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ED gets custody of Deepak Kochhar till September 19

The ED said Kochhar was arrested after he refused to cooperate and held under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and is expected to be produced before a local court today to seek his custody.

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Armed with evidence on the money trail of six loans worth Rs 1,875 crore sanctioned by ICICI Bank to the Videocon Group between June 2009 and October 2011 that later became non-performing assets, the Enforcement Directorate began questioning Deepak Kochhar, the businessman husband of former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar, in Mumbai on Tuesday. Kochhar was arrested late on Monday and has been questioned since noon yesterday. He was remanded to ED custody till September 19 by a special PMLA court.

The ED said Kochhar was arrested after he refused to cooperate and held under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The Print quoted unnamed ED officials as saying the agency had asked him specific questions backed by fresh evidence but he was evasive and not answering questions.

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In January 2019, the ED had begun proceedings against Kochhar, her husband and Videocon Group chairman Venugopal Dhoot under PMLA provisions to probe alleged irregularities and corrupt practices in the sanction of Rs 1,875 crore loans. The CBI had accused Chanda Kochhar of receiving a kickback through her husband from Videocon for sanctioning loans. According to the ED, Videocon had allegedly invested in Deepak Kochhar’s firms in return for the loans which had been cleared by Kochhar, who resorted for early retirement in late 2019 following the allegations.

The Kochhars, Dhoot and the other accused had denied allegations. The ED case is based on complaint registered by CBI, which is running an independent investigation.

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The Print quoted Deepak Kochhar’s lawyer Vijay Aggarwal as saying the arrest was illegal since his client had cooperated with the probe. And since he has always joined the investigation on summons, Aggarwal said the alleged offences are punishable by imprisonment up to 7 years only and Kochhar need not have been arrested like this. 

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Patna: Bulldozers knock down 70 houses in Rajiv Nagar, clash between police and public

In Rajiv Nagar, 70 houses were demolished by bulldozers. The local people clashed with the police administration due to the order of demolishing 70 illegal houses.

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Patna: Bulldozers knock down 70 houses in Rajiv Nagar, clash between police and public

In Rajiv Nagar, 70 houses were demolished by bulldozers. The local people clashed with the police administration due to the order of demolishing 70 illegal houses.

According to the reports, when police and anti-riot force started moving bulldozers on the houses, the residents and the local people also stood up with bricks and stones in their hands.

The reason for the displeasure of the local people is that the CO and government employees of the area took no action when the houses were being built and the area was being settled.

One of the locals said, “when the houses are already built, then why the bulldozer is being run by the administration to remove them.”

It has been clearly said by the Minister of Revenue and Land Reform, Ramsurat Rai that the government is not in a mood to be soft on the encroachers. So, on June 3, the administration reached Rajiv Nagar with about one and a half dozen JCB machines to demolish the illegal constructions in Rajiv Nagar of Patna (Bihar).

The local people were seen clashing with the administration to save the shelter. They also attacked the police and the anti-riot force with bricks and stones.

During this, the condition of the people, whose houses were broken, was deteriorated. People who had built houses with hard-earned money were seen getting helpless.

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Bihar: Fire breaks out at train in Bhelwa Railway Station, video goes viral

A fire broke out at a train in Bhelwa Railway Station in Bihar which was heading to Narkatiaganj from Raxual.

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According to the reports, all passengers who were on the train were evacuated safely.

A fire broke out at a train in Bhelwa Railway Station in Bihar in the wee hours of Sunday. The fire reportedly erupted in the engine of the DMU train, which was heading to Narkatiaganj from Raxual. According to the reports, all passengers who were on the train were evacuated safely.

A news agency uploaded a video on its Twitter account which shows black smoke swirling out of the train. As soon as the people there noticed the smoke, they informed the on-duty officials. And soon after fire officials reached the spot. Firefighters are seen extinguishing the fire in the video as a crowd of onlookers watches from nearby.

All passengers are safe because the fire from the engine did not spread to other compartments of the train. A firefighting operation is underway.

However, the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. No casualties have been reported so far.

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After Mohammed Zubair’s arrest, Alt News founder Pratik Sinha’s old tweet on Lord Ganesha triggers social media outrage

The tweet is viral on the internet and a section of social media is slamming Sinha for mocking Lord Ganesha and hurting religious sentiments.

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Days after Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair got arrested by the Delhi police over allegedly hurting religious sentiments in a 2008 tweet, Pratik Sinha’s old tweet on Lord Ganesha on Lord Ganesha is doing rounds on the internet.

Why #ArrestPratikSinha is trending?

Pratik Sinha, the founder of the fack checker news website Alt News, in an old tweet dated September 19, 2015, wrote, “See many people posting pictures of Ganesha. You guys really believe a man had an elephant’s head?”

The tweet is viral on the internet and a section of social media is slamming Sinha for mocking Lord Ganesha and hurting religious sentiments. #ArrestPratikSinha is trending on Twitter.

Reacting to Pratik Sinha’s tweet, one user demanded strict action against Sinha for hurting religious beliefs. Another user wrote hurting others’ beliefs is not free-thinking. Yet another user wrote Sinha deserves to be arrested for his deeds.

Have a look at Twitter reactions to Pratik Sinha’s old tweet here:

https://twitter.com/iRiddhimajain/status/1543208062051176448
https://twitter.com/peonking21/status/1543211250695680001

Meanwhile, the Delhi police on Saturday charged Mohammed Zubair with fresh charges of destruction of evidence and receiving funds from foreign entities.

Reports say Delhi Police have invoked sections 201(causing disappearance of evidence), 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and section 35 of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) for allegedly receiving foreign donations.

On June 27, Mohammed Zubair was arrested by the Delhi Police for allegedly hurting religious sentiments in one of his old tweets. He was sent to one-day police custody by the trial court on the same day.

The fact-checker was charged under sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the IPC.

He was then charged under sections 120B, 201 of the IPC and 35 FCRA through which the Enforcement Directorate c can lodge a case against Zubair.

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