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Assam man held for running fake currency racket in Bengaluru






Guwahati: The National Investigation Agency has arrested a man from Assam for circulating fake Indian currency notes (FICN) in Bengaluru.

An NIA team from Hyderabad arrested Mohammed Akbar Ali, a resident of Goroimari Pathar in Kamrup district, near Guwahati. He was produced before a local court for a transit remand. He is being taken to Andhra Pradesh to be produced before a special NIA court in Vijayawada.

NIA officials said Akbar Ali was the kingpin of a racket that brought FICN from the international borders and circulated them in Bengaluru and elsewhere in Karnataka. The NIA had registered a case against him in Hyderabad in 2015 after announcing a reward of ₹25,000 for information leading to his whereabouts.


The case pertains to the seizure of FICN worth 501,500 from one Saddam Hossain in Visakhapatnam in September 2015.

“Investigation revealed that Saddam was part of a larger group involved in smuggling of FICN and had travelled between West Bengal’s Malda and Bengaluru four times for circulating the fake currencies,” an NIA officer said on condition of anonymity.

The proceeds of the fake currency distribution were deposited in the accounts of Saddam and his associates, including Akbar Ali, and suppliers in Malda.

Charge sheet

The NIA in Hyderabad had filed charge sheets against Saddam and his associate Amirul Hoque in 2016 and against two other associates— Roustam and Hakim — on July 24 this year.

“Akbar went to Bengaluru from Assam in 2007 and began working in a flower shop. He was soon introduced to the FICN business by his uncle Hakim. Akbar gradually formed an inter-state gang to spread the network,” the NIA officer said.



ED arrests defence agent in VVIP choppers case




New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had arrested a defence agent from Delhi in the Rs 3,600-crore VVIP choppers deal case, officials said on Tuesday.

They said Sushen Mohan Gupta was arrested on Monday night by agency sleuths under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Gupta, they said, had allegedly dealt in defence deals, including the AgustaWestland helicopters deal. He will be produced before a special PMLA court here on Tuesday.
Lawyer Gautam Khaitan and alleged British middleman Christian Michel were earlier arrested by the ED in the case.


The ED officials said Gupta’s role in the case came to light on the basis of disclosures made by Rajiv Saxena, who has recently turned approver in the case after he was deported from the UAE and arrested by the ED here.

It is suspected that Gupta had in his possession some payment details in the purchase of VVIP choppers and the link is to be unravelled, they said. He had, hence, been arrested, they said.

On January 1, 2014, India scrapped the contract with Finmeccanica’s British subsidiary AgustaWestland for supplying 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to the Indian Air Force (IAF) over alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of paying kickbacks of Rs 423 crore by it for securing the deal.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the ED have filed multiple chargesheets in the case and named former IAF chief SP Tyagi and his family members as accused besides others. PTI

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‘Students forcibly entered residence, confined my wife,’ says JNU V-C




New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar alleged that the varsity students forcibly entered his house and confined his wife inside for several hours.

Seven students have been on a hunger strike since last week in protest against the online system of entrance exam that will be implemented from this academic session.

According to sources, students from Left outfits went to the vice-chancellor’s residence to demand an audience with him since he had not been meeting them. When they went to meet him last week, he offered them sweets rather than addressing their concerns.


The students allegedly barged inside Kumar’s residence while he was away and surrounded his wife. Police were called in and the wives of other university professors rescued her, a professor said.

Kumar’s wife was rushed to a hospital as she was in a state of trauma.

“This evening few hundred students forcibly broke into my JNU residence and confined my wife inside home for several hours while I was away in a meeting. Is it the way to protest? Terrorosing (sic) a lonely lady at home?” Kumar asked on Twitter.

A student from a Left outfit rejected the allegation and said a group of students had gone to meet the vice-chancellor, but they were allegedly manhandled by security personnel.

“We had gone to his residence to meet the V-C. We were manhandled by security personnel and many students have sustained injuries, including JNUSU president N Sai Balaji,” the student said.

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Urmila likely to join Congress ahead of LS election




MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Urmila Matondkar is likely to take her political plunge as a Congress candidate in Mumbai, sources told Zee News.

The ‘Masoom’ child actress may be offered a ticket from Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency to up the glamour quotient against Bharatiya Janata Party’s incumbent MP Gopal Shetty.

Sources added that Matondkar is likely to join Congress in the next two to three days.


Her name is at “an advanced stage of consideration by the party leadership” and that a final decision could be announced shortly, political sources told IANS.

Marathi actor Asawari and television actor Joshi Shilpa Shinde have also requested for Congress ticket from Mumbai.

Mumbai’s six Lok Sabha constituencies will vote on April 29 along with 17 others in the state`s fourth phase of polling.

Matondkar started her career as a child actor in Marathi film, Zaakol (1980), and entered Bollywood in the Shashi Kapoor-Rekha starrer Kalyug (1981).

But, it was the highly-acclaimed Shekhar Kapur-directed film, Masoom (1983) that catapulted her to fame as a child actress and significantly boosted her film career.

A leading actor of the 90s decade, Matondkar worked in top grossing movies such as Chamatkar, Rangeela, Judaai, Satya and many more. She’s also acted in Marathi and South Indian language films and several television serials.

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