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DRI seizes Red Sanders worth 10 Crores, 2 held

Indore : The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) arrested two persons on Monday and seized around 20 tonnes of red sanders logs worth Rs nine crore in the international market.

The logs were allegedly being transported to a northern port – an inland container depot – for smuggling to Dubai.

The DRI officials had received a tip-off that the truck was moving towards Indore via Maharashtra, following which it was intercepted in Dhar.

The search of the intercepted vehicle resulted in the recovery of logs of red sander being transported under cover of the cargo of limestone/sago, sources said.

Since no documentary trail led to linking of red sanders for smuggling to Dubai, the goods were handed over to the forest department for necessary action, they said.

The two Chennai-based persons carrying the seized cargo were detained. Red sanders are covered in Appendix II of ‘The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora’.

India is a signatory to the CITES convention.

The origin of the red sanders is suspected to be Andhra Pradesh and the red sander-truck laden was moving from Tamil Nadu.

Red sanders are a rare kind of sandalwood (Pterocarpus santalinus) that grows only in the Palakonda and Seshachalam hills.

Recently, DRI raided with DGGI officers across India against GST violators in 336 locations.


Saradha case : Rajeev Kumar fails to appear before CBI for second time in three days; don’t know his whereabouts, say top West Bengal officials

Kolkata : CBI officials on Monday went to the state secretariat and delivered letters for the chief secretary and home secretary in connection with former city police commissioner Rajeev Kumar not appearing before the agency for the ongoing probe into the Saradha scam.

Two officers of the CBI reached the state secretariat around 10.40 am and delivered the letters one for Chief Secretary Malay De and another for Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay.

The CBI, in the letters, sought to know the whereabouts of the police officer and the grounds on which he had gone on a month-long leave, a senior official at the state secretariat told PTI.

The agency also sought to know when Kumar would be joining duty, the official said.

The orders of the Calcutta High Court withdrawing protection against arrest to Kumar were also attached with the letters.


NIA recommends action against own SP, 2 officials in bribery case

New Delhi : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has recommended action against three of its officials to the Ministry of Home Affairs over alleged extortion and bribery charges.

A DIG-level probe, initiated by the NIA, has found merit in allegations against three officials, including an SP, of negotiating bribe worth Rs 2 crore with a businessman who was a suspect in the Falah-i-Insaniyat case.

The trio was probing the Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation case in which the institute was accused of accepting funds from Hafiz Saeed-run Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The internal probe team has recommended action against the trio to the MHA for allegedly accepting the bribe.
We have completed our inquiry and the file has been sent to the MHA for disciplinary action, an official said.

The three officials, including the SP, were accused of negotiating bribe worth Rs 2 crore with a businessman who was a suspect in the Falah-i-Insaniyat case.

The Gurgaon-based businessman had complained to the NIA that the accused officials were putting pressure on him to pay the money for not making him a suspect in the case.

The inquiry has revealed that the money did not exchange hands, but there was misconduct on the part of the SP and two junior officials, the source told India Today TV.

The SP under scanner was one of the key investigators in the NIA and had worked on cases like the Samjhauta Express blast and Ajmer Sharif terror case. He was transferred to Lucknow pending probe.

Two others, who are being investigated, include an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) and a fingerprint expert who have been sent back to the Border Security Force and National Crime Records Bureau, respectively.

NIA DG YC Modi had ordered a probe and transferred the three officials pending inquiry in the matter. The home ministry is likely to constitute a committee to decide on the future course of action in the matter.


UP: Fake notes with $1 million face value seized, 4 held

Muzaffarnagar : Fake American currency notes with a face value of USD 1 million were seized in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district after arrest of four persons including a woman, police said on Saturday.

The gang was busted in an area under Civil Line police station limits on Friday, they said.

According to Circle Officer Deeksha Sharma, a police team during checking recovered the counterfeit currency notes from Iqbalm, Mosam, Rakib and Rahisa and arrested the four members of the gang involved in circulating the fake notes in the area.

Police are interrogating the arrested accused, the Deputy Superintendent of Police said.

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