QMumbai: President’s Rule in Maharashtra; Lata Mangeshkar Stable

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(Left to Right) NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari & Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray.

1. Maharashtra’s Uncertainty Leads to President’s Rule

Maharashtra plunged into its biggest political disarray as President’s rule was imposed in the state on Tuesday — the 19th day of a drama-filled impasse since the Assembly election results were declared.

President Ram Nath Kovind signed the proclamation based on a report sent by state Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari recommending it. This is only the third time President’s rule has been implemented in the state. The Union cabinet had also recommended the same on the basis of the Governor’s report.

The communique from Raj Bhavan released on Tuesday afternoon stated: “The Governor of Maharashtra, Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari, having been satisfied that as the government of the state of Maharashtra cannot be carried out in accordance with the Constitution, has today submitted a report as contemplated by the provisions of Article 356 of the Constitution.”

(Source: Hindustan Times)

2. ‘PMC Bank Auditors Were Linked to HDIL’

The economic offences wing (EOW) on Tuesday produced two chartered accountants before a holiday magistrate court, seeking their custody for their involvement in the ₹4,355-crore fraud case at Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank.

Chartered accountants Ketan Pravinchandra Lakdawala, 60, of Lakdawala & Companies and Jayesh Dhirajlal Sanghani, 61, of Ashok Jayesh & Associates were remanded in police custody till 15 November.

Sources in the EOW said that Lakdawala and Sanghani, who were arrested on Monday, were “associated” with Housing Development Infrastructure Limited (HDIL) and despite this connection, PMC Bank’s managing director (MD) Joy Thomas appointed them to carry out audits.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

3. BMC Changes Scope of 40 Tenders to Construct Roads With Cement

Following a spike in complaints of poor roads and potholes, the BMC recently changed the scope of at least 40 tenders to make way for roads made of cement in place of asphalt.

“At least 40 tenders, worth around Rs 400 crore, were floated by the road department. Most of them were proposed to be reconstructed with asphalt. Now, we have decided to go for cement concrete for long-term solutions since it has a life of 10-15 years. We have issued letters to bidders informing them about the change in the scope of work,” an official from the civic body’s road department said.

(Source: The Indian Express)

4. Suspended RPF Official Who Threatened DIG Acquitted

A suspended Railway Protection Force (RPF) constable, who allegedly threatened Deputy Inspector General Alok Bohara and created nuisance in his office in 2014, has been acquitted of all charges.

Deepak Patil had allegedly barged into Bohara’s office at CSMT railway station on June 5, 2014 demanding an explanation for his suspension. According to the prosecution, Patil verbally abused Bohara before a police inspector, who was present at the office, and a constable dragged him outside.

While Patil managed to flee, the RPF booked him on charges of obstructing an official from discharging his duties and committing nuisance under The Railways Act. During trial, the RPF officer who filed the FIR, deposed that he had no knowledge of the incident.

A constable deputed to note down details of Bohara’s visitors told the court he only came to know of the incident after Patil was dragged out and that he had not seen or heard what happened.

(Source: The Indian Express)

5. Lata Mangeshkar is Recovering Well, Says Her Family

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who is undergoing treatment for pneumonia at Breach Candy Hospital, is recuperating, her family informed on Tuesday.

“Her parameters are good. She has fought so well that she is coming out of this setback. Being a singer, her lung capacity has pulled her through. She is truly a fighter. We will update everyone when Lataji gets discharged and comes home. Request that we give family the space they deserve at the moment,” a statement released by Mangeshkar’s family read.

According to in-house doctors, although her condition is improving, she will be kept on ventilator support for a few days.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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