On day 1, Oppn disrupts Rajya Sabha over Lalit Modi, Vyapam issues

The monsoon session of Parliament on 21st July started on a disruptive note as a united Opposition repeatedly stalled Rajya Sabha, and demanded the resignation of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and others over the controversy involving ex-IPL chief Lalit Modi and raised the multi-layered Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh.

As the opposition parties demanded a [...]

Stand by what I wrote: Shanta Kumar on Vyapam scam

Former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Shanta Kumar on Tue21st July sday said he stands by the letter he wrote to BJP president Amit Shah saying the Vyapam scam had damaged the party’s image.
“The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) journey has been a long one, during which it has achieved a lot, making members proud of it. [...]

Hit by Vyapam scam and Lalit Modi row, Modi government braces for stormy Parliament session

The Narendra Modi government is bracing for the Monsoon session of Parliament which is likely to be a stormy one. The session began on July 21 and will conclude on August 13.
In a major push to Modi’s financial reform, the Parliament panel has given its approval to the Goods and Service Tax Bill. But there [...]

MP House adjourned after ruckus over Vyapam scam

The MP Assembly was adjourned for the day on 21st July as ruling BJP and Congress legislators created a ruckus, trading charges over the Vyapam scam and later entered into a scuffle with each other in the Assembly premises.
The scuffle took place when the Congress legislators were staging a protest in the hall near main [...]

IPL betting case

New Delhi: In the much-awaited verdict related to the Indian Premier League corruption case, The Justice Lodha commitee announced its verdict on 14th July where they suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for a period of two years each. The committee also banned Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra for life from any cricket-related activity.
Justice [...]

CBI was just looking for some papers, says Trinamool Congress MP after grilling

Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha member Ahmed Hassan Imran called it a routine enquiry after he was grilled by the CBI about his alleged financial transactions with the tainted Saradha group, an agency official said.
Talking to ANI after the questioning, Imran said, “They wanted some documents, that is all.”
Imran is the editor of “Kalom”, a [...]

ED to attach Rs 100 cr ‘layered’ Saradha properties

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is in the process of attaching ‘layered’ Saradha properties worth around Rs 100 crore within a month’s time, an official of the agency said.
“We have unearthed the fourth layer of beneficiaries who have benefited from the crime proceeds of Saradha ponzi scam,” an ED official told PTI.
The official said layered properties [...]

Mamata has no right to discuss chit fund: Kunal Ghosh

Reiterating his allegations of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her party colleagues being involved in the Saradha scam, suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh said his party leaders had no right to discuss the chit fund issue in the state assembly.
Ghosh, behind bars since November 2013 for his alleged complicity in multi-crore scam, [...]

Billionaire at Heart of Vyapam Scam Funded BJP

A mining baron arrested on charges of being a prime player in the Vyapam or jobs scandal in Madhya Pradesh paid for the air tickets and other undefined expenses of top leaders of the BJP and its ideological parent, the RSS, according to an income tax report from 2013. That report was not pursued by [...]

Court rejects Indore jail authorities’ plea to shift 17 scam accused to secure prison

A special court in Indore has dismissed the plea of district jail authorities to shift 17 inmates allegedly involved in Vyapam scam to a secure place from the Indore district jail.
Special judge DK Mittla rejected the plea of jail authorities terming it inappropriate to shift inmates to other prison.

Indore jail authorities had [...]

Vyapam scam threatens to unravel this government’s reputation

After the death of a string of witnesses, the Vyapam scam has riveted national attention to Madhya Pradesh. Knowing that it can no longer be evaded, and as the Supreme Court stepped in to assess the quality of investigation, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has finally allowed for a CBI investigation. CBI has already indicated [...]

Students jailed in Vyapam scam should be made witnesses

Buoyed by the Supreme Court handing over the Vyapam scam probe to CBI, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Wednesday demanded that students jailed in the case should be made prosecution witnesses to expose the “nexus” between corrupt officials, police and politicians in the scandal “bigger than the 2G scam”.
Singh, who has been spearheading the campaign for [...]

ED unearths India’s biggest hawala trail in 2G case

The Enforcement Directorate has unearthed the biggest Hawala racket in the country in connection with the 2G scam. According to sources, the agency found that the bribe money in the case had travelled through one of country’s biggest hawala racket.
Sources further said that the role of a private bank was also under scanner.
The racket came [...]

As Cosby sex scandal deepens, it may count little in court

The 77-year-old, beloved by millions for playing a family doctor in hit sitcom The Cosby Show, has gone from megastar to accused rapist over a torrent of allegations of sexual misconduct spanning four decades from dozens of women.
Lawyers say his admission - in a 2005 deposition unsealed Monday - could help bolster civil defamation suits from [...]

Illegal iron-ore mining case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on 9th July launched simultaneous searches in three states in connection with its money laundering probe in illegal mining of iron-ore scam in Odisha and other states, pegged at about Rs 2,000 crore.
Sources said the searches are being conducted by the Kolkata zonal headquarters of the agency in at least [...]

CBI steps up probe in chit fund scam, raids 13 locations in Odisha

Stepping up its probe into the multi-crore chit fund scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on 7th July conducted raids at 13 locations in Odisha, including the state capital, against the dubious firm, Swastik India Multi State Credit Cooperative, and its subsidiaries. Incidentally, the company’s chairman, Ranjan Das, whose house was also raided by [...]

Namrata Damor Was Murdered, Says Doctor Who Conducted Autopsy

Allegations of a massive cover-up in the Vyapam scam are now pivoted on a 19-year-old medical student whose death three years ago was dismissed as a suicide by the police even though the autopsy report said she was strangled.
“She was murdered. There is not even one percent chance of a natural death,” said BB Purohit, [...]

HC won’t entertain MP govt’s plea for CBI probe

The Madhya Pradesh high court on Wednesday refused to hear chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s application for CBI inquiry into Vyapam case on grounds that similar plea was pending for hearing in the Supreme Court on June 9.
The high court said that no decision will be taken till the Supreme Court hears the matter. [...]

Police to reopen case of student’s death

Police have ordered a review of the suspicious death of MBBS student Namrata Damor. Her body was found near railway tracks in the Ujjain district in 2012 after her name figured in the infamous vyapam Scamof Madhya Pradesh.
Namrata’s case has come back in focus after the sudden deathof TV journalist Akshay Singh in Jhabua district’s [...]

Of 2000 Arrests, Two-Thirds Are Students or Parents

The Vyapam scam - and the deaths of 35 people with links to it - has left the government of Shivraj Singh Chouhan battling accusations of a perfidious conspiracy in Madhya Pradesh.

Here is your 10-point guide to the controversy:

The scam erupted in 2013- with reports that bribes were being paid by those seeking admission to [...]

40 deaths later, 2 STF men probing Vyapam scam get threats

The Vyapam scam is a massive admission and recruitment scandal involving politicians, bureaucrats and middlemen. Several politicians, including former state Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma, a host of officials and scores of aspirants have been arrested in the case.
Two senior officers of the Special Task Force (STF) investigating the high-profile Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board scam [...]

The Vyapam scam trail

The Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh dates back to 2007, with investigations in the case starting after some details came to light in 2013. Officers of the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal, or Vyapam) were found to have been rigging a variety of eligibility tests for courses and recruitments for close to [...]

Trinamool Congress Leader Madan Mitra’s Bail Plea Rejected Again

A city court on 5th June rejected the bail plea of West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra in Saradha chit fund scam case as his counsel, while seeking the relief for his client, quoted a witness as saying that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee graced a Saradha Group programme.

Acting District and Sessions Judge, Alipore court, [...]

Bengal Assembly Passes Bill Protecting Depositors’ Interests

The West Bengal Assembly on 18th June passed amendments to incorporate suggestions made by the central government to a bill that seeks to protect depositors’ interests from money collection schemes in the state.
“Out of six suggestions by the union home ministry, five have been accepted. This includes insertion of a new section that disallows a [...]

Mithun Chakraborty Returns Rs. 1.19 Crore to Enforcement Directorate

Trinamool Congress MP and actor Mithun Chakraborty has returned the money he received from the Saradha group to the Enforcement Directorate.
Mr Chakraborty’s lawyer on 16th June deposited a draft for Rs. 1.19 crore at the Enforcement Directorate office in Kolkata.
The actor had been paid that sum for his appearance on one of Saradha’s TV channels. [...]

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