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Dominica declares Mehul Choksi as ‘prohibited immigrant’

New Delhi: In a massive setback for the Indian fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi, wanted in India in the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case, the Dominican government declared him as a “prohibited immigrant” in their country.

 

An order issued by the Ministry of National Security and Home Affairs on May 25 said, “in accordance to section 5(1)(f) of the Immigration and Passport Act Chapter 18:01 of the 2017 Revised laws of the Commonwealth of Dominica, you, Mehul Chinubhai Choksi, are hereby declared a prohibited immigrant.”

 

“I further direct that the necessary action be taken to have the said prohibited immigrant removed from the Commonwealth of Dominica in keeping with the procedure laid out in the said Act,” added the order, signed by Dominican minister Rayburn Blackmoore.

 

Meanwhile, Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit termed Choksi as an “Indian citizen” and stated that the courts will decide what happens to the fugitive, Antigua News Room reported on Wednesday.

 

According to the Caribbean news outlet, Skerrit also added that the government will protect the rights of Choksi as he awaits trial.

 

Currently, Choksi has got interim relief from immediate repatriation to India by the Dominican court, which adjourned the matter of his detention.

 

Choksi had gone missing on May 23 from Antigua and Barbuda sparking a massive manhunt. He was reportedly captured in Dominica on May 26.

 

Earlier, Choksi had appeared before a local magistrate in Dominica and pleaded not guilty of entering Dominica illegally.

 

However, Choksi’s lawyers had alleged that he was abducted from Antigua by policemen looking like Antiguan and Indian, and brought to Dominica on a boat forcibly.

 

The latest development is a setback for Choksi as it counters the abduction theory.

 

The diamantaire is wanted in India by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate in Rs 13,500 crore case. He had taken the citizenship of Antigua in 2017 and left India on January 4, 2018 days before the case came to light.

 

 

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CBI refutes closure of Sushant case, says probe still on

New Delhi: Amid some media reports that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to file a closure report in Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case, the federal agency on Thursday refuted the claims and said that such reports are “erroneous” and the investigation is still continuing.

CBI spokesperson R.K. Gaur said in a statement: “CBI continues to investigate the death of Sushant. There are certain speculative reports in the media that the CBI has reached a conclusion. It may be reiterated that these reports are speculative and erroneous.”

The remarks came amid media speculation that the agency will be filing a closure report soon.

Earlier, the forensic team of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) led by Sudhir Gupta had ruled out the murder angle in the actor’s death case.

The CBI had registered a case on August 6 after a notification from the Centre on the request of the Bihar government based on a complaint filed by Sushant’s father K.K. Singh in Patna.

Rhea was arrested by the NCB in a drug related case. She was granted bail after spending 28 days in Byculla jail, while her brother Showik is still lodged in the jail.

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Ex-CBI chief Ashwani Kumar ends life in Shimla

Shimla: Former CBI chief and Nagaland Governor Ashwani Kumar has allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence here.

One of the high-profile cases that the CBI probed under Kumar was the Aarushi Talwar-Hemraj murder case. This team indicted the Talwars, a finding upheld by the trial court but rejected by the higher courts.

It was learnt that the former state Director General of Police was under depression for sometime now. Shimla Superintendent of Police Mohit Chawla confirmed the incident.

After his retirement from the CBI, Kumar had settled down in Shimla and worked briefly for a private university located near here as its chancellor.

The university is currently facing charges of issuing fake degrees.

A senior police officer said a suicide note was found from the crime spot.

He along with his wife was seen strolling in the evening in the city, a neighbor told the police.

A 1973 batch IPS officer, Kumar is survived by his wife and son.

Kumar served as DGP for the state between 2006 and 2008 before being appointed director of the CBI for two years.

He served as Governor of Nagaland from 2013 to 2014. During this period, he was briefly also the Governor of Manipur.

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Horrible, shocking, extraordinary: CJI calls Hathras case

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has termed the Hathras incident horrible, shocking and extraordinary as it sought an affidavit from the Uttar Pradesh government on three aspects: how the family and witnesses are being protected; has the family chosen a lawyer to assist them in the matter and what is the scope of the Allahabad High Court proceedings and how could it widen its scope.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde said the court will ensure the investigations into the matter is smooth.

“The incident is horrible, shocking… We are hearing you as the incident is extraordinary,” said Chief Justice to senior advocate Indira Jaising, representing an intervenor in the matter.

Jaising submitted before the bench that she does not want to interfere with the investigation and insisted on the transfer of the case from one state to another. She also cited that 27 FIRs have been lodged against several protesters in the matter and emphasized on providing witness protection.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Uttar Pradesh government, submitted that outside the courts, several narratives were being weaved, and this could come to an end by a monitoring and investigation by a central agency.

Mehta reiterated that the family has already been given police protection.

After a detailed hearing in the matter, the top court issued notices and adjourned it to next week for the state to file another affidavit on the three aspects.

The remarks from the top court were made during the hearing of a PIL filed by a social activist seeking CBI or SIT probe in the Hathras incident in which a 19-year-old Dalit teenager was allegedly gang raped by upper caste men and then reportedly dragged by the neck with her dupatta on a field in Bulghari village. The victim was partially paralyzed and died after battling for 14 days. She was shifted from Aligarh hospital to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital on September 28.

She died on September 29 and was cremated at 3 a.m. on September 30. The family has alleged coercion regarding the time and manner in which the cremation took place.

Petitioner’s lawyer said “We are shocked at the incident.”

The Chief Justice replied everyone is shocked, and queried the lawyer on his client’s locus in the matter. “When a court asks you why are you here, you have to give different reasons…we understand your anxiety,” noted the bench.

Congress leader in custody for Hathras remarks

Hathras (Uttar Pradesh): Shyoraj Jivan, who was caught on camera trying to incite public sentiment in Bulgarhi village over the fatal assault on a 19-year-old allegedly by four upper caste men, was taken into police custody on Thursday afternoon when the Dalit Congress leader arrived at the Hathras police station in response to summon issued to him.

The Congress leader was seen in the purported videos, admitting that Congress used the Hathras incident for furthering its politics as it had been devoid of issues for a long time.

He was seen using provocative language while speaking to the victim’s family and the entire Valmiki community apparently with the intent to inflame caste violence in the district.

The Hathras police had booked Jivan for sedition charges and summoned him for interrogation within 24 hours. The case was lodged on Wednesday night.

The Dalit Congress leader, however, denied all the allegations.

Hathras victim’s family go to court against ‘illegal confinement’

Prayagraj: A petition has been filed in Allahabad High Court on behalf of the family members of the Hathras victim, alleging that the district administration has illegally confined them in their house.

The court has been requested to direct the district administration that the “family members be released from illegal confinement and allowed to move out of their house and meet people”.

This habeas corpus writ petition, filed by the family members of the victim, is listed on October 8 for hearing.

Om Prakash, who is the father of the victim, along with her mother, two brothers and two more family members have filed the petition.

In the petition, it has been alleged that on September 29 the petitioners were illegally confined in their house by the district administration and since then they are not being allowed to meet anyone.

It has been further alleged that “though, at a later stage, a few people were allowed to meet the petitioners, the district administration is still not allowing them (the petitioners) to move out of their house at free will”.

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Rhea Chakraborty gets bail after 28 days

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted conditional bail of Rs one lakh to Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty, her lawyer Satish Maneshinde said here.

Justice S.V. Kotwal, who had completed the hearing in her bail application last week and kept his ruling in reserve, pronounced the order this morning.

Arrested on September 9 by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in a drug related case, Rhea has spent 28 days in custody till date. She was sent to extended judicial custody by a Special NDPS Court till October 20 on Tuesday.

Welcoming the court order, Maneshinde said, “Truth and justice have prevailed and ultimately the submissions on facts and law have been accepted by Justice Kotwal”.

“The arrest and custody of Rhea was totally unwarranted and beyond the reach of law. The hounding and witch hunt by three Central agencies — the CBI, ED and NCB — of Rhea should come to an end. We remain committed to the truth. ‘Satya Meva Jayate’,” said Maneshinde.

Rhea, along with 19 others, including Showik, were arrested during August-September by the NCB in connection with the drugs angle which surfaced during the investigations of the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case.

Among those nabbed include the Chakraborty siblings, Sushant’s staffers Dipesh Sawant, Samuel Miranda, several drug peddlers, suppliers and persons linked with the film industry.

The others who were arrested till September-end are: Abbas Lakhani, Karan Arora, Zaid Vilatra, Abdul Basit Parihar, Kaizan Ebrahim, Anuj Keswani, Ankush Arenja, Kamarjeet Singh Anand, Sanket Patel, Sandeep Gupta, Aftab Ansari, Dwyane Fernandes, Suryadeep Malhotra, Chris Costa, Rahil Vishram and Kshitij R. Prasad.

Some of the accused have been granted bail, others remain in custody for varying periods as the NCB probe continues along with questioning of several leading actresses.

Meanwhile, after an AIIMS report said that Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput had committed suicide, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and ruling ally Congress in Maharashtra were locked in a bitter political dogfight.

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Deepika reaches Mumbai for drug probe

Panaji: Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who has been summoned by the NCB probing the narcotics angle connected with Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, on Thursday left Goa for Mumbai.

Deepika who was in Goa to shoot for an upcoming film along with Siddhant Chaturvedi and Ananya Pandey. She left her five-star resort in North Goa’s Sinquerim beach village, for the Dabolim international airport, from where she will be travelling to Mumbai in a special chartered flight.

Before leaving for Mumbai, Deepika also met members from her legal team at the resort, sources said.

The sudden dash to Mumbai comes in wake of the Narcotics Control Bureau probe, in which a 2017 WhatsApp message allegedly between the actress and her talent manager Karishma Prakash surfaced where the duo were reportedly discussing banned substances. Prakash is a colleague of Jaya Saha at Kwan. Saha has been questioned by all federal agencies in the Sushant probe and is one of the main accused in the FIR filed by the late actor’s father.

Deepika has been formally summoned to appear before the NCB officials in Mumbai, on Friday.

Actress Sara Ali Khan, also summoned by NCB was also holidaying in Goa and has left for Mumbai on Thursday. Sara and Shraddha Kapoor are set to appear before NCB Mumbai office on Saturday.

All questioning are in connection with the ongoing drug angle probe into the unnatural death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput on June 14.

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Bail turned down, NCB gets 14-day judicial custody of Rhea

By The SATimes News Service

Mumbai: A local Magistrate here sent actress Rhea Chakraborty to 14-day judicial custody late on Tuesday night. In an anti-climax of sorts, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested Charaborty, but later declined to take her into its own custody and instead sought 14-day judicial custody, which was granted.

The NCB made the sensational arrest shortly after 3.30 pm as part of its probe to unravel the drugs nexus in the film industry, capping three days of tough grilling and intense speculation.

Rhea was charged under NDPS Act Sections 8(C), 20(b)(ii), 22, 27A, 28 and 29, for her alleged role in the drugs angle which has emerged in the investigations into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, said NCB Deputy Director M.A. Jain.

Jain added that whatever information she has given to the NCB was “sufficient for the arrest”, and she was produced in a video-conference before the Esplanade Court Magistrate.

In its six-page NCB remand application, Rhea was described as “an active member of the drug syndicate connected with drug supplies” who “used to manage finances for drug procurement along with Sushant Singh Raput” — without any mention if she herself consumed drugs.

Late on Tuesday night, a Mumbai Magistrate sent her to 14 days judicial custody, after which Rhea’s lawyers moved the same court for bail, which was declined.

In a scathing statement targeting the family of Sushant, Rhea’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde termed it as a “travesty of justice”.

“Three Central agencies hounding a single woman, just because she was in love with a drug addict and was suffering from mental health issues for several years under the case of five leading psychiatrists in Mumbai, who ended up committing suicide due to consumption of illegally administered medicines and used drugs,” Maneshinde said.

A day before her much-anticipated arrest, Rhea even took time out — at the height of the NCB interrogation sessions — to hit back at the late actor’s family by lodging a police complaint against Sushant’s sister Priyanka Singh and Dr Tarun Kumar of RML Hospital in New Delhi and others, alleging forged medical prescriptions.

A Mumbai Police official spokesperson said that the complaint has been lodged with Bandra Police under various sections of Indian Penal Code and NDPS Act, and in line with the Supreme Court orders, the case has been transferred to the CBI for investigations.

Rhea’s arrest came three days after her brother Showik Chakraborty, Sushant’s home manager Samuel Miranda and his house help Dipesh Sawant were arrested and shunted to NCB custody till September 9, besides two other drug peddlers Abdel Basit Parihar and Zaid Vilatra, who are also in NCB custody.

The NCB had earlier said that with these arrests, it hopes to “uproot the drugs citadel in Bollywood and Mumbai” amid talk of several more Bollywood personalities coming into the agency’s radar.

Earlier, Rhea was grilled multiple times by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED). She was also questioned by the Mumbai Police earlier. She has now finally been arrested by the NCB, nearly 11 weeks after Sushant was found dead at his Bandra home on June 14.

On Thursday, the court reserved till Friday its order on the bail application moved by Rhea.

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Sushant death case: CBI widens probe

Widening its probe into the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) started questioning his chartered accountant Sandeep Sridhar, accountant Rajat Mewati along with his flatmate Siddharth Pithani and cook Neeraj Singh.

Sridhar joined the CBI probe at the DRDO guest house in Santacruz area of Mumbai, where the CBI’s SIT team is staying. Sridhar was joined by Mewati, Pithani and Neeraj.

According to a CBI source, the agency will question Sridhar about the financial dealings of Sushant and enquire if there were any financial dealings with his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and her family members.

The agency will also question him about the expenses of Sushant and who handled his finances, debit cards, Internet banking and credit cards. It will also try to understand the pattern of Sushant’s bank transactions and his fixed deposits. This is for the first time that Sushant’s CA has joined the probe. Mewati was questioned by the CBI on Monday too.

The CBI team along with forensic experts has already visited Sushant’s flat in Mont Blanc Apartment in Bandra twice with Sushant’s flatmate, members of his personal staff and recreated the scene of his death. The team also went twice to the Waterstone resort where Sushant stayed for over two months.

The CBI team has also visited Cooper Hospital twice over the last four days and spoke to the doctors, who carried out the autopsy of the late actor. The source said that the agency is likely to summon the doctors who carried out the post mortem of Sushant, as the time of death was missing in the seven-page report.

The source said that in the coming days it will also summon Rhea, her brother Showik, father Indrajit and other accused named in the case, which was registered on August 6 on the basis of the Bihar Police case.

Sushant’s father K.K. Singh had filed the case at Patna’s Rajiv Nagar police station on July 25. A case was registered against Rhea, her parents, brother, Sushant’s former manager Shruti Modi, house manager Samuel Miranda and unknown persons.

The Enforcement Directorate is also probing the money laundering angle in the matter. It has so far recorded the statement of Sushant’s sister Priyanka Singh and his father in Delhi, besides another sister Meetu Singh, Rhea, her brother and father, Miranda, Shruti Modi, Pithani, Rumi Jaffery and several others in Mumbai.

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SC hands over Sushant case to CBI, millions hail decision

Intro: Sushant was talented actor, impartial probe is need of the hour, says top court

New Delhi: Ordering a CBI probe into the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said he was a talented actor in the Mumbai film world and died well before his full potential could be realized. The top court said the CBI probe would also be desired justice for Rhea Chakraborty, “as she herself had called for a CBI investigation.”

The verdict brought cheers for millions in India and abroad as people from all walks of lives flooded the social media hailing the SC decision.

In a massive relief to the family of the late actor, the Supreme Court also said that the action of the Patna Police was justified.

As the Supreme Court ordered a probe, the CBI was set to write to the Mumbai Police to get hold of all the evidence and statements it recorded in the last two months.

Media reports said that the agency would write to the Mumbai Police to share all the evidence it has collected in the probe.

The CBI will seek details of the autopsy report, crime scene photographs from the Mumbai Police and the same will be shared with the forensic experts posted at CFSL. The sources said that the agency will demand the statements of all the persons whose statements were recorded in the last two months and the electronic devices of the late actor which are with the Mumbai Police.

The sources said that a team of CBI’s IT cell probing the case will soon visit Mumbai and recreate the crime scene and if required it will seek the help from the Mumbai CBI branch for more personnel.

The CBI will also probe that why the Mumbai Police did not act on the complaint of the actor’s family made on Whatsapp in the month of February this year. The source said that the Mumbai Police officials will also be examined by the CBI SIT.

The developments come in the wake of the Supreme Court ordering a CBI probe into the mysterious death of Sushant. The 34-year-old actor was found dead at his flat in Mumbai’s Bandra on June 14. The CBI has already recorded the statements of Sushant’s father K.K. Singh and his elder sister Rani Singh last week.

The agency has also registered a case against his girlfriend Rhea Chkraborty, her brother Showik, her father Indrajit, her mother Sandhya, Sushant’s house manager Samuel Miranda and ex-manager Shruti Modi and unknown others on August 6 on the basis of the Bihar government’s recommendation for a CBI probe.

The central government gave its nod for a CBI probe on August 5.

The ED has also registered a case of money laundering in the case on July 31 on the basis of the Bihar Police FIR on the complaint of Sushant’s father. The ED has also recorded the statements of Rhea, Showik, Miranda, Indrajit, Shruti Modi, Sushant’s sister Meetu Singh and others.

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