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How did Chhota Rajan get Tatkal passport, CBI wants to know
A special CBI team interrogating long-absconding underworld don Chhota Rajan will visit Karnataka in a couple of days to enquire from the regional passport officials who had issued him a passport in 2003 on a fake name and address.
 
The passport was made using the Tatkal (urgent) service with its validity date till 2008, sources said. "But Rajan managed to renew it on July 8, 2008 with its validity till July 7, 2018."
 
The probe agency has booked Rajan in a case under the Passport Act, 1967, and separate sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
 
Apart from that, a case of criminal conspiracy, cheating, cheating by impersonation, forgery of documents under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code has also been added in the same First Information Report (FIR).
 
The case pertaining to this fake passport is the only matter for probing which the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has got 10 days custody of the mafia don.
 
Maharashtra Police is yet to transfer any criminal cases registered against Rajan to the CBI.
 
Rajan is wanted for over 85 crimes, ranging from murder to extortion, smuggling and drug trafficking. Apart from Maharashtra, he has cases against him in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and with the CBI.
 
Rajan stayed in Australia on the same passport for 12 years, between September 22, 2003 and October 24, 2015.
 
Sources said Rajan got an Indian passport (No.G9273860) made on the fake name of Mohan Kumar, resident of 107/B, Old M.C. Road, Azad Nagar, Mandya in Karnataka.
 
"The passport was made from Harare in Zimbabwe on September 22, 2003," sources said.
 
Official sources said some government officials working in the Karnataka regional passport office would soon get into trouble as the CBI officials are now planning to visit there to get details of the passport that Rajan managed to prepare after their confirmation of his fake identity and address.
 
"Either the government officials at the Karnataka regional passport office helped Rajan in providing him the passport on his fake name and address in Karnataka or he took advantage of the loopholes in their verification process while issuing passport."
 
Sources said the address mentioned in Rajan's passport was not wrong. "The address exists but who resides at the address is a matter of investigation."
 
Officials privy to Rajan's interrogation told IANS that he landed in Australia using the same passport, which was valid till July 7, 2018, and a tourist visa.
 
Rajan, who fled from India in 1988 for Dubai, prepared the passport on the name of Mohan Kumar when he became afraid of being killed or arrested after the men of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, his close friend before the 1993 Mumbai blasts conspiracy, attacked him in 2000 at a hotel.
 
Rajan managed a dramatic escape by jumping from the first floor of the hotel.
 
Rajan used the same passport to find his new hideout in Bali in Indonesia after his residency permit was to be ended on October 31, 2015. But his luck ran out and he was held at Bali airport on October 25 just after landing from an Australian flight, said sources.
 
Rajan landed in the immigration net in Bali when he accidentally revealed his real name, claimed CBI officials.
 
Although the forged documents had his name as Mohan Kumar, he instinctively said Rajendra Nikhalje when he was asked his name, the officials claimed.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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UP official faces axe for clicking selfies during meeting
An Uttar Pradesh official was transferred after he was found clicking selfies during an official meeting.
 
On Monday, District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra conducted a meeting in Barabanki for district officials.
 
During the meeting, Mishra sought answers from many officials, including Block Development Official (BDO) Mangal Pandey.
 
But Mishra did not get a response from Pandey as the latter was busy clicking selfies from his mobile phone. The district magistrate immediately announced Pandey's removal from his post.
 
The action stunned officials into silence. Sushant Singh has been posted as the new BDO of Suratganj, an official told IANS.
 
The office of the district magistrate also issued directives that officials attending meetings should avoid using cell phones during deliberations.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Rajya Sabha Arithmetic: Even a win in Bihar would not have made much of a difference to NDA’s strength
With the Bihar result, opposition parties will become emboldened and will make passage of bills like GST difficult in the upper house, say analysts, especially since non-Congress parties too would be in no mood to oblige 
 
The defeat of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bihar Assembly election is unlikely to affect the Narendra Modi government in Rajya Sabha but at the same time it may hit the Central government's plan to pass pending Bills, including the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill through the Parliament, say analysts.
 
According to Fitch Ratings, even a big win for BJP in Bihar would not have translated into to sufficient support for the party in the Rajya Sabha anytime soon. This is because only five of the 16 seats that the state has in the upper house are being vacated in 2016. "With continued opposition, the Modi government will likely continue to try and pass legislation via ad hoc political deals, and if that does not work it may continue to resort to implementation of reforms at the state level," says Thomas Rookmaaker, Director for Asia-Pacific Sovereigns at Fitch Ratings. 
 
Jay Shankar, Chief India Economist and Director, Religare Capital Markets, based on an analysis, feels that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by BJP, is unlikely to gain even a simple majority in the Upper House until 2018, assuming that they do well in the state assembly elections wherever they are traditionally strong. He said, "Bihar election result was not expected to move the needle much in favour of NDA in this regard immediately, as only five of the 16 seats that the state has in Rajya Sabha gets vacated in 2016. Of course, now with the huge loss, the NDA's hope of improving its tally to that extent gets extinguished."
 
The central government has set the target for implementing the pan-India GST from April next year, but it is currently stuck in the Parliament, especially over the cabinet's nod to some changes recommended by a Parliamentary panel, notably an extra 1% levy to compensate the states for potential tax losses. The opposition has been against the extra 1% GST levy as they feel this would not only push up prices, but also have a cascading effect.
 
However, according to Religare Capital, the GST hope now lurks in the big churn in 2016 as 75 seats get vacated in Rajya Sabha. 
 
 
Religare said the NDA is likely to add 14 seats to its current tally of 64, while the Congress alone is likely to lose nine seats from its current tally of 68. This has relevance for the passage of important but stuck-in-Parliament-logjam bills like the GST, which require constitutional amendment such that a majority of the total membership of the house (122 of total 244 in Rajya Sabha) and a special majority of two-thirds of members present and voting to support it. 
 
"Thus, with a reduction in its own tally, the Congress would find it that much difficult to stall the GST, after the Rajya Sabha vacancies get filled next year. And one can only hope that the NDA is able to elicit support from non-Congress opposition parties like Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP), All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), Trinamool Congress (TMC) and even Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) to sail it through," Religare said in a note.
 
While the ruling NDA won only 58 seats (BJP 53) in the 243-member Bihar Assembly, the Grand Alliance got 178 seats. The alliance comprises JD(U), RJD and Congress.

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MG Warrier

2 years ago

Indian political leadership, it looks, is still ignoring the churning the electoral politics has undergone during the current decade. Intellectuals, media and other stakeholders in India’s growth story should take the initiative in waking up the political leadership to the current realities. Elections during the current decade has proved that “WE THE PEOPLE” or the voters are not very keen to support any particular alliance (everywhere ‘alliances’ are fighting elections). They have started experimenting different permutations and combinations, one at the Centre, an assortment of alliances in states and even within a state, when it comes to local bodies’ elections, different combinations in different regions. Recognising this, political parties should think in terms of mutual cooperation on developmental and other issues of public interest and if necessary, common minimum programmes at national and regional levels.

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