Times of India | 3 days ago | 24-06-2022 | 01:35 pm
KALYAN: Eknath Shinde, the man at the centre of the ongoing political fiasco in Maharashtra, spared time and spoke to an ailing Shiv Sainik in hospital and urged the doctors to ensure best treatment for him. Shinde called the doctors at AIMS hospital in Dombivli, where Shiv Sena worker Shreeram Mirashi is undergoing treatment, and enquired about his health. Video: #EknathShinde calls from Guwahati, urges doctors to ensure best treatment for ailing Shiv Sainik in Thane… https://t.co/vU5Jz6dGGS— TOI Navi Mumbai (@TOINaviMumbai) 1656057842000Shinde also spoke to Dr Milind Shirodkar in the hospital and requested him to ensure best treatment for Mirashi. Shinde has been camping at hotel Radisson Blu in Guwahati alongwith over 40 Shiv Sena MLAs. Shinde is popular among Shiv Sainiks for being accessible and caring. Even during the Covid pandemic, Shinde was seen visiting hospitals in PPE kits to visit party workers admitted there.
Mumbai: Even as the ED has summoned Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday in two money laundering cases, he said, “I just came to know that ED has summoned me,” He tweeted further, “Good! There are big political developments in Maharashtra. We, Balasaheb’s Shivsainiks, are fighting a big battle. This is a conspiracy to stop me. Even if you behead me, I won’t take the Guwahati route. Arrest me! Jai Hind!”Last week the agency registered a case where Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd (DHFL)’s erstwhile promoters Kapil Wadhawan and his brother Dheeraj are accused of a Rs 34,615-crore loan fraud along with builder Sudhakar Shetty of Sahana group. The ED is in the process of taking custody of Pune businessman Avinash Bhosale for questioning in the same case. Agency sources said ED registered the DHFL money laundering case based on a CBI FIR and while examining documents collected during the investigation, found suspicious entries linked to Sanjay Raut.The second case in which Raut’s been called for questioning is related to a Rs 1,200-crore chawl redevelopment fraud involving the Housing Development and Infrastructure Ltd (HDIL) group, its promoters Rakesh Wadhawan and son Sarang and Sanjay Raut’s associate Pravin Raut. HDIL subsidiary Guru Ashish Construction had taken over redevelopment of Goregaon’s Patra Chawl after entering into an agreement with the land owner Mhada (a state government agency) and residents of the structure. Pravin Raut was a shareholder in Guru Ashish who received Rs 50 crore after he exited the company. Pravin Raut also received Rs 45 crore from a land deal at Palghar from the HDIL group. Earlier, ED arrested had Pravin Raut and chargesheeted him after alleging that “Pravin Raut received Rs 112 crore between 2008 and 2010 from HDIL in multiple instalments. He failed to give valid reasons.”The ED suspects that Pravin Raut is a front for some influential persons including politicians. In April, the ED had attached a flat in Mumbai owned by Sanjay Raut’s wife Varsha and eight other land parcels jointly owned by her and another businessman’s wife in Alibaug, collectively valued at Rs 11 crore. ED had alleged that these properties were purchased through money diverted by Pravin Raut.Sanjay Raut did not comment on the ED’s allegations about his involvement.
A number of city colleges, especially those having autonomous status, have spelt relief for students awaiting their Class 12 CBSE and ISC results as they are not following Mumbai University’s admissions schedule.Earlier, the university’s circular declaring admission schedule had caused concern as it had asked city colleges to begin admissions even as CBSE and ISC students awaited their results.At Mithibai and N M College in Vile Parle, admissions to professional or self-financed degree courses are based solely on students’ performance in entrance tests. While their ongoing tests will continue until June-end, results are expected by July 10 and the admissions shall commence only after that.“It is unfair to start admissions while all those who are eligible are not ready to apply,” said Dr Krutika Desai, principal of Mithibai College. Dr Desai said that with a few seats available in traditional courses, it would be better to wait for them to be filled by giving a fair chance to all board students. Dr Desai has also written to the varsity administration in the regard.Meanwhile, Mumbai University has completed its degree admission registration process. A total of 2,41,921 aspirants have confirmed their pre-enrolment registration with Mumbai University and a total of 6,45,228 applications have been received for different courses.At Jai Hind College, admissions will wait until all board results are out. “Along with entrance tests for admission to professional courses, we have 50 per cent weightage given to the marks obtained by students in board exams,” said Dr. Ashok Wadia, principal of the college.In case of St. Xavier’s College, seats will be kept reserved for students coming from ISC and CBSE boards. “Based on admission statistics from the past few years, a certain set of seats will be kept aside for students coming from non-state boards. This also includes other students from boards where the results are yet not declared,” said Dr Rajendra Shinde, principal of St Xavier’s College where the entrance test will be held on July 2. KC College and HR College too are likely to follow a similar process of keeping the seats reserved.
The Supreme Court’s order on Monday, extending the time for Eknath Shinde and 15 other rebel MLAs in the Maharashtra State Legislative Assembly to file written response to the Deputy Speaker’s disqualification notice till July 12, was deemed as a victory by the rebel camp. On the other hand, the Shiv Sena also put up a brave front stating that the interim order had only postponed the inevitable disqualification of the rebel MLAs.“We have won this major battle as the court has given us a major relief and we have time to contemplate on how to take the next step, whether we have to come to Mumbai for floor test or not. We have given all the authority of decision to Shinde saheb who will decide on the further course of action,” rebel MLA Bharat Gogawale, the chief whip of the Shinde camp, said.When asked if there is any plan on joining hands with the BJP, Gogawale, said, “We have 51 MLAs and we have to go with someone to form an alliance. We cannot go with the Congress or the NCP and there is only one option, which is the BJP.”Deepak Kesarkar, the spokesperson of the Shinde camp, said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena will form the government in the state, adding that their leader will be Uddhav Thackeray and that the Congress and the NCP should walk out of the government “instead of asking Thackeray saheb to resign”.Arvind Sawant, Shiv Sena Member of Parliament from South Mumbai, who has been spearheading the battle for disqualification for the MVA, however, called the interim order as “postponement of the inevitable disqualification”.“They have only got time…that doesn’t mean it is a setback to MVA (Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi). The process has just been postponed. Now we are in a wait-and-watch position and we will decide on our further course of action depending upon what they (the rebel camp) are doing,” Sawant said.
Amid large-scale defections that the Shiv Sena has suffered with senior party leaders and MLAs raising a banner of revolt, the party is now mobilising Yuva Sena, its youth wing, in an attempt to reassert itself and capture lost ground across the state.In a meeting that took place last weekend soon after the rebellion, the core committee members of Yuva Sena, who are all mostly based out of Mumbai, were instructed to expand their focus on different districts across Maharashtra.The Yuva Sena leaders have been asked to tap into the student community as well as local Sena workers in the state in an attempt to consolidate the party’s support base. A number of leaders who have been tasked with the assignment are relatively young faces in politics and are deemed to be close to Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray.Some of the Yuva Sena leaders who have been tasked with this outreach programme are Amol Kirtikar, Amay Ghole, Suprada Phaterpekar, Durga Bhosale Shinde, Sheetal Devrukhkar, Ankit Prabhu, Rupesh Kadam, Rahul Kanal, Sainath Durge, Pravin Patkar and Pradeep Sawant.The members have been asked to first begin their outreach in state universities. With most universities having graduate constituency elections around the corner, experienced members from Yuva Sena have been asked to individually take over responsibility of one university each.“Only few leaders have rebelled but the party’s cadre remains strong at the ground levels. But this is the right time to reach till the rural levels of Maharashtra and identify new faces which may not be from political background,” shared a core committee member adding how Yuva Sena’s focus on Mumbai Metropolitan Region has been a point of criticism to have come up over the past few days.According to the core committee members, it is not just the party’s leadership which is seeing a change of generation. Even the new set of voters is identifying with Aaditya Thackeray’s vision for the Sena, they added.“Right now is the time to tap on this new image of Sena by connecting with the younger generation. And taking Yuva Sena’s reach to rural Maharashtra, through universities and student leaders, will ensure this,” added another core committee member.Yuva Sena was founded on October 17, 2010 with an announcement by Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray in front of a large crowd at the party’s annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park maidan. The Yuva Sena was seen as a vessel to launch the political career of Aaditya Thackeray who has been heading the outfit since then.Apart from Aaditya, Varun Sardesai, who is a cousin of Aaditya, is another well known face of the Yuva Sena.Since its foundation, the sons of a number of Sena leaders, MLAs, MPs and others have joined the Yuva Sena and held prominent posts in the youth wing. Some of them are also sons of rebel MLAs and are now looking at weaning themselves away from the Yuva Sena.
THE MUMBAI crime branch has been asked to reinvestigate the rape case in which the Mumbai Police had wrongfully arrested two brothers, who were eventually discharged by the court last week.The Dharavi police had on May 15 arrested the brothers, aged 20 and 19, in connection with the rape of a 19-year-old married woman at her residence. The woman had alleged that two persons had entered her residence and raped her on May 11, based on which an FIR was registered.A senior officer said, “After the botched up investigation by the local police, it was decided to ask the crime branch to investigate the matter afresh.”The officer said that the case is being investigated by Unit V of the Mumbai crime branch. An officer said that the current case is part of nearly 20-25 cases that have been transferred to the crime branch from local police units. “Several crimes registered at local police stations that had not been solved were transferred to the crime branch by the Mumbai Police Commissioner,” said an officer.After their arrest, the family of the two brothers had approached senior police officers with proof that they where present at another place when the rape occurred. Eventually, Joint Commissioner of Police (Law & Order) Vishwas Nangre Patil intervened in the matter and when he questioned the men, it came to light that they were not involved in the case. Following this, the brothers were released on bail and eventually last week they were discharged by the Banrda court.“We will re-investigate to find out if someone else is involved in the case. We will also record a detailed statement of the woman again,” said an officer from the Mumbai crime branch.