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Mumbai Police records statement of Devendra Fadnavis in transfer-posting case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: A team of Mumbai Cyber Police on Sunday recorded the statement of former Maharashtra Chief Minister and leader of Opposition in state Assembly Devendra Fadnavis in connection with the transfer posting case.

Speaking to the media Fadnavis said, “A police team recorded my statement in the transfer, posting case. I answered all questions. Maharashtra government had been brushing aside the case for the past six months. I am a whistleblower of this case.”

Fadnavis was questioned for two hours in the case on Sunday by the Mumbai police. Cyber cell’s ACP Nitin Jadhav and two other officers went to Fadnavis’ house to record his statement. DCP Hemraj Singh Rajput and ACP Nitin Jadhav arrived.

All BJP leaders were present at Fadnavis’s house.

“I have submitted the documents regarding the state’s transfer case to Union Home Secretary. I haven’t shared the documents with the media”, added Fadnavis.

The police tightened security outside the residence of the BJP leader.

Earlier, Fadnavis on Saturday said he had received a notice in which the Mumbai Police summoned him on Sunday in connection with the case. On Thursday, Fadnavis slammed the Maharashtra government, alleging that it had been brushing aside the case for the past six months.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Fadnavis said, “Mumbai Police has sent me a notice under Sec 160 CrPC, asking me to appear before them at BKC Cyber Police Station at 11 am tomorrow. I will go there and record my statement.”

“As a leader of Opposition, I have the privilege to not reveal from where I got the information. When I was Home Minister, now I understand my responsibility. If an offence was falsely registered and the police want some help, I will respond. So, I will go to the Police Station tomorrow,” said Devendra Fadnavis. The BJP leader alleged that the state government was attempting to protect the scamsters involved in the case. This government is associated with Dawood”, Fadnavis added.

The information about the transfer posting in the state was given to the Home Department and the CBI is investigating the case.

“Had the government caught the scamsters and those who are being probed by the CBI on time and not brushed the matter aside for six months, then I need not have exposed it. The State Government wants to protect them and somebody who has exposed this is being called to the police station,” he said.

On February 26 this year, Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil claimed that former Pune Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla had tapped phones of political leaders like Nana Patole, Bachchu Kadu, Sanjay Kakade and Ashish Deshmukh.

In March 2021, Fadnavis raised questions about the transfer posting of the police department during a press conference. On the same day, Fadnavis met the Union Home Secretary of the Central Government and handed over some secret documents related to police transfer to the Union Home Secretary.

At present, the CBI is investigating this case. So far, former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and former Mumbai Police Commissioner Paramvir Singh have been questioned in this case. Now the statement of Devendra Fadnavis has also been recorded. (ANI)

 

Maharashtra government mulls action against Param Bir Singh: Sources

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: After former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on Thursday appeared before the Mumbai Police Crime Branch, the Maharashtra government is mulling taking action against him, according to sources.

According to sources, the meeting is chaired by Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil and is also attended by Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte, Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale.
“Param Bir Singh who was on leave didn’t inform the Maharashtra government about him returning to the state. State government mulling to take action against him,” Maharashtra government sources said.

The former Mumbai Police Commissioner today appeared before the Mumbai Police Crime Branch in connection with an extortion case registered against him.

According to Singh’s lawyer, he has given statements before the crime branch.

“As per Supreme Court’s order, he will continue to cooperate in the probe,” his lawyer added.

Singh who has been declared ‘absconding’ by a Mumbai court, had arrived at Crime Branch unit 11 office in Kandivali to join the investigation of the alleged Goregaon extortion case.

The former Mumbai Police Commissioner on Monday told the Supreme Court that he is very much in the country and is not absconding. The top court granted him interim protection from arrest and directed him to join the investigation.

Six cases of corruption and extortion were filed against Singh after he wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray levelling corruption and misconduct against the then Home Minister and senior NCP leader Anil Deshmukh.

Singh, a 1988-batch IPS officer, was removed as Police Commissioner on March 17 and was made the General Commander of Maharashtra State Home Guard after he levelled allegations against Deshmukh. (ANI)

Param Bir Singh appears before Mumbai Police Crime Branch in connection with extortion case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on Thursday appeared before the Mumbai Police Crime Branch in connection with an extortion case registered against him.
As per Singh’s lawyer, he has given statements before the crime branch. “As per Supreme Court’s order, he will continue to cooperate in the probe,” his lawyer added.
Singh who has been declared ‘absconding’ by a Mumbai court, had arrived at Crime Branch unit 11 office in Kandivali to join the investigation of the Goregaon extortion case.
Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on Monday told the Supreme Court that he is very much in the country and is not absconding. The top court granted him interim protection from arrest and directed him to join the investigation.
Six cases of corruption and extortion were filed against Singh after he wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray levelling corruption and misconduct against the then Home Minister and senior NCP leader Anil Deshmukh.
Singh, a 1988-batch IPS officer, was removed from the post of Mumbai Police Commissioner on March 17 and was made the General Commander of Maharashtra State Home Guard after he levelled allegations against Deshmukh.

Ex Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh is ‘absconding’, notice pasted outside his flat

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: A Mumbai court order, declaring former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh as ‘absconding’ has been pasted outside his flat located in Juhu on Tuesday.

The order said that a complaint has been made before the court under various sections of the Indian Penal Code related to extortion and criminal conspiracy and the court is satisfied that the accused i.e., Singh has absconded or concealing himself to avoid the service of the warrant.
“Singh is required to appear before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Esplanade, Mumbai or investigating officer to answer the said complaint within 30 days,” reads the order issued by the court.

Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on Monday told the Supreme Court that he is very much in the country and he is not absconding, the top court granted him interim protection from arrest and directed him to join the investigation.

A Bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul asked Singh to join the investigation and issued notices to the Maharashtra government and CBI on Singh’s plea. The apex court now posted the case for hearing on December 6.

Six cases of corruption and extortion were filed against Singh after he wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray levelling corruption and misconduct against the then Home Minister and senior NCP leader Anil Deshmukh.

Singh, a 1988-batch IPS officer, was removed from the post of Mumbai Police Commissioner on March 17 and was made the General Commander of Maharashtra State Home Guard after he levelled allegations against Deshmukh. (ANI)

Param Bir Singh’s plea for protection against arrest to be heard only after he discloses his whereabouts: SC

New Delhi [India]: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh to disclose his whereabouts.

The Apex Court said that it will hear Singh’s plea for protection against arrest only after he tells which part of the country or the world he is in.
The court asked Singh’s lawyer to inform his whereabouts and posted the matter for hearing on November 22.

Last month in October, the investigating agencies had said that the former Commissioner of Mumbai Police may have left the country either before a Lookout Circular (LOC) was issued by Maharashtra Police or he travelled on a forged passport.

According to the officers, the Maharashtra Police issued LOC two months after Parmbir Singh went on leave.

Singh was allegedly named in several FIRs registered against him under various IPC sections. There were also two pending enquiries against him in the Anti Corruption Bureau. He was also summoned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the Antilia bomb scare case but he never joined the investigation.

A case of extortion was registered on July 23 against Param Bir Singh, Sachin Waze, and others at Goregaon Police Station, whose investigation was handed over to the Mumbai Crime Branch.

It was the second case of extortion in which Param Bir Singh has been named.

The Enforcement Directorate had earlier summoned the former Mumbai Police Commissioner to record a statement in connection with the Rs 100 crore money laundering case against ex-Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. (ANI)

Actor Shahrukh Khan’s manager Pooja Dadlani summoned second time by Mumbai police, she seeks more time

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Actor Shahrukh Khan’s manager Pooja Dadlani has sought more time after she was summoned for the second time by the Mumbai police for questioning in the drugs-on-cruise extortion case, police said.

Now, there could be the issuance of a third summon too, the police added.
So far 20 people have recorded their statements in the drugs-on-cruise extortion case, as per the police.

Pooja Dadlani on Wednesday skipped the Mumbai Police’s summon for questioning in the drugs on cruise case citing health reasons.

Mumbai Police’s SIT team is investigating allegations of extortion against Dadlani in the cruise drugs case.

An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2. A total of 20 people, including two Nigerian nationals have been arrested so far in the case. (ANI)

Will summon her again, says Mumbai Police after Shah Rukh Khan’s manager Pooja Dadlani skips questioning

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Actor Shah Rukh Khan’s manager Pooja Dadlani on Wednesday skipped the Mumbai Police’s summon for questioning in the drugs on cruise case citing health reasons on Wednesday.
“Her statement is important for SIT and in the time to come, we’ll summon her again for questioning,” said the Mumbai Police. Mumbai Police’s SIT team is investigating allegations of extortion against Dadlani in the cruise drugs case.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2. A total of 20 people, including two Nigerian nationals have been arrested so far in the case.

Another case against Wankhede

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Another complaint has been filed against Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede with Mumbai Police on Thursday.
With the latest complaint filed by a lawyer Jayesh Wani, the number of cases against Wankhede, who is allegedly involved in the extortion case, has gone up to five. Earlier today, the lawyer representing the state government informed the Bombay High Court that there are four different complaints against him.
In his Complaint to the MRA Marg Police station of Mumbai, Wani alleged, “He (Wankhede) has availed the benefits of SC reservation illegally and that is why he an FIR against him be registered under sections 406, 409, 420, 468 and 120 (b) of IPC.”
“His father changed his religion before Sameer’s birth,” the complaint said.
The lawyer also mentioned Sameer’s Nikaah and submitted the NCB officer’s Nikaahnama which was supported by Maulavi’s testament confirmation.
Earlier today, Wankhede moved Bombay High Court over the enquiry against him by the Maharashtra government and demanded a probe by CBI or any central agency in the extortion case which was disposed of by the court later on.
Earlier, Prabhakar Sail, a witness in the Mumbai cruise raid case had alleged that the NCB Zonal Director and some other NCB officials had sought Rs 25 crores from Shah Rukh Khan in order to release Aryan Khan who is an accused in the drugs bust case.
Meanwhile, the NCB team from Delhi will also question Wankhede to investigate allegations levelled against him.
On Wednesday, the probe agency’s Deputy Director General (Northern Region) Gyaneshwar Singh said that Wankhede will remain the investigating officer in the drugs-on-cruise case until substantial information is found against him.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa on October 2. A total of 20 people including Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, have been arrested in the case.

Drugs on cruise case : 5-member NCB team reaches Mumbai to probe allegations of corruption

A five-member team of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) reached Mumbai on Wednesday to probe allegations of corruption levelled by Prabhakar Sail, a witness in the drugs on cruise matter of Mumbai, sources said on Tuesday.

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : The team is led by Deputy Director General (DDG) of NCB Gyaneshwar Singh and 4 other NCB officers. The bodyguard of NCB witness Kiran Gosavi, Prabhakar Rohoji Sail alleged that Gosavi took Rs 50 lakh from an individual after the raid at the cruise ship. Sali had said, “I worked as a bodyguard of Kiran Gosavi. I assisted him during the Mumbai cruise drugs case.”
Kosavi has, however, denied the allegations.
Meanwhile, the NCB named Sail as a “hostile witness” in its affidavit in court on Monday.
Earlier today, Mumbai Police appointed an ACP-level officer to investigate the allegations levelled against NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, who is probing the drug case.
“All the complaints received against Wankhede will be probed by the officer. Four Police stations in Mumbai have received such complaints so far,” said police.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2. A total of 20 people have been arrested in the case.

Mumbai Police appoint ACP-level officer to probe allegations against Sameer Wankhede

Mumbai Police have appointed an ACP-level officer, Milind Khetle to investigate the allegations levelled against NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, said police sources on Wednesday.
All the complaints received against Wankhede will be probed by Khetle. Four Police stations in Mumbai have received such complaints so far, said the sources. However, the Mumbai police have not registered any case against Wankhede.
Prabhakar Sail, who is the personal bodyguard of Kiran Gosavi and a witness in the Mumbai cruise ship raid, had alleged that Wankhede, Gosavi and some other NCB officers had sought Rs 25 lakh from Bollywood Actor Shah Rukh Khan to release his son Aryan Khan in the drugs bust case.
However, the Mumbai Police did not elaborate what complaints that they have received against Wankhede

Four held for peddling drugs in Mumbai

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Monday arrested four people for allegedly peddling drugs from the Dahisar area of the city.
As per information shared by the police, all the accused, which include two women, are residents of the Powai area in Mumbai. “24 kilograms of cannabis worth Rs 1,44,00,000 was seized from the accused,” the police said.
“These drugs were brought from Rajasthan to Mumbai via road,” they added.
Further investigation into the matter is underway.

NCB’s vigilance team begins probe into allegations of Mumbai cruise drugs case witness Prabhakar Sail

Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has initiated an investigation through its vigilance team into the money-dealing allegation by Prabhakar Sail, a witness in the Mumbai cruise drugs case.

New Delhi [India] : “A report from DDG South West Region was received by our DG. He has marked an enquiry to the vigilance section …Chief Vigilance officer will be dealing with the enquiry appropriately… The enquiry has just begun, not right to comment on any officer,” Gyaneshwar Singh, Deputy Director General, NCB told mediapersons. Notably, Sail, who is the bodyguard of another NCB witness Kiran Gosavi in the Mumbai Cruise Drugs case, has alleged that Gosavi took Rs 50 lakh from an individual after the raid at the cruise ship.
On October 18, a case was registered against Gosavi, the man who was seen accosting Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan at Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) office in connection with the drugs-on-cruise matter.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2.
A total of 20 people, including Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, have been arrested so far in the case.

NCB witness Prabhakar Sail reaches Mumbai Police Commissioner’s office

Prabhakar Sail, a witness of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the cruise drugs case, reached Mumbai Police Commissioner’s office on Monday.
Notably, Sail, who is the bodyguard of another NCB witness Kiran Gosavi in the Mumbai Cruise Drugs case, has alleged that Gosavi took Rs 50 lakh from an individual after the raid at the cruise ship. On October 18, a case was registered against Gosavi, the man who was seen accosting Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan at Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) office in connection with the drugs-on-cruise matter.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2.
A total of 20 people, including Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, have been arrested so far in the case.

NCB to move Bombay HC

Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) will move Bombay High Court seeking cancellation of bail of Sameer Khan, the son-in-law of Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik for violating bail conditions in a drug case.

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : “We will move for bail cancellation Sameer Khan in Bombay HC for violating bail conditions,” a top NCB official told . Notably, Nawab Malik’s son-in-law Sameer Khan was earlier arrested on January 13 this year by NCB in connection with a drug case. Khan was granted bail on September 27, after eight months in prison.
Meanwhile, the NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede and Nawab Malik are at loggerheads over the investigation of the drugs-on-cruise in Mumbai. Malik has shared the birth certificate of Wankhede on Twitter saying “Sameer Dawood Wankhede’s fraud started from here.”
Following this Wankhede said he will fight Malik legally.
“I have come to know about a fresh tweet by Nawab Malik about my birth certificate. This is an ugly attempt to bring in all the things which are not connected to all this. My mother was a Muslim so does he want to bring my dead mother in all this? To verify my caste and background, anyone can go to my native place and verify my lineage from my great grandfather. But he should not spread this filth like this. I will fight all this legally and don’t want to comment much on it outside court,” Wankhede told .
Earlier, the Maharashtra minister had put an allegation of extortion on Wankhede while challenging the NCB official that he will lose his job within a year.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2.
A total of 20 people, including Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, have been arrested so far in the case. 

‘My family, dead mother being targeted’: NCB’s Sameer Wankhede tells court

Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) zonal director Sameer Wankhede told a special court in Mumbai on Monday that he and his family were being targeted and is ready for probe into allegations against him.
“My family including my sister and deceased mother are being targeted,” the NCB zonal director told the court. Wankhede was appearing before special NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act) court in connection with the probe of drugs-on-the-cruise case today. Two affidavits have been filed in the case — one by NCB and another by Wankhede.
Wankhede and Maharastra minister and senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik are at loggerheads over the investigation of the drugs-on-cruise in Mumbai.
Malik has shared the birth certificate of Wankhede on Twitter saying “Sameer Dawood Wankhede’s fraud started from here.”

Sameer Wankhere and Maharastra Minister Nawab Malik


Following this Wankhede said he will fight Malik legally.
“I have come to know about a fresh tweet by Nawab Malik about my birth certificate. This is an ugly attempt to bring in all the things which are not connected to all this. My mother was a Muslim so does he want to bring my dead mother in all this? To verify my caste and background, anyone can go to my native place and verify my lineage from my great grandfather. But he should not spread this filth like this. I will fight all this legally and don’t want to comment much on it outside court,” Wankhede told ANI.
Earlier, the Maharashtra minister had put an allegation of extortion on Wankhede while challenging the NCB official that he will lose his job within a year.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2.
A total of 20 people, including Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, have been arrested so far in the case.

Cruise drugs case: NCB witness Prabhakar Sail reaches Mumbai Police Commissioner’s office

Prabhakar Sail, a witness of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the cruise drugs case, reached Mumbai Police Commissioner’s office on Monday.
Notably, Sail, who is the bodyguard of another NCB witness Kiran Gosavi in the Mumbai Cruise Drugs case, has alleged that Gosavi took Rs 50 lakh from an individual after the raid at the cruise ship. On October 18, a case was registered against Gosavi, the man who was seen accosting Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan at Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) office in connection with the drugs-on-cruise matter.


An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2.
A total of 20 people, including Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, have been arrested so far in the case.

Mumbai: Man arrested for harassing women cops on control room calls

Mumbai Police have arrested a 41-year-old man who has been calling in the police control room and abusing women police personnel.

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : According to an official statement of Police, after taking cognizance of the matter Crime Intelligence Unit of Mumbai Police started an investigation. “On October 16, six to seven consecutive calls were made to the Mumbai Police Control Room and every time the accused spoke in a different language. He also threatened to kill personnel during the calls,” police said
The police started tracing the number from which the call came, after investigation, it turned out that these calls came from the Khar Danda area in Mumbai.
“The calls were traced back 41-year-old Chandrashekhar, who was spent two years in jail in the two earlier cases and was lodged in Taloja jail, from where he learned different languages from the same,” police said
The police said it is trying to find the accused’s motive behind the act.
Further investigation into the case is underway.

Mumbai Police looking for Dawood Ibrahim’s aide in extortion case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch on Friday informed that it is now looking for underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s aide Riyaz Bhati who has been named in the FIR against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh in an extortion case.
“Riyaz Bhati’s name is also mentioned in the same FIR which has been registered against Param Bir Singh in an extortion case. But Bhati has disappeared since the crime branch called him for interrogation,” the police said. The police further informed that Bhati filed an anticipatory bail application in September this year which was rejected by the sessions court. “While dismissing the plea, the court said that custodial interrogation is necessary in this case,” the police added.
Police alleged that Bhati used to collect money from bar and restaurant owners and send it to suspended Mumbai Police officer Sachin Waze.
Earlier on October 9, the Crime Branch of Mumbai police sent an inquiry notice to former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, in connection with an extortion case.
“An inquiry notice has been sent to Parambir Singh asking him to appear before the police on October 12, ” Mumbai police said.
The Crime Branch of Mumbai police passed a notice at Parambir Singh’s Mumbai residence and a team has also gone to Haryana to give him notice at Haryana residence.
A case of extortion was registered on July 23 against Parambir Singh, Sachin Waje and others at Goregaon Police Station, whose investigation was handed over to the Mumbai Crime Branch.
It was the second case of extortion in which Param Bir Singh has been named.
The Enforcement Directorate had earlier summoned the former Mumbai Police Commissioner to record a statement in connection with the Rs 100 crore money laundering case against ex-Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

Cruise ship raid case: NCB raids film producer Imtiyaz Khatri’s residence, office in Mumbai

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Raids are being conducted at the residence and office of film producer Imtiyaz Khatri in the Bandra area of Mumbai in connection with the Cruise ship raid case, informed the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Saturday.
Earlier on Friday, Mumbai’s Esplanade court rejected the bail plea of Aryan Khan, Arbaz Seth Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha, in the case related to the seizure of drugs following a raid at a party on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast. Meanwhile, NCB, Mumbai zone Director Sameer Wankhede said on Friday that the NCB and the prosecution will attempt to take the cruise ship raid case to reach a logical conclusion.
“We and persecution will attempt to take the case to a logical conclusion. Our case is strong and will be presented in the sessions court,” Wankhede said.
An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2 night.
A total of 18 people, including a Nigerian national, have been arrested in the case related to the seizure of drugs following a raid at a party on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast.

Raj Kundra case: charge sheet submitted in court

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 16 : The Property Cell of Mumbai Crime Branch on Wednesday submitted a 1500-page supplementary charge sheet before Esplanade Court in connection with the pornography case against businessman Raj Kundra.
As per information shared by Mumbai police on Thursday, the 1500-page charge sheet contains the statements of 43 witnesses including Kundra’s wife and actress Shilpa Shetty. The statements of actors Sherlyn Chopra, Sejal Shah, many models and employees of Kundra’s company have been recorded in the charge sheet.
The charge sheet also includes the names of two wanted accused in the case.
Kundra was arrested by police on July 19 along with 11 other people on charges related to the alleged creation of pornographic films.

Sakinaka rape case accused confesses

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 13 : After the probe in the Sakinaka rape-murder case, Mumbai Police has added charges under the SC/ST Atrocities Act against the accused, said Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale on Monday.
He further informed that the accused has confessed to the crime and the weapon used in committing the heinous crime has also been recovered. “The victim belonged to a particular caste. Thus, we have applied the section of SC/ST Atrocities Act and we will be investigating the same. We had arrested the accused. In the interrogation, he had confessed to committing the crime. We have also recovered the weapon that was used in the crime,” said Nagrale at a press conference held in Mumbai.
“Primary cause of death is injuries all over her body,” he added.
The Police commissioner further noted that the accused, Mohan Chauhan, was under the influence of some substance.
“As per confession, accused and victim knew each other. The victim was demanding something from the accused. They later argued. We are anticipating, the main reason he attacked her was a bit of argument that they had. He was under the influence of some substances,” he said.
The police officer also said, “As per Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) we have not found out any offence that is registered against accused so far in Maharashtra. We are trying to find out if he has any criminal record in Uttar Pradesh.”
Nagrale stated that a total amount of Rs 20 lakhs from government schemes and Chief Minister’s relief fund will be given to the dependants of the victim, who has three daughters.
Earlier, on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, a 30-year old woman was raped in the Sakinaka area of Mumbai. She sustained serious injuries because of a rod put in her private parts. The victim was undergoing treatment in Rajawadi Hospital in Mumbai, where she succumbed to her injuries on Saturday.
In light of the incident, the police commissioner emphasised that Police patrolling will be increased in places where streets are less populated at night. Women travelling alone at night will be provided help, by the night patrolling officers, he said. (ANI)

Ganeshotsav : Celebrations Gone Virtual

Celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi have completely gone virtual this year at the popular Siddhivinayak Temple in Maharashtra’s Mumbai city in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. No processions of Ganpati will be allowed and more than five persons can’t gather at a place.

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 10 : Priests performed morning aarti which was broadcast live on their official website and Facebook page. Devotees were urged to take an online glimpse of the festivities at the temple. Throughout the day, temple authorities would be keeping devotees updated on the festivities being carried out at the temple with the live session. The grand celebrations were subdued across the city as Mumbai police imposed section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) from September 10-19 in order to curb the transmission of the virus. No processions of Ganpati will be allowed and more than five persons can’t gather at a place, the Mumbai Police Commissioner’s office had said.
“We are following all government orders and suggested Covid appropriate behaviour in our temple premises. Devotees are not allowed inside temple premises. only priests and necessary staff is inside the temple. But we have arranged online Darshan of Sri Siddhivinayak through our social media pages,” Adesh Bandekar, Chairman of Sri Siddhivinayak Temple Trust.


Before the pandemic, the festival used to be celebrated with much fanfare and pomp in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra with lakhs of devotees converging into mandals to seek blessing from Lord Ganesh.
However, in the live broadcast today, only some priests and temple authorities could be seen performing the aarti and could also be heard chanting religious hymns as they prayed to the lord seeking his blessings.
Last year as well, the celebrations of the festival were subdued due to the rampant surge in COVID-19 cases in the state.
Ganesh Chaturthi, a ten-day festival that starts on the fourth day of Hindu calendar month Bhadrapada, commenced today.
The Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayak Chaturthi is dedicated to the Lord of new beginnings, Ganesha.

Delhi govt to broadcast Ganesh Chaturthi programme live on TV

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the government will organise Ganesh Chaturthi rituals on Friday evening, which will be broadcast live on some TV news channels and people will participate from their residences.
“We are organising ‘Ganesh Pujan’ programme at 7 pm today that, I hope, will be telecast on all TV channels. I request all people to watch the grand programme with their children,” Kejriwal said in a video message to the people. Earlier on Wednesday, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) had issued an order that the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations will not be allowed at public places here in view of COVID-19.
As per the directive, people were advised to celebrate the festival at home.
“No idol of Lord Ganesha shall be set up in the tent, pandal, public places, nor any kind of permission shall be granted for the procession and the public shall be encouraged or advised to celebrate the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival at their homes. The crowd should not be gathering in any religious, social places in any manner,” said a statement released by DDMA.
The Chief Minister also asked people to inculcate spirituality and patriotism in children by teaching them about Ganesh Chaturthi’s glorious history.
“I urge everyone to teach their children about Ganesh Chaturthi’s glorious history in India. During British rule, people could not celebrate festivals publicly. Bal Gangadhar Tilak was the first person to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi publicly in Pune,” said Kejriwal.
“Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s actions later became a movement and Ganeshotsav played a crucial role in the independence movement. Ganesh Chaturthi developed patriotism in people. We should inculcate spirituality and patriotism in our children,” he added. 

Mumbai : 36 FIRs on BJP’s Yatra

Mumbai Maharashtra) [India], August 21 : Mumbai police on Saturday registered 17 new FIRs against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and workers for allegedly violating Covid-19 protocols during the Jan Ashirwad Yatra of Union Minister Narayan Rane in different parts of Mumbai.
Maharashtra government led by Uddhav Thackeray today filed 17 new FIRs against BJP’s rally in Mumbai for flouting Covid-19 norms. Till Friday, 19 FIRs were registered against the BJP leaders and workers in different police stations of Mumbai and with the new cases being filed the total number of FIRs registered has risen to 36. The new FIRs were registered in Mulund, Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup, Pant Nagar, Khar, Santacruz, Powai, MIDC, Saki Naka, Meghwadi, Goregaon, Charkop, Borivali and MHB police stations in Mumbai.
Rane on Thursday began his Jan Ashirwad Yatra in Mumbai despite the restrictions from the Mumbai Police. Many opposition leaders objected to the rally in view of the ongoing pandemic in the state.
Earlier on Friday, Congress leaders Ashok Chavan and Bhai Jagtap had slammed BJP for disregarding the pandemic situation in the state and holding the rally. Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde had also refuted BJP’s claims of the Maharashtra government targetting their party and asserted that Covid-19 guidelines must be followed by all the people irrespective of their political background.
Rane himself on Friday condemned the Maharashtra government for its failure to tackle the pandemic situation in the state and said he would continue his rally despite FIRs fired against his yatra.

Case is subjudice, please stop attributing false quotes on my behalf: Shilpa Shetty

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], August 2 : Shilpa Shetty on Monday issued her first statement in reaction to the ongoing pornography case against her husband Raj Kundra stating that the case is subjudice and attributing false quotes on her behalf should be stopped.
Taking to Twitter the Bollywood actor in a statement said, “Yes! The past few days have been challenging, on every front. There have been a lot of rumours and accusations. A lot of unwarranted aspersions on me cast by the media and (not so) well-wishers as well. A lot of trolling/questions posed… not only to me but also to my family.” Shilpa Shetty said that she had full faith in Mumbai Police and the Indian judiciary.
“MY STAND… I HAVE NOT COMMENTED YET and will continue to refrain from doing so on this case as it is subjudice, so please stop attributing false quotes on my behalf. Reiterating my philosophy of, as a celebrity “Never complain, never explain”. All I will say is, as it’s an ongoing investigation, I have full faith in the Mumbai Police and the Indian judiciary. As a family, we are taking recourse to all our available legal remedies,” she said.
She further urged people to respect their privacy and to refrain from commenting on half-baked information without verifying the veracity of the same.
“But, till then I humbly request you – especially as a MOTHER – and to respect our privacy for my children’s sake request you to refrain from commenting on half-baked information without verifying the veracity of the same. I am a proud law-abiding Indian citizen and a hardworking professional for the last 29 years. People have put their faith in ME & I’ve never let anyone down. So, most importantly, I request you to respect my family’s and ‘my right’ to privacy in these times,” read the statement.
“We don’t deserve a media trial. Please let the law take its course. Satyamev Jayate! With Positivity and Gratitude,” she added.
Kundra, 45, was arrested by the Mumbai Police late on July 19 along with 11 other people on the charges of the alleged creation of pornographic films and was placed in police custody till July 23.
Currently, the case involves the alleged creation of pornographic films and publishing them through some apps.
Kundra has been named as the key conspirator by the Mumbai Police which has slapped charges against him under Sections 420 (cheating), 34 (common intention), 292 and 293 (related to obscene and indecent advertisements and displays) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) besides relevant sections of the IT Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act.

Drone, Para Gliders banned

Thane: The MBVV (Mira-Bhayander Vasai Virar) police on Saturday issued an order banning the movement of drone, paragliders, remote-controlled micro light aircraft, aerial missiles in the limits of the commissionerate, it was stated.
The order, issued by deputy commissioner of police Vijaykant Sagar, also stated that these items have been banned under section 144.
However the order, which will be in force till September 9, will not be applicable to the specially permitted usages, the order stated.

Mumbai cops arrest 300 kilograms of Heroin

Mumbai’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Monday recovered 293.81 kgs of heroin. It was found concealed in two containers packed with semi-processed talc stones imported by a Punjab-based firm from Afghanistan, the directorate said.

Prabhjit Singh, the proprietor of the firm which imported the consignment, was arrested by DRI of the Amritsar Regional Unit on July 1. He was brought to Mumbai and produced before a Panvel court on Monday and remanded to DRI custody till July 12.

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