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Mystery Of Mobile Phones In Jailed Sukesh Chandrashekar’s Massive Con Job – dot newz

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Sukesh Chandrashekar was 17 when he was first arrested, in 2005.

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He used a mobile phone from jail and swindled people pretending to be a government officer, a minister’s aide or even a Supreme Court judge. She collected the money, which was routed through hawala networks.

Together, they collected a fortune and lived fabulously, flaunting a sea-facing bungalow in Chennai, a fleet of cars and wildly extravagant interiors.

The questioning of two Bollywood actors helped the Enforcement Directorate uncover details of a massive con worth crores, operated by Sukesh Chandrashekar, jailed since 2017.

One of the actors is Sukesh Chandrashekar’s alleged partner-in-crime Leena Maria Paul, who starred in the 2013 film Madras Cafe. The other actor is the high-profile Jaqueline Fernandes, a friend of Leena Maria Paul and allegedly one of the couple’s victims.

According to sources in the CBI, Enforcement Directorate and Delhi Police, there are over 23 cheating cases against them across the country.

The bungalow by the sea that Chandrashekar and Leena Maria Paul lived in was also bought after the couple conned Rs 40 crore out of Aditi Singh, the wife of ex Fortis promoter Shivinder Singh. It was her complaint that exposed the latest swindle.

The luxe home, filled with lavish furnishings and art pieces, also had in the living room a Mercedes Benz 300 SLR with 722 emblazoned on it. The car was a part of the famous Mille Miglia race of 1955.

The Enforcement Directorate has seized goods worth Rs 20 crore till now. 

The haul includes shoes, bags and clothes from brands like Ferragamo, Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Versace. The coupled also owned a Rolls Royce Ghost, a Bentley Bentayga, a Ferrari 456 Italia, one Lamborghini Urus, an Escalade, and a Mercedes AMG 63.

Chandrashekar allegedly used sophisticated spoofing technology with high-end devices for his cons. Agencies suspect the money was routed through Leena’s family in Dubai.

Chandrashekar was 17 when he was first arrested, in 2005. He allegedly cheated a Bengaluru-based couple of Rs 1.14 crore after pretending to be a friend of former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s son.

In 2013, he and Leena Maria Paul were arrested for fraud worth Rs 19 crore in Chennai involving Canara Bank.

Four years later, Chandrashekar was arrested by Delhi Police on bribery charges.

Pretending to be Law Secretary, he had allegedly struck a Rs 50 crore deal with former AIADMK chief VK Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhinakaran, promising to get the “Two Leaves” symbol assigned to his faction. He received Rs 2 crore as the first instalment, just before his arrest.

He was also charged with impersonating a Supreme Court judge and “directing” the judge presiding over the Two Leaves symbol bribery case to grant him bail. He called just before the bail hearing.

He was arrested in Delhi with Rs 1.3 crore cash and high-end cars. 

He was charged again after the Income Tax department’s report showed him at a mall in Bengaluru, shopping and closing business deals when he was supposed to be in Delhi Police custody. Chandrasekar had allegedly bribed policemen into letting him go while in Bengaluru for a court hearing.

He was again charged by the CBI last year for allegedly posing as the agency’s director and extorting money from TDP MP Sambasiva Rao, who is an accused in a Rs 6,000 crore bank fraud case.

While investigating this, the CBI learnt that Chandrashekar had again conned Sasikara’s family after pretending to be a Supreme Court judge who would ensure her early release from a Bengaluru prison.

This month, the Delhi police charged Chandrasekar and Leena Maria Paul on the complaints of former Fortis Healthcare promoters Shivinder and Malvinder Singh’s wives. Pretending to be aides of the Union Home Minister and Law Minister, Chandrasekar allegedly duped the family of over Rs 40 crore.

It is this complaint that had investigators on Leena Maria Paul’s trail. She is in custody but not arrested yet.

Sources say Jaqueline Fernandes, who was questioned as a witness yesterday, was brought face-to-face with Leena.

While the Enforcement Directorate is tasked with recovering the money that runs into hundreds of crores, the Delhi Police is working on a water tight case to secure a conviction — the first in 16 years.

Sources said the CBI has written to Delhi Police on the phones seized from Chandrashekar in jail to try and decipher the technology he used; he always managed to have the number of a senior government functionary on the phone display of the receiver while deceiving people. 



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Coronavirus Live News Update: India Creates World Record In Vaccinations With 2.5 Crore Doses In A Day – dot newz

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The government had set out with a target of 2.5 crore vaccinations and crossed the mark by 10,390

India crossed 2.5 crore Covid vaccinations in a day for the first time on Friday as the government raced to deliver a record on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted to confirm the “historic” figure.

The government had set out with a target of 2.5 crore vaccinations and crossed the mark by 10,390.

With 34,403 more people testing positive for COVID-19, India’s overall infection tally has increased to 3,33,81,728, while the count of active cases has dipped to 3,39,056, according to Union health ministry data updated on Friday.

The death count due to the disease has climbed to 4,44,248 with 320 more fatalities being recorded, it said.

The number of active cases now comprises 1.03 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 97.64 per cent, according to the data updated by the ministry.

It said that active COVID-19 cases in the country decreased by 3,867 cases in a span of 24 hours.

Here are the updates on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:

Over 7 lakh people vaccinated in Assam on PM’s birthday

A total of 7,09,524 people received the COVID-19 vaccine in Assam on Friday as the state government undertook a mega inoculation drive on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday, a bulletin said.

Over 2.16 crore people have been immunised, and 44.02 lakh of them got both doses of the vaccines, it said.

The special drive was conducted in 4,575 COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs), of which 4,557 were government sites and 18 private ones.



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WHO Emergency Approval For Covaxin Delayed Till October 5 – dot newz

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The assessment of the SAGE working group on the available pieces of evidence will determine EUA.

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World Health Organisation’s (WHO) approval for the emergency use authorisation (EUA) to COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin, developed by the Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, is likely to be delayed till October 5.

As per WHO, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) will be meeting on October 5 to granting EUA to Covaxin.

Hanna Nohynek, SAGE member will be introducing session objective setting, an update on regulatory decisions and an overview of Working Group deliverables.

The session will recommend EUA based on the clinical data on Covaxin from phase 1, 2, 3 trial and post-marketing studies on safety, immunogenicity, efficacy and effectiveness.

It will update on global, regional and country-level plans for vaccine safety monitoring.

The assessment of the SAGE working group on the available pieces of evidence will determine EUA.

Meanwhile, Bharat Biotech on Friday said it has submitted all the data to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for Emergency Use Listing (EUL) of its COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin and is awaiting feedback from the UN Public Health Agency.

In a series of tweets, Bharat Biotech said that Covaxin clinical trial was fully compiled and available in June 2021.

“#COVAXIN clinical trial data was fully compiled and available in June 2021. All Data was submitted for Emergency Use Listing (EUL) Application to World Health Organization in early July. We have responded to any clarifications sought by #WHO and are awaiting further feedback,” Bharat Biotech tweeted.

As a responsible manufacturer with past approvals for its other vaccines, the company said it would not find it appropriate to speculate or comment on the approval process and its timelines, it further said.

“We are continuing to work diligently on obtaining WHO EUL at the earliest,” it added.

Bharat Biotech has submitted its Phase 3 clinical trials data that demonstrated 77.8 per cent efficacy to the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO).

Covaxin was developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech in association with the Indian Council of Medical Research and the National Institute of Virology. Covaxin, which has been developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), contains a whole virion inactivated SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, which is produced in Vero cells.

The vaccine is stable at 2 degrees Celsius to 8 degrees Celsius (refrigerated) and is shipped in a ready-to-use liquid formulation that permits distribution using existing vaccine supply chain channels.

The WHO has so far approved Covid vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, US pharma majors Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, China’s Sinopharm and Oxford-AstraZeneca for emergency use.

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PM Praises Frontline, Health Workers As India Administers Record Doses

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As India set a new record on Friday by administering over 2 crores COVID-19 vaccine doses, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the success of the vaccination drive to the country’s doctors, innovators, administrators, nurses, healthcare and all front-line workers.

“Every Indian would be proud of today’s record vaccination numbers. I acknowledge our doctors, innovators, administrators, nurses, healthcare and all front-line workers who have toiled to make the vaccination drive a success. Let us keep boosting vaccination to defeat COVID-19,” PM Modi tweeted.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and several state governments have aimed to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday historic by setting a record number of Covid vaccinations Friday.

Taking to Twitter, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that the historic feat is a gift to PM Modi on behalf of the health workers and the countrymen.

“#VaccineSeva A gift to Prime minister Narendra Modi on behalf of the health workers and the countrymen. Today, on his birthday, India has crossed the historical figure of administering 2 crore vaccines in a day, setting a new record. Well done India!” Mandaviya tweeted.

India has administered more than one crore COVID-19 vaccines in a day on earlier occasions.The vaccination drive in the country commenced on January 16 with the inoculation of healthcare and frontline workers. At present, India is administering COVID-19 vaccines– Covishield of Serum Institute of India (SII), Bharat Biotech”s Covaxin and Sputnik V.

To ramp up the drive, on April 1, the government had opened Covid-19 vaccination for everyone above the age of 45 years. A month later from May 1, as a part of the third phase of the vaccination drive, India began administering the vaccine in the 18 to 44 years age group.

Since then, the country’s vaccination drive is scaling new heights. On August 9, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed the landmark of 50 crores.

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