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Sanjay Kumar Mishra: The long hand of the ED
The Indian Express | 5 days ago | |
The Indian Express
5 days ago | |

Rs 65,000 crore. That’s an amount that could fund the annual budget of many of the smaller states in the country. It’s also the value of assets attached by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the past four years alone. The figure captures the ferocity with which the agency has been dealing with cases of money laundering under the leadership of its chief, Sanjay Kumar Mishra.In fact, 65 per cent of all attachments carried out by the ED in the past 17 years — since the central agency began probing money laundering cases — have been made under his signature, with the agency carrying out more than 2,000 raids.Such is the terror the agency invokes that it is touted as the “new CBI” by Opposition parties, many of whose leaders have been at the receiving end of the ED’s stick. As they cry foul over the agency allegedly being a tool in the hands of the government, they point to its role as a “catalyst” in how political alliances are made and broken.Earlier this year, as the BJP and a breakaway faction of the Shiv Sena joined hands to form the government in Maharashtra, there were chants of “ED, ED” in the Assembly.Recently, West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh unwittingly underlined the aggression of the agency when he said the government had to send the ED to raid corrupt TMC leaders as the CBI was dragging its feet in those cases. In October 2021, while addressing a public gathering, BJP’s Sangli MP Sanjay Patil joked that the ED would not chase him since he was a member of the ruling party. He was only echoing Congress turncoat from Maharashtra Harshwardhan Patil, who had earlier said in a lighter vein that he had started sleeping well after joining the BJP.Critics also point to the successive extensions granted to Mishra to say that he is central to the government’s playbook. Last week, the Centre gave another one-year extension to Mishra, a day before he was to retire on November 18. This is an unprecedented third extension for the ED chief, who will be in office till November 18, 2023 — an executive-mandated tweak that will see him serving for five years, three years more than what was originally fixed when he was appointed to the post on November 19, 2018.ED officials have brushed aside these as insinuations, saying the agency has only proceeded against the “corrupt”, and maintained that its actions cannot be termed political as it follows cases already registered by other agencies.For a bureaucrat who has had such an impact, Mishra did not start out to become one.Born in a middle class family in Lucknow, Mishra has a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from Lucknow University. He then joined the Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) as a senior research fellow and is said to have authored several papers on immunology.It was on his family’s persuasion that Mishra appeared for the civil services exams, clearing it in his first attempt. After joining the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) in 1984, his first posting was in Gorakhpur, UP, as assistant director in the Income Tax department.Within four years, he had his first stint with the ED when he joined it as an Assistant Director with charges of Agra and Jaipur. Those were the days when the ED only probed cases of foreign exchange violations under the now repealed Foreign Exchange Regulation Act.Sources say it was this stint that helped Mishra learn the ways of the agency. “He was meticulous and a stickler for details. More importantly, he was a keen learner. He also had the ability to be empathetic without bending rules,” remembers one of Mishra’s colleagues from his early years.According to the officer, around this time, Mishra carried out a raid in Jaipur on receiving information about a hawala transaction of Rs 20 lakh. During the raids, however, it was revealed that the suspect was a businessman from Sindh province of Pakistan and had to leave the country because of religious persecution. The hawala transaction money was all of his wealth.“Mishra felt very sorry for the businessman. Since a raid had been conducted, he did file a case, but some adjustments were made to ensure that the suspect was not judged very harshly,” the colleague said.In 1994, Mishra came back to his cadre of Income Tax and was posted in Ahmedabad for a nine-year stint. He then moved to Kolhapur in Maharashtra and was back in Delhi in 2006, where he handled international taxation and transfer pricing.His first exposure to policy formulation came when he was appointed in the Ministry of Finance as a Joint Secretary under Pranab Mukherjee and later, P Chidambaram. Some of his colleagues credit him with generating intelligence on HSBC papers that were brought from France, exposing accounts of the who’s who of India’s business fraternity who held offshore accounts. This was followed by a stint in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).With all this experience, when Mishra joined the ED in 2018, he was “hands-on”, say his colleagues. “You tell him 10 per cent of a case and he will figure out the rest. He has an elephantine memory and can remember papers he saw six months ago. This forces us to keep everything ready as he can demand anything, any time. He is also a multi-tasker and can discuss multiple cases at the same time. Thanks to a very sound legal mind, our cases seldom falter in the courts,” said one of his junior officers in the ED.Another official said Mishra’s unassuming personality can be rather misleading. “He is a tough task master,” the official said.Sources in the ED said working with Mishra is demanding, not just mentally, physically too. “He runs 10 km every day and is a believer in intermittent fasting. Sometimes his meetings last for more than an hour and he keeps standing all through. So we end up standing too,” a senior ED official said.Despite his high-profile role, Mishra, sources said, finds time to read Urdu poetry by Mirza Ghalib, Qateel Shifai and Faiz Ahmed Faiz. As someone who is known to “detest” social media, Mishra has managed to stay away from publicity. A Google search on him would not throw up more than two photographs, with practically no personal information.Initially, the government, too, didn’t seem to notice Mishra. When the NDA came to power in 2014, Mishra, then a year into his tenure as a joint secretary in the all-important Ministry of Home Affairs, was among the 50-odd senior bureaucrats who were transferred out from key ministries in the first few months of the Modi government.As Mishra went back to the Income Tax, he built two cases that caught the attention of the government — one against media house NDTV and the other against Young India, a Gandhi family-run organisation that owns the National Herald newspaper. Both cases were then in the realm of tax assessment; Mishra turned them into prosecutable offences.By November 2018, Mishra was not only appointed the new chief of ED, the government went to great lengths to retain him beyond his two-year tenure. When the first extension granted to him was challenged in the Supreme Court, the government brought an Ordinance and later pushed through a Bill in Parliament to give the directors of ED and CBI conditional five-year tenures.While the ED has rebutted the Opposition’s charge of being partisan, under Mishra, the agency has indeed gone after many Opposition politicians, including Congress leaders P Chidambaram, D K Shivakumar and Ahmed Patel, NCP leaders Sharad Pawar and Anil Deshmukh, and AAP leaders Satyender Jain and Manish Sisodia. ED has also filed cases against activists Harsh Mander, journalists Siddique Kappan and media houses such as NewsClick.This expanding scope of the ED probes has created a problem of diffused supervision. In the past three years alone, Mishra has had to remove as many as 300 officials, with sources saying that in many cases, integrity was an issue.To ensure fingers are not raised at the agency, Mishra has also set standard operating procedures (SoPs) for everything from issuing of summons to conducting searches, interrogations and making arrests. Entry to the new ED office is strictly regulated and officers are frisked even while going from one wing to another.However, for all that he has done for the ED, the one allegation that Mishra would want to shake off quickly is of ‘political partisanship’.

Sanjay Kumar Mishra: The long hand of the ED
7 cops hurt in liquor den raid Surendranagar
Times of India | 5 days ago | |
Times of India
5 days ago | |

RAJKOT: Seven police personnel were injured when a raiding party was attacked by a mob during the arrest of a woman bootlegger in Surendranagar on Thursday night. The police booked 18 persons. According to a complaint filed at A Division police station in Surendranagar, the police raided the country-made liquor den of Fatima Jeda in the new railway station area of the town based on specific information. Police have been strictly instructed to shut down all liquor dens in view of the assembly election. During the raid, the police found three kilns for brewing of liquor and arrested Fatima. When the police team was taking her outside, she started screaming and asked people to gather and prevent the police personnel from taking her. Soon, a mob gathered there and she provoked people to attack the police team. The mob asked police to release Fatima. The police tried to convince them but they did not listen to police and attacked the personnel with sticks and pipes. The police also used sticks in their defence. In the process, seven police personnel received injuries and were hospitalized. The police booked 18 persons — Fatima Jeda, Rehman Jeda, Juned Jeda, Abu Jeda, Javed Jeda, Aamin Jeda, Nizam Jeda, Aarif Jeda, Anwar Samtani, Nurjaha Jeda, Aayesha Jeda, Rasik Jeda, Irfan Jeda, Firoz Jeda, Nasim Jeda, Mariyam Jeda, Faruk Jeda and Latif Jeda — under various sections of IPC.

7 cops hurt in liquor den raid Surendranagar
Captive parakeets, turtles, rare corals seized
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

VADODARA: The Gujarat forest department and the Wildlife SOS-GSPCA team recently seized two turtles, rare corals and several animal body parts from Kuber Bhandari temple in Karnali located in Dabhoi taluka, about 30km from Vadodara. Four people have been arrested and the matter is being investigated further. In another raid held across the city of Vadodara, the Wildlife SOS-GSPCA team seized 15 captive parakeets, which included 9 Alexandrine parakeets and 6 Rose-ringed parakeets. In a massive raid conducted by the Gujarat Forest Department and the Wildlife SOS-GSPCA team, a total of 68 Black corals, 15 Monitor lizard genitals, 31 Siyar singhi (believed to be jackal horns), two live Softshell turtles and 71 sea shells and conchs were seized from four shops located on the premises of Kuber Bhandari temple in Dabhoi taluka. The temple is a popular pilgrimage site situated 30 km from Vadodara. This operation was a culmination of weeks of intel gathering by the Wildlife SOS-GSPCA Rapid Response Unit. The NGO alerted the forest department about several wild animals and body parts being kept for illegal trade in temple shops. The shops, meant for selling items related to temple offerings, worked as a cover for the trade of marine wildlife and other contraband. After confirming the location, the team assisted the Forest Department in an under-cover operation to nab the perpetrators. Raj Bhavsar, Project Coordinator at Wildlife SOS and President of GSPCA said, “The four culprits have been arrested and based on initial investigation, we believe the traffickers have smuggled the wild animals from Saurashtra. Further enquiry will provide forward and backward linkages. Our network of informers engaged in intensive intel gathering for weeks and once we received confirmation, a raid was launched by the Forest Department.”

Captive parakeets, turtles, rare corals seized
Online fraud: Four arrested days after crores of rupees seized during Howrah raids
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

Kolkata Police have arrested four persons in connection with the recovery of crores of rupees from two apartments in Howarh in a case of an alleged online fraud.Three of the accused, identified as Shailesh Kumar Pandey (49), Arvind Kumar Pandey (35) and Rohit Pandey (29) were arrested from Rourkela in Odisha, police claimed.The fourth, Prasenjit Das (42), was arrested from Ahmedabad, Gujarat.A look-out circular (LOC) was issued against Shailesh, a businessman and chartered accountant, and his brothers Arvind and Rohit after the raid. The four will be brought to Kolkata on transit remand, its is learnt.Shailesh and his brothers were allegedly running an online racket that lured people to take lessons in online foreign exchange trading by promising high returns. The operation was being run through a mobile phone app. It is also alleged that the accused were involved in converting black money into white.Police said while the Pandey brothers were directly involved in the fraud, Prasenjit had created a rent agreement for the office address which was submitted for opening a bank account where transactions worth crores of rupees were made.The Canara Bank had submitted an initial complaint after coming across suspicious transactions in some accounts.Police had seized Rs 8.15 crore besides jewellery and laptops during raids recently.

Online fraud: Four arrested days after crores of rupees seized during Howrah raids
Probe agencies being used for extortion, not to end graft: Arvind Kejriwal in Gujarat; claims cops asked about money during AAP office raid
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: In a swipe at the Centre, Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Monday alleged that probe agencies were being used to conduct raids for "extortion" and not to end corruption. Speaking about the purported raid conducted by "three policemen" at the AAP's office in Ahmedabad on Sunday, Kejriwal claimed the policemen were asking about money. "We are a poor party with no money. The policemen searched our office for two hours and left. They were asking our people about money. They left when we said there was no money. Today, the Ahmedabad police said no raid took place. This is surprising," he said. "What is going on in this country? Is this how a policiya sarkar (police state) works? Police are entering any house or office without valid papers," he questioned while speaking at a town hall in Ahmedabad in poll-bound Gujarat. The Ahmedabad police had refuted the claim of AAP that its office was raided on Sunday. Kejriwal said the country cannot progress until businessmen are free from the fear of raids. He urged the business sector in the state to support AAP in the Assembly polls, due in December this year, as a victory would mean the AAP has three chief ministers (Delhi, Gujarat, and Punjab), which will allow its voice to be heard by the Centre for simplification of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). "They are scaring people through agencies not to end corruption but for extortion. All the agencies are being used for extortion. Until the businessmen of the country are rid of fear and can do business freely, the country will not progress," Kejriwal said. The AAP government will be corruption-free and will ensure people can do business freely without fear of raids as well as works towards simplification of the GST process at the state and Central levels, the AAP leader claimed. He said the party will have three chief ministers if it wins in Gujarat and "when the three CMs raise their voice before the Centre, we will be heard more". Attacking the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Kejriwal said, "They are doing their best to spread lies across the country that Kejriwal is involved in liquor scam, Manish Sisodia is behind Rs 144 crore corruption. They conducted raids on his house and could not even find Rs 10,000." Raids on the AAP at several places, including Gujarat, have yielded nothing as the party and its individuals are honest and do not take money, Kejriwal claimed. "They found nothing in the houses of Manish Sisodia and Satyendra Jain. They keep talking about such things. The public is watching. When we formed government in Delhi, we stopped all the raids," he said.

Probe agencies being used for extortion, not to end graft: Arvind Kejriwal in Gujarat; claims cops asked about money during AAP office raid
Searches carried out by Gujarat police at party office in Ahmedabad, have proof of illegal raid: AAP
Nyoooz | 2 months ago | |
Nyoooz
2 months ago | |

New Delhi, Sep 12 (PTI) The AAP Monday said it has proof of the "illegal" raid by police at its office in Ahmedabad and would show it if Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel is ready to answer all questions about the searches.The Aam Aadmi Party"s assertion came after the Gujarat Police denied that any raid was conducted at the Arvind Kejriwal-led party"s office in Ahmedabad on Sunday evening."Police conducted an illegal raid yesterday at the party"s office in Ahmedabad. They forcibly entered the office and carried out searches for two hours without any warrant or court order," AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj told a press conference at the party headquarters here.The police team searched all computers, went through all the documents kept at the party office and interrogated people there, he claimed.But the Ahmedabad police is now denying it as its raiding team did not find anything against the AAP during the "illegal" searches conducted at the party"s office, Bharadwaj said."We have evidence to prove the illegal raid and searches carried out by police at our party office in Ahmedabad. Our people know the police officers who went there. We are ready to present the evidence if the Gujarat chief minister agrees to hold a press conference and answer all the questions pertaining to the raid," he said. PTI PK NSD NSDYour support to NYOOOZ will help us to continue create and publish news for and from smaller cities, which also need equal voice as much as citizens living in bigger cities have through mainstream media organizations.

Searches carried out by Gujarat police at party office in Ahmedabad, have proof of illegal raid: AAP
  • AAP leader Gopal Italia claims police raid on party office in Ahmedabad; cops deny charges
  • The Indian Express

    Ahead of AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal’s town hall Monday in Ahmedabad, the party’s Gujarat president Gopal Italia alleged the city police conducted raids at its office Sunday, a claim denied by the force.Italia said, “The BJP is scared of the AAP. So after Delhi raids, they are conducting unauthorised raids here in Gujarat now”.In a tweet in Gujarati, Italia said the police raided the “data office of Aam Aadmi Party yesterday and checked all cupboards, drawers, computers, diaries etc. in the entire office”. “On asking the name of the police officials who checked the data office, they said that they were Hiteshbhai and Parasbhai from the Navrangpura police station and an unknown person,” read his tweet roughly translated from Gujarati.ગઈકાલે આમ આદમી પાર્ટીની ડેટા ઓફિસ ઉપર પોલીસે રેઈડ કરી હતી અને આખી ઓફિસમાં તમામ કબાટ, ડ્રોઅર, કોમ્પ્યુટર, ડાયરી વગેરે ચેક કર્યા હતા.ડેટા ઓફિસ ચેક કરનાર પોલીસનું નામ પૂછતાં તેઓએ નવરંગપુરા પોલીસ સ્ટેશનમાંથી હિતેષભાઈ તેમજ પારસભાઈ અને એક અજાણ્યો વ્યક્તિ હોવાનું જણાવ્યું હતું.— Gopal Italia (@Gopal_Italia) September 12, 2022Italia also claimed, “The police told us that they were sent to search the place. When asked whether they have written orders for the search, the police said they don’t, but have been given orders by higher authorities. I have taken their phone numbers as well.”“I request these two people, who came to search our place, must be probed. It should be verified that these two people, claiming to be police officials, were actually from the police,” he added.The Ahmedabad city police denied the claims made by the AAP. “The news of the AAP’s office being raided yesterday by the Ahmedabad City police has been doing the rounds on social media. No such raid has been conducted by the Ahmedabad police,” read a tweet in Hindi posted on the force’s Twitter handle.कल आम आदमी पार्टी के कार्यालय पर अहमदाबाद शहर पुलिस द्वारा रेड करने में आई, ऐसा समाचार सोशल मीडिया से ज्ञात हुआ है.*इस प्रकार का कोई रेड अहमदाबाद शहर पुलिस के द्वारा करने में नहीं आई है*— Ahmedabad Police 👮‍♀️અમદાવાદ પોલીસ (@AhmedabadPolice) September 12, 2022BJP spokesperson Yagnesh Dave attacked the AAP for resorting to lies for ‘self-promotion’ and demanded the party must post CCTV footage of the claimed raids. Dave, in a veiled attack on Kejriwal, said, “We know that a lord of lies from Delhi is also here today”. 

  • ‘No such raid done,’ says Ahmedabad Police after AAP claims Gujarat HQ raided
  • The Indian Express

    After senior AAP leaders in Gujarat alleged that their party headquarters in Ahmedabad had been raided, the city police has denied the party’s claims.“News of AAP’s Ahmedabad headquarters being raided by Ahmedabad City Police has been doing the rounds on social media,” a tweet shared by the Ahmedabad Police’s official handle read. “No such raid has been done by Ahmedabad Police.”Leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Gujarat unit said on Twitter that the raid was carried out soon after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal arrived in Ahmedabad.Reacting to the development, Kejriwal said the Gujarat police found nothing at the party office as the leaders and workers of the AAP are “hardcore honest”.There was no immediate response from the Gujarat Police to the AAP’s claim.“The BJP is extremely rattled by the immense support that the AAP is getting from the people of Gujarat. There is a storm in favour of the AAP in Gujarat,” Kejriwal said in a tweet in Hindi.गुजरात की जनता से मिल रहे अपार समर्थन से भाजपा बुरी तरह बौखला गयी है। “आप” के पक्ष में गुजरात में आँधी चल रही हैदिल्ली के बाद अब गुजरात में भी रेड करनी शुरू कर दी। दिल्ली में कुछ नहीं मिला, गुजरात में भी कुछ नहीं मिलाहम कट्टर ईमानदार और देशभक्त लोग हैं https://t.co/GBu1ddoSIY— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 11, 2022“Raids have started in Gujarat too after Delhi. Nothing was found in Delhi, nothing was found in Gujarat too. We are hardcore honest and patriotic people,” he added.The AAP national convenor hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after his party’s Gujarat unit leader Isudan Gadhvi claimed on Twitter that police raided the party office and carried out searches for two hours, soon after Kejriwal arrived in Ahmedabad.“Gujarat Police’s raid at the Aam Aadmi Party’s office as soon as Kejriwal arrived in Ahmedabad. Carried out searches for two hours and left. Nothing found. Said they will come again,” Gadhvi said in a tweet in Hindi.“The BJP is so scared with the growing popularity of the Aam Aadmi Party in Gujarat that now it is misusing power to get our office raided,” the Gujarat unit of the AAP said in a tweet.After Delhi, now they have started getting raids conducted in Gujarat too. Be it Delhi or Gujarat, they are not going to find anything, it added.The Gujarat Assembly polls are slated to be held later in the year.

  • AAP claims party office in Gujarat raided; cops deny
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: Aam Aadmi Party leader Isudan Gadhvi has claimed local police raided the party office in Navrangpura area of Ahmedabad as soon as AAP's national convener Arvind Kejriwal landed here, but found nothing. However, a police official refuted the claim and said when contacted, the AAP office-bearers did not give any details about who conducted the raid and what exactly happened. Delhi chief minister Kejriwal landed in Ahmedabad on Sunday evening and he is scheduled to hold town hall meetings with auto-rickshaw drivers, businessmen, lawyers and sanitation workers on Monday and Tuesday. Gadhvi, the AAP's national joint general secretary, in a tweet late Sunday night said, "Local police raided the AAP office in Ahmedabad as soon as Arvind Kejriwal landed here. They left after searching the office for two hours as they found nothing." Tagging Gadhvi's tweet, Kejriwal in a Twitter post said, "The ruling BJP has lost its senses due to the unprecedented support AAP is getting from the people of Gujarat. After Delhi, they have started raids in Gujarat too. But, just like Delhi, they have not found anything in Gujarat." However, Navrangpura police station inspector P K Patel denied the claims saying no such raid was conducted. "After learning about Gadhvi's tweet about the raid, I personally visited the party office on Sunday night and sought details. But the party leaders present there, including one Yagnesh, did not give any details as to who came and what exactly happened as claimed by Gadhvi," Patel said on Monday.

  • Party office raided by Gujarat Police in Ahmedabad: Aam Aadmi Party
  • Times of India

  • Police raid at party office in Ahmedabad: AAP
  • Nyoooz

    New Delhi, Sep 11 (PTI) Police conducted a raid at the AAP office in Ahmedabad on Sunday, the party said while claiming that the ruling BJP is "extremely rattled" by the "immense support" it is getting in the run-up to the Gujarat Assembly polls.Leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party"s (AAP) Gujarat unit said on Twitter that the raid was carried out soon after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal arrived in Ahmedabad. Reacting to the development, Kejriwal said the Gujarat police found nothing at the party office as the leaders and workers of the AAP are "hardcore honest".There was no immediate response from the Gujarat Police to the AAP"s claim."The BJP is extremely rattled by the immense support that the AAP is getting from the people of Gujarat. There is a storm in favour of the AAP in Gujarat," Kejriwal said in a tweet in Hindi."Raids have started in Gujarat too after Delhi. Nothing was found in Delhi, nothing was found in Gujarat too. We are hardcore honest and patriotic people," he added.The AAP national convenor hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after his party"s Gujarat unit leader Isudan Gadhvi claimed on Twitter that police raided the party office and carried out searches for two hours, soon after Kejriwal arrived in Ahmedabad."Gujarat Police"s raid at the Aam Aadmi Party"s office as soon as Kejriwal arrived in Ahmedabad. Carried out searches for two hours and left. Nothing found. Said they will come again," Gadhvi said in a tweet in Hindi."The BJP is so scared with the growing popularity of the Aam Aadmi Party in Gujarat that now it is misusing power to get our office raided," the Gujarat unit of the AAP said in a tweet."After Delhi, now they have started getting raids conducted in Gujarat too. Be it Delhi or Gujarat, they are not going to find anything," it added. The Gujarat Assembly polls are slated to be held later in the year. PTI PK RCYour support to NYOOOZ will help us to continue create and publish news for and from smaller cities, which also need equal voice as much as citizens living in bigger cities have through mainstream media organizations.

Rs 2,000 crore drugs seized in two raids in Gujarat
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Mephedrone worth nearly Rs 2,000 crore was seized in two separate raids carried out by Gujarat ATS and Mumbai's anti-narcotic cell (ANC) near Vadodara and Anklekshwar respectively. The drugs have been seized in the two days since August 13. Acting on a tip-off, the ANC's Worli branch raided a manufacturing unit in Ankleshwar in Gujarat on August 13 and nabbed its owner Giriraj Dixit while seizing 513 kg of mephedrone worth Rs 1,026 crore. They zeroed in on Dixit after interrogating the accused arrested in Rs 1,400 crore MD seizure made in Nalasopara on August 3. Dixit holds a masters degree in chemistry and allegedly supplied MD to drug traffickers in Mumbai and neighbouring areas. Meanwhile, the ATS sleuths raided a warehouse in Nandesari GIDC near Vadodara and seized nearly 200 kg MD which is estimated to be worth Rs 1,000 crore. Officials said the consignment was brought from a manufacturing unit in Saykha GIDC near Ankleshwar and stored in this warehouse. Days after the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of Mumbai police busted a multi-crore drug racket in Panoli GIDC of Ankleshwar, the Bharuch police detained two persons on Tuesday for alleged involvement in the same drugs racket. Police also seized mephedrone (MD) worth Rs 1,383 crore from the unit in the Panoli GIDC area including 1,300 litre liquid and 82.5 kg in powder form. On August 13, Mumbai ANC raided the mephedrone manufacturing and seized 513 kg drugs worth Rs 1,026 crore and arrested its owner Giriraj Dixit. According to police, Dixit's name cropped up during the interrogation of six men arrested during a raid at a manufacturing unit at Nalasopara in Palghar district near Mumbai on August 3. The ANC had seized more than 700kg MD, a banned synthetic drug, worth Rs 1,400 crore during the raid at the Nalasopara unit. The police said that the mephedrone manufactured in Dixit's factory was meant to be supplied to drug peddlers in Mumbai and neighbouring areas. Dixit and a co-accused perfected the formula for producing mephedrone through experiments. Bharuch police on Tuesday said, "After the Mumbai police's operation we conducted the search and recovered the material. Two persons have been detained and they will be arrested after Covid-19 test." Those detained were identified as Chintan Pansuriya (33) and Jayant Tiwari (29). Police investigation revealed that Pansuriya was involved in running the unit while Tiwari was one of the workers of the unit. Bharuch police are collecting details about Pansuriya's role in the manufacturing of the banned drug. Police are yet not clear if Dixit was the mastermind of the manufacturing racket or was it Pansuriya. "Since how long the unit was operating at this place is not clear. We are trying to gather the details from the accused," said a police officer. Mumbai police had earlier said that the seizure from the Panoli unit was one of the biggest drug seizures by them in recent times.

Rs 2,000 crore drugs seized in two raids in Gujarat
Ahmedabad: Three from education consultancy firm held for forging marksheets
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Three persons associated with an overseas education consultancy firm in Ahmedabad were arrested on Saturday for allegedly forging marksheets to help students secure admission in institutes abroad, police said. An owner of the office of the firm identified as Uniworld Education here and his two associates have been arrested for changing marks in subjects like English, in which good scores are needed to get admission abroad, an official said. "The accused were involved in making fake marksheets of students planning to go abroad to pursue studies. They were changing marks in subjects like English, scores of which need to be high for securing admission," Inspector Sumit Rajput of Ellisbridge police station said. "During the raid conducted at the premises of the coaching centre on a tip off, we recovered 31 marksheets of Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board and Saurashtra University for BBE course," he said. The trio would first get original marksheets of the students wishing to go abroad, then take out the logo with signature from the original marksheets and paste them on the fake marksheets to make them appear original, Rajput said. Accused Manish Zaveri, Jitendra Thakor and Nirav Wakharia were booked under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 467, 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), he said. "The accused were charging hefty amounts for this work. We have seized Rs 23.75 lakh cash, computer sets, mobile phones etc in the raid," Rajput informed.

Ahmedabad: Three from education consultancy firm held for forging marksheets
  • 3 of consultancy firm held for forging marksheets
  • The Indian Express

    Three persons associated with an overseas education consultancy firm in Ahmedabad in Gujarat were arrested on Saturday for allegedly forging marksheets to help students secure admission in institutes abroad, police said.An owner of the office of the firm identified as Uniworld Education here and his two associates have been arrested for changing marks in subjects like English, in which good scores are needed to get admission abroad, an official said.“The accused were involved in making fake marksheets of students planning to go abroad to pursue studies. They were changing marks in subjects like English, scores of which need to be high for securing admission,” Inspector Sumit Rajput of Ellisbridge police station said.“During the raid conducted at the premises of the coaching centre on a tip off, we recovered 31 marksheets of Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board and Saurashtra University for BBE course,” he said.The trio would first get original marksheets of the students wishing to go abroad, then take out the logo with signature from the original marksheets and paste them on the fake marksheets to make them appear original, Rajput said. The accused are Manish Zaveri, Jitendra Thakor and Nirav Wakharia.

  • IELTS scam: Three from education consultancy firm in Gujarat held for forging IELTS marksheets
  • The Indian Express

    Three persons associated with an overseas education consultancy firm in Ahmedabad in Gujarat were arrested on Saturday for allegedly forging marksheets to help students secure admission in institutes abroad for IELTS frauds gujarat, Gujarat police said. An owner of the office of the firm identified as Uniworld Education in Ahmedabad and his two associates have been arrested for changing marks in subjects like English, in which good scores are needed to get admission abroad, an official said. “The accused were involved in making fake marksheets of students planning to go abroad to pursue studies. They were changing marks in subjects like English, scores of which need to be high for securing admission,” Inspector Sumit Rajput of Ellisbridge police station said. “During the raid conducted at the premises of the coaching centre on a tip off, we recovered 31 marksheets of Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board and Saurashtra University for BBE course,” he said. The trio would first get original marksheets of the students wishing to go abroad, then take out the logo with signature from the original marksheets and paste them on the fake marksheets to make them appear original, Rajput said. Accused Manish Zaveri, Jitendra Thakor and Nirav Wakharia were booked under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 467, 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), he said.”The accused were charging hefty amounts for this work. We have seized Rs 23.75 lakh cash, computer sets, mobile phones etc in the raid,” Rajput informed.

Kejriwal: Will end ‘raid raaj’, set up advisory body for traders
The Indian Express | 3 months ago | |
The Indian Express
3 months ago | |

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor Arvind Kejriwal Saturday said his party will form an “advisory body” of traders to guide the government if it came to power in Gujarat in the upcoming Assembly elections. He also promised sops related to Value Added Tax (VAT) and said the party’s government would stop the “raid raaj” if elected to power.“We have been running the government in Delhi for the past seven years and never ever have we raided any BJP-supporter businessman intentionally. In fact, we have ended the ‘raid raaj’ in Delhi… We didn’t harass any BJP businessmen and you can cross-check this. We won the hearts of businessmen by our conduct and policies,” said Kejriwal at a town hall-style meeting with traders, businessmen and industrialists in Jamnagar. The town hall held at Oswal Centre is his second such meeting in Saurashtra within a fortnight after the first held in Rajkot on July 26.The AAP chief, who arrived in the state for a two-day visit Saturday, also alleged that GST officers were armtwisting businessmen and warning them against attending his town hall. “I appeal to (CR) Paatil sahab and CM (Bhupendra Patel) sahab to come and join us in the meeting. We will sit together and discuss. This has been the culture of Gujarat and not to ask GST officers to threaten people to not attend Kejriwal’s meeting” he said. He also invited the Gujarat CM to hold such a meeting in Delhi. The two-time Delhi CM also claimed that the GST tribunal was not set up for five years in Gujarat after the introduction of the new taxation system to threaten businessmen into paying bribes. The bribe money reaches even the ministers, he alleged. “If we form a government, we will set up a tribunal as we don’t want bribes. We will bring in a law offering amnesty for demand of VAT,” said Kejriwal while repeating that an AAP government will also dispose of VAT refund claims within six months.“I am not here to seek donations, I do not need donations. I am here to make traders and industrialists partners in the development of Gujarat. You will be treated as partners when AAP forms a government here. You will give the order and the government will implement that order,” he told the business community. Kejriwal said the AAP will form an “advisory body” to guide the government if it came to power. “There are different types of businesses, different industries, and different problems come up every day. So we will form an advisory body with representatives from every sector. You will tell the government what to do, and the government will do it. Your decision will be binding on the government,” he said.Kejriwal also hit out against the BJP over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘free revdi’ remarks saying the BJP government in Gujarat has debt worth Rs 3.5 lakh crore while the Delhi government has no such liabilities. He added that while he was providing free education, medical treatment and electricity to the poor, the BJP wrote off the debt worth Rs 11 lakh crore of its “friends”. While the AAP government in Punjab gives 300 units of free electricity to households every month, the Delhi government provides 200 units. Yet, the financial position of the Delhi government is better than that of Gujarat, Kejriwal said. Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxHe explained that AAP governments are financing free services through higher tax collection coming by way of better compliance. “They are warning us that our budget will have a deficit. But in the April-June quarter, the revenue of the Punjab government went up to Rs 21,000 crore as compared to Rs 15,000 crore the previous year. Thus, we covered the expense of giving free electricity. We are honest people running the government honestly and therefore, people are also paying the taxes,” said Kejriwal. Kejriwal’s statements came in the backdrop of his promise of free 300 units of electricity to Gujarat households if the AAP wins the Assembly election slated for later this year. He also targeted CM Patel and Paatil for not visiting the victims of the recent hooch tragedy in Botad and Ahmedabad. “Let’s not weigh everything on the scales of vote. There is something called humanity also,” Kejriwal said, adding, “There is a Prohibition Act in force in Gujarat and yet liquor is available easily. This is a business worth thousands of crores of rupees. Who runs this? Who is the mastermind of it? Everyone knows this. This is going on with full awareness of the government.”

Kejriwal: Will end ‘raid raaj’, set up advisory body for traders
Gujarat: IPS officer facing criminal charges over liquor raids couldn’t see Botad hooch sale
Times of India | 4 months ago | |
Times of India
4 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat-cadre IPS officer of the 2003-batch, Ashok Yadav, the Bhavnagar range IG, who is facing criminal charges at a metropolitan court in Ahmedabad city for a case of police brutality in Chharanagar during an ostensible raid on liquor dens, could not see the illicit hooch business in Botad district which resulted in the hooch tragedy there. Yadav’s case involves the alleged beating, abusing, and criminal intimidation of members of the Chhara community in July 2018. When the victims went to file a police complaint, police refused to register FIRs after which they approached the metropolitan court. On the night of July 27, 2018, according to a court complaint filed by a Chharanagar resident and activist, Atish Indrekar, a police party carried out violence on members of the Chhara community. Indrekar was one of those injured during the raid. The complainant alleged that a police party led by the then joint commissioner of police, Yadav, then DCP Shweta Shrimali, and the then Sardarnagar police inspector Radhe Virani had thrashed people, abused and threatened them. The complaint said that the cops had gone to Chharanagar and resorted to violence on the pretext of a liquor raid. The court also summoned the two IPS officers and the PI in the case after taking cognizance of their alleged crime on the basis of the complaint filed by Indrekar. Now, the same IPS officer, Yadav, is monitoring Bhavnagar range which includes Botad district — where bootleggers sold spurious country liquor to various people. At least 36 people had died by Tuesday evening and three FIRs were filed against 14 accused persons for murder in three police stations — Barwala, Ranpur in Botad and Dhandhuka in Ahmedabad district.

Gujarat: IPS officer facing criminal charges over liquor raids couldn’t see Botad hooch sale
Delhi Police arrest 3 men for cheating people
The Indian Express | 4 months ago | |
The Indian Express
4 months ago | |

Three men were arrested from Gujarat’s Ahmedabad for allegedly cheating people by luring them to buy packaging material in bulk and keeping the advance payment without delivering. The accused were identified as Ahmedabad residents Jitendra Kumar Chauhan (35), Parmar Dilipbhai (47) and Pawar Shyam (44), who was previously involved in an alleged cheating case in Jammu and Kashmir.Police said the complainant alleged that he had ordered a sample for adhesive material after seeing an online advertisement of a company, and later paid an advance of Rs 3,89,400 on February 19 as he found the sample adequate in quality. However, he was not supplied with the materials and the mobile numbers of the alleged company were switched off.Police said the amount had been withdrawn by cheque the same day, and the location of the phones was found to be in Ahmedabad. A case was filed under IPC section 420 (cheating) at the Cyber station in Northeast Delhi.Police said the company address was found to be fake based on enquiries in the area. Based on a local input, a raid was conducted and Pawar was apprehended. Based on his confession, the other accused were also arrested.DCP (Northeast) Sanjay Sain said: “The accused floated the company and had it GST-registered to build faith, and later shifted the office. They advertised bulk packing supplies at cheap rates and lured people with samples. When the customer made a bulk order, they would take an advance payment and vanish, breaking all their SIM cards.”

Delhi Police arrest 3 men for cheating people
Punjab Police, Gujarat ATS joint op: Shipped from UAE, Rs 375 crore heroin seized at Mundra port, was to be routed to Punjab
The Indian Express | 4 months ago | |
The Indian Express
4 months ago | |

Over 75 kilograms of heroin worth Rs 375 crore, hidden in a clothing consignment, was seized from a container stored at Mundra port in Kutch on Monday after a joint team of Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and Punjab Police raided the container yard.Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Gaurav Yadav said that the raid came after the police teams received specific intelligence inputs about heroin being smuggled from the UAE to Punjab. “The contraband was kept concealed in a container of unstitched clothes, using a cardboard pipe that was further camouflaged by an oversized plastic pipe. The container, which was loaded from Jebel Ali port in the UAE, had been booked by an importer from Malerkotla, Punjab,” the DGP said in a written statement.“As per preliminary investigations, we have established that the container was meant to be delivered to Punjab. Further, we feel that the conatiner would have been routed to some other place via Punjab. A probe has been launched,” Yadav said.The DGP added that “following inputs about the consignment, Punjab Police’s State Special Operation Cell (SSOC), SAS Nagar, had dispatched teams to Gujarat’s Mundra Port”. “To ascertain the link of the container to Punjab and to figure where it was headed to from here, some suspects from Malerkotla and Ludhiana who were linked with this consignment have been called for questioning by the concerned district police,” added the DGP.Meanwhile, an FIR under sections 8C, 21C, 23C, and 29 of the NDPS Act has been registered by ATS Gujarat at ATS Ahmedabad police station.According to police, during a raid at the All Cargo Container Freight Station at Mundra port, 75.30 kilograms of heroin was found hidden among 4,000 kilograms of imported clothing material. According to police, the heroin is valued at Rs 375 crore in the international market and the container was allegedly sourced from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).In a press conference on Tuesday, Gujarat Director General of Police (DGP) Ashish Bhatia said that they got information from Punjab police about a “suspicious container” lying at the Mundra port for the past two months with narcotics that were meant to be smuggled to Punjab. Acting on it, a joint team of the Gujarat ATS and Punjab Police conducted the raid when the team found a “suspicious” container that was only one-third full. “Usually, the containers are filled to the maximum because of the high cost of transportation. Another suspicious point was that the container had a textile consignment shipped from Dubai. Around 4,000 kg of clothing material rolled in 540 plastic rolls were found,” DGP Bhatia said. “On removing the clothing, it was found that another plastic pipe was inserted in the roll and narcotics consignments were stored in the gap between the two pipes. A blue carbon cello tape was used over the two pipes in order to avoid scanner detection. As many as 64 out of the 540 rolls contained heroin weighing 75.30 kg worth Rs 376.5 crore. An FSL was held on the spot that confirmed the narcotics,” the DGP added.According to the DGP, the container was shipped from Ajman Free Zone, UAE, and reached Mundra Port on May 13 this year in a ship named “Manila”. “The supplier of the container is a company, Green Forest General Trading, registered at Ajman Free Zone, while the delivery agent in India was a West Bengal-registered company ‘Jovial Container Lines’ which also has an office at Gandhidham in Kutch. The Gujarat ATS has registered a case and begun an investigation,” the DGP said.This is the second major consignment of heroin to be intercepted at Mundra port in less than a year. In September 2021, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) intercepted three containers shipped from Bandar Abbas port in Iran to Mundra that contained around three metric tonnes of heroin worth more than Rs 21,000 crore. The DRI arrested a couple from Chennai whose firm had officially imported the cargo and a few others before the probe was transferred to the National Investigation Agency.The drug consignment was destroyed at a facility near Bhachau in Kutch district on June 8 this year with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman monitoring the process virtually from Delhi.

Punjab Police, Gujarat ATS joint op: Shipped from UAE, Rs 375 crore heroin seized at Mundra port, was to be routed to Punjab
In three months, alcohol worth Rs 2.67 cr seized in dry Gujarat
Ahmedabad Mirror | 4 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
4 months ago | |

In what is a reflection of how alcohol continues to flow into Gujarat and the crackdown against it, the State Monitoring Cell (SMC), which functions under the state DGP Ashish Bhatia, has in just under three months seized liquor worth Rs 2,66,65,733 (Rs 2.67 crore). The liquor was seized between April 1 and June 27, 2022. This is 3.5 times the liquor seized in 2021 for the same period.The seizure came following 138 raids carried out at homes, on people and while the liquor was being transported.The state police have also initiated a departmental inquiry against police inspectors and other officials in close to 50% of the cases in which liquor was seized by SMC. The inquiry was initiated in cases filed between April 1 to June 27, 2022, where the value of liquor seized in a single raid is over Rs 25,000. So far a police inspector (PI) and police sub-inspector (PSI) have already been suspended by the state.What was seized whereOf the total seizure between April 1 and June 27 this year, liquor worth Rs 3,18,975 was seized from Ahmedabad city. The value of liquor seized from Surat City during the period was Rs 8,53,336 while it was Rs 13,830 for the Vadodara district. The biggest liquor seizure (Rs 21,26,135) was reported from Vadodara city while the biggest seizure in a single raid was from Panchmahals (Rs 47,40,400).The total seizure during the period including vehicles, mobile phones and others was Rs 4,88,32,125.The seizure during the three months of 2022 is a 340 per cent rise compared to the corresponding period of 2021 and a 179.06% rise compared to 2020 for the same period.In 2021, liquor worth Rs 60,67,100 was seized and the total seizure was Rs 1,67,52,435 between April and June. The SMC seized liquor worth Rs 95,55,563 while the total seizure stood at Rs 1,94,24,080 for the same period in 2020.As for offences, 138 cases were registered in 2022 between April 1 and June 27 while it was 53 in 2021 and 52 in 2020.ActionSMC raids in the jurisdiction of a police official results in strict action.Action is initiated against the PI if the liquor seized is more than Rs 25,000 in the case of IMFL. In the case of gambling, action is initiated against a PI or other cops if the amount seized is over Rs 15,000.The SMC has also conducted raids in three cases of illegal mining, expanding the scope of action of the SMC. State Monitoring Cell SP Nirlipt Rai told Mirror that a PI and a PSI have been suspended following a departmental inquiry against them between April 1 and June 27 this year. “Departmental inquiry is on against others as well,” he said.A police official in the know said cops have been on their toes since Rai began to head the SMC.

In three months, alcohol worth Rs 2.67 cr seized in dry Gujarat