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CBI raids Delhi civic body offices in birth certificate scam

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New Delhi: CBI on Wednesday conducted raids at North Delhi Municipal Corporation offices in connection with fraudulent issuance of birth certificates and recovered several incriminating documents.

A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team conducted the raids following information that large scale fraud in issuance of birth certificates was going on at the sub-registrar office of North Delhi Municipal Corporation.

“It was alleged that birth certificates were being issued by the North Delhi Municipal officials in connivance with touts by using unique SDM order number of any genuine applicant and issuing several birth certificates under the same SDM order number,” a CBI official said.

It was also alleged that multiple birth certificates were being issued on the basis of hospital records of any genuine applicant. The central probe agency conducted raids at the office of registrar births and deaths, North Delhi Municipal Corporation office at Rajpur Road, Office of SDM Model town and headquarters of the civic body at Civic Centre in central Delhi.

“During searches, several instances were found that substantiated the allegations. The CBI team collected several incriminating documents and is further examining the matter.” said the official.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Ex-Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif Indicted on Corruption Charges

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Muhammad Safdar, husband of Maryam Nawaz, daughter of ousted Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif, waves from a a vehicle as he arrives at an accountability court in Islamabad. VOA

Islamabad, October 19: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been indicted on corruption charges stemming from information taken from the so-called “Panama Papers.”

The country’s anti-corruption court indicted the 67-year-old Sharif during a hearing Thursday in Islamabad. His daughter Maryam and son-in-law Mohammed Safdar were also indicted. Maryam Sharif and Mohammed Safdar appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A lawyer for the elder Sharif, who is in London with his wife as she undergoes cancer treatment, entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Maryam Sharif angrily dismissed the allegations as “baseless.”

Sharif was disqualified by Pakistan’s Supreme Court and removed from office in July after leaked documents last year from a Panama-based law firm revealed the family held a number of unreported overseas assets.(VOA)

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