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CBI raids residences of former Mumbai police chief Sanjay Pandey, ex-NSE CEOs Chitra Ramkrishna and Ravi Narain

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday conducted raids at the residences of former Mumbai police commissioner Sanjay Pandey and former National Stock Exchange (NSE) CEOs Chitra Ramkrishna and Ravi Narain, among others, in connection with a fresh case it registered against them. Sources said raids are being conducted at 18 locations spread across Mumbai, Pune, Delhi NCR, Lucknow, Kota and Chandigarh.

In its new case of alleged corruption related to the NSE co-location scam, the agency has alleged that the company floated by Pandey was illegally tapping phones of NSE employees and giving the transcripts to the accused.

“Pandey’s company iSec Securities is also being raided. It is alleged that the company had illegally tapped phones of three NSE employees between 2009 and 2017. They were even providing transcripts,” a CBI official said.

The CBI is already probing Ramkrishna and Narain in the 2018 NSE co-location case where some brokers, in connivance with some officials of NSE, allegedly got quicker access to the bourses when they opened, helping them book huge profits.

The Indian Express had on July 3 reported that the CBI is probing how iSec Securities, incorporated in 2001 by Pandey, who retired as Mumbai police commissioner on June 30, did not red-flag that the NSE servers were compromised.

When the firm iSec Services Pvt Ltd was incorporated in March 2001, Pandey was not in service. He quit the directorship in May 2006, with his mother Santosh and son Armaan becoming directors in the company. Based out of Oshiwara in Andheri, it was one of the IT companies tasked with conducting security audits at NSE during 2010 to 2015 when the co-location scam is believed to have taken place. The CBI has recorded the statement of one of the company employees, a source said.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is probing the money laundering aspect in the 2018 case, had questioned Pandey on July 5.

The CBI’s investigation over the course of the last four years long had led to the arrest of Ramkrishna and its former group operating officer Anand Subramanian.

Some BJP leaders had accused Pandey of going after its leaders at the behest of the then Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra, a charge denied by the officer. BJP leader Mohit Kamboj, against whom an FIR was registered in connection with a bank fraud, had hinted that Pandey could face action after his retirement on June 30. Soon after recording his statement with police last month, Kamboj had said: “While the 1st (June 1) belongs to the person who registered this case against me, the 30th (June 30) will belong to us.”

As per iSec’s financial records, the company was incorporated by Pandey and one Pankaj Chandra, with 5,000 shares each. Pandey quit the directorship in May 2006, with his mother Santosh and son Armaan becoming directors in the company.

Currently, Santosh is the whole-time director while one Anand Narayan is the other director. As per the shareholding pattern provided by the company as on March 31, 2021, Santosh and Armaan each hold 50% each in the company and Sanjay Pandey is not a shareholder.

iSec Services Pvt Ltd’s website says it was established in 2001 and is an ISO-certified company. “We are engaged in ensuring security of information through a variety of security services, helping detect and prevent theft of information. iSec has been providing information security management services to various clients both in India as well as abroad. iSec’s efforts are supported by professional information security consultants….,” it says.




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BREAKING: Delhi’s daily Covid cases dip to 1,227; positivity rate rises to 14.57%

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  • Aug 15, 2022 10:30 PM IST

    At 1,227, Delhi’s daily Covid tally sees dip; positivity rate rises to 14.57%

    Delhi on Monday saw a massive drop in its single-day Covid caseload after 1,227 people tested positive for the virus from Sunday’s 2,162 infections. However, the case positivity rate of the national capital witnessed a further rise to 14,57 per cent from yesterday’s 12.64 per cent. Fresh fatalities also increased with eight patients succumbing to Covid-19 as opposed to five on Sunday.

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    The Nitish Kumar-led Grand Alliance government in Bihar will see its first cabinet expansion tomorrow at 11.30am.

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    All 11 life convicts of Bilkis Bano gang-rape case walks out of jail

    All 11 convicts in 2002 Bilkis Bano gang rape case who were given life imprisonment walked out of Godhra sub-jail under the remission policy of the Gujarat government,  PTI reported.

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    Section 144 imposed in Shivamogga after group tries to remove VD Savarkar’s banners

    Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) was imposed in Karnataka’s Shivamogga city on Monday after a group of Tipu Sultan followers tried to remove VD Savarkar’s banners at the Ameer Ahmad circle. The group was trying to remove Savarkar’s banners to install Tipu Sultan’s banners.

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    Myanmar leader Suu Kyi sentenced to 6 more years in prison

    Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to six more years in prison. A special court inside a prison compound in the capital Naypyidaw found her guilty of four corruption charges related to a charity named after her late mother, news agency Bloomberg reported. Read more.

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    Workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) clashed in Jangaon during Telangana  BJP President Sanjay Kumar’s Praja Sangrama Yatra, news agency ANI reported. 

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    The Assam government will withdraw one lakh “minor cases”, including many of the pending cases on charges of objectionable social media posts, announced Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma while addressing the people on the occasion of Independence Day in Guwahati.

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UK clears 1st Covid vaccine tweaked for Omicron variant

Updated on Aug 15, 2022 10:17 PM IST

The UK became the first country on Monday to approve a variant-adapted coronavirus vaccine as it cleared Moderna’s so-called bivalent dose that targets the original as well as the Omicron version of the virus.



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Civilian, cop injured in two terror attacks in J&K on Independence Day

Published on Aug 15, 2022 10:04 PM IST

The attacks came a day after an encounter broke out between terrorists and security forces in Srinagar’s Nowhatta in which a police constable, Sarfaraz Ahmad, succumbed to his injuries on Monday



One civilian was injured in the grenade attack in Budgam. (ANI Photo)
One civilian was injured in the grenade attack in Budgam. (ANI Photo)


‘Force multiplier’: India gifts maritime reconnaissance aircraft to Sri Lanka

Updated on Aug 15, 2022 09:35 PM IST

India’s public show of support for strengthening Sri Lanka’s maritime security came a day ahead of the scheduled arrival of the Yuan Wang 5, used by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to track satellites and ballistic missiles



Indian envoy in Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay with Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Navy personnel during a ceremony for the handover of a Dornier 228 Maritime Patrol Aircraft to Sri Lanka to enhance their maritime surveillance capabilities and bolster the bilateral defence ties, in Colombo (Twitter/IndiainSL)
Indian envoy in Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay with Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Navy personnel during a ceremony for the handover of a Dornier 228 Maritime Patrol Aircraft to Sri Lanka to enhance their maritime surveillance capabilities and bolster the bilateral defence ties, in Colombo (Twitter/IndiainSL)


‘India by right enjoys…’: Vladimir Putin’s message on Independence Day

Published on Aug 15, 2022 08:29 PM IST

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed India’s ties with his country, saying it is developing in the “spirit of a privileged strategic partnership”.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP) (File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP) (File Photo)

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‘No justice for Dalits. I quit’: Congress MLA tells Gehlot after boy’s death

Updated on Aug 15, 2022 08:38 PM IST

Congress legislator Pana Chand Meghwal on Sunday asked chief minister Ashok Gehlot to announce 50 lakh compensation for the Dalit boy’s family but did not get a response from the chief minister.



The BJP capitalised on Congress MLA Panna Chand Meghwal’s resignation letter, saying it was time that chief minister Ashok Gehlot takes up the issue on priority. (Facebook/PanachandINC)
The BJP capitalised on Congress MLA Panna Chand Meghwal’s resignation letter, saying it was time that chief minister Ashok Gehlot takes up the issue on priority. (Facebook/PanachandINC)


Opposition targets PM Modi over ‘nepotism’, ‘misogyny’ remarks in I-Day speech

Updated on Aug 15, 2022 07:45 PM IST

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi refused to comment on the PM’s ‘nepotism’ remarks, while TMC MP Derek O’Brien took a swipe at Modi over his pledge against ‘misogyny’



Prime minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort on the occasion of India’s 76th Independence Day on Monday. (ANI Photo)
Prime minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort on the occasion of India’s 76th Independence Day on Monday. (ANI Photo)


Watch: Drone-based healthcare network launched in Arunachal Pradesh

Published on Aug 15, 2022 07:32 PM IST

“Guided by the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make India the world’s drone hub, the government of Arunachal Pradesh has decided to conduct a pilot project of using drones in healthcare, agriculture and disaster management in collaboration with the World Economic Forum (WEF),” chief minister Pema Khandu tweeted.



The pilot project has been funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and executed by Bengaluru-based startup Redwing Labs.(Twitter/ @PemaKhanduBJP)
The pilot project has been funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and executed by Bengaluru-based startup Redwing Labs.(Twitter/ @PemaKhanduBJP)


75th or 76th Independence Day? Read on to get it cleared

Updated on Aug 15, 2022 07:12 PM IST

India is celebrating its 76th Independence Day today, but arguments that August 15, 1948, was the first anniversary of the country’s freedom have created much confusion. Going by the logic, today’s event is indeed the 75th anniversary of independence.



A girl walks carrying Indian flag along with army soldiers during a ceremony to celebrate 75 years of India's Independence in Mumbai, August 14, 2022 (AP)
A girl walks carrying Indian flag along with army soldiers during a ceremony to celebrate 75 years of India’s Independence in Mumbai, August 14, 2022 (AP)

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Watch: Beating Retreat at Attari-Wagah border on Independence Day

Updated on Aug 15, 2022 06:21 PM IST

Several hours before the ceremony, enthusiastic spectators began trickling into sitting areas on either side of chunky iron gates separating the two nations at the Attari-Wagah frontier.



Pakistani Rangers (wearing black uniforms) and BSF personnel lower their national flags during a parade at the Attari-Wagah border in Punjab.(Reuters file )
Pakistani Rangers (wearing black uniforms) and BSF personnel lower their national flags during a parade at the Attari-Wagah border in Punjab.(Reuters file )

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How Karnataka’s corruption watchdog got its teeth back

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At its peak in 2011, the Karnataka Lokayukta was the institution that had blown the lid off a massive iron-ore mining scam in the state and unseated a chief minister. But four years later, the anti-corruption ombudsman was at its lowest ebb, battling allegations of extortion by the then Lokayukta’s son, till its powers were eventually taken away by the newly set up Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

Now, with the Karnataka High Court, on August 11, striking down that controversial attempt to render the Lokayukta and Upa-Lokayukta ”paper tigers without any teeth and claws“, there’s an opportunity to revive the institution. The HC ruling came on a bunch of public interest litigations (PILs) challenging the creation of the ACB in 2016. The court has abolished the ACB and restored the Karnataka Lokayukta’s original powers to investigate corruption cases.

There’s a long history of how things came to this point. The Lokayukta Act was enacted in Karnataka in 1984 by a Janata Party government, which had promised to create the ombudsman in its election manifesto. Subsequently, the Lokayukta institution was set up in January 1986.

It was only 2001 onwards, when Justice N. Venkatachala became the Lokayukta, that the ombudsman transformed itself into an anti-corruption crusader. He was succeeded by Justice N. Santosh Hegde in 2006—Hegde’s five-year tenure saw the institution turn into a model for the entire country, culminating in the mining report in 2011 that rocked Karnataka.

The low point came in 2015 with an extortion allegation against the son of the then sitting Lokayukta, who had to step down. The Siddaramaiah-led Congress government of the time then created the ACB, inviting PILs against the move.

The HC has ruled that the government was not justified in constituting the ACB via an executive government order when the Karnataka Lokayukta Act, 1984, was in existence for tackling corruption. The court has restored the earlier government orders designating the offices of the Lokayukta police wing as police stations while ordering that all inquiries, investigations and other disciplinary proceedings pending before the ACB be transferred to the Lokayukta. “It is most unfortunate that even 75 years after Independence, no political party is willing or daring enough to allow an independent authority like the Lokayukta to discharge its duties in a transparent manner in the interest of the general public at large,” the high court observed.

Over the years, the Karnataka Lokayukta had conducted criminal cases against 67 MLAs, MPs, ministers and other elected representatives besides 36 IAS and IPS officers. As the court observed, the ACB, in contrast, had ”not registered any criminal cases against ministers, MPs, MLAs or MLCs, but only registered a few cases against some authorities and conducted raids”.

“I’ve seen what the Lokayukta can do,” says former Lokayukta Santosh Hegde, welcoming the HC order. Creating the ACB, which was like any other police organisation answerable to the home minister and chief minister, only shifted the situation to how it was prior to 1986 (when the Lokayukta was formed), he says. “There was an effort to denude the powers of the Lokayukta because they (government) didn’t have the courage to abolish it. So, they wanted people to get fed up with a non-functioning Lokayukta and not react even if it was stripped of its powers. Even at that stage, the people of Karnataka had opposed this,” said Hegde.

The mining report, says Hegde, had named three CMs of three different political parties. Successive governments, however, didn’t implement the report, he points out.

Apart from restoring its power of investigation, Hegde suggests a few steps to strengthen the Lokayukta. Firstly, he points to the requirement for sanction to prosecute public servants, under the Criminal Procedure Code, which has been a stumbling block on most occasions. “The sanction power, at least with regard to anti-corruption investigations, should be taken away and left to the court to decide.” Secondly, the Lokayukta should have a say on officers sent on deputation to the ombudsman. “Lastly, it should be provided all necessary infrastructure being extended to other investigating agencies,” says Hegde. These measures, he says, will help put the institution back on a strong footing.

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CHISINAU, Moldova — Police in Moldova’s capital Chisinau were investigating a string of bomb threats Monday at locations including at the country’s supreme court and its international airport, authorities said.

Police said that the nine bomb threats also targeted shopping centers, hospitals and medical facilities.

Monday’s threats follow more than 40 similar incidents that plagued the small non-European Union nation in July, more than half of them targeting Chisinau airport and causing severe service disruptions.

None of the scores of recent threats in Moldova, which shares a border with war-torn Ukraine, have turned out to be true. No explosives have been discovered and no one has yet been charged. Airport security, however, has been bolstered.

Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita said in a recent interview with Radio Moldova that some of the threats had been traced to I.P. addresses in Russia and Belarus but that they could have been manipulated. She added that requests were made to those countries to investigate.

“It is very clear that these alerts are meant to slow our vigilance, keep us busy, (and) test our reaction,” she added.

In April, tensions in Moldova soared after a series of explosions in Transnistria — a Russia-backed separatist region of Moldova where Russia bases about 1,500 troops — raised fears that it could get dragged into Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Transnistria has a population of about 470,000 and has been under the control of separatist authorities since a civil war in 1992.

Moldova, although constitutionally neutral and thus not a potential NATO member, was granted European Union candidate status in late June. But full membership to the 27-nation bloc will be a long road contingent on a series of reforms such as tackling corruption, organized crime, strengthening human rights and the rule of law.

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