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Rajnath Singh asks for detailed report on BBC interview of convict in ‘Nirbhaya’ case

The Home Minister has sought detailed report from Tihar jail chief on BBC interview of 16th December 'Nirbhaya' gangrape convict Mukesh Singh


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday took strong exception to a British filmmaker interviewing 16th December gangrape convict Mukesh Singh in Tihar jail, and sought a detailed report from the jail chief on the whole issue.
The Home Minister spoke to Tihar jail Director General Alok Kumar Verma and sought a detailed report urgently, official sources said.
Media reports said British filmmaker Leslee Udwin and the BBC were given permission to interview bus driver Mukesh Singh, who was awarded death sentence for the brutal rape and murder.
In the interview, Mukesh said the women who went out at night had only themselves to blame if they attracted the attention of gangs of male molesters.
"A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy," he had said.
Mukesh also said that had the girl and her friend not tried to fight back, the gang would not have inflicted the savage beating, which led to her death later.
Describing the killing as an "accident", he had said, "When being raped, she shouldn't fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape. Then they'd have dropped her off after 'doing her', and only hit the boy.


Maharashtra bans sale, possession of beef

Under the new law, anyone selling beef or in possession of it in Maharashtra can be jailed for up to five years and fined Rs10,000


Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday signed a bill banning cow slaughter in Maharashtra that had been pending for almost two decades, state finance minister, Sudhir Mungantiwar has said.
Under the new law, anyone selling beef or in possession of it can be jailed for up to five years and fined Rs10,000.  Maharashtra is now the 25th Indian state to enact a law that bans the slaughter or sale of cows.
According to a report from Business Standard, among Hindus, a variety of lower castes still eat beef, alongwith most Muslims and Christians, for whom beef is a cheap source of protein, since it is cheaper than mutton or chicken.
The President's decision comes on the heels of a meeting with a delegation of seven state BJP MPs led by Kirit Somaiya, which submitted a memorandum seeking Mukherjee's assent for the bill.
The memorandum said that the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 1995, passed during the previous Shiv Sena-BJP regime, had been awaiting approval for 19 years.
According to newspaper report, the passage of the new Act will ban the slaughter of bulls as well as bullocks. However, it still permits the slaughter of water buffaloes, whose meat is generally seen as inferior in quality. 
"I am very happy that the President finally gave his assent. We have been trying hard from the last several years to get the bill passed into a law. It not only ensures that animals are not killed, but would also stabilise the agricultural situation. Prevention of the killing of animals will increase the productivity of farms...Even healthy animals were being killed for money, but it will stop now," Mungantiwar said.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis too expressed happiness over President Pranab Mukherjee's decision to give assent to the bill.
"Thanks a lot honourable President Sir for the assent on Maharashtra Animal Preservation Bill. Our dream of ban on cow-slaughter becomes reality now," Fadnavis said on Twitter.


NSEL Scam: Amit Rathi among three brokers arrested by EOW
According to reports, those arrested by the EOW, include, Amit Rathi, Chintan Modi of IIFL and CP Krishnan from Geojit Comtrade
The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai police, which is probing the Rs5,600 crore National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL) scam, has reportedly arrested some brokers. According to reports, those arrested by the EOW, include, Amit Rathi, managing director of Anand Rathi Financial Services Ltd, Chintan Modi, vice president of India Infoline (IIFL) and CP Krishnan from Geofin Comtrade (formerly known as Geojit Comtrade).
Police sources said some other executives of Anand Rathi, Motilal Oswal, Geojit Comtrade and IIFL were already questioned by the EOW.

According to NSEL data, brokers were manipulating client codes to the tune of 3,00,000 times, after the trade was carried out on the exchange and then they transferred the same to other names.

It may be noted that in equities and commodities, changes in client codes are allowed only in a genuine case. But in this case, changes in client code were effected to transfer profit and loss to launder money.

According to market sources, as many as 200 brokers are alleged to have sold NSEL products as investment vehicles by promising an assured return.

After the exchange was shut down and the agencies began to probe the roles of the management and the brokers, the then newly formed NSEL Investors Forum had been demanding an investigation into the role of the brokers.
According to police, broking houses charged 0.2% as warehousing charges, but never gave investors any warehousing receipts (WRs). "Nobody verified the warehouse receipt or whether goods were actually at the warehouse. Some warehouse receipts are said to be authentic as some genuine producers wanted to finance their working capital till their goods were sold. But as nobody verified the warehouse receipts. More commodity traders started producing warehouse receipts against which they received easy funding. Some may have used this money for financing their business, but the rest is anybody's guess," another report from the newspaper had said.
Around 200 brokers are said to be involved in the scam. Major brokerages, which are under the scanner are Anand Rathi, Motilal Oswal, India Infoline and Geofin Comtrade, the reports said.
Last month, according to reports, the Maharashtra government was planning to liquidate properties worth Rs6,500 crore belonging to defaulters in the NSEL case to settle claims of the investors.
Ranjeet Patil, minister of home (urban), told DNA, "Until now, all such defaulters used to regain the hold of the assets. But we will ensure that property worth Rs6,500 crore, which was already attached from the defaulters, is liquidated. The auction on the property would be initiated soon to settle the claims of the investors."
The EOW had attached assets of the defaulting members, including MCX promoter Jignesh Shah and other NSEL officials under the Maharashtra Protection of Interests of Depositors (MPID) Act.
Last year in August, the EOW had filed a charge sheet against Jignesh Shah, promoter of Financial Technologies India Ltd, in connection with the NSEL scam.



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