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Mumbai court asks police to file FIR against EIH board
The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate observed that directors of EIH, that operates Oberoi and Trident hotels,  have committed offeces of criminal breach of trust by misusing the employees' money
 
A Magistrate Court in Mumbai has directed police to file a first information report (FIR) against EIH Ltd and eight directors on the company board.
 
SD Dabhade, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, while hearing a petition filed by EIH employees, said, "It is submitted that the accused being entrusted with property belonging to employees, the accused persons have misused the money by putting the money to their own use. Thereby accused persons have committed offeces of Criminal Breach of Trust punishable under section 406 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)."
 
EIH under the aegis of Oberoi Group, operates hotels and cruisers in five countries under the luxury 'Oberoi' and five-star 'Trident' brands.
 
The case relates with the tip received by employees, which was deposited with the company during 1998 till 2005. According to information, the company retained Rs3.30 crore from the total amount as tax deducted at source (TDS) even though as per a ruling from the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal there was no liability on receipt of tips by employees. 
 
The employees alleged that EIH never deposited the money deducted as TDS with the Income Tax department. Adv Bhushan Bahal, counsel for the employees said, "In this case, EIH used Rs3.30 crore for more than 20 years to earn several times that amount and to enrich itself. There were in all over 200 employees whose funds were misappropriated."
 
Last year, EIH had informed the Bombay High Court that it was in possession of Rs3.30 crore belonging to the employees and the same be ascertained and disbursed to the employees. 

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Sunny's 'Ek Paheli Leela' trailer most viewed on YouTube
Indo-Canadian adult film star Sunny Leone has left behind the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone, with her musical thriller “Ek Paheli Leela” topping the list of YouTube's most viewed Bollywood movie trailers in the first quarter of 2015.
 
The trailer of “Ek Paheli Leela”, which released two months ago, received more than a crore views on the video-sharing site between January and March 2015, read a statement. 
 
Gulshan Devaiah and Radhika Apte-starrer adult comedy “Hunterrr” stood second, followed by Ranbir Kapoor's upcoming crime drama “Bombay Velvet”.
 
Big B and Dhanush's “Shamitabh” and Ayushmann Khurrana's “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” rounded up the top five at fourth and fifth places, respectively.
 
The sixth spot went to Sushant Singh Rajput-starrer crime thriller “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!”, leaving behind Emraan Hashmi's “Mr. X” and Akshay's “Gabbar is Back” at the seventh and eighth places, respectively.
 
Multi-starrer comedy drama film “Piku” and “Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend” rounded off the list at the ninth and tenth spots, respectively.

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Maharashtra gives toll relief to light vehicles
The Maharashtra government has decided to scrap toll for light motor vehicles and state transport buses at 53 toll tax plazas in the state, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced here on Friday.
 
Besides, 12 toll plazas in the state will be shutdown permanently by next month, Fadnavis said in the assembly amidst thumping of desks.
 
However, this crucial decision will not apply to Mumbai's five entry and exit points, the Mumbai-Pune Expressway - top money-spinners in the state, and the toll plazas in Kolhapur.
 
PWD Minister Eknath Shinde told reporters that by this decision, the government will incur an additional burden of around Rs.5 billion per annum which it would reimburse to the Maharashtra State Roads Development Corporation and the Maharashtra Public Works Department.
 
As far as the Mumbai entry and exit points and the Mumbai-Pune Expressway are concerned, he said around 90 percent users are small vehicles so it entailed different calculations and a decision on it would be announced by July 31.
 
According to official estimates, the Mumbai entry and exit points at Dahisar, Thane, Mulund, Airoli and Vashi alone account for a staggering revenue of over Rs.4,000 crore per annum.
 
About Kolhapur toll plazas, a committee headed by Eknath Shinde would study and submit its report and recommendations by May 31.
 
The state government also plans to implement a new toll tax policy from June 1.
 
Shinde described this as a "fulfilment" of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena alliance's poll promise.

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