NIA Issues Production Warrant Against Kashmiri Women Separatist Leaders


Production warrant against Aasiya Andrabi, Sofi Fehmeeda, Naheeda Nasreen of banned terror group. (File)

New Delhi: 

A special court of National Investigation Agency (NIA) today issued a production warrant against Aasiya Andrabi, Sofi Fehmeeda, and Naheeda Nasreen of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, a banned terrorist organisation, after taking cognisance of recent charge sheet on terror charges against them.

The NIA court has issued the production warrant against the three accused women for December 12. The production warrant is an order issued by a criminal court of law to produce a person before the court in connection with criminal proceedings pending against him.

In the charge sheet, the NIA has accused the three women of allegedly engaging in anti-India activities and making attempts to incite the general populace of Kashmir for an armed rebellion against the Indian Government with aid and assistance of terrorist organisations based in neighbouring Pakistan.

The probe agency also established that the chief of Dukhtaran-e-Millat Andrabi was in close contact with global terrorist and Mumbai 26/11 mastermind Hafeez Mohammad Saeed. The NIA also told the court that they were allegedly running a social media campaign to gain support from Pakistani establishments including terrorist entities.

The three accused were arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in April this year and the case was later transferred to the NIA in July for further investigation.

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Non-Bailable Warrant Against Absconding Former Minister Manju Verma


Begusarai, Bihar: 

A non-bailable warrant has been issued against former Bihar minister Manju Verma, who is absconding since Wednesday. The Supreme Court, yesterday, pulled up the Bihar government and said, “It’s very strange. The government doesn’t know where its former minister is. Has she gone into hiding?” The state government admitted in court that the minister wasn’t traceable.

A manhunt has been launched to arrest the former minister, said the police.

The top court also slammed the state for not arresting the Ms Verma, who has close links with the Muzzafarpur shelter home rapes as indicated by the CBI, investigating the case. Ms Verma’s husband, Chandrashekhar Verma, a close aide of the key accused Brajesh Sharma, has surrendered on Monday.  

The warrant, against the former minister, was issued for a case under the Arms Act. In August, the police had raided Ms Verma in connection with the shelter home rapes and seized 50 live cartridges from one of her houses. 

Ms Verma had resigned as the Social Welfare Minister of Bihar in August after her husband, Chandrashekhar Verma, came under fire for allegedly visiting the Muzzafarnager shelter home several times.

Over 40 young girls were sexually abused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home. The sexual exploitation of the girls was first highlighted in an audit report submitted by the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) to the state’s social welfare department in April. The first case was filed on May 31 against 11 people, including Brajesh Thakur.





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special court has issued a non-bailable warrant against UP Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi


कोर्ट के आदेश के मुताबिक, यूपी की कैबिनेट मंत्री रीता बहुगुणा जोशी 31 अक्टूबर को खुद कोर्ट में उपस्थित होना होगा. 
 

रीता बहुगुणा जोशी के खिलाफ गैर जमानती वारंट जारी, जानें क्या है पूरा मामला

त्वरित सुनवाई के लिए गठित इलाहाबाद की एक विशेष अदालत ने समन जारी किया. (फोटो एएनआई)





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Warrant Issued Against N Chandrababu Naidu In 8-Year-Old Case


Hyderabad: 

A Maharashtra court has issued non-bailable warrants against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and 14 others in a 2010 case pertaining to an agitation against the Babli Barrage on River Godavari, an official said here.

Judicial Magistrate First Class, Dharmabad Court (Nanded) NR Gajbhiye on Thursday issued the warrants against Mr Naidu and his cabinet colleagues, Irrigation Minister DU Rao, Social Welfare Minister G.Kamalakar and 12 others.

The police have been ordered to arrest them and produce them before the court at the next hearing on September 21.

The incident took place when the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had organised massive protests over what it termed the “illegal constructions” of the Babli Barrage project by the Maharashtra government allegedly to divert Godavari River waters from Telangana region of the then undivided Andhra Pradesh.

At that time Mr Naidu was the Leader of Opposition in the state and along with 40 legislators, had entered the barrage vicinity flouting prohibition orders clamped there.

The police had caned some protesters and later arrested all of them.

Later, as Mr Naidu refused to take bail, he was sent back to Hyderabad by a flight, and subsequently cases were filed against all agitators on various counts.

The court orders came after a petitioner moved the Dharmabad court seeking to know why the earlier arrest warrants were not executed.

The TDP on Thursday reacted sharply to the warrants against Mr Naidu and alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is behind the conspiracy. TDP leader Buddha Venkanna told reporters in Vijayawada that the Bharatiya Janata Party is resorting to witch-hunting.

Mr Naidu’s son and state IT Minister N. Lokesh told the media that while legal opinion on the issue has been sought, the Chief Minister would attend the court hearing next week.





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Maharashtra Court issues warrant against CM


महाराष्ट्र की कोर्ट ने आंध्र के मुख्यमंत्री के खिलाफ जारी किया गिरफ्तारी का वारंट 

प्रतीकात्मक चित्र

नई दिल्ली: महाराष्ट्र की एक अदालत ने गोदावरी नदी की बाबली परियोजना पर प्रदर्शन से जुड़े 2010 के एक मामले में आंध्र प्रदेश के मुख्यमंत्री एन चंद्रबाबू नायडू और 15 अन्य के विरुद्ध गिरफ्तारी वारंट जारी किया है.  नांदेड़ जिले में धर्माबाद के न्यायिक प्रथम श्रेणी मजिस्ट्रेट एन आर गजभिये ने पुलिस को सभी आरोपियों को गिरफ्तार करने और 21 सितंबर तक उन्हें अदालत में पेश करने का निर्देश दिया.

टिप्पणियां


अविभाजित आंध्र प्रदेश में तब विपक्ष में रहे नायडू और अन्य को महाराष्ट्र में बाबली परियोजना के समीप विरोध करने पर गिरफ्तार किया गया था और उन्हें पुणे में जेल में डाल दिया गया था. वे इस आधार पर परियोजना का विरोध कर रहे थे कि इससे निचले हिस्से में लोग प्रभावित होंगे.  

 बाद में उन्हें रिहा कर दिया गया था लेकिन उन्होंने जमानत नहीं मांगी थी.    उन सभी पर जनसेवक को काम करने में बाधा पहुंचाने के लिए हमला या आपराधिक बल प्रयोग करने, हथियार या किसी अन्य तरीके से जानबूझकर जख्म पहुंचाना, अन्य की जिंदगी खतरे में डालने समेत भादंसं की विभिन्न धाराएं लगायी गयी हैं.(इनपुट भाषा से) 

 



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Interpol Issues Arrest Warrant Against Nirav Modi’s Sister Purvi Modi For Bank Scam


The agency named Purvi Modi in the first charge sheet filed in the case before Mumbai court.

New Delhi: 

Interpol has issued a red corner notice (RCN) against Purvi Modi, a Belgian national and absconding billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi’s sister, in connection with the alleged USD 2 billion PNB money laundering case, officials said Monday.

The notice, which acts as an international arrest warrant, states that Purvi Deepak Modi, 44, is required on charges of “money laundering”.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), the central agency probing the case along with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), has charged Purvi Modi with playing “a major role in laundering the proceeds of crime generated from the PNB scam and being a beneficiary of the scam to the tune of at least USD 133 million (over Rs 950 crore)”.

“She is also the owner/director of several shell or investment companies formed solely for the purpose to launder the proceeds of crime in companies located in the UAE, British Virgin Islands and Singapore,” the agency said in its probe report.

The ED wants her to join investigations to take the probe in the case forward and  had sought a global warrant against her as she did not comply with summons issued in this context, officials said. 

The agency named her in the first charge sheet filed in the case before a Mumbai court in May and charged her with laundering the alleged proceeds of crime generated by defrauding the Brady House branch of the Punjab National Bank in Mumbai.

The ED had alleged the overseas companies linked to her, a number of them dubious or bogus, were “formed and managed in a very complex manner to camouflage the criminal origin of funds in these companies”.

Some trusts incorporated for money laundering such as Montecristo Trust, Ithaca Trust, New Zealand Trust were found to be associated with Purvi Modi, the ED has charged. 

Bank accounts were opened in her name, in the name of her companies and in overseas jurisdictions like Barbados, Mauritius, Switzerland, Singapore, United Kingdom and Hong Kong, the ED probe found.

“Funds stolen from PNB to the tune of more than Rs 500 crore were invested in Firestar India via foreign direct investment after layering through these companies. She was also the beneficiary of Dubai and Hong Kong-based dummy companies in which LOUs (letters of undertaking) were credited.

“Later on, her name was removed from these companies and dummy directors were introduced there. Therefore, she actively participated in the crime of money laundering and layering of the money thus acquired and was also the beneficiary of the proceeds of crime,” the ED claimed.

According to the Interpol notice, Purvi Modi speaks English, Gujarati and Hindi and is a Belgian national.

Once an RCN is issued against a fugitive, Interpol asks its 192 member countries to arrest or detain the person if spotted in their countries after which extradition or deportation proceedings can begin.

A similar Interpol notice was recently issued against Mihir R Bhansali, a top executive of Nirav Modi’s US business concern, on charges of money laundering.

A similar notice was also issued against Nirav Modi sometime back as part of a joint probe by the ED and the CBI in the case. India has now moved for his extradition from the UK.

The case pertains to cheating the state-run Punjab National Bank through fraudulent issuance of LoUs and Foreign Letters of Credit worth over USD 2 billion (about Rs 13,000 crore) allegedly by Nirav Modi, his uncle Mehul Choksi in connivance with few bank and other government officials.

Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi have been absconding since the beginning of this year.





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Pakistan Court Issues Arrest Warrant Against Asif Ali Zardari In Rs 35 Billion Money Laundering Case


Warrants have also been issued against 15 other suspects in the fake bank accounts scam case. (AFP)

Karachi: 

A banking court in Karachi today issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Pakistan’s former president and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and 15 other suspects in the fake bank accounts scam case, according to a media report.

During the hearing of Rs 35 billion money laundering case, the court directed authorities to arrest and present former president Zardari, 63, before it by September 4, the Express Tribune reported.

However, PPP spokesperson Farhatullah Babar issued a statement in which he quoted Mr Zardari’s counsel Farooq H Naek as saying that no warrants against the former president have been issued.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had declared Mr Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur, along with 18 other suspects, as absconders in an interim charge sheet filed in the case. Ms Talpur had, however, obtained a bail against her arrest.

The fake accounts case revolves around a 2015 inquiry into suspicious transactions when 29 ‘benami’ accounts were identified, 16 of them in the Summit Bank, eight in the Sindh Bank and five in the United Bank Limited.

The prosecution today stated that arrest warrants were issued in an earlier hearing for the accused who were declared absconders in the charge sheet submitted by the investigative agency in July.

Former Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) chairman Hussain Lawai is among the accused.

Speaking to media, an FIA representative said the remand was to further probe and obtain documents from the accused in the money laundering case.

The hearing has been adjourned till August 25.





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On Muzaffarpur Bihar Shelter Rape Case, Arrest Warrant Against Child Protection Officer’s Wife Shobha Kumari Singh


Over 30 minor girls were sexually assaulted over a period of time in Muzaffarpur shelter case.

Muzaffarpur (Bihar): 

An arrest warrant has been issued against suspended Child Protection Officer Ravi Roshan’s wife Shobha Kumari Singh in connection with the Bihar’s Muzaffarpur shelter home case.

The warrant came after Ms Singh had reportedly revealed the name and pictures of one of the minor victims on social media.

On Monday, three police officials posted at the Shaheed Khudiram Bose Central Jail were suspended after documents were recovered from the case’s prime accused Brajesh Thakur that contained over 40 phone numbers, including that of a Bihar Minister.

After police conducted a surprise check at the prison in which Mr Thakur is lodged, they recovered the documents.

The issue of sexual exploitation was first highlighted in a social audit report submitted by Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai, to the state’s Social Welfare Department in April.

An FIR was lodged on May 31 against 11 persons, including Brajesh Thakur, the owner of the NGO ‘Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti’ which ran the shelter home for destitute girls funded by the government.

Brajesh Thakur is the main accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case, where more than 30 minor girls were sexually assaulted over a period of time. All 11 employees of the shelter home were arrested for harassing a number of girls residing at the facility.

The Central Bureau of Investigation, on August 11, detained Mr Thakur’s son after questioning him. The investigative agency had also frozen Brajesh’s bank accounts and investigated his properties and bank balance.

He has, however, rubbished all charges levelled against him by claiming that he was being falsely implicated.





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NSG First Central Agency To Use E-Ticketing Instead Of Railway Warrant


The new system will eliminate the need of carrying railway warrants by the NSG personnel.

New Delhi: 

The National Security Guard will be the first central paramilitary force to opt for e-ticketing instead of the railway warrant under an agreement signed with the IRCTC, a statement from the catering and tourism arm of the railways said today.

A memorandum of understanding was signed today between the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation and the NSG at the headquarters of the special force in New Delhi.

This system will eliminate the need of carrying railway warrants by the NSG personnel.

Purchasing tickets through railway warrant system is a cumbersome and lengthy process as it requires the NSG staff to go to a railway reservation counter to exchange a railway warrant to reserve tickets, the statement said.

A railway warrant is a voucher issued for train travel for certain categories such as government employees, security force personnel and retirees at subsidised rates or free of charge, exchangeable for a ticket.

Under the MoU, the IRCTC will be extending the ticketing facility to the NSG headquarters and it may be later provided to the field units.

The IRCTC will be extending this scheme through advance deposit to facilitate hassle-free service from payments at the time of online ticket booking.

“The NSG is the first central paramilitary force to opt for e-ticketing in lieu of railway warrants. The IRCTC is also developing an e-ticketing-cum-warrant management system for the Central Reserve Police Force…,” the statement said.





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Mehul Choksi Moves Court Seeking Cancellation Of Non-Bailable Warrant


Mehul Choksi claimed that he cannot travel because of his medical condition.

Mumbai: 

Gitanjali Gems promoter Mehul Choksi, a key accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case, today moved a special court here seeking cancellation of a non-bailable warrant (NBW) issued against him.

 His lawyer Sanjay Abbot moved the application before special CBI court judge J C Jagdale.

 In the application, he claimed that he cannot travel because of his medical condition.

 The diamond merchant also claimed he was unable to disclose his current location as he was facing a threat to his life from various persons.

Mehul Choksi said that he never sought to avoid the investigation or the probe agencies and had duly responded to all the communication that he received from the investigating agencies.

 He also contended that his case was completely different from that of his relative and billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi.

 Choksi said the Enforcement Directorate attached his assets after registering a case based the first Central Bureau of Investigation FIR pertaining Nirav Modi even though he (Choksi) had got nothing to do with it.

 After the hearing, the judge directed the CBI to file a reply and posted the matter for hearing on July 11.

 The special CBI court, after taking cognisance of the second charge sheet filed in the PNB fraud case, had last month ordered the issuance of the NBW against Mehul Choksi.

 The issuance of the alleged fraudulent letters of understanding (LoUs) is said to be the crux of the mega financial fraud.

 An LoU is a guarantee which is given by an issuing bank to Indian banks having branches abroad to grant a short-term credit to the applicant.

 In case of default, the bank issuing the LoU has to pay the liability to the credit-giving bank along with accruing interest.

Nirav Modi and his uncle Choksi are among the main accused in the fraud case pegged at over Rs 13,400 crore. They have been booked in nearly half-a-dozen cases related to the bank fraud.

Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi are said to have left the country before criminal cases were lodged against them in February. 





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