Man dupes 200 people in Maharashtra over fake instant loan, arrested

The Indian Express | 1 month ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:45 am

Man dupes 200 people in Maharashtra over fake instant loan, arrested

Pune city police last Monday arrested an online fraudster who cheated about 200 persons in Maharashtra through an advertisement on Facebook, promising instant loans of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh in two hours.Police, during the investigation, have found that the accused Vitthal Babu Jarande, 33, resident of Uruli Devachi and native of Osmanabad, have cheated ‘customers’ to the tune of Rs 7 lakh by charging them a ‘processing fee’.A court remanded him in police custody till Friday.According to police, Jarande posted an advertisement on his FB page in October 2020 offering loans in the range of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh within two hours, following which he received several queries.“Jarande used to ask the ‘customers’ to forward him their Aadhaar Card, PAN card, and other documents on his WhatsApp number, along with Rs 5,000 towards processing fees and commission. After receiving the money, he blocked the customers on his phone,” a police official said.The fraud came to light after one of the victims recently lodged a first information report (FIR) with the Dattawadi police station. A team headed by senior police inspector Abhay Mahajan initiated a probe into the case.

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The Indian Express | 3 minutes ago | 02-12-2022 | 05:45 pm
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Amid protests from the NCP and the Swarayja Sanghatana, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari arrived in the city to attend the Pune International Literary Festival on Friday. The event at YASHADA went off peacefully with police making unprecedented security arrangements.The 10th edition of the PILF was open only to those who were invited. Except for five newspapers, media outlets were kept away. Inside the auditorium, video recording was barred. Guests were frisked several times as police took no chance to ensure full-protection to the governor. Even inside the hall, police made their presence felt. They were also deployed on all roads leading to the venue.“Yes, no video recording or audio recording was allowed inside the hall,” said Sonia Prabhu, one of the organisers.As the governor’s cavalcade neared the venue, members of the Swarajya Sanghatana shouted slogans and waved black flags to protest against the controversial remarks he had made about Chhatrapati Shivaji at an Aurangabad function.“We protested against the governor who had insulted Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. As the governor’s convoy was approaching the YASHADA gates, we raised loud slogans and waved black flags to register our protest,” said Chhatrapati Sambhajiraj, who is a descendant of Shivaji and heads the Sanghatana.Dhananjay Jadhav, the Pune unit head of the Sanghatana, said. “Even Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati has complimented us through social media. We were released around 3.30pm,” he said.Jadhav said the Sanghatana would not allow the governor to hold any event in the state. “We will protest wherever he goes and try to stop him from attending events,” he said.Koshyari and Sudha Murthy, president of the Infosys Foundation, inaugurated the event. Author Manjiri Prabhu, the main organiser, thanked the chief guests and all those who had supported PILF over the years and made it a grand success.Koshyari, whose one-liners have been triggering protests of late, looked at ease with himself as he elicited laughter from the audience with his anecdotes.The governor did not let the opportunity to allude to the controversies slip. “I often read that there are literary events taking place in different cities in the country…But there are always some controversies at these events…Isn’t it?” he asked.The governor said when Prabhu had met him and requested him to be the chief guest at the event, he had told her that he was not the right person to inaugurate the event. “I am a student of literature, but please invite someone who deserves to be the chief guest. But when I saw Sudha Murthy here, I thought I got an opportunity to interact with a litterateur,…” he said.The governor confessed that he did not get time to read books. “I meet scores of writers and authors daily. They present me with books. I have collected thousands of books over the years. But I have to meet people, attend events and festivals….I don’t get time to read books,” he said.He said the spirit of such literary events should be kept alive as they gave even unknown writers a chance to showcase their skills. “Such events give people with different ideologies an opportunity to come on a platform and express themselves. It is a good idea to have such events regularly,” he said.Explaining the difference between journalism and literature, the governor said, “A journalist is unread while literature is not read…” This again drew laughter from the audience.Police commissioner Amitabh Gupta said nothing untoward happened at the literary festival. “The event went off peacefully. We had made tight security arrangements,” he said.Journalists such as Vinita Deshmukh, Abhay Vaidya and Alifiya Khan were felicitated by the chief guests.

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Closure reports filed on FIRs against BJP MLA Ganesh Naik, Bombay HC told
The Indian Express | 3 minutes ago | 02-12-2022 | 05:45 pm
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3 minutes ago | 02-12-2022 | 05:45 pm

The Bombay High Court was informed on Friday that closure reports had been filed on two FIRs lodged against Maharashtra BJP MLA Ganesh Naik for allegedly threatening and raping a woman, who claimed that he was her son’s biological father. The court then directed the magistrate to dispose of the proceedings within three months.The prosecution submitted that it could not find substance in the allegations against the Airoli MLA. Additional public prosecutor Prajakta P Shinde told the court that in both the matters, A-summary reports were filed by the Navi Mumbai police in July and September, after the Shinde Sena-BJP government replaced the MVA government in the state.An A-summary report on a case is submitted to a magistrate when there is no clue about culprits, or when the accused is known but there is no evidence to justify his being sent to the magistrate for trial.A bench of Justices Revati Mohite-Dere and R N Laddha was hearing Naik’s plea seeking the quashing of the FIRs registered against him at the CBD Belapur police station. He was booked in April after the woman lodged a complaint that she was in a live-in relationship with Naik and that in 2021, he had threatened her with a firearm if she disclosed their relationship to anyone.The woman said she became pregnant with Naik’s child in 2006 and went to New Jersey in the US to give birth. However, despite assuring her that he would accept the child and stay with them, Naik did not do so, she alleged.According to the woman, Naik called her to his office for lunch. When she asked if he would give his name to the child, Naik allegedly pulled out his revolver and told her not to “harass” him or else, he would kill them and end his life. She said she did not file a police complaint back then as Naik was a minister and an influential politician.Senior advocate Ashok Mundargi, appearing for Naik, submitted that the “two cases have a political angle to them and there is a general tendency that cases connected to political personalities are deliberately kept pending”.In such cases, Mundargi argued, despite A-summary reports being filed before the magistrate and the complainant being issued a notice, nothing further happens. He therefore urged the court to direct the magistrate to expeditiously dispose of the matters.A single- judge bench of Justice Anuja Prabhudessai, which granted anticipatory bail to Naik on May 4, had noted that the woman’s statement had indicated that she and Naik were in a relationship from 1995 to 2017. She said that as her family did not approve of their relationship, she got married to someone else. According to her, she divorced him in 2001 and continued the relationship with Naik.Justice Prabhudessai observed that the relationship between Naik and the woman was consensual and that prima facie essential ingredients of rape were not made out and therefore his custodial interrogation was not required.

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Weekend getaway: Five forts to visit around Pune this winter
The Indian Express | 3 minutes ago | 02-12-2022 | 05:45 pm
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Pune, the seat of power for many dynasties in the Deccan, is also the centre of forts built during different reigns to protect the city from invaders. As winter sets, all trekkers in the city are preparing to take a hike to their favourite fort in the lush Sahyadris. Let’s have a look at the top five forts you can visit this weekend:1) Sinhagad: With a steaming cup of tea in one hand and some hot ‘Kanda bhajji’ on the side, you can admire the lush green valleys of the Sahyadris as the veil of fog slowly gets lifted. This is the ideal weekend any person in Pune can spend at the Sinhagad. Sinhagad, earlier known as ‘Kondhana’ is the most popular fort in Pune. It is named after the valorous Tanaji Malusare, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s trusted and brave general who led a battle here against the Mughal army. In his resolve to win the fort, Tanaji had to unfortunately lose his life, thus giving the fort its name ‘Sinhagad’ (‘Sinha’ means lion in Marathi).Distance: 32 km from Swargate bus stop2) Rajgad: Rajgad literally translates to the ‘Fort of the King’ (‘Gad’ means fort and ‘Raj’ king). It is divided in two parts: the lower fort and the upper fort. Established by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, it was the seat of Maratha power for 24 years. It has 3 ‘machis’ (the slope adjacent to defence walls of any fort) – Padmavati, Suvela, Sanjeevani – and a citadel called ‘Balekilla’. It has a reservoir named after goddess Padmavati and the remains today can still help one imagine the original outline of the fort when built ages ago.Distance: 54 km from Swargate bus stop3) Torna: A mere 12 kilometres away from Rajgad, Torna fort is also known as Prachandagad because of its huge proportions according to some historians. This fort laid the foundation of the Maratha empire and exchanged multiple hands from Malik Ahmed, a Bahmani ruler, to Adilshah to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and finally to Aurangzeb until it was conquered again by Nagoji Kokate, a Maratha general. The temples of Mengai, Toranjai, Budhla Machi and Zunjar Machi are the points of attraction of this fort.Distance: 64 km from Swargate bus stop4) Lohagad Visapur: Believed to be built around 600 years ago, it was under the control of Malik Nizam Shah who founded Nizamshahi dynasty before getting annexed by the Bahmani Sultanate and ultimately transferred in the hands of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The Peshwas controlled it for a brief period of time till it was taken over by the British in 1818. The fort has multiple gateways which remain to be in a good condition, offering some clues on the layout of the fort when it was built. The main attraction continues to be the ‘Bawantaki’, a water reservoir atop the fort.Distance: 67 km from Swargate bus stop5) Purandar: The history of this fort can take one back to the Yadava period. It has a twin fort called Varajagad, which is smaller in size and serves the purpose of protection. It also houses a complex called ‘Balekilla’ believed to be the residence of the nobles. This fort has stood the test of time as it was under the control of the Baridshahi, Nizamshahi, Marathas, Mughals and British. Purandareshwar temple is a tourist attraction on the fort premises and it also has a statue remembering the bravery of Murarbaji Deshpande, a general in the Maratha empire during the reign of Shivaji.Distance: 50 km from Swargate bus stop

Weekend getaway: Five forts to visit around Pune this winter