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Corruption allegations: Anil Deshmukh being grilled by CBI

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Ex-home minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh reached the CBI office on Wednesday morning for questioning into the allegations of corruption levelled by former Mumbai Commissioner of Police Param Bir Singh, officials said.

Deshmukh’s grilling is part of the “preliminary enquiry” by the Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI) as ordered by the Bombay High Court, which has to be completed within 15 days.

The senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader went to the DRDO Guest House in Kalina and is likely to be questioned by two teams of the CBI into Singh’s charges against him.

Earlier on Monday, the CBI had quizzed and recorded the statements of Deshmukh’s two aides Kundan Shinde and Sanjeev Palande.

Besides, it has also questioned Singh, the prime accused and suspended Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Vaze, Assistant Commissioner of Police Sanjay Patil and one of the complainants Advocate Jayshri Patil, and some other witnesses.

Following his transfer as Commandant-General of Home Guard Singh had sent a ‘letter-bomb’ to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray triggering a series of developments which ultimately led to the resignation of Deshmukh.

As per the high court orders, it will be left to the CBI’s discretion whether to file a first information report in the matter after completing its ‘preliminary enquiry’ into Singh’s explosive letter which had accused Deshmukh of ordering Vaze and others to ‘collect’ Rs 100 crore per month from bars, restaurants and others, sparking off a major political row and shake-up in the police department.

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Mumbai News: Man booked for depositing fake ₹2,000 notes

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Mumbai: A private bank has lodged a complaint with the police against a customer who had deposited fake Rs2,000 notes in the bank. At the time of depositing the cash, the accused had told the cashier that the money was given to him by one of his business parties. The paper used for the notes were thick and also had less security features, police said.

According to the DB Marg police, the complainant works as deputy branch manager of the Lamington Road branch of the bank. On Wednesday, during checking of the cash, one of the bank officials got suspicious about some of the notes while checking. The bank staff found 10 notes of Rs2,000 denomination to be fake.

Rs 14 lakh deposited

It was learnt that the man had visited the bank around 1pm and had deposited 700 notes of Rs2,000 denomination (Rs14 lakh) in three bank accounts. At the time of depositing the cash, the cashier had suspected some of the notes to be fake and asked the depositor from where he had got those notes.

The bank then got a complaint lodged in the matter on Wednesday. The police have registered a case under sections 489-B (using as genuine, forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes) and 489-C (possession of forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes) of the Indian Penal Code.

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Mumbai: Anti-Narcotics Cell destroys drugs worth ₹4,860 Cr

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Mumbai: The Worli branch of the Anti-Narcotics Cell on Friday destroyed more than 2,400 kg of mephedrone (MD) drugs worth Rs4,860 crore. The contraband was seized following raids on companies, which operated as chemical units, in Nalasopara, Ambernath and Gujarat. Subsequently, eight people were booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

Following the central government’s guidelines, the authorities destroyed the drugs in a furnace at a solid waste management facility.

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Tamil Nadu: Smugglers dump gold worth ₹20 crore in sea in Gulf of Mannar, Coast Guard divers recover it

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Chennai: Smugglers on board a fishing boat dumped gold worth Rs 20.2 crore crore in the sea in Gulf of Mannar in Tamil Nadu during a joint operation launched by Indian Coast Guard with DRI and customs to intercept them.

Based on a specific input from DRI regarding illegal smuggling of contraband from Sri Lanka to India, a joint operation was launched by Indian Coast Guard and DRI on May 30. The joint teams deployed by both agencies kept a close surveillance on fishing vessels operating in the Gulf of Mannar, especially near Indo-Srilanka International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).

3 smugglers were held along with their boat

Defence sources said on the morning of May 30, the joint team from Indian Coast Guard and DRI, detected a suspicious boat approaching Mandapam fishing harbour. “When challenged, the boat tried to evade apprehension but was finally apprehended in north Gulf of Mannar. While being chased, the suspects threw the consignment into water. The boat along with three suspects were apprehended and taken into custody for investigation. Simultaneously, a major diving operation was launched by Indian Coast Guard to search for the illegal gold dumped at sea,” officers said.

Meanwhile, a separate team from DRI apprehended a second suspicious boat off Vadalai village south of Mandapam. The boat had about 21. 269 Kgs of smuggled Gold, which was seized by DRI along with two suspects who were taken into custody.

Gold discovered after 2 days of search

“After relentless diving operation off the coast of Mandapam for two days, the ICG diving team in coordination with local divers successfully recovered the gold consignment from the sea bed in the morning of June 1. This consignment was found to carry gold bars weighing 11.600 kg,” a Defence press release said.

The joint operation by Indian Coast Guard and DRI resulted in total seizure of about 32.869 kg of illegal Gold valued at approx. Rs.20.20 Crores. The seized contraband and suspects are in custody of DRI for further legal action.

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