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Mumbai news Highlights: Bal Thackeray’s assistant joins Shinde camp; Bombay HC grants protection to Anil Ambani in tax evasion case

Mumbai News Highlights, September 26: The Bombay High Court directed the Income Tax Department not to take action against Anil Ambani till November 17 over its allegation that the Reliance (ADA) Group chief had evaded Rs 420-crore taxes

By: Express Web Desk
Mumbai | Updated: October 4, 2022 4:45:55 pm
Champa Singh Thapa being felicitated by Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde on Monday after joining the Shinde camp. (Express Photo)

Mumbai Maharashtra News Highlights: Champa Singh Thapa, who was an assistant to the late Bal Thackeray, joined Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s faction of the Shiv Sena on Monday. Thapa was greeted and felicitated by Shinde in Thane’s Tembhi Naka area, where the chief minister had gone to participate in a Navratri procession. Thapa served Thackeray till his last breath and was also one of those at Matoshree who were close to the Sena founder.

The Bombay High Court on Monday directed the Income Tax Department not to take action against Anil Ambani till November 17 over its allegation that the Reliance (ADA) Group chief had evaded Rs 420-crore taxes on Rs 814 crore held in two Swiss Bank accounts. Alleging the detection of undeclared offshore assets and investments, the Mumbai unit of the Income Tax Investigation Wing passed a final order in March 2022 against the industrialist under the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) Imposition of Tax Act 2015. The order was filed after notices were issued to him on a web of alleged undeclared offshore assets, the first in 2019.

The BJP has sent a strong signal to its alliance partner, the Shinde faction of Shiv Sena, that it will have a greater say in Vidarbha region of the state. Of the total eleven districts in Vidarbha, the BJP has bagged guardian ministership in eight districts, leaving just three districts for Shinde’s Sena. The decision has raised eyebrows among the leaders of Shinde’s faction. CM Eknath Shinde Saturday finalised list of guardian ministers in 36 districts in the state.

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BJP tightens grip in Vidarbha with Fadnavis as guardian minister in six of eleven districts.

22:35 (IST)26 Sep 2022
Maharashtra minister’s comment on Maratha reservation triggers controversy

Maharashtra Public Health Minister Tanaji Sawant’s comment on the Maratha reservation triggered a controversy Monday.

“There was nothing on the Maratha reservation for two years after it was stayed by the Supreme Court. Now, after the change of power in the state, they are itching for reservation. I want it and my next generation wants it,’’ Sawant said in his address to Eknath Shinde camp supporters in Osmanabad (Dharashiv) district. Read more

22:17 (IST)26 Sep 2022
Maharashtra to get lion-lioness pair from Gujarat

Maharashtra will get a lion-lioness pair from Gujarat in return for a tiger and tigress from Mumbai's Sanjay Gandhi National Park, state forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said.

The Asiatic lion and lioness will be housed at the SGNP in Borivali.

21:50 (IST)26 Sep 2022
Pending recruitment to police force to take place soon: Devendra Fadnavis

Maharashtra deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said Monday that recruitment to the police force pending for the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic will take place soon.

While advertisements for as many as 8,000 police personnel posts are already out, another advertisement for 12,000 more personnel should be published soon, he added. Read more

21:49 (IST)26 Sep 2022
Maharashtra Governor to decide on disqualification of Eknath Shinde camp’s MLA

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari will soon decide on a petition filed against MLA Latabai Sonawane, who is in Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s camp and faces the threat of being disqualified for submitting a false tribal claim certificate.

Sonawane, who represents Chopda (ST) Assembly constituency in Jalgaon district, claims to belong to Tokre Koli Scheduled Tribe, but this claim was invalidated by the Scheduled Tribe Certificate Scrutiny Committee, Nandurbar on February, 9, 2022. Read more

21:48 (IST)26 Sep 2022
Bal Thackeray’s assistant Champa Singh Thapa joins Shinde camp

Champa Singh Thapa, who was an assistant to the late Bal Thackeray, joined Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s faction of the Shiv Sena on Monday.

Thapa was greeted and felicitated by Shinde in Thane’s Tembhi Naka area, where the chief minister had gone to participate in a Navratri procession. Thapa served Thackeray till his last breath and was also one of those at Matoshree who were close to the Sena founder. Read more

21:38 (IST)26 Sep 2022
After four days, man who molested woman lawyer on train nabbed

The Mumbai Government Railway Police (GRP) have traced and arrested a man for allegedly molesting a woman lawyer inside the ladies compartment of a local train between Andheri and Borivali last week, said officials Monday.

Later, the lawyer had taken to Twitter to narrate the poor treatment she faced at the hands of officials at the Andheri GRP station where she had gone to file a complaint. Read more

21:34 (IST)26 Sep 2022
Vile Parle hutments did not collapse due to Metro work, clarifies MMRDA

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) clarified that the incident where portions of seven hutments adjoining a nullah collapsed in Mumbai’s Vile Parle area on Sunday night was not due to Metro work. Read more

21:33 (IST)26 Sep 2022
Bombay HC interim relief to Anil Ambani as he queries retrospective applicability of black money law

The Bombay High Court on Monday directed the Income Tax Department not to take action against Anil Ambani till November 17 over its allegation that the Reliance (ADA) Group chief had evaded Rs 420-crore taxes on Rs 814 crore held in two Swiss Bank accounts.

Alleging the detection of undeclared offshore assets and investments, the Mumbai unit of the Income Tax Investigation Wing passed a final order in March 2022 against the industrialist under the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) Imposition of Tax Act 2015. The order was filed after notices were issued to him on a web of alleged undeclared offshore assets, the first in 2019. Read more

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How free testing corners at Mumbai hospitals are playing key role in early diagnosis of diabetes, BP

The newly started NCD centres at different peripheral and major civic-run hospitals—Sion, KEM and Nair — are helping individuals in early diagnosis and timely treatment on non-communicable diseases. These corners cater to individuals and their kin who, while visiting a civic hospital for any healthcare requirements, can get themselves screened for diabetes and hypertension free-of-cost.

Since their inauguration on September 1, over 6,000 people have been screened at the NCD corners. Read more

21:26 (IST)26 Sep 2022
With Navratri, BJP tries to make inroads into Sena-dominated areas of Parel and Lower Parel

With an eye on the BMC elections scheduled for the end of this year, the BJP is looking to make social and cultural inroads into Shiv Sena-dominated areas of South Central Mumbai, by championing festive occasions such as dandiya during Navratri, and previously the Ganesh festival, and Dahi Handi.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has two aims in mind, according to party leadership and experts. One is the long-term goal of capturing the Shiv Sena’s vote bank in the Dadar, Parel, Lower Parel, and Worli areas, which are considered the Sena’s turf. And the second is to damage the Sena’s chances of winning the BMC elections. Read more

20:54 (IST)26 Sep 2022
Ahmedabad-Mumbai Tejas coaches in 'dilapidated’ state; IRCTC asks for Vande Bharat rake as replacement

Highlighting the dilapidated condition of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Tejas Express, the IRCTC has written to the Railways so that a Vande Bharat rake can be allocated to run the corporate train.

Malfunctioning bio-toilets and LCD screens, and water leakage in coaches are some of the issues red-flagged by the IRCTC since July in its letters to the Railway Board and the Western Railways, the zone in which the train runs, urging them to help fix the same. (PTI)

20:44 (IST)26 Sep 2022
Mumbai sees 51 new COVID-19 cases, one fatality

Mumbai on Monday recorded 51 new cases of coronavirus and one death due to the infection, an official from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. With this, the tally of infections in the city rose to 11,49,832, while the toll reached 19,730, he said.

As per a bulletin issued by the civic body, eight out of 51 patients are symptomatic and have been admitted to a hospital and four of them are on oxygen support. At least 108 patients were undergoing treatment at hospitals in the city.

20:36 (IST)26 Sep 2022
Went 'overboard' to make better offer for Vedanta-Foxconn project: Maha Dy CM

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis claimed that he had gone "overboard" to get the Vedanta-Foxconn project to the state and made a better offer than neighbouring Gujarat.

Speaking to reporters, Fadnavis said the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) was spreading lies that the Eknath Shinde government did not take efforts to keep the project in Maharashtra.

“The previous MVA government is spreading lies. I had gone overboard and reached out to the companies and made a better offer than Gujarat, when I learned about their plan to shift to the neighbouring state,” the deputy chief minister said. (PTI)

20:35 (IST)26 Sep 2022
PFI raids: Mumbai court extends ATS custody of five accused till Oct 3

A court extended till October 3 the ATS custody of five people, arrested during the multi-agency raids conducted on the Popular Front of India (PFI) in Maharashtra last week.

The five accused were among 20 people nabbed from the state by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in multi-agency raids across the country spearheaded by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) last Thursday.

The ATS produced the five accused before the court of additional sessions judge A M Patil on Monday on the expiry of their previous remand. (PTI)

20:34 (IST)26 Sep 2022
Religious bodies, NGOs to conduct health drive in Mumbai from Oct

Religious organisations and NGOs in Mumbai will conduct a health campaign and reach out to 35,000 households in different parts of the city from the first week of October, an official said.

As per a release, the pilot campaign called 'Apni Baat Apno Ke Saath' will be rolled out at specific locations in Mumbai to address mental health issues, immunisation and anaemia in adolescents.

The Maharashtra Forum - An Inter-Faith Alliance, UNICEF and Citizens Association for Child Rights (CACR) have come together to work on mental wellbeing, health, immunisation and anaemia in adolescents, it said. (PTI)

20:33 (IST)26 Sep 2022
Not aware of MLAs, MPs joining our group, says Maha CM

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said he was unaware of any MLA or MP joining his faction but added that several leaders are in touch.

Shinde, who was taking part in a Navratri procession to welcome the idol of Goddess Durga in Thane's Tembi Naka, was asked a question on speculation that five MLAs and MPs were poised to join his group. "Many people are in touch with many but I am not aware as of now of anyone joining us," Shinde told reporters. (PTI)

20:32 (IST)26 Sep 2022
Maha minister draws criticism for Maratha quota 'itch' statement, apologises

Maharashtra Minister Tanaji Sawant attracted the ire of Maratha groups and opposition parties by claiming an "itch" for reservation for the community had once again set in after the change of guard in the state.

The Supreme Court had, in May last year, struck down a Maharashtra law giving reservation to the Maratha community in government jobs and education by terming it as unconstitutional and holding there were no exceptional circumstances to breach the 50 per cent reservation cap set by the 1992 Mandal verdict. (PTI)

17:46 (IST)26 Sep 2022
SC dismisses plea against HC order to demolish unauthorised construction at Narayan Rane's bungalow

The Supreme Court dismissed a plea challenging the Bombay High Court verdict that directed the Mumbai civic body to demolish the unauthorised construction at Union minister Narayan Rane's bungalow in the Juhu area, noting that there was a violation of the Floor Space Index and Coastal Regulation Zone rules.

The floor space index (FSI) is the maximum permissible floor area that can be built on a particular plot or/piece of land.

On September 20, the high court said, "There is no dispute that the petitioner has carried out large scale unauthorised construction in blatant violation of the sanctioned plan and the provisions of law." (PTI)

14:14 (IST)26 Sep 2022
Tribal woman's father alleges she was gangraped and murdered; two inspectors suspended

Senior inspector, sub-inspector suspended for failure in discharging duties after a tribal woman's father alleged she was gang-raped and murdered.

14:11 (IST)26 Sep 2022
Maharashtra Shiv Sena MLA’s car ‘attacked’, FIR filed against Uddhav’s Sainiks

The Anjangaon police in Maharashtra’s Amravati on Sunday night registered an FIR against a few members of the Uddhav Thackeray faction of the Shiv Sena for allegedly ‘attacking’ the car of MLA Santosh Bangar, who is part of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s faction.

The incident took place on Sunday when Hingoli MLA Bangar, along with his wife and sister, came to visit Shri Devnath Maharaj Math in Anjangaon. He was leaving the area when a few Shiv Sena members started hitting his car even as the on-duty police tried to stop them.

“My wife, my sister and I had gone for dev darshan and were returning in our car when around five men came there and shouted slogans. They tried banging their hands on my car. But I will not call this an attack. This is similar to theft where you steal from a house and run away. It is a publicity stunt. We need not give them more publicity,” the MLA told a news channel. (Read More)

Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray on Saturday held the Eknath Shinde government solely responsible for Vedanta-Foxconn's decision to set up its semiconductor plant in Gujarat instead of Maharashtra. The project went out of Maharashtra after the Shinde-led rebel Shiv Sena MLAs toppled the Maha Vikas Aghadi government headed by Uddhav Thackeray, he said.

In other news, CM Shinde Saturday announced guardian ministers for various districts in the state. Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is now guardian minister for Nagpur as well as Wardha, Amravati, Akola, Bhandara and Gadchiroli districts in Vidarbha. Revenue Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil will be the guardian minister for Ahmednagar and Solapur. Sudhir Mungantiwar has been appointed the guardian minister for Chandrapur and Gondia.

PFI has massive plans to trigger unrest in India: Maharashtra Deputy CM Fadnavis

Meanwhile, the Popular Front of India (PFI) has large-scale plans to trigger unrest in country, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said Saturday. He was speaking to reporters at Nagpur airport in the wake of nationwide raids against the outfit and the arrest of its leaders by central agencies under terrorism charges.

Based on the investigations it has emerged that “PFI has now adopted a new modus operandi. It has massive plans to trigger unrest within India. And it was working towards creating communal tension,” Fadnavis said.

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