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ED summons Gehlot’s brother for questioning in fertilizer scam

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More troubles for Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s elder brother Agrasain Gehlot seems to be coming up as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned him for questioning in fertilizer scam case.

According to top ED sources, the agency has asked Agrasain Gehlot to appear before it on Wednesday at its office in the national capital.

Last week, the financial probe agency carried out searches at 13 locations including the residential and official premises of Gehlot and others in Rajasthan, West Bengal, Gujarat and Delhi.

The ED searches were carried under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002.

The ED has filed a case under the PMLA based on a Customs Department complaint and charge sheet in the alleged fertilizer scam case.

According to ED officials Anupam Krishi, a company owned by Agrasain Gehlot was involved in exporting Muriate of Potash (MoP) fertilizer, which is banned for exports. MoP is imported by Indian Potash Limited (IPL) and distributed among farmers at subsidised rates.

According to the officials, Agrasian Gehlot was an authorised dealer for IPL and between 2007-09, his company bought MoP at subsidised rates and instead of distributing to farmers sold it to few other companies, who in turn exported it to Malaysia and Singapore in the guise of industrial salt.

The searches comes in the backdrop of a political crisis in Rajasthan after the rebellion by then Deputy Chief Minister and PCC President Sachin Pilot, who was sacked from these posts on July 14.

The case was unearthed by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence in 2012-13. The BJP had raised the issue in 2017.

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Mumbai Police probing ‘fraud’ in private society vaccination drive

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Fraud. (IANS Infographics)

The Mumbai Police have launched investigations into an alleged fraud in a posh Kandivali housing complex where a private vaccination drive was undertaken two weeks ago, an official said.

“We are probing the matter after the society’s complaint, but so far, there is no FIR lodged nor any detentions or arrests,” a police official said.

According to the residents of the Hiranandani Heritage Society (435 flats in three towers) in Kandivali west, a fraudster allegedly carried out the vaccination drive for 390 people comprising society members and their families, in-house staff like security guards, drivers or domestic helpers on May 30.

It was conducted through a couple of facilitators, Rajesh Pandey and Sanjay Gupta, who claimed to represent leading private institutions like the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH) and the Nanavati Hospital- and agreed to provide 400 vaccine doses for around Rs 1,260 each, for which the society paid around Rs 5 lakh.

However, top authorities of the KDAH and the Nanavati Hospital have stated that they had nothing to do with the entire drive as claimed by the agents, they were not approached by the society and they did not contemplate any further steps in the matter like lodging a police complaint.

The doubts started after the inoculation drive was over, as none of the beneficiaries were given the vaccination certificates, and many of the residents noticed that the vials bore a red stamp ‘Not For Sale’.

Gupta assured that the certificates would be given after 3-4 days, and when many of them finally got them after June 8, they were found to be generated from different hospitals in the city, without the date of May 30, when the inoculation was carried out.

Many of the residents checked their status on CoWin and were shocked to learn that they were yet to get their first vaccine dose, which set alarm bells ringing.

“We have approached the Kandivali police in the matter. We are very worried. We don’t know what was administered to us in the name of the Covid vaccine. We also did not develop the normal side-effects post-inoculation, adding to our doubts,” one of the residents said.

Local BJP leaders like Yogesh Sagar alleged that there could be a nexus between the BMC and unscrupulous elements in such private drives and the beneficiaries must make full enquiries before getting lured by such offers.

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Farmer commits suicide at protest site in Haryana

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Perturbed over the fate of the agitation of farmers against three contentious farm laws, a 55-year-old marginal farmer on Wednesday allegedly committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance at a protest site in Jind district of Haryana.

The victim, Zile Singh, had been actively involved in serving food to farmers at the protest site on the Khatkar toll plaza for several months.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

Farmers at the protest site told the police that Zile Singh was under depression for the past few days over the fate of the agitation.

District BKU leader Azad Singh said Zile Singh was alone at the protest site when he committed the suicide at night.

In the morning when farmers arrived at the protest site they found him lying on the bed in an unconscious condition. A bottle of poison was recovered from there, he added.

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Tamil Nadu police arrests self-styled Guru from Delhi on POCSO charges

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The Tamil Nadu CBCID police, the elite wing of the state police force, has arrested controversial Guru, Shiv Shankar Baba from New Delhi. Baba was absconding from Tamil Nadu after a few former students of his residential school, including a minor, complained that he had molested them.

Shiv Shankar Baba runs a residential school in the outskirts of Chennai, Sushil Hari International Residential School and students of this school and former students had complained against him.

The Mahabalipuram All Women’s Police Station (AWPS) has registered three cases against Shiv Shankar Baba under various sections of the IPC, POCSO Act, and Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act.

A senior police officer told IANS, “Cases were filed based on three complaints against him and one of them is a minor and they have alleged that Shiv Shankar Baba had sexually harassed them a few years ago while they were studying in the school.”

After Baba failed to appear before the police stating that he was under medication, the police raided his premises and found that he was absconding. After a few days of search, CBCID, the elite squad of the Tamil Nadu police, arrested the self-styled Guru on Wednesday in New Delhi.

Police sources said that he will be produced before a court in New Delhi and will be brought to Chennai on Wednesday itself.

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