When a conman dupes Lokmat's Vijay Darda of Rs34 lakh

Posing as Goa's former chief minister Digambar Kamat, the conman asked Darda for financial help and disppeared after taking Rs34 lakh from the Rajya Sabha MP

Nagpur: A 36-year-old conman, who allegedly duped Vijay Darda, Congress' Rajya Sabha MP and owner of Lokmat newspaper, of Rs34 lakh by posing as former Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, has been arrested, reports PTI quoting police.
The accused, Digambar alias Balasaheb Khaire Patil, was arrested from Solapur yesterday.
Posing as Kamat, Patil had called up Darda over phone on 9th October when he was in Delhi and asked for the sum on behalf of a Haryana politician for providing financial assistance to his supporters, police said.
Darda flew to Mumbai the next day. Patil again called him up to remind him of the request, to which Darda responded by saying the required sum was being arranged and it would be delivered to him in Pune.
Later, an unidentified person turned up on behalf of the conman at Band Garden in Pune and collected the money with a promise to return it on 15th October.
When the money was not returned, Darda contacted Kamat, who also belongs to Congress, in Goa and was shocked when the latter denied having made any phone call to him for any financial help, police said.
Darda, through his staff, then lodged a complaint with Dhantoli Police here yesterday which transferred the case to their Pune counterparts for investigation.
Last month, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) alleged that Darda and his brother Rajendra, who is education minister in Maharashtra, were actively involved in the affairs of the JLD Yavatmal, one of the companies accused in the Coalgate scam.


BSE joins UN's Sustainable Stock Exchanges global initiative

The SSE aims at exploring how exchanges can work together with stakeholders to enhance corporate transparency and performance on environmental, social and corporate governance issues

Mumbai: BSE Ltd, India's oldest stock exchange on Friday said it has joined the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative of United Nations (UN), reports PTI.
The SSE initiative was launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi in 2009 at UN headquarters in New York City.
The BSE has been the first amongst global peers to join five other leading exchanges that have publicly committed to promoting sustainable investment practices.
Other exchanges include the Brazilian stock exchange BM & FBOVESPA, Egyptian Exchange (EGX), Istanbul Stock Exchange (ISE), Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and NASDAQ OMX made a commitment towards improving sustainability at the Sustainable Stock Exchanges 2012 global dialogue in Rio de Janeiro earlier this year.
BSE is also credited with launching the first-ever live Carbon Index BSE-GREENEX in India, earlier in 2012. The index measures the performances of companies in terms of carbon emissions.
"BSE is committed to working with investors, companies and regulators in playing a transformative role towards enhancing sustainability in Indian capital markets. We are hopeful that this initiative would help us in further introducing a culture of sustainable business practices amongst BSE's listed companies," BSE's Interim CEO Ashishkumar Chauhan said in a statement.
The initiative aims at exploring how exchanges can work together with stakeholders to enhance corporate transparency and performance on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues besides encouraging responsible long-term approaches to investment.


IAC sets up panel to probe charges against Bhushan, Gandhi, Damania

The three-member panel of retired judges or internal Lokpal for Kejriwal's yet-to-be named party, would probe charges against Prashant Bhushan, Anjali Damania and Mayank Gandhi

New Delhi: With allegations levelled against its own members, India Against Corruption (IAC) on Friday announced setting up of a three-member panel of retired judges to probe the charges against its prominent members, including Prashant Bhushan and Anjali Damania, reports PTI.


Former Delhi High Court Chief Justice AP Shah, Justice BH Marlapalle (Retd) of Bombay High Court and Justice Jaspal Singh (Retired) of Delhi High Court are the internal Lokpal for Kejriwal's yet-to-be named party.


Kejriwal said it has been alleged that Prashant Bhushan has done irregularities in buying land in Himachal Pradesh, that Mayank Gandhi has links with builders and questions have been raised against Anjali Damania's land deals in Maharashtra.


"We have from time to time requested the government to set up an independent enquiry to investigate into the matter and give us double the punishment than prescribed if found guilty. Unfortunately, the government has been more interested in mud-slinging than setting up an independent probe.


"Therefore, we have formed an independent ombudsmen consisting of three retired judges enjoying a reputation of high integrity and independence to inquire into any charges made against key members of IAC and they will probe Bhushan, Gandhi and Damania," Kejriwal said.


He said they are sending their cases to the three retired judges on Monday and would request them to expeditiously inquire into these charges and give their report as early as possible and within 3 months.


Kejriwal said the ombudsmen would be requested to examine in depth the allegations and material against IAC members, their defense and give a report on whether the allegations show any illegal or immoral act being committed by IAC members.


"If any member is found guilty of any illegal or immoral activity he would be expected to resign from the proposed party," he said.




5 years ago

This step by IAC is right. But the signals it sends out, for which GOI, not the UPA II political leadership, is squarely responsible, are disturbing. The fire-fighting approach, by sending out non-entities in the political outfit to defend charges of corruption, by making counter-charges or claiming that corruption is part of economic development or taking shelter under ‘procedures’ or challenging anyone who raises an accusing finger to go to court or some other authority, instead of coming out with facts and figures where available or ordering a probe where already documents like CAG reports had pointed out sufficient ground for review/revision of procedures, has affected the credibility of the system. Some introspection is overdue. Counter-allegations or Digvijay Singh type of ‘questions’ may not satisfy the people to whom at some stage things will have to be explained.

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