QMumbai: BMC Dept Under Scanner; ED Raids on Baba Siddique

EOW’s new cell will return Rs 489 crore to victim investors; Kapil Sharma rushed to the hospital. 

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Representational image of a building under construction in Mumbai. (Photo: Reuters)

1. BMC's Vigilance Dept Clears 3,000 Projects in a Single Month

The city’s auditors took almost a year to certify just 60 civic projects completed by contractors, but then suddenly churned out quality approvals for over 3,000 in a month, sparking allegations that various works were cleared without inspection for cash.

A section of corporators claims this is yet another racket in the BMC’s vigilance department, which is already under scrutiny for failing to keep tabs on contractors who cheated the city of crores through shoddy road repairs and drain clean-up. A top official of the department was arrested in the road scam last year.

Auditors from the department are required to inspect 20 per cent of all municipal projects and issue no-objection certificates for the quality of work, without which contractors cannot claim their payments.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

2. ED Raids Baba Siddique's Premises

Baba Siddique with Shah Rukh Khan. (Photo courtesy: <a href=";theater">Facebook/ babasiddique</a>)
Baba Siddique with Shah Rukh Khan. (Photo courtesy: Facebook/ babasiddique)

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday raided premises of former Congress minister Baba Siddique in connection with the Rs 500 crore Bandra slum rehabilitation scam. ED sleuths raided seven premises belonging to Siddique, his close associate and builder Rafique Maqbool Qureshi and a real estate firm. While Siddique was not around during the raids, his family members reportedly cooperated well with the ED officials.

The investigation relates to allegations that ‘benami’ or front companies run by Siddique submitted fake ration cards, photo-IDs of residents as well as shop and establishments to seek 25 per cent extra floor space index (FSI) from the SRA for the redevelopment of Jamat-e-Jamhooria CHS Ltd located in K C Marg at Bandra West. Siddique was the Chairman of the Mumbai board of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) from 2000-2004 and Minister of State for food and Civil Supplies from 2004-2008.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)


3. BJP Blames Shiv Sena for School, Auditorium Delay

The constant bickering between the BJP and is ally Shiv Sena is apparently costing development projects dear.

The latest tussle between the two parties over winning the favour of local residents has come in the way of development of an open space in Chembur and the inauguration of an auditorium in Mulund. While in the former case, the Shiv Sena is said to be opposing the project, the party is also being blamed for delay in inauguration of the auditorium.
According to BMC officials, a municipal plot of land in Chembur’s Ayodhya Nagar, which was reserved for a school-cum-playground in the 1991 development plan (DP), is at the centre of a row. Rules say that the playground will be attached to a municipal school, but will be open to public during non-school hours.


4. EOW's New Cell Will Return Rs489 Crore to Victim Investors

Representational image of money. (Photo: Reuters)
Representational image of money. (Photo: Reuters)

Victims of fraudulent schemes can finally breathe easy. The newly established Refund Cell of Mumbai police’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) is set to return a massive Rs 489 crore to these investors. This is the first phase in staggered return payments. On Monday, mid-day had reported that EOW plans to return Rs 3,000 crore to victims in a phased manner.

The new cell was formed after victims of financial and white-collar crimes and investors, duped in many Ponzi and investment schemes, had approached the EOW for justice.

Phased distribution

A senior EOW officer told mid-day that after police commissioner Datta Padsalgikar approved the proposal, EOW established a refund cell in the Byculla traffic police training centre building.

"The new cell will start with distribution of R489 crore. This amount was recovered from sale of properties of 11 companies involved in financial-investment frauds from 1998-2005. Recently, a city court ordered the EOW to refund this money to victim investors," said a senior officer. Names of these companies will soon be disclosed by the EOW.

(Source: Mid-Day)


5. Mumbai Police Uses Famous Bachchan Dialogues to Help Deter Crime

 Using the film <i>Kaalia</i>, the Mumbai Police has aimed to keep its citizens from committing parking violations. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/<a href="">@MumbaiPolice</a>) &nbsp;
Using the film Kaalia, the Mumbai Police has aimed to keep its citizens from committing parking violations. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@MumbaiPolice)  

The Mumbai Police has a truly fascinating social media presence.

From tweeting out the lame excuses they’ve received from motorists, to sharing complaints of many troubled Mumbaikars, the police force has always found innovative ways of getting their message across.

Their latest endeavour, however, might be their best yet, as they’ve begun adding their own captions to a number of famous Amitabh Bachchan dialogues, in an effort to deter various types of crimes.

(Source: The Quint)


6. Harbour Line Bridge at Risk

Due to the low height of a Road Over Bridge (ROB) at King’s Circle near Gandhi market in Sion, repeated accidents have been reported involving trucks and containers, prompting the Mumbai police to take up the issue with the railway authorities. The Mumbai police, in a letter to railways, has emphasized on the risk these increased incidents pose to the Harbour line railway bridge that lies abutting the ROB.

On Tuesday, two containers rammed into the stopper that was installed before the bridge. This stopper was specifically installed by the railways to prevent heavy vehicles from colliding directly with the railway bridge. The incidents have heavily damaged the stopper and the Mumbai Police feel that the bridge has become ‘risky’. They have shot a letter to the railways asking them to reinstall it. However, the railway authorities feel that multiple accidents over a period of time damage these stoppers and it was time to look for a permanent solution to the problem.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)


7. FIR Against Builders for Cheating Flat Buyers of Rs 120 Cr

The Mumbai Police’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) on Wednesday registered an FIR against the directors of Skyline Constructions, a subsidiary of RNA Developers, for cheating several flat buyers by neither giving them possession of their flats, nor registering their agreements.

The Goregoan police registered a case against the builders for allegedly cheating at least 111 flat buyers to the tune of Rs 120 crore, the FIR said. It also said that a number of permissions needed for the project were missing.
According to the complainant, Nandan Shrivastav, a resident of Raheja Residency, Film City, Goregoan, he saw a flat in RNA Exotica — a project at Ram Mandir Station in Goregaon — and booked the 1,004-sq-ft apartment at a rate of Rs 7,463 per sq ft, which amounted to Rs 1.26 crore in total.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)


8. Kapil Sharma Rushed to Hospital

Kapil Sharma. (Photo Courtesy: YouTube/<a href="">Comedy Nights With Kapil</a>)
Kapil Sharma. (Photo Courtesy: YouTube/Comedy Nights With Kapil)

Actor-comedian Kapil Sharma, who was shooting for his comedy show on Wednesday, had to be rushed to the hospital for low BP in the middle of the shoot.

A source from the sets informed Mirror, “He was shooting the episode with Kartik Aaryan, Kriti Kharbanda and Paresh Rawal, cast of the upcoming film, Guests iin London, when he complained of uneasiness.

The show’s team rushed him to a hospital in Andheri and the shoot was called off for the time being.”

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)


9. Teenager Thief Nicks Gadgets Worth Rs 3.5 L

Representational image of a crime scene. (Photo: iStock)
Representational image of a crime scene. (Photo: iStock)

A 13-year-old thief left Mira Road police stumped when they realised that not only has he collected a horde of stolen, expensive electronic gadgets, but also, has been doing so while pretending to be a ‘certified’ deaf and mute person.

The juvenile was arrested on Tuesday from an industrial area in Kashimira. “When the boy was apprehended, he started pretending to be deaf and dumb.
“He even produced a letter that says he is deaf and mute and appears to have a government seal on it,” said senior Police Inspector Vilas Sanap of Kashimira police.

The letter seems to have originated from Hyderabad, however, that is still being verified.

According to police, the boy used it as a tactic to get out of sticky situations.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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