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CBI tells SC: Maharashtra making job tough in probe against Anil Deshmukh

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that it is a “very disturbing scenario” in Maharashtra, where former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, has no faith in the police force, which he headed recently, and the state government has no faith in CBI. Also, the CBI informed the top court that the state is creating several stumbling blocks in its probe against former Home Minister (HM) Anil Deshmukh.

Senior advocate Puneet Bali, representing Singh, submitted that his client is being targeted and added that the matter was handed over to the CBI, but the state government has tried to scuttle the proceedings of the CBI. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the CBI, said this is a matter of chain of events. Senior advocate Darius Khambata, representing the Maharashtra government, contended that the top court will have to see this matter.

A bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M.M. Sundresh said: “This is the same police force that you headed. Now, the head of the police force has no trust in the police force. The administration has no trusta… This is a disturbing scenario.” The bench queried whether there is a possibility to resolve this matter peacefully?

Mehta submitted the state is creating several stumbling blocks in its probe against Deshmukh and making CBI’s job difficult.

Bali added that the Maharashtra government has started departmental action against his client in the same cases where FIR has been registered. After hearing arguments in the matter, the top court extended the protection from arrest granted to Singh in the cases and scheduled the matter for further hearing on January 27.

The CBI, in an affidavit, has told the Supreme Court, “It prima facie appears that there is clearly an attempt to meddle in the court entrusted investigation carried on by the CBI and further, an attempt to jeopardise the same. It is submitted that in such circumstances, it is requested that this honourable court may exercise powers vested with it in order to ensure that such attempts by various quarters are thwarted once and for all.”

The CBI has also cited the chat transcript of Maharashtra DGP Sanjay Pandey given by Param Bir Singh.

Singh had moved the top court challenging the Bombay High Court order dated September 16, which dismissed his plea against the two preliminary enquiries initiated by the Maharashtra government. He had also sought transfer of cases filed against him to the CBI.

In his petition in the high court, Singh had claimed that inquiries were initiated against him after he accused Deshmukh of ordering arrested police officer Sachin Vaze to collect money from bars and restaurants to the tune of Rs 100 crore. Singh claimed the home department resorted to a witch hunt after he refused to withdraw his letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, where he had made corruption allegations.

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Maharashtra: Shinde-Fadnavis govt ‘erases’ Tipu Sultan’s name from Mumbai playground

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Mumbai: In a potentially controversial move, the Maharashtra government has ordered the removal of Tipu Sultan, the ruler of the Mysore kingdom, now in Karnataka, given to a prominent suburban garden and playground by the erstwhile Maha Vikas Aghadi government.

Making the announcement, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Mumbai Suburban District Guardian Minister M.P. Lodha said the decision was taken recently at a meeting with the Collector.

“Finally, victory of the Right! Ordered removal of name Tipu Sultan from the park in Malad after considering protests by Sakal Hindu Samaj and demands by BJP MP Gopal Shetty,” said Lodha.

He said in the DPDC meeting last year, the previous MVA government had decided to name the park after Tipu Sultan and the BJP had protested the move.

However, after dropping Tipu Sultan’s name, the government of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis has not yet decided on its renaming, the Minister added.

The former MVA Minister Aslam Shaikh had revamped the park, included many amenities and sports facilities for the locals and it was named as ‘Shaheed Tipu Sultan Playground’ in January 2022, ahead of the BMC elections, which got postponed.

Sultan Fateh Ali Tipu (1751-1799), famed as just ‘Tipu Sultan’, ruled the Mysore kingdom from 1782 onwards till his rout and death in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War (1798-1799).

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Maharashtra: Going to buy a house soon? Here are 14 ‘must know’ points to keep in mind

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Prior to stepping out to commence house hunting, the home buyers are supposed to do some homework. Usually, individuals either approach real estate agents or walk-in into a developer’s construction and sales site. What gets ignored is due diligence as prescribed by the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA).

A homebuyer should always be cautious on what they are verbally assured and promised by the builder and an agent vis-à-vis what is actually mentioned in the fine print of the documents signed. There have been numerous instances wherein there has been a mismatch in verbal promise and the legal conditions in an agreement for sale.

The Maharera has issued some basic guidelines for such home buyers as well as investors to prevent fraud and getting into trouble while transacting in a real estate deal.

Prior to sealing the deal, question oneself with:

BEFORE BUYING A HOME

1) Check only MahaRERA registered project

2) Verify developer mentioned completion date on MahaRERA’s website

3) Ink an agreement and allotment letter as per prescribed format

4) Don’t pay more than 10% payment prior to signing the agreement

5) Entertain only through MahaRERA registered real estate agents

IMPORTANT MahaRERA PROVISIONS

6) Financial Discipline: 70% of funds collected to be used for construction

7) Transparency: Detailed project information on MahaRERA’s website

8) Quarterly progress reporting by promoters

9) Consent of two-third allottees must for any major project alteration or addition

10) Complaint filing & conciliation

AFTER THE PURCHASE

11) Monitor the project’s progress through MahaRERA website

12) Only MahaRERA Carpet Area to be referred to for all transactions

13) Ensure documents are as per Model Agreement & Model Allotment Letter

14) Complaint against Promoter or Agent for breach of any promise

If the project is registered with MahaRERA, the developers have to fulfil several conditions under the RERA Act for the benefit of the customer. These conditions include maintaining an escrow account for the project. A total of 70% of the money received from the buyers for the project has to be kept in this account to undertake work on the same project. Moreover, the developer is required to update the project status on MahaRERA’s website every three months.

“Apart from this, starting January 1, MahaRERA will register new projects having the DIN Number of all the directors and promoters of the project. This is to make transparent the related interest that the promoter has other than the project that is under construction,” said a MahaRERA official.

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Bhayandar: Two youths die in accident while returning from ‘Pathaan’ night show

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In a tragic incident, two youths died after their bike was hit by the driver of a rashly driven truck in Bhayandar late on Thursday night. The duo were returning home after watching the night show of the recently released movie ‘Pathaan’ at Rassaz Multiplex in Mira Road. According to the police, the mishap was reported at Golden Nest circle at around 12:30 am when the deceased who have been identified as-Abrar Ali Manihar (22) and his friend Tufail Shamim Shah (26)- both resident of Azad Nagar in Bhayandar (east) were returning home on the latter’s bike after watching the night show of the recently released movie ‘Pathaan’ at Rassaz Multiplex in Mira Road.

Declared dead on arrival by doctors

The truck was headed towards the Phatak road from the direction of Kashimira. Both who suffered severe head and other injuries were declared dead before admission by on-duty doctors of a nearby hospital. “We have arrested the 45-year-old truck driver identified as Usman and booked him under section 304 (a) of the IPC for causing death by negligence,” confirmed senior police inspector of Navghar police station- Milind Desai. Further investigations were under way.

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