QCrime: Hijack Hoax on Flight Lands Mumbai Jeweller in Jail & More

1. Hijack Hoax on Jet Flight Lands Mumbai Jeweller in Jail for Life

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court here on Tuesday handed down the first conviction in the maiden case filed in India under the new and stringent anti-hijacking law by awarding life sentence to a businessman based in South Mumbai.

Birju Salla, pronounced guilty under the amended Anti-Hijacking Act, 2016, had planted a hijack-threat letter in a lavatory of a Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight in October 2017. The letter said hijackers were on board and the aircraft should be “flown straight to POK”. It warned that “people would die” if efforts were made to land the aircraft elsewhere and added that a bomb had been planted in the cargo area.

(Source: The Times of India)

2. False Charges to Remarks About Women: Cloud over Sacked Senior Tax Officer

A little over two weeks before the Income Tax Department announced operation clean-up and compulsorily retired 12 officers, S K Srivastava, Commissioner (Appeals) in Noida, was served a voluminous charge sheet listing seven charges against him. A formal inquiry was also ordered.

The slew of charges, filed on 23 May, the day Lok Sabha election results were announced, included making “scandalous” allegations against women Income Tax officers; making a “false facade of inquiries” against top officials of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and making “unsubstantiated and malicious” allegations in the ongoing proceedings in the NDTV and 2G spectrum cases.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: Centre Dismisses 12 Senior I-T Officers for Corruption, Misconduct

3. Noida Extortion Racket Busted: Women Would Ask for Lift, Then Threaten Fake Rape Case

An extortion racket that involved a woman seeking a lift, asking for the car to be stopped near a police van, and then making false rape allegations has been busted by Noida Police with the arrest of 15 people, including several policemen.

Among the arrested accused are a chowki in-charge, Noida Police constables and three drivers of UP 100 PCR vans. Two women who asked for lifts and six other men have also been arrested.

“Police were informed three-four days ago about a possible extortion nexus between Sector 39 police officers and some people. A complainant alleged that a woman would ask for a lift and stop the car where a PCR van would be parked, near Sector 44 police booth. The woman would get out of the car and complain to police personnel that she had been raped. The fake complaint would then be used by the other accused to blackmail the vehicle owner,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (Gautam Budh Nagar) Vaibhav Krishna.

(Source: The Indian Express)

4. Gauri Lankesh Killing Accused Held for Govind Pansare’s Shooting

A special team of the Maharashtra police Tuesday arrested right-wing activist Sharad Kalaskar in connection with the killing of veteran Communist leader Govind Pansare, an official said.

A special investigation team (SIT) of the state Crime Investigation Department (CID) arrested Kalaskar (25) from Mumbai and produced him before a court in Kolhapur which sent him in police custody till 18 June, he said.

According to the CBI, he was one of two shooters who gunned down rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in Pune in August 2013.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

5. Gang That Duped MBBS Aspirants Busted, One Held

A gang of alleged criminals, who allegedly duped aspirants seeking admissions to medical colleges across the country, has been busted with the arrest of a member, the police said on Tuesday. The 30-year-old arrested man, Anubhav Marwah, is a graduate in Tourism Studies. Police have seized Rs 2 lakh, 28 ATM cards of different banks, two i Phones and forged ID cards from him.

Police said the gang duped around a dozen such aspirants to the tune of over Rs 1 crore. According to the police, the gang members impersonated others and prepared forged Aadhaar cards, to serve as IDs. Two of them used to impersonate the sons of a member of National Testing Agency (NTA) to impress and convince the clients, the police said.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: Maharashtra Police nabs suspect in Pansare, Lankesh killings

6. Fortis Hospital Coordinator Held in Kidney Racket

Tightening the noose around top corporate hospitals for their role in the international kidney racket, the Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday, arrested Sonika Dabas, transplant coordinator of Fortis Hospital, Faridabad, just 48 hours after nabbing the CEO of Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute (PSRI), Dr Deepak Shukla. In the 12th arrest by the special investigating team (SIT), Sonika Dabas was picked up from Delhi late Monday and sent to Kanpur district prison on Tuesday after being presented in court.

“Dabas worked as a transplant coordinator at Fortis Hospital, Faridabad, and was under police scanner after her name surfaced during interrogation of arrested scamsters and touts. Police teams were dispatched to Delhi to scour her possible hideouts. During probe, police had stumbled upon files of kidney patients, Teerath Pal and Arun Kumar, both of Fortis Hospital. Names of recipients and donors in the file were found to be fake. SIT found the files were prepared under the supervision of Sonika and arrested her,” said superintendent of police (crime) Rajesh Yadav.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: Prominent Netas, Businessmen Under Lens in Kidney Racket Case

7. Two Fresh CBI FIRs Against Jatin Mehta over Loan Frauds

The Central Bureau of Investigation booked absconding diamantaire Jatin Mehta in two fresh cases pertaining to an alleged loan fraud of over Rs 587.55 crore on complaints from Bank of Maharashtra and Union Bank of India, officials said.

On the basis of complaints from both the banks, the CBI has registered two separate FIRs against him and his company, Winsome Diamonds and Jewellery. The agency has booked the company, its original promoter Mehta, whole time directors Ramesh I Parikh and Ravichandran Ramasamy, independent director Harish Ratilal Mehta and Jordanian national Hathyam Salman Ali Abu Obeidah on the basis of the complaint from Bank of Maharashtra.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

8. One Held in Ex-CJI RM Lodha Cheating Case, Key Accused at Large

Delhi Police has made its first arrest in the case of former CJI Justice R M Lodha being cheated of Rs 1 lakh, by tracking down an Udaipur-based man through his bank account.

Additional DCP (South) Parvinder Singh said the accused, Dinesh Mali (44), lives in Udaipur’s Maliwada. Police said Mali installs water purifiers. He was apprehended by a six-member team, which went to Udaipur after tracking down his bank account. Justice Lodha had told police he transferred Rs 1 lakh to what he believed was a surgeon’s account, after he got emails from a former SC judge, saying he needed money for the treatment of his cousin’s acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: Former CJI RM Lodha Cheated of Rs 1 Lakh by Online Fraudsters

9. Man Held for Throwing 2 Puppies from Eighth Floor of Gurgaon Flat

A resident of a gated condominium in Gurgaon, who hails from Iraq, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly throwing two puppies off the balcony of his eighth-floor flat Monday morning.

Police said the man, Saif Azhar Abdul Hassan, claims to be a doctor. “He would work as an intermediary between hospitals and Iraqi patients, facilitating their treatment, and had been living on rent at Emaar Emerald Estate, where the incident took place,” said Subhash Boken, PRO of Gurgaon Police.

“Another person has been mentioned in the complaint submitted at Sector 65 police station. Further investigation can reveal if he had a role,” he said.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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