CBI Raids Prannoy Roy’s Residence, NDTV Calls It Witch-hunt

CBI sleuths have raided the residences of Dr Prannoy Roy, co-founder of NDTV, in Delhi and Dehradun. NDTV called it with-hunting by Government. However, Union I&B Minister M Venkaiah Naidu denied the charge.
CBI Raids Prannoy Roy’s Residence, NDTV Calls It Witch-hunt

New Delhi: In an unprecedented move the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday carried out searches at the residence of Prannoy Roy, the co-founder and executive co- chairperson of New Delhi Television (NDTV) channel in New Delhi and Dehradun for allegedly causing loss to a private bank.

A case was registered against Roy, his wife Radhika and RRPR Holdings for allegedly causing a loss of Rs 48 crore to ICICI Bank, CBI sources said.

Four places in the national capital and Dehradun are being searched, said the agency sources.

A seven-member CBI team has been searching Roy’s Greater Kailash (GK)I residence since 8 am on Monday.

Meanwhile, NDTV in a statement said, “This morning, the CBI stepped up the concerted harassment of NDTV and its promoters based on the same old endless false accusations.”

“We will not succumb to these attempts to blatantly undermine democracy and free speech in India. We have one message to those who are trying to destroy the institutions of India and everything it stands for: we will fight for our country and overcome these forces,” it said.

The Centre, however, rebuffed NDTV’s ‘witch-hunt’ charge. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the law is taking its own course, adding that there is no witch-hunting at all.

“This government doesn’t believe in interfering. They (CBI) must have some information, that’s why they might have taken steps,” he added.

Rajya Sabha MP Dr Subramanian Swamy, who last year wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing NDTV of money laundering, told news agency ANI on Monday that fear of law is necessary.

“You cannot distinguish between media people, politicians, doctors, etc. If you have broken the law then you have broken the law. We have to develop respect for the law, and for that, we have to make it clear that nobody is above the law. Fear of the law is necessary and it will be applied no matter who you are,” Swamy told ANI.

“When all these high-profile people are raided, the common man feels that if such people can be the subject to prosecution then what will happen to them. People will automatically become honest,” he added.

Swamy had earlier urged the PM to direct the CBI to file a case against NDTV under Prevention of Corruption Act.

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Swamy Strikes Again, Finally Gets Chidambaram’s Wicket

Subramanian Swamy, the giant killer, has proved his mettle once again by forcing Chidambaram face CBI inquiry. The former finance minister is the latest wicket in wily Swamy’s bulging kitty.

New Delhi: He was expelled from IIT for his strange views and was discredited by Indira Gandhi as a “Santa Clause with unrealistic ideas”. His ideas appear to be queer but after a course of time, some of them proved to be right and gained acceptance. Subramnian Swamy, the maverick MP from Tamil Nadu, has now become a crusader against corruption as his relentless war on Chidambaram, former finance minister and Congress heavy-weight, has fructified, finally.

Swamy vowed to send Karti Chidambaram and also his father to jail for their acts of omission and commission, not now but in 2012 itself. “Mr Chidambaram helped his son to involve in largescale financial mis-conduct. I will tell you one example. The currency of India and Pakistan is being printed on same machines supplied by one British company- De La Rue- based in London and that contract was cleared by Chidambaram as his son is a sleeping partner of the machines company. Is it fair? This was a fraud as much of the fake currency is being dumped into India by Pak and the terror groups that operate from that country. I urged finance ministry to look for another company which should manufacture machines only to print Indian currency. But Chidambaram did not pay heed to my word. I will see to it that this contract is cancelled and drag Chidambaram and his son to court” Mr Swamy told a meeting of RSS and BJP cadre in Hyderabad in 2013 itself.

He has disclosed 21 secret accounts of Karti very recently which nailed the father-son duo. Chidambaram’s denial has few takers as his son’s unaccounted wealth has been exposed by the Modi government with all the proofs of account numbers and how it has been accumulated.

Interestingly, Swamy has brought all the three major politicians of Tamil Nadu to book. With 2G spectrum scam, he has made the family members of Karunanidhi as the main scamsters along with Raja. His second wicket was Jayalalitha, who along with her close confidante, Sasikala Natarajan, was involved in amassing great wealth. And now, Chidambaram, swamy’s bête noir for quite a long time is in deep trouble.

Swamy had even achieved a degree of success in the National Herald case too, as the Delhi High Court has ordered investigation on Gandhis- Sonia and Rahul- basing on a criminal complaint by the quirky Rajya Sabha member.

Another key aspect in these cases is that Swamy approached the highest Court of the land to send these corrupt politicians packing.

According to sources, the present finance minister Arun Jaitley was not that much favorable to act on Chidambaram’s issue as he thought that the case is not that strong. This is the reason why Swamy has been satirical on Jaitley for being sympathetic towards his predecessor. Understanding that so long as Jaitley is at the helm, nothing would be done, Mr Swamy approached the apex court which questioned the inaction by the CBI. Union Government has no other option but to direct CBI to go whole hog against Chidambaram.

The trial of the case may go on for several months from now. But for Chidambaram, 71, who even once aspired for President’s post, this has the potential to draw curtains on his chequered political career.

Swamy, can feel elated for several reasons. His struggle against his political opponents has been successful so far and he has also brought the main functionaries of the Congress into the cobweb which may eventually help the BJP- more so, Narendra Modi- in the 2019 general elections which are two years from now.

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CBI, IT Officials Raid Properties Of Chidambaram, Lalu

The law enforcement agencies finally swung into action and raided the residences and properties of senior politicians P Chidambaram and Lalu Prasad Yadav. There have been allegations against both the politicians relating to corruption.

New Delhi: As Centre begins a massive crackdown on corruption cases against political leaders and businessmen; raids on Tuesday morning on the properties of senior and celebrated politicians- former finance minister P Chidambaram and former chief minister of Bihar and former railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav shook the respective parties and the followers.

While the CBI raided 16 places related to Chidambaram and his son Karti, Income Tax sleuths raided 20 locations of Lalu in Delhi and Gurgaon.

The raids on Chidambaram and Karti’s properties are related to a 2007-08 case of FIPB approval given to INX media allegedly at the behest of Karti. The searches were carried out at least at 13 other locations including Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai and Chandigarh. The allegation is that while the clearance for INX was only for ₹ 4 cores, the foreign investment was reportedly much higher. In lieu with this, an FIR was reportedly filed against Karti, Indrani and Peter Mukerjea who owned INX media.

Meanwhile, responding to the raids, Chidambaram alleged that they are only taking place to silence his voice.

In connection with the case, CBI also raided residences of Peter Mukerjea and Indrani Mukerjea in Mumbai.

However, Mukarjeas are lodged in different Mumbai jails in connection with Sheena Bora (Indrani’s daughter’s) murder case. At the moment, even their lawyers can’t get in touch with them as they need permission from the prison department.

IT raids on Lalu Yadav:

Responding to the allegations against Lalu Yadav that he was the beneficiary of 1,000 crores worth of proxy land deals, income tax officials on Tuesday raided nearly 20 location of Lalu s in Delhi and Gurgaon to seize evidence for their case.

The raids were carried out hours after the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that if Centre has evidence of his partner’s corruption, it needs to take action instead of levelling mere allegations. As allegations were heaped against Lalu, Nitish maintained silence all these days. This is the first time that he broke his silence and commented.

Nearly hundred tax officials and police personnel carried out the raids. For the past six weeks, Bihar BJP unit has been releasing documents relating to Lalu’s land scams. However, on Monday Lalu condemned BJP for targeting those leaders who are questioning them repeatedly and encouraging character assassination.

“People and businessmen connected to land deals involving Lalu Yadav and his family are being searched. There are allegations of Benami (proxy) deals worth about Rs. 1,000 crore and subsequent tax evasion,” a senior unnamed official was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.

While children of Lalu, Misa Bharti, a parliamentarian, Tejashwi and Tej Pratap Yadav, ministers in Nitish Kumar government, were accused of playing prime roles in corrupt land deals in Patna-Delhi and other cities.

However, Lalu has not denied any of these allegations.

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  1. Ashok T Jaisinghani says:

    ★★★Lalu Prasad Yadav must realize that he is EXTREMELY LUCKY, as his WIFE and SONS have NOT been KIDNAPPED by CBI for RANSOM!★★★

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