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Nirav Modi’s properties worth Rs 1,400 cr can be confiscated: Court

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Nirav Modi. (File Photo: IANS)

In a significant order, a special court in Mumbai on Monday ordered the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to confiscate specified properties, worth Rs 1,400 crore, of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi within a month, a lawyer said.

“The accused (Nirav Modi) was declared a fugitive economic offender on December 5, 2019, and the order to confiscate the properties has come on Monday,” Special Public Prosecutor Hiten Venegaonkar told IANS.

The order by PMLA Court Special Judge V. C. Barde directs the agencies concerned including the Income Tax Department to attach and confiscate the listed properties, under Sections 12(2) and (8) of the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, 2018.

However, the properties claimed by certain interested parties which are secured by way of hypothecation, mortgage etc, including valuable paintings seized by the Income Tax Department, are excluded, Special Judge Barde ruled as he partially disposed of the ED plea.

These interested parties, including banks, will be required to proceed with their claims on such mortgaged, hypothecated, guaranteed properties before a competent court, authority or tribunal, as provided in the law.

The ED has been granted liberty to file a supplementary application in case more properties of Modi are identified for confiscation.

Modi, along with his uncle Mehul Choksi, is among the prime accused in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud of over Rs 14,000 crore, unearthed over two years ago.

Currently, Modi is in a London prison after his arrest by the local police in March 2019, while Choksi has become a citizen of the Caribbean island nation of Antigua & Barbuda.

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Wardha ‘illegal abortions’: One more skull found in Kadam Hospital yard

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The police have recovered one more skull of an infant, allegedly aborted at the Kadam Hospital in Arvi town, and raids were carried out at several places, officials said here on Saturday.

The case, which has shaken the citizens’ collective conscience, first came to light after the Wardha Police arrested a lady medico, Dr Rekha N. Kadam, a nurse, and two others following the secret abortion performed on a 13-year-old girl there on January 4.

Interrogation of the accused and investigations led the police to discover a veritable ‘grave-yard’ of aborted foetuses or unwanted babies, found in the biogas plant of the hospital compound, stunning the people. (IANS – Jan 15).

In the ongoing digging work by a team of police officials, another skull of an aborted infant has been recovered, taking the total recoveries to 12 skulls and 54 other bones, all unidentified, besides bloodstained clothes and other evidence.

All the recoveries have been sent for forensic analysis to Nagpur, the reports of which are awaited, and further digging is being undertaken in the vicinity.

Simultaneously, raids were carried out at the hospital and the home of the prime accused and police have seized several files, medical records and reports and other evidence.

Police had also detained another relative of the prime accused (Dr Rekha Kadam) in connection with the probe, a lady senior citizen, but she suddenly took ill and was hospitalised.

Investigators and locals say that the hospital had earned a dubious reputation for “all types of abortions” for nearly four decades and people came here from all over Wardha and adjoining districts.

Prominent leaders including Shiv Sena’s Kishore Tiwari – accorded a MoS status – and Pune-based ‘Beti Bachao’ proponent Dr Ganesh Rakh have demanded a “thorough probe” into the medical racket, preferably by a SIT, to unravel the true ramifications like female infanticide on the sly besides illegal abortion, and punish all those found guilty.

As the probe progresses, the possible role or involvement of some persons in the local health department is expected to come under the scanner for their alleged lapses owing to which the illegalities thrived at the hospital for long, violating the provisions of the stringent Pre-Conception & Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDTA) Act, 1994.

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27-year-old gored to death by bull at Jallikattu event in TN

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A 27-year-old man was gored to death by his own bull at the ‘Jallikattu’ event held at Periya Suriyur in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruchi district on Saturday morning. This is the second death caused during the bull-taming competition in the state.

Addressing the media, the Jallikattu organisers said that the victim, Meenakshisundaram, was guiding his bull to the entrance of the event when the bull gored him on his thigh. When he started bleeding, he was taken to Tiruchi Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead.

At least nine people have been injured till now at the Periya Suriyur Jallikattu and are receiving treatment at various hospitals.

The organisers said that 400 bulls and 300 bull tamers are expected to take part in the competition. The district administration has insisted on a Covid negative certificate for the bull owners as well as the tamers. A strong police contingent is present at the Jallikattu venue.

On Friday, a 19-year-old youth was gored to death by a bull at the Jallikattu event in Madurai.

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K’taka horror: Son arrested for raping his mother

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In a shocking incident, a case of son committing rape on his mother has been reported from Kedambadi village in Puttur taluk in Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka. The mother has been hospitalized and the son has been taken into custody, police said on Saturday.

According to police, after the sexual assault by the accused, the victim mother fell sick and was admitted to Puttur government hospital. The 58-year-old mother had lodged a complaint with the Puttur Rural police station about the rape.

The police have registered a case under IPC sections 362 (2) (n) and 506 against the accused. The police say that mother and the accused lived in the same house. The incident had taken place on January 12. The accused who went to sleep in his room, woke up at 3 a.m. and went to his mother’s room and committed the crime.

When the mother resisted and screamed, the accused gagged her mouth with a cloth. He had also threatened her that, if she informed anyone about the incident he would kill her. The accused sexually assaulted her again the next morning.

Presently, the mother is being treated as an inpatient at Puttur government hospital. The accused is married and his wife is staying in her parents’ house. The police are questioning the accused and further investigation is on.

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