2 HDIL Director Held For PMC Fraud

Economic Offence Wing of Mumbai Police on Thursday arrested Housing Development Infrastructure (HDIL) Directors Sarang Wadhawan and Rakesh Wadhwan. They are accused of loan default in connection with Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank case.

Both of them were called for interrogation today. They were arrested after they failed to cooperate in the investigation.

Ten of 44 accounts which led to PMC Bank falling in debt were linked to HDIL. Personal accounts of Sarang and Wadhwan were among these ten accounts.

On September 30, EOW of Mumbai Police had registered an FIR against senior officials of HDIL and PMC bank in connection with a fraud of over Rs 4,355 crores.

“EOW has formed a special investigation team for the probe. The FIR has been registered on the complaint given by one Jasbir Singh Matta,” police said in a press note.

According to the police, PMC bank officials gave loans to HDIL between 2008 and 2019 despite no repayment of the previous loans.

The FIR was registered under Sections 409 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 466 (forgery of record of court or public register), 471 (using a forged document as genuine) and 120B (criminal conspiracy).

Suspended MD Joy Thomas had on September 28 admitted that the bank did not report the financial exposure to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for over six years.

RBI had, on September 26, increased the withdrawal limit from Rs 1,000 to 10,000 after several bank account holders protested against the move outside its branch in Mumbai. (ANI)

Chidambaram Comes Out of Court With CBI Officials

Chidambaram To Get Home Food In Tihar

A Delhi court on Thursday allowed home-cooked food to be provided to senior Congress leader P Chidambaram in Tihar jail once in a day. The court on Thursday extended his judicial custody till October 17.

The court, however, clarified that this will not be treated as a precedent for other accused lodged in jails. Citing health reasons, the leader had moved an application in the court seeking the same to be provided to him.

During the course of proceedings, Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), said that they do not have any objection if the accused is given the home-cooked food.

The CBI had arrested him on August 21 following which he was sent to judicial custody in Tihar jail.

Senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal told the court that they will not argue on the CBI’s application which sought the extension of their client’s remand.

Chidambaram’s friend — Bishop Ezra Sargunam — also attended the court proceedings and presented a book named “Christian and Contribution to Nation building” to him.

Earlier today, the former Finance Minister had moved a Special Leave Petition (SLP) before the Supreme Court against the order of the Delhi High Court that dismissed his regular bail petition in the case.

The High Court had dismissed the plea contending that he might influence the witnesses in the case.

Chidambaram is facing probe for alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to INX Media to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when he was the Union finance minister.

While CBI is probing the corruption allegations, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is looking into money laundering allegations against him in the case. (ANI)


Non-Muslims Need Not Fear NRC: Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Tuesday that the Centre will not allow any “infiltrator” to stay in the county while refugees belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Parsi, and Christian religions will be given citizenship.

Addressing a public awakening programme here on the National Register of Citizens (NRC), Shah said that Prime Minister Modi led NDA government will bring the Citizenship Amendment Bill before implementing the NRC.

He accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of spreading misinformation about the NRC that Hindu refugees will have to leave West Bengal.

The minister said that he had come to the state to assure the residents that refugees belonging to Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, Parsi, and Christian religions will be not be asked to leave the country.

He said the refugees belonging to these religious groups had come to India due to hardships they faced and most of them are from the Hindu community.

“Do not mock them or their pain will destroy you,” he said.

Shah said the “Citizenship Amendment Bill will be brought before the implementation of NRC.”

The Bill seeks to make migrants, who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.

Shah, who is also the BJP chief, accused the Trinamool Congress of not allowing the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Rajya Sabha.

He said Banerjee herself spoke against illegal migrants when she was in opposition but had changed her stance after they became her vote bank.

“We will not allow any refugee to go and we will not allow any infiltrator to stay,” he said.

Shah urged the BJP workers to go to every house in Bengal and expose the Trinamool’s campaign. “Political interest should not be above national interest and the interest of the state,” he said. (ANI)


Govt To SC: 100% Landlines Working In J&K

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that all landlines were working in Jammu and Kashmir and there was no restriction on the movement of people during day time.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Jammu and Kashmir administration, told a three-judge Bench of Justice NV Ramana, Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice BR Gavai, that there is a reason why internet services are not working.

Mehta’s response came after the Bench asked him if the mobile phone services had restarted in the region.

Explaining the reason why mobile phone services and internet had not been restored, Mehta said if these services restart in the Valley, then Kashmir will be flooded with fake messages from across the border that might incite violence.

He further said that “100 per cent landlines” were working in the region.

Mehta said that restrictions were imposed on the internet, mobile and landline telephones to prevent dissemination of “rumours, fake propaganda, and activities that could disturb public order and tranquillity”.

Hearing the contentions of the Solicitor General, Justice Gavai said, “There has to be a balance between personal liberty of a person and national security.”

The apex court was hearing several petitions relating to restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of reading down of Article 370 that granted special status to it. (ANI)

Pakistan Prime Minister

Pak 'Fires' UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodi

In a major reshuffle in Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan on Monday posted Khalil Ahmad Hashmi as its new Permanent Representative to the United Nations office in Geneva and replaced Maleeha Lodhi with Munir Akram as Permanent Representative of the country to the United Nations in New York.

Hashmi is currently serving as Director General (UN) at Foreign Ministry and will be taking his office shortly. Akram has served as Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN between 2002 and 2008, Dawn reported.

The announcements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) also included 10 new envoys, including that to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Kuwait.

Among other appointments, Muhammad Aejaz, Additional Secretary (AIT) at MoFA has been appointed as Ambassador of Pakistan to Hungary.

Syed Sajjad Haider, presently serving as Charge d’ Affaires (ap) of Pakistan to Pyongyang has been posted as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kuwait.

Imran Ahmad Siddiqui, presently serving as Consul General of Pakistan in Toronto, has been posted as High Commissioner of Pakistan for Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Ahsan KK Wagan, presently serving as Charge d’ Affaires (ap) in Niger’s Niamey, has been appointed as Ambassador of Pakistan to Oman.

Major General Muhammad Saad Khattak has been appointed as the High Commissioner of Pakistan to Sri Lanka.

Abdul Hamid has been appointed as Pakistan’s Consul General in Toronto.

Abrar Hussain Hashmi has been appointed as Pakistan’s Consul General in Houston.

The new appointments come after Prime Minister Imran Khan’s participation in the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) where he unsuccessfully sought to internationalise India’s internal decision to repeal Article 370.

Pakistan’s similar effort at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), where it had sent Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, had also failed.

Addressing a presser in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on September 25, Khan said that he was disappointed with the international community over the issue.

Pakistan has been repeatedly snubbed by the international community on several platforms after it cried foul over India’s move to repeal special status of Jammu and Kashmir, with many countries backing New Delhi on the matter. (ANI)


Pak Invites Manmohan To Open Kartarpur

Pakistan government on Monday extended an invitation to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the inauguration of Kartarpur corridor that is scheduled to be held on November 9.

“We would like to extend an invitation to former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the inauguration function of Kartarpur Corridor. He also represents the Sikh community. We will also send him a formal invitation,” Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said.

The inauguration ceremony will take place three days before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

India has asked Pakistan to “reconsider” its decision to charge USD 20 as service charge from pilgrims visiting the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan.

Initially, 5,000 pilgrims will be allowed to visit daily from India but later 10,000 pilgrims will be allowed per day, according to the Ministry of External Affairs.

Pakistan is building the corridor from the Indian side of the border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur up to the border is being built by India.

The four-lane highway connecting the Zero Point of the corridor up to National Highway-354 is being constructed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Besides, a passenger terminal is also under construction.

The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district of Punjab and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev. (ANI)


Delhi HC Denies Bail To Chidambaram

The Delhi High Court on Monday rejected the regular bail petition filed by senior Congress leader P Chidambaram who is currently in Tihar jail in connection with the INX Media case.

Justice Suresh Kumar Kait dismissed his plea observing that the investigation is in the advanced stage and that the accused might influence the witnesses.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had arrested Chidambaram on August 21 following which he was sent to judicial custody in Tihar jail till October 3 by a Delhi court.

While CBI is probing the corruption allegations, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is looking into money laundering allegations against him in the case.

Chidambaram is facing probe for alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to INX Media to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when he was the Union finance minister. (ANI)


BJP Releases 1st List For Haryana Polls

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will contest the forthcoming assembly elections in the state from Karnal with the BJP’s first list of candidates declared on Monday also having names of three prominent sportspersons – wrestlers Yogeshwar Dutt and Babita Phogat and former Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh.

The party has fielded two candidates from the Muslim community in the Mewat region and the first list of 78 candidates also has nine women.

State BJP chief Subhash Barala will fight from Tohana. Olympian Yogeshwar Dutt has been fielded from Baroda (Sonipat), Sandeep Singh from Pehowa and Babita Phogat from Dadri. State Minister Anil Vij will again contest from Ambala Cantonment.

The BJP has denied party ticket to two ministers — Vipul Goel (Faridabad) and Rao Narbir Singh (Badshahpur) and five other MLAs. Thirty-eight sitting MLAs have been given the ticket once again.

Latika Sharma has been named to contest from Kalka seat, whereas Ambala City seat will be contested by Aseem Goel. Gyan Chanda Gupta will be fighting to represent Panchkula seat in the Assembly.

The party candidates include Latika Sharma (Kalka), Aseem Goel (Ambala City), Gyan Chand Gupta (Panchkula), Rajveer Barada (Mulana), Balwant Singh (Sadhaura), Kanwarpal Gujjar (Jagadhari), Ghanshyam Das Arora (Yamuna Nagar), Kandev Kamboj (Radaur), Pawan Saini (Ladwa), Krishna Bedi (Shahbad), Shubash Suda (Thanesar), Leelaram Gujjar (Kaithal), Bedpal (Pundi), and Ramkumar Kashyap (Indri).

The names were approved by BJP’s Central Election Committee at a meeting here on Sunday. (ANI)