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Jacqueline Fernandez Seeks FIR Quashing in money laundering Case

Jacqueline Fernandez has filed a petition with the Delhi High Court to dismiss the FIR lodged against her in the ED’s money laundering case.

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Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez has filed a petition with the Delhi High Court to dismiss the FIR lodged against her in the Enforcement Directorate’s money laundering case, involving the accused conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar and an alleged sum of Rs 200 crore.

The petition, expected to be heard during the upcoming week, also seeks to quash the second supplementary charge sheet and related proceedings filed by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the case pending before a trial court in Delhi.

In her plea, Fernandez asserts that evidence presented by the Directorate of Enforcement establishes her as an innocent victim of Sukesh Chandrasekhar’s targeted attack. The petition emphasizes that there is no indication of her involvement in aiding Chandrasekhar in laundering allegedly ill-gotten wealth, and therefore, she should not be prosecuted under Sections 3 and 4 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The petition argues that the prosecution complaint against Fernandez does not allege any knowledge on her part regarding Chandrasekhar’s activities, particularly in extorting money from complainant Aditi Singh. It contends that the absence of such allegations makes it impossible to suggest that Fernandez knowingly engaged in any activities punishable under Section 3 of the PMLA.

Fernandez reveals that she has been presented as a prosecution witness in the predicate offence for which the FIR was initially filed by the Special Cell of Delhi Police. Her statement has been recorded in that case, supporting the claim that she had no knowledge of the alleged offence committed by Chandrasekhar and his associates.

The plea argues that once Fernandez has been presented as a prosecution witness in the predicate offence, any proceedings arising as a consequence of that offence should be quashed. It further alleges that the Enforcement Directorate has shown partiality by not arraigning other individuals, such as Nora Fatehi, despite her family member receiving gifts from Chandrasekhar.

The petition claims that the ED’s actions reflect a biased investigation against Fernandez, as other artists like Nora Fatehi and others who were involved in the case have not been arraigned as accused. It points out that the ED had given a clean chit to Nora Fatehi, despite her family member receiving a BMW car from Sukesh Chandrasekhar on her instructions.

Jacqueline Fernandez is one of the accused in the Rs 200 crore money laundering case against Chandrasekhar. She has cooperated with the ED, appearing for questioning in connection with the investigation. The Delhi Police had previously registered an FIR against Chandrasekhar for allegedly defrauding the spouses of former Ranbaxy promoters, Shivinder Singh and Malvinder Singh, of Rs 200 crore. Chandrasekhar and his wife Leena Paulose are facing proceedings in a money laundering case registered by the ED and were previously arrested by the Delhi Police, along with others, who invoked the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in the case. The police allege that Paulose and Chandrasekhar, along with others, used hawala routes and created shell companies to park money earned from the proceeds of crime.

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Bomb Blast at Rameshwaram Cafe: Karnataka DGP Assures Swift Investigation

Describing the bomb blast at Rameshwaram Cafe, Karnataka DGP ensures thorough investigation. No serious injuries reported.

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A horrific incident shook the tranquility of the city’s bustling Rameshwaram Cafe as a bomb blast ripped through its premises on Friday afternoon. Karnataka’s Director General of Police (DGP), Alok Mohan, swiftly labeled the calamity as a “bomb blast” and assured the public that authorities are actively pursuing the perpetrators.

The unsettling event unfolded around 1 PM, leaving nine individuals injured, fortunately with no reported fatalities. DGP Alok Mohan promptly arrived at the scene, accompanied by forensic teams to commence the investigation.

In a briefing with the press, DGP Mohan affirmed, “We are currently in the process of investigation. The forensic teams are meticulously examining the site for clues. Our priority remains identifying and bringing to justice those responsible for this heinous act.”

Despite the chaos and panic ensuing from the blast, Mohan reassured the public that the injuries sustained were not critical. “All the injured parties, including both patrons and staff of the cafe, are receiving necessary medical attention at nearby hospitals,” he confirmed.

Speculation arose regarding the nature of the explosive device used in the attack. Responding to inquiries, DGP Mohan stated, “We cannot confirm the type of explosive used at this stage. The forensic team is diligently collecting evidence, and once analyzed, we will have a clearer understanding.”

The gravity of the situation prompted immediate communication with higher authorities. DGP Mohan revealed, “I have personally briefed Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Home Minister G Parameshwara about the incident. We are ensuring seamless coordination to expedite the investigation process.”

Additionally, Mohan addressed reports suggesting the discovery of batteries at the blast site. “Until a comprehensive examination is conducted by the forensic team, it would be premature to draw conclusions,” he emphasized.

Highlighting the severity of the incident, Mohan disclosed, “We have notified the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) about the situation. Collaborative efforts are underway to ascertain the motive behind this reprehensible act.”

As the investigation unfolds, the community remains vigilant, rallying behind law enforcement agencies in their quest for justice and ensuring the safety of all citizens.

Stay tuned for updates as the investigation progresses. Your cooperation is paramount in safeguarding our community against such reprehensible acts of violence.

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Bengaluru Blast: BJP’s Allegations Against Congress

the Opposition BJP has strongly criticized the Congress government for the blast at Rameshwaram Cafe in Bengaluru

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the Opposition BJP has strongly criticized the Congress government for the blast at Rameshwaram Cafe in Bengaluru, attributing it to what they term as “appeasement politics.” They have called for a thorough investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), highlighting their concerns over the safety of citizens.

Bengaluru Rameshwaram Cafe Blast

Prominent BJP leaders have been vocal in linking the blast with what they perceive as the Congress’ support from minority communities. State president B Y Vijayendra pointed out the alleged “My Brother” policy of the Congress, referring to Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar’s reported remarks addressing the accused of the Mangaluru cooker blast as “my brother.” Vijayendra emphasized that such politics of minority appeasement is endangering the safety of citizens.

The BJP leaders further cited a series of incidents that they claim occurred under the Congress regime, including the targeting of Hindu homes during Tipu Jayanti celebrations and the raising of pro-Pakistan slogans inside the Vidhana Soudha. They assert that the blast at Rameshwaram cafe is an extension of this trend, linking it to the earlier incident of “Pakistan Zindabad” slogans being raised.

Leader of the Opposition R Ashoka condemned the Congress’ appeasement politics, alleging that it promotes a mentality of safeguarding irrespective of actions. He urged against turning Bengaluru into “Bomb Bengaluru” and called for responsible governance.

Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya criticized the Congress government’s handling of the situation, questioning their preemptive narratives and vote-bank compulsions. He urged for a fair investigation without biases.

BJP national general secretary (organisation) B L Santhosh lamented the consequences faced by Bengaluru and Karnataka due to what he perceives as the extreme appeasement policies of the elected government.

In conclusion, the BJP’s stance on the Bengaluru blast underscores their concerns regarding the alleged appeasement politics of the Congress. They advocate for a transparent investigation to ensure the safety and security of citizens, emphasizing the need for accountable governance.

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Bengaluru: Kannada Nameplate Deadline Extended by 2 Weeks

In Bengaluru, businesses get 2 more weeks to comply with the 60% Kannada nameplate rule. DCM DK Shivakumar extends the deadline.

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In Bengaluru, the government has mandated that all businesses, including hotels and shops, display nameplates with at least 60% of the text in Kannada. Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar announced on X that the deadline for this requirement has been extended by two weeks.

Kannada Nameplate Deadline

The decision to extend the deadline comes in response to the need for more time for businesses to install Kannada nameplates. DCM Shivakumar emphasized the importance of upholding Kannada language in Karnataka, referring to it as the “language of our heart.” He urged all businesses to comply with the regulation within the extended timeframe.

Originally, the deadline for implementing the 60% Kannada language requirement on nameplates was set to expire today. However, with the extension, businesses now have an additional two weeks to make the necessary adjustments. Failure to comply with the regulation may result in penalties, including fines and the potential cancellation of business licenses by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) after the grace period ends.

Business owners and operators in Bengaluru are urged to take prompt action to ensure their nameplates meet the mandated language requirements. Compliance not only aligns with government regulations but also reflects respect for the cultural and linguistic diversity of Karnataka. Stay updated for further developments on this important regulation affecting businesses in Bengaluru.

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