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Special Court extends Nawab Malik’s ED custody till March 7

Nawab Malik

Nawab Malik

Maharashtra Cabinet Minister and senior NCP leader Nawab Malik’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody, on Thursday, was extended by PMLA Court till March 7 in money laundering case linked to international terrorist Dawood Ibrahim. 


Judge RK Rokade said, Since he was in hospital from February 25-28, hence, his statement could not be recorded. Considering this and the bee facts submitted, he is being sent to ED custody till March 7.

The ED, on Wednesday morning at 6 am, reached Malik’s residence in Mumbai and questioned him for an hour.

Malik, post questioning, was brought to the ED office at 7:30 am for further questioning in connection with a money laundering case linked to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. 

Two weeks earlier, ED had also searched the residence of Dawood’s sister late Haseena Parkar in connection with the money laundering case. 

The ED had even arrested Dawood’s brother Iqbal Kaskar vis-à-vis the same case. Kaskar, who was lodged in Thane since 2017 in an extortion case, was produced before a special court by ED to seek his custody for interrogation. The court then remanded Kaskar into ED custody till February 24.

As per the investigation, Kaskar had threatened and extorted money from celebrities and builders by using Dawood’s name. 

Earlier, Leader of Opposition (LoP) and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had accused Malik of striking a property deal with 1993 Mumbai bomb blast convict Sardar Shahwali Khan and Mohd Salim Ishaq Patel, who were said to be the henchmen of Parkar.

Fadnavis had claimed, A prime property of 2.80 acres at LBS Marg in Kurla was brought by Solidus Investment Private Limited for a meagre ₹30 lakh. The signatory of the deal transacted was Faraz Malik, son of Nawab Malik.”

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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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Wheelchair-bound Anil Deshmukh hospitalised at JJ Hospital after suffering shoulder injury

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Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai

Anil Deshmukh

Anil Deshmukh

 

Wheelchair-bound former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, who is currently lodged at Arthur Road Jail, was hospitalised at JJ Hospital in Mumbai on Saturday after suffering a shoulder injury. The senior leader would undergo a surgery according to ANI.

 
Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), today, reached Arthur Road jail to take custody of Deshmukh, his personal secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde in connection with an alleged money laundering case. 
 
Also, another team of CBI reached Taloja jail today to take custody of dismissed Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vaze vis-à-vis the same case. 
 
Amid opposition from Maharashtra government, the Supreme Court, on Thursday, transferred the investigation against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh to the CBI. 
 
Param Bir Singh

Param Bir Singh

 
Singh is currently facing cases of extortion, corruption and misconduct. He was removed as Mumbai Police Chief owing to his alleged mishandling of the Antilia (Mukesh Ambanis residence) bomb scare case. 
 
There are as many as five alleged corruption and extortion cases against Singh. On May 4 last year, he went missing to avoid probe against him. 
 
Later, he appeared before the Mumbai Crime Branch to record his statement after the Supreme Court granted him relief on the grounds that he wouldn’t be arrested.
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