Times of India | 1 week ago | 05-08-2022 | 05:09 am
MUMBAI: The PMLA court has rejected a plea by "prime witness" Swapna Patker to intervene in Sanjay Raut's remand proceedings. Patker, who had complained that she was threatened at Raut's behest, pleaded that since she is a victim and a prime witness, she intends to assist the prosecution and wishes to be heard. Special judge MG Deshpande, however said that the "abrupt intervention stands rejected." The judge said there was no provision to entertain such a plea. "It cannot be ignored that if any threats have been given by the accused or anybody else...on his behalf, the affected person can approach authority. If said authorities is not taking cognisance, remedy provided by law is different," the judge said.
The work of the car shed coming up at Aarey for Metro Line 3 (Colaba, Bandra-SEEPZ) is set to be completed by April 2023. Following which, the first phase (Bandra-SEEPZ) of Mumbai’s first underground Metro 3 corridor will be commissioned, officials said on Thursday.The 33.5-km underground Metro 3, which will connect south Mumbai and its suburbs, is to be constructed in two phases. Accordingly, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) is planning to complete the Phase 1 of the corridor between SEEPZ and BKC by December 2023. The second phase between BKC and Colaba is likely to be completed by June 2024.Originally, the work on the line was expected to be completed in 2021. However, delay in work led to the deadline being missed and the project cost escalating from Rs 23,136 crore to Rs 33,405 crore.MMRCL Managing Director Ashwini Bhide said, “The corporation plans to complete the depot work for Phase I operations by April 2023. It has also set a deadline to complete all safety works for railway commissioners’ inspection by June 2023, so that commercial operations can begin on time in December 2023.”She added, “The project cost has increased due to the time taken to plan the project and the commencement of work…”
MUMBAI: Urging Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to march ahead, the Shiv Sena, in an editorial in Saamna on Thursday, said he had created a storm that could challenge the BJP in 2024, reports Chaitanya Marpakwar. “If this storm turns into a hurricane, it will create a challenging situation,” it said, adding even the ED and CBI couldn’t stop Nitish. It said while the BJP tried to break Nitish’s JD (U), he turned the tables on it. Saying Nitish’s move had broken the walls of ego in the BJP, it said it will be destroyed in Maharashtra too. Slamming CM Eknath Shinde, the Sena said he was kneeling before Delhi. “If Nitish has taken this bold step by calculating the math for 2024, the opposition parties should welcome him. It is true that ED fear, fraud and conspiracy brought down the Maharashtra government, but in Bihar, Nitish threw the BJP out of power. If his alliance with Tejashwi Yadav is strong in 2024, the results of the LS elections may change,” the Sena said.
MUMBAI: Former minister Pankaja Munde, who was not inducted into thestate cabinet in its first expansion, sarcastically said on Thursday, "Perhaps I am not eligible to be considered for the cabinet. Others may be more eligible than me. When I am considered to be eligible, I will be taken." Pankaja is among those not considered close to Dy CM Devendra Fadnavis. She had earlier been denied a ticket for the MLC polls in June. "The talk about this (non-inclusion in cabinet) is within the media and my party workers. Now my party workers and I are calm. There is no reason for me to react and I have no objection. I conduct my political work with self-respect," she said. Asked about lack of women in the cabinet, Munde said she hoped women would be accommodated in the next expansion. "Women should be considered for portfolios beyond women and child development. I was lucky to be given an additional portfolio earlier," she said.
MUMBAI: Maharashtra has been relegated to the third position in the country's cadaver organ donation map with neighbouring Gujarat climbing to the second spot, helped by an aggressive programme driven by the public sector. While the state has a little over four months to reclaim its place, chances of toppling Gujarat, or the current leader in donations, Telangana, seem bleak at the current pace. In the eight months of 2022, Maharashtra has seen only 52 cadaver donations, most of which came from Pune (24), followed by Mumbai (22). Nagpur and Aurangabad contributed five and one, respectively. Before the pandemic hit in 2020, Maharashtra had carried out the highest donations in India-160 in 2019-raising hopes that the deceased donor programme had finally broken its inertia. Donations dropped to 74 in 2020 and improved marginally to 95 in 2021. Officials said the pre-pandemic momentum is still lacking. Yet, there is no plan of action. Telangana this year has already seen more than double the number of Maharashtra's donations at 119. In both the pandemic years, Telangana outperformed Maharashtra. It is, however, Gujarat that has made everyone take note. Since January, that state has carried out 98 donations, a remarkable rise from 70 in the entire 2021 and a nearly three-fold rise compared to 36 in 2020. Dr SK Mathur, president of the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC), said the programme in Maharashtra has slowed in most private hospitals while it is yet to become a priority for public centres. "The fear of Covid is diminishing, and people are returning to hospitals, so the donations too should get the push," he said. The ZTCC has asked hospitals to capitalise on Independence Day and collect pledges from patients, relatives, and their own staffers. In Mumbai, more than 3,000 people are on the waitlist for kidneys and over 300 for a liver. InMaharashtra, the number grows every day. Aarti Gokhale, central coordinator of ZTCC Pune, said they have roped in an agency to boost social media campaigns so that younger people are aware and can influence the seniors regarding donating. Last year, former health minister Rajesh Tope formed a task force to increase donations. Dr Mathur, a part of the task force, said they have started meeting intensivists and student doctors at medical colleges. They are also trying to influence public hospitals. Gujarat has mainly shown what the participation of a public hospital could achieve. The Civic Hospital in Ahmedabad contributed 68 of the 98 donations this year, catapulting that state to the second position in India.
MUMBAI/AURANGABAD/NASHIK: Their targets were two steel bar manufacturing units suspected of concealing unaccounted wealth of over Rs 100 crore. Their destination was Jalna in Marathwada region. Their plan was to enter the town undetected and launch a surprise search operation. The over 200-strong contingent of income tax officers and staff stole into town dressed as members of a wedding procession. They even travelled in vehicles decked up to look like a wealthy groom was bringing his extended family along. 'Rahul weds Anjali' and 'Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge' (we'll whisk the bride away) read the messages emblazoned on their cars. When they finally got there, they seized cash totalling Rs 56 crore and bullion and jewellery worth Rs 14 crore. Vijay V Singh, Mohammed Akhef & Tushar Pawar report, I-T seizes cash, gold worth Rs 70 crore in Jalna, Mumbai & AurangabadThe income tax (I-T) department has seized unaccounted cash of Rs 56 crore and bullion and jewellery worth Rs 14 crore, besides finding evidence of unaccounted excess stock of raw materials exceeding Rs120 crore during a search at two TMT steel manufacturing groups in Jalna on August 3. The search operation covered more than 30 premises spread over Jalna, Aurangabad, Nashik and Mumbai, according to an official release from the ministry of finance on Thursday. A Nashik I-T official, who did not wish to be named, told TOI, "The searches, over five days, were led by the detection and investigation wing of the I-T's Nashik office and involved over 200 sleuths from Nashik, Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad and Mumbai." "The department maintained secrecy in the run-up to the searches," said another I-T official from Aurangabad. "A convoy of over 100 vehicles were involved in the searches at Jalna and Aurangabad in the early morning of August 3; all reached simultaneously. In fact, before entering Jalna and Aurangabad, stickers were put on the cars of the search parties which read 'Rahul weds Anjali' and 'Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge' (we'll whisk the bride away) to make them look like a marriage procession," the official said. "Some of the search party members even sported the traditional pheta (turban) worn at marriage ceremonies. The search parties were carrying doctors with them. Once the searches started, no one was allowed to move in or out of the factories, residences, offices and farmhouse premises that were searched. In fact, there were 70 trucks at the manufacturing units in Jalna which were loading or unloading consignments and all this activity was stopped till the search process was over," the official added. "The initial analysis of seized evidences of both the groups has revealed that they were engaged in large scale tax evasion, resorting to inflation of expenditure through bogus purchases from several entities," the release stated. "These entities have also been found to be involved in GST frauds. Evidence has also been found of excess stock of raw materials, not recorded in the books of account, exceeding Rs120 crore," the release added. "Examination of evidences in one of the groups further reveals that it has indulged in layering its unaccounted income through bogus unsecured loans and share premium, obtained from Kolkata-based shell companies," the release said. "The search team has also detected a large number of lockers of both the groups, opened in the names of employees of the companies, which are maintained with a cooperative bank. During the search operation, more than 30 bank lockers, including several lockers in the cooperative bank, were searched," the release added.