CBI raids in four Jharkhand cities, EPFO under lens
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday carried out search and seizure operations in Jharkhand cities including Ranchi, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur and Sahibgunj in connection with a slew of corruption cases involving government officials.
The agency’s crackdown was directed against officials of Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), postal department and Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL).
It was alleged that some officials of EPFO’s Ranchi regional office had connived with Reliance Fire Bricks and Pottery Limited to fraudulently settle pension and provident funds of 88 outgoing employees of the company.
Besides, an assistant post master in postal store depot in Ranchi’s Hehal was charged with amassing disproportionate assets.
In yet another case, the CBI booked BCCL’s the then project officer, Kusunda Colliery, Dhanbad, was charged with amassing huge immovable and movable assets in excess to his known sources of income.
Noor Ahmad is just 14. More astonishing is the fact that despite being so young, he lives far from his family. Noor Ahmad explains that “when one doesn't have much money at home, then one has to go to distant places to earn money”. At night, he eats out in an eatery. While discussing his inability to attend school, Noor Ahmad remarks that he is not able to read English.
Senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka has approached the Punjab and Haryana high court seeking quashing of an FIR registered in Panchkula under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Senior advocate RS Cheema is likely to appear for the IAS officer. The FIR was registered on the complaint of Haryana State Warehousing Corporation, managing director, Sanjeev Verma, on April 26 at Sector-5 police station in Panchkula. Verma, too, was booked on a complaint from Khemka.
Amid complaints of poor germination, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute's regional centre in Karnal has recalled the seeds of Pusa Basmati 1509 variety of rice it sold to farmers. The quantity of seeds sold during this period was not disclosed, but it is said that it cost ₹80/kg. Officials have asked the farmers, who had bought the seeds during this period from here, to contact them by May 21 along with the receipt and seeds.
The Delhi Police on Monday said that they will seek the custody of the two businessmen who were running an industrial unit in a Mundka building where a devastating fire killed 27 people on Friday in order to question them along with the owner of the building. The Goyal brothers were arrested on Friday, and the owner, Manish Lakra was arrested on Sunday.
A day after 10 persons had jumped into Western Yamuna Canal in Buria region of Yamunanagar after allegedly being threatened by a rival group, a team of the national disaster response force (NDRF) on Monday recovered three bodies. The deceased were identified as Nikhil, Sahil and Suleman, while Allaudin and Sunny are still missing, superintendent of police Kamaldeep Goyal said. All of them were between 18 and 22 years of age and residents of Jagadhri.