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Congress gears up to corner BJP over PNB, Rotomac scam in the Budget Session

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Congress leader Manish Tewari said the party will not only raise the 11,400 crore PNB scam and Rotomac fraud, but also the issue of credibility of our banking sector.

The Punjab National Bank scam and the subsequent similar banking frauds are set to raise the pitch in the parliament’s budget session. After the multi-crores PNB Scam by diamantaire, Nirav Modi came to the fore, more such cases of businessmen defaulting the loan repayment have come to the light. After Nirav Modi and Mehul Chowksi, another banking scam by Rotomac pen’s Vikram Kothari created uproar in the country.

While the Modi government is blaming previous UPA government for this, the Congress, on the other hand, has pulled its socks to corner the government over banking scams in the budget session of the parliament. Congress said that it will also speak to other like-minded parties to build a front against the government.

“We will not let the issue go until we get a satisfactory answer from the government,” said the Congress Spokesperson Manish Tewari. Asserting that the party will focus on the issue of declining credibility of the banking sector, Tewari said, “We will not only question the government on the 11,400 crore PNB scam by Nirav Modi and Rotomac fraud, we will also raise the issue of credibility of our banking sector.”

Tewari said the Congress, which is the largest opposition party will seek the support of other opposition parties and parties that are hurt by the “Mal-governance” of the Modi government. “We will not keep quiet until the government addresses the issue and breaks its silence,” asserted Tewari.

He further added that the PNB scam is just a tip of the iceberg and demanded a government directive to all PSU banks asking for a declaration of all the non performing assets and the detailed list of loan defaulters. Tewari said the Congress will take up the issue further to masses and spread awareness about the banking fraud from the ground level.

Slamming Nirav Modi, he said that the letter written by him to PNB displays his “arrogance” and hints at Modi’s intentions of not returning the dues.

Accusing government of unleashing “political vendetta” over the notice served by IT department to the wife of Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi, Tewari asked whether the government has initiated any probe into who sanctioned the loans.

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Indrani Mukerjea files for divorce in a Mumbai court

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Indrani and Peter Mukerjea, jailed in the murder case of Sheena Bora, filed for a divorce in a Mumbai court today. Mukerjea who is the owner of a TV channel has been lodged in the women’s jail in Byculla since she was arrested in the year 2015.

Indrani Mukerjea stated that the marriage had “irretrievably broken down”, had sent a notice of divorce to Peter Mukerjea this year.

A CBI court had earlier this month rejected her request for bail quoting ill-health and a “threat” to her life in prison.

Indrani Mukerjea’s daughter Sheena Bora from her first marriage was allegedly killed on 24th April 2012. The crime came surfaced after Shyamvar Rai, Mukerjea’s driver was arrested in another case in the year 2016 when he revealed an insider on it.

Indrani Mukerjea, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver were arrested for alleged murder.

Peter Mukerjea, her husband was arrested three months later after being allegedly part of the planning.

Mukerjea was sent to a hospital in June after she complained of chest pain. Months after her arrest, she was taken to the hospital in an unconscious state after a suspected case of drug overdose.

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Cops take out rally in Manipur to protest against mob violence

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The Manipur Human Rights Commission has directed the state director general of police to probe the matter and submit a report by September 22.

 

Imphal, Sep 18 (PTI) The Manipur Police Monday took out a rally from Moreh to Tengnoupal, along the India-Myanmar border, to protest incidents of mob violence in the state.

The “men in uniform”, numbering around 70 and led by Tengnoupal Superintendent of Police S Ibombcha Singh, was joined in by more than 500 volunteers of various civic bodies.

“The two-km peace rally – from Moreh police station to Tengnoupal district headquarters – was taken out to generate awareness about the need for maintenance of law and order in the society,” Ibomcha Singh told PTI.

A civil official, who did not wish to be named, said the peace rally was the first of its kind in the state.

The rally came four days after a 26-year-old man was lynched by an irate mob at Tharoijam area of Imphal West district on suspicion of being a vehicle lifter.

Local people had also set afire a car believed to have been used by “two of his associates”.

Five persons, including a havildar of India Reserve Battalion (IRB), have been arrested in this connection.

The purported video of the incident, which went viral on social media, showed that the four police personnel, including a sub-inspector, were “present at the spot when the victim was alive and lying unattended”, Imphal West SP Jogeshwar Haobijam had said.

While the sub-inspector was suspended, three other officers were terminated from their services.

Haobijam had also said that the Cyber Crime Unit was tracking individuals who had uploaded clips of the bleeding victim.

The lynching episode triggered sharp condemnations and sit-in protests by various social activists in the area.

The Manipur Human Rights Commission has directed the state director general of police to probe the matter and submit a report by September 22.

People in large numbers have also been organizing torch rallies here, demanding justice for the victim.

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Defence Minister approves procurement of military equipment worth Rs 9,100 crores

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The acquisition proposals were approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the Defence Ministry’s highest decision-making body on procurement.

 

New Delhi, Sep 17 (PTI) The Defence Ministry Tuesday accorded approval for procurement of military equipment and weapons worth Rs 9,100 crore, officials said.

The procurement will include two regiments of Aakash missile systems, they said.

The acquisition proposals were approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the Defence Ministry’s highest decision-making body on procurement.

The DAC also approved the design and development of test equipment for guided weapons systems for T90 tanks.

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