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AAP complains to Rajnath aganst official’s transfer

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New Delhi: Delhi’s ruling AAP on Tuesday complained to Home Minister Rajnath Singh against the abrupt transfer by his ministry of Delhi’s VAT commissioner who they said had busted a hawala racket.

A delegation of Aam Aadmi Party leaders made the complaint at a meeting with Rajnath Singh, saying the home ministry did not even consult the Delhi government before shunting out the official.

Calling it a “serious matter”, AAP leader Ashutosh said “an honest officer who busted a hawala racket … was transferred without consultation (with our government)”.

Ashutosh was accompanied by his colleagues Sanjay Singh and Dilip Pandey.

Value Added Tax Commissioner Vijay Kumar and three other officers of the Delhi government were transferred by Delhi’s Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on the directions of the home ministry, the AAP said.

“Kumar had tightened the noose around big, influential people who indulged in tax evasion in the national capital. There are great chances that Kumar was removed by the central government under pressure from some big lobby,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had earlier said.

The AAP leaders submitted a memorandum to Rajnath Singh saying the transfer was a “serious matter of corruption and violation of all existing government norms and rules”.

They sought the minister’s immediate intervention.

Pandey later said that the home minister promised to look into the matter.

“Rajnath told us that even the home ministry was not taken into confidence before Kumar’s transfer.”

Later, the AAP leaders also met Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief MK Meena and demanded “a thorough and impartial probe into this extremely serious matter which involves corruption”.

The AAP leaders said the VAT department of Delhi had unearthed a major hawala racket by raiding several premises in Delhi.

It was found out that more than 200 companies were being run from a room and a known hawala operator, Naresh Jain, was behind it.

“Before the operator could be nailed, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung abruptly transferred and relieved the VAT Commissioner, flouting all rules and norms.

“The AAP feels it was done to scuttle the probe into the hawala racket.”

(IANS)

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Khaleda Zia granted bail in 2008 corruption case

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06

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Khaleeda Zia granted 64 months bail. IANS

Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, convicted in a corruption case, was granted bail on Monday.

BNP leader Zia secured a four-month bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case in which she was handed five years of imprisonment by a Bangladesh court.

“Now, there is no legal bar to let Khaleda walk out of prison on bail,” Bangladesh Daily Star quoted BNP Advocate Sagir Hossain Leon as saying.

Earlier today, a bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim passed the bail order in response to a petition moved by Khaleda before a high court back in February.

Her bail was considered on four grounds, including her health condition.

Further, the high court directed the concerned authority to prepare the paper book of the case within the next four months for hearing the appeal she filed against her conviction in the case.

The high court sentenced Zia’s eldest son and Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and four others for at least 10 years with a fine of 2.10 crore Bangladeshi takas (Tk).

The Anti-Corruption Commission had earlier filed a case in 2008 with Ramna Police Station, accusing six persons including Khaleda and her son Tarique.

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06.

In a political career spanning almost four decades, Khaleda went to the jail several times but was never convicted. She was detained several times during the anti-Ershad movement between the 1980s and 1990s.

In March 1983, she was made vice-chairperson of BNP after her husband and former Bangladesh President Ziaur was assassinated.

She went on to become the party’s chairperson in 1984, a position which she holds today. May 10, 1984.

Since the last three decades, Bangladeshi politics have been dominated by Zia and current Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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