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INX Media case: Karti Chidambaram to be confronted with Indrani Mukerjea

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INX Media case: Karti Chidambaram to be confronted with Indrani Mukerjea

Indrani Mukerjea claimed that Karti had asked for bribe to regularise investments

Amid continuing trouble for Karti Chidambaram, the son of  former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) on Sunday brought Karti – who was arrested last week with corruption charges – to Mumbai’s Byculla jail, where he will be face-to-face with Indrani Mukerjea, with a video camera recording the confrontation.

Earlier, Indrani Mukerjea – who is also the prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case – reported testimony before a magistrate, stating that the former Union Finance Minister’s son had allegedly asked for a bribe to use his father’s influence to regularise investments made by INX media group, which was founded by Indrani and her husband Peter Mukerjea.

Following Indrani Mukerjea’s allegations that they paid Rs 7 lakh to Karti Chidambaram on the instructions of his father P Chidamabaram, as quid pro quo for FIPB clearance, Karti was arrested by the CBI on February 28. Appealing to the special court for Karti’s custody, the CBI prosecutor stated that the 46-year-old needs to be confronted with other accused in the INX Media case.

The CBI on Sunday had flown Karti to Mumbai and headed him straight for the Byculla jail – where Indrani have been since 2015 on charges of murdering her  daughter Sheena Bora. Sources at the investigative agency have also stated that Karti will later be taken to Arthur Road jail where Peter Mukerjea is lodged.

However, contesting the Mukerjeas’ statements leveling allegations of bribery against him, Karti underlined that the allegations were being made by the murder accused 10 years after the alleged bribery incident.

While Karti’s lawyer Abhishek Singhvi claimed that Indrani Mukerjea made the confession under the compulsion of the CBI, prosecutor Tushar Mehta clarified that Indrani was not in the CBI custody but in judicial custody and her statement was needed to be taken as evidence.

Earlier, the CBI court at Patiala House witnessed a heated argument between Singhvi and the CBI counsel, while the lawyer called Karti’s arrest “bizarre” and an effort by the agency to show its “bosses that (they) are doing some arrest”.

The CBI has accused Karti of illegally taking service charges for obtaining Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to the INX Media, for receiving funds from abroad worth Rs 305 crore in 2007 when his father P Chidambaram was the finance minister in the Congress-led UPA Government.

Earlier in May 2017, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had registered a money laundering case against Karti for his alleged involvement in facilitating clearance from the FIPB for INX Media Ltd and its directors, Peter Mukerjea and Indrani Mukerjea.

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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.

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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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