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Mahatma Gandhi’s great granddaughter sentenced to 7-yr-jail in South Africa for fraud

L to R: Mahatma Gandhi Ashish Lata Ramgobin

L to R: Mahatma Gandhi Ashish Lata Ramgobin

Ashish Lata Ramgobin, Mahatma Gandhi’s great-granddaughter, who was an accused in a six million rand (₹3.3 crore) fraud and forgery case, has been sentenced to seven years in jail by a Durban court in South Africa.

The 56-year-old daughter of an activist was pronounced guilty of defrauding industrialist SR Maharaj, who had advanced 62 lakh rands (₹3.3 crore) to her for clearing custom and import duties of a consignment, which was supposed to arrive from India but that never arrived.

Also, he was promised a share of profits. Maharaj owned New Africa Alliance Footwear that dealt with the export, manufacturing and sale of clothes, linen and shoes.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) during the trial in 2015 had accused Ramgobin of forging fake receipts and documents to prove that the consignment of linen was arriving in South Africa from India.

However, the court granted Ramgobin a bail on a 50,000 rand surety.

The court said Ramgobin had met Maharaj in August 2015 and assured him that she had ordered three linen containers that were bring shipped from India for a South African hospital NetCare.


Tribune quoted NPA spokesperson Natasha Kara as saying, “She (Ramgobin) said she was experiencing financial difficulties to pay for import costs and customs and she needed the money to clear the goods at the harbour.


It further stated, She advised him (Maharaj) that she needed R6.2 million. To convince him, she showed him what she claimed was a signed purchase order for the goods. Later that month, she sent him what seemed to be a NetCare invoice and delivery note as proof that the goods were delivered and payment was imminent.  

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Amravati man killed for allegedly supporting Nupur Sharma; Amit Shah hands over probe to NIA

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Amar Ashok Jajoo | Delhi

Home Minister Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah has ordered the NIA (National Investigative Agency) to take over the probe of the murder of an Amravati chemist who was allegedly killed for supporting BJP leader Nupur Sharma’s controversial remarks on Prophet Muhammad.

Shah’s office tweeted: “MHA has handed over the investigation of the case relating to the barbaric killing of Shri Umesh Kolhe in Amravati Maharashtra on 21st June to NIA. The conspiracy behind the killing, involvement of organisations and international linkages would be thoroughly investigated.”

54-year-old Kolhe was murdered on June 21, a week before Kanhaiya Lal, a tailor from Udaipur, was killed for supporting Sharma’s views. Kolhe’s throat was slit while he was going home from his shop.

The police, so far, have arrested five persons: Mudassir Ahmed Shaikh Ibrahim (22), Shahrukh Pathan Khan (23), Abdul Taufeeq Tasleem (24), Shoeb Khan (29), and Ateef Rashid. All five accused except Adbul, have no previous offences or crime records. Abdul, in the past, was booked for skirmish at a mosque.

The judicial custody of the five accused was extended till July 5 by a local court on Saturday.

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SHOCKER: 4 gang rape monitor lizard in Maharashtra, record act on phone; get arrested

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Radhika Dhawad | Ratnagiri

Monitor Lizard (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

In the most unbelievable incident ever, four men were arrested for allegedly raping a Bengal monitor lizard in Sahyadri Tiger Reserve (STR). The reserve is spread over four districts of Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Ratnagiri in Maharashtra.

The gruesome incident took place at Gothane village in Ratnagiri district on March 31 when the four accused illegally entered Chandoli National Park (part of the reserve). One of the four was also carrying a gun for hunting.

The Maharashtra Forest Department checked the mobile phone of one of the accused and that’s when he learnt about the incident. The officials found the recording of the act, which showed the accused allegedly gang-raping the monitor lizard.

A forest official said the four accused were identified as Sandeep Tukaram Pawar, Mangesh Kamtekar, Akshay Kamtekar and Ramesh Ghag.

The official said, “During the investigation, the forest officials found that the accused had allegedly raped a Bengal monitor lizard. Their act was also recorded in a mobile phone of one of the accused persons. We have recovered all the related evidence from the accused and they were granted forest department custody initially, but are out on bail now. They have been asked to mark their presence before the forest officer, who is probing the case, every Monday.”
“The four accused have been booked under various sections of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972,” said field director of Sahyadri Tiger Reserve (STR), Nanasaheb Ladkat.

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ED attaches Sanjay Raut’s properties in ₹1034 crore Patra Chawl land scam case; Raut tweets ‘Asatyamev Jayate’

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Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai

Sanjay Raut

Sanjay Raut

 

Enforcement Directorate (ED), on Tuesday, under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), attached Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut’s property in ₹1034 crore Patra Chawl land scam case. The ED, in February, had also arrested his close friend Pravin Raut.

The ED attached Raut’s plot in Alibaug and one flat in Mumbai’s Dadar area.

After ED attached Raut’s properties, the latter tweeted, “Asatyamev Jayate (the lies win)”

 

The attachment is linked to a money laundering probe linked to an alleged scam related to the re-development of a chawl in Mumbai.

More details are awaited. 

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