environment ministry’s approval for the coastal road in Mumbai. This proposed change would now also allow other states to reclaim land for coastal road projects without seeking special permissions.For MCRZ-II zone, which are urban built-up areas near the coasts, the draft says the development shall be regulated by local authorities as per prevailing local laws, and the state governments will be required to prepare coastal zone management plans (CZMP).In MCRZ-III, that are relatively lesser developed areas close to coasts, the draft proposes to allow dwelling units for local inhabitants including fishermen, basic infrastructure. Marketing facilities too will be provided with 50 metres buffer from HTL.The populated areas that are in MCRZ-III areas can be declared as MCRZ-II if the concered state governments prepare the CZMPs of the said area incorporating all requisite environmental safeguards, disaster management facilities and carries out environmental and social impact assessments….& ANALYSISAt the heart of the Centre’s push to replace the existing notification is a long-standing demand from states such as Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka to ease the coastal norms to make way for more real-estate and tourism development. While in 2011, the United Progressive Alliance replaced the notification’s 1991 version, it had stayed away from relaxing the norms.

17-year-old leopard dies of old age at SGNP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 17-year-old female captive leopard, called Radha, died of old age at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) on Saturday night.”The leopard has been undergoing treatment for the past three weeks, but could not walk properly. In fact, her hind limbs were paralysed. Radha barely ate in the days leading up to her death,” said Dr Shailesh Pethe, Veterinary Officer, SGNP.Pethe said the leopard was brought to SGNP from Radhanagri at Kolhapur in 2004 after she was trapped as an adult leopard at the age of three or four.According to forest department officials, the normal lifespan of a leopard is around 12 to 14 years in captivity. However, since these big cats get good food and proper medical treatment, some of them may live long. But, they could become susceptible to multiple age-related issues.Currently, SGNP houses 13 leopards in its rescue centre.

U’khand HC notice to EC on tampering of EVMs, orders seizure

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttarakhand High Court today issued notice to the Election Commission and the state government on a petition alleging tampering of EVMs in Dehradun’s Vikasnagar constituency and ordered sealing and seizure of the machines. In the February assembly polls, BJP’s Munna Singh Chauhan had defeated former cabinet minister and Congress nominee Navprabhat by 6,418 votes. On the petition filed by Navprabhat, Justice Shailesh Kumar Gupta asked the Election Commission, its state unit, the state chief secretary, the returning officer of Vikasnagar and Chauhan to file their replies within six weeks. The high court also directed the judicial magistrate of Vikasnagar to seal and seize the EVM machines “in his custody”. The petition alleged there was tampering and manipulation of the EVMs at Vikasnagar during the February 15 election. It was also alleged that many fake names were listed in the voters list in the constituency including Chauhan who was listed as a voter from two different places. When contacted Chauhan in Dehradun confirmed having received the high court notice but said the matter regarding EVMs was already before the Election Commission which has said on many occasions that they are tamper-proof. He said he will reply to the notice within the stipulated time frame which goes beyond a month.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

U’khand HC issues notice to EC on tampering of EVMs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttarakhand High Court today issued notice to the Election Commission and the state government on a petition alleging tampering of EVMs in Dehradun’s Vikasnagar constituency. In the assembly polls held in February, BJP’s Munna Singh Chauhan had defeated former cabinet minister and Congress nominee Navprabhat by 6,418 votes. On the petition filed by Navprabhat, Justice Shailesh Kumar Gupta asked the Election Commission, its state unit, the state chief secretary, the returning officer of Vikasnagar and Chauhan to file their replies within six weeks. The high court also directed the judicial magistrate of Vikasnagar to seal and seize the EVM machines “in his custody”. The petition alleged there was tampering and manipulation of the EVMs at Vikasnagar during the February 15 election. It was also alleged that many fake names were listed in the voters list in the constituency including Chauhan who was listed as a voter from two different places. When contacted Chauhan in Dehradun confirmed having received the high court notice but said the matter regarding EVMs was already before the Election Commission which has said on many occasions that they are tamper-proof. He said he will reply to the notice within the stipulated time frame which goes beyond a month.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RTI rules do not seem to be attempt to dilute the Act: Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The proposed RTI rules do not appear to be a move to consciously dilute the law and its efficacy, former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi today said. Terming the rule on the abatement of proceedings in case of death of the applicant as “controversial”, Gandhi said it should be changed and disclosure of information on the website should be made mandatory in such cases. “It has not been appreciated that the information sought in RTI belongs to all citizens since they own the government and every piece of information held by it. Thus everyone has the right to get the information which is sought by an applicant,” he said. Gandhi said allowing withdrawal of RTI appeals would be a direct encouragement to undesirable pressure on applicants, and deal making. “The law expects all information to be available suo moto. This proposed rule should be modified to state that when an appeal is sought to be withdrawn or an appellant dies, the information sought shall be placed on the website,” he said. He said the proposed rules mention that payment of fees can be done electronically where “it is available” but added that the rule should be modified so that in all cases public authorities must accept fees by electronic mode. “On the balance, this does not appear to be a move to consciously dilute the law and its efficacy… If rule 12 is changed to mandate placing on the website information sought by any appellant who has died, it would be a balanced set of rules for RTI,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Senior Congress MLA Shaktisinh Gohil said Punjab results

Just as people were angry with Akali Dal and BJP in Punjab, people are angry with BJP rule here,” he said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>could be replicated in Gujarat. “The DNA of Punjab and Gujarat is same. You can’t compare UP with Gujarat. Just as people were angry with Akali Dal and BJP in Punjab, people are angry with BJP rule here,” he said. In a jibe at the CM Rupani’s first name, Congress MLA Shailesh Parmar said “Vijay” (victory) will turn into “Parajay” (defeat) in Gujarat in the coming Assembly elections. “In all the five states which went to the polls people voted against those in power. Those who had `Vijay’ earlier, conceded `Parajay’. So wherever the CM’s name is Vijay, they will have `Parajay’,” Parmar said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mumbai: Leopard dies after being knocked down by speeding vehicle at Vasai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An adult male leopard was knocked dead by a vehicle on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway near Vasai on Friday night. The incident yet again brings to focus the threat to wildlife from speeding vehicles on the highway, where several leopards have been victim to road accidents.Forest department officials said they received a phone call around 11 pm from Vasai about a leopard lying on the highway near Sativali area close to the Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary(TWS). A team from Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) was sent to the spot, but they found that the leopard was already dead.”It was an adult male and on examination it was found that the leopard had already died on the spot. It was evident that the vehicle must have been at a high speed and hit the leopard while it was trying to cross the road,” said an official. Dr Shailesh Pethe, veterinary officer SGNP who conducted the postmortem of the leopard revealed that the big cat had multiple fractures due to the impact. “The injuries clearly indicated that due to the severe impact of being hit by the vehicle, there was no chance of its survival,” he said adding that the leopard did not have any external wounds but suffered from severe internal injuries.Infact as per a study carried out under the Mumbaikars for SGNP project in 2012, around 40 leopards were killed in road accidents along SGNP including Vasai and Thane-Ghodbunder area between 1994 to 2011. Wildlife activists have been raising the issue of safe passage for wild animals on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway as well as Thane Ghodbunder area that passes though leopard habitat, asking forest department to study the pattern of leopard crossing and ensure speed restrictions can be applied for vehicles at certain crucial spots.

SGNP’s Krishna to reunite with her Raja, thanks to taxidermy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sanjay Gandhi National Park’s (SGNP) oldest captive leopard, who breathed her last on Sunday, will be reunited with her mate Raja in a unique way. Krishna’s mate, Raja, died in 2014 and his body has been preserved with taxidermy. The park has begun the process to preserve Krishna’s body. Dr Santosh Gaikwad, India’s only taxidermist working with the forest department at SGNP has already initiated the process to mount Krishna. Raja was Krishna’s companion since she was one.Gaikwad, Associate Professor, Anatomy Department, Bombay Veterinary College, said that the process of skinning Krishna was carried out on Monday.”The skin will now undergo treatment so that it does not lose its fur and can be preserved. I have already taken the body’s measurements. We will re-create her life-size model after casting her skeleton with plaster of Paris,” Gaikwad told DNA.Gaikwad has made models of 13 big cats so far, including lion Ranga and lioness Shobha as well as tiger Shiva from SGNP. Krishna will be the fourth leopard he’ll preserve.”The taxidermy model of Raja, who was around 20 years old when he died at SGNP in October 2014, is mounted in a snarling pose with his fore limbs resting on an elevation. Once Krishna will be ready, it will be nice to see them together again,” said Gaikwad.Raja and Krishna, who died at 18, had a special place in the hearts of forest officials and animal keepers. “Raja was brought in as a cub in 1992 after he was found abandoned by his mother near a tribal hamlet at Film City, Goregaon. Krishna too was brought in as a two month old in 1999 from Pen in Raigad. Both of them were hand-raised at SGNP,” said a park official.”There’s was emotional attachment with both these leopards. We plan to use their taxidermy model for educating people on mitigating man-leopard conflict,” said Shailesh Deore, Superintendent of Lion Tiger Safari, SGNP.

SGNP’s oldest, most adored leopard on death bed?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Krishna, one of the oldest and most adored captive leopards at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), Mumbai, has vets and park officials worried. The 18-year-old feline, who has been undergoing treatment for a chest infection since the past four days, is now in critical condition and has stopped responding to treatment. Dr Shailesh Pethe, veterinary officer, SGNP told DNA, “Couple of months ago she had similar health issues, but we managed a good recovery. This time though does she not only remain critical, but also unresponsive. She has not eaten anything since Friday evening and has not been able to even stand up.”Due to this, Krishna, who is also known as Rani, has several maggot wounds, he said. “We have tried to apply medicine, but cleaning the wounds is proving to be a problem. To do that, we need to tranquillize her, but given her old age and health condition, she cannot be sedated.” Krishna has been a darling of animal keepers, vets, and all SGNP officials. “She was just two months old when she was brought to SGNP from Pen in Raigad. She was rescued after being found abandoned by her mother.Animal keepers remember keeping a round-the-clock vigil on her health, and feeding baby Krishna using milk bottles,” said Pethe. “It’s an emotionally drainingmoment for my team watch her in her last phase,” he said. Raja, Krishna’s mate died in October 2014; they had been together since she was one-year-old. Anand Bharti, former Conservator of Forest, SGNP, now settled in Nanded, also expressed his concern for Krishna. She was brought to the park when he was heading it. “I still remember she was such a playful cub. She used to wait for my wife and me in the morning and used to keep growling till we went to her. That had become our routine for several years,” he said.

Maharashtra: Bishnoi, Sarkunde, Dharurkar appointed information commissioners

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state government selected three information commissioners who were appointed by the Governor on Friday. The three are retired IPS officer​ KL Bishnoi, retired IAS officer​ Sambhaji Sarkunde and former tribal commissioner and journalist​ Dilip Dharurkar. With the appointments, the government filled up posts of three benches, some of which were vacant for almost two years, killing the very essence of the RTI Act for getting timely information. Retired bureaucrats continued to weigh on the higher side, which has often been a grouse of activists, who state that babus have made it a parking lot for themselves. Which of the commissioners will be holding which bench will be decided after they are sworn in. “Assigning of the benches will be done on Monday after they are sworn in,” said Ratnakar Gaikwad, state chief information commissioner. He added, “I would request them to clear pending appeals fast so as to reach one month pendency as early as possible. Nagpur can do it soon, but Amravati and Nashik will take at least two years or so.” The appointment of the commissioners was both welcomed and slammed by RTI activists. “It is a good thing that the government has appointed three commissioners. Wish it had appointed two more to clear the huge backlogs. Two out of three are retired government officers. Wish it appoints atleast two RTI activists soon,” said Shailesh Gandhi, former central information commissioner welcoming the verdict. The state information commission has already resolved that all ten posts provided in the Act should be created, said Gaikwad. While Gandhi hoped that RTI activists also make it, some RTI activists slammed the government for not having as much transparency in selecting and appointing of information commissioners. “Since the beginning there was no transparency in appointment of information commissioners. With this chief minister we thought we will get transparency. They should have had a search committee and put up advertisements before appointing the commissioners. How is it that only these managed to make it to the post? These appointments have been done by deciding among them. Any government comes, this business of appointing (people known) does not stop. In the present case while there are allegations against some, the other is not even heard of,” said Vijay Kumbhar a noted RTI activist from Pune. “Everything is done strictly in accordance with the rules and procedure. Few people have a habit of finding faults with everything so can’t help them. Govt can’t decide on the basis of likes or dislikes of someone. Moreover, some people think that people of eminence live only in metro cities or on page three which is not true. But we take this as constructive criticism and will see whether the process really needs any change,” Devendra Fadnavis told DNA.

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