Mumbai News Highlights (August 7): Varsha Raut, wife of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, appeared before Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday in connection to a money laundering case linked to alleged irregularities in the redevelopment of Patra chawl in Goregaon and related transactions. She was questioned for around 10 hours. The ED had arrested Sanjay Raut on Monday alleging that he and his family were “direct beneficiaries” of Rs 1.06 crore.
Meanwhile, the Gilbert Hill residence of the 16-year-old girl who was reunited with her family after nine years, was swarming with activity as mediapersons, local residents and relatives made a beeline to the Karnataka Milan Welfare society to catch a glimpse of “Girl no. 166”. Such was the crowd that the girl’s family had whisked her away to an unknown location fearing that she may be harmed or injured. Her paternal uncle told The Sunday Express, “There was so much crowd that our lawyer told us to ensure that she was protected. We then moved her away to another location and will produce her whenever the police want to talk to her.” This was a day after the girl, just seven when she went missing on January 22, 2013, was reunited with her family.
In other news, the Union government has put a stop to a three-year-old plan by Mumbai’s Byculla zoo to procure two zebra pairs from the Ramat Gan Safari Park in Israel. In 2020, the Byculla zoo, officially known as Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo, planned to exchange procured zebras with Sakkarbaug Zoological Park in Junagadh, Gujarat and Kamla Nehru Prani Sangrahalaya in Indore and receive Asiatic lions.
Maharashtra on Sunday reported 1,812 fresh Covid-19 cases and one pandemic-related death. According to the state health department 16 patients of BA.2.75 and three patients of BA. 4 and 5 sub-variants have been found in the state. All these cases are from Pune. As per IMD report Maharashtra received 27 per cent more rains than normal recorded in the months of June and July, despite the dull start to the monsoon season this year