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Month after Pansare shooting, killers still at large

Maharashtra Police have formed two dozen teams to probe Pansare's killing with help from the ATS and CID besides announcing rewards ranging from Rs5 lakh to Rs25 lakh by various departments

 

Exactly a month after Communist leader and anti-toll tax activist Govind Pansare and his wife Uma were shot at by unidentified assailants, Maharashtra Police continue to grope in the dark for the elusive shooters.
 
At least two assailants shot at Pansare and Uma from close quarters, before speeding off on a motorcycle, near their home as the couple was returning from their morning walk.
 
While Pansare, 82, succumbed to his injuries in a Mumbai hospital on 21st February, Uma, 78, sustained head injuries and was hospitalised for a fortnight. At present, she is bed-ridden at home.
 
On Monday, several local groups and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) remembered the lawyer, writer and anti-toll tax activist by holding a silent demonstration outside his home in Kolhapur in Maharashtra.
 
Soon after she returned home, Uma gave her statement to police on the incident and reportedly provided a description of the attackers.
 
Maharashtra Police have formed two dozen teams to probe Pansare's killing with help from the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) besides announcing rewards ranging from Rs5 lakh to Rs25 lakh by various departments.
 
Investigators have travelled to several parts of the state but have so far drawn a blank.
 
The killing was compared to the mystery murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in Pune in August 2013. Dabholkar's killers are also still at large.
 

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CBI says Jet-Etihad deal documents among those leaked

According to CBI probe, the Rs2,058 crore Jet-Etihad deal was one of the many crucial deals whose records were leaked to middlemen

 

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into alleged sale of confidential documents from Finance Ministry has revealed that most of the records related to controversial Jet-Etihad deal were allegedly leaked with the help of officials in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB).
 
According to reports during questioning of suspects arrested by the agency and phone intercepts available with it, it has emerged that the Rs2,058 crore Jet-Etihad deal was one of the many crucial deals whose records were leaked to middlemen.
 
They said it has come to light that right from the proposal stage to the final documents of the deal, which could materialise after the foreign direct investment (FDI) limit in aviation sector was raised from 26% to 49%, records were being regularly leaked from the Finance Ministry.
 
The sources said most of the communication between Finance Ministry, including file notings from very top levels in the ministry, were allegedly leaked.
 
Earlier, CBI had said that “first and second level of decision making in the Finance Ministry were compromised”, but now the agency sources said that probe may bring into scanner officials above these levels.
 
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had approached the Supreme Court and sought a CBI probe against government officials who cleared the deal, while questioning government’s decision to execute the agreement in favour of Abu Dhabi under the existing Air Service Agreement between the governments of India and United Arab Emirates.
 
In connection with leak of confidential documents, CBI has so far arrested five persons including an Under Secretary in the Department of Disinvestment and Grievances Ashok Kumar Singh, Assistant in FIPB section Ram Niwas, Section Officer in the Department of Economic Affairs Lala Ram Sharma, Mumbai based Chartered Accountant Khemchand Gandhi and Paresh Chimanlal Buddhadeb, a partner in Chitale Law firm, Mumbai.
 
It is alleged that the government servants were passing on documents related to foreign investment policies, which were being floated in the ministries, to Gandhi, who in turn passed them on to big corporates for a price. 
 

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