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CPI-M Kerala unit parking ill-gotten wealth in Coop banks: BJP

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Kerala BJP chief K.Surendran on Saturday alleged that the ruling CPI-M is parking its ill-gotten wealth in cooperative banks and the latest massive fraud that has surfaced at the Thrissur Karuvannur Cooperative Bank is only a tip of the iceberg.

Surendran said the present Crime Branch police probe into the Trissur bank case is intended to destroy all the documents in the case as funds embezzled from the bank was used in the campaign of R.Bindhu — current Minister of Higher Education in Kerala, besides for wife of the acting CPI-M state secretary A.Vijayaraghavan and former State Cooperation Minister A.C.Moideen.

“The relatives and close aides of Moideen are behind this bank scam and the present Crime Branch probe will be of no use and the need of the hour is central agencies-led probe. We are going to launch a protest,” said Surendran.

“The Trissur bank is just one of the many 106 Cooperative banks directly under the control of the CPI-M that are parking bays of the Left party’s ill-gotten wealth.

“Only a central agency probe will bring out the truth as some accused have already left the country and some are in hiding,” added Surendran.

The Trissur Karavanoor Cooperative Bank surfaced after the local Cooperative officials conducted an inspection following a complaint that all was not fair at the bank.

The complaint was found to be true and it surfaced that loan money were being given for various property documents credited to a few accounts, while some of the account holders had no clue that loans were being sanctioned based on their property documents.

The Kerala Crime Branch police is probeing the loan fraud to the tune of over Rs 104.37 crore according to State Cooperative Minister V.N.Vasavan who informed the State Assembly on Friday.

On Saturday, M.V.Govindan, the Local Self Government Minister and second in command to Vijayan told the media that none will be spared and all those who have had a role in the scam will be taken to task.

“Party affiliations will not be looked into and none who have done a wrong will be spared,” said Govindan.

However, Leader of Opposition V.D.Satheesan on Saturday told the media that the present probe is nothing but eyewash.

“This scam first surfaced three years back and the Cooperative department after their probe then asked for a Vigilance probe, but why has the CPI-M been silent on it. The present probe is only meant to save the real culprits and the real culprits in this probe is the CPI-M,” said Satheesan.

This CPI-M controlled bank has a 13 member committee that has been disbanded after the Cooperative Inspectors found out the loan fiasco and six bank officials have also been suspended.

On Saturday anxious depositors arrived at the bank to check if they could withdraw their hard earned money.

The employees attached to the bank and presently on the run are understood to have invested a huge portion of this money at a resort in Thekkady.

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29 DCP-level officers transferred in major Delhi Police rejig

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 In a major reshuffle, 29 DCP-level officers of Delhi Police have been transferred and given new responsibilities, an official order said here on Saturday.

According to the order, Additional CP (traffic), Veenu Bansal, has been transferred as Additional CP, CPCR.

DCP Central district Jasmeet Singh, DCP Outer North district Rajeev Ranjan, and DCP Southwest district Ingit Pratap Singh have been sent to the Special Cell of the Delhi Police.

DCP North Anto Alphonse will be relieved for central deputation, while DCP South Atul Kumar Thakur has been posted as DCP Headquarter-1. Gaurav Sharma, who was serving as DCP Security, has been transferred as DCP South West District.

Benita Mary Jaiker, DCP 7th battalion DAP, has been shifted as DCP South district.

Shweta Chauhan, DCP (HQ), has been transferred as DCP Central District. Similarly, Sagar Singh Kalsi, DCP (P&L), has been made DCP North district.

Esha Pandey, DCP (PCR), has been shifted as DCP Southeast district, while Brijender Kumar Yadav has been transferred to the Outer North district.

R.P. Meena has been shifted as DCP HQ-2, while Santosh Kumar Meena will join as DCP (P&L).

Of all the 29 transferred officers, 10 are from the DANIPS cadre.

Earlier on August 29, 11 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers of Delhi Police were transferred and given new responsibilities in the national capital.

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K’taka BJP is puppet of RSS, working on their orders: Siddaramaiah

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 Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has no faith in democracy and a parliamentary system of governance, Siddaramaiah, the Leader of the Opposition has said, adding the entire government, including Bommai, is behaving like a puppet of the RSS and working on their orders,

The Congress party will start a statewide protest against price rise from October 2 till the prices are reduced, he said.

The position of the Speaker is above politics and political parties. His/Her decisions should always be unbiased. What is the sanctity of the position, if the speaker behaves like a member of a political party, he said.

“New National Education Policy is an attempt to enable upper caste and RSS to enslave marginalised sections, Dalits and women. If we try to oppose, Speaker jumps to justify the government,” he charged.

The BJP government has decided to hand over KIADB land that was acquired at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore per acre amounting to Rs 175 crore to acquire 116 acres. The same land is now being given to CESS at just Rs 50 crore. The current market price is Rs 300-400 crore, he said.

“The prices have increased drastically after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister. Both Central and State BJP governments are looting from the common man. Narendra Modi government has increased the excise duty of Diesel from Rs 3.45 to Rs 31.84 and excise duty of Petrol is increased from Rs 9.21 to Rs 32.98. Let him reduce excise duty by 50 per cent. The Narendra Modi government has collected about Rs 23 lakh crore as excise duty in the last 7 years,” he said.

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Centre sanctions medical devices park in Himachal

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 Himachal Pradesh has been sanctioned a medical devices park, first in north India, by the Central government with the grant-in-aid of Rs 100 crore, said Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Thakur thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for sanctioning the park to be developed in Nalagarh in Solan district where land measuring 265 hectares has been identified.

The Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers had notified the guidelines of the Promotion of Medical Devices Park scheme that aimed to set up four medical devices parks in the country.

The Chief Minister said the estimated cost of this park would be Rs 266.95 crore and Rs 160.95 crore would be borne by the state government.

He said the state was expecting an investment of over Rs 5,000 crore with a turnover of Rs 20,000 crore and gainful employment for about 10,000 people.

The park will give big boost to the second stage of industrialization apart from producing consumer goods, Thakur said, adding that it would have industries producing capital goods such as plants and machinery, etc.

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