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Andhra Pradesh police arrests Bharat Prem Sadan's chairman for running MLM

Registered in Tamil Nadu and operating in AP and Karnataka, the MLM organisation collected about Rs45 crore from Nellore district only

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Police arrested the Chairman of an organisation 'Bharat Prem Sadan' from Vijayawada, who is accused of running a money circulation scheme and collecting crores of rupees from gullible people, reports PTI.

Based on a tip off, CID officers raided the premises at Lotus Land Mark in Vijayawada and arrested Gonugunta Prasad and seized over Rs2 crore in cash besides 70 grams gold ornaments and two vehicles from him, CID additional director general of police SV Ramana Murthy said.

'Bharat Prem Sadan' which has been registered in Tamil Nadu was operating in AP and Karnataka besides Tamil Nadu and four criminal cases (two each in Nellore and Khammam districts) were registered against this organisation, he said.

"This organisation is responsible for collection of huge amounts from the lower middle class people and it collected close to Rs45 crore in Nellore district alone through 29 main agents," Mr Murthy said adding the accused was being produced before a court in Gudur of Nellore.

The cases registered in Nellore district are being investigated by the CID and the cases registered in Khammam district are being investigated by the local police.

Andhra Pradesh police have so far registered 79 cases against various societies including Heavenly Inter Denominal Mission Trust, Bharat Prem Sadan, Youth & Strength Christian Welfare Association among others in different districts of the state and out of this 17 cases were taken over by CID for investigation.

"After taking over investigation by the CID, we elicited the names of the Trust Members, Coordinators and the main agents who are responsible for forming, inspiring the public and also in collection and misuse of money," the top CID officer said.

The CID has been cautioning people against joining money circulation schemes being operated in the guise of Multi-Level Marketing Schemes (MLM) or Network Marketing (NWM). Such schemes were banned under the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Scheme (banning) Act, 1978.


US slaps $80,000 fine on Air India

Air India failed to post its customer service and tarmac delay contingency plans and to provide a link to its optional fees by the required date and thus was fined $80,000

Washington: The US Transportation Department has slapped a $80,000 fine on Air India for failing to post customer service and tarmac delay contingency plans on its website and adequately inform passengers about its optional fees, reports PTI.

This is the first penalty assessed for a violation of the Department's new airline consumer rules that took effect last August. "Our new airline consumer rules help ensure that passengers are fully informed about airline services and fees and what to expect if their flight is delayed on the tarmac," US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said yesterday.

From August 2011, foreign carriers operating to the US with at least one aircraft of 30 or more seats have been required to adopt contingency plans for lengthy tarmac delays as well as customer service plans, and to post these plans on their websites.

US carriers have been covered by this requirement since April 2010, the Department of Transportation said in a statement.

Also both US carriers and foreign carriers with a website that sells tickets to US consumers have been required to include on their homepages a prominent hyperlink that takes viewers directly to a page that shows all fees for optional services the carrier charges, including baggage fees.

Air India failed to post its customer service and tarmac delay contingency plans and to provide a link to its optional fees by the required date, the statement added.

"This was an issue of last year. All corrective steps were taken at that time itself. The matter was under appeal since then," Air India spokesman told PTI while reacting to the fine of $80,000 slapped on the airliner by the US Transportation Department. "Now they have fixed the fine ($80,000). There will be some waivers," the spokesman said.

Sources said under the final settlement, Air India may have to pay $40,000 as fine.


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