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Karnataka Congress troubleshooter DK Shivakumar, arrested by ED, produced in court

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Karnataka Congress troubleshooter DK Shivakumar, arrested by ED, produced in court

Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar, arrested last evening by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after four days of questioning, was produced in a Delhi court today – Wednesday, Sep 4 – where the probe agency sought a 14-day remand for further interrogation.

The Enforcement Directorate acted after the Karnataka High Court refused to grant the Congress leader protection from arrest.

The ED said on his arrest that Shivakumar had been uncooperative and evasive. He was taken to hospital for a check-up, where doctors said his sugar levels were fluctuating. He was admitted in Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Delhi. Congress leaders, led by General Secretary KC Venugopal, were denied permission to visit him.

Congress leaders have called his arrest as ‘political vendetta’ by the BJP-led central government.

In the court, ED said Income Tax investigation and statement of various witnesses have revealed “incriminating evidence” against Shivakumar.

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The ED, alleging that Shivakumar tried to misguide probe, argued that custodial interrogation of Shivakumarwas necessary as some facts are in his personal knowledge.

It said Shivakumar is evasive, non-cooperative during probe. The ED claimed there was phenomenal growth in his income when he was in important position and it needs to confront Shivakumar with voluminous documents. It told the court custody was needed to unearth illegal properties.

Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi appearing for Shivakumar moves for his bail application and tells the court that the Congress leader had already been quizzed for 33 hours and that he is not a flight risk. Singhvi said unless the probe agency shows something startling has happened, Shivakumar can’t be sent to its custody as he never absconded.

Shivakumar’s arrest came in a case registered by the ED last year. It is the fall out of an investigation carried out by the income tax department against Shivakumar in 2017 where Rs 8.83 crore in unaccounted cash was found in New Delhi in locations linked to the Congress leader. The ED had in September last year registered the money laundering case against Shivakumar and others based on a chargesheet (prosecution complaint) filed by the Income Tax Department in a court here for alleged tax evasion and hawala transactions worth crores.

The Income Tax department accused Shivakumar and his aide of transporting huge amounts of unaccounted cash on a regular basis through ‘hawala’ channels with the help of three other accused. This was the time the Congress leader had arranged the stay at a Bengaluru resort of Gujarat Congress MLAs being sequestered before a Rajya Sabha election in which the party’s Ahmed Patel was facing a tough challenge from the BJP.

After his arrest, Shivakumarposted a tweet “congratulating” the ruling BJP for “finally” succeeding in arresting him.

The Congress has alleged political vendetta behind the action against Shivakumar, the party’s chief troubleshooter in Karnataka and at the forefront of efforts to keep the Congress-Janata Dal Secular coalition intact before an exodus of MLAs brought it down and led to the return of the BJP.

The Congress has threatened protests across Karnataka.Even when he was being arrested, his supporters first tried to block officers from taking him away and later resorted to blocking traffic and vandalizing buses in protest.

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Protests broke out in several parts of Karnataka following the arrest. Demonstrations and attempts to block roads by burning tyres were reported from Ramanagara, Chennapattana and a few neighbouring towns, where a shutdown has been called for by Shivakumar’s supporters. As a precautionary measure, the district administration has declared holiday for schools and colleges today.

“DK Shivakumar, being the strong and obedient Congress leader in Karnataka, was always a target of the BJP,” Congress general secretary KC Venugopal said in a statement.

Shivakumar, accusing the BJP of targeting him, tweeted shortly after his arrest: “I congratulate my BJP friends for finally being successful in their mission of arresting me. The IT and ED cases against me are politically motivated and I am a victim of BJP’s politics of vengeance and vendetta.”

The 57-year-old Congress leader also assured the workers of the party and his supporters that he had not done anything illegal.

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said he was “not happy” with the arrest of the rival politician. “Let me tell you one thing, the arrest of DK Shivakumar did not bring me any happiness. I will pray to God that he will be out soon,” Mr Yediyurappa said.

The state Congress has called for a state-wide bandh following Shivakumar’s arrest in the money laundering case.

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Gunshots fired outside Salman Khan’s Galaxy Apartment in Bandra, Mumbai Police investigates

A firing incident took place outside Salman Khan’s home in Bandra today, and investigation is currently underway.

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Early in the morning, gunshots were heard outside Salman Khan’s Bandra house. An unidentified person fired a gun into the air while riding a bike about five in the morning. Police are currently looking into the matter and conducting searches.

It has been reported that two men fired bullets outside Salman’s Galaxy Aparetment at around 5:00 am. A gunshot fire was found close to the air conditioner mounted on the wall beside it. An investigation has been launched by Mumbai Police to identify the gunman. The forensic team and the crime branch also arrived at the location.

However, there are currently no reports of injuries. The security around Salman Khan’s home has been inxcreased, according to the police. On the other side, the Bandra Police Station has received an official complaint (FIR) against unidentified attackers. DCP has also arrived at the location. Images of the two suspects who opened fire at Salman’s house on the bike appeared. In the images, the two accussed can be seen wearing helmets to prevent identification. Salman’s home has CCTV installed, and the image was taken using it.

This is not the first time that Salman Khan has been attacked or threatened. Several people have threatened to kill him. Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi had planned ahead of time to use his goons to attack the Bollywood actor. The man who was given the idea to kill Salman Khan is none other than Naresh Shetty, the mentor of mobster Kala Jathedi and the most important person in Bishnoi’s gang.

In addition, mobster Sampat Nehra had set up camp in Mumbai for a few days in order to attack Salman Khan. Not only that, but after escaping, infamous mobster Kala Jathedi also made Mumbai his home. At one point or another, all of these mob figures resided in Mumbai’s Vaasi area.

Meanwhile, on the occasion of Eid, Salman Khan frequently waves to his followers from the balcony of his first-floor Galaxy Apartment.

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Lok Sabha elections 2024: BJP releases manifesto Sankalp Patra in presence of PM Modi, focuses on women, poor and youth

The BJP released its manifesto or Sankalp Patra, with tagline Modi ki Guarantee, for the Lok Sabha election 2024

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At the party headquarters in New Delhi on Sunday, April 14, the Bharatiya Janata Party unveiled their manifesto, or Sankalp Patra, for the Lok Sabha election of 2024, with the slogan Modi ki Guarantee. The manifesto was presented in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president JP Nadda, and other senior leaders.

The day marks on the anniversary of the birth of BR Ambedkar, a notable Dalit leader who drafted the Indian Constitution. A 27-member committee to draft the party’s manifesto, led by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, was constituted by the BJP and convened twice to discuss its contents. Ahead of this, the party conducted several campaigns on social media and sent out vans across the nation to get recommendations from the public.

The four pillars of Viksit Bharat—women power, youth power, farmers, and the poor—are the core of the manifesto, according to the prime minister. The PM said that the manifesto emphasizes both the quantity and quality of opportunities, as well as the dignity of life and quality of life.

According to the PM, the government will prioritize installing piped gas in every home and provide free solar-powered electricity.

A five-year extension of the Centre’s free ration system was promised in the manifesto. To stabilize prices and safeguard the plates of the impoverished, the government said it will concentrate on achieving self-sufficiency in the production of vegetables, edible oils, and pulses. It stated that every home will have access to drinking water and that the Ayushman Bharat scheme and the PMAwas Yojana would be increased.

As per the BJP manifesto, farmers would still receive Rs 6,000 in annual support, and the crop insurance program will be strengthened with the use of technology. According to the manifesto, the government will keep raising the minimum support price for crops on a regular basis, establish new clusters for the production of necessities, and construct more storage facilities.

JP Nadda, speaking to the media, outlined the accomplishments of the BJP government during its ten years in office. He restated that the central campaign slogan of the BJP, Modi ki guarantee, is a guarantee that all guarantees will be fulfilled.

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Rameshwaram Cafe blast: Karnataka Home Minister reveals how police inputs helped NIA arrest accused

The blast at the cafe occurred during lunch hour on March 1 at around 1 pm, which left 10 people injured

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Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara said on Saturday that inquiry teams were attempting to determine whether the two suspects in the Rameshwaram cafe blast who were detained by the NIA had any connections to other terrorist groups. He also praised the state police for their contributions, some of which resulted in their arrest. Meanwhile, the suspects have been placed in 10-day police custody on remand.

The Karnataka police and the NIA have both performed incredibly well. In the beginning, they obtained all of the CCTV footage and monitored one of the accused, which helped in their arrest, he said.

The minister disclosed how the NIA was able to arrest the accused, which was possible because of a tip from the police.

He said the police shared very good inputs with the NIA, like the cap the accused was wearing, which was purchased from Chennai, and the telephone number he had given in the shop.

According to G Parameshwara, the services were also looking for connections between them and other crimes related to terrorism. He said that they might be attempting to flee from West Bengal to Bangladesh, where they were apprehended by the NIA.

He said the team is investigating the real motive behind the blast and their involvement with other terror outfits (ISIS), as these two (accused) are supposed to be involved in the earlier Shivamogga blast and kept running for three to four days ahead of getting arrested in this case, Parameshwara stated.

Since they were apprehended in West Bengal, a state that shares a border with Bangladesh, it’s possible that they wanted to leave the country. However, currently, they don’t have any precise information on this. He continued, They will discover in due course if there is someone assisting from that side (Bangladesh).

Meanwhile, the blast at the cafe occurred during lunch hour on March 1 at around 1 pm, which left 10 people injured. On March 3, the NIA took over the case from the police and announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for any information regarding the two accused.

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