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Probe Agency Seizes Conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar’s Bungalow In Chennai – dot newz



It said raids were recently conducted in the case and Poddar was also covered. (File)

Chennai/New Delhi:

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday said it has “seized” a sea-facing bungalow in Chennai, Rs 82.5 lakh cash, and over a dozen luxurious cars in connection with a money laundering case against Sukesh Chandrashekar, accused in an alleged multi-crore extortion racket.

It took the action after raiding multiple premises of Sukesh Chandrashekhar, also an accused in the Election Commission (EC) bribery case, along with those of his alleged associate and vice president of the RBL Bank identified as Komal Poddar.

The money laundering case of the agency is based on an FIR of the Delhi Police’s economic offences wing (EOW) against him and others.

“The ED has seized a luxurious beachfront bungalow located in Chennai, Rs 82.5 lakhs cash, two kg gold, 16 luxurious cars, and other high-end items in the Sukesh Chandrasekhar case,” the agency said in a Twitter post.

It later said in a statement that Sukesh Chandrashekhar is a “known conman” and is being probed by the Delhi Police in a case of alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating, and extortion to the tune of about Rs 200 crore.

“Sukesh Chandrasekhar is the mastermind of this fraud. He has been a part of the crime world since the age of 17. He has multiple FIRs against him and is presently lodged at the Rohini jail,” the ED said in the statement.

Despite being in the jail, it said, Sukesh Chandrashekhar “did not stop conning” people.

“He (with a cellphone procured illegally in the prison) with the help of technology, made spoofed calls to dupe people as the numbers displayed on the called party’s phone number belonged to senior government officers,” it said.

“While speaking (from the prison) to these persons, he claimed to be a government officer offering to help people for a price,” the ED claimed.

It said raids were recently conducted in the case and Poddar was also covered.

“Poddar was working as a conduit for the transfer of funds to Sukesh and has also cheated the complainant,” the statement said.

“During the search at the residential premises of Komal Poddar, unexplained money to the tune of Rs 82.50 lakh and 24-carat gold bars weighing two Kg have been seized,” it said.

The ED said raids were also conducted against Sukesh Chandrashekhar’s wife Leena Maria Paul, who is a “small-time” actress in Malayalam films and has also done some small roles in Hindi movies like Madras Cafe.

During the searches, it said, a hidden location of Paul was detected and it was found that this property — a lavish bungalow in Chennai — is a “benami property” of Sukesh Chandrashekhar and Paul.

“Sukesh Chandrashekhar led a lavish life in this bungalow in Chennai which is no less than a resort and has various luxury cars including BMW, Range Rover, and Mercedes. The house is a luxurious sea-facing with home theatre and a fleet of cars and servants,” the ED said.

“Numerous shoes, shades, bags, and clothes were recovered during the searches,” it said.

The ED said shoes included those from renowned brands such as Ferragamo, Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton and bags of the same brands and those from Hermes.

“The rugs in the house were Versace with Italian marble floors, dining table, and expensive furniture,” the statement said.

“The searches resulted in the seizure of the said bungalow and 16 high-end luxury cars which includes Rolls Royce Ghost, Bentley Bentayga, Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Urus, Escalade, and Mercedes AMG 63,” it said.

Sukesh Chandrashekhar, who is lodged at the Rohini jail of the national capital at present, was recently arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police in this alleged extortion case.

Sukesh Chandrasekhar was lodged in Tihar jail after getting arrested in April 2017 from a hotel here in the EC bribery case.

It was alleged that he took money from AIADMK (Amma) leader T T V Dhinakaran to bribe EC officials in connection with the dispute over the AIADMK ”two leaves” poll symbol.

Sukesh Chandrasekhar had allegedly struck a deal for Rs 50 crore to help the AIADMK (Amma) faction keep the ”two leaves”” symbol. An amount of Rs 1.3 crore was allegedly seized from his possession at the time of his arrest. 

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Tax Officials To Reply On Newslaundry Plea Over Leak Of Seized Material – dot newz




The court orally observed leaking of data is “ethically, morally and legally” wrong. (File)

New Delhi:

The Delhi High Court Friday sought Income Tax Department’s stand on a plea by online news portal Newslaundry and its co-founder Abhinandan Sekhri to restrain any leakage of the material seized during a survey operation held earlier this month.

A bench of Justices Manmohan and Navin Chawla granted time to the department’s counsel to seek instructions on giving an undertaking against any leak and asked that the concerned officer join the proceedings on the next date of hearing i.e. September 21.

“Ask your client (to join proceedings) so that we can close it then and there. Let him be by your side..If he gives a statement, we can put a quietus to the matter,” said the bench to the lawyer who asserted that the fear of leak was a “bald apprehension”.

Data of thousands of assessees is in safe custody of the department and it can be used only in accordance with law, said counsel for the department Ajit Shamra.

During the course of the hearing, the bench orally observed, “Normally, no one’s data should be leaked” as it is “ethically, morally and legally” wrong.

“We have seen it on channels, people’s data that has been seized is being displayed… It should not happen,” it remarked.

Senior counsel Siddharth Dave, appearing for the petitioners, said that four notices under the Income Tax Act were issued to his client and a survey was held in the news portal’s premises on September 10, during which several devices, including a mobile phone and a laptop belonging to the petitioner co-founder, were seized by the IT authorities, which contained several information which were of no relevance to any income tax proceedings.

The data may contain personal photos and information pertaining to investigative stories, he said.

The senior lawyer argued that any data breach would be in violation of right to privacy and therefore a direction should be passed to the IT authorities to not leak any data and delete whatever is of no relevance to the proceedings.

It was also contended that any seizure during a survey operation was beyond the scope of survey and that no “hash value” of the seized data was given.

“Please direct them not to leak seized data collected in this purported garb of a survey and allow me to delete (non I-T related) data,” the senior lawyer submitted.

In the petition filed through advocate Nipun Katyal, the petitioners have said that the income tax officers and authorities do not have any power to interrupt the ordinary peaceful citizens of the country in any manner they like by utilizing the large powers given to them, without keeping strictly within the four corners of those large powers.

“The Petitioners are heading a news organization, the Petitioners herein have sources, contacts and other information on the digital machines. It is the fiduciary duty of the Petitioners to protect them and keep it confidential.

“It is further submitted that the legal communication regarding existing cases is present in the personal laptop and phone of the Petitioners. If in any circumstances, the leaks are committed, it shall be a clear breach of the attorney client privilege as well as whistleblowers confidentiality,” the plea says.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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1 Crore Jabs Till 1:30 PM. On PM’s Birthday, Government Aims At Record – dot newz




The vaccination campaign is key to BJP’s three-week celebrations to mark PM’s birthday.

New Delhi:

As the government raced to deliver a vaccination record on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday today, the country clocked over 42,000 vaccinations a minute, a senior health official said. Vaccinations crossed one crore in the afternoon – for the fourth time in less than a month – setting up a milestone by the end of the day.

Aiming at 2 crore vaccinations as PM Modi turns 71, the government added a ticker to track Covid shots being given across the country.

“Celebrating the relentless efforts of India’s vaccinators against COVID-19, we have added a ticker to show vaccinations happening in near real-time. We are currently clocking over 42,000 vaccinations/minute or 700/second,” tweeted National Health Authority chief RS Sharma, sharing the new feature.

The vaccination campaign is key to the BJP’s three-week celebrations to mark the Prime Minister’s birthday.

“Let’s do #VaccineSeva and give him (PM Modi) birthday gift by getting vaccinated those who have not taken the dose so far,” Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had tweeted yesterday, urging people to get the shots.

To achieve its target, the BJP had prepped health volunteers “to ensure that the maximum number of people get their COVID-19 vaccines on the day”.

In recent days, India has reported more than one crore Covid shots in a day more than once.

Senior BJP leaders say the party wants to see the day “recorded in history” as one that saw a record number of Covid vaccines given.

By noon, over 94,00,000 vaccinations had been achieved. PM Modi’s home state Gujarat had crossed five lakh doses, more than the daily doses in the last seven days.

By afternoon, Bihar had given Covid shots to 7.3 lakh people, three times more than the average of the last three days. Madhya Pradesh was at more than 5 lakh doses – 75 per cent of the last two days’ average.

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Under-Construction Flyover Collapses In Mumbai’s Bandra, 14 Injured – dot newz




The under-construction flyover collapsed at about 4.40am.

At least 14 people were injured after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Bandra Kurla Complex in Maharashtra’s Mumbai today. The injured were taken to the VN Desai Hospital and their condition is stable, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said.

The flyover collapsed at about 4.40am.

Visuals shared by news agency ANI showed police personnel and fire departments on the spot as the rescue work is underway.

There has been no loss of life and no person is missing due to the collapse, Deputy Commissioner Of Police Manjunath Singe told news agency ANI.

The flyover is located at MTNL junction in suburban Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) and will connect the complex’s main road and Santa Cruz- Chembur link road. The construction work of the flyover is being undertaken by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

Further details related to the flyover’s collapse are awaited.

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