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FIR logged against former Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel in Mahadev betting app case

Bhupesh Baghel and 14 others have been named as accused in the FIR, officials said.

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A probe report provided by the ED has led the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) in Chhattisgarh to file a complaint against former chief minister Bhupesh Baghel and others in the suspected Mahadev online betting scam, officials said on Sunday.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which has been looking into the money laundering case connected to the Mahadev app for more than a year, has previously claimed that its investigation has revealed the involvement of several high-ranking officials and politicians from Chhattisgarh, the state from which the two major app promoters are originally.

The ED estimates that around Rs 6,000 crore was made from this crime.

The ED has been investigating the case and based on its report submitted to the state’s Economic Offences Wing/Anti-Corruption Bureau, the FIR was registered against Baghel and others at the EOW police station here on March 4, a high-ranking EOW officer said.

The senior Congress leader Baghel added that the FIR names 14 other people as suspects in addition to app promoters Ravi Uppal, Saurabh Chandrakar, Shubham Soni, and Anil Kumar Agrawal.

A number of unnamed private people, police officers, bureaucrats, and officers on special duty (OSDs) have also been accused in the case but have not been given names, the officer said.

The official said that the case has been filed under several sections of the Indian Penal Code, such as 120B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), and 471 (using a forged document as authentic), as well as the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2018.

The Mahadev Book App promoters Uppal, Chandrakar, Soni, and Agrawal built the platform for live online betting and bet via Whatsapp, Facebook, Telegram, and other social media platforms, according to the FIR, which cited the ED’s report.

The promoters established various platforms and used panel operators and branch operators to carry out illicit online betting activities. It was claimed that they divided the remaining funds between panel operators and branch operators, keeping between 70 and 80 percent of the illegal profits for themselves.

The 2020 COVID-19 epidemic lockdown resulted in the promoters and panel operators earning around Rs 450 crore per month via the online betting app, according to the FIR.

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Mallikarjun Kharge accuses PM Modi of inciting people and dividing society through his election speeches

Kharge said no prime minister before Modi has ever indulged in inciting people like he has been doing. He said the prime minister speaks about democracy repeatedly but does not adhere to the tenets of democracy.

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Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for inciting people and dividing society through his election speeches. Kharge was addressing a press conference of the INDIA bloc, where Shiv Sena (UBT) president, Uddhav Thackeray NCP (SP) chief Sharad Pawar and other leaders were present.

Kharge said no prime minister before Modi has ever indulged in inciting people like he has been doing. He said the prime minister speaks about democracy repeatedly but does not adhere to the tenets of democracy. Responding to PM Modi’s statement that the Congress will bulldoze the Ram mandir in Ayodhya and also restore Article 370 if the INDIA bloc is voted to power Kharge said, they have never used a bulldozer on anyone. The Congress president said PM Modi has the habit of lying and inciting people about things which Congress will never do or the things that are impossible to be implemented.

Kharge further added that he is not answerable to Modi and the Congress will implement what they have promised in their election manifesto. He accused PM Modi of creating divisions wherever he went he tries to create division, speaks of dividing society. Kharge further added that PM Modi had described the Congress manifesto as Muslim League manifesto, but now he is calling it as a Maoist manifesto.

The Congress President assured that reservation has been enshrined in the Constitution which will continue and nobody can touch it. Speaking at the press conference Thackeray said, Achche din are coming from June 4 (when Lok Sabha election results will be declared) when INDIA bloc-led government will come to power at the centre. Thackeray pointed out PM Modi calls Shiv Sena (UBT) as the nakli (fake) Shiv Sena, and there is a possibility that tomorrow he may call RSS as nakli Sangh.  

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Delhi Police arrest Bibhav Kumar for allegedly assaulting AAP MP Swati Maliwal

In her complaint, Swati Maliwal accused Arvind Kejriwal’s personal assistant of repeatedly slapping her and kicking her in the stomach and pelvic area when she went to the Delhi Chief Minister’s residence on May 13.

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The Delhi Police on Saturday arrested Bibhav Kumar, aide and former personal secretary of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in connection with the alleged assault of AAP MP Swati Maliwal. The development comes 2 days after Delhi Police registered a case against Kumar following a complaint by Maliwal. In her complaint, Maliwal accused Arvind Kejriwal’s personal assistant of repeatedly slapping her and kicking her in the stomach and pelvic area when she went to the Delhi Chief Minister’s residence on May 13.

On Saturday, AAP minister Atishi claimed the BJP made Swati Maliwal file the FIR using an old ACB case as leverage. She said Anti Corruption Bureau of the BJP has filed a case against Swati Maliwal regarding the illegal recruitment of contractual employees in Delhi Commission for Women. A chargesheet has been filed and the time of conviction is coming and the AAP party said that it believes that Swati Maliwal is being included in the conspiracy by using this case. Atishi said how the entire machinery of BJP, from Delhi Police to the MHA is working, was seen yesterday in Tis Hazari Court.

On Friday, the Delhi Police took Swati Maliwal to the Delhi chief minister’s residence to recreate the crime scene. Her statement was recorded before a magistrate at the Tis Hazari court. A counter-complaint has been filed by Bibhav Kumar with the Civil Lines police station in which he alleged that Maliwal had forcefully and unauthorised entered the Delhi CM’s residence.

 He also claimed that the former Delhi Commission for Women chairperson tried to create a ruckus and assault him. Kejriwal’s aide also claimed that the Rajya Sabha MP intended to harm the AAP chief and he strongly objected. Bibhav Kumar said a copy of the FIR has been sent to all the media houses by the BJP but BJP’s police are saying that they cannot give it to the accused.

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Deve Gowda says he has no objection to the action taken against his grandson Prajwal Revanna if found guilty in sexual abuse case

The former Prime Minister said, there are many people connected to this (sexual abuse case) and he did not want to take anyone’s names.

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JD(S) Supremo H D Deve Gowda, who turned 92 on Saturday, broke his silence over the sexual abuse charges levelled against his grandson and MP Prajwal Revanna and said he did not have any objection to the action taken against him if he was found guilty. But, he said the cases against his son and JD(S) MLA H D Revanna, who is facing charges of sexual harassment and kidnap of a woman, had been created. He did not comment on the matter further, as the matter was subjudice.

Recently, Deve Gowda had announced his decision that he will not celebrate his birthday and requested all party workers and well wishers to wish him from wherever they are. He said he did not want to make any comments on things that are taking place in the court regarding Revanna. He further added Prajwal Revanna has gone abroad, regarding that Kumaraswamy has on behalf of his family said it is the duty of the government to take action in accordance with the law of the land.

Talking to the media, the former Prime Minister said, there are many people connected to this (sexual abuse case) and he did not want to take anyone’s names. Kumaraswamy commented on the issue and said that those who are involved in this crime, action must be taken against all of them, and the affected women should get justice and compensation. 

He said there is no objection from his party for taking action against Prajwal. But people have come to know (facts) about the allegations made against Revanna and how the case has been created. In one case he has got the bail, in another case the judgment is awaited. He said he did not want to comment on it and said that no one should be spared if found guilty.

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