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. [...]

CBI Asks Bank in Kolkata for Details of Trinamool Accounts

After what seemed like a lull in CBI investigations into the Saradha chit fund scam, the spotlight is back on the case, particularly on the ruling Trinamool Congress’ links with it.

The CBI has written to the Allahabad Bank in Kolkata where the Trinamool and associated organisations have a total of 21 bank accounts. The [...]

No BJP-BJD pact to slow down probe in Odisha chit fund scam

Rejecting allegations of a secret deal between BJP and BJD to slow down CBI probe into the chit fund scam in Odisha, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said the NDA government is only keen to see speedy development in the state.
“We do not have any secret deal (with BJD),” the Union Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs Minister told reporters [...]

Coalgate: Ex-CBI chief Ranjit Sinha needs to be probed for protecting accused

The Supreme Court on 14th May said ex-CBI chief Ranjit Sinha must face investigation for allegedly meeting persons accused in 2G spectrum scam and coal scam in his official residence without the presence of investigating officers.
Sinha, who faced the ignominy of being the first CBI director ordered to keep off a probe (in [...]

BJP Ministers Slam UPA Government Over Ex-TRAI Chief Claims

Latching onto former TRAI chairman Pradip Baijal’s accusations against former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in connection with the 2G scam case, BJP ministers in the Modi government on 26th May attacked the erstwhile UPA government, calling it a “coalition in corruption”.
“The revelation makes it clear that it was a coalition in corruption….,” Environment Minister Prakash [...]

PM Manmohan Singh Knew of 2G Scam

When he warned that the ground was being laid for a massive multi-billion dollar telecom scam, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged him to “cooperate” with policies flagged as problematic, claims Pradip Baijal, who was the head of the country’s telecom regulator.
Mr Baijal was the chief of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India or TRAI [...]

FIR against Madhya Pradesh governor quashed by high court

Madhya Pradesh high court on May 5 ,quashed the FIR filed against state Governor Ram Naresh Yadav by Special Task Force (STF) in connection with MPPEB scam.
A division bench of MP high court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Rohit Arya quashed the FIR citing immunity under provisions of Article 361 (2) [...]

Coal scam case: All accused

Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal, ex-minister of state for coal Dasari Narayan Rao, former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and seven other accused persons were on Friday granted bail by a trial court in connection with a coal block allocation case.
Special CBI court Judge Bharat Parashar asked all the accused not to leave the [...]

Vyapam whistleblower alleges attempt on life

A Gwalior-based whistleblower in the Vyapam scam, who has been provided police security on court orders, has alleged that an unidentified biker made an attempt on his life on Monday. Ashish Chaturvedi has also filed an FIR in this connection at Jhansi Road Police Station.
The “attack” comes two days before Chaturvedi is to depose before [...]

Village Heads Allegedly Faked Marksheets to Get Elected in Rajasthan

Of the 9,872 sarpanches who were elected in January’s civic polls in Rajasthan, 746 are now being accused of submitting fake certificates to circumvent a new ordinance that made Class 8 a minimum educational requirement for the post. Investigations have also revealed that one particular government school issued 100 fake mark sheets, out of which [...]

Mithun Chakraborty Questioned in Saradha Scam

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) recently questioned Trinamool Congress MP and actor Mithun Chakraborty in connection with the multi-crore Saradha scam.
During the questioning, the actor assured the agency that he would soon return the amount given to him by the said firm.
Official sources said the TMC MP was questioned earlier this week at the fortified guest [...]

Essar Group was in Touch With Former Finance Minister Over Coal Block Allocations

he Essar Group was allegedly in touch with the then Finance Minister over the issue of Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted by the erstwhile UPA government for clearances on coal allocation issues, a non-governmental organisation has said in a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court.
The then Finance Minister showed his ‘annoyance’ that his [...]

EOW arrests 3 executive directors of production firm

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai police arrested three executive directors of Ashtavinayak Cine Vision for their alleged role in the Rs824 crore scam involving a cluster of shell companies. The three arrested accused had been absconding for the last six months.
According to EOW officials, the accused have been identified as Rupen Amlani, [...]

Eighth accused found dead under mysterious circumstances

Under mysterious circumstances, yet another accused Vijay Singh in the Vyapam scam has been found dead in Kanker district of Chhattisgarh. He is the eighth accused to have died in the scam.
Pharmacist Vijay Singh was a key accused linked to several high-profile suspects in the scam. He was found dead in a lodge in Kanker [...]

Fraudsters threaten deportation in latest phone scam

Edmonton police are warning the public about scams targeting people from the Indo-Canadian community and immigrants where they were threatened to pay thousands of dollars or face deportation.
The fraudsters call claiming they work with Canada Revenue Agency, Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Immigration Canada or a police service, and tell the person they have not filed [...]

CBI files charges against Jindal, Koda in coal scam case

The CBI on 29th April  filed a chargesheet against Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal, ex-minister of state for coal Dasari Narayan Rao, former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda, former coal secretary H C Gupta and 11 others before a special court for criminal conspiracy in the allotment of a coal block.
The case pertains to [...]

Coal scam: Naveen Jindal, 14 others charged

Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal, ex-minister of state for coal Dasari Narayan Rao, former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and 12 others were charged by the CBI on 29th April before a special court in a scam case on coal block allocation.
Besides them, former coal secretary HC Gupta and five firms, including [...]

Court to consider CBI’s supplementary report on 8 May

A special court would consider next week the supplementary final report filed by CBI in a coal blocks allocation scam case allegedly involving Vikash Metal and Power Limited (VMPL) and others.
Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar would take up on May 8 the final report filed by the agency on April 7 in pursuance to court’s [...]

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye ‘Regrets’ Bribery Scandal

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye expressed “regret” on 28th April over a bruising bribery scandal that implicated some of her closest aides and forced her prime minister to resign.
Park, who is currently recuperating from a stomach ailment following a 12-day South American tour, also promised a sweeping review of “deep-rooted corruption” in Asia’s fourth-largest economy.
“I [...]

South Korean President Accepts Prime Minister’s Resignation Over Illegal Funds Scam

South Korean President Park Geun-hye, on 27th April, accepted the resignation of her prime minister, who had offered to step down over an allegation that he took illegal funds from a businessman who committed suicide in a scandal that threatens to weaken Park.
Park, whose ruling Saenuri Party faces a general election early next year [...]

High Court quashes summons to Prakash Karat

The high court on 14th April quashed the summons issued by a magistrate court in Kannur requiring CPM leaders, including general secretary Prakash Karat, to give evidence regarding an enquiry allegedly conducted by the party on the sex scandal case involving former CPM district secretary P Sasi.
The order was issued by Kannur chief judicial [...]

CBI Names Former Minister Matang Sinh in Charge Sheet

CBI on 17th April filed a supplementary charge sheet before a court in Kolkata in the a Saradha chit fund scam case naming former Congress MP Matang Sinh and a close aide of Saradha Group chief Sudipto Sen.

The charge sheet, filed before Alipore Court judge Haradhan Mukherjee, also contained the names Sen’s aide Shibanarain [...]

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