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Odisha court sentences three in chit-fund case

The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Baripada, in Mayurbhanj district convicted India Info Star and India Info Line's regional manager Diptikant Behera, branch manager Gagan Patra, Subhendu Sekhar for cheating depositors, public prosecutor Santanu Das told reporters

 

A court in Odisha on Monday sentenced three people up to five years in jail for their involvement in the multi-crore chit-fund scam. The court also slapped them with heavy fines.
 
The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Baripada, in Mayurbhanj district convicted India Info Star and India Info Line's regional manager Diptikant Behera, branch manager Gagan Patra, Subhendu Sekhar for cheating depositors, public prosecutor Santanu Das told reporters. 
 
Behera would undergo rigorous imprisonment of five years with a fine of Rs1 crore, while the branch manager and manager would undergo four years of rigorous imprisonment and pay a fine of Rs20 lakh each, he said. 
 
In default of payment, Behera would spend 18 more months in jail while Patra and Sekhar will spend additionally six months each, said Das. 
 
However, the court issued a direction that even if the convicted people served the jail term after default of payment, the authorities have to realise the fine amount slapped on them. 
 
They had duped people by floating two chit-fund companies in the district in November 2011. They closed down their offices after collecting about Rs1.31 core. 
 

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CBI to seek Interpol's help in nurses' job scam probe

The CBI had asked Uthup Varghese, who owns the agency which recruited nurses for Kuwait, to appear before the agency Monday

 

The CBI will seek the assistance of Interpol to bring back a key accused in the Rs200-crore Kuwait nurses job scam, said a CBI official.
 
The CBI had asked Uthup Varghese, who owns the agency which recruited nurses for Kuwait, to appear before the agency Monday.
 
"Now that he has not presented before us today (Monday), despite serving notices, we will now...seek the assistance of Interpol to get him here," said the official who did not wish to be identified.
 
"Yes, we have come to know that at present he is in Kuwait," added the official.
 
The Kochi-based firm recruiting nurses for Kuwait was collecting Rs19.50 lakh as fee instead of Rs19,500 and had recruited nearly 1,000 nurses in the past one year.
 
Last month, Income Tax department officials during a raid at the recruitment agency found huge sums of unaccounted money, and soon the CBI stepped in after a nurse who was recruited and paid the whopping fee to the agency, decided not to take up the job.
 
When she approached the Protector of Emigrants (PoE) for help to get her money back from the recruitment agency, she got a cold response.
 
After a court here last week rejected an anticipatory bail application of the PoE, L. Adolfus, he appeared before the CBI on Monday morning.
 
"We heard from him what he had to say and he was let off. Now we are waiting for Varghese and in the meanwhile, we are going ahead with the probe," added the CBI official. 

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MOHAN

2 years ago

Uthup Varghese is BJP in Delhi and Congress in Kerala !

http://www.mangalam.com/print-edition/ke...

Mumbai slumdwellers, high-rise residents protest new civic rules

The civic corporation's new proposal has kicked up a raging controversy among all sections, political parties and the general public as it has created confusion and uncertainties in the minds of the masses, said Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association (MSWA) spokesperson Sunil Sharma

 

Slumdwellers and residents of skyscrapers protested against the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's proposed new development plan (DP) and development control rules (DCR) at Azad Maidan here on Monday.
 
The civic corporation's new proposal has kicked up a raging controversy among all sections, political parties and the general public as it has created confusion and uncertainties in the minds of the masses, said Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association (MSWA) spokesperson Sunil Sharma.
 
"A lot of anxious people have been inquiring with us about the ramifications of the proposed DP and DCR, seeking clarifications and wanting to know how they would be affected," Sharma said at the protest meeting.
 
An awareness programme has also been launched to inform people about the BMC proposal, said Ramesh Prabhu, chairman of the Affordable Housing Welfare Organisations of India (AHWOI), which jointly carried out the protest with MSWA.
 
The programme would inform people on the impact of the BMC proposal on the people of the city at various places, the issues affecting slum rehabilitation, regularisation of transfer documents, tenanted premises and cluster development, cessed buildings, MHADA (Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority) buildings, fungible floor space index (FSI), he said.
 
"Under the proposed DP and DCR till 2034, there are many discrepancies and restrictions on use of FSI which would render slum rehabilitation as unviable, besides reduction of other facilities that were given earlier, charging huge premium which would make housing unaffordable," Prabhu pointed out.
 
The protesters have demanded scrapping of the proposed DP and DCR by the BMC, which has also been severely criticised by all political parties in the state.

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