Friday, May 15, 2015

Film co heads floated bogus firms, made clerks `directors'

Probe In Rs 824-Cr Cheating Case Still On: EOW 


Mateen Hafeez

Mumbai: Investigations into the Rs 824 crore cheating case involving the directors of Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd, one of Bollywood's largest production and distribution firms, have revealed that the directors had floated five bogus firms and appointed their clerks and even a clerk's wife as directors of these bogus firms. As much as Rs 296 crore was deposited in these firms.

Last month, the city economic offences wing (EOW) arrested Dhilon Mehta (33), managing director of Ashtavinayak, and his father Harshad Mehta (57). Eight people have been arrested in the case so far. Ashtvinayak has produced Hindi movies like Jab We Met, Bol Bachchan, Gol Mal etc. The complainant, Tejpal Shah, told police the firm's directors raised funds for their business, cheated shareholders and siphoned off funds.Shah is a film distributor and possessed distribution rights of some Ashtvinayak films.

Police said the accused raised funds in India and abroad to make films. “It's a lengthy investigation and we are going in the right direction.Those found involved will be dealt with strictly ,“ said Dhananjay Kamalakar, joint commissioner, EOW .

“After raising money in India and abroad, the accused directors floated five fake companies and appointed their clerks, bamboo supplier, godown keeper, and a clerk's wife as director of these firms. The money was diverted into the firms. So far we have found Rs 60 crore was diverted to Suyujit Enterprizes, Rs 16 crore to Century Pictures, Rs 79 crore to E-Force India Ltd, Rs 95 crore to Armaan Enterprizes and Rs 45 crore to V K Entertainment. The employee-directors are all from Rajkot and Ahmedabad. Their statements have been recorded before the magistrate and will be used as evidence against the accused,“ said an officer. In their statements, the directors of the fake companies told cops they were paid between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000 to sign the papers.

The accused had said the five firms had been financed to make films and even made agreements with these companies. Meanwhile, a subsidiary firm, Ashtvinayak Cine Vision FZE, was floated in Dubai. It did agreements with international firms for film production. FZE paid Rs 444 crore to the international firms for this purpose. The complainant, who was to receive Rs 41 crore from Ashtavinayak, got cheques. While cheques of Rs 5 crore were honoured, cheques amounting to Rs 36 crroe bounced. He approached the court and the Company Law Board after the firm refused to return his dues.The committee formed by the law board found the firm had raised funds through foreign equity convertible bonds. Inspector Prakash Bagal is probing the case.

The case was referred to the EOW and an FIR was registered in September 2014. “The firm claimed to have invested money in foreign films. However, no movie was completed or even started,“ the officer said.


E-fraudster's ac frozen in a day after CM aide loses Rs 64K

Investigators Show Alacrity In VIP Case 


 Mumbai: Perhaps it helps to be the chief minister's personal secretary if you are the victim of a cyber fraud.Mumbai police, in a rare display of alacrity , traced a bank where Rs 64,000 siphoned off from Maharashtra CM's personal secretary Vivek Bhimanwar's account was transferred. Within a day, the police managed to get the account in Kolkata bank frozen.

Bhimanwar, who stays in Worli, complained to the police about a cyber fraud. He told the Worli police that some unidentified caller had taken his bank account details from him and one-time password (OTP) and used it to transfer Rs 64,000 from his ICICI bank account to another account.
A police officer said, “Soon after beginning the probe, we found the money had been transferred to an account in Axis bank in Kolkata or Bihar. A police officer with the copies of the FIR met the nodal office of Axis Bank in Mumbai and requested them to freeze the account of the accused person. It was done within hours.“ A police team is preparing to leave for Kolkata to trace the accused. While speaking over the phone on the night of May 12, the accused told Bhimanwar that they were confirming information of all customers and updating the Know Your Customer (KYC) data.For this, the accused sought the bank account details of Bhimanwar and even asked him to share his one-time password. Bhimanwar was initially reluctant to share his bank account details but the accused allegedly threatened to close the account.“We have begun the process to get the call data record (CDR) of the suspected mobile number from where Bhimanwar received the call to find out if its location was in Mumbai on that day. The number belongs to some other state but it's also possible that the accused was in Mumbai at that time. We are waiting for some reports before taking the next step,“ the officer said.

Unaware of the suspected fraud, Bhimanwar shared his password with the caller.Later, he received a message on his cellphone, stating that Rs 64,000 had been debited to his bank account.

“This was the time when he realized that someone had cheated him. Bhimanwar approached the police. The cops immediately registered an FIR under sections of the Information Technology Act and are probing the case. No arrest has been made yet,“ said the officer.
Banks often appeal to customers not to share their bank account details with unidentified callers.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cops know I sell buffalo meat: Butcher


Mumbai: Akram Qureshi, he first trader to be arrested in Mumbai for allegedly selling beef, on Wednesday said he was selling buffalo meat and he police have known about his business for years.
“What's my crime? I receive my material from the Deonar abattoir. It's a tactic to harass small people like me,“ he sa d. Qureshi (56) has been told by the Worli police to wind up his business since “he does not have a licence“. The police say Qureshi has been selling meat or six months, but residents of BDD chawl no. 16, where Qureshi lives and has shop, contradict this claim. They say he is a second-generation butcher.

Police seized 29kg of animal flesh from his shop. “We have sent the meat to the government's veterinary doctor at Parel. He will carry out a DNA test. We will decide on our course of action based on he report,“ said senior inspec or Vinay Kulkarni of the Wor i police station. He said Qureshi had produced a buyer's receipt for the meat that was not accepted as it was not in his name. Qureshi said the dealer delivers meat to many shopkeepers in the area and does not give receipts individually .

He said he had approached he BMC in 2012 for a license, but they did not issue it. “I was hen summoned by the Worli police and after verification hey allowed me to go. Cops have known about my business for years.“

If the DNA test result is positive for beef, the police may slap section 5 of the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Amendment) Act that prohib ts the sale, purchase or disposal of cows, bulls or bullocks. The maximum punishment is a five-year jail term and a fine of Rs 10,000. Recently, the Bombay high court directed the state not to take any coercive action till the final hearing on a bunch of petitions challenging the ban takes place on June 25.

The complaint against Qureshi was filed by Bharti Gau Vansh Rakshan Samvardhan Parishad member Sharad Gupta, who lives in Worli and is a lecturer at Mulund College of Commerce. With the arrest of meat trader Akram Qureishi for allegedly selling beef (he insists it was buffalo and not cow meat), other merchants in the city said their worst fears have come true.

While criticizing the cops for not following the spirit of April 29 high court order, which prevented the state from prosecuting anyone in possession of beef from March 4, the day the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act was enforced, till July 29, the merchants have also pulled up those beef sellers who violate the law.

“Akram Qureishi, who worked with me for years before he opened his own shop in Worli, insists that he sold buffalo meat, which is not banned. We have been saying it ever since the Act was enforced that it would become a tool in the hands of Hindutva forces and the cops to harass beef merchants. Till the HC decides the matter, the court has said the state cannot prosecute anyone for beef possession,“ said Mohammed Ali Qureishi, presi dent, Mumbai Beef Dealers' Welfare Association.

“We have warned merchants against violating the law, but due to poor education they are unable to understand the legal provisions,“ added Mohammed Ali Qureishi. There are around 900 licensed shops in the city while beef is sold and around the same number of unlicensed establishments.

Asif Qureishi, a beef merchant at Crawford Market, said that the law was brought in without finding alternative jobs for those who were rendered jobless.

Can't prosecute yet, states HC order
A division bench of Justice V M Kanade and Justice M S Sonak, said: “Possession of the beef (from March 4, when the Act came into force till July 29 or till the HC finally decides the legality of the law) is not prosecutable by the state...The state and police authorities shall not invade a citizen's privacy to find out if they possess beef or any other form of meat.“


CM's secy falls prey to e-con, Rs 64,000 gone from bank ac

Mateen Hafeez

  Mumbai: CM Devendra Fadnavis's personal secretary recently fell victim to cyber fraud when Rs 64,000 was siphoned off his bank account. Interestingly , the accused called up the victim, Vivek Bhimanwar, and asked him for a one-time password that had been sent to his mobile, before debiting the amount.
The police said that Bhimanwar, a Worli resident, had lodged a cheating case on Tuesday . Bhimanwar recently received a call from a person, who introduced himself as an employee of a bank where he has an account.The accused told Bhimanwar that they were verifying customers and updating Know Your Customer details. The caller asked Bhimanwar for his account details and for the one-time password. Initially Bhimanwar was reluctant to share details, but gave in after the accused threatened to close the account.

Unaware of the fraud, Bhimanwar shared his details and password with the caller. Later, he received a message on his cellphone, stating that Rs 64,000 was debited from his account.“It was after the SMS that he realized he had been cheated. Bhimanwar then approached the police. An FIR was immediately registered under sections of the Information Technology Act.No arrests have been made yet,“ said an officer.

Former CM's help robbed of cellphone
A domestic help of former CM Prithviraj Chavan was robbed of his cellphone worth Rs 8,500 by a taxi driver near INS Trata in Worli-Koliwada on Monday. The incident occurred when the victim, Vikas Pansare, alighted from the taxi and was about to pay the fare. The police said that the driver snatched his phone and sped away.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

STAIN 0N KHAKI - Suspended DIG charge-sheeted for model's rape

Paraskar Trial Slated To Start A Month From Now 

Mumbai: The Crime Against Women (CAW) cell of the city police on Tuesday filed a 724page charge sheet against suspended IPS officer Sunil Paraskar for allegedly raping a 29-year-old model.
“We have 59 witnesses in the case,“ said DCP Namdeo Chavan, head, CAW. The police had earlier served Paraskar a notice, asking him to be present in court during the charge sheet's submission. Accordingly , Paraskar was present in the Borivli magistrate's court on Tuesday . The FIR against him had been registered nine months ago. Senior police officers were tight-lipped about the contents of the charge sheet and also refused to say anything about the model's medical examination report. Her statement had been earlier recorded before a magistrate.

A source said that as evidence, the police have submitted the logbook of Paraskar's official car. Maintained by his driver, it mentions his movements, said a police officer.Then, there are records of Paraskar's text messages and emails. The police have also attached the statement of the caretaker of a Madh Island bungalow, who told the police he remembered a November 2013 visit of the model, along with Paraskar.

In July 2014, the model alleged that Paraskar (57) had sexually assaulted her on two occasions in December 2013.She said she met Paraskar first in 2012, when he was additional commissioner of police (north region), concerning a case. On the model's complaint, the police registered a case against Paraskar at Malwani police station and booked him under sections 376-2 (rape by a police officer), 376 C (intercourse by superintendent of jail, remand home, etc) and 354-D (stalking) of the Indian Penal Code.

The Borivli magistrate has transferred the case to the sessions court. The trial will begin on June 12. Earlier, the sessions court had granted anticipatory bail to Paraskar, observing that “from the behaviour of the complainant and the accused, the matter appears to be consensual“.But in a departmental inquiry, Paraskar was found guilty of professional misconduct.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

POLICE ON ARRESTED PAK FISHERMEN - `8 on heroin boat not smugglers'

Mateen Hafeez I TNN


The Yellow Gate police station, where the seizure of 232 kg of heroine worth Rs 600 crore in the international market from a Pakistani boat was investigated, has said that the eight occupants of the boat were not smugglers.
“They were not smugglers but fishermen who didn't know about the contents of the containers in which the heroin was hidden,“ a police officer said on Monday . The finding may weaken the police case against the eight Pakistanis, who have been slapped with various sections of the IPC, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and maritime laws and are lodged in Arthur Road Jail.
“The accused are fishermen,“ the police officer said.“They were paid Rs 10,000 each for delivering small containers to another boat in the Arabian Sea. They never opened the containers and didn't even know the names of the people who were to take delivery .“

A security establishment insider said the boat which was supposed to receive the con signment, Al-Yasir, did not turn up after the fishermen's boat was intercepted. The coast guard and the navy had intercepted the Pakistani boat on April 20. The heroin packets were hidden in plastic cans. Three satellite phones and GPS were also found. The latest communication system was used to facilitate transshipment of the contraband to another boat, said coast guard sources. The apprehended boat was brought to Porbandar.

“A fisherman, Shaukat Ali, had given them the consign ment,“ the officer said. “ Ali is in-charge of two fishing boats in Pakistan. The eight fishermen left the Ibrahim Hyderi port near Karachi with 11 containers, all with heroin. Ali had given three satellite phones to the eight fishermen. Ali had made several calls to them and told them they would receive a call from the other party and some people will come on the boat to take the delivery.“
The arrested are Alibakhsh Allahbakhsh (30), G Siddique (40), Bakhsh Natho (40), Gulshan Maulabakhsh (30), Yunus Sutar (35), Mohmmad Yusuf (40), Mohmmad Ahmed (28), Maqsood Akhtar.


COPS CLARIFY - No police NOC required to rent out house

Mateen Hafeez

MUMBAI: The city police on Tuesday clarified that a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the police is not required to rent out your house. However, senior officials said that it was mandatory to submit details of tenants at the local police station.

 “This step has been taken to make the procedure easier for ten ants and owners. There had been several complaints of estate agents spreading rumours about a police NOC being mandatory and some of them had also been collecting money for the same. We never sought any NOC. We just want the tenant's information to be submitted,“ said Deven Bharti, joint commissioner of police, responsible for city's law and order.

“If you have a tenant or have rented a flatroom, you can simply send us the details either in person, by courier or through registered post. The confusion has been created by estate agents,“ added Bharti.

The police have also issued a format for submission of the information, which includes the flatroom owner's name, address, contact numbers, address of the rented property , tenant's name, previous address, native place address, contact numbers, email address, photo identification, one passport-size photo, address of hisher work place and a letter of verification from the employer.The police have also sought deatils of the agent, in case the property is rented through one.


MODEL'S RAPE - Chargesheet against Paraskar to be filed today


A chargesheet against Indian Police Service officer Sunil Paraskar (57), who has been accused of raping a 29-year-old model, will be filed on Tuesday before the special women's court. Evidence has been found against Paraskar, said a police source. Head of the crime branch, Atulchandra Kulkarni, said: “We will file the chargesheet on Tuesday before the court.“ The filing of the chargesheet assumes significance against the backdrop of the policemen from Saki Naka confining and molesting another 29-year old model last month.
Another police officer said that they have evidence that rape has taken place. In July 2014, the model had alleged that Paraskar had molested and sexually assaulted her on two occasions in 2013.
“We have several witnesses who names cannot be identified now,“ said the officer.Earlier, the police had taken statements of a caretaker of a bungalow in Madh who confirmed to the police that the model had visited the bungalow with Paraskar. The crime against women cell is probing the rape case against Paraskar who is now under suspension.--

Mateen Hafeez 


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Police to list black sheep in force

Mateen Hafeez


The city police will compile a `black list' of policemen who are alcoholic, womanizers or of doubtful integrity. The list will be ready by May-end and such policemen will not be given postings where they could be in touch with the public, said Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria.
“The list will include police personnel who are into alcoholism, drug abuse, womanizing and whose integrity is doubtful,“ said Maria.

Last week, three police men from Sakinaka police station were arrested for raping a model and extorting money from her. The trio has been suspended and a probe is on.Last month, a police constable was arrested for possessing and transporting 112kg of banned narcotics, mephedrone. Also, about the transfer of 36 police personnel from the traffic department to the local arms division, Maria said they either didn't have aptitude for traffic, medical fitness or were transferred due to non-performance. “ About 45 days ago, I conducted a meeting of senior inspectors and above rank officers of the traffic department and asked them to identify such people.They were identified and transferred to the local arms' units. I want to see the traffic police on the road, which I hardly see,“ added Maria.

He said that the special branch and the crime branch have started identifying those drunk on duty and suspected to be involved in drug abuse.The `black list' will be updated every year.

Meanwhile, senior police officials have been asked to exercise their power for more effective policing and supervision. “We have completed training of one batch in behavioral changes. All cops across police stations who perform station house duty and meet public on a day-to-day basis will be part of this training,“ he added. Maria has also ordered policemen not to avoid registering FIR over jurisdiction issues.

The Times of India, April 30, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

`Lewd gestures at woman worse than 3rd degree'

  Mumbai: A special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) court on Tuesday took strong objection against the alleged indecent conduct of a Satarabased senior police officer against a woman accused in a drugs case. The court was hearing the remand application of Sashikala Patankar alias Baby , arrested last week in connection with the seizure of 110kg mephedrone, also called meow meow. “Making indecent gestures at a woman is more than the third degree,“ special judge U B Hejib said. The court remanded Patankar in police custody till Saturday .
Following standard procedure, the judge had asked the accused if she had any complaints. The court's observations came after Patankar complained to the judge that while in custody deputy police superintendent Deepak Humbre had visited her cell and behaved inappropriately . “He made indecent gestures and also used indecent language. He was angry as I was the one who had acted as a mediator and had helped the police arrest head constable Dharma Kalokhe. He threatened me and said he would assault me just like he had thrashed my son,“ Patankar said.

The court also questioned the cops for letting the officer not connected to the case meet the accused. The court said that such vulgar gestures would not be tolerated by any decent woman.

“The police custody is extended, provided the accused should be medically examined every day and a report on the same should be filed before the court,“ the court said. The judge further said that the cops should ensure that at the time of interrogation, only officers connected to the case should be allowed.

While seeking extension of Patankar's police custody , the prosecution said huge quantities of drugs were found in her home in Khandala and Kalokhe's office and that the cops needed to find the link between the two.

The city crime branch took Maknan Samuel, an drug peddler, in its custody terming him the source of the 120kg drugs seized in March. Samuel was lodged in Arthur Road jail in another narcotics case since December 2014. The police had earlier arrested Kalokhe, Patankar and her son, Satish.


PAK FISHERMEN HELD WITH HEROIN - `Accused had spoken to people in Pak 6 times'

Mateen Hafeez

Mumbai: The Yellow Gate police, probing the seizure of 232 kg heroin worth Rs 6.93 crore from a Pakistani boat, said the occupants had spoken to some people on Pakistani numbers over half a dozen times. The eight crew members were caught by the navy and coast guard for smuggling heroin.

 All the accused are in the custody of the Yellow Gate police. “They were to deliver the consignment to another boat in the sea and were heading towards Mumbai. However, the boat which was supposed to receive the consignment didn't come, since this boat was intercepted much earlier,“ said a source in the security establishment. The cops refused to divulge more details about the receivers. “We are probing it,“ said the cops.

The coast guard and navy had intercepted the Pakistani boat ferrying a huge quantity of heroin on April 20.
The heroin packets were hidden in plastic cans. Besides heroin, three satellite phones and global positioning systems were also recovered. The apprehended boat was brought to Porbandar on Tuesday .

“The cops are trying to establish the source of a seized Thurya phone used in the conversation of the fishermen with the suspected owners of the heroin. The fishermen have told us they were paid Rs 10,000 to deliver the consignment.They were promised Rs 10,000 more once it was delivered,“ said a police officer.

 The Times of India, April 29, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

8 Pak nationals caught with drugs in police custody

  Mumbai: The Yellow Gate police produced eight Pakistani nationals, arrested with 232 kg heroin worth Rs 6.93 crore, before a court on Monday . The magistrate remanded them in police custody till May 5. The Coast Guard and the Navy had intercepted a Pakistani boat that was ferrying a huge quantity of heroin on April 20. The heroin packets were hidden in plastic cans. Besides heroin, three satellite phones and global positioning systems were also recovered.

The latest communication system was being used to facilitate transshipment of the contraband to another boat, coast guard sources said.

The apprehended boat was brought to Porbandar by the authorities on Tuesday . Those arrested were identified as Karachi resident Mohmmad Yusuf (40), Mohmmad Ahmed (28), a Punjab resident, Maqsood Akhtar, and five residents of Sindh province, including Alibakhsh Allahbakhsh (30), Gulshan Siddique (40), Bakhsh Natho (40), Gulshan Maulabakhsh (30) and Yunus Sutar (35).
The accused told the police that they were fishermen and were paid Rs 10,000 to deliver packets, contents of which were unknown to them.

The police said they needed to find out where the consignment was to be delivered and who were the recipients.A Thuraya satellite phone was recovered and it was their handler in Pakistan and the suspected people in India whom the accused were in touch with. The police still don't know who owned the boat which the ferried the suspects and the consignment. It neither had a flag nor any name. The accused are facing a criminal case under various IPC sections, Narcotic Substances and Psychotropic Substances Act and Maritime Laws.

The police are trying to establish if the consignment was supposed to be delivered in Mumbai. However, the city police have denied having any such information from the security agencies.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Govt staffer, friend `buy flats' from baba, duped of Rs 44 lakh

Mumbai: A rationing officer and her friend, who paid Rs 44 lakh to an astrologer for the purchase of two Mhada flats, have lodged a complaint with the Bandra police.
Mahesh Tak (56) and his aide, Pravin Sankhe (37), who were arrested in another case, are currently in Arthur Road jail. They were arrested by the economic offences wing (EOW) for allegedly duping a civil engineer of Rs 7.87 crore by offering to procure a Mhada plot at a concessional rate.

Ramchandra Dhawale, senior inspector of Bandra police station, confirmed receiving the complaint. “Tak met the rationing officer and prepared her horoscope,“ said a police source. “Tak told her that she was like his sister and later offered her a Mhada flat for Rs 23 lakh. He also told her that he owned another apart ment and mentioned that he wanted to sell it after which the rationing officer introduced Tak to her friend,“ the source added.

Tak drew up a sale deed and handed over fake papers of the flats to the two. Investigators had seized fake seals of a key Constitu tional functionary , government departments and bureaucrats from Tak and Sankhe. “Tak had promised people that he could procure mining contracts and cheated them of lakhs. He sold forged wine shop licences and in one case quoted Rs 1.25 crore for doing the paperwork,“ said an EOW officer.

“Tak took Rs 50 lakh from several job aspirants by promising them employment in the Indian Navy's accounts department. All the letters were forged,“ the officer added. Tak teamed up with Sankhe, a computer engineer, as the latter was close to some Mhada officials.

Friday, April 24, 2015


Directors untraceable, cops freeze realty co ac


The economic offences wing (EOW), which is probing a Rs 7 crore cheating case against three directors of a construction firm, said that the suspects could not be traced.

 A Santacruz resident, who had paid up Rs 7 crore in connection with the purchase of 22 flats in Navi Mumbai, has lodged a cheating complaint with the EOW. Three directors of Monarch Universal Group--Gopal Thakur, Hasmukh Thakur and Roshan Seth--besides real estate agent Kiran Perwani, who brokered the deal, had been booked in connection with the case.

“Their cellphones have been switched off and they are even not operating their cards for financial transactions. We have frozen the company's bank account and debit transactions,“ said a police officer.

The anticipatory bail plea of the three directors was rejected on April 6. “We have also got the call data record of the accused.They last showed up in Navi Mumbai on the day their bail petition was rejected,“ the officer added. An employee of Monarch Universal Group said the directors had switched off their phones.


Thursday, April 23, 2015


  - Cop held for stabbing wife of colleague


The Worli police on Wednesday arrested a head constable on charges of attempting to kill the wife of an other constable.

 The accused, Ankush Karanje, allegedly stabbed Nita Nawar (35) thrice with a kitchen knife. “Karanje had a grouse against Nita as she would intervene whenever he fought with his wife at home,“ said a senior police officer.
Nita's husband, Nitin, is a constable who is posted at chief minister Devendra Fadnavis's official residence at Malabar Hill. The police have arrested Karanje and recovered the knife used in the crime. The police said that the incident took place around 11.30am at Worli police lines. “Nita was at home with two other women when Karanje barged in. He started fighting with her and was carrying a knife. During the heated argument he attacked Nita with the knife. She sustained injuries on her hand and head. The other women present shouted for help and Karanje was later overpowered by other residents,“ said a police officer.

Nita was rushed to Poddar Hospital where she received first-aid treatment. Later in the evening she was discharged from hospital. The police are investigating the case from all angles. “We arrested Karanje after the neighbours informed us. He is not cooperating with us. He has been booked for attempt to murder and will be produced before the court on Thursday ,“ said the officer.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Police arrest 3 for duping chalk board firm of Rs 1.5cr

  Mumbai: The MRA Marg police recently arrested three persons, who had duped a private green chalk board manufacturing firm of Rs 1.5 crore.The accused posed as government officials from the department of education in Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh, took delivery of the chalk boards and vanished.

 Police identified the accused as Adesh Tiwari (38), Indraket Singh (45) and Virendra Kushuwah (28). The complainant firm, Ms Milan Sales Corporation, told police the fake government orders had come to them through their employee, Adesh Tiwari. “Tiwari used to work with the complainant. He said he knew government officials, who would place an order for green chalk boards. Later, the two other accused, posing as government officials approached the firm and finalized the deal. During the deal, Tiwari acted as the negotiator and did not give much chance to the complainant to crosscheck facts,“ said sub-inspector Sharad Dhole.

Tiwari further took several lakhs from his employers, saying he will have to give it to the government officials for a fast bill clearance. The boards were delivered to Bihar but despite several reminders, the Mumbai firm did not get its money . When the complainant approached the department for getting his bills cleared, he was told departments did not place any orders. The firm then approached police.“It was Tiwari who had masterminded the entire case.The boards were hidden in Bihar, Indore and Tamil Nadu.We first detained Tiwari and during interrogation, he spilled the beans,“ said the officer.- 

Mateen Hafeez


Sunday, April 19, 2015

City to get CERT centre to tackle cyber crimes


The city police will soon have a full-fledged Compu ter Emergency Response Team (CERT) unit to tackle cyber at tacks. Currently , there is no CERT-India office in Mumbai and each time a website or a page needs to be blocked, the po lice have to request the CERT.

 “The state is in negotiation with the Centre. A CERT office in Mumbai will help us immen sely. CERT tackles any kind of cyber attack, denial of services and blocking of website and ob jectionable posts, etc. Once Mumbai gets a CERT office time taken for action will re duce and we will be in a better position to deliver,“ said Atul chandra Kulkarni, joint com missioner, crime branch. A couple of years ago, two terror emails were sent from Mumbai before and after the 2008 Gujarat serial bomb blasts.The Mumbai police had to take CERT help to block several objectionable pages that could have created law and order problems in the state. “While we get immediate response from CERT on weekdays, it becomes difficult on weekends. A local CERT office will solve this prob lem,“ added another officer.

KMM Prasanna, additional commissioner (crime branch), said a national-level conference on cyber crimes is likely to be held in July. “We are educating more than 1,000 personnel in handling cyber crimes,“ said Prasanna.


Saturday, April 18, 2015


 - Rape arrest exposes buying of wives in Guj; 2 girls rescued


In a case of abduction and sale of girls for forced marriage, a 26-year-old Gujarat resident was arrested by the city police for buying and raping a 22-year-old city woman. The police also rescued two 17-year-old girls. The two girls were rescued from a village in Gujarat where the woman and the two minors were sold for Rs 1 lakh each. The village, Bakrana near Ahmedabad, has a shortage of women and cases of kidnapping from other places for marriage are common, said the police.

 All three victims were lured with the promise of jobs in Gujarat but were forcibly married to people they did not know. The arrested man was identified as Ganpat Patel. “The 22-year-old woman and the two girls were contacted by a Kalyan resident, Meerabai Salve, who promised to help them get a job in Gujarat in a catering firm,“ senior inspector Sunil Kavalekar of the Pydhonie police station said. “The trio was paid Rs 1 lakh each as advance payment.“

After being there for 15 days and being raped, the 22year-old survivor managed to flee. A team comprising assistant police inspectors Fareed Khan and Tukaram Nimbalkar, sub-inspector Smita Parab and five constables then left for Gujarat to rescue the two girls still there.

“The villagers gathered there and tension prevailed,“ one of the officers said. “We had to seek help from the local police.“ The police also invoked sections of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act in the case.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Five MNS workers arrested for vandalizing Chudasama's office

Mateen Hafeez

Mumbai: The Marine Drive police arrested five workers of Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena on charges of rioting at the office of former sheriff Nana Chudasama over a message on his popular banner.
The arrested included Arvind Gavade, Tushar Salien, Srikant Borule. The names of two others are being withheld. “We produced them before the court and they have been remanded in police custody till April 18. We doing our investigation,“ said a police officer.

Chudasama is known for witty lines on current affairs that he puts up on a banner outside his office on Marine Drive. The banner that was torn read: “Promoting Marathi welcomed, diktat not welcomed.“

Police said that a group of nearly a dozen men entered the office of Chudasama and shouted slogans. Later, they pulled down the poster, tore it and set it on fire. Some panes, flower pots and showpieces were also broken. “They were shouting slogans like `Marathi mansacha vijay aso, Nana Chudasama murdabad. We are probing the case,“ said the officer. The police had registered an offence of rioting under Criminal Amendment Act.

“You can agitate in a democracy , shout slogans but you cannot vandalize. My father has written so many banners and he is entitled to his opinion in a democracy ,“ Chudasama's daughter and BJP spokesperson Shaina NC said. “It is our right and that is the beauty of our setup. One cannot go to a senior citizen's office in such a maner. If you have any problem you can come and discuss it.We have left the case to police's discretion,“ she added.
The MNS maintained that “anti-Marathi“ utterances provoke violence.

Chudasama is a Padmashri and has been running the banner for the last 55 years.

The Times of India, April 17, 2015

Police HQ to grant OK for film shooting

Mateen Hafeez

Mumbai: Police commissioner Rakesh Maria on Thursday assured an Association of Advertising Producers (ASOP) delegation that permission for shooting will be granted at the police headquarters, under one window, and they will not have to make the rounds of police stations and half a dozen other offices now.

 Maria said they will be issued permission from the Theatre Branch 15 days from the date of submission, if all papers are in order. A constable is also likely to be provided to production houses which get the clearance. For the traffic department's permission for shoots, applications will have to be submitted to the police headquarters from May 1.

The delegation, including U N Pandey , Swadha Kulkarni, Cyrus Pagdiwala, Arpan Fernandes, Gemm Fonseca, Ravnit Mahajan and Kinjal Tanna, had met Maria over the alleged harassment by some political unions and police teams for bribes if they did not have some permission. “When foreign actors come on business visas, some union members learn about it, come to our shooting site and try to extort money . After meeting Maria, we will send a proposal to the Union ministry to grant employment visas to them. It will help stop harassment,“ said an ASOP member. Many producers had shifted shooting to outside Mumbai due to such harassment.

He added that on April 4, while they were shooting with Shah Rukh Khan at Mehboob studio, 60 union members tried to stop them.“They were demanding Rs3-4 lakh from line producers. We cannot do much as they have political backing,“ said a producer.

Last week, a 12-member delegation of the Film & Television Producers Guild of India had met Maria.

The Times of India, April 17, 2015

Film firm MD, father held in cheating case


The economic offences wing on Wednesday arrested the managing director of Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd and his father in connection with a cheating case.Till now, eight people have been arrested in the case.

 Dhilon Mehta (33) and his father, Harshad Mehta (57), were remanded in police custody till April 24. The complainant, Tejpal Shah, told the police that the firm's directors raised funds for their business, cheated shareholders and siphoned off funds to the tune of Rs 825 crore.

Ashtavinayak is one of Bollywood's largest production and distribution firms.Shah is a movie distributor and possessed distribution rights of some Ashtavinayak films.

The Times of India, April 17, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Yr after minor's rape, police yet to begin probe


Girl Died In Nov, Departmental Inquiry Ordered Into Cops' Delay


Mumbai: Nearly a year after a gangrape outside Churchgate station and over four months after the victim's death, police are yet to begin investigations. A 15year-old mentally unsound girl was allegedly gang-raped outside Churchgate station last April. The Churchgate GRP registered the case and sent it to the Marine Drive police, who sat on the file for eight months and returned it to the railway cops claiming it wasn't in their jurisdiction. Meanwhile, the girl died in hospital.
Police recently registered the case after a rap from senior officials, but are yet to begin a probe. Krishna Prakash, additional commissioner of police (south region), has recommended a departmental inquiry against some Marine Drive police personnel for the delay in registering the case. Any official found guilty in the report could be suspended.

According to the Churchgate GRP's FIR, a mentally unsound girl was gang-raped by four unidentified persons on the night of April 29, 2014, near the station's subway after being forced to drink beer. An NGO took the girl to the railway police who registered the case and sent the case papers to the Marine Drive police, in whose jurisdiction the crime was committed. The Marine Drive police did a spot panchnama and twice recorded the victim's statements.However, they did not register the case. The girl, a resident of Hanuman Nagar, Kandivli, died on November 17 in Nair Hospital, where she was being treated for asthma. But police still neither register the case, nor initiate an investigation.

In January 2015, police sent the file back to the Churchgate GRP , saying it was not their case. The papers were passed around two more times when finally railway DCP Deepak Dev raj wrote to the railway commissioner and Mumbai police chief, Rakesh Maria. Maria immediately ordered an inquiry and the then joint commissioner of police (law and order), D D Kamalakar, asked the police station to file a report on the case to senior officials. On January 3, 2015, the Azad Maidan ACP was asked to probe the matter and he suggested a departmental inquiry against the officer. Prakash, in his report, said the case papers were sent to the then senior inspector of Marine Drive police, who sent them back. Later, GRP sent the papers to DCP (zone 1) who sent them back to railway police and asked them to establish the jurisdiction.

The Times of India, April 15, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

OFFENCE AGAINST REALTY FIRM, BROKER - Santacruz resident `duped' of Rs 7cr with promise of 22 flats

Mateen Hafeez

Mumbai: A Santacruz resident, who had paid up Rs 7 crore in connection with the purchase of 22 flats in Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai, has lodged a cheating complaint with the economic offences wing of the Mumbai police. An offence has been registered against three partners of Monarch Universal Group--Gopal Thakur, Hasmukh Thakur and Roshan Seth--besides real estate agent Kiran Perwani who brokered the deal.
Pariani said that he had been given documents after he made the payment but he later learnt that the flats were mortgaged to a non-banking financial firm from whom the accused firm had allegedly taken a loan of Rs 40 crore.
Police sources said that Pariani had given the agent four cheques for Rs 7 crore for 22 flats. In exchange, he was issued agreement letters, agreement for sale, an irrevocable power of attorney, possession letter and other documents in his favour.

Pariani has told the police that his attempts to get the documents registered were stopped by the accused. Subsequently , Pariani decided to get the same registered independently . At the sub-registrar's office in Panvel, he learnt that the developers had mortaged some flats of the said projects (including the ones meant for him) to a non-banking company , Capri Global Private Limited, and the mortgage deed had been kept at the sub-registrar's office. Accordingly , he was told to bring a no-objection certificate from this company.

When Pariani approached the company , he was told that the developers had mortgaged many flats with them for which the company had financed Rs 40 crore.

Police sources said that the accused allegedly misrepresented facts to Pariani and other investors about mortgage and finance from Capri Global.

Monarch Universal Group could not reached for comment during the weekend holiday .

The Times of India, April 13, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Speeding car thief hits two women, 1 dies

Trapped By Police, Man Was Trying To Flee In Stolen SUV

Mumbai: A 35-year-old interstate car thief, trying to escape a police trap, rammed his stolen SUV into two women returning from office in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday. While the thief was caught within minutes, one of the women, who was dragged under the SUV's tyre, succumbed to her injuries a day later.

The deceased, Sushma Shrivastava (23), and her colleague Urvi Gala (22), who work in a firm that manufactures and supplies automobile wipers, arms and blades, were returning from their office on Wednesday when they were caught in the bizarre incident at Mhape, Navi Mumbai.

Sources said Mumbai police's anti-motor vehicle theft team had received information that a vehicle thief, Yaseen Shaikh, was coming to Mumbai to sell a Tavera stolen from Valsad. A policeman, posing as a potential buyer, approached Shaikh through an agent. A squad led by inspector Jagdish Sail, assistant inspector Shivaji Shivthare, specialized cops Anwar Memon, Babu Raut and Gyaneshwar Sonawane reached the spot early while Shaikh arrived at 5.15pm. While Shaikh was in the driver's seat, the `buyer' sat in the rear seat and kept him busy in bargaining, finalizing the deal for Rs 80,000 for the 2014 model car. The waiting police team approached the Tavera and was about to nab Shaikh when he realized he was trapped and instantly sped away in the SUV.

A few feet away , the two women were chatting at a corner of the road when a panicked Shaikh knocked them down. While the SUV flung Gala into the air, Shrivastava fell on the road and the vehicle dragged her for a few feet. By the time the policeman inside the car could understand what was happening, Shaikh had left team of cops behind. The policeman tried to stop the vehicle by holding on to Shaikh, however, as the vehicle reached a dead-end near a service road, Shaikh jumped out and fled into the forest. The policeman pursued him and was joined by the other cops, who finally caught Shaikh after a 15-minute chase. By then, the MIDC Rabale police, which was informed over the wireless, arrived and took Shaikh into custody .

Shrivastava was admitted to Mumbai's JJ Hospital in a critical condition where she succumbed to her injuries on Thursday . “We have booked Shaikh for culpable homicide amounting not to murder. He has been sent to police custody for two days,“ said R B Deshmukh, senior inspector of MIDC police station. The car has been seized. “Shaikh hails from Pratapgarh, UP and is part of an-inter state car theft racket. We are questioning him,“ said assistant inspector Rahul Khatal.

The Times of India, April 11, 2015