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Rape-accused dragged out of Arunachal Pradesh police station by mob, lynched

Home Nation Rape-accused dragged out of Arunachal Pradesh police station by mob, lynched

By Prasanta Mazumdar | Express News Service | Published: 20th February 2018 05:58 AM |

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GUWAHATI: A MOB lynched two rape and murder accused after dragging them out of a police station in Arunachal Pradesh on Monday. The incident took place in broad daylight at Tezu in eastern Arunachal’s Lohit distric t. The deceased, identified as Sanjay Sobar (30) and Jagdish Lohar (26) from Assam, worked at a tea garden.After taking custody of Sobar and Lohar, the mob brought the duo to a town square where they were bludgeoned with stones and other blunt objects. The mob tried to set the bodies on fire but was stopped by a large police contingent.

The gruesome deaths brought back the memories of the lynching in 2015 in Nagaland’s commercial hub Dimapur, where a mob lynched a rape-accused after dragging him out of a central jail.In the Arunachal case, a minor girl on February 12 had gone missing from a village falling under the Wakro police outpost in the district. On Sunday morning, two of her relatives spotted the girl dead in a jungle near Namgo village.

Arunachal Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) Sandip Goel told The New Indian Express that Sobar and Lohar were arrested in connection with the case. “Following their arrest, they were kept at the police station. A mob comprising several hundred people forcibly made their way into the police station and dragged the two accused out by overpowering the policemen. Later, they killed the duo,” the DGP said.
“The mob also attempted to burn the bodies but stopped by our personnel,” he added.

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/ AP does not need anybodys benevolence: CM

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AP does not need anybodys benevolence: CMAmaravati, Feb 19 (PTI) Against the backdrop of strained ties between the BJP and the TDP over "insufficient" budgetary allocations for Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today said the state didnt need anybodys "benevolence". "Provisions in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014

Amaravati, Feb 19 (PTI) Against the backdrop of strained ties between the BJP and the TDP over "insufficient" budgetary allocations for Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today said the state didnt need anybodys "benevolence".

"Provisions in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014 and the promises made by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Rajya Sabha have not been implemented. Our MPs have been fighting for justice to the state. We need nobodys benevolence. Our efficiency and hard work will be our saviours," Naidu said in remarks apparently aimed at the Narendra Modi government.

TDP is one of the constituents of the BJP-led NDA.

Addressing public representatives and bureaucrats via teleconference here, the chief minister asked everyone to strive for the states progress and meet the desired targets.

For more than 15 days since the presentation of the Union Budget 2018-19, Naidu did not speak anything in public against the Centre though TDP MPs carried out an agitation in Parliament, protesting the "raw deal" meted out to the southern state.

"The peoples representatives fight and the officials efforts are to protect the interests of the state. We have to work more efficiently during a crisis. Our hard work will pay," he said.

Meanwhile, Telugu Desam Party sources said the chief minister, who also heads the TDP, was planning to convene an all-party meeting soon to discuss ways to build pressure on the Centre to secure the states "rightful" due.

A decision on the date of the all-party meeting and the parties to be invited could be decided at the TDPs coordination committee meeting here tomorrow, they said.

The proposed meeting assumes significance as it is the first one the Chandrababu Naidu government will be holding on any issue since the states bifurcation in 2014.

Following the protests by Andhra Pradesh MPs in Parliament, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that a formula will soon be worked out to release funds under a special package to Andhra Pradesh.

The MPs belonging to the TDP, YSR Congress and the Congress had protested "non-implementation" of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, and demanded a financial package for the state. PTI DBV NSK BAS

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Delhi chief secretary alleges assault by AAP MLAs, party refutes charges

Delhi chief secretary alleges assault by AAP MLAs, party refutes chargesDelhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash today alleged that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators physically assaulted him at chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence yesterday, reported Times Now. AAP called the allegations "ludicrous" and said Prakash is making these claims at the behest of the BJP.TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Feb 20, 2018, 13:00 IST

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  • The incident took place during a meeting on the door-to-door delivery of essential government services
  • AAP refuted Prakash’s claims and accused him of using “bad language” against its MLAs
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Arvind Kejriwal’s MLAs turn goons, assault chief secretaryArvind Kejriwal’s MLAs turn go... NEW DELHI: Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash today alleged that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators physically assaulted him at chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence yesterday, reported Times Now.
Even as AAP called the allegations "ludicrous" and said Prakash is making these claims at the behest of the BJP, Delhi government employees said they are going on strike to protest the alleged assault.
"We are going on a strike with immediate effect, we are with our chief secretary, until they (those at fault) are not arrested we wi ll not get back (to work)," said DN Singh, president of Delhi Administrative Subordinate Services, to ANI.
The Congress meanwhile has jumped in to comment on the controversy, and is supporting Prakash.
Prakash alleged that he was physically assaulted by two AAP MLAs during a meeting at the chief minister's residence yesterday and in front of CM Kejriwal. He claimed a meeting had been called by CM Kejriwal to discuss the issue of "advertisements".
"There was a heated exchange at the meeting last night. During the argument, two-three AAP MLAs manhandled him... the CS's spectacles also got broken," alleged a senior IAS official, who did not wish to be named.
AAP claims the meeting was called to discuss issues to to with faulty ration distribution and accused Prakash of using "bad language" against its MLAs at yesterday's meeting.
"About 2.5 lakh families deprived of rations last month due to f aulty implementation of Aadhaar. MLAs were under tremendous pressure from public. There was a meeting of MLAs at CM residence. The chief secretary refused to answer questions saying that he was not answerable to MLAs and CM and that he was answerable only to LG. He even used bad language against some MLAs and left without answering any questions," said AAP.
It further said Prakash was trying to disrupt governance in the Capital.
"Now he is making such ludicrous allegations. Obviously, he is doing it at BJP's behest. BJP has stooped very low in disrupting governance in Delhi through LG and officers," a statement released by the party said.
The Delhi Administrative Services Association has convened a meeting to decide on the future course of action. The Association may file an FIR against the MLAs.
The Congress party's Sandeep Dikshit supported Prakash without explicitly saying so.
The incident "clarifies how AAP is invo lved in malpractices and corruption. If something good happens Kejriwal and his MLAs take credit and if it's something bad, onus falls on goverment," said Dikshit.
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PNB fraud: Lawyer says Nirav Modi won't go to jail; top 10 developments

Business Standard PNB fraud: Lawyer says Nirav Modi won't go to jail; top 10 developments

Nirav Modi has said PNB's overzealous approach shut the doors on his ability to clear the dues

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Nirav Modi Nirav Modi& #039;s lawyer believes his client will not be found guilty in the court of law in the Punjab National Bank fraud case. File photo of Nirav Modi
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Will absconding businessman Nirav Modi escape punishment in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud episode? At least his lawyer, Vijay Aggarwal, believes so. Aggarwal on Tuesday said the case against his client would collapse, just like the 2G scam and the Bofors matter. Aggarwal's statement came a day after media reports said Modi reportedly wrote to banks, saying that the firms controlled by him were unable to clear their dues because of the actions taken in "haste" by PNB. Further, he asked the banks to pay salaries to the 2,200 employees working in those firms. Modi also said the dues were much less than what the bank had claimed, and that his relatives booked in the cases filed by the central agencies had nothing to do with the operations of the firms under their scanner. While Modi's lawyer expressed his optimism, PNB, the public-sector lender in the eye of the storm, received more bad news, with global ratings agency Fitch on Tuesday placing it on 'Rating Watch Negative' with negative implications. At the same time, the Centre has shot written to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), asking whether at any stage it detected the fraud, involving letters of undertaking (LoUs) issued on behalf of companies promoted by Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi. Here are what Modi wrote in his letter and the top developments in the largest banking scam in the country's history: 1) 'Nirav Modi won't be found guilty': Nirav Modi's lawyer Vijay Aggarwal has said that the case against his client will collapse just like the 2G scam and the Bofors matter. Speaking to news agency ANI, Aggarwal said that the probe agencies would not be able to prove the charges against Nirav Modi in the court of law. "Like 2G Scam and Bofors matter, this case will also collapse. Agencies are making noises in the media but they will not be able to prove the charges in a court of law. I am sure Nirav Modi will not be found guilty," the lawyer said. 2) Fitch move hints at the possibility of PNB ratings downgrade: On Tuesday, US ratings agency Fitch placed PNB on 'Rating Watch Negative' (RWN), reflecting the possibility of a downgrade following the fraud. The fraud has raised questions on both internal and exter nal risk controls as well as the quality of management supervision considering that the fraud went undetected for several years, Fitch said. "Fitch Ratings has placed Punjab National Bank's (PNB) Viability Rating of 'bb' on Rating Watch Negative (RWN), following the large fraud reported by PNB," the US-based agency said in a statement. ALSO READ: PNB scam: Fitch places bank's rating under watch with negative implications The Viability Rating measures creditworthiness of a financial institution and reflects the likelihood of the entity to fail, as per Fitch. The RWN reflects the possibility of a downgrade of PNB's Viability Rating. "Fitch will resolve the Rating Watch once more clarity emerges on the extent of control failures and the impact on PNB's financial position," it added.

Stating that the fraud event has been a setback for the bank in its reputation and has had a capital market impact, Fitch sa id it will monitor PNB's full liability, potential recoveries and the extent of additional fresh capital from both internal and external sources to determine if the bank's financial position is no longer consistent with the current viability rating.

3) PNB's 'haste' to blame: Nirav Modi, the alleged kingpin of the largest banking scam in the country's history, has said PNB's overzealous approach shut the doors on his ability to clear the dues. "In the anxiety to recover your dues immediately, despite my offer, your actions have destroyed my brand and the business and have now restricted your ability to recover all the dues leaving a trail of unpaid debts," Modi said in his letter to banks. He said the operations of his companies Firestar International Private Ltd (FIPL) and Firestar Diamond International Private Ltd (FDIPL) had effectively ceased owing to raids launched by investigative a gencies, including the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation. ALSO READ: Nirav Modi PNB fraud: How bank auditors failed to detect scam in 6 years 4) Modi claims his companies owe only Rs 50 billion: Modi also said the dues were much less than what the bank has claimed, and that his relatives booked in the cases filed by the central agencies had nothing to do with the operations of the firms under their scanner. In a letter Modi written on February 15-16 to the Punjab National Bank management, a copy of which was accessed by news agency PTI, Modi pegged the money his companies owed to the bank at under Rs 50 billion (Rs 5,000 crore). PNB, the second-largest state-run bank, had, on February 14, informed the exchanges about detecting a $1.77-billion fraud at its Brady House branch in Mumbai, and named the firms led by Modi and his uncle Choksi's Gitanjali Group, and some other diamond and jewellery merchants, as suspects. Central government agencies, the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate, have registered cases on the complaint by the bank, and launched nationwide searches on dozens of offices and residences of the alleged fraudsters. The bank has named Modi's brother, his American wife Ami, and uncle Choksi, besides some others, in the FIR. ALSO READ: Rs 114-bn PNB scam: Mehul Choksi, the uncle who mentored Nirav Modi On the over Rs 110-billion (Rs 11,000-crore) loss claimed by PNB in its FIR, Modi said, "As you are aware, this is entirely incorrect and the liability of the Nirav Modi Group is substantially less...." "The erroneously cited liability resulted in a media frenzy which led to immediate search-and-seizure operations, and which in turn resulted in Firestar International and Firestar Diamond International effectively ceasing to be going concerns," his letter said. 5) Modi wan ts banks to pay his employees' salaries: Nirav Modi has asked the banks to pay salaries to the 2,200 employees working in those firms. "I would request you to permit salaries for FIPL and FDIPL to be paid for the 2,200 employees from the balance lying in the current accounts. Our HR head will send you a breakup of the monthly salary," Modi, who left the country along with his family in the first week of January, before the alleged scam became public, wrote in the letter. 6) Modi wants to sell his firms: Nirav Modi requested banks to allow him to sell the Firestar group. "Even after your complaint was filed, in good faith I wrote to you saying please sell/allow me to sell Firestar Group, or their valuable assets, and recover the dues not just from Firestar Group, but also from the three firms," Modi's letter said. He said the inventory, including assets and receivables of FIPL and FDIPL and three other firms could have settled the pending dues to the banks. "However, now that stage appears to have passed, and there is a general panic," he said, adding that the valuation of the firms stood at Rs 65 billion. ALSO READ: Revealed: Nirav Modi's Taiwan, Surat, Hong Kong & Dubai connections 7) There has been no default: He went on to state that PNB had time and again acknowledged that the buyer's credit facility had been extended by it to the three partnership firms for several years, and that there had been no default on the part of any of these firms over all these years. He said that money went through PNB all these years for the repayments of the advances gi ven by the overseas bank branches under the buyer's credit. "That Firestar International and Firestar Diamond International have never been in default to any bank, and the bankers are fully secured". He also said that PNB had over the years been earning bank charges to the tune of billions of rupees on the buyer's credit facility extended by the bank to the three partnership firms. He added that PNB had extended the money to the firm's buyers as well, from where also it has been receiving full payments, with interest and on time, all these years. 8) Govt seeks RBI's view on lapses in banking system: The Union government has shot off a letter to the RBI on the alleged Rs 114-billion PNB scam, asking whether at any stage the banking regulator had detected the fraud, involving LoUs issued to foreign branches of Indian banks on behalf of Nirav Modi and Choksi companies. "Under the Banking Regula tion Act, the RBI has a major role related to inspection, regulation, audit and the oversight of banks. We have written to the RBI, asking how the alleged scam, which had been going on for years, went undetected, and whether the regulator exercised its role under the law," an official said on condition of anonymity. ALSO READ: Nirav Modi diverted Rs 12.16-bn SEZ diamonds to domestic market: I-T Dept 9) Three more PNB officials arrested: The CBI on Monday arrested three more PNB officials after intense grilling during the day in connection with the scam involving billionaire jewellery merchants Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, officials said. The agency also started searches late Monday evening at group offices of Nirav Modi at Peninsula Business Park in lower Parel, Mumbai. The total number of arrests by the CBI has risen to five -- four PNB officials and a retired employee of the bank -- after Monday's development. Manoj Kharat, a single-window operator at PNB, and the retired employee Gokulnath Shetty were arrested earlier. Bechhu Tiwari, the then chief manager in the forex department; Yashwant Joshi, Scale-II manager in the forex department; and Praful Sawant, Scale-I officer handling the exports section were arrested by the agency Monday evening, officials said. The agency had started searches at their residences located in Navi Mumbai, Andheri and Dombivilli, they said. ALSO READ: Before PNB fraud: Nirav Modi, Choksi left 18 businessmen, 24 firms bankrupt 10) 'PNB solely liable for fraud': The public sector banks (PSBs) affected by fraudulent LoUs issued by PNB have told the government that PNB is wholly responsible for the alleged Rs 114-billion scam related to the groups of companies led by Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi. A senior banker disputed the claim made by PNB that the fraud went undetected because the bank� 39;s core banking system (CBS) was not integrated with the Society for Worldwide Inter-Bank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), a global financial messaging system that was used to instruct foreign branches of Indian banks to release money, amounting to Rs 114 billion over the years, for companies owned by Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi. The executive also said all the LoUs issued by PNB were genuine and in accordance with norms set out by the RBI. "Once our foreign branches transferred the money to the PNB's nostro account how can it claim that the transaction was not recorded in its books? It should reflect in its accounts," the banker said on condition of anonymity. With agency inputs Read our full coverage on Nirav Modi scam at PNB First Published: Tue, February 20 2018. 12:27 IST
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Arvind Kejriwal to attend Kamal Haasan's party launch in Madurai tomorrow

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal will be attending veteran actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan's party launch in Madurai on Wednesday.

Arvind Kejriwal and Kamal Haasan

Haasan will reach Madurai on Tuesday to finalise the arrangements, where he will announce the name of his party, unfurl the party flag and begin a tour of the State the same day from there.

The tour will be held in phases. From Ramanathapuram - his hometown, he will move to Madurai, Dindigul and Sivaganga districts.

Haasan has in the past said e intended to challenge the status quo "that has been plaguing the politics of Tamil Nadu for some time now".

He exhorted the people of Tamil Nadu to "question mediocrity" and "raise the bar" of governance and welfare in the State.

In keeping with his announcement last month, he met senior political leaders and well-wishers from different political parties including the Left. He also sought the blessings of DMDK leader, Captain Vijayakanth for his political journey.

Now, it remains to be seen if there will be an understanding between Haasan's party and the AAP, which might change the political couse of Tamil Nadu politics.

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