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CBI interrogates minister's kin in Odisha chit fund scam
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday interrogated the brother-in-law of Odisha Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Dasburma for his alleged involvement in the chit fund scam.
 
The CBI interrogated Satyapriya Jaysingh, the brother-in-law of the minister, for his alleged links with chit fund firm Artha Tatwa (AT) Group.
 
He was quizzed for over four hours on Thursday.
 
"I was asked about the financial transactions between Team Media and Artha Tatwa (AT)Group. I have submitted all the information asked by the CBI. I have also replied to all the questions," Jaysingh told reporters after coming out of CBI office.
 
CBI suspects that chit fund money has been invested in Team Media and Hospitality Private Limited, a private company owned by Jaysingh that publishes a vernacular daily.
 
Earlier, Jaysingh had sought time from the central agency till August 10 to appear before it when the CBI had issued notice for his interrogation.
 
In April, the central agency had also issued a notice to minister Sanjay Dasburma for his alleged links with AT Group chief Pradeep Sethi.
 
Sethi has been languishing in jail since 2013 for duping thousands of investors in the state by floating various fraudulent schemes.
 
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SC refuses interim bail to Asaram Bapu
In a setback to self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, accused of rape of a minor girl, the Supreme Court on Thursday refused to grant him interim bail on medical grounds.
 
The court, however, asked the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to constitute a three-member medical board to examine him for the ailments he is complaining about.
 
Asaram is lodged at the Central Jail in Jodhpur in Rajasthan since September 2, 2013, and is being tried under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
 
The 72-year-old Asaram was arrested after a 16-year-old girl lodged a police complaint on August 20, 2013, accusing him of sexually assaulting her at his ashram in Jodhpur.
 
Refusing to interfere with the Rajasthan High Court order that rejected Asaram's plea for bail, an apex court bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice R.K. Agrawal on Thursday asked the AIIMS Director to constitute the medical board to examine him.
 
Directing for the submission of the board's report in 10 days, the bench did not accept Asaram's plea that he be released on interim bail for a month or two so that he could travel to Kerala for 'Panchkarma' ayurveda treatment.
 
The high court had said it was not a fit case for the grant of bail when the trial is almost at its fag end. Asaram had then moved the apex court.
 
Asaram's counsel Raju Ramachandran assailed the August 9 high court order, contending that it has not taken into account the ailments afflicting the self-styled godman.
 
Ramachandran told the apex court that Asaram had poor control over his urination and bowel movement and the jail doctors have said that he defecates in bed.
 
The bench was unmoved as the senior counsel urged it to keep the plea for interim bail pending so that the same could be taken up along with the report by the medical board.
 
"How can you have objection to (Asaram to be examined by the) medical board?" Justice Lokur asked as Ramachandran resisted the bench's suggestion to refer the self-styled godman to the board for medical examination. 
 
Ramachandran told the court that Asaram was earlier examined by a panel of AIIMS doctors and that the court was told on January 5, 2015, that he needed no surgery and could be treated through medications. 
 
The panel of AIIMS doctors had examined Asaram for his neurological aliment -- Trigeminal neuralgia.
 
The apex court on October 15, 2014, had asked the AIIMS to constitute a medical board to go through medical papers and reports of Asaram and, if required, clinically examine him.
 
Prior to Asaram's examination by the AIIMS doctors, the self-styled godman was examined by doctors at the S.N. Medical College at Jodhpur, who said that Asaram was suffering from age-related ailments, including Trigeminal neuralgia.
 
The medical college doctors had examined Asaram on August 19, 2014, on the directions of the top court.
 
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COMMENTS

Ganesh Iyer

9 months ago

World always learns to follow God in which ever name or form but gullible Indians like to follow Godmen and Godwomen. Inspite of such most filthy crimes now in public exposed by evidence still there are elements who like to worship the evil.

D S Ranga Rao

9 months ago

How a ''Godman'' gets any ailments, let alone suffers from them, when he can allegedly commit rapes of minors, etc., heinous crimes and leisurely explore and exploit all the legal channels to escape, is a mystery. The Supreme Court is supremely praiseworthy in rejecting bail to this ''pious'' man so that he cannot add to his ''ailments'' any more by repeating his daring exploits with minors. The fact that this ''Divinity'' continues to take chances with law unabashedly, even at Supreme Court level, speaks volumes for the laxity and endemic delays in our justice dispensation system. When can we expect our Judiciary to put fear and respect in the minds of people for laws of the land and make them know that ultimately what prevails is rule of law, not one's status?

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Nikul Kanubhai Patel

In Reply to D S Ranga Rao 9 months ago

Have u commented same on Salman and Tarun tejpal case also?. I m sure u can not or did not

Ganesh Iyer

In Reply to Nikul Kanubhai Patel 9 months ago

Salman and Tarun Tejpal are not that organised offenders like Asaram. Deaths of children, sexual exploitation in systematic way by consuming high end ayurvedic medicines, killing of most of witnesses, land grabbing, etc are only few acts of this godman. Tarun got his case well registered in goa.

D S Ranga Rao

In Reply to Nikul Kanubhai Patel 9 months ago

Well, i have no love lost for either. May be, i have not commented in these columns, but, sure, i did not spare them elsewhere too. My worry is not about the culprits, but to galvanize our moribund judiciary and to see the rule of law prevail always and in respect of all and everyone. Of course, it may not happen at the drop of a hat, except to raise the eyebrows of people like you.

Jaitley launches online finance facilitation for MSMEs
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley here on Thursday launched an online finance facilitation portal for the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to facilitate ease of doing business.
 
“The government is committed to ease of doing business. All financial support will be provided to MSMEs to improve their competency in various fields,” Jaitley said at the 14th meeting of the national board of MSME.
 
The online finance facilitation centre will allow the MSMEs to apply for loans from the various banks on the NSIC (National Small Industries Corporation) portal. 
 
NSIC has signed MoUs (memorandum of understanding) with 33 banks, 14 of whom have agreed to associate with the online finance facilitation portal, a statement from the MSME ministry said.
 
Jaitley also launched a MSME datbabank portal that will provide real time information on various types of the registered MSMEs. 
 
The databank will eventually will be used for public procurement purposes and the PSUs (public sector undertakings) may make use of the data for procurement purposes from MSMEs. 
 
The Finance Minister said that GST (goods and services tax) will also be a step towards this (ease of doing business) direction.
 
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