New Delhi [India], January 30 (ANI): A Delhi Court has framed money laundering charges against former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala in connection with a disproportionate assets case.
Special Judge Vikas Dhull framed charges against Chautala dealing with Section 4 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.
“Charge for the offense under Section 4 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 framed today against the accused in pursuant to order dated 13.01.2021 to which accused pleaded not guilty and claimed trial,” the court said.
The court has listed the matter for February 27 for the recording of evidence in the matter.
Special Public Prosecutor NK Matta, was representing ED while counsels Harsh K Sharma and Anil Rathee appeared for Chautala.
The investigating agency has alleged that Chautala has accumulated assets which were disproportionate to his known sources of income while working as a public servant (MLA/CM of Haryana) during the period from May 24, 1993, to May 31, 2006.
The investigation concluded that the accused had acquired disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs 6,09,79,026 which were beyond his known and disclosed sources of income.
The investigation under the PMLA was initiated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which has alleged that disproportionate assets generated by the accused while working as a public servant were proceeds of crime and tainted funds which were used in the purchase of properties by the accused.
The court observed that “Prima facie material is on record to show that proceeds of crime, generated by the commission of a scheduled offense under Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act were used by accused in the purchase of three properties and prima facie material is on record to show that Rs.95 Lakh was utilized in the construction.”
Chautala is also serving a jail term in a teachers’ recruitment scam case.
On January 22, 2013, a trial court had sentenced 55 accused in the teachers’ recruitment scam case. Among those convicted were 82-year-old Chautala’s then political adviser Sher Singh Badshami, the then Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Vidya Dhar, IAS, and then Primary Education Director Sanjiv Kumar, besides 50 others.
A total of 55 persons were convicted under the JBT scam for illegally recruiting 3,206 teachers in Haryana in 2000. (ANI)
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US cardiologist provides medical facilities to farmers protesting at Delhi’s Tikri border
New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Amid the ongoing farmers protest against the Central agri laws at Delhi borders, American cardiologist Dr Swaiman Singh has decided to put his return to New Jersey on hold and has been camping at Tikri border for the past 3 months providing free medical checkup and medicine to protestors.
The doctor runs the only super speciality hospital in Tikri that holds medical camps and distributes medicines for free.
Swaiman Singh told ANI, “We give service to everyone, not just farmers. Locals, policemen, and CRPF men also come here to get treatment. On average 4,000 to 6,000 people get treated at our camp in 24 hours. The camp works till night. This is the only super speciality hospital in Tikri”.
He said, “I used to set up medical camps here every year, We treat people over a period of time and they become our family members. One such patient had a stroke during the dharna and he called me. I came here to help him”.
“Then I thought of staying here for five days and after having set up a camp with doctors on my payroll. I have decided to postpone my return to the US and will continue my work there,” he said.
“But when I saw the hardship of these people with hardly any doctors and no medication I changed my mind. I understood I was their ray of hope. Now it has been 3 months since I’m here,” he added.
On asked if it was a hard decision to leave a well-paying job in the US and work at Tikri he said, “Money was not the issue to me, I am from a well-to-do family by God’s grace. People were dying on the roads. There comes a time in life where we have to think about others rather than ourselves. As a doctor I have signed up to serve, This is my duty. “
“All of our services are free of cost. If we include telemedicine services, 1,000 doctors work here with me. They are the ones putting in so much effort. I mostly guide them and does supervision. 2 weeks before we did a free complete blood checkup, ” he added.
“Government has prevented safai karamcharis to work here, there is a shortage of toilets. Internet and electricity were also cut by the government. Gutters are overflowing,” he further said.
He warned that there is a huge chance of malaria and dengue spreading in the area if gutters continue to remain unclean. “Why are the gutters not cleaned? They are also tax-paying citizens. The government should help them,” he said.
“Apart from doing medical service we have expanded to having a library and providing shelter for close to 10,000 people. We do cleaning drives, plant trees and run a Departmental store that supplies’ daily essentials’ for free,” he added.
Farmers are protesting against the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance, and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 at Delhi’s borders. However, the implementation of the three laws was in January put on hold by the Supreme Court. (ANI)
Earthquake of magnitude 2.9 hits J-K
New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): An earthquake of magnitude 2.9 on the Richter scale hit Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.
According to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS), the quake occurred at 4:40 am near Doda. (ANI)
Ahead of Assembly polls, Amit Shah to visit Tamil Nadu, Kerala today
New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Ahead of the forthcoming Assembly polls Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Sunday.
Shah will launch Vijay Sankalp Mahasampark Abhiyaan, a door-to-door campaign in Kanyakumari and attend the valedictory function of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Kerala Vijay Yatra in Thiruvananthapuram.
BJP is contesting Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu in alliance with ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).
Tamil Nadu Assembly elections will be held in a single phase on April 6 and the counting of votes will be done on May 2. As many as 6,28,23,749 electors will choose candidates for the sixteenth Legislative Assembly in Tamil Nadu.
The election for 140-member Kerala Assembly in 14 districts will be held in a single phase on April 6. The counting of votes will be held on May 2. (ANI)
Will increase turnover of village industry to Rs 5 lakh crore within 5 years: Gadkari
Nagpur (Maharashtra) [India], March 7 (ANI): Union Minister for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) Nitin Gadkari on Saturday has asserted that the priority of the government is to take village industry turnover to Rs 5 lakh crore within five years.
Speaking at an event of KPIT Sparkle 2021, the minister said, “Our village industry turnover is Rs 88,000 crore, my highest priority is to take it to Rs 5 lakh crore within five years. It is an important mission for me.”
In November last year, Gadkari at Virtual Horasis Asia Meeting had said that the Centre is planning to take the MSME contribution to the economic growth from 30 per cent to 40 per cent.
“Our target is to take the MSME contribution to the economic growth from 30 per cent to 40 per cent and also increase the MSME export from 48 per cent to 60 per cent. The government is also planning to create 5 crore more jobs from MSME sectors only,” he added. (ANI)
5 members of family found dead in Chhattisgarh’s Durg
Durg (Chhattisgarh) [India], March 7 (ANI): Five members of a family were found dead in the Durg district. Prima facie, it seems to be suicide, said the police.
“Bodies of five members of a family found in Durg. The case appears to be a suicide. We have also recovered a note. Further investigation is being done,” Vivekanand Sinha, IG Durg Range told reporters.
The incident has created panic in the area. The forensic team has been sent to the spot. The police is investigating the case from all possible angles. (ANI)
West Bengal Assembly polls: PM Modi to address public rally in Kolkata today
New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Ahead of West Bengal polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public rally at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata on Sunday.
This will be PM Modi’s first public rally in the state after the announcement of the dates for eight-phased Assembly polls for 294 constituencies in West Bengal. According to party sources, many folk artists have been invited to perform at the event.
Bollywood veteran Mithun Chakraborty is expected to attend the rally at the central Kolkata venue. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya met Chakraborty in Kolkata on Saturday amid speculations that he may be joining PM Modi’s Brigade rally in Kolkata.
On speculations of the actor joining the BJP, Vijayvargiya had earlier said, “I have spoken with him (Mithun Chakraborty) over the telephone, he’s going to come today. I will be able to make a comment only after a detailed discussion with him.”
The public rally will be held a day after BJP announced its first list of 57 candidates for the polls and two days after incumbent Trinamool Congress (TMC) announced the list of 291 candidates and left three seats for its ally Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM).
BJP functionaries including Kailash Vijayvargiya, national General Secretary, Mukul Roy national Vice-President, Sanjay Singh, General Secretary and Swapan Dasgupta, MP, Rajya Sabha are looking into the preparations at Brigade Parade Ground, Kolkata where PM Modi will address a public meeting today.
After winning 3 seats in the 2016 Assembly election in West Bengal, the BJP made deep inroads in the state in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections winning 18 seats and reducing TMC’s tally to 22. Out of the total 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal, Congress won two seats, the Left drew a blank.
According to sources, Prime Minister Modi will address 20 rallies in poll-bound West Bengal responding to the huge demand of local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders of the state.
The rallies will cover all the 23 districts of West Bengal.
West Bengal Assembly elections will be held in eight phases starting from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 29. The counting of votes in the state will take place on May 2. (ANI)
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