The searches were carried out in North 24 Parganas of West Bengal, Patna in Bihar, Agartala in Tripura and New Delhi at the offices and residences of promoters and directors of Chakra Infrastructure Ltd.
Zaki was produced before the Competent Court at Lucknow and remanded in judicial custody on Thursday. A sum of Rs 8 lakh, cheque books of various bank accounts and incriminating documents were recovered during the searches.
On Wednesday, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh accused the SAD of "shedding crocodile tears" over the state-wide desecration of religious texts in 2015, asserting that his government would take the matter to its logical end.
Legal sources said that the period of protection given to witnesses expired the day the court pronounced its judgment, following which Special CBI Judge KM Dave chose to extend protection, considering the perception of threat to the witnesses.
Accusing the govt of "gross abuse of power" over the CBI raids, at the residence of lawyer Indira Jaising and offices of Lawyers Collective, a group of opposition MPs on Thursday, wrote to PM Narendra Modi to "halt such act of coercion and intimidation".
Speaking to The Indian Express, a government official said the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, at the highest level, has made a strong pitch for designating a lead agency as the process of investigation is impeded by the selective seizing of books and other incriminating evidence.
Months after the preliminary inquiry to probe the alleged irregularities in the Rs 3,250 crore ICICI Bank-Videocon loan case, CBI has filed an FIR in the matter against the Kochhars and Videocon group's Venugopal Dhoot.
CJI Ranjan Gogoi recused himself from hearing the petition challenging the appointment of M Nageshwar Rao as the interim chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), saying he is a part of the committee to choose the agency's new chief.
New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): Advocate H.S. Phoolka on Monday expressed displeasure over CBI's slow proceedings to bring the perpetrators of 1984 sikh riots to justice, saying that the investigation team had filed the closure report against Jagdish Tytler three times. Phoolka added that 31 years have passed and the CBI still needs time to investigate the matter. Phoolka said that CBI SP has been granted two more months and the next hearing has been scheduled to April27.