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Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren’s close aide, IAS officer Pooja Singhal arrested

Reports said Singhal was grilled by the ED for nearly nine hours on Tuesday.

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The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday arrested Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s close aide and IAS Pooja Singhal in a money laundering case in Ranchi.

Reports said Singhal was grilled by the ED for nearly nine hours on Tuesday. She appeared before the central agency with her husband regarding the ongoing investigation related to the fraud case of MGNREGA funds in Khunti.

The ED also told a special PMLA court in Ranchi that Singhal allegedly transferred Rs 16.57 lakh from her personal account to accounts controlled or owned by her CA Suman Kumar. The officials have also informed that four SUVs have been seized which are in the name of CA Kumar who has been arrested under the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

Last week, the ED raided the residences of two close aides of IAS Pooja Singhal who is serving as the state’s Mining Secretary. As per the ED, a total of Rs 19.31 crore cash was recovered, out of which, Rs 17 crore was seized from the residence of Pooja Singhal’s chartered accountant in Ranchi.

ED officials are probing the matter against both Singhal and her husband Abhishek Jha who is the managing director of Pulse Sanjeevani Healthcare Private Hospital. Jha’s hospital was also raided last week.

It is said that the probe against IAS officer Pooja Singhal and others is related to a case registered under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act by the Enforcement Directorate in 2020 against Jharkhand’s junior engineer Ram Binod Prasad Sinha.

On June 17, 2020, Sinha was arrested by the ED in the 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. Back then, the ED took cognizance of 16 FIRs and a charge sheet was also filed by the Jharkhand Vigilance Bureau against him. As per the charge sheet, Sinha was accused of misappropriating government funds worth Rs 18.06 crore.

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Gyanvapi case: Supreme Court says alleged Shivling area to be secured, namaz shouldn’t be hindered, Varanasi court sacks Gyanvapi survey commissioner for leaking info to media

Three court-appointed advocate commissioners, five lawyers each from the two sides and an assistant besides a videography team carried out the survey.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Varanasi District Magistrate to secure the area where a Shivling (symbol of Lord Shiva) was found inside Gyanvapi mosque complex but namaz should not be hindered. The court will hear the matter again on May 19.

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and PS Narasimha while was hearing the Gyanvapi mosque management plea challenging the videography survey of the Gyanvapi mosque.

After granting two days’ time to complete and submit the Gyanvapi mosque survey report, Varanasi court has removed the Advocate Commissioner Ajay Kumar Mishra, who was appointed by the local court for the video survey, from his post for leaking the survey information to media.

The court has not seen the report, the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the Uttar Pradesh government, replied and sought time till tomorrow to return with details.

Earlier on Monday, the local court directed the district administration to seal the area where a Shivling was claimed to have been found during the videography survey of the mosque.

Earlier in the day, Ajay Pratap Singh told the Supreme Court that the report has not been completed yet, only 50% report is ready. The commission asked the court to give 2-3 additional days to submit the survey report, he said.

After lawyers representing the Hindu petitioners, a local court on Monday had ordered the sealing of Wuzu Khana where a Shivling was found there in the Gyanvapi Masjid complex during the court-mandated videography survey.

Rejecting the Hindu petitioners’ claim, Anjuman Intezamiya Masjid Committee, said the object was part of the water fountain mechanism at the wuzu khana where devotees carry out ablutions before offering namaz.

Three court-appointed advocate commissioners, five lawyers each from the two sides and an assistant besides a videography team carried out the survey.

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Gyanvapi Mosque case: Survey report not ready, Varanasi court-appointed commission seeks 2 days to submit survey report

Three court-appointed advocate commissioners, 5 lawyers each from the two sides and an assistant besides a videography team carried out the survey.

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Varanasi court-appointed Commission has sought on Tuesday sought a two-day time to submit the survey report of the Gyanvapi mosque. The court had earlier asked the commission to submit the report by May 17.

The Commission has submitted an application in the court seeking two additional days to submit its report after the court had sought the survey report from Advocate Commissioner Ajay Kumar Mishra and two other commissioners it had appointed during a hearing on Thursday.

A petition has been filed seeking a two-day time to file the Commission report, said Assistant Court Commissioner Ajay Pratap Singh.

Special Commissioner Advocate Vishal Singh, who earlier claimed that the report would be submitted in time, has now sought a minimum of two days to prepare a Commission report on the matter.

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Earlier in the day, Ajay Pratap Singh told the Supreme Court that the survey report of the Gyanvapi complex has not been completed yet, only 50 percent report is ready. This is why the commission will not be able to produce it before the court so the commission asked the apex court to give 2-3 additional days to submit the survey report, he said.

Three court-appointed advocate commissioners, five lawyers each from the two sides and an assistant besides a videography team carried out the survey.

After lawyers representing the Hindu petitioners, a local court on Monday had ordered the sealing of Wuzu Khana where a Shivling was found there in the Gyanvapi Masjid complex during the court-mandated videography survey

Rejecting the Hindu petitioners’ claim, Anjuman Intezamiya Masjid Committee, said the object was part of the water fountain mechanism at the wuzu khana reservoir where devotees carry out ablutions before offering namaz.

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After CBI raids Chidambaram, son Karti’s house, former Union Minister points out timing, says timing of search interesting

Moments after CBI searched the houses and office premises of P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram over new allegations of taking bribes, the former Finance Minister questioned the timing of the raid done by the probe agency.

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Moments after CBI searched the houses and office premises of P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram over new allegations of taking bribes, the former Finance Minister questioned the timing of the raid done by the probe agency.

In his first reaction after the CBI raids, Chidambaram, a Rajya Sabha member, said the timing of the CBI raids at his home and office premises is interesting.

Taking to Twitter, Chidambaram said this morning, a team of CBI officials searched his residence at Chennai and official residence at Delhi. The team showed him an FIR in which he is not named as an accused, he said.

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As soon as the news emerged, former Union Minister’s son Karti Chidambaram tweeted that he has lost count, how many times has it been? Must be a record, he asked in his tweet.

The search team found nothing and seized nothing. I may point out that the timing of the search is interesting, Chidambaram tweeted.

The CBI has raided a total of nine Chidambaram’s premises across Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Punjab, Karnataka and Odisha in connection with a case against the minister’s son Karti Chidambaram.

Reports said the probe agency has registered a new case against Karti Chidambaram in connection with the alleged foreign transactions that took place between 2010-14. It is alleged that Karti Chidambaram had wrongly issued visas to Chinese people by taking money.

The matter is linked to a power project in Punjab, in which the visas were issued to 250 Chinese nationals for the Talwandi Sabo power project in Punjab in 2011. The probe agency also claimed that Karti Chidambaram had received Rs 50 lakh as a bribe to facilitate the visa to Chinese nationals.

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