Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Cheating case: Bank accounts of HC ex-judge, brother frozen

Mumbai: The Azad Maidan police, probing a cheating and forgery case involving former Bombay HC Justice Michael Saldanha (74) and his younger brother Mark (70), have frozen several of their bank accounts and blocked the accounts they had been operating for mutual funds.
The HSBC Bank complained last year to the Azad Maidan police which booked Saldanhas for allegedly siphoning Rs 2.29 crore worth shares from their deceased older brother Patrick's demat account and transferring the proceeds to their accounts.The sessions court had earlier rejected their plea, holding that they “illegally and fraudulently and by forging and impersonation transferred a huge amount“ from their brother's account.

Last October, the Bombay HC granted interim anticipatory bail to Michael and Mark.“While the siphoned money was kept in some bank accounts, a portion of it was invested in mutual funds. We wrote to the banks concerned and froze the accounts. We also got the mutual funds blocked,“ said an officer.

“There are other accused too who forged documents like power of attorney after the death of their brother (Patrick),“ said the officer. Patrick (81) died on February 18, 2016. The prosecution said the shares were without documents like heirship certificate or will, and by representing that Patrick was alive between February 18-August 18, they presented forged delivery slips, cheques and a power of attorney . Michael was a Bombay HC judge between 1990-94 and Karnataka HC judge till retirement in 2004.

The Times of India, May 31, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Lost in Ponzi scam? Refund unit on cards for investors

Mateen Hafeez

Mumbai: Over 25 lakh investors, who lost more than Rs 10,000 crore in various schemes, can heave a sigh of relief. A separate refund unit will be formed by the economic offences wing (EOW) of the city police to handle cases of refund to investors, once the court passes an order. Observers welcomed the decision for a separate refund unit and said it will be easier for the lakhs of investors to come to one place (the refund unit), enquire about their money or case status. “Investors don't know whom to approach and how to get their money back. This time effective unit will help many ,“ said an observer.

The refund unit will be headed by a police officer of the rank of assistant commissioner in the EOW . As much as Rs 12,000 crore is stuck in cheating cases over the last six years.

As per police records, maximum investors who invested and lost are in the SpeakAsia multi-level marketing scheme case. “More than 24 lakh investors have lost in this Ponzi scheme. The EOW have filed charge sheets. While investors lost Rs 2,276 crore, over Rs 700 crore was laundered abroad. More than Rs 175 crore belonging to several accused has been frozen over the period and it will be distributed among the investors as per court order,“ said a police officer.

Likewise, more than 1 lakh people lost money in the Padma Vibhushan recipient Michael Ferreira-led QNet scam. While the official amount involved is around Rs 425 crore, police said investors could have lost more than Rs 1,000 crore.

Investors have been doing the rounds of courts and police offices since there was no clarity where they would get their money from once the court ordered auctioning of properties seized.
“Most victims in the above two schemes are from middleclass or lower middle-class.They have been going to police offices and courts. There are some investors whose lives were ruined due to these fraud schemes. The formation of a refund unit will be a great help to the affected investors,“ said a source.

While the NSEL case is still being probed, the police have attached properties worth more than Rs 6,000 crore while the amount involved was lesser in the FIR, Rs 5,600 crore . As many as 13,000 investors lost money .

The Times of India, May 30, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

Cabbie who lost 6 of family in EFW mishap hangs self

Mumbai: The taxi driver who was held responsible for the death of six members of his family after the speeding vehicle they were travelling in rammed into the Eastern Freeway wall last November, committed suicide in his rented Wadala residence on Friday night. Relatives said Mangur Verma (36) seemed tense since the Dongri police filed a chargesheet against him on May 9 for rash and negligent driving and culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
Neighbours found his body at 9pm and informed the police. “He was wearing a woman's nightdress when he hanged himself,“ said a neighbour. “Since the accident, he had become withdrawn and would not socialize. He had even started drinking a lot." A police officer told TOI, “There was no suicide note.While searching the house, we found a copy of the chargesheet.“ The body has been sent to KEM Hospital for post-mortem examination.

The Times of India, May 29, 2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017

BJP Muslim gambit fails, Cong shines

Mumbai: Winning 28 seats in the 84-member Malegaon Municipal Corporation, the Congress has emerged the biggest party . It is being said that with the help of NCP , which won 20 seats compared to only eight the last time, it could rule the civic house.
The BJP , which did not win a single seat in 2012 and had fielded the maximum number of Muslim candidates this time, won nine seats. However, none of its 57 Muslim nominees won.Its victories came from the Hindu sections of the Muslim-dominated powerloom town of Malegaon.

Interestingly , the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), which made its debut, secured seven seats. But MIM's Nashik president and former mayor, Abdul Malik, who contested from two seats, lost both.The Shiv Sena, which got 11 seats in the last election, posted a tally of 13 this time.
Shaikh Aasif, the sitting Congress MLA who is credited with the big win, said: “We worked for the development of the city and `vikas' was our main campaign point. We will be wor king for the development of the town.“

Malegaon mayor Ibrahim Seth (NCP) lost to Congress.Two-time MLA Shaikh Rasheed and his wife Tahira, a former mayor, won on Congress tickets.NCP's Nabi Ahmed, a businessman, and his brother Zafar Ahmed (Congress) both won. They stay in the same house and both Congress and NCP flags were hoisting side by side on the terrace on Friday.

The Times of India, May 27, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bomb chat: 6 Kerala youths released

Mateen Hafeez

Mumbai: Six Kerala youths, who were questioned by three government agencies over the last two days after a commuter in local train heard them talking about `bomb', were given clean chit and released on Tuesday.The youths, including a minor, got down at Panvel and took atrain for CST on Monday . While in the train, a co-passenger heard them using the word `bomb' repeatedly over the phone and alerted the police.
Niket Kaushik, police commissioner (Railways), said, “The ATS, RPF and GRP questioned them and nothing adverse was found. They were released."

“Due to network problem the person on the other side was unable to hear so they were repeating the word bomb (for Bombay). We checked their mobile phones and other belongings and found that they were telling the truth,“ said an officer. The complainant passenger had also told police that the youths were chatting through WhatsApp on anumber with country code +97.Later, it transpired that fathers of three youths work in the middle east and the message was for one of them.

The Times of India, May 25, 2017

Jailed ex-MLA sent to custody for abusing cop


  Former MLA Ramesh Kadam, who is lodged in Byculla jail for his alleged involvement in a Rs 365-crore scam, was remanded in police custody for a day for allegedly abusing a police officer outside the jail last week.

 On May 18, when Kadam was being escorted out of jail for check-up, he started arguing with assistant police inspector Manoj Pawar. A cop shot his outburst on his phone.In the clip, Kadam is seen taunting Pawar and asking someone to call up additional police commissioner (Aswathi) Dorje and complain that Pawar demanded Rs 25,000. On Wednesday, police told Sewri court that the extortion allegation against Pawar was false. They claimed Kadam used his phone en route to court.

The Times of India, May 25, 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Jailed ex-MLA caught on video abusing cop

Was Being Taken Out By Officer For Hospital Check-Up


Mateen Hafeez 

 Mumbai: A video of former MLA Ramesh Kadam, who is lodged in Byculla Jail in a Rs 365-crore scam, abusing an on-duty cop at the jail's main gate has gone viral, inviting an inquiry .
The incident occurred around 10.45am, Thursday , when Kadam was being escorted out of the jail for a medical check-up at JJ Hospital. “Once outside the gate, assistant police inspector Manoj Pawar asked him to stand on the side, which might have angered Kadam (once an NCP MLA from Solapur),“ said asource. In the video, Kadam is seen in a threatening posture abusing Pawar. Kadam was arrested in August 2015 for his suspected role in a scam involving the Lokshahir Annabhau Sathe Development Corporation (LASDC), of which he was chairman.

Joint police commissioner (law and order) Deven Bharti told TOI, “We have asked Akhilesh Singh (DCP zone-III) to inquire into the matter. We will take action as per the findings of the probe report.“ Pawar approached the Nagapda police station on Thursday and told them about the incident. The police noted down the matter in a diary , but no FIR or NC was registered.

At the time of the incident, Kadam and a few cops were waiting for a police van when Kadam started arguing with Pawar. A constable recorded it on his cellphone. In the video, Kadam can be seen taunting Pawar, saying he was behaving like a woman. He went on to tell Pawar that he was behaving like a eunuch.Kadam is also heard asking someone to call up additional police commissioner (Aswathi) Dorje and complain that Pawar demanded Rs 25,000 from him.

Abusing Pawar, Kadam told him to open the jail gate again so that he could go in as he wasn't in the mood to go to the hospital. While Pawar asked some cops to take Kadam inside, nobody moved. “I will bring a privilege motion against you (translation from Marathi),“ Kadam is heard threatening Pawar.

In February last year, a senior medi cal officer attending to undertrials at Arthur Road jail filed a complaint against Kadam (who was then at that jail), alleging that he had abused and threatened him. Based on Dr Rahul Ghule's complaint, the N M Joshi Marg police registered an offence under the IPC's sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation).

The Times of India, May 20, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rs 290-crore cheating case against aluminium firm, its five directors

Mateen Hafeez

Mumbai: A private firm and its five directors have been booked in Rs 290 crore cheating case. Officials of the city economic offences wing (EOW) said that after going through the company's financial transaction details, it seems that they might have floated a bogus front to transfer the money.A complaint was lodged jointly by S Sankarkumar, assistant vice-president and branch head of Axis Bank (corporate banking branch), and officials of the Federal Bank.
An officer said, “The firm, Parekh Aluminex, has an offi ce in Tardeo, with five directors. In 2010, the company initiated business with the two banks, seeking various loans.In 2012, the firm availed the facility of letter of credit (LC) for Rs 240 crore from Axis Bank and another Rs 50 crore LC from Federal Bank.“ In January 2013, the firm's main directdor, Amitabh Parekh, who used to take care of these affairs, died and the company stopped loan repayment.

The officer added that according to the complaint, the banks restructured the loans so that the firm could repay it.However, all attempts went in vain. Later, the loans taken by the firm were declared as nonperforming assets(NPA). “The banks appointed a private auditing firm before the loans were declared NPA. The auditors found that Rs 1,314 crore was outstanding towards various banks. Meanwhile, Axis bank initiated an inquiry and found that documents submitted for the Rs 240 crore LC were bogus and the amount was utilised to repay the firm's loans rather than using it for business. The inquiry also found irregularities by the firm,“ added the officer. Parekh Aluminex manufactures aluminium foils and aluminium containers. It has a factory in Silvasa, Gujarat.

The Times of India, May 18, 2017

BJP fields record no. of Muslim nominees

Mateen Hafeez

The BJP has fielded the maximum candidates ever for the Malegaon Municipal Corporation election, slated for May 24. The party has put candidates in 77 of the corporation's 84 seats, with over 45 of the contestants being Muslim. For the BJP , this is a record number of tickets to Muslim candidates anywhere in the country in a single election. In the words of an observer, it looks like the BJP is set to test the `Modi wave' in a minority-dominated city .
As for the others, the Congress, the biggest party in Malegaon, has fielded 73 candidates, followed by the NCP-Janata Dal (Secular) combine, which has put 66 contestants in the fray . The Hyderabad-based and Asaduddin Owaisi-led All-India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is contesting in Malegaon for the first time, and has fielded 37 candidates. The Shiv Sena has fielded 25 candidates. During the last Malegaon civic polls (2012), as many as 24 BJP candidates contested, but all lost, 12 losing their deposits.

Malegaon, in Nashik district, has a population of 4.71 lakh (as per the 2011 census), with 65% Muslims and the rest mainly Hindus. Both communities are dependent on each other economically: Muslims work in power looms while Hindus trade in textiles.

During scrutiny , many forms were rejected. So, the number of BJP candidates has gone down to 58, which includes 29 Muslims. Political observers say that it will be tough for the BJP to fight with the Congress and the NCP in Malegaon, since the saffron party's candidates don't have a strong local grounding. But Shabbir Baba, the vice-president of the BJP's local minority cell, said the party hopes to secure seven to eight seats. “We have selected candidates knowing they can win,“ he said.

The BJP's candidates include Faheem Mehmood, a commerce graduate and fish trader. “Our agenda is development and we have been working at it. We hope voters will elect us,“ he said. Another can didate, Shamshad Bi (48), who studied up to Class III, owns a grocery shop. Yet another, Sugra Bi (32), a Class VIII dropout, is a wholesale onion seller.Citing variety , Baba said, “We have also given a ticket to Shaheen Parveen (28), a science graduate who owns her own laboratory . We have good candidates.“

The Congress's main poll plank is development, and the NCP-JDS combine's is corruption. While social media is playing an active role, voters are worried. “Several candidates are distributing money to buy votes. No party has any development plan. Every party is blaming rivals. If we look back 15 years, we will find the same parties, the same faces and the same issues,“ said Mujahid Sultan, who comes from a prominent business family.

The BJP's Malegaon president, Sunil Gaikwad, said the party is contesting for “vikas“.“In the 2012 civic polls, we could not secure any seats. And in the last parliamentary elections, Malegaon gave only 5,000 votes to Dr Subhash Bhamre, who is now Union minister of state (defence). Talking of his party's “contribution“ to Malegaon, Gaikwad said CM Devendra Fadnavis sanctioned and inaugurated a flyover built with a budget of Rs 22 crore.

The Times of India, May 18, 2017

290-crore cheating case against aluminium firm, its five directors

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| TNN | Updated: May 18, 2017, 06:33 IST

 MUMBAI: A private firm and its five directors have been booked in Rs 290 crore cheating case. Officials of the city economic offences wing (EOW) said that after going through the company's financial transaction details, it seems that they might have floated a bogus front to transfer the money.

A complaint was lodged jointly by S Sankarkumar, assistant vice-president and branch head of Axis Bank (corporate banking branch), and officials of the Federal Bank.

An officer said, "The firm, Parekh Aluminex, has an office in Tardeo, with five directors. In 2010, the company initiated business with the two banks, seeking various loans. In 2012, the firm availed the facility of letter of credit (LC) for Rs 240 crore from Axis Bank and another Rs 50 crore LC from Federal Bank." In January 2013, the firm's main directdor, Amitabh Parekh, who used to take care of these affairs, died and the company stopped loan repayment.

The officer added that according to the complaint, the banks restructured the loans so that the firm could repay it. However, all attempts went in vain. Later, the loans taken by the firm were declared as non-performing assets(NPA). "The banks appointed a private auditing firm before the loans were declared NPA. The auditors found that Rs 1,314 crore was outstanding towards various banks. Meanwhile, Axis bank initiated an inquiry and found that documents submitted for the Rs 240 crore LC were bogus and the amount was utilised to repay the firm's loans rather than using it for business. The inquiry also found irregularities by the firm," added the officer. Parekh Aluminex manufactures aluminium foils and aluminium containers. It has a factory in Silvasa, Gujarat.

The Times of India, May 18, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Man wanted in Rs 20cr con held after 5 yrs

Mateen Hafeez

Mumbai: A man who was wanted since five years in a Ponzi scheme case was arrested from Bhopal on Sunday. Officials of economic offences wing of the Mumbai police said that the accused, Mansoor Siddiqui, had been declared a proclaimed offender by a court.
Siddiqui was allegedly involved in a Ponzi scheme that was floated in 2012 by Admatrix Private Limited, which had duped more than a thousand people who had invested in its schemes. Siddiqui was a franchise of the firm . The police said that according to their estimate, the investors lost up to Rs 20 crore in the fraud investment scheme. A police source said that Siddiqui was arrested on the basis of a tip-off they had received about his whereabouts. “He was declared a proclaimed offender by the court. He had played an active role in luring people to invest in the scheme by promising them high returns.“

Siddiqui's associates and mentors -Ramniwas Pal, Ram Sumiran Pal and a few others--have already been arrested in the case. Siddiqui had managed to slip out of the police clutches.

In 2011, Admatrix lured its investors by promising lucrative returns. In the other scheme, SevenRings, the accused targeted investors from the high-income group.After initial payments, the of fice-bearers vanished. A doctor had alleged that he lost Rs 35 lakh in the scheme.

On March 28, 2012, two cases of cheating were registered against several people for their alleged involvement in two Ponzi schemes -Admatrix Private Limited and SevenRings International.Most of the accused in the two cheating cases are the same.The accused are also involved in the Rs 2,276 crore SpeakAsia fraud.

A police officer said that they are yet to examine Siddiqui's bank account details and interrogate him about where he has parked the money taken from investors. Siddiqui was produced before a special court, which has remanded him in police custody for five days.

The Times of India, May 16, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

Colaba murder: Tenant killed woman after she spurned his sexual advances

Mumbai: The police on Sunday announced that they had cracked the murder case of 28-year-old homemaker Shweta Tandel.

 Shweta was found murdered in her house in Sundar Nagar, Colaba on May 10.
Hitesh Kartakpandey (23), who lived as a tenant in the house owned by the Tandels, allegedly sought sexual favours from Shweta when her husband was away for work, the police said. After Shweta refused, Hitesh is said to have pulled out a kitchen knife and a fork and slit her throat.
“He dragged her body in to the washroom, cleaned the blood on the floor and went to have a bath on the second floor where he stayed as a tenant,“ said a police officer.

“We have arrested Hitesh and we will be applying sexual assault charges as well,“ said deputy commissioner Manoj Kumar Sharma, who supervised the investigation in the murder case. The killing came to light on Wednesday after Shweta's husband, Mahendra, failed to contact her over phone.

The Tandels own a ground-plus-two storey structure in Colaba. While the Tandels live on the first floor, the second is occupied by Mahendra's brother, Chetan (28), and Hitesh. Another tenant stays on the ground floor. Since the Tandels and Hitesh hail from the same village in Palghar, they let him stay as a tenant. Hitesh and Chetan worked in a fashion accessories outlet as sales executives. “Hitesh was staying with the Tandels for the last four years and would address Shweta as his sister,“ said an officer.

The Times of India, May 15, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Byculla hosp nurse attacked with scissors

Mumbai:  Two days after a resident doctor was assaulted at Sion Hospital by a patient's son, police arrested a 34-yearold man for allegedly attacking a male nurse with a dressing scissor and injuring him severely at Byculla railway hospital.
The incident took place around 2am on Saturday. “We have arrested the accused, Dattatrey Lote, an Ambernath resident. His brother-inlaw, Prakash Satpute, was admitted to the hospital. Around 11.30pm on Friday , Lote asked the nurse, Ramesh Pawar (25), for a bed and bedsheet. Pawar told Lote that the hospital had no such facility for a patient's caretaker and an argument ensued. The railway protection force personnel posted at the hospital were called, after which Lote left.

Around 2am, Lote again demanded a bed and bedsheet and Pawar again refused.“This time, Lote took a dressing scissor and attacked Pawar, who sustained injuries above his eye, to his chest and left arm. Pawar is stable and out of danger but will require a minor operation,“ said a doctor. Police said Lote may have been drunk.

The Times of India, May 14, 2017

3 gangsters held for extortion bid at bar

Mateen Hafeez

Mumbai: The anti-extortion cell of the crime branch has arrested three suspected members of the Suresh Pujari gang who allegedly fired at an Ulhasnagar wine shop and a Nalasopara beer bar recently and left “extortion notes“ for the staff.
Crime branch DCP Dilip Sawant said Raj Chauhan (25), Ali Khan (27) and their handler Sudhakar Khristopriya (52) were on Friday nabbed from Kurla, when they came there for a meeting to share among themselves the money earned through crime. Sawant said they had recei ved a tip-off about the meeting, after which a police team laid a trap for the gang members. The trio has been booked under the Arms Act.

“The gang had fired at a wine shop at Ulhasnagar on April 27 for extortion. On May 7, when the gang targeted a beer bar in Nalasopara, a bullet hit the cashier in the chest. He is undergoing treatment,“ said Sawant. A police source said that in the Ulhasnagar wine shop incident, the gang had instructed the shooter to fire at a staffer's chest, but the bullet hit a bottle creating panic among the people present there.

A police source said that opening fire, the gang would leave a chit, with the name `Suresh Pujari' written on it. “It was like a threat message for extortion,“ said Vinayak Vast, the police officer who headed the team to nab the trio. According to police, the gang resorted to this extortion tactic as the shopbar owners did not answer several phone calls ma de by Pujari.

The police have recovered a 7.65 bore pistol, two magazines, eight live cartridges, Rs 2.5 lakh and two motor bikes.“While Khan would ride the bike, Chauhan would open fire and throw a note at the victim.We are probing the source of fire arms and who their next target. Their interrogation will also help us to get details about Pujari,“ added an officer.

The Times of India, May 14, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Man booked for assaulting Sion hospital doc after father's death

Mateen Hafeez

Mumbai: The son of a critically ill patient who died, manhandled a resident doctor at Sion Hospital on Thursday . The incident took place inside the hospital where dozens of security commandos have been deployed since last month to protect doctors from such assaults.
Sion police on Thursday registered a case of assaulting a doctor, but no one was arrested.
Senior police officials said the patient was first admitted to Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar and shifted to Sion Hospital in a critical condition at around 3.30am on Thursday .“During treatment, the patient died at around 11.30am on Thursday. After the doctor declared him dead, Sunil Kale (23), the son of the deceased, held the doctor's collar and pushed him,“ said Mridula Laad, senior inspector of Sion police station. The patient's body was handed over to the family after post mortem on Thursday itself.

When contacted, 26-year-old Dr Ajay Athawale, who has be en a resident doctor for a year at Sion Hospital's medicine department, said he didn't want to comment.

Sion Hospital dean Dr Suleman Merchant said, “There was no incident of assault. The doctor's collar was held. Yet an FIR has been made."

According to the FIR, Kale started shouting at Dr Athawale as soon as he pronounced his father, 52-year-old Prakash Kale, dead. “When I pronounced him dead, his son started talking loudly and started saying that he wasn't provided good care. I told him the patient had been brought in a serious condition and despite trying, he passed away ,“ said the complaint filed by Dr Athawale. “The son continued shouting and held me by my collar and pushed me and lifted his hand to hit me. By this time, his brother intervened and the BMC security guards also came in,“ read the complaint.
Police registered a case under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC and also invoked a section of the Medical Services Act. “The accused, a Saki Naka resident, has not been arrested. We will arrest him soon,“ added an officer.

The incident is significant as the BMC had, after a previous assault on a resident doctor in March, appointed commandos and installed an elaborate security system at its three teaching hospitals.
(With inputs from Malathy Iyer)

The Times of India, May 13, 2017

ATS gives clean chit to 2 youths in IS case


Mumbai: The Maharashtra ATS has given a clean chit to Aaves Shaikh, a Madhya Pradesh resident, and Arshad Faisal from Saharanpur in UP, who were questioned for their alleged links to the terror outfit Islamic State (IS).
The state ATS summoned the two youths after their names emerged during investigations in the case of Parvez Tambe who has allegedly left India to join the IS.

Shaikh, who is from Khargone in MP , and Faisal were brought to Mumbai for questioning. While Shaikh as completed his BTech (electronics and relecommunications) and M Tech (thermal engineering) from Pune's MIT, Faisal, an engineer by profession, is a school teacher.

“They are free. We questioned and released them,“ Atulchandra Kulkarni, state ATS chief told TOI. An ATS source said the two youths were questioned thoroughly and were allowed to leave when the cops found they had nothing to do with the terror outfit or its activities.The ATS, as part of its investigation, scanned the duo's call data records, laptops and email accounts before giving them a clean chit.

Shaikh came under the radar after he lost his purse at Khandwa railway station in Madhya Pradesh. The wallet had a SIM card that was later used to upload a video on the Internet.

The Times of India, May 13, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Trafficking of kids to Paris: Film make-up artist, spot boy among 5 held

Mumbai:A make-up artist and a spot boy working in the film industry are among the five people arrested on Thursday in a case involving trafficking of children to Paris. The total number of arrests in the case has gone up to 11. The police had earlier arrested six people, including a woman hairstylist, and two cameramen.
Those arrested on Thursday are make-up artist Sanjay Pardesi, spot boy Noor Mohammed, Rafeeque Shaikh, Jogindar Singh and Sohail Shaikh.

Joint commissioner of police Sanjay Saxena said Pardesi, Mohammed and Shaikh had travelled to Paris earlier and taken children along by posing as their guardians, while Singh and Sohail had made passports of minors by forging documents and posed as their parents.

The police said they suspect that nearly 100 minors have been smuggled to Paris so far. An official said that the only motive of the minors' parents in sending them abroad was to ensure that their children got a better education abroad and the economic status of the family improved. Four teens from Hoshiarpur and Kapurthala in Punjab were rescued last month.

The police stumbled upon the case on April 20 after getting a tip that four minors were to be taken to Paris on fake identities.The tip had led to the arrest of five people -Bollywood cameraman Arif Farooqui (38), assistant cameraman Rajesh Pawar (47) and hairstylist Fatema Fareed (48). Later, three others including the gang leader, Aslam Panchal, were arrested.

An officer said that the gang charged Rs 10 lakh to take a child to France. An agent in Punjab used to escort students to Mumbai. The agent from Punjab used to convince parents to send their children abroad, said the officer. “Most children were from middleclass homes and their parents either spent their meagre savings to send them abroad or sold off property ,“ said the officer. “We suspect the gang had links with agents in Paris who received the children there."

The Times of India, May 12, 2017

Rs 90cr fraud: Property worth Rs 70cr attached

Mumbai: The EOW, which lodged an FIR against five persons, including three from a family , in a Rs 90-crore investment fraud case, has attached 1,100 acres of land and other properties collectively valued at Rs 70 crore. The properties include a resort in Kasara, a farmhouse in Karjat and an office in Mumbai. The attachment was done while police are probing the Temple Rose Real Estate Pvt Ltd's (TRREPL) investment cheating case.
The EOW found that an orthopaedic surgeon from the city had invested Rs 5 crore in the Ponzi scheme. There are around 6,000 investors who invested in schemes floated by TRREPL.

The EOW has filed an FIR against five from Temple Rose, whose offices are located in Dadar (east) and Pune. Those named in the FIR are Devidas Sajnani, promoter and director of TRREPL, his wife Vanita and daughter Deepa and two others, Keshav Iddya and Marx Thorat.“We've found Rs 300 crore was invested... The value of attachment is around Rs 70 crore,“ said an officer.

The Times of India, May 12, 2017

Fresh trouble for lounge owner, held in Rs 9 crore FD scam

Mohammed Fasih

Mumbai: The city economic offences wing (EOW) earlier this week arrested Mohammed Fasih, chairman and managing director of the Showman Group that runs the countrywide Sheesha lounge chain, and his associate Santosh Gadge, in connection with a Rs 8.96 crore fixed deposit cash-credit scam.
Fasih and Gadge, 42, were produced before a court and remanded in police custody till May 15. A Bank of India manager had filed a police complaint alleging cheating by Fasih and others. While police arrested Gadge in Mumbai, Fasih was taken into custody from Taloja jail, where he has been lodged for the last three years in other Fixed Deposits and Overdraft Facility (FDOD) cases.
“The money kept in the bank belonged to SIES. We have arrested Fasih and his accountant, Gadge. Our probe is on,“ said an officer. Fasih is facing around half-a-dozen FDOD cases registered with the city EOW and CBI involving around Rs 800 crore.

The accused had a common modus operandi in all cases. One of their associates would approach any educational institution, religious trust, hospital etc and ask them to deposit their money as fixed deposit in nationalized banks, with the promise of higher returns than are normally offered. Once the FDs would mature, Fasih and his aides would take an overdraft facility from the bank by forging papers and would not return the money . In some cases, the accused even opened bank accounts with names similar to that of the depositors and transferred the money fetched through overdraft facility .
In December 2014, the EOW had arrested three officers of Dhanlaxmi Bank for their alleged role in a separate Rs 141 crore FDOD ca se involving Fasih. Investiga tors had earlier said the three bank officers did not check do cuments while granting the overdraft facility.

In a separate case, Abhay Shah, MD of Ms P G Group, lodged an FIR with Marine Drive police on July 28, 2014, and the case was transferred to EOW . Police found Avinash Khandale, Fasih's associate, had approached the P G Group's office and offered high returns on FDs in nationalized banks. Four firms run by the group collectively put Rs 141.8 crore in FDs. The accused then forged papers and using them, took a cash-credit facility loan from the bank. In cash-credit, a loan can be obtained up to 90 per cent of total investment.

The Times of India, May 12, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Remains of missing Aarey child found

Cops Suspect 4-Year-Old Was Killed By A Leopard 


Mumbai: Forty hours after a four-year-old girl went missing from Aarey Colony in Goreagon (East), remains of her body were discovered on Wednesday afternoon by a police search team and locals. Cops said they suspect the girl was attacked and killed by a leopard.

Muthuvel Harijan (37) lodged a complaint with Aarey police after his daughter, Darshani, went missing around 9.30pm on Monday . A kidnapping case was lodged since all missing cases of children are now treated as such.

Harijan, who works with a private firm, is a resident of Bhavani Nagar in Aarey Milk Colony , Goregaon (East). He has an older son, Gokul, aged six. Harijan told TOI: “On May 8, my daughter had dinner with us and went outside to wash her hands. When she did not return, we launched a search for her but in vain. Her remains have been found. We will get to collect them from the hospital on Thursday morning."
He said the locals have said his child was attacked by a leopard and that he did not suspect any foul play.

Deven Bharti, joint commissioner of police, law and order, said five teams fanned out on Tuesday for the search ope ration and a drone was used too.

“Soon after receiving the complaint, we formed police teams and launched a hunt for the girl. Some 20 to 25 police personnel, locals and members of Prani Mitra Group, which studies leopards and wildlife, participated in the search operation. They found the remains of her body around 12.45pm on Wednesday in the jungle. Darshani’s father has identified them,” said zonal DCP Dr Vi nay Rathor. Cops have registered a case of accidental death after the body was found. “We have sent the body to Shatabadi Hospital for a post-mortem and are waiting for the final report,” added Rathor.
While some locals suspected a case of human sacrifice, police ruled out the possibility.
“We don’t think so and neither has Prani Mitra Group indicated any such thing. However, we will speak once we get the autopsy report,” said an official.

The Times of India, May 11, 2017

Man held for harassing boy, demanding marriage

Mumbai: The Nehru Nagar police arrested a 35-year-old man for sexually harassing a 17-yearold boy and demanding that he marry him.
Police arrested Shadab Dalvi for also attempting to kiss the minor and showing him porn videos on his mobile phone. The victim, a diesel mechanic diploma student at a south Mumbai college, narrated the incident to his parents, who approached police. The victim told police he met Dalvi at a gym and later they became friends. “One day , Dalvi sent me a message on my Facebook account asking if I was interested in going to an Ajmer shrine. We both went in April. On reaching there, Dalvi took me to a small lodge and booked a room. Once we entered, he tried to kiss me, he removed my trousers and showed me porn videos. I got scared and ran outside but as I did not know anyone, I returned,“ the boy told police. He told police that when they went to the market the next day , Dalvi teased him, saying he should buy and wear female clothes and he would look nice in them. Dalvi also allegedly told him that he wanted to marry him. The victim told Dalvi he had to appear for exams and they returned to Mumbai. Last week, Dalvi called him near the railway tracks and again tried to kiss him and insisted on marriage. Dalvi was held under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

The Times of India, May 11, 2017

Govt officer's wife held in Rs 4cr forex con

Mumbai: The wife of a passport officer from Thane was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly cheating people of Rs 3.5 crore. Sunita Sharma (46) had lured her acquaintances by promising high returns on investment, said an official from the economic offences wing of the Mumbai police.
 A criminal offence had been lodged on January 25 this year after one of the investors, Krushi Bhutani, who lost Rs 7.5 lakh, lodged a complaint, saying that Sharma had lured him with the promise of returns ranging from 10% to 15%.

The police said that Sharma worked for a company in Bandra-Kurla Complex and some of her victims were from that office. So far, 25 investors have complained against Sharma.

“She lured investors to invest in her foreign exchange business. But none of the investors knew whether their money was invested in foreign exchange. We found that Sharma had no such business,” said a police officer.
The officer said that the postdated cheques she had issued to investors bounced. “Her bank account is frozen,” said the officer, adding that she will be in custody till May 15.

The Times of India, May 11, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

`Tawde', three aides booked for cheating

Mateen Hafeez


Mumbai:  Four men--one of them impersonating education minister Vinod Tawde--have been booked for allegedly cheating a Mankhurd homemaker and another victim of a total Rs 3.72 lakh. The Kalachowkie police are looking for Chinchpokli resident Abhijit Surve, his aides Satyavan and Baljit Singh and an unidentified accused. “Surve's phone is switched off, we are trying to retrieve his call data records,“ said senior inspector Dilip Ugale.

 “In her complaint, Rashi Rane (36) said she came in contact with Surve on Facebook. During a chat, she asked Surve's help to earn some money ,“ said a police officer. Surve told her that he would buy cellphones and SIM cards in her name that would be used by his employees to make calls to his clients and in return she would get 5-10% commission. “Surve used her ID proof and money to buy two phones,“ said the officer. “Surve would make excuses whenever she called to ask about the commission.On one occasion, Surve claimed he was with minister Tawde who spoke to Rane and assured her that she will get her commission.“ After waiting for four months, Rane approached the police.

The Times of India, May 10, 2017

Minors' rape: Cops await DNA reports

Mateen Hafeez

Mumbai: Two months after a 34-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping his two stepdaughters, police are awaiting DNA reports from the forensic science lab. The two girls--aged 15 and 17--were pregnant and had to undergo abortions. The case came to light in March when the mother, along with the daughters, planned a outing. “The accused insisted that she leave behind one daughter. When the mother refused, he slit his wrist. He was rushed to hospital and given first aid,“ said Dilip Ugale, senior inspector at Kalachowkie police station.

When the police was called, the mother gave her statement, but the cops found the two girls were scared.“We spoke to them and the girl revealed that they were being raped by their stepfather. Their mother would go for work early in the morning and return by evening.The accused would rape the younger daughter in the morning and the older one in the afternoon. Both were pregnant,“ said the officer.

The Times of India, May 10, 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

Birthday horror: Speeding SUV crammed with 11 pals jumps divider, rams truck on Matunga flyover


Youths Injured, Police Suspect Drunk Driving
Mumbai: A birthday celebration ended abruptly with the birthday boy and 10 of his friends landing in hospital early on Sunday . The 11 friends from Bhandup, all of them crammed into an SUV , had cut a cake in Bhandup to usher in the friend's 26th birthday , and were headed towards Marine Drive for a little do in town when they met with an accident on Matunga flyover. The police said some of the youths were possibly drunk. All the occupants of the SUV sustained injuries.

 Around 2 am, the Scorpio in which they were travelling jumped the divider, crossed over to the other carriageway and overturned before ramming into an oncoming truck. A police officer said the car was zipping when Parag Shirke (31) lost control of the wheel and collided with the truck being driven by a Dongri resident, Munzir Khan (25).

The other occupants of the SUV have been identified as the birthday boy Ajay Jadhav, Mangesh Sawant (37), Siddesh Kadam (21), Ritik Kamekar (17), Ketan Rasem (23), Pratamesh Kadam (22), Vijay Jadhav (29), Harshat Jadhav (26), Ashish Sawant (32) and Megan Parep (25). All were taken to the nearby Sion hospital. Shirke, Sawant and Khan sustained fractures.

Senior police inspector Balasaheb Kakkad said, “The car was speeding. We have found a 50-ft tyre track mark on the road. Also, a beer bottle was found in the car.“ Another officer said blood samples of all youths have been collected. A rash driving case has been registered.

The Times of India, May 1, 2017