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ED reaches out to people cheated by Chennai financier

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has asked people in Chennai, cheated of their money and property by city-based businessman, Dhanraj Kochar, and his family, to contact it.

The Central government agency had conducted raids at the premises of Kochar and his business establishments on September 29 and 30 and is still continuing with the process of tallying the money and property obtained by his family from gullible people in Chennai.

The agency, in a statement, said that it had conducted raids at six places and made seizures of about Rs 250 crore, including Rs 1.5 crore in cash, gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 11 crore, and around 150 documents of landed properties.

A total of 40 people have already filed complaints and the ED is expecting more and has called upon other victims to reach out to it.

According to the agency, Kochar and his family members including his three sons, Inderchand, Suresh and Ramesh had conspired and cheated people by offering loans in cash by taking property documents as collateral, along with blank bank cheques.

The Kochar family took general power of attorney in their names and promissory notes, the ED said, adding that their seizure included third-party property documents.

The ED said that irrespective of whether someone had paid the money or not, the Kochars used to transfer the land in their names and the ED received complaints about this and conducted raids.

It also said that the Kochars were charging interest rates of 24 per cent to 48 per cent per annum which was in violation of the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Charging Exorbitant Interest (TNPCEI) Act.

ED officials said that the department is analysing the full volume of the money and documents seized from the Kochar family in a few days and is expecting more people to approach it.

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Kangna’s remarks against Sikhs blasphemous, plea in SC seeks censor on her social media posts

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 A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to censor all future social media posts by Bollywood actress Kangna Ranaut.

The plea filed by advocate Sardar Charanjeet Singh Chanderpal sought direction to instruct all social media platforms to censor, modify or delete Ranaut’s posts before allowing its official release, if it results in law-and-order problems in India.

The plea said Kangna has made these utterances on a public platform of social media like Instagram. “This post on Instagram in short means and infers ‘Sikh farmers as Khalistani Terrorists, upholds the genocide of 1984’, means that Sikhs should be treated as a lower race like unwanted mosquitoes and they need a Guru like Mrs. Indira Gandhi when the Eternal Guru of the Sikhs is Guru Granth Sahibjee,” said the plea.

The plea contended that such statements develop a sense of racial discrimination, hate based on different faiths and could lead to a lot of heated arguments on social media and have to potency of even riots, provocation and have all ingredients of the offences that these statements commit.

“The remarks are not only outrageous and blasphemous but also intend to cause riots, hurt religious sentiments, they are defamatory as well as portray Sikhs in a totally anti National manner. It also justifies the killing of innocent Sikhs. The remarks are totally against the unity of our country and the actress deserves a serious punishment at Law. They cannot be brushed aside or excused,” added the plea, filed through advocate Anil Kumar.

The plea seeks direction to the home ministry, IT ministry, TRAI and state police authorities of different states to take preventive action on Kangna’s social media posts.

The plea also sought a direction to transfer all the FIRs on the derogatory statements allegedly made by Kangna on Sikhs to the Khar police station in Mumbai.

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Koregaon-Bhima case: Bombay HC grants bail to activist Sudha Bharadwaj

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The Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted bail by default to lawyer-activist Sudha Bharadwaj, one of the accused in the 2018 Koregaon-Bhima and Elgar Parishad caste violence case.

The court has directed that Bharadwaj should be produced before the Special NIA Court next Wednesday to finalise the bail conditions.

However, the court declined the applications of eight other co-accused in the same case including Dr. P. Varavara Rao, Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Advocate Surendra Gadling, Prof. Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut, Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves.

All the accused were arrested from different parts of India in June-August 2018 in swoops by the Pune Police and later the case was taken over by the National Investigation Agency in Jan. 2020.

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3 killed in blast in Bengal’s South 24 Parganas

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Three persons were killed and several others injured in a huge blast at a residential building in South 24 Parganas district’s Mohanpur village on Wednesday morning, police said.

According to the police, the owner of the house had stacked huge amounts of illegal explosives possibly for making firecrackers which resulted in the blast. The owner of the house — Ashim Mondal and two of his employees — were killed in the blast.

According to the local people, Mondal had been running an illegal firecracker factory in the locality for the last ten years. “This is a residential area and we had the fear that this kind of explosion could take place. We requested him several times and also informed the police, but nothing happened,” a local resident said.

According to the local people, the magnitude of the blast was so high that the window panes of some of the neighbouring houses broke and the bodies were thrown nearly 200 metres away from the blast site. According to the police, the blast took place on the roof and the concrete roof collapsed.

“The bodies have been sent for post-mortem and we have informed the forensic team. Once they give their report we will be able to understand the nature of the explosives and the exact location of the blast,” a senior police officer said.

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