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HP CM money laundering probe: ED raids in 3 states


New Delhi: In course of the investigation of the money laundering charges against Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, sleuths from the Enforcement Directorate directed searches in several properties on three states, on Friday.

A select few of Singh’s associates and the individuals named in the agency-registered FIR in Delhi faced raids, which were carried out in Kolkata, Mumbai and the national capital itself, informed sources.

Business entity premises that allegedly received funds from Singh’s associates also underwent raids which were carried out since early morning today, the sources added.

The money laundering case under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) was filed by the ED against Singh after taking into account the CBI criminal complaint filed in September.

“Important” documents have come into the hands of the investigators which will be studied to find out the “proceeds of crime”, which Singh and his associates allegedly channeled using illegal procedures, informed sources.

An amount of Rs 6.1 crore was allegedly amassed by Singh and his family with the time period of 2009 to 2011 when Singh held the position as the Union Minister of Steel. Singh claimed that the amount, which CBI has alleged to have been used in creating life insurance policies in his own name and that of his family members during this period, came from his agricultural income. This was carried out through LIC agent Chauhan.

Singh allegedly even filed revised revised Income-Tax returns in an attempt to legitimize this claim in 2012.


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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

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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