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ED summons Shiv Sena’s Maharashtra minister Anil Parab for probe

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday summoned senior Shiv Sena leader and Transport Minister Anil Parab for questioning.

The development came a day after the ED had summoned Sena’s former Union Minister of State for Finance Anandrao V. Adsul and his son Abhijit A. Adsul in connection with a probe into alleged scam of Rs 900-crore in the City Cooperative Bank Ltd., here.

Speaking to media persons, Parab said he has not been informed why he was summoned by the ED and contended that he had not committed any wrongs.

“Nevertheless, I shall be going to the ED office and offer my full cooperation,” said Parab, as he entered the central agency’s office accompanied by a team of lawyers.

Earlier this month, Parab had skipped the ED notice to appear before it on the grounds that the reasons for which he was required were not mentioned by the probe agency.

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As 2 Shinde Group MLAs kick up row, MVA slams CM’s ‘Goon Sena’, seeks action

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The Opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi attacked Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde after two of his MLAs grabbed headlines — one for professing and the other for practicing — violence, here on Tuesday, ahead of the Maharashtra Legislature Session starting on Wednesday.

The two law-makers are: Prakash Surve from Magathane (Mumbai) and Santosh Bangar from Kalamnuri (Hingoli), whose fury in words and deeds have gone viral on social media evoking sharp reactions.

An aghast Nationalist Congress Party’s Leader of Opposition Ajit Pawar sarcastically asked why the regime — whose fate is still pending in Supreme Court — displays so much ‘masti’.

Shiv Sena Deputy Leader Raghunath Kuchik lashed out at the CM’s Group labelling it as “not Shinde Sena but Goonde Sena”, and even warned of retaliation after getting the green signal from the Sena President and former chief minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole asked whether — after grabbing power illegally – ‘power has gone to their heads’ as they are now inciting violence and indulging in violent acts against a government servant, and said the party will raise it in the Legislature.

Flaying the ruling alliance of Shinde Group and Bharatiya Janata Party’s Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, Congress chief spokesperson Atul Londhe said lawmakers must never cross their limits or it will spell chaos for democracy.

“Today they are doing all this, tomorrow they will run ‘Kangaroo Courts’ to deliver instant justice, without trial as per their whims and fancies. The Congress demands strict exemplary action against the errant MLAs from the CM and DCM,” Londhe said.

Addressing a meeting on Sunday, Surve said while the (Shinde) Group will not get into a scrap with anyone, if someone antagonizes them, then they will not be spared, and added darkly — “nobody’s ‘dadagiri’ (bullying) would be tolerated… you bash them up, I will protect you”.

“If you can’t break their arms then break their legs… ‘Thok do’, show them their place. Don’t worry… I, Prakash Surve will get you out on bail the next day,” the Shinde Group MLA thundered, even as his band of supporters lustily cheered.

On Monday, Bangar went a step ahead to allegedly abuse, threaten and even assault a catering manager for reportedly dishing out sub-standard mid-day meals to unorganised labourers in the Hingoli district.

Bangar shouted and abused the unidentified manager and then slapped him for serving ‘burnt chapatis’, plain rice and bland vegetables, claiming he had received complaints in the matter.

He later called up another official and barked an earful, accusing him of corruption and warned he would “show them who is Bangar” as the person at the other end attempted to mollify him.

Pawar said he was shocked by the language of the Shinde Group MLAs Surve and Bangar, with the latter even vowing to continue in the same (violent) style, and pointedly asked: “They are displaying such ‘masti’… Is this acceptable to Shinde and Fadnavis and BJP?”

He made it clear that there is the Constitution, the courts and rule of law, but “some people think they are above the laws” and are blatantly taking the law into their hands.

“Balasaheb Thackeray always taught us to protect the helpless and needy people, but see what this ‘Goonde Sena’ is doing… The people will teach a lesson to the Goonde Sena through the ballot box,” Kuchik, who is also Bharatiya Kamgar Sena General Secretary, said in a strong reaction.

Meanwhile, taking strong umbrage over Surve’s threats, the local Shiv Sena unit has lodged a complaint with Dahisar Police Station, while Bangar declared he was not scared of the consequences and will discuss it with the CM and raise the matter in the legislature.

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Maharashtra: Shinde Group MLAs go berserk, one professes & other practices violence

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At least two MLAs of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde group are suddenly in the limelight — one for professing and the other for practicing — violence here on Tuesday, ahead of the Maharashtra Legislature Session starting on Wednesday.

They are Prakash Surve from Magathane (Mumbai) and Santosh Bangar from Kalamnuri (Hingoli), whose fury in words and deeds have gone viral on social media with sharp reactions.

On Sunday, while addressing a meeting in his constituency, Surve touched upon the tussle for supremacy between former CM Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena and that of Shinde Group and apparently crossed the limits.

He told his supporters that while his group will not get into a scrap with anyone, if someone antagonizes them, then they will not be spared and “nobody’s ‘dadagiri’ (bullying) would be tolerated… you bash them up, I will protect you…”

“If you can’t break their arms then break their legs… ‘Thok do’, show them their place. Don’t worry… I, Prakash Surve will get you out on bail the next day,” the Shinde Group MLA thundered, even as his band of supporters cheered him lustily.

In Hingoli on Monday, Bangar went a step ahead to allegedly abuse, threaten and even assault a catering manager for reportedly dishing out sub-standard mid-day meals to unorganised labourers in the district.

Bangar is seen shouting at the manager whose identity is not clear, hurling abuses and then slapping him for serving ‘burnt chapatis’, plain rice and bland vegetables, and said he had received complaints in the matter.

He later called up an unidentified official to give an earful and accused him of corruption and also warned that he would “show them who is Bangar” as the person at the other end tried to mollify him.

Shiv Sena Deputy Leader Dr. Raghunath Kuchik slammed the developments and said “this is not Shinde Sena, but Goonde Sena (Goons Army) which is indulging in such tactics targetting political opponents and poor people.”

“Balasaheb Thackeray always taught us to protect the helpless and needy people, but see what this ‘Goonde Sena’ is doing… The people will teach them a lesson through the ballot box,” said Dr. Kuchik, who is also Bharatiya Kamgar Sena General Secretary.

He also warned that they are awaiting a ‘signal’ from Uddhav Thackeray and if the ‘Goonde Sena’ people continue trampling others, “we will teach them a lesson in our style”.

Meanwhile, taking strong umbrage over Surve’s threats, the local Shiv Sena unit has lodged a complaint with Dahisar police station, demanding action against the Shinde Group MLA.

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NSE phone tapping: Delhi HC issues notice to ED on ex-Mumbai top cop’s bail plea

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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on the bail plea of former Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey, who was arrested in connection with a money laundering case pertaining to the phone tapping and snooping of the employees of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) between 2009 and 2017.

Hearing the matter, Justice Jasmeet Singh also issued a notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a separate petition moved by Pandey seeking quashing of FIRs against him in offences of cheating, criminal breach of trust by a public servant, and cheating under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), under various provisions of the Information Technology Act, Indian Telegraph Act, and Prevention of Corruption Act.

During the course of the hearing, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi appeared on behalf of the petitioner.

The matter will be heard on September 16.

Pandey was knocking the doors of the high court challenging a trial court’s August 4 order which denied him bail in the money laundering case.

The former top cop who was arrested on July 19 is currently undergoing judicial custody.

According to the CBI, “Pandey ran iSec Securities Pvt Ltd. It has been alleged that NSE’s former CEO and MD Chitra Ramkrishna used this firm to tap the phones of NSE’s employees. The phone calls made by NSE employees between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. were tapped and recorded by iSec Securities. It has been alleged that Pandey helped in tapping the phone calls illegally”.

In the last hearing, Advocate Tanveer Ahmed Mir, who represented the petitioner, argued that his client was in fact a ‘whistleblower’ at the NSE.

Opposing the bail plea, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) S.V. Raju and Special Public Prosecutor N.K. Matta, appeared on behalf of the ED, pointed out that Pandey is an influential person.

Ramkrishna is already in the custody of ED in the same case on the basis of an FIR registered by the CBI.

The case was lodged by the probe agency on the directions of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

Earlier, the CBI had recorded Pandey’s statement at CBI’s Mumbai-based headquarters.

After questioning, he was allowed to leave.

The CBI had also conducted raids in Mumbai, Pune and in several other parts of the country in connection with the case.

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