Category Archives: Crime and Corruption

21 Indians wanted by foreign agencies for various crimes

NEW DELHI: Nine foreign law enforcement agencies have approached the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) through the Interpol for help in apprehending 21 Indians wanted for various crimes on foreign soil, the agency said.

The Interpol has issued red notices against the 21. Among those wanted, two — Krishnan Ambi and Akshat Bhatnagar was sought by Afghanistan. Both are facing charges of fraud.

Six — Chetanbhai Patel, Harinarin Vijayampa, Jasbir Riar, Dipesh Kumar S Shah, Prakashandand Saraswati and Akbar Rana are wanted by the US.

Five — Somasundram Kathamuthu, Jasrath Singh Mogia, Rajapandi Ramalingam, Sharmeela Shahjahan, Rajeswari Thiyagrajan are wanted by Malaysia for charges of Continue reading

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CBI arrests its own programmer for illicit software that subverted the railway ticket reservation system

NEW DELHI: The CBI has arrested one of its employees, an assistant software programmer, for developing an illicit software that subverted the railway ticket reservation system. The software focused on exploiting vulnerability in the tatkal system by allowing hundreds of ticket bookings in one go.

“Though, there was no revenue loss to the railways, the agents who used this software were selling tickets on huge margins and fleecing passengers,” a a CBI spokesperson said. CBI sources said the vulnerability in the IRCTC software ‘still exists’.

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Walk in Mumbai to legalise Marijuana

MUMBAI: What began with five people in Mumbai talking about the medical uses of cannabis, or marijuana, three years ago, is now a 100-member group that is part of a worldwide movement working for its legalisation.

On December 17, members of the group walked 5km from Gateway of India to Chowpatty beach to get support for their cause. Another walk is scheduled on January 7. Two weeks ago, the Delhi-based founder of The Great Legalisation movement (GLM), Viki Vaurora, wrote to the Prime Minister asking him to legalise hemp — leaves that are the source of cannabis — for medicinal, industrial and recreational purposes.

Dhaval Panchal, an event manager from Mumbai, who is a member of the group, said he found out about the use of cannabis oil as a cancer medicine when his father had the disease. When his father was given a dose of the oil, he experienced less pain and could sleep better. “By the time I found out about it, it was too late because my father had already undergone 12 chemotherapy sessions…” said Panchal.

Akshay Shetty, another member, said the hardest task for them is to change the mindset. “There are doctors, too, who understand that cannabis can be used for medicinal purposes, but won’t let us speak about it in hospitals …” said Shetty.

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Two teenage girls found hanging from tree in Noida

Police said a case of murder has been registered against three distant relatives of the girls — aged 18 and 13.

The girls’ immediate family members have blamed a distant relative identified as Ravi, a native of Bulandshahr, for their murder.

“The victim’s family has stated in an application that they suspect the role of a relative in the case. We have dispatched a team to Bulandshahr to track the person. We are probing all angels,” said Love Kumar, senior superintendent of police, Gautam Budh Nagar.

The post-mortem stated the cause of girls’ deaths as asphyxiation due to anti mortem hanging, officials added.

“Ravi, who is related to the victims’ mother, was allegedly involved in a relationship with the elder girl and this caused contention between his family and the victims’ family. Two days prior to the incident, the victims’ parents received a call from

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Operations, Surgeries under torchlight at UP hospital

KANPUR: At least 32 people in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao were operated for cataract at a government hospital under torchlight on Monday night, prompting authorities to transfer the district’s top health official and suspend a doctor for negligence and violation of norms.

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The surgeries were conducted under the light of two torches at the primary healthcare centre (PHC) in Nawabganj, which like many rural areas of Uttar Pradesh gets electricity for only 12 hours a day.

“This is height of negligence. No one will be

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SEBI to finalise new norms for advisers, credit rating agencies

MUMBAI: The board of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) will consider and approve on December 28 as many as 17 reforms, including new norms for credit rating companies and investment advisers, according to two people with direct knowledge of the development.

“We are re-looking all regulations and ensuring that all circulars are captured in regulations,” Ajay Tyagi, chairman of Sebi, said at a December 20 event.

The Sebi board will also discuss the issue of disclosure of loan defaults and publish a discussion paper on it.

In August, Sebi had mandated that listed firms disclose all loan defaults within Continue reading

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Bill in Parliament to criminalise instant triple talaq , Opposition unhappy

As the NDA government gets ready to introduce a bill in Parliament to criminalise instant triple talaq , leaders from Opposition parties said on Sunday that they were unhappy with several key provisions, and the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said it would urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi to withhold and withdraw the proposed law.

On Sunday, the Congress and the CPI(M) questioned the requirement of an instant triple talaq law, while the BJD, the fifthlargest party in the House, opposed the penal provision of a jail term for Continue reading

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Drugs usage in India hitting a new high

The popularity of synthetic or party drugs has increased manifold over the past five years in India but the use of conventional substances such as cocaine, heroin, and hashish has remained static or decreased, government data shows.

In terms of volume, marijuana or ganja remains the most common drug seized at more than 2 lakh kg, according to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which collected the data on drugs seized across India in 2016 by various law-enforcement agencies.

The confiscation of party drugs – amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) such as MDMA or Molly — increased from 40 kg in 2012 to 1,687 kg last year.

Drug enforcement agencies believe Molly is brought to the country from illegal labs and factories in Continue reading

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Child porn racket busted – Telegram app helped

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The cyber crime wing of the Kerala police has busted a child porn racket with the arrest an MCA graduate from Malappuram and seized hundreds of photos and videos involving minors.

Police said K Sharaf Ali, 24, collected pornographic material from social media and other sources and traded them under various names on Telegram, an instant messaging system that he considered comparatively safer for his operations. He had been broadcasting offensive clips to more than a lakh subscribers every day, police said.

“We have been tracking him for the past six months. Some of the videos were really disturbing involving two- to five-year-old children. We have identified some of the sources from where he procured these videos,” said a senior police officer, adding that more arrest will take place in coming days.

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Former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav convicted in Scam

RANCHI: A special CBI court on Saturday convicted former Bihar chief minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad and 15 other people in a 21-year old fodder scam case.

The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on January 3.

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Those convicted included three IAS officers, former animal husbandry department officials and two other politicians – former JD-U MP Jagdish Sharma and former Bihar minister RK Rana.

RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said the party will challenge the verdict in Continue reading

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