INX Media Case: Former Finance Minister, P Chidambaram sent to 4 days in CBI custody

P. Chidambaram was brought to Rouse Avenue Court complex around 3 pm after a medical check-up. His son Karti and wife Nalini had arrived much earlier.

His team of lawyers including Senior Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Singhvi.

Chidambaram, briefly spoken to his lawyers, later moved to the accused box as they waited for CBI judge, to start the proceedings.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta requested for CBI custody and stated that Ex-minister’s responses to the investigators were evasive and his custodial interrogation was crucial.

He further added that,“Right to silence is a constitutional right and I have no issue, but he is non cooperative, he was evasive to questioning”.

Kapil Sibal asked CBI Court to release Chidambaram on bail, stating that Karti Chidambaram, also an accused in this case, was released on bail in the case and there was no reason to hold his father in custody.

PNB scam : 4 accused sent to CBI custody till March 17

A special court here today remanded four people, arrested in the alleged Rs 12,636-crore Punjab National Bank fraud case, in the CBI custody till March 17.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested them yesterday in connection with the alleged fraud perpetrated by billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi.

They were produced before special CBI judge S R Tamboli.

Manish K Bosamiya, then AGM (operations) of Firestar International Ltd. owned by Nirav Modi, and then Finance Manager Miten Anil Pandya were arrested for their alleged role in the preparation of applications for fraudulent Letters of Undertakings (LoUs) submitted to Punjab National Bank.

Auditor Sanjay Rambhia, partner in the Chartered Accountancy firm Sampat and Mehta, Mumbai, and then Director of Mehul Choksi’s company Gili India, Aniyath Shiv Raman Nair, were also arrested in connection with the case yesterday.

It was alleged that besides being one of the directors of the Gitanjali group of companies, Nair was the authorised signatory for the applications submitted to PNB for issuance of LoUs and Foreign Letters of Credit (FLCs).

It is alleged that Choksi and Modi got LoUs and FLCs of Rs 12,636 crore issued in favour of foreign branches of Indian banks based on fraudulent claims.

The CBI lawyer said the agency needed their custody for interrogation and further probe.

Meanwhile, the CBI court today remanded six others, arrested in the case last month, in judicial custody till March 19.

Vipul Ambani, President, Finance, the Firestar International; Kavita Mankikar, executive assistant and authorised signatory of three firms of Nirav Modi; Arjun Patil, senior executive, Firestar group, were arrested in the case related to the Modi group firms.

Kapil Khandelwal, CFO, Nakshatra group and Gitanjali group and Niten Shahi, manager, Gitanjali group, were arrested in the case related to Choksi’s firms.

Rajesh Jindal was a senior PNB official.

All the six were produced before judge S R Tamboli after their CBI remand ended today.

While Mankikar’s lawyer said she suffered from diabetes, Ambani’s lawyer said he suffered from stomach pain and back pain. The judge, while remanding them in judicial custody, said they should be provided necessary medical help.

Railway bribery: CBI gets custody of 3 more men

Three persons, arrested in the sensational bribery case involving Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal’s nephew and a Railway Board member, were on Sunday remanded in CBI custody till May 7 by a Delhi court even as the agency arrested one more accused taking the total number of those apprehended to nine.

CBI told the court that these accused were part of the deep rooted conspiracy and they need to interrogate them to confront them with the other arrested accused including Bansal’s nephew Vijay Singla.

Accused Narain Rao Manjunath, Managing Director of Bangalore-based GG Tronics India Pvt Ltd and two others —- Samir Sandhir and Rahul Yadav — were produced before Special CBI Judge Swarana Kanta Sharma who sent them to CBI custody till May 7 after the agency said that their custodial interrogation was required to unearth the entire conspiracy.  The CBI told the court that these accused were part of the deep rooted conspiracy and they need to interrogate them to confront them with the other arrested accused including Bansal’s nephew Vijay Singla.

CBI had on Friday arrested Vijay Singla, Bansal’s nephew, in Chandigarh when a conduit of Mahesh Kumar, Member (Staff) in the Railway Board, had handed over Rs90 lakh to fix a posting for Kumar as Member (Electrical).  Sunil Dagga, another accused and close associate of Manjunath, was apprehended by a CBI team in the capital, according to the CBI official.

The investigators are also on the look out for Ajay Garg, an alleged middle-man.  The court had yesterday remanded Singla and three others, Sandip Goyal, Dharmendra Kumar and Vivek Kumar, in CBI custody also till May 7 after the agency said it was necessary to find out the “actual beneficiaries” and other conspirators who were involved in the bribery case.

The CBI has also arrested from Mumbai Mahesh Kumar, who is Member (staff) in Railway Board and is the main accused in the case, and he is yet to be brought to Delhi.  The CBI has arrested them for their alleged roles in the bribe case in which a deal of Rs10 crore was finalised for fixing a top level position in the Railway Board.

The agency had said that it had received information that Manjunath was in regular contact with accused Mahesh Kumar who was trying to get himself appointed to a more lucrative post in Railway Board as Member (Electrical).  Mahesh Kumar, who was GM (West) Railways, had been promoted as Member (Staff) in Railway Board and was allegedly trying to get himself posted as Member (Electrical) in Railway Board, it said.  CBI has named eight accused persons in the FIR for the offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act and for criminal conspiracy under the IPC.  Manjunath was arrested Bangalore and according to CBI, he was the “main financier”.

Rahul and Samir were arrested from Delhi.

Adarsh scam: Two bureaucrats remanded to CBI custody

A special court Wednesday remanded two Maharashtra bureaucrats to CBI custody till April 12 in the Adarsh Housing Society scam, an official said.

Former municipal commissioner Jairaj Phatak and retired information commissioner Ramanand Tiwari were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Tuesday.

The scam involves a prime plot in south Mumbai’s Colaba on which a 31-storey building was constructed by the society.

“Both, Phatak and Tiwari have been remanded to CBI custody till April 12. They were arrested after interrogation Tuesday,” a CBI official said.

Phatak was the municipal commissioner of Mumbai in 2010 when the height of the society’s building was allowed to be increased beyond 100 metres but without approval from the high-rise committee of the civic agency body. Phatak’s son has been allotted a flat in the society.

Tiwari’s son has also been allotted a flat in the building.

Last month, the CBI had arrested seven people in the case – Maj. Gen. (retd) A.R. Kumar, Maj. Gen. (retd) T.K. Kaul, IAS officer Pradeep Vyas, former Congress legislator Kanahiyalal Gidwani, retired defence estates officer R.C. Thakur, Brig.(retd) M.M. Wanchoo and former deputy secretary (Urban Development) P.V. Deshmukh.

All seven had been remanded to CBI custody, which ended Tuesday. They were remanded to judicial custody till April 17.

The CBI’s action last month had come after a Bombay High Court division bench of Justices P.B. Majmudar and R.D. Dhanuka questioned the agency for delaying the arrests in the case.

The court had on March 12 rapped the CBI for not initiating action against government officials involved in the scam.

The division bench had on Feb 28 also castigated the Enforcement Directorate for “serious lapse” in failing to initiate investigations against some Adarsh society members allegedly involved in money-laundering.



Hearing on Plea for Janardhana Reddy’s CBI Custody Put off

Karnatka, The Telangana lawyers’ continuing protest Friday again forced the adjournment of hearing of the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) petition for further custody of former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhana Reddy and his brother-in-law Srinivasa Reddy in illegal mining case.

The special court for CBI cases Friday deferred the hearing on CBI petition to Sep 29. The CBI plea is likely to be taken up on that day along with the bail pleas of the accused.

The court earlier Thursday adjourned the hearing on bail petitions to Sep 29.

Lawyers supporting the demand for a separate Telangana state are boycotting the courts in the region.

The CBI is seeking custody of Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) director Janardhana Reddy and managing director Srinivasa Reddy for nine days.

It was on Sep 19 that the court had extended the judicial custody of the accused till Oct 3. The same day, the CBI moved a petition seeking their custody. The agency had earlier questioned them for six days.

The two were arrested by the CBI from Bellary in Karnataka Sep 5 over the illegal mining in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district.

Meanwhile, Janardhana Reddy’s aide Swastik Nagaraju Friday appeared before the CBI. He reportedly told the investigators that he has no business links with the former Karnataka minister.


CWG scam: Bhanot, Verma sent to five-day CBI custody

A Delhi court Thursday sent Lalit Bhanot and V.K. Verma, former high ranking officials of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee, to five days’ CBI custody in connection with financial lapses in a contract with a Swiss company.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge Talwant Singh sent the OC’s former secretary general Bhanot and former director general Verma to the probe agency’s custody till March 1.

The CBI in its plea sought seven days’ custody of Bhanot and Verma, against whom it has lodged first information reports (FIRs) for criminal conspiracy and cheating and for violating sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

“Accused persons entered into criminal conspiracy to cheat the government in the manner of awarding contract for timing, scoring and result system to be acquired for the CWG,” said the investigative agency.

“The accused officials of the Organising Committee in conspiracy with others, by abusing their official positions, awarded the contract to Swiss timing company at exorbitant rates of Rs.1.07 billion, in a most wrongful manner, restricting all competitors, and thereby caused huge loss to the government of India and corresponding wrongful gain to the company,” the CBI said.

The court allowed both Bhanot and Verma to have home-cooked food on health grounds.

Defence counsel opposed the CBI application, saying the FIRs against them were based on sources and sources were not always right.

“Media is just highlighting the case and after some time things will clear and you all will get to know the real fact,” Verma told reporters before the hearing.

Speaking before being brought to court, Bhanot said: “We have not done anything wrong. All the decisions were taken collectively by the board and the truth will be out. Media has hyped the matter and I never expected this.”

The CBI Wednesday arrested Verma and Bhanot, who was a key aide of OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi, for irregularities to the tune of Rs.1.07 billion ($23 million) in a contract with the Swiss company for time-keeping equipment for the Oct 3-14, 2010, mega event.