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Karnataka ready for ED probe into lottery scam
The Karnataka government would allow Enforcement Directorate (ED) to investigate the lottery scam if it had an inter-state fallout, Home Minister K.J. George said Monday.
 
"We are ready to hand over the lottery scam to the ED for further investigation if it (scam) had spread to other states though it (ED) can probe on its own inter-state scams," George told reporters here.
 
Part of the union finance ministry's revenue department, the ED is a law enforcement and economic intelligence agency responsible for fighting economic crimes.
 
"The ED can investigate any inter-state scam as it does not need our permission to take up economic offence cases," George said.
 
The state CID probed the multi-crore single-digit lottery scam after a Kannada news channel telecast a sting operation in mid-April on its kingpin Peri Rajan boasting high connections with top police officials.
 
The state government on Saturday suspended Bengaluru additional commissioner of police Alok Kumar, a 1994 IPS officer, after the CID's interim report named him as having links with Rajan.
 
"Except that of Kumar, the CID report has not mentioned names of other police officers, serving or retired," George said, denying reports in a section of the media that six more top-ranking police officers had nexus with Rajan.
 
A team of CID sleuths interrogated Kumar on Sunday and Monday to ascertain his association with Rajan and his alleged role in interfering with the probe.
 
Superintendent of Police, Lottery Squad, Dharanesh was suspended earlier this month, as he was heard talking to Rajan in the sting operation's video clip.
 
Meanwhile, Governor Vajubhai Vala has sought a report on the scam and the alleged involvement of senior police officers in it.
 
Meanwhile, Rajan was shifted to the central jail here from the sub-jail at Kolar Gold Fields (KGF) under tight security earlier in the day.

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Saradha scam: Court rejects Madan Mitra's bail plea
Mitra's lawyers sought the minister's bail citing medical reasons
 
A city court on Monday turned down the bail plea of West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, arrested in the multi-crore rupee Saradha chit fund scam.
 
City sessions judge Kallol Das rejected Mitra's bail plea after hearing both the prosecution and the defence.
 
Mitra's lawyers sought the minister's bail citing medical reasons.
 
Defence counsel Milon Mukherjee submitted documents to support the contention that Mitra was ailing.
 
Mukherjee argued that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was "shoddy" in its probe on the issue and there was no certainty when the trial would start.
 
CBI counsel K. Raghava Charyulu opposed the bail plea and submitted that probe into the larger conspiracy was on.
 
Bailing out Mitra would hamper the probe, he said, seeking the court direct doctors from New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences to examine the minister.
 
Arrested December 12 on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and deriving undue financial benefits in connection with the multi-crore rupee Saradha Group chit fund scam, Mitra is now under judicial custody. 
 

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Task force to make India cyber security hub
The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) cyber security task force will also develop cyber security research and development (R&D) plan and a skilled workforce on experts in the domain
 
Indian IT industry body Nasscom and the Data Security Council of India on Monday set up a task force to make the country a global hub for providing cyber security solutions.
 
The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) cyber security task force will also develop cyber security research and development (R&D) plan and a skilled workforce on experts in the domain.
 
NIIT chairman Rajendra Pawar will head the task force, with members from the IT industry, user organisations like banks and telcos and representatives from the government and academia.
 
"Securing the cyberspace has become a priority for governments, businesses and citizens the world over. In line with the prime minister's vision of making India a cyber-security expert nation and his recent exhortation to the industry, we have created the cyber security task force," Pawar said in a statement here.
 
The task force will focus on four pillars of industry development, policy enablement, technology development and skill development.
 
"The task force will study the cyber security ecosystem to identify issues and develop an action plan to address priority issues," said Nasscom chairman Mohan Reddy.
 
The task force will explore opportunities for the IT industry in the global cyber security space and facilitate stakeholders to develop technologies required in the global market.
 
"As cyber security is multi-dimensional, nations have to frame laws, promote security practices, incident management, information-sharing mechanisms and educate users about it," said Nasscom president R. Chandrashekhar.
 
"Cyber security has emerged as a key facet of national security. The initiative is an effort to optimise the role of the industry at the national and international levels," said DSCI chairman and former home secretary Gopal Pillai.
 
The task force will aim at building the cyber security industry in India and having 10 percent market share by 2025 from one percent currently, a trained base of one million certified and skilled cyber security professionals and about 100 security products across the country.
 

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