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Bombay High Court refuses to hear Anil Deshmukh’s plea against ED

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The Bombay High Court on Thursday refused to hear a petition filed by former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh seeking to quash the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summons issued against him, among other reliefs.

When the matter first came up on Thursday, Justice Revati Mohite-Dere recused herself from hearing the plea without assigning any reason, saying: “Not before me.”

The plea was filed on Wednesday by Deshmukh seeking to quash the ED summons for recording his statement, setting up an SIT comprising officers from outside of Mumbai Zone, record his statement in electronic mode, attendance through an authorised agent, and other reliefs as directions.

The ED has been probing an alleged money-laundering case against Deshmukh since April following a CBI FIR arising out of the corruption allegations levelled by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh in March.

Deshmukh has so far skipped five ED summons even as the agency raided his premises in Mumbai and Nagpur and also arrested two of the ex-minister’s associates.

Last month, the Supreme Court had declined to grant interim protection against arrest by the ED and asked Deshmukh to move an appropriate court.

Among other things, Deshmukh is charged with asking dismissed Mumbai Assistant Inspector Sachin Vaze to collect Rs 100 crore per month from city hoteliers, and an educational trust belonging to the Deshmukhs receiving illegal money worth Rs 4 crore.

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Terrorist killed in Kashmir encounter

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One terrorist was killed in an ongoing encounter between the terrorists and security forces at Check Cholan area in South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Wednesday, officials said.

“One unidentified terrorist killed. Operation going on,” police said.

The gunfight took place after a joint team of the police and the army cordoned off the area and launched a search operation on the basis of specific information about the presence of terrorists.

As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where the terrorists were hiding they came under a heavy volume of fire that triggered the encounter.

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Bihar lacks facility to test Omicron variant of Covid-19

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While the entire world is scared of Covid-19’s new variant Omicron, Bihar has no facility to conduct genome sequencing at the moment.

A test lab of genome sequencing is available only in Patna’s Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) but it is lacking reagent to conduct a test. Such a situation emerged after some samples of Covid-positive patients who came from foreign countries, were sent to IGIMS for testing.

The Bihar Health department has now given an order to buy the reagent which will take at least 15 days to arrive. This means the testing of genome sequencing in Biahr will start only after 15 days.

Genome sequencing is a process to analyse the nature of all kinds of virus a patient is infected with. Omicron or Delta variant of the coronavirus can be detected only through genome sequencing.

Meanwhile, Mangal Pandey, Bihar Health Minister claimed that there is no case of Omicron in the state.

The claim made by the Minister came at a time when five patients who came from African countries and two from Dubai have been found to be Covid-positive during an RT-PCR test. Their samples were sent to IGIMS for genome sequencing. As the reagent is not available in the lab, the samples are preserved in a cold storage.

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Man returning from Dubai held for carrying liquor in Patna

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An electrical engineer returning from Dubai was arrested on charges of violating liquor ban after a wine bottle was found in his possession here, police said on Wednesday.

He had purchased the wine in Dubai as a gift for his father. After landing at Patna airport on Tuesday, he was to catch a night train for his native place Bokaro in Jharkhand, the police said.

Sujeet Kumar Singh, working as an electrical engineer in US based private firm in Dubai, was on his way home for his marriage when he was arrested.

“He had checked into a hotel in Patna and was waiting to catch a train. We came across him during a regular checking in the hotel where he was staying. When questioned, he accepted that he was carrying wine in his suitcase and had a bill also,” said an official of Kotwali police station.

Singh was not aware about liquor prohibition in Bihar.

“He was not drunk at the time of arrest and the recovered bottle was also sealed,” the official said.

Singh, a native of Bokaro steel City in Jharkhand, was returning after two years.

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