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PNB scam: London court rejects Nirav Modi’s bail plea for the fourth time

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A London court today (Wednesday, June 12) rejected bail plea of fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi wanted in India in connection with the Rs 14,000 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam.

This was Nirav’s fourth attempt to seek bail.

Nirav, wanted in India on fraud and money laundering charges, had on May 31 applied for bail in the UK high court, after a British court extended his remand till June 27.

The judge in the high court of England and Wales said there are substantial grounds to believe he will fail to surrender and interfere with witnesses.

According to media reports, the court citedalleged interference with witnesses, which happened in Cairo, then alleged destruction of server in Dubai and also destruction of mobile phones belonging to the dummy directors, which reportedly took place in 2018.

The court also noted the rise in bail surety, starting at 500,000 pounds and ending up at 2 million pounds, in previous hearings which apparently suggested that the accused “has the means to abscond”.

The UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is representing the Indian government in the extradition case and the hearing of Nirav’s bail plea took place at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on June 11.

The judge concluded the hearing and stated that as the matter of “some importance”, the verdict was to be given on June 12.

The next stage is a routine remand hearing on June 27 in the Westminster Magistrates Court, which will be another occasion to extend it for further 28 days. The next hearing in the extradition case in the same court is due on July 29.

Nirav was arrested by Scotland Yard officers in London on March 19 and faces extradition to India as the “principal beneficiary” of the fraudulent issuance of letters of undertaking (LoUs) as part of a conspiracy to defraud the PNB and then laundering the money.

The 48-year-old has been lodged at Wandsworth prison in south-west London since his arrest.

Nirav and his uncle Mehul Choksi, another accused in this case, had left the country in January last year, much before the country’s biggest-ever scam was unearthed.

Earlier, a UK court had directed the Indian government to confirm which prison Nirav is to be held in if he were to be extradited to India.

In response, a top Indian official stated on Tuesday that authorities at the Arthur Road jail here have kept ‘barrack no. 12’ ready if fugitive diamond merchant Nirav is extradited from the UK.

The prison department also assured that Nirav will be kept in a cell where the number of other detainees is not more than three, the official added.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Rajya Sabha Election: Congress wins 3 seats in Karnataka, BJP 1

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CM DK Shivakumar said this shows the unity and integrity of Congress. He thanked all the MLAs, party workers and the media. He said he is very happy that all the candidates from Congress won. He thanked all the voters, chief minister and the party workers and the AICC president also.

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The ruling Congress in Karnataka won three seats and the BJP one in the Rajya Sabha elections in Karnataka on Tuesday. The candidates who were selected to Rajya Sabha are Syed Naseer Hussain, GC Chandrasekhar and Ajay Maken who belong to the Congress, and Narayansa K Bhandage of the BJP.

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CM DK Shivakumar said this shows the unity and integrity of Congress. He thanked all the MLAs, party workers and the media. He said he is very happy that all the candidates from Congress won. He thanked all the voters, chief minister and the party workers and the AICC president also. He said he would like to thank Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge.

Congress candidates Naseer Hussain and former union minster Ajay Maken won with 47 votes, while GC Chandrasekhar secured 45 votes. The BJP won 1 Rajya Sabha seat from Karnataka with candidate Narayansa Bhandage securing 47 votes.

Each Rajya Sabha candidate needed at least 45 votes in the 224-MLA Karnataka Assembly to win a Rajya Sabha seat from the state. With 135 MLAs, the Congress had the exact number to elect its three candidates. The BJP has 66 MLAs, which secured a comfortable win for party worker Narayansa Bhandage.

The Rajya Sabha seats fell vacant following the retirement of 4 members – Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar (BJP) and Congress’s GC Chandrashekhar, Syed Naseer Hussain and L Hanumanthaiah

5 candidates contested for the 4 Rajya Sabha seats in the elections, including JD(S) contestant D Kupendra Reddy. The elections were marred by cross-voting. One of the BJP MLAs, ST Somasekhar voted for the Congress’s Maken, the other, A Shivaram Hebbar, abstained. Leader of Opposition R Ashoka said they would seek action against Somahekhar, and termed the MLA’s decision political suicide. Soon after voting, Somashekhar told the media that he voted as per his conscience.  

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Karan Johar hails Anant Ambani’s Vantara initiative, here’s more about the project

Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation announced the launch of Vantara on Monday.

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Karan Johar thanked Anant Ambani for his new initiative, Vantara, on his Instagram post today. KJo discussed the program and the Ambani family’s deep-rooted passion for animals in this post.

Taking to Instagram, the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai-director shared a video and said, with its foundation in a profound love for animals and wildlife in general, Anant Ambani’s Vantara effort only serves to confirm his faith in his compassion and commitment for the cause. Karan Johar also said Anant Ambani never dose anything half-hearted as he gave the world a more heart-ful space.

The Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahani director said Vantara is not only about saving and caring for animals; it also strives to give them the greatest possible rehabilitation. The Vantara initiative, recently introduced by Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation, is dedicated to the rescue, medical attention, and rehabilitation of hurt, mistreated, and endangered animals, both domestically and overseas. The filmmaker extended his love and support to the entire Reliance group and also thanked them again for providing a safe space for wildlife.

What is Vantara Initiative?

On Monday, Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation announced the launch of Vantara, a broad program designed to save, caring for, treat, and rehabilitate wounded abused, and threatened animals both domestically and worldwide.

The project is regarded as the largest animal rescue and rehabilitation center in the world. It was the idea of Anant Ambani,who is on the boards of Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation.

Located across 3,000 acres, the animal refuge is situated in the Green Belt of Reliance’s Jamnagar Refinery Complex and features a jungle-like environment that mimics the natural, enriching, lush and verdant habitat for the rescued species to thrive in. It is said that more than 2,000 rescued animals have been transported to the facility from all around the world and the country.

Meanwhile, Anant Ambani soon-to-be wife Radhika Merchant is also involved in this initiative.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi says BJP will win 10 seats or more from Kerala in Lok Sabha elections

The Prime Minister said during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Kerala gave a two digit vote share for the BJP but this time the party will win 2 digit seats from Kerala. He added the opposition parties have realised their defeat in the elections of 2024. PM Modi said they have lost their mental balance. He said the opposition parties do not have a roadmap for the country’s development.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Thiruvanthpuram on Tuesday that the BJP would win double-digit seats from Kerala in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The Prime Minister was addressing a rally of BJP workers to mark the conclusion of a month-long, state-wide padyatra led by party state president K Surendran.

The Prime Minister said during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Kerala gave a two digit vote share for the BJP but this time the party will win 2 digit seats from Kerala. He added the opposition parties have realised their defeat in the elections of 2024. PM Modi said they have lost their mental balance. He said the opposition parties do not have a roadmap for the country’s development.

He said their only agenda is to utter abuses against Modi. He said he is confident that Kerala will stand with him this time. This has been the prime minister’s third visit to Kerala in less than 2 months. The prime minister said the huge crowd that had joined the Surendran-led padyatra has made the BJPs target of 370 seats in the Lok Sabha easier.

The Prime Minister said he is committed to fulfill the expectations of people and this is Modi’s guarantee. He said the BJP-led union government has never shown any discrimination towards Kerala. He said in the last 10 years the BJP-led central government has ensured Kerala’s development and the wise people of the state know this.

PM Modi predicted that in the third term of the BJP government, India will become the largest force in the world and this is Modi’s Guarantee. He said the third Modi government will increase its fight against corruption. He added in the last 10 years, more than 25 crore people have been brought out of poverty. The Prime Minister referred to various development projects and schemes which have been launched during the BJP rule at the centre. 

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