MUMBAI Kishor Raje Nimbalkar is new chairman of SPSC MUMBAI: The state government on Friday appointed retired bureaucrat Kishor Raje Nimbalkar as the chairman of the State Public Service Commission (SPSC) for six years from the day he takes over, or till he completes 62 years of Four elected unopposed, election only for Nagpur MUMBAI | SATURDAY | NOVEMBER 27, 2021 THE DAY TERROR HIT THE MAXIMUM CITY... MLC POLLS SANJAY JOG email@example.com As the saying goes, politics is an art of the possible. Two rivals, the Congress and BJP for , a change reached a lastminute agreement for the withdrawal of their respective candidates on the last day of withdrawal (on Friday) for the biennial election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from the local authorities’ constituencies slated for December 10. Candidates on four seats from Kolhapur and Dhule-Nandurbar local bodies seats and two seats in Mumbai have been elected unopposed. As per the understanding, the BJP withdrew its candidate Amal Mahadik from Kolhapur which paved way for the unopposed election of the Congress nominee and the minister of state for home Satej Patil. Had the election been held in Kolhapur, the insiders from Congress and BJP claimed it would have been costliest for the nominees. Mahadik said he withdrew his nomination after talks with the former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and state unit chief Kolhapur and Dhule-Nandurbar local bodies seats and two seats in Mumbai have been elected unopposed Congress & BJP reached an understanding in Kolhapur and Dhule-Nandurbar Election will take place for Nagpur & Akola-Washim-Buldhana local bodies seats Chandrakant Patil. On the other hand, Patil was insisting on an unopposed election and, therefore, urged the Congress leadership to withdraw the party nominee from Dhule-Nandurbar. In Dhule-Nandurbar, the Congress due to paucity of numbers withdrew its nomi- nee Gaurav Wani that led to unopposed election of BJP candidate Amrish Patel. Similarly in Mumbai, the , Congress party’s Suresh Koparkar withdrew his nomination that led to the victory of Shiv Sena nominee Sunil Shinde and BJP candidate Rajhans Singh. However, the BJP and Congress are pitted against each other in Nagpur where former minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule is fielded against Chotu Bhoyar, who is a staunch RSS activist, recently crossed over to the Congress citing injustice in BJP Incidentally both . , Bawankule and Bhoyar hail from OBC and they have claimed victory . In Akola-Washim-Buldhana, Shiv Sena nominee Gopikishan Bajoria, who is supported by NCP and Congress, will take on BJP candidate Vasant Khandelwal. In these two constituencies, BJP-Congress and Shiv Sena-BJP could not reach an understanding largely due to the pressure from the local workers of the respective parties. The polling will take place on December 10 and counting on December 14. State Congress chief Nana Patole expressed confidence that Congress nominee Ravindra Bhoyar will win the Nagpur local bodies seat. "There was no proposal from the BJP's side for the Nagpur seat. The Congress will definitely win the seat," he added. age. In January, the government had transferred the IAS officer of 2003 batch as Member Secretary, Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran. He was earlier the Secretary (R&R), Revenue and Forest Department, Mantralaya. –Sanjay Jog Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari (top left), state home minister Dilip Walse-Patil (below left), nurses from the Cama Hospital (top right) pay homage to the victims of 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. (Below right) Actors Saiee Manjrekar (L) and Adivi Sesh (R) with Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan's parents, during an event to remember the martyrs. –BHUSHAN KOYANDE ‘Modification in 7.6% cases Permissible action against Singh: Walse-Patil recommended for transfers’ Home Dept moves file proposing Singh’s suspension, awaits CM’s nod URVI MAHAJANI firstname.lastname@example.org It’s not a question of percentage, it’s a question of interference, argues CBI (CBI counsel) didn’t have an answer. I am giving you answers to that. Please use it for Even as the Maharashtra your (CBI) investigation…” government contended that Citing the numbers and perof the recommendation of centage, Khambata further over 400 transfers and postsaid that the state’s current ings of police officers during DGP Sanjay Pandey had noththe tenure of former state ence. Why should there be ing to do with Deshmukh’s home minister Anil Desh- this 7 per cent (interference case and had been summoned mukh, there were modifica- in transfers) also? Desh- as a harassment tactic by the tions in barely 33 cases, the mukh is the subject (of in- investigating agency . Central Bureau of Investiga- vestigation), it is the man“Pandey took charge as tion (CBI) questioned inter- date of the court.” state DGP only in April 2021 ferences in these cases, too. A division bench of Jus- and has no connection to the Senior counsel Darius tices Nitin Jamdar and allegations. Besides, he is an Khambata, appearing for the Sarang Kotwal was hearing upright officer, who has state government, told the the petition filed by the state spent most of his life fighting Bombay High Court on Friday government challenging the government over issues that there were modisuch as POSTINGS DURING DESHMUKH TENURE favouritism and fications in barely 7.6 per cent of the cases. summons issued by the CBI his repeated transfers,” said However, additional solici- to chief secretary Sitaram Khambata. tor general Aman Lekhi, ap- Kunte and Director General The HC has reserved the orpearing for the CBI, argued, of Police Sanjay Pandey in its der in the state’s petition and “We are not dealing with probe against corruption in permitted all parties to submit transfers and postings in police transfers and postings their written arguments by general. The investigation is during Deshmukh’s tenure. November 29. The HC also concerned with interference Khambata said, “The court took on record a document done by Anil Deshmukh. It’s asked (the CBI) in how many pertaining to the CBI’s probe not a question of percentage, cases had the home minister that the agency submitted in a it’s a question of interfer- overridden the order? He sealed cover. Deshmukh ‘aide’ gets bail STAFF REPORTER Mumbai A special court on Wednesday granted bail to Santosh Jagtap, who the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) claims played a role in getting favoured transfer postings for IPS officers in the corruption case the agency is probing against former state home minister Anil Deshmukh. Jagtap had claimed bail on the grounds that he is falsely implicated and is a businessman and social worker. His advocate had argued that while the offence is registered under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA), but Jagtap is not a public servant. Further, his name had cropped up in the surveillance conducted by the then commissioner, state intelligence department, that such surveillance is illegal and infringement of his right to privacy guaranteed under the Constitution. The CBI had opposed his bail stating that he is influential and is well-connected to various top politicians and police personnel and may hamper probe if released on bail. Special Judge DP Shingade said in his order that it appears that a substantial probe with regard to Jagtap has been completed and nothing is brought on record by the CBI to show that he has criminal antecedents. NO BAIL FOR BANDENAWAJ n Ithea separate development, court rejected the plea for protection from arrest of one Bandenawaj Maner in the same case, who the CBI alleges, also played a similar role as Jagtap. While denying his relief, the court said that from the facts of the FIR lodged by the agency against Deshmukh and others, the matter is very serious and requires a thorough investigation. OP CHECK SHIRTS: Two held trying to smuggle Rs 3.7 cr foreign currency SOMENDRA SHARMA email@example.com The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials have launched Operation Check Shirts against smugglers, in which, using data analytics, the agency developed specific intelligence on two passengers intending to smuggle foreign currency outside India. The DRI officials had intercepted two passengers at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai on Friday morning. They were scheduled to travel to Sharjah. Examination of their baggage yielded foreign currency in the form of US dollars and Saudi riyal, valued at Rs 3.7 crore, officials informed. This was the fourth such case of large foreign currency seizure at an international airport in the country in , the last one and a half The currency was concealed deep in ingeniously designed false bottoms of the carry-on luggage months, DRI claimed. According to the DRI, the foreign currency was found concealed deep in ingeniously designed false bottoms of the carry-on luggage. The mode and manner of concealment would have made the detection difficult in ordinary baggage scans. "The two intercepted passengers had no documents for the illicit possession or for legal export of the said foreign currency The foreign curren. cy recovered from these passengers has been seized in terms of Section 110 of the Customs Act, 1962. Further investigations in the matter are on," said a DRI official. "Besides amounting to “smuggling” in terms of the Customs Act, illicit export of foreign currency provides means for laundering proceeds of unlawful and criminal activities. Further, it also poses a grave threat to the national economy and national security DRI maintains an . active vigil and operational readiness to check the smuggling of foreign currency , gold, narcotics and other contraband goods into and out of India. This was the fourth such case of large foreign currency seizure at an international airport in the last one and a half months," the agency said in a statement. The agency is questioning the accused duo to ascertain from where they had procured such a large amount of foreign currency and for what purpose the currency was supposed to be used. SANJAY JOG Sanjay.firstname.lastname@example.org A day after ‘absconding’ former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh returned to Mumbai and appeared for probes before the Mumbai and Thane police in an extortion case, the Maharashtra home minister Dilip Walse-Patil on Friday said that the government will take permissible action against him as per police service rules. He added that further decision will be taken after speaking to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray who is currently in hospital recovering from a successful cervical spine surgery The minister de. clined to divulge further details. Walse-Patil’s statement is important as Singh faces charges in five extortion cases including two in Thane city where he had worked as the city police commissioner. He was earlier declared a Cops move sessions court for bail olice inspectors PNandkumar Gopale and Asha Korke have moved the sessions court for bail after a magistrate court had denied them relief on Monday in an extortion case lodged at Marine Drive police station. In their bail pleas, filed through advocate Aniket Nikam, they have stated that the complaint was filed belatedly and that there is nothing to corroborate the allegations made by the complainant Shyamsunder Agarwal in his FIR. They have also stated that they have a distinguished career and are decorated police officers. The duo was arrested by the state CID upon the FIR lodged by Agarwal in July, in which he has also named former city police chief Param Bir Singh and some other police officers. –Staff Reporter proclaimed offender after summons issued on him went unanswered. A senior home department officer told the Free Press Journal, "The department has proposed the suspension of Param Bir Singh under Rule 3 of the All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969. The file has been forwarded to the Chief Minister for his signature." As reported by the Free Press Journal, Rule 3 reads, “ member of the service A Ex-top cop, Deshmukh to appear before panel STAFF REPORTER / Mumbai After avoiding a personal appearance before the Chandiwal commission for the past several months, former top cop Parambir Singh is likely to appear before it on Monday The commission, headed . by Justice (retd.) Kailash Chandiwal, was appointed by the Maharashtra government to probe into the contentions raised in the letter that Singh wrote to the Chief Minister, alleging corruption In the defamation suit filed by Narcotics Control Bureau’s zonal director Sameer Wankhede’s father Dnyandev, NCP leader Nawab Malik has approached the Bombay High Court to file draft consent terms between the two parties. The proposed draft terms were filed before the division bench of Justices Shahrukh Kathawalla and Milind Jadav which is a hearing an appeal filed by Dnyandev, who has sought to challenge the order of the single judge bench that refused to restrain Malik’s tweets against the Wankhedes. Though not restraining Malik favours him, the division bench had passed comments against Malik, on part of then home minister Anil Deshmukh. Meanwhile, Deshmukh will be produced before the Commission on Tuesday A special . court on Friday issued a production warrant to that effect after a staff of the Commission filed a plea for the same. The court has directed that Deshmukh be produced at 11 am with proper police security and after the inquiry be , taken back to Arthur Road jail where he is lodged. On Thursday Singh’s coun, sel Abhinav Chandrachud told the Commission that his client would be filing an affidavit on Monday when the panel would , conduct its proceedings. “We have informed the Commission that Singh would be filing an affidavit on the next hearing, stating that he doesn’t have any firsthand information about contentions he raised in his letter, written in March this year,” confirmed advocate Anukul Seth, who represents Singh. Directorate The Enforcementcarried out (ED) on Friday searches at multiple locations in Aurangabad, including a premises reportedly linked to Shiv Sena leader Arjun Khotkar. According to sources, on November 12, ED officials had carried out searches at different locations, including a businessman’s premises in Aurangabad. The said searches were carried out in connection with the purchase of a sugar mill. The officials said that Friday’s searches, too, were part of the same probe. The ED is probing the financial deal pertaining to the sugar mill and were checking documents pertaining to the deal. Khotkar had served as an MLA from Jalna and as a minister in the Maharashtra government between 2016 and 2019. When FPJ contacted Khotkar, he said he was busy and would call back later. The ED, which is probing a money laundering case pertaining to Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank (MSCB), in July had attached the properties, including land, building structure, plant and machinery of M/s Jarandeshwar Sahkari Sugar Karkhana (Jarandeshwar SSK) situated at Chimangaon, Koregaon, Satara, worth Rs 65.75 crore (purchase price of the year 2010) under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. –Staff Reporter Morphed photo of Amit Shah with Sharad Pawar, Fadnavis goes viral agency for cyber security and cybercrime photo of Union investigation in Maharashtra, to investigate Amit Shah Sharad Pawar AmorphedBJPwith NCP chiefHome Minister and find the culprits behind the morphed and senior leader Devendra Fadnavis has gone viral on social media. This happened on a day when Fadnavis and state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil, as well as Sharad Pawar and his party colleague Praful Patel, were in New Delhi, sparking speculation. Malik approaches HC to seek consent terms with Wankhede URVI MAHAJANI email@example.com in respect of, or against, whom an investigation, inquiry or trial relating to a criminal charge is pending may at the , discretion of the Government be placed under suspension until the termination of all proceedings relating to that charge, if the charge is connected with his position as a (member of the Service) or is likely to embarrass him in the discharge of his duties or involves moral turpitude.” Under Rule 3(1)(a), if the member of the service is serving under that government, it can pass an order placing him under suspension. Further, the officer said Singh may face criminal action for not reporting and initiating the matter pertaining to demand of money which shows him being complicit in the alleged crime within the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act for attempted abetment of illegal gratification without reporting the same. ED raids at premises linked to Sena leader too, and called his intent ‘malicious’, which could work in Dnyandev’s favour. Meanwhile, senior advocate Birendra Saraf, counsel for Dnyandev, had opposed the clause in the proposed draft consent terms which sought quashing of the single judge order. Malik has now approached the HC through his counsel Karl Tamboly, seeking to file the consent terms proposing that Dnyandev’s interim application in the suit be reheard by the single judge. Saraf, however, said that they would consider the draft consent terms and give their reply to the same on November 22. While Saraf sought time to get instructions from his client on the intricacies of the proposed terms, he assured the court that from his side, he wanted to sort this issue once and for all. However, through its official Twitter handle, the NCP has urged Maha Cyber, the nodal photo. “It is not difficult to find such fraudulent Photoshop trolls,” NCP wrote on Twitter. Incidentally, Fadnavis and Patil were in Delhi to discuss “organisational matters” with the Central leadership, a BJP leader said. –Sanjay Jog Man held from Jaipur-Mum Superfast with `2.35 cr booty KAMAL MISHRA firstname.lastname@example.org The Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Western Railway along with the Crime , Intelligence Branch of the RPF, arrested man with 5 kg of gold and other items, including 10 laptops, collectively worth Rs 2.35 crore from the Jaipur-Mumbai superfast train. The arrested has been identified as Pankaj Chaurasya, 45, a resident of Ujjain district, who is allegedly a major hawala operator from Madhya Pradesh. A WR official said the Crime Intelligence Branch of the RPF got a tip off on November 24 that a person was travelling in Train 12956 Jaipur-Mumbai Superfast Express with illegal goods. He said the team swung into action and increased surveillance. The RPF intercepted Chaurasya and found seven packets in his bag. The RPF, in the presence of assistant security commissioner (Mumbai Central) and two independent wit- nesses, opened the packets to find gold ornaments, bars and pieces of metal weighing approximately 5 kg, 203 precious stones, 10 new laptops, Rs 8,210 in cash, two mobile phones and a GPS device. “During questioning, Chaurasya could not give satisfactory answers about the source of the items, nor could he furnish any documents about them. The RPF crime intelligence branch then sealed the entire booty and informed the principal director, Income Tax, Mumbai, for further action,” said an officer of WR, who was part of the action. After verification and completing all the legal procedures, the seized items and the apprehended suspect were handed over to the IT department.