The government said on Wednesday that eminent figures, including industrialist and former chairman of TATA Sons Ratan Tata, former Supreme Court justice KT Thomas, and former deputy Lok Sabha speaker Kariya Munda, have been nominated to serve as trustees of the PM CARES Fund.
The declaration was made the day after the newly appointed members, together with Union home minister Amit Shah and finance minister Nirmala Sitharman, attended the board of trustees meeting that was presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office said, “Prime Minister welcomed the trustees for becoming an integral part of the PM CARES Fund. Sitharaman and Shah are the other trustees”.
Anand Shah and Rajiv Mehrishi, both previous chairs of the Infosys Foundation, along with Sudha Murthy, a co-founder of Teach for India, have been proposed for the advisory board of the Fund.
“Prime Minister said that participation of new trustees and advisors will provide wider perspectives to the functioning of the PM CARES Fund,” the statement said.
The trustees recognised the fund’s assistance during critical times, notably the PM CARES for Children programme, which provides help to 4,345 children.
“It was discussed that PM CARES has a larger vision on effectively responding to emergency and distress situations, not only through relief assistance, but also taking mitigation measures and capacity building,” the statement read.
In order to provide urgent help during the Covid-19 pandemic that began in 2020, the PM CARES Fund was established. All contributions are entirely exempt from income tax, and the Prime Minister serves as the ex-officio chairperson.
Among its programmes is PM CARES for Children, which was established on May 29 of last year to assist children who, between 11 March 2020 and 28 February 2022, lost both of their biological parents, guardians, adoptive parents, or biological parents who were still alive to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Maduravoyal corridor to be completed by December 2024
The project for the Chennai Port to Maduravoyal corridor in Tamil Nadu is planned to be completed by December 2024. In a series of tweets, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari tweeted, “Working towards providing seamless multimodal connectivity in New India, the project for Chennai Port to Maduravoyal corridor in Tamil Nadu has been developed at an estimated cost of Rs 5800 Crore.”
The Minister said the proposed elevated stretch of 20.5 km will be developed in 4 sections and will start inside the Chennai Port and end after the Maduravoyal interchange.
Gadkari added that the project will be completed by December 2024, serve as a dedicated freight corridor for Chennai-bound port traffic, increase the handling capacity of Chennai Port by 48% and subsequently reduce the waiting time at the port by 6 hours.
The project will be developed under the PM GatiShakti National Master Plan (PMGS-NMP), which was launched on 13 October 2021, to provide multimodal connectivity infrastructure to various economic zones.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has accorded approval for the implementation of PM GatiShakti National Master Plan on 21 October 2021.
Petition seeking relief of pre-arrest bail are not money recovery proceedings: SC
The Supreme Court on Monday stated that the petitions seeking relief from pre-arrest bail are not money recovery proceedings, while maintaining anticipatory bail for a husband and his relatives and annulling the conditions of depositing money.
A bench of Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Bela M Trivedi granted an anticipatory bail plea to the husband and parents-in-law in the matter on furnishing a bond of Rs 25,000.
“Even if we take the submissions of the learned counsel for the contesting respondent at their face value, we are clearly of the view that, in essence, the petitions seeking relief from pre-arrest bail are not money recovery proceedings and, ordinarily, there is no justification for adopting such a course that, for the purpose of being given the concession of pre-arrest bail, the person concerned apprehending arrest has to make payment,” the court said.
The petitioners were represented by advocates Amit Kumar, Ali Mushtaq Nawazish, Naeem Ilyas, and Neelam Singh, all advocates on record.
The Jharkhand High Court had earlier proceeded to grant the concession of pre-arrest bail to the appellants on the condition of their furnishing a bond in the sum of Rs 25,000 and depositing a demand draft in the sum of Rs 7,50,000 as an ad-interim victim compensation.
The petitioners had challenged the condition of depositing Rs 7,50,000 as a condition of bail in the Supreme Court. The top court noted that the said condition of depositing a sum of Rs.7,50,000 for the purpose of granting the relief of pre-arrest bail could not be approved and else, the order granting bail deserves to be maintained.
The court said, “Hence, we are of the view that no useful purpose would be served by sending the matter for reconsideration to the High Court and the order impugned deserves to be modified appropriately in these appeals only.”
The petitioner in the matter is facing a complaint case under Sections 498A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act.
Special Court dismisses statutory bail plea of Wadhawans in DHFL case
The Rouse Avenue Court on Monday dismissed the statutory bail plea of Kapil Wadhawan and his brother Dheeraj, former Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Limited (DHFL) promoters, arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the multi-crore bank loan scam case. The two accused were arrested in the current FIR on 19 July this year.
Statutory bail, also known as default bail, is a right to bail that arises when an investigation into a person in judicial custody fails to be completed within a specified time frame.
According to the plea, bail as agitated as a matter of an indefeasible right for accused Kapil Wadhawan as a consequence of the CBI allegedly failing to file the chargesheet against him and co-accused Dheeraj Wadhawan within 60 days of their arrest.
Special Judge Vishal Gogne in an order passed on 30 September 2022, while dismissing the bail petition, stated that the filing of the present chargesheet in the present investigation shall be governed by Section 167(2)(a)(i) CrPC which provides for a maximum period of 90 days. Since the period of 90 days has not yet expired in the present investigation, which also relates to Section 409 IPC, applicants Kapil Wadhawan and Dheeraj Wadhawan are not entitled to statutory bail under Section 167(2) CrPC. Both applications are dismissed, said the court.
Based on a complaint made by Union Bank of India alleging that Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. (DHFL), Kapil Wadhawan, the then CMD, Dheeraj Wadhwan, the then Director, both DHFL and the other accused persons entered into a criminal conspiracy to cheat the consortium of 17 banks led by Union Bank of India, and in pursuance of the said criminal conspiracy, the said accused, Kapil Wadhwan and others, induced the consortium banks to sanction huge loans aggregating Rs 42,871.42 crore.
Much of this amount was allegedly syphoned off and misappropriated by alleged falsification of the books of the DHFL and dishonest default in repayment of the legitimate dues of the said consortium banks. The complainant alleged that a wrongful loss of Rs 34,615 crore was caused to the consortium banks in as the quantification of the outstanding dues was concerned as on 31 July 2020, alleged the Central Bureau of Investigation.
Delhi Court extends Vijay Nair’s CBI custody till 6 October
A Delhi Court on Monday extended Vijay Nair, communication strategist of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), to a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) remand till October 6.
He was recently arrested for his alleged role in the irregularities pertaining to the excise policy of the Delhi government. Nair was produced before the court by the CBI at the end of his remand granted earlier.
While deciding to extend the custodial remand period till October 6, 2022, Special Judge Raghubir Singh on Monday said, “the allegations as appearing in the FIR are serious and a detailed investigation is required for the purpose of arriving at a logical conclusion in the due course. It would be in the interest of justice to allow further police custody of accused Vijay Nair up till the 6th of this month on which date, he shall be produced before the Court concerned during the court hours.”
The Court noted that the FIR reflects allegations of commission of a number of irregularities in the framing and implementing of the Excise Policy of the NCT of Delhi for the years 2021–2022 and various known and unknown persons have been shown to be instrumental therein at various stages, allegedly performing various roles and undue favours to the licensees for obtaining illegal pecuniary benefits.
Senior Advocate Ramesh Gupta, along with Advocate Mohd Irshad, contended on behalf of the accused that the only plausible ground being pleaded/argued on behalf of the prosecution is that the accused did not cooperate during the course of the investigation and that there was no need for further extension of police custody as he had already undergone the same for 05 days.
Recently, the special court of MK Nagpal also sent Sameer Mahendru to ED remand till October 6, 2022.
From Vatican City to library, unique Durga Puja pandals to know about
Uniqueness is the quality of being particularly remarkable, special, and unusual or simply being the only one of its kind. So, with the Durga Puja festivities in full swing all around, it’s time for hundreds of unique thematic and aesthetic pandals, which attract huge crowds.Hence, from library-themed pandals to one depicting the Vatican City, here are some unique pandals that will leave you awestruck.
Pandal depicting Kolkata’s journey
This year, the theme of an innovative pandal set up by North Kolkata’s Dumdum Tarun Dal, Puja Committee, which turns 45 this year, is ‘City of Joy, Calcutta.’ It attempts to reflect the city’s transformation from Old Calcutta to today’s Kolkata.
Library theme to encourage reading
In the Chatribari area in Assam’s Guwahati, the Chatribari Sarbajanin Debo Pujasthan Samiti has built its Durga Puja pandal to depict a library.
Depicting lives of sex workers
A pandal in Kolkata that depicts the lives of sex workers under the ‘Parichai’ (identity) shows the society they live in and the way they are seen by people.
An idol of Maa Durga made of silicon in the form of a mother has been installed, and it attempts to show that even a sex worker has the form of a mother.
Vatican City-themed pandal
This year, Kolakata’s Shree Bhoomi Sporting Club, which enthrals the audience every year, has set the theme of its Pooja Pandal as “Vatican City”. Pandal made with commemorative coins
Keeping in line with the AzadiKaAmritMahotsav celebrations, the BabubaganSarbojaninDurgotsav Puja pandal in South Kolkata has come up with a unique pandal that is made of thousands of commemorative coins issued since independence. The pandal also depicts freedom fighters and great personalities through its ‘MaaTujhe Salaam’ theme.
Four Interstate drug peddlers apprehended, 900 kg ganja seized
Four peddlers identified as Vikas Baban Salve, Vinod Chandravan Kalkar, Kishore Thulshiram Wadekar, and Kosa Chitti Babu were apprehended near Prakash Gardens, NH-163 Warangal – Hyderabad Highway, Alair town & mandal, Yadadri Bhongir district.
The accused, Yogesh Dattu Gaikwad, devised a scheme to earn easy money by transporting/selling Ganja to needy customers in Maharashtra State, and he offered good share amounts to his friends, namely, Vikas Baban Salve, Vinod ChandravanKalkar, and Kishore Thulshiram Wadekar, who accepted his scheme.
He was introduced to Palasi Karraiah, who is a ganja supplier in Malkangiri, Odisha, by his associates and used to collect ganja packets. He started the illegal transportation of the ganja under the cover of a coconut load to mislead and escape from police checking.
Gaikwad has been identified as the main kingpin in the racket and has good terms with the Ganja sellers at Malkangiri in Odisha State.
He used to procure ganja from Palasi Karraiah of Malkangiri, Odisha State for Rs 2,000 to 3,000 per kg and transport the same to Maharashtra with the help of his associates Vikas Baban Salve, Vinod Chandravan Kalkar, Kishore Thulshiram Wadekar and Kosa Chitti Babu in a DCM. The accused sold the drugs for Rs 15,000 to Rs. 20,000/- per kg.
Earlier, as per the instructions of Yogesh Dattu Gaikwad, the accused persons left Maharashtra with an empty Eicher DCM vehicle and went to Ravulapalem (V), East Godavari (D) of Andhra Pradesh and loaded the coconut bags thereafter. They left Ravulapalem and proceeded to Malkanjgiri in Odisha state.
He then contacted Palasi Karraiah and collected the ganja packets by concealing them under the coconut load. They then proceeded to Maharashtra via Hyderabad. The accused, Kosa Chitti Babu, used to guide the routes in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to the accused persons for passing without any interruption.
On reliable information, the sleuths of SOT, LB Nagar Zone along with the Alair police of Rachakonda Police Commissionerate, intercepted the One Eicher (DCM) at Alair X Road.
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