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CBI arrests 4 in Rs 100 crore RS seat racket, court grants them bail

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday claimed to have arrested four people for allegedly running a racket by promising seats in Rajya Sabha and other government organisations for Rs 100 crore.

The CBI also conducted raids at seven locations in Delhi, Karnataka and Maharashtra which led them to the recovery of incriminating documents.

The accused were identified as Karmalakar Premkumar Bandgar, Ravindra Vithal Naik, Mahendra Pal Arora and Abhishek Boora. However, the fifth accused identified as Md. Alaz Khan is still at large.

Soon after their arrests, all the four accused moved a bail plea before the Rouse Avenue Court which released them on bail. Bandgar was also impersonating as a CBI official.

The CBI had been intercepting a few calls which led them to bust the racket. They were cheating people on the pretext of offering them Rajya Sabha seat, governorship, or appointment as chairperson of government organisations, ministries and departments.

Arora hatched the conspiracy and discussed the idea with Bandgar and they zeroed in on people who could pay them a handsome amount. Later, other accused also joined them. Bandgar also claimed that he had links in government.

The CBI has mentioned in the FIR that to impress their targets, the accused Bandgar, Arora, Khan and Naik used to show that they have links in Government. Boora was acting as a middleman with them.

Bandgar even used to call Police personnel impersonating as CBI officials and would threaten them to help his friends. He also tried to influence investigations of the cases of his known perosns.

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BJP claims better performance than UPA govt in economic domain

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The political tussle between Congress and BJP has intensified with respect to the ‘politics of performance’. While Congress is constantly trying to put the Modi government in the dock regarding the economic condition of the country and rising inflation, BJP claims that their government has fared much better in the domain of economy.

Comparing the size of the country’s economy in the tenures of UPA and NDA governments, BJP expressed on twitter that during 10 years of the UPA government, India moved up just one notch as the world’s largest economy. On the other hand, the Indian economy has climbed up five places to become the world’s fifth largest economy in just eight-and-a-half years of under Modi.

India moved from 11th to 10th largest economy in ten years of UPA while India has moved from 10th to 5th largest economy in eight and half years of BJP-led NDA.

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Mumbai Police takes underworld don Chhota Shakeel’s relative Salim Fruit’s custody

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The Anti extortion cell (AEC) of the Mumbai Police on Tuesday said that it has arrested Underworld gangster and Dawood Ibrahim’s close aide Chhota Shakeel’s relative Salim Qureshi alias Salim Fruit in a fresh case of land grabbing.

The police said a family based in South Africa had filed a complaint saying that their property in the Umerkhadi area of South Mumbai was allegedly grabbed by preparing fake documents. A case under relevant sections of the IPC was registered by the Economic Offence Wing of the city police and it was later transferred to the AEC.

Initial investigations revealed the involvement of five people including Salim Fruit in the matter following which the police arrested the suspects, an official said.

The police said the complainant had said that his property which is worth over Rs 25 crore was grabbed by making fake documents. The property was originally owned by his father.

“Salim Fruit was lodged in jail. He had been arrested by the NIA in a previous case. With the court’s permission, we have taken him into our custody and he is arrested in the matter,” said DCP Prashant Kadam.

The police said the arrested suspects were produced before a court that sent them to police custody. Further investigations into the matter are going on.

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Maharashtra: Shinde-Fadnavis government launches Disability Welfare Department

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The Maharashtra government of Shinde Fadnavis established a separate Disability Welfare Department for the holistic development of the disabled. The department will be operational beginning December 3.

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