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Non-bailable warrant against Pankaj Bhujbal
Mumbai : A Special Court on Wednesday issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against NCP legislator Pankaj Bhujbal and some others in connection with a money laundering case lodged by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
 
Prevention of Money Laundering Act Special Court Judge P.R. Bhavke ordered the warrant after taking cognizance of the chargesheet filed by the ED in the case pertaining to the alleged corruption in the construction of the Maharashtra Sadan in New delhi and another case.
 
The judge also extended the judicial custody of former deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal and his nephew former MP and Sameer Bhujbal till May 11.
 
On March 30, the ED had filed an 11,500-plus pages chargesheet naming the Bhujbal trio, their other associates and corporate entities like D.B. Realty, Balwa Group, Neelkamal Realtors and Kakade Infrastructure in the scam worth around Rs.870 crore.
 
The ED has filed two first information reports (FIRs) against the accused under PMLA based on complaints registered by Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau for probing alleged irregularities in the construction of Maharashtra Sadan and a land grab at Kalina in Mumbai.
 
The actions followed a Special Investigation Team directed by the Bombay High Court in December 2014 to probe these cases against the Bhujbals and others.
 
Earlier, the ED had attached properties of the Bhujbals worth Rs.131.86 crore and carried out searches at nine offices and properties.
 
While Sameer Bhujbal was arrested on February 3, his uncle Chhagan Bhujbal was nabbed on March 14 by the ED and remains in custody. Now the warrant has been issued against Pankaj Bhujbal.
 
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Dr Subramanian Swamy sworn in as Member of Parliament
Dr. Swamy is among several new members nominated to the Rajya Sabha, including former cricketer and MP, Navjot Singh Sidhu
 
Dr Subramanian Swamy, a former union minister was sworn in as Member of Parliament (MP) today along with Olympic medallist and five time world boxing champion Mary Kom. 
 
They are among several new members nominated to the Rajya Sabha, including former cricketer and MP, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Dr Narendra Jadhav (economist), Swapan Dasgupta (journalist) Suresh Gopi (Malayalam actor). 
 
This follows the induction and swearing-in of several others on Monday, including the following from the Congress party: Anand Sharma (from Himachal Pradesh), Ranee Narah and Ripun Bora (from Assam),  Pratap Singh Bajwa and Shamsher Singh Dullo (from Punjab). Jharna Das Baidya of Tripura, and K Somaprasad of Kerala were inducted from the Communist Party of India¬ –Marxist. Naresh Gujral from the Shiromani Akali Dal member and Shwet Malik of the Bharatiya Janata Party were also sworn in.
 
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RAVI RAM PV

1 year ago

He has done yeoman service through his exposes. Deserves more!

Rajya Sabha chairman gives nod for JD-U MP's arrest
New Delhi : Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President Hamid Ansari has given the CBI sanction to prosecute Janata Dal-United member Anil Sahani, sources said on Friday.
 
The scam relates to reimbursements being claimed against fake boarding passes and bills from the Rajya Sabha Secretariat.
 
Sahani claimed he is being framed.
 
This is the first time a Rajya Sabha chairman has given such a clearance, the Rajya Sabha Secretariat sources said.
 
A CBI official told IANS a charge-sheet in the case was filed last year, and with the clearance from the Rajya Sabha chairman, they will now proceed with "further action" which is likely to be arrest of the MP.
 
Members of parliament or assemblies cannot be arrested without prior permission of the speaker of the Lok Sabha or the assembly or Rajya Sabha or legislative council chairman.
 
While this is the first time that the Rajya Sabha chairman has given such a permission, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar twice sanctioned arrests, first in 2010 against Congress MP Rajaram Pal in the cash-for-query scam, and second time against BJP MP Ashok Argal in the cash-for-vote case.
 
It was revealed that Sahani and three other accused allegedly used forged e-tickets and fake boarding passes to defraud the Rajya Sabha of Rs.23.71 lakh.
 
Sahani, however, denied the charge.
 
"Under a parliamentary procedure, permission will have to be given. They are saying I took Rs.23 lakh, if I have even 23 paisa in my account I will resign.
 
"It is a conspiracy against me because I raise issues related to poor and Dalit."
 
"I will ask the chairman, I have given all documents and account statements which prove I did not take any money. How is the CBI prosecuting me then?" he added.
 

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D S Ranga Rao

2 years ago

A step in the right direction, though not a day too soon. But only one black sheep out of scores and scores of such types? Isn't it like catching a mouse after digging up a huge mountain? What about confiscation of assets of the accused now that a charge sheet was already filed and now the clearance for arrest also given? If the loss is not made good from the same hands that caused it, the whole exercise will end up in a grand fiasco and all the institutions that pursued it will be rendered a laughing stock of themselves. Time that polity woke up and learnt to live by rule of law(Equality before law).

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