The Enforcement Directorate informed a Delhi court on Wednesday that it has summoned Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, for interrogation in a money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam. ED told Special Judge Arvind Kumar that Mr. Puri, Chairman of Hindustan Powerprojects Pvt Ltd, was summoned for confronting him with Sushen Mohan Gupta, an arrested middleman in the case, whose custodial interrogation was on Wednesday extended by three more days by the court. Seeking the extension of Mr. Gupta’s custody, ED told the court that he was required to be confronted with various people including Mr. Puri in the case pertaining to the now scrapped ₹3,600 crore chopper deal. Mr. Puri, who was summoned to join the probe on Wednesday, denied having “any connection or involvement of any kind in defence or the case”.In a statement, his company said: “He would be fully cooperating with the ED investigation and provide any clarification or information as may be required.” Middleman’s statementAccording to ED sources, Mr. Puri’s name appeared in the statement recorded by middleman and Dubai-based businessman Rajeev Saxena, who recently turned approver in the case. ED’s special public prosecutors D.P. Singh and N.K. Matta also told the court that the agency wanted to identify one “RG”, in whose name entries of over ₹50 crore were made in Mr. Gupta’s diaries.“The custodial interrogation of Gupta is required as he is misguiding the probe by deliberately giving wrong explanation of abbreviations in his diaries wherein abbreviation ‘RG’ finds mention in many pages as well as pen drive data.“More than ₹50 crore shown to have been received from ‘RG’ between 2004 to 2016, whereas the ‘RG’ identified by Mr. Gupta, i.e., Rajat Gupta, had admitted to have cash transactions with Sushen from 2007 onwards and the same are being quantified,” the agency told the court. The agency submitted that Sushen said he only knew one ‘RG’ who was Rajat Gupta, whereas Rajat denied the transactions made in the name of RG and said he not the person being referred to.
The Chhattisgarh Cabinet has approved the nomination of at least one differently abled member to each panchayat, if not elected, making it the only State to have such members in all panchayats. “Differently abled people constitute 6% of the population of Chhattisgarh. As promised in the jan ghoshna patra [manifesto], we have taken the landmark step of strengthening their voices at the grassroots level,” said T.S. Singh Deo, State Panchayati Raj Minister. ‘Elected or nominated’“Every panchayat will now have differently abled members, either elected or nominated,” he said. If differently abled members are not elected through the electoral process, then one member, either male or female, would be nominated as a panch. And as for janpads and zilla panchayats, the State government would nominate two such members, one male and one female, to them. During a meeting at the house of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, the Cabinet approved the amendment to the State Panchayat Raj Act, 1993. The proposals will be tabled in the Vidhan Sabha, where the Congress holds 68 of the 90 seats. This means, said Mr. Deo, the State would have 11,000 people with special needs as members of panchayats. “We strongly believe that no one should be left behind. We are committed to empowering the common people. This is the top most priority of the Congress government in Chhattisgarh.” Meanwhile, the Cabinet also decided to drop the educational qualifications eligibility criterion for contesting panchayat elections. “It is mandatory for a contestant for the position of a panch to be at least a Class V pass, and above that Class VIII pass. In the three-tier panchayati raj system, only being literate would be enough to contest elections,” said a note from the government.
AC Milan president Scaroni reveals new stadium plansby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan president Paolo Scaroni has revealed plans for a new stadium.Scaroni says Inter Milan are also involved in the talks.“I am representing the owners, who invested a great deal of money, and dealing with important elements like the new Milan stadium,” Scaroni told reporters at the Christmas party for the youth team.“We are thinking of building a new stadium along with Inter.”Scaroni also spoke of the current form under coach Gennaro Gattuso.“We aren’t going terribly well, but we are fourth and that is the important thing. We need Milan to get back into the Champions League. It’s important to stay in fourth place.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea hero Nevin: Kepa should be unhappy with goal recordby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea legend Pat Nevin believes that goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will not be happy about his start to the season.The young goalkeeper has already conceded 14 goals in the first six competitive games of the season.While he has not been at fault for a significant majority of those goals, Nevin believes conceding so many will bother Kepa.The Spaniard will be hoping to get his first clean sheet of the season soon enough.”Chelsea this season have already given away 11 goals in just five games, that is the second most in the entire league after Norwich with 12!” Nevin wrote on the club’s official website.”The thing is, that can happen if you play such open, high-tempo football and you have a young team who are learning, even if they are learning very fast.”The positive flip side of course is that we are third top scorers in the league after Man City and Liverpool, this time scoring 11.”They are by a distance the most extreme goal statistics in the league, underlining just how exciting it has been.”In fact only Man City fans have watched more goals in their side’s matches, 23 to our 22, a measly one more for the reigning champions.”Frank will be working hard to reduce the slippage at the back and I am sure it is not making Kepa particularly happy, but as long as we keep scoring it will be fun.”
In today’s Big Story podcast, Céline Dion has been many things throughout her career, but “cool” has rarely been one of them. As one of the bestselling artists to call this country home, and an unabashedly proud Canadian and Quebecer, Céline should have won us all over long ago. But she never quite broke through to the more cynical younger generation.Until that generation stopped being cynical, that is. It turns out Céline Dion was always cool. She was just waiting for us to come to her. And over the past few years, we have, by the millions.GUEST: Suzannah Showler, the WalrusYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.