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Some JNU forces anti-India, waging war against it: Sitharaman

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New Delhi, Sep 18 : Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday alleged that some forces in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) are openly waging a war against the country and said that she would not hesitate in calling them “anti-India”.

“I feel sad for so many things happening there. During the election time, arguments, and disputes are normal but the kind of things which have happened in the last few years are not encouraging at all.

“It’s very different to have a party, whose ideology you may not agree with, but they have probably gone to be led by forces which are anti-India,” Sitharaman said during an interactive session with female journalists here.

Her remarks came two days after the united Left student group alliance swept the JNU Students’ Union polls.

“They are waging a war against India in their pamphlets. Their brochures say that. When such people are leading the JNUSU, or JNUSU members are openly participating with such forces, you don’t need to hesitate to call them anti-India.”

“Forces are waging the war against India and it is they who are also seen with the students’ union’s elected representatives…that makes me feel uneasy,” she said.

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Sterling Biotech: Court declares Sandesara bros fugitive economic offenders

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Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Monday declared four directors of Sterling Biotech Limited as fugitive economic offenders in a bank fraud case, thereby paving the way for confiscation of their properties.

The company owners Nitin Sandesara, Chetan Sandesara, Dipti Sandesara and Hitesh Patel were declared fugitives under the Fugitive Economic Offenders (FEO) Act in relation to Rs 8,100 crore bank fraud case.

The local Court permitted the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to “reapproach the court for initiation of confiscation proceedings” under the FEO Act. In its orders, the Judge held “the conduct of the Respondents, unambiguously, establishes on record that they have left India to avoid criminal prosecution.”

A Fugitive Economic Offender is a person against whom an arrest warrant has been issued in respect of a scheduled offence and who has left India so as to avoid criminal prosecution, or being abroad, refuses to return to India to face criminal prosecution.

Earlier the ED had filed a charge sheet in this case, under the PMLA, charging the Sandesaras and others with money laundering and siphoning bank loans.

The ED alleged that the pharmaceutical group and its promoters laundered funds obtained through bank loans by “incorporating” shell or dummy companies, conducting circular transactions to artificially inflate turnover of flagship companies, claiming higher depreciations on non-existing machinery, artificial share trading with the use of shell companies and layering and laundering of proceeds of crime within India and abroad through the web of shell companies.

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Espionage case: Court reserves order on journalist’s bail plea

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New Delhi, Sep 28 (IANS) A Delhi court on Monday reserved its order after hearing the arguments on the bail application filed by freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma in the Chinese espionage case.

On September 14, the Delhi Police’s Special Cell had arrested the 61-year-old journalist for allegedly working for Chinese intelligence. During search of a house, a laptop, some confidential documents related to Indian defence and incriminating papers were seized.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pawan Singh Rajawat heard the contentions put forth by the Delhi Police and Sharma’s counsel for one and a half hours and reserved the matter for order, said senior advocate Adish C. Aggarwala, representing the accused.

In the bail application moved by advocate Amish Aggarwala and Adish Aggarwala, Sharma claimed innocence, asserting that he did not commit any crime and has been framed in a false case. “The applicant has not committed any offence,” his plea added.

In the written submission before the court on Monday, Sharma’s counsel said that he has been illegally detained, and the police have deliberately made vague accusations about his confessional statements.

“It is undisputed by the prosecution that the applicant has clear antecedents, and there is no possibility of him fleeing justice, influencing witnesses or tampering with evidence,” the written submission further stated.

Pursuant to Sharma’s arrest, Chinese woman Qing Shi and her Nepalese partner Sher Singh alias Raj Bohra were also arrested as they were found supplying Sharma with huge amounts of money, routed through hawala channels, for conveying sensitive information to Chinese intelligence.

According to the police, an input was received from an intelligence agency that Sharma had links with a foreign intelligence officer and has been receiving funds from his handler, through illegal means and Western Union money transfer, for conveying sensitive information about national security and foreign relations.

A case under Section 3 (possession of any sketch, plan, model, article, note, document or information, which relates to munitions of war), 4 (Communications with foreign agents) and 5 (Wrongful communication of information) of the Official Secrets Act was registered on September 13 and Sharma arrested the next day.

On interrogation, Rajeev Sharma allegedly disclosed his involvement in the procurement of secret and sensitive information and conveying the same to his Chinese handlers Michael and George, based in Kunming, China, through different digital channels. He further is said to have disclosed that he was about to send these recovered secret documents to his handlers.

–IANS

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Jharkhand Education Minister tests Covid positive

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Jharkhand Education Minister Jaggarnath Mahto has tested coronavirus positive on Monday.

He has been admitted at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi for treatment. Initially he was suffering from breathing problem. He was admitted in Intensive care Unit (ICU) for treatment and later shifted to the COVID ward.

“The minister’s condition is stable. He has been put on high flow of oxygen support system. We are watching his condition. After improvement in health condition his CT scan will be done,” said Dr Nisith Ekka, posted in Covid task department of RIMS.

Two years ago the Education Minister had suffered a heart attack. His angioplasty was done in 2018.

In the last 24 hours, 974 fresh cases of coronavirus have emerged across the state taking the overall tally of Covid-19 patients in Jharkhand to 79,909 while 9 deaths have pushed the overall death count to 679 in the state. The mortality rate among the patients currently stands at 0.84 per cent.

As per the information provided by the health department the number of active cases in the state was 12,433 while number of cured and discharged cases stood at 66,797.

Despite the rampant rise in coronavirus cases across the state the recovery rate of Covid-19 patients has improved significantly and has once again gone above 80 per cent to currently stand at 83.40 per cent in Jharkhand.

So far in the state, 20,71,991 samples have been collected out of which 20,59,696 have been tested and 19,79,787 have turned out to be negative.

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