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Mumbai Top News April 19: BJP leader Kirit Somaiya questioned for three hours in INS Vikrant cheating case

Mumbai Top News: His visit to India is for a week and was received by senior officers from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: April 19, 2022 9:52:12 am
An official said EOW might ask Somaiya to come in again for further questioning. (File)

BJP leader Kirit Somaiya was quizzed for nearly three hours on Monday by Mumbai Police’s Economic Offence Wing in regards to the INS Vikrant cheating case. As reported by PTI, Somaiya reached the office of the police commissioner at 11 am  and left around 2 pm after EOW recorded his statement. An official said EOW might ask Somaiya to come in again for further questioning.

As schools have reopened in completely offline mode parents of toddler from pre-school are worried about Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. It is a mild yet highly contagious viral infection with sypmtoms including fever, sore throat, runny nose, mouth ulcers, and loss of appetite. It is common among children of five years of age and below. Once a child is infected, it can cause an outbreak in any pre-school.

Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jugnauth landed in Mumbai at 1.20 am according to Maharashtra government’s publicity department. His visit to India is for a week and was received by senior officers from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). He is going to attend several events including a visit to Gujarat on April 19, inauguration of Global Centre for Traditional Medicine at Jamnagar, in Gandhinagar he will attend the Global Ayush investment and innovation summit on April 20.

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Nashik commissioner disallows playing of bhajans on loudspeakers near mosques around azaan call

Nashik Police Commisisoner Deepak Pandey has issued a directive stating that no one will be allowed to play bhajan or other songs on loudspeaker in the 15-minute span before and after the call of azaan in the radius of 100-meters of any mosques that appears under the jurisdiction of Nashik Police Commissionerate.

The order comes in the backdrop of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s (MNS) call against the use of loudspeakers in mosques and its threat to recite Hanuman Chalisa in front of them if the state government did not remove the equipment by May 3.

TIFR withdraws notice that asked staff to refrain from posting “anti-government content” on social media

Days after the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) instructed its staff to not post “anti-government content” on social media, the Mumbai-based centre has withdrawn the notice.

On Monday, the institute issued a new notice signed by registrar Retired Wing Commander George Antony that stated: “Now with the approval of the competent authority, the notice dated April 13, 2022, stands withdrawn.”

The administration of the Mumbai-based institute attracted a lot of criticisms for asking staff members and their families to refrain from posting anti-government content on social media, including photographs and videos.

Bombay HC asks Maharashtra govt to explain steps taken, proposed to prevent child marriages

Maintaining that there hardly seemed any FIRs registered against prevailing child marriages, the Bombay High Court on Monday asked the Maharashtra government to explain steps taken by it to stop child marriages. The HC was hearing a PIL filed by an NGO from Pune and other social activists recently seeking directions to the Maharashtra government to formulate rules for effective implementation of Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, alleging under-reported and unreported incidents of child marriage in the state.

A division bench of Justices AA Sayed and Abhay Ahuja was hearing a plea filed by Child Marriage Prohibition Committee, Hadapsar in Pune, and others, through advocates Asim Sarode and Ajinkya Udane, stating that effects of early marriage has devastating consequences for a girl, and in the absence of rules, almost one lakh child marriages take place every year in the state and referring to a news report, claimed that there had been 1500 instances of child marriages in one district of the state in last two years.

BJP leader Kirit Somaiya questioned for three hours in INS Vikrant cheating case

BJP leader Kirit Somaiya was quizzed for nearly three hours on Monday by Mumbai Police’s Economic Offence Wing in regards to the INS Vikrant cheating case. As reported by PTI, Somaiya reached the office of the police commissioner at 11 am  and left around 2 pm after EOW recorded his statement. An official said EOW might ask Somaiya to come in again for further questioning.

Court extends Maha minister Nawab Malik’s judicial custody till April 22

A special court here on Monday extended the judicial custody of Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik till April 22 even as the NCP leader complained of ill health. Malik was produced before Special Judge R N Rokade, designated to hear cases related to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The NCP leader stepped into the witness box and told the court that he has been unwell due to kidney ailments and that he has a swelling in his legs.

Curfew imposed in Amravati after communal disturbance; 23 arrested

Curfew was imposed in the twin cities of Achalpur and Paratwada in Maharashtra’s Amravati rural following disturbances between two communities on Sunday evening. Police security was beefed up, and personnel conducted flag marches. A senior police official said curfew would be lifted after a review of the overall situation was taken.

At around 6 pm Sunday, a person hoisted a saffron flag at the Dulha Gate area, where many residents from a minority community reside. This led to stone pelting by both communities. The police rushed to the spot to control the situation. Two policemen suffered minor injuries.

Man with high blood pressure killed wife over salty food, say police

A 46-year-old bank employee has been arrested in Mumbai for allegedly killing his wife in a fit of rage for serving him salty food. He was suffering from high blood pressure and had quarrelled with her several times last week over salty food, according to police.

Nikesh Ghag, a B Com graduate working with a nationalised bank, allegedly strangled his wife, Nirmala (40), to death at their Bhayandar (east) flat around 9am on April 15 and surrendered at the Navghar police station later.

Mumbai: History-sheeter arrested for 2020 murder case; pistol, knifes seized

Officials from the Mumbai crime branch’s unit-7 traced and arrested a 27-year-old history-sheeter for his alleged involvement in a murder that took place in October 2020. A country-made pistol, a billhook knife and another knife were recovered from him. The accused has 20 previous crime cases registered against him for armed dacoity, assault, burglary, theft, kidnapping and selling drugs and was externed from city limits for two years, said the police.

The accused is identified as Amol Avate, a resident of Samta Nagar in Ghatkopar (east). On October 29, 2020, Avate, along with five others, allegedly attacked Ambadas Salve (55), a resident of Kanamvar Nagar in Vikhroli (east) because he had complained to the district collector about their illegal activities, said the police.

The gang allegedly assaulted Salve with bamboo, kicked and punched him, and he died during treatment at a hospital the same night. While five men were arrested and chargesheeted in the case, Avate escaped, said the police.

Need to strengthen advanced local management groups for effective communication, says Mumbai police commissioner

Mumbai police commissioner Sanjay Pandey in his Sunday live session on Facebook emphasised the need for having strong advanced local management (ALM) groups in the city for effective communication with the police to resolve issues.

Pandey said he will be focusing on three issues — enforcement against motorists for violating road safety rules, taking action against noise pollution created by construction work going on beyond the stipulated time and fining hawkers creating nuisance. “Noise pollution disrupts the daily life of a citizen,” said Pandey.

The chief of the Mumbai police said that he has just two months left before retirement and wants housing societies to come together and form ALMs or strengthen the present ones and their leaders should list out issues in their neighbourhoods with the local police stations for resolving them. “I assure you that action will be taken. A deputy commissioner of police, someone from the municipality and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can have meetings with ALMs to resolve the issues. Need of the hour is that you all (citizens) get together,” said Pandey.

‘What’s the current status of Mumbai T20 league’: North Mumbai Panthers owner asks MCA

North Mumbai Panthers owner Rajdip Gupta, who owns a team in the Mumbai T20 League, has written a letter to Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) office bearers asking to know the status of the MCA -run franchise T20 league.

Due to the pandemic, MCA couldn’t conduct its T20 League, however, with the situation returning to normal, owners wanted to know the reason behind not resuming its annual tournament.

“I would like to know, in the capacity of team owner, What is the current status of conducting the Mumbai T20 league this year? If IPL or TNPL can be organized, why not Mumbai T20? We joined the vision of MCA to promote young cricketers by giving them a world-class platform to showcase their talent,” Gupta wrote in its email which is accessed by The Indian Express.

Cheating case: BJP leader Kirit Somaiya appears before Mumbai Police

Senior BJP leader Kirit Somaiya on Monday appeared before the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai Police in connection with the INS Vikrant funds misappropriation case, an official said.

Somaiya reached the Police Commissioner’s office in south Mumbai at 11.00am.

Earlier, the EOW had issued summons to him and his son Neil Somaiya, a day after the Somaiya senior’s pre-arrest bail plea was rejected by the Mumbai sessions court on April 11.

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