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Corporate espionage case: Finance ministry official held

Ram Niwas, an assistant in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) under the ministry, was arrested along with Paresh Chimanlal Buddhadev, a partner in a private firm Chitale Associates

 

 The CBI on Friday arrested a finance ministry official and another prison while it conducted raids at two places in Mumbai and recovered several government files in its ongoing probe into the leakage of some documents of finance and corporate affairs ministries.
 
Ram Niwas, an assistant in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) under the ministry, was arrested along with Paresh Chimanlal Buddhadev, a partner in a private firm Chitale Associates.
 
Niwas was allegedly leaking confidential FIPB documents while Buddhadev was held on charges of obtaining the classified documents as well as destruction of evidence.
 
"Buddhadev was trying to destroy two sacks of documents from his office. Some of these documents have been recovered," said a CBI official.
 
Earlier in the day, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had raided two places in Mumbai including the office of chartered accountant (CA) Mitesh J. Majithia and recovered several government files.
 
The CBI on Thursday filed a case and raided eight places, including offices of various ministries and private establishments, in New Delhi and Mumbai, and arrested an under secretary from department of disinvestment and grievances Ashok Kumar Singh along with section officer of Economic Affairs Lala Ram Sharma from Delhi.
 
A chartered accountant Khemchand Gandhi was also arrested from Mumbai.
 
Singh and Sharma were on Friday produced before a special CBI court here, which remanded them to five days police custody. Gandhi, who was produced in a Mumbai court, was granted transit remand for three days.
 
The CBI booked them under charges of criminal conspiracy, theft and Prevention of Corruption Act.
 
"There were allegations that Gandhi had been procuring confidential government documents of ministry of finance and ministry of commerce pertaining to the foreign investment proposals and passing them to corporate groups," said a CBI official.
 
The official said Gandhi was allegedly procuring the confidential documents through courier and e-mail from some government officials, who were custodians of these documents and were initiating proposals.
 
"It was further alleged that money was being received by the accused officials in lieu of supply of the documents to Gandhi," the official said.
 
"We recovered the copies of proposals before the FIPB, minutes of meetings, internal noting of files stored in computers, laptops as well as mobile phones during search operations," he said.
 
The CBI has also intercepted the copies of confidential official documents allegedly sent through courier from Delhi by the arrested government officials to Gandhi.
 
"Certain documents relating to properties acquired by the public servants are being scrutinised. The investigation has so far revealed an alleged nexus between the accused officials and Gandhi who was in regular touch with certain unknown persons of other departments," the official added.
 

 

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Congress miffed over cops seeking Rahul's description

Police said such surveys are conducted at all protected persons' offices from time to time and no personal questions were asked

 

The Congress was on Saturday miffed over the visit of Delhi police officials to the party office here seeking details of Rahul Gandhi's physical appearance.
 
The Delhi police, however, said it was a routine security enquiry.
 
According to reports, the police visited the Congress office last week and asked about party Vice President Rahul Gandhi's physical appearance - his height, colour of eyes and hair.
 
The police have denied asking for details about Gandhi's appearance and called it a routine enquiry.
 
Police said such surveys are conducted at all protected persons' offices from time to time and no personal questions were asked.
 
The Congress, agitated over Delhi Police's 'intrusive' visit to the party office, has demanded a statement from the government on the issue.

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Lucknow railway junction made wi-fi enabled

This service is being launched by the North Eastern Railways. The tariff for usage after the stipulated 30 minutes will be announced later in the day

 

The Lucknow junction in Uttar Pradesh would be wi-fi enabled from Saturday, railway officials said.
 
Passengers on the railway station will get wi-fi services free of charge for 30 minutes after which they would be charged, divisional railway manager Anoop Kumar said.
 
The facility, he added, would be available to people after they purchase platform tickets and in a 50 metre area in and around the railway station.
 
This service is being launched by the North Eastern Railways. The tariff for usage after the stipulated 30 minutes will be announced later in the day.
 
Lucknow is the parliamentary constituency of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Earlier this year, Varanasi railway station and the 'ghats' (a flight of steps leading down to a river) along the Ganges river were also provided free wi-fi services. Varanasi is the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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