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Mumbai News Highlights: Assets worth Rs 415 crore seized from arrested builders Sanjay Chhabria, Avinash Bhosale in Yes Bank-DHFL case

Mumbai, Maharashtra News Updates, August 2, 2022: Mumbai logs 434 new coronavirus cases, one death; active tally at 2,106; city may witness rains from weekend

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Mumbai | Updated: August 3, 2022 10:41:38 pm
Mumbai live news, Maharashtra news, Pune live news, August 3Mumbai live news, August 3: Chhabria of Radius Developers and Bhonsale of ABIL Infrastructure and Metropolois Hotels were earlier arrested for their alleged role in the case, known to be India’s biggest bank fraud.

Mumbai News Highlights (August 3): The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday attached assets worth Rs 415 crore from builders Sanjay Chhabria and Avinash Bhosale, who are accused in the Yes Bank-Dewan Housing Finance Ltd (DHFL) case. “ED has provisionally attached assets worth Rs. 251 Crore of Sanjay Chhabria and assets worth Rs 164 Crore of Avinash Bhosale, (total asset worth of Rs. 415 crore) in Yes Bank-DHFL Fraud case under PMLA, 2002,” the Enforcement Directorate tweeted on Wednesday. “Total attachment in the case stands at Rs. 1827 Crore.”

Mumbai Police on Tuesday registered an FIR against Shiv Sena’s Thane district unit head Kedar Dighe for threatening a 23-year-old woman who was allegedly raped by his friend at a five-star hotel in Lower Parel. The case was registered at N M Joshi Marg Police Station against Dighe and his friend Rohit Kapoor. “We received a complaint and have registered a case against Dighe. We are yet to arrest the accused,” a senior IPS officer said. Dighe said that he was not aware of such a case against him.

In other news, Mumbai on Tuesday recorded 329 new coronavirus cases, up from 164 a day ago, but no fresh death linked to the infection was registered in the metropolis, the local civic body said. With this, the overall tally of Covid-19 cases rose to 11,25,306, while the death toll remained unchanged at 19,651, said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in a bulletin.

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22:04 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Maharashtra cabinet expansion likely before Sunday: Kesarkar

The expansion of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde-led Maharashtra cabinet is likely to happen before Sunday, said Deepak Kesarkar, chief spokesperson of the Shinde-led faction of Shiv Sena, on Wednesday.

With expansion awaited, CM Shinde and deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis have been the only two members in the cabinet since the formation of the new government on June 30. (Read More)

21:05 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Explained: The Gujarati and Marathi identities in cosmopolitan Mumbai

It is because Mumbai’s cosmopolitanism is such a visible and inalienable part of the legend of India’s greatest city that Governor B S Koshyari’s recent observation about the contribution of Gujaratis and Rajasthanis to the building of the financial capital raised eyebrows even among people with whom the politics of Marathi pride does not normally resonate.

Those who live in the city see themselves as Mumbaikars — partners in the joys and struggles that are typical of Mumbai, with the divisions of caste, community, region, or gender often blurring in shared public spaces. And yet, the Marathi-Gujarati controversy that the Governor triggered is familiar to the city — a cultural and social argument that has bubbled to the surface repeatedly.

Appended to the core question — “to whom does Mumbai belong?” — have been other issues, such as, “Should Mumbai remain with Maharashtra or get an independent identity as a Union Territory?” (Read More)

Hutatma Chowk, memorial to those who were killed while fighting for a separate state of Maharashtra. Ganesh Shirsekar/Express Archive
20:57 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Navy lodges complaint with Thane police over fake recruitment scam

The Indian Navy on Wednesday lodged a complaint with Thane Police in Maharashtra seeking the arrest of a man who allegedly cheated youths by promising them jobs in the Navy.

The man, who posed as `captain Sameer Singh' of the Navy, operated from Ambernath in Thane district, it said in a release.

"A preliminary investigation conducted by Naval Police revealed that this individual used a fake Ministry of Defence letter, indicating INS Kunjali, situated at Colaba, Mumbai, as being the recruitment and work place," the Navy release added.

He took money from job aspirants as application fee and for issuing `uniforms' and identity cards, the release said. (PTI)

20:24 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Money laundering case: HC seeks ED response to bail plea filed by Iqbal Mirchi aide on medical grounds

The Bombay High Court recently asked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to respond to the bail plea filed on health grounds by Humayun Merchant, arrested in connection with a money laundering case involving gangster Iqbal Mirchi. Merchant has been lodged at Taloja jail since his arrest in October 2019. (Read More)

19:53 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Maha records 1,932 fresh Covid-19 cases, 7 deaths; active tally at 12,321

Maharashtra on Wednesday recorded 1,932 fresh coronavirus cases, while seven more patients succumbed to the infection in the state. Mumbai recorded 434 cases and one coronavirus-related death in the last 24 hours, said the bulletin.

The other coronavirus-related deaths were recorded in Thane, Pimpri-Chinchwad (Pune district), Parbhani, Solapur, Kolhapur and Satara (one each), said the department.

The state's coronavirus fatality rate was 1.83 per cent, while the recovery rate stood at 98.01 per cent, it said. (PTI)

19:50 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Maharashtra crisis: SC asks Shinde faction to redraft submissions on Uddhav camp petitions

The Supreme Court Wednesday asked the Shiv Sena faction led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde to redraft his submissions on petitions filed by the rival Uddhav Thackeray group on constitutional issues arising due to the recent political crisis in Maharashtra.

A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana was hearing petitions filed by the Shiv Sena and its rebel MLAs on constitutional issues of splits, merger, defection and disqualification.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Uddhav Thackeray faction, said the MLAs who have sided with the Shinde cam can save themselves from disqualification under the tenth schedule of the Constitution only by merging the splinter group with another party They have no other defence available, Sibal told the bench, also comprising justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli. (Read More)

19:40 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Look-out notice issued against Sena leader Kedar Dighe's `friend' in rape case

A look-out notice has been issued against Delhi-based businessman Rohit Kapoor after a case of alleged rape was registered against him here, police said on Wednesday.

Kapoor's`friend' and Shiv Sena leader Kedar Dighe, who is accused of threatening the complainant woman, was also likely to be called for investigation, said an official.

Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Monday named Dighe as new chief of the Thane district unit of the party. Naresh Mhaske, the earlier incumbent, was expelled as he declared support for rebel Sena leader and Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.

A First Information Report (FIR) was registered at N M Joshi Marg police station in Mumbai on Tuesday after a 23-year-old woman accused Kapoor of raping her at a five-star hotel in Parel area.

A case of criminal intimidation was also registered against Dighe, Kapoor's `friend', as the woman claimed that he warned her not to disclose the incident to anyone. (PTI)

18:14 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Maharashtra cabinet reverses MVA government decision of delimitation of wards in BMC

The Maharashtra cabinet has reversed the MVA government decision of delimitation of wards in BMC. Now election will be held in 227 wards in Mumbai instead of 236, as decided by the MVA government. Similarly, delimitation process in other local bodies has also been reversed.

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18:13 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Dr Rajanish Kamalakar Kamat appointed as new Vice Chancellor of the Dr. Homi Bhabha State University

Governor of Maharashtra and Chancellor of Universities Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Wednesday appointed Dr Rajanish Kamalakar Kamat as the new Vice Chancellor of the Dr. Homi Bhabha State University (HBSU), the first cluster university of the State.
 Kamat is presently serving as Senior Professor in Electronics and In Charge Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at Shivaji University, Kolhapur. He has been appointed as Vice Chancellor for a term of 5 years from the date he assumes the charge of the office of vice chancellor.
 
Kamat holds an M.Sc. (Electronics) from Shivaji University and Ph.D. from Goa University. He has vast experience of teaching, research and administration, said a Raj Bhavan press note
  
The Governor had constituted a Search Committee under the chairmanship of Justice Yatindra Singh (Retired), Former Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High court to recommend to him a panel of names suitable for appointment of the Vice Chancellor.
 
Professor Anupam Shukla, Director, Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIT), Pune and Om Prakash Gupta, Principal Secretary to the Government of Maharashtra were members of the Committee. 
 
The Governor announced the name of Kamat after interviewing all candidates recommended by the panel. The Homi Bhabha State University has under its aegis the Elphinstone College, Sydenham College, Secondary Training College and The Institute of Science.

18:11 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari received Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai on Wed

The Maldivian President was accompanied by Minister of Finance Ibrahim Ameer, Minister of Economic Development Fayyaz Ismail, Foreign Secretary Ahmed Latheef and a high level delegation. 

The Governor presented a Tea set hand-painted by tribal artists from Maharashtra to the visiting dignitary.

After formal introduction and meeting, the Governor hosted a State Banquet in honour of the visiting President and his delegation.

Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Director of Birla Group Rajashree Birla, CMD of Hiranandani Group Niranjan Hiranandani, State Chief Secretary Manukumar Srivastava and Director General of Police Rajnish Seth were prominent among those present.

17:02 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Mumbai police arrest homeless men for stealing motorcycles, selling them in Aurangabad, Buldhana

The Mumbai police have traced and arrested two homeless men from Dadar for stealing motorcycles in Kandivali and selling them in the state’s Aurangabad and Buldhaha districts, said officials Wednesday. The police said they have recovered nine stolen motorcycles during their investigations.

The accused have been identified as Babasaheb Kharat, 20, and Shankar Magre, 26. The police said the men lived on the pavement next to Swami Narayan Temple in Dadar (East) and hailed from Jalgaon. (Read More)

15:54 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Govind Pansare murder case: Bombay HC transfers probe from SIT to ATS

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday said it will transfer the investigation into the death of activist and CPI leader Govind Pansare from Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).

The court allowed a plea filed by Pansare’s kin seeking transfer of the probe from the SIT and said that the ATS would be assisted by few officers of state CID, the agency that had been investigating the case till date, for continuity. (Read More)

15:08 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Tata Power’s first hybrid project comes up in Rajasthan, Mumbai to benefit

Tata Power Green Energy Limited (TPGEL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Power, has commissioned a 225 MW hybrid power project in Rajasthan. The power generated from the project will be supplied to Tata Power for distribution in Mumbai under a power purchase agreement (PPA) that is valid for 25 years.

With the addition of 225 MW of hybrid power to Tata Power Mumbai’s customers revised power supply portfolio will rise to 38 per cent non-carbon power. It will be nearly double the mandatory Renewable Purchase Obligation. (Read More)

14:52 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Mumbai: Movement of Maldives President leads to traffic snarls on Western Express Highway

VVIP movement of Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih led to a massive traffic snarl on the Western Express Highway Wednesday morning. Although the traffic police had put out an alert late on Tuesday night, several motorists who missed out the advisory got stuck in the jam. Movement of vehicles remained slow till afternoon, the police said. (Read More)

09:32 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Mumbai city weather update

The city recorded an average rainfall of 17.22mm until 8am on Wednesday. Though a few parts of the city were water logged, the railway traffic remains unaffected. 

09:26 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Senior cop 'manhandled' in Thane during NCP protest against Governor comments

A video has surfaced on social media purportedly showing a senior police officer in Thane being pushed by protesters during a march against Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's "Gujaratis-Rajasthanis" comments.

The incident took place on Monday when Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders and workers were marching towards the Raj Bhavan in south Mumbai to protest against the Governor's comments.

The NCP march was stopped midway by a police team led by Deputy Commissioner of Police Vinay Rathod. In the viral video, the IPS officer is seen being pushed by some protesters when the police tried to prevent the crowd from moving ahead.

When contacted, an official at the Kopri police station said no offence has been registered so far in connection with the incident.

Koshyari had triggered a huge controversy with his comments that "Mumbai will have no money if the Gujaratis and Rajasthanis were to leave” the city.

Facing all-around flak for the comments made last week, the Governor on Monday issued an apology. PTI

09:24 (IST)03 Aug 2022
This govt of traitors will collapse: Aaditya Thackeray

Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray on Tuesday called the Eknath Shinde-led Maharashtra government a "government of traitors", and said it will soon collapse.

He was speaking at a rally at Patan in Satara district as a part of his outreach program after Shinde toppled his father Uddhav Thackeray's government.

"In Maharashtra, since June 20, betrayal is unfolding. This is a government of traitors, it is an unauthorised, unconstitutional government and it will collapse," Aaditya said.

He mocked Shinde faction's claim that their rebellion against the Sena leadership made headlines in 33 countries. "For making revolution and revolt, one needs courage, but these people do not have that," the former minister said.

Referring to the spine surgery his father underwent while he was chief minister, Aaditya said, "Because of his surgery, people in the country came to know that even politicians have a spine. PTI

23:18 (IST)02 Aug 2022
BMC floats tenders for Rs 5,800 crore road concretization project

The Mumbai civic body has invited bids for the concretization of 400 km of roads in the city which is estimated to cost Rs 5,806 crore. It has floated five separate tenders for upgradation and improvement of roads, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in a release.

The civic body, which regularly receives flak for craters on the roads during the monsoon, has undertaken the project as cement concrete roads rarely develop craters, said an official.

The richest civic body in the country claimed it was a "huge step" towards making roads in the city potholes-free in the next two years. (PTI)

22:25 (IST)02 Aug 2022
Mumbai logs 329 new coronavirus cases, zero death; active tally at 1,955

Mumbai on Tuesday recorded 329 new coronavirus cases, up from 164 a day ago, but no fresh death linked to the infection was registered in the metropolis, the local civic body said.

With this, the overall tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 11,25,306, while the death toll remained unchanged at 19,651, said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in a bulletin.

This was the second time since July 16 when the financial capital has logged more than 300 COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour span. Also, the city has not reported any fresh coronavirus-linked fatality for the second day in a row. (PTI)

22:25 (IST)02 Aug 2022
Man poses as woman on Facebook, extorts money

The Mumbai police have arrested a 29-year-old man for allegedly posing as a woman on Facebook and extorting money from a man, an official said on Tuesday.

The police on Monday arrested Sushant Talshilkar, who allegedly befriended the complainant on Facebook by posing as a woman from his housing society and exchanged obscene pictures and messaged with him, an official from Kasturba Marg police station said.

The accused then threatened to circulate the screenshots of their chats to the WhatsApp group of the housing society and demanded Rs 10,000 from the complainant, he said. (PTI)

Shiv Sena, Sanjay Raut, Enforcement Directorate (ED), Patra Chawl redevelopment case, Mumbai news, Mumbai city news, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Maharashtra government, India news, Indian Express News Service, Express News Service, Express News, Indian Express India News Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut after being detained by the Enforcement Directorate in Mumbai. (Express photo by Narendra Vaskar)

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut was sent to Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody till August 4. "I am proud of Sanjay Raut. He is real Shiv Sainik. He did not bow down to the pressure and those who did are not with us. Those who bow down to the pressure cannot be Shiv Sainik,"said Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on the MP's arrest.

In his last column for the Shiv Sena’s official mouthpiece Saamana before being picked up by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) with an alleged money laundering case on Sunday evening, senior leader and the party’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut accused the Union government of misusing central agencies to harass the opposition leaders, calling it the ‘death of democracy’.

Meanwhile, actor Salman Khan has been issued an arms license after he applied for a weapon license for self-protection in the backdrop of threat letters that he received recently. Sources in Mumbai Police had confirmed in June that police patrolling outside actor Salman Khan’s apartment at Bandstand in Bandra (west) has been increased and security given to the actor has been beefed up after a threat letter was found near his residence. The letter reportedly stated, “Salim Khan, Salman Khan bahot jald aapka Moosewala hoga k G.B.L.B (You will become like Moosewala).”

In other news, BMC will spend an additional Rs 15 crore on the city’s first underground water tank to prevent flooding in central Mumbai’s Hindmata area. The funds will be spent on the construction of four more pumps for a water tank below St Xavier’s Ground, officials said.

With the strengthening of low-level Westerlies over the west coast, the Konkan region including Mumbai is likely to get rain from August 5. For the past 15 days, the city has recorded no or very light rainfall. However, excess rain was recorded in July. From July 1, the IMD’s Santacruz observatory, which is representative of the city, has recorded 1,244.6 mm rain. The average rain for Mumbai in July was 919.9 mm.

Meanwhile, a group of unidentified persons attacked his car at a signal in Katraj area here on Tuesday evening, rebel Shiv Sena MLA and former Maharashtra minister Uday Samant claimed. According to news agency PTI, Samant, one of the 40 Sena MLAs who support Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, was here to attend Shinde's programs in the district, a source close to him said. Shinde's convoy had passed along the same route sometime before the attack, Samant said. A windowpane of the car in which Samant was travelling was damaged in the incident, one of his aides said.

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First published on: 01-08-2022 at 10:31:15 am
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