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Diamond merchant Nirav Modi’s $1.8 bn scam on PNB will leave the banking sector in disarray

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Diamond merchant Nirav Modi’s $1.8 bn scam on PNB will leave the banking sector in disarray

Even as another multi-billion dollar shady deal within the Indian banking sector comes to light through the Rs 11,292 crore ($1.8 billion) scam by diamond merchant Nirav Modi, political parties have started the blame game, and it is most likely that the suspension of ten employees of Punjab National Bank apart, no other person will be tainted.

Modi himself, quite like liquor baron Vijay Mallya and alleged IPL scam master Lalit Modi, has left the country with his entire family and it’s not sure as of now if India even has an extradition treaty with whichever country he is in. The bankers, of course, will remain untouchable, despite having disbursed public money to scamsters.

Technically, the bank could have stopped payment – these were actually short term loans, called buyer’s credit – at any time on the ‘letters of undertaking’ (LoUs) that it and Modi had signed, allowing Modi to pick up raw diamond from sellers abroad.  These LoUs were signed by PNB and three diamond firms belonging to the Modi Group and some other firms owned by Gitanjali Gems. These companies had opened current accounts at a domestic branch of PNB and,as per the LoUs, money would have been paid by the bank to overseas sellers in foreign currency. This is a common practice, but it would unwise to believe that the bank never did an audit of the money paid and the reimbursements thereafter. That it was a collusion with the clear purpose of a scam is clear.

It is also inconceivable that only ten people (those suspended) were in the know of things, when even the foreign sellers (who sold the raw diamonds to Modi’s firms) held accounts at foreign branches of Indian banks.

The idea of the scam, as disclosed, was that a junior official at PNB fraudulently issued ‘letters of undertaking’, allowing Modi’s companies to get those short term loans from overseas bank branches. Expectedly, the PNB was the guarantor of these loans. A huge number of LoUs would have been done for the amount to reach such gargantuan levels, and in the age of total computerisation of transactions, the bank wants the public to believe that this was the secret work of a select few.

The initial complaint against Modi (in January) was for a Rs 280 crore fraud. Then the bank went to the CBI with the humongous complaint. That was in January 29, by which time Modi had fled the country with his entire family. While Rs 282 crore, in an age of huge scams, did not raise the red flag, the bigger one did. But by that time it was too late to nab Modi.

It has been reported in the media, which have quoted government sources sa saying that Modi and his family fled the country in the first week of January much before the CBI received a complaint from PNB.

It has also been reported that Modi has allegedly sought six months time from PNB to repay the loan.

On 15 February, ED raided nine premises of entities involved in the case.

Leave alone Modi till one can find him. But the bank, like all other banks in such scams, will have a lot of answering to do. This is especially so, because while the BJP says that the Congress should answer because it all started in 2011, the Congress says how come the BJP had no inkling of such a huge scam?

—India Legal Bureau

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VIRAL: Elephant Jeymalyatha brutally beaten up by mahouts in Tamil Nadu, Peta India demands action

Reports said the elephant was tortured by mahouts at the Sribilliputhur Nachiyar Thirukovil temple.

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Elephant Jeymalyatha

In an animal-cruelty incident, an elephant named Jeymalyatha was brutally beaten up by mahouts in Tamil Nadu. The video of the incident is viral and has triggered massive outrage on social media.

Reports said the elephant was tortured by mahouts at the Sribilliputhur Nachiyar Thirukovil temple.

PETA India shared the video on Twitter and demanded stringent action against the mahouts. In the video, Jeymalyatha could be seen crying in pain as the mahouts continuously kept thrashing her with sticks. PETA India has sent an urgent appeal to the chief wildlife wardens of Assam and Tamil Nadu and demanded the enforcement of the Wild Life (Protection) Act (WPA), 1972, by filling a preliminary offence report under Section 51 against mahouts involved and under Section 48 against the Srivilliputhur Nachiyar Thirukovil temple.

The organisation also demanded to seize the abused elephant and rehabilitate her at a sanctuary.

Watch the viral video here:

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Tickets? UP Police constables beat up TT on Gorakhdham Express in Kanpur | WATCH

The constables hit him on the head due to which his shirt was soaked in blood.

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UP Police constables beat up TT in Gorakhdham Express

In a shocking incident, the railway head TT was beaten up by two Uttar Pradesh police constables at Kanpur Central Railway Station. According to the reports, the constables were travelling without a ticket on a train from Gorakhpur to Bhatinda, and when the TT asked them to get off the train, they thrashed him fiercely. The incident took place at around 11:30 pm on the Gorakhdham Express on Tuesday.

TT Rambaran, who was on duty, took the train from Lucknow. On Twitter, Aditya Tiwari shared the video of TT narrating the whole incident. He said when he asked for the ticket, the constables said they would get down at Kanpur. After that, when he asked them to step down from the train at the Kanpur station, police constables beat him brutally.

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TT Rambaran also said the constables even tried to throw him off the train, but the passengers who were there on the train helped him save his life. The constables hit him on the head due to which his shirt was soaked in blood.

The victim lodged a complaint against the constables in GRP Kanpur. GRP inspector R.B. Dwivedi said they reached the spot as soon as they received information about the incident. He further said the FIR has been registered and the investigation is underway.

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No CNG sale in Delhi today, Dealers Association calls for protest; here’s why

The reason for the closure of CNG pumps is the non-reimbursement of the electricity bills by Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL).

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The Delhi Petrol Dealers Association (DPDA) has announced that there will be no CNG sale in Delhi on August 10 from 6 am to 10 pm. The reason for the closure of CNG pumps is the non-reimbursement of the electricity bills by Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL).

Delhi Association called for the protest as the reimbursement of the electricity bill of CNG pumps is not being done by IGL and is long overdue which has been causing them huge losses every day. The protest will affect about 250 CNG pumps in the capital.

In a letter last month, DPDA President Anurag Jain wrote, We have decided to go for no CNG sale on August 10 from 6 am to 10 pm as a mark of protest. He further said the DPDA is forced to take this step due to the reluctance shown by IGL to pay the actual electricity reimbursement of CNG facilities to the dealers of Delhi who are incurring huge financial losses every month.

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In Delhi, the electricity bill of the petrol pumps is paid by IGL, and CNG consumes a lot of electricity. DPDA says that IGL has not been paying the electricity bill for a long time, due to which they are suffering huge losses. And this is the reason the association has announced it will close CNG pumps today.

DPDA said there was a meeting organized with IGL in March 2022 to solve the issue, and IGL even agreed on the reimbursement of the electricity bill. After this meeting, the dealers were assured that the issue would be resolved in a month. DPDA said the issue has not been resolved yet and IGL didn’t fulfill its promise.

The non-fulfillment of DPDA’s demands has led them to take the step of closure of CNG pumps in Delhi on August 10. CNG is currently being sold at Rs 75.61 per kg in Delhi.

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