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SC asks government if separate SIT needed to probe Panama papers

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New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Central government to consider whether there was a necessity to set up a separate SIT to investigate the Panama Papers, currently being probed by a Multi-Agency Group (MAG).

A bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar gave the government four weeks time to respond whether there was necessity of setting up a SIT to probe Panama Papers naming a number of Indian nationals having off-shore accounts.

The court’s order came after the government submitted six reports on investigation by the MAG in a sealed cover. Having perused the reports, the court directed the same be kept back in the sealed cover.

The MAG that was constituted to investigate Panama papers consists of officials of the Central Board Of Direct Taxes, the Reserve Bank of India, the Enforcement Directorate and Financial Intelligence Unit. The CBDT’s Member (Investigation) is its convenor.

The MAG, also known as SIT on black money, was set up to investigate and bring the money stashed overseas and is headed by former apex court judge Justice M.B.Shah as Chairman and another former top court judge Justice Arijit Pasayat is its Vice-Chairman.

In the last hearing of the matter on March 7, the court had asked the government to file all the six reports in a sealed cover.

The court had said that after perusing the reports, it would consider whether there would be a necessity of a separate SIT to look into these issues and for a fair and appropriate inquiry so that necessary action could be taken against those who had violated the law.

The court directed the next hearing of the matter on July 2, as Additional Solicitor General P.S. Narasimha told the court that the investigation was on and it was going on a fast pace.

The top court had on May 9, 2016, issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation ona PIL seeking probe against the people named in the Panama Papers.

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Sukma: CRPF personnel killed in Naxal encounter

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Sukma, April 21: A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel lost his life in an encounter with Naxals near Kistaram camp in insurgency-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on late Friday.

The gunfight erupted when troops of 212 battalion of CRPF, 208 CoBRA, along with Chhattisgarh police were carrying out a cordon and search operation last night.

The deceased was a native of Madhya Pradesh.

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Raipur: 7-year-old sexually assaulted in school

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Chhattisgarh, April 21: In yet another case of crime against minors, a seven-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted at Raipur School.

Speaking to ANI, Victim’s father said “It was her first day to the school on Wednesday. She went to the school and we wanted to meet her at the school, but we weren’t allowed to do so. While changing her clothes after she returned from school, my wife noticed blood on her private parts and she was not wearing undergarments.”

On being asked if she had reported about the incident to the teacher, the minor replied that the teacher was absent on the second day of her school.

Meanwhile, the police said that they were investigating the matter and were examining CCTV footages of the school. An FIR was lodged for the same.

The president of Child Right Commission, Prabha Dubey, said “I have spoken to the girl personally. She is saying that a ‘bhaiya’ had allegedly molested her. We asked the peon of the school about the undergarment, to which she replied that she had thrown away the undergarment since the girl had urinated on it. I will constitute a team to investigate the matter.”

In the wake of recent Unnao, Surat Kathua rape cases, Indian social media has been abuzz with the words – “rape horror”.

Massive countrywide protests are being held demanding death penalty for those accused of raping minors.

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Accused in fake facebook post on Manohar Parrikar’s health, gets bail

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Panaji, April 20: A city Judicial Magistrate First Class(JMFC) court on Friday granted bail to Kenneth Silveira, who was arrested by Crime Branch of Goa for posting fake information about Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s “death” on Facebook.

He was released on a personal bond of ₹10,000, reported The Hindu.

In a related development, members of civil society staged a protest outside the Goa Police headquarters here on Friday morning condemning the arrest.

Kenneth, 35, was arrested by the Crime Branch on Wednesday, a day after he put up the post on social media, on a complaint by a BJP office-bearer.

Parrikar is undergoing treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer in the US.

On Friday, a few dozen protesters rallied at the police headquarters and accused police of trying to “muzzle” free speech.

The Opposition has also criticised the police for the arrest of Silveira, who contested the 2017 by-poll in Panaji but lost to Parrikar.

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