After being named as accused in the Rs425 crore QNet scam, Vanmala shifted its office to undisclosed location. However, the EOW raided this secret hideout and seized important documents about the MLM operations of QNet
Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai Police has raided a little known or 'hidden' office of Vanamala Hotels, Travels & Tourism Services Pvt Ltd, an associate of QNet India. The EOW has seized documents and computers used by Vanmala related with its vacation holiday packages sold to customers of QNet in India, say sources.
Vanamala had its office at Trade Centre in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). However, the tourism services provider shifted its office to an unknown location when it was named as an accused in the first information report in the Rs425 crore QNet multi-level marketing (MLM) scam.
Vanmala shifted its office to Lower Parel from BKC. However it kept the new address hidden even from its submissions in the court. Daryl Patrick Bisset, the chief executive of Vanmala has been found avoiding EOW and not forthcoming since past few months, the sources added.
During the investigation into the QNet scam, it was revealed that majority of the victims across the country were sold the "Holiday & Vacation Packages" from Vanmala.
In February 2014, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the agency responsible for enforcing economic laws and fighting economic crime in India, registered a case in the Rs425 crore QNet scam for money laundering.
The ED has named QNet Ltd from Hong Kong, its official franchisee Vihaan Direct Selling Pvt Ltd, Vijay Eswaran, the founder of QI group and three other independent representatives (IRs) of QNet from Mumbai.
In a media statement, QNET called the money-laundering probe by ED against it as 'allegations that are preposterous and completely baseless'.
The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai Police, which is also probing the MLM fraud, had so far arrested nine team leaders of QNet for allegedly duping investors by offering to sell products such as magnetic disks, herbal products and holiday schemes through fraudulent practices. The accused have been charged with cheating and forgery under relevant sections of the Prize, Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act 1978.
The complainant, Gurupreet Singh Anand, a computer consultant from Lokhandawala, Andheri in his first information report (FIR) before the EOW stated that his wife was duped for Rs30,000 by some people who had introduced themselves as the independent representatives (IRs) of QNet. Anand told the police, “They (IRs) had said that one of the bio-products my wife bought could be used to treat my 12-year-old son's brain-related diseases.”
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Veteran lyricist, filmmaker and renowned Indian poet, Gulzar is nominated for the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2013
Gulzar, one of the veteran lyricist, filmmaker and poets will be honoured with the Dadsaheb Phalke award, India’s highest award in cinema given annually by the union government.
Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in cinema given annually by the Indian Government for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema. Some of the acclaimed award recipients include, Prithviraj Kapoor, Ashok Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Satyajit Ray, Dev Anand, Lata Mangeshkar, BR Chopra, Sivaji Ganesan, Asha Bhosale and Pran among others.
Sampooran Singh Kalra, who is popularly known by his penname Gulzar had earlier won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Jai Ho" (shared with AR Rahman), for Slumdog Millionaire, at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009. He also won a Grammy Awards for the same song in 2010. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2004 and the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002.
The 79-year old writer, director has won as many as 20 Filmfare awards in total. He is also the winner of a number of National Film Awards. He is also the record holder for winning the most number of “Filmfare award for best lyricist” and “Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue”.
Gulzar started his film career as a lyricist, with the song "Mora Gora Ang Layle". He has since then written dialogues and lyrics for more than 100 movies, as well as directed more than 20 movies in Bollywood. He has also created a new type of poem known as Triveni. He has been associated with some of the other famous music directors like SD Burman, Salil Chowdhury, RD Burman, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Madan Mohan, Rajesh Roshan, AR Rahman, Vishal Bharadwaj, Shankar Ehsaan Loy and many more.
Gulzar has also directed critically-acclaimed Hindi films such as, 'Mere Apne', 'Parichay', 'Koshish' and 'Andhi', among others.
Gulzar's Aandhi, based on the Hindi novel "Kaali Aandhi" by Kamleshwar, told a story of a couple separated against the backdrop of politics. Along with various wins and nominations, the film also won Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie. Although believed to be based on the life of Ex-Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the film was based on life of Tarkeshwari Sinha.
Gulzar's poetry is partly published in three compilations: Chand Pukhraaj Ka, Raat Pashminey Ki and Pandrah Paanch Pachattar (15-05-75). His short stories are published in Raavi-paar (also known as Dustkhat in Pakistan) and Dhuan (smoke).
Along with lyrics, he has also contributed in many films as script, story and dialogue writer. He also had worked on small screen by creating series Mirza Ghalib and Tahreer Munshi Premchand ki among others. He wrote lyrics for several serials on Doordarshan including Hello Zindagi, Potli Baba ki and Jungle Book.
Gulzar holds the record of winning the maximum number of Filmfare Awards for Best Lyricist (11 in total) as well as Filmfare Awards for Best Dialogue (4 in total). He was also awarded the 2012 Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration.