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Pakistani agencies desperate to stop key D-company financier’s extradition to US

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In a last ditch effort, Pakistani agencies exercised all available resources to thwart extradition of Dawood’s Ibrahim’s key finance manager and drug operator Jabir Motiwala to the US.

Officials of Pakistan’s High Commission in London were reportedly seen with Motiwala’s pleaders, pursuing D-company aide’s appeal in High Court, in a bid to prevent D-company’s ultimate trial in the US, sources in Indian Intelligence agencies said.

Intelligence sources said that once the High Court clears Jabir Motiwala’s extradition, his subsequent trial in the US on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering will unmask D-company’s link with the ISI and its entire underworld operations in a US Court.

“The trial of the Jabir could also highlight, how Dawood, a global terrorist wanted in serial bomb blasts in Mumbai has been operating from Karachi and sharing drug routes with major terror outfits patronised by ISI,” said a senior IPS officer in New Delhi.

Motiwala, who operates for Dawood Ibrahim, is a Pakistani National, presently imprisoned in Wandsworth jail in south west London.

The High Court on Thursday reserved its judgement on Jabir Motiwala’s extradition to the US, earlier granted by a Westminster Magistrate’s court, last year.

Sources said that in a few weeks time, the High Court’s judgement on Motiwala’s fate could be expected. A section of Pakistani media, meanwhile has said that Motiwala, who hails from a well to do family in Karachi has been framed by US law enforcing agencies in drugs operations.

On the other hand, the US agencies have provided documentary evidence of drug dealing and handling finance of D-Company including tapes, against Motiwala in the court.

Pakistani diplomats had earlier tried to thwart the extradition move by submitting a letter on behalf of accused’s lawyer in the Magistrate’s court, saying Motiwala was a “well known respected businessman in the Pakistan”.

In fact Pakistani diplomats fear that once Motiwala is extradited to US, the close aide of D-company can reveal the entire nexus between Dawood Ibrahim’s underworld network (being operated from Karachi) and don’s connection with Pakistan’s spy agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

The US had already declared Dawood a global terrorist running international drug syndicate and sharing gang’s routes with Pakistan based terror outfits.

Sources said that Dawood’s key finance aide Jabir Motiwala, was produced in Magistrates courts in London after his arrest by Scotland Yard Extradition Unit on charges of money laundering and sharing proceeds of narcotics money earned on behalf of the D-company.

Sources said that Barrister John Hardy, appearing on behalf of the US government, had earlier revealed to the Magistrate’s Court that Jabir Motiwala, a close aide of Dawood, travelled extensively and conducted (underworld crimes related) meetings for his boss Dawood Ibrahim, an Indian who along with his brother Anees, are wanted for terror crimes in India.

During the extradition trial Defence lawyer for the D-company member, told the Court that Motiwala was suffering from depression and had made several suicide attempts in the past few years.

The lawyer argued that in such a situation, Motiwala cannot be extradited to the US to face trial.

Sources said that contrary to the Defence lawyers claim, Motiwala has been investing D-company’s black money into various projects abroad. He is said to be involved in drug trafficking and also travels to collect money on behalf of the D-company in Europe.

Sources said that Motiwala’s extradition to the US, if endorsed by higher Court would be a setback for Dawood as well as his patrons in Pakistani establishment.

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Income Tax conducts searches on Kanpur-based ‘pan masala’ group

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The Income Tax Department has carried out a search action on over 30 premises, in three states, of a large pan masala manufacturing and real estate group based in Kanpur and Delhi, an official statement said on Friday.

A total of 31 premises, spread across Kanpur, Noida, Ghaziabad, Delhi, and Kolkata, were searched on Thursday, a Finance Ministry statement said, adding that the group has been earning huge amounts through unaccounted sale of pan masala and unaccounted real estate business, and this unaccounted income was laundered back into the concerns through a vast link of shell companies.

Digital and paper evidence found during search revealed a nation-wide network of such paper companies created by the group, it said.

The Directors of these companies are persons of no financial means, the investigations revealed.

While some of these persons are not even filing income tax returns, some others who do so, show extremely meagre amounts. Field investigations further revealed that these paper companies did not exist at the addresses mentioned and never conducted any business.

However, surprisingly these companies advanced so called loans and advances to the real estate group amounting to Rs 226 crore in just three years, the IT Department said.

A network of 115 such shell companies has been found. Forensic analysis of the digital data is in progress. The ‘Directors’ also admitted that they were only ‘dummy Directors’ and signed on the dotted lines as and when required in return for commission for their “services”.

During the search, the Income Tax teams also discovered secret hideouts where troves of documents containing details of unaccounted money and their process of laundering have been unearthed. Analysis of such documents and evidence is also underway.

The complete modus operandi has been uncovered by the team including the role of “cash handlers” and their details.

The modus operandi is similar with respect to the business of pan masala. They too have laundered back their unaccounted income through an extensive network of such shell companies.

Unaccounted loans and premia received from such paper companies exceeding Rs 110 crore in three years, have been detected.

The group ploughed back their unaccounted money through such shell companies by showing bogus advances against property sale, bogus loans and share premia.

Forensic analysis of evidence is in progress.

So far 34 bogus bank accounts of shell companies have been found. Deductions claimed under Income Tax Act, 1961 with respect to treatment of biodegradable waste are under detailed scrutiny. It has also been discovered that through some of these paper companies based in Kolkata, bogus sale and purchase of manure has been shown, amounting to Rs 80 crore so that cash can be deposited into bank accounts.

During the search, cash of more than Rs 52 lakh was found along with more than 7 kg gold, while preliminary figures indicate unaccounted transactions exceeding Rs 400 crore.

Further investigations are in progress.

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Maharashtra Cyber request citizen to be vigilant and aware Flood Relief Fund Scam

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Maharashtra cyber has been continuously and effectively working to stop the rise and growth of the online crimes. The sudden flood has caused heavy loss of the life and property in some districts of Maharashtra state. By taking advantage of such situation, fraudsters have opened fake NGO’s and charity Trust asking people to donate money to help raising funds. Fraudsters ask people to donate but most of these bank accounts will be personal account of fraudster to which the donation is made.

The modus operandi in such scams is as explained below:
• Fraudsters create fake online NGO’s and charity Trusts profiles on social media and publish fake advertisement on internet to help flood victims
• Then using such profiles fraudster advertise for donation convincing people to donate money for flood victims
• Fraudsters demand donation only through online transaction
Maharashtra Cyber requests all the citizen to be vigilant, take below mentioned care:
• Do not trust any unverified news or information you received on social media (Facebook, instagram, YouTube, etc.) and on internet
• Check the authenticity of charity trust/NGO before making transaction.
• Verify whether bank account or payment gateway belongs to NGO’s/Charity trust and do not transfer money to personal bank account.
• Kindly register such findings at www.cybercrime.gov.in

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Case filed against Gurugram pvt hospital for levying illegal parking charges

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Gurugram police have registered an FIR against Paras Hospital for levying illegal parking fees in an open area of the hospital premises.

The case was filed following a complaint lodged by a city-based RTI activist in September last year regarding illegal parking fees being charged from the hospital visitors.

The RTI activist said that he had filed the complaint at the CM Window on October 2020. Following recommendation from the CM Window, an FIR has been registered against the hospital.

“The hospital was also availing property tax exemption in the name of free parking on Basement 2. Following a complaint at the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG), officials found that the basement of the hospital is being used for commercial activities,” the RTI activist said.

The MCG has also imposed a penalty of Rs 16,27,582 on the hospital for violating MCG’s property tax norms.

No one from the hospital management was available for comments.

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