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Judge Loya death case: In memorandum to President, Opposition delegation seeks SIT probe

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New Delhi, Feb 9: Representatives from 15 opposition parties led by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi met President Ram Nath Kovind over Judge Loya death case and submitted a memorandum, seeking an unbiased probe into the matter.

After meeting, Gandhi who was surrounded by senior leaders including Kapil Sibal, Ghulam Nabi Azad, D Raja and others said “many MPs from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha felt discomfort over it, adding they also feel that the matter should be probed and a SIT should be formed.

“We just want to have a proper investigation done by an independent structure that gives us the outcome”, he asserted.

A memorandum submitted to the President has been signed by 114 MPs from 15 opposition parties.

The Congress chief stated ” Judge BH Loya’s death is suspicious, there have been 2 other suspicious deaths. President gave a positive response.

Meanwhile, Senior Congress leader Kapil Said “if a Special Investigation Team can be formed for the 2G case, then one can also be formed for a probe into Judge Loya’s death. “We don’t believe in the CBI or the NIA”.

He sated apart from Judge Loya, two of his confidantes also died mysteriously.

Lawyer Shrikant Khandalkar fell to his death in 2015 from the sixth floor of the district court building, while in 2016, district judge Prakash Thombre fell from the top berth inside a train coach and his spine broke, Sibal stated.

A special CBI judge BH Loya died on December 1, 2014 following a cardiac arrest, while hearing the fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh.

The move comes at the time when the Supreme Court is hearing several petitions seeking an independent probe into mysterious death case of  judge BH Loya.

Earlier also the Congress had demanded a top court-monitored Special Investigation Team probe into Judge Loya’s death, saying there seemed to be a “cover-up” and “some serious questions were unanswered”.

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Former UP CM ND Tiwari shifted to ICU, next 72 hours ‘extremely crucial’

Tiwari was admitted to the Max Super Speciality Hospital after he suffered a massive brain-stroke in September last year.

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NEW DELHI: Former Uttar Pradesh CM and senior Congress leader ND Tiwari was on Monday moved to the intensive care unit (ICU) of a private hospital here after his condition became “critical” due to fever and blood pressure dropping to a “dangerously low level”, his aide said.

The doctors attending to him at Max Super Speciality Hospital have said that the next 48 to 72 hours would be “extremely crucial” for the 92-year-old politician, he added.

Around 12 noon, Tiwari contracted fever due to an infection and his heart rate became irregular with blood-pressure dropping to “dangerously low levels”, the aide said.

“He was immediately rushed to the ICU in a critical condition,” he added.

The team of doctors led by Dr J D Mukherjee (Neurologist) and Dr Sumit Sethi (Cardiologist) are looking after Tiwari.

“The doctors told his son Rohit Shekhar Tiwari that the next 48 to 72 hours will be extremely crucial for Tiwari,” the aide said.

Tiwari was admitted to the Max Super Speciality Hospital after he suffered a massive brain-stroke in September last year.

In November, he was shifted out of the ICU as his condition showed improvement.

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ED searches 39 locations, seizes Rs 5716 crore assets

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Mumbai, Feb 19: Expanding its money laundering probe into the 11,400-crore Punjab National Bank fraud case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday carried out searches at 39 places across the country and said assets worth Rs 5716 Crore have been seized in the raids till now. 

We will find out how the money laundering took place. As it is in the foreign jurisdiction it will take time to investigate, news agency ANI quoted citing ED Source was saying.

“There has been no response on the summons sent to Nirav Modi or the other accused so far. It is also being investigated as to why Gokulnath Shetty wasn’t promoted in all these years. First LoU was issued in March 2011 & was rolled over”, it added.

Earlier in a day, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sealed Punjab National Bank’s Brady Road branch after conducting search operations in connection with Rs 11,400 crore fraud case involving diamantaire Nirav Modi.

The probe agency posted an official notice outside the branch in Fort — the bank’s flagship lending window in Mumbai and its second largest national outlet.

All have been restricted from opening or entering inside this branch without prior permission of the CBI or the CBI Special Court or the CBI Competent Authority.

In the meantime, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday conducted searches at over 40 more locations in several cities across India in connection with the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam.

The agency raided 10 places in Mumbai, six each in Ahmedabad and Bengaluru, four in Chennai, three in Surat, two each in Bihar, Lucknow, Jalandhar and Hyderabad and one in Delhi.

The raids are also being carried out at diamond merchant Nirav Modi’s house in Mumbai’s Worli.

Meanwhile, the Central Vigilance Commission issued an advisory to all public sector banks to transfer all officers who have completed 3 years as on 31st Dec 2017. It also stated that transfer of all clerical staff who have completed 5 years as on 31st Dec 2017 should be done immediately.

On Sunday, the probe agency had questioned 11 bank officials as well as Vipul Ambani, the Chief Financing Officer of Modi’s Firestar International company.

So far, the CBI arrested three PNB officials – Gokulnath Shetty, Manoj Kharat and Hemant Bhat. They are under police custody till March 3.

Apart from this, the CBI earlier named 10 other directors and officials as accused in the scam which has created a countrywide furore.

They are: Krishnan Sangameshwaran, Nazura Yashjaney, Gopal Das Bhatia, Aniyath Shivraman, Dhanesh Vrajlal Sheth, Jyoti Bharat Vora, Anil Umesh Haldipur, Chandrakant Kanu Karkare, Pankhuri Abhijeet Varange and Mihir Bhaskar Joshi.

More than Rs 11,400 crore was siphoned by using the LoU method. Bank officials and celebrity jeweller Nirav Modi and his accomplices are allegedly involved in the fraud.

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Explain how scam took place despite regulations; CVC asks PNB, Finance Ministry to submit report in 10 days

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New Delhi, Feb 19: The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) on Monday asked the Punjab National Bank and Finance Ministry to submit a report on how the scam took place despite monetary regulations being in place within 10 days. 

Officials of PNB, RBI and Dept of Financial Services gave a presentation of 2 hours to Central Vigilance Commission about the case.

Apart from this, the CVC has asked for names of officials who were involved & sought identification of officials who could have taken action and prevented it.

After meeting with PNB and Finance Ministry officials Central Vigilance Commission also had a meeting with CBI officials. The probe agency officials told CVC that it was a system failure at multiple levels.

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