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Cong seeks PM’s statement on border stand-off with China



New Delhi, Jul 8 : Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal today asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make a statement on why India was “eyeball to eyeball” with China after swinging with President Xi Jinping in Sabarmati.

He said the situation on the border with China “was very serious” and the government must spell out its policy on how to defuse the tension.

“These are very sensitive and very serious issues. Who is in power the present BJP is in power. It is for that government to tell us what they wish to do; we only know that from the ‘jhoola’ at Sabarmati to the present situation there is a big gap – from swinging to being eyeball to eyeball,” he said.

“Now it is for the prime minister to make a statement which he has not made so far as to why this has happened and what the country needs to do,” Sibal said.

The former Union minister said the Congress was with the government when it came to intrusion by China or Pakistan. “We all stand together,” he said.


Would not let any political party join me, says Anna Hazare



New Delhi, March 24:  Social activist Anna Hazare, who is on indefinite hunger strike, said that he would not let any political party join him.

Speaking to ANI, anti-corruption crusader said that whoever will join the movement with him, has to sign an affidavit stating that they’ll neither join any political party or group nor will participate in elections.

“Whoever joins the movement, signs affidavit which states, that they’ll neither join any political party or group nor will contest elections, ensure service to country, society and maintain good character. I’ll not let any political party or group come on this stage,” Hazare asserted.

Hazare began his indefinite fast at Ramlila Ground on Friday in a bid to bring about a competent Lokpal and ensure better production cost for farm produce.

The Gandhian has been pressing for setting up of the Lokpal at the Narendra Modi government and Lokayuktas in the states, besides implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report, which has recommended measures to meet the agrarian distress.


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CBI books two cases in Rs 539-crore IDBI fraud in Andhra, Telangana



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Hyderabad, March 24: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked 41 persons including three officials of the Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) for cheating the bank to the tune of Rs 539 crore in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

The federal agency registered two separate cases relating to large-scale frauds in IDBI branches in the two states in sanctioning pisciculture loans.

In the first case, 31 persons including IDBI’s General Manager Battu Rama Rao and former Chief General Manager R. Damodaran, 22 aggregators and bank panel valuers were booked for cheating the bank to the tune of Rs 445.32 crores. Rama Rao has also been removed from the service.

The central agency booked the accused on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery, criminal misconduct and misappropriation.

The action came after a complaint by IDBI official in Hyderabad that about 220 borrowers, consisting of 22 aggregators, conspired with IDBI bank officials at its Basheerbagh (Hyderabad) and Siripuram (Visakhapatnam) branches, along with bank panel valuers, and availed Kisan Credit Card (KCC) and pisciculture loans through 220 loan accounts from different branches of the bank aggregating Rs 198.28 crore

The loans, which were availed on the basis of fake documents and overvalued collateral property, subsequently become NPA. The outstanding amount as on September 2017 stood at Rs 445.32.

It was found that pisciculture or no other fish farming activity was ever taken up in the said lands in East and West Godavari and Krishna districts of Andhra Pradesh and Adilabad district in Telangana and that sanctioned loans were misappropriated.

Bank panel valuers Lt. Col. B.K. Sahoo, Aakar Consulting Engineers, R.A. Sharma, M.V. Srinivasulu, Subha Syndicate, Srinivasa Rau and Somasekhara Rao were among those booked.

In the second case, the CBI booked a IDBI official and nine others for defrauding the bank to the tune of Rs 93.73 crore.

Chandrasekhar Harish Chennapagari, who was working as Assistant General Manager at Guntur branch of IDBI, allegedly abused his official position to process and sanction 142 pisciculture loans from 2010 to 2012. He has been removed from service by the IDBI.

Investigations revealed that the loans were sanctioned on the basis of fake documents. The accused include a bank panel valuer, a bank panel advocate, aggregators and individual borrowers.


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PNB Scam: ED attaches Nirav Modi’s properties worth Rs 25 cr



New Delhi, March 24: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday said that it has attached properties worth Rs 25 crore of diamond jeweller Nirav Modi in connection with its ongoing probe into the Rs 13,540 crore PNB fraud case.

An ED official told IANS that the searches were carried out on Thursday at Nirav Modi’s palatial residence ‘Samudra Mahal’ in Mumbai along with a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team.

The official also said that the searches continued till Saturday morning and resulted in the seizure of antique jewellery worth Rs 15 crore, high-end watches valued at Rs 1.40 crore and paintings worth Rs 10 crore that includes artworks by M.F. Hussain, K.K. Hebbar, Amrita Shergil.

The ED also attached a diamond ring valued at Rs 10 crore.

The financial probe agency’s action comes after it registered a separate case against the diamond jeweller and his uncle Mehul Choksi of the Gitanjali Group for defrauding the banks to the tune of Rs 13,540 crore.

Till date, the ED has carried out searches at over 251 properties across the country and seized diamond, gold, precious and semi precious stones, pearls.

The ED has also attached immovable properties belonging to Nirav Modi Group and Mehul Choksi group to the tune of Rs 7,638 crore.

Choksi, Nirav Modi and his family fled in January around a month before the PNB filed first complaint against them about the fraud and they are still at large.

With Agencies Inputs 

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