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‘Sanjay Raut laundered proceeds of crime to the tune of over Rs 3 crore’

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The special PMLA court on Monday took cognisance of the charge sheet filed against Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut in connection with the Patra Chawl scam case and extended his judicial custody for 14 more days. In the charge sheet, a copy of which has been handed over to Raut, the Enforcement Directorate has claimed that the Sena leader knowingly indulged in laundering of proceeds of crime amounting to Rs 3,27,85,475. Raut, however, has claimed that he was not even aware about the Patra Chawl redevelopment case and came to know about the same in the past two years after he read about it in news. The ED charge sheet, filed last week before the special PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) court, also alleged that MHADA didn’t take any effective steps to protect the interest of the tenants.

As per the charge sheet, Raut, who is accused number 5 in the case, was directly involved in the redevelopment of Goregaon’s Siddharth Nagar, also known as Patra Chawl, through his proxy Pravin Raut who is accused number 3 in the case. “He indulged in the project from the stage of conception to execution. During the year 2006-07, Sanjay Raut has attended meetings along with MHADA officers and others for redevelopment of Patra Chawl chaired by the then Union agriculture minister and another meeting chaired by former chief minister. Thereafter, Rakesh Wadhawan [another accused in the case] was brought into the picture to execute the redevelopment of the Patra Chawl Project through M/s Guruashish Construction Pvt Ltd,” the ED stated in the charge sheet.

It further added, “In order to exercise control, Sanjay Rajaram Raut inducted Pravin Raut, his proxy and confidante, as a director in Guruashish Construction Pvt Ltd.” Pravin Raut holds 25 per cent stake in the firm, but the ED claimed that it was just an eye-wash and that Raut managed everything.

The charge sheet also has statements of more than 15 witnesses who confirmed Raut’s involvement in the Patra Chawl scam. It also includes the statement of Swapna Patkar, who was once a family friend of Raut. Patkar has recently filed a complaint against Raut for allegedly threatening her to not give a statement before ED. Patkar in her statement said that during 2008-09, Patra Chawl residents had approached NCP chief Sharad Pawar through one local politician for redevelopment and that after various meetings, Sanjay Raut and Pravin Raut along with Rakesh Wadhawan were asked to handle the project.

As per the terms of the agreement between the society and MHADA, the development authority was to rehabilitate 672 tenants in 767-sqft flats and the developer was entitled to develop sale component flats on the land belonging to MHADA. However, Guruashish Construction Pvt Ltd sold the FSI for Rs 1,034 crore before completing its obligation. The amount was transferred to the parent company viz HDIL. “Investigation into the money trail also revealed that Pravin Raut received around Rs 112 crore in his bank account from HDIL and further transferred the same in acquiring assets, diverting in the account of his business entity, family members etc. Thus, Sanjay Raut is knowingly involved,” ED has claimed.

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Maha CM Shinde Announces ‘Ladla Bhai Yojana’: 12th Pass To Get Rs 6k/Monthly, Diploma Holders To Get..

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Maha CM Shinde Announces 'Ladla Bhai Yojana': 12th Pass To Get ₹6k/Monthly, Diploma Holders To Get..

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government introduced a special scheme on the occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi on Wednesday. This new scheme called ‘Ladla Bhai Yojana’ is for youths who have passed the 12th grade. Under this scheme, students who have completed their 12th grade will receive Rs 6,000 per month. Additionally, students holding a diploma will receive Rs 8,000 per month, while those who have completed their graduation will be given Rs 10,000 per month.

This announcement by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde today in Pandharpur is being seen in the context of the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections later this year. It is suggested that the government has made this announcement to appeal to various segments of the population just months before the elections.

The opposition in Maharashtra has long been highlighting the issue of rising unemployment among the youth and the Shinde government’s announcement of financial assistance for young people can be seen as a response to these concerns.

Benefits In The Scheme

Announcing the scheme, CM Shinde stated that the government will provide financial support to the state’s youth for apprenticeships in factories where they will work. He emphasized that this is the first time in history that any government has introduced such a scheme, claiming it as a solution to the problem of unemployment. Under this scheme, the youth will be given opportunities for apprenticeships in factories and the government will provide them with a stipend.

Uddhav Thackeray’s Demand For Welfare Scheme For Boys

Uddhav Thackeray had recently raised the issue of unemployed youth in Maharashtra. Speaking to the media after a legislative session, he said that he demanded a scheme for boys in Maharashtra similar to the Ladli Behen scheme in Madhya Pradesh. He highlighted that there is no longer a distinction between boys and girls today, and thus, both should benefit equally from such schemes.

By launching the Ladla Bhai Yojana, the Shinde government aims to address the pressing issue of youth unemployment and provide financial assistance to help young people gain valuable work experience through apprenticeships. This initiative is also seen as a strategic move to gain favour with voters ahead of the assembly elections, showcasing the government’s efforts to support and empower the youth of Maharashtra.

Recently Announced ‘Ladli Behna Yojana’

This comes after the Ladli Behna Yojana was recently announced during the Monsoon session of the Maharashtra Assembly. The scheme, announced in the state budget tabled in the assembly by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, is aimed at married, divorced and destitute women in the 21-60 age group, who will get a monthly assistance of Rs 1,500. Later the age bar was raised to 65 years, after an announcement by CM Shinde.

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Woman Dies After Accidentally Falling Off Third Floor Of Complex In Maharashtra’s Dombivli

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Dombivali: In a shocking incident that has come to light from Maharashtra, a woman died after accidentally falling off from third floor of a complex in Dombivali on July 16, Tuesday. The incident took place in a complex called Globe State in Vikas Naka area on Dombivli East Kalyan Sheel Road. The deceased identified as Naginadevi Manjiram worked there as a cleaner.

The moment of fall was captured on a CCTV camera installed in the building. The chilling video of the unfortunate incident has gone viral on social media sites including X (formerly known as Twitter). The video has been shared by @vani_mehrotra on X.

Naginadevi who lived with her family at Tata Naka, Piswali was on duty at Globe State. Local media reports said that she along with her group of colleagues were standing near the protective wall of the lobby of the complex and were enjoying their break time. In the video it could be seen that the Naginadevi appears to be pushed by a man identified as Bunty who also ended up falling from the third floor along with her. While Bunty was saved, Naginadevi couldn’t be saved.

Naginadevi loses balance

Reports said that the colleagues including Naginadevi were joking among themselves when Bunty held her hand. In the video it could be seen that Bunty hugged Naginadevi. The pressure was so much that Naginadevi lost her balance and fell down, along with Bunty who was eventually prevented from falling by the by-standers. Unfortunately, Naginadevi fell from the third floor and died on the spot. In the video, bunty was seen rushing down the stairs soon after Naginadevi fell down.

Manpada police station has registered a case and investigation is underway. as the video capturing the moment of fall has given rise to a question whether it was indeed joking or a serious murder attempt in the garb of joking. Police are examining the CCTV videos and concerned people and eyewitnesses’ statements have been recorded. It is yet not confirmed if it was an accident or there was any possible foul play.

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Mumbai’s Bhayander-Churchgate Local Train Commuters Up In Arms Over Persistent Delay In Services

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Mumbai's Bhayander-Churchgate Local Train Commuters Up In Arms Over Persistent Delay In Services

Mumbai: Commuters relying on the 7:43 am Bhayander-Churchgate local train have expressed frustration over consistent delays, prompting concerns about punctuality and service reliability. Despite assurances from railway authorities on social media platform, the issue remains unresolved.

A Frequent Commuter Highlights The Ongoing Delays On Social Media Platform X

Ranga Mithun, a frequent passenger, took to social media platforms ( X) on 16th July to highlight the ongoing delays, citing disruptions to daily schedules and inconvenience caused to commuters. 

“You guyz don’t take customer complaint seriously. I am continuously tweeting about this for Bhayandar Local 7.43 never running on time always gets delay around 15-20 minutes. Kindly give the solution urgently” Ranga Mithun posted on ‘X’ on 16th July.

Response Of Divisional Railway Manager Of Western Railway’s Mumbai Central Division

In response, the Divisional Railway Manager acknowledged the delays, attributing them to technical failures and operational challenges such as signal and point issues. The manager assured passengers that efforts were underway to mitigate delays and improve punctuality.

“Dear Passenger, Thank you for reaching out to us. We sincerely apologize for the delay of your trainThe train got delayed due to some technical failure & other failures i.e. (signal, point, ACP and run over, etc) However, all efforts are being made to run the train without further delay. The punctuality of this train will be closely monitored. Inconvenience or account of train delay is deeply regretted. we are committed to improving our service. We appreciate your understanding and patience during these circumstances. your complaint has been forwarded to a higher authority” replying to Ranga Mithun Divisional Railway Manager of WRs Mumbai Central division  posted on  ‘X’.

Despite these assurances, data from reliable sources such as M Indicator indicate that delays persisted as of July 17th, raising questions about the effectiveness of proposed solutions and the reliability of train schedules.

With approximately 30 lakh passengers utilizing the Western Railways’ Mumbai Central division suburban trains daily, the impact of delays on daily commuters remains substantial.

The Divisional Railway Manager reaffirmed the commitment to monitor the punctuality of the 7:43 am Bhayander Churchgate local closely and pledged to escalate the issue within the railway administration for swift resolution. Passengers, however, continue to express dissatisfaction over the recurrent delays, calling for concrete measures to ensure dependable and timely services.

Western Railways operates 1394 suburban trains daily, serving as a vital lifeline for Mumbai’s bustling commuter population. The persistent delays on the Bhayander Churchgate route highlight ongoing challenges in maintaining optimal service standards amidst technical and operational hurdles.

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