QMumbai: HC Notice on Shivaji Memorial; ED Seizes NiMo’s Luxe Cars

Cops book Mumbai man for harassing actress, and other stories. 

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The proposed Shivaji memorial in the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

1. HC Notices to Centre, State Over Clearances to Shivaji Memorial

The Bombay High Court, which is hearing writ petitions filed against the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) clearance given to the proposed Rs 3,600-crore Shivaji Memorial off Arabian Sea, on Thursday issued notices to the Union government, state government and the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority.

A bench of Justices AS Oka and PN Deshmukh directed the authorities to file within a month, an affidavit clarifying whether due process was followed and a public hearing was held before granting environmental clearances to the project.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

2. PNB Fraud: ED Seizes Nirav Modi’s Luxe Cars and Paintings

File image of Nirav Modi. 
File image of Nirav Modi. 
(Photo courtesy: Facebook/Nirav Modi)

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday seized nine luxury cars and several paintings belonging to diamond jeweller Nirav Modi. The ED also froze Modi’s and his uncle Mehul Choksi’s investments in mutual funds and shares. The investments were worth Rs 7.8 crore and Rs 86.72 crore respectively.

The cars and paintings were seized from his Mumbai residence, Samudra Mahal, in Worli. The shiny metal parked inside Modi’s garages included a Rolls Royce Ghost, a Porsche Panamera, a Mercedes-Benz GLS 350 and a CLS-Class, and several other more commonplace sedans such as three Hondas, a Toyota Fortuner and an Innova. The paintings included art works by top artists, including M F Husain, Francis Newton Souza, Vasudev Gaitonde and Amrita Sher Gil, among others. “We will be getting in touch with an expert for the valuations of the paintings,” an ED official told Mirror.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

3. Cops Book Mumbai Man for Harassing Actress, Sending Her Lewd Message

A 27-year-old small-time actress has filed a police complaint against a man for sending her a lewd text message and calling her a prostitute. Just last week, the accused, Vishwanath Shetty, was booked by the police for sexually harassing another woman.

Though complaints have been filed against the accused at two police stations — at Amboli and Oshiwara — no action has been taken against him, as yet.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

4. Shiv Sena Chief Mocks Pawar’s Claim That He Shared Good Relations With Bal Thackeray

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.
(Photo: Reuters)

A day after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said he had shared cordial relations with Shiv Sena founder late Bal Thackeray despite their political differences, Uddhav Thackeray taunted him for showing his affection by arresting his father when he was 70 years old.

“They tried to arrest the Sena chief [Bal Thackeray] in 2000 when he was 70 years old. We never saw any fondness at that time. No one was ready to take a stance. In fact, all the focus was on how to trap Balasaheb,” Uddhav alleged.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

5. Unclogging Navi Mumbai: Two Flyovers, Underpass on Thane-Belapur Road to Open in April

Travel via the congested Thane-Belapur road? Good news, the two flyovers and underpass being constructed on the stretch will be opened to the public in the first week of April.

In view of the increasing traffic on this road, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) had asked the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to develop a flyover at the Ghansoli-Talavli stretch, another at Savita Chemical junction and an underpass at Mahape junction.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

6. Jail Boss Gets Clean Chit Just Because He Was Not Around When Prisoner Was Killed

Suspended Byculla women’s jail superintendent Chandramani Indurkar, who held charge when prisoner Manjula Shetye died in June last year after being allegedly assaulted by jail wardens, has been given a clean chit.

The not-guilty verdict in a departmental inquiry came on a day when Amnesty International in a report cited Shetye’s case to illustrate rampant human rights abuse in Indian jails.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

7. Kids Can’t Play Freely After BMC ‘Beautifies’ Playground in Sion

A Sion playground that used to be full of children playing football and cricket has been ‘converted’ into a garden complete with jogging track, landscaping and a manicured lawn, where kids can no longer frolic, residents have alleged.

The ‘conversion’ of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar playground was allegedly carried out at the behest of local BJP legislator R Tamil Selvan. There were even plans to construct a gymkhana on the open space, which was thwarted by a section of BMC officials due to protests from local residents.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

8. 3-Year-Old in Critical Condition After Tenant Attacks Mumbai Family for Not Serving Him Fish

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

A three-year-old girl is fighting for her life after the Kandivli-based family’s 19-year-old tenant picked her up and smashed her head on the floor and beat up her parents for not serving him fish. The accused, whose name has been withheld by the police, has been arrested and charged with attempt to murder.

Officials from Kandivli police station said the incident took place around 5pm on Wednesday at Jai Durga society, Laljipada, when the couple, who are vegetable vendors, were at home. The accused, who lives with the family as a paying guest, demanded that the woman cook fish for him. As it was not time for dinner, the woman refused, saying that she needed to prepare her three-year-old daughter Gudiya’s meal.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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