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CBI launched Saradha scam probe

8:22 AM
June 4: The CBI today launched its probe into the Saradha default scam in Bengal by registering three FIRs against the group.

CBI launched Saradha scam probe
The central agency has named Saradha chief Sudipta Sen and Trinamul MP Kunal Ghosh, who used to head the group’s media wing, in the FIRs. FIRs have also been lodged against Manoj Nagel, the director of Saradha Realty; Debjani Mukherjee, Saradha’s executive director; Arvind Chauhan, an employee; and Somnath Dutta, the group’s vice-president.

Sen had been arrested from Sonamarg in Jammu and Kashmir in April 2013 while Ghosh, who has been suspended by Trinamul, was picked up on November 23 last year.

Sources said charges of cheating (IPC section 420), criminal breach of trust (405) and criminal conspiracy (120B) had been brought against the six accused. The sources said the CBI would focus on gathering evidence before submitting the chargesheet.

One of the FIRs deals with the role of some regulatory authorities, which the CBI is looking into in connection with the Saradha probe. “Government officials and several politicians will be questioned in due course to unravel the larger nexus and their alleged role in promoting the illegal chit fund racket,” CBI director Ranjit Sinha said today.

The CBI today also lodged 43 FIRs in Odisha in connection with the default by Saradha and other deposit-mobilising companies.

“We have clubbed several similar cases to conduct a probe in a scientific manner,” said a senior member of the special investigating team (SIT) set up by the CBI to probe the Saradha scam.

“Since lakhs of small investors became bankrupt in Bengal, the cases have been registered keeping in mind the larger conspiracy angle of the scam. Details of bank accounts, how Saradha collected deposits in the districts with the promise of high returns and where the money was funnelled are some of our primary concerns,” the officer added.

Source: Telegraph

Asaram Bapu's Video clip with a girl - Rajasthan police

9:33 AM
Jodhpur: In what will bring more trouble for Asaram Bapu, the Rajasthan police have accessed a video clip from the caretaker of the spiritual guru, Shiva’s mobile featuring the controversial godman with a girl, reports said on Friday. 

Mobile clip shows Asaram Bapu with a girl
Asaram Bapu
Earlier, it was reported that Shiva possessed CDs featuring the controversial preacher with his female followers in his dhyan ki kutiya (meditation hut). 

According to reports in Hindi newspapers, Asaram used to make the CDs of him with his female devotees in the hut in order to blackmail them. 

Meanwhile, Additional Advocate General (AAG) Anand Purohit yesterday said that the sexual assault case involving allegations against Asaram was fit for trial in a fast-track court. 

Talking to reporters, Purohit said the prosecution may also consider making one of Asaram's associates, Shiva or Shilpi, a government witness. 

While Shiva, an aide of Asaram's, is in police custody, Shilpi, the warden at the Chhindwara Gurukul where the girl was a student, is still absconding. Jodhpur police said they have established a strong link in connection with the case between and Shiva and Shilpi. 

"Shilpi is a vital link in the investigation... Shiva was the mediator between Shilpi and Asaram," DCP Ajay Pal Lamba told reporters here. 

"It is Shilpi who planned to send the girl to Asaram by convincing her that she was under the spell of evil spirits and only Bapu could save her," the DCP added. 

"Shilpi was in regular touch with the parents of the girl in order to convince them about taking their daughter to either the ashram at Jodhpur or in Ahmedabad," he said. 

There were dozens of calls exchanged between Shilpi, Shiva and the girl's parents from August 13 to 15, the day when the 16-yr-old-girl was allegedly sexually assaulted at Manai ashram by the accused. 

Asaram Bapu, who was arrested for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, is currently lodged in Jodhpur Central Jail after a court on Monday sent him to 14-day judicial custody. 

The minor has alleged that the sexual assault took place August 15 at Asaram's ashram outside Jodhpur city and the complaint was filed by her August 20. The godman has denied the charge. Police, however, claimed they had a water-tight case against him. 

Source : zeenews

Robert Vadra land deals paralysed Parliament

7:58 PM
NEW DELHI: Alleged dubious land deals of Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra paralysed proceedings in Parliament on Tuesday with Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha witnessing two adjournments following uproar by BJP.

Robert Vadra
'Congress ka haath, damaad ke saath' (hand of Congress is with the son-in-law) chanted BJP members, seeking to draw the attention on the Vadra issue in the Lok Sabha.

This was met with counter slogans 'Congress ka haath, janata ke saath, garib ke saath' (hand of Congress is with the people and the poor) by ruling party members.

The BJP demanded setting up of a Supreme Court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) to examine Vadra's land deals across Congress-ruled states like Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan.

"Our demand is that the SIT, which should be a multi-disciplinary authority to examine the alleged violation of the banking law, company law and income-tax law through these land deals, be set up and the probe monitored by the Supreme Court," BJP leader Yashwant Sinha told reporters outside the Parliament.

Taking an obvious dig at Vadra, Yashwant Sinha said, "Though there are several business schools which teach models of making money, there is one highly connected person who did not go to any such school but has given a model where no investment is made but windfall gains of thousands of crores are made."

The Vadra issue dominated both the Houses which saw other issues too, including Telangana with TDP members continuing to storm the Well, wearing shirts with slogan 'Save Andhra Pradesh, Save Democracy'.

Soon after Lok Sabha assembled and obituary references were made, members of various parties were on their feet to raise different issues with the Left targetting Congress on the solar scam in Kerala and some others voicing concern over violence in Kishtwar and other areas in the Jammu region.

The Rajya Sabha also witnessed similar scenes, with the main opposition BJP forcing adjournment of the House till noon on the same issue, minutes after it assembled for the day.

BJP members shouted slogans which were countered by those from Congress.

As the din continued unabated, Chairman Hamid Ansari's remarks whether members wished the House to become a "federation of anarchists" added fuel to the fire.

With BJP members shouting slogans seeking probe and reply from the government on the Vadra issue, members from the treasury benches too were on their feet.

"Every single rule in the rule book, every single etiquette is being violated...If the Hon'ble members wish the House to become a federation of anarchists, then it is a different matter," Ansari remarked, amid strong protests from BJP members. He then adjourned the House till noon.

Uproarious scenes continued after the Upper House reassembled, with Rajiv Pratap Rudy (BJP) asking the Chair for his view on a Zero Hour notice to raise the Vadra issue.

"There is scam that has taken place. It has rocked the nation. It involves somebody very important," Rudy said, with his party MPs rising in support.

Soon Congress members were on their feet raising counter slogans, forcing adjournment of the House again till 2pm.

Lok Sabha witnessed uproar during Question Hour with opposition targeting the government on several issues including violence in Kishtwar, solar scam in Kerala as also the Vadra issue.

Congress members protested against BJP leader Yashwant Sinha's remarks against Vadra, with Sanjay Nirupam walking into the Well to protest against the charge.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath and his deputy Rajiv Shukla, both seated in the front row, were on their feet. BJP members countered them from their seats.

With the House in disorder, Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned it till noon. Though there was pandemonium on several matters, the Vadra issue led to its adjournment till noon.

When the House reassembled, the issue dominated with shouts and countershouts among opposition and ruling party members.

Earlier, Yogi Adityanath (BJP), who was asked by the Speaker to speak on violence in Kishtwar, said the government in Jammu and Kashmir has not woken up to the threat posed by separatist forces.

Left parties demanded resignation of Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy and a judicial inquiry into solar scam.

Congress members joined issue with them and tried to shout them down.

Rajya Sabha earlier witnessed acrimonious exchanges between members of the treasury benches and the BJP, which continued to demand a discussion on Robert Vadra land deals.

BJP members shouted slogans which were countered by those from Congress.

Demanding a discussion on the issue, Deputy leader of BJP Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "It is a case of forgery of bank documents. Allow the issue to be raised."

Deputy Chairman P J Kurien, however disallowed any such discussion saying, "Chairman has not permitted (a discussion). What can I do? I will have to adjourn the House if that is the behaviour. I have no other way."

He told Prasad to go by the rules, saying he being a senior leader also knows that the House runs by rules.

As slogan shouting between BJP members and the treasury benches continued, Kurien asked members to read out their Zero Hour mentions.

Amid the pandemonium, he called the name of BJP member Bhupendra Yadav to make his Zero Hour mention.

Yadav, in his mention, raised the issue of a member of an influential family, triggering uproar by Congress members. This led to adjournment of the House till 2pm.

Rs 37 lakh fake Indian currency notes smuggled from China

9:01 PM
NEW DELHI: Days after a consignment of fake Indian currency notes (FICN) worth\

Rs 37 lakh fake Indian currency notes smuggled from China
Rs 37 lakh coming from China was apprehended in Delhi, another consignment of comparable value from the same country has now been seized on the Indo-Nepal border. This is the first time evidence of FICN being routed from China has been found and the development has caused much concern in the security establishment as China was not used as a fake currency channel till now. 

 Agencies suspect that the well-established drug cartels in China and Pakistan spy agency ISI's influence in that country's Xinjiang province are being used to push FICN into India. The development poses a tough challenge as Indian agencies have little network in China to stem this rot.

Based on information provided by Indian intelligence agencies, authorities in Nepal on June 24 arrested one Ranjit Jha from Birganj (a city on the Indo-Nepal border) while receiving a consignment of Rs 30 lakh in fake currency. The notes were hidden in electronic dolls, piano and a cradle imported from Hong Kong.

Sources said the consignment was actually coming from Pakistan and Hong Kong was the transit point from where it landed in Nepal through Thai Airways. It was headed to Motihari in Bihar.

On June 22, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence had similarly apprehended a courier with Rs 30 lakh in fake currency addressed to a Delhi restaurant. The courier had been sent from China's restive Xinjiang province. The development became a cause of concern also because it came close on the heels of three Chinese nationals from the same province being apprehended in Leh area of Jammu & Kashmir while trying to illegally cross over to Pakistan.

While there have been intelligence inputs in the past of Pakistan trying to eke out a new FICN route through China after traditional routes of Dubai, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand and Malaysia got exposed, this the first time a consignment from China has been seized.

"China is already a flourishing drug market conduit where Pakistani underworld has considerable influence. In the recent past, we have also seen growing ISI influence in Xinjiang. China has openly talked about elements from Pakistan fomenting terror in this region. Pakistan could very well be using these assets to push FICN into India," said an officer from the security establishment.

National Investigation Agency (NIA), which has a Terror Funding and Fake Currency Cell, has already taken cognizance of the two cases and begun investigations.

However, the worry for Indian agencies is that unlike Nepal, Bangladesh, Dubai and Malaysia — where Indian intelligence agencies have considerable influence — it would be difficult to move China on the issue. "We have conducted operations in the traditional routes and dismantled quite a few cartels in those countries. But it would not be possible in China," said an intelligence officer.

Underworld don Abu Salem will not return to Portugal

4:09 PM
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has ruled that the extradition of underworld don Abu Salem to India is valid. Salem is being tried for his alleged role in serial blasts in Mumbai in 1993 in which 257 people were killed and another 713 injured. 

Salem, 45, was sent by Portugal to  Mumbai in November 2005 along with his then companion, actor Monica Bedi. He is imprisoned at the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai.

A court in Portugal had ruled that his extradition to India was terminated because of "violation" of deportation rules. Salem had argued that India had reneged on its promise that he would not be tried for any crime that could result in the death penalty.

That has resulted in CBI telling the Supreme Court in Delhi that it is ready to drop charges under the anti-terror TADA law.

The trial against Salem, which had been suspended till the Supreme Court's verdict, can now continue in a court in Mumbai.

Source : ndtv.com

National debate on controversial suspension of IAS officer Durga

12:20 PM
New Delhi: The controversial suspension of young Uttar Pradesh IAS officer Durga Sakthi Nagpal has triggered a major national debate on the "arbitrary and whimsical ways" of an incumbent government and how a system should be in place to restore dignity to the civil service that was once known as the 'steel frame' of governance. 


National debate  controversial suspension over  IAS officer Durga

Eminent, retired and serving bureaucrats have come in full support of the officer, suspended allegedly for demolishing the wall of a local under-construction mosque during Ramzan. 28-year-old Nagpal, a 2010-batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, was suspended on July 27. 

Critics of the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh have said the reason for the officer's suspension was not the mosque wall but her tough line against the rampant sand quarrying on the Yamuna river bank. 

They called for reforms of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) to ensure that upright officers, who do not kowtow to the politicians in power, are not harassed by way of frequent transfers and unreasonable actions including suspensions. 

Former CAG Vinod Rai, who himself recently demitted office after a considerable amount of criticism from the ruling establishment for his reports on various scams, supported Nagpal. 

"Suspension of an officer is a serious issue. It is done when there are grave charges against him or her. She has been denied natural justice as she was not given an opportunity to present her case before being suspended," Rai said. 

He said Nagpal's seniors should have stood by her. "Chief Secretary and Secretary (of the department concerned) should have not succumbed (to any kind of pressure)," said Rai, a former IAS officer who demitted as the chief of country's top auditing body. 

Former Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) N Vittal saw political vendetta in Nagpal's suspension and called it as an example of "very unhealthy tradition" established in the country's bureaucracy. 

"It is one more example of very unhealthy tradition we have established since independence. Suspension and transfer have been two ways by which politicians feel they can break bone of civil servants. 

"There should not be arbitrary suspension of any officer. It is a political vendetta," said Vittal, who had served in various key posts as a former IAS officer before becoming head of anti-corruption body. 

He demanded a mechanism to check on such whimsical transfers of bureaucrats. "There should be a procedure of review of transfer by Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in case of officers serving at Centre. Whereas, State Vigilance Commissions or Lokayuktas should review any such transfer in case an officer is posted in states. Only after confirmation from CVC or Lokayuktas, as the case may be, such suspension should continue," he suggested. 

Vittal said the central government must intervene in the matter. "Durga is a young officer. She should be reinstated immediately," the former CVC said. 

Former Cabinet Secretary T S R Subramanian wondered the way such transfers are taking place in various states across the country. "Transfers in bureaucracy are taking place at the drop of the hat. It is happening across the country, especially in Uttar Pradesh," said Subramanian, a former IAS officer who has served in various key posts. 

He said there are two versions on her transfers in media reports seen by him. One-- she was removed as she tore down a wall of religious structure which according to authorities was a potential cause to have caused communal tension and second, she took on sand mafia which were active in the area. 

"There has been a number of order by Supreme Court saying that any structure coming out on government land illegally has to be removed... As a sub divisional magistrate she was also supposed to check on illegal mining activities which might be on in that area. 

"Going by both the versions, her job was to follow apex court's order (which was to check on unauthorised construction) or do her job of checking on illegal mining activities. Has she been suspended for following her duties?," he asked. 

Subramanian said the state government should not make it a prestige issue and her suspension should be revoked immediately. Serving IAS officer of 1991 batch Ashok Khemka, who was frequently transferred by Haryana administration, termed Nagpal's suspension as a "brazen colourful exercise of power". 

"In my personal opinion it was totally unwarranted. It is a brazen colourful exercise of power. A very very few officers can take such a bold and courageous step to check on any illegal activities. As a young brave officer she has taken a correcting step towards improvement in bureaucracy," he said.

Former IAS officer Dr G Sundaram called Nagpal's transfer as humiliation and an act of discouragement to civil service officers. "She should have not been suspended. It is a humiliation for young officer. If at all she has done something wrong, she could have been transferred," Sundaram told PTI over phone from Chennai. 

Sundaram, who has held various key posts during his tenure in the centre, also said that younger politicians should take a lead in exhibiting integrity in public service. 

Another former IAS officer E A S Sarma said there was a need to bring reforms in the administrative service. "Transfers, suspension and promotions and all other matters must be done by independent agency in a transparent manner without any political vendetta," Sarma told over phone from Vizag.

Her (Nagpal) suspension is wrong. She should be reinstated immediately, he added. Reacting on the matter, Chairman of market regulator Sebi, U K Sinha, has called for a soul searching.

"It does not arouse our collective consciousness if a young officer is suspended for taking action against a group of people who are organised criminals, (who are) stealing natural resources," Sinha said. 

Source : Zee News

Video - Narinder Bhati claiming Durga transferred in 41 minutes

9:54 PM
GREATER NOIDA: SP leader Narinder Bhati has landed in a controversy after a video purportedly showed him as claiming that he had got UP IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, who clamped down on the mining mafia, transferred in "41 minutes".

Video - Narinder Bhati claiming  Durga  transferred in 41 minutes
Narinder Bhati claiming  Durga  transferred in 41 minutes
The claim was made by Bhati while addressing a rally in Gautam Budh Nagar, two days after he denied his involvement in the suspension of the 28-year-old officer.

"I spoke to Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav at 10.30am and at 11.11am the suspension order arrived. She behaved so badly and couldn't last for 41 minutes after that. Within 41 minutes, the order came from Lucknow and she was suspended," the video showed him as saying.

Nagpal, a 2010 batch IAS officer, was served the suspension order on July 27 ostensibly for demolishing the wall of a mosque.

Bhati, who is also the UP agro chairman and enjoys minister status, maintained that permission was not taken to build the wall around the place of worship. The wall was built to allow people to offer Ramzan prayers in a clean environment, he said.

Asked about the video clippings, Bhati said, "Media was highlighting a concocted version. I had said that it was a victory of democracy.

"SDM's suspension order was issued by state government," he said.

Slamming the Uttar Pradesh government's decision, BJP leader Nitin Gadkari said the attitude of the state authorities is completely oriented towards vote bank politics.

"They are fanning communal and caste-based sentiments. Harassing a good officer for vote bank politics is improper and that is why the IAS officers association has opposed the move," he said. Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi charged the Samajwadi Party with hiding facts in the SDM suspension case due to vote bank politics.

Asking the IAS officer not to lose patience, she said, "The country needs her. She will be a role model for the nation".

A month ago, Nagpal had lodged an FIR against close aide of Bhati in the sand mining case.

District magistrate Kumar Ravikant Singh in his report to the state government had supported the suspended SDM and said that the wall was demolished by villagers themselves and no JCB machine was put in operation to demolish it.

Bhati had earlier denied his role in her suspension and said he would quit politics if his links to the mining mafia are proved.

The Samajwadi Party leader had said that the state government had suspended Nagpal, who had cracked down on mining mafia, after getting feedback from different persons.

"SDM's role in demolition of boundary wall of religious place was the cause of her suspension and not illegal mining related issues," he said.

Residents of Kadalpur village, where Nagpal had got the wall demolished, said Bhati had donated Rs 51,000 for construction of a mosque. "If it was illegal construction, then why UP minister gave donation," they had said.

The UP chief minister on Thursday stoutly defended the suspension of Nagpal, saying her action to demolish the wall of a mosque had "vitiated" communal harmony.

Facing intense criticism over the suspension of the officer by the UP government on July 27, an unyielding Akhilesh was also at pains to explain that there was no connection between sand mining and government's action against her. He termed the action as "valid".

The assertion by the Samajwadi Party leader came even as a delegation of all-India IAS officers association stepped in on Thursday and took the battle to the Centre for revoking the suspension of the officer. The delegation met Union minister of state for Personnel V Narayanasamy in Delhi.

Noting that Nagpal has been suspended without being given an opportunity, Narayanasamy said the Centre was still awaiting a report from the state government informing it of the officer's suspension.

Amid growing demands for Nagpal's reinstatement, the minister gave an assurance that justice would be done to the officer, who had clamped down on the sand mining mafia thriving in Gautam Budh Nagar area of Uttar Pradesh.

Source : timesofindia
 
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