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Lalit Modi case: Probe agencies to approach Interpol afresh

29 May 2016 | 12:34 PM

NEW DELHI: Indian investigative agencies will make a fresh bid to obtain the much-delayed Interpol arrest warrant against former IPL chairman Lalit Modi after the Chennai Police recently submitted that it is actively pursuing its criminal probe against the former cricket czar and others.

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Lalit Modi case: Probe agencies to approach Interpol afreshLalit Modi. — AFP file photo

New Delhi, May 29

Indian investigative agencies will make a fresh bid to obtain the much-delayed Interpol arrest warrant against former IPL chairman Lalit Modi after the Chennai Police recently submitted that it is actively pursuing its criminal probe against the former cricket czar and others.

Officials said the Investigating Officer (IO) of the Crime Branch of Chennai police has informed the Finance Ministry and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that it had registered an FIR against Modi and seven others in 2010 on charges of alleged financial irregularities on a complaint by former BCCI president N Srinivasan which is "under investigation" and evidence is being gathered.

It is likely that the IO of Chennai police would also approach a local court to seek Modi's presence in the case as being sought by the ED in its money laundering probe.

This 2010 FIR became the basis for the ED to register the 'predicate offence' of money laundering against Modi in 2012.

After registering the offence, the anti-money laundering agency had sought an international Red Corner Notice (RCN) and arrest warrant against him from the Interpol.

The agencies, sources said, will make a renewed effort to make Modi join the probe being carried out by the ED and Chennai Police.

The Union government, during the recently concluded Parliament session, had said it was awaiting an investigation status report from Chennai Police in order to respond to queries raised by the Interpol in connection with the money laundering case against Modi.

Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha had, while replying to a question related to ED's request to Interpol for issue of the RCN against Modi, said "certain queries were raised by the Commission for the Control of Interpol Files".

"Further, a letter to the predicate agency (Chennai Police) has been sent for obtaining investigation status of the scheduled offence. The reply from predicate agency is awaited for responding to the queries raised by the Commission for the Control of Interpol Files," he had said in a written reply.

The ED headquarters here too has been regularly writing to the Chennai and Tamil Nadu Police brass seeking the status of the case and expediting the probe being conducted by them.

Officials said after a request to extradite Modi from the United Kingdom was recently sent to the Ministry of External Affairs by the ED, a similar effort will be made before the Interpol, through the CBI, to get the long-awaited RCN notified.

The ED had first approached Interpol in August last year for notifying an RCN against Modi but it kept delaying acting on the request with a string of queries from Indian investigators regarding the need for a red corner notice, with the latest being seeking status of the probe being conducted by the Chennai Police.

The ED wants Modi to join investigation in a case relating to T-20 Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament after it registered an FIR against him and others in 2012.

The central agency has invoked PMLA besides Sections 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC to probe if BCCI-IPL and the exchequer had been cheated in the award of telecast rights for the T-20 tournament in 2009.

Modi has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. — PTI

Judges should not disclose victim’s name in sexual assault case: HC

29 May 2016 | 5:00 PM

NEW DELHI: Judicial officers should not mention the name of victims in the judgments passed in sexual assault cases and they “must avoid” disclosing the identity to protect their reputation, the Delhi High Court has said.

Changing surname does not change caste of person: HC

Changing surname does not change caste of person: HC

29 May 2016 | 12:32 PM

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court has provided relief to a medical graduate who was denied admission in a post-graduate course in the Scheduled Tribe category despite possessing valid caste certificate on the ground that he had changed his surname.

PC, Sibal, Jairam Cong’s RS nominees

PC, Sibal, Jairam Cong’s RS nominees

29 May 2016 | 1:41 AM

NEW DELHI: After days of hectic deliberations, the Congress today nominated former ministers Ambika Soni, P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal and Jairam Ramesh to the Rajya Sabha for the upcoming biennial elections.

Teach basics of all religions in middle schools: Panel

29 May 2016 | 1:41 AM

NEW DELHI: Concluding that “all is not well” with school education in the country, a committee headed by former top bureaucrat TSR Subramanian has recommended teaching of the basics of all religions in middle schools to inculcate values like compassion, courage and non-violence among them.

Country drought-hit, Modi celebrating: Rahul

29 May 2016 | 1:41 AM

NEW DELHI: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for celebrating at the India Gate when many parts of the country were reeling under drought.

Govt hasn’t engaged us on GST: Cong

29 May 2016 | 1:41 AM

NEW DELHI: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram today said the government was yet to engage the Congress on the Goods and Services Tax Bill adding that his party’s position on the tax reform remains what it was.

ISRO to launch record 22 satellites in June

29 May 2016 | 1:41 AM

BENGALURU: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said today that it would launch a record 22 satellites in a mission next month.

NHRC finds four Assam encounters fake, grants Rs30 lakh compensation

29 May 2016 | 1:41 AM

GUWAHATI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has found four cases of encounter carried out by the Assam Police along with the units of Army and paramilitary forces in various parts of Assam as fake and granted total compensation of Rs30 lakh against these cases.

SAD seeks CBI probe into Pilibhit custody deaths

29 May 2016 | 1:41 AM

LUCKNOW: Demanding immediate action against the guilty jail staff responsible for the custodial death of seven TADA prisoners of the Pilibhit district jail in 1994, SAD’s Anandpur Sahib MP Prem Singh Chandumajra today threatened to approach the Supreme Court for a CBI probe.

Rs10,000 cr due to cane farmers

29 May 2016 | 1:41 AM

NEW DELHI: As much as Rs 10,000 crore is due to farmers across the country for sugarcane sold to millers in last two seasons, with maximum outstanding in Uttar Pradesh.

Army faces ammo shortage, MoD ropes in private sector

29 May 2016 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: As the Army continues to grapple with “huge” shortage of ammunition because of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) falling short of meeting its requirements and import of equipment being a long-drawn process, the private sector is being roped in to produce seven types of ammunition to help mitigate the situation.

India’s NSG bid not about arms race: US to Pakistan

29 May 2016 | 1:41 AM

WASHINGTON: In an apparent snub to Pakistan over its opposition to India’s bid to become a member of the elite NSG, the US has said it is not about an arms race, but about peaceful use of nuclear energy.

Naseeruddin’s oblique attack on Kher stirs row

29 May 2016 | 1:41 AM

NEW DELHI: Veteran Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah’s veiled comments against Anupam Kher today drew sharp reactions from his former co-star and some members of the film fraternity.

BJP: NaMo tea stalls not party’s official concept

29 May 2016 | 1:41 AM

MUMBAI: A day after a BJP corporator from the Brihanmumbai MC proposed setting up of NaMo tea stalls across the city, the BJP said it was not party’s official concept.

Nepal, India plan energy bank

29 May 2016 | 1:41 AM

Kathmandu: India and Nepal are planning to set up an energy bank so that they can help each other overcome power shortage.

It’s a perfect 10 for 1,68,541 studentsCBSE Class X results

It’s a perfect 10 for 1,68,541 students

29 May 2016 | 2:43 PM

NEW DELHI:A whopping 1,68,541 students across the country — 85,316 boys and 83,225 girls — have scored a perfect 10 CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) score in the CBSE Class X exam results announced today.

EC revokes poll in 2 TN seats, says voters bribed

29 May 2016 | 12:10 PM

NEW DELHI:In a first, the Election Commission today recommended cancelling poll in two Tamil Nadu Assembly seats following evidence of use of money to influence voters, saying the atmosphere was “seriously vitiated” to hold the democratic exercise at this stage.

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