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IRCTC Case: RJD Chief skips CBI questioning, seeks 15 days time

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New Delhi, Sep 25: RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Monday skipped the CBI questioning, in case against him and his son Tejashwi Yadav in connection with alleged irregularities in issuing contracts for two IRCTC hotels to a private company.

Lalu Prasad’s advocate, through a letter, informed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday afternoon that his client would not be able to join the investigation in response to the summons issued on September 22 seeking his presence at the CBI headquarters here.

“His advocate submitted a letter to us on behalf of the leader seeking two weeks’ time to appear before the investigators in the IRCTC case,” a CBI official said.

The CBI on September 22 issued fresh summons to Lalu Prasad and his son to appear before the agency on September 25 and 26.

Earlier, the CBI summoned the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and his son, the former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, on September 7 to report at its headquarters in Lodhi Road area of south Delhi for questioning on September 11 and 12.

The CBI had on July 5 filed a corruption case against Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi and Tejashwi Yadav for alleged irregularities when Lalu Prasad was the Railway Minister from 2004 to 2009.

The contracts for two Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) hotels at Ranchi and Puri were handed over to Sujata Hotels company owned by Vijay and Vinay Kochhar in lieu of an alleged bribe in the form of a plot of prime land in Bihar, the CBI said.

According to the CBI, Lalu Prasad allegedly granted illegal favours to Sujata Hotels through the IRCTC, and the tender process for the development, maintenance, and operation of the two hotels was manipulated in exchange for the three-acre plot in Patna where a mall is coming up.

The CBI, which registered the case under charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating under the Indian Penal Code and sections of Prevention of the Corruption Act, claimed that the kickbacks were paid through a ‘benami’ company owned by Sarla Gupta, wife of RJD MP Prem Chand Gupta.

The CBI FIR alleged that Vinay Kochhar sold three acres of land in Patna through 10 sale deeds on February 25, 2005, for Rs 1.47 crore to Delight Marketing Company in which Sarla Gupta was a Director.

The FIR alleged that the land was sold at a price below circle and market rates and was falsely shown as agricultural land to evade substantial stamp duty.

During the CBI’s preliminary inquiry, the agency purportedly found that the said land was sold by the Kochhars to Delight Marketing, and payment was arranged through Ahluwalia Contractors and its promoter Bikramjeet Singh Ahluwalia.

The Enforcement Directorate, which is also probing the financial irregularities in the case, have questioned Ahluwalia and also summoned Sujata Hotels owners for questioning.

The ED had, on July 27, registered a separate case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act following the CBI FIR and is probing allegations against Lalu Prasad and others for alleged transaction of money through shell companies.

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Non-bailable warrants against BJP’s Sanjiv Balyan, Sangeet Som in Muzaffarnagar riot case

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The local court of Uttar Pradesh has issued a non-bailable warrant against Former Union minister Sanjiv Balyan, Uttar Pradesh minister Suresh Rana and BJP MLAs Sangeet Som and Umesh Malik and others in connection with a 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots case.

The Court has also sought permission from the state to prosecute them under section 153A of IPC for allegedly make hate speeches. According to news agency PTI additional chief judicial magistrate, on Friday issued a non-bailable warrant and asked to all the appear in Court on 19th January 2018.

Almost 60 people died and 40,000 were displaced in Muzaffarnagar communal clashes which took place between August and September 2013

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All strength to your shoulders: Kamal Haasan to Rahul Gandhi

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Chennai, Dec 16: Kamal Haasan on Saturday congratulated politician Rahul Gandhi who has taken over as the new Congress President. The veteran actor-filmmaker says he’s sure that Rahul would work and deserve the admiration like his elders.

“Congratulations Mr. Rahul.G. Your seat does not define you but you can define your position. I have admired your elders. I am sure you would work and deserve my admiration too. All the strength to your shoulders,” Kamal wrote.

The process of his election as the new Congress chief was completed after the Central Election Authority President Mullapally Ramachandran handed over the Certificate of Election to Rahul Gandhi in a ceremony at Congress party headquarters.

The ceremony was marked by loud celebrations as scorces of Rahul Gandhi supporters danced to upbeat tunes, raised slogans, burst crackers and distributed sweets outside the party office here.

Kamal, who is known for films like “Hey Ram” and “Vishwaroopam”, has previously shown desire to join politics. He has also hinted launching his party by January.

On his birthday in November, Kamal announced the launch of a new app, which marked a step towards his political debut.

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Five years of Nirbhaya rape case: Mamata Banerjee calls for making society safe

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Kolkata, Dec 16: Remembering the horrifying Nirbhaya gang rape case in Delhi on its fifth year, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday called for making a safe society.

Taking to twitter, Banerjee said  “Remembering #Nirbhaya on the fifth anniversary of brutal Delhi incident. We cannot compensate her loss but let us resolve to keep our society safe”.

On this day five years ago, a 23-year-old paramedical student was brutally gang raped inside a moving bus in the national capital , which led to her death due to internal injuries 13 days later in a Singapore hospital.

The rapists, six in all, pounced on the young woman who had boarded the bus with her male friend to go home after watching a movie.

After committing the crime, they dumped both on the side of a road. Later, some onlookers informed the police.

The brutal crime triggered an nationwide outrage.

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