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Clear-cut corruption in Rafale deal, PM must clear stand: Rahul

New Delhi :

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Saturday said there was “clear-cut” corruption in the Rafale deal and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clear his position on the issue.

Gandhi's blistering attack on Modi during a press conference came a day after former French president Francois Hollande was quoted as saying that the Indian government proposed Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as Dassault Aviation’s Indian partner in the Rs 58,000 crore Rafale jet fighter deal.

The prime minister must clear his stand on the Rafale deal after Hollande's remarks, he said.

"Why is the prime minister silent? It is a matter related to defence forces, it is a matter related to corruption," he said.

He also claimed that various defence ministers of the NDA government have been lying to protect Modi.

Gandhi demanded a joint parliamentary committee probe and Hollande can also be called.

“We are absolutely convinced that the prime minister is corrupt... He must clarify,” Gandhi said.

“It is very important for the prime minister now to either accept Mr. Hollande's statement or state that Mr. Hollande is lying and tell what the truth is,” he said.

‘Surgical strikes’
Taking to Twitter earlier in the day, Gamdhi called Reliance Defence’s involvement in the deal “surgical strike” on the country’s defence forces.

 “The PM and Anil Ambani jointly carried out a One Hundred & Thirty Thousand Crore SURGICAL STRIKE on the Indian Defence forces. Modi Ji you dishonoured the blood of our martyred soldiers. Shame on you. You betrayed India’s soul,” Gandhi tweeted.

The report in ‘Mediapart’, a French language publication, quoted Hollande as saying recently: “It was the Indian government that proposed this service group, and Dassault which negotiated with Ambani. We had no choice; we took the interlocutor who was given to us”.

Modi had announced the procurement of a batch of 36 Rafale jets after holding talks with then French president Hollande on April 10, 2015, in Paris. The opposition party has been accusing the government of choosing Reliance Defence over state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd to benefit the private firm even though it didn’t have any experience in the aerospace sector.

Hollande’s remarks contradict the central government’s stand that Dassault chose Reliance Defence as an Indian partner to fulfil its offset obligations and that the establishment had nothing to do with it.

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Bishop Franco’s bail plea rejected; to be in police custody till Sept 24

Jalandhar/Kottayam :

The bail plea of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, arrested by the police over allegations of repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting a nun, was on Saturday rejected.

He will be in police custody till September 24.

The 54-year-old clergyman was produced in a magistrate court in Pala.

Earlier, Mulakkal was discharged from the government hospital in Kottayam where he was admitted following complaints of chest pain, official sources said.

He had complained of pain in his chest while being taken to Kottayam Police club from the Crime Branch office in Thrippunithura in Ernakulam district on Friday night, they said.
He was under observation in the cardiology section of the Medical College Hospital for over six hours after his blood pressure shot up, they said.

Sources said the ECG and other cardiac-related tests were performed. His health condition is said to be normal.

In her complaint to the Kottayam police in June, the nun had alleged that Bishop Mulakkal raped her at a guest house in Kuravilangad in May 2014 and later sexually exploited her on several occasions.

She said she had to approach the police as the church authorities did not act on her repeated complaints against the clergyman.

However, the bishop has denied the charges.

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Rs 2.47 lakh looted from PNB branch

Two of the youths were wearing helmets, while the third’s face was covered with cloth

Hisar :
Three armed youths allegedly looted Rs2.47 lakh from a branch of Punjab National Bank (PNB) at Petwar village in Narnaund subdivision on Friday. They fired two shots inside the bank, though no one was hurt.

The police said the robbers arrived on a motorcycle in the afternoon. One of them opened fire at the entrance to the bank to scare off people. Two of the youths were wearing helmets, while the third one covered his face with a cloth. One of them opened fire at the cashier, Satish Kumar. He had a narrow escape.

The robbers asked the cashier to put money in a bag, while one of them entered the cabin of the branch manager. The entire episode took place in two minutes. They fled on their motorcycle while brandishing pistols.

A villager said employees of a nearby liquor vend chased the robbers in a vehicle. The robbers, however, managed to escape as the vehicle of vend employees got stuck in a horde of buffaloes near a village pond.

A case was registered on a complaint by bank manager Jai Singh Dahiya.

“The police have sealed roads in Baas, Hansi and Narnaund. All vehicles are being checked on these routes. The CIA branch of the police has started a hunt for the accused. They will be arrested soon,” Narnaund DSP Joginder Rathi said.

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Hisar man’s company duped people of Rs 3,000 crore : Police

Hisar :
The Cyberabad Police have seized three SUVs, a revolver and Rs60 lakh from the residence of fraudster Radhey Shyam, a resident of Sishwal village, who operated multi-level marketing firm Future Maker Life Care Private Limited during its search operations here.

Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar said here on Friday that the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Cyberabad Police had intensified the investigation in Future Maker Life Care Pvt Ltd (FMLC) fraud case. The police said the company had collected Rs3,000 crore across the country. The police had collected data of the accused who were involved in the case.

They seized Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavor, Jaguar, four laptops and six mobile phones, Rs60 lakh, a revolver (with 10 rounds) from Radhey Shyam’s residence in Hisar.

They had duped about 60 lakh people of Rs3,000 crore by online and offline marketing chain. The victims are mostly from Haryana, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha and from Telugu states.

The police said that Radhey Shyam had worked with the RCM (Right Concept Marketing) company for six years. He later joined hands with one Bhansilal who had worked as a compounder in hospital at that time. They hatched a plan to cheat people in the name of health products and multi-level marketing.

“The money Circulation Scheme was there aim. They floated a scheme which is a binary system. This involves two members of the binary system (1: 2). One member in the team had to join two others and the chain continues. In this pyramid system only the persons who are on the top of the chain will make money,” the Commissioner said.

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Heavy metals found in sewage of Jagadhri’s main nullah

Residents of 12 villages of Karnal district face health problems

Yamunanagar :
Heavy metals have been found in the sewage of the main nullah of Jagadhri, which falls in the ditch drain in Yamunanagar, causing health-related problems to residents of more than 12 villages of Karnal district.

Officials of the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB), Yamunanagar, took samples from 11 different places from this nullah in August 2018.

As per report of the samples, the quantity of iron was found to be 97.732 mg per litre against the permissible limit of 3 mg per litre near Saint Thomas School, Jagadhri and 14.682 mg per litre in the ditch drain after 25 MLD STP at Yamunanagar.

The permissible limit of copper is 3 mg per litre, but it was found to be 31.61 mg per litre near Saint Thomas School. However, it was found 1.639 mg per litre in the ditch drain.

Similarly, the quantity of zinc was found to be 10.2 mg per litre near bus stand Jagadhri against the permissible limit of 5.0 mg per litre. However, it was found as 1.493 mg per litre in the ditch drain.

Sources said this nullah carried untreated industrial effluents of metal industry as well as domestic effluents of Jagadhri town.

According to information, residents of Kalri, Chandron, Hanshu Majra, Gari Birbal, Kalsaura, Sikdarpur, Dabkoli, Dabkoli Khurd, Shergarh Tapu and other villages complained a few months ago to Food and Civil Supply Minister Karan Dev Kamboj about the problems being faced by them due to the polluted water of the ditch drain.

These villages fall in the Indri Assembly constituency of Karnal district, being represented by Karan Dev Kamboj as the BJP MLA.

On the directions of Kamboj, officials of the HSPCB took samples of sewage from 11 different points of the nullah.

“People complained to me about the foul smell emanating from the polluted water of this drain and skin-related problems they were facing. They also told me that chemical foam with water is coming out from their tubewells,” said Kamboj.

He said he had asked officials of the departments concerned to solve this problem at the earliest.

Rajinder Sharma, regional officer of the HSPCB, who was transferred to Panchkula, yesterday said the samples of the said nullah were taken by them and their reports had come.

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